Moving to Al Ain

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What to know if you're moving to Al Ain

The strategic location on the border of the UAE and Oman means that especially GCC nationals find that moving to Al Ain is easy and convenient. Expats in general are very welcome to this vibrant city, even if expat numbers are not high as high as in Dubai, for example.


All about the UAE

In the very top tier of global expat destinations, the United Arab Emirates is a place that has a lot more to offer than just high, tax-free earnings. With great beauty and cultural diversity, large numbers of professionals move to the UAE every year. If you want to become one of them, make sure you understand the requirements and walk through all the steps needed to move to the UAE with our comprehensive guide.
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Relocating to Al Ain

About the City

Known as the Garden City, Al Ain is a shock of green against the reddish gold of the surrounding desert. It has been continuously settled for more than 4,000 years, welcoming expats from every part of the world.

Although the city has fewer expatriates than sister cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the expat population is significant and well-established. English is spoken almost as widely as Arabic, while South Asian cultures are visibly represented.

Al Ain is located on the border between the emirate of Abu Dhabi and Oman, and it is approximately 130 km south-east of Dubai, and the same distance from Abu Dhabi to the east. It is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and has a continuous population of approximately 500,000.

Visas for the UAE

The UAE has visa agreements with more than 50 countries worldwide, granting free 30-day visas upon arrival with a free 30-day extension upon request. Other nationals can choose between a tourist visa, a transit visa and a service visa, for example for company managers, executives, consultants.

For longer stays, the options available are long term visit visa, tourist visa-multiple entry, and long term visit visa multiple entry. In order to obtain a work permit, a residence permit is required. Expats need in this case a sponsorship from a resident or a company and they can apply for residence permits if they are employees, family members, students, domestic helpers, or investors.

For more detailed information, please refer to our article on Moving to the UAE.

Getting to Al Ain

Al Ain is connected to Dubai and Abu Dhabi by two main highways, both of which are long, straight and well maintained. From Abu Dhabi International Airport, it is a 150 km journey to Al Ain city center, and it is the same distance from Dubai International Airport. The Al Ain International Airport sits on the outskirts of the city and offers flights around the local area, as far away as northern India and Ukraine.

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Living in Al Ain

A modern day oasis in the middle of the desert, Al Ain is rapidly becoming a haven for expats looking for an alternative to the bustle and bling of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Al Ain offers a real cultural taste of the UAE and has a long history that those living in Al Ain can explore at various museums.
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Working in Al Ain

Al Ain has become a popular place for working expats due to the high standard of living and growing job opportunities. There are a lot of expatriates already working in Al Ain, and the expat community is supportive and helpful. Learn more about the local economy, job hunting and taxes with this article.
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