Qatar nabs 6th spot in living standard for expats

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Qatar is positioned among the top ten countries in the world to live in and work for expatriates, as per the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2020.

The Gulf country has been ranked sixth globally and first in the Middle East in the index and it is one among the two Asian countries to get placed in the top ten list, with Singapore ranking second around the world.

With Switzerland in the first position, the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2020 has Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Qatar, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Ireland in the following positions.

The HSBC Expat league table survey described as the longest-running expat survey of its kind which collects the opinions of thousands of people around the world who have relocated. The 13th edition of the survey was conducted in 40 countries between February and March when COVID-19 was emerging as a global threat.

“Developing at breakneck speed, the country has steadily risen from the sands like a glittering behemoth and continues to attract foreign professionals from all walks of life,” the HSBC Expat Country Guide says in its overview of Qatar.

“Doha is a hive of commercial activity that is certainly making the world sit up and take notice. Once home to a pearl industry, Qatar has since managed to blossom in its arid surroundings on the back of gas and oil, emerging as a powerful global player and boasting one of the highest incomes per capita in the world,” the report states.

Qatar got to the top position with the rapidly growing cities and by providing immense employment opportunities in IT, construction, business and tourism other than its renowned energy sector. More expats are encouraged to work in Qatar, saving money in a tax-free environment while enjoying an excellent standard of living.