After it became a new global standard

“Remote work” raises the level of competition between cities for workers

In addition to affordable housing, creating communities of remote workers will be important to attract them.

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Telework in 2020 has become the norm.

Companies were forced to change their attitude towards working remotely, and major international companies set new policies that make it a new standard, after closures in most parts of the world to confront the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

Many spoke about what might happen to commercial real estate after the need for office space decreased, but they did not pay enough attention to a more important topic;

What is the effect of this on the relationship between work, travel and housing in remote towns and villages, after workers are not restricted to work in the main centers?

Will the changes brought about by remote work policies see an increasing number of individuals move to locations far from cities, where the cost of rents is lower, and where living conditions provide a haven from the hustle and bustle of crowded big cities?

Some observers expect that remote work will encourage people to work from anywhere, after the repercussions of the emerging corona virus pandemic have receded, thanks to digital transformation.

After the pandemic, we will have two groups of remote workers, according to an economics professor at the University of Essex, and one group will have to go to the office once or twice a week, and the other group will go to the office once a month.

It is expected that members of the second group will live outside the city centers.

Moving working professionals from cities to towns and villages may be a solution to overcrowding and pollution in major global cities around the world in light of the urbanization and increasing world population that we are witnessing today, and thus the number of urban dwellers decreases.

This trend may contribute to stopping the brain drain in different cities and countries around the world, as skilled workers will not have to travel in search of better opportunities.

Thus, cities become more competitive in attracting talent.

The rise of competitiveness

The governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have benefited from the brain drain from Arab countries and other regions.

A large number of skilled and unskilled workers traveled to the Arab Gulf region in search of work, thanks to the stability of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and higher wage rates.

As the gig economy grows and work spreads from anywhere, these countries will have to consider how remote workers and digital nomads continue to be attracted, as individuals are no longer tied to their workplace.

Towns and cities are offering new incentives globally for remote workers, with increasing competition between geographical locations.

Cities across the United States, especially cities experiencing dwindling, have offered cash incentives starting at $ 5,000 a year to attract freelancers.

Affordable housing

The cost of rent is a major driver leaving urban workers.

The spread of telecommuting has prompted some people to leave high-density and expensive urban areas, including Silicon Valley.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are working to curb the rising cost of housing and address the affordability gap in housing availability.

UAE strategy

Creating a new visa for remote workers in Dubai was a smart move to attract individuals working in the gig economy, especially in the face of the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

The new visa allows individuals to work in the country without linking them to a specific employer, which provides new flexibility for workers and companies.

The UAE was ranked among the top 10 destinations around the world for working remotely, thanks to its high quality of life and advanced information and communication technology infrastructure.

The UAE has been ranked among the top 10 destinations around the world for telecommuting.

The changes brought about by the remote working policies may encourage relocation outside the congested metropolises.

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