The UAE has become a haven for expats who are looking to boost their earning potential, as the country's economy continues to outperform many others around the world. Of course, many foreigners eventually head home, but it seems that more and more former expats simply cannot stay away from the Middle East for too long. Job opportunities are a lot easier to come by in places like Dubai and a lot of people who have moved back home have struggled to find a role that pays as well as the one they once had in the UAE. Speaking to the National, managing director of Charterhouse Recruitment in Dubai Jennifer Campori said that many UAE-based companies are recruiting at a time when a lot of organisations in other parts of the world are shedding workers. She added that jobseekers who have worked in the Middle East before have a distinct advantage over other candidates. "Having previous experience of working in the UAE is hugely attractive for employers in this country because it's easier for people to settle when they return and they know how things work here," she was quoted as saying. Campori added that there has been a "steady trickle" of ex-expats returning to the emirates and she fully expects numbers to grow further in the coming years. Her thoughts were echoed by vice president of sales for jobs website Bayt.com Suhail Masri, who insisted that individuals are finding the UAE increasingly appealing. "The UAE, always a favourite work destination, is becoming even more so lately, and with the pace of recruitment picking up locally the attractiveness of the UAE continues to soar," Masri told the news provider. Indian expats in particular have been heading back to the UAE in their droves and it seems that people in neighbouring Pakistan are also looking to relocate. Emirates 24/7 recently reported that citizens of the latter purchased 1,814 properties in Dubai in the first half of 2012, according to the city's land department. This was a 37 per cent increase on the corresponding period in 2011 and is a clear indication that the UAE's popularity is booming.