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I am and I am looking to open a company specialising in as in Bahrain.
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You are allowed up to 49% ownership for the activity you selected

Based on your selection, please see below for the legal structure most relevant to your needs, and its required documents.

Other legal structures are also available. Please contact us for further information.

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    Investor Journey in Setting Up a Business in Bahrain

    The EDB team has simplified the process of starting a business in Bahrain into 3 easy steps.

    • 1

      Getting started

      • Prepare the required documents, which you can determine using our “Getting Your Business Set Up” tool above.
      • Please contact us to assist you in initiating the application process.
    • 2

      Obtaining initial approvals

      • At this step in the process, regulators will approve:
        • The name of your company
        • The owners, shareholders and directors
        • The business structure
      • Once the above have been approved, you will receive a Commercial Registration Certificate.
      • With this initial approval, you can move forward with the first steps of setting up, like:
        • Opening a bank account
        • Leasing office space
        • Hiring Bahraini employees
      • Keep in mind that you cannot begin business activities and transactions, or hire foreign employees, until you complete Step 3.
    • 3

      Receiving final license and regulatory approvals

      • During this step, and depending on the activities you have chosen, you will:
        • Receive municipal approvals
        • Receive approvals from regulators and licensing authorities
        • Pay for licensing fees and permits
        • Notarise and endorse the company’s newly formed Articles of Association/Memorandum of Association*
        • Deposit the company’s paid-up capital to your preference*
      • Upon completion, you will receive your activity licenses, which will be reflected on the Commercial Registration Certificate.

      *Physical attendance of the authorised signature is required.

    Start setting up your business

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