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First of all... Bahrain Confidential’s February issue is packed with ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day – from decadent dinners and romantic retreats to gift ideas and fashion choices. No matter how you plan to spend the shortest month of the year, we’ve got you covered. Elsewhere in this issue, we feature the “Leaders in Bahrain’s Hospitality” industry – read more on what’s new, what’s next and what makes them stand out from the rest. As always, Bahrain Confidential’s new issue is packed with exciting reads to keep you informed and entertained this season.
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Not to be Missed
Best in Dubai & Saudi
Features & Interviews
Leaders in Bahrain Hospitality
Paradise Found: Avani + Samui Review
The King of 5G: Huawei Mate30 Pro 5G
Romantic Getaway: Milan, Italy
AlSalam Specialist Hospital: Healthy Parenting
HV Holistic: Fully Fit Feb
Back on the Move: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Bulletproof Valentine: Guide to celebrating in Bahrain
Relaxing Retreat at Mövenpick Hotel’s Spa
Luxury Wellness Redefined: The Gulf Hotel Spa
Bahrain’s Best Shrimps
The Foodie Edit
An Oasis of Relaxation: Wyndham Grand Spa Suite
Fabulous February at Sofitel
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From our hearts to yours Valentine's day dinner
When it’s all about fine food, great atmospheres and service, here’s an exclusive dining experience for the most perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! Enjoy irresistible four-course set menu, paired with special chosen wine, in an intimate atmosphere, with comfortable, cozy surroundings and views of the city lights and enhanced with tunes preformed by our live band. Each lady will be presented a red rose – an eternal symbol of love.
At the newly re-launched Silk‘s Restaurant On Friday, 14th February, 2020 From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm For BHD 65.00 Net Per Couple, Includes Unlimited Paired Wine For booking, contact +973 17460017 email@example.com
Missed Your guide to the best things to do around Bahrain
Not to be
Bob Marley Tribute Concert
Callalily Live in Bahrain
Where: Coral Bay Bahrain
Where: Delmon International Hotel
Ready to dazzle with the fascinating rhythm of reggae at the long-expected party of the year Bahrain Reggae Beach Festival 2020! Featuring ‘The Legendz’ band and an exclusive line up of international DJs!
A Valentines Day Concert featuring popular Filipino band Callalily. The concert will be held at Delmon International Hotel with special local band performers, Passion Crew Band Rock United.
For more information: miamievents.bh
For more information: 3364 0336 / 3899 5814
27 28 Bahrain International Design Week Where: Al Aali Mall Bahrain International Design Week (BIDW) is dedicated to gather artists, creators and designers offering the latest in unique style and design spanning personal, architecture/interiors design, and services design.
For more information: bidw.co
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions when Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival debuts in Bahrain
For more information: gowherewhen.com
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Best in Dubai
What's On - What's New
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Ludovico Einaudi Live Where: Dubai Opera When: 3rd February Luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely refined – that is the music and performance that defines Ludovico Einaudi. Having released a series of chart-topping albums, Seven Days Walking is the title his new album, three and a half years after Elements and a triumphant world tour. For more information: dubaiopera.com
Where: Dubai Festival City When: 4th to 9th February The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, now in its 12th edition, is the region's largest celebration of the written and spoken word. The fair places homegrown talent centre stage and offers UAE fans the chance to interact with world-famous authors, attend literary debates and workshops, and participate in competitions. For more information: emiratesfest.com
Camille Thomas Live
Redfest DXB 2020
Where: Dubai Opera When: 6th February
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre When: 6th to 7th February
Nominated as Newcomer of the Year 2014 by the French-Grammys ‘Les Victoires de la Musique’, Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas is set to perform a program featuring Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, 2, 3 and 5. Camille signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon international, becoming the first cellist signed in 40 Years by the prestigious yellow label.
The UAE’s #1 Hit Music Festival is back for on 6th & 7th February 2020! Headlining the 7th Edition are STORMZY and MARTIN GARRIX, with supporting artists BASTILLE, MACHINE GUN KELLY, YOUNG THUG, and CHEAT CODES. DANY NEVILLE will be closing the festival on Friday night.
For more information: dubaiopera.com
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Best in Dubai
What's On - What's New
Dubai Jazz Festival
Maluma: 11:11 World Tour
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre When: 26th to 28th February
Where: Coca-Cola Arena When: 14th February
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival is back with some of the most exciting names in the music industry. Gear up for a night of R&B and soul on 26 February as American singer, songwriter and rapper Lauryn Hill takes to the stage. She’ll be joined by British musician Bruno Major, the hitmaker behind tracks such as Easily and Just The Same.
"With of the world’s most recognizable Latin voices, Maluma is a global superstar and visits Coca-Cola Arena on 14th February 2020 with his 11:11 World Tour. The 2018 Grammy Award winner has over 9 billion views on You Tube and is the most successful Latin concertselling artist in the world.
For more information: dubaijazzfest.com
For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net
Dubai Food Festival
Where: Citywide When: 26th February
Where: Dubai Opera When: 10th to 11th February
A celebration of all things gastronomic, Dubai Food Festival is coming back for 18 days of irresistible delights. Taking place from 26 February to 14 March, take a bite out of the city's diverse culinary offering with a jam-packed schedule of tempting events and offers.
Pop music icons a-ha are coming to Dubai on 10 & 11 February 2020 with their Hunting High And Low tour. The Norwegian trio, who dominated pop charts worldwide during the ’80s, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their hugely influential debut album Hunting High And Low and its timeless classic hit Take On Me.
For more information: visitdubai.com/en/dff
For more information: dubaiopera.com
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at Heavenly Spa
Couple’s Romantic Package Take time for you and your partner and enjoy the romantic Valentine’s package at our Couple’s Spa Suite. Begin your 120 minutes romantic journey with 30 minutes couple Rose Body Polish Scrub followed by 60 minutes couple Aspire Massage and 30 minutes bath in a private Jacuzzi. This package is bookable throughout February for only BHD 120 per couple. Book this package by calling +973 1717 1122 or visit www.heavenlyspabahrain.com
Best in Saudi
What's On - What's New
Lionel Richie Live Where: Al Maraya, Tantora Concert Venue When: 28th February US pop legend Lionel Richie is set to perform at Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Winter at Tantora cultural festival in Al-Ula. The Winter at Tantora season is running until March 7, 2020, and is "celebrating nature, heritage and art at Al Ula". For more information: www.experiencealula.com
Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo Where: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre When: 3-5th February Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo is the Kingdom's first ever trade event dedicated to the entertainment and amusement industry. For more information: www.saudientertainmentexpo.com
The Saudi Cup
Enrique Iglesias Live
Where: King Abdulaziz Racetrack, Riyadh When: 29th February
Where: Al Maraya, Tantora Concert Venue When: 21st February
The Saudi Cup is a new race for thoroughbreds over 1800m, on the one-turn dirt oval at King Abdulaziz Racetrack, on the evening of Saturday, February 29th, 2020. The race is worth US$20 million with a prize of US$10 million to the winner and place prize money down to tenth place.
Discover music and stories from around the world. The Latin Pop legends, Enrique Iglesias, supported by the Gipsy Kings, bring a dynamic blend of salsa, flamenco, Latin-pop, reggaeton, and Latin-rock.
For more information: www.thesaudicup.com
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For more information: www.experiencealula.com
What’s on Bahrain
Your ultimate guide to the cultural events and activities in Bahrain this month.
Trip 06,13, 20, 27 February Venue: Bab Al-Bahrain Five P.M. at Bab The weekly activity “Five P.M. at Bab” in the heart of Bab AlBahrain, offers visitors in the area diverse cultural activities that represent the dynamics of the venue and its historical value, while targeting different age groups through the designated space, which is dedicated to practice creativity in its various forms.
02-30 February Venue: Bahrain Fort (Qal’at Al Bahrain) Sound & Light Show An interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back. Every Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
01-15 February Venue: Bahrain National Theatre & Bahrain National Museum The 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition The 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, the first, biggest and longest-running platform for Bahraini artists to showcase and exhibit the outcome of their creative minds. Since its inception in 1972, the exhibition has now evolved into an important yearly gathering of artists, all eager to display their talents and works.
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14-29 February Venue: Various Locations Ta’a Al Shabab 11 Ta’a Al Shabab is an annual cultural festival (first held in 2009) that organizies a wide range of activities, encouraging the youth of Bahrain interested in culture to participate, as well as enriching the Bahraini cultural scene as a whole, under the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ scope of work.
Full festival line-up on www.ta2alshabab.bh
Venue: Bahrain National Museum Milton Lipp – Early years of BAPCO The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) since its inception in 1929 has been at the cornerstone of the shaping the economy and society of Bahrain. This exhibition is dedicated to the life and achievements of Milton Lipp during his time in Bahrain. His years spent in BAPCO were instrumental in developing the company’s profile, and the relationships he established with the rulers and people of Bahrain are a testament to the strong relations between Americans and the Bahrainis.
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
Venue: Art Centre
Dive into the Jurassic
What Night Does
Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with original fossils and replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land.
Abdulrahim Sharif presents his latest artworks in a solo exhibition, reexamining the relationship between subject and painting, focusing on the synchronization between the text, or title, and images. He is one of the founders of the Bahrain Arts Society, is a lecturer of Fine Arts at the University of Bahrain and plays a pivotal role in the Bahraini art scene.
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27 February Venue: Pearling Path Visitors Centre Film Screening: The Time That Remains (2009) The Time That Remains is a 2009 Palestinian film directed by Elia Suleiman. The film is an intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as minorities in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day.
18 February Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum The Annual Celebration of the Opening of the Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum The Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum (Bahrain Fort Site Museum) celebrates the 12th anniversary of the opening with musical artist Faisal Al Kooheji.
Venue: Various Locations
Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum
Spring of Culture Festival
For the 15th consecutive year, the Spring of Culture Festival returns in a new cultural season full of activities that cater to various tastes, interests and age groups and underscore the Kingdom of Bahrain’s position as a leading regional and global cultural hub.
An 8km walkathon through various archaeological sites north of Bahrain, starting from Qal’at Al Bahrain Site, the trail will pass through surrounding farms, Hilla Islamic Site, Al Hajar Burial Mounds, Al Shakhoura Burial Mounds, finally ending at Barbar Temples Site. This event is held with the support of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).
Full festival line-up on www.springofculture.org Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh
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Sofitel Bahrain hosted their Galette des Rois event showcasing Bahrainâ€™s largest Galette
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain reopened the Royal Beach Club
Leaders in Bahrain
Hospitality Bahrain Confidential
interviews the leaders in Bahrain's hospitality industry about what's new, what's next and what makes them the best.
Lilian Roger General Manager ART Rotana
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? I would say “adaptable” is the word which describes me the best. Having worked in 8 different countries - Scotland, France, Tunisia, Algeria, Japan, China, Australia and now in Bahrain- certainly requires a high level of adaptability to accept and excel within different work environments, cultures, traditions, processes, guests’ expectations, day to day life... and so on. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Recognition of the industry. Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is often seen as a career dead-end or in certain cultures, the industry is associated to inappropriate working environment. This is extremely sad, as the industry has a lot to offer. Everyone in the organization has a key role to play, while also working simultaneously to create a treasured times and unforgettable experiences for our guests - this is what we, at Rotana, strive to do every day. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? A lot of work and effort has been applied over the last few years by BTEA to promote Bahrain as a great destination and with this activation we have witnessed new markets’ opening that have had a positive effect on the tourism industry. Russia, Germany, India are a few examples of success stories generating additional revenue and awareness for the Kingdom of Bahrain. BTEA is not only targeting the international market but also gives a major role to regional tourism. The fact that Manama has been appointed the “Capital of Arab Tourism 2020” is another great example of Bahrain’s strong desire to promote the destination locally.
So, if I had to pick only one success, it surely would be the ART Rotana Team.
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What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Our biggest successes have been to overcome the continuous challenges faced during the year! I am extremely proud of the team achievements in ART Rotana, especially within such trading conditions. It might sound very cliché to say that the human factor is the most important component in our industry but why should I change the truth and reality. A hotel makes it happen thanks to its team members who, daily and consistently, are dedicated and committed to deliver exceptional service and product. So, if I had to pick only one success, it surely would be the ART Rotana Team. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? There are many great mottos out there, but I like to use two a bit more than others: “Never give up” and “challenge the status quo”. Both demonstrate a will to move forward and keep on finding new options, ideas and solutions with an acceptance for “failure” and “risk”. A sense of constant movement transpires through these two sayings and this is what drives me. n
Gilles Nicolas General Manager Crowne Plaza Bahrain
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Passionate.
If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Eco-consciousness is on the rise in the hospitality industry - thanks to changing customer preferences, demographics, and more. Guests are now looking for sustainable and authentic experiences and it is but imperative for hotels to go green. Sustainability efforts are to be implemented so that hotels stay competitive, save money and most importantly, reduce the negative impact on the environment. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? Crowne Plaza as a brand is revolutionizing business and leisure travel with incredible momentum. Our goal is to still be the first and definitive choice for business hotel stays around the world. With the emergence of technologies and changes, to consumer requirements, it is but important for our hotel to go beyond its comfort zone. 2020 will surely be a year of opportunity and we are ready to explore the opportunities that the New Year brings. One opportunity is the continuous development of our food and beverage offerings as I believe there is always room for improvement. Another opportunity is our MICE, being one of the largest convention spaces in the country, our focus is to bring in not only smaller meetings but larger conferences, exhibitions and weddings as well. Lastly, more sustainable efforts will be implemented to match the demand of guests which are sustainable travel options.
Crowne Plaza as a brand is revolutionizing business and leisure travel with incredible momentum.
What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? The biggest challenge remains the market conditions and the increase of competition in Bahrain which is affecting all areas of our business including restaurants, bars, conference and events. However, for Crowne Plaza Bahrain, 2019 has been a successful year in many aspects, I refer in particular to maintaining the same level of stay experience for our guests despite the on-going maintenance and refurbishment works around the hotel. We also made sure that our guests are comfortable during the process making their safety and convenience our priority at all times. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? As Phil Jackson puts it, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” The same is true for mine. My greatest strengths are my team. Over the last couple of years, The Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s performance has increased in all areas of our business. This is all due to the dedication of my team. n
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Adnan Gilitwala Director Epitome Restaurant & Coffee Shop Management
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? “Free-spirited” (even though it’s technically two words, but that fits in this case). I prefer to approach situations in my own way and tend to think of unconventional methods of doing things, instead of conforming to one particular school of thought. As a leader, what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? My greatest strength is my team, as I have been lucky enough to work with people who share my ambitions and desire for high standards of quality and service. Personally however, I believe my patience, and ability to build strong relationships are also strengths that have benefited me greatly. I also refuse to micromanage as I have seen that making people accountable improves their overall performance as well as the company as a whole. My weaknesses on the other hand would be that I can be very stubborn and often need a lot of convincing before I change my mind. I can also sometimes suffer from a lack of motivation, thankfully though my team are always on hand to change that when needed. My last weakness is that I can be very blunt and direct which isn’t always appreciated by people. What’s your vision for Epitome? I would like to continue exploring the many different avenues of business in the industry with Epitome. There is honestly no limit to what can be done in this industry and I want to create as many verticals as possible and establish a strong self-sustaining company that is capable of delivering the highest levels of quality and diversity. Our main goal is growth and we hope to be able to have our presence in many more markets. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? This year has seen us make our first international footprint by opening a branch of our first concept in Saudi Arabia. We are very proud of achieving this since the company is still very young. Additionally, we have launched our FMCGs Distribution division which has been extremely exciting and dynamic, and in a short time we have achieved a respectable market presence with no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
My greatest strength is my team, as I have been lucky enough to work with people who share my ambitions and desire for high standards of quality and service.
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Our challenges in the past year and continuing into this year have to do with adapting to the ever changing market and consumer spending habits and trends. The overall situation of the markets globally has not been the best for business, however we are optimistic and believe the future will be much better for us as a company. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill n
Richard Raab General Manager Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Optimistic - "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Well I actually love the industry for what it is and that is why I am still in it. One thing that the industry needs to though, and we have started here already and worldwide with Four Seasons, is to think more about reducing plastic usage and wastage in general. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? The hotel has gone from strength to strength every year since its opening. This year, we are celebrating our fifth year in operation here in Bahrain and we are very proud of what has been achieved since then by the team. Just recently, we added a beautiful sandy beach and also a customized water play park in the shape of a Bahraini Dhow that will be lots of fun for the kids but also educate them at the same time. I am also a firm believer that everyone involved in Bahrain’s tourism industry needs to work together as a team to make the pie larger for all, rather than trying to compete for what is already here.
The hotel has gone from strength to strength every year since its opening. This year, we are celebrating our fifth year in operation here in Bahrain.
What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? There are always ups and downs during the year, the key is to stay positive and keep going and never give up. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle n
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Chafik Zrara General Manager Gallery 21
ell us something personal â€“ how would you describe yourself in one word? Passionate. My strength as a person is that I am very passionate with my profession. That makes me always look for new projects and new challenges that can make our business grow. In a fiercely competitive market, how do you plan on remaining at the forefront of the hospitality game? By being open minded and adaptable to the changes. We also try to be innovative and creative in our offers and promotions to satisfy the needs of our clientele. Opportunities, whether it be small or risky, should be taken advantage of to lead the market. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Being the preferred choice for all types of events will always remain as a challenge for everyone in the hospitality industry. This is the reason why we always strive to provide our best in all aspects. Through the efforts of our team, we had the success of being one of the most popular venue for fashion shows, night life experience, as well as weddings, VIP Corporate and more.
Through the efforts of our team, we had the success of being one of the most popular venue for fashion shows, night life experience, as well as weddings, VIP Corporate and more.
What are your future plans for Gallery 21? My long term goal is to open new branches under Gallery 21 in Bahrain and in the Middle East as a franchise. Iâ€™m also happy to announce that a new and unique concept will be coming soon to Gallery 21. This has long been awaited by our clientele. Which part of Bahrain is your favorite and why? I have been living in Bahrain for sometime and Adliya has always been my favorite. However, there are other interesting areas like Seef District. n Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
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3RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION As we welcome the new year, we mark in it a special occasion for Gallery 21, our 3rd Anniversary on February 28th! Join our celebration of this beautiful and eclectic venue set in the heart of Block 338, and allow us thank our Gallery 21 family for three remarkable years thus far and an exciting journey ahead! Entertainment: DJ Lolita | DJ Cheetoz Tickets Presale: Ladies 10 BD / 1 drink, Gents 10 BD /1 drink Ticket on date Free till 11 pm Ladies: 10 BD / 1 drink, Gents : 15 BD / 2 drinks
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Fares Yactine Area General Manager The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one
word? Diplomatic. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Hospitality is not only a job, it’s a lifestyle. Unfortunately, today, we see many new joiners to the industry considering it as “only a job”. If we can change that perception for the new upcoming generation joining hospitality, that will help in uplifting the hospitality services. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? My vision for 2020 is to be able to create alliances with one of the worldwide brands in order to gain more exposure for multi-national business, enhance our customer data base and increase market share.
My vision for 2020 is to be able to create alliances with one of the worldwide brands in order to gain more exposure for multi-national business.
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What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? After substantial investment in the hotel facility done in 2018, business expectations for the year 2019 were high. Through the commitment of the team towards exceeding guest expectations and a sound business strategy we managed to close the year with satisfactory results despite the growing competition and numbers of flagship managed hotels in the town. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “Customers may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel”. n
Philipp Economou General Manager InterContinental Regency Hotel
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? More like two words… people oriented and fast-paced.
If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? I would like to enhance the focus on sustainability. Together, both as the hospitality industry and consumers (being our guests), we have a responsibility to reduce the negative impact on the environment. We have already started developing a culture within our organisation in which we encourage our colleagues and guests to start playing an active role by reducing their ecological footprint and to be part of our environmental-friendly practices. In addition, we are also active about instructing our suppliers to reduce waste as well. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? In an increasingly competitive environment, InterContinental Hotels Group is well placed to accelerate the growth of our core business. With the Middle East leading the emerging market population boom over the past decade, demographic and social change is a key issue that we will need to tackle, and tackle fast. Whilst historically designed to cater to middle-aged business and leisure tourists from advanced economies, we must today transform to cater to a wider variety of visitors, age groups and backgrounds. From virtual reality to artificial intelligence, technology is innovating at a faster speed than ever before. And to stand out in the competitive hotel industry, we are shifting focus more and more on providing an outstanding guest experience by incorporating technology. Some of the key focuses still remains on our exclusive culinary offerings providing guests elevated experiences and a targeted focus on MICE segments to bring in corporate meetings and local weddings. Lastly but most importantly this year’s attention is on sustainability. It’s quickly becoming a priority — if not a moral imperative. We are implementing many sustainable efforts to match our guest’s needs.
In an increasingly competitive environment, InterContinental Hotels Group is well placed to accelerate the growth of our core business.
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What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? The challenge remains the market conditions with an influx of new hotel rooms in spite of reduced demand and prolonged economic challenges which directly affects all aspects of our business that includes meetings & events, restaurant, bars and other facilities within the hotel. However, 2019 has been a successful year in many aspects; the re-launch of Ramadan tent, a new Brunch concept, Spanish week and the introduction of a themed New Year’s Eve party for the very first time. A major success story for our property, is the launch of our newly refurbished Club InterContinental rooms. This complete facelift of our top three floors will provide our valued guests with a modern twist on a classical look that they have known and loved for many years. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein n
Sawsan Baluch Founder Mahonia & My Café
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? I would describe myself as passionate. Life offers abundance of opportunities, the difference in reaching the heights of success or not is passion. I am careful how I spend my time and ensure whatever interaction or thing I am working on, that I pour 100% of my soul into it and moreover the people I surround myself with also follow this mantra. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Lots of people take hospitality for granted, missing the beauty and soul of this industry. Crafting special moments where you can bring people together is a rare commodity that should be nurtured. Hospitality means being hospitable, it’s exactly like opening your house to your guests; you want people to be comfortable, you want to make sure your guests get what they need, and feel at home. Mahonia is crafted to live this vision and I hope to see more gastronomy-focused concepts open in the GCC where hospitality is in our bones. Can you shed light on your vision for your businesses this 2020? For 2020, my team and myself are now starting to see the rewards of putting Bahrain on the map as a Gastronomic destination; but we cannot stop there. 2020 will see a host of innovation as well as unique collaborations. You will be able to watch our mission come to life over the coming months!
Mahonia is crafted to live this vision and I hope to see more gastronomy-focused concepts open in the GCC where hospitality is in our bones.
What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Mahonia being the gastronomic destination created its own challenges and opportunities following on from an amazing launch year. My team really showed me what passion, expertise and commitment can produce. Their dedication to a delivering my vision and a unique experience overcame all hurdles and now we have found the global market taking note. This came to life especially in collaborations with some of the world’s best chefs including 4 hands dinners & Kitchen takeovers in my Fine Dining restaurant Mahonia, such as Mauro Collagreco from Mirazur in Menton, Bruno Oger from Villa Archange in La Cannet, Chef Augustin Balbi from Haku in Hong Kong, and Jorge Vallejo from Quintonil in Mexico. 2020 is already shaping up to be something amazing (watch this space for something special in February!). With the continued local and global patronage I couldn’t be more excited for the future of Mahonia. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? Be honest to your truth.n
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Hossein Garan Multi-property General Manager Marriott Executive Apartments & Residence Inn by Marriott
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Dynamic. As a hotelier, it is essential to manage the ever-changing environment in the hospitality industry. Every day, there is something new and therefore, you have to be able to change, adapt and move forward setting your business for success. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Hospitality and technology are becoming closer more than ever; guests can book, chat for requests, check in and out using a mobile app which may limit the human touch. I do welcome these changes as that makes it easier for our guests but, I would remind all hoteliers that the core of our business is the guest so don’t lose this core; make that call and ask the guest about their stay and continue the personal touch which is so important. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? Well, 2020 is a year for exciting new things for us. We’re all ecstatic about the launch of our new restaurant, “Crossroads” by March. It will feature a bright, modern and cozy rendezvous for everyone who enjoys comfortable dining with an urban flare. We are also in the final stages of our new apartments redesign taking the new preferences and style of our guests into consideration. We will be starting the renovations in 2020.
Every day, there is something new and therefore, you have to be able to change, adapt and move forward setting your business for success.
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What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Marriott Executive Apartments has always been one of the favorites in the hospitality industry in Bahrain, especially when it comes to the extended stay. It was and will always be our challenge to keep that high regarded position. We achieve it with our great team’s non-stop effort to maintain the excellence we promise our guests and with the support of our globally awarded, loyalty rewards program, Marriott Bonvoy. Another challenge is to keep ourselves up to date with constant change in technology and adapt the same in our operations to serve our guests better. We have had many successes in 2019. Notable successes are that we managed to stay ahead of our competition in our market share. Another great success story is that we ranked number one in Marriott Executive Apartments brand, globally in guest “Elite Appreciation” Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “Put people first” is a saying that I practice all the time. Our company’s founder J. Willard Marriott said that “if you treat your associates well and they will treat your customers well and the customers will come back”. In fact, this saying has been incorporated as one of the core values of Marriott International. n
Crossroads cafĂŠ and restaurant is a rendezvous for friends, family and coworkers to meet and enjoy delicious hearty meals in a bright, cozy and modern ambiance.
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Pasquale Baiguera General Manager Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Passionate.
If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Focusing more on guests’ satisfaction and personal touch by emphasizing on the traditional face to face interaction while containing the digital correspondence. I believe personal experience, touch and word of mouth are still more effective than interacting with guests through social media and other online channels. I would say rather stay basic and provide unique and personal experiences when guests are staying with us at the hotel. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? To complete the entire hotel renovation soon and host a grand opening ceremony announcing our completion and promoting our new state-of-art facilities. We want to provide a unique experience by ensuring that we deliver consistent quality and high level of service to our hotel guests at every point. Last but not least, reposition the hotel as one of the brand new leading hotels in the Kingdom. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Our biggest challenge was definitely to run the hotel’s operations while going through a major renovation. This meant we had to find the best possible solutions to minimize guest’s disturbance, but also keeping the staff on board and motivated under challenging circumstances.
We want to provide a unique experience by ensuring that we deliver consistent quality and high level of service to our hotel guests at every point.
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The biggest success is that the hotel is still well recognized as one of the best hotels in the Kingdom. Meanwhile, we have been recognized with various International awards such as the SKYTRAX AWARD for the ‘Best Airport Hotel in the Middle East’ for the 5th consecutive year, ‘Best Staycation Hotel in Bahrain’ by BBC Good Food Awards, ‘Best Friday Brunch’ in town by Fact dining awards and the 'Best Luxury Airport Hotel in Middle East’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “Go the extra mile, it’s never too crowded.” It means knowing what you want and being willing to do more than what is expected or what you promise to do, going the extra mile. Putting in the extra effort however, is an option that few people choose, but it gives you an advantage and makes you keep pushing for the best possible achievement.n
Christopher Geraghty General Manager Royal Golf Club
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? I’m usually very direct. I like to ensure everything I do stems from purpose and that I utilize every minute of the day to be productive and achieve something. If something takes one hour to complete, I like to get it completed in that hour and move on. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe we are extremely lucky to work in such an exciting and dynamic industry. An industry where we have to think on our feet, problem-solve on the go and anticipate the needs of our guests. That, for me, is the exciting part; being able to put ourselves in the shoes of our guests, understand their expectations and to design and implement plans to exceed them. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? 2020 is the year of consistently exceeding expectations. We have a lot of exciting developments in-store at the club in terms of multiple facility improvements, plans to remain an innovation-leader in our restaurants plans for new golf events later in the year. Adding to that, the continuation of utilizing Troon Golf’s tried and tested service standards to continually delight and excite our members and guests. 2020 is set to be another fantastic year at the club.
I believe we are extremely lucky to work in such an exciting and dynamic industry.
What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? The increased cost of living in Bahrain is on the tips of everybody’s tongue. This has seen all of us as consumers tighten our belts and identify where we can trade-off to ensure we live the quality of life we feel we deserve. However, at the club it is driving us to remain pro-active, increase our efforts on quality and level of service which has seen us do well in 2019 and move into 2020 with some optimism as we continue to provide more value for our members and guests. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? There are so many which ring true. However, my top choice would be “Quitters never win and winners never quit” – Vince Lombardi n
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Mehdi Hanayen General Manager Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
ell us something personal â€“ how would you describe yourself in one
If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Time. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? As always, our vision is to consistently remain the most preferred hotel resort in Bahrain. With great support stemming from the owning company, I am certain that Sofitel Bahrain will continuously stretch its potential; opening new doors of limitless possibilities, whilst enhancing guest quality experiences. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? Gain and Retain. In the past year, we have built successful and meaningful relationships with our business partners. At the same time, we have kept a healthy competition amongst other players in the industry.
Our vision is to consistently remain the most preferred hotel resort in Bahrain. With great support stemming from the owning company, I am certain that Sofitel Bahrain will continuously stretch its potential.
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Having diverse and experienced teams, together, we took each and every risk as an opportunity. Through this approach, we have expanded our networks locally and globally. Furthermore, this helped us attain our current status and accomplish our goals. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? Success entails passion, discipline and hard work. n
Sammy Gani Complex General Manager The Westin & Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Meticulous If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Back to the basic principle of always viewing things from the customers’ perspective Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? Working on taking two great hotels, The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain and making them a little better, by offering guests even more unique experiences. All scheduled before the end of Q2 Salero Spanish Tapas and Bar, Westin Room Refurbishment and Nasmat Sports Lounge with Shisha. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain continue to be the sought after leisure and shopping destination, which lends us an edge over our competitors especially in an unpredictable market.
Working on taking two great hotels, The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain and making it a little better, by offering guests even more unique experiences.
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What makes The Westin/Le Meridien stand out from the rest? It is all about our people who create memorable experiences for our guests every single day. I am very proud to be a part of an amazing team. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? “Everything is possible" and "100% responsibility and 0 excuses”. n
Senior Leadership Team
Complex Director of Revenue Management
Cluster Director of Marketing What advice would you offer to those who aspire to become successful in the hotel industry someday? Success is full of hard work and set of goals. At a young age, I have practiced setting goals whether it’s professional or personal. I write them down with a set of target dates, read it daily and work hard daily to achieve it. I think everyone should do it and of course, choose a work that you love doing. What makes you excited about going to work? My work is never boring since it involves a lot of activities, updates and new things daily. I am always excited to go to work and do what I love doing the most – promoting our hotel on social media, meeting media and partners, writing press releases, brainstorming with the team on new offers and marketing strategies. The list is endless.
Zee Bassila Complex Executive Assistant Manager What attracts you to working for luxury hotels? Luxury brands open doors to business opportunities in the local community and beyond. The ladies and gentlemen’s approach to satisfy guests is visible and rewarding. It makes me proud. The client’s base is also an eye opener when we see the same guests coming back again and again. Once all the above becomes reality and the numbers are good, it gives me the energy to go to the office every single morning. At work, what puts a smile on your face? Satisfied guests with positive scores put a smile on my face. Guests comments highlighting our ladies and gentlemen put a smile on my face. Reading our arrivals list and seeing our repeated guests put a smile on my face.
What is your philosophy when it comes to work? My philosophy in life, and in work, is to treat others with respect at all times. I approach my colleagues with kindness; I deliver my work when I say that I will, and I am an active listener. Also I like to let my team dream, feel involved, and approach me with their (new) ideas. What would you say is the hardest part of your job? One of my biggest challenges within Revenue Management in this part of the world is the last minute demand and finding the right strategy to optimize revenues. You never know what tomorrow will bring – but this keeps me awake and never bored!
Cluster Director of Human Resources
Cluster Director of Finance
What is the single best quality your employees can possess? PASSION – passion to excel, learn, grow, collaborate, innovate and create rewarding experiences every day. Passion is the fuel that keeps us all going.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in your career? You will only be successful if you have good and happy team. As a leader, you should always support your team, give them credit and take responsibility.
What do find most exciting about this career choice? I find it both exciting and gratifying that as an HR professional, I have the power to groom, develop, and mentor associates. Every single day at work, I have the chance to build opportunity and purpose in the workplace for my associates and help them succeed in their career.
Is there a quote/motto that you live by? Do the right thing.
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Anwar Hajjar General Manager Wyndham Grand Manama
ell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word? Inquisitive - I am very inquisitive by nature and this helps me constantly learn from previous experiences. This is a positive driving force, as I am constantly on top of my game and gives me the ability to lead my team and drive them to success. But it can also be a double edge sword, because I am critical of myself all the time. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? Truth be told, the hospitality industry is already in a constant cycle of change. It has kept us on our toes. The industry has been evolving at a rapid pace over the past years, having to evolve to the needs of the modern traveller. We have been innovating & evolving from our learnings & industry best practices we have earned from the past 2 years of being in operation. Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020? The team & I have an extensive growth plan based on our learnings from the
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past 2 years. Without revealing too much details, the hotel will be adding new Meetings & Conference space. We will also be adding bistro twisted 25, Addition of a outdoor BBQ Party area. Last but not the least, we will also be adding the Dome, our outdoor & indoor pool facilities allowing our guests to enjoy the facilities throughout the year. Taking this opportunity, we are also pleased to announce that we will soon be Wyndham Grand Manama & Resort with the addition of our new Resort facilities located within Bahrain Bay. We are grateful for the efforts of the Bahrain Tourism Authority (BTEA) to improve the leisure segment in Bahrain and giving us an opportunity to positively impact this endeavour. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? We at the Wyndham Grand Manama have identified a challenge with positioning the hotel at the right place, at the right price at right time in the pursuit of the ideal customer journey. Each hotel needs
to strike a balance between these three components to be able to achieve guests’ satisfaction and financial targets set. The key indicator of our success is that we have consistently achieved our targeted goals in all aspects for the second year in a row. It goes without saying that this could not be achieved without the unwavering & outstanding support of our owners, the Al Qaed family, the commitment of our employees as well as the support of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts corporate team. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? The core ethos of the hospitality industry has always been the interaction with guests from all walks of life. At the Wyndham Grand Manama, we make an active effort to engage with our guests. Every single person we come across adds value to our experience and helps us drive the property to its best. We strive to live by the words “ People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care” (Quote from Teddy Roosevelt).n
Varghese Kurian Chairman & Managing Director Park Regis Lotus Hotel
ell us something personal â€“ how would you describe yourself in one word? Hard working. At the same time, I am also sincere and helpful to people especially the underprivileged. If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be? If I can change one thing about hospitality industry, itâ€™s developing tourism further in cooperation with the authorities. Through this strengthened collaboration, tourists will be more interested in visiting a place. I believe that this is what we need to do to attract tourists to Bahrain. Can you shed light on your vision for Park Regis Lotus Hotel this 2020? My vision has always been to make Park Regis Lotus Hotel a prestigious four-star deluxe hotel through constant improvements. What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year? The current global economic problem continues to affect everyone in the hospitality industry. This, along with the opening of the neighboring countries to tourism have been quite a challenge. Nevertheless, we at Park Regis, strive to provide what our guests need and exceed their expectations. Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? Work hard and leave the rest to GOD. n
My vision has always been to make Park Regis Lotus Hotel a prestigious four-star deluxe hotel through constant improvements.
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Paradise Found! Bahrain Confidential explores Avani + Samui, a seaside hideaway in Koh Samui Thailand.
ucked away on the quieter southwestern side of Samui, escape from the world in a peaceful haven surrounded by unspoilt tropical nature. Avani+ Samui is designed as a seaside hideaway, ideal for couples, friends or families. Just recently, we had the chance to discover this seaside hideaway located in Koh Samui. Koh Samui has long been known as a cosmopolitan melting pot and a major destination for holiday-makers, with its wide range of relaxing or thrilling activities. Avani+ Samui takes the best of both worlds in a secluded beach paradise! During our visit, we spent hours in the stunning infinity pool, sipping on refreshing concoctions at our very own deck. We also had a taste of adventure soaking in nature’s wonders with the resort’s range of activities. Here are some of the reasons why we loved Avani+ Samui…
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Thailand Great Location
The resort is located at Phang Ka Beach in Taling Ngam, which is just a 20-minute drive from Nathon Pier and a 45-minute drive from Samui International Airport. The villas are also steps away from the stunning beach!
Plush Accommodation Each room and villa is modern, eco-friendly and is designed for squeezing the most out of tropical living. Our private pool villa boasted a glorious view and an ample amount of space. We relaxed under the shade of coconut palms while listening to the rhythmic tides.
Cool Food Concepts The choices continue for food and drink at Avani+ Samui. We savoured enticing Thai sland cuisine, healthy bites and snacks. The resort has a cool Kombi Van bar providing cocktails and
Avani+ Samui is designed as a seaside hideaway, ideal for couples, friends or families.
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beverages, while PANTRY at Avani features grab-and-go snacks and light meals inspired by local island ingredients. Essence, the beachfront restaurant serves delicious Thai and international specialities while featuring an enchanted panoramic sea views.
Koh Samui has long been known as a cosmopolitan melting pot and a major destination for holidaymakers, with its wide range of relaxing or thrilling activities. Tropical Adventure Whether youâ€™re seeking relaxing discoveries or new thrills, Avani+ Samui delivers. Kayaks, paddleboards and mountain bikes are complimentary. Tours surrounding the area can also be arranged by the resort.
Comforting Pleasures Avani+ Samui offers a wide range of relaxing and invigorating treatments. We emerged perfectly peaceful after a massage session.
Perks Each morning the traditional longtail boat launches its daily trip to the unspoilt sands of Koh Madsum. We hopped aboard and cruised across crystal waters to the gorgeous beach for free! n
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The King of
HUAWEI unveiled its much anticipated powerhouse, the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G!
ust recently, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the muchanticipated HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G to consumers in the United Arab Emirates during a launch event in Dubai. We’ve had a firsthand experience on the latest flagship and here’s what makes it stand out…
Refining Excellence With today’s overly crowded mobile technology industry, the bar for smartphone performance is set high. However, the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G clears it with such ease and finesse. Thanks to its chipset Kirin 990 5G, the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G is a one of a kind 5G smartphone that supports both Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) 5G networks delivering a super powered performance and connectivity at all times. The Kirin 990 is undoubtedly the most advanced processor on any android phone.
Iconic Features Huawei is known for bringing unique looks to its devices. The phone takes handset design in a bold, new direction inspired by a Halo. It comes in two new colors, Emerald Green and a unique Vegan Leather Orange. While the Ultra Curved HUAWEI Horizon Display creates a more endless screen design that makes it even more immersive. The phone also supports AI Gesture Control which allows users to complete tasks with gestures. Meaning, you don’t have to keep down
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Feature your coffee mug or bag of chips to scroll across a webpage. You can even pinch to take a screenshot! What’s even more interesting is, the phone automatically detects the angle of your eyes with its AI Auto-Rotate, providing the best viewing experience.
Camera Credentials The HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G breaks the rules of smartphone photography and videography. The phone beats its competitors with a unique 40 MP dual main camera that boast a SuperSensing Cine Camera, a unique Ultra Low-light video feature, and even an ultra-slow-motion recording with 7680fps!
Impressive Battery Life The HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G has a massive 4500 mAh battery, that can last for a long time even while using the camera or
With its connectivity prowess, unique features and powerful specs, the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G can truly be hailed as “The King of 5G”.
gaming or web browsing. It can also be charged back up with TUV Rheinland certified wired and wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge technology.
Super Security Security is something most of us are concerned about. Thanks to the phone’s isolated Trusted Execution, all sensitive data such as fingerprints, facial information and voiceprints are stored in the most secure part of the chipset itself. Your messages and notifications are also safe from prying eyes when you receive them thanks to AI Private View, which hides content when extra faces are detected, even alerting you! The phone’s features seem like a thing of the future, but now it is all possible thanks to Huawei’s latest flagship. With its connectivity prowess, unique features and powerful specs, the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G can truly be hailed as “The King of 5G”. The HUAWEI Mate30 Pro 5G is now available in Bahrain, providing fans with the opportunity to experience the infinite possibilities of the award-winning. n
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Ultraboost 20 Adidas Running reveals the adidas Ultraboost 20 in partnership with the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Sofitel Bahrain launched their first ever wedding fair at Al Nakheel Ballroom
rawing parallels with the construction of a space shuttle in which every part has a unique purpose, each element in the adidas Ultraboost 20 has been maximized for a specific performance-driven function, allowing athletes to elevate their performance to new heights. Announced earlier in November 2019, as part of its open-source culture of collaboration, adidas has officially partnered with the ISS U.S. National Lab to innovate, learn, and share information with the vision of co-creating the future of sports performance. Beyond integrating aerospace grade technology with the adidas Ultraboost 20 and as part of the ground-breaking long-term partnership, adidas will send Boost technology on a mission up to the ISS. In space, the scientists will study the BOOST molding process without the distraction of Earth's gravity, so adidas can unlock the future of boost. The objective is to leverage the findings at scale in BOOST midsoles of the future. Adorned with an ISS U.S. National Laboratory space patch, the adidas Ultraboost 20 pays homage to this upcoming mission and as a symbol of the partnerâ€™s commitment to innovate. The adidas Ultraboost 20 will drop in a number of limitededition colorways in the lead-up to the official global launch on December 6, 2019. n
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Pushing the Boundaries With an updated look and the same trusted quality, the Seiko 5 Sports is here to make heads turn.
ince its birth in the 1960s, the Seiko 5 Sports collection of watches has delivered consistently high levels of reliability, durability, performance and value that have endeared it to lovers of mechanical watches worldwide. A broad new collection of this series of timepieces is reborn with a brand-new design, and retains all the same values it has upheld for over half a century.
The number ‘5’ represented the promise of five key attributes. The Inception In the early ‘60s, the first ever Seiko 5 watch, Seiko Sportmatic 5, was the horologist’s and Japan’s first ever automatic day-date watch. The number ‘5’ represented the promise of five key attributes; an automatic movement, a day-date display at the three o’clock position, water resistance, a recessed crown at the four o’clock position and a case and bracelet built for durability. A few years later, Seiko 5 Sports was created for the ever-growing number of men and women who wanted a watch they could trust as they played sports. It offered enhanced water resistance, a strengthened crystal and luminous hands and hour markers.
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Throughout the next decades, Seiko 5 Sports found great international favour as a ‘go-anywhere’ watch that offered a unique look and extraordinary value, particularly popular among younger watch lovers, thanks to eye-catching designs with dials in vivid colors that shocked and delighted in equal measure.
A Makeover Shaped by Heritage Though the new Seiko 5 Sports draws its inspiration from the five decades of its predecessor’s success, every creation in the new collection shares an updated version of the celebrated case and all have the same arrow-shaped minute hands, distinctive hour markers and one-way rotating bezel. The movements are all Seiko’s tried and trusted automatic Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a four-hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. The five styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense, have new dials with three-dimensional hour markers and the collection embraces a wide range of straps and bracelets from steel mesh to silicone/ leather hybrids. This range of wristwatches is available at Ambassador Stores located at Bab-Al-Bahrain, Manama. n For more information: www.seiko5sports.com/en/
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Leading Bahrain’s FinTech Landscape Benefit awarded as the fastest growing electronic payment solution at the International Finance Awards 2019.
Lulu Hypermarket inaugurated their "Indian Utsav 2020" event at Dana Mall
ENEFIT was awarded at the International Finance Awards 2019 as the “Fastest Growing Electronic Payment Solution” on the 23rd of January in Jumeirah Emirates tower, Dubai. The award is in recognition of BENEFIT’s extraordinary achievements in financial services sector, and its commitment to provide the most modern financial services and cutting-edge technology for the kingdom to strengthen Bahrain’s position as the financial hub of the region. The International Finance Awards recognizes and honors individuals who have had a positive impact on the performance of their company, energy that have developed innovative products or services that have set benchmarks for their peers and within the industry. Winning an International Finance Award is recognition of their continual efforts and commitment to improving business performance. International Finance is a global finance and business magazine, based and headquartered in London. Recently, BENEFIT has been making strides to develop the FinTech landscape in Bahrain. Additionally, BENEFIT has been creating various strategic alliances to offer innovative solutions that strengthens relationships between businesses and their consumers in consistency of with the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030. Benefit continues to launch innovative solutions, and services that will prepare the Kingdom for the future economy. Up to 2019, BenefitPay has registered 280,000 users on the application, being the most used online payment platform in the kingdom. n
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Planning an unforgettable trip to Italy? Dadabhai Travel got you covered with this exclusive package!
perspective of the city and are best enjoyed during the summer months when you can take a lazy boat trip. Visit Pinacoteca di Brera For one of the best collections of Italian paintings head to the Pinacoteca di Brera. The building, which is a work of art on its own, houses an impressive collection spanning over 36 rooms.
ehind the unassuming buildings lies a secret city of fine dining, gorgeous hotels, museums and some of the best shopping in the world. Milan, a metropolis in Italy's northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. Explore Milan for only BD199 with Dadabhai Travel! Here are some of the best things to explore in this buzzing city…
See Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ The Last Supper painting is located in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Visit Idroscalo Park Idroscalo Park is centered on Idroscalo Lake, a man-made lake offering a green escape from Milan’s concrete jungle. There are plenty of places for cycling, hiking, and having a barbecue. n
Visit Duomo and the City Center With over 3,500 statues, 135 spires, and five bronze doors, it is not surprising that it took 500 years to complete the Duomo. The Duomo Cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo is easily the best thing to check out when you’re in Milan.
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Healthy Parenting AlSalam Specialist Hospital shares some tips on nurturing children’s growth.
A Dr. Fatima Neama is a Senior Consultant in Pediatrics, Consultant Neurologist and the Head of Pediatric Department at AlSalam Specialist Hospital. Dr. Neama has completed her fellowship in pediatric neurology as well as the Arab Board of Medical Specializations in Pediatrics (ABMSP).
ll parents should aim to give their children a good start in life by nurturing, protecting and guiding them. As children grow and develop, it is important to follow up on them especially during their primary growth period, according to AlSalam Specialist Hospital’s Consultant Pediatrician Dr. Fatima Neama. It is the parents’ duty to provide their children with healthy diet, familiarize them with early sleeping time and keep them as far as possible from electronic devices such as smartphone, tablet PCs and video game consoles.
of contributing towards raising a healthy generation.
“Parents must recognize the signs and symptoms that may negatively affect a child's healthy growth.
The Pediatric Department at AlSalam Specialist Hospital provides specialized medical care to newborns and infants. The hospital focuses on providing family-centered care approach to reduce stress and its impacts, hence, it provides medical checkup packages for students, which include: measuring height, weight, visual acuity, in addition to clinical examination by a pediatrician, dentist and an ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialist, including lab tests for measuring hemoglobin and vitamin D.n
Dr. Neama also advised parents to spend more time with their children to develop their social communication, train them on skills of expressing themselves, develop positive motivation methods and avoid negative self-destructive methods; with the aim
For more information: AlSalam Specialist Hospital +973 13 10 10 10 www.alsalam.care
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“Parents must recognize the signs and symptoms that may negatively affect a child's healthy growth. These symptoms include the child's inactivity, lack of focus and a sense of constant boredom, excessive movement, poor educational attainment and poor appetite that may indicate a lack of important elements for the child's growth. In addition to the mentioned symptoms, it is important to resort to medical checkups, which contribute to the diagnosis of the disorder, early recognition of its causes and early intervention,” Dr Neama clarified.
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Now you’re on the road to fitness, it’s time to find different ways to stay active.
hen looking at ways to stay active, you need to make sure you’re adding ways to work both mentally, as well as physically.
Try taking part in fitness events in and, around Bahrain to keep you motivated. For those who already have a good level of fitness, you could join the Bahrain Triathlon Association’s, Sprint Duathlon on the 15th of February. For the beginners, why not try a new exercise such as, a Pilates or Yoga class, where you will learn to strengthen your core muscles and increase flexibility. This will also give you an opportunity to learn how your body moves. You could even get your friends, or family involved, and try going out for a walk and take advantage of the cooler weather. If you’re friends, and family don’t fancy walking, you can take your own or your
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neighbours dog out for a walk. Not only being active but, helping a neighbour. Your mental health is just as important to reaching your goals as anything else. If you’re not mentally ready to get to your goals, it can be a struggle. Why not, set aside 20 minutes in the morning for a meditation or write in a journal, and think about things you would like to accomplish in your day. Going for a massage, a manicure or for a blow dry can also be a relaxing experience, and sometimes exactly what you need before the hectic week ahead. You don’t need to restrict fun in order to reach your goals, it is all about moderation. n For more ideas about how to start your health journey, get in touch with us @hvholistic 17775544 or email@example.com
Trying Traditional Chinese Medicine Back on the Move shares all you need to know about acupuncture.
A Dr. Dong Li, is a qualified Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with years of advanced education and international industry experience in Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina. He performs frequent patient evaluations with classical diagnostic method of traditional Chinese to treat an extensive variety of conditions.
cupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. As a part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners believe that the human body has more than 400 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. Acupuncture seeks to release the flow of the body’s vital energy (or ‘chi’) by stimulating points along the pathways. By doing so, the flow of ‘chi’ is thought to be improved, thereby improving health. Studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for a variety of conditions. It has long been recognized as an effective treatment chronic pain. The needles stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, promoting the release of natural pain-relieving neurotransmitters and neurohormones such as endorphins. Furthermore, acupuncture successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to nausea, migraine, chronic headaches, dysmenorrhea and more. An increasing number of people are also seeking the treatment for stress and anxiety as well as issues related to pregnancy, fertility and painful periods. Studies also show that acupuncture is effective in significantly improving eyesight for patients with
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Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). This disorder is a genetically inherited condition that may lead to blindness. Acupuncture improved overall eyesight and improved issues of dark to light adaptation and nyctalopia (night blindness). It is important to choose a professional acupuncturist with proper training and credentials. Book your session now with Dr. Dong Li, Doctor of Acupuncture (TCM). He treats patients with a wide variety of disorders including cervical spondylosis, lumbar intervertebral disc herniation, neck-shoulder syndrome, tinnitus, insomnia, headache & migraine, stroke rehabilitation, infertility, IVF preparation, ADHD, fibromyalgia, epiphora, etc. Dr. Li also has his own special needling technology for Retinitis Pigmentosa, digestive disorders and dysmenorrhea. n
Dr. Lana Peters is the founder of Back on the Move and co-founder of Be Rehab. She has over 35 years experience in the field of osteopathy. She aims to improve the lives of Bahrain citizens and expats. backonthemove.com +973 7730 0600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
of the Month To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Check out the latest movies and TV series you wouldn’t want to miss! Locke & Key (Season 1)
Birds of Prey
After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
A horror adaptation of the popular '70s TV show about a magical island resort.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Brahms: The Boy II
Narcos: Mexico (Season 2)
A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.
After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
What’s new on Netflix? To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Lara Jean and Peter have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official when another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture. Locke & Key (Season 1) Based on the comic book series, it tells the story of three siblings who are moved homes after a brutal murder of their father to discover keys that unlock powers and abilities. Narcos: Mexico (Season 2) Narcos is a drama series that follows some of the world’s biggest drug lords and their quest to own it all. Cable Girls (Season 5 – Part 1)
Cable Girls (Season 5 – Part 1)
The final season of Cable Girls will wrap up the story of the telephone operators.
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Valentine's “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.”
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, Bahrain Confidential has 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, here’s a full guide to making this Valentine’s Day the best you ever had!
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Valentine's Experience ‘Diving into the Jurrasic’ at the National Museum Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with original fossils and replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land.
Where to go?
Get your hands dirty at A’ali Pottery Workshop Don’t be afraid to get a little bit messy! Learn the basic techniques of working and building with clay at A’ali’s traditional pottery workshops.
Have a date at Darseen Café. After having an art-filled day at the National Museum, drop by this hidden gem for coffee, tea and some light bites. Darseen Café boasts its fantastic indoor and outdoor seating options, chic décor and relaxed ambiance.
P.S. You can turn your coffee date into an outing! Buy a ticket at the café’s door, for a ‘boat ride’ for just BD1!
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Valentine's Reminisce at Adhari Park Love may be a rollercoaster, but taking your date on a fun park is the perfect way to make them fall head over heels for you.
Go Karting at Bahrain International Circuit You’ll never have an excuse for planning a boring date again!
Say ‘wahoo’ at ‘Wahooo! Waterpark If you love adventure and want endless hours of fun, then grab your swimsuits and enjoy the fun rides, slides, and other watery attractions at Wahooo!
Where to buy flowers and chocolates? Alia Flowers Alia Flowers a family-owned business with almost 40 years’ expertise in the industry and is certainly the place to go for all of your V-Day needs. @aliaflowers
Fleur Fleur is dedicated to making every moment special and memorable by offering a wide array of beautiful blooms and more. @fleurbahrain
Try an icebreaking date at Funland Wrap up together and enjoy your own winter wonderland!
Lalabella LalaBella is translation for passion, luxury and elegance in a creative way. It is a one-stop-shop for bespoke floral arrangements, gift items and chocolates. @lalabellabh
La Marquise La Marquise Chocolates and Floral art was established in 2002. The shop imports luxurious chocolates and fresh flowers which are very unique in color and quality. @lamarquisebh
Amazon Garden Amazon Garden undertakes all kinds of events, carries first-category flowers, branded chocolates and even a 24-carat gold plated cake. This Valentine’s Day, find long-lasting heart shaped roses for your beloved, only at Amazon. amazon_events
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Valentine's take advantage of a complimentary day pass to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s private beach and spa facilities on the same day and a 20% discount voucher to enjoy any spa treatment of choice. February 14 from 7:00 PM For more information: +973 1711 5500
Valentine’s Dinnet at Skyw@lk Where: Marriott Executive Apartments Price: BD6.5++ Enjoy a set menu at Marriott Executive Apartments’ Skyw@ lk Restaurant. Indulge in four-course dinner for only BD6.5++ per person. Ladies will also get complementary roses during the evening. For more information: +973 1736 3999 Be in Love this Valentine’s at Silks Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD65 Net per couple Head to Silk’s restaurant to enjoy irresistible four-course set menu paired with specially chosen wine. Valentine’s dinner priced at BHD 65.00 net per couple, including unlimited paired wine.
Cherry Blossom Valentine @ WU
For more information: +973 1746 0017
Where: ART Rotana Price: BD45/50 Net per couple Enjoy a wondrous Valentine's 4 course set menu specially designed for the occasion along with a festive Sushi ART Setup while DJ Elena and Violinist Yeminlyn take your night into another level with their amazing collaboration. 14th February 2020, from 7pm to 12am. For more information: +973 1600 0111 Valentine’s Day at Teatro Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD22/33 Net Enjoy a 4-course set menu for only BD 22 Net per person including soft drinks or BD 33 Net per person including selected beverages. Our Saxophonist will mesmerize you with her live performance. 14th February 2020, from 6 pm until 10 pm. For more information: +973 1311 9999 Valentine’s Dinner Buffet at H2O Where: Elite Grande Hotel Price: BD22 Net per couple Celebrate Valentine’s with a special dinner buffet on 14th February at H2O. The buffet includes four glasses of beverages for only BD22 Net per couple.
Valentine’s Dinner at Links Where: Royal Golf Club Price: BD55 Net per couple Enjoy a 4 course dinner for two in Links restaurant on February 14th from 7pm onwards and receive a gift for the Gents and Ladies, a rose for the ladies and a bottle of red or white wine. Accompanied with live entertainment from Esraa J. For more information: +973 1775 1262
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Valentine’s Day Friday Brunch
Romantic Beach Dinner
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Price: BD30/38 per person Indulge in a sumptuous Valentine-themed buffet of international specialties, along with live cooking stations and a delectable dessert buffet.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD145/194 Net per couple Enjoy a romantic four-course dinner for two curated whilst the resident band serenades you. Take away fresh roses and a complimentary box of house-made chocolates. Couples may also
For more information: +973 1758 6499
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Valentine's Seaside Candle-lit Dinner at La Mer Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD60 per couple Fall in love all over again by the majestic Arabian Gulf at 5-star French seafood restaurant, La Mer. Venture on a wonderland of love and indulge in a romantic set menu for BD60net per couple with grapes. For more information: +973 3888 5789 Valentine’s Day Dinner at Furn Bistro Where: The Westin City Centre Bahrain Price: BD50 net per couple Celebrate the day of romance with a special 4-course menu along with selected beverage at Furn Bistro. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. For more information: +973 1717 1441 Valentine’s Dinner at Ya Hala Rooftop Lounge Where: Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands by Wyndham Price: BD9.9 Net per person Celebrate with your loved one and create unforgettable memories on 14th February starting 5:30pm till midnight. The price includes
candle light dinner with 3-course set menu paired with glass of house wine. For more information: +973 1360 0111 Valentine’s Evening at Jashan Where: Wyndham Garden Manama Price: BD12/18 Net per person Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s unlimited buffet with live entertainment at Jashan Restaurant, on 14th February from 7pm to 11:45pm. Priced at BD12/18 Net per person. For more information: +973 6631 6666 Valentine’s Day Dinner at Atmospher Where: Wyndham Grand Manama Price: BD39++ per couple Have a romantic candlelight dinner on 14 February with your loved one at the Atmosphere Restaurant. Enjoy the fresh and exceptional international cuisines. A photo booth is available on the night to capture your special moment at Atmosphere Restaurant. For more information: +973 3366 0312
Romantic Diamond Rose Extreme Gift Box Where: The Ritz-Carlton Spa Price: BD250 A Valentine’s day exclusive offer. With every purchase, receive a complimentary Diamond Rose treatment package worth BHD 90 that includes Rose petal bath, Diamond Rose scrub, Diamond Rose oil massage and Diamond Rose Touch finish. Made even more attractive with a 30% savings for lunch or dinner at selected outlets.
For more information: +973 1758 6808.
Romantic Spa Offer
Heavenly Spa by Westin Valentine’s Offer
Where: ART Rotana Price: BD35 Net per hour Gift your Valentine a special massage treatment in ART Rotana’s Spa for one hour and they will take care of providing a beautiful and romantic flower bouquet to them, for only BD35 Net. This offer is available from 15th January till 14th February 2020. Prior reservation is required.
Where: The Westin City Centre Bahrain Price: BD120 per couple Enjoy 120-minutes couples’ treatment which includes 30 minutes couples Rose Body Polish Scrub followed by 60 minutes couples Aspire Massage and the 30 minutes bath in the private Jacuzzi
For more information: +973 1600 0111 Relax in the Name of Love Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD100 Net per couple Get treated to a gentle skin polish to reveal naturally radiant complexion. To complete the evening, complimentary sparkling wine will be served. For more information: +973 1746 0051
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Thinking of what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Ted’s got you covered! Spoil your man with these must have pieces from Ted Baker SS20 collection.
Chance Eau Tendre An even tenderer interpretation of CHANCE. A delicate presence, an intensely feminine and enveloping trail. The delicate and unexpected fruity-floral fragrance for women creates a soft whirlwind of happiness, fantasy, and radiance.
Scents and Sensibilities
Show Some Love with Ted From dapper accessories to stylish pieces, these perfect presents are sure to steal your partner’s heart.
The gift of a new signature scent is priceless. So, skip the stress of shopping and opt for one of these sure-to-please perfumes from Chanel.
Allure Homme Sport A fresh and woody fragrance. The blend of aquatic, lively and sensual notes evokes a man of action seeking to push his limits. ALLURE HOMME SPORT incarnates the man who loves a challenge.
The most romantic holiday is just around the corner and as always, Ted Baker comes through with perfect outfits for her to wear this Valentine’s Day!
Bleu De Chanel The most intense of the BLEU DE CHANEL fragrances. Powerful and refined, BLEU DE CHANEL Parfum for men reveals the essence of determination.
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V-Day Style Guide Take a SPLASH into a pool of stylish choices this Valentine’s with our outfit guide! It doesn't matter if you’re into a casual or a preppy-er look, Valentine’s Day is about feeling completely you! Mixing these super cute pieces will surely elevate your look!
Picking what to wear can be harder than it sounds, good thing Splash has got you covered! Guys, you’ll want to put it a little extra effort without going over the top, creating the perfect balance between sophisticated and chic.
You can shop at Splash in Centrepoint Stores at Oasis Mall Juffair, Muharraq, Riffa & Bahrain City Centre. Splash stores at Marina Mall, Segaya – Hayat Mall - Shop online at www.splashfashions.com
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Relaxing Retreat Share the love this Valentine’s Day with a therapeutic couple’s massage at Mövenpick Hotel’s Rimal Spa!
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Bath/Hammam experience. Just recently, we had the chance to try their soothing package, perfect for Valentine’s Day! After indulging in a healthy welcome drink, we filled out the necessary forms that will guide our therapists on our preferences. This included the massage pressure, spa music, pressure points and more. Soon after, we were escorted to the steam room – apparently, steaming before a massage will improve the benefits of the treatment.
Calm your dry winter skin and rev up some romance with Mövenpick Hotel’s range of relaxing spa treatments!
ou’d think with all the romantic restaurants, lounges and date ideas on the island, it would be east to arrange a special day out for you and your beau. But oftentimes, the planning sucks the fun right of it. Solution: treat your partner to a day of pampering with a couple’s massage! Located at Mövenpick Hotel’s mezzanine floor, Rimal Spa is a European style spa, with an Arabic influence. The spa offers a fusion of modern results-driven treatments, holistic therapies and a traditional Turkish
Moving on to the best part, the massage! Unlike other massages, the aromatherapy massage is mainly centered on using different types of aroma oils during the session. Overall, the experience was everything we had hoped it would be. Priced at BD100 per couple, the indulgent package includes a 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage and a 30-minute Express Facial. Complimentary sparkling will also be served during the session. What are you waiting for? Calm your dry winter skin and rev up some romance with Mövenpick Hotel’s range of relaxing spa treatments! The couple that relaxes together stays together, right? n
Package Price: BD100 NET/couple • 60-minute aromatherapy • 30-minute express facial
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Luxury Wellness Redefined Planning to get fit this 2020? The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s Health Club & Spa have got you covered!
hether you like strength training, cardio, or classes, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s luxurious health clubs for both men and women, will make it more enjoyable to reach your fitness goals this year.
Discover why their health & wellness facilities are the best kept secret in Bahrain:
Superb Amenities and Privileges You don’t need to be a hotel guest to be able to enjoy the recreation facilities, men’s and women’s health clubs and spa hydrotherapy facilities for
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Feature relaxation and recovery. The recreation facilities also include two swimming pools, two tennis courts and two squash courts. Health Club members can enjoy these facilities year around and get first access to exclusive events and promotions.
Unique Hydrotherapy Facilities Perfect for relaxation and recovery, the hotel’s spa hydrotherapy facilities complete the wellness experience and deliver freedom from daily activities and stress right in the heart of the city. The hydrotherapy circuit includes a hot and cold Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as aromatherapy showers with customizable scents to help you fully relax.
Outstanding Offers and Remarkable Rates Weekly Specials • Spa Time for 2: BD55 Net (Sunday to Wednesday, 10AM to 2PM) • Monday Glow: 20% off on Natura Bisse Facials • Wednesday Mid-Week Pick Up: 20% off Gulf Spa Signature Packages
In addition to the excellent facilities, the hotel highlights an array of offers and promotions that can be enjoyed throughout the month. It is also worth noting that the hotel uses only the highest quality products, such as the award-winning Natura Bisse line, while boasting competitive rates for its beauty and wellness services.
Valentine’s Offer "Escape to Romance" Enjoy private spa experience for two in a luxurious suite. The beautifully appointed VIP spa suite is designed to offer the ultimate spa experience. Located on the second floor of the spa, the suite features a private steam and sauna, fully equipped vanity area with shower, two treatment beds, hydrotherapy tub, and relaxation lounges. Clients can enjoy a range of facials, massages, and luxurious bath experiences. The VIP spa suite has a minimum reservation of two hours. n For more information:
+973 1774 6289
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Going Out Are you wondering where to get some delicious shrimps in Bahrain? We did the research so that you don’t have to. Here are our follower’s top picks!
Shrimps We asked our social media followers where their favourite shrimp place is – here’s a rundown on where to get the ‘best shrimps’ in Bahrain.
Brasserie Royale Where: Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain Located at the luxurious Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain, Brasserie Royal serve elegant cuisine inspired by Mediterranean tastes with French Influence. Just recently, they featured a taste of local prawns with a special menu designed with the freshest ingredients of the season.
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La Mer Where: Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq La Mer is a stunning seafood restaurant that offers the freshest catch of the day, in a classy setting. The restaurant boasts perfect views of the Arabian gulf along with sumptuous dishes ranging from fish, prawns, and more.
Eathai Where: Isa Town
Al Jalboot Fish Restaurant Where: Aali
Baker & Spice Where: Al Aali Mall
Eathai is a Thai restaurant located in Isa Town. While the restaurant stays true to their roots with the strength of our traditional Thai flavors, they are constantly evolving by incorporating modern tastes. At Eathai, you can find a variety of shrimp dishes.
Al Jalboot Fish Restaurant is one of Bahrain’s local favorite when it comes to fresh seafood. Located in Aali, this restaurant is unassuming while offering tasty and reasonably priced grilled/fried fish, shrimps and more.
Apart from Baker & Spice's selection of pastries, breakfast and vegan menu, the restaurant also features seafood options like their bestseller ‘Gulf Sea Prawns’; which are locally sourced tiger prawns grilled to perfection and served on the bed of homemade harissa sauce.
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Jimmy’s Killer Prawns Where: Atrium Mall, Seef Mall Muharraq Jimmy’s Killer Prawns is an international South African seafood chain. The restaurant is unique with prawns being its core product. Jimmy’s prawns are prepared with a unique blend of herbs and spices which give them the distinctive taste they are famous for. Aside from its killer prawns, the restaurant has a wide selection of seafood platters, steaks, ribs and other dishes.
Safat Where: Bilad Al Qadeem
Salya Where: Budaiya
Wang Thai Where: Adliya
Safat is the traditional Bahraini seafood restaurant in Bilad Al Qadeem. The restaurant’s best selling dishes include shrimp machboos, shrimp tempura, grilled salmon and more. Seafood lovers will surely enjoy with their variety of local favorites.
Salya Seafood & More is a restaurant located at Budaiya Highway, opposite BBK. The restaurant offers a wide array of seafood dishes like shrimps, crabs, mussels and fish. Salya is also famous for their seafood buckets filled with your favorite seafood mixed together with corn and special sauce.
Located in Adliya, Wang Thai is a restaurant serving the authentic flavors of Thailand. Apart from their signature dishes, the restaurant is also well-versed in creating some delicious prawn specialties.
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Shrimp Pot Where: Amwaj Shrimp Pot is a friendly and casual seafood restaurant located at Amwaj Islands. Originally from Kuwait, the restaurant is known to be the first restaurant in the region of its kind. They are famous for their unique method of serving the seafood with a variety of selection sauces, which is served in buckets. Apart from their delicious pot menu, Shrimp Pot also offers a variety of appetizers, specials and desserts perfect for everyone. The Florist’s Daughter Where: Al Aali Mall The Florist's Daughter, located at Al Aali Mall is a boutique restaurant with multiple cuisine, coffee and a beautiful flower shop. Growing up between fragrant peonies, colorful hydrangeas and lilies, the florist’s daughter has always felt her father’s flower shop was a haven of wild flowers. Today, The Florist’s Daughter is an ode to her late father in which she set out to display the same eclectic selection of food as her dad did with flowers. While offering a selection of international food, the florist operations continue to operate as a tribute to the father’s historical works. The boutique restaurant boasts several scrumptious shrimp dishes like the Crispy Prawns, Prawn Tacos, Thai Prawn Curry and Quinoa Prawn Biryani.
Keep your eyes on our social media pages and stay updated on the latest “Bahrain’s Best”! www.bahrain-confidential.com
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Friday Street Food Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen
Brunches & Lunches
Asian Cooking Demonstration at WU Where: ART Rotana Price: BD20 Net Learn tips and secrets of excelling Asian cuisine on February 1st from 11am until 1:30pm at WU restaurant in ART Rotana with the help of their Specialized Asian Cuisine Chef. The class will be followed by a delicious complimentary lunch and beverages to all participants. For more information: +973 1600 0111 The Butcher's Board Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD22/33 Net Introducing the Butchers Board Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 featuring succulent cuts of Beef, Lamb and chicken all cut and cooked to your preference. Enjoy this special in addition to
the contemporary Friday buffet spread for only BD 22 net including unlimited juices and soft drinks or BD 33 net including unlimited selected beverages. For more information: +973 1311 9999 Khaleeji Nights at Al Waha Where: Elite Seef Residence & Hotel Price: BD10 Net On Fridays, enjoy Khaleeji Nights at Al Waha featuring a live Arabic band. Indulge in an authentic Arabic buffet with live from 8pm till midnight. For more information: +973 1758 3388 Street Food Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD30/43 Net The Street Food Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen lets you hit the streets from South East Asia to Europe with your palate. Epicurean delights are presented with live cooking stations and signature sips that are accompanied by the melodic sounds of the resident band El Zephyr, taking you away with their live jazz tunes and acoustic sessions. For more information: +973 1771 5500
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Going Out Flaming Thursdays at Silks Restaurant
Bahrain’s Sweetest Brunch at Baharat
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD34 Net Flaming Thursday is a great place to meet with friends! Join our newly innovated theme night every Thursdays night to enjoy a great range of grills, flame-grilled meats and sizzling skillets all in one place. Available from 7pm to 11pm for BD34 net.
Where: Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain Price: BD28/36 Net Treat yourself to an unforgettable culinary experience with over 130 kinds of desserts, unlimited beverages and extravagant selection of International dishes and live cooking stations. Every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
For more information: +973 1746 0017
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Taco Thursday at Links
BBQ Night at Ya Hala Rooftop Lounge
Where: Royal Golf Club Price: BD26 Net Diners can enjoy unlimited tacos while enjoying the live entertainment. Taco Thursday is available in the award-winning Links restaurant every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm and costs just BD 26 NET per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages.
Where: Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands by Wyndham
For more information: +973 1775 1262 Rustico Family Lunch at Primavera Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Price: BD25 Gather the family or your best group of friends and savor the afternoon with a variety of sharing dishes including our signature Antipasti Board, Braised Beef with Polenta, traditional pasta,
For more information: +973 1758 6499
Price: BD9.9/14.9 Net Relax on your Thursday nights with friends and family while enjoying a delicious BBQ feast. Available from 7:30 pm to midnight.
Seafood Under the Stars at Saraya, Fiamma & Rivaaj
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grandma’s Tiramisu and more. Available on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm.
Where: Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Price: Price upon selection Experience a unique al fresco dining experience in Saraya’s beautiful terrace under the glittering starry skies of Zallaq. Select the best out of the day's catch and be mesmerized as our culinary team cooks fresh for you live, to enjoy in our emerald green lush gardens with your loved ones. For more information: +973 3888 5789
Family Brunch at Atmosphere Where: Wyndham Grand Manama Price: BD15++ Enjoy unique family moments with our Family Brunch at Atmosphere Restaurant, serving exquisite, flavourful buffets from across the world and the dedicated Asian, Indian, International and Arabic corners. Every Friday, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM For more information: +973 3366 0304
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An Oasis of Relaxation Make this month of love a memorable one by staying and relaxing at Wyndham Grand Manama!
If you’re looking for a particularly lavish retreat this February, try the hotel’s ‘Stay & Relax’ package! Stay in a luxurious romantically set-up room for a night with a special arrangement of bouquet flowers. Then, indulge in a five-star dining experience at Atmosphere Restaurant with a candlelight dinner complemented with live entertainment from The Twin’s Band. A complimentary breakfast will also be served at your room or you can opt for a sumptuous buffet at Atmosphere. The fun doesn’t stop there as a photo booth is available on the night to capture your special moment at the restaurant. An exciting raffle draw and a restaurant table magician will also make the experience a unique and stimulating one!
n a city packed with decadent havens, the sheer volume of spas can be overwhelming, so we are sharing how this particular one stands out from the rest. Located at Wyndham Grand Manama, the new Spa Suite offers remarkable tranquility and privacy for a soothing and unique experience. With sweeping views of the Manama skyline, this gem offers exceptional massages, facials and body treatments.
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Complete your experience with a relaxing couple’s massage treatment at the remarkable Spa Suite – definitely the perfect way to enjoy some soothing quality time together. The package is priced at BD155++ and can be availed throughout February. It doesn’t get more romantic than surprising your partner with this luxurious retreat! With its topnotch location, opulent accommodations, remarkable treatments and excellent staff, Wyndham Grand Manama is the right choice for you!n For more information: +973 1711 6116
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Fabulous February Drift away to a fairytale-worthy Valentine’s Day experiences at Sofitel Bahrain!
Enjoy yet another live oriental concert at the Al Nakheel Ballroom! Headlined by Lebanese singersuperstar, Jad Nakhle with Zeina featuring bellydancing extraordinaire, Elissar, and Pashawat entertainers. Wine and dine on a sumptuous spread of gastronomic dishes and cocktails, while you enjoy a glamorous show on September 14th . Tickets start from BD80net and are inclusive of a grand gala dinner and selected beverages.
o start of the festival of love, Fiamma and La Mer, have both prepared special romantic candlelit surprises accompanied with a set menu at BD60net per couple inclusive of complimentary bottle of bubbles. You may also opt for an ultimate romantic getaway and book a sea view Luxury Room package for only BHD129net, inclusive of buffet breakfast and dinner for two in either Fiamma or La Mer. If you are looking for a more intimate affair, then treat your soulmate to an outdoor, candle-lit dinner in a private Cabana by the Arabian Sea. Advanced reservations for the romantic dinner in Cabana is required and it is available for BD199 per couple, inclusive of a bottle of grapes and complimentary cake. You could also opt for the Valentine’s exclusive Warm Couples Candle Massage for BD100 at the Middle East’s only Thalassa Sea & Spa.
Saraya is dedicating February 14th to all the soulmates and lovebirds with a special Valentine’s themed Grand Friday Brunch for BD35 inclusive of soft beverages. Couples wearing matching outfits enjoy a loving package of BD70 for two inclusive of selected beverages! For those who are taking a pause from love and waiting for Cupid to work his magic, don’t fear, for Tapas is here. The perfect anti-Valentine's Day antidote awaits all the single ladies and gents at the stylish bar and restaurant, Tapas. Apart from the Valentine’s celebrations, something fun for the whole family is planned at the hotel on 20th 21st and 22nd February! Due to popular demand, La Plage Beach Festival proudly returns for the third time offering FREE access for ALL families. Couples, families, and La Plage Members can enjoy 30% OFF! The festival runs from 01:00pm until 07:00pm and exclusively open for couples and families. For reservations and more details, +973 1763 6363.
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Can Strangers become Family? Being an introvert, the idea of meeting new people never sounds exciting to me. There are a hundred questions in my head- would we get along? Will we find some common topic to speak about? Would they be friendly? What if we do not share any common interest and end up just staring on our cell phones? That would be so awkward, right? Can’t I just go out with the same old people I know since forever? Their company is so comfortable after all! That being said, imagine the horror and shock I received when presented with the idea of travelling with total strangers- on room sharing basis! Wait, WHAT? I would be staying with women I’ve never even met? Would have to share a room with them? That too, for 20 long days? Honestly, I was not comfortable with the idea, at all. I thought it would be a total disaster, a sheer mess. But what options did I have? None! So, it began. I met my roommates and thought- not bad, hope it goes well. Days went by, we started with normal day to day conversations, and before we knew it, I was so comfortable around them I didn’t even care about my appearance. The total strangers were now friends like family, who cared for each other, selflessly shared their stuff, didn’t think twice before helping and tried their best to be as harmless as possible. It all came so naturally, as if we’ve known each other since forever. It was only then I realized that such connections are not made on their own; they are created, with efforts and time. We all were different in so many ways, yet blended in perfectly well, because each one tired their best to fit in- to be good first and expect good next. Like this group, every relation and every bond need time and efforts from all the people involved and only if everyone is willing to be their best self, strangers can become family; or at least friends forever. n
Hira Malik is a born writer with passion for travelling, who often ponders on life’s course and loves putting her thoughts on paper xplorebahrain xplorebahrain
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Al Zayani Foods opens first Costa Coffee store at City Centre Bahrain
February at Elite Explore the warmth hospitality of Elite Group this month!
alcoholic beverages and BD 6 Net for kids. Brunch starts at 12:30pm till 4pm. Elite Seef Residence & Hotel will be entertaining guests with the most famous Tarab & Arabic Grills Nights starting from 7pm to 12 Midnight with live Arabic entertainment at BD 10 Net.
Al Waha will offer special rates on various signature cocktails daily from 11am till Midnight. Enjoy 3 coupons on selected cocktails and house wines during Ladies Night every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Valentine’s will start at Al Waha from 8pm till 12mn and will offer couples a lavish buffet with one bottle of house beverage at BD 30 net. uests are invited to stay and avail the special rates and benefits at Elite Resort & Spa, Elite Grande Hotel and Elite Seef Residence & Hotel for the month of
Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq invites guests to explore Valentine’s evening on 14th Feb at Al Naseem poolside which will offer buffet dinner with live entertainment, accompanied with a selection of house beverages at special rate of BD 25 net per couple. Tempt your senses and indulge in an incredible variety of international cuisines with Friday brunch at Elite Resort & Spa. Friday brunch packages are priced at BD 20 Net inclusive of house beverages and selected drinks, and BD 12 Net inclusive of selected non
Elite Grande Hotel will offer Family Feast everyday with an Arabic set menu good for 6 persons. Priced at BD 19 Net with additional 25% discount on food orders from 12pm to 12 am. Valentine’s Dinner Buffet offers four glasses of beverage for couples only at BD 22 Net. While Weekend Vibes will offer grill Nights every Thursday and Friday 7pm to 11pm with unlimited Grills for only BD 8 Net per person. Elite Grande Hotel promises a relaxing time at Zodiac bar lounge with panoramic views of the city, while H20 will have Happy hours every day from 1pm to 8pm which offers buy one drink and get another one free. n To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com
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Sumaya Dashti Droddy
Profession: Communications and Brand Manager
A short talk with interesting people living in Bahrain!
Nationality: Bahraini/ American
Personality Profile How are you finding Bahrain? I love it here, I love going out and meeting familiar faces all the time. The quality of the food is high in this country and there is a beautiful blend of tastes at every inch of this little island. The most thing I love about is the people. They are so genuine and friendly. What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? I love Adliya, Block 338. It has varieties of delicious restaurants and fun pubs to hangout any day of the week. I really appreciate quality food and good time with my friends so my source of relief is to chill at one of those places. What do you most like, and dislike, about your work? I love working with my colleagues, coming up with new ideas, methods and marketing plan to promote the hotel activities. I believe everything in this life is based on communication, that’s why I love my role and it’s so easy for me to socialize with anyone even those of whom I never knew before. What I don’t like about my job is working long hours and missing
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seeing my kids before they go to bed. Biggest lesson in life: Don’t ever give up, there is nothing called impossible in my life dictionary. For every single thing you lose, you gain something else. Enjoy life and be nice to everyone cause for sure, life will reward you back the same. What makes you happy? In general, I am a very happy person but what really makes me happy is spending time with my 2 sons, Adam who is 3 years old and Daniel-Conor, my 2-year old boy. Who are you listening to at the moment? I love Martin Garrix’s music but I appreciate classic songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Johnny Cash. Favorite motto or saying: You don’t need anyone’s approval. Life is too short, do whatever makes you happy as long as you don't hurt yourself or anyone else. Motto by Sumaya Dashti! J n
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Bahrain Confidential’s February issue is packed with ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day – from decadent dinners and romantic retreats to gift...
Published on Feb 3, 2020
Bahrain Confidential’s February issue is packed with ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day – from decadent dinners and romantic retreats to gift...