Cost of living has gone up for residents living in Dubai's Emirates Living area as rents and schooling are eating up a major part of an individual’s income.
After the KHDA announcement, popular schools like Emirates International School, Dubai British School and Regent International have increased their fees.
Regent has confirmed the fee hike. “I can confirm, the fees for next year are as follows. These have risen from the current academic year. For FS1 & 2 it’s Dh34,172 per child per annum (tuition and educational packs included), Year 1-6 it’s Dh39,867 per child per annum (tuition and educational packs included), Year 7-13 Dh42,845 per child per annum (tuition only),” reads an e-mail.
Likewise, Emirates International School has increased its fee. “My son is a new student at EIS and I’ve paid more than the previous year. But which school isn’t increasing its fee every year? The one that my son went to previously has gone for a 6 per cent. It’s slightly less here,” said a parent.
Popular Dubai British School in The Springs area has also increased its fee in lines with KHDA regulations.
“The fees have increased 4.5 per cent in accordance with KHDA regulations,” Clive Pierrepont, Director of Communications at Taaleem schools, confirmed to Emirates 24|7.
The rising rents are also adding to the woes of the residents in the area. The rents of villas in The Springs community have gone up by at least a 10 to 15 per cent in the past one year.
“I’ve been living in my three-bedroom villa for the past two years for Dh130,000 but now my landlord has asked to increase the rent by Dh20,000. I have two kids going to Regent. They have increased the fees. All this just adds up and unfortunately, my husband has not got any hike in the past three years,” said a German mother living in The Springs area.
The apartment rents in The Greens are also treading a similar path, adding to the burden of the residents. “We are still to see the madness of the past but things are becoming more expensive now,” said a resident living in The Views.