Bahrain ticks all boxes as an expat destination

Published:  7 Sep at 6 PM
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The tiny island-bound nation of Bahrain has won top position in a 2017 expat life survey.

Beating out strong competition from other favourite destinations such as Mexico and Taiwan, the island nation of Bahrain is now the Expat Insider survey’s top pick as an expat destination. Rated 19th in last year’s survey, Bahrain’s leap to number one in 2017 may come as somewhat of a surprise to many would-be expats looking to find new opportunities outside their home countries, but it’s obviously common knowledge for those who’ve already made the move.

Given the recent expat-related bad news emanating from Gulf State nations in general, Bahrain’s achievement is all the more surprising, especially as expats responding to the survey rated ease of settling in and feeling at home as excellent. Another important plus was that new arrivals were able to get by without struggling to learn the local lingo, and respondents seemed more than happy with their career progressions as well as their work-life balance.

Ratings in most sectors were high, although Bahrain’s economy only made 25th out of the 65 countries surveyed, but job security ratings at 18th demonstrated confidence in the nation’s progress as a whole. On living costs, the rating stayed the same as in last year’s survey at 29th, but personal finance ratings soared 13 places to 13th and a large majority of those surveyed said they were happy with their financial situation.

Family life scored well, climbing from 34th place to 10th, and education rose from 22nd place to the sixth best of all the 65 countries. As regards the availability of childcare and international schooling, another impressive jump saw the sector at 11th place from 32nd last year. Importantly, most expats saw Bahrain as being politically stable, and most said their decision to move to the Gulf region was strongly influenced by the chance to improve their financial wellbeing.
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