KUWAIT CITY, Nov 27: In a new survey by Bayt.com titled ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa’, Kuwait City ranked among in the Top 10 Cities to live in. In Kuwait City, 40% of the citizens were happy about their current city of residence, and 19% were ‘very happy’. The ranking was based on several factors including economic, environmental, standard of living, socio-cultural, and entrepreneurship factors.
Of the key economic elements addressed in this study, three quarters (75%) of respondents believe that availability of jobs is the most important factor. Affordable housing (72%), followed by reasonably-priced day to day necessities (70%) and career growth (70%) were also of high- importance to respondents. Health insurance and social security systems (78%) are considered the most important labor rights for respondents in the MENA region. These are followed by wage protection (69%), end of service benefits (68%), and termination rights (68%).
Around a third of Kuwait City respondents find that health insurance and social security systems (40%), vacation allowances (40%) and the wage protection system (30%) was either good or excellent. MENA respondents’ priorities for their city’s standard of living revolve around safety, education, and healthcare. Feeling of stability and security (84%), quality of education (81%), availability of healthcare facilities (81%), and quality of available healthcare facilities (80%) emerge as the most important standard of living factors. Respondents found that the availability of electricity, water and sewage systems (63%), entertainment venues (52%), and healthcare facilities (42%) was either good or excellent in Kuwait City.
These factors are the forces within cultures, societies, and cities that affect the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the individuals who are part of them. In the MENA region, the most important socio-cultural factors are low crime rate (81%) and effective law enforcement (77%). 50% of Kuwait City respondents perceive the crime rate as being low, and 42 % believe that law enforcement in their city is good or excellent. Respondents felt less passionately about sports, arts, culture and recreation factors, and proportionally more respondents ranked them as “somewhat important”. Availability of natural areas/ landscapes (53%) was the most important factor in this category, followed by availability of family-friendly activities (47%), availability of outdoor/sports activities (46%), and availability of relaxation options (46%). Inhabitants of MENA cities value environmental factors relating to cleanliness above all, with clean water (83%), clean air (74%), and clean streets (69%) ranking as the most important survey factors. In terms of environmental factors, residents in Kuwait City agreed that clean streets (49%), clean water (47%) and beauty of architecture and buildings (46%) was good or excellent.
Financial elements were the most important entrepreneurship factors for MENA respondents, with affordability of taxes and fees (60%), ease of starting up a new business (59%), and ease of finding finances to start a business (59%) as the most important of them.
Suhail Masri, Vice President of Employer Solutions at Bayt.com, said: “The MENA region is very diverse when it comes to the factors that affect the overall quality of living in each city. Our Bayt.com Top Cities survey ranks the most desirable cities for people to both work and live in. Our responsibility as a leading career site in the region extends to providing job seekers holistic information to make an informed decision if they are, for instance, looking to relocate to any of these cities for work. Simultaneously, when employers know where their city stands, they can do more to contribute to their city’s standard of living by addressing the needs that job seekers are looking for the most. At Bayt.com, we strive to empower people with the tools, information and technologies to build their lifestyle of choice, which is why we always share valuable insights into life in cities that MENA professionals might choose to live in.”
Arleen Gonsalves, Assistant Research Manager at YouGov, said: “This is one of most comprehensive surveys conducted in the MENA, which provides deeper understanding of standards of living across major cities using social and cultural yardstick instead of focusing merely on physical infrastructure.
The survey findings give valuable insights to MNCs as well as job seekers who are planning to move to this region.” Data for the 2016 Bayt.com ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa’ survey was collected online from September 23, 2016 to October 18, 2016. Results are based on a sample of 1,436 respondents. Cities assessed include Algiers, Alexandria, Cairo, Amman, Kuwait City, Beirut, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Muscat, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Eastern Province, Tunis, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama, and Sharjah.