BAHRAIN LIVING
 

Climate

Bahrain has a desert climate with plenty of sunshine and very little rain. Summers (from June to September) are very hot and humid with temperatures ranging between 36-48 degrees centigrade. Winters are much more temperate and from October until April the weather is mild and cool, generally ranging between 10-25 degrees centigrade. Rainfall is infrequent and generally occurs between November and January.

People

Bahrain has a population of about 1,000,000, including about 82% non-Bahraini nationals (February 2008 statistics). The Bahraini nationals are warm, friendly and welcoming to expatriate residents. Bahrain has a history of tolerance to other nationalities and cultures. It is easy to meet and make friends with Bahraini nationals.  Although Arabic is the official language, other languages such as English, Farsi, and Urdu are also widely spoken. In fact, one can get by easily without knowing the Arabic language, although learning a few words and phrases is always appreciated.

Leisure Activities

Bahrain is home to the only Formula One (F1) International Circuit race track in the Middle East. Also located at the circuit are 4WD courses, drag racing and cart racing, as well as public events on a regular basis. Bahrain is home to the regionís biggest and most luxurious spa, the Banyan Tree Spa Al Areen. Bahrain has restaurants, expatriate clubs, pubs, sporting clubs, and movie theaters. Childrenís activities include Girls' Guides and Boy Scouts, football training, dance and music schools, horseback riding, and the Bahrain Water Park. Although public beaches are few, Bahrain offers a wide range of water sports for which the calm shallow Gulf sea is ideally suited, including sailing, speed boating, paddling, dolphin watching, diving, jet skiing, or simply swimming. A wide array of world-caliber spectator sports are available, including horse racing (although without gambling).

If you enjoy shopping, there are many opportunities ranging from small shops located in Manamaís central souk to large new malls filled with name brand stores. As anywhere else in the world, coffee lovers will not be lacking for places to have a good cup of coffee on a lazy weekend morning. Coffee outlets include small shops to major chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

If you are in the mood for travel, weekend trips can easily be taken to nearby cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait City and moree.