The GCC’s most established financial centre
Acknowledged as the GCC’s 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 heart of the GCC as well as the wider MENA region. Whether you are a financial services, banking, or exchange company, the Kingdom’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
Sector contribution to GDP (2018)
Banking sector assets (2019)
Market capitalisation (April 2016)
1st in MENA
for Finance Freedom (Source: Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom 2020)
50 – 55%
Operating in Bahrain costs approx. 50 – 55% less capital than it does in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
(Source: KPMG Report 2018)
The financial services industry employs more than 14,148 Bahraini citizens.
(Source: Central Bank of Bahrain, 2018)
Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB)
Setting the framework for the financial services sector in the Kingdom.
Bahrain’s single source of governance for the entire financial system since 2002.
From banking services to FinTech innovators, companies in Bahrain are moving the industry forward. Here are just a few of those whose investment in Bahrain’s finance industry has been instrumental to their success.
Bahrain EDB makes it quick and straightforward to set up and operate in Bahrain for financial services, FinTech, and other financing and exchange institutions. The EDB guides each new or existing entity through the process with crucial information and resources about future business opportunities in Bahrain to help financial services companies thrive and grow.
A compilation of financial sector resources is available to download. Discover opportunities in Bahrain whatever your specialism with the financial services industry.
Discover what financial institutions establishing a regional presence out of the Kingdom can gain.
Financial Support Services
Find out how our ecosystem can support you with the resources needed to establish your service operations.
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.
CBB regulatory sandbox
A framework to facilitate FinTech innovations and encourage financial inclusion.
Investment Limited Partnership Law
Bahrain’s Investment Limited Partnership Law introduces new forms of structures and finding mechanisms for companies to benefit from.
Protected Cells Companies Law
Strengthens investors’ rights by separating private assets from the protected cell company and legally regards each cell individually.
The Trust Law is designed to facilitate estate planning, charitable activities, and financial activities.
Bahrain for Islamic finance
An introduction to MENA’s most influential Islamic finance centre.