DUBAI: After months of hard work in class and revision at home, A-Level and AS-Level pupils across the emirate have their results.
Some gained their predicted grades, others did not, but all can now plan for the next step in their lives.
Rhea Behrends, from Germany, with an A* in biology and two As in chemistry and maths, was one who achieved the required grades for a university place of their choice.
"After the agonisingly long wait, I am so relieved to finally have those three letters I need and be done with A-Levels," said the 18-year-old Dubai British School pupil.
"It has been quite the journey, and I am ecstatic that I exceeded my grade requirements by two grades."
Next month, she will be off to Kassel in Germany to study medicine.
"I’m overwhelmed that I even got an offer to study there let alone get in," she said.
Other pupils were celebrating their AS-Level results.
Youssef El Emam, 17, from Egypt, was delighted with his two As and two Bs.
"I got the As in biology and business and the Bs in Chemistry and maths," he said.
"I missed out on another A in maths by three marks so I’m a little annoyed with that but, to be honest I’m ecstatic with my results."
He is aiming for a place at Imperial College London to study medicine.
Basem Attalla, 17, from Egypt, exceeded expectations with Bs in biology, chemistry and mathematics in his AS-Levels.
"I predicted Ds, so this is really amazing," he said.
"It still hasn’t sunk in and although I’m really happy I’m also a little shocked.
"I took it as a challenge to do my best and gave 100 per cent to get these results."
He worked closely with teachers by going through earlier exam papers.
"I tried to get to what the question was asking and if I made a mistake I would go back to the teacher to dissect the question and that gave me a good idea about answering it," he said.
He has his final year of AS-Levels coming up and is expecting to pick the same subjects and is hoping to gain a place at a university in North America.
"My ultimate goal is to become a heart surgeon," he said.
Brendon Fulton, principal at the Dubai British School, said the school was proud of the A-Level results its pupils achieved.
"For most, it will be a day of celebration as they reflect on the hard work and effort that they put into their exams," he said.
A-Level results in Gems schools exceeded UK national averages with 65 per cent of pupils getting A* to B grades.
The overall pass rate for Gems was 99.8 per cent compared with the UK pass rate last year of 98.8 per cent.
A highlight was Jumeirah College in Dubai, where 44 per cent of pupils obtained A* to A, which was 17 per cent above the national average in England.
Forty-two per cent of AS-Level pupils got A to Bs, with an overall pass rate of 90.7 per cent, compared with the UK pass rate of 89.4 per cent.
"I strongly believe that these results are an indication that our students are well prepared for the next stage in their educational journey," said Sir Christopher Stone, Gems chief education officer.