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UAE -Fear of the Unknown!

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Figmo, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    I'm in the process of applying for a brilliant job as a Lead Trainer (training teachers) in the UAE. Unreal money.

    Trouble is it looks like you don't find out which Emirate you are based in till you get overseas! EKK

    Anyone got any experience with this? Is it unreasonable of me to not want to be based in Sarjah (very conservative) or somewhere isolated?

    The homesickness is going to be bad enough as it is.

    Advice/words of wisdom appreciated.
  2. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    Sharjah is fine, I used to know many teachers that lived there. I think it may be the rugby club where lots of socialising happens but getting a cab back from Dubai is pretty easy.

    Somewhere out in the western region would be way worse, but that in the Abu Dhabi emirate. And I guess you'd be based in the city or Al Ain in that case.

    I guess fujairah would be the worst (in my opinion) then I think maybe Ajman, Sharjah, RAK with Abu Dhabi and Dubai tied depending on what sort of lifestyle you want.

    And I've missed umm al quwain which I know nothing about - I guess for me it would be pretty low down but I'd have a good time anywhere but Fujairah I think.

    Obviously other people will have a different opinion but based on the things I enjoy that would be my list. You'll no doubt get a car and it's a small place so you can get all over and getting an entertainer can get deals for hotels or using Google one of you pay for it. So I wouldn't worry too much plus you'll be able to save way more on rent outside of the two big cities.
  3. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    Mr_Frosty thank you so much for your reply! Really appreciate it. It's anxiety-inducing for sure, the thought of just landing in UAE with no clue where I would be ending up!

    I don't drive - is public transport decent everywhere?
  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    There is little to no public transport other than taxis.
  5. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

  6. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    Hmm upon perusal, moscowbore - the buses, trains and metro??
  7. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    I have my licence here but do t have a car - I rent one for short periods when I want or need it.

    Taxis are cheap and I use them a lot. You can also get am Uber or Careem which are nicer than taxis but more expensive.

    Buses are an option and pretty cheap and at least some of the stops have AC (here in Abu Dhabi) but I never use them. I assume it's the same everywhere.

    Dubai also has the metro but over never used it - plenty of people do and so long as it goes where you need to be I think it's pretty good.

    You can always learn to drive here - I know two people who've done it and they've both said they found it easier than the UK.
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  8. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Buses very cheap and taxis reasonable. Metro in Dubai is great for getting around.

    Remember that UAE is a very small country so it shouldn't matter where you are based because it never takes long to reach any of the other emirates. Quieter ones can be much better to live in than the busier more well known ones.

    You seem to be a bit wound up about going...relax. I would say UAE is one of the easiest countries to locate to...one reason being the widespread use of English everywhere.

    Home is only a 7 hour flight away so not really that far to go and flights are regular.
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  9. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    It might not be quite so easy when the temperature is over 40 degrees, towncryer, or when you get stuck in a traffic jam.
  10. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    It was over 40 today an I relaxed by the pool with a mocktail and BBC 6 music.
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  11. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    Mr Hippo my friend, it appears your sole purpose on these forums is to be extremely cynical, spreading negative vibes and generally being a misery-guts. Am I correct in this assumption?
    nomad and 24hours like this.
  12. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    I really REALLY appreciate this. You're a mind reader never mind a towncryer. Thank you
    nomad likes this.
  13. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Come on Hippo. You get used to the heat and there is is air con just about everywhere.
    I lived in one of the quieter emirates and never got stuck in traffic. Took bus to Dubai and Abu Dhabi whenever I wanted/needed to go and then got around by taxi or metro once there.

    You don't say whether you're male or female Figmo...but if you're female there are reserved seats at the front of every bus for women only so you needn't feel anxious if you're travelling alone.

    There were even women only taxis...usually pink but you're guaranteed a female driver.
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  14. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    I am female, TC. That is great to know! You are really putting my mind at ease and I appreciate it.

    Actually starting to get excited now. Adventure! Better get the job, like. Running ahead with myself a bit now haha
  15. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    40 degrees is great if you are lying by the swimming pool.
  16. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    I never lie by the pool at 40 degrees. That's madness. Stay in the aircon,go shopping, do whatever...but getting burnt to a crisp at that temp isn't my thing...though I know a lot of people like it.
  17. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Well best of luck. You can message me if you want any more info (I think I'm a little more recent than Hippo in terms of my time in UAE) or post on here.
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  18. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yes, it was indeed a few years ago that this ancient hippopotamus was in the UAE.
    towncryer likes this.
  19. kendoddy

    kendoddy New commenter

    Hey, just going to come to the rescue of Fujairah here, it's a small little emirate with 2 major population centers. If you end up in Fujairah city, it's pretty normal if not more relaxed than some of the other larger cities, there are many bars and gyms, shopping for day to day stuff is fine and Dubai is only 1 hour away by taxi for everything else. If you are in Dibba, its a lot smaller but better for outdoor activities such as scuba and mountain biking, the shops will be smaller and there are many good western hotels for bars.

    Buses and train(metro) only really exist in the big three cities (Dubai, Abu and Sharjah) with connecting buses to the other emirates and larger towns in them. e.g. the bus to Dubai from Fujairah leaves officially every 1.5 hours (it's often not their) and if you want to take the bus to Abu you have to go to Dubai, get across town and get another bus.

    TLDR, Taxies are your friend, they are cheap and everywhere, taxi drivers will probably not speak to you but that's as 1. they don't often talk to women and 2 you are western so they want to protect themselves in most cases
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  20. Figmo

    Figmo New commenter

    I will take you up on that. You're an actual star! Thank you.
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