Oman has been named the safest and the friendliest country in the world for expats to live and work, according to a new global report.
According to the 2019 Expat Insider Report, by InterNations, Oman in number one in terms of safety and security for expats. Overall, in terms of quality of life, Oman was ranked 35th in the world among the 64 countries polled where a nation's quality of life was based on: leisure options, personal happiness, travel and transportation, health and wellbeing, safety and security and digital life.
A nation's quality of life is based on six factors: leisure options, personal happiness, travel and transportation, health and wellbeing, safety and security and digital life. When safety and security is taken into consideration, among the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, only the UAE (at 6th position) featured in the top 10 alongside Oman. Qatar is ranked 11, Bahrain 20 and Kuwait at 46.
The process to legally hire foreign employees also became easier in the sultanate in 2019 compared to last year. According to the Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum., Oman was given a score of 4.0 out of 7 in "Ease of Hiring Foreign Labour", giving the country an overall score of 49.9 and placing Oman in the 83 position in countries on the list in terms of hiring foreign workers.
Oman got score of 3.9 in 2018 in the same report, and a cumulative score of 47.9, wherein it was placed 90th worldwide.
The list of countries in the InterNations report features many of the countries to which foreign nationals often move for work. Overall, Taiwan has been voted the best place in the world for expats, followed by Vietnam, Portugal, Mexico, Spain, Singapore, Bahrain, Ecuador, Malaysia and Czech Republic.