Dubai, the most popular seaside city for digital nomads
Dubai is the most popular beach city for digital nomads with 27,007 Instagram users tagging #digitalnomad on their posts, a new study of the most popular destinations for remote workers found.
The city in the United Arab Emirates is also the second most popular destination in the Middle East and Central Asia, according to analysis by CV.io, a Netherlands-based resume creation platform, which analyzed data from 90,000 #digitalnomad publications and ranked cities for freelancers in 2021.
Dubai’s popularity comes after the UAE last month unveiled a one-year residence permit for remote workers to help attract more talent to the region and boost business opportunities.
Professionals working remotely abroad can now live in the Emirates while continuing to serve their employers in their home country.
The program follows the success of a remote working program unveiled in Dubai in October that also encouraged people who work remotely long-term to relocate to the emirate.
âDubai is a great place for digital nomads to stay while traveling the world,â resume.io said. “It’s one of the only places on the list to have a virtual work visa, allowing people to access schools, public services and more.”
While digital nomads have had their wings cut by coronavirus travel restrictions, some hardy freelancers continue their quest to work and explore the world.
The study found that Vancouver in Canada is the digital nomad capital of the world, with 57,401 Instagram photos tagged there in 2021.
The city is popular for its proximity to mountains and beaches with freelancers also drawn to its popular art scene, but it is also one of the most expensive places to live.
New York was the second most popular destination in North America, with Playa Del Carmen in Mexico in third.
Meanwhile, London in England has been crowned the number one nomadic digital destination in Europe, with 47,244 posts. The popularity of the British capital has been bolstered by its easy connections to other destinations via the city’s airports and rail links.
The French capital of Paris was the second most popular place in Europe for freelancers, followed by Lisbon in Portugal.
In the Middle East and Central Asia, Bangkok in Thailand came first thanks to its affordable lifestyle, with Dubai in second and Ubud in Bali in third.
Cape Town in South Africa dominated Africa’s most popular destinations, Medellin in Colombia took first place in South America, and Melbourne in Australia came first for the rest of Asia and Oceania. , followed closely by Sydney.