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Diyafah International School MBZ Experience

Diyafah International School in Mohammed bin Zayed City, is one of two moderately priced UK curriculum schools operated as a family business by the daughter (in Dubai) and son (in Abu Dhabi) of the founder of the original Dubai school.
Parents' Rating
3.9 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
At a glance
School type
School phase
All through
Inspection rating
Availability 2021/22
No data
Availability 2022/23
No data
Annual fee average
AED 34,000
Annual fees
AED 25,900–42,600
Price band help
Opening year
School year
Sep to Jul
Ian Campbell
D’Cunha family
Main teacher nationality
South Africa
Main student nationality
United Arab Emirates

Nearby nurseries

1.9km • Creative Curriculum curriculum
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The management team, supported by its close ties to the Founder, is clearly dedicated and enthusiastic. The space created at the Abu Dhabi school may be functional rather than architecturally impressive, but it has been carefully thought through.

At the current time, the school consists of two large square buildings which are traditional in design and layout. They take up approximately half of a very large plot of land and it is not immediately evident on entry to the site, that in addition to space for two additional buildings (one of which will be a purpose-built secondary block and the other a large Sports facility including a swimming pool and Auditorium) there is a full-size astroturf playing field in the centre.

The Foundation Stage is located in a separate ground floor section of the first building with outside play areas, indoor play space, their own library, music and multi-purpose rooms. Corridors have plenty of art and other work on display. The upper floor of this building contains administration and meeting rooms.

Directly to the rear of the building is a large, shaded area with plenty of outdoor play equipment that is separated from the second building which contains the remainder of the classrooms for the other year groups. These are arranged across three floors of the building and a multi-purpose hall, laboratories, art rooms, library and other specialist facilities are included in this building.

It is all well laid out and organised. The appearance and facilities of the school may be functional rather than impressive, but, based on classroom activity, and the buzz of the school in general, they seem to be providing their students with all their essential requirements. Perhaps, most importantly, Diyafah International School remains the same welcoming and caring environment for its students that it has been since it opened. 


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