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NEW YORK – Frank Sinatra may have sung about waking up in “the city that never sleeps”, in his hit song “New York New York”, but that doesn’t mean the blue eyed charmer was correct.
The slogan seen in virtually every travel guide that colors New York city as “The City That Never Sleeps!” is more myth than fact.
In fact, there are 31 other cities around the world that head off New York City as the places were “living” carries on 24 hours around the clock 365 days of the year.
The busiest, always on the go, never a quiet moment city of them all is Cairo, Egypt, according to Badoo.com
Information gathered from 120 million chats posted by 120 million people from 188 different countries, lists Cairo as the city were people go to bed later than anywhere else in the world.
Lloyd Price, marketing director of Badoo, says that what they found is that people in New York City go to bed when people in Cairo are just getting ready for nightlife.
“In Cairo, people are happy they are alive. There are big changes lurking there,” Price said.
As for the country that never sleeps, Spain tops them all with six cities listed in the top 10.
According to Price, that is due to the fact that Spaniards have a different definition of what 8 hours sleep entails. For the common Spaniard, it’s staying up late, but sleeping during the day, what is known world wide as “siesta” time.
As for New York City, which placed 32nd on the list together with Montreal Canada, Palermo Italy and Marseille France, people who have been saying that the city is becoming more sterile and sleepier in recent years, are actually correct.
“For the true New Yorker, that may be a hard fact to accept,” says Price.
TOP 10 Cities That Are Awake The Longest:
1. Cairo – Egypt
2. Montevideo – Uruguay
3. Beirut – Lebanon
4. Malaga – Spain
5. Zaragoza – Spain
6. Madrid – Spain
7. Barcelona – Spain
8. Valencia – Spain
9. Seville – Spain
10. Buenos Aires – Argentina
As for world cities such as London, Paris and Rome, they showed up on spots 17, 18 and 27 respectively as “cities that never sleep”.