Teaching jobs in Dubai

Want to find a teaching job in Dubai? Here's what you need to know. Dubai Teaching Jobs

What qualifications do I need to teach in Dubai?

To teach in a Primary or Secondary school, Elementary, Middle or High school you normally need the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree related to your teaching subject
  • Teacher training such as a PGCE, PGDE, Masters of Education, US teacher certification, teacher registration etc. They want to see that you are a fully 'licensed' teacher in your home country. 
  • Criminal record check 

At Secondary and Middle/High School level, they will want to make sure that you have enough University coursework in your teaching subject, meaning if you are a Physics teacher, you will need to have a Bachelors degree in Physics or closely related, or significant University coursework in Physics.   

At Primary (Elementary) level, most schools prefer you to have a Bachelors of Education or a degree in an academic subject taught at Elementary level (such as English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Science etc) plus teacher training such as a PGCE or Certification.  

What kinds of teaching subjects are in highest demand in Dubai? 

There is an international shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers worldwide, so experienced STEM teachers who can teach up to the highest levels (A level, Advanced Placement, Leaving Certificate, IB Diploma etc) are always in demand. Physics, Chemistry and IT/Computer teachers are usually in higher demand than Biology, General Science or Middle School teachers.  Primary/Elementary teachers and English teachers are needed as well, though most schools in Dubai get inundated with Primary/Elementary teacher applications so the competition can be fierce.  We find we often have shortages of Music, Drama, Female PE and Early Years especially later in the year.

Niche subjects or those taught in only one type of curriculum are often in less demand, for example Food Technology (UK), Home Economics (US), US History (US), Religious Education (UK), CAS (IB), Model UN (IB) and Theory of Knowlege (IB) have fewer openings. 

How much money do teachers make in Dubai? 

There is no set salary scale in Dubai for teachers, so your salary will vary based on the school and curriculum. Most schools have a set scale based on experience and education, though in some of the lower tier schools you might be able to negotiate a bit if you have lots of experience. Salaries are usually quoted in a monthly figure, in local currency.  As a rough guide, salaries will be higher at a school with higher fees for parents, so an elite IB school that charges $20,000 per year in tuition will pay a higher salary than a modest Indian curriculum school that charges $2000 per year. 

Salaries are tax free in Dubai and most of the Gulf, meaning you do not pay income tax to the local government. You need to check the policies on Foreign Earned Income in your home country to make sure you won't owe any  money back home.  

  • Typical salary for newly qualified teachers with US, UK, Aus, NZ, CA or Irish qualfiications:  8,000 -9,000 AED per month + free housing, flights, medical and gratuity
  • Typical salary for 2-5 year experienced teachers with US, UK, Aus, NZ, CA or Irish qualifications and experience:  10,000-15,000 AED per month + free housing, flights, medical and gratuity. This will vary based on the school, the curriculum, the quality of your experience etc.
  • Typical salary for an 'all in' package where housing benefit is not provided/is included in the salary: 14,000-18,000 AED. Remember not to compare apples and oranges- know what your package covers before you compare! 

In Dubai very few schools offer free tuition for the children of teachers. Most provide only a discount. If you have dependent children you need to factor school fees and all the extra costs (uniform, books, transport) into your calculations. 

You can read more about how to understand an international salary and package here

What is gratuity?

Dubai, the UAE and most countries in the Gulf have a legal requirement to pay an end of service gratuity. This is money, on top of your normal salary, that you get upon completion of your contract and final service to the school. If you renew your contract, you get it at the end of the last contract renewal. It's normally a percentage of your 'basic salary' so look for this figure on your contract- it might be a smaller amount than you get every month because your monthly payment is broken into 'allowances' and 'salary'. In Dubai, for instance it's 23 days of 'basic salary' per year of service.

Is there an age limit for teachers in Dubai? 

There are visa-related age restrictions throughout the Gulf, including Dubai. After age 60 it becomes more difficult and expensive for a school to sponsor you for a visa. Therefore, many schools prefer teachers who are younger than 55 so that they can get two contract renewals before this deadline.

How long are teaching contracts in Dubai? 

There's no standard but most schools ask for 2 year contracts with an option on both sides to renew. A small number of schools offer 1 year contracts, or 3 year. 

How can I find a teaching job in Dubai? 

You'll need a CV or Resume that lists the following information at a minimum: 

  • Your full name
  • Your nationality
  • Your date of birth or age 
  • Your university education - dates, degrees/qualifications conferred
  • Your work history with month/year start and finish dates starting with the most recent, and working backwards. Make sure to list your school, the curriculum, any exam levels taught, your acheivements in the post, positions of responsibilty, awards you or your students obtained and any extra-curricular clubs you ran. 

Your Edvectus consultant can send you a CV template or give you advice on how to improve your CV. 

If you apply directly, you should expect to make dozens of applications before you get an interview. Jobs in Dubai are very competitive. If you work with an agency like Edvectus, we will only direct your applications to schools that hire teachers with your experience and education so we can save you time.

If the school like your CV /Resume you will be contacted for an interview, which is normally online using Teams, Zoom, or Google Meet. There may be a second round interview and your references with previous employers are checked. Then, the school will ask to see copies of your degrees and teaching qualifications, and will also require 'experience letters', and a current criminal record check. 

Schools in Dubai and most of the Middle East will first give you an 'offer letter' which indicates the job, start date, basic employment package with salary, and benefits such as flights and housing. You sign and return it with the documentation needed (as above) and you will then get a full contract to sign and return.  You will likely need to provide attested documents so that your visa is processed. Once your visa is ready, your school will give you your flights and start date.. and away you go!

Is Dubai the only place I can teach abroad? 

No. Dubai is probably the most famous because it's known for tourism, but an hour away are other emirates such as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al Khamah and more. Furthermore there are amazing opportunities in places like Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Kuwait is also popular for newly graduated teachers and those looking to save alot of money.  Further afield there are so many places you can go from Thailand to Ecuador. For an experienced international teacher, the world is your oyster.

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