Dubai ranked third best city in the world for digital nomads

Dubai has been ranked the world’s third-best city for digital nomads, according to new research from property consultancy Savills.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, topped the rankings and Miami was ranked second in the Savills Executive Nomad Index, which lists the 15 best cities for long-term remote workers, based on internet speed, quality of life, climate, air connectivity and prime rents, Savills said in a statement Wednesday.

The popular Portuguese region of Algarve in the south of the country was ranked fourth, followed by Barbados in the Caribbean.

Barcelona, ​​Dubrovnik, Saint Lucia, Malta and Antigua and Barbuda round out the top 10. No cities in Asia feature in the index.

“Remote working has enabled foreign business owners to make Dubai their primary hub,” said Helen Tatham, residential community sales and leasing manager at Savills Dubai.

“British nationals have long favored Dubai for holidays and work, but the market has also benefited from new demand from French, German, Swedish and Swiss buyers.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend towards remote working, with the adoption of new technologies encouraging more workers to move away from the cities or countries where their employers are based.

In response, some countries, including the United Arab Emirates, have enacted legislation aimed at attracting foreign workers.

The UAE unveiled a one-year residency permit for remote workers in March last year to attract more talent to the region and boost business opportunities. The visa allows remote foreign professionals to live in the Emirates while continuing to serve employers in their home country.

Dubai tops the Savills index for air connectivity, with the emirate’s airlines serving more than 100 countries, Savills said.

All of the cities that were in the Savills Index either have a digital nomad visa program, or equivalent, or, in the case of US and European countries, are already part of a large economic bloc that allows free movement of people for live or work, the council says.

They offer favorable year-round climates, a high quality of life and have established prime residential markets, Savills said.

“The modern executive nomad – a distant cousin of the freelance creative working in a cafe in Bali or Costa Rica – owns a villa in the Algarve or a condo in Miami, attends Zoom calls from a spacious home office and hops on a flight of back to London, New York or Geneva for the quarterly board meeting,” said Paul Tostevin, head of Savills World Research.

“Provided there are good travel connections and reliable high-speed internet, individuals and families are motivated to relocate and put more emphasis on health, well-being and overall lifestyle. “

Lisbon tops the index thanks to its high quality of life, low pollution, favorable climate and good air connectivity.

“Executives and tech entrepreneurs are drawn to Lisbon’s burgeoning status as a tech hub,” said Ricardo Garcia, residential manager at Savills Portugal.

“Property costs are low and there is a strong pool of local talent. Companies move their headquarters to Portugal.

Miami has gained traction as a remote work destination in the United States due to its warm weather and beaches, Savills said.

The city also offers good air connectivity and digital infrastructure, as well as a strong prime rental market and a relatively good quality of life.

Barbados, which has the fastest internet in the Caribbean, is popular with digital nomads thanks to its climate and good air connectivity.

Barcelona, ​​which placed sixth, also has fast internet and strong global connectivity through its air and rail systems, Savills said.

“As the workplace has evolved into a new, more flexible model, executive nomads are transforming what were once vacation home markets into year-round markets,” Mr. Tostevin said.

“Certain localities in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, as well as cities such as Lisbon, Miami and Dubai, offer them connectivity, favorable climates and a high quality of life.”

Top 10 Global Destinations for Digital Nomads

  1. Lisbon
  2. Miami
  3. dubai
  4. Algarve
  5. Barbados
  6. Barcelona
  7. Dubrovnik
  8. St. LUCIA
  9. Malta
  10. Antigua and Barbuda

Updated: April 28, 2022, 03:30

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