Welcome message from the Principal

Welcome and thank you for visiting GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi, an IB World School in the heart of a vibrant city of culture and contrast.


Our mission at GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi is to provide every child with a school experience that is joyous and meaningful, supporting their development as internationally-minded students. As a fully authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school we engage each child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.  Through our inquiry-based learning programme, children develop knowledge, deep understandings, skills and dispositions that build academic success and strength of character.

Our joyful and supportive setting will be the center of your child’s social world and an environment where he or she will learn to function independently. As a community solely for young learners, we celebrate their achievements both social and academic throughout the year. Yet, parent involvement is essential and we want you to be actively involved in your child’s education with us.

We proudly boast a blend of highly qualified and experienced faculty and staff, plentiful resources and educational learning tools, and a secure campus that is suited and designed to house primary years learners. We have many returning veteran teachers, while others have gained experience elsewhere in the world, having been recruited for their talents and expertise.

Parents can expect the GEMS World Academy experience will include high academic standards, innovative practices and a variety of after school activities specifically designed for young children. As an IBO World school, we celebrate internationalism, recognizing the uniqueness of the more than sixty nationalities represented among our students. Our academic standards are derived from the IB’s Primary Years Programme curricular framework and have been blended with Common Core standards from the USA as well as key UAE national frameworks.

Join us in partnership at our home away from home, GWA Abu Dhabi, where your child’s academic achievement, confidence, resilience and self-esteem will flourish.   Here your child can blossom, thrive and, best of all, be happy!


Catherine Erpen


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