Key Facts

  • Business: International education company
  • Established: 1968
  • Investment Date: July 2014
  • Shareholders: Fajr Capital, Mumtalakat, Blackstone and Varkey Group
  • Head office: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Employees: 13,000
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GEMS Education

GEMS Education is one of the largest and most successful global education operators.

Established in the UAE in 1968, GEMS Education is now the world’s largest provider of K-12 private education – operating more than 50 schools, educating over 140,000 students and employing over 13,000 people across 19 markets in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In July 2014, an investor group led by Fajr Capital acquired a significant minority stake in GEMS Education’s emerging markets business, covering the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia. Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Blackstone were the other partners in the investment consortium.