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Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills

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Language of instructionEnglish
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Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: Dirham 42,832
to: Dirham 75,893
Address: First Al Khail Street, Emirates Hills, Dubai, U.A.E. P.O. Box: 118111
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

1% local : 99% international

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

The ESL programme strives to enable students to join the full Language A Programme after a year in many cases. ESL has close links with the mainstream programme, but focuses on expanding vocabulary, oral skills, written skills, listening skills, comprehension and builds students’ confidence to interact in all settings.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French and Spanish. The school also offers other languages but only to native speakers: Dutch, German, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French, Mandarin, Italian and Hindi.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

The technology mission at DIA is to enable, energise and enhance education. DIA provides access to various hardware and software resources, as well as to the internet. The Information Technology policy at DIA is intended to allow the appropriate use of the technology resources of the school, and students will be encouraged to make use of the internet to support curriculum and research activities, either individually or as part of a group. Students will also be able to
access a variety of information sources to which the school has acquired access; including news, selected information databases and holdings from other libraries.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

A team of dedicated specialists, counsellors, advisors and highly qualified faculty work in close conjunction to monitor student progress to ensure that all students are supported with individualised care and focus. This programme creates unique life plans for each identified student in their specific area of need. These plans focus on four key areas: inside the classroom, after school activities, clubs/teams/events, and external activities. Plans are developed with the input of the students, parents, teachers and counsellors, and are regularly reviewed and modified. In the classroom, differentiation strategies are targeted towards each student’s needs. Learning outcomes are tiered based on ability and lessons are modified accordingly.

Entry evaluation for students


Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

The main admissions intake is at the start of the Academic year in September, however DIA has an on-going admissions policy and admits students throughout the year dependent on availability of places.

School start time

7:40 am

School finish time

2:30 pm

School bus service available


School provided lunches


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

DIA offers a variety of after-school activities for students. A selection of activities from art, reading club, musical instruments, drama, organized sport activities, karate, computer courses, science clubs, photography and others are offered.

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

The school competes in all the major sports leagues in Dubai. It is pivotal in the Innoventures league and take a leading role in the The Dubai Schools Leagues. Over 75% of children at some point represent the school at their chosen sport.

Sports facilities at the school

4 climate-controlled multi-purpose halls for a wide range of sports activities, 2 swimming pools, fully grassed outdoor playing field and shaded play areas, shaded outdoor basketball and tennis courts

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Dubai International Academy is the first school in the country to offer a rigorous curriculum and a rich language programme based on the three prestigious programmes from the Geneva based International Baccalaureate (IB) – Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

Teaching approach of the school

DIA provides students a holistic, rigorous international education for success in an ever changing world. Thus DIA aims to do more than just offer an academic curriculum, but also develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will become life-long learners.
As a 21st century school DIA understands what best produces proficiency in the skills and attributes that are critical to success. Literacy: including reading, writing, and speaking with confidence and persuasiveness; Numeracy: mathematics and logical thinking; Empiricism: through scientific inquiry; and Technology: using tools that enhance learning.
Through outstanding teaching and learning and the constant reinforcement of the school's Core Values: Achievement, Collaboration, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility, DIA empowers its students to achieve their goals and become responsible global citizens.

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