Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Bahrain. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 1,332,171
GNI Per Capita (US$) 27,435
City covered Manama
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
53 53 0

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
69.00 68.01 down 0.99
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 131 DB 2014 Rank*** 128 Change in Rank down-3
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 76.92 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 74.76 Change in DTF** (% points) up2.16

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Bahrain Middle East & North Africa OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
7.0 8.0 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
9.0 18.9 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
0.8 28.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
192.2 45.6 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain lease agreement 1 day no charge
2 Draft standard Memorandum of Association and obtain preliminary approval from the Ministry of Commerce at the Bahrain Investment Center’s one-stop shop 1 day no charge
3 Obtain approval from the Municipality 3 days BHD 10
4 Notarize Memorandum of Association 1 day BHD 27
5 Open an account at the bank and obtain proof of deposit of capital 1 day no charge
6 Obtain Certificate of Registration from Ministry of Commerce 1 day BHD 50
7 Register the company and employees with the General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI) 1 day no charge

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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