Bahrain proposes ban on 35 expat professions – could design be affected?

Bahrain proposes ban on 35 expat professions – could design be affected?
Bahrain World Trade Centre.
Published: 20 June 2019 - 5:36 a.m.

The GCC's smallest county is reportedly proposing a major policy move by issuing a blanket ban on expat recruitment for 35 private sector professions.

According to numerous media reports, members of Bahrain’s parliament have proposed banning expat recruitment from 35 professions as well as increasing the minimum wage for Bahraini citizens by 83%.

This would see the national wage rise to $1,462.77 (BHD550), according to Arabian Business and Construction Week.

Lawmakers have reportedly already submitted the policy.

While the full list of jobs reserved exclusively for Bahrainis has not been announced, Zawya said it included fields such as education, currency exchange, accountancy, and marketing.

As such, it is unclear if interior designers will be affected by the proposal to ban expat workers from 35 private sector professions.

While Bahrain is the smallest economy in the GCC, it has a vibrant design community which can be expected to benefit from the country’s plan to increase tourism numbers to diversify revenue streams.

Up to 22 hotels are expected to open in Bahrain during the next four years as part of the government’s efforts to attract more people to the country, according to Commercial interior Design’s sister title Hotelier Middle East.

Meanwhile, interior manufacturing and contracting firm Havelock One, created as a joint venture in Bahrain in 1998, is building a second factory in the city of Askar, Bahrain, which will its double output of joinery, metal items, and upholstery.

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