Address: Muroor Road, Al Dhafrah, Abu Dhabi
Telephone: +971 2 641 8887
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: English National Curriculum
Ages: 3 to 11


The Pearl Academy was founded by Aldar Academies in 2007 and has grown rapidly since. Although a relatively large school, it has retained the small school ethos of friendliness, protection, care and nurturing for all children. The school follows the English National Curriculum together with its own assessments and caters for children between the ages of three and 11.

What the school says

"In a short period, we have achieved outstanding levels of progress and attainment, supported by rigorous tracking of data and assessment in all areas of the curriculum.

"The school has invested in the latest technology to enhance the outstanding quality of education. Classroom and specialist teachers are recruited from the United Kingdom and are extremely well-qualified and experienced, offering the best in education to our children. There are excellent teachers for Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies who offer high-quality teaching to native and non-native speakers.

"Continuous Professional Development forms an integral part of ongoing development for all teachers within Aldar Academies."


The Pearl Academy follows the English National Curriculum, with additional lessons in Arabic language, Islamic Studies and Social Studies to meet the requirements of the UAE Ministry of Education and the Abu Dhabi Education Council.


For the 2022/2023 school year, the Pearl Academy’s yearly fees range from AED 41,700 in FS1 to 43,150 AED in Year 6 and are payable per term.

From the principal

"A very warm welcome to The Pearl Academy – the best British primary school in Abu Dhabi.

"At The Pearl Academy, individuality is of the essence, diversity enriches and the ability to think creatively is our future. We recognise that the skills needed in life are ever-changing and we are proud to work with our students to fill their toolbox of skills with experiences and opportunities to enable them to realise their potential both academically and as an individual.

"With The Pearl Academy being accredited and awarded the status of a High Performance Learning School, we develop learning through creative learning opportunities actively teaching children through the identified cognitive domains and values needed for lifelong success. We have a growth mindset at The Pearl Academy; we believe that we can develop through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point!

"The Pearl Academy's excellent reputation within the community has been confirmed in our latest ADEK Inspection where all six Performance Standards were awarded 'Outstanding'. We continue to build on our successes and strive for further improvements in all areas, ever developing our school community.

Barbara Heaton, Principal

Quotes from the parents

"The Pearl is undoubtedly the most amazing school in Abu Dhabi. It is like a family because the children are so well cared for. My son has made excellent progress and is really happy to go to school every day."

"I have three children at The Pearl. My eldest is now in Year 6 and the problem is that she does not want to leave! The organisation is always great at the school and over the past two years communication is even better with lots of texting whenever the children go on residential trips."

Further reading

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