Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain. Manama is the focal point of the Bahraini economy. Several multinationals have facilities and offices in and around Manama. The economic base for Manama itself is financial services, with over two hundred financial institutions and banks based in the CBD and the Diplomatic Area. Bahrain is in the Middle East, it is an archipelago in the Arabian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia. The climate is arid and mild with pleasant winters and very hot, humid summers. The official language is Arabic. Meetings with foreigners are usually conducted in English as most Bahrainis can speak the language. Some knowledge of Arabic is always appreciated, some sections of the non-Bahraini population also speak Persian (Farsi) and Urdu. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Bahrain is largely based on petroleum and natural gas, the only significant natural resources in Bahrain, which provide about 60% of budget revenues. Bahrain was the first Persian Gulf state to discover crude oil. Because of limited reserves, Bahrain has worked to diversify its economy over the past decade. Bahrain is conservative and traditional, but tolerant of other cultures. Conservative, modest dress is expected and displays of affection in public places is not acceptable. Although available, consumption of alcohol and pork products is illegal for Muslims and is highly regulated. During the holy month of Ramadan, although expatriates are not expected to fast, they are expected to avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public. Business meetings are formal and business suits are appropriate for expatriates. Bahrainis wear either a suit or a traditional ankle-length robe. Businesswomen can travel alone on business to Bahrain. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The security risk for expatriates in Bahrain is medium. Risks include those related to protests, demonstrations and terrorism. Bahrain is relatively liberal, compared with neighbouring countries, however expatriates should be cautious not to offend Muslim sensibilities. The currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD), fixed to the US dollar. Medical facilities are good however costs of treatment can be high. The population of Manama is 411,000 (Urban) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.2% for Bahrain as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Bahrain is based on the current personal income tax rate which is 0% as there is no personal income tax. However employees contribute to Social Insurance.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Manama is as follows: Manama as at 1 October 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1410 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$890 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$272 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$27300 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2300 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$690 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$560 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$3000 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$540 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$280 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$445 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$810 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$650 Manama is 6.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 40.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 10.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Manama for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Manama) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Manama is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Manama? Register subscribe to your home location and Manama and run your personalised reports.