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Al Basma British School

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Al Basma British School in Abu Dhabi

School name Al Basma British School
Type of institute private primary school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Arabic, Islamic, UK
Qualifications or Courses
Head of school Dr Sue Faragher (Prinicpal)
Executive body or owner Dr Abdulla Abdul Jalil Al Fahim (Founder), Belvedere Schools
Date founded 1980
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Al Dhafra, Al Bahia, Shahama - location map
Postal address PO Box 45994, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone +971-2-5623454
Fax +971-2-5639895
Email info@albasmaschool.ae
Website www.albasmaschool.ae
School fees structure 18,000-28,000 dhs per year (2014-2015)
Teacher salary range 4,100 - 7,400 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 23 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
2.5 stars from 12 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
2.5 stars from 12 votes.    

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Al Basma British School (Al Basmah Private School, Al Basma English School) (ABBS, ABES) information

Al Basma English School relocated to new campus in Al Bahia and renamed as the Al Basma British School for September 2014.

Grade/Year FS1 FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2014-2015 18,000 19,000 21,000 22,000 24,500 26,000 26,000 27,000 28,000                                                       
  • 2015-2016 fee structure not provided.
  • 2014-2015 admission or registration fee not provided. Bus transport charges AED 4,500, uniform costs about AED 500. Sibling discount 15% for 2nd child, 20% for 3rd child, 25% for 4th child.
  • 2013-2014 fees information not supplied.
  • Additional phone number for general enquiries: mobile +971-56-3886338.
  • Al Basma British School operated by or in partnership with Belvedere Schools Ltd in Liverpool, UK. See also Belvedere British School Abu Dhabi, another partner school.
  • Email address might be saedbros@eim.ae (or saedbros@emirates.net.ae). Same as Al Basma Nursery School.
  • Pre-KG or Nursery children attend classes in separate building in Al Bahia, or at Baby Bear's Nursery in Mushrif.
  • Location map shows new location - Plot 25, Old Al Bahya, Shahama. Behind Deerfields Shopping Mall. Old location off Hazza Bin Zayed Street in Al Dhafra - same as Giggles English School location (see for old map).
Jobs and careers at Al Basma British School (update for Sep 2015).
  • Visit website home page > Careers PDF download (top right corner, not main menu).
  • Email CV and application letter to hr@albasmaschool.ae, with position applied for in subject line.
25 July 2015

Places still available for 2015-2016 in in Pre-KG (Nursery), Grades 3-6, and Grade 8. But KG1, KG2, Grades 1-2, and Grade 7 are full.

  • New website at www.albasmaschool.ae. Old domain not available.
  • Contact information updated. Previously tel +971-2-6416255, fax +971-2-6747177. New email address info@albasmaschool.ae.
  • Postal address now given as PO Box 45994, Abu Dhabi. Previous information was PO Box 44094. Not clear if school has a new postal address or one of the numbers was a typo.
  • Principal Dr. Sue Faragher from May 2014?
07 May 2014 review
  • New website available at www.albasmaschool.com. Sometimes.
  • Opening date of new campus expected to be September 2014.
  • Al Basma English School renamed as Al Basma British School. Is also the Giggles School (renamed).
  • School was founded in 1980 by Dr Abdulla Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, renamed or became known as The Giggles English School in the 1990s.
17 November 2013 review
  • New campus or relocation under construction in Al Bahya (Al Bahia), Shahama. Is also the Giggles English School new campus (Basma in Arabic means smile or smiles in English)? Details of capacity, facilities, etc, not provided. Construction by Al Firas General Contracting (contact awarded 17 Sep 2013).
  • Al Basma not listed in ADEC school directory of licenced private schools, but Giggles School is.
  • No website found or supplied. FB page at:
    • facebook.com/pages/Al-Basma-English-School-Abu-Dhabi/221977414607131 - limited information, no contact information, mostly photos, unknown if official page or not.
25 August 2008 review
  • Al Basma English School the same as Giggles English Private School. Same contact details.
  • See also Al Basma Nursery Abu Dhabi and Al Basma Nursery Mina Road.
  • ABES first registered January 1984 according to ADCCI business directory, which has email address as saedbros@emirates.net.ae (saedbros@eim.ae). Same email is listed for several other companies - Emirates International Cars Exhibition car dealer, Al Batin Pharmacy, New Landmark Pharmacy, Landmark Plaza Pharmacy, Saeed and Brothers Group of Establishments for Trading, Byte Internet Hall, Devcon International Rent A Car, Land Mark Plaz Property Management (Landmark Plaza?), Al Yaziya Medical Centre, Digital City Electronic Toys, European International College of Hotel Management & Tourism, Delma Marine Services, Florina Complex.


Last update 25 July 2015
General comments - might not apply to Al Basma British School
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. New schools in Abu Dhabi might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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