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Abu Dhabi Indian School Al Wathba

School name Abu Dhabi Indian School Al Wathba
Type of institute private school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Indian
Qualifications or Courses CBSE
Head of school
Executive body or owner Abu Dhabi Indian School ADIS
Planned opening date April 2014
Number of students (approx) 4,000
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Al Wathba South - Baniyas - location map
Postal address Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone planned
Email adiscbse@emirates.net.ae
School fees structure
Teacher salary range see general comments

Abu Dhabi Indian School Al Wathba admissions, reviews, notes

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Abu Dhabi Indian School new branch (ADIS Branch 1 Al Wathba South) tuition fee schedule, general information, reviews
Grade/Year KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
ADIS Annual tuition fees (AED) 2013-2014 5,700 5,700 4,340 4,340 4,660 4,660 4,820 4,820 5,580 5,580 6,420 6,420 9,360 9,360
  • Fees information not supplied. Please send fee structure and updates to education@dubaifaqs.com.
  • Abu Dhabi Indian School fees for 2013-2014 at the main campus included for reference, new ADIS branch fees might or might not be the same.
  • School will offer CBSE Indian curriculum (same as main ADIS campus)? Initially will open for KG to Grade VI classes?
  • Capacity might be 2,000 or 4,000 students (both figures seen reported). Or 3,000 or 3,500 students from classes KG to Grade 12 (other reports 01 Oct 2013).
  • Opening date might be April 2014 if talk is to be believed. But talk is cheap, and has been going on since 2010. We'll believe it when we see it. A news report in October 2013 said construction would start by the end of Oct 2013 and the school would be open to primary level classes in April 2014.
  • AlWathba branch contact phone number, email address, not supplied. Contact email adiscbse@emirates.net.ae is for the main ADIS branch in Al Muroor.
  • Location in Al Wathba district of Abu Dhabi (Al Wathba City, Bani Yas, Baniyas City), past Khalifa City and MBZ City. Vaguely Mussafah (Musaffah) area but not really (see the New Indian School in Mussafa - a different school). Location map (source unknown) shown is vague and might not be correct but is provided as an indication of the general area. According to job advertisements in January 2014, ADIS branch location is Al Wathba South. Correct location map and route details not supplied by ADIS.
07 February 2014 - ADIS Al Wathba branch opening in April 2014?
  • A GN report about the closure of two Indian villa schools in Abu Dhabi referred to the new Indian ambassador, T. P. Seetharam, commenting about progress of the new ADIS branch in Al Wathba. The report said He [Mr Seetharam] also said that he had been told that the construction of branch of Abu Dhabi Indian School is progressing fast and the school will be functional for the next academic year. Hopefully he meant the 2014-2015 academic year starting in April 2014 and not the 2015-2016 academic year.
21 January 2014 - careers and job vacancies advertised for ADIS Al Wathba South branch
  • Various sources were advertising positions vacant for the ADIS Al Wathba branch, presumably that means it is expected to open for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year in April 2014 (Abu Dhabi Indian School - Branch 1 - Al Wathba (South) Required Teachers & Admin. Staff).
  • Actual date advertised not clear - 16 January 2014? Some sources had advertisement appear on 21 January 2014. Closing date stated as within 10 days of date advertised, not clear if that means 26 Jan or 31 Jan 2014. Send your application in anyway - if they don't have enough satisfactory applicants they'll probably look at it.
  • Jobs include positions for Montessori trained kindergarten teachers (KG), trained graduate teachers (TGT) in all subjects to junior and middle school levels, administration staff in all areas (reception, secretary, maintenance, security, driver, nurse, accounts, finance, etc). Experience required or preferred minimum 1-2 years.
  • Salaries, pay scale, benefits package not provided but is likely to be the same as or similar to ADIS main branch salaries. ADIS primary school teacher salary range in 2013-2014 is about AED 3,700-4,400 per month.
  • Apply directly to ADIS - fill out application form from ADIS website (Home > Downloads > Teachers Applications) and post to ADIS Board of Governors (BOG), PO Box 46492, Abu Dhabi, UAE. ADIS says fax or email applications are not accepted. ADIS also says "those on visit visa should not apply" which presumably implies they are looking for local hires only, as in wives on husband sponsorship for residence visa (or vice versa).
19 October 2013 update
  • Gulf News reported (18 Oct 2013) that the new Abu Dhabi Indian School branch campus would open by April 2014 based on comments from the ADIS Chairman, Dr BR Shetty, with the story saying The construction of the school at Al Watbha [sic], about 40 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi city, will begin next week and its first phase will be completed by the end of March 2014 ... Dr B.R. Shetty, chairman of ADIS board of governors, said.
  • Apparently the plans are real now. The story said Shetty said the school board recently approved the lowest bid of Dh90 million submitted by a contractor to build the 35,000 square-metre school and the contract was subsequently inked to secure the deal.
  • Regarding the question of whether or not it the school could be built in time, he said in the story that The same contractor constructed the Bright Riders School in time; so they have experience in handling the similar projects. BRS was constructed from Aug 2012 to Mar 2013. Both schools are similar - ADIS branch size 35,000 sq m, capacity 2,000-4,000 students; BRS size 36,000 sq m, capacity 4,000 students.
  • But the report gave conflicting information about the opening date, also saying The first phase can accommodate pupils up to Grade 6 during 2013-14 academic year and the high school [up to grade 12] will be ready for 2014-2015 academic year. Since October 2013 is already halfway through the academic year for Indian schools in the UAE, and the new ADIS branch is obviously not open yet, perhaps they meant Phase I would be for 2014-2015 and the high school would start in April 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. And it's still the Indian Ambassador, not the ADIS Chairman, who is saying the school will open by April 2014.
  • Fee structure not provided but the report said it would follow the same ADIS fee structure, according to Dr Shetty.
  • The story seemed to have been partly prompted by earlier questions from the Indian ambassador to Abu Dhabi, MK Lokesh, about the delay in opening the ADIS second branch. It was observed that the new Bright Riders School in Musaffah (BRS) appeared to have had a rapid construction schedule and opened with less delay than ADIS - groundbreaking ceremony was in August 2012, and the school opened in April 2013, whereas construction still hasn't started for ADIS. Both new schools were reported in early to mid 2010 as being proposed or planned.
  • Dr Shetty is owner and chairman of BRS, but chairman only of ADIS. There were some rumours that an explanation for the delay in opening ADIS might be due to a possible conflict of interest for Dr Shetty, implying that the opening of the ADIS branch has been delayed by Dr Shetty to expedite the opening of his new BRS school.
  • This was not true according to Dr Shetty. The GN report said He dismissed rumours among the Indian community that as he owned a new private school [Bright Riders] there was a conflict of interests in he being the chairman of ADIS, causing delay to the opening of its branch. "All those [rumours] were baseless." And it seems unlikely that the Indian ambassador would have questions about Dr Shetty's motives - the press release in August 2012 announcing the official ground-breaking ceremony for BRS said The Ambassador, M.K. Lokesh commended Dr. B.R. Shetty for his noble contributions ... to the Education Sector.
02 October 2013 review
  • A report in The National (01 Oct 2013) said that the new ADIS school "awaiting concept and design approval from ADEC, which is expected in two to three weeks", and the opening date of the new campus was expected to be in 2015 with capacity of 3,450 students. A report in Emirates 24-7 the next day said the same thing - ADIS had secured land in the emirate, and should open by 2015 and accommodate 3,450 pupils, the ambassador said.
  • A Gulf News report also on 01 Oct 2013 said capacity was 3,000 students, quoting the Indian Ambassador, M.K. Lokesh, as saying "If the private school was able to do so, ADIS could have also opened its new branch by this time, which could accommodate 3,000 pupils."
  • Previous stories had opening date April 2014 and capacity 2,000 or 4,000 students.
  • Regarding the delayed construction and opening of the new ADIS campus, the GN story reported further comments from Mr Lokesh - ADEC had already given land to ADIS to open a branch at Al Wathba but it was delayed due to unknown reasons, he said. ... He said he has asked the board of governors to expedite the process and open the school before the next academic year. ADEC has agreed to give all pending approvals to the school within two weeks.
19 September 2013 review
  • A Gulf News report about the closure of the Abu Dhabi Islahi School had comments from the Indian Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, M.K. Lokesh, about the new ADIS campus. He was quoted as saying "The Government of India has also been asking us about the delay in opening the new branch of the school, because many Indian parents had complained to the government about the shortage of school seats in Indian curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi." The report also said The Ambassador also explained that land had already been allocated for the second branch of the ADIS, and all necessary approvals for the school had been received.
  • The ambassador is suggesting that construction plans be brought forward so the school can open for the 2014-2015 academic year starting in April 2014, with capacity for 2,000 students. A couple of previous stories had already said the school was planning to open by April 2014 anyway. Still, it's probably still not a good idea to count on it. Very little concrete information has been supplied about a real school actually being built.
22 May 2013
  • A Gulf News Xpress article said that Abu Dhabi Indian School-branch was one of 4 new Indian curriculum schools expected to open in the Baniyas area of Abu Dhabi by April 2014, based on information from ADEC, which sort of repeated the KT story from April 2013.
03 April 2013
  • According to a Khaleej Times report, the new Abu Dhabi Indian School branch in Al Wathba City will open by April 2014 ("A new Indian school is due to open in Al Wathba the next academic year ... "), which sounds much more optimistic than comments reportedly made by ADIS management in February 2013.
  • The KT article didn't quote the ADIS Chairman, Dr B. R. Shetty, but reported that The construction of the Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) branch is planned to start immediately after the allotment of land is finalised and it has gone through the tender process, Dr B. R. Shetty, CEO of New Medical Centre Healthcare and chairman of the ADIS, said.
  • Size of the new campus branch reported as 44,000 square meters (not clear if that is plot size or building floor area).
20 February 2013
  • The Abu Dhabi Indian School new branch might not be open for a while yet according to comments by V. K. Mathu, ADIS Board of Governors adviser (and previously principal of ADIS), reported in a Gulf News article about a shortage of places in Abu Dhabi Indian schools. He was quoted as saying "The school is also working on acquiring an additional plot of land in Al Wathba. The development of facilities there in a few years should help to ease the situation for parents". So how many years is "a few years"?
08 March 2012
  • ADIS has not received permission from ADEC to build a new campus yet after all? Apparently they did two years ago according to one report, but a report in the Gulf News says Considering the prompt steps taken by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to address the shortage of seats in Indian schools, Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) is expecting the approval for its proposal to build a new school with 4,000 seats from KG 1 to grade 12, B.R. Shetty, chairman of the school said.
  • ... implying they are still waiting for permission? Unless there's another ADIS campus being planned somewhere?
23 June 2010 - New Abu Dhabi Indian School campus
  • The Abu Dhabi Indian School has permission to build a new additional campus according to a Khaleej Times report 23 June 2010 - Dr B R Shetty, Chairman of the Board of Governors, was reported as saying "We have got the permission to start a branch of Abu Dhabi Indian School from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) ... The land for the new school is likely to be given to us in the next few days,''
  • Construction is expected to start in 2011 but an estimated completion date for the second branch was not given.


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