Getting a residence visa
Abu Dhabi is an incredibly family-friendly place to live, and dependents of those working here are encouraged to come and take advantage of its world-class education and healthcare - and fantastic lifestyle
Anyone living in Abu Dhabi requires a residence visa, which is provided for the employee and their dependents by the employer.
Days of the week
Abu Dhabi's work and school week runs Sunday to Thursday, with the weekend falling on Friday and Saturday.
As the holy day, Friday tends to be slower-paced, with many businesses opening later in the day.
Abu Dhabi's climate
Abu Dhabi has a dry, sub-tropical climate. Blue skies and high temperatures can be expected for most of the year. Temperatures range from a low of around 13C (50F) on a winter's night, to a high of around 42C (118F) on a summer's day. From November to April, the emirate experiences near-perfect weather, with daytime temperatures averaging at around 24C (75F).
Services for people with disabilities
Abu Dhabi prides itself on being an inclusive society. In 2019 it hosted the Special Olympic World Games, which saw 7,500 athletes from all over the world compete in locations across the emirate. As a result, there has been a marked improvement in public services for people with disabilities.
Getting a driving licence
While visitors can use an international driving licence, residents wishing to drive in Abu Dhabi will need to apply for a UAE diving licence. If you already have one from your country, most nationalities can easily transfer it to a UAE one once you have your residency permit. However, some nationalities will need to take a UAE driving test.
If you're a non-driver, there are plenty of other ways to get around the emirate.
Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful, and can be flagged down at the roadside or booked by phone by calling 600 535 353. A fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses also operates around the clock.
Abu Dhabi enjoys several religious and public holidays, the longest of which are Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha (both usually around three days).
You can ship your items to Abu Dhabi via air or sea container, which can be arranged from your point of departure.
Alternatively, there is a wide selection of furniture shops selling well-priced home items - as well as several online groups that buy and sell second-hand furniture.
Abu Dhabi’s pet community is lively and active, with many families bringing their pets (mainly cats and dogs) from overseas.
Pets imported or brought to Abu Dhabi must not be classified as endangered species or subject to the terms of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna).
Abu Dhabi's dining scene is rich and varied, with around 400 restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world. In accordance with Islam, all meat is halal. Alcohol is served in hotels across the emirate, and sold in specially licensed stores.
All meat produced or imported into the UAE is halal.
Alcohol is permitted in almost all hotels in Abu Dhabi, and can be purchased in authorised stores by those holding a liquor licence.