UAE ranks 3rd in MEA & 41st globally for travel & remote working in 2022

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The UAE has secured the third spot in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region and 41st globally for the best countries for travel and remote working in 2022, according to the leading travel search engine, Kayak’s Work from Wherever Index.

The UAE, which surpassed countries including France, New Zealand and the US in the index, performed remarkably in the ‘Remote work infrastructure’ category as it has one of the highest numbers of co-working spaces per 100,000 population in the world.

The UAE offers a digital nomad visa for those who are looking to stay here longer. As many expats live and work in this country, English is commonly used for communication in all household and business areas of life, which helps the adaptation and socialization process to run more smoothly.

In the MEA region, Mauritius and Seychelles were ranked first and second respectively, while the UAE was followed by Cape Verde and South Africa in fourth and fifth places respectively.

To create the index, Kayak closely analyzed 111 countries and ranked each against 22 factors across six categories including, travel costs and accessibility, local prices, health and safety, remote working capabilities, social life and weather. Ultimately, the index reveals countries that are easiest to work from while having a lot of fun in off-hours.

Portugal was ranked the all-around best country to work remotely from worldwide, scoring high across the board in all categories, including great weather, a high abundance of places for going out, low-crime rates, and relatively low cost of living. Portugal also offers a digital nomad visa, and many locals have a high English proficiency, which is something that attracts many expats.

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