The Expat City Ranking 2019 by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with more than 3.5 million members, showed that four Asian cities – Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore – were the best cities to live as an expat in a new list comparing a total of 82 cities.
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Abu Dhabi (15th), Manama (21st), Muscat (28th) and Dubai (34th) ranked top to midfield in the rankings.
Barring Kuwait City, the cities are among the top 25 worldwide for getting settled, and expats generally value the safety as well as the availability and affordability of housing.
However, the lack of a good work life is a prominent weakness for the cities in the GCC states, the report said.
In contrast to the other cities in the GCC States, Kuwait City’s worst performing area is the Getting Settled Index (82nd). Almost three in five respondents (57 percent) feel that the local residents are unfriendly towards foreigners (v 19 percent globally).
Kuwait City, like most other GCC cities, also does badly in the Quality of Urban Living Index, ranking 81st, ahead of only Lagos, Nigeria.
It is the world’s worst-rated city for leisure activities and for the local climate and weather while more than three in five expats are also dissatisfied with the local transportation and Kuwait City has the worst-rated quality of environment.
Another weakness of Kuwait City is its work life, for which it ranks 79th worldwide, ahead of only Istanbul, Athens and Rome.
Over a third of expats say they are dissatisfied with their job in general (v 19 percent globally), and two in five are unhappy with the local career opportunities.
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