Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands, the main four linked by roads and bridges meaning that along with modern high-rise buildings and traditional culture, water plays a staring role.
Bahrain has carved out a niche as a banking and finance centre with a plethora of multinational companies and a diverse population. It offers good international schools, world-class medical facilities and property options from city apartments to spacious villas on gated estates.
Interesting areas to live on the main island - Bahrain Island - include buzzy Juffair east of the capital Manama with modern apartment buildings or Adliya to the south, a hit with expats with a mix of apartments and villas.
Detached villas and space are why people chose Budaiya in the northwest and also Saar in the west. The man-made islands of Amwaj – reclaimed from the sea – allow non-Bahrainis to own freehold apartments and villas. The islands mix commercial and retail space with homes on the canals 15 minutes from Manama. There is a lively and youthful community spirit and facilities include a marina.