The United Arab Emirates is the best up and coming country in the world, according to a new study from U.S. News & World Report.
The media organisation — notable for its US university rankings — surveyed more than 21,000 on how they viewed 80 countries across a range of criteria, from economic influence to citizenship and quality of life.
To help rank which countries are improving most quickly, the group also used a model to predict their future growth in terms of gross domestic product purchasing power parity per capita.
Nations from Asia and the Middle East dominated the rankings.
Take a look below:
9. Egypt — Egypt ranks 45th in the overall list but a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund is poised to help ease financial pressures over the next few years.
8. Russia — The country is recovering from a deep recession in brought on by sanctions in 2014 and a global drop in the prices of commodities a year later, coming 27th overall.
7. Saudi Arabia — The country sits on around quarter of the world’s supply of oil, but is seeking ways to diversify and reduce its oil dependency in the future.
6. Thailand — The Asian country’s huge agriculture sector and competitive manufacturing industry have kept poverty and unemployment relatively low.
5. Japan — Japan scores highly for categories including entrepreneurship and countries with the most cultural influence, aided by its political and economic stability.
4. China — The country’s colossal economy and speedy growth rate has helped boost the country’s influence on the world stage.
3. India — The country comes 25th in the overall best countries list, helped along by a fast-growing, diverse economy with a large, skilled workforce.
2. Singapore — The island city state of Singapore consistently ranks highly for being one of the best countries in the world to invest in.
1. United Arab Emirates — The UAE’s oil-rich surroundings means it has fast become one of the wealthiest nations on Earth and topped US News’ rankings of up-and-coming economies.