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Make the most of living and working in Abu Dhabi

Expat living in Abu Dhabi raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from Emirati authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺWhat are the best designer outlets for a shopping spree in Dubai?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend doctors and dentists in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Abu Dhabi takes a lot of time. Our Abu Dhabi expat guide is there to make your relocation to Abu Dhabi as easy as possible. Starting with embassies and consulates to information about travel & accommodation, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Abu Dhabi.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Abu Dhabi. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from working in Dubai to working in Amsterdam.

Top Articles in the Abu Dhabi Expat Guide

  • Moving to Abu Dhabi

    As an expat moving to Abu Dhabi, you’ll experience a life full of variety in the second largest city of the UAE. However, before you rush to prepare for Abu Dhabi, read our InterNations Expat Guide to make sure you’ve done your homework concerning visa options, work permits, and transportation!
  • Living in Abu Dhabi

    If you are thinking of living in Abu Dhabi, don’t forget to do your homework! This InterNations article on Abu Dhabi helps you to take the hurdles which you might come across during your expat assignment. Find out more about expat life in Abu Dhabi, e.g. healthcare and housing.
  • Working in Abu Dhabi

    Working in Abu Dhabi is the dream of many expats. Is it yours, too? Then keep in mind that, despite the high numbers of foreigners in Abu Dhabi, securing a lucrative job can be challenging. InterNations provides useful advice on working in Abu Dhabi, including the job search and working conditions.
  • Making Your House in the UAE a Real Home

    Choosing between a flat or a villa in the UAE, and whether to opt for a gated community or not, is part of the process of finding accommodation in the UAE. Another thing to consider is whether to hire domestic help and how best to go about this.
  • For a Handful of Dirhams: Currency and Payment Options in the UAE

    Expats moving to the UAE should be prepared for a nation where cash remains king, although international credit cards are widely accepted. Find more information on popular payment options and the Emirati currency in our Expat Guide to the UAE!
  • Avoiding Business Blunders in the UAE

    The nuances regarding business etiquette in the UAE are well worth knowing. Although the UAE business world is very international, its etiquette is grounded in the country’s core values, which are in turn rooted in Islam. These values include hospitality and an emphasis on personal relationships.
  • Less Hassle with Tax: Taxation in the UAE

    You’re moving to the United Arab Emirates? So you can fire your tax advisor, right? Not so hasty! Though there are barely any taxes in the UAE, expatriates should read up on such important topics as taxation for entrepreneurs or planned tax reforms in many Arab Gulf states.
  • A Brief Glance at the UAE

    Get an impression of the UAE with some relevant facts and figures about the country’s demographics, languages, and economy.
  • Common Crimes and Laws in the UAE

    You’re convinced that you would never break the rules? The UAE has a lot of very strict laws that expats often would not expect, but also impresses with a rather low crime rate. Still, it is not uncommon for expats to become the target of scams. Learn more about how to recognize and avoid them!
  • Of Nannies and Nurseries — Childcare in the UAE

    From nannies and maids to kindergartens and nurseries, childcare options are aplenty in the Emirates. However, expat parents need to keep an eye on their budget as all of these options come with a big price tag. Read on to learn all about organizing childcare in the UAE for your little ones.
  • How to Apply for a UAE Visa for a Fact-Finding Visit or Business Trip

    If you plan to visit the UAE on a fact-finding trip before your actual relocation, or will be in the UAE frequently for business, you’re probably wondering if you need a visa and how you can obtain one. In this article, we cover who needs a visa, how to apply, and what documents you’ll need.
  • What You Need to Know about Shopping in the UAE

    Shopping is often considered to be the number one hobby in the UAE, at least in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While this may take things a bit too far, there is no denying that going to a mall or souk is a great way of soaking up the local culture, finding the odd treasure, and practicing your haggling skills.
  • The Big Transformation of the Healthcare System in the UAE

    Healthcare and health insurance are important topics that come to mind when you’re moving to the UAE. Which kind of health insurance policy do you want? How much do you have to pay for it? InterNations has all the information you need to stay healthy in the UAE.
  • Getting Ready to Drive in the UAE Step by Step

    Are you moving to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or one of the other emirates and do you want to drive here? Make sure that you know how to make your way through the crazy traffic. Traffic rules, driver’s licenses, and toll roads: you can find all the information you need in our guide!

Information on the Expat Life in Abu Dhabi

Are you looking specifically for expat insurance providers in town or a doctor speaking your native language in the UAE? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Abu Dhabi provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Abu Dhabi expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Abu Dhabi and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly As-salām 'alaykum among our expats living and working in Abu Dhabi.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Abu Dhabi? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as moving to Washington, D.C. or moving to Zurich!

Antoine Mariaux

"Thanks to InterNations, I've received very useful tips about the Emirates and expat life in Abu Dhabi."

Maria Loura

"The idea to connect expatriates in Abu Dhabi is just fantastic! Have been looking for such a platform for a long time."

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