Home to more than 2.2 million expatriates of over 200 nationalities, Abu.Dhabi is a proudly diverse destination renowned the world over for its inclusiveness. The emirate has long been distinguished by a tradition of openness, its multinational community not only adding to the richness of life in the UAE capital but making it all the more welcoming to visitors and residents from all over the world.
This diversity, along with its stable economy — with the emirate's GDP standing at US $249 billion and set to grow by 6-8% over the next two years — sets Abu.Dhabi apart as an attractive destination for people to not only live, study and work, but also retire.
Today, more families are choosing to make Abu.Dhabi their long-term home, rooting themselves in its increasingly multicultural community — the quality of life, safety and rich range of opportunities on offer providing an array of reasons for people to settle in the emirate.
Quality of Life
Owing to the comfort, stability, quality of education and high standard of healthcare available in the emirate, Abu.Dhabi is universally regarded as one of the best places in the world to live and retire. Accordingly, it has been named as the most liveable city in the region for two years in a row, as per the Global Liveability Index 2021. Abu.Dhabi has also been ranked as the happiest city in the Arab region (World Happiness Report 2020).
Offering a world-class integrated and connected environment for people to live and work, Abu.Dhabi has been identified as the ‘smartest’ city in the Middle East and North Africa (IMD Smart City Index 2020).
For five consecutive years, Abu.Dhabi has earned the top spot on Numbeo’s Quality of Life Index as the world’s safest city.
Abu.Dhabi has been named the best city for expatriates in the Middle East and ranked the 10th most popular city for expatriates globally, performing well on the Getting Settled Index and Finance & Housing Index, according to the 2020 InterNations Expat City Ranking of 66 cities.
Additionally, Abu.Dhabi’s status as an ideal investment hub also makes it attractive to families eager to relocate; its strategic location, accommodating taxes, first-class infrastructure and thriving industries transforming it into a go-to destination for ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs. The emirate’s conducive business environment also adds to its appeal, the reduction of requirements to set up a business and the lowering of business licence fees empowering more investors.
Expatriates are also given access to property investment opportunities in Abu.Dhabi. International residents can invest in nine designated areas for ownership of real estate properties. These are: Yas Island, Saadiyat, Reem, Maryah, Lulu, Al Raha Beach, Sayh Al Sedairah, Al Reef and Masdar City.
As well as offering access to these opportunities, Abu.Dhabi is also home to some of the most popular cultural attractions in the region.
Abu.Dhabi’s key landmarks and attractions include:
With local leadership making retirement in the UAE more accessible, more people and families look set to relocate to Abu.Dhabi. As outlined by the UAE Government, retired residents over the age of 55 can get a long-term residence visa for a period of five years. The visa may be renewed if the eligibility criteria is met.