Direct Comparison

We do encourage all of our new customers to comb through our individual report pages, because we have a lot of good content on what to expect before purchasing.  Remember, next to the Add to Cart button for each report, is a link which says Compare Reports, which will dynamically compare whichever reports you click the compare button for. However, for a quick high-level comparison of our full Cost of Living Reports for the GCC, please see below:

Metrics UAE Saudi Arabia Qatar GCC (Regional)
Report Size 200-pages 130-pages 75-pages TBC
Exec Summary Included Yes, 40-50 pages Yes, 30-40 pages Yes, 20-30 pages Not included
Report Sections i)     Accommodation (Rental & Freehold)
ii)    Commercial Property (Rental & Freehold)
iii)   Education (K-12)
iv)   Healthcare & Health Insurance
v)    Business Travel & Transport
vi)   Business Set-up & Business Licenses
vii)  Household Goods & Utilities
viii) Lifestyle & Hospitality
Written Commentary YES YES YES NO
Geographical Areas Dubai, Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain), Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam City,  Al Khobar, Jubail & Yanbu Doha UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain & Kuwait, along with capital city comparisons, which includes Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, Muscat, Manama & Kuwait City
Statistical Analysis Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical
Release Dates October 2016 October 2016 October 2016 TBC
Cost (post-release) AED 5,000 (US$ 1,360) AED 6,500 (US$ 1,765) AED 5,000 (US$ 1,360) AED 9,500 (US$ 2,580)
Report File Format PDF PDF PDF PDF
Research Type Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary

Report Composition

All 3 country reports include a commentary which helps to make them an interesting read, analysing social, political & legislative implications of price fluctuations and vice versa, helping to distinguish between cause & causation.  The regional GCC report includes the same 8 high-level sections as our country reports, but is based on country & capital city averages, rather than community-based analysis.  Aside from this, the GCC report comes with no written commentary, and is therefore is wholly comprised of statistical data and quantitative analysis.  For a more elaborate idea of what’s included in each of our four reports, please visit each individual report page.

Do the Reports Have Country and City-Level Reporting?

Individual Country Reports

Yes & No.  Yes because our country reports include a complete analysis of all major cities within that particular country, and no because you cannot cherry-pick and buy single-city reports as autonomous reports.  However, each of our country reports go even one step further and actually analyse the cost of living across the various communities & residential areas within all major cities/ provinces/ emirates of the country in which they’re based.  As an example, in the Cost of Living UAE report, we cover the cost of living in Dubai, Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain), Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain and all of the separate living communities (for example, Dubai Marina, Discovery Gardens etc) within each of those emirates.  Essentially we do city comparisons within each of the country reports.

Regional GCC Report

In our regional Cost of Living GCC Report, we compare the country averages for each country, and their respective capital cities.  Therefore we don’t include city-level data for non-capital cities in our GCC report, so you will find data on Abu Dhabi & Riyadh, but not Dammam and Dubai, as an example.  Again, please visit each individual report page, and check the What’s Included & Samples tabs.

Should I Purchase the Country Reports and GCC Regional Report?

Being the question we’re most frequently asked, it makes sense to do our best to help answer this for any new clients who haven’t used our reports before.  In summary, all of our 3 country reports come with accompanying written commentary as both quantitative & qualitative reports, whereas our regional GCC report is mostly a statistical quantitative report, with summaries throughout, rather than including elaborate economic analysis.  All 3 country reports include an economic-based commentary which helps to make them an interesting read, analysing social, political & legislative implications of price fluctuations and vice versa, helping to distinguish between cause & causation.  The regional GCC report includes the same 8 high-level sections as our country reports, but is based on country & capital city averages, rather than multiple city and community-based analysis.  For example, in our GCC report’s we would typically provide averages across all sections for all 6 GCC countries and their respective capital cities – Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, Muscat, Kuwait City and Manama. Therefore, for example, you will not find averages for Dubai and Sharjah, or Jeddah and Dammam and so forth within our GCC report.  However, in the Cost of Living UAE Report, not only will you find city/ emirate-based data, but you will also find data for the individual communities & residential areas within the Emirates, such as Dubai Marina, Deira etc in Dubai. As an example, check out the variation between the equivalent tables showing the rental price of a 2-bedroom apartment in a country report vs. our GCC regional report. In this example, we’re showing the data from the Cost of Living UAE country report:

Example UAE Report Data

Section = Accommodation | Sub-Section = Rentals | Country = UAE | Emirate = Sharjah | Neighbourhood = Al Nahda | Years of Comparison = 4 | Currency = AED

Example GCC Report Data

Section = Accommodation | Sub-Section = Rentals | Region = GCC | Cities = Capital Cities | Years of Comparison = 1 | Currency = USD

For more information on exactly which areas are covered in each of our country reports and a taste for the commentary you’ll find in our country reports, please check out the individual report pages and on each of these pages you will find more information on exactly what’s included in each report, how it can help, the table of contents for each report, the various purchase options and of course, the all-important samples for each report in PDF format.

Report Currencies

The reports are all based on the currency of their respective territories, and in some cases in US$, since all GCC currencies are pegged to the USD, apart from the Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD), which is pegged to a basket of currencies, which includes the US$, since 2010. The Cost of Living UAE Report gives figures in the UAE Dirham (AED), and in some cases comparisons are made using US$. The Cost of Living Qatar Report gives figures in Qatari Riyal (QAR). The Cost of Living Saudi Arabia Report gives figures in the Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR). Finally, the Cost of Living GCC Report is in US$ throughout, where local currencies are used sparingly.

The UAE currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham, divided into 100 Fils, and is pegged to the US$ at the rate of US$ 1 = AED 3.68. The Qatari currency is the Qatari Riyal, divided into 100 Dirham, and is pegged to the US$ at the rate of US$ 1 = QAR 3.64. The Saudi Arabian currency is the Saudi Arabian Riyal, divided into 100 Halalas, and is pegged to the US$ at the rate of US$ 1 = SAR 3.75. The other 3 GCC currencies are reversed in the sense that each single unit of currency will convert to several dollars, rather than the other way around. The Omani Riyal (OMR) will get you US$ 2.65, the Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) will get you US$ 3.47 and Bahraini Dinar (BHD) will get you US$ 2.65.

Pricing our Reports

We have priced our reports based on the amount of effort and resulting financial overhead that’s involved in creating them. Our most popular report is the UAE report, mostly because of its historical significance and the popularity and significance of the local UAE economy within the region and globally. The Saudi Arabia report requires more time & effort to acquire the data & commentary for, and is therefore priced slightly higher than the other country reports for UAE & Qatar. The GCC report is the most expensive of all reports because it offers a high-level comparison between all 6 GCC countries and also benchmarks against other global countries and capital cities. Our GCC report, as an example, is comparable to over 20 city-based Mercer reports (when you factor in country-level analysis for each country), which would cost upwards of US$15,000. We therefore feel it’s extremely reasonably priced at under AED 10,000 (slightly over US$2,500).

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