Bahrain ranked best country in Middle East for expats

The 2018 Expat Explorer survey is a global survey completed by 22,318 expats across the world. The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2018.

Bahrain was the top ranked country in the Middle East, placed fifth globally, up four places from 9th last year while the list was topped by Singapore for the fourth year running, ahead of New Zealand and Germany. Saudi Arabia was ranked 26th.

The report said: “People are drawn to Bahrain for its exciting career prospects and laid-back lifestyle.

“Although an Islamic state, Bahrain is considered to be more liberal than neighbours Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This tiny kingdom is a melting pot of cultures, with expats and migrant workers making up more than half the population.”

The UAE is ranked the 10th best country in which to live and work. Only expats in Switzerland, USA, Hong Kong, China and Singapore earned more than those in the UAE, the survey showed.
Expats in the UAE earn nearly AED570,000 ($155,180) on average, the sixth highest in the world, according to the latest edition of HSBC’s Expat Explorer study.

The UAE was ranked 16th for experience and 19th for family, it added, giving the overall ranking of 10th, down three places on the 2017 report.

 

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