Khaled Al Muhairy and Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri
British school to open on Reem Island
Abu Dhabi, December 12, 2012
Evolvence Knowledge Investments (EKI) and Sorouh, a top property developer in the UAE, will open a school in partnership with UK’s Repton School in September 2013 on Reem Island.
Repton School Abu Dhabi will be spread across two campuses, the first of which is a 7,000 sq m site for 520 children from Nursery to Year 2.
Facilities including two multi-purpose halls and a swimming pool will see the delivery of British education synonymous with tradition, expertise and experience. The second campus will open in 2014 for children in Year 3 and over.
EKI, a wholly-owned education subsidiary of Evolvence Capital, one of the leading alternative investment firms in the GCC, partnered with Repton School in 2006 and commenced operations of its first campus when it opened Repton Dubai in September 2007 on the 450th anniversary of the British school in Derbyshire, UK.
The new Abu Dhabi school, located within Sorouh’s residential and business community development Shams Abu Dhabi on Reem Island, has been designed by Dewan Architects and built by System Construct. It will be the first school to be built on Reem Island and will play an integral role in the vibrant community being created.
“The launch of a new Repton School in the UAE capital is a significant measure in offering world class education, steeped in rich heritage, in the Middle East,” said Khaled Al Muhairy, Founder and CEO, Evolvence Capital.
“Our partnership, which saw the founding of Repton Dubai six years ago, is further strengthened by this new venture and we are pleased to be working with Sorouh and System Construct who are helping us deliver the unparalleled quality for which Repton stands.”
Benjamin J Lee, president and Deputy CEO of Evolvence Knowledge Investments, added: “This venture consolidates the Repton brand within the UAE and allows EKI, in partnership with Repton UK, to deliver a school of class and excellence.”
“Education is a key component of the overall vision of Abu Dhabi and this represents Sorouh’s first project in this important area. It is a great honour to be able to announce our first education partnership with the leading British institution Repton School,” said Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri, managing director at Sorouh Real Estate.
“This world renowned school will significantly enhance the thriving community on Shams Abu Dhabi and the wider Al Reem Island, by offering the highest standards of education to families in Abu Dhabi.”
The Abu Dhabi school will welcome families from all nationalities offering the best in British education within the context of an international school community and epitomised by the school’s philosophy of ‘the best for every child’.
The responsibility of Repton is to prepare pupils for adulthood through the highest standard of academic studies and varied activities that comprise life in a school environment. Repton Dubai now has more than 2,200 pupils, aged three to 18 on a purpose-built campus across 126,000 square metres.
Sir Henry Every, chairman of the Repton Board of Governors, said: “The Governors and I are delighted that young people in Abu Dhabi will be able to share in the experience of a Repton education. I am confident that the success of Repton Dubai will be replicated in Abu Dhabi and pupils will enjoy high educational standards in a friendly, family atmosphere.” – TradeArabia News Service