Dubai – An Interesting City!
When considering teaching internationally Dubai must be at the top of your list. The packages on offer from schools are lucrative and there’s something for everyone with year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife and some of the best shopping in the world.
With roughly 85% of Dubai being expats the students you teach will be diverse and eager to learn. Many teachers who have moved to Dubai report lower work pressures and an improved work-life balance. The working week consists of Sunday – Thursday with Friday being the traditional day of prayer and Saturday rounding out the weekend. School hours are generally 7:30 – 2:30 which gives you plenty of time to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer.
Employment packages commonly consist of Visa help, health insurance, annual airfare and sometimes accommodation and free education for 1-2 children. Dubai teaching salaries are also tax-free!
Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE English is the most widely spoken and the language of instruction at most private schools offering international curricula.
There are some misconceptions about safety in Dubai however the city has one of the world’s lowest crime rates and in 2018 was ranked the 8th safest city in the world. Alcohol consumption although legal is heavily regulated, needing a licence to drink at home. It is also available at licenced venues such as hotels and clubs but can be very expensive.
The year-round sunshine is appealing to most people with the average temperature sitting above 30⁰C for 6 months of the year. The city is well equipped for the heat and air conditioning is available everywhere; you also have a beautiful coastline to take advantage of!
Dubai has become a world-famous destination for many sporting and media events so there is always something going on. Alternatively, with Dubai’s central location travel globally is easy!