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CONTENTS

Getting to know The Art Hotel’s General Manager

Features and Interviews

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Getting to know The Art Hotel’s General Manager

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What’s new at Floward?

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5 Things to Do on a Weekend

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Bilaj Al Jayazer Beach

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TMH The Club

Going Out

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Festive Feasts: Holiday Season Dining

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Food Review: Bennigan’s Amwaj

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Elite Festivities

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Festive Things to Do at the Four Seasons

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Food Review: Weekend Family Lunch

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Getting to Know Get to know the General and Resident Managers at The Art Hotel & Resort!

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he Art Hotel & Resort in Amwaj is known for providing its guests with a luxurious and comfortable experience, surrounded by the crystal clear blue waters of Bahrain. Just recently, we interviewed and got to know two of their valuable team members – Mr. Ramez Nemeh, the General Manager and Mr. Zaher El Kassir, the Resident Manager.

Mr. Ramez Nemeh General Manager

Tell us a bit about yourself. What drew you to working for the hospitality industry? It is easy to state that this started as a rational pursuit for a life profession, but it was not; I started my career in a totally different domain – a Technical Engineer working for a research center. That was not where I could find future for myself, the fulfillment I was seeking in life was totally away. Working with people and for people led me to join the hospitality industry. I started with what I did best – engineering. Within a few years of progress, I decided to acquire the needed

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Feature qualifications for hotel management, and there it was – my first GM opportunity that came from IHG in 1999. What would you say are the main factors that make a great GM? Greatness – if there is such an expression – comes from others’ acknowledgement of superior achievements, and in the hotel, a GM may only be described great when he is able to satisfy all of his diverse objectives: guest satisfaction, sustainable results, co-workers and naturally, his/her employer. Bahrain’s hospitality industry is very competitive – what do you think sets The Art Hotel & Resort apart? There is no doubt that Bahrain’s market is competitive, it is also sensitive for being highly dependent on external supply, and the pandemic helped amplify the challenge. It was an eye opener that came with a very valuable lesson. All hoteliers claim to have the best product and service, and attempt to outperform competition by promotions or price wars. We focus on guests’ needs and on what our team delivers, not on competition.

Mr. Ramez Nemeh

The pandemic came with valuable lessons – to tell all hoteliers that business is not as it was, and the formulas for success are no longer the same.

Modern travelers are savvy and seek meaningful experiences, and we believe that reaching sustainable success relating to what we do to make us a preference – a customer’s choice. In the meantime, we will make sure that The Art Hotel & Resort becomes much more dynamic following its recent rebranding, and that the new positioning develops towards an ego-free luxurious and welcoming brand. We are confident that the property’s remarkable features satisfy all potential business and leisure needs. Leading such an important 5-star hotel requires much responsibility and devotion. How do you manage your personal life with many obligations at your job? Keeping the balance has never been easy. Realising the value of having my family and personal life permanently on my agenda as other guests, made it possible for me throughout the years. Only by doing so did I reach the fulfillment I was seeking.

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What’s your vision for the future of the hotel? The pandemic came with valuable lessons – to tell all hoteliers that business is not as it was, and the formulas for success are no longer the same. Reaching sustainability within a fast-changing environment is almost impossible, though the supply and demand fundamentals, and the parameters to achieve customer loyalty remain constant. Our mission is to ensure that we translate the hotel name into acts, demonstrating ART in everything we do, to guarantee maximizing our share of the supply, and to reach the best level of sustainability through diversity of business sources and guest loyalty. We are absolutely confident about the future.

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Mr. Zaher El Kassir Resident Manager

Tell us about your role as the Resident Manager of The Art Hotel & Resort. How are you finding it so far? As the Resident Manager and previously Director of Business Development, my duties are almost the same, but with wider responsibilities. I will continue to cover major areas of the hotel operations, develop and maintain business relationships with partners, revenue management, marketing and guest experience, while assisting the General Manager in maximizing results, customers satisfaction and operation efficiency. With the support of The Art team, we will continue to successfully position the hotel to a higher level of hospitality and embrace the new vision and objectives to showcase The Art as the jewel of Bahrain hotels – fully featured for business and leisure, designed and furnished with quality and fine taste. Have you noticed any change in consumer habits now that the COVID-19 situation is better in Bahrain? The pandemic had a huge impact on the guest mindset. Their focus on hygiene and safety has increased, which has driven us to pay massive attention to compliance with all hygiene regulations for the safety of our guests and employees.

Mr. Zaher El Kassir

Our guests will experience a lively, refined and heartfelt experience with great value for money and unforgettable memories.

We have implemented new security and hygiene protocols to reassure guests of their wellbeing and help them feel safe. We have realigned our business to deal with current needs and desires, diversified our leisure features and digitalized our personalized interaction with guests to always be closer to them and ensure our promise of an unscripted guest experience at all times. What are your main target markets and what can guests expect from the hotel? Bahrain has a great potential to attract many markets, and being one of the main hotels in the Kingdom, we will contribute to maintaining the current feeder markets from GCC (mainly KSA), CIS, Europe and US. We also aim to captivate new potential markets from around the globe by highlighting our unique features that represent the ideal benefits for leisure, business travelers and all type of MICE (Meeting, Incentive Travel, Conferences and Exhibitions). The ART is attracting many international conferences and events interested in its ballroom space with its unique features, outdoor venues, elegant rooms and VIP suites, wide range of food & beverage outlets and exclusive recreational activities. Our guests will experience a lively, refined and heartfelt experience with great value for money and unforgettable memories. Describe The Art Hotel & Resort in one word. ARTisfaction – we see and deliver ART in everything we do. n

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Floward Goes Pink

It also participated in a breakfast event held by Think Pink Society for women battling breast cancer where it gave away gifts and educational materials for attendees. The Think Pink Society is an organization aimed at offering support for women battling breast cancer and encourages tests for early detection. It also urges any woman battling the disease and in need of emotional support to reach out to them on 39567322. ]Finally, Floward distributed gifts and leaflets to members of Fitness First gym to encourage them to get tested.

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loward, the go-to online flowers and gifts delivery destination in MENA and UK has launched its Pink October campaign aimed at raising awareness for early detectionin collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue in Bahrain. Through this campaign, Floward presented a pop-up at Saks Fifth Avenue,City Centre Bahrain over a threeday period where it distributed flowers and message cards to all visitors to encourage them to have periodic tests for early detection.

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Floward CEO, Mr. Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani said: “Breast cancer is a cause that is close to all of us, we all know and love someone who has battled or is battling with this disease. At Floward, we always strive to offer our support to our communities in any way we can. We’d like to thank our partners for giving us the opportunity to reach out to people and hope to have been successful in encouraging as many women as possible to get tested.” n


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Digitally Prepared Learn more aboutFloward’s successful approach on being digitally prepared.

and reach a percentage that would have taken it 10 years to reach otherwise. We took advantage of this opportunity and saw remarkable growth of over 30x in the past two years. Floward operates in an industry that is predominantly dominated by traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, so we decided to seize the opportunity to occupy a gap in the market and provide online flowers and gifts delivery that matches and exceeds clients’ high expectations.” The brand currently operates in 32 cities in nine different countries across the MENA and London, UK, with plans to expand to more cities in the countries it operates in, as well as new markets in the future.

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n the past 18 months, industries around the globe have been facing uncertainty and a myriad ofother challenges, and like any other businesses, the crisis has affected the floral industry including Floward. At the beginning, there was a lot of uncertainty on how demand will look like and whatimplications would it have on the brand. However, Floward’s preparedness, agility and innovation allowed it to see the opportunity that the crisis was bringing to e-commerce. Floward CEO, Mr. AbdulazizB. Al Loughani said: “Our full-fledged e-commerce solution and pureplay model put us at a favorable position. In our established markets, we saw e-commerce penetration double

Despite the highly competitive nature of the industry, Floward is leading the way. The fresh-cut flowers industry is estimated at USD1.6 billion in the GCC, while the UK market is 3x that of the GCC and the London market is the equivalent of all the GCC. Floward is ready to take the next step in its already impressive journey and establish itself as a market leader in both markets. Established in 2017, Floward is a full-fledged e-commerce solution that offers prime fresh-cut flowers sourced from the best growers and farmers around the world and arranged locally by a team of florists and designers. Floward also offers cakes, chocolate and perfumes curated by the region’s most exciting designers bundled with its flower arrangements and manages the last-mile same-day delivery to ensure the best customer experience. n

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Things to Do on a Weekend Looking for something fun and interesting? Try this out!

Read a good book at this café Caffeine and a good book — name a better duo, we’ll wait.There’s just something about reading a good book paired with a cup of coffee that is so comforting and engaging at the same time. Neo Books & Coffee (@neobooksandcoffee) is a bookstore and coffee bar with a wide selection of books, drinks, food, stationery, and gifts.Their coffee bar serves and sells teas from Teapigs and Hasbean Arabica roasted beans. They also have a variety of food options on their menu.They also offer gift baskets, stationery, as well as some puzzles and board games. They are open daily from 8am to 11pm. For more information, call or WhatsApp 17002233.

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Get some snowflake ice creams You could never go wrong with ice cream on a hot sunny day. Frioo Creamery (@ frioo.bh) serves some unique snowflake ice creams, bringing a whole new concept to the table. Not to be confused with shaved ice cream – snowflake ice creams are thinner and smaller and have a different texture.They also serve popsicles and soft serve ice creams in different flavours including one with a Bahraini touch called “3skreem la” which is a Sambosa halwah flavour with a mini samosa filled with sweetened grated pistachio or almond.You can pair these up with their shakes, juices, or warm beverages. Their timings are:Sun to Wed (3PM – 11PM) and Thur to Sat (3PM – 12AM).

Have a game + coffee night! A cup of coffee is one of those things you can totally enjoy on your own as well as with other people. A good card or board game is another. So, why not combine the two?Air Coffee & Game Lounge (@ air.bah) has done just that. The cafe’s playful, vibrant, and funky interior definitely sets the mood for a fun coffee break with friends.They offer a selection of hot and cold coffees, refreshments, desserts, and games. They also offer a ‘Gather Box’, which contain different flavoured refreshments. The box is perfect for the outdoors and it can float on water so you can have your drinks in the pool! Air is open from Sat to Wed at 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Thu to Fri at 4:00 PM – 12 AM. For more information, call 37262648.

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Sushi and Chill? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay opened its reimagined re/ASIAN Cuisine restaurant as a part of their 50th floor dining concept. In addition to fine food and buzzing ambience, the restaurant highlights a Japanese-inspired Sushi Lounge. The new Sushi Lounge flows directly into re/’s original restaurant and offers an elevated Asian dining experience with views and vibe to match. The restaurant’s revamped menu promises a range of tantalising dishes for guests to experience including Sichuan spinach with sesame brittle and chili oil; and tare glazed eggplant salad with Japanese pickles and citrus vinaigrette. To make a reservation, call +973 1711 5046.

Go padel! Padel has gained some popularity recently in Bahrain, but the sport has been around since the 1960’s when it was invented in Mexico. This aerobic sport has some similar rules as tennis, but they are quite different sports. It also has similarities to squash in that the padel court has walls where shots can be played off.When a ball is served it must bounce once on the floor then hit from below or at waist height. When serving, players have two attempts to hit into the opponent’s box. Like tennis, a set is won when a team wins six games with at least two games difference. Failing this, a tie-break will be needed to decide on a set. A padel match is played the best out of three sets. You can try padel-ing at Padel Bahrain, Let’s Padel or Padel Park! n

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Have you visited this newly refurbished

Al Jazayer Beach?

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ooking to enjoy the last of this season’s heat? Get your sunglasses on and drive to Zallaq’s newly refurbished beach, Bilaj Al Jazayer!

This new waterfront destination features crystal clear water, food and beverage options, thrilling activities, and more. Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company, Edamah, is currently upgrading Bilaj Al Jazayer. They will be adding more facilities soon like additional lodging opportunities, leisure activities, sustainable retail shops, among others. Over time, the resort development will grow to offer full facilities. Right now, the beach is beautiful, clean and pristine – offering an amazing destination for a family fun day out, with just enough basic infrastructure to make sure you have everything you need.

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Feature Things to do at Bilaj Al Jazayer: • Enjoy a picnic on the beach • Go for a refreshing swim in crystal clear water • Relax and watch the sunset • Play beach volleyball • Enjoy a snack from a variety of food carts • Check out fun and thrilling water sport activities Food and beverage outlets available: • Dose Café • Caribou Coffee • Tikka 2 Go • Papa John’s • Fuddruckers

Bilaj Al Jazayer is easily accessible for everyone and offers over 1000 carparks within a short walking distance to the beach.

Bilaj Al Jazayer is easily accessible for everyone and offers over 1000 carparks within a short walking distance to the beach. There are also well-maintained public facilities for your convenience. The beach is open from 8AM to 6PM daily and the swimming hours are from 8AM to sunset only. There are lifeguards on duty during the official beach opening hours. n You can book your visit through Tamarran and check out their Instagram (@ bilajaljazayer) for more information.

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TMH The Club This boutique hotel is opening an alltime exclusive club!

Discerning guests can look forward to a wide range of benefits and a luxurious year-round experience, including discounts on services such as F&B, Spa treatments & Retail Products, Laundry, Room Stay, and Meeting Room Packages, Complimentary Valet Parking & WiFi, plus Vouchers. Vouchers include Complimentary Night Stay, Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon T, Cocktail and Spa Body Treatment. Members can enjoy a delightful meal at the hotel rooftop restaurant, Indigo Terrace, with an intimate setting. The restaurant offers a diverse menu of healthy and indulgent cuisine ranging from Mediterranean to Asian.

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he first and only 5-star boutique hotel in Bahrain, The Merchant House, is now opening an all time exclusive club. Introducing a new premium opportunity for loyal guests, TMH The Club works on a membership basis.

The Merchant House also has a library where members can relax with a cup of coffee and choose from their exclusively curated selection of books. Located in the heart of Bahrain, close to the culturally vibrant Bab Al Bahrain, The Merchant House is a relaxing getaway with its picturesque setting. n For more information, call 1667 1000.

The new membership program’s initiative will recognize, understand, cherish, communicate with and reward guests with special access to the benefits offered at The Merchant House, General Manager Justin Kim said.

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Festive Feasts Where to go and what to do during the holiday season

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Downtown Rotana Roast Turkey to Go Savour a hassle-free traditional Festive dinner at the comfort of your own home with our mouth-watering whole roast turkey prepared to the highest standards by our culinary team. Your choice comes with a wide range of traditional trimmings and can be complemented by an indulgent selection of Christmas favourites. All Roasts are served with Brussel sprouts, roasted pumpkins, chestnuts, and goose fat roasted potatoes. Timings: 1 December to 8 January Pricing: BD42 net for 8 to 10 people

Christmas Eve Brunch @ Flavours on 2 Flavours on 2 Restaurant is hosting a special Friday Brunch on Christmas Eve Day, on 24th December 2021 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm.Celebrate a festive Friday Brunch with your loved ones and enjoy your favourite Christmas dishes including the Christmas roasts, roasted turkey, delicious puddings and pies, and of course mulled wines and special Christmas cocktail.

guaranteed to an indulgent Christmas brunch with a wide selection of Christmas dishes, desserts and drinks, along with roasted turkey and the best steak cuts in town to be prepared as you desire. The festive celebration is never complete without a visit from Santa with plenty of gifts and treats, accompanied by a magician to keep everyone entertained.

Timings: 24 December, 12:30pm to 4pm Pricing: BD22 net or BD33 net

Timings: 25 December, 12:30pm to 4pm Pricing: BD22 net or BD33 net

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Teatro

New Year’s Eve Dinner @ Teatro Downtown

Prepare for an evening full of all your favourite Christmas dishes starting from roasted turkeys, delicious pies and of course mulled wines. Surprise your family with some festive goodies, Santa’s visit and have fun at the family photo booth.

Is there any better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than being in a premiere culinary venue designed with a contemporary flair located in the bustling city of Manama while overlooking the amazing city views, we think not! Say goodbye to 2021 at Teatro Downtown’s 5 course dinner bash that promises an electrifying experience with plenty of drinks, delicious food offerings from around the world and hefty beats by a renowned DJ.

Timings: 25 December Pricing: BD15 or BD26 net

Christmas Day Brunch @ Flavours on 2 Take your loved ones over to Flavours on 2 Restaurant in Downtown Rotana on 25th December 2021, where you are

Timings: 31 December Pricing: BD25 net or BD35 net For bookings & more information, contact +973 1311 9999

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Crowne Plaza Bahrain and celebrate. Partake in a traditional 3-course Christmas carvery feast that will be manna from heaven, we believe that even Santa would approve! Timings: 24 December from 12pm to 4pm or 6pm to 11pm Pricing: BD20 net with 3 glasses of house grapes

Christmas Day Brunch @ Harvesters This is the time to stay jolly and share the day with the ones you love. Take time to reunite with family and friends and spread happiness and joy with them all. Join us for a special brunch with live music and even a visit from Santa. Come celebrate Christmas with a lot of cheer. Timings: 25 December, 12pm to 4pm Pricing: BD30 net with free flowing white and red grapes

New Year’s Eve Party @ Harvesters Christmas Eve Brunch or Dinner@ Harvesters Make this festive season special. Join us for a glorious brunch that celebrates all things gastronomic. Indulge in a menu designed to be scrumptious. Come one and all and celebrate this glorious time of year. Timings: 24 December from 12pm to 4pm or 6pm to 11pm Pricing: BD25 net with 5 complimentary drinks

Christmas Eve Brunch or Dinner @ La Mosaique Gather friends and family around the table

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Celebrate the dawn of 2022 in a relaxed environment with friends and family. Enjoy a lavish outdoor experience featuring fresh seafood, a selection of meats slow cooked over an open fire and unlimited beverages until the stroke of midnight. The entertainers will ensure that you dance the night away and create lasting memories for you and your family. Timings: 25 December, 12pm to 4pm Pricing: BD150 net ticket only or BD150 net with room package for 2 persons For bookings & more information, contact +973 3841 1272


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The Westin City Centre Bahrain

The Art Hotel & Resort Christmas Eve @ Choices

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Furn Bistro

This Christmas Eve, unite with family and friends over a lavish spread of traditional delicacies and live music entertainment at Choices Restaurant.

Dine with your family and friends in a festivity ambience at Furn Bistro and enjoy our family style traditional set menu.

Timings: 24 December 2021 from 7pm to 10.30pm. Pricing: BD20 net per person, BD26 net inclusive of selected beverages.

Christmas Brunch @Choices

Timings: 24 December, 7pm to 11pm Pricing: BD28 net or BD36 net

Tuck into a Christmas feast unlike any other at Choices Restaurant & Terrace, with stunning views of the garden and live music entertainment. You can also enjoy a delicious Christmas buffet with an extensive menu; and indulge in festive specialties such as stuffed turkey, turkey gravy, Christmas pudding and much more! Bring the kids along for fun Christmas-themed activities and a surprise visit from Santa.

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Salero

Timings: 25 December from 12:30pm to 5pm. Pricing: BD38 net per person, BD48 net inclusive of selected beverages.

New Year’s Eve Dinner @ Salero

NYE Show-time It’s show-time! There's no better way to ring in the New Year than to have a party that pays tribute to times gone by. Celebrate by dressing up in outfits from your favorite decade, and enjoy the live performances throughout the night along with a stunning gala dinner Timings: 31 December from 7:30pm to 12:30pm. Pricing: BD75 net per person

Indulge in a traditional Spanish Christmas set menu with live entertainment. Timings: 24 December, 7pm to 11pm Pricing: BD28 net or BD36 net

Welcome the New Year with scrumptious Spanish specialties with your friends and loved ones. Timings: 31 December, 9pm to 2am Pricing: BD30 or BD40 net For bookings & more information, contact +973 1717 1404

For bookings & more information, contact +973 16000111 or 34389042.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay visit from Santa Claus set the scene for the ultimate festive experience. Timings: 25 December, 1pm to 4pm Pricing: BD49 or BD60 net

New Year’s Eve @ Bahrain Bay Kitchen Ring in the New Year with live jazz music and a fabulous international feast by Executive Chef Leonardo that includes live cooking stations from various corners of the world. A sensational countdown into 2022 awaits with live entertainment throughout the night. Timings: 31 December, 8pm to 2am Pricing: BD55 net or BD65 net

New Year’s Eve @ Re/Asian Cuisine Christmas Brunch @ CUT Come party at Four Seasons this festive season! Great music, fun people, and some of the best representations of traditional Christmas specialties everyone looks forward to each year await at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. Timings: 24 December, 12pm to 3:30pm Pricing: BD34 net or BD48 net

Christmas Brunch @ Bahrain Bay Kitchen On Christmas Day, savour a traditional roast turkey complete with all the trimmings, international gastronomic delights, festive desserts by the pastry elves and more. Live music and a special

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Head up to the 50th floor for a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other. An enhanced à la carte menu including uni and Cantonese duck is on offer along with live entertainment and the best views in town. Timings: 31 December, 7pm onwards Pricing: BD40 net starting minimum spend per person

New Year’s Eve @ CUT Dine in style with front row seats to Manama’s sparkling skyline. Wolfgang Puck’s chefs are preparing an imaginative menu that includes Italian beluga caviar and chestnut agnolotti. The best part? Guests get to craft their own dining experience with an à la carte menu of their choosing. Timings: 31 December, 7pm onwards Pricing: BD40 net starting minimum spend per person For bookings & more information, contact +973 1711 5500


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Movenpick Hotel Bahrain Pre-Christmas Brunch @ Silk’s Gather your family and friends for a Christmas celebration with a difference. You'll find a fully decked Christmas tree, festive tunes and a selection of your favorite meats, beautifully prepared by the talented chefs and ready to carve, plus the full range of delicious trimmings to share. Timings: 24 December, 12:30pm to 4pm Pricing: BD38 net

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Silk’s Bring all the family together and spend some quality time for a reunion to remember this Christmas Eve. Let the hotel take care of everything, including a festive feast specially prepared by our team of talented chefs. Timings: 24 December, 7pm to 11pm Pricing: BD34 net

New Year’s Eve Party: All Godfather Celebrate New Year's Eve and the start of 2022 with a spectacular All Godfather party worthy of the Don himself, Vito Corleone, and enjoy movieinspired dishes and impressive decorations! Experience interesting moments and elegant costumes as you dive into the world of Speak Softly Love music, all in one place, at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. For a true movie-like experience, waste no time and book your table now. Timings: 31 December, 8pm to 2am Pricing: BD59 For bookings & more information, contact +973 17460017

Christmas Brunchism@ Al Rifaa Ballroom Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and enjoy your favourite items from the famous Legendz Steakhouse set menu, with the addition of authentic Christmas touches. Timings: 25 December, 12:30pm to 4pm Pricing: BD29 net or BD38 net

New Year’s Eve Dinner Have an extensive New Year’s Eve celebration with your friends and family. A culinary journey in which you will enjoy a festive bespoke menu created by the chefs. Timings: 31 December, 8:30pm to 12:30am Pricing: BD29 to BD35 net

New Year’s Eve Party @ Elements For a truly memorable evening, celebrate the start of 2022 with a New Year’s Eve outdoor/indoor party at Elements. Welcome the New Year with flawless selected drinks and different cuisines from our street food alley while enjoying our DJ Kristina V’s vibes. For bookings & more information, contact +973 1722 7777

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Going Out

Royal Golf Club

Christmas Brunch Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas at The Royal Golf Club. Celebrate with an array of delicious dishes and unlimited selected alcoholic, and non alcoholic beverages from 12:30pm - 3:30pm with Live Music, a photobooth and for the very first time Camel Rides. BD42 per adult,Kids under 12: BD12, Excluding Alcohol: BD30. Continue the festivities with the after Brunch beverage package from 3:30pm - 6pm for only BD15. Timings: 25 December, 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Pricing: BD30 or BD42

Festive Takeaway The Festive season is here. Celebrate with an array of all the festive season favorites including Whole Roasted Turkey and Honey Glazed Gamon with all the trimmings from the comfort of your own home. Available 24thNovember – 25th December. Orders to be placed 48 hours in advance. Timings: Until 25 December

NYE All White Party Indulge in a four course set menu dinner overlooking the pristine golf course and ring in the new year with a live DJ and a countdown toast, Dress code – ALL WHITE. 31st December 8pm Onwards. BD42 per adult. Timings: 31 December, 8pm onwards Pricing: BD42 For bookings & more information, contact +973 1775 1262

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Wyndham Grand Manama Christmas Eve Dinner @ Atmosphere Indulge in a festive dinner with live cooking stations and a special children’s corner. Free flowing soft drinks, juices and mocktails. Live entertainment and a visit from Santa are available. Timings: 24 December, 8pm to 1am Pricing: BD20++ per person

Christmas Day Brunch @ Atmosphere Enjoy a festive brunch with live cooking stations and a special children’s corner. Free flowing soft drinks, juices and mocktails. Live entertainment, raffle draws and a visit from Santa are available. Timings: 25 December, 8pm to 1am Pricing: BD20++ per person

New Year’s Eve Dinner @ Atmosphere Indulge in an exquisite family dinner at Atmosphere including free flowing soft drinks, juices and mocktails. Live entertainment, raffle draws and a visit from Santa are available. Timings: 25 December, 8pm to 1am Pricing: BD27++ per person For bookings & more information, contact +973 3366 0312


Going Out

Sofitel Bahrain Magnifique Christmas Eve Brunch @ Garden Lawn Santa Claus is coming to town early for a Grand Festive Friday Brunch. We merrily welcome you and your loved ones to absolute Christmas joy at our very special and legendary festive brunch,infused with traditional Christmas delicacies and carolers to lift your spirits and jingle your cravings with complete satisfaction accompanied by live entertainment for kids. Timings: 24 December, 7pm to 11pm Pricing: BD30 net

Grand Christmas Friday Brunch @ Saraya, Fiamma&Rivaaj Revel in the holiday spirit as we take Christmas festivities up a notch with our renowned Grand Christmas Friday Brunch on 24th December featuring a host of traditional festive delicacies complemented by live carolers filling up the air with festive vibes, where you and your loved ones are in for a fully immersive, unforgettably exquisite culinary affair. Father Christmas will also dash through to distribute special gifts to all the children on this joyous occasion as we dance along to live musical entertainments, courtesy of Latin Songs. Timings: 24 December, 12:30pm to 4pm Pricing: BD49 net

1001 Nights New Year Gala Dinner @ Al Nakheel Ballroom Brace yourselves for Bahrain’s most extravagant and dazzling 1001 Nights New Year Eve’s festivities, featuring fireworks, one of a kind live entertainment by well renowned Arabic singer and

Robert – ‘One Man Show’ complimented by mesmerizing Belly dance performance. Timings: 31 December, 8:30pm to 2am Pricing: BD90 per person

Grand New Year Gala Dinner @ Saraya Embark on a grand New Year Gala Dinner at the one and only Saraya restaurant overlooking our glorious gardens, featuring a blend of live entertainment and a marvelous fireworks display by the beachfront. Timings: 31 December, 9pm to midnight Pricing: BD65 For bookings & more information, contact +973 3888 5789

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Looking for a place to eat and lounge in Amwaj?

Consider Bennigan’s!

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and restaurant. You can sit beside the stage for live performances or enjoy a more private timeat booths finished with leather seats. The booths are our go-to spot when watching sports broadcasts.

Yummy drinks and great portions of dishes We started our visit with their appetizers like the scrumptious “Ultimate Buffalo Chicken Salad” and “Sheela’sSriracha Shrimp”. We can assure you the size and taste are enough for your group of friends to keep talking while you wait for their equally impressive array of main courses.

If you’re looking for a place that offers great food and drinks, you might want to check out Bennigan’s located at Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj!

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mwaj has never lacked places to go and spots to discover. Nevertheless, not a lot of them offer a bang for the buck. If you’re looking for a place that offers great food and drinks, you might want to check out Bennigan’s located at Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj! We recently had the chance to enjoy dazzling drinksand delicious meals with generous servings at the American restaurant. Here’s what we liked…

Great ambiance Bennigan’s gives you both sides of an exciting bar

You can have different variants of chicken and beef burgers that you’ll struggle to fit in your mouth or the steak and ribs that your forks will effortlessly slip through. Right at the entrance, you’ll already see a select display of their chilled grape, a perfect pair for the choice steaks they have on offer. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg on their drinks menu. You can start with margaritas early, continue with a bottle of draught, and end with refreshing mojitos.

Attentive service Requests and orders are quickly made by the attentive staff with a raise of the hand. The servers and management make sure you’re taken care of; guaranteeing a night focused on the quaint ambiance of the restaurant, socializing while enjoying your foodand drinks. So next time you’re torn between wanting an electric night while dancing along a live band or having a nostalgic evening to reminisce with friends, maybe you wouldn’t have to choose, you’ll just need to go to Bennigan’s Amwaj! n

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Elite Festivities Here’s everything festive you can do with the Elite Hospitality Group!

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othing quite announces the arrival of Christmas and New Year like jolly festive trees getting lit up. The team at Elite Hospitality is planning to get you in the holiday spirit with an extravagant Christmas brunch and of course lots of cheerful events for you and your family.

ELITE SEEF RESIDENCE & HOTEL Christmas Tree Lighting Elite Seef Residence & Hotel will start the month by celebrating Christmas with tree lighting and Christmas carols on 4th December from PM till 7PM at the Captain Jack’s Poolside while all the guests will enjoy a treat of hot chocolate and finger snacks.

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Feature The festive songs of the season will be played all along! Santa will surprise you with his mysterious appearance. Kids will also enjoy a fun-filled activity program, such as parlor games and a chance to win spectacular prizes. Aside from that, kids can spend a couple of enchanting minutes with Santa Claus too and shall receive a special Christmas present from him.

Traditional Christmas Brunch Additionally, you can advance your Christmas celebration at Mario’s Coffee Shop located at level 1, Elite Seef Residence & Hotel on 24th December from 12PM to 4PM. Enjoy a delicious traditional Christmas Brunch served on your table in a safe and hygienic space with live entertainment, priced at BD14 net per adult with soft beverages, BD20 net which includes unlimited selected beverages, and BD7 net for children aged between 6 and 12 years old. For reservations, please call 3675 9998 / 1758 3388.

Kids will also enjoy a fun-filled activity program, such as parlor games and a chance to win spectacular prizes.

Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq Meanwhile, Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq will start the month by celebrating Christmas with a gigantic Christmas tree set up at the Lobby.

Christmas Eve Dinner And while the stars twinkle on the tree every night, the chefs will be arranging an amazing Christmas Eve Dinner on 24th December from 8PM to 11PM at Al Naseem Poolside. Enjoy unlimited live grills with live entertainment priced at BD12 net per adult with soft beverages, BD20 net which includes unlimited selected beverages, and BD6 net for children aged between 6 and 12 years old.

Christmas Brunch Join the hotel on 25th December from 12:30PM to 3:30PM, and indulge with your family and friends in an exquisite buffet brunch while enjoying the sea view, live entertainment, Santa’s appearance and lots of surprises at the Al Naseem Poolside. The brunch is priced at BD15 net per adult with

soft beverages, BD22net which includes unlimited selected beverages, and BD8 net per children aged between 6 to 12 years old. Reservations are sure to fill up fast! Call 3888 4415 / 1731 3333 to reserve your spot.

Elite Grande Hotel On the other hand, relish an intimate Christmas Brunch experience with your loved ones at Elite Grande Hotel – H2O rooftop poolside on 25th December from 12PM to 4:30PM. Enjoy the scenic and magnificent view of Seef District, followed by your favorite Christmas delicacies served on your table by our chefs priced at BD25 net per couple which includes a bottle of wine. Your reservation is one call away at 1756 5888.

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Winter Wonderland A Magical Winter Wonderland at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

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et the festive celebrations unfold with a range of exciting events and magical experiences at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay!

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea Enjoy Christmas treats such as Yule logs, mince pies, Mont Blanc, delicious finger sandwiches and handcrafted pastries in festive flavours – complemented with a selection of teas or warm mulled apple juice. • Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Saturday, January 8, 2022 • 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm • BHD 27 net per couple • BHD 32 net inclusive of a glass of warm mulled apple juice Christmas Brunch at CUT by Wolfgang Puck Come party at Four Seasons this festive season! Great music, fun people, and some of the best representations of traditional

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Feature New Year’s Eve at Bahrain Bay Kitchen Ring in the New Year with live jazz music and a fabulous international feast by Executive Chef Leonardo that includes live cooking stations from various corners of the world. A sensational countdown into 2022 awaits with live entertainment throughout the night. • Friday, December 31, 2021 • 8:00 pm to 2:00 am • BHD 55 net (soft beverages) • BHD 65 net (extended beverage package - until midnight) New Year’s Eve at Re/Asian Cuisine Head up to the 50th floor for a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other. An enhanced à la carte menu including uni and Cantonese duck is on offer along with live entertainment and the best views in town.

Christmas specialties everyone looks forward to each year await at CUT by Wolfgang Puck. • Friday, December 24, 2021 • 12:00 noon - 3:30 pm • BHD 34 net (soft beverages) • BHD 48 net (extended beverage package) Christmas Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen On Christmas Day, savour a traditional roast turkey complete with all the trimmings, international gastronomic delights, festive desserts by the pastry elves and more. Live music and a special visit from Santa Claus set the scene for the ultimate festive experience. • Saturday, December 25, 2021 • 1:00-4:00 pm • BHD 49 net (soft beverages) • BHD 60 net (extended beverage package) Turkey at Home Enjoy time with friends and family and let Executive Chef Leonardo Di Clemente and his culinary team prepare the holiday feast, delivered straight to one’s home. Home deliveries will be available on Friday, December 24, 2021. Only pick-up service from Bay View is offered on Saturday, December 25, 2021. • BHD 90 net for 6 people for a roast turkey with all trimmings • BHD 170 net for 6 persons for a full festive feast (10 percent early bird savings for orders placed before Wednesday, December 8) • Complimentary delivery service for orders over BHD 40

• Friday, December 31, 2021 • 7:00 pm onwards • Starting from BHD 40 net minimum spend per person New Year’s Eve at CUT by Wolfgang Puck Dine in style with front row seats to Manama’s sparkling skyline. Wolfgang Puck’s chefs are preparing an imaginative menu that includes Italian beluga caviar and chestnut agnolotti. The best part? Guests get to craft their own dining experience with an à la carte menu of their choosing. • Friday, December 31, 2021 • 7:00 pm onwards • Starting from BHD 40 net minimum spend per person New Year’s Eve Party at the Pool Deck Join in the excitement at a black and gold themed New Year’s Eve party at the Pool Deck with breath-taking scenery, sumptuous food, and mesmerising entertainment: the magic ingredients for an unforgettable New Year. Kick off 2022 in style and let live DJ and saxophone tunes whisk the night away. • Friday, December 31, 2021 • 9:00 pm – 2:00 am • Theme: Black and gold • Tables start from BHD 300 – advance reservations are essential n To make a reservation, call +973 1711 5500 or book online.

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Weekend Family Brunch Swiss-Belhotel Seef just launched their weekend family lunch that spans over Friday and Saturday for all the families who like to get in their quality time, buffet style!

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he wide, open space of the restaurant was very refreshing to sit in, and as soon as you enter you are greeted by the most hospitable servers that guide you to your table. It’s a perfect setup for the whole family to fit in and dine together while taking in the Bahraini cityscape and daylight. The lunch was based off a South-European theme with a Moroccan twist, serving up a diversity of food cuisines in this fusion style dining experience. The waitresses of Swiss-Café Restaurant were dressed in Moroccan traditional dress, and their newly announced executive chef, Chef Younes personally greeted every table seated on that Friday afternoon.

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Feature The buffet was served per the Ministry of Health guidelines, where the ALL the food comes directly to your table, made fresh and without the fuss of walking around carrying dozens of plates, you receive the appetizers, entrees and desserts one after the other. They had many items to select from including seafood, tagine and many vegetarian selections. Perfect for those with an international palate! As the lunch went on, the lively atmosphere with music and conversation floating in the air was accompanied by the pleased faces of guests of all nationalities. This lunch truly brought together that holistic cultural cohesion we were missing from buffets and social gatherings. Making the most of this, they also

The lunch was based off a South-European theme with a Moroccan twist, serving up a diversity of food cuisines in this fusion style dining experience.

introduced a theatrical pasta station, a crowd favorite at all buffets has got to be live cooking. Is it really a buffet if you aren’t teetering over the chef’s workstation making demands? Of course not! You don’t have to be sleeping at Swiss-Belhotel Seef to be able to enjoy this family lunch experience. For just 8.9BD net you can make your way up to the 10th floor from 12:30 onwards to dine in with your loved ones at the Swiss-Café Restaurant to start your day right and end it on a sweet note. Cheers to the weekend, you can look forward to a lunch worthwhile at this new concept here on the island, where you can never get enough of family lunchtimes. For bookings and reservations, call 6631 0041 or 3388 5991.

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Decadent Delights Try this homemade ube + crème brûlée cake in Bahrain!

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f you’re looking for alternative options for the usual cakes, we have a delicious recommendation for you! We recently found out about these lusciously soft, ube and crème brûlée cakes that make for a perfect centrepiece in every occasion. My Daily Cakes & Cupcakes (@ mydailycakesbh) is a home based pastry shop in Bahrain offering melt-in-your-mouth ube crème brûlée cake, famed for its soft and moist sponge, ube cream, custard and caramelised sugar on top. Overall, the cake is indulgent in taste but light and creamy in texture. If you’re not into ube, you can opt for the regular or matcha crème brûlée cake. These goodies also come in a cupcake version for those who want it in bite sized pieces! The shop offers different kinds of pastries other than the crème brûlée cakes and cupcakes – these include the equally popular Korean garlic cheesy buns as well as the moist chocolate cakes. The shop delivers across Bahrain. You can check their Instagram page for more information. n

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