Middle East

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Desert sand dunes in Saudi Arabia

Overview

As a teacher you generally don’t have to pay any salary taxes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the jobs in these countries would be the best paying in the world even if you did have to pay tax. Contracts often include generous accommodation packages which are suitable for housing the family of the teacher. Flights from/to country of origin are usually paid for by the company. It is extremely lucrative here and there is a strong demand for teachers in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The downside is that it isn’t always easy living here. Most native English speakers find the very conservative laws stifling and repressive. Teaching materials need to be carefully adapted accordingly. As a result, teaching positions in the Middle East are perhaps not suitable for first-timers. Those more mature folk who already have a few years of teaching experience elsewhere – and are aiming to save some money – stay here for several years before returning home to buy a house with their substantial savings.

Most countries require a BA, a TEFL certificate, and 1 or 2 years of experience. The top positions require an MA and/or PGCE (or equivalent).

Country name Main places for jobs Salary range (USD/month) Typical requirements Job availability
Afghanistan Kabul 500 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate *
Algeria Algiers 600 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate *
Bahrain Manama 1,500 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 3-5 yrs exp. **
Egypt Cairo 800 – 2,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Iran Tehran 500 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred. *
Iraq Kurdistan 500 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. *
Israel Tel Aviv 1,000 – 2,500 Degree, TEFL certificate **
Jordan Amman 800 – 2,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. *
Kuwait Kuwait City 2,000 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Lebanon Beirut 500 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Libya Tripoli 1,500 – 2,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Morocco Rabat, Marrakech 800 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate **
Oman Muscat, Sur 2,000 – 3,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Palestine Ramallah 500 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate *
Qatar Doha 1,500 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Riyadh 2,500 – 5,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 3-5 yrs exp. ***
Tunisia Tunis, Sousse 800 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp. **
United Arab Emirates Dubai, Abu Dhabi 2,500 – 4,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, 3-5 yrs exp. ***
Yemen Sana'a 800 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate **
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