Saturday, September 17, 2011

Moving to Dubai

Today we look at moving to Dubai in United Arab Emirates from Lome in Togo. 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 Dubai people speak Arabic. In Lome people speak French (official) and local languages.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lome is the capital and largest city of Togo. 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. Lome is the country's administrative and industrial center and its chief port. The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery.

The overall cost of living rank in Dubai is 127 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Lome to Dubai will experience a change in cost of living of -0.6%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Dubai is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Lome with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: as at July 2011.

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