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Jubail Island to welcome the first Redwood Center of Excellence in Abu Dhabi
  • Mar 14, 2024
  • Jubail Island Investment Company has signed an agreement with Kids First Group’s Redwood Nursey to operate Jubail’s Redwood Center of Excellence, in Abu Dhabi’s premium residential community, Jubail Island
  • The center will offer new parents and families access to a state of the art, novel curriculum that blends best practices from several progressive teaching approaches to create a holistic experience that is adaptive to the present and the future.
  • The announcement adds another layer to the quality of life for residents, with the UAE’s first International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program accredited center at the heart of the community

Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has signed an agreement with Kids First Group – the leading early education provider in the region, to bring its innovative child development and learning method to the capital city. Set to welcome its first students in early 2025, the world class learning environment will cater to ages 6 months up to 6 years.

The agreement was signed at a special ceremony, held at the JIIC Management Office on 13 March 2024, by Mounir Haidar, Managing Director of JIIC and Kamil Najjar, Founder & CEO of Kids First Group (KFG) signing on behalf of Redwood Center of Excellence. The ceremony was also attended by Engineer Abdulla Saeed Al Shamsi, Corporate Director of JIIC.

As an environmentally conscious center, children’s connections with the local environment are nurtured through nature-led learning and meaningful experience in the wider community. The advanced learning environment and inspiring holistic teaching center will make a truly enriching experience available to children of Jubail Island residents and surrounding communities, further enhancing the value and overall quality of life in Jubail Island.

Redwood Center of Excellence seeks to redefine and transform traditional concepts of childhood, education and care to enable children to flourish in an ever-changing world. The center follows an emergent and EYFS based curriculum and has recently received the IB Primary Years Program accreditation in Dubai. Blending best practices from Montessori, Reggio Emilia, STEM and the Arts through project inquiry and a strong belief in active play, ‘hands-on learning’ is an integral characteristic of their forward-thinking method. Backed by scientific evidence and developed around the unique needs, interests, abilities and learning styles of each child, the center balances traditional academic subjects with social and emotional skills resulting in a holistic education.

Commenting on the announcement, Mounir Haidar, Managing Director of JIIC, said: “I am delighted to announce our partnership with one of the region’s most progressive and forward-thinking educational organizations, Redwood Center of Excellence. Sharing the same holistic ethos and vision as Jubail Island, Redwood Center of Excellence is a fitting addition as the first-ever Center of Excellence in Abu Dhabi. Strategically developed and master-planned to address every aspect of residents’ lifestyle and well-being, the premium community of Jubail Island now offers an even wider range of choices and flexibility with the addition of this new nursery. Residents can be assured of the high-quality education available to nursery-aged children on the island.”

Kamil Najjar, Founder & CEO of KFG, added: It is with great pleasure that we welcome this new journey for Redwood Center of Excellence in Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island. The unique model of education was born out of years of research, and a commitment to place the UAE on the world map when it comes to early years education. Our state-of-the-art facilities, highly talented practitioners and specialized learning environments all come together to define the Redwood Center of Excellence. We have seen the value it has brought to families, and are eager for Abu Dhabi residents to make their children ‘future-ready,’ as our moto states.”

Owned by JIIC and developed by LEAD Real Estate Developer, the AED15 billion Jubail Island development will house a collection of six residential village estates between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. The low density, low-impact landmark destination is in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s iconic mangrove forest, boasting breath-taking vistas of surrounding nature for a truly holistic residential experience.