Bahrain Bourse (BHB) was established as a shareholding company according to Law No. 60 for the year 2010 to replace Bahrain Stock Exchange (BSE) that was established in 1987.
The Exchange officially commenced operations in June 1989 with 29 Bahraini shareholding companies listed. The only instruments traded at that time were common shares.
In 2002, the legislative and regulatory authority and supervision of BHB was transferred from the Ministry of Commerce to the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) in which CBB regulates and supervises all the bourse’s activities.
In 2010, Bahrain Bourse moved to its new premises at Bahrain Financial Harbour after preparing the new premises with the latest technological equipment in order to support the bourse’s efforts to provide a variety of advanced services that satisfy issuers, brokers and investors.
Since its establishment, BHB has joined several regional and international organizations such as the Union of Arab Stock Exchanges, Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges “FEAS”, World Federation of Exchanges “WFE”, Africa & Middle East Depositories Association “AMEDA”, and Association of National Numbering Agencies “ANNA”. Joining such organizations keeps the bourse updated on the legislative, technical, and administrative developments in the capital markets sector.