Ras Al Khaimah ranked fourth best city globally for expats to live & work: InterNations annual report

24 November 2023
  • Ras Al Khaimah ranked fourth out of 49 destinations – testament to the high quality of life its residents enjoy
  • InterNations’s global expat community includes more than 5.1 million members in 420 cities and 166 countries
  • The report polled more than 12,000 expats in 172 nations

November 24, 2023, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: Ras Al Khaimah has achieved a significant milestone in its journey to becoming a leading global destination to experience, thrive and belong, by securing the fourth position in a 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, Ras Al Khaimah excelled in five categories: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, personal finance and an expatriate essentials index, which covers digital life, administration topics, housing and language. 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 His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

Her Excellency Ms. Heba Fatani, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office, stated: “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 a city where expats say it is easy to get started: 78% had no issues getting a visa (vs. 57% globally), and approximately seven out of ten expats in Ras Al Khaimah say housing is both affordable (68% vs. 38% globally) and easy to find (72% vs. 49% globally).

Furthermore, expats in Ras Al Khaimah enjoy the highest overall job satisfaction and the second-best personal career options, making it one of the best cities for working abroad. Respondents to the survey were also happy with their financial situation, placing it in the top 10 for personal finance.

For her part, Head of Special Projects at Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office, Ms. Rouba Zeidan, said: “Earning the fourth ranking in this global survey is a testament to the collaborative efforts of both public and private sectors to enhance Ras Al Khaimah’s global appeal, not only as a business hub but as a place where individuals and families can experience a high quality of life. We are focused on continually improving and innovating to meet the evolving needs of our growing community.”

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 Ras Al Khaimah 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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Read the report:www.internations.org/expat-insider/2023/ras-al-khaimah-40415

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