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H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council and son of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attended the inauguration of the Chinese School Dubai, the first Chinese public school to be established outside China. With the addition of CSD, the number of curricula offered by Dubai’s private school sector goes up to 18.

Welcoming the school’s opening, the Dubai royal said it further strengthens the UAE’s strong cultural ties with China and the deep bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The Dubai Government is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students, teachers and staff of all private schools in Dubai amidst the prevailing circumstances, Sheikh Mansour said.

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He also praised the efforts of all government organisations and private schools that collaborated to develop protocols for ensuring the safety of students in accordance with the internationally benchmarked precautionary measures approved by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.

Sheikh Mansour unveiled a commemorative plaque at the inauguration event and toured the school premises. It is located in Mirdif, and will serve up to 2,000 students. While focussing on the Chinese community in the emirate, the school will also accept students of other nationalities living in Dubai. There are about 200,000 Chinese nationals living in Dubai.

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Sheikh Mansour reviewed the teaching methodologies of the school. In addition to the Chinese national curriculum, students will study Arabic, Islamic studies and moral education. School officials and teachers were directly recruited by the Hangzhou Education Bureau. It will follow the model of Hangzhou No. 2 High School, an internationally renowned school based in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director-General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said the school “not only facilitates quality education for students but also serves the broader community”. “We are proud that Dubai has been chosen as the location for the first public Chinese school outside China. The school will provide a window into Chinese culture and civilization,” he added.

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The inauguration was attended by Ni Jian, the Chinese Ambassador to the UAE; Li Xuhang, Chinese Consul General in Dubai; and Yin Liping, Principal of the Chinese School Dubai.