Living in the UAE

Living in the UAE

Have you ever thought of changing your life and work abroad? Then Teaching in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be just the right decision for you. The UAE offers a safe environment, plenty of activities outside work, long, sandy beaches, numerous, high quality international private schools and much more.

View below for more information about the United Arab Emirates and its two best known Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The United Arab Emirates, or sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is an Arab country situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates (equivalent to principalities), each governed by a hereditary emir, with a single national president. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is also the state's center of political, industrial, and cultural activities.

Prior to independence in 1971, the UAE was known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman, in reference to a 19th-century truce between the local sheikhs, hereditary rulers of the territories, and the United Kingdom. The term Pirate Coast was also used by some to refer to the emirates from the 18th to the early 20th century, owing to the preponderance of pirates operating from Emirati ports.

The UAE's political system is based on its 1971 Constitution, which is composed of several intricately connected governing bodies. As a federation of seven monarchies, whose rulers retain absolute power within their emirates, but with a UAE president, it is neither a constitutional monarchy nor a republic. The emirs choose one of their members to be the president of the federation, but this does not alter the monarchical character of the government of the individual emirates. The constitution is concerned solely with the relations between the emirates as members of the federation, and does not prescribe a constitutional system of government.

The climate of the UAE is subtropical-arid with hot summers and warm winters. The hottest months are from end of June, through to July until mid/end August, with temperatures reaching above 45 degrees. During the coldest months, temperatures can go down to below 10 degrees, particularly in December and January.

Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken.