The GCC’s most established and largest financial centre

A regional financial services base in Bahrain will put you at the centre of one of the most potent concentrations of wealth on the planet. You will be at the focal point of the GCC, a region that is expected to be valued at USD 2 trillion by 2020, and the wider MENA region.

400+ Financial institutions

Bahrain has the region’s highest concentration of financial services firms

2nd largest contributor to Bahrain’s real GDP

  • 17.2%

    Sector contribution
    to GDP

  • $192.7bn

    Banking sector
    assets (Sep 2016)

  • $17.4bn

    Market capitalization
    (April 2016)

Unrivaled local expertise

Over 40 years

Financial Services Hub

First globally in Financial Regulations

Source: Thomson Reuters

Discover Bahrain’s strengths in innovation in Financial Services

Bahrain offers a distinctive mix of financial sectors, from private banking and asset management to investment and capital markets—all developing strongly. We think your business will find the perfect fit.

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

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Be at the heart of the opportunity

Bahrain provides a compelling case for financial institutions wanting to establish a regional base. You will join a centre of excellence that is established and thriving.

Powerful Financial Hub

Our 40-year experience means that we have more licensed financial institutions and registered and domiciled funds than anywhere in the region.

Robust Regulation

The Central Bank of Bahrain has regulated Bahrain’s financial system since 2002 & is widely regarded as one of the region’s most advanced supervisors.

Skilled Workforce

The Financial Services sector employs more than 14,000 people, of whom 62% are Bahraini & 35% are women, giving you access to a substantial talent pool.

Supportive Cluster

The Bahrain Institute for Banking & Finance qualified more than 200,000 people over the last three decades & provides training to students across the region.

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.


A compelling case for financial institutions establishing regional base in Bahrain.

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Bahrain for
Islamic finance

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

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Buy into

The regional hub for financial services.

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FinTech investment
in Bahrain

An overview of sector opportunities and advantages.

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Costs of
doing business

An analysis of the cost competitive environment offered by Bahrain.

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CBB regulatory

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

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

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Financial Support Services

Find out how Bahrain is primed to provide you with the resources needed to establish your support service operations.

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Investment Limited
Partnership Law

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

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Protected Cells
Companies Law

The 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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The Trusts Law is designed to facilitate estate planning, charitable activities, and financial activities, such as securitization.

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