Our company

GEMS Education operates 66 schools in the MENASA region

From humble beginnings and a single school, GEMS Education has grown to become the largest K-12 private education provider in the world, operating leading international independent schools in six regions globally. Founded in 1959, GEMS Education is a home-grown UAE company, with an unparalleled track record of providing quality education across multiple curricula to meet the needs of local populations.

Our Chairman Sunny Varkey’s vision is to put a quality education within the reach of every learner. In his own words, “Every child has the potential to be great, but few are given the opportunity to explore their true capabilities. A quality education is a basic human right, and the key to unlocking the greatness that lies in every child.”

Today, GEMS Education operates 66 schools in the MENASA region, with more than 119,000 students from more than 175 countries. We are the oldest, most well-regarded choice for quality private education in the Middle East and North Africa region. We are also the largest employer of UK- and India-trained teachers outside their home countries.

GEMS Education is an optimistic, forward-looking and innovative company.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do...


I respect the needs of my stakeholders. I ensure they feel listened to and cared for.



I dream big, setting ambitious goals, delivering the highest quality and aiming to be the best at what I do.



I am a team player. I work with the bigger picture in mind. I put the team’s needs ahead of my own.



My open minded curiosity fuels my love for learning. I ask questions and listen so that I continuously learn and improve.