Global Living 2019

Welcome to the fifth edition of our Global Living report, where we examine the housing markets in 35 global cities. They include the most exciting cities in the world, from emerging technology-driven powerhouses like Shenzhen and Bangkok and more traditional capital cities such as Rome and Lisbon, to rapidly evolving modern urban centres like Dubai and Johannesburg. How have they all performed over the last year?

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities.
Spain’s second city offers a heady mix of cultural, culinary and architectural attractions.
Beijing is China's political centre and is a modern city of contrasts.
The UK’s second largest city, Birmingham, is the business centre of the UK’s West Midlands area.
Cape Town
Cape Town is known for the beauty of its countryside and increasingly renowned for its culture.
Chicago is a city characterised by its steel-framed high-rise buildings and plentiful green spaces.
One of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai is synonymous with luxury and business.
Dublin has a reputation for being one of the most hospitable cities in the world.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's economic centre and a key tourist destination.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a dynamic international city with a mixture of Chinese and Western cultures.
Home to centuries old landmarks Istanbul is very much a 21st century international business centre.
Jeddah is the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia and is on the coast of the Red Sea.
Johannesburg is the economic, financial and cultural heart of South Africa.
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur is also the country’s cultural, financial, and economic centre.
One of Europe’s oldest cities, Lisbon maintains an historic 18th century architecture.
London is home to internationally renowned universities, and fast-growing technology sectors.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles is home to Hollywood and has a mixture of neighbourhoods.
Madrid is Europe’s third largest city and the financial centre of Southern Europe.
Manchester is the city centre of the metropolitan urban county of Greater Manchester.
Melbourne has seen the greatest increase in population of any Australian city over the past decade.
As well as being an important business and cultural hub, it is a hugely popular tourist destination.
Known as the fashion and design capital of Europe, Milan is Italy’s business centre.
Known as the city of a hundred steeples, Montreal is renowned for its churches.
Russia's business centre, Moscow is home to World Heritage Sites such as Red Square.
New York
New York City, the financial, business, sporting, entertainment and fashion centre of the USA.
Paris is the capital city of France and also its leading political and business centre.
Riyadh is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the MENA region.
One of Europe’s oldest cities, Rome is many centuries old and the capital city of modern Italy.
Shanghai is a global financial centre and the largest city in China.
Shenzhen borders Hong Kong, placing it in a unique trading position.
Singapore is a leading global financial centre in South Eastern Asia.
Australia’s most densely populated city, Sydney is home to the iconic Opera House
Toronto is Canada’s largest city by population and a centre for business, finance, arts and culture.
The most densely populated city in Canada, Vancouver tends to build upwards.