Consistently voted ‘safest city in the world’, Abu Dhabi is family-friendly, offering beachfront, golf course and downtown apartment living, as well as world-class education and healthcare.
Abu Dhabi has consistently been voted safest city in the world by crowd-sourced data website Numbeo, due to its extremely low crime rate.
In addition, Abu Dhabi was ranked the safest city in the Middle East and Africa by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safest Cities Index 2021.
The Thrive in Abu Dhabi programme promotes long-term visas (including the golden visa) and paths to citizenship that empower expats working, creating and studying in key sectors, to set down roots and build their futures in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi offers beachfront, golf course, and downtown apartment living, as well as family-friendly communities with access to playparks, shops, and outdoor leisure spaces.
In Abu Dhabi, you can choose from around 15 different curricula, and from a wide selection of government, private and charter schools that offer a world-class education for students from all over the world.
Higher education in Abu Dhabi is excellent, with opportunities to study at leading institutions including the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) - a graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, and Abu Dhabi University, which has campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, and rates among the top three per cent of universities in the world.
New York University Abu Dhabi serves as a liberal arts and science college. The Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi was awarded best University in the Middle East for humanities by Forbes Middle East Education awards 2019.
Other universities include Zayed University, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, The Higher Colleges of Technology, Mohammed V University Abu Dhabi, and United Arab Emirates University.
42 Abu Dhabi is an innovative, tuition-free coding school that uses peer-to-peer, gamified learning methods to cultivate creativity, collaboration and self-discipline by giving students ownership of their learning without classrooms or teachers.
The school has been given initial accreditation by the National Qualification Centre, is open 24/7, and operates out of a purpose-built warehouse campus in Mina Zayed.
Bike Abu Dhabi is an enabling platform designed to advance the development of Abu Dhabi as a global cycling hub, and to further promote cycling growth in the emirate as an everyday activity for sport, leisure and transportation.
In November 2021, Abu Dhabi became the first destination in Asia to receive the prestigious Bike City label from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
Sheikha Fatima Park, inspired by the legacy and achievements of the mother of the nation, Sheikha Fatima, is a new, vibrant outdoor community space in the heart of the Abu Dhabi city. Visitors will find a splash park, a skate park, and a dog park, as well as retail and food outlets.
Al Fay Park on Reem Island is a 27,500 sqm urban park that celebrates and protects bio-diversity. It features 2,000 local flora, including the national tree, the Ghaf, and is landscaped to sustain a forest-like ecosystem. The park’s modern irrigation system ensures that it uses 40 per cent less water than traditional gardens.
Jubail Mangrove Park is a serene sanctuary on Jubail Island, just outside Abu Dhabi city, that is home to many native bird and marine species.
The park's meandering boardwalks allow visitors to wander through the mangroves, discovering a rich marine ecosystem that's home to wildlife, including turtles, herons and gazelles.