British Schools in Abu Dhabi

Education Institutes offering the UK Curriculum

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If you’re considering setting down roots in Abu Dhabi, or at least spending a considerable amount of time working in the city, it is important to think about the education of your children.

Fortunately, Abu Dhabi has a lot of educational establishments available. While most of these are tailored specifically for local children, teaching Arabic as a foundation language, a lot do cater for international students and some cater strictly for foreign students.

The list below contains information for those British schools in Abu Dhabi which cater for children from around the world but follow the UK education system.

All of the schools listed below do charge school fees, some of which can be very expensive. You may need to carry out further research in order to ensure you make the right choice for your children.

Best British Schools in Abu Dhabi

British School Al Khubairat
This is a premium British school with an excellent reputation. A large sprawling campus with good resources. Make sure you get your name on the waiting list early for this school! Offers classes from K-12. A-levels and GCSE are available. I went on a tour of this school several times and it is a well maintained campus with great facilities for students.


Tel: +971-2-4462280


Pearl Primary School
This school is part of Aldar and offers primary education with a British curriculum.


Al Yasmina School
This school has amazing facilities including fields, playgrounds and a pool. It offers British Education from nursery to 12 students in Khalifa A.


Al Muna Primary School
This primary school offers UK classes from Nursery to Middle School.


British International School Abu Dhabi
This is one of the newer Abu Dhabi British schools. Great amenities including a green room, swimming pool, fields and many playgrounds. It has an excellent Foundation stage program and caters to year 12. IB application is under way.

Tel: +971-2-5100100


Brighton College Abu Dhabi
This is the newest international school with good facilities and schooling options from nursery to year 12. Contact:


Al Bateen Secondary School
This is a British curriculum secondary school


Abu Dhabi Junior Academy
A primary school with UK curriculum


Al Bateen Primary School
This is a primary school offering a UK curriculum


British College Abu Dhabi
This school will open in September 2012 with a K-12 British educational programme.


British Institute for Learning Development Abu Dhabi
One of the few special needs schools available in the UAE. Contact: +971-2-5566078


Dulwich College Abu Dhabi
This school is scheduled to open in 2012 with K-12 education.


Giggles English School
A lesser know school offering a British education.


Sherwood Al Tawan School IGCSE
An Indian school offering IGCSE, O-Level

Some of these school establishments cater for a wide age range and also boast a lot of extra-curricular activities, and few schools exist that are purely targeted towards British children.

That said, a lot more educational establishments are planned for the future growth of Abu Dhabi. For all-round education, perhaps you should consider one of the local schools which offer bi-lingual education in order to integrate your child and family more fully into the community.

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