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lmace41



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Housing in Abu Dhabi Reply with quote

I can't find anything that gives me an indication of what the housing is like in Abu Dhabi. I am looking into an international school, they provide it but how. Do they have a compound where all the teachers live or do you get to pick?
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mimi_intheworld



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They'll either give you a set amount for monthly rent, or they'll provide housing. It could vary quite a lot, depending on the school's provisions and where this housing is actually located. Do some searching on youtube for videos of some teachers' housing.
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lmace41



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost no teachers live in compounds in the UAE...

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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if they provide housing, then it's just in a regular apt building?
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Pikgitina



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

naturegirl321 wrote:
So if they provide housing, then it's just in a regular apt building?


Almost always, yes. Some teachers are lucky and get villas.

ADVETI teachers live on a compound - but it's not a Saudi-like compound. Pretty nice actually.
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redsnapper



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pikgitina wrote:
naturegirl321 wrote:
So if they provide housing, then it's just in a regular apt building?


Almost always, yes. Some teachers are lucky and get villas.

ADVETI teachers live on a compound - but it's not a Saudi-like compound. Pretty nice actually.


The whole reason for compounds in KSA is because of the restrictions such as drinking and dress. These are not an issue in UAE so the compound is not necessary. The bigger issue is where your housing is located. If its far from your work site you could chew up alot of money in transportation costs.
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Tiger Beer



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Equally, does HOUSING vary with a single teacher versus a teacher that comes with a family?

Are most UAE employers okay with paying more for housing, if a teacher does have a family in tow?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Housing allowance is usually a set amount for all teachers, but there is variance by employer. For instance, in the UAE they normally provide a 2-bedroom flat if there isn't an allowance... to both singles and married. (which is far enough... after all - it is two employees doing the same job - bringing a family is the employee's option) When I was at SQU in Oman, singles got the 2-bdrm villas and marrieds got the 3- bdrm villas on campus. Not sure what they are doing now that most of the teachers are off campus. They preferred to hire married teachers with families, so their policies were family friendly. At KU in Kuwait, it was the same housing allowance, but those with children received a "family allowance" on top of the education allowance for the kids.

So... you would need to confirm with any employer at interview time what their policy is. I doubt that it will be a negotiable thing.

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