• The K-12 non-selective school aims to re-imagine education by equipping children with skill sets required to become citizens of the future
  • Children will learn about the importance of digital currency and blockchain technology, further preparing them for the future, in line with the UAE’s ongoing measures to formalise virtual assets

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 March 2022: Citizens School – a visionary educational institution conceived, designed and developed in the UAE has announced that it will accept cryptocurrency as a mode of payment, making it the first of its kind in the Middle East to let parents pay tuition fees using digital currency.

Set to open doors in September 2022, Citizens School will accept payments from the two major cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) – providing parents with flexible payment options. This is in addition to traditional forms of payments and interest-free monthly payment options that Citizens School will offer. Payments using cryptocurrencies are accepted through a tie up with a digital currency platform that processes cryptocurrency payments and automatically converts them to Dirhams (AED).

The move towards cryptocurrency payment options follows the Dubai Government’s recent adoption of its first law regulating virtual assets, ensuring a safe and advanced legal framework for investors. In line with the nation’s goal to become a global hub for cryptocurrency as market capitalisation hits $1.9 trillion, Citizens School strives to help cement the UAE as a leader within the global digital economy. Furthermore, it aims to deliver growth that is aligned with the UAE Centennial 2071, especially by providing excellent education for a diversified knowledge economy. The school seeks to become an incubator for entrepreneurial ideas and children-led innovation.

Dr. Adil Alzarooni, Founder of Citizens School said, “A while ago, cryptocurrency was only a floating term among well-versed investors. However, today cryptocurrency is becoming much more mainstream, reshaping the traditional financial system. Similarly, Citizens is disrupting the education sector by re-imagining every element of the learning experience – be it the way our children learn, how we equip our teachers to be mentors, what our learners choose to wear, or the ways that parents can pay for tuition. By introducing this new payment facility, we look forward to enhancing the role of young generations in achieving the UAE’s digital economy. As more people embrace the era of digitalisation, today’s children will become the entrepreneurs and investors of tomorrow.”

Hisham Hodroge, CEO of Citizens School said, “Introducing the ability to pay tuition fees through cryptocurrencies goes beyond just providing another payment option. It is aimed at creating an interest in growing trends and breakthrough technologies that will have a profound effect on the lives of young generations. It is also a means to further drive interest in the applications of blockchain – a technology that Citizens School intends to deploy, in time, across several aspects of its academic and administrative operations.” 

The Citizens schooling experience centers around futureproofing students by equipping them with a rich, connected bank of knowledge and skills relevant for the 21st century, through its custom-built curriculum – Citizens Tapestry. Having partnered with a leading school group in the UK, to create Citizens’ Tapestry, the curriculum is based on UK National Curriculum and enriched with six key threads – Mindset; Entrepreneurship; Health & Wellbeing; Sustainable Leadership; Global; and Digital Literacy – as part of its comprehensive and holistic education system.

About Citizens

Citizens is a visionary new school in Dubai, designed and developed by Al Zarooni Emirates Investments. At its core, Citizens focuses on each child’s unique requirements, empowering them with choices to explore themes, expand interests, and determine the routes that they want to go on to reach their full potential, without compromise.  

Influenced by some of the world's leading cognitive scientists and researchers on education, motivation and mindsets, Citizens’ custom-built curriculum is tailored for each child’s unique strengths and approach to learning, with the UK National Curriculum as its framework. The 43,000-square-meter school campus has capacity for 2,600 children between the ages of three and 18 and features almost 3,000 square meters of open playing space. This includes a multi-purpose performing arts and activity hall, a six-lane swimming pool, and football and rugby pitches adhering to FIFA and World Rugby standards. Learn more at http://citizens.me/