GEMS Education and Hassana Complete Acquisition of Ma’Arif, Saudi Arabia’s Largest Private School Group
GEMS Education KSA, a joint venture company owned by the General Organisation for Social Insurance (“GOSI”) and GEMS Education, completed the acquisition of Ma’arif Education and Training Company (“Ma’arif”).
Ma’arif private schools, established in 1391H / 1971 in Saudi Arabia, have more than 40 years of experience in school management, with more than 13 campuses across the Kingdom and more than 20,000 students enrolled.
In line with Saudi’s Vision 2030, the commitment of the new shareholders to improving private education in KSA, together with Ma’arif’s long-standing reputation for high-quality education, made for an attractive partnership in Saudi Arabia.
Saad Alfadly, Chairman of the joint venture company, GEMS Education KSA, said: “We look forward to working with teachers, students and parents who are currently enrolled in Ma’arif schools and we are excited about welcoming new families. We are confident that combining the experience, reputation and track record of Ma’arif and GEMS Education will ensure that our schools remain leaders in academic excellence and the development of our students.”
Dr. Mohamed Al-Arfaj Chief Executive Officer, Maarif Education, said: “We are excited about this partnership, as it is unprecedented in the region, to contribute to raising the quality of education within the Kingdom, and raise the share of Ma’arif for Education in the private education sector in the kingdom. We look forward to many successes ahead.”
In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai.
At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.
Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.