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You have come to live in an interesting country at an exciting time in the history of the United Arab Emirates and especially for Dubai. You will be participants and observers in a time of change. Dubai will never be the same again, and you are here to witness this historical period of growth. Spirits are high and there is an unprecedented excitement in Dubai after winning the Bid for the 2020 Expo.


Ahlan Wa Sahlan Universal American School Dubai, UAE

Ahlan Wa Sahlan


You have come to live in an interesting country at an exciting time in the history of the United Arab Emirates and especially for Dubai. You will be participants and observers in a time of change. Dubai will never be the same again, and you are here to witness this historical period of growth. Spirits are high and there is an unprecedented excitement in Dubai after winning the Bid for the 2020 Expo. Dubai has been inhabited for thousands of years giving it a long and rich history. Undergoing rapid change in recent years, this land is taking its place among the developed nations of the world. The combination of the old and new is fascinating to observe. Living in Dubai, you will be exposed to many customs and ideas which may be new to you. These customs are as important to the national citizens of the United Arab Emirates as your customs are to you. Take time to learn about this culture and to appreciate it. This document intends to provide you with the next steps in the process of getting ready to move to Dubai. Once you have signed your contract it is time that you familiarize yourself with local customs, The Universal American School and prepare the documents necessary for your move. If at any time, this document fails to answer your questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the names you will ďŹ nd listed. There is a lot more information on the UAS Portal. New teacher login information is as follows: User name: teacher2014 Password: uasdubai



Attestation Attesting Documents

What is attestation and what needs to be attested? Attestation is the authentication of official documents. You need to attest a copy of your diplomas/degrees, marriage certificate (for the purpose of sponsoring children), divorce certificate (if you are sponsoring your children without the other biological parent) and your children’s birth certificates (for the purpose of sponsoring children). If you have more than one degree, you need only to attest the degree you are using for the purpose of this employment. For example, if you have a business degree and a fine arts degree and you will be teaching art, attest only your art degree. If you have any questions about your degrees, ask Kinda or Ayman. Note: If you cannot locate a copy of your degree and must order a new one from your university, remember that replacement degrees take time and to factor that time in.



What other documents should I gather?

Unless you live near a UAE consulate, you will be traveling or using a courier to do your attestation business. You must allow time for this to take place. You will need to take or send your documents to your country’s Department of Foreign Affairs Office to be attested and then to the UAE embassy before sending them to UAS. For example, in Canada your documents are to be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ottawa and then taken to the UAE Embassy. You can also find this information with an internet search but remember it is always wise to talk directly to the people who will be issuing your stamp!

Other documents include: • Driver’s License: Once you have your residency visa and you wish to rent or buy a car, you must first convert your home driver’s license to a Dubai license. YOU MAY NOT DRIVE WITHOUT ONE, EVEN IF YOU HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE. Make sure home driver’s license will not expire before you do this! • Passport: Make sure that you have at least 1 year on your passport before arriving in Dubai. DO NOT apply for a new passport after you have given UAS a colored passport copy. If there is an urgent situation where you must do this, make sure that you contact Mr. Ayman Khouzam and notify him immediately. If you have more than one passport (dual citizenship), be sure to enter the UAE with the same passport for which you have submitted a color copy. • Prescriptions: If you must bring medications, be sure you have accompanying letter/prescription from your doctor (more on this topic below). Sometimes this must be attested. Do your research on bringing medications into the UAE. • Immunization records: Shortly after your arrival in Dubai, part of the visa process is having a blood test and a chest x-ray, and although it doesn’t happen often, you may be required to get a Hepatitis B injection. Immunization for Hep B is a 7month process. If you have your immunization records to show that you’ve had the immunization, you will not need this injection.

If you choose, you may also have your documents attested by using a service that collects your documents and does the leg work for you. They will deliver the needed paperwork directly to UAS. * A couple of companies used by teachers in the past are US Authentication Services and ASAP Document Services. Check out their websites at and * (Overseas contracts) Keep the receipts for all attestations. This includes receipts from companies offering attestation services. You will be reimbursed up to AED 1200 by UAS (approximately US$325). All original receipts must be presented.


If you are unclear on which documents you must complete, please do not hesitate to direct all your questions and/or concerns to: ! ! ! ! ! ! Ayman Khouzam! OR! ! Kinda Taj-Eldin Business Manager! ! ! Senior Executive Assistant Tel (Office): +971 4 232 5222! Tel (Office): +971 4 232 5222 Fax: +971 4 232 5545! ! ! Fax: +971 4 232 5545 Mobile: +971 55 656 6997! ! E-mail:! E-mail:

2 Reference Letters: Letters must be related to the position you’re hired for in UAS and include your job title, job description, responsibilities, dates of employment, contact information that includes address, phone number and e-mail address. This should be on letterhead and signed. • Transcripts: Official transcripts for each of your degrees are to be submitted to UAS. • UAS Visa Sponsorship Form, UAS Employment Application and Insurance Enrollment Form: You will need to fill in the necessary information, sign and submit these forms to UAS. • Photos: You will need to bring 10 passport photos with you when you arrive in August. If you have children, you will need to bring 8 passport photos for each of them. If you are bringing children with you, bring: • Attested Marriage Certificate • Attested Birth certificates • Copies of health records and past medications from your doctor help when finding a pediatrician in Dubai. Your children will need a physical from a doctor here in Dubai prior to entrance to the school. • School records • Standardized form from UAS Registrar’s office for your children’s school to sign and stamp (emboss)


In order to minimize extra legwork and headaches get all of your documents attested, fill in all forms and send in all of the required documents as soon as possible. Considering that residency visas take from several weeks to months; it is best to have all the documentation completed ahead of time. If all documents are received by the end of April, the visa process should run smoothly.











The United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is located on the northeastern perimeter of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Gulf of Oman, and the Arabian Gulf.


Climate in Dubai The climate in the UAE is hot and humid in the summer (May through October) and warm and pleasant in the winter (November through April). Temperature varies between the inland and coastal regions. In summertime, temperatures are usually from 40°-52° C (104°-126° F) with humidity in excess of 90 percent. In winter, fog often rolls in off the sea in the morning. Midday temperatures range from 20°-32° C (68°-90° F) with evenings comfortably cool. From November through March, sweaters, long pants and light jackets may be necessary. Rainfall is sparse and in most regions more prevalent in the winter. Rain rarely exceeds five inches per year, with mountain areas experiencing more precipitation. If a measurable amount of rain falls during the winter season it may cause flash flooding in the wadis. Shamals (strong winds) whip sand off the desert periodically through the year, often at the change of seasons coating everything with sand.

The country is made up of the following seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate and shares the Rub Al Khali Desert with Saudi Arabia and Oman. Dubai is the second largest emirate at 3885 square kilometers. Dubai is centrally located within the Emirates. Golden beaches affront the shoreline, and rocky mountains rise in the east adjacent to the Gulf of Oman. Dubai is a country of contrasts from vast, dry deserts to craggy, oasis-strewn wadis, to the Dubai Creek, which divides the emirate and around which the old city emerged. From engaging villages to fast-paced sprawling malls, Dubai enjoys variety and diversity. The 2013 population of Dubai is approximately 2.1 million and is expected to reach 3 million by 2017. Eighty percent of Dubai’s population is comprised of expatriates and therefore the English language is widely used here. Dubai enjoys tremendous growth, with new highways, buildings, and shopping malls in every direction. Some of the most fascinating and beautiful architecture in the world and the most innovative concepts in new-century living are appreciated in cultural, educational, and financial enterprises. Dubai Festival City, the area where the school is located, is part of this visionary concept.

Dubai 1991



Universal American School The Universal American School (UAS) was established in September 2005, opening its doors to approximately 200 students. The 2014/2015 school year is seeing over 1450 students from 74 countries.


Both elementary and secondary offer Arabic, Islamic Studies, Physical Education, Art, Music, Integrated Technology, Journalism and ELL. Secondary also offers French, Spanish and Theatre Arts. There is a Learning Support Center for students who require additional support. The school also provides counseling for elementary and secondary divisions.

UAS is located in Dubai Festival City on the Deira side of the Creek. The three story building is in the shape of a U with one arm set aside for secondary and one for elementary. There is a separate building for the gymnasium, with an outdoor track, soccer pitch, and 25 meter pool. A temporary cafeteria was completed in August 2009. There are also separate libraries for the secondary and elementary as well as computer labs and science labs. In addition, the MPH (multipurpose hall) houses classrooms and performance spaces.

A variety of after school activities are offered including: baking, chess, court sports, tutoring, drama, student council, and team sports. Special events and activities such as: spirit days, guest speakers, performances, assemblies, athletic events, and staff gettogethers take place throughout the year. Teaching hours run from 7:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., with teachers expected to be at school from 7:30-3:30 daily, 7:30-4:30 on Sundays for staff meetings, and from 7:30-4:15 when participating in After School Activities, additional meetings or tutoring. There are several opportunities each week for grade teams to meet for planning. The many specialist classes allow classroom teachers the time necessary to build strong programs for their classrooms.

Dubai Festival City includes many businesses including two 5-star hotels, two schools, a shopping mall and several box stores such as IKEA and ACE Hardware. There are also a wide variety of restaurants and cafes. The shopping mall is within walking distance from the school. We have received accreditation by the Middle States Association in the USA and the Council of International Schools. The IB Diploma Program was authorized in 2007 and is well established by now in the High School division, and the final assessment and authorization for the PYP accreditation was completed in the spring of 2010. We are in the midst of an evaluation of the PYP, for which elementary teachers are rigorously preparing.

UAS will transport employees to school from the provided accommodations and return them in the afternoon on either an early or late departure bus. (4:00 or 5:00) If staff miss the morning bus or choose to stay later than the late bus depar-


ture, they must arrange their own transportation. Staff meetings are held after school on Sundays (the first day of the week) and are mandatory. Each teacher is required to contribute to the ASA program (After School Activities) once a week. The UAE official weekend is on Friday and Saturday. Each classroom is equipped with a PC, smartboards/white boards, storage cabinets, a teacher’s desk, tables, and shelves. There are faculty lounges for both secondary and elementary staff. There is a copy machine on each floor and an aide to help you with your copying needs. Moreover, there are overhead projectors and additional audio-visual aides. On the ground floor you will find a supply room where you can pick up supplies to use in your classroom such as: paper, white board and overhead markers, pencils, pens, colored pencils, file folders, sticky tack, tape, etc. Support Staff are available to help you with some classroom prep such as bulletin boards and other general prep work.



Arriving in Dubai In June or July, you will receive an e-mail from our Business Office with a proposed itinerary to confirm. The school will arrange for your arrival about 2-3 days before the first day of orientation. You will need that time to recover from jet lag. Jet lag coming from west to east is especially horrible and you do not want to be sitting through orientation with only a few hours of sleep.



(Overseas contracts) Upon immediate arrival in Dubai you will be escorted through the airport by Marhaba Services, and then you will be met by a combination of people that will provide a warm welcome and transportation from the airport to your accommodations.

Mirdif is approximately 10-15 minutes away from UAS (and Festival City). It is a newer part of Dubai and is close to the airport. The sound of the constant planes takes some getting used to but most residents don’t seem to notice after living in Mirdif for a few weeks. Mirdif consists of mainly villas and is a residential area of the city with many families. Mirdif surrounds Uptown Mirdif, an outdoor shopping mall that includes a medical clinic, gym, food court, restaurants, grocery store, coffee shops and shopping. Although Uptown was hit hard in the downturn of the economy and many shops closed, all of the basic services are still available.

These people may include: •

Director- Andy Torris

High School Principal- Simone Sebban

High School Assistant Principal- OB Sealey

Elementary and Middle School Principal- Pat Hould

Middle School Assistant Principal- Beverley Kempley

Elementary Assistant Principal- Amanda DeCardy

Business Manager- Ayman Khouzam or Ayman Hamouda

Housing Supervisor- Khaled Mahmoud

The school housing in Mirdif is spread over a few areas. In spring 2010, Mirdif City Centre opened and some teachers are housed in the apartments next to the City Center shopping mall. This shopping complex has a variety of restaurants, a theater, bowling alley and many other entertainment spots. A ten minute drive will take you to Mushrif Park which is an oasis inside the city with biking and walking trails. Of course, no matter where you live in Dubai, you are never too far from the beach!

Housing (Overseas Contracts) In June or July, you will receive an e-mail from our Business Office which will include your new Dubai housing address. Schoolprovided housing is located in Mirdif. New teachers will receive a Settling-In Allowance of AED 2000 (US $540 app.) in cash upon arrival. This amount can be used to help you get settled.


Furniture The furniture is from IKEA. Apartments are furnished with a dinner table and chairs, coffee tables, a couch, beds, night tables, dressers, and storage closets. The kitchens are outfitted with the major appliances including a gas stove and a refrigerator/freezer combo. Approximate Housing Inventory Dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls! coffee cups Spoons, forks, knives!! ! ! ! serving spoons Water and juice glasses! ! ! ! serving platter/dish Liquid dish detergent!! ! ! ! sharp knives Teflon fry pan! ! ! ! ! ! water kettle 220 volt Sponge/ mop/ bucket! ! ! ! pillows blankets Bed sheets!! ! ! ! ! ! toilet paper 1 bottle opener/can opener! ! ! tissues! Bath towels and wash cloths ! ! ! hangers! ! ! Food upon arrival only: water, coffee, tea, milk, bread, jams, honey, dates, sugar! ! ! If you plan to rent a house or apartment on your own, you will be responsible for furnishing it with appliances and furniture, and you must pay all the utility bills in full. You will also need to have your own transportation. If you choose to take the housing allowance in your second year, be sure to check the lease thoroughly.



Islam Peace…Purity…Acceptance… Commitment


Pillars of Islam

Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates. It is more than a religion; it is a way of life. Islam is an Arabic word, which means peace, purity, acceptance, and commitment. The religion of Islam is the complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God. Islam is a simple, personal religion, a total and complete way of life. It is practiced not only on Friday, the day of communal prayer, but is an important part of everyday life. The Holy Koran, which is the word of God, contains codes to be followed for family life, for inheritance laws, and for criminal justice. While Islam is the official religion of Dubai, strict Sharia law is not observed.

The framework of spiritual life is built around specific acts of worship called the five Pillars of Islam. •

Declaration of Faith “There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is His Prophet.”

Prayers five times each day

Alms giving

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

Making a pilgrimage to Mecca once in one’s lifetime (Hajj)

Ramadan Fasting during the month of Ramadan (ninth month of the Muslim calendar) is the fourth pillar of the faith. Fasting begins at daybreak and ends at sunset. During the day eating, drinking, smoking, and other pleasures are forbidden. For a person who is very young, elderly, sick, traveling, pregnant or nursing, fasting may be postponed and an “equal number of days made up at a later time”. Daily feeding of one poor person is also prescribed “for those who can afford it”. After sunset, Ramadan is a festive time throughout the UAE, and mostly spent visiting families and friends. During Ramadan, school, business, and office hours are shortened by approximately 2 hours. In 2016, the first day of Ramadan may start around June 5th (depending on the lunar calendar).

The emirate is tolerant of most other faiths and sprinkled with numerous churches. Sikhs and Hindus also worship in Dubai. As with other rules of decorum for expatriate guests, discretion and moderation are advised.


your car). Eating, drinking, smoking and public displays of affection can result in a hefty fine or even jail time.

During Ramadan, Muslims ask forgiveness of past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

Business is not conducted as usual since many places close or have reduced working hours. If you need to conduct any business (and you will as you are setting yourself up in a new country) you should call ahead to verify business hours.

How does Ramadan affect non-Muslims in Dubai? Non-Muslims are expected to respect the Muslim Ramadan practices by not eating, drinking, or smoking in front of Muslims or in any public place in the UAE in the daylight hours. Independent eating establishments will not open until after sunset. Most hotels will serve food in a location not in the public view during daylight hours and some hotels will not serve liquor during Ramadan. In practical terms it means finishing your breakfast and coffee before going outside. Next year (2016), Ramadan will be from around June 5th to July 4th so food and water must not be consumed in public during that period (in the daylight hours). Some food establishments are open in a mall’s food court but you cannot eat there. You can buy it as take away but can only eat it at home (not in



Living and Working in Dubai


multiple cards. More information will be provided to you during Orientation program in August. The approximate cost will be US $100- you will be responsible for this cost (and if you have dependents, you will be responsible for paying/registering for them as well). In the meantime if you would like to familiarize yourself with it, visit

Learn the Local Laws UAS teachers do not have diplomatic immunity, and thus, are subject to the laws of the host country. Be careful of the laws on illegal prescription drugs and personal firearms. Also, in a Muslim country, extra-marital affairs or sexual relations between unmarried persons are not permitted. Offenders can be punished severely, but would certainly, in any event, be repatriated. Use discretion. It is your responsibility to discover what those laws are (UAE’s Ministry of Labor website is

Adapting Your positive attitude is a very important consideration in how well you adapt to any foreign environment. Remember we are guests in Dubai, and must act accordingly, being sensitive to local customs, laws, and sensibilities. Your adaptability, flexibility, and sense of humor will see you through initial adjustments.

See also faculty handbook special section B- RULES OF CONDUCT IN DUBAI. Here are links to some of the rules that you may want to know about: s-break-with-impunity-1.1111657

Be patient…life is very different in the Emirates. Many things are not done by computer, so they often take longer. Cable men and maintenance people may not show up when they say they will. You may be told that your request will happen “tomorrow” and then told the same thing the next day and the next. It will be frustrating, but knowing this ahead of time and having a sense of humor will help prepare you. n-dubai-knowing-the-rules-10831 Emirates Identification Card Instead of having multiple identity cards like driving licenses, work permits, employee cards, passports, e-cards, the UAE Federal Government created a single national identity card in April 2006, with built in smart features including biometrics and advanced ID features that will eventually eliminate the need to carry

*Note: No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to get internet until you have your residency visa. Most of the malls such as DFC and MCC and coffee shops (Starbucks, Caribou cof-


Health Insurance UAS uses a health insurance provider based out of the US called Seven Corners. You will be provided with an information package detailing their coverage policies. It is important to note that this is a reimbursement-basis only policy, so you will need to pay all medical bills and will be reimbursed only after you have submitted a claim form. As with every insurance provider there may be preexisting conditions that are not covered. It is important to be open about any conditions that may preclude you from coverage. Contact Kinda or Ayman to find out what is needed in order to have pre-existing conditions covered. There are many safe and reliable doctors in the area where excellent health care is available.

fee etc.) which offer free WIFI as does UAS. Life in Dubai also comes with fabulous every day perks, services and conveniences that you won’t get access to in many other places. For instance, you can order water and groceries to be delivered from any store or restaurant in the neighborhood. Laundry can also be picked up from your apartment and returned to your door. An additional perk to being a woman in the Emirates is that women are often called to the front of any line. Sorry, guys! Combating Loneliness Loneliness is often an unexpected accompaniment to living overseas. Generally, because the pre-move activities, excitement, and the actual relocation itself are such hectic times, one may not fully anticipate the post-move let down that almost assuredly will come. Holidays spent away from the extended family, the absence of friends and familiar situations, and a change in schools are added pressures of life overseas. While total freedom from loneliness is probably impossible, the foreigners abroad can counter these difficulties by actively pursuing relationships and not just with others from the same country. You can always count on colleagues in your apartment building to spend time with or participate in a group activity. There are also countless interest groups in Dubai you can tap in to. Some websites are found at the end of this document.

Bringing Medications in to the UAE Entering the UAE with medications is different than entering western countries. You need to be aware that there are restrictions. What would seem like every day remedies to some people, the UAE may regard differently. Educate yourself on any of the restrictions. There are many lists of banned medications on the internet but beware that the one consistency of these lists is change. The best thing to do is to contact the closest UAE consulate for updated information. Salary & Banking Staff is paid in dirhams on the last Wednesday of each month. All new staff will receive their first salary at the end of August. Since there are many expenses involved in relocating, it would be very wise to bring some start-up money and budget accord-


ingly. You can use most credit cards (although AMEX is not widely accepted) and use your home country’s debit card. Remember you can use your AED 2000 Settling-In Allowance too (applicable for overseas contracts).

Mail sent from the US or Canada takes approximately two weeks. Parcels take much longer. Mail is collected from the post office and placed in your staff mailbox, however this is not done on a consistent basis, so consider renting your own post box after settling in to Dubai if you anticipate receiving a lot of mail. There is no houseto-house mail delivery, so your personal mail should be sent to you at your own post box or at the school using the following address:

Banking During Orientation, an Emirates Bank representative will come to the school to set teachers up with a free savings or current (checking) account. A checking account is suggested as you need them when paying for your own housing and buying a car. Once you have an account, you can apply for online banking and for more checks. This can be done at the Emirates branch in Festival City Centre or at Mirdif City Center. Please be aware that you will need to have your own mobile phone (with your own registered SIM card) in order to open a checking account.

Mailing address:! (Your Name) c/o Universal American School P.O. Box 79133 Rashidiya Dubai, UAE

There are several different ways to send money home. Be sure to investigate your home bank’s policy and ask about fees. Learn your home country bank’s Swift Code for overseas transfers!

Physical shipping address: (Your name) c/o Universal American School Al Rebat Street Al Badia - Dubai Festival City Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 4 232 5222

Communication with Family and Friends Skype is now allowed in the UAE for Skype-to-Skype calls only. You will not be able to make Skype-to-Phone calls. For more information regarding making internet calls in the UAE, please visit


Taxi There are several taxi companies in Dubai which make travel throughout the city very affordable and convenient. They are metered starting at 3aed when you hail a taxi yourself, and starting at 6aed when you call and request a pick up. From the airport, the meter begins at about 20aed, sometimes a few dirhams more. The “Dubai Taxi Corporation” company has several different groups of taxis, ranging from airport taxis to ladies taxis (kitted with a pink roof!). All of their taxis share the same car color but each of the different kinds of taxis have different roof colors. You should always take note of the roof color and taxi number and/or license plate to ensure that any lost items can be located. For further information, including important phone numbers for booking a taxi, please visit

Getting Around Dubai by Car Car Rental Currently Hertz offers discounted prices for those sponsored by Al Futtaim. As teachers who work for a school that is sponsored by Al Futtaim, you can access this discount (app. 10-15% off regular prices). A small economy car can be hired for about AED 1550 per month including insurance (after discount). Remember that as mentioned above, when you are on an employment visa (which you will enter the UAE on) or residence visa (which you will have a few weeks after your arrival), you must have a UAE Driver’s License in order to drive in Dubai. This is the case even if you want to rent a car, and this is the case even if you have an International Driver’s License. A local license is mandatory!! Remember that you will not be able to convert your home driver’s license to a UAE license until you have your residence visa (and Emirates ID), so keep in mind that it will be at least a few weeks before you’ll be able to drive.

Shopping, Eating, Drinking and Entertainment Shopping Shopping is a common pastime in Dubai. Dubai has a number of “souqs” or markets. Notable, are the gold souq, electronic souq, fish souq, fruit and vegetable souq, and the spice souq. These exciting and vibrant places are where one can become adept at bartering and buying oneself some real bargains.

Buying a Car Driving in Dubai can be very intimidating to some at first, but having a car makes one’s life a lot easier. Even better is having a 4x4 to truly experience the natural wonders of living on the Arabian Peninsula. Staff housing provides assigned parking for private vehicles. Al Futtaim, the UAE sponsor for UAS, also owns a Toyota dealership and has a discount for new car buyers. While it is discounted, be sure to look around as there are other deals out there including used cars. All car buyers must have a UAE driver’s license and a residence visa before buying a car. Further information will follow regarding car buying.

There are a plethora of shopping centers and malls in Dubai. A short distance from the school is Dubai Festival City Centre (DFC). Mirdif also has the new Mirdif City Center (MCC), Uptown Mirdif, 21

Arabian Center and the Etihad Mall. Malls stay open later in Dubai, as late as midnight on weekends. Malls are used for more than shopping. The Mall of the Emirates has Ski Dubai and the Indoor Snow Park, DUCTAC community Theatre and Theatre classes. The Dubai Mall has an Ice Skating Rink, an Aquarium and plenty of places for days out with kids or field trips with your class! There are countless restaurants, coffee shops, kids play areas, book stores and other recreational activities within the malls. During January and into early February, Dubai hosts an enormous shopping festival, and people come from all over the world to find fabulous bargains.

small places throughout the neighborhood providing grilled chicken and shawerma. There are also many fine restaurants featuring every possible cuisine. If you want to splurge, there are some excellent restaurants in hotels, and most hotels offer fabulous “all you can eat/drink� buffets. Across the city on Fridays, you can find buffets of all types of food. There are plenty of large, well-stocked, Western style supermarkets in Dubai including Spinneys and Waitrose. You can buy most things including local and imported fresh produce, canned goods, pastas, meats, and frozen products. Cold storage facilities provide fresh or frozen beef, poultry, and fish from many countries including New Zealand, Australia, United States, and Holland. At least one major chain provides pork for non-Muslim shoppers, offering bacon, ham, pork, and pork products. Expect to pay more for some products. Many prepackaged, prepared foods are available. There is also a new Farmers market that comes to the restaurant Baker & Spice. It is located

Electronic equipment and appliances, including computers, stereos, TVs, DVD/CD players, microwaves, toasters, blenders, are available in 220 volt. Prices of electronics are comparable to U.S., Canadian, and Australian prices (but no tax!). Eating The other favorite pastime in Dubai is eating. Dubai has restaurants of all kinds ranging from fast-food type restaurants like McDonalds to five star hotel dining experiences. There are many


at Souk Al Bahar next to Dubai Mall. This small market offers locally grown, organic produce at reasonable prices.

test temperatures of the day! Movie theatres are abundant and a ticket is around 35-50 AED.

Drinking Although Dubai is a Muslim country, it is possible to drink alcohol in restaurants and bars attached to hotels. In order to purchase alcohol for home consumption, you must obtain a liquor license. You may apply for your license once you have received your residence visa. You also will need your national ID card (Emirates ID) to obtain a liquor license. Our Business Office can assist you with this process.

To get a taste of what’s on in Dubai visit the Time Out Dubai website at Timeout magazine comes out each Wednesday and you can purchase it at any grocery/convenience/ book store. A monthly edition of Timeout for Children and Families is also available. What to Wear… You can buy just about everything here, but you may not find the same brands as you are used to from home. Dress in Dubai is somewhat conservative. Some Emiratis are more conservative than others. Women do not usually wear shorts in public places; however, when going out to dinner or bars you can wear whatever you would normally wear out at home.

The Duty Free is located just past passport control, and you may bring in four alcoholic items (e.g. 4 bottles of wine or 1 liter of Vodka, 1 twelve pack of beer, 2 bottles of wine). Entertainment and Recreation Recreation and entertainment opportunities are varied and abundant. Major international sports tournaments sponsored by corporations and hotels feature golf championships, tennis, championship soccer, and the Dubai Rugby Sevens. There are also other numerous activities such as: dhow cruises, theatre, concerts, night clubs, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing/ kayaking, indoor rock climbing, downhill skiing (indoor), desert safaris, water parks, and many other activities. There is a city wide sports league called Duplays ( ), visit their website to see what they offer for team and individual sports. There is also a Triclub and plenty of activities for runners. Athletics are quite different here because they are done late in the evening to avoid the hot-

School Dress Women • Women usually wear dress shirts/sweaters and dress pants/skirts. • No shorts, jeans, spaghetti-strap shirts, or flip flops are permitted. • Sleeveless tops that leave the arms bare but cover the shoulders are acceptable. • Skirts should be to the knee and below. • You will likely want to bring a sweater; the AC can be cool in the school.


Men • • • •

Also, you will need childcare for staff meetings and for After School Activities unless they are of an age that they can attend their own ASA. Talk to other teachers with kids to find out what they do. There are a couple of nurseries in nearby areas to the school and school housing. Contact Kinda or Ayman for more information.

Men usually wear dress shirts/sweaters and dress pants. Many men wear ties on a regular basis, but it is not required. No shorts or jeans are permitted. You must wear closed toe shoes (no sandals).

*UAS will organize childcare at school during the Orientation period.

Bringing Children to Dubai It is a big undertaking whenever you travel or move with children. There are several groups in Dubai that offer family oriented activities but keep in mind, most are geared towards the stay-at-home mom. Working parents have a bigger challenge finding and making friends with other families. There are groups that can be found on social networking websites and sometimes through the embassies. Becoming familiar with other families on staff can help.

Entertainment with Kids Dubai is not an easy place to live with children who are used to having independence and playing outside. Although it is beneficial, it takes a lot of effort to get your kids outside regularly.  This means driving to one of the several parks in the area.  The parks have beaches, playgrounds, grassy areas, barbeque pits, paved pathways, and other amenities. There is an admission charge but it is minimal.

Maids are readily available and can be live-in or part-time. It is best to find one through someone you know. Other parents at UAS can help you with this if you want to hire a maid. Nannies are harder to find and you are responsible for supporting them financially and also for obtaining their residence papers. It is not an easy process, and it is expensive. You also need room for them to sleep, which is not easy in teacher accommodations.

For smaller children, there are many elaborate indoor play areas in the malls. Older children enjoy the malls, movies, bowling, Ski Dubai, and fast food restaurants. Edu-tainment is a growing trend and the malls are jumping on board with Kidzania and Magic Planet! The school has a good after school activity program as well as sports teams, theatre and music programs.

*If your child attends Pre-K or KG-1 please remember that they will finish their day at 12:45, and you will need to arrange childcare for the remainder of the day. There are school buses available at that time.

Pets Transferring your pet to a foreign country is difficult and may be traumatic for both you and the animal. Keep in mind that not all school housing allow pets and there are restrictions regarding pet size. There is no yard and there are not very many places to walk.


There are vets available and dog/cat food choices and accessories are plentiful. Contact Ayman for e-mail addresses of teachers who have traveled with pets, and be sure to let Kinda or Ayman know if you plan on bringing a pet.

Although dogs are becoming more acceptable, you should know that dogs are offensive to Muslims and are not widely accepted or tolerated in many places. If you choose to bring your pet, you will need to complete a substantial amount of paperwork both at home and also from Dubai before leaving home. A few teachers have brought their dog or cat to Dubai using the following company:

Miscellaneous Things to Bring / Know Here is a list of things that teachers have suggested you may want to bring with you: • your favorite teacher resources (unique teaching materials that might not be available here) • family photos • camera • CDs or MP3 Player • DVDs (you may not bring anything considered pornography) • sweaters for indoors (the A/C can be cold!) and winter evenings • national dress for International Day or colors of your flag • sports equipment such as running shoes, swim suit, squash racket, etc. • hobby or craft items • cookbooks if you have a favorite • travel guides (Explorer’s Residents Guide is a valuable resource) • laptop • Halloween costumes • dollar store craft items you like to have in your class • contact lens solution (it expensive here and favorite brands are not always available).

Dubai Kennels & Cattery Tel: +971 4 211 4800 Snoopy Pets- Pet Relocation Specialists P.O. Box 124044 Dubai, UAE Call+971(0)44205348
 Healthy pets coming to Dubai are not subject to quarantine as long as all required paperwork is in order. In case of inadequate paperwork, the animal may be kept at the cargo terminal until required tests are administered or sent back to origin country. In both cases, pet owners will be liable to cover the resulting expense. Check with the airline when you make your reservations, since most airlines require advanced notice and special carriers to handle the animals. It is rather expensive to travel with your pet. For example, one teacher on staff paid between $2,500- $3,000 to travel to the US for summer holidays.


details. Do not hesitate to contact UAS. Below are some websites you may find useful in planning your move!

Nearly all common medicines you might need are available, but again you may want your favorites at the beginning. You can buy some medications over the counter such as antibiotics and birth control. Definitely bring a good supply of your own prescription medicine and an original prescription needed for refills. **** Some medications are banned! Contact UAE consulate for information if concerned about your medication, particularly antidepressants and especially anything containing codeine which is on the banned list!***

Helpful websites: The Dubai Mall: Mall of the Emirates: Dubai Festival City: Mirdif City Centre: Arabian Centre: IKEA: Ministry of Labor: Emirates ID dept.: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA): Duplays:

Shipping In case you are considering shipping personal belongings to Dubai, keep in mind that school housing comes furnished and well supplied with the basics, and most items are easily available in Dubai shopping centers. If you are considering bringing your own classroom supplies, be sure to contact your respective curriculum leader and principal first to ask about what would be helpful to bring and what is already available here.

Emirati Culture Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding:

For shipping companies, do your own research and compare prices. They vary greatly! One shipping company which some of our teachers have used and liked is DXI Logistics ( – they will ship, store and deliver your shipment.

About Dubai & Recreation Expat Woman: Timeout: Dubai City Guide: Second Hand Goods For Buying and Selling: ! ! ! !

Ask Questions/Educate Yourself! In Dubai, things are always changing. One person’s experience may be quite different from your own. This document is meant as a rough guide and information may become outdated. It is always best to check with Ayman, Kinda or your delegated “buddy” for


Survival Arabic (Don’t worry. You do not need Arabic to survive here. English is widely spoken.)

Residency Visa Sequence of Events If all required documents are in order and attested this is what you can expect to do once you get here. 1)! Obtain UAE National ID 2)! Go for blood test and chest x-ray. Travel will be provided by the school and they will help you through the process (expect to wait, wait and wait some more). Remember to dress conservatively on this day. 3)! Business Office will complete the process and return your passport when you have received your residency visa. Note: you will not be able to travel until your passport is returned.

Ahlan wa Sahlan! ma’alesh! ! ! Insha’alla! ! ! Hamdallah! ! shukran! ! ! min fadlak!! ! afwan! ! ! khalas! ! ! marhaba! ! ! ma’asalama! ! sadiq!! ! ! mish mumkin! ! mumkin! ! ! aiwa/naam! ! la ! ! ! ! muyya! ! ! suq! ! ! ! burka/abaya! ! thobe! ! ! ghutra! ! ! shammal! ! ! sharwarma! ! kuwayis! ! ! Koran! ! ! wadi!! ! ! Kaif halak/Halik?! Kam/Bikam?! ! fulus!! ! ! bas! ! ! !


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Internet• No Objection Letter from UAS (you can obtain from our Business Office) • Rental agreement contract (if you are in school housing you may get this from the Business Office. If you are living outside of school housing you will need to get this from your landlord.) • Passport with RESIDENCE VISA. This is different from your employment visa and will take a month or more to get after you arrive. Note: You MUST have a residence visa in order to apply for internet

Things you will need for things you will need! SIM CardIt might be helpful to know that you should have your mobile phone unlocked if possible before you get here (many phones have seen their demise trying to have them unlocked here) and that you need to have a phone that uses a SIM card. If you are coming from the US, note that only Gsm phones (e.g. T-Mobile, AT&T) will work in the UAE. Cdma phones (e.g. Verizon, Sprint) do not. Once here it is recommended that you purchase a SIM card with DU or Etisalat as soon as possible. Be sure to double check if your accomodation is a DU or Etisalat building and get the SIM that matches your building or you will have reception problems while at home. The Mirdif Villas are Etisalat and Ghuroob is Du. Once you have a local SIM, you can purchase prepaid plans with Etisalat or Du, which allow you to pay in advance for calling minutes and data, and which does not require you to have a residence visa the way that post-paid plans would. Until you get your residence visa, this is a good way for you to be able to access internet, as you can also give a “hotspot” from your phone to your laptop when you need it. •

Driver’s license• Letter of no objection from your sponsor (which is Al Futtaim) which you can obtain from our Business Office • 2 passport photos • Eye exam (from any eyeglasses shop which is easily done at Festival City) • Original Passport • Original Driver’s License • Canadians need a letter of no objection from the Canadian consulate in Dubai • ***UAS teachers and staff receive substantial discounts for purchasing cars from Al Futtaim because they are our sponsor. They own many dealerships including Toyota, Jeep, Dodge, Volvo, Lexus and Honda

You will need to bring your passport with employment visa (you will have this on arrival) a photocopy of your passport picture page and visa stamp


Alcohol license• Form from African Eastern or MMI (local liquor shops) which you can obtain from our Business Office • Letter of No Objection from UAS • National ID (Emirates ID) card • Labor contract from UAS • Tenancy contract (as above) • 2 passport photos • App. 160 dirhams for fees

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Important Contact Information


We look forward to meeting you in August! Be sure to keep the following contact information with you throughout the summer and during your trip: Mr. Andrew Torris Director Mobile (Dubai): +971 50-394-4061 Mobile (US): +1 503-808-0179 (for July) UAS email: Gmail: Twitter: @atorris Skype: andy_torris

Mr. Ayman Hamouda Assistant Business Manager Tel (Office): +971 4 232 5222 Fax: +971 4 232 5545 Mobile: +971 55 480 5678! ! ! E-mail:

Mr. Ayman Khouzam Business Manager Tel (Office): +971 4 232 5222 Fax: +971 4 232 5545 Mobile: +971 55 656 6997! ! ! E-mail:

Mrs. Kinda Taj-Eldin Executive Assistant to Director & Personnel Officer Tel (Office): +971 4 232 5222 Fax: +971 4 232 5545 ! ! ! E-mail:


Attest attest |әˈtest| verb [ with obj. ] provide or serve as clear evidence of: his status is attested by his recent promotion | [ no obj. ] : his numerous drawings of ships attest to his fascination with them. • [ no obj. ] declare that something exists or is the case: I can attest to his tremendous energy | [ with clause ] : the deceased's attorney attested that he had been about to institute divorce proceedings. • be a witness to; certify formally: the witnesses must attest and sign the will in the testator's presence. DERIVATIVES attestation |ˌateˈstāSHәn | noun ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from French attester, from Latin attestari, from ad- ‘to’ + testari ‘to witness’ (from testis ‘a witness’).

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Dubai Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. 

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Expatriates An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex ("out of") and patria ("country, fatherland"). In common usage, the term is often used in the context of professionals or skilled workers sent abroad by their companies. Controversy sometimes arises over why some people, particularly Westerners, are called expatriates while others are termed immigrants.

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Gulf of Oman The Gulf of Oman or Sea of Oman is a strait that connects the Arabian Sea with the Strait of Hormuz, which then runs to the Persian Gulf. It is generally included as a branch of the Persian Gulf, not as an arm of the Arabian Sea.

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Hindus Hindu ( pronunciation (help¡info)) can refer to either a religious or cultural identity[1] associated with the philosophical, religious and cultural systems that are indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.[2] In common use today, it refers to an adherent of Hinduism. However, in the Constitution of India, the word "Hindu" has been used in places to denote persons professing any religion originated in India (i.e. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism or Sikhism).[3]Further, the terms Hindu or Hindi are also used as a cultural identity to denote people living on the other side of the Indus river, thus poets like Iqbal, ministers like M.C.Chagla and organisations like the RSS used the terms Hindu and Hindi to represent any person living on the other side of the Indus river, irrespective of religion.[4] The word Hindu is derived (through Persian) from the Sanskrit word Sindhu, the historic local name for the Indus River in the northwestern part of theIndian subcontinent (modern day Pakistan and Northern India).[5][a] According to Gavin Flood, "The actual term Hindu first occurs as a Persian geographical term for the people who lived beyond the river Indus (Sanskrit: Sindhu)".[5] The term Hindu then was a geographical term and did not refer to a religion.[b] The term Hindu was later used occasionally in some Sanskrit texts such as the later Rajataranginis of Kashmir (Hinduka, c. 1450). The Hindu religion (dharma) was set in apposition with Islam (turaka dharma) by poets such as Vidyapati, Kabir and Eknath.[9] 16th- to 18thcentury Bengali Gaudiya Vaishnava texts including Chaitanya Charitamrita and Chaitanya Bhagavata also made similar comparisons.[10] Towards the end of the 18th century, the European merchants and colonists began to refer to the followers of Indian religions collectively as Hindus. The term Hinduism was introduced into the English language in the 19th century to denote the religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions native to India. With more than a billion adherents, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. The vast majority of Hindus, approximately 940 million, live in India.[11] Other countries with large Hindu populations include Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Fiji, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and the island of Bali in Indonesia.

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Islam Islam (/ˈɪslɑːm/;[note 1] Arabic: ‫اإلسالم‬, al-ʾIslām IPA: [ælʔɪsˈlæːm] ( listen)[note 2]) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, areligious text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allāh), and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim (sometimes spelled "Moslem").[1] Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable[2] and that the purpose of existence is to worship God.[3] Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times before through prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.[4] They maintain that the previous messages and revelations have been partially misinterpreted or altered over time,[5] but consider the Arabic Qur'an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God.[6] Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to family life and the environment.[7][8] Most Muslims are of two denominations: Sunni (75–90%)[9] or Shia (10–20%).[10] About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia,[11] the largest Muslim-majority country, 25% in South Asia,[11] 20% in the Middle East,[12] and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa.[13] Sizable Muslim communities are also found inEurope, China, Russia, and the Americas. Converts and immigrant communities are found in almost every part of the world. With about 1.62 billion followers or 23% of the global population,[14][15] Islam is the second-largest religion by number of adherents and, according to many sources, thefastest-growing major religion in the world.[16][17][18]

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Jet lag Jet lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis and rarely as circadian dysrhythmia, is a physiological condition which results from alterations to the body's circadian rhythms resulting from rapid long-distance transmeridian (east–west or west–east) travel on high-speed aircraft. For example, someone traveling from New York to California feels as if the time were three hours later. It was previously[1] classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders. The condition of jet lag may last several days until one is fully adjusted to the new time zone, and a recovery rate of one day per time zone crossed is a suggested guideline. The issue of jet lag is especially pronounced for airline pilots, crew, and frequent travelers. Airlines have regulations aimed at combating pilot fatigue caused by jet lag. The common term jet lag is used, because before the arrival of passenger jet aircraft, it was generally uncommon to travel far and fast enough to cause jet lag. Trips in propeller-driven aircraft and trains were slower and of more limited distance than jet flights, and thus did not contribute as widely to the problem.

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Mirdif Mirdif (Arabic: ‫( )مردف‬sometimes referred to as Mirdiff due to differences in transliteration) is a residential area located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mirdif has a population consisting of Europeans, South-Asians, Arabs, Emiratis, etc. Mirdif is well-connected to the whole city including business districts such as Business Bay, Dubai World Trade Centre, and Dubai Festival City. It consists of elegant and sophisticated gated communities. It consists of high-end stylish communities and European style villas. Mirdif consists mainly of villa developments, or single privately held villas. It has become popular with expatriates since the 1990s. As Dubai has grown, the area has become more popular with more land being sold to large real-estate developers such as Dubai Properties Group, who are responsible for the most recent addition to Mirdif, a gated community called Shorooq CommunityA gated residential community'Ghoroob'. They are also responsible for projects like Jumeirah Beach Residence,Layan Villas etc. A project named Uptown Mirdif, developed by Union Properties, encompasses the east of Mirdif.

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Ramadan Ramadan (/ˌræmәˈdɑːn/; Arabic: ‫ رمضان‬Ramaḍān, IPA: [rɑmɑˈdˤɑːn];[note 1] also transliterated Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan) is theninth month of the Islamic calendar,[3] and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.[4][5] This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.[6] The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

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Shamals A shamal [‫شمال‬, north] is a northwesterly wind blowing over Iraq and the Persian Gulf states (including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), often strong during the day, but decreasing at night. This weather effect occurs anywhere from once to several times a year, mostly in summer but sometimes in winter.

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Sikhs A Sikh (/siːk, sɪk/; Punjabi: ਿਸ#ਖ sikkh [sɪkkʰ]) is a follower of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion which originated during the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia.[13] The term "Sikh" has its origin in the Sanskrit words !श# (śiṣya; disciple, student) or !शk (śikṣa; instruction).[14][15] A Sikh, according to Article I of the Sikh Rehat Maryada (the Sikh code of conduct), is "any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru".[16] "Sikh" properly refers to adherents of Sikhism as a religion, not an ethnic group. However, because Sikhism has seldom sought converts, most Sikhs share strong ethno-religious ties. Many countries, such as the U.K., therefore recognize Sikh as a designated ethnicity on their censuses.[17] The American nonprofit organization United Sikhs has fought to have Sikh included on the U.S. census as well, arguing that Sikhs "self-identify as an 'ethnic minority'" and believe "that they are more than just a religion"

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Sultanate of Oman Oman (i/oʊˈmɑːn/ oh-maan; Arabic: ‫ عمان‬ʻUmān), officially the Sultanate of Oman (Arabic: ‫ سلطنة عُمان‬Salṭanat ʻUmān), is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Holding a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the nation is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Musandam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Musandam's coastal boundaries.

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United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates i/juːˌnaɪtɨd ˌærәb ˈɛmɪrɨts/ (Arabic: ‫ دولة اإلمارات العربية املتحدة‬Dawlat al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah), sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE,[note 1] is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran. In 2013, the UAE's total population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates.[5][6] Established in December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras alKhaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch who jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates. Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language, although English is widely used.

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Universal American School: Ahlan Wa Sahlan  
Universal American School: Ahlan Wa Sahlan  

A welcome booklet for our Universal American School of Dubai new faculty!