Located on an island in the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the vibrant capital city of both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. It is the country’s largest and second most populated emirate with currently around 2.7 million people living there; 20% locals and 80% expats. The emirate is loosely divided into two areas, the Mainland and the Island, each with its unique benefits depending on whether you’d rather be in the ‘suburbs’ (Mainland) or in the buzz of the city (Island).
Types of Apartments in Abu Dhabi - There are both furnished and unfurnished apartments available to lease in Abu Dhabi, with the former being the slightly more expensive choice. However, in many unfurnished apartments the owner doesn’t provide the appliances, so very often expats new to the city will choose furnished accommodation for the sake of convenience. Meanwhile, expats who rent an unfurnished apartment can in some cases ask their employer about a shipping allowance to furnish the property with items from their previous home. Apartments in Abu Dhabi have been created to combine the ease of modern facilities with a classy Western-type style and range from studio apartments to 6-bed properties.
Popular Areas in Abu Dhabi - Most accommodation is found in low and high-rise residential buildings, popular among both young working single professionals and families, providing them with a myriad of ways to socialise and dine out right on their doorsteps. Some of the more popular areas to rent in, particularly for expats, are Al Khalidiya which is just a short distance from the Corniche, Al Karamah, Al Reef, Mangrove Village, Al Raha Beach and Al Markaziyah.
Lifestyle and Community in Abu Dhabi - For its residents, Abu Dhabi offers a range of activities regardless of age and lifestyle. Its city centre is an energetic hub of shops and malls, five-star hotels, shisha bars, and local amenities. Recent additions to Abu Dhabi's growing cultural scene include a classical music season and an annual international art fair. The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi will further refine the emirate’s cultural scene. Its convenient location also makes it an ideal base to travel the world from, with many popular destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe all within a six-hour flight distance. Abu Dhabi also offers many excellent private primary and secondary schools as well as day-care centres, kindergartens and nursery schools for the vast amount of families living there. Plus, with an increasing number of expats coming into the emirate, the numbers of quality schools that teach a British, American and French curriculum have also increased.