Dubai Named The Best City To Live In The Middle East And Africa

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Named The Best City To Live In The Middle East And Africa

And Dubai does it yet again! The city has been named the best place to live in the Middle East and Africa. KnightFrank’s City Wellbeing Index conducted a research across 100 cities and Dubai was voted the best city to live in. Taking the top spot in the Middle East and Africa, the city ranked 15th in the overall ranking. Time to raise a toast?

What’s It?

Well, this is isn’t something new, isn’t it? A study conducted by KnightFrank’s City Wellbeing Index recently revealed Dubai as one of the best cities to live in the Middle East and Africa. The study conducted across 100 cities, took into account factors like work-life balance, crime levels, healthcare and  number of hours of sunshine.

Dubai also bagged the first spot for the city with the longest duration of sunshine in a day. Dubai receives 3,509 hours of sunshine per year, stepping ahead of Los Angeles with 3,254 hours.

Dubai’s health and fitness facilities was yet another reason for it to make it to the list. According to the report:

“The city has also put wellness at the heart of its master-planned developments with the founding of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) in 2002. Phase one occupies 9 million sq ft and is home to leading healthcare and medical education brands alongside a portfolio of more than 100 global multinationals which have chosen to set up regional headquarters in the Free Zone. The second phase of the development, set across 19 million sq ft, will overlook Dubai Creek and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. DHCC phase two is set to become an urban wellness hub, featuring real estate assets including residential, healthcare, education, retail and hospitality and leisure components.”

What Else?

Earlier, a survey conducted by Lonely Planet listed Dubai as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2020. Dubai grabbed the ninth spot in the list complied by its team of editors and travel experts. The emirate is the only city from the Middle East to feature in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2020. The website listed the best of cities for the next year, most of which are overlooked by travelers. Lonely Planet describes Dubai as a “stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendor”.

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) said: “Being recognised as a ‘must visit’ travel destination by Lonely Planet is testament to the dynamic evolution of Dubai’s tourism proposition. The acknowledgement of Dubai’s attractiveness as a tourist hotspot by one of the world’s leading travel publishers raises the emirate’s profile globally.