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Pan American Academy Abu Dhabi

School name Pan American Academy Abu Dhabi
Type of institute private K-12 school
Curriculum or Student Nationality Canadian
Qualifications or Courses BC HS Diploma
Head of school
Executive body or owner PAA British Columbia, GIVE Education Group
Planned opening date planned
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
School area, location map
Postal address Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone planned
School fees structure
Teacher salary range see general comments

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Warning (06 September 2014)

There are a number of reports of teachers being offered a job at the Pan American Academy in Abu Dhabi, with the job offer letter requesting teachers to pay visa processing fees or similar to City Life Travels, a travel agent in Dubai, via a Western Union payment. Amounts requested vary but USD 1350, US$1450, US$2450 seen.

Do not send any money. It is usually a sign of a scam, and even if it isn't, employers in the UAE are legally required to pay all visa and related costs for their employees.

10 December 2014 update

More teaching jobs advertised for other unknown or fake schools in Abu Dhabi, similar to those for PAA-AUH, including contact information and website pages the same as for PAA-AUH. Including:

06 September 2014 further information:

  • Pan American Academy Charter School is a real school but in Philadelphia, USA.
  • Pan American Academy Abu Dhabi was a proposed school in 2008 or 2009 with a Canadian curriculum but up till now has not been built.
  • There was a website for a PAA in Abu Dhabi however the contact details were suspicious, giving the PO Box for the American International School of Abu Dhabi (which is a real school with its own website).
  • City Life Travels LLC is a real travel agency, but in Dubai, not Abu Dhabi. There are two websites, citylifetravels.com which looks like the genuine and correct version, and citylifetravelsae.com which looks suspicious to us, and is given in job offer letters for PAA in Abu Dhabi.
  • We don't know if City Life Travels LLC is a suspicious organisation connected with the suspicious job offers for PAA or not.
  • These job offers are very similar to a number of previous fake job offers for various positions in the UAE, in schools and hospitals, either referring to a real school which is an unfortunate victim and has nothing to do with the hoax, or a made up school name which doesn't exist.
  • Job offer email addresses include admin@panamaca-ae.com and hirepanamericanacad@gmail.com.
  • Contact names given in the job offer and fee payment request include Ahmed Khaled or Khalid at the PAA, and Fred Pascal at City Life Travels. Unknown if they are real people or not.
  • Contact information for the real City Life Travels (or City Life Travel) is:
    • PO Box 90262, Dubai, UAE. Phone: +971-4-2677505. Fax: +971-4-2677175. Mobile: +971-50-2964254. Not found in UAE Yellow Pages but there is a listing for them in the Dubai Chamber of Commerce Commercial Directory (DCCI) with the same contact information.
    • Location: Damascus Street, Al Qusais Industrial Area 4, Dubai.
    • Facebook pages found for City Life Travel are outdated (last entries in 2011).
  • Contact information for the unknown City Life Travels is:
    • PO Box 90262, Dubai, UAE. Phone +971-56-2342199. Fax +971-4-2623175. Email: info@citylifetravelsae.com.
    • Tel number is a mobile number not a landline. Fax number not found in UAE Yellow Pages.
    • Some or most information on the suspicious City Life Travels website has been copied from Al Majid Travel & Tourism in Dubai, a real organisation but with different contact information and location to the real City Life Travels agency.
    • No location information given unless CLT really is related to Al Majid Travel and Tourism.

Pan American Academy Abu Dhabi

Not to be confused with the Pan American Academy Charter School (website www.panamericanacademy.org) in Philadelphia, USA, which is unrelated to PAA in the UAE or Canada.

06 September 2014
  • www.panamaca-ae.com - website for PAA in Abu Dhabi, although referred to as Pan American Academy Charter School, implying a connection with the one in USA. Website not available (Sep 2014). Website seems suspicious for the following reasons:
    • PAA say "Pan American is a candidate to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, and the first Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in Abu Dhabi." No information found about PAA in Abu Dhabi according to the IBO directory.
    • Their location map gives the location of the PAACS in the USA.
    • Their history page says "Pan American Academy is a K through 8 charter school founded by Congreso in September 2008. Governed by a committed Board of Trustees, Pan American Academy provides high-quality education to over 700 students in eastern North Abu Dhabi." Which appears to be copied from the USA PAA website history page, except "Philadelphia" was replaced with "Abu Dhabi". Congreso is an organization which aims to strengthen Latino communities. As far as we know they don't have a presence in the UAE.
    • The leadership page lists Mrs. Wanda Novales as the CEO and says she was "Born in Puerto Rico and raised in North Abu Dhabi from the age of 12 ...". Coincidentally, the USA PAA CEO is also called Mrs Wanda Novales, and their website says she was "Born in Puerto Rico and raised in North Philadelphia from the age of 12 ..."
  • PAA Abu Dhabi not found in the ADEC school directory.
  • PAA Abu Dhabi contact information (from PAA website):
    • Ahmed Khaled (HR Director), Pan American Academy
    • Location and postal address: 25th Street of [sic] Airport Road. PO Box 5992, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
    • Postal address is the same as for the American International School in Abu Dhabi.
    • Tel: +971-56-1271092. Fax: +971-2-4445005. Email: info@panamaca-ae.com.
    • Phone number is a mobile, no landline found. Fax number or listing for PAA Abu Dhabi not found in the UAE Yellow Pages phone directory.
  • www.panamcs.org - PAA Charter School in USA website or domain. Not available, might be used for email addresses only.
14 October 2009 review
  • Pan American Academy (PAA) Abu Dhabi is a Canadian curriculum school in the tentative planning stages.
  • PAA Limited is a British Columbia, Canada, based school operator with an application at the BC Ministry of Education to operate a BC Offshore School in Dubai.
  • PAA already operates a couple of BC curriculum schools in China.
  • See the PAA Dubai information for some question marks about the school operator.
  • See also Canadian International School in Abu Dhabi for a Canadian curriculum school (Alberta Ministry of Education)


Last update 11 September 2014
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