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Doha ranked fifth best city to live
Doha ranks fifth among top ten cities to live, according to latest survey by Bayt.com, titled Top Cities in Middle East and North Africa. The ranking was based on various factors like environmental, economic, standard of living, soci-cultural and entrepreneurship factors.
Majority of nationals in Doha (71 percent) expressed happiness about their current city of residence, while the survey revealed that 47 percent said they were ‘somewhat happy’, while 24 percent said they were ‘very happy’.
The survey took into consideration 19 cities, and among the top 10 cities in the MENA are: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Eastern Province, Doha, Riyadh, Marrakech, Rabat, Jeddah and Kuwait City.
Among the key economic elements addressed in the study, 75 percent of respondents believe that availability of jobs is an important factor. Affordable housing (72 percent), followed by reasonably-priced day to day necessities (70 percent), career growth (70 percent) were also of primary importance to residents.
More than one-third of respondents in Doha agreed that career growth (38 percent), competitive salaries (38 percent) and benefits of working parents (33 percent) are good. About half of Doha residents believe that their end-of-service benefits (41 percent), vacation allowances (41 percent) and social security systems (59 percent) are good.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of Doha residents (61 percent) agreed that they have access to good healthcare facilities, while 65 percent agreed that quality of healthcare facilities is good. More than 76 percent of residents have rated their electricity, water and sewage systems to be good or excellent.
On the socio-cultural factors Doha performs really well, with its respondents feeling that the stability of the political environment (65 percent) is either good or excellent. More than half of Doha residents agreed that they feel secure and experience stability in Doha (59 percent). Nearly half of Doha respondents (47 percent) said that availability of sports and outdoor activities and family-friendly activities (46 percent) are either good or excellent.
Posted on 30/11/2016
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