Standard of living in Bahrain

Living in Bahrain is an exceptional way of life

Bahrain has been recognised as the happiest country in the Arab world based on the World Happiness Report 2021 published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

High quality of life!

Life in Bahrain is not just business-friendly - friendliness is a defining national trait of Bahrainis. They are warm and welcoming people and the atmosphere is relaxed, cosmopolitan and open. According to the InterNations Expat Insider Survey 2021, Bahrain ranked 1st in the MENA region for work & leisure as well as ease of settling in .

Love living here!

Globally, living in Bahrain is ranked 5th in the 2021 InterNations Expat Insider Survey as the easiest place to settle and 8th in the 2021 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey.

A welcoming and tolerant society

Bahrain's more than 4,000-year history as a commercial crossroads has left a legacy of diversity and acceptance. Life in Bahrain boasts a multi-faith society where Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques have stood side by side for years. According to InterNations' 2021 Expat Insider Survey, Bahrain ranks 1st in the MENA region for feeling "at home", making friends and personal happiness.

Rich cultural heritage

With Bahrain's history and culture spanning thousands of years, we have accumulated a strong heritage of archaeological and historical treasures, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Bahrain Fort, the Pearl Trail and the Dilmun Mounds. Visitors can also enjoy modern Arabian culture with a host of artworks, restaurants and events such as Culture Spring and the Gulf Air Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.

Competitive cost of living in Bahrain

The InterNations Expat survey for 2021 shows that Bahrain ranks 1st in MENA for personal finance. In addition, living in Bahrain is ranked as the 1st most cost-effective city in the world for medium and small cities based on FDI Intelligence's Global Cities of the Future 2020/2021 ranking.

Simple and liberal visa policy

Employees and visitors can enter Bahrain easily thanks to a favourable visa policy: Bahrain offers a one-month visa on arrival for nationals of 67 countries, renewable for a further three months. Bahrain has also extended e-visa eligibility to 114 countries.

Quotes from the InterNations Expat Insider Survey 2021.

"People, locals and expats, are some of the highlights of life in Bahrain."

"Bahrain offers equal opportunities to everyone who wants to succeed and progress in any area of life or work. It is a place where everyone can try their luck."