Middle East

Teaching in Saudi Arabia

If you’re interested in experiencing true Middle Eastern and Islamic traditions away from the fast paced, commercially driven culture found in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia could be you ideal teaching destination. 

Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East and can offer qualified, licenced teachers the opportunity to earn a generous, tax-free salary and impressive benefits package.

Demand for qualified, English speaking teachers is high in Saudi Arabia, so you can guarantee you’ll have the choice of a  range of positions, anywhere from kindergarten/nursery and primary through to secondary school. 

  • Capital - Riyadh
  • Population - 28.83 million (2013)
  • Currency -  Saudi riyal
  • Religion - Islam 
  • Language - Arabic
  • 9 national holidays per year

Fun facts about Saudi Arabia 

  • Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to the religion’s holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina
  • It is the largest country in the world without a river
  • Riyadh’s camel market is one of the largest in the world and sells about 100 camels per day
  • The kingdom's Ghawar oil field has enough reserves to fill 4,770,897 Olympic swimming pools
  • The kingdom's population is 47% under 24 and 5% over 60

Salary and benefits 

  • Teaching salary in Saudi Arabia typically ranges from $3,000 and $4,000 USD per month, tax-free.
  • The international benefits include free accommodation, return flights, medical insurance and professional development.
  • Teachers in Saudi Arabia have the capacity to save a significant amount of their salary each month owing to such impressive remuneration packages and the low cost of living.

Requirements to teach in Saudi Arabia

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant subject is preferred
  • Teachers must be licenced and/or certified 
  • Typically require 2 years of experience at the appropriate level and in the appropriate subject
  • You must be a fluent English speaker
Working hours in Saudi Arabia

The working week starts on a Sunday and finishes on a Thursday, with Friday's and Saturdays being weekends.

Internal schools tend to run from earlier in the morning to earlier in the afternoon, to make way for extra curricular activities  

About Saudi Arabia – the experience

A culturally rich country made up of ancient cities, desert landscapes and coastal retreats; Saudia Arabia boasts fantastic weather all year round.

Explore the numerous, traditional souks with their small-community feel and tuck into a schwarma or doner kebab, or visit large, impressive shopping malls and pay a visit to McDonalds – whichever lifestyle you prefer, they are both close enough and far enough apart to allow you to lead the life you want to lead in Saudi Arabia.

It is important that you remain respectful of daily customs and adhere to all rules and laws in Saudi Arabia. As home to two of Islam’s most holy cities, Mecca and Medina, tradition is highly valued and strictly followed in this country.

Food in Saudi Arabia

Some of the common food items in Saudi Arabian cuisine include wheat, rice, lamb, chicken, yogurt, potatoes and dates. Shawarma and Falafel are two common dishes which are originally Levantine and Egyptian dishes respectively.