Need more than just one person's wide eyed experience of the Capital of the mighty UAE?

Have you been offered a job in the UAE and want to know about schools, best places to live etc. and don't know what to do next?

Are you currently thinking about moving, or in the throws of working out whether it's worth packing it all in for the hot sandy climes Abu Dhabi?

Want to know a little bit more about things already covered here and get involved with people who are either paddling a similar boat in circles OR have successfully sunk their own and have learned from it?

Me too. All the time.

There are a stack of expat sites out there. So many that it can become a part time job just remembering all your user names...

The one that we have found the most benefit from is:

You can go and lurk for as long as you like, (lurking is a pass time where a visitor to the site doesn't sign up to be a member -even though it's free- they simply read, and don't put up anything themselves - it's fine... if that's your thing), or sign up and interact with the folk there. They also organise coffee mornings etc. which is a great way of meeting people, particularly if you are stuck at home during the day.

In short - if you want find out just about anything, it's a good site.

A word of caution - even though it is a volunteer site, some of the old timers take it very seriously, and are glued to their keyboard sometimes it seems. As a result they tend to be asked the same questions over and over again - SO, to stop them getting huffy about answering the same question 700 other people have asked this week, take a little time to use the forum's search function, see what you can see THEN ask them. It'll make your life, and theirs, so much brighter. There's almost 5 years of postings available to the savvy searcher!

Lastly, don't let the name fool you, all are welcome - but everyone has to play nicely together.


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Andrew Webber is a writer, living in Abu Dhabi with his wife, two cats and two dogs.

His first book "Erasure" was published in June 2012 and was followed in 2013 by the Prequel to Erasure, "Broken".

In 2016 Erasure was a prize winner in the Montegrappa Writing Prize - part of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature.

For more information click the "Erasure" book cover on the left side of this site, or simply go to

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