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Dubai International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Dubai

For anyone planning a move to or within Dubai on the coast of the 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 Dubai and the surrounding area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai’s famous suburbs include Al Bastakiya, Al Karama, Bur Dubai, Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina

Dubai 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.

"Beautiful beaches, record-breaking attractions and experinces like no other - Duba is the place to be in 2023" Visit Dubai

Dubai is along the long stretch of coast in the the United Arab Emirates; sitting on the Persian Gulf, nearby cities to Dubai include Abu Dhabi and Sharjah - both of which are just a short drive down the coast.

Dubai has an incredible climate, with 3580 hours of sunshine a year! However the temperatures can sometimes not be as friendly, with the city reaching 40 degrees in the summer months!

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




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Visit the comprehensive isbi School Open Days Guide with the latest School Open Days & Open Events dates and timings for School Open Days happening near you.

The isbi School Open Days & Open Events listings have the information you need on Open Days & Open Events happening at your favourite schools soon.

We highly recommend attending School Open Days - they are a great way to learn about and to experience a school and discover if it is the best school for you - or alternatively ask for a private tour of your favourite schools, when it suits you.

Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)?

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

The private education sector in and around Dubai 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 Dubai, the 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 Dubai and in the suburbs of Dubai 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 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 the United Arab Emirates and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Dubai, the 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 Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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

> Dubai (3.331 million)

Jumeirah Lakes Towers (60,000)

Dubai Marina (45,000)

Dubai Silicon Oasis (45,000)

Jumeirah Beach Residence (25,000)

Business Bay (20,000)

Downtown Dubai (13,000)

Palm Jumeirah (13,000)

Dubai Sports City (12,000)

Dubai Festival City (5,000)

Dubai International Financial Centre (3,000)




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

Many of those moving to Dubai are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Dubai 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 Dubai and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

> FACT 1: If you decide to move to Dubai, you can enjoy a 2.5 day weekend! In fact, even the mid-week working day officially ends at 3:30pm - talk about work life balance!

> FACT 2: The Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, is the tallest building in the world! Measuring an impressive 830 metres high! It has a beautiful teared design, one that it of course visible from all parts of the city.

> FACT 3: Ferrari FF, Aston Martin One-77 and Lamborghini Aventador are all cars included in the Dubai police force! So we’re thinking that a police chase in Dubai has probably got to be one of the best…

> FACT 4: Dubai has experienced a massive boom in development over the past few decades. Just 20-25 years ago, Dubai was mostly a desert, it was the concerns of Sheikh Rashid that spurred on the development of Dubai, as he was worried for the country’s stability after oil reserves run out.

> FACT 5: Until June 2023, there were no taxes in the the United Arab Emirates at all… the country has recently introduced an income tax, but remains one of the world’s largest tax havens.

> FACT 6: You can withdraw gold from ATMs in Dubai! You can get coins and even bars of gold from the machines in Dubai - which kind of makes sense as almost 40% of the world’s gold trade passed through Dubai.

> FACT 7: One of the most iconic images of Dubai is the Palm Jumeirah; an artificial island in Dubai made to resemble a palm tree. However, interestingly, it only took 6 years to build!

> FACT 8: Dubai is a very international city, with 7 times more foreigners than locals. Even though it has only been 20 years since expats were granted permission to apply for citizenship, many have flocked to this fascinating city as soon as they could!

> FACT 9: There are 544 hotels in Dubai! We are not too surprised by that fact, as Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

> FACT 10: The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world's largest flower garden, with over 45 million flowers!

Where To Live In Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dubai 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 Dubai living to rural, the United Arab Emirates or coastal lifestyles, Dubai 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:

Dubai Marina Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Emirate Hills Dubai, Business Bay Dubai, Palm Jumerirah Dubai, Al Barsha Dubai, Silicon Oasis

Commuting To And From Dubai By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Dubai 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 Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Dubai To Abu Dhabi: 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.

> Dubai To Sharjah: Dubai is about 30 km by road from Sharjah via the E11 and driving to the centre of Sharjah from Dubai normally takes under 40 minutes..



Nearest Airports To Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The nearest airport to Dubai is Dubai Airport (DXB) which is 19 km from Dubai. Other nearby airports include Dubai Al Maktoum Intl (DWC) (under 22 km), Sharjah (SHJ) (34 km), Ras al Khaimah (RKT) (90 km) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) (100 km)




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