Cairo and Alexandria were ranked among the top 10 best cities to live in based on recent Swiss studies carried out by the Swiss research body Communaute d’Etudes pour l’Amenagement du Territoire at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
The survey took into consideration 100 of the continent’s capitals and cities, it based its quality of life criteria on social and living conditions, housing, environment, infrastructure, and governance.
The Moroccan city of Marrakesh came on top of the list with three other Moroccan cities —Casablanca, Rabat and Fez— which made it to the top 10, while Johannesburg scored second place.
The Mediterranean beauty, Alexandria, came third on this ranking while Cairo came on the seventh place.
“They are cities that are not huge, where real work has been done to improve infrastructure, people’s quality of life (and) housing in a stable political context,” said Swiss urban sociologist Jerome Chenal, who directed the survey.
EPFL stated that it intends to carry out the study every year aiming to standardise data on African cities.
We can’t be happier to be ranked on the top 10 cities. We know that with some improvements, we’ll make it to the top of the list.