Open Government Data

Unlocking Transparency, Empowering Citizens: Bahrain's Vision for Open Government Data

Embracing the transformative power of data in the era of the 4th industrial revolution, the Kingdom of Bahrain envisions data as the catalyst that propels innovation, fuels economic prosperity, and shapes the future of society. How can data revolutionize citizen engagement and government transparency? Bahrain's Open Data Platform initiative is transforming the way citizens, residents, and businesses interact with the government. This initiative revolves around making government data freely and easily accessible to everyone without any technical, financial, or legal barriers. It's not just about openness; the Open Data Policy (PDF, 344KB, 16 pages) in Bahrain allows individuals and organizations to use, reuse, and republish this data for both commercial and non-commercial purposes under the guidelines of open data licensing.

The aims of Open Data Platform and Open Data Policy are clear: to foster transparency and inclusivity in government transactions. By providing access to government-collected information and data, it enables citizens, organizations, and civil society to innovate and make informed and effective decisions. This level of transparency enhances the accountability of the public sector, allowing the public to monitor and evaluate government performance with real, tangible data. Whether it's for understanding public policies, identifying development opportunities, or contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals, Open Government Data is a powerful tool in the hands of the people. It creates greater trust between civil society and the government and can be an effective tool for future entrepreneurs.

Bahrain has taken this initiative to the next level with the launch of a dedicated platform,, in 2013. This integrated gateway brings together data from all government entities on a single platform. Whether you are a student, researcher, entrepreneur, or a business firm, you can easily view, analyze, and download a wealth of datasets for various purposes, including research study, report preparation, or business development. This platform is more than a repository of information; it's a bridge connecting the government and its citizens, fostering a collaborative and informed society.

The newly revamped Open Data Platform provides easy and convenient access to more than 390 government datasets, including more than 2 million data records provided by more than 35 governmental entities. The datasets cover multiple sectors, including Population, Geographic Information, Health, Economy, Banking and Finance, Education, Traffic, Environment, Electricity & Water, Telecommunication, Transportation, Works and many more.


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As we navigate through the digital age, Bahrain confirms its commitment to transparency and innovation through the Open Data initiative through Bahrain’s Open Data Portal. This platform is a testament to our dedication to making government data openly available, supporting the principles of accountability and enabling informed decision-making. By providing access to a treasure trove of data, we empower everyone to explore, analyze, and create solutions that drive social and economic progress. The initiative underscores our belief in the power of data to transform lives, foster a culture of knowledge-sharing, and stimulate growth.

We encourage you to leverage this valuable resource, sparking innovation and contributing to the Kingdom’s development. For an enriching journey into the world of Open Data, and to explore the possibilities, visit Bahrain’s Open Data Portal

Together, let's embrace the opportunity to contribute to Bahrain's digital evolution and ensure that our journey towards national development is a shared endeavor. 

As part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to fostering digital participation, you are invited to explore the available participation topics. Your engagement and contributions are crucial in shaping the digital landscape of the Kingdom of Bahrain, reflecting our collective vision for a future built on the principles of innovation, inclusivity, and progress. Explore more on how you can actively participate in discussions, share your insights, and collaborate on initiatives that are at the heart of our nation's growth.

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Content Last Updated: 14 Jul, 2024

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