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09 18 Bahrain Summer Festival

Interview: Scubalife Founder

CONTENTS

Summer

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Bahrain Summer Festival

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Best Parks in Bahrain

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Scubalife: Interview with Founder

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Where to dine and visit this summer

Features and Interviews

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Flow with Ash

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Benefits of rent to own apartments

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What’s new at Gulf Suites Hotel?

Food

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Where to get good coffee

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Cake shops that deliver

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Where to buy tacos

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The Steakers

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Summer Festival The annual Bahrain Summer Festival is back for its 13th edition

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he 13th edition of the Bahrain Summer Festival is back for an entire month with a diverse selection of online events and activities inviting you to join the cultural movement this summer – with a click of a button from the safety of your homes! From the 1st until the 31st of July, 2021, the Bahrain Summer returns to showcase the connective force of culture and the arts, and continues to highlight local and regional family-friendly events with something special for seekers of joy and fun of every age.

Find all events on Bahrain Summer Festival’s YouTube channel:

Performances

1-31 july

RESTO MARYAM Genre: Theatre The play recounts the story of an ambitious man named Jerome who proves himself through his work at a restaurant called Resto Maryam, stirring jealousy in his colleague Majid who enviously decides to harm Jerome. The truth ultimately reveals itself and leads to the conclusion that love and forgiveness cure jealousy and envy. Produced by the OM2 - Le Theatre de Gisele, the play aims to educate kids on virtues like ambition, determination, honesty and charity, as well as celebrate humanitarian and ethical values through messages that call for giving, respect and cooperation.

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CHINESE FOLK MUSIC MEDLEY

AWLAD HARETNA

Genre: Music

Genre: Educational Program

This performance offers a mixture of traditional and modern styles played on traditional Chinese musical instruments such as the Guqin, Guzheng and Xiao.

This educational program teaches children about the State of Palestine and its heritage through stories, traditional foods, ancient collectibles and historical monuments presented by a group of dolls and children. This program is produced by Palestine TV.

TONY MEMMEL AND HIS BAND

WONDERS OF SCIENCE

Genre: Music

Genre: Educational Program

Singer-songwriter Tony Memmel and his band from Nashville lead an inspiring virtual concert combining new and well-loved songs that all members of the family can sing and dance along to! Although born without a left forearm, Tony Memmel learned to play the guitar and now performs all around the world.

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This educational program presents the wonders of various scientific information on the seas, oceans, space, animals and plants, in addition to short segments of scientific experiments presented by young children. This program is produced by Palestine TV.

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REHAB METAWI ACCOMPANIED BY THE BAHRAIN MUSIC BAND Genre: Music Egyptian singer Rehab Metwai accompanies the Bahrain Music Band for a nostalgic performance of the most beautiful Arabic classical tunes.

QALALI FOLK BAND Genre: Traditional Folklore The band transfers their particular heritage, one born in Muharraq’s village of Qalali, to the world through their continuous participation at local and international events. The century-old band performs authentic songs, dances and rhythms that revolve around Bahrain’s rich history that is inseparable from marine life.

MOHAMMED BIN FARIS BAND Genre: Traditional Folklore Consisting of elite musicians from distinguished folk music groups, the band performs various traditional songs part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s cultural heritage. What characterizes their performances from other folk groups is their focus on genres that recall the nation’s pearling past.

BAHRAIN POLICE BAND Genre: Music

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Led by Dr. Mubarak Najem, one of the most prominent composers in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the greater Arab world alike, the band participates in royal ceremonies, military and popular celebrations. The music they perform is a blend of sounds, namely military and traditional Bahraini music.

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Events

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Workshops

3 july

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BASICS OF SHORT STORY WRITING 4PM

DRAWING SHORT STORY CHARACTERS 4PM

In collaboration with Cartoon Planet, Ms. Maryam Ali Abu Alfateh, Managing Director of the Young Authors for Education and Training, Editor of the “Young Authors’ Stories” series, presents the first of a series of short story writing workshops during which children will learn the concept of a short story, its fundamentals and creative ways of writing them.

Bahraini artist Mohamed Almahdi, founder of Cartoon Planet and the founder of “Artists for a Cause” program, present the third workshop of the short story writing series, helping children develop their artistic skills in drawing their short story characters.

SHORT STORY DEVELOPMENT AND CHARACTER BUILDING

SHORT STORY DESIGN AND PRINTING

4PM Bahraini writer Hussain Khalil, author of “Gilgamesh Again”, “Fast Walk” and “WiFi in the Dessert”, present the second workshop of the short story writing series, teaching children the skill of developing short story ideas and character building.

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Bahraini artist Mohamed Almahdi, founder of Cartoon Planet and the founder of “Artists for a Cause” program, children will learn the steps of the publication and print process during this final short story writing workshop.


Events

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TONY MEMMEL MUSICAL WORKSHOP

COFFEE ART 5PM

5PM Tony Memmel hosts a music workshop in which he encourages resilience, grit, and overcoming adversity while breaking down the methods and culture behind American folk music.

HYPERREALISM ART USING CHARCOAL AND GRAPHITE

Participants will discover a unique and creative art form, painting on canvases using coffee, along with a demonstration on its proper techniques.

MIXED MEDIA ART 5PM

5PM This workshop offers a step-by-step guide on the fundamentals of hyperrealistic art. Participants will learn the materials used to achieve this artistic technique in creating lifelike images.

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All kids participating in this workshop will learn how to create artworks using mixed mediums available at home like paper, farm, masking tapes, combs and other ordinary materials.

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The Best Public Parks in Bahrain A GUIDE

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re you in need of some respite from the city? In the mood to get fit for free? Or do you just want to have a little ‘me time’? Read on to see where the best places public parks in Bahrain are. Bahrain has an abundant and growing number of public parks where you can enjoy the outdoors. There are places for all sorts of recreational activities, for all ages. Here is a list of our favourite public parks in Bahrain:

Andalus Park Andalus Park is a charming recreational space loved both by locals and tourists. It is a beautiful green space with palms, flowers and other local plants, as well as statues and fountains. The park has a vast lawn perfect for picnics and physical activities. Features: • Tennis court • Plenty of seating area • Big lawn for picnics • Cafes

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Dohat Arad Park Dohat Arad Park is a nice open area where you can enjoy a run, have a nice walk, cycle around or just watch the birds migrating along the bay. Along this 3km walkway is also a protected area, the only marine ecosystem conservation area in Bahrain. Residents usually visit this park for its plentiful parking, fishing area, water fountains, kids’ play area and shaded benches. Features: • Playground • Fishing area • Views of the water • The bay • Restaurants

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Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park Boasting its unique structure and ambiance, Prince Khalifa Bin Salman is a popular outdoor space for residents and expats alike. The park has an artificial lake in the center, making it more scenic for visitors. Apart from this, the main attractions include an open air skate area, shopping stores, benches and several playing station for kids. Features: • Lake. Restaurants, plenty of seating areas • Open air skate park • Kids play area, rides and game room • Pedal boats and bicycles for rent

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Al Kubra Park Al Kubra Park has a playground for children, volleyball and football field for adults, and clean public toilets. It is a place where you can have some outdoor fun while spending family time with the little ones. Features: • Football pitch and volleyball court • Kids play area

Photo by Vijesh Ram Mohan

P.S. Please keep the environment clean and take care of your surroundings!

Budaiya Park Budaiya Park stands out from the rest of the public parks because it also serves as a beachfront where guests can sit and enjoy the view. Paved walkways, lawns and benches are also available for people to lounge in. The park has playgrounds and fountains to keep children as well as adults entertained. Take note: the beach is open for public so if you want to take a quick dip, it is free of charge! Features: • Lawns, paved walkways and benches • Playground and fountains • Public beach

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Water Sports Where to check exciting water sports activities in Bahrain?

Blue Water Blue Water is a yacht, boat and jetski rental in Bahrain. They also offer boat trips to different islands like Jarada.

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t’s almost a must to hit the beach whenever the temperature rises. Aside from lounging on the sand or going for a swim, there are several exciting things to do in Bahrain’s waters – water sports are at the top of our list!

Here are four places to check if you’re looking to try water sports activities on the island…

Beach Culture

Extreme Sportz

Scubalife

No experience required, Beach Culture’s instructors will launch you on the water and teach you the skills needed to perfect your kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. They also offer SUP yoga sessions which is super cool!

Extreme Sportz offers all the latest watersports in Bahrain including jet ski, parasailing, scuba diving, pearl diving and dolphin tours. It is also the Kingdom’s only certified Hydrosport and Flyboard center.

Scubalife provides residents and visitors a wide range of diving excursions and professional training qualifications in diving, powerboating, PWC (jet skis) and sailing. In addition, the company operates 'on the beach' Watersports Centres through its 'Aqua by Scubalife' brand where people can get onto or into the water with rental equipment such as Jet Skis, Kayaks, SUPs and many more. n

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Scubalife Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with Mohamed Al Jasim, Founder of Scubalife Bahrain!

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an you tell us a bit about yourself? What made you pursue the business industry you are in right now? I was a senior investment executive with over 15 years’ in-depth experience in structuring and managing complex, diversified investment products and portfolios. Throughout my career, I worked on the conceptualization, origination, structuring and implementation of some of the iconic developments in the MENA region and has managed multi-million dollar deals in such diverse sectors in locations across the GCC, the wider MENA region, the UK and continental Europe. I went on to co-found two marine businesses, Scubalife and Smart Boating and invested, with a view of expansion, a strategic communications and branding company, Vision Gulf.

I started Scubalife in 2015! Initially, I did not see it as business but more of a hobby as I used to dive at any opportunity I got whenever I travelled.

Since I was young, I was always passionate about the sea and enjoyed boating and water sports. As a boat owner, I quickly realized that the Bahraini market didn’t offer many quality products nor professional service. Accordingly, I co-founded Smart Boating Centre with a couple of friends to try to fill the gap in the market.

When was Scubalife founded and what were your goals for creating it? I started Scubalife in 2015! Initially, I did not see it as business but more of a hobby as I used to dive at any opportunity I got whenever I travelled. I wanted to promote scuba diving to like-minded people. Within six months, I saw that many ‘marine leisure’ companies are operating in a similar manner. They are being run by people passionate to the sea and operate on weekends only. I saw a need to have a professionally run sea school and offer tours and adventures to locals, residents and tourists. Today, Scubalife offers various tours, boat rental, yacht charters and fun adventures. There’s a large menu to choose from: Fishing trips, fun dive trips, pearl diving trips and custom boat cruises with a choice of destinations that include Jaradah and Al Dar islands, Amwaj and Manama skyline tours. We also offer provisioning and refreshment packages to order. Other trips include Stand Up Paddleboard tours, kayak fishing, jet-ski tours and snorkeling excursions out to many of Bahrain’s reefs. With five centers located across Bahrain, we can confidently say, that we are the only watersports company in the Kingdom that provides such a complete range of disciplines. Our goal has changed over time. The goal now is to be the preeminent authority of marine leisure tourism in Bahrain. This is being achieved as we are currently one of the preferred suppliers to the major destination management companies and travel agents in Bahrain.

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Among the vast array of services you are offering, which one is your favourite? We have so many activities to choose from so it really depends on that mood. But what I enjoy the most, is to explore the sea and come up with different unique activities that we can offer. Explore wrecks, islands and different ways where I and my clients can enjoy. I love creating memorable experiences that I can enjoy and clients can enjoy. Many other companies are just promoting Jarada… the Bahrain sea offers more than that! On the other hand, what would you strongly recommend first-timers to try? Scuba diving, sailing and wakeboarding!

What makes water sports so special for you? I always enjoyed the sea…To me it has always been a place where I can go and de-stress from every day issues. It was my weekend getaway! I enjoy trying different types of watersports and always keep an eye on industry advancements. I am an outdoor person, and never enjoyed getting stuck in doors. Various activities provide a sense of adventure and some adrenaline while others can help relax. Plus, it is a great way to meet like-minded people (the social aspect).

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Why should our readers choose Scubalife? • 5 locations across the Kingdom • One-stop shop – a complete range of disciplines under one roof. • Largest boating fleet within Bahrain • Professional instructors covering the disciplines in which we operate. • Accredited by coast guard to train captains of other commercial and leisure companies since inception. • Expert team with the first priority being safety – all our team members are fully trained to oversee and run the activities. We have an induction course for any new recruit and is trained in house (sometimes externally). • We have a full time team – where we operate daily. • We have a friendly, ‘mentor’ approach that is very different. We provide flexible courses, private lessons, quality instruction to the highest standards, and customer focused, personal attention. n


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Flow with Ash This Bahrain brand is creating modest, modern and chic fashion pieces!

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Tell us a bit about yourself. What first led you to creating Flow With Ash? I have a unique sense of style that you can’t really find in stores so I started designing clothes for myself. Soon after, my family, friends and acquaintances started asking me to design their own clothing. These humble beginnings inspired me to create Flow With Ash. Who inspired you to create your brand? My mother is my biggest inspiration. She has her own sense of style and would also design her own clothes. Up until this day, I still wear what she designed 20 years ago. In an overly saturated fashion world, what makes FWA different? It’s modest, trendy and one-of-a-kind. I rarely make the same piece twice – except for Ramadan season.

I have a unique sense of style that you can’t really find in stores so I started designing clothes for myself.

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lthough a small country, Bahrain is brimming with creative concepts and fashion choices. Just recently, we stumbled upon Flow With Ash (FWA) – a local brand offering modest, modern and effortlessly chic pieces. We had a conversation with Aisha AlZayani, the founder of Flow With Ash to know more about her brand’s story.

Describe the FWA woman. Dynamic and modern. Do you have a favorite piece in any of your collections? “The Starry Night Project”. This piece was inspired by my favorite artist Van Gogh and his painting The Starry Night. The dress was a limited collection in 2019. What would you say to people, especially the youth, who want to establish their own brand? Just take the first step and everything else will follow. There will be some ups and downs but those are what make the journey exciting so don’t give up. n

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Why take a loan when you can lease to own this property in Amwaj?

Did you know that you can lease a luxurious apartment at Kazerooni Heights and enjoy an option to own it after three years? Here are the reasons why you should consider this offer…

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Feature No hassle

Type Apartment

Starting Apartment Price

Monthly Rental (During the lease)

Total Amount of Rent Paid (During 3 years)

1-Bedroom Unit (88sqm)

BD 83,600

BD 400

BD 14,400

2-Bedroom Unit (128sqm)

BD 121,600

BD 600

BD 21,600

2-Bedroom Unit (164sqm)

BD 151,700

BD 650

BD 23,400

With this offer, you don’t have to wait for months to move into your dream house! By renting an apartment at Kazerooni Heights, you can experience luxury living now and decide if you want purchase it after three years.

2 Bedroom + Maid’s Unit (167sqm)

BD 158,650

BD 700

BD 25,200

No down payment

3-Bedroom + Maid’s Unit (253sqm)

BD 253,000

BD 1,300

BD 46,800

3-Bedroom Duplex Unit (247sqm)

BD 247,000

BD 1,300

BD 46,800

One of the benefits of Kazerooni Heights’ lease-toown opportunity for a buyer is that there is no down payment required! The total rent for 3 years will be considered as down payment for the apartment and deducted from the total unit price.

No service charges for 3 years All service charges related to the building and Amwaj Island, as well as maintenance expenses, will be covered by the developer for your 3-year rental period. This makes it easier to save money for the additional expenses of future homeownership.

No commitment

One of the benefits of Kazerooni Heights’ lease-to-own opportunity for a buyer is that there is no down payment required!

Kazerooni Height’s lease-toown option is ideal for tenants who want to buy, but are not completely sure about buying yet. This is important if you’re unsure about homeownership or if you’re the type of person who tends to second guess major purchases.

You don’t have to take a loan Kazerooni Heights offers a viable down payment required for a traditional scheme. This lease-to-own option is perfect for tenants who prefer to make payments gradually instead of paying a hefty lump sum. n For more details, visit Kazerooni Heights’ website or call +973 3977 0009

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What’s new at the Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj? Just recently, we had the chance to talk to Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj’s new Guest Relations Manager, Muneera Alromaihi. Scroll down to know more about her and the hotel!

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ell us a bit about yourself. What motivated you to pursue a career in the hospitality industry? After acquiring my diploma in travel and tourism, I had the opportunity to work at Bahrain Duty Free Shops Co. During my time there, I understood my interests and redefined my skill sets for the hospitality industry. From there, I started looking for opportunities and Gulf Suites Hotel opened its doors for me. I started my career here as a front desk executive – now I am the hotel’s Head of the Front Office and Guest Relations Manager. Passion is one of my main motivators. Putting your trust in yourself, abilities and skills will help you achieve things.

Passion is one of my main motivators. Putting your trust in yourself, abilities and skills will help you achieve things.

What do you aim to bring to Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj? The modern hospitality industry much more than just providing accommodations and room service. You need to provide an overall innovative experience to your guests by identifying their needs and expectations. The young travelers who usually spend less time inside the hotel can be attracted by other activities. Live concerts, poolside fun, fitness classes, spas, and special culinary experiences are all among the list.

I thrive to bring zero complaints, exceed guests’ expectations and host a delightful event/stay. Apart from that, I aim to bring a solid team spirit through high motivation and enthusiasm. At work, what puts a smile on your face? 10/10 points on the feedback form. You are currently promoting your “Summer Vacation in Amwaj” package – what makes your hotel an ideal location for summer? During the pandemic, all travelers including locals were in search for a decent, less crowded and lively place to relax in. It is worth noting that GSH’s amenities and services are within reach. Moreover, our team is ready to make each guest’s vacation truly remarkable through our “home away from home” hospitality. Our current “Summer Vacation in Amwaj” package is currently available starting from BD35 net per day. Guests can choose from one to four-bedroom apartments. Moreover, GSH has special offers for classy/continental cuisines and can arrange local site seeing. We invite guests to experience an excellent stay or a delightful meal at our hotel. P.S. for every visit, guests have an opportunity to win a free stay! On another note, where is your favorite place to go to in Bahrain and why? Bahrain is a small Island and I love exploring new restaurants. I also love spending time enjoying beautiful beaches. Is there a motto or saying that you live by? Team work makes the dream work. Lead by example. Listen to your team and learn. n

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Going Out

Summer Listings Summer Dining Guide

Where to go and dine in Bahrain THE ART HOTEL & RESORT

Thursday Fish Market

+973 1600 0111

Price: BD23/30 net Date: Every Thursday from 7PM to 10:30PM

Summer Staycation

Calling all seafood lovers! Enjoy exquisite flavours from the sea at The Art Hotel & Resort Fish Market every Thursday from 7PM to 10:30PM at Choices Restaurant.

Price: Starting from BD69 net Date: Valid until July 19 Wake up to breath-taking views of the sea this summer at The Art Hotel & Resort. Rates: BD69 net for 1-night stay | BD130 net for 2-night stay | BD165 net for 3-night stay.

Grand Suite Offer Price: BD119 net Date: Valid until July 19 Unwind with your loved ones with a luxurious suite getaway. Soak away in the outdoor Jacuzzi and bask in the summer sun on your own private terrace.

Summer Indulgence Voucher Offer Price: BD50 net Date: Valid until August 31 Indulge in your culinary favourites beside sweeping views of the sea at The Art Hotel & Resort. Purchase your food & beverage voucher booklet for BD50 and receive vouchers worth BD100 to be enjoyed throughout the year.

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Friday Brunch Price: BD20/26 net Date: Every Friday from 12:30PM to 3:30PM Grab your friends and family and head to WU Restaurant in The Art Hotel & Resort to relish in unlimited flame grilled barbeque with refreshing drinks and sensational music. Experience a spectacular chilled weekend brunch unlike any other with an extraordinary view overlooking the beach and the glistening water.

Saturday Italian Brunch Price: BD20/26 net Date: Every Saturday from 12:30PM to 4:00PM Enjoy a spectacular Italian brunch prepared by an Italian Chef with your friends and family at Rosso Restaurant in The ART Hotel & Resort every Saturday from 12:30PM to 4:00PM.


Going Out CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN +973 1753 1122

Unlimited Ribs and Wings Price: BD18 net Date: Every Tuesday, 7PM-12AM Get saucy with all you can eat Ribs and Wings every Tuesday at Harversters. Imagine St. Louis ribs (the best in the market!) 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. Pork and Beef Ribs available, served with a delectable range of side dishes.

Fat Butcher’s Fabulous Friday Price: BD20/25 net Date: Every Friday, 12PM-12AM Enjoy the Fat Butcher's Platters at Harvester’s consisting of different cuts and varieties of any meat you prefer. Platters to choose from: Beef, Chicken, Seafood, Vegetarian, and Pork. Each platter includes 5 selected beverages per meal.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY +973 1711 5000 Friday Brunch Price: BD34/48 net Date: Every Friday, 12PM-3:30PM Enjoy brunch with family and friends at CUT while enjoying Wolfgang Puck’s favourite dishes prepared by Executive Chef Brian Becher and his team.

Bay View Price: Ala carte Date: Daily, 10AM-12MN Dining at Four Seasons' Bay View is the definitive experience, full of tradition, innovation, and a delicious celebration of the flavours of the season. Artful interiors set the stage for elegant meetings and gatherings overlooking the stunning Manama skyline and Bahrain Bay. An à la carte menu featuring international dishes and an extensive offering of handcrafted mocktails are served throughout the day and evening.

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Going Out

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN +973 1722 7777

Beer and Bite Tuesday Price: BD7 net Date: Every Tuesday, 6PM-10:30PM Unwind in Elements cozy lounge with a cold pint of beer and your selection of matching bites to create your own combo of beer and bites.

Summer Mojito Brunch Price: BD22/27/29 net Date: Every Friday, 12:30PM-4PM All you have to do is make your own Mojitos and chill by the pool as InterContinental Regency Bahrain has the perfect ingredients for the perfect brunch.

Sunday Ribeye Night Price: BD9.9 net Date: Every Sunday 6PM-10:30PM Enjoy Legendz’ famous NZ grass fed ribeye steak (280 gm) cooked to your liking and served with country-style grilled tomato and roasted garlic with your choice of sauce.

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ROYAL GOLF CLUB +973 1775 0777 Golf Brunch Price: BD18 Date: Every Thursday, 4PM-7PM Join an evening on the Wee Monty – Enjoy 9 holes of golf on our par 3 course with on course food and drinks stations. Every Thursday, 4pm-7pm.

A la Carte Brunch Price: BD30 Date: Every Friday, 3PM-6PM Enjoy an a la carte brunch for BD 30 inclusive of unlimited food and selected beverages as well as exciting live entertainment.


Going Out SOFITEL BAHRAIN +973 388 5789

Grand Eid Arabic Brunch Price: BD36 net Date: First 3 days of Eid, 12:30PM3:30PM Celebrate the three days of Eid with your loved ones at Sofitel Bahrain’s award-winning Grand Eid Arabic Brunch featuring top class live entertainment, courtesy of One Man Show, Robert and guest DJ.

Le Garden Eid Brunch du Soir Price: BD25 net Date: First 3 days of Eid, 7:30PM onwards Embark on an unforgettable culinary escape this Eid, one as you celebrate the three days of the joyous occasion in splendour with Le Garden Eid Brunch du Soir. Savour delicious gastronomic delights and enjoy a melodic experience.

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN +973 1746 0017 Friday Brunch Price: BD38 Date: Every Friday, 12:30PM-4PM Get some quality time with your family and friends at the famous Friday Brunch. Enjoy an international selection of dishes and desserts in a fun atmosphere.

Seafood Night Price: BD25/30 Date: Every Monday, 7PM onwards Seafood Night with a vast range of aquatic delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum dumplings and tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns.

Flaming Thursdays Price: BD34 Date: Every Thursday, 7PM onwards Flaming Thursdays is a great place to meet with friends! Join the newly innovated theme night every Thursday and enjoy a great range of grills, flame-grilled meat and sizzling skillets all in one place.

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Seafood Night Price: BD17++ Date: Every Thursday, 7PM onwards Atmosphere Restaurant treats you every Thursday with exquisite flavours from the sea at the marine themed Seafood Night and get a chance to win amazing prizes while you dine. Offering a selection of popular and traditional seafood dishes makes this an ideal night out for seafood lovers. n

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Best Coffee Spots in Bahrain

Calling all caffeine fanatics! If you’re looking for good coffee around Bahrain, then you’ve come to the right list. Scroll down to discover our follower’s top picks!

Roast

[es’prEsso]

Located in Saar and Riffa, this local cafe creates excellent coffee made by their in-house roast beans. They have a great selection of hot and cold drinks as well as delicious sides. Even Lindsay Lohan recommends them!

[es’prEsso] is a third wave coffee bar serving specialty coffee in Saar. The café sources their beans responsibly while also participating in social programs that give back to the communities – especially in countries where they source their beans. We love a brand with a heart!

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Green Bar Green Bar is a café serving fresh, seasonal food made from scratch. They have two locations in Bahrain: A’ali and Qal’at.

CAF

Arabica

Oak

CAF is a socially driven company that captivates the art of social interaction through its community. Established in 2016, CAF views itself as more than just a coffee shop for regulars as it is designed to make a change in our society through movements of expression.

With minimalist design and branding, Arabica sparked the curious minds of those who are in Bahrain, not so long ago. The café originated from Kyoto, Japan and is dedicated to providing tasty coffee, light bites and more.

Oak is a restaurant providing a wholesome approach to food. Apart from fresh dishes, breads and pastries, the restaurant also creates handcrafted drinks. They make a pretty good cup of coffee!

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More places we recommend: The Merchant House Blink Coffee Baker & Spice Papercup Neo Starbucks (Ofc!) The Dot Kaldi Caribou

Grind Located in Saar, Grind is a micro-roastery serving artisanal coffee since 2015. It is inside Hopscotch, a rustic kitchen and bakery. At Grind, you can get great drinks made by their talented baristas.

Cortado Cortado is a café located in Riffa. Their best selling drinks include Iced Spanish Latte and their signature coffee.

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668

F/W

668 is a coffee bar that serves hot and cold drinks. They have a branch in Riffa and Muharraq.

Flat White is a café dedicated to serving sustainably produced coffee. The coffee shop ships their beans straight from their roastery partner on a weekly basis.


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Great Cake Shops in Bahrain

Baked by Khadija is a passion project turned into business by Khadija Jumawan. This shop specializes in minimalist and artsy cakes that also come in bento sizes. You can have it customized to your liking which makes it a perfect personalized gift for anyone.

Alosra

Le Chocolat

Alosra has ready-made cakes and pastries that are super convenient when you’re a busy bee. From time to time, they also feature baked goodies from local shops which is a great way to explore new flavors.

Le Chocolat has a wide selection of cakes that come in a vast range of colors, flavors and sizes. You can order and select from their designs or you can also opt to have it customized.

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Saadedin Launched in 1976, Saadeddin Pastry has been one of the go-to places for Arabic sweets, pastries and more. They have a variety of delicious cakes that prove to be a bang for the buck!

Lilou Artisan Patisserie

Cake Boutique

Al Manar

For those who just want to pick up an elegant birthday cake or a selection of coffee sweets, Lilou Artisan Patisserie is a great place to start with.

Cake Boutique offers tailor-made cakes designed to suit any occasion, no matter how lavish or simple.

Al Manar is a local bakery selling a wide array of sweet and savory pastries, finger foods and more. They also customize cakes based on your preferences which makes them a great option this season.

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Tariq Pastries Tariq Pastries is the first Oriental sweet maker in Bahrain, opening its doors in 1982. For almost 40 years, they have been preparing all-natural and freshly baked pastries daily. Their cakes a pretty cheap but that doesn’t mean their scrimping on quality!

Café Chantilly and Patisserie

Paris Dream Cake

Baked by Khadija

Chantilly is a French café and patisserie located in Saar. They also make beautiful customized cakes that will suit any celebrations you may have.

Paris Dream Cake offers a variety of deliciously-made cakes that are also packed with fresh flavors.

Baked by Khadija is a passion project turned into business by Khadija Jumawan. This shop specializes in minimalist and artsy cakes that also come in bento sizes. You can have it customized to your liking which makes it a perfect personalized gift for anyone.

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Terrific Spots You Should Try for Taco Tuesday! If the taco craving ever hits you, here’s a list of restaurants in Bahrain that offer actual great tacos. Let’s TACO ’bout it!

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 restaurant features salads, tacos, tamales and other authentic, street-inspired fare alongside premium grilled meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts.

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Calexico

Ocho Salsas

Where: Adliya

Where: Carriage & Talabat

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.

Ocho Salsas is a 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.

El Gringo

Margarita Mexicana

Where: Hamala

Where: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

El Gringo serves up some mouthwatering tacos at The Grub Shack in Hamala. The joint has reasonably priced Tex-Mex dishes like empanadas, enchiladas, fajitas and tacos.

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. n

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Let’s TACO ‘bout it! What is a birria taco? Where can you find it in Bahrain?

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irria tacos are mouthwatering, IG-worthy and offer some sense of adventure because they’re something most of us have never tried before!

In our search for some great lockdown eats, we found Taco Muchacos (@tacomuchachos.bh) – a food truck located near El Mercado Mall in Janabiya. The taco truck offers delicious Birria tacos for BD3.7! Birria is a Mexican stew whose history can be traced back to Jalisco. Traditionally, the stew is made with goat’s meat but there are also variations that only use beef. It’s traditionally served in a consomé broth along with a mixture of cilantro and white onion. Birria tacos (tacos de birria) are made of the braised meat inside a tortilla that’s been pan-fried (the tortilla is usually dipped in the broth). The beef is layered with a generous amount of cheese and topped with cilantro, lime and onion! These tacos are served with a side of the rich birria broth that you can use to dip the tacos into or just sip in between bites. We recommend that you try this goodness at least once! If you know any places that also sell some bomb Birria tacos, let us know in the comments section so we can check it out! n

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The Steakers This Bahrain home-based kitchen is selling mouthwatering grills!

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ake no miSTEAK and check this home-based kitchen that we’ve discovered through Instagram! As usual, we were trying to find mouthwatering concepts that we can share with you and we stumbled upon @ thesteakersbh’s page. Launched in September 2020, The Steakers was founded by three guys who have a passion for cooking and a skill for grilling, BBQing and smoking beef. According to the founders, they wanted to share their expertise while also satisfying people’s bellies and souls. Scroll down for some more info about them…

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Going Out Their best sellers: Brisket, tomahawk, and pastrami.

What makes their dishes special: Each cut of meat is prepared with utmost care and importance by The Steakers. Most of their items take long hours to cook, particularly pastrami and salt beef (both of which take about a month from start to finish)! They believe that their dishes are special because of their uniqueness and the manner in which they’re complexly simple. Here’s a breakdown of their dishes and the inspiration behind them: Texas BBQ (brisket, ribs, chicken): all smoked on low heat until they are tender and fall apart. They tend to stick to tradition in doing these dishes but their unique touches give them that special edge. Deli sandwiches (pastrami, salt beef): the inspiration for these sandwiches comes from New York and London’s finest delis. Again, they stick to tradition by keeping them deliciously basic with their own special touches. These sandwiches will either make you nostalgic or introduce you to a new world of flavor! Smoked lamb/goat: think of it as ghoozi 2.0, just taking it to the next level, that’s what makes this dish special.

The Steakers was founded by three guys who have a passion for cooking and a skill for grilling, BBQing and smoking beef.

Steaks (Tomahawk/prime rib): their Tomahawk has been coined “The Steakers’ hidden gem” and “the bride of The Steakers”. It is unique in the manner in which it is cooked – it is a process that involves smoke and fire, giving it that unique flavor that, arguably, you wont find anywhere else in Bahrain.

How to order: The Steakers operate on a pre-order basis (Tuesdays and Fridays only). Alternatively, you can order any day for some menu items if placed 48 hours in advance. Orders may be placed through direct message on Instagram (@thesteakersbh) or by contacting 3553 5501. n

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