Lighting the path towards a brighter future


The History of the Center

Our humble beginning as the five Ace’s started back in the late 1970’s with the determination of Five parents with Special needs children in a villa donated by the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed AL Maktoum.

At the same time the Board of Governors was appointed by the Ruler’s office. As demand for specialized education continued to increase, the “Five Aces” grew to support more than 40 students and was renamed Aseef School in 1983.

As Aseef school started to service children with special needs in the community, there was a need for more space ,with full support from the Ruler’s Office second villa was donate at this time.

It was then when H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, very generously donated 300,000 sq. ft piece of land and a generous amount of money to built the first custom-built state-of-the-art facility.

It was in that same year that in line with international standards the name “Aseef School” was renamed  to Dubai Center for Special Needs (DCSN).

Since its inception the Board of Governors and the management have worked tirelessly for the welfare of the students and with the vision of being the best  Special Needs center in the region. With steadfast determination and a will to succeed we have made the realization of our dream a reality.

In 2015, Dubai Center for Special Needs was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Special Needs Center for Special Education. Over the years, DCSN has maintained its high standards of services through sponsership and support from the the local community.

Dubai Center for Special Needs is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with determination of all ages. We believe that every child is an individual and has the right to live and reach their full potential.

Currently, the Center has students, ranging from the ages of 3-30 years old. The students have various kind of disabilities and  coming from different nationalites.They all receive individualized and multidisciplinary education and rehabilitation by our highly qualified staff.

Together we can make a difference in the life of our Students with determination!

Vision of School

DCSN aims to serve the diverse academic, physical, social and emotional needs of our students. All aspects of our organization’s curriculum and activities are child-centered, designed to assist individual learning styles to achieve success.

Our team seeks to enhance the quality of life of individuals with special needs and their families by:

  • Promoting their independence, productivity, empowerment and social participation within the community
  • Offering high quality, effective community-based programs and social support services to individuals and their families
  • Encouraging the prevention of disabilities through training and public awareness
  • Providing advocacy, inter-disciplinary training, technical assistance and sharing relevant information to meet the goals above

At DCSN we are a community of friends and commit to provide each student the key to a positive life, lighting the path to a brighter future.


Split into four sections, our students will be in one of the following class groups: Nursery, Academic, Prevocational or Multi-Sensory. Each section sets specific goals for the year as well as monthly educational themes.

Therapy plays a vital role in the growth of our students. We have several dedicated therapists who work with students on a daily basis to improve their skills. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy sessions are scheduled on a regular basis depending on each student’s needs.

Art and music are also integral parts of students’ learning and therapy. Students learn to paint, make pottery, participate in wood-working and play instruments. These various art forms play an important role in physical development, building self-confidence and gaining new life skills.


We also have a fully equipped fitness center and swimming pool which are managed by qualified Physical Education teachers to promote physical wellness.

DCSN has many other resources including a medical clinic, observation room, music room, home economics room, woodworking shop, pottery kiln, IT lab and a well stocked library.

Additionally, DCSN students operate a Tuck Shop selling healthy foods such as salads and sandwiches. Operating the Tuck Shop everyday boosts students’ confidence, social skills, business sense and math skills.

These facilities along with our emphasis on therapy, education, social skills, environment, nutrition and play makes DCSN a holistic and encouraging environment tailored to each student’s abilities.


The Board of Directors consists of dedicated and prominent individuals that work within the health, education, business and public service sectors. Meeting regularly their role is to direct policies and support on matters regarding management and development of the Center.

Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim Al Khayat

Mr. Abdullah Matar Muzainah

Mr. Saeed Khalfan
Board Member

Mr. Kamal Hamza,

Mr. Kamal Hamza
Board Member

DCSN is managed by the director, a qualified Child and Family Psychologist who has been integral to the Center’s growth since its inception

Dr. Mahshid Salehi

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