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!
Check out the latest announcements and updates from key entities.
The latest important announcements from the Government of Bahrain to help support.
? #BeDetermined. Watch this clip about Tamkeen’s Business Continuity Support Program.
? 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamkeen launches “Business Continuity Support” for you.
Tamkeen launches the “Business Continuity Support” program” to businesses affected by the current market slowdown.
Termination of monthly worker & permit fees.
Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is terminating the monthly worker & permit fees for 3 months, starting April 2020.
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.
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.
Here are all the perks we’ve come across to help make this period easier for you and your startup.
News & Updates
Be up to date on all the latest and important news and updates.
Follow the key entities’ accounts on Instagram.
Key news and links to their announcements about the situation in Bahrain.
April 19, 2021 – MENA’s 1st virtual Royal Investment Summit to launch in May 2021
March 21, 2021 – H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa names new Tamkeen CEO
February 23, 2021 – Hambro Perks launches $50M fund targeting early-stage MENA startups
February 22, 2021 – Tamkeen resumes accepting applications for its Business Development program
February 8, 2021 – Bahrain announces new guidelines to curtail the spread of COVID
February 7, 2021 – Al Zayani Investments launches new VC wing
January 21, 2021 – Bahrain’s foreign trade report for Q4 2020 is out
December 20, 2020 – Tamkeen highlights strategy to meet post-COVID requirements of Bahraini businesses.
December 12, 2020 – Al Salam Bank teams up with FlexxPay to help boost the Bahraini economy.
December 9, 2020 – Tamkeen is hosting the annual Public Consultation Forum today on Zoom
December 2, 2020 – CBB Regulatory Sandbox graduates 1st InsurTech platform
November 15, 2020 – Bahrain introduces important reform to startup regulations
September 22, 2020 – Loan repayments in Bahrain deferred until the end of 2020
September 8, 2020 – Bahrain drops quarantine requirements for airport arrivals
September 5, 2020 – Teachers return to Bahraini schools tomorrow
September 3, 2020 – Outdoor dining resumes at cafés and restaurants in Bahrain
August 25, 2020 – Space340 launches new incubator program for startups
July 12, 2020 – Bahrain 5G expansion to help boost GCC economies during COVID
June 28, 2020 – Bahrain highlighted in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020
June 18, 2020 – Zoho offers perks for Bahraini startups through StartUp Bahrain
June 11, 2020 – New eService launched by Bahrain’s iGa with NBR
May 31, 2020 — Bahrain’s national carrier restarts Pakistan flights
May 28, 2020 — Bahrain Clear adopts Skiplino queue management system
May 27, 2020 — New online help service unveiled in Bahrain
May 22, 2020 — Bahrain to ease some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
May 21, 2020 — Robots help out in Bahrain’s COVID-19 quarantines
May 14, 2020 — Bahrain allows private hospitals to do COVID-19 tests
April 28, 2020 — Bahrain expands stimulus package
April 22, 2020 — Tamkeen directs customers to book appointments via Skiplino app
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 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
Here’s the previous press conferences ones on the situation in Bahrain.
Reports & Documents
Useful, insightful, or important documents to help you or your startup make key decisions.
– Oman Chamber – Mechanism for Dealing with Developments Resulting from the Spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19
A few reasons from the community to feel better and feel proud.
شكرا لكل شخص يسهر ويتعب من اجل هالوطن براتب او بدون، شكرا لكل شخص صابر ومتحمل سواء كانت مسؤوليته او مش مسؤوليته، شكرا لكل فرد من أفراد فريق البحرين. انتوا تاج على راسنا فرداً فرداً. شكرا لولي العهد اللي بفضل رؤيته تفادينا كارثة. جوف شقاعد يصير حولك واشكر الله على نعمة الأمان.— Safiya (@timmame) March 30, 2020
Alhamdullila ??Thank you so much really Dont expect this kind of help from good people.Allah bless u all also and to all the people who made efforts to make it possible.sir @musabalshaikh and his friends, you guys are really amazing for sharing those blessings unexpectedly. pic.twitter.com/wmFDudTvDT— Jhanna (@Jhanna49049159) April 4, 2020
Today our team members tested working remotely and all our meetings were held digitally, inline with Bahrain's efforts to keep everyone safe! #TeamBahrain ??— ila Bank (@ilaBankBHR) March 16, 2020
Who else is working from home? Share your pictures with us ??#ilaBank #Bahrain #بنك_إلى #البحرين #فريق_البحرين pic.twitter.com/RWz5GVvC5O
فخورة أنا بوطني #البحرين وبقيادته وشعبه، وانصافاً له فالإستمثار في المواطن بدأ عندما افتتحت المدارس الحكومية ١٩١٩ و ١٩٢٨،، والإستثمار الأكبر عندما ابتعثت الحكومة الطلبة لاستكمال تعليمهم في الخارج،— ميّ بنت أحمد (@ALwa2leyah) March 30, 2020
فاطمة الزياني أول ممرضة بحرينية تخرجت من بغداد عام ١٩٣٧ أي قبل ( ٨٣ عاماً ) https://t.co/Ov8WKXYJpz
إدارة لا متناهية للأزمة الحالية— إحسان الكوهجي (@ehsankooheji) March 17, 2020
تكاتف بين أجهزة الدولة وكوادرها
ارشادات تنسيقية حسب معايير عالمية
مبادرات مالية تثلج الصدر
فخر في القيادة ليس فقط لليوم، بل جرعة كبيرة من الأمل لمستقبل مشرق للبحرين
وصلني اتصال من الشركة اللي تدير البناية اللي أنا ساكن فيها ، خبروني برغبة صاحبة العقار بإعفاء المستأجرين من إيجار شهر مايو— أحمد التميمي ?? (@a_tamimi_92) March 29, 2020
ما زال الخير موجود في تجار البحرين، الله يجزاها كل خير ?
I had a very productive call with HRH Crown Prince of #Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. We discussed the global #COVID19 response. I thanked him for his leadership (whole-of-government Approach), transparency and collaboration with @WHO. Together, for a safer world. pic.twitter.com/YX9JAHN1W2— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 11, 2020
مملكة #البحرين سبقت الدول في ..— Fawaz Al Khalifa (@fawaz_alkhalifa) March 28, 2020
•عدد عمليات فحص #فيروس_كورونا .
•الجاهزية الطبية وانشاء مراكز الاحتواء.
•الإجراءات الاحترازية والتوعوية.
•شراء الأجهزة وتقنيات الفحص السريع.
•عدد المتعافين من الفيروس (تجاوز عدد المصابين المتبقين).
شكراً للسواعد والعقول #كلنا_فريق_البحرين
Ministry of Finance & National Economy announces a financial aid package totaling approximately $11.4 billion to help combat the economic situation arising from #CoronavirusOutbreak #COVID2019— Ali Fareed (@Ali_Fareed) March 17, 2020
Well done #TeamBahrain ????
I am so proud of their actions handling this crisis
@WPHome, a #Florida based company operating in #Bahrain changes its production line from sheets to reusable face masks for #healthcare workers; another prime example of the long-standing #Bahrain-#US partnership. Bravo!@AmChamBahrain @DrNealDunnFL2 #teambahrain pic.twitter.com/oJiYkpgMSC— Abdulla R Al-Khalifa (@AbdullaRAK) March 30, 2020