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Teaching in Sharjah: the cultural capital of the UAE

Teaching opportunities in Sharjah: a guide to education opportunities in the UAE cultural capital, a WHO Healthy City.


Welcome to Sharjah, a dynamic emirate on the Arabian Gulf coast that offers a rich blend of culture, history, and modern amenities. Whether you're considering living, teaching, or simply exploring Sharjah, this guide will provide you with valuable insights into various aspects of this fascinating city.


In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover the following key topics:

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Map of the UAE showing Sharjah

Location:

Sharjah is strategically situated on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, sharing borders with Dubai to the south and Ajman to the north. Its proximity to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and major highways makes it easily accessible. Sharjah International Airport is located 10km's from the city centre and affords both local and international travel. Dubai International Airport (DXB) is a further 20km's away and a major gateway for travel. Sharjah offers a mix of urban amenities, skyscrapers and natural beauty, with pristine beaches, desert landscapes, and historical sites within easy reach.


Weather and Climate:

Sharjah experiences a desert climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Summers (May to September) are very hot with temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F), while winters (November to February) are cooler with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F). Rainfall is minimal, making it a sunny destination for outdoor activities.


Safety:

Sharjah is known for its overall safety and low crime rate compared to many other cities globally. The local authorities prioritize public safety, contributing to a secure environment. However, it's essential to be mindful of local customs and norms, especially regarding dress and behaviour in public spaces. Sharjah is a safe place for foreigners, particularly women, to move about and travel.


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Sharjah Mosque in Al Tay

Community:

Sharjah boasts a diverse and welcoming community consisting of locals and expatriates from various backgrounds. The city preserves its cultural heritage while embracing modern influences, offering a harmonious environment for residents. Expatriates often find it relatively easy to integrate into the community through social and cultural activities.


Local Attractions:

Sharjah offers a wealth of attractions catering to different interests:

  • Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization: Explore artifacts spanning over 1,400 years of Islamic history in a beautifully restored traditional souq building. The museum houses a vast collection of Islamic art, manuscripts, textiles, and scientific instruments.

  • Sharjah Art Museum: Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Sharjah at this museum, which showcases contemporary and traditional artworks by local and international artists. The museum also hosts regular exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events.

  • Al Noor Island: Discover a tranquil oasis in the heart of Sharjah at Al Noor Island. Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens featuring interactive art installations and a stunning butterfly house. Cross the iconic butterfly-shaped bridge and enjoy breath taking views of the Khalid Lagoon.

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Al Noor island with Sharjah skyline in the background
  • Mleiha Archaeological Centre: Embark on a journey through time at Mleiha Archaeological Centre, where you can explore ancient burial sites, fossils, and artifacts dating back thousands of years. Join guided tours to learn about the region's rich archaeological heritage and enjoy outdoor activities like dune bashing and star gazing.

  • Desert Safari: Experience the magic of the Arabian desert with a desert safari adventure. Enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities like dune bashing, camel rides, and sandboarding. Indulge in a traditional Bedouin-style dinner under the stars while enjoying live entertainment such as belly dancing and falconry.


Cost of Living:

Compared to neighbouring Dubai, Sharjah offers a more affordable cost of living, particularly in terms of housing and daily expenses. Renting accommodation is generally more budget-friendly, and groceries and dining out are reasonably priced. Additionally, Sharjah boasts a variety of shopping opportunities, from traditional souks (markets) to modern shopping malls. Explore places like the Central Market (Blue Souk) for local handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry, or visit malls such as City Centre Sharjah and Mega Mall for international brands, electronics, and entertainment options.


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Jewellery at one of the many souk's

Teaching in Sharjah:

Sharjah offers rewarding opportunities in its education sector, with numerous schools, colleges, and universities providing diverse teaching roles. Teaching positions come with competitive salaries and benefits, and expatriate educators appreciate the multicultural student body and supportive academic environment. SA-Recruitment is currently working with several international schools that are looking to hire South African teachers so join their diverse staffrooms and make positive contributions to their larger school communities.


In conclusion, Sharjah is a captivating destination with much to offer residents, educators, and visitors. Whether you're drawn to its cultural heritage, natural landscapes, or professional opportunities, Sharjah welcomes you to explore and experience the best of Emirati hospitality.


Further reading:

To find out more about Sharjah, the following links are recommended

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