The U.A.E. is a federation of seven emirates, and as a result the rulers--or Sheikhs--of each emirate can radically affect the way of life in his respective Emirate. Life in the Emirates offers world-class amenities, infrastructure and recreational opportunities. Major cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi boast some of the most extravagant restuarants and shopping not only in the Middle East, but throughout the entire world, especially during the annual shopping festival, which is usually held from mid-January to mid-February. Here you can spend the day bartering in traditional Bedouin souks before eating at a fine dining restaurant or heading out to dance until dawn to the beats of an international dj.
Salaries and benefits can be excellent, but despite the UAE relatively reputation for relative liberalism, teachers must be prepared to respect traditional Arabian and Islamic customs.