Study: Expats love these cities in Asia-Pacific

Do these expat hotspots in Asia-Pacific surprise you? Source: Shutterstock.

ACCORDING TO the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network’s Decoding Global Talent 2018 study, Dubai is one of the most attractive cities in the world for expats.

The study surveyed 366,139 people and 12 percent of respondents said they would be willing to move to Dubai to work.

Dubai came in at number six worldwide while Abu Dhabi landed at number 14.

“London continues to be the first-choice city for talent worldwide, New York is the number two city destination, followed by Berlin -showing the preference for well-known cities of the West,” Decoding Global Talent 2018 co-author of the report Mike Booker said.

“But cities in other regions are starting to attract notice. Dubai (the most populous city in the UAE) is now a top 10 city work destination, and Abu Dhabi has moved sharply up the rankings too.”

Source: Decoding Global Talent 2018.

Last month, The National reported that the cost of living for expats have decreased in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, compared to other cities.

Abu Dhabi dropped 18 places from 22nd to 40th position on Mercer’s Annual Cost of Living Survey, conducted in March, while Dubai dropped seven places to 26th from its 2017 ranking as the 19th most expensive city to live.

“It is common knowledge that Dubai is an extremely international city. With over 80 percent of its population being formed by expats, people moving here will make friends from all corners of the globe,” The Culture Trip wrote.

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Dubai is known for a skyline that’s dominated by glittery skyscrapers, such as the much-talked-about 830 meter-tall Burj Khalifa.

The busy city is also packed with luxury shopping outlets, posh dining, stellar architecture, and a thriving nightlife scene.

Its miles upon miles of pristine beaches and artificial islands are incredible, and it houses attractions from different ends of the spectrum, from water and marine parks to a real snow ski slope.

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Travelers who have been to Dubai would likely agree that the destination has something for everyone, from kids to teens, to working adults and seniors.

The adventurous ones would probably book a desert safari tour or coast over water on a wakeboard, while the laidback can walk, shop, or read at their leisurely pace.

Night owls will fall harder in love with the city after sundown as Dubai’s breathtaking landmarks twinkle against the night sky and drinks are aplenty. In fact, almost every bar or club in the city will have a ladies night offer on Tuesdays.

Just be sure to prepare for the intense heat, as the tropical desert centers on two types of weather: hot and hotter.

Other major Asia-Pacific cities that have been included in the ranking are Sydney, Australia (nine percent of respondents) and Tokyo, Japan (eight percent of respondents).

The study also found that 57 percent of workers are open to relocating to another country for a job.