Mercer's Quality of Living rankings 2016 places Doha among top 100 cities for personal safety of expatriates in the Middle East and Africa Region.
The host city of FIFA World Cup 2022 ranks 70th in this segment of the rankings. Only a handful of cities in this region place in the top 100 for personal safety - with Abu Dhabi ranking highest in 23rd place, followed by Muscat (29), Dubai (40), and Port Louis (59).
Safety is a vital factor for multinationals to consider when sending expatriate workers abroad, both because it raises concerns about the expat's personal safety and because it has a significant impact on the cost of global compensation programmes, the rankings report says.
Mercer has crowned the Austrian capital Vienna as the city with the best quality of living in the world.
Dubai (75) continues to rank highest for quality of living across Africa and the Middle East, followed by Abu Dhabi (81) and Port Louis (83) in Mauritius. The South African cities of Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg rank 85th, 92nd, and 95th respectively.
Western European cities continue to top the list when it comes to expatriate quality of living with seven of the top ten positions in the annual rankings.
Vienna leads the ranking and has done so in the last seven published rankings. It is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), and Copenhagen (9). In 69th place, Prague is the highest ranking city in Central and Eastern Europe, followed by Ljubljana (76) and Budapest (77). The lowest ranking cities in Europe are Kiev (176), Tirana (179), and Minsk (190).
The rankings of cities are evaluated on political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors.
The World's Top Ten Cities for Living: Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich, Vancouver, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Sydney. (Source)
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