Three emirates were in the top three of the poll which considered employment, social factors and traffic and congestion amongst others.
The UAE has been voted as the best country in the Middle East to live and work in with Dubai and Abu Dhabi being the best cities to reside.
The results come from a survey by Bayt.com and YouGov the ‘Top Cities of the Middle East’ in which the three emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are said to be the places where there are better job opportunities, more competitive salaries and a better quality of life.
The survey took into consideration a number of factors that have an impact on residents’ lives including both economic and environmental issues as well as overall quality of life, labour rights and social and cultural factors. More than 9000 responses from 12 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region were taken into consideration with more than 6000 used to determine the results and the survey featured categories concerning law enforcement, education, entertainment, traffic and transport.
It is unsurprising that Dubai is one of the most favoured locations, as the emirate has become increasingly popular with tourists over the past decade creating a number of opportunities for employment, impressive residences and shopping facilities for those living and working there.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah were followed by Manama in Bahrain and Muscat in Oman to make up the top five cities. Employment was a factor taken into consideration with 40 percent of people in Dubai rating the emirate highly in terms of being able to start up a new business.
Bernard Menettrier, General Manager of Bayt.com commented: “We are convinced that entrepreneurship is a key way to bridge the gap in employment.
“There are few cities that rank high on entrepreneurship, innovation and for little red tape.”
The UAE appears to be one of the most advanced countries in the MENA region and it is unsurprising that residents rate many of the cities highly.