A Qualitative Study on Dubai’s Inclusive Education Policy from School Leaders’ Perspectives

Ayman Massouti, Mohammad Al-Rashaida, Mohamed Alhosani

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Inclusive education recognizes the diverse needs of students and ensures that each student has equal opportunities to learn and succeed. The Dubai government has implemented an inclusive education policy aimed at promoting equity and inclusivity in schools. This study aimed to investigate school leaders’ understanding, implementation, and perspectives of the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (DIEPF). To gather data, a qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews with ten school leaders from private schools located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The findings show that school leaders have a strong understanding of the policy and deem it significant. This study also found evidence of effective strategies implemented by school leaders to promote inclusive education. However, challenges in the UAE resonate with those worldwide, such as inadequate funding, high student–teacher ratios, a shortage of specialized staff, and limited training opportunities for teachers. These findings emphasize the significance of ongoing professional development and training of educators involved in inclusive education. Implications for practice and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1252
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Dubai
  • inclusive education
  • policy practice
  • school leaders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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