More Brit expats choosing UAE over France, Spain

Gulf state now third most popular destination for Britons after Australia and Canada - study
More Brit expats choosing UAE over France, Spain
The UAE is now the third-most popular destination for Britons seeking to live abroad, according to a new report.
By Ed Attwood
Mon 12 Aug 2013 12:29 PM

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."

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