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Abu Dhabi Profile | Information about Abu Dhabi City Life

Abu Dhabi Profile | Information about Abu Dhabi City Life

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Abu Dhabi Profile | Information about Abu Dhabi City Life

Welcome to the Abu Dhabi Guide

Here we have one of the best guides to living in Abu Dhabi- looking at all the things you can do as a tourist, visitor or resident of Abu Dhabi from charity work to expat clubs. We have a guide to the top tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi as well as secret, off the beaten track places that we have found especially for you. We ask our Abu Dhabi experts about the best places to go shopping, where are the best tourist spots, which is the best al fresco dining and so much more.

  • Discover Abu Dhabi

    Discover Abu Dhabi

    Here we take a close look at all the wonderful places you can visit in Abu Dhabi. We look at the sights you can visit, annual events, things to do and the best tourist spots.

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  • Abu Dhabi Country Profile

    Abu Dhabi Country Profile

    Here we take a closer look at Abu Dhabi- its demograprics, geography, history, currency and all that you need to know whilst living here or moving here.

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  • Expat Clubs & Societies

    Expat Clubs & Societies

    Here we have a big list of all the clubs and societies that there are in Abu Dhabi. Whether its an old or new hobby you're looking for or that taste of your home land it's here.

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  • Abu Dhabi Charities

    Abu Dhabi Charities

    If you are looking to support a local or international charity in Abu Dhabi this is the section for you- whether you are looking to donate time or money or volunteer to help out.

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  • Abu Dhabi FAQs

    Abu Dhabi FAQs

    We all have lots of burning questions about life in Abu Dhabi- so over the years we have collated the answers for you. Visit this section to find out all you need to know.

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  • Abu Dhabi Forum

    Abu Dhabi Forum

    We have the busiest expat forum in the UAE- there's a new post every 20 seconds at peak times. You can ask all those questions you need and get great answers.

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  • Events in Abu Dhabi

    Events in Abu Dhabi

    We have a round up here of some of the best events happening in Abu Dhabi from Coffee Mornings to rock concerts, from gallery exhibitions to sports events.

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  • Pets & Vets

    Jobs in Abu Dhabi

    Are you looking for a job in Abu Dhabi? Then this is the section for you. We have lots of jobs specifically for women in lots of industry sectors and you will find a new career for you.

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Life in Abu Dhabi

  •  Abu Dhabi to Increase Taxi Fares

    Abu Dhabi to Increase Taxi Fares

    Taking a taxi in Abu Dhabi is about to get a bit more expensive with new base fares and prices coming into effect soon. Find out more about what you’ll be be charged.

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  •  Watch: Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Save Kitten on the Road

    Watch: Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Save Kitten on the Road

    A video went viral recently of the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence saving a young kitten from one of the Capital's busiest roads, with the help of the police. Watch it here!

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  •  This Abu Dhabi Advert is Breathtaking

    This Abu Dhabi Advert is Breathtaking

    The latest version of the 'Your Extraordinary Story' commercial by the Abu Dhabi Tourisum & Culture Authority will leave you falling in love with Abu Dhabi. Check it out here!

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  • How to Contest Your Parking Fine in Abu Dhabi

    How to Contest Your Parking Fine in Abu Dhabi

    Drivers in Abu Dhabi are now able to contest any parking fines they receive by visiting a Mawaqif customer service centre within 15 days of the issued date.

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  • 6 New Parking Rules and Fines for Abu Dhabi

    6 New Parking Rules and Fines for Abu Dhabi

    There's been changes to a select few parking regulations in the Capital that motorists should be aware of, plus two new violations and their hefty fines have been introduced regarding parking.

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  • #OnlyinAbuDhabi

    16 of the Best #OnlyInAbuDhabi Moments

    The Capital of the UAE often serves us with peculiar and memorable experiences we may not see elsewhere... So here's 16 of our favourite #OnlyInAbuDhabi moments shared by residents and tourists alike online.

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  • Arabic phrases everyone should learn

    17 Arabic Phrases Every Expat Should Learn

    While English seems to be the universal language that a lot of people primarily use in the country, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make an effort to learn Arabic phrases. Even if it's just the basic phrases, learning a little Arabic will no doubt come in handy in everyday life.

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  • 3 Must-Visit Public Beaches in Abu Dhabi

    3 Must-Visit Public Beaches in Abu Dhabi

    If you want to head to the beach this weekend, but don't want to pay private beach or beach club prices, here's information about the three public beaches you can enjoy in Abu Dhabi. Remember your towel, sunglasses and sunscreen!

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  • New Abu Dhabi Police App Launches to Make Life Easier

    New Abu Dhabi Police App Launches

    With the help of Abu Dhabi Police's (ADP) new smartphone app, you can now access up to 35 police services, ranging from paying traffic fines to sending a message to someone blocking your car in. It's free to download, and residents can also use it to help schedule a driving test as well as paying for Mawaqif parking, monitoring your speed and more.

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  • Wheelchair Friendly Attractions in Abu Dhabi

    Wheelchair Friendly Attractions in Abu Dhabi

    When it comes to somewhere new, we can appreciate the planning that must be had when you or a family member have a disability. We’ve gathered information about eight of the most popular attractions to visit in Abu Dhabi that are both special-needs and wheelchair friendly.

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  • 5 Reasons Why the UAE is a Top Expat Destination

    5 Reasons Why the UAE is a Top Expat Destination

    Following recent research into where UK residents are seeking to make their new homes, we have of course taken a look and gathered the reasons at why it isn't exactly surprising that the United Arab Emirates came third.

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  • Meet Abu Dhabi's Best Bloggers

    Meet Abu Dhabi's Best Bloggers

    We've selected some of the best and most interesting blogs we've come across about living in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. From family life, to reviews, to food and travel, all offer a unique and different view into Abu Dhabi's cultural and expatriate lifestyles.

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  • EW's June and July Meet-Ups in Abu Dhabi

    EW's June and July Meet-Ups in Abu Dhabi

    While the pace of the Emirate slows down throughout the Holy Month, our meet-ups will still continue in licensed venues on certain days.

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  • Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi

    Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi

    Are you moving to Abu Dhabi? Are you looking closely at your budget and want to know more about the cost of living in the emirate? You've come to the right page. We have averaged the costs of renting a flat or a villa, buying a used car, paying school fees and the cost of groceries, utilities and everyday things that you will need to buy or pay for in order to live comfortably as an expat family in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Living in Abu Dhabi

    Living in Abu Dhabi

    That's a question that is often googled! So here we have conducted a series of interviews with our readers who live in Abu Dhabi sharing their advice and top tips with you! Read and enjoy our interviews with Abu Dhabi residents here to find out more about life in the capital of the Emirates. It's really good to hear direct experiences from people living and breathing in Abu Dhabi and making the most of their time here.

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  • Musings On Expat Life In Abu Dhabi

    Joyce's Journal: Musings On Expat Life In Abu Dhabi

    The wonderful Joyce is ExpatWoman's lady about town in Abu Dhabi and she's going to keep us updated on what's happening in the capital of the UAE and general musings on expat life in Abu Dhabi. She's also the hostess of our ExpatWoman Coffee Mornings held weekly in Abu Dhabi- you can check the schedule out on our Events Page. She tells us what the vibe is on the street as well as how expat life is treating her...

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  • Dining Out In Abu Dhabi

    Dining Out In Abu Dhabi

    If you are looking for somewhere for a romantic dinner, a cosy breakfast or the best pizza in town- we've got the information for you. Everything to do with food and drink in Abu Dhabi is featured on our Food & Drink section. It's a whole other website bursting with restaurants and cafes that are in your neighbourhood which you can search as well as try out one of our hundreds of recipes if you fancy cooking tonight. There's meal deals to try out and competitions to be won as well- for eatieries near you.

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  • Getting Your Liquor Licence

    Getting Your Liquor Licence

    In order to drink alcohol in the UAE either at home or at a bar, you will require a liquor licence which only non-Muslims with a residence visa can apply for. The penalty for drinking alcohol without a licence could be as much as five years in jail and an AED 5,000 fine. It is fairly easy to apply for a new Liquor Licence, in 2012 the government here created a Special Licence Office, and it is now possible to make the application online via a secure e-form.In order to qualify to hold an Alcohol Licence you must agree to the terms and conditions of use, and provide all the required documentation. Individual alcoholic beverage licenses can only be granted to non-Muslim residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the age of 21.

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  • Car Registration in Abu Dhabi

    Car Registration in Abu Dhabi

    Here's how to get your car registered in Abu Dhabi. Visit Traffic & Licensing Department, Al Muroor Street, behind the Police College. Fill in the designated form and submit the required documents, pay the fee (for a light vehicle/car its 200 dhs), collect the registration document. (Note any outstanding fines for the vehicle must be paid first). The Abu Dhabi Government website is really good, all the links are interactive, it is quite simple to go to the relevant department and find out what you need. They have an interactive chat option, so you type in your query or request and an operator is able to direct you or post links directly to your browser.

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  • UK Driving Licence

    UK Driving Licence- Residency Requirement

    For all of us who go back to the UK in the summer break, and hire a car, (or even drive your own or someone else’s car) this is important. Although you may have annually used your UK licence to rent a car, and had no problems with the car hire company, you are using your UK licence illegally. It is not the responsibility of the car hire company to give you this information, your licence carries a valid date, and is registered to a UK address, and that is really the only information they register. HOWEVER…. There is a residency requirement to use the UK licence, and living abroad, we do not meet it.

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  • Water and Electricity Bill Payment

    Water and Electricity Bill Payment in Abu Dhabi

    It's good to remember to pay all those bills monthly so you don't get any services disconnected. For customers of Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) It is very easy to pay your utility bills here in Abu Dhabi. You can either use your Emirates ID card to register to use the e-Service, and payment can be made directly there. The other options to pay are: Payment through ADDC branches (payments can be made by cash, credit card or cheque in the name of Abu Dhabi Distribution Company at any of the local branches).

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  • Emirates ID Card

    Emirates ID Card

    All UAE residents need to have an Emirates ID Card. The ID card is an electronic means of identification that EIDA undertakes to issue for all population of U.A.E. It is mandatory for each national or expatriate person above 15 years old.Coupled with sophisticated technological features, the ID card is a safe means for identification of residents and verification of their identities. It contains an ID number that links every individual to his/her own personal and biological lifetime data. The ID number serves as a reference for the respective individual in his/her identity-proved transactions with government bodies and some private organizations. It is expected that the ID card will, later, replace all currently applicable other identification means such as labour permit, health card, driving license, etc.

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  • ExpatWoman Guide to Abu Dhabi Etiquette

    ExpatWoman Guide to Abu Dhabi Etiquette

    The UAE is a Muslim State, we must be aware at all times of the culture here and what is considered offensive or illegal behaviour. What is perfectly acceptable in our home country may be taken as abusive here. There are some things that are forbidden in the UAE, and although these rules are for us all, certainly locals and people here of the Muslim faith are very observant of these rules. Western expatriates, and in particular foreign tourists have been known to get into serious trouble for blatant disregard of these laws. It’s a good idea to know what these are, so you can be aware of your behaviour in public, and not cause offence… or worse.

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