I have always been a City girl growing up but with a twist.
I like living in the city or nearby but I want my space too and the charm of being not so far away from everything. A place where there is also peace & quiet… where you can relax going home at the end of the day, a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the main “City Life” but not too far away from it all. Guess you might be wondering if there is a City like that exists. Yes, there is and I always tell my friends and relatives that I prefer to go home in my “City” and this is my home away from home (my hometown -Auckland, NZ).
Now here living as an ex-pat in Abu Dhabi, it is also a nice place to live in, away from the crowds and too much traffic. Perhaps it is also where we live as the main factor as we are in the middle – not too far away from the main city and the airport on the other side though with so many ex-pats children here the schools can be a problem so opting to faraway places as most schools have a long waiting list especially the very good ones. No problem for us, there is a school bus provided and it does matter where you live, really.
Abu Dhabi is similar to Dubai but more relaxed in a way less crowded and less traffic and yes more greeneries! You will be amazed how many plants and trees are in here as if this is not a desert city, unlike Dubai where tall and shimmering buildings are the ones adorning everywhere and the fast-paced of life making me uncomfortable if I stay longer than a few days.
Dubai is just around the corner anyway (just 1 & 30mins drive by car depends on where in the City you live), so if we really want an action further away then we can go there but not as often. Why not? it is because we also have some kind of actions here for the whole family and friends!. See the photos below.
SOUK QARYAT AL BERI typical Arabian market that most locals and tourists frequent too. It has an amazing view, restaurants, hotels are also nearby and good souvenirs to buy or even do some photo ops.
One of the many gates of Emirates Palace
Unique Architectures as below
If you want the fast and the furious we have the Ferrari World here and you can enter from YAS mall (biggest mall in AD) and my fave mall and buy tickets from there. FYI, Formula 1 Grand Prix 2015 will be held here for the 7th year! (info & tickets as per link), Yas Marina has something for everyone both ashore and afloat day & night and of course, YAS Waterworld for fun water play you have in mind (more slides, rides, and attractions in any other park in ME) and they even have the Ladies night. If you just want a Park for the whole family to enjoy then please visit Emirates Park Zoo they have a resort too!
There are so many things you can do here in AD but some people think Dubai has it all. AD nightlife is also good, but more finesse and decent (e.g. for ladies night – some are being attended by mom’s). Lots of concerts being held here and sporting events that the whole family can participate in. Lots of parks you can stroll around as AD is the “Garden City” of UAE. Traveling around here by taxi is a breeze and very safe. I haven’t encountered an unrespectful and scary taxi driver here (although they can drive very fast!) and yes I even traveled at night with my little boy!
I can say that I love being here in Abu Dhabi. More relax and homey. For new ex-pats, there is the weekly magazine free for all to get from any malls, pharmacies, etc. Even at the airport, they have so many free magazines to read and they even have educational ones (business too) for free!
AD Week magazine has a lot of information for ex-pats on what’s happening and what you can do or meetups with other ex-pats or just join a club.
People are different from one another and I like the values (more conservative and traditional) and lifestyles here. It is a matter of YOU finding out the charm beneath the humble CITY besides this is the Capital of UAE so there’s more to it than meets the eye! Please discover it yourself and you will not be disappointed.
Sources: other photos as per LINK and some are my photos. Feel free to click the link (words in italic bold) for more information.
Originally published on EveWanderer; 23/10/15 11:40pm