Download StridesIt is with immense pride that we present our latest issue of Strides, bringing you exciting news of Esol Education’s growth in Dubai and Bahrain, with the launch of two new schools, each bearing the hallmark of Esol’s outstanding educational standards. 40 years ago, when Mr. Walid Abushakra established our first school with approximately 300 students, little would he have known that his path would see the formation of a family of international schools across the world from Cyprus to Hong Kong.

This issue also unveils a brand new layout for Strides, designed to bring our readers not just the latest happenings from our schools, but also in-depth coverage of teaching and learning at Esol schools, both inside classrooms and beyond. Each edition will also feature interviews, opinions and commentary on the latest issues in education from our panel of school leaders and administrators. To download a version to read on the go, click here!

We do hope you enjoy reading this issue, and wish you all a pleasant and restful summer ahead!


Esol Education Team



Esol Education is pleased to announce the launch of two new schools, one in Dubai and another in Bahrain, opening in the academic years of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 respectively.

After nearly two years of planning operations and work with local partners, developers and regulatory bodies Esol Education recently received authorization from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to establish a new American curriculum school in Dubai. Located near the Al Barari and the Living Legends developments in Dubailand, the new school will be a K-12 American curriculum school, offering an IB diploma option in Grades 11 and 12.

Esol’s new school in Bahrain will offer a comprehensive and challenging American educational program modeled on Esol Education’s highly successful American schools in Egypt, Cyprus, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong.

“Our schools will benefit from Esol Education’s 40 years of expertise in K-12 education, and will set new standards in American and international education in Dubai and Bahrain, delivering value for parents who are looking to provide their children with a world-class education and a pathway to leading global universities,” shared Mr. Walid Abushakra, Esol Education’s Chairman.

This exciting announcement coincides with the successful completion of the first academic year of American School Hong Kong, launched by Esol Education in 2016, and firmly consolidates the organization’s position as the largest operator of international American schools in the world. By 2019, Esol’s portfolio will include 11 schools, with further projects under development, including one more new school in Dubai.

“We are proud of our story of long term growth and development, which underscores our commitment and shared passion for educational excellence,” added Mr. Abushakra. “We salute our entire team of educational leaders, teacher and support staff members for their dedication to our students’ success, not just in academia and industry, but also as mindful, contributing citizens of the world.”


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American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA)

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Inspire Children's Nursery, Dubai
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American International School in Egypt - Main (AISE-Main)
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Cairo English School (CES)
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Universal College - Aley (UCA)
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Universal American School, Dubai (UAS)
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American School Hong Kong (ASHK)
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American International School in Egypt - West (AISE-West)
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American International School in Cyprus (AISC)
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