Abu Dhabi ranked second best city globally to live, visit and do business. The UAE capital performed strongly for its business credentials and quality of living.
Abu Dhabi has ranked second on a global round up of cities according to the best place to live, work and do business.
Coming second to New York, the capital topped the list, overtaking both Paris and London on the Ipsos City Index.
More than 18,000 people were interviewed for the study - aged 16-64, in 26 countries.
Director general of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Saif Saeed Ghobash said: "The rise of Abu Dhabi in this global ranking is testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the emirate as not only a tourist destination of distinction, but a location that international communities want to work, live and do business in.
"It’s distinct popularity among the younger generations highlight the need for global cities to diversify and innovate to sustain their position and strength as business and tourism hubs."
Processing UAE visa application to take just 5 minutes
A new visa system launched on Tuesday means people now need not visit centers to obtain their entry permits and visas, announced the Ministry of Interior.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of the Ministry of Interior has launched a new system for smart services, 'E-Channels', as part of the UAE 2021 Vision, which allows UAE nationals and residents to obtain entry permits and visas in only 10 minutes.
The Ministry of Interior said the new system will allow customers to have their applications completed without having to visit visa centers, adding: "This is a pioneering step to ensure speedy process and accuracy in the visa and residency services."
Experts estimated the process to not exceed 10 minutes, according to tests and trials of the new system. However, if the applicant does visit a typing center, the process is estimated to only take five minutes.
The new system goes under the slogan: 'Smart Services, Future Vision.'
Brigadier Mansour Ahmad Al Daheri, Director of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi, said the new system will be effective for all customers and aims to cut the number of customers visiting visa centers by a whopping 80 per cent in 2018.
He added that through the modern system, customers will not have to provide hardcopy documents, and can simply provide all the required documents and information through the application process online.
"Some entry visas may be issued within a few minutes," added the ministry.
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Study in UAE
The UAE has emerged as one of the rapidly developing education hubs attracting considerable domestic and foreign investment to equip its citizens with the right tools to maintain the UAE's position as a leader in many markets.
Private-public partnerships have been at the core of this transition as they have established new institutions and lifted qualitative performance of existing institutions through increasing efficiencies with the application of technology and introduction of new subject areas in order to adapt and respond to changing market circumstances and demands.
One of the major advantages of studying in the UAE comes due to its strategic location that allows its provinces to be positioned within a 5 hour radius of half of the world's population, bridging Asia to the West.
To station the UAE as an attractive destination, the government has invested heavily in infrastructure combining its natural surroundings intelligently with artificial architecture to create cities that are optimal both in appearance and functionality. Owing to these and more reasons a large number of students are opting to study in UAE.
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