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10 March, 2021updated 29 Oct 2021 17:49

Investing in Bahrain: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Bahrain.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Bahrain has a population of 1.7 million, making it the 155th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 64.9% males and 35.1% females.

There are 973,219 people employed in Bahrain, with an unemployment rate of 4.5% – 45,944 people.


Bahrain is the 222nd largest economy in the world with a GDP of $40.9bn. Bahrain’s GDP has grown by 58% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 17% by 2025.

As of 2018 there were 44,940 students in tertiary education in Bahrain, with 99,026 students in secondary and 113,878 in primary education. Bahrain spent 2.1% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Bahrain ranked 43rd in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 62nd. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Bahrain finished 45th, after ranking 45th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $1.2bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $643m in 2018.

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