Mohan Valrani

Mohan Valrani Founder and Chairman

I would like to welcome you to Arcadia and to give you, as concisely as I can, some information about our schools. Arcadia’s first schools, both the primary and the secondary, are in District 9 at the Jumeirah Village Triangle community. While we are a through-school offering an English curriculum from Foundation Stage all the way through to the A-Level programme, I invested in the real estate for our schools in such a way that our primary school and secondary schools would have independent campuses right across the road from each other. The benefits of doing so are multiple: our younger students do not have to face the daunting prospect of being with older children and can receive the nurturing that they require; our secondary students can continue to develop their independence as they chart their post-secondary aspirations; and our parents have the comfort of being in a through school and not having to worry about transition challenges of switching schools as their children progress from primary to secondary schooling.

I founded Arcadia, after a lifetime in business in Dubai because I believe that private enterprise in the field of education holds an important key to the future of the world we live in. With direct encouragement from a wise government, private sector education in Dubai is growing to fill the needs of a burgeoning population that has discerning taste in development standards for their children and the means to pursue them. We have positioned Arcadia schools in the direct path of this development and to work with the authorities to make sure that every child in Dubai who comes to us has the benefit of a first-class, academic education. Education is the beating heart of a thriving society and we are proud to be leading new developments in modern education. Our vision is clear: to hold every child’s physical and mental wellbeing as a priority, to provide the very best primary and secondary education for our students, to be the most satisfying employer of the very best teachers, to keep abreast of the most advanced technological teaching aids available, to make sure our facilities are always of outstanding merit and to make our relationships with parents personal and compassionate. Every parent at Arcadia is a part of my family and will always remain so.

I thank you for trusting Arcadia to nurture your child and wish to assure you that we will do what we can to meet the dreams of your child. This will always remain my personal commitment to you.


  • Forbes Middle East 2014 Award for Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from CPI Media Group sponsored by Dubai Economic Department, National Bank of Abu Dhabi & Etisalat, November 2014 (
  • 20 Years of Giving (1994 – 2014) from Rashid Centre for the Disabled, 2014
  • The Dubai Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Achievement Award, 2014
  • Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre Award
  • Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of education & social activities in the region (2001-2012)
  • Asian Business Achiever Award, 2012
  • Appreciation Certificate from the Indian High School for continuing commitment to the institution
  • Human Achievers Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, 2012
  • Institute of Directors (IOD) Award, May 02, 2013
  • Public Recognition Award for major personal contribution to international humanitarian cooperation, the provision of charity support to disabled children and the development of friendly relations between the peoples of the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates, 2011
  • Masala Awards 2011 for Asian Business Achievement
  • Human Achievers Foundation’s Asian Achievers Award 2011, presented to Mr Mohan Valrani
  • Xponent Media FZ LLC presented its Pacesetters Award 2013 to Mr Mohan Valrani award for outstanding vision, leadership & achievement
  • Medal from the Institute of Economic Studies (IES)
  • Award from the India Club, in recognition of service as an advisor from 2006-2010
  • India Club’s Award of Excellence, 2008