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Education Investment MENA
Conference: 9 - 10 November 2022
DubaiDubai, United Arab Emirates

Mohamed Darwish
Chief Executive Officer of Permits and Compliance Sector at Dubai Knowledge


Mohammed Darwish, Chief of the Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA, is clear about his role. “My ultimate goal is to witness the day when education in Dubai is a benchmark for countries around the world,” he says.  To this end, he and his team make sure that early learning centres, schools, universities and training institutes comply with the regulations KHDA has put into place.
“The private education sector in Dubai is still maturing, so regulation makes sure that it offers students and parents in Dubai with a wide range of high quality schools,” he continues.
His team issues permits to new early learning centres, schools, universities and training institutes in Dubai, regulates school fees through a comprehensive framework, and ensures private education providers adhere to KHDA’s guidelines, while supporting them in their ambition to serve Dubai’s residents.

“KHDA is unique in this respect,” says Mr Darwish.  “We regulate the schools, but we don’t own their curricula or resources.”

His day-to-day work brings him into frequent contact with the public, an aspect of his job Mr Darwish greatly enjoys. “I meet people from so many different backgrounds, who all bring their own ideas about what education is all about - it makes the education landscape in Dubai very rich.”

Mr Darwish is a graduate of the Dubai Leadership Programme at The Wharton School and INSEAD’s Young Managers Programme in France. He holds a degree in Media Studies from UAE University, in addition to professional qualifications from CIPS –UK. He has a wealth of experience with organisations such as DUBAL and Dubai World.

Agenda Sessions

  • Regulator Keynote Opening