The region’s start-up launchpad

Bahrain’s economic freedom and minimal taxes have led us to be exceptionally business and entrepreneurship friendly.

Over $150mn

Start-up loans awarded annually by the Bahrain Development Bank

Exceptional projected growth over the next 3 years

  • 10.3%

    Bahrain’s ICT market annual growth rate

  • $2.7bn

    Projected ICT market value by 2020

0% tax

No corporate income tax, personal income tax, capital gains tax or withholding tax

Start-up opportunities are waiting for you in Bahrain

Bahrain has put and continues to put the building blocks in place for innovation, start-ups and entrepreneurship. Here are a few of the most recent developments bolstering the community.

500 Falcons

500 Falcons

500 Startups, a leading global VC seed fund and accelerator based in Silicon Valley announced in Bahrain the launch of a USD 30-million fund for MENA companies, 500 Falcons.

C5 Accelerate Limited

C5 Accelerate Limited

C5 Accelerate Limited, in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Bahrain Economic Development Board, and Tamkeen, launched the first accelerator dedicated to cloud start-ups in the Middle East.

Business Incubator Support Programme

Business Incubator Support Programme

Tamkeen has signed agreements with Khaleeji Commercial Bank and Bahrain Development Bank to expand low financing options available to start-ups and to expand the number of incubator centres.

Tamkeen offers start-ups incubator support, access to advisory services and grants for capital investment.

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The environment you need for a successful launch

From incubators and accelerators to a globally top-rated expat life, Bahrain is fully set up to support entrepreneurs of the region and beyond.

Seamless set-up for your company

EDB Bahrain ensures that starting your business is as easy as possible, with expert assistance, minimal bureaucracy and the lowest operating costs.

35 Bahraini universities and technical institutes

The majority of the ICT workforce (89%) hold either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree, and 44% hold another professional certification.

Robust ICT

Ranked first in the region for ICT infrastructure, Bahrain has the best base for technology and innovation to thrive.

Supportive visa policies

One-month visa upon arrival to nationals of over 66 countries, with the ability to renew for an additional three months.

The highest quality of life for expats

Bahrain ranks ninth overall in the world for expat satisfaction, and number one in the entire GCC.

Lowest operating costs

Reduce your expenditure and operate cost-effectively—total operational costs are 30% lower than in other GCC hubs.

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