As an investor in education in the region, we see the growing need for accessibility. With more competency and skill-based learning trends emerging aimed at bridging the education to employment gap, we believe Amanat can play a key role in supporting governments to close that gap through its portfolio and in turn derive a higher return on investment than more traditional education models.

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Investments in Education Sector

11,000+

Graduate and Post-Graduate Students across 3 Universities

3

Universities

Sector Overview

In recent years, an increasingly favorable operating environment coupled with the region’s solid demographic profile has seen the GCC’s K-12 and higher education sector represent an increasingly attractive investment opportunity for international investors and school operators. Growth has been driven by several factors ranging from the generic characteristics of the education sector such as its long-term revenue visibility to more GCC-specific factors. These include the roll-out of several government initiatives, the rising awareness of primary education, demand for more higher education options, the need for overall improvement in the quality of education, and an increase in the population, including that of expatriates.

Higher Education

In recent years, an increasingly conducive and supportive operating environment, coupled with the region’s solid demographic profile, has enabled the GCC’s higher education sector to be an attractive opportunity for regional and global investors. Higher education has generally shown a strong resiliency through the pandemic period, with some institutions enjoying a net benefit stemming from lower mobility coupled with willingness from students to seek additional degrees and take additional courses and credit hours. Government initiatives have been aimed at increasing quantity and quality of the higher education options available, fostering the development of the regional sector and limiting the need for outbound mobility. The UAE is rapidly strengthening its position as an international higher education hub, as testified by the material increase in international students witnessed in our higher education portfolio.

K-12

The demand for private investors in the K-12 sector in the region continues to grow as governments aim to increase private participation in education. This has been further reinforced by a young and growing population and an increasingly affluent middle-class looking to spend on high-quality education. With significant progress visible in countries such as the UAE, other regional economies, such as KSA, are stepping up their efforts with several transformative measures being implemented to grow the private sector’s participation in this space.

Investments

NEMA Holding (“NEMA”)

https://nemaholding.com/

Investment Date: March 2018
35%
stake

NEMA Holding (“NEMA”)

NEMA Holding (“NEMA”) is the largest private higher education player in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The group has campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, as well as a presence in Al Dhafra Region. With c. 7,500 students and a track record of almost 20 years in the market, spanning higher education, vocational and corporate training sectors, NEMA’s mission is to become the leading platform in the Arab world for higher education and learning solutions.

c.7,500

Students

AED 330 MN

Amanat’s Investment

Middlesex University Dubai (“MDX”)

https://www.mdx.ac.ae/

Investment Date: August 2018
100%
stake

Middlesex University Dubai (“MDX”)

Middlesex University Dubai was established in 2005 as the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The university has a diverse student body of c. 4,000 students from c. 120 nationalities across two campuses in Dubai, providing students from across the GCC and beyond the opportunity to obtain a high-quality and affordable UK degree, which uses the same validation and monitoring system as the London campus, while living in the heart of Dubai. Success in attracting domestic and international students, saw the university stand as the number one KHDA institution for student enrolments in the academic year 2020-2021.

c.4,000

Students

AED 419 MN

Amanat’s Investment

Divestments

Taaleem Holdings Psc (“Taaleem”)

https://www.taaleem.ae/

Investment Date: April 2016 & December 2017 , Divestment Date: April 2021
21.7%
stake

Taaleem Holdings Psc (“Taaleem”)

Taaleem Holdings PJSC (“Taaleem”) is one of the largest providers of early learning, primary and secondary education in the UAE with approximately 9,000 students spread across 8 institutions, six of which are located in Dubai and two in Abu Dhabi. It enjoys a reputation for premium education across multiple curricula, including British, American and International Baccalaureate, as well as a multi-lingual early childhood program

AED 198 MN

Amanat’s Investment

AED 350 MN

Amanat’s Divestment

Our Diverse Portfolio

Investment: NEMA

Higher Education

Investment: BEGiN

Education Technology

Investment: CMRC Real Estate

Social Infrastructure

Investment: CMRC

Post-Acute Care & Rehabilitation

Investment: MDX

Higher Education

Investment: NLCS

Social Infrastructure

Investment: RHWC

Women & Children Hospital

Investment: Sukoon

Post-Acute Extended Care and Critical Care