Dubai's first Chinese school to open in September

Nearly 200 pupils have already enrolled at the non-profit school

Government of Dubai Media Office – 21 July 2020: The first Chinese national curriculum school to offer full-time K-12 education outside China is set to open in Dubai this September. The Chinese School Dubai, mainly focused on serving the Chinese community in the emirate, will create an additional 2,000 seats in the private education sector once it is fully operational. Photo shows Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) with Li Xuhang, Consul General, Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China in Dubai. Courtesy Dubai Media Office
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Dubai's first Chinese school is to open in September.

The non-profit Chinese School Dubai will largely follow the Chinese national curriculum, with pupils also studying Arabic, Islamic studies and moral education.

Yin Liping, founding principal of Chinese School Dubai,  said the school would follow the model of Hangzhou No 2 High School, an internationally renowned school.

The model has been developed in the past 120 years and focuses on high-level learning, innovation and helping pupils develop an international vision.

Dubai's latest school will serve up to 2,000 pupils.

The school will be in Mirdif and some teachers will be recruited in China by the Hangzhou Education Bureau.

Initially, the school will offer classes up to grade five and will open in September with nearly 200 pupils and 37 teachers.

“China and the UAE have had a close long-standing friendship and there’s no better symbol for that friendship than a school," Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai's private education regulator, said.

"The Chinese School Dubai will be the heart of the Chinese community in Dubai and foster a rich exchange of teaching and learning opportunities with other schools in Dubai.

"We are honoured that the first Chinese-curriculum school outside of China is opening in Dubai. We look forward to the new possibilities and connections this will bring to our education community.”

Li Xuhang, China's consul general in Dubai, said the project would serve to further strengthen ties between the nations.

“The establishment of the first Chinese national school is a win-win project undertaken by China and the UAE, which aims to promote bilateral relations and cultural exchanges," he said.

"Not only does it meet the increasing demand from the existing diversified communities in Dubai, but it will also attract talent from China and other regions to study, work and live in Dubai.”

The school will accept pupils of all nationalities and will be the first overseas Chinese school to receive financial support from the Chinese government.