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Horizon International School Dubai

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Description of Horizon International School Dubai

  • Established year: 2008
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Age of students: 3-18 y.
  • Number of students: 1100 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of education: full-time school.

Horizon International School, founded in 2008, is a non-selective private school. The educational institution offers education on the British program for children from 3 to 18 years old. Horizon International School (HIS) is located in um El Shaif, near Al Wasl Road, in close proximity to the famous Burj Al Arab skyscraper. Horizon International School (HIS) is located in the heart of one of the most popular traditional residential areas for both expats and locals.

In early 2021, HIS became part of the Global Cognita School Family. According to the latest KHDA Inspection Report for 2019-2020, at the beginning of the school year, his had just over 1100 students who represented more than 75 nationalities.

Educational process

The school constantly provides quality personal development and support.

HIS offers an individual combination of 22 academic subjects and more than 30 extracurricular circles.

Specialized institutions support a wide range of subjects: science, art, food, sports and music.

School management consistently receives a "very good" rating from the DSIB.

Faculties and colleges

The school includes all stages of eduction:

  • Pre-school education
  • Grade school
  • High school
  • High school.

Scientific achievements

Horizon International School Jumeirah has announced the success of one of its outstanding students, Ahmed Tamer Salem, who received the highest marks in the Oxford AQA Science IGCSE exams. Salem set an unprecedented new gold standard in Oxford's international qualifications, receiving an exceptional score of 9, which is awarded only to truly outstanding students with the highest abilities. Ahmed's achievement is the highest award in the school's history.

All GCSE 2019 scores average 1.5 points higher than cat4 "most likely estimates" (MLG):

  • In English literature, 93% of students received a score of 7-9 (AA*), and one of the students received the highest score worldwide in the natural sciences.
  • 45% of all GCSE scores in 2019 were 7–9 (AA*) – these are the highest scores.

Things to know about

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) inspects private schools in Dubai based on their equipment and academic results. Horizon International School KHDA rating for 2019-2020 is "Good".

According to the latest KHDA reports, Horizon International School has more than 1,000 students from 50 different countries. The most widely represented nationality is students from the UK, given that this is one of the best British schools in Dubai.

The institution employs 82 teachers, 27 teaching assistants and a methodologist. The teaching staff is also mostly British, and the ratio of teachers to students is 1:12.

Strengths of the school defined by KHDA:

  • Quality educational guidance from the director
  • Stable quality assurance and student performance at the initial stage
  • Outstanding personal development of students
  • Outstanding health and safety conditions offered to students and staff
  • Effective partnership of the school with parents and its impact on student outcomes.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Horizon International School Dubai

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from 40441.00 aed / year
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from 66346.00 aed / year
from 66346.00 aed / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Students can bring lunch and snacks or buy food in the SwissCanonica canteen. SwissCanonica is known locally as Canonica Restaurant & Catering LLC and has been operating in Dubai since 2015: providing top quality school meals for Dubai's finest schools, corporate and private service. The local branch in Dubai is part of the SwissCanonica Group headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, where the company has been operating since 1948.

Activities Horizon International School Dubai

Horizon International School understands the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum both in and out of the classroom.

The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to enhance children's learning experience. In addition to internal clubs (assisted by school staff), the school offers a choice of paid extracurricular activities through trusted external providers.

  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Aquaton
  • Rugby
  • Dancing.


  • The team of teachers provides children with the opportunity to study according to the curriculum with their mentors, friends and independently. Play will accompany their learning, and this is how children learn best at a basic level. For children at this stage, this may be their first school experience.
  • Teams Foundation, Primary, Secondary gives students the opportunity to realize their potential, to realize their dreams.
  • HIS hosts numerous activities at the Dubai school throughout the year.
  • For new parents in Dubai, HIS provides comfort to new students, helps children quickly settle in, make new friends and quickly discover that learning is fun and exciting.

Facilities and equipment at Horizon International School Dubai


  • Spacious scientific laboratories
  • Swimming pool with eight lanes
  • Indoor gym with air conditioning
  • Fully equipped theatre
  • AstroTurf outdoor football field.

To provide professional and safe transportation services, HIS Dubai has transferred the bus services to Gulf Pinnacle Transport (GPT). The buses are fully protected by vehicle tracking systems and real-time video surveillance, the status of entry and exit is also recorded.

Admission dates and extra charges

The his Dubai academic year begins in August and ends in July and consists of three trimesters.

  1. begins in the last week of August and ends in the second week of December. Students then go on a three-week winter vacation that ends in the last week of December.
  2. begins in the first week of January and ends in the fourth week of March. This is followed by a two-week spring break that ends in the second week of April.
  3. begins in the second week of April and ends in the first week of July.

The cost of books and resources - from 350AED.

Enrolment process

You can take a school tour to learn and experience life at Horizon International School. It is not necessary to inform the school before the tour – you can just stop by and the teachers will help you. To book a tour, fill out the registration form on the official website.

  • Step 1: Discover Horizon International School by booking a school tour.
  • Step 2: Contact the registrar at to enroll your child.
  • Step 3: Fill out the application form and submit it, after which your child will be evaluated and registered with the school.


Most graduates enter the university at the end of the 13th grade. In 2018 and 2019, young people enrolled in some of the world's most prestigious universities. Some students undergo internships in competitive industries, some take a one-year break before entering university.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

The school provides full information about the requirements for applicants after processing the online application.

Scholarships Horizon International School Dubai

Horizon International School offers a scholarship program to recognize, develop and promote excellence. The program aims to publicly recognize outstanding students, provide quality educational services and experiences, and reduce tuition fees.

The HIS Dubai Scholarship is offered in the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Sports
  • For creative and performing arts
  • In the field of innovation and digital technologies.

The scholarship is provided by a scholarship commission chaired by the school principal. Recommendations made by the chairman and other members of the committee are forwarded to Al Najah Group for approval.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
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