Date 28 November 2010

Bahrain has witnessed remarkable growth over the past nine years, President of the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Amer said yesterday.

Speaking while presenting the preliminary results of the 2010 Census covering population, housing, establishments, buildings and agriculture, Dr. Al Amer said there has been massive increase in all sectors in Bahrain compared to figures obtained during the last census in 2001, which reflects the economic boom the kingdom has witnessed.

“The results will contribute to achieving the goals set by the Economic Vision 2030,” he said, while reiterating the CIO’s keenness to build partnerships with all government bodies and establishments in order to exchange the latest data. As per the report, the total population of Bahrain currently stands at 1,234,596 as of April 27, 2010. The figure signifies a full 89.9 per cent increase over 2001 total, which stood at 650,604 people.

Bahrainis are now a minority in the Kingdom at 568,424 people (46pc) while expatriates comprise 666,172 (54pc) of the population.

The report also stated that for every 100 Bahraini women, there were 102 Bahraini men. There are, however, 260 expat men for every 100 expatriate women in the Kingdom.

On the commercial front, the Kingdom has witnessed a dizzying 242.5pc surge in activity with 92,204 registered businesses operating locally. In 2001 that figure stood at just 26, 923.