UAE Cities Named Among World’s Best Places for Expats; Ras Al Khaimah Beats Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Three UAE cities have featured among the best cities for expats to live and work.

Most notably, Ras Al Khaimah achieved a significant milestone in its journey to becoming a leading global destination, by securing fourth place in the global survey evaluating the best cities for expatriates to live and work.

In the survey, conducted annually by InterNations as part of their Expat City Ranking 2023 report, it excelled in five categories:

  • Quality of life
  • Ease of settling in
  • Working abroad
  • Personal finance
  • Expatriate essentials index, (including digital life, administration topics, housing and language)

UAE cities feature in Expat ranking

This international recognition highlights Ras Al Khaimah’s commitment to providing an exceptional living and working environment for its diverse and growing expat community, in line with the strategic vision of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

Heba Fatani, Director-General of the emirate’s Government Media Office, said: “This achievement reflects the commitment of Ras Al Khaimah and the direction of its leadership to create a safe, hospitable and prosperous society that attracts people from all around the world.

“Ras Al Khaimah’s unique blend of modern infrastructure, rich history and culture, spectacular natural environment and economic opportunities contributes to its standing as an ideal destination for expatriates to live, work and invest.”

Earning the top ranking in the Expat Essentials Index, Ras Al Khaimah is established as a city where expats say it is easy to get started.

78 per cent had no issues getting a visa (vs. 57 per cent globally), and approximately seven out of ten expats in RAK say housing is both affordable (68 per cent vs. 38 per cent globally) and easy to find (72 per cent vs. 49 per cent globally).

Ras Al Khaimah followed Spanish cities Malaga, Alicante and Valencia to secure fourth place, joining Abu Dhabi, Madrid, Mexico City, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Muscat in the top 10, with Dubai at number 11.

As the city continues to enhance its international appeal and achieve notable success in various sectors, this recognition cements its position as an attractive destination for expatriates seeking a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.


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