Manama has been ranked 77th most expensive city for expatriates as of March 2018 – along with Canberra, Australia.
The Mercer’s Annual Cost of Living Survey ranked Bahrain's capital Manama as the fifth most expensive Arab city. Last year, the global survey ranked Manama 55th most expensive city in the world for expats.
Manama is preceded by Dubai, the most expensive Arab city, ranked 26th in the world, followed by Abu Dhabi (40), Riyadh (45) and Beirut (65).
The 24th annual global survey ranked Amman and Doha 94th and 115th respectively, placing Jeddah and Muscat in 117th spot and Djibouti 73rd. Kuwait ranked the 121st most expensive city for expatriates in the world and 10th in the Arab region.
Tunis emerged as the least costliest Arab city for expatriates, ranking 208 worldwide.
The other least costliest Arab cities also include Algiers (195), Cairo (188) and Rabat (165).
Hong Kong passed Luanda to take the top spot as the world’s most expensive city for expats. Tokyo and Zurich are in second and third positions, respectively, with Singapore fourth, up one place from last year. This means that four out of five of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates are now in Asia.
Other cities appearing in the top 10 of Mercer’s costliest cities for expatriates are Seoul (5), Luanda (6), Shanghai (7), N’Djamena (8), Beijing (9) and Bern (10).
"The world’s least expensive cities for expatriates are Tashkent (209), Tunis (208), and Bishkek (207)," the report said.
Global Mobility Product Solutions leader Yvonne Traber said that most Middle Eastern cities have dropped in the rankings, due to decreases in rental accommodation costs throughout the region.