Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Moving to Boston

Today we look at moving to Boston in USA from Dubai in United Arab Emirates. 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 Boston people speak English. In Dubai people speak Arabic.

Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Boston's colleges and universities have a major impact on the city and region's economy. Boston's schools are major employers and attract high-tech industries to the city and surrounding region. Boston is home to a number of technology companies and is a hub for biotechnology. Dubai has the largest population and is the second-largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. The emirate's main revenues are from tourism, property, and financial services.

The overall cost of living rank in Boston is 102 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Dubai to Boston will experience a change in cost of living of 5.5%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Boston is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Dubai with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Boston USA as at July 2011.