Living your dream in Abu Dhabi

My two and a half years living and working in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

 

E-book with useful tips from a woman expat in the capital of the United Arab Emirates

This is a practical e-book prepared by a hard working  expat lady in the United Arab Emirates.

When author Sylvia Trifonova saw a small job ad in her home country Bulgaria for work in the UAE and applied for it, she did not expect this step to change her life forever. Starting her journey in the sunny and developing UAE with no intention to stay longer than a year, the adventure turned into full five exciting years of unforgettable memories and experience. This is a real story of how getting out of your comfort zone can help you accomplish all that you were dreaming for and find great friends for life on your way. Sylvia started her journey all alone with only one suitcase, only to return five years later to her home country with a small dog, a brand new car, a truck full of belongings and ideas on how to contribute to the prosperity of her home country. She traveled to the UAE with a great curiosity of the Emirates and the cultures there, not knowing anything and anybody. Five years later she was familiar with the local way of life, the culture, the developments, the economy, got to know many different nationalities and made lots of friends for life. She also learned some very important life lessons.

Her journey opened her mind to accept all cultures and their way of thinking; she worked in a fast paced environment in the capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi, as well as in the cosmopolitan Dubai. Pursuing her passion, she even started her own business venture in Dubai Media City.

In this guide of the life in Abu Dhabi Sylvia will take you through the first part of her journey in the UAE, before she moved to the cosmopolitan Dubai.

 

The e-book consists of 80 pages, 10 parts and is featuring authentic personal photographs, as well as photographs of the developments in Abu Dhabi back in 2008.

Content

 

Preview………………………………………………………………….…………….…5

Part One: Leaving your comfort zone………………….……….…….……7
Preface
20 facts about Abu Dhabi
The challenge of moving from Bulgaria to the Middle East
The cultural shock
Settling in Abu Dhabi city

Part two: Work and life in Abu Dhabi…………………………………….16
My work in Abu Dhabi
If you do not move, life will move you
Salaries in Abu Dhabi
Useful web sites for jobs hunting
Tips for finding work in Abu Dhabi Island
Rents in Abu Dhabi
Neighbourhoods to settle in

Part three: Local holidays, weather, taboos and more………..…30
Driving in Abu Dhabi and driving license
Ramadan in Abu Dhabi
Weather in Abu Dhabi and the UAE
Do and Don’ts. Taboos. Expat communities

Part four: Your pets in Abu Dhabi………………………….…….………..40
Living with a dog in the UAE
Travelling with a dog outside the UAE

Part five: Women and Emirati people………………………….……..…43
UAE local people
More about the local Emirati men and women
Emiratisation

Part six: Money talks ……………………………………..………..……………49
The most expensive car plate in the world
Other fairy-tales from the Wonderland

Part seven: Free time in Abu Dhabi……………………………………….52
Young at heart and going out in Abu Dhabi
Sightseeing. New projects
Islands around Abu Dhabi. Island hopping
Al Dhafra Camel Festival Abu Dhabi

Part eight: Stay healthy……………………………………………..…..…….71
Healthcare in Abu Dhabi. Hospitals.

Part nine: Al Ain and Al Ain Zoo…………..……………………………….72

Part ten: Starting a business in Abu Dhabi…….…….….…….…….77
Should you start a business in Abu Dhabi
Free zones in Abu Dhabi
Doing business on the mainland

About the author:

Sylvia Nikolaeva Trifonova (Nikolova) is coming from the land of the famous Bulgarian rose and yogurt – Bulgaria.

She is а communication consultant with over 17 years of international experience working for some of the best automotive companies in the world – Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, BMW, MINI, Alpina, Jeep, Chrysler. She has a retail experience managing the marketing department of the biggest shopping mall in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her career path has brought her to the sunny Wonderland – the United Arab Emirates, where she has spend five incredible years, full of new experiences and friends.

This is a guide for the expats coming to live and work in the capital of the UAE or business people, planning to start a business in the tax-free UAE. Sylvia has lived two and a half years in Abu Dhabi and another two and a half in Dubai.

Besides marketing, adverting and PR addict, Sylvia is a keen photographer and entrepreneur. Most of the photographs in this book are her work.