Bahrain EDB records $733m investments

March 2018

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced a record year for inward investment in 2017, having attracted 71 new companies to Bahrain with investments amounting to BD276 million ($733 million).

This is expected to increase job creation by those companies by up to 72 per cent, generating more than 2,800 local jobs over the next three years, said a statement.

The investments span key strategic growth sectors, including ICT, manufacturing, transport and logistics, tourism, and financial services, in line within the EDB’s mandate to act as a catalyst for economic diversification, growth and job creation in support of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, it said.

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of the EDB, said: “We are delighted to announce our record achievements in 2017. This is the result of a significant joint effort between us and our partner public sector organisations to realise Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and drive forward our transition into a diversified economy that harnesses the productivity of our talented population to compete on a global level.”

“Bahrain is in a unique position to attract investments from international and regional companies seeking to access opportunities across the $1.5 trillion GCC markets, thanks to the kingdom’s strategic location and highly supportive regulatory environment which provides businesses with advanced infrastructure, low operating costs and highly trained local workforce,” he said.

“In 2018, we are continuing to build on these strengths to grow key sectors across the kingdom,” he added.

The EDB’s record number of investments in 2017 represents a significant increase of 161 per cent compared to 2016, which saw BD106 million ($281 million) in investments from 40 companies.

The ICT sector attracted highest inward investment in 2017, comprising a significant 54 per cent of the total investment in the sector, led by Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Manufacturing attracted a fifth of the total investment, comprising of 20 per cent and led by Mondelez international group, followed by transport and logistics at over 10 per cent, led by investments from Agility and Armada.

Tourism, a high potential growth sector, attracted major investments from Action Hotels and taxi services app, Careem, accounting for a further 10 per cent of the kingdom’s inward investments in 2017. 

The financial services sector attracted almost 5 per cent of the total investment, including from PayTabs, the leading payment solutions company, and Invita, the multi-lingual contact centre and business process outsourcing (BPO) provider.

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