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Insightful resources taking you to higher highs.

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Information

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Careers

StartUp Bahrain is always on the lookout for awesome and skilled individuals to help represent the ecosystem, Bahrain, and more importantly, #TeamBahrain. Check out the questions on this page for more information on how to apply.

Templates

All the important documents you need around Bahrain’s legal framework for startups and businesses. Discover a comprehensive collection of essential laws, regulations, and compliance requirements, serving as your guiding compass.

Legal

Legal templates you may need when launching or growing your startup. The templates have been generously provided by Al Haddad Law Firm for the community.

Power of Attorney
Legal document authorizing someone to act on your behalf.

Deed of Association
Company’s founding document outlining its purpose and structure.

Experience Letter
Confirmation of past employment and job responsibilities.

NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
Contract protecting confidential and sensitive information.

General Employment Contract
Agreement outlining terms of employment between employee and employer.

Shareholder Resolution
Formal decision made by a company’s shareholders.

Experience Letter
Confirmation of past employment and job responsibilities.

Additional Information
These templates are intended to serve as a starting point. If you have particular needs or wish to make alterations to any of these templates, we strongly recommend seeking guidance from a qualified legal consultant.

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Laws

All the important documents you need around Bahrain’s legal framework for startups and businesses. Discover a comprehensive collection of essential laws, regulations, and compliance requirements, serving as your guiding compass.

Ministry of Industry & Commerce

Laws and regulations around Bahrain’s legal framework for startups.

Commercial Registration Related Laws
Laws governing the registration process for businesses and commercial entities.

Companies Related Laws
Laws governing the establishment, operation, and regulation of companies.

Money Laundering Laws
Laws aimed at combating money laundering and financing of terrorism.

Commercial Names Law
Law regulating the registration and use of commercial names for businesses.

Trade Marks Law
Law governing the registration, protection, and enforcement of trademarks.

Commercial Laws
Laws governing commercial activities, transactions, contracts, and disputes.

Global Companies Law
Law outlining regulations for the operating and establishing global companies.

Additional Information
Read more reports and publications by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce through their website, where these documents were originally published. The Ministry of Industry & Commerce is the government body responsible for promoting and regulating the industrial and commercial sectors within the country, facilitating economic growth, fostering entrepreneurship, and ensuring fair trade practices.

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Guides

Ignite your journey with our meticulously crafted guides, each of which, offering expert insights, practical tips, and roadmaps.

Ministry of Industry & Commerce

Straight from the source, helpful guides and resources for companies across different sectors.

​​​​​Annual Reports Submission & Review
Information on the submission, review, and analysis of annual reports.

Violations Guide​
Guide on violations, with resources for understanding and addressing them.

Virtual Commercial Registration (Sijili)
Enabling you to conduct certain commercial activities without mandatory entity registration.

User Guide for Sijilat System
User guide for Sijilat, providing instructions for entrepreneurs in utilizing the platform.

Companies ​​​​​Legal Requirements
Outlining legal requirements related to companies, from documents to more.

Companies Registration​ Options
The options available for commercial companies registration offered by Bahrain.

Commercial Companies Procedures
Guide for companies, providing step-by-step instructions for various processes.

Investor Guide
Document outlining the system process of Sijilat, the platform for business services in Bahrain.

​​​​​Corporate Governance
Information and services related to corporate governance for businesses in Bahrain.

Ultimate Beneficial Owner​
Information and services related to Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) for businesses.

Economic Substance Guidelines
Information and requirements related to economic substance for businesses in Bahrain.

Assembly General Meetings
Information and services related to Annual General Meetings (AGM) for businesses.

Additional Information
Read more reports and publications by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce through their website, where these documents were originally published. The Ministry of Industry & Commerce is the government body responsible for promoting and regulating the industrial and commercial sectors within the country, facilitating economic growth, fostering entrepreneurship, and ensuring fair trade practices.

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Bahrain Economic Development Board

Insightful and to-the-point guides from the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Bahrain Business Registration Guide
Setting up in Bahrain is simple with this guide, take advantage of what the Kingdom offers.

August 2021

National Bureau for Revenue Guide
Guide to help you register with the National Bureau for Revenue for tax regulations.

August 2021

Social Insurance Organization Guide
Register with the Social Insurance Organization, for social insurance and pension services.

October 2020

Labour Market Regulatory Authority Guides
Register your expatriate employees and more with the Labour Market Regulatory Authority.

October 2020

Additional Information
Read more reports and publications by the Bahrain Economic Development Board through their document library, where these documents were originally published. The Economic Development Board of Bahrain is the first port of call for any business setting up in Bahrain, and our dedicated team has the deep expertise, knowledge and resources to get companies off the ground.

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Reports

Dive into data-driven analysis, uncover hidden gems of market trends, and discover insights that will help you outshine the competition.

Bahrain FinTech Bay

Bahrain FinTech Bay publishes some of the best reports in town, gain tremendous insight below.

Bahrain FinTech Ecosystem Report 2022
The report explores the market perception and sentiment regarding FinTech in Bahrain.

December 2020

Bahrain FinTech Gender Balance Report
The report provides an overview of the trends of gender balance in the FinTech industry.

September 2020

MENA Financial Inclusion Report 2020
A brief comparison of financial inclusion of countries in the MENA region.

February 2020

Insurance Digitalization Report 2019
The report provides an overview of the local insurance market and digitalization trends.

June 2019

Bahrain FinTech Regulations Report 2019
The report investigates the regulatory landscape in six leading FinTech hubs.

February 2019

Bahrain FinTech Bay Manifesto 2020
The Manifesto 2020 highlights Bahrain FinTech Bay’s key focus areas for growth.

December 2018

Bahrain FinTech Talent Report 2018
The report reviews the talent landscape in Bahrain and 13 other countries.

October 2018

Bahrain FinTech Ecosystem Report 2018
The annual report looks at the key developments in the local FinTech Ecosystem.

July 2018

Bahrain Arabic FinTech Dictionary
The first dictionary that translates English FinTech terms to Arabic.

March 2018

Startup Weekend Bahrain 2018
The report provides an overview of Startup Weekend and the trends in the ecosystem.

February 2019

Crowdfunding in Bahrain
Types of models and regulatory requirements to set up a crowdfunding platform.

October 2022

Personal Finance Management
Personal Finance Management consolidates your financial footprint in one place.

August 2022

Decentralized Finance
Decentralized Finance (DeFi); an ecosystem of peer-to-peer financial tools built on blockchains.

May 2022

Buy Now Pay Later
A payment trend with customers as they take responsibility of their own buying power.

March 2022

Lifestyle Banking
This new era of technology has changed customer behavior and their banking habits.

February 2022

On-Demand Payment Solutions
Financial wellness that empowers individuals and businesses more financial security.

June 2022

Additional Information
Read more reports and publications by Bahrain FinTech Bay through their research platform, where these documents were originally published. Bahrain FinTech Bay is one of the leading fintech hubs in the MENA region. They incubate scalable fintech initiatives through innovation labs, acceleration programs, curated activities, and educational opportunities.

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Bahrain Economic Development Board

The Bahrain Economic Development Board regularly publishes world-class reports on Bahrain and its sectors.

Invest in Bahrain
An overview on investing in Bahrain, the heart of the Gulf; our strengths and offerings.

May 2020

Bahrain: A Day in the Life
A selection of highlights on the island, from arrival to departure to maximize your stay.

August 2020

Financial Services
A compelling case for financial institutions to establish and operate in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

August 2020

KPMG Cost of Doing Business
Typical costs associated with operating a financial services firm in Bahrain and UAE.

August 2022

Bahrain for Islamic Finance
An introduction to MENA’s most influential Islamic finance centre.

June 2017

FinTech Investment in Bahrain
An overview of the FinTech sector opportunities and advantages in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

June 2017

Interpreting Convertible Notes
Guide for startups that are looking to issue Convertible Notes in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

April 2023

Employee Share Schemes
Key benefits and features of the employee share scheme for closed joint stock companies.

April 2023

Manufacturing & Logistics in Bahrain
A clear advantage to setting up manufacturing and logistics operations in Bahrain.

June 2017

KPMG Cost of Doing Business
Costs to operate a manufacturing business in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman.

December 2021

KPMG Cost of Doing Business
Costs to operate a logistics business in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman.

December 2021

Tourism Investment in Bahrain
Investment opportunities across Tourism, Real Estate, Healthcare and Education industries.

September 2018

Bahrain for Healthcare
Unlock the GCC’s Growing Healthcare Market through insights, numbers, and facts.

September 2020

KPMG Cost of Doing Business
Costs associated to operate an ICT firm in the GCC countries; registration, rent, occupancy, and utility.

June 2017

ICT industry in Bahrain
An in-depth look at Bahrain’s ICT sector advantages for companies and businesses.

June 2017

KPMG Cost of Living Report
Costs associated with living in Bahrain relative to neighboring countries in the GCC.

September 2021

Additional Information
Read more reports and publications by the Bahrain Economic Development Board through their document library, where these documents were originally published. The Economic Development Board of Bahrain is the first port of call for any business setting up in Bahrain, and our dedicated team has the deep expertise, knowledge and resources to get companies off the ground.