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Abu Dhabi, UAE: Cost of Living, Healthcare, Local Clubs and Activities, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Abu Dhabi | Expat Exchange
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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 03, 2023

Summary: The population of Abu Dhabi is 2.9 million. Abu Dhabi is a vibrant, modern city with a mix of traditional and modern architecture, a thriving business district, and a diverse population. Expats love the city's excellent infrastructure, modern amenities, and the fact that it is a safe and secure place to live. The weather in Abu Dhabi is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (18-35 Celsius). The average cost of living in Abu Dhabi for an expat is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month.

What do I need to know about living in Abu Dhabi?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Abu Dhabi, they said:

"Come with an open mind in regards to religion. Leave your cultural and racial baggage back home (figuratively speaking, of course). Show respect for the moderation of dress, even though you might see sooo many who rudely flaunt scandalous and scanty dressing. Be ready to deal with some heavy population and traffic situations that only get worse with time. Talk with an expat living here before you make any decisions about employment, housing, etc. They can give you tips to avoid getting gouged or led in the wrong direction," wrote one member in Abu Dhabi.

"Before retiring in Abu Dhabi, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally higher than in other parts of the world. It is important to research the visa requirements and the process for obtaining a residence permit. Expats should also be aware of the local laws and customs, and should familiarize themselves with the local language, Arabic. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system and the availability of medical insurance. Finally, expats should be aware of the climate in Abu Dhabi, which is hot and humid for most of the year," remarked one expat who made the move to Abu Dhabi.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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