Incentives offer to create 11,000 new school seats in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) will introduce 11,000 private school seats by the academic year 2015-16, it announced in a media statement on Sunday.

The efforts are being taken to help meet the growing demand for private school seats.

This is the second land request for proposal (RfP) to be issued by Adec’s Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) sector.

The new schools will offer Indian, American, British and Ministry of Education curricula.

“One of the main pillars of Adec’s strategy for developing education in Abu Dhabi is to provide equal opportunities for all students to enjoy quality education at an affordable cost,” stated Hamad Al Dhaheri, Adec’s PSQA executive director.

“This land RfP is part of Adec’s plan to cope with the annual demand and increase of 5 per cent for more private schools across the Emirate.”

He added that Adec will reach out to qualified investors, who have excellent educational experience, strong financial capabilities and a proven record of managing schools.

They will be provided all incentives and support to set shop. Adec will also organise detailed workshops to familiarise interested investors in this project.

At the moment, the new land plots will be located at Khalifa A, Al Wathba and Al Fallah.

“The island of Abu Dhabi is saturated; in addition these areas are growing and are attractive for many families who chose to relocate there,” he explained on their choice of location.

“Currently, the demand is 201,744 private schools seats and supply is at 175,441. By 2015-16 we expect this demand to rise to 225,521. Thus we are involved in providing all opportunities possible to facilitate the opening of new private schools,” explained Tareq Al Ameri, Business Development Division Manager, PSQA.

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