Saturday, March 30, 2013

Assignment in Algiers

Today I would like to discuss Algiers in Algeria. If you were to be sent to Algiers on an expatriate assignment or if you were to relocate there, you are likely to experience:

  • Weather that is Arid to semiarid with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers along coast. It is drier with cold winters and hot summers on the high plateau and the sirocco which is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer;
  • You will meet people who speak Arabic, French, and Berber;
  • You will find the cost of clothing yourself is average in cost compared to other places;
  • The cost of food and beverages is very low compared to other places;
  • The cost of housing yourself  is low compared to other places;
  • The cost of transporting yourself is very low compared to other places;
  • Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria, and the second largest city in the Maghreb (after Casablanca);
  • Algiers is an important economic, commercial and financial centre, with in particular a stock exchange with a capitalisation of 60 billion euros;
  • The port of Algiers is the most important of North Africa;
  • From a day to day comfort perspective, you are likely to experience extreme hardship;
  • Make sure you negotiate an appropriate salary or allowance.

If you live in Algiers or if you lived there recently, let us know what your experience has been. Would you live in Algiers again?