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Difference Between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

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One of the major differences between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is that Dubai has successfully marketed itself, compared to Abu Dhabi, which is why we have heard so little about Abu Dhabi compared to Dubai. Dubai is well established in terms of overseas investment interests and the property market, but Abu Dhabi is getting more appeal than Dubai in terms of long-term investment plans. Experts predict that Abu Dhabi real estate prices are growing and expanding. Dubai’s real estate market, when compared to Abu Dhabi, is over priced, whereas Abu Dhabi is considered to have significant room for growth, and is competitively more expensive than London real estate. Abu Dhabi has a stricter legal system when compared to Dubai.

Dubai is known for its party scenes and night life, whereas Abu Dhabi nights are quieter and more peaceful. Abu Dhabi has beautiful parks, wider roads with high buildings, and tree lined streets, whereas Dubai has shopping malls, awesome late night fun, and is very noisy. Both of the cities have over-crowded traffic hours and traffic jams, and a growing number of accidents is occurring on Dubai roads.

The temperatures of both the cities is almost the same, and they are only two hours away from each other. Abu Dhabi is traditional, whereas Dubai has a western touch, and it is a cosmopolitan state of UAE. Tourists prefer Dubai for holidays and leisure, whereas Abu Dhabi is preferred for residential purposes. Dubai is much busier than Abu Dhabi, and the population is less than that of Dubai. If we compare food expenses, Abu Dhabi again beats Dubai, because you can eat the same food at a much cheaper rate in Abu Dhabi. If you want to inter travel between the cities, a cab is the first choice for tourists. It is easy to get a cab from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, but quite difficult to find a cab and go back to Abu Dhabi from Dubai.

Abu Dhabi holds more than eighty percent of the land of UAE, and is considered to be richer than Dubai. It is small, but has more political importance than Dubai, because it is the capital of UAE. Abu Dhabi is rich in oil, and its net income levels are higher, and still on the rise when compared to Dubai.


1. Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE, and holds more political significance.

2. Dubai is busy and over crowded, with higher living expenses than Abu Dhabi.

3. Dubai is the business hub of many national and international companies.

4. Abu Dhabi is richer, and its net income level growth rate is higher than Dubai’s.

5. Dubai has more influence from western culture, whereas Abu Dhabi holds more traditional values.

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  1. You think you could leave a map here to show the differences between the two than just a subjective and biased opinion.

  2. Having lived in the UAE for 18 years I can tell you that most of this information is inaccurate and very bias.

    • We don’t really care much about U.A.E The shit is you shouldnt mistreat the minorities especially the blacks coz its wiser to abstain other than treat!!! #stop modern slavery in U.A.E

  3. Thanks for the information, how much does an average hotel cost per night in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?

  4. Is it easy to get job in Abu Dhabi?

  5. From being one of the most successful and powerful Sheikhs the UAE has ever seen I can say that this is complete, utter Bullshit.

  6. Is there a course Ugandan SOLDIERS are to attend in UAE

  7. Waw, will love to visit Abudabi one of these days, am so impressed about the two cities. ESPECIALLY DUBAI.

  8. Relocating to UAE. For an American citizen, What are the criteria?

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