Welcome to LISM

Welcome to Liwa International School – Al Mushrif, where we offer an outstanding international education that inspires students to be self-disciplined, globally aware, and independent lifelong learners, who are innovative leaders and critical thinkers.

Liwa International is a School Co- Educational School, it works through partnerships; awards with parents, teachers, and the community; and educates students to high academic international standards by applying a learning-centered approach, which prepares self-confident and socially responsible, young adults for our evolving and changing world.

To support young people to become future leaders of the UAE, Liwa International School – Al Mushrif will do this through providing an advanced arts and technological learning-focused environment, coupled with a broad and balanced extra-curricular program, including community outreach work. Our Core values sit at the heart of the school and are modeled by staff and promoted in our students through our teaching, learning, and everyday practice.

Liwa Education

Message from the Chairman

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Liwa International School’s website. Whether you are a stakeholder seeking an update on our activities and services, a prospective parent, student, or staff member exploring the opportunities we offer, or a person who is simply interested in learning more about us, you are most welcome to navigate through the LIS eventful world as recapitulated in our materials...Read More

Dr. Ali Bin Harmal


Meet the principal

I am delighted to welcome you to our school and to the 2022/23 school year. My name is Margaret Haynes, the Principal of the Liwa International School - Al Mushrif. I am originally from Wales, in the UK, and have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 25 years. I have been very fortunate to have worked in the UAE as a school leader for the last 7 years and, with my team, will work hard to ensure we continue the excellent work that the founding Principal began when the school first opened its doors in September 2019...Read More

Ms. Margaret Haynes

School Principal
About Liwa Education

30 years of excellence in education

Since Liwa International Schools’ establishment in 1992, it has grown into a leading provider of education to students in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. Liwa Education is an established educational leader, recognized for providing an accessible, high-quality, American curriculum education in the United Arab Emirates for the past three decades. Our schools and nurseries across Al Ain and Abu Dhabi offer a challenging American curriculum education, combining the essence of Emirati values with a rich set of core competencies that produces confident, resilient, and courageous young leaders.

Our learners develop an international mindset grounded in local values, understanding, and appreciation. We understand the need for agility and adaptability in an ever-changing landscape. Our graduating students are fully prepared to meet both national and global challenges, now and in the future.

Our School, Liwa International School Al Mushrif, is the third school to be established in the Liwa family of schools based in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.

Liwa Education believes and works progressively towards its vision of inspiring students to be self-disciplined, internationally-minded, and independent life-long learners who are innovative leaders and critical thinkers. This is done by providing a supportive, safe, sustainable and advanced technological learning-focused environment.

Ethos and Values

Our vision

Create a leading international school for Abu Dhabi underpinned by an outstanding and inclusive education enriched by national values.

Our mission

We provide the highest standards of teaching and learning which promote critical thinking, and collaborative learning within a strong school and parent community.

Our Values


We respect each other’s values, differences and contributions while embracing and preserving our local values and traditions.


We act with integrity and honesty with a strong sense of fairness, respect, and dignity.


We encourage curiosity and new ideas, and constantly strive to exceed expectations.


We pursue our learning with energy, determination and the commitment to succeed.


We recognize one another’s strengths and work together to achieve success.



Native English Speakers



Excellent student-teacher engagement


Qualified Staff

Well-equipped and qualified Staff



Number of students on roll


  • An American International School that provides world-class education.

  • Combining international standards with Emirati values and traditions.

  • A beautiful learning environment with access to state-of-the-art technology.

  • Specialist facilities that support learning through technology and the arts and help promote student leadership.

  • A comprehensive range of extra-curricular sports, community, and arts activities.

  • An outstanding international team of world-class, inspirational leaders, and teachers.

  • Strong partnerships with parents and the local community.

  • An education that focuses on the whole student, meeting academic, social, and emotional needs.

  • International partnerships with other international schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


LISM follows the American common core curriculum

Liwa International School – Al Mushrif closely follows the American Common Core and NGSS standards, while focusing on moral education and tolerance in order to build new generations of well educated, socially responsible, and globally aware citizens.

Elementary students are exposed to opportunities to develop essential skills, such as critical thinking skills, which prepares them for their middle and high school grades and ultimately reputable universities of their choices. To support young people to become future leaders, Liwa International School – Al Mushrif provides an advanced arts and technological learning-focused environment, coupled with a broad and balanced extracurricular program, including community outreach work.

For our Muslim students, Quran recitation is encouraged and improved through a dedicated weekly session. With an emphasis on correct tajweed and pronunciation, children are challenged to improve their recitation and memorization which aims to nurture their Spiritual, Moral and Ethical development.

Management at LISM

Senior Leadership Team

Ms. Margaret Haynes


Ms. Hiba Sleit

Vice Principal

Ms. Deborah Lang

Assistant Principal (Pastoral)

Mr. Martin Rowland

Assistant Vice Principal(Middle and High School)

Management at LISM

Extended Leadership Team

Ms. Nyasha Mutyasera

KG Lead Teacher

Mr. Jerome Abaroobam

(Head of elementary)

Ms. Rasha Faizy

Head Admin

Ms. Lisa Bufton

Inclusion Manager

Mr. Liam Dwan

Head of Mathematics & Physical Education

Mr. Wesam Hamza

(Head of ministry subjects)

Mr. Stephen Bradley

(Head of English)

Mr. Matthew Heever

(High school elementary science leads)

Ms. Sara Tayara

(Middle school Elementary science leads)

Policies and Statutory Information

At Liwa International School – Al Mushrif, our day-to-day work, and practice are covered by policies. These are designed to secure consistency across the school and provide relevant information to all stakeholders, in particular parents and teachers.

The school is required by law and ADEK guidance to develop and implement specificn policies covering areas such as safeguarding children’s welfare, health, and safety, special educational needs, etc. These policies are reviewed regularly and are all agreed, and ratified by the Board.

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Inspection Report

We are proud to announce that Liwa International School - Al Mushrif, made it to the Band A, and received "good" as rating from the very first inspection by ADEK.

Situated in the thriving downtown Mushrif area of Abu Dhabi,

Liwa International School – Al Mushrif

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