Dubai, Abu Dhabi voted among 20 best cities for expats in 2017

At least four cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have been rated among the 20 best cities in the world for expatriates to live and work in.

InterNations, an expatriate community  of 2.8 million people, released on Tuesday the latest ranking of top cities for foreign workers.

The ranking is based on a poll of nearly 13,000 people who were asked about places they’re happy with, especially when it comes to housing rents, quality of life and job security. The findings also highlight which places where expats find the locals very friendly, or which destinations are easy to get settled in.

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Manama in Bahrain took the first place in the overall ranking of 51 cities, with Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai following behind in the 12th, 15th and 17th positions, respectively. These cities were all found to have particularly friendly local residents.

AUHDohaDubaiJeddahManamaMuscatRiyadh
Overall City Ranking1545175011248
Quality of Urban Living Index22432047353146
Getting Settled Index13318452350
Urban Work Life Index33463951123643
Finance & Housing Index2129311441110
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At the other end of the scale, Doha, which emerged in the 45th place, Riyadh (48th)  Jeddah (50th), are significantly less popular with their expat residents. They’re found in the bottom 10 cities, with expat residents struggling to feel at home.

20 best cities for expats

1.Manama
2.Prague
3.Madrid
4.Kuala Lumpur
5.Amsterdam
6.Barcelona
7.Johannesburg
8.Bangkok
9.Basel
10.Frankfurt am Main
11.Mexico City
12.Muscat
13.Budapest
14.Auckland
15.Abu Dhabi
16.Luxembourg City
17.Dubai
18.Berlin
19.The Hague
20.Hamburg

Source Credit: Gulf News
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