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The Bayt.com Top Cities of the Middle East and North Africa Survey 2012

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July 23, 2012

YouGov and Bayt.com conducted an online survey to understand the opinions of people living in the Middle East about the city they reside in and to assess the key cities in the Middle East on various aspects that have direct impact on the Quality of Life of its residents.

Survey Highlights:

  • • Riyadh is considered to have the highest possibility of employment with 49% stating that the availability of jobs is either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Doha is considered to have the most competitive salaries according to 44% of respondents.
  • • Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Manama and Muscat Perceived to be the Top Middle East cities to live in, according to the survey.
  • • Cities in UAE such as Sharjah (43%) and Dubai (40%) rate highly in terms of ‘ease of starting up new businesses’.
  • • End of service benefits are seen as being highest in GCC cities, especially in Sharjah (44%), Abu Dhabi (42%), Manama (42%) and KuwaitCity (41%).
  • • The city with the least perceived air pollution is Muscat according to 70% of the city’s residents, followed by Abu Dhabi (61%)
  • • Dubai was ranked the highest by the residents in terms of quality of life, with 73% ranking their lifestyle as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, while Abu Dhabi’s residents ranked it second with 70%.

Respondents' Profile:The exercise was conducted amongst all the residents, aged over 18, across the Middle East and North Africa region including UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. The survey was conducted online with a sample of 9,038 respondents between the 24th June to 4th July 2012.

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