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School Fees Biggest Concern For Almost Half Of UAE Parents

A recent survey commissioned by National Bonds found that almost half of respondents (45 percent) said school fees were their biggest financial concern.

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While the biggest worry for those surveyed was rental cost (64 percent), school fees came in a very close third with 45 percent of respondents stating educational fees were their biggest worry. The UAE's second biggest worry, and only one percent above education (46 percent) was the increase in utility costs.

The survey follows the news last week that 51 private schools in Abu Dhabi have been given approval by ADEC to increase their fees by an average six percent for the 2016/17 academic year.

According to Gulf News, school fees are considered the second-biggest household expense for 40 per cent of Arabs and 42 per cent of Asian expats. For thirty one percent of Emiratis, school fees are the second-biggest expenditure while thirty percent of Western expatriates also state the same.

Mohammed Qasim Al Ali, CEO of National Bonds, which commissioned the survey, told the publication, “increased house rents, increased costs of utility items and children’s educational expenses appear to place the most pressure on households across the country.”


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