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First of all... Bahrain Confidential’s March Issue is special as we highlight a comprehensive guide to wedding planning in Bahrain, ‘The Bride Guide’ – from remarkable vendors and venues to photography and dress ideas, we’ve got you covered! Of course, we haven’t forgotten the much-awaited Formula 1! Elsewhere in this issue, we feature the events and activities everyone can enjoy during the Spring of Culture. And since winter is almost over, we’ve riffled through the best wedding looks of the season! Do read on and have a lovely day!

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The Grand I Do’s: Wyndham Grand Manama

Features and Interviews


The Bride Guide


Weddings at Wyndham Grand Manama


Weddings at Gallery 21


Weddings at Royal Golf Club


Capturing Moments: Interview with photographer Nina Mommsen


Modern Day Bride: Interview with fashion designer Rami Al Ali


Ferrari’s Electrifying New V8


Let Your Walls Speak: Interview with Posters Bahrain founder


Leading by Example: Interview with Al Areen Palace & Spa’s New GM



Going Out


Bahrain’s Best Healthy Restaurants


The Foodie Edit


Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Guide


Royal Cuisine: Rivaaj at Sofitel Bahrain


Kitchen Dining Review at CUT by Wolfgang Puck


The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Thai Lounge Review


A Symphony of Flavours: Mahonia Review


March at Mövenpick


March at Elite





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Best in Dubai

What's On - What's New

Middle East Film & Comic Con

Taste of Dubai

When: 5 March Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

When: 12 March Where: Citywide

The region’s biggest Pop Culture Festival is back on 5-7 March 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Make the most of your weekend - stay, play and cosplay your way through the city with a variety of after-parties and city-wide activations.

Taste of Dubai is a 3-day extravaganza of food, drink and music with the city's hottest restaurants, world-class celebrity chefs and an incredible line-up of international music.

For more information: mefc.com For more information: gowherewhen.com

Dubai World Cup

AKS Color Carnival

When: 28 March Where: Meydan Grandstand

When: 6 March Where: Dubai Sports City

Celebrating 25 years in March 2020, the Dubai World Cup meeting is the world’s richest day of horse racing. Total purses for the card, which will feature six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, are worth USD$35 million.

Last year, the AKS Color Carnival witnessed more than 10,000 people celebrating the festival of colors at the Ultimate Holi Experience and this year it just gets bigger and better!

For more information: visitdubai.com

For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net

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Best in Dubai

What's On - What's New

Lea Salonga Live in Dubai

KPOP Super Concert

When: 5 March Where: Dubai Opera

When: 20 March Where: Coca-Cola Arevna

Tony and Olivier Award winning star Lea Salonga returns to Dubai Opera in March 2020 following her hugely successful debut in 2017. Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, the “Disney Legend” is set to dazzle audiences with beloved Broadway hits and movie greats.

The incredible K-pop Super Concert 2020 is coming to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on March 20th, 2020 and Super Junior will headline with performances also from NCT 127, RGP, LABOUM and Jun.

For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net For more information: coca-cola-arena.com

La Traviata Opera

RUSS Live in Dubai

When: 19 March Where: Dubai Opera

When: 27 March Where: Coca-Cola Arena

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the cornerstones of the operatic repertory, and remains a favourite for singers and listeners alike. This iconic opera, by the National Opera of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko, features a score filled with incredible melodies, and some of the most difficult arias in the soprano repertoire.

American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer RUSS returns to Dubai for his first headline show at the Coca-Cola Arena

For more information: dubai.platinumlist.net

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A grand moment to remember For the biggest and most special of occasions, The Wyndham Grand Manama makes an exceptional place to get married in Bahrain Bay. The views and setting are truly spectacular, while our excellent staff can help plan the perfect wedding for you, your family and friends.

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Best in Saudi

What's On - What's New

Saudi Food Jeddah

Saudi Carnival

When: 23 March Where: Jeddah Center for Forums & Events

When: 4 March Where: Hafar Al Batin

The international trade fair Saudi Food serves as a unique platform for international suppliers to the food industry. It allows the presentation of products and services to a broad range of customers and buyers from Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf States.

The Saudi carnival moves around more than one city, to offer fun and joy to its people, with amazing live shows in an exhibition tent and outdoor theaters that include circus and acrobatics, action games, and more surprises.

For more information: tradefairdates.com For more information: epevents.com

Saudi HORECA 2020

Saudi Wedding Fair

When: 10 March Where: Dhahran Expo

When: 5 March Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah

HORECA is the biggest annual hospitality exhibition which has been running for 26 years in Lebanon, 6 years in Jordan and 8 years in Kuwait and for the 9th year in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the success of the exhibition in November 2018.

Saudi Weddings Fair is an event which houses every single need of the bride-to-be for organizing the ever-memorable night. The show includes everything from haute couture fashion to jewelry and photography, beauty, fitness and more.

For more information: eyeofriyadh.com

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Culture The

What’s on Bahrain

Your ultimate guide to the cultural events and activities in Bahrain this month.


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02 March Venue: Sh. Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Center for Culture & Research A Dialogue, Musical Evening Lebanese qanun player Elie Achkar teams up with Barcelona native and guitarist Manuel Delgado to present a unique music dialogue between East and West, authenticity and modernity, and sorrow and joy through the melodic interplay between Spanish and Arab folk music.

01 March Venue: Bahrain National Museum Ezio Gribaudo Exhibition The Bahrain National Museum hosts the first regional solo exhibition for the celebrated Italian artist Ezio Girbaudo. Born in Turin, 1929, he is an Italian artist and art publisher with experience in Graphic Design at Brera Academy and engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

03 March Venue: Cultural Hall Mr. Men & Little Misses The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters will come to life through this hilarious puppet show! The Mr. Men and Little Misses books have brought joy to millions of children for over 50 years through their vibrancy, simplicity and humor.

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06 March Venue: Bahrain Bay Omar Kamal & Banah The evening is a musical journey that blends the best of both worlds in “Fusion of the East &The West�. The concert combines a special mix of English & Arabic classics showcased in a new and modern way while reminiscing back to songs by the legends.

04 March Venue: Oasis Mall Cinema - Juffair Bahrain Film Festival The Bahrain Film Festival, organized by the Bahrain Cinema Club, thrusts young filmmakers into the limelight, aiming to showcase the works of undiscovered creative talents in the Arab region. The festival celebrates filmmakers, intellectuals and artists alike across the region through various programs and events to be held throughout the festival.

05, 06, 07 March Venue: El Mercado Mall, Adliya Road 3803, Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park, Seef Mall Muharraq, The Avenues

07 March Venue: Building 2608, Road 368, Block 903, East Riffa

Stick Stock Street Theatre

Dar Al Riffa

Three different people with three different heights, cultures and disciplines. Together they use sticks to unravel circus in new ways. Making fun creations together, building a jungle to climb through, balancing the sticks and themselves!

Dar Al-Riffa hosts a series of musical concerts, accentuating the rich tapestry of Bahraini folk music. Dar Al-Riffa is a conservation and rehabilitation of the original structure within the old neighbourhood, and includes a contemporary extension.

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12 March Venue: Riffa Palms, Atrium Mall, El Mercado, Saar Mall, Seef Mall The Marlon Banda Show A hilarious and explosive comical show. Where live music and all aspects of theatrical comedy meet. Vivacious, irreverent, engaging; the Irresistible rhythm will drag you into a whirlwind of laughter with no way out!

08 March Venue: Bahrain National Museum Auditorium Japan Animation Film Festival The Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, will hold the Japan Animation Film Festival 2020 screening the best of Japanese animations.

09 March

12 March

Venue: House of Poetry - Ebrahim Al Arrayed

Venue: Cultural Hall

Souvenir of the Opposing Chairs: Ahmed Al Ali

Traditional Japanese Vaudeville Theatre

A poet and translator of literary works, Ahmed Abd al-Salam Al-Ali of Saudi Arabia was born in Dhahran and graduated with an engineering degree from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and did his postgraduate studies in New York with a degree in publishing. An avid translator, Al-Ali introduced American readers to such as Arab writers as Alaa Al-Aswany. A resident of Sharjah, UAE, Al-Ali has several published poetry collections and Arabic translations of many international literary works.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsored by K E Kanoo Mazda Bahrain, two distinct performing arts, from Japanese Traditional Vaudeville Theatre Rakugo and Daikagura, take center stage. Rakugo is a comic storytelling art that expresses the humorous side of traditional Japan.

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Venue: Muharraq Khalid Farhan: From A Different Angle Artist and master sculptor Khalid Farhan launches his latest artworks – three beautiful oversized outdoor sculptures. During this special launch event, these sculptures will be revealed in the beautiful setting of historical Muharraq, with its characteristic narrow and winding streets and traditional urban squares.

13 March Venue: Cultural Hall Pianotainment In collaboration with the Embassy of Germany in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind concert Pianotainment performs in Bahrain! Starring concert pianists Stephan Weh and Marcel Dorn, Pianotainment is a spectacular four handed piano show that has dazzled the world for over 20 years.

15 March

17 March

Venue: Studio 244

Venue: Al Bareh Art Gallery

What if Rashid didn’t exist!

Wall Paper: A Solo Exhibition by Zena Assi

Through the direction and scenography of the artist Khalid Al Ruwaie, this exhibition looks at the aesthetic of Bahraini artist Rashid Al Oraifi, building bridges to create different worlds as art influences the creation of more art.

Produced in her London studio, Zena Assi’s new body of works consists of paintings on canvas, etching prints, experimental animation movie as well as drawings on paper.

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25 March Venue: Bahrain National Museum The 19th Bahrain International Book Fair The 19th Bahrain International Book Fair is a biennial literary event showcasing regional and international publishers and booksellers spanning all subject areas under one roof. In addition to engaging readers at all levels, the Book Fair hosts a dynamic cultural program with book signings, talks, exhibitions, music and film screenings, as well as a children’s program.

19 March Venue: Cultural Hall Barbaros Barbaros Büyükakkan is a famous Turkish singer with 9 years of professional experience under his belt – he has released 2 albums and 4 singles, and performs over a hundred concerts annually around the globe.

21 March

25 March

Venue: Bahrain National Museum Auditorium

Venue: Cultural Hall

Erase and Forget by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Raya & Sakina

This documentary feature by Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a portrait of Bo Gritz, officially Lieutenant-Colonel James Gordon. The American solider, nicknamed Bo Gritz, is one of the most celebrated combatants in American history and was Commander-in-Chief during the Vietnam War. Gritz inspired many popular figures such as Rambo, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, and Colonel Curtis.

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Kingdom of Bahrain and in celebration of International Theatre Day, this contemporary performance showcases two popular figures across Egypt and the Arab World, bringing them to Bahrain.

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30 March Venue: Cultural Hall Romeo and Juliet The Musical

26 March

Presented by Entertainment Live, this Romeo & Juliet adaptation by award-winning artistic director and producer Paul TaylorMills, along with his divine, professional cast takes center stage in Bahrain! Brought in all the way from the United Kingdom, experience the iconic tale of Romeo & Juliet like never before through this enthralling modern take of a Shakespearean classic enlivened with a recognizable pop score.

Venue: Bahrain Bay The Merchants of Bollywood The glamour and glitter of Bollywood electrifies Bahrain Bay! The Merchants of Bollywood charts the history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry paying tribute to a dynasty of Indian film stars.

28 March

30 March

Venue: Bahrain National Theatre

Venue: Sh. Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Center for Culture & Research

Melodies of a Beautiful Time

From Debussy to Darwish

The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by the Bahraini Maestro Mubarak Najem and the Bulgarian Maestro Diane Pavlov enchants audiences with a musical evening glorifying the beauty of Bahrain through nationalistic, emotional and traditional tunes that are an unwavering parts of the local heritage.

Palestinian pianist Fadi Deeb and Palestinian-Japanese artist Mariam Tamari join forces for an extraordinary performance; He, a professional pianist who dazzled audiences worldwide, and she, a classically trained singer equally adept in classical and Korean and Chinese songs.

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Bride Guide

We know just how much time and energy goes into planning every detail of a wedding and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. Bahrain Confidential’s wedding guide is crafted with a goal to provide valuable information to help you prepare for your special day.

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A marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's the way you love your partner everyday." - Barbara

De Angelis

Where to shoot your prenup photos?

Wedding Tips How to choose the right vendors? Your vendors are the experts who will bring your wedding vision to fruition - but with so many different options available, it can be difficult to know where to even start. • Set a ballpark budget in advance. This way, you won’t have to fall in love with a venue or vendors that are out of your price range or can’t accommodate your needs. • Determine if your personalities mesh well. Remember, you will be interacting with them on what will likely be one of the most important days of your life. Find someone who will be able to put you at ease, not stress you out even more. • Ask for referrals. Many vendors work closely together so you can also ask their recommendations. • Turn to other newlyweds you know. Their experiences are unique to their tastes but it can help get you on the right track. • View an entire wedding portfolio, not just their best selects. • Be attentive when signing a contract. Make sure you understand every point in the documents you sign. • Most importantly, hire people you genuinely like.

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Qal’at Al Bahrain The Qal'at al-Bahrain, also known as the Bahrain Fort or Portuguese Fort, is an archaeological site located in Al Qalah village district on the northern coast of the island. Tree of Life The Tree of Life in Bahrain or Shajarat-al-Hayat, as it is called in the local language, is a mesquite tree that is over 400-years-old. Bahrain National Theatre Built on an overlooking the sea, the 1,001-seat theater is located next to the Bahrain National Museum. Its unique architectural design and woodcovered interior walls draw inspiration from the tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Any of Bahrain’s Islands Golden sand, aquamarine sea and breathtaking views - the perfect elements to a great photo shoot location. Image by: @kanchisingh09


Where to tie the knot? Apart from hotel venues, there are also beautiful locations in Bahrain where you can host your wedding. Bahrain International Circuit Apart from motorsports, Bahrain International Circuit is also a venue for hosting a range of off-track events including corporate and social gatherings. Gallery 21 Gallery 21 is known for its chic and stylish interiors, it is set to create an atmosphere of unparalleled high energy, vibrance and sophistication. La Fontaine La Fontaine centre of contemporary art is an historical monument dating back to a hundred and fifty years, located in the heart of Manama close to the old ‘Suq’.

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How to choose your photographer? •

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Settle on a style. First, spend time pouring over any kind of imagery you love. Once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, try to narrow in one an aesthetic you like. Research on photographers who specialize in the style you want. Look beyond portfolio highlights – ask to see a complete wedding. You need to look for consistency rather than just four or five impressive photos. Consider the lighting at your venue. Use the engagement photo session as a trial run. Gauge your chemistry and make sure you mesh! Look for an honest, organized, friendly photographer, because that’s who will be spending the day by your side.


I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." - J.

Where to buy a wedding dress in Bahrain?

How to choose the perfect wedding dress? • •

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As with most wedding decisions, it’s best to create a budget for your wedding outfit before anything else. The right dress takes time and research. Turn to the internet for inspiration to get a picture of how you want your dress to be. Once you’ve seen a few dresses online, make sure that you try them on in person. Find local boutiques with the same style and check if the silhouette suits you. Know the place and time of your wedding to help focus your search. You wouldn’t want to be uncomfortable during the day! Sit down in your dress. Think about the less glamorous aspects of your day to make sure your dress can cope. Take your time. Even if you think you’ve found “the one” within seconds of arriving at a boutique. If you have any reservations at all, keep looking. Be true to your style.

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From traditional ball gowns to lace jumpsuits, there's a look for every kind of bride. Find your perfect match with Bahrain’s array of talented designers and bridal boutiques. Anmar Couture Anmar Couture produces evening dresses, bridal dresses and ready-to-wear gowns for any occasions. At Anmar, Adeeba Al Khan transforms her fine designs into beautiful creations for ladies. @anmarcouture


Bridal Belle Boutique Bridal Belle Boutique by Basma Al Alawi is made for “those who deserve the best wedding dress ever”. The boutique creates trendy gown styles for the bride and her entourage. @bridalbelle Impratora Palace Founded in 2010, Impratora Palace has been offering all kinds of wedding gowns designed by Fatima Muhanna. From traditional kaftans to modern styled dresses, brides will be spoilt for choices. There is an option to buy or have the gowns rented; the designs can be made from Impratora’s own fabrics or the customers can bring their own.

Where to buy a wedding suit in Bahrain? Hilton Bespoke Hilton Bespoke specializes in fine men’s tailors and a wide range of men’s accessories. They have a store in Diplomatic Area, Zinj and Juffair. @hiltonbespoke

Sacoor Brothers Sacoor Brothers is an international lifestyle brand offering several lines from men’s, women’s and kid’s fashion with elegant and exquisite cuts. @sacoorbrothers Al Shakar Tailoring House Al Shakar Tailoring House has been offering bespoke tailor of choice for both corporates and individuals over the past 60 years. @shakartailoringhouse

@impratorapalace impratorawedding.com Incanto INCANTO was founded in 2009. It’s a boutique connecting the finest international fashion designers and providing unique fashion pieces that suit every elegant lady. @incanto_boutique Malikan Bridal Atelier To make each bride unique – that’s what Malikan Bridal Atelier aims to provide to its customers. Malikan offers custommade dresses and more for over 27 years in Bahrain.

There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." - Martin



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Channeling Beauty

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This wedding season, all eyes are on CHANEL! SUBLIMAGE COLLECTION SUBLIMAGE LA COLLECTION LUMIÈRE is now composed of three complementary skincare products for a complete and comprehensive approach: La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante prepares radiance, L’Essence Lumière activates it and La Crème Lumière reinforces it with its brightening action. This complementary harmony unleashes the magic of restored radiance. Light shines and is immediately reflected. And the skin glows, healthy and alive. This can be applied on the bride before makeup to keep the skin hydrated, firm, smooth and as a base for makeup application.

The highest happiness on earth is the happiness of marriage." - William

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EYES COLLECTION 2020 Mascara Today, CHANEL uses innovation to enhance beauty once again with LE VOLUME STRETCH DE CHANEL. It reveals a new brush that visibly extends lash length while o ering perfectly controlled volume. Liner New to the eye makeup family, LE LINER DE CHANEL comes in seven shades, including four limited-edition colors. In a simple and understated black tube, this liquid eyeliner hides a soft, extra-thin felt tip. Palette It is often said that eyebrows structure the eyes. A good reason to de ne their shape with LA PALETTE SOURCILS, which unites two textures and four accessories to precisely groom each hair. n

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Where to buy a wedding cake? Haute Cupcakes Haute Cupcake is a unique cupcake cafe concept, located in Bahrain in the buzzing Seef District. The shop also does customized cakes and cupcakes for different occasions. @hautecupcakesbh


Wedding Packages ART Rotana

ART Rotana Make your dream wedding a reality with the Wonderful Wednesdays Wedding Package, priced at BD15 net per person. This includes a customized wedding buffet with selected menu items and a one-night stay for the couple in the classic room during the night of the wedding. The White Wedding Package, priced at BD22 net (weekdays) and BD26 net (weekends) per person includes a customized buffet, men’s majlis, four-layered wedding cake, one-night stay in the classic suite and 20% discount for family and friends on hotel rooms. Tel. +973 1600 0111 Downtown Rotana Create your ‘suitest’ wedding dreams at Downtown Rotana’s Al Maha Ballroom, priced at BD14++ per person. This includes complimentary one-night stay in a suite for the couple, upgraded honeymoon amenities, complimentary breakfast at Flavours on 2, complimentary dinner served on the night of the wedding and 4-kilogram wedding cake. The buffet has 12 cold mezzeh or starters, 2 hot mezzeh, 1 soup, 8 main courses and 8 desserts. Tel. +973 1311 9999

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Wedding tailored group dining menus to table set up just how you like it! Tel. +973 1771 1600 The Gulf Hotel The Gulf Hotel offers elegant wedding settings - whether your preference is a cherished traditional wedding or a sophisticated glamour or exclusive intimacy. Ceremonies may be performed indoors in one of the ballrooms or at the outdoor terrace by the tropical garden and lagoon-style pool. Tel. +973 1771 3000 The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain At The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, every wedding dream is possible. The summer wedding package includes an overnight stay for the couple in a Club Suite with complimentary late check-out of 3 pm, in-room dining breakfast served the following day and special welcome amenities in the suite. An extensive buffet dinner spread, one round of chilled juices on arrival, soft drinks during dinner and bottled water available the whole evening, Arabic red tea and coffee and set up of the venue are also included in the package. A minimum of 300 guests is required for Al Ghazal Ballroom. Tel. +973 1758 6712 +973 1758 6605 Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Elite Resort & Spa Elite resort & Spa has a wide selection of exclusive banquet packages as well a professional banqueting team to take care of all your meetings and memorable events. Bespoke weddings can be arranged at Al Noor tent overlooking the bay. Wedding packages start from BD10++/BD12++ and BD14++. Tel. +973 3888 4415 Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay promises you a Bahrain wedding of unforgettable beauty. The Summer Wedding Package includes an elegant customized buffet dinner, one-night accommodation for the couple in a deluxe suite and signature three layers show cake with real individual cakes on tables. The package also includes a 30% discount on two companion suites, 20% discount on spa packages for the couple and complimentary valet parking. Tel. +973 1711 5015 Gallery 21 Whether you’ve got your heart set on an intimate gathering or a grand one, Gallery 21 has the right set up for you - from an exclusive dining for 10 at the Private Dining Room to a fullscale party of 150. Take full control of your event with perfectly

InterContinental Regency Bahrain Tailor your wedding package and menu from the variety of cuisine options at InterContinental Regency Bahrain. The experienced wedding team is available for consultation to advise on menus, decorations, mood and more. Packages are available starting from BD12. Tel. +973 1722 7777 Royal Golf Club The Royal Golf Club boasts an exceptional setting for the perfect wedding. Plan your special day with the exceptional team and get great package offers. The Club offers two different event venues ideal for wedding and engagement parties of all sizes, from small intimate gatherings to larger, more extravagant celebrations. Tel. +973 1775 0777 Sofitel Bahrain Take advantage of Sofitel Bahrain’s Magnifique Summer Wedding starting from BD15 (+5% VAT). The package includes a fourlayered wedding cake and a lavish buffet menu featuring 5 appetizers, 5 main courses and 4 desserts. The couple also gets a complimentary one-night stay in the romantic prestige suite with breakfast and dinner for two. Tel. +973 1763 6363

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The Grand I Do’s Start your happily ever after by planning a grand wedding at the splendid Wyndham Grand Manama!


ay your “I do’s” surrounded by the stunning beauty of Bahrain by embarking on an unforgettable journey at Wyndham Grand Manama’s Bateel Ballroom. Let the hotel’s wedding professionals walk you through the endless possibilities for your special day – from realizing your vision to discovering the legendary catering, they’ve got you covered. Simplify your wedding planning by choosing one of Wyndham Grand Manama’s professionally crafted packages.

Silver Wedding Package • BD17++ per person • One-bedroom suite for 2 nights • In suite wedding amenities and decoration • In suite breakfast • Use of bridal suite and make up room • 1st Anniversary dinner voucher for two • Selection of savoury and sweet bites on the table • Luxurious buffet (7 cold Arabic traditions, 7 International cold appetizers, 3 hot Arabic traditions, 1 kind of soup, 5 Arabic entrées, 5 International entrées, 1 live cooking station of your choice, 12 sweet endings)

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• Selection of savoury and sweet bites on the table • 30 minute canape pass around • Luxurious buffet (8 cold Arabic traditions, 8 International cold appetizers, 3 hot Arabic traditions, 2 kind of soup, 6 Arabic entrées, 6 International entrées, 2 live cooking station of your choice, 12 sweet endings) • 5 kilo wedding cake • 1 personalized welcome drink • Free flowing service of chilled juices and softdrinks • Tea and coffee on the tables • Female waitresses service included

Platinum Wedding Package

Our wedding professionals walk you through the endless possibilities for your special day. • • • •

5 kilo wedding cake Free flowing service of chilled juices and softdrinks Tea and coffee on the tables Female waitresses service included

Gold Wedding Package • • • • • • •

BD18++ per person One-bedroom suite for 2 nights In suite wedding amenities Decoration In suite breakfast Use of bridal suite and make up room 1st Anniversary dinner voucher for two

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Prices start from BD19++ per person. One-bedroom suite for 2 nights In suite wedding amenities and decoration In suite breakfast Use of bridal suite and make up room 1st Anniversary dinner voucher for two Selection of savoury and sweet bites on the table 1 hour canape pass around Luxurious buffet (10 cold Arabic traditions, 10 International cold appetizers, 4 hot Arabic traditions, 2 International hot appetisers, 2 kind of soup, 8 Arabic entrées, 8 International entrées, 3 live cooking station of your choice, 16 sweet endings) 5 kilo wedding cake 2 personalized welcome drinks Free flowing service of chilled juices and softdrinks Tea and coffee on the tables Female waitresses service included

*Minimum booking for 200 people. Subject to availability at the date of the booking. n For more information:

+973 3360 8150

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Picture Perfect Celebrate the most important day of your life at Gallery 21!

Here are some reasons why you should choose Gallery 21: Picture Perfect Venue Whether you’ve got your heart set on an intimate gathering or a grand one, Gallery 21 has the right set up for you. Take full control of your event with perfectly tailored group dining menus to table set up just how you like it! Tailor-made Weddings A special set up can be arranged for brides who want more privacy. Meanwhile, those who are looking to enjoy the festivities can enjoy Gallery 21’s extensive cocktail and grape menu.


here are numerous wedding venues in Bahrain, and it can be very difficult to decide which would be the ideal setting for your big day. Start making your dream wedding happen by tying the knot at Gallery 21. Picture this: you and your partner stride amongst Washingtonian palm trees, in a space that exemplifies glamour, elegance and wanderlust. With its extravagant 18th century European style courtyard, saying your “I do’s” looks like a scene taken straight out of a movie. Known for its chic and stylish interiors, Gallery 21 is set to create an atmosphere of unparalleled high energy, vibrance and sophistication.

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Convertible Roof Looking for an outdoor venue? Gallery 21’s convertible roof can be opened during an agreeable weather. Remarkable Services Take your wedding to another level with Gallery 21's high quality services including security and valet. Delicious Cuisine Have a delicious escape at Gallery 21 while being surrounded by beautiful art pieces and intricate designs in breathtaking venue, designed to astound and capture its guests. n For more information:

+973 1771 1600


A Venue Like No Other! Plan your dream wedding at the Royal Golf Club!

occasion. With its own red carpeted entrance and separate bathroom facilities, the Majlis can host mixed or traditional single sex wedding parties with ease. The Club’s 2nd wedding option is an outdoor event at the Royal Country Club. Set beside beautifully manicured lawns and overlooking the pool, this is a very popular choice for spring and autumn celebrations. The clever use of fairy lights or up-lighting can turn this space into a romantic wonderland!

Venue Capacities: Majlis up to 120 guests Poolside up to 400 guests


he Royal Golf Club, located just 20 to 30 minutes away from Manama and from the Saudi-Bahrain causeway, is a unique venue in Bahrain with its spectacular views of rolling fairways and sparkling lakes. The Club offers two different event venues ideal for wedding and engagement parties of all sizes, from small intimate gatherings to larger, more extravagant celebrations. A location as memorable as your special day, the uniquely styled glass-sided circular design of the Majlis gives the room a tremendous feeling of space and light and makes it ideal for wedding receptions; its own private entrance with lawns on either side provides the perfect backdrop for your special

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The Royal Golf Club has a dedicated events team who will work closely with the bride and groom and/or their wedding planner to ensure that every detail of their special day is looked after. In addition, the Club’s award-winning Executive Chef and his team provide a generous selection of International and Arabic menu options which can be adapted as needed to meet the client’s specific tastes. The Royal Golf Club’s combination of unique venues, unrivalled customer service and specialised events & catering personnel will guarantee a day of unforgettable memories for the happy couple and all of their guests. n For more information: Theroyalgolfclub.com +973 3218 4647

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Packages Starting from BD 8.000 ++ Includes Welcome Drink On Arrival, Tea/Gawa Service, Audio Visual Support, Stage & Buffet Dinner

Packages Starting from BD 10.000 ++ Includes Welcome Drink On Arrival, Tea/ Gawa Service, Audio Visual Support, Stage & Buffet Dinner, Honeymoon Suite & 2 Kg Chocolate Cake For The Newlyweds

Packages Starting from BD 14.000 ++ Includes Welcome Drink On Arrival, Tea/Gawa Service, Audio Visual Support, Stage Decoration & Themed Buffet Dinner, Honeymoon Suite & 4 Kg Chocolate Cake For The Newlyweds, Flower Decoration For The Table & DJ.

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Capturing Moments Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with Bahrain-based photographer, Nina Mommsen.

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hat was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time, for

a living? I’ve always had a love for creativity since childhood; I tried and experienced a number of different creative art forms. For a time, I was an artist and enjoyed painting portraits on canvas. I wanted to be a fashion designer, however my first degree was in styling and make up art. During my first ever client photo shoot, I decided to take my model’s photo and show her how beautiful she was to boost her self-confidence. I discovered that I could bring out her best qualities through her portrait photo and she was so delighted with what she saw. She recommended me to her friends and that is how my career as a photographer began.

The couples that I work with are assured that they will have not only the best result but also a fantastic experience during the session.

I obtained my degree through New York Institute of Photography. Something which became apparent to me early on was that photography is not just theory and technical skill, it is also an art form. My first job as a stylist laid the foundation for my photography. I can create a new look for my clients from scratch and highlight their best features. What do you say is your stylistic approach to weddings? Before a wedding photo shoot, I always meet my clients to understand their requirements and how they would like to see themselves portrayed. When I see that they open to my suggestions and interest in trying out different directions, I offer a creative touch. The most important thing to me is to have the best outcome for my clients, so they have beautiful and

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Nina Mommsen For more information: www.foto-pro.net +973 3931 2534 @fotoprophotography

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unique images to remember their most special day and occasion of their lives.

clients can receive their very beautiful and unique images that will last forever.

What can a couple expect when working with you? The couples that I work with are assured that they will have not only the best result but also a fantastic experience during the session. I work with all types of personalities and even the most introverted and apprehensive clients can expect to have a fun and productive shoot. They don’t need to worry about their posture or their best perspective, I guide them every step of the way.

What technology/equipment do you use to shoot weddings? My equipment consists of the highest end full frame Canon DSLR cameras and a wide selection of L-series lenses to capture the best shot no matter scene. Then for post-production workflow, I use a variety of software programs which includes Lightroom and Photoshop.

Can you share a little about what you aim to capture on pre-nuptial photo shoots and weddings? During their wedding photo shoot I always supervise the process to the last detail, ensuring that everything is going according to plan and the overall vision of my clients. I always plan ahead where and how I will capture their images, taking time to create very specific set-ups so my

What’s makes you unique? What makes me unique? Before the technical skill, before fancy technology and set ups – I am an artist. I enjoy the process thoroughly, from first meeting my client, taking their photos to perfecting them through post-production. Each client is unique and dear to me, and I make sure that the time they spend with me is memorable and enjoyable. Being a photographer isn’t really a profession, it’s a lifestyle. n

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Modern Day


Bahrain Confidential shares a conversation with established couture icon and designer, Rami Al Ali about all things bridal!

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My designs bridge a gap between two contrasting worlds where East meets West.


aving launched his eponymous label in 2000, Rami Al Ali, is best known for dressing high-profile celebrities like Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé and more. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to the Dubai-based designer about all things fashion! An expert in craftsmanship, Rami Al Ali has made it his mission to deliver fashion-fuelled fantasies to women on their special day. The ethereal lineup details eight, standout gowns for Bridal 2020, accentuating his design signature of opulence, grandeur, and femininity. What do you think makes Rami Al Ali a distinctive successful brand in today’s overly crowded fashion world? My designs bridge a gap between two contrasting worlds where East meets West. I fuse the intricate craftsmanship synonymous with the East and merge them with contemporary designs favoured by the West. This beautiful hybrid is what sets the Rami Al Ali brand apart and what defines our DNA. We’re living in a world that’s embracing diversity more than ever before and it’s powerful. I think all women, no matter their background, are beautiful. Being able to bring these two worlds together with my designs is something really special. What were the inspirations for your latest bridal collection? The collection wasn’t inspired by one over arching theme but rather the ideology of what makes up the modern-day bride. For this collection, I wanted to speak to a new form of client. Before,

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our bride was very classic – which is still true in some regard – however, we’ve recently noticed a shift when it comes to her wedding day. She now has a desire to look very modern. She doesn’t want something too edgy, which she’ll later regret; she wants something classic, but with a twist. So that’s what we created with this collection — modern but timeless. Describe the Rami Al Ali bride. The Rami Al Ali bride is someone that reflects modern-day elegance. She’s international and is both authentic and fearless. She is romantic, feminine, and boasts an unapologetic air of glamour about her.

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The collection wasn’t inspired by one over arching theme but rather the ideology of what makes up the modern-day bride.

Wedding When thinking of fashion that transcends, what immediately comes to mind. How do your own designs transcend fashion? Timeless style doesn’t have the constraints of trends. I don’t follow trends rather I design pieces that compliment female form. Women are my muses and accentuating their natural form is what elevates a design and frames beauty. I pay particular attention to the finer sartorial details and focus on quality craftsmanship to guide the direction of my designs. On a personal note, can you share something interesting about yourself with our readers that they probably wouldn't have guessed. Generally designers are perfectionist, and that’s true is some respect, however, I’m also impatient and have a tendency to rush things – a habit that I’m trying to overcome. Do you have any plans/news for your Bahrain clientele? We are actively working on lots of interesting collaborations targeting the Gulf market at the moment. Details of these collaborations will be out very soon. n www.ramialali.com @ramialaliofficial

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Feature Location: Mahonia, Adliya‎

Ferrari’s Electrifying New V8 Charlie Cooksey drives the first Ferrari F8 Tributo to arrive in Bahrain


he Ferrari F8 Tributo is the latest and greatest car to come from Ferrari – just recently, I had the chance to put it up to the test. As the name suggests, the new mid-rear-engined sports car is an homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history. This F8 Tributo provides jaw dropping performance with the best 8-cylinder engine in the world, intense driving pleasure, unprecedented handling, and superior ride comfort. It replaces the 488 GTB and has been significantly improved to provide even better control and on-board comfort. Aggressive, stylish and sporty – three of the F8 Tributo’s characteristics which give it a strong personality of its own, something I really like. Personally, I far prefer the look of the F8 compared to the 812 Superfast and the Portofino. The F8 I was driving was red, which is the best colour for any Ferrari, it stands out in the crowd and attracts a lot of attention.

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Feature The 3.9 litre twin turbo V8 engine, a visual work of art, is clearly on display. It produces a massive 710 horsepower, which is 49 hp more than the 488 GTB. Overall performance levels are significantly higher than those of the 488 GTB thanks to the increase not just in power, but weight reduction and improved aerodynamic coefficient. When driving fast, the massive horsepower is skilfully controlled thanks to Ferrari technology so it doesn’t smash you in the back when you put your foot down. Rather, the car’s torque ramps up with every gear employed and thanks to masterful engineering and technology lets you throw it about like it’s a Golf GTI. It makes you think you’re a more skilled driver than you actually are.

Aggressive, stylish and sporty – three of the F8 Tributo’s characteristics which give it a strong personality of its own, something I really like.

And this Ferrari also behaves itself impeccably in the slow moving Manama rush hour traffic, pottering along at low speed in comfort and without fuss. The cockpit retains the classic, driver-oriented look typical of Ferrari’s mid-rear-engined cars. The luxuriously stitched leather seats hold you in secure comfort no matter how hard you drive this car. Every element of the dash, door panels and tunnel is beautifully designed, and the steering wheel, like all Ferrari’s steering wheels, have mounted controls, the prancing horse in the middle, and feels great to hold – and look at. The Ferrari F8 Tributo is expected to be on the roads later this year and is available only through Euro Motors, the sole authorized dealership of Ferrari in Bahrain. n For more information, call: Euro Motors, Tel. +973 17 750 750

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Let Your Walls Speak Bahrain Confidential explores the mind behind Posters Bahrain, Abdulla Ahmed.


ell us a bit about yourself. What inspired you to explore the industry of art, specifically posters? I’ve always been interested in interior designing. I enjoy creating a space of comfort. I believe that the environment with which we surround ourselves is very often a direct expression of our state of mind.

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I came across this business idea when I was renovating my office. The office seemed so dull and I needed to bring it to life. I searched the country for the perfect canvas design but I came back empty handed. That’s when I thought “If you can’t find it, create it!” The process wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to look for an artist to design a canvas of my all time favorite “The Godfather”. I was not just looking for a frame to fill the empty space on the wall, but rather I wanted something customized. I wanted a high quality canvas with specific measurements and a unique design. When I could not find a provider, I decided to do it myself. Ever since, this canvas has been quite the inspiration. That’s when I decided to turn my passion into business. I started small, designing canvas for offices and bedrooms. It was only a matter of few months when Posters Bahrain expanded beyond my expectations; it was not limited to Bahrain anymore. I started getting offers from coffee shops,

Art Art is often seen as a luxury, how are you making art accessible to everyone? In general, art can be quite costly, ranging from BD100 to more than BD3,000. Posters Bahrain provides affordable pieces. What distinguishes us from other businesses is our flexibility. We can tailor the product according to your taste and budget. Where can our readers avail your creations? People can find our designs in the Instagram page. All of our collections are available there and it’s updated on daily basis. What advice would you give to all the aspiring art entrepreneurs out there? Authenticity! If you can’t find it, make it yourself. Find something you’re passionate about. People are not looking for just

Passion is one of the most effective motivators when it comes to launching a business.

lounges and even large companies. Three years later, one canvas of The Godfather turned into thousands of canvases, each uniquely customized poster had a story tell. Would you say that this is your passion? Passion is one of the most effective motivators when it comes to launching a business. A business can only thrive on passion; this is why Posters Bahrain has been a success. However, passion cannot be the only ingredient. On the other note, I am stepping my foot in the hospitality business in 2020. There will be a new business concept soon going to be established on the island.

a product or service, what they really want is an honest and an unforgettable experience. So stay true to yourself and know your customers on more personal levels. It doesn’t necessarily have to be new idea but find a way to make it your own. What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? Well, I live in Seef district and I am enjoying that area. It’s close to everything and it’s a center point of outstanding entertainment. The last few years, Seef district noticed a very huge development in the hospitality business. n @posters_bah

+973 3224 0821

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Serving Excellence Bahrain Confidential interviews Julien Royer, award-winning chef and owner of three-Michelinstarred restaurant Odette.

and what the people want to eat. Yes, I adapt to the place where I am cooking but at the same time, I stay true to the DNA of what we do in Singapore.


an you briefly introduce yourself to our readers and followers? I am Julien Royer, chef and owner of Odette restaurant in Singapore. Odette is a three-Michelin-starred restaurant serving French fine dining cuisine. Can you shed light on your collaboration with Mahonia? I have learned about the ‘Four Hands Dinners’ and ‘Kitchen Takeovers’ at Mahonia through my friends who are also acclaimed chefs; Mauro Collagreco of Mirazur and Bruno Oger of Villa Archange. Both of them have previously collaborated with the restaurant and have said some exceptional words during their experience. Coincidentally, the project manager has reached out to me regarding a collaboration and here I am. When doing a kitchen takeover, do you stay to your roots? How do you adapt? As a chef, sense of place of place is really important. You need to find the right balance between what you want to do as a chef

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What is the dish that made you want to be a chef? It’s not a specific dish but like most chefs, I think what inspired me the most were my childhood memories. On the other note, is there a dish you personally don’t like cooking? There’s one ingredient that I still don’t like even after being in the Southeast Asia for 10 years – shrimp paste. How are you finding Bahrain? The people here are very welcoming and nice. I like the sense of vibrancy and soul that comes out from Bahrain. What advice would you give to all the aspiring chefs out there? Be curious. Question yourself. Taste, taste and taste again. What do you feel you could take away from working with Mahonia? Since I arrived here, I have tasted a lot of food and explored a lot of elements that I’ve never came across with before. The beauty of this job is being able to learn, see, smell, touch and taste something new every day. n


Leading by Example Bahrain Confidential interviews Al Areen Palace & Spa’s newly appointed general manager, Marie Berengere Chapoton.

Marie Berengere Chapoton


ell us something personal, what motivated you to work for luxury hotels? I am a great believer that in luxury hospitality, it is essential to be guest-centric. Through this, we can create different memories for our guests every day. This industry is all about the culture of details; being innovative, pushing boundaries, integrating local culture and having our own opportunity to build emotional connections with our guests.

I am a great believer that in luxury hospitality, it is essential to be guest-centric. Through this, we can create different memories for our guests every day. Since my childhood, I have had the opportunity to travel to amazing landmark hotels around the world and was inspired by the capacity of the hospitality world to create unique and emotional experiences.

What do you see as the most significant strengths of this property? I am yet to discover in detail this wonderful property, but I would say that the key strengths are the unique setting and location, the personalized and refined service, and the opportunity to provide high touch experiences to our guests. What’s new at Al Areen Palace & Spa? What should we look forward to? It’s still an early stage to respond, but I am confident there will be numerous exciting projects to come. Stay tuned! Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you? Teamwork makes dreamwork. Lead by example. Listen to your team and learn. Be open to others and to your environment. Dare, Care, Share. What’s your favourite thing about Bahrain? In my short exposure to the country, I have been fascinated by the unique hospitality which is an integral and pivotal part of the local culture. n www.alareenpalace.com +973 1784 5000

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Latest Events Photos at Bahrain-Confidential.com

Gallery 21 hosted the second edition of Unique Arabia fashion show

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Mall of Dilmunia hosted an afternoon of creative conversation, entertainment and a special preview of the mall



for Women’s Health Back on the Move shares everything you need to know about Osteopathy.


ftentimes, Osteopathy is overlooked as a treatment option for the many painful issues women endure. Adding to that, most people aren’t aware of the benefits of manual therapy for their overall wellbeing. Luckily, Back on the Move has always been dedicated to improving lives, especially women! Osteopathy can treat pain and dysfunction associated with conditions like endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), polycystic ovarian syndrome (ovarian cysts), adhesions due to complications from ectopic pregnancies, and more! During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate a growing fetus. Osteopathy can also help women during their pregnancy by improving mobility, function, and decreasing pain and soreness during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Did you know that an Osteopathic adjustment can also relieve the stress caused on the spine due to belly expansion? As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s center of gravity. These factors can add stress to your body causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue.

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After birth, women can also choose to follow up in Osteopathy to deal with the aches and pains involved with caring for and carrying an infant, and the physical stresses associated with breastfeeding. On the other note, when conception is affected by spinal or cranial restrictions, osteopathy can help. If you want to get started with Osteopathy or have a few unanswered questions, book an appointment with Back on the Move! n

Dr. Lana Peters is the founder of Back on the Move and co-founder of Be Rehab. She has over 35 years experience in the field of osteopathy. She aims to improve the lives of Bahrain citizens and expats. backonthemove.com +973 7730 0600

Email: hello@backonthemove.com


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HV Holistic Health -

Sweat, Smile, SLEEP and repeat!!!

WHY do we sleep?


aving a regular 8 hours of sleep everyday has many benefits for us.

Most of us understand that sleep assists in recovery following exercise, which can be an added stress that we place on the body. During periods of both physical, and mental stress there will be an increase in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that fluctuates based on periods of stress, and relaxation throughout the day. When in a state of relaxation such as sleeping, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated which reduces the amount of cortisol being produced. This in turn can leave you feeling more energised, and mentally refreshed for the day ahead. During this period the body is then able to carry out the essential daily repairs that are needed to help our tissue when replacing damaged cells, which is a daily occurrence. It also allows a reduction in inflammation that occurs as we stress the body. Whilst stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the sympathetic system is given the opportunity to recover. Constant stimulation can result in a reduction of neurological messaging and, may leave you feeling sluggish and lacking in strength.

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How can you enjoy the benefits of a better sleep: • Ensure your bedroom temperature is cool. • Stop using any form of technology at least 1 hour before going to bed. • As the days are getting lighter earlier, the use of black out blinds to maintain an environment where the eyes and brain associate to sleep time is essential. • Focus on relaxation before bed e.g. music, reading (TV is not ideal), meditate, focused breathing or, a long hot shower. Finding what works for you, will be trial and error. • Reduce caffeine or, stimulants intake from early evening. • Increase Melatonin if traveling and changing times zones to assist in effective sleep. • Increase daily activity, although ensure that you do not exercise to late into the evening. n For more ideas about how to sleep better, get in touch with Katie @hvholistic 1777 5544 or info@hvholistichealth.com


Privileged Banking “Elite” – the world of finest banking services from Arab Bank Arab Bank’s “Elite” program is a unique and highly personalised banking service that is tailor-made to meet the requirements of the most valued customers both in Bahrain and the region. “Elite” members enjoy a world of privileges that have been carefully designed to meet their evolving personal banking requirements.

Diverse Privileges Through Arab Bank’s subsidiaries, “Elite” members can take advantage of a diverse range of investment options that include asset management, global and regional brokerage and shariah-compliant products, amongst many others.

Personalised Attention At the heart of the “Elite” program comes the personalised service by a dedicated Relationship Manager, offering “Elite” members the highest levels of personalised attention and expert advice. The service is offered through specially designed “Elite” centres across the bank’s branches locally and regionally, allowing “Elite” members to conduct their banking transactions conveniently with utmost levels of privacy and comfort. “Elite” members are also recognised throughout the bank’s regional network to ensure that they

continue to enjoy the personalised and refined service they are used to at home whenever they visit any of our branches in the region. Furthermore, “Elite” members have 24-hour access to their Arab Bank accounts worldwide through the bank’s advanced digital banking services, including the award-winning “Arabi Online” service (the internet banking service) and “Arabi Mobile” (the banking application for smartphones and tablets). “Elite” members also have the ability to transfer funds free of charge from their account to any of Arab Bank’s branches worldwide.

Offered exclusively to “Elite” customers, the Arab Bank Visa Signature credit card and the Elite Visa Platinum debit card are also among the value-added privileges of the program. They offer a range of prestigious benefits and distinguished features. The Visa Signature credit cardholder is automatically enrolled in the “Arabi Rewards” program, which allows customers to reap many benefits by using the credit card. Mr. Odeh Masri, Head of Consumer Banking – Bahrain, stated, “At Arab Bank, we continue to introduce comprehensive and well-integrated banking solutions in order to optimise our clients’ banking experience and provide them with the best value.” He continued, “Through the “Elite” program, we leverage our long history and extensive local, regional and global network to offer our most valued customers access to a wide choice of banking services to meet their requirements and lifestyle.” n

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Going Out

Are you wondering where to get some delicious healthy food in Bahrain? We did the research so that you don’t have to. Here are our follower’s top picks!

Healthy Restaurants We asked our social media followers where their favorite place is for healthy options – here’s a rundown on where to get them in Bahrain.

Cantine Where: Yateem Centre & Hamala Cantine serves healthy gourmet dishes onthe-go. The menu is varied with glutenfree, dairy-free and vegetarian options available.

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Going Out

Bay View Lounge


Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Where: Saar RAAW is a clean food café and juice bar located in Saar featuring a varied selection of healthy soups, sandwiches, salads as well as fresh smoothie bowls. RAAW is the perfect place for those who are looking for divine food options without losing nutritional benefits.

Bay View Lounge highlights a plant-based menu called Folia. Folia’s delightful culinary selection offers a range of wholesome, plant-based starters, entrées and desserts from the kitchen of Matthew Kenney.

Buns & Bowls

Fit Kitchen

Eighty Thirty

Where: The Square Mall Salmabad

Where: Riffa & Busaiteen

Where: Al Aali Mall

Buns & Bowls is a restaurant located at The Square in Salmabad that serves tasteful healthy meals. Diners can create their own or choose from popular sandwiches and bowls.

Fit Kitchen is a healthy restaurant/meal prep kitchen offering a variety of tailored and delicious macro counted meals and meal plan packages such as weight loss, muscle gain, vegan etc.

Eighty Thirty is a refreshing take on a plant-based diet. The concept draws inspiration from the world’s environmental concerns. The menu includes several plant-based varieties of classic burgers, hotdogs and nugget varieties, spinach salad and citrus salad.

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Going Out

Higher Grounds

The Salad Bar

Where: Tubli

Available at F/W Moda Mall, 48AM, The Coffee Station and via delivery

Higher Grounds is a specialty cafe with well-crafted food. Most of the café’s food is vegetarian and have a wide range of options to cater to most preferences. What we liked most about the café, apart from the delicious healthy food is its curated library and board games corner!

Founded in 2019, The Salad Bar is a provider of fresh, simple and delicious salads and more. Whether you are a salad lover or just someone who wants fresh food options at a great value, you can find a multitude of yummy options!

Healthy Calorie

Mana Café


Where: Juffair, Riffa, Tala Plaza

Where: Moda Mall

Where: Water Garden City

Healthy Calorie gives people a way to choose a healthier lifestyle by providing healthy food alternatives like salads, wraps, bowls and more.

Mana may be a hole-in-the-wall cafe, but there isn't anything small about their flavours. They take what they do very seriously and deliver - their acai bowls pack a punch, and you won't believe their cheese ' 'bacon' sandwich isn't actually made of bacon, or cheese!

Reviive is a café located at Water Garden City. Their menu offers a variety of healthy options including Acai bowls, puddings, sandwiches, energy bites, salads and smoothie bowls.

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Going Out


Poke Kafe

Where: RUW Corner, Riffa

Where: Hamala and Al Aali Mall

Oak is a restaurant that specializes in providing a wholesome approach to food. This innovative restaurant in Riffa has a wide array of international dishes as well as healthy options.

Poke Kafe is Bahrain’s first poke bar serving fresh and delicious poke bowls. Whether you’re looking for a quick and nourishing grab-and-go or searching for a cozy place where you can munch and work, Poke Kafe is definitely the perfect place for you.

Plant Café



Where: Hamala Hills

Where: Spartan Fitness & Winners Football Center

Where: Nakheel Centre

Plant Café is a 100% vegan restaurant located at Hamala Hills. Inspired by the region’s abundant and fresh produce, the café produces creative and nutritious dishes.

Prept Bahrain is a performance meal provider designed by athletes. They offer proper macro based meals, that is catered to high performance individuals and athletes at a reasonable price.

Seed is a healthy eatery that uses fresh and clean ingredients. They have options for Acai bowls which are perfect for those who are looking for a light yet filling meal.

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Going Out

Brunches & Lunches

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

Downtown Rotana -Saturday Luncheons at Flavours on 2

The Great Friday Brunch at La Mosaique and Harvesters Where: Crowne Plaza Bahrain Price: BD31/33 NET Enjoy the Internationally-themed brunch at La Mosaique and Harvesters, with great food and ample free flow beverages while the in-house band entertains you with new and old school classics. For more information: +973 1753 1122 The Butcher’s Board Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 Where: Downtown Rotana Price: BD22/33 NET

“Il Mese Della Grigliata” The Month of Barbeque at Rosso Where: ART Rotana Price: BD20/26 NET Is there any better way to enjoy the amazing weather of March than to have a delicious barbeque at the beach? Well of course there is, when you get to enjoy the food while someone else prepares it. Head to Rosso restaurant on every Saturday of March and enjoy an Italian brunch feast with an enticing Barbeque section that will have you licking your fingers. For more information: +973 1600 0111

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Fridays just got meatier! Enjoy this special in addition to our contemporary Friday buffet spread of sushi, salads, Asian, Arabic and European dishes for only BD 22 net including unlimited juices and soft drinks or BD 33 net including unlimited selected beverages. For more information: +973 1311 9999 Friday Family Brunch Where: Elite Seef Residence and Hotel Price: BD18/25 NET Celebrate the serenity of the weekend

Going Out from 12NN to 4PM with a lavish buffet, unlimited selected beverages, free pool access and DJ music for BD25 NET. The buffet with free pool access and soft beverages is priced at BD18 NET.

BD 26 NET per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages. For more information: +973 1775 1262 Bahrain’s Sweetest Brunch at Baharat

For more information: +973 1758 3388

Where: Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain Price: BD28/36 NET Treat yourself to an unforgettable culinary experience with over 130 kinds of desserts, unlimited beverages and extravagant selection of International dishes and live cooking stations. Every Friday from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information: +973 1717 1441 Saint Patrick’s Grand Friday Brunch at Saraya, Fiamma and Rivaaj Where: Sofitel Bahrain Price: BD28/35 NET Sport your Shamrock green clothes and prepare to quaff a frosty cup of brew with your mates in an authentic Irish ambiance inspired straight from the Emerald isle with the trademark Saint Patrick’s Grand Friday Brunch on 13th of March. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a selection of flavor packed traditional fare and step dance to the tune of your favorite jams played live during this blissful day of celebrations. For more information: +973 3888 5789 Brunch The Brasserie Way at Brasserie Royale

Friday Brunch at Re/Asian Cuisine By Wolfgang Puck Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Price: BD24/32 NET Internationally acclaimed for its unique take on Asian cuisine, let re/ Asian Cuisine redefine your Friday brunch experience. Led by Wolfgang Puck’s team of highly-skilled wok and dim sum chefs, using the finest ingredients and traditional techniques to create timeless yet innovative signature dishes. Stay on for the postbrunch drink specials and live DJ tunes.

Where: Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain Price: BD27/35 NET Treat your family and friends to a delicious brunch at Brasserie Royale with an array of delectable options from seafood and sushi to delicious pastries while the live band and DJ keeps the beat flowing all afternoon. The little guests will love their dedicated buffet and the special activities organized! Guests get complimentary access to the pool and beach. For more information: +973 6672 0026

For more information: +973 1711 5046

Rustico Family Lunch at Primavera

Friday Brunch at Silk’s

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Price: BD25

Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD38 NET Savour and relish an extensive range of plated specialties cooked to perfection by expert chefs, spread all over Silk’s restaurant and Gallery lobby and lounge. Feast on an exquisite selection of international buffet and live cooking station whilst enjoying music performance by the resident band and DJ. Don’t miss Formula one themed brunch on the 20th March.

Just like grandma would have wanted it, join an all-new Saturday lunch the Italian way. Gather the family or your best group of friends and savor the afternoon with a variety of sharing dishes including our signature Antipasti Board, Braised Beef with Polenta, traditional pasta, grandma’s Tiramisu and more. For more information: +973 1758 6499 Al Waha Friday Brunch

For more information: +973 1746 0017 Taco Thursday at Links Where: Royal Golf Club Price: BD26 NET Diners can enjoy unlimited tacos while enjoying the live entertainment. Taco Thursday is available in the award-winning Links restaurant every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm and costs just

Where: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Price: BD23/28 NET Al Waha carries on the weekend delights, with its Friday Brunch! Experience a remarkably fun family activity over a sumptuous buffet of mouth-watering delicacies, complimented by the live tunes of the QBA Band. For more information: +973 1771 3000

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Ride Nation handed over the fundraiser cheque to Think Pink after leading an event to raise awareness on cancer

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Sofitel Bahrain launched the third edition of their La Plage Beach Festival

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Formula 1

Bahrain Grand Prix

The Ultimate What’s On Guide


ahrain International Circuit (BIC) features an incredible line-up of attractions both on and off the track at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020, taking place March 19 to 22 in Sakhir. The four-day spectacle is the biggest and most soughtafter event in the region each year.

Where to buy tickets? Tickets can be bought online at BIC’s official website www.bahraingp.com, by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17450000, or at BIC’s City Centre Bahrain stand located on the ground floor near gate number three in the West Court. BIC has covered the Value Added Tax (VAT) on all event tickets, saving fans from any additional expenses. Pricing 4-day Main Grandstand:


4-day Batelco Grandstand:


Fri & Sat Batelco Grandstand:


Fri Batelco Grandstand:


4-day Turn One Grandstand:


4-day University & Victory Grandstand:


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Going Out Who’s performing? Afrojack When: March 20 Grammy winner Afrojack will be taking the stage on Friday night! Named one of the top ten DJs in the world by DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll of 2019, Afrojack is one of the most popular dance music acts of today and a soughtafter producer. Throughout the years, he has worked with everyone from Pitbull to Sting and Beyoncé, won a Grammy for his and David Guetta’s remix of Madonna’s ‘Revolver’, and released an array of diverse hits. This year, after releasing multiple collaborations, Afrojack continues to follow suit, and dominate dance floors across the globe.

DJ Don Diablo


When: March 21 Don Diablo has been added to the star-studded concert line-up for the racing and entertainment spectacle. He will be performing live on the Saturday of the event as the second act of the night.

When: March 21 Superstar singer and songwriter Khalid will be the third artist performing live at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020! His show will be the first of two on the Saturday night of the race weekend.

Note: All ticket-holders to the Bahrain Grand Prix will be able to attend the concerts at no extra cost.

Formula 1 Themed Promotions Bahrain Grand Prix Streaming Where: The Harvesters Pub & Terrace, Crowne Plaza Bahrain Watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live on the big screen with special food and beverage packages for the weekend. For more information: +973 3992 0163 F1 Fanatic Dinner Where: Elite Seef & Residence Hotel Enjoy a lavish buffet and unlimited house beverages during the F1 weekend. F1 special cocktails (Camaro 81, Formula 3, Flaming Ferrari) are also available for BD3 net. For more information: +973 3888 4421 / 1758 3388

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Formula 1 Themed Brunch

Where: Elite Resort & Spa, Elite Grande Hotel & Elite Seef Residence & Hotel

Where: Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain

Elite Hospitality, the perfect pitstop in Bahrain offers you an unforgettable 2020 Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix travel packages. Single Deluxe Suite 1 night stay at BD 40 net and Twin Deluxe Suite for 1 night stay at BD 43 net. Room rates includes all taxes, service charges, breakfast buffet and WIFI.

Indulge yourself into the most popular brunch in the city with “Formula 1 Themed” Brunch on 20th March at BD 28 net including soft drinks and water, or BD 36 net including selected free flow beverages. Book for 8 & more people and get 20% discount.

For more information: +973 3681 6000 Cirque Le Soir Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay London’s most A-list nightclub (think plush, circus-themed nightclub with DJs, burlesque snake charmers, fire eaters and indoor funfair) and decadent circus is back in Bahrain this season with its top performers and acts flying in from the United Kingdom! Dress to impress this F1 weekend for an exhilarating night out never to be forgotten. BHD 20 net for gents BHD 15 net for ladies BHD 300 net minimum spend for tables. For more information: +973 1711 5500 Formula 1 Sundowner Beach Party Where: Lagoon & Le Bar De La Plage, Sofitel Bahrain Keep your adrenaline pumping during the Grand Prix season with Sofitel Bahrain’s Formula 1 Sundowner Beach Party featuring saxophonist, Jen Acosta and top-notch live entertainment! Savour the tastiest BBQ grilled delicacies from live cooking stations and wash them down with energizing cocktails by the sea. Get ready to boogie with Formula 1 VIPs well past the sunset following enthralling celebrations for a perfect F1 weekend. For more information: +973 3888 5789

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Royal Cuisine Bahrain Confidential takes a first look at Rivaaj’s new menu at Sofitel Bahrain!


ituated at the opulent Sofitel Bahrain, Rivaaj is not your ordinary kind of Indian restaurant. This bold addition to the hotel’s dining scene represents a new level of Indian cuisine with its style, service and new menu! Just recently, we had the chance to try it! Rivaaj is spearheaded by the epicurean Indian Chef, Javed Qureshi, from the well-known Qureshi lineage that have specialised and mastered the Hyderabadi and North Indian cuisines since generations. According to Chef Javed, the new menu is filled with unique specialty dishes. Being the food enthusiasts that we are, we were so thrilled to indulge into a scrumptious array amongst the sophisticated ambiance.

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Going Out Guests can choose to be seated in the elegant indoor dining area or opt for an al fresco dining under the stars at the breathtaking terrace. We loved the seating arrangement – it is not monotonous but it ensures that people get their desired privacy. Moving on to our favourite part, the food! A look at the new menu gave us the impression that it is certainly fresh and innovative. We had Chef Javed’s recommendations including his secret recipe, Nahari al Subho which is made of lamb shanks and exotic spices. Since one of us have strict dietary requirements, we were impressed at how well the team catered to our needs.

The food is sumptuous; delicate flavours, succulent textures and aromatic spices combine together to make a rich variety of dishes.

The food is sumptuous; delicate flavours, succulent textures and aromatic spices combine together to make a rich variety of dishes. Old favourites like the Tikka Masala and Buttered Chicken were refashioned with new complementary twists. We also savoured the delicious vegan options from curry to biryani. The dishes were paired with specialty drinks that were no less than remarkable. The concoctions went together very well with each mouthful of the plates we had! Rivaaj elevates Bahrain’s appreciation of Indian fine dining to a new level. The service, food and ambiance were exquisite. True enough, the restaurant has brought sophistication and the kind of Indian dining a lot of us have been waiting for. n For more information: +973 3888 5789

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A Feast for the Senses Bahrain Confidential embarks on a unique dining experience at CUT by Wolfgang Puck.


our Seasons' “Take Your Time” campaign was something we have heard so much about but had yet to experience. So when an opportunity arose to try a unique “Daily Discovery” at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, we were super excited. We came to CUT by Wolfgang Puck to indulge in the “Kitchen Dining Experience”, one of the hotel’s daily discoveries. The concept provides a rare glimpse of “the works”, bringing an added dimension and

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immersive experience to both the visitors and the team. While the restaurant leans more towards a more formal fine dining, the kitchen’s atmosphere was very energetic, vibrant and unfussy. The same is true with its charismatic Executive Chef Brian Becher, who is passionate about his mission in redefining guest experiences into a new level. Our starter: fresh Italian burrata with apple, white grapes, cilantro gel and apple ponzu. The sauce had a subtle tang and sweetness that worked beautifully

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we had the Australian Wagyu tenderloin with fondant potato, caramelised shallots, truffle and aged beef jus. Our final dish was the "Chocolate & Yuzu" which was a creative plate of different textures and tastes. Throughout the meal, the dishes arrived in perfect succession. One thing they got absolutely right at CUT was the timing between courses. The setup added to the appeal and built excitement throughout the evening.

While the restaurant leans more towards a more formal fine dining, the kitchen’s atmosphere was very energetic, vibrant and unfussy. with the burrata, which was wonderfully light and beautifully presented. Then, we had the “De Cecco Riso Carnaroli” or saffron risotto with braised veal cheeks and micro green salad. The veal was deliciously tender and fell apart beautifully on our forks! Our next dish – ‘Pan Seared Loup de Mere’ with grilled leeks, sunchokes, cauliflower puree and kombu butter – was the star of an already brilliant show. The sea bass’ skin was crisp, the puree was suitably light and the leeks completed the mouthful perfectly. Next,

As we ate, we asked Chef Brian what makes the experience exciting for him as a chef. “It’s an opportunity to meet new people, connect with the guests and engage with my team. It is also a learning process as we come across new things with each experience”, he said. By now we hope that you’re getting the picture: interactive dining, fresh ingredients, vibrant flavours, and dishes cooked with élan by CUT by Wolfgang Puck's outstanding team. On the other hand, the service was faultless and the personalised experience was impeccable. The experience was definitely a feast for the senses – perhaps we’re biased because each visit at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has been remarkable, but this may possibly one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. With that, we’ve discovered that there’s no better way to “take your time” in Bahrain than to try a Kitchen Dining Experience at CUT! n Learn more about the Take Your Time initiative here: https://www.fourseasons.com/takeyourtime/ For reservations:

+973 1711 5044

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A Fusion of Flavours Bahrain Confidential reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Thai Lounge.


ituated at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, Thai Lounge fuses a fantastic restaurant experience within a cosy lounge-like setting. Just recently, we had the chance to embark in a culinary adventure at the restaurant.

Spacious, aesthetic and charming, Thai Lounge was right in between the hotel’s pool and beach. To get to the lounge, we had a lovely walk through the hotel grounds – the journey itself adds to the ambience and makes for a great idea for a romantic date. Since the weather is perfect for al fresco dining, we opted for the cosy outdoor seating. Thai Lounge is known for its eclectic selection of Pan-Asian and Thai dishes along with refreshing concoctions and creative infusions that are designed and crafted by their ‘liquid chefs’. Of course, we had to try what makes the lounge special! During our visit, Chef de Cuisine Rerkden Paensurin briefed us about their specialty dishes (which was a nice touch) and soon after, we indulged in each one of them. At the lounge, traditional dishes like curries, satay along with Japanese sushi and tempura were presented in a modern way;

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Going Out making each one Instagram-worthy! On top of that, the wonderfully-plated dishes emanated all kinds of lovely aromas, enticing us more to dig in. Our favourites included the Tom Yum, an intoxicating concoction of seafood and herbs; the Thai Green Curry in a rich coconut sauce; and the Hot Dragon Prawn tempura sushi roll. We’d love to comment on the desserts but we were too full at the end of the evening. So that’s for another review next time! The lounge featured live DJ entertainment throughout the night, giving everyone the opportunity to unwind while listening to chill-out tunes in a casual ambience. Definitely the perfect place to relish many evenings! Thai Lounge offers a strong sense of quality and indulgence. The service was spectacular and the dishes satisfies the desires of any gourmand. With its scenic views and delicious offerings, the

The service was spectacular and the dishes satisfies the desires of any gourmand.

lounge is perfect for a relaxed chilled evening with friends and loved ones. For all these reasons and more, the Thai Lounge is high on our list for the island’s evening destinations! n For more information:

+973 1758 6499

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Bahrain Confidential discovers the meaning of a true restaurant experience at Mahonia.

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The experience at Mahonia starts right at The Lounge. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by our lovely hostess, Ariada who talked us through the progression of the evening – the process was reminiscent of a prelude before the main act. Beautifully designed cocktails and gourmet bar bites soon delighted us while we admired priceless artworks adorning the walls. We must admit that the restaurant first won us over based on looks, and a wander over to their elegant dining area sealed the deal. We were then escorted from the restaurant to the lounge, where each table is named after a spice; ours being ‘wasabi’. Soon after, the symphony of flavours began. Devouring an overture of amuse bouches, we move through to the memorable ‘Ajo Blanco’ with capers, white grapes, marinated almonds, black garlic coulis as well as the slow-roasted beetroot with a smoked clam sauce and king crab cracker.

Our taste buds were constantly abuzz with excitement and anticipation for the next bite or surprise.


estled in the heart of Bahrain’s dining district Adliya, Mahonia ushers in a new era of fine dining with its gastronomic degustation menu concept – one that is unlike anything else in Bahrain and the region. Just recently, we had the chance to indulge in a gastronomic experience that stimulated our senses.

Then, exactly at the right time, the symphony’s fast movement shifted to a necessary down tempo with duglere style local seabass with a mushroom, daikon and lemon cream. The seabass’ lightness followed by the tang of lemon was a wonderful surprise before diving into the tender wagyu beef cheeks; which didn’t require a knife to cut and melted in our mouths. The dinner was artfully combined so that each course builds on the last, reaching a crescendo of flavours and textures that culminates into incredible desserts. The performance ended with artisanal chocolates, with flavours inspired from different spices. Of course, we had to try the wasabi-flavoured chocolate!

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The dinner was artfully combined so that each course builds on the last, reaching a crescendo of flavours and textures that culminates into incredible desserts.

Mahonia has actually curated an experience, this was more than the ordinary, the dishes offer something for all the senses and created tears of joy. Our taste buds were constantly abuzz with excitement and anticipation for the next bite or surprise. While providing something unique, the special difference here was that the experience was so very accessible. This was not made for the select few, but rather for all those that truly love food, real honest spectacular food. Secret tips, make sure you try the lounge bites or the 3-course menu and take someone who loves food with you. n For more information: +973 1700 0071 reservations@mahoniabh.com

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March at Mövenpick Take advantage of these exciting offers this month at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain!

Business Lunch

of chefs will prepare your favourite catch, just the way you like it.

Flaming Thursday - BD34 Net Flaming Thursday is a great place to meet with friends! Enjoy a great range of grills, flame-grilled meats and sizzling skillets all in one place starting 7pm at Silk’s. The resident band will get you into the weekend mood.

Friday Brunch - BD38 Net Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea BD20 Net (Afternoon Tea) | BD50 Net (High Tea & Spa for 2) Treat your mom to a special mother’s day afternoon tea including unlimited sparkling wine for BD20 net for the mom and her child. Or take advantage form our high tea and spa package which includes addition half an hour massage voucher for 2 persons at BD50 net.

Business Lunch - BD15 Net Whether you are on a break or a private lunch with your colleagues, Silk’s restaurant can accommodate your needs. Enjoy daily from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and indulge in a wide selection of international buffet and live cooking station.

Seafood Night - BD25 Net Dive into eclectic array of delicious cuisine every Monday starting 7pm at Silk’s! On the buffet table is a vast range of aquatic delicacies. The talented team

Savour and relish an extensive range of plated specialties cooked to perfection by expert chefs, spread all over Silk’s restaurant and Gallery lobby and lounge. Feast on an exquisite selection of international buffet and live cooking station whilst enjoying music performance by the resident band and DJ. Don’t miss Formula one themed brunch on the 20th March.

Table BBQ - BD12 Net Take in the refreshing outdoors, enjoy flavoursome sheesha and taste your favourite bites while watching live football matches on the large screen. To add to your evening, order your table BBQ and grill it the way you like it by the poolside every night from 6pm to 11pm by the pool side terrace.

Xenia Ladies Night - Every Tuesday Head to Xenia every Tuesday and enjoy three complimentary drinks! What else are you waiting for? Gather your chicks now! n For more information: +973 1746 0017

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March at Elite

Explore the warmth hospitality of Elite Group this month!

Elite Resort and Spa located offers a suite stay this month with room, breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, airport pick up and drop. Enjoy an unforgettable 2020 Bahrain Formula One package of one night stay for only BD40 net. Shift 7 sports lounge bar will be offering buy one get one drink free on selected beverages (3PM to 2AM) along with special 30% discount on F&B (3PM to 2AM). All ladies are invited to enjoy free drinks every Monday, 7PM to 11PM. The hotel has also reopened Al Noor Tent, offering a luxurious traditional setting for special events. The tent can comfortably host up to 500 guests.


lite Hospitality Group promises a very warm package to welcome you all for a great Formula 1 Grand Prix and many other events in Bahrain. During this period all hotels will race towards delivering a lifetime experience. Elite Grande Hotel will offer all Formula one guests a special package for three nights and four days during the F1. Get free early check in, free late check out, free lavish breakfast buffet with VIP amenities, at only BD 120.

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Elite Seef Residence & Hotel invites guests to enjoy a business lunch at Mario’s restaurant from Sunday till Thursday, 12NN till PM, at BD 5 net per person. The hotel will be offering a traditional night with fresh grills at Al Waha with live entertainment starting 7pm to 12 Midnight at BD 10 net. Ladies night will be offer three coupons on selected cocktails and house wines every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Experience an excellent stay or a delightful meal with Elite Hospitality Group, with an opportunity to win a free stay! Plan your next trip to the island, with a mega raffle to be held at the end of March 2020. n To view more on the hotels, please visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com


Oasis Mall Riffa launched their edition of Farmers' Market

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Al Areen Palace & Spa Tel. 1784 5000

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My Café Tel. 7734 4444

Plums at The Ritz-Carlton

Gallery 21 Tel. 1771 1600

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Tel. 7770 7070

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Tel. 1700 0071

Tel. 3888 5789

Brasserie Royale at Jumeirah Royal Saray Tel. 6672 0028

Baharat at Le Meridien City Centre

Lagoon Moon at Reef Clubhouse

Xenia Bar at Mövenpick Hotel

Tel. 1717 1441

Tel. 7790 0700

Tel. 1746 0017

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Fatema Aljeshi


Cluster Marketing & Communications Executive for Rotana Hotels Bahrain

A short talk with interesting people living in Bahrain!

Nationality: Bahraini

Personality Profile How are you finding Bahrain? As a Bahraini born and raised here, my answer might be biased but l think a lot would agree. Bahrain is a country that’s rich in history, culture and religion diversity which definitely provides a great comfort to all those who are living in it whether Bahrainis or expats to be who they are and to live their best lives. What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? The Old Souq of Manama. It’s the perfect place to take a walk and simply enjoy all it has to offer from cultural and heritage sites to vibrant shops and traditional cafes. What do you most like, and dislike, about your work? I love coming up with new approaches and strategies to promote the different offerings each property has to offer while keeping a great focus on our guest’s needs and wants. Most employees of the hospitality industry would say they despise the long working hours.

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Biggest lesson in life: Always trust yourself, abilities and skills. If you can change anything in your life, what would it be? I am a strong believer that we are all here as a result of the choices we made and each experience is something we had to go through to learn a lesson out of it. What makes you happy? Spending time with the people I love and doing activities that I genuinely enjoy. Who are you listening to at the moment? Addicted by Ben l’Oncle Soul. Favorite motto or saying: “The best is yet to come”. n

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