Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island


Based on the community and family-oriented ethos of Cranleigh School, one of England’s leading independent schools founded in 1865, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was opened on Saadiyat Island in September 2014.


The school is a happy, thriving community with a great deal to be proud of. We were named New British International School of the Year 2017 in the BIS Awards, as well as the leading school in Abu Dhabi and UAE runner-up in’s UAE Top Schools Award 2017. We were also shortlisted for International School of the Year in the Tes Independent Schools Awards 2018.


Our educational philosophy centres on a desire to bring out the unique talents of each child, recognising and nurturing the innate ability in every individual. Through our supportive family atmosphere, we aim to produce grounded young men and women capable of tackling life’s challenges with confidence, determination and courage.


Teaching and learning at Cranleigh is innovative. The academic team is energetic with a focus on engaging pupils by introducing fresh creative ideas into every lesson. A particular strength in this area was highlighted in our 2016/17 Inspection Report which states: “The school’s promotion of innovation skills is very effective and is an example of best practice.” said: “It is impossible not to appreciate the courage of its approach and its vision to deliver the absolute best possible education for all its students. …it does this with an open door to the outside world that floods into the classroom, and enables children to explore their interest unconstrained by exam metrics and the curriculum.”


We believe in educating the whole child. For that reason, a Cranleigh education focuses on much more than academic work alone. We believe that every moment a child is at school is part of their educational journey. Our pastoral, cultural and sporting programmes are carefully structured to ensure all pupils are supported socially, morally and emotionally as they find their own particular strengths and develop the character that will carry them through the rest of their lives.


As the only school in Abu Dhabi to offer an extended day, our pupils find they have the time opportunity to explore their full range of talents in fine arts, performing arts, music and sport. We also run a rich after school schedule which features activities such as gymnastics, parkour, golf, horse riding and debating to name but a few.


Offsite trips are varied, ranging from Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award expeditions in the Northern Emirates to skiing in the European Alps and from cultural exchanges with Cranleigh UK to Eco-adventures in Sir Bani Yas Island.


For more academic children, our enrichment programme provides stretch beyond the curriculum through extension within lessons, academic competitions including Model United Nations and World Scholars Cup, as well as an annual research project which culminates in a Scholars’ Showcase.


Cranleigh Abu Dhabi sits at the entrance to Saadiyat’s Cultural District in keeping with the school’s motto, ‘Ex Cultu Robur’ – ‘From Culture comes Strength’. Built over seven hectares, we have a beautiful, bespoke campus situated within minutes of New York University Abu Dhabi and the magnificent Saadiyat Beach, as well as the extraordinary Louvre Abu Dhabi.

School Type


Education Level
Nursery to Grade 12


Fee Range
AED 65,000 to AED 90,000

Sports Activity Facilities
Swimming Pool,Dance Studio,Open Field,Gymnasium,Soccer Field,Basketball Court,Indoor Sports Hall, Recreational Table Football, Table Tennis court yard

School Special Facilities
Play Ground,Library,Auditorium,Health Clinic,Play Room,Parking Space,Pantry,Locker Rooms,Laboratory,Parents Lounge,Specialist Design Technology Workshops, Fine Art Studios & Science Labs, Bespoke Sixth Form Centre

Similar Schools

Aldar Academies - Al Mamoura Academy

Location: Al Dar Academis, Al....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 02 8132111

Aldar Academies - Al Muna Academy

Location: Al Muna Academy, Electra....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 02 5014777

Aldar Academies - Al Yasmina Academy

Location: Al Yasmina Academy, Al....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 02 5014888

Aldar Academies - West Yas Academy

Location: Aldar Academies, West Yas....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 02 8132111

Aspen Heights British School

Location: Aspen Heights British School,....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 056 5384416

Diyafah International School

Location: Mohammed Bin Zayed City....

Website: Visit Website

Phone: 02 5585665