Shhh… let us tell you a secret… Dubai is a city like no other.
If you are looking for a new adventure and you are ready to embark on an incredible new journey- then teaching in Dubai could be for you. Teaching in the GCC offers many great advantages. Typically, the benefits include;
- Generous tax-free income. Yes, you heard it right. Teachers in the UAE do not pay tax.
- Complimentary furnished accommodation or housing allowance.
- Private healthcare for you and your family
- Annual return flights between the UK and Dubai
- Free schooling for your children
- A contract completion bonus (usually equivalent to one month’s salary per year worked). Lovely little cherry on top.
Finding Teaching Jobs in Dubai
- There is a variety of opportunities for UK teachers in the UAE. There are currently over 70 British Schools in Dubai alone. British Curriculum schools are the most popular option amongst British teachers as they teach in English and deliver a curriculum that British teachers can easily adapt to. These fee-paying schools have EYFS and Key Stages 1 to 5, just like at home, and teach GCSEs and the International Baccalaureate.
- The students in these schools are from a diverse range of countries and nationalities, as well as UK ex-patriots’ children. Many of the staff will be from the UK, with others primarily from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.
- Vacancies are available in both Government and Private schools. There are also vacancies for management/leadership roles including curriculum leaders and senior leadership posts.
- There is also a demand from the adult population to learn English. For this reason, Dubai is a great place to find work teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).
Qualifications Needed for a Teaching Job in Dubai
- Schools in the UAE pride themselves on providing world-class education and strive to employ experienced, excellent teachers. To work as a teacher, you will need qualifications on par with those needed to teach in a UK state school.
Schools usually require the following:
- Relevant degree
- 2 - 3 years successful teaching experience in an English-speaking school
- Those seeking vice-principal and principal positions will need a recognized leadership qualification, e.g. NPQH, and in some circumstances, you will also be expected to have an M.Ed. or Ph.D.
- Those wanting to teach TEFL should be a native or fluent English speaker, be educated to degree level and have a recognized TEFL qualification.
Living as a Teacher in Dubai.
Dubai is an international playground that offers pleasures to suit every passion and does so with luxury and sophistication on the grandest of scales. It’s no wonder it draws in people from across the globe and is a magnet for the rich and famous.
Dubai is one of 7 Emirates in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE.
The total population of the United Arab Emirates is just under 10 million with more than 200 nationalities living and working in UAE, making Dubai one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world.
The UAE has been ranked the third safest country in the world.
One of the great attractions is the city itself. Home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the only 7-star hotel in the world, the largest mall in the world and some of the world’s greatest restaurants and nightlife.
Dubai is also famous for its cuisine. There’s an overabundance of excellent restaurants where you’ll find a truly international choice of dishes. With 80% of Dubai’s population coming from overseas, this rich blend of nationalities has found its way onto the local menu. If you’re a foodie, Dubai is an ideal place to sample the world’s dishes.
From Brunches to beach clubs, one thing is guaranteed- your weekends will be action packed.
For those in search of adventure, there is a superb range of experiences to be had, including skydiving over the palm islands, quad biking in the desert, camel riding, ballooning, desert racing, safaris, diving, sailing, water sports, dune surfing, motorsports, golf and cycling. The list is almost endless and the facilities are of the highest standards.
As educated professionals, most teachers want to experience the culture and heritage of the place they work and Dubai certainly doesn’t disappoint- from the spice souks to the art galleries and museums, you can immerse yourself into the Arabic culture.
With a typical teacher contract being two years, you have plenty of time after work, at weekends and during the school holidays to sample all the great things this remarkable city has to offer.
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