Bahrain business and office support

All you need to do business in Bahrain

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As well as physical and virtual offices, you can benefit from a comprehensive range of support services designed to make your business successful.

We provide a one-stop business solution fully tailored to your needs, and our professional know how will ensure that starting a new company in Bahrain is straightforward. For example, our offices each have an individual municipal number, which helps with registering your company here.

PRIME’s professional and dedicated personnel are always on hand to support you. We will execute our work to a high standard every time, delivering the flexibility, value and efficiency your business demands.

Attestations, Legalisations and Notarisations

Legalisation or attestation is the process of authenticating documents to a required level so that another country will accept them as genuine.

This process can be done through the Bahrain Foreign Affairs Ministry and foreign embassies in Bahrain. For instance, if you are planning to use your degree certificate outside Bahrain (in the UAE for example), then this document needs to be legalized by the UAE embassy in Bahrain to be accepted in the UAE.

Notorisation is the form of attestation obtained from a Notary Public. Notarisation can be used for:

  • Attesting the authenticity of a signature on a document.
  • For attesting translated documents. Translations should be undertaken only by certified translators, such as PRIME.

PRIME can arrange such attestations with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOIC), the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassies, and other ministries such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance. We can also arrange notorisations with the Notary Public’s office.

Furthermore one of our directors, Mr. Hatim Q. Zu’bi, (also a Partner at Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys and Legal Consultants), is an appointed Notary Public permitted to provide Private Notarial services (English Language) by the Bahrain Ministry of Justice & Islamic Affairs pursuant to Ministerial Order (23) of 2018 with Respect to the Appointment of Private Notaries. A full list of the documents he is able to notarize in the English Language, is contained in Ministerial Order (78) of 2017.

Company formation

Forming a company in Bahrain is not a straightforward matter, and involves lengthy and complex procedures. By partnering with you, we draw on our extensive company incorporation and establishment experience in Bahrain to understand your needs and expedite the process. This means you can focus on your core business activities.

PRIME can assist with registering all kinds of company structures, including WLL, SPC, BSC, representative offices and foreign branch companies. We will help you identify the company structure that best suits your intended activities and meets your business objectives, including selecting the appropriate business activity and the number of partners.

We will fast track registration procedures for your company’s commercial registration (CR). In addition, we can take care of CR renewal, which must be effected on an annual basis.

In addition, and as part of company requirements in Bahrain, we can register the newly formed company with the BCCI and take care of the annual renewals of the same.

Corporate legal services

PRIME can provide legal advice on any or all aspects of the lifecycle of a business, all the way from start-ups and new company registration all the way to business closure.

Services include the following:

  • Day-to-day business activities;
  • Change of company name;
  • Addition/deletion of business activities;
  • Addition/closure of branches;
  • Group structure changes;
  • Business mergers;
  • Change of address;
  • Share transfers;
  • Organisation of trusts and nominees;
  • Change of directors/authorised signatories;
  • Change of partners;
  • Liquidation.

Regulatory procedures in Bahrain are highly complex. By outsourcing the legal and administrative requirements of your business to us, we allow you to focus on your core activities, secure in the knowledge that all necessary procedures and protocols have been followed.

Corporate secretarial services

We will ensure your company is compliant with all Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism regulations. This includes holding the company’s statutory records, maintaining the shareholders register, convening the Annual General Meeting of the company, if required, and filing of audited financial statements.

Tamkeen support

Tamkeen is a semi-autonomous government agency that provides assistance to private sector businesses and individuals in Bahrain. This includes advice and training, financing and grants, and general entrepreneurship support.

We can register our clients with Tamkeen, and help you to apply for and access their innovative programmes.

Our services include:

  • Online account application – providing Tamkeen with the required information about your company and its management team;
  • Account activation – this involves a statutory visit to Tamkeen, which we can undertake on your behalf once you provide us with the necessary authorisations;
  • Profile completion – this stage requires submitting a general description of your company’s commercial registration, its services and annual revenue along with a copy of its last audited financial report. Once again, we can undertake this on your behalf;
  • Programme application – once your account has been activated, we will be able to assist you with applying for any of Tamkeen’s programmes. Precise steps to be followed and documents required vary depending on the programme selected.

Certificate of Good Standing

A Certificate of Good Standing is a document that proves your company is operating legally and within the guidelines set by the authorities in Bahrain. We are able to assist in obtaining the two types of certificates that relate to companies.

The first relates to the financial side of a company. It proves your company is fully compliant and up-to-date with accounting procedures such as auditing and VAT returns.

The second type of certificate relates to the operation of your registered company at MOIC. It shows your company is legally registered, you are authorised to operate your business activity, your statutory filings have been completed and you are up-to-date with all relevant ministry fees.

Similarly, we are able to assist with obtaining a personal Certificate of Good Conduct for citizens residing abroad and also for foreigners who have previously or are currently working in Bahrain.

Video conferencing and meeting rooms

Our advanced video conferencing technology and secure connections can help you connect with your clients or colleagues anywhere in the world at the touch of a button.

Our meeting rooms are also available for hire whether you are an existing or a new client. Our three meeting rooms can host anything from a small meeting of three people to a larger group of 12 with bespoke catering options available.

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Translation services

PRIME translations are certified by all the relevant bodies in Bahrain, including the Ministry of Justice, the Notary Public, and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). We can provide fast, accurate and cost-effective translations for any documents you might require.

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Financial and Accounting services

We offer assistance with all your financial requirements, including bookkeeping and accounting, payroll services and bill payment. We can also assist in preparing and submitting audited financial statements to the appropriate ministries.

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Bahrain Visa Services

PRIME can assist with your visa applications and enquiries, as well as all other documents you may require for living and working in Bahrain.

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Serviced offices

Our prestigious fully equipped office suites enable you to start doing business straightaway.

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Virtual offices

A cost-effective alternative to a physical office, with all you require to operate in Bahrain.

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