Welcome message from the Principal

Vicky Martin

Welcome to GEMS Royal Dubai School, a school where we place children at the heart of all we do; because our pupils deserve the very best.

I am privileged to be part of this amazing school, where we value those marvellous moments which nurture individuals to achieve their true potential and build make lifelong memories.

As soon as you walk through the door at RDS you will experience the ‘family feel’ culture and ethos which we have developed since opening in 2005. We are an Outstanding learning community and we have a lot to feel proud of!

Our bespoke learning model (The RDS Learning Wave), complemented by a Concept Curriculum ensure a holistic approach where students develop webs of information rather than memorising straight facts. Our talented and dedicated teaching team focus on the whole child, with their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potential being developed alongside academic knowledge.

The GEMS Royal Dubai School offers an Outstanding education that extends beyond the New National Curriculum for England. The focus is on meeting the needs of each and every one of our learners so that they are equipped with the learning skills and life-long learning dispositions necessary to be able to accept and embrace the challenges of an ever-changing world. This means equipping students with a wide range of traditional academic and technological skills and developing a range of learning dispositions and critical thinking skills that will promote creativity, problem solving and support learners to develop agency (ownership) over their learning.

Through this curriculum, we encourage creative and critical thinking alongside stimulating and meaningful experiences, leading to fun and wonder. Our curriculum celebrates the diversity within our school and equips our children with the skills and attributes required to become active citizens in our international community and beyond.

The wellbeing of our children is paramount in all that we do and we place great emphasis on building high quality personal and social skills, which has a positive impact on achievement and attitudes to learning. This is supported by an extensive range of extra curricula activities including sports, cultural and performing arts as well as access to holiday, residential camps, and cultural activities.

Our school is an English Curriculum primary school situated in the Mirdif area of Dubai. Mirdif has excellent traffic links, affordable high quality housing, restaurants and shops. We are a truly international school with around 75 different nationalities with UK residents being the predominate nationality. The multi-cultural experience that the children receive truly reflects the multi-cultural life of our host country and city.

GEMS Royal Dubai School is a special place to learn and we welcome you to visit the school and become part of our learning community


Vicky Martin
Principal/CEO GEMS Royal Dubai School