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GEMS World Academy Dubai

School name GEMS World Academy Dubai
Type of institute private profit-making K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality UK, US
Qualifications or Courses IB DP, MYP, PYP
Head of school Jason McBride (Head of School)
Executive body or owner GEMS Education, Varkey Group, Emirates REIT
Date founded September 2007
Number of students (approx) 1800
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map Al Khail Rd, Al Barsha South - location map
Postal address PO Box 126260, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-3736373
Fax +971-4-3233176
Email info_gwa@gemsedu.com
Website www.gemsworldacademy-dubai.com
School fees structure 55,386-96,140 dhs per year (2013-2014)
Teacher salary range 12,500 - 23,000 dhs per month (estimate only)
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 136 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3 stars from 40 votes.    
Teacher job satisfaction rating
(by teachers, not about teachers)
3.5 stars from 55 votes.    
KHDA school inspection report ratings
2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
acceptable good good good

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GEMS World Academy Dubai (GWA-DXB) tuition fee structure, information, reviews
Grade/Year Nursery PreK KG1 KG2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2013-2014   55,386 55,386 69,283 69,283 69,283 69,283 69,283 79,733 79,733 79,733 79,733 87,780 87,780 96,140 96,140
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2010-2011 53,000 53,000 66,300   66,300 66,300 66,300 66,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 84,000 84,000 92,000 92,000
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2009-2010 53,000 53,000 66,300   66,300 66,300 66,300 66,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 84,000 84,000 92,000 92,000
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2008-2009 53,000 53,000 66,300   66,300 66,300 66,300 66,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 84,000 84,000 92,000 92,000
Annual tuition fees (AED) 2007-2008 53,000 53,000 66,300   66,300 66,300 66,300 66,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 76,300 84,000 84,000 92,000 92,000
  • 2013-2014 - application fee AED 500 (non-refundable), admission fee on acceptance AED 7,500 (non-refundable but deduction from Term 1 fees). Fees are exclusive of uniform costs, food, bus transport, any additional English language or special needs learning support.
  • 2011-2012 fees information not supplied. Please send fee structure to education@dubaifaqs.com.
  • 2009-2010 - application and assessment fee of AED 500. fees appear to be payable in 3 unequal instalments for 2009-2010 (most expensive term is term I), and two equal instalments for 2010-2011. There was a registration fee of 2000 dhs and admission fee of 3000 dhs in previous years, unknown if that still applies.
  • Location and school address in Al Barsha South, off Al Khail Road, near the JSS School Dubai Al Barsha. Exit Sheikh Zayed Road or Al Khail Rd at the Hessa St junctions and drive in the desert direction, turn left after the JSS International School campus. See location map for more detail. Areas near DWA Dubai include Al Barsha, Arabian Ranches, Dubai Motorcity, Dubai Sports City, Jumeirah Village, Emirates Hills The Springs and The Meadows, DuBiotech.
GWA Dubai teaching jobs and careers
  • See the Careers at GWA-Dubai section for details of any current or future vacancies. GEMS also uses teacher recruitment agencies for example Search Associates.
  • Teaching job applications must include CV with contact details of most recent supervisor, recent photograph, three letters of recommendation (written references). Or complete a job application package, available from GWA Dubai reception. Email applications to recruitment_gwa@gemsedu.com with name of position applied for in subject line. Covering letter not specified but usually it's sensible to include one.
  • Requirements are teaching certification, minimum 2 years teaching experience, preferably IB experience.
  • Overseas hire benefits package includes annual return airfare to home country, furnished accommodation, health cover (unknown if private or government), settling in allowance of US$1000 (about AED 3,700), annual professional development allowance of US$500 (about AED 1700), laptop computer use, free annual tuition for children (limited to one child per teacher, not clear if that means teaching couples get two or not), bonus for master's degree, end of service gratuity (not specified so assume minimum as per UAE law).
  • Salary and pay scale not provided but fee level indicates it should be decent enough, however the one child limit on free tuition for teachers is a negative indicator. Think twice if you have more than one child - tuition costs are very expensive in the UAE.
GWA Dubai calendar and term dates 2013-2014
  • Term 1 start date 02 Sep 2013 (also for Semester 1) for most students. New students attend on 01 Sep 2013. PreK-KG2 students start date 03 Sep 2013. Last day of Term 1 is 19 Dec 2013, classes finish at 1200. Holidays start.
  • Term 2 start date Mon 06 Jan 2014 for students. First day for teachers is 05 Jan 2013. Semester 1 ends 30 Jan 2014, Semester 2 starts 02 Feb 2014. Last day of Term 2 is 10 Apr 2014, early finish, 1200, Spring Break holiday starts.
  • Term 3 start date Mon 21 Apr 2014. Term 3 last day is Thu 19 Jun 2014 for students, also last day of Semester 2 and the Academic Year, students dismissed early at 1200, summer holiday starts. Last day for teachers is Fri 20 Jun 2014, finish at 1200 (according to GWA Calendar - seems odd, Friday is normally a weekend day off in the UAE).
23 November 2013 review
  • Emirates REIT Ltd, a UAE property investment trust, has taken over ownership of GEMS World Academy in Dubai from GEMS Education in a leasehold deal. GEMS will lease the property from Emirates REIT and continue to operate the school. Press release said there will be no impact on school operations, but presumably Emirates REIT made the deal because it saw a profit making opportunity, so that might have some impact on operations of the school. The press release also said The GEMS property acquisition, which is yield-accretive, represents approximately 25 per cent of Emirates REIT’s income stream so the revenue generation must be significant, given that Emirates REIT now has 8 properties in its portfolio.
  • GEMS sold the school to REIT to help fund our development and expansion plans within the UAE education sector according to the story.
  • Value of the deal, and length of lease not reported, but total value of Emirates REIT portfolio given as Emirates REIT’s assets to eight properties now valued at over Dh1.1 billion.
  • Head's name updated to Jason McBride (Head of School), previously was GWA-Dubai Elementary School Principal and Assistant Head of School. Previous head was Dan E Young (Superintendent, CEO). Date of change not supplied (was August 2013?). Mr Young moved to the new GEMS World Academy in Singapore (opening Aug 2014) as Founding Head and CEO. GWAD Elementary school principal is Ms Megan Brazil.
  • Contact details updated. Fax number updated to +971-4-323 3176 (previous +971-4-3233076, unknown if still valid, changed, or was an error). Email address updated to info_gwa@gemsedu.com (previous info@gwadubai.ae, unknown if still valid).
  • Weebly used for GWAD Primary Years Program (PYP) communication and educational resources, website address gwapyp.weebly.com which has links to other sites for classes PreK, KG1, KG2, Grades 1-5.
17 May 2010 review
  • GEMS World Academy Dubai (GWA-Dubai) has announced that they have been authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer the two year IB Diploma Program for senior students.
  • GWA Dubai IB classes will start in September 2011 for Grade 11 students according to the 17 May 2010 press release (not September 2010) - "The school commences its two year diploma program starting September 2011."
  • GWA already offers IB junior and middle school programs, or something. Press release said "The Academy finalises authorisation of pursuing the Primary Years and Middle Years programs, fall 2010" whatever that means.
04 June 2009
29 April 2009
  • Stuart Dennis, the current (?) GEMS Dubai World Academy head, is moving to the new Abu Dhabi British International School for May 2009.
  • Dan E Young is now Superintendent and CEO of GWA Dubai. Presumably he moved after the new American School of RAK closed down earlier in 2009, prior to that he was at another GEMS school, the Dubai American Academy (DAA).
  • Grade 11 starts from September 2009.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program expected to be offered from 2010 or 2011 subject to IBO approval.
  • Same GWA websites at www.gemsworldacademy-dubai.com and www.gemsworldschool-dubai.com. Information also at www.gemseducation.com but no website at www.gwadubai.ae (might be for email only).
04 January 2009
  • Contact details updated from GEMS World School Academy website. Old telephone number +971-4-3417857 and fax number +971-4-3417858. Old email info@gwsdubai.ae.
  • Class expansion schedule is September 2007 pre-K to grade 6 (maybe grade 7 & 8), September 2008 pre-K to 9 (maybe grade 10), September 2009 pre-K to grade 12.
07 September 2008
  • School name is now GEMS World Academy (GWA?). Website www.gemsworldschool-dubai.com still valid, with same information as GWA website.
  • GWA advertisements say they are the first and only school with a 50 meter swimming pool (Olympic size). Previous information was that it would be a 25m pool.
  • Additional telephone contact is mobile +971-50-5513343.
  • Website www.gwsdubai.ae seems to be for email contact only - no content when checked.
  • Fees assumed to be unchanged from 2007-2008 - GWA website still has 2007-2008 figures, KHDA information is that GWA applied for 25% increase but were ineligible as it was a new school.
30 June 2007
  • GEMS World School aims to provide a holistic international whole body mind and spirit education, or something like that, for children in Dubai, which sounds impressive. It should be, GEMS spent AED 200 million on the project. GWS will hold first term classes for 2007-2008 academic year at Royal Dubai School while GWS facilities are being completed. Registration at GWS Registration Center at Dubai American Academy. There is also a mobile contact number +971-50-5504272 available 0700-2000 Dubai time. GWS will start with KG to grade 6 and progress to grade 12 by 2010.
  • GWS is seeking accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and authorization from IBO to run IBPYP/IBMYP/IB programs, but IB will not be offered for September 2007.
  • Additional programs offered include Breakfast Club early mornings, GEMS enrich after school, GWSclub after GEMSenrich, and GEMSclub on Saturdays, so parents hardly ever have to see their kids.
  • Discount of 20% on fees for the first year if registration before September 2007 (and 10% in the following year). Registration Fee of 2000 dhs and Admission Fee of 3000 dhs. Fees are about the most expensive in Dubai for schooling. School website says fees paid to another school in Dubai can be deducted from GWS fees. Check with school exactly what this means.
  • The Principal, Stuart Dennis, was previously head of Jumeirah Primary School.
  • Comprehensive facilities will include a planetarium, robotics studio, TV studio, 25m swimming pool, athletic track, tennis and squash courts, and a rooftop Peace Garden where students can bunk off, er spend time in reflective contemplation.


Last update 27 November 2013
General comments - might not apply to GEMS World Academy Dubai
  • Many popular schools are full for 2018-2019. New schools in Dubai might have places.
  • Allow extra for books, extra-curricular activities, uniforms, trips, etc if not included in school fees.
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