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More than 70 percent of expatriates say their children are safer in the UAE than back home, with the quality of education and childcare services also ranked highly, a new survey has found.
Reflecting trends in recent similar surveys, the HSBC global expat survey also found that while increased job prospects, higher salaries and confidence in the local economy were some of the reasons expats were drawn to the UAE, the rising cost of living in the country was one of the drawbacks.
Expat Explorer 2013 surveyed 7,000 respondents across 100 countries and close to 800 people in the UAE – assessing expat attitudes towards their host countries.
It looked at factors such as financial incentives, quality of life, cost of living and the ease of raising children abroad.
The survey also showed confidence in the GCC overall, with four countries in the region - Oman (1st), Qatar (6th), UAE (9th) and Saudi Arabia (10th) among the top ten economies where expats were most satisfied.
The GCC also appeared to have a more stable political climate compared global sentiments. Oman (58 percent) and the UAE (52 percent) were seen as among the most politically stable in the region, compared to a global average of 35 percent. A greater percentage of expats in most of the GCC countries also felt that they had higher personal security than the global average of 40 percent, with Qatar (69 percent) and the UAE (63 percent) showing the highest sentiments in this regard.
Expat numbers in the Middle East have grown from 13 percent to close to 25 percent between 2000 and 2010.