Teachers can experience a wonderful work-life balance with spectacular beaches of white sand and blue water, improved even more by the guaranteed year-round sunshine. To escape the heat, teachers visit shopping malls, especially Manar Mall, which offer a blend of shopping, entertainment, dining and recreational options. If you feel like exploring beyond your immediate locality, it’s a good idea to join the UAE car culture and buy your own (air-conditioned!) car to get around. Driving the Emirates Road by car, you reach the adjacent emirates very fast; within 60 minutes for Sharjah or 90 minutes for Dubai.
Expats in RAK find that they are more likely to make connections with others due to the strong sense of community in the area. Unlike other Emirates, such as Dubai, you are more likely to get to know your neighbours while embracing the local lifestyle. There are Facebook pages for Al Hamra and Mina Al Arab which are good sources of information, as well as a Google group called Rak-Expats where you can find out what’s going on in RAK, about upcoming events, what’s for sale, ask questions, make and meet new friends and attend coffee mornings to make new friends.