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November 07, 2007

This Bayt.com Rents and Cost of Living survey reveals that housing costs account for a third of personal expenses in the UAE and Qatar. It also looks at rent and cost of living levels as a portion of salaries in Kuwait, KSA, Bahrain, the Levant, North Africa and other employment/career hubs from a Jobseeker and Employer point of view.

Over 8,500 respondents from across the Middle East region participated in the online cost-of-living survey, which was conducted by market research leader YouGovSiraj in association with Bayt.com, throughout September. The Middle East cost-of-living survey which surveyed professionals of all career and salary levels and all jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morrocco and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, also examined the financial implications of utilities, car financing and company benefits across the Middle East and North Africa on personal living standards, real incomes and financial situations. Across the Middle East and Nort Africa region the HR research findings consistently show that housing expenses continue to make the largest dent in regional salaries especially in places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE where salaries have been shown to rise but where rents have in many cases risen commensurately and in come cases risen at an even more rapid pace than salary increases. This Middle East and North Africa HR survey is essential reading for all professionals, Jobseekers and Employers across the Middle East and North Africa looking to analyze and predict the implications of cost of living increases on standards of living in all countries of the GCC, Levant and North Africa.

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1. Daleena ZamreeThe government need to put a cap for percentage increase in rent. For example, an increase of a residential property cannot exceed 3% every year. This will control the landlord from increasing the rent above the percentage allowed by the law when renewing the lease for the current tenant or rent it to a new tenant.
Thu 13-Oct-2011 16:25 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
2. فيروز احمد فؤاد احمدطبعا الايجارات بالكويت باه مميته مش ممكن احنا نشتغل ونتعب وصحاب الشقق يخدو 3/4 المرتب واحنا مش عرفين نعمل اه يعنى احنا متغربين وسيبين بيوتنا علشان بس نعرف نقعد فى شقه وناكل بالعفيهومش ممكن دوله غنيه زى الكويت تكون مش عارفه تبنى مساكن حتى للمغتربين المتعزبين باسعار تكون معقوله علشان احنا برضه بنتعب واكيد تعبنا بيدخل فلوس للدوله يارب المشكله دى تتحل بسرعه
Sat 04-Apr-2009 13:32 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
3. Paulo GarciaIn order for a country to grow and be prosperous, the cost of living must be sustained with proper formulas in order to adjust any price increases. I have heard of the high cost of living in Dubai, and I certainly believe some correction must be done or will be done in the next few years. With rate increases of 10% or more and salaries not going up, the salaries of the workers will shrink and they will find other options of immigrate or moving elsewhere. It seems in Dubai Capitalism is playing a big factor but sooner or later economical fallout could arise.
Fri 22-Feb-2008 18:23 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
4. Rasha Hasanفعلا بالنسبة للكويت فالإيجار ليس اقل من 80% من الراتب ، الأجارات فيها زادت زيادة غير طبيعية جدا بالفتره الأخيره، غير اننا إذا وجدنا أجار مناسب نجد السكن غير مناسب من ناحية الغرف سواء عددهم او حجمهم إما ان تكون غرفة واحدة فقط، او اكتر من غرفة لكنها بالكاد تكفي انسان واحد ليتحرك بها مع فرشها من ضيقها نتمنى فعلا ان تحل مشكلة الأجارات المرتفعة، او على الأقل بناء المساكن بطريقة تناسب سعرها وشكرا
Sun 06-Jan-2008 10:33 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
5. M Rizwanul Haqueايجار دولة قطر أغلى وأغلى من اي دولة في العالم وبدون اضافة في الرواتب وخاصة في القطاع الخاص ، ولم يزل يزداد يوما بعد يوم اللهم ارحمم آمين
Thu 03-Jan-2008 14:27 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
6. MOHAMED ALIالايجارات فى الرياض زادت بنسبة 50 % حيث اى شقة كانت ب 10000 ريال بقت ب 15000 وهكذا بلا رحمة مع العلم المرتبات كما هى وتكون 3 شهور من الراتب يعنى المنفوحة اللى اقل مكان فى الرياض بقت غالية جدا وين نسكن بعدين الله المعين
Wed 02-Jan-2008 20:19 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
7. Alaa Magdi Dousالايجار في الكويت تقريبا نصف الراتب فعلا
Fri 23-Nov-2007 15:14 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
8. mohammed ALIالايجارات بالكويت صارت نااااااااااااار
Fri 16-Nov-2007 19:14 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
9. santhosh gilbertan average man living in uae cant fulfill his dream to stay with his familiy in uae..only because of heavy rents...
Fri 16-Nov-2007 17:58 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
10. bassem wadieأما الكويت فالايجار نص الراتب او يمكن 75% بدون مبالغة يا ريت تفتحوا الباب للإستفتاء عن الكويت
Thu 15-Nov-2007 21:05 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment

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