Dubai named top city for Middle East quality of living

Emirate is only ranked 74th, Abu Dhabi 77th in new global list which is topped by Vienna
Dubai named top city for Middle East quality of living
By Staff writer
Wed 04 Mar 2015 01:42 PM

Dubai has maintained its regional top spot for quality of living for the third consecutive year, according to a report published by Mercer on Wednesday.

The human resources consultancy has released its annual global Quality of Living report, which sees the city placed 74th in the global rankings and number one in the Middle East and Africa region.

Abu Dhabi has closed the gap on its neighbour, with the UAE capital placed at 77th this year, up one place from the previous list.

Its global position sees the city placed second in the region, with Dubai keeping its top spot despite having dropped one place from its previous ranking.

Most cities from across the Middle East region have maintained a stable ranking position compared to 2014. The most notable changes are drops for Beirut (down 8 to 181) and Cairo (down 9 to 170).

Vienna is rated as the city with the best quality of living in the world for the second consecutive year.

European cities dominate the rankings, along with major cities in Australia and New Zealand. Zurich, Auckland, and Munich were rated second, third, and fourth place respectively. Fifth-place Vancouver is the highest-ranking city in North America, with Singapore at 26 the highest-ranking Asian city.

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey takes into account a city’s political and social environment, medical care and health considerations, public services, recreation facilities and natural environment.

“In order for multinational companies to ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances,” said Nuno Gomes, information solutions Middle East leader at Mercer.

“Factors such as internal stability, law enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements.”

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