Planning to come to Bahrain for work, studying, or even settling with your family? You definitely have been thinking about where exactly to live and which area is most suitable for your needs regarding to its location and rental prices. Whether you want to be close to your office, your children’s schools, the causeway to Saudi Arabia or the pups & bars and shopping centers; we will be your guide to help you choose between the many options offered by The Kingdom of Bahrain. In this article, you will find the best places to rent in Bahrain according to expats along with all the information you might need about those areas as well as the average rental prices in each place.
Amwaj Islands consists of a group of human-made islands in the northeast of Manama the capital. The islands are very close to Bahrain International Airport as the distance from Amwaj to the airport is 4.5 km. If you have pets, especially dogs, then Amwaj islands are a perfect choice as they can play on the beach and also most of the properties have gardens. Amwaj Islands are very popular with expats as it offers them the opportunity to buy a home with 100 percent freehold land ownership of apartments and villas. In addition to being close to the beach, you will have a full sea view and enjoy living in a mostly western expat gated community. Amwaj Islands include a number of bars and an up-market grocery store, theme parks, a fuel station, a hospital, a university, a school called ISC-Manama (International School of Choueifat), cafe precinct, and a lagoon-side dining. The average rental price of a two bedroom apartment on any of the Islands is around 700 BHD.
Located in the heart of Manama, Seef is one of the newest developments in the kingdom of Bahrain. It was a result of an active land reclamation work that started in the 80s and dramatically changed the coastline of Bahrain. Seef area is famous for the big number of skyscrapers and tower blocks it usually targets the high earners of Bahrain. It should be on your top list if you want to live in a luxurious area as it’s definitely one of the best places to rent in Bahrain. Seef houses the two biggest shopping malls (Seef Mall and Bahrain city center mall), Era Tower, the tallest building in the country, Ritz Carlton hotel together with its compound and Abraj Lulu Bahrain which used to be the most expensive buildings in the entire kingdom. With its range of shopping malls, hotels, luxury apartments, and office blocks; the rents in Seef is the highest in the whole country along with Amwaj Islands. A two bedroom flat will cost between 600 – 800 BHD, depending on the building.
Adliya is a busy multicultural area that is popular with being like a melting pot of different traditions and cultures. Located in the east of the kingdom, Adliya is home to entertainment, culture, and commerce as it has a huge number of cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs. It is known to be one of the four centers of the nightlife of Manama. So if you have an active lifestyle and enjoy going out much in the evening, Adliya is definitely the right place. Recently, numerous old townhouses were turned into chic restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, making the region looks like a bourgeois area. A two bedroom apartment in Adliya will have a rental price of approximately 500 BHD per month.
Juffair is Manama’s most bustling and vibrant area. It is mostly occupied by expats, especially Americans, as Juffair has the largest United States navy-base in the region which made an impact on the culture of the neighborhood. So it is for sure one of the best places to rent in Bahrain, especially for Americans. Juffair houses the largest mosque in Bahrain, Al Fateh Mosque which enormous dome of the brand new National Library. In addition, the offices of the CIO (Central Informatics Organization), Bahrain Tribune newspaper, Ministry of Islamic Affairs, BSE (Bahrain Society of Engineers), the Modern Knowledge School and Bahrain School are all based in Juffair. It also has a diverse range of shopping malls, retail centers, international cafes and restaurants along with bars and clubs for nightlife lovers. Rental prices in Juffair and Adliya are relatively cheap compared to Amwaj Islands and Seef. A three bedroom apartment costs between 500 and 1000 BHD per month.
Saar is home to a number of villas, gated communities, and compounds with residents of expatriates, ambassadors, and affluent families. The inhabit mix is made up of English, American, Indian and Pakistani people. Saar is originally a farm land, greener than urban residential areas in entire Bahrain. Saar is popular for its calm, relaxing, and elegant neighborhoods as well as the very light traffic movement. Located in the north, Saar is very near to King Fahd causeway which connects between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. There are three malls located in Saar, and they are Najeebi Centre Mall, Al Nakheel, and the newly opened Saar Mall. Saar also has 2 Expat clubs, The Dilmun Club and the Rugby Football Club. In addition, Saar has a cinema that plays films in many languages and with subtitles. You will also find many gyms, a dance school, and numerous ladies’ salons. University College of Bahrain (UCB) has a campus situated in Saar. The rental price of a four-bedroom villa in Saar will cost between 1000 and 2000 BHD.
Riffa is the second-largest city and one of the best places to rent in Bahrain. Riffa is divided into two regions: East Riffa and West Riffa. East Riffa is a popular residential area among expats, especially the newly developed Riffa Views. Riffa Views is a large commercial and residential center that includes supermarkets, commercial districts, artificial lakes, an international school, and is going to have access to the recently opened Royal Women’s University. Moreover, the Royal Golf Club and The National Stadium of Bahrain is located in the East Riffa, where important football matches and sports events take place.
West Riffa is more of a suburban region that is inhabited mostly by the business investors, ministers, and the ruling family. The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, both live in West Riffa. Riffa’s famous clock tower is located in the center of West Riffa. The rent of a four-bedroom villa in Riffa is about 1500 BHD per month.