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GCC Private Education Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

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  • Report
  • March 2020
  • Region: Middle East
  • 130 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
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The GCC’s private education market is expected to grow at an increasing rate in the coming years due to various the government initiatives like Saudi Vision 2030, rising awareness of primary education, requirement of Higher Education options as well as the need for overall improvement in the quality of education, and an increase in population including expatriates. The Education market of GCC is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% as the region has majority population in the school age bracket.

Key Market Trends

Government initiatives towards a developed education sector

In the last few years, governments in the GCC region have undertaken a number of initiatives, most notably the introduction of favorable policies, which encourage private sector participation in the education sector. The governments in the GCC Countries have tried to increase the market share of private sectors in the industry by implementing initiatives like 100% foreign ownership. Furthermore, favorable demographics like majority of population in the school going age, rising expatriate population as a result of government policies providing 10-year residency visas and higher GDP per capita are also driving the demand for education in the GCC. The Governments in the GCC region are also continuing to allocate sizable portions of their budget to the education sector.

As a result, the K-12 private education market has gained prominence over the past few years and has become an attractive opportunity for investors and school operators. This had led to a direct impact on the investments from the private sector to capitalize on government's initiatives across the region.

Improvement in Quality and Availability of Higher Education Options

In today’s world, with the steady awareness among parents, education institutions, and investors about the need for primary education, there is a major demand for high-quality education, which will boost the tuition fees of private schools. But there is an insufficiency of educational resources in the market. The limited nature and shortage of resources available for the students is one of the biggest challenges for the K-12 education market in GCC. These countries are facing an acute shortage of skilled teachers and staff, the Pupil to teacher ratio is quite low across the region.

In order to improve the quality of education, several initiatives have been taken during the past few years such as establishing quality assurance authorities, building guidelines, and encouraging technology-driven education, among others, which have combined to display improvements across the quality of education. Based on the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 published by World Economic Forum (WEF), Qatar and the UAE lead their GCC counterparts based on the quality of primary education, ranking 10th and 16th on the global scale, respectively. However, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait are ranked much lower than their regional counterparts.

Competitive Landscape

The industry is quite fragmented with many players existing in the private sector also many more are entering the education market due to favorable investment options. Some of the preexisting private players include Al- Jazeera Academy, British International School of Jeddah, Dhuha International School, Dubai International Academy, GEMS Education, International School of London, Nadeen International School, Taaleem and The American International School of Muscat.

A lot of foreign investment deals are taking place in the gcc region since 2019 along with mergers and acquisitions under government initiatives like Saudi vision 2030. The GCC Private K12 market has a lot of opportunities and potential to grow in the coming future.

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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 Country
5.1.1 Saudi Arabia
5.1.2 United Arab Emirates
5.1.3 Oman
5.1.4 Qatar
5.1.5 Bahrain
5.1.6 Kuwait
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
5.3.4 CBSE
5.3.5 Others

6.1 Market Concentration Overview
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Al- Jazeera Academy
6.2.2 British International School of Jeddah
6.2.3 Dhuha International School
6.2.4 Dubai International Academy
6.2.5 GEMS Education
6.2.6 International School of London
6.2.7 Nadeen International School
6.2.8 Taaleem
6.2.9 The American International School of Muscat



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  • Al- Jazeera Academy
  • British International School of Jeddah
  • Dhuha International School
  • Dubai International Academy
  • GEMS Education
  • International School of London
  • Nadeen International School
  • Taaleem
  • The American International School of Muscat
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