UAE Private K12 Education Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The UAE Private K12 Education Market Report is Segmented by Geography (North Region, West Region, South Region, East Region), Source of Revenue (Kindergarten, Primary, Intermediary, Secondary), And Curriculum (American, British, Arabic/uae, Indian, And Other Curricula).

UAE Private K12 Education Market Size

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UAE Private K12 Education Market Summary
Study Period 2020- 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 6.67 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 9.58 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 7.50 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

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UAE Private K12 Education Market Analysis

The UAE Private K12 Education Market size is estimated at USD 6.67 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 9.58 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The K-12 private education market report covers the education market of private institutions providing education services from kindergarten to grade 12. The market's growth is due to factors like the increasing expatriate population, increasing enrollments, improved quality of education, and the growing shift from public schools to private schools. Currently, most Emirati and expat students in the United Arab Emirates are enrolled in private schools, and this trend is expected to grow, as there are over 16 curricula provided by private schools, displaying higher-than-average educational outcomes compared to public schools. The UAE private education market is highly consolidated and the most mature market among all the GCC countries, but it has the potential to grow further.

The education sector in the United Arab Emirates is developing and has enormous growth potential. Furthermore, the government’s emphasis on improving the education system and significant expenditure on this sector over the past few years has created a strong base for its growth. Owing to the increasing demand for high-quality services, the private international education sector is estimated to have the highest growth rate in the region during the forecast period. The sizable school-age population and the country’s focus on improving curricula, teaching methods, recruitment, training, and development of teachers are some of the factors for the growth of the private education sector.

UAE Private K12 Education Market Trends

Increased Rate of Population Growth, including Expatriates

One of the drivers of the growth of the UAE private K12 education market is the increasing population. Despite the overcrowded schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there is still an opportunity for growth in the market. Over the past few years, public schools in the country have witnessed slower growth in the number of enrollments than private schools. The highest number of enrollments is seen in the cycle 1 (primary) level of schooling. It is followed by the intermediate level of schooling, the KG level, and then the secondary level of education. The government has also introduced ownership laws to allow 100% ownership of companies outside, free zones by foreign investors, and 10-year residency visa options, a move designed to bring more foreign investments into the country and attract long-term residents. With the ease of investments, the number of private schools is likely to increase during the forecast period.

UAE Private K12 Education Market: Estimated Total Population, in Millions, UAE, 2019-2023

Government Initiatives for Education is Driving the Market

The United Arab Emirates is among the leading providers of educational services in the GCC region. The country's private education sector has evolved with the influx of international institutions and a greater demand for various curricula. Furthermore, the government has also taken various initiatives and investments to increase the quality of education in the region. To provide the best quality of education, the tuition fees charged by private schools are in the high and premium range compared to the public schools. Despite this, the demand for private schooling is increasing.

UAE Private K12 Education Market: Share of Budgeted Government Expenditure on Education, in %, by Country, GCC, 2023

UAE Private K12 Education Industry Overview

The UAE private K12 education market is consolidated by a few private school brands. Numerous private schools cater to the rising population of expatriates and Emirati students, yet there is still an excellent opportunity to invest in the country. The players are adopting collaboration and are offering various international and national curricula. Some of the key players in the market include GEMS Education, Athena Education, Esol Education, Kings’ Schools Group, and SABIS Education Services.

UAE Private K12 Education Market Leaders

  1. GEMS Education

  2. Athena Education

  3. Esol Education

  4. Kings’ Schools Group

  5. SABIS Education Services

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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UAE Private K12 Education Market News

  • May 2023: Glendale International School opened its doors to students aged 3 to 11 in Dubai. Singapore-based Global Schools Foundation announced the launch. Sprawling over 20,000 square meters, the new premises can accommodate 3000 students.
  • March 2023: Kings’ Education, Dubai, announced a partnership with Leap, the San Francisco headquartered end-to-end study abroad platform. This helps the company to better cater to their students.

UAE Private K12 Education Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS AND INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Government Initiatives to Achieve High Education Standards is Driving Market Growth

      2. 4.2.2 Growing Preferences for Private Education is Driving the Market

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Average School Fees of Private School

      2. 4.3.2 Low Presence of Qualified Teaching Staff

    4. 4.4 Market Opportunities

      1. 4.4.1 Growing Demand for International Curriculum

      2. 4.4.2 Developing Modern and Innovative Education System

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porters' Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    7. 4.7 Insights on technology Innovation in the Market

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Geography

      1. 5.1.1 North Region

      2. 5.1.2 West Region

      3. 5.1.3 South Region

      4. 5.1.4 East Region

    2. 5.2 By Source of Revenue

      1. 5.2.1 Kindergarten

      2. 5.2.2 Primary

      3. 5.2.3 Intermediary

      4. 5.2.4 Secondary

    3. 5.3 By Curriculum

      1. 5.3.1 American

      2. 5.3.2 British

      3. 5.3.3 Arabic/UAE

      4. 5.3.4 Indian

      5. 5.3.5 Other Curricula

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Market Concetration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 GEMS Education

      2. 6.2.2 Athena Education

      3. 6.2.3 Taleem

      4. 6.2.4 Esol Education

      5. 6.2.5 Kings' Schools Group

      6. 6.2.6 SABIS Education Services

      7. 6.2.7 British International School

      8. 6.2.8 Al-Mizhar American Academy

      9. 6.2.9 Nord Anglia Education

      10. 6.2.10 Dubai American Academy

      11. 6.2.11 Glendale International School

      12. 6.2.12 Deira International School*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNTIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

  8. 8. DISCLAIMER AND ABOUT US

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UAE Private K12 Education Industry Segmentation

This report provides a comprehensive background analysis of the UAE private K12 education market, covering the current market trends, restraints, investment analysis, detailed information on the various segments, and a competitive landscape of the education industry. 

The market is segmented by geography, source of revenue, and curriculum. By geography, the market is further segmented into the North Region, West Region, South Region, and East Region. By source of revenue, the market is further segmented into kindergarten, primary, intermediary, and secondary. By curriculum, the market is further segmented into American, British, Arabic/UAE, Indian, and Other Curricula. The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the above segments.

By Geography
North Region
West Region
South Region
East Region
By Source of Revenue
Kindergarten
Primary
Intermediary
Secondary
By Curriculum
American
British
Arabic/UAE
Indian
Other Curricula
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UAE Private K12 Education Market Research FAQs

The UAE Private K12 Education Market size is expected to reach USD 6.67 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 7.5% to reach USD 9.58 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the UAE Private K12 Education Market size is expected to reach USD 6.67 billion.

GEMS Education, Athena Education, Esol Education, Kings’ Schools Group and SABIS Education Services are the major companies operating in the UAE Private K12 Education Market.

In 2023, the UAE Private K12 Education Market size was estimated at USD 6.17 billion. The report covers the UAE Private K12 Education Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the UAE Private K12 Education Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

UAE Private K12 Education Industry Report

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UAE Private K12 Education Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)