Vote for Bahrain!

Guys, there is a “spot poll” on ArabianBusiness.com which asks which is the best ME city to do business in; Bahrain is currently #2 at 27.9% after Dubai at 46.7%.

Could you please go there and vote (for Bahrain of course!)

Come on.. it’s a good gift for our lovely country on her Independence Day! Go on and do it!

update 16 Aug, ’07 – poll has closed now with Bahrain topping 60%, WE WON! Congrats Bahrain and thanks to everyone who voted for our fair isles.

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29 Comments
  • Simon Columbus
    14 August 2007

    Hehe… you may criticize your government every day, but if Dubai’s in front 😆

  • mahmood
    14 August 2007

    Patriotism, you see! Bahrain FIRST and foremost.

    And even if we do criticise, it is always with the thought of making it even better than what it currently is.

  • H.
    15 August 2007

    Hello hello :3
    Its just coming up to almost 50% now, we’re in first place.

  • Anon2
    15 August 2007

    Who are we kidding… Dubia IS better. With all the corruption and political mismanagement, there is no comparison.

  • mahmood
    15 August 2007

    Yeah we have a lot of work to do, but put a positive attitude on and hopefully things will get done!

    Happy Independence Day (this is the footer on all my email messages today, do the same to yours 😀 )

  • mahmood
    15 August 2007

    Way to go guys! Let’s keep it up!! 😎

  • hamad
    15 August 2007

    You got my vote Mahmood . Bahrain always first

  • ammaro.com
    15 August 2007

    no frickin way! how did we surpass dubai? the votes have been rigged guys! damn, it feels like our parlimental elections all over again

  • H.
    15 August 2007

    I think its all the traffic referred from here XD
    You’ve got some influence Mahmood!!

  • mahmood
    15 August 2007

    come on guys, you’re all bloggers too, so add a request in a post for your readers to go and vote for Bahrain too!

    Happy Independence Day Bahrain 😀

  • juliyya
    15 August 2007

    My vote took Bahrain to 51.1 while Dubai hovers around the same percentage as Bush’s approval rating. Hmmm.

  • Finlandi
    15 August 2007

    SPOT POLL

    What is the best Middle East city to do business in?
    Abu Dhabi
    3.2%
    Bahrain
    52.6%
    Beirut
    4.0%
    Cairo
    0.0%
    Doha
    2.4%
    Dubai
    31.5%
    Jeddah
    0.8%
    Kuwait City
    2.8%
    Muscat
    0.4%
    Riyadh
    2.4%
    Total votes: 2385

  • sillybahrainigirl
    15 August 2007

    To vote .. or not to vote! That is the question 🙂

  • Esra'a
    15 August 2007

    SBG, siktay oo vote bala dala3.

    53% and counting!

  • sillybahrainigirl
    15 August 2007

    I DID VOTE… WALLA I DID!

  • mahmood
    15 August 2007

    You two are still together? Oh God, catfights galore… I pray for Ammar 😈

  • sillybahrainigirl
    15 August 2007

    Esraa just trapped a bee between the window and the mesh!! Also, we are off to Best Buy to buy some computer toys to do our own podcast. Look out for it mate!

  • mahmood
    15 August 2007

    I’m looking forward to it! Have fun.

  • Grace
    16 August 2007

    Its over 59% 🙂 I am so proud.

  • mahmood
    16 August 2007

    Yes Sir!

    Carry on guys, thanks very much for your support, please keep at it. I have no idea when they will close the poll so let’s not let our guard down just yet. It’s only over when the webmaster sings!

  • ammaro.com
    16 August 2007

    my vote is reserved for Abu Dhabi

    😆

  • mahmood
    16 August 2007

    That site is a bloody joke. The poll has been replaced by another one now and I can’t find the final results. Last I checked we topped 60%.

    Ah well. WE WON! CONGRATS BAHRAIN!

    :mrgreen: 😈

  • Adel
    16 August 2007

    This in Bahrain Tribune HeHeHe

    Yalla Bahrain
    Kingdom top business destination in ME: Poll
    KVS Madhav
    Senior Business Reporter

    Which is the best Middle East city to do business in? The question posed on a popular Middle East business website in an impromptu poll set off a flurry of clicks across the region and more than half of the voters plumped for Bahrain!
    Of the nearly 3,000 votes polled till late yesterday on the website, http://www.arabianbusiness.com, Bahrain garnered 54.2 per cent votes while Dubai, dubbed the glitzy El Dorado of today’s global investors, secured 30.8 per cent votes, a reflection of the dwindling investor sheen, meltdown in property market and more importantly, growing disenchantment of its residents over rising rentals and dipping salaries.
    Beirut received 3.5 per cent votes, Abu Dhabi 3.1 per cent, Kuwait 2.4 per cent while Riyadh and Doha polled 2.1 per cent each. Both Muscat and Jeddah secured 0.7 votes and Cairo 0.3 per cent.
    The spot poll focused on the business do’ability’ in the Middle East cities, touching upon factors that make businesses, life, careers and the city itself tick. How easy is it to live there, what is transport infrastructure like? How established are the rules of doing business? Is the business environment bureaucratic? Is real estate expensive? Is it a city at peace? Is there an available pool of skilled labour?
    “Dubai is gradually becoming a cocktail of Hollywood and Disneyland! It may lose its cutting edge as a professional destination unless work conditions, salary levels and housing needs are addressed urgently. Already the flow of professionals from some countries is ebbing,” one voter commented.
    “Dubai is a phenomena that is ahead of the rest. Those countries blessed with a more favourable social and climatic environment specialise in shooting themselves in the foot. They are not hospitable to those of a different religious culture,” another said in defence of Dubai.
    As Dubai took centrestage of discussion, Bahrain stood way ahead in the poll, just like its steady climb atop the Middle East business Everest away from the high profile humdrum of Dubai.

  • Redbelt
    17 August 2007

    I cannot tell a lie.
    Dubai is a much (MUCH) better city to do business in
    Doha is a city with much (MUCH) more potential (And money)
    comparatively, Bahrain is on a pace maker.

  • Adel
    17 August 2007

    Red belt all I can say regarding Dubai is better for now, and Doha no chance in a million years it’s all gas 😆

  • Redbelt
    18 August 2007

    Adel, Have you been to Doha?
    Yes, Qataris are no where as professional as Bahrainis are, nor is there any professional business like culture.
    But as someone who enacts change, let me tell you change comes from above. And the Qatari Royals are planning an immaculate transformation. Mark my words. I saw the small details, and it shows promise.

  • Adel
    18 August 2007

    Bahraini Royals are planning too and the projects in progress are nothing compared to what is planned and some are quite innovative. Be optimistic Bahrain has everything on it’s side but we are too pessimistic, even all the difficult politics here compared to the perceived stability on our neighbors side is to our favor.

  • Redbelt
    19 August 2007

    you might be right about pessimism. But I think It is due to something nore than that.
    Culture.
    It is our culture to no go the full length. And to produce bare minimum.
    Roads have 2 lanes instead of three or four.
    Sewage pipes (if any) are very tine compared to other neighbouring countries where you can walk in.
    Cars ordered by dealerships are stripped bare for the same price in other countries with the options.
    You make your building look good enough only for that annual report picture or on the side that a big shot will pass by.
    We build a “park” or a “garden” and all it has is sand, broken trash cans and a rusty dangerous swing.
    Do you get me? We do this because we can say, “well, we built a park, we built so and so”.
    Go up close to everything in Bahrain and the glitz fade away.
    Something That was the other way round in Qatar.
    THAT is why I felt someone really wants to make change. Not to show others there is change, but to feel change himself.

    If the plans you speak of include changing this culture, then count me in. Otherwise, prepare to be let down again my friend.

  • Adel
    20 August 2007

    You are right Redbelt in your last comment, but I see signs of change in the horizon. Some examples are Bahrain World Trade Center, Durrat Al Bahrain, and I hope Bahrain Bay will follow in their example, also some new government projects are looking beyond their feet. I hope soon we will break the achieve the minimum cycle.

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