Dubai, Kuwait among most improved places to live

Syrian capital of Damascus was deemed the worst city in the livability rankings
Dubai, Kuwait among most improved places to live
By Beatrice Thomas
Wed 28 Aug 2013 02:45 PM

Dubai and Kuwait City have been ranked in the top 10 biggest improving cities in a global livability survey released on Wednesday.

The Economist Intelligence Unit said Dubai’s ranking at number 77 had improved 2.9 percent in the past five years.

Kuwait City, which came in at 81, was also amongst the top 10 most improved, with a 2.5 percent jump.

The survey ranks five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Cities which dropped down the rankings with negative livability changes were linked to the Arab Spring, European austerity and Chinese discontent.

The conflict in Syria saw Damascus drop to bottom of the list at 140.

Tripoli, in Libya, was ranked 133 and the Iranian capital Tehran was positioned at number 131.

Over five years, Muscat in Oman dropped 3.7 percent to 88th, while Tunis in Tunisia fell to 104th.

Melbourne, in Australia, was ranked the world’s most livable city for the third year in a row.

Australian and New Zealand cities landed five of the top 10 spots. Canadian cities made up another three of the top 10 positions.

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