Helpxpat has signed two major contract with telecommunication industry and energy provider to provide the relocation support for their employees. We are constantly expanding within the Middle East to ensure that our client needs are well taken care of.Our Helpxpat consultant provides you with lots of useful information on visas, transportation, accommodation, Schools, visas and health and safety in Bahrain, and much more.
Relocating to Bahrain
So you’re moving to Bahrain? While you will certainly face a few challenges, with the right preparation your move will go a lot smoother than you may expect!
- Known for its oil industry, falling prices have seen Bahrain re-focus on the service and tourism sectors, and take steps to limit the number of expats in an attempt to curb local youth unemployment.
- Almost all visitors, whether for tourism or business, will need a visa. Recent improvements to the system mean many nationalities can now apply for an eVisa online.
- Capital city, Manama, is an expat hub, and the country’s largest city. Well-connected and home to many multinationals, it’s the financial heart of Bahrain.
- The aftermath of the Arab Spring continues to impact day-to-day life with trials of key protesters ongoing. Expats are advised to exercise caution in public places, follow the news, and adhere to any government security measures.
- Taking prescription medication to Bahrain can be difficult. For sleeping pills or anti-depressant drugs, you’ll need advance permission from the Ministry of Health, and to carry your prescription.
Bahrain once prided itself on being the most liberal country in the Persian Gulf region. While this may be true to some extent, your move to Bahrain will still require you to make some major adjustments. From the culture to the climate, for most expats Bahrain will be a big change from their previous home! If you’re ready to take on the challenge, this is what you need to know
Its history as a trading nation and former British colony means that expats from all corners of the world have been moving to Bahrain for centuries. However, growing youth unemployment combined with a large expat population has led to tougher measures being proposed to limit jobs and increase taxation for expats.
Though the oil industry still drives many expats to Bahrain, limited reserves have encouraged a shift towards petroleum-processing and oil-refining based on crude oil imports. Bahrain has also developed a reputation as one of the financial hubs of the Middle East, having replaced Beirut during the 1970s. While this initially opened up new opportunities in the financial services industries and attracted new business to Bahrain, the country’s commercial reputation has suffered since the Bahraini uprising started in 2011.
Manama: Financial Hub and Home Away from Home
Most expats moving to Bahrain make their home in Manama, the nation’s capital, situated in the north of the main island. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of approximately 157,000 people, making it the country’s largest city. Home to over 200 financial institutions as well as the International Islamic Financial Market and International Islamic Ratings Agency (IIRA), the capital earns its reputation as the Persian Gulf’s financial hub.
Several multinational companies run operations in or from Manama, and are major employers for expats in Bahrain. As the nation’s capital, Manama is not only the home of the national government offices but also accommodates all foreign diplomatic staff stationed in the country. High living standards, a multi-cultural environment, and a good transportation network are among the benefits of living in Manama.
Home finding in Bahrain with Helpxpat
Searching for a new property can be stressful, time-consuming and very frustrating, often requiring that you view numerous properties that don’t meet your requirements. We will save your time by assuring all properties closely suit your needs and reporting back to you with an itinerary. Our consultants have considerable market knowledge and negotiation skills. This enables them to find the most appropriate home for the employee for their budget and lifestyle and to negotiate the best possible lease terms – saving the client and the employee time, financial liability and stress.
Furnished vs Semi Furnished
Villas are generally let on a semi furnished basis. This usually includes fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, oven and hob, air conditioning and curtains . Apartments are generally let on a fully furnished basis. There are obviously one or two exceptions to these rules.
Vat, Tax and Utilities
For fully furnished properties, the rent usually includes the municipality tax, electricity, water, satellite television Internet, and in the case of apartments, most also offer weekly housekeeping.
For semi-furnished properties, the rent is usually exclusive of municipality tax (10% of the monthly rental) and utility bills. With the latest electricity rates for expats, we recommend you budget 10% of the monthly rent to cover these utility bills. Bahrain is set to become the third Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to implement the unified agreement on Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. Bahrain’s parliament has approved the introduction of 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) in the kingdom from January 1 2019.
Lease agreements in Bahrain are usually for a term of one year with option to renew
There will be a ‘Diplomatic Clause’ included in the lease, in case you are required to leave the island you may give one month’s notice at any time, with relevant paperwork.
The lease usually starts within 3-4 weeks of signing an agreement. The tenant is usually required to pay 3 months rent in advance and after that payments can be made monthly or quarterly in advance.
Some landlords may require a one month security deposit, which is refundable at the end of the tenancy.The required notice period is one month in writing.
In Bahrain normally, the agents commission is paid by the landlord. We ask that you choose one agent and work only with them.
The supply of all services, such as internet and satellite tv, can take between 2-10 working days. You will require your CPR (Bahrain ID card) card in order to arrange these.
Municipality tax and utilities
If this is the tenant’s responsibility, you can register your account with the Ministry of Electricity and Water on production of a signed leased agreement and your CPR card (Bahrain ID card)
Telephone, internet and satellite tv
There are a wide range of service providers in Bahrain and we can provide you with details of these.
Maintenance and Repairs
When you move into the property you will be provided with a contact number for maintenance or repairs.
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