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Teaching in Abu Dhabi: Summer 2019

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Hammer1123, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. Hammer1123

    Hammer1123 New commenter

    Hi all,

    My wife and I have decided to take the plunge and move to Abu Dhabi next Summer.
    I am currently a PE HOD with 14 years experience in London and my wife is self employed.
    We have 2 children (5 & 2 come next year) and the plan is for me to be the sole earner with an additional income from a UK house rental.
    I will be looking for a secondary teaching job following either the UK or iGCSE PE curriculum.

    So here are my questions!

    1) What is the best route for finding a job? The TES is great for jobs, but others have suggested applying straight to specific schools. I know it's a bit of a mine field and to "be wary" of ADEK & government schools. Can anyone please private message me a list of "decent" schools to focus on in their opinion as I know school names can't be mentioned.

    2) As I will be renting out my property and living abroad I will be susceptible to Overseas Tax (20%), and with estate agent fees I'll be losing 30% straight away. Has anyone got any advice regarding this tax?

    3) What is the situation with car purchasing? Are you able to get a car on PCP as in the UK or is it either rental (high costs) or outright purchase (initial deposit needed for purchase)?

    4) Finally, if I am lucky enough to get offered a decent "package" with accommodation, would this usually include utility bills or does it depend on the school?

    Thanks for any help you can give me!
  2. 2mature

    2mature New commenter

    Hi Hammer,

    I unfortunately can not answer your questions but am in a very similar situation to you (PE HOD, Non teaching wife with daughter...) and will be looking to move internationally next year...undecided on location as will depend on school/area etc... please feel free to PM and stay in touch with regards the process. As you stated have spoken to many about MOE roles in UAE and the main responses say don't do it as despite hogh basic salary there is no accom/schooling provided and these can be very expensive
  3. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    Not sure about 1 and 2 but one a lot of jobs here are recruited for by agencies - look for some reputable ones in the UK as some will push you towards ADEK/MoE.

    You can long term lease a car which is cheaper than renting but I haven't looked I to it - I've not bothered with a car for the last few years but I'm probably going to buy a 2-3 year old car in September.

    Utilities vary from school to school but I'd say as a rule of thumb - if they supply your accommodation they'll cover it. If you take an allowance and find your own place you cover them.
  4. pink_reindeer

    pink_reindeer Occasional commenter

    Car rental places often offer teacher deals too. I never did it myself, but I know of a few who did and apparently it was a decent saving, as well as only for 10 months based on the fact that most teachers go home or travel during the summer.
    My accommodation was provided by the school, but I had to pay utilities. Which happened to be much higher than I expected, but questioning got me nowhere.
  5. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Hammer - I have started a conversation thingy with you to answe4 your questions.
  6. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    Utilities went up with a bump when you had to pay a % of your rent as tax. Before that they were very low.
  7. Hammer1123

    Hammer1123 New commenter

    Thanks guys. I really appreciate all your quick replies!
  8. Hammer1123

    Hammer1123 New commenter

    Happy to stay in touch regarding progress, definitely.
    2mature likes this.
  9. TexanTeacher2013

    TexanTeacher2013 New commenter

    I would love to receive PMs about reputable schools as well. I am very interested in teaching abroad in 2019.
  10. lanky8804

    lanky8804 New commenter

    Would also love to receive PM's as am looking for Sept 2019 Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

    @Hammer1123 Would you mind sharing any answers to your questions?
    SaffraJay likes this.
  11. windax123

    windax123 New commenter

    I would like some info about the reputable schools as well, if possible. Thanks in advance.
  12. chrisdore

    chrisdore New commenter

    Hi Hammer,

    How far did you get with the job search and recommendations of good schools? Have you found anywhere yet?
    I'm just starting the search now and can't seem to decide between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I too have a young family so family visa is a must.

    Hoping you could redistribute anything you have heard it learnt.

  13. sparklesparkle

    sparklesparkle Established commenter

    What is Overseas Tax? Have the Inland Revenue told you that you will be 'susceptible' to it? If not, where did the information come from? For you own sake, please don't seek tax advice from anyone other than the Inland Revenue or a qualified professional.

    All professional fees are tax-deductible, by the way.
  14. rednelly84

    rednelly84 Occasional commenter

    Check Which School Advisor, the UAE edition for Abu Dhabi and Dubai schools.

    Abu Dhabi has a clutch of top performing schools, not many, the majority of which are owned by a large building company.

    Dubai has a huge number of international schools, lots of which are terrible, some, maybe a handful are very good.

    Packages aren't as great as they used to be 10 years ago. Starting salaries for some schools are as low as AED9.5k, so avoid those.

    You're looking for a decent salary in the region of AED16k + if you've been teaching 10+ years, accommodation (rental costs) fully covered, medical insurance for you and all dependents (this is if you're spouse is female, if your spouse is male, not all schools provide this and he'd have to either get this through his employer or you pay), annual flights for all family members and school fees paid for all children - top schools are now offering 2 children only so check this carefully, especially as FS1 is considered nursery and many teachers pay for this year of schooling. If you don't have all of this, forget it.

    Having utilities paid for is now a long gone thing of the past and some can be expensive. You'd also have to consider paying municipality tax on your accommodation, currently 5% of your annual rent.

    Sorting a car is relatively easy once your visa comes through. You can't do anything until that comes through. I've rented, had a PCP and bought outright in the time I've been here. I'd rent if here for just 2 years. So much less hassle. However, I've had my current car for nearly 7 years and it's saved me a lot in the long run. Avoid PCP deals in this region as they're relatively a new finance option here and salesmen don't know what they're talking about - mine was missold.

    After a decade here, I've witnessed a lot of change and not all of it good either. Over 250k expats left the UAE last summer and this trend is set to continue as costs of living rise and salaries freeze. I've not had a pay rise in 3 years but I'm being squeezed for everything with VAT, hidden taxes and so on.
  15. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Where do you get your information about overseas tax? I rent my UK property and get most of the tax back on submission of my tax return every year. You are only taxed on the money you make in the UK (Your house rental)...get an accountant before you go.
    SaffraJay likes this.
  16. aliali5208

    aliali5208 New commenter

    Anyone going Abu Dhabi to one of the large housing company group of schools this year. Interested in some feedback.

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