Doha cements its place as one of world’s top cities to live and work in
Over the years, Qatar’s wise leaderships have invested a lot of thought, time, money and energy into transforming the country into one of the best places to live on the planet.
Their strategies succeeded and people now place Qatar among the world’s most peaceful, prosperous and crime-free nations.
The latest confirmation of this fact came on Sunday when Doha was chosen as the 27th Best City in the world to live, work, visit and invest in by Resonance Consultancy — a leading global advisor on placemaking, branding and marketing for the world’s best cities and destinations.
The World Best Cities 2023 rankings graded global cities (Metropolitan areas with populations of more than one million) using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in 24 areas, grouped into six core categories.
“Qatar has its sights set on becoming the next tourism hot spot in the Middle East, with Doha as its crown jewel,” the report said.
“In less than a century, Qatar went from a poor UK protectorate with a dwindling fishing industry to an independent nation that today is the richest state per capita in the world. With shrewd investment of oil wealth, the Qatar Investment Authority is estimated to be worth almost $450bn,” it added.
Qatar’s journey thus far has seen many such recognitions come its way, especially in the last year.
In January 2022, Qatar became the Safest Country in the world to live. The Numbeo Crime Index by Country 2022, which surveyed 142 nations, determined the nation’s crime index (overall degree of crime) and safety index (general safety levels) as 13.78 and 86.22 respectively.
Qatar also made huge strides in the Global Peace Index last year. According to the report published in June, 2022, Qatar ranked 23rd out of 163 nations, with an overall score of 1.530. It also comfortably topped the Middle East and North Africa region rankings for the fourth year in a row.
Qatar achieved a new global distinction at the level of the security situation, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2022. Qatar ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa region and 23rd in the world out of 163 countries included in the report.#MOIQatar pic.twitter.com/zS10L7UOJQ— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) June 18, 2022
Qatar’s contributions towards the welfare of its expatriate community were also highlighted when the InterNations’ Expat Insider Report 2022 found the nation to be the eighth-best in the world in the ‘Best Quality of Life for Expat Women’ category. Qatar also ranked as the 26th Best Place for Expats that year.
While the nation basked in the limelight, some of its futuristic infrastructure also came in for high praise. The Hamad International Airport was chosen as the World’s Best Airport for the second year in a row in June, during the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2022 in Paris, France. It also retained its title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the eighth continuous year.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup helped showcase the country’s giant leap forward in terms of infrastructure and human resources. With many more major sports and other events headed the country’s way — including the prestigious 2030 Asian Games — it is ready to further embrace the future and be recognized for it.
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