A high quality of life
Bahrain is not just business friendly—friendliness is perhaps our defining national characteristic. Bahrainis are warm and welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed, cosmopolitan and outward-looking. We’ve been ranked as the 7th best destination globally for expats to work, live, and raise a family in 2019 InterNations Expat Survey, and first in MENA for personal happiness.
Love the life here
Bahrain ranked number one in MENA for the third year running in the 2019 InterNations Expat Survey, with particularly high scores across ‘ease of settling in’, ‘feeling at home’, and ‘cost of living’, and 2nd globally as the easiest place to settle in. Bahrain also placed 1st globally in the HSBC’s 2019 Expat Explorer Survey for work/life balance and reaching potential.
A welcoming and tolerant society
Bahrain’s 4,000+ year old history as a commercial crossroads has created a legacy of diversity and acceptance. Bahrain boasts a multi-faith society that sees Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques sitting side-by-side for years. Based on the 2019 InterNations Expat Survey, more than double the global average of expats think it’s not at all difficult to settle down in Bahrain and well over double the global average say it is very easy to make local friends here.
Our rich cultural heritage
Bahrain’s history and culture stretch back millennia, so we have accumulated a powerful legacy of archeological and historic treasures, which include three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Bahrain Fort, the Pearling Trail and the Dilmun Burial Mounds. Visitors can also enjoy modern Arab culture with a wealth of art, dining and lifestyle experiences such as the Spring of Culture and the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Competitive costs of living
The 2019 InterNations Expat Survey shows Bahrain is 1st in MENA for cost of living and 2nd for personal finance, job security and job satisfaction. Surveys conducted by HSBC alsow show that Bahrain ranks 5th globally in disposable income for expats.
Easy and liberal visa policies
Employees and visitors can enter Bahrain easily, thanks to our supportive visa policies: Bahrain offers a one-month visa upon arrival to nationals of 69 countries, with the ability to renew for an additional three months. Bahrain has also extended its eVisa eligibility to 116 countries.
Quotes from InterNations and HSBC Expat Surveys 2019
“Bahrain amongst the GCC, is the best place for an expat to live. A home away from home.”
“Enjoy the friendliness and hospitality of the Bahraini people!”