Growth of international schools in Middle East shows no sign of stopping

The premium, English-language international schools market continues to expand across the Middle East, showing no signs of slowing down despite challenging economic conditions.

Growth of international schools in Middle East shows no sign of stopping
The premium, English-language international schools market continues to expand across the Middle East, showing no signs of slowing down despite challenging economic conditions.

Schools in UAE leading the pack

According to the latest data from ISC Research, released ahead of the forthcoming IPSEF Middle East Forum in Dubai, over 430 new schools have sprung up in the region in the past five years.Find out about international school growth in other regions around the world here.The UAE leads the countries in the Middle East in terms of the number of international schools, boasting 624, 28 more than last year. Saudi Arabia is next with 257 international schools, followed by Qatar with 166.A total of 1.513 million students are attending international schools in the region, each paying an average of US$7,658 annually for their education.

Government initiatives encouraging school growth

“The growth of the international schools’ market in the Middle East further confirms the role education plays in the development agenda of governments in the region,” said Rhona Greenhill, co-founder of IPSEF, the private and international schools conference.“A number of initiatives have been set in place to enable private companies to establish local branches or independently set up international schools and help support the growth of the education sector as a whole in this part of the world.”According to Richard Gaskell, ISC Research’s Schools Director, growth is particularly strong for more affordable international school options.“The market in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, continues to expand. ISC Research is aware of 17 new international schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year in the United Arab Emirates, 13 of which are located in Dubai.“Most of the demand for international schools in the Middle East is currently focused on the mid-price international schools that are affordable to the majority of professional expatriates and more affluent local families.”
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As the international schools’ sector continues to grow, competition is expected to get tougher. Given this context, IPSEF organisers have included a session on Marketing the Future School – finding relevance in a crowded market. The talk is expected to provide school owners and administrators with tips on how to highlight their unique strengths and remain competitive in the market.According to Ms Greenhill, new market updates will be revealed at the Dubai edition of IPSEF, which will be held on 21-23 September 2018 at the KHDA headquarters in Dubai International Academic City. The full agenda is available at www.ipsef.net.For more education and school related news, visit our Education and Schools pages.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory  Get access to our free Global Mobility Toolkit Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centre

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