United Arab Emirates jobs

About the United Arab Emirates

Enthusiastic and well-motivated students can make teaching in the UAE one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. Expect generous (and sometimes tax free) salary packages, with many schools including accommodation, flights home, visa and medical cover as standard.

Within the international school circuit and across the UAE, the British and US curriculum is usually followed. However, some schools specialise in other areas with such a large variety of schools (more than 500 international schools currently in the region) to choose from. Teaching in the United Arab Emirates provides a unique opportunity to further your teaching career and save a significant amount of money, all while living the expat dream in year-round sunshine!

How do I teach English in the UAE?

Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates is one of the highest-earning ESL jobs in the Middle East with salaries reaching $5500 in some language schools. With this high salary, higher requirements are needed because the job market is competitive. Therefore, having a Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification and native English speaking are crucial, but having a Master’s degree can set you apart from the competition.

Teachers who have made the move

I moved to Dubai in 2008, having spent my previous teaching career in Scotland. Working in Dubai was attractive because I was looking for a better work/life balance. I had visited many times, so was comfortable with the culture.
Joan Clark
Deputy Headteacher
The first few months were challenging to secure the type of teaching job that I was seeking. I was forced to take a number of short term contracts and supply teaching positions. This had benefits, as it gave me an opportunity to see a number of different schools in action – to try before I buy! In September 2003 I took up a position as Head of Physical Education at a prominent British curriculum school.
Bede Higgins
Assistant Headteacher
After teaching in South Wales for four years, I knew that I needed a change and a challenge in my life. I decided I started to look for jobs abroad and applied online to various schools. After an interview in London, I was offered an outstanding opportunity at The English College in Dubai.
Ben Davie
PE Coordinator at Gems Wellington Sillicon Oasis School

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