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Is Bahrain Truly the Best Place for Expats to Settle?

Have you ever wondered why the Kingdom of Bahrain is often hailed as the "best place for expats" to settle among expat-friendly countries? Let's delve into the reasons that makes Bahrain such an appealing destination for expatriates. Expatriates can have 100% ownership of business and have enjoyed a positive situation in the country. Bahrain is also a very diverse country that treats all expatriates with dignity.

The Kingdom of Bahrain offers affordable housing options and a streamlined visa acquisition process. It boasts a high level of digital readiness, providing expatriates with a secure and welcoming environment. The country excels in offering a wide array of online government services and digital channel options. Additionally, Bahrain has introduced the Golden Residency Visa Program, enabling current residents and foreign nationals to reside or invest in Bahrain for extended periods, promoting stability and security.

In Bahrain, the regulations for visas and entry permits are managed by the Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA), operating under the oversight of the Ministry of Interior.

NPRA’s digital transformation journey is marked by several significant achievements, including the launch of the Digital Residency Program, which streamlines residents' access to services. In the realm of entering the Kingdom, the implementation of E-visas has simplified entry processes, boosting efficiency.

Additionally, the development of a comprehensive Smartphone Application for iOS and Android under the NPRA showcases its commitment to accessible, efficient, and user-friendly digital services, reflecting a strategic move towards mobile-first solutions.

NPRA virtual assistance service on NPRA’s website provides direct support through the Chatbot to facilitate responsiveness for inquiries related to passports, residency, and visa enquiries.

The Kingdom of Bahrain presents a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, encapsulating the essence of Middle Eastern hospitality. It invites visitors to immerse themselves in a realm of cultural richness, sporting excitement, and leisure, making every visit a memorable journey.

Bahrain has implemented a robust framework of laws and regulations to ensure that expatriates are treated fairly and with respect. Expatriates in Bahrain enjoy fundamental rights such as safe working conditions, freedom from discrimination, and access to medical care. They are also entitled to vacation policies, including paid leave for holidays and parental leave. The Bahrain Labour Law serves as a safeguard, establishing guidelines and regulations to prioritize the well-being of employees. These measures aim to prevent the exploitation and mistreatment of expatriate workers, ensuring they can enjoy their time in Bahrain without fear of mistreatment.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a model for peaceful coexistence among followers of different religions, sects, and cultures, thanks to the atmosphere of freedom and openness established by wise leadership as part of its comprehensive reform approach. Given the sanctity of religion, the constitution of Bahrain has guaranteed this right and explicitly affirms freedom of conscience in Article 22 of the Constitution, which states: "Freedom of conscience is absolute."

Role of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA): The LMRA is a vital entity responsible for organizing Bahrain's labor activities. The LMRA collaborates with labor-exporting countries' embassies and foreign community civil society institutions to ensure worker protection. It provides various Pre-Employment Medical Examination Services in coordination with concerned authorities to ensure worker health. The LMRA is guided by principles promoting transparency, quality, continuous improvement, and social responsibility, contributing to Bahrain's reputation as a fair and just place to work.

Ministry of Labour has achieved more success in protecting labor rights and has a major role in improving working conditions and environment and building a labor market characterized by job stability It is the concerned authority in the Government to ensure the implementation of the Labor Law No (36) of 2012 (PDF, 502KB, 55 pages), Ministry of Labor settles individual labor disputes to workers, secures the rights of workers towards the employer and settles any dispute that may arise between the worker and the employer by mutual consent and without any fees. Ministry of Labour also guarantees the right of workers to organize trade unions and establish trade unions to defend workers' rights in accordance with Law No. 33 of 2002 (Arabic only) and it mediates disputes that arise between trade unions and employers free of charge, the decision is made in accordance with the labor law to lead the parties to reconciliation and proper application of the law.

National Human Trafficking Hotline (995): To combat human trafficking and exploitation among foreign nationals in Bahrain, a National Human Trafficking Hotline at +973 995 is available for reporting on the LMRA portal. This hotline plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of workers.

Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Workers:

To combat human trafficking and exploitation among foreign nationals residing in Bahrain, a committee was established under Ministerial Decision No. (30) of 2008. The committee works in close coordination with the Ministry of Interior to assess each case and recommend appropriate action:

  • Returning individuals to their countries of origin: In cases where it is in the best interest of the individuals, they may be repatriated to their home countries.
  • Returning individuals to another country if the situation in their home country does not serve their interests: If returning to their home country poses a threat or hardship to the individuals, alternative countries of refuge may be considered.
  • Helping individuals to obtain Bahrain-based jobs that match their qualifications: For those who wish to continue working in Bahrain, the committee may submit recommendations to help them secure suitable employment that aligns with their qualifications and aspirations, ensuring they can contribute positively to Bahrain's workforce while safeguarding their rights.

Reporting Labor Complaints: The Labour Inspection Department in the Ministry of Labour investigates labor complaints submitted by workers in the private sector, providing consensual and legal solutions in accordance with Labor Law No (36) of 2012 (PDF, 502KB, 55 pages). Reporting labor complaints ensures that workers' rights are protected, and issues are resolved fairly and justly.

Compulsory Payment of Salaries via Bank Accounts: To enhance control and sustainability of worker insurance, employers are required to pay salaries through bank accounts. This mandatory measure promotes transparency, accountability, and the prevention of wage theft or underpayment, ensuring that workers receive their full salaries and benefits.

Bahrain's commitment to the rights and well-being of expatriates underscores its dedication to providing a secure and welcoming environment for those who choose to make Bahrain their home.


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As we navigate through the digital age, Bahrain confirms its commitment to transparency and innovation through the Open Data initiative through Bahrain’s Open Data Portal. This platform is a testament to our dedication to making government data openly available, supporting the principles of accountability and enabling informed decision-making. By providing access to a treasure trove of data, we empower everyone to explore, analyze, and create solutions that drive social and economic progress. The initiative underscores our belief in the power of data to transform lives, foster a culture of knowledge-sharing, and stimulate growth.

We encourage you to leverage this valuable resource, sparking innovation and contributing to the Kingdom’s development. For an enriching journey into the world of Open Data, and to explore the possibilities, visit Bahrain’s Open Data Portal.

Together, let's embrace the opportunity to contribute to Bahrain's digital evolution and ensure that our journey towards national development is a shared endeavor. 

As part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to fostering digital participation, you are invited to explore the available participation topics. Your engagement and contributions are crucial in shaping the digital landscape of the Kingdom of Bahrain, reflecting our collective vision for a future built on the principles of innovation, inclusivity, and progress. Explore more on how you can actively participate in discussions, share your insights, and collaborate on initiatives that are at the heart of our nation's growth.

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Content Last Updated: 14 Jul, 2024

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