Qatar’s capital city Doha has been propelled to the top cities in which to live according to “World Best Cities 2023” published by Resonance Consultancy, a leading global advisor on the world’s best cities, districts, developments and destinations. The ranking pits Doha as the 27th Best City in the world to live, work, invest and visit.
“With booming infrastructure development, Doha is top globally for GDP per Capita, Employment Rate and our overall Prosperity category. With shrewd investment of oil wealth, the Qatar Investment Authority is estimated to be worth almost $450bn,” it added.
The preparation for the World Cup 2022 set the stage not only for the tournament but for decades to come, as Qatar built modern highways, a metro system, universities, the Museum of Islamic Art and National Museum of Qatar, iconic stadiums, 100+ new hotels from the Fairmont and Raffles Doha to two Waldorf Astoria properties has transformed the city into a desired destination for tourists and expats alike.
Doha ranked second in the Arab world, behind Dubai, in 5th position worldwide, and ahead of Abu Dhabi, ranked 28th. Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh lags behind in 83rd place. Only four Arab cities made it into the top 100.
“Qatar has its sights set on becoming the next tourism hot spot in the Middle East, with Doha as its crown jewel,” the Resonance Consultancy report said.
Resonance Consultancy ranks global cities with populations of over one million using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in categories including Place, Product, Programming, Prosperity, People and Promotion.
Among the core indices, it tops in the prosperity category, which measures the economy, income, financial security of its citizens, and innovation. The top 3 cities are London, Paris, New York.