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Ease of Doing Business in

Bahrain

Bahrain Download Profile (1724KB, pdf)
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 1,377,237
GNI Per Capita (US$) 20,350
City covered Manama

190

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DB 2017 Rank

1

100

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
3
68.44 66.38 down
2.06
Starting a Business 73 142 up
69
87.82 76.23 up
11.59
Dealing with Construction Permits 19 17 down
2
79.56 79.65 down
0.09
Getting Electricity 72 77 up
5
74.80 71.74 up
3.06
Registering Property 25 25
-
81.07 81.07
-
Getting Credit 101 109 up
8
45.00 40.00 up
5.00
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
5
50.00 50.00
-
Paying Taxes 4 4
-
94.44 94.44
-
Trading across Borders 82 82
-
72.50 71.87 up
0.63
Enforcing Contracts 110 108 down
2
54.53 54.53
-
Resolving Insolvency 88 83 down
5
44.66 44.28 up
0.38

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

DB 2017 Rank:

25

DB 2016 Rank:

25

Change in Rank:

0

DB 2017 DTF (% points):

81.07

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

81.07

Change in DTF (% points):

0.00

STANDARD PROPERTY TRANSFER
Property value BHD 366,667
City Manama
Indicator Bahrain Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 2 5.7 4.7
Time (days) info_outline 31 30.5 22.4
Cost (% of property value) info_outline 1.7 5.9 4.2
Quality of the land administration index (0-30) info_outline 17.5 12.5 22.7
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
    1

    Notarize the sale agreement/contract with the notary public at the Survey & Land Registration Bureau.

    Agency: Ministry of Justice notary (sitting at the Survey and Land registration Bureau)

    The seller and purchaser of the property (or their legal representatives) must appear at the notary from the Ministry of Justice (sitting at the Survey and Land registration Bureau) to sign the Sale of Purchase Agreement. The original title deed evidencing that the seller has ownership of the property must be shown to the notary at the time of signing the Sale of Purchase Agreement.

    1 day BHD 15 (for 4 notarised copies of the Sale of Purchase Agreement)
    2

    Register the title deed with the purchaser's name at the Survey & Land Registration Bureau

    Agency: Survey & Land Registration Bureau

    After the Sale of Property Agreement has been notarized, the following documents are submitted to the Survey and Land Registration Bureau:
    (1) 1 notarized Sale of Property Agreement;
    (2) Commercial Registration Certificate of the Purchaser;
    (3) Memorandum of Association and amendments (if any)
    (4) Payment to the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (fee BD 1).

    Law No. 13 of 2013 Property Registration Law ("New Law") established new registration fees. The New Law set a flat registration fee of 2% on all property sales regardless of the purchase price (15% discount of registration fee for applications submitted within 60 days of execution of sale agreement).

    30 days 2% on all property sales regardless of the purchase price. There is a 15% discount for the registration fee for applications submitted within 60 days of execution of the sale agreement.

  • Measure of quality
    Answer Score
    Quality of the land administration index (0-30) 17.5
    Reliability of infrastructure index (0-8) 6.0
    What is the institution in charge of immovable property registration? Survey and Land Registration Bureau
    In what format are the majority of title or deed records kept in the largest business city—in a paper format or in a computerized format (scanned or fully digital)? Computer/Scanned 1.0
    Is there an electronic database for checking for encumbrances (liens, mortgages, restrictions and the like)? Yes 1.0
    In what format are the majority of maps of land plots kept in the largest business city—in a paper format or in a computerized format (scanned or fully digital)? Computer/Scanned 1.0
    Is there an electronic database for recording boundaries, checking plans and providing cadastral information (geographic information system)? Yes 1.0
    Is the information recorded by the immovable property registration agency and the cadastral or mapping agency kept in a single database, in different but linked databases or in separate databases? Different databases but linked 1.0
    Do the immovable property registration agency and cadastral or mapping agency use the same identification number for properties? Yes 1.0
    Transparency of information index (0–6) 1.5
    Who is able to obtain information on land ownership at the agency in charge of immovable property registration in the largest business city? Only intermediaries and interested parties 0.0
    Is the list of documents that are required to complete any type of property transaction made publicly available–and if so, how? Yes, online 0.5
    Link for online access: http://www.slrb.gov.bh/InformationCentre/details.aspx?slrb=yLr0Dvm6AJtZQ++...
    Is the applicable fee schedule for any property transaction at the agency in charge of immovable property registration in the largest business city made publicly available–and if so, how? Yes, online 0.5
    Link for online access: http://www.slrb.gov.bh/InformationCentre/details.aspx?slrb=yLr0Dvm6AJtZQ++L...
    Does the agency in charge of immovable property registration commit to delivering a legally binding document that proves property ownership within a specific time frame–and if so, how does it communicate the service standard? No 0.0
    Link for online access:
    Is there a specific and separate mechanism for filing complaints about a problem that occurred at the agency in charge of immovable property registration? No 0.0
    Are there publicly available official statistics tracking the number of transactions at the immovable property registration agency? No 0.0
    Number of property transfers in the largest business city in 2015: 4116 in Manama in 2015 3786 in Manama in 2014
    Who is able to consult maps of land plots in the largest business city? Only intermediaries and interested parties 0.0
    Is the applicable fee schedule for accessing maps of land plots made publicly available—and if so, how? Yes, online 0.5
    Link for online access: All maps can be bought online at http://www.slrb.gov.bh/commerce/default.as...
    Does the cadastral or mapping agency commit to delivering an updated map within a specific time frame—and if so, how does it communicate the service standard? No 0.0
    Link for online access:
    Is there a specific and separate mechanism for filing complaints about a problem that occurred at the cadastral or mapping agency? No 0.0
    Geographic coverage index (0–8) 4.0
    Are all privately held land plots in the economy formally registered at the immovable property registry? Yes 2.0
    Are all privately held land plots in the largest business city formally registered at the immovable property registry? Yes 2.0
    Are all privately held land plots in the economy mapped? No 0.0
    Are all privately held land plots in the largest business city mapped? No 0.0
    Land dispute resolution index (0–8) 6.0
    Does the law require that all property sale transactions be registered at the immovable property registry to make them opposable to third parties? Yes 1.5
    Is the system of immovable property registration subject to a state or private guarantee? Yes 0.5
    Is there a specific compensation mechanism to cover for losses incurred by parties who engaged in good faith in a property transaction based on erroneous information certified by the immovable property registry? No 0.0
    Does the legal system require a control of legality of the documents necessary for a property transaction (e.g., checking the compliance of contracts with requirements of the law)? Yes 0.5
    If yes, who is responsible for checking the legality of the documents? Registrar; Notary.
    Does the legal system require verification of the identity of the parties to a property transaction? Yes 0.5
    If yes, who is responsible for verifying the identity of the parties? Registrar; Notary.
    Is there a national database to verify the accuracy of identity documents? Yes 1.0
    For a standard land dispute between two local businesses over tenure rights of a property worth 50 times gross national income (GNI) per capita and located in the largest business city, what court would be in charge of the case in the first instance? Civil Court
    How long does it take on average to obtain a decision from the first-instance court for such a case (without appeal)? Between 1 and 2 years 2.0
    Are there any statistics on the number of land disputes in the first instance? No 0.0
    Number of land disputes in the largest business city in 2015:
    Equal access to property rights index (-2–0) 0.0
    Do unmarried men and unmarried women have equal ownership rights to property? Yes 0.0
    Do married men and married women have equal ownership rights to property? Yes 0.0