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Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the best cities to live in for quality of life, according global consulting company Mercer’s 2019 Quality of Living survey.
This is the 7th year in a row where Dubai has led the region, ranking 74th, closely followed by Abu Dhabi, in 78th place.
Their scores are largely attributed to high marks in political and social environment, business environment, education and public services.
In the Middle East, the UAE has witnessed the most pronounced living standard increases in its region. Over the past decade—between 1998 and 2018—Dubai increased its score by 12.2% while Abu Dhabi improved by 12.1%.
This can be attributed to the country’s continuous efforts to improve its infrastructure, making it an attractive economic environment for local and foreign businesses, as well as its focus on creating dynamic new recreational and entertainment facilities.
“The UAE government has progressively worked towards enhancing the country’s infrastructure, safety and stability among other factors to provide a comfortable environment for all residents,” said Rob Thissen, energy sector and talent mobility leader for the Middle East at Mercer.
“Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s stability overtime has proved that the cities are undergoing steady enhancements, which are attracting foreign investments and demonstrated a popular destination for employee and company relocation. Access to basic necessities are key drivers to attracting and retaining investors.”
Vienna in Austria topped the rankings for the 10th consecutive year, while Baghdad in Iraq was ranked lowest on the list even though it has witnessed significant improvements related to health and safety services.
The Quality of Living Survey is contingent on the degree of wellbeing experienced by an individual, which is affected by 39 different factors grouped into 10 categories, including 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. Overall, the factors have all been chosen for the benefit of expatriates.
Mercer’s annual survey enables multinational companies and other organizations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.