If you’re new to the TEFL world or you’ve been living under a rock, you probably don’t know that Dubai for ESL teachers is the place to be. For years, it’s been the hub for TEFL teachers who teach English in Dubai and it doesn’t seem that it’s slowing down. We will be covering everything you need to know to teach there from your qualifications to COVID to living in Dubai. 

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates, famous for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, a lively nightlife scene, and of course, the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. With lots of things to do in Dubai, and if you make the move, you’ll never have anything to do. 

There is also a huge community there for ESL teachers and the support and online communities are incredible. Dubai has high job prospects both within the school system and private language schools, so you’ll have your pick. 

Dubai_GalleryMinimum Requirements for TEFL Teaching in Dubai

There are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind before you decide to move and teach English in Dubai. The very first thing you’ll need to do is to check the minimum requirements for TEFL teaching. Teaching English in Dubai is a lucrative and rewarding job. However, there are a good few boxes to tick to qualify. 

Teachers must have a valid teaching certificate or license. They are also now requiring a Level 5 certification. Examples of this would be a Level 5 TEFL certificate, TrinityTESOL, or a CELTA. Unfortunately, the global industry standard, the 120 hours of ESL training just won’t cut it anymore. If Dubai is on your list and you already have this qualification, talk to a TEFL Institute advisor today to see about upgrade options.

Also Read: Do I Need a Experience to Teach English Abroad

Another visa requirement is to have a Bachelor’s Degree. This is similar to a lot of countries in Asia. Unfortunately, it’s mandatory for a work permit to get this attested and there’s no way around this. You’ll also need to do a medical and to have a clean criminal background. If you want to apply for a teaching position at one of the UAE government schools, you have to do this through the Ministry of Education’s job portal.

Types of English Teaching Jobs in Dubai

Every year thousands of people travel to work and live in Dubai. It is a haven for Ex-Pats as it offers a generous tax-free salary, free accommodation, medical insurance, and of course it is a hub for people to go traveling in their many school holidays.

For teachers, Dubai’s education system is separated into two categories: public and private. Public schools are considered adequate, whereas private/international schools provide good, high, and exceptional education. However, as the government invests more in public education, this is changing.


Both public and private schools in Dubai have a lot to offer. It’s all about figuring out which one is a better fit for you while picking between them. Private schools are usually the preferable alternative for you if you want to teach a familiar curriculum and know exactly where you’ll be teaching before you come overseas. Working in a Dubai public school should be your top goal if you want to contribute to and be a part of a huge educational revolution.


English Teaching Benefits in Dubai

Dubai is the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, with a population of approximately 2.1 million people. It is full of modern buildings and is considered a luxurious area to live in due to a large number of wealthy residents. Without a question, there are benefits and drawbacks to teaching abroad. But why should you teach English in Dubai?

1. High salary

The UAE is the country that pays the most for those teaching abroad, with Dubai paying teachers a  large sum up to £4150 per month. This is the highest salary you’ll expect from a teaching salary and you’ll not be disappointed! 

2. Perks

Program providers with schools in Dubai have a lot to offer and will treat you well! You’ll receive benefits such as flight reimbursement, accommodation covered, excursions, airport pick up and travel expenses, and orientation upon arrival. 

3. Tax

Unlike most tax systems globally, Dubai does not require you to pay income tax! There are some exceptions if you are still a resident of another country, in which case you may be required to pay tax to their country. But you do not have to pay any tax to Dubai itself – a great perk for teachers teach English in Dubai!

4. Outside of the classroom 

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again – the modern shopping districts are to die for. You don’t even need to like shopping, but it’s still great to meet people and walk around. You’ll never be bored with the number of restaurants and cinemas. 

The climate is also definitely worth mentioning! With the lowest temperatures being fifteen degrees in January, you’ll have warmth and sunshine all year long. Don’t worry though, schools are air-conditioned!

5. Women traveling to Dubai

You may be a little worried as a single woman from the western world moving to the Middle East. The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world. As with any place you must respect the local traditions and culture, it is always safest to travel with groups of people. Most think that you must wear a headscarf and abayas, but this is not the case. You can wear the same clothes to the mall as you would in your home country.

Also Read: Best Countries To Make Money Teaching Abroad

Who’s Hiring 

The school year in the UAE starts at the end of August, so recruitment tends to occur in the spring. Teaching contracts are normally for a minimum of two years. Incentives to complete your contract are usually offered, such as return flights to your home country and completion bonuses.

There are two main routes to go for when applying for teaching roles in Dubai. You can choose to go with a program provider or apply for schools individually. There are pros and cons to both. Like the support given, upfront payments, benefits, communications, and starting times. We would recommend the program routes, especially if you are a first-time teacher! 

You can check out our jobs board run by our partner GoCambio for any upcoming positions. You can also check out jobs boards such as ESL Base, Teach Away, Indeed and Jooble. 

Also Read: Tips for Teaching abroad



FAQs:- English Teaching in Dubai

Q: Is Dubai good for English teachers?

Dubai is not only good for English teachers, but THE place to be. With high salary rates, great benefits, and the work-life balance we all want, you will not regret this move. It’s true that there is some preparation to get yourself in the door. However, school managers and program providers are more than happy to help with documentation and any travel issues that may arise. 

Q: How much do English teachers make in Dubai?

The UAE is the country that pays the most for those teaching abroad, with Dubai paying teachers a  large sum up to £4150 per month. This is the highest salary you’ll expect from a teaching salary and you’ll not be disappointed! 

Q: Can I teach English in Dubai with only a TEFL Certification?

Unfortunately not. To work legally in Dubai and the rest of the UAE, you are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree and a level 5 TEFL certificate. This is a government requirement for a work permit and to obtain a teaching license. 

Q: Do I need to be bilingual to teach TEFL in Dubai?

No, this is not a requirement to get a job in a school as TEFL courses teach you how to teach with the use of translation. On top of that, as Dubai is a big and modern city, you’ll find it easier than most places to get around and enjoy a social life with a limited amount of Arabic. It’s always nice to know a few words in the local language as you would when going on holiday. 

Q: What do I need to know about teaching in Dubai?

There are a few things to consider about teaching in Dubai. Firstly, you should know the visa requirements and process before putting in the time and money to move abroad and teach. You should also know that class sizes can be big when teaching young learners, and perhaps this is something you are not quite used to. Don’t worry though as the general attitude of children is a love for learning and being happy to be there. 

Q: Which teaching method is best for teaching English?

The teaching method you use in the classroom can depend on the size of your classroom, the age range, and the level of English held. Typically, your classroom will all be on the same level and lesson plans should correspond accordingly. The PPP method is one of the most popular teaching methods and is widely used in Dubai. In Dubai, we’ll be looking at young learners at a beginner to intermediate level with a large classroom.  The PPP method (Presentation, Practice, and Production) would work perfectly. There is a surplus of templates online that you can use to fit your lesson.

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