A global Islamic finance pioneer

Bahrain is recognized as the global leader in Islamic finance, ranking 2nd in MENA and 4th globally for Islamic finance development (ICD 2021). We set the benchmark early for Islamic banking regulation by establishing the Bahrain Islamic Bank in 1978, and have nurtured the concepts, rules, and standards of Shari’a banking compliance in Islamic banks ever since. In this way, we are able to cater to the needs of both mainstream Islamic finance and the new breed of FinTech entrepreneurs who offer Shari’a-compliant products. Our continued focus on innovation and customer service has made Bahrain a top destination for Islamic finance development.

An unrivalled knowledge hub

Bahrain has the highest concentration of Islamic finance institutions in the region: 11 wholesale Islamic banks and 6 retail Islamic banks. A highly connected ecosystem, our expertise spans every area of Islamic financing, from asset management and Sukuk issuance to Shari’a-compliant insurance and reinsurance.

A growing Takaful industry

Bahrain, currently home to 6 Takaful firms and 2 Retakaful firms, is the ideal jurisdiction for the industry. The Central Bank of Bahrain has also implemented the new Takaful model which enhances solvency status assessment of these firms.

Largest Islamic finance market in the region

Total Islamic banking assets held in Bahrain stood at USD 34.6bn as of 2021, making it one of the region’s largest Islamic finance and banking markets.

An innovative government

The Central Bank of Bahrain is continuously implementing new initiatives and policy tools to further develop Bahrain’s standing in Islamic finance, most recently: a new Takaful model and a new Shari’a-compliant Wakalah investment tool.

Bahrain is home to the region’s largest concentration of Islamic finance institutions that deal in almost every area of Islamic finance and Islamic products. We are proud to rank 2nd in MENA and 4th across the global for Islamic finance development, per the ICD Islamic Finance Development Report 2021.

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

“When you want to create a bank, first of all you have to think about the law, the regulator, the staff, if the country is open and if I can transfer my profits. All these things are in Bahrain.”

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