In a survey by network InterNations, the Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain has been named the best destination globally for the expatriate. InterNations is a social network aimed towards expatriates and locals worldwide. The goal is to bring the members together in their cities to share ideas, advice, experiences, make friends, and network together in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Bahrain jumped from 19th place last year to first in 2017’s Expat Insider survey of 13,000 expats after topping the ease of settling in the index, with a quarter of expat arrivals saying they started feeling at home straight away despite 33% having never lived abroad before.
The Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain now 3rd in the working abroad index, second in the job and career and work-life balance subcategories and jumped 13 places in the personal finance class. 68% of expatriates respondents in the country were generally satisfied with their financial situation and 41% said they earned a lot more than they would in the same role back home, while nearly nine in 10 (87%) were found to be satisfied with life in general.
Bahrain has been among the hardest hit in the Gulf Cooperation Council by the lower oil price as it lacks the sizeable fiscal reserves of some of its peers
The Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain was followed by Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan and Portugal at the top of the 65-country table and placed some way ahead of its Gulf neighbours. Down the list, Qatar ranked in 58th and Saudi Arabia stood in 61st while Kuwait, which maintained its place in the bottom three for the fourth consecutive year, was 64th after climbing one place from the lowest ranking in 2016
The countries in the Gulf region were particularly valued for their earning potential with a third of expats in Qatar earning more than $100,000 a year and more than six in 10 in each Gulf country believing their income was a lot higher than a similar position back home.
Culled from Gulf Business | Bahrain ranked best global destination for expats, Saudi, Kuwait among the worst