As an oil rich nation with a number of internationals living here, English is the lingua franca and demand to learn English is high. Teachers generally come to the UAE for one of two reasons: either they are attracted by the prospect of lucrative pay or they are accompanying a partner who is working in the region. The UAE boasts some of the best standards of living for EFL teachers.
However, in order to take advantage of such great contracts it really helps to be living there already. The region works on 'who you know' and a candidate deemed as the right person in the right place at the right time will usually win out over someone from overseas who is markedly more qualified. In addition, parents like their children to learn English from a native speaker and you can expect regular, well paid work privately once in place, although it is not advisable to travel to the Middle East and find work on spec. Instead, do get in touch with the UAE consulate or embassy to find out up to date regulations for entry.
If applying from abroad, you usually need to be very experienced and well-qualified, sometimes to Masters level in TESOL. Certainly you will need a university degree, preferably in English or teaching and a good TESOL qualification. Universities, as you can imagine, will expect higher level qualifications whereas some private institutes, such as Berlitz, may accept lower qualifications. Most adverts for UAE positions appear on the internet on sites like www.tefl.com but there are not as many of these as you might expect and competition is fierce for such posts.
Our recommended course options for the UAE are:
Alternatively, combine all these into our 300-hour TESOL Professional course
You may also be able to find work teaching English to children privately. In this area being on the spot may be more important than degrees and certificates. If this is something you'd like to do, we suggest you add the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course.