Moving to a different country is a huge decision, regardless of where you choose to relocate – but moving to Abu Dhabi is a particularly big change.
Abu Dhabi, just one of the seven Emirates, houses a population of around 900,000 people and is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It’s also one of the world’s biggest oil suppliers and many expats living in this area have chosen to move here because of their involvement in this particular industry.
Since the Middle East has very different customs and a distinct way of life to that in the UK, it is important to conduct some thorough research before moving to Abu Dhabi so you know what to expect. Here are just a few things to consider:
Diverse people, varying beliefs
If you’ve decided on a move to the Middle East, it’s imperative that you understand that this particular part of the world boasts few defined borders and covers an ample geographical area, which means it’s also an area brimming with a number of diverse religious, political and cultural beliefs.
If you intend to drive around the city, it’s wise to consider the roads beforehand. Due to the mass of people living here, Abu Dhabi’s motorways can seem a little hectic and parking is sometimes limited. It may be a good idea to invest in a driver when moving abroad to Abu Dhabi or alternatively, use the services of one of the many taxis.
Abu Dhabi is a destination that offers almost year round sunshine – another of its many draws. Its sub-tropical climate makes wearing summer clothing suited to the majority of the year.
Depending on which area you choose to settle in, you’ll find that the house prices are reflected in the higher wages. Many expats will choose to rent property in the city, however, those that wish to source less costly accommodation may choose to venture off-island and a little further afield.
Get to know the area
Prior to moving to this area, many people spend a short time on holiday here. This is a great way to learn a little more about the city and all it has to offer and is much more beneficial than simply reading a guidebook. An advance visit will also enable you to pick out the best areas to live, the best British schools and the best local amenities such as gyms, shopping malls and driving routes.
Although the one downside of moving to the Middle East is moving away from family and friends, it’s a popular business route, which means a number of flights run in and out of the city on a daily basis. Moving to this area certainly boasts a variety of potential opportunities as well as a new, exciting lifestyle. All of these factors combined with the appealing climate will help to overcome the relocation process in no time.