UAE among the top expensive places to live in the Middle East

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Abu Dhabi and Dubai are among the most expensive places to live in the Middle East, according to the latest report by global consultancy firm, Mercer.

In a list covering 214 cities across five continents, Abu Dhabi (67), Dubai (81) and Amman (103) have dropped 17, 26 and 20 places in the Mercer’s 2011 Cost of Living Survey ranking respectively.

“The trend of falling accommodation costs continues across the Middle East region, driving the cities down the ranking along with the cost of living for expats. Dubai in particular is witnessing a drastic reduction in accommodation costs as the supply of property keeps flooding the rental market,” said Nathalie Constantin-Métral, senior researcher, Mercer.

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In other cities in the region, Riyadh was ranked 135th. Manama (157), Kuwait City (159), Doha (164), Muscat (184) and Jeddah (185) followed.

Luanda in Angola is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for the second year running. Tokyo remains in second position and N’Djamena in Chad in third place.

The survey measured the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.

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