Dhaka has overtaken Dubai and Washington DC in the list of the most expensive cities for foreign workers, and is the costliest city for expatriates in South Asia, according to this year’s Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
The study reveals that even in the neighbouring country’s famous city Mumbai, expenses for foreign workers are less than that in Dhaka. In the same survey last year, Dhaka was ranked 26th.
Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, tops the list of most expensive cities for foreign workers. It is followed by Hong Kong, Beirut, Tokyo and Zurich.
On the other hand, the least expensive cities are Bishkek, followed by Lusaka in Zambia, Tbilisi in Georgia, Tunis in Tunisia, and Brasilia in Brazil.
The survey was conducted based on the cost of housing, transportation, food and entertainment. The baseline of the survey was New York City.