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What is a foreign investment?

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is where a company or individual chooses to establish business operations, or invest capital, in a country outside of their own domestic market. Unlike some countries, investors in Bahrain can benefit from 100% foreign ownership across most sectors, with no requirement for a local partner. FDI into Bahrain grew 114% in 2017, to $519 million, despite the global FDI trend falling 23% that year.

Why you should invest in business in other countries

Foreign direct investment allows investors to take advantage of business sectors that may be different from what is offered by their domestic market. The chance to invest in business offerings in a foreign country can help you diversify your portfolio and can also open the door to future international business opportunities. Bahrain has the most diverse economy in the Gulf; in fact, 80% of its GDP was generated from non-oil sectors in 2016, and that percentage continues to increase.

Investment in foreign countries and markets can allow for greater opportunities for growth, trade, and profit in different business sectors, as well as improved access to neighboring international businesses. Bahrain offers both due to its business-friendly laws and policies, physical proximity to other Middle Eastern countries and inclusion in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Prime opportunities

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors which encourage businesses to capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages. These represent just a small selection of opportunities available to international investors, businesses and entrepreneurs looking to enter the market in Bahrain, and we encourage you to contact us for a personalised discussion.

Financial services

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 Manufacturing

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 Logistics

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Tourism & leisure

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 ICT

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Startups

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Spurring economic development and creating future investment opportunities

In addition to its highly developed transportation and ICT networks, Bahrain has over USD 32 billion in infrastructure and real estate developments that are already in advanced stages of progress. More than just an indicator of continued economic development in the Kingdom, these will create wide-reaching future opportunities for investors across sectors as they approach completion.

Bahrain Airport Modernisation Programme

The Bahrain Airport Modernisation Programme involves the enhancement and expansion of the airport’s infrastructure and cargo handling capacity. It is set to increase capacity by 65% from 8 to 14 million passengers per annum, and cargo is expected to hit 1 million metric tonnes per annum.

Bahrain Bay

The Bahrain Bay is a mixed-use, urban, waterfront development which combines residential, commercial, tourism and community facilities and amenities.

Diyar Al Muharraq

An all-encompassing development off the coast of Bahrain, Diyar Al Muharraq is planned to include a mix of residential and commercial properties. The development will feature a masterplanned city that will boast beaches, parks and promenades, medical centres, schools, shopping malls and hotels.

King Hamad
Causeway

A vital infrastructure development supporting the future of the region, this causeway will improve throughput to Saudi Arabia, driving the logistics sector and visitor numbers and creating investment opportunities.

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