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Dubai Private Schools Experience Record Enrollment Increase in 2023-24

Dubai KHDA estimated a significant growth in pupils enrolling in the emirate's private schools between 2023 and 2024.

Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) reported a substantial increase in students enrolled in the emirate’s private schools during the 2023-24 academic year. 

The total enrollment reached 365,000 students, representing a remarkable 12 percent increase or 39,000 additional students. This surge in enrollment marks the highest ever recorded since the establishment of KHDA in 2007. 

Notably, this academic year witnessed the first-ever double-digit growth in private school enrollments, underscoring Dubai’s growing reputation as a global education hub offering world-class educational standards.

Enabling Ambition in a Vibrant City:

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, the Director-General of KHDA, highlighted the city’s role in fostering ambition. 

Dubai’s ambitious trajectory continues to attract many families and educators annually. The city’s development is fueling significant growth in its private school community.

Dubai’s Demographic Growth:

Dubai’s population has expanded by over 84,400 residents since January 2023, according to Dubai Statistics data. 

The emirate also witnessed a remarkable 63 percent increase in residency visas during the first half of 2023.

A Vision for the Future of Education:

Dr. Al Karam emphasized the transformative power of Dubai’s educational vision. The city is on the brink of a new era in its advancement, driven by leadership’s vision. 

Dubai envisions an internationally acclaimed school culture celebrated for its diversity and quality. The goal is for education in Dubai to rank among the best in the world.

Educational Landscape in Dubai:

Dubai boasts 220 private schools offering 17 different curricula to students representing over 180 nationalities. 

More than three-quarters of all students in Dubai attend schools rated as “Good” or better by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau. 

This includes 76 percent of Emirati students who receive a high-quality education.

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