English-language international schools market proceeds to expand

According to new research, the premium, English-language international schools market proceeds to expand throughout the Middle East, showing no indication of slowing down in spite of the challenging economic conditions.

As per the recent data from ISC Research, published ahead of the IPSEF Middle East Forum in Dubai, the number of international schools in the region has expanded from 1,159 in 2013 to 1,593 in 2018.

It exhibited that the UAE led all countries in the Middle East, encouraging 624 international schools, up from 596 previous year, then comes Saudi Arabia with 257.

The figures also revealed that more than 1.5 million students are attending international schools in the region, each student paying an average of $7,658 yearly for their education.

Co-founder of IPSEF, Rhona Greenhill stated, “The growth of the international schools’ market in the Middle East further confirms the role education plays in the development agenda of governments in the region. A number of initiatives have been set in place to enable private companies to establish local branches or independently set-up international schools and help support the growth of the education sector as a whole in this part of the world.”

Richard Gaskell, Director of ISC Research schools mentioned, “Most of the demand for international schools in the Middle East is currently focused on the mid-price international schools that are affordable to the majority of professional expatriates and more affluent local families.”

He even said, “The market in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, continues to expand. ISC Research is aware of 17 new international schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year in the United Arab Emirates, 13 of which are located in Dubai.”

As the international schools’ sector proceeds to expand, competition is anticipated to get tougher, he mentioned.

The Dubai edition of IPSEF will be conducted on September 21-23 at the KHDA headquarters in Dubai International Academic City.

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