The English College Dubai (EC) opened its doors in 1992, although the separate primary school was built only in 2004. The school has about 1,000 students in the two campuses combined. EC has a good reputation amoung expat parents in Dubai. The facilities are good and include a large gym, swimming pool, soccer field, a music room, drama studio, arts room, science room and two computer labs. There is a broad programme of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities on offer, including sports such as basketball, ice skating, swimming, scuba diving and aerobics, amoung others, as well as a range of cultural activities from screen printing and cooking to debating. A house system forms the basis for a range of inter-house activities.