Take advantage of a streamlined regulatory framework

EDB Bahrain works with businesses and the government to reduce regulatory burdens. While this is a continuous process, key advantages are already in place: from economic liberalisation and the reduction of incorporation requirements to streamlined border procedures and easy access to finance.

227%

Year-on-year growth in CRs (2015-2016)

Simplifying incorporation

Liberalisation of business activities

Bahrain stands out in the GCC: it has instituted policies allowing for the establishment of companies without local partners, has eliminated taxes, and divested government stakes in prime industries. Combined with Central Bank oversight, this makes for a superior operating environment.

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Abolition of minimum capital requirements

To promote business growth, Bahrain has enacted laws to significantly reduce the starting capital requirement for many commercial vehicles. Together with strong regulations, this makes it easier to start and operate a business in the Kingdom.

Our business environment

Advancing connectivity

Multiple new infrastructure and policy developments are greatly improving Bahrain’s connectedness. Dedicated 24-hour customs clearance and account managers at Bahrain Logistics Zone have made it a superior regional hub. Streamlining of procedures has supplemented infrastructure developments at King Fahd Causeway, where an additional causeway is under talks to connect Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Khalifa Bin Salman Port, since its recent IPO, has been welcoming some of the largest container ships in the region to connect to Bahrain’s multimodal hub.

Fastest customs clearance in the GCC

  • <60 min

    truck turnaround time at Khalifa Bin Salman Port

  • <3 hrs

    Container clearance time

  • <24 hrs

    Customs clearance at King Fahd Causeway

Instituting openness

Reductions in visa fees and the simplification of application procedures have greatly reduced burdens on companies looking to hire foreign nationals, and have driven a surge in the numbers of visitors to Bahrain.

80% reduction in visa fees

Reduced visa fees, combined with the a new investor visa category and e-visas for tourists, have contributed to easing restrictions on new visitors and entrepreneurs.

12.2 mn visitors

The number of visitors to Bahrain in 2016 has shown the effect of new immigration policies: a 6% year-on-year growth and strong future trend indicators point to their success.

Improving financial access

Bahrain is the first in the region to implement new financial services laws concerning Trusts, Invested Limited Partnerships, and Protected Cell Companies, aimed at increasing our competitive advantage.

Trusts laws

These laws create a legal framework for the creation of a trust and its liabilities, and allow the establishment of trusts for charitable and non-charitable purposes.

Protected Cell Companies

This law strengthens investors’ rights in separating their private assets from the company running their chosen fund, and additionally, also lowers operational costs.

Spurring economic development and creating future investment opportunities

In addition to its highly developed transportation and ICT networks, Bahrain has over USD 32 billion in infrastructure and real estate developments that are already in advanced stages of progress. More than an indicator of continued economic development in the Kingdom, these will create wide-reaching future opportunities across sectors as they approach completion.

Bahrain International Investment Park

FDI and export-oriented projects: BIIP is already in operation, and focuses on attracting value added projects to create high quality employment and wealth in an attractive world-class physical environment.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

This 5-star hotel resort in the heart of one of Bahrain’s most desirable locations rises 68 storeys on a 5-hectare (12-acre) private island, accessed by causeway, boat or water taxi, and with other upcoming hotels, is primed to create opportunities in the tourism sector.

Diyar al Muharraq Phase One

A complex of seven islands off the coast of Bahrain, this masterplanned city will feature waterways, beaches, parks and promenades—a prime opportunity for retail malls, five-star hotels and logistics centres.

King
Fahd
Causeway

Transportation and logistics: a vital infrastructure development supporting the future of the region, this causeway will improve throughput to Saudi Arabia, driving the logistics sector and visitor numbers and creating investment opportunities.

Innovative initiatives

The EDB and the Government of Bahrain are committed to drawing in the best of the newest wave of entrepreneurs. Bahrain has created multiple initiatives to attract and nurture these businesses, with a focus on creating a startup-centric ecosystem with supportive policies, high availability of business resources, and advanced ICT networks.

FinTech Regulatory Sandbox

Crafted by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a regulatory and ecosystem framework to enable FinTech businesses to thrive, this virtual space will be open for companies to test innovative new products over the course of 9–12 months and to then deploy them in Bahrain.

The space will be open to all existing CBB licensees and also local and foreign unlicensed companies, helping to create the foundation for a new wave of financial innovation.

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Startup Bahrain

Fast becoming known as Silicon Island, Bahrain has the best ICT infrastructure and penetration in the GCC, supportive visa policies, an empowered and talented local workforce, and the lowest operating costs in the region.

Combined with innovative new regulatory frameworks such as the FinTech regulatory sandbox, the Kingdom is building on its established success of attracting the latest startups into its thriving ecosystem.

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Bahrain concentrates on sectors that flow from our natural advantages

In addition to our strong regulatory frameworks and infrastructure developments, if you operate in the following established sectors of focus, we offer clear opportunities to outperform your competitors, just like the major companies already established here.

Financial services

 Manufacturing

 Logistics

Tourism & leisure

 ICT

Startups

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