Kuwait City named world’s worst city for expats

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The unhappiest expats in the world can be found in Kuwait City, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The Expat City Ranking 2019 by InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with more than 3.5 million members, showed that four Asian cities – Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore – were the best cities to live as an expat in a new list comparing a total of 82 cities.

On the other hand, Kuwait City was ranked bottom of the list while Rome (81st) and Milan (80th), Lagos, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lima, New York City and Yangon, Myanmar also featured in the bottom 10 cities worldwide.

Abu Dhabi (15th), Manama (21st), Muscat (28th) and Dubai (34th) ranked top to midfield in the rankings.

Barring Kuwait City, the cities are among the top 25 worldwide for getting settled, and expats generally value the safety as well as the availability and affordability of housing.

However, the lack of good work-life is a prominent weakness for the cities in the GCC states, the report said.

It is the world’s worst-rated city for leisure activities and for the local climate and weather while more than three in five expats are also dissatisfied with the local transportation and Kuwait City has the worst-rated quality of the environment.

Kuwait City also has the worst-rated work-life balance worldwide, with 38 percent of expats rating this factor negatively. Over a third of expats say they are dissatisfied with their job in general, and two in five are unhappy with the local career opportunities.

Manama, after ranking in the top 3 for two years in a row, fell to 21st in the Expat City Ranking 2019, losing the most ground in the Urban Work Life Index as only 63 percent say they are generally happy with their jobs while also being less satisfied with their working hours.