Landlord Takes Control of OOEHS Fujairah

GEMS has lost operational control of Our Own English High School, Fujairah following a dispute with the landlord. The school group is currently pursuing legal action following the transfer of the school license to the landowner.
Landlord Takes Control of OOEHS Fujairah
By David Westley
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GEMS has lost operational control of Our Own English High School, Fujairah following a dispute with the landlord.

The dispute, which centred on the terms of a new, 30-year lease with the landowner, means the education group is no longer involved with the school after "faithfully serving thousands of families and playing an integral part in the community for the last 30 years".

"The professional licence of the school was unilaterally, and without our knowledge or consent, transferred into the name of the landlord in March 2018," according to a GEMS Education statement.

The overwhelming majority of schools in the UAE will be operating on long-term leases, including many of GEMS Education's 48 other schools in the country. If  applicable to other schools, the case would suggest a landlord, school owner relationship skewed very much in the former's favour, an additional incentive to seek legal redress. 

“We have been working hard to try and resolve this matter through the courts and other avenues, and notwithstanding this decision, we will continue to rigorously pursue our various legal claims through the courts, including seeking the reversal of the transfer of the professional license and return of all school assets.

"We cannot comment further as the matter remains sub judice”.

The dispute with the landlord had been widely reported in July following a GEMS’ statement that it would not be able to pay the Indian school’s teacher salaries for July as a result of the dispute.

The school remains open, operating under the landlord.

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