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Mercer: Dubai Most Livable City in the Middle East

Mercer: Dubai Most Livable City in the Middle East

Thursday, 14 March, 2019 - 08:45
Aerial view of Dubai from the Deira old Dubai side in Dubai, UAE July 9, 2018. Picture taken July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Satish Kumar
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The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th consecutive year.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have easily retained their spots as the most livable cities in the Middle East in the 2019 Quality of Living survey put out by the human-resources consultancy.

Dubai ranked 74th while Abu Dhabi come in four spots below.

At the other end of the table, the lowest ranked city was Baghdad at 231.

Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing, Reuters reported.

Being medium-sized, safe and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich, a much more expensive city and major financial centre, as well as with Auckland, Munich and Vancouver, which came joint third.

Those top five cities in consulting firm Mercer’s survey published on Wednesday were unchanged from last year’s edition, though Vancouver rose to joint third from fifth.

Riyadh made some gains to be 164th, and the opening up of the city’s entertainment scene as part of Saudi Vision 2030, did play a part.

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