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One of your first priorities will be to enrol your child in a private school or nursery, where the facilities are world-class and there is a melting pot of nationalities.

Special needs schools

A select group of organisations and schools are leading the way in terms of opening doors to children with learning difficulties and special needs.

Supporting students

When moving to the UAE you can seek support from groups such as the Dubai Dyslexia Support Group, which holds regular meetings for families affected by dyslexia, and the British Institute for Learning Development.

While certain private schools in the UAE will offer places to children with mild dyslexia or Down’s syndrome, most establishments do not have sufficient facilities or support to cope with severe disabilities or to meet the special needs of some children. Thankfully, organisations such as the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs are bridging the gap through their work with speech therapists, psychologists and specially qualified teachers.


Parents needing assistance with school fees can apply for an Education Loan with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).

Visit adec.ac.ae and khda.gov.ae for listings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.