Abu Dhabi, as much as it sounds like an exotic, faraway land filled with genies and magic carpets, is a pretty familiar name to most. It has been home to numerous migrant workers; starting with the Iranians at the turn of the previous century. It was my Aunt’s home for the better part of the 80’s until she migrated to Australia. Dubai might be the migrant workers’ buzzword now, but Abu Dhabi remains the crown jewel of the UAE.
Why You Should Work in Abu Dhabi
Lower Cost of Living
Compared to other cities in the first world, Abu Dhabi is still relatively cheap. According to the 2018 Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, Abu Dhabi is 40th in the list, with Dubai ranking higher at 26th place. This means that, contrary to rumors, living in Abu Dhabi is more affordable than living in Dubai.
All the Advantages
All the advantages of living in Dubai that you’ve read about are also present here in Abu Dhabi. Salaries in the Emirates are also very competitive compared to what the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries offer. Add to that the political stability and security that the Emirate offers and you’re set. When it comes to culture and events, you’ll be happy to know that even the Louvre found a home here.
Community and Family
With all of its hustle and bustle, some people get suffocated and think that Dubai is a bit soulless and overrated. This is a feedback that you will not hear about Abu Dhabi. Some people prefer Abu Dhabi because it’s more laid back, more relaxed. Migrants with children often find themselves thinking of Abu Dhabi as their home. With over 80% of the population being overseas workers, there is a more a sense of community than there is of disunity.
Expats who live in the Emirates say that there is a better work/life balance in Abu Dhabi. There is less pressure to be at the latest shindigs, and therefore, less of a consumerist lifestyle. If you are an aspiring overseas worker, this is another good reason to consider working in Abu Dhabi. You get to take home more of your hard-earned money at the end of your stint, which for most people, is why they made the move in the first place.