The race to meet the Fifa 2018 World Cup deadline has resulted in Qatar overtaking the UAE as having the most competitive economy in the MENA region, according to the results of a new survey.
According to the Institute for Management and Development (IMD), a Swiss-based organization, which published its 2016 World Competitiveness Yearbook, Qatar ranked 13th globally for the second year in a row, out of the 61 nations assessed. UAE was the only other country from Middle East that featured in the list. The UAE fell from 12th place last year to 15th this year.
Other Middle East countries that featured in the list are Israel in 21st place, Turkey in 38th and Jordan in 52nd. Middle East countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, did not feature in the rankings.
The rankings have been produced for the past 25 years and are based on 340 criteria centred on economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure, as well as on a survey of 5,400 business executives.
The top of the table is dominated by European economies, taking six of the top ten places.
The 2016 edition ranks Hong Kong first, Switzerland second and the US third, with Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada completing the top 10.