Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Moving to Manama

In our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations, we highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced.
Today we look at moving to Manama in Bahrain from Buenos Aires in Argentina.
In Buenos Aires people speak Spanish. In Manama people speak Arabic.
Buenos Aires is the capital, and largest city, of Argentina, currently the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after São Paulo.
Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain.

Buenos Aires is the financial, industrial, commercial, and cultural hub of Argentina. Its port is one of the busiest in South America; navigable rivers by way of the Rio de la Plata connect the port to north-east Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. As a result it serves as the distribution hub for a vast area of the south-eastern region of the continent. Tax collection related to the port has caused many political problems in the past.
Manama is the focal point of the Bahraini economy. Several multinationals have facilities and offices in and around Manama. The economic base for Manama itself is financial services, with over two hundred financial institutions and banks based in the CBD and the Diplomatic Area.

The overall cost of living rank in Buenos Aires is 235 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations. An expatriate moving from Buenos Aires to Manama which has an overall cost of living rank of 109, which equates it with middle cost of living locations, will experience a change in cost of living of 25.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Manama is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Buenos Aires with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: http://www.xpatulator.com as at July 2011.