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ADEC introduces more 11,000 private school seats by 2015/2016

Over 11,000 school seats located in very attractive locations for private inventors like Khalifa A, Al Wathba and Al Fallah areas are due to operate by the academic year 2015/2016. The efforts taken by Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC’s) is to help meet the growing demand for private school seats.

This is the 2nd land Request for Proposal (RfP) to be issued in the near future by ADEC’s Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) sector, which offers a huge opportunity for an establishment and operating of a long term school building. The new schools will offer the most demanded curriculum’s in the private school sector, namely: Indian, American, British and Ministry of Education curriculums.

"One of the main pillars of ADEC’s Strategy for developing education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is to provide equal opportunities for all students to enjoy quality education at an affordable cost. This land RfP is part of ADEC’s plan to cope with the annual demand and increase of 5 per cent for more private schools across the Emirate. We will continue to work on attracting and supporting committed investors in order to help build new private schools in order to achieve ADEC’s vision," said Engineer Hamad Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s PSQA Executive Director.

He added: "Providing this land RfP is part of ADEC’s strategy plan to offer high quality affordable education across the private school sector and to increase the supply of school seats in populous areas in Abu Dhabi. For that reason, ADEC is reaching out to qualified investors on a local, federal and regional level, who have excellent educational experience, strong financial capabilities and a proven record of managing schools." In order to ease the process for committed investors, ADEC’s PSQA sector will provide all the incentives and support, from business development expertise to obtain necessary licenses and approvals from the government entities. Also provide the proper guidance during the construction period.

When asked why the new land plots are located in Khalifa A, Al Wathba and Al Fallah, Engineer Al Dhaheri explained that there are no more lands available in the city. "The island of Abu Dhabi is saturated; in addition these areas are growing by the day and are attractive for many families who chose to relocate there. In addition to the fact that they become not far out from the island of Abu Dhabi at all." "Currently there is a demand to provide 201,744 private schools seats and supply is 175,441.By the 2015/2016 academic school year we expect this demand to rise to 225,521. Thus we are involved in providing all opportunities possible to facilitate the opening of new private schools," said Engineer Tareq Al Ameri, Business Development Division Manager, PSQA.

In efforts to further familiarize interested investors with the related RfP as well as reduce the increasing demand for different curriculums across the private school sector, ADEC’s PSQA Business Development Division is planning on organizing an awareness workshop during the month of October.

Speaking about the awareness workshop, Engineer Al Ameri explained that Investors will be given detailed information on ADEC’s land RFP, document submission procedures, technical and financial requirements as well as information on operating different teaching approaches specified by ADEC. "Our Business Development team is happy to respond to all queries to ensure submitting high quality proposals that meet ADEC requirements," added Engineer Al Amiri.

Once applications for the land RfP are submitted by committed investors who prove to have a strong track record of handling long-term school projects, ADEC will provide them with a fast track service to help obtain necessary approvals to get started in constructing their schools.

Further details for potential investors will be released in an advertisement, which is expected to be published during the month of September. The advertisement will contain details regarding the related RfP and on exact steps to take for qualified, committed and interested investors to partake in the land RfP.



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