For the third year in a row, Abu Dhabi has ranked in the top 15 out of the 82 best cities to live in for expatriates in the world, according to a survey from global network, InterNations, on the best destinations to live and work abroad. The capital city of the United Arab Emirates is a very popular city in the Middle East and although the city is filled with less people compared to Dubai, it still remains the largest Emirate in the country.
As one of the most beautiful emirates in the country, Abu Dhabi attracts so many people far and wide, and one of the major reasons why expats choose to settle in not just the city, but the country entirely is because it is an almost tax-free country. Living in the city can be a bit expensive as it is filled with ultra-modern facilities and structures but in the end, it’s definitely worth it.
Whether you have just taken a permanent job in the wonderful city of Abu Dhabi or you’re there for a long-term business deal, here are the best 10 areas you can consider living in as an expat in 2020.
1. Yas Island
As you may have heard, Yas Island is the home to the most popular Formula One in Abu Dhabi and that can only mean one thing, the community never runs out of entertainment. Yas Island is a very nice place to live in, especially for families with children who love to have lots of fun. The island is home to the Warner Bros. Park and the Yas Waterworld Park where children and adults alike can have all the fun they want in the world. The community is also home to some of the city’s finest facilities which include restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, schools and hospitals. Rent prices on Yas Island range from AED 50,000 to AED 209,000.
2. Al Reem Island
Like the Yas Island, Al Reem Island is also a very ideal place for families due the peaceful nature of the community, coupled with amazing facilities which include the dancing fountain in the Reem Central Park, one of the city’s most amazing attractions. Houses in this community are outstandingly tall and that portrays the neighborhood as a great commercial and residential hub. The residents of this community enjoy amazing facilities which include schools, shopping malls, restaurants and cafes, and hospitals. It is also one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city with rent prices ranging from AED 45,000 to AED 90,000.
3. Saadiyat Island
The Saadiyat Island is widely regarded in the whole of Abu Dhabi as a perfect location to witness the Abu Dhabi’s rich culture, and that’s evident in the existence of the Manarat Al Saadiyat which can be translated to ‘Saadiyat Enlightenment’. Although the cost of accommodation in the neighborhood is quite outlandish, it is a perfect location for people who can afford it, offering them some of the city’s best facilities. The neighborhood houses the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the best art museums in the country. It is a very ideal place to live in for both expats and nationals, offering them a very comfortable life in a very serene environment. Rent prices start from an estimated AED 90,000 and can go high up as AED 290,000.
4. Al Raha
Al Raha is a very lively neighborhood, with waterfront that is very appealing to expats who love to live the luxury lifestyle. The neighborhood is just a couple of miles away from the Yas Island and its inhabitants get to enjoy amazing facilities which include the Al Raha International School coupled with a central shopping center, hospitals, and restaurants where one can just go have nice meals. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Al Raha is the affordability of its apartments despite all the luxury the community offers, with prices ranging from AED 28,000 to AED 65,000.
5. The Corniche Area
Expats are naturally attracted to this neighborhood and that’s a no brainer; the community is one of the best neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi, with a beachside location, leaving everyone in the environment with a beautiful beach view. The Corniche area also happens to be one of the most peaceful neighborhoods, with walkways that look like some of those that can only be found in the west. The presence of a couple of schools has made it an ideal family environment, coupled with health centers, shopping centers, and cafes. Rent prices range from AED 43,000 to AED 200,000.
6. Al Mushrif
Al Mushrif is a beautiful residential area that is filled with green landscapes and has proved to be a very safe and peaceful family area for expats to live in. The community houses the famous Al Mushrif Palace which is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Abu Dhabi, leaving its residents with total liveliness. Places like schools, shopping malls, and hospitals can also be found all around the place and rent prices start from AED 31,000 and can be as high as AED 185,000.
7. Tourist Club Area
This is one of the most affordable residential areas in the city, yet still one of the liveliest places in the city due to the presence of amazing shopping malls, artistic developments and exotic tall buildings. Although people who love to be in places where there is less noise might find this a difficult place to live in, but for the fun lovers, it’s exactly where they want to be because the community never runs out of fun. Rent prices range from AED 28,000 to AED 65,000.
8. Al Reef
For people who love to live right outside of the city, Al Reef is the perfect place for them to be, with an additional advantage of the place closeness to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, making it very close to the most populous city in the country. The place is equipped with amazing facilities including schools, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and medical centers. Rent prices range from AED 46,000 to AED 78,000.
9. Al Khalidiyah
If you would like to witness the city’s transition from the old Emirati style to its current modern developments, there’s no better place to do that than Al Khalidiyah. It is where expats and the nationals can enjoy a very peaceful life, also enjoying fun activities due to its closeness to the city center and the beach. The residential area is filled with facilities like schools, shopping malls, cafes, restaurants, and hospitals, with rent prices ranging from AED 35,000 to AED 170,000.
10. Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Of all the areas on this list, Mohammed Bin Zayed City might perhaps be the cheapest, and the most peaceful. The neighborhood is a very quiet one and it is equipped with facilities such as schools, hospitals, shopping malls, restaurants and cafes. Expats will find this place very lovely because unlike other residential areas, cost of accommodation is very affordable, ranging from AED 22,000 to AED 50,000.