|07 January, 2020

Dubai among world's 10 best cities in 2020: new study

Emirate praised for being 'perpetually expanding, setting global records'

Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah, Expo 2020 Dubai, Skyscraper, Cityscape. Image used for illustrative purpose

Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah, Expo 2020 Dubai, Skyscraper, Cityscape. Image used for illustrative purpose

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Dubai is one of the ten best cities in the world, according to a new ranking.

The emirate landed number six globally and number one in the Arab world in the latest World's Best Cities 2020 by Resonance Consultancy.

The study ranked various destinations around the world by looking at their desirability as a place to live, work, visit and invest in, among other factors.

Included in the analysis were attractions and infrastructure, airport connectivity, population diversity, presence of Global 500 corporate headquarters, as well as the number of Facebook check-ins by residents and visitors, and Google search results.

Dubai is ahead of several popular cities, including Singapore, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Toronto in the global rankings but comes sixth after Moscow. London took the first place, followed by New York (2), Paris (3) and Tokyo (4).

Dubai's strong showing in the global rankings is mainly due to its world-class infrastructure, attractions and landmarks, as well as initiatives that project the emirate as a "religiously open" destination.

The study praised Dubai for being a city that 'rises from the golden sands,' and for 'perpetually expanding and setting global records.'

"Perhaps no other city in the emirates is as religiously open, socially liberal and future-forward as Dubai," the report said.

"Dubai is where you can ride the elevator to the top of the world's tallest building for a bird's-eye view, bet on the ponies at the world's richest horse race and pose for photos in front of the world's tallest choreographed fountains," it said.

The UAE government had earlier declared 2019 as the 'Year of Tolerance.' The researchers of the study also highlighted that the emirate is home to the world's most visited and largest shopping mall and is set to unveil more iconic landmarks, including 'The Tower' at Dubai Creek, which will be taller than Burj Khalifa.

Dubai is expected to strengthen its position as a top destination for tourists, expatriates and businessmen this year as it will be staging the World Expo 2020.

The world fair is set to attract millions of additional visitors to Dubai, according to published reports.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Anoop Menon)

Cleofe.Maceda@refinitiv.com

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