Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to the German International School Abu Dhabi!

Thank you for your interest in our school! GISAD was founded in 1976 and we are proud of our long history in the United Arab Emirates. In 2006/2007 GISAD was officially recognized as part of the German International School Network. Since then all certificates issued by us are fully recognized in Germany: As recognized educational institutes (regardless of their origin), our students have equal access to all offers of the German education system, with the Abitur in particular to colleges and universities in Germany and worldwide.

Our teaching staffs are well trained (state examinations for teachers, state diplomas for educators) and contribute experience from the German-speaking world and international experience. We pursue the goal of enabling our students to have a successful school career that will pave the way for a promising future by providing them not only with excellent knowledge but also with fundamentals of the German culture and a high level of intercultural competence.

In 2005/2006, GISAD received a generous donation from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, H.H. Mohammed bin Zayed, which enabled us to move into our spacious and modern school building and expand our academic offerings. The H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed scholarship enabled GISAD to integrate Emirati children from kindergarten age into our school community for the first time. In the school year 2018/2019 we proudly awarded our first Emirati student with the German International Abitur.

The German International Abitur is our highest qualification and is achieved at the end of grade 12 after the students have passed a number of exams. Our Abitur certifies a profound and broad knowledge and extended skills in the world language English through bilingual subjects which we teach from the intermediate level onwards. It enables students to study at universities and colleges worldwide, not least in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, but also here in the Emirates.

Our school career path is characterized by the fact that the linguistic skills are very specifically promoted already in kindergarten. For some children the first priority is to become fluent in the German language. In addition, the offer “Arabic for native speakers” begins in kindergarten. The German-speaking children receive language support tailored to their needs with a wide range of educational opportunities and English lessons from the very beginning. From the first grade on, the lessons are German-speaking. Only children who have a good command of German can transfer to the GISAD primary school. However, we offer additional linguistic support to students with a different mother tongue during and after lessons. For children whose mother tongue is not Arabic, lessons in Arabic as a foreign language also begin in the first grade.

With the transition to the lower secondary level (from grade 5), our students are classified as Realschule students or Gymnasium students. From grade 6 on, based on their overall guidance regarding their future school career they follow the respective career path. The teachers carry out these assessments and are in close contact with the parents in this respect. A later change of classification is possible depending on the further development of the children. From grade 9 onwards, some subjects are taught bilingually (German and English).

GISAD is an all-day school that offers after-school care facilities. Our after-school program offers a variety of options, also through cooperation with extra-curricular partners, to relieve parents of after-school supervision and homework assistance.

For more information or to visit us in beautiful and sunny Abu Dhabi, please contact us!


Andreas Rothfritz


Exzellente Deutsche Auslandsschule