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26 A Glittering Showcase
Festive Season: The ultimate guide for Christmas and NYE
Features & Interviews
The Culture Trip
A Glittering Showcase: Jewellery Arabia 2019
Dazzling Dubai: Upcoming events and festivals
Trabzon, Turkey: Travel experiences by Tulin Meric
Find Your Fika: Nespresso’s Nordic inspired range
Revolutionizing Cruise: Interview with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Regional VP
Elevating Experiences: Interview with Dragon City Bahrain’s Chairman
A CUT Above: Interview with celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck
Bahrain’s Best Sushi: As voted by our social media followers
The Foodie Edit: Festive Season
The Lagoon Moon at Reef Island
Eclectic Experiences at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
Festive Magic at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
Festivities Galore at Sofitel Bahrain
Holidays at The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain
Exciting Extravagances at The Gulf Hotel
Holiday Galore at The K
An Elite Festive Season
CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON WITH A GRAND CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
For reservations, please call +973 1758 6499.
Indulge in a festive celebration of culinary delights highlighted by our chefsâ€™ splendid creations - from live cooking stations, a large seafood and prime rib corner to a delectable spread of heavenly desserts. The grand occasion is elevated with live music, festive activities, and a special visit from Santa Claus. December 25, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Grand Foyer BHD 55 per adult, select beverages BHD 25 per child, soft beverages, ages 5 - 12
Bldg 173, Road 2803, Al Seef, Block 428, Kingdom of Bahrain +973 1758 0000
Advance reservations recommended. All prices are inclusive of service charge, government levy and VAT. ÂŠ 2019 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
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The Nutcracker Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Where: The Sevens Stadium When: 5-7 December
Where: Dubai Opera When: 4 -7 December
The party starts on Thursday 5th December until Saturday 7th December and over 100,000 fans are expected to descend on The Sevens Stadium! With lots of activities in the village, huge food and beverage offering and entertainment to keep the party alive well into the night and now a Friday night concert with Grammy award winning Kylie Minogue.
The beauty of Russian ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s splendid score combine to create a living art form that is difficult to forget. Brought to life by the St-Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed by a live orchestra.
For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net
For more information: dubaiopera.com
The South Live
Where: Dubai Opera When: 8 December
Where: Dubai Opera When: 11 December
A musical masterpiece and George Frideric Handel’s crowning achievement, first performed in the spring of 1742, that has become one of the world's most beloved musical works. Handel’s celebrated oratorio - with its spectacular “Hallelujah!” chorus - will be conducted by Andrei Danilo and feature a combined force of 200 local and international voices and musicians.
The South (featuring Alison Wheeler ex The Beautiful South on vocals), will be performing for one night only on 11 December.The South will have you up and dancing before the nights out!
For more information: dubaiopera.com
For more information: dubaiopera.com
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Paradise found in the heart of Manama
The Reef Clubhouse and Lagoon Beach offers an exclusive retreat on the purpose-built Reef Island. The clubhouse aims to be a vibrant hub of luxury lifestyle amenities including facilities for dining, well-being, leisure, socialising and relaxation as well as a playroom with great kidsâ€˜ facilities. MEMBERSHIP PLANS AND DAY PASSES FOR BEACH ACCESS ARE AVAILABLE
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To share the fun with us, please call: +973 77 900 700 Reef Clubhouse Bahrain
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Music in the Studio Where: Dubai Opera When: 11 December Music in the Studio continues to create musical experiences with an incredible line-up of international artists. Curated by internationally renowned pianist Amira Fouad, Music in the Studio is set in Dubai Opera’s acoustically flawless studio, allowing for a more atmospheric and unmissable experience between the musicians and their audiences. For more information: dubaiopera.com
Nights on Broadway: The Bee Gees Story Where: Queen Elizabeth 2 When: 11-12 December Nights On Broadway – The Bee Gee’s Story celebrates the timeless music of the Bee Gees, faithfully recreated on stage as a fantastic live concert. Featuring their incredible hit songs spanning four decades, their accurate musicianship and unmistakable harmonies give the audience the experience of actually being present at a Bee Gees concert. For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net
Omar Kamal Live
Where: Dubai Opera When: 15 December
Where: Media City Ampitheatre When: 13 December
Omar Kamal has a voice that transcends borders and decades. His honest, pure power and capacity for connection is the same genius that has defined the career of the greatest singing legends – influences felt in his eclectic catalogue and captivating performances from Sinatra’s jazz and swing to timeless Arab idols like Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Fairouz.
The Legendary singing sensation DIDO is set to grace the big stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheater with her first ever performance in Dubai. The British superstar takes on the stage after 15 years since her last tour. This mega comeback tour titled after her new album, 'Still on My Mind' brings DIDO to Dubai on Friday 13th December 2019.
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Celebrate the festive season and commemorate Bahrain’s National Day with these cultural events and activities.
Trip 02 December Venue: Bahrain National Museum Foyer A Tribute to Great Italian Opera In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the internationally renowned music Academy "Accademia Chigiana" will present an authentic Italian musical evening from the great figures of Italian opera who made a mark in opera history.
02 December Venue: Bahrain National Museum Foyer Oud Night In celebration of Bahraini Women’s Day, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities presents “Oud Night”, starring Oud player Saad Mahmood Jawad, accompanied by all-female group, “Hunna”. “Hunna” is an international project established in the Kingdom of Bahrain, created by Saad Mahmood Jawad, and includes the first all-female group who solely specialize in playing the oud.
3 -31 December Venue: Arab Regional Centre of World Heritage (ARCWH) The Treasures of Krakow Exhibition “The Treasures of Krakow” recounts the tale of a city – the seat of Polish kings, former capital of the country, home to one of the oldest European universities, and magnet for poets, writers and artists. This exhibition sheds light on the strong cultural ties and exchanges between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Poland.
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BACK TO THE
new year’s eve celebration
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: BACK TO THE 8O’S
For reservations, please call +973 1758 6499.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style as we go Back to the 80’s and welcome 2020 with an exciting yet sophisticated evening full of enchanting performances and extraordinary culinary presentations. December 31, 8 pm - 2 am Al Noor Ballroom BHD 85: From November 21 - December 10 BHD 95: December 11 onwards
Includes gala dinner, open buffet until 11:30 pm and select beverages until 12:30 am. Light bites and beverages are available afterwards on a cash basis.
Child BHD 25, ages 5 - 12
Bldg 173, Road 2803, Al Seef, Block 428, Kingdom of Bahrain +973 1758 0000
Advance reservations recommended. All prices are inclusive of service charge, government levy and VAT. © 2019 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
07 December Venue: Al-Khalifiya Library My Nation... My Story A storytelling session which stimulates children’s creative imagination by telling a story about their nation, followed by an interactive activity where they get to express their love and belonging to their nation by drawing paintings of different scenes of stories in which they present themselves as the heroes.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Venue: Qal’at al Bahrain The Sound & Light Show The story of Bahrain as told by its most renowned site: Qal’at Al Bahrain. The show is an interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back.
5-26 December (Every Thursday)
07 & 14
Venue: Bab Al-Bahrain
Venue: Various Venues
Five P.M. at Bab
The weekly activity “Five P.M. at Bab” in the heart of Bab Al-Bahrain, offers visitors in the area diverse cultural activities that represent the dynamics of the venue and its historical value, while targeting different age groups through the designated space, which is dedicated to practice creativity in its various forms.
Coinciding with the National Day celebrations, December Murals is an initiative that presents four murals in four different areas in Bahrain: Nabaih Saleh, A’ali, Budaiya and Manama. Through these initiatives, the artists transfer their signature works from the traditional media to permanent locations, where residents and visitors can enjoy them.
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12 December Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Workshop: Our Heritage on a Clay Pot
07 & 21
Participants will get the chance to celebrate the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day with the Enkiru Kids Club through an archaeological excavation workshop, followed by an activity of decorating clay pots with decoupage of Bahrain’s archaeological sites.
Venue: Building 1068, Road 1617, Block 216 Muharraq Dar Al Muharraq Nourish your soul with the fruits of Bahrain’s intangible heritage, and enjoy the live Bahraini musical performances of the Fijri tradition. This unique, mystical genre traces its roots back to the days of the island’s glorious pearling legacy.
12 December Venue: Bahrain National Theatre Celebrating Bahrain National Day
This musical performance will take the audience on a reminiscent journey throughout the stages of Bahrain’s history, its origins, people and deeply-rooted history, up until the rule of His Majesty the King's prosperous leadership.
Venue: Cultural Hall Honoring the Life & Work of Dr. Mohammed Jaber Al-Ansari Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, The King of The Kingdom of Bahrain, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the legacy of the thinker Dr. Mohammed Jaber Al Ansari by commemorating his career and shedding light to his human, intellectual, political and literary experience.
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Bahrain National Day
15 -16 December Venue: Bahrain National Museum Manama Doesn’t Sleep “Manama Doesn’t Sleep” commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Bahrain National Museum with an exciting lineup of events embracing the energy of the city and Bahrain as a whole. The thrilling celebration is over 12 hours long, and includes a variety of events, including music and dance shows, literary talks, fine art exhibits and more.
14 December Venue: Meeting Point: Al Hala Club Parking in Muharraq Pearling Path Treasure Hunt Throughout the Pearling Path Treasure Hunt, ten teams including three members in each, will try to find a hidden pearl through a series of clues and games which they will encounter along the path.
14 & 28 December
15 December 2019 - 16 March 2020
Venue: Building 2608, Road 368, Block 903 East Riffa
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
Dar Al Riffa
Dive into the Jurassic
The newly inaugurated Dar Al-Riffa hosts a series of musical concerts, accentuating the rich tapestry of Bahraini folk music. Dar Al-Riffa is a conservation and rehabilitation of the original structure within the old neighbourhood, and includes a contemporary extension to accommodate larger performances and residency spaces.
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Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land.
LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef District, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain T +973 1717 1000 lemeridiencitycentrebahrain.com
NEW YEARâ€™S EVE SPANISH THEMED PARTY Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 7:00PM to 1:00AM at Baharat Restaurant Enjoy culinary delights from BBQ, Seafood and Sweetest Brunch specialities as we bid farewell to 2019. BHD 30 net per person with soft beverages BHD 40 net per person with selected beverages For more information or to make a reservation, please call +973 1717 1144
22 - 31 December Venue: Studio 244, Arad Bay Protected Area and Park Artist in a School Exhibition
Artist in a School exhibition will feature a number of talented students from four public schools in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the initiative of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
Venue: Art Centre Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Ali AlBazzaz This workshop aims to celebrate the Arabic language and the achievements made by Arabic writers and linguists by incorporating visual art techniques into the formation of the Arabic lettering. The use of different mediums such as paper, wood, fabrics and paint will enable participants to add different textures and dimensions to traditional calligraphy.
26 December Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum
19 December Venue: Bahrain National Museum My Homeland A poetry evening dedicated to the participants of the "Music of Poetry" course to showcase their works, which will be presented with musical pieces that complement their poems.
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A Night of Arabic Classic Films “Among the Ruins” is a classic Egyptian film starring Faten Hamama and Emad Hamdy. The plot follows Mona, a university student, who falls in love with her professor Mahmoud, who is also a gifted writer. Mahmoud proposes to Mona, but her mother refuses his proposal and marries her to another man, resulting in her leaving Egypt. Years later after she returns to Egypt, Mona visits Mahmoud in the hospital. Mahmoud expresses his love for Mona as he lies on his deathbed.
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Longchamp adds a new style to its collection representative of the Parisian allure, characterized by the brand’s feminine and elegant design. Available at longchamp.com
The Holiday 2019 collection from Salvatore Ferragamo is enveloped in Hollywood glamour. The fashion house draws on its own DNA, reinterpreting its iconic elements with a modern twist, drawing on the world of evening wear in a special range of men and women’s accessories with a pronounced chic attitude, expressing the high-tech, high-craftsmanship that distinguishes the brand. Available at City Centre Bahrain
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On Beauty Campaign
“On Beauty” features a group of creative ambassadors whom share the values and authentic spirit of the brand. Recognised and renowned in their individual professional fields, the protagonists similarly encapsulate elegance, style and grace. BD 610
Available soon at santonishoes.com
DKNY Having long since accomplished its mission of providing progressive yet pragmatic wardrobe staples for DKNY fans and their multi-faceted lives, the brand presents its Fall 2019 campaign as a series of quintessential New York stories from respected and influential cultural figures. Self-made and self-assured, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers radiate their cool confidence, irreverent style, and pure talent in each image captured. Together, they embody the creativity that drives young people to the city—a place in which, even today, impossible dreams can be realized.
Kenzo X Palladium
Focusing on the concept of urban expedition, the new KENZO x PALLADIUM shoe collection brings two iconic French brands in tandem. The collaboration teams up the fashion house, KENZO, with the longstanding shoemaker, PALLADIUM, on the relaunch of a vintage unisex shoe: the PALLADIUM Pallashock by KENZO. As a re-edition, the shoe honors the original collaborations of the two heritage brands under KENZO’s founder Kenzo Takada in the late 80s and early 90s. Available at City Centre Bahrain
Fabergé x Gary James McQueen In a creative exchange, Fabergé presents a limited edition commissioned artistic collaboration with designer Gary James McQueen, who established and nurtured his craft of digital art alongside his late uncle, British designer, Alexander McQueen. Available exclusively at Faberge.com
Available at City Centre Bahrain
Fendimania Limited Edition The Fendimania Limited Edition is elegant yet fashionforward, celebrating the Maison’s FF loo and the essence of genuine stones and diamonds. Its bold square 18 Kt gold case is enriched with an FF logo-shaped bezel set with dazzling brilliant-cut diamonds. Distinguished by its impressive luminosity, the dial is fully set with scintillating diamonds or adorned with lustrous genuine stones.
Available at Moda Mall BD 6171
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Four Decades of Extraordinary Charriol leads four decades of extraordinary products.
stablished in Geneva in 1983, Charriol is a diversified, heritage brand and manufacturer of fine timepieces, jewelry, and accessories. The products are built around a cohesive concept: the cable. This identity symbol, constituted in the brand’s first collection in 1983, speaks to Charriol’s Celtic influence, a real goldsmith work of modern times. The brand is now present in over 60 countries, with an international network of 3,800 retailer points of sale, 300 corners and 285 Charriol boutiques. As the recently assumed Executive Chairwoman, and Creative Director since 2002, Coralie Charriol Paul has dedicated herself to pursuing her father’s legacy and guiding the countless evolution of Maison Charriol. Coralie embodies all the facets of the Charriol Woman’s plurality and echoes these core characteristics through the 27 evocative, extraordinary jewelry collections she’s designed. Now residing in Geneva with her family, she continues to pursue her father’s legacy from their Swiss head offices, regularly traveling around the world to impart the brand’s vision as the emblematic Charriol Woman. n
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IKO Milano opened its flagship store at City Centre Bahrain. KIKO Milano, the leading makeup brand in Italy, with unrivalled expertise and authority in cosmetics for over 21 years, has brought Italian beauty to the world by providing some of the boldest and varied makeup collections for everyone to freely express their inner creativity. With an Italian heritage that has defined universal beauty for longer than most historians can remember, true to its birthplace, KIKO products are 100% European made, with the overwhelming majority of them Made in Italy, combining leading technology and quality, with endless creativity. KIKO Milano has remained at the forefront of trendsetting, creating a vast array of high quality products at nearly unrivalled affordable prices, bringing the dream of Italian beauty to everyone, yet also loved by makeup professionals and celebrities across the world. Welcome to KIKO Milano’s world, and set your own vision of beauty free. n
A Glittering Showcase The Middle Eastâ€™s premier jewellery and watch show, Jewellery Arabia, returned for its 28th year.
ewellery Arabia is the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the Middle East. The dazzling showcase has provided international jewellery houses with unrivaled direct access to trade buyers and private collectors from throughout this important economic sector, since its inception in 1992. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Jewellery Arabia took place at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The five-day event brought together 561 exhibitors from 36 countries for a glittering display of jewellery, timepieces, precious gems, luxury accessories and more. World famous watch and jewellery houses made an appearance including Asia Jewellers, Bahrain Jewellery Centre, and many others. Complementing these iconic brands are national groups from leading jewellery export countries including Morocco, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Visitors also welcomed other local, regional and international exhibitors who launched new product lines, displayed their latest collections and introduced limited edition pieces exclusively at the fair. The grand fair was attended by government ministries, ambassadors and dignitaries, VVIPS and more. More than 50,000 visitors from Bahrain and the region attended the jewellery extravaganza.
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Feature We’ve selected a few highlights from our friends and clients at the Jewellery Arabia 2019…
Since its founding in 1860, Chopard has perpetuated a heritage of artisanal skills and traditional crafts by shaping contemporary creations synonymous with emotions. Guided by a resolutely positive vision of life, the Maison celebrates the precious moments of accomplished men and women around the world for whom watches and jewellery are a perpetual extension of their own joie de vivre.
Renowned masters of high jewellery from Milan, Buccellati’s timeless design aesthetic and refined craftsmanship have always been at the centre of its universe. Collections include fine jewellery, luxury watches and bridal jewellery.
Hublot Hublot was founded in Switzerland in 1980. By pioneering the combination of natural materials which were never previously found together, Hublot became a modern day alchemist marrying the past and the future, tradition and innovation.
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Feature IWC Schaffhausen With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity.
Omega Omega is a luxury watch manufacturer established in Switzerland in 1848. Omega is one of the worldâ€™s most influential watch brands, with numerous precision records, inspired design and a commitment to innovation.
Pasquale Bruni Pasquale Bruni has created the most exceptional pieces of jewellery for women all over the world for two generations. Every creation unites the nobility of metal and precious stones in a family owned and managed workshop in the heart of Italy.
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Panerai Founded in Florence in 1860, Panerai supplied the Italian Navy specialist diving corps with precision instruments. Today Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its NeuchĂ˘tel manufacture, combining Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise.
The House of Repossi was founded in 1920 in Turin, Italy and continues the creative family legacy of talented artists and designers extended from father to son, and later from father to daughter. The DNA of the Brand is articulated through elegant designs of wide sculptural shapes, combined with subtle austerity within statement collections, all strongly influenced by modern and contemporary sculpture and architecture.
Ulysse Nardin has engineered its own renaissance, and has become revered for its revolutionary developments in Haute Horlogerie. The brand began producing precision marine chronometers and this innovation continues today. Its iconic timepieces are full of wonderful ingenuity and extraordinary technical achievement.
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Dazzling Dubai Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing showcases the city’s exciting events and festivals!
s part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) market visits to proximity markets, a delegation has visited Bahrain at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, to further enhance the participation of the Bahraini market in Dubai’s upcoming events and festivals. With Dubai being ranked among the most popular destinations for holidaymakers from across the GCC, the delegation briefed media representatives on Dubai’s new tourism product offerings that can enrich Bahraini visitor’s experience. Such as, Global Village, Dubai’s Theme parks, Expo 2020 Dubai, and Dubai Shopping Festival.
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Going Out Global Village Global Village, returned for another exciting edition of roundthe-world fun. Season 24 of extravaganza run until 4 April 2020. Visitors from Bahrain will have more than 150 days to explore the best from continents near and far, indulge in exotic flavours and enjoy live shows, funfair rides and bargain buys.
Parks and Resorts With big ambitions and the expertise to make even the wildest dreams a reality, Dubai is becoming the most exciting adventure playground in the world. whether it’s family fun or hair-raising thrills you are after, there are laughs in store for all in IMG Worlds of Adventure, a sprawling indoor theme park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, where there’s sun for the whole family at Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
Dubai is becoming the most exciting adventure playground in the world.
Dubai Shopping Festival Visitors from Bahrain will celebrate an annual celebration of fireworks, concerts, raffles, prizes and the best innovative retail experiences on 26th December 2019 and until 1st February. This year, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) celebrates its 25th anniversary, promoting to be grander than even before with a calendar packed of established festival favorites and new citywide events plus world0first activations showcasing shopping experiences of the future. The region’s biggest festival helped demonstrate the breadth of Dubai’s retail offering and position Dubai as one of the cities for shopping globally. The festival, which established in 1996 as one of the first citywide shopping festivals in the world, will take over the city, transforming it into a must-visit destination filled with pop-up markets, fashion shows, world-class concerts and events, global brand activations, firework displays, innovative experiences and so much more. n
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Travelling Trabzon Bahrain Confidential correspondent Tulin Meric shares her travel to Trabzon, Turkey!
hen you think of Turkey the first things that come to mind are crystal blue waters off the Mediterranean, magic carpets and grand mosques.
However, there is a part of Turkey that is really quite extraordinary. It includes roaring rivers and waterfalls, highland plains and endless shades of green.
coast in the North Eastern region of Turkey, just an hourâ€™s drive away from Batum in neighbouring Georgia. A relatively short internal flight from Istanbul to Trabzon lands you in what can only be described as a nature loverâ€™s paradise.
As a Turk myself with roots from the Balkans I had never travelled beyond the capital, Ankara. So, when I got the opportunity to visit a new city, I was extremely excited.
The air in this region is insanely fresh due to the sheer number of forests and green lands that engulf you from all around. With organic produce always readily available; local specialties for food consist of mainly fish dishes, kofta grills and locally produced cream and honey at almost every meal time. Not forgetting Muhlama. (A gloopy yet tasty sauce made from butter, cheese and flour), often served with locally made cornbread.
This city is none other than Trabzon, which lies on the Black Sea
Trabzon was once an important trade city and a major hub
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along the ancient Silk Road. Heavily influenced by former empires including the Romans, Byzantines and the Ottomans it is immensely rich in culture. Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries can often be seen. One such monastery is the spectacular Sumela Monastery with itâ€™s breathtaking views, itâ€™s embedded high in the mountains of Machka at 1300m above sea level. Quaint little villages lie along the coastal road from Trabzon to Rize showcasing stunning views of tiered tea plantations and endless green mountains in the distance. Multiple enchanting stone bridges with crystal clear waters flowing underneath allow access to some of the most glorious plains of countryside I have ever seen. One in particular, called Cat (pronounced Chat) lay in this romantic and incredibly peaceful setting with a wooden cabin in the distance dominated by the surrounding huge mountains. As I took a photo, there was not a sound to be heard. It was utter bliss. Jaw dropping waterfalls feed the region with their thunderous downpours that trickle into shimmering streams alongside forrest paths. It really is a place like no other. Alpine(esque) highland plateaus scattered all throughout Trabzon are very serene, full of lush green pastures dotted with red roofed wooden houses and cattle
Trabzon was once an important trade city and a major hub along the ancient Silk Road.
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grazing freely has to be one the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. The music of the Black Sea region is also quite unique. Similar to the bagpipes of Scotland, I was lucky to hear someone play the Tulum music on one of the highlands I visited, truly magical. For those that seek a more adventurous trip you can also find an array of sports to participate in from rafting to ziplining, Plus, there are a multitude of hiking trails where you can book guides, and depending on your schedule they can arrange private tours. I urge anyone that goes to Trabzon to also visit at least one tea plantation. Turkish tea is a big deal in Turkish culture, so seeing where it comes from will most certainly make it taste better whilst drinking it.
I can honestly say that Trabzon is a place for people who live for the organic way of life.
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I can honestly say that Trabzon is a place for people who live for the organic way of life. It is peaceful, with captivating views of nature that encourage you to just take a step back and allow for it to all sink in. n
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â€œFind your Fikaâ€? Celebrate a perfect Nordic coffee moment with Nespresso this festive season.
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features a combination of biscuit and vanilla aromas, with a Livanto base, inspired by the traditional Norwegian cake, Kvæfjordkake. The Variations Nordic Cloudberry Flavoured coffee features the delicate, tart taste of cloudberries which grow in the extreme climates of the Nordic countries. The coffee has all the roundness of the Livanto base with a sweet, jammy fruitiness and a hint of acidity.
his is the season to celebrate with nearest and dearest and share special, indulgent moments together.
This holiday season, Nespresso has designed its iconic end of year range around indulgent Nordic moments. Incorporating the growing Scandinavianinspired cultural trends of Hygge and Fika, Nespresso is encouraging its customers to put the busy festive season on pause, for a moment’s connection with a friend or family member. In partnership with renowned Danish designer, Louise Campbell, Nespresso has launched a range of Limited Edition Original and Vertuo coffees and accessories, which take design and flavour inspiration from the Nordic countries. Available to purchase are four unique, indulgent flavoured coffees, two black coffees and a range of Limited Edition accessories, designed with the most discerning of coffee and design aficionados in mind. As part of Nespresso Original, the Nordic-inspired Limited Edition includes two new indulgent flavoured coffees: Variations Nordic Almond Cake Flavoured and Variations Nordic Cloudberry Flavoured. Based on traditional Nordic ingredients and influences, the Variations Nordic Almond Cake Flavoured coffee
For those that enjoy staying true to the original long black, Nordic Black coffee is available to purchase. It is an aromatic African and South American Arabica blend. Elegant, sweet fruity notes combine with a smooth and lingering cereal aftertaste to create a light bodied, long, black coffee with a medium intensity. Louise Campbell’s Scandinavian influences are clear to see in the design of the Limited Edition capsules, sleeves, and accompanying accessories. The Nespresso Nordic-inspired range perfectly reflects the Nordic trend of stylish minimalism with traditional influences of nature, as seen in designs which illustrate the many layers of the Nordic culture and landscape. The collection will be completed by a new permanent range of travel mugs, plus two Limited Edition types of PIXIE Cups and a View Cube. Each accessory elevates every coffee moment, making for the perfect festive gift this holiday season. In addition to the series of capsules and accessories, a Limited Edition Essenza Mini metal machine will come in a modern silver colour, designed to complement modern kitchen designs. The Essenza Mini provides the perfect Nespresso coffee experience and adds a stylish look and feel to any contemporary kitchen. So go and celebrate the joy of Nordic indulgence this festive season with Nespresso, by sharing a coffee and a special connection with a loved one during the busiest time of the year. n For more information, visit www.nespresso.com/bh
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Vaping Again! Vaping is in the news again and its all bad for this new industry. The problem with Vaping is that we have absolutely no long term data to determine its safety or the lack of it. All data for Vaping comes in a trickle but after the multiple deaths in the USA we should all take a closer look at what exists. A new study due to be presented to the American Heart Association looked at 476 individuals between the ages of 21 and 45 with no previous heart problems. 94 were non-smokers, 45 e-cigarette users, 52 that used both , and 285 were traditional cigarette smokers. They found that LDL Cholesterol â€œ bad Cholesterolâ€? was higher in e cigarette users compared to non smokers. LDL is the type of Cholesterol that causes plaques in the arteries leading to blockages that may eventually lead to myocardial infarcts. Another separate study looked at heart blood flow using an ultrasound at rest and with an effort, immediately before and after inhaling an e cigarette vs. a traditional cigarette. In traditional cigarettes smokers the blood flow increased after inhalation and then decreased with effort. In e cigarette smokers it decreased with both inhalation and effort. That means that blood flow to the heart was compromised at rest and with effort in vaping. So there was a general reduction in blood flow to the heart muscle with Vaping. These are just two small studies out of many that will be conducted in the future. Till now there is no agreement among the medical community regarding the safety of Vaping. Some authorities have come up with statements advocating Vaping as an alternative to smoking in smokers that are trying to quit. They imply that Vaping is safer than smoking. That does of course not mean that Vaping is safe. It might be safer than smoking but there is a chance that it may not be so. Let us remember that we have over 70 years worth of data and studies concerning cigarette smoking, and that we have less than 10 years of data for e cigarettes. It will be interesting to see the data after another 10 years and then come to an evidence based conclusion- but how many more people will have to die due to Vaping in order prove its dangers! n
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The Merchant House, Bahrain celebrated the new season with the launch of its Friday Brunch
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Black Badge Bahrain Confidential drives the most exclusive version of the most luxurious SUV in the world. Where? We drove from the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay to Bahrain Fort, and back again. What’s “Black Badge”? It’s Rolls Royce’s ‘special’ badge, designed particularly with the company’s younger customers in mind, that are even more posh, stylish, faster… and they cost more. It’s faster than a normal Rolls Royce? Yes. The engine is a huge 6.7-liter V12 producing 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. This is noticeably more powerful than for non Black Badge models. RollsRoyce doesn't specify the time it takes to go from zero to 100 kph, nor its top speed. But it’s fast. Do they look different? Yes, but subtly so, it has a darkened grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament with a new high-gloss black chrome chemical finish. The alloy wheels are unique to this trim, and a “Technical Fiber” (a type of carbon fiber) trim comes standard. But that’s just the start – there’s lots more differences. Did you enjoy driving it? Of course, it’s like driving a super smooth luxury penthouse on wheels. How much? If you have to ask, you can’t afford one. Oh come on, how much? You better have lots of money. Prices in Bahrain start from around BD 170,000 though you can easily pay up to BD 220,000 with added options. Okay, I want one, who do I call? Euro Motors on +973 1775 0750. Enjoy J
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Revolutionizing Cruising Bahrain Confidential interviews Norwegian Cruise Lineâ€™s MEA Regional Vice President, Mr. Nick Wilkinson.
orwegian Cruise Line is an innovator in global cruise travel for over 52 years. Notably, this cruise line revolutionized cruising by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their own schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Its fleet of 16 contemporary ships sails to nearly 300 desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Just recently, we had the chance to interview Mr. Nick Wilkinson, Norwegian Cruise Lineâ€™s MEA Regional Vice President.
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We’ve learned that NCL is the pioneer of ‘freestyle cruising’. Can you elaborate on this? Freestyle cruising is very much about the freedom and flexibility to do what you want to do. It allows our guests to create their ideal vacation experience, with no fixed dining times, relaxed attire, several distinct dining options, relaxed disembarkation and other entertainment and activity options. Can you share any exciting innovations that NCL have in the pipeline? What are your recent developments? Bahrain is an important marketplace and we are investing extensively with our partners like 24x7Cruise, wholesalers and travel agents. In another perspective, we’ll be launching six more ships over the next seven years – a dramatic increase in our capacity which will give us more opportunities to offer to our customers, with each one bringing more innovation to the seas.
Freestyle cruising is very much about the freedom and flexibility to do what you want to do. What would you describe as Norwegian Cruise Line’s ethos? What makes it special? We have a really clear DNA – we want to create freedom of flexibility. I’d like to describe our ships as a ‘floating resort’ because of the range of superior services we provide. This includes a wide variety of entertainment and dining options as well as a range of comfortable accommodations. At Norwegian Cruise Line, you can find all the amenities available in a land-based resort, if not more. We have the right itineraries, floating resorts and facilities for every sector.
Are there any emerging destinations NCL considers particularly exciting? We’re always looking at the backbone of what drives the market here. For 2020, we’re really pleased with the introduction of new paths and more exciting cruises. Norwegian Getaway is offering departures from Rome while Norwegian Spirit is doing itineraries in the Far East and Japan. Where are the most popular destinations? For Bahrain, the most popular is the Mediterranean. Next, is the Baltic followed by Asia and the Caribbean. On a personal note, is there a destination you’ve always wanted to go but still haven’t? If you asked me 12 months ago, I would have said Africa and South Africa. Norwegian Cruise Line is doing it for the first time in February/March 2020. n
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Elevating Experiences Bahrain Confidential interviews Mr. Patrick Zheng, Chairman of Chinamex, Dragon City's operating company. 44 Bahrain Confidential December 2019
ocated southwest of Diyar Al Muharraq, Dragon City is a first of its kind project on the island. The property includes Dragon Mall, Dragon Apartments, the Thai Mart, Dragon Plaza and an allocated area for warehouses. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to Mr. Patrick Zheng, Chairman of Chinamex, Dragon City's operating company about what’s new and what’s next. Can you shed light on your vision for Dragon City Bahrain? As part of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, our goal was, is and always will be to strengthen and contribute to the economic and cultural development between China and Bahrain. Apart from being perceived as an illustration of a successful Chinese investment, we would also like Dragon City Bahrain to be the example of cultural diversity in the Kingdom. Furthermore, we aim to be a tourist attraction for the neighbouring countries. What have been the challenges you have faced over the course of the year? It has been a tremendous experience for us at Dragon City to be in the Kingdom of Bahrain. There were a few challenges in the beginning of our journey, but thanks to the government in the country and their keenness to make each business an enormous success, we have been able to tackle almost all, if not all, of them, notably the infrastructure around Diyar Al Muharraq as people initially found coming to us hard and time-consuming. The huge amount of our footfall is a testament to how people are now finding it very easy to visit the mall and enjoy exceptional shopping experience. Our story wouldn't have been colourful without the support of the wise leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as the management
of Diyar Al Muharraq and we have been keen to reciprocate by tirelessly contributing to the development of Bahrain's economy and attracting more visitors to Diyar. In contrast, what have been Dragon City’s major successes in 2019? Dragon City Bahrain has achieved 99.9% leasing rate. On top of this, our footfall reached almost 1million in August. The total footfall in 2019 is expected to exceed 9 million. What is your action plan for the upcoming year? Our successes do not stop us from further elevating the shopping experience at Dragon City Bahrain. This will be achieved through the following: improving the products’ variety and cost-effectiveness, leading the market trend through showcasing more innovative products, guiding the tenants to establish reputable brands and raise awareness. Moreover, we want to continue emerging with the local community while also giving back to them. What should people look forward to at Dragon City Bahrain? A more convenient, accessible and immersive shopping method will soon be revolutionising Dragon City Bahrain. Personally, what motivates you as a leader? I take great pleasure in witnessing our tenants (as we call “Dragoners”) settling the roots in Bahrain. On the other note, providing more choices on cost effective lifestyles for the people of this region is where I draw my passion and enthusiasm from. n @DragonCityBahrain
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A CUT Above Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with, celebrity chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck the mind behind CUT and re/ Asian Cuisine at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
Chef Wolfgang Puck
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he name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. He was a superstar chef before the term superstar chef even existed. With the rise of social media, just about any chef who has been viral calls themselves “celebrity chef”. However, the Austrian-born chef, with his worldfamous chains and restaurants all over the world is a true titan of the industry. Just recently, he visited the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about what’s new, what’s next and what makes him the best!
There will be an evolution, we don’t want to stand still. We first met Chef Wolfgang Puck at The CUT Lounge, where he warmly greeted us with his charming personality and colorful stories about his restaurants, travels, family and work life. We’ve learned that the celebrity chef started his life far away from any celebrities, in a small Austrian town called Sankt Veit an der Glan; where her mother was a chef. Chef Wolfgang began cooking as a child, at his mother’s side. With her encouragement, he started his formal training at 14 years of age. As a young chef, Chef Wolgang worked in some of France’s greatest restaurants, including Maxim’s in Paris, the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and the Michelin 3-starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence. At the age of 24, he took the advice of a friend and left Europe for the United States. The rest, as they say, was history.
Chef Wolfgang Puck is well-versed in travelling – when we caught up with him, he had just been to Los Angeles, Tampa, Spain, New York and Riyadh. “Tomorrow, I’ll be in Istanbul”, he adds. Nevertheless, Bahrain remains to be his favorite out of all the places he had been to in the Middle East. “CUT is our version of a modern steakhouse”, Chef Wolfgang explains when asked about his vision for the acclaimed restaurant. The sleek and modern American steak restaurant delivers innovation at every level through its unique culinary, service and design combination. However, he envisions more development for the restaurant: “There will be an evolution, we don’t want to stand still”. “Food is such a big part of celebration”, Chef Wolfgang says. In line with this, a collection of distinctive dining and festive specials have been specially crafted by Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s culinary team in celebration of the year-end festivities. We asked Chef Wolfgang if he enjoys cooking outside of his profession. He answers, “I love to cook at home and for my family all the time”. Speaking of food, we’ve learned that the celebrity chef has a strong dislike for peanut butter! Despite owning 28 fine dining establishments worldwide, building a brand, publishing a number of books and having countless television appearances, Puck is not yet ready to rest on the laurels of his 50year career… and we’re ready to witness what is yet to come. n
PS: Chef Wolfgang advises cooking enthusiasts to “buy the best ingredients and try not to f*** it up”! @chefwolfgangpuck @cutbahrain @reasiancuisine
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ReadOn.ai Rising Technologies, Bahrain celebrated the launch of ReadON.ai, an awardwinning SaaS technology for Special Education and Cognitive Remediation in Bahrain.
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o mark the occasion a Symposium on Special Education was held in Crowne Plaza. The Event featured prominent dignitaries including the Guest of Honor, Dr. Sheikha Rania AlKhalifa and other renowned speakers and doctors around the Kingdom such as Mr. Mohamed Shukri and Dr. Abuzer Surka. To introduce the program, special guest Dr. Vinay Singh, CEO, Orange Neurosciences, Canada did a presentation. This was followed by an in-depth training on parts of the ReadON Therapy for participating therapists towards the second half of the Event. The ability to read is not trivial, and invisible learning disability can impact self-confidence of an individual and seed stress and anxiety is known firsthand to Zulfikar Dhanse, CEO of Rising Technologies WLL. After seeing the magnificent results of ReadON, Zulfikar realized an unmet need of such program for thousands of children and adults in Bahrain. ReadON will disrupt how special education and remediation programs are provided in Bahrain, says Zulfikar. Advanced technologies used in ReadON will empower current therapists, special educators and Schools in Bahrain to improve their service delivery and provide effective results faster. Parents can also use services of ReadON at Rising Tech’s ReadON Centre. “Seeing transform lives of one family at a time using AI is a dream come true” for Dr. Vinay Singh, CEO of Orange Neurosciences, a former Professor turned social entrepreneur. He further added, “I am excited to partner with Zulfikar Dhanse, a passionate parent and an entrepreneur who wants to change the face of special education in Bahrain with a dream of taking it to Saudi Arabia and hopefully across MENA region, soon”. n
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Premium Properties The Great India Property Festival proved to be a success in showcasing the countryâ€™s investment options.
he Great India Property Festival (GIPF) is a global platform for Indian Real Estate developers to showcase their properties to the NRI community across the world. The show has been a great opportunity for investors interested in exploring credible property investments. The most recent and biggest installment of property festival was held at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa on the 22nd November.
The Great India Property Festival (GIPF) is a global platform for Indian Real Estate developers to showcase their properties to the NRI community across the world.
The GIPF was inaugurated by Dadabhai Chairman, Mohammed Dadabhai who was joined by eminent personalities including Dadabhai Travel managing director Aziz Gilitwala and Pegasus Real Estate managing director Aziz Mithaiwala. The real estate extravaganza was organized by Gentlemen Circle Pvt Ltd in association with Pegasus Real Estate (a division of Dadabhai Group). Dadabhai Travel is the exclusive travel and logistics partner to the event. The show boasted well known and RERA-approved developers who showcased an eclectic array of upscale properties from Mumbai, Pune, Rajasthan, Delhi, Bangalore, Kerala and Gujarat. Furthermore, visitors also had the chance to explore other international properties from Phuket, Dubai and Portugal. Overall, the GIPF highlighted investment options across eight cities, over 40 developers and more than 200 properties in India. n www.thegipf.com
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The K Hotel hosted their christmas tree lighting ceremony in preparation for Christmas
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Charriol inaugurated their outlet at City Centre Bahrain
Bahrain Confidential interviews the mind behind Prept Bahrain, Mr. Qasim Al Setri.
nstead of thinking, shopping, prepping, and cooking your own “healthy” meals (not to mention all that cleaning up you have to do after), you can just opt to have expertly prepared, calorie-counted, and restaurant-quality dishes delivered straight to your doorstep! Does this sound too good to be true?
What inspired you to open Prept? There was a lack in the market for proper macro based meals, that is catered to high performance individuals and athletes. Most healthy or meal prep restaurants serve low amounts of calories and protein per meal, for a high price. We wanted to offer high protein meals at a reasonable price.
Prept Bahrain is a performance meal provider designed by athletes. What started out as a personal meal plan turned out to be a successful venture for Mr. Qasim Al Setri, whose experiences prompted him to create his version of expertly prepared meals. Just recently, we had the chance to interview him.
There is an abundance of healthy restaurants in Bahrain, what makes Prept stand out? Definitely the amount of protein per meal that comes with a reasonable price. Prept offers a meal plan for every performance goal and are available in any macros to meet everyone’s athletic needs.
Tell us more about Prept Bahrain, how did it come about? The inception of Prept was during the time I came back from the United States. Having worked as a healthy food cook in the US, I ignited my interest in this field. To add to that, I am also competing as a bodybuilder which entails cooking my own food. When I came back to Bahrain, I found out that my cousin owns a centralized kitchen, so I asked if I can prep my meals there since I consume up to 6 meals (and up to 2kg of chicken) a day! This also meant that I needed a lot of space and a big enough grill to cook on. Soon enough, friends and family began asking for healthy meals. They loved our chicken and boom… Prept came to life!
If you could persuade people to change three things about their diet, what would they be? First, eat more healthy food than more supplements. Second, eat to perform. Lastly, indulge in wholesome performance based meals that will boost both the mind and body Are there any specific promotions that you want to share? We just launched breakfast on all our food platforms! We’re offering a 5% discount to anyone who sends us a picture of our article. n +973 6670 6010 @preptbh
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A Swing for a Cause American Mission Hospital held the 22nd year of its Island Classic Charity Golf Tournament.
AMH CEO/CMO Dr. George Cheriyan said, “Golfers look forward to playing at the Island Classic every year as it is the only opportunity to experience this one of a kind golf course. We are honored by the tremendous support from the community of Bahrain. We are extremely grateful to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for once again giving us the unique opportunity to conduct the Island Classic at his private golf course. We are also grateful to each and every one of our sponsor who have contributed towards this event.”
he 2019 AMH Island Classic charity golf tournament was held last November at the private golf course of His Majesty the King in Saffriya. The 3-day high profile golfing event held under the patronage of His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa raised funds for the community outreach program of the hospital. The event, which teed off at 7.30am on its first day, was played in the Florida format and included several side contests adding to the fun and excitement of the event.
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The Championship Flight was won by Al Hawaj 2; Gulf Air 2 won second place; in third place overall was Bahrain Confidential, a birdie short of winning! The Premier Flight was won by Independent –US Embassy; in second place was the AMH Amwaj 2; and RCSI 1 won the third place. The event ended with the Annual Gala dinner at The Diplomat RadissonBlu Hotel & Spa to honour the sponsoring organisations. Bahrain Confidential was one of the Gold Sponsors for the 22nd AMH Island Classic. n
Bahrain Cruise Tourism 124,425 passengers and 61 cruise vessels expected to arrive at Khalifa Bin Salman Port this cruise season.
Downtown Rotana hosted a fruit soaking ceremony in preparation for Christmas
halifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), operated by APM Terminals Bahrain, marked the beginning of 201920 Cruise Season as the first luxury ship of the year, Mein Schiff 5, carrying 2351 passengers recently docked at the port to a traditional Bahraini welcome. This year, 124,425 cruise passengers are expected to arrive in Bahrain between October 2019 â€“ April 2020 via 61 cruise ships. Of this, passengers onboard Mein Schiff 5 have requested to extend their stay by 3 hours giving them an opportunity to enjoy an enhanced cultural experience of Bahrain. With this, APM Terminals marks 10 years of hosting cruise tourism in Bahrain, with over 406,513 passengers and 230 cruise vessels for the past 5 years. Earlier this year, KBSP hosted its first summer cruise season between June â€“ September. The maiden season witnessed 4,938 passengers coming to Bahrain making tourism a round-the-year activity rather than being restricted to winter months as in the past years. Passengers of the first cruise ship, Mein Schiff 5 were welcomed with traditional Bahraini hospitality and cultural experience. n
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Ride Nation x Think Pink Bahrain’s indoor cycling and fitness studio Ride Nation takes the studio outdoor to Bahrain Bay in partnership with Think Pink Bahrain.
On the 8th of November as a final wrap to the Think Pink Campaign, Ride Nation took over Bahrain Bay with one mission – to celebrate awareness, survive and stand up to cancer. The event centered around an outdoor ride done for the very first time in Bahrain where 40 Ride Nation citizens pedaled for pink with Ride Nation’s pioneering signature live instrumentation class. Ride Nation Live was sponsored by top international & local brands such as Mini, Jasmis, Careem, Alosra, Gulf Air, Intercontinental Regency Bahrain, Crowne Plaza, Saffron by Jena, Red Bull, Renaf & Ansa.
hroughout the month of October, Ride Nation in partnership with Think Pink Bahrain ran a campaign to raise donations and awareness for Think Pink Bahrain and their efforts in raising awareness for breast cancer where 50% off all sales from the ‘Think Pink’ Packages was donated to Think Pink Bahrain. Several thousand Bahraini Dinars have been raised and will be donated to Think Pink Bahrain via in store sales in October.
Studio manager and campaign lead, Kyle Drummond: “It was an honor and privilege to bring the Ride Nation experience to the Bahrain skyline and while supporting such an amazing cause! Having riders, local brands, performers and spectators united to show that we are tougher than cancer was unlike anything I’ve ever been involved in before. The team have pulled off something beautiful and we can’t wait to get started on the next one.” n For more information: ridenation.com @ridenation.me
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Be Back on the Move! Back on the Move shares all you need to know about osteopathy.
ack pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. At the same time, it is a leading cause of disability worldwide in people younger than 45. Most people have back pain at least once.
If you have back pain that’s causing significant problems or doesn’t seem to be improving, it could be worth trying manual therapy. Back pain can be uncomfortable and debilitating. Although it is not a specific disease, it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of causes. It can be caused by muscle or ligament strain from heavy lifting or sudden awkward movement, bulging or ruptured disks, arthritis, skeletal irregularities and other conditions. If you have back pain that’s causing significant problems or doesn’t seem to be improving, it could be worth trying manual therapy. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths are all health First Floor, Sunlight Plaza, Seef District, Bahrain Tel: +973 77 300 600, Mob: +973 3919 7480
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professionals who can treat back pain, increase joint movements and relieve muscle tension. Research has shown that osteopathy for back pain can not only reduce the present back pain but can also prevent related pains in other parts of the body. Back on the Move is a fully integrated alternative healthcare facility that offers a single source for a wide variety of treatment options, dedicated to people of all ages and all health levels – for those who are injured or for those who seek improved mobility, flexibility or general health. Back on the Move offers the following services: Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Lymphatic drainage, Cranial sacral therapy, Therapeutic massage therapy, Fitness and posture correction coaching and Sports massage. n
Dr. Lana Peters is the founder of Back on the Move and co-founder of Be Rehab. She has over 35 years experience in the field of osteopathy. She aims to improve the lives of Bahrain citizens and expats. backonthemove.com +973 7730 0600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Marriott International hosted a customer appreciation event at The Westin City Centre
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MoĚˆvenpick Hotel Bahrain launched their American Festival themed event at Silks Restaurant
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This festive season, HV is giving you tips on how to maintain your current fitness this month.
he festive holiday period is typically busy and indulgent for most. In short, health and fitness is typically not found on the top of the priority list, but it doesnâ€™t have to be this way. Is your fitness on the backseat at the end of this year? Top tips to avoid the festive slump:
Calorie saving ideas Itâ€™s always a challenge for a normal calorie intake, so be sure to: Be conscious of portion size and excessive snacking. With long days out, have healthy snacks prepared to avoid hunger, and being pulled to higher calorie foods and treats.
Maintain your fitness focus by time efficient exercise strategies. The benefit of time saving strategies without affecting the quality of your training: Keep it short and effective, by making sure you have a session planned beforehand to target your specific needs. Pre-book committed sessions with your trainer, to keep you on top of your fitness journey.
Exercise with friends Having friends to train with can be an extra motivation during this time. Make it fun by doing different activities to stay fit and healthy. Make the most of the cooler weather and go play tennis with friends, or go horse riding, try something different! n
Maintain a routine Plan and execute your exercise sessions. A little exercise is better than nothing, so keep moving by going for a walk or jog, even before you go out for your celebrations. Except your workouts may vary, but make a point not to miss them. Quality versus quantity!
Danielle van Dalen Health and Wellness Practitioner For more ideas about how to improve your physical performance this festive season, get in touch with us @hvholistic or email@example.com Tel: +973 1777 5544
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of the Month Check out the latest movies and TV series you wouldnâ€™t want to miss!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.
Jumanji: The Next Level Four players brave the jungle, desert, mountains and dangerous animals to save the fantastical video game world of Jumanji.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Whatâ€™s new on Netflix? A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby Netflix completes its first-ever movie trilogy with the upcoming Christmas release of A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. V-Wars Ian Somerhalder and Adrian Holmes star in this thriller vampire series about a Doctor who transforms his best friend into a blood-sucking vampire. Soundtrack
This new series which is going to be very High School Musical-Esque is about music that connects the lives of random people throughout Los Angeles. The Two Popes Another Oscar hopeful is this drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. It goes behind the scenes as one pope, Pope Francis is set to succeed Pope Benedict.
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Christmas Brunch 25TH Dec - 12:30 pm onwards
Indulge Christmas Day with friends & loved ones in an exquisite buffet spread by the pool featuring our very exciting kids activities, gifts & giveaways, live band, Santa appearance & lots of surprises
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Elite Crystal Hotel hosted their cake mixing ceremony in preparation for the festive season
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Are you wondering where to get some delicious sushi rolls in Bahrain? We did the research so that you don’t have to. Here are our follower’s top picks!
Sushi We asked our social media followers what their favourite sushi place is – here’s a rundown on where to get the ‘best sushi in Bahrain.
Frangipani Where: Seef Mall & Tala Plaza
Kabuki Where: Juffair
Kei Where: Golden Tulip Hotel
Experience the taste of Japan at Frangipani. With two locations on the island, the restaurant serves a range of Japanese dishes including sushis and more. Frangipani puts a unique twist on their offerings like the ‘sushi slider’!
Kabuki is a Japanese restaurant that was established in Bahrain in February 14, 2014 in Juffair’s American Alley. It offers a wide array of authentic Japanese cuisine that will surely satisfy different tastes. Among their sushi selection are the wagyu steak rolls, pink sushi, volcano maki and more.
Located in Golden Tulip Hotel ground floor, peaceful Zen-like surroundings. Restaurant features sushi bar, teppanyaki grill counter and a la carte dining. The menu offers time-honored favorites along with a variety of contemporary sushi and modern preparations.
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Bushido Where: Seef
Maki Where: Bahrain World Trade Center
It wouldn’t be Japanese without sushi. And it wouldn’t be Bushido if they didn’t add a spin to it. Hop onto the high chairs at the exclusive sushi bar and try out your favourite from the extensive range. Rolled or not, the rice expertly prepared by the chefs combines with seafood, meats and vegetables, and is finally doused with special sauces – a recipe that will set your taste-buds dancing.
Combining Japanese tradition with global flavours and exciting textures, Maki offers contemporary Japanese cuisine. Inspired by Japanese food and tradition, co-founders and brothers Oliver Zeitoun and Amer Zeitoun wanted create a cuisine that transcends the boundaries of culture and country.
Kojo Where: Zayed Town, Juffair, Durrat Al Bahrain Kojo is traditional Japanese cuisine served in a simple modern setting. Walking through the front door is like taking a trip to Tokyo. Private booths as well as a private Tatami room are available.
Manzoku Where: Adliya
Mirai Where: Adliya
Manzoku offers an Asian fusion cuisine. They have a wide selection of sushi, rolls and other Japanese dishes. Pair your favorite sushi with their Teapioca and you’ll not regret it!
Mirai takes pride in bringing exquisitely crafted dishes by pushing the boundaries of traditional Japanese cuisine. Established in 2002, Mirai aims to continuously surprise and delight everyone by striking the right balance between flavor and texture.
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Monsoon Where: Block 338 Opened in 2000, Monsoon is a tribute to the Palaces of Bali and Temples of the Orient. As a destination for authentic cuisine from the Far East, Monsoon serves Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese in a traditional Asian setting. Those who know the restaurant love it and those who are not familiar, are definitely missing out on a lot! In our aim to find out where the “Best Sushi Place” in Bahrain is, we stumbled upon this hidden gem in the heart of Adliya. Tucked away in the streets of Block 338 is a beautiful oasis that boasts fantastic cuisine and unforgettable gastronomic experiences. Just recently, we put it up to the test. If you can’t get enough of the Japanese favorite, Monsoon has just the thing for you – platters! The restaurant’s sushi and sashimi platter is all about understated elegance that showcases the rich flavors without overcrowding the palate. It offers guest customized variants that can include Sake (salmon), Maguro (tuna), Ebi (prawn), Hamachi (yellowtail), among others. Aside from the vibrant platter, we thoroughly enjoyed modern fusions like the ‘Spider Maki’ and ‘Blow Torch Maki’. The food at Monsoon is consistently delicious so don’t be afraid to try other decadent dishes like the ‘Tuna Taco’ and our favorite ‘Crispy Chicken Salad’! Ready your chopsticks for a culinary adventure like no other at Monsoon!
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WU Asian Restaurant Where: ART Rotana
Teatro Downtown Where: Downtown Rotana
Experience the all new Sushi ART night with a sushi selection so large you won’t know where to begin! WU’s famous sushi selection has been expanded to include even more delicious options including a new 'dessert sushi' station. In addition to all of this, the restaurant also included dishes from the chef’s special menu for those looking for some hot bites.
Teatro Downtown boasts a dedicated sushi bar apart from their open kitchen and cooking stations. The restaurant turns Tuesday evenings into a Sushi-lover's paradise every Tuesday night with all-you-can-eat sushi including the Volcano Maki, Lobster Maki, Crispy California Maki, Rainbow Rolls, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Nigiri and more.
Keep your eyes on our social media pages and stay updated on the latest “Bahrain’s Best”! www.bahrain-confidential.com Sato Where: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Sumo Sushi & Bento Where: Juffair, Amwaj, Riffa
The Gulf Hotel’s Sato restaurant has earned itself a reputation for serving the fine Japanese cuisine. A popular á la carte menu is also available and features a wide range of traditional noodle dishes, sushi and bento.
Sumo Sushi & Bento serves the freshest sushi and bento selections at a very affordable price. The family friendly Japanese restaurant franchise in the UAE currently has three locations spread around Bahrain.
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Festive Season Christmas
Christmas Day Brunch at Choices Terrace Where: ART Rotana Price: BD38/48 NET ART Rotana are offering all the bells and whistles of a traditional festive feast along with many enticing live cooking stations. Their in-house band will perform songs and carols of the festive season while the kids enjoy their time with the exceptional area set for them with many games, activities and gifts from Santa. For more information: +973 1600 0111 Christmas Day Brunch at La Mosaique and The Harvesters
Christmas Day Brunch at Choices, ART Rotana
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Where: Crowne Plaza Bahrain Price: BD33 NET Enjoy traditional favorites, live cooking stations, free-flowing festive drinks and live music by the resident band to keep you entertained through the day. For more information: +973 1753 1122
Going Out Christmas Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD22/33 NET Indulge in a Christmas brunch with live entertainment for only BD 22 Net with juices and soft drinks and BD 33 Net with selected beverages. 50% off for kids between 6 and 12, Kids up to 6 dine for free. Tables above 12 Pax will be offered 20% Discount. For more information: +973 1311 9999 Christmas Day Brunch at CUT by Wolfgang Puck Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD32/44 NET Executive Chef Brian Becher and his culinary team have perfected the traditional American brunch adding some festive accents such as mince meat pies, Yorkshire pudding and croquettes. For more information: +973 1711 5044
oysters and lobster, a wide selection of sushi, or an extensive Charcuterie & Terrine Station of curated cured meats. For more information: +973 6672 0026 Christmas Brunch at Silks & The Gallery Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD43 Join and exchange season’s greetings with friends and family over a lovely Christmas Brunch at Movenpick on 25 December 2019 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. For more information: +973 1746 0017 Christmas Day Brunch at Links Where: Royal Golf Club Price: BD35 NET Celebrate Christmas with an array of delicious dishes and unlimited selected alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, live entertainment and for the kids – a visit from Santa and a gift to take home. For more information: +973 1775 1262 Grand Christmas Brunch at the Grand Foyer
Christmas Day Grand Brunch Where: Gulf Convention Center Price: BD32 NET Unwrap a festive feast in a beautiful setting with the ones you love. Enjoy the live band, the jolly Santa Claus and the fun activities for the whole family For more information: +973 1771 3000 Christmas Family Lunch at Selections Where: InterContinental Regency Bahrain Price: BD15/22 This Christmas, join for a vibrant feast at InterContinental Regency. Spend precious and joyful time with family and friends at the Christmas Family Lunch.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Price: BD55 Get excited for a festive celebration of culinary delights highlighting the chefs’ most fabulous creations. The grand occasion elevates with live musical entertainment, festive activities, and a special visit from Santa Claus. For more information: +973 1758 6499 Grand Christmas Day Brunch at Saraya, Fiamma & Rivaaj Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD49 NET Experience the true meaning of Art de Noël with the legendary Grand Christmas Day Lunch presented across a spread of exceptional buffets featuring International and traditional favourites. For more information: +973 3888 5789 Christmas Brunch at Baharat
For more information: +973 1722 7777 Christmas Day Feast at Brasserie Royale Where: Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain Price: BD36/48 NET Celebrate the joyous season with a special Christmas Day Feast that will surely delight. Begin with fresh seafood, including
Where: Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain Price: BD28/36 NET Get into the holiday spirit with the Christmas brunch at Baharat on 25th December, from 12:30pm to 4pm. Available for BD28/36 with a 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12. For more information: +973 1717 1441
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New Yearâ€™s Eve
New Year's Dinner at CUT, Four Seasons Hotel
NYE Royal Casino Party at Cellar 59 Where: ART Rotana Price: BD20 NET From lavish decoration and outfits to game changing drinks, expect it all and more. Highlights of the evening are sets by DJ Boudi and two guest DJs. Special drink packages are available. For more information: +973 1600 0111 NYE Buffet at La Mosaique Where: Crowne Plaza Bahrain
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Price: BD33 NET You will be whisked away by the splendor of the night whilst enjoying a delicious buffet spread with free-flowing house drinks. For more information: +973 1753 1122 NYE Dinner at Teatro Downtown Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD31/43 NET Welcome the New Year in style at Teatro before dancing the night away to our live entertainment for only BD 31 Net with juices
Going Out and soft drinks and BD 43 Net with selected beverages.
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Casino Royale NYE Gala Dinner
NYE Gala Dinner at La Brasserie Where: Elite Resort & Spa Price: BD18++ per adult/BD30++ per couple Enjoy a gala dinner as well as live DJ performances from 9PM till late during New Year’s Eve!
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD64/69 A spectacular evening of formal elegance and glamour awaits you, your friends and family at the Mövenpick “Casino Royale” themed New Year’s Eve. For more information: +973 1746 0017
For more information: +973 1731 3333 NYE Dinner at Links New Year’s Eve Party Where: Gulf Convention Center Price: BD60 NET Mark the end of year with the most daring show in Bahrain. Get ready for five amazing acts that will take your breath away. From magic to aerial performances and show-stopping dancers, we’re sure that this will be a night to remember. For more information: +973 1771 3000 NYE Gala Dinner at Al Riffa Ballroom Where: InterContinental Regency Bahrain Price: BD70 NET Celebrate upcoming 2020 New Year's Eve in the Golden 20’s
Where: Royal Golf Club Price: BD36 NET Enter the New Year in Style at The Royal Golf Club! Indulge in a 4 course set menu dinner with sparkling wine on arrival and when the clock strikes mid-night. With Live entertainment. For more information: +973 1775 1262 NYE: Back to the 80’s at Al Noor Ballroom Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Price: BD95 Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style as we go “Back to the ’80s” and welcome 2020 with an exciting yet sophisticated evening full of enchanting performances and extraordinary culinary presentations. For more information: +973 1758 6499 NYE Fireworks & Oriental Live Show at Al Nakheel Ballroom Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD70/90/120 Get hyped for the most extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bahrain featuring a grand and one of the largest fireworks display in Bahrain, supplemented by a splendid oriental live show. For more information: +973 3888 5789 NYE Spanish Themed Party at Baharat Where: Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain Price: BD30/40 Enjoy culinary delights from BBQ, seafood and sweetest brunch specialties as you bid farewell to 2019. For more information: +973 1717 1441
style; join the glamorous evening party including a sumptuous gala dinner, unlimited beverages, and a live dance show. For more information: +973 1722 7777 NYE Gala Dinner Where: Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain Price: BD80/90 NET Step into the New Year with a bang at Jumeirah Royal Saray and relish a delicious hearty epicurean spread. The ballroom elegantly turned into a white wonderland will create the perfect atmosphere to celebrate while the very talented singer Banah and her 7-piece band.
Brazilian Carnival at Via Brasil Where: Wyndham Garden Manama Price: BD25/45 NET Celebrate your new year evening in Brazilian style with true Brazilian atmosphere with a lavish spread of buffet, starting from different allay of Brazilian delicacy with some live Churrasco and selection of unlimited beverages. For more information: +973 6631 6666
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"Lagoon Moon" Floating Restaurant at Reef Island Bahrain Confidential reviews the Reef Clubhouseâ€™s floating restaurant, Lagoon Moon.
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"Lagoon Moon" flow of the sea towards the floating restaurant for an afternoon of great experiences. We could barely contain our excitement for the satisfying gastronomic journey! For starters, we indulged in some of the Mediterranean and Levantine favorites which includes the ‘Moutabel Kousa’, ‘Hummus’, ‘Warak Enab’, ‘Fattoush’ and ‘Tabouleh’. Each appetizer was a combination of fresh vegetables and herbs that are perfect for the conscious eaters.
ast issue, we told you about the Kingdom’s up-and-coming island destination, Reef Clubhouse & Lagoon Beach. But we have one more secret hidden up our sleeves… one of Bahrain’s best restaurants isn’t on land!
A world away from the frenetic city life is a fine dining experience on board the beautifully designed Lagoon Moon floating restaurant. A world away from the frenetic city life is a fine dining experience on board the beautifully designed Lagoon Moon floating restaurant. We powered against the
Moving on to the mains, we shared the plentiful ‘Mixed Moajanat’ and ‘Mixed Grill’ platters. The Mixed Grill platter is like a crowning glory to a culinary adventure. With its assortment of meats, there is surely something for everyone! Sweet lovers will enjoy the delightful ‘Aish el Saraya’, which is like a bread pudding trifle with a fragrant pistachios and sweetened cream on top. Decadent, creamy and light, the Homemade Cheesecake, was a hit for us! With a restaurant like the Lagoon Moon, eating is only a part of the experience. The boat ride, the view, the fresh air and getting away from the crowds… great food is almost a bonus! Create memories with your loved ones aboard the Lagoon Moon floating restaurant as you witness the striking view of the Reef Clubhouse. The restaurant is open every weekend from 12 noon till 10 pm. It is also available for corporate and private bookings. n For more details, call +973 77 900 700
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Eclectic Experiences Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain dazzles everyone with its innovative outlets, mouthwatering cuisine and amazing hospitality!
övenpick Hotel Bahrain takes pride in an even better journey of elegance and pleasure at the heart of Muharraq, with its recent refurbishments. The new theme is meant to provide an urban oasis to travelers and pleasure seekers of all kind. The upgrade done at the hotel was extensive and covered not just the aesthetic but also the gastronomic offerings. If you think that the elevated experience stops at the hotel’s tasteful interiors and classy ambiance, you definitely have to take a closer look! Here are some of our recommendations…
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Indulge in themed nights at Silks Restaurant With its dynamic atmosphere, world-class cuisine and unmistakable hospitality, Silks Restaurant serves international favorites and continental dishes. While Silks has been best known for serving one of the best brunches (if not, the best) on the island, the restaurant also boasts its themed nights complete with live entertainment! Just recently, we had the chance to experience ‘Flaming Thursdays’!
Let loose at Xenia Bar & Lounge The perfect stop for all kinds of entertainment, Xenia is the newest addition to Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s culinary and nightlife scene. With its trendy interiors, this bar and lounge brings a chic vibe to the island – making it the perfect hangout place to come after work or for a meal and pint with friends! Enjoy an international menu that’s all about sharing, packed with mouthwatering mezzeh, antipasti, seafood and an all inclusive approach with multiple vegetarian and meat options. Tingle your senses with Xenia’s thirst-quenching concoctions and cocktails along with its expansive wine and beverage selection. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a classy evening amongst friends, a quiet meal with the better half or a group get together, this little gem gas you sorted! Keep your eyes on the lookout for Xenia’s exciting promotions soon! For more information,
This newly innovated themed night every Thursday at Silks is a wonderful way to enjoy a great range of grills, flamegrilled meat and sizzling skillets all in one place. The exquisite ambiance, impressive meat selection and seating options really do set this place apart from the usual restaurants. Flaming Thursdays is priced at BD34 net inclusive of unlimited premium beverages. On Mondays, guests can feast on the freshest catch of the day at the ‘Seafood Night’. Meanwhile, weekends get better with the famous ‘Friday Brunch’ featuring an extensive range of plated specialties cooked to perfection. Silks promises to deliver a unique gastronomical adventure you’ll never forget! n
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Festive Magic ‘Tis the season to be merry at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain.
rom a taste of tradition to festive twists that will delight young and young-at-heart, the Hotel will turn this December into a magical and mesmerizing tale.
Tree Lighting Ceremony December 4th, 2019 at 6pm Jumeirah Royal Saray will host a beautiful outdoor tree lighting festivity. The shining fairy lights, the hot beverages, the live music and Santa’s visit will definitely turn the festive magic into reality. Winter Wonderland December 4th, 2019 until January 2nd, 2020 The transformed all-white garden will be a host to an entertaining ice rink, a crazy snow fight zone, a thrilling tubing slide and Santa’s grotto. Saturday to Wednesday from 4:30pm to 1pm; Thursday & Friday from 4:30pm to 11:30pm. Entrance: BD 5 net per person. Festive Takeaways Through January 15th, 2020 For those hoping to impress guests, succulent turkeys are a perfect choice and come with all the trimmings. Whole Roasted ribeye, lobster bisque, seasonal salads or full set menus are also available for Festive Takeaway. An advanced order of minimum 24 hours is required.
Christmas Eve Buffet / Christmas Day Feast December 24th, 2019 from 7:30pm; December 25th, 2019 from 1pm to 5pm Celebrate the joyous season with a special Christmas Day Feast that will surely delight. End on a sweet note with an array of Christmas sweets and treats. The little ones will be delighted by Santa’s visit on the 25th of December. BD36net/BD48net. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner December 31st, 2019 from 8pm Step into the New Year with a bang and relish a delicious hearty epicurean spread including a buffet. The ballroom will create the perfect atmosphere to celebrate while the very talented singer Banah and her 7-piece band will make you dance till the early hours. BD80net/BD90net. A Festive Stay at Jumeirah Royal Saray Have a wonderful festive holiday and ravish your entire family with complimentary access to Winter Wonderland, the festive village. Take advantage of the exclusive room offer and book your winter getaway from BD 300 ++ including breakfast and New Year Gala Dinner for 2 people. n For more information: +973 7770 7070 / +973 6672 0026 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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New Bar Manager at Crowne Plaza Harvesters Pub & Terrace at Crowne Plaza Bahrain has recently welcomed Tania Hollingworth to join the team as the Bar Manager.
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ania brings a wealth of experience alongside a dedication to quality service and a passion and creativity for creating memorable experiences for guests. Originally, from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tania first moved to Dubai 15 years ago after studying law for four years and discovered a passion for the food and beverage industry whilst working at Ashaâ€™s Restaurant, Wafi city. She was quickly absorbed as an International trainer for the Insight Group (Alshaya Group) after just six months, giving her an opportunity to work with experienced peers in the industry, instilling in her the high quality standards of service and team leadership required for the job. Her knowledge of operation, logistics, menu creation and good understanding of client needs, was further advanced when in 2009, Tania had the opportunity of working at the Emirate Sevens Stadium in Dubai. In her new role Tania will be working closely with her team, bringing a level of innovation and development to the bar. Believing every drink should have a story of inspiration behind it, Tania is keen to incorporate exciting ingredients and research into the offering at Harvesters Bar. Besides her aim to produce an interesting range of food and beverage offering at this venue, she is also keen to bring the Harvesters brand to its original glory of being a popular gastropub. n
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25th December 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Lavish Buffet Plus 3 Christmas Cocktails With Live Band at Al Waha Poolside BD 10 Per Person +973 3888 44 21
New Appointment Kyrylo Ostavnenko has been appointed as the new Bars Manager at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain.
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yrylo will oversee the bar operations of Downtown Bar, Elements Pool & Bar, the Regency Pool Bar, as well as further enhancing the strong wine pairing concept in Legendz Steak House.
Kyrylo’s first career aspiration was in the Engineering field, in which he graduated from the National Automobile and Highway University in Ukraine. Whilst working towards completing his degree in engineering, he was exposed to the Food and Beverage service industry. His tenure in Bahrain includes experience in a few of the country’s signature venues. The InterContinental Regency Bahrain is excited to welcome Kyrylo in the lead of the eminent transformation of our Downtown Bar. Besides his aim to produce a brand new food and beverage offering in this well-established venue, his mantra “People come to people”, will provide the competitive edge in the Bahraini market. His dream is to create a “Speak Easy” venue in a lounge style set-up, where likeminded people from all walks of life, will come together and have a great time in a classy setting. Together with the local market, as well as our international guests, we are excited to see what this young, vibrant and energetic professional will serve up in the near future. n
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Festivities Galore & Grand NYE Fireworks! Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is geared up to celebrate this festive season in full glory.
he holiday season throws its first sparkle with a majestic Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 11. A Grand Festive Friday Brunch follows on December 20, with an abundance of traditional Christmas delicacies, starting from BD40 with selected beverages. On Christmas Eve, La Mer restaurant welcomes you to a wonderland Christmas dinner feast by the sea, with a five-course set menu. To top it off, indulge in a merry affair with a heartwarming Magnifique Christmas Day Brunch on December 25. Relish a festive-themed occasion and top-class live entertainment courtesy of the Cuban band, Latin Son, as the children await Santa to shower them with gifts and raise their spirits.
Enjoy the most dazzling New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations, featuring live performances and a grand fireworks display by the sea at midnight. The line-up of exotic events kick-off in the majestic Al Nakheel Ballroom from 9pm with enchanting live performances by Robert, One Man Show, complemented with a mesmerising belly dancing extravaganza. Comedian Bassem Feghali returns for yet another performance, followed by Lebanese singing sensation, Bassem Yehya. Create unforgettably magnifique moments by ringing in the New Year with the Kingdom’s most spectacular fireworks spectacle by the sea, accompanied with DJ. Tickets available from BD70net per person. Join the fiery and cosy setting by the sea on Sofitel Bahrain’s private beach with Brazilian Bonfire NYE Beach Party and reserve your front row seats to the grand NYE fireworks at midnight. Indulge in five-star, gastronomic delicacies complemented with smooth tunes by the mystery DJ and Cuban band, available starting from BD49net. Complete your NYE experience by booking a Luxury room with sea view and the best seats in the house for a grand, midnight fireworks show for only BD249net, inclusive of breakfast buffet and two NYE ballroom concert tickets. n For more information: +973 1763 6363
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Festive Holiday Celebrate this festive season with your dear ones at The Westin and Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain!
Make Your Own Gingerbread House A gingerbread house is a lovely way to decorate for the holiday season. Available every Saturday between 3pm and 5pm at Furn Bakery, for BD14 (house kit) and BD16 (house decorating class). Pre-Christmas Brunch Eat, drink and be merry during the pre-Christmas brunch at Baharat on 20th December from 12:30pm to 4pm. Available for BD28/36 with a 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12.
he festivities are in full swing once again! Check out all The Westin and Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain have in store.
Turkey at Your Doorstep Indulge in a flavourful traditional turkey cooked by the hotels’ talented chefs. The bird serves up to 10 people and is available for delivery until the 25th December, for BD70. Free home delivery from 12nn to 10pm. Pre-order 48 hours in advance. Festive Goodies Sumptuous handpicked selections like Yule logs, homemade Christmas cookies, ginger bread and Christmas inspired pastries, are available at the Furn Bakery and Longitude 50 until 26th December.
Christmas Eve Dinner Have a treat on the night before Christmas with a sumptuous Christmas Eve dinner at Baharat from 6:30pm to 11pm. This is priced at BD BD28/36 with a 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12. Christmas Brunch Get into the holiday spirit with the Christmas brunch at Baharat on 25th December, from 12:30pm to 4pm. Available for BD28/36 with a 50% off for kids aged 6 to 12. New Year’s Eve Spanish Themed Party Enjoy culinary delights from BBQ, seafood and sweetest brunch specialties as you bid farewell to 2019. The party at Baharat is available for only BD30/40. For more information:
+973 1717 1441
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Exciting Extravagances The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa looks forward to welcoming you and your loved ones this festive season! Christmas Specials
New Year Festivities
Christmas Tree Lighting Where: Lobby
New Year’s Eve Party Where: Gulf Convention Center
Join Santa and Gulf Hotel’s very own Carol Choir as they usher in the holiday season with this timehonored tradition on 1st December at 6PM!
Mark the end of year with the most daring show in Bahrain. Get ready for five amazing acts that will take your breath away. From magic to aerial performances and show-stopping dancers, we’re sure that this will be a night to remember. The countdown has already begun for this extravagant party, don’t miss out. Early bird price: BD55 NET | Regular price: BD60 NET
Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet Where: Al Waha Indulge in the ultimate Christmas Eve dinner buffet which will include the season’s special roasted turkey and all of your holiday favourites, for BD16. Exclusive Christmas Eve Dinner Set Menus Where: La Pergola by Perbellini
Romantic Candle Lit Dinner Where: Rasoi by Vineet, Margarita Mexicana and La Pergola by Perbellini
Enjoy Christmas with a traditional Italian Menu in true Michelin style for BD20.
Invite your special someone to a romantic candle lit dinner as you toast to the year ahead at the stroke of midnight for BD26.
Christmas Day Grand Brunch Where: Gulf Convention Center
Lebanese New Year Party Where: Zahle
Unwrap a festive feast in a beautiful setting with the ones you love. Enjoy the live band, the jolly Santa Claus and the fun activities for the whole family, from 12:30PM to 4PM for BD32 NET. 50% dicount for children ages 6-12.
Celebrate New Year’s eve with the ultimate Lebanese entertainment and delicious cuisine for BD69 NET per person. (Inclusive of Set Menu and Selected Beverages)
Christmas Dinner Buffet Where: Al Waha Indulge in a lavish Christmas Day dinner buffet which will include roast turkey & trimmings and a delectable festive buffet for BD16.
New Year’s Day Recovery Brunch Where: Al Waha Recover your appetite, recover your senses. The New Year’s Day brunch is the perfect way to start the year. Priced at BD25NET per person. n
All event tickets can be purchased by calling +973 1771 3000 or visiting www.pay.gulfhotelbahrain.com/events/
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Marriott Global Appreciation Week Marriott International hosted Global Appreciation Week at The Westin City Centre Bahrain.
arriott International in Bahrain with five participating hotels in Bahrain, The Westin City Centre Bahrain, Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Marriott Executive Apartments Juffair and Residence Inn by Marriott Juffair hosted a Spanish themed party at the pool side to officially open the Marriott Global Appreciation Week that is being is celebrated all over the world. This week is all about celebrating Marriott International remarkable customer and thank them for the business and continuous partnership. The celebration in Bahrain kicked-off with a Spanish party last night attended with top VIPs, customer, partners and media in Bahrain. Guests were treated to amazing Spanish food & beverage selection, entertained by DJ, live band and Spanish Flamenco dancers which was the highlight of the evening. n
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A warm welcome awaits you at The K Hotel for a traditional festive celebration.
Enjoy the delicacies of Post-Christmas Brunch celebrations on Friday, 27th December. Priced at BD 28 net inclusive of selected beverages and BD 20 net without beverages. The buffet features local and international Christmas goodies, like traditional succulent turkey with the trimmings, Christmas sweets and cookies and much more.
hether you are with family or friends, new and old, the atmosphere is always truly memorable. The K Hotel, Bahrain is welcoming you and create the perfect Christmas that you will treasure for year to come. For Christmas Eve, the chefs have crafted a selection of Christmas menus, for BD 14 net inclusive of selected beverages at KOLORS restaurant. Meanwhile, a visit to The K Lounge with over multiple selections of beverages to sample is the perfect way to celebrate. Start the feast in style with the fabulous Christmas Day lunch on 25th December from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, for BD18 net at KOLORS restaurant.Enjoy the buffet while being entertained by live music.
Create your unique and memorable celebration of 2019 with the fabulous New Year’s Eve events “Masquerade Night” in the stunning the K lounge from 8pm to 2am. Live entertainment is provided by Duo “AVANTI” and the talented DJ AUSTIN. Priced at BD35 net per person, inclusive of unlimited selected beverages, gourmet canapes and New Year Eve’s Toast! Book 72 hours in advance and save BD 5. Enjoy a truly immersive musical experience with amazing raffle draws, including a one-year loyalty program, The K Plus membership with complimentary vouchers and a return ticket to Dubai for two persons including one night stay at Gulf Court Business Bay Hotel, Dubai! There is no better place to spend the festive season than at The K Hotel! n For reservations, please call +973 1736 0000 or 366 00 433
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An Elite Festive Season Elite Hospitality is planning to get you in the holiday spirit with extravagant specials this December!
spectacular chance to win great prizes. Also, they will get to spend a couple of enchanting minutes with Santa Claus and shall receive a special Christmas present from him. And while the stars twinkle on the tree every night, the chefs will be arranging an amazing Christmas brunch at the poolside priced at BD 15++ per adult and BD 7.5 ++ for children aged between 6 and 11 years. Visit the hotel on December 25th from 12:30pm onwards for Elite Resort and Spa’s Christmas brunch.
lite Resort & Spa will start the month by celebrating Christmas with a tree lighting and carol singing on 3rd December at the lobby while all the guest will enjoy a treat of hot chocolate with home baked ginger cookies. The festive songs of the season at Elite will be played all along! Santa will surprise you with his mysterious appearance and is sure to bring joy to your hearts. Kids will also enjoy a fun filled activity program helping the elves, playing games, puzzles and a
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It’s no surprise that Elite happens to be Santa’s favorite hotel. Elite Grande Hotel and Elite Seef Residence Hotel located at Seef district area will be expecting Santa and Mrs. Claus to be checking in. The Christmas tree lighting at the Elite Seef Residence will be on 4th December and 5th December at the Elite Grande Hotel. Celebrate the festive season the ‘elite’ way! n To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com
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A short talk with interesting people living in Bahrain!
Personality Profile How are you finding Bahrain? Breathtaking. Having just relocated here and seeing everything with fresh eyes brings a sense of wonder and awe. From the picturesque palm tree plantations in Janabiya to the jewel coloured reefs surrounding the islands to the arid desert landscape that changes colour during the sunset - there's beauty in every corner of Bahrain. Whatâ€™s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? I might be biased here but this private island I come to work to each day is quite spectacular! What do you most like, and dislike, about your work? In PR and Marketing Communications there are infinite possibilities - it's a matter of staying open minded, embracing continuous change and remaining creative. This is the advantage and downfall at the same time as you must always continuously adapt in order to keep ahead.
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Biggest lesson in life: Celebrate your mistakes but be sure not to make the same one twice. If you can change anything in your life, what would it be? I live without regrets. What makes you happy? Hiking in the mountains. And food! I love all types of cuisines. Who are you listening to at the moment? Christian LĂśffler and Lane 8 Favorite motto or saying: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix n
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is why we have filled this issue with ideas to embody the holiday spirit in full swing. The D...
Published on Dec 1, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is why we have filled this issue with ideas to embody the holiday spirit in full swing. The D...