Dubai best Middle Eastern city for infrastructure

The Mercer City Infrastructure Ranking for 2012 rates the world’s best cities according to infrastructure

Dubai has been ranked as the city with the best infrastructure in the Middle East.

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Dubai has been ranked as having the 34th best infrastructure in the world, according to the Mercer City Infrastructure Ranking for 2012, making it the only Middle Eastern city to appear in the top 50 list.

An annual list released by the research consultancy, the Mercer survey ranks infrastructure in the world’s cities against a comprehensive checklist. This includes electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.

“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,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer.

Dubai’s ranking made it the best in the Middle East, with the majority of the region’s cities ranking outside the top 100. Abu Dhabi (72), Muscat (94) and Cairo (95) are the next highest ranked Arab cities, according to Mercer.

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is ranked at 102, while Tunis and Manama occupy ranks 103 and 110 respectively. Meanwhile, Baghdad was the lowest ranking city regionally at 220, narrowly missing out to Sana’a in Yemen, which came in at 219.


The full list:

Rank City Country
1 Singapore Singapore
2 Frankfurt Germany
2 Munich Germany
4 Copenhagen Denmark
5 Düsseldorf Germany
6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
6 London United Kingdom
8 Sydney Australia
9 Hamburg Germany
9 Vancouver Canada
11 Yokohama Japan
12 Paris France
13 Atlanta, GA United States
13 Montreal Canada
15 Dallas, TX United States
16 Toronto Canada
16 Vienna Austria
18 Helsinki Finland
18 Oslo Norway
18 Stockholm Sweden
18 Stuttgart Germany
22 Washington, DC United States
23 Amsterdam Netherlands
24 Zurich Switzerland
25 Bern Switzerland
25 Ottawa Canada
25 Perth Australia
28 Chicago, IL United States
29 Berlin Germany
30 New York City, NY United States
31 Boston, MA United States
32 Tokyo Japan
33 Nurnberg Germany
34 Dubai United Arab Emirates
34 Madrid Spain
34 Melbourne Australia
37 Adelaide Australia
37 Brisbane Australia
37 Philadelphia, PA United States
40 Honolulu, HI United States
41 Nagoya Japan
42 Brussels Belgium
43 Auckland New Zealand
44 Birmingham United Kingdom
44 Glasgow United Kingdom
44 Kobe Japan
47 Geneva Switzerland
48 Miami, FL United States
48 Wellington New Zealand
50 Seoul South Korea
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