Russia's capital ranked sixth in the World Best Cities report published by the Resonance Consultancy, making it into the top 10 along with London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Barcelona, Chicago, Singapore, Dubai and San Francisco, Tass reported on November 12.
"Intriguing and increasingly hungry for global attention, Russia’s beguiling capital is a cultural gold mine spanning the ages," the report noted. "The global fascination has as much to do with the recent and spectacular 2018 FIFA World Cup (Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium in the city’s 360-acre Olympic complex hosted the pivotal final matches) as with the Kremlin’s global ambitions."
Moscow is known as the "city of a 1000 churches" and is a quixotic mix of ancient Orthodoxy and Soviet functionality. The study identified "24 factors that influence the perception of cities today, which include: housing affordability and job opportunities, quality of the natural and built environments, quality of key institutions, attractions and infrastructure, diversity of people, promotion via stories, references and recommendations shared online, economic prosperity, quality of the arts, culture, restaurants and nightlife."
Resonance Consultancy believes that the Russian capital has the necessary infrastructure to attract millions of tourists, ranking 3rd in terms of Airport Connectivity and having recently renovated its subway system.
"Whatever brings you to the city, you’re in for an experience at stark odds with the West’s continuously dismaying news about Russia," the report reads, as cited by Tass.