x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Adec offers land for four new schools

Four plots of land in Abu Dhabi are being offered to operators who want to open up national curriculum, Indian or American schools.

Land is being offered to operators wanting to open national curriculum, Indian or American schools in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) has set aside two plots for national curriculum schools and one each for Indian and US schools.

The land is in Shahama, Khalifa City B, Baniyas and Al Falah. Which school goes where has not been disclosed.

Council officials said the move would encourage investment in private education in targeted pockets of the city.

"The allotment of land has been made based on the specific need of curricula in that area," said Tareq Al Ameri, the division manager of promotion and business development at Adec. "It will help address the demand for such schools."

Mr Al Ameri said this was the first time Adec had opened these plots to public tender.

"We wanted to test the market and see who is serious about providing quality education," he said.

"In the past, some schools had taken plots but because of reasons such as a change in operator or partner they were delaying the projects."

Adec has hosted workshops on the procedure and requirements for those interested in applying.

Once approved, they will have two years to build their schools.

Another four plots have been granted to operators to build schools in Al Gharbia and Al Ain.

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