The education sector in Abu.Dhabi has transformed over the past 50 years into one of the region’s more mature education markets, growing to become a globally competitive system with 14 curricula, including the local curriculum from the UAE Ministry of Education.


Established in 2005, the Abu.Dhabi Department of Knowledge and Development (ADEK) is the governing body responsible for developing the emirate’s educational system, promoting a culture of creativity, sustainability and excellence, and focussing on developing human, social and economic capabilities.


Under its vision, “Education First”, ADEK aims to build and maintain a comprehensive education system with competitive, innovative, entrepreneurial and global opportunities, contributing to the emirate’s knowledge-based economy.


The quality of the UAE’s primary and higher education systems rank among the top 20 globally, according to PwC.


Abu Dhabi is also home to the world’s leading universities, including Khalifa University, Sorbonne University, INSEAD, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE University in Al Ain and the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) university, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI).


Aligned with its long-term development strategy, the emirate continues to make significant investments in its education sector, which is set to remain an area of consistent growth (Source: Oxford Business Group).


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The educational authority for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, responsible for the management and administration of the emirate’s public schools.

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