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UAE

The UAE is a country located on the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Oman and Saudi Arabia as well as the Persian Gulf and The Gulf of Oman. The UAE is made up of seven Emirates;

Each Emirate has its own distinct culture and feel. Your experience in The UAE will be as varied as the many cultures that make up this cosmopolitan country. With only 17% of the total population being Emirati and the remainder being made up of expatriates you are sure to see people from every walk of life. From the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city to the traditional lifestyle of Ajman you are sure to find something of interest in this unique pearl of the desert. This unique country has moved from an economy based on pearl diving and has become a major player on the world financial scene in only forty two years while still maintaining its cultural roots. There truly is something for everybody in The UAE. For teachers, there are countless opportunities to teach abroad in the UAE. 

Target of one of the world's biggest educational reforms, the UAE is currently seeking thousands of certified teachers to satisfy the demand for knowledge that this young country has. If you are a certified teacher interested in teaching abroad in the Middle East, this country is one of the best places that you can head to. Those who move to the UAE often limit their search to teaching jobs in Dubai, but the UAE emirate of Abu Dhabi (just an hour from Dubai) offers better teaching positions with its government program run by the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Population: 
8,264,000
Capital: 
Abu Dhabi
Language: 
Arabic
Area: 
83,600 sq km (same as South Carolina or Austria)
Frequently asked questions about teaching abroad in Abu Dhabi

We understand everyone wanting to obtain a teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has many questions. Our recruiting team gets a lot of questions from teachers so to make things easier for you we've compiled some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. Despite trying to be as thorough as possible, we assume you will have further questions so feel free to contact our recruiting team to learn more about teaching in Abu Dhabi!

 

Teaching Interview with ADEC

One of the most common questions we are asked here at in the Footprints Middle East department is “How do I pass the  interview?”

If the word interview makes you sweat a little bit, you are not alone. This can be a scary prospect for a lot of people. We will try to make it as easy as possible for you and hopefully you can gain some insight as well as some tips and tricks from this section.

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.

Principals and Vice-Principals in Abu Dhabi are well compensated for their hard work. As moving to another country is big enough of a hassle, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) provides principals and vice-principals with services and compensation to make the transition as seamless as possible. This includes finding suitable accommodation and a settlement allowance to get comfortable in your new environment.

Teachers in Abu Dhabi are the first line educators working with students to help them achieve academic goals, grow as individuals and citizens and set them up for a bright future in the Abu Dhabi school system - to post-secondary education and beyond. As a teacher of second language learners, you are a bridge to a language and a world of knowledge as well as a culture.

Teach in Abu Dhabi - About ADEC

Any teacher who is going to teach public schools in Abu Dhabi is in for a challenge. Jobs with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) are professional, high-salaried positions that will demand all your skills and creativity as a teacher.

Teaching in Abu Dhabi is a very rewarding experience - both from a financial and professional perspective. Teachers with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) collaborate with a team of international professionals to help implement one of the most ambitious education reforms in the world.

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.

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. The reasons are plentiful as your embassy can;

What do you need to teach in the Abu Dhabi Education Council?

So you want to teach in Abu Dhabi? Excellent choice! Before you apply to teaching jobs in UAE, let us review the basic requirements necessary to qualify. First off, most of the positions we recruit for in Abu Dhabi require a degree in education and a valid teaching license.

 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.

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

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.

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As teacher living in Fujairah you will have easy access to the Fujairah and Hajjar mountain ranges, dramatic canyons and picturesque beaches. As such, you’ll be met with an incredible array of marine life that makes the city's coast a popular snorkeling destination.

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.

Teaching in a little known city like Sharjah can be seen as a daring adventure, but you will find you are one of many expats in this region so you won’t feel totally out of place. Known as the cultural capital of the Arab World, you will find an abundance of museums and places of interest, including the Museum of Islamic Civilization and Sharjah Arts Museum. The emirate has a good balance of the traditional and modern as teachers can enjoy high class entertainment in Al Qasba or sporting activities like dune bashing, horse riding, jogging or shooting.

The United Arab Emirates is truly a family-oriented society. The country offers a wide variety of schools and universities offering international curriculums and many areas of study to choose from. Quality medical services are developing rapidly as more and more people make Dubai home, so here you’ll find brand new clinics and hospitals, offering top of the line care. Trade has always been one of the pillars of the economy of the country; the modern super-malls just elevated it to art. The grandeur of the municipal infrastructure projects is truly amazing.

Living in Ajman, close to neighbouring Dubai and Sharjah, is the perfect base for so many wonderful local attractions. Ajman is hard to beat for idyllic beaches with nearly 10 miles of uninterrupted white sands, clear waters and even the occasional dolphin! When hunger strikes, you can enjoy cuisine from around the world at one of the delicious, local restaurants or you can jump fully into the culinary experience by buying fresh fish at the Ajman Fish Market and watching it cook right in front of your eyes. 

  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.

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.

 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.

Teach abroad in Abu Dhabi - Dune bashing

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. 

 

Q: Where is Abu Dhabi?

A: Abu Dhabi is located in the Persian Gulf region. It borders Saudi Arabia and Oman.

 

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.

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!

If you are planning to move to The UAE you will probably wish to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Telecommunication in the UAE is monitored and dictated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, or TRA, which was established under federal law ten years ago. What does this mean for you? While the internet is filtered, and certain sites blocked for viewing, as long as you have a VPN, you will be able to access government censored sites such as Skype. The area code for the UAE is 971.

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As teacher living in Fujairah you will have easy access to the Fujairah and Hajjar mountain ranges, dramatic canyons and picturesque beaches. As such, you’ll be met with an incredible array of marine life that makes the city's coast a popular snorkeling destination.

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.

Seneyah Island is a favourite day trip for those who want to get closer to nature as wildlife, such as deer and many species of birds, make their home on the island. Another fantastic day out is to the city’s National museum – a great starting place to learn about the Bronze Age history and local lifestyle of Ajman. The museum itself, originally the impressive fortress of Ajman, now displays Emirati tools, weapons and historical documents, as well as other great local artefacts.

The United Arab Emirates is truly a family-oriented society. The country offers a wide variety of schools and universities offering international curriculums and many areas of study to choose from. Quality medical services are developing rapidly as more and more people make Dubai home, so here you’ll find brand new clinics and hospitals, offering top of the line care. Trade has always been one of the pillars of the economy of the country; the modern super-malls just elevated it to art. The grandeur of the municipal infrastructure projects is truly amazing.

Teaching in Ras Al Khaimah allows you to live with a slower pace, a strong community feel and an adventurous, outdoorsy lifestyle. Far from being a dusty hinterland, RAK boasts a variety of landscapes which offer unique combination of the four different landscapes found in the UAE: fertile plains, striking mountains, coastal beaches and mangroves, and the desert. RAK is a leisurely city, with a multitude of activities on offer such as diving, hiking in the surrounding mountains, bird watching, wadi bashing, desert safaris, playing golf or quad biking.

While in Sharjah you can soak up some sun at The Corniche, Al Khan or Al Mamzar beaches or, if you’re feeling super ambitious, you can spend the weekend beach hopping to all three. Make sure to take precautions while embracing those rays though, as it gets very hot during the day. Our UAE moto is never leave home without your SPF 60 and wide brimmed hat. 

Teaching in Dubai is an once-in-a-lifetime experience because on the one hand Dubai is a global, futuristic and multicultural city, but on the other, Dubai is a city of ancient history and rich culture. Emiratis (UAE nationals) are well known for their welcoming and generous approach to foreigners. During your time as a teacher in Dubai you can feast your eyes on countless sights ranging from ultramodern skyscrapers, amazing beaches, massive shopping malls and stunning desert safari. You may even spot a camel or two. 

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.

        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.

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.

The area currently known as Abu Dhabi has been inhabited by early civilizations since the 3rd milenium BC. The name Abu Dhabi comes from "Abu Dhibaa" which means "father of deer" - the settlement was presumably named after a hunter by the bedouins of the desert, who hunted and traded the gazelles that used to inhabit the area in ancient times. The current rulers of Abu Dhabi is the Al Nahyan family. They were originally a section of the Bani Yas bedouin who lived in the Liwa oasis - Liwa at present is a city in the Western region of Al-Gharbia.

The UAE is not only an amazing place to live and work, but it also an amazing place to visit as a tourist. With a gorgeous climate for most of the year and miles and miles of beautiful coast line, you will be sure to find something to fall in love with in this wonderful country.

Are you interested in sport?

Abu Dhabi plays host to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yearly. Further, each emirate has a thriving sports scene with almost every type of team represented in a top tier league. American Football?

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