Thursday, August 18, 2011

Moving to Beirut

Today we look at moving to Beirut in Lebanon from Amman in Jordan. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.

In both Beirut and Amman people speak Arabic.
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. Amman is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction, and the redesigned historic city center, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a tourist attraction. The city is the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theaters, cultural activities, and nightlife. Amman is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Amman is a regional hub in communications, transportation, medical tourism, education, and investment.

The overall cost of living rank in Beirut is 118 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Amman to Beirut will experience a change in cost of living of 20.2%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Beirut is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% the same as Amman.

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