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What we do

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.

Why Invest In Bahrain?

Our achievements

In cooperation with the government and a range of partners, Bahrain EDB has worked since its inception in 2000 to implement a number of key initiatives that have raised the performance level of the national economy. We have focused significantly on raising economic competitiveness, increasing productivity and creating a skilled workforce in Bahrain.

2001

Reduced Customs Duties to support global economic exchange

2002

Liberalised the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to increase accessibility for users

2003

Introduced labour market reform to increase regulation

2005

Enhanced Bahrain Investors Centre to improve licensing and registration

2006

Contributed to several major privatisation projects

2010

Organised numerous promotional tours for Bahrain in targeted global markets

2011

Introduced, implemented and improved funds registrations, licensing and structures, as well as educational reforms

2012

Initiated the Bahrain School Agenda, a strategic roadmap with over 80 initiatives designed to raise performance of local schools

2013

Enacted legislation to help improve efficiency of cross-border trade

2016

Launched online registration portal Sijilat, MENA’s first cloud accelerator, and streamlined data transparency for investors

2017

Implemented nationwide Cloud First policy and launched nationwide Regulatory Sandbox

2018

Launched $100M Al Waha Fund of Funds and Export Bahrain initiative

Learn about Bahrain EDB’s activities over the years in driving FDI into Bahrain

Economic Vision 2030

Economic Vision 2030

Bahrain EDB is fully dedicated to enriching Bahrain’s investor environment, from now into the far future. As part of the Economic Vision 2030, Bahrain EDB initiated a programme of economic and institutional reform, including the coordination of the first National Economic Strategy.

Learn about the vision

National Development Strategy

National Development Strategy

Representing the next step in Bahrain’s journey toward the attainment of the Economic Vision 2030, this document outlines the Kingdom’s strategic direction for 2015-2018.

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Sustainable Investment

Bahrain EDB’s commitment towards sustainable investment has earned it recognition from the United Nations for excellence in boosting investment into sectors that will help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The award also acknowledges EDB’s work with Amazon Web Services, in promoting Bahrain’s digital economy.​

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We’re here to help

With worldwide offices and a dedicated team, Bahrain EDB is ready to help you make the right decision for your investment or business.

General FAQ

Read our frequently asked questions, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly if you need any other information.

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Global network

Thinking about your next big move? Our worldwide team is ready to introduce you to Bahrain’s market environment and help you begin the process.

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Vision and leadership

With oversight and guidance from our board of directors, Bahrain EDB’s committed leadership helps our team accomplish better outcomes for investors and businesses looking to establish a base of operations in the country.

Our board of directors The EDB management team

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