As a global hub for professionals and a growing regional economy, the UAE continues to draw in career-minded expats and scores 16th out of 37 countries in the 2013 Expat Economics league tables. This is demonstrated by expats’ earnings with 70% of expats saying they earn more than they do in their home country against a global average of 53%. The UAE benefits from both a natural-resource driven yet diversified service-based economy22, which results in 80% of expats being satisfied with the state of the local economy compared to only 56% globally. Nearly six in ten (58%) expats associate the UAE with lower income taxation compared to a global average of 27%.
As is the case with other Gulf countries, the UAE tends to attract a high proportion of young expats. Half of expats (51%) are aged between 18 and 35 compared to a global average of only 37%. These young expats tend to move for better job prospects, with 60% who move there doing so for job opportunities compared to 36% globally. The UAE ranks higher than some other Gulf countries for Expat Experience, although this has dropped from 23rd to 26th compared to last year’s findings.
The UAE is improving as a place to bring up children, this year scoring 13th out of 24 in the Raising Children Abroad league tables, with seven in ten (72%) feeling that their children are safer in the UAE compared to a global average of 57%. Some more challenging aspects of having children in the UAE include the cost, with almost half (48%) of expats in the UAE spending more on education for their children and 42% spending more on childcare compared to a global average of 25% and 21% respectively.
A strong economy and increasingly vibrant atmosphere continues to make the UAE one of the most popular expat destinations, with 59% of expats saying their host country is becoming a better place for expats to live.
"Don't just stay in Dubai & Abu Dhabi cities - get out and see the rest of the country - it's a very interesting place." – Expat in the UAE
|Country of origin:||India (41%);
|Occupation:||Construction, Manufacturing, Utilities (16%);
Banking, Insurance, Financial Services (9%);
IT & Internet (8%)
|Age:||18-34 (51%); 35-54 (45%); 55+ (4%)|
|Gender:||Male (61%); Female (39%)|