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5 Tips For Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh

By Joshua Wood

Summary: Expats in Dhaka, Bangladesh live in a developing nation, yet a city that is also home to a significant part of the nation's technology, industrial and financial base. Some of the sites are beautiful, yet the poverty is also difficult for some to see over an extended period of time.

Expats Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh - 5 Tips For Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Expats in Bangladesh that live in Dhaka reside in the capital city of the South Asian nation. The Dhaka economy is a significant engine of Bangladesh's economy as a whole, with technology, finance and pharmaceuticals all having a significant presence in the city.

Basics For Expats in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Expats should know Dhaka is a city undergoing massive changes, as urbanization is a significant factor and may be what is bringing them there in the first place. It's one of those cities where you will see gorgeous hotels or great restaurants set against a vacant lot or dilapidated one-story building.

Health Care in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Expats living in Bangladesh interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

The Urbanisation of Bangladesh is having a significant impact on the health care system.

Here are a few hospitals available in Dhaka:

Apollo Hospitals
Square Hospitals

There are many other hospitals in Bangladesh

Expats Moving to Dhaka - Where to Live

One expat in Dhaka reported in that expats moving there "live mostly in apartments." The expat also wrote that: "basically my company decided. All expats lived in Gulshan area so we went for same. Baridhara seemed nicer but it was more expensive too. Now they have started construction on high buildings everywhere in both Gulshan and Baridhara and it is quite tough to live in these areas. In a few years these areas will not be so called residential anymore. My company used an agent to see apartments."

Expat Culture Shock in Dhaka

An expat in Dhaka wrote in an expat culture shock report that the culture shock was "enormous." And wrote that some of the more challenging aspects of the culture included "much impatience, poor attempts at Westernization, greed, corruption, [and] lack of understanding about the need for personal space." Another expat agreed about the culture shock in Dhaka, writing that "it is significant."

Expats Should Be Prepared For What They Will See in Dhaka

Expats should be aware that the living conditions for people in Bangladesh is not easy to see day-in and day-out. One expat reported in a culture shock report that "My 4 years living in Bangladesh and traveling through the country itself has humbled me a lot. The country and its people are burdened with immense difficulties, which makes an average day living incredibly tough viewing from the expat's end."

Expat Women Should Dress Somewhat Conservatively

Expat women in Dhaka should know that some people in Bangladesh will not be accepting of exposing too much skin. One expat reported: "Finally ladies to dress conservatively. There are extremist-thinking people who may find exposure of too much skin not acceptable. Generally the country feels secular though I must say."

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood joined Expat Exchange in 2000. His areas of responsibility include creative aspects of the community, research, sales and business development. Joshua received his Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in English Textual Studies.

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Comments about this Article

Feb 15, 2016 11:30

Very Good article. Obviously I need to do more research if I intend to move here . I've lived in some very difficult countries, but Dakar sounds like a real inconvenience.

Feb 27, 2017 06:18

I too am living in Dhaka. It is a fast city well with most of the places over crowded and moving I definitely feel its pace to be very fast. The economy of the country depends on agriculture and the industrial sector with very few big industries located in Bangladesh the economical conditions has improved over the past few years. I am a working woman in Bangladesh and commuting had never been easy. Tata Motors Company cars are very popular here and it became easy for me to buy car in Dhaka with its easy down payment and EMI systems.

Jul 25, 2017 02:42

Thank you. You have summarised very nicely on how to live in Dhaka. Travelling is a very serious issue on the roads of Dhaka, so a Tata car is perfect for the roads of Bangladesh. It is very important to choose the right car that is even fuel economical. Tata Indigo eCS is the best fuel efficient car with a lot of space in the backseat.

First Published: Feb 03, 2016

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