Abu Dhabi Tourism

Four basic requirements when travelling/moving to Abu Dhabi

“Living in a country and visiting it is entirely different so it’s crucial to know about the basics before you make a move”

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates and a federal capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It’s bordered with the Arabian Gulf, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman boasting around 200 islands with a coastline stretched to almost 700 kilometres.

The Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) was fashioned as the primary source to make out official statistical inferences which is aimed at developing an accurate and reliable calculations based on social, economic, environmental and other factors affecting the overall country.

Businessmen, researchers and all others associated to the statistical data indicatorswhile belonging to different fields take crucial decisions through the Statistical Year Book of Abu Dhabi, a very important publications issued annually by SCAD.

If you’re soon expecting to visit Abu Dhabi, it’s important to know about the basics so do check out the details as given below.

  1. Acquiring the entry permit in Abu Dhabi

Whether the purpose of your visit is to find employment or initiate a commercial activity as an investor, a valid residential visa (if already a UAE national) or a work permit is necessary and that’s crucial in the case of expatriates. Work permits can be arranged through your would-be employer in the country who would hand over the work permit application at the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA)alongside complete set of documents as requested initially. This “basic” paperwork should also have a passport with minimum six month validity and a letter of appointment.

  1. Obtaining residency in Abu Dhabi

Once arrived in the UAE, your initial sponsor of the entry permit has to consult with the GDRFA, Abu Dhabi and fulfils the legal formalities. This residency visa will then be stamped on the passport after 30 days following the entrance date whereas bear validity of two years. Essential requisites of residential visa apply to all nationalities except for the GCC states.

Eligibility is also for those who wish to invest or work in the country. It’s a mandatory document for expatriates who wish to avail equal rights and services in the region including bank account opening, getting a driving license and much more. It also gives them the eligibility to obtain non-employment residence visas for their dependents.

  1. The accommodation hunt in Abu Dhabi

You’ll find a vast range of standard class hotel and residential apartments in Abu Dhabi as well as condominiums, villas for individuals, couples and families. The Abu Dhabi law defines that expatriates can rent, not actually qualify for ownership of residential units except for the freehold investment properties.

The search for accommodation you can avail can be extracted from local newspaper, real estate agencies and online property portals. You’ve to sweep thoroughly, compare the price range and chose that best fits with your quality living and budget. Payment method may sound troublesome as landlords usually require a full year rent as an advance payment before allowing you to move in. Still, you can negotiate and settle for the most convenient method!

  1. Final settlement in Abu Dhabi

The government of Abu Dhabi introduced various services to facilitate its inhabitants and giving them the quality life they deserve. Residency visa medical check-up, traffic fine payment, convenience of utility bills payment are a few services. Public transport is available easily throughout Abu Dhabi for ease of commuting within and out of city limits.


From visa processing in Abu Dhabi to settlement, we’ve outlined all the basics for clarification so do read and understand before arrival!

And most importantly have a nice trip!

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