Our History

Abu Dhabi International School (AIS) is a private, coeducational K–12 school licensed by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. The school was founded in 1992 by Mrs. Jihan Nasr, who has been dedicated to her mission of:

“Supporting all students achieve to their full potential in personal development and active citizenship by providing the foundation for lifelong learning through quality education.”

AIS Abu Dhabi City Campus opened in 1992 and the AIS MBZ City Campus opened in 2015.

The school has an international body of students and staff from over 70 nationalities. The total enrollment at AIS schools as of September 2020 is 3,500 students, and the school reserves 5% of its student body to special needs students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Despite the diversity of its community, AIS is reputed for its family atmosphere. Students, parents and staff—the family of AIS—are committed to preserving its caring learning environment, collegial work environment, and a culture of tolerance, with the belief that the immeasurable can be achieved with a child with strong home-school partnerships.

The Family of AIS

AIS is a coeducational PreK-12 institution that was founded in 1992. Mrs. Jihan Nasr, the founder, has ever since had an earnest desire to educate each and every child, irrespective of background or ability. She strongly believes that every individual has the potential to positively impact the world. Over the years, she has brought together a family of 3,500 students from over 70 nationalities. Despite its diversity, AIS is reputed for its family atmosphere. Students, parents, and staff are committed to preserving its caring learning environment and collegial work environment.


It is no lie when they say that AIS becomes your second home. At AIS, I managed to forge friendships that have lasted over a decade and are still growing strong. You truly feel your class is your family. As for the education, all I can say is that it is exceptional. I never truly realized that until I graduated and moved to the United States to continue my education. Most of my freshman year at university consisted of material I already learned and mastered thanks to the amazing teachers, which goes to show that the education at AIS is always ahead of the game to prepare students for the next big step in their lives. AIS was the only school I had the privilege of attending and if I were to go back in time and repeat my experience, I would not change a thing.

– Caesar Chukrallah, Class of 2016