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Cost competitive

  • 0% tax

    No corporate income tax or personal income tax.

  • 35% cheaper

    Cost of setting up and operating businesses is 20% to 35% cheaper than in other GCC countries.

  • Government grants

    Investment grants are offered by the labour fund (Tamkeen).

  • Low-cost leases

    Cheap industrial land lease rates with no additional fees or service charges.

  • Lower cost of living

    The cost of living in Bahrain is lower than in most GCC countries.

  • Subsidized interest rates

    Subsidized interest rate on financing facilities offered by the labour fund (Tamkeen).

Strategic location

As an established hub for the Northern Gulf, Bahrain has the fastest time to access the Saudi Arabia market, with 75% of Saudi Arabia within a few hours drive and all of the GCC within an hour’s flight or less.

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Favorable business environment

100% foreign ownership

Bahrain is the only country in the region that offers 100% foreign ownership in manufacturing and distribution without free-zone restrictions.

Customs duty exemptions

Manufacturing, raw materials importing, plant machinery, and spare parts are exempted from paying 5% customs duty.

Wide duty-free access

Duty free access to the following countries: GCC, USA, Singapore, all 14 Arab countries, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Lichtenstein.

Skilled & affordable local workforce


Access to the most educated workforce in the GCC, with a 95% literacy rate.


Availability of skilled, well-educated, and bi-lingual local workforce in Bahrain at all levels.


Access to government financial and training support for local employment.


Allowance for 100% non-Bahraini force if needed, by paying an extra fee.

World class infrastructure


The shortest transit time between seaport, airport and industrial zones in the Gulf.


Khalifa Bin Salman Port is the most efficient port in the region, with a sub-3 hour turnaround.


Khalifa Bin Salman Port offers the fastest customs clearance of any country in the GCC.


High-standard industrial zones designed to meet the needs of tomorrow's businesses.

Discover Bahrain’s strengths, sector by sector


Industrial services




Plastics and chemicals


Manufacturing contributes significantly to Bahrain’s GDP, with significant growth recorded in downstream and skilled industries.

Bahrain international investment park

Bahrain offers companies world-class, high standard industrial zones, such as the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP). The landmark industrial park offers 100% foreign ownership, a 10-year guaranteed 0% tax rate and duty free access to the GCC, GAFTA, and the USA.

With full exemption from local employment for the first 5 years of operation, competitive land rental prices and utility costs, and comprehensive after-care support, BIIP is a world class, cost-effective industrial park for value added manufacturing and international services projects.

Who’s here

Learn why a move by one of the world’s biggest food companies has demonstrated firm confidence in Bahrain as a location for manufacturing and an export hub to key markets.

Additional resources

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

Manufacturing & logistics in Bahrain

An overview of Bahrain as a manufacturing hub and gateway to the region.

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KPMG industrial services GCC costs report

Learn why Bahrain is the most cost-effective option.

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industry factsheet

An overview and factsheet of the state of the sector.

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Meet the team

Hussain Rajab


Ali Al-Mudaifa

Senior Executive

Mohammed Al Madani

Senior Executive

Dana Abdullah

Senior Executive

Maryam Haji


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