Abu Dhabi is the capital of, and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the United Arab Emirates Government and the home for the Emirati Royal Family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. One of the world's largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi has actively attempted to diversify its economy in recent years through investments in financial services and tourism. The United Arab Emirates is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. Desert; cooler in eastern mountains. Flat, barren coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert wasteland; mountains in east. The official language is Arabic. English is widely understood and is the main business language. The main religion is Islam. The economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is that of a developing country. The UAE currently has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The security risk for expatriates in the United Arab Emirates is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime, the underlying threat of terrorism, and indiscriminate attacks on expatriates or foreign interests by extremists in the region. The population in Abu Dhabi is 0.9 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.2% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Abu Dhabi as at 1 January 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Abu Dhabi, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Abu Dhabi is for example 9.3% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 56.3% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -21.1% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. Abu Dhabi is ranked as a some hardship location. Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered. The hardship premium for Abu Dhabi for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Abu Dhabi) premium of 20% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%. Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Abu Dhabi? Register subscribe to your home location and Abu Dhabi and run your personalised reports.