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the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a borderless island country in the Persian Gulf
and is the smallest Arab nation. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected
to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway (officially opened on November 25,
1986), and Qatar is to the south across the Persian Gulf. The Qatar–Bahrain
Friendship Bridge currently being planned will link Bahrain to Qatar as
the longest fixed link in the world.
|Bahrain is one of the most
popular tourist destinations in the Middle East with over two million tourists
a year. Most of the visitors are from the Arab, Persian Gulf states but
there is an increasing number of tourists from outside the region thanks
to a growing awareness of the Kingdom’s rich heritage and its higher profile
with regards to the Bahrain Formula One Race Track. The Lonely Planet
describes Bahrain as "an excellent introduction to the Persian Gulf" because
of its authentic Arab heritage and reputation as relatively liberal and
modern. The Kingdom combines authentic Arab culture, contemporary Gulf
glitz and the archaeological legacy of five thousand years of civilisation.
The ancient civilisation of Dilmun, which dominated trade between Mesopotamia
and the Indus Valley Civilization, was centred in Bahrain.
The inhabitants of
Dilmun left behind settlements and temples and tens of thousands of burial
mounds which dot the landscape. Dilmun prospered because it had fresh
water, and it is this resource which has meant that Bahrain has long fought
over by regional powers in a predominantly arid region. As a result, the
island is home to many castles including the impressive Qalat Al Bahrain
which was recently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Bahrain
National Museum has a wide-varied collection of artifacts from the Kingdom's
history dating back to the island's first human inhabitation 9000 years
|Travel Reading on Bahrain:
in Bahrain by Rhiannon Williamson
The Kingdom of Bahrain basks
in the warm, clear and calm waters of the Persian Gulf and is an incredibly
prosperous and multi cultural country becoming increasingly popular with
professional expatriates seeking well paying employment in a low taxation
country where the standard of living in Bahrain is incredibly high and
the local people are liberal and tolerant towards other cultures.
|Bahrain manages to maintain
a relatively neutral foreign policy and because of its general liberalism
it's a great place for Western expatriates to experience a totally new
life abroad. These facts mean that the number of international citizens
living in Bahrain has increased substantially in recent years and directly
contributed to the fact that Bahrain now has the fastest growing economy
in the Arab world.
For anyone considering living
in Bahrain this article is an introduction to the country, the entry requirements
and to living and working in Bahrain.
Citizens of all nations other
than Gulf Cooperation Council countries require a visa to enter Bahrain
with the majority of those moving to live in the Kingdom being sponsored
for their visa by their employer.
The range of visas available
is vast with much depending on whether the applicant has a job offer, is
a spouse or dependent of an employed person in Bahrain, the country the
individual heralds from etc., and therefore those considering travelling
to Bahrain should initially contact their nearest Bahraini embassy or visit
the Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Interior website to find out which
visa they should apply for and how to go about the application process.
|The capital city of the
Kingdom of Bahrain is Manama and most expatriates
live in and around the capital and work in one of the Kingdom's main industries
which are petroleum production and processing, IT, telecommunications,
hospitality, medicine or banking. As a result of the popularity of the
location, property for sale and rent in Manama is offered at a premium
and those moving to work in Bahrain on a firm job offer should try and
negotiate some money towards their housing as part of their overall remuneration
Unlike in some other Arab
nations foreigners are permitted to own property in Bahrain and because
the economy of the nation is so strong many see investment into property
in Bahrain as a solid move to make.
However for those keen on
living in Bahrain the first step to take is to secure a job offer and then
to rent housing while settling into the Kingdom and ensuring it is right
for them before committing to the purchase of immovable property assets
that can be slow to liquidate should the individual in question decide
to leave the Kingdom.
Finally it's worth noting
that the standard of living enjoyed by westerners living in Bahrain is
incredibly high. As stated Bahrain is a prosperous country and one offering
residents and visitors alike a cosmopolitan destination with exciting nightlife
and incredible shopping! Hence it is of no surprise whatsoever that the
number of international expatriates moving to the Kingdom ever year is
on the increase.
|About the Author: Rhiannon Williamson writes guides and
articles about planning a new life in Asia and the Arabic World on her
visit the site for further specialist advice about working, education and
living in Bahrain.
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Safir Hotel and Apartments, Manama
Al Safir Tower, adjacent
to the Hotel, offers both lodging and leisure, equipping residential apartments
with hotel facilities. The Tower boasts 71 sumptuous hotel apartments,
comprising 22 studios, 28 two-bedroom apartments (with an option to merge
the two to form a three-bedroom accommodation), 16 executive apartments,
four VIP suites and one imperial suite. Each of the hotel and tower residences
boasts vibrant décor, combining luxurious furnishings with innovative
technology to radiate contemporary elegance. Come, make your occasion special
at Al Safir Hotel & Tower in Manama in Bahrain with our warm welcome.
Western Juffair Hotel, Manama, Bahrain
A 4-star boutique hotel
with spacious rooms offering free in-room amenities like: Internet access,
coffee/tea maker, mineral water bottles, and newspaper. A gym, rooftop
swimming pool, free iron and iron board in every room are added advantages.
The Bet Western Juffair Hotel sets new standards in hospitality offering
five excellent gourmet outlets for dining and entertainment right at your
fingertips, including the Wranglers - the hippest hangout in town.
Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel and Spa, Manama
A hotel with a truly unique
elegance. It's the only hotel on the island to own a private beach, lagoon,
island, Marina and Spa facilities. This is the most exclusive hotel in
Bahrain. The modern building is surrounded of gardens. At the back of the
building is the landscaped pool and the white sandy beach. The whole area
is extremely attractive and exclusive. Lobby: An extremely impressive large
foyer welcomes the visitor into the comfortable luxury of the hotel. The
exposed glass lifts on a backdrop of black marble look over one of the
most stunning lobbies in the whole of the Middle East.
Gulf Hotel, Manama
Gulf Hotel a landmark in
Manama stands tall in the commercial district of Adliya. It is in the city
centre and only 15 minutes away from Bahrain International Airport. Just
3 minutes drive to the NSA US base and walking distance to the shopping
area. It overlooks the grand mosque and the enchanting guest palace. It
is one of the best loactions for corporate/business and leisure guests.