DUBAI: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, has approved a Dh530 million investment for the expansion of the ‘Dubai Schools’ project. This initiative, aligning with the Dubai Social Agenda 33, will increase the project’s total seating capacity to 15,000 by 2033.
The funding will be used for the construction of a new school in Al Khawaneej and the expansion of an existing school in Al Barsha. The expansion will add over 6,400 seats, 295 classrooms, and 123 laboratories and specialized classrooms.
Sheikh Hamdan emphasized the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish an innovative education system in Dubai. He highlighted the initiative’s alignment with the Dubai Social Agenda 33 under the theme ‘Family: The Foundation of the Nation’, aiming to equip youth with necessary skills for a rapidly changing environment and to meet global benchmarks in educational excellence.
The Dubai Schools project, launched in March 2021, aims to provide high-quality, affordable education rooted in national values. The new school in Al Khawaneej will accommodate 4,028 students and feature state-of-the-art facilities, including 149 classrooms, 71 laboratories, indoor pools, sports halls, and an expansive library.
The Al Barsha school’s expansion will increase its capacity by 2,408 seats, bringing the total to 3,520 students. This expansion will include new classrooms, indoor pools, a football pitch, sports halls, outdoor courts, and a large library.
The Knowledge Fund Establishment and Dubai Municipality announced that these projects have reached a 50% completion milestone, with an expected readiness for the academic year 2024/2025.
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, stressed the leadership’s commitment to investing in future generations through an integrated, sustainable educational system. Ahmad Abdul Kareem Julfar, Chairman of the Knowledge Fund Establishment, highlighted the projects’ role in making high-quality education accessible and aligning with Dubai’s evolving education sector.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Knowledge Fund Establishment, noted that these projects are not only about elevating education quality but also about making it more accessible, representing an investment in human capital.