Living and Working in Dubai


Politics, religion, language & culture

Money & personal finance

Work environment & teaching style

Healthcare, services & quality of life

Politics, religion, language & culture

Are women expected to cover up?

When this question is asked most people think that you must wear head scarf and abayas, this is not the case. You can wear the same clothes to the mall as you would in the UK.

Do single women travel to the UAE?

Yes they do. The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world. As with any place you must respect the local traditions and culture.

Is the United Arab Emirates politically stable?

The UAE is a very politically stable state, ranking as more politically stable than many western countries, including the UK and the USA.

Is Dubai a safe city?

Dubai is one of the safest cities in the World. You should feel very safe in the UAE and Dubai.

Why Dubai?

Dubai was and still is one of the fastest-growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the destination for all things luxury and a world-class entertainment destination. Home to just over 3.3 million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Living in Dubai has a lot to offer. It is safe, politically stable, centrally located, and has a good education system and healthcare facilities, modern infrastructure and so much more. Every year thousands of people travel to work and live in Dubai. It is a haven for Ex- Pats as it offers a generous tax-free salary, free accommodation, medical insurance and of course it is a hub for people to go travelling in their many school holidays.‍

Money & personal finance

How do I get a bank account in Dubai?

Getting a bank account in Dubai is very easy. Most schools set up bank accounts for you which makes the process smooth and hassle free. If not there are plenty of banks to choose from, some can even be set up online from the comfort of your own home.

How much do teachers in the UAE earn?

Teachers commonly earn anywhere between 10,00DHS (approx. £2000) and 20,000DHS (approx. £4,000). Depending on your qualifications and experience. The difference, however, is that the salary is tax-free, so you get to keep all of it.In addition, you won’t need to pay for accommodation. This is either provided free or you are given an allowance to cover the cost.Many teachers working overseas also rent out their UK homes and use the income to pay off their mortgage.

What is the currency in the UAE?

The currency is Dubai is the Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). Click here for a currency converter.

How often do you get paid in Dubai?

For jobs in teaching you will be paid monthly.

How much money can I save in Dubai?

This depends on what you like to do with your disposable income but in general people save almost 60% – 70% of their monthly income. Lot’s of teachers also do tutoring on the side which can bring an additional 800-1000 GBP per month. Although you have to check with your school if they allow external tutoring. If you REALLY like brunching and socializing this might be a little less!

Work environment & teaching style

What can I wear to school in Dubai?

All teachers should dress professionally when coming to work. Jeans, shorts and flipflops are not permitted at work.

Healthcare, services & quality of life

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