International recognition


Reports and Ranking

  • World Investment Report 2014

    This report shows that the FDI inflows to Bahrain have increased by 11% in 2013 as compared to 2012. Bahrain ranks 9th among West Asia in terms of FDI inflow and 5th in the GCC. However, relative to the size of the economy, Bahrain had the highest FDI inflow in the GCC accounting for 3% of its nominal GDP.

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  • 2015 Index of Economic Freedom

    In the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, Bahrain continues to be the freest economy in the Middle East/North Africa region. It is currently the 18th freest economy in the world dropping 5 positions from the 13th position it occupied in the previous year Achieving an overall score of 73.4 in the 2015 index, Bahrain’s economic score is well above the world average. It’s overall above 70 score has placed it, once again, in the ‘mostly free’ category. This is due to having achieved high scores in the fiscal freedom, labour freedom and financial freedom factors.

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  • e-Government Development Index 2014

    Bahrain occupies the 18th position relative to other countries, moving 18 places upwards from the 36th position it occupied in the previous report published in 2012. It is the 1st in the GCC. This is a result of Bahrain’s open government data policy represented by the Open Government Data Portal. The main role of this platform is to publicly publish datasets from different ministries and government agencies to promote transparency and public participation.

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  • Measuring the Information Society Report 2014

    The index measures (ICT) developments and tracks the cost and affordability of ICT services, ranking Bahrain on 27th in the ICT Development Index, moving upwards from the 28th position in 2013, and 1st in the MENA region.

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  • HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2014

    Bahrain occupies the 5th position out of 34 countries in the overall rank, 1st in the MENA and GCC region. In expat economics, Bahrain ranks 11th. As for expat experience, the Kingdom ranks 2nd due to easy commute to work (1st), existence of work/life balance (1st), feeling welcome at work (2nd), and ability to make friends easily (2nd). Finally, the Kingdom occupies the 9th position in terms of raising children abroad due to the quality of childcare (3rd) and access to better education (4th).

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  • Doing Business 2015

    Bahrain’s position has been stable in the Ease of Doing Business Index. It continues to occupy the 53rd position in the 2015 report just as in the previous report. The Kingdom’s standing is particularly strong in the area of construction permits due to the establishment of the Municipal One-Stop Shop, which has eased the process of obtaining permits. Additionally, the lack of corporate and profit taxes explain Bahrain’s 8th position in the ‘paying taxes’ pillar.

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  • Global Innovation Index 2014

    Bahrain moved five positions upwards from the 67th position it occupied in the 2013 report to the 62nd position out of 143 economies in the 2014 report. This is partially due to the progress that the Kingdom has made in the infrastructure pillar where it moved up from the 45th position in 2013 to the 29th position in 2014, and the reason is Bahrain’s noteworthy 21st position in the ICT sub-pillar which looks at ICT access, use and online service and participation. Bahrain is 5th in the MENA in the index.

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  • 2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index

    The report ranks Bahrain 3rd in the region and 60th overall. Bahrain has a number of clear strengths: its enabling business environment (11th), ICT readiness (15th), and price competitiveness (18th). It also has a very good ground and port infrastructure (11th).

    2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index