Teach English in UAE

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world's greatest wonders. This ultra-modern country in the desert offers teachers boundless opportunities to travel throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Well-qualified teachers in UAE can earn generous salaries and benefits.

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What to Know about Teaching English in UAE

Employment Requirements


A minimum university bachelor degree is required to teach English in UAE. A Masters degree or higher as well as a major in Education is strongly preferred. Online degrees are almost always not accepted. Many positions require a teaching license or certificate from the teacher's home country, as well as a minimum of 2 years teaching experience at the appropriate grade level and subject.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 150-hour TEFL certification which includes a practicum is necessary. Most employers will not accept TEFL certifications completed online.

Citizenship Requirements

Most employers require citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. However, citizens of other countries who are fluent in English, satisfy the educational requirements and hold a TEFL certification can find job opportunities.

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Private language schools, international schools, vocational colleges. Public school jobs are also on offer to licensed teachers. Licensed teachers can find job opportunities teaching other subjects. Senior administration jobs may also be available.

Teaching Hours

35 - 40 hours per week (Sunday to Thursday)


1.5 -2 months (varies by employer)

Contract Period

Contracts range between 1 year to 3 years

Income and Living Costs


$1800 - $6000 per month (tax-free)
Varies by type of employer and qualifications

Living Costs

$1000 - 1500 per month (with housing provided)

Savings Potential

$800 - 3000 per month
Varies by monthly income and benefits offered

Startup Cost

$1500 - 2500


Most employers provide housing or housing allowance to accommodate the teacher and any accompanying family members


Most employers provide roundtrip airfare for the teacher and any accompanying family members

Health Insurance

Most employers cover health insurance for the teacher and may also cover accompanying family members.

Contract Completion Bonus

End of service (gratuity) payment is required by UAE law and the payment you are entitled to upon completing your contract is calculated based on the contract terms and length of service.

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply

Year-round. Schools may start their hiring process several months in advance.

Hiring Process

Interviews are held in advance over the phone and in some cases in-person via placement agencies. Teachers already based in UAE may be able to find work locally


Work visa sponsored by school

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