Move toAbu Dhabi

Move to Abu Dhabi

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Moving to Abu Dhabi is quite an undertaking, yet it can be the greatest adventure of your life with careful planning. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE and also the largest of the seven emirates, is an aspirational place to live and work. It offers an idyllic lifestyle with exceptional employment opportunities, world-class education and highly sought-after leisure and entertainment. With a culture of openness and tolerance, Abu Dhabi is one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in the world.

It comes as no surprise that the UAE is one of the happiest countries in the world. It ranked highest among Arab countries in the World Happiness Report 2021, a position it has held for the last seven consecutive years. The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi conducts

periodic studies and annual surveys to identify society’s needs and ambitions and to boost development. According to its most recent findings, happiness has increased in Abu Dhabi. This growth in happiness indicators reflects lifestyle changes that have been made to improve the quality of life for the Abu Dhabi community.

The happiness and wellbeing index is a key quality of life indicator, which takes into account life satisfaction and happiness. Happiness in Abu Dhabi has increased on the index by 7.8 per cent, for a final score of 7.727 points out of 10. The life satisfaction index increased by 6.6 per cent while the work-life balance index increased by nearly 16 per cent. Other key metrics such as overall residence satisfaction and satisfaction with current housing income increased as well.

Moving to Abu Dhabi could be your happiest move yet. This section tells you the things you need to know before relocating such as how to obtain a visa or find a job. The information here helps you to start your life in Abu Dhabi easily.


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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