Abu Dhabi offers expats plenty to look forward to in 2014
Abu Dhabi is often considered to be a firm favourite for British expats moving abroad, and in 2014 they will have even more reasons to feel content in their new country of residence.
As we reported in December there are plans to improve online Arabic courses for British expats moving to Abu Dhabi in a bid to improve the integration of foreign workers into the Arabic community (read the full article here ). The ultimate aim of this move is to have all internal public sector communications in Arabic.
Leading outsourcing firm Aon Hewitt have released a survey of 500 companies across the Middle East (including 180 in the UAE) setting the expectation that the average salary is due to increase by around 6% in 2014.
Expats moving to Abu Dhabi with children will also be pleased to hear that a further eight schools have been recently added to the local school system with a combined capacity of 24,000 students . The United Arab Emirates also placed 3rd in the HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey for the quality of its childcare.
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Commuting in Abu Dhabi will get easier in 2014 with the introduction of an automated fare collection system called Hafilat that allows the commuter to pay the travel fare by swiping a card against a sensor in a similar way to Oyster cards, currently used in London.
In their free time expats can enjoy a new mall that will host the region’s largest Nike store, Adidas, Brook’s Brothers, Victoria’s Secret, Zara, H&M and other brands that will be familiar to those moving to Abu Dhabi from abroad. Yas Mall will also include other attractions such as a Ferrari World, a water park and a selection of hotels.
Fans of motorsport may already be aware that the final round of the Formula One season will be held in Abu Dhabi in November. Residents will also be treated to a concert by the Rolling Stones in February at the Du Arena in Yas Island.
If all this is not enough to tempt you to move to Abu Dhabi, the city will become even more beautiful when five new parks open in 2014 with a combined area of 60,000 square metres.