St. Mary’s Group of Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of St. Mary’s High School in Ras Al Khaimah, its sixth school within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in the Khalifa Bin Zayed City area of Ras Al Khaimah, the new school will offer a British curriculum from the Foundation Stage (FS) to A-level, with a capacity of nearly 1,800 students.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Joseph Flynn, Managing Director of St. Mary’s Group of Schools; Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, former UAE Minister and Ambassador; Fr. Thomas Ampattukuzhy, Parish Priest of St. Anthony of Padua Church; Fr. Thomas Sebastian from St. Joseph’s Cathedral; and Sr. Terisita Capurihan from St. Mary’s Catholic High School Muhaisnah. It was also attended by Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ); Taner Topcu, Director of the RAKEZ Academic Zone; Aswan Zubaidi, CEO of Urbanism Planning Architecture (UPA); Paolo Lettieri , Partner of UPA; and Fadi Elayache, General Manager of Al Hikma Building Contracting (HBC ).
“We are pleased to be able to extend our school system into the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. We believe that an education in any of our Catholic schools, which welcomes students of all religions, nationalities and cultures, will provide them with an excellent academic formation and integral human development. Particular emphasis is laid on imbibing the values of tolerance, respect and justice, which resonate strongly within the society of the United Arab Emirates, “said Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.
Set to open in September 2019 at RAKEZ Academic Zone, the school will be managed by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, which also oversees St. Mary’s Catholic High School Muhaisnah. It will have large modern classrooms equipped with a wide range of technology to enhance teaching and learning with Wifi throughout the campus. This is in addition to the plan of developing a large multi-purpose hall for sports, assemblies and programs, and an outdoor soccer pitch and basketball courts. A wide range of after-school activities and sports will also be available to expand learning and growth opportunities for the students. The school’s design was developed by Urbanism Planning Architecture (UPA) Consultancy while the contract was awarded to Al Hikma Building Contracting (HBC).
About St. Mary’s Group of Schools:
St. Mary’s Group of Schools consists of five Catholic schools serving approximately 8,500 students in the United Arab Emirates. The schools have established a solid track record with a mission of high-quality education, affordability, and value-based education.
All of the schools are managed and operated by the Catholic Church in the UAE, under the leadership of Bishop Paul Hinder. For additional information, please visit our website www.smgeducation.org.
About Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone
The RAKEZ Academic Zone was established to attract and support qualified educational institutions and service providers that are committed to delivering market-driven, educational, training and professional development services that benefit RAK, the UAE and the broader Gulf region. For additional information, please visit our website www.rakez.com.
About Urbanism Planning Architecture (UPA)
UPA is a well-established Architectural, Master planning and Urban Design along with Interior Design capabilities firm based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates., with its sister company, UPA Italia registered in Milan, Italy. Both currently employs qualified Architects, Designers and Engineers, in addition to the required supervisory staff and administration support. Urbanism Architecture Consultancy L.L.C (UPA), Abu Dhabi alongside International Associates was built as a gateway to provide the best in Architectural Design and development for a wide range of building types utilizing the highest international standards, considering its very high capabilities in Health Care, Educational, Sports/Recreational and Master Planning with special attention to Interior Design. For additional information, please visit our website www.upa.ae.
About Al Hikma Building Contracting (HBC )
Al Hikma Building Contracting (HBC) is a conglomerate of experienced professionals who undertake the construction of buildings in various types of developments. Since its establishment in Dubai in the year 2001, the company has aimed to achieve full customer satisfaction by offering integrated construction and value engineering solutions for turnkey and non-turn key projects in steel structures, RCC buildings, and Oil and Gas facilities. For additional information, please visit our website www.alhikma.ae.