Each year, thousands of teachers travel to Abu Dhabi to work in the Abu Dhabi public school system, take part in an exciting educational reform program, and experience life in the Middle East.
Teachers working in Abu Dhabi public schools are paid by direct deposit at the end of each month. Each teacher will be responsible for opening a bank account at a bank of their choice within the UAE. Salary will be deposited in UAE dirhams.
No, setting up a bank account in Abu Dhabi is very simple once teachers have the proper paper work.
Yes, there are many places that teachers can use to send money home safely and efficiently.
Teachers are encouraged to bring approximately $1000-$3500 USD to help with settling in, depending on the teacher’s family situation and spending habits. Teachers should budget as if the first pay check will arrive 6-8 weeks after arrival in the country, although it is scheduled to be paid at the end of the first month of employment.
Yes and no. While teachers can use foreign credit cards in most places within the UAE, cash is also widely used and is very convenient. Teachers are encouraged to carry cash with them at all times.
Teacher accommodation in Abu Dhabi can be up to a 45 minute commute. Teachers are responsible for all commuting expenses to and from work, although commuting costs in Abu Dhabi are relatively low. Car leases and second hand cars are fairly easy to come by and are affordable.
The typical method of transportation in Abu Dhabi is by automobile. The majority of teachers in Abu Dhabi lease or purchase second hand cars during their placement. Taxis in Abu Dhabi are also used frequently and are not very expensive.
Yes, teachers working for public schools in the UAE through this program will receive free housing in Abu Dhabi. The size of the apartment will depend on whether the teacher is arriving single or with a family.
Typically, a teacher will be given a furniture allowance unless their apartment comes furnished. Utilities are a teacher’s responsibility. In Abu Dhabi, utilities usually amount to no more than 300 AED per month.
Yes, internet is available in Abu Dhabi. Teachers will be responsible to set it up on their own if they wish.
Daily expenses in Abu Dhabi vary depending on the teacher’s lifestyle. Typically, teachers should plan on spending money on food, utilities, clothes, and entertainment. Ethnic restaurants or fast food costs approximately 20-30 AED per meal, while hotel dinners range from 60-200 AED for a high-end meal.
Depending on their lifestyle, teachers can expect to save between 60-70% of their monthly salary.
Teachers planning to come to the UAE with a partner will need to be married, and the marriage certificate will need to be authenticated from the appropriate offices.
There are approximately 150 private schools within the emirate of Abu Dhabi offering global curricula. All expatriate children will need to study at a private school. Costs for private schools vary tremendously depending on the school and the facilities that are offered.
The UAE is a very safe country, and single women should not have any problems. As with any country, however, women should practice common safety procedures. Women are not encouraged to walk alone late at night, or to attend gatherings alone with groups unknown to them.
No, women in the UAE are not required to cover their hair.
All teachers working in UAE public schools should dress professionally while at work. Business casual is usually required. Jeans, shorts, and flip flop sandals are not permitted at work. Outside of work, teachers are free to wear whatever they would like, but it is recommended that all teachers are conscious of and respect the fact that the UAE is a Muslim country.
Freedom of religion is provided for by the Constitution of the UAE, although Islam is the official religion of the country. Abu Dhabi has many churches, temples, and mosques, where teachers are free to practice their respective faiths.
Abu Dhabi is a large, international Gulf city of 1.6 million that hosts theatre, cinema, fine dining, water sports, and world-class public and private beaches. Teachers will have ample opportunity to explore Abu Dhabi and the surrounding areas during their time in the UAE.
Yes, alcohol and partying are permitted with discretion. Public intoxication is illegal, and alcohol is only sold in some hotel restaurants/bars and at the liquor store to those with permits. Alcohol permits from the government are available upon application.
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