Abu Dhabi has been named fourth in a survey of the world’s top cities,
edging out other major capitals such as Sydney, Zurich and Tokyo.
The Ipsos Top Cities Index surveyed people in 24 countries in February
on their views for the best cities in which to work, rest and play.
As well as an overall result, an analysis was also done of how
respondents in each of the 24 countries ranked their top three.
According to results of the online poll, Abu Dhabi emerged fourth
overall behind New York, London and Paris with a top cities index score of 47.
In the business category the UAE capital performed better with a ranking
of number two, behind New York. For respondents in Belgium, Italy, Spain and
Saudi Arabia it was ranked first.
And while Abu Dhabi ranked sixth overall as the best place visit, and
seventh as the best place to work, respondents in Saudi endorsed it as first in
The survey results showed Germans ranked Abu Dhabi third as a place to
Overall, Zurich was ranked first as a place to live, with Sydney second
and London third.
Respondents favoured Paris, New York and Rome for destinations to visit.
Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, said: “All countries are
chauvinistic but some are more chauvinistic than others. This unique survey
gives us an on-the-ground view not just of what people around the world think
of the world’s great cities but also what they think of their own.”
The survey asked respondents to rank cities “based on what you have seen
yourself, or heard from others”.
It said a sample of about 1,000 people per country was taken, with the
exception of 12 countries which had 500.
In the least-popular cities, the bottom six were Budapest, Casablanca,
Warsaw, Tehran and Karachi.
Those which “could do better” included Moscow, Brussels, Madrid,
Istanbul and Bangkok.
“The global public are quite discerning about their favourite cities,”
“New York is top for business, Paris is the place to visit, Zurich is
the number one place to live.
“But, they are united about which cities they don’t feel are strong –
across the 24 countries covered Karachi gets nil points, with Tehran... and Warsaw barely troubling the scorer.”