Experience The Abu Dhabi Life

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There are many reasons why families and individuals from all over the world make the Emirate of Abu Dhabi their home. From the city's rich culture to the warm Emirati hospitality, from iconic landmarks to the majestic desert and the sea, Abu Dhabi is the place to live in and thrive.

This lush garden city has the UAE’s biggest economya. It has been named the safest city in the world, according to the global data website Numbeo. With the year-round sun and mild winters, Abu Dhabi offers boundless opportunities for family and friends to come together and enjoy the energy of living the Abu Dhabi life.

Abu Dhabi’s northwest coastline embraces the picturesque 8 km Corniche waterfront, where the 63-floor ADNOC Headquarters rises.  The building is in proximity to Emirates Palace, The Founder’s Memorial, Qasr Al Watan (the Presidential Palace), the Heritage Village, and Marina Mall.

The Capital of the UAE

Abu Dhabi, in Arabic, means Father of the Gazelle. It is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and accounts for 87% of the UAE’s total land area.  The other Emirates in the UAE are Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah.

Following the discovery of oil, and under the wise leadership of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi witnessed tremendous growth and prosperity. It was in 1971, the year of the UAE’s independence, when Sheikh Zayed founded ADNOC to harness the resources effectively in service of the nation. The decades to follow have seen Abu Dhabi transform from a desert into an oasis of rapid growth and enhanced socio-economic development.

The official language of the UAE is Arabic, however, English is widely used in business and corporate arenas, given the vast number of nationalities of people living here.

While Islam is the official religion of the UAE, residents in Abu Dhabi have the freedom to practice their own faith in designated spaces around the city.

A Thriving Community Lifestyle 

From the bustling Downtown to the quieter family-friendly suburbs and luxury island neighborhoods, Abu Dhabi offers a quality living experience to its residents.

You could choose to live in the heart of the city close to the historic fort called Qasr Al Hosn, or just a step away from the Corniche in districts such as the Khalidiyah, Al Zahiyah, or Al Markaziyah. There are luxurious housing compounds at Saadiyat Island and Reem Island, or you could opt for a large family villa at Khalifa City or Al Zeina, just a short drive away from the city. 

World-Class Education

Embracing the diversity of people living in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi offers a high standard of education and a range of international curricula such as American, British, Japanese, Indian, German, and Italian. There are endless options for children to undertake their education from reputed nurseries and private schools to international schools and universities. 

Robust Healthcare Facilities

Abu Dhabi residents enjoy the best medical care and treatment, thanks to a robust healthcare infrastructure by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH). Government hospitals, internationally renowned multi-specialty hospitals, healthcare centers, and clinics offer world-class healthcare services to serve the communities’ needs and boost public health.

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

Regardless of which mall or neighborhood you visit in Abu Dhabi, retail and dining options are abundant. Source aromatic oriental herbs and spices from The Souk at the World Trade Centre Mall, or go mall hopping between The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall, or Abu Dhabi Mall to shop the latest fashion, furniture, and gadgets.

And when you want to take a break from shopping, delicious cuisines from all over the world await you. You can choose from a range of international cuisines, from fine dining spots in the city to family-friendly mall-based eateries or even home deliveries.

Some of the city's family-friendly entertainment spots can be found on Yas Island, such as Warner Brothers Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Ferrari World. 

Culture, History, and Art

For a taste of Abu Dhabi’s history, visit Qasr Al Hosn, home to a watchtower built in 1761, and once the seat of Abu Dhabi’s ruling Al Nahyan family. Close by is the House of Artisans showcasing traditional Emirati crafts and the Cultural Foundation, which has hosted numerous art, music, and film events in the past.

Witness the beauty of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques with unique architecture that blends Islamic architecture with world cultures. Take in the stunning Swarovski chandeliers, etched calligraphy, the delicate marble mosaic artworks, and marvel at the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.

When it comes to art, the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island Cultural District is a sight to behold, capturing the ‘Rain of Light’ concept as you walk under its dome. Admire art and artifacts on exhibit from around the world.

There are also several art galleries to visit, such as Warehouse 421 tucked away in the Mina Zayed port, New York University (NYU) Art Gallery on Saadiyat Island, and the N2N Gallery in Nation Towers.

Visit Abu Dhabi’s greenland, Al Ain, to take in its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Go back in time to the Bronze Age by visiting the beehive-shaped Jebel Hafeet Tombs and Hili Archaeological Park.

Beaches and Parks

Beaches are abundant in Abu Dhabi, from the Corniche beaches to those at Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, and Zaya Nurai Island. From a distance, you and your family might catch sight of the critically endangered (CR) Hawksbill turtles at their Saadiyat Island breeding grounds.

Abu Dhabi is also home to landscaped green spaces along the Corniche and expansive parks such as Khalifa Park and Umm Al Emarat Park. Animal lovers can feed the giraffes at the Emirates Park Zoo or visit the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and learn about falconry, the UAE’s traditional sport from the ancient Bedouin culture.

The Desert, Mountains, and Beyond

For an immersive desert experience, the Empty Quarter beckons you. Also called Rub’Al Khali, this is the world’s largest expanse of desert that offers breathtaking views of the sand dunes as well as a range of adventures such as dune bashing, camel trekking, or dining under the stars.

Abu Dhabi’s proximity to the other Emirates also allows for new venues to explore nature. Hike in the scenic Al Hajar Mountain range in the Northern Emirates, zip through the world’s longest zipline in Ras Al Khaimah, or go snorkeling in Fujairah. 

Sports and Family Fitness

Staying active is easy in Abu Dhabi. From walking to cycling with the family along the Corniche boardwalk, kite surfing on Saadiyat Island, or learning to horse ride, there is something for everyone. Indulge in a spot of golf, go for a spin at Al Wathba Cycle Track, or pursue a myriad of watersports at Yas Island, such as windsurfing, fly fishing, and kayaking.

During the summer, sign up for indoor activities at gyms, fitness clubs, and swimming pools across the city. Abu Dhabi also has dedicated children-friendly fitness activities and indoor adventure facilities.