Ease of Doing Business in


Bahrain Download Profile (1823.1KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 1,377,237
GNI Per Capita (US$) 20,350
City covered Manama



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 63 66 up
68.44 66.38 down
Starting a Business 73 142 up
87.82 76.23 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 19 17 down
79.56 79.65 down
Getting Electricity 72 77 up
74.80 71.74 up
Registering Property 25 25
81.07 81.07
Getting Credit 101 109 up
45.00 40.00 up
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
50.00 50.00
Paying Taxes 4 4
94.44 94.44
Trading across Borders 82 82
72.50 71.87 up
Enforcing Contracts 110 108 down
54.53 54.53
Resolving Insolvency 88 83 down
44.66 44.28 up

Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB 2017 Rank: 73

DB 2016 Rank: 142

Change in Rank: up69

DB 2017 DTF (% points): 87.82

DB 2016 DTF (% points): 76.23

Change in DTF (% points): up11.59

Indicator Bahrain Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 7.0 7.8 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 9.0 20.1 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 1.2 26.3 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 8.0 8.6 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 10.0 20.9 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 1.2 26.3 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 3.4 11.2 9.2
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

Obtain husband's approval to leave home

Agency: Domicile

According to Family Law a married woman will not be entitled to alimony if she leaves the residency without permission of husband or for non-permitted purposes.
1 day no charge

Draft standard Memorandum of Association and obtain preliminary approval from the Ministry of Commerce at the Bahrain Investment Center’s one-stop shop

Agency: Bahrain Investment Center (BIC) one-stop shop at Ministry of Industry and Commerce

The entrepreneur obtains preliminary approval from the Ministry of Commerce by presenting the required documents to the Bahrain Investment Center (BIC) one-stop-shop online at http://www.business.gov.bh/.

The required documents are:
(1) Company registration application form.
(2) Draft Memorandum of Association.
(3) Board of directors resolution resolving to establish the company in Bahrain (for corporate partners).
(4) National ID card (Central Population Registry (CPR)) copies of the company's representatives. If the partners are not present themselves to register the company, copies of the ID cards of their lawyers/other representatives must be provided.
(5) Lease agreement as proof of the company's commercial address.

1 day no charge

Obtain lease approval from the Municipality

Agency: Municipality or the municipality representative at the Bahrain Investment Center (BIC) one-stop shop, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

The lease agreement is required to obtain preliminary approval from the Municipality. If the entrepreneur decides to use the services of an attorney, it is common practice to use the address of the law firm until a lease is obtained within 3 months. Corporate offices can only be established in buildings with a commercial license (not residential). Once the lease is signed with the landlord on official documents, the contract can then be presented to Municipality desk for approval in the BIC.

The location of the company must be approved by the Municipality. A municipality representative is available at the BIC one-stop shop.
3 days BHD 10

Notarize Memorandum of Association

Agency: Notary

Once the registration approval has been obtained from the Ministry of Commerce and the Municipality, the Memorandum of Association must be notarized by a notary public. A notary is available at the Ministry of Justice booth at the BIC one-stop shop.
1 day BHD 27

Open an account at the bank and obtain proof of deposit of capital

Agency: Bank

The capital has to be deposited in an account at a commercial bank and proof of deposit must be obtained. Commercial bank branches are available at the BIC one-stop-shop.
1 day no charge

Obtain Certificate of Registration from Ministry of Commerce

Agency: Bahrain Investment Center (BIC) one-stop shop at Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Once the municipality has given its approval, a capital deposit certificate has been issued by the bank, and the memorandum of association has been notarized, the entrepreneur returns to the Ministry of Commerce to obtain the Certificate of Registration (CR) from the Bahrain Investment Center one-stop-shop. The certificate of registration can also be obtained online.
1 day BHD 50

Publish the incorporation notice in the Official Gazette

Agency: Official Gazette

After incorporation, the company must publish its incorporation notice in the official gazette.
1 day no charge

Register the company and employees with the General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI)

Agency: General Organisation for Social Insurance

The documents required for registration are:
(1) Copy of employer’s Central Population Registry (CPR)
(2) Copy of the Certificate of Registration (CR)
(3) Copy of company contract
1 day no charge

Applies to women only.