Our History

Our History

The best analogy to describe the journey of the IQRA Education group would be ‘a little spark that transpired into a burning flame.’ With the belief in the power of possibilities, the group started out in the UAE in the early-1980s. The foundation of the venture started with a nursery in a villa located in Dubai’s popular residential area, Karama. Since its humble beginnings, The Apple Nursery has played a critical role in its surrounding communities. With a handful of students and teachers, we embarked on spreading the tenets of education and inculcated our students with the desire to learn. The nursery not only served to tutor the community’s children, but also served as a meeting place to exchange ideas and philosophies.


After witnessing our first success, we established The Oxford School (IGCSE Board) in 1986. 50 students and a tiny villa in Dubai’s Jumeirah area was all we had. And that’s all we needed to spread the learning. As the school grew, we had students from over 52 different nations of the world eager to be a part of our establishment. We were thrilled to see ourselves evolving into a multi-cultural educational institute.


As The Apple Nursery and The Oxford School continued to grow towards soaring heights, we seized the opportunity and opened two more institutes; The Apple International School (IGCSE Board) and the Emirates Tender Care Nursery have received positive feedback and their prospects are limitless.


Recently, we have added two more schools to our legacy. The Indian Academy Dubai and The Indian Academy Sharjah were founded in 2012 and 2014 respectively. These new establishments differentiate themselves from The Oxford School and The Apple International School by the virtue of being based on Indian Curriculum (CBSE Board).

We have come a long way and we stand at a current total of 6000 students across all schools and nurseries. We are proud of our past and are continuously aiming to excel in our future. We aim to enable all our students to overcome and conquer all the challenges that lie ahead of them.