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Bahrain has plans for a multi-million dollar data hub to boost digital transformation across the region, as well as a new media and publications law.
The data hub is expected to ensure freedom of speech and expression, and develop the existing legislative framework for media.
Commenting on the law, the Bahrain Journalists’ Association welcomed the “progressive” law. Ahdeya Al Sayed, President of the association, said: “Media and publishing establishments are barely surviving, and the law will give them a lifeline as it will lift the current limitations of the 2002 Publications Law are removed.”
Meanwhile, the country’s regional data centre is set to be built in Bahrain to support evolving local economies.The Arab Federation for Digital Economy entered into a memorandum of
understanding in September with ATDXT LLC, a digital transformation company headquartered regionally in the UAE.
Speaking about the agreement, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said: “I appreciate the ATDXT Group for choosing the Kingdom of Bahrain to be the digital transformation solutions hub, reflecting the excellence of the investment environment in Bahrain and the many facilities they provide to investors.”
The collaboration will enable the new data hub to focus on localised data, enhanced security and provide digital transformation solutions.
Charles Russell Speechlys opened its Bahrain office in 2006 and has since become an established part of the country’s legal structure. The firm is backed by a 30-year TMT worldwide focus. The office benefits from its specialisation in media, IP, litigation and dispute resolution.
Elham Ali Hassan & Associates focusses on internet, media and IP. The firm’s leading position is backed by an established portfolio that includes clients such as Bloomberg and Apple. The team has vast experience advising on media and technology-related matters.
Full-service firm Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has played a key role in the establishment of regulatory bodies and the formation of regulation. The team’s media focus ranges from advice on commercial contracts, information management compliance and data protection to e-business and IT security.
Zu'bi & Partners provides ‘a high calibre technical service’, according to clients. Practitioners are also praised for being consistently comprehensive and commercially-focussed. The firm’s media team advises on radio and television sub-license agreements and assisted a major multi-national internet corporation on local regulatory matters. The firm also acts for an Arabic language news channel on a range of corporate matters.
Media work at ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is driven by the firm’s focus on IP. The local team has built a reputable practice known for copyright protection, licensing and brand management. Cyber crime is among core focus areas for the cross-jurisdictional practice, which operates in Bahrain and Kuwait.
Hassan Radhi & Associates lawyers have established links with clients in neighbouring countries. The firm hass strong connections with international networks allowing for a multi-dimensional service that is primarily focussed on intellectual property.
Trowers & Hamlins is praised by peers who highlight the firm’s regional dedication. The practice is supported by an international network of lawyers and dedicated media sector divisions.
Peers describe Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates as an influential practice with industry focus and skill. Present in the Bahraini market since 1989, the full-service firm has a multi-disciplinary approach. The media and telecommunications division works closely with the IP, IT and e-commence practice groups.
Established in 1979, Norton Rose Fulbright has become a trusted brand say competitors. The firm’s regional presence includes office in Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. The firm’s full-service focus and international network make it a leading choice for clients give its international and region expertise.
Charles Russell Speechlys
Elham Ali Hassan & Associates
Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Zu’bi & Partners
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Trowers & Hamlins
Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates
Norton Rose Fulbright
Taqi & Moh'd Ahmed
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