Bahrain: Manama, ranked best global city for expats

Bahrain’s capital city Manama has been named the best city by world citizens in the Expat Inside 2017 Survey where the Bahraini capital scores points in Quality of Urban Living, Getting Settled, Urban Work Life, and Finance & Housing indices.

Manama tops the rankings involving 51 global cities voted by 7,985 respondents selected in 40 countries.

The city is believed easy to live in without speaking any local language, giving it a high score in the Getting Settled Index.

88 per cent of respondents agree that it is easy to find an accommodation in the Bahraini capital where access to finance is also easy.

“Expats in Bahrain’s capital are twice as likely to have an annual household income of over 200,000 USD as respondents worldwide (11% vs. 5%). This might be connected to the fact that they are also twice as likely to work in management (31% vs. 14%),” the report says.

Expats suggest that it is not a big deal to find a job or start a career in Manama. 27 per cent of expats say they primarily moved to the Gulf city because they found a job.

On the Urban Work Life, the city is ranked 12th out of the 51 cities.

Manama outdoes Prague, Madrid and Kuala Lumpur ranking respectively 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Other regional cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Muscat and Riyadh are ranked respectively 15th, 17th, 45th, 12th, 48th.

The Saudi second city Jeddah features among the three bottom cities along with Lagos and Paris.


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