Monday 16 December 2019 (UAE)

GEMS schools in Dubai and UAE

GEMS Education and list of GEMS schools

GEMS Education is a division of the Varkey Group, a privately owned company based in Dubai with interests mainly in education but also in healthcare and construction. GEMS stands for Global Education Management System, it is not the plural of "GEM" or an acronym for "GEM Schools". GEMS owns and operates schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the Middle East, France, India, the UK, USA, Switzerland, and other countries around the world. Some (or all) GEMS schools operate under the name Premier Schools International LLC (incorporated in 2006 in Dubai).

The Dubai Gem School is not part of the GEMS school network, despite the name, nor is the Little Gems Preschool in Abu Dhabi and other schools in the Little Gemz Group (as far as we know, they are not in the list of schools provided by GEMS).

List of GEMS schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and other UAE locations

List of institutes and details
Institute name Emirate/Town   Tel    Level  Curriculum Qualifications School Fees Comments
Al Khaleej National School   Dubai   +971-4-2822707   K-12  Arabic, UAE, US MOE, HS Diploma 12,290-23,518   
American Academy Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   renamed   K-12   AAAD comments 
American School Fujairah   Fujairah   planned   K-12  US   
Badrah School Dubai Waterfront   Dubai   planned   K-12  International   
Boathouse School Palm Jumeirah   Dubai   planned   primary    
Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-5521621   K-12  Indian CBSE, IGCSE, AS, A-levels 13,438-28,380   
Cambridge High School Dubai   Dubai   renamed   K-12  Arabic, UK A-level, IGCSE   
Cambridge International School Al Quoz   Dubai   planned   K-12  UK   
Cambridge International School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2824646   K-12  UK A-level, IGCSE 15,327-20,810   
Cambridge International School Dubailand   Dubai   renamed   K-12  UK   
Cambridge International School Jumeirah Village   Dubai   planned   K-12  UK   
GEMS Al Barsha National School for Boys   Dubai   +971-4-5069333   K-12  UK, UAE NC, MOE 42,000-62,000   
GEMS Al Barsha National School for Girls   Dubai   +971-4-5069222   K-12  UK, UAE NC, MOE 42,869-63,283   
GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-5574880   K-12  US IB (pending approval) 31,500-66,780  GAAAD comments 
GEMS American School Ajman   Ajman   planned   primary  US  GASA comments 
GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-5104343   K-12  UK IGCSE, AS, A-Levels, BTEC 19,000-32,300   
GEMS Dubai American Academy   Dubai   +971-4-7049777   K-12  US IB, SAT, AP 61,190-86,260  GDAA comments 
GEMS FirstPoint School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2789700   K-12  UK EYFS, NC 40,183-68,734  GFSD comments 
GEMS Founders School Al Mizhar   Dubai   +971-4-2103555   K-12  UK National Curriculum 23,000-35,000   
GEMS Founders School Dubai Barsha   Dubai   +971-4-5195222   K-12  UK IGCSE, A-Level 22,455-33,683   
GEMS Heritage Indian School   Dubai   +971-4-3894888   K-12  Indian CBSE 14,000-24,000   
GEMS International School Al Khail   Dubai      K-12  International IB 46,000-60,000   
GEMS Metropole School Motor City   Dubai   +971-4-5507200   K-12  UK IGCSE, AS, A-levels 33,792-45,056  GMSMC comments 
GEMS Millennium School Sharjah   Sharjah   +971-6-5358176   primary  Indian CBSE 8,800-11,550   
GEMS Modern Academy Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-3263339   K-12  Indian IB, CISCE, ICSE, ISC 28,646-68,302  GMAD comments 
GEMS Modern Nursery   Dubai   +971-4-3263339   nursery  Indian Montessori, Reggio Emilia 28,387   
GEMS Nations Academy   Dubai   renamed   primary  US KG1 to Grade 8 84,000-135,000  GNA comments 
GEMS New Millennium School Al Khail   Dubai   +971-4-3396533   K-12  Indian CBSE 20,000-27,000   
GEMS Our Own School Al Warqa   Dubai   +971-4-2800075     Indian CBSE, iCBSE 5,518-11,676   
GEMS School of Digital Futures   Dubai   unknown     UK NC   
GEMS Sports Academy   Dubai   closed 2017   secondary  US US HS Diploma 85,000   
GEMS United School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-8183600   K-12  US AP, SAT 32,421-79,258   
GEMS Vertus School Dubai   Dubai   unknown     34,000-42,500   
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail   Dubai        UK 52,000-85,000   
GEMS Westminster School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   not planned       
GEMS Westminster School RAK   Ras Al Khaimah   +971-7-2035999   K-10  UK NC 10,000-16,000   
GEMS Westminster School Sharjah   Sharjah   +971-6-5426323   K-12  Arabic, UK IGCSE, AS, A-Level 12,000-18,000   
GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-6326620   K-10  UK British NC 14,000-22,000   
GEMS Winchester School Fujairah   Fujairah   +971-9-2014000   K-10  UK National Curriculum 23,100-33,000   
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-6416333   K-12  UK/US IB DP, MYP, PYP 25,000-55,650  GWAAD comments 
GEMS World Academy Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-3736373   K-12  UK, US IB DP, MYP, PYP 55,386-96,140  GWAD comments 
GEMS World School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   renamed   K-12   GWSAD comments 
Jumeirah College   Dubai   +971-4-3954950   secondary  UK A-level, GCSE 58,542-73,177   
Jumeirah Primary City School   Dubai   renamed WPS   primary  UK 34,510-43,500  JPCS comments 
Jumeirah Primary School   Dubai   +971-4-3943500   primary  UK NC 32,775-41,315  JPS comments 
Little GEMS International School Barsha   Dubai   +971-4-3855355   nursery  UK EYFS 45,000-52,000   
Little GEMS International School Safa   Dubai   +971-4-3855355   nursery  UK EYFS 39,000-42,000   
Little Learners Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-3486260   nursery  UK EYFS 36,000  LLD comments 
Millennium School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2988567   K-12  Indian CBSE, iCBSE 16,898-24,849  MSD comments 
Modern High School Dubai   Dubai   renamed   K-12  Indian IB, CISCE, ICSE, ISC 26,780-42,050  MHSD comments 
OOEHS Sharjah Boys   Sharjah   +971-6-5355227   K-12  Indian CBSE 6,050-9,680  OSB comments 
Our Own Community School Al Warqa   Dubai   renamed     Indian CBSE, iCBSE   
Our Own English High School Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-6425990   K-10  Indian CBSE 3,300-6,700  OOEHSAD comments 
Our Own English High School Al Ain   Al Ain   +971-3-7679747   K-12  Indian CBSE, CIE AS A-levels 3,324-6,924  OOEHSAA comments 
Our Own English High School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2361335   K-12  Indian CBSE 6,015-12,727  OOEHSD comments 
Our Own English High School Sharjah   Sharjah   +971-6-5386486   K-12  Indian CBSE 5,324-10,648  OOEHSS comments 
Our Own High School   Dubai   +971-4-2800077   K-12  Indian CBSE 7,358-12,484  OOHS comments 
Our Own Indian School   Dubai   +971-4-3391188   K-12  Indian CBSE 4,753-9,689  OOIS comments 
Royal Dubai School   Dubai   +971-4-2886499   K-10  UK NC, GCSE, A-level 30,084-37,932  RDS comments 
Sheffield School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2678444   K-12  UK GCSE 21,400-40,400  SSD comments 
Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls   Abu Dhabi   +971-2-4469777   K-12  Arabic, Canadian, US HS Diploma 26,100-60,200   
Silicon Oasis GEMS School   Dubai   renamed GWA   K-12  UK IB DP  SOGS comments 
The Kindergarten Starters   Dubai   +971-4-2824090   primary  Indian CBSE 6,180-8,247  TKS comments 
Varkey International School   Dubai   renamed OOIS   K-12  Indian CBSE, SSLC  VIS comments 
Wellington Academy Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-3424040   K-12  UK NC, GCSE, IB 31,000-70,000  WAD comments 
Wellington International School   Dubai   +971-4-3484999   K-12  UK IB, AS / A-level, I/GCSE 35,244-76,675   
Wellington International School Palm Jumeirah   Dubai   planned   primary  UK NC   
Wellington Primary School   Dubai   +971-4-3433266   primary  UK NC, FS1-2, KS1-2 36,060-45,460  WPS comments 
Westminster School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-2988333   K-12  Arabic, UK A-level, IGCSE 7,600-14,700  WSD comments 
Winchester School Dubai   Dubai   +971-4-8820444   K-12  Indian, UK NC 13,500-30,200  WSD comments 
Winchester School Dubai Oud Metha   Dubai   +971-4-3374112   K-12  Indian, UK EYFS, NC, AS, A-level 11,300-19,500   
List of GEMS World Academy Schools
Little GEMS international preschools (LGIP)
GEMS Education how many students, teachers, schools, countries
GEMS-NBAD credit card

GEMS school teaching jobs and careers

GEMS Education recruitment open days in the UK from 26-30 October 2013
General information for teaching careers at GEMS schools

GEMS school fee increases

GEMS school fee increases 05 May 2012
GEMS school fee increases 19 January 2012

Gulf News reported that GEMS were increasing fees in some of their schools again, for the 2012-2013 academic year, in accordance with the UAE Ministry of Education decision in May 2010 to allow them an annual 10% increase for three years. Parents are understandably annoyed. Unknown what the KHDA in Dubai plans to do about it (if anything), as they had imposed a freeze on school fee increases in Dubai. Schools affected by the increase include all GEMS schools in Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, offering the Indian CBSE curriculum (reported figures only, confirmed figures not supplied):

A Gulf News report 19 January 2012 quoted a GEMS spokesperson as saying "New Indian schools have or are being built and all have been allowed to set much higher fees than these older schools. This has led to concern about our schools' ability to remain sustainable and their ability to continue to compete in the market for good teachers, something that is essential in order to provide a quality education for children." It's not clear how the fee increases improve the ability of GEMS to "compete in the market for good teachers" since GEMS teachers do not appear to have received salary increases.

GEMS school fee increases 14 February 2011
GEMS school fee increases 2010-2011 - 15 May 2010
GEMS schools face closure over fee freeze - 30 March 2010
GEMS transport fee increases 02 March 2009

GEMS are increasing bus transport fees in several schools as a result of outsourcing them to Bright Bus Transport Company, and cancelling them in others from 01 April 2009, according to a Khaleej Times report 02 March 2009:

GEMS Education profile and contact details

Chairman Sunny Varkey
Postal Address PO Box 8607, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3477770
Fax +971-4-3403390
Email global@gemseducation.com

GEMS offices and operations worldwide

Reference: GEMS document Nov 2012 "An opportunity to invest with us".

Varkey GEM Foundation and former US President Bill Clinton

GEMS school general information and updates

GEMS school sale to Emirates REIT (23 Nov 2013 press release)
GEMS school sale to Pinebridge (06 Nov 2013 press release)
GEMS to issue $500 million sukuk (29 Oct 2013 - Reuters)
GEMS to sell 20% or 33% of company for $500 million (16 Sep 2013 - Reuters and Arabian Business)
GEMS borrows AED 2 billion for new school development (21 Apr 2013 press release)
GEMS looking for up to $1 billion for expansion (27 Mar 2013 - Blooomberg)
GEMS Westminster School Dubai closing but not closing after all (16 Dec 2012 to 05 May 2013)
10 new GEMS schools in the UAE (22 Oct 2012 press release)
GEMS admitted to World Economic Forum (again?)
GEMS Chairman named as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
GEMS IPO possibly in 2013 (15 Mar 2012 - Reuters)
28 Mar 2011 - GEMS IPO and GEMS school in Kenya
15 Mar 2011 - GEMS Education chairman award from UAE Ministry of Education
20 Sep 2010 - GEMS Schools Saudi Arabia partnership (press release)
15 Jun 2010 - GEMS school teacher salary increases
07 Jun 2010 - GEMS Education admitted to World Economic Forum
03 May 2010 - GEMS schools KHDA-DSIB ratings 2009-2010

GEMS announced DSIB school reports for their Dubai schools in a press release:

11 Jan 2010 - GEMS education expansion in India (press release)
18 Sep 2009 - GEMS school expansion plans
10 Apr 2010 - GEMS becomes member of the Clinton Global Initiative
28 Jan 2009 - GEMS school figure
23 Jul 2008 - GEMS school figures and expansion plans
01 Oct 2007 - GEMS free SMS text service for parents
08 Jul 2007 - GEMS to borrow $100m for expansion plans
23 Jan 2007 - GEMS alliance with Edison Schools
General notes for GEMS schools - 23 January 2007

The GEMS motto is "Educating for Brilliant Futures". There will be many parents and teachers who might claim there's a couple of gaps and it should read "Educating for GEMS Brilliant Profitable Future". Especially after the drama in January 2007 about GEMS 70% fee increases in several of their schools (in the end it was put off till December 2007). Whilst the frustrations of parents with regards to fees are understandable, it's a harsh truth that in Dubai and the UAE, if the opportunity to run a school in a profitable manner wasn't available, there would undoubtedly be an even greater shortage of educational institutes for expat children.

Whatever you might think about GEMS, they do provide a wide range of schools and pricing options for customers in Dubai, the UAE, and a growing number of locations in the rest of the world. Their website has a handy selector where you can filter by place, price, curriculum to choose a suitable school for your offspring. Schools managed by GEMS vary widely in quality and working conditions with places like Dubai American Academy (DAA) having a good reputation while others are less sought after by parents, students and teachers, to put it diplomatically. See individual schools (list above for UAE, and below for other countries) for ratings and comments where available. GEMS schools are sometimes referred to as Varkey schools or Varkey Group schools since GEMS is the education unit of the Varkey Group.

List of GEMS schools in the Middle East, Europe, and rest of the world

GEMS schools in Africa
GEMS schools in Azerbaijan

New school proposed or planned, probably in the capital city, Baku. No definitive information provided by GEMS.

GEMS schools in China

GEMS World Academy Tianjin Eco City, China

Little GEMS International School - Tianjin Eco City - British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Website www.littlegemsinternational.com/tianjin.

GEMS schools in Egypt
GEMS schools in England - see UK heading
GEMS schools in France
GEMS Education in Ghana

No schools listed in GEMS directory, no other information about planned or existing schools provided.

GEMS schools in Great Britain - see UK heading
GEMS schools in India
GEMS schools in Ireland (Eire)
GEMS schools in Jordan
GEMS schools in Kenya
GEMS schools in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) - see Saudi Arabia heading
GEMS schools in Kuwait
GEMS schools in Libya
GEMS schools in Nigeria
GEMS schools in Oman
GEMS schools in Poland
GEMS schools in Qatar
GEMS schools in Singapore
GEMS schools in Saudi Arabia
GEMS schools in South Africa
GEMS schools in Switzerland

[Closed] GEMS World Academy Switzerland

GEMS schools in the UAE (United Arab Emirates)
GEMS schools in Uganda
GEMS schools in the UK (United Kingdom)
GEMS school expansion in UK 2012-2014
GEMS schools in USA/North America
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