Work inAbu Dhabi

Opportunity & Innovation

With a culture of tolerance, innovation and ambition, Abu Dhabi is one of the most diverse and exciting destinations in the world. As a result of its quality infrastructure, healthy employment market, and tax-free income policy, it is a place that change-makers, trailblazers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs call home.

As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is recognized as an international hub for commerce and culture, progressive in outlook and welcoming to all. It is the fifth most popular city in the world for expats to work, according to research conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and (BCG, 2021). Holding the title of the world’s safest city for five consecutive years (Numbeo’s Quality of Life Index), the emirate offers a secure and unparalleled quality of life.

A global destination and economic hub at the crossroads of three continents, Abu Dhabi is ideally positioned for expat living. Etihad Airways links six continents and 76 global destinations in 49 countries worldwide (Stastica, 2022), making travel to and from home countries easy and providing a base for international adventures.

Abu Dhabi enjoys a strategic position connecting the world’s fastest growing economies. Its accessible geographic location means that 80 percent of the world’s population is reachable within an 8-hour flight.

The UAE invests approximately USD 3 billion every year in innovation as part of its drive for a diversified and flexible knowledge-based economy. By investing in education, talent, research, and sustainable solutions, Abu Dhabi has heightened its appeal on the world stage. With a GDP per capita in the top ten globally (World Bank, n.d.), the emirate has a stable and rapidly growing economy that is on track to grow 3-4% over the next four years (Statistica, n.d.).

For many professionals seeking to put their career on a definitive upward trajectory, living and working in Abu Dhabi is a place where they can thrive.

Abu Dhabi Insights

  • Capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Located at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • GDP per capita in the top ten globally.
  • Voted the world’s safest city in the world for the 5th consecutive year.
  • Multicultural society – over 2.2 million expatriates of more than 200 nationalities.
  • World-class education – home to the world’s first AI university (
  • Sustainability – home to the first international organisation focused on renewable energy (
  • Diversity and inclusion – the first city in the Middle East to host the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Vision 2030

The UAE’s history is a journey of innovation and advancement. In just 50 years, rapid economic and social development has transformed the UAE into a modern, multicultural society with a highly productive and competitive economy. Seeking to ensure the continued success of the emirate’s development, the Government of Abu Dhabi has set guidelines and priorities for the city’s socio-economic progress.

In 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced a long-term economic plan for the emirate to not only safeguard its future, but diversify from the dominant oil and gas sector, and give a greater focus on knowledge-based industries.

Vision 2030 has nine key focuses:

  • A large empowered private sector
  • A sustainable knowledge-based economy
  • An optimal, transparent regulatory environment
  • A continuation of strong and diverse international relationships
  • The optimisation of the emirate’s resources
  • Premium education, healthcare, and infrastructure assets
  • Complete international and domestic security
  • Maintaining Abu Dhabi’s values, cultures, and heritage
  • A significant and ongoing contribution to the federation of the UAE

For more information, visit Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030


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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