Deira International School

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?

Deira International School forms a part of the Al-Futtaim Group and is a not-for-profit British Curriculum School in Dubai Festival City. A School Board consists of educational experts, parents representatives, business representatives, members of staff and the Director of the school.  The school Director is delegated to manage and control whole school operations  including the appointment of all teachers and support staff.

The school is accountable to the Governing Body/AFG Education Board for its performance and quality in the following ways:

  • formal appraisal of the Director conducted by a Board member at the beginning of the academic year including a mid-cycle and end of year review, during which all aspects of school performance are reviewed.
  • through the provision of a formal termly reporting mechanism to the AFG Education Board that requires the inclusion of evidence of students’ achievement and teachers’ performance.
  • at termly Board meetings, the Director provides a report on academic progress and associated matters to the AFG Education Board members
  • at monthly Business Senior Management Team meeting, reports are also tabled by the Heads of School and the Business Manager to the Director in the areas of human resources, finances, student enrolment, curriculum & assessment developments, general administrative & infrastructure matters, etc.

DIS is bound by the AFG Management Policy and its responsibilities to the UAE Ministry of Education to uphold its legal and ethical commitments to the school community.  In this regard DIS has developed comprehensive policies in all areas of its operation.

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. It includes  art rooms, libraries, vocal and instrumental music rooms, science laboratories, specially built design & technology rooms, business studies centres, media centre, indoor gymnasiums, swimming pools, large sports field, and a multipurpose hall. We look forward to further expansion of our outdoor learning areas and auditorium.  

We have recently extended our facilities with more specialist classrooms in both Primary and Secondary School, an examination suite and larger libraries. An additional gymnasium, swimming pool, large astroturf, fitness room and sport science lab have also been added; this will enhance our ability to offer more swimming and physical activities across both schools. Our new facilities also include an additional medical clinic equipped according to the highest medical care standards and a Professional Development Centre which will allow DIS teachers and other teachers across the Middle East to hold their professional development seminars and conferences on our school grounds.


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, you will receive a call from the Admissions office to schedule an appointment for the assessment test if required.  The assessment test includes 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 2017-18 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 accredited?

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

16. Does the school offer transportation for students?

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

17. 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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