World's most expensive cities: Dubai barely in Top 200

For UAE residents complaining about the rising cost of living, here's some news. Dubai is not among the Top 100 or even the Top 150 most expensive cities in the world.

In fact, while Dubai ranks at #190 among the world's most expensive cities as ranked by the latest 2017 Numbeo Cost of Living Index, Abu Dhabi (#252) and Sharjah (#273) are stacked in the bottom half of the 484 cities ranked by the index.

Regional Top 10 Most Expensive Cities

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ad Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Doha, Qatar

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Beirut, Lebanon

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Amman, Jordan

Irbil, Iraq

Manama, Bahrain

Source: Numbeo

Numbeo is a global database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, and the index calculates the ranking based on a range of costs, including rentals, groceries, travel, eating out and clothing, etc.

A quick look at the rankings of some of the other global expat hotspots will clear the air a bit more: The three UAE cities are much more affordable than, say, New York (#16) and San Francisco (#18) in the US, Kuwait City (#24) in Kuwait, Tokyo (#26) in Japan, Sydney (#41) and Perth (#42) in Australia, London (#68) in UK, Hong Kong (#86) and Doha (#222) in Qatar.

Dubai's rankings as an affordable city are impacted by higher rental values, with the emirate ranked as the #11 most expensive on the rent index, which forms a part of the overall calculations.

Regional Top 10 Most Expensive Cities

Hamilton, Bermuda

Geneva, Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zug, Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland

Stavanger, Norway

Trondheim, Norway

Globally, Hamilton in Bermuda is officially the most expensive city, followed by seven cities in Switzerland that occupy slots from the second to the eighth most expensive city in the world. Norway's Stavanger and Trondheim round up the Global Top 10.