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Dubai’s capital competition
A recent survey named Abu Dhabi ‘best Arab city’. But readers of this website disagree...
March 14, 2010 9:58 by kippreport
Kipp’s sister title Saneou al Hadath recently named Abu Dhabi ‘the best Arab city’.
The Arabic business magazine said that, while Dubai had improved in terms of transportation and communications, and rents in the emirate are now more reasonable, the UAE capital still clinched it in terms of overall quality of life and business opportunities.
“Abu Dhabi is the top Arab city for the third consecutive year, but for different reasons,” Baher Nabulsi, editor in chief of Saneou al Hadath, told Kipp. “Dubai and Abu Dhabi were very close. Dubai outranks Abu Dhabi in entertainment and communications category – but the healthier business environment in Abu Dhabi saw it clinch the number one spot.”
But Kipp’s readers disagree.
In a reader poll, 64 percent of respondents said that they would rather not live in Abu Dhabi. Of these, 36 percent said that Dubai is a “much better” place to live, and a significant 28 percent of respondents said that “I wouldn’t want to live in the UAE”.
Some agreed with the Saneou al Hadath survey, with 21 percent of respondents saying “there is a good standard of living” in Abu Dhabi, and 15 percent preferring the UAE capital “because of the business opportunities” .
What do you think? Is the UAE capital emerging as the best place to live in the Arab world? Or does Dubai – or indeed somewhere far removed from the UAE – have the edge?
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