PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Simon B
 
Comments: 162
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:
 
 

Life in Bahrain

26 November 2010, 15:00  - Simon B
We live on the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. I have been in Middle East for approximately 10 years and would like to share with the readers the lifestyle and cultural experiences here.

Let’s list the good things first:

1. It is safe, we don’t lock the house doors at night and we can walk anywhere.

2. Salaries are compatible with US and EU salaries.

3. No personal tax.

4. Fuel is R2 per litre.

5. Cars are 50% of what it costs in SA.

6. Insurance is very low.

7. Contrary to the media bias, the local people are extremely nice.

8. We have bars, live entertainment and of course the F1.

9. Medicine in pharmacies is cheap and you don’t need a prescription.

10. You can go straight to the specialist and not have to go through a GP.

11. We can hop over to Dubai for a fun weekend and some shopping.

12. I can follow rugby on OSN satellite TV.

13. Strict Visa rules keeps out unwanted elements.

Secondly let’s list the “not so good” things:

1. Private schools are expensive, but it is good. Kids learn English (1), Arabic (2) and French (3) before they reach 8.

2. Citizenship is difficult to obtain.

3. Strict Visa rules also make it difficult to bring family/friends over for a visit. It’s not impossible, just difficult.

4. Being desert, summer is damn hot with 100% humidity.

Next move, not sure, but SA is not really on the list. With the current state of affairs we don’t see SA as an option. We call Bahrain our home.

- Are you a South African living abroad interested in sharing your views? What is it like for a South African living in a foreign country or how do you view South Africa from a distance? Send us your columns to feedback@news24.com and you might get published in our new Beyond Borders section.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
162 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Hauke Liefferink
Outsurance ads are angering Twitt...

With the latest Outsurance “racist” ad debacle we have reached a new low in advertising race relations. Read more...

0 comments 2277 views
Submitted by
Charl Asia
Unemployment in the new South Afr...

Lets keep using our votes to put pressure onto the ANC so that they are forced to make the changes for things to improve. In this situation, the pen is literally mighty indeed. Read more...

0 comments 331 views
Submitted by
Confidence Seleme
Why young people need to discover...

Discovering purpose is the solution to many of the youth-related challenges that we face today. When you have a purpose, doing drugs is no longer on your list of options. Read more...

0 comments 97 views
Submitted by
Chabana Chabana
SA should consider conjugal visit...

Informed by the Maslow I wish to move from the premise that every human being whether you are a prisoner or not, you somehow need to have a sexual congress and this cannot be avoided. Read more...

0 comments 179 views
Submitted by
Jerry Kole
A Pauper's Memorial Service

His body lies in state by the roadside - a poem. Read more...

0 comments 698 views
Submitted by
Shirley Hollander
Why I oppose the NHI – a reply to...

Even if the rich guys are willing to share equally while they’re paying the lions share, there still won’t be enough to go around. Read more...

0 comments 1037 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.