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The GCC’s most established financial centre

A regional financial services hub in Bahrain will put you at the centre of a potent concentration of wealth. As a region that is expected to be valued at USD 2 trillion by 2020, you will be at the focal point of the GCC as well as the wider MENA region.

Largest non-oil contributor to Bahrain’s real GDP

  • 16.5%

    Sector contribution to GDP (2016)

  • $192.7bn

    Banking sector assets (Sep 2016)

  • $17.4bn

    Market capitalisation (April 2016)

  • 30%

    lower

Doing business in Bahrain costs approx. 30% lower than Qatar and Dubai
(Source: KPMG Report 2015)

Job creation

The FS sector employs more than 15,292 people, with a 59% Bahrainisation rate.

(Source: labor market regulatory authority, 2016)

Central Bank of Bahrain

  • Regulatory leadership

    Setting the framework for the financial services sector in Bahrain.

  • Single regulator

    Bahrain’s single source of governance for the entire financial system since 2002

With more than 40 years experience, Bahrain is the GCC’s longest established financial centre.

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Who’s Here:

Discover how Al Baraka leveraged its position in Bahrain to be selected as a ‘Top Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum, for exceeding industry standards in revenue growth, promoting innovative business practices and leadership in corporate citizenship.

The EDB makes it quick and straightforward to set up and operate in Bahrain.

Additional resources

A compilation of financial sector resources to download and read at your convenience.

Financial
services

Value proposition for financial institutions establishing regional presence in Bahrain.

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Financial Support Services

Find out how Bahrain’s ecosystem can support you with the resources needed to establish your service operations.

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GCC Financial
Forum 2017

The 6th annual forum brought together international policy makers, economists, academics and financiers.

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Costs of
doing business

An analysis of the cost competitive environment offered by Bahrain.

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CBB regulatory
sandbox

A framework to facilitate FinTech business innovations and encourage financial inclusion.

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Investment Limited
Partnership Law

Bahrain’s Investment Limited Partnership Law introduces new forms of structures and finding mechanisms for businesses to benefit from.

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Protected Cells
Companies Law

Strengthens investors’ rights by separating private assets from the protected cell company and legally regards each cell individually.

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Trusts
Law

The Trust Law is designed to facilitate estate planning, charitable activities, and financial activities.

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Bahrain for
Islamic finance

An introduction to MENA’s most influential Islamic finance centre.

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Start-up
Bahrain

Your guide to entering the start-up ecosystem in Bahrain.

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Meet the team

David Parker

Executive Director

Khalid Saad

Manager

Dalal Buheji

Manager

Dalia Al Sadiqi

Executive

Yasmeen Al Saffar

Senior Executive

Maryam Haji

Coordinator

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