An unspoiled island nation with friendly and sophisticated people, Bahrain offers genuine hospitality combined with a well-developed infrastructure and an impressive range of hotels and tourism facilities. Bahrain enjoys a good climate year round, with the warmest months being June to September. October to November and March to May are temperate months. December to February can be comfortably cool, with winds and brief rain showers. Hotels, offices, restaurants and taxis are all air-conditioned for a comfortable lifestyle.
The large expatriate community in Bahrain's proves that Bahrain offers a very attractive and truly cosmopolitan lifestyle comparable to any of the capitals in the world. The strong and stable currency, the peaceful, crime-free environment and the liberal government are the chief factors attracting foreign nationals to Bahrain. For gourmets, Bahrain offers a gastronomic tour of the world's cuisines including Arabic delights, American, Chinese, Filipino, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Mongolian, Thai and many more.
Quality serviced apartments, stand-alone villas, and compound villas are available for rent in Bahrain, within a wide range of prices. An average fully-furnished, three-bedroom villa with all amenities (including shared swimming pool and tennis courts) will cost around USD 2,000 per month.
A municipal tax is applicable: 10% of the rent payable on all unfurnished apartments and 7.5% of rent payable on furnished apartments, for both residential and commercial purposes.
Temporary visitors to Bahrain can choose from a large number of hotel accommodations for a variety of budgets.
To drive in Bahrain, foreign nationals need a national and an international driving license. Other ways of getting around are limousine rentals or taxis.