Abu Dhabi has been named as the top city in the Gulf region to avoid stress, according to a new global list.
The rankings, devised by technology firm Zipjet, analysed a total of 150 cities, and highlighted the most and least stressful cities with available data on factors such as housing density, public transport, pollution, unemployment, security, mental health and race equality.
Abu Dhabi was ranked 19th in the list which was topped by the German city of Stuttgart while Baghdad in Iraq was named the most stressful city in the world.
Kuwait City (23) came second in the Gulf region, followed by Dubai (32), Doha (60), Manama (72), Muscat (75), Jeddah (97), and Riyadh (98).
"Anxiety and stress have been pinpointed again and again as key factors contributing to the deterioration of mental health and quality of life. We undertook this study to find out how the most stressful cities around the world can benefit from the example of those cities least affected by stress," said Zipjet in a statement.
"We examined the overall mental health of a city, and then considered all of the major stress-inducing factors, including unemployment, debt per capita, traffic, public transport, security, pollution and density. We also considered elements such as lack of sunshine hours, which has been linked to poor mental health."
Florian Färber, managing director of Zipjet, added: “Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase.
"We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it.”
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