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Bahrain is the complete package

Bahrain’s market, although small, hosts a range of IT companies within the areas of IT services, IT distribution, IT consultancy, software developers and customer support centres. Ranked the first in MENA for ICT readiness, Bahrain offers the most competitive and affordable ICT services in the region.

Being the first regionally to fully deregulate its telecommunications market, Bahrain is now looking to build cloud first policy regulations. Wherein, Bahrain’s government is committed to accelerate the transition onto the cloud.

Bahrain offers various benefits including a business friendly regulatory environment, great access into the regional market, a robust ICT infrastructure, a cost competitive location, the availability of skilled human capital and various office setup options.

Business friendly regulatory framework

  • 100%

    ICT companies established in Bahrain are allowed to have 100% foreign ownership

  • 0%

    Bahrain also has 0% tax (corporate and personal tax), it is the most liberal tax regime in the gulf.

  • 4

    Submarine fiber optics systems

  • 2

    Terrestrial dark fiber systems

  • Bahrain offers bandwidth to connect to regional nodes in MENA, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia
  • 11th

    globally for Telecoms Infrastructure by the UN (2016)

  • 1st

    in MENA in ICT readiness, Bahrain offers nationwide high speed 4G LTE network

As a pioneer within the region, Bahrain was the first country in the GCC to fully deregulate its telecommunications market.

Access to the market

Bahrain lies at the heart of the Arabian Gulf, providing fast and efficient access to a $1.5 trillion market. The regional route network & Bahrain’s central location allows easy access to the regional market.
The value of the total IT market in the Middle East is forecasted to reach USD 200 bn in 2017. The region presents various opportunities in a range of different sectors including:

Digital content & e-commerce

  • USD 200bn

    MENA’s e-commerce sector will grow from USD20 bn in 2017 to USD 200 bn in 2020

  • 13% p.a

    The online gaming market is growing at 13% p.a. and mobile gaming at 18% p.a.

  • USD 4bn

    The MENA region’s digital media market is forecasted to triple in size to USD 4bn by 2020

Cybersecurity

The average financial loss in MENA due to security incidents amounts to USD 2.5 mn. Therefore, the need for cybersecurity firms in the region is becoming a pressing matter.

Cloud (datacenter & software as a service)

  • 41% p.a.

    Projected to grow at 41% p.a.

  • 83%

    By 2019, 83% of datacenter traffic in MENA will be cloud based.

Business services

  • USD 1.3bn

    GCC is a USD 1.3bn outsourcing market

  • 41%

    Growing at 41% to USD 1.86bn by 2021

All figures are in 100’s for an office of 300sqm and 7 employees

Source: Cost of doing business in Bahrain, KPMG report 2016

Total costs in USD

Source: Cost of doing business in Bahrain, KPMG report 2016

Ready-to-go commercial office spaces at:

Bahrain Financial Harbor
Bahrain World Trade Center
Al Moayyed Tower
Fakhroo Tower

Serviced offices:

Regus
Servcorp
Alliance

Landing pads/incubators:

C5 Accelerate
Brinc
CH9
Rukn

Hub for human capital

A hub for qualified talent, Bahrain ranks 1st in Human Capital Index in the MENA region. More than 90% of the ICT workforce is bilingual and 48% of graduates from Bahraini universities come from business administration and ICT courses.

Bahrain provides companies a great opportunity to build teams that match their needs.

As a result of Bahrain’s liberal business environment and visa system, companies are able to hire local and international hires to better service their regional clients.

Tamkeen, a semi-government organization bolstering the private sector, offers salary and training subsidiaries as well as grants to cover other costs (equipment, IT infrastructure, marketing).

Source: WEF – Human Capital Report 2016, Higher Education Council 2014

Bahrain ranks 1st in MENA for ICT penetration at the individual usage level, and 14th globally among 139 economies. (2016 World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report)

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Discover Bahrain’s strengths, sector by sector

Bahrain offers an ideal location for ICT companies to access the fast-growing Middle East and GCC markets across key sectors.

Cloud

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Cyber
Security

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Digital
Entertainment

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Who’s Here:

Bahrain offers exceptional opportunities to start-ups, with 22% growth in Software and 13.3% growth in IT services projected over the next 3 years.

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Additional resources

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

ICT
factsheet

An overview and factsheet of the state of the sector.

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ICT industry
in Bahrain

An in-depth look at Bahrain’s sector advantages.

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Sabre

An in-depth look at Sabre.

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Elite

An in-depth look at Elite.

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Meet the team

John Kilmartin

Executive Director

Mohamed Al Khalifa

Manager

Pakiza Abdulrahman

Manager

Fajer Al Pachachi

Senior Executive

Ameena Al-Shirawi

Executive

Maryam Haji

Coordinator

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