Dubai American Academy

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GEMS Dubai American Academy
Al Barsha, Dubai

United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°06′55″N 55°12′31″E / 25.115174°N 55.208692°E / 25.115174; 55.208692Coordinates: 25°06′55″N 55°12′31″E / 25.115174°N 55.208692°E / 25.115174; 55.208692
TypePrivate Elementary/Middle/High school
Motto"Learn Aspire Be"
SuperintendentTammy Murphy
Elementary school principalCraig Cantlie
Middle school principalLisa Hewitt
High school principalMarc Starr
Number of students2725+
Color(s)Blue, red, and navy
MascotDiego the Leopard

Dubai American Academy is located on 23 acres of land in the Dubai suburb of Al Barsha.[1]

The 70,000m2 campus includes a full provision for athletics and performing arts, with a 50m Olympic pool, 400m running track, a large gymnasium, playing fields and shaded playgrounds, theaters, and dedicated studios for music and arts for all grade levels.[2]


The school provides education from KG1 to Grade 12, offering an enriched American curriculum along with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[3]


The total student body has over 2,752 students enrolled. In total over 100 nationalities are represented within the student body, with the biggest numbers coming from the US (22.07%), Canada (9.49%), India (6.84%), S. Korea (5.96%) and Egypt (4.09%). There is a 51:49 male to female ratio.

Campus & facilities[edit]

In 2017 Dubai American Academy merged with Gems Nations Academy and moved into its campus. The new campus houses a wide range of facilities on its twenty three acres: computer labs, a weight room, science labs, drama and music rooms, art studios, two library media centers and a It also has two swimming pools, a football pitch, tennis courts, and large gyms, including a fully air conditioned indoor gym with a running track.


Students at DAA can participate in a variety of sports and non-athletic activities. It is a founding member of the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC). It used to be a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference (EMAC), but left that conference in 2010 to co-start MESAC.

Other activities offered to students include the Model United Nations (MUN) club, which hosts the DAAMUN conference, as well as various Student Government organizations. [4]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Location | GEMS Dubai American Academy". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  2. ^ "Campus and Facilities | GEMS Dubai American Academy". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "American / IB Curriculum | GEMS Dubai American Academy". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
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  5. ^ Pathan, Nabila. "Rom-com on U.S. veteran, Iraqi refugee love set for silver screen." Al Arabiya. Tuesday January 6, 2015. Retrieved on 15 November 15, 2015.