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United Arab Emirates Private K12 Education Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

  • ID: 5012761
  • Report
  • March 2020
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • 130 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Jun 30th 2020
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  • Athena Education
  • Esol Education
  • GEMS Education
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  • SABIS Education Services
  • Taleem
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The United Arab Emirate's private education market is highly consolidated and the most mature market of all the GCC countries but still has the potential to grow. The Private Education sector of UAE is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% for the forecast period due to factors like increasing expatriate population , increasing enrollments, Improved Quality of education and increasing shift from public schools to private schools. Currently majority of the emirates and expat students in UAE are enrolled in private schools and this trend is expected to grow as there are over 16 curriculums provided by private schools displaying higher than average educational outcomes over public schools.

Key Market Trends

Increased Population Growth including Expatriates

One of the drivers of growth of UAE Private K12 education market is the increasing population. Despite the Oversupply of schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there is still growth opportunity in the market. The public schools in the country in the past years have witnessed slower growth in terms of number of enrollments as compared to private schools. The highest number of enrollments is witnessed in Cycle 1 (primary) level of schooling. It is followed by intermediate level of schooling, then KG level and secondary level of education. Dubai’s population is predominantly expatriates and the number of expatriates is expected to grow even more with the launch of Expo 2020 and other mega-projects. The government has also introduced ownership laws to allow for 100% foreign investor ownership of companies outside free zones and 10 year residency visa options, a move designed to drive more foreign investment into the country and attract longer term residents. With ease of investments the number of private schools is likely to increase in the forecasted period. Also with the 10 year residency visa available to expats, the population of school going students is expected to grow along with a reduction in attrition rate.

Quality of Education

UAE is among the leading providers of education services in the GCC. The private education sector has evolved in the country with the influx of international institutions, with a greater demand for various curricula. Further, population diversity within the expatriate community has pushed the private sector to offer a diversified range of curricula. In the 2017-2018 UAE ranked 12th and 16th, respectively, based on the parameters of quality of its higher education and training, and primary education. The expansion and integrationof e-learning programmes has enabled the country to rank 13thfor the provision of internet access at schools.To facilitate a diversified expatriate community, Dubai‘s private school network provides education across 16 curricula. Although the British curriculum is the most preferred syllabus, other major curricula such as Indian (CBSE and ICSE), American, International Baccalaureate (IB), French, and German has gained significant traction across the market.

In order to provide the best quality of education, the tuition fees charged by the private schools are in the high and premium range as compared to the public school. Despite this, the demand for private schools are increasing.

Competitive Landscape

The UAE's Private K12 Education market is consolidated by few private school brands like GEMS Education, Athena Education, Taleem, Esol Education, Kings’ Schools Group, SABIS Education Services and British International School. The Dubai market is the most consolidated across the GCC, with over 25% owned by GEMS Education. There are numerous more private schools who cater to the rising population of expat and emirati students and still there is an opportunity to invest in the Country. To meet the needs of Emirati students, there is a need in the UAE for high-quality schools, with a rating of “good” or better, that cater specifically to local preferences (by offering gender segregation and adequate provision of Arabic and religious studies, for example). For expatriate families, there is a need for high-quality schools, with fees in the low to mid tuition range, structured around the Indian, standard UK, International Baccalaureate (IB), and US curriculum.

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1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study

2.1 Analysis Methodology
2.2 Research Phases


4.1 Current Market Scenario
4.2 Market Dynamics
4.2.1 Drivers
4.2.2 Restraints
4.2.3 Opportunities
4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.4 General Trends in Education Market
4.5 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.5.4 Threat of New Entrants

5.1 By Geography
5.1.1 North Region
5.1.2 West region
5.1.3 South Region
5.1.4 East Region
5.2 By Source of Revenue
5.2.1 Kindergarten
5.2.2 Primary
5.2.3 Intermediary
5.2.4 Secondary
5.3 By Curriculum
5.3.1 American
5.3.2 British
5.3.3 Arabic/UAE
5.3.4 Indian
5.3.5 Others

6.1 Market Concentration Overview
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 GEMS Education
6.2.2 Athena Education
6.2.3 Taleem
6.2.4 Esol Education
6.2.5 Kings’ Schools Group
6.2.6 SABIS Education Services
6.2.7 British International School



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  • GEMS Education
  • Athena Education
  • Taleem
  • Esol Education
  • Kings’ Schools Group
  • SABIS Education Services
  • British International School
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