Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi has been ranked among the top 10 least expensive cities in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Worldwide Cost of Living 2022 report.
It has ranked Damascus (Syria) and Tripoli (Libya) as the cheapest cities while Karachi stood at the sixth place on the index.
Iran’s capital Tehran is the third least expensive city followed by Tunis and Taskent at fourth and fifth spots.
Kazakhstan’s Almaty and two Indian cities -- Ahmedabad and Chennai -- have been ranked seventh, eighth and ninth while Algiers is the tenth least expensive city in the world.
Damascus is the capital of war-ravaged Syria which is suffering from deteriorating economy.
Tripoli is the capital and largest city of Libya, with a population of about 1.1 million people. It has been ranked second in terms of living expenses.
Tehran is the capital of Iran, in the north of the country. According to 2016 estimate, his population is nearly nine million.
Tunis is the capital and largest city of Tunisia, a country in North Africa. Its population is less than one millions and has been ranked fifth cheapest city in the world.
Karachi is the most populous city in Pakistan and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of over 20 million. It has been ranked sixth least expensive city.
Meanwhile, New York tops the rankings for the first time, tying with frequent leader Singapore, which is back in pole position for the eighth time in ten years. Together the two have bumped Tel Aviv (Israel; top last year) down into third place, EIU said in a statement.
Hong Kong and Los Angeles has been ranked at fourth spot.
New York is the most populous city in the United States with its population stands at 8.46 million. Constant increase in house rents, and living expenses has made it the most expensive city.
Singapore is a city-state with population of more than six million. It has the world's highest transport prices, owing to strict government controls on car numbers.
It is a city of Israel, which is not recognised by Pakistan due to Palestine issue. The appreciating Israeli currency new shekel against the U.S. dollar has made local costs more expensive.
Hong Kong has been ranked fourth as the most expensive city to live in due to rising prices of various items.
EIU said that the cost living survey has seen prices shoot up by 8.1% year on year on average in 172 major cities worldwide.
The war in Ukraine and continuing supply-chain problems have contributed to price rises, affecting production and trade across the world.
Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.
On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Karachi||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Quetta||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Attock||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Multan||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,600||PKR 2,675|