Living Costs in Bahrain

Living Costs

The costs of living in Bahrain is relatively low, with basic costs such as utilities charges being the most affordable in the MENA region1. We continue to be the GCC’s location of choice, among both expatriates and nationals. Not only do we offer the highest quality of life; people who live here are among the most content.

HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey 20142, which describes the opportunities and challenges that expatriates face away from home, places Bahrain 5th in the world (behind Switzerland, Singapore, China and Germany).
 
In the detailed findings, Bahrain was globally considered:
• 2nd for ‘expatriate experience’ – overall quality of life
• 9th for ‘raising children abroad’ – childcare and education
• 11th for ‘expatriate expenses’ – everyday costs and disposable income
 
Note: Cost of living index %, Manama = 100%
 



1Economic Intelligence Unit, March 2014

2HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey 2014 - View