The Growth and Transformation of K–12 Education in the UAE

  • Susan KippelsEmail author
  • Natasha Ridge


Since the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971, access to quality education in the country has steadily improved as the result of the considerable investment, numerous reforms, and specialized initiatives. Education has been a high-priority sector for the UAE as the government recognizes that a strong educational foundation is necessary for the country to reach its ambition of diversifying and developing its economy. This chapter begins by providing a brief historical overview of education in the country, with a focus on the public sector. It then examines a few key characteristics of its modern-day K–12 education ecosystem, including the roles of regulatory bodies, the small number of national male educators, and reforms related to curriculum. Next, it provides an overview of some innovations in education in the country, specifically in the areas of technology, technical and vocational education, and student well-being. Finally, we discuss how the public K–12 education sector could be strengthened through developing additional initiatives to attract more Emirati males to the teaching profession, diversifying the national curriculum, improving communication between stakeholders, and increasing the amount of publicly available education research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi FoundationRas al KhaimahUAE

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