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The GCC’s most established financial centre

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 1.5 trillion and financial companies located in Bahrain are at the focal point of the GCC as well as the wider MENA region.

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)

  • 50 – 55%


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.

(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

With more than 40 years experience, Bahrain is the GCC’s longest established financial centre. Enter the financial services industry with an investment in banking, insurance or other key financial services.Companies see a strong return on their funds as they thrive in Bahrain’s supportive climate.

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Who’s Here:

Here are just a few of the financial industry companies whose investment in Bahrain 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.

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

Additional resources

A compilation of financial sector resources to download and read at your convenience.


Value proposition for financial institutions establishing 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

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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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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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

Senior Manager

Yasmeen Al Saffar


Dalia Al Sadiqi

Senior Executive

Tareq Noor

Senior Executive

Marwa Almosawi


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