The Abu Dhabi Indian School

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Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS)
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coordinates 24°26′42″N 54°24′39″E / 24.445026°N 54.410699°E / 24.445026; 54.410699
Established 1975
Principal Mr. Neeraj Bhargava
Number of students 4500+

Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) is one of the largest private school offering Indian (CBSE) curriculum education in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The School is managed by a Honorary Board of Governors, with the head chairman being Dr. B. R. Shetty. This school is run on a no-profit basis and its facilities are dedicated to the service of the community, with the oversight of the Ambassador of India to U.A.E, as the Chief Patron, H E Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, India and is recognized and licensed by the Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi. The School is ranked one of the bests in location and size.[citation needed]


Abu Dhabi Indian School is located on 23rd Street, of Shabia Muroor Area in Abu Dhabi, at close proximity to Al Salam Street (8th Street) and the New Corniche, easily accessible by road from all parts of Abu Dhabi city. It is located near the house of the South African Ambassador to the U.A.E.


Abu Dhabi Indian School was initially based at the old Indian Social Center (ISC) premises in the year 1975. The school was able to have its own campus by 1980, with the help of the Late UAE President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had donated a large plot of land in the Shabia Muroor Area so as to provide good educational facilities for the Indian community in the UAE. Personalities that have spoken at Abu Dhabi Indian School include Abdul Kalam, Kiran Bedi, Pratibha Patil, Kapil Sibal, Sam Pitroda, Anand Kumar etc.


The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Abu Dhabi. The school offers full-time education from Kindergarten to Class XII. Boys and girls are segregated in upper primary school and in secondary school (from Class 2).

SSC-level language electives include French and Hindi and Special Arabic. HSC-level specializations include the Science stream with Mathematics / Biology / Computer Science, and Commerce with Mathematics / Informatics Practices / Sociology / Psychology electives.


Admission to Abu Dhabi Indian School is extremely competitive.[citation needed] Admissions in lower classes is done on the basis of a lottery followed by an interview. For class 9 and above, it is done on the basis of an entrance examination followed by an interview. Last year[when?] there were more than 2,000 applicants for 1st Standard admission which only has a total of 200 seats. In 2013, there were around 4,000 applicants for 75 seats to KG1. For 11th admission, over 300 students from all over the emirate took the entrance test, out of which only 9 of them were selected for the science stream and 2 for the commerce stream. The rest of the seats were filled internally based on the merit list of the students passing out from the same school after 10th grade.[citation needed]


The campus land and was granted by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates to the Indian Ambassador to build an educational institution for the Indian community in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Indian School, which has one of the largest campuses in the UAE,[citation needed] was the first private school to have a variety of co-curricular facilities like the artificial turf, tartan track, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, indoor badminton courts, etc. It is the only Indian school in Abu Dhabi with international standards.[citation needed]

The academic complex of the school comprises:

  1. Administration Building
  2. Middle Boys and Kindergarten Building
  3. Middle and Senior Girls Building
  4. Senior Boys Building
  5. Auditorium Building
  6. Multi-purpose Recreational Building with Olympic size Swimming Pool.
  7. Junior Girls Building
  8. Junior Boys Building

The facilities of the school consist of:

Student activity associations[edit]

Various student associations provide a platform for students to organize activities of interest. The clubs have always tried their best to achieve their goals and has succeeded many a times. Various Clubs such as Prakiti (Nature Club), Q-Matter (Quiz Club) and more than 20 other clubs operate.

A team of students from Abu Dhabi Indian School made a film titled Obliteration which was selected for the Children's International Film Festival. They made it in the top 25 films, Worldwide[citation needed]

The club has been awarded several laurels[clarification needed] over the years for their contributions to the school.[citation needed]

Farewell of Mr.V.K Mathu. The Transition club had awarded a memento from the school side.

Notable Alumni[edit]

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