The UAE has the highest number of international schools in the region, and the second highest in the world, at 97.
The relaxing of visa rules and hosting of mega events will further boost these numbers, a report has said.
At Alpen Capital’s Education Webinar on Monday, experts said the need for quality education by the expatriate population as well as aspiring citizens is fuelling the demand for British, American, Indian, IB, Canadian, French, and German curricula schools
They added that mega events such as Expo 2020 Dubai, along with long-term visas and relaxation in FDI guidelines, are set to boost the region’s attractiveness and encourage expatriates to not only live and work, but also study in the region.
The observations, which were later released in the GCC Education Industry Report 2021, states that the influx of global schools continues to push the education sector among GCC nations.
Krishna Dhanak, Executive Director, Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd, said: “The unprecedented efforts taken by the industry stakeholders and governments during Covid-19 have led to a prioritization of long-term growth strategies at a macro level.
“The GCC education sector continues to be fragmented with several sizes and types of operators catering to a wide population with varied preferences. In the GCC, KSA and the UAE allocated about 19 and 15 per cent…