International schools operator Cognita has acquired Horizon English School in Dubai from Al Najah Education.
Horizon English School offers a non-selective British curriculum to around 1,000 children aged three to 11.
UK-based Cognita operates 82 schools across 11 countries. Al Najah Education is an investment and management company with a 10-year history of establishing and managing international schools and nurseries across the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
David Baldwin, managing director for Cognita Middle East, said: “Cognita and Horizon English School have many shared values, including the importance of personalised learning, wellbeing and a rounded educational experience. We look forward to working in partnership with parents, students and staff to take Horizon English School from strength to strength in the years to come.”
Al Najah chief executive Raza Khan added: “Al Najah is delighted to have completed the sale of Horizon English School, having grown the school over the years into one of Dubai’s most beloved institutions. Completing such a landmark transaction to a prestigious international buyer, in the middle of a pandemic was, understandably, not easy.”
Global law firm Clyde & Co was sole legal counsel to Al Najah Education for the sale. Naji Hawayek, corporate partner at Clyde & Co, said: “This is another landmark transaction for the education sector in the UAE. Horizon English School is awarded ‘Outstanding’ school status by the KHDA, the regulator of schools in Dubai, and the deal illustrates how top-tier schools have established themselves as prime targets for education investors in the Middle East.”
Date published: 5 March 2021