Abu Dhabi is named top city for quality of life
Author: PM Editorial | Date: 21 Oct 2015
UAE capital hailed as overall winner in poll of Middle East and North Africa, but Dubai top for salary
Abu Dhabi has been rated the top city overall for both expats and residents across the Middle East and North Africa region, though it was beaten by Dubai when it came to salaries and job availability.
The new Bayt.com Top Cities in the MENA Survey 2015 assessed cities on quality of life issues including economic, socio-cultural and environmental factors, standard of living, labour rights and the availability of recreational activities, polling more than 3,600 people.
Abu Dhabi polled top, ahead of Dubai, Muscat, Manama, Sharjah, Doha, Eastern Province, Jeddah, Riyadh and Casablanca.
Dubai and Riyadh led the list of cities in terms of job availability, with around half of respondents (48 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively) saying they are happy in their roles. Dubai was also the highest rated city for competitive salaries (43 per cent), and was noted as the best destination for both working parents and career prospects.
Manama secured top spot for availability of affordable housing, with Muscat (42 per cent) and Sharjah (40 per cent) trailing behind.
The three emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah emerged as the top cities for standard of living, which took into account criteria such as stability and security, availability and quality of healthcare facilities, and quality of education and public transportation.
Overall, 77 per cent of those surveyed said job availability and affordable housing are the most important economic considerations.
Meanwhile, 77 per cent of residents and expatriates surveyed in the MENA region said job availability and affordable housing are the most important economic considerations for them. Residents put particularly high importance on reasonably priced day-to-day necessities (75 per cent), career growth (74 per cent) and competitive salaries (71 per cent).
Out of the 23 cities assessed, Bahrain’s capital Manama was rated top in terms of economic factors, followed by Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The results come as residential property rents in Manama and the UAE’s two major cities have remained stable to date despite the recent oil price shock, according to separate reports by property consultancies Cluttons and Jones Lang La Salle.