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DISCOVER Middle East

The Middle-East sits at the intersection of three continents – Africa, Asia and Europe which is reflected in the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region. Due to its strategic geopolitical location, valuable resources, and historical, cultural and religious significance, the region is a bustling center for trade, commerce and a major travel destination.

Over 1.5 million students are attending international schools in the region, with 430 new schools opening up in the region in the past five years. The UAE leads the countries in the Middle East in terms of the number of international schools, with over 625 schools attracting teachers to its modern cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

TIE lists hundreds of jobs every year at top international schools across the Mid-East and one of them could be yours!

International School News from Middle East

Navigating the Linguistic Labyrinth: From Elevated Cognition to Lofty Language on 28-Feb-24
Saudi Arabia

Bilingual language support can enhance academic success and contribute to the cultivation of essential leadership traits…

The Uninvited Guest on 28-Feb-24
United Arab Emirates

A Grade 9 student shares a poem about damaging the earth…

Full Circle Moment on 28-Feb-24
United Arab Emirates

Cheryl shares how she got into international school counseling and what she loves most about being an international counselor…

Message From Walworth Barbour American International School on 25-Oct-23
Israel

The attacks in southern Israel have had a profound impact on the global community and, in very personal ways, the Walworth Barbour American International School community…

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Full Circle Moment on 28-Feb-24

Cheryl shares how she got into international school counseling and what she loves most about being an international counselor…

Vickie Swann on 01-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Vicki Swan, a Middle School Principal in Panama City, Panama. Before moving into a leadership role, Vickie taught middle school science for 10 years. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, her previous appointments brought her to Hungary and Vietnam.

Mohammad Saleh on 28-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Mohammad Saleh, who teaches IBDP Biology and Chemistry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also taught in Lebanon, where he’s originally from. Mohammad began his international teaching career in Jeddah seven years ago.

Shannon Keane on 28-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Shannon Keane, a Grade 2 Teacher, Team Leader, and Social Studies Subject Leader K–5. Currently working in Brazil, Shannon’s previous position brought her to Qatar. She has been in international education for eight years.
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