The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is known for its rolling deserts, sandy beaches, and cosmopolitan cities-which have grown increasingly rich since the discovery of oil in the 1960s.
UAE TEFL Facts:
Your English Students
Best Time to Get Hired
May – August
Typical Start Dates
Length of Commitment
12- to 24-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules
Full-time and part-time schedules available
$2300 – $3300 USD per month
Bonuses on completion of contract
Average Cost of Living
$1000 – $1300 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Benefits may include
3-5 years of ESL teaching experience
TEFL certification (onsite required)
Native speaker or fluent in English
Travel stipend for off-site classes
Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
Reimbursement of airport pick up
Demand for English Teachers
Oil discovery has brought significant wealth to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), thereby increasing the need for residents to learn English-the global language of business. While many language institutions in the UAE have been experiencing a teacher shortage, high salaries and favorable teaching conditions allow most employers to continue to be very selective in hiring English teachers.
Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations
The three most prominent emirates in the UAE-Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah provide lucrative opportunities for well-qualified EFL teachers who are committed to their students’ success. Openings for teaching positions are regularly available for both male and female English teachers who are interested in teaching young learners, university students, or adults. Many employers also offer reimbursed airfare, free housing, and bonuses at the conclusion of teaching contracts.
United Arab Emirates Overview
One of the world’s youngest and most dynamic countries, the UAE was founded in 1971 and consists of seven emirates. The nation’s terrain includes vast stretches of rolling desert speckled with green oases, while the coastal regions feature sandy, tranquil beaches. In the cities, cosmopolitan flair and modern excitement are superimposed on ancient history: traditional souks are offset by huge shopping malls, and skyscrapers soar over ancient mosques.
Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the second largest emirate and one of the planet’s top centers of commerce and tourism. Just three decades ago, the Emirati people were nomads, traveling by camelback across the desert. Today, modernization has steered the primarily-Muslim population into a new, urbanized way of life. Women are gaining freedom, becoming more educated and able to work outside the home. Considered of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, the UAE features camel farms just minutes from five-star hotels and more than 430 miles (700 km) of coastline.
Recommended TEFL Courses
In the UAE, you’ll find that classroom based courses are required (and teachers with experience are often preferred).
We recommend a course of at least 100 hours to increase your chances of getting hired!