The educational sector for the GCC continues to grow and develop due to an increased preference for private schooling. Regional governments continue to invest and allocate a good portion of their budget to the educational and training sector. Development of this sector remains a priority for governments throughout the GCC. Regional governments realize the importance of investing in skills, training and development to support employment opportunities and boost overall competitiveness.
The United Arab Emirates educational and training sector is on the rise, in particular Dubai. The total number of students in universities and schools is forecast to grow 4.1% this year. Education and training is one of the fastest growing industries in the GCC region. The GCC education sector is projected to reach 15 million in 2020. GCC Education Industry Report, Alpen Capital.