Abu Dhabi is the largest and richest of the United Arab Emirates. And it was our home for nearly 3 years.
Initially sceptical, I grew to love this city. Whatever you like there is always a way to find it and do it.
Well, it's an exciting place - whether it is relaxation or adventure you are after!
Whilst still respecting it’s unique heritage and natural environment, it offers visitors guaranteed sunshine and a huge diversity of attractions. In an impossibly short space of time, it has risen to become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. And it is only just getting started!
The incredible Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the top must-see destinations in the world. UNESCO world heritage sites of Al Ain (the second city of the Emirate) are less widely known but not to be missed.
There are world class hotels, beaches (try Saadiyat Beach), golf courses and museums. If you want more excitement then try newly opened Yas Waterworld. Or Ferrari World with the world's fastest rollercoaster.
If shopping is your thing then try Marina Mall, Al Wahda Mall or Yas Mall for starters.
If you have a penchant for food then the knowledge that there are chefs and restaurants from all across the globe will be enlightening. We promise that there is enough choice to satisfy even the most seasoned traveller.
Luxury, opulence and five star glamour are synonymous with this Emirate but there are options for all budgets.
Living in Abu Dhabi can be a dream - but it takes some getting used to! There are many things that are done differently in the United Arab Emirates compared to the UK (our home country). This is the case everywhere though. You don't need to move across the world to find new ways of doing things. And this is one of the things we have grown to love.
Living in the UAE can sometimes be likened to a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'. On a good day you go up but on a bad day you slide back down!
To avoid a huge amount of frustration (in any expat post) ALWAYS ask someone who has been there, done that. Those who have been in Abu Dhabi for a while are treasure troves of information - use them!
To get you started here are a couple of pages about hospitals and pregnancy. Good luck, I hope you love it as much as we did!
We loved living in Abu Dhabi and were sad to go but it will always be a place we remember fondly. We cannot wait to visit again soon and see what new developments there are (such as 'The Louvre' or 'The Guggenheim'). Have you been yet?
'With a multicultural society and, of course, the ever present sun and beaches, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates should be on everybody’s to do list - Abu Dhabi Do!'
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