Oman ranks 2nd in quality of life in Arab world

Muscat, Nov 25 – The Sultanate has been ranked second in the Arab world on the Quality of Life Index 2017. The annual InterNations Expat Insider 2017 survey ranked Oman 26th internationally. The report was published in English by Munich-based InterNations network on its website. Oman was ranked 45th internationally on the leisure options sub-index, 16th in personal happiness, 37th in transport and travel, 30th in health and ninth in safety and security. Portugal topped the ranking followed by Taiwan, the 2016 winner, and then Spain, Singapore, the Czech Republic and Japan.
The report says, “Oman is a good place to be if you don’t want to spend your whole time in office — a full-time working week there comes in at a below average 43.5 hours, which could be one reason seven out of ten expats there are content with this factor.”
Sixty-one per cent of expatriates in Oman say their friends are a mix of expats and locals or mainly locals.
UAE, Oman and Qatar also make it to the top ten of World Economic Forum’s Safety and Security Index. It may be noted Oman has been ranked 15th in the HSBC Expat Explorer survey that seeks to have a feedback from the nationals living away from their home countries for work. The survey asked expats from 159 countries to rank their experience of life living abroad on everything from job prospects to education to bringing up a family and quality of life. The survey said Oman has scored highly for work/life balance, savings, wage growth, disposable income, safety, making friends, quality of life, childcare quality and health. It may be noted only UAE (ranked 10) and Bahrain (13) are the two countries from the GCC rated above Oman.
The survey has been in place for the last ten years and according to HSBC it is the world’s largest and longest running study of expat life, looking at the experiences of more than 27,500 people from 159 countries and territories.