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The ABIS Story

Sohar Aluminium recognizes that a quality international school is needed in Sohar… and decides to build one.

Sohar Aluminium, then recently built, decided to set up the Al Batinah International School to provide high quality education for expatriate families who were moving to the area.

ABIS opens its doors for the first time to students

Initially located in a villa near the airport that was then nowhere to be seen, ABIS welcomes student for the first time

The villa!

ABIS’s first home!

ABIS moves to its brand new, purpose built buidings

The school move to its current location to become the proud owners of some great new facilities including the best gym in town and a wonderful swimming pool.

Our new school!

The new school arrives at our current location. In those days it was in the middle of the dessert!

The school is authorized to offer the PYP

As only the third school in Oman ABIS is authorized to offer the inquiry based Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate.

ABIS offers IGCSE courses to middle school students

The school offers a programme for students up to 16 years old culminating in the IGCSEs.



The school opens the SLS. A home for our secondary school students

After spending years being in the primary school rooms, The SLS provides our older students with a wonderful space to learn and grow.

ABIS is authorized to offer the IB Diploma and opens up Grade 11

Our first students enter the IB Diploma course… all four of them! A new world for them and for us.

ABIS starts working together with Sohar Aluminium & Orpic to develop a partnership

Discussions start looking at ways that we can expand the school, provide an exciting future for the school and give back to the local community.


We start the authorization process to go from a member of the Council of International Schools to an accredited member status

The accreditation process is a wonderful way for good schools to get get better and better. If you’re interested, click here!

ABIS starts construction of a major expansion & improvement of its facilities

After 4 years of planning, the first hole was dug!

The first of our new buildings opens!

We proudly opened our wonderful new learning community building (LC1 – Elsy!) in August. Students from Grades 3 to 6 enjoy a wonderful open plan learning environment downstairs and upstairs is our dynamic secondary school.

ABIS is accredited by CIS

ABIS is fully accredited by the globally renowned, not-for-profit accreditation agency, The Council of International Schools. One of just a few schools in the region to have achieved this, CIS Accredited Member status is your guarantee that the school is well run and mission driven.

All facilities open! (including our farm!)

Al Batinah International School (ABIS) is the leading IB school in northern Oman and is located just a couple of hours away from both Dubai and Muscat. We are financially supported, a not-for-profit school, whose mission is to be a beacon of student centred, rigorous inquiry based learning for the region. We are CIS accredited with PYP and DP programmes in place. This year we began the process for MYP accreditation. Our student body ranges from Early Years through to Grade 12.

ABIS has completed its recent phase of expansion and has wonderful new facilities including: a new theatre/gym building, a swimming complex with a 25m pool and touch timing system, a learn to swim pool and a toddler pool. This complex includes a new weights/gym room and space for dance and aerobics. We also have a 400m running track and full soccer/rugby field, along with tennis, basketball and beach volleyball facilities.

ABIS treats teachers well and living in Oman allows for opportunities to both travel and save money. Our staff come from all around the world as do our students, including Canada, USA, Britain, India, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The International Baccalaureate authorizes ABIS for the IB Middle Years Programme.

ABIS becomes an IB Continuum World School (delivering three IB programmes from Early childhood until Senior School), one of only two schools in Oman.

 Challenge yourself, Involve yourself, Be your best