The UAE is famous for mainly one thing; luxury! Home to the world’s tallest building and many other superlatives, the UAE is a jewel in the middle of the desert. The UAE is comprised of 7 different regions each with its own leader. The most famous “Emirates” are Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The cities are populated with hundreds of thousands of expats as many positions in all sorts of companies are outsourced to foreign workers.
The UAE is a tax free haven, meaning plenty of shopping and zero deductions from your paycheck! EFL teaching is in demand here, mainly through the public school system. There are positions in private international schools and Universities which will require a master’s degree and many years of experience. There are plenty of activities to do in the UAE including water sports, camping, desert trekking, indoor skiing, nightlife and almost anything else you can conjure! The EFL salaries in the UAE typically start at $2500 and run up to $3900 USD (regular teaching positions). Accommodations are included, as well as round trip airfare and insurance.
Due to the high tax free salary, modern infrastructure, mixed population, and liberal culture, the UAE attracts plenty of foreign job seekers, so the market is competitive. Be flexible as to location in order to improve your chances of securing a position. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most competitive.
Applications can be made online before ever stepping foot in Dubai. Most schools start recruiting in late spring/early summer for a September start. Work visas take 1-3 months to process, so keep the time factors in mind when choosing the UAE as a destination. Many UAE employers will seek a two year commitment, with built in salary increases. Vacations are fully paid, and most teachers are eligible for completion bonuses.
If you want to start a life of teaching English in the UAE you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in the UAE, and around the world.