Leading Business Cities of the Muslim World

A profile of 25 leading business centers


By Sajjad Chowdhry,
Oct 25, 2005

Climate, labor force, political environments, economic policies, regulatory environments, and available markets – these are all among the myriad of variables that affect businesses strategy.

One of the key factors is also where to locate a business. Location provides accessibility to suppliers, buyers, and regional markets, as well as other distinct competitive advantages based on the nature of the city.

The following profiles of 25 prominent business cities representing 20 member countries of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference) showcase some of the leading business centers of the Muslim world.

The selected cities are listed in alphabetic order and do not represent any ranking. However, the short list of 25 cities presented here is based on evaluating select macroeconomic factors of the 57 member OIC member countries (such as GDP growth, literacy, FDI, export growth, etc.) Based on the analysis, 20 countries were shortlisted from which 25 key business cities were identified.

These profiles aim to give brief snapshots of each city’s distinguishing factors as a business city.

The profiles will be updated regularly with timely and relevant information.

*In Alphabetic Order
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Alexandria
Egypt
Almaty
Kazakhstan
Amman
Jordan
Baku
Azerbaijan
Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Cairo
Egypt
Casablanca
Morocco
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Doha
Qatar
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Istanbul
Turkey
Jakarta
Indonesia
Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
Karachi
Pakistan
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Kuwait City
Kuwait
Lagos
Nigeria
Lahore
Pakistan
Manama
Bahrain
Muscat
Oman
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
Surabaya
Indonesia
Tehran
Iran
Tunis
Tunisia


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