Living and working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)26 MAR 2020 | Marc Brown
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, located 100km from the city of Dubai, an another well-known international hub. Abu Dhabi is the centre of political and industrial activities in the UAE, and due to its position as the capital of the Emirates, it is vital to the flourishing economy, which continues to see positive GDP and employee compensation growth. Abu Dhabi accounts for two-thirds of the rapidly growing UAE economy, and the potential for financial success attracts many works to the city.
With its vast number of employment opportunities, Abu Dhabi attracts people from all over the world. Amazingly, and entirely unknown to me, is that more than 70% of UAE residents are expats, providing Abu Dhabi with a rich and diverse culture. Home to people from all around the world, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE, in general, is a fantastic place to experience a variety of food, festivals, religions and traditions, and more. It’s also been named one of the happiest and safest places to live year over year.
Additionally, Abu Dhabi offers plenty of leisure activities for an active and fulfilling lifestyle, from beautiful beaches on the Corniche, the Louvre on Saadiyat Island, kayaking through the Mangrove National Park, the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and much more. Many I am still finding.
Expats in Abu Dhabi can build their careers by exposure to futuristic companies and networking with new people every day and learn new ways of working, all while enjoying the excellent standards of healthcare, education, and safety. And for me, this was it. I was hooked. I had to explore the next steps and see where the journey took my family and me. In retrospect, it has been one of the best decisions, a fantastic journey so far, and something I'd recommend to anyone considering that dream job in Abu Dhabi. I have been lucky enough to join an amazing company, Digital14, as their VP of Marketing, and genuinely love the teams, the different points of views and ways of solving problems, and the 'dream' portion of why I made the change.
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