The United Arab Emirates topped the ranking of countries in the Middle East in the number of international English schools.
The UAE has become a leader among the countries of the Middle East in the number of English schools. The number of international English-language schools in the Middle East continues to grow, despite the difficult economic conditions.
According to the latest ISC Research data published ahead of the IPSEF Middle East forum in Dubai, the number of international schools in the region has grown from 1,159 in 2013 to 1,593 in 2018.
The UAE topped the list of countries in the Middle East: this year in the UAE there are 624 international schools, while in the past there were 596. Saudi Arabia follows the UAE - 257 schools, followed by Qatar with 166 schools. A total of 1.51 million students attend international schools in the region, each of whom pays an average of $ 7,658 annually for their education.
“Mid-range schools that are accessible to expats and higher-income locals are most in demand in the Middle East,” said Richard Gaskell, head of ISC Research Schools.
"The market in the Middle East, in particular in the UAE, continues to expand. ISC Research announces 17 new international schools that will open in the UAE in the academic year 2018-2019, 13 of which are located in Dubai."
The growing number of international schools in the Middle East further underscores the central role of education in state development strategies in the region. It is also worth noting that certain measures have been taken in the region that allow private companies to independently open international schools, generally supporting the education sector.