Dubai private schools see highest-ever enrolment in 2023-24 academic year

The total student enrolment has reached 365,000 students, with an increase of 12 per cent  

Dubai, Oct 24, 2023: Student enrollment across Dubai private schools during the academic year 2023-24 have increased in record numbers – the largest ever so far, according to Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). 

The total enrolment reached 365,000 students, with an increase of 12 per cent (or 39,000) -the highest ever increase in enrolment since the establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in 2007. 

The academic year also registered the first-ever double-digit growth in private school enrolments, reflecting Dubai’s emergence as an advanced educational hub that offers the highest global standards of quality in education. 


Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of KHDA says, “If we could glimpse into the future, we would see a private school community whose growth is driven by the vision of Dubai’s leadership. We would see principals, teachers, parents and students becoming the architects of a school culture that is internationally renowned for its diversity and quality. We would see education in Dubai take its place among the best in the world.” 

Dubai currently has 220 private schools, offering 17 curricula to students of more than 180 nationalities. More than three-quarters of all students in Dubai receive an education that is rated Good or better by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, including 76 per cent of Emirati students.