The ideal environment for any manufacturer

Manufacturers operating in Bahrain can avoid many of the financial and logistical challenges faced by companies elsewhere. Bahrain offers lower operating costs, a strategic location, a highly skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure, making it the ideal regional base. From food and beverage manufacturing to fiberglass production, new manufacturing business ideas flourish in Bahrain’s diverse and liberal business environment.

Cost competitive

Your manufacturing investment goes further in Bahrain thanks to our business-friendly policies.

  • 0% tax

    Bahrain offers 0% corporate income tax or personal income tax.

  • Up to 56% lower costs

    The cost of setting up and operating a company is up to 56% lower than in other GCC countries.

  • Government grants

    Investment grants are offered by Bahrain’s labour fund (Tamkeen).

  • Low-cost leases

    Bahrain offers low industrial land lease rates with no additional fees or service charges.

  • Lower cost of living

    People who relocate to Bahrain can look forward to a lower overall cost of living than in most other countries in the GCC.

Strategic location

As an established regional hub, Bahrain offers the fastest access to Saudi Arabia, with 75% of the Gulf’s largest market within a few hours’ drive and the rest of the GCC within an hour’s flight or less. Proximity to key locations, like Saudi Arabia, creates a direct route to market for manufacturing business ideas within a competitive industry.

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Favorable business environment

Production companies small and large can run and expand their business operations without the challenges common to the manufacturing business sector in other countries.

100% foreign ownership

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

Customs duty exemptions

Industrial manufacturing, raw materials imports, plant machinery equipment, and spare parts are exempt from customs duty.

Wide duty-free access

Bahrain offers duty-free access to the key economies of the GCC, USA, Singapore, all 14 Arab countries, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

FTA’s in Bahrain

Skilled & affordable local workforce

Run your manufacturing business using a local talent pool trained to excel in industry jobs of all kinds. The Bahraini workforce is the most educated in the GCC with a 95% literacy rate..


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

Government support

Access to government financial and training support for local employment.

Full flexibility

Authorized use of 100% non-Bahraini workforce if necessary, unlike elsewhere in the region.

World class infrastructure

Manufacturing business opportunities can be pursued freely in Bahrain as equipment, materials, goods and products move faster than anywhere else in the GCC.


The shortest transit time between seaport, airport and industrial zones in the Gulf can be found in Bahrain.


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

Is Bahrain the right home for your manufacturing business? There is a wide range of opportunities on offer within our key industry sectors, including:


Industrial services




Plastics and chemicals


Industrial manufacturing opportunities contribute significantly to Bahrain’s GDP, with significant growth recorded in downstream and skilled industries, such as logistics, healthcare and ICT.

Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP)

Bahrain offers companies a number of fully-equipped industrial zones, such as the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP). The BIIP is a world-class, cost-effective environment for value-added manufacturing and international services projects offering:

  • 100% foreign ownership rights with no free-zone restrictions
  • 10-year guaranteed 0% tax rate
  • Full exemption from local employment for the first 5 years of operation
  • Competitive land rental prices and utility costs
  • Comprehensive after-care support
  • Duty-free access to the GCC, GAFTA, USA, Singapore and EFTA States

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Who’s Here:

These companies are already profiting from Bahrain’s manufacturing sector:

Learn why one of the world’s biggest food companies has chosen Bahrain as the location for its regional manufacturing and export hub.

Additional resources

Whether you are a small manufacturer just starting out or an international manufacturing business looking to establish a regional hub, Bahrain offers the infrastructure, resources, and expertise to support your operations. Our resources will help your manufacturing business ideas take root and find a market. Enhance your understanding of the future of industrial manufacturing in Bahrain with these manufacturing sector resources.

KPMG Cost of Doing Business: Manufacturing

Learn why Bahrain is the most cost-effective option for manufacturing businesses.

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