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Dubai - April

April 12, 2025


Fair Organizer: Bill Turner

This will be the final Search Associates fair run during this school year. It is organised by Bill Turner and Alison Turner, who have  leadership experience in 5 schools across the Middle and Far East, covering British, IB and American curricula. This is a one-day, global fair, accessible to all schools and all candidates. This is a late fair so will be a great chance for schools and candidates who have not yet found those perfect matches to spend plenty of meeting time to help them make that big decision.

The Dubai April job fair is intended to be the final big event of the fair season, and a great opportunity for schools and candidates who have not yet found the right fit to have plenty of meeting time in order to get that decision made.

Being a global fair, it will attract international schools of all kinds - including British, American and IB schools. It will be suitable for a wide range of teachers, in all subject fields and at all levels. 

The fair is organised by Bill and Alison Turner. Candidates registered with any Search Associate are very welcome to request an invitation to register for a place.

The Dubai April fair is held on a single day: Saturday. We anticipate that all business will be completed on the Saturday. Candidates should not need to take off time from school and can fit the fair into their work schedule.

Where will the fair be hosted?

Universal American School in Festival City, Dubai.

When are candidate registrations open?

18 Dec 2024. Candidates wanting to attend should request an invitation from their senior Search Associate. 

Who should attend?

Candidates and schools from anywhere in the world, and with any curriculum background

Festival City is, in normal traffic conditions, only 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Festival City is blessed with 3 hotels:

The Holiday Inn, The Crowne Plaza and The Intercontinental. We will shortly provide you with links for bookings at these hotels, though of course you can apply directly. 

Be especially mindful that these hotels have other branches in the city. Make sure you book the FESTIVAL CITY branch!

There are many other hotels that are in the vicinity. A quick search will show you a wide range of possibilities. For example, you might want to check booking.com:


Cheaper (at the time of writing) alternatives within 5 km of Festival City include, amongst others: Arabian Park Hotel, Nihal Palace Hotel, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Reflections Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Somewhere Hotel Apartment, Royal Continental Hotel, Tulip Creek Hotel Apartments, Ramee Royal Hotel. 

If you head to Deira the prices are cheaper still, and the hotels are still close to Dubai International Airport. However, Deira is a little further from Festival City - around 7km.

Room sharing

Candidates interested in possibly sharing a room at the Holiday Inn with another single candidate, in order to reduce costs, should contact Bill Turner well in advance of the fair. We will put you in direct contact with other candidates of the same gender who are interested in sharing, in order that you can then make the arrangements yourselves.

Bahrain: Riffa Views IS

Brunei: CfBT Education Services

China: Achieve Xiamen IS

China: BIBS Haidian Academy

China: BIBS Shunyi Campus

China: BIBS Upper East Side Campus

China: Keystone Academy

China: Shenzhen Foreign Languages School GBA Academy

Egypt: British IS Cairo

India: Woodstock School Mussoorie

Kazakhstan: IS Astana

Oman: Al Sahwa Schools, Muscat

Saudi Arabia: Dhahran Ahliyya Schools

Saudi Arabia: NEOM Community School

UAE: GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi

UAE: Universal American School, Dubai









Bahrain: Riffa Views IS

Bangladesh: American IS Dhaka

China: BASIS Schools - 10 individual campuses represented (ie 10 different schools)

China: Beijing International Bilingual Academy

China: Dulwich College Beijing

China: Suzhou Singapore IS

China: Tsinglan School

China: Keystone Academy

Croatia: American IS Zagreb

Egypt: British IS Cairo

Egypt: Manara School

Ethiopia: International Community School Addis Ababa

India: Woodstock School Mussoorie

Kazakhstan: Haileybury Astana School

Kazakhstan: Haileybury Almaty

Korea: Korea IS Pangyo Campus

Kuwait: A'Takamul IS

Kuwait: Gulf English School

Kuwait: Global Bilingual Academy School

Nigeria: American IS Abuja

Oman: Al Batinah IS

Qatar: Qatar Leadership Academy

Qatar: Qatar Academy Al Wakra

Qatar: Qatar Academy Al Khoo

Qatar: Qatar Academy Doha

Qatar: Qatar Academy Sidra

Qatar: Awsaj Academy

Qatar: ACS IS Doha

Saudi Arabia: Dhahran Ahliyya Schools

Saudi Arabia: NEOM Community School

Saudi Arabia: British IS Jeddah

Saudi Arabia: King Faisal School

Saudi Arabia: Makers Learning School

Saudi Arabia: One World IS Riyadh

Senegal: IS Dakar

Singapore: Dulwich College

Thailand: Concordian IS Bangkok

Türkiye: Hisar School, Istanbul

UAE: GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi

UAE: Universal American School, Dubai

UAE: Glendale IS

UAE: Fairgreen IS Dubai

UAE: GEMS World Academy Dubai

There is no single-use plastic

Eg: We provide large water bottles. There are also paper cups. Please bring a water bottle.  

We minimise the wasting of paper

Eg: There are no Candidate and Recruiter folders.

Eg: There are no hanging files for communication. Communication is done in person or electronically via the Fair Portal. 

Eg: We discourage schools from bringing glossy prospectuses - these are accessible on-line.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Gez Hayden led the first international school authorized to offer all three IB programs in China.