Bahrain

In-depth country-focused analysis on Bahrain's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Bahrain's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Bahrain, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Bahrain's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Bahrain before your competitors.

Bahrain Country Risk

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Core Views We forecast the Bahraini economy to grow by 3.4% in real terms in 2014, down from 5.3% in 2013, owing to the normalisation of oil production. Headline growth will remain relatively...

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Bahrain Industry Coverage (15)

Autos

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Bahraini new light vehicle sales totalled 53,487 units in 2013, according to information on the Focus2Move website. This reportedly represented growth of 14.5% year-on-year (y-o-y), which tied in...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Consumer Electronics

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BMI View:   Bahrain's consumer electronics market is one of the smallest in the region, reflecting the size of the population. Consequently devices are largely distributed via regional hubs, as it...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View:   We hold a positive outlook on food consumption growth in Bahrain in 2014 and through our forecast period to 2018. We believe that food consumption growth in local currency terms will...

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Freight Transport

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Bahrain continues to invest heavily into making itself a key logisitics centre in the Gulf. The primary port, the Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) is to have its channel deepened, and the Bahrain...

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Information Technology

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BMI View: Youthful population dynamics, government ICT initiatives and expanding financial hub status have been the major drivers of growth in Bahrain's IT market. However, escalating political...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View : With no end in sight to Bahrain's protracted political crisis we see little chance of a meaningful construction industry recovery materialising over the near term. Persistent political...

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Insurance

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BMI View:   As of late 2014, we anticipate Bahrain's insurance sector to return to steady, single-digit growth. However, positive forecasts will depend on future political and economic stability....

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: Bahrain is trying to double its oil production by the end of the decade. This increase would largely depend on the success of plans under way to raise production from the Bahrain field...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Bahrain ' s National Health Regulatory Authority has begun implementing its multi-phased plan to significantly reduce medicine prices in the country. The price cuts are the result of a...

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Real Estate

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BMI View: The Bahraini economy is expanding and the real estate sector is projected to remain stagnant. Instability affects the country and continues to scare off investors and tourists , as a...

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Retail

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BMI View:   Spending on non-essential items such as luxury clothing and jewellery is forecast to increase strongly over the next few years, fuelled by Bahrain's increasingly sophisticated urban...

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Shipping

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We have a positive outlook for Bahrain's shipping sector. The country's main maritime facility, the Khalifa bin Salman port, is poised to continue on its upward growth trend, posting solid growth,...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View : Bahrain's telecoms market is rapidly moving towards high-value wireless and wireline data services, supported by the launch of 4G LTE network services and 100Mbps fibre broadband...

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Water

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BMI View: Bahrain's water sector is continuing its gradual program of reform and is increasingly open to foreign direct investment. However, we would emp h asise that this process is...

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