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.

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.


Shaughn Whyte

Director of Operations

Shaughn Whyte moved to UAE in June 2003 following 25 years managing operational and maintenance projects within the Oil & Gas, Leisure and Hotel Industry in Saudi Arabia, India, Spain and the United Kingdom. Shaughn holds a HND (Distinction) in Business and Leisure and an MBA diploma from the University of Leicester, UK. Mr. Whyte joined Aldar Academies in April 2007 following 3 years at British School Al Khubairat, having successfully delivered their phase 3 secondary extension project. Shaughn is currently leading the Operations & Development team and part of the delivery of the current portfolio of Aldar Academies Schools: The Pearl Primary School (2007), followed by Al Yasmina (2008), Al Muna Primary (2009), Al Bateen, Al Mushrif and Al Ain International School (2011). Additionally, he is managing the operations of Aldar Academies growth strategy and supporting site operations, developments and key initiatives.

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.


Director of Human Resources and Administration

Fadi Nassar is a highly experienced Human Resources and Management Consultant Professional with extensive UAE experience in the Human Resources and Consulting industry. In the last 10 years, he has held senior HR positons at Arabtec Holdings, EFECO and Towers Watson, skilfully leading strategic HR development projects including transformational HR initiatives such as organisational re-structuring, compensation and benefits alignment, performance management programmes, HR business processes and strategic HR planning implementations. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and qualified Balanced Scorecard Professional, Fadi is passionate about leading and driving change management that ensures both employees and organisations achieve their objectives effectively and efficiently.

Mrs Rasha Mohamed Saeed Ali

Director of Regulatory & Curriculum Compliance

Directing our ADEK Liaison Officer, Mrs Rasha will ensure Aldar Academies’ full compliance with ADEK (Department of Education and Knowledge) and Ministry of Education regulations, so we can continue to support the educational goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 in the most effective way. Mrs Rasha’s 27 years of educational experience most recently included the position of ADEK’s Licensing and Accreditation Section Manager. With an extraordinarily deep understanding of ADEK policy and licensing processes, Mrs Rasha is perfectly placed to support Aldar Academies in our growth plans and guide us through the regulatory environment we operate within. A former teacher, Ministry of Education curriculum assessment specialist, and academic programme coordinator, Mrs Rasha possesses a broad understanding of educational operations that will prove invaluable in her role.