Teach English in the United Arab EmiratesBy Bridge
January 9, 2014
Looking for something a little different? Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates is unique experience that can pay off in more ways that you might imagine. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider spending a year or two teaching in the the UAE!
1) Meet people from all over the world. The UAE is a country that offer a diverse mix of minds from around the world. Your fellow teachers come from as far away as China and Japan and as close as Saudi Arabia and Britain! In fact, the UAE has always welcomed foreign nationals for work, study, and tourism, which makes teaching in the UAE an exciting and challenging multicultural opportunity for educators.
2 ) Education is a top priority in the UAE. Education has been identified as a priority sector by the governments in each of the Gulf States of the UAE. With an excess of 50% of its population below 25 years of age, the UAE has allocated significant resources to the development of this sector, leading to an unprecedented demand for qualified teachers.
3) Earn, travel and save! Teacher salaries here are some of the most generous in the world and additional benefits include annual plane tickets home, medical insurance, paid vacation of over 30 days, and subsidized education for dependents. Almost 40% of your salary can be saved, especially if you factor in conversion rates between the UAE dirham and the US dollar or the UK pound.
4) Enjoy a diverse culture with plenty to do. The United Arab Emirates constitutes seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah. Each of these offers its own unique lifestyle, while staying true to Arab traditions. Throughout the Emirates, you’ll find horseback riding, sky diving, skiing, surfing, desert camping and even fine art and culture museums.