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FDI in Figures

try struggles to attract new investors as long as there has been no true reconciliation between the Sunni monarchy and the Shiite opposition. The excellence of the country’s logistical infrastructure is also one of the main attractive factors of the country (Bahrain's airport, the new port Khalifa bin Salman, and the future bridge between Bahrain and Qatar, planned for 2013). Finally, the access to new information and communications technologies is widely spread in the Kingdom. The service sector remains the main sector for FDI. Kuwait and Turkey are the main two investing countries in Bahrain.


Country Comparison For the Protection of Investors

Index of Transaction Transparency* 8.0
Index of Manager’s Responsibility** 4.0
Index of Shareholders’ Power*** 4.0
Index of Investor Protection**** 5.3

Source: Doing Business - Last Available Data.

Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.

Foreign Direct Investment 201020112012
FDI Inward Flow (million USD) 156781891
FDI Stock (million USD) 15,154.015,934.816,826.1
Number of Greenfield Investments***
FDI Inwards (in % of GFCF****) 2.512.713.0
FDI Stock (in % of GDP) 69.161.763.2

Source: UNCTAD - Last Available Data

Note: * The UNCTAD Inward FDI Performance Index is Based on a Ratio of the Country's Share in Global FDI Inflows and its Share in Global GDP. ** The UNCTAD Inward FDI Potential Index is Based on 12 Economic and Structural Variables Such as GDP, Foreign Trade, FDI, Infrastructures, Energy Use, R&D, Education, Country Risk. *** Green Field Investments Are a Form of Foreign Direct Investment Where a Parent Company Starts a New Venture in a Foreign Country By Constructing New Operational Facilities From the Ground Up. **** Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) Measures the Value of Additions to Fixed Assets Purchased By Business, Government and Households Less Disposals of Fixed Assets Sold Off or Scrapped.


Tax Rates

Sales Tax
0% (except on gasoline where Sales Tax of 12% is applicable).
Company Tax
None except for oil companies at a 46% rate.
Withholding Taxes
No whitholding taxes (interests, dividends, royalties).
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers
Other Domestic Resources
Consult Doing Business Website, to obtain a summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions.

Country Comparison For Corporate Taxation

Number of Payments of Taxes per Year 13.0
Time Taken For Administrative Formalities (Hours) 36.0
Total Share of Taxes (% of Profit) 13.9

Source: Doing Business - Last Available Data.

Investment Opportunities

Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Bahrain
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Setting Up a Company
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Bahrain.
Useful Resources
Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB)

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company Bahrain
Procedures (number) 7.00
Time (days) 9.00

Source: Doing Business.



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