Document: A Decade of Opportunity The Coming Expansion of the Private-school Market in the GCC

Chadi N. Moujaes, Leila Hoteit and Jussi Hiltunen
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Mon, 17/12/2012 - 11:37
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Executive Summary

The private-school market is growing rapidly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), presenting a significant opportunity for investors and school operators. A combination of demographic factors, a desire for higher quality, and GCC parents’ increased willingness to pay for education will all drive private-school enrollment at substantial growth rates over the coming decade. The currently fragmented market offers substantial opportunities in both new investment and consolidation, for both new and existing players. In order to capitalize on these opportunities, the region must overcome several key challenges, chief among them an immature operating environment characterized by a lack of transparency and consistency regarding regulations in the sector. In addition, constraints on financing new schools in the region, fragmented ownership structures that offer few economies of scale, and a lack of information for parents regarding school quality have all inhibited the growth of the private-school market thus far. Although sophisticated investors are expressing clear interest, many are reluctant to take action.

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