The aggressive vaccination drive by the UAE government helped further improve the country’s position as a safe and secure destination to live and work. — Wam file
The UAE jumped six places to emerge as the 13th most preferred destination to work worldwide in a survey that featured 209,000 respondents across 190 countries.
The UAE’s attractiveness as a preferred place to work among foreign professionals continues to improve, thanks to its strong response to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, which strengthened the nation’s image and ranking worldwide, says a new global study released on Sunday.
“The UAE’s status as being less impacted by the pandemic than other countries is a key factor behind its heightened appeal on the world stage, with several notable cities considered much less appealing compared to two years ago,” said Dr Christopher Daniel, managing director (MD) and partner, BCG Middle East.
“Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the latest success stories in the global city ranking, solidifying their improved positions on the back of the UAE proving to be a regional safe haven in a year of unprecedented healthcare crisis,” he added.
The UAE has administered more than 6.5 million (m) Covid-19 vaccine doses till Saturday (March 13) and is poised to reach its target of 50 per cent of the country’s population soon. The UAE continues to be second best globally in terms of the cumulative Covid-19 doses administered per 100 people after Israel, according to the figures available in the Our World in Data website.
The aggressive vaccination drive by the UAE government helped further improve the country’s position as a safe and secure destination to live and work.
The survey results showed that Dubai rose from number six in 2018 to number three in 2020, as respondents cited renewed Expo 2021 potential and the swift restart and support of the private sector despite the Covid-19 challenges are the key incentives.
Abu Dhabi’s rankings climbed from 51 in 2014 to 14 in 2018 and to fifth last year, helped by the government’s commitment to overhaul its processes, the proximity of people to leadership, high government investment, and a new economic development strategy.
Around 90 per cent of the UAE’s survey participants were expatriates with an average age of 38, broadly reflecting the composition of the country’s population.