What do you like about living in Brainport Eindhoven?
Ra'na: I like how Eindhoven is a city, but it's also small compared to the capital. It has an urban feel, but at the same time, if the kids want to go for a walk, we’re still close to nature. Everything is pretty accessible, and the region has plenty to offer, even for non-Dutch speakers. And I really like how family-friendly everything is.
Can you sum up your experience as an international in the Netherlands?
Ra'na: I remember that the first things I noticed when I recently moved here was the cold (I moved in February!) and the bikes. I was used to life in the Middle East, and at first, the weather was so different, but I was also amazed by the number of bikes.
Throughout the years, I have seen Brainport change and evolve. I'm happy to see the growth of the international community. That comes with many perks, like more initiatives to incentivize the community, more cultural exchanges, and different types of restaurants, cuisines and celebrations.
What advice would you give to other internationals considering moving to the region?
Ra'na: I’d encourage anyone considering a move to the Netherlands and Brainport Eindhoven. For me, it’s been a positive experience. You might have doubts, but don't let that stop you. Here, you have an excellent work-life balance, great education for your kids, international and local community support, and great opportunities for professional growth.
You can be sure that here, you won't spend most of your time commuting to work or working non-stop behind a desk. For me, that is the biggest plus, and to anyone considering taking the plunge, I’d say go for it!