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Dubai VS Istanbul – Best Place to Live?

Dubai VS Istanbul

With the ever-growing trend of immigration, the Dubai VS Istanbul question comes up quite often. Which is the better option economically? In light of the cost of living and quality of life, should you move to Dubai or

Below are few studies recorded by independent sources to make sense of it all in comparison.

Turkey is famous for medical tourism in the European region. Not only that the health care is really affordable with state of art facilities. In comparison to Dubai, it charged at a fraction of the cost. Most people in Turkey have state-run health insurance and medical treatment is free for those at public hospitals. While the private hospitals might be slightly expensive as compared to the public but the state of art technology is as good as other developed countries of the world. Which are still way cheaper than medical care in Dubai.

Average Preschool ( daycare) is 41% cheaper in Turkey as compared to Dubai. While the international Primary schools are 19% cheaper. In Dubai, International education costs you an arm and leg which makes it very hard for an expat with a family to sustain.

Groceries are no different in cost-effective comparison. Just to give a feeler, a meal at a mid-range restaurant in Istanbul is 36% cheaper than Dubai. While a meal at Mcdonald’s is 49% cheaper. A can of coke is 22% cheaper. One liter of milk is 48% cheaper in Istanbul while a loaf of fresh bread is 60% cheaper.  As Turkish people are heavy smokers, Cigarettes are 58% cheaper here whereas an imported beer is 42% cheaper. On the whole, groceries and household is much cheaper. If you even take utilities into account, Turkey is still cheaper in electricity charges and internet connectivity.

Transportation is much cheaper in Turkey. Be it public transport, taxis or monthly transport passes. Though oil and imported cars are a little expensive as compared to Dubai. But the local transport system is so well connected that the people in Istanbul do not use their cars and its more time efficient and affordable to use Metro trains and busses. A regular monthly transport pass is 43% cheaper while the Taxi is 13% cheaper.

Dubai is considered one of the most expensive places for rental properties. Turkish properties not only are cheaper for buying but also for renting them out. A one bedroom apartment in Istanbul city center cost avg 1200 TL, which is about 78% cheaper than Dubai. Whereas in the same amount you can get a 2-3 bedroom apartment in the outskirts of suburbs. Even the property prices for buying are 50-60 % cheaper than Dubai. Depending on the location.

Best Place to Live?

In light of the numbers and comparisons given, what do you think? when doing a comparison of Dubai VS Istanbul, It is proven that not only the cost of living is cheaper than in Dubai, but the overall quality of life is much better in Turkey.  More than the cost of living, Turkey offers many diverse opportunities for individuals, families and business people.

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