DUBAI MAINTAINS MIDDLE EAST QUALITY OF LIVING TOP SPOT

March 4, 2015

UAE, Dubai


Report by Mercer sees city ranked top city in the Middle East region for third year running


Dubai has maintained its regional top spot for quality of living for the third consecutive year, according to a report published by Mercer. The international human resources consultancy has just released its annual global Quality of Living report, which sees the city placed 74th in the global rankings and number one in the Middle East and Africa region.


Mercer’s report has Abu Dhabi closing the gap on its neighbouring emirate, with the UAE capital placed at 77th this year, moving up one place from 2012. Its global position sees it placed second in the region, with Dubai keeping its top spot despite having dropped one place from its 2012 global ranking.


Most cities from across the Middle East region have maintained a stable ranking position compared to 2014. The most notable changes are drops for Beirut (8 place decline to 181) and Cairo (9 place decline to 170). These movements clearly reflect the instability in Lebanon and Egypt over the last few years. In opposite direction, the only relevant improvement was for Amman, climbing 5 places in the raking to 122 overall.  


Vienna is rated as the city with the best quality of living for the second consecutive year. European cities dominate the rankings, along with major cities in Australia and New Zealand. Zurich, Auckland, and Munich were rated second, third, and fourth place respectively. Fifth-place Vancouver is the highest-ranking city in North America, with Singapore at 26 the highest-ranking Asian city.


Mercer’s Quality of Living survey takes into account a city’s political and social environment, medical care and health considerations, public services, recreation facilities and natural environment, amongst others. The report is compiled by the organisation to assist multinational companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. The report provides valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for over 440 cities throughout the world, with the ranking covering 230 of these.


Two common incentives provided by employers to compensate their employees when relocating them include a quality-of-living allowance and a mobility premium. The former is considered a ‘hardship’ allowance that compensates for a decrease in the quality of living between home and host locations, whereas the latter mobility premium merely compensates for the inconvenience of being uprooted and having to work in another country.


In order for multinational companies to ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances,” said Nuno Gomes, Information Solutions Middle East Leader at Mercer. “Factors such as internal stability, law enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements.”


Mr.Gomes continued, “Infrastructure has a significant effect on the quality of living that expatriates experience. While often taken for granted when functioning to a high standard, a city’s infrastructure can generate severe hardship when it is deficient. Companies need to provide adequate allowances to compensate their international workers for these and other hardships."


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About Mercer:


Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer works with clients to solve their most complex benefit and human capital issues by designing, implementing and administering health, retirement and other benefit programs. Mercer’s investment services include investment consulting, implemented consulting and multi-manager investment management. Mercer’s 20,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries. In the Middle East, Mercer has offices in Dubai and Riyadh. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., which lists its stock (ticker symbol: MMC) on the New York and Chicago stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.me.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerInsights.


Notes for Editors:


Mercer Quality of Living Survey – 2015 Worldwide Ranking
Base City: New York, USA (index=100)

TOP 10 LIST


Rank 2015*


City


Country


1


VIENNA


AUSTRIA


2


ZURICH


SWITZERLAND


3


AUCKLAND


NEW ZEALAND


4


MUNICH


GERMANY


5


VANCOUVER


CANADA


6


DUSSELDORF


GERMANY


7


FRANKFURT


GERMANY


8


GENEVA


SWITZERLAND


9


COPENHAGEN


DENMARK


10


SYDNEY


AUSTRALIA


 


BOTTOM 10 LIST


Rank 2015*


City


Country


221


NOUAKCHOTT


MAURITANIA


222


CONAKRY


GUINEA


223


KINSHASA


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO


224


BRAZZAVILLE


REPUBLIC OF CONGO


225


SANA'A


YEMEN


226


N'DJAMENA


CHAD


227


KHARTOUM


SUDAN


228


PORT–AU-PRINCE


HAITI


229


BANGUI


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC


230


BAGHDAD


IRAQ


 


MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES RANKING


Rank 2015*


City


Country


74


DUBAI


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


77


ABU DHABI


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


104


MUSCAT


OMAN


108


DOHA


QATAR


125


KUWAIT CITY


KUWAIT


163


RIYADH


SAUDI ARABIA


166


JEDDAH


SAUDI ARABIA


170


CAIRO


EGYPT


181


BEIRUT


LEBANON





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