A tradition of quality in education
Dubai College is so much more than the leading academic school in Dubai, it is a community of excellence at the heart of the city. Our students do have a long track record of excelling academically and in a recent survey of top international schools taking British exams we were identified as the number one British school overseas in the world. However, our enviable reputation stems from our consistent and sustained excellence in what we see as the four foundations of the College: sporting, creative, philanthropic as well as academic endeavour. We champion this broader holistic education in the great tradition of the British independent schools which recognize that by producing socially articulate and well-rounded students we are preparing them for their future far better than any exam ever will.
We are now the school of choice for parents who are well established within Dubai and the majority of families who choose the College are those who have lived and worked in the emirate for well over a decade. The reassuring sense of history and depth of institutional memory, which pervade the College, give the school a welcome stability within the Dubai educational landscape. When families join Dubai College they become lifelong members of an institution, which puts the child at the centre of everything. Our not-for-profit status means that every dirham we charge is reinvested in the students and the school. The high quality teaching and excellent extra-curricular provision make Dubai College a very special place to be and we hope you can see why the College has earned itself an outstanding reputation over the course of the past 38 years. Please do not just take my word for it, however, come and visit the College for yourself.
You will be most welcome.
In 1977 Tim Charlton, the founder of Dubai College, was teaching in Choueifat, Sharjah. DESS had already been established to cater for the primary curriculum needs of the children of a growing expatriate population. However the only option for secondary education was boarding school. Was a new secondary school in Dubai a viable alternative? Tim Charlton thought so. Resigning his post in Sharjah he returned to England, sold his house, bought a Land Rover and prepared for the overland return trip to Dubai. At some time during this period he even managed to get married!
Tim and his new wife Gay spent the next four months living in and out of their sturdy four wheel mobile home, sheltering from blizzards in Italy, enjoying oranges in Turkey and guarding a limited, but no less valuable amount of ‘new school’ equipment from floating away during floods in Saudi! Arriving back in Dubai in time for Christmas carols, Tim and Gay found support and sponsorship from one AJ Foulger, who was to become the first College Bursar. With such support Tim quickly gained the attention of several local businessmen. However, he recalls that the message was not optimistic,
“Our ears rang with remarks of expansive gloom, made by people who knew best.”
Nevertheless one man “knew better than best” and encouraged Tim to continue with his quest and resist the temptation to take no for an answer. This man was Ahmed Baker and he was to become instrumental in the establishment of the College. Throughout the weeks that followed Tim and Gay held meetings with banks, architects, parents and anyone who seemed vaguely interested. They obviously managed to sound convincing as the next series of events were to prove momentous,
“One day in May 1978, after a short two month wait in a certain Creek side office, I was handed a plan of Plot B141 signed by his Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Said Al Maktoum. The instructions were quite simple,
Build us a school, here.
For those who have had, and those who are yet to have the ‘DC experience’, whether student, staff or parent, we gratefully acknowledge the vision and tenacity of Tim Charlton.
Situated in the heart of the New Dubai district, the school’s buildings and playing fields are extensive, covering some nineteen acres in total.
In addition to the light, airy and well-equipped classrooms, specialist facilities include a science block with twenty one laboratories, three design and technology suites, ten computer suites, four art studios, a canteen and a music centre with teaching and recital areas, 12 practice rooms and a recording studio. There are also three drama and dance studios, a library, a dedicated Sixth Form Centre with 250 individual study bays and a state of the art 900 seat auditorium.
The extensive provision made for physical education reflects our belief in the contribution it makes to a well-rounded education. There are first class rugby, football and cricket pitches, cricket nets, four all-weather netball and tennis courts, a competition-size swimming pool and a multi-purpose sports hall.
Dubai College Auditorium
Sixth Form study pods
Dubai College Campus
Hussain Sultan (Chairman)
Hussain Sultan is a UK Chartered Civil Engineer having studied and worked in the UK for 8 years followed by over 40 years as head of various companies in the oil and gas sector and is a former founder and Group CEO of ENOC (Emirates National Oil Co.). Mr. Sultan has been a member of the Board of Dubai College since 1985. In 1987 he was appointed Chairman of the Board
Edward Quinlan (Deputy Chairman)
Edward Quinlan is a chartered accountant and is currently Chairman of the ICAEW Middle East Members' Advisory Board. He was UAE managing partner for Ernst & Young until his retirement in 2010. He is currently a non-executive director of one of the largest privately owned groups in the Middle East and serves on a pro bono basis on boards or audit committees of several not for profit organisations including the Rotary Club of Dubai, Capital Club of Dubai, Cass Business School,Dubai Classical Concert Committee, International Cricket Council and Jersey Finance Middle East.
He was appointed to the Board of Governors in 1988 and is currently Deputy Chairman and member of the Finance Committee.
Peter has been a UAE resident for almost 30 years. He attended Dubai College as a student from 1987 to 1991 and completed 4 A levels. Since graduating with a BA in Economics in 1995, he has worked for three Fortune 500 companies in the Middle East, rising from an entry level anyalyst position at FedEx through to Chief Marketing Officer of Philips Middle East to his current position as Market Development Director for General Electric (GE).
Peter has played an instrumental part in the development of the DC Alumni Association. He has also supported the College in our ‘Journeys’ Programme and Alumni Careers events. Peter joined the Board of Governors in 2012 and is a member of the HR and General Purposes Committee.
Anju Madnani was born and raised in Jamaica before moving to America. She graduated with Honours in Sociology and Education at Brandeis and Tufts universities in Boston and worked as an editor with Addison-Wesley Publishing in the Maths and Science College Division. She is very involved in various philanthropic and community organisations and has served on the board of the Young Presidents’ Organisation as the Youth and Family Officer. She has undergone training with the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children and is currently involved actively in many community service projects that involve supporting the workers in the Dubai labour camps, as well as volunteering her time regularly at several of the special needs schools in Dubai such as the Safe Center/Special Needs Foundation. She has three children attending Dubai College in Years 8, 11 and 12 and has been an active parent supporting the school as well as serving on the FDC committee since 2011.
Sir Tim Clark
Tim Clark has been a member of the senior management team since the year Emirates launched and was instrumental in transforming the airline from a one-route carrier operating off a dusty runway to a world leader serving more than 120 destinations.
He became President of Emirates airline in 2003 after spending 18 years helping build an aviation empire which owes much to the route networks he established soon after joining as Head of Airline Planning. In addition, Sir Tim is the Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation, a non-profit charity that he helped found which provides humanitarian, philanthropic aid and services for children in need around the world. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Professor Eman Gaad
Professor Gaad is the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the British University in Dubai and is an honorary Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. She led the university's special and inclusive Masters programme for many years and currently leads the Doctorate programme. She is also on the advisory board for international peer reviewed journals and an associate editor for others. Professor Gaad was seconded for two years as the first Director of Disability Services in Dubai Government's Community Development Authority. She was winner of HH Princess Haya Award for the best distinguished individual research in 2012, and in the same year was awarded the Global Leadership in Education Award. Professor Gaad recently joined the Board of Governors and is a member of the Education Committee.
Charles John Neil (Treasurer)
Charles has been residing in the Middle East for 30 years since the time he first moved to the region with Lloyds Bank International.
While Charles is a highly experienced senior financial executive, he moved out of the world of finance and joined Landmark Properties LLC in 2008 as CEO, following his successful tenure with the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”).
Charles was one of the original executives recruited to found the DIFC and amongst his roles was Commissioner for Anti-Money Laundering (Non-Financial Institutions) and Commissioner for Data Protection.
Prior to his role with the DIFC Charles was the General Manager of Emirates Bank International, Dubai, UAE, and prior to Emirates Bank, Charles was the Regional Head for Lloyds Bank International in the Middle East .
He is active as a Director in two publishing companies, GVP Media , a publishing business producing the world-wide Best Of series of books, web-sited development, new media /social media and branding company, and Azimo Publishing, producing NewYou, an anti ageing monthly magazine.
Charles has been on the Board of Dubai College for over 25 years and has recently taken on a major voluntary role as Treasurer of Dubai College and is Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the General Purposes Committee.
Mark Beer OBE
Mark Beer is the senior administrative officer of the judicial authority of the DIFC, and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the DIFC Courts. He also has various judicial functions such as handling urgent applications and ensuring the delivery of efficient justice by actively managing the progress of cases. Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, Beer, a University of Oxford graduate, spent five years with MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he served as the company’s regional legal counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), handling legal and regulatory matters across the region, and later as vice president, heading the company’s government relations and corporate services initiatives across SAMEA. Previously, Beer worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland, and prior to that worked for Clyde & Co and Edge & Ellison.
Amanda has broad international business experience. She has spent the last 25 years living and working in Asia and the Middle East and has extensive experience in corporate training and talent development.
As a passionate believer in the value of continuing professional education, Amanda founded the largest provider of financial training in Singapore. Working together with UK and US-based training companies, she expanded the business across Asia. During this time she also lectured extensively on a range of corporate finance and risk management topics.
Since moving to the UAE, Amanda has provided consultancy services for educational businesses in addition to establishing the Middle East office of the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) with a remit to promote high quality financial education and training across the region.
Amanda now heads up PwC’s Academy in the Middle East. Her vision is simple – to provide premium quality teaching and excellent service in a way that leverages the knowledge and experience of PwC as a leading professional services firm.
The Academy provides a wide range of financial and professional skills training solutions to individuals and the organisations they work for. In addition, the Academy trains and supports students undertaking professional qualifications in accountancy and finance.
Amanda trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in London and has been a member of the ICAEW since 1989.
Under the terms of an Emiri Decree, Dubai College is a non-profit making school, administered by a Board of Governors drawn from prominent members of the local community. The Board decides all matters of policy relating to the school, which are implemented on a day-to-day basis by the Headmaster and Bursar.
The current member's of the board of governors are as follows:
Mr H M Sultan (Chairman)
Mr E B Quinlan (Deputy Chairman)
Mr M Beer
Sir T Clark
Mr P DeBenedictis
Mr K Dempsey (Bursar)
Professor E Gaad
Mr M Lambert (Headmaster)
Mrs A Madnani
Mr C Neil (Treasurer)
Mrs A Line