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Posted by Not-Steve
on 9 Nov 2017

Myself and two friends have been living and working in Qatar for the last 2-3 years, but are now looking to move over to Dubai.

The catch is none of us are qualified teachers. Having said that though, I have heard that there are schools in Dubai that will hire unqualified teachers.

Could someone perhaps point me in the right direction as to what schools would fit such circumstances.

Thanks in advance :)

EmmaL on 10 Nov 2017
Hi Not-Steve

Have any of you taught at a school before? Experience is important when you're teaching. In some schools, you can get by as an English teacher with having a TEFL qualification that you can get online. Dubai, however, is a very popular expat destination, so you have to keep your possibly better-qualified competition in mind. Read our article on working in Dubai for some more information.

Hope this helped,
EmmaL on 13 Nov 2017
Hi again

It should definitely improve your chances, yes. At what type of school were you teaching before? If you're looking at positions in English language schools, you shouldn't have many problems, but if you're planning to join a primary or high school, it might be different. Do you have bachelor's degrees? The combination of a bachelor's and a TEFL is usually good enough to get you into a primary or secondary school. It really depends on the school's requirements, of course.

Good luck!
Anonymous (not verified) on 11 Nov 2017
Hi Emma Thanks for the insight. Well we all have a TEFL and have been teaching English in Qatar for going on 3 years now. Would that improve our chances?
EmmaL on 15 Nov 2017
Hi Move_it

The average teacher salary at international schools in Dubai is between 2700 USD and 3800 USD, but it really depends on your experience. There are some websites that you can use to estimate a salary internationally. Try, it's free and takes several factors into account. 

Hope this helps,
Move_It on 14 Nov 2017
Hi. I have just received an offer from one of the Indian schools owned by a very large group in Dubai. I am a UK trained teacher with over 7 years of experience internationally. What sort of pay should I expect apart from the usual perks that come in the Middle East.
Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Nov 2017
Hi again Emma Yes, I do have a bachelors and a TEFL. To be honest I would be happy in either of those settings. I should probably also mention that my degree was in Sport Science so by most standards(of what I've seen anyway) I'm qualified to be a physical education teacher as well. Right now I just really want to leave Qatar for a fresh start and so that I can do my PGCE as well so I don't have to jump through these hoops in the future.
EmmaL on 15 Nov 2017
Hey Not-Steve

Are you planning to return home to do your PGCE? While you might not have a dedicated teaching degree, you do have teaching experience, and that definitely counts in your favour. Have you taught physical education before? With your experience and education you could get a position at a primary or high school teaching English and PE.

Anonymous (not verified) on 15 Nov 2017
Cheers Emma, Thanks for the help. Much appreciated! Shall look it up on
Anonymous (not verified) on 4 Dec 2017
Hi Emma! What would you say about a TESOL-certified teacher with a US bachelors and masters (in music) who also has 17 years of international teaching experience, 9 of which exclusively English teaching. I’m an EU passport holder. Not UK and not US. I know passport matters a ton out here in Dubai. Any chances to get a full-time (or part-time) job in a more serious, day-time school (I teach privately in the afternoons, after 4), with a respectable compensation package? Thanks in advance!
EmmaL on 5 Dec 2017
Hi Anonymous

Like I told Not-Steve, it really varies from school to school. With your experience, your chances are obviously higher than new recruits. My advice would be to apply to primary schools (your chances are generally a bit higher).

Good luck!
Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Jan 2018
hi i have completed graduation/dca/pgdca/. now, i am working a a English teacher. m looking for teacher job in Dubai. is it possible to or get a chance to serve over there. i have also done IELTS with 6band.
7776asher on 14 Mar 2018
Hi. I am a single parent with an 11 year old daughter. I am a qualified teacher (PGCE QTS) in the UK with 18 months teaching experience and i am hoping to teach in an international primary school. Will my current situation hinder my chances of getting a position in Dubai? What benefits can I expect for my daughters education? Thanks