Dubai is among the top 10 cities people would move to for work, with both seeing marked increases in their attractiveness to the global workforce, according to a ranking by Boston Consulting Group and recruitment agency The Network.
“London continues to be the first-choice city for talent worldwide, New York is the number two city destination, followed by Berlin -showing the preference for well-known cities of the West,” said Mike Booker, managing director of The Network and co-author of the report.
“But cities in other regions are starting to attract notice. Dubai (the most populous city in the UAE) is now a top 10 city work destination, and Abu Dhabi has moved sharply up the rankings too.”
Dubai ranked 6th in the survey conducted as part of BCG’s Decoding Global Talent 2018 report, published last month. The survey findings, however, were only made available on Sunday this week.
While 12 per cent of respondents said they would move to Dubai to work, 22 per cent chose number one-ranked London and 16 per cent opted for New York, which took second place on the ranking. Berlin and Barcelona took the third position with 15 per cent each.
Abu Dhabi ranked 14th, moving into the top 30 for the first time. Dubai and Abu Dhabi were the only two Middle East cities that featured in the ranking.
Overall, 57 per cent of all workers surveyed said they would move to another country for work, according to the report. While that is a sizable number, it is almost 7 percentage points lower than in 2014, the last time BCG and The Network, an alliance of more than 50 global recruitment websites, posed the question.
Source: The National