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Ras Al Khaimah: Where Job Satisfaction Is Highest

Expats in Ras Al Khaimah are off to a good start — especially if they moved for work. But there’s still room for improvement in some areas ...

Ras Al Khaimah places 4th out of 49 in the Expat City Ranking 2023. With a 1st place ranking in the Expat Essentials Index, it’s the city where it’s easiest for expats to get started: 78% had no issues getting a visa to move there (vs. 57% globally). And about seven in ten say that housing is both affordable (68% vs. 38% globally) and easy to find (72% vs. 49% globally).

What’s more, expats in Ras Al Khaimah enjoy the highest overall job satisfaction (1st) and the 2nd best personal career options, making it one of the best cities for Working Abroad (2nd). Respondents are also happy with their financial situation, placing the city in the top 10 for Personal Finance (8th).

Another aspect that makes living in Ras Al Khaimah an enjoyable experience is its tight-knit social life. This can be seen in the Ease of Settling In Index (9th), where almost two-thirds (63%) say that making local friends is easy there (vs. 43% globally). In addition, 76% feel at home (vs. 62% globally), and 74% are happy with their social life (vs. 56% globally).

On the downside, Ras Al Khaimah offers very limited public transportation services (44th), disappointing culture and nightlife options (42nd), few opportunities for recreational sports (40th), and an unattractive natural environment (43rd). Although expats are happy with the infrastructure for cars (3rd) and their personal safety (12th), Ras Al Khaimah has an average result in the Quality of Life Index (25th).

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