Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)

United Arab Emirates

Location: United Arab Emirates
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 11 years

About Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)

About Us

Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) is very proud to be the oldest British school in the United Arab Emirates, established in 1963 by the British Embassy and has over 1,000 students.  We enjoy an excellent reputation and are one of the few not-for-profit British curriculum schools in the region with a long and proud history in Dubai.

DESS is a thriving, not-for-profit provider of education and the "Home of Irresistible Learning". DESS is the oldest British Curriculum School in Dubai and is always at the cutting edge of new developments in Education, we are proud of our inclusive nature and believe that our children get the very best experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. Academic success is important and our outstanding results speak for themselves, but we also place ‘Learning for Life’ as central to our school development.  Our children learn through an exciting child-led curriculum, personalised to their own interests.

DESS is a member of the Association of British Schools Overseas (BSO) and Council of British International Schools (COBIS) which have also rated DESS as an “Outstanding’’ provider of education.

For further information please visit our website

Life in Dubai

Dubai is one of seven Emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is a tolerant and safe yet cosmopolitan and vibrant place to live, with an incredible amount of things to do and see.

Over 90% of the population are expatriates meaning it has a huge international community. Dubai is the gateway to Asia and the Middle East offering year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, theme parks, luxurious hotels, shopping malls and events throughout the year.

English is widely spoken and you will see many familiar shops, restaurants and products from home.  Islam is a way of life in the city although due to the multicultural nature of the city, religious festivals of all denominations are celebrated.

Salaries in Dubai are paid tax-free.

Why work for us

Our staff are well looked after and continuously strive to improve what is recognised already as an outstanding practice. DESS is one of the leading Schools in the region and has a reputable track record of success in academic achievement, sports, performing arts and enterprise. With over fifty nationalities represented, we are very much an international school that embraces the opportunities to facilitate our children in making an impact as global citizens.

We offer a very competitive compensation and benefits package.

Safer Recruitment

DESS is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers who work with the school to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo a rigorous screening process that includes: verification of qualifications, birth certificate and passport; obtaining three satisfactory references (including current / most recent employer and two previous employers); providing a Police Certificate(s) for the last five years from all countries that the applicant has resided in; Prohibition Checks (for applicants with a UK background).  Any employment gaps on the application form will be addressed during an interview and may be explored further.

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Address: Oud Metha Road, PO Box 2002, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 3371457
Positions available at Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)