A great place to live and work
Aussies Abroad Abu Dhabi
As stated, United Arab Emirates is a nation of expats. In recent years, Aussies and Kiwis have moved here to work in construction, education, banking, government, oil or tourism among other trades. Those who emigrate can enjoy beautiful beaches, a busy social life and the chance to explore a very different landscape to that from home. There are plenty of international schools and a lot of the population speak English.
Many cultures exist here due to the nature of the workforce which is made up of a veritable united nations. Life can be expensive, particularly in Abu Dhabi, but in some areas it is easy to achieve a high quality of life for less than home and because you are paying little tax.
What about Abu Dhabi...
If you want to spend any length of time in UEA you will need to apply for a visa. These are granted by the separate emirates, and the rules are sometimes applied differently from one to the next, so you need to contact the bodies in the appropriate emirate to find out where you stand.
Broadly speaking, you will need a work permit and residence visa and an Emirates ID card. Your employer should apply for the visas for you. If granted they are valid for up to two years. You will also need to get all relevant birth and marriage certificates attested. If you are a woman you will need to work in specific professions to be able to sponsor your family’s move. You will not be able to sponsor a partner to move – you must be married to live together in UAE. All medical treatment is paid for in UAE, so your employer should provide medical insurance.
What about Abu Dhabi...
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination.
Is there alcohol in the UAE? Yes alcohol is permitted in the UAE. This can be bought at off licenses as long as you have an alcohol license, which is obtained online via the Special Licence Office. Most people socialise in the many bars and night clubs in the UAE. Most hotels have at least 2 bars in them and there are at least 50 hotels in Abu Dhabi. So you will not be short of places to party. Ladies nights are exclusive nights for women that provide ladies with free entry and free drinks for the night. Sorry guys there is no such thing as a man’s night just yet!
There are many wonderful restaurants to try and cuisine from every corner of the globe. Many hotel offer theme nights. Friday Brunch is a big deal in the UAE and these vary from cheap to expensive, kid friendly or not but always guaranteed a great day out!
THINGS TO SEE, THINGS TO DO
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an amusement park located on Yas Island. It is the first Ferrari-branded and largest indoor theme park in the world that includes Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster.
Souk Madinat – Jumeirah
Souk Madinat is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah – The Arabian Resort, Dubai.
Desert Safari (4WD)
A unique memory to share with your family and friends back home. Tours depart in the afternoon across the desert for an overnight stay. Watch the beautiful desert sunset before reaching the campsite that includes many activities.
World Class Golf
Abu Dhabi has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, providing a breathtaking variety of golf experiences with unique character.