Living in Abu Dhabi

About the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was formed in 1971 and is made up of seven Emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain. The country’s income is derived mainly from its hydrocarbon industry, but it also has well-developed trade and tourism sectors.

The population of the UAE is estimated at around 8.1 million, of which around 20% are indigenous Emirati UAE Nationals. while the remainder are foreign expatriates from around the world. The country boasts the world’s highest net migration rate, which is a testament to the UAE’s welcoming culture, safe and modern living conditions, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

The coastal country has a dramatic landscape, featuring rolling sand dunes, punctuated by the occasional mountain range, providing residents with many terrains to experience. The climate of the UAE is hot and dry, with clear skies throughout the year. The months of June through September are particularly hot and humid, with intermittent sandstorms. The weather is cooler from November to March. This period also sees dense fog on some days.

About Abu Dhabi

About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, and is the largest of the country’s emirates. It is a modern cosmopolitan city with towering skyscrapers, gleaming beaches, five-star entertainment, resplendent public parks, a budding art scene and modern health and educational sectors.

According to CEOWORLD magazine, Abu Dhabi – the capital of the UAE – was named the safest city in the world in 2019 for the third year in a row.

The emirate is home to many entertainment and cultural venues. Its Yas Island hosts the Yas Marina Circuit for the international F1 and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as well as the theme parks Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. Nearby, Saadiyat Island is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat art and culture center. The spectacular Corniche beachfront hosts the season-opener of the Red Bull World Championship Air Race.

Abu Dhabi also boasts the splendid Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest and most spectacular mosques in the world. The city is also home to international hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Sidewalk cafes, bistros, and restaurants with cuisine from around the world are enjoyed by the residents and visitors to Abu Dhabi.

With its rapidly developing urban infrastructure, cultural attractions, robust economy, and beautiful beaches, Abu Dhabi was ranked second most popular city for work, rest, and play by the Ipsos Top Cities Index in 2017, just behind New York. 

While Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is used in all communications and aspects of life due to the high expat population.

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