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Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi, UAE named in world's friendliest nations

Gulf states listed among 25 friendliest countries; Canada took top spot in global survey

Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi, UAE named in world's friendliest nations
Qatar was ranked the worlds 25 friendliest country in a global poll
Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi, UAE named in world's friendliest nations
Qatar was ranked the worlds 25 friendliest country in a global poll

The UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been named among the world’s 25 friendliest nations, according to a poll by UK-based lender HSBC.

Bahrain topped the rankings with the No.13 spot, followed by the UAE which ranked 23rd.Saudi Arabia and Qatar took the 24 and 25 spots in the global list.

The results show a vote of confidence for Bahrain, which imposed martial law last month following weeks of anti-government protests. 

Canada was named the world’s most accommodating nation, followed by Bermuda, South Africa and the United States. France, which this month enforced a public ban on Muslim full-face veils, came in at No.7, just beating the UK.

To rank countries, HSBC surveyed 4,127 expatriates in more than 100 countries between April and June 2010. Countries needed to have at least 30 respondents to be included in the rankings, so only 25 countries are ranked.

People rated their host countries on everything from economics to raising children and overall experience.

Then, to determine which places were the friendliest, Forbes looked at the results in four categories: ability to befriend locals, success in learning the local language, capacity for integrating into the community, and ease of fitting into the new culture.

For the full listing of countries, continue to the next page [or click here]

*With agencies

The world’s friendliest countries, as ranked by HSBC. The lender surveyed 4,127 expatriates in more than 100 countries between April and June 2010. Countries needed to have at least 30 respondents to be included in the rankings, so only 25 countries are ranked.

1.  Canada

2.  Bermuda

3.  South Africa

4.  The U.S.

5.  Australia

6.  Spain

7.  France

8.  The UK

9.  Malaysia

10.  Germany

11.  Mexico

12.  Thailand

13.  Bahrain

14.  Philippines

15.  Singapore

16.  Hong Kong

17.  Russia

18.  China

19.  Belgium

20.  Netherlands

21.  India

22.  Switzerland

23.  United Arab Emirates

24.  Saudi Arabia

25.  Qatar

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Journeyman 8 years ago

So out of 25 countries in the poll of best place for an expat livestyle, the UAE came 23rd for the overall experience.

Look forward to the UAE breaking the top 20 next year.

Tom Jones 8 years ago

Impossible! This study must be a farce!

JT 8 years ago

Out of 25 countries, coming in the last quartile is it an achievement?

S.Tarique 8 years ago

Surprised not to see Oman! Oman has always been the friendlist nation in the GCC by far! I reckon there are some shortcomings to this research/survey.

Bahrain even in the top 25?? Ahead of Oman? Interesting results, but a review is definitely required! :)

Telcoguy 8 years ago

Tis is hilarious. These are not the 25 friendliest con tries but the 25 with enough expats. And dubais is number 23, only 2 places are more unfriendly an Dubai.
Dear AB if you need tomspin news do it better please. Either that or you think most of your refers will not pass the headlines.
@tarique, if Oman is not on the list it simply means not enough respondents.

Sam 8 years ago

This is surely a joke.

Amerian in Kuwait 8 years ago

I agree that it is a farce. Try to get a visa to get into Saudi Arabia. My new born grandson will be a teenager by the time it is issued.

Who would go to Bahrain now? I really enjoyed going there but I cannot tell what it going on there.

Mazen 8 years ago

Saudi should have been higher! The people here are very friendly...I love living here!!!!

Qatari Friend 8 years ago

The spin on this headline is incredible.

The report states "Countries needed to have at least 30 respondents to be included in the rankings, so only 25 countries are ranked." Therefore UAE (23), Saudi Arabia (24) and Qatar (25) are clearly the lowest ranked countries in this list.

The headline implies that these countries have ranked highly.

A more relevant headline would be "Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia named as world's most unfriendly countries".

Marwa 8 years ago

Is very safe in Bahrain now. Just stop watching CNN