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| Updated on Aug 30, 2016

Tips for Living in Bahrain

First time abroad living in Bahrain? Don’t panic. Bahrain is a very friendly country. There are many expats living there so locals are used to foreigners and are very welcoming.

Before you arrive in Bahrain: These are the documents required to enter Bahrain: -A passport valid for at least six months -At least 6 passport-sized photographs -A Visa -A marriage certificate (if applicable) -Birth Certificates for all family members -A health certificate to show you are in good health and free from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Tip to Apply for a Visa! The Bahraini government offers the possibility of obtaining a Visit eVisa online. Instead of having to go to the embassy you may apply online. It is very simple, all you have to do is fill out an online application and pay the visa fee online as well. You will be emailed your visa approval or rejection. Print out the copy of your approval and take it with you, although your passport should show your visa electronically when scanned. Apply in the following website.

My top 5 Tips for Living in Bahrain: 1-ID: Always have an ID with you. In Bahrain you are required to carry identification documents (passport or national identity card and appropriate entry and residence visas).

2-Rental Market: Expatriates cannot own land or property in Bahrain and therefore you will have no choice but to rent. You will find a wide range of apartments and villas available in urban and suburban areas. Don’t be surprised by modern architecture co-existing with traditional houses and ancient wind-towers. Due to oil Bahrain has grown a lot these past years. Most of the rented properties are unfurnished so keep this in mind. Since there is a lot of demand, renting in Bahrain is pretty straightforward and there are choices in all price bands. Prices can go from 1 bedroom apartment ($750-$1000) to 4-bedroom villa ($2250).

3-Healthcare: The quality of health care in Bahrain is generally high except for highly specialized treatment. For this kind of treatment usually people go other places.

4-Culture: Try to adapt to the customs and social behavior, you are the foreigner. Women must wear an abaya outside the home; the religious police will stop any woman who has her head uncovered and direct her to cover her hair immediately. The abaya is the traditional black overgarment, ankle length with long sleeves and a high neckline, and covers the hair. In a business setting, it is appropriate for women to wear conservative suits, in the form of dark-coloured trousers or skirts that fall below the knee.

5-Greetings: The most common greeting in the Gulf is Salam alaykum (Peace be upon you), the proper reply is Wa alaykum as-salam (and upon you be peace). Other common greetings and the accepted replies are:

Greeting Meaning Reply Ahlan wa sahlan Hello Ahlan bik Sabah al-khayr Good morning/afternoon Sabah an-nur Masa al-khayr Good evening Masa an-nur

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