Why Bahrain

the region's finance hub

For more than 40 years, Bahrain has remained the most established financial centre in the Middle East. The island nation is currently home to 403 institutions, including 104 licensed banks boasting assets of USD 189 billion. In addition, Bahrain hosts 59 investment firms, 144 insurance firms, 53 specialised licensees, and 16 capital market firms.

The Kingdom is also home to the world’s highest concentration of Islamic finance institutions. There are 25 in all covering almost every aspect of Islamic banking, and accounting for USD 25.1 billion of assets under management in December 2015 – more than 13% of the Kingdom’s total banking assets. ICD-Thomson Reuters ranks Bahrain the GCC’s most developed Islamic finance centre and second worldwide.

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) is widely regarded as one of the region’s most advanced supervisors. It continuously enhances a tried-and-trusted regulatory framework that meets international best practice, and plays a leading role in achieving regional standardisation.



Dates & Venue

June 2020
Gulf Convention Centre
Manama, Bahrain


+971 (4) 443 0168

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