12 May, 2023

Want to live and work in Abu Dhabi? Here's what you need to know

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Moving to a new city can be a daunting experience, but the strong sense of community in Abu Dhabi can offer a warm and welcoming environment for families. The country’s capital has a diverse and multicultural population so it's easy to make new friends and connections, and there’s also a range of services to help newcomers settle in, like relocation companies and expat groups. As an international school on the heart of Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, we meet families that are new to the city every day, so we understand exactly what’s needed to live and work in Abu Dhabi - to help you settle in quickly and make your transition as smooth as possible.



Before making the move to Abu Dhabi, it's important to get familiar with the city's cultural norms and practices. While it has a very modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Abu Dhabi is also a conservative city that adheres to Islamic laws and customs. That means respecting local practices, dressing modestly in public, and avoiding the public consumption of alcohol.

To make sure you're fully prepared, you should also research visa requirements and complete all necessary documentation well in advance. This includes things like getting a work visa and residency permit. Don't leave these important details to the last minute! And of course, if your family needs additional support before moving to Abu Dhabi, don’t hesitate to let us know so we can support you in the best possible way.


Working in Abu Dhabi The city’s economy is really thriving, with a huge range of local and multinational businesses. With a strong emphasis on respect and courtesy, the business culture may seem formal at first, but don't worry – it's a friendly and warm environment. Building good relationships with colleagues and business partners is important, and we encourage you to embrace local customs as you get more familiar with working in this incredible city. And our school events are perfect for connecting with other families – it can also be a great networking opportunity, too! We offer a wide range of programmes and activities to bring our families together, and build a diverse and inclusive flavour. Our families - from all backgrounds and cultures - love being part of such a tight-knit, supportive school community.

Living and working in Abu Dhabi is a rewarding experience, with a range of career opportunities available in various sectors. It’s the perfect kind of international environment that we prepare our students for, with a curriculum designed to foster critical thinking, creativity, and innovation.


Abu Dhabi is rich in culture and provides many opportunities to explore its unique attractions. From the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to the world-class museums and art galleries, there really is something for everyone. At Nord Anglia International School (NAS) Abu Dhabi, our students discover and explore many of the city’s hidden gems on school excursions and cultural activities.

Abu Dhabi is also known for its outdoor activities, with a range of parks and beaches to visit and enjoy, including the Abu Dhabi Corniche, which offers stunning views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf.

If you’re a foodie, living and working in Abu Dhabi is going to feel like paradise with a diverse range of international and local cuisine to choose from. You can indulge in traditional Emirati dishes like machboos, shawarma, and luqaimat, or experience Abu Dhabi’s coffee culture, or the city's vibrant dining scene with restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs. Whether you prefer fine dining or street food stalls, Abu Dhabi has something for everyone's taste buds.


It’s an exciting world of education at NAS Abu Dhabi. From outstanding facilities that spark the imagination, to innovative learning experiences that inspire, every step of our journey is designed to ensure your child will flourish academically, socially and emotionally in a truly global environment. Our handpicked world-class teachers’ international experience and qualifications will supercharge your child’s organic love of learning, empower their wellbeing, and guide them to achieve more than they ever thought possible. And while one in two Nord Anglia students go on to study at the world’s top 100 universities, we know that a good education goes far beyond exceptional academic results. That’s why we create life-changing experiences that will give your child everything they need for success – whatever they choose to be or do in life. You can start your admissions journey today by getting in touch.

Abu Dhabi is a dynamic and diverse city for expats looking to live, work, and explore. With its world-class amenities, strong economy, and welcoming community, it's quickly becoming a top destination for families. So why not join us and become a part of this vibrant and warm community?