Bahrain Economy

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– Economies in the region were hit by reduced trade volumes and lower oil prices

– Governments launched extensive stimulus packages to stabilise their economies

– Short-term recovery will be tied to oil prices and the resumption of travel

– The pandemic looks set to accelerate economic diversification efforts

Simultaneously strengthening its industrial potential and its foreign commercial ties, Bahrain has signed a series of deals with Italian firms in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Bahrain pioneered oil production in the Middle East beginning in the 1930s, establishing the region’s initial framework for the petroleum industry. Some 90 years later oil and gas operations comprise 18% of GDP, with the economy well diversified to host established financial services and industrial sectors, as well as unique tourism offerings.


NATIONAL CHARACTER: While Bahrainis are interested in and open to foreign cultures, they are also very proud of their own identity, history and culture, and are willing to share their local customs and traditions with those who are interested to learn.


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Benefitting from its robust financial services, industrial and manufacturing sectors, Bahrain’s economy is one of the most mature and diverse in the GCC. Although the kingdom has suffered in the wake of sustained low and volatile international oil prices – which have resulted in sluggish regional and national GDP growth, as well as a widening...

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