1. It has one of the highest qualities of life in the Middle East.
2. It has excellent educational institutions, healthcare and shopping facilities.
3. It has a young, educated, bilingual local workforce.
4. It boasts a 40-year track record as the Gulf’s leading financial centre.
5. It provides access to a regional market of 1.5 billion people, Arab countries with 300 million people and a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market of 40 million people.
6. It is a pioneer in the Gulf region:
o Bahrain is ranked fourth in terms of cost of living in the Middle East.
o Bahrain has the highest level of economic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region according to the Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom Index 2016.
7. It provides competitive rates for infrastructure/utilities, including:
o Electricity and water (Link to the website)
o Telecommunication services
o Postal services
Location: Located at the heart of the Gulf region, Bahrain has a natural geographic advantage, which is continually enhanced through new infrastructure projects. Combined with the country’s incentives, it delivers an investment-encouraging environment. Some of the incentives that Bahrain offers are low establishment and operational costs for businesses, few indirect taxes for private enterprises and individuals, one hundred percent foreign ownership of business assets, etc. Thus, Bahrain can make a significant difference to profitability.
Access to Gulf Markets:
With access to an economy worth US$2 trillion by 2020*, Bahrain’s position at the heart of the Gulf makes access to every market in the region quick and efficient – be that by road, air or sea.
By car, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region's largest economy and the world's largest oil producer, is less than an hour’s drive away via the 25km King Fahad Causeway; and Riyadh, its business hub, is a four-hour drive.
Bahrain is the hub of Gulf Air, which has the largest regional network in the Gulf. From our world-class Bahrain International Airport, there are daily flights to major GCC cities. Kuwait, Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat are all less than an hour’s flight away, and Qatar is just a 25-minute flight away.
In addition, following the opening of the Khalifa Bin Salman Port in April 2009, Bahrain is becoming a major regional trans-shipment centre. The port is operated by one of the largest port operators in the world: APM Terminals.