Living & Working in The UAE

What you should know before you go

There are many great reasons for moving to the UAE. Great job opportunities, an extensive developed expat community and a diverse vibrant culture to name but a few. English is also a common language spoken which makes it easy to integrate into society, enjoying both a rewarding professional and social life.

In this section we give an outline of what to expect and we aim to answer some of the questions often asked about re-locating to the UAE.

Download our e-book for more detailed information on Working and Living in the UAE.

In providing you with this information we hope we can help you along your journey in making that move.

What’s Required Before You Can Work in the UAE?

Before undertaking a move to the UAE it is of utmost importance to have a firm job offer. All the relevant paperwork will be done by your employer so it’s important to be presented with a good opportunity as unfortunately some people do encounter difficult scenarios where visa issues delay their initial employment. This is why we only work with some of the finest education partners within the UAE to ensure a painless process for teachers

Taxes & Cost of Living

To say that the UAE is a tax free haven wouldn’t be entirely accurate and it’s important that prospective candidates are aware of the costs incurred in living as a resident of the country. The good news is your salary is tax free and usually paid on a monthly basis. Amenities such as housing is provided with monthly stipend included. Also, depending on employment, other charges such as electricity and air conditioning may or may not be the responsibility of the employee.

Health Care

Every employee is entitled to private health care coverage from their employer which is generally of a very high standard with worldwide coverage and low excess in the region of 50AED and circa 90% of prescription costs covered.

Average Working Week

The average working week in private school education is a start time of roughly 7-7.30am and a closing time of 2.30-3.30pm. Each teacher is generally required to teach 24 periods of 45 minutes within a week. The working week in the UAE runs from Sunday – Thursday.

Public Holidays

Employees are entitled to adhering to public holidays within the academic calendar. As many public holidays within the UAE are dependent on the Islamic lunar calendar. A list of public holidays are outlined in our e-Book.


The UAE is a predominantly Muslim country. Islam is the basis of the UAE’s culture, political system and way of life, yet it is also multi-cultural and tolerant towards other religions. There are over 200 different nationalities residing in the UAE making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. There is a huge pride in nationalism in the country similar to that of Ireland.


There is a range of sports and sporting events on offer in the UAE. Dubai and Abu Dhabi play host to some of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. The Dubai Dessert Classic, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the DP World Tour Championship are all part of the Race to Dubai which is the highlight of the European Tour.


The entertainment facilities in the UAE are unparalleled. Whether you want to dance the night away in Barasti or another of the plethora of night bars and clubs, or wander through the Louvre examining many fine works of classic and contemporary Art, the UAE offers a wide range of entertainment to satisfy the most complex of tastes. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi along with the other Emirates cater for entertainment ranging from water parks and theme parks to cultural activities such as camel racing. Highlights not to be missed when living in this vast desert of entertainment include; taking the fastest roller coaster in the world at Yas Ferrari World, jet skiing around Dubai marina and parachuting over the Palm Jumeirah. Other Lasting memories can be made skiing down the ski slope at Mall Of the Emirates in the midst of a heat wave outside!

Living & Working in The UAE

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