Ripe with opportunity
With our strategic location, a highly connected young population, and educated & bilingual workforce, Bahrain has a unique advantage to tap into the MENA region’s fast growing digital media market.
The region is also witnessing gaming interest in virtual reality technologies. Bahrain offers a full operations & fulfillment solution to e-commerce companies looking to expand either into or within the region.
With revenue set to top US$ 3.9 billion by 2023, MENA has the world’s highest gaming and e-sports growth rate. Bahrain is fast emerging as the gateway to this still largely untapped market and proving itself as an ideal test bed for developers creating Arabic-first content and other digital entertainment.
Digital revenue is expected to grow steadily to reach 46% of revenues by 2024. (PWC)
Of MENA consumers are willing to pay to consume digital content.
The e-commerce industry in the GCC region was expected to have a penetration rate of 12.2 percent of the offline retail in 2025 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The forecasted penetration rate grew to about 16.3 percent after the pandemic. (Statista)
in Network Infrastructure & Internet Users (% of households with internet) based on The Inclusive Internet Index 2021 issued by Facebook & The Economist.
Mobile cell subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2020.
Of the GCC population are gamers.
(NewZoo Global Market Report)
in Digital Literacy education based on The Inclusive Internet Index 2021 issued by Facebook & The Economist.
The region is witnessing an explosion in gaming and virtual reality technologies and the creative talent behind it. A strong gaming community allows Bahrain to host a year-long calendar of events and activities where international companies showcase their games for thousands of attendees. In recent years, Bahrain has been proud to host:
Bahrain gaming Experience
Blast Pro Series Final
With a dialect easily understood across the region and a young & bilingual ICT workforce, Bahrain provides companies with the tools to tap into the localized gaming market, reaching 400mn+ Arabic speakers in the MENA region.
Bahrain offers a creative environment for companies within the digital content field with a newly launched Arts Incubator to further foster this sector. (World Bank)
The e-retail industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region was expected to have a penetration rate of 12.2 percent of the offline retail in 2025 before the COVID-19 pandemic. The forecasted penetration rate grew to about 16.3 percent after the pandemic. (Statista)
Based on the 2020 UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index, Bahrain is within the top 10 countries globally Enabling B2C e-commerce in West Asia. 83% of population own financial accounts or mobile money service providers, and 27% of Internet users are online shoppers.
With unrivalled connectivity and logistics access to key regional e-commerce markets including Saudi and Kuwait, Bahrain is at the epicentre of the regional e-commerce business opportunity.