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Al Rabeeh School

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Al Rabeeh School in Abu Dhabi

School name Al Rabeeh School
Type of institute private primary school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Arabic, UK
Qualifications or Courses Islamic, KG-G6
Head of school Ms Allison Lamb (Principal)
Executive body or owner Ms Jane Kadri (Founder), Royal Group
Date founded 1979
Number of students (approx) 900
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Hadbat Al Zafranah - location map
Postal address PO Box 41807, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone +971-2-4482856
Fax +971-2-4482854
Email alrabeeh@live.com
Website www.alrabeeh.sch.ae
School fees structure 23,100-28,500 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Teacher salary range 5,400-13,000 dhs per month (2011-2012)
Student satisfaction rating
4 stars from 87 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 30 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3.5 stars from 30 votes.    

Al Rabeeh School admissions, reviews, notes

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Al Rabeeh Private School Abu Dhabi (ARS, ARPS, ARPSA) fees and information
Grade or Year group KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2013-2014c 23,100 23,100 24,900 24,900 27,500 27,500 28,500 28,500            
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011c 21,000 21,000 22,600 22,600 25,000 25,000 26,000 26,000                                                                  
  • 2013-2014 fee schedule not supplied by ARPS, range about AED 23,100-28,500. Book costs approximately AED 1,000-2,500, bus transport AED 3,600 (annual), uniforms cost about AED 300-500.
  • 2011-2012 fee range AED 23,050-28,450.
  • 2010-2011 figures in italics not confirmed. Registration admission fee AED 500, book costs AED 1,000-2,500 (annual), uniforms AED 300-500, bus transport charges AED 3,600 (annual).
  • Majority of students are UAE nationals (about 85%-90%), remainder mostly expat Arab, almost all Muslim. Girls and boys classes co-ed KG-G3, segregated from Grade 4. Teaching and communication is mostly in English, except for Arabic and Islamic Studies classes.
  • Special Needs students considered for admission. ARS says SEN children ... will be provided with termly Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The SEN Teacher, Class Teacher and parents will work together to set the targets in the IEP.
  • ARS is a member of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) group.
  • Date founded 1979 or 1981 (ADEC), conflicting information given.
  • Location: Hadbat Al Zafranah (Hadabat Al Zaafran), Al Muroor area since 2002. Previously a villa school in Al Bateen area.
School heads
  • Ms Allison Lamb (Director, Principal). Started September 2014 (date not confirmed).
  • Ms Gillian Thorp (Deputy Principal, Principal). From 1987-2014 (dates not confirmed).
  • Caz Jude (Principal) (ref ADEC 2014 report, start date 2013?).
  • Mr Hugh Carey (Deputy Headteacher, Principal).
  • Ms Jane Kadri (Head Teacher and Founder).
Teaching jobs and careers at Al Rabeeh School
  • Email application letter, CV, photograph to the school head, address principal@alrabeehschool.ae or jobs@alrabeehschool.ae. Put your full name and teaching position applied for in the subject line. Applicants must be UK qualified with at least 3 years teaching experience.
  • Typical overseas hire contracts are 2 years renewable and include standard UAE labour law provisions (gratuity, tax-free salary, visa arranged by employer). Additionally: accommodation (shared or single) or accommodation allowance, annual flight ticket or allowance, medical insurance (not stated if private or government health card).
Al Rabeeh High School extension or new Al Rabeh Primary School
  • 30 Jan 2015: A number of vacancies have been advertised for teachers, and a vice-principal (see the TES jobs section), at Al Rabeeh School starting August or September 2015 (application closing date 28 Feb 2015). No mention of a high school extension or new primary school. Possibly means plans have been suspended or abandoned.
    • Advertisements typically say Al Rabeeh School is a large, well established primary school in Abu Dhabi, on its own purpose built site. Al Rabeeh is a bilingual, Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 private school for boys and girls ... But do not say anything about offering or expanding to KS3 or KS4.
  • 12 Jan 2013: Plans for a new Al Rabeeh High School or Al Rabeh Primary School (both names reported) were announced by Learn Educational Investments or Investment Company (LEI) according to media reports. Original announcement not provided or found.
    • The Khaleej Times said LEI will provide another 1,300 seats for Grades 5-12 at the new Al Rabeh High School extension. Other newspapers said there would be a new primary school not a high school.
    • No information provided about location, opening date, construction timeline, fees, curriculum details, etc.
25 November 2014
  • Website not available at www.alrabeeh.sch.ae. New or alternative domain might be www.alrabeehschool.ae (shows parking page only when checked).
  • School owner or management company is Learn Education Group, a subsidiary of Royal Group Abu Dhabi (RG) (not Royal Group Services USA) according to ADEC information. But Al Rabeeh School not mentioned on Royal Group website, neither is Learn Education for that matter. Royal Group also operate the Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.
  • Additional email address supplied as alrabeeh.pvt@adec.ac.ae by ADEC, but emails sent to ADEC addresses are not usually replied to in our experience.
  • FB page at facebook.com/pages/Al-Rabeeh-School/126370500736251 but appears to be unofficial. No information, no posts. Other pages found appear to be FB generated spam with no or very little useful information:
    • facebook.com/profile.php?id=126370500736251 - same as unofficial page.
    • facebook.com/pages/al-rabeeh-school/108551445920608 - FB auto-spam.
    • facebook.com/pages/Al-Rabeeh-School/180974855380179 - FB auto-spam.
    • facebook.com/pages/Al-rabeeh-school-muroor-st-Abudhabi/372064272864524 - FB auto-spam.
    • facebook.com/pages/Al-Rabeeh-School-KG1-Year-6/222904957719919 - FB auto-spam.
12 January 2007 review
  • Mixed comments, usually the good ones are about teachers, not management.
  • School website under construction as of August 2006. Also called Al Rebeeh School, Alrabeeh School.
  • Head is Mr Hugh Carey, previously was Ms H J Kadri?
  • Part of the Beacon School Group?
April 2013 to February 2015 - school girl allegedly raped by cleaner

Timeline of the case of a female student allegedly raped by one of the cleaners at the school. Based on reports in the UAE media, and some international reports. Dates are of court hearings or date information was reported. Some reports said Al Rabeeh School was a public or government school, which is incorrect, it is a private school.

  • 26 Feb 2015 - the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court upheld the guilty verdict and death sentence penalty for the accused. The court rejected the claim by the defendant that he had made a confession under duress. The court referred the claim for AED 5 million in damages by the family of the victim to the civil court.
  • 18 Jan 2015 - lawyers presented their case to the Appeals Court again, along with testimony from the medical examiner. Verdict to be announced 25 Feb 2015.
  • 10 Dec 2014 - Court of Cassation sent the case back to the Appeals Court which heard evidence again. The case was adjourned until 18 Jan 2015 to hear from a forensics expert.
  • 23 Mar 2014 - the Appeals Court upheld the death sentence punishment for the accused. The case will go to the Court of Cassation for the next hearing.
  • 02 Mar 2014 - at the Appeals Court the 4 teachers defended the accused again, and the prosecution said again their statements were not relevant to the verdict.
  • 18 Nov 2013 - the trial continued at the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal with 4 teachers defending the accused, and the prosecution saying their statements had little or no validity.
  • 05 Nov 2013- international media reports highlighted the story, with comments from Human Rights Watch claiming the accused had been badly treated and unfairly sentenced.
  • 29 Jul 2013 - Court of First Instance handed down a death sentence to the accused for the rape of the student.
  • 27 May 2013 - Court of First Instance heard from the defense and the prosecution. The prosecution said they would seek damages of AED 5m from the school and the accused.
  • 14 Apr 2013 - the date of the alleged offence. The Indian cleaner or caretaker, who had been employed at the school for 30 or more years, was accused of raping a 7 year old Emirati girl during the morning break, in a kitchen between the school staff room and the female toilets.

Schools in the same area as Al Rabeeh School

School name Founded   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School fees Reviews
Abu Dhabi Indian School   1975   +971-2-4488025   K-12  Indian CBSE 5,700-10,240  ADIS reviews 
Al Mashael National Private School      +971-2-4482414   K-12  Arabic, UAE MOE   
Al Qadesyah Secondary School      +971-2-4482818     UAE   
Al Wahda Secondary School      +971-2-4482818     UAE   
Indian Islahi Islamic School      +971-2-4481133   K-12  Indian CBSE 2,790-4,590  IIIS reviews 
International Academic School   1987   +971-2-4488868   K-12  Arabic/US/UK IGCSE 8,012-18,360   
New Indian Model School Abu Dhabi   15 April 1987   +971-2-4482048   K-12  Indian CBSE, SSLC 3,000-4,150   
Pakistan International School Abu Dhabi      +971-2-4487271   K-10  Pakistan   
Sheikh Khalifa Pakistani School   August 1975   +971-2-4487160   K-12  Pakistan FBISE, FBIS 3,150-5,420  SKPS reviews 
Sherwood Academy      +971-2-4486688   K-10  Indian CBSE 6,950-10,000  SA reviews 
The National Torches Private School      +971-2-4482414   K-12  Arabic, UAE MOE   


Last update 07 February 2015
General comments - might not apply to Al Rabeeh 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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