Teach English in the United Arab Emirates

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A Guide to Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates

When most people think of teaching English in the United Arab Emirates they think of skyscraper hotels, petrol dollars and all the luxury that tax-free living can buy! And they’re not far wrong. It is one of the most affluent of the already pretty affluent Arab oil states, and offers teachers with a few years experience and a top level TEFL qualification the chance to earn good money and live very comfortably. It is also one of the more open minded of the Gulf States.

TEFL Jobs in the United Arab Emirates

All that international trade, jet-set tourism and unabashed consumption requires a work force with a near perfect grasp of English. This has lead to a huge increase in the number of TEFL jobs in the UAE and the demand for qualified and experienced teachers is pretty steady.

Wages and Cost of Living

As with all of the Middle East’s TEFL jobs hotspots, the main motivation for those thinking of teaching English in the UAE is financial. The lowest-order TEFL jobs offer salaries of around 11,000 dirham a month (that’s about $3,000) plus free accommodation. And that’s tax-free! If you stay away from the designer boutiques and swish sky-bars that seem to sit atop every luxury hotel, you should be able to live very, very comfortably and save piles of cash.

TEFL Cities in the United Arab Emirates

These cities are our top three choices for teaching English English in the United Arab Emirates. They all offer something a little different, but each has one thing in common: a high demand for TEFL teachers and loads of TEFL jobs.

TEFL Jobs in Dubai

Dubai is about as permissive and accommodating as the Islamic Middle East gets. You can drink, shop and party to your heart's content without uspetting the locals. And if you’re teaching English in Dubai you can demand excellent wages and live very comfortably indeed.

TEFL Jobs in Abu Dhabi

The capital of the UAE is a much more Arabic place than its brash neighbour, Dubai. It is still a hugely wealthy place and there is much money to be made teaching English in Abu Dhabi, but it somehow manages the culture clash a little better and wears it’s wealth with a little more dignity and style.

TEFL Jobs in Sharjah

Sharjah is pretty much the exact opposite of libertine Dubai. There are no bars and clubs, no huge super-malls and definitely no skimpy clothing. It’s adherence to a stricter set of Islamic laws and a wealth of genuine Arabic culture gives people teaching English in Sharjah a more authentic insight into life in the Middle east.

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