20 Affordable British Schools In Dubai

Who says there's no such thing as affordable British schools in Dubai? Spurred on by so much recent discussion on rising school fees and stagnant salaries, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has not only updated our hugely popular Affordable Schools story but added 7 more schools to the list. Find out which Dubai schools have surprisingly good ratings, feedback and results, and none of which will 'break the bank!'
20 Affordable British Schools In Dubai
By C Hoppe
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Schools AED 25,000 and Under...

The City School Dubai

The City School International Dubai

Curriculum: UK
Years: FS1 to Year 11
Fees: AED 13,666 to AED 24,227
KHDA Ranking: Acceptable
Location: Nad Al Hamar
Website: (Currently not available)

The Buzz: An 'Acceptable' school with a Good to Very Good Primary and Secondary provision.

What the KHDA says: While the City School's Foundation remains clearly Acceptable, the Primary and Secondary sections at the school remain predominantly Very Good.

What the School Says:

"The progress and achievements we see in the classrooms are only part of the experience at The City School International. We believe in providing consistent support in all aspects of school life – academic, co-curricular and extracurricular – to encourage a genuine love for learning. We are dedicated to helping our students achieve the abilities and personal qualities that will prepare them for a rewarding and productive life."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full school review: here


Name: Cambridge International School

Cambridge International School Dubai

Curriculum: UK
Years: Foundation to Year 13
Fees: AED 17,825 to AED 24,202
KHDA Ranking: Good
Location: Garhoud
Website: here

The Buzz: This value fee range GEMS Education school has a lot more going for it than just the price. Consistently rated good since 2008 by the KHDA, the school has also more recently done exceedingly well in our very own WhichsShoolAdvisor.com school inspection.

2015/16 Update: Cambridge International was the highest placed school in the 2015 'Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards' with one student placed in the 2015 world rankings for top Cambridge exam achievement, a further four were recognised in the 'High Achievement Award' category, while six more were placed in the UAE top 50 rankings for its 2015 exam results... not bad at all!

What the KHDA Says: If Cambridge could just bump the ratings up for its Primary section, this GEMS school might very well be considered 'Very Good' or even 'Outstanding.'

The WSA Parent Survey: Parents at Cambridge remain positive on all indicators in the survey, and 55 percent say the level of education received is on a par with, or better than, that received in their home country.

What the School Says:

"We offer outstanding learning opportunities where our students attain results that are regularly better than international standards. We are committed to continually reviewing our progress in order to find ways to further improve."

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full school review: here


Dubai Gem Private School

dubai gem private school

Curriculum: UK
Years: Foundation to Year 13
Fees: AED 12,246 to AED 25,142
KHDA Ranking: Good
Location: Oud Metha
Website: here

The Buzz: Rated ‘Good’ by the KHDA for the past seven inspections.

What the KHDA Says: Attainment and progress in Foundation Stage (FS) for all key subjects are good. In primary, secondary and post-16, attainment and progress in all subjects, except Arabic, are good or better. The development of learning skills in all phases is good.

This year saw a drop in almost all core subject Primary and Secondary indicators from Very Good to Good.

Yet, understanding of Islamic values and social responsibility and innovation all rose in 2016/17.

The WSA Parent Survey: Parents at the school are really very happy with almost everything at the school, with an impressive 63 percent of parents saying they would recommend the school to others and a staggering 86 percent stating that the level of education received is on a par with, or better than that received in their home country. To read the full report, see here.

What the School Says: (message from the principal)

“My vision for Dubai Gem Private School will be to continue the predominant culture that encourages continuous improvement for teachers and students, with most critically, the culture of recognition and a positive ‘can do’ attitude enhancing the happy, positive environment where staff and students are achieving at their best. The recent results bear testimony to the culture of high expectations and attainment.”

Read the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com full school review: here


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