Beirut’s quality of living was ranked 184th in the 2019 Mercer Consulting survey which examines living standards in 231 cities worldwide.
Mercer is the leading provider of data on quality of living for employees sent to work abroad. It is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organizations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
The assessment is based on the following factors: recreation, housing, economic environment, consumer goods availability, public services and transport, political and social environment, natural environment, socio-cultural environment, school and education, as well as medical and health considerations.
In Mercer’s 21st annual Quality of Living Survey, Dubai, ranked 74, continues to top the quality of living list across the Middle East, closely followed by Abu Dhabi (78).
On the other hand, Yemen's Sanaa (229) and Baghdad (231) rank lowest in the region.
The opening of new recreational facilities as part of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision saw Riyadh (164) climb one place this year, and a decline in Istanbul's crime rate and a lack of terrorist incidents over the last twelve months saw the Turkish city rise four places.
Globally, Vienna topped the ranking for the 10th consecutive year, followed by Zurich, Vancouver, Munich and Auckland.