The United Arab Emirates has unveiled the Private Teacher Work Permit, a pioneering initiative by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). This permit is designed to bring order and regulation to the provision of private lessons outside traditional educational institutions.
The permit caters to a diverse range of professionals, including certified teachers from public or private schools, government and private sector employees, unemployed individuals, high school students aged between 15 and 18, and university students. Dr. Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Mualla, the Undersecretary for Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Education, emphasized that the primary goal is to ensure stability in the educational system while providing flexible options that meet the needs and ambitions of students and parents.
“The introduction of a permit for individuals qualified to provide private lessons will help curb illegal and unregulated practices in recruiting private teachers, which risk affecting the learning process as a whole,” added Dr. Al Mualla.

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Khalil Al Khoori, Undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs at MoHRE, highlighted the government’s commitment to adapting to contemporary demands and embracing new specializations and professions. He emphasized that the Private Teacher Work Permit is a step toward creating an organized legal framework that promotes fairness, protects the rights of all parties involved, and enhances the overall ease of doing business.
The application process is streamlined for those eligible through the MoHRE innovative application, website, and e-services system. The good news is that the permit is free for two years. Permit holders are encouraged to offer private lessons, providing them with a means of generating direct income, as long as they adhere to a ‘code of conduct’ approved by the Ministry.
However, a stern warning accompanies this positive development. Individuals offering private lessons without the necessary permit will face fines and penalties, reinforcing the government’s commitment to maintaining the educational system’s integrity and protecting all stakeholders’ rights.
This initiative reflects the UAE’s forward-thinking approach to education and its dedication to fostering a regulated, fair, and dynamic environment for educators and learners alike.


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