Welcome! Willkommen! Ahlan Wa Sahlan!
Ernst Peter Fischer 

German Ambassador to the UAE

As the United Arab Emirates and Germany both know, the key resource of the future is our people. This is why we invest all to give them the best education. It is the key to success in the international knowledge-based society.

Located in Al Zaab, the German International School in Abu Dhabi (GISAD) has been successfully teaching children since 1976. From kindergarten up to school-leaving age, GISAD is open to everyone wishing to have a top-quality “made in Germany” education for their children.

The school community is proud of its diversity of nationalities, cultures, and languages, which enables a place of respectful and effective inter-cultural dialogue. This reflects the spirit of Abu Dhabi.

The school follows a distinguished German curriculum that focuses on knowledge, independent thinking, and creativity. Indeed, it opens the door to a European experience that is the right place to prepare pupils for excellence and responsibility for our shared future.

Welcome to Abu Dhabi and to GISAD!

Dr. Thorsten Löhl

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Cosmopolitan, flexible and well-trained employees of international companies require the right environment for their families. The German International School in Abu Dhabi, founded in the year 1976, enables interested parents to have their children educated at a school, awarded with a certificate of excellence for German schools abroad, from kindergarten to high school graduation in an international environment.

The school is supported by many: The Crown Prince Court, by which the school building was made available. By the German state providing continuous personnel and financial support. By donations of local businesses, as well as by the paid tuition. The provider of GISAD is the school association, represented by an elected board. Together with other dedicated parents, teachers and staff, there is a vibrant school community that ensures the school's long-term focus on the needs and future of our students.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children to GISAD!

Andreas Rothfritz

Head of School


Open-minded children with a global awareness of culture: We contribute to this because the children remain in the familiar German-speaking education system and we offer children of German-speaking expatriates in Abu Dhabi not only the opportunity to acquire all German school-leaving qualifications. 

The German International Abitur also guarantees in-depth English competence: bilingual instruction - this is an extra - which takes up the children's linguistic advantage and deepens their intercultural competence. Thus, your children fulfill all the prerequisites for returning to the German education system, and the doors to the world are wide open at the same time.

With the Thuringian curricula, we are following one of the most successful German federal state curricula and thus secure the connection to Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland as well as to the worldwide network of 140 German schools abroad. Also, our students are optimally prepared for English-language studies because the German Cultural-ministerial-conference (KMK) certifies the German-International Abitur which is recognized worldwide.

I look forward to welcoming you and your children to GISAD. My team and I will be happy to answer your questions!

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​Telephone : +971 (0)2 666 8668

Email : info@gisad.ae

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