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Arab Unity School

Arab Unity School

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Overview

Established in 1974, Arab Unity School (AUS) in Dubai provides affordable British education. The school’s vision is to provide a stimulating learning environment and assist students as they discover their inner potential and become a respectable and responsible global citizen.

Arab Unity School Dubai’s mission is to provide affordable and quality education. 3,132 students are currently enrolled at the school and most of them are from Pakistan. The teaching staff has 208 members. The school offers classes from FS 2 until Year 13.

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Students during National Day celebrations (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

In A Nutshell

  • Location: Al Mizhar 1
  • School Fees: AED 5,975 - AED 9,992
  • Curriculum: British
  • KHDA Rating: Acceptable
  • Years Offered: FS 2 - Year 13

Residential Communities near Arab Unity School

The school is easily accessible for families residing in the following neighbourhoods:

Mirdif is a family-friendly neighbourhood in Dubai that offers several amenities. Muhaisnah is close to the Dubai-Sharjah border and is in proximity to industrial areas in both emirates. Oud Al Muteena is a peaceful community on the outskirts of Dubai.

Those looking for residential options near Arab Unity School can consider:

Campus of Arab Unity School

Arab Unity School Al Mizhar has basic facilities such as a library and a music and arts room. IT and Science labs are well-equipped. Green spaces and playgrounds can be used for sports.

The campus has three large playgrounds where students can play football, volleyball and basketball. There are three science labs and four libraries in addition to an indoor and outdoor auditorium. Students study in the same section until Grade 4. From Grade 5 onwards, girls and boys study in different sections.

Location of Arab Unity School

The school is approximately 5 minutes away from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311). Similarly, the campus is close to several other schools based in Al Mizhar. Al Khawaneej Road is right across the school, connecting it to some popular residential communities in Dubai.

Why Arab Unity School?

Arab Unity School is a popular choice amongst parents for several reasons. Students show good personal development across all phases. Perhaps the best performance is seen in the Post-16 section. One can find a satisfactory level of attainment for most students from the secondary phase onwards. The school offers a range of subjects for IGCSE and A-Levels, which is rare and impressive.

The school is going through fast-track changes under the new leadership’s development programme. It is an affordable school for families who want to consider the UK curriculum for their kids.

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School Details

Years Offered at Arab Unity School

The school offers classes starting from FS2 to Year 13.

Key StagesYear/Grade
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) FS 2
Key Stage 1 Year 1 – Year 2
Key Stage 2 Year 3 – Year 6
Key Stage 3 Year 7 – Year 9
Key Stage 4 Year 10 – Year 11
Key stage 5 Year 12 – Year 13
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Students attend classes as per their ages (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

Arab Unity School Curriculum

Following the UK curriculum, the school introduces Phonics in Primary Year 1. Year 1 students also learn Arabic language and Muslim students are taught Islamic Education. UAE Social Studies is taught from Year 2 to Year 10.

Graduating students have to pass the Cambridge EDEXCEL external board exams. Students have to choose between the Science and Commerce stream at this stage.

According to the latest KHDA report, the curriculum offers a range of learning experiences and is well integrated in the FS and primary Years. Curriculum adaptations meet the needs of students in the FS as well as the Post-16 level.

Primary School (Year 1 - Year 6)

As soon as children enter the primary years, the subjects take a more wide approach. The curriculum is taught linked to a theme with discrete subject lessons where appropriate. This helps provide useful and enjoyable contexts for learning, allowing children to make connections across different areas of study. Compulsory subjects covered in primary years are:

Arabic Studies Islamic Education (Muslim Students)
Moral Studies Culture Studies
English Mathematics
Science Geography
History Art
Computing Music
Physical Education

Arabic language and Islamic Education are taught in Primary Schools in Dubai from Year 1 to Year 6; UAE Social Studies and Moral Education (MEP) are taught from Year 2 to Year 6.

Secondary School (Year 7 - Year 11)

As students move to secondary years, the curricular becomes more rigorous. At this stage, the school continues the British curriculum supplemented by the UAE compulsory subjects, including Arabic, Islamic Education, (for Muslim students) and Moral, Social and Cultural Studies. Other compulsory subjects include Physical Education, Computing, Art and Languages (Urdu/French).

Students in Year 7 and 8 are introduced to General Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Similarly, in Year 7 Year 9, computing is another compulsory course taught at the school.

AUS Al Mizhar officially introduces the IGCSE course un Year 9 in order to provide the students three academic years to study and to prepare well for the final exams at the end of Year 11. The compulsory subjects are:

Physics/Combined Science English
Mathematics Islamic Studies
Arabic Information and Communication Technology/Computer Science
Moral, Social and Cultural Studies Physical Education

Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13)

AUS Sixth Form provides a wide range of subject options and a faculty that continues the positive ethos to foster positive personal and social development. It further inspires students to aim high while allowing them with a broad understanding of the world as well as supporting their proficiency in research and presentation skills.

A full time Career Counsellor supports students in securing further education options based on their qualifications and career aspirations. Students seek help and advice from counsellors on various university requirements and the application process.

KHDA Rating

KHDA inspected Arab Unity from 27th to 30th January 2020. The school got “Acceptable” rating in the inspection.

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KHDA School Ratings

According to the detailed report, generally students achieve required skills and knowledge as per the National Curriculum of England. Students’ achievement improves in their secondary and post-16 phases. They seem well-prepared for their next phase of education. Achievements in Mathematics, English and Science are comparatively better than Islamic Education and Arabic. Students show skills to become independent learner in their post-16 phase.

Social and personal development of students from FS to post-16 years are good. They demonstrate positive attitudes towards school work, teachers and fellow students. Attendance rate is higher in primary and secondary phases. Students have a good awareness of Islamic values and the culture of the UAE.

Teaching quality is acceptable overall and it is the best in the post-16 phase. Weak teaching was observed in the primary phase. Teachers deliver NCfE curriculum appropriately and support children in succeeding. Learning assessments are accurate in every subject.

School implements the curriculum successfully. It has a broad range of subjects and activities to address students’ skills and interests. Curriculum is enriched enough in some subjects to challenge students who show high ability.

The school has good provision for care, guidance and protection of students. Students are safe in the school bus and at the school. Security arrangements are improved since the last inspection.

Students of determination get support in many but not all lessons.
Leadership of Arab Unity is acceptable. Senior leaders seem to have a thorough understanding of curriculum, assessment and teaching but middle leaders are less aware. Internal evaluation are at times too generous.

Partnership with parents is productive. IT provision is not completely adequate but reading resources and IT have improved.

The best feature of the school are:

  • Secondary and post-16 phase students’ good progress in English, Science and Mathematics
  • Good personal and social development of students
  • Good quality of the curriculum
  • Good provision for care, guidance and protection and support of students

Key recommendations made for the school include these:

  • The school should improve progress to make students attain at least a good level in each phase
  • It should improve teaching quality ensuring lessons are good
  • Arab Unity School should improve assessment information so that curriculum meets the needs of all students
  • The school should work on the accuracy of self-evaluation procedures
  • School governors must be well-informed about the priorities for improvement and the progress to take appropriate action

Academic Calendar for Arab Unity School

Arab Unity School's academic calendar runs from August until July.

Academic Calendar BreakdownDates
Beginning of the first semester 29th August 2022
End of the first semester 9th December 2022
Winter Vacation 12th December - 30th December 2022
Beginning of the second semester 2nd January 2023
End of the second semester 24th March 2023
Spring vacation 27th March 2023 - 7th April 2023
Beginning of the third semester 10th April 2023
End of the third semester 7th July 2023
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Admission and Fees

How to Apply to Arab Unity School?

Arab Unity School's admission process is quite simple. You have to fill in the online application form. Once the form is submitted, your child will be called for an assessment.

  • FS 2 children will be asked for a playdate where their physical, emotional and social readiness will be evaluated.
  • Students from Year 1 and Year 2 will be asked to sit for a written exam in basic English and Mathematics.
  • Students in Year 3 to Year 10 will be assessed in English, Mathematics and Science
    using an online (computer based) tool.

Admission will be based on the student’s performance in the entrance test. Also, Arab Unity UAE requests parents to bring hard copies of documents submitted via online registration at the time of assessment/evaluation.

Successful candidates will be notified via email or call by the Admissions Office. Parents have to submit the due admission fees along with any pending documents within 3 days. Once the admission is confirmed, parents need to pay the first term's tuition fee.

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EYFS Graduation Day at Arab Unity School (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

Parents have to submit these documents with the application form:

  • Original progress report from the previous school
  • Passport copy with valid residence visa page
  • Birth Certificate
  • Copy of vaccination card
  • Original transfer certificate
  • Emirates ID original and copy (student and parents)
  • 2 passport size recent photograph of student
  • Character certificate for Years 5 to 10 (if required)
  • Letter of Good Conduct from previous school that confirmed fees have been paid
  • An additional requirement if needed
  • Character certificate (for year 5 to year 10 applicant)
  • Letter of good conduct from the previous school confirming al previous fee has been paid
  • If a student is a local transfer (Transfer Certificates (TC) from all 7 Emirates must be attested by the respective Educational Zone before handing it to the school office within 7 days.)

For international students, a Transfer Certificate is to be attested by:

  • Ministry of Education Office / District Education Officer
  • Foreign Affairs Office
  • Consulate General Office of the UAE
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Dubai or other Emirates)

Parents must ensure that their child/children meet the age placement criteria before initiating the admission process.

YearsMinimum Entry AgeMaximum Entry AgeMinimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 1
Minimum Entry Age
3
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
FS 2
Minimum Entry Age
4
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 1
Minimum Entry Age
5
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 2
Minimum Entry Age
6
Maximum Entry Age
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
Years
Year 3
Minimum Entry Age
7
Maximum Entry Age
9
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
6
Years
Year 4
Minimum Entry Age
8
Maximum Entry Age
10
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
7
Years
Year 5
Minimum Entry Age
9
Maximum Entry Age
11
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
8
Years
Year 6
Minimum Entry Age
10
Maximum Entry Age
12
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
9
Years
Year 7
Minimum Entry Age
11
Maximum Entry Age
13
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
10
Years
Year 8
Minimum Entry Age
12
Maximum Entry Age
14
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
11
Years
Year 9
Minimum Entry Age
13
Maximum Entry Age
15
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
12
Years
Year 10
Minimum Entry Age
14
Maximum Entry Age
17
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
13
Years
Year 11
Minimum Entry Age
15
Maximum Entry Age
18
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
14
Years
Year 12
Minimum Entry Age
16
Maximum Entry Age
19
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
15
Years
Year 13
Minimum Entry Age
17
Maximum Entry Age
20
Minimum Entry Age for Overseas Transfers*
16

This is based on the age of the students on 31st August (for schools beginning in September). Source: KHDA

* This is to cater to students transferring from systems that admit students of a younger age)

Fee Structure at Arab Unity School

Arab Unity School's tuition fee for the current year is as follows:

GradeFee
FS-2 AED 5,975
Year 1 – Year 6 AED 6,574
Year 7 – Year 8 AED 7,170
Year 9 – Year 11 AED 7,768
Year 12 AED 8,964
Year 13 AED 9,992

There are a few mandatory fee other than the tuition fee, as listed below: 

Mandatory servicesFees
Activities and Medical AED 350
Uniform AED 348 - AED 465
Books AED 832 - AED 2,931

Some additional optional charges include:

Optional ServicesFees
Transport AED 2,400 - AED 5,400
ICT AED 200
Laboratory AED 100 - AED 1,200
STEM Innovation Laboratory AED 100 - AED 600
Extracurricular Activities AED 300
After-school Activities AED 300 - AED 1,000
Interschool Activities AED 50 - AED 200
GL Assessment Progress AED 300
Standardised Reading Level Test AED 100
School Trips AED 30 - AED 200

The other charges are based on the info available in KHDA’s fee fact sheet.

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School Facilities

Lunch Options at Arab Unity School

Students are encouraged to bring healthy packed lunches from home. The school also has two canteens where students can buy healthy snacks and drinks.

School Transportation at Arab Unity School

Arab unity School Al Mizhar Dubai offers transportation services. The school has partnered with Regal Bus Transport LLC to ensure a convenient commute for students. The service shuttles through different areas in Dubai. The fee is calculated for ten months and is divided into three instalments.

Transportation charges range from AED 2,400 to AED 5,400. You can see termly charges for different areas here.

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The school bus shuttles through different areas in Dubai (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

Sports Facilities

Arab Unity School Mizhar understands the importance of sports and physical exercise. The sports facilities include an indoor PE facility and a multipurpose outdoor sports field that can be used for various events and basketball courts. Students can play football, cricket, badminton, basketball and volleyball in the playground.

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Students during a sports event at Arab Unity School (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

To further promote interest in physical activities and sports, the school has a weekend ‘House’ competition for students of Year 5 to Year 13. Students can represent their House in various events.

Extra-curricular Activities at Arab Unity School

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Students engage in different extracurricular activities (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

Variety of extracurricular activities are planned throughout the academic year at Arab Unity School including activities related to:

Stories Talent
Quran/Arabic Mascot
Chess Book

Field Trips from Arab Unity School

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Students are taken to field trips occasionally (Image Credit: Arab Unity School)

The school organises a variety of field trips for students. Kindergarten and primary students usually visit museums, parks and aquariums. For Grades 9 and higher, the school organises age-appropriate visits, including beach trips.

Medical Care at Arab Unity School

AUS Al Mizhar has three well-facilitated First Aid centres with two full-time doctors and four permanent nurses. Medical check-ups are carried out regularly for students and records are maintained. In case of emergency, students are taken to the nearest hospital. The Department of Health and Medical Services provides immunisation to students as per schedule.

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Contact

Mode of Communication between Teachers and Parents

Arab Unity School Dubai creates a constructive relationship between school and families to ensure the well-being of students and enhance their learning experience. Communication is maintained through the school’s website and SMS. Parents are kept informed regarding major events through pamphlets, circulars and newsletters as well.

Parent-teacher meetings are held at least twice in a year. Parents are provided with their child’s work and assessment reports. Arab Unity School portal is also available for further information.

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FAQs

What are the timings of your school?

Timings for the school are as follows:

  • Foundation Stage 2: 07:30 am to 11:40 am 
  • Year 1 to Year 13: 07:30 am to 01:35 pm

On Fridays, the school ends at 11:35 am.

Do you conduct after-school activities?

Yes, the school conducts after-school activities.

How many grades/years are there in your school?

The school offers classes from FS 2 until Year 13.

How many students are currently studying in your school?

There are currently around 3,132 students enrolled in Arab Unity School. Majority of them are Pakistani.

Can you please describe the academic calendar of your school?

The school starts in the last week of August and ends in the first week of July of next year.

Can you please mention the range of the tuition fee charged by your school?

The annual tuition fee ranges from AED 5,975 to AED 9,992.

How do you communicate with parents?

Communication is maintained through the school’s website and SMS. Parents are kept informed regarding major events through pamphlets, circulars and newsletters as well. Parent-teacher meetings is another way to discuss your child's academic progress.

Do you have a cafeteria or a canteen on campus?

There are two canteens in Arab Unity School Al Mizhar 1.

How often does your school arrange field trips?

Educational and recreation school trips are arranged by Arab Unity School Dubai round the year.

How many teachers are currently teaching in your school?

According to KHDA, there are 208 teachers and 26 teaching assistants employed by the school.

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