There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier.

Founded in January 2005, Bright Beginnings is a popular nursery choice for families in Abu Dhabi. Bright Beginnings Nursery offers a curriculum blending elements of both the British and Australian early years educational frameworks, catering to children aged 45 days to 4 years old. Bright… Read more
Marike left South Africa in 2012. She has lived in Switzerland, Belgium, China and the UAE. She moved to the UAE three years ago and started working in Dubai. She then moved to Abu Dhabi. Currently, she is a kindergarten teacher working at a charter school. Follow her on Instagram to keep… Read more
Expats who are offered a job in Abu Dhabi may be unfamiliar with how a contract works in the UAE. It is therefore worth reading up on what exactly a contract entails, how the procedure works and what entitlements an expat can receive when signing a contract in Abu Dhabi. By understanding all the… Read more
Marina is a truly global expat – she holds a Serbian passport, was born in Malaysia, grew up in Nigeria and lived in the USA and Switzerland before settling in Abu Dhabi, where she has lived for the past seven years. She works in PR and marketing and documents her experiences as an expat in her… Read more
Eddie is an American expat who moved to the United Arab Emirates when his wife was offered a job there. In August 2016, they packed up their life in Texas, and along with their three children, headed to Abu Dhabi to start their new expat life. They have not looked back, and so far are enjoying… Read more
Lindsey is no stranger to travelling. Born in Scotland, she has lived in London, Dubai and Australia, before making Abu Dhabi her home in 2013. She shares her experiences of life in Abu Dhabi and offers insightful information about how to make the most of living there. Her blog, Arabian Notes… Read more
Mark Peters is an American expat who moved to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates at the end of 2014. He shares his thoughts on his first experiences in a new country as he waits for his family to join him.About MarkQ: Where are you originally from? A: Born in Chicago, but have… Read more
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is located along the beautiful waters of the Arabian Gulf.  It is one of the richest cities in the world, is home to one of the world’s largest expat communities, and has become a place where people of various nationalities and religions… Read more
Monica Dascal is a Romanian who was looking for a travelling career and ended up finding it in Abu Dhabi. She met her husband there after just three months of living in the emirate. Six years later, they are still enjoying what Abu Dhabi has to offer.Read more about Abu Dhabi in the Expat Arrivals… Read more
Cheryl Esteban is a Filipina living and working in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Needing a change of scenery and seeking to escape the boring routine of life, she decided to find a job abroad. It has now been seven years since she moved to the UAE. Read more about Abu Dhabi in the Expat… Read more
Cristy is an American wife and mother from Virginia. She's been married to her husband for 16+ years and has two awesome teenagers. In December 2010, she quit her job of almost 10 years in the mortgage industry and packed up the kids and pets to follow her husband's career halfway… Read more
Al Ain – whose name translates to 'the spring', and which is also known as 'the Garden City' for its surprising greenery – is the second largest city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the fourth largest overall in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Al Ain is still somewhat 'undiscovered' by expatriate… Read more
This anonymous American expat living in Abu Dhabi found the city easy enough to settle into and foreign friends even easier to come by. She’s now an active member of the American Women’s Network, an organisation that aids new expats in dealing with the challenges that come with adaptation.Read more… Read more
Randy 'Ace’ Parker is originally from the Southeastern US, and after a short career as a military officer, he began a series of boring technical jobs with marriage and settling down thrown into the mix. Several years later, his old nomadic urges took hold, so he got divorced early in 2008 (mutual… Read more
Ann is a Canadian journalist working in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She moved there two years ago to help set up a new English newspaper. Before that, she worked in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, as a columnist and blogger for Sun Media. Her blog 'A Canadian in Abu Dhabi' documents her adventures.About AnnQ:… Read more
Moving to live and work in a new country will challenge you in ways that you have not been tested before and, one way or another, you will be out of your comfort zone. The result of this experience will provide you with great personal growth, but the journey may not be an easy one. Experts in the… Read more

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