UAE 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.
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.
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.
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Your English Students •K-12 •University •Adults •Business professionals
Best Time to Get Hired •May - August
Typical Start Dates • September
Length of Commitment • 12- to 24-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules • Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Pay and Benefits •$2300 - $3300 USD per month •Bonuses on completion of contract •Reimbursed airfare •Free housing
Average Cost of Living •$1000 - $1300 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Requirements •Bachelor’s degree •TEFL Certification (TEFL Onsite required) •Native speaker or fluent in English •3-5 years of ESL teaching experience
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.
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UAE at a Glance
Capital:Abu Dhabi Population:4,618,000 Currency:Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu Language(s):Emirati dirham Literacy Rate:78% Life Expectancy:74 years
UAE Fun Facts
• An estimated 85 percent of the UAE's population is comprised of non-citizens. • The Palm Islands, which have been called “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” are the largest artificial islands on earth. • “The World,” off the coast of Dubai, is a man-made archipelago consisting of 300 islands representing the world. • The Burj Dubai will be the tallest building on the planet after construction is complete in late 2008. • Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is one of the world’s wealthiest emirates thanks to the discovery of oil.
Regions & Weather
The UAE has an arid subtropical climate with year-round sunny days, and infrequent and low levels of rainfall. The climate is hot and humid along the coast, and hot and dry in the interior regions. Summers (June to September) are hot and humid, while winters (November to April) are mild and pleasant. Dust-laden sandstorms locally known as 'shamal' regularly hit the coast in midwinter and early summer. In Dubai, temperatures average 93°F (34°C) in July and 66°F (19°C) in January.