Frequently Asked Questions


1. Where is the school located?

The campus is located in Dubai Festival City, near Al Badia Golf Resort and Al Badia Residence.

2. What is the school's curriculum?

The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, and the school is an IGCSE Cambridge Examination Centre. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the most recognised qualifications around the world. The school is fully authorised to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and is a pilot school for the IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC). The curriculum is designed to ensure an easy transfer to other countries, should the necessity arise.

3. Is all the instruction in English or are other languages offered?

English is the language of instruction. Arabic, Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) and French are also offered. Spanish is offered to IB students.

4. Who is operating the school?

The school is managed by Educational Services Overseas Limited (ESOL) which is headed by Mr. Walid Abushakra, Superintendent of Esol Education.

5. Where is the staff from?

The teaching staff is primarily from the United Kingdom. Teachers from Arab countries teach Arabic, AFL and Islamic Studies. All teachers at DIS are experienced and possess certification in their field of instruction in addition to their university degrees.

6. What extracurricular activities are offered?

DIS offers an extensive after-school activities programme. Extracurricular sports include boys' and girls' football, basketball, rugby, tennis and swimming. A vocal and instrumental programme offers a broad range of musical study. Band, chorus, dance and art programmes are also offered along with other academic and non-academic programmes.

7. Tell me about the school campus.

The 80,000 sq. m. campus is a uniquely designed purpose-built school with state of the art facilities. The campus is one of the most impressive in the Middle East. The First phase of the campus was completed in August 2005. It includes  art rooms, libraries, computer and science laboratories, vocal and instrumental music rooms, design technology workshops, business studies centre, an indoor gymnasium, a swimming pool and a large sports field. The second phase involves further classrooms, media centre and a multipurpose hall.


8. What is the length of the school year?

The school year begins in early September and ends at the end of June.

9. What are the tuition fees?

For more information, please refer to the 'Tuition Fees' page.

10. How do I enrol my children?

Applications should be submitted online and then followed up by the documents required.  Once all the documents have been sent, please call the admissions office to check availability and book an assessment date.  The assessment tests include English and Mathematics according to specified level of entry.

11. How many students are in each class?

The school maintains a low student to teacher ratio. The maximum class size is 26.

12. How long is the school day?

For more information, please refer to the School Timings 2016-17 page. 



13. Is there a school uniform or dress code?

For more information, please refer to the 'Uniform' page.

14. Is there a PTFA and 'parents - teachers' meetings?

Parents & Teachers Association (PTA) meets once a month during a school term. All parents are encouraged to support PTA activities. 
Regular 'parents - teachers' meetings are held throughout the school year. In addition, parents can contact the school to schedule an appointment if required.

15. Is the school approved by the UAE Ministry of Education?

DIS has received approval from the UAE Ministry of Education.

16. Is the school accredited?

For more information, please refer to the 'Accreditations' page.

17. Does the school offer transportation for students?

For more information, please refer to the 'Transportation' page.

18. What is unique about the school?

DIS offers students a high-quality education based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales and incorporates the strengths of the students' own cultures. The school's goal is to develop students' basic skills, as well as their capacities for critical thinking and creativity. In addition to cultivating a passion for learning, the school aims to promote the students' all-around development, their character and their sense of civic responsibility. The school's facilities are amongst the best in the Middle East.

  • Deira International School
  • Dubai Festival City, P.O. Box 79043, Dubai, UAE
  • +971 4 232 5552
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