Education in the UAE - 2nd most expensive in world

27 Nov 2019

Parents in the UAE on average, fork out around $100 000 to cover the cost of a child’s education from primary school through to university. The UAE comes in second behind Hong Kong, ahead of Singapore and USA. – Study by HSBC

1. Hong Kong

- $131 000

2. UAE

- $100 000

3. Singapore

- $71 000

4. USA

$ 58 000

(parents only contribute around 23%)


These rising costs are directly linked to the fact that the countries listed, apart from the US, have a large expat workforce that require english tuition for their children.


English tuition in the UAE is offered mostly by private schools that follow the US, British or Australian syllabus. Standards that expats are used to in education.


Very few expat packages offer education for children anymore. This means that school fees are coming out of disposable income or cutting into the amount you can save for retirement.


An education savings plan could relieve a lot of the financial pressure parents face in the UAE.


Chat to a deVere Acuma adviser today about starting an education savings plan for you children.

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5 cheapest areas for schools:

5 costliest areas for schools:

School fees in other locations:

1. Deira: Dh12,733

2. Al Qusais/Muhaisnah: Dh15,652

3. Al Karama: Dh15,895

4. Mirdif/Al RashidiyaDh30,731

5. Al Quoz: Dh32,996


1. Nad Al Sheba: Dh64,093

2. Springs/Meadows/Greens: Dh59,307

3. Jumeirah Village Circle: Dh58,910

4. Arabian Ranches: Dh58,409

5. Umm Suqeim: Dh55,175


Discovery Gardens/Jebel Ali: Dh41,189

Bur Dubai: Dh34,999

Jumeirah: Dh42,017

Motor City: Dh41,711

DIP/Green Community: Dh41,712

Dubai Silicon Oasis/Academic City: Dh47,827

Al Barsha: Dh54,285

Dubai Sports City: Dh53,947

Al Sufouh: Dh40,820


Stats taken from Gulf News



Please note, the above is for education purposes only and does not constitute advice. You should always contact your deVere Acuma adviser for a personal consultation.

* No liability can be accepted for any actions taken or refrained from being taken, as a result of reading the above.