Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat named top cities to relocate to

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat named top cities to relocate to

The Gulf cities came in fourth, sixth and eighth place respectively in the global ranking

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat have been included in a list of top 10 places in the world to relocate to, according to the Relocation Report compiled by

The ranking was created based on a number of criteria, including average annual temperature, average property price, average monthly salary, number of restaurants, number of green spaces, average internet speed and average life expectancy. Each criteria was given a score out of 10 before an average was calculated.

Among the UAE-based destinations, Dubai ranked fourth on the list of best cities to relocate to, with a score of 5.67 out of 10, while Abu Dhabi was sixth with a score of 5.52. Muscat, Oman appeared in eighth place with a score of 5.40.

The top spot went to Austin, Texas in the US with 6.02 points, followed by  Tokyo, Japan (5.98) and Charleston in South Carolina, US (5.68)

A statement issued by read: “In a world where international travel is opening back up and remote working is now tried and tested, there is ample opportunity for people to relocate abroad and, with that, start thinking about housing and comparing mortgages.”


Dubai scored highest for weather, followed closely by Abu Dhabi in second and Bahrain capital Manama in third.

According to the report: “Dubai is the best relocation destination if you are looking for sunnier climes, as it scored a perfect 10. The average temperature in Dubai is 28.2ºC, and there is only 68 millimetres of rainfall a year.

“The capital of the UAE scores slightly lower than its neighbour, with Abu Dhabi achieving 9.9/10. Temperatures are slightly lower at 27.9ºC, but there is less rain on average with only 42mm falling.”

Regional destinations topped the list of coastal cities for relocation with Doha in first position, followed by Abu Dhabi in second and Dubai in third.

The report was compiled using the latest data available in October 2021. For more information visit 

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