Oman stands seventh globally in quality of life
June 24, 2015 | 11:24 AM
by Times News Service
Photo - Cio Datan/Times of Oman

Muscat: Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user-generated content about cities and countries, has ranked the Sultanate 7th globally in terms of quality of life.

Though Louis Doré’s report was mainly focused on Britain, it used the rankings of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkmenistan to highlight the factors of index, which excluded the United Kingdom from the top 10 countries.

The index lays emphasis on criteria of pollution, healthcare, safety and purchasing power, among other factors.

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“The UK has come 16th in a quality of life index of world nations. The index placed Saudi Arabia, Oman and Turkmenistan above the UK in terms of quality of life,” Doré wrote.

The data from Numbeo was collated from online surveys, not official government reports.

“The index is an estimation of overall quality of life based upon several criteria, of which the highest weight is given to pollution. Numbeo say this is on the grounds that if the environment is polluted too much, the economy or safety cannot fulfill it,” Doré adds.

“We put the second highest importance to safety, since it is more important to feel safe rather than wealthy, in our opinion,” says the report.

In terms of popularity, Numbeo was mentioned or used as a source in hundreds of major newspapers around the world, including Forbes, Business Insider, Time, The Economist, BBC, The New York Times, China Daily and The Telegraph.

The Independent also published the name of another website, MoveHub, which offers more data to serve expatriate workers wishing to understand the cost of living in other cities and countries.

In this website (MoveHub), Sergiu George wrote a report on June 15th, 2015, titled “MAP: Quality of Life Around the World.

“Over the last few months, we published infographic maps comparing happiness, living costs, disposable income and even what matters most to people around the world. The Quality of Life index is made up of a series of factors including safety, healthcare, consumer prices and purchasing power, traffic commute, pollution and property price to income ratio,” the report said.

“There’s quite a few results that are at the very least surprising, like for instance Saudi Arabia being ranked 6th and Oman 7th in the world by quality of life, well above the US, Canada, Australia and UAE.

However, if you dig deeper into the factors that are considered in the index, things become clearer,” George added.

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