Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai has retained its status as the only Arab city in Foreign Policy magazine's list of the top 50 cities in the world.
The UAE municipality was ranked 27 in the list - the position it also held in 2008 - while New York, London and Tokyo also continued to make up the top three.
Compiled in collaboration with AT Kearney and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Foreign Policy's report was not based on size alone but also aimed to measure "how much sway a city has over what happens beyond its own borders - its influence on and integration with global markets, culture, and innovation".
It noted that while the list confirmed the continuing dominance of "the great capitals of old-school commerce", it also featured a number of rising and upcoming cities.
"And there's no question which way the momentum is headed: Just as more people will continue to migrate from farms to cities, more global clout will move from West to East," the magazine said.
Other Asian cities in the list included Hong Kong in fifth place, Singapore in eighth and Beijing at 15 and the Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai at 45th and 46th position, respectively.