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December 21, 2021

Aldar Answers Your Questions about Moving To Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 21 December 2021Are you moving to Abu Dhabi because you got a new job in the UAE, and the company is located in Abu Dhabi?

You must have many questions about the moving process and the new life you will have. Aldar will provide you with answers to all your questions regarding being an expatriate in  Abu Dhabi.

What Are the Visa Requirements?

There are different visas that Abu Dhabi provides, including visitor and tourist visas, but in your case, you will require a working visa or what’s called a work entry permit.

For the private sector, there are different visas for private companies to apply for depending on the position of the employee.

If you will be occupying a position in a governmental institution, in a ministry, for example, you will be receiving your visa directly from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

Visa requirements differ based on your nationality, the country you are moving from, and the specifications of the position you accepted. To be fully aware of the requirements, you can visit the UAE Embassy located in your country or GDRFA’s website.

What Lifestyle to Expect?

Those not familiar with the Middle Eastern Arab culture are often skeptical about the traditions its traditions, especially with the presence of norms regarding Islam.

But be sure that living in Abu Dhabi means living within a welcoming and accepting environment. Abu Dhabi is a cultural pot, hosting people of different backgrounds and nationalities. You’ll almost feel at home.

What is really exceptional about moving to Abu Dhabi is you will get the opportunity to experience a combination of modernity and traditional culture. The city has plenty of spots to visit if you are looking for entertaining authentic experiences and hosts other destinations offering modern entertainment options.

Will I Be Living in the Desert?

You really don’t need to worry about the misconception relating the Arab region to being a desert, where there is sand and camels everywhere. The UAE is living proof of how this is entirely a misconception.

The capital of the UAE is an island located 250 meters off the shore. This means you get to enjoy all the perks of a charming coastline along with beautiful sand dunes.

What Is the Weather Like?

The weather in the summer is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching over 40°C. As for the winter, it extends from October to March with cooler temperatures that go around 15°C.

Is Owning a Car a Necessity?

Owning a car will surely make life easier. But if you are not considering buying a car, Abu Dhabi has other transportation options.

Among the options that you will encounter when living in Abu Dhabi are buses that are fully equipped to tend to people with special needs and are air-conditioned. You can learn more about the buses’ routes by accessing the website of the Department of Transport and downloading the maps for different routes.

Taxis are another option. You can hail a taxi whenever you need to or use one of the applications like Careem to book a ride.

And to take the most memorable tour in Abu Dhabi, you can take a water taxi and enjoy a mesmerizing trip.

I Have Kids. Are There Any Good Educational Options?

The needs of families with kids differ from the needs of single individuals or couples. The availability of good schools is among every family’s necessities.

Abu Dhabi offers many schools and nurseries to secure your kids’ education. Aldar contributes to the educational part of the capital with many academies and nurseries located in different parts of Abu Dhabi, including Al Bateen Academy, The Pearl Academy, and others.

Is It Easy to Find a Residential Property?

Finding a place to live in Abu Dhabi wouldn’t be as complicated as you might think. The city hosts a large number of high-end developments offering a variety of residential properties that cater to all different needs.

If you are planning to purchase a property rather than renting one, Abu Dhabi is home to several freehold areas. Expatriates can own property in these areas according to the 2019 amendment of the freehold property law.

The areas include Saadiyat Island, Yas Island, Al Raha Beach, Reem Island, and others.