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Bahrain Confidential’s January Issue is packed with features to help you prepare… not only for the New Year’s party, but also for the year ahead. Whether you’re out to fulfill your fitness resolutions or stay in to refurbish your home, we’ve got you covered with our comprehensive guides! On the other note, we’ve covered the gastronomic adventures you can indulge in this festive season. Have a great start to 2020 and cheers to the good times ahead!
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Captivating 48th National Day Celebrations
Features & Interviews
Beautiful Home Guide
Health & Wellness Guide
Dadabhai Travel’s Portuguese Escape
Captivating 48th National Day Celebrations
A Historic Achievement: Gulf Cup 2019
Interview with Chef Tala Bashmi of Fusions
Interview with Doyoureallylikeit? Band
Interview with Cathay Pacific’s Area Manager for Middle East
Lift Your Beauty with Chanel
Bahrain’s Best Tacos
The Foodie Edit
Tastefully Made: My Café Review
Day Out Itinerary at Sofitel
Unique Arabia II at Gallery 21
Fabulous Foodie Deals at K Hotel
New Year at Elite
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Night Lights with Ellie Goulding Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet Where: Dubai Opera When: 3-4th January The Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet is one of the most famous dance ensembles in the world, enjoying international acclaim since its foundation in 1944 by dance legends Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili. For more information: dubaiopera.com
Where: Coca-cola Arena When: 10th January English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding will headline a gig at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena in 2020. The Grammy-nominated artist signed her first record deal in 2009 and since then has been selling out arenas and stadiums across the globe. Some of her biggest hits include ‘Lights’, ‘Explosions’ and ‘Anything Could Happen’. For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net
December Avenue & Silent Sanctuary Live
Le Petit Prince at Dubai Opera
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium When: 10th January
Where: Dubai Opera When: 23-25th January
December Avenue and Silent Sanctuary are coming to Dubai in 2020. The 'Huling Sandali' and 'Dahilan' acts will be playing a one-night concert at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, UAE on January 10, 2020 (Friday). They will be sharing the stage with Third Party and Flight Scientist.
An extraordinary journey through the heart of dance and new circus, audiences will be completely immersed the Little Prince’s cosmic and fantastic world with stunning sets, costumes and video mapping technology.
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Your ultimate guide to the cultural events and activities in Bahrain this month.
Trip 01-30 January Venue: Bahrain National Museum Dive into the Jurassic 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.
01-30 January Venue: Bahrain National Museum Beyond Silence by Rashid Diab – A Retrospective Sudanese artist, Dr. Rashid Diab, carries the obsession of an artist and the questions of a curious mind, both of which are only satisfied by color, form and shadow. His secrets and his identity rely in colors, and he is very realistic as far as he is abstract and emotional and flowing like the river Nile, which is his main inspiration.
02-30 January Venue: Bahrain Fort (Qal’at Al Bahrain) Sound & Light Show Venue: Bahrain Fort (Qal’at Al Bahrain) 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.
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15-30 January Venue: Bahrain National Museum & Bahrain National Theatre 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 Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition has now evolved into an important yearly gathering of artists, all eager to display their talents and works.
26-30 January Venue: Bahrain National Museum Food is Culture 5 Food is Culture is a creative experimental project that aims to bridge together the mediums of art and food. Running in parallel with the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, this experiment sheds light on creative processes that take place when two individuals (from different creative disciplines) collaborate.
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Crowne Plaza hosted their annual appreciation party
of the Month AJ and the Queen
Check out the latest movies and TV series you wouldn’t want to miss! Anne with an E
A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.
Mysterious creatures terrorize crew members aboard a research station located seven miles below the surface of the ocean.
Originally titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Downey's Dolittle is a remake of the 1967 classic starring Rex Harrison, Doctor Dolittle.
A British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.
What’s new on Netflix? AJ and the Queen (Season 1) This comedy series is headlined by RuPaul who is a well-known drag queen. The series follows Ruby Red who is traveling across America in the 1990s with an orphan child. Anne with an E (Season 3) In season 3 of Anne with an E, we see Anne hit her sixteenth birthday which inspires her to look back at her past which includes information that she wasn’t anticipating. Ares (Season 1) Ares is the first full Netflix Original production from the Netherlands. It’s a supernatural horror/drama series that sees some top actors from the region appear. Ragnarok (Season 1) A new Norwegian coming-of-age supernatural drama.
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Chloé revisits its “Carlina” sunglasses with a new and delicate jewel-inspired embellishment. The style’s signature concentric circles are adorned with a pearl-like jewel on the left side, lending a sophisticated and feminine allure to the iconic, oversized round frame. The light-catching, gradient or pearlescent lenses, are further illuminated with yellow or rose gold metallic finishes and opaline- nuanced acetate temple tips. Available at www.chloe.com
Fendi IShine Watch Collection
The iconic Fendi IShine Watch Collection bridges the Roman Maison’s DNA and the Swiss watchmaking expertise by bringing to the forefront its unique patented rotating gemstone mechanism with three gemstone configurations to be revealed on the dial. The Collection is enriched by a version featuring a case and a dial enhanced with Lapis Lazuli genuine stone. Available at Moda Mall
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Baume & Mercier
Classima Lady Line
The Classima Lady line is characterized by elegant simplicity. Each model offers the classic hour and minute functions as well as the date, discreetly nestled in an aperture at 3 o'clock on the dial. New faces, additional sizes, and the choice between a quartz or selfwinding mechanical movement: this line is designed to offer every woman the watch that best fits her. Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre Approx. BD 1,570
Undoubtedly considered as the it-bag for the winter season, the brand’s legacy lives on in the new Croco Crew collection. Surfing on the logomania trend, particularly acclaimed by the Z generation, LACOSTE presents three different bag shapes and small leather goods in pop colours, with an assumed vintage logo.
For the KENZO holiday 2019/20 collection, KENZO is inspired by the night skies, the mystery and the romance of the far far away. The collection takes cues from key items from the Fall Winter 2019 collection and revs them up ready for the party season by creating comprehensive evening silhouettes for everyone searching for the ideal look for winter gettogethers. Available soon at City Centre Bahrain
Available at City Centre Bahrain
Messika Get inspired this holiday season with the stunning range of novelties and high jewellery from the diamond powerhouse. Be it a layered stack of Messika’s bold Move Romane & Noa bracelets, tempting Desert Bloom high jewelry earrings or a playful pair of Lucky Move Arrow earrings, accessorizing with gold and pavé diamonds is the easiest way to elevate any look. Available at Moda Mall Prices available upon request
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Beauty Mademoiselle Chanel allows women to retake control of their beauty with its LE LIFT line.
he new generation of LE LIFT skincare harmonizes beautifully with this confident and mastered way of approaching life and the passing time. It invites women to retake control of their beauty, without having to choose between naturalness, performance and sensoriality. The power of transformation lies at the heart of the LE LIFT line. The new LE LIFT skincare products feature an active ingredient extracted from a plant grown in France: alfalfa. This plant owes its nutritional richness to a highly developed root system able to draw nourishing elements from the soil to nourish its every cell. A common element in healthy diets, alfalfa is usually ingested in the form of sprouts. Alfalfa botanical concentrate, the quintessence of the plant, is extracted from its seeds using green chemistry. LE LIFT creams come in three soft and smoothing textures, tailor-made by CHANEL Research formulators. The dosage of each ingredient was precisely developed to offer three distinct sensory effects, three sensations that adjust to the skinâ€™s needs and make it firmer, smoother and more luminous with a refined skin texture. n
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A new luxurious lifestyle experience comes to Bahrain! Opening in the first quarter of 2020 and located in the luxurious Jumeirah Royal Saray Hotel, Bab Al Saray will bring to the Kingdom 10 high-end retail stores and 5 new fine-dining concepts for a unique and exciting way of life! For more information please call 16666661 or 33650111
Beautiful Home Guide
"Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style." - Billy Baldwin
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house is much more than a mere shelter, it should tell the story of who you are and what you love while also making the best possible use of space. Bahrain Confidential will guide you through the most important trend stories in home interior design for 2019/2020. To create this guide, weâ€™ve carefully curated the trends and analyzed the forecasts from the major interior design sources. Read on and transform your residential space with these unique insights into crucial styles and elements.
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Homestyle The Palette Jotun’s Colour Collection Every wall has an inspiring story to tell. A story that can be brought to life with the perfect colour. Life moves fast, and our identities are constantly shifting and evolving. This year’s collection inspires you to choose colours and combinations that reflect and embrace who you are - your own personal identity. Calm - A palette of slowness and simplicity that you can peacefully return to as life grows faster and busier. Refined - A palette inspired by vintage treasures and new design pieces that you love to store and showcase. Raw - A palette that reconnects you to the warm colours of soil and sand, reminiscent of a relaxed, rural atmosphere. Jotun Bahrain, +973 1772 9311 www.jotun.com/me
Living Room Nothing is like crafting a well-designed living room that is suitable for enjoying family time and entertaining loved ones. The living room is a space that sets the tone for the rest of your home décor. At the same time, it it one of the best places to showcase your aesthetic and put your favourite trends to the test.
Indivi Sofa by BoConcept Indivi is BoConcept’s first and longest-running sofa, and it has been consistently among the brand’s top-two-selling sofas since launch. It also marks the start of a long partnership, which has produced a host of Nørgaard-penned designs, including the hugely popular Osaka and Carlton sofas, the innovative footstool-bed, XTRA; and the midcentury-esque, Lucca recliner armchair. BoConcept Bahrain, +973 1756 4319 www.boconcept.com/ar-bh
New York Loft by Home Centre Inspired by the Big Apple, the modern, edgy and sophisticated New York Loft range offers all the stunning aesthetics of a contemporary urban loft. You can entertain your guests in an Instagrammable living room that beautifully combines sleek art, timeless rugs and vibrant cushions that add a splash of colour. The range includes everything you might need for a home: 2-seater and 3-seater sofa, coffee table, 4-seater dining table, a king size bed, night stands, dresser and mirror. Home Centre, +973 1717 2355 www.homecentre.com/bh
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Homestyle Bellini Clean-lined and dark-hued, this minimalist Bellini bed is ideal for a bedroom that not only wants exceptional comfort but extra storage space too. Built to be lifted, this stylish bed offers extra storage underneath the mattress area, ideal for packing away extra linen.
Bedroom Bedroom need a facelift but stuck for good ideas? Find your style and create your dream bedroom scheme with these trendy products. Azara Seasonâ€™s Latest from Marina Home Interiors
Made of 100% solid Moso bamboo, this beauty is contemporary with a retro twist thanks to its natural-exotic tiger accent in honey gold. We also adore its subtle nods to Japanese style in the slanted legs and subtly curved headboard.
Birds of Paradise Rickson This is one sophisticated four-door sideboard. The Ricksonâ€™s doors feature warm ebony and brass hues in retro patterning, and its feet are trimmed with solid brass fillets in bronze and burnished brass. Pair this beauty with other metallics or warm tones.
Pendant lamps are an inexpensive and quick way to inject both colour and character into your home. This retro pendant light, showcasing a birds of paradise print on a black background, is ideal for interiors with a tropical vibe.
Chill II With the right styling, this chill ii side table's interesting mosaictexture surface and sleek frame legs will work well in a range of interior styles. This side table is both sturdy and stylish, showcasing matte black metal legs and wormwood, pinewood and mahogany strips on its surface. Marina Home Interiors, +973 1758 2752 www.marinahomeinteriors.com
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Homestyle Dining Room Match your style and create a chic dining room design with these inspirational pieces. Stylish Picks from Natuzzi Italia Phantom The elegant Phantom table, designed by Mauro Lipparini, is characterised by a light, floating design: the majesty of the wood and the lightness of the glass base make the design of this table unique and highly distinctive.
"There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future." - Charlotte Moss Harlem Harlem is an elegant, contemporary dining table of great visual impact, featuring details that set off the quality of materials and workmanship. Its trapezoidal frame gives it a stylish look in line with the latest trends.
Orlo These plates are created by expert hands that shape the clay according to antique modelling techniques handed down over time.
Sovrana Simple and versatile with regal elegance.
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Walk Into the New Year “New Year, New You” it’s a cliché, right? Why do we tend to associate the New Year with the only time to make changes in our life, set new year resolutions and do the things we have been putting on the backburner for years? I suppose the New Year symbolises “new beginnings”. The most common new year resolution happens to be joining a gym, getting fit, and burning off the holiday weight accumulated over the previous December. As a physiotherapist, I see patients who suffer from pain that are unable to move or exercise. Living in Bahrain, we have such limited opportunities to walk or exercise outdoors, so a pain patient does not have much opportunities if they feel unable to join a gym. Let’s take this New Year as a chance to bust common pain myths. For starters, is it true that walking and exercise can make your back pain worse? No, it’s a myth! Many studies actually advocate gentle exercise such as walking, stretching or Yoga to help manage lower back pain, stiff necks and shoulders. Another common one is, strength training causes pain. Strength training is expected to cause ‘delayed onset of muscle soreness’ abbreviated to DOMS post the exercise. Therefore, many pain suffers worry that even gentle exercises will bring on DOMS, when in fact, your body is just adjusting to a new exercise it has not done in a while. If you suffer with joint, skeletal or muscular pain and wish to get active this year, start by getting the clearance from your doctor or a physiotherapist that walking is safe for you. Please note, that the purpose of a medial assessment is not to scare you or limit your activity, but to rule out whether there are any sinister pathologies that are causing you pain and need to be dealt with medically first. Second of all, get appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing to exercise in. Walk as an exercise, not as a chore! Find a mall or a walking track to walk around. Increase your exercise by minutes or even seconds until your body adjusts. Walking will feed your muscles, joints, skeletal system and your brain. And it will help you relax! My dear readers, walk into 2020! n
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Dr Dana Mohamed Maki is a physiotherapist with a Clinical Specialism in Spinal & Pelvic Rehab, and a Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London.
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Four Seasons Hotel hosted a thanksgiving feast at Azure Pool & Lounge
1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom hotel suites
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3 Reasons to Have an Ideal Mentor Feeling completely stuck in a rut lately? As if you are pressing the REPLAY button experiencing the same results in your personal and professional life? Several years ago, I made the conscious choice to become a mastermind of my own life. At first it was out of my pure drive to have better material things. Feeling as though this was the answer to me becoming a happier person. Then my hunger to feel better and do better became stronger. I didnâ€™t just want to develop my transactional skills I wanted to heal old things which always came up in situations like a road block. Once you do let go clearing the old which doesnâ€™t serve you, space is created and you fill in with what does! Some of this comes from your choices while the rest can come from experiences you attract to your life. This is a big part of your path to your highest self and the ideal mentor(s) will support you to elevate you to your better self. Many do not feel comfortable asking for support from a stranger or someone they know. This discomfort is definitely more of an excuse to remain in discomfort and something to get over really quick! Finding and selecting an ideal mentor depends on your needs, their life expertise, ethics-values, trust and time schedule. An Ideal mentor is someone who has had a real IMPACT with their own break throughs in life and others. They are the ideal role model. Three reasons to have an Ideal Mentor 1. The right support will move you ahead years in your life via achieving your own breakthrough! 2. Greater self-discipline, become more accountable to yourself with new behaviors which impact your life. 3. Mentors are better than friends. Stop putting pressure on yourself and your friends. Are you ready to elevate out of that rut receiving the right guidance and advisory? Please contact me via luna@ mastermindsalign.com to arrange a complimentary discovery call which will trigger your own path towards a breakthrough in your personal or professional life. n
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Luna is a Transformation Specialist certified in Adult Learning and Development/ Speaker/Curriculum Designer. 20 years global experience working with individuals and organizations Email: email@example.com Mobile: +973 3203 0129
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Moda Mall celebrated National Day featuring a showcase of cultural activities and more
UNIQUE ARABIA II An evening of glamour and sophistication showcasing the regionâ€™s fashion talent, the second edition of Unique Arabia takes place in Gallery 21, 30th January 2020. The evening will feature a myriad of designers from the region that will embody beauty, fashion, and glamour through their intricate and chic designs, showcased by Matty B Models. Join us for an evening that will inspire you to glamourise your wardrobe in the New Year!
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eing healthy and fit is not a fad or a trend, it is a lifestyle. Holistic wellness is not just about the absence of disease and illnesses; it means living a healthy lifestyle that includes looking at the body as an entire system and addressing its needs as a whole. Health is arguably the cornerstone of a balanced life – without it, you will not be able to live your full potential in any area. In this guide, we share informative tips and useful pieces of advice for you to achieve a happier, healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle in 2020. Bahrain Confidential’s Health and Wellnesss Guide that will help you meet your personal goals and improve the quality of your life.
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Health Get moving!
InterContinental Regency Health Club
Being active has numerous health benefits, both physically and mentally. There are many types of physical activities including swimming, running, jogging, walking and dancing! If you’re looking for something more adventurous, we recommend visiting these!
Enjoy a selection of fitness packages for men and women. Offering a wide range of fitness classes, swimming lessons and personal training whether you have a moment, an hour, or a day to dedicate, there’s everything from short sessions to longer exercises. With dedicated attendants who can tailor your experience to suit your needs; the Health Club is the perfect place to unwind. +973 1720 8393
Fitness & Relaxation Club One Fitness Club One Fitness Centre is not only a gym. It’s a fitness centre that has everything you need to get in shape, from state-of-the art gym equipment and spa to a healthy café and supplements, they’ve got you covered. @club1_fitness +973 7732 3232 REPS Fitness Studios REPS Fitness Studios are Bahrain's largest exercise fitness studio. The studios are just over 6,200 square feet and they offer services from small group training to your favorite Les Mills Group Exercise Formulas, and more!
Cobra Fitness Cobra Fitness is about so much more than just making your body look good – it’s about transforming yourself, inside and out. By harnessing the discipline, focus and professionalism of martial arts you won’t just gain physical strength, you’ll feel stronger and more centred mentally, too. The gym offers Muay Thai, Boxing, BJJ, MMA and Strength Training. @cobrafitnessbahrain
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Health Pamper Yourself Review Your Year Take a look at what your diet and health have been like for the past 12 months… • How does your weight compare with a year ago? • Do you feel healthy and have a lot of energy or are you tired all time? • Do you eat at home most of the time or dine our frequently? • How physically active are you? • How did you practice self-care? • How much alcohol do you drink each week?
Heavenly Spa Signature Massage
Signature Jewels of the Sea Massage
Heavenly Spa at The Westin City Centre Bahrain A heated compress invites back muscles to relax before a Swedish massage leaves you feeling physically rested and mentally uplifted.
Rimal Spa at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Experience the Signature Jewels of the Sea Massage at Rimal Spa! The heat from the shells gently eases away muscle tension, improving circulation and a sense of balance to the entire body and mind with complimentary steam room to release away all stress.
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Prept Bahrain Prept Bahrain is a performance meal provider designed by athletes. They offer proper macro based meals, that is catered to high performance individuals and athletes at a reasonable price. @preptbh
Food & Diet If healthy eating tops your resolution list for 2020, you're not alone. Many of us stumble into a new year, laden with Christmas cheer and the desire to make up for the excesses of the festive season.
Meals on Wheels Whether you can’t cook, won’t cook, or don’t trust yourself to prepare genuinely healthy meals, having a professional do it for you is the next best thing to having a personal nutritionist and chef.
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Fit Kitchen Fit Kitchen is a healthy restaurant/ meal prep kitchen. They serve a variety of delicious macro counted meals. They also provide meal plan packages like weight loss, muscle gain, vegan, etc. All meal plan packages are delivered to your door to help you reach your nutritional goals in the fastest and most convenient way. @fitkitchenbh
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Health The Juice Boost Increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet can help you break unhealthy habits and improve your diet. Here are some of our favourite recipes!
For Energy Citrus Beet Juice Ingredients: • 3 red beets quartered • 3 cups fresh spinach • 2 red apples quartered • 2 blood oranges peeled • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1-2 tablespoons honey depending on your taste (use maple syrup if vegan)
For Detox Green Juice Ingredients: • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves • Handful parsley leaves and stems • 1 medium green apple, rinsed with core removed • 1 large seedless (hothouse or English) cucumber, rinsed • 1-inch length piece fresh ginger, scrubbed clean • 1 medium lemon
For Skin Glowing Skin Juice
For Weight Loss Carrot Juice Ingredients: • 6 carrots, peeled • 2 green apples, skin removed • ½ inch ginger, peeled • 1/3 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed • 2 celery sticks (optional
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Ingredients: • 1 beetroot • 2 oranges • 2 carrots • 2 red apples • 1 cucumber • 1 stick of celery
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New Year, New You?
Determined to make 2020 your health & fitness year? HV Holistic tells you how to succeed.
he New Year is upon us, and after the usual festive celebrations and overindulgences of the end of 2019, January is the ideal time to decide how you want the next 365 days to look for you. Albert Einstein allegedly once said, “the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results”, and when deciding on your fitness aspirations for the year, perhaps this is worth bearing in mind. At the start of 2019, did you plan to lose a lot of weight, or undertake a marathon, only to find out that you’d abandoned your plans within the first few months? It’s extremely common when coming out of a period of indulgence to want to detox and start afresh but, it’s important to be realistic in your goals if you wish to avoid disappointment this year.
3. Break the year down into monthly goals and reward yourself appropriately for keeping on track.
Andrea’s Top Tips for 2020 Success 1. Look back at your previous year’s goals and identify what worked and what didn’t. Plan strategies that will avoid the same pitfalls.
Good luck with your new endeavours, and reach out for help from one of our experienced health practitioners, if you need a boost. n
2. Recruit a trainer that will keep you on track. Your health and happiness is an investment, and arguably the most important one you can make.
For more ideas about how to make 2020 a roaring success, get in touch with us @hvholistic 17775544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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4. Get accurate measurements and a full medical checkover, to identify your true starting point. 5. Look into alternative treatments, such as infrared saunas, which can boost your mood as well as your weight loss. 6. Do your own research into the diet you want to work with. With so much information out there, it’s important you find what works for you over a long period of time. Avoid anything promising ‘rapid weight loss’ or ‘detox’. Instead, focus on consistency and sustainability. 7. Keep a diary with your thoughts, emotions and energy levels, and reflect often on how you’re coping with the changes.
Managing Migraines Back on the Move shares all you need to know about osteopathy.
techniques to the head, neck, and upper back. These professionals are expertly trained to feel tension changes in all body tissues, and correct postural strains that can produce these tension changes, with the use of gentle manipulation techniques.
A lot of people suffer from headaches and migraines, often for long periods of time without finding a solution. A large portion of these people also resort to pills and preventatives which can build up stress within the digestive tract such as the liver and stomach.
If youâ€™re experiencing constant reoccurring headaches or similar pain that debilitating, it is best to consult a professional. Back on the Move offers the following services: Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Lymphatic drainage, Cranial sacral therapy, Therapeutic massage therapy, Fitness and posture correction coaching and Sports massage. n
early everyone has a headache at some stage of their life. Migraines usually are associated with sensitivity to sound, light, and smells. A migraine attack may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting. This type of headache often involves only one side of the head, but in some cases, patients may have pain bilaterally or on both sides.
There are various factors that can contribute to the generation of migraines including stress, diet, fatigue, dehydration, hormonal influences and postural dysfunctions. However, the â€˜mechanicalâ€™ causes of various types of headaches are frequently overlooked. An osteopath will consider all of these factors, but structural reasons for migraine headaches is the first place to start in addressing the problem. When muscle strain causes tension headaches, a chiropractor may be able to ease it with manipulation and realignment. Osteopaths also can use soft-tissue First Floor, Sunlight Plaza, Seef District, Bahrain Tel: +973 77 300 600, Mob: +973 3919 7480
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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: email@example.com
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Beautiful The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrated its 48th National Day. Take a look at these captivating shots by our social media followers.
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he name "Bahrain" is derived from the Arabic word “bahr”, meaning “sea”. The name may reflect the archipelago’s position between two seas, approximately 24 kilometers east of Saudi Arabia’s sea board and a little further from the north west coast of Qatar. Bahrain’s 48th National Day celebrations began with a dazzling display of fireworks that lit up the skies over the Kingdom. Meanwhile, the residents’ patriotic fervor was on full display with national flags flying high across several locations in the Kingdom. Landmark sites were also lit up to mark the occasion.
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National Day Commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Gulf,” Bahrain commemorated over 6,000 years of history with two days of events including fireworks, vibrant decorations, and cultural parades filled with song and dance. n
The name "Bahrain" is derived from the Arabic word “bahr”, meaning “sea”.
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The I Do’s Plan your dream wedding at Sofitel Bahrain’s first-ever wedding fair 2020!
Wi-Fi creative catering, accommodation packages and leisure activities for guests. One of the leading meeting venues in Bahrain, the location of this business-friendly hotel is the picturesque, Zallaq beach, on Bahrain’s west coast just 30 minutes from Bahrain airport. Partake in Sofitel Bahrain’s first-ever, outstanding Wedding Fair in Al Nakheel Ballroom on the 19th and 20th of January and meet industry’s top 6 Wedding Planners, the best Photography agency, professional Lighting and set up company along with Middle East’s only Thalassa Sea & Spa and French Le Salon specialists to get inspired with the latest wedding trends.
rom a board meeting to a banquet event for 1200 people in Al Nakheel Ballroom, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa offers meeting rooms and facilities to suit every need. The vast Al Nakheel Ballroom alone covers 1,100 square metres and can comfortably seat guests in an elegant setting with quality. Sofitel Bahrain’s private Sofi Island is a stunning location for photo shoots receptions and corporate events in Bahrain. The Magnifique Meetings Concierge may organize custom layouts, high-tech audio-visual facilities,
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Witness exclusive Haute Couture Bridal fashion shows, world-class live entertainments, finest gastronomy as well as stunning Wedding Ballroom setups for private inspections to ensure your dream day is purely enchanting. Avail Sofitel Bahrain’s special Summer Wedding 2020 offer starting from only BD15net at the fair for a chance to host your dream wedding! n For more information: +973 1763 6363 H6722@sofitel.com
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A Historic Achievement Bahrain wins the Gulf Cup for the first time in its history!
he Kingdom of Bahrainâ€™s wait for a major football trophy recently ended in Doha with the national team lifting the 24th Gulf Cup against tremendous odds in front of a rapturous crowd dressed in red, including 2,000 fans specially flown in for the final. Khalifa International Stadium saw a thrilling Gulf Cup with Bahrain beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 to claim the title. Bahrainâ€™s Mohammed Al Rumaihi scored the goal at 69th minute to lead past the Saudi, ending the 49-year wait for a maiden Gulf Cup title.
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Bahrain head coach Helio Sousa was in a jubilant mood following the country’s historic Gulf Cup victory. At his postmatch press conference, the Portuguese tactician was rushed by his players, who began chanting his name in unison as they celebrated their achievement.
It is a great day in the history of Bahraini football that deserves to be celebrated.
“It is a great day in the history of Bahraini football that deserves to be celebrated,” Sousa said after his players cleared the conference hall. “This day is the culmination of the tremendous work we started, to create a team that can compete for titles. We have fighters in every match. It is a unique moment that we must be proud of”, he said. Sousa added: “I congratulate the Bahraini people on this achievement; congratulate our players on this heroic performance, and our goal is to continue to achieve good results and to make our way in the double qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023.” Having a peak to climb, the Reds proved the tough gets going when the going gets tough. They have risen to the summit from the depths, much to the joy of the Kingdom and their countless fans. n
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A Fusion of Flavours Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with Fusions by Tala’s Head Chef, Tala Bashmi.
n exciting new restaurant concept is coming to Bahrain this month! Located at the Gulf Hotel and overlooking the Bahraini skyline, Fusions by Tala is bound to captivate culinary aficionados and foodies alike. Headed by Chef Tala Bashmi, the restaurant will be a synergy of Middle Eastern cuisine and fine dining – a place where ingredients of memory and Bahraini tradition are whipped into a frenzy of new and daring dishes. Just recently, we had the chance to interview Chef Tala to talk about what’s new and what’s next. Can you shed light on your vision for Fusions by Tala? I want to modernize Middle Eastern cuisine and at the same time, show the importance of our local ingredients at Fusions by Tala. I also want to surprise people and try to slowly shape their palates in a different way. We’ve been eating in a certain way for a very long time so I feel like it’s a good time to kind of change that. How is it going to be different from the old Fusions in terms of concept, design and offerings? Fusions by Tala will focus more on the vibrant Middle Eastern
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Why should people come to Fusions by Tala? Because it’s a different experience. I don’t want Fusions to just be a trend; I want it to be a modern and classic place to go. Most restaurants are based on cuisine and not based on the chef creating the cuisine. I feel like the new Fusions has a very chef-driven concept which is rare. Where is your go-to restaurant in Bahrain? I can’t say there’s one restaurant so I’ll name a few. For brunch, the Four Season’s CUT Brunch is good. I also enjoy going to Mirai because I feel like their food is very consistent. If we’re going casual, I would say Banana Leaf – it’s something that always hits the spot for me. flavors. The design, on the other hand, is completely different. It’s minimal. This reflects my food in general – simple but intricate. I’m very influenced by the Scandinavian cuisine and design so I kind of took the lead on that one. I believe that the focus should be on the food and the gathering so the restaurant’s design shouldn’t be overly distracting. However, I’ll be putting up some artworks created by local artists. How would you describe your style of cooking? Minimal – everything is on my plate for a reason. I also use different techniques whether they’re traditional or modern. I don’t let flavors limit me. I’ve learned to cook what I like to eat and I feel like people have responded well to that.
What advice would you give to all the aspiring chefs out there? First, don’t let what others say get to you especially if they try to demotivate you based on what career you’re choosing. Next, work hard. It’s not just about culinary school, it’s also about restaurant experience. Finally, don’t stop learning no matter what. Be proactive, teach yourself, try different cuisines and most importantly, travel. How was your experience being a part of MBC’s Top Chef? It was a lot of hard work but I can say that I’m very happy to have come across the chefs I’ve met in the show. It was a great opportunity to be able to compete with some of the best chefs in the region. Overall, it was a fulfilling experience. n
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Doyoureallylikeit? Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with one of Bahrainâ€™s most hyped bands, Doyoureallylikeit!
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f you’re an event enthusiast in Bahrain, chances are you have already witnessed this band steal the show with their energetic performances and magnetic stage personalities. Established in 2017, Doyoureallylikeit? has been continuously testing the limits of what entertainment on the island is all about. Just recently, we had the chance to interview the band’s lead singer and manager, Abdulla Mahmood. Can you tell us how ‘Doyoureallylikeit?’ came to be? I had heard of Deema and Debbi from their incredible performances that was already the talk of the town. It was all around Instagram and I had just returned from my studies in England. I wanted to start a new band and contacted them. It is very rare to find
Brazilian, Saudi Arabian, Filipino and Bahrainis have one thing in common, rhythm. musicians that from the first rehearsal connect with such chemistry; I think we all had a big hunch that we have something good going. I’m not going to lie it was very difficult to maintain and schedule especially at the start. Usually, nobody sees the potential of a band from the early days. Nevertheless, we all pitched in various areas of the band in hopes of improving. I can’t thank everyone involved enough – from the photographers and parents, to the fans that helped us buy musical equipment and to the venues that gave us
opportunities to play, they genuinely really liked us. What’s the story behind your band name? Its symbolism refers to the critique of audiences around the world that have been born in the digital age; where the term “like” has been redefined to an unconscious decision of interest. How have your cultural roots influenced your craft? Brazilian, Saudi Arabian, Filipino and Bahrainis have one thing in common, rhythm. You are one of the most hyped bands in Bahrain. It’s probably because you’re really good, but why do you think that is? Good management. Can you hint to any projects that may be in the works? We’re recording at the moment and are hoping to release singles every now and then. The idea of composing albums has dried and died in the past 5 years. We’re are constantly playing shows throughout the year and are hoping to improve our entertaining approach with every gig. We are also looking into touring which as you can imagine can be difficult regionally due to our multi-cultural band members. If you follow us on our Instagram or visit our website, you’ll know about our latest updates and releases. What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? It’s so difficult to pick just one when you genuinely have so many incredible experiences. McGettigans is one, Hazel is another, and our first show in Calexico was unforgettable. n www.doyoureallylikeit.com @doyoureallylikeitmusic
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Flying High Bahrain Confidential interviews Cathay Pacific’s Area Manager for the Middle East, Mr. Vishnu Rajendran.
ell us about your role as the Middle East Head for Cathay Pacific. What are your key priorities for the region? The Middle East region has always played a key part in Cathay Pacific’s global network and being able to steer the next phase of our plans is really exciting. Cathay Pacific has enhanced its customer experience proposition during the past few months and it is my responsibility to ensure our customers experience the comfort and luxury of our services when they travel with
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us through Bahrain along with re-emphasizing our strong and seamless connections to Asia and beyond. Our aim is to consolidate our presence in our existing online markets of Dubai and Bahrain – while also continuing to explore the potential of the many offline markets in the region. How do you improve the travel experience for the modern airline customer? As an airline, we value regular feedback from our customers
Mr. Vishnu Rajendran
What routes from Bahrain are most popular with Cathay Pacific? Bahrain is a market we have served for over 43 years. We have continuously adapted our schedules and product offering over time to suit market demands. We now operate a daily flight to Hong Kong via Dubai. While our daily wide-body service between Bahrain and Dubai has been a hit among customers, we also cater to passengers travelling to Hong Kong and onwards to Philippines as well as other destinations in Asia and Australia.
and frequent flyers and I am delighted to say that the recent improvements to our product and service offerings have been positively received. In addition to the enhancements in the Premium cabins, our inflight entertainment has seen us quadruple our offering. With it being a highly competitive industry, especially in our region, what makes Cathay Pacific different and stand out? The Middle East is home to some globally renowned carriers known for their high standards. We continue to indulge passengers with an elevated premium travel experience with the recent introduction of an array of thoughtfully chosen enhancements to the service, soft products and culinary offerings that are being rolled out on board our Business Class cabins. These enrichments are designed to offer passengers a more holistic, sensory experience that begins from the moment they begin their journey. We are also elevating our Economy Class inflight dining experience with an exciting new menu developed in collaboration with Hong Kongâ€™s most dynamic food and hospitality group, Black Sheep Restaurants.
What are your plans for Bahrain? Can you share any exciting news that you have for the Kingdom? The Middle East is an extremely important market for the Cathay Pacific Group as we have operated in this region for more than 40 years. This region was also very strategic for us as it helped fuel our long-haul expansion with our first flights to London stopping over in Bahrain in 1980. Today, as air travel and market dynamics have significantly changed over the years â€“ the Middle East continues to play an important role as a region in our international network. We continuously monitor traffic on these routes and align our frequency and capacity accordingly. More specifically in Bahrain, we are working closely with the authorities as we gear up for the move to the new terminal. If you could change one thing about aviation in general, what would it be and why? If I could change one thing about aviation, it would probably be jetlag! I love travelling and everything that goes with it from the excitement and preparation, the flight itself and then the enjoyment of exploring a new destination (or an old favourite), but the jetlag that often comes with it is the only thing Iâ€™d like to leave behind! n
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Are you wondering where to get some delicious tacos in Bahrain? We did the research so that you don’t have to. Here are our follower’s top picks!
Tacos We asked our social media followers where their favourite taco place is – here’s a rundown on where to get the ‘best tacos’ in Bahrain.
Casa Mexicana Where: Adliya Since 1993, Casa Mexicana has been known for its authentic Mexican food and ambiance. The Menu is filled with classic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes including tacos, fajitas, refried beans and guacamole. Not only do they serve great food, they also offer an extensive range of cocktails featuring flavoured margaritas.
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Cantina Kahlo Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Cantina Kahlo reflects the vibrancy of the Mexican culture in its traditional Mexican cuisine as well as its beautifully crafted interior. The exciting restaurant features salads, tacos, tamales and other authentic, street-inspired fare alongside premium grilled meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. The restaurant represents an authentic, innovative and truly exceptional Mexican fare that stands out from the rest on the island.
Chef & The Whale Where: Budaiya Highway
Links Where: The Royal Golf Club
Calexico Where: Adliya
Chef & The Whale presents cuisine from all around the world using local produce prepared on site every day. Taking inspiration from that, all the dishes on the menu are designed for sharing.
Links Lounge and Restaurant, located on the mezzanine floor of the Royal Golf Club, is a one-of-kind outlet which offers views of the stunning golf course and plenty of greenery. During Thursdays, they offer unlimited mouthwatering tacos alongside some live entertainment!
From Brooklyn to Bahrain, Calexico serves tacos, cocktails and other Cal-Mex favourites. Their tacos are made to order and feature homemade, fresh-pressed and soft-corn tortillas.
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Comalito Where: Weekly popups around Bahrain
with their homemade Salsa Roja. Comalito also has a drinks menu with Mexican beverages like the Aguas Frescas and Horchata.
Comalito is a labor of love based childhood memories of the Chef making tacos with her mother and grandmother. During the time of writing, the food truck is located at the dirt lot across the street from Al Jazira Juffair. A variety of authentic taco flavours are available which includes chicken, beef and duck carnitas, served
Although Comalito doesn’t have a restaurant, the food truck shares their delicious authentic cuisine during scheduled popups announced on their Instagram page @comalito_bh.
Burrito Loco Where: Juffair, Busaiteen, Hamala
Margarita Mexicana Where: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Señor Pacos Where: Adliya
Burrito Loco serves a delicious variety of burritos and tacos, with freshly made salsas and guacamole. The restaurant also has veggie tacos for those who don’t eat meat.
Located at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Margarita Mexicana offers Mexican cuisine with a contemporary flair. All of the restaurant’s dishes including tortillas and guacamole are freshly prepared to guarantee that the fine dining experience are as authentic as possible.
Señor Pacos offers a selection of authentic Mexican dishes in addition to its ‘New West Cuisine’. The restaurant highlights a superb choice of the Mexican cuisine that is known for its intense and varied flavours.
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Ocho Salsas Where: Deliveries only (Talabat & Carriage) Ocho Salsas is an authentic Mexican brand serving lots of flare, flavour and love. Available for delivery, the most-selling dishes of the restaurant are the gorditas, quesadillas, burritos and tacos! Their taco selection includes the Picanha (Premium Steak), Grilled Steak, Chicken Al Pastor, Shrimp, Vegetable, Barbacoa and more.
Keep your eyes on our social media pages and stay updated on the latest “Bahrain’s Best”! www.bahrain-confidential.com Tortilla Arabia Where: City Centre Bahrain
Franks A Lot Where: Juffair
Straight out of Mexico come the toppings like pollo asado and salsa roja, mixed with some Californian inspiration such as black beans, lime-cilantro rice and freshly chopped jalapeños. All which help make up Tortilla Arabia’s light and authentic burritos and tacos.
Franks A Lot is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant that serves burritos, enchiladas, tacos, TexMex platters and more.
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Brunches & Lunches
New Year’s Day Brunch at Choices Terrace Where: ART Rotana Price: BD25/36 NET Start the New Year with your family and friends at the famous Choices Garden Brunch, complete with various live stations and a wonderful selection of international dishes plus live entertainment from the resident Cuban band ‘Soneando’.
For more information: +973 1600 0111 Rags to Riches Dress Up Brunch at Harvesters Where: Crowne Plaza Price: BD19 NET At Harvesters, start 2020 with a special Rags to Riches dress up brunch for only BD 19 net on 3rd January. Enjoy a host of international street food items along with unlimited selected beverages and live entertainment while standing the chance to win on the spot dress of the day prizes. For more information: +973 1753 1122 The Butcher’s Board Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2
Friday Family Brunch at La Brasserie
Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD22/33 NET Fridays just got meatier! Introducing the Butchers Board Friday Brunch at the awardwinning restaurant Flavours on 2 featuring succulent cuts of Beef, Lamb and chicken all cut and cooked to your preference.
Where: Elite Resort & Spa Price: BD9.9++/16.5++ Enjoy a lavish buffet with international dishes overlooking the Bahrain bay from 12:30pm to 4pm. Unlimited food and soft drinks is available for BD9.9++ while the unlimited selected beverages package is available for BD16.5++.
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Going Out Chinese New Year Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen
Live Carvery & Sushi at Links
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD30/43 NET Have a special Friday brunch on 24th January to see in the New Year of the Pig including live dim sum stands, a Peking duck station, prosperity tossed salad, Singapore chili crab. For more information: +973 1711 5500
Where: The Royal Golf Club Price: BD14/15 NET Live Carvery & Sushi every Friday in the award winning Links Restaurant. Get unlimited Carvery & Sushi from noon – 4pm for only BD14 net per person with Live Entertainment. 3 Hour unlimited beverage package available for an additional BD15 net per person.
Cold Place Friday Brunch at Sherlock Holmes
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Where: The Gulf Hotel Price: BD29 NET On January 31st, enjoy a Coldplay tribute concert at Sherlock Holmes. Cold Place have been on the tribute circuit for about
Grand Festiv’ALL Friday Brunch Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD35/40 NET To commemorate the new lifestyle loyalty program, ALL – Accor Live Limitless, and its extraordinary worldwide launch, Sofitel invites you to jazz it up and share unforgettable experiences at the Grand Festiv’ALL Friday Brunch on 31st January. For more information: +973 3888 5789 Bahrain’s Sweetest Brunch at Baharat Where: Le Meridien 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. For more information: +973 1717 1441
seven years now and have firmly established themselves as one of the top tributes in the world. For more information: +973 1771 3000 Friday Brunchism Where: InterContinental Regency Bahrain Price: BD22/32 NET Enjoy unlimited exceptional buffet spread across 3 venues complemented by live cooking stations, seafood and meat grills, mouth-watering desserts at our dessert library and soothing live music. For more information: +973 1722 7777 Orthodox Christmas Lunch at Silks Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD25 NET Christmas is about celebrating with family and friends. The fabulous upgraded Christmas buffet is served in perfect surroundings at Silks Restaurant. Get together on Tuesday January 7th.
Family Brunch at Atmosphere Where: Wyndham Grand Manama Price: BD15++ Enjoy unique family moments with the Family Brunch at Atmosphere Restaurant, with a mesmerizing view of the Manama skyline, serving exquisite, flavourful buffets from across the world and the dedicated Asian, Indian, International and Arabic corners. For more information: +973 1711 6116
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Parties & Themed Nights
crafted ladiesâ€™ cocktails at irresistible prices while the live performers turn your Monday Blues into Monday Bliss. For more information: +973 1753 1122 Yakitori Wednesday at Teatro
Wine & Cheese Night at Flames Terrace Where: ART Rotana Price: BD22 NET Experience a night of fine luxury at ART Rotana on the 17th January from 7pm until 10pm. A night where your palate will tingle with excitement at the taste of unlimited wines and fabulous cheeses. A beautiful live performance will be given by a talented Violinist during the night. For more information: +973 1600 0111 Ladies Night at Harvesters Pub & Terrace Where: Crowne Plaza Price: BD5 NET for 5 drinks Fab up your week with a selection of specially
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Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD11/23 NET One of Japan's most well-known street foods has been re-created in Bahrain by Teatro's team of expert shefs. For only BD11net, indulge in a fourcourse set menu including a delicious assortment of Yakitori and more from 6 pm to 11 pm, every Wednesday. For more information: +973 1311 9999 CUT unWINEd at CUT by Wolfgang Puck Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD55 NET At CUT, the talented chefs are challenged to create a menu that is designed around a specific selection of wines, instead of the other way around. Fun and highly entertaining, the bespoke four-course menu on 22nd January will be accompanied with live music. For more information: +973 1711 5044
Going Out Seafood Night at Al Waha Where: The Gulf Hotel Price: BD23/29 NET Presenting Al Waha’s Seafood Themed Buffet with live cooking. Enjoy every Thursday, for the most delectable offerings of the sea and indulge in a lavish, all you-can-eat buffet of seafood.
Prepare for a warm, Swiss gourmet feast from 25th to 31st January at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Daily from our a la carte menu, sample the varied delights of classic Gruyere and Vacherin cheese melted in white wine.
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For more information: +973 1746 0017 Taco Thursday at Links 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. For more information: +973 1775 1262 Russian Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at Fiamma Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD30/40 NET The holiday spirit continues on 7th January with a special Russian Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at Fiamma. Gather your loved ones and savour a grand festive feast prepared with love by our culinary team to satisfy all your cravings on this joyous occasion. For more information: +973 3888 5789 Wednesday BBQ Night at Baharat Where: Le Meridien Price: BD22/28 NET A stylish yet rustic BBQ experience at Baharat Restaurant, showcasing BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak. BBQ buffet BD 22 net including soft drinks and water, BD 28 net including selected free flow beverages. Every Wednesday from 7:00pm – 11pm. For more information: +973 1717 1441
Orthodox Christmas BBQ at Elements & Selections Where: InterContinental Regency Bahrain Price: BD19/29 NET Join with your family for an evening filled with excitement on 7th January. Enjoy Orthodox Christmas family buffet by Elements pool and Selections with Live BBQ and other food ethnic stations. For more information: +973 1722 7777 Swiss Fondue at Silks Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD15
Seafood Night at Atmosphere Where: Wyndham Grand Manama Price: BD15++ Indulge in a delicious international seafood buffet every Thursday while admiring the stunning views of the city! Enjoy a sumptuous array of dishes at Atmosphere Restaurant and spark some excitement with on-the-spot raffle draw! For more information: +973 1711 6116
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Bahrain Confidential experiences a wonderful breakfast at My CafĂŠ Bahrain!
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manager’s recommendations to better grasp the culinary journey at My Café. While we waited for the food to come out of the kitchen, we had time to take in our surroundings. It’s easy to see why the restaurant has become such a reliable staple of Adliya – its relaxed atmosphere, stylish interior, friendy staff and cool décor make it a fine little gem outside the city centre. Furthermore, the idyllic al fresco area is surrounded by lush foliage, where guests can enjoy freshly made food this season of outdoor dining.
The restaurant always finds a way to make you feel better even at your best.
ith inviting, modern and tasteful interiors spanning two floors and a secluded garden escape, My Café was created to bring food enthusiasts and like-minded people together. Just recently, we visited the restaurant to sample their breakfast menu and experience what the hype is all about. Widely regarded as one of Bahrain’s best breakfast places, My Café brings its fine dining offerings to the ‘Bon Vivant’ – the type of person who loves life, relishes food, enjoys being with others and thrives on art and culture. During our visit, we asked for the restaurant
The breakfast menu highlights classic and traditional favourites, but they also do awe-inspiring takes on them, like the incredible ‘Short Ribs Florentine’. We also had the ‘My Café Shakshouka’ from the Signature selection, a vibrant mix of eggs and tomatoes. For the health conscious, a ‘healthy corner’ is available with options like the ‘Trio of Avocado’, ‘Heathy Yogurt’ and ‘Double Almond Chia Pudding’. If you’re craving for something on the sweeter side, you’ll be pleased with their sweet offerings including the ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’, ‘Churros’ and more! My Café also has a colourful selection of refreshing concoctions, tea and coffee. With a Hibiscus Lemonade mocktail in hand, we took in the beautiful scene around us. Overall, the breakfast at My Café really does live up to its reputation. The restaurant always finds a way to make you feel better even at your best, creating a delightful atmosphere to bring those who are near and dear. n For more information: www.mycafebh.com 7734 4444 @mycafebh
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Day Out at Sofitel We’ve put together a one-day itinerary for you to try at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa!
ooking for an exciting way to spend your day? It might be time to re-imagine your typical plans with this itinerary! Whether you’re spending it with your family or partner, this provides the perfect cure for your wanderlust.
Relax at Thalassa Sea & Spa Leave your worries and your to-do lists behind – and let the relaxing comforts of the Thalassa Sea & Spa welcome you in. With its stunning interiors and tranquil ambiance, the spa itself is the perfect sanctuary – a respite away from the hustle bustle of the city life.
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Going Out Sofitel Bahrain’s spa, which covers 2,000sq/m of the resort, is the first and only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East to offer ‘Thalassotherapy’. Thalassotherapy is a treatment that uses salt water to ease and detoxify the body. Separated into 14 rooms, the complex aims to provide rest to everyone who needs it. Six of the rooms are for dry treatments such as massages while the other eight are for the Thalassotherapy and other waterdependent treatments. More often than not, the hustle bustle that our daily lives bring takes a toll on our mind, body, and soul. Apart from the Thalassotherapy, we recommend getting a full body massage! This treatment is perfect for everyone in need of a pampering session. The therapists are excellent and the services provides are professionally done.
Feast at the Friday Brunch After feeling serene and stress-free, head to the Sofitel’s dining
Sofitel Bahrain’s spa, which covers 2,000sq/m of the resort, is the first and only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East to offer ‘Thalassotherapy’.
options for an epic culinary journey. If you’re visiting on a Friday, it’s the perfect time to try the hotel’s magnificent brunch. The Friday Brunch is a complete family affair with a lavish spread of international options and traditional favorites. The vibrant atmosphere complemented with exciting live entertainment makes for an extraordinary experience for everyone. It’s also worth noting that the brunch spans both indoors and outdoors so dining al fresco is a perfect option during this season.
Admire the sunset by the beach Bahrain’s beauty is magnified by the sunset. Once you’re done with an afternoon of indulgence, drop by the beach and catch the sun going down over the water. Sofitel is one of the few places offering an uninterrupted view of the sea, which is a treat to see in its own. n For more information: +973 1763 6363
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Reef Clubhouse Tel. 7790 0700
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Wyndham Grand Manama
Al Areen Palace & Spa
Tel. 7770 7070
Tel. 1771 6116
Al Safir at Sheraton Hotel
Plums at The Ritz-Carlton
Tel. 1753 3533
Tel. 1758 6499
Brasserie Royale at Jumeirah Royal Saray
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Play Restaurant & Lounge
Tel. 7770 7070
Tel. 1758 6699
Tel. 1710 0345
Tapas at Sofitel
Tel. 1700 0071
Tel. 3888 5789
Brasserie Royale at Jumeirah Royal Saray
Tel. 1784 5000
Gallery 21 Tel. 1771 1600
Tel. 6672 0028
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Baharat at Le Meridien City Centre Tel. 1717 1441
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Tel. 1717 1000
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Let it Roll! Haus Restaurant and Lounge Introduces Refined Japanese Cuisine with Launch of New Sushi Menu.
aus Restaurant and Lounge, Adliya’s homegrown fuss-free dining experience, has rolled out a new sushi menu that provides diners and Bahrain sushi lovers with a modern and globally inspired selection of the finest Japanese dishes. The menu features more than 15 new dishes including firm sushi favourites such as thin sliced sashimi, hand rolled maki and classic nigiri that utilise premium quality ingredients. The restaurant’s friendly staff are on hand to provide expert recommendations based on individual guest tastes. Speaking on the launch of the new sushi menu, Karine Espenjian, Business Development Manager, said: “The new sushi menu further elevates the unique and memorable culinary journey each of our guests experience when dining at Haus. The restaurant is renowned for its use of the highest quality ingredients, technique and presentation. By introducing these new dishes and flavours to our diners, we are keeping true to our philosophy of globally inspired flavours with homegrown flair and look forward to receiving the feedback of our guests.” Haus’ Bohemian ambience across its indoor and outdoor seating, provides a fine dining in the heart of Adliya in an ideal space for to have a good time with friends and family. Haus Lounge presents eclectic fusion music along with good food and drinks all through the week. For those with a sweet tooth, Haus Bakery delivers a wide range of carefully handcrafted desserts and savoury bites. In addition, the bakery provides catering services for corporate and private events. n
To place an order, call on 17663242 or 36994949.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain celebrated their 25th anniversary
Get ready for an evening of fashion and sophistication at Gallery 21!
Unique Arabia II
n evening of glamour and sophistication showcasing the region’s fashion talent, will take place at the heart of Gallery 21 on 30th January! Bigger, better and bolder – Unique Arabia will be back this year for its second edition. The fashion extravaganza will feature a myriad of designers from the region that will embody beauty, fashion, and glamour through their intricate and chic designs. The collections from different designers will be showcased by Matty B Models.
The fashion extravaganza will feature a myriad of designers from the region that will embody beauty, fashion, and glamour.
Unique Arabia Middle East Fashion Show showcases a range of fashion designers in the Middle East. The show’s vision is to highlight and promote the remarkable works of designers around the Arab world. With Gallery 21 as the venue, guests can expect an evening of elevated style, music and live entertainment. Witness Unique Arabia II and experience an evening that will inspire you to glamorize your wardrobe in the New Year! n For more information: +973 177 11600 @gallery21bh
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New Year ... New Beginning Dreams are created by aspirant minds that are set positively to focus on achieving those dreams and bringing them to life. Many of us look forward to New Years to make new distinctions in our lives and create the reality from our thoughts. We consider every New Year as a new beginning, a new page in a new chapter of our lives. Beginnings are powerful because when we begin something; we form movement of energy towards that thing. Hence, with the energy movement our lives begin to move. Being optimistic is essential here for achieving desired outcome. The moment of a new beginning is always available to us; it is neither too late nor too early. All we need to know is the truth of who we are, what we want and what it means to us. With every passing day we get to know ourselves even more. We get closer to our reality just by looking inside us and asking the right questions. As New Year is here, we can treat it as a starting point and the best way for the same is through gratitude. By being thankful for all we have been and going through and what yet to come. Everything that happens is a blessing from God and a lesson for us that cooperate in growing our knowledge, experience and knowing ourselves even better. Having a New Yearâ€™s Resolutions list is other way. However, if we are happy with where we are today, we can think of how to continue to move forward. Then, we should make a decision to stay committed to our plans and take action. By not being hard on ourselves and enjoying the process, we will sense that life is awakened in us as described by Bryan Adams: It's a new world, it's a new start It's alive with the beating of young hearts It's a new day, it's a new plan I've been waiting for you Here I am Best wishes for your bright future. Happy New Year!
Shoug Ahmed Al-Ghawi is an ICF Accredited Life Coach specialized in relationships and awareness. Shoug.email@example.com @shougalghawi
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MoĚˆvenpick Hotel Bahrain hosted a gingerbread house making to celebrate the festivities
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain hosted their Interhotel basketball tournament finals
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Saar Mall celebrated the Barhrain National Day festivities
Fabulous Foodie Deals Take advantage of a range of great offers this winter at The K Hotel.
Sunday is ‘Filipino Night’ with live music and lots of traditional dishes, priced at BD7.5++. From Monday & Wednesday, the theme is American – with ribs on Monday and the hotel’s famed American Barbecue on Wednesday. These nights cost BD7.5+++ each. Tuesday starts with a new themed night, ‘Arabian Night’ featuring Middle Eastern delicacies, authentic Arabic dishes, and sweet treats priced at BD 8.5++ per person. Thursday is a new addition to the line-up in the shape of Bahraini Seafood Night which features superb grilled fare, sushi, sashimi and more. Enjoy for only BD12.5++.
tart your day with a full-spread breakfast; eggs cooked to your liking, a range of cooked and cold meats, a tempting array of sweet and savory pastries and breads as well as top-quality fresh fruits and 11 different cheeses! Breakfast is served from 6:30am – 10:30am and is priced at just BD6++.
All of the theme nights have live cooking stations allowing you to make your choice and have your selection prepared to your exact liking. To finish the week, the KOLORS brunch features an enormous spread of more than 200 items from soups and salads to savory appetizers, main courses, live cooking stations and desserts.
At lunch time, the regular buffet from Sunday to Thursday is available. But for those in a hurry, the hotel has recently launched the Express Lunch from 12.30pm to 4.00pm with a selection of light foods that can be cooked quickly. The Express Lunch package is priced at BD5.5++.
One of the big attractions of the popular Friday event is the seafood; always plentiful and fresh – no extra charges on the regular BD15.5++ brunch price for special items such as lobster and other shellfish. The brunch also has a live band and a beverage package which can be included for an extra BD7++. n
The evenings are when The K Hotel’s KOLORS restaurant really comes alive with theme nights running throughout the week.
For more information, please call 1736 0000 or 366 00 433
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An Elite New Year Elite Hospitality promises to impress this coming year with memorable offers for you and your loved ones.
Guests are invited to relax with the sound of the sea and enjoy Tarab nights with Live grills buffet, every Thursday & Friday, 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Priced at BD 10++. Elite Seef Residence Hotel located in the heart of Seef area, will embrace your world with a warm relaxed home feel away from home. Offering spacious suites with one and two bed rooms which are the perfect choice for every corporate long term visitor.
efresh your weekend with an unforgettable family stay at Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq. Guests will benefit from the special discounts on all restaurants and room service menu with a bouquet of offers during the weekend.
Unwind and relax under the stars of Al Waha pool side with Tarab Nights, every Wednesday and Thursday starts 8 pm onwards. Enjoy an authentic selection of Arabic food at BD10 net per person. For only BD8 net, enjoy a lavish buffet with a wide range of grills and Arabic food from 8pm onwards while enjoying the live band play till mid night every Friday.
The Friday Brunch at the Elite Resort & Spaâ€™s La Brasserie restaurant is a great start to the New Year; with special rate of BD12 net per person. Guests are invited to try the lavish buffet with 20 % discount and free of charge for children up to 6 years old; starts from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
Elite Grande Hotel offers a Family Feast promotion with a wide selection of Arabic variety. The Arabic set menu, good for 5-6 persons is for BD 19 net only! H20 pool side restaurant offers the ladies night for three days a week every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm till 12mn with free cocktails. The weekend vibes by the Pool side will be offering unlimited Grills at only 8 BD net per person every Thursday and Friday from 7 pm till 11 pm. n
Meanwhile, Al Naseem pool side restaurant will be offering the most beautiful views of the bay.
To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com
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Light Them Bright! Our clients and friends officially kicked off the holiday season with these Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies around the island!
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
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Elite Resort & Spa
Golden Tulip Bahrain
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Elite Seef Residence & Hotel
Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain
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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
MoĚˆvenpick Hotel Bahrain
The Juffair Grand Hotel
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Reef Resort & Spa
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
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Wyndham Garden Manama
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A short talk with interesting people living in Bahrain!
Personality Profile How are you finding Bahrain? It’s a thrilling island in GCC! Bahrain provides good comfort and relaxation places for everyone. I like the fact that there are a lot of sports events, tremendous exhibitions, promotions, superb nightlife, and freedom. As a professional, I consider Bahrain as a land of opportunities where the thrill will never stop.
and when you choose your passion then there is no question of dislike. That’s the reason I always enjoy my work.
What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? The Manama Corniche in good weather gives me a pleasant feeling. Since I am fond of coffee, every alternate evening I hang out with my friends in Adliya’s coffee shops, where we play cards, laugh, enjoy good food, drink and relax with shisha. I also love to visit the seaside and some relaxing places where I feel only myself.
If you can change anything in your life what would it be? I want to change the philosophy of professionalism; become a good human being, a trustworthy leader, and a good trainer!
What do you most like and dislike, about your work? Marketing, PR and communication are my passion
What are you listening to at the moment? La Casa de Papel’s ‘Bela Ciao’, ‘My life is going on’, Luis Fonsi and my all-time favourite 80’s selection. n
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Biggest lesson in life: Never underestimate your capabilities because in DREAMS and in LIFE, nothing is IMPOSSIBLE!!!
What makes you happy? When I am with my family and having quality time with my kids!
Bahrain Confidential’s January Issue is packed with features to help you prepare… not only for the New Year’s party but also for the year ah...
Published on Jan 2, 2020
Bahrain Confidential’s January Issue is packed with features to help you prepare… not only for the New Year’s party but also for the year ah...