GEMS World Academy is an International School offering International Baccalaureate education from Pre-K to Grade 12. The school opened in 2008 and is located in Al Barsha, Dubai and is a short drive for residents from the Meadows, Springs, Lakes, and the Arabian Ranches developments.

The multicultural community has students from over 90 nationalities, where each student respects, understands, celebrates and appreciates the difference in cultures. The school employs a multi-cultural, multi-lingual international staff of passionate and dedicated educators who encourage students to be an active learner and take part actively in the opportunities facilitated by Gems World Academy. The school develops inquiring and thoughtful students, who will acquire the knowledge and skills with the IB programs to act and build a better peaceful world.

The sprawling campus provides world-class modern facilities that enhance the student learning experience. GWA provides opportunities for students to explore their interests and unlock their potentials with a wide range of extracurricular activities. The school facilities beyond the gate include GWA Language Institute, Early Learners Centre, GWA Entrepreneurship Centre, Senior School Lounge, Auditorium, 3D Planetarium, and Advanced Design Technology Labs, 7 custom-built Science Labs, 50m Olympic-sized Swimming Pool, Basketball court, Rock climbing wall, 400m Running track, Astroturf sports field, Cricket nets, Music Recording Studio, A Main Gym with three smaller gyms, 112 Classrooms and Drama Productions. GWA offers a wide range of science and technology resources and facilities such as early-years computers for KG children, 4IT Labs, 3 Mac Labs, 2 Language Labs, and a Design Technology Lab, ICT resources and a technologically advanced planetarium.

Students from Pre-K to Grade 5 follow the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) which uses a child-centered approach and develops the personal, social, emotional and physical needs of the whole child. GWA follows the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Programme (MYP) from Grade 6-10 where students follow a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. At this stage, the curriculum is organized into 8 subject groups. Students aged 16 to 19 will follow the IB Diploma Programme that prepares students for success at university and life beyond.

GEMS World Academy encourages students to participate in co-curricular activities and offers After School Activities which include art, music, drama, sports, and more.

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Grade Fees
Pre-KG 64,414
KG1 64,414
KG2 80,579
Grade1 80,579
Grade2 80,579
Grade3 80,579
Grade4 80,579
Grade5 92,732
Grade6 92,732
Grade7 92,732
Grade8 92,732
Grade9 102,091
Grade10 102,091
Grade11 111,813
Grade12 111,813

To begin with, complete the online application along with a payment of registration fee of AED 500/student (non-refundable).

Upload copies of your child’s admissions documents to the final page of your online application.

Once all required documents have been submitted, the school will contact parents to book an onsite assessment. If a student is out of the country and unable to attend an assessment in person, the application is shared with the Head of School for review of the submitted academic records, and a provisional acceptance can potentially be granted in advance of an assessment. If a provisional placement is granted, students are still required to complete an assessment upon arrival, for class placement and teacher allocation purposes.

The application is sent to the Head of School for review, with 24-hour turnaround time. The admissions team will contact you with an update on your child’s admissions verdict.

Possible admissions outcomes are Full acceptance (based on academic reports and completed assessment), Provisional acceptance (based on reports alone – assessment to follow), Waitlisted (due to no grade level availability, EAL and/or SEN support available), and Denied Admission (for academic or social concerns beyond the scope of the program)

If a student is granted acceptance, an admission fee of AED 15,000 is required within seven days of the date on the offer letter to secure the seat. This fee is non-refundable and is adjustable against the first term tuition fees.


Days Hours

Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Monday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 3:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 1:15pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Football
  • Gymnasium
  • Holiday Camps
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Throw Ball

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Stuart Walker

Stuart Walker

Head of School/CEO