DMS is a bilingual International Baccalaureate World School offering the continuum of IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the elementary school, and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) in the secondary school, in English and Arabic.


Age by 31st of December IB UK Equivalent
3 Pre-KG FS1
4 KG1 FS2
5 KG2 Y1
6 Grade 1 Y2
7 Grade 2 Y3
8 Grade 3 Y4
9 Grade 4 Y5
10 Grade 5 Y6
11 Grade 6 Y7
12 Grade 7 Y8
13 Grade 8 Y9
14 Grade 9 Y10
15 Grade 10 Y11
16 Grade 11 Y12
17 Grade 12 Y13

Entry Requirements

Arabic Language

All students are required to learn Arabic as per the UAE Ministry of Education by-laws. Classes are differentiated for native and non-native speakers and the programmes incorporate the Ministry of Education syllabus within the curriculum.

As an additional requirement, students who are registered with a passport from one of the Arab countries listed below are required by law to attend Arabic A for native speakers until the end of Grade 12:

UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Oman, Mauritania, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Union of the Comoros.

Students who are not fluent in Arabic and are from an identified Arabic country may take Arabic B after KHDA approval.

Islamic Studies

In accordance with the UAE Ministry of Education by-laws, students who are Muslim (as identified on their passport or during the admissions process via the “religion” option) must take Islamic Education until the end of Grade 12.

Students may take Islamic A (in Arabic) or Islamic B (in English) based on their passport nationality. The Islamic A and B courses incorporate the Ministry of Education syllabus for Islamic Education within the curriculum.

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