check out these school sites http://www.royaldubaischool.com/
http://www.beacon.ae/curriculum.php?cur … id=&ex=yes
My friends child started school at 4 here, just as in the UK.
There is a shortage of Primary school places, so that may translate to teaching posts.
Everyone has a nanny/maid - except us my children tell me - make sure you go through a reputable company as the maids who have left their sponsor have left for a good reason and you don't know why or what they have been up to since they came here. My friend went through 2 maids and some horror stories, before they went with an agency. Maids wages are low, about 800 - 1000 AED a month! Yip, that's not a mistype. Just remember, this person is alone with your children in your house most of the day, you need to have one you feel safe with.
Go with a private school, you will find a great mix there and they are worth the money.
Yes, cars are cheaper and we fill our tank from empty for 50 AED - £7.
A loaf of bread is about 5 AED or you can buy a pack of 12 mini french sticks (about 10 inches long by 2 wide) for 6.50 AED.
Eggs are 15 for 10 AED.
Breakfast Cereal is 11 AED for Kellogs Rice Crispies
Herb, spices, flour, rice is really cheap, clothes are cheap (even designer). We go even cheaper by shopping for clothes at 'Gift Village', my daughters school shoes were only 18 AED there, they were 300 AED at the school store. School clothes are a little cheaper than the UK, but not much as I'm sure the store gives the school a sub! In the UK a school polo shirt is about £8.50, that would be 60 + AED, i think they were less than 50 AED.
If that is the wage you'l be on here, you will live like kings! We are on half of that and still pay a UK mortgage and manage to do things though, are only struggeling a little because our tenants back in our home have stopped paying the rent.
Things go up a couple of Dirhams, then come back down again with no explaination on a weekly basis, so I'm not sure how much the $ fluctuations affect us.
The internet is expensive compared to the UK, it worls out at £30 a month, but the utilities are much cheaper than the UK, though we don't pay them, my hubbies company does, but other folk tell me its much cheaper.
What else, well my son is off to India on Sunday with the school, it has cost 1000 AED only for the week, he wouldn't be getting chances like that back in the UK.
Its a different world here, the shop assistants call you maam, fall over themselves to pack your bags or just help you to your car with the trolley. If you try and do it for yourself, their faces fall, so we go with it and say thank you a lot!
Eating out is cheap too, but the price shoots up with alcohol added. All the usual fast food outlets are here, its 69AED for a huge mega bucket at KFC, less than £10, in the UK it would be over £20. Pizza Hut meal deal for less than £3. You get the picture.