Educational Services Overseas Limited

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Educational Services Overseas Limited
United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE
Coordinates 24°25′47″N 54°25′51″E / 24.42972°N 54.43083°E / 24.42972; 54.43083Coordinates: 24°25′47″N 54°25′51″E / 24.42972°N 54.43083°E / 24.42972; 54.43083
Type Education
Founded 1990
Founder Walid Abushakra

ESOL is a leading organization in the field of primary and secondary education, specialized in establishing and managing high quality American and British international schools. ESOL is currently responsible for a total of nine schools in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.

With a record of success spanning several decades, ESOL has earned a global reputation as a provider of high-quality American and British international education. Over the past 8 years the organization has undergone significant expansion and has further expansion plans for both the immediate and distant future. The ESOL family currently has 9 member schools with a total enrollment of close to 10,000 students.

ESOL was founded in 1990 as an international school management company. Its founder, Walid Abushakra, had established his first international school in Kuwait in 1976.

ESOL established the American International School in Egypt (AISE) in 1990. Soon thereafter it assumed operation of the American International School in Cyprus (AISC) and founded the American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA). The organization also established and/or operated a number of small schools in Saudi Arabia during this period.

The Universal College in Aley, Lebanon (UCA) joined the fold in 2000, with ESOL restoring its war-damaged campus and reopening the historic school for the first time since the Lebanese Civil War had forced its closure in 1982. Around the same time, ESOL participated in the establishment of the American International School in Gaza (AISG).

In 2005, ESOL opened the doors of its first two schools in Dubai, the Universal American School in Dubai (UAS) and the Deira International School (DIS). The opening of the Cairo English School followed in 2006, and AISE's West Campus opened in 2009 in the Cairo's western suburbs. Most recently in 2013, ESOL assumed the ownership and management of Inspire Nursery in Dubai which marks ESOL's first venture into the growing nursery sector.


The ESOL family currently has 9 member schools spread across 5 countries and 3 continents. The ESOL schools are: