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Luxury Living: Kazerooni Heights

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he year 2020 has been like no other. It has transformed the lives of almost each and everyone of us to an extent we could have never imagined before. For many, this year will go down as one of the darkest in living memory. But amid the mayhem sparked by the pandemic, there are also pieces of good news that brought a bit of cheer. Here are the stories that have made the headlines last year in Bahrain‌

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First eclipse of 2020

Manama witnessed the first eclipse of 2020 on January 10. This time, it was a penumbral lunar eclipse. During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the Sun, Moon and the Earth takes an imperfectly aligned position. When this happens, the Earth which is in between the Sun and the Moon blocks some or all of the light from reaching the Moon’s surface with the outer part of its shadow. This is known as the penumbra.

Reduction of visa charges The charge of one-year visit visas was reduced from BD85 to BD40 while five-year visit visas were reduced from BD170 to BD60. In addition to this, the duration of student visas is expanded from one to five years and diplomatic visas from three to five years.

Record of lowest temperature Bahrain recorded the lowest temperature of 8.2 degrees Celsius with a real feel of one degree. Sources added that the real feeling of one degree, recorded in the robotic monitoring station located in Sitra, in some areas of Bahrain was due to strong winds.

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Launch of Bahrain Food Festival The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) launched the 5th edition of its annual Bahrain Food Festival at Bahrain Bay.

No shortage of food commodities Food commodities were sufficiently available in the markets during the start of the pandemic. Food traders in the Kingdom provide food in stores on a regular basis.

Bahrain’s participation in COVID-19 vaccine testing The Kingdom of Bahrain was the first Arab country taking part in the solidarity test as part of the ongoing efforts at all levels to contain and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has begun testing its first anticoronavirus drug, produced 60 days after the genetic sequence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was shared by China, under the “Solidarity Trial” experiment.

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Bahrain, Argentina, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, and Spain, will all participate in the trial, aimed at jumpstarting research for the establishment of a treatment designed to eradicate COVID-19.

Bahrain lead with highest recovery rate in GCC On April 10, data showed that Bahrain has the highest rate of recovery in the GCC, with a whopping 59% of infected cases declared fully recovered from the coronavirus. When compared to the global rate of recovery of 22%, Bahrain is much far ahead with around a 37% better rate. When compared to the rest of the GCC countries as well, Bahrain is leading, followed by Oman with 24% recoveries and then Saudi with 20% recoveries.

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Reopening of shops and salons Commercial and industrial shops providing direct goods and services resumed their usual operation on May 7. Salons and barbershops were reopened on May 27, provided that they follow all precautionary measures.

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The third and final stage of a project to issue new and revamped identity cards for residents started on June 21. The revamped ID cards did not come with an increase in issuance fees and holders did not have to replace their currently valid cards which will continue to be accepted for all government and private transactions until their expiration dates.

Launch of new tourism campaign The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority has announced the launch of a new tourist campaign. The new campaign comprised three different stages over the year. The first, “Inspiration” is linked to digital followers through interactive announcements and live sessions. The second is “Encouragement” focused on promoting existing activities, while the third “Transformation”, embraced direct live interaction with visitors.

BD17.34 million worth of projects for citizens Shaikh Nasser has approved a package of humanitarian projects aimed at supporting needy citizens and those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. With an estimated budget of BD 17.43 million, the projects are within the “Feena Khair” campaign launched to support the national efforts to fight the pandemic.


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Milestone in aviation sector Texel Air, an established private airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces the arrival of the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi™. A first of a kind aircraft globally, the conversion aircraft has been developed to provide the most versatile third party cargo charter solution available in the market.

Launch of first drive-in theatre Movie theatre chain Mukta A2 Cinemas and event management group PICO announced the launch of Drive-In BH, drive-in cinema in Bahrain. The audience will be able to enjoy movies spanning a multitude of genres in the comfort of their seat alongside food, snacks and drinks, all while adhering to social distancing rules.

Resumption of visa onarrival Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced the resuming of on-arrival visa for nationals of 68 countries at Bahrain’s ports.

Introduction of ‘boutique fares’ Gulf Air has introduced a new pricing concept of its airfares to make it easier and clearer to its passengers regarding what’s included in each price bracket. The new ‘Boutique Fares’ come in three branded options for economy class and 2 branded options for Falcon Gold class. Passengers can now choose the most suitable fare option depending on their travel needs and desired services along their trip, the company said.

A story of hope Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. We have shared our conversation with Erylle Hidalgo, a breast cancer survivor, about her struggles and her story of hope.

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A tribute to one of the world’s longest serving prime ministers

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The Kingdom of Bahrain mourned the passing of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who was one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world. In this feature, we honored his memory, legacy and significant developmental achievements to the island.

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Bahrain Grand Prix rescue team and marshals lauded Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner stated his appreciation for the rescue team at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix happening at the Bahrain International Circuit. The medical and rescue staff’s incredible bravery helped Romain Grosjean escape his big crash”, Steiner said.

Appointment of new Prime Minister HM King Hamad issued Royal Order 44 / 2020 appointing HRH Prince Salman as the Prime Minister of Bahrain.


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Filmed across different locations in Bahrain, ELYSSIAN’s dance cover videos are a vibrant mix of energetic rhythm, cool choreography and fantastic cinematography. Just recently, Bahrain Confidential spoke to the young duo about their videos, inspiration and a whole lot more!

Sky watchers in Bahrain were in for an end of year treat. On December 21, two of the largest planets in the solar system were seen merging in the night sky. This rare astronomical event saw Jupiter and Saturn line up very close to each other, which is an event that takes place about once every 20 years and will last for nearly two hours.

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ahrain’s 49th National Day celebrations began with a dazzling display of fireworks that lit up the skies over the Kingdom. Although the past year has been a whirlwind, the people of Bahrain were still as enthusiastic as ever. The residents’ patriotic fervor was on full display with national flags flying high across several locations in the Kingdom. Roads, trees and buildings were beautifully decorated with hues of red and white. Landmark sites were also lit up to mark the occasion. We've collated some of our favourite shots from Instagram for you to enjoy. Let's all celebrate the beauty of Bahrain and the wonderful people in it. n

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accines to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic. Just recently, Bahrain has joined the front line of the global fight against the virus after announcing free vaccinations for citizens and residents. What do we know about the Sinopharm vaccine and how does it compare to other vaccines? What is the Sinopharm vaccine? Sinopharm Group (China National Pharmaceutical Group) is a state-owned

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pharmaceutical company with two vaccine candidates. The vaccine they have created uses an inactive virus to trigger an immune response. It works by using deactivated viral particles to expose the body's immune system to the virus without risking a serious disease response. On 13th December, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) has approved the registration of the Sinopharm vaccine. The NHRA approval for the vaccine is based on data from the trials carried out in several countries including Bahrain.


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How is it given? The Sinopharm vaccine is administered through injection into a muscle. According to the Ministry of Health’s website, a second dose of vaccine is needed on the 21st day after the first vaccination. On Day 35, antibodies against the virus will start to develop in the vaccinated person. It is worth noting that citizens and residents in Bahrain above 18 years of age could register to receive the vaccine for free.

The vaccine they have created uses an inactive virus to trigger an immune response. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine? According to the Mayo Clinic, a COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild side effects, including: • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given • Fever • Fatigue • Headache • Muscle pain • Chills • Joint pain

Other vaccines According to WHO, there are currently more than 50 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in trials. Sinovac The Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac is behind the CoronaVac, an inactivated vaccine. The approach deploys a dead version of the coronavirus to generate immunity. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Unlike most vaccines which are a modified virus or viral protein to elicit an immune response, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to instruct the body to begin defending itself against COVID-19. Once injected, the body's immune system makes antibodies. If a vaccinated person is later exposed to the coronavirus, those antibodies should attack the virus. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Vaccine storage Inactivated vaccines only need to be stored at standard refrigerator temperatures of 2˚C to 8˚C (36˚F to 46˚F). This means that this vaccine may also be useful to countries who are not able to store large amounts of vaccines at very low temperatures. Meanwhile, mRNA type vaccines have to be kept at very low temperatures until injected. The Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at about minus-75 degrees Celsius while Moderna's vaccine can be kept at about minus-20 degrees Celsius. n

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Wearing Masks Why you still need to wear a mask in Bahrain even when there’s a vaccine?

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eople are sick of masks. We all get it. So when can we stop wearing them?

The answer is: not anytime soon. Bahrain recently launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign free of charge for residents and citizens alike. While this development holds much promise, this does not mean that we can stop wearing masks anytime soon. There are still numerous reasons we still need to wear masks to maintain the remarkable strides that the government and frontline workers have made during the pandemic.

There are still numerous reasons we still need to wear masks to maintain the remarkable strides that the government and frontline workers have made during the pandemic. Reason 1: You won't know who has or hasn’t been vaccinated It would be impossible to ensure that each person you come across with is vaccinated. Some may have medical conditions that prevents them from being vaccinated, others may still be skeptical of getting the vaccine. Those who have been vaccinated may require a booster shot – therefore, you won’t know how well protected they are. Reason 2: We don’t know how long the vaccine can protect us Since the vaccines are rolling out quickly, there is no

data on long-term protection. It can take months to years to fully comprehend the effectiveness of the vaccine in the long run. Reason 3: We don’t know if the vaccine prevents a person from being a COVID-19 carrier Vaccine trials test whether or not a vaccine protects a participant from contracting a specific disease, in this case COVID-19. However, these trials do not look at whether a person could still be infectious after receiving a vaccine. Reason 4: People can be re-infected We know that It is possible for some people to be re-infected with the virus. So, if you have ever tested positive, there is a chance you could contract the virus again. And you could possibly infect other people. You should still take the necessary precautions while research is into how strong vaccines are and how long their protection lasts are still going on. Would you still need to wear a mask after getting the vaccine? Yes. Take for example, the Sinopharm vaccine will only cause the vaccinated person to create antibodies after 35 days. If a vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19, his body’s immune system will start attacking the virus. Therefore, it is very important to prevent the virus from reaching your body in the first place. Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing does that. Only time will tell when can we eradicate the virus in Bahrain and the world. Until then, we need everyone to keep following the precautions we have been sharing since the pandemic started. Until then, we mask on. n

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Travel

How important is it to get vaccinated against

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Why is getting vaccinated against COVID-19 important to the travel industry?

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he latest developments about coronavirus vaccines have given everyone optimism in an otherwise dismal time. At the end of last year, hope returned to the world, including hope for restarting travel as countries began approving several vaccines. But what does this mean for the travel industry and how important is it to get vaccinated against the virus? Just recently, we spoke to Dadabhai Travel’s Director, Adnan Gilitwala to gain some insights on this matter. The damage caused by the spread of COVID-19 has been immense

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Travel not just in the travel industry but also the global economy. Travel is crucial to everyone’s livelihoods around the world which is why it is imperative that people get vaccinated for the sake of both their personal and professional survival. “Scientifically, it has been proven countless times that vaccines are the most effective form of prevention against disease, therefore the urgency for more people to get vaccinated has never been higher. The only way we see the travel industry recovering and being able to help other industries do the same is when enough people around the world are declared safe to move around without restrictions”, Adnan said. However, the availability of vaccines is not enough to influence the demand for travel as people have to willingly get vaccinated

Scientifically, it has been proven countless times that vaccines are the most effective form of prevention against disease.

and show airlines, hotels, other companies, and governments around the world that they take their health seriously enough for conventional travel to resume to pre COVID-19 levels. “The goal is eradicating the virus and making it feasible for the world to open up again; as things stand, the only realistic way that will happen is if enough people become immune to COVID-19 through vaccination”, Adnan commented.

Don’t wait, vaccinate When asked about what travel agencies should aim for in the immediate present, Adnan answered that agencies need to focus on supporting the drive to vaccinate as many people as possible: “If agencies are able to collectively share the same mission of supporting the government’s efforts, they will make a huge difference in preventing further losses to the travel industry and all the other industries associated with it, and also play a significant role in making the world safer to explore”. With that said, Adnan shared that Dadabhai Travel is fully committed to doing their part in supporting Bahrain’s National

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Vaccination Campaign, like any other campaigns of the government. The leading travel agency has heavily encouraged the members of their organization to register themselves and their families for the vaccination. “We believe that the success of any campaign is dependent on the alignment of both the public and private sectors, and continue to advocate the same whenever we can as no campaign would be initiated without considering the safety, efficacy, and benefit to the country and its people as a whole. We are confident that our government is acting in our best interests to prevent more harm to the people and the economy of Bahrain, and get us back on the path towards growth and sustainability. As such, we are all obligated to do our part for our country”, he commented. n Although the coronavirus vaccine is now available in Bahrain, a number of people are still concerned about getting jabbed. It is worth noting that all available COVID-19 vaccines in Bahrain are safe and have been authorized by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA).

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Here are some important things you need to know: • All vaccines available in Bahrain (Pfizer and Sinopharm) have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. • Two doses are needed for the Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccine. A second shot will be scheduled 21 days after your first shot. • Side effects may be experienced by some people after vaccination. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. • Getting vaccinated will protect people around you, particularly people with higher risks of being infected. • COVID-19 vaccines are one of the many tools to help us stop this pandemic.

How can you get vaccinated in Bahrain? • You can register for vaccination through MOH’s website or your BeAware app. • The registration process allows you to select the health center at which you prefer to be vaccinated and the type of vaccine you wish to receive. • Once you have completed the registration process, you will be contacted to confirm the date and time of your vaccination appointment.


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iruses constantly change through mutation and new variants of viruses are expected to occur over time. Just recently, a new variation of the coronavirus has arisen as the pandemic continued across the globe.

Over the past months, the UK has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Southeast England London. On December 14, authorities of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reported to WHO that a new SARS-CoV-2 variant was identified through viral genomic sequencing. Initial analysis indicates that the variant may spread more readily between people. Investigations are ongoing to determine if this variant is associated with any changes in the severity of symptoms, antibody response or vaccine efficacy. Preliminary reports by the United Kingdom are that this variant is more transmissible than previous circulating viruses, with an estimated increase of between 40% and 70% in transmissibility

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Feature Where did it come from? The most likely explanation is the variant has emerged in a patient with a weakened immune system that was unable to beat the virus. A similar variant that has emerged in South Africa shares some of the same mutations, but appears to be unrelated to this one. Several reports stated that the strain from South Africa appears to have mutated further than the new variant that has been discovered in the UK.

What is different about it? The variant found in the UK is defined by the presence of a range of 14 mutations resulting in amino acid changes and three deletions. According

Preliminary reports by the United Kingdom are that this variant is more transmissible than previous circulating viruses.

to WHO, some of these mutations may influence the transmissibility of the virus in humans.

Is the variant already circulating in Bahrain? No. To date, there has been no reports saying that it has.

What are the unknowns? • How widely the new variant has spread in the rest of the world • How the new variant differs from earlier variants • How the disease caused by this variant differs from the disease caused by other variants that are currently circulating

How do we reduce the risk of transmission? • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections • Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands) • Within healthcare facilities, enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, especially in emergency departments • Wearing masks where appropriate and ensuring good ventilation. n

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The ‘Art’ of Living An Elevated Experience in Amwaj Islands The Art Hotel & Resort is revamped and it’s where you need to be in Bahrain!

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here’s excitement in the air as we share news about The Art Hotel & Resort in Amwaj Islands. In the new year, ART Rotana will operate as The Art Hotel & Resort, where a brand new look, feel and goal promise to enrich the guest experience.

According to the hotel, the entire team is committed to delivering an even more outstanding service and quality, “We are passionate connoisseurs of craft and creating meaningful moments. Humble curators of the rare and the original, we strive to add artful and memorable touches in everything we do – food, drinks, travel and business”.

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Going Out Situated at the bustling Amwaj Islands, the beach front property offers stunning panoramic views as well as a waterside haven of the marina and the crystal waters of the Arabian Gulf. This is further complemented by the refined hospitality and level of service you will experience from the very moment you arrive at the hotel. Furthermore, the team’s attention to detail will definitely create a warm and comfortable stay for you and your loved ones.

Under its new identity, The Art Hotel & Resort will strive to create a more heartfelt approach that will always meet, if not exceed, your needs.

Under its new identity, The Art Hotel & Resort will strive to create a more heartfelt approach that will always meet, if not exceed, your needs. A diverse curation of experiences from scrumptious dining to thrilling activities will be at the tip of your fingers. Locally inspired explorations are also within reach on your visit. Meanwhile, a variety of five-star facilities and amenities for leisure and relaxation assures that there is something for everyone. This only means one thing… whether you just want to spend an ordinary day or celebrate a huge milestone in your life, The Art Hotel & Resort promises to deliver. You won’t be disappointed with their elevated service and thoughtfully laid out experiences. If you think that’s all, you’re wrong! The Art Hotel & Resort is offering a special price for everyone who will be booking through their website: www.theArt.bh starting from the 1st of January, 2021. You can enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast starting from BD49. What a steal, right? See you there! n

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f you are in the market for an apartment, know that some make better homes and investments than others. For a living space to be considered exceptional, it must fulfill certain criteria beyond its rates. Among these are a truly great location, scenic views, architectural uniqueness and abundant space. In addition, topnotch amenities (we love a great pool!) create a luxurious and exclusive vibe. In Bahrain, only a handful of properties fulfill these criteria. Among these is Kazerooni Heights which is located in Amwaj Islands.

What sets Kazerooni Heights apart? For over four decades, Kazerooni Group has been creating iconic and functional developments. Another mark carrying their brand, Kazerooni

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Header Heights was created to accommodate a lifestyle that suits the needs of every individual. All of the properties in Kazerooni Heights are designed with luxury and livability in mind. From the building materials to the minutest detail, you’ll find that the development team has taken everything into consideration when it comes to comfort and style.

Signature Spaces The 20-story building is equipped with 101 light-filled luxury apartments ranging from one-bedroom suites (88sqm.) to three-bedroom duplexes. Each individual unit has modern features like a bespoke designed “NOLTE” German-fitted kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, limestonefinished countertops and more.

All of the properties in Kazerooni Heights are designed with luxury and livability in mind.

Apart from custom and bespoke features, the property features these great amenities: • A rooftop temperature-controlled infinity swimming pool • A BBQ facility with dining room area at the pool deck • A multi-purpose banquet hall with a fully equipped kitchen, pool table, and sound system • An exclusive state-of-the-art gym with Technogym equipment • Steam and sauna facilities • 24-hour security

Great Investment and Ownership Options With Kazerooni Heights, you have the option to either invest or own a unit through different schemes. What we loved about the property is their ‘lease-to-own’ options perfect for short term or long term owners.

3 year rent with lease-to-own option With this option, all of your service charges and expenses will be covered by the developer for the first three years of your lease-to-own agreement while your monthly rent payment are accumulating to form your down payment on your apartment if you wish to own it by the end of the third year.

Purchase and live-in with 5 year buy back option This option allows you to buy your dream apartment, live in it for 5 years while paying fees and expenses. At the end of the 5th year, you can return it back and receive your initial purchase price or you can continue to own it. n To know more, call +973 3977 0009 or visit kazerooniheights.com.

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Art

Translating Creativity Bahrain Confidential interviews Filipina artist, Kathrina Ragadi.

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an you tell us a bit about yourself? I am an enthusiastic self-taught artist with a degree in teaching from the Philippines. I joined many exhibits while in the Philippines until my arrival to Bahrain where I worked as an art teacher. In 2018, I have been given the opportunity to join an exhibit at the Bahrain Financial Harbour which kicked off my art career and led me to pursue my passion for art further. What does art mean to you? What drew you to pursue this craft? Art is a language of its own. It is a creation that speaks without words to many. Art is a way of how we bestow our deepest passions and expressed emotions, whether it is through music, dance or painting. It allows me the freedom to use my imagination while constructing and painting my pieces. From a young age, I have joined multiple art contests in my school. This is where I started to discover different art forms and methods which developed my love for art. Through this, I met several people including an art organizer who asked me to join exhibits in the Philippines. The rest, as they say, was history. How important is it for artists to “connect� with their subjects? It is important for the artist to connect with their subject because the subject is the essence of the piece. The subject is the representation of an artist's imagination translated into the visual. If the artist is connected to their subject, it is easier to convey the message to the viewers and to connect with the audience.

Art is a never ending process which requires no rush to perfection.

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Art

Can you tell us about your artistic process? How do you know when an artwork is finished? My artistic process is a combination different techniques and resources which I translate through creativity; I take inspiration by looking at the society and current events. I use different mediums such as acrylic, oil, clay, paper, yarn and other objects put together to produce an art piece. I take references and resources to make a study or plan on paper as a draft before using brush or putting materials on the canvas. Art is a never ending process which requires no rush to perfection. I know when my artwork is completed when I am satisfied with the end result. You have been based in Bahrain for a while. Is there a favourite artwork you’ve made during your stay here? What is it? It was a portrait of King Hamad exhibited at Bahrain Financial Harbour. The artwork was a trial and error process because it was my first time using yarn as a medium. With time and patience, I was happy with what I created. The artwork which consisted of around 30,000 pieces of hand made yarn balls assembled together, left me astonished with the results.

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This art piece became one of my greatest artist achievements. The artwork was sold to Sheikh Rashid. What advice would you give to aspiring artists? Just continue pursuing your passion. Don't just think about making art without putting your soul into every piece you are doing. Furthermore, don't let others put you down for doing what you love. Keep learning new things and trying to accomplish all of your goals regardless of how difficult it will be. Use that knowledge to further your success in your passion. n


Health

HV Holistic Health -

A New Year for All Ages With the events of this past year like none that has come before, health and wellbeing has become more important than ever.

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ere at HV Holistic Health & Corrective Training we take care of this to the highest level. We are not just a fitness centre we are passionate practitioners that care about our clients mental and physical health.

Here at HV we aim to help all ages no matter what is happening in their life.

We are here not only to provide 1 on 1 personal training sessions, we take great pride in looking after many aspects of our clients lifestyle showing compassion and care. Here at HV we aim to help all ages no matter what is happening in their life. Last year was a difficult one for all, we want to make sure you make the most of this new year and come out the other side as a healthier, happier you.

Start this year fresh. We would like to offer a few tips, to get you on the right track to improving yourself no matter age or what your goals in life currently are: Keep on track: It is easy to become distracted with celebrations and spending time with loved ones, which is perfectly fine but, it is always important to find time to excercise. Whether it be in the gym, or outside activities such as, running, cycling or just walking with friends. Doing a little something is better than doing no excercise at all, it will help you stay on track, maintain focus and have a feel good factor about yourself and your life. Watching what you eat: After indulging over the festive period, make sure you are balancing out your diet with exercise. Also, eat enough fruit, and vegetables, because this will allow you to get your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. Finally the most important of all, is to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water even during the colder months. n For more information on how we can help contact HV Holistic Health. on 1777 5544, @hvholistic or info@hvholistichealth.com

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Feature

The Crown Netflix Description: In the 1980s, Elizabeth clashes with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while Prince Charles enters a tumultuous marriage with Lady Diana Spencer.

Dark Netflix Description: In the third and final season, 'Dark' reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time [...] Two worlds. Light and dark. And in the center a tragic love story of epic proportions.

Best Netflix

Queen’s Gambit Netflix Description: The Queen's Gambit' follows a young chess prodigy's rise from an orphanage to the world stage. But genius comes with a cost.

Series of 2020

Here are our top picks from last year!

Never Have I Ever

The Umbrella Academy

Netflix Description: Never Have I Ever' revolves around Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

Netflix Description: Reunited by their father's death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity.

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Dash and Lily Netflix Description: A whirlwind Holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.


Feature

Teenage Bounty Hunters Netflix Description: Rebelling against their buttoned-up Southern community, 16-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling and Blair Wesley team up with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkin for an over-the-top adventure as they dive into the world of bail skipping baddies and suburban secrets while trying to navigate high school drama.

The Haunting of Bly Manor Netflix Description: Dead doesn't mean gone. An au pair plunges into an abyss of chilling secrets in this gothic romance from the creator of 'The Haunting of Hill House.

Itaewon Class

Giri/Haji

Netflix Description: In a colorful Seoul neighborhood, an ex-con and his friends fight a mighty foe to make their ambitious dreams for their street bar a reality.

Netflix Description: A Tokyo detective travels to London to look for his long lost younger brother, now believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster and wanted for the murder of a Japanese businessman. His family's honour, and the fragile peace between the warring gangs back home, is at stake.

Unorthodox Netflix Description: Unorthodox' is a story about a girl who rejects her radicalized upbringing and leaves to start a new life. One part coming-of-age story, and onepart thriller, set in the fun world of Berlin, we watch as a girl discovers all parts of life, of herself and as she follows the dark trails to uncover the dangerous mysteries of her family's past.

Dead to Me Netflix Description: A powerful friendship blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret in this darkly comic series.

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Feature

Immigration Nation

The Baby-Sitters Club Netflix Description: Netflix's new series 'The Baby-Sitters Club' is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas, Mary-Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

Netflix Description: Shot over the course of three years, Schwarz and Clusiau capture the daily workings of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, activists, lawmakers, attorneys and a wide swath of undocumented immigrants, from desperate recent arrivals to longtime residents to deported U.S. military combat veterans.

Next in Fashion Netflix Description: Next in Fashion' is a high-stakes competition series coming soon to Netflix featuring some of the world's best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Mindhunter

Ratched

Netflix Description: Stories from survivors fuel this docuseries examining how convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used his wealth and power to carry out his abuses.

Netflix Description: In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.

Netflix Description: In 1947, Mildred Ratched begins working as a nurse at a leading psychiatric hospital. But beneath her stylish exterior lurks a growing darkness."

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Feature

PuriCare Did you know that this wearable air purifier is available in Bahrain?

PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier harnesses two H13 HEPA filters, which work to prevent up to 99.95% of harmful airborne matter, such as viruses, bacteria and common allergens from entering the wearer’s respiratory system . LG’s patented Respiratory Sensor detects the cycle and volume of the user’s breathing, automatically adjusting the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier’s DUAL Fans accordingly via three speed settings. The dynamic fans are able to speed up when the wearer is inhaling, and slow down to reduce resistance upon exhaling.

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ollowing its unveiling at IFA 2020, LG Electronics (LG) has launched its personal air solution in the Kingdom – the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

The PuriCare Wearable has been ergonomically designed, based on extensive facial shape analysis. The device fits snugly around the user’s face, minimizing air leakage around the nose and chin area. The face guard also features a silicone pad which seeks to promote comfortable fit for hours on end and reduce the fogging up of glasses, while the inner cover prevents internal contamination. To deliver a new level of personal protection, the LG

The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier comes with a built-in, rechargeable 820 battery which can deliver up to eight hours of operation at low speed and two hours on the highest setting. To recharge, users simply need to connect the device to a power source using the provided USB C cable. For added convenience, key components such as the filters, inner cover, face guard, ear straps and strap extenders are also easy to remove and replace for extended usability. n For more information, please visit: www.lg.com/ae/air-purifiers/lg-ap300awfa

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HeaderOut Going

New Year, the Elite way! Start the new year with Elite Hospitality Group’s offers on dining and staycation. Elite Resort & Spa Breath taking sea view suites will lighten you and your family’s senses. The Elite Resort & Spa will be a family treat for a great start of the year with special winter promotion in one-bedroom suite for 2 persons with special rate of BD 33 net per room per night with breakfast, special VIP amenities and free late check out. Enjoy an array of offers for the whole family during the weekend at Al Naseem pool side with a special menu of BD 10 net per person with soft beverages. Guests will also benefit from the

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Going Out special discounts on all of the hotel’s restaurants and room service menu.

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel Elite Seef Residence & Hotel will embrace your world with a warm relaxed home away from home. The hotel is offering spacious suites with one and two bed rooms which make it a perfect choice for corporate long term visitors. The suites are fitted with fully equipped kitchenette along with living room and dining area which creates an ideal accommodation for short or long term stay guests, with complimentary Wi-Fi services and breakfast buffet with additional 20% discount on room services and laundry. Special promotion will be offered on all suite types till end of April 2021.

H20 pool side restaurant offers Happy Hours every night from 1 PM till 8 PM.

Guest can also explore a variety of open sky roofed nights. Unwind and relax under the stars at Captain Jack’s outdoor area by the pool side starting from 8 PM till 2 AM. Enjoy ladies’ night every Wednesday till Friday with three free coupons on drinks.

Elite Grande Hotel The special winter promotion at Elite Grande Hotel is extended! Stay in a one-bedroom suite with a special rate of BD 30 net per night including breakfast for two persons. This includes VIP amenities and free late check out. There is also a discount on room service menu with 25% off on every order from 12 PM till 12 AM. H20 pool side restaurant offers Happy Hours every night from 1 PM till 8 PM. ‘Fabulous Night’ can also be enjoyed with promotions on a variety of selected cocktails and drinks. n To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com

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Going Out

Seafood Specials This restaurant in Manama launched a new seafood menu!

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ocated at The Merchant House, Indigo has been exciting guests with new culinary experiences! Just recently, the rooftop restaurant launched a new seafood menu perfect for those who are looking to try something fresh and delightful this season. The menu includes vibrant starters – from fresh oysters to seafood salad – as well as scrumptious mains like the Local King Fish, Oven Baked Sea Bream and Seafood Bouillabaisse. The dishes from the menu are crafted by Chef Nirmal Pant, who is specialised in cooking seafood. Chef Nirmal has great experience in working for luxury establishments like the W Maldives.

What makes the dishes stand out was definitely the freshness of everything.

What makes the dishes stand out was definitely the freshness of everything. According to the chef, everything served at each table is freshly prepared from the kitchen. Indigo offers seating both indoors and out on its planted garden terrace, overlooking the heart of bustling Manama. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. n

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Going Out

This 5-star hotel opened its new contemporary Japanese restaurant!

Maison Sushi

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ust recently, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa introduced a brand new dining destination, Maison Sushi. According to the hotel, the restaurant's culinary inspirations are straight from Japan and infused with French elegance. Maison Sushi will serve contemporary Japanese gastronomy as well as reimagined traditional dishes presented by the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Chef Myo Zaw Khine. Chef Myo is a veteran of the Japanese cuisine with over 20 years of culinary experience. His culinary vision is to take the traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques and integrate them with local ingredients and palates to offer a truly innovative and imaginative experience. Whether it is the special torched-and-seared Otoro sushi, made with highly sought after blue-fin tuna, or the Signature sushi platter, an exceptional dining affair is guaranteed every time, coupled with Instagram-worthy plating, sure-fire to impress even the most discerning critics.

Chef Myo Zaw Khine

From a sophisticated lunch with friends or business associates to a romantic dinner with your soulmate, Maison Sushi aims to deliver. n Reserve a table at the new Maison Sushi Restaurant by calling or WhatsApp 3888 5789.

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Going Out

Delivery & Takeaway

All the hotel dining offers you can enjoy in Bahrain this month! Dine at Keizo Location: Al Areen Palace & Spa Enjoy a contemporary fusion of eclectic dishes amidst lush green gardens and picturesque views. Contact: 3605 7494

Unlimited Ribs and Wings Location: Harvesters Pub & Terrace Time: 6PM-12AM Get saucy with all you can eat Ribs and Wings every Thursday for BD18 net. Imagine St. Louis ribs being slow cooked before adding a final touch on the grill...perfection! You also get to choose whether you like your chicken wings crispy or basted in one of the signature sauces. Contact: 1753 1122

Steak Night Location: La Mosaique Time: 7PM-11PM Whether you prefer your meat rare or well done,

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Going Out stewed, cured or chargrilled – you can enjoy this steak night every Wednesday for BD18 net. Contact: 1753 1122

‘Let’s MEAT Again’ Friday Brunch Location: Flavours on 2 Time: 12:30PM-4PM Downtown Rotana’s Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 is back with a lavish modernized vision for BD22/32 net! Order all your heart desires from an extensive menu

Time: 12:30PM-3:30PM Delicious dishes crafted by the talented Wolfgang Puck team, unlimited beverages and your tribe catching up with all the news make for the best brunch ever. Enjoy on the terrace or indoors overlooking the best views of our island and Bahrain Bay. Contact: 1711 5044

Seafood Night Location: Silk’s Restaurant

that is directly served to your plate. Contact: 1311 9999

Sunset BBQ Location: Sundeck Pool Bar Great times await you at Sundeck Pool Bar while you enjoy amazing outdoor ambience and delicious BBQ options that will please all tastes. Book your private gathering with minimum of 10 people and maximum of 20 people with prices starting from only BD 12 net. Contact: 1311 9999

Friday Brunch Location: Bahrain Bay Kitchen Time: 1PM-4PM Gather family and friends and choose from our spacious indoor dining space, lush garden for outdoor seating, or the private room for special occasions. Bahrain Bay Kitchen offers a collage of flavours, colours and aromas where fresh seafood and the exotic taste of India, Arabia and the Mediterranean are celebrated. Priced at BD30/43 net. Contact: 1711 5500

Friday Ladies Brunch Location: CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Time: 7PM to 11PM Experience a unique medley of super succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch, every Monday on Seafood Night at Silk’s Restaurant. What makes it an ideal night out for seafood lovers? The finest and freshest selection of popular, traditional seafood cuisines does! Price: BD25/30 net. Contact: 1746 0017

Flaming Thursdays Location: Silk’s Restaurant Time: 7PM to 11PM Flaming Thursday is a great place to meet with friends! Join the newly innovated theme night every Thursday night to enjoy a vast range of grills, flame-

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Going Out grilled meats and sizzling bites all in one place for BD34 net. Contact: 1746 0017

Friday Brunch Location: Silk’s Restaurant Time: 12:30PM-4PM Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain invites you to discover a hearty and colourful dishes served to your table. Indulge in an infinite selection of the freshest seafood, sushi, pasta station, fine grilled cuts and more. Remember to save some room, because our dedicated dessert and cheese area will surely tempt into sweet indulgence. Priced at BD38 net. Contact: 1746 0017

Steak Night Location: Plums Time: 7PM-11PM Join us for a sumptuous Steak Night at Plums featuring a special Chef’s menu perfect for a weekend date night. The 3-course set menu includes the finest cuts of premium beef, corn-fed chicken breast and fresh prawns, alongside your choice of appetizing starters and decadent desserts. Available on Thursdays for BD32. Contact: 1758 6499

Grand Friday Brunch Location: Saraya, Fiamma & Rivaaj Time: 12:30PM-3:30PM Enjoy the iconic brunch affair indoor or al fresco and uncover an array of international dishes spread across our fivestar restaurants, Saraya, Fiamma and Rivaaj, well protected in an ALL SAFE environment. Your special brunch afternoon is topped off with special live entertainment segments. Priced at BD36 net. Contact: 3888 5789

Fishermen’s Night Location: Saraya Time: 7PM onwards Embark on a special seafood voyage every Thursday at Sofitel Bahrain’s critically acclaimed International restaurant, Saraya, with the new Fishermen’s Night, starting from BD25net. Explore tantalizing selections and enjoy live cooking stations, as you feast on the bounties of the ocean. Contact: 3888 5789

The Great Indian Thali Location: Nirvana Time: 12PM-3PM; 7PM-11PM Immerse your senses at Nirvana where a culinary journey awaits and our authentic Indian cuisine transports your palate to new heavens. Available from Sundays to Thursdays for BD18 net. Contact: 1758 6499

Rustico Family Lunch Location: Primavera Time: 12PM onwards Gather your 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, Grandma’s tiramisu and more. Available every Friday for BD25. Contact: 1758 6499

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Wednesday BBQ Night Location: Baharat Restaurant Time: 7PM-11PM A stylish yet rustic BBQ at Baharat Restaurant, showcasing BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak. BBQ buffet at your table BD 22 net including soft drinks and water, BD 28 net including selected free flow beverages. Contact: 1717 1144


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Bahrain Confidential - January 2021 Issue  

The year 2020 has been like no other. It has transformed the lives of almost each and everyone of us to an extent we could have never imagin...

Bahrain Confidential - January 2021 Issue  

The year 2020 has been like no other. It has transformed the lives of almost each and everyone of us to an extent we could have never imagin...

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