Life in Bahrain..

As such, i would say the 2 weeks of stay in this city keeps me happy except the two extremes of climate.. as its hot outside and to compensate that A/C is provided everwhere. People say that it was so very hot prior to my visit and its pretty cool for a month or so. I also would admit as i don’t see the same climate which was the first one to welcome me soon after i came out of the flight ;-(. Felt like being in a desert really but nowadays it has come down.

The entire city as a whole

Well.. the total city looks very hi-fi and almost you can see many big buildings which are either malls, hotels etc., Was told that initially the entire city was within 22 kms or so and now its widened to be around 72+ kms.. also they are increasing the city circumference by borrowing the land from sea😉. As the see seems to be not so deep they are able to quickly construct a building.

People are also of high society, well educated. But i am yet to explore much about the clumsy areas as well as i heard they are existing here too. Perhaps, i might have a better look once this Ramalan month gets over i guess. I have not yet roamed many places as i had to come to office on a weekend (for the KT to be completed from my colleague whom i replaced here).

Irrespective of the place, you can find each and every building, table, chair, road so clean and tidy. That’s a very good aspect. Of course with full A/C as well. Almost all hotels are fully furnished and provided with all necessary utilities like modular kitchen, sofa cum bed, TV, A/C, Washing machine, Gas, Iron box,Microwave oven etc., What else do you need? Don’t ask about the rent.. Somehow i heard that its 450 BD per month for a double bedroom. For us, our client pays🙂 and 4 people share a room. It is big and decent enough to accommodate.

Because of having a good lifestyle and wealth, you can find cars only everywhere. I have luckily seen some 2,3 bikes here. Heard that in a single house, there are minimum of 2,3 cars and on an average 4 to 5 cars. And the cost of petrol is very cheap here. You get 1 litre for 1 Re.🙂. Also getting the cars is very easy. I have seen an advertisement in a mall, asking you to take the car now and start paying the EMI only from March 2008. How is it?🙂

Currency

Here two main forms of currency are fills and dhinar (BD – bahraini dhinar). They are like paise and rupees in INR (Indian Rupee).

1000 fills = 1 BD

1 BD ~= Rs. 105 INR (it keeps changing. It was Rs.108 two months back and had been Rs. 121 an year ago). [Source: you can check here]

so, 100 fills ~= Rs. 10 INR. (not exactly).

Generally, fills less than 100 is not of much use as 100 fills seems to be the starting price here.🙂 On an average, many items would be in BD’s only. (Don’t think Indian Beedee (tobacco) as it may give you such impression while reading :)).

Food Items

As these people have much of petrol and aluminium of their own and of course they can’t be consumed for survival, they are dependent on the imported items right from milk, yoghurt, bread, butter, jam, rice, biscuits, chocolates etc., so you can assume the cost of items. Just to give you a piece of info. I have not looked at the individual items for a couple of times till day before yesterday. I used to just get the items and get it weighed (for vegetables etc) and pay the bill. Only the final amount is what i used to see. It would be usually around 6 BD and some times may be around 3 to 4 BD if the items are less. Day before yesterday, just thought of having a look at the individual item prices.. here you go…

1 ltr milk = 350 fills

250 gms of Carrot = 250 fills (4 pcs)

5 Nos of banana = 450 fills (philippines banana they say..)

3 Peaches (looks like apple) = 595 fills

1 kg of rice ~= 330 fills

1 can of drinking water = 700 fills (in the hotel itself they provide for the cost)

Though they are just for a reference, we can’t keep comparing you know.. why? all for the single word ‘survival’🙂

A bit difficult for people who do NOT eat non-veg🙂 but manageable. Thanks to this city and because of Ramalan, started doing self cooking and doing a lil bit of research in it🙂 somehow with the help of MTR, surviving! Had prepared Dhal rice, Gobi curry (cauliflower poriyal) of my own.. Mix vegetables are also available in the frozen state. You need to keep them in the freezer, otherwise it will be of no use. Even in the malls, there is a separate section which contain the freezer to keep all these milk, yoghurt (curd), flavoured milk, mix vegetables, meat, chicken etc.,

Hotels

Being the month of ramalan (ramzan, ramadhan), its a very strict order from the Bahrain Govt that no one should serve food till 6 PM everyday. If being found, the license would be cancelled it seems. so very less chances to go to a hotel as we would be in office during those times.

We found one Annapoorna hotel here in Manama ( during the last weekend) and I had one pongal (appadaa..) and one Mini Idli (appadi podu!) and one Tea. It came around 300 fills + 400 fills + 100 fills altogether 800 fills. That was not a very big hotel still.

Yet to explore the rest after Ramzan….

Traffic & Roads

within these 2 weeks, i have just seen only one traffic police once in Manama. It looks like there is no need of having them. You know a great aspect made me admire very much was the usage of horn. I literally doubted whether these people have something to buzz or not. If at all they have, do they forget its existence or what? that’s how people use the horn only if really required. that too like a buzzer press. for guys from India, it looked awkward since our people used to just press the horn to establish their presence mainly and at times to ask for the way! I really get irritated by the unnecessary horn. But after seeing this negligible usage of horn even in the traffic signals, got damn impressed. Believe me or not! The way every individual is following the discipline is also too good. No wonder why you don’t need any traffic police.

One more important and distinguishing factor here is, the people in Car give atmost respect and importance to the pedestrians as the government rule says if they hit someone going by walk on the road, they need to pay some 1000 BD it seems. So you can very much take it for granted to get your way in the roads. There are some signal changing machines on the road where you can alter the signal from green to red so that people who follow will have a pause and you get your way🙂 Aren’t you feeling happy by reading this? So do I.

The roads are so clean as i already told and very broad to accommodate 3 lanes. The gear system here is pretty different as they are adjusted automatically according to the speed you raise. Because of this facility, people easily manage and control their speed. Heard that getting a DL (Driving License) is pretty much difficult as getting passed here would be a bit tedious and you may be asked to retake the classes which varies from 15 to 20 BD per class and on an average you need to take 20 classes at first. For bahrain citizens, it is very easy as they would start playing around with any of the available 3-5 cars in their home..

Toilet

The ‘toilet’ deserves very much to be a part of this blog! These people use only bath tubs with shower for taking bath. As far as the commode is concerned, here they are two instead of one. One for ‘using’ and other for ‘washing’🙂. No pipe attached. Also no bucket, mug here. We made fun of asking by imitating Madhavan from Naladhamayandhi movie ‘Excuse me.. Jakkoosi here.. please?”🙂

Language

People here speak Arabi. Urdu also is in use. Somehow english and hindi are also omnipresent and we are able to manage with them.

Liberty

Of all the middle east countries, Bahrain is considered as the most liberal country in the rules and regulations be it in the religious aspects, entertainment and all others. People from other nearby countries like Saudi used to make a visit here on the weekends it seems. But generally there are not much restrictions here as heard outside. That’s true. Of course, even during the ramzan, we are allowed to have our food with no restrictions and relaxations. If at all they have some concerns, they used to say it very politely to the concerned person and not to the individuals directly.

Time Difference

Bahrain time is 3 hours ahead of GMT. That means, -2.5 hrs of IST which is +5.5 hrs ahead of GMT. [Source: You can check here]. The capital of country is Manama which is also of very less in geographical area. As the entire city is very small, you can assume every individual area’s size. Not like TNagar/Adayar in Chennai and Jayanagar/BTMLayout in Bangalore.

Comedy wrt timings

As i forgot to change the local timings, on the very first night(!?), i kept the alarm by 6.30 AM as usual. Once i got up and saw, it was completely dark. Then i went and saw the time in my wrist watch, where i had luckily adjusted the day before. It was showing 4 AM here🙂. What to do? Slept again. The same happened on the next day (second night) as well. Then remembered while setting the alarm and increased it to 9 AM instead of 6.30 AM. Still somehow we keep the mobile timings as that of IST so that it would facilitate us when calling the people over there.

Working Hours

Here the office working hours for government is usually 7 AM – 2 PM. For some private organizations, they can have a bit relaxed timings which is usually of 8 AM – 3 PM i guess. Being ramalan, its a bit relaxed wherein people are coming here by 8 or 9 AM in the morning. But for us (me and the set of TCS guys working here) its generally like the IST 9 AM – 5 PM.

Our Team

We work for LMRA (Labour Market Regulatory Authority), a government organization which facilitates the visa entry, exit, extension of stay for the labours working here. I alone work here from my office and there are about 15 guys from TCS working here. I report to the TCS Program Director here. There are other people from my office who work in other government organization named CIO (Central Informatics Organization) where they usually follow the same bahrain working hours. Lucky those people🙂

We are asked to wear tie everyday and its been a good and regular habit of mine. It looks good and very professional you know though at times you may feel a little uncomfortable. Pros and Cons.. he he he !

My usual routine

Get up by 6 or 6.30 AM, do the morning duties.. clean the vessels and my tupperware if there are any left unwashed in the previous night. prepare and cook food for lunch. Generally have cornflakes and bread+jam for breakfast. Get the cab by around 9 AM and reach here by 9.15. Having lunch in the canteen (at terrace) at around 1 PM. Leave office by 6 PM.

The usual time of travel to and from home and office is about 15 minutes for some 10 to 15 kms🙂 Can you believe? It used to take hours in bangalore to reach. I also heard nobody here bothers about the kms as per the cheap price of petrol. Heard that a guy who has been travelling to the same place for about 10+ years does NOT know how many kms its from his home:)

Commuting

But the commuting here is bit expensive. For my to and fro travel per day, i give 3 BD per day. That too being the regular customer and he is an Indian. Otherwise, it is usually 5 BD it seems. Generally when you go to any mall which is situated a bit far, they charge around 2 BD.

Having asked for the same despite of getting the petrol in dead cheap rate, i was told that hiring rate of car/cab is costly it seems. It very much coincides with the lifestyle of the people.

On some days when we have production deployment might need to stay back. Being on support, may get a call in the untime also. On my very first day when i was back from airport after giving send off to my colleague Vignesh, i got a call saying that there was an issue🙂 Had to rush to office by 9.30 PM and went back by 11.30 PM.

Wasn’t really much excited and all. It looks like yet another transfer from karaikudi to chennai, chennai to bangalore and now bangalore to bahrain! But a kinda overseas exposure would be a value-added one.

But overall, the work and life is coool……………..🙂

PS: As at present i don’t have the snaps taken in this machine, would add the snaps in the required places a lil later.. probably tomorrow. so stay tuned🙂

48 comments so far

  1. sumathi on

    hey, very nice very nice to read. Im just reading and laughing your experience there. petrol is very cheep but where as the other things are very high in price, like milk and veg which is very essential. so funny.

    and even im wondering abt the traffic rules too.people are highly appreciated for respecting the road sense and following
    the rules. really nice to read.

    Interesting to read. expecting more abt that place and the other news also.

  2. Archana Muralidharan on

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…….Excellent blog da!!!!In fact, I am able to virtually view whole Bahrain as such after reading ur blog ma…..Thanks for having pen down ur experience 🙂 Kalakkiputeengooooo😉 ATVB and my heartiest wishes for a wonderful stay in Bahrain for the rest of the days to come .May God bless U …Take care…:-)

  3. Sukin on

    Hi Raghav,
    Nice to read the entire story of Bahrain.
    As vadivelu asks in a film, “dubaila enga erundappa nee? Baggarena (Bahrain) abudabiya … 🙂
    So, nice to know that you are enjoying the life but for food and climate is concerned. But make sure u carry all you reqd docs (passport, visa etc) anywhere you travel for visit. Take care of yourself and hoping to see u soon in our Bengalooru…🙂

    Keep posting msgs. ALL THE VERY BEST

  4. raghs on

    @sumathi,

    //hey, very nice very nice to read. Im just reading and laughing your experience there. //

    Thank you. I hope its for good only🙂

    //petrol is very cheep but where as the other things are very high in price, like milk and veg which is very essential. so funny//

    Very true.. but what 2 do?

    //and even im wondering abt the traffic rules too.people are highly appreciated for respecting the road sense and following
    the rules. really nice to read.//

    Yes, they are indeed. Thank you.

    //Interesting to read. expecting more abt that place and the other news also.//

    Sure, stay tuned🙂

  5. raghs on

    @Archana,

    //Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…….Excellent blog da!!!!//

    Thank you for the wowww..wishes!🙂

    ///In fact, I am able to virtually view whole Bahrain as such after reading ur blog ma…..Thanks for having pen down ur experience Kalakkiputeengooooo //

    Nandri. Really feel happy that the purpose being saved! Thank you.

    //ATVB and my heartiest wishes for a wonderful stay in Bahrain for the rest of the days to come .May God bless U …Take care…:-)//

    Nandri Hai🙂 u 2 take care..

  6. raghs on

    @sukin,

    //Hi Raghav,
    Nice to read the entire story of Bahrain.//

    Thank you Sukin. Welcome here.

    //As vadivelu asks in a film, “dubaila enga erundappa nee? Baggarena (Bahrain) abudabiya … //

    Ha ha ha.. many people asked me the same here.. about ‘Ottaga paal thaan inimeal tea kudippiya’ nnu?🙂 I also kept the status message in my GTalk as ‘#17, CamelMilk Tea Shop, Vivekandar Cross Street, Bahrain Main Road, Bahrain’ nnu.

    //So, nice to know that you are enjoying the life but for food and climate is concerned. But make sure u carry all you reqd docs (passport, visa etc) anywhere you travel for visit. Take care of yourself and hoping to see u soon in our Bengalooru… //

    Yes, thats true. Sure.

    //Keep posting msgs. ALL THE VERY BEST//

    Thank you. Same 2 u.

  7. sumathi on

    Hai ragav,
    // I hope its for good only // hey, cool, im laughing that you wrote the prices of the place. really it was too funny, for that i was laughing. dont mistake.

    really its a gud experience you know. and the way you have written is also gud to read. you covered so many things of the place. very interesting to read. Gud one. keep going.

    ippadiyaavadu sila oorugalai pathi therinjukalaamey,nammal poga mudiyalina kuda. adanaala thaan ennala muzusaa enjoy panni rasika mudiyudu. thanks.

  8. sumathi on

    Hai ragav,
    // I hope its for good only // hey, cool, im laughing that you wrote the prices of the place. really it was too funny, for that i was laughing. dont mistake.

    really its a gud experience you know. and the way you have written is also gud to read. you covered so many things of the place. very interesting to read. Gud one. keep going.

    ippadiyaavadu sila oorugalai pathi therinjukalaamey,nammal poga mudiyalina kuda. adanaala thaan ennala muzusaa enjoy panni rasika mudiyudu. thanks.

  9. raghs on

    @Sumathi,

    //hey, cool, im laughing that you wrote the prices of the place. really it was too funny, for that i was laughing. dont mistake.//

    Don’t worry akka. I know and i was just kidding🙂 Ore thamaasu thaan ponga…

    //really its a gud experience you know. and the way you have written is also gud to read. you covered so many things of the place. very interesting to read. Gud one. keep going. //

    Sure. I am much happy to see the comments from people that somehow my narrations was able enough to make you visualize. Thanks to the almighty. Feel happy🙂

    //ippadiyaavadu sila oorugalai pathi therinjukalaamey,nammal poga mudiyalina kuda. adanaala thaan ennala muzusaa enjoy panni rasika mudiyudu. thanks//

    Kandippa. Definitely. I thought of adding a label called ‘travalogue’ yesterday itself. Now i got it confirmed🙂
    You are very true.

    thank you again.

  10. Vish on

    Ragavan,

    Nice to Read the Blog…. Well Narrated and learned some useful info about Bahrain.

    Take Care,
    Vish.

  11. Sivasankar on

    Raghava,

    a visualisable article..felt as if I am there with you…I do Wish for a visit..now only crawling in the laps of Mother India..

    Take care..be comfortable..

    Shiva,Amrita,Coimbatore

  12. Muthappan Sevugan on

    cheers raghs… enjoy madi… !

    Take care of your health.. eat more.. sleep more..🙂

  13. Raghavan on

    @vish,

    //Nice to Read the Blog…. Well Narrated and learned some useful info about Bahrain.//

    Welcome here. Thank you for finding it ‘useful’ as well🙂

  14. Raghavan on

    @SivaSankar Sir,

    //Raghava,

    a visualisable article..felt as if I am there with you…I do Wish for a visit..now only crawling in the laps of Mother India..

    Take care..be comfortable..

    Shiva,Amrita,Coimbatore//

    Welcome here sir🙂.

    So nice of you and thank you very much!!

    You 2 take care and have a nice time..

  15. raghs on

    @Muthappan,

    // cheers raghs… enjoy madi… !

    Take care of your health.. eat more.. sleep more.. //

    Sure Muthu.. Thank you🙂

  16. pria on

    That was a neat review about your city Rags.

  17. Raghavan on

    @pria,

    Welcome here🙂

    //That was a neat review about your city Rags.//

    Thank you so much. My city!!? hmm… we can even say that..till then i am here.. right?

  18. Ram on

    Raghs,
    you are rocking mannnnnnnn….gr8…Life @ bahrin-nu oru padam eduthu-du-vom…aama milk-nu sonna-ye..athu enna ottaka paala….Annapoorna-la eppadi otta-ka paal tea-a…
    enna raghs costumes ellam change panniaacha..atgha pathi solla-ve illa…i am thinking abt Vadivel’s costume in a vtrikodikattu movie…just kiddin….
    Take care raghs…

  19. raghs on

    @Ram,

    Welcome here da🙂

    //you are rocking mannnnnnnn….gr8…Life @ bahrin-nu oru padam eduthu-du-vom…//

    Thank you da… Kandippa.. nee thaan director, naan story and dialogue.. sariyaa?

    //aama milk-nu sonna-ye..athu enna ottaka paala….Annapoorna-la eppadi otta-ka paal tea-a…//

    illada.. no ottagam’s here.. but luckily saw one camel last week..😉

    //enna raghs costumes ellam change panniaacha..atgha pathi solla-ve illa…i am thinking abt Vadivel’s costume in a vtrikodikattu movie…just kiddin….
    Take care raghs…//

    illlada.. just formal dress + tie.. paappom.. in future maathikka chance kedaicha..🙂 u 2 take care da..

  20. Ponnarasi.K on

    Neat post!🙂 I guess it made the readers 2 picturise the place without much effort!

    Saw the update mail only 2day..sorry for the late response.. Didnt have access 2 net😦

  21. raghs on

    @Ponnarasi.K,

    //Neat post! I guess it made the readers 2 picturise the place without much effort! //

    Thank you for the compliments Ponnarasi.

    //Saw the update mail only 2day..sorry for the late response.. Didnt have access 2 net //

    No issues🙂

  22. santa on

    nice to read the experiences……i guess u wudve taken lot if time to draft this……i am sure u wud have gud times in Bahrain and my prayers for that…..

  23. raghs on

    @santa,

    //nice to read the experiences……//

    Thank you da..

    //i guess u wudve taken lot if time to draft this……//

    hm i would say it was about some half an hour da max da.. but then proof-reading and editing/aligning/formatting took most of it🙂

    //i am sure u wud have gud times in Bahrain and my prayers for that…..//

    thank you dear! hope u 2 rock there.. have a good time da..

  24. Rob H on

    Hi there, I hope you don’t mind me replying late to the article, I just found it by chance reading things about Bahrain. I spent a week there on holiday from the UK, I stayed with a friend in Bahrain who I had met at university, and as such I got a good look at the culture of modern Bahrainis ‘first hand’.

    It was nice to see that we agreed on a lot of things regarding the lifestyle in Bahrain, although reading some of the comments made me realise other differences such as between the UK and India, for example, here in England where there are obviously plentiful cows for milk, the price of milk is the same as what you reported in Bahrain.

    But the one thing that did strike me is how you commented that all the Bahrainis were very good drivers… by standards I’m used to I often found the driving quite scary! They never used their indicators (‘turn signals’ you perhaps call them?) and tended to ‘drift’ across the road in a manner that at first made me quite frightened!

    Anyway, thanks for giving me an enjoyable read😀

  25. raghs on

    @Rob H,

    Welcome here!🙂 No issues about the timings. Thank you for your comments Rob.

    Nice to hear about your stay in bahrain. Also to see the similarities you have mentioned about the lifestyle and prices.

    //But the one thing that did strike me is how you commented that all the Bahrainis were very good drivers… by standards I’m used to I often found the driving quite scary!//

    Nothing is ideal. Definitely there may be drivers of that kind as you described.

    //Anyway, thanks for giving me an enjoyable read //

    My Pleasure Rob. You made my day!

    Keep visiting…🙂

    Happy New Year to you!

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  27. Sunil on

    Hi Raghav

    Have been surfing to get some day-to-day life info. about Bahrain cos I may take up a job there. Your write up was helpful. Can’t but help comment on different opinion expressed by Rob and you about the driving. Little does Rob know that in India we see worse drivers. I hail from Pune, Maharashta and the driving sense of the people is terrible. Used to live in Mumabi earlier where the driving is more disciplined. I am a little unsure about taking up a job in Bahrain. I know that it is the most liberal of the Gulf countries but I also heard that things can get pretty boring as there is hardly anything to do after work. Not much recreation. Just strolling outside is out of the question. I may get a job in Manama. House rent seems to be a major cost. Diffirent sites quote rent of BD 250 to BD 450+ for a decent accommodation. Do you get to see Indian TV programmes on TV. What about Indian movies?
    Any info. you give will be highly appreciated.

  28. raghs on

    Hey Sunil,

    Welcome here! Thank you for the compliments and i am glad that my writing was helpful to you!

    Wrt driving, here i would say the drivers are very much insisted to follow the rules as the rules are that strict. The overall ratio of accidents is very less here as far as i can see!

    With respect to the recreations, you are right and i agree! Infact i am about to write a continuation part of this article🙂. Not much recreation and you can’t deny the “artificial” part everywhere.

    Well i reside near Manama. The area is Hoora. I do think you can get a decent accommodation for 400 BD around. But about the TV channels, it varies everywhere although its not a big deal. In our hotel, they are NOT😦.

    Good luck.🙂

    Hope you got the answers. You are most welcome for any further queries as well.

    Cheers!

  29. Adarsh Ramamurthy on

    “One for ‘using’ and other for ‘washing’ :)” I’m still laughing while I type these words! A very vivid, very entertaining and a very detailed narration about Bahrain!

    I have a mix of nostalgia and happiness after reading this blog. Thanks for bringing out a wonderful writing!🙂

    All the best for your future works.

  30. raghs on

    @Adarash Ramamurthy,

    hey Adarsh.. welcome here🙂

    // I’m still laughing while I type these words! //

    My pleasure and glad about it🙂

    //I have a mix of nostalgia and happiness after reading this blog. Thanks for bringing out a wonderful writing! //

    Very true and its obvious🙂

    Thanks for the compliments and wishes maga..🙂 keep visiting!

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  32. Mr.Binz on

    Raghu,

    I may be the last to Thank you for this wonderful writing. I am almost sure to arrive there for the job which is confirmed.Waiting for the Visa and all.
    Expected next month mid- Nov -08

    I have lot to ask you. I t will be great if you can send me a reply too..on my mail id

    I am from South India. and unlucky to work alone there..So the chance of getting a company in cooking is too less.

    Also I cant think of cooking and eating alone..

    Any way once again Thanks for the posting and I really apreciate your innocense in putting everything as open as possible.

  33. raghs on

    @Mr.Binz,

    Why you may be the last? I still presume there are lot more people to get benefitted out of this post🙂 Aint I?

    I am glad that my post was useful and the purpose of it got saved. Thank you very much for the compliments.

    Yes, I can help you as much as I can🙂. Congratulations on getting an offer in Bahrain and Best Wishes for your endeavors!

    Cheers🙂

  34. Vino on

    Exactly Raghs.

    It just happened to read your blog. It is very nice and informative.

    I just got an offer in Manama. Package is 700 BD. Is this good enough to have a decent bachelor life? Yet to take a decision. Waiting for your valuable suggestion.

    Nandri, Vino

  35. raghs on

    @vino,

    Thanks for dropping by and Welcome here. Felt Glad that you liked it and the post was informative and useful to you.

    //I just got an offer in Manama. Package is 700 BD. Is this good enough to have a decent bachelor life? Yet to take a decision. Waiting for your valuable suggestion.//

    Congratulations to you first of all. Are you a fresher or experienced? Being a fresh graduate, 700 BD is a very good deal. Nevertheless, the lodging is pretty costly as the minimum rent would cost you around 150-170 BD. You can get the rooms in other parts like Gudaibia, Hoora etc wherein you can get rooms little cheaper.

    Rest everything can very well be managed accordingly to lead a ‘decent bachelor life’ as you said.

    Good luck. Keep me posted for any further queries🙂

  36. Vino on

    Thanks for your valuable suggestions🙂

    I m not fresher, I have 4+ exp. And, I am still waiting for final deal (negotiation). But from your blog and other information from the web, I think I can afford it. Let’s see..

    Thanks for your reply, raghs…
    -Vino

  37. raghs on

    @vino,

    //Thanks for your valuable suggestions :)//

    My pleasure as always😛

    //But from your blog and other information from the web, I think I can afford it. Let’s see..//

    That’s great. All the very best🙂 Keep me posted for any further queries/clarifications!

  38. Raja on

    Hey Nice blog da..u virtually showed what Bahrain is all about.

  39. Bharat on

    Hi Raghu, Very nice and informative blog.
    How is the cost of living in Bahrain now? The price you quoted for milk and other groceries are they still valid? I am curious because I have been recently offered a job in Bahrain with a sal of 1500 Dinars all inclusive.. I am married.. Jus wondering if that sal is sufficient.. If you could pl tell me what would be average rentals for a one b/r flat near manama and also a rough indication of prices of groceries like milk, rice etc. Would be really grateful.Many thanks in advance.

  40. raghs on

    Hi Bharat,

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Glad that you found the blog post interesting and useful.

    Not so sure of the validity of the prices. But mostly they would be intact, I guess.

    Congratulations on your new job offer in Bahrain. Except the lack of lively environment and nature, the entire city is a good place to live!

    1500 Dinars for a married person is NOT so bad. How much experienced you are?

    Overall, you may have to spend around 500-600 Dinars for a decent living including all food, lodging, travel expenses.

    Hope this clarifies. Sorry for the delay in acknowledging.

    Good luck!

    Cheers🙂

  41. raghs on

    @Raja,

    Thanks for the comments. Glad that you liked it🙂

    Sorry for the delayed reply!

    Cheers!

  42. Bharat on

    Hi Raghs, Thanks. I have an exp of 4 yrs, 2 years in Dubai.

    Regards

  43. Qhayyum on

    Hey man it was a nice Tour to Bahrain after reading your Blog… thank so much and i wish you all the best for your future…

  44. raghs on

    @Qhayyum,

    Thanks for dropping by🙂 Glad that you liked it and enjoyed reading through!

    Thanks for the wishes and wishing you the same too!😛

    Cheers!

  45. hari on

    Hallo Raghav.A very good day.
    Was surfing for living conditions in Bahrain and came across your blog.Thanks a lot.
    Request few clarifications and suggestions from you.
    1)What would be min. expenses for a family of 2+2
    comfortably including acomm.?
    2)I am in 40’s.Is it possible to shift family now and start life in Bahrain now?
    3)What about Schooling for kids aged 11 & 8 years?
    4)What should be the minimum salary a civil engineer with 15 years can ask in an interview?
    Thanks in advance.
    regards
    hm

  46. raghs on

    @Hari,

    Welcome to my blog. Thanks for dropping by a comment. Glad that you found it useful.

    To be honest, its been 3 years I came back to India🙂. However, I can give you a few information as what I had been aware of.

    1. Min expense for a family — may very well depends. Well, in case of lodging, you may need a decent 2 BHK apartment that might cost you roughly around 650 to 800 BDs. apart from that, for food you can again calculate it around 200 BDs. Altogether 1000 BDs would suffice for a comfortable life. I have not included any transportation expenses here.

    2. I don’t think age is a constraint sir🙂 You can very well step in!

    3. Schooling – I do NOT have any idea. Sorry about it. If you really need it, I can check with my friends (who are still there) and tell you!

    4. Salary in the Civil field — same as #3. I am into IT and not aware of other fields.

    Good day!
    Good luck to you!

    Thanks again.

  47. Beanbags on

    What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & help other users like its aided me. Great job.

  48. GOPINATH S J on

    Dear friend,

    thanks for share your experience….., its nice too read
    Regard’s
    Gopinath S J


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