The cost of living here is considerably lower than WA. For instance last night we decided to have a drumstick from the compound store. I was surprised that it only cost 2SR for 2 drumsticks which is about 50 cents AUD. It certainly is a great way to save money here. No wonder 83% of the people here are expats.
Below is some information from a great website which does comparisons of any country in the world on various stats such as pollution, prices, health…
http://www.numbeo.com It is a great site to do comparisons before venturing on holidays or relocating to another country.
I have done a comparison between Perth WA and Jeddah KSA. Look at the price of water!!!
Perth Jeddah Difference
Water (0.33 liter bottle)2.50 A$ 0.26 A$ -89.66 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.25 A$ 2.91 A$ -31.57 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)3.00 A$ 0.39 A$ -87.07 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)2.80 A$ 0.94 A$ -66.26 %
Eggs (12)4.99 A$ 2.33 A$ -53.38 %
Apples (1kg)4.00 A$ 1.68 A$ -58.00 %
Potato (1kg)2.50 A$ 0.97 A$ -61.22 %
Gasoline (1 liter)1.45 A$ 0.12 A$ -91.98 %
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 309.38 A$ 64.62 A$ -79.11 %
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)120.00 A$ 77.55 A$ -35.37 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,875.00 A$ 387.72 A$ -79.32 %
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,000.00 A$ 649.50 A$ -90.72 %
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,500.00 A$ 1,809.40 A$ -59.79 %