The British Council joins the global SABIS network

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The British Council, in partnership with SABIS® Network schools in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar, will offer IELTS tests to its students. Through this partnership, students enrolled in SABIS® schools will benefit from additional learner support during the English proficiency test, the opportunity to take the test in a familiar location, and easy access to the process of registration. For students considering applying to college, IELTS is considered the preferred English test for college study and is recognized and accepted by 11,000 institutions around the world and also enjoys high recognition in country for national studies.

“We are thrilled to partner with SABIS® to create access to the world’s leading English proficiency test and related learner support for students registering to take the exam. The IELTS test is one of the prerequisites for international opportunities in higher education and career progression. With the opening of the new test sites, school students will have more convenience in terms of easy accessibility and a streamlined registration process. The partnership is an important step that reflects the British Council’s commitment to continue supporting educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar,” said Deep Adhikari, Gulf South Cluster Examinations Manager, BritishCouncil.

Commenting on the partnership, SABIS® Vice President Victor Saad said, “For more than 135 years, our network of college preparatory schools has been dedicated to providing students with a top-quality education that prepare for admission to colleges and universities of their choice. This new partnership with the British Council further strengthens our commitment to our students and provides them with everything they need to succeed.

The list of SABIS® schools that will deliver the IELTS tests includes:

  • Abu Dhabi: Choueifat International School – Abu Dhabi, Choueifat International School – Khalifa City, SABIS® International School – Yas Island, SABIS® International School – Ruwais, Choueifat International School – Al Ain
  • Dubai: The International School of Choueifat-Dubai, The International School of Choueifat – DIP
  • Sharjah: Choueifat International School – Sharjah, SABIS® International School – Al Jada
  • Northern Emirates: The International School of Choueifat – Ajman, The International School of Choueifat – UAQ, The International School of Choueifat – Ras Al Khaimah
  • Qatar: The International School of Choueifat – Doha
  • Bahrain: The International School of Choueifat – Manama
  • Oman: The International School of Choueifat – Muscat

IELTS is the only English language test accepted by all major immigration authorities and recognized by higher education institutions around the world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Through IELTS, the British Council opens the door to these life-changing opportunities for millions of aspirants around the world.


For media inquiries please contact: Anna Koniuhova, Senior Communications Manager, Gulf at [email protected]

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. In 2019-20, we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people in total, including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a British charity governed by a Royal Charter and a British public body. We receive a 14.5% core funding grant from the UK Government.

About SABIS®

SABIS® is a global education network with an active presence in 20 countries on five continents. Schools in the SABIS® network train more than 70,000 students and implement a proven proprietary system. Schools in the SABIS® network provide students with a quality education that prepares them to meet the challenges of a changing world.


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