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“What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?” – no matter which side of the fence you are on; you will be faced with the same inevitable question. If you’re looking for something less predictable for your loved one, we’ve crafted up some fail proof ideas for you, from decadent dinners to romantic retreats! In this issue, we feature a special guide packed with ideas on how to sweeten your V-Day celebration. With the island gearing up for Valentine’s Day, we also bring you the most happening events in the shortest month of the year. The February issue is filled with love and no matter how you plan to spend the month, Bahrain Confidential will keep you in company!

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Established since 2001, Bahrain Confidential is a Bahrain-based monthly publication available both in print and online editions. It is the definitive guide to high-end Arabian luxury and lifestyle. It covers the best in lifestyle, luxury, fashion and dining, as well as local events, art, society, fashion, beauty and travel. The monthly print edition of Bahrain Confidential is distributed to Bahrain’s highest spending consumers and decision makers.

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Juicy Pickings Not to be Missed Best in Dubai

Valentine’s Day Guide The All-New BMW X3

Features and Interviews Not Just a Pretty Face Gateway to China

An Exquisite Taste A New Direction

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Fashion Treat Yo’ Self


Going Out Eat Your Heart Out Flavour Fusion A Taste of Italy Romantic Treats Joie de Vivre


This Saint Valentine’s Day, experience a little piece of ‘España’ in the heart of Adliya. Indulge in our authentic Spanish menu, created exclusively for the occasion, with live music. BD55++ for two, including a three course meal and a complimentary glass of sparkling grape.

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Shop Bahrain Festival

The 44th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition

It is that time of the year when all the retail outlets come together to bring a spectacular experience to shoppers from the Kingdom and the region. Whatever it is you are looking for; traditional handicrafts, scrumptious food, contemporary artwork, latest fashion, stunning masterpieces or fabulous home wares; you can be sure to find exactly what you need and much more at Shop Bahrain.

For more information:

Where: Arad Fort In its 44th edition, the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of the artists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every year, the art community gathers to present their finest work, uninhibited by a subject or theme. The exhibition this year presents a collection of local and International artists residing in Bahrain.

For more information: Tel: +973 1729 8526



Raj Kapoor Musical Tribute Where: Crowne Plaza Bahrain Raj Kapoor was one of Bollywood’s most successful stars acting in numerous films and famous as much for his singing as his stage presence. Now, the master is brought to life by playback artist Nitin Mukesh in a night of musical tribute at which Randhir Kapoor, the legend’s son, will be the chief guest.

For more information: Raj Kapoor Musical Tribute Tel: +973 3720 9729

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Missed For more entertainment, dining & nightlife, turn to Bahrain 101 listings on the back pages.




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Drag & Drift Nights

10th Gulf International Industry Fair

Bahrain International Garden Show

Where: Bahrain International Circuit Drag and Drift, sponsored by Ebrahim K Kanoo and powered by Motor City, is open to the public. Drivers take part in their own car or motorbike, which they can push to the limits! The drag racing takes place at BIC’s quarter-mile drag strip while drifters powerslide along a designated course along the BIC car park.

Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

For more information: BIC Head Office Tel: +973 1745 0000

For more information: Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions Tel: +973 17299123

The 10th Gulf International Industry Fair covers key industrial segments including aluminum, steel, alloys, metal, automation, metrology, energy, logistics, manufacturing and industrial security and safety.

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Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre The Bahrain Garden show introduces the very latest in garden and landscaping technology, trends and equipment. It had over 32,000 visitors in 2015-16 with a record breaking 45,000 visitors in 2017. This year it once again plans to draw in the crowd with the latest in garden design and development.

For more information: Bahrain International Garden Show Tel: +973 1717 1620


Ballet Under the Stars 2018 Where: Desert Palm Hotel

Bursting with ideas for the perfect wedding day, Bride Dubai returns to delight brides-to-be and wedding planners with its 21st edition. As the region’s premier wedding and lifestyle event, it will once again set the stage for all things luxury, fashion and beauty from 7th to 10th February. Whether you want to get a taste of the industry, collaborate with complementary businesses or plan a wedding to remember, a visit to Bride Dubai has to be on the cards.

Ballet under the Stars 2018 is two nights (15th and 16th Feb) of performances by the Covent Garden Dance Company, all the way from London. The price of a ticket also includes a three-course set dinner in an openair setting on the lush lawns of the hotel. Guests will be able to watch 12 world-class dances, including a performance by special guest star Marra Galeazzi, who’ll be joining the dancers of the Covent Garden Dance Company.

For more information:

For more information: Tel: +971 4 323 8888

Bride Show Dubai 2018 Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 2018 Where: Jumeirah Beach Running Track

Dubai World Cup Carnival The best horses on the planet compete for a staggering US$10 million in prize money on Meydan’s world stage during the World Cup Carnival race series. Running simultaneously with the domestic Meydan Racing Season, the Carnival series consists of 10 global race meetings, which allows international equine stars to compete against each other and gauge how they will fare on the final big day of the Dubai World Cup (31st March). The seventh race takes place at Meydan on Saturday 17th February.

The iconic Ironman triathlon involves a 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bicycle ride and 42.16 km marathon run back-to-back without any breaks on 2nd February. In Dubai, the Ironman 70.3 takes place near Umm Suqeim Park, with views of the beach and iconic Burj Al Arab before the last leg, which leads into the dunes. Each year the competition is more intense, and crowds of fans gather along the street to cheer on the competitors.

For more information: Dubai Racing Club, Tel: +971 4 327 0077

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Where: Meydan Racecourse

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Dubai International Boat Show 2018 Where: Dubai International Marine Club

Stop your diets and prepare to load up on delicious food from all cuisines - Dubai Food Festival is back for another exciting edition on 22nd February. Look forward to Food Festival favourites such as Restaurant Week, where foodies can enjoy gourmet three-course menus for only AED199 at some of Dubai’s hottest eateries, and Beach Canteen, where all your favourite food trucks and cafes transform to pop-up venues on the sand.

With beautiful coastlines, world-class marinas, and jaw-dropping sailing vessels leisurelyfloating on the UAE’s horizon, it’s not surprising that Dubai’s love affair with boating intensifies every year. The Dubai International Boat Show is usually where sparks fly, turning aspirations into reality with an irresistible display of super yachts and luxury leisure craft. From interactive demonstrations to hi-tech product launches, the best-in-show marine event extends well into entertainment and adventure.

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Dubai Food Festival 2018 Where: Citywide

RedFest DXB 2018 Where: Dubai Media City Ampitheatre

Music lovers will be sure to flock to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on 21-23 February, as the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival returns for its 16th edition. Headlining the first day of the festival will be British rock band Duran Duran, who’ll be performing some of the biggest hits from their forty-year-career, including 'Rio' and 'Hungry Like the Wolf'. Fans can also expect to hear music from their latest album, Paper Gods.

On 8-9 February, RedFestDXB is back for its fifth edition. The two-day music festival will see some of the world’s biggest artists take to the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. For the 2018 edition, DJ duo The Chainsmokers will be headlining day one. Best known for hits including Closer and Don’t Let Me Down, the pair have won two American Music Awards. They’re joined on the line-up by American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh, and the FrenchLebanese artist Anthony Touma.

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Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival Where: Media City Amphitheatre

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Valentine’s Day Guide

Valentine’s Day Guide


es, it's that time of year again. V-Day approaches – and with it all that worry about what to do, where to go and how to celebrate this romance-filled day. No matter which side of the fence you are on, you will be faced with the same inevitable question. “What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?”. To make the process that bit easier, we’ve crafted a special guide packed with ideas on how to sweeten your V-Day celebration. Whether you plan on treating yourself or sending some helpful hints to your significant other, we've got February 14th covered.

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Valentine’s Day Guide

“Sometimes the greatest love is not found in the dramatic scenes that poets and writers immortalize. Often, the greatest manifestations of love are the simple acts of kindness and caring we extend to those we meet along the path of life.”

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Valentine’s Day Guide

Be my (own) Valentine

“Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Body. Mind. Spirit.” The day of love is around the corner and not everybody has a significant other to spend it with. Why fret? 2018 is the year of self-love and what perfect day to celebrate your relationship with the one that’s always been with you? Yourself! Here’s what you’re going to do this 14th of February…

Create a playlist called I’m a Rockstar Once you create this playlist you’re going to fill it up with songs that’s going to help you power through the day and make you feel like a total diva. Some songs you could add on are: 1. "Let Me Blow Your Mind" Eve ft. Gwen Stefani 2. "Flawless" - Beyoncé 3. "Lady Marmalade" - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Maya, Pink 4. "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor 5. "Girl On Fire" - Alicia Keys

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Valentine’s Day Guide

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Oscar Wilde

Treat Yourself Put aside this day for pampering – you deserve it! Occasionally spending on a blow out for your hair or a new hairstyle, or just a mani-pedi at the spa can be life changing. If that’s out of the question, then why not pamper yourself right at home? DIY Facial Masks

Embrace Comfort Let go of your heels, skirts and jeans and wear sweatpants or a loose shirt and know what deep comfort and what “ I don’t care” feels like. Speaking of comfort, nothing will soothe you like comfort food that’s easy to make and feel really good inside your belly – a cheat day with your favourite food won’t do any harm! Also, you can get bath bombs and soak yourself in the tub playing soothing music. Start reading a new book on self-love and mindfulness. Some good reads are: • Beautiful You – A Daily guide to radical self-acceptance by Rosie Molinary • The gifts of imperfection by Brene Brown • Milk & Honey – Rupi Kaur • How to be a Bawse – Lilly Singh • Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert.

Oats & Honey Mask (To soothe sensitive skin) • ½ Cup organic whole milk yogurt • 1/3 cup organic oat flour • 2 tsp. organic honey Avocado treatment (To moisturize dry skin) • ½ ripe avocado • 1 tsp. plain yogurt • 1 tsp. honey Tropical Banana Mask (To brighten dull skin) • ½ Banana, mashed • 1 Tbsp. orange juice • 1 Tbsp. Honey DIY Foot Soak • 2 cups of mouthwash • 2 cups of white vinegar • 2 cups of warm water DIY Hair mask • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • ¼ cup whole fat yogurt

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Valentine’s Day Guide

Share the Love Dine under the stars Tired of the standard dinner and movie date night? Looking for something romantic that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Have a picnic with a twist – find a secluded spot in a park, beach or even on your rooftop. Spread a blanket and laze around together for the evening with yummy deli treats. Take a book, magazine and even some tunes. Gazing at the stars together is one of those truly romantic date ideas for Valentine’s day.

Cook something special If you’d like to forego the usual three-course meal this Valentine’s day, but feel afraid to stray too far off course, then why not prepare something heartwarming and tummyfilling foe your loved one? Light the scented candles, stick the Barry White album on the stereo and treat your sweetheart to a decadent meal for two. Kick it up a notch by setting the table with candles and flowers, too! • Slow-cooker red wine beef stew Because red wine makes everything better – including stew! This savoury, protein-packed dish is perfect for a romantic meal at home, especially on a chilly evening. Simple and quick to throw together, the stew can cook all day so it’s ready when you and your sweetheart are. • Butternut squash ravioli with seared chicken Take your pre-diced butternut squash with roasted chicken breast, asparagus and cheese for an easy yet elegant meal.

Swing it Dance classes are a great way for couples to bond together – there’s tons of fun when you two get your bodies moving. Revamp your romance and break out of your routine with this exciting idea. Learn traditional waltz or a little more sultry dance like tango and bond over the fact you’re learning something new together.

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Although we should share our love all year long, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to remind the special people in our life that we love them

Valentine’s Day Guide


Treat Yo’ Self

All New Dream Angels Wicked A little lift goes a long way: the push-up without padding in eyelash lace gives a comfy, natural boost thanks to a hidden sling.

Spend the holiday giving some Victoria’s Secret love to the most important person in your life: you!







Dream Angels Demi This dreamy demi is even more heavenly, with softer Memory Fit lining that conforms to your curves, a smoothing U-shaped back and stretchier lace sides for a flawless, ultra-comfy fit.

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Angel All Day! Kiss me...

Your sexy new lip obsession: the Velvet Matte high-intensity color with a full-coverage matte finish and lasting stain effect, with conditioning vitamin E and olive oil for softness.

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Dream Angels Push-Up Bra

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• Push-up padding • Underwire cups

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• Fully adjustable straps convert to crossback and snap into place for a secure hold • Double row of hook-and-eye closures; sizes 36-38DD have triple row of hook-and-eye closures for a secure, comfortable fit • 4 settings to ensure a perfect fit

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• Plunge neckline • U-shaped ballet back that prevents band from riding up • Imported nylon/spandex

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Most heavenly push-up ever, with softer Memory Fit padding for lots of lightweight lift, stretchier lace sides for more comfort and a smoothing U-shaped back.



i Romee! Valentine’s is just around the corner; how do you plan to spend it?

I’ll have breakfast somewhere cozy with my boyfriend after we do our workout together. Later that day, we’ll have a nice little dinner and maybe see a movie afterwards.

What is your idea of a perfect date? What would make it extra special? I just love having good conversations with people I love. Combine that with good food and there’s nothing more I could wish for!

What are the qualities you look for in a person? How do you know if he/she is a BFF material? I look for someone who’s serious and knows what they want out of life. A good hearted, loving person who I can laugh with.

How do you spoil yourself? What lingerie do you plan to treat yourself to? I love to spoil myself with a good massage

Romee Strijd

Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with Victoria’s Secret Angel, Romee Strijd.

The energy of a person that is content with his/ herself is beautiful and attractive.

at a spa. I’m also planning on treating myself to some Victoria’s Secret lingerie from the new Dream Angels collection— the lace is really pretty and delicate for Valentine’s Day.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given? Live a well-balanced lifestyle. Try to eat as healthy as possible (doesn’t mean you can never have a burger or chocolate now and then), try to fit in some time for working out, drink lots of water, enjoy a good night sleep (try to aim for 7-8 hours minimum)

and most importantly, do whatever makes you happy. The energy of a person that is content with his/herself is beautiful and attractive.

What beauty items can you not live without? I can’t live without my Victoria’s Secret Lip Matte in “Adored.” I’m obsessed with lip gloss & lipsticks.

What is your favorite piece from the new VS Dream Angels collection? I love the Chantilly Lace High-neck Teddy because you can wear it as both a top and as underwear and really make it a part of your outfit.

You’ve been to Dubai recently, how did you find the experience? Any plans on visiting Bahrain? I had an amazing time in Dubai. It’s a beautiful destination with so many fun things to do. The weather is great, the people are nice, the food is good. I loved it! I do not have any plans for visiting Bahrain soon, but I would definitely be open to going.n

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#ForgetFilters Max Fashion’s campaign celebrates living for the moment


ax, the largest and most trusted value fashion brand in the region, starts 2018 with a new brand campaign that goes beyond fashion. #ForgetFilters is about living for the moment in a world where people are often missing out on life while being too busy taking the perfect selfies. Produced in collaboration with the Arab youth singing sensation, Mohamed Assaf, the campaign aims to inspire millions to be completely present in their own lives and realities and to not let important moments pass them by. In a world where fashion is carefully edited and filtered to give unrealistic representations of reality, Max takes a humorous approach in reminding its customers what is more important. “Live for the moment, not for the likes!” is the honest piece of advice the famous Arab icon gives to his fans. “Life is filled with unplanned, spontaneous moments

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that can bring smiles to our faces – moments that are best enjoyed without being worried about how you look. Life might not always catch us in the perfect pose or in the right light, but every moment is worth living to the fullest. Real people don’t live for likes; they share moments that matter and real laughs. “Mohammed Assaf added: “The #ForgetFilters campaign from Max is a movement that will inspire many to transform the way they enjoy life. I am delighted and privileged to be part of this journey that focuses on celebrating the present moment.”

The campaign, which is centred around the hashtag #ForgetFilters and accompanied by humorous videos and images featuring Mohammed Assaf, came to life at the end of 2017 across broadcast, digital, and social media. #ForgetFilters follows another successful campaign by Max, ’Fashion for Real People’ which inspired millions to embrace their innate sense of style and to accept their distinctive personality over the last 2 years. n

Lifestyle & Luxury Confidential


Tenant Focus and Pro-Active Management: The Essence of The Flagship Meet Mr. Prakash Madhavan, the Property Manager of The Flagship…


ow long have you lived and worked in Bahrain?

I moved to Bahrain in November 1990, which means I have lived in Bahrain for over 27 years now. Reflecting on this and seeing my children grow-up here in Bahrain emphasises how quickly the years have flown by!

What brought you to Bahrain in the first place? Before moving to Bahrain, I was working as a hotel operations manager in India. In the late 80s and early 90s, Bahrain’s hotel industry presented some exciting work opportunities. This was why I decided to move here. Bahrain turned out to be a very nice place to live and here I am 27 years later!

How long have you worked in property management? Including my experience in India and

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hotels, I have been working in property management of one type or another for over 30 years – actually this makes me feel very old!

Noting your extensive experience, what do you consider the key factors to successful property management in Bahrain? For residential buildings in Bahrain, tenants generally want a nice place to live and to feel like they are receiving value for money. With this in mind, I think the key things to offer are an appropriately priced product in order to attract tenants and next, to maintain occupancy levels, to ensure proactive management with a constant tenant focus. Here at The Flagship, we have worked very hard to ensure our pricing is appropriate and that we offer excellent management services for the benefit of our tenants. All the time, I want to do everything I can to ensure our tenants are

happy and enjoy living here. In my view, this starts with a polite greeting and a warm smile from all members of staff.

In your opinion, what makes The Flagship a stand-out property in Amwaj? First of all, The Flagship offers an outstanding luxury product that is fairly priced with an excellent and dedicated onsite management team of 8 (I would say that of course!). Also, the building really is perfectly situated right next to the fivestar ART Rotana Hotel and within walking distance of the various restaurants, cafes and supermarkets etc. at The Lagoon in Amwaj – the location really could not be better. Tenants also benefit from outstanding sea views and being close to the airport. Our beautiful reception area, facilities (gym, kids’ play and temperature controlled pool) and, in particular, internet speed are what our tenants compliment the most. n

Come home to an outstanding living experience at The Flagship.

• Experienced & committed on-site management • 24 hour front desk/ reception • 24 hour on-site maintenance • Family friendly • Outstanding gym • Multiple tenant benefits

P.O. Box 10494 Building No. 2793 Road 5722, Amwaj 0257 Kingdom of Bahrain Tel. +973 1311 5566 Mob. +973 3904 2250 E.mail:


Gateway to


Bahrain Confidential interviews Dragon City Bahrain’s General Manager, Mr. Patrick Shuo.


n a fiercely competitive market of malls and establishments in Bahrain, how do you plan on remaining at the top of the game?

Strong competition is one of the several variables that have been taken it into account regarding Dragon City’s future outlooks. We plan to maintain our impetus by further standardizing and enhancing the variety of products in the mall. We are also set to improve Dragon City’s infrastructures and facilities, The Dining Village will be in full capacity in the near future, which is expected to increase the customer flow.

What makes Dragon City stand out? Dragon City is a place where past meets present, which is reflected in its design, inspired by authentic Chinese heritage. The mall covers an area of 54,000 m2 and houses over 787 retail and wholesale commercial units, making it the largest in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We receive over 19,000 customers a day, which doubles during weekends and public holidays.

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Mr. Patrick Shuo

Moreover, Dragon City greatly contributes to the advancement of Bahrain’s economy, attracting large Chinese investments and companies, both industrial and commercial, that wish to establish regional centres in Bahrain. Thus, Dragon City has become a direct trade gateway for the export of various Chinese goods from Bahrain to countries of the region. We also magnetize a large number of tourists and businessmen.

What is the present level of tenancy/occupancy at the mart? To date, Dragon City has achieved an occupancy rate of 98% for commercial units in the mall, which offer a wide array of goods to shoppers. Local companies constitute 10% of the occupancy, while the rest come from China.

What are Dragon City Bahrain’s achievements? Some of the most notable feats achieved by Dragon City include the milestone of 10 million visitors in less than 2 years. 7 million of these visitors were received in 2017 alone, turning Dragon City into a leading family destination for Bahrainis as

well as families from GCC countries. Not to mention a staggering 2.5 billion dollars import worth.

What types of experiences do you offer to shoppers in order to ensure a great time for them and also that they return to Dragon City? Dragon City invests a great deal in providing a comprehensive shopping and entertainment experience to its visitors. There is a variety of cafés as well as a food court serving delectable dishes. The mall also has a number of fun shops for children, where they can enjoy games while their parents shop. Further exemplifying commitment to visitors’ pleasure is Dragon City’s keenness to organise and host a mixture of unique family events on a periodical basis. In fact, Dragon City’s annual Chinese New Year celebration is upcoming on the 15th of February. Preparation are underway to create a spectacular event full of cheer and great surprises this year. Families and individuals of all ages are invited to join the festivities of this culturally significant event. n

‘Everyone is a Winner’ as shoppers spin the Wheel of Fortune and win exciting rewards. In keeping with the festive spirit of giving, Dragon City is gifting flight tickets to Beijing, fine dining vouchers and more, as friendly mascots hand out spot prizes to kids. Every BD 20 spent shopping gets you a chance to ‘spin and win’ a guaranteed prize. All participants then advance to the Raffle Draw with a luxury car as the Grand Prize.

Your gateway to China dragoncitybahrain



First of its Kind The Avenues-Bahrain reinvents and offers a unique shopping experience in the Kingdom.

you to keep walking the entire length of the mall.


typical mall even with all of its shops can get a little bit boring, right? The Avenues-Bahrain’s clean, minimalist structure enhances the interior space providing indoor comfort and outdoor freedom all day long. Every visit is a wonder to walk through. The Avenues-Bahrain is the first commercial and entertainment mall of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the only waterfront shopping and leisure destination with a unique seafront location extending 1.5 km. It is strategically located in the heart of Manama, opposite Bahrain

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Bay Development along King Faisal Road. Shopping malls and retail complexes have usually been dark and cave-like spaces that don’t allow for much natural light and closed out. Almost giving an unnatural feel. However, the development brings unique architecture with a new concept to the Kingdom, with a design inspired by The Avenues Kuwait, giving visitors an outdoor feeling while remaining indoors, protected from the heat by a ceiling that allows sunlight to flood in. It has been Meticulously planned and executed – the architecture gives the shopping Centre a light and airy feel. One which would want

The waterfront boardwalk overlooking the bay runs along the façade of the building which houses F&B outlets and offer external seating decks with a panoramic view of the bay. The project’s leasing space is around 40,000 sqm and includes 130 stores of which 50% are allocated for restaurants and cafes which will overlook Bahrain Bay. Most of the stores in The Avenues-Bahrain are your high-end favourites, including a few newcomers to the region who made their debut in the Bahrain market. These include Urban Decay, The Cheesecake Factory, Bateel, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Riva, Joe’s Café, Batelco, Arabica Coffee, Melenzane, Café Bazza, Five Guys, Caribou Coffee, The Orangery, H&M, Babel and others. It also includes a large family entertainment area such as a special play hall, 10 cinemas, public parks, walkways and parking spaces. n


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Car Review

Bahrain Confidential went down to Dubai to test drive a few of the new Audis, and we particularly liked the new S5 and Audi TT RS.

Audi S5 and Audi TT


udi has revitalised its A5 and S5 Coupes, and the results are thus. They are faster, more efficient and lighter than before. We drove various models of Audi but the S5 and TT really impressed us. We took the Audi S5 and TT to a desert road – out and beyond, where there were

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no speed cameras and few cars, so that we could really put the two cars through their paces. Taking off against each other along a straight road, the Audi TT noticeably had more acceleration than the S5, understandable bearing in mind the types of cars each one is.

turbocharged V-6 hurls you back into your seat, it’s good to feel the support and have something to hold onto. The engine brims with 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, up 21 hp and 44 lb-ft. Not only is the engine 31 pounds leaner than the old supercharged V-6.


The quattro permanent all-wheel drive makes a major contribution to the sporty handling. In normal driving, it distributes slightly more power to the rear wheels but, if necessary, the majority of the power can be directed to the axle with better traction. Wheel-selective torque control optimizes handling and stability in fast cornering with minimal brake interventions. The optional sport differential actively distributes torque between the rear wheels.

Swift, nimble, and subtly handsome: that summarizes the S5. It combines emotive design with the performance of a sports car. The bumper, air inlets and side sills of the S5 feature distinctive contours. The side air inlets have bold edges and honeycomb grilles as well as vertical bars evoking the blades of a racing car. At the front end, the S5 expresses its independence with additional sporty details, such as the S-specific radiator grille with double slats. Sportier than the regular A5, but not outlandishly so, and the same goes for the engine. When the new 3.0-liter

There’s a fresh look, but its subtlety speaks to the prosperousness of S5’s predecessor. Audi offers the S5 in three body styles: Coupé, Sportback and Cabriolet.

Car Review offers four driving modes: Comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual. The lightning-fast seven-speed S tronic - standard - and the permanent Quattro all-wheel drive delivers agile handling and superior stability. The TT RS Coupé design is further refined with distinctive features, such as Audi's single-frame grille with honeycomb and the quattro logo. The striking RS bumper with aggressive air intakes convey a

Audi S5 Coupé price starting from BD24,480. Audi S5 Sportback price starting from BD28,390. Audi S5 Cabriolet price starting from BD31,090.

TT RS Audi includes all the modern performance upgrades in its arsenal to make the TT RS one wicked sports coupe. The new fivecylinder turbo engine in the TT RS is 57 pounds lighter than the old engine. It kicks out 400 horsepower from 5,850 to 7,000 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque from 1,700 to 5,850 rpm. It feels quick – Audi quotes 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Audi drive select allows setting up Quattro drive, steering, S tronic, engine characteristics, and exhaust valves at will - from long-distance cruising to fastlap circuit driving. To that end, the car

Taking off against each other along a straight road, the Audi TT noticeably had more acceleration than the S5, understandable bearing in mind the types of cars each one is.

powerful and athletic impression. The rear is aesthetically dominated by the fixed wing, sitting on two slender double spokes. A highly profiled diffuser insert with four vertical fins complete the car's dynamic appearance. The TT RS models offer nine body colours, including the RS-specific tones Nardo grey uni and Catalunya red metallic. Audi TT RS Coupé price starting from BD30,030.

The Verdict The Audi TT is much sportier while the S5 is more of a fine-handling family car. This is no criticism of the S5; it has loads of power but the Audi TT has more. Both of the cars were beautiful to drive. Which one do we prefer? It depends on your needs. n

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Car Review

The All-New BMW X3 A look that boosts the desire for new challenges, and maximum driving pleasure on any road.


he BMW X3 was the car that launched the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment in 2003. Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so far. And now the new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments. Like all members of the successful X family, it blends standout driving qualities on any terrain with unrestricted everyday usability. Customers can choose from three model lines – xLine, Luxury Line and M Sport – and the BMW Individual range of products to align the inside and outside of the new BMW X3 even more precisely with their personal tastes.

Sharper design and three model variants. The third generation of the BMW X3

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follows in its predecessors’ tyre tracks by combining rugged off-road looks with a sporting presence. Its familiar proportions, including very short front and rear overhangs, shine the spotlight on the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle. The potent dynamic intent of the new

BMW X3 is highlighted by a chunky kidney grille and foglamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a BMW X model. At the rear, the light clusters, markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to asuitably muscular conclusion. In addition to the standard 18-inch light-alloy wheels, customers can dip into the options list

Car Review for wheel/tyre combinations in sizes up to 21-inch. The interior of the new BMW X3 also displays unbeatable fit and finish and material quality, and is even classier and more luxurious than its predecessor. Comfort levels are further elevated by a host of new equipment options like three-zone automatic climate control, the Ambient Air package, active seat ventilation, the cargo function of the standard split/folding rear seat backrests and the panoramic glass roof that brings extra airiness to the interior and further enhances perceived quality. Another new equipment item is the optional BMW Display Key, which not only locks and unlocks the BMW X3 by radio remote control, but also shows a variety of status information on the car. Owners can operate functions including the optional auxiliary heating using the optional BMW Display Key.

Optimized combination of dynamic sharpness and ride comfort. The BMW engineers have employed far-reaching chassis modifications to significantly improve the driving dynamics, directional stability and steering feel of the new BMW X3. The car that emerges is even sportier than its predecessor, yet

avoids compromising on ride comfort. Chassis options include M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport brakes and variable sport steering.

More efficient line-up of engines and intelligent lightweight design. From the launch of the new model (or shortly afterwards), the engine line-up will feature three petrol and two diesel engine variants with outputs from 135 kW/184 hp to 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined: 8.4 – 5.0 l/100 km [33.6 – 56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 132 g/km)*. All models come with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

BMW ConnectedDrive: semi-automated driving and cutting-edge connectivity. When it comes to the BMW Personal CoPilot features focusing on driver assistance and (semi) automated driving, the new BMW X3 can be specified as an option with the latest generation of Active Cruise Control and the Driving Assistant Plus safety package, including Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection. This extensive line-up of assistance systems puts clear

water between the new BMW X3 and its direct rivals. The second pillar of BMW ConnectedDrive – alongside the BMW Personal CoPilot driver assistance systems – is formed by BMW ConnectedDrive Services and apps. As a result, the new BMW X3 now also features BMW Connected. Working on the basis of a flexible platform, the Open Mobility Cloud, this new integrated digital concept for enhanced personal mobility uses various touchpoints (such as smartphones and smartwatches) to integrate the car seamlessly into the user’s digital life. This means, for example, that it can transfer mobility-related information, such as addresses from calendar entries, from a smartphone into the car, enter them automatically as destinations into the navigation system and calculate the optimum departure time for the journey. Gesture control allows various navigation and infotainment system functions to be operated intuitively using finger and hand gestures. Meanwhile, the likewise optional Voice Assistant lets the driver use everyday language to have their requests turned into the appropriate actions instead of having to use set spoken commands. The full range of latest-generation BMW Connected functions are available, providing seamless connectivity between owners, their cars and the outside world. n

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Car Review

Luxury, in the Scandinavian Sense

Bahrain Confidential went to Milan, Italy to review Volvo’s new XC40 and have a look at the new Volvo Studio Concept.


he Volvo Studio in Milan is its second location, after opening the first in Stockholm, Sweden. Inside this luxurious space, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a bite to eat – it’s a really cool place to hang out. Volvo Studio Milan is not only showcasing the new XC40, but it is also highlighting their design products. Volvo continues to impress with gorgeous new SUVS. We had the pleasure of testing the Volvo XC60 in Turkey a few months ago. The Volvo XC60 sits right at the heart of the big-selling mid-size crossover crowd. It’s handsome and luxurious and it wraps you in a safety blanket as comprehensive as the Swedish welfare state. From the front, the XC40 looks slightly feistier than the XC60. From the side is where these two siblings differ the most. Being 7.8 inches shorter than the XC60, the XC40 does without a third row of windows. The rear doors also angle up and give the XC40 wider looking hips. The highly anticipated XC40 will complete the company’s SUV line-up that also

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features the full-size, top-of-the-range XC90 and the mid-size XC60. A muscular stance and tasteful design set the XC40 apart from competitors in the compact SUV segment. A variety of exterior trim options, that include an R-design package, will also be available. Designed with urban living in mind, the XC40 combines a commanding road view with unparalleled ergonomics and a host of safety systems to safely intervene as soon as an imminent collision is detected, or even guide the driver safely back onto the road if the vehicle is drifting off-course. The XC40 also features a Volvo Cars 360°

surround-view camera, to help it fit into even the tightest parking spaces. Offered with a choice of diesel and petrol turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the XC40 can be optioned with a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain, as well as with 3-cylinder, hybrid and fully electric powertrains later in the production run. Power is delivered to all four wheels via Volvo’s all-wheel drive system, keeping the XC40 sure-footed in all weather conditions. During the test drive, they kept apologising to us because of the weather; it was really rainy and cloudy but to be honest, coming from Bahrain, it was really nice to see some rain. The only complaint, if anything was the on the tolls – the Italian toll system on the ‘autostradas’ (motorways). It was a nightmare for many of us who weren’t familiar on how to use it, causing those behind us to honk their horns. Overall, the cars were perfect a perfect example of Scandinavian luxury and comfort on wheels. n

People & Culture Confidential


Business Society Latest Events Photos on

Swiss Fondue Dinner

Movenpick Hotel hosted a Swiss Fondue Dinner at Silks Restaurant.

Arabian Desert Design Launch

Desert Design launched their first branch store at the Galleria Mall.

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Juice Bar and CafĂŠ Opening in Muharraq

Fresco Juice Bar and Cafe opened a new branch in Muharraq.

Master Chef Season 5

Bahrain Family Leisure Company conducted Master Chef Season 5 at Cucina Restaurant with BC as the media sponsor.

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People & Culture

Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with Oliveto’s Executive Chef, Valter Piergiovanni.

An Exquisite


Executive Chef, Valter Piergiovanni and I can see that people here are interested in eating delicious food with quality ingredients.

What do you most love?


hat is it that made you decide to become a chef?

I grew up in my parents’ restaurant and I became so passionate watching my mother cook. My grandmother was also a chef in a very well known restaurant in Rome. The Kitchen was a part of my life. At 15 years old, I decided to go to Culinary school to learn the foundation of this job that I grew up falling in love with. This is my calling.

What do you enjoy most about living in Bahrain? I have worked in so many countries around the world and I see Bahrain as a good place to share as well as develop my food knowledge. I love the Bahraini people. I have been on this island for four years

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Cooking is my passion and I put so much effort and energy in this job which I actually do not consider a job. I am thankful to the support my family provides me since my schedule is not easy. Now at Oliveto, along with Chef Paolo I am able to combine our passions for the exquisite taste of simply delicious Italian food.

Any dislikes? Well, sometime I have to renounce social life and family time because of my work. Nothing comes without sacrifices.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in life? To always be humble and listen to advice from the right people.

What is your proudest moment in your career? Years ago I cooked together with chefs Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse in Paris for the World Table. It was a wonderful and unbelievable experience as well as the proudest moment of my life.

Any favorite saying/motto? Listen and learn. n

People & Culture

A New

Direction The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa welcomes Ashraf Eid as the new Director of Business Development & Strategy.

Ashraf Eid


ith over 30 years of experience in upscale hotel chains, Ashraf Eid brings to Bahrain excellent capabilities, profound marketing experience and a deep understanding of the hospitality industry. Ashraf has worked throughout the Middle East and GCC with placements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. He has proven niche for improvement and development with successful track records with international sales and hospitality. His extensive experience spans over the years of working with several international groups and prestige hotel chains like the Marriott and TIME Hotels Group. During Ashraf’s previous role with the TIME group, he was entrusted to oversee 9 Hotels and Hotel Apartments. Prior to his tenure with TIME Hotels Group, his career in the Sales Department started in

I am a committed and a hard working hotelier who enjoys challenges. 1994 as Sales Manager for Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Jeddah, KSA. “Since then, I pursued my career in Sales & Marketing and developed my professional growth with Marriott until 2014, leaving my last position as Director of ales & Marketing for Salalah Marriott Resort”, says Ashraf. “I am a committed and a hard working hotelier who enjoys challenges. With

strong communication leadership skills, I will efficiently work in a team-work environment, managing the team to achieve and exceed the set targets with smart problem-solving skills and gain the deserved market position” Ashraf says. With almost 50 years of tradition and excellence, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain remains to be one of the most successful five-star hotels in the Kingdom. Ashraf will be responsible for leading and developing The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s sales and marketing with a strategy of strengthening the position of the hotel as the first choice for clients and stakeholders, both on the local and international markets. Even with the rise of competitors in the Kingdom, Ashraf Eid remains unfazed and optimistic, he relies on his instincts and skills to overcome and jump past any hurdle The Gulf Hotel will face in the future. n

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Health & Wellness

Ask HV Holistic Health…

I gained weight over the festive period, and I’m just wondering if I have left it too late to lose the weight I gained before Summer arrives?

Charlie Answers:

and you’ll burn through your calories quicker. Your BMR will increase, too, meaning you can eventually eat more without gaining weight – bonus!

The good news is that it’s definitely not too late to make significant changes to your body before you’re required to be bikini ready. Here’s how:


• Stay sober: Not only is alcohol a drain on your calorie count, its consumption actually inhibits your body’s ability to burn fat. In real terms, this means you could be undoing all your hard work with even relatively small quantities of alcohol.


• Count your calories: Calorie counting has received bad press in recent years but, calories are simply units of energy. Knowing how many units you need for weight loss, will help you hit your target quicker. Work out your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and do not eat less than that number of calories, or your body will store fat rather than losing it. • Go gluten free: Gluten, for most people, initiates an inflammatory response in the body, (whether you’re aware of the symptoms or not). You can’t avoid ‘most’ gluten – It’s all or nothing. Even small traces of gluten remain in your body long after consumption. • Increase your WATER intake: Everyone knows how important adequate hydration is! Drink 0.033 x your bodyweight in kilos, daily. • Eat fat: Clean, dietary fat is really good for you, and will prevent your body craving naughty fats found in cakes and sweets.

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• Sleep: Insufficient sleep will increase your stress hormone (cortisol) levels, which in turn promotes fat storage.

Chose coconut oil, avocados and nuts but, remember to include them all in your calorie count.


• Workout wisely: For optimum weight loss, concentrate on short sessions of high intensity exercise and long sessions at a low intensity. Avoid medium intensity (such as jogging), as this has been proven to be the least effective for speedy weight loss. • Lift weights: Build lean muscle mass

• Love yourself: Believe in yourself, be proud of small changes you make, and know that you’re good enough just the way you are. Having a positive self-belief can make the difference between success and failure. n Send your questions to or @hvholistic Charlie Anderson Head Health & Wellness Practitioner HV Holistic Health & Corrective Training Tel: +973 1777 5544

People & Life the news in office, one of my non-Indian colleagues asked me with tongue in cheek if my parents had selected the boy. Now, I don’t blame this said colleague because it’s a notoriously popular myth that ‘all Indians have arranged marriages’. Another myth surrounding this one is that Indians meet their spouses-to-be on the day of the wedding or, at best, few weeks before D-day. Wrong! While that may have been the case two generations ago, arranged marriages in India have evolved ever since. In fact, they’re quite similar to Western ‘free-choice’ marriages, more commonly known as ‘love marriages’, in that the boy and girl get sufficient time to know and understand their prospective partners; in some cases, like mine, even a whole year. The difference is that the boy and girl are introduced to each other by parents or extended family members instead of, say, friends or destiny.

Sketch Credit: @noorsketches

BAH-BOMBAH Melissa Nazareth writes from her shores in Bombay to ours in Bahrain.


an’t believe it’s been a year since I got married! Time sure does fly. I remember saying ‘yes’ to my then friend (we never dated), around the same time two years ago. When I broke

Melissa Nazareth, Born in Bahrain, Melissa Nazareth lived on the island for three decades before moving to Bombay. Though miles away, she finds ways to connect to her first home. @melnazareth @melissanazareth

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It’s interesting how the internet’s role in Indian match making has tremendously risen over the last decade or so. A growing number of Indian singles are relying on matrimonial sites, the equivalent of Western dating apps, to find their partners. A survey conducted by one such site to understand the changing mindset amongst young (20 to 35 years) singles and their approach towards marriage highlighted that 59 percent respondents would like to initiate the process but also get family approval before the wedding, 23 percent said "with a partner who I found" and 19 percent were willing to go in for an arranged marriage. The figures clearly indicate that there is no apprehension towards modern arranged marriages given that the boy and girl are more involved in the decision making process. Another statistic was that 75 percent of people who signed up on the site were seeking marriage partners for themselves and not a family member, which goes to show that majority young Indian singles have a more hands-on approach to choosing their life partners.

When I broke the news in office, one of my nonIndian colleagues asked me with tongue in cheek if my parents had selected the boy. In answer to my colleague’s question, my husband and I knew of each other and had met at many a family function for 17 years before we decided to take it to the next level. That’s longer than most marriages last these days! And in the 7 years preceding our marriage, we were very good friends. Did we seek our parents’ approval? Yes, but the choice to get married was solely our own. Would we make different choices given a second chance? Ah well! My husband and I believe that’s a story for another day (wink wink). n

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Party Society Latest Events Photos on

Black & Gold Party

Al Areen hosted its Black and Gold NYE Event to celebrate the new year.

New Year's Gala Dinner

Downtown Rotana hosted its New Year's Gala Dinner at Teatro Downtown.

Downtown Masquerade Ball Party Intercontinental Regency held its Masquerade Ball Party at the Downtown Bar and Element Pool and Lounge.

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The Ritz-Carlton’s NYE The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain held a party to commemorate the new year.

20’s Jazz Ball

Sofitel held the 20th Jazz Ball on with live performance by Electric Swings Circus and many more activities.

Monday's Seafood Night

Movenpick hotel held the 'Monday's Seafood Night' with a variety of popular and traditional seafood dishes

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Hazel Rooftop Lounge Opening Hazel Rooftop Lounge celebrated their opening at Block 338.

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out Intercontinental Regency launches its new resident band "Fever" at Downtown Bar.

Re/Asian Cuisine's Exclusive Menu Tasting

To celebrate the chinese new year, re/ asian cuisine hosted an exclusive menu tasting event to sample Chef Brian Becher's Chinese New Year dishes.

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Going Out


Going Out

Eat Your

Heart Out

Where to dine on

Downtown Rotana - Valentine's Day at Teatro

Al Areen Palace & Spa This Valentine’s day, indulge yourself in a five-course set menu of aphrodisiacs and set fire to the romance again while listening to the violin at Keizo for BD 14++. Escape the limits of time and share the experience with your loved one.

For info and reservations, call Tel: +973 1784 5000.

ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands Celebrate the true meaning of love with a sensational Valentine's this year at WU. Enjoy a wondrous Valentine's 4 course set menu with a specially designed Sushi platter for the occasion while you reminisce with your special someone as the wonderful tunes of singers and a

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visiting violinist gently lull you into a state of Valentine's bliss. All for BD 58++ on V-day from 7pm to 12am.

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0111

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Exclusive this Valentine’s Day, enchant your special loved one with a limitededition “Romeo & Juliet” Valentine’s cake. Sealed with a kiss, the red glazed, diamond-cut heart-shaped cake comes in its own perfectly crafted box and features four heavenly layers starting with a rich chocolate sponge cake base, followed by a crispy layer of praline and pâte feuilletée, liquid layer of raspberry and ginger purée and French premium Valrhona dark chocolate mousse. Available on pre-

order only from February 1-7 at the Ritz Gourmet Lounge for BD50. Each comes with personalized note to your Juliet or Romeo.

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 6499

Downtown Rotana Invoke passion with a thoughtfully prepared Valentine’s dinner to set the mood and celebrate love with a 5 course set-menu for BD36++ per couple including soft drinks or BD 48++ per couple including selected beverages, while listening to a live performance by a saxophonist at Teatro from 6pm to 12am.

For more info and reservation, call Tel: +973 1311 9999

Going Out Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Enjoy an intimate romantic dinner at the Azure Pool and Lounge in an airconditioned Cabana while listening to mesmerizing guitar tunes for BD120++ per couple inclusive of cabana rental and a personalized dinner with soft beverages and shisha on Valentine's day from 7pm.

For more info and reservation, call Tel +973 1711 5044

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Experience 3 days of Thai romance, tucked away in the typhoon lawn of the hotel’s tropical gardens and complemented with scenic views overlooking the turquoise waters of the outdoor swimming

pool, Royal Thai will create the perfect setting for secluded romance with an exotic 4 course set-menu inclusive of selected beverages for BD50++ per couple and BD46++ per prestige couples at the Royal Thai Restaurant. Delight your Valentine’s date to a sumptuous 4-course candlelight dinner in an elegant setting and cosy atmosphere with romantic Saxophone tunes, complimentary bubbly and a red rose for the lady for BD 58++ per couple and for prestige couples BD 52++.

For more info and reservation, call Tel +973 1771 3000

InterContinental Regency Bahrain

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

For more info and reservation, call Tel +973 1720 8308

Embark on an unforgettable journey this Valentine’s Eve and invite your soulmate to a candle lit dinner by the private beach with a one of a kind tailor made package. Book your very own cabana by the open beach and rekindle your love, as you indulge in especially designed set menu with appetizing dishes and beverages to spark your cravings for a night to cherish. Enjoy a very romantic Valentine’s room package, starting from only BD105 for a Luxury Room with grand sea view and dinner at the very romantic Fiamma Restaurant as well as breakfast for 2, is

Treat your loved one to a memorable night with our special Valentine’s Day 4-course Candlelight dinner, offering delicious food with an ambient backdrop of romantic atmosphere, accompanied with a complimentary glass of bubbly from 7pm for BD 28++ at Legendz Steakhouse. Wind down with a valentine’s couple retreat at the downtown bar with 50% off cocktails to pamper your beloved one and dance all night long.

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain Silk’s is a sure-fire route to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner for you and your special one. It will be a night to remember this Valentine's at Silk’s restaurant, as they serve up the finest five-course set menu with paired wines in the intimate atmosphere of the smoothest and heart-beating live violin music, priced at BD32 net per person.

on offer to make the experience extra Magnifique! Also on offer is the exclusive Valentine’s Cabana Suite Package which includes, a private dinner by the beach in your very own Cabana and the lavish Prestige Suite for the couple to rest in with breakfast buffet next day, all for only BD250!

For more info and reservation, call Tel +973 17 63 63 63

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1746 0017

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Going Out

Dhanyasree M takes us on a romantic dining experience at Keizo restaurant.

Keizo Gazebos for a

Romantic Dining


ebruary is the time when love blooms in time for Valentine’s Day. However, when you are in the company of you loved one, each day is a day to celebrate. Special moments add a charm to the bond that you cherish. Keizo Restaurant at Al Areen Palace & Spa offers one of the finest dining experiences for the couples who treasure precious romantic moments not only on Valentine's Day but also throughout the year. Keizo Restaurant enchants the visitors through a mythical allure with the artistry, luxury, and comfort. Located at the man-made island and surrounded by pristine water, the restaurant extends into gazebos outlining the lake. We had reserved our dinner at the gazebos, but an unexpected sandstorm forced us to stay inside the restaurant. The restaurant staff had called us in the evening to inform the situation and to assist if a reschedule is needed. However, we wanted to stay with our plans.

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Going Out A golf cart took us from the entrance to the restaurant through illuminated alleys. Light and shade from the Palace and the nature created their mesmeric milieu on the way. We were welcomed by the cheerful staff – who led us to the decorated table with rose petals, flowers and candles. To make the evening more

Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. — Alan D. Wolfelt

special, our table offered the romantic view of the lake and outside gazebos. The welcome drinks were a curtain raiser for the courses that would follow. Sweet, aptly fizzy and with a perfect blend of flavors, our eyebrows raised in 'Wow!' as soon as we had each sip. Our hosts were genuinely happy at our expressions, "This is Passion fruit exotic mojito. You will not find it in the menu and we made it especially for the occasion."

Who doesn’t like special treats, especially on such special nights! The food flowed in on perfect intervals and we savored the four-course menu including Shrimp Tempura served with spicy mayo, Rum Maki deep fried crab sticks, fried rice, Kung Pao Chicken, King

Prawns platter, salmon and the noodles. The star on the table was 'Yellow Cutter Peeler Mango Shrimp.' The sushi with the shrimp wrapped in mango peels tempted us on each bite. "We do not serve ordinary food here, which you can find in other restaurants. This is a destination restaurant, where people drive in from faraway places to experience the unique ambience and the tastefully crafted food." Mr. Janaradan Das, Executive Chef of Al Areen Palace & Spa beamed in happiness as we relished his signature dishes. We signed our bills and the price was precise for the food and the service at Keizo. "If there was something to revive in our love, I would have said that this dinner revived in romance. I am so happy now and this is one of the most beautiful nights for us and we will have many more." My husband said holding my hand across the table. No more explanation needed to agree that, 'the way to a man’s heart is through is stomach.' "Let’s come back here on Valentine's Night. The gazebos will be ready to take us into a dreamland of perfection." I gazed at the gazebos in preparation for the upcoming Valentine's Day. n

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Going Out

Winter Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen more. Guests may enjoy special chestnut giveaway after their meal. Shisha is also available on the restaurant terrace during brunch hours. Enjoy the Friday Brunch from 12:30 to 3:30pm for BD25/35++.

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5500

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain


Experience a Fusion twist to seasonal mussels by the talented culinary team from 1st to 28th February at Fusions Restaurant. Welcome the Chinese New Year of the Dog at Bahrain’s award winning Chinese Restaurant, China Garden. The 12-day celebration is set on the 5th till the 16th of February and will feature special lucky traditional dishes and creative New Year signature dishes from Chef Ding.

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1771 3000

Downtown Rotana Bahrain

ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands Discover your treasured escape from the city and its noises into ART Rotana heavenly indoor garden brunch that will surely bring serenity and bliss to your weekend. Enjoy the Lavish spread of delicious dishes along with superb live cooking stations every Friday from 12:30pm to 4pm for BD20 or BD34 net with house beverages. Sushi Night has been revamped to include our enormous signature sushi and maki display paired with the new thrilling live cooking stations to supply you with delicious Peking duck and a sashimi. Enjoy your favorite sushi

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with unlimited drinks every Tuesday from 7pm to 11pm for BD15/22++.

For info and reservations, call Tel. 1600 0111

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay The known lavish culinary offerings, including five unique food stations serving Arabic, Western, Indian, Japanese and Chinese delicacies and winter inspired dishes using seasonal ingredients to live the season spirit including stews, BBQ, roasted chestnuts, fondue, Raclette and

Craving for Crabs and Oysters? Enjoy the new Crabs and Oysters themed Friday Brunch during the month of February at the award-winning restaurant Flavours on 2. Select your own fresh seafood for our chefs to cook just for you. The new themed brunch has a wide variety and fine selection to please all taste buds for only BD 18++ with soft drinks or BD 26++ with selected beverages. Every Tuesday from 6 pm until 10 pm. Feast on all your family favourites such as Volcano Maki, Lobster Maki, Crispy California Maki, Rainbow Rolls, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Nigiri and more throughout the evening for just BD15++ or BD22++ including Unlimited Drinks!

For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999

Going Out brunch is priced at BD 36 net per person including unlimited beverages.

For more info and reservation, call Tel. +973 1746 0017

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Friday Brunch at Movenpick Hotel

Indulge in Pique-nique in The Park featuring a delightful basket arranged with a selection of salads, sandwiches, homemade muffins, pound cakes in addition to an a la carte beverage menu, designed to make your bucolic venture even more refreshing and memorable. Top off your experience with a complimentary access to the beach for a fantastic start to

Downtown Rotana infinite sushi at Teatro

InterContinental Regency Bahrain For all steak lovers out there! Special offer designed just for you. Visit Legendz Steakhouse every Monday to enjoy 50% discount on any of the mouthwatering steaks selected from the menu. Choose from the special menu of oysters or simply have it prepared to your liking. An excellent choice for gourmets and gourmands experiencing the freshness from the ocean on your plate at Elements Pool & Lounge from 4pm to 11pm.

the new week for the price of only BD10 per person.

For more info and reservation, call Tel. +973 1763 6363

For more info and reservation, call Tel. +973 1720 8308

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain The signature Italian restaurant Primavera offers a two-course business set lunch by two Michelin starred chef Oliver Glowig. Diners can choose either one starter with one main course or one main course with one dessert and enjoy a relaxing lunch (Sun to Thurs, 12pm to 3pm) with beautiful views over the landscaped gardens and the poolside for BD9.5++.

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain Experience a unique medley of super succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch every Monday on Seafood Night at Silk’s restaurant. Seafood Night is priced at BHD 24 net and BD 29 net per person including unlimited selected beverages from 7pm to 11pm. Get ready to spoil yourself with our award-winning, international, savoury and mouthwatering brunch every Friday. Friday

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Flavour Fusion T ucked away in Swiss-BelHotel International’s 28th floor, B28 Bar Lounge is how you imagine a chic bar lounge would be. Upon arriving, an artful contemporary setting enriched with dark walls, lush chairs and private corners welcomed us. Lights were few and golden and people were having private conversations while enjoying the spectacular view of Bahrain. The Oishii Sushi Night takes place every Wednesday evening from 7pm onwards with a spread of vibrant Japanese specialties. It is priced at BD12 per person and includes a sushi platter and 2 selected drinks. We started with crunchy edamame beans and vegetable tempura; a mouthful of that crisp outer layer mixing with the soft filling was a sensory delight! We slurped on a few cocktails while taking turns on which roll to try - the California Maki was a hit; you can tell there’s a lot of care that goes into the construction of each pretty roll.

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B28 Bar Lounge gives everyone a taste of Japan with their Oishii Sushi Night!

The salmon, tuna and prawn nigiri were also impeccably fresh and the rice was well textured. Each glimmering nigiri was sublime and we can’t remember having anything quite so fresh and tasteful. Just one is never enough and before you know it, we’ve demolished the spread! B28 Bar Lounge has been setting standards for a harmonious fusion of flavours... ‘oishii’ indeed! You can’t buy happiness but you can have sushi, which is kind of like the same thing. On top of the delightful offerings, the service was as impeccable as ever. The friendly staff, especially Bar Manager, Milos helped us settle in with fun conversations. What struck us most were the walls; the exquisite painting of a woman who was so relaxed and looked like she fit in the bar scene better than any of us. The colors used were the same palette seen across the bar, but move a little more further and you’ll be taken aback by this breathtaking view of Bahrain. The chill yet warm atmosphere the lounge provides is

elevated with a live singer whose voice lulls you into a dream-like state. B28 is an ideal place to hold a Margarita in hand and just look beyond and wonder. If the ambience wasn’t enough to help you wind down, or the array of drinks, there’s always the food; a wonderful platter of sushi, that mingles with your taste buds so gently and the sticky rice giving you a sense of comfort – all made with feelings, that’s how the chef so rightly put it. What more could you possibly ask for? n


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This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a luxury hotel stay at the famous landmark in the heart of the city.

A Lovely Escape


he K Hotel offers a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the occasion this February. Take advantage of the hotel’s irresistible Valentine package, which gives you a complimentary night’s stay when you purchase three nights in a Deluxe room. If you wish to go the extra mile, you could upgrade yourself to a Junior Suite, and enjoy a romantic breakfast and lavish dinner for two. Couples can savour a set menu in-room or dine at KOLORS restaurant. It’s the perfect way to enjoy panoramic views of the city, luxurious facilities and relax in the plush environs of the property.

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“The Valentine Suite Package is offered from February14-16, and is an experience that will leave you and your loved one with unique memories,” says Volker Mandlowsky, the hotel’s general manager. This romantic escape is made more special with a 20 per cent discount at R&S Spa and Salon and a 20 per cent discount on Thai massage at the Bodycare Spa. The all-day dining KOLORS restaurant will be decorated with rose petals, balloons and candles. The venue specialises in contemporary cuisine with a regional touch serving a special Valentine’s Day dinner buffet with home-made gourmet chocolates and a glass of sparkling grape wine per person. This special treat created

by the executive chef, is priced at BD20 per couple and BD12 for single person. The hotel’s resident band Duo Totem will entertain you with romantic tunes from 9pm to 11pm. The K hotel is greatly familiar with the art of organising glamorous events for guests. Katering Kreation Services is aimed at are people with a passion for service and excellence. They meet or exceed guests' expectations by creating and delivering a memorable experience from start to finish. The hotel can accommodate (indoor & outdoor) medium group or function: its five banquet rooms on the third floor— which were beautifully upgraded and have a unique style is an attractive choice for smaller events. Large windows on both sides overlook the ocean, and at night the view sparkles with lights from the boats in Mina-Salman. If you’re planning outdoor events, The K Hotel is an ideal choice. Seasoned event professionals will help orchestrate your celebration, from offering vendor recommendations to dayof coordination. Several packages as well as customized menus are available. The K Hotel team takes care of everything: not only can they customize one of their all-inclusive packages to fit your budget and style, the Event Manager will assist you during all stages of planning, providing continuous on-site contact throughout the entire event. Nevertheless, their team of experts guarantees that every event is organized according to professional standards. “Ultimately, we succeed when your event shines.” n For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0000 or email:

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A Taste of Italy as satisfying as a main. The vibrant and creamy basil pesto sauce was really delightful and was even more mouthwatering with parmesan cheese. The rotini pasta was a perfect al dente, as it was cooked to order like their pizzas. The food serving was great and was very reasonable with the price of BD7 net with carpaccio and tiramisu. Onto the margherita pizza - the tomato sauce was excellent! It was tangy and sweet and you can detect the fresh tomatoes; the pizza had an equal ratio to the cheese as well.


ith hopes high and stomachs empty, we arrived at Ramada Manama City Centre’s international restaurant, Patio, to sample their new offerings… and we were not disappointed! If you are a lover of Italian food, then you better clear your calendars because this February, Patio will be launching a menu featuring authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Upon setting foot in the restaurant, we felt an inviting contemporary atmosphere, heightened by floor-to-ceiling windows that left us admiring the scene. Patio offers an elevated fine dining approach to eating out with great sea views and cool ambiance. Our eyes were already satisfied and we haven’t even sampled the culinary delights yet!

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Italian cuisine is about freshness and simplicity - the menu ranges from light first bites, like carpaccio and caprice to elegant mains, such as pollo a la cacciatora, ossobuco, risotto and pasta. The food was wonderfully decadent, beginning with the freshest carpaccio with extra virgin olive oil and shaved pecorino cheese; the caprice was also simply delicious. Guests can enjoy four delicious menus, ranging from BD7 to BD12 net. For a great price of BD7 you can already create your own pasta with their chef; we tried pesto and we weren’t disappointed! Served as a first course or primo like Italians do, the pesto pasta was

We honestly don’t know how we still managed to have room for dessert but we didn’t miss the classic tiramisu and panna cotta with mixed berries. The tiramisu was light and creamy, but packed with flavor thanks to the espresso and the layer of cocoa on top; what isn’t there to love? Each visit at Patio will definitely be an homage to lovingly crafted food. Patio offers sumptuous modern international cuisine as well as a live detox and juice bar. With gorgeous views, modern décor, impeccable service and of course delicious cuisine, the restaurant is perfect for a business lunch, a relaxing meal with family or catching up with friends and colleagues. If you want to treat your loved one to attentive, polished service as well as classic yet inventive cuisine then Patio is the perfect place. n

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Romantic Retreats


ooking to impress this February 14th? Whether it's the intimate warmth of the recently revamped La Vinoteca Barcelona or the contemporary European sophistication of Cafe Amsterdam, the special Saint Valentine’s Day menus at both venues will surely leave your dinner guest swooning.

The passionate flavours of Spain Savour a unique Valentine’s Day experience at La Vinoteca Barcelona. Home to authentic Spanish cuisine at Block 338 in Adliya, the award-winning restaurant now boasts an entirely rejuvenated experience. This includes a reimagined venue and menus, solidifying its reputation as a little piece of ‘España’ in Manama. To celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, La Vinoteca Barcelona’s Spanish chef, Joan Gomez, has crafted a set menu that features the vibrant and passionate flavours of the country’s cuisine. Indulge in a romantic three-course menu, with a glass of sparkling grape for BD55++ for two. Guests will also enjoy live music by Paul Adams, from 8pm to 11pm.

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La Vinoteca Barcelona’s kitchen is open every day, from noon to midnight. The bar is open from noon to midnight, Saturday to Tuesday, and from noon to 2am from Wednesday to Friday. For reservations and inquires please call +973 1700 7808 or email

Modern European sophistication Housed in a stylish corner of Adliya, with a stunning garden, Cafe Amsterdam makes a picturesque spot for a memorable date. Enjoy an elegant and romantic threecourse menu, with a glass of sparkling grape for BD45+. Make this occasion unforgettable, and celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at Cafe Amsterdam. Located in Block 338, Cafe Amsterdam

is a unique destination in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Open from 5pm to midnight on weekdays, and from noon on Friday and Saturday, the contemporary space is perfect for all moods. Cafe Amsterdam's menu features a delicious selection of carefully curated contemporary European creations, using only the highest quality ingredients. From Josper oven grilled cuts, to homemade pastas, juicy burgers and irresistible desserts, the sumptuous flavours will delight even the most discerning palates. n Cafe Amsterdam is open every day, from 5pm to midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday. For reservations and inquires please call +973 1700 7404 or jfathi@

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Relaxing Retreat Relax, refresh and rejuvenate at ART Rotana’s Beach Club.


ase away your tension with a relaxing massage or spend the day enjoying a wide array of relaxing promotions at ART Rotana Beach Club. It is a tranquil retreat which allows you to explore 150 meters of pristine beach front or keep fit and rejuvenated at Bodylines Fitness and Wellness. Designed with the frequent traveler in mind, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness is the destination for the health conscious. Fitness facilities are open 24 hours and located on the ground floor. Wellness facilities are open from 10 am until 10 pm and located on the 1st floor. The spacious gymnasium is equipped with a comprehensive range of the latest stateof-the-art Techno gym equipment.

While you’re at it, rejuvenate and unwind with a wide selection of body treatments and massages await you. The Wellness Centre bridges the gap between expert skincare and body wellness with the #1 Luxury British Skincare Brand, ELEMIS. Take refuge in a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the day amidst serene surroundings and subject yourself to the warmth of healing hands. Worried about the little ones? Fret no more! The Flipper's kids Club offers children an array of adventures and planned activities to entertain them for hours on end. With over 75 square meters of play area, the Flipper’s Kids Club features an activity room in addition to the open water park, which makes it a dream escape for any child. Activities range from aqua fun, movie time, craft making and much more, there are always something for everyone at Flipper’s Kids Club & Water Park!

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The Beach Club membership is divided into 4 Packages each with their own pricing for individuals, couples and families with associated benefits like complimentary access to amenities and various discounts. Memberships starts from BD150 for a month-long package. In addition to wellness, take advantage of the daily promotions that will make your visit twice more fun. Every Sunday, an exclusive offer is available for all airline personnel for only BD5! Enjoy an afternoon on our private beach, or in our outdoor pool while relaxing and preparing for your next flight. On Wednesday, ladies can enjoy unlimited access to recreational facilities from 8am until sunset, while enjoying a complimentary beverage of your choice from selected drinks menu, all for only BD10 net! n

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A BahrainiCantonese Affair Chef Jeff Tan Seng Han is set to bring a delightful Asian culinary experience at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s China Garden.


hina Garden at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain has always brought veritable Mainland China to our plate. The restaurant, which is designed in a modern oriental style, offers a varied selection of food influenced by distinct Chinese regions creating Cantonese, Szechuan and Peking specialties. Being the trailblazers that they are, this February they have decided to take a new step to elevate its exceptional Chinese flavour journey with awardwinning guest Chef Jeff Tan Seng Han. From the UK Hakkassan Mayfair, a leading destination for modern Cantonese cuisine, awarded among the top 10 Timeout Restaurants in London, Chef Tan Seng Han has served as Chef De Cuisine for 10 years however he is now taking a short break to indulge himself in a Bahrain escapade. With 28 years of diverse culinary experience, he is here at the China Garden to enchant diners with an authentic Chinese experience bound to leave Bahraini diners speechless as an aftereffect. From the 21st to the 25th of

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Chef Tan Seng Han with his admirable passion for Chinese cuisine believes that a truly exquisite Chinese experience is one that is shared among the people.

February, Chef Tan Seng Han will feature pure Cantonese dishes on the menu with his own modern flair to tantalize your taste buds.

Chef Jeff Tan Seng Han

But that’s not all, Chef Tan Seng Han with his admirable passion for Chinese cuisine believes that a truly exquisite Chinese experience is one that is shared among the people. Keeping true to this traditional belief Chef Tan Seng Han will be hosting an exclusive master class on the 24th February to impart his acquired wisdom on how to master the fundamentals of Chinese cooking and fuse it with modern contemporary cooking styles to enhance your everyday palette, priced at BD39 net the master class is open to anyone who is willing to learn and is also inclusive of an elaborate lunch. Charbel Hanna, Executive Assistant Manager at The Gulf Hotel says that “We Look forward to welcoming Chef Tan Seng Han to Bahrain. China Garden has been the choice of Chinese food lovers both in the kingdom & G.C.C, and we continue the culinary legacy to our patrons and guests”. n For more information: Tel. +973 1771 3000

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Exciting Escape Laze around and enjoy the light breeze in InterContinental Regency’s oasis, Elements Pool & Lounge.


languid afternoon spent lounging on a pool chaise can make you feel like you’re living a fantasy. Luckily, Elements Pool & Lounge at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain is a great place to soak up the sun or even enjoy the rest of your evening. Escape from the stress of the city and enjoy a unique moment in a green oasis in the heart of Manama. Delight in an assortment of light bites, tasty refreshments and cold beverages. Alternatively, relax by the pool while sipping on our signature cocktails and Shisha along with the breathtaking atmosphere of the scenic view complemented with head-nodding music beats. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the newly created Tiki cocktails and kick off your evenings with special nights and dancing events. While you’re at it, don’t miss the Sundowners Pool Party every Thursday until March from 3 pm to 9 pm! Sundowners is where you can show your dance moves and jive to the music

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– all while basking in the breathtaking sunset by the vivid ambience of the poolside view. This unique experience is further complemented with live entertainment, DJ beats and sumptuous BBQ. Indulge in the unlimited BBQ station and salad bar for only BD8.5 net. Guests can also enjoy free entrance and a 25% discount on selected beverages. Spice your Fridays and join the groove of Salsa nights at the Elements Pool & Lounge. The lively atmosphere will definitely lift your spirits up along with the 50% discount on Cuba Lire and Sangria between 8 pm and 2 am.

If you are looking for a refreshing getaway from the city life or a romantic one with your partner, consider the Elements Pool & Lounge. You’ll not be disappointed! n ‪‬ ‪For info and reservations, contact:‬ Tel. +973 1722 7777 Tel. +973 1720 8308 Open hours: Daily from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight.

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Joie de Vivre

Bahrain Confidential encounters a redefined luxury experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.


midst the cool breeze and a panoramic ocean view, we were treated to delightful sundowners at the newlyenhanced Ritz-Carlton Marina. unveiled everything romantic and indulgent this upcoming Valentine’s Day! We got to sample the limited edition Valentine’s cake, 'Romeo an Juliet'. The red glazed, diamond-cut heart shaped pastry looked far too beautiful to eat and it definitely tasted as good as it looks – heavenly layers of chocolate cake, praline and pâte feuilletée with a hint of berries. The special cake is available on pre-order only from 1st to 7th February at the Ritz Gourmet Lounge for BD50. 14 lucky cakes will also be available on Valentine’s Day on a first come, first served basis. Each comes with personalized note to your Juliet or Romeo.

The evening kicked off with Cantina Kahlo mixologists shaking up their famous Mexican mocktails. Trying each of the refreshing mixes, a concoction of sweetness and tanginess stood out from the rest – it was the Kahlo mocktail inspired by its namesake, Frida Kahlo. For those who yearn a refreshingly crafted beverage with crisp, complex fruity notes, the mocktails were perfect. From the marina, we headed to Plums restaurant to try the new French Parisian Classic menu. The warm French Onion Soup felt like a warm hug and had an amazing depth of flavour; the Rib Eye with hand cut French fries and Café de Paris butter was a show-stealer. Several entrées stood out from the rest like the Tartar Rossini, a classic chopped to order sour dough bread topped with seared duck liver. Desserts included the classic favourite crème brûlée as well as the

Tarte “Tatin” Chantilly, a warm upside down apple tarte with whipped cream. We sipped on wonderful cherry mocktails because the party simply isn't complete without a delicious drink to toast the night away with! To top it all off, a very sweat reveal

The desserts and tastings are by Executive Chef Christian Knerr and Executive Pastry Chef Jonathan Challenor. This special Parisian-inspired menu is available until the 15th February from 7pm to 11:30pm with ala carte prices ranging from BD6 to BD30. n

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Chef's Corner


Favourite Zodiac Multi-Cuisine Restaurant at Al Manzil Hotel Bahrain delights their guests with this flavourful dish. Mixed Chicken Tikka Platter Chicken Tikka is an easy-to-cook dish in which chicken chunks are marinated in special spices and then grilled on skewers. This is one of India's most popular dishes. Bold and full of flavor, this is one recipe to try!

Method: 1. Marinate chicken with the below recipes. Set aside and keep it in the fridge for three hours. 2. Thread chicken onto skewers and grill in a tandoori oven. 3. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

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Marinade Recipes: Chicken Hariyali Tikka Ingredients: Lemon juice Ginger garlic paste Plain yoghurt Black pepper Sunflower oil Green chili paste Garam masala Salt

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Chicken Tikka Yoghurt - Ginger garlic paste - Black pepper - Garam masala - Red chili Salt Oil

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Best of Both Worlds Bahrain Family Leisure continues to delight Bahrain with its culinary gems. Italian Classic With an unshakable passion for the Italian lifestyle from the cuisine to its décor and even their culture like never seen before, this bistro brings class and style to casual dining. There really is no better way to describe Cucina Italiana than ‘truly unique’. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the ackage that includes a 4-course meal with a bottle of wine. To make it even more special, guests will delight in a romantic ambiance complemented with flowers and candles as well as live music. The special Valentine’s menu includes sumptuous offerings from starters to sweet endings; warm your tummies with a creamy butternut squash soup and refresh your palate with Insalata Mista di Pepperoni before digging into the Osso Buco E Gremolata (slow cooked veal osso bocco) or Branzino Con Rissoto Alla

Zaffron E Funghi (pan fried sea bass). To top it all off, the homemade strawberry and cranberry cheesecake or Torta al Formaggio Con Fragola E Mirtillo will leave you wanting more. All dishes are made from fresh vegetables, succulent meat, hand-tossed dough and superior-quality tomato sauce and served with genuine Italian passion, bursting with true flavors of Italy in every mouthful. Cucina Italiana is a place you can walk into with your family, colleagues and friends and have a delicious dish of pasta, finest and tastiest wood fired pizza, a beverage and superb premium espresso experience. Cucina Italiana takes great pride in delivering the highest quality menu prepared with only the freshest and finest hand-picked ingredients, making the dishes nothing less than delicious.

Irish Favourite Bennigan’s is an American-Irish casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1976 in Atlanta. Widely renowned with locations around the Kingdom, Bennigan’s restaurant in Al Safir Hotel in Juffair has a choice of delightful meals to suit every palate and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner dates. Americansized portions, world famous beverage brands and more – the menu features something for everyone, great sized portions, taste, and value for money guaranteed. Bennigan’s is the perfect place to blow off steam, catch a game, celebrate or just chill with friends. To bring that atmosphere closer to home, Bennigan’s home delivery offers a full menu direct to your door step. And recently BFLC launched a new branch for Bennigan’s in Amwaj. n

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Going Out liquor package of BD25 NET, ladies walkin free and free welcome drink.

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The Valentine Eve @Waikiki This 14th February come in with your valentine for the most romantic eve, experience a classic five-course gourmet dinner with unlimited beverages and live band for 30++ per couple The Valentine Eve @The Lotus Lavish Dinner Buffet with Unlimited House beverages and Live violinist for BD25++ Drunch @Waikiki Indulge in a boozy brunch complete with unlimited selected beverages with the beats of DJ Santi and DJ Swing while munching on a multi-cuisine food buffet and live grills every Friday from 1pm to 7pm for BD25 NET. Flavors of Hawaii @Waikiki Explore Hawaiian flavours with unlimited snacks and draught beer every Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm for BD12.5++

Elite Grand Hotel Seafood Night @H20 Live cooking stations on Wednesdays, filled with varieties of seafood to choose from all grilled to perfection for BD12++. Red Velvet Night @H20 Head out every Thursday to choose your favourite grills and a glass of red wine to accompany it for BD10++. Grill and Chill @H20 Gorge on unlimited grill every Friday and Saturday for BD12++. Taste of Italy @Zodiac & H20 Enjoy delicious pasta and pizzas with 1 soft beverage for BD5++ on all Sundays. Bubble Night @Zodiac Ladies walk-in to free unlimited supply of selected beverages. Hi Tea & Coffee @Ahllan Replenish your coffee supply with free cookies to go alongside every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for BD3++. For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1756 5888

Elite Seef Residence and Hotel Ladies Night @Oasis Pool Level Enjoy live entertainment with live grill

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stations from 8pm to 12am every Wednesday for BD14 NET. Grills and Taarab Nights @Oasis Pool Level Feast yourselves on live Arabic entertainment along with live grill stations every Friday from 7pm to 11pm for BD14 NET Layali Al Bazerkan @Oasis Pool Level Dance while you eat every Thursday from 8pm to 12pm with live entertainment and live grill stations for BD14 NET Sip & Dip @Oasis Pool Level Daily deals and beer promotions from 11am to 12am with 20% discount on house beverages and buy 3 get 1 free of SOL & Tiger beer. Pizzaria @Oasis Pool Level Enjoy delicate pizza bites daily from 11am to 12pm for a crazy price of BD3.5 NET For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 3388

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Valentine Traffic Light Party @ Waikiki Light up the sparks on 9th February from 1pm to 7pm with DJ Santi, DJ Goose and a live band complete with unlimited house beverages and a lavish buffet for a food &

Steaks and Seafood @Waikiki Feast on an unlimited array of extensive steaks and seafood buffet with live BBQ, unlimited house beverages and a live band, every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 11pm for BD10++ excluding house beverages and BD15++ including. February Beverage offers @Waikiki & The Lotus Explore the Bourbons with whisky Wednesday or say bottoms-up with Vodka Thursdays, Experiment with twisted cocktails every Friday and sparkling wine on Saturday all for BD2.5++ For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0360

Elite Resort & Spa Valentine’s @Al Naseem Celebrate the feast of St. Valentine’s with a set menu for 2, selected beverage, live entertainment and more for BD30++ per couple. Valentine’s @Shift 7 Lounge and enjoy finger bites, 1 bottle of selected grape and live entertainment for BD30++ per couple. For info and reservations, call Tel. +973 1731 3333

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay invites Chinese New Year revelers to celebrate the year of the dog with exquisite Wolfgang Puck dining! and litchi flavours along with his sweet fruit dumplings filled with pear, tangerine and toasted sesame. The entire evening on February 16 is priced at BD 42 net per person including beverages.

The Chinese New Year Tasting Menus

The Year of the Dog

From 17th to 28th February, the restaurant will offer a special five or seven course Chinese New Year tasting menus in lieu of regular tasting menus that include a generous dim sum plate with chiu chow, dan dan and XO shrimp dumplings, wagyu beef pot stickers, Hong


our Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck will bring in the Chinese New Year with a one of a kind, one-night-only dining experience that will include an array of festive dishes honouring the Year of the Dog on 16th February from 7pm until 11pm. Complete with live cooking stations creating an authentic "live market" atmosphere, Executive Chef Brian Becher has created an indulgent menu that begins with the appetite-whetting chicken and wagyu beef soup dumplings, followed by roasted whole duckling served with bao buns. The forever favourite lo mai yurn, sticky rice with local lamb and tangerine puree, will perfectly prepare palates for “The Five Blessings� representing the five blessings of the New Year - longevity, riches, peace, wisdom and virtue including Szechuan chili lamb dumplings, venison buuz, king crab crystal chive

dumplings, beef and prawn chiu chow and roasted root vegetable dumplings. The live-action stations will also showcase delicacies such as the aromatic roasted duckling; Chinese New Year dumplings, flat chive rabbit sausage, and longevity noodles among other festive dishes. To put a sweet ending to the Chinese Night Market event, Pastry Chef Pierre Chambon prepared a tempting Chinese rolled ice-cream in green tea, chocolate

Kong style black bass served with shitake mushrooms, filet of beef Sichuan au poivre with wok fried green beans on the side, and a mouthwatering dessert duo to mention a few of the carefully crafted festive menus. The menus are priced at BHD 35++ (five-course menu) and BHD 50++ (seven-course menu). Regular a la carte items will also be available. n For more information, call Tel. +973 1711 5046.

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Hugh Haskell Thomas shares his experience of Downtown Rotana's Flavours on 2 Friday Brunch.

Claws & Pearls at

Friday Brunch!


after by the bar staff who introduced us to a new favourite – a Melon Daiquiri – together with a wide selection of other beverages and virgin cocktails. Perfect.

We were welcomed by the friendly staff and the bright and cheerful ambience of the venue, not to mention the most amazing display of food arranged delightfully throughout; wow! The focal point of the brunch certainly lived up to its name with a beautiful selection of fresh seafood centred around the Crab and Oyster Bar.

After a brief wander up to the pool, to refresh the appetite, access to the pool and children’s play room is included, we decided it was time to wrap up the afternoon with a selection from the desert bar and cheese table. The White Chocolate gateau was an immediate attraction, but the choices on offer soon outpaced our abilities! A final selection of cheeses and coffee brought a relaxing afternoon to a close; next time we are determined to go with a bigger appetite and do justice to the amazing work of the kitchen team who are to be highly commended for the diversity and quality of the fare.

e were surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to Downtown Rotana’s Crabs and Oysters Friday Brunch recently. Opening in May 2016 the hotel has gone from strength to strength with a growing following at its many outlets. We have been to Teatro many times, but their Brunch, held within the Flavours on 2 restaurant, had previously escaped us.

Now, eating crabs is generally best tackled in an old t shirt and jeans with a hammer and crackers. It’s a fun way to eat, though refined and relaxing it generally is not! However, at Flavours we selected our favourite, adding Oysters, Lobster and Prawns and passed the challenge to the Chefs who were only too willing to take on the messy part of the preparation,

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delivering a wonderful platter to our table within a few minutes – easy! Continuing the theme there were several other Crab inspired dishes; the Crab Fritters were a particular favourite. The food selection obviously did not stop there, with a stunning Sushi Cabinet, Curries, Pork Table and roast meats. Throughout the meal we were serenaded by their wonderful Saxophonist & Vocalist, Kristina while being attentively looked

So, gather your friends and head to Downtown Rotana for a great afternoon; we guarantee that you will not be disappointed with the quality and value for money of this delightful brunch! n For more information and to book, please call +973 1311 9999 or email flavours2.

Bahrain Confidential February 2018  
Bahrain Confidential February 2018