#TogetherAgainstCorona

We're living in unprecedented times, we want to do our part by making sure you have clarity on all the support you can get!

Photographer: 📸 Ammar Hammad (@ammar360)

Key Entities

Check out the latest announcements and updates from key entities.

Ministry of Health 🩺

About COVID-19, test results, clarifications, updates, and more.

BeAware Bahrain (App) 📱

Assist in the efforts to contain the spread of the virus, on iOS & Android.

Bahrain International Airport ✈️

Information about the travel situation for Bahrain throughout this period.

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, & Tourism 💰

Information about the commercial activities & regulations within Bahrain.

e-Volunteer Platform 🎗

Volunteer to support the Kingdom’s national efforts to combat the virus.

Gulf Air 👩🏽‍✈️

Information on Gulf Air’s operations, flights, & requirements for passengers.

Bahrain Economic Development Board 👩🏻‍💼

Key information for Bahrain’s international companies, investors, and more.

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) 👨🏻

Relevant information for the non-Bahraini workforce and their employers.

Social Insurance Organization 🗃

Important information around your employees, applying for subsidy, and more.

Tamkeen Bahrain 🏢

Important information around programs, subsidies, grants, and more.

Bahrain eVisas 🇧🇭

Important information around visas, entering Bahrain, and travel restrictions.

Important Announcements

The latest important announcements from the Government of Bahrain to help support.

Tips

📝 Plan your business out. Plan for the next several months as best as you can.

Make use of the downtime. Less distractions can help you prioritize.

🇧🇭 Support local businesses! They need it the most, for sure!

🗓 Stay informed. Following the official accounts to be informed.

🏡 Prepare remote working. A resource from us for remote tools.

Needless to say, stay safe. Avoid gatherings, wash hands, & stay home.

1

Your salaries will be covered for three months.

Salaries covered for private sector insured Bahrainis for 3 months from April 2020. Apply through the Social Insurance Organisation website.

2

Your electricity & water bills covered for three months.

Electricity & water bills covered for 3 months, reflected in the standard billing process, waived unless consuming more than last year’s bill.

3

Your industrial land rental fees covered for 3 months.

Startups and businesses will be exempted from paying any industrial land rental fees for 3 months starting from April 2020.

4

Your municipal & tourism fees will be exempted for three months.

Eligible startups are exempted from municipal fees and paying tourism fees for 3 months from in April 2020.

5

The Liquidity Support Fund increased to $530 million.

Supporting companies through credit facilities, now increased to $530 million. Details & application on the Bahrain Chamber website.

6

Your loan installments will be postponed.

The Central Bank of Bahrain raises lending capacity by around BHD 3.7 billion to postpone loan installments and add additional financing.

7

Tamkeen launches “Business Continuity Support” for you.

Tamkeen launches the “Business Continuity Support” program” to businesses affected by the current market slowdown.

8

Termination of monthly worker & permit fees.

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is terminating the monthly worker & permit fees for 3 months, starting April 2020.

Community Perks

Here are all the perks we’ve come across to help make this period easier for you and your startup.

Amazon WorkSpaces free for up to 50 users.

AWS is offering Amazon WorkSpaces for up to 50 users at no charge for new customers. Offer available until June 30, 2020.

Brilliant Lab goes announces free rent.

Newest accelerator and co-working space in Bahrain, Brilliant Lab are going rent free in March & April for their startups.

The Startup Factory goes rent free.

The Startup Factory is offering their space rent free for April & May for their tentantes.

JustMop offer 20% off to startups.

Brinc-Batelco IoT Hub has collaborated with JustMop to offer a 20% discount on disinfection services to their startups.

Telecoms offer unlimited data on fixed fiber.

Zain Bahrain, Batelco and stc Bahrain are offering their fixed fiber customers unlimited data usage until May 31st, 2020.

Skiplino free for government agencies.

Skiplino goes free for all Bahraini government agencies, hospitals and medical centers.

National Bank of Bahrain defers loans.

National Bank of Bahrain announces deferment on all monthly loans for Bahraini citizens for up to 6 months without fees & interest.

BIBF takes learning online for students.

The Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance launches an e-learning platform as a substitute for regular classes.

AUBH support for returning students.

The American University of Bahrain announces support for Bahrain-based youth returning to Bahrain due to Covid-19.

Alrawi offers free audiobook around Covid-19.

Listen to the most important questions & answers by the WHO around the Covid-19 virus on Alrawi.

Springring goes free for students.

Springing are extending a helping hand for FREE to help schools combat COVID-19. One platform to get a better education.

The Experience Accelerator goes free.

The Experience Accelerator offers the online phases of some of their educational programs free of cost for leaders in any company.

Basma goes free for hospitals.

Basma are supporting national efforts to fight COVID-19 by offering their service FREE of cost for all public institutions and hospitals.

Amazon hosts online webinars.

Amazon hosts a series of webinars for small business owners and their employees to learn about successful selling in Amazon store.

Bahrain Resource Hub goes live.

Basma Resource Hub, a B2B community-based resource sharing platform, goes live to support local businesses.

Lumofy offers free e-learning tools.

Lumofy releases its e-learning tools and solutions, free of cost, to help institutions all over the Kingdom of Bahrain.

INJAZ Bahrain goes online.

INJAZ Bahrain launched a series of programs online, in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Bahrain.

Quarantine-Friendly Startups

The best way to stay safe during this period is to stay home, make use of these local startups!

Skiplino

The world’s most intelligent queue management system.

GetBaqala

Online grocery delivery platform for groceries & fresh produce.

Homiez

Your first destination for the online shopping in Bahrain.

Springring

Bringing teachers, parents, & students under one roof.

Telp

Platform offering tutors and academic program bookings

Weyak

Your medications delivered to your doorsteps, for free.

Alrawi

Building the world’s largest Arabic audiobook library.

Akalati

Planning your next event ? Let us do your catering.

Hayatech

A Software as a Service & connected hardware platform.

Dalooni

Connecting businesses to a sales force of everyone.

Nural

Team & project management for non-technical teams.

The Stories Studio

Bahrain based indie game development studio.

AlMajlis

Changing the way you network, easy, accessible, simple.

Lumofy

Redefining learning to prepare you for what’s next.

Experience Accelerator

Learning platform bringing latest leadership thinking.

Daresni

Connect teachers with students for home sessions.

Doctori

The first telemedicine application in Bahrain.

Justmop

Trusted maid service in Bahrain from BHD 1.75 per hour.

JustClean

Choose from the best laundries around you.

Basma.ai

Virtual video customer service platform to serve your needs.

Calo

Healthy food designed for you. Meal plans cooked with love.

Tamarran

Stay fit in quarantine with virtual workouts.

Malaeb

Connect with trainers or gyms through video rooms at home.

News & Updates

Be up to date on all the latest and important news and updates.

⚠️ Feeling ill? Call 444 at any time if you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the virus, have any questions, or know someone who might be exhibiting the symptoms.

News Updates

Key news and links to their announcements about the situation in Bahrain.

May

 

May 27, 2020 — Bahrain to use WhatsApp and FB Messenger to Deliver COVID-19 test results and updates

May 22, 2020Bahrain to ease some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

May 21, 2020Robots help out in Bahrain’s COVID-19 quarantines

May 20, 2020 — BD5 million allocated to support Bahraini families impacted by COVID-19

May 14, 2020 — Bahrain allows private hospitals to do COVID-19 tests

May 13, 2020 — Lumofy releases its e-learning solutions for free to help Bahraini institutions

May 12, 2020— Bahrain distributes COVID-19 ‘care packages’ to nationals in US, UK

May 12, 2020 — Tarabut Gateway launches new initiative to help Bahrain fight the COVID-19 crisis

May 12, 2020+10,000 small businesses supported through Business Continuity Support Program

May 10, 2020Tamkeen expands the list of beneficiaries of its Financial & Economic support package

May 6, 2020Bahrain reveals COVID-19 guidelines for businesses to re-open

April

 

April 30, 2020Tamkeen begins disbursing payments of its Business Continuity Support program

April 29, 2020NBB further enhances digital offering to ensure business continuity and safeguard customers

April 28, 2020Bahrain expands stimulus package

April 22, 2020 — Tamkeen directs customers to book appointments via Skiplino app

April 15, 2020NBB pledges BHD 2.5 million to the national campaign to combat COVID-19

April 3, 2020 — WHO commends HRH the Prime Minister’s efforts in COVID-19 fight

April 3, 2020 — Bahrain starts disinfection programme across governorates

April 3, 2020 — LMRA announces termination of monthly work fees

April 1, 2020 — Bahrain allows private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients

April 1, 2020 — Bahrain’s iGA launches Covid-19 awareness app

 

March

 

March 31, 2020 — St. Christopher’s School is producing face visors for health workers in Bahrain

March 30, 2020 — Bahrain ministry begins COVID-19 tests with mobile field units

March 27, 2020 — Bahrain bans public gatherings exceeding 5 people

March 25, 2020 — Bahrain to close non-essential businesses in coronavirus clampdown

March 24, 2020 — Bahrain orders forex firms to sterilise banknotes

March 23, 2020 – Bahrain announces Covid-19 testing at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre

March 21, 2020 — LMRA’s announces change in Application Methods and Working Hours

March 18, 2020 — Bahrain announces a $11.39bn stimulus package to offset Covid-19 impact

March 17, 2020 — Bahrain to broadcast classes on state TV channel amid schools closure

March 17, 2020 — Seef Properties creates $2.6m fund to help mall tenants

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