Kingdom of Bahrain, constitutional monarchy an archipelago in the Persian Gulf
between the Qatar Peninsula and Saudi Arabia. The two main islands are Bahrain
(the largest) and Al Muharraq, which are linked to each other and Saudi Arabia
by causeway. The capital and chief port is Al Manamah. Flat and sandy, with a
few low hills, Bahrain has a hot, humid climate. The economy has been based on
oil, and oil revenues have financed modernization projects, particularly in
health and education. Oil reserves are expected to be exhausted in the near
future, however, and other industries such as shipyards and aluminum smelting
have been established. Bahrain is an important financial center and the site of
a major U.S. navy base. The majority of the populations are Muslim Arab
Bahrainis, but other Arabs and Iranians, Indians.
Bahrain is a major trading hub and financial centre in the Middle East and is
one of the UK's smallest export markets in the Gulf countries.
Strategically located in the Gulf with a causeway connection to Saudi Arabia
and the rest of the GCC, Bahrain is seen as a gateway to the Gulf, a market of
over 100 million people. Bahrain's diversity and openness continue to present
opportunities for exporters. It has the most diversified economy in the Gulf.
Working in Bahrain
The Kingdom of Bahrain basks in the warm, clear and calm waters of the Persian
Gulf and is an incredibly prosperous and multi cultural country becoming
increasingly popular with professional expatriates seeking well paying
employment in a low taxation country where the standard of living in Bahrain is
incredibly high and the local people are liberal and tolerant towards other
Currently, it is in a transitional stage. A lot of development is taking place
and there is a huge demand of skilled expatriate workers in Bahrain. This has
led to a flood of job opportunities in infrastructure, construction, tourism,
healthcare and Oil & Gas. Bahrain is an absolute monarchy and has a very
conservative culture. It does not allow the expatriate workers to become a part
of the permanent population. Thus, all foreign workers are hired on a
contractual basis for a limited period of time. The country offers a luxurious
and mostly safe lifestyle and good salary jobs.
Any expatriate worker who wishes to work in Bahrain requires a local sponsor.
This is a must to visit Bahrain or live and work there. The term 'sponsor'
refers to a sort of guardian or a guarantor who is required to undertake all
administrative work and fulfill all formalities on behalf of the foreigner. It
is the sponsor who applies for the work permit and the residential visa. Other
formalities such as opening a bank account or signing a rental accommodation
contract also take place through the sponsor only.
Bahrain is very strict about its sponsorship rules. It is an effective way for
the authorities to control the flow of people in the country. The sponsor is
totally responsible for the stay of the worker and the behavior of the worker
while being in Bahrain. Bahrain as it is a conservative country with very
strict laws of living.
Life in Bahrain
For those seeking employment in Bahrain, the latest economic figures bode very
well. According to the United Nations Economic Council, Bahrain is the fastest
growing economy in the Arab world. Although petroleum still accounts for 60% of
the economy, the financial sector is increasing exponentially. Due to its
modern communication and transport facilities, Bahrain has become home to a
great number of multi-national firms. This has helped to diversify not only the
economic base, but the population as well. Tourism, which is replacing oil as
the hottest new industry in this region of the Gulf, is an increasingly large
employer and promises to continue on that track. The capital city of Manama has
most of the major hotels including the Ritz Carlton and Sheraton, and is home
to the service industry of Bahrain. A Four Seasons is opening in the near
future, which will add many more employment opportunities.
Arabic is the official language of Bahrain though English is widely used.
Bahrain's primary religion is Islam.
Embassy of India - Bahrain
Building 182, Road 2608, Area 326 (Behind Ramada Hotel), Ghudaibiya
Post Box No. 26106 Kingdom of Bahrain
Phone : (+973) 1771 2785, (+973) 1771 2785, (+973) 1771 2683,
(+973) 1771 2683,
(+973) 1771 2649, (+973) 1771 2649,
Fax : (+973) 1771 5527
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.indianembassybahrain.com