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Doing business in Bahrain: Guide

Staff Reporter | 11:31 PM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.
Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Bahrain. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.
This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Obtain lease agreement to prove location1 dayno charge
2Draft standard Memorandum of Association and obtain preliminary approval from the Ministry of Commerce at the Bahrain Investment Center’s one-stop shop1 dayno charge
3Obtain approval from the Municipality3 daysno charge
4Notarize Memorandum of Association1 dayBHD 27
5Open an account at the bank and obtain proof of deposit of capital1 dayno charge
6Obtain Certificate of Registration from Ministry of Commerce1 dayBHD 30
7Register the company and employees with the General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI)1 dayno charge