Dubai: Fastest-Growing Hubs for Digital Nomads


Dubai: Fastest-Growing Hubs for Digital Nomads

Dubai topped a global index for air connectivity and ranked among the top three destinations in the world for digital nomads according to the recent research .

Growth Highlights
- Dubai extends its reach to more than 100 countries with more than 240 destinations.
- Topped the Savills index for air connectivity.
- Ranked third on the Savills Executive Nomad Index.
- Ranks 15 destinations based on the favourable environment they create for long-term remote workers.

Role: Remote working
- Enabled business owners from abroad to make Dubai their main hub.
- UK nationals have long favoured Dubai for holiday and work and the market also benefited from new demand.

The Covid-19 Pandemic & Remote-Work
- Accelerated the remote-working trend, with the adoption of new technologies.
- Encouraging more workers to move away from the cities or countries where their employers are based.
- Some countries, including the UAE, enacted legislation designed to attract foreign-employed workers.

Issuing Remote Work Visas
Visa permits foreign remote professionals to live in the Emirates while continuing to serve employers in their home countries. The UAE unveiled a one-year residency:
- To permit for remote workers in March last year to attract more talent to the region.
- To boost business opportunities.

Remote Work
- US and European countries, are already part of a large economic bloc that allows free movement of people for living or work, the consultancy said.
- Offer favourable climates year-round, a high quality of life and have established prime residential markets.

Acting as The Modern Executive Nomad
1. Distant cousin of the freelance creative working from a cafe in Bali or Costa Rica – owns a villa in the Algarve or a condo in Miami.
2. Attends Zoom calls from an airy home office and hops on a flight back to London, New York or Geneva for the quarterly board meeting.
3. Provided travel connections are good and high-speed internet is reliable.
4. Individuals and families are motivated to relocate and are placing a greater emphasis on health, wellness and overall lifestyle.

Lisbon: Top Digital Nomad
1. Lisbon topped the index on the back of its high quality of life, low pollution, favourable climate and good air connectivity.
2. Tech executives and entrepreneurs are drawn by Lisbon’s burgeoning status as a tech hub.

Top Hubs for Digital Nomads
1. Lisbon
2. Miami
3. Dubai
4. Algarve
5. Barbados
6. Barcelona
7. Dubrovnik
8. Saint Lucia
9. Malta
10. Antigua & Barbuda