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Abu Dhabi voted Middle East's top city

UAE capital ranked best in poll for job prospects, labour rights and business opportunities

Abu Dhabi voted Middle East's top city
(Credit: Bloomberg News)

Abu Dhabi has been voted the
Middle East's top city to live in based on factors including job
prospects, entrepreneurial opportunities and labour rights, according to a new

Neighbouring Dubai was ranked
the second most popular city followed by Sharjah, Manama and Muscat, a survey
of more than 9,000 people by Bayt.com and YouGov found.

Click here to see the top five Middle East cities

The majority of respondents
considered job availability in 12 countries in the Middle East ‘average’, while nearly half of those polled described employment opportunities in
Riyadh as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

Doha was ranked the second best city based on employment prospects followed by Jeddah, Abu Dhabi and
Dubai. Salaries in Qatar’s capital city are considered the most
competitive, closely followed by Abu Dhabi, while remuneration packages in
Damascus and Amman ranked the lowest.

Countries hit by the Arab Spring unrest such as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria ranked the lowest for
entrepreneurial factors such as new business finance, as
well as overall quality of life.

Nearly 80 percent of
residents in Algiers said they would like to move to another city followed by
those living in Casablanca and Tunis at 73 percent and 71 percent,
respectively. New businesses operating in Damascus, Aleppo, Amman and Cairo are
also considered the most difficult cities in which to secure financial support.

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“When it comes to new ideas
and innovations, 56 percent of respondents state that Dubai is the most
receptive, followed by Sharjah (52 percent), while those cities most opposed to
rocking the boat are Rabat, Amman (both with 48 percent), and Marrakech (43
percent) where reception of new ideas is bad/poor according to residents,”
noted the report.

Residents in the UAE claimed
to have the highest quality of life, with 73 percent in Dubai and 70 percent in
Abu Dhabi describing their lifestyle as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. People
living in Beirut and Damascus are the least happy with their lifestyle.

Despite ranking low for a
series of factors such as job opportunities and wage protection, residents in
Beirut consider options for education amongst the best in the Middle East. “The
majority of Beirut residents (71 percent) state that the availability of
educational facilities in their city is high; they also claim that the quality
of education is high, with statistics ranking it the highest in the region,”
said the report.

Click here to see the top five Middle East cities

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