Dubai and Abu Dhabi triumph

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been voted the best places to live in the region

Stop complaining, folks, we live in two of the world's best places.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the best places to live in the Middle East, according to an international survey of more than 200 cities.

The Mercer Quality of Life report, released yesterday says that Dubai is the region's highest-placed city and 77th out of 215 cities internationally, up from 83rd in 2008. The capital was placed second in the region and 84th overall, up from 87th.

The two cities are the only ones in the Middle East to make it into the top 100 of Mercer's league table. Manama, in Bahrain, was ranked 111, Kuwait City 125, Riyadh and Jeddah 159 and 160.Two Middle Eastern cities were in the bottom 25, with Sanaa, Yemen, at 210 and Baghdad ranked as having the lowest quality of life globally for the second year in a row.

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