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The GCC’s most established financial centre

The GCC’s acknowledged financial capital, Bahrain has built a financial services sector comprising around 400 local, regional and global institutions.

A regional financial services hub in Bahrain will put you at the centre of a growing concentration of wealth. The regional market is valued at USD 1.5 trillion and Bahrain finance companies are at the focal point of the GCC as well as the wider MENA region. Whether you are  a financial services, banking, or exchange company, Bahrain’s progressive regulatory environment ensures the region’s longest established financial centre remains its most innovative.

The financial industry is the largest non-oil contributor to Bahrain’s real GDP

  • 16.7%

    Sector contribution to GDP (2018)

  • $201.2bn

    Banking sector assets (2019)

  • $17.4bn

    Market capitalisation (April 2016)

  • 1st in MENA

    for Finance Freedom (Source: Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom 2020)

  • 50 – 55%

    lower

Doing business in Bahrain costs approx. 50 – 55% less capital than it does in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
(Source: KPMG Report 2018)

Job creation

The financial services industry employs more than 14,148 people in Bahrain.

(Source: Central Bank of Bahrain, 2018)

Central Bank of Bahrain

  • Regulatory leadership

    Setting the framework for the financial services sector in Bahrain.

  • Single regulator

    Bahrain’s single source of governance for the entire financial system since 2002

Who’s Here:

From banking services to FinTech innovators, companies in Bahrain are moving the industry forward from their key location in Bahrain. Here are just a few of the companies whose investment in Bahrain and its finance industry has been instrumental to their success.

Discover how Al Baraka leveraged its position in Bahrain to be selected as a ‘Top Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum, for exceeding industry standards in revenue growth, promoting innovative business practices and leadership in corporate citizenship.

Bahrain EDB makes it quick and straightforward to set up and operate in Bahrain for financial services, FinTech, and other financing and exchange companies. Bahrain EDB guides businesses through the process with crucial information and resources about the opportunities in Bahrain to help financial services companies thrive and grow.

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Discover how Al Baraka leveraged its position in Bahrain to be selected as a ‘Top Global Growth Company’ by the World Economic Forum, for exceeding industry standards in revenue growth, promoting innovative business practices and leadership in corporate citizenship.

The EDB makes it quick and straightforward to set up and operate in Bahrain.

Additional resources

A compilation of financial sector resources is available to download. Discover opportunities in Bahrain whatever your specialism with the financial services industry.

Financial
services

Value proposition for financial institutions establishing a regional presence in Bahrain.

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Financial Support Services

Find out how Bahrain’s ecosystem can support you with the resources needed to establish your service operations.

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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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KPMG Cost of Doing Business – Financial Services May 2018

This report looks at the typical costs associated with operating a financial services firm in Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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CBB regulatory
sandbox

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

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Investment Limited
Partnership Law

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

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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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Trusts
Law

The Trust Law is designed to facilitate estate planning, charitable activities, and financial activities.

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Bahrain for
Islamic finance

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

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Start-up
Bahrain

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

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Meet the team

David Parker

Co Chief Investment Officer

Dalal Buhejji

Director

Yasmeen Al Saffar

Manager

Naseem Fekri

Senior Executive

Reem AlBaker

Junior Executive

Marwa Almosawi

Coordinator

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