In the Middle East, Dubai Ranks Top for Quality of Living

Dubai and Abu Dhabi were ranked as the Middle East region’s supreme cities for maintaining quality of living for the seventh consecutive year.  

For the annual 2019 Quality of Living survey, it was mentioned that Dubai headed the region, ranking 74th globally and was almost followed by Abu Dhabi, which was enjoying 78th place.

The UAE cities continue to rank greatly on the survey and their positive scores are largely ascribed to high marks in political and social environment, education, business environment,   and public services.

Rob Thissen, Energy sector and Talent Mobility Leader for the Middle East stated that the UAE government has increasingly worked towards improving the infrastructure of the nation, safety and security among other factor to provide a complacent environment for all residents.

Access to basic necessities becomes the key drivers to allure and retain investors.

Over the last few decades, between 1998 and 2018, Dubai has increased 12.2% in living standards, whereas Abu Dhabi has increased 12.1%. In the Middle East, the UAE has observed the most distinct living standard increases in its region. This can be ascribed to the nation’s ongoing efforts to boost its infrastructure, especially its airports and public transportation, enticing economic environment for local and foreign businesses, as well as focus on developing dynamic new recreational and entertainment facilities that has persisted in 2019.

Among other mentioned cities in the survey, Vienna in Austria topped the rankings for the 10th successive year due to its high scores in a wide variety of categories, while Baghdad in Iraq was ranked the lowest on the list even though it has observed important improvements related to health and safety services.

The Quality of Living Survey is basically conditional on the degree of well-being faced by an individual, which is impacted by 39 different facets grouped into 10 categories, which include the political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing and the natural environment.