An Expat Talks about Moving to
Abu Dhabi, UAE
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
I would definitely bring some shampoos from Europe as the quality of them over here is doubtful unless you buy them in salons. I would take many of my own language books to read - however one can easily find English good literature. I would take hair color as I am blond and the choices of blond hair colors in shops is poor. I would take plenty of patience over here especially while driving.
Leave clothes, shoes, bags and cooking pots home.
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Make sure you negotiate with your employer to cover your accommodation or include high accommodation allowance. Living in a compound in a villa is the best choice - one can find many European expatriates to be among with.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
2 BD apartment in the city center. Yes, it is typical.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
My husband's colleague was leaving and left us his apartment to take over.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
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