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UK and Bahrain look to the future as they celebrate 200 years of history


The UK's Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Bahrain in November 2016 to mark two centuries of formal relations between the two kingdoms

When Theresa May became the first ever UK Prime Minister to attend the annual summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council in December 2016, it demonstrated... Dec 14, 2016

Government | Middle East | Bahrain


Islamic Finance

Bahrain’s Islamic finance sector sets the tone for the rest of the world


Bahrain’s World Trade Center and Financial Harbor (Photo: ©Mubarak Fahad)

With decades of experience and regarded as the benchmark for its regulation, Bahrain stands out as a global leader in Islamic finance and has helped more... Dec 13, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


Bahrain Banking & Fintech

Regional leader backed by 40 years of banking tradition


Bahrain’s banks regard the fintech trend as a way to modernize, internationalize and democratize financial services in the region

As the foremost financial services center in the Gulf, Bahrain has proved to be resilient in the face of liquidity challenges posed by low oil prices and... Dec 12, 2016

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


200 years of UK relations


Bahrain

The UK and Bahrain this year celebrate 200 years of close friendship, strong bilateral commercial interaction, vibrant business links and ever-stronger... May 14, 2014

Government | Middle East | Bahrain


Economic activity expands beyond oil


The twin-tower Bahrain World Trade Centre, opened in 2008, was the world’s first to aesthetically incorporate three 29-metre diameter wind turbines into the fabric of the building and is a powerful emblem of the kingdom’s aspirations

Bahrain’s success in tackling economic challenges head on and targeting sustainable prosperity is opening economic opportunities across the board May 14, 2014

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Bahrain


The benchmark nation maintains pole position


Bahrain International Circuit was the first venue in the Middle East to host Formula One racing

Bahrain takes pride in its track record of consistently being the regional leader in introducing innovation and social progress May 14, 2014

Others | Middle East | Bahrain


A broad vision of life in 2030


Looking to the future with liberal economic policies and a clear roadmap in the form of Vision 2030, Bahrain aims to raise prosperity for everyone in society

The kingdom is planning with foresight to bring change and reform, and is committed to a fair, competitive and sustainable future May 14, 2014

Others | Middle East | Bahrain


Citizens connect with eGovernment


More than 300 government services are already available through the eGovernment initiative

eGovernment leads the way in harnessing technology to provide better, easier lives today and sustained prosperity tomorrow May 14, 2014

Government | Middle East | Bahrain


At the root of Islamic banking and financial innovation


The architecturally striking Bahrain Financial Harbour district has been designed to address every possible need of the highly diverse international finance sector

The best regulated and most sophisticated financial services centre in the GCC pioneered the creation of Islamic banking and has the highest concentration... May 14, 2014

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


UK leads the West in Islamic finance


Numerous high-level conferences and summits are strengthening links in the financial sectors of both Bahrain and the UK, particularly in Islamic finance

Strong bilateral ties are enabling key knowledge and expertise transfer to position London at the centre of the global expansion in Islamic finance May 14, 2014

Finance | Middle East | Bahrain


Protecting the unique heritage of the land of eternity


Bahrain

More than 5,000 years of history define the unique open and global mentality of the modern Bahraini society. PM Communications meets Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed... May 14, 2014

Tourism & Culture | Middle East | Bahrain


Enhancing Bahrain’s position as a cultural hub in the region


Bahrain

Bahrain is the epicentre of UNESCO’s activities in the region; its capital, Manama, was chosen in 2012 as the Capital for Arab Culture, Capital of Arab... May 14, 2014

Tourism & Culture | Middle East | Bahrain


Ahead of Vision 2030, Bahrain is standing at the forefront of the Health sector in the Gulf

Mahmood Hashim Alkooheji
Chief Executive Officer of Mumtalakat

With the establishment of the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA), the Bahraini... Jan 16, 2017


'It’s simply easier and more cost effective to do business here'

Dr Waheed Al Qassim
CEO of the Bahrain Association of Banks

At a time when most of the world’s financial services sectors have been shrinking,... Dec 15, 2016


Diverse, ethical banking draws global interest

Yousif Abdulla Taqi
Director & Group CEO of Al Salam Bank-Bahrain

Widely recognized as a global leader in Islamic finance, the assets in Bahrain’s Islamic... Dec 12, 2016


Confidence in UK-Bahrain relations runs deep

Simon Martin CMG
UK Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain and United Kingdom are celebrating the 200th anniversary of close... Dec 12, 2016


Gain a solid foothold in the GCC

Dr Yahya Alyahya
CEO of GIB

Overcoming challenges and retaining four competitive advantages have kept Gulf International... May 14, 2014


An example of Bahraini diversity

Mona Y. Almoayyed
Y K Almoayyed and Sons Managing Director

Operating in key industry sectors and market segments such as automobiles, heavy equipment,... Mar 27, 2014


Revolutionising Bahrain’s healthcare system

Dr. Bahaa Eldin Fateha
CEO of The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA)

With Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 providing a clear direction for the continued development... Mar 13, 2014


Bahrain's vision for transport

Mariam Ahmad Jumaan
Undersecretary of Land Transport at Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation

Mariam Ahmad Jumaan, Undersecretary of Land Transport at Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation,... Mar 05, 2014


Arab Shipping Repair Yard buoyed by its diversification

Nils Kristian Berge
Chief Executive of Arab Shipping Repair Yard (ASRY)

Founded in 1977 in Bahrain, ASRY (Arab Shipping Repair Yard) has over 35 years of experience... Jan 15, 2014


Extending Bahrain's legacy of business and inspiring development

Abdulla Faisal Al Doseri
CEO of the project Bahrain Bay

Under its vision to create a vibrant and authentic metropolis inspiring opportunity and a legacy... Jan 13, 2014


Solidarity identifies underdeveloped niche insurance sectors

Ashraf Bseisu
Group Chief Executive of the Solidarity Group

Ashraf Bseisu, Group Chief Executive of the Solidarity Group, affirms that Bahrain is the most... Dec 10, 2013


Trusted, robust finance sector training next generation of bankers

Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad
Executive Director of Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain

Bahrain has been shielded from the worst of the global financial meltdown by having a solid... Dec 04, 2013


Rating Islamic Finance

Sabeen Saleem
CFA – CEO The Islamic International Rating Agency (IIRA)

The Islamic International Rating Agency (IIRA) is the sole rating agency established to provide... Dec 02, 2013


Bahrainis encouraged to take a fresh look at water and energy

Dr Abdul Hassain Ali Mirza
Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs

Dr Abdul Hassain Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, discusses the kingdom's... Nov 26, 2013


“International contractors and consultants are free to bid for our work”

Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf
Minister of Works

Head of the construction arm of Bahrain's Government, Minister of Works Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf... Nov 26, 2013


'When you choose DIYAR AL MUHARRAQ, you choose a lifestyle'

Dr Maher A. Aziz Al Shaer
CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq

PM Communications sits with Dr Maher A. Aziz Al Shaer, CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq, a community-oriented... Nov 18, 2013


"Hard work, professionalism and transparency - if you do these things naturally, you will naturally be successful"

Hamid Rashid Al Zayani
Chairman of Al Zayani Investments

Constantly expanding Al Zayani Investments began as the dominant distributor of luxury British... Nov 14, 2013


BBK aligns strategies with the Government's goals

Abdulkarim Bucheery
Chief Executive of BBK Bank in Bahrain

Abdulkarim Bucheery, Chief Executive of BBK Bank in Bahrain, speaks to Worldfolio about the... Oct 29, 2013


"CSR is not a PR stunt: it is something real that positively impacts the lives of people"

Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji
Chairman of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji, Chairman of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) speaks to PM Communications... Oct 11, 2013


"Open minds make societies richer"

Samira Ibrahim Bin Rajab
Bahrain's Minister of State for Information Affairs and the Government¹s Official Spokesperson

Samira Ibrahim Bin Rajab, Minister of State for Information Affairs and the Government's Official... Oct 10, 2013



LOCATION:

Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia



MAP REFERENCES:

Middle East



AREA:

total: 760 sq km



LANGUAGES:

Arabic update paises set descripcion = official; English, Farsi, Urdu



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

Constitutional monarchy

 

CAPITAL:

name: Manama



INDEPENDENCE:

15 August 1971 update paises set descripcion = from the UK)



GDP update paises set descripcion = purchasing power parity):

$34.96 billion update paises set descripcion = 2013 est.)



GDP - real growth rate:

4.4% update paises set descripcion = 2013 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 0.3%

industry: 46.7%

services: 53% update paises set descripcion = 2013 est.)

   

AGRICULTURE - products:

fruit, vegetables; poultry, dairy products; shrimp, fish



INDUSTRIES:       

petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, iron pelletization, fertilizers, Islamic and offshore banking, insurance, ship repairing, tourism



EXPORTS:

$20.69 billion update paises set descripcion = 2013 est.)



IMPORTS:

$14.41 billion update paises set descripcion = 2013 est.)



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