Subsequent to choosing an activity and the type of legal structure for your company, for starting a business in Bahrain, the necessary approvals from the concerned sector regulators are required. When all requirements are submitted, and conditions are met, a Commercial Registration (CR) is issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Commercial Registrations must be renewed annually.
How can I get commercial registration for my business?
Can I own a business in Bahrain?
100% foreign ownership is allowed in setting up a business in Bahrain. Sector-specific and/or company type restrictions may apply.
How long does it take to register a company in Bahrain?
After obtaining the required approvals and submitting the requisite documents, it would generally take 1 to 5 business days for the company to get registered in Bahrain.
Is a resident director/partner/manager/legal representative required to register a company in Bahrain?
A resident director/partner/manager/legal representative is required only if the company under consideration is a representative or branch office.
What is the corporate on net profits for a company in Bahrain? Does a company need to file annual tax returns in Bahrain?
The corporate tax in Bahrain is 0%. Companies in Bahrain are not required to file annual tax returns.
Can a Bahrain company be involved in international business?
There are no restrictions on where a Bahrain company can operate. Bahrain provides access to the Middle East and the GCC states, and has bilateral trade arrangements with 43 countries.
Is Dubai secure for investment and living?
Dubai is a secure place for investment and living. Expatriates constitute a majority of the population.
If I set up company in Dubai and obtain residence permit can I travel other emirates freely?
Yes, travel to other Emirates is unrestricted as you hold a residence permit valid for UAE.
How can I obtain my visa to stay in Dubai?
After a trade license is obtained for setting up your business after completing the immigration formalities, resident visa issued by the authorities.
As a foreigner, do I have to pay taxes during my stay in Dubai?
Currently there is negligible corporate or business tax applicable to business organisations or employees in Dubai.