Private education boom in UAE
25 September 2011 Last updated at 12:40 BST
The annual scramble to secure places for children at the UAE's private schools is over and children are returning to the classroom.
About 80% of the country's population is expatriate so most youngsters are not entitled to state school tuition.
And this provides a massive opportunity for private companies to enter the education industry.
Some schools charge £20,000 a year but offer five star facilities. Others come without the frills and have fees of just a few hundred pounds.
With such a wide variation in prices and facilities, how does the country's need for a functioning education system stack up against the desire of these businesses to turn a profit?
Simon Atkinson reports.