AboutAbu Dhabi

About Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Residents Office

Situated on the Arabian Gulf coast, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With a rich history dating back to 6000 B.C, Abu Dhabi’s past reveals a place where ambition and vision rule in equal measure. Thanks to the foresight and legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Father of the Nation, who built a country on the principles of cohesion, tolerance, peace and the promise of a better future, Abu Dhabi is the realisation of a dream to destiny.

Known for pearl diving before the discovery of oil, the emirate’s entrepreneurial spirit kick-started a massive architectural and business boom, and the sands of the Arabian Desert have given way to reveal a thriving, multi-cultural society with global appeal.

Today, the emirate has a highly diversified economy, a hub for tourism, luxury brands and finance, and home to a barrage of iconic buildings and cultural destinations.

Abu Dhabi continues to have big ambition; the UAE’s new Centennial 2071 plan is a long-term vision that extends for five decades after 2021 and forms a clear roadmap to make the UAE the best country in the world by continually striving for inclusivity and stability, innovation, and human development, the aim is to ensure sustainability for future generations.


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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