Teach English in the UAE

High salaries, high quality of life, warm weather and unique experiences. Teaching opportunities are opening up at the best cities of UAE, providing you great career development with amazing benefits!

A few facts about the UAE:

Approximately than 80% of the UAE population is comprised of expatriates. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the fastest growing and modern cities of the UAE, Abu Dhabi claims to have the majority of the oil reserves in the country and Dubai is seen as the financial hub of the country. Both cities are top tourist destinations and very desirable for expats to live in, which is one reason that had led to economic growth. Ajman on the other hand, is a small up-and-coming emirate that has been growing steadily in prominence.

Arabic is the official language in the UAE, although English is widely spoken and road signs are all in both English and Arabic. The majority of the local citizens follow the Islamic religion and are surprisingly open-minded to other religions as you will find Christian churches spread around each Emirate. As regards to the climate it is quite comfortable with a moderation of 11 to 25 degrees Celsius from October till March, as for the summer the weather reaches to an average temperature of between 45-47 degrees.

Opportunities for Teachers

There are countless opportunities for teaching jobs in UAE, teaching jobs in Dubai and teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi. The majority of the openings are for licensed teachers in all subject area at either in public or private schools. UAE has become one of the most popular locations for teaching abroad. Most of the schools prefer or require a 2-3 year contract while offering a great salary with great benefit packages including accommodation, flights, health insurance and education allowances for dependents. It is a great place to start with if you want to save some money and get some great travel experience. Teaching Nomad has teaching jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman and others!

Salaries for teaching in Dubai and UAE often range from $35,000 - $55,000 USD/annually, considerably more for administrators. Compensation packages usually include housing or a housing allowance along with relocation money and end of contract bonuses. 

Cultural differences:

UAE may not be as conservative as Saudi Arabia, but there are a couple of things you should know in order to get you started. In most cities of the UAE you can consume alcohol in bars, restaurants and hotels, except in Sharjah where you pay high penalties and get deported if you get caught to be drinking alcohol publically or privately. Before you can buy any alcohol, you will need to obtain an alcohol license to buy and consume alcohol in the UAE.  An important tip for the non-Muslims during the Ramadan season is that you should NOT eat, drink or smoke in public places from sunrise to sunset, and most of the restaurants are closed during the day.

Teaching in the UAE FAQ List

  • Do I need to speak another language in UAE? >

    It is not required to speak another language but learning the basics of Arabic, which is the official language would be helpful. English is used amongst business and public professionals.

  • Does Teaching Nomad have fees? >

    Teaching Nomad does not charge fees for our teacher position placement services, our fees are paid by the schools. But we do charge for our online or classroom based TEFL certification.

  • What’s the weather and temperature like? >

    Though the climate is desert it can be very pleasant during the winter months. The climate is quite comfortable with a moderation of 11 to 25 degrees Celsius (51 – 77 Fahrenheit) from October till March, as for the summer the weather reaches get very hot with highs 45-47 C (113-116 F) degrees.

  • How long is the process to find a job? >

    Once you’re ready to begin the process, we here at Teaching Nomad will start searching for teaching positions based on your experience, credentials, interests, and needs. The UAE follows the same school schedule as western countries with the school year starting in August. Therefore the peak hiring season is October – May. Applications are encouraged year around and there are always some openings for the Spring semester.

  • What about a work visa? >

    All employers Teaching Nomad works with in the UAE, offer a work visa. We will make sure to keep you informed during the processing and make sure all you paperwork is filed correctly.

  • What are the requirements to teach in the UAE? >

    Government run schools in UAE always require a formal teaching license from your home country. Private schools also usually require this, but can sometimes be more flexible. However, as a general rule a teaching license and/or degree in Education will be required. A minimum of 2 years of experience in your subject field is also usually required.

  • Should I be worried about my health? Do I need vaccines? >

    The UAE is a developed nation with no outstanding diseases or outbreaks. For anyone with special requirements, consider consulting with your doctor about having your vaccines and immunizations up to date. It is also mandatory that all expats have health insurance – which your school will provide.

  • Why should I teach English in UAE? >

    Teaching English in the UAE can be very rewarding. Not only will you travel across the globe to experience a new culture, but you’ll be compensated with high wages, great accommodation and the ability to teach English in a welcoming environment.

  • What type of teaching jobs are available? >

    The UAE has a wide range of teaching positions available. Teaching positions will be within the UAE public school system or privately owned mainstream (K-12) school. Foreign teachers are needed for all subjects including math, history, science, English, and more. Also, you may work with learners from K-12 as well as University level.

  • Are there many foreigners in the UAE? >

    Yes, the UAE has one of the highest expat to local ratios in the world. In the public school system foreigners compose between 25-35% of the teaching staff . Also, the overall population is expatriates, with more than 70% of the general population.

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Getting Started:

While many teachers are looking for opportunites to teach english in Dubai, remember that there are many exciting destinations in UAE to consider. Browse all of our current teaching jobs in UAE.

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