GEMS Education Profit Hits $131.5 million in 2016

GEMS Group has announced it has achieved profits of $131.5 million in the year through August, while income reached $879.3 million in the same time.
GEMS Education Profit Hits $131.5 million in 2016
By David Westley
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GEMS Group has announced it has achieved profits of $131.5 million in the year through August, while income reached $879.3 million in the same time.

The rise in profit is due to an increase in student enrollment which was up 6.1 percent this year, according to the school group.

Dino Varkey, speaking to Dubai Eye, noted that in the same period Dubai population had grown only by 1.2%, "so clearly parents are choosing our schools".

However in 2016, GEMS Group opened four new schools greatly adding to available capacity at group. These schools were: GEMS Founders, a highly affordable Dhs 22,000 to Dhs 29,000 British curriculum school in Al Barsha;  GEMS Nations Academy- the UAE’s most expensive school at Dhs 118,000 for Year 6; the dual MoE/UK curriculum GEMS Al Barsha National School, and Heritage Indian School.

In the interview the GEMS Education boss admitted there may actually be an oversupply in certain sectors of the education market, and that "some pretty heavy" discounting was now happening at some premium schools. He added that GEMS Education itself did not need to discount.

The GEMS Group, which remains in the top three largest International school groups in the world, has 88 schools across the Middle East, Africa, India, UK and the USA.

According to figures released by the school, GEMS Education reinvested $287.9 million in the same time period on schools.


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