About Teaching English in the UAE
Known as a world center of trade and commerce with world-class shopping, dining, and infrastructure, the UAE is one of the most sought after destinations for English teachers in the world. Teachers are drawn not only by the fantastic lifestyle and travel opportunities, but also by excellent salaries that enable them to save $1,500 a month or more(much more in some cases), and enjoy benefits like free airfare, housing, paid vacation, and health insurance.
Because the UAE is a small nation (population just under 10 million) and a coveted destination for foreign teachers, the job market is extremely competitive. Beginning TEFL teachers may find it difficult to be hired here, as most jobs will go to experienced teachers with advanced credentials. Those with lesser credentials should consider applying for positions in less well-known emirates like Sharjah.
English teachers primarily work in either private language schools, international schools, or language institutes catering to adults. It's typical to teach about 20-25 hours per week and then expect an additional 10-12 hours on average for lesson planning and grading. With frequent holidays and paid time off in the summer in most cases, teachers have ample opportunities to enjoy travel opportunities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and India as well.