Bahrain is made up from 33 islands situated in the Persian Gulf, just off the Saudi Arabian east coast and there is a 15 mile long causeway which links it to the mainland. Plans are in place for a similar causeway to link it to Qatar. Some of the islands are reclaiming land from the shallow waters surrounding them and some of the islands are man-made.
The capital is Manama and boasts both ultra modern and traditional quarters. The skyline of the capital is very similar to Manhattan. Just outside Manama there is Bilad al-Bahrain which is the ancient capital and dates back over 1000 years. Bahrain also boasts a number of sandy beaches and visitors can also take advantage of the many boat trips which run between the different islands as well as indulging in shopping trips and water sports.
The time zone is GMT +3 and the population of the country is less than three quarters of a million people with just over 150,000 of these living in the capital. The currency is the dinar. A dinar is worth approximately 50 British pence and around 35 US cents.
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Banking system in Bahrain
In order to open a bank account in Bahrain, you must have the relevant residency visa in place otherwise you will not be considered.
Healthcare and Medical Treatment
There are three private hospitals which offer a full range of medical services and four government run hospitals.
Renting Property in Bahrain
Expats moving to Bahrain will have no choice but to rent property, as there are many restrictions on foreign nationals buying property.
Driving and Public Transport
Getting around in Bahrain is fairly easy. It is not necessary to own a car as public transport is reasonably good.