Principal/CEO, Dubai

Closing date:

GEMS Al Barsha National SchoolDubai

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018 (or earlier if possible)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

The Opportunity

As the Principal/CEO of the National School for Boys you will have the opportunity to set and develop the unique culture of this premium international all boys school for the local community. The school had a soft launch in September 2017 on the site adjacent to the Girls school and opened with 250 students Foundation Stage to Year 9. We are now looking for an exceptional Principal to take the school forward from September 2018 to its full capacity of approximately 2000 students across the full age range. The community is predominantly Emirate and other Arabic speaking countries and offers a high quality bi-lingual education, through the National Curriculum for England.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the vision for this new school, as this school aims to be one of leading schools in the UAE producing future Emirati and Arab Global leaders who are confident, resilient, adaptable and ethical. To this end the school aims to develop and nurture boys who:

  • are knowledgeable, inquirers and life-long learners
  • have a sense of belonging to the UAE and the global community
  • are proud of the Arab/UAE culture, Islamic values and have a strong national identity
  • are united in taking responsibility for the destiny and prosperity of the UAE
  • are tolerant of other cultures and beliefs
  • appreciate how Arabs and Islam shape our modern day life
  • have high expectations of themselves.

You will be a highly successful and proven leader with a track record of outstanding educational excellence and should have a current working knowledge of the National Curriculum for England.

An Arabic speaking leader would be desirable although this is not essential as well as experience of working in the UAE.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to join this unique school at the beginning of its journey to outstanding and really make a difference to the Emirate community in Dubai.

Application process:

Please visit and apply for this exciting opportunity online (Ref: 1270) Please ensure you have uploaded an up to date CV and formal letter of application.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity more detail before you apply please email Danielle West at, CVs and applications can also be submitted to this email address. We would be happy to arrange opportunities to visit the school if you are based in the UAE.

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 23rd February 2018. Any applications received prior to this date will be followed up immediately.

Job location

More about GEMS Al Barsha National School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Al Barsha South 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 5069222