The cost of capital city living is soaring, even in less developed countries, as high demand outweighs supply. In fact, according to Mercer’s 2015 Cost of Living survey, Angola’s capital remains the most expensive city of expatriates in the world.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

According to Mercer’s report, Jeddah is the least expensive city for expatriates in the Middle East. As the Kingdom’s second largest city, Jeddah is an important commercial hub, making it an attractive choice for those looking to escape the capital, while retaining the comforts of urban living.  With an abundance of shopping districts, restaurants, traditional souqs and even beaches across the city, Jeddah offers the ultimate cultural experience.

Well connected? Jeddah is home to the biggest airport in the Kingdom – the King Abdul Aziz International Airport – with regular flights to international destinations around the world. Taxis are affordable in Jeddah, with higher-end ‘Limousines’ available for those looking to travel around the city in comfort. While boats are not necessarily the best means of transport, you can enjoy stunning views of the Red Sea.


Tangerang, Indonesia

As the third largest urban center in the Jabotabek region, following Jakarta and Bekasi, Tangerang has a lot to offer its residents. Home to a number of international corporations, there are plenty of employment opportunities to be found. The city’s proximity to the capital makes it a haven for those looking to commute into Jakarta for work. Tangerang offers a number of mixed-use developments, including shopping malls,

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Well connected? The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is located in Tangerang, acting as the main airport serving Indonesia’s capital. Two highways connect Tangerang with Jakarta, with public and private shuttle busses regularly making the journey between the two cities.


Medellín, Colombia

Recently named as one of the best cities to live in South America, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia and one of the country’s economic and cultural centers. The city has undergone a drastic urban transformation over the past 20 years, with the evolution of public amenities including schools, museums and over 30 universities, as well as the development of the city’s public transportation system.

Well connected? Medellín is surrounded by eight smaller towns; with frequent international and domestic flights available from Medellín’s domestic and international airports, there is plenty of opportunity for weekend trips to explore the surrounding areas. The city is also home to the Medellín Metro urban train – the only metro system currently in Colombia.