Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi

Our Executive Management Team

His Excellency Mohammed Al Mubarak


Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak is Chairman of Aldar Academies and has overseen the company from its beginnings. Mohammed is passionate about the contribution that education makes to society and takes very seriously the role that Aldar Academies plays in developing citizens of the future. Mohamed is the Chairman of Aldar Properties PJSC. He is also Chairman of Image Nation, which seeks to develop the UAE film industry through the production of films that take Emirati and regional stories to a wider global audience, as well as funding international motion pictures. Prior to joining Aldar, Mohamed worked in London for Barclays Capital. A native of Abu Dhabi, he is a graduate of Northeastern University (USA), with a double Major in Economics and Political Science.

Sahar Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Sahar Cooper has extensive experience in global education management over a period of 25 years. She has spent the past 19 years in the UAE in various senior leadership roles having been the Chief Schools Operations Officer at GEMS Education and the Associate Director of Operations at the American University of Sharjah. Sahar has extensive management experience in leading the delivery of large, complex and multi-site projects in education. She has an established track record of business performance improvement in education through operational delivery, supply chain management, risk and governance, health and safety, strategy development and execution, project management, M&A integration, facilities and asset management, talent development, succession planning and change leadership.

Prior to joining Aldar Academies, Sahar was the Chief Schools Operations Officer at GEMS Education one of the largest K-12 private education providers globally. Her role centred around the empowering of schools to focus on delivering the best possible education by providing centralised operational support and commercial leadership for all non-academic group functions; focused on the alignment of strategy and programs to drive business value for internal and external stakeholders. Sahar was also responsible for the pre-operational deployment of over 50 new schools across multiple regions, ensuring each school was built with education at the forefront of the fit out, modelling and development. Sahar was educated in the USA and attained a Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Management, graduating with honors from Southeastern University Washington DC.

Matt Matharu

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Matharu joined Aldar Academies as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018. Mr Matharu is responsible for the overall financial leadership of Aldar Academies including the oversight of the company’s financial strategy, financial reporting, and treasury operations.  He brings over 21 years of valuable experience with particular strengths in developing and executing financial strategies, cash flow forecasting, internal control systems, compliance, long term budgetary oversight and profit & loss reporting.

Prior to joining Aldar Academies, Mr Matharu served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Tourism Development Investment Company (“TDIC”) for 5 years where he held the responsibility for all financial operations for one of the largest real estate developer / owners within UAE.  During his tenor at TDIC, he was instrumental in the delivery and opening of some of Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious projects, including Louvre Abu Dhabi and Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. 

Mr Matharu obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Accountancy & Finance from Liverpool John Moores University and is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).”

William Houldsworth

Director of Education

Mr Houldsworth has over 25 years of schools leadership and management expertise. Drawing on his vast experience in school leadership, Mr Houldsworth is perfectly placed to build on Aldar Academies’ education excellence. Mr Houldsworth contributes a wealth of expertise gained in England, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been an education consultant and trainer for many years, specialising in performance management and school improvement. He’s also held many advisory positions on education policy making and teacher learning practices.  As a current accredited Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspector and school improvement governor in Dubai, he understands what’s required to shape and maintain an outstanding, modern learning experience. Mr Houldsworth’s impressive breadth of experience also includes various senior school leadership positions, including leading one school in the UK to achieve five Outstanding Ofsted judgements.


Dave Taylor

Director of Operations

Mr Taylor moved to the UAE in June 2013 after having managed a £35m construction project for a new Academy model in the UK. Mr Taylor worked in various school based administrative and operational roles within the UK before moving to the UAE to manage and lead the construction of a British premium private school in Dubai for GEMS Education.

Mr Taylor joined Aldar Academies in December 2018 following a successful 5 years with GEMS serving as their Vice President of Operations. He brings more than 15 years of education management experience and has successfully lead a network of 52 School based Operations Managers across the MENASA region, whilst also overseeing group wide support services, a housing portfolio for over 5,000 international teachers across the UAE and Support Staff accommodation for over 4,000 employees.

Mr Taylor is responsible for leading all school based Operations and Support Services along with the development and implementation of all group wide operational strategic aims, service delivery, external service provision, HSE development, and the international staff housing portfolio with a clear focus on supporting school leadership teams across our network of high quality schools.

Aryeah Mohasses

Director of Strategy

Aryeah Mohasses is a global education commercial leader with over a decade of regional experience in empowering schools to deliver the best possible education through providing central commercial and strategic support. Aryeah has been in the region for over two decades and has joined Aldar Academies as the Director of Strategy in November 2018.

Prior to joining Aldar Academies, Aryeah served as the Vice President of Commercial Operations at GEMS Education for 5 years where he was responsible for developing commercial engagements with third parties, driving operational M&A integration initiatives and deploying global strategic sourcing activities across large, complex, multi-site projects. Throughout the past 5 years, Aryeah has been instrumental in overseeing the fit out and development of over 40 new schools in the region from concept design all the way through to delivery and operation.

Aryeah earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University and his Honors Bachelor of Science (H.Bsc) in Economics and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

Ashley Dymoke

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ashley Dymoke is a senior marketeer with 20 years' experience in all aspects of marketing, branding, design and developing strategic marketing communications. He Joined Aldar in 2005 from London with 8 years' experience as a senior designer for Sony and Time Warner. Since joining Aldar he has had held senior managerial positions in both marketing and branding and PR and played the lead role in the re-branding of Aldar, the result of which was the highly acclaimed and recognisable brand that stands today. Mr Dymoke joined Aldar Academies in 2013 and is currently responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of a comprehensive annual marketing, communications and public relations strategy and enhancing Aldar Academies image and position within the marketplace. Mr Dymoke holds a BA (HONS) Degree in Communication and Design from Middlesex University in London.