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Dubai’s GEMS Education owners mull $6bn stake sale

UAE-based private school operator GEMS Education is planning to sell a  controlling stake in the business or a market listing in a potential exit route, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and GEMS founder Sunny Varkey may sell their stakes, which could be valued at as much […]

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Class act: UAE is a magnet for private school investment

The post-pandemic rise in migration to the UAE is fuelling demand for private schools, making the Emirates a “magnet” for investors and school operators, industry experts have said. The UAE’s population grew by one percent in 2021, according to the World Bank. The country’s population currently stands at 9.89 million people and is projected to […]

Abu Dhabi funds in talks to invest in Indian edtech firm

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds are in active talks with an Indian edtech company to be part of a $400-$500 million proposed fundraising drive, the Economic Times newspaper reported, citing people close to the development. Abu Dhabi-based state holding company ADQ is already an investor in Think and Learn Private Ltd, which owns the Byju’s […]

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Commercial waste-to-energy plant to power 28,000 homes

A new commercial scale waste-to-energy plant inaugurated in Sharjah will produce enough electricity to power 28,000 homes per year and help the government to achieve its goal of becoming the Middle East’s first zero-waste city. The Emirates Waste to Energy company, a joint venture between Sharjah-headquartered Beeah and Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, was inaugurated yesterday and […]

Will Abu Dhabi’s new tourism vision drive international influx?

Saadiyat Island, the cultural centrepiece of Abu Dhabi’s tourism offering, has unveiled a new vision which seeks to attract 19 million visitors and contribute AED 4.2 billion ($1.1 billion) in direct revenue by 2025. The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and developer Miral unveiled the new strategy to support […]

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Google gives $100,000 worth of tech training to every US business

Alphabet Inc’s Google will provide any US business over $100,000 worth ofonline courses in data analytics, design and other tech skills for their workers free of charge, the search company said on Monday. The offer marks a big expansion of Google’s Career Certificates, a program the company launched in 2018 to help people globally boost […]

Pearson maintains momentum after rejecting takeover

Pearson beat first-quarter forecasts and said it would benefit from a lowertax rate this year, underscoring confidence at the education group after it rejected a private equity offer in March. The British company, emerging from years of turbulence sparked by the US education market moving online, reported a better-than-expected 7 percent rise in first-quarter underlying […]

$600m projects frozen as Taliban issues school ban for girls

The World Bank has put four projects in Afghanistan worth $600 million on hold amid concerns over a decision by the country’s ruling Islamist leaders to ban girls from returning to public high schools, the bank said. The projects, to be funded under the revamped Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, were being readied for implementation by […]

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World Bank to push ahead with some Afghan projects

The World Bank has resumed work on three projects in Afghanistan focused on health, agriculture and livelihoods, but will maintain a hold on some $150 million for education projects, two sources familiar with the decision said Tuesday. The multilateral development bank had put all four projects, valued at around $600 million, on hold in late […]

Dubai school operator Taaleem in preliminary talks for IPO

Dubai school operator Taaleem is in preliminary talks with banks for an initial public offering in Dubai, two sources told Reuters, a transaction that would test market appetite for UAE’s education sector. The private education sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is recovering from a slowdown during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools […]