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CfBT – Abu Dhabi Project

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									CfBT – Abu Dhabi Project




CfBT Education Trust is a not-for-profit international organisation with a mission to improve the
quality of education around the world, having been reaching out to children and governments for
over 40 years. CfBT’s Abu Dhabi School Improvement project has been underway for 3 years, and is
widely considered to be a very successful Public-Private Partnership programme within the Abu
Dhabi state school transformation project.

Background of the project:

Abu Dhabi provides a ‘state’ education to its citizenry through a network of local schools. These
schools have in the past taught all subjects in Arabic, using a variety of teaching methods. Through
partnerships and initiatives, the Abu Dhabi Education Council has invested significantly to change the
language of instruction to English and to adapt/improve teaching methods of locally employed
teachers. CfBT works within the schools to advise and support the local teachers as they implement
the changes in curriculum and delivery, and work to improve the quality of teaching and learning
within these schools.

Types of Teachers required:

Before you fill out an application form, if there is any doubt that you meet the requirements below,
please ring your Teachanywhere consultant to avoid wasted effort.

   Candidates must meet the minimum requirements as set out below.
   Candidates must have significant personal flexibility and adaptability as they will be working
    within the local schools with a foreign management structure and teachers
   Candidates must have excellent teaching references. Referencing, criminal record checks and
    credential checks will be carried out upon application.
   Candidates for most posts must have experience in training or mentoring other teachers and
    must be confident in their teaching skills.
   Candidates should be sensitive to local culture and work collaboratively with the teachers they
    are mentoring
   Excellent communication skills are required, and having some knowledge of Arabic language and
    culture, whilst not required, is an advantage.
   Candidates for Advisory teacher posts must be qualified /certified to teach in government schools in
    their home country with teacher training such as a Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate
    in Education or Higher Diploma in Education and teaching certification.

            o     Teaching Subjects required for Advisory Teachers : Secondary (Middle/High School)
                  English, Maths, and Special Needs
            o     We have a limited number of vacancies for Advisory Teachers of Secondary Science, ICT
                  and Primary/Elementary
            o     Partnership Management Advisors (School leaders)
            o     English as a Foreign Language Trainers (non-advisory)

   Candidates must have at least 3 years of recent experience teaching the subject and level they are
    advising – English, Maths, Science, Primary/Elementary, or be Principals/Head Teachers , within the
    appropriate age range and must have experience training and mentoring other teachers. Candidates
    must have significant teaching experience and/or teacher training from one of the following
    countries: UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US or South Africa.

    Candidates for the ESL trainer post must have a degree+ TEFL certificate and at least 3 years of
    recent TEFL teaching experience, as well as consistent, verifiable work history. Candidates must be
    native/near native English speakers, and the ability to speak Arabic is a plus.

   Due to the need to conform to local customs and sensibilities, and to conform to local law,
    candidates with a partner/spouse who intend to live together must be married.

   Some posts have gender requirements due to UAE regulations. Candidates must be younger than 65
    upon completion of the contract.

    Job                   Basic Salary        Age Range Taught            Qualified         Degree +
                          (AED/Annum)         /Gender Requirement         Teacher           TEFL


    Partnership           225,000 *           5-10 years old, Female      Yes, 3+ years
    Teacher                                   Teachers only,              teaching
                                              11-18 years old, Male       experience +
                                              or Female                   mentoring other
                                                                          teachers
    Partnership           273,000*             Primary(Elementary),       Yes, 5+ years
    Management                                Middle School and           teaching
    Advisor                                   Secondary (High)            experience and
                                              School teaching and         2+ years whole
                                              leadership experience       school
                                                                          leadership
    EFL Trainer           225,000*            All ages, including adult   3+ years EFL      Yes, 3+ years
                                                                          teaching          experience in
                                                                          experience        school setting
    *Pending approval by Ministry
All posts enjoy the following benefits

     1-2 year contracts
     Free housing and AED allowance for utilities
     Mobilisation/demobilisation allowance
     Flights yearly for self, spouse and 1 dependant under 18
     School fees allowance of 25,000 AED per child for up to two children*
     End of contract bonus
     Medical coverage
     Orientation and mobilisation assistance during arrival
    *age restrictions apply. Not applicable for non-UAE resident children.

Interested? To evaluate your candidacy we will require

       A short application form, available to download HERE
       CV/Resume
       Electronic Photo

If shortlisted we will require

       Copy of passport
       Copies of degrees and certificates
       Criminal Record Check
       If selected you will be required to undergo a medical check.   Unless otherwise instructed,
        send copies of your CV/documents to
        CfBT@teachanywhere.com

Below is information about Abu Dhabi that has been compiled by
Teachanywhere.com. This information is meant to act as only as an initial guide and we
encourage all candidates to do their own research.

WELCOME TO ABU DHABI
Abu Dhabi Gives a First Impression

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates
(UAE). It is the principal city of the largest
emirate of the same name and is home to the
government and royal family. The island city
of Abu Dhabi is a lush, modern metropolis,
complete with tree lined boulevards, towering
skyscrapers, dazzling shopping malls and
luxurious international hotels, brimming with
vibrancy. Abu Dhabi is growing rapidly, and its evolution from quiet village to thriving
metropolis has been remarkable, a testament to the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed,
and the energy and drive of its people.

The high rise central business district is home to imaginatively designed buildings
which provide a dramatic back drop to the corniche area, bordered by the sparkling
azure waters of the Arabian Gulf offering a striking contrast to the large parks and
green boulevards that spread across the island. Further inland the high-rises make way
for beautiful villas, low rise apartment blocks and quieter tree-lined streets. Nothing
here stands still, and future developments promise an even more exciting skyline!



The outstanding aspect of life in Abu Dhabi it is dramatic contrast to its commercial
neighbor, Dubai. Abu Dhabi offers all of the attractions and amenities you would
expect of a modern city, but in a tranquil and relaxing setting, without the dust choking
development and traffic congested streets of Dubai. Although Abu Dhabi is spending
its oil and commercial wealth at a startling rate, fast on the heels of Dubai, you hardly
notice the development and construction that has been contained to outlying and off
shore regions.



The UAE’s culture is tolerant and welcoming, and visitors are sure to be
charmed by the genuine friendliness of the people. Abu Dhabi is a melting pot
of nationalities and cultures; all of which are embraced without losing the cultural and
national identity of which the UAE’s people are justifiably proud; a culture and heritage
inextricably linked to its religion. Indeed you will find the greatest concentration of
mosques in Abu Dhabi than in any other part of the Muslim world. And that is another
welcoming differentiator from life in Dubai; you feel the culture, you see locals, you
feel as if you experiencing the Middle East.




Abu Dhabi offers a unique Arabian cultural experience comfortably balanced with the
attractions of a western expatriate lifestyle.



Abu Dhabi is Geographical

   Situated on the NE part of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates
    (UAE) is bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the south and west,
    and the Sultanate of Oman to the east and north. The geographical co-
    ordinates are 24 00 N and 54 00 E. It has a coastline on both the Gulf of
    Oman and the Arabian Gulf
   The total area of the country is 83 600 square kilometers. Abu Dhabi is the
    largest emirate, occupying 80% of the total landmass.
   The country is made up of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, the largest, Dubai,
    Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
   Golden beaches dot the country’s 1 318 km coastline, of which 100 kilometers
    are on the Gulf of Oman. The Arabian coastline is littered with coral reefs
    and over 200 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Salt flats, sand dunes,
    stretches of gravel plains, desert and the Hajar Mountains characterize
    much of the inland region.
   The highest point is Jebel Yibir at 1 527 meters
   The traditional city of Abu Dhabi is situated on a natural island.


Abu Dhabi Has a History

 It is difficult to reconcile the modern city of Abu Dhabi with the scattering of
    ‘barasti’ (palm frond) huts from the 1950’s horizon. Historical documentation of Abu
    Dhabi’s history is scarce but it is rich in archeological finds. Evidence of
    settlements has been found around Jebel Hafeet, near Al Ain, and on
    the island of Umm al Nar, near Abu Dhabi City, dating back to between
    3000 and 2000 BC. Abu Dhabi’s history really begins with the Bani Yas Bedouin tribe
    who are known to have been in the area along the coast by the 16th century.
 Following the discovery of fresh water, the tribe moved to the island of Abu Dhabi
    in 1761, which was very fertile and abundant in wildlife. The name means ‘father of
    the gazelle’. The initial settlement was soon followed by the relocation of the ruling
    Al Nayhan family from the Liwa Oasis in the south of the country.
 By the 1800s the town had developed through the trade of pearls, and in 1897
    accepted the protection of Britain. The area was seen as an important
    communication link with India and the east and became known as the Trucial States
                                 (or Trucial Coast)
                               Fortunes faltered after the creation of the cultured
                                 pearl industry in Japan, but in 1958, Abu Dhabi found
                                 oil and production began on Das Island, with exports
                                 happening in 1962.
                               1966 sees a new ruler, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
                                Nahyan and the British withdraw in 1971. By 1972 the
                                United Arab Emirates are completely united and the
    UAE dirham currency is released in 1973. The new state was composed of the
    emirates of Abu Dhabi (the capital and centre of government), Dubai (the
    commercial centre), Sharjah (the cultural centre), Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and
    Fujairah and in 1972 was joined by Ras Al
    Khaimah
 Sheikh Zayed died in 2004 but not before
    initiating a major programme of development
 National Day is on 2nd December

 The population at present is approximately
    1.67 million due to increase to 3.5 million by
    2010.


Abu Dhabi Has a Culture

   The rapid economic development has changed life in the UAE beyond recognition.
    The country’s rulers are aware of the threats to their traditions and heritage and
    are keen to promote cultural and sporting events that are representative of their
                                            past.
                                              Camel Race Meetings are held at the
                                               weekends between October and March
                                               from around 7.30am. The Al Maqam Camel
                                               Race Track, about 45km outside Abu Dhabi
                                               on the road to Al Ain, is the closest to the
                                               city.
                                           Falconry is an important part of the
    tradition and culture; displays are held at the Breakwater Heritage Village
    overlooking the Corniche. It is operated by the Emirates Heritage Club and gives an
    interesting insight into the way that life used to be. The displays in this attractive
    open museum set out to illustrate traditional aspects of Bedouin life, including
    traditional workshops and craftsmen in action.
   Horse racing is very popular and meetings are held in the evenings during the
    winner. Check out the website www.emiratesracing.com for the calendar. Remember
    there is not betting but there are great prizes to be won.
   The Bateen Dhow Yard builds traditional boats for racing and trading. An early
    evening visit will guarantee some great photographic opportunities and possibly a
    chat with some of the boat builders.
   Gold is a big part of Arabian tradition. Check out what is left at the old Central
    Market (which is currently being revamped) on Hamdan Street; an old traditional
    souk, and the Madinet Zayed Shopping Centre and Gold Souk (02 631 8555) to
    where most of the traders from the central market are relocating.
   Although not open to the public, the Qasr Al Hosn on Sheikh Zayed First Street is
                                                   a typical Arabian fort, and is Abu
                                                   Dhabi’s oldest building dating back
                                                   to 1793.
                                                   The Cultural Foundation (02 621
                                                    5300 / www.cultural.org.ae/e) on
                                                    Sheikh Zayed First Street is Abu
                                                    Dhabi’s thriving community arts
                                                    centre, located in the grounds of
                                                    the Old Fort and is home to the
                                                    National Archives, the National
                                                    Library and the Institution of
                                                    Culture and Arts. Exhibitions,
    lectures and concerts are held regularly. Entrance fee is just 3 AED.


Abu Dhabi Has Development

   Abu Dhabi is a rapidly developing city hot on the heels of its frenetic neighbor,
    Dubai. There are many exciting projects under development, and here are just a few
                                          of them.
                                        Beginning at the airport, the terminal buildings
                                         are being upgraded and a second runaway is
                                         being constructed to accommodate the new
                                         Airbus A380, to allow for increased tourist
                                         and business travelers. The UAE wants to
                                         attract business to the area, and so
    the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center is being constructed complete
    with a landmark skyscraper, a huge exhibition space, hotels and retail facilities.
   Soon to be one of Abu Dhabi’s largest tourist attractions, development is busy on
    Lulu (www.sorouh.com ), a man made island situated next to the breakwater facing
    the Corniche. There will be hotels, restaurants, gardens, an aquarium, museum and
    wildlife reserve.
   The Corniche Redevelopment Program has been a major project to revamp the
    waterfront area. It is a very attractive part of town; great for walkers and cyclists.
    There are also a number of public parks.
   Shopping is big in Abu Dhabi – the second phase of Marina Mall should now have
    been completed, that includes a snow dome, ice rink, bowling alley and the new
    Marina Village, an exclusive residential area. The Khalidiya Mall
    (www.emkegroup.com) will spread across 80000 sq meters designed in a distinctive
    Islamic architectural style, including an atrium, a summer garden, fountains, cafes
    and food court. The Market (www.aldar.com) promises to become a major landmark,
    a transformation of Abu Dhabi’s central souk area, on Hamdan Street, into a
    modern development of apartments, an Arabian style souk, restaurants, office
    space and a mosque.
                                  The beach locations outside of the city are also
                                   being developed. First there is the new Raha Resort
                                   comprising of townhouses, villas, schools, an
                                   equestrian club, a fitness club, a hotel, retail outlets
                                   and restaurants. Second, The Gate located near
                                   Zayed Sports City will be split into landside and
                                   waterside areas, comprising of a new 5 star hotel,
                                   service apartments, a mall, a beach club and an
                                   adventure water world! And the Al Gurm Resort and
    Spa (www.algurnresort.com) is under construction among the mangroves off the
    Coast Road, an eco-friendly development of luxury villas, signature island villas and
    private beach.
   Saadiyat Island is located 500m off the coast of Abu Dhabi and is a huge
    residential, business, cultural and leisure development. There will be two
    championship golf courses, 12km of beaches and a luxury marina. A staggering 29
    hotels, 8000 villas and 38000 apartments have been scheduled to be built.
   The Zayed Sports City is to be expanded to include an Olympic sized swimming pool
    in a hope to bid for future Asian Games.


Abu Dhabi and UAE Have a Supreme Council

                              H. H. The President, SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL
                              NAHYAN

                               President of the UAE
   The Supreme Council of Rulers is the highest authority in the UAE, comprising the
    hereditary rulers of the seven emirates. Since the country is governed by
    hereditary rule, there is little distinction between the royal families and the
    government
   The Supreme Council is responsible for general policy matters involving education,
    defense, foreign affairs, communications and development, and for ratifying federal
    laws.



                              H. H. General, SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL
Abu Dhabi is Relaxed MAKTOUM

                            Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai
 Abu Dhabi is 4 hours ahead of Universal Co-ordinated Time of the Greenwich
                            Defense Minister of the UAE
  Meridian in London. There is no summer saving time like in western countries so
  during the period from April to October the time difference is just 3 hours.
 Social hours were once very Mediterranean in style; an early start, an afternoon
  siesta, a return to work and a late meal. This traditional style struggles to preserve
  in more quieter part of the city and the country, but as Abu Dhabi leaps forward in
  its commercial development, working hours are becoming more westernized.
 The working week spans from Sunday until Thursday. Friday is a day of rest and
  worship. Everywhere is generally open (banks until midday) on a Saturday.
 Shops tend to open at about 10am (cafes and supermarkets earlier) unless it is
  Friday when they open at lunchtime. Closing time can be as late as midnight. Despite
  more western working hours, locals and expatriates alike love to shop and socialize
  until late. During Ramadan shops and restaurants are open until about 1am!
 The attitude to time, especially in business, is often very different from the ‘time is
  money’ approach in other parts of the world. Locals like to take their time, and
  business is not usually discussed until the third meeting. Times are changing though.


Abu Dhabi is a Working City

 You have no doubt seen the glossy holiday
  brochures and the tempting travel
  programmes cascading dazzling images of
  Abu Dhabi and the UAE and indeed it is all
  here from the fancy international hotels
  to the exclusive spa resorts in the desert.
 But please be aware that your own working
  and living location may not be in these
  areas. Abu Dhabi is very much of a
  working city; there are many business
  areas and residential communities that you
  will not see in the brochures and the programmes. Generally Abu Dhabi is a clean and
  well maintained city, but like any city it has its fair share of boring and unkempt
  areas.


Abu Dhabi has a Currency

 The currency is the UAE dirham which is written as AED or Dhs. Each dirham is
  divided into 100 fils. Check www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates. Notes are
  1000 AED, 500 AED, 200 AED, 100 AED, 50 AED, 20 AED, 10 AED and 5 AED. Coins
  are 1 AED, 50 fils, 25 fils and 10 fils. Please note that supermarket pricing does not
  match the coins available, so sometimes you will gain a few fils, others times you may
  not.
 It is recommended to have low denomination notes for taxis and coins for parking.
 There are currency exchange houses all over Abu Dhabi. Rates are published daily in
  the financial section of newspapers. Exchange houses often give better rates than
  banks, and work longer hours.
 If you have Cirrus, Maestro or Plus cards, you may use them to withdraw money from
  your account back home, using an ATM machine with a matching sign, but there will
  be a charge.
 To open a bank account you must have a residential visa. There are stiff penalties
  for going into the red. You can use western credit cards or apply
  for a local one.




Abu Dhabi is Safe and Secure

 Abu Dhabi is a safe and secure city as long as you adopt all necessary precautions
  that you would back home.
 Female western expatriates will be safe here but you may be stared at and
  sometimes followed. It is something you have to get used to. There are many
  workers here without their families, and western women are something different for
  them. Young male Arabs will like to look too. Sooner or later you will rarely notice it.
 Avoid traveling alone at night or to remote locations. Keep a check on your valuables.
 Crime does happen but it is not as frequent as in western countries.
 Women face relatively little discrimination and, contrary to the policies of
  neighboring countries, are able to drive and walk around unescorted.


Abu Dhabi Has Public Transport

 Cars and roads dominate the transport system in a city that is relatively easy to
                                          navigate, although public transport is rare
                                          and limited.
                                           The road system is built on a grid system
                                            running from a central T, that is formed
                                            by the corniche which runs along the end
                                            of the island furthest away from the
                                            mainland, and the Airport Road which runs
                                            the length of the island. Roads parallel to
                                            the corniche have odd numbers (the
                                            corniche is 1st Street) and roads running
                                            vertically have even numbers (Airport Road
      nd              th          th
  is 2 Street, with 4 Street, 6 Street, etc. leading off to the east, and 24th
  Street, 26th Street, etc. to the west).
 Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful and by far the most common method of
  getting around. The more up market Al Ghazal or NTC taxis must be booked by
  phone (02 444 7787 / 02 622 3300), but individually registered taxis can be flagged
  down at the roadside. Most taxis are metered but some drivers prefer to negotiate
  the fare, particularly after midnight.
 The Abu Dhabi Municipality operates bus routes all over the emirate, as well as in
  the city. The system is being improved by adding more routes. Fares can be as little
  as 1 AED for travel within the capital. Call Abu Dhabi Transport on 02 443 1500 for
  more information.
 There is a rapid bus link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A taxi fare between the
  emirates is set at 300 AED, although you can catch an illegal mini bus and barter the
  price down!
 Cycling and walking are less popular. People prefer their cars and for half of the
  year it is too hot! There are cycle ways on the corniche, a great place to walk too.
  There are pavements and crossing points particularly at traffic lights. Pedestrians
  must take care; there are many zebra crossings without lights; cars will not stop.
                                       There are car rental agencies – Abu Dhabi
                                        Rent a Car (02 644 3770), Avis Rent a Car (02
                                        575 7180), Budget Rent a Car (02 633 4200),
                                        Diamond Lease (02 622 2028), Europcar (02
                                        626 1441), Hertz Rent a Car (02 672 0060),
                                        Thrifty (02 575 7400).
                                        Just take very good care if you drive yourself.
                                          Traffic jams are not too bad in Abu Dhabi and
                                          there is a reasonably good flow on the roads.
                                          The 4 way traffic light intersections are a bit
                                          of a bind but you soon learn to be patient.
                                          However, driver discipline leaves a lot to be
  desired. There is a massive conflict of driver ability and attitude on the roads
  reflecting the many nationalities in the city. Drivers will undertake, change lanes
  without indicating, tail gate, middle lane driver, speed excessively, but in without an
  acknowledgement, swerve across lanes; it will astound you and then really annoy you,
  but please contain your frustration. You will see some dramatic accidents! Smile and
  wave instead!
Abu Dhabi Has Heat!

 Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical and arid climate; sunny skies and high temperature can
  be expected throughout most of the year. You only need light clothing.
 Abu Dhabi has 2 distinct seasons, summer and winter. There is a much longer
  summertime than in other parts of the world. Summer peaks in July and August when
  temperatures can reach as high as 48C or 120F. Humidity levels can be very high too.
 Most buildings are air-conditioned and you feel the heat only when you step outside.
  In winter, temperatures of 14C are not uncommon at night. Mid-November to mid-
  March is the best time of the year. Morning sea fog is common during this time of
  the year, as are frequent sandstorms. Take a light sweater or coat for the winter
  mornings.
 Rain has been known to fall but you would have to be very alert to catch it. You can
  enjoy some spectacular lightening displays.


Abu Dhabi Has Activity

                            Visitors to Abu Dhabi will be pleasantly surprised by the
                             wide variety of sports and activities available; from the
                             wonderfully indulgent to the adrenalin fuelled. Obviously
                             winter (October to March) is the best time to enjoy
                             outdoor activities, whether its mainstream such as golf,
                             rugby and tennis or more extreme pursuits such as
                             caving, mountain biking, rock climbing and skydiving.
                            People do venture outside in the summer, but there are
                             also many indoor activities, and most hotels have
                             excellent gym facilities.
 The coastal location, ideal climate and warm waters offer a wide range of tantalizing
  water sports. The Blue Dolphin Company at the Intercontinental runs organised half
  day excursions for 350 AED per person (02 666 9392). A great snorkeling location is
  at Snoopy Island near the Sandy Beach Hotel in Dibba on the east coast; but this is
  a long drive from Abu Dhabi. Closer to home you can parasail, wake
  board, water ski and jet ski. There is also kayaking, kite surfing,
                         windsurfing and surfing, although the waves are not fantastic!
                       Diving is a popular sport; there are many wrecks to explore
                        and marine life to experience, like clownfish, sea horses, small
                        sharks, sting rays, moray eels and barracuda. There are plenty
                        of dive companies such as Abu Dhabi Sub Aqua Club (02 673
                        1111 / www.abydhabisubaqua.com), Al Jazira Dive Centre (02
                        562 9100 / www.goldentulipaljazira.com) and Golden Boats (02
                        666 9119). If you are a certified diver you will need to present
  your divers certificate.
 The unique desert, wadi and mountainous terrain offer many exciting and crazy
  activities like dune buggying, wadi bashing, quad biking and off
  roading. If you are suitably experienced and equipped you can do
  this yourself but for the novices there are a number of tour
  operators who offer tailored trips such as Arabian Adventures
  (02 691 1711 / www.arabian-adventures.com ), Emirates Holidays
  (02 691 1722 / www.emirates-holidays.com), Sunshine Tours (02
    444 9914) and Thomas Cook (02 672 7500 / www.tcart-me.com). If you buy or hire a
    4 wheel drive it is worth investing in a copy of the ‘UAE Off Road Explorer’. Another
    unique activity is canoeing at the Khor Kalba Nature Reserve on the UAE’s east
    coast, where you can experience native bird and marine life. Tours are available from
    Desert Rangers (based in Dubai, 04 340 2408 / www.desertrangers.com).
 Abu Dhabi plays host to numerous monthly and annual tournaments. January sees the
  Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and just over an hour away the Dubai Desert Classic at
  the Emirates Golf Club. The Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club (02 445 9600 /
  www.adec-web.com) only has 9 holes but offers different tees for the back nine. It
  also has the longest par 5 in the Gulf at 630 yards. Green fees for visitors range
  from 140 AED for none holes to 230 AED for 18. Located 30 minutes from the city,
  the Abu Dhabi Golf Club by Sheraton (02 558 8990 / www.adgolfsheraton.com)
  boasts two 18 hole courses and a floodlit 9 hole course, not to mention a pool, spa,
  restaurants and tennis courts. And the Al Ghazal Golf Club (02 575 8040 /
  www.alghazalgolf.ae) close to the airport, is an 18 hole sand golf course with a driving
  range and a licensed clubhouse.
 If you want to just hang out, there are many beautiful parks and beaches. And if
  chatting over a coffee is your way of relaxing, there are cafes everywhere. There
  are Starbucks, Costa’s, Dunkin Donuts, too numerous to mention!




              Abu Dubai Has Hotels


               Abu Dhabi offers a wide range of hotels from the inspiring and
                luxurious to the budget serviced apartments and youth hostels,
    but be warned the city does not really cater for the budget traveler.
   Here are a few examples. Al Raha Beach Hotel (02 508 0555 / www.ncth.com) has a
    great beach location and has a health club and spa, indoor and outdoor pools, gym,
    squash clubs and water sports. The Beach Rotana Hotels and Towers (02 644 3000
    / www.rotana.com) in the city has a private beach and a conference centre. The
    Hilton International Abu Dhabi (02 681 1900 / www.hilton.com) has a private beach
    and pool. Le Meridien Abu Dhabi (02 644 6666 / www.lemeridien-abudhabi.com)
    offers the same plus 15 food and beverage outlets and a great spa. And saving the
    best to the last, well the most opulent, the Emirates Palace (02 690 9000 /
    www.emiratespalace.com) represents the ultimate in luxury and style. It has a
    private beach, great swimming pools, spas, tennis and squash courts; exotic retail
    outlets all set within superlative décor and landscaped gardens.
   Most of the nightlife and a lot of activities are centered around the hotels, where
    you will find restaurants, Friday brunches, bars, spas, gyms and clubs.
Abu Dhabi Has Restaurants


                                  Cosmopolitan and bustling, Abu Dhabi has an excellent
                                   and ever-increasing variety of restaurants for you to
                                   soak up the Arabic atmosphere or dine in familiar
                                   surroundings. Most of Abu Dhabi’s popular
                                   restaurants are in hotels and these are pretty much
                                   the only outlets that can serve alcohol with your meal.
    The taxes levied on alcohol translate into fairly high prices. You will rarely find a
    bottle of house wine for less than 90 AED, and a beer can cost as much as 30 AED.
   For local cuisine try the ‘Al Safina Dhow Restaurant’ (02 681 6085) at the
    Breakwater, a permanently moored boat offering great fish and lamb dishes and
    superlative views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. There is the ‘Al Mawal’ (02 681 2773) at
    the Hilton International offering an exhaustive Arabic menu and belly dancing! The
    ‘Lebanese Flower’ (02 666 6888 / Nr Choithram, Khalidiya) has impeccable service
    and a great range of grilled fish and meats. The ‘Al Aris Restaurant and Grill’ (02
    645 5503) on Salam Street offers good standard Arabic fayre with a quick service,
    a great place for a snack.
   Indian restaurants are everywhere. The licensed ‘Casa Goa’ (02 627 7701) in the
    Zakher Hotel sells very cold beers to douse the very hot curries on offer! Generous
    portions of North Indian cuisine are available at the ‘India Palace’ (02 644 8777)
    opposite the ADNOC petrol station on Al Salam Street. Opposite Blue Marine on
    the same street you will find “Kwality’ (02 672 7337). Rock bottom prices and a
    great takeaway menu can be found at ‘Nihal Restaurant (02 631 8088) near Sands
    Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Second Street. The ‘Maharaja’ is a little more up market set
    in impeccable surroundings at the Le Meridien (02 644 6666).
   And there is Chinese too! ‘Panda Panda Chinese Restaurant’ (02 633 9300) on Al
    Istiqlal Street is a but pricey but has enormous portions! Share a rice dish instead
    of ordering two!! Try the ‘Restaurant China’ (02 632 5661) at the Novotel Center
    Hotel. Or the ‘Bam Bu!’ (02 645 6373) at the Abu Dhabi Marina offers a set menu
    for 99 AED.
   Tex Mex is very popular. ‘The Alamo’ (02 644 0300) at Abu Dhabi Marina, ‘El
    Sombrero’ (02 677 3333) at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort and Towers and
    ‘Chilli’s’ (02 671 6300) at the Grand Al Mariah Cineplex.
   There are many other nationalities represented on the dining scene. Mongolian –
    ‘The Coconut Bay’ (02 681 1900 / Hiltonia Beach Club), Italian - ‘Amalfi’ (02 674
    2020 / Le Royal Meridien), Moroccan - ‘Marakesh’ (02 626 2700 / Millennium
    Hotel), Japanese – ‘Soba’ (02 674 2020 / Le Royal Meridien), French – Le Bistro (02
    644 6666 / Le Meridien). There are many more, too numerous to mention.
   Why not try a dinner cruise for a special occasion. The ‘Shuja Yacht’ (02 695 0539)
    opposite Marina Mall gives you a two hour cruise with a menu of fresh seafood, lamb
    and chicken dishes. The more traditional ‘Al Dhafra’ Dhow (02 673 2266) offers
    dinner cruises along the Corniche and menu of exquisite Arabic fayre.
   There are many great eating places throughout the city not necessarily associated
    with the hotels. Some of them may be unlicensed but offer good food, impeccable
    service, large portions and a reasonable price. Most of them will home deliver too so
    collect a menu when you eat out.
   You will also find all of the popular restaurant and fast food
    chains in Abu Dhabi – Pizza Hut, MacDonald’s, KFC, Hardees,
    Burger King and more. Prices are about two thirds of what you
    would pay in the UK. A typical McDonald’s meal ranges from 14-16
    AED. Menus will differ; sadly at KFC you cannot buy a Chicken
    Tower Burger!


Abu Dhabi Has Bars


 You will amazed by the number and range of bars and pubs in Abu Dhabi. Let’s begin
  with the finest, the ‘Havana Club’ (02 690 8021) at the Emirates Palace, a typical ‘old
  boy’s club’ exclusive bar where one can relax in an opulent ambience with a vintage
  brandy and a Havana cigar! And at the opposite end of the spectrum why not an
  evening at the ‘Harvester’s Pub’ (02 633 5335) at the Al Diar Sands Hotel, a smoky
  basement bar, the epitome of a ‘working man’s club, complete with live
  entertainment, four busy dartboards, and good old English fayre, like bangers and
  mash and chip butties! A good place for a little male bonding and the homesick Brit
  expatriate!
 And there are many places in between. The city’s best sports bar is ‘Heroes Diner’
  (02 621 0000) with big screen tellies and great table service for both
  drinks and food. There is also Ladies Night, Quiz Night and Dance Night.
  For the Irish there is ‘P.J.O’Reillys (02 695 0515) with great food and good prices,
  big screens and a lively atmosphere. Overlooking the gardens and located in the
  Culinary Village of the Le Meridien, the ‘Captain’s Arms’ (02 644 6666) offers a
  British style drinking and eating venue.
 Every hotel will have some sort of bar. You need to check them out. For the
  nocturnal energetics there are also a number of nightclubs. There is the Roman style
  ‘Colosseum’ (02 644 0300) at the Abu Dhabi Marina for the young and hip for the
  latest R&B and pop fusion beats belted out by capable DJs. Drinks are reasonable
  and ladies get in for free. After 10pm try the ‘L.A.B.’ (02 644 3000) at the Beach
  Rotana Hotel and Towers, a very futuristic nightspot with strong and expensive
  cocktails!
 The atmosphere is always very good; everyone is happy and in good spirits, and
  generally all drinking venues are safe places in which to socialize. There will be rowdy
  behaviour within male groups and fights can happen.
 When leaving a bar contain your intoxicated behaviour on the street or in a taxi.
  Public displays of loud singing and shouting under the influence of alcohol are not
  tolerated. And definitely do not attempt to drive; there is zero tolerance for drink
  driving in the UAE, and if caught you will be imprisoned and worse!
                            You will need a liquor license to buy alcohol for home
                              consumption. It is not very difficult to get the license. The
                              license will take between a fortnight and a month to be
                              processed, after the application has been submitted. It
                              costs AED 150, and is valid for 1 year. This can be done only
                              after the residence visa is stamped in your passport. It is
                              illegal to drink alcohol at home without a liquor license.
                              There are a number of legal alcohol outlets throughout Abu
                              Dhabi usually beside the major supermarkets. There are also
                              tax-free outlets in Ajman and Umm Al Quain, but these are
    a very long drive from Abu Dhabi. These are much cheaper but to return to Dubai
    you must pass through Sharjah, a dry emirate, and even if you have a license it is
    illegal to transport it through this part of the country. Please take care.


Abu Dhabi Has Concerts


   Abu Dhabi is becoming a popular venue for singers and bands.
    Just recently the Emirates Palace hosted a ‘Justin Timberlake’
    concert, and during 2008 there will be one featuring ‘Elton
    John’.
Abu Dhabi Has Shops


 Abu Dhabi is a shopping destination of choice for bargain hunters, collectors,
  souvenir seekers and shopaholics alike. Not only will you find a huge selection of
  mainstream items, authentic antiques and some unusual discoveries, at all excellent
  prices, but with shops staying open late into the evenings you can really shop at
  leisure.
 If you are after a more authentic Arabian shopping experience head for the
                                 traditional markets or souks, a great bustling and
                                 traditional atmosphere offering unique photographic
                                 opportunities. The area is best known for its gold,
                                 carpets, pashminas, shisha pipes ands spices. The
                                 more traditional areas expect you to haggle over a
                                 price. Offer the seller half of what he is asking; it
                                 will not offend, and you will reach a good price for
                                 both parties. The Carpet Souk is on Al Meena Road,
    the Fish and Fruit & Vegetable Souk is in Al Meena and the Iranian Souk is near the
    Fish Market.
 There are more modern shopping experiences too. The Abu Dhabi Mall (02 645 4858
  / www.abudhabimall.com) has over 200 retail outlets and a huge multi-screen cinema
  complex. The Marina Mall (02 681 8300 / www.marinamall.ae) at the Breakwater is
  the city’s largest mall with IKEA, a snow park, bowling alley and a great range of
  Western retail outlets. Marks and Spencer’s can be found at the Fotouh Al Khair
  Centre (02 621 1133) near the Etisalat Building. Clothing, shoes and sports equipment
  are best bought at the Hamdan Centre (02 632 8555) near the Novotel Centre
  Hotel. Others include the Khalifa Centre near Abu Dhabi Co-op, Liwa Centre (02 632
  0344) near the Novotel Centre Hotel, for jewellery, clothes and perfume, Lulu Cente
  (02 677 9786) on Al Salam Street, for just about everything, and the Rotana Mall on
  the Corniche for antiques, carpets and handicrafts.


Abu Dhabi Has Groceries

   Shopping for food can be expensive if you are tempted by imported western brands,
    particularly the Muller yoghurts (8 AED), the frozen fish (up to 70 AED) and the
    frozen deserts (up to 40 AED). There is a wide range of food and drinks and the
    more local you buy the further your money will go. Water and drinks are particularly
    cheap, at 1 AED a bottle or can. Imported fruits and vegetables are criminally
    expensive. Watch out for the Dutch tomatoes and the apples from the USA.
   There are a few supermarket chains. Carrefour is a French outlet based in the
    Marina Mall and along Mussafah Road a few kms from the city, offering local and
    western brand names, a great place for basic bulk shopping. They have seasonal
    themes during the year relating to the outdoors, Ramadan and tableware. Spinney’s
    is located in the Khalidiya area and is well known for catering for more western
                                            expatriate tastes selling many Waitrose
                                            imports. The bakeries are better here.
                                            Remember to weigh and price your fruit and
                                            vegetables before you go the check out. Find
                                            out more at www.spinneys.co.ae. At this
                                            branch there is a book and magazine section,
                                            hairdressers, barbers, picture framing shop, a
                                            DVD and CD store and a pharmacy.
                                       Remember to use your blue Air Miles card at
    Spinneys, where you can also buy parking and mobile cards.
   Other supermarkets include ‘Al Ahlia Prisunic’, a huge one
    in the Khalidiya area on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, the
    Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society at Abu Dhabi Mall, The
    Mina Center at Port Zayed and one in Al Bateen.
   Service is very good in the supermarkets. There are attendants who will pack your
    groceries and wheel out your cart to the car park. Nice to give them a few coins!


Abu Dhabi Has Greenery

                                      If you were expecting to be living in a sea of sand
                                         dunes, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Abu
                                         Dhabi is a green city, both environmentally
                                         conscious and with wonderful parks and gardens.
                                         Roads and central reservations are lined with
                                         palm trees and beds of exotic flora tended by an
                                         army of hidden sprinklers. The municipality has
                                         done its best to develop a very pleasant and
                                         attractive community managed by a huge team of
    gardeners and garbage collectors. Beyond the city limits, the scene changes
    dramatically and you will certainly see sand dunes surrounded by more sand dunes!!
 The city’s most notable parks are the Corniche and Sheikh Khalifa Park. The latter is
  one of the city’s newest parks; the gardens have an international flavour and are set
  amid canals, fountains, lakes and waterfalls. There are play areas for children and
  picnic spots, making this a popular place to get some fresh air, play a spot of Frisbee
  or cricket in the open spaces or just relax with an ice cream and watch the world go
  by.


Abu Dhabi Has Weekends Away

   Try to get out of Abu Dubai for a weekend. There are many interesting places to
    explore throughout the emirates even for a day trip.
   Dubai is just one and a half hours away by car. Enjoy old Dubai with visits to the
    Gold Souk, Bastakiya and Dubai Museum. Take a ride on an abra (50 fils for one
    crossing or 50 AED for a private hire for an hour), then head for the striking
    modern malls.
   Al Ain is one hour and a half away inland nestled against the Hajar Mountains, an
    oasis city full of history from the 4000 year old tombs at Hilli to the 175 year old
    Al Nahyan fort and UAE’s only remaining traditional camel market.
   The Liwa Oasis will take 5 hours for spectacular sand dunes, scattered villages and
    the vast emptiness of the awe inspiring Empty Quarter.
   Strike out for the east coast and Fujairah and Dibba, a great location for
    snorkeling, diving and wadi bashing. Try the hot pools in Hatta and lunch at the
    Hatta Fort Hotel. There is also a heritage village.
   There are also opportunities to take organised tours for desert, mountain and
    overnight safaris.
   Whenever you are camping or driving through remote locations by yourself, please
    ensure you have sufficient water, petrol, supplies and you are able to navigate and
    contact emergency services.


Abu Dhabi goes on Holiday

   There are many long school vacations and public holidays that recognise key Islamic
    or historical events like the Prophets Birthday and National Day.
   Most British / American / International schools work a standard three term
    academic year with breaks over Christmas, Easter and summer and enjoy the
    benefits of the extra national holidays. But watch out some schools work over
    Christmas (it is just another working day) and have a long mid year break in late
    January / early February.
   The UAE allows the celebrations of all western and eastern events. During
    Christmas there is more of a festive atmosphere than in the UK with music playing
    in shops, malls festooned with decorations, Christmas fayre and decorations on sale,
    big Christmas trees everywhere, Santa grottos for the kids, ice rinks and Christmas
    stalls.
   Abu Dhabi represents an excellent stepping stone to so many Near East (Jordan,
    Syria, Cyprus), Middle East (Oman, Bahrain), Far East (Sri Lanka, India, Thailand)
                            and African (Kenya, Egypt) locations. And of course the
                            Maldives and the Seychelles are so much closer. There are
                            many travel agents and an increasing number of low cost
                            airlines like Al Jazeera and Air Arabia. Abu Dhabi is home
                            to their new airline and travel company ‘Etihad’
                            (www.etihadairways.com).


                         Abu Dhabi Has Annual Events

                               Throughout the year the UAE hosts a number of well
                                established annual events. Here are a selection for your
                                social calendar in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
                               Dubai Marathon (Jan / World Trade Center / 050 584
                                5998)
                               Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (Jan /
                                www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com)
   Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament (Feb / Emirates Golf Club / 04 397 6161 /
    www.dubaidesertclassic.com)
   Dubai Tennis Championship (Feb / Mar / Aviation Club Garhoud / 04 3166966)
   Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival (Feb / Mar / Dubai Media City /
    www.dubaijazzfest.com )
   Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival (Mar)
   Abu Dhabi Powerboat Racing (Mar / www.adimsc.ae)
   Dubai Desert Rock Festival (Mar / Dubai Country Club / www.csmentertains.co )
   Dubai World Cup (Mar / Nad Al Sheba / 04
    332 2277)
   Dubai Camel Racing (Mar / Apr / Nad Al
    Sheba)
   Abu Dhabi Dhow Racing (May/Jun & Jan/Feb                                        /
    www.emirates-heritageclub.com)
   Dubai Beer Festival (would you believe?)
    (August / Irish Village Garhoud)
   Dubai Airshow (Nov / Dubai International Airport / www.fairs-exhibs.com)
   UAE Desert Challenge (motor sport) (Nov / www.uaedesertchallenge.com)
   Al Ain Air Show (Nov / www.alainaerobaticshow.com)
   Dubai Rugby 7’s (Nov / Dec /change of location / www.dubairugby7s.com)
   Dubai Film Festival (Dec / Medinat Jumeriah – www.dubaifilmfest.com)
   As you can see most of these events are held in the winter during the cooler months


Abu Dhabi is a Well Serviced City

 One of the main dangers of living in Abu Dhabi is putting on weight. You can
  practically do everything without leaving your armchair or car seat. Local shops will
  deliver, even just a mobile card, the laundry will collect and deliver, all the local
  restaurants offer home delivery services. There are even drive through restaurants,
  ATM machines and pharmacies.
 Petrol stations are amazing places. Petrol pump attendants will fill your tank and
  clean your windows. You can service your car, change your tyres and check the air-
  conditioning. For between 30 – 35 AED you can have your car hand washed and
  cleaned inside.
 And everyone serves with a smile. These people earn very low salaries but always go
    out of their way to be polite and helpful. Tipping is not expected but it is not an
    unreasonable expectation to offer between 5% and 10%, or just a few coins for the
    petrol pump attendant who works all day in the sun.
Abu Dhabi Does Not Do Drugs

 If you are bringing in any medication, please ensure that you carry a prescription
  with you. There are many drugs that are restricted unless they have been
  specifically prescribed. It is highly recommended to contact your local UAE embassy
  before leaving your home country.
 Narcotics and other recreational drugs are banned in the UAE and there are
  very strong deterrents, including the death penalty for those convicted of being
  drug dealers. Be wary of packages handed to you by others


Abu Dhabi Has Cars!

   If you like cars you have come to the right place. Cars are much cheaper here than
    in the western world. Where can you buy a brand new 4.6 liter 8 cylinder Ford
    Mustang for just 20000 GBP and fill it for just 70 AED? Many car showrooms offer
    4 year credit schemes.
   If you are a bit of an environmentalist you will hate Abu Dubai! Locals and
    expatriates like their cars big and powerful. Indeed there are many Japanese cars
    around that are economical to run and repair, but many of us relish the opportunity
    to drive something a little different!
   You will notice many, many 4 wheel drives on the road; they are a little monotonous
    but families like them for their capacity and security; I doubt many of them have
    actually been off-road! There is a little social status attached to them (but I can’t
    see how, as they are so common); we have a little ‘mine is bigger than
    yours’ mentality in Abu Dhabi! Unfortunately you can be judged by the car
    you drive; I would not worry too much about this sad and pretentious side
    of Abu Dhabi expatriate life!
   As I have written previously, just take care when driving on Abu Dhabi roads.
    Within the city you should be fine but remain alert, check your mirrors and blind
    spots and expect the unexpected, and if you are cut up, please contain your anger
    and frustration. Out on the open road it becomes a bit of a free for all. Speed
    limits are 120 km/h and cameras are set at 160 km/h (this drops entering Dubai –
    keep to the speed limit) and you will witness some very fast and crazy driving.
    Speeders are notorious on the Abu Dhabi to Dubai highway. And if you do venture
    out into the desert for a bit of dune bashing, please make sure you know what you
    are doing and don’t get stuck in the sand far way from civilization unable to get
    help! Pick up a copy of the ‘UAE Off-Road Explorer’.


Driving License
 If you have a valid driving license from Turkey, Iran, South Korea, North
  America, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, one of the GCC
  countries or one of the European Union countries, you may transfer it and get
  one from the UAE without having to do a test.
 This can be done only after the residence visa is stamped in your passport.
 If you are from any other country, you must pass the UAE driving test
  before driving in this country. An International Driving License is valid only
  until the Residence Visa is stamped in your passport.
 Once you have a visa you may no longer use your international driving license
 When you drive always carry your driving license



Abu Dhabi Has Housemaids

                        You are allowed to sponsor a housemaid provided she is not
                         related to you. It is almost impossible to bring in a man for
                         this position, unless he is employed as a driver.
                        The minimum salary is 800 AED a month, although most
                          westerners tend to pay up to 1500 AED and pay extra for
                          evening baby sitting. Expatriates tend to be more generous.
  A fee of 5000 AED is payable to the government for visa processing and
  sponsorship. This is an annual payment and non-refundable.
 You are personally responsible for the conduct of anyone you sponsor.
 There are companies that provide maid services. This is a legal service. They charge
  around 25 AED per hour for cleaning, ironing, party catering or baby sitting services.
 It is illegal to employ part time maids who are on their own visa.
 House maids are entitled to at least one day off a week, usually Friday.
  The employer provides accommodation and food and an annual flight
  home.
 Some people may find the concept of having a housemaid difficult to accept. It is up
  to you if you employ a full time home help or book one on a weekly basis or not at all.
  But please note that this is a major job opportunity and source of income for many
  women from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, India and the Philippines where
  their situation has become quite desperate in their home countries. They rely on this
  type of work, and the salary earned in the Middle East is a lot in comparative terms
  and if treated well, they will be loyal and hardworking. They do need guidance and
  some supervision, but, as with any one new in your home, always be cautious.


 Abu Dhabi Has Hospitals

 There are good hospitals in Abu Dhabi, both in the private and in the state sectors.
 Here are some examples. Abu Dhabi Central Hospital (02 631 4666), Ahalia Hospital
  (02 626 7267), Al Manara International Hospital (02 621 8888), Corniche Hospital
  (02 672 4900), Al Noor Hospital (02 626 5265).
   Your employer should supply you with a medical card and a recommendation of which
    clinic or hospital to use. There is no free treatment; everything has to be checked
    by the insurance firms first like in America.
   If you visit a doctor or a hospital you must pay the first 50 AED regardless of the
    treatment. Then most of the subsequent treatments, drugs and follow on
    appointments within 7 days should be covered. There are exceptions, so you must
    then check with your employer.
   If you require an ambulance call 999. This is for the police too, but is 997 for fire.
    It is probably quicker to get a taxi!


Abu Dhabi Has a Religion

 The UAE is an Islamic state but is tolerant of all religions. Other religions do have
  their own places of worship and are left alone by the authorities. It should be noted
  that you must not attempt to convert Muslims to other religions – it is illegal and can
  land you in jail!
                             It is important that you respect Islam. Don’t pass any
                              derogatory remarks about the religion or its followers.
                               Remember that pork products and alcohol are
                               forbidden to Muslims so don’t offer them any.
                            The holy month of Islam is Ramadan, a strict period of
                              fasting, a method of self-purification and self restraint
                              by cutting oneself off from worldly comforts. The precise
    dates cannot be forecast with certainty because it begins only after the crescent
    moon has been sighted. It begins 10 days earlier each year.
 Islam follows the Higra calendar for religious events. This is approximately 11 days
  shorter than the Gregorian calendar and does not take leap years into account.
 During Ramadan, no one of any religion is allowed to eat, drink, smoke or chew in
  public from sunrise to sunset. You may do any or all of these in the privacy of your
  home during the day and in public after sundown. In a place of work there will usually
  be a separate area for non-Muslims to eat and drink. Children are allowed to eat
  even in public. Adults will be arrested and imprisoned if they are caught doing the
  same. Many restaurants in more western areas or free zones are now actually open
  during Ramadan; their doorways and windows are simply covered. Working hours are
  changed during Ramadan; school and business have shorter working hours;
  unfortunately this puts a lot of pressure on the road system as everyone begins and
  finishes work at the same time. Exercise greater caution on the roads nearing dusk;
  drivers are tired and tend to rush home to break their fast. More road accidents
  happen at this time than any other time of the year!
Abu Dhabi Expectations
   Wherever you may come from, one thing that everyone must do, is to arrive in Abu
    Dhabi with an open mind. Regardless of how much research you have conducted, it is
    not quite the same as the real experience itself; landing in the middle of the night,
    far from home, family and friends, not sure who is meeting you, wondering what the
    apartment will be like and where it will be, hoping you will make new friends and
    enjoy working in the school with new colleagues, wondering where the shops are and
    how to buy a mobile, and in general adapt to completely different way of life. But it
    will all fall into place with a little patience and perseverance!
   There will be times when you miss home, wonder why on earth
    you did this, as you begin to experience some of the frustrations
    of living in a non-western country, when a lot of your
    expectations are not met. Culture shock sets in – you are
    frustrated by the red tape, the hot and sticky weather, the
    slow management style, the tomorrow will do attitude. And then
    you will you adapt and wonder what all the fuss is about when
    your hear people moaning and groaning, complaining that it is not
    like this back home. Well, why are you here then? Enjoy it and
    have a great time. There is too much to do.
   And the real unique feature of life in Abu Dhabi is that you can almost live as
    though you were at home balanced nicely with a cultural and local experience. By all
    means do what the westerners do, have a few beers, party, shop and the rest. But
    why not try learning the language; the locals love it when you make an effort. Get to
    know an Arabic family; they are so generous and hospitable. Explore the cultural
    delights throughout the country, the museums, the forts, the heritage villages.
    Surely you have come here for more than a holiday. Of course you are seeking to
    pursue your professional career in a different cultural setting with the challenges
    that it presents, but you must want to find out more about a new region, a new
    culture – surely that is why you came here. Abu Dhabi offers the best of all worlds.
    Enjoy!




Abu Dhabi Author

   Neil Ollier works for ‘Teach Anywhere’ and has been based in Dubai since 2004. He
    has taught in Kuwait for two years and has lived in the UAE for almost four years.
    He has worked with Select Education / Teach Anywhere since 1994 as a consultant,
    business manager, regional manager and currently the Business Development
    Manager for Teach Anywhere Middle East and Africa Division. He and his family
    enjoy a very safe, secure professional and social lifestyle. His son loves it here; he
    goes to a great UK curriculum school and as you can see enjoys a wide range of
    activities.
   Although he professes to know quite a lot about the Middle East (his wife is Arabic,
    so that helps too) through his personal and professional experiences. The
    information that he has put together comprises of a combination of personal
    adventures, factual guide book information, internet help and advice from friends
    and schools in the UAE. He hopes that you will find this document useful but urges
    anyone to conduct their own research first to make sure that a place like Abu Dhabi
    fits their own professional and personal aspirations. Good luck!
 Please note that timings, pricing and information may change. ‘Teach Anywhere’ does
  not take responsibility for the information in this document. It acts only as a guide.

								
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