Dubai: Dubai has ranked first in the Arab world and fifth globally in the Global Power City Index (GPCI) 2021 issued by the Institute for Urban Strategies at the Mori Memorial Foundation in Japan.
The cultural interaction criterion measures the performance of cities in terms of leadership, tourist attractions, the number of cultural facilities and the availability of visitors’ amenities and communication.
Dubai jumped from 17th place overall in 2020 to 14th in the GPCI 2021 that ranks over 40 major cities in terms of their “magnetism”, which is their overall power to attract creative individuals and enterprises from around the world.
Dubai was also ranked the highest in the Arab world in the ‘Economy’ criterion of the index. The emirate was placed ahead of major global cities like Seoul, Madrid, Vienna and Helsinki. The GPCI rates cities based on 70 indicators that measure six functions: Economy, R&D, Cultural Interaction, Livability, Environment, and Accessibility.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, said the emirate’s ranking in the index reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of Dubai’s cultural environment that rivals the world’s biggest metropolises.
The cosmopolitan nature of Dubai and its rich creative ambience is the result of the Dubai government’s investment in developing its cultural economy. The city provides an environment that nurtures both local talent and the brightest creative minds from across the world. The emirate has created a global example for a vibrant and inclusive cultural environment while also providing a platform for the development of creative ideas, all of which have combined to create a rich cultural life, Sheikh Hamdan said.