There is no second home quite like the UAE

Opportunities aplenty and an accommodating lifestyle are not the only perks of living in this country

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2017:     General view of the downtown skyline seen from the observation tower at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi on April 10, 2017. Christopher Pike / The National

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For those who have lived in the city or the country for the past 10 years, seeing the United Arab Emirates rank 10th among the world's best countries for expats in the HSBC Explorer Survey comes as no surprise. Year-round sunshine and sandy beaches are only two elements of a charmed lifestyle that attracts millions of expatriates from around the world.

Over the past decade, several factors and developments have encouraged residents to establish deeper roots in the country. A majority of the respondents in the survey said they had been in the UAE for more than five years.

While many people are drawn here by the prospect of greater career opportunities, higher wages and an expanding investment and business environment, the chance to enjoy a better quality of life is not the only attractive feature of the seven emirates. Being part of the country's journey and development is exciting and is all the more so when one can gain exposure to unique projects and gain an extensive professional experience.

The country's drive to distinguish itself as an art, culture and tourism hub in the region is an added value that has charmed many residents, while the diverse curricula on offer in schools and universities tell the story of children who can thrive in a safe environment.

In a region that is riddled with conflict and chaos, the UAE has committed itself to tolerance and understanding. It acts as a beacon for talent keen to enjoy the benefits of the country and to experience the rapid development and ever-expanding progress of our cities. Heartened by the stability, security, integration and inclusiveness the country has to offer, expatriates from more than 150 nationalities have chosen to make the country their second home. All of us benefit from that unique environment. Indeed, belonging to such a multicultural and hospitable society can add richness to one's life and personality.

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