By Lubna Hamdan
UAE capital just behind New York after it proved popular with younger generations
Abu Dhabi has been ranked the second-best city in the world to live, work and do business in, according to the Ipsos City Index, which interviewed over 18,000 people, aged between 16 and 64, in 26 countries worldwide.
The UAE’s capital, which moved two spots since last year’s report, came ahead of major cities such as London and Paris, but behind New York, which retained the number one spot.
Around 21 percent of the surveyed participants named Abu Dhabi as a top city to do business in, leaving it just 2 percent below New York.
The Gulf city also ranked highest among participants from younger generations such as Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z.
Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: "The rise of Abu Dhabi in this global ranking is testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the emirate as not only a tourist destination of distinction, but a location that international communities want to work, live and do business in. Its distinct popularity among the younger generations highlight the need for global cities to diversify and innovate to sustain their position and strength as business and tourism hubs."
Ghobash said the continued rise of tourism in Abu Dhabi meant it will grow from strength to strength as more international visitors experience what the emirate has to offer.
"As we leverage the wealth of Abu Dhabi’s cultural heritage sites, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Al Ain, and the forthcoming opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, we are confident that our position on the map of leading cities will continue to be cemented," he said.
Abu Dhabi recorded nearly 2 million hotel guest arrivals from January to May 2017, a 4 percent rise since the same period in 2016. Over 600,000 hotel guests in the emirate were classified as local visitors.
Other cities on the list included Sydney, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Moscow and Toronto to name a few.