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The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is willing to consider teachers with spouses and dependent children for their posts. However, teachers must be fully aware of the significant personal and financial implications of these posts before proceeding.

Timing and location

Teachers with families must be prepared to have their families arrive 6 weeks after their own arrival for two very important reasons. Firstly, residency visas for teachers' dependents can only be processed once the teacher is in Abu Dhabi, and these visas can take up to 6 weeks to obtain. Secondly, because all teachers in the programme are not allocated to specific schools until arrival, it will not be possible to arrange international school places ahead of time and therefore the 6 week delay in arrival will enable the teacher to find the most suitable nearby school for their children. Whilst in the past, most teachers with dependent children have been allocated to Al Ain schools where accommodation is more spacious and the lifestyle more family friendly than Abu Dhabi city or rural locations, teachers will not know for certain where they are placed and housed until arrival.

1. Unmarried partners

Because it is illegal for unmarried couples to live together in the UAE, teachers with unmarried partners will not be considered for these posts.

2. Married partners

ADEC will consider teachers who have married partners. Married partners will be entitled to flights and to live in the housing provided by ADEC for their teachers.

3. Dependent children

ADEC will consider teachers with dependent children under the age of 18. Up to 2 accompanying dependent children will be entitled to flights and to live in the housing provided by ADEC for their teachers. Expatriate children are not eligible to attend state schools in Abu Dhabi, so teachers with dependent children must put their children into international schools. The cost of these schools varies but most teachers should expect to pay between 40,000 - 55,000 AED/annum per child. ADEC is not responsible to help teachers find schooling for their dependent children; therefore the teacher must take full responsibility for research, selection, payment and enrolment of their children into a school of their choice.

4. Pets

The Middle East is not a "pet friendly" location, and the Licensed teacher programme is no exception. ADEC will not consider teachers who have pets.

5. Medical issues

Medical coverage is provided to teachers working in the Licensed teacher programme and this medical coverage includes regular healthcare within the Gulf States as well as emergency coverage worldwide. However, teachers with pre-existing medical conditions may not be covered and so should notify their recruiter for more specific information. In addition, as a condition of residency for all UAE residency visas, tests for Hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis will be undertaken and individuals with these conditions will be deported.