Teach English in Dubai

Salaries

Kirsten Colquhoun
February 28, 2024

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Other benefits available
Dubai cost of living
Saving as a TEFL teacher
How to start teaching

Dubai is an exciting opportunity for experienced and qualified TEFL teachers. It is a competitive job market but if you can bag yourself a teaching position in Dubai, you’re set for a good salary and valuable teaching experience.

TEFL teachers can teach at kindergarten, primary or high schools, as well as language schools and universities. If you’re suitably qualified (with a teaching licence), you could teach a subject like Maths, Biology or Science. 

Teachers at language schools can earn between AED 12,000 and AED 18,000 (USD$3,300 – $5,000) a month. 

Private international schools pay between AED 9,000 and AED 15,000 ($2,400 – $4,000) a month.

Public schools offer salaries of between AED 12,000 and AED 20,000 ($3,300 – $5,500) a month. 

One of the biggest bonuses of teaching English in Dubai is that your salary is tax-free!

In addition to salary, what other benefits may be available?

Teaching positions in Dubai come with generous packages. 

For the most part, this includes:

  • accommodation, 
  • flights,
  • health insurance,
  • holidays, and
  • visa assistance.

Teachers generally sign contracts of at least a year; return flights from your home country are provided on a yearly basis if you sign up for longer. 

How much is the cost of living in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world – and also one of the most expensive. It’s certainly the most expensive emirate in the UAE. On the other hand, Dubai is cheaper to live in than New York or London.

With your accommodation costs being taken care of by your employer, that’s one big cost you won’t have to worry about. Food and entertainment are likely to be your biggest expenses in Dubai. Transport is cheap and public transport is efficient.

According to Numbeo, the cost of living of a single person in Dubai is AED 4,000 ($1,000) a month before rent.

Is it possible to save in Dubai as a teacher?

100%!

With the tax-free salary and free accommodation, it’s easy to save in Dubai – if you’re careful with your money. Rent, groceries and entertainment are going to cost you the most in Dubai. So eating out and enjoying the nightlife will cost you dearly. 

And don’t forget the shopping! Avoiding the opulent shopping malls and enormous boutiques and nightlife will be hard but your bank balance will thank you.

Some of our TEFL alumni have been able to save approximately $1,000 a month. 

Our top tips for saving in Dubai:

  • Teach private lessons. Private clients in Dubai can mean big bucks for TEFL teachers. You never know, you may find yourself teaching royalty!
  • Shop the festivals! Dubai is known to have certain times of the year when massive discounts are given at stores. One of the popular ones is Dubai Summer Surprises festival with discounts of up to 90%!
  • Use public transport rather than taxis. Metro, monorail, bus, water taxis and e-scooters are all options to get wherever you need to go in Dubai.
  • If you’re craving a dinner out, head to the neighbourhoods of Karama, Bur Dubai and Deira, which offer a range of Middle Eastern cuisines in small cafes.
  • Get a Dubai Pass for discounts on some of the city’s best attractions.

How to start teaching English in Dubai

Because of the generous packages, teaching in Dubai requires jumping through a few hoops. A degree is required, and a teaching licence or teaching experience is preferred. A background check and clean medical record are essential. 

A TEFL qualification is an absolute MUST-HAVE. Your TEFL qualification should be at least a Level 5 qualification from a reputable and internationally recognised TEFL course provider. 

With a TEFL qualification under your belt, make sure your CV is up to date and all your paperwork is in order. Find a suitable job online through our Jobs Board – and get packing!

Table Of Content

Dubai is an exciting opportunity for experienced and qualified TEFL teachers. It is a competitive job market but if you can bag yourself a teaching position in Dubai, you’re set for a good salary and valuable teaching experience.

TEFL teachers can teach at kindergarten, primary or high schools, as well as language schools and universities. If you’re suitably qualified (with a teaching licence), you could teach a subject like Maths, Biology or Science. 

Teachers at language schools can earn between AED 12,000 and AED 18,000 (USD$3,300 – $5,000) a month. 

Private international schools pay between AED 9,000 and AED 15,000 ($2,400 – $4,000) a month.

Public schools offer salaries of between AED 12,000 and AED 20,000 ($3,300 – $5,500) a month. 

One of the biggest bonuses of teaching English in Dubai is that your salary is tax-free!

In addition to salary, what other benefits may be available?

Teaching positions in Dubai come with generous packages. 

For the most part, this includes:

  • accommodation, 
  • flights,
  • health insurance,
  • holidays, and
  • visa assistance.

Teachers generally sign contracts of at least a year; return flights from your home country are provided on a yearly basis if you sign up for longer. 

How much is the cost of living in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world – and also one of the most expensive. It’s certainly the most expensive emirate in the UAE. On the other hand, Dubai is cheaper to live in than New York or London.

With your accommodation costs being taken care of by your employer, that’s one big cost you won’t have to worry about. Food and entertainment are likely to be your biggest expenses in Dubai. Transport is cheap and public transport is efficient.

According to Numbeo, the cost of living of a single person in Dubai is AED 4,000 ($1,000) a month before rent.

Is it possible to save in Dubai as a teacher?

100%!

With the tax-free salary and free accommodation, it’s easy to save in Dubai – if you’re careful with your money. Rent, groceries and entertainment are going to cost you the most in Dubai. So eating out and enjoying the nightlife will cost you dearly. 

And don’t forget the shopping! Avoiding the opulent shopping malls and enormous boutiques and nightlife will be hard but your bank balance will thank you.

Some of our TEFL alumni have been able to save approximately $1,000 a month. 

Our top tips for saving in Dubai:

  • Teach private lessons. Private clients in Dubai can mean big bucks for TEFL teachers. You never know, you may find yourself teaching royalty!
  • Shop the festivals! Dubai is known to have certain times of the year when massive discounts are given at stores. One of the popular ones is Dubai Summer Surprises festival with discounts of up to 90%!
  • Use public transport rather than taxis. Metro, monorail, bus, water taxis and e-scooters are all options to get wherever you need to go in Dubai.
  • If you’re craving a dinner out, head to the neighbourhoods of Karama, Bur Dubai and Deira, which offer a range of Middle Eastern cuisines in small cafes.
  • Get a Dubai Pass for discounts on some of the city’s best attractions.

How to start teaching English in Dubai

Because of the generous packages, teaching in Dubai requires jumping through a few hoops. A degree is required, and a teaching licence or teaching experience is preferred. A background check and clean medical record are essential. 

A TEFL qualification is an absolute MUST-HAVE. Your TEFL qualification should be at least a Level 5 qualification from a reputable and internationally recognised TEFL course provider. 

With a TEFL qualification under your belt, make sure your CV is up to date and all your paperwork is in order. Find a suitable job online through our Jobs Board – and get packing!

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