|INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
playing hosts to foreigners. The tradition continues and today visitors quickly discover that the Bahrainis are a generous,
open, and gregarious people, with a warm welcoming for foreigners. Though Arabic is the official language English is
widely spoken and is all you need for day to day living.
Bahrain offers a lifestyle that is cosmopolitan, safe, relaxed, and unsurpassed in the Arabian Gulf. From Villas in garden
compounds and Apartments, with new developments such as the Amwaj Islands, the choices are wide and varied. The
price of acceptable western style apartment accommodation ranges from approx. BD 600 per month.
There is a wide variety of goods available in the local shops comparable to that which you would find in the any modern
western city. There is a large choice of supermarkets which carry products from all over the world, most of the daily
consumables that you have at home can be found, though you may need to do a little searching. New shopping Malls are
being built on a regular basses and most of the High Street names from Europe and the UK are available, though the
prices can be a little higher.
Bahrain can be ideal for those who wish to raise families, for children Bahrain can be a magical Island, with the weather
ideal for outside activities for most of the year. If you do not have a private pool or one on a compound, there is a choice of
expatriate clubs which do. Apart from activities with the school there is very popular Football, Rugby,Cricket and Netball
practice on a weekly basses at the Rugby club, Horse riding at the Dilmun club, Yacht sailing at the sailing club, to name
a few. Bahrain is great for water sports with various clubs offering boat mooring, there are some idyllic sandbanks
around the island which are perfect to just escape too when boating. Other clubs include the British club in Adliya,the
Riffa Golf club and the Dilmun club. Most of the 5 star Hotels, such as the Gulf Hotel, also have private member family
clubs which will allow you to use there facilities.
Private Schools in Bahrain adhere to internationally accepted curricula including the British, American and the
International baccalaureate, with the graduates being accepted by western universities and colleges. The schools on the
island include the British School, Nadeen International school, St Christopher's, Asian, Indian, Japanese, French and
Bahrain School. In addition, for Catholic students, there is Sacred Heart and several mixed elementary schools. It is
advisable to register your children as soon as possible as with the tremendous growth Bahrain is experiencing they are
filling up quickly. This link will take you to a list of all the private schools registered in Bahrain; http://www.education.gov.
You are free to practice your religion in Bahrain with there being many Churches in Bahrain catering to most
denominations, Temples, and a Jewish synagogue.
The Medical facilities and care are comparable to Western standards with good government hospitals and a selection of
private hospitals to choose from. The Government is trying to make Bahrain the Gulf's Medical center with the Royal
Collage of surgeons opening a purpose built training center on the Island.
The Bahrain Dinar (BD) is linked to the US$ @ BD0.378 to $1. One dinar is made up of 1000 fils.
Bahrain has a wide variety of first class restaurants with food from around the world and for every budget.
Bahrain's weather changes during the year. From late June to early September the temperature is very high, and this can
be coupled with high humidity which can make it uncomfortable when outside. From October until May the climate is
moderate with some lovely temperatures, comparable to a European summer. In late December until February a jumper
can be required at night when outside, it also may rain.
Bahrain International Airport has worldwide connections, with the local airline, Gulf Air, flying to approx 50 destinations,
and the new Bahrain Air also expanding rapidly, finding flights to Bahrain is an easy process. The airport is also serviced
by other premium carriers. This makes getting off the Island for a few days easy, with endless options for exploring the
region and the world.
Driving in Bahrain is relatively safe and orderly when compared to some other Gulf and Middle Eastern countries. The
roads are not as crowded as neighbouring countries, though they are getting busier, and they are generally well
maintained. Finding your way around is easy, the road sign's are in English and Arabic and the directions are clear. The
driving is on the right, as in Europe, but if you have not driven in the middle east before, then I would suggest you take a
little extra care.
Petrol is very reasonable at 80 fils and 100 fils per liter for the two types that are available. You will also find that New
cars are cheaper than in Europe
Within the Gulf, Bahrain has become an entertainment centre with concerts, sporting and cultural events. Events include
performances by western pop acts, travelling ballet and opera troupes, Arab musical stars, plays performed by
international actors and exhibition sports matches. Those visiting Bahrain will find Bahrain Hotels to meet all budgets
and standards and the easy availability and afford ability of Bahrain Car Rental.
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