By Ed Attwood
Gulf state now third most popular destination for Britons after Australia and Canada - study
The UAE is becoming an increasingly popular destination for British expatriates, edging out more traditional destinations such as France and Spain.
According to the Natwest International Personal Banking Quality of Life report, the country is now the third-most popular destination for Britons seeking to live abroad, up from sixth place last year, and ninth place in 2011.
Australia is still the most favoured destination, followed by Canada. Meanwhile, France and Spain dropped to eighth and ninth place, respectively.
The survey analyses the opinions of 1,800 British expats from around the world.
"The most notable shifts in our Quality of Life results this year is the rise of the UAE as an expat destination," said Dave Isley, head of NatWest International Personal Banking.
"The once loved traditional expat communities of France, Spain and Portugal are diminishing, with quality of life drastically reducing for expats living there, making way for newcomers such as UAE and Singapore.
"It seems expats are willing to adjust their lifestyle in exchange for a stronger economy and better job opportunities."
UAE is a paradise of Brits. Income here is non-taxable, the respect they get is extra-ordinary, the services they offer are usually welcomed and sold overpriced in UAE no matter, what quality of services are and of course unlike UK, its sunny 11 months here
...and the 12th month is raining!
Again laughable . This is obviously for local consumption.
I tend to focus my intelligence gathering on Natwest International Personal Banking Quality of Life research. I am certain that the next research study will be centered around something akin to which type of feed is preferred by llamas.
I am shuddering with anticipation.
Look, France and Spain are not as welcoming to the British for one and the taxes in those countries are far too prohibitive to maintaining regularity in a alcohol-centric lifestyle.
This survey was quoted in the Telegraph (UK paper) a few months ago - in the section on International property - so actually not just for local consumption. It said people were put off southern European countries by taxes and their economic decline. Have you been to France lately?