Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai has outperformed all other cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Mercer's latest global quality of living survey.
The city was followed by Abu Dhabi in the GCC rankings, ahead of other locations like Muscat in Oman and Doha in Qatar.
Bassam Gazal, who heads Mercer's survey practice across the Middle East, commented: "The Abu Dhabi and Dubai governments have invested a lot of time and money to improve the quality of living in both cities and it's only natural that they harvest the fruits of their hard work."
Mercer conducts the survey in order to help governments and multi-national companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, noted that as the world economy becomes more globalised, cities in many emerging markets, such as in the Middle East and Asia, have seen a significant influx of foreign companies and their expatriate employees in recent years.
Meanwhile, Gulf News reported this week that education and employment officials from the UAE and Indian governments have agreed to work together to boost the "knowledge economy" of each country during a recent forum in Abu Dhabi.