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Expats in Middle East — Statistics and Trends

March 31, 2016

Did you know that Expats now account for around 48.1% of total population in GCC countries and more than 46% of Expats in Middle East think they are earning a lot more than they would back home. Check out our infographic on Expats in Middle East for latest statistics and trends.

Expats in Middle East

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Estimated Numbers of Expats as %age of total population

 CountryExpats as %age of total population
United Arab Emirates88.5%
Qatar85.7%
Kuwait69.2%
Bahrain52.0%
Oman44.0%
Saudi Arabia32.7%

 

Male-Female Expat Ratio in Middle East Countries

CountryMaleFemale
Global Average47%53%
UAE63%37%
Qatar64%36%
Saudi Arabia76%24%

 

Top three sectors of industries

UAEQatarSaudi Arabia
Construction12%Construction25%Construction25%
Retail/Wholesale trade11%Education/ Research13%Education/ Research13%
Financial services10%Business services/ Professional consulting10%Healthcare10%

 

Benefits Expats receive in Middle East Region Vs Global Average

 

  Benefit Type%age of Expats in Middle EastGlobal Average
Health and Medical Allowances70%52%
Annual Trips to home/ Airfare allowances67%33%
Accommodation Allowance60%33%
Permanent Expat Contracts33%21%

 

%age of Expats with disposable income higher than in their home country

 

 Country%age of Expats having higher disposable income
Qatar76%
Oman72%
Bahrain68%
UAE65%

 

47% of Expats in Bahrain took less than Six months to feel like home as compared to global average of 31%

 

Key findings about Expats in UAE

 

 Findings%age
Send child to International Schools76%
Have confidence in local economy61%
Better Overall Quality of Life60%
Good for career progression53%
Moved to improve job prospects40%

 

Latest Global Rankings of Middle East Countries in Best destinations for Expats

 

  Country Name2015
Bahrain4
UAE9
Oman14
Qatar22
Saudi Arabia26
Kuwait34
Turkey36
Egypt37