New data has shown that the UAE has more international schools than any other nation in the world.
Population of the UAE
The United Arab Emirates is a rising economy which attracts some of the best and brightest professionals in the world. Figures supplied by World Population Review indicate that the Emirates’ population rose from 9.3 million in 2013 to 9.4 million in 2014.
The Middle Eastern country is a magnet for professional ex pats. The same data reveals that only 13% of the Emirates’ population are UAE nationals; the remaining portion consists of ex pats. This has allowed the burgeoning nation to develop a robust international schools sector to educate the children of it’s thriving ex pat community.
Leading international school provider
New research conducted by The International Schools Consultancy (ISC) has shown that the UAE now has more international schools than any other nation in the world. According to Arabian Business, the Emirates has opened six new international schools since February 2015 alone.
This means that broken down, the ISC’s report indicates that the UAE now has 511 international schools. In contrast, the world’s second largest economy, China, only has 480 international schools. Meanwhile Pakistan ranked third on the list, at 439, whilst India brought up the rear, with 411 international schools.
Middle East education landscape
Rhona Greenhill, the co-founder of International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) – which is scheduled to be held in Dubai from 29th September to 1st October – commented on the research. Greenhill said: “The education landscape in the Middle East and South Asia is changing very rapidly.
“Only last February, there were 505 schools in the UAE, and that number has increased by six. This kind of commitment to developing the education sector is prevalent in the region, where economic progress in recent years have put the spotlight on education as a key factor for future progress.”
Value of UAE education
The results of the ISC’s new research indicates that ex pats can supply their children with a wide range of educational experiences when they settle in the UAE. This will ensure that ex pat children will receive the robust, internationally-orientated education they need when living in the Emirates to establish successful careers.
James Swallow is Commercial Director of Middle East based PRO Partner Group. Pro Partner Group specialises in providing foreign investors with a seamless and financially efficient means to setting up a profitable corporate presence in the UAE, Qatar and Oman.