Welcome message from the Founding Head

Mr. Tom Farquhar

GEMS Nations Academy opened at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, offering an American curriculum that pairs innovative teaching methods with new digital communication tools to form a network of connected, creative learners. The campus facilities were designed for state-of-the-art international education, with common spaces to support creative collaboration and the full complement of sports, arts, and science offerings.

We are now pleased to announce that Dubai American Academy is moving to join us on this campus by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, bringing the program to full-scale, K-12, in the second year of operation in this location. Dubai American Academy brings its “Outstanding” rating from KHDA and a fully accredited IB Diploma program along with multiple U.S. and international accreditations.

With the DAA program shifted to this site, a broad spectrum of activities will stimulate the many dimensions of each child’s intelligence. Challenge and opportunity, in equal measure, are the natural outgrowth of close engagement of teachers and students in an environment that supports exploration and intellectual curiosity.

GEMS believes that we learn from our mistakes as well as from our successes, and it takes a supportive community to encourage the development of curiosity, creativity and imagination. But the hallmarks of a GEMS education are our enduring values: leading through innovation, pursuing excellence, growing by learning, and global citizenship. With this holistic approach, we aim to produce not just great learners, but great people.


Tom Farquhar
Head of School