Rabat – Two Moroccan cities are included in the 2015 Quality of living Index, an annual survey by the global human resources consulting firm Mercer.
According to Mercer’s Quality of Living index, Rabat is the best city to live in Morocco and the seventh in Africa. The kingdom’s capital is ranked 116th in the ranking that assess the quality of living in 230 destinations around the world, while Morocco’s largest and populous city Casablanca is ranked 128th, making it the second best place to live in the country and the eight on the African level.
The scores help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate their employees when sent on international assignments.
This year’s edition of Quality of Living Index saw Western European cities take seven places in the top ten. Vienna is ranked the best place to live on the planet. It is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Düsseldorf (6), and Frankfurt (7), with Geneva and Copenhagen in 8th and 9th places, respectively.
Across the Middle East and African region, Dubai is ranked highest for quality of living and stands at the 74th place. It is followed by Abu Dhabi (77), also in the UAE, and Port Louis (82), Mauritius. The South African city of Durban is ranked higher than the country’s traditional business centers, Cape Town (91) and Johannesburg (94). The report said that Durban’s higher ranking is mainly due to its high-quality housing, plentiful recreational offerings and good consumer goods availability. However, the city’s crime problems keep it from reaching the top 50.
Ranking 230th, Baghdad, the capital of war-torn Iraq received the lowest-ranking in the region and on the overall list.
The Quality of Living Survey assesses living condition according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories: Political and social environment, Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Medical and health considerations, Schools and education, Public services and transportation, Recreation, Consumer goods, Housing and Natural environment.