Discover Abu Dhabi

Discovering Abu Dhabi
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Updated 2021-11-10 11:06

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is a popular destination among those who want to live and work in the region. Known as the more laidback counterpart of another emirate, Dubai, it is home to more than 200 nationalities that make up the melting pot they call home.

The climate in Abu Dhabi

The weather in Abu Dhabi can be extremely hot. Summer can be harsh because of the humidity, but at the end of the year, it gets a lot colder with the temperature dropping to as low as 12 degrees Celsius. There are several days or weeks when the city enjoys occasional rain showers and thunderstorms, which happens for a short period of a year. Residents in the city enjoy a refreshing pace usually before summer sets in.

Nature and social life in Abu Dhabi

There are plenty of beaches that families can enjoy around the city, which makes the outdoors pleasant once the harsh summer is over. Pristine beaches with blue waters are just a few minutes drive away from residential areas. Several parks are also available around the city, which the municipality maintains to make it more enjoyable for residents. Children can choose from many clean playgrounds; lush greenery and flowerbeds, and adults can enjoy the walking and jogging paths in the area.

Abu Dhabi is a great place to live as an expat because of its excellent quality of living, whether for solo expats or families. Furthermore, it offers excellent work opportunities that include many international organisations as well as local ones that offer great compensation packages. Abu Dhabi is also a safe city where expats can enjoy walking around without fear of being harmed on the streets. While crime exists, the rate is very low, and the capital is still one of the safest places to live in the region. The downside? A rather high cost of living — rent and daily expense in this emirate tend to be increasing every year.

Several shopping malls are available in the city where many international brands offer goods and services. You will also find restaurants of various cuisines catering to Abu Dhabi's population of different nationalities. Just an hour away from Dubai, you get the best of both worlds by living in the city and being an hour to a few hours drive away to its nearby cities for weekends when you want to explore the rest of the United Arab Emirates.

Best of all, Abu Dhabi is a highly tolerant city compared to its neighbours in the region, but strict laws and rules are still fully enforced. It is still one of the most popular cities frequented by tourists, students and expats alike because of the diversity of its population and opportunities it offers people of all races, from all walks of life.

Abu Dhabi's geography and economy

Geographically, the United Arab Emirates is also strategically located to serve as a hub for those who wish to travel or are coming from Europe. This makes travelling to and from easier, especially with world-class carriers such as Etihad and Emirates Airlines.

Economically, Abu Dhabi enjoys a fast-paced growth that seeks to diversify and shift its course away from depending solely on its oil and gas industry alone. Hence, more jobs are being created for expats. It is expected to continue for years to come as this plan to diversify its economy carries on.

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi

Numbeo.com estimates the cost of living in Abu Dhabi as the following:

  • For a family of four: around 2,813$ (AED 10,334) without rent.
  • For a single person: 818$ (AED 3,004) without rent.

Abu Dhabi is considered to be 42.29% less expensive than New York — without taking rent into account. It is also about 6% cheaper than Dubai.

Four-person family monthly cost: about 10,614.56 AED without rent.

A single person's monthly cost will be about 3,039.75 AED without rent.

In 2021, the city ranked as the 56th most expensive city in the world – 17 places up from its 2020 ranking.

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