Mecca is the capital of Makkah province in Saudi Arabia. Mecca is regarded as the holiest city in Islam and a pilgrimage to it known as the Hajj is obligatory upon all able Muslims. Mecca's economy has been heavily dependent on the annual pilgrimage. Nevertheless, many industries have been set up in Mecca. Saudi Arabia is in the Middle East, bordering the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen. The climate is harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes. The official language is Arabic. Most Saudi business people and government officials have a reasonable knowledge of English. Expatriate Asian business people in Saudi Arabia invariably conduct business in English. The main religion is Islam. Saudi Arabia's economy is petroleum-based; roughly 75% of budget revenues and 90% of export earnings come from the oil industry. In Saudi Arabia, Muslim sensitivities must be respected, such as avoiding public displays of affection. Expatriate business dress comprises business suits for men and loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves, hemlines and conservative necklines for women. In public, women must cover their heads and wear long loose-fitting clothes that cover their arms and legs. Wearing an abaya – traditional dress for local women – can be the simplest method of dressing to avoid attracting attention. The security risk for expatriates in Saudi Arabia is medium. Risks include petty crime, the highly conservative Islamic society (particularly the religious police strict interpretation of Sharia law), and underlying security threats. Other risks include the extremely high rate of road traffic accidents. The currency of Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal (SAR). Medical facilities are of a high standard in major cities. Most towns have a health centre or basic hospital, however serious cases may require evacuation to hospitals in a major city. The population of Mecca is 1.7 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.8% for Saudi Arabia as at November 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Saudi Arabia is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Mecca, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Mecca as at 1 January 2019 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Very Low Mecca is for example -2.3% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 54.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -1.6% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Mecca for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Mecca) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Mecca is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Mecca? Register subscribe to your home location and Mecca and run your personalised reports.