InterNations has placed Manama Bahrain as the most popular city for expats worldwide.
The placement puts Bahrain’s position to the top after finishing 19th in the 2016 results.
To compile the data, InterNations surveyed 7,985 expats living in 40 countries with each city having to be mentioned at least 45 times to be included.
City rankings were determined based on the quality and cost of urban living, experience of lifestyle, finances and ease of settling into the city.
The archipelago made up of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf, has benefited from recent growth and development which has resulted in UK arrival figures increasing by 10% in 2017.
Shaikh Khaled Bin Humood Al-Khalifa, CEO of the BTEA, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the InterNations accolade, identifying our capital Manama as the most popular city for expats worldwide. The honour acknowledges our efforts to showcase the heritage, culture and exceptional lifestyle of the city as well as the warmth and kindness of the Bahraini people. This is the exact message our brand Ours Yours Bahrain embodies. We look forward to welcoming more international visitors into our beautiful Island Kingdom in 2018.”
Culture & Heritage: Bahrain’s history and culture stretch back millennia, accumulating a legacy of archaeological and historic treasures, which include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Bahrain Fort and the Pearling Trail. The destination has recently launched new Pearl Diving tours offering visitors the chance to scuba dive into the Gulf Sea. Visitors can also enjoy modern Arab culture with art, dining and lifestyle experiences such as the Spring of Culture and the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Visa Policy: Bahrain’s new supportive visa policies encourage international visitors, offering a one-month visa upon arrival to nationals of over 66 countries.
Quality of Life: Bahrainis are warm and welcoming creating an atmosphere for visitors that is both relaxed and cosmopolitan.
Liberal Atmosphere: Bahrain’s 4,000+ year old history as a commercial crossroads has created a legacy of diversity and acceptance. It has a multi-faith society that sees Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques sitting alongside one and other.
Studies show that a third of expats (32%) see themselves staying in Bahrain for more than five years, with 11% stating that they would consider staying forever.