Very few will be surprised with this news from consultancy firm Mercer:

Abu Dhabi lost its lead as the Middle Eastern city with the highest cost of living to Beirut, while Dubai fell back 12 places in the global ranking, the Worldwide Cost of Living 2012, which was published by consultancy firm Mercer, on Tuesday.

Beirut […] moved up by 8 notches to land on number 67 in the global Mercer ranking. Mostly due to pressure on real estate prices and rents, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital was replaced by Beirut as the most costly metropolis regionally.

 

Corniche by Fiona Bradley -- via flickr

Corniche by Fiona Bradley — via flickr