Incentives and Advantages

  • ​​​​It has a strategic location, including access to:
            - a regional market of 1.5 billion people;
            - Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market of 30 million people; and
            - Arab countries with 300 million people.

  • It has an advanced road network.
  • There is road linkage to the GCC and the rest of the Middle East via the King Fahad Causeway.
  • It provides duty-free access to the GCC markets.
  • Energy is available at reasonable prices.
  • It has established major industries.
  • There are industrial sites with advanced infrastructure to international standards.
  • There are major ongoing infrastructure projects, such as:
          - Salman Industrial City;
          - APM Terminals; and
          - Bahrain Financial Harbour.

  • There are no restrictions on capital repatriation, currency exchange or transfer of dividends.
  • The duty-free import of machinery and raw materials is possible.
  • A foreigner can own 100% of a company established in Bahrain for most business activities.
  • Easy financing mechanisms are available for projects.
  • There is active participation of the private sector in industry activities.
  • Liberalization and privatization processes exist in key sectors of the economy.
  • There are mature financial, commercial and banking services.
  • As a financial hub in West Asia, Bahrain has one of the most sophisticated and diversified financial sectors.
  • It has an advanced telecommunication infrastructure; this is the first liberalized sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
  • There is a good standard of living and quality of life:
          - Bahrain has one of the highest qualities of life in the Middle East (EIU 2005).
          - Bahrain is safe, secure, liberal and friendly.
 
  • There is sufficient workforce available due to:
          - a growing, young population;
          - a significant amount of young (20-40) bilingual graduates;
          - the highest rate of literacy in the region; and
          - the expertise and talent of an international human capital pool.