GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi

Al Dafrah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi was established in 2011 and offers the International Baccalaureate program for students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The school is located in the Al Dhafra area of Abu Dhabi.

The school has a strong community atmosphere, providing young learners with a safe and convenient environment. With mutual respect and tolerance at its heart, the school provides a supportive learning community. GEMS World Academy also recognizes and respects the importance of the language and culture of the host country and actively promotes it at all times as an international family.

With the IB Primary Years Program, students learn an early age what it means to become involved in a diverse, multicultural, and interconnected world. The mission is to provide exciting and meaningful learning experiences while developing international students capable of succeeding in an ever-changing world. The inquiry-based program was carefully designed to educate all children to take a more positive view of the world and to increase their understanding, skills, personality, and attitude.

The school enriches world knowledge with classes such as Art, Physical Education, Music, Information and Communications Technology, Library, Media Literacy, and the Arabian Culture. Children acquire an understanding of the different cultures and skills to promote diversity. To build academic success and strengthen character, inquiry-based learning programs provide children with profound knowledge, abilities, and dispositions.

The campus of GEMS World Academy was designed to optimize the learning experience of each student. The school facilities allow students to learn in a variety of areas in a child-friendly school community through research and exploration. The school facilities include Islamic and Arabic Education learning spaces, Well-resourced library, spacious cafeteria, two shaded playgrounds, ICT suite, Health clinic, Music room, and Art room. Student’s skills in a wide range of fields, both academic and sporting, are encouraged. Sports facilities include an artificial grass field, Gymnasium, Shaded games field, and climbing wall. Technology facilities at GEMS World Academy include Interactive Promethean boards in classrooms, ICT suite with desktop computers, Computers in each classroom, I Pads and Robotics programs, Teacher laptop stations, State-of-the-art local area network (LAN), Ceiling-mounted projectors, and Secure, wireless network.

Program of instruction at GEMS World Academy is International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program using U.S. Common Core as well as Virginia standards. Extracurricular activities at the school include Sports competitions, Arts and Crafts, Board games, Cooking, Tennis, Music including, Capoeira, Rugby, Karate, Football and more.

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Grade Fees
KG1 41,910
KG2 44,080
Grade1 61,360
Grade2 61,360
Grade3 61,360
Grade4 61,360
Grade5 61,360

For applicants applying to KG1 and KG2, the parent completes the online application and meets with the GWA Admissions Officer. Parents are also provided with KG programming information and the criteria considered for a successful experience.

All applicants for Grade 1 are assessed in basic literacy and numeracy skills with the school counselor.  Social-emotional and behavioral development will be also be evaluated. 

All applicants for Grades 2 to Grade 5 are assessed in literacy and numeracy as part of the admissions process. GWA conducts assessments using the standardized MAPS (Measure of Academic Progress) test.  MAPS is a computer-based testing system built on 30 years of research and refinement.

Based on the information received from the measures, students and parents may be asked to meet with a counselor to gain more information about the student’s ability to benefit from the curriculum at GWA. 


Days Hours

Sunday 7:45am - 2:45pm

Monday 7:45am - 1:00pm

Tuesday 7:45am - 2:45pm

Wednesday 7:45am - 2:45pm

Thursday 7:45am - 2:45pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Art
  • Art Club
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Ballet
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Football
  • Gymnasium
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Music
  • Netball
  • Performing Arts Club
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • TableTennis
  • Tennis
  • Theatre
  • Throw Ball

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