TBY talks to Dino Varkey, Group Executive Director and Board Member of GEMS Education on, the education system.

Dino Varkey

In the UAE, what percentage of your students are nationals?

We anticipate that the number of UAE national students in our schools will double by 2020, to reach at least 20% of enrollment. And over the next five years, we intend to develop dedicated schools and programs with local authorities, which play a vital role in our success, and create more educational experiences and systems that are specifically optimized for UAE nationals and Arab expatriates.

As a UAE-based company, how is GEMS Education supporting Arabic language learning and Islamic studies?

As a UAE-based brand, we want to emphasize our commitment to the region by strengthening our Arabic language and Islamic studies programs. The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda has set a target for students to have a strong knowledge of the Arabic language, and therefore GEMS Education has placed a significant emphasis on the inclusion of language studies that will aid in achieving this goal. GEMS Education also believes in promoting local culture, including language and Islamic studies, and developing an understanding of regional and global philosophies.