Abu Dhabi has been ranked the most liveable city in the Arab world, followed by Dubai, according to the Global Liveability Index, issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) – the research and analysis division of Economist Group.
The UAE capital topped all the regional rankings relating to quality of life – jumping from second position in 2019 – and rose three positions globally to 70th position. The index surveys the world’s most the 140 livable cities according to 30 factors.
Falah Muhammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport said: “We operate under the vision of our wise leaders, from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to the direct instructions of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to enhance the lifestyle in Abu Dhabi and maintain development while preserving the environment. We dedicate this prestigious accolade to their endeavours and achievements.”
Al Ahbabi said that the Department’s vision is to provide an urban environment and sustainable infrastructure to achieve the highest levels of well-being for present and future generations. “By improving the quality of life, we can continue to rise up the global league of livable cities and become one of the best cities in the world to live in.”
He added Abu Dhabi’s blend of modern urban planning and quality livelihoods are in line with best international practices and drawing attention from many countries globally. “We are continuing to work on providing an infrastructure that guarantees the well-being for all members of society and drives the development process to new horizons that ensure the emirate of Abu Dhabi is superior in all indicators of global competitiveness in all fields,” he said.
The index measures the best cities in the world to live in on the basis of surveying the level of luxury and comfort of living in each city, according to a set of criteria and determinants, which are stability; quality of health care; culture and environment; quality of education and infrastructure. Each city receives a score against each criteria, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s classification.