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Real cost of sending your child to a Dubai school

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Ambareen Musa, founder of, reminds parents of the hidden and additional costs of education.

May 23, 2013 1:19 by

She said: “Dubai Schools are reluctant to position it as a one off payment because it will appear quiet inflated so they came with this category of ‘additional’ costs. A transparent approach to costing would enable a better financial management and a proper management of the parent’s expectations.”

For Briton Sameena Ramtoola, she estimates the extras cost her Dh2,500 on top of the Dh38,000 she spends on school fees for her five-year-old son. Again she will see these amounts double when her 21-month-old daughter goes to school.

She said: “The extra amount was a surprise to me. The amount of school trips they have per term, the collections, contributions, every two weeks there is something new. The cost of the uniform was what surprised me the most.”

There are a few ways to keep the costs down when you child attend a Dubai school:

-Choose bus fees over taxis
-Buy secondhand uniform from the school secondhand shop rather than brand new
-Also, limit how much you give your child to spend at book sales, craft fairs and for charitable events and only sign up for the school trips you think are valuable for your child.
-When it comes to after school, think carefully about which clubs to send your child to. If they don’t like ballet or karate or the piano, don’t make them do it just because you want them to go.
-Also, if your child is already having a rounded education in school, do they really need that tutor? Think carefully about what you can afford and what your child enjoys and then sign them up.

As much as you want your child to do everything they can, you must consider the financial implications for you. Education in a Dubai school is expensive in itself and that is without adding a series of educational extras you don’t need.


Ambareen Musa is the founder and CEO of Having moved to the Middle East in 2008, Ambareen worked as a consultant for Bain & Company – Middle East and focused on the financial services sector, before joining MasterCard Middle East and Africa to set up their consulting arm, before leaving two years later to become the founder of in 2011.

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  1. atm mum on May 24, 2013 12:47 pm

    as you go ahead , you have classes in the subjects where the kid needs help . Maths , science and arabic classes ranges between 100- 150 per hour , plus an sport take 60 per class . I have realized that the indian schools though look cheaper to the UK schools in fees , cover up equally in terms of tuitions especially for average kids .


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