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Small Nation, Big Lifestyle

Economy and Development

The island of Bahrain is renowned by the welcoming hearts of its population, a rich cultural and historical heritage, its economic diversity and endless opportunities. Lifestyle options are many and varied, and it is well-known as one of the most forward-thinking and liberal country in the Middle East, as well as the natural gateway to the Gulf due to its strategic location, with a particularly favourable access to Saudi Arabia1, receiving almost 5 million visitors to its shores each year2

Bahrain is not just friendly, it has been ranked as the 1st destination in MENA for personal happiness3 and 7th best destination globally for expats to work, live, and raise a family in 2019 by the InterNations Expat Survey3. In the 2019 Expat Explorer survey from HSBC, Bahrain is ranked 5th in the world for Quality of Life and 1st for expatriates being able to reach their potential goals3. With a government who actively support the development of youth and education, and who are investing in making the Kingdom an educational hub, it is the perfect location in the region for your University studies. 

After their studies, Bahrainis join the workforce with both an exceptional array of skills and extremely high levels of motivation, achieving the 2019 World Bank’s highest scores in MENA for human capital development. The World Bank also recognises Bahrain’s initiatives in creating an enabling and innovative ecosystem, which allows businesses to thrive, achieving the distinction of the 4th most improved economy in 2019.

Leisure & Lifestyle

Financially, Bahrain is a great choice for the student on a budget, as compared to its GCC neighbors, the 2019 InterNations Expat Survey shows Bahrain is 1st in MENA for cost of living and 2nd for personal finance, job security and job satisfaction3. Great short-term accommodation can be found near the AUBH Campus for a very reasonable price, and eating out is something everyone on the island enjoys on a range of budgets.

Whether you are a thrill-seeker, nature-lover or foodie, you will not be disappointed by the island’s leisure scene, which is encouraged by young locals with an entrepreneurial streak, offering many home-grown brands and outlets. Outdoor spaces have seen a boom in the last few years, with many parks, man-made beaches and walking tracks popping up around the island to encourage everyone to get active.


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Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, 2018,

3EDB, Bahrain. “Exceptional Lifestyle.” Invest in Bahrain, Bahrain EDB, 2020,