2016 Hotspots for Expats
With an entire world full of fascinating destinations to choose from, it can be difficult to pinpoint one area in particular to call your new home. However, after considering all of the criteria essential for an ambitious expat, you cannot go wrong with the following locations. Perhaps you too will take the plunge this year and make the move to one of these beautiful and exotic corners of the globe.
Bahrain a prime destination for expats looking for a sense of community and family friendliness. While it does not possess the flash and social scene that some other expat destinations may boast, it more than makes up for this with other lifestyle factors such as premium healthcare, friendly labor practices, affordability and overall quality of life.
Further, Bahrain has a large expat population. In fact, over 40% of the Bahraini workforce is composed of expatriate workers, including in the large family-owned businesses. This means that there are fully-developed expat networks already in place, helping to ease the transition into a new way of life.
Most expats go to Saudi Arabia for one reason: money. Landing a position here as an experienced and educated business professional typically comes with benefits that positions back in the Western world don’t offer. Generous tax-free salaries, luxurious housing, paid education for your children, and the minimum standard of thirty days paid vacation are all perks regularly offered to Western expatriates working for the multinational corporations found in Saudi Arabia.
Further, with a significant foreign population, including over 100,000 North American and European expatriates, Saudi Arabia provides ample opportunity to live and thrive in a more diverse community than many people realize they can experience, especially in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al Jubail.
Singapore is recognized as one of Asia’s most liveable countries. Some of the many factors that makes Singapore stand out is its outstanding infrastructure, first-rate medical facilities, low crime rates, exceptional air quality and low health risks. This all culminate in creating a fascistic environment for expatriates, especially those with young families.
United Arab Emirates
There is no other country in the world that attracts more working expatriates than the UAE. People looking for jobs internationally are attracted to the Emirates due to the safe and secure environment, as well as because of the employment opportunities and international lifestyle that places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer. Combined with the prolific career opportunities available, the United Arab Emirates is one of the best all-around expatriate destinations globally.
Vietnam is breaking away from its perception tied to the Vietnam War. It is now being recognized as a safe place for foreigners to live and work. With these fears put to rest, expats are attracted by the tropical climate, the low cost of living, lively culture and the country’s ever-improving infrastructure.
The cost of living in Vietnam can be exemplified by the typical experience of living in Ho Chi Minh City. An individual can easily spend less than $800 per month while still maintaining a high standard of living that includes:
• Western style residence
• Maid/cleaning services
• Transportation costs
• Regularly eating at restaurants
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