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Dubai named top Middle Eastern city for expats

by Ashleigh McGinley on Feb 23, 2016


Dubai has been ranked the top Middle Eastern city for expatriate living.
Dubai has been ranked the top Middle Eastern city for expatriate living.

Dubai has ranked as the top Middle Eastern city for expatriate living for the fourth year in a row, according to Mercer's 2016 Quality of Living Survey.

The human resources consultancy ranked the city 75th in the global rankings - edging out its neighbour Abu Dhabi which was placed 81st. 

Globally, Austrain capital Vienna claimed top spot, followed by Zurich in Switzerland, and Auckland in New Zealand.

Baghdad in Iraq, rated 230th in the world, ranked last - with Damascus in Syria ranking second last at number 229.

Elsewhere in the GCC, Muscat, Oman ranked 107th followed by Doha, Qatar in 110th place.

Kuwait listed 124th, closely followed by Saudi cities Riyadh and Jeddah placed in 164th and 165th places respectively.

The survey of 230 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff.

It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.



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