Bahrain is ranked as the best place for expatriates to work and live in the Middle East, even as it dropped to the seventh place globally from being on top of the list last year in the InterNations Expat Insider survey.
With more than 20,000 respondents, it is one of the most extensive surveys about living and working abroad, sharing insights into expat life in 64 destinations.
In the InterNations survey, Bahrain finished first for ‘ease of settling in’, ‘quality of family life’ and ‘cost of living’, which is very favourable when compared to other countries.
Bahrain ranked second in ‘personal finance’, ‘working abroad’ and ‘quality of life’. The personal finance metric covers an individual’s financial situation and level of disposable income – indicating that expats in Bahrain are among the wealthiest in the region.
The working abroad criteria cover three areas – career prospects and satisfaction, work and leisure, and economy and job security, indicating that expats in Bahrain are comfortable, secure and have a strong work/life balance.
The InterNations Quality of Life Index tracks expats’ opinions towards their leisure options, their health and well-being, safety and security, and personal happiness.
With globally-recognised hotels, shopping malls and restaurants and an expanding entertainment choice, including the new ‘Dive Bahrain’ underwater theme park with a submerged Boeing 747, Bahrain is an emerging lifestyle destination.
New developments such as Bilaj Al Jazayer, one of the biggest beachfront developments in Bahrain’s history, are adding to the island’s attractions.