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Thinking of teaching in Abu Dhabi

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by abbieclark248, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. two_tenors

    two_tenors New commenter

    Hi there.. I was intrigued by your post. Could you share the 3 schools in a PM please?
    loislane1 likes this.
  2. Emeritusbc

    Emeritusbc New commenter

    Hey Im a 26 year old female and I moved out here with 2 years teaching experience 2 years ago.
    Its a good way of saving money, I find the work load is significantly more manageable. I never take any marking or extra work home.
    There are extra challenges - such as being homesick and not having family and friends nearby to support you when you need it.
    If you need any help with regards to specific schools just drop me a message.
    SRAFIQ0121, windax123 and Mr_Frosty like this.
  3. angelabalfe85

    angelabalfe85 New commenter

    Would love some information on applying to schools in UAE. Would you mind popping me a quick pm? Thanks in advance
  4. misslx

    misslx New commenter

    Hey I am also 26 years old and have been given a job offer to start in January in an international school in Abu Dhabi. I am nervous and confused I don’t know if I should go for this opportunity ? I will be going there alone and i am wondering how it will be like being away from my family and living somewhere new all by myself
    ciaralawler likes this.
  5. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Hi missix- I have sent you a ‘conversation’.
  6. leenacharme4

    leenacharme4 New commenter

    Hello there,
    Thank you for your comprehensive message, it sounds like there are lots of great aspects to consider. After reading your message, it has given me the confidence to follow what I believe too.

    I wondered if I could find out about the 'top end' schools in Abu Dhabi, something you mentioned in this message? I would like to aim for this, if possible.
    Thank you kindly,
  7. Ceylonia

    Ceylonia New commenter

    Hi Powergnome3.. I would also like to get in touch with you via PM please? Can't get that Conversation option to work. Thank you
  8. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Have started one now...
  9. SaffraJay

    SaffraJay New commenter

    Please message me more info about the good schools!! I’ve just bee offers a job and I’m excited and terrified! Any info isso so welcome
  10. amazingmoon22

    amazingmoon22 New commenter


    I am 23 and British and looking to move to the Middle East to teach.

    I have come across some schools (directed by an agency) in Abu Dhabi. A lot of the forums and information I have found about Abu Dhabi is that it’s a place more for communities and families. I will be moving out single with no dependents so was wondering if there is plenty to do to fill my spare time and meet people?

    Also, was wondering where the centre of Abu Dhabi is and what public transport is like? I will be located in a accomodation provided by the school so was wondering where the best location would be and how I would travel around?

    Thank you.
  11. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I'm probably not the best to answer this as I'm a lot older than you and a guy but I do have a few, single women colleagues just a little older than you - 25-33 who have a great time here in Abu Dhabi. We occasionally brunch together but they are often out on ladies nights during the week and partying hard at the weekends.

    There are plenty of bars here with more opening all the time, and although it's not as much of a party place as Dubai, it still pretty good. Plus Dubai is only an hour in a taxi away (240AED each way) or a bit longer on the bus (25AED) So you can defintiely head out there semi regularly too.

    I guess the most important thing is to make sure you try and 'put yourself out there' and meet new people who you would want to socialise with - you might be working with people who are great and you can have fun with but you might not.

    My colleagues are involved in Netball, Cycling, Running, GAA, Yoga, Book clubs, etc - which might not seem too exciting but they seem mostly to be an excuse to meet new people and then go out and party with them. There is also all sorts of water sports in AD (I think).

    Have a look at the Time Out Abu Dhabi website - I know the magazine used to have a list of clubs and organisations as well as the traditional bars/restaurants/events news but I'm not sure if the website includes this.
  12. salma_02

    salma_02 New commenter

    hello I just wanted to ask more about the role of eal teachers. Could it still be good if the job is in a good school? Have you heard of aldaar academies? Would you have any information about whether they’re good?
  13. hplovegame48

    hplovegame48 New commenter

    One pointer is get an ISR subscription.
  14. Redparrotfish

    Redparrotfish New commenter

    I think you have to understand that some people don't need to live there to know that they can't bear the treatment of migrant workers. How can you enjoy your brunch knowing people died to build the hotel you are having so much fun in? Maybe you can, and maybe they can't. It's their choice and they often have their reasons.
  15. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    I don’t really understand your point. The UAE is, like most countries, guilty at times of not being perfect. But are you suggesting that if we choose to live here (because my school is excellent and my lifestyle enjoyable) that I should boycott brunch because of the highly unlikely possibility of a death to a migrant worker while the hotel was being built? Do you have any idea of the amount of construction worker deaths in the UAE and the improvement to H & S over the last few years, or are you just throwing out tired, outdated news? 8 people died building the Beijing Olympic stadium in 2008 - did you watch the 2008 olympics? How many navvies died building the London Underground - do you boycott that too?
    Listen, it (social mobility and the tough conditions of migrant workers - especially in construction) is definitely the most conflicting thing about living here... however, last year I travelled to Kerala, India, to a wedding of an amazing Indian guy we have met since living here - he took us on a tour of his local community - some people living in absolute squalor... and then to the new area of villas - beautifully built - hundreds of them... and the vast majority (he knew most of the names of the owners and how they got their money) got the money from remittance from The UAE - often taxi drivers or jobs that us westerners would consider slave Labour wages... not saying that this excuses the safety concerns that are still there (even more so in places like Qatar); however, it does show a different perspective - it is still the ‘Dick Whittington’ dream to make it there.
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  16. Redparrotfish

    Redparrotfish New commenter

    My point is that you think it's OK to laugh at other people's choices rather than respecting their right to make those choices just as you have the right to make your own decisions. They have their reasons and they are valid reasons whether you like it or not. Glad to hear that you have fallen for the fake news that health and safety has been improved, the government propaganda machines have worked their magic and I am sure that helps you sleep at night, some people look a little deeper at these issues. Be happy with your life choices, just don't think it's OK to laugh at others who maybe see the world a little differently to you.
  17. Penny10p

    Penny10p Occasional commenter

    I worked in the UAE (both Dubai and AD) for 10 years and loved it. In my opinion it is a very easy place to live with a great social lifestyle. Of course, it is not everyone's cup of tea - each to their own. I have read several posts from Powergnome3 and Frosty over the past few months and they give a good account of what it is like to live there. I don't really see why Redparrotfish is having a go at Powergnome3, who seems to have been very helpful and even PMd lots of posters!
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  18. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Hmmmm... I have not, and would not, laugh at anyone’s choices - please show me where I have done this - I find your tone offensive, I imagine that is what you are after, so well done. Always happy to help anyone with my experiences here in AD - and have been very appreciative of the help that fellow community member have given me over the years... you seem to just to want a fight - not interested in you, sorry.
    Mr_Frosty likes this.
  19. Redparrotfish

    Redparrotfish New commenter

    Interested enough to reply, lol. I digress, these are your words- "I often laugh at people on this board, who have no idea what it is like here, who make sweeping generalisations about "I'd never work in the Middle East, it's awful"!"
  20. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Yes. I laugh at people who make sweeping generalisations... when I know from experience that they are not accurate. Glad you found it so funny you ‘Laughed Out Loud’ at that... although not sure how that constitutes a digression (SIC).
    Please... I do not want to argue with you - I have, from your replies, come to the conclusion that you simply want to troll for a response. I am, as ever, (and as many other terrific posters are) happy to give my experience of the place I live... I simply do not want to converse with you anymore. I wish you a happy and fulfilling life.
    Mr_Frosty likes this.

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