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Interview with Photographer: Kevin Brent Sanderson

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Interview with Hilton Bahrain’s General Manager

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F1 2022

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The grass is greener at the Royal Golf Club

Going Out

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Ammuri Popup at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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Vegan in Bahrain: Where to Eat

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November at Sofitel

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Queen’s Night at The Art Hotel

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An ‘Elite’ November

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ust recently, we had the chance to share a conversation with Kevin Brent Sanderson, an established fashion photographer in the Philippines who is now making a mark in Bahrain. Kevin is known for his unconventional yet classy fashion portraiture. In this interview, we talked about the roots of his bold, intriguing photographic vision as well as an exciting project he’s about to launch.

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Can you tell us about yourself and how you got started in photography? Hi! I’m Kevin Brent, a Filipino photographer now based in Bahrain. I fell in love with photography during one of my classes back in college; I instantly had a gut feeling that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I then transferred courses and enrolled in an art school that taught photography. Among all the genres, fashion was what interested me the most so I dove into the school’s library and buried myself in all the boos about it I can find. How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it? Honest, gritty, and classy. These are the most used words when people describe my photos.

Getting know the market and how it worked was vital in knowing how to approach clients and people in general.

What are the biggest challenges of working in Bahrain? Understanding the culture is definitely the first hurdle I had to overcome. Getting know the market and how it worked was vital in knowing how to approach clients and people in general. What is your creative process like, do you have any notable routines? When I shoot for myself on my own time, I try to create a comfortable atmosphere for me and the model. Music is also an important tool as well; I have different playlists for different moods and scenarios I want to achieve. When it comes to clients, I put time in doing a great deal of research on them and the look they’re trying to achieve.

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Find a community that can build you up and also learn from.

Of all the images you’ve made so far in your career, which one is your favorite and why? This is a hard question! I honestly can’t decide on a favorite photo of all time so I’ll choose a photo that meant a lot to me lately. This photo was from a shoot for one of my first clients here in Bahrain. What advice do you have for the next generation of photographers? Research and practice! Strong foundations come a long way. Hone your craft and look for as much constructive criticism as possible. Find a community that can build you up and also learn from. Any exciting projects that you would like to share? I and my partners, Joan and Yohan launched a studio called “1910 Studios” in Gardens Plaza, Jannusan. We’re having our official opening on the 19th of October. It’s been an exciting process and we’re happy to finally have the ribbon cut on our business. n Explore more of Kevin’s work here: instagram.com/kevinbrentt behance.net/kevinbrent

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Upscale Living Bahrain Confidential interviews Tamer Farouk, General Manager of Hilton Bahrain an upscale hotel and residences that will be opening soon!

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ell us a bit about yourself. What drew you to working for the hospitality industry? In a gist? My name is Tamer Farouk. I have the honor of being appointed as the General Manager of Hilton Bahrain and I am in love with hospitality. Even from my earlier years, apart from my passion for business, I have already been intrigued with culture and people. I knew the world is much bigger than what it appeared and I was determined to know and experience what the world has to offer. For me, hospitality is the ticket to achieving that. As a student,

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I worked in several local restaurants—in service and kitchen. This was my first step to the hospitality industry. At the age of 20, I had the opportunity to join one of the leading hospitality companies in the world, Hilton, and the rest, as they say, is history. I started in Front Office and worked my way to where I am now, leading Bahrain’s newest Hilton property. I also love hospitality because of its challenging nature, its fast paced environment and the satisfaction you get after a job done right. That feeling of being responsible for someone’s successful celebration, vacation or even the daily needs of long-stay guests—


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the happy faces are what makes me go to work excited, inspired and grateful every day for being in hospitality. It’s truly rewarding. What are your thoughts on the current state of the region’s hospitality market? Any key predictions for changes you expect? I am very hopeful. The way Bahrain handled the pandemic is truly impressive, the government is instrumental to how fast the hospitality industry is getting back on its feet. Together with our neighbouring countries in the GCC, I’m very sure that we’d only see improvement and further flourishing in the industry. I also believe that the experience we had with the pandemic has just made us stronger in hospitality. We have adapted and found ways to protect our guest from the pandemic while delivering the same quality of service you would expect from a Hilton.

I also love hospitality because of its challenging nature, its fast paced environment and the satisfaction you get after a job done right. A great example is Hilton’s CleanStay program. It builds on our already rigorous cleaning standards to provide complete peace of mind when our guests stay with any of Hilton’s 18 brands. Together with the efficient management from the government, I’m sure Bahrain and the entire region are looking at a bright promising future.

Bahrain’s hospitality industry is very competitive – what do you think sets Hilton Bahrain apart? We commit to upscale living. Hilton Bahrain is a modern, full-service hotel and residences. We offer families, long stay guests and business travellers a contemporary home with all the perks of staying in a hotel. It’s also an escape for residents looking for a getaway within the country. Our facilities, Wellness Centre and nine meetings rooms are perfect to meet any business or personal need. We also pride ourselves with 6 distinct restaurant and lounges that will not just satisfy but “wow” our guests. The themes and cuisines we have prepared will definitely set us apart from the already fabulous array of dining hubs in the area. What are your main target markets? We are located along Al Fateh Highway, making our property a very convenient destination to weekend travellers from Saudi Arabia, long stay guests, business travellers and everyone looking for a great time. Whether they’re staying in, dining in one of 6 amazing restaurants and lounges or relaxing at our Wellness Centre, Hilton Bahrain guarantees a quality and unforgettable experience. What should guests look forward to at Hilton Bahrain? Any exciting news? We are opening on the first quarter of 2022. We have a lot exciting stuff prepared for all of you— from spacious and fully furnished studio, one and two bedroom apartments to unforgettable dining experiences, spa moments and perfectly executed events in one of our 9 meeting spaces. Watch out for the newest Hilton in town! Follow us in our socials to stay updated with our latest happenings. n

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This doctor in Bahrain is named a Fellow of the American Academy for Sleep Medicine

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r. Reyadh Salman, a leading pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders consultant at Ibn Al Nafees Hospital, has been elected a Fellow by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), in recognition of his significant contributions to sleep medicine over the years. He is the first physician in Bahrain to receive this prestigious recognition from AASM, the preeminent professional society for this medical subspecialty in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Reyadh was one of 34 distinguished sleep medicine practitioners from the US and around the world who were inducted as Fellows of the Academy this year. The Fellow status

Dr. Reyadh Salman, a Consultant at Ibn Al Nafees hospital, is first in the Kingdom to receive the distinction.

is a distinction conferred by the AASM on full members who demonstrate special contributions to the scientific literature or notable achievements in the field of sleep medicine in two of three areas: scholarship, service, or education. “I congratulate the newest Fellows of the AASM for this exceptional achievement,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar. “They join an elite group of members who are steadfast in their commitment to the AASM and dedication to advancing sleep care through clinical practice, sleep and circadian research and education.”

“It’s an honour and distinct privilege to join this esteemed company of accomplished practitioners from across the world”, said Dr. Reyadh. “Throughout my career, my focus has always been to strive to bring world-class medical care and expertise home, and it is gratifying to see this commitment recognized by one’s distinguished peers. My profound thanks to the Board, management and fellow colleagues at Ibn Al Nafees Hospital for the guidance, the work environment and unstinting support over the years and to my patients for their valued trust, confidence and indeed inspiration throughout. This recognition is as much a tribute to contributions and achievements by them all”. Dr Reyadh Salman graduated from Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Medicine, Egypt. He went on to complete dual fellowships training in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care as well as certification in Sleep Disorders in the United States. He has a wealth of experience of over 25 years in the management and treatment of lung disease, critical care and sleep disorders. He co-authored several papers on respiratory and sleep medicine and is a frequent speaker at regional and international medical conferences. n

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Brings Apple Pay to Customers in Bahrain

A safer, more secure and private way to pay with iPhone and Apple Watch

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loward, the go-to online flowers and gifts delivery destination in the MENA region, today brings its clients in the Kingdom of Bahrain Apple Pay, a safer, more secure and private way to pay. Floward clients will be able to use Apple Pay on their app and website starting October 6. The payment method will offer a safe and swift way for customers to complete their purchases using their smartphones while still receiving all the rewards and benefits offered by Floward. Clients can use Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac and every Apple Pay purchase is secure because it is authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code. Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store payment information safely on the device. Apple Pay is easy to set up. On iPhone, simply open the Wallet app, tap +, and follow the steps to add

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credit or debit cards. Once a customer adds a card to iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac, they can start using Apple Pay on that device right away. Established in 2017, Floward is a full-fledged e-commerce solution that offers prime fresh-cut flowers sourced from the best growers and farmers around the world and arranged locally by a team of florists and designers. Floward also offers cakes, chocolate and perfumes curated by the region’s most exciting designers bundled with its flower arrangements and manages last-mile same-day delivery to ensure the best customer experience. n


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Bahrain will host the

2022 F1 season opener! It’s official: Bahrain will open the 2022 season, a new era for the sport from 18-20 March.

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he Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 will kick off the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The motorsport and entertainment extravaganza will take place at Bahrain International Circuit from 18 to 20 March, and it will be the first of 23 rounds in the new season. The 2022 race will be the fourth time that the Formula 1 season will start in Bahrain. The championship-opener was also previously held in Sakhir in 2006, 2010 and in 2021. It will be the 18th edition of the Kingdom’s 57-lap race, and the ninth time it will be held at night under BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights. The Bahrain Grand Prix is set to be the front-end of a Formula 1 Middle Eastern double-header to start the new campaign, as it will be followed the very next weekend by the second edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah. More details on the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 will be announced very soon! n

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he winter season in the Middle East signifies the start of the peak golfing season here in Bahrain. The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain is undertaking its annual winter overseed procedure to plant our winter grass for the season, ensuring the finest playing conditions of any course in the Middle East for the golfers of Bahrain to experience and enjoy. What sets The Royal Golf Club aside from other courses in the region, it that the Royal Golf Club overseeds with winter grass on all areas of the golf course including; tees, rough, fairway and greens. The Royal Golf Club is the only golf course in the region which performs this to all grassed areas. The Championship Course re-opens for play on Friday November 5th, returning to what is arguably the finest conditioned golf course in the entire Middle East region. The overseeding process is also extended to the Wee Monty par-3 golf course providing opportunity for golfers of all levels to enjoy the experience of playing golf on the finest condition course the region has to offer. Best available rates can be booked online through the clubs website http:// theroyalgolfclub.com/ however if you are a non-golfer and wish to enjoy this experience, the club has PGA certified professionals available to teach and develop your golf skills. There are no restrictions on whom may visit the club and play, The Royal Golf Club is open to all. n To experience the regions finest facility or for more information on any programs or offers at the club, call +973 1775 0777.

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Floward, the goto online flowers and gifts delivery destination in the MENA and UK launched its services in Jordan earlier in October, making it its 9th country and 24th city to launch in.

Floward launches in Jordan!

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loward will operate in Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, As-Salt as steppingstones to gradually launch in other cities and regions in the future.

Floward CEO Mr. Abdulaziz B. Al Loughani said: “Given how important and developed the flowers industry is in Jordan compared to other countries in the region, launching our services there marks a significant step for us. Jordan is considered a pioneer in the field of technology and e-commerce in MENA with a great pool of talent and plays an important role in the regional startup ecosystem; it is home to the first global acquisition in modern MENA startups’ history back in 2009 (Yahoo –Maktoob). All these factors made Jordan an attractive market for us and a natural next step in our expansion strategy. We are very excited and optimistic about this new launch and looking forward to provide high quality and innovative services and products to our clients in Jordan.”

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Established in 2017, Floward is a full-fledged e-commerce solution that offers prime fresh-cut flowers sourced from the best growers and farmers around the world and arranged locally by a team of florists and designers. Floward also offers cakes, chocolate and perfumes curated by the region’s most exciting designers bundled with its flower arrangements and manages the last-mile same-day delivery to ensure the best customer experience. n


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Ammuri The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain announces the launch of its latest pop-up restaurant concept named Ammuri.

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he exciting addition which showcases Middle Eastern specialties brings the sixth offering to a series of pop-up concepts on the famous alfresco venue, Nikmati, making the luxury property the most sensational gastronomic hub in the Kingdom of Bahrain serving sumptuous cuisines to our esteemed guests. Derived from an Arabic lady’s name, Ammuri, meaning “radiant”, is led by the hotel’s Oriental Chef de Cuisine Hanan Osman. Hanan has always been involved in large operations such as the Bahrain International Air Show, royal weddings, yearly Ramadan tents and other banquet functions and has proven to be a key player in the

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Feature kitchen. This time, she will showcase a more intimate interaction with guests, treating them to an authentic Bedouin Arabic feast, providing a new meaning to Arabian Nights in Bahrain. On the occasion, General Manager, Bernard de Villèle, commented, “As we go about our new normal during the global crisis, we take this opportunity to celebrate women in the hospitality industry and this new concept is an ode to their talent and passion. With a predominantly-female team led by our own brilliant Egyptian chef, Hanan Osman, this new concept will break boundaries and showcase a multitude of artistic plates in a beautiful outdoor setting within the resort’s famous pop-up venue by the beach. Our goal is simple, to enliven the senses of our guests through extraordinary culinary experiences.”

The new pop-up restaurant will feature Egyptian, Moroccan and locally-inspired dishes.

The new pop-up restaurant will feature Egyptian, Moroccan and locally-inspired dishes that highlights an ensemble of regional flavors, handpicked by our dedicated chef and beverage team with stories that accentuate each bite. Tagine, Machboos and Couscous will be amongst the signature dishes, along with Moroccan dessert and a rose petal sorbet to cap off a beautiful meal. Located next to the marina with the sparkling Arabian Gulf as a backdrop, Ammuri’s design encapsulates the Middle Eastern culture and the genuine warmth of Arabic hospitality. Adorned with pendant lights, beautiful fabric patterns, and a splendor table set up, Ammuri will be a sight to behold for hotel guests, members and visitors alike. n Ammuri pop-up will run from October 13 – December 1, 2021. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6 pm to 11 pm. Set within 20 acres of lush gardens and golden sandy beaches on the Gulf of Arabia, the 245-room

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Vegan in Bahrain 2021: Our Top Picks! Are you interested in going plant-based? We’ve got you covered! Check out our curated list of the best spots to visit to get your plant-based power.

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Feature Raw Candy This urban spot serves up the best of vegan cuisine at Almoayyed Tower in Seef district. Their menu features a diverse array of dishes, including delectable sourdough pizzas, non-dairy soft serve with a deluxe toppings bar, ooey-gooey guilt free cookies, and fully loaded sandwiches and bagels to get you through the day. The quality of their food is excellent with gluten-free, organic, soyfree, and refined sugar-free options for every allergen in the book, and they also do custom orders for diabetic patients. You can head down to Raw Candy anytime between 8am to 9pm and thank us later, it is surely going to be a frequent visit for anyone who tries it. *Chef’s kiss*

Unicorn Noms The newest plant-based eatery in town is a hybrid vegetarian-vegan concept nested in the popular District 1 mall in Janabiyah. You can find this charming café with a display of their unique pastries of all kinds at the shop window, mostly sourdough and gluten-free, yet SO delicious! Perfect for grabbing on the go. Each pastry is buttery without the butter, sweet without the refined sugars and filling without the food baby afterwards. Their menu is super fun for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve up dishes with faux chick’n (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!), boba drinks, croissants, vegan eggs benedict, and so much more. Unicorn Noms is releasing a fall menu to commemorate the season including a signature pumpkin spice latte, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie soft serve. If you’re feeling festive, head down and try out what they have to offer.

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Vedge Café

Mana Café

Do you have a sense of humor? Do you like yummy food? Then don’t look any further than Vedge in District 1 mall. This spot has raised a lot of eyebrows in Bahrain for its hilarious marketing and seriously amazing food that works for the average person that follows any lifestyle. It’s a flexitarian spot that offers mostly vegan bowls and their one-of-a-kind in-house protein called seitan (not Satan) turned heads. It’s flavored in many ways such as shawarma style, yakitori style, or even Bahraini tikka style. Vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy their dining area to host study groups, play board games, or join one of their events that they host every other month such as the stand-up comedy show accompanied by their iconic mural featuring Pikachu holding a Bahrain flag and Godzilla in a scene of all things random.

Mana Café, Bahrain’s first superfood café, is situated in Moda Mall at Gate 9. As soon as you enter, you will feel as if you were in a woodland fairy’s living room. The music is soft and subtle, the tables are tree trunks, and the seating is all small and compact, so that you can get up close and personal with all their mystical smoothie bowls, nourish bowls, salads, and tonic potions. They have keto options and suit almost all dietary restrictions with their high-end clean components.

They’ve also won a Bahrain Food Excellence Award 2021, and kudos to that, making them a must-visit spot for anybody that loves a good helping of tasty plants.

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The menu features some funky ingredient names, that are meant for healing and traditionally used in ancient medicine, namely Ayurveda. Ever heard of ashwaganda, spirulina or shilajit? Neither did we until we tried out their food, which is decadent and nourishing, such as their truffle mushroom pasta or the famous Roberto rocket smoothie bowl.


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Pamchal This District 1 spot redefines elegance with their sumptuous creations. They have edible chess boards, edible roses, and a variety of gourmet chocolates, cheeses and cakes that you can purchase in sets or catering for big events. Pamchal is also available at Bahrain Duty Free, and it is a stand-out spot for us for their creativity and presentation. When you stop by, grab yourself a flower corsage and revel in the fact that you’re literally eating chocolate masterpieces.

Anais Café Hala Plaza is home to Anais, a comfortable and welcoming spot with a huge menu of comforting dishes to choose from. Their most eye-catching item is their colorful raw vegan cakes. These creamy clean-cut slices have a rich taste and are bursting with flavor, resembling cheesecake but made exclusively with nuts and fruits. It’s a perfect place for relaxed gatherings, catching up over coffee or sitting on your own to read your favorite book. Try Anais for a distraction-free afternoon and get your fill of what it’s like to be a whole foods plant-based vegan.

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Honorable Mentions Here are some places with some bangers for vegan options, even though they’re not completely vegan restaurants. Perfect for groups with different dietary choices! Shahnameh Restaurant If you live in Bahrain, and you love grills, Persian food, or are looking to try something outstanding in general, Shahnameh’s veggie kebab is a must-have. I would say if you’re looking to try anything from this list, this is what you should go for. Visit their Budaiya restaurant and dig into this huge portion of meaty goodness, along with mixed Persian rice, you won’t even believe it’s vegan.

Peroz Café If you’re stuck in the office and need a satisfying lunch, look no further than Peroz café, a calorie conscious ghost kitchen on Talabat. Their beyond meat vegan burgers are juicy and unctuous, especially “On ‘Yer Mind” with some added vegan cheese.

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Cantina Kahlo Looking for a classy vegan date spot? Cantina Kahlo, the popular Mexican restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel offers an immaculate plant-based menu to its patrons who call in advance and request vegan options. Their succulent portobello mushroom tacos were a star on the table and earned their excellence through their full menu of scrumptious ethnic dishes.

Raazji Raazjii is a restaurant nested in the cultural part of Muharraq, by the Sheikh Ebrahim cultural center. They recently introduced a fully vegan Bahraini breakfast, vegan karak as well as a fully vegan grills set in their new menu of plant-based offerings. Take a stroll down the traditional pathways and stop for a meal with family and friends! Being vegan isn’t so hard in Bahrain anymore, with such an amazing variety of cuisines to try from. Don’t wait any longer and try out these bountiful dishes for yourself, the island has much to offer to those in search of cruelty-free finds.

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November at Sofitel

Here’s everything you can enjoy at Sofitel this November!

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ofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa ensures you and your loved ones a unique experience full of fun filled events that are hosted for your entertainment monthly. November is no exception as it is truly special month at Sofitel.

The month starts off with Grand Friday Brunch themed World Endurance Championship (WEC) on Friday 5th November offering Wide selection of gourmet delights & you dance off with our latin band, brunch is priced at BD36net inclusive of selected beverages. Embrace the tradition of togetherness with dash of elegance with Sofitel Bahrain’s Bountiful Thanksgiving Brunch on the 26th of November at BD36 net inclusive of selected beverages. Enjoy a memorable gastronomic affair in luxurious settings at our award winning 5-star restaurants, Saraya with an

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Feature extensive range of international live cooking stations and concoctions of deliciously refreshing beverages, complimented by top class musical acts, sure to indulge all the senses. Discover a symphonic blend of discreet luxury and French joie de vivre with Sofitel Bahrain’s Escapade de Luxe Offers*, exclusively for all Bahraini residents, starting from BD65net for a Luxury Room, offering Magnifique views of the Arabian Gulf and inclusive of breakfast for two and direct access to the beach.

Discover a symphonic blend of discreet luxury and French joie de vivre with Sofitel Bahrain’s Escapade de Luxe Offers.

Indulge in a leisurely afternoon downtime and savour hand-crafted, traditional French Pâtisserie from our vibrant Lobby Lounge. Or plan your Monday’s ahead with a Magnifique 40% off at Sofitel’s signature Thalasso experiences or 50% off food & beverages at Tapas for all ladies. Craving Sushi? Eat all you want during Sunset Sushi, hosted daily (except Mondays), from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, at Sofitel’s new Japanese outlet, Maison Sushi. The fresh and colorful gastronomy will sure-fire satiate lovers or novices of sushi! Savour unlimited sashimi, maki, sushi and much more, an experience that will take you on a journey to the land of the Rising Sun for BD25net. n For more information, call +973 3888 5789.

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Queen’s Night This restaurant & lounge brings you a series of exciting events all week!

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U, located at The Art Hotel & Resort has been a go-to beachside restaurant & lounge for us this year with their upscale ambience, modern interior and great food. Every week they step up their scene with amazing music and great vibes, especially when we recently visited! On October 6th, WU hosted its first ever “Queen’s Night” dedicated to all the queens in Bahrain. The promotion invites all women to avail discounts of 50% on selected beverages and 25% on platters. Each queen who steps in is welcomed with a drink, a tiara and leaves her handprint to commemorate her presence. How regal is that! The energy stayed high at the event’s kickstart with all of Bahrain’s top socialites at the opening.

WU hosted its first ever “Queen’s Night” dedicated to all the queens in Bahrain.

To pair with the special theme, WU brought two amazing artists, live DJ Elena and the stunning UK singer Tamar, who performed some powerful feminine tracks with her booming, exuberant voice and dance moves. We got up ourselves and danced with her and that contagious energy!

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WU brought two amazing artists, live DJ Elena and the stunning UK singer Tamar.

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As the night went on, we had a chance to try WU’s restaurant menu, which featured international cuisine platters and sushi rolls. They had something for everyone, even the vegans! The fusion food was delicious, light and perfect to eat while partying the night away. Throughout the week, the events keep going at the restaurant and lounge; hosting a wide range of themed events including Sushi night, Steak Night, Fuego night, as well as exclusive beach parties at The Art Hotel’s pristine beachside. Wealso attended Fuego night, where a live Latin band performed and the dancers were ongoing until the night’s end, the atmosphere transported us to a Puerto Rican fiesta, no doubt. With such a diverse crowd, you really can’t miss out on making a visit to WU. Make sure to follow WU Restaurant & Lounge on Instagram @wulounge to stay tuned for all their updates and what’s in store. n

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November at Elite What better way to spend the cooler months than to enjoy it the “elite” way? Elite Seef Residence Hotel Relax in the family suites Have a relaxing stay at the hotel’s one and two-bedroom family suites that are elegantly furnished with modern interiors. The suites are fully equipped with a modular kitchen, lavish bathrooms, a home theatre system, and a 24hour personalized room service. The one-bedroom suite starts at BD33 net per night which already includes a packed breakfast meal for two persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices. All service charges and taxes are also included in the price.

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Feature Chill by the poolside Since the outdoors is something you can definitely enjoy now, why not spend it at Captain Jacks? The lounge is offering crafted signature concoctions and exquisitely prepared bites. Additionally, the outdoor area has a huge screen for international football matches. Take advantage of a daily 20% discount on food and beverages from 2 PM till 8 PM. Enjoy live Arabic music performances every Thursday and Friday from 8pm till midnight during Khaleeji Night. Ladies can also enjoy three house beverages for free from Tuesday to Friday. Your reservation is a call away at 1758 3388 Located at Level 1, Elite Seef Residence and Hotel

Elite Resort & Spa

real value for money for only BD36 net per night inclusive of taxes and service charge, as well as a packed breakfast for two persons. Meanwhile, their elegant two-bedroom suite with a special rate of BD60 net makes a perfect choice for a family of four people to unwind. This also includes a personalized packed breakfast service at the suite.

Elite Grande Hotel Unwind in the lavish suites Elite Grande Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Seef area, close to the largest shopping complex on the island. Their two-bedroom family suite is a perfect place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere after you go on a shopping galore. Each spacious suite is lavishly furnished and offers personalized service by a dedicated team.

Have a staycation Have a delightful stay by the seaside at Elite Resort & Spa! Their spacious one-bedroom suite offers a

The two-bedroom suite starts at BD60 net only including taxes and service charge, as well as a packed breakfast meal for four persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices.

The excellent food and service Elite is known for is now delivered to your doorstep.

Guests can further benefit from the special offers at the hotel’s gym and pool, restaurant, lounge, and special room service rates.

Elite Hospitality Catering The excellent food and service Elite is known for is now delivered to your doorstep. Specializing in institutional catering in offices and factories, Elite Hospitality Catering is supplying to large corporates, banks, factories and ministries. They also cater for events such as receptions, cocktail parties, BBQ’s, birthdays, anniversaries and graduation celebrations. n For bookings and more details please call: +973 17 558 200 or visit their website: www.elitegrouphotels.com

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Going Out

Where to go and dine in Bahrain ART HOTEL & RESORT

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

Ladies Breakfast Offer

Unlimited Ribs and Wings

Price: BD6.5 When: Weekdays from 6AM until 10AM Ladies, enjoy a relaxing morning at Choices Restaurant. Join a delightful breakfast featuring a variety of savoury and sweet dishes and get 50% off on your bill on weekdays.

Price: BD18 net When: Every Tuesday Get saucy with Harvester’s Ribs and Wings promotion every Tuesday night. Revel in a mountain of St Louis spare ribs (Beef Ribs also available) and jumbo chicken wings served with your selection of hearty side dishes every Tuesday from 7pm onwards.

Dining Guide

+973 1600 0111

Saturday Italian Brunch Price: BD20/BD26 When: Every Saturday from 12:30PM until 4PM Experience a spectacular Italian brunch made with love at Rosso. Grab your friends & family, and enjoy a relaxing brunch by the fountain.

Friday Brunch Price: BD20/BD26 When: Every Friday 12:30PM until 3:30PM Grab your friends and family and head to Choices to relish in a delicious culinary spread with refreshing drinks and sensational music.

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+973 1753 1122

Friday Roast Price: BD18 net When: Every Friday There’s nothing more comforting than a Friday Roast in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. The hotel’s Friday Roast consists of a three meal consisting of starters, 3 –meat roasting boards with all the traditional trimmings, and dessert.

Fat Butcher Fabulous Friday Price: BD20-25 When: Every Friday Why limit yourself to a brunch when you can enjoy an all-day meat feast (vegetarian platters are also available) consisting a range of delectable dishes served right to your table. Paired with 5 selected beverages per meal.


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY +973 1711 5000 Friday Brunch Price: From BD34 net When: Every Friday Brunch with family and friends while enjoying Wolfgang Puck’s favourite dishes prepared by Executive Chef Brian Becher and his team.

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

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The Pool Deck Price: Ala Carte When: Tuesday to Saturday The perfect outdoor poolside venue beckons you to enjoy the cool breeze, magical sunsets and majestic views surrounding Bahrain Bay. Indulge a light menu of gourmet bites along with refreshing drinks and DJ tunes.

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN +973 1746 0000

Flaming Thursday Price: BD34 net When: Every Thursday Start your Thursday clubbing with a quality night brunch; Cheer up, go healthy and savor the salad bar, pass by the Mediterranean light starters section, or stop at the fresh shrimp’s station to get your taste buds working. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer along with the varieties of cocktails and end the night with sweet desserts. The resident DJ will also put you in the mood to party!

Monday Seafood Night Price: From BD25/BD30 net When: Every Monday Seafood Night with a vast range of aquatic

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delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum dumplings and tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns. BD 30 with unlimited selected wines, beers & soft drinks, or BD25 with unlimited soft drinks and water.

Friday Brunch Price: BD38 net When: Every Friday Get some quality time with your family at our Friday Brunch. Spoil yourself and loved ones with the best quality Brunch in Bahrain. At the end of a busy week, relax with friends and family at our different outlets. This international selection of dishes and desserts caters for every taste with a weekend menu of casual yet stylish fun, great, live kitchen and entertainment that brings your week to a fitting end.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB +973 1775 0777 Steak Stone Price: 30% discount When: From midday, everyday Dine in on the signature “Steak Stone” and receive a 30% discount off your steak.


Going Out Golf Brunch Price: BD18 When: Thursday, 5PM-7:30PM Join an evening on the Wee Monty – Enjoy 9 holes of golf on our par 3 course with on course food and drinks stations. Every Thursday, 5pm-7:30pm. BD18 per person.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN +973 1758 6499

The Great Indian Thali Price: BD18 When: Thursdays Immerse your senses at Nirvana where a culinary journey awaits and our authentic Indian cuisine transports your palate to new heavens. BD18 per person; includes 2 beverages.

Nirvana Express by Chef Mahipal Singh Price: BD20 When: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday Embark on a culinary journey around the North, South, West and East of India as Chef Mahipal presents a 4-course tasting menu inspired by the gastronomic wonders of the largest cities in various states.

Taco Tuesdays Price: BD22 When: Every Tuesday Gather with your friends for a taco fiesta at your favorite Mexican Cantina. A wide selection of tacos and craft beverages are available to excite your senses. Ale! BD22 per person; includes 1 glass of special beverage.

Brunch Fiesta Price: From BD30 When: Fridays and Saturdays Indulge in a weekend brunch celebration featuring traditional Mexican favorites and entertainment, all within a vibrant and colorful setting. BD30 per person; includes soft beverage / BD40 per person; includes select beverage.

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Going Out

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA

THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE

Le Garden Brunch du Soir

Wednesday Lola’s Night

Price: BD25 net When: Thursday and Friday Discover a reimagined gastronomic concept with Sofitel Bahrain’s hugely popular, Le Garden Brunch du Soir and experience a delightful evening brunch affair offering a selection of savoury international dishes for everyone to enjoy under the starry skies of Zallaq, next to the hotel’s frost greenery.

Price: 50% discount When: Every Wednesday Salero’s Spanish version of ladies night. Complimentary Sangria making class and free glass of Sangria for ladies. 50% discount on handcrafted cocktails every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. Call 17171300 to book a table.

+973 3888 5789

Sunset Sushi Price: BD 25 net When: Daily except Mondays Enjoy unlimited sushi for two hours, throughout the week (except Mondays), with Sunset Sushi from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Sofitel Bahrain’s latest seaside sundowner vantage point, Maison Sushi. Soak in the picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf through the panoramic windowpanes, complimenting the early-evening hues and savour unlimited supply of scrumptious sushi for BD25net.

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+973 1717 1000

Furn Bistro Price: Varies When: Daily Open for breakfast daily from 6:30 am to 11am and extended until 11:30 am during the weekend. BD7.5 net per person. A la carte lunch available from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. A la carte dinner available from 6:30pm to 11pm.

Hora Feliz Price: Varies When: Monday to Thursday Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Tapas for BD1.5 and beverages price starts at BD2. Call 17171300 to find out more or check out the menu at Salero’s Instagram page @salerobahrain.


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