WhyAbu Dhabi

Introduction to Abu Dhabi

A city of contrasts; glittering skyscrapers and modern-day infrastructure, luxury resorts, thrilling theme parks and a growing world-renowned art scene are coupled with UNESCO heritage sites, traditional Arabian souks and beautiful grand palaces and mosques

Built on foundational values of openness, tolerance and peace, Abu Dhabi is part of a politically and economically progressive country that is home to over 200 nationalities. Citizens and residents enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the region with best-in-class healthcare, education, infrastructure, and commerce. The emirate has been voted the happiest city in the region and the safest city in the world, ranking as one of the top destinations for global professionals to live and work. Residents enjoy the freedom of civil rights and practice of religion.

The emirate’s strategic location, diverse and sustainable economy and zero tax environment, make it an ideal destination to progress your career and improve your quality of life.

Find out here what attracts residents to one of the world’s fastest-growing destination cities.

Attractions and cultural experiences

Voted the safest city in the world visit numbeo website, Abu Dhabi has an abundance of attractions and cultural experiences to inspire, engage and cater for every type of resident. (Living-in-Abu-Dhabi)

With warm weather all year round, residents and their visitors can revel in this modern, fast-paced metropolis with its luxury hotels, mega-malls, and amusement parks, or escape the city to the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf and enjoy the stunning sunsets along the sandy shoreline. You can taste local and international cuisines from casual street food to award-winning restaurants, camp under the stars in the beautiful Al Wathba desert and enjoy the natural beauty of Abu Dhabi’s mangroves and desert oases.

A thriving entertainment sector

This exciting, diverse and culturally rich city holds something for everyone. Thanks to the continuous rejuvenation of hospitality, entertainment, and food and beverage outlets, there is a diverse and varied choice. As a resident of Abu Dhabi, you are living in an energetic international city constantly on the edge of newness, where best-in-class global offerings are always available. (Living-in-Abu-Dhabi)

Interesting Facts about Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Fun Facts

  • In 2017, archaeologists discovered the oldest known pearl in the world on Marawah Island, off Abu Dhabi. The 8000-year-old pearl was on display for the first time in 2019 at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
  • Before its independence from British rule in 1971, the UAE was called the Trucial States
  • The Saadiyat Cultural District is home to some of the world’s most prominent cultural institutions with more set to open in the coming years: The Louvre Abu Dhabi which opened in 2017; the Abrahamic Family House set to open this year (2022); Sheikh Zayed National Museum due to open in 2023; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi set to open by the end of 2025; and the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, also set to open in 2025
  • By 2019, the Louvre Abu Dhabi had already attracted 2 million visitors, making it the most visited museum in the Arab world
  • Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, also known as the “City of the Future”, was initiated in 2008. An innovative and ambitious project that is the first-ever sustainable urban community with zero environmental impact
  • The Smart City Index 2021, ranked Abu Dhabi as the smartest city in the Middle East and came 28th overall out of 118 global cities
  • The Capital Gate building, Abu Dhabi’s 160-metre-tall skyscraper, leans four times more than Italy’s leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Al Ain is home to four World Heritage Sites classified by UNESCO
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque hosts the world's largest carpet. The 60,546-square-foot carpet is the world's largest rug and took more than a thousand weavers over a year to complete
  • The Yas Marina Circuit is the most technologically advanced circuit in the world
  • The most expensive fossil to be sold at auction - A Tyrannosaurus rex called Stan - will go on display at the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi when its doors open in 2025. The 67-million-year-old, 11.7-metre specimen, thought to be the world's most duplicated T. rex fossil, fetched USD 31.8 million at a Christie’s auction in 2020


It is a business-friendly city. The relevant authorities are on hand to answer any question you may have. I found the department’s advisors incredibly helpful during the initial stages right until the day the doors of my business opened.

Amy Gilbert

Owner of Perfect Balance Rehabilitation Centre

We all bring different skills to the table and that's why in an expat environment, it's quite exciting because everyone has something different to offer from different educational backgrounds.

Chris Butcher

Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon

My advice to anyone moving to Abu Dhabi is to say yes. Make it a year of yes. When people invite you to events, say yes and approach everything with curiosity.

Christine Hecht

Marketing, Communications & Customer Service Manager at Zayed Sports City

I think the cultural diversity of this city really comes to life on the stage.

Clive Primrose

Director of Marketing & Audience Engagement at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

“The leaders of Abu Dhabi want MBZUAI and the city to be the center of all things related to AI which is one of the most futuristic technologies and that is very exciting”

Dr Karthik Nandakumar

Associate Professor at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

There is so much love and hope offered in the energy of Abu Dhabi. It's definitely a place to check out some time in your life. To live or pass by Abu Dhabi will be life changing.

Laura-Helene Kopinski

Founder and Director of Inner Seed Wellness

The demanding environment definitely makes you a better professional. You have to elevate yourself, elevate your own skills and knowledge to become a better worker.

Rebecca Renee

Marketing Manager at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Career progression is one of the reasons why my family and I have stayed for so long because my career progression has been so great. I came out as a senior associate and I am now a partner at an international law firm.

Ross Barfoot

Corporate Partner & Global Head of Education at Clyde & Co Global

One of the reasons Abu Dhabi is so special is the sense of togetherness and community. As someone who thrives on this feeling of togetherness, Abu Dhabi is perfect for me and my family.

Seth Amoafo

Founder of PASS Abu Dhabi

Having a lot of sun really lifts the spirits. My children are very positive. In some ways, thinking about them going into teenage years, the positivity of them being out here will help them cope with stressful situations like GCSEs or A-Levels.

Simon Johnson

Head of Cranleigh Arts Department, Senior School

One of the great aspects about Abu Dhabi is you can come here with one career and then change over because there are plenty of opportunities across different fields for everyone.

Trevor Buckley

Teacher and Bar Manager at The Irish Vickers

The thing that I love about Abu Dhabi is that it has an old school charm that showcases tradition but has a vision for the future.

Winston Cowie

Manager of Marine Policy at The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

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