May 2013: 10 Favorite Up and Coming Oil and Gas Cities

2013-05-Top 10 CitiesOil and gas has long been a global industry. In fact, Houston hosts nearly 40 consular offices and a quick walk around the Offshore Technology Conference, kicking off this week, will reinforce energy professionals’ understanding of just how many differing locations they could choose during their careers.

If accepting a position in an exotic location seemed like a burden in the past, advances in real-time communication and transportation options make these opportunities even more attractive. With that in mind, we asked oil and gas professionals which cities represent the most promising up-and-comers to live and work. After nearly 8,000 energy professionals voted, Dubai topped the list for the second time. Combining significant reserves, cultural openness and accessibility to markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Dubai is rewriting what it means to be a major energy hub.

Next up, two North American beauties: Calgary and Denver. Each is able to offer easy access to mountain and modern-city lifestyles, while being close to major conventional and unconventional oil and gas reserves. And, Denver is getting more popular, moving up one spot after ranking fourth when we compiled a similar list two years ago.

The Asia-Pacific region dominates the rest of the list, with energy professionals noting Singapore, Jakarta, Perth, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur as promising locales to work and live. Who’s new? It’s Mumbai’s debut on the list. With the government set to unveil its shale gas policy this year, more energy professionals voted the fourth most-populous city in the world on the list.

The decision now is not so much where in the world energy professionals wish to base their career, but how many global destinations can enrich their careers and lives.

Paul Caplan
President, Rigzone

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