This policy paper looks beyond the quantity of education provision in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and focuses on how the quality of education can be improved in order to better contribute to economic growth and competitiveness. It first provides the context for this discussion, followed by a review of the literature on returns to education, paying particular attention the quality of education as a determinant of economic competitiveness. Next, the paper considers the case of the UAE and will address the missing link between the education system and the labor market. It concludes by offering a number of recommendations that could help policymakers improve the quality of education in the UAE in order to create a truly knowledge-based economy.

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