Dubai private schools welcome 92 Emirati students as part of MBR Distinguished Students Program

Distinguished Students Program benefits 324 students in two years


Government of Dubai Media Office: Five private schools in Dubai have welcomed a select group of 92 exceptional Emirati students as part of the second cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Distinguished Students Program. The Program, which encourages Emirati students in Dubai to apply for scholarships to study in some of Dubai’s top-rated schools, targets students from Grades 4 to secondary school. 

For the second consecutive year, the Program is being rolled out in partnership with multiple government entities including The Executive Council of Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Knowledge Fund alongside private school operators in Dubai.

The Program was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the Future Dialogue session held to discuss the Dubai 2021 Plan. The initiative has so far benefited a total of 324 students.

Fatma Al Marri, CEO of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai said, “Parental engagement is key to the success of this Program and we are pleased to see very strong interest from Emirati parents. The interest the Program has received is reflected in the large number of applications this year. We are very positive that the Program will continue to benefit students and support their overall development as part of the effort to develop the future skills of young Emiratis.”

She added, “The Program, which caters to students from Grade 4 to high school and partners with schools rated ‘Good’ or higher, provides excellent Arabic and Islamic learning opportunities for Emirati families.”

Hesham Khalifa Al Qaizi, CEO of Knowledge Fund said, "The support we have extended to the Program for the second consecutive year reflects our commitment to develop education in Dubai and enhance access to education for Emirati students. Together with other government entities, we are committed to reaching the goals set out in the Dubai 2021 Plan and helping Emirati families meet their aspirations.”

Dr. Amna Al Maazmi, Director of Policy & Strategy for Social Development at The Executive Council of Dubai said, “The Dubai 2021 Plan focuses on making Dubai a hub for creative and talented individuals by increasing access to outstanding education. We appreciate the efforts of private schools in providing excellent education for Emirati students at various levels and look forward to the participation of more schools in the years to come.”

Educators from participating schools spoke about the positive interactions they had with Emirati students studying at their school.

Alan Williamson, Director of Education at Kings' Schools Dubai said, “We have inducted fantastic Emirati students into our flagship, Kings' School Dubai. We are looking forward to seeing them grow as Kings' students in the forthcoming years and expanding our shared ambitions for this Program across all of the Kings' Schools.”

Sir Christopher Stone, Global Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education, said: “We thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai for his farsighted vision for strengthening the education sector in the UAE. At GEMS Education, we prepare students for real life challenges and help them to raise their academic abilities to global levels while promoting their all-round development. To further enhance this, GEMS Education is delighted to partner with KHDA to support the vision of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Distinguished Students.”

Rosamund Marshall, CEO of Taaleem, said, “Taaleem is delighted to support the MBR Scholarship Program again this year, helping to give bright young Emirati students a first class international education to prepare them for their future contribution to the UAE and the world. Our aim is to inspire them to love learning for life and to help identify their passions and talents.”

Daljit Sohi, Principal of Dar Al Marefa Private School said, “As Dubai’s first bilingual IB World School, Dar Al Marefa is proud to partner with the Knowledge Fund to support Emirati students in the UAE in reaching their educational goals and pursuing their dreams.”


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