Teach Abroad in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The city proper is situated on the island of Abu Dhabi and has a population of nearly one million people.  It is home to the financial center of the UAE, and is also its second largest city, after Dubai. The history of Abu Dhabi goes back some 5000 years.

Not long ago, the city of Abu Dhabi was known as a barren desert run by nomadic tribes. Since then, this island settlement has transformed into a thriving cosmopolitan city and the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abundant with cultural heritage, Abu Dhabi is a favorite destination for teachers to visit and work - reading on you will learn why!

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Benefits of Teaching for ADEC

Moving is always a hassle and a big life event. Moving to another country even more so. When you take one of the teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi, you will be compensated generously for your hard work and will be supported in reducing the hassle of moving by the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Not only are your flights provided in full (for yourself, plus your spouse and up to 3 dependents if applicable) but upon arrival you will receive a settlement allowance to put towards furniture and appliances for your new home.

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Embassies and Consulates in the UAE

If you are thinking of living and working in the UAE please take our advice and register with your Embassy.
Many of our teachers ask us whether or not we recommend registering with your embassy in the UAE and the answer is always yes. We not only recommend registering with your embassy if you are living in the UAE but for any of our positions overseas.

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Taxes in the UAE

At this point in time, there is no income tax in Abu Dhabi, or anywhere in the UAE, for that matter! But that does not mean when you take your career on a field trip with Footprints Recruiting that you will be free and clear. Please check with your home country if you would normally be responsible for paying taxes there. There is some applicable sales tax, such as one for value added services which typically ranges between 5 to 15%. There is also a 30% tax on alcohol. Remember, even though you’re teaching abroad, the tax man can, and will, find you if you owe any money in back taxes.

Teaching Private Lessons in Abu Dhabi

Tips on how to avoid an uncomfortable situation with customs and immigration in Abu Dhabi, don't take two jobs.

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UAE Visa Information

Entering The UAE is the same as entering any other country in that you will have to ensure you are legally entitled to land. Here is what you need to know in terms of your entry visa, which we will help you with as much as possible, of course! 

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Regional Travel in the UAE

Abu Dhabi is well connected with flights to cities all over the world, and with plenty of vacation time teachers in Abu Dhabi have the opportunity to travel around the region and explore. Emirates Air and Etihad connect Abu Dhabi with virtually every major city in the world.

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Leisure & Recreation in UAE

Abu Dhabi features a great variety of leisure activities, both indoor and outdoor. If you're teaching in Abu Dhabi, there's no reason to fear boredom in your free time! As a wealthy country where many citizens have disposable income and free time, there is a very wide array of leisure options.

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Living Information: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain & Al Gharbia

 Working a teaching job in Abu Dhabi does not mean being confined to one city - the Emirate and the UAE as a whole has many interesting cities and towns to visit and enjoy. Outside Abu Dhabi city are the western region of Al Gharbia and the eastern region of Al Ain. Al Gharbia is a vast desert with many traditional settlements. It's the place to experience traditional bedouin culture, traditional activities like horseback riding and falconry and see oases that have been settled since ancient times.

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FAQs: Life in Abu Dhabi

We understand everyone wanting to obtain a teaching job in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has many questions. We know moving abroad for a teaching job in Abu Dhabi is stressful, but coming prepared with realistic expectations makes the transition much easier. Read below for answers to commonly asked questions about life in Abu Dhabi and get in touch with us if you have further questions. 

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Shopping in Abu Dhabi

One of the best ways to spend your time in Abu Dhabi is in the malls shopping. Lucky for you there are plenty of places to shop. Within Abu Dhabi City itself there are at least seven large malls where you can find anything from traditional rugs, to the latest fashions. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping in the UAE.

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Food in the UAE

One of the major benefits of living and teaching in Abu Dhabi is that with its significant expat population an extraordinary choice of cuisine is available. Today’s UAE diet is one of many international delights, featuring dishes from all over the world including traditional Indian, Lebanese, Chinese and Indonesian fare. You’ll even manage to find fried chicken if you’re really craving some Southern comfort food!

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Money and Banking in the UAE

Let’s start with the basics here. The currency used in the UAE is called the Dirham, with the abbreviation being AED, and is broken into subunits referred to as fils. In other words, one Dirham or AED is equal to 100 fils. Dirham notes come in denominations of 1000,500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 5 and approximately $1 U.S. is equal to about 3.67 Dirham. Please refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

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Packing for the UAE

If you are anything like me you have now realized that you must pack after you’ve received your visa and flight information from your employer! If you are a normal human being however you will have already likely started packing. In this section I will do what I can to give you some advice on what to pack for your new life in the UAE.

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Safety and Travel in the United Arab Emirates

There are several things to consider when moving to Abu Dhabi; two of the most significant considerations being, how will you get around and how safe is it? Though there is public transportation in the city of Abu Dhabi, it is quite rudimentary, and tends to not be all that reliable. The roads and highways in Abu Dhabi are generally well kept. The highway infrastructure is modern and fairly easy to navigate. If you decide to drive in Abu Dhabi, you will need to obtain a UAE driver’s licence.

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Weather in the UAE

How can I explain the weather of the UAE?
Oh yeah, hot. The UAE is a desert climate; as such you can expect plenty of sun and heat. It is located north of the equator so you will be on the same seasonal schedule as you are in North America or Europe, however there will be a great deal more heat.

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Housing in the UAE

You have successfully secured a position in Abu Dhabi, congratulations! But where are you going to live? Well, if you have secured a position with the Abu Dhabi Education Council or the Institute of Applied Technology to teach, you are in luck. Your housing will be provided for you, and both of these institutions will do their best to match your living needs.

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Top six Clubs and organizations in the UAE

There are loads of things you can do in the UAE beyond teaching.  This page is meant to provide information for expat teachers who would like to join a sports club, hockey team, ultimate frisbee league or even a social club that is expat or Emirati in nature.
Joining and becoming part of the local community is an important step in enhancing your life abroad and beating culture shock and homesickness.

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Emergency Numbers and Resources for Teachers in the UAE

This section of the UAE Information pages is dedicated to providing information for foreigners who need emergency contact information. Whether you're looking for a dentist, alcoholics anonymous or the fire department or police, this section should provide the information you are looking for.

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Cost of Living in the UAE

Now that you have secured a teaching position in Abu Dhabi, your mind will shift to, “What is life going to be like and what is the cost of living going to be?” There are a few things that you need to take into account when assessing your cost of living when working for the Abu Dhabi Education Council: your salary is tax free and your housing is covered by ADEC. But there are some major things that you will need to pay for when in Abu Dhabi such as food, local transportation, residential bills, and personal entertainment.

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Students in the UAE

Teaching in the UAE is a great option if you are looking to further develop your skills as an educator while utilizing what you’ve already learned throughout your career and applying it to your new classroom abroad. As the teaching positions in Abu Dhabi are not your typical ESL jobs, you will be in a role very similar to the one you’re currently employed in now. Kids are kids no matter where you are in the world so strong classroom management still applies.

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Going to the Doctor or Dentist in the UAE

Here is the situation; you’re in The UAE and you’ve stubbed your toe. Okay, bad example- you should probably just put some ice on that and pay closer attention to where you’re walking next time. In the UAE, each visit to the doctor or dentist will cost, on average, 150 AED which works out to about $40 USD. Not bad, right?

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Medical Insurance in the UAE

As a teacher in the UAE you’ll receive many benefits under your contract including health coverage for both yourself and your dependents. Abu Dhabi and the Emirates as a whole have high standards when it comes to health care and, in most cases, you’ll probably receive better medical care in the UAE than you do currently in your home country.

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Ten Things to Know about Abu Dhabi

Working a teaching job in Abu Dhabi does not mean being confined to one city - the Emirate and the UAE as a whole has many interesting cities and towns to visit and enjoy. Outside Abu Dhabi city are the western region of Al Gharbia and the eastern region of Al Ain.

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Top 10 Free Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Traveling to the Middle East for sight-seeing is not in most people’s plans. While politics may cause concern for most, the reality is the United Arab Emirates is a bastion of peace and stability. Though the UAE just celebrated its 42nd birthday, visitors will be delighted to see a paradox of old and new culture in and around the capital city of Abu Dhabi. While one could spend easily enjoying its luxury, there is plenty to see and do in the United Arab Emirates on a limited budget or for free.

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Culture in Abu Dhabi

The culture of the UAE is defined by its diverse and multicultural society. It's an Islamic country, and Islam is the source of much of dominant culture. The UAE is culturally liberal, however expatriates moving to the UAE for a teaching job in Abu Dhabi or Dubai are advised to take into account local cultural sensitivities and behave themselves accordingly.

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Language in the UAE

Like much of the Gulf region, Arabic is the mother tongue of the Emirati people and serves as the official language of the UAE and Abu Dhabi. The Emirates is situated between Oman and Saudi Arabia, at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula, and, as such, Arabic is spoken throughout the region, with Abu Dhabi being no exception. 

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Holidays in the UAE

One thing that can certainly be said about the UAE is that the country knows how to take a break. With an impressive 10 days of public holidays per year along with generous vacation days with most employers you will absolutely have a great deal of time to explore this wonderful country.
Let’s take a quick look at the public holidays in the UAE. Remember, these dates change every year as they are based not on the Gregorian calendar, but on the Islamic calendar which is tied to the cycle of the moon.

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