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 Iran Egypt GCC (Regional)
Report Size 220-pages 130-pages 150-pages 280-pages
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 YES
Geographical Areas Dubai, Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain), Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain TBC TBC All 7 UAE Emirates, Riyadh, Doha, Muscat, Manama & Kuwait City
Statistical Analysis Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical Tabular & Graphical
Release Dates September 5th 2017 Q1 2018 Q1 2018 September 15th 2017
Cost (post-release) USD 1,950 TBC TBC USD 2,950
Report File Format PDF PDF PDF PDF
Research Type Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary Primary & Secondary

Report Composition

All 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 UAE report in its entirety, along with country & capital city averages for the other 5 GCC nations.  We do not drill down to community-level data for the other 5 GCC nations.  The GCC report is intended to have a primary focus on the UAE, with high-level data on the rest of the GCC for comparison.

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.  We only include community-level data for all cities within the UAE, as the Cost of Living UAE Report is included in its entirety. Therefore, in our GCC report, you will find data on Riyadh, but not Dammam.  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, the answer is NO.

The GCC Report includes the complete UAE Report within it, along with a high-level comparison of the remaining 5 GCC countries.

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 GCC report is the most expensive of all reports because it includes the Cost of Living UAE Report in its entirety and 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 12 city-based Mercer reports (when you factor in country-level analysis for each country), which would cost upwards of USD 10,000. We therefore feel it’s extremely reasonably priced at under USD 3,000.  Aside from this, we specialise in reporting on the Middle East, and have done for almost 15 years, so when you buy one of our reports, you will always be receiving local data from a small locally-based company.