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The Data of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain government believes in the importance of data in empowering the community and the national development agenda. As the government is the greatest source of data, Bahrain government has opt to provide primary, complete, timely, and easily accessible data that is publicly available in a way that can be reused free of charge and without any restrictions. Hence, under the Kingdom’s eGovernment Strategy endorsed by the Supreme Committee for Information & Communication Technology (SCICT), Bahrain eGovernment Program has set the direction to adopt Open Data initiative in 2010 and developed its Open Government Data Strategy along with a clear Open Data Policy in respect maintain the security and privacy measures. This comes in-line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030 that stands on its 3 main pillars Sustainability, Fairness and Competitiveness. 

Government Portal

Bahrain Open Data Portal has been developed as a single window and dedicated portal for Open Government Data with many advanced features. The portal facilitates previewing, analyzing and downloading extensive number of datasets for research, reports and business development purposes by the potential public users. Statistical national data are also available with a dashboard and graphical presentation, in addition to perform comprehensive analysis for Bahrain and its districts with no restrictions, as part of the government initiatives towards transparency and public participation. Datasets are provided by the concerned related public authorities and cover multi-sectors and fields such as economic, education, health, public budget, transportation, social statistics, population, labor market, etc. 

Support Innovation

In order to encourage innovation as well as foster the public participation and usage of Government Open Data, Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) has made the development of new mobile apps as a strategic objective in its eGovernment strategy 2012 – 2016 and has launched a public contest in 2013 “Government App Star” for the best innovative idea and new concept of smartphone apps developed based on Open Data. Many initiatives also been conducted to encourage publish participation in Open Data such as UNDP Hackathon that aimed at submitting new ideas related to goal no. 9 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. industry, innovation and infrastructure.    

Open Data Initiatives

Open Data is well regulated in Bahrain under the personal data protection law (PDPL) which came into action in 2018 to regulate the data dissemination process and gives individuals in Bahrain rights in relation to how their personal data can be collected, processed and stored.

Besides the Open Data Portal, there are many other government websites that provides open data sets such as:

Ministry of Education (MOE Open Data) provides statistical data, educational and financial reports on schools, students and educational institutions in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Ministry of Health is working to share open health data (beta) to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and to improve transparency in the health care system.

 • Ministry of Labor and Social Development provides open data on individual and community development and all forms of support and care.

 • Ministry of Finance and National Economy also provides a list of all economic agreements and free trade agreements between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Arab and foreign countries, the date of their final signing and the time of their entry into force, in addition to the laws and circulars issued by the Ministry of Finance and National Economy in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

• Civil Aviation Affairs issues statistics related to passenger traffic, aircraft, air freight, mail, and other related activities. 

 • Data on the marine Environment and seawater analysis provided by the Supreme Council for the Environment are available.

 • Central Bank of Bahrain provides facility data and interest rates, and the Government Securities Issue Guide.

Labor market indicators for Bahraini and foreign labor available on the Labor Market Regulatory Authority.

Page Last Updated: 01 Aug, 2019