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Abu Dhabi International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Abu Dhabi

For anyone planning a move to or within Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Abu Dhabi and the surrounding area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s famous suburbs include Yas Island, Khalifa City, Al Mushrif and Al Khalidiyah.

Abu Dhabi has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from luxury apartments, beautiful Bedouin houses, mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Abu Dhabi’s focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers. Abu Dhabi is a city to be explored at your own pace, Discover the UAE’s exquisite history and heritage through one of the most incredible cities in the world"  Visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is a unique city as it acts slightly like an island as the Persian Gulf flows through the districts in the centre of the city. Abu Dhabi is located just slightly further down the coast of the UAE, however it remains very well connected to both the cities of Dubai and Sharjah.

Abu Dhabi, before the boom of the oil industry, was once famous for its pearls. In 2019, archaeologists discovered a pearl dating back almost 8,000 years, demonstrating how long the city has been trading pearls.

For more fun facts about Abu Dhabi, scroll down to our Abu Dhabi feature page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Abu Dhabi (or you already live in Abu Dhabi but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Abu Dhabi there is a big choice of high quality Abu Dhabi schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in United Arab Emirates.

The private education sector in and around Abu Dhabi features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Abu Dhabi and in the suburbs of Abu Dhabi by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>    You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around United Arab Emirates and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The most popular suburbs in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Abu Dhabi (1.45 Million)

Abu Dhabi Island (1.2 million)

Al Reem Island (50,000),

Al Reef (15,000)

Ah Raha Beach (12,000)

Saadiyat Island (2,000),

Al Maryah Island (3,000)

Al Bateen (8,000)

Khalifa City (130,000),

Mussafah (95,000)

Mohamed bin Zayed City (60,000)




Abu Dhabi is a very popular place to live and many people move to Abu Dhabi each year, or to near Abu Dhabi and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Abu Dhabi are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Abu Dhabi for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Abu Dhabi and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

> FACT 1:  Abu Dhabi has been voted as the world’s safest city for 6 years in a row!

> FACT 2:  The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most grand Mosque’s in the world. It was build by Sheikh Zayed in 2007 and can house up to 41,000 worshipers. It is also incredibly beautiful, with the white architecture making a stark contrast with the bright blue skies that are standard for Abu Dhabi.

> FACT 3:  The city of Abu Dhabi was originally designed by Dr Takahashi, in 1967. Although the original concept for the city only allowed for a capacity of about 40,000 people, today, the city holds 1.4 million!

> FACT 4:  There is a Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi! It’s a great place to take the family on the weekend and is most famous for the ‘Formula Rossa’ which is the world's fastest rollercoaster!

> FACT 5:  The Abu Dhabi F1 is one of the most prestigious and unique F1 races, with it being the only one to be held in the evening. The floodlight technology makes it possible for the lighting not to affect the divers visibility, but for the temperature to be cool enough for spectators to come and watch - it makes for a great atmosphere!

> FACT 6:  The “Leaning tower of Abu Dhabi” leans at an angle of 18 degrees, which is 14 more degrees than the famous Tower of Pisa in Italy!

> FACT 7:  Abu Dhabi has been dubbed as having the world’s most ‘innovative skyline’. Some of the most characterful buildings include the Emirates Hotel, Aldar Headquarters, Al Bahar Towers and many more.

> FACT 8:  The Yas hotel, one of the most luxurious in Abu Dhabi, has 5,056 windows… all of which get cleaned once per year - but it takes a whole month!

> FACT 9:  The UAE is known for it’s scorching climate, however you’ll be pleased to know that Abu Dhabi has air conditioned bus stops and train stations!

> FACT 10:  Masdar city, in Abu Dhabi, is the first zero-carbon, zero-waste city in the world! Although only around 1,400 people live there - it is a one-of-a-kind city and has amazing residential options.

Where To Live In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Abu Dhabi and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, a traditional Bedouin house, mansion or estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Abu Dhabi living to rural, United Arab Emirates or coastal lifestyles, Abu Dhabi and the surrounding area is full of luxurious districts and well developed suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Al Zahiyah Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah Abu Dhabi, Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi, Al Wahda Abu Dhabi, Khalidiya Abu Dhabi, Al Karamah Abu Dhabi, Al Rawdah Abu Dhabi, Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi, Al Muroor Abu Dhabi, Khalifa City

Commuting To And From Abu Dhabi By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Abu Dhabi is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Abu Dhabi To Dubai: Dubai is about 140 km by road from Abu Dhabi via the E11 and driving to the centre of Dubai from Abu Dhabi normally takes under 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, with trains taking from1 hour 15 minutes.

> Abu Dhabi To Sharjah: Sharjah is about 160 km by road from Abu Dhabi via the E11 and driving to the centre of Sharjah from Abu Dhabi normally takes under 2 hours.

> Abu Dhabi To Al Ain: Al Ain is about 180 km by road from Abu Dhabi via the Al Ain Rd/E22 and driving to the centre of Al Ain from Abu Dhabi normally takes under 2 hours.



Nearest Airports To Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The nearest airport to Abu Dhabi is Abu Dhabi (AUH) Airport which is 25 km away. Other nearby airports include Dubai (DXB) (130 km) and Sharjah (SHJ) (150 km).




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