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Old 18th May 2017, 14:17   #1 (permalink)
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Dubai school fee increase (again)

Dubai school fees set to jump up to 4.8% | Gulfnews.com
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A great education is priceless
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You pay more for one child in school in DXB than some families pay in total income tax in the UK. How is that possible?
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Company pays school fees anyways. Not affecting anyone here....unless its another 'benefit' that they are going to minimize. It would certainly save them heaps of money if they do that.
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Not to mention the kids grow up spoilt, every Friday night sixth form kids getting drunk at Madinat while the Indian driver takes them home..
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Company pays school fees anyways. Not affecting anyone here....unless its another 'benefit' that they are going to minimize. It would certainly save them heaps of money if they do that.
You areogent ****. You obviously have no idea.

For the rest of you that care about the truth. The company contributes but we still pay a large sum ourself.
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Old 20th May 2017, 05:26   #7 (permalink)
 
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Not everyone works for Emirates Amigos. Amongst my circle of acquaintances in many industries, those having schooling paid is certainly a minority.
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Old 20th May 2017, 05:48   #8 (permalink)
 
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Amongst my circle of acquaintances in many industries, those having schooling paid is certainly a minority.
Guess you should have become a pilot then and joined the 'Dream'

Back to the thread. I'm just glad mine are out of school now; it's only going to cost you more out of your own pockets as the years go by
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Old 20th May 2017, 14:47   #9 (permalink)
 
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nett effect with 2 kids still in school in Dubai for 2017. minimum 7000 aed xtra out of YOUR pocket. with 3, in excess of 10k plus.
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nett effect with 2 kids still in school in Dubai for 2017. minimum 7000 aed xtra out of YOUR pocket. with 3, in excess of 10k plus.
And they just keep breeding, and breeding, and.....
It's a personal choice, of course, but is this place really the environment to rear a family?
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For the unknown, ek pays upto 90% to a certain max. Max 4 kids. So you can easily endup paying 90k dirhams outof yr own pocket. 4 month salary.... getting worse this year.
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Old 20th May 2017, 16:37   #12 (permalink)
 
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FYI School fees where I'm living are around 66000 AED up for International Schools . Company pays 75% which is then taxed so around 65% subsidy .
There are cheaper alternatives, but its horses for courses .

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That post would imply Dubai is not the place to raise children. Care to enlighten us parents as to why and, more importantly, where else would you personally recommend to 'rear a family'?

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So you can easily endup paying 90k dirhams out of your own pocket.
Well.... If you will choose Repton or DAA what do you expect? Mine went through EC and the fees were still below the allowance.

And I had four in school here at one time.
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Max 4 kids
is incorrect as EK only pays for 3 at a time; when one leaves then the youngest can join the party...
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Old 20th May 2017, 19:07   #15 (permalink)
 
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3 kids in well respected school. 2 secondary, one primary. 9'700AED out of own pocket AFTER the increase.
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Old 20th May 2017, 19:12   #16 (permalink)
 
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Well.... If you will choose Repton or DAA what do you expect? Mine went through EC and the fees were still below the allowance.

And I had four in school here at one time. is incorrect as EK only pays for 3 at a time; when one leaves then the youngest can join the party...

You're right, max 3 kids. Typo

And no repton or daa... fyi
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Old 20th May 2017, 19:25   #17 (permalink)
 
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And no repton or daa... fyi
So why 90k out of pocket? I've never been anywhere near that! And I've had 100 or so Child-Terms if that makes sense
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Old 21st May 2017, 10:34   #18 (permalink)
 
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That post would imply Dubai is not the place to raise children. Care to enlighten us parents as to why and, more importantly, where else would you personally recommend to 'rear a family'?
Somewhere with a socially nurturing culture, where civil rights are plainly visible, laws are enforced evenly and air that isn't on the far end of the polluted scale....just sayin
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Dubai is a great place to raise kids if it is in one of the following 2 scenarios -

A. The kids begin their schooling in Dubai, and leave somewhere about 11-13 years of age to complete their schooling in a normal country*.

B. The kids arrive as teens from a normal country and complete their schooling in Dubai.

In both of those cases the kids are removed from the bubble of Dubai and hence don't fall in the to the 'expat brat' syndrome**, which happens to be particularly strong here.

With respect to EK, the 10% paid is far more than a person would pay for public education in my home country. But, to be fair, if your child is in one of the (probably) 5-10 best schools in Dubai then the education is better. I would hate to have to fork out for the full school fees from my own pocket.

*Despite what the rulers may try or the recruiters may say, Dubai is not, and will never be a 'normal' country. It is a soul-less Disneyland with a side to it that only those who have lived here a while understand....
**Of course, this also comes down to parenting. Those who don't lose their perspective (ie non-Jumeriah Jane types) are able to keep their children grounded, but the fight to do so appears to be tough.
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If there was a like button, I'd have used if for that last post keepitrealok.

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