I received this email today from a subscriber to this site…
I will be arriving in Abu Dhabi next week as a newly hired teacher and we have been told we can plead our case for the city we want to live in. I am unsure if I would prefer Abu Dhabi or Al Ain. I am 50, female, single, very active in that I rock climb, hike, bike. swim, kayak, camp and such. I tend to get heat stroke though. I very much enjoy concerts, lectures and cultural events but am not into the ‘bar scene’ or clubbing. I am outgoing, happy and very excited about this journey. If you have any advice for me that would be swell. I have enjoyed looking at your web site.
I replied as follows…
I have no easy answer for you.
Here’s a few tips…
Abu Dhabi downsides…
- very congested
- your car WILL get dented overnight wherever it’s parked
- it’s very humid in the summer months: maybe March to September
- a LOT more going on: music concerts, etc
- Time Out Abu Dhabi magazine features lots of stuff: see their website and mag: which lists almost no event in Al Ain as so little goes on
Al Ain downsides
- much quieter
- far less cultural events: one WOMAD world music festival a year, maybe a few classical music concerts a year, no talks/lectures by book authors etc, very small English libraries, occasional natural history talks and walks
Al Ain upsides…
- not as congested
- no humidity: very dry, so you don’t suffer in summer
- your car won’t get dented
- I think you can climb at Jebel Hafeet, the nearby mountain maybe not, but Al Ain borders Oman where you can do a lot of climbing
Does that help?
Our sons are 11 and 8. We wouldn’t live in Abu Dhabi if you paid us a ton of money to do so: more expensive schooling, plus the other downsides. We love it here in Al Ain. YOU may much prefer Abu Dhabi.
Do let me know what you decide!
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