Saudi Arabia’s private sector will finance the construction and operation of 1,600 schools in the country, according to Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa. This is part of a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Saudi government and contractors to build and manage kindergartens and primary, intermediate, and secondary schools in Jeddah and Mecca.

"We are aiming to supplement the direct government support for school buildings by a partnership with the private sector in the construction and operation of the schools," Ahmed Al-Issa said.

In the UAE, Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) will manage architecture, interior design, and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) work for the Arcadia Secondary School project, which will house 800 pupils.

The new building will be next door to Arcadia Preparatory School in Jumeirah Village Triangle, Dubai, which GAJ designed. Construction of the secondary school includes a swimming pool, football pitch, and a rooftop basketball court.

In January 2018, the Rochester Institute of Technology outlined its $136m (AED500m) project to build a new campus in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis.

Spanning 129,000m², it will accommodate 4,000 students and will be built in two phases: the first is set for a 2019 handover and will cost $54m (AED200m). The second phase will start in 2023 and cost $82m (AED300m) to build.

Meanwhile, Emirates Red Crescent provided funds to two schools in Yemen this year.

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