Mus­cat 28th in Ex­pat City Rank­ing

Ranked 1st for lo­cal friend­li­ness, 4th in Get­ting Set­tled In­dex; four Asian cities lead the rank­ing

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Mus­cat has fallen from top 10 to rank 28th out of 82 cities in the Ex­pat City Rank­ing 2019.

How­ever, the cap­i­tal ranks among the top 10 cities in the Get­ting Set­tled In­dex (4th) for the third year in a row, and even comes first in the world for lo­cal friend­li­ness.

Four Asian cities Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, and Sin­ga­pore lead the 2019 rank­ing, fol­lowed by Mon­tréal, Lis­bon, Barcelona, Zug, The Hague and Basel.

On the other hand, ex­pats are un­hap­pi­est in Kuwait City (82nd out of 82) as well as in both Ital­ian cities sur­veyed, Rome (81st) and Milan (80th).

La­gos, Paris, San Fran­cisco, Los An­ge­les, Lima, New York City and Yangon also join the bot­tom ten cities world­wide.

In Mus­cat, 90 per cent of ex­pats feel that peo­ple in the city are friendly to­wards for­eign­ers (vs 64 per cent glob­ally), and 60 per cent find it easy to make new friends (vs 45 per cent glob­ally).

A South African ex­pat said, “Omani hospi­tal­ity is ex­cel­lent and all lo­cals have re­spect for for­eign­ers.”

Fi­nally, hous­ing does not seem to be an is­sue in Mus­cat (8th): seven in ten (70 per cent) say it is easy to find hous­ing (vs 50 per cent glob­ally), and an­other 46 per cent agree it is easy to af­ford (vs 36 per cent glob­ally), ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

The Ex­pat City Rank­ing is based on the an­nual Ex­pat In­sider sur­vey by In­terNa­tions, with more than 20,000 re­spon­dents in 2019.

It is one of the most ex­ten­sive sur­veys about liv­ing and work­ing abroad.

In 2019, 82 cities around the globe were an­a­lysed, of­fer­ing in­depth in­for­ma­tion about five ar­eas of ex­pat life: Qual­ity of Ur­ban Liv­ing, Get­ting Set­tled, Ur­ban Work Life, Fi­nance and Hous­ing and Cost of Liv­ing.

In the GCC, Doha (12th) takes the top spot, while Kuwait City (82nd) comes last both within the re­gion and world­wide.

Abu Dhabi (15th), Manama (21st), Mus­cat (28th) and Dubai (34th) rank top to mid­field.

Bar­ring Kuwait City, the cities are among the top 25 world­wide for get­ting set­tled. How­ever, apart from Doha, the lack of a good work life is a prom­i­nent weak­ness for cities in the GCC.

This year’s big­gest win­ner, Doha gains 38 places to be­come the best GCC city over­all, rank­ing 12th out of the 82 cities.

Qatar’s cap­i­tal has moved rapidly up the ranks, per­form­ing best in Fi­nance and Hous­ing (10th), Get­ting Set­tled (22nd), and Ur­ban Work Life (25th) In­dices.

Mus­cat’s de­cline is at­trib­uted to a fall in its per­for­mance in the Fi­nance sub-cat­e­gory (9th in 2018 to 54th in 2019). ‘Just 44 per cent of ex­pats feel their dis­pos­able house­hold in­come is more than they need to cover their daily costs in 2019, com­pared to 62 per cent in 2018. More­over, barely half (52 per cent) are happy with their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, com­pared to 69 per cent in 2018,’ the sur­vey stated.

Mus­cat also ranks among the world’s worst cities in the Ur­ban Work Life In­dex (73rd), re­main­ing in the bot­tom 10 for lo­cal ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties (80th) for the third year run­ning. A third of ex­pats (33 per cent) is un­happy with their job se­cu­rity (vs 21 per cent glob­ally).

(Mus­cat Daily)

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