Demand for British schools increases
British curriculum schools are in big demand in the UAE and, according to Colliers International, up to 74,000 additional seats and nearly 50 new schools will be required by 2025. Although British nationals only represent roughly 2-3 per cent of the population, the British curriculum remains constantly within the top three offered in the UAE’s private school sector. Colliers also found that Dubai requires an estimated 37 to 49 new British Curriculum Schools by 2025. The popularity rests not only on the large presence of British Nationals in the UAE, but as it is also favoured by number of other nationalities such as Indian, Pakistani, and nationals from different Arab and Commonwealth countries. There is also the demand from non-UK nationals to attend higher education in the UK with the British curriculum seen as at least a proponent and sometimes a prerequisite to entry. By end of the 2014-15 academic year, schools offering the British Curriculum stood at number one in Dubai and number three in Abu Dhabi.