Moving to Abu Dhabi to teach during a pandemic through Teachers In UAE, our experience so far…

Ruth Harron 11/01/2021 0

Our Experience with Teachers In UAE during a pandemic…
We started looking for primary teaching positions in January 2020. We came across Ruth who works with Teachers In UAE and got in touch with her. Ruth started helping us straight away. She was always on hand to answer any question we had no matter how small or trivial, we always received a reply within minutes of contacting Ruth. Ruth organised interviews for us in a highly sought after school in Abu Dhabi and with her help we had secured positions for the coming school year by the end of the month.
Shortly after, Covid hit leading to a lot of uncertainty about whether travelling over to the UAE would be possible or whether our jobs would still be available there. Ruth was in direct communication with the school every week and provided us with regular updates in relation to our travel later in the summer. She always did her best to reassure us and put our minds at ease through a worrying and uncertain time.

Thankfully we were able to come out to Abu Dhabi in August. We love our school, we have made fantastic new friends and we are really enjoying the lifestyle, sunshine and change of scenery. We are extremely grateful to Ruth for helping us along the way and we would highly recommend anyone thinking about coming to the UAE to teach to get in touch with Ruth, she won’t let you down.

Our experience teaching in The UAE so far….

We have been teaching full time online since August due to low numbers of children choosing to come to school. The school is accommodating both blended and distance learners. We have found the online teaching to be very well structured. We use Microsoft Teams for our live lessons and Seesaw for follow up activities as well as a variety of other websites and resources. Teaching in Abu Dhabi is very different to teaching at home. Our school is very large with up to 15 teachers in a grade which makes planning much easier as you are always supported and always working in a team. We receive professional development on a regular basis making it easy to adapt to and learn about a new curriculum.
Abu Dhabi has handled the Covid pandemic well so far. There are restrictions in place however, we are able to live quite a normal life. We are able to go to malls, restaurants, the beach and most importantly brunches. They are very strict on only four people sitting at a table, masks must be worn at all times and teachers get covid tests every two weeks. We feel very safe here. There’s lots to do here. We have been to different beaches, pools, kayaking in the mangroves etc. We joined the local GAA club, although training wasn’t allowed, they organised group fitness classes which was great for meeting new people. Overall we are having a great time in Abu Dhabi and are so glad we made the move.

Amy & Darragh from Ireland


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UAE public holidays announced for 2021 and 2022

Ruth Harron 04/01/2021 0

As one year draws to a close it’s only natural to start thinking about the possibilities the next 12 months will bring.

And while a return to normal travel still seems to be some time away, there are still public holidays in the UAE that will give people the chance to take some time away from work to relax and reflect.

Some of the dates are always subject to moon sightings, but as much as possible, the UAE Cabinet has confirmed the dates for the country’s national holidays in 2021 and 2022.

Below you can find all the official dates for the next two years. Where the exact dates are available they are noted, otherwise the Islamic calendar dates are listed.

Holidays announced for 2021

January 1: New Year
29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal: Eid Al Fitr (Expected to be May 12)
9 Zul Hijjah: Arafah Day (Expected to be July 18)
10,11,12 Zul Hijjah: Eid Al Adha (Expected to be July 19)
August 12 : Islamic New Year
October 21: Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday
December 1: Commemoration Day
December 2-3: National Day

Holidays for 2022

January 1: New Year
29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal: Eid Al Fitr (Expected to be May 1)
9 Zul Hijjah: Arafah Day (Expected to be July 8)
10,11,12 Zul Hijjah: Eid Al Adha (Expected to be July 9)
July 30: Islamic New Year
October 8: Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday
December 1: Commemoration Day
December 2-3: UAE National Day

The UAE Cabinet has confirmed the official holiday dates


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Teachers, use this time to update your cvs…..

Ruth Harron 28/12/2020 1

Teachers, it really helps to process information and screen CVs when I can see at a glance; Essential requirements for teaching posts in The UAE. These include requirements from schools as well as Educational Councils which all have to be satisfied before the desirable criteria factors in….

To help you with this process in 2021 I have attached our  Teachers in UAE Editable CV

(If your device does not support the document format, please request a Teachers In UAE CV template by emailing


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Dubai schools chief: Pupils could attend multiple schools at same time in new remote learning era

Ruth Harron 08/12/2020 0

Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said Covid-19 had changed the face of the education sector . Chris Whiteoak / The National
Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said Covid-19 had changed the face of the education sector . Chris Whiteoak / The National

Children could attend multiple schools at the same time as a shift to remote learning helps usher in a new flexible era of teaching, Dubai’s private education chief said.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said parents would increasingly seek out tailored learning experiences to benefit their child’s particular strengths.

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a shift to distance learning, as pupils took part in lessons from their own homes rather than classrooms as part of efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Even as the world recovers from the pandemic – with the rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines offering hope for the future – Dr Al Karam believes the education sector will not fully return to its traditional methods.

“There will be as many models of education as there are pupils,” said Dr Al Karam, while delivering the key note speech at the Education Investment Mena, a virtual conference held in Dubai on Tuesday.

“The relationship between schools and pupils has traditionally been exclusive.

“Pupils can only go to one school, and schools can only teach their own pupils. That will change as more learning moves online.”

Brick-and-mortar schools, however, would be more important than ever as community hubs in the post-Covid world, said Dr Al Karam.

He said schools played a huge role in improving the wellbeing of individuals.

“When online learning can meet students’ academic needs, it will be the physical schools that meet the holistic needs of pupils that will really stand apart,” he said.

The expert said that technology had transformed almost all sectors of the economy, but it took a pandemic to change the structure of education.

Dr Al Karam said Covid-19 has changed people’s expectations of education.

In recent months, parents have been able to get a closer look at how their children learnt.

The education chief said schools that cost millions of dollars to build were only open for seven or eight hours in a day, and remained closed in the evening, during the holidays, and the summer break.

“The clever schools will be the ones that consider how they can use the changing dynamics to their advantage and the pupil’s advantage as they make their future plans,” he said.

Ashwin Assomull, head of LEK Consulting’s Global Education Practice, shared an update on the repercussions of the Covid-19 disruption on the sector during the Education Investment MENA conference.

He said the lockdowns in various countries had caused significant short-term disruption across private education sectors globally, with school operators facing challenges.

Mr Assomull forecast that the schools would not be adversely impacted by the disruption in the long run.

“K-12 (primary and secondary education) schools are ‘good as gold’ – due to their attractive characteristics as business models and the lack of credible digital alternatives that can replace these institutions,” said Mr Assomull.

Data from the United Nations shows the pandemic affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries, while closure of educational institutions impacted 94 per cent of the world’s pupil population.

Courtesy of:
Anam Rizvi

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Don’t get too relaxed….

Ruth Harron 24/11/2020 1

As the end of the 2020 approaches, we are getting ready to accept applications for upcoming vacancies in The UAE for 2021. Vacancy lists still haven’t been released but in preparation we are asking that you update your cvs and upload them onto our ‘generic all subject application’ 

For Teachers In UAE’s take on Covid-19 and it’s affect on applications click here 

Please only apply if you can check off these 3 Pre-requisites

  • Native English Speaker
  • A minimum of a bachelor degree in subject area
  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience by Jan/Sept 2021 depending on relocation date


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Are you a teacher in Dubai? Download the app to join Teacher Socials…

Ruth Harron 17/11/2020 0


If you’re a teacher who’s recently moved to Dubai and are struggling to adjust to your new life, pay attention!

The largest teacher community in the region, Teacher Socials, is gearing up to launch an exciting new app that’s about to change your life. From connecting with other teachers in the city to finding out about amazing events taking place near you, you’ll have all of this and more, simply at the click of a button.

We sat down with the founders of Teacher Socials ahead of the grand launch to find out more about the origins of the community and the app.

Q) How did the idea of Teacher Socials come about? 

Teacher Socials was launched in 2016 by English teacher, Robert Welsh, after a chance phone call to an old friend made him wonder about the struggles of expat teachers in Dubai. He realized that teachers needed a platform to network, meet, connect and socialise with other like-minded teachers.

We started off three years ago with a handful of teachers from the Ministry of Education D.I.S. and GEMs, meeting up weekly and inviting other teachers to meet and socialize for Thursday night Karaoke sessions. We have since grown to 11,000 plus members signing up through our Facebook group and special events hosted at McGettigan’s.

Q) How will the app help teachers connect with other teachers in Dubai?

The app provides information about teacher well-being events to all the members, inviting them to connect with other teachers at safe and secure venues, and in line with the current DHA safety guidelines. There’s information on the variety of well-being events and sessions, which are exclusively tailor-made for teachers by our partners such as Guided Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga and home PT sessions. Members also get access to a variety of exclusive fun-filled teacher events and activities that’ll help them connect with and meet amazing like-minded teachers.

Eventually we aim to promote teacher wellbeing seminars, PD sessions, group yoga, fitness events and other outdoor activities, facilitated by our carefully selected partners.

Q) What are the benefits of becoming a member on the app? 

Our mission starts with our simple philosophy- Happy Teachers, Teach Happy!

By giving members access to amazing offers and events, Teacher Socials aims to promote positive well-being within Dubai’s teacher community. We help teachers find a healthy balance between work and life outside of the classroom through group activities, social events and group meetup sessions.

We also strive to develop positivity in terms of mental, physical, and financial well-being through a dedicated section, on the website and app, which consists of helpful videos and articles written by professionals.

We have also added a relocation feature to the app. This will help those who sign up get actively headhunted by schools and universities.

Q) How does the expense tracker work?

Our unique inbuilt Expense Tracker has a simple ledger-keeping function that allows teachers to add their income each month and note each expense, thus monitoring their spending. Teachers can use this information to adjust their outings which should help save them some dirhams in the future.

Q) What type of venues/events are featured on the app?

We conducted surveys, polls, votes, in order to better understand teacher preferences. We then partnered up with the most requested businesses by teachers in the UAE. There are all types of venues on the app–fitness activity centers such as Bounce, gyms, watersports centers, golf courses, shooting, galleries, desert safari, spas, restaurants, bars, hotels and car rentals.

Q) How do I invite friends to join the app? 

Word of mouth is usually the best way teachers can invite others onto the
app through social media and groups. However, we have an ‘invite a friend’ option on the app which will help spread the word too.

Q) How can I join?

Teachers and members of all educational institutions can join Teacher Socials. Membership is open to all employees working within the education sector.

For more information and to download the app visit their social media

Available on App Store and Google Play
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