In the suburbs of Bahrain capital city Manama, you will find Sanabis; a small area located in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Sanabis is traditionally seen as a commercial center alongside Seef and the Central Business District; this is evident due to the presence of multiple skyscrapers and malls. Native villagers from Sanabis are noted to have had a distinct accent.
Sanabis is said to be inhabited by 1500 Bahraini who primarily engage in boat-building, pearling, and fishing. According to this, the village had a noticeable pretty mosque situated in the center of the village. At the time, there were an estimated 900 date palm trees, 16 donkeys, 10 cattle, and 30 pearling boats belonging to Sanabis.
The definition of the word Sanabis is disputed, with the most popular view being that members of the Sunbus tribe which traces its origins to the Qahtanite Tayy tribe migrated from Khobar to Qatif and Bahrain, and the areas that they settled in were named Sinbas after the tribe's name but which later became known as Sanabis.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small Arab state situated in a bay on the southwestern coast of the Arabian Gulf. It is an archipelago consisting of Bahrain Island and more than 30 smaller islands. Bahrain is believed to be the site of the ancient kingdom of Dilmun, a commercial center that traded with ancient Sumer.
Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet responsible for naval forces in the Arabian Gulf. All of that has helped the kingdom to become one of the best countries in the world for expatriates. The capital city and port, Manama (where Sanabis is located), is situated on the northeastern tip of Bahrain Island. Manama is a modern city and a favorite destination for Saudi and other Gulf citizens who visit and converge on the city to enjoy its restaurants and bars on weekends.
Sanabis offers a variety of flats to choose from with affordable average prices. For example; a fully furnished flat for rent in Sanabis with one-bedroom starts at 300 BHD per month, while the rental price of a two-bedroom flat (fully furnished) starts from 400- 500 BHD per month. A luxurious three-bedroom flat starts from 700 BHD.
Sanabis is located in the capital city of Manama near the Seef area. Seef houses the two biggest shopping malls in Bahrain (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; renting a flat in Sanabis can offer you a variety of job vacancies.
There is no annual increase in renting apartments in Sanabis. The Bahraini Lease Law states that the rent cannot be increased unless the tenant has been living in the property for two years. The level of increase is 5% for residential leases and 7% for all other leases. The rent cannot be increased more than 5 times during the term of the lease. A landlord must provide a minimum of 3 months written notice in advance if he/she is going to increase your rent.
Furnished apartments usually are inclusive EWA – meaning your landlord will pay the electricity and water bills, as well as the municipal rental tax, which is 10% of your rent.
Even though Bahrain comprises some freehold zones, which means that foreigners can buy properties in those areas, residency is only given upon buying the property among other rules and regulations. So no residency is given for renting flats in Sanabis.
No, Sanabis has a diverse range of furnished, semi-furnished and unfurnished apartments to choose from. It's all up to you. But when you choose, if you have a fixed-term contract, it may be best for you to choose furnished so you don’t face the hassle of shipping your furniture home or the mad dash to sell it before you leave at the end of your contract.