Dubai among best for qual­ity of liv­ing

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

Dubai con­tin­ues to rank high­est across the Middle East and Africa for qual­ity of liv­ing, fol­lowed by Abu Dhabi and Port Louis in Mau­ri­tius. It is for the fourth time in a row that Dubai has been ranked as the top Middle East­ern city for ex­pa­tri­ate liv­ing. World­wide, Vi­enna is ranked the world's best city to live in and Bagh­dad is the worst.

Dubai's po­si­tion is 75 glob­ally, while Abu Dhabi takes the 81st rank­ing, ac­cord­ing to 'Mercer's 2016 Qual­ity of Liv­ing Sur­vey' In the Middle East, the South African cities of Dur­ban, Cape Town, and Jo­han­nes­burg rank among the top 10 cities for qual­ity liv­ing, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional hu­man re­sources con­sul­tancy's re­port. For per­sonal safety, the re­port has placed only a hand­ful of cities in the Middle East re­gion in the top 100 - with Abu Dhabi rank­ing high­est at 23rd place, fol­lowed by Mus­cat (29), Dubai (40), and Port Louis (59). Doha, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, ranks 70th in per­sonal safety.

Paul Vadassery, CEO of Desert Link Trad­ing Com­pany of Abu Dhabi, who has been a res­i­dent of the UAE cap­i­tal for 40 years, said that apart from per­sonal safety, the city of­fers the best-in class com­fort and liv­ing stan­dards. "Life in Abu Dhabi is peace­ful. The city is cul­tur­ally vi­brant and of­fers af­ford­able health­care, su­perb work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and world class shop­ping and leisure fa­cil­i­ties," said Vadassery.

Pradeep Ku­mar Poogadan, Gen­eral Man­ager of Ori­ent Hos­pi­tal­ity, and a Dubai res­i­dent for 16 years, said the cos­mopoli­tan city, home to more than 190 na­tion­al­i­ties, of­fers se­cu­rity, com­fort and lux­ury. "For ex­pa­tri­ates, it is like a home away from home, of­fer­ing in­vestor­friendly en­vi­ron­ment and mod­ern and ef­fi­cient sys­tem of gov­er­nance. Mag­nif­i­cent parks, beaches, sand dunes, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties wa­ter­ways, mega shop­ping malls and ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port make Dubai one of the best cities in the world to work, do busi­ness and live a leisurely life," said Poogadan.

"Re­gional geopol­i­tics is highly volatile and char­ac­terised by safety con­cerns, political tur­moil, and an el­e­vated risk of ter­ror­ism. The low­est rank­ing cities in the re­gion are Da­m­as­cus (229) and Bagh­dad (230), both of which have wit­nessed con­tin­ual vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ist at­tacks that weigh upon the daily life of lo­cals and ex­pa­tri­ates," said the re­port. "Rank­ings in many re­gions were af­fected by re­cent world events, in­clud­ing eco­nomic and political upheavals, which re­sulted in cur­rency fluc­tu­a­tions, cost in­fla­tion for goods and ser­vices, and volatil­ity in ac­com­mo­da­tion prices," said Rob Thissen, Con­sul­tant on Global Mo­bil­ity at Mercer ME. "Af­ter a few years of sharp in­crease, Dubai's res­i­den­tial mar­ket is show­ing signs of slow­ing down. The de­liv­ery of a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of new units added pres­sure to the res­i­den­tial mar­ket. Prices are ex­pected to con­tinue fall­ing as the ad­di­tional res­i­den­tial units will be ready for oc­cu­pancy this year," he added.

Vi­enna con­tin­ues its reign in the top spot for over­all qual­ity of liv­ing, fol­lowed by Zurich (2), Auck­land (3), and Mu­nich ( 4). Van­cou­ver ( 5) is North Amer­ica's high­est rank­ing city, and Sin­ga­pore is the high­est rank­ing Asian city, hold­ing 26th place. Mercer's sur­vey also iden­ti­fies the per­sonal safety rank­ing for the full list of cities; it is based on in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity, crime fig­ures, per­for­mance of lo­cal law en­force­ment, and the home coun­try's re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries. Lux­em­bourg tops the per­sonal safety list and is fol­lowed by Bern, Helsinki, and Zurich - all tied in 2nd place. Bagh­dad (230) and Da­m­as­cus (229) are the world's least safe cities ac­cord­ing to the rank­ing. The safest UK cities are Aberdeen, Ed­in­burgh, and Glas­gow - all ranked in 44th place.

In Asia, Sin­ga­pore (26 glob­ally) re­mains the high­est rank­ing city, whereas Dhaka (214) is the low­est. Fol­low­ing Sin­ga­pore in South­east­ern Asia is Kuala Lumpur (86). Other key cities in­clude Bangkok (129), Manila (136), and Jakarta (142). Ja­panese cities rank high­est in East­ern Asia, with Tokyo in 44th place. Other no­table cities here are Hong Kong (70), Taipei (84), Shang­hai (101), and Bei­jing (118). For per­sonal safety, the rank­ings for Asian cities again vary greatly. Sin­ga­pore (8) ranks high­est over­all and is fol­lowed by five Ja­panese cities-Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yoko­hamathat are tied for 32nd place. Other key cities in­clude Hong Kong (37), Taipei (78), Bei­jing (97), Seoul (115), New Delhi (142), and Jakarta (172). Fol­low­ing con­sid­er­able political un­rest and ter­ror­ist at­tacks in sev­eral tourist ar­eas over the last few years, Bangkok ranked 173rd for per­sonal safety.

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