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Investment framework and opportunities in Bahrain

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
There are essentially eight options available to foreign investors who are looking to undertake business/commercial activities in Bahrain:
-With limited liability company
-Partnership company
-Bahrain shareholding company (BSC) - public
-Bahrain shareholding company (BSC) - closed
-Simple commandite company
-Single person company
-Branch of a foreign company
-Holding company

The WLL is the most commonly used form of company. To find out more, please visit the government website.
Acquisition of Holdings
In most of the cases (around 95%), a 100% foreign ownership is possible.
Obligation to Declare
All business registrations have to be approved by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. To find out more, please visit the commercial registration portal.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Requests For Specific Authorisations
Some activities are limited to nationals of the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG): Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, for example accounting services; import; export and/or sale of race car fuel; cargo clearance; fishing.

Some activities are limited to nationals of Bahrain, such as certain real estate services, press and publishing; printing; film and TV services; the land transport of goods, passengers and tourists; inland sea cruises; car rental, the Hajj and Umra services; services providing foreign labor; trade agencies; small businesses.

Any business registration must be approved by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC).

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB)
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Bahrain
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Bahrain eGovernement Portal
Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Ministery of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain
Bahrain's labour market regulatory authority

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Latest Update: September 2022

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