It is best to figure out where one lives as soon as possible.
Some of the most breath-taking and interesting locations in the world are less than a four-hour flight away: Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia; destinations throughout the Middle East; much of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka; Turkey; Greece; and so much more.
Still, expats should expect to pay a large portion of their salary for a modest one-bedroom apartment in a less than exclusive area.
Loved by fitness fanatics, families and swimmers, there are stretches of boardwalk, beaches dedicated to families, showers and washroom facilities, not to mention a host of new shops and cafés, many with beachside tables. On the weekends there are frequent art displays and events for children, including puppet shows. Though rent in Abu Dhabi has been astronomical in the past few years, it's starting to become more of a tenant's market.There are definitely more men than woman in this country – blame the male-dominated oil-and-gas industry, for starters – and men who move here often complain that it is hard to meet females.This can be particularly true for those working for government companies and who mainly socialise with Emiratis.A relaxed attitude and empathy can help equip an expat to navigate their way through setting up life in Abu Dhabi.Developed, then redeveloped to host adjacent activities for the Formula One in Abu Dhabi, this stretch of fine white sandy beaches (the sand was reportedly trucked in, less coarse than the native variety) adjacent to the Gulf is one of the best parts of the city.As with any of the world's cities, life in Abu Dhabi is a mix of swings and roundabouts, peaks and troughs, ups and downs.In the end though, the pros to living in and relocating to Abu Dhabi far outweigh the cons.New five-star hotels – and with them a variety of tasty and trendy eateries – are opening all the time, and not just downtown.Yas Island and the area by the Shangri-la Hotel near the Grand Mosque are exploding with new restaurant, bar and nightclub options.Take-out food is also much less expensive than elsewhere in the world; a network of drivers on motorcycles will rush to get the food delivered to one's door.There are a host of incredible new cultural attractions emerging in Abu Dhabi.