• Safety and security
• Medical insurance
• Medical facilities
• Education and schools
• Electricity and water
• Phone, post & subscriptions
• Dress code
• Language & business hours
• Getting around town
• Obtaining a driver's license
• Driving and alcohol
• Entertainment and activities
• Outdoor activities
• Eating out
Safety and security
Abu Dhabi has a large and active police force,
easily recognized by their ash grey uniforms and
clearly visible bright red and white vehicles. The
police force is highly respected, and takes
community involvement seriously.
Upon arrival in the UAE all new employees will be
guided by their HR representative in the
requirements for the sign on process for the company
medical insurance scheme.
Abu Dhabi has many private and government hospitals
and the quality of medical care in the Emirates is
generally regarded as good.
Education and schools
If you are here with your family, finding the right
school for your children is probably one of your top
priorities. The vast expatriate culture has made the
available education system varied with many schools
to choose from.
Electricity and water
The electricity supply in the UAE is
220/240 volts AC at 50 cycles. The socket type is
identical to the three point British system.
Phone, post & subscriptions
The major telephone provider in the UAE is Etisalat
and to install a standard fixed telephone line in
your home you must be at least 21 years of age and
have a valid residence visa
The UAE is an open-minded and receptive country and
visitors are made to feel both welcome and safe. The
attitude to dress is relaxed, but visitors, both
male and female, should show respect for local
culture and customs in public places.
Language & business hours
The official language of the UAE is Arabic
however English is widely spoken in the hotels and
shops. English is used as a second language in
commerce and is the business language used within
Getting around town
Abu Dhabi is an easy city to get around, it
is a modern city and has sound infrastructure. You
will find that most roads are designed on a grid
system and parallel to each other, connected by
Obtaining a driver's license
When you have your UAE residence visa you are able
to convert/apply for your UAE driver’s license.
of certain countries can automatically convert their
home country license as long as the license is
Drinking and driving is forbidden in the UAE. The
police enforce a strict zero tolerance policy
throughout the UAE.
There are a number of food and clothing
supermarkets and malls in Abu Dhabi, varying greatly
in cost and quality. The most popular are listed
below for your information.
Abu Dhabi co-operative society
Abu Dhabi mall
Abu Dhabi has a well structured and ever growing
network of local and international banks and banking
activities are strictly controlled by the UAE
Generally, Abu Dhabi has quite a vibrant
night life to suit your specific needs. In the major
hotels there are a number of restaurants, theme
pubs, sports clubs and dance clubs where you can
just boogie the night away.
With its endless sunshine, the UAE is the
perfect place to get involved in outdoor activities
and sports. There are so many things to do that the
only struggle facing many residents is finding the
time to fit everything in.
The multi ethnic resident communities have ensured
that a sophisticated and innovative food culture has
developed in Abu Dhabi.
If you enjoy photographing your environment, you
will find there are many fantastic photo
opportunities within Abu Dhabi and the UAE , whether
you wish to photograph the stunning architecture or
the beauty of the sea or desert.