Dubai ‘Middle East City of the Future’
Dubai, August 22, 2011
Dubai has been named once again as the ‘Middle East City of the Future 2010/11’ by fDi Magazine, the English-language bi-monthly news and foreign direct investment publication owned by The Financial Times.
Dubai ranked exceptionally well across all categories achieving top positions in Economic Potential, Infrastructure and Business Friendliness.
Sami Al Qamzi, director general, Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), said: “The ranking of Dubai as the ‘Middle East City of the Future’ is a strong testament to the economic fundamentals of the city, and the growth potential that Dubai offers to investors from around the world.”
“From creating the right infrastructure to establishing business-friendly policies, Dubai has been focused on all-round development and creating a conducive environment for growth, in line with the strategic vision outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai”, he said.
Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of DED, said: “The top ranking as the ‘Middle East City of the Future’ will further catalyse foreign direct investments to Dubai.”
Foreign direct investment to Dubai has recorded an impressive growth of 4.5 per cent this year compared with 2010 and is poised to make a solid growth of 30 percent next year, Al Gergawi said.
The report by fDi Magazine further builds on the standing of Dubai as a preferred foreign investment destination as highlighted by the 201 AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index Report, which ranked Dubai as the “preferred destination of choice for future Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).”
To prepare the ‘Middle East Cities of the Future,’ the fDi intelligence division collected data from 46 cities under six categories – economic potential, human resources, cost-effectiveness, quality of life, infrastructure and business friendliness.
The independent judging panel also evaluated data for a new category – FDI promotion strategy – collected from 12 cities. Cities were scored a maximum of 10 points under each criterion and were weighted by importance to get the overall scores.
Dubai attained a total score of 52.05 among 25 Middle East cities. The report also observed that Dubai scored highest in the region in terms of the number of FDI projects from 2003 to June 2010.
The city scored a perfect 100 in terms of economic potential, evaluated on the basis of population, total number of patents, GDP, total number of FDI projects, number of companies in R&D, number of FDI mega-projects, global competitiveness and other key parameters.
Dubai also clinched the perfect 100 score in infrastructure measured by the number of international destinations and airlines served, upload and download speeds, port size, time to export and import, internet users, logistics performance index and e-government web measure index, among others.
The business friendliness of Dubai, in which again the city led the region, was measured against the number of jobs created by FDI, growth of hi-tech manufacturing firms, growth of knowledge based firms, number of days to start a business, economic freedom and innovation, among other parameters. – TradeArabia News Service