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Mid twenties single girl? Allow myself to introduce myself!

I recently moved out here to work in a GEMS school. Don't worry about transport; taxis are cheap. But bite the bullet and get a car; I did when I arrived.
Meeting people will be easy; most teachers will be in the same boat and to be fair much of the population are in the same boat! I've found people welcoming. And if you're a September starter you'll have a cohort of other newbies to buddy up with.

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Thanks! I will send you a private message as soon as i'm no longer a newbie as I have lots of questions!

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Hi Guys,

Sorry for resurrecting this message after such a long time! I've got an interview for Gems Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis next Monday, and I'm nervous but excited all at the same time! Just wondering whether the people that are actually there could help me by answering a few questions!

I know that the school is quite far out from the centre of Dubai (ie the marina etc) and I'm really worried that i'll get planted in some accommodation in the middle of nowhere with not really being able to get to know anyone! Where have you all been given accommodation? I'm a mid twenties single girl going out there on my own, so being able to meet new people is really important to me! And also, how easy do you find it being able to get into the centre of Dubai?

Also, what is the school like to work in? I've heard the facilities are excellent as its a fairly new school.

Thank you so much for your help in advance!
Hi there. Congratulations on your interview, hope it goes well! The kids at the school are great and lovely to work with!

I'll try to answer some of your questions. Yes, most of the accommodation is definitely not central but it makes up for it in other areas. Really love the flat we were given by the school. We've been housed in areas that allow you to reach the school within 20 minutes and pretty much everyone has at least a few colleagues nearby. From our flat, it takes us less than 15 minutes to the Mall of Emirates, and around 20 to both the Marina and Dubai Mall. So not that bad at all. Silicone Oasis is about 20 away from central Dubai, probably less.

Meeting people will probably the least difficult thing about the entire move - the school os still expanding so there will be lots of people starting with you (and many of them will become your neighbours, too). Everyone has been really welcoming and friendly.

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Hi there. Congratulations on your interview, hope it goes well! The kids at the school are great and lovely to work with!

I'll try to answer some of your questions. Yes, most of the accommodation is definitely not central but it makes up for it in other areas. Really love the flat we were given by the school. We've been housed in areas that allow you to reach the school within 20 minutes and pretty much everyone has at least a few colleagues nearby. From our flat, it takes us less than 15 minutes to the Mall of Emirates, and around 20 to both the Marina and Dubai Mall. So not that bad at all. Silicone Oasis is about 20 away from central Dubai, probably less.

Meeting people will probably the least difficult thing about the entire move - the school os still expanding so there will be lots of people starting with you (and many of them will become your neighbours, too). Everyone has been really welcoming and friendly.

Hope this helps x
Thank you so much for replying, that's massively helpful! When you talk about places such as the Dubai mall being 15 minutes away, are you talking by car? How do you find it being away from all things central, do you feel isolated at all? I'm hoping there will be lots of people like me starting at the same time in the same boat! Did you make the move not knowing anyone? x

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Thank you so much for replying, that's massively helpful! When you talk about places such as the Dubai mall being 15 minutes away, are you talking by car? How do you find it being away from all things central, do you feel isolated at all? I'm hoping there will be lots of people like me starting at the same time in the same boat! Did you make the move not knowing anyone? x
No worries
Yes, the times are all by car or taxi. Unless you live close to a metro station, you'd probably need a car or taxi for most journeys within Dubai anyway, no matter where you live. Most of us are either renting a car, which is cheap, or have bought a car. There are shops nearby all of the areas people are housed in and lots of places deliver.
During the week you'll be so busy with work that it doesn't really matter where in Dubai you live I don't feel isolated here because the travel times into the centre(s) are not too bad.
I came out here with my hubby but we met a lot of our new colleagues at an induction day in London and on the internet - you won't really feel alone and chances are, there will be a few familiar faces on the flight out already.

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Hello! I have just got a job at GEMS dso starting september and am in a similar boat!! I have so many questions and havent found any active threads - well done pantobabe for resurrecting!

I'm moving out alone in September, and am wondering what accomodation awaits me. Orignally I was told in my interview that most teachers live in business bay - executive towers. Is this what I can expect? I'm not sure now, since my contact there has mentioned sports city and motor city as possibilities, but nothing concrete is known until much nearer the time (understandable). Can any current employees help out there? Are the apartments they offer generally pretty good?

How easy is it to live on 10-11k pm level? I know for profit schools obviously pay less, but I recently saw a non profit school offering 17k starting! It's not all about the money obviously, but I want to make sure I can sustain an okay standard of living!

Finally I hear the kids are absolutely great out there, and the new building dso will be adding sounds pretty good too. Are teachers generally well resourced? - I've heard this is an issue in many international schools...

Thanks, and looking forwards to meeting lots of new people!

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Hi Brighton! Congrats on the new job! I never actually went to the DSO interview in the end as I got offered another job at another school in Dubai a couple of days before! I'm moving out there on my own too, and I am on about that salary aswell! Considering accommodation is paid for, that works out at around 1900 a month, which is more than we were being paid at home (well as an Nqt +1 it's more for me but I don't know how many years experience you have!) I'm really excited now that I finally have a job, but nervous too!

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Yep, me too! Scary isn't it? I am really excited though and can't wait to get over there. It's good to know there are people in the same position as myself
Hey, for teaching with GEMS. Did you have a teaching qualification? or just a BA/MA in the relevant subject?

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Hello! I have just got a job at GEMS dso starting september and am in a similar boat!! I have so many questions and havent found any active threads - well done pantobabe for resurrecting!

I'm moving out alone in September, and am wondering what accomodation awaits me. Orignally I was told in my interview that most teachers live in business bay - executive towers. Is this what I can expect? I'm not sure now, since my contact there has mentioned sports city and motor city as possibilities, but nothing concrete is known until much nearer the time (understandable). Can any current employees help out there? Are the apartments they offer generally pretty good?

It depends which Gems school your at. People are spread out but tend to be relatively close to the school. Some teachers are in Sport city others Tecom and Jumeirah lake towers

How easy is it to live on 10-11k pm level? I know for profit schools obviously pay less, but I recently saw a non profit school offering 17k starting! It's not all about the money obviously, but I want to make sure I can sustain an okay standard of living!

You should be fine. Accommodation is the single biggest cost and you have this covered. You should be able to achieve a good standard of living on 10-11k.

Finally I hear the kids are absolutely great out there, and the new building dso will be adding sounds pretty good too. Are teachers generally well resourced? - I've heard this is an issue in many international schools...

Thanks, and looking forwards to meeting lots of new people!

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Hi Brighton!

I'm also from Brighton and moving out there for a Sept start- just been told we'll be living in Silicon Valley too. You're not on your own!
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Hello

We are a family of four and we have been offered jobs at GEMS Royal Dubai. They have indicated that we may be located in Silicon Oasis. Do you know of any families in accommodation there ? Any pictures/locations so I can google them ?

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I'm also from Brighton and moving out there for a Sept start- just been told we'll be living in Silicon Valley too. You're not on your own!

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