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Bahrain is the complete package

Bahrain’s market, although small, hosts a range of IT companies within the areas of IT services, IT distribution, IT consultancy, data management systems, software developers and customer support centres. Ranked the first in MENA for ICT readiness, Bahrain offers the most competitive and affordable ICT services in the region.

Having been the first country regionally to fully deregulate its telecommunications market, Bahrain continues to pioneer by becoming the first economy in the GCC to adopt a cloud-first policy. Bahrain’s government is committed to accelerating the transition to the cloud, enabling a more forward-thinking approach to data management as well as expanding business opportunities.

Bahrain offers information and communications technology companies various benefits including a business-friendly regulatory environment, great access to the regional market, a robust ICT infrastructure, a cost competitive location, powerful internet connectivity systems, availability of skilled human capital and various office setup options.

Business-friendly regulatory framework

  • 100%

    Bahrain offers foreign investors in the ICT sector 100% business ownership

  • 0%

    Bahrain also offers 0% tax (corporate and personal tax), making it the most liberal tax regime in the gulf.

Superior internet and networking capabilities

  • 4

    Submarine fiber optics systems

  • 2

    Terrestrial dark fiber systems

  • Bahrain offers internet bandwidth to connect to regional nodes in MENA, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia
  • 11th

    globally for Telecoms Infrastructure by the UN (2016)

  • 1st

    in MENA in ICT readiness, Bahrain offers nationwide high speed 4G LTE network

As a pioneer within the region, Bahrain was the first country in the GCC to fully deregulate its telecommunications market.

Access to the market

Bahrain lies at the heart of the Arabian Gulf, providing fast and efficient access to a $1.5 trillion market. The regional route network and Bahrain’s central location allows easy access to large neighbouring economies like Saudi Arabia.

The total value of the ICT market in the Middle East is forecast to reach USD 200bn in 2017. As such, the region presents various information and communications technology opportunities in a range of different sectors including:

Digital content & e-commerce

  • USD 200bn

    MENA’s e-commerce sector will grow from USD20 bn in 2017 to USD 200 bn in 2020

  • 13% p.a

    The online gaming market is growing at 13% p.a. and mobile gaming at 18% p.a.

  • USD 4bn

    The MENA region’s digital media market is forecasted to triple in size to USD 4bn by 2020

Cybersecurity

There is a big opportunity for cybersecurity firms in the region with the average financial loss for companies in MENA amounting to USD 2.5 mn due to security incidents

Cloud (datacenter & software as a service)

  • 41% p.a.

    Projected to grow at 41% p.a.

  • 83%

    By 2019, 83% of datacenter traffic in MENA will be cloud based.

Business services

  • USD 1.3bn

    GCC is a USD 1.3bn outsourcing market

  • 41%

    Growing at 41% to USD 1.86bn by 2021

All figures are in 100’s for an office of 300sqm and 7 employees

Source: Cost of doing business in Bahrain, KPMG report 2016

Total costs in USD

Source: Cost of doing business in Bahrain, KPMG report 2016

Ready-to-go commercial office spaces at:

Bahrain Financial Harbor
Bahrain World Trade Center
Al Moayyed Tower
Fakhroo Tower

Serviced offices:

Regus
Servcorp
Alliance

Landing pads/incubators:

C5 Accelerate
Brinc
CH9
Rukn

Hub for human capital

A hub for qualified people with exceptional talent, Bahrain ranks 1st in the Human Capital Index in the MENA region. More than 90% of the ICT workforce is bilingual, and 48% of graduates from Bahraini universities come from business administration, computing and ICT courses.

Bahrain provides companies a great opportunity to build teams of people that match their needs.

As a result of Bahrain’s liberal business environment and visa system companies are able to hire teams of local and international staff to better service their regional clients.

Tamkeen, a semi-government organization bolstering the private sector, offers salary and training subsidiaries as well as grants to cover other costs (equipment, IT infrastructure, marketing).

Source: WEF – Human Capital Report 2016, Higher Education Council 2014

Bahrain ranks 1st in MENA for ICT penetration at the individual usage level, and 14th globally among 139 economies. (2016 World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report)

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Discover Bahrain’s strengths, sector by sector

Bahrain offers an ideal location for ICT companies to access the fast-growing Middle East and GCC markets across key sectors. From cloud computing companies to digital entertainment enterprises and internet security providers, Bahrain offers plenty of room to grow.

Cloud

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Entertainment

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Join a powerful network in Bahrain that includes these information and communications technology companies.

Bahrain offers exceptional opportunities for digital start-ups, with 22% growth in Software and 13.3% growth in IT services projected over the next 3 years.

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Additional resources

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

ICT
factsheet

An overview and factsheet of the ICT sector in Bahrain, outlining how Bahrain has emerged as a leading location for IT business opportunities.

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ICT industry
in Bahrain

An in-depth look at the advantages of Bahrain’s ICT sector, including high demand for mobile data, applications and services; widespread regional internet use; and a strong ICT ecosystem.

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Sabre

An in-depth look at why Sabre, a company offering airline and hotel software, data, mobile and distribution solutions, chose to base its regional headquarters in Bahrain.

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Elite

An in-depth look at how Bahrain has been the ideal location for Elite Technologies to expand as a business specializing in digital information services and systems.

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Meet the team

We at Bahrain EDB are excited to help you begin or grow your information and communications technology venture in Bahrain.

John Kilmartin

Executive Director

Fajer Al Pachachi

Manager

Pakiza Abdulrahman

Manager

Amal Askar

Senior Executive

Khaled Abdulla

Executive

Marwa Almosawi

Coordinator

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