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Why Lagos tops the list of 2024’s best cities above Dubai and Miami

Time Out has declared Lagos, Nigeria ranked 19th out of the 50 best cities in 2024. It beats Dubai, Miami and Lagos is 10 places ahead of Glasgow, UK.

Lagos is known as ‘Eko’ in the local tongue. The name ‘Lagos‘ however was given by the Portuguese explorer, Ruy De Sequeira, in 1472. The word means ‘Lake‘ in present Portuguese language. Lagos is a port which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon while protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits.

At 3,577sq km, Lagos is the smallest state in Nigeria by landmass. Ironically, it is the largest metropolitan area in Africa, with a population of 23.5 million people. Lagos is known for some of its popular attractions, which include: Lekki Conservation Centre, Oniru Beach, Tarkwa Bay Beach, Omu Resort and Nike Centre For Art And Culture etc.

The best 20 cities in the world for 2024

Established in 1968 by Tony Elliott, Time Out Group is a British media and hospitality enterprise with its headquarters situated in London, United Kingdom. Its online and offline presence includes markets, social media, live events, mobile versions, and websites. Time Out reports on culture, events, and entertainment in cities all around the world.

More than 20,000 city people worldwide were surveyed, and Time Out’s network of editors also contributed to the rankings, according to the group. Time Out’s annual survey, which asks city dwellers worldwide to tell them what it’s like to live, work, and play in their hometowns right now, takes all of that into account and more when determining the 50 greatest cities in 2024.

A global ranking of the greatest cities in the world for this year is also derived from the thoughts and observations of residents living in the area as well as their extensive global network of city specialists. The group said: “As in previous years, the basis of the ranking remains our global survey of the people who know their city best: the locals. Working with research company Potentia Insight, we surveyed thousands of city-dwellers about the quality and affordability of food, culture and nightlife in their city.”

Time Out also asked locals questions such as: how their city makes them feel: are they happy there? Is it a beautiful place? Is it easy to make social connections? “Their thousands of responses gave us a unique insight into the reality of living in the world’s greatest cities right now.”

On a list of fifty cities, New York City was ranked as the number one city in the world while South Africa’s Cape Town was ranked second. Lagos came in at number 19, surpassing cities like Miami, US; Dubai, UAE; Beijing, China; Montreal, Canada; Naples, Italy; Singapore; and Melbourne, Australia. Here is the complete list of the top 20 cities in the world for 2024:

1. New York City, US
2. Cape Town, South Africa
3. Berlin, Germany
4. London, UK
5. Madrid, Spain
6. Mexico City, Mexico
7. Liverpool, UK.
8. Tokyo, Japan
9. Rome, Italy
10. Porto, Portugal
11. Paris, France
12. Mumbai, India
13. Lisbon, Portugal
14. Chicago, US
15. Manchester, UK
16. São Paulo, Brazil
17. Los Angeles, US
18. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
19. Lagos, Nigeria
20. Melbourne, Australia
21. Naples, Italy
22. Singapore
23. Miami, US
24. Bangkok, Thailand
25. Lima, Peru
26. Budapest, Hungary
27. Beijing, China
28. Dubai, UAE
29. Montreal, Canada
30. Glasgow, UK
31. Sydney, Australia
32. Bueno Aires, Argentina
33. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
34. Manila, Philippines
35. Seoul, South Korea
36. Hanoi, Vietnam
37. San Francisco, US
38. Barcelona, Spain
39. Abu Dhabi, UAE
40. New Orleans, US
41. Philadelphia, US
42. Austin, US
43. Boston, US
44. Accra, Ghana
45. Marseille, France
46. Taipei, Taiwan
47. Istanbul, Turkey
48. Osaka, Japan
49. Hong Kong, China
50. Vancouver, Canada

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The things that make Lagos amazing

A poll about the cost and quality of food, culture, and nightlife in cities was conducted among the populace, and the results showed that 96 percent of Lagos city dwellers are happy, 98 percent consider the state beautiful, and 92% think the city a friendly. The report highlighted several popular tourist destinations in the city.

  • Food Culture

The British media and hospitality company, showcasing the people of Lagos’ food culture in Epe, said: “The town is home to the legendary Oluwo Fish Market, the biggest in Lagos state, where almost all traders are women. Fittingly, there’s a giant two-fish statue in the centre of town.” Both the island and the mainland still provide a variety of upscale accommodations, popular dining spots, and other amenities.

  • Places and Tourist destinations

Time Out further urged visitors to Lagos to come now, as the city and its suburbs are growing, and suggested they check out the Eko Atlantic City, a live-work-play idea. “Both the city and its suburbs are expanding – just check out live-work-play concept Eko Atlantic City. Just out of town, Epe, on the north side of Lekki Lagoon, is experiencing a boom.” “And then there are the beaches – hit up Oniru Beach for some fun in the sun, but be sure to bring Naira for this private beach.”

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