Abu Dhabi had the fastest growing economy from among the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi government immediately felt the need to employ additional manpower to keep pace to its booming and robust economy and it opened its doors to neighboring countries for employment opportunities. Skilled and non-skilled workers flocked to the beckoning, promising, and bright employment opportunities in Abu Dhabi. Among the many who took the opportunity were Filipino Overseas Contract Workers (OCW’s) – as they have been called before it was changed to the present Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) – to work in the gas and oil industry of the fast-growing emirate or in other sectors which started to mushroom all over or around Abu Dhabi.
Strict immigration laws were loosened to attract more workers for Abu Dhabi’s planned development. In turn, Filipino OCW’s either brought their families along with them or the families followed after the OCW’s settled. The families included not only the OCW’s wives but their children as well.
A problem among the expanding Filipino community arose, however, as there were no Filipino schools then. Thus, Filipino parents were forced to send their children to international schools. After years of their employment had stabilized, a group of parents took the initiative to consult with other parents for a possible creation of a Filipino school, manned by Filipino teachers, and managed by Filipino investors. Like a wild bush fire, the inspiration spread and every Filipino, who believed that the education of their children was the best investment they can ever hope for, enthusiastically supported the idea of putting up a Filipino school and several Filipino School has sprouted.
On September 2013, the then Philippine Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Her Excellency Grace Relucio Princesa, cut the ceremonial ribbon assisted by the school’s Founder and Managing Partner / CEO, Mrs. Nelia D. Napal Cinco, and the school principal, Ms. Rosemarie T. Natividad, and the then Academic Coordinator, Henry P. Nadong, formally starting the school’s operation in its East Baniyas campus.