Mercer Consulting firm ranked Dubai as the best city in the Middle East for expats to live for the fourth consecutive time. The ranking came according to a poll run by the company about the life quality in the Middle East for 2016. Dubai came in the 75th position globally and the first place regionally while Abu Dhabi occupied the 82nd position.
Rob Tessen, CTO advisor at Mercer Middle East, cleared that the ranking was affected by the international events taking place including the political and economic turbulences which made currencies fluctuate and had negative impacts on services and commodities prices.
The prestigious status of Dubai as an economic center and a new economic power reflected in turn on costs of living in certain aspects like residence and rents. This is considered a good sign of the economic flourish witnessed in the emirate.
Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai enjoy great abilities of attracting expats from all around the world, this encouraged many multinational corporates to urge its employees to move there.
Muscat came second in respect of life quality in GCC, followed by Doha, and Kuwait. Riyadh and Jeddah came in the last positions between GCC cities.