Abu Dhabi named second best city in the world

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Move over Paris and make way London, Abu Dhabi has been crowned the second best city on the planet.

Our emirate is (almost) on top of the world after outranking a host of the globe’s most cosmopolitan destinations in a prestigious international poll.

More than 18,000 people, aged between 16 and 64 from 26 countries, were interviewed for the Ipsos City Index, which saw New York claim top spot ahead of the UAE capital.

Those polled were asked to cite the best place to live, work and do business in, with Abu Dhabi moving up two places since the last survey, overtaking both London and Paris.

The leading destinations were chosen from an overall list of sixty cities, including major hubs such as Sydney, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Moscow and Toronto.

More than one in five of people polled (21 percent) listed Abu Dhabi as the top place to do business (trailing New York by just two percent), while the emirate was particularly popular with younger generations.

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, said: “The rise of Abu Dhabi in this global ranking is testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the Emirate as not only a tourist destination of distinction, but a location that international communities want to work, live and do business in.

“Its distinct popularity among the younger generations highlight the need for global cities to diversify and innovate to sustain their position and strength as business and tourism hubs.

“With the ongoing rise of tourism in Abu Dhabi we are confident that Abu Dhabi’s international reputation will grow from strength to strength as more international visitors experience what the Emirate has to offer. As we leverage the wealth of Abu Dhabi’s cultural heritage sites, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Al Ain, and the forthcoming opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, we are confident that our position on the map of leading cities will continue to be cemented.”

In the period between January and May 2017, Abu Dhabi welcomed nearly two million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,436), a 4 percent increase on the previous year.

The news comes hot on the heels of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque being hailed as the second best landmark in the world by travelers on TripAdvisor.

It’s no shock us, we’ve always believed Abu Dhabi is simply the best.

By Chris Maxwell
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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