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How To Live In Abu Dhabi As An Expat

It is essential to do proper research before you move to Abu Dhabi. Read on to find out what life is like for an expat living in Abu Dhabi.

It wasn’t until 2012 that the rest of the world could experience the unique culture of the United Arab Emirates. Two of the most well-known emirates are Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with many people traveling from around the globe for a vacation to enjoy the beaches and vast deserts. More and more people are moving to the United Arab Emirates as expats for work reasons or to start fresh. If you are considering moving to Abu Dhabi as an expat, you should know what to expect. Below, we will go through the moving process and delve into some of the best places to live in Abu Dhabi.

Moving to Abu Dhabi

Most people who move from their home country to Abu Dhabi have a sponsor from their job that is funding the move. In most cases, work-based visas are the only way for people to move to Abu Dhabi to live. The Emirati government or an Emirati-based firm often sponsors people’s moves. Those with a sponsor won’t have to be the ones to take care of the vast amount of paperwork required. Additionally, the sponsor will look after the person with the job who is moving to Abu Dhabi and the entire family. If you want to make your move as comfortable as possible for your family, consider organizing a private jet charter to reduce travel stress.

However, for those keen to move to Abu Dhabi who don’t have a sponsor, this doesn’t wholly exclude your chances. Three different types of visas are available, including both long-term and short-term visa options and the gold card visa. Suppose you are unsure about what type of visa you qualify for. In that case, it is a good idea to contact the citizenship and relocation service, which will give you professional advice on the latest requirements. 

Expat Life in Abu Dhabi

An expat's experience living in Abu Dhabi can vary significantly between people. The consensus from many people who have moved to Abu Dhabi is overwhelmingly positive and offers a lifestyle many enjoy. Not only is the weather amazing almost every day, but it is also incredibly safe, with the city being one of the safest in the world. You can find everything you need to live comfortably there, making it convenient for those moving for the first time. Furthermore, you can do many amazing things in Abu Dhabi, meaning you will always enjoy living there.

Almost all the residents in Abu Dhabi speak excellent English, so you won’t have any issues communicating with the locals, allowing you to integrate into society easily. Additionally, around 85% of Abu Dhabi residents are foreign, meaning there is a highly diverse culture made up of people from different backgrounds. This creates a fantastic opportunity to learn about people who have come from around the world and have different traditions, religions, and cultures. 

Because the vast majority of the residents in Abu Dhabi are foreign, many of the people living there are in a similar position to other ex-pats who have recently moved there. This makes it easier to meet new people keen to make new friends. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier than ever to find others through social groups on Facebook. Regular events are organized for expats to meet each other and create a community where people feel valued and at home. 

Living in Abu Dhabi with Family

If you are planning to move to Abu Dhabi with your family, knowing that you must be married if you bring your partner is essential. In addition, you must show your marriage certificate if you have a baby in one of the local hospitals. There is a vast range of living arrangements, including apartments and villas. It is common for expats to live in gated communities with other expats, making it easier for those coming to Abu Dhabi for the first time to make friends and join a community.

These expat communities commonly have excellent amenities, including basketball courts, tennis courts, a pool, and a gym – you can easily enjoy sports and outdoor activities without traveling very far. This also offers a fantastic opportunity to meet others in the same community as you and your family. It is very typical for children to be outside playing with each other in the evening because it is incredibly safe.

Expats who have moved to Abu Dhabi have described their experience as very positive and not something they ever regretted. With fantastic educational opportunities and a safe environment to grow up in, it is no surprise why many people are beginning to move there when given the chance. 

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