This Arabian capital is the world's second best city

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Abu Dhabi is the second best city in the world to live, work and do business, according to Ipsos City Index, which interviewed 18,000 people in 26 countries worldwide. 

While New York retained the top spot, the UAE capital moved up two places and came ahead of London and Paris, since the last Ipsos City Index.

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

The results indicate an increasing significance in the global perception of Abu Dhabi as a commercial destination, as 21 per cent of the participants listed the city as a top place to do business in, just 2 per cent below New York.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, 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,” Ghobash added.

The Gulf city also ranked highest among participants from younger generations such as Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z.

The city's international appeal has been consistently increasing over the years.

Abu Dhabi recorded nearly 2 million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,436) in the period January to May, 2017, which is a 4 per cent growth compared to the same period in 2016.

Not to forget the recent accolade for Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was ranked by travellers as the world’s second favourite landmark for the second year in a row by travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor.

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