Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah have made it to the list of the Arab world’s top five cities to live in, according to a recent survey.
Conducted in part by the job-search website Bayt.com, the survey identified the top cities in the Middle East in terms of several factors that affect the lives of residents, including labour rights, the environment, socio-cultural factors, and quality of life. According to the survey’s respondents, the top five cities in the Arab world to live in are, in order: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Manama, and Muscat.
The residents of Dubai claim to have a high quality of life, with 73 per cent ranking their lifestyle as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, while Abu Dhabi’s residents ranked it second with 70 per cent. People are most dissatisfied with the quality of life in Beirut and Damascus, though Algiers comes a close third. According to the survey’s respondents, the top five cities in the Arab world to live in are, in order: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Manama, and Muscat.
Doha is considered to have the most competitive salaries according to 44 per cent of respondents, though Abu Dhabi follows closely behind with 41 per cent. Other cities offering compensation that is considered to be high are Riyadh (40 per cent), Dubai (38 per cent) and Sharjah (30 per cent). On the other end of the spectrum, Damascus and Amman are considered to offer the lowest salaries, with 68 per cent respondents for each voting bad/poor.
In terms of housing, the most affordable place to find a home in the Middle East is Sharjah, with 47 per cent of its residents claiming residential costs are ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. This is followed by Manama with 44 per cent, and Muscat with 34 per cent, while Damascus comes in last with 76 per cent stating that the housing price situation is either ‘bad’ or ‘poor’. Beirut and Algiers come in close behind with 74 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively.
Would-be entrepreneurs of Sharjah (43 per cent) and Dubai (40 per cent) rate their cities highly in terms of ‘ease of starting up new businesses’. On the other end only 18 per cent those from Damascus state that it’s easy to start a new business in Damascus, making it one of the most challenging cities.
Cities in the UAE, are rated highly by their residents for their ‘lack of bureaucracy in procedures and paperwork; Dubai receives highest rating with four out of 10 respondents, followed closely by Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, each with 38 per cent.
Following on from its high positioning in terms of green areas, cities in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah — also rank highest in terms of the availability of parks and community recreation areas, followed by Muscat.