Dubai is one of the most popular destinations in the world for remote working, according to Nomad List, which collects data on people who travel around the world while working remotely.
The crowdsourcing platform ranked the emirate as the sixth fastest growing city for telecommuting employees in 2021, ahead of many destinations in Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.
The number of digital nomad registrations in Dubai has increased by 67% this year alone, more than the growth recorded in recent years. From 2016 to 2020, the number of registrations increased by 53%.
Long-term remote work
Remote working has been implemented by businesses around the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. While some organizations have gradually relocated their staff to the office after restrictions began to ease and more people got vaccinated, many employers have chosen to continue working remotely for the long term. Big tech companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft, have announced that they won’t be quitting remote working anytime soon.
Among the cities tracked by Nomad List, Cancun in Mexico has emerged as the fastest growing remote work hub, with a 168% increase in registrations of digital nomads this year.
Two other Mexican destinations, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, also topped the list, ranking second and third respectively. Fourth on the list is Tenerife in the Canary Islands in Spain, followed by Miami, Florida in the United States.
Mexico City completes the top ten list; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Medellin, Colombia and Denver, Colorado in the United States.
The fastest growing remote work centers
(Destinations that are growing rapidly over the past five years in general)
2.Playa del Carmen, Mexico
4.Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
5.Miami, Florida, United States
6.Dubai, United Arab Emirates
8.Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
10.Denver, Colorado, United States
(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)
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