Dubai named fifth best city in the world

Dubai named fifth best city in the world

The emirate beat out Tokyo, Los Angeles and Barcelona in a World’s Best Cities report

Dubai has been ranked as the top fifth city in the world according to the Resonance World’s Best Cities Report. The listing offers an objective look at urban centres with a population of more than one million people. 

The ranking is determined by using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations grouped into six categories: place, product, people, programming, prosperity and promotion.

London topped the list once again, Paris took second place, followed by New York, Moscow and then Dubai came in at number five. The top 10 was rounded out by Tokyo, Singapore, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Madrid.

Dubai’s standing was boosted by events including the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai. The report also mentioned attractions such as the Museum of the Future, plus a slew of new hotels, as part of the reason it performed so well in the ranking.


The report also noted that Dubai has attracted the highest proportion of foreign residents of any city worldwide, but has – despite its influx of new residents – been able to maintain its position as the safest city in the world.

For this year’s ranking, Resonance took into account the effect that the pandemic has had on each location. The report said: “As our cities and borders gradually reopen, it’s clear that cities have been changed by the pandemic – in some ways for the better and in others for the worse.” 

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