Selection of Business Activities

Business Activities Prohibited in Bahrain

  • Gambling
  •   Alcoholic drinks manufacturing
  • Narcotics manufacturing
  • Weapons manufacturing
  • Cigarettes manufacturing
  • Import of all types of waste and treatment, storage and dumping of radioactive materials and toxic waste in Bahrain
  • Import, manufacturing and dealing of Asbestos and its by-products (not including Asbestos removal)
  •  Import and industrial use of restricted chemicals 
  •  Import of automatic cigarette vending machines
  • Letter post (exclusive to Bahrain Post)

 Business Activities Allowed Only for Bahraini Citizens and Companies

  • Business Activities Allowed Only for Bahraini and GCC Citizens and Companies
  • Fishing
  • Bookkeeping and accounting services (not including auditing)
  • Import, export, and/or sale of racing car fuel Cargo clearing

Business Activities Allowed Only for Bahraini GCC Citizens and Companies

  •  Business Activities Allowed Only for Bahraini Citizens and Companies
  •  Real estate services and rental and management of land and property (not including buying and selling, management of personal property or consultancy services)
  • Press, publication and distribution house (Daily, non-daily, and specialized newspapers and magazines)
  •  Printing Press
  •  Cinematic filming studio
  • Management and operation of cinema theatres and film distribution
  • Cinema halls
  • Goods land transport
  • Passenger land transport
  • Tourist land transport
  • Domestic Sea Cruises
  • Driving instruction
  •  Motorcycle rental
  •  Car rental
  •  Call taxi
  • Oil products supply (Filling Stations)
  • Gas bottling and distribution
  • Cooker re-filling and repairing
  • Business Activities Allowed Only for Bahraini Citizens and Companies
  •  Real estate services and rental and management of land and property (not including buying and selling, management of personal property or consultancy services)
  • Press, publication and distribution house (Daily, non-daily, and specialized newspapers and magazines)
  • Printing Press
  •  Cinematic filming studio
  •   Management and operation of cinema theatres and film distribution
  • Cinema halls
  • Goods land transport
  •  Passenger land transport
  • Tourist land transport
  • omestic Sea Cruises
  •  Driving instruction
  • Motorcycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Call taxi
  • Oil products supply (Filling Stations)
  •  Gas bottling and distribution
  • Cooker re-filling and repairin Gas cylinder distribution
  • Handling and processing formalities with Government Departments and Authorities
  • Hajj and Umra services
  • Foreign manpower supply
  •   Commercial agencies
  •  Small business activities
  • Gas cylinder distribution
  • Handling and processing formalities with Government Departments and Authorities
  • Hajj and Umra service
  •  Foreign manpower supply
  • Commercial agencies
  • Small business activities

Other Restrictions

  •  Trade and retail: minimum of 51% Bahraini ownership is required. For GCC companies and partners, a Bahraini partner is required
  • Travel and Tourism Offices: Bahraini partner is required
  • Medical Clinics and Centres: licensing is confined to Bahraini and GCC citizens (residentin Bahrain) with medical qualifications -Restriction does not apply to hospitals
  • Pharmacies: a minimum of 50% of the company’s capital must be owned by a Bahraini pharmacist


@For  a list of small business activities, please refer to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce
website at www.moic.gov.bh​


@For a list of restricted chemicals pleaserefer to Order of the Minister of State for Municipalities and Environment Affairs
 No. 7 of 2002, available online at
www.legalaffairs.gov.bh

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