Is Abu Dhabi the world's healthiest city?
When it comes to healthy eating on a global scale, cities like Singapore, Copenhagen and Sydney are normally in the conversation. It seems that cultures built on outdoor living, protein-high diets and government-driven fitness insentives make for a healthy populous. It's why we were pleasantly surprised by the findings of a global report published by Deliveroo, stating that the healthiest city in terms of food ordered from its service is: Abu Dhabi.
With the delivery company operating in 140 across 12 countries (including Australia, France, Singapore, UAE, and UK), the report is by no-means an all-inclusive one, but it does throw up some very encouraging statistics about the UAE capital.
Having analysed data compiled since the company launched in the UK in 2013, it turns out 20 percent of orders made in Abu Dhabi are high in protein, with a further 20 percent gluten-free. There was also a large portion (pun intended) of vegetarian orders among the service's users in the city.
Anis Harb, General Manager of Deliveroo GCC, commented: “At Deliveroo, we have witnessed a clear and growing trend for healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian options among our customers, and we will continue to ensure that this demand is met with a range of exciting options that prove healthy food needn’t be without options.”
While, this latest information is unlikely to anoint Abu Dhabi as the world's healthiest city, it does go some way to showing that healthier food initiatives within the UAE capital are starting to work.