My name is Jennifer and I'm going to be moving out to Abu Dhabi from Canada this summer to teach. However, I'm worried about the social scene out there and being able to make friends who like to go out, travel around, experience the culture in general. If anyone is interested in perhaps making an email list I'd be happy to get something started - it seems there are lots of people who feel the same!
As most people tell me - DOOOO IT! I've accepted the contract in Abu Dhabi and am VERY much looking forward to going over. I've done a lot of research - the city seems absolutely amazing. I think that starting to network before you go over there helps with the whole social scene. I'd be happy to send you some of the info that people have been good enough to send me - but be careful - it will convince you!
Hi Jennifer. I just moved to Abu Dhabi myself on the 1st of March. I am from Idaho. It is my first time working overseas and so far I am enjoying Abu Dhabi very much. It is laid back and really quite nice. Add me to that list of yours and I hope to hear from you when you get here. I would like to have some people to explore the UAE with. Cheers....Tyler Safe Travels And give me a shout if I can help you with anything. email@example.com
Hey Jennifer! I'm Tarryn, I'm a single South African girl who's been living here in Abu Dhabi for about 2 years now. I'd be happy to show you around the malls & any cultural places when you get out here. It can be really fun :).
Hi, my name is Trish and I am expecting to be moving to Abu Dhabi sometime around June/July this year. Its great to hear some others are voiceing some of the same concerns I have been feeling since beginning the process of moving to abu dhabi. I am female, single, 34 and come from New Zealand. I would love it if you could add me to your contact list. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Regards Trish
I am also moving to Abu Dhabi at the end of April, I am looking forward to it, this website has settled a few nerves about meeting with others in the same boat. I am a single 33yr old guy from Belfast, Ireland. I'd also be interested in getting a group together for outings to bars, discos!! and some culturally orientated trips. My email is email@example.com
and all of you who replied, I'm in the same boat. I'll be living in uea acceptinag a teaching position esl. I would really appreciate if anybody who is also teaching or living there is willing to give me any useful information for a single girl from Canada.
What is the adult class usually like versus esl internattional student class in Canada?
I'm interested in attire is it better to bring it or can you buy it there and if so what is the average cost.
I was also curious about the cell. What is the best way to go about it. If I have a cell phone can I bring it?
I would truly appreciate any responses in forum or privately at
I'm s ingle female teacher from Australia. Have bben offered a teaching position in Abu Dhabi for Aug 07. Am very apprehensive about going. Would love to keep in touch - make the transition less worrisome. Ta Heidi firstname.lastname@example.org
Iam going to move to Abudhabi, enquired about life style,freedom,transport,cost of living. House rent, sharing basis will be 2,000 minimum/ Month for 2 bedroom flat. Taxis are plenty availible. Women has all freedom to wear any dress and go anywhere. Iam also looking for a new friend.if you are interested do email me: email@example.com. Looking forward to hear from you.
Found your message on the net. So I'm 26 Srilankan working in Dubai as a system enginner (IT). So if you are interested kindly contact me on my mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or my mobile: 00971506556908 plz.
Hello: my name is jeremy. I am coming from Canada, due to arrive in al Ain on or around 12th of Aug. I was reading your posts with interest. I have similar concerns. I hope there are other Canadians in the regio, Good luck, maybe we will bumb into each other.
I have read with interest the comments. Abu Dhabi is more laid back than Dubai and one important aspect is that car parking is quite a mission.
I enjoy Abu Dhabi, because it is so different to Dubai, but I would like to suggest that you buy a book called Explorer Abu Dhabi. This is an informative book, but it lack specifics on entertainment. Please feel free to contact me on email@example.com and I would be glad to help, further.
Hi Trish, my name is Erin and I'm also a single 34 year old woman who just moved here from Washington DC. I just joined this forum! I just moved here last week (into a flat) but have been working here for just a few months. How has your move in been? I know a few people but would enjoy meeting more... It seems kind of difficult to find things to do besides the malls, movies, and nightclubs. Have you found any other groups or clubs?
I'm thinking about having a dinner party rotation with a few people I know here so let me know if you are interested! :)
Social scene in Abu Dhabi is not that great, but Dubai is fun. But if u r open minded and are open to make freinds and have fun, any place will be soothing for your plans . Anyways, if u need any help u r welcome to email me your queries and i shall be available for you Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org I am running an ad agency in Abu Dhabi since last 6 years, if i can be of any help pls let me know
Hi there I am wondering how do you like your job at Abu Dhabi university for teaching ESL. I have been an offered a position, and I am not sure if I should accept it or not . It is for two months and maybe more . please let me know about your experience thanks looking forward to hear from all of you Lila
I was reading the many responses to your email and I was thrilled to see that there are many of us single women living in AUH seeking for friends to do things with!
I am 33, a New Yorker, and I just moved to AUH a month ago. Have you been able to meet with some of the people who've responded to you? Is there a group of you that i could perhaps meet up with? Or does anyone know of book clubs or other social circles I could get involved with here? I love living in Abu Dhabi, but I'm finding it hard to meet people.
Gday, Looks like i too will be moving to Abu Dhabi, but not till Feb 08, am a single guy tho, but would be good to talk to a few people who have been there or will be there, just to see how it is, get some ideas, think of stuff i havent thought of yet. Anyways..if anyone feels the need to share, feel free, As i said, i am a single guy, 35, you can get me at email@example.com Look forward to sharing thoughts n ideas..Cheers Daz
Just found this site and your name, I'm from Colorado and just been here a month, I think I'll like it, maybe not the driving so much. Please contact me if I can help with anything. I'm hoping to meet a lot of people and maybe start up some kind of beach volleyball thing with all the beaches, could be fun.
hey there...would be interested to know how it turned out for you...i have a job offer in abu dhabi and wondering what i should do...my social life in egypt is great and wonder what it will be like in abu dhabi...
HI. JUst seen your interest. I am moving to Doha and u can take over my apartment in Al Shalila. It is a huge studio flat 6m x 8m with sep. private kitchen and bathroom. No light/elect bill, roughly 30 min from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Cost aed3000/month. situated half way between the two cities.
Have you arrived out here yet? I have just joined this website and are a single female looking for some local friends in Abu Dhabi that are more my age (mid 50's). Would be happy to hear from you or anyone that would like to get together.
HI all, first time have visited this site and joined up to get a better idea of what to exect moving to UAE. I am in the process of looking for work in Dubai. However somewhat ignorant to what the difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is? Just different cities? It seems Dubai recieves most of the publicity... I am also single female - from Australia. Looking at media/PR type employment. Any tips/information would be helpful.... What are salaries like for females?
Abu Dhabi has it's own charm. It's smaller in many regards in comparison to Dubai, and not as busy. Fewer people; smaller in size; fewer tall buildings, and building in general, lesser traffic, etc. Abu Dhabi is working on its image, for promotional purposes. Abu Dhabi is the emirate of the person responsible for 'creating' the UAE, Late President Sheikh Zayed Al Nahayan, so from historical perspective it is very important.
hi penny, Im Raj frm Malaysia, wil be moving to Abu Dhabi this April...Im joining Etihad Airways, its my 1st time to middle east..hope to c u thr...here is my email add firstname.lastname@example.org cheerrsss!!!!
I am trying to find employment in Dubai in the construction management industry, I read your post and was interested in knowing how you like it in Dubai? If you get a chance drop me a line would like to know more about Dubai.
Hello Jennifer, I'll be moving to Dubai in August to teach also. Please add me to your "list of friends". I'd appreciate hearing from others interested in helping me get acclamated to the Dubai experience. Thank you, Cheryl
I have been coming to Abu Dhabi for 13 years and i moved here finally 4 days ago to work in finance. I am a single mother with a daughter and i have a Canadian flatmate. There is so much to do and everyone is extremely friendly and fun!! Let me know when you arrive.
We'll be moving to Abu Dhabi from Seattle this August. I've lived in the UAE before but never in Abu Dhabi. I think you'll find it quite sociable-especially as a teacher. The profession attracts a lot of like-minded people who enjoy travel, experiencing the local culture(s), etc. PM me. I'm curious to know where you'll be working.
i am a 26yr old latina and ill be moving to abu dhabi in august to teach.... Im a bit worried about the nitelife though... im a bit of a partygirl!!!! i have a friend in dubai who says abu dhabi is fun and he'll show me around but I wanted to know how is it really?? and what about gyms in the area!!! I was also looking into joining the club????
Hi Jennifer Glad to hear you're coming to join us here! I'm sure you'll like it...I certainly do...been here for 6 months...I live on the Corniche, the seaside coastal road...When do you arrive? Have you settled where you'd like to live? What part of town will you be working in?
Please drop me a note and if I can help you, I'd be pleased to do so.
Hello there, I got an offer with ADMA. so I am still wondering about the life there at Abu Dhabi. Could you please kindly support me with few information concerning the life cost, renting, social life..
Very new to this site. I am currently teaching in Scotland but looking into a move to Abu Dhabi for a change of scene and to stop the itch! A wee bit concerned about the social scene and making new friends to have a good time with! I love socialising and meeting new people. Any ideas on this and what generak living is like there would be fantastic! Thanks!
Hi Rach-Do you have a job here and do you have children? I think that answers to your own questions will depend on these factors. I think many of us make friends through work, but trailing spouses w/o jobs find it to be more of an adjustment. There are clubs for work-at-home mothers (and forums that meet monthly...check out Abu DHabi women's forum). However, if you're single it is more of a challenge to meet people.
Hi All I've been living in Abu Dhabi for the past 24 yrs and every year seems to be even more bright and beautiful. This city has many things to offer .There's lots of new activities coming up every month. Do include me in your list and keep me updated email@example.com
Hi, Good day... we abu dhabi welcomes you.... it's great place and head quarter of UAE having lot of multi lingual people around us who can help each other and grow together.. Suggest to make a trip and enjoy the place completely
Hello All: Jen..it seems that your inquiry has generated a community onto itself....My name is Abe....I have been here for 5 years...I would love to connect with many of the good people who have responded...Please write me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org 050 553 8839 Cheers
Hi: I'm considering a move there as well, from Los Angeles. Have you already moved? How have you found working and living there? Have you used any good networking/exchange sites or forums to make new friends and get basic information? You can reach me at email@example.com. Good luck! Karen
Hi everyone, My name is Steph. I'm 27 years old from Liverpool, UK. I have just excepted a LT position in Abu Dhabi. I can't wait for my big adventure and I hope to make great friends out there. I would love to be on the email list as I think its a great way to organise a group for going out, travelling etc. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to hear from you all soon. Steph
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