It's Official! Life in Dubai is the Best in the Middle East
Love your Dubai life? The feeling's universal! As per the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings surveying 223 countries, Dubai has come up top across the Middle East and Africa.
With a global ranking of 73, Dubai is the highest-ranked city in the region. And there's another UAE city following Dubai - Abu Dhabi came in at number 78. These were followed by Port Louis (82) in Mauritius, Durban (85) and Cape Town (90), both from South Africa. Meanwhile, Baghdad had the lowest overall ranking at 223.
Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer, said, “The Middle East and especially Africa remain one of the most challenging regions for multinational organizations and expatriates. Regional instability and disruptive political events, including civil unrest, lack of infrastructure, and natural disasters such as flooding, keep the quality of living from improving in many of its cities."
Overall number one on the list was Vienna in Austria followed by Zurich and Auckland. Munich was in fourth place, followed by Vancouver. Ranking 25 globally, Singapore was the highest-ranking Asian city while Pointe-à-Pitre (69) in Guadeloupe took the top spot for Central and South America.
Mercer's Quality of Living surveys are conducted annually and help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Two common incentives include a quality-of-living allowance and a mobility premium. A quality-of-living or “hardship” allowance compensates for a decrease in the quality of living between home and host locations, whereas a mobility premium simply compensates for the inconvenience of being uprooted and having to work in another country.