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A regional opportunity

Education in Bahrain is in high demand and requires further investment to support its growth. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) student numbers are expected to reach 15 million by 2020, creating demand at all stages of the education system. However, there is currently insufficient high-quality education to meet this need. In Bahrain, education investors and providers have access to high-quality opportunities, domestically and across the region. Companies can also benefit from savings when it comes to taxes. There are no income taxes in Bahrain, and the education sector is exempt from value added tax (VAT).

  • 3.6%

    growth in GCC student numbers 2015-2020

  • 4.7%

    compound annual growth rate in Bahrain’s higher education market 2015-20

  • 25%

    increase in Bahrain private school enrolments 2013-17

Driven by growth

Why invest in education in Bahrain? The number of citizens under 20-years-old is expected to increase annually by 1.7% (around 30,000) over the next five years, creating progress in private education. In addition, a high number of expats and an increase in the expenses parents are willing to spend on schooling makes international education in Bahrain ever more popular. These factors create an ideal environment for an investment.

Nurseries and

Bahrain has 133 private kindergartens. Student numbers have increased 52% in five years.

Higher education

The Kingdom is already a hub for healthcare education. It’s a perfect model for other specializations.


Bahrain’s fastest growing sub-sector; student numbers have increased by 36% since 2013, an average of 7.2%.

Research and

Bahrain’s mature industries such as ICT and financial services are the springboard for product development.


There are opportunities, in partnership with foreign institutions, to align local skills with employment needs.

Closing the skills gap, opening up the future

Skilled instructors are needed for educational investments to thrive. With an economy that generates up to 8,000 new jobs a year, Bahrain knows all about matching graduate skills to market needs. By applying the following plans, we are creating opportunities for the full spectrum of education providers:

  • Higher education/college

    Bahrain’s first National Strategy is driving specialised education through improved teaching, accreditations and internships.

  • Continuous learning

    Organisations such as Tamkeen provide dedicated programmes and drive demand with programmes that enable nearly 10,000 people to upskill.

  • Specialised training

    Bahrain is applying its strengths in ICT and financial services to develop high skill levels in these areas.

Success Stories

Meet the team

Our highly skilled team is ready to help you learn more about education opportunities in Bahrain.

Hussain Rajab


Munther Al-Madawi


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