Saturday, August 27, 2011

Moving to Rabat

Today we look at moving to Rabat in Morocco from Velletta in Malta. 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 Rabat people speak Arabic (official), Berber, French and Spanish. In Velletta people speak Maltese and English.

Rabat is the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat the second most important city in the country after the larger and more economically significant Casablanca. The Valletta peninsula has two natural harbours, Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. The Grand Harbour is Malta's major port.

The overall cost of living rank in Rabat is 248 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Velletta to Rabat will experience a change in cost of living of -23.1%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Rabat is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Velletta with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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