Dubai among world's fastest-growing remote work hubs in 2021

Emirate ranked alongside tourist hotspots like Cancun in Mexico; Miami, Florida in US

  
Executive on video call from his home during lockdown. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Executive on video call from his home during lockdown. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Dubai is one of the world’s most popular destinations for remote working, according to Nomad List, which collects data about people who travel around the world while working remotely. 

The crowdsourcing platform has ranked the emirate as the sixth fastest growing city for employees who telecommute in 2021, ahead of many destinations in Europe, Asia, Americas and the Middle East. 

Nomad List regularly tracks the movement of tens of thousands of digital nomads to find out the popular places to live and work remotely. The destinations are ranked by growth rates of check-ins made to places by Nomad List’s members using live data that include more than 130,000 check-ins. 

The number of digital nomads’ check-ins in Dubai went up by 67 percent this year alone, more than the growth recorded in the past several years. From 2016 to 2020, the number of check-ins went up by 53 percent. 

Long-term remote work 

Remote working has been implemented by companies across the globe since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. While some organisations have gradually moved their staff back into the office after restrictions started to ease and more people get vaccinated, many employers have opted to continue with remote working for the long term. Big tech companies, such as Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have announced they are not getting off remote work anytime soon. 

Among the cities that are tracked by Nomad List, Cancun in Mexico emerged as the fastest growing hub for remote working, with check-ins by digital nomads rising by 168 percent this year. 

Two other Mexican destinations, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, also emerged at the top of the list, ranking second and third, respectively.  Fourth on the list is Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, followed by Miami, Florida in the United States. 

Rounding off the top ten list are Mexico City; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Medellin, Colombia and Denver, Colorado in the US. 

Fastest growing remote work hubs 

(Destinations that are growing fast in the last five years in general) 

1.Cancun, Mexico 

2.Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

3.Tulum, Mexico 

4.Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain 

5.Miami, Florida, US 

6.Dubai, UAE
7.Mexico City, Mexico 

8.Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain 

9.Medellin, Colombia 

10.Denver, Colorado, US 

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria) 

Cleofe.maceda@refinitiv.com 

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