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Dubai in top three ‘most improved’ cities


Dubai and Kuwait have scored top ten spots in a comprehensive list of cities ranked in terms of improved livability

September 1, 2013 2:37 by

The emirate came third out of the 140 short-listed cities, showing great success in ‘improvement in tackling lifestyle challenges’ over the past five years, according to the The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking.

Dubai was only outranked by Bogatá (Columbia) and Harare (Zimbabwe). However, the main focus of the report was to track overall ‘liveability’ across the globe. Dubai ranked 77 overall, with a 2.9 per cent jump from 2009. The GCC‘s only other candidate, Kuwait City, ranked 81st with a 2.5 per cent climb in the same period.

The current turmoil in Syria plunged Damascus to rock bottom at number 140 in the survey. The capital recorded a negative movement of 20.4 per cent. Other Mena cities didn’t fare so much better, with Tripoli (Libya) dipping 19.9 per cent, followed by Cairo (Egypt) dropping to 5.9 per cent.

The overall winner was Melbourne, Australia, which was crowned the world’s most liveable city for the third year running.

“Liveability often seems static on a year-to-year basis. But looking at movement over a longer period we can see some significant trends emerging,” says Jon Copestake, editor of the survey. “While the threat of terror had a defining influence on liveability in the past decade, we can clearly see that civil unrest has already had a significant impact on liveability in this decade, ” he adds.

With the EIU’s Global Liveability Ranking, every city was assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each factor in a city was rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.

The top 10 cities in the world in terms of living conditions:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
5. Adelaide, Australia
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Perth, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand

The bottom 10 cities of the 140 surveyed:

131. Tehran, Iran
132. Douala, Cameroon
133. Tripoli, Libya
134. Karachi, Pakistan
134. Algiers, Algeria
136. Harare, Zimbabwe
137. Lagos, Nigeria
137. Port Moresby, PNG
139. Dhaka, Bangladesh
140. Damascus, Syria

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1 Comment

  1. Firoz Abdul Gaffoor on September 1, 2013 8:27 pm

    Most of the bottom listed countries are under terrorist attack or some kind of civil war condition. I hope those dictators and terrorists see this and realize how badly they are damaging their own living place’s reputation on global arena!


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