2019 Host Country: BAHRAIN


Bahrain, or two seas as implies the Arabic translation, is known for its rich history of more than five thousand years. The diverse blend of ancient civilizations, traditional and contemporary life offers its visitors a unique experience of the past’s charm and present landmarks and lifestyle.

Boasting 33 islands with a cosmopolitan capital city, an attractive liberal lifestyle and a rich history and culture, the Kingdom of Bahrain is an attractive destination for businesses and tourists alike. Its strategic location provides the best access to the Gulf, with excellent regional transport links by road, sea, and air, and a 25-km causeway to the largest market in the GCC.

Bahrain has established itself as a regional pioneer through its long history of diversification and an attractive regulatory environment and forward-thinking government. Bahrain allows 100 percent foreign ownership in 98 percent of its business activities, offers an average of 30 percent lower operating costs compared to our neighbors, no corporate or income taxes, and is the only GCC state in which the entire country operates as a free zone.

More than 4,000 years of history as a commercial crossroads has created a legacy of diversity and openness. Bahrain ranked first globally as the top expat destination and according to the Commonwealth Global Youth Development Index (2017) Bahrain is ranked first in the region for youth development.