Living in Abu Dhabi

Located along the Persian Gulf off the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula and named by CNN as the richest city in the world lies Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates. With the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf lapping at the city's towering skyscrapers, the island city of Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for those seeking an adventurous lifestyle in a fast-paced, vibrant community. From the desert mainland to the bustling downtown, Abu Dhabi is a global city for all ages. Nearby cities include Shahamah, Al Shamkha, and Al Maqatrah.

Abu Dhabi's tropical climate allows for mild winters, comfortable springs, and languid summers, perfect for the variety of outdoor activities. With year-round sunshine and warm winds, Abu Dhabi offers ideal weather for a visit to the beach, sailing, or exploring the nearby desert by camel-back.

What is most unique about Abu Dhabi is the culture. A veritable melting pot of races and cultures, Abu Dhabi is a multifaceted, colorful society, with citizens from India, Somalia, Philippines, and the United Kingdom all calling this majestic city home. This unique socioeconomic development has led Abu Dhabi to become a welcoming city for all peoples, boasting many different places of worship, a variety of public and private schools, cultural centers, and many one of a kind restaurants.

Abu Dhabi offers an array of recreational activities and attractions. With over 250 miles of coastline and six miles of public beaches, relax and work on a tan at the beach, or admire the city skyline aboard a harbor cruise. Explore the local islands, featuring golf courses, five-star restaurants, and more. Read a book or have a picnic in one of the city's 2,000 parks and gardens. Close proximity to the Arabian Desert allows for camel rides by sunset or, for the truly adventurous, "dune bashing," an exhilarating ride through the desert dunes with an off-road vehicle.

Enjoy Abu Dhabi's eclectic, cosmopolitan cuisine, with a food palate almost as diverse as its people. Heavily influenced by Arab and South Asian cuisine, Abu Dhabi offers mouth-watering, authentic dishes with some of the finest ingredients in the world, sure to please all cravings. Dine in style at one of the many upscale hotel restaurants, or for something simpler, pick up some sandwiches at the local shawarma shop. For the more adventurous, try a camel burger, quickly becoming a popular entrée in many parts of the city. Favorites include Brauhaus, La Mer, and Ruchi.

With an economic growth rate that is double China's, United Arab Emirates is quickly expanding to a popular place to live. It is no surprise that Abu Dhabi is a city for those of all cultures to settle down. From its downtown buildings overlooking the gulf to outlying quiet desert villages, Abu Dhabi is a premier location spot.


Abu Dhabi is the capital city of United Arab Emirates with a population of approximately 621,000, according to a 2012 census. The common currency is the Emirati Dirham, which is approximately $3.63 AED for every US dollar. The island city is situated in the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, with close proximity to cities Shahamah, Al Shamkha, and Al Maqatrah.


Abu Dhabi takes pride in its high standard of living. Explore the city by bicycle along the famous Corniche Road, a five mile stretch along the waterfront, catch a fish in the Gulf, or relax on the beach and dip your toes in the water. Discover the desert region and soak in the Arabian night at a desert campsite. When it's time to eat, choose from a variety of restaurants that the city has to offer.

Abu Dhabi's exotic location and cultural diversity provide an endless array of activities to please both the sporting and artistic personalities. Enjoy the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, hosted yearly in early winter at the Yas Marine Circuit, considered to be the richest single-seated race track in the world. The city hosts a number of conferences and exhibitions each year in their state of the art venues, boasting around 1.8 million tourists a year.

For great shopping, Abu Dhabi offers a variety of choices. For a more authentic feel, experience the open-air souk – Arabic for "marketplace," selling a variety of traditional fragrances and spices. Abu Dhabi features numerous shopping malls, sure to please all shoppers at home to special events and even festivals during the Islamic holidays.

Things to Do

Emirates Palace

An iconic city landmark, this luxury hotel borrows from the country's Arabian roots in its architecture. Marvel at the gold, mother of pearl, and crystal interior. The hotel features 114 domes and 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes. Make sure to view the two handmade wall display carpets, portraying the ornate palace itself.

Yas Viceroy

Come and enjoy the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, hosted at this five-star hotel, the only racetrack in the world to be built half on land and half on water. The hotel's most iconic feature is the "grid shell," a 718 foot curved glass and steel structure that covers the two hotel towers, linked by a bridge over the racetrack.

Al Ain Zoo

Fun for the whole family, the Al Ain Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals with at least 30 percent considered endangered. Activities include giraffe feeding, camel riding, and a petting zoo. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the green public spaces or take a train tour of the wildlife area to view the animals.

Al Jahili Fort

One of the most historic places in the United Arab Emirates and the birthplace of the founder of the nation, Al Jahili Fort is a must-see to learn about the history of this Arab city. The Fort was erected in 1891 to protect the city and keep inter-tribal peace before it served as the residence for the governor.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

One of the world's largest mosques, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque holds over 41,000 worshippers. Take the Sunset Tour to admire the 82 domes, 1,000 columns, and 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers inside, and marvel at the many reflective pools that surround the mosque.

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