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Kuwait ranks after Doha as the cheapest cities for expats in 2022

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Hong Kong most expensive city in the world, Dubai most expensive in GCC

KUWAIT CITY, Jun 30:  Kuwait ranked 131 globally and seventh in the Gulf out of 227 cities around the world on the Expatriate Cost of Living Index for 2022 issued by Mercer Consulting, thus making Kuwait the second cheapest Gulf city after Doha, which ranked eighth in the Gulf and 133 globally. At the level of countries in the world, Hong Kong, Zurich and Geneva topped the first three places for the most expensive cities in the world for foreign workers, while the Swiss Basel also came in fourth place, then Bern in fifth, New York and Singapore in seventh and eighth places, then Tokyo and Beijing in ninth and tenth places respectively.

In the Arab world, Dubai and Abu Dhabi topped as the most expensive cities in the world for foreign workers raning 31 and 61, followed by Riyadh in 103rd place and Jeddah (111), Manama (117), Muscat (119) and Doha (133), while Cairo ranked (154), Rabat (162), and Tunisia (220). As for the cheapest cities in the world — according to the Mercer Index — Ankara ranked first (227th), preceded by Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) at 226, Dushanbe (Tajikistan) in 225th place, and Islamabad and Karachi (Pakistan) at 224 and 223, respectively. Istanbul is 222nd and Tashkent (Uzbekistan) is 221st.

The Mercer Index touches on global and regional issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of foreign workers globally, and pointed out that the return of high inflation again around the world is making foreign workers increasingly concerned about their purchasing power, which leads them to increase expectations of raising their salaries.

Listing from worlds expensive to cheapest cities for expats

Rank City Location
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR
2 Zurich Switzerland
3 Geneva Switzerland
4 Basel Switzerland
5 Bern Switzerland
6 Tel Aviv Israel
7 New York City, NY United States
8 Singapore Singapore
9 Tokyo Japan
10 Beijing China
11 Copenhagen Denmark
12 Shanghai China
13 Shenzhen China
14 Seoul South Korea
15 London United Kingdom
16 Nassau Bahamas
17 Los Angeles, CA United States
18 Guangzhou China
19 San Francisco, CA United States
20 Honolulu, HI United States
21 Vienna Austria
22 Qingdao China
23 Bangui Central African Republic
24 Libreville Gabon
25 Amsterdam Netherlands
26 Nanjing China
27 Oslo Norway
28 Taipei Taiwan
29 Washington, DC United States
30 Boston, MA United States
31 Dubai United Arab Emirates
32 Miami, FL United States
33 Munich Germany
34 Busan South Korea
35 Paris France
36 Chicago, IL United States
37 Osaka Japan
38 Victoria Seychelles
39 Brussels Belgium
40 Shenyang China
41 Djibouti Djibouti
42 Atlanta, GA United States
43 Helsinki Finland
44 Chengdu China
45 Seattle, WA United States
46 Berlin Germany
47 The Hague Netherlands
48 Milan Italy
49 Dublin Ireland
50 Yokohama Japan
51 Nagoya Japan
52 Luxembourg Luxembourg
53 Kinshasa The Democratic Republic Of The Congo
54 Noumea New Caledonia
55 Lagos Nigeria
56 Chongqing China
57 Rome Italy
58 Sydney Australia
59 Hamburg Germany
60 Prague Czech Republic
61 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
62 Frankfurt Germany
63 Xian China
64 Luanda Angola
65 Dakar Senegal
66 Edinburgh United Kingdom
67 Melbourne Australia
68 Abidjan Côte D’Ivoire
69 Suzhou China
70 Philadelphia, PA United States
71 Stuttgart Germany
72 San Juan Puerto Rico
73 Wuhan China
74 Brazzaville The Republic Of Congo
75 Dallas, TX United States
76 Conakry Guinea Republic
77 Douala Cameroon
78 Barcelona Spain
79 Riga Latvia
80 N’Djamena Chad
81 Dusseldorf Germany
82 Pittsburgh, PA United States
83 Minneapolis, MN United States
84 Brisbane Australia
85 Houston, TX United States
86 Glasgow United Kingdom
87 Stockholm Sweden
88 Pointe-A-Pitre Guadeloupe (France)
89 Toronto Canada
90 Madrid Spain
91 Portland, OR United States
92 Taichung Taiwan
93 Aberdeen United Kingdom
94 Birmingham United Kingdom
95 Auckland New Zealand
96 Lyon France
97 Perth Australia
98 Dhaka Bangladesh
99 Leipzig Germany
100 Yaounde Cameroon
101 St. Louis, MO United States
102 Adelaide Australia
103 Riyadh Saudi Arabia
104 Canberra Australia
105 Bratislava Slovakia
106 Bangkok Thailand
107 Detroit, MI United States
108 Vancouver Canada
109 Lisbon Portugal
110 Toulouse France
111 Jeddah Saudi Arabia
112 Cleveland, OH United States
113 Kaohsiung Taiwan
114 Buenos Aires Argentina
115 Amman Jordan
116 Nuremberg Germany
117 Manama Bahrain
118 Bamako Mali
119 Muscat Oman
120 Wellington New Zealand
121 Belfast United Kingdom
122 Manila Philippines
123 Montevideo Uruguay
124 Lome Togo
125 Montreal Canada
126 Athens Greece
127 Mumbai India
128 Cotonou Benin
129 Harare Zimbabwe
130 Santiago Chile
131 Kuwait City Kuwait
132 Ottawa Canada
133 Doha Qatar
134 Phnom Penh Cambodia
135 Port Of Spain Trinidad & Tobago
136 Guatemala City Guatemala
137 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
138 Niamey Niger
139 San Jose Costa Rica
140 Tallinn Estonia
141 Calgary Canada
142 Havana Cuba
143 Casablanca Morocco
144 Bujumbura Burundi
145 Ljubljana Slovenia
146 Accra Ghana
147 Abuja Nigeria
148 Vilnius Lithuania
149 Mexico City Mexico
150 Hanoi Vietnam
151 Jakarta Indonesia
152 Panama City Panama
153 Kingston Jamaica
154 Cairo Egypt
155 New Delhi India
156 Quito Ecuador
157 Vientiane Lao People’S Democratic Republic
158 Bucharest Romania
159 Zagreb Croatia
160 Nairobi Kenya
161 Tirana Albania
162 Rabat Morocco
163 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
164 Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
165 Limassol Cyprus
166 Kampala Uganda
167 Maputo Mozambique
168 Sao Paulo Brazil
169 Nouakchott Mauritania
170 Sofia Bulgaria
171 Port-Au-Prince Haiti
172 Lima Peru
173 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
174 Warsaw Poland
175 Belgrade Serbia
176 Rio De Janeiro Brazil
177 Chennai India
178 Bengaluru India
179 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei
180 Budapest Hungary
181 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
182 San Salvador El Salvador
183 Colombo Sri Lanka
184 Blantyre Malawi
185 Monterrey Mexico
186 Baku Azerbaijan
187 Wroclaw Poland
188 Antananarivo Madagascar
189 Tegucigalpa Honduras
190 Krakow Poland
191 Port Louis Mauritius
192 Hyderabad India
193 Johannesburg South Africa
194 Cape Town South Africa
195 Asuncion Paraguay
196 La Paz Bolivia
197 Yerevan Armenia
198 Yangon Myanmar
199 Lusaka Zambia
200 Brasilia Brazil
201 Pune India
202 Banjul Gambia
203 Kolkata India
204 Minsk Belarus
205 Bogota Colombia
206 Skopje Macedonia
207 Manaus Brazil
208 Kigali Rwanda
209 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina
210 Belo Horizonte Brazil
211 Johor Bahru Malaysia
212 Managua Nicaragua
213 Windhoek Namibia
214 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
215 Gaborone Botswana
216 Durban South Africa
217 Tbilisi Georgia
218 Algiers Algeria
219 Almaty Kazakhstan
220 Tunis Tunisia
221 Tashkent Uzbekistan
222 Istanbul Türkiye
223 Karachi Pakistan
224 Islamabad Pakistan
225 Dushanbe Tajikistan
226 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
227 Ankara Türkiye

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