UAE expat childrens education costs 1.5 million dirham or more

Published:  25 Oct at 6 PM
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Parental costs of educating expat children through primary and international secondary levels and on to university is costing an average per child of 1,500,000 dirham (USD408,413).

A recent study by an offshore insurance and investment company has revealed the heavy burden on UAE expat parents of educating their children to an international level. It’s a frightening total for parents who want their children to be taught in UK or US curriculum international schools to ensure that returning to the home country won’t mean they’ll be behind in their studies.

The average annual UAE international school cost for one child from the age of five to 18 years comes out at 43,272 dirhan, just under USD13,000. Added to that is the annual cost of extras including uniforms and educational trips at 15,684 dirhan, (USD4,270). Multiplying the total by the 13 years of education provided and adding on the estimated cost of four years’ university studies and living expenses in the USA, UK or Europe is a shock, even to expats who’ve managed to get education costs as part of their relocation packages.

Meanwhile in Qatar, US expats living and working in the emirate are coming out in favour of Hilary Clinton as one of the most controversial presidential election campaigns of modern times draws to a close. A recent debate betwen expats from the American Chamber of Commerce and Georgetown University centred on predictions of which out of the two less than perfect candidates would walk away with the prize.

Unsurprisingly, the debate was lively, with strong opinions being aired, especially about Donald Trump’s fitness for the office of USA President. Many felt his stance would threaten the peaceful transition of power, whichever way the vote went. The general opinion was that Clinton was poised to take the presidency, with her supporters calling Trump ‘toxic’ and ill-equipped for the job.
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