The_Indian_High_School,_Dubai Latitude and Longitude:

25°14′25.92″N 55°18′54.55″E / 25.2405333°N 55.3151528°E / 25.2405333; 55.3151528
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The Indian High School, Dubai
P.O. Box 106

Coordinates 25°14′25.92″N 55°18′54.55″E / 25.2405333°N 55.3151528°E / 25.2405333; 55.3151528
MottoKnowledge is Power
School board Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
DirectorPunit MK Vasu [1]
PrincipalMala Mehra
GradesKindergarten to Grade 12
EnrollmentApproximately 12203 [2] [3] [4] (As of September 2017)
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Last updated: 15 December 2022
The Indian High School, Dubai(before 2016)

The Indian High School is a CBSE-affiliated Indian school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1961 to provide education to the children of Indian expatriates and was the first expatriate educational institution in the UAE. The school is one of the small number of not-for-profit schools in the emirate, and is rated "Very Good" by Dubai's KHDA. [5] It is one of the oldest and largest educational institutions in the Persian Gulf region. [6]


The Indian High School was founded in 1961 by Maghanmal Pancholia with a view of providing education to the children of Indian expats. [7] It was the first expatriate educational institution to be established in Dubai. The land for the school was granted by the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The initial enrollment was 8 students; it has since grown to more than 15,000 across all three campuses, including 370 students with special needs. The school has about 600 teachers. [8]


The school has three campuses. The Junior School at Al Garhoud accommodates Pre-Primary classes (girls and boys KG1–Grade 4). The Senior School in Oud Metha includes girls' Grades 5 to 12, who commence in the early morning shift (7:00 am to 2:00 pm), boys' Grades 5 to 12, who commence in the late morning shift (9:10 am to 4:00 pm).

The school had adopted a new initiative, called Rahhal ('traveller' in Arabic), which provided the senior section with a 4-day week, rather than the original 5 day week for their junior counterparts. [9] The Grades 11 & 12, both boys and girls, operated in the Rahhal shift (7:00 am to 4:00 pm) on alternating days. The initiative was implemented on 3 students in 2018 and then in 2019 it was implemented on all students of grade 11 & 12. It was later cancelled in August 2022 after numerous complaints from parents and students about long school hours that were implemented due to the new 2022 4-day weekday in UAE. [10]

The school also operates the Indian International School (IIS DSO), located in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

The Oud Metha Metro Station on the Green Line is located near the senior school campus, and the GGICO Metro Station on the Red Line is located next to the Junior School campus. The school also has a fleet of buses to transport students and staff.

A government hospital and a church are located on the road opposite the main campus, while a private hospital is located behind the junior school.

KHDA Inspection Report

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is an educational quality assurance authority based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It undertakes early learning, school and higher learning institution management and rates them as well. Following is a summary of the inspection ratings for the Indian High School, Dubai. Its current ratings have since slipped from Outstanding to Very Good.

Name of School Curriculum 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2022-23
The Indian High School, Dubai CBSE Good Good Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good

A summary of ratings for all schools in Dubai can be found online. [11]


The school has acquired membership of Dubai Quality Group and has acquired ISO : 9001 : 2000 Certification. It has also received the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished School and School Administration twice, in 2002 and 2005.

The school won the eIndia 2012 awards for the No. 1 "ICT Enabled school of year" in the category of "digital learning". [12]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Indian High School Dubai replace CEO Kumar for Vasu". 12 December 2019.
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  5. ^ "Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau Report 2018-19 for The Indian High School, Dubai". Knowledge and Human Development Authority.
  6. ^ "IHS". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. ^ "Meet The Man Who Founded Dubai's Indian High School". Gulf News.
  8. ^ "IHS". Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  9. ^ "Dubai school to shorten study week to 3.5 days from April". 28 January 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  10. ^ Reporter, A. Staff. "New UAE weekend: Flexible Friday timings, 4-day workweek for some private sector firms". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2022-12-05.
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  12. ^ "IHS – Achievements". IHSdxb. The Indian High School, Dubai.


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