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According to Ipsos MORI’s “Top Cities” survey results, Abu Dhabi has been voted the 2nd world’s best city for business thereby beating many global business centers such as: Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. The survey results also ranked Abu Dhabi as the 4th world’s favorite city winning over the Australian city, Sydney. Ipsos Mori’s global survey covered 48 main cities from around the world competing in the domains of performance, quality and business attraction.

Those results reveal many facts. They reflect, in the first place, the high professional efforts that the UAE prudent leadership exerts in order to achieve such prestigious level in the global competitiveness in terms of service quality, business and sustainable development.

In the second place, the results show that the continuous development and advancement of the Capital Abu Dhabi are evidences of UAE leadership’s clear plan, insightful vision and consistent methodology in areas like development, performance and competitiveness, which in turn helped achieving global competitive positions among the biggest and most renowned business cities in Europe and Asia.

The third fact is that excellence in hosting businesses reflects success in meeting its various requirements; such as: high quality infrastructure, streamlined business practices, law prevalence, security of investments and stability in general, which constitute vital elements in attracting businesses and investments.

This year, UAE had been ranked the best in the world in government efficiency and achieved the highest growth percentage in competitiveness where it ranked the 8th worldwide. Further, it was ranked the 4th in “Economic Performance”, the 1st in “Social Cohesion” and “Attitudes and Values”, the 5th in “Employment” and the 6th in “Management Practices”. Additionally, the UAE has made progress in 19 different indicators to rank in the top-10 most competitive nations in the world.

These rankings came in the Global Competitiveness Yearbook 2013 issued by Switzerland’s International Institute of Management Development. The book is one of the most important global reports aimed to measure competitiveness of countries worldwide.

These solid achievements confirm and recall the statement of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President, may Allah protect him, who said: “we have succeeded to enter the 3rd millennium with more self-confidence and more ability and willingness to positively interact with the global developments, particularly the new global economic system, the revolution in information and communication technology and the openness of markets”.

The achievements also come as an endorsement to the statement of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, who said: “We have big ambitions to realize leading national achievements.. Our country has successfully managed to accomplish great achievements that impressed the world and won its appreciation. Those achievements were marked with the success of the UAE in making a quantum leap on all levels far ahead its lifetime”, stressing that the UAE vision under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President, is being materialized in steady wide steps ahead.

Source: “Akhbar Al Sa’ah” bulletin by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
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