According to the Expat Insider ranking, as first overall, Bahrain is the stand-out performer, scoring first place among both male and female respondents, generally doing well across most topics.
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Among the GCC states, the UAE is ranked highest for personal safety while Oman is the most peaceful nation in the region. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have slipped to the last two places in the overall ranking.
In terms of quality of life, the GCC states represent a truly split picture. Bahrain and the UAE offer an above-average quality of life, ranking 20th and 25th, respectively. However, at the opposite end of the spectrum are Saudi Arabia (67th) and Kuwait (68th), which provide the worst quality of life among all 68 countries included in the survey.
“The region struggles to perform well in the Health & Well-Being subcategory: the best-performing country is Bahrain, ranking 25th overall, while Kuwait comes second to last,” Expat Insider report said.
These results are tempered by Qatar’s 50th rank for the quality of the environment, though. Oman is the GCC states’ standout performer for this factor, with more than 8 in 10 (81 per cent) rating the environmental quality well.
The UAE (9th) and Oman (10th) both rank in the top 10 in Safety & Security. An impressive 61 per cent of expats in Oman give political stability the best possible rating, while an almost unrivalled 94 per cent of respondents attest to the peacefulness of the country.
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