The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent visited Dubai this week to undertake engagements which included opening a new school.
Prince Michael visited GEMS Wellington schools on Tuesday, a chain of schools in Dubai. The Prince marked the chain’s 10th anniversary by officially opening a new branch.
The inauguration of GEMS Wellington Academy — Al Khail happened in the presence of students, parents and teachers who were very excited to get a glimpse of the royal
and Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education.
On a tour of the school, Prince Michael said: “The most exciting thing about coming to Dubai is to see GEMS because they set a standard that is way above anything I have seen elsewhere in the world. The lovely thing is you get to integrate all the different subjects which are taught in schools so that the quality of the teaching and the quality of the students all rises up together. It is a lovely thing to see.
“I am delighted to be able to visit and inaugurate GEMS Wellington Academy — Al Khail. It is amazing to see that there are now four GEMS Wellington schools in the UAE and one in Qatar. Each student I have met today is happy and confident, which is a testament to the education they are receiving at these schools.”
GEMS Wellington Academy — Al Khail has students of 65 different nationalities who celebrating the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and the skills of students.
Dino Varkey, Managing Director and board member of GEMS Education, said: “We are celebrating the development of GEMS Wellington schools as a leading provider of world-class British curriculum to international students. Over the years, these schools have become a trusted environment of excellence where students thrive and succeed. We are proud to say that almost 10,000 students attend GEMS Wellington schools, and our alumni from these schools have been accepted by leading universities and colleges in the world.”
Prince Michael also travelled to GEMS Wellington International School, where he planted a tree in to mark the school’s 10th anniversary.
Prince Michael does not receive parliamentary annuity that other members of the Royal Family do. This means he funds his own expenses to undertake engagements. His website states that the Prince has always felt it is his duty to ‘respond in the same way as other members of his family’ relating to charity work and engagements.