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Teaching in Dubai and moving with a young family

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by mlcarroll, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. mlcarroll

    mlcarroll New commenter

    Hi- can anyone offer any info or advice on what it’s like to teach currently in Dubai? What are the best schools and best places to live? My husband and I are both teachers so we would both be looking for work but we have 2 small children. Is it a good place for children to grow up/ go to school? Thanks in advance
  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    There are one or two posts about teaching in Dubai. If you do a "Search", then you should find them.
  3. markedout

    markedout Occasional commenter

    You could ask on the 'living overseas' part of Mumsnet and will get a broader range of responses from parents living and working there.
  4. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

  5. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Life in a shopping mall surrounded by obscene consumerism and materialism.
    Not my cup of tea.
  6. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

  7. awells75

    awells75 New commenter

    I am going to write a pre Covid point if view, as Covid is having a huge effect on how schools are operating at present in the uae
    Teaching in Dubai is amazing, if you get the right school.
    Great kids, great staff and a really good life outside of school. The beauty of being a teacher is that you escape the majority of the horrible summer heat.
    For schools try and get Dubai college, JESS or DESC.
    Avoiding GEMS and other big profit making schools will make your life better
    Some profit making schools are still very good. I went for 2 years and left after 13. You actually get to teach and not deal with moody, lazy kids or stop endless fights. My advice wait for Covid to come under control and then jump in
    stopwatch likes this.
  8. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

  9. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    It will now be even more crucial to secure a job in the more popular and successful schools. As expats leave, including from the successful schools, children will ‘filter’ upwards as parents move them to spaces in the better schools.
    This will/may result in lower tier schools working with fewer pupils, reducing staff and/or closing.
  10. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Although I agree that this is very evident there, it is eminently possible to live there without living in these places.
  11. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    "Dubai-bashing" has become quite a popular sport on this forum, moscowbore. Well, it might not be your cup of tea, but some young (and not-so-young) teachers seem to like it.
  12. Loro123

    Loro123 New commenter

    I agree with the comment above about not-for-profit schools. The organisation you work for has such a big impact on your wider life - especially if you’re in staff accommodation. In my experience, I would push for an allowance rather than being provided an apartment. Working for a company which isn’t all about lining their own pockets means everyone is more focused on teaching and learning.

    Dubai itself is great for children. As with many international schools, the learning experiences that children have here are amazing. Specialist staff in all subjects, advanced skills using digital technology in their learning, amazing facilities etc.

    If everything is going well for you, Dubai is a great place to live. Yes there are malls and lots of materialism around you, but you make of it what you want to. You can spend your weekends in the malls or you can spend them on the beach, in the mountains or in the desert.

    I think lots of people will be leaving this year. It’s been a long year for teachers not seeing their friends or family and almost losing half terms tipped a few over the edge! So it’s probably a great time to apply.
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