GEMS Education breaks ground on the first school at Dubai South

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Published March 30th, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
GEMS Education breaks ground on the first school at Dubai South
GEMS Education breaks ground on the first school at Dubai South

GEMS Education has broken ground on its new world-class learning institution at the Dubai South Residential District. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, Sunny Varkey, Founder and Executive Chairman, GEMS Education Group, Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education and Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

The proposed K-12 school will sit at the heart of the Residential District and is a key offering designed to fulfill the promise of building thriving urban communities centered around happiness and purpose built to offer solutions to everyday living.

His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, said: “The Residential District will welcome its first residents in 2018 and we are working hard towards delivering a flourishing, active and family-centric community. Today, families are increasingly looking for fully integrated communities, with high quality education that is easily accessible as a top priority. In keeping with our commitment to ensuring ease of living for residents, we are happy to have GEMS Education partner with us and take us one step closer to realizing our goals.

“At Dubai South, we believe in creating a skilled and reliable workforce, where education will play a vital role, and towards that end it is essential that we provide the future generation with the right platform and access to world-class education programmes, thus steadily moving towards a knowledge-based economy.”

Home to The Pulse, The Villages and a number of other residential communities in the pipeline, Dubai South’s Residential District is designed to give residents the luxury of time, right to quality education and access to world-class healthcare. Accessibility, pedestrian-friendly layouts, community centres, opens spaces and all necessary amenities within convenient walking distances is what sets apart master developer Dubai South’s unique offerings.

Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education said: “We are very happy to have formed this partnership with Dubai South. This new school will allow us to cater to those living within this promising new community, while also supporting the 2020 vision and the growth of the UAE.”

Dubai South is deeply invested in ensuring that it is the futuristic pivotal education platform of the city. To this end Dubai South has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK-based University of South Wales (USW), for the establishment of ‘USW Aviation Academy’ – the region’s first-of-its-kind specialist campus facility offering advanced aerospace engineering education at Dubai South. Also the Emirates Flight Training Academy will be based at Dubai South. It is designed to be the most advanced flight training academy in the world, its primary focus will be to attract and train airline cadets from across the globe.

Background Information

GEMS Education

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.

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