If you’re moving to Bahrain, there are many neighbourhoods to consider when thinking about where you’d like to live. This island nation has much to offer in residential choices across central al-Awal and its wider archipelago, from villas to apartments, to private gated communities - that all suit a number of different lifestyles.
Whether you’re an expat travelling alone on a long-term work assignment, or bringing your family along with you, you’ll find the perfect dwelling in Bahrain’s most sought-after neighbourhoods when you choose your new home.
Juffair and Adliya
Together, these two areas give you the best of both worlds in local and expatriate culture. The first houses an American naval base, and is also home for many American and British families looking for international schooling options for their children. Nearby Adliya is a multicultural neighbourhood with economically priced villa and apartment rentals flanked by shops, markets, and cafes, perfect for young and old alike.
Located in Bahrain’s capital Manama, Seef is the kingdom’s business hub, and home to its tallest building, the Era Tower, which also includes 50 floors of residential space. Then there are the residential towers of the Abjraj Lulu to consider. If you want to live and work in the heart of the business district, both buildings provide a number of 1-bedroom apartment options. Like any fast-paced, modern city, the retail options are plentiful, and include the country’s largest shopping plazas, the Bahrain City Center and Seef Mall.
For an alternative to Seef, consider Reef Island, which is right next door and one of the area’s newest developments. It offers a number of residential, dining, and lifestyle choices suited to jet-setting young urban professionals. From apartment to villa living, health and wellness spas for unwinding after a long day, and outdoor fitness and leisure activities, you can maintain the ideal work-life balance at Reef.
If you’re craving fresh air and green space – and a little global culture on the side – then choose Saar oasis. Saar has a number of villa-styled residences to choose from across multicultural neighbourhoods predominantly comprising South Asians, North Americans, and British expats. With reasonable rent, international cinema, sports clubs, and easy access to the Saudi Causeway, if you’re working in Saudi Arabia but thinking about living in Bahrain, then Saar is a prime area for daily commuting.
Consider Riffa for an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Bahrain. Its latest residential development, known as Riffa Views, also features international schools, including a new women’s university, and large commercial and retail districts. Nights out at the Royal Golf Club are a hit with the expatriate community, many of whom choose to live in the neighbourhood’s nearby villa communities. Other attractions include high streets, traditional markets, and the historic Riffa Fort.
The Amwaj Islands are artificially created and comprise one of Bahrain’s most luxurious residential areas. Conveniently located close to the airport, and self-sustained with retail spaces and commercial areas, it offers the perks of living in a gated community - beachside! Though these amenities come in at a higher price point, a lot of expats choose Amwaj for its relaxed lifestyle, and international food and beverage options for a ‘home away from home’ vibe.