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Education Sector in UAE to 2019 – Market Size and Intelligence Report


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The report ‘Education Sector in UAE to 2019 — Market Size and Intelligence’ discusses the current market size of the UAE’s education sector. It segregates the market size on the basis of various levels of education, starting from preschool to higher education.

The report discusses the forecasted market size and year–wise growth of the sector till 2019, along with the various drivers, which will lead to this growth. It further discusses the various trends that are shaping the education sector.

Various regulations pertaining to entering UAE’s education market are also mentioned in the report, along with the profile of key players that are active in private education space.

UAE has one of the highest literacy rates (90%) among the developing countries — with an enrollment ratio of approximately 107% for primary education, and approximately 67% for higher education.  The country caters to approximately 33% of its population across various levels of education, and spends approximately 21% of its total government expenditure on education.

More than half of the UAE’s education sector is dominated by the general school education, followed by higher education and preschool education. The sector has benefited from high government spending of approximately one–fifth of the total federal expenditure on education, and improvement in quality of education at public schools. However many students are now opting for private schools — which teach in English, and as per international curricula.

Demand for private education is coming from both locals, as well as expatriates staying in UAE. The country is witnessing an increase in number of private players, especially in higher education, which are catering to growing number of youth. These players are collaborating among themselves, raising financing, and investing in various levels across the sector. UAE is also witnessing increased use of technology, as the government is advocating digital education through its programs.

Growth of UAE’s education sector will be driven by various factors, such as increased government and private spending on education, demand from expatriates representing 81% of the population, and increased use of technology.

Research Methodology

This report has been prepared through the following comprehensive methodology:

The market definitions used in the reports are the standard definitions recognized by the industry. In this report, the market size of the education sector is defined as the sum total of core expenditure of teaching students. It includes the fees paid by students in private schools and higher education institutions, as well as the government expenditure per student in case of public schools and higher education institutions.

Bases of all the figures are taken from the statistics provided by the government, ministries, as well as prominent organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Funds, UNESCO Institute of Statistics, World Factbook — CIA etc. The data is further validated through credible analyst reports, white papers by industry organizations, questioners and expert interviews.

  • Education System in UAE
  • Market Size of UAE’s Education Sector
    • Preschool Education in UAE
    • School education in UAE
    • Higher Education in UAE
    • Vocational Education in UAE
    • Adult and Special Education in UAE
  • Forecasted Market Size of UAE’s Education Sector
  • Drivers Impacting UAE’s Education Sector
    • Driver 1
    • Driver 2
    • Driver 3
    • Driver 4
    • Driver 5
  • Trends in UAE’s Education Sector
    • Trend 1
    • Trend 2
    • Trend 3
    • Trend 4
    • Trend 5
    • Trend 6
    • Trend 7
    • Trend 8
  • Opportunities for Private Players
    • Setting Up a Private School in UAE
    • Setting Up a Private Higher Education Institution in UAE
  • PEST Analysis of UAE
    • Political Analysis of UAE
    • Economic Analysis of UAE
    • Social Analysis of UAE
    • Technological Analysis of UAE
  • 5-forces Analysis of Education Sector in UAE
    • Threat of New Competition
    • Threat of Substitute Products and Services
    • Bargaining Power of Buyers
    • Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    • Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
  • Promising Opportunities in Education Sector in UAE
    • Schools Providing Education in International Curricula
    • Higher Education institutions providing courses on favored courses
    • Education providers in Islamic Finance
    • ICT players providing Digital Content
  • Profiles of Major Players
    • GEMS Education
    • SABIS
    • ALDAR Academies
    • Taaleem
    • Emirates National Schools
    • The Ras Al Khaimah Education Company (EDRAK) PJSC
    • Addax Education Holding W.L.L.
    • Academia Management Solutions International (AMSI)
    • Innoventures Education
    • IQ Education Consultants
    • UniAdmission
    • S.S. Lootah Group
  • Annexure
  • Figure 1: Education System in UAE
  • Figure 2: UAE’s Education Sector — Market Size (AED billion / US$ billion)
  • Figure 3: UAE’s Preschool Education — Government and Private Enrollment
  • Figure 4: UAE’s Preschool Education — Male and Female Enrollment
  • Figure 5: UAE’s School Education — Enrollment by Stages
  • Figure 6: UAE’s School Education — Government and Private Enrollment
  • Figure 7: UAE’s School Education — Government and Private Schools
  • Figure 8: UAE’s School Education — Male and Female Enrollment
  • Figure 9: UAE’s Higher Education — Government and Private Enrollment
  • Figure 10: UAE’s Higher Education — Government and Private Institutions
  • Figure 11: UAE’s Higher Education — Male and Female Enrollment
  • Figure 12: UAE’s Higher Education — Enrollment by Specialization — Government Institutions
  • Figure 13: UAE’s Higher Education — Enrollment by Specialization — Private Institutions
  • Figure 14: UAE’s Vocational Education — Government and Private Enrollment
  • Figure 15: UAE’s Vocational Education — Male and Female Enrollment
  • Figure 16: UAE’s Adult Education — Male and Female Enrollment
  • Figure 17: Forecasted Market Size of UAE’s Education Sector — 2014(E)–2019(F)
  • Figure 18: UAE’s Federal Spending on Education Sector
  • Figure 19: Growth of Total Population and School Students in UAE — 2010–2012
  • Figure 20: % of National and Non–National Students in UAE — School and Higher Education
  • Figure 21: GDP Growth Rate of UAE, as compared to Other Countries
  • Figure 22: Internet Subscribers in UAE — June 2012 –December 2013
  • Figure 23: Active Mobile Subscriptions in UAE — June 2012 –December 2013
  • Figure 24: % of School Students Enrolled in Vocational and Technical Education
  • Figure 25: Student to Teacher Ratio at School and Higher Education Level
  • Figure 26: Demographic distribution of UAE — 2013 (E)
  • Figure 27: Five Forces Analysis of UAE’s Education Sector
  • Figure 28: Number of Teaching Staff in UAE — School and Higher Education
  • Figure 29: Break–up of UAE’s Schools and Higher Education Market into Government and Private
  • Figure 30: Gross Enrollment Ratios in UAE
  • Figure 31: UAE Population by Age Groups

Organizations Mentioned in the Report

  • Academia Management Solutions International
  • Addax Bank
  • Addax Education Holding LLC
  • Al Jalila Foundation
  • ALDAR Academies
  • ALDAR Properties PJSC
  • Autism Trust Foundation
  • Cranleigh
  • DM Healthcare
  • Dubai Medical College
  • Dubai Pharmacy College
  • EduStaff
  • Elaph Investments LLC
  • Emaar Properties
  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company
  • Emirates National Schools
  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
  • Etihad Airways
  • Etisalat
  • Fujairah College
  • GEMS Education
  • Gulf Medical College
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University
  • Heriot–Watt University
  • Higher Colleges of Technology
  • Horouf Publishing Group
  • Innoventures Education
  • International Monetary Fund
  • IQ Education Consultants
  • Islamic School for Training and Education
  • Jaleel Holdings
  • Jordan Investment Trust PLC
  • Kalimat Publishing Group
  • London Business School
  • MAHSA University
  • MasterCard
  • Microsoft
  • Nalapad Group Overseas
  • New York University
  • Pearson PLC
  • Rabdan Academy
  • Raffles Schools
  • S.S. Lootah Group
  • SABIS Educational Services S.A.L.
  • Samsung
  • SeekTeachers
  • Sorbonne
  • Taaleem
  • The Ras Al Khaimah Education Company
  • The Technical Institute
  • UAE University
  • UniAdmission
  • University of Wollongong in Dubai
  • Zayed University