Expat Experiences in Abu Dhabi

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When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real life stories and experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in Abu Dhabi and would like to share your story.

Marina is an experienced expat - she holds a Serbian passport, was born in Malaysia, grew up in Nigeria and has lived in the USA and Switzerland. She's now settled in Abu Dhabi, where she has lived for the past seven years. Read about her experiences as an expat in Abu Dhabi.

Marina - a Serbian expat living in Abu Dhabi

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. Read more about Eddie's expat experiences in Abu Dhabi.

Lindsey Parry spent a considerable amount of time in the UAE, before moving to Abu Dhabi permanently in 2013. She shares her insightful tips on making friends, overcoming challenges and what life is really like in Abu Dhabi. Read about her experiences here. 

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. Read about his experiences of living in Abu Dhabi.

Mark Peters is an American expat living in the UAE

Monica Dascal is a Romanian who was looking for a travelling career and ended up finding it as a flight attendant in Abu Dhabi. She met her husband there after just three months of living in the emirate, and six years later, they are still enjoying what Abu Dhabi has to offer. Read about her expat life in Abu Dhabi.

Cheryl Esteban is a Filipina living and working in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 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 Abu Dhabi. Read about her expat experience in Abu Dhabi.

Ann Marie McQueen 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. Read about her expat experience in Abu Dhabi.


Cristy Eubanks-Williams hails from Virginia and has recently quit her job and packed her bags in support of her husband's move to Abu Dhabi. She has adjusted well to life in the United Arab Emirates, and her teenage kids are loving their new location. Read about her take on expat life in Abu Dhabi here.


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 about her expat experience in Abu Dhabi.


Principal of GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi Ian Deakin gives Expat Arrivals an exclusive interview on the ins and outs of choosing an international school for your child in the UAE. Click here for the full article.


Randy "Ace" Parker has always loved adventure and fresh horizons. Originally from the Southeastern US, he moved to Abu Dhabi after a short career as a military officer, a series of boring technical jobs, and marriage which didn't work out. Here he relates his experiences so far of expat life in Abu Dhabi.



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