You will be expected to dress modestly in the classroom and in public.
This means keeping your shoulders and knees covered, and in some places, your wrists and ankles too.
The United Arab Emirates had been aggressively targeting Australia for tourists when she took the job in 2008, portraying itself as “really progressive and forward-thinking and the ‘new’ Middle East,” Gali said.
But when she got there, she found another world entirely.
Gali was quickly sentenced to a year in jail — 11 months for sex outside of marriage and 1 month for drinking alcohol — and 2 of the accused rapists got the same sentence. “I was petrified…I was absolutely terrified,” she recalled.
For eight months, Gali shared a “disgusting” cell with thirty other women where she says they sometimes didn’t turn the water on for days at a time during the middle of summer.
The aim of this post is to give female teachers hoping to work in the UAE an insight into what to expect, and to dispel some of the common myths surrounding life in this incredible region of the world. The UAE is a safe, peaceful, and very welcoming region in the Middle East.
Report the rape.” They didn’t tell her that if she couldn’t provide the four male, Muslim witnesses, reporting a rape is essentially an admission of sex outside marriage.
When Gali asked a senior manager how she could get home — the hotel was hanging onto her passport, presumably for safekeeping — she was allegedly told that she had a “debt” to them since they had paid for her flight and accommodations, and had not yet fulfilled the contract that would allow them to recoup their costs.
The interviewer repeated incredulously: “You’ve been raped.
Alicia Gali of Australia was excited about her new job in the “desert paradise” of Dubai.
American-owned Starwood Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel groups, even offered to pay for her plane ticket and accommodations as part of the contract that she become a manager.
She was pardoned at eight months and allowed to go home. Since that time, Gali still struggles with what she has endured.