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Why do you love living in Bahrain?
The Perfect Work Setup
Work from Home Tips
Crossroads of Cuisines
In the Lap of the Alps
Catcalling in Bahrain
Paper Model Guru
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hy do you love living in Bahrain? A question that somehow most residents love sharing their thoughts on. A melting pot of diverse cultures, Bahrain is an island that is easy to fall in love with. Despite the kingdom being small in size, it definitely boasts a multitude of great things.
The people and their diversity Bahrainis are some of the most hospitable and welcoming persons youâ€™ll ever come across with. Similarly, you will also be able to observe that the expat community is one of the warmest/friendliest youâ€™ll ever find. In general, the citizens and residents in Bahrain donâ€™t discriminate and are very open to different cultures.
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Feature Here are a couple of reasons why residents love living in Bahrain!
The culture Bahrain is rich with its heritage, culture, tradition, arts and cuisine. Meanwhile, the vibe of the country is diversified with its number of vibrant expat communities. Bahrain’s openness also translates to its social customs which are much more relaxed than its neighboring countries.
The sense of safety
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Based on a survey we’ve conducted in our social media platforms, residents in Bahrain feel safer here as opposed to their home countries. According to them, the country has a secure environment that is a great place to live in or even raise a family. n
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The Perfect Setup Do Bahrain residents prefer to work at home or in the office?
s we have all experienced firsthand, the COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly challenged each and every workplace in Bahrain. Some have already reopened their offices, while others are planning to bring their employees back gradually over the coming weeks.
After months of working from home, the idea of returning to the office will feel challenging to many. Convenience and productivity are two of the main reasons why residents prefer to continue working remotely. “The health of my family are my main concern and will not will not be gambled by someone else’s lack of adherence to precautionary measures.” Shaheen, a citizen who currently works from home said.
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Feature Safety issues aside, many people say they have experienced increased productivity and better time management while working from home. Ann, who works for an advertising company, said “I prefer to work from home because I feel it saves a lot of time if you're focused on the task at hand.” While many want to stay at home, some are also eager to work in the office.
“I believe it’s generally better to separate home from work, and it’s easier to work as a team when we are together in the office.”, he added.
Sam, a designer said working in Seef, “I like being in the office as it sets the mood for working better. There are no distractions from the kids and it also saves electricity consumption.”
“Personally, I prefer working in the office most days as I’m closer to the team. It also provides a better environment and more productivity.” Peter, who works for a media production agency said.
As many workers in the Kingdom near the six-month mark of working remotely, those who have done their jobs from home say they have adjusted to change but miss interacting with people.
Why Not Both?
Ultimately, an efficient work culture can never be created in an unsafe or uncomfortable environment.
Almost all residents that we’ve interviewed prefer a hybrid/mixed working setup. According to them, working from home and Zoom meetings are a poor substitute for across-the-table, personal meetings with people. Furthermore, they want to see a flexible system in which people go to the office for tasks that are better done there and work from home for the rest of the time.
Are “Offices” Going to Disappear? Some large office buildings may have to downsize because of the popularity and success of working remotely. However, we don’t think that offices will disappear; it will only require a fresh, new approach. People will still need places where they can come together, connect, build relationships, and develop their careers. Ultimately, an efficient work culture can never be created in an unsafe or uncomfortable environment. n
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Tips to help you stay motivated while working from home!
ompared to its neighboring countries, Bahrain didnâ€™t implement any lockdowns. However, the Kingdom is continuously combatting the coronavirus with numerous safety protocols and safety measures; including the encouragement of remote working.
There are definitely many distractions at home. If youâ€™re used to a structured office environment, working from home can be challenging. Is working from home not working? Weâ€™ve sorted out some essential tips that will ensure you are successful, both at getting your work done and maintaining your mental wellbeing. Read on to learn how to keep yourself more accountable, collaborative and productive!
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Feature Set up a dedicated work space or home office
Take clear breaks
One of the major challenges when it comes to working remotely is keeping your personal and work lives separate. Instead of cooping yourself up in your room or on the couch, dedicate a specific work space.
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It’s so easy to get distracted when you avoid breaks altogether. Use your breaks to get away from your desk – breaks, like making lunch or dinner – can recharge you to do better work.
This might seem like a simple tip, but it’s a vital one. The mental association you make between work and going to an office can make you more productive. Do all the things you’d usually do to prepare for office work: set an alarm, have coffee and get changed. You don’t have to dress as formally as you might for work. However, the act of getting dressed serves as a signal that it’s time to get up and get things done.
Staying somewhere you associate with sleep and relaxation could take a huge toll on your productivity. Try working from a consistent room, desk or chair – it should feel as separate from the rest of your home as possible.
Develop a schedule and stick to this
Like how you designate and separate your physical work space, you should also define a schedule. When you want to learn how to work from home efficiently, one foolproof way to keep productivity up is to get smart about planning your work day. You should be clear about when you’re working and when you’re not. Having a separate time and space to work will allow you to be more present in your home life.
Socialize You're working from home, not Mars. Interacting with other people during the day is allowed, even if they're not your coworkers. In fact, it's a good idea to talk to someone during the day when most of your work day is solitary.
Tune in to inspiration
A great advantage of working from home is that you can’t distract your colleagues. Go ahead and play those pumped-up jams loud and proud if that’s what gets you moving. Or try a more soothing soundtrack with nature sounds, instrumental music, or even by leaving the windows open to let the sounds from outside come in. Try a few things to find what works best for you. n
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Crossroads of Cuisines Bahrain Confidential interviews Shareef Elias Kharouba, the Multi Property Director of Operations at Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott.
hatâ€™s the concept behind Crossroads? Crossroads offers a warm and relaxed meeting place where a diverse mix of people can get together at any time of day to enjoy anything from a simple Chai latte from our specialty coffee bar to an intimate dinner from our modern classic menu in a stylish but laid back atmosphere. What kind of clientele is the restaurant catering to? Crossroads is a gathering space where everyone is welcome. We attract a diverse mix of clientele comprising our in-house hotel guests as well as business and casual diners, given our convenient location in Juffair with easy parking.
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Going Out By day, Crossroads is the ideal spot for an early nutritious breakfast or healthy smoothie before work, a discreet business lunch or a cosy afternoon coffee and catch-up with friends. In the evening, it’s the perfect place for a relaxed dinner either solo or with a group of friends or colleagues.
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Crossroads is a gathering space where everyone is welcome.
Tell us more about the restaurant’s cuisine, what are the dishes going to be? Our menu is diverse and creative. We offer new flavour combinations of familiar British, European and Middle Eastern classics. Whilst we take pride in expertly preparing simple authentic dishes such as perfectly cooked steaks, classic British fish and chips, and authentic Italian pizzas and homemade gelato; we also offer modern flavours of Arabia reflected in dishes such as our Crossroads Mezza Platter, Smoked Salmon Rolls stuffed with labneh za’atar and Falafel and Quinoa Salad with tahini dressing. Our Traditional Arabic Breakfast is a favourite for weekend brunch, as are our Rosewater Waffles. The Crossroads Burger is a must-try: grilled Angus beef served in a signature crispy cheese-stuffed bun. For the more health conscious, we have the Buttermilk Chicken Burger or, one of my
personal favourites, the Crossroads Signature Salad: lamb kofta, baby spinach and rocket leaves with pomegranate dressing. If you’re dropping in for an afternoon coffee, our Spanish and Matcha lattes are very popular (and perfect with a slice of homemade Russian honey cake and scoop of homemade pistachio gelato) or if you’re looking for something to kick-start your day you can’t beat our freshly made zingy Beetroot & Ginger juice alongside the Prawn Benedict from our a la carte breakfast menu. Can you tell us a bit about the interior design? The design is organic; a mix of wood and muted tones, complemented by modern lighting, which immediately creates warmth when you enter. The seating is a mix of lounge chairs and more formal for dining. We knew Crossroads would become a hangout for afternoon coffees which run into dinners and for long evening get-togethers, so we made sure to use wide seats and soft cushions to maximise comfort and quality time with friends and family. We are also planning to have a cosy outdoor seating area where guests can enjoy a fresh pomegranate lemonade or a Moroccan mint tea al fresco during the cooler months. n
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A Sensual Fragrance
Adapt the Way Forward You must bend so you don’t break. Walking with masks. No lipsticks. No hugging. No handshake. Virtual meetings and parties. Being scared of anyone when they cough or sneeze. Couple of months back this would have sounded absurd right? But we can’t imagine life without these changes anymore. Designer masks have become part of the attire. Keys are used to press lift buttons. Life without Sanitizers have become unbelievable. It’s a sign of true adaptability. Humans can change to any extent to survive. I love observing the before and after changes of the lockdown period to see the clear human behavioral change. People who were not ready to change with the new ways were left behind. The start of this era washed away lot of old patterns of thinking and we observed the first movers advantage here. The new way forced businesses to innovate, reinvent to continue to survive. I was one of the stubborn one. Being a yoga instructor, I never thought anyone would want to learn yoga online how you could correct someone postures over the screen? It’s impossible. But it happened. All of my students were really happy to continue even if online and I was surprised!! Who knew we could go without social interaction. Who knew we could tolerate masks on our faces? Who knew we would be afraid of someone standing close to us. The pandemic tested how much we can bend without breaking
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In the lap of the Alps Niha Shah shares her travel experience to Adelboden.
admit that I did head out here for a luxurious getaway, but little did I know that upon my descent back to Bahrain & for the many years to follow, what will stay with me, is actually a memory much simpler, in fact, just 4 words: Something beautiful about nothingness. Welcome to my story of the Alps; the untold story of the Land of Adelboden. Chances are, you havenâ€™t even heard the name of this village, let alone considered it in your itinerary. Youâ€™re probably wondering how I stumbled
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Feature upon this little best kept secret of Switzerland. No, it wasn’t anyone’s Instagram story and definitely not a result of honeymoon-destination-hunting (considering you need to be married first, to be honeymooning). The answer is The Cambrian. Perfectly embedded in the land of the Alps, just like a ruby in a diamond tiara, this hotel was all things “royal”. International design-award winner, it was the perfect Alpine escape, that married attention to detail with comforting warmth; in generosity. Evenings accompanied by my folks and the crackling fireplace and mornings garnished with rhythmic sounds of the Church bells and waterfalls echoing through the mountains, that changed colour as dawn made its way to dusk.
from the same Alps, so long as he lives? The answer was actually, very simple. Adelboden’s sacredness. A life, light years away from anything commercial, with its air so quiet and hearts so pure, that the simplicity of this village found me in love with it, the moment we said hello! It made me believe, the Earth still has some gems treasured for those of us, who feel that just sitting beside mother nature, is the most beautiful state of being, one can savor. Quiet never sounded so cheerful before and nothingness, never felt this fulfilling. So, for as long as I can remember, I stood there, just, stood there. Breathing in the beauty of the greens and browns before my eyes and listening closely, to the hymn of the Alps, that said, “I’ll be here by your side, as you open your eyes to each morning. And when you return, I’ll still be here, for forever more to come, patiently waiting to see you again.” n
A life, light years away from anything commercial, with its air so quiet and hearts so pure, that the simplicity of this village found me in love with it.
Sometimes I sit back and wonder what was it about Adelboden that touched my heart like nowhere else; and so effortlessly? Was it the walk through the lanes laden with the aroma of freshly baked loaves of bread and desserts at their local BACKEREIs (aka bakery in Swiss tongue) or was it the chance to admire farmers taking respite from green pastures, just to celebrate and pride over each other in close gatherings? Was it the old lady who hugged me close as I bought her handcrafted wooden coasters to make her some income for the day, asking my name as she wished to pray for me that evening in the church? Or perhaps the lovely tale of that souvenir shop owner, about how he devoted 70 years of his life towards his forefathers’ heritage shop and his love to see the sun rise each morning
Niha Shah is a Brand Manager, at Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons. Post her Masters from Melbourne, research is now her favorite chariot, on her quest to learn more each day. She values integrity in life, brevity in conversations and novelty in experiences. Niha Shah
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Catcalling in Bahrain Why it’s not normal and what you should do about it…
n 2020, women across generations are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault. “Catcalls of Bahrain” is a prime example of a local movement that is bringing these issues to light. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to Jawaher, the creator of the page to know more.
Can you tell us briefly about 'Catcalls of Bahrain' - what was your aim and how do you plan on achieving that through this initiative? Catcalls of Bahrain is a safe space in which we give voice to people and their experiences with all kinds of harassment - catcalling being the most common form. It is also a space where we educate people about the more “taboo” topics most of which rely under the harassment umbrella.
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Additionally, we try to aid victims by educating them about resources such as Shamsaha and the cybersecurity hotline (992). Our aim is to reach as many people as possible, shifting the societal view on catcalling from “flirting” to harassment. We plan on achieving this initiative through the online platform Instagram. What do you think people should understand about catcalling? People need to realize that catcalling and being followed by a car does not constitute as flirting whatsoever. It is cheap, vulgar, and has no place in the Bahraini society.
It is cheap, vulgar, and has no place in the Bahraini society. Catcalls of Bahrain has followers who are minors and have shared their experiences; which is very unsettling. What advice would you give these young women who are experiencing catcalling for the first time? I would say that this isn’t your fault – dressing differently, going out at a different time of day, or even going to another, less crowded place wouldn’t prevent this. Harassers are out everywhere and you did not ask for it whatsoever. Please do not blame yourself for someone else’s actions. Is there a "best" way to deal with catcallers and harassers while it's happening? All instances of catcalling are different. I can’t actually tell people what to do because I know people who
have been punched by their harassers for talking back, but I also know that staying quiet doesn’t do much. What I recommend is writing down the harasser's car plate number and reporting them to the authorities as catcalling is a violation of article 351 of the Bahrain Penal Code. If one doesn't feel comfortable going to the authorities alone, Shamsaha has a program where they have a volunteer accompany victims at the police station. What steps do the victims of catcalling (or harassment in general) need to do in Bahrain? Report, report, report! Report this to the authorities they need to learn their lesson. Can you share some emergency hotlines for our readers? Bahrain cybersecurity hotline: 992 - Can be used for victims of online threats and/or harassment - such as one threatening to leak explicit chats/photos. No, you won’t get in trouble for sending explicit content. n
Bahrain traffic police: 199 - Can be used for when one is being followed home by a car. Bahrain emergency hotline: 999 - Can be used for instances of sexual harassment, physical harassment and/or rape. Shamsaha English hotline: 38447588 - Can be used as emotional support for victims of abuse. Shamsaha Arabic hotline: 66710901 - Can be used as emotional support for victims of abuse.
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Paper Model Guru This Bahrain-based artist makes one-of-akind paper models!
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tamjeet Singh Bawa also know as â€˜Paper Model Guruâ€™ is an expat as a Telecom Solution Architect in one of the leading telecommunications company in Bahrain. Atamjeet has been creating unique and intricate paper models for the past 17 years. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to him about his craft. Tell us more about yourself. I am an expat working in Bahrain as a 'Telecom Solution Architect'. I travel with my job profile to work in different countries and Bahrain happens to be my 7th country (lucky number). However, people across the globe recognize me as 'Paper Model Guru' (Guy with an airplane on his glasses), a passionate paper modeler who creates highly detailed machines using only paper as a medium. Would you say that this is your passion? I am a passionate person in general, it's in my nature and personality to do things with passion or not at all. Passion is what defines me and passion is what motivates me. Yes, paper modeling is my passion and my ikigai.
What does art/your work mean to you? When I was a child, both I and my dad wanted myself to become a pilot but destiny had something else to bless me with. I have always been fascinated with airplanes and machines in general. I would spend hours and hours watching a road being built, observing the functions of a JCB, questioning the role of a track in a tank etc. I have always been curious. I think that is why when I make my favorite machines out of paper, it brings back my childhood memories. I could never fly an airplane, but whenever I create a detailed model of an airplane, it gives me the same kind of an adrenaline rush that flying a fighter jet would have offered me. My hobby also serves as a
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I could never fly an airplane, but whenever I create a detailed model of an airplane, it gives me the same kind of an adrenaline rush that flying a fighter jet would have offered me. meditation for me because each piece takes months to complete and handling those small and tiny paper parts requires my utmost concentration and it carries me to another universe where it's just me, my paper modeling tools and my curiosity. It's my "happy place". What advice would you say to aspiring artists? Try out things, be a doer of things, rather than just thinking about doing things. You need to get out of your comfort zone in a quest to find your passion. Don't plan much, there will never be a perfect day, start NOW. Which part of Bahrain is your favourite and why? I love Bahrain as a country for its diversity, inclusivity and respect for the huge expat population. I have 2 favorite places in Bahrain, first is the balcony of my apartment (Juffair Heights) that faces westwards, I love spending time in my balcony where I get the best of the ideas and my favorite thing is watching sunset everyday. And second favorite place is Bahrain Bay for it's beautiful sunrise. n
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Styled to Thrill
Euro Motors announces the arrival of the brand-new BMW 4 Series Coupé.
uro Motors has officially announced the arrival of the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé, the next chapter in a coupé tradition shaped by numerous legendary BMW
every angle. The striking front end of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé shines the spotlight on its standalone character. The large, vertically emphasised BMW kidney grille angles forwards and extends down almost to the lower edge of the front apron.
The makeup of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé range reflects the emphasis placed on dynamic power in the car’s conception. The latest generation of the sporty
Sales begin with two model variants that both obtain two four-cylinder petrol units, including the BMW 420i Coupé, generating an output of 135 kW/184 hp and the new BMW 430i Coupé, generating an output of 190 kW/258 hp. Connected to an 8 speed steptronic transmission, it allows the BMW 430i Coupé to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 5.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250 kmph.
The makeup of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé range reflects the emphasis placed on dynamic power in the car’s conception.
David McGoldrick, General Manager at Euro Motors said: “We are delighted that the BMW 4 Series Coupé has finally arrived. The vehicle marks the next stage in the ongoing development of BMW in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
two-seater for the premium midsize segment comes with a vehicle concept that focuses on delivering dynamic driving satisfaction.
“Bahrain continues to be an important market for BMW, and like its predecessors, we are sure the BMW 4 Series Coupe vehicle will lead the way with premium midsize segment customers who demand a high level of performance and comfort.” n
A small number of crisp lines and the use of clear, generously sized surfaces feed into a body design which exudes unadulterated driving pleasure from
To find out more, please visit www.bmw-bahrain.com/en/index.html or call +973 17750750
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Click and Collect Carrefour Bahrain introduces ‘Click and Collect’: the latest innovation for faster and more flexible online shopping!
arrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the Kingdom of Bahrain, is introducing Click and Collect, a new service that will give online shoppers added flexibility and convenience with their order. Carrefour’s online customers now have the option to collect their orders from the Carrefour Bahrain Mall Store (Car Parking Lot).
Carrefour has launched Click and Collect to address increased demand for online shopping in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Carrefour has launched Click and Collect to address increased demand for online shopping in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new service allows shoppers to fill their online grocery baskets, and
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place an order; before selecting a suitable timeslot that fits their schedule to pick up their items from the Carrefour Bahrain Mall Store. Groceries will be carefully packaged and stored, and where necessary refrigerated, until customers pick up their orders. Jerome Akel, Country Manager of Carrefour Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail said, “At a critical time when customers are seeking more choice and convenience from their shopping experience, we’ve listened and responded with the launch of our new Click and Collect service. At Majid Al Futtaim, and by extension Carrefour, we are committed to providing our customers and the communities we serve the widest range of quality products and value for money.” Carrefour’s Click and Collect service will cover the entirety of Bahrain, giving customers in and from communities across the Kingdom the opportunity to shop online and pick-up their orders at the Carrefour Bahrain Mall Store parking lot. n
Queer Eye: Season 5 Queer Eye is a remake of a Bravo show called Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. In each episode, the Fab Five visit a lucky human being that they call a hero and change their lives with a physical makeover, a cultural education and some life-changing epiphanies. Just like previous runs, new instalments of the reality show will once again follow the Fab Five – Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness – as they revitalise a whole roster of lucky participants.
What’s on Netflix? Here are some of our suggestions on what to binge-watch this month! Cardcaptor Sakura 90s babies rejoice! The highly popular anime series, Cardcaptor Sakura is now available to stream. Cardcaptor Sakura is a Japanese anime series based on the shojo manga series of the same name by the team of authors known as Clamp. The manga ran between 1996 and 2000, with the anime adaptation broadcast in Japan between 1998 and 2000.
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Hannibal: Seasons 1 to 3 Hannibal is the bloody blessing we all need. Netflix is making all three seasons available. Cut off by NBC in its prime in 2015, Hannibal starred Mads Mikkelsen as the aesthete gourmand with a taste for human flesh from Thomas Harris’ book series. If you want to watch the stunningly dark take on the killer made famous by Silence of the Lambs with the creator of the show, then this is the perfect series for you!
Feature Curon After 17 years, a woman returns home with her teenage twins. When she mysteriously vanishes, her children must reckon with a shadowy family legacy.
Pokemon: Journeys Fans who are looking forward to seeing the further adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu won't have long to wait, as the 23rd season of the iconic Pokémon animated series will launch as a Netflix Original. In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Ash has left the Alola region behind with a new plan in mind: see the world! Ash will travel with his new friend Goh, another boy with boundless curiosity about Pokémon.
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Dark: Season 3
Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.
The third season of the internationally-popular German sci-fi series, Dark, will be returning to Netflix this month! The mindbending and extremely intelligent crime sci-fi series has spawned a huge and loyal fanbase. The series demands your full attention as it twists and turns through various timelines.
The Politician: Season 2
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The show centers on Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who has known since age seven that he’s going to be the president of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all — high school.
Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps test their bond. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga boasts a star-studded cast. Will Ferrell is staring alongside Rachel McAdams, Demi Lovato, Dan Stevens and Piers Brosnan.
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Thrilling Water-Based Activities and Trips to Try in Bahrain
re you looking for new thrilling adventures to try in Bahrain? Well, this list of water-based activities and trips should help you make the island life more exciting.
These adventure tours from Scubalife are structured for all ages and abilities â€“ but one thing is guaranteed â€“ fun and achievement, either in groups or on a personal level.
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4. Go on a sailing adventure Experience the thrill of a joyride on a racing sailboat! One of Scubalife’s sailing instructors will take you on a ride in the high octane SB20 race sailboat. You will enjoy the ride whether you are a beginner or have sailing experience. 5. Explore Manama or Muharraq with a jet ski See Bahrain from the water, the way it was meant to be seen, on board a jet ski. Don’t forget your camera, as you’ll have the opportunity to get great photos. 6. Paddle board with your friends Enjoy a unique glimpse of the island’s unique waterfront developments while paddle boarding with your friends or family.
1. Escape to Jarada Island Jarada Island is one of the top attractions in Bahrain. The island appears in low tide and disappears in high tide. The island has golden sand and crystal clear water. 2. Snorkel with your family Snorkeling is the quickest and easiest way to enjoy the waters of Bahrain. If you are at least 8 years old, have basic swimming skills and can float, then you can snorkel. 3. Try a kayak fishing trip This kayak fishing adventure is suitable for people of all experience levels whether you kayaked before or not! Scubalife has qualified team members who will be your guide on this trip and will provide you with instructions on how to kayak and fish.
7. Experience a kayak tour around Amwaj Most of you have explored Amwaj Islands by road, but this will give you a chance to see it from the water. By exploring it on a kayak, you will have a good workout, probably without even noticing it! Scubalife offers various tours, boat rental, yacht charters and fun adventures. There’s a large menu to choose from: Fishing trips, fun dive trips, pearl diving trips and custom boat cruises with a choice of destinations that include Jarada and Al Dar islands, Amwaj and Manama skyline tours. They also provide a wide range of diving excursions and professional training qualifications in diving, powerboating, PWC (jet skis) and sailing through its subsidiary, BISS Marine. n Check Scubalife or call +973 1700 3636 to know more about these exciting tours and adventures.
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Enjoy a summer escape the â€˜Eliteâ€™ way with these special offers and packages!
lite Hospitality Group has created Elite Salamatik program which is implemented at all their hotels in Bahrain in various locations. Elite Salamatik ensures that every guest will have a safe stay with their family and friends, in face of the pandemic. The hotel group has taken various steps to protect their guests and their employees, for this purpose.
Elite Seef Residence Hotel Explore the special offer at the Elite Seef Residence Hotel located in Seef! The one and two-bedroom family suite are elegantly furnished with a fully equipped modular kitchen, lavish bathrooms, a home theatre system, digital satellite television system. A 24-hour personalized room service with special
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Going Out menus offer lavish choices with great value. The one-bedroom suite starts at BD33 net per night including taxes and service charge, inclusive of internet and breakfast meal for two persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices.
Elite Resort & Spa Hotel The hotelâ€™s one-bedroom suite offers a real value for money for only BD39 net per night inclusive of taxes and service charge, as well as breakfast for two persons in the suite. The two-bedroom suite with a special rate of BD60 net, makes a perfect choice for a family of four people to unwind with a personalized packed breakfast service at the suite.
Elite Grande Hotel
Elite Salamatik ensures that every guest will have a safe stay with their family and friends, in face of the pandemic.
Elite Grande Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Seef area. The two-bedroom family suite is a perfect place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. Each spacious suite is lavishly furnished with grand bathrooms, complete home theatre systems in each bedroom with DVD and HDTV Satellite channels as well as hi-speed internet access. The two bed room suite starts at BD60 net only including taxes and service charge as well as breakfast for four persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices.
Elite Hospitality Catering
For bookings and more details please call: +973 17 558 200 or visit: www.elitegrouphotels.com
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 all events such as: receptions, cocktail parties, BBQ's, birthdays, anniversaries and graduation celebrations. n
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October Offers Enjoy these offers with your friends and family at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain in October!
övenpick Hotel Bahrain has introduced intensified hygiene and prevention measures to ensure their guests’ safety. The ALLSAFE label, developed with and vetted by Bureau Veritas, represents the hotel’s elevated cleanliness protocols and
Here are some offers you can take advantage of in October… Seafood Night When: Every Monday from 7PM to 11PM Where: Silks Restaurant Price: BD25
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Going Out Experience a unique medley of super succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch, every Monday on Seafood Night at Silks Restaurant. Explore a vast range of aquatic delicacies from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum, tempura, oysters, slipper lobster, and tiger prawns, to popular dishes such as grouper and red snapper – the talented team of chefs will prepare your favourite catch, just the way you like it. Business Lunch Formula When: 12:30PM to 3:30PM Where: Gallery Lounge Price: BD8 net With its sitting area offering private spaces, the Gallery Lounge is the perfect location for business meetings or a catch up on the day’s activities with
colleagues and friends. Enjoy the daily Business Lunch Formula from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Choose a light salad, sandwich and beverage of your choice (hot or cold) at BHD 8 net per person. The offer is available also for taking away. Flaming Thursdays When: Every Thursday from 7PM to 11PM Where: Silks Restaurant Price: BD34 net Flaming Thursday is a great place to meet with friends! Join the innovated themed night every Thursday night to enjoy a vast range of grills, flamegrilled meats and sizzling bites all in one place. Award Winning Brunch When: Every Friday from 12:30PM to 4PM Price: BD38 net Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain invites you to discover a
hearty and colourful dishes served to your table. Indulge in an infinite selection of the freshest seafood, sushi, pasta station, fine grilled cuts and more, many of which will be cooking live. Remember to save some room, because our dedicated dessert and cheese area will surely tempt into sweet indulgence. Staycation Package • Escape this summer with one of our staycation packages. Benefit from this promotion with your loved ones at one of our rooms or suites. • Superior Room with breakfast, priced at BHD 50 net for two people. • Deluxe room with breakfast and private BBQ at your terrace, priced at BHD 75 net for two people.
• Diplomatic suite with breakfast and private BBQ at your terrace, priced at BHD 99 net for two people. • Ambassador 2-bedroom suite with breakfast and private BBQ at your terrace, priced at BHD 120 net for two people. Swimming Pool Day Access Price: BD8/BD10 Indulge in a rejuvenating swim in the infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Arad Bay’s Lagoon and enjoy your day with the daily pass at BHD 8 per person during the weekdays and BHD 10 net per person on the weekend. For bookings and more information, contact + 973 1746 0000
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Amazing Dining Experiences You Can Try at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Fancy an international culinary journey without having to leave Bahrain? Weâ€™ve got you covered! Here are 6 must-try dining experiences you have to check starting next week!
Embark on a culinary journey to Mexico at Cantina Kahlo Cantina Kahlo invites you to join a culinary journey to Mexico from Mondays thru Saturdays, 4 pm to midnight. Cantina Kahlo features salads, tacos, tamales and other authentic, street-inspired fare alongside premium grilled meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. The impressive special beverage list is also as vibrant and bold as the dĂŠcor itself.
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Primavera pop-up restaurant offers Italian culinary experience with a piazza-style setting This season, enjoy Primavera al fresco at its new popup venue just off the marina beach, formerly known as Nikmati. A modern take on the Italian trattoria, Primavera will be serving traditional dishes using local and seasonal ingredients, alongside reinterpretations of the Italian classics. Open from Thursday to Saturday starting on 8th October 2020, 5 pm to 11 pm.
Dine under the stars at Thai Lounge Thai provides light food snacks with a Pan-Asian and Thai influence as well as a large selection of mixed beverages made mainly of typical Thai fruits combined with herbal and spice infusions, designed and crafted by the loungeâ€™s liquid chefs. The lounge features live DJ entertainment throughout most evenings giving the opportunity to unwind while listening to chill-out tunes in a casual ambience - the perfect place to relish many evenings. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 4 pm to midnight for hotel guests and members; open from 7 pm to midnight for other guests.
Satisfy your sweet cravings at Gourmet Lounge
A place to relax by the beach at La Plage
Dine like a Maharaja at Nirvana
The splendid royal ambiance with an oldworld classic menu makes The Ritz Gourmet Lounge the perfect place to satisfy your cravings. Imported leaf teas from Sri Lanka, China and South America and freshly roasted selection of various coffees from Arabica to Turkish are available daily, along with homemade breads, croissants, pates, tartines, richly decorated desserts, ice cream and our all-time favorite cheesecake. Open daily, 7 am to 11 pm.
Indulge in an enticing menu of ArabianMediterranean fusion cuisine at the al fresco restaurant, just off the beach. La Plage, is the perfect venue for those seeking the vibrant outdoor scenery of the Arabian Gulf. Surrounded by pools and dotted with palm trees and shaded gazebos, the casual restaurant and Bar de La Plage offers a touch of the Mediterranean to Manama, alongside a mixology menu that is inspired by the worldâ€™s most famous beaches. Open daily, 10 am to 11 pm for hotel guests and members; open from 7 pm to 11 pm for other guests.
Experience an elevated outdoor dining experience at our Indian restaurant that meshes a finedining setting with traditional cuisine. Platters sizzle with grilled seafood and kebabs, and bowls piled high with aromatic rice and curries. Seating will be available at the La Med Terrace overlooking the pool. Open on weekends only, Thursday-Saturday, 6 pm to midnight
For reservations and more information, please call
+973 1758 6499.
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Delicious Experiences at Sofitel
There’s nothing we love more than eating our way through a destination. We’ve collated a list of must-try foodie experiences you need to check at Sofitel Bahrain this October! Le Grand Brunch du Soir (The Grand Evening Brunch) For the first time at Sofitel Bahrain, from 1st October, experience a truly novel gastronomic venture. Enjoy live entertainment in company of a glamorous crowd, surrounded with sumptuous spreads of culinary sensations in complete #ALLsafe setting, under Zallaq’s scintillating skies. Booking in advance is required. Please call or WhatsApp 3888 5789 to book your table. Price: BD25net with soft beverages or BD30net with selected beverages Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
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Going Out When: Every Thursday & Friday Add BD10net per person for all day pool and beach access
Dîner Sous Les Étoiles (Dine Under The Stars) Rediscover Magnifique alfresco dining experiences and dine under the stars! Tapas and Fiamma Restaurants’ outdoors have reopened in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines and stringent #ALLsafe protocols. Tuck into your favourite gastronomic indulgences once again with the return of:
For the first time at Sofitel Bahrain, from 1st October, experience a truly novel gastronomic venture.
Ladies Night at Tapas Bar & Restaurant Every Monday | 7:00pm – 12:30am 50% OFF Food & Beverage
BBQ Under The Stars at Tapas Bar & Restaurant Every Thursday & Friday | 7:00pm – 10:00pm Starting from BD20net live BBQ stations
J'aime les Brunchs (I Love Brunches!) Rediscover your love for grand brunches and the art of fin dining from the privacy of Sofitel Bahrain’s award-winning restaurants; Fiamma or Rivaaj. Reserve up to a group of 20 pax and indulge in Bahrain’s favourite brunch affair once again, as Sofitel takes care of the rest. For group rates and reservations, please call 3888 5789.
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Finally, open! This boutique hotel in Manama reopens its terrace garden for fine dining!
s the Kingdom prepares to reopen for dine-in, post-COVID, The Merchant House is proud to announce the reopening of Indigo and CafĂŠ Gray. TMH will welcome guests to dine-in at the most unique hotel in the region, of course with health and safety precautions as advised by the Ministry of Health. With personalised and intuitive service, prime location for local culture and history, unique interiors, and amenities; guests are guaranteed a bespoke experience - all within the heart of Bahrain. Guests and visitors can enjoy a fine dining experience on the rooftop terrace at Indigo, the in-house restaurant, offering an array of cuisines and excelling, particularly, in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. The Indigo restaurant also uses a variety of fresh herbs sourced directly from The Merchant Houseâ€™s very own terrace garden, including rosemary, lavender, jasmine, and lots more. n
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Guests and visitors can enjoy a fine dining experience on the rooftop terrace at Indigo.
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Warm Up/Cool down This message is not new, and should always be practiced, but even more so now that you may have had a lengthy layoff. Warming up the muscles with mobilisation and activation drills, then cooling-down with a stretch routine can help decrease muscle soreness and the risk of injury. Five to seven minutes every workout can save you months of rehabbing an injury that could have been avoided with a simple warm up and cool down.
Stay Hydrated It’s summertime and, the heat can be uncomfortable, you need to stay on top of hydration levels to make sure you don’t cramp or worse become dehydrated.
Practice correct form Many exercise injuries occur due to incorrect/ poor form. Whether it is cardio or weight training, make sure you are doing the exercise in the correct movement pattern and getting that muscle memory back. Having a trainer correct your technique is always advisable. Our fitness studios have reopened, make sure you take the proper steps for your body. It may take some time to get back to where you once were, but it will be worth it! n For more information on how we can help contact HV Holistic Health. on 1777 5544, @hvholistic or email@example.com
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Elevating Fitness Experiences Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay reinvents its fitness experience with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
As Four Seasons Global Fitness Advisor, guests can now benefit from Harley’s unique take on fitness, adapted to the world’s most exclusive settings from bustling downtown centres to windswept beaches. The new gym at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is Harley’s first collaboration in the Middle East, with a signature design, intuitive flow from station to station, and the latest equipment from HOIST Fitness. A private area dedicated to personal training, a complete range of cardio and strength equipment is showcased. Harley’s favourite machine, however, is the MotionCage circuit trainer, ideal for small groups with multiple stations offering everything from squat rack and jump station to battle ropes and a punching bag.
our Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is a bastion of luxury urban living in an island resort setting. Whether on business, vacation, or as part of members’ daily fitness routine, guests are invited to remain energised with a full suite of recreational facilities. The Hotel’s newest gym offers a comprehensive workout, designed by Four Seasons Global Fitness Advisor Harley Pasternak.
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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay offers annual spa memberships, with access to two gyms (one exclusively for women), the pools and 160 metres (525 feet) of private beach. Group classes at the gym include aerial yoga, Zumba, spin and the new MotionCage circuit training. Members can also opt for personal training, with a team of globally certified professionals with specialties that go well beyond the traditional, including powerlifting, triathlon training, body combat and dance. n
Relax and Reset Take advantage of these amazing promotions at ART Rotana this October!
Private Pool Parties Timings: Every Sunday from 7 pm to 9 pm. Pricing: BD12 net per person for 2 hours of unlimited pizza and draft beer Location: Adult’s Pool Let’s get your party started at ART Rotana's adult’s pool side! Enjoy unlimited beverages and healthy snacks with your friends for only BD 40 net per person. By the end of the party, everyone can try their luck and spin the fortune wheel to win some amazing prizes. For the ultimate experience, enjoy spending the night at one of our spacious sea view rooms after your party for only BD 30 net. The maximum group number is 20 people per gathering. Pizza & Beer Sundays Timings: Every Sunday from 7 pm to 9 pm. Pricing: BD12 net per person for 2 hours of unlimited pizza and draft beer Location: Rosso Restaurant Enjoy free-flowing beer & pizza at Rosso Terrace! Feast like an Italian with unlimited variety of delicious pizzas & bottomless beer for two hours from the time of order.
Rosso Take Away Menu Timings: Everyday from 12 pm to 10 pm. Location: Rosso Restaurant Enjoy a sumptuous selection of authentic Italian dishes made especially by our Italian Chef Enrico by ordering to go from Rosso Restaurant by calling 33580044 to place your order. Chef Enrico has prepared a wide selection of all your favourite Italian dishes to take home and enjoy it with your family members from the comfort of your home. Festa Per La Famiglia Timings: Available every day from 12pm to 10pm. Location: Rosso Restaurant Relish an authentic Italian feast prepared by an Italian Chef Enrico with your family members by ordering this exclusive package from Rosso Restaurant in ART Rotana, in which you can pick one salad, one pasta, two pizza and dessert of your choice from a selected menu for only BD19 Net. Your Opportunity to Reset Get ready to pack your bags and receive 30% off on the lowest public rate. Enjoy the below rates when booking at ART Rotana. n For more information or orders, please contact +973 16000111
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Are you wondering where to get some delicious Pizza in Bahrain? We did the research so that you donâ€™t have to. Here are our followerâ€™s top picks!
In pizza, we crust!
400 Gradi Where: The Avenues 400 Gradi is a Naples-inspired restaurant launched in 2008. The restaurant offers wood-fired pizza, pastas and a wide variety of handcrafted Italian cuisine; using authentic ingredients to give guests a complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.
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Rosso Where: ART Rotana Rosso is a restaurant and bar that is known for their Italian cuisine. They offer a wide selection of authentic anti-pasti and hand stretched pizzas. The woody decor, comfortable chairs, open piazza will take you on a journey to Italy while you relax on our outdoor terrace area overlooking the dancing fountain.
Café Italia Pizzeria
Where: Seef Mall
Where: Multiple locations
Café Italia is a pizzeria located at Seef Mall. It is one of the places to find Neapolitan-style pizza. Aside from this, the restaurant also serves other Italian dishes like pastas, salads and desserts.
Domino’s Pizza is an American restaurant chain featuring a variety of ItalianAmerican mains and side dishes. Pizza is the primary focus with traditional, specialty, and custom pizzas available in a variety of crust styles and toppings. Additional entrees include pasta, bread bowls, and oven-baked sandwiches.
Where: Seef, Diplomatic Area, Saar, Enma Mall, Busaiteen, Arad & Adliya With several branches across Bahrain, Le Chocolat specializes in French pastries, artisanal desserts as well as a selection international and Bahraini dishes. The café caters to different meals of the day and is a popular choice for pizza too.
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Where: InterContinental Regency Bahrain
Where: Muharraq, Riffa, Juffair
Medzo is an Italian restaurant that serves traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. You’ll find a range of specials here; from classics such as the margherita pizza and tagliatelle tossed in squid ink to innovative dishes.
With a growing menu selection and restaurant network, MamaJoz continues to serve all flavour profiles for people on-thego. Bestselling dishes include the Classic Ultimate Pizza, Classic Meat Pizza and Special Chicken Pizza. Customers also have the choice to make their own.
Where: Hamala Hills
Where: Reef Island
The pizzas are OTTO’s main attraction; the sourdough base is made from a blend of the quality Italian stoneground flour, and a variety of innovative toppings.
Pasquale is a “Trattoria” style Italian restaurant located in Reef Island. Pasquale features a full service menu for both lunch and dinner in addition to a great selection of wines. They are known for our fresh homemade breads, pastas and of course, a selection of pizzas from the wood-burning oven.
Where: City Centre Bahrain, Durrat al Bahrain
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Pastarito’s menu is categorized into seven segments, there are appetizers, salads, pasta, risotto, pizza, steaks and desserts. A key feature of the menu is the ability to mix and match pasta and sauces. There is a wide range of pizza options - from a margherita to a napoli to a carnivora - and the risotto dishes include combinations of chicken and seafood.
Urban Slice Pizza
Where: Seef Mall
Where: Juffair, Riffa
Fatto is a pizzeria and trattoria located in Bahrain. Aside from their great selection of hand-tossed pizza, the restaurant has a range of pasta dishes.
Urban Slice, “Home of Bahrain’s Largest Pizza”, serves authentic New York Pizza to it's customers; serving the pizza pies and slices which are made using fresh ingredients and signature recipes.
Where: Multiple locations
Where: Multiple locations
Where: City Centre Bahrain
Papa John's is an American pizza restaurant franchise. The restaurant primarily takes carryout and delivery orders, although some stores have tables and chairs for dining in. Bestselling pizzas include the Super Papa, All Meat and Pepperoni.
The Pizza Hut story begins in May 1958. Dan and Frank Carney opened their 550-square foot pizza restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. Pizza Hut introduced “Pan Pizza” in 1980 throughout its network. The product, with a thicker crust made in deep pans, soon became popular. Bestsellers include the Tropical Hawaiian and Supreme Pizza.
Vapiano is an innovative European concept serving fresh homemade pasta, fire roasted pizzas and gourmet salads. Pasta, pizzas, antipasti and salads are ordered directly from the chefs at the individual stations in the middle of the Vapiano. The chefs prepare all of the dishes to order in front of the guests.
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Personality Profile How are you finding Bahrain? I absolutely love Bahrain. Not only is it a beautiful island with a rich culture, but Bahrainis also set the example for every population in the world. What’s your favourite place in Bahrain and why? My favorite place is Amwaj. Nothing beats waking up to a breathtaking sea view every day. What do you most like, and dislike, about your work? There is a lot I like about my work. Firstly, working with such a passionate, driven, and talented team is exhilarating, and makes me look forward to work every day. Marketers often say that when you believe so strongly in a brand story, it becomes natural communicating it, in the most relevant and engaging ways, which creates a rewarding experience overall. For this reason, it’s easy for me to say that there isn’t anything I don’t like about my job, I genuinely love working at AUBH.
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