Seven cities in five Arab countries were included in the 2023 QS Best Student Cities ranking. The list was released this week by the London-based global higher-education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds.
Driven by high praise from students who have studied there and a strong appeal to prospective students, Dubai is the best city in the Middle East for students studying abroad, according to the rankings’ tenth edition.
Dubai rose this year to 51st globally, out of 140 cities ranked, compared to 65th place out of 116 ranked last year. The United Arab Emirates is also home to the Middle East’s next-highest-ranked student city, Abu Dhabi, which also rose this year, to 71st place.
Cairo was the third-highest-ranked city in the Arab region, in 94th place, up from 109th place last year. It is the only city ranked in an Arab country in Africa.
Rankings Based on Student Opinions
The QS Best Student Cities ranking provides students with independent data regarding a range of factors relevant to their study-abroad decisions. These include affordability, quality-of-life, the standard of universities there, and the views of students currently studying in that destination.
To be considered for inclusion, cities must have a population of over 250,000 and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings.
The rankings are based on cities’ scores on six metrics: university rankings, desirability of the city, affordability for students, employer activity, student mix, and student voice. The 2023 edition was informed by the views of 98,426 survey respondents.