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Last updated: 6th March 2017


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Living in Dhaka   Living costs
Hotels   Rental accommodation
Healthcare   Schools
Workdays and business hours   Entertainment and recreation



Living in Dhaka

Expatriates living in Dhaka have found it to be an affordable, safe and comfortable place to live in, with a good range of expatriate housing readily available in centrally located apartments. Popular places to live in include Gulshan, Baridhara and Banani. Most expatriates live in these areas. A quality apartment rents for $700-$1,000/month. Luxury houses rent from $1,000-$1,500 (luxury units).

In several suburban areas, quiet and secluded housing are also available for rent. For those visiting Bangladesh, Dhaka offers several international standard hotels including the Dhaka Sheraton and the Sonargaon (a Pan-Pacific Hotel). These hotels provide deluxe accommodation, restaurants, health clubs and entertainment facilities. In addition there are a number of medium standard hotels and guest houses in Dhaka and Chittagong to accommodate the expatriates.


Living Costs

Daily living items Typical costs (Dhaka)
Rental of 2-3 bedroom unfurnished apartments US$ 500-800/month
Rental of 3-4 bedroom unfurnished apartments US$ 800-1,100/month
Domestic help/maid services  
Average wages for a full time living maid US$ 100-130/month
Electricity US$ 100-150/month
Gas US$ 10-15/month
Car rental prices
Low price cars (900-1299cc) US$ 10,000-12,000 excl. tax and duty
Compact cars (1300-1799cc) US$ 25,000-30,000 excl. tax and duty
Family cars (2500cc upwards) US$ 35,000-75,000 excl. tax and duty
Petrol & gas
Unleaded petrol US$ 1.12/liter (April 2011)
CNG US$ 0.40/cubic metre (April 2011)
Car operating expenses
Annual road tax US$ 73
Eating out (per person)  
Formal 3-course dinner at top restaurant US$ 40-80
Simple meal at coffee shop of a 5-Star hotel US$ 10-20


Rental Accommodation

Expatriates in Bangladesh have found it to be an affordable, safe and comfortable place, with acceptable expatriate housing readily available in centrally located apartments. Many expatriates live in the Dhaka areas of Gulshan, Baridhara, and Banani. A typical apartment will rent for $800-$1,200/month, houses for $1,200-$1,500 (luxury units).



Dhaka offers several 5 star hotels. They include the following:

Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel

Radisson Water Garden Hotel

The Westin Hotel

Seagull Hotel

Sheraton Hotel

Regency Hotel and Resort

Hotel Sarina



A range of private, international schools are also available in Dhaka city. American International School, which provides education of grades one to 12, is located near the high-class residential area of Gulshan in Dhaka. A Japanese school is located in the residential area of Baridhara in Dhaka. The school is managed by the Japanese Association in Bangladesh.

Following is a selection of schools and their website addresses:



Basic health care needs can be met at any of the country's hospitals or clinics, or by a foreign-trained registered physicians, engaged in various state owned and private hospitals and clinics. The majority of medical staff are are highly qualified, well experienced and educated in USA, UK, Japan, and other European countries.

Several of the hospitals, especially those situated in Dhaka are at par with the excellent hospitals that can be found in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Notable hospitals in Dhaka include:


Entertainment and Recreation

Dhaka city offers a wide variety of entertainment. Cultural shows, concerts, fashion show events, and international cuisine, all on par with international standards, are found every day of the week in the popular districts. Dhaka city offers a range of private clubs, the most popular ones being International Club, Dhaka Club, Gulshan Club and American Club.


Workdays and Business Hours

Bangladesh observes a Friday and Saturday weekend. Business hours are 9:00 - 17:00. Banks observe the same hours while industry has a 48-hour week.

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