Bahrain Economy Articles & Analysis

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An improved business environment in Bahrain could significantly enhance the economic contribution of smaller-scale enterprises, as local start-ups continue to ink deals with international companies, though weaknesses in key areas risk hindering entrepreneurial development.

Buoyed by the solid performance of the non-oil sector, Bahrain’s economy has maintained steady growth throughout 2016, though future development could be impacted by rising public debt.

A continued flow of investments in infrastructure looks set to maintain Bahrain’s upward trajectory in the second half of this year, with non-hydrocarbons sectors helping to drive the country’s fastest growth rate in two years.

Ramped-up investment programmes and solid private sector expansion helped sustain Bahrain’s economic growth in 2015, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years.