Survey shows expats who move to the UAE regard it as home and feel safe and secure

by Ray Clancy on December 23, 2016

The United Arab Emirates is known as a multicultural nation with millions of expats from around the world and a new survey shows that the majority are proud to live there.

Overall 86% who took part in a poll said that they believe the UAE is a home to be proud of while 38% specified that is because they feel safe and secure while 27% said it has opened up career opportunities.

abu-dhabi-uaeThe survey from Xpress Money also found that 25% of expats feel that the UAE has given them a better quality of life and the children of expats see it as home rather than the country where their parents were born.

Some 70% said they moved to find a better job, 20% moved because their spouse or family was already there and 47% said they have found a better home life.

‘The UAE is home to around 7.8 million expatriates from the world over. The nation’s vibrant economy, dynamism, and the vision of its leaders has created a safe, welcoming and enriching lifestyle for the country’s residents,’ said Xpress Money’s vice president of global marketing Ashwin Gedam.

The research also found that 18% of expats credit the UAE for their successful careers across various industries and those who have lived in the country for less than five years as well as those who have lived for over 10 years, equally share the same sentiments of calling the UAE their home.

‘We’re seeing that the security, economic vibrancy and quality of life the UAE provides is resulting in more people staying for longer, and becoming a part of the nation’s success story. This gives the UAE a competitive socio-economic edge because less transient populations are more likely to be productive members of society,’ said Gedam.

‘The survey indicates the strength of the UAE’s founding values of tolerance and inclusivity, and shows how the country’s commitment to innovation and prosperity is helping attract global talent,’ he added.

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