UAE ranked 3rd in Middle East and Africa for working remotely

UAE ranked 3rd in Middle East and Africa for working remotely

The recently introduced UAE digital nomad visa for professionals is a contributing factor

The UAE was named third in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region and 41st worldwide in a ranking of the best countries for travel and remote working in 2022.

According to the Work from Wherever Index released by travel search engine Kayak, this was mainly due to the UAE’s ‘remote work infrastructure’ with one of the highest number of co-working spaces per 100,000 population in the world.

Additional factors such as the UAE’s recent introduction of a digital nomad visa and English being widely spoken throughout the country contributed to the country’s high ranking. 

Mauritius and Seychelles were ranked first and second respectively in the MEA region, while Cape Verde and South Africa came fourth and fifth

To develop the index, Kayak analysed 111 countries and ranked each against 22 factors across six categories including: travel costs and accessibility; local prices; health and safety; remote working capabilities; social life, and weather. Ultimately, the index reveals countries that are easiest to work from while having a lot of fun in your off hours.


Portugal was ranked the all-round best country to work remotely from worldwide, scoring high across the board in all categories. Portugal also offers a digital nomad visa, and most locals speak English fluently.

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