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FAQs: Life in Abu Dhabi

FAQs: Life in Abu Dhabi

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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.


Q: What is life like in Abu Dhabi?

A: It depends on where you are in the country. Abu Dhabi is the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. As such, life can be drastically different depending on where you are located. Abu Dhabi City is a vast metropolis where you will have access to all the modern amenities you are used to. Al-Ain, a city of almost 600,000 people, is the traditional summer retreat for Emiratis due to its cooler climate and laid back lifestyle. Al Gharbia (the Western Region) is made up of multiple oases and smaller communities. You will get a more authentic cultural experience and join a very close-knit group of teachers there. Wherever you end up in Abu Dhabi you can expect to be greeted with warmth and be no more than three hours from the capital city.


Q: Where will I be placed?

A: Wherever you are needed. You will be working for a public school system, which means you will be placed wherever you are needed. The three areas of placement within the emirate of Abu Dhabi are Al Gharbia (the Western Region), Al Ain and Abu Dhabi City. ADEC expects you to be familiar with these areas and open to any placement. Flexibility is a key requirement for this job. If you are only willing to work in Abu Dhabi City and not consider working in Al Gharbia this is not the job for you. This is not to say that you will be placed in the Western Region, but you should be aware that it is a possibility.


Q: Should I be worried about my safety?

A: Abu Dhabi is very safe. Crime rates are low and there is a high expatriate population. That being said we always recommend that teachers exercise caution while teaching abroad and register with their nation’s embassy.