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In Pictures: How the UAE fares in recent global rankings

Some of the UAE's recent achievements from a global perspective

May 29, 2014 10:44 by

  • by Sidra Tariq

    In the past few months, the UAE has been making its mark in global rankings and gaining recognition for projects and some aspects of the environment. In case you missed them, here is list of some of the country’s achievements:

  • The UAE among top ten most competitive countries

    The UAE ranks number eight out of 60 economies in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014. The country also tops the ranking in terms of government efficiency.

    The list, which was released by Swiss-based international business school, IMD, is based on statistical indicators and a survey. Conducted between January and April among 4,300 executives spanning 60 economies, the yearbook will be officially published at the end of June.

  • Dubai tops TripAdvisor Cities Survey for hotels and shopping

    Dubai emerged as the best city for hotels and shopping in travel website’s second annual Cities Survey, which gauges travellers’ views on key tourist destinations. The emirate beats cities such as Cancun  in the hotel category and London in the shopping category.

    The results, were based on more than 54,000 responses from website users that wrote reviews for featured cities around the world.

  • UAE advances in Networked Readiness Index 2014

    The UAE ranks number 24 in the World Economic Forum’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI), a part of the Global Information Technology Report 2014: Rewards and Risks of Big Data, which was published last month. The country has moved up from its 25th position last year.

    The index measures the performance of 148 economies in leveraging information and communications technologies to boost competitiveness and well-being.

  • UAE recognised for treating women with respect

    The Social Progress Index (SPI), a ranking of 137 countries released ranks the UAE number one for treating women with respect. The country’s overall ranking in the index is number 37, with an overall score of 72.92, when compared with a score of 88.24 for New Zealand, which tops the list.

    The SPI captures three dimensions of social progress among countries: basic human needs, foundations of well-being and opportunity.

  • The UAE number nine in LEED ranking

    The UAE is among the top ten countries in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ranking released by the U.S. Green Building Council earlier this month.

    The country ranks number nine, ahead of Finland, in the list, which recognises sustainable practices. The ranking of the top ten countries for LEED outside of the US is based on cumulative gross square metres of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014.


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