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Al Ain?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by claytie, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Has anyone got any experience of living and working in Al Ain, and also the school there which is English speaking?
     
  2. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Occasional commenter

    The Pebbly beach school? I used to know someone who worked tere and they loved it - they had a 2 bed apt and a v high salary.

    Al Ain generally - my ex colleague just moved over in December and loves it. It's a lot quieter then AD or Dubai - he loves that about it but it's definitely drivable (90 mins to AD - maybe less to Dubai?). It's cheap to live there both in terms of eating out and rent costs if you're finding your own place.

    It wouldn't suit me though, a bit too much of a small town - but the people it suits seem to love it.
     
  3. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Thanks for that feedback, sounds good.....not sure it’s the same school, though; the one I’m looking at is ‘English Speaking’?
     
  4. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Occasional commenter

    Oh I just did a quick google and it's nto the same school. I had never heard of it - There's one review on Edarabia which looks like its from an ex student and its a good review and the ADEK report is okay - the previous one from 2016-17 was not great by the looks of it though.

    I will see if my ex colleague knows anything about it.
     
  5. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    There is a very positive thing to be said about Al Ain: it is very close to Oman! In fact, about half of the town is in Oman.
     
  6. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Occasional commenter

    Heard back from my ex colleague and they said that they don't know anyone working there but "apparently it's a very good school"
     
  7. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Thanks, Mr Frosty!
     
  8. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    I was wondering about the standard of accommodation there. Can one expect a decent apartment, with access to a pool?
     
  9. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Not much info about Al Ain, in general. Looks appealingly unspoilt?
     
  10. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Occasional commenter

    I've only been to training in Al Ain and haven't seen much of the town but I'm sure a 1 bed with a pool is pretty easy to find and way cheaper than Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

    You can have a look on propertyfinder.ae or Alain.dubizzle.com for some ideas tho dubizzle in particular has a fair amount of bait and switch but it should still give you a rough idea of what's available and at what price.
     
  11. SunsetBeach

    SunsetBeach New commenter

    I used to have colleagues work in Al Ain. A lot people use the pools at local hotels at the weekend. It's much quieter than Dubai and Abu Dhabi but they are both within a reasonable travelling distance for weekends if that is what you want to do.
     
  12. 7061wylie

    7061wylie New commenter

    I live and work in Al Ain and have done for about 3 years. I really like it but it isn't cheap compared to most places and costs in the gulf region just keep going up. Al Ain is great for families but less so for singles.
     
  13. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Thanks for all your feedback, everyone!
     
  14. sammyanne1983

    sammyanne1983 New commenter

    I applied for the school a couple of years ago and was offered a position, however the package offered to me was quite a lot less than other schools. (We have 2 school age children and they only offered a 25% discount for the school fees, also the salary offer was substantially less) and as my husband was not working, this offer was unfortunately too low for us to consider.
    Since being in the UAE, we have visited Al Ain which we really enjoyed as there is plenty to do as a family and it is beautiful. We also found the local people very friendly and were very helpful.
    Good Luck
     

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