As the Capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the 7 Emirates and currently accounts for approximately two thirds of the $400 billion UAE economy. Despite this, Abu Dhabi is said to live life at a slower pace than its neighbouring Emirate Dubai and attracts many more family friendly expats looking to settle down and stay awhile.


Bahrain has one of the first post-oil economies in the Persian Gulf having invested heavily in the banking and tourism sectors. With no ‘free zone’ restrictions to speak of, they offer 100% foreign ownership of business assets and real estate. Currently ranked No 1 for Most Favourable Tax Regime in the world; no Corporate income tax, personal income tax, wealth tax of capital gains, no withholding tax and few indirect taxes.


Regularly referred to as the rising centre of the world, Dubai has been described as not just a city, but a place where people go to dream. With over 80% of its population being expats and its state of the art infrastructure and world class professional environment, you can see why Dubai has fast become one of the best places to do business in the Middle East.


Despite bordering many countries involved in the Arab Spring, Jordan is one of the top ten largest contributors to the UN Peacekeeping troops. With no oil of its own, its resources are limited to phosphates and agricultural produce. The economy depends largely on services, tourism and foreign aid but is well developed in the medical sector making it an attractive location for those within the medical profession.


Geographically the 2nd largest state in the Arab World, KSA currently has more than 8million expats living and working in the region. As the world’s largest oil producer and exporter, they control the worlds second largest oil reserves and remains the most stable economy in the region. With this in mind, more expats are choosing to relocate to the region for significant financial gain and as an opportunity to advance their career.


Despite being of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land area, the Kuwaiti Dinar is the highest-valued currency in the world. Largely thanks to its petroleum based economy, it is the fourth richest country in the world per capita. Kuwait was the pioneer in turning its earnings away from Oil exports and now have a well developed banking system with the Kuwait Investment Authority being the first of its kind in the world.


Having significantly improved as a nation over the last 40 years thanks to diversifying its economy with tourism, architecture and its agricultural trade, it has paved the way for its neighbors who are oil-dependent. As it is still classed as a country that is developing its economy, it makes for an interesting place for a lot of people to do business as the nature of the work may very well be the first of its kind.


Most people are attracted to Qatar for work given its high income economy; currently ranked the highest per capita income in the world. The economy is backed by the worlds third largest gas and oil reserves and with its recent increase in tourism in anticipation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Doha is quickly becoming one of the most visited cities in the Middle East.


The United Arab Emirates is made up of 7 individual Emirates; Abu Dhabi (the Capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.


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