Revealed: Gulf's most expensive cities for expats

Cost of living survey helps multinational firms and governments fix pay scales for their expat employees
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Mercer's 2011 Cost of Living Survey shows that Abu Dubai is ranked the most expensive city in UAE for expats
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Dubai, now ranked 81 globally, has dropped 26 places compared to last year. The Mercer Cost of Living Survey data is used by many firms and governments to help determine remuneration for expats being relocated to cities across the globe. Here are the rankings of some other countries (rank shown in brackets):
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Riyadh, KSA (135) -- The survey covers 214 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment
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Manama, Bahrain (157) -- The cost of living survey is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees
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Kuwait city, Kuwait (159 ) -- New York is used as the base city and all cities are compared against New York. Currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The cost of housing - often the biggest expense for expats - plays an important part in determining where cities are ranked
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Doha Qatar (164)
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Muscat, Oman (184)
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Jeddah KSA (185)
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Luanda, Angola (1) -- Luanda in Angola is the world's most expensive city for expatriates for the second year running, largely due to the high costs associated with security and safe accommodation, according to Mercer's 2011 Cost of Living Survey
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Tokyo, Japan (2)
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(3) N'Djamena, Chad
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(4) Moscow, Russia
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(5) Geneva, Switzerland
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(6) Osaka, Japan
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(7) Zurich, Switzerland
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(8) Singapore
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(9) Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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10 São Paolo, Brazil