MUSCAT: Sultanate’s capital Muscat has emerged as one of the top three cities in MENA due to the economic, environment and social factors, standard of living, labour rights and entrepreneurship, according to a new survey.

The city has also scored consistently in the top five across all considerations as per the ‘Top Cities in the Middle East and North Africa Survey 2015’ carried out by and YouGov.

The survey finds that almost 80 per cent of people living in Muscat are either very happy or somewhat happy. “Availability of jobs in the city is either good or excellent, according to three in ten respondents, while 14 per cent believe it is bad. Thirty eight per cent of respondents in Muscat believe that salaries are either good or excellent.”

In terms of economic factors, Muscat came fifth in the top cities while it was placed fifth in MENA in terms of labour rights.

According to the survey, Muscat came in second in terms of the environmental factors which are important aspects relating to comfort and cleanliness that affect the overall quality of life. A vast majority of respondents in Muscat (57 per cent) said that the city’s streets are clean.

A majority of respondents rated Muscat as either good or excellent for its living standards which include stability and security, healthcare facilities, water/electricity/sewage systems and the quality of education.

In terms of socio-cultural factors, 48 per cent of respondents rated the city excellent because of low crime rates. Muscat was ranked fifth for sports, arts, culture and recreation factors which play an important role in the overall quality of life.

Entrepreneurship has an impact on a city’s prosperity and Muscat has been ranked as the fifth top city for starting a business. Suhail Masri, vice president of sales,, said, “It is our responsibility to showcase the best-performing cities in the region, so that job seekers can make an informed assessment if they are looking to move and employers can do more to contribute to their city’s standard of living and wellbeing.”

The survey was conducted online from August 25 to September 6, with the participation of 3,613 respondents.