Dubai to get its first Australian curriculum schoolOctober 10, 2017, 7:30 am GMT
Construction has begun on the Dubai campus of The Australian International School after a groundbreaking ceremony last week.
This will be the second school for the brand in the UAE - The Australian International Schoo - Sharjah opened in 2005 through a partnership between the Al Sharif Investment Trading Group and the Government of Queensland, Australia.
The new AED150 million campus will open in August 2019, in time for the 2019/2020 academic year.
AIS offers both the International Baccalaureate and Queensland Certificate of Education, and is expected to enrol over 2000 students when it reaches capacity.
The Dubai campus will be developed across 350,000sqft and will feature 85 classrooms, a 600-seat auditorium, a multi-purpose hall, MUGA court, and a football pitch.
Other facilities will include a fully equipped library, modern art and music rooms, science and ICT labs, and learning centers.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Sir Peter Cosgrove, governor-general of the Australia encouraged AIS Dubai to offer a safe, supportive, and disciplined school environment that nurtures positive relationships between all stakeholders.
"This is yet another link between the nation of Australia and the UAE; yet another expression of the wonderful developing benign and very productive relationship between these two nations," he said.
The AIS Sharjah campus has over 1,400 students across its early learning centre, junior school, middle school and senior school.
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