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British Arabic International School

Friday 23 February 2018 (UAE)   

British Arabic International School in Abu Dhabi

School name British Arabic International School
Type of institute private school
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Qualifications or Courses
Head of school
Executive body or owner
Date founded
Number of students (approx)
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School area, location map
Postal address Abu Dhabi, UAE
School fees structure
Teacher salary range see general comments
Student satisfaction rating
4 stars from 6 votes.    
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Not Rated from 0 votes.    
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(by teachers, not about teachers)
Not Rated from 0 votes.    

British Arabic International School admissions, reviews, notes

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Warning: Be careful if considering a teaching job at British Arabic International School (BAIS). There are several indications that the school is fake, and/or jobs offered at the school are a scam or a hoax.

If this really is an existing or planned school, please send us correct information so any errors on this page can be corrected. Or reply in the forum topic. Also inform ADEC so they can update their school directory.

If you apply for a job at BAIS and are asked to send money for visa fees, even by or to an organisation which sounds legitimate such as a UAE Ministry of Sending Visa Fees, or Education, or Employment, or anything similar, that is a clear warning that the job is either fake or for a disreputable employer. It is illegal under UAE law for an employer or recruitment organisation to charge employees for any part of the visa or recruitment process.

Positions vacant first seen or heard of in November 2014. Update: vacancies still being advertised in Jan ... Feb ... Mar 2015. Including in more reputable publications such as the Gulf News classifieds. With the highest salary offer we've ever heard of for a teaching job in the UAE - almost AED 40,000 per month. Very few schools would even pay their principals that much.

No listing in the ADEC school directory for a British Arab International School (BAIS), or British Arabic International School, or similar names. Which might mean it is new and the directory has not been updated yet, or it is not a licensed school, or it does not exist.

Location map supplied for school is either incorrect or another red flag that school does not exist (no school exists at location given).

No landline phone number supplied (which is not unusual for new schools or schools under construction in the UAE). Mobile number given as +971-56-7167610.

Website domain given as britisharabicintl.hst.im which is an Isle of Man domain, an unusual choice for a school in the UAE, to say the least. Website is blocked by UAE telecom providers which could mean they think it is a hoax, or it is offensive to UAE cultural values (which is common with websites showing explicit sexual photos or videos, or ones with content offensive to the Islamic religion, or websites related to gambling), or there is an error in the UAE filter (they blocked the Middlesex University for a while a few years ago).

Most or all of the website at the BAIS domain has been copied from the Sharjah British International School (SBIS) website, with the school name replaced by British Arabic International School, or Abu Dhabi British International School. As far as we know, neither SBIS or BISAD are relocating, or opening a second branch, at least not in the location given by BAIS (no one can, that area is full), and we are very sure they wouldn't go to the Isle of Man to set up a second website anyway, even if they were opening a new campus. The head's name of BAIS is given as Sheikha Deemas Yohan Al Yeris Al Subosi, however she is also the head of SBIS, so it seems more likely that BAIS forgot to change the name of the school head when pages were copied from the SBIS website.

Location given in BAIS information as at or near junction of Zayed the First Street and 4th Street (Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street). Al Muna Primary School is near there but as far as we know it hasn't changed its name, although the owners, Aldar Properties, do have plans to develop more schools in Abu Dhabi, however no connection found between Aldar and BAIS, at least not one which Aldar has made public. Perhaps school has an office located in one of the tower blocks at that location.

Note that there are a number of British Arab private schools in Abu Dhabi, as in Islamic schools for Muslim students wanting to follow a UK curriculum rather than a UAE MOE curriculum. However, job advertisements for British Arab private schools have clearly given the name British Arabic International School, with contact information that doesn't make sense if it really is an existing or planned school in Abu Dhabi.

Applicants might be requested to contact the "Skyway Traveling Agency" (not Skyway Travel Agency or Skyway Travelling Agency", which has a website at skywaytravele.hst.im, also an Isle of Man domain name (another red flag). No such agency found in the UAE anywhere, which means it is unlikely to be able to arrange any UAE visa anyway, whether you pay them or not.

Only contact reference to STA found gives details as 41 Lobito Crescent Wuse II, Abuja, Nairobi. Tel +234-80-77627815, +234-80-35561227 (which are mobile numbers not landline numbers in Nairobi).

BAIS is definitely not related to any of the following:

Arab American School in Dubai (DAAS).
British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD).
British International School Al Khubairat (BSAK). Although BIAS does give their postal address in some job advertisements as PO Box 4001 Abu Dhabi, which is the same as the address for BSAK. Another red flag for BIAS if they can't even get their own address correct.
Sharjah British International School (SBIS), previously Sharjah British School. Is a British Arabic school in Sharjah, and really does exist. The BAIS website is a copy of the SBIS website (with school name changed).


Last update 11 March 2015
General comments - might not apply to British Arabic International 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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