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From The Chair

Khalid Al-Zayani OBE Chairman Welcome to the autumn edition of the BBBF magazine. We have all enjoyed a long summer break but now we are back to business as demonstrated at our well attended lunch in September. Thank you for your attendance and support as ever. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Alan Rutt, country director of the British Council, as the keynote speaker at our first lunch of the season. Mr. Rutt updated the members about the role of the British Council in the community during Bahrain – UK 200 anniversary year. Both companies and individual members were invited to participate in supporting the British Council’s Bahrain – UK 200 activities around the theme of Art and Disability. Mr. Rutt also highlighted the great opportunity provided by this initiative to promote, support, inspire and contribute to the development of special needs children in Bahrain, as well as support the British Council’s mission to push creative boundaries and seek out more diverse collaborations in the local community. The ongoing Bicentenary

C e l e b r a t i o n s commemorating the bilateral relationship between the UK and Bahrain are well progressing with the BBBF members actively partaking in numerous activities. To date there have been 134 events this year and the aim is to hold at least 200 events, covering a wide range of sectors and themes, including business, education, heritage, sports, entrepreneurship, food, and fashion to name a few. To find out how you can get involved and to see the latest updates and events to come, please refer to the new website wwwbahrainuk200.com. In September, we were pleased to host a reception together with the BCCI for Dr. Liam Fox, UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, on his visit to Bahrain to boost bilateral trade and investment ties between the two kingdoms. Dr. Fox emphasised Bahrain’s strategic and economic importance to the UK, and highlighted the UK government’s commitment to fully capitalise on key trade and investment opportunities through fair and free trade for maximum benefit for both countries. This autumn we give a warm welcome to the forum to Christian Syme who has taken over from Heather Hopper as the New Head of UKTI. We are positive Christian will contribute to the strengthening of ties and trade between Britain and Bahrain as enthusiastically as Heather did.

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For the last quarter of the year we have an exciting calendar of meetings and events lined up for you. On Friday November 18 we have our annual Poppy Ball, where we join forces with our partners BBA (British Business Association Eastern province of Saudi Arabia) from across the bridge. A very well supported event in aid of three charities (The Royal Chelsea Hospital Building Fund, The Earl Haig Poppy Fund and The Bahrain Mother & Child Welfare Society), the Poppy Ball is one the highlights of the year’s social calendar in Bahrain. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Poppy Ball for what shall be a wonderful evening of commemoration and remembrance - and a lot of fun - all for a good cause. Also in November, we will once again host the Chelsea Pensioners to mark the Armistice Day. The Chelsea Pensioners will attend the laying of the wreath to commemorate fallen comrades, as well as do their usual busy round of appointments and visits to schools and clubs in Bahrain. No doubt you will see them out and about. Please give a warm welcome to them along the way. In December we hope you will be able to join us for our traditional Christmas lunch where we will be joined by HMA Simon Martin CMG. Simon will update us with his annual review of business activities for 2016 and his

musings and thoughts for the business year that lies ahead for us in 2017. Our SIG’s continue to drive forward and I am delighted to announce in November we will see the launch of the new Women in Business special interest group. The SIG’s continue to offer our members and guests a valuable medium for exchanging industry specific ideas. I would like to thank everyone that has supported the SIG’s with enthusiasm throughout the year. I would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for their unwavering support of the forum. Their continued backing and generous encouragement allows us the financial security to increase the number of initiatives and enhances the quality and quantity of business networking events that our members benefit from and enjoy immensely. The BBBF continues to work to create and sustain a favourable business environment and strives to assist both the UK and Bahrain to benefit and enhance the common economic interests of the forum’s member companies. We hope that you enjoy this Forum edition. The committee as always looks forward to seeing you and your guests at up and coming BBBF meetings and events. Kind regards

Khalid Al-Zayani

Poppy Ball 18th November 2016 For tickets contact the BBBF Office BBBF Tel: +973 1781 3488, Fax: +973 1781 3489, Email: bbbforum@batelco.com.bh Bahrain British Business Forum, P. O. Box 10051, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

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The 2015-17 BBBF Executive Committee

Chairman Khalid Al Zayani OBE

Deputy Chair Paula Boast Tel: 3319 4445

Hon-Secretary Ben Elsworth Mob: 3633 1167

Treasurer Jonathan Trafankowski Mob: 3914 8599

Embassy Representative Christian Syme

Member Adel Fakhro Tel: 1727 5000

Member Nasser Al Arayedh Tel: 1727 2575

Member Mazen Alumran Tel: 1771 5555

Mob: 3324 3031

The BBBF Directory The 2017 printed edition of the BBBF Directory is now being prepared. Keep your information up-todate by checking the data on the BBBF Website at www.bbbforum.org, follow the link to the Directory and use the Text or Picture Search facility to find your entry. Member Ava Garbutt Tel: 3941 1938

Executive Manager Dena Wales Tel: 3969 6191

This edition of the BBBF Forum magazine was compiled by Andrew Mead at Mead Management Services Ltd. email: andrew@sbtd.co.uk UK Mob: 0044 7940 559 925 Bahrain Mobile: 00973 3638 7595 KSA Mob: 00966 506 271 151 If you would like to contribute to a future edition please telephone or send an email to info@sbtd.co.uk A full page advert is charged at BD330. A half page advert at BD200, A quarter page advert at BD110 A small panel at BD55 Assistance with Advert design is available if required Please note: The BBBF nor its agents do not warrant the services of any of the individual or corporate members of the BBBF. The views and opinions expressed by independent contributors must not be regarded as those of the BBBF or its agents. Publication of any article or advertisement does not imply any endorsement of the views, products or services described therein.

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Bahrain British Business Forum The Poppy comes to Bahrain. BBBF to Host Britain’s Chelsea Pensioners

Sponsored by British Airways, EuroMotors, Gulf Brands International and The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel

Ever wondered why so many British Ex-pats are wearing the red poppy? It is to commemorate Armistice which is when the First World War ended at 11.00am on the 11th Day of the 11th Month. It is remembered on Remembrance Day throughout the world and the Kingdom of Bahrain is no exception. This year’s Poppy Ball sees us celebrating 200 years of bilateral relations between Bahrain and Britain. During the Chelsea Pensioners visit, these gentlemen will be wearing their distinctive red uniform. Our distinguished visitors will be attending many functions, including school visits, British Embassy functions and visits to local places of interest. The highlight of the visit will be laying a wreath at a Memorial service and as guests of honour at the Poppy Ball at the Dipomat Radisson Blu Hotel on 18th November. The Chelsea Pensioners who will be visiting represent a formidable Charity which is The Royal Hospital, Chelsea in England and is the largest home in the UK for veteran soldiers. The Chelsea Pensioners, who reside and are cared for at the hospital, each s urrender their army pension on admission. However, the costs of running the hospital far outweighs this income and as the hospital is independent of Government it relies h eavily on public funds to operate on a daily basis. In order to comply with legislation on care standards, the hospital urgently needs to upgrade many of its facilities. To fund this development plan, the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal was launched in late 2003 with the aim of raising £35 million In Scotland, the Earl Haig fund raises money through its annual Poppy Appeal and other donations to support ex-service veterans. The Edinburgh-based Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory employs 24 disabled ex-Service men who hand-assemble Scotland’s poppies and wreaths and is supported by the Earl Haig Fund Scotland. Each year over four million poppies and 7,000 wreaths are produced.

Contents The 2015-2017 Executive Committee........2 Welcome to New Members..................4 Member Benefits ..............6 Why join the BBBF? .........7 Advertiser Index................8 Diary Dates.......................8 From Her Majesty’s Ambassador.....................9 Embassy News...............10 200 yrs BHUK ................11 SIG Update ...................12 Checking Out Advice from the Embassy about leaving Bahrain .....15 SIG Security ..................16 Feature Article Cyber Security................22 Financial News ...............24

Each year, the BBBF raises awareness of and money for these very worthwhile causes via the Poppy Ball, which takes place in November and at which a small number of Chelsea Pensioners are guests of honour.

Travel News....................28

The pensioners will be guests of honour at the ball and the BBBF will be arranging a variety of other fun events and activities while they are in town. However, the reasons they will be here are to remind us of all those who have given so much in the defence and service of their country and to encourage us all to give generously to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal and the Earl Haig Fund.

Motoring News ...............32

How can you help? For more information on sponsorship/donations please contact the BBBF office at bbbforum@batelco.com.bh The BBBF would like to thank this year’s Sponsors for their support: British Airways who have generously provided return tickets for three pensioners (and tickets for the raffle at the Poppy Ball). The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel for hosting their 9 day stay. Gulf Brand International in support of the Poppy Ball, EuroMotors for providing a chauffeur driven Land Rover for the duration of their visit.

News from the EP ..........30

Education & Training .......36 Hotel & Leisure News .....38 Bahrain News .................42 Sports Page ...................48 And Finally......................52 Cover Image: Photos from the recxent BREXIT discussions at The Capital Club and the Welcome Back lunch at The Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Welcome to New Members Rod Allderidge Nexus Financial Services WLL General Manager Tel: 1751 1777 Mob: 3033-3795 rod.allderidge@nexusadvice.com

Kelvin Crutchlow Cushman & Wakefield (Bahrain) W.L.L. General Manager Tel: 1732-3332 Mob: 336-05315 kelvin.crutchlow@cushwake.com.bh

Durra Al Ali Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Paralegal Tel: 1713-3200 Mob: 3604-0110 durra.alali@crsblaw.com

Mike Cunningham Al Ezzel Power Company CEO Tel: 1756-1888 Mob: 3602-2888 ceo@alezzelpower.com

Hamad Al Haddad Nexus Financial Services WLL Sales Manager Tel: 1751 1777 Mob: Hamad.alhaddad@ nexusadvice.com

James Doig Nexus Financial Services WLL Authorised Consultant Tel: 1751 1777 Mob: 3229-7947 james.doig@ nexusadvice.com

Dalia Al Sadiqi Bahrain Economic Development Board Officer Tel: 1758-9897 Mob: 3666-9311 dalia.alsadiqi@bahrainedb.com

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Rad El Treki Al Tamini & Company Advocates Senior Associate Tel: 1710-8919 Mob: 6673-2924 r.eltreki@tamimi.com

Yasmeen Al Saffar Bahrain Economic Development Board Financial Services Tel: 1758-9987 Mob: 3325-6652 yasmeen.alsaffar@bahrainedb.com

Simon Galpin Bahrain Economic Development Board-Managing Director Tel: 1758-9951 Mob: 3900-0917 hana.altareif@bahrainedb.com

Colin Caulfield EFS Facilities Services Bahrain WLL Executive Director Tel: 1710-2960 Mob: 3689-7014 colin.caulfield@efsme.com

Sumeet Jhingan Capital Club Bahrain General Manager Tel: 1710-0100 Mob: 6630-3336 sumeet.jhingan@ capitalclubbahrain.com


Welcome to New Members John Kilmartin Bahrain Economic Development Board- Executive Director Tel: 1758-9999 Mob: 3221-9098 john.kilmartin@bahrainedb.com

Ramesh Kinger Nexus Financial Services WLL Sales Manager Tel: 1751 1777 Mob: 3966-1767 ramesh.kinger@ nexusadvice.com

Nouf Mattar Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Paralegal Tel: 1713-3200 Mob: 3604-0009 nouf.mattar@crsblaw.com

Benjamin McQueenie Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Associate Tel: 1713-3200 Mob: 3604-2288 benjamin.oÂ’brienmcqueenie@crsblaw.com David Parker Bahrain Economic Development Board-Financial Services Executive Director Tel: 1758-9898 Mob: 3555-7169 david.parker@bahrainedb.com Tim Paul Mott MacDonald Projects Director Tel: 1757-6400 Mob: 3360-3110 tim.paul@mottmac.com

Barry Peters Arcadis Managing Director, Oil & Gas - Middle East Tel: 1756-4755 Mob: 3217-0870 barry.peters@arcadis.com

Nadya Quariab Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Sales Executive Tel: 1711-5350 Mob: 3220-0115 nadya.quariab@fourseasons.com

Peter Sharp Mott MacDonald Technical Director and Unit Practice Manager Tel: 1757-6400 Mob: 3622-2630 peter.sharp@mottmac.com

Martin Stahl Arcadis Technical Water Director Tel: 1756-4755 Mob: 3218-4681 martin.stahl@arcadis.com

Christian Syme British Embassy Head of UK Trade & Investment Tel: 1757-4124 Mob: 3324-3031 Christian.Syme@fco.gov.uk

Sara Watson Cushman & Wakefield (Bahrain) W.L.L. Leasing Manager Tel: 1732-3332 Mob: 3360-4141 sara.watson@cushwake.com.bh Forum

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Benefits for BBBF Members

Benefits for all our members may be obtained on production of their Membership card at the concerned outlet. We would like to hear your feedback concerning these discounts. Please do not hesitate to offer your services to our members by contacting the BBBF office. If any member has any difficulty obtaining a discount, please contact the BBBF office so we can rectify the situation.

AXA Insurance 10% discounts to members on personal lines insurances. (excluding medical) Terms & Conditions Apply. Contact: Stephen Wagstaff Tel: 1758 8222 Email: stephen.wagstaff@axa-gulf.com

To avail this offer, Drop your shipment in-person at our FedEx Service Center at: GLS Facility, Avenue No.20, Area No. 224, Gate 23, Muharraq. Show your membership card / business card along with a valid ID. Maximum weight for each shipment 68kg See www.fedex.com/bh or call Customer Service: 1733 4448

Bateel BBBF Members can enjoy 10% Discount when presenting their Membership Card, Complimentary collection for refilling, Complimentary delivery. Development Managers readily available for a courtesy meeting at your location. Email: m.shareef@almoayedgeneral.com Contact: Mahboob Shareef Mobile: 3964 4222

Gulf Computer Services (GCS) IT Health Check. GCS have offered BBBF Members a site survey and assessment of all their computer hardware, software and systems.

BIZNET BBBF female members can join BIZNET for a 25% reduction in the fees (BD 75 for 9 events instead of BD 100). This also includes complementary entrance to mixed events. A member discount card is also provided. BBBF male members are welcome to attend mixed events for BD10 per session. BMC BBBF members and Organisations are eligible to a 20% discount on Team/Executive Coaching and Association for Coaching International Coach Training as well as 10% discount on other training, consulting and psychometric profiling. Contact:- Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy (Managing Director & Master Coach), Mobile:- +973 38442727, Email:- clare@beckett-mcinroy or office@beckett-mcinroy.com British Airways Valid until 31 Dec 2016 ** conditions apply BBBF members can enjoy exclusive discounts of up to 10% on fares from middle east and central asia in Club World business, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy fares on British Airways Flights. The discount rate is applicable to round or one-way trips. This discount is not valid on taxes, fees and surcharges.** To book please login at www.ba.com/bgme-bh Craig Consultants 10% discount for members on 1-on-1 Executive Coaching, Contact: Kevin Craig Tel: 36199980 Email: kevin@craigconsultants.com Crowne Plaza Hotel valid until 30th December 2016 Special offer for BBBF Members - 20% discount on all Food & Beverage consumption. BBBF Membership Card must be presented at checkout. May not be combined with other offers/ discounts. Call 1753-1122 (offer excludes MICE) DHL 25% discount from the cash tariff for any personal shipments being sent from Bahrain to anywhere in the world available on production of your membership card. Tel: 1736 4100 www.dhl.com.bh Etihad Airways To avail this offer please visit www.etihad.com/en-bh Enjoy exclusive discounts of 12% off on all fares in First , Business and Economy cabins for one way and return flights. Purchase your tickets before 31st Dec 2016 for outbound travel until 31st March 2017. Contact: Maria Abraham +973 17519984 or email – ammuabraham@etihad.ae Expat Angels 10% discount on all packages and services. Contact: info@expatangelsbahrain.com

Tel: 3832-0439

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Hasan Mansouri 10% discount to members at Mansouri Mansions Hotel and Country Club. Contact: Karim Mansouri Tel: 1772 8144 Email: karim@karimmansouri.com Hotel Services (NHSC) 5% on beers, 15% on wines and spirits with the exception of products already on special offer. Contact: Ian Bricklebank Tel: 1781-5929 Email: nhsc1234@batelco.com.bh Nexus Financial Services 10% premium discount to members on personal lines insurances.(e.g. Motor, Medical, Travel and Home Contents etc). Premium Allocation Benefits for International Retirement and University Education Funding Plans. plus Free Monthly Premium Benefits for Life Assurance and Critical Illness Policies. Terms & Conditions Apply. Contact: Emanuel Lantzos Tel: 1753 1766 / 1753 1703 Email: Emanuel.lantzos@nexusadvice.com or info.bahrain@nexusadvice.com# Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort BBBF members can enjoy 20% discount in our Restaurants& Lounge for up to 6 persons. Special CPR promotional rates during weekends. Please contact Reservations: +973 17298411/ E-mail: H3600-RE1@accor.com Oasis Training Centre Oasis Training are pleased to offer 10% discount to members on all English, Insurance and Professional Soft skill training programs. For more information please visit http://www.oasistrainingbh.com, Call: 1733 0823 or Email: info@oasistrainingbh.com PRIME Instant Offices & Business Centre 1. 10% off Videoconferences within Business Centre hours; 2. 10 off our Visa Processing services; and 3. One month free for all our Virtual Office packages. 4. 10% off our meeting room rates within centre hours. Contact Emma Curtis-Smith, Centre Manager Tel: 1757 0379 emma@primeinstantoffices.com Protection Insurance Service offers BBBF members special rates on their personal insurance (motor, home, travel and any other insurance cover). Members will just call to select the cover type, share the credit card number and we will deliver the policy documents to his / her office. Please call 3904-3446 or 3645-4282 Royal Over-Seas League Reduced rates for BBBF members at ROSL clubhouses in London and Edinburgh Email: fvanicek@rosl.org.uk Tel: 0044 20 7408 0214 Fax: 0044 20 7499 6738 Servcorp Business Package First month FREE on any Servcorp Virtual Office package. For details contact: Danni Hunneyball, Assistant Manager Tel: 1750 3000 email: danni.hunneyball@servcorp.me Web: www.servcorp.bh


Why Join The BBBF?

BAHRAIN The Pearl of the Gulf has had a long standing relationship with Britain and is still a major trading partner.

Membership directories are distributed to members of visiting Trade Missions and are available through the Embassy and business centres in five star hotels.

BRITISH Trade with Bahrain is now subject to significant competition in this era of globalisation particularly from countries in Europe and from the USA.

Simply click on “Sign Up” on our website www.bbbforum.org complete the application form and click submit. Sounds simple, it is, it must be worth it.

BUSINESS between Bahrain and Britain must be promoted in order for Britain to maintain its dominant position. The BBBF has been formed to help in whatever way it can to do this and through its close cooperation with the British Embassy seeks to promote exchange of trade and good relations between Bahrain and Britain. FORUM Is defined in the Collins English Dictionary as, “an assembly or meeting to discuss topics of public concern”. The BBBF provides through its monthly meetings a platform for networking amongst its members and the exchange and dissemination of useful business leads and opportunities. In addition, in return for a modest subscription, members receive the benefit of inclusion in an annual directory describing the products and services they have to offer and a listing on the BBBF website again with a description of activities, contact numbers and useful links.

BBBF Membership Application Please complete the membership form and send it to: BBBF Executive Office, Fax: (00973) 1781 3489, or Email: bbbfmemberships@batelco.com.bh. For further information call (00973) 1781 3488, Web site: www.bbbforum.org

Cost of membership (2015) Individual Membership: BD 100 per annum, with an additional BD 40 once-only registration fee. Corporate Membership: BD 400 per annum (up to 5 individuals) plus BD 40 for each applicant up to a maximum of 10, with an additional BD 100 once-only registration fee. Corporate Sponsorships Three levels of sponsorship are available: Platinum: BD 5000 each year for three years Gold: BD 5000 for one year Silver: BD 3000 for one year Sponsor packages include a variety of advertisement opportunities in the Membership Directory, the Forum magazine, the BBBF website and at the regular lunch meetings. Full details are available on request.

Corporate Membership please complete separate form for each applicant

Individual Membership

Company Name

Website address of business (if applicable)

Title and full name (Surname first)

Describe how you / your company contribute to substantial business interests in Bahrain (Maximum 150 words)

Position in business Nationality

Date of Birth

CPR Number Address of business (P.O.Box & Town) Business telephone

Facsimile

Home telephone

Mobile

E-mail address

I agree to abide by the BBBF Constitution & Internal regulations. Applicants Signature

Please note that the granting of individual or corporate membership is subject to BBBF Committee approval.

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Our thanks to all the advertisers in this edition of Forum. Without their support, this issue would not have been possible. Please give them yours.

AXA Insurance ............................. Outside Back Cover BAPCO..................................................Centre Spread Crown Relocations .......................................... page 28 Crowne Plaza Hotel......................................... page 39 DHL ................................................................. page 51 Diplomat Radisson Htel................................... page 41 Etihad Airways................................................. page 23 Euromotors Jaguar.......................................... page 33 Four Seasons Bahrain Bay Hotel .................... page 13 G4S ................................................................. page 20 Infonas............................................. Inside Back Cover InterContinental Hotel...................................... page 43 Mansouri Mansions ......................................... page 47 Nexus ..............................................Inside Front Cover Streetlight Photography.................................... page 8 The Westin Hotel............................................. page 19 Trafco ............................................................. page 10 Viva ................................................................. page 31 To advertise in a future edition of the BBBForum magazine please contact the compiler, Andrew Mead of MMSL on andrew@sbtd.co.uk or call Caroline Wilkie on 3671-8115 Adverting Rates for 2017 editions Full page: BD330 Half Page: BD200 Quarter Page: BD110 Small Box: BD55 Discounts for multiple bookings

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Diary Dates Tuesday October 18th Business Networking Lunch Meeting Venue: Diplomat Radisson Speaker: tba Timing: 12 noon to 2.30pm Members BD12, Non Members BD15 Wednesday October 19th SIG Legal - An introduction to Bahrain’s Civil Code Venue: Diplomat Radisson Speaker: Saad Al Doseri - Al Tamimi & Company Timing: 8 am til 11am Chelsea Pensioners Visit 10th - 20th November Friday November 18th Poppy Ball Venue: Diplomat Radisson Timing: From 7pm Tuesday November 29th Launch SIG - Women in Business Venue: Capital Club Timing:4pm Thursday December 1st Annual Christmas lunch Venue: Crowne Plaza Timing: 12 noon Tuesday January 24th 2017 Business Networking Lunch Meeting Events in the pipeline Please note - dates and timings are subject to change. Visit the BBBF website www.bbbforum.org and check the calendar for updated details on the above and other events/ meetings being held.


From Her Majesty's Ambassador

They say that summer is the quiet period in the Gulf – with many Bahrainis enjoying the ambient August sunshine in the UK, and many others dodging the heat and humidity at home. Sophie and I found ourselves in the Lake District, a world away from deserts, seas and skyscrapers. When I returned to the Bahraini summer it was as an Ambassador representing a different Britain: one that would no longer be part of the EU; with a new Prime Minister at the helm

of a new Government including Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and Dr Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary. Britain is leaving the European Union. But, as Liam Fox told business leaders here last month, it doesn’t mean that we are leaving Europe. The Prime Minister has made very clear that Britain is not shrinking but becoming more global: confidently

and energetically engaging with trusted and historical partners around the world, including the Gulf. And we are very well placed: we are the fifthlargest economy in the world, and we will continue to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, OECD, NATO, the Commonwealth, the G7, the G20; determined to live up to our traditions as an outwardlooking, champion of free trade and of the rules-based international system. Last month I participated in a BBBF panel discussion on the Challenges and Opportunities Following Brexit at Manama’s Capital Club. There were over a hundred business and media attendees. Such significant turnout shows the keen interest from the

business community here in both the short-term challenges of Brexit, and in the opportunities it presents for the future. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive about the UK-Bahrain business relationship, Bahrainis’ inclination to see the UK as a home-from-home in Europe, and a preference for doing business through London.

Indeed, this summer I was lucky enough to be present for the signing of the $900 million contract between Gulf Air and Rolls Royce, to supply engines for the new widebody Dreamliners that Gulf Air will be flying to London more than to any other long haul destination. And while the commercial property market across London in particular is still coming to terms with Brexit, there has been a significant upswing in interest to purchase UK residential property from Bahrain and the Gulf since the referendum. On a smaller scale, but also important, I recently helped to launch British company Swan’s new retro-styled range of kitchen equipment. Swan see Bahrain as the launchpad for their British-designed products across the Gulf. I envisage more BritishBahrain partnerships like this one emerging in the post-Brexit era. But, of course, Brexit is not the only thing that has happened this summer. Our Embassy is busy planning upcoming visits, in particular the visit of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Bahrain: surely the crowning event of our 200th anniversary. Simon Martin H. M. Ambassador

Poppy Ball 18th November 2016 For tickets contact the BBBF Office Forum

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Embassy News

UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, visits Bahrain to boost bilateral trade ties On Sunday 18 September, The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, visited Bahrain to discuss boosting bilateral trade and investment ties as well as explore opportunities for further economic and commercial cooperation.

Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the Prime Minister HRH Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Minister of Industry and Commerce HE Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani, the CEO of the Bahrain Economic Development Board Mr. Khalid Al-Rumaihi, and other key Ministers and business people.

During his visit, Dr. Liam Fox MP met with HRH the Crown Prince Sheikh

BBBF Chairman Khalid Al Zayani OBE also hosted a reception for Liam Fox

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with BCCI Chairman Khalid Almoayed, BBBF Committee members and other key business leaders in Bahrain. Dr. Fox reiterated Bahrain’s strategic and economic importance to the UK, and thereby the UK government’s commitment to fully capitalise on key trade and investment opportunities through fair and free trade for maximum benefit for both countries, underpinned by the 200 year bilateral relationship.


200th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and United Kingdom. The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship in 1816, between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom. Two decades of bilateral relations of cultural, diplomatic, economic and political exchange prevails to this day. Historically, Bahrain and Britain have maintained strong bilateral relations since 1607, dating back over 400 years, when Queen Elizabeth I, established the English East India Company by royal charter. Both countries in the 17th century shared economical similarities, particularly their fondness of overseas trading. Developing a partnership in the field of trade and commerce, Bahrain instantly became an essential relation to the British Empire due to its geographical location. With the introduction of the Telegraph; the only form of longdistance communication during this era, the revolutionary transmission was a crucial foundation to closing the gap and building bridges between the West and Middle East, hence, the Telegraph played a crucial role in creating an evolving platform, linking the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Above: Manama Harbour approx 1870 Since the discovery of oil in Bahrain in 1932, the first Bahraini students were educated in the United Kingdom; they were also the pioneers who built the modern nation of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The British standard was and remains critical in achieving the highest standard possible. The exposure to the western culture through travel and education was a vital factor in this strong relation. Air transport evolved immensely after World War I and the arrival of long-distance flying in Britain began, Bahrain once again became an important link for Imperial airways (known as British Airways today). Below: Imperial AirwaysÂ’ Handley Page HP4

Prepared by Capt. Ameen Budagher (formerly Gulf Air)

It took two weeks and thirty-fives stops from Croydon, London to Bahrain, through to Singapore and onwards to Brisbane. As flights were flown only during the day as air navigation was unreliable and yet to be fully developed. And bridges continue to be built to this day. The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) was founded in 1995, in which I am honoured to be the first Bahraini citizen from the sixteen founding members, to what is now a leading, successful and distinguished business forum in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The BBBF continues to strive and promote the culture and social trade between the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC at large. As a Bahraini, and a member of the local community, we are delighted with the achievements of the business and social BBBF events and the achievements of the forum, which we trust will continue to exceed its aims and objectives for years to come. Over ten thousand British nationals reside in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where Britons have launched British/Bahraini institutions and communities throughout the island. To name only two; the British Club Bahrain founded in 1935 and St. ChristopherÂ’s School Bahrain founded in 1961 where I had the privilege to serve as a Board of Governor for seven consecutive years. Both have played their parts in strengthening and representing the Bahraini-British unified relationship. Congratulations to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of Bahrain and the United Kingdom on remaining strong allies, and keeping the commitment to remain unified with a longstanding friendship and relationship.

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SIG - Update It’s all change ahead for our special interest groups as we move into Autumn 2016. We say goodbye to Rick Hopper at Atkins, as he and his wife Heather (formerly of UKTI) make Paula Boast a move across to the Kingdom of Acting SIG Chair Saudi Arabia. We are incredibly grateful to Rick for all of his efforts these past 2 years. As a testament to how much work he has done we have some announcements to make and which clearly demonstrate that our Special Interest Groups remain fundamental to the operation and success of the BBBF. With that in mind and of course changing market conditions and business drivers we are adding to new SIGs to the mix for BBBF members, their guests and colleagues. Our new Hospitality SIG will be taken forward by Rodney Davies of Gulf Brands International. Rodney is tasked with harnessing the full scope of hotels, leisure and of course tourism to mirror Bahrain’s drive forward on this front into 2017. We are looking to a launch event for this SIG in January 2017. We add to that the Women in Business SIG which will be spearheaded by Georgina Munnik of Charles Russell Speechlys and Emilia Mateva of UKTI. The launch event for this SIG will be on 29 November at the Capital Club.

SIG - Oil, Gas & Energy

Any members wishing to assist with these new SIGs or wishing to offer a platform of education, training, market information and developments generally should contact Rodney, Georgina and Emilia. We say goodbye and thank you to Nicole Phillips of Woodserv Energy in the Banking & Finance SIG. Jonathan Trafankowski of Muharraq STP continues to take this forward but if we have anyone else who would like to be involved then please do let Jonathan know. In the Security & IT SIG David Wales of Condor is now joined by Ravi Jayasundera of Sysprov Consulting. Jill Boggiss is joined by Mike Orlov of Stepping Stone Global for the Organisational Effectiveness SIG. We say goodbye and thank you to Tom Reynolds who has looked after our Young Professionals SIG. Ava Garbutt will continue at the helm assisted now by Michael Fodor of Trowers & Hamlins and Daniel Edwin of Oak Utilities. With our goodbye to Rick Hopper we also lose our head of the Construction & Projects SIG. I will oversee in the meantime but if anyone would like to volunteer for that one then they can contact me. We will shortly announce our new Head of Special Interest Groups to replace Rick and ready for a start in Q1 2017.

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For those of you, who have been away for the summer, welcome back!! Over the next 6 weeks we will be preparing and planning for our 3rd SIG for Oil, Gas and Energy meeting on the subject of Pipeline Rehabilitation Technologies. Whether an industry practitioner or not, it may come as a surprise that 50% of the world’s pipelines are over 50 years old with the majority operating in the Middle East. Such ageing is at a rate quicker than Industry Operators would care to admit putting critical infrastructure and sustained operations at risk. This ageing process, coupled with the prolonged contraction of the global oil price, increases the pressure on Operators within Industry. Organisations are therefore taking drastic measures, as capital budgets are either greatly reduced or being withdrawn completely. Strategies are now more focussed on capital savings with the adoption of new and cost effective solutions and it’s clearly a time for solution providers to show value with greater innovation and creativity. OAK’s focus will be to look at dynamic service and repair systems, discussing choices around selection and 12 Forum

Simon Bromyard BBBF Oil, Gas & Energy SIG Chairman application of the most effective and innovative repair systems, such as composites, metallics, carbons and other new technologies in the market. We plan to host the meeting as a Breakfast Meeting around the last week of October and suggest you set time aside for this week, prior to which we will be sending out invitations. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible; however in the meantime, if you would like any further information on the meeting, please feel free to contact SIG Leader for Oil, Gas and Energy; Mr. Simon Bromyard; sbromyard@oakbh.com


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SIG - Young Professionals After its initiation 2 years ago; Young Professionals SIG Chair, Mr Tom Reynolds of Trowers & Hamlins solicitors has decided to hand over the reins. Ava Garbutt will take this SIG forward ably assisted by Mike Fodor of Trowers & Hamlins and Daniel Edwin of Oak Utilities. Ava Garbutt continues to provide her front end support to the Young Professionals SIG, in particular through her education and training network in Bahrain. The key aims of this SIG are to connect young professionals across Bahrain, not just on a social level but on a business level including a focus on networking and skills enhancement. We will offer solid networking and regular presentations by leaders in industry to our fellow young professionals on skills and topics that will be important to them no matter what their profession. Various members of the BBBF, who are leading professionals in their industry, have confirmed their willingness to present talks and workshops to young professionals in the next few months. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed, but we are hoping to have at least 3 sessions before the end of 2016. The first of these sessions will be on interview techniques and CV writing, an area relevant to any young professional.

SIG - ICT University of Bahrain hosts first Cyber Security symposium

David Wales (BSc, MIEE) BBBF ICT SIG Chairman

UK’s Cyber Security Representative to the Gulf Region Neil McElhinney and ICT SIG member Ravi Jayasundera presented at the Cyber Security Symposium organised by the University of Bahrain’s College of IT. The theme of the symposium was ‘Cyber Security: Challenges, Threats and Strategies’. The symposium was held under the patronage of Prof Riyadh Hamza, President of the University. A number of international and local experts in cyber security presented at the symposium. These included representatives from Amazon Web Services, KPMG, ISACA, CISCO, Huawei, IBM and IGA. Neil’s presentation titled ‘Challenges of Secure by Design’ focused on issues such as reliance on technical solutions, exponential growth of technology, our inability to keep pace with an increasing threat, and the current cyber talent shortage. He also touched upon some of the emerging cyber security trends and the need to secure the future machine to machine connected world. 14 Forum

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If you would be interested in attending these talks, or giving a talk to young professionals, or indeed mentoring young professionals in the workplace then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of ava.garbutt@ccp.bh, mfodor@trowers.com, dedwin@oakbh.com. In addition the Young Professionals SIG is planning to arrange a social event to take place before the end of the year, which will be a great opportunity for young professionals to start to meet each other and develop their networks in Bahrain. If you have any specific ideas that you think may be a good way to encourage young professionals to get together then please feel free to contact us.

Ravi’s presentation was titled ‘Addressing Cyber Security Challenges through IT Security Governance’. He identified that having a suitable information security governance model in alignment with corporate and IT governance provides a powerful link between an organisation’s governing body, executive management, and those responsible for information security. Implementing an effective information security governance model with the right leadership structure is not an easy task, but failing to do so could mean the difference between a contained crisis and a devastating catastrophe when things go wrong. The symposium was attended by over 250 business and IT industry professionals.


Checking Out Campaign If you’re a British National and leaving Bahrain soon, there are a few things you may need to consider Bank Accounts, Credit cards and loans Remember to clear all your debts before you leave Bahrain. Non-payment of a debt is a criminal offence and could result in arrest and a possible prison sentence. If you have outstanding debts you may not be able to leave the country or you may be stopped and arrested if you try to come back to, or even transit through. s Cancel any credit cards, loans and overdrafts with the bank. It can take up to 2 months to complete all the paperwork s Close any bank accounts if no longer required s Request a bank clearance letter for your employer s Leave a forwarding address for any future correspondence Employment & Visas If your contract is coming to an end, you will need to hand over your passport temporarily to your employer who will cancel your residence visa. s Failure to do so could delay your departure or mean you are marked on the immigration system as an absconder s Request your gratuity payout statement and payment from your employer. The Embassy does not get involved in employment disputes. Please contact the Ministry of Labour and refer to our website for a list of Lawyers should you need one https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/bahrain-list-of-lawyers s Return medical cards Accommodation s Give notice to your landlord in accordance with your lease

s Cancel any newspapers or other services delivered to your door s Cancel your home contents insurance policy Cars and possessions s Sell your car before you leave or leave a Power of Attorney with a friend or colleague to sell it for you. If you do use a Power of Attorney, you will need a local lawyer to advise you on this. Please refer to our website for a list of Lawyers https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/bahrain-list-of-lawyers s Check for any outstanding traffic fines https://www.bahrain.bh s Your insurance company may offer a rebate when the car is sold s Get quotes for removals. It can take 6 weeks or longer to ship your belongings to the UK s Decide what you are taking and either organise a sale to dispose of the rest or contact one of the companies that offer a house clearance service Journey back to the UK s Book departure flights as far in advance as possible and make sure your passport is valid https://www.gov.uk/ overseas-passports s Find out what your airline’s excess baggage limits are, as excess baggage charges can be expensive s If you have children enrolled in a school in Bahrain, ensure you give sufficient notice in accordance with the school’s admission policy and so that they are able to prepare a transfer letter or certificate for your onward base s If you are a pet owner, make sure you leave enough time to complete all of the necessary preparations and have all the correct paperwork to take your pets with you. For the UK, check out the documents required on the Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-forpet-owners. If you are not able to take your pet with you, leave sufficient time to re-home your pet, especially as charity organisations in Bahrain are not able to foster or find a new home for every unwanted pet. How to keep in touch with us: Tel: 00973 17574100 (Option 2 consular)

s Request and collect utilities clearance certificates

Email: bahrainconsularenquiries@fco.gov.uk

s Collect any deposits outstanding from the utility or phone companies

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s Cancel your contracts with your mobile phone, internet and TV providers

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SIG Security Record temperatures have certainly left their mark this summer both around the world and at events such as the Olympics and Paralympics. I mention these two incredible events for their undoubted success and also the success of the huge security operation that swung into action ensuring a safe adventure for all those attending these two marvellous events. What a shame that that wonderful attribute of friendliness and compassion, which was very much on show at both the games, was not shared by all the warring factions around the world; that we read about every day. Calls for a ‘Grand Strategy’ In Middle East, for example, does nothing to instil any confidence in enjoying “peace in our time” as one famous person once said; what would he be thinking now if he was still amongst us. So to this edition and what to look forward to: For those of you who may follow the BBBF daily postings on Facebook & LinkedIn will note that there is not a week that goes by that Cyber Security is not mentioned and this SIG contribution is no different. Question?…Were you one of the many unfortunate Yahoo users who rushed on Friday 23rd September 2016 to close their accounts and to change their passwords due to experts warning that the fallout from one of the largest cyber breaches in history could spill beyond the internet company’s services. Please see below a follow-up article on said subject. We will also be taking a look at our usual sourced articles on subjects such as Travel Security - FCO’s warning on Passport theft, Card Fraud - Resulting in the loss of around £88.5m for UK cardholders. We are also featuring a new area of review and that is Healthcare Security – A subject that is now very prevalent in the GCC due to the many healthcare facilities located within the Region, an interesting piece from our guest contributor with reference to Trends in Aviation Terrorism and finally our annual Christmas Message Revisited that is well worth a read.

experts warned the impact of the hack could reverberate throughout the internet. Several users said they were scrambling to change log-in information, not just Anthony Peter Palys MBE for Yahoo but for multiple internet accounts with the same passwords. Accounts at banks, retailers and elsewhere could be vulnerable. “I suppose a hacker could make the connection between my Yahoo and Gmail,” said Scott Braun, 47, who created a Yahoo email when he was setting up a shop on online retailer Etsy. “They both use my first and last name. Not being a hacker, I don’t know what their capabilities are.”That concern was echoed in Washington. “The seriousness of this breach at Yahoo is huge,” Democratic Senator Mark Warner.

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The company plans to brief Warner about the attack, his office said. Yahoo has said that it believes that the breach was perpetrated by a state-sponsored actor. SY Lee, a former Department of Homeland Security spokesman, said that would be of particular concern to the intelligence community, given the interest state-sponsored hackers have in compromising employees with security clearances.

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British companies BT Group (BT.L) and Sky Plc (SKYB.L), which use Yahoo to host email for some of their broadband customers, said they were communicating with their users. Yahoo urged users to change their passwords and security questions, but some said it would be easier just to give up their accounts because they rarely use them. The company has been losing users, traffic and ad revenue in recent years and over the summer agreed to sell its core business for $4.8 billion to Verizon (VZ.N). Rachel, a 33-year-old from Newcastle, England, who asked Reuters not to use her last name, said she would be shutting down the Yahoo account she opened in 1999. Furious that the company had not protected its customers’ data better, she said she thought this could be yet another blow for the email service, which has been overtaken in popularity by Google’s Gmail over the last decade.

Cyber Security: After Yahoo disclosed that hackers had stolen the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts in 2014, thousands of users took to social media to express anger that it had taken the company two years to uncover the data breach. Several users said they were closing their accounts. “We’re probably just going to dump Yahoo altogether,” said Rick Hollister, 56, who owns a private investigation firm in Tallahassee, Florida. “They should have been more on top of this. “Due to the scale of the Yahoo breach, and because users often recycle passwords and security answers across multiple services, cyber security

What do you do now... if you have an account? Yahoo is advising account holders to change their passwords, not only on their Yahoo accounts, but on all linked accounts or those which have the same or similar passwords. It says this is particularly important if you haven’t changed your Yahoo password since 2014. Yahoo says it is notifying potentially affected users of the attack by email.

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Travel Security: Hustlers steal passports from British tourists abroad:

The Foreign Office has warned holidaymakers about the techniques used by hustlers to steal passports after more than 21,000 British tourists lost or had theirs stolen abroad last year. Consulates around the world had to issue more than 30,000 emergency travel documents to globe-trotting Britons stuck overseas. A new passport costs £72.50, while an emergency document is £100. That means Brits spent around £4.5m on replacing their vital travel documents in order to get home. James Freedman, a fraud and crime expert, has joined forces with the FCO which has launched an online campaign called #PassportAware to advise Brits on how to avoid being targeted by thieves. The four most common scams include someone posing as an official or police officer and asking to look at your passport before walking off with it, as well as pickpocketing by distraction. Thieves will also target hotel front desks while holidaymakers are busy checking-in, filling out forms or paying their bills. Tourists are also advised to be on their guard while relaxing and to not tempt thieves by leaving bags out of sight and draping coats over the back of seats, making it easy for criminals to reach into pockets. Mr Freedman said criminals and conmen are always “evolving their tricks”, but a few simple precautions can help people stay safe. “Only carry what you really need and keep cash and other valuables in a secure pocket or bag,” he said. “Above all, trust your instincts and be aware of anyone invading your personal space.” The FCO advise making photocopies of passports for identification, locking documents in a hotel safe and ensuring they are not visible when carrying them. Card Fraud: UK card fraud rose 18% in 2015, marking the sharpest increase across Europe in 2015, resulting in the loss of around £88.5m for UK cardholders. Analysts from analytic software company FICO say the rise in card fraud across the UK has been fuelled by a rise in online shopping as well as personal data being stolen through cybercrime. “E-commerce spending in the UK has nearly quadrupled since 2007, so you see why this is such a target for criminals,” said FICO’s fraud consultant, Martin Warwick. “When executive dashboards in either retailers or

card issuers start flashing red in terms of unacceptable fraud losses, change will have to take place”, Mr Warwick added. The data from Euromonitor International shows that card fraud rose in 10 of the 19 countries studied, with Greece, Denmark, France and Russia posting the highest increases after the UK. Card fraud increased by 10% compared to figures for 2014, in part due to the successful rollout of chip and PIN payment, and the digital revolution. Kendrick Sands, senior analyst at Euromonitor said the projected increase in online payments “suggests additional security measures will be required throughout Europe”. “If greater security measures are not adopted to combat card not present fraud, the broader advance of card payments over paper alternatives could be negatively impacted,” Mr Sands added. “For a market that has made the transition of consumer payments from paper to card and electronic alternatives a priority in recent years, increasing the security of transactions must remain a priority to increase consumer confidence in payments.” FICO is recommending that the financial services industry will either have to find a way to make data useless to criminals or make more use of fraud detection analysis. Healthcare Security: An insight & a warning! Healthcare organisations are facing a new and unique set of challenges. Their recently-digitized healthcare records have turned out to be extremely valuable to criminals while hospitals, clinics, and other organisations are still learning how to protect them. Plus, healthcare organisations have additional challenges to face on top of that. Patient safety is top priority for hospitals, assisted living centres and nursing homes, but these facilities are under constant pressure to also balance patient safety with managing costs and constant visitor traffic, open access in multiple buildings, hectic emergency departments, confidentiality requirements, governmental standards and patient satisfaction surveys. For example doctors’ offices, insurance companies, and other related organisations, a large number of people need access to patient records to do their jobs. Some of these employees are temporary, or visiting from partner organisations, or have recently changed roles so access control needs to be maintained to maintain proper security. Mobile device issues - Healthcare organizations have sensitive data spread across a number of devices, not just servers and desktops but also laptops, mobile devices, and specialized devices for inputting medical record data.”All devices with sensitive data should be able to be encrypted at all times and have the ability to remotely wipe devices when lost. According to the most recent Healthcare Breach Report from Bitglass, 68% of all healthcare data breaches since 2010 were due to device theft or loss. The inability to successfully handle these responsibilities can earn a healthcare facility an unsafe reputation. To help manage all that goes into running a safe healthcare organization, you need a security services provider who is responsive and has expertise in the unique security challenges of the healthcare environment. Forum 17


SIG Security Responsive hospital security services for a wide variety of healthcare facilities, no matter if your site is a single medical office, a large hospital system, or any size in-between. Your tailored hospital security service should include: Highly trained hospital security officers who adapt to your culture and values and are skilled in the special needs of healthcare facilities. They should also unparalleled customer service combined with proactive, experienced security skills.

themselves. The recruitment of these employees is mostly done via social networks, especially Facebook, which can provide an almost unlimited supply of potential recruits. It should be noted that the recruitment can also be carried out in traditional ways, via other circles of acquaintances such as worshippers in mosques, family, friends and more.

The paper discusses a wide range of trends, ranging from airline attacks to the potential deployment of UAVs around airports for terrorist purposes. The potential of the latter was shown earlier this year when Dubai International Airport was forced to close down due to an UAV (human error and not a terrorist motive were identified as the cause of the incident). However, one of the most interesting points relates to security screenings, an issue that goes beyond the aviation industry. The ICT report raises the following concerns: “One of the main trends emerging from recent terror attacks is the attempt to make use of personnel employed by the aviation industry to aid or execute an attack. In many cases, terrorist organisations choose to recruit airport employees in order to transfer weapons to secure areas by bypassing security measures or to carry out the attack 18 Forum

Read more: Staying ahead of the game: using company data to prevent bribery and corruption Anti Corruption Digest http://anticorruptiondigest.com/ anticorruption stayingaheadofthegame http://anticorruptiondigest.com/ anti-corruption-news/2016/09/23/ staying-ahead-of-the-game-usingcompany-data-to-prevent-bribery-andcorruption/#ixzz4LCUmW9cA

Further Reading: Trends in Aviation Terrorism The International Institute for CounterTerrorism recently released a paper about trends in aviation terrorism https://www.ict.org.il/UserFiles/ICTtrends-aviation-terror-aug-16.pdf.

than ever to bolster their anti-bribery regimes, many still lack the tools and early warning systems that could help flag these risks in advance.

The Christmas Message – Revisited In a study carried out by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) in 2015, Facebook profiles were discovered that belonged to employees of airports throughout Europe who had access to secure areas of commercial and cargo flights and who had posted Islamic-jihadist content” . It is hard to believe that the aviation industry (with its strong security and business continuity guidelines) is alone in facing these issues. This ICT message is therefore also a wake-up call for other businesses with a presence in strategically important areas (infrastructure, O&G, transport, finance and public affairs) that screening of social media and other sources matters for screening purposes. Food For Thought: Company’s Compliance Programme A Legal Week Intelligence and Kroll survey of in-house lawyers, partners and senior executives has found that while almost 90% of respondents said their company’s compliance programme specifically addresses bribery and corruption, the extent to which safeguards are put in place to detect and prevent those risks varied greatly. Falling foul of bribery and corruption charges can be disastrous for any business. Indeed, for some it can taint their entire industry. Legal and compliance teams face constant pressures to stay one step ahead of the game and snuff out any misconduct before it takes place. But while companies are doing more

The ‘fakes’ industry is worth $461 billion - Think twice before you buy those shoes online:

The shady business of “fakes” and counterfeit goods has ballooned into a global industry worth as much as $461 billion, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Counterfeit trade amounted to as much as 2.5% of world trade in 2013, up from an estimated 1.9% in 2008. That’s equivalent to the size of Austria’s economy. Fred Felman, the Chief Marketing Officer for a brand protection firm says, “whether it be shoes or purses or pharmaceuticals or electronics or almost any software – it’s all available to you online.” He says there can be direct health and safety issues with anything you purchase online that is illegitimate, and, “the product itself might be made of materials are toxic to you or your children …even with shoes for that matter – they may be painted with lead-based paints…I’d be quite concerned about anything that looks suspicious online.”


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SIG Security TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ...

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during the day – always try to use the machine inside the bank as they are monitored by CCTV, near staff members and are the least likely to be targeted by thieves.

When using an ATM always be aware of the people around you – if you are with a friend get them to face any queue or persons behind you by masking your transaction with their body. If you feel pressurised or uncomfortable by people around a machine cancel the transaction, take your card and use another machine elsewhere. Use cash for transactions where possible to avoid having to use your credit card and pin number in shopping outlets. Remember always to cover the keypad with your other hand when entering your pin number to prevent prying eyes from seeing it.

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valuables such as expensive jewelry, watches, mp3 players and cell phones whilst out walking or shopping. Remember wearing headphones takes one of your senses away and you can’t hear what’s around you.

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ü Thieves target houses which are insecure. On leaving your house ensure all windows are closed and locked. If you have grilles or sliding gates close and lock them.

ü Double lock your front doors – use both locks EVERYTIME you leave the house.

ü Don’t leave any sheds containing garden tools or ladders unsecured,

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Socialising:

ü Christmas has always been a time for socializing; however thieves target bars and restaurants where people are enjoying a relaxing drink after work.

ü Ensure your purse and wallet are with you at all times, do not leave it unattended.

ü If you are going to be out late, try to arrange a lift home

or book a taxi. Check that the taxi that arrives is the one you ordered.

ü If you can pre book your taxi, make a note of the company

you are using and the phone number, and leave it with a friend.

ü Always keep the number of a reliable firm handy. Avoid mini cabs or private hire cars that ‘tout’ for business and are unlicensed.

as these can be used by burglars to gain access to upper floors or lever windows.

ü Don’t leave spare keys outside under a brick or in a garage or shed. Also ensure you put car keys, garage keys and remotes out of sight inside the house – never leave them in the open on the inside of your front entrance.

ü Don’t leave your Christmas tree and presents on show when away from the house – ensure curtains are drawn.

ü Once the Christmas presents have been opened don’t leave large unwanted packaging, advertising computer games consuls, Flat screen TV’s, I pods or cell phones etc, out for the garbage collector as thieves note the addresses for future attention. Either place them in black sacks or find out where your nearest municipal rubbish dump is and take them there yourself.

ü Beware of bogus callers to the house. Check the identity

of all callers– if they are from the utility companies they will have identification and a free phone number you can ring to clarify their identity.

ü If in doubt keep them out – make an appointment with the utility company so they visit at your convenience. You can now set up a password system with the utility companies so when they call you know it’s them.

ü Any person entering your house should be accompanied

at all times – they may be a genuine representative of a utility company - but it doesn’t mean they are honest!

ü You would be lost without your cell phone if it was stolen

– please note your phone sets registration number (IMEI) (this is a 15 digit number unique to your handset. If you put *#06# into the keypad it will give you your IMEI number – this is the first number the police check when recovering stolen cell phones.

Vehicals:

ü Lock the doors and close the windows and sunroof when you leave the car – for any length of time.

ü Don’t leave anything on display – even a jacket can seem like an appealing target for a thief.

ü Remove the stereo or stereo facia if you can. ü Remove satellite navigation devices where possible,

including the support cradle and suction pad. Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard – Don’t be a sucker for this kind of crime.

ü Tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to discourage vandals.

ü Never store the car’s documents in the vehicle. ü When the car is parked outside your house do not leave any garage keys, remote controls or house keys in the vehicle.

ü Always ensure your house and car keys are out of sight inside the house.

ü When visiting friends or functions plan your journey and

make sure your car is well maintained and has sufficient petrol for the journey and return.

ü Try to park in well-lit or busy areas. If you park during the day, think about what the area will feel like after dark.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2017... Tony Forum 21


Feature Article

by Tom Ham, Standy Consulting

Humans - The weakest link in the cyber security chain

Every year companies spend millions on cyber security ensuring their important data is well protected from prying eyes. With an ever growing and evolving cyber threat, organisations must constantly ensure they are up to date with the latest malware and virus protection or have downloaded the latest firmware upgrade to ensure they will not be hit by the latest trending attacks.

One of the key findings highlighted in the IBM “Cost of Data Breach Study” was that – “Improvements in data governance initiatives will reduce the cost of data breach. Incident response plans, the appointment of a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), employee training and awareness programs and a business continuity management strategy result in cost savings”.

According to the study by IBM/Ponemon “Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis” - The average cost paid for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased 6%, jumping from $145 in 2014 to $154 in 2015. These costs are linked to increased costs in items such as loss of customer confidence, company downtime as well as an increase in costs of recovery. Combine these findings with the Breach Level Index (BLI) statistics that 22 records were compromised every second (1.9 million every day) in 2015 and it shows Cyber-crime has now become a very profitable and attractive profession. Nobody needs to rob a bank with a gun anymore, not when they can do it with a computer from the safety and comfort of their own home!

As the front line operative on your computer, you are the first line of defence. In the current Cyber-crime era it is now yours and your colleagues job to protect your organisational data and information, not just the IT departments. If you feel underprepared for this task then perhaps you should ask your company security or IT department for a briefing on potential threats and weaknesses within your company IT infrastructure, or look online as there is now a huge amount of up to date research available which can get you quickly up to speed o n c u r re n t C y b e r- c r i m e threats and trends.

Huge budgets and resources are often plunged into online data protection and other expensive technical tools to help safeguard company’s data, but when was the last time your company spent the appropriate time or money arming you? Have you ever been trained to spot a cyber attack? Or block a spammer? Do you know the difference between a phishing attack and a Trojan horse?! IBM’s “2014 Cyber Security Index” tells us that 95% of all security incidents involve human error. So it is actually you and I, the ‘trusted employee’, that is more often than not the cause of any major data breach, whether we know about it or not! As with most criminal activities a hacker will always aim for the softest target, the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ and unfortunately, when it comes to cyber security, that usually means us, ‘the user’. At this point a few thoughts may cross your mind, ‘this doesn’t apply to my company’, ‘our critical information is not important to anyone else’. Unfortunately though, your critical data is always important to someone. The FBI estimate that cyber criminals collected $209 million in the first three months of 2016 by extorting businesses and institutions to unlock computer services. Ransomware, as this type of Cyber threat is commonly known, does not have to break into your data vault to steal your information, it just has to find a way to put a second lock on it so you can’t access it either. Once it has locked it up, you either pay for it to be unlocked, or you lose it. 22 Forum

In the meantime though, the below tips may help you to stay safe while logged in: • Keep your computer configuration current with the latest patches and updates • Choose strong passwords and keep them secure • Change any factory default passwords for technologies such as internet routers • Protect your personal information – be careful what websites you leave your personal details with and also ensure your social networking profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) are set to private • Secure your mobile devices by setting good passwords and not allowing 3rd party access through apps • Protect your computer with up-to-date internet security software • Emails and online deals that look too good to be true, usually are! • If you receive emails from unknown sources then do not open them, especially if they have attachments • Encrypt your confidential data • Take regular backups of your data on an external hard disk/drive and keep these backups unconnected to your system • Report suspicious activity to your local administrator or CISO Cyber-crime is now everywhere, it is not a case of if you or your company will get hit any more, it is now a case of when. Don’t be the one that lets the wolf through the door. Be aware, be vigilant and stay protected.


Financial News Jonathan Jane to lead AXA’s Plans in Bahrain Jonathan Jane, the newly appointed country manager for AXA Insurance in Bahrain, has collected a wealth of knowledge following 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. As an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holding a Degree in Economics, Jonathan most recently held the position of Country Manager in the Sultanate of Oman, where he spearheaded AXA Gulf’s operations and was responsible to lead a team of over 100 people, doubling the size of the company in a span of 3 years. Speaking about his new role, Jonathan said, “As the Bahraini insurance industry continues to be one of the strongest and most well developed in the region, we will ensure that customers are at the heart of the business through enhancing products and solutions to meet their growing needs. With motor insurance dominating the market, our strategy in the coming year will be focused on organic growth, leveraging the potential of our offerings and educating the public on the benefits of insurance.” With regard to sales, AXA will continue to develop its channels for its retail business as well as providing support for the broker channel, an opportunity that proves to be an increasingly influential service for the larger corporate clients in Bahrain. “We have plans to increase awareness

AXA in Bahrain is also strengthening its commitment to empower its Bahraini workforce through invested in the training and development of talents. The company is committed to accelerate its growth in this country by further engaging and building the capacities of Bahrani nationals in the insurance sector.

around available products for home, travel, personal accident and medical that offer customers complete and valuable insurance protection, in line with expectations from an international insurer,” stated Jonathan. For the corporate segment, AXA’s strategy in Bahrain will ensure the development of a strong diversity to the business, leveraging its regional strengths and capabilities to provide exceptional local support to SME business and corporate clients who are seeking security and value with an international brand. “Another area of focus for AXA will be to explore new partnership opportunities and work with large companies that supply goods and services to the residents in Bahrain, complementing their products with an insurance solution,” explained Jonathan.

“AXA is a welcoming place for everyone, and we do our best to make sure our people feel supported and happy at work. Creating a work environment that is conducive to innovation and a better quality service is key for our business in Bahrain,” concluded Jonathan. “Our training & development programs are one of the major initiatives that would support us in the delivery of our commitment to support Bahrainisation and are aimed at further consolidating AXA’s success by raising the professional caliber of our Bahraini employees to world class standards.” Jonathan grew up in Cornwall in the South West of England, where his family currently resides, and worked for Norwich Union/AVIVA in the UK for 16 years before joining AXA Gulf in 2008. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing Golf and watching Rugby, and will no doubt be regularly spotted at Riffa Golf and Bahrain Rugby Clubs.

Citibank Launches New Online Banking Platform and The Citi Mobile® App “Digital technology has changed the investment and deposit products, Service in Bahrain everything around us and we need to the new online banking platform In line with Citibank, N.A., Bahrain Branch (“Citibank Bahrain”)’s endeavor to invest in ways to improve the digital experience for its clients in Bahrain, the Bank announced the launch of its new online banking platform and the Citi Mobile App Service. Work began nine months ago on improving the online banking site for Citibank Bahrain’s clients. The result was a revamped and redesigned unique online banking website that offers more capabilities, a user-friendly interface, and added security features. 24 Forum

embrace this change and provide our clients with the services they want and need at the time and place that suits them”, commented Nader Moosa, Consumer Market Lead at Citibank Bahrain. As part of the enhancements, clients can now activate their debit or credit card and set up their PIN on Citibank Online. Also clients will be able to link their account with multiple banking accounts under one platform, and get a global view of all their Citibank, N.A. accounts on one webpage. As for

allows clients to view real-time foreign exchange rates. Citibank Bahrain has also rolled out The Citi Mobile® App which features a world class user interface and includes new features like Snapshot and Touch ID fingerprint identity. Snapshot is a new opt-in feature that provides clients with quick access to an overall snapshot view of their deposits, credit card balances and recent transactions without having to log into the app.


Cushman & Wakefield Bahrain extends contract to manage Bahrain World Trade Center and MODA Mall

Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) Bahrain has successfully extended its contract as appointed managing agent, as well as exclusive leasing agent of the Kingdom’s iconic landmark, Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) and luxury retail shopping destination MODA Mall. The agreement will see C&W Bahrain continue to manage and lease the 46,500 sq. meters of office space for BWTC and 16,500 sq. meters of retail space for MODA Mall. Leveraging Bahrain’s favourable economic climate, strategic geographical location and well-established business infrastructure, C&W Bahrain has achieved stable business growth and high-yield returns for Bahrain World Trade Center. Total occupancy increased to 81.9% in 2015, attracting major international businesses such as BAE Systems, JP Morgan and UPS, C&W Bahrain has succeeded in strategically positioning BWTC as the Kingdom’s business address of choice. Moreover, capitalising on the GCC’s appetite for luxury brands and close proximity to Saudi Arabia, C&W Bahrain has successfully positioned MODA Mall as an exclusive retail destination

synonymous with luxury and high-end shopping. The mall achieved 4.5% year-on-year occupancy growth and currently enjoys 94% retail occupancy. With this third successive contract renewal, C&W Bahrain will continue to explore innovative new opportunities and spearhead a number of significant leasing agreements for both landmark assets. This will be driven under the leadership of its newly appointed property and asset management team. The team will be led by Kelvin Crutchlow as Director of Asset Services - Middle East and General Manager of Bahrain World Trade Center and MODA Mall. Kelvin will be supported by Hannah Walker as Property Manager; and Sara Watson as Leasing Manager, both having significant experience in their respective fields.

Bahrain pushes ahead on key projects An initial set of large-scale projects is already under way, with several multibillion-dollar developments on track to be finished in the next three to four years.

Michael Hatt, EMEA Head of Asset Services at Cushman & Wakefield commented, “We are delighted that Cushman & Wakefield Bahrain has successfully retained both the property management and exclusive leasing mandates for Bahrain World Trade Center and MODA Mall. Moreover, our long-standing association with these marquee assets is further boosted by the recent appointment of our core management team. Under the leadership of Kelvin Crutchlow and with his wealth of international asset management experience, we are confident of delivering greater added value to our client. These appointments reaffirm Cushman & Wakefield’s continued commitment of delivering unrivalled real estate solutions to our clients.” “I am delighted to join Cushman & Wakefield

Bahrain and drive forward the commercial and retail growth for BWTC and MODA Mall respectively. As Bahrain continues to be one of the most diversified GCC economies, we will continue to capitalise on the unique offerings of both assets, through exposure in industry forums, as well as attractive lease terms, which we are confident will continue to attract leading international players, be it corporates or brands,” said Kelvin Crutchlow, Director of Asset Services - Middle East and General Manager of BWTC and MODA Mall. With more than 16 years’ of international asset management experience in the UK, Europe and Middle East, Kelvin brings extensive understanding and knowledge of retail and mixed use developments, advising developers, investment funds, financial institutions, public sector entities and private investors. He is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor. Prior to joining C&W Bahrain, Kelvin worked in the United Arab Emirates as Director of Retail Consultancy (MENA) with Colliers International and more recently as General Manager of ‘The Beach’, with Meraas Holding.

$1.1bn airport expansion project; and the $655m offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal being commissioned by the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA).

The total project pipeline – including long-term builds like the $3bn King Hamad Causeway, set to be completed around 2025 – amounts to $72.7bn, up 4.7% year-on-year, the latest economic quarterly update from the Bahrain Economic Development Board reported.

The country’s ability to push ahead with large-scale projects despite a tighter fiscal climate is partially due to the Gulf Development Programme, which has contributed some $10bn to fund infrastructure projects in Bahrain. As of the end of last year, $6bn of the funds had already been allocated and a further $3.7bn tendered.

This includes the $5bn Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) upgrade and expansion of the Sitra refinery; the $3bn Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) Line 6 smelting project; Bahrain Airport Company’s

The housing sector comprised 35% of the funds, followed by electricity and water projects (22%), airport expansion (14%) and roads (12%). Forum 25


Travel News

British Airways offers students and teachers added benefits

British Airways is offering students and teachers travelling overseas during the next school holidays up to 10 per cent discount on advertised fares, one additional piece of checked baggage and flexibility on date changes to ticket bookings. The benefits are currently available for all students and teachers flying in World Traveller with British Airways between Bahrain and the UK, Europe or North America when they book through a British Airways shop or the selected travel agent in Bahrain, Kanoo Travel. “Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and our experience shows that students travelling abroad need to take a lot of extra baggage, particularly if they are on their maiden trip, but the worry of excess baggage can be a concern for them.” says Paolo De Renzis, Head of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia Sales for British Airways. “If you are a teacher starting a new job, we will help make sure that you have enough allowance so that when you arrive in a new country, you will have everything in your suitcase to get the new academic year off to the best possible start.” When purchasing a ticket and checking-in at the airport,

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students and teachers need to provide valid identification to take advantage of the travel offers. * All flights from Bahrain arrive at the airline’s home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. British Airways customers can enjoy stress-free onward connections to cities in the UK and Europe from Heathrow. A full timetable of British Airways’ flights to London and beyond is available online at ba.com, where students and teachers can find the lowest fares and book, pay and check-in online for their flights.


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, sets a new industry standard with the First Suites. The First Suite on the Etihad Airways B787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

Accessible Tourism The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority hosted a media roundtable today to announce the latest tourism statistics in celebration of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation ‘World Tourism Day’ held this year under the theme of “Accessible Tourism”.

A key design feature of the B787 First Class cabin is the industry’s first curved aisle and suite wall which creates a unique and visually compelling environment. The B787 First Suite boasts a 26 inch wide Poltrona Frau seat that converts to a comfortable 80.5-inch long fully-flat bed. Like the First Apartments on the A380, the First Suites on the B787 will also offer a chilled mini-bar, Poltrona Frau leather upholstery, and three different colour schemes. First Class Chefs will provide a five-star restaurant-style service in the sky, with guests able to request dishes prepared to their personal tastes and preferences. The First Apartment and First Suite have been produced by United States-based B/E Aerospace, which also produced the airline’s current First Class seats on the A330 and A340, and B777 aircraft.

The media roundtable was held on the sidelines of the ‘Moroccan Bahraini Handicraft Week’ and was attended by representatives from hotels, travel agencies, tour guides and other industry representatives. The event kicked off by a video message from the SecretaryGeneral of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr Taleb Rifai, where he highlighted the importance of accessible tourism for people with disabilities stating that it is crucial that destinations develop universal accessibility measures. “We are more than happy to celebrate the World Tourism Day and disclose the latest tourism statistics which highlights the growth of the tourism industry in Bahrain. Today we reveal the latest statistics following a survey conducted jointly between the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BETA) and Informatics and eGovernment Authority,” said BETA Chief Executive, Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa. “Number of travelers into the Kingdom of Bahrain increased by 10% in 2015 when compared to the statistics in 2014; in 2015 alone we received around 11.6 million tourists while in 2014 we received 10.4 million visitors,” he said. Hotel occupancy reached 52% in 2015 when compared to 50% in 2014 and 45% in 2013. Also total hotel stays in Bahrain increased to 3.13 million in 2015 when compared to 2.09 million in 2014. “Average tourist spends per day by reached BD110 in 2015 and we aim to increase it to BD136 by 2018. Our efforts are exerted to diversify the target audience. We have recently joined alliances with ‘Cruise Arabia’ further promoting Bahrain as a destination for cruises. Other recent initiatives include the launch of representative’s offices for BETA in seven countries such as Germany, China, Russia and France. The aim is to reach to a wide audience,” said Shaikh Khalid. The media roundtable also included a question and answer session and an entertainment show staged by the Bahraini and Moroccan folklore band. Forum 29


News from the Eastern Province and India will follow this autumn or winter.

Edward Rose Chairman, BBA(EP) Since the publication of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 in April 2016 and the National Transformation Program 2020 ("NTP") in June (see http://vision2030.gov.sa/en), the business community has been waiting for signs from the Government about when, and in which sectors, the first wave of new projects will commence. The Deputy Crown Prince has been busy over the summer publicising the opportunities afforded by Saudi’s economic and social reform plans to many of the Kingdom’s key international partners. He visited the United States and France in June, and then China, Japan and South Korea during the time of the G20 meetings which were hosted by China in September. It is expected that trips to the UK, Germany

Saudi Snippets Nuclear Energy

The Cabinet, in its weekly meeting in October, reiterated Saudi Arabia’s belief in the legitimate right of Middle Eastern countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, under supervision of and according to the International Agency for Atomic Energy standards. 30 Forum

Domestically, the NTP indicates that priority sectors for expenditure will be those overseen by the Ministries of Housing, Health and Education. Significant funding also appears available to support a further range of projects for the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu to implement. Few schemes have however yet been explicitly launched under the NTP, although several announcements about new projects have emanated from the utilities sector (electricity, water and solar developments), the real estate / housing sector, and the airports sector. Certain of these schemes may be procured on a public-private partnership or build-operatetransfer basis. The twin impacts on the country of an oil price which is still sitting below US$50 per barrel and the cost of a war which is still underway in Yemen are most likely causing certain of the NTP’s spending plans to be reassessed. Saudi has been drawing down further against its foreign reserves this year, while also launching various offerings of sovereign bonds, so the overall economic picture remains complex. The The Kingdom gave voice to this belief just before the 71st UN General Assembly meeting discussing the importance of implementing the Agreement on Barring the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria. The Cabinet also reviewed the outcome of the Arab League’s extraordinary meeting, to discuss the serious situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The British Business Association (BBA) - Eastern Province P.O.Box 1868, AlKhobar 31952 Tel: 03 882 5629 Email: secretary@bbaep.org Website: www.bbaep.org

Government seems intent on identifying additional sources of savings and income if recent publicity about cuts to public sector pay and a substantial increase in visa fees are reliable indications of the authorities’ current fiscal thinking. There is talk of a tax on the remittances of expatriate workers being applied in 2017, while the introduction of VAT at a rate of 5% is on the cards for 2018. In short, while the prospect of significant new project work means that Saudi Arabia can no doubt be seen as an investment destination which is full of potential, it would appear that the net cost of conducting business in the Kingdom may soon increase. This was certainly one of the themes which emerged from the very-well organised Opportunity Arabia XIII conference, held by the Middle East Association on 20 September 2016 in London, at which I and Jeff Stewart (General Secretary of the BBA(EP)) were both asked to speak. There was a keen level of discussion

Jobs for women

Saudi Arabian Airlines is planning to hire more women in the airline’s catering division. While opening Alfursan internal lounge at the departure terminal 5 at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh Al-Jasser

about the Kingdom’s goals and ambitions by all participants. Saudi will surely continue to be in the public eye – both politically and economically – in coming years. Its fortunes will remain critical to Bahrain and the wider GCC as well. Investors, contractors and consultants will all need to remain flexible. The BBA(EP), for its part, will endeavour to remain a source of information, guidance and perspective during an era when the Kingdom may well experience an unprecedented level of reform. The BBA(EP) has been active with social and business functions over the summer and autumn months, and we look forward to cohosting the Poppy Ball on 18 November. Please contact us with any questions you may have about establishing and maintaining commercial links with the Eastern Province. Kind regards, Edward Rose Chairman, BBA(EP) said nearly 300 women will be employed in the national carrier’s premises in Jeddah and Madinah. As many as 221 women will be hired only in one division (kitchen) in Jeddah. Saudia Catering, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines, has already 120 women employed in the fields of retail and logistics.


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Jaguar returns to racing with i-type first all-electric Jaguar Racing car Jaguar has taken the wraps off its new electric motorsport future, revealing its Formula E team’s official name, vision, title sponsor, driver line-up and electric racing livery. From this October, Panasonic Jaguar Racing will compete in the third FIA Formula E season with the first allelectric Jaguar racing car in history: the I-TYPE 1. At the launch event at the Jaguar Collections Centre, the new I-TYPE 1 made a dramatic debut driven by the team’s official reserve driver HoPin Tung and outlining the brands commitment to ‘Race To Innovate’ – a mission to change the perception of electric vehicles, to develop new electric technology and to inspire future generations. In addition, Jaguar revealed an exciting race driver line-up with Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans confirmed to drive the I-TYPE 1 in the team’s inaugural season. This driver line up will spearhead Jaguar’s return to top-level racing. Jaguar detailed its partnership with Panasonic that will see the leading electronics and automotive technology company partner with the Jaguar Racing Formula E team to develop a future that promises to push the boundaries of electric technology in a performance environment. In addition, Jaguar was pleased to announce Lear Corporation will join the team as an Official Team Partner.

Gerd Mäuser, Chairman of Panasonic Jaguar Racing said: “Today marks a new chapter in the history of Jaguar Racing. As the first premium car manufacturer in Formula E we are proud to be back in top-level motorsport. The future is changing and we’re part of that change. We can’t wait to begin racing competitively in inner city locations inspiring a whole new generation of @JaguarRacing fans to join us on this exciting journey. Formula E is the perfect platform to inspire the next generation. “ Jaguar Land Rover employs 9,000 engineers and is Britain’s largest research and development investor across any business sector. Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, underlined the important role Formula E will play in developing next generation electric vehicle technology and the importance of electric vehicles in Jaguar Land Rover’s future product portfolio. Rogers said: “Over the next five years we will see more changes in the automotive world than in the last three decades. The championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions. We will apply this vital knowledge as part of our real

world development. At Jaguar Land Rover we employ 9,000 engineers and the team will draw on these engineers to extract data and push the boundaries of electric technology in a race environment.” The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team has successfully completed 21 days of testing, up to and including the last Formula E public test, which finished at Donington Park Circuit yesterday. James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director said: “Today is a proud moment for myself and the entire Panasonic Jaguar Racing team at our official launch. Everyone has worked very hard over the last nine months to prepare for our debut in the Championship. I am delighted to welcome Adam, Mitch and Ho-Pin, Panasonic, Lear and all of our new fans into the Jaguar family. We want to be successful on and off the track. We know that the challenge will be strong – our competitors have a two-year head start. We will be keeping our expectations in check in our first season. Ultimately we’re here to win but we’re here to innovate too. I would like to thank Jean Todt and his team at the FIA and Alejandro Agag and his team at Formula E for their vision in building this innovative series and for their help and support over the last 12 months with Jaguar’s entry.”

Driver line-up mixes youth and experience of Adam Carroll (Left), Mitch Evans Right) and reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung Centre) to spearhead Jaguar’s Formula E campaign

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Motoring News The latest McLaren is pure electric • McLaren retailers to offer a pure electric McLaren P1TM • Central driving position and open roof configuration • Rushes from zero to maximum speed in just two seconds • ... to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock McLaren Automotive has already revealed that one of the key strategies of its TRACK 22 business plan is the development of a Pure Electric Vehicle (or EV) to one day sit in its Ultimate Series. Meanwhile a Pure EV based on today’s McLaren P1™ is now available but only to a limited group of potential customers ... those under the age of six. At least that’s the official guidance. The diminutive McLaren P1™ differs from its larger brother in two important areas. Firstly, it has a central driving position, just like the iconic McLaren F1. Then secondly, the young will be able to experience what adults never could: an open-top McLaren P1™. Yet cleverly the design still retains McLaren’s signature dihedral doors. And like every McLaren, its acceleration is startling. The zero to maximum speed dash takes just two seconds. The car surges into life via a one-button stop/start function automatically activating the lights and ‘air-conditioning’ unit. An MP3 player and audio system is standard and helpfully already pre-programmed with every popular nursery rhyme. It also features a reverse gear in addition to its three speed,

New SVAutobiography Dynamic added to the Range Rover line-up

The SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful production Range Rover. Its potent 550PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine is shared with the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR. The engine has been specifically calibrated for the flagship Range Rover and delivers 680Nm of torque, powering the SVAutobiography Dynamic from 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in only 5.4 seconds. It is paired with ZF’s eight34 Forum

forward transmission. Handy if you’ve arrived at the wrong playground. In a contrast to McLaren’s usual policy of offering limitless colour and trim combinations, this time the choice for the busy six year old is made easy with only one colour on offer: Volcano Yellow. The Ride On, electric McLaren P1TM is the first officially licensed product from McLaren Automotive to enter this growing market segment and is the most compact car yet to wear the McLaren badge. Hence customers ideally should be between three and six years old to drive it. Although young drivers beyond this age group might also fit. It will be available from the end of October first from selected McLaren Automotive retailers around the world priced at £375.00, followed by recognised global toy retailers. speed automatic transmission for seamless gear changes and supreme performance. The interior takes Range Rover to new heights of desirability and refinement. Diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching are available in four exclusive colourways, which complement the Ebony perforated leather headliner, giving an immediate impression of luxury. The front fascia and door casings feature a Grand Black veneer, with an additional Red keyline finish on the door casings. In addition, key features, such as the rotary shift controller, start stop button and pedals have a sophisticated knurled finish. Underlining its dynamic positioning, the paddle shifters are finished in anodized red (except when specified with a tan interior) while the driver’s handbook is bound in quilted leather chosen to match the interior. The new addition to the range is identified by a series of unique exterior features. The side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, front bumper accents, Range Rover script and tailgate finisher are all finished in Graphite Atlas. Customers have a choice of 21 and 22-inch alloy wheel designs, as well as three unique finishes. The SVAutobiography Dynamic is also the first Range Rover available with eye-catching red brake calipers and Brembo brake technology.


Dubai Opera and Jaguar Announce Strategic Partnership to Celebrate The Art of Performance To coincide with the opening of the critically acclaimed Dubai Opera, premium automotive manufacturer Jaguar Middle East and North Africa announced a strategic partnership as the Official Vehicle Partner of the definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai. Located in Downtown Dubai, billed as ‘the most prestigious square kilometre in the world’, Dubai Opera will produce and host the finest and most engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and all over the world. As the latest extension of Jaguar’s ‘The Art of Performance’ creative communications platform, the long term partnership represents the ultimate medium to express the automotive brand’s commitment to recognizing creativity and performance that excites the senses and pushes past the limits of convention to become art. The collaboration with Dubai Opera gives Jaguar a powerful stage to continue delivering unforgettable sensory experiences that the automotive brand is renowned for. As the Official Vehicle Partner of Dubai Opera, Jaguar will activate a number of interactive experiences and events over the course of the next three years, to bring to life ‘The Art of Performance’ in new and captivating ways.

Commenting on the partnership, Jasper Hope, Chief Executive at Dubai Opera said, “Dubai Opera is poised to take centre stage as the region’s definitive home for live performance. Through their unwavering commitment to arts and creativity in the region, Jaguar Middle East and North Africa is an optimum partner to help us bring arts and music to life like never before. We are thrilled to be working hand in hand with them to create, curate and share new and captivating experiences over the next few years.” Reinforcing the relevance of the strategic partnership, Christopher Wilde, Brand Director at Jaguar Land Rover MENA, said: “There are clear synergies between Dubai Opera, Jaguar’s brand values and Jaguar’s ‘The Art of Performance’ platform. From its stunning, world-class architecture and heritage to its innovation and enchanting, modular interior design, Dubai Opera delights the senses through technical artistry. We are delighted to be able to harness this opportunity to shine a spotlight on performing arts and create immersive moments that excite the senses and take breaths away.”

New Discovery is coming •

First sight of Land Rover’s new full-sized, sevenseat SUV New Discovery

Created with absolute versatility, capability and technology like no other

Continues the Land Rover Above and Beyond journey

New Discovery world premiere: 28th September 2016 ahead of the Paris Motor Show

The New Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.” Forum 35


Education & Training

The British Council is proud to present an innovative new approach to early years English learning. “Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy” is a ground-breaking collaboration between British Council and Aardman, two of Britain’s most trusted and respected organisations. By combining the UK’s world-leading Early Years Foundation Stage methodology with the world famous film and TV characters Shaun the Sheep and lamb of the flock Timmy, the British Council has created a dynamic and enjoyable way for kids to

learn English successfully. The whole learning experience is structured around unique videos and purposeful play in a themed, stimulating and safe environment specially designed for 2 to 6 year olds. At this age, young minds learn language and pronunciation naturally and learning English will set them up well for school and life. “Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy” offers English learning your child will always remember. Look out for “Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy” coming to British Council Bahrain from December 2017.

Roald Dahl 100th Birthday Celebration This September, the British Council celebrated the 100th birthday anniversary of the British story writer, Roald Dahl. In light of this occasion, the British Council Bahrain hosted British storyteller Kevin Graal as part of a three day storytelling program for children from 20th till 22nd September in a number of venues across the island. The story teller delivered six events using Roald Dahl’s stories including ’The Enormous Crocodile’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. These were in partnership with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Dilmun Club, Rotary Club of Salmaniya, Al Iman Private School, Arabian Pearl Gulf School, and Al Amal Special Education Institute.

British Ambassador meets with new CPISP recipient bound for the UK

Shakespeare on Film Festival British Ambassador H.E. Mr. Simon Martin received at his residence at the British Embassy the latest recipient of the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) 2016 scholarships bound for study in the UK. Ambassador Martin congratulated Saif Jamsheer for receiving the Crown 36 Forum

Prince’s scholarship, and praised the CPISP’s efforts to provide outstanding students the opportunity to study at top international universities and gain international cultural exposure. He also praised the student’s academic excellence, wishing him a successful educational experience. Saif Jamsheer will be going to the University of Bath.

The British Council proudly presented its Shakespeare on Film festival from 18 to 22 September in Bahrain. This was part of ‘Shakespeare Lives’, a year-long programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. A special programme curated by the British Film Institute of around twenty feature films have made Shakespeare’s work accessible internationally. In Bahrain, the British Council showcased: Macbeth (1971), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet (2015). A week long daily screening of the films was made available and open to the public at Mashq Art Space in Budaya. The screening formed part of celebrating 200 years of Bahrain – UK relations


New Certified Translators PRIME Instant Offices and Business Centre is pleased to advise that we are now Certified Translators as authorised by Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce. As Certified Translators we are authorised to translate specific documentation such as legal, academic, engineering and technical, and medical. We also provide translation services for business meetings & conferences, for art and literary purposes, and copy writing. PRIME Translation compliments well our other services; s Company Registration & Renewals s Intellectual Property Registration & Renewals s Visa Processing, Document Clearing & Related Services s Accounting Services (Bookkeeping & Auditing) s Administration, Marketing & Secretarial Support Services s Corporate Legal & Secretarial Assistance s Corporate Sponsorship s Virtual Office Packages s Meeting Rooms s 24/7 Video Conferencing

First Aid Training Center celebrates over 1000 participants Since opening in July 2013 the The American Heart Association (AHA) approved Training Centre Training Centre at he International Hospital of Bahrain (IHB) has trained almost 1,200 participants to date. Someone is choking, bleeding, broken a bone, suffered a stroke or heart attack. What do YOU do? The IHB’s AHA Training Centre offers various certified first aid courses to the community, including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The Basic Life Support (BLS) course offers training to the medical community for all healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and allied health professionals). All categories of medical staff must be

A First for the Middle East - Coach Mentoring Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy: First Coach in the Middle East to be accepted on to ICF Coach Mentor Registry.

Oasis Training Center signs MOU with the Insurance Institute of India(III) Oasis Training Center in Bahrain has announced it has signed an MOU with the Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai, India, one of the world’s largest professional bodies in insurance and financial services.

BMC are proud to be the first organisation in the GCC to have fully qualified Trainers and Associate Certified Coaches (ACC) on their team delivering their CoachME programmes in English, Arabic, German and Japanese. BMC are market leaders in the global delivery of Organisational and Leadership Coaching and their CoachME programme is accredited by International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Association for Coaching International (AC) at Level 4, 5 and 6.

Dr Suzanne White FCII, founder of the Center said: “We are delighted to work with the III to enhance the quality and provision of professional insurance courses in the region. We look forward to helping insurance professionals throughout the region achieve their III qualifications”.

BMC’s Founder, CEO and Master Coach Dr Clare Beckett-McInroy stated that, “These are exciting times and this step means that accredited coach training, one-on-one and team coaching can now impact an even larger audience. BMC’s mission is to enable personal, professional and organisational potential and so it feels great to be living our value of inclusivity through languages, locations and a number of specific programmes just for women in addition to our extensive Professional Development programmes.”

The Secretary General of the Insurance Institute of India, Mr. P. Venugopal stated that the Institute is building internal capacities of multiple markets in the SAARC Region and in Africa through various certifications and carefully sculptured training programs. He said, “The Institute recognizes the importance of having a highly knowledgeable insurance market in the GCC area and is pleased to collaborate with Oasis Training Center in improving capacity. We will work together to develop courses and specialised training modules for the region.”

BLS certified.

CPR right away he/she is more likely to survive. Most cardiac arrests happen at home with family members. YOU can help a loved one survive by doing CPR.

The courses provide a framework for learning basic skills that may save a life or prevent further injury. Until qualified medical personnel arrive on the scene, the IHB believes that YOU can make a difference to someone’s health and well-being. It is important that more people survive cardiac arrest. The greater the number of people who know CPR, the better someone’s chances of surviving. CPR is the act of pushing hard and fast on the chest and giving breaths. It is given to someone whose heart has stopped pumping blood.

To give CPR: follow these steps: 1. Make sure the person is lying on his back, on a firm, flat surface. 2. Move clothes out of the way. 3. Put the heel of one hand on the lower half of the breastbone. Put the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand. 4. Push strainght down at least 2 inches at a rate of at least 100 pushes a minute. 5. After each push, let the chest come back up to its normal position.

Heart attack, drowning, or other problems may cause someone’s heart to stop pumping blood. This is called cardiac arrest. If you give a person

Classes accommodate 6-8 people in a group. Upon successful completion of the course a certified AHA card is issued, valid for two years. Forum 37


Hotel & Leisure News

New Years Eve 2016 Roaring 20’s Ball It’s often said that the way you spend your New Year’s Eve is an indication of how you’ll spend the next year. So in order to ensure that 2016 is an extremely memorable and fun year, you’ve got to ring in the New Year in the most wonderful way. We, at Crowne Plaza bring you an elegant and fun night of vintage glamour to start off the new years with a big bang at – ‘ The Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Ball’.

Crowne Wedding Show proved to be rather special for one couple Earlier in the year, Crowne Plaza Bahrain, hosted the first Crowne We d d i n g S h o w a t T h e B a h r a i n Conference Centre. Wedding suppliers showcased their best and latest works. Couples and guests were treated to fashion shows, make-up advice and great food throughout the event. T ips and exclusive fashion shows were the highlight of the event. Main stage was designed by Dan Events and while other experts like Red Carpet and Yes I do events showcased their stage designs. “The event was conceived and created by the hotels Sales and Marketing Team to showcase the hotels unique venue and services. It re-enforces the hotels positioning in the city as the location for inspiring wedding events. All couples who booked their w e d d i n g s a t t h e C ro w n e P l a z a between 10th March 2016 – 31 March were entered into a lucky draw. We had around 10 wedding bookings and in our raffle draw our lucky grand prize winners were Mr. Ahmed Sami Khalifa & Ms. Lujaina Amr who will be married in September at the Bahrain Conference Centre. 38 Forum

They won amazing prizes that included: • Wedding Gown - Malikan • Wedding Jalabiyah - White Jewel • Bride Hair & Make Up La Belle Famme Salon • BD 20 voucher- Daskalides Flower & Chocolate • Stretch Limousine Car (Salon to hotel)- Europcar • Groom Arabic Bisth/Gatra/ Agal/Kabak/Pen - Al Kabak • BD 30 voucherPanche men Spa & Saloon • Performance for their wedding - DJ Om Fahad • Arabic Coffee service Friends Events Service • A4 album size, 14 pages & one hour photography inside the studio.-Reflector Media • His & Her Gift Hamper Al Hawaj • Set of Marble CandlesNafhah Candles • Bride & Groom perfume Glass Box - Wahat Al Oud • IHG Business reward 41000 points • Wedding stage by Red carpet • Crowne Plaza Wedding suite including breakfast and dinner in the suite • 3 days – 2 nights at Holiday Inn Singapore

A memorable evening with great excitement is in store for the guests starting the evening off with an exquisite gala dinner with free flowing selected beverages. Spectacular entertainment which includes a Jazz band, ‘Frankie’s friends with Christine Gordon’, International dance shows and a live DJ. This exclusive event will be held at the Crowne Plaza’s main ball room in the Diplomatic area. Musical ambiance will be provided, and the dress code is chic and couture ballroom. All guests can enjoy complimentary party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight and many more surprises. To top it off, we have our specially tailored room package, which includes 2 tickets to the event, breakfast for 2 and double accommodation. For only BD190 net, you can both enjoy a night of fun, party and celebration, without having to worry about making journey back home. Early Bird tickets BD 63 (Book before 10th December) General Admission tickets BD 70


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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Presents the The Gulf Spa

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he Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa, Bahrain’s iconic legendary hotel, proudly presents The Gulf Spa.

The 3,100 square meter spa facility features two separate welcoming reception for men and ladies, individual treatment rooms, hammams, hydro and relaxation pools, experience showers, ice fountains and relaxation rooms. In addition to a ladies fitness centre and a couple VIP treatment room, The Gulf Spa also features a rooftop relaxation terrace, complete with a juice bar, and a ladies hair & beauty salon.

Newly appointed spa manager, Ms. Lisa Mascoll said “The concept behind the Gulf Spa lies in marrying tradition with modernity”, she adds that “The Gulf Spa offers everything from cutting edge skincare technology, to ancient Arabic healing therapies, to luxury organic treatments that pamper from head to toe. The perfect blend of science, nature, and luxury.” The Gulf Spa is inspired by the rich wellness heritage of the Middle East, incorporating the interior designs and artistic materials inspired by the region. Local ingredients such as pearls, palm water, herbs and

New Executive Chef turns up the Heat at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s Kitchen Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain announces the appointment of new executive chef, Iain Joyce.

with a special focus on culinary arts.

Joyce brings 20 years of experience and is set to win over the palates of Bahraini residents. He had spent nine years with Kempinski properties in Djibouti, Jordan and China, where he served as executive chef.

«Chef Iain possesses a unique and exciting mixture of culinary backgrounds, which I’m positive our guests will appreciate. His set of skills and foresight will add great value to our already popular food and beverage offerings,» said hotel general manager, Daniel Kaan.

Joyce began his career in his hometown of Bournemouth, England before moving onto bigger roles in New Zealand, Bermuda and the Middle East. He holds a vast knowledge in the industry, specialising in hospitality

Commenting on his new appointment, Joyce said, «Bahrain is very welcoming and has an innovative dining scene. I am very pleased in joining a property that has a strong and renowned reputation.»

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General Manager Rahim Abu Omar

gold are also included in several treatments. Gulf Hotel Bahrain General Manager Rahim Abu Omar said “This is an exciting time for the hotel! The Gulf Spa is another great addition to the Gulf Hotel’s leisure facilities. The Gulf Hotel is dedicated to consistently providing better value for our guests, which now includes a unique luxury wellness concept exclusively for Bahrain.


East Innovations wins 2016 WMA WebAward “30C. Wind South Southeast 9 – 10 knots. Scattered Cloud. for Best Leisure Website It’s warm on course today, cool off with our famous on-course cold towels!” Visit the site when it’s raining, snowing, windy, clear, hot, or cold. Whatever the weather is, a corresponding and personalised message is displayed to the user. Three. The site was designed and project managed in Bahrain, it was developed in the Ukraine and launched for our client in Azerbaijan. It was completed on time and on budget. All of which is testament to the fact that a distributed team can provide access to some of the very best talent by removing the limitations of geographic borders. Four. We’ve just won the 2016 Web Marketing Association WebAward, Best Leisure Website for our work. Scoring 63.5 out of a potential 70 points, the Dreamland site came in at 7.5 points higher than the average for the industry and 8.2 points higher than the WebAwards average for 2016. We knew this project was going to be special from the beginning. Early last year, we got a call from Phil Jones. Phil is the General Manager of a brand new, IMG managed, DYE Design 18 hole championship golf course in Azerbaijan – Dreamland Golf Club. We’d worked with Phil previously when he was the Director of Golf at the Royal Golf Club in Bahrain. During the course of our 4 year partnership, we designed and developed 3 websites for the club and successfully transitioned the majority of their marketing from a traditional ‘brochures and billboards’ approach to being ‘digital first’ – leveraging social and email marketing, online advertising and analytics. When Phil called us, the club house was still under construction. Only 9 of the final 18 holes had been completed but based on the results we’d achieved at the Royal Golf Club, he knew that digital presented the best solution to reach the right people and to raise awareness of the facility as quickly and effectively as possible. We designed, developed and rolled out a number of email marketing campaigns but started with the website. We wanted to create an anchor to support all other marketing and there are four stand out features that we’re really proud of. One. The main ‘hero’ image on the homepage changes depending on when you visit. Navigate to the site during the day and you’ll get one of three different shots of the course, showing the lush green grass under a bright blue sky. Visit over night and you’ll see one of a selection of evening shots, showing the course or club house lit up beautifully under the stars. Two. Also on the homepage, we developed a module that combines marketing messages with a live weather report. For example, visit the site on a hot day and it may show the following message:

“Creating Dreamland Golf Club has been an immensely rewarding project for our team here in Baku, working with East Innovations gave us the opportunity to use their extensive knowledge and support to create a very special website. The site is featured in Azerbaijani, Russian and English languages, which was a substantial task for our team in creating accurate content as some of the golf terminology is not easily translated. I am delighted to see the efforts of all have been recognised with this award.” – Phil Jones, General Manager Dreamland Golf Club The WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. Run by the Web Marketing Association, it was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best websites on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, the organisation is made up of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, and top web site design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion. “We’re delighted to have won a WebAward. Our priority is to deliver for our clients and their communities first but to be recognised by an international body like the WMA is fantastic. It’s always been an aim of mine that East should support our clients to stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers and international competitors. It’s an incredible boost to receive the WebAward for Best Leisure Website and I’ve already cleared a space at the studio for the trophy.” - Mark Warman, Managing Director of East Innovations Forum 41


Bahrain News Nissan Bahrain new sponsor of The Wee Monty at Royal Golf Club Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons, the sole distributor of Nissan vehicles is proud to announce its partnership with the Royal Golf Club. Nissan Bahrain will in particular sponsor the Wee Monty golf course and become a supporter of the Wee Monty Championship, having a significant presence across the Golf Club. Mohammed Almoayyed, Director, Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons and Stephen Havrilla, General Manager, Royal Golf Club conducted a signing ceremony to commemorate the partnership at the Nissan flagship showroom in Sitra. On a global level, Nissan has an extensive portfolio of sport sponsorships, bringing an innovative and fan focused approach to millions of sport fans. Nissan Bahrain’s partnership with the Royal Golf Club confirms Nissan’s dedication to supporting sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain and enriching people’s lives through providing unique experiences. “Nissan is always thrilled to be in association with the world’s best in sports. We, at Nissan Bahrain, are excited to actively participate and promote good sportsmanship, unity and outstanding performance throughout our various endeavors,” said Rohan D’Souza, Marketing Manager, Nissan, Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons.

Above: Mohammed Almoayyed, Director, Y.K. Almoayyed & Sons (left) and Stephen Havrilla, General Manager, Royal Golf Club

The Wee Monty is a fantastic 9 hole, Par 3 Golf Course that caters for every level of golfer from the complete beginner to experienced golfers. The course is used by members and members’ guests, visitors and corporate golfers on a regular basis and provides a test for golfers of all abilities, while offering a fun and entertaining playing experience. “We are delighted to have such a strategic partner as Y.K. Almoayyed on board as our corporate partner of the Wee Monty golf course, and to be aligned with Nissan which is such a notable brand within the kingdom,” added Stephen Havrilla, General Manager of the Royal Golf Club. “We look forward to working closely with Nissan on some exciting new golf events for our Members and guests.” The Royal Golf Club is Bahrain’s premier golf and leisure destination and prides itself on delivering unrivalled golf events. The Club hosts 27 holes of golf including an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course and a 9 Hole Par 3 Golf Course in the name of the Wee Monty.

Citi Bahrain appoints Nader Moosa as Consumer Market Lead for Bahrain Nader started his career with Citi Bahrain over 20 years ago in the Credit and Collections unit and was promoted to Collections Manager in 2002. In 2004, he was given additional responsibility to manage the Fraud Unit. Then in 2006, Nader was appointed as the Loans Business Manager including Auto Loans. He became Bahrain Assets and Distribution Head in June 2008. Usman Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Citi Bahrain said: “I would like to congratulate Nader on his promotion. He has made strong contribution to Citi Bahrain and we look forward to further expanding our Consumer Banking business in the Kingdom under Nader’s proven and able leadership.” 42 Forum

Nader commented: “I look forward to further deepening our relationships with customers in Bahrain. Our expertise is built on a foundation comprising of a team of professionals with a combined suite of wealth management and cards products that suit our customers’ needs and wants.” Nader is an accounting graduate f ro m U n i v e r s i t y o f B a h r a i n a n d completed his MBA, specializing in Changing Sales Culture from University of Glamorgan (UK) in 2010. Citi has been in the Arab World for nearly 50 years and views the region as critical to its global franchise. It

currently offers full scale corporate and investment banking services in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.


Bahrain News

New maritime company established Attwood Maritime WLL was established earlier this year by founder, Tim Attwood; a British expat who has spent more than 15 years’ working and residing in the Kingdom. Tim was the drive behind the formation and development of United Dredging (UDC) which quickly established a reputation as a major dredging and reclamation company in Bahrain that were awarded a number of key reclamation projects, and became a threat to the larger dredging conglomerates in the region.

Unisono celebrates their first decade Unisono is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a program of communication and CSR works. The agency was founded by British expats Amy Morgan and Liam Farrell back in August 2006 with the vision ‘to positively transform’, a vision that has been consistently applied alongside an unwavering commitment to the brand mantra Believe in Brilliance. This commitment has resulted in an impressive list of award winning works for global and Middle Eastern brand names, including Red Bull, MAF, GFH, Batelco, VIVA, BFC, Seef Mall, Cityscape, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Kingdom Holding, BNI and BNH.

Commenting on the tenth year anniversary, founding partner and Executive Creative Director Liam Farrell commented, "The first ten years have been quite a ride! Like many entrepreneurs we’ve had our successes and our failures – we’ve learned a lot and achieved more than we imagined. But it is only the beginning. We aren’t resting. We aim higher every year, delivering greater impact for our clients and helping them be even better brands". Amy Morgan says has been “built on a belief in three cornerstones: unceasing curiosity, insightful strategies and beautiful craftsmanship. While we celebrate our first ten years in the region’s creative industry we are really excited about the next ten!"

New staff appointed at InTouch

Leaning on his knowledge in the maritime field, being a qualified Mechanical Engineer and a full active member of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Sciences and Technology); Tim established Attwood Maritime WLL – an impartial consultancy group providing a comprehensive range of dredging and reclamation advisory services, alongside vessel maintenance and crew management; with the hopes of quickly becoming a market leader drawing on his experience in Engineering, planning, estimating, best working methods and reporting systems. With the recent award of a Major Government contract already under their belt; Attwood Maritime is on the road to achieve their initial objectives and are now looking forward to supporting Bahrain’s continual progress and development.

and Dr. Andrea Ignacio as the third Chiropractor at the clinic. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chiropractic from Durban University of Technology. His interests lie in sports and family health care. He was fully involved in multiple sporting fraternities in South Africa as the team Chiropractor of the Kwa-Zululu Natal Rugby Club, Jaguars Rugby Football Club, the KZN u18 Academy and the KZN u18 Country Districts. Dr. Stephen Lee joins InTouch Clinic introducing a new discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He studied at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has extensive clinical experience in Shanghai, China. In his new position, Dr. Lee offers services of Traditional Chinese Medicine through Acupuncture, Cupping and Heijama.

InTouch Clinic is pleased to announce the joining of three new doctors to the team. We now have Dr. Dillon Cuppusamy, DC from South Africa, Dr. Stephen Lee, TCM from Taiwan and Dr. Sarah Braddell, BSc (Hons), MChS, HCPC from UK. Dr. Cuppusamy will be a great addition to Dr. Amy Bowzaylo 44 Forum

Last but not least, InTouch Clinic will soon welcome Dr. Sarah Braddell with a new discipline in Podiatry. Dr. Braddell graduated from Brighton University. She worked in the National Health Services as a general podiatrist working in vascular, diabetic, and general foot care clinics. She has worked in conjunction with different specialists including acupuncturists.


Bahrain News

A year of growth for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Middle East

Patrick Gearon

Rupert Copeman-Hill

Benjamin McQueenie

he last 12 months has been a very exciting time for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in the Middle East region.

judgment in the Saudi Arabian High Court in a Real Estate Trust dispute.

and drafting of distribution, agency and commercial agreements.

Qatar In under 3 years of operation, our Qatar Real Estate team is one of only 2 international law firms in Doha to have advised on Qatar based PPP projects.

Due to key lateral hires during 2015/ 16 we now are able to provide a truly first class 360° Real Estate & Construction offering in Bahrain and Qatar, from procurement, as well as construction and development through project life cycles to construction dispute resolution and arbitration.

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2015/2016 has seen substantial growth in business in our offices in Bahrain and Qatar, as well as the acquisition of significant new clients across the Gulf. Accolades Our lawyers have not gone unnoticed. Our firm was the only Law firm headquartered in Bahrain to be shortlisted for The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2015 (in both the Litigation and Real Estate teams of the year categories). We were also shortlisted for the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2016 for the same categories. Our Latest Success Stories Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team has had a record breaking year across a range of complex and high value disputes ranging from successfully defending a USD$ 660 million LCIA arbitral claim brought against our client (a Qatari telecommunications provider) by a large Saudi Arabian conglomerate. We also obtained a $780 million judgment in the Bahrain High Court in a complex contractual claim; and a $75 million

New Hires Our Business Services division in Bahrain has also undergone significant change. Mr. Rupert Copeman-Hill joined our team as a Partner Head of Corporate & Commercial in the Middle East at the start of the year. Rupert brings with him more than 20 years of international experience advising on corporate, commercial, M&A and investment transactions, finance transactions, joint ventures, capital raisings, private equity and commercial and corporate governance matters. Benjamin McQueenie has also joined the Business Services division in Bahrain as an Associate in July. Ben’s corporate and commercial experience includes advising on corporate transactions, demergers and restructures, share and asset purchase agreements

MSCEB moving to new premises

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in the new location. MSCEB which is a multidisciplinary consultancy comprising of Architects, Interior Designers, Mechanical Engineers, Structural and Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Contract and Contract Administration Department w i l l n o w o p e r a t e f ro m t h e o n e

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team continues to grow with the addition, this year of Nouf Mattar (Paralegal). Durra Al Ali, another of our Bahraini paralegals, has successfully obtained a training contract which commenced in September. As the Head of the Charles Russell Speechlys in the Middle East, Patrick Gearon has noted “… we now have solid platforms from which to grow further across all 3 of our main divisions in the Middle East. The Middle East practice has never had such strength across all divisions and so it is going to be a very exciting next 12 months for us and our clients as we continue to grow and expand”.

location, commencing October 2016. The new office address is: MS Centre, Building 22, Avenue 58, Al Seef District 436.


Impact takes another Award Bahraini real estate management company, Impact Estate w.l.l., receives a recognition from the Africa and Arabia International Property Award for the third time. The results of the 2016-2017 Award were announced at the ceremony held on 22 September 2016 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai. Impact Estate has been awarded the Best Consultancy Bahrain by the independent panel of 70 industry experts. Impact Estate has competed against the best property professionals across Africa and the Middle East to be recognised in the Property Consultancy category. The Africa and Arabia Property Awards are the largest, most prestigious,

and widely recognised programme throughout the regions. Chaired by members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament Lord Caithness, Lord Best, Lord Liverpool, and Lord Thurso, the judging panel focuses on quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. Oksana A. Konyshevska, the General Manager of Impact Estate says “It is very exciting news for our team. We had to compete against the most innovative, exceptional, and ambitious companies of 2016. We, at Impact Estate are proud to represent Bahrain on international stage at the International Property Awards for the third consecutive year”.

Nova Group Set to Launch four F&B Outlets in Bahrain

Bahrain based Nova Group W.L.L is planning to launch two restaurants at The Walk in Riffa and another two at El Mercado Mall in Saar. The Grub Shack and El Gringo that are already in Hamala will open their new branch at The Walk towards the end of 2016 while Choox Chicken Coup and Wangs Funky Chinese Eatery re staurants at the El Mercado Mall will begin operations by October 2016. The new restaurants will operate under The Comfort Food Company W.L.L, the F&B entity of Nova Group.

On this occasion, Mr. Robert Nakfour, Managing Director, Nova Group said, “This year has been a good year for us so far. We are proud to have sponsored the ongoing prestigious La Liga Spanish Football league that makes us one of the first Bahraini companies to sponsor at a global level. Our aim is to keep bringing uniqueness and quality in whatever we do.”

Beverage (F&B), Trading, Construction and Advertising industries. These business entities function as Nova Trading W.L.L, Nova Construction W.L.L, The Comfort Food Company W.L.L and ThinkTank W.L.L. The Group is particularly popular for their F&B division and providing specialised services in General Contracting, Irrigation & Landscaping and Design & Construction. With an impressive clientele, the Group aims to create a reputation within the Bahrain business industry segments, and develop a favorable standing within the GCC.

From providing fit-out solutions to prominent hotels and malls in Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to offering retail, building materials, state of the art surveillance technologies, to the supply of medical equipment Nova Group, boasts of ample of services that enable it to manage varied client requirements.

He further adds, “Food forms an integral part of our culture and we have always wanted to create authentic experiences for the people of Bahrain by providing them with an opportunity to explore other cuisines. We are thrilled with these two dynamic developments.” Mr. Raymond Nakfour, CEO of the Group is equally elated and said, “We wish to make aggressive strides to improve Bahrain’s lucrative food and beverage industry. With the launch of these restaurants we want to bring in something different that people will love. We want to encourage people to come for the food and stay for the beautiful experience.” Launched in 2012, the Nova Group W.L.L is a holding company that has diversified business entities in Food & Forum 47


Sports News by Andy Price

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o as the summer heat starts to dissipate all thoughts naturally begin to drift towards how best your company can prepare for the Bahrain Triathlon on 10th December 2016. The Bahrain Ironman is in its 3rd year and, despite last years ill found choice of location and inability to conduct a swim, this year the race is moving back to the Financial Harbour and will start at the Four Seasons Hotel and finish at the F1 track. For those not familiar with the sport it consists of a 1.9KM open water swim, 90KM bike and a 21 KM run. The good news is that it can be completed as a relay with teams of up to 3 and there are male, female and mixed categories. Full details can be found via Google or at Ironman Bahrain Training for the event is vital. Surprisingly swimming facilities are hard to find on the Island with probably the best being the Shk Khalifa Sports City 50M pool or the Rugby Club, although the Chillier is under repair. Cycling benefits from the new 10KM cycle track near Zallaq Beach, and it’s now floodlit, while running can be done with the Bahrain Road Runners on a Monday and Wednesday evening or early Friday morning. Training plans are available each week through a Bahrain Triathlon Club weekly column in the GDN but if you want the full plan you will have to join the club, currently membership is 20BD and the discount you get for the Bahrain Ironman covers this charge. To join e-mail Bahraintriathlon@gmail.com Following are examples of training sessions for each sport. Its advisable to adjust these to your abilities.

Turbo Endurance or Road Bike

• Warm Up – 5 to 10 minutes • Main Set w 7 minutes fast riding at 90-95rpm (Zone 3). Adjust gear size to suit. w 2 minutes easy in a low gear w 6 minutes fast riding at 95rpm (Zone 3) w 2 minutes easy w 5 minutes fast at 95-100rpm (Zone 3) w 2 minutes easy w 4 minutes fast at 100-105rpm (Starting to encroach on Zone 4) w 2 minutes easy w 3 minutes at 105-110rpm (Zone 4) w 2 minutes easy w 2 minutes fast at 110rpm (Zone 4) w 2 minutes easy w 1 minutes fast at 110+rpm (last big effort / (Zone 4) • Warm Down - 5-10 minutes spinning in an easy gear

Pool

• Warm Up w 400M F/S followed by 200M Kick followed by 200M Pull (no rest in between. Rest 60 Seconds

• Main Set w 6 x 100M R30. Each 100M to get progressively faster. Zone 3. R60 at end. w 6 x 150M R30. As above. w 8 x 50M R30 As above.

• Warm Down w 200M F/S Steady R30 w 100M Alt Stroke Steady R30 w 100M F/S Steady R30

Above & Below Participants come from all age groups

Total – 3100M

Endurance.

• Warm up. Mobility exercises • Main Set •

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w 45 Min in Zone 3 (Current Race Pace / at or slightly above your 5KM time trial pace) Warm Down w 4 x 200m Strides (just above race pace) Dynamic stretches. Don’t push the stretches just hold for 20 seconds each. Work from your feet up stretching each major running group muscle.


Training for Triathlon is all about balancing your available training time and requirements for the sport. Too many think they have to train for 3 separate events rather than one Swim, Bike and Run. Most of your training will be complementary and improve your overall fitness. At this early stage in your training cycle donÂ’t over train and take into account the heat and humidity. Lastly you will want to participate in a few warm up events. By far the best events are through the Bahrain Road Runners competitions and their 2016 / 17 list of events is below. To enter just go to the BRR Website and follow the links. Event Name

Date

Day

Location

Aquathlon

30th Sep 2016

Friday

Hamala Beach

Costume Run

14th Oct 2016

Friday

Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club

Bahrain Marathon Relay

28 Oct 2016

Friday

BIC

Grand Prix 5 Km

4th Nov 2016

Friday

Muharraq between the 2 bridges

Ritz Aquathon series Race 1 0700 start TBC

5th Nov 2016

Saturday

Grand Prix 10 Km

11th Nov 2016

Friday

Muharraq between the 2 bridges

Grand Prix 15 Km

18th Nov 2016

Friday

Muharraq between the 2 bridges

Open Water Swim Race 3

19 Nov 2016

Olympic Triathlon

25th Nov 2016

Friday

Sofitel Hotel

Women & Kids Run

9th Dec 2016

Friday

BIC

Bahrain Ironman 70.3

10th Dec 2016

Saturday

Cross Island

16th Dec 2016

Friday

Sakhir

Half Marathon

6th Jan 2017

Friday

Seef Mall

Colour Run

13th Jan 2017

Friday

Amwaj

Ritz Aquathon series Race 2 1030 start TBC

21 Jan 2017

Saturday

Dubai Ironman 70.3

27 Jan 2017

Friday

Full Marathon

10th Feb 2017

Friday

Sofitel Hotel

Al Areen Run

24th Feb 2017

Friday

Al Areen. Kids 1KM / Adults 10KM

Ritz Aquathon series Race 3 0800 start TBC

4 Mar 2017

Saturday

Saturday

Kids and adults races Adults races about 1Km+ and 10 to 15KM runs

On the Ironman course 1.9KM

Four Season Hotel

Kids and adults races Adults races about 1Km+ and 10 to 15KM runs Umm Suqeim Park, Jumeirah

Kids and adults races Adults races about 1Km+ and 10 to 15KM runs

Sprint Triathlon

10th Mar 2017

Friday

Sofitel

Duathlon

7th Apr 2017

Friday

Al Jazaer Beach

Run and Glow

28th Apr 2017

Friday

Hamalah Beach. 3KM

Best of luck and hope to see you on the start line. Forum 49


Sports News

Dates confirmed for King Hamad Trophy Golf tournament The Royal Golf Club is delighted to announce that it will once again host the prestigious King Hamad Trophy golf tournament, organized by the Bahrain Golf Association, from 16th to 19th November 2016. The stroke play event has been approved by the R&A as counting towards the R&A’s amateur world rankings and is expected to attract top amateur golfers from around the region wishing to compete in order to gain amateur world ranking points. The 54-hole tournament is also open to golf professionals and carries a generous prize fund with US$8000 being allocated to the overall winner.

TRI FOR LIFE

BBBF Member Anastasia Ageeva has been in real estate for more than 12 years, seven of them specialising in the Amwaj area where she has seen many changes. She says: “It’s a unique experience to see an area grow and develop before your eyes, and I have a special love for our islands, being a true Amwaji.” Dealing in all manner of properties from luxury villas to studio apartments she looks after both sales and rentals as well as project management. And she is so enthusiastic about the waterside development, the Russian national is promoting it as an investment destination to her fellow countrymen. She says: “I’m encouraging Russian investors to the Bahrain real estate market. I was fortunate to be part of a government delegation from Bahrain on a visit to St Petersburg, Russia [my home city] and we hosted a return visit of an official Russian government delegation to Bahrain in April. “My goal is to show my countrymen the economic strength of investing in Bahrain and promoting this island’s lifestyle, being one of the top ranking countries worldwide for expatriates to live and conduct business. Naturally we will be looking at Amwaj Islands properties foremost! “Amwaj is a unique paradise on Earth were all nationalities are united under the warmth of the sun in Bahrain and can enjoy the beach and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf – everyone is equal and happy! That’s very special, isn’t it?” And when she is not busy helping people find their perfect homes, Anastasia can be found pounding the streets pursuing her other passion, triathlon. This sometime model is not afraid to get sweaty as she runs, swims and bikes. She explains: “I am a passionate long-distance triathlete – swim, bike, run – repeat – and enjoy my daily training on Amwaj Islands.” She even has her own Facebook page dedicated to sport and healthy living at: 50 Forum

2015 Champion Jamie Elson lifts the Trophy

The first King Hamad Trophy was held at the Royal Golf Club in 2007. British born professional Jamie Elson won last year’s tournament with a six under par 210. For further information about the tournament, contact the Royal Golf Club’s Golf Events Department on email: golfevents@theroyalgolfclub.com or Bahrain Golf Association on email bgassoc@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/bahrainsportsmarketing. Asked what motivates her, the immediate response is: “Child life! If I save one, I win. My supporters and I donate to: http://operationchildlife.com/ “The doctors from RCSI travelling to underdeveloped countries are my good friends. Countries like Tanzania, Vietnam and the likes don’t have developed healthcare and the mission of Operation Childlife is to deliver professional healthcare available in European countries like Ireland free of charge and to operate on children who need help. They don’t get paid for doing this, in fact they pay for their own travel to save lives. So I am helping with donations which buy them a ticket to travel and save a child’s life. Following dual Every small contribution matters.” passions sees this real estate professional attracting investors to the island at the same time as helping save lives.

For the future Anastasia plans to combine two more of her passions – beauty and growing orchids. She says: “I will find the most exquisite property in a prime location and create my spa, of course! I love beauty and wellbeing and introducing people to the idea. Naturally, I’ll have an orchid garden around it for sure!”


BREXIT (again) So the vote has been cast and the turmoil in the UK has settled down. (a bit) So what will it mean for the people of the UK and the relationships with other countries all over the world... The truth is NOBOBY KNOWS! Although about 17.5 million voted to leave, this represented only 37.5% of those entitled to vote indicating that about 62.5% did not vote for this course to be taken.

Speaking on a French radio station early in September, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said “We have done something rather bizarre with Brexit...It’s like moving house without having seen the new house. We have made an agreement to exchange, but we don’t yet know the terms of Brexit, we don’t know the costs or the consequences.” The vote to leave, Mr Blair said, had been a reaction against austerity, globalisation and immigration.

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Asked whether it was possible the decision could be reversed with the UK staying in the EU, Mr Blair said at the moment, this was unlikely “But the debate continues, and I think it is possible, yes.” 52 Forum

that future Labour governments will match EU structural funding currently worth 10.8 billion euros (£9.3 billion) from 2014 to 2020. Two months after the vote A leading national newspaper suggested that Nicola Sturgeon should press for all EU powers that relate to devolved policy areas to be “automatically” transferred to Edinburgh, including controls over farming, fishing, employment law, consumer protection, social policy and the environment.

Former SNP Minister, Alex Neil urged Ms Sturgeon to seize the “golden opportunity” to act in a way that could pave the way for full Scottish independence “by 2020”. In Wales, Plaid Cymru has accused rival parties of “deluded arrogance”, claiming they want the UK to leave the European single market after Brexit.

Meanwhile speaking at the Labour Party conference, Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, guaranteed

Wales would be likely to benefit from the scheme. Currently it is allocated 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) under the current sevenyear programme. In Northern Ireland where 56% of voters wanted to remain the debate continues.

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary Dave Anderson has said the vote to leave the European Union has put the border at risk, severely damaged the economy and gives sustenance to those who want to break up the UK.

Also in Northern Ireland, Attorney General John Larkin QC will be involved in landmark legal bids to stop the UK’s planned departure from the European Union after a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Belfast. Different Legal challenges are already underway including claims that leaving the EU would inflict damage on the peace process as

And Finally well as that invoking Article 50 without first securing Parlimentary authorisation would be unlawful. Elsewhere, an article in The Guardian says “ When the wound-licking is done, the more important matter will be what kind of relationship Britain should have with the EU after the divorce.

Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s powerful but testy finance minister, has just got shirty with the foreign secretary’s blithe suggestion that there was not necessarily a trade off between the single market and freedom of movement inside the EU. That will not necessarily please Angela Merkel, who has phrased her response to Brexit with deliberate calm. “She knows punishment beatings won’t help get this sorted,” a confidant in the Kanzleramt says

As we go to press the latest statement from No. 10 is that Theresa May alone will decide the terms of Britains departure.


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