Press Releases
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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