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10 Things You Experience If You Live in Bahrain

Being an expat in Bahrain is a unique experience, so here are 10 things you will definitely relate to if you've ever lived there.

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8 December 2016

Last updated on 29 August 2017
10 Things You Experience If You Live in Bahrain

Recently, Bahrian was named the top expat country in the Middle East by the Expat Insider 2016 survery. Despite its size, the island is gaining popularity amongst expats, many crediting it to the sense of community, the Bahraini hospitality and laidback lifestyle.

However, no matter where you are in the world, there will no doubt be some frustrations. Here are 10 experiences you'll likely relate to if you've ever lived here.

1. Avoiding someone is nearly impossible.

The island is just so small and everyone knows everyone.

Hiding in car

2. Trying to avoid the car wash guys at all costs.
But then sometimes you desperately need them.

Washing car

3. Knowing that hazard lights really mean “Park Anywhere” lights.
No parking space? No problem.

Parking anywhere

4. Having to hold your breath while in Downtown Manama and trying to avoid stepping on spit.
Because a “Do Not Spit” sign would be ludicrous almost anywhere in the world but here.

Grossed out

SEE ALSO: Costs of living in Bahrain

5. Any outing really needs to involve either food or shisha.
Or both.

Shisha alice in wonderland

6. Seeing others get overly excited about Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
In a place with no fall season...or pumpkins…

Dancing pumpkin head

7. Going to Juffair on weekends.
Where else would you party it up?

Awkward Dancing

8. Asking for the price of something and given the “best” price.
Oh, it was BD20 but just for you, I give BD15, my friend! Best price, boss.

Take it and go russell peters

9. Trying not to get attached to friends because you’re so used to people leaving the island.
But it sucks every time…

Saying goodbye

10. Dying a little on the inside every time you see your bill at a restaurant.
But you can’t resist going to brunch!

Shocked at expensive bill