Bahrain Achieves Record $6.8 Billion in Foreign Direct Investment in 2023


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Bahrain Achieves Record $6.8 Billion in Foreign Direct Investment: Economic Milestone of 2023

Bahrain achieves record-breaking milestones in foreign direct investment (FDI), securing a record $6.8 billion inflow in 2023, according to the latest World Investment Report by the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development. This figure marks a remarkable 148% increase from the previous year’s $2.8 billion, highlighting Bahrain’s growing appeal as a premier investment destination.

The substantial FDI influx has significantly boosted Bahrain’s cumulative inward FDI stocks, rising from $36.2 billion in 2022 to $43.1 billion in 2023. This economic achievement aligns with Bahrain’s impressive nominal GDP growth, soaring from around $11 billion in 2003 to over $43 billion in 2023, reflecting an average annual growth rate of 7%, surpassing the global average of 5%.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s economy has seen notable diversification, with the financial services sector surpassing the oil sector to become the largest contributor to real GDP, reaching 17.8% in 2023—a pivotal development in the Kingdom’s economic landscape.

Speaking on Bahrain’s success, Alkhulaif emphasized, “Bahrain has established itself as a premier investment destination, backed by an agile government, a highly skilled bilingual talent pool, and a financially liberal environment.” He highlighted the strategic efforts of Bahrain EDB in attracting investments from key markets, supported by Team Bahrain, to sustain economic growth and diversification.

A significant catalyst for Bahrain’s recent investment success is the Golden License initiative launched in April 2023. This initiative has attracted $2.4 billion in investments from nine major projects, expected to create 3,000 job opportunities across various sectors. Noteworthy projects under the Golden License include Bahrain Titanium, a pioneering facility by Interlink Metals & Chemicals, the first greenfield head office of the National Bank of Kuwait outside Kuwait, a cutting-edge data center, and international submarine cable by Beyon, and the ambitious Bahrain Marina development.

These achievements underscore Bahrain’s strategic vision and proactive measures in creating a favorable investment environment and fostering economic diversification. Bahrain’s record-breaking FDI inflow solidifies its position as a leading hub for regional and international investors seeking growth opportunities in the Middle East.

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