Cost of living in Manama, Bahrain

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dinar 5.463
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dinar 2.388
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dinar 1.637
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dinar 0.858
12 eggs, large Dinar 2.293
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dinar 0.603
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dinar 2.322
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dinar 1.059
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dinar 0.647
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dinar 1.286
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dinar 10
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dinar 0.909
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dinar 0.130
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dinar 646
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dinar 402
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dinar 35
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dinar 400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dinar 190
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dinar 44
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dinar 11
40” flat screen TV Dinar 142
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dinar 37
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dinar 2.959
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dinar 1.997
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dinar 20
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dinar 20
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dinar 30
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dinar 28
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dinar 7,372
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dinar 0.156
Monthly ticket public transport Dinar 12
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dinar 5.850
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dinar 1.820
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dinar 4.967
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dinar 15
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dinar 2.702
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dinar 1.633
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dinar 1.650
4 rolls of toilet paper Dinar 0.932
Tube of toothpaste Dinar 1.065
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dinar 2.719
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dinar 10
2 tickets to the movies Dinar 5.620
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dinar 10
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dinar 24
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dinar 9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dinar 1.874
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dinar 3.601
iPod nano 16GB Dinar 97
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dinar 0.072
1 month of gym membership in business district Dinar 42
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dinar 1.207
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 598 prices entered by 72 different people.
Latest price update: April 28, 2017.

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