Bahrain Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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Bahrain’s online and digital banking segment is developing rapidly, bolstered by the kingdom’s aim to become a regional financial technology (fintech) hub. Throughout 2018 banks launched digital banking services tailored to the needs of Bahrainis. In March 2018 Bank ABC announced plans to launch neobank, a fully digital bank set to be...

 

Once reserved for ambitious start-ups and industry-leading tech operators, financial technology (fintech) has more recently caught the attention of major private sector firms and government planners alike, becoming a regular feature in budget speeches and strategic development plans. As fintech progressively plays a larger part in the lives of...

 

How has Bahrain advanced in terms of financial technology (fintech), and what more can be done?

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Bahrain 2019

In light of its history as a regional financial hub, and the presence in the country of several major international Islamic financial institutions and support bodies, Bahrain has a well-developed, sharia-compliant financial services sector. The Islamic banking and takaful (Islamic insurance) segments have been posting healthy growth in recent years, though profit margins in each are under...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Bahrain 2019

Despite macroeconomic challenges, the kingdom’s stock market has performed reasonably well over the past two years. Although listings activity has been weak recently, developments such as the introduction of a real estate investment trust in 2017 and the initial public offering of a local logistics operator in 2018 bode well for the market. A range of reforms being undertaken by the bourse,...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Bahrain 2019

Growth in the banking sector has maintained an upward trajectory in recent years, with banking assets growing and investors taking note of the favourable and robust regulatory environment. This, combined with the sector’s profitability, high penetration rates and investment in financial technology, has strengthened Bahrain’s position as a regional leader in banking. Bahrain’s proximity to...