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What to expect

The teaching job opportunities in the Middle East are expanding every year. Tax free living and the chance to live a luxurious lifestyle, complemented by fantastic blue skies all year round. No matter subject you specialise in, International and domestic schools in the Middle East are constantly looking to recruit the best talent. Combined with flight cost cover, accommodation subsidies, health insurance and high paying salaries, working as a teacher in the Middle East seems too good to be true, but believe us this is completely real!

United Arab Emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Quickly becoming a country world-renowned for its wealth and taste for luxury, the UAE is actively recruiting teachers in all types of schools. Known to be one of the more progressive Arab nations, the UAE is a great choice for a teacher who wishes to live in a country during a period of rapid modernisation. It is possible to save a large chunk of your monthly, tax-free salary.  With its multicultural society, warm climate, and high tax-free salaries that come with good benefits, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an excellent choice for experienced teachers in a range of fields.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is quickly becoming the Middle East’s #1 destination for foreign teachers. On top of very competitive salaries, many schools offer great benefits and perks for its staff members. While it is not an easy move for many foreigners, as the country follows Islamic law, teaching in Saudi Arabia is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia offer teachers the chance to live in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, in the centre of the Middle East. Teaching in Saudi Arabia also gives teachers the opportunity to learn more about Middle Eastern and Islamic traditions. Whether you are teaching in a small desert town or teaching in a large city setting, teaching in Saudi Arabia is a cultural immersion experience like no other. Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia offer licensed teachers the chance to work within private international schools in subject-specific positions.


Qatar, a small country on the Persian Gulf, is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has a booming economy with significant investments in education and tourism.
No wonder teaching English in Qatar is becoming more popular! Qatar offers competitive salaries and fantastic benefits for teachers from all over the world. Plus, it’s an exciting place to travel to and explore.
There are many reasons you might choose to live and work in Qatar: culture, history, adventure – these are all big draws for educators who want to teach English abroad. Qatar’s salaries are also generally high.  Most schools in Qatar are looking for qualified, experienced teachers from native English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, UK, or Australia. However, there are plenty of opportunities for native Arabic speakers who want to teach in Qatar.


Teachers interested in teaching in Bahrain may find opportunities in international schools. Due to the relatively large expatriate population, the country contains a number of international schools. Although Bahrain’s official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken, and the demand for English teachers is high.


One of the richest countries in the Middle East, Kuwait is looking for English-speaking educators to teach its growing population. The primary language in Kuwait is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken here and there is a huge demand by many, from preschoolers to university students, to learn the language.
Kuwait is a small country dominated by its capital, Kuwait City. This hip metropolis offers all the comforts and conveniences of a modern city while also providing a unique window into Arab culture and society.
A stone’s throw from downtown, you’ll find well-preserved archaeological sites, vast desert landscapes, and white sandy beaches. Offering some of the best incentives for international teachers, Kuwait is an ideal destination for those interested teaching while being immersed in Arab culture. This is an exciting place to live and work as long as you do not mind year-long sunshine!


While Oman is one of the lesser known Arab states, it offers fantastic opportunities for international teachers, great transport links to everywhere in the Middle East and beyond, and a gorgeous landscape to discover. Tourism is beginning to increase in the region, meaning an influx of foreigners, as well as locals, require native English-speaking teachers. The Omani people have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming, and, as a teacher, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Arab culture. If you are looking for an opportunity to stay awhile and explore the best of the Middle East, Oman should be at the top of your list.


Mostly located in Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, there are plenty of teaching vacancies. Whether you’re an experienced licensed teacher or a beginner ESL instructor, there are schools looking for talented people like you for their classrooms.

Depending on the type of school you’re working in and your own qualifications and experience, teachers’ salaries in Iraq can be very good.
At an international school in Iraq, a teacher may earn even more. International school benefits may include:


    • Tax free salary
    • Furnished accommodation
    • End of service benefits
    • Tickets
    • International medical insurance
    • Career development and training