Ahlan wa sahlan WELCOME Haere mai
A very warm welcome to our New Zealand candidates from the Ministry of Education’s English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) team.
This page is intended to provide you with information on our work and some general information about living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
We have tried to include as much information as we feel would be useful, however, your own research will also provide you with key insights into the UAE.
The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education’s mission is to build a knowledge-based society, whilst enriching citizenship values. In order to realise its ambition of preparing a workforce which contributes to sustainable development while remaining globally competitive hinges on a modern society which embraces change whilst honouring its traditions.
A globally competitive edge requires effective communication and an understanding of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) key position on the world stage. In particular, the importance of English as the language for business, finance and global opportunities.
Ministry of Education’s Vision:
Pioneering in student preparation in K-12 education system for a productive life in a dynamic world to ensure sustainable development for the UAE society.
Ministry of Education’s Mission:
Working together to promote the UAE K-12 education system, investing in human capital to build a knowledge-based society while enriching citizenship values.
Ministry of Education’s Values:
Citizenship and Responsibilities: Represented in strengthening national identity and social responsibilities
Principles and Values of Islam: Reinforce the human values through dialogue, tolerance, moderation, peace and volunteerism
Commitment and Transparency: Commitment to professionalism and transparency in performance
Contribution and Accountability: Commitment to include wider society in the educational system while being accountable for the performance of students
Right to Education for All: Represented in the equality of opportunities for all the constituents of the society
Quality and Innovation: Realised through the preparation of a human workforce that effectively contributes to accomplishing sustainable development while being globally competitive
To find out more visit the Ministry’s website.
Degrees required for each teaching position
If you are considering applying for a position with us, but are not sure if you have the correct qualifications, here is a quick way to check
|Computer Science/Design Technology Graduate||Bachelor’s degrees in engineering- Mechanical; Electrical, Aviation, Manufacturing and Process
Essential understanding and application of programming web designing (Java, HTML, Python, C#). Industry Certification (i.e. Cisco, Microsoft, IC3 etc.) is desirable.
|Computer Science/Design Technology Teacher||Bachelor’s Degree in a Computer Science field (e.g. Networking, Software Engineering etc.) from an accredited educational institution. Programming and web designing (Java, HTML, Python, C#)
Qualified teacher status
|PE Graduate/Teacher||Degree in relevant subject (Sports Science, Health Science, Sports Development, Sports Coaching and Management, etc.).|
|PE Lead Teacher||Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject area (e.g. Physical Education, Sports Science, Sports Management) or equivalent
Significant experience in the area
|English Teacher||BA in English language and literature / linguistics/ applied linguistics. PGCE/DipEd/MA TESOL/CELTA or an equivalent teaching qualification plus minimum 2 years teaching experience|
|Health Science Teacher||Health Related Degree|
|Creative Design and Innovation Teacher||University Degree (Science, engineering) or equivalent in a Design Technology related subject area. Qualified teacher status through PGCE, DTLL, PTLL or other international equivalent
For job descriptions and to apply for a position, please use the following link:
Living and Working in the UAE
The links below provide a wealth of information about living and working in the UAE
So, you’ve taken the plunge, applied for the job, had your interview and received an offer? Mabrook! (Congratulations!)
In the busy period before your arrival in the UAE, submitting documents and packing up, you may wonder what it’s going to be like when you arrive. Lots of preparation goes into making your first weeks in the UAE run smoothly. There are a number of official processes you need to go through to gain your residency and work visa. We will guide you through these and help you as much as we can to settle in. Plans can change, but we will keep you informed as much as possible, and it is all part of the adventure!
Below is an account of the first couple of weeks (and induction) by a current English teacher.
I wanted to write and tell you that the past two weeks of induction with the MOE has been incredible. I have taught in 3 other countries and no other job has been remotely as welcoming and generous as this one has been. We have been treated like royalty!
On the first day, Yasir brought us for our medical exam and Emirates ID. Yasir was so organized and helpful and all 20 of us were finished in an hour. My friend and I then went out and hung out at the beautiful rooftop pool for an hour before we got on the bus to Dubai.
Second day we were in Dubai for an overview of the program at the MOE building. Everything was extremely organized and efficiently presented. The MOE had invited local banks so that we could set up our accounts. In 3 minutes, I had my account set up. I don’t want to bore you with the days of hassle I went through in Saudi trying to do the same. It reduced so much “new country” stress to have my phone and bank account set up. This can be very confusing to do when you are in a new culture.
We also got our locations. I was thrilled because I wanted to be up near the mountains in Ras Al Khaimah and I got it! My friend loves Dubai so she was very happy to be placed there.
What I didn’t realize about the area is how close the cities are to each other. The bus from Dubai to Ras al Khaimah is only an hour and a half and costs 20 dhs so it is easy to get from one place to another. A group of us who live in different cities are going to meet up in Sharjah this week and see the art museum. So most of the teachers are really happy with their postings and know they can travel into the city or out to the mountains very easily for the weekend.
We spent the week training in Sharjah—cross-cultural understanding and a CLIL workshop. We were all given new free laptops and had help logging into the portal where all the course books and resources are stored.
We were all driven into training from our respective locations. The MOE has provided hotels for us for the week so that we have a secure base to set ourselves up in with housing. A few of the teachers in Ras Al Khaimah have found places at Al Hamra village for 30-40,000 per year. I found a traditional house in my small community in Rams for 35,000/year. One of the teachers has chosen to stay in this hotel. I think he pays around 45,000—pool and gym on location.
There is a lot of excitement about being a part of such a bold enterprise. The sheikh who has spearheaded this education reform is Harvard-educated and has envisioned an international education for the UAE children. It is very exciting to be here and part of this mission. In induction we were given an overview of the work that the UAE has been doing with Cambridge to create the curriculum. The sheik’s vision is to have every high school student score a 6.5 on the IELTS before graduating. They are working hard on clear goals for the English program.
Thank you to the organizers of this program for the truly first-class treatment I and my other teacher friends have received. It is an incredible part of the Arab culture to be so welcoming and generous to guests. I’m very grateful for this welcome to the UAE.
The UAE’s distinct culture is founded on progressive and moderate Islamic values and endowed with a rich Arabic language, to proudly celebrate Emirati traditions and heritage while reinforcing national identity. A spirit of religious tolerance forges mutual understanding and acceptance within the country’s pool of diversity.
The Emirates is a very friendly and welcoming place, with lots to see and do. Some of the customs and what is deemed acceptable, however, may be different from what people are used to at home. Emiratis are generally very tolerant and will not easily take offence when dealing with people from other cultures. There are though, a couple of points to bear in mind when meeting locals or those from other predominantly Muslim countries, to ensure there is no awkwardness or embarrassment.
- When being introduced to someone of the opposite sex, wait to see if he/she offers their hand first.
- Men should wait to be introduced to an Emirati woman before starting a conversation. Men should never approach an Emirati lady and try to speak to her
The Arabic culture prides itself on its hospitality, and whether visiting someone at work, or receiving an invitation to their home you will almost certainly be offered refreshments. This will often be a sweet, milkless tea or a light Arabic coffee flavoured with cardamom. You should accept at least one cupful, as it may be considered discourteous to refuse. If you do not wish to have a refill, leave a little in your cup and shake it while setting it down. This will indicate to your host that you have had enough.
When sitting, make sure that both feet are on the floor. Showing the soles of your feet is considered disrespectful.
Taking pictures of local women is not permitted unless you have their permission. Taking photographs without someone’s permission is serious and if reported, could involve the Police. Do not take pictures near military bases, oil installations, airports and government buildings.
Swearing, profanities and vulgarity are not permitted in the UAE, and this includes all social media; Whatsapp, Twitter etc.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and most Muslims worldwide fast during the hours of daylight. The dates on which Ramadan begins and ends changes year to year and are dictated by the sighting of the new moon. It is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and ends with a huge celebration called Eid-al-Fitr. Non-muslims are asked to be respectful and understanding at this time. Here is some further information and tips:
- During Ramadan schools close earlier than usual as do most workplaces.
- Eating and drinking in public during Ramadan, and this includes water, is considered extremely disrespectful and you could incur a fine. If food or water must be consumed due to a medical condition do it discretely.
- Generally, restaurants, cafes etc do not open for service of refreshments until Iftar, that is the time after sundown when the fast is broken. This time varies from day to day. Some malls have closed areas where those who are not fasting can go to eat.
- During Ramadan smoking in public is not acceptable and neither is the playing of music.
Do you have more questions? Please use this link to find a comprehensive list of FAQs