Teaching English Language In The United Arab Emirates

Home to some of the immense oil wealth, major ports and a booming tourism sector, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a global center of trade, finance & travel. With cities like Dubai & Abu Dhabi offering opulent shopping, world class dining, and some of the world’s most stunning architecture, the Emirates have become a major destination for tourists and investors alike.

These attractions, along with some of the world’s most lucrative salaries and benefits also make the United Arab Emirates one of the most desirable destinations for teaching English abroad.

The UAE is divided into seven emirates, with Dubai being the most populous as well as the most popular, followed by Abu Dhabi. The population of the UAE is around 9.2 million, with over three-fourths of the UAE residents being expatriates.

The nation is investing heavily in English language education and offers salaries for English teachers that are among the highest in the world. Combined with its small size, this has made the UAE one of the most competitive job markets in the world for teaching English abroad.

In many cases, simply having a TEFL certification does not necessarily qualify you for positions there.

At a minimum, English teachers will need to possess a bachelor’s degree in addition to their TEFL certification. With that said, many schools in the UAE will require teachers to possess a degree specifically in education or a master’s degree (often in any field), and many will strongly prefer candidates to have previous teaching experience and/or a teaching license from a country like the U.S or the U.K.


  • Education
    BA/BS is required, MA preferred by some schools, a background in education/teaching is typically preferred.
  • TEFL Certification:
    You can obtain certification in any of the WORLDWIDE TEFL LOCATIONS or by taking the ONLINE TEFL CLASS.
  • Types of Jobs:
    Private Language Schools, International schools, vocational colleges, private tutoring.
  • Average teaching hours per week:
    20-25 hours of classroom & extra prep time.