#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.

📹 #BeDetermined. Watch this clip about Tamkeen’s Business Continuity Support Program.

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.

9

Your salaries will be 50% supported for three months.

Salaries 50% supported for private sector insured Bahrainis for 3 months from Juy 2020. Apply through the Social Insurance Organisation website.

10

Your domestic electricity costs will be met for three months.

Government will meet citizens’ domestic electricity costs for primary residences, up to the full cost of the same period the preceding year for 3 months, starting July 2020.

11

Tamkeen will further support most affected economic sectors.

Economic sectors most adversely affected by the repercussions of COVID-19 will be further supported by the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) according to the controls and conditions approved by its Board of Directors.

12

Your loan payments are deferred until the end of 2020.

Bahraini banks have announced that all loan payments will be deferred until the end of 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision is an extension of the COVID-19 economic stimulus package.

13

Your salaries will be 50% supported for three months.

Salaries 50% supported for private sector insured Bahrainis from organizations worst impacted by the pandemic until the end of 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.

Evergo offers free online sessions.

Evergo added an ‘online sessions’ category, free of cost, for everyone to learn and exercise from.

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.

Evergo

Book online appointments, sessions, & call-backs.

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.

November

 

November 15, 2020Bahrain introduces important reform to startup regulations

November 12, 2020Ameen Altajer becomes second Bahraini to be declared Google Developers Expert (GDE)

November 11, 2020Zain Bahrain launches AI- and NLP-powered WhatsApp Business communication channel

November 9, 2020MENA’s first digital library for scholarly literature makes its debut in Bahrain

 

 

October

 

October 28, 2020Bahrain FinTech Bay and MEPI jointly launch virtual acceleration program for innovators

October 22, 2020Central Bank of Bahrain launches Finhub 973 to boost the Kingdom’s FinTech ecosystem

October 22, 2020Halcyon and AWS Launch Program to Advance Women Social Entrepreneurs in Bahrain

October 11, 2020MENA investment veterans launch Plus Venture Capital, a new fund for tech startups

October 4, 2020 — Bahraini government to continue paying 50% of the salary of private sector employees

 

 

September

 

September 22, 2020Loan repayments in Bahrain deferred until the end of 2020

September 15, 2020Export Bahrain inks new deal with Lulu Hypermarket to make export easier for local startups

September 8, 2020Bahrain drops quarantine requirements for airport arrivals

September 5, 2020Teachers return to Bahraini schools tomorrow

September 3, 2020Outdoor dining resumes at cafés and restaurants in Bahrain

 

August

 

August 23, 2020Information & eGovernment Authority to hold Virtual Bahrain Conference and Exhibition next month

August 25, 2020Space340 launches new incubator program for startups

August 16, 2020 — Zoho launches new app to help businesses restore their on-premise workspace

 

July

 

July 29, 2020Electricity and water charges have been waived off for Bahraini citizens

July 28, 2020Tamkeen’s Board of Directors discusses supporting the sustainability & continuity of private sector institutions

July 26, 2020National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) held a press conference with Tamkeen Bahrain

July 23, 2020Crown Prince: The next phase of combating Covid-19 calls for continued determination

July 13, 2020Tamkeen to double financial grants to businesses worst hit by COVID-19

July 12, 2020Bahrain 5G expansion to help boost GCC economies during COVID

July 7, 2020COVID-19: Bahrain exempts 234 citizens living in rentals from fees to ease burden

July 5, 2020Bahrain announces extension of the COVID-19 stimulus to private sector

July 1, 2020Technology at the forefront of Bahrain’s COVID-19 fight, says expert

 

 

June

 

June 28, 2020Bahrain highlighted in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020

June 18, 2020Zoho offers perks for Bahraini startups through StartUp Bahrain

June 17, 2020Tamkeen: “We are in contact with organizations that do not meet the criteria”

June 11, 2020New eService launched by Bahrain’s iGa with NBR

June 2, 2020Bahrain’s private sector employees start receiving pay for May

June 1, 2020 —  Bahrain issues health measures to outdoor training activities

 

May

 

May 31, 2020 —  Bahrain’s national carrier restarts Pakistan flights

May 28, 2020Bahrain’s Labour Ministry launches electronic employment service

May 28, 2020Bahrain Clear adopts Skiplino queue management system

May 27, 2020New online help service unveiled in Bahrain

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

Reports & Documents

Useful, insightful, or important documents to help you or your startup make key decisions.

📑 Bahrain Chamber – The Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Arabic
📑 Bahrain Chamber – The Economic Impact of Coronavirus – English
📑 Bahrain Chamber – Local To Global – The Journey of Bahraini Startups
📑 Oman Chamber – Mechanism for Dealing with Developments Resulting from the Spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 
📑 Bensirri Public Relations – COVID-19 Kuwait Business Impact Survey
📑 Wamda & Arabnet – The Impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the entrepreneurship ecosystem
📑 McKinsey & Company – The Bio Revolution
📑 McKinsey & Company – Getting Ahead of the Next Stage of the COVID-19 Crisis
📑 Falak Consulting – Early Governmental Response to COVID-19
📑 Startup Genome – Impact of COVID19 on Global Ecosystems – Part 4
📑 Startup Genome – Impact of COVID19 on Global Ecosystems – Part 3
📑 Startup Genome – Impact of COVID19 on Global Ecosystems – Part 2
📑 Startup Genome – Impact of COVID19 on Global Ecosystems – Part 1
📑 Google – COVID-19 Community Mobility Report – Bahrain
📑 Ministry of Health – Guidelines – Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)
📑 Ministry of Health – Guidelines – Disinfection of Public Places
📑 Ministry of Health – Guidelines – Home Quarantine and Disinfection
📑 Ministry of Health – Guidelines – Face Mask Guidelines & DIY Instructions
 📑 GCC Statistical Center – The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the GCC Countries on the Health, Social & Economic Aspects

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