Bahrain Economy

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What are Bahrain’s primary economic competitive advantages, and how can these factors be best leveraged in a cooling investor climate?


Global trade faces protectionist headwinds that are dampening the outlook for growth in the coming years. According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), trade volumes expanded by 3% in 2018 and are expected to decline slightly to 2.6% in 2019 before rebounding to 3% in 2020. This may be the first time since the 2007-08 global financial...


Our world today is witnessing rapid changes and facing pressing challenges that require everyone to be flexible and thoughtful in how we move forward in order to ensure the continued progress of humanity. For our part, we have targeted and realised many development-related achievements. Our country is looking to the future with great optimism...


For much of its history, Bahrain was the name for the eastern coast of Arabia. Bahrain means “two seas” in Arabic, and although it is unclear which two seas the name refers to, it has recently come to identify the 33 natural islands of the Awal archipelago.

Chapter | Economy from The Report: Bahrain 2020

Benefitting from its robust financial services, industrial and manufacturing sectors, Bahrain’s economy is one of the most mature and diverse in the GCC...

Chapter | Country Profile from The Report: Bahrain 2020

In 1932 Bahrain pioneered oil production in the Middle East, and in doing so established the region’s initial framework for the petroleum industry. The new resource enabled Bahrain to modernise its economy by moving beyond traditional industries such as pearl diving and fishing. Today, the country’s national plan, Bahrain Economic Vision 2030, aims to enhance private sector growth as well as...

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