Press Releases
BDB’s CTO received an Award for Most Outstanding Digital Transformation at the World CIO Summit 2022
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022
Mrs. Nada Mohamed Abdulrahman, Chief Technology Officer at Bahrain Development Bank, has received an Award for Most Outstanding Digital Transformation – 2022 during The World CIO 200 Summit 2022 held by International Group of Artificial Intelligence and GEC Media Group and presented by Global CIO Forum under patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the General Sports Authority and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee.
86% of Their Products Are Being Exported to International Markets Shell Fisheries Is One of The Successful Bahraini Businesses Supported By BDB
Sunday, Oct 23, 2022
Mrs. Dalal Al Qais, Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Development Bank, visited Shell Fisheries factory in the Industrial Area in Sitra in order to get a close look on the company’s activities such as preservation fish and crustaceans, manufacturing new products like fish fingers fried with rusk as well as cooked items like shrimps and other products in line with the needs of local and international markets, since Shell Fisheries is one of the successful businesses BDB has supported since the beginning
Bahrain Development Bank Appoints Ali Al Aradi as Chief Banking Officer
Monday, Oct 17, 2022
BDB announces the appointment of Mr. Ali Al Aradi as Chief Banking Officer. Al Aradi has almost 19 years of experience in Banking field. He worked at Standard Chartered, Ahli United Bank, BMI Bank, and Al Salam Bank. Prior joining BDB he worked as Acting Head of Retail Banking since November 2021, and Head of Branches and Sales in Retail Banking for Bahrain Islamic Bank from October 2018. Al Aradi is a qualified Bahraini Banker who has obtained an Oxford Fintech Program, Advanced Diploma in Islamic Banking, CMI Level 5, CII, and currently doing his MBA from Swiss Business School.
NBB Partners with Bahrain Development Bank to Boost the SME Sector
Monday, Oct 3, 2022
The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) & Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop products and funding solutions for the SME sector. The signing ceremony was held at NBB Head Quarters in Manama. This partnership comes with the two parties’ commitment to continuously support start-ups and SMEs, through providing financing solutions that meet the sector’s needs. Commenting on the partnership, Dalal Al Qais, Group Chief Executive Officer at Bahrain Development Bank said:” We are proud to be partnering with a leading financial institution in the Kingdom in the likes of NBB, to further expand our SMEs offering & services which play a vital role in developing the national economy.
BDB Signs a Health Insurance Agreement for its Employees with Medgulf Takaful and Protection Insurance Services
Saturday, Oct 1, 2022
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) has signed an agreement to provide health and life insurance services to its employees in partnership with Medgulf Takaful and Protection Insurance Services. This partnership comes in line with BDB’s mission in ensuring to provide a healthy environment and the best insurance benefits to its employees. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of Bahrain Development Bank by Mrs. Dalal Al Qais, Chief Executive Officer of BDB and Mr.
Al Waha Fund and Hambro Perks launch HP Spring Studios to help fintech startups flourish
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022
Al Waha Fund of Funds, managed by Bahrain Development Bank, and international investment firm Hambro Perks have announced the launch of HP Spring Studios, the MENA region’s first fintech venture studio. HP Spring Studios, which will be based out of its new headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, represents a significant boost for MENA’s fintech and startup ecosystem. The studio will both co-found and invest directly into next generation fintech startups with exceptional entrepreneurs.
BDB Appoints Abdulrahman Al Asoomi as Head of Compliance & MLRO
Thursday, Sep 1, 2022
BDB announces the appointment of Mr. Abdulrahman Al Asoomi as Head of Compliance & MLRO. Al Asoomi has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector, expertise includes compliance with the Central Bank of Bahrain requirements for Islamic Financial Institutions, Capital Market requirements for listed companies in Bahrain, UAE, & Kuwait and combating financial crime requirements for financial institutions. Al Asoomi is a holder of Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Swansea University UK, Professional Advanced Diploma in Islamic Finance from BIBF, International Diploma in Compliance from University of Manchester & ICA and a Diploma in Compliance, AML and Financial Crime from Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK.
Arab delegation visits Farmers Market in Hoorat A’ali as part of a youth camp hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs
Sunday, Aug 28, 2022
A youth delegation from the GCC and other neighboring countries visited the Farmers Market in Hoorat A’ali, one of Bahrain Development Bank subsidiaries, as part of the youth camp hosted by Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs from 21 to 25 August 2022. The delegation was introduced to the agricultural projects that are incubated by the market and owned by Bahraini farmers including local crops and other products, and the services that Bahrain Development Bank provides to Bahraini farmers.
BDB Group CEO: The experience of the Supreme Council for Women is a success story at the global level, and the economic empowerment of Bahraini women is an essential pillar of our strategy
Monday, Aug 22, 2022
Mrs. Dalal Al Qais CEO of Bahrain Development Bank Group congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), on the 21st anniversary of the establishment of the SCW. Al Qais stressed the progress achieved by Bahraini women in all sectors by the support of the SCW led by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.
Third Edition of Palm Tree Festival Inaugurated
Thursday, Jul 28, 2022
The Secretary-General of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa inaugurated the third edition of the cultural and heritage festival “Khairat Al Nakhla” (Palm Tree Bounties). Bahrain Development Bank CEO Dalal Al Qais and Assistant Undersecretary of Agriculture and Marine Resources Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Abdulkarim attending the opening of the festival organized by NIAD in cooperation with the Farmers Market Department of the Bahrain Development Bank Group and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
Export Bahrain Signs Strategic MOU with BDB to Enhance Export Financing Solutions
Monday, Jul 4, 2022
Export Bahrain and Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide further options and support in Export Financing services to Bahrain-based businesses. The signing ceremony took place at the inauguration of the SMEs Development Board Strategy (2022-2026) in the presence of Industry and Commerce Minister and SME Development Board Chairman Zayed Alzayani, which was signed by Export Bahrain Chief Executive Officer Safa Sharif Abdulkhaliq and BDB Group Chief Executive Officer Dalal Al Qias.
Bahrain Development Bank, Northern Governorate Discuss Cooperation
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022
Northern Governor Ali bin Al Shaikh Abdul Hussain Al Asfoor received Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Development Bank Mrs. Dalal Al Qais. The two sides discussed the partnership between the Health Cities Coordinator Office and the Bank to support Aali Healthy City according to the criteria set for accreditation. The governor praised the success stories in Horat A’ali emphasizing on the importance of documenting these national stories and welcomed the joint cooperation to implement national programs and activities to promote the Farmers Market.
Bahrain Development Bank sponsors "MicroShabab" Forum
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2022
Bahrain Development Bank is sponsoring the fourth edition of Youth Forum for Entrepreneurship “MicroShabab” organized by Future Society for Youth under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the General Sports Authority and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, taking place from March 29th to 31st , 2022. This edition of the forum addresses several themes related to the entrepreneurship sector and supporting youth businesses.
BDB Appoints Nada Azmi as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
Monday, Mar 21, 2022
BDB announces the appointment of Mrs. Nada Azmi as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. Nada has more than 19 years of experience in policy making, strategy development, and project management. She has held several senior roles, last one in the Economic Development Board since 2019 as an Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning & Competitiveness Advocacy. Azmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Management Studies from the University of Maryland Global Campus.
BDB Appoints Hend Mohamed Mahmood as Chief Human Resources Officer
Monday, Feb 7, 2022
Bahrain Development Bank has announced the appointment of Mrs. Hend Mohamed Mahmood as Chief Human Resources Officer, as part of the Bank’s strategy to build up its executive management team with qualified Bahraini competencies. Mrs. Hend brings with her extensive experience in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years, as she was working in Bahrain Airport Company leading the Human Resources and Administration Department as a Vice President for 11 years before joining the bank.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Bahrain Development Bank grants SMEs with a Classification Certificate a preferential profit rate on finance schemes
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) has announced a new initiative, which is providing preferential profit rates for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) holding the SMEs Classification Certificate from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT). This initiative is part of the cooperation and coordination between the MOICT represented by SMEs Development Directorate and BDB aiming to enhance the support programs for the SMEs sector and increase the competitiveness of these enterprises in the Bahraini market.
Bahrain Development Bank Appoints Dalal Al Qais as Chief Executive Officer
Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the Kingdom’s leading provider of financial services to small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs), recently announced the appointment of Mrs. Dalal Al Qais as the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Currently well placed to become a regional leader in the financial industry, BDB remains purposefully committed to emerging as a key catalyst contributing to the growth of the Kingdom’s entrepreneurial pool of talent with ambitions to be the leading financial partner for the SME community.
Bahrain Development Bank Launches "Unforgettable" campaign
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021
In celebration of Bahraini Women’s Day 2021, which is held under the slogan “Bahraini Women in National Development.. A Journey of Advancement in a Giving Country” Bahrain Development Bank Group (BDB) is launching a campaign titled “unforgettable” to highlight the achievements of Bahraini women in various sectors. This campaign includes a walk-in photo exhibition at the historic site (Manamat Al-Gosaibi), to document and celebrate some unforgettable stories of hard-working, strong, and inspiring Bahraini women from all age groups and to show the capabilities of women in different fields.
Bahrain Development Bank reaffirms its support for the SMEs sector
Sunday, Nov 14, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the Kingdom’s Premier development bank and leading provider of financial and incubation services to SMEs reaffirmed its support for the SME sector which was one of the most affected by the ill effects of the Pandemic. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Bank posted a profit of BD 489 thousand (PY 1.06 million) continuing its trend of a positive bottom line to remain sustainable.
BDB Supports the National Afforestation Campaign “Forever Green”
Sunday, Nov 7, 2021
The Bahrain Development Bank Group have contributed to supporting the national afforestation campaign “Forever Green” launched by the National Initiative for Agricultural Development in partnership with several relevant institutions. The campaign aims to plant over 50,000 trees in 27 sites in different governorates, on an area covering more than 70,000 square meters at a total cost of more than half million Bahraini dinars. The campaign aims to expand the green area in the kingdom to protect the environment and reduce the climate change effects.
BDB Supports the King Cup & Nasser bin Hamad Football Premier League
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021
The Bahrain Development Bank Group has provided its support and sponsorship for His Majesty the King’s Football Cup and the Nasser bin Hamad Premier League for the 2021-2022 sports season. On this occasion, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Football Association, His Excellency Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, praised the BDB Group’s support for the King’s Cup and Nasser bin Hamad Premier League, which shows the keenness of BDB officials to support distinguished sporting events in The Kingdom of Bahrain, especially that the championship bears the name of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the kingdom, may God protect him, and it has wide football audience and great interest by the sports enthusiasts, in addition to the league competition that bears the name of the representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Affairs and Youth Affairs, National Security Adviser, President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Bahrain Development Bank Continues record of growth in business & profits
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the Kingdom’s development bank and leading provider of financial and incubation services to SME’s continued its relentless support for the sector. For the HY ended June 30, 2021, the Bank extended 281 financing facilities aggregating to BD 9.6 million of which 81 were for new units. In addition, the bank allowed deferment of instalments to 585 customers amounting to BD 48.2 million in line with CBBs guidelines.
BDB Announces the appointment of Nada Abdulrahman as Chief Technology and Operations Officer
Monday, Sep 20, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nada Mohammed Abdulrahman as its Chief Technology and Operations Officer. Ms. Nada joined BDB in October 2020 as its Chief Technology Officer and has been a key member of the core management team driving the Bank’s Digital Transformation journey. Mr. Sanjeev Paul, BDB Group CEO, said that Nada is a very valuable member of BDB’s management team. Her domain knowledge, vast experience in banking technology and leadership have greatly expanded BDB’s bandwidth in its ongoing digital transformation journey.
Bahrain Development Bank announced as a new member of the Small and Medium Enterprises Financing Forum
Sunday, Aug 22, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank - the leading bank in supporting small and medium enterprises in the Kingdom of Bahrain - announced joining the Small and Medium Enterprises Financing Forum as a new member within the global network of members, which includes experts specialized in financing small and medium enterprises from more than 80 countries around the world. The SME Finance Forum aims to expand access to finance for these enterprises around the world through the exchange of innovative ideas and expertise in this field.
BDB-Edamah cooperation to develop Riyadat Centre hailed
Friday, Aug 6, 2021
Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), Hala Al Ansari, welcomed the Bahrain Development Bank (BDB)’s assignment of Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) to develop the Bahraini Women Development Centre (Riyadat), a cooperation that comes within the framework of close relationship between SCW, BDB and Edamah Company. The aim is to renew and upgrade the work of the Centre to turn it into a comprehensive one for creativity and innovation in the field of entrepreneurship.
Bahrain Development Bank launches “tijara” platform for SMEs The first integrated digital banking platform in Bahrain that enables SMEs to access fast and convenient financing online
Sunday, Jun 27, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) announced today the launch of “tijara” a new efficient digital banking platform for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that enables businesses to apply for loans online for the first time in the kingdom. The launch coincides with the UN’s Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSMEs) and is a key milestone in Bahrain Development Bank’s strategy to drive digital transformation and support the growth of small businesses and startups in Bahrain by providing efficient and simplified banking solutions.
Bahrain Development Bank announces rent waiver for its Business Incubators for 3 months
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021
In line the financial and economic stimulus package launched by his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for the affected sectors by the pandemic, and the commands of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the kingdom to follow the directions, Bahrain Development Bank announced a special aid for the business owners in all the business incubators that are affiliated to the bank including Bahrain Business Incubator Centre, Women Development Centre “Riyadat” and the Farmers Market in Hoorat A’ali by waving the rents for the clients who meet the conditions and criteria of the waivers for three months (June, July, August 2021).
Exempting Sitra Mall shop owners from rent installments for a period of three months
Thursday, Jun 17, 2021
In line with the royal directives, to launch a financial and economic package for a period of three months to support the sectors affected by the pandemic and following His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, instructions on the implementation of these directives; The Bahrain Development Bank Group announced that the tenants of Sitra mall who meet the conditions and criteria related to the exemption process are exempted from rent installments for a period of three months (June, July, August 2021).
BDB Continues Support of SME Sector through the Pandemic
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the Kingdom’s specialist Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), emphasized its commitment to continue supporting the SME sector on the path to recovery from the global pandemic. The Bank announced that during the first quarter of 2021 it has extended 153 financing facilities to new and existing SME’s. These facilities totaling to BD 6.09 million are expected to facilitate the creation of 100 new jobs. Included in this are facilities totaling to BD 371k under the “BDB-Riyadat Scheme” to support women owned enterprises.
BDB is a Golden Sponsor to HRH Crown Prince Volleyball Cup
Thursday, Apr 1, 2021
Bahrain development bank has offered golden sponsorship to His Royal Highness crown prince’s volleyball cup for 2020-2021 athletic season, as part of the bank’s constant attempts to support the athletic championships and events in Bahrain. Bahrain Volleyball Association (BVA) Chairman Shaikh Ali bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa expressed his appreciation for BDB sponsorship and support for the association. The Volleyball Association Chairman also praised the CEO of BDB group Mr. Sanjeev Paul for his efforts pointing that sponsoring this competition is a sign of the successful partnership between the bank and the association, which boosts the latter’s efforts to improve the local competitions.
BDB posts positive results & increases support to SME’s by 179%
Sunday, Feb 28, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the Kingdom’s premier SME Bank, announced that it has achieved positive results and strong growth again in 2020, posting a net profit of BHD 563K despite the years’ challenging economic and credit environment, During the year, the bank significantly stepped up its financing activity to support SMEs with total disbursements increasing by 179% to BHD 106 million (2019 BHD 37.9 million).The Bank was also a focal point for assisting SMEs under the Government’s Liquidity Support Scheme.
BDB appoints Farah Rabea as the Head of Digital Marketing
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021
Bahrain Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Farah Ayad Rabea as the Head of Digital Marketing and a Member of the Executive Management Committee in the bank. This comes as part of the bank’s strategic plans towards digital transformation and evolving the marketing strategies and communication channels. Farah Rabea brings with her extensive knowledge in the domain of Digital Banking and Marketing. Prior to joining BDB Farah was the Deputy Manager of Campaigns and Acquisition at ila Bank - Arab Banking Corporation.
Bahrain Development Bank announces the appointment of Abdulrahman Buheji as Head of Credit
Sunday, Jan 17, 2021
BDB announced the appointment of Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulla Buheji, as Head of Credit, and as a member of the Bank’s Management Committee. Prior to joining BDB, Abdulrahman held the positions of Acting Chief Credit Officer at BBK BSC, Head of Corporate Banking Analysts at BISB, Area Credit Manager at Bank ABC, and Project & Structured Finance Relationship Manager at GIB. Abdulrahman comes with over 13 years of experience in Credit, Investment, & Corporate Banking.
BDB and BENEFIT Launch Fawateer “Assignment” to support SMEs
Sunday, Nov 22, 2020
Bahrain Development Bank announces the launch of Fawateer Assignment in collaboration with BENEFIT, as part of their efforts to support SMEs. Fawateer Assignment is a special arrangement that will enable BDB’s customers who are or who want to be billers on Fawateer to secure their loans by having all the Fawateer proceeds of the biller to be directly deposited in the biller’s accounts with BDB, through the Fawateer service provided by BENEFIT.
BDB Reports 274 pc jump in Disbursement
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020
BDB significantly stepped up its financing activity to support SMEs during the year with total disbursements increasing by 274% to BD 96.4 Million in the first nine months compared to BD 25.8 Million during similar period in 2019. The Bank posted a profit of BD 1.063 Million in the first 9 months of 2020 compared to BD 1.017 Million in the same period in 2019. Commenting on the performance of the Bank, Sanjeev Paul, Group CEO said we are investing heavily in our digital capabilities to drive customer centricity within BDB.
BDB appoints new chief business development officer to continue strong momentum with growth, transformation and innovation
Monday, Oct 19, 2020
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), the main catalyst for financing and supporting SME growth in Bahrain, has announced the appointment of Husain Rajab as Chief Business Development Officer, reporting directly to Sanjeev Paul, BDB Group CEO. Husain will be leading one of the bank’s main functions that is responsible for long term business development through strategic planning and transformation initiatives. Husain has more than 17 years of work experience at some of the biggest institutions in Bahrain including Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Batelco, Gulf Air, and Kuwait Finance House.
Bahrain Development Bank Selects TCS BaNCS™ Global Banking Platform to Speed Up Innovation
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced that Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), a development finance institution established by the government of Bahrain focusing on financing and development of small and medium businesses, to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has selected the TCS BaNCS™ Global Banking Platform for its core banking transformation. The bank was looking for a modern, digital banking solution that would help it transform customer engagement through the delivery of contextual experiences.
Bahrain Development Bank announces the appointment of Nada Mohammed as Chief Technology Officer
Monday, Oct 12, 2020
BDB announced the appointment of Mrs. Nada Mohammed Abdulrahman as its first Chief Technology Officer. Commenting on the appointment, Sanjeev Paul, BDB Group CEO, stated that the Bank’s ongoing digital transformation is a key building block and enabler to achieve the Bank’s vision of becoming an industry leader and trusted partner for entrepreneurs and SME’s in Bahrain. Nada is a valuable addition to the management team. Her varied experience in the Banking Technology areas like System Development, Service management, Operations, Infrastructure and Project management will greatly enhance the Bank’s execution ability on this huge project.
Bahrain Development Bank Group announces the appointment of Shohra Hussain as Head of Human Resources
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020
BDB Group announces the appointment of Shohra Hussain as Head of Human Resources. Shohra comes with an extensive experience in Human Resources management, in strong regional and international organizations like Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Citi, Emirates Group (Emirates Airlines) and Ernst & Young. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University Business School of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, in addition to being accredited as a fellow member at the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).
BDB Group CEO recognizes employee for supporting national efforts aimed at combatting COVID-19
Monday, Jul 6, 2020
The CEO of Bahrain Development Bank Group (BDB), Mr. Sanjeev Paul, recognizes Mr. Abdullah Isa Qudrat, Manager – Administration Department, for volunteering in the Kingdom’s Public Awareness Campaign to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as for his efforts to ensure that all precautionary health and social distancing guidelines are applied and followed in the BDB Group. Mr. Paul expressed his gratitude for having a member of the BDB family as part of this national initiative.
Bahrain Development Bank Group was the Event Partner of MENA Angel Investors Summit 2019
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) Group was the Event Partner of the MENA Angel Investors Summit 2019 which was organized by Tenmou – Bahrain’s first Business Angels Company. The summit, part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), aimed at providing a platform to empower and connect local and regional startups with investors across the MENA region. This year, the summit introduced 29 of the best startups from Bahrain and the MENA region innovating in various industries ranging from health-tech and fin-tech to education and logistics.
The Number of Small Loans Disbursed by BDB Group has Doubled by 2.5 Times During the First Half of 2019
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019
Bahrain Development Bank Group’s (BDB) CEO Mr. Sanjeev Paul stated that the number of small loans disbursed in the first half of 2019 has doubled by 2.5 times comparing to the number of small loans disbursed in the same period of last year. “This is a great achievement by our Bank in supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and SMEs who are a key pillar of the economy,” he said. The achievement is a result of BDB’s keenness to enhance its objectives and services that supports and develops SMEs through its comprehensive “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” which is an integrated system consisting of a range of financial services in addition to non-financial services such as training, counselling, incubation, networking, creativity and innovation.
The CEO’s Interview with Bahrain This Week
Sunday, Aug 25, 2019
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Bahrain Development Bank Co- Hosts a Luncheon with Investcorp for BFI Delegation from Singapore
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
As part of the continuing support of the local and startup eco-system Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) co-hosted a luncheon at the Capital Club for visiting members from the Business Families Institute (BFI) of Singapore for a GCC tour organized by Investcorp. Investcorp organized a week-long tour for the BFI delegates across three GCC cities which started in Bahrain and included Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The purpose of this tour was to provide the BFI members an opportunity to interact with the local business community, experience the art & culture and be exposed to the various focus sectors of economy including startups and SMEs.
BDB in Collaboration with CrediMax Launch “Point of Sale Assignment” to Support Start-ups & SMEs
Sunday, Apr 21, 2019
Manama 15.4.2019: Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) announced the launch of Point of Sales Assignment in collaboration with CrediMax. With a view to further support Start-up and SME’s, BDB has entered into a collaboration with CrediMax to be able to obtain “POS Assignment on card receivables.” This would provide credit mitigation and facilitate provision of financing to SMEs who are unable to provide other forms of security. The Point of Sale Assignment can be used by retailers and service providers that accept debit and credit cards as a mode of payment, to enhance the security package that is required for raising finance by simply assigning their point of sale sales proceeds to BDB.
BDB Group CEO Sanjeev Paul’s interview with BEntrepreneur Magazine
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
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BDB hosted a Dynamic Team Building Program for 27 Staff Members
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) hosted its first ‘Dynamic Team Building Program’ for 27 of its young and ambitious employees at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. The one-day program was designed by Golden Trust and taught by professional HABC level 3 Certified Trainer and Coach Sameera Ahmed Ali. The five-hour program, spearheaded by BDB Group CEO Sanjeev Paul, is part of an extensive three-year HR strategy initiated by BDB to further develop inter-departmental team excellence and leadership skills.
BDB Participates in Bahrain International Garden Show 2019
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
The Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) has announced its participation at the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), with a display showcasing various agricultural investment initiatives offered by the bank. The BDB highlighted various agricultural support schemes provided by the bank within the Kingdom that Bahraini’s and expats alike can take advantage of, such as the fully subsided agricultural support schemes; which can reach up to BHD 15,000 in financing at a 0% interest rate.
Bahrain Development Bank adopts AWS cloud technologies as the foundation for its digital transformation
Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) announced that it has successfully migrated its website (bdb-bh.com) to Amazon Web Services (AWS) using a fully Serverless model. This comes as BDB embarks on a cloud adoption journey to transform its entire business to create efficiencies, innovate faster, and better serve customers. AWS Professional Services, along with AWS Consulting Partner Infonas WLL, are supporting the migration efforts to the AWS Cloud. Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) commenced its operations in 1992, as a specialist bank focusing on financing and development of small and medium businesses, to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
BDB Group Honors its Female Employees on Bahraini Women's Day 2018
Monday, Dec 10, 2018
BDB held a special event to acknowledge and honor the achievements of the women workforce across all its branches. The aim of the event, marking Bahraini Women’s Day celebrations, was to express gratitude and appreciation to women’s accomplishment in all work levels. The progress of Bahraini women leads to the development and advancement of their workplace and their country. This year’s theme of the Bahraini Women’s Day 2018 is devoted to honoring women in the legislative field and municipal work which was chosen to celebrate 20 years since Bahraini women entered the appointed Shura Council, and 15 years after their access to the elected representatives council and municipal councils.
BDB’s Group CEO Sanjeev Paul Participated in MENA Angel Investors Summit as a Key Speaker and a Panelist
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) Group Chief Executive Officer Sanjeev Paul participated in the MENA Angel Investors Summit 2018 which wasorganized by Tenmou. Mr. Paul who was a key speaker and a panelist at the event briefed the audience on BDB’s role in supporting the young entrepreneurs and the financial and non-financial services offered by the bank. “Bahrain is leading the way in supporting entrepreneurship through the progressive thinking of its leadership and institutions like Tamkeen and EDB and many more.
The 10th Rowad MajlisHighlights the first robo-advisor aimed at Muslim Investors through a Sharia-complaint platform
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018
Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), through its Rowad Team, organized the 10th Rowad Majlis. The annual event,attended by entrepreneurs and experts in the business field, highlighted the advantages and benefits of the Fintech industry and the appetite the businesses have for the Sharia-complaint products. The Majlis hosted Junaid Wahedna, Founder & CEO of Wahed Invest, an American-based Halal-Focused investment and the first robo-advisor aimed at Muslim investors through a Sharia-complaint platform.
The CEO’s interview with Startup MGZN
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018
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The CEO’s Interview with Bizbahrain Magazine
Monday, Oct 1, 2018
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Inagrab … One of Tech Startups Supported by SeedFuel Rowad Program
Monday, Sep 3, 2018
SeedFuel Rowad is an entrepreneurial funding program by Bahrain Development Bank. It is a pioneer accelerator program in Bahrain, providing startups at seed an early stages with coaching, mentoring, training, access to investors and networks, special startup services and perks, and up to BHD25,000 in equity investment funding. Inagrab is one of the startups supported by SeedFuel program. Inagrab is an artificially intelligent deal assistant that optimizes the online seller performance by recommending where to capitalize using real time market data.
Daily Tribune Interviewed the CEO
Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018
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BDB’s Rowad Talk featured Bahraini Entrepreneur Nezar Kadhem – Co-Founder & CEO of Eat App
Monday, Jul 2, 2018
Bahrain Development Bank’s (BDB) Rowad team organized its ongoing mentoring and educating session Rowad Talk. The talk hosted Bahraini entrepreneur Nezar Kadhem, co-founder and CEO of “Eat” digital application for on-line restaurants booking. During the event, BDB CEO Sanjeev Paul stressed on the importance of Rowad Talk and the vital role it plays in supporting entrepreneurs and providing them the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with experts, investors and institutions supporting the entrepreneurial sectors.
Majra.me..One of Tech Startups Supported by SeedFuel Rowad Program
Monday, Jun 25, 2018
Seed Fuel Rowad is an entrepreneurial funding program by Bahrain Development Bank. It is a pioneer accelerator program in Bahrain, providing startups at seed and early stages with coaching, mentoring, and training, access to investors and networks, special startup services and perks, and up to BHD 25,000 in equity investment funding. “Majra.me” is one of the startups supported by SeedFuel program. “Majra.me” is an online millennial recruitment platform in the MENA region.
Bahrain Development Bank launches $100m Venture Capital Fund
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) has launched a $100 million Venture Capital Fund of Funds aimed at boosting the start-up ecosystem in Bahrain and the Middle East. The fund was set up following instructions from HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). The Al Waha Fund of Funds will invest in venture capital funds that have a presence in Bahrain – providing additional capital to funds supporting start-ups in Bahrain and across the Middle East, said a statement.
Rowad Talk Hosts Entrepreneur Elie Habib, Co-Founder of Anghami
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018
As part of Startup Bahrain Week, Rowad talk – organized by Bahrain Development Bank’s Rowad program – hosted entrepreneur Elie Habib, co-founder of Anghami. The leading music streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa was launched in 2012. Mr. Habib and his partner Mr. Eddy Maroun seized the opportunity of lack of proper digital music service and launched Anghami. Since then, Anghami has reached over 40 million users, streaming over to 800 million songs every month.

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