There are plenty of English teaching jobs in Dubai. You can find employment with large companies, private schools, language schools or be hired as a private tutor for kids of the extremely rich population in Dubai. But before thinking of teaching English in Dubai, make sure you understand what you are getting into. Living and working in Middle Eastern countries can be a great experience to see a completely different culture but there are also numerous restrictions. It a serious crime to be homosexual in Dubai. Women are expected to stay at home and take care of children. Even with the rising number of female expatriates, this hasn’t changed much.
Finding a job in Dubai is not that easy, especially for women. The first thing you need to do is find a sponsor in Dubai. Host schools or agencies are often biased towards hiring men to avoid hassles in the application process. Employers or host schools will act as your sponsor. They are responsible for all of your paperwork and visa processing. You also need to go through a government controlled medical examination before you can obtain a “work residence visa”.
A typical work week in Dubai is between 40-48 hours, depending on your host school. Weekends are Thursdays and Fridays with Friday, as the Muslim rest day. Average monthly salary is 8,000 – 11,000 AED (US$2,200-3,000) and you are free from taxes. It is quite possible to live comfortably and save money with this income. It is possible to teach private lessons for extra money, although this would require formal consent.
Most host schools offer free accommodation and flight reimbursements. Holidays, however are not covered by most contracts. Employment contracts must contain in detail your salary, working condition, title, duties, termination conditions, responsibilities and work hours. It is advised to research potential employers and clarify contract details.
With huge investments in architecture, theme parks, universities and shopping malls, Dubai certainly is an exciting place the visit. The amount of money in country is truly staggering. With the extraordinary traditions and culture, the first few months might be a total culture shock but who knows.. you might want to pursue your career in this part of the world.
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GulfNews.com (News site)
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Dubai Informer (News site)
Dubai Classifieds (Jobs)
Khaleej Times (News site with classified listings)