UAE: Abu Dhabi Education

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The development of a knowledge-based economy and skilled workforce are critical components of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, the emirate’s long-term development plan, as evidenced by the strong growth in the education sector over the past decade. Government spending on education remains high, guided by mid-and long-term strategies targeting innovation, career...

Chapter | Education from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2015

The development of a knowledge-based economy and a highly skilled and productive workforce are key priorities of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. To this end the government continues to invest significantly in education, with 21% of federal spending under the UAE’s $38.11bn draft budget for 2014-16 going towards public and higher education. Meanwhile private schools have played an increasingly...

Hydrocarbons revenues still form the bulk of Abu Dhabi’s GDP and while falling prices are a concern, the emirate has been moving steadily towards its economic diversification targets in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The past 10 years has seen the non-oil sector expand strongly on the back of business-friendly government policies, as a result of which non-oil sector growth now outpaces that of the oil sector.

A drive to strengthen the link between higher education and the private sector in Abu Dhabi has set the scene for research and development (R&D) to play a greater role in the emirate’s economic development.

Reforms carried out over the past several years have been geared toward preparing Emiratis to fill the jobs needed in Abu Dhabi’s increasingly industrialised economy. As part of its strategic development plan, the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, the government aims to transform the emirate into a knowledge-based economy by focusing on high-skill...

How can the government ensure that private schooling remains affordable for students while making the sector profitable and investor friendly?

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