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A Legacy of Greatness: HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

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Why do expats like living in Bahrain amid COVID-19?

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The Future of Mobility: Interview with Neal Coupland

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Can you use your BeAware test results to travel?

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Are digital test results allowed in Emirates?

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A Capitalist with an Agenda by Shivani

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Food Court Ethics vs. Manners

Fashion

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Chanel FW 2020 Collection

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Romantic Odyssey: Amouage

Going Out

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Escapade Deluxe at Sofitel Bahrain

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Things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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Dining at the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain

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Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

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A Legacy of Greatness A Tribute to One of the World’s Longest Serving Prime Ministers, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

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he Kingdom of Bahrain mourns the passing of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who was one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world. Today, we are honouring his memory, legacy and significant developmental achievements to the island.

Prince Khalifa has served as the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 1970, taking office over a year before Bahrain's independence on August 15, 1971. In the late 1950’s and the outset of the sixties, late HRH the Prime Minister took up many key posts like presidency of the Education Council, chairmanship of the Monetary Council and the Administrative Council and more. His assumption of a wide range of

responsibilities played an essential role in establishing the nucleus of the state’s government body, launching the development march and laying a solid foundation for Bahrain’s economic growth. HRH Prince Khalifa has served as the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 1970, taking office over a year before Bahrain's independence on August 15, 1971. During the early years of his service as a prime minister, Bahrain saw a rapid development especially when the Kingdom sought to move beyond its dependence on oil. He worked on improving the living conditions of citizens and developing various economic sectors. He was one of the leading figures in making Bahrain a financial, service and tourism hub. HRH Prince Khalifa was not only a good politician but also a charismatic person. According to our sources, he enjoyed going on walks regularly as it gave him the opportunity to meditate and ponder on the issues that concern him. He had an affinity for agriculture, horticulture and was interested in birds and wildlife. He was also interested in ancient artifacts such as weapons and cars. However, the hobby that Prince Khalifa loved was drawing and photography.

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HRH Prince Khalifa’s contributions to the Kingdom will always be remembered and he will remain an inspiration for all the years to come.

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In 2017, a new city in Bahrain was named after the Prime Minister. “Khalifa Town” was named after him in recognition of his landmark achievements and valuable contributions to the nation.

Over the years, HRH has received many accolades and awards. In 2009, he was given the Visionary Award 2009 of the Union of Arab Banks. The next year he received the Millennium Development Goals Award from the United Nations. In 2016, he became the first Arab Prime Minister to be honored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for being

among the leaders who strongly supported the use of ICT in achieving sustainable development goals. Moreover, HRH Prince Khalifa was the first Arab Prime Minister to receive the following awards: The Flame of Peace Award from the Association for the Furtherance of Peace, Austria as well as The Arab League Shield for Leadership in Arab Development. In 2017, a new city in Bahrain was named after the Prime Minister. “Khalifa Town” was named after him in recognition of his landmark achievements and valuable contributions to the nation. The “Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development” was also launched to honor his success in improving the path for development in Bahrain. HRH Prince Khalifa’s contributions to the Kingdom will always be remembered and he will remain an inspiration for all the years to come.

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Here are the tributes from some of our friends and partners:

“Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one and there are no words that can express our sorrow for his loss. The National Bank of Bahrain’s Chairman, Board of Directors, Executive Management Members and all employees send their deepest condolences on the demise of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. May his soul rest in peace.” National Bank of Bahrain “His vision towards placing the Kingdom of Bahrain on the global map was due to his foresight of achieving tremendous initiatives and cooperations.” Majid Al Futtaim “Batelco extends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and people of Bahrain on the sad demise of HRH Prince Khalifa Al Khalifa. May his soul rest in eternal peace.” Batelco “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a visionary leader – HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa.” Kalaam Telecom “We mourn the loss of an incomparable visionary, instrumental to both the nation’s development and exposure.” Dadabhai Travel “AUBH Board and Management extend sincere condolences to the Royal family and the people of Bahrain.” American University of Bahrain

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“On behalf of the ASB family, we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of his Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. May his soul rest in eternal peace.” American School of Bahrain “BSB offers its deepest condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain.” British School of Bahrain “Rotana Hotels in Bahrain mourns His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. May God rest his soul.” Rotana Hotels “HRH Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa will forever be remembered for shaping the kingdom to what it is today." My Cafe Group “Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa extends its deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Honorable Prime Minister of Bahrain.” Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa “With hearts full of sorrow, the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain offer their deepest condolences and most sincere sympathies to the Royal Family and the Bahraini people,


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on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. He remains forever in our hearts, and may he rest in eternal peace.” The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain “Heartfelt condolences on the passing of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa.” Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor “Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s management and team extend their heartfelt condolences to the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain.” Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay “Crowne Plaza Bahrain extends its deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. We honor his legacy and mourn his loss alongside the people of Bahrain.” Crowne Plaza Bahrain “Movenpick hotel Bahrain team would like to extend their deepest condolences to His Royal Highness king Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain and Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, following the passing of Bahrain's Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. God rest him in peace!” Movenpick Hotel Bahrain

of Bahrain for the loss of a great visionary.” Wyndham Grand Manama “Elite Hospitality Group extends its deepest condolences to the Royal family of Bahrain. His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was an inspirational and visionary leader who strived for peace and prosperity.” Elite Hospitality Group “InterContinental Regency extends its deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. We honor his legacy and mourn his loss alongside the people of Bahrain.” InterContinental Regency Bahrain “We remember HRH as a wonderful leader and for his unparalleled contributions to The Kingdom of Bahrain.” Royal Golf Club “Our deepest condolences to all the Bahrain Royal Family.” Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj “May Allah rest the soul of the deceased in eternal peace.” Dr Abdulla Kamal Medical Centre “Back on the Move Osteopathy extends its sincerest condolences to the Royal family and the people of Bahrain.” Back on the Move Osteopathy

“The Wyndham Grand Manama extends its sincere condolences to the Royal family and the people

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Happy in Bahrain Expats say they're happy to be in Bahrain amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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fter months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and citizens in Bahrain have become accustomed to the “new normal”. Masks have long been a part of one’s outfit of the day; while hand sanitizers a mainstay in one’s pouch. Meanwhile, those who are tired of dining at home are rejoicing over the resumption of indoor dining in the Kingdom. Schools, along with other establishments, have also reopened in light of the decrease of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom.

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These glimpses of the “old life” we once had, are also considered as signs of safety according to the expats we recently spoke with. “I am surprised at how the government swiftly responded to the virus starting the announcement of first case of COVID-19”, said James from the US. “However, I am more amazed at how the citizens and residents have full trust that the authorities’ move is for the good of the people”.

I am surprised at how the government swiftly responded to the virus starting the announcement of first case of COVID-19. The proactive measures taken early on by the concerned authorities are just one of the many reasons expats in Bahrain can rejoice and feel safe. “I feel secure. I am happy for my family here in Bahrain but I am worried for my fellow Filipinos who are in our home country right now”, said John. “We would like to plan a trip back to the Philippines but not until the virus is under control there”, he added.

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Meanwhile, Muhamed, a Pakistani national said that it would be “appreciated if Bahrain communicated more about the support they can provide for expats who have been displaced or those who work low-paying jobs”. A number of expats like Muhamed, raised their exasperation online regarding the hardships of being laid off work during the pandemic. “Our monthly bills don't stop despite us not having work. Sometimes we consider going back to our country but we feel like the safety conditions aren’t as good there”, a dilemma Ana posted on social media. Grace, an expat from India felt that the restrictions imposed in Bahrain were appropriate and proportional to the threat brought by the coronavirus. She said she’s “happy to be living here when the pandemic took place”. She also added that the healthcare system here is a “precious asset” as it is easily accessible and available to anyone. Bahrain has announced early March that COVID-19 treatment is free for both residents and citizens. The Health Ministry also conducts daily coronavirus testing for free at several health centers, sports clubs and local markets. Overall, these expats relate to one another with their hopes of Bahrain being a COVID-free country sooner than later. n


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Innocence and Experience Chanel launches its FW 2020 collection, Candeur et Expérience: Act II.

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he changing face of femininity is something that Gabrielle Chanel understood all too well, having done more than most to shape a paradigm shift rom one version of womanliness to another. And so it was in her own story, the ingénue of the convent orphanage has become the worldly Mademoiselle of Rue Cambon. Letting character dictate what is seen was a touchstone for Chanel – and similarly for Lucia Pica, CHANEL Global and Creative Makeup and Color Designer. In the CANDEUR ET EXPÉRIENCE: ACTE ll collection, Lucia Pica plays with different ideas of character and femininity mainly through the medium of the colour most associated with the gender: pink. Here, the duality of women and femininity is emphasised, from innocence to experience. Pink is subverted, moving from a petulant innocence to provocation and transgression, travelling away from the merely pretty, to be something far more audacious and radical. This collection takes as its starting point LES 4 OMBRES eyeshadow palette Candeur et Expérience, from LE ROUGE • COLLECTION N°1 of Fall 2016. Wanting to explore the connotations, concepts and meanings behind the palette further, Lucia Pica builds a whole collection expanding on the themes of this product. From the dewy ingénue pink of the BAUME ESSENTIEL Rosée, to the stark dualities of light and dark femininity in LE VERNIS, the recurring passage from innocence to experience is evoked. n

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Romantic Odyssey Amouage has revealed its Renaissance Collection.

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arking the birth of a new era in the company’s history, Amouage has revealed its Renaissance Collection. Narrating a key chapter in the brand’s odyssey to paradise, the collection features four alluring fragrances, Enclave, Crimson Rocks, Ashore and Meander, each depicting Amouage’s romantic interpretation of encountering pure joy. Drawing inspiration from its home country, the Sultanate of Oman, these sophisticated blends of exquisitely contrasting scents are a liberating force of imagination created by internationally renowned perfumers including Domitille Michalon-Bertier (Crimson Rocks), Mackenzie Reilly (Ashore and Meander) and Julien Rasquinet (Enclave). The Renaissance Collection arouses a surging emotion of inner connectivity drawn from the Sultanate’s breathtaking nature, evoking its picturesque contours, colors and essence. The unique experiential aesthetic of the fragrances is further accentuated by beautifully coloured translucent bottles and artistic boxes, presenting their owners with a work of art. n The Renaissance Collection is available in all Amouage boutiques and distributors worldwide and can be purchased online at www.amouage.com.

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The Future of

Mobility Interview with Neal Coupland, Sports Partnership Director at NEOM.

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arlier this year, NEOM entered a long-term partnership as Principal Partner of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team (MBFE). The partnership will serve to drive knowledge transfer and development of sustainable technology and mobility in alignment with Saudi vision 2030. We talked to Neal Coupland, Sports Partnership Director at NEOM to know more. What was the vision behind the NEOM-Mercedes-Benz EQ’s partnership? The NEOM-Mercedes-Benz EQ partnership is founded on a shared vision to pursue pioneering ideas, accelerating our bold ambitions to create a land of the future where the greatest minds are empowered to exceed boundaries. We are excited to be working with an organisation with such a rich heritage in sport who share our values, championing sustainability in support of

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Feature the world’s first net carbon zero sport and leading advances in technology and engineering, seeking to pioneer the at-scale use of electric vehicles in everyday life. With the announcement of the partnership, development programs were outlined. How will these contribute to the global sports landscape and the region’s positioning? At NEOM one of major aims is to inspire a community of pioneers and nurture the next generation of talent. The partnership with Mercedes-Benz EQ will provide vital knowledge sharing opportunities through our graduate GrOW program, which enables young Saudis to undertake placements with the MercedesBenz motorsport team giving them invaluable experience to take back to NEOM.

We will also work together with the Mercedes-Benz EQ team to roll out a Driver Development Programme early next year, for talented junior drivers in the Kingdom. What are your expectations for the team’s performance in season 7, which will be the first as an FIA World Championship? We can’t wait for the season to start and are excited to see the team in action. They certainly held their own during their first season in Formula E, finishing on a high with a fantastic first and second finish at the Berlin E-Prix. We are particularly looking forward to the Diriyah E-Prix taking place in February, welcoming Formula E and the Mercedes-Benz EQ team to our home race! What do you think is the future of green mobility in the region?

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NEOM is committed to working in harmony with the environment. Through our partnership with MercedesBenz EQ we are looking to lead the way in the adoption of electric vehicles. Taking key learnings from Formula E and Mercedes-Benz EQ we will implement the latest technology in green mobility. What opportunities are you looking forward to exploring with NEOM in the next few years? We have an exciting opportunity here at NEOM to create a unique sport and physical recreation ecosystem, focusing on the bespoke needs of elite athletes and residents across a wide range of sports. We aim to push the boundaries of sporting achievement using the latest advances in technology and science.

We are based in a location which allows us to offer world-class adventure sport activities in a fully sustainable environment. In addition to this we are also focused on creating a regional hub for e-sports, with our state-of-the-art immersive academy. From grassroots to high-performance sport NEOM will unite communities, create exceptional liveability and contribute to a thriving economy becoming a centre of sporting excellence and a major participant in the world’s sporting landscape. n In other news, The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is ready for its second season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. This will commence Season 7 in the all-electric race series with an unchanged lineup, featuring the driver pairing of Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne.


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ccording to Gulf Air, if you are flying out of the Kingdom of Bahrain and your final destination requires a PCR test result, you may visit one of the accredited hospitals below to issue results for travel.

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The test result that is available on your BeAware Bahrain app can also be used, as stated on their website. n

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Let Your Walls Speak This Bahrainbased shop lets you customize your own posters, canvases and more!

layouts’ where we personally design an empty wall with frames and posters of your liking digitally so that you can view it before buying the posters/canvases/ frames. Furthermore, we make customized gift boxes that you can send to your loved ones that include a frame/ poster of your choice, stickers, personalized letters and anything else you'd like to incorporate.

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ell us a bit about Posters Arena, what motivated you to create this? Poster Area is an online business on Instagram that sells customised frames, canvases, stickers, posters and more!

What/who does your cause support? We first started out as two university friends who needed to make a little money, to somewhat help us during this difficult time but as the business grew further, we started to donate our profits to the less fortunate. Since then we've donated a percentage of our profits to the Lebanon Red Cross and are hopefully going to do the same with Breast Cancer awareness this month.

We are two partners: Elizabeth Anne and Mazen Magdi who both moved into new houses during the same year. One thing we both noticed was that the houses were plain, simple and almost incomplete. There was no dynamic in the design and so an idea clicked. We decided to start this business to hopefully turn people's houses into their own personal homes, at an affordable price of course!

Why should people buy from you? People should purchase our products because we provide high quality products that come at affordable prices and our main priority lies in our customers. We always do our best to help out our customers with their needs; we reply to messages round the clock and provide fast delivery.

What services do you offer? We offer custom canvases, frames, posters, stickers and any other print you need. We also make ‘custom

Where can our readers check your products? You can find our products and have them customized according to your liking on Instagram @posterarena.bh n

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Emirates Can you use your digital PCR test results to travel via Emirates?

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fter our months of staying at home, a handful of international travel options are finally opening back up with conditions. Here are some important guidelines you should take note of if you’re travelling via Emirates.


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If you are connecting in Dubai: The COVID‑19 PCR test is no longer required for all passengers – it is only mandatory for those arriving from the following countries or/and when the destination country requires it: • Middle East and Africa: Angola, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Syria, Eritrea, Kenya, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Lebanon, Israel • Europe: Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, Malta, Georgia, Ukraine, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Moldova • Asia: Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Philippine, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan • North America: USA – only passengers originating from or transiting through California, Florida or Texas • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile

Taking a PCR Test • If Dubai is your final destination, you must take a negative COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure and bring the certificate to check‑in. This includes passengers connecting in Dubai from certain destinations. • The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. • The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. • Bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check‑in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight.

Test exemptions: Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.

COVID 19 testing laboratories: • The UAE government has specified designated laboratories. You can either use the recommended laboratories in the list or any trusted and certified laboratories in your country of origin to get your COVID 19 PCR test. • If you are flying from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight. n

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A capitalist with an agenda

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aving started my journey into activism at the age of 20, I got myself into a world I had no prior connection with. From designing and running social media awareness campaigns, to accidentally becoming a “food blogger�, it was all new, exciting, and eye-opening.

As activists, I think the notion of making money through activism is almost a social taboo outside the motif of donations. However, I think I started off strong with my campaign, in that, I was working with businesses in the angle of promoting their products. Essentially offering marketing services in exchange for monetary sponsorships which I used to raise awareness over different online platforms, workshops, and talks which I conducted for free aimed at the public.

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It probably has to do with my economics background, seeing as I evaluate the world and my decisions through the model of opportunity costs (what you must forgo in order to get something). The innate fault in that is it’s not as scientific of an approach being that we are irrational human beings. However, I admit this, along with my entrepreneurial mindset, helped me incorporate financial benefits into my social work and convince various stakeholders in the campaign of the same.

efficiently utilized to meet my objective of increasing awareness and consumption of plant-based food. My solution was to leverage knowledge, trends, and data to help businesses expand plant-based and sustainable offerings. Thus encouraging and enabling people to make better choices for their health and the planet while making it profitable for businesses to do so. I’d like to think I’ve seamlessly transitioned from activist to a capitalist with an agenda. n

Two years and many shifts in strategy later, I focused more on the importance of economic forces to enable social movement. This is what I’ve learned; as activists we raise awareness through educating people on different social issues and hope they change behavior

As activists, I think the notion of making money through activism is almost a social taboo outside the motif of donations.

or consumption. However, capitalism is always one step ahead as they have abundant resources to maintain or sway public opinion and “control” or at it’s worst, have a higher propensity to influence behavior and consumption through subconscious mass advertising tactics, lobbying state and national policies in their interests at the detriment of public and environmental health. The plant-based sector is steadily growing, so I had to ask myself, where my time and resources are most

Shivani Sathasivam is an economist, marketer and an expert on plant based business and living. She is the founder of Plant Based Bahrain & New Normal Consultancy.

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Rivaaj Street Food Night Price: BD25net food only When: Every Friday Time: 7PM – 11PM Where: Rivaaj Restaurant

Grand Friday Brunch Returns! Price: BD36net with unlimited selected beverages Time: 12:30PM – 3:30PM When: Every Friday Where: Saraya, Fiamma and Rivaaj Restaurants Starting from BD36 net inclusive of selected beverages, enjoy top notch indoor or alfresco dining experiences, surrounded with full #ALLsafe measures and adhering to complete Ministry of Health safety guidelines. For bookings, please call or WhatsApp ‪3888 5789.‬‬

Dig into a scrumptious array of spice infused dishes that will unlock India’s rich gastronomic history with every bite. Experience the eventful evening with your family in the elegant and sophisticated indoor dining area or opt in for al fresco dining experience under the stars in Rivaaj’s breathtaking glittery terrace. For bookings, please call or WhatsApp ‪3888 5789.‬‬

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Things to Do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Thai Lounge

What to do and where to eat! Check the Primavera Pop-Up A modern take on the Italian trattoria, Primavera Al Fresco’s menu feature signature dishes by Chef Delfino Chiarello and his dedicated team, including staples such as homemade pasta and specialty dishes that spotlight an innovative fusion of Italian and local flavors. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays until November 28, 5 pm to 11 pm.

Embark on a culinary journey to Mexico at Cantina Kahlo Join us as we take you on a culinary journey to Mexico at Cantina Kahlo with authentic dishes that are both modern and traditional. The menu 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. Open daily except Sundays. Weekdays, 4 pm to midnight. Weekends, 1 pm to midnight

Relax by the beach at La Plage Indulge in an enticing menu of Arabian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine at the al fresco restaurant, just off the beach. The casual restaurant and Bar de La Plage

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La Plage


Going Out place to satisfy your cravings. The French-inspired menu is 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.

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. The lounge features live DJ entertainment throughout most evenings giving the opportunity to unwind while listening to chill-out tunes in a casual ambience. Cantina Kahlo

offers a touch of the Mediterranean to Manama, alongside a mixology menu that is inspired by the world’s most famous beaches. Open daily, 10 am to 10 pm for hotel guests and members; open from 7 pm to 10 pm for other guests.

Immerse yourself in Indian traditions at Nirvana Experience an elevated dining experience at the Indian restaurant that meshes a fine-dining setting with traditional cuisine. Platters sizzle with grilled seafood and kebabs, and bowls piled high with aromatic rice and curries. Open daily except Saturdays. Lunch: 12 pm to 4 pm / Dinner: 7 pm to 11 pm

Satisfy your sweet cravings at The Ritz Gourmet Lounge The splendid royal ambiance with an old-world classic menu makes The Ritz Gourmet Lounge the perfect

Open daily except Mondays. Weekdays, 4 pm to midnight. Weekends, 12 pm to midnight

Enjoy a relaxing moment at the Lobby Lounge Oversized sofas and exquisite melodies from a classical trio provide the perfect environment in which to relax over a world-famous Ritz-Carlton afternoon tea. The traditional high tea is served daily in the Lobby Lounge along with light snacks and beverages. Open daily, 12 pm to 11 pm

Settle in for a sophisticated evening at Burlington Club The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has a dedicated cigar lounge with a cellar of premium malts, cognacs and vintage wines; arguably the most extensive in the country. Burlington boasts a freestanding humidor stocked with premium cigars and a panoramic view of the magnificent gardens. Open daily except Sundays, 5 pm to 2 am n For reservations, please call 17586499.

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Dining at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Here are the most scrumptious offers you can enjoy with your loved ones! The Freshest Catch of the Day at Silks When: Every Monday, 7PM to 11PM Price: BD25 Experience a unique medley of super succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch, every Monday on Seafood Night at Silk’s Restaurant. What makes it an ideal night out for seafood lovers? The finest and freshest selection of popular, traditional seafood cuisines does!

Business Lunch Formula at The Gallery When: From 12:30PM to 3:30PM Price: BD8 net The Lobby Lounge is the perfect location for business meetings or a catch up on the day’s activities with colleagues and friends. Accompanied by live music in the evenings from Sunday to Thursday, guests can expect soulful nights

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Going Out amidst soft lights that complement the majestic backdrop for an evening wind-down over bespoke wines and cocktails.

Flaming Thursdays at Silks

Turkey will be served alongside herbaceous stuffing, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts and creamed mashed potato. The feast will be topped off with End your traditional pumpkin and pecan pie.

Flaming Thursday is a great place to meet with friends! Join the newly innovated theme night every Thursday night to enjoy a vast range of grills, flamegrilled meats and sizzling bites all in one place.

Thanksgiving weekend will be celebrated through Flaming Thursdays on the 26th November from 7 pm to 11 pm at BHD 34 net per person, inclusive of dinner and unlimited beverages. Friday Brunch from 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm at BHD 38 net inclusive of unlimited beverages.

Award-winning Brunch at Silks

Christmas Brunch at Silks

When: Every Thursday, 7PM to 11PM Price: BD34 net

When: Every Friday and Saturday, 12:30PM to 4PM Price: BD38 net

When: December 25, 12:30PM to 5PM Price: BD43 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

Savour an incredible festive feast, while chefs will be on hand to rustle up favourite dishes, delivering a perfect culinary experience. Like every year, Movenpick promises to make your Christmas as

more, many of which will be cooked live. Also, get entertained throughout the brunch, with the resident DJ and live band, preforming the latest and best musical hits.

magical as it gets and to fill your day with nothing but happiness whilst listening to Christmas carols and uplifting music.

Al Fresco Dining by the Poolside

Where: Silk’s & The Gallery Lobby Lounge (Seating) Price: BD59 net inclusive of arrival drinks reception, unlimited selected beverages, sparkling and lavish dinner.

Price: BD12 net Take in the refreshing outdoors, taste your favourite bites while watching live football matches on our large screen. To add to your evening an extra satisfaction, order your table BBQ and grill it the way you like it by the poolside. Enjoy live band by our resident band preforming every Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 11pm whilst enjoying cocktails and delicious bites.

Thanksgiving weekend celebration On 26th and 27th November, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain invites you and your loved ones to celebrate a blissful feast. For the main course, hand-carved

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain is throwing another spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and a night full of excitement and posh atmosphere. Experience a 17th-century renaissance style evening in your most concealing masks and lavish outfits. The evening soirée will begin from 7.30 PM to 2.00 AM at the Gallery Lobby lounge and Silk’s restaurant. n

For bookings, please call +973 17460017 or email hotel.bahrain.fb@movenpick.com

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A Great Escape We’ve had the most relaxing and luxurious staycation at Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor!

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ith travel being a headache nowadays, residents like us seek a relaxing change of scene while also staying safe amid the pandemic.

Bahrain is a tiny island and honestly, the options for getaways are quite limited especially if you’ve been here for a while. But did you know that you can have a one-of-a-kind escape without leaving the Kingdom? A few minutes west of Bahrain, Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor is a kiss of paradise – a beautiful destination tucked away from the hustle bustle of the city center.

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There are three kinds of villas that cater to different guests: Desert Pool Villa, Royal Pool Villa and the Family Pool Villa.

The resort boasts 78 uniquely designed pool villas that feature an open air heated swimming pool and jet-pool, a sprawling master bedroom, and en-suite facilities that include an oversized infinity bathtub. There are three kinds of villas that cater to different guests: Desert Pool Villa, Royal Pool Villa and the Family Pool Villa.

Arriving at the hotel The check-in process was just as seamless as all of our previous stays. We were greeted with friendly staff who looked after us exceptionally until check-out. We admired the beautiful waterways and scenic ambiance on our way to our villa. The sounds of nature accompanied us while we excitedly waited for what is yet to come!

Enjoying the amenities Our villa left us mesmerized with its Arabian charm and sophistication. It was a beautiful blend of classic Middle Eastern architecture and stylish contemporary accents. But what we really loved about the villa was the privacy that it evoked – staying there felt very intimate without feeling confined.

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The in-villa amenities were superb and the expanse of the place was just what we needed for a time to disconnect. We spent a couple of hours lounging in or by the picturesque pool and listening to birds chirping!

Indulging in the cuisine We had our meals brought to us in the villa. Our server, Rio, even put on a performance for us! We had a massive seafood platter along with some refreshing mocktails for dinner. For breakfast, we had one of the highlights of our stay – the floating breakfast. It was beautifully laid out and was very Instagram-mable! This type of breakfast is popular in hotels in Bali but we were very impressed that it is also available in Bahrain!

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Overall, our stay at Al Areen was one of the best (if not, the best) getaways we’ve had without having to jump on a plane. Everything including the smallest of details was just perfect. We had a chance to recharge after a very busy week so the experience was priceless. With the world remaining very travel-prohibitive at the moment, why not try a relaxing escape at Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor? They have an amazing package right now with 30% off on the best available rates! n For bookings call +973 1784 5000 or

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By the Pool Missing the poolside? Check out these two cool offers at Downtown Rotana!

Dip & Dine - Downtown Rotana

Dip & Dine Soak in the sun, enjoy your favourite bites and take a dip in the pool while you visit Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club at Downtown Rotana. Avail your daily access to the outdoor rooftop swimming pool and indulge in a free lunch specially designed for you with options from the customized Sundeck Pool Bar menu for only BD 9.5 net. Available on weekdays and weekends.

'Let's MEAT Again’ Friday Brunch Sunset BBQ by the pool - Downtown Rotana

Sunset BBQ by the pool Chill by the pool and celebrate your private gathering with your family and friends at Downtown Rotana! Great times await you at Sundeck Pool Bar while you enjoy amazing outdoor ambience and delicious BBQ options that will please all tastes.

Join every Friday from 12:30 pm until 4pm for a fine dining experience. In which, you will be able to order all your heart desires and stomach can bear from an extensive menu that is directly served to your plate. l BD 22 Net with non-alcoholic drinks package or l BD 32 Net with unlimited drink package. l BD 11 Net for kids between 6 & 12 years, while

kids below 6 can dine for free. n For more information, contact +973 1313 9999.

Book your private gathering with minimum of 10 people and maximum of 20 people with prices starting from only BD 12 net.

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Staycation Deals! Elite Group’s Autumn packages are a real treat to all! Enjoy these promotions valid until 31st December!

Elite Resort & Spa Price: BD39 net for a 1-bedroom suit and BD60 net for a 2-bedroom suite Elite Resort & Spa overlooking the sea promises the most exciting and relaxing atmosphere. The spacious one bed room suite offers a real value for money at only BD39 net per night inclusive of taxes and service charge, Wi-Fi and packed breakfast for two persons in the suite. The elegant 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 Seef Residence Hotel Price: BD33 per night Explore this special offer with friends and family at the Elite Seef Residence Hotel! Their one and two-bedroom family suite are elegantly furnished in modern leather interiors. It has a fully equipped modular kitchen, lavish bathrooms, a home theatre system and 24 hour personalized room service with special menus offering lavish choices with great value. The one-bedroom suite starts at BD33 net per night including taxes and service charge, inclusive of Wi-Fi and breakfast meal for two persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices.

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Price: BD60 net per night Elite Grande Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Seef area, close to the largest shopping complex on the island. The two-bedroom family suite is a perfect place for those who want to relax while being close to the shopping centers in Bahrain! The two bed room suite starts at BD60 net including taxes and service charge, Wi-Fi and breakfast meal for four persons with hot beverages and selected fresh juices. n For bookings and more details please call: +973 17 558 200 or visit website: www.elitegrouphotels.com


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Food Court Ethics vs. Manners You've seen it; and you’ve probably done it, too: I’m talking about leaving a tray of wrappers and leftover food at a mall's food court.

away his, and my other friend left everything there looking like a tornado went through it. Being me, I had to call him out on it (in what can only be described as banter in colorful vocabulary); he argued that the person cleaning has a job indoors, in air-conditioning, and is able to support themselves and their families by clearing tables; and if everybody cleaned up after themselves, they'd lose their bread and butter…. Interesting.... I never thought of it from that perspective before; I'm a firm believer of assimilation and not expecting my culture or my way of life to be accommodated when I travel or move; as hard as it was not to clean up after myself, I always understood that that’s how it’s done here.

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ow that Covid restrictions are loosening and indoor dining is open again; I ventured out with friends to wander aimlessly at one of the malls, just like we did in the pre-Corona days. After smelling all the candles and window shopping at every store, we ended up at the food court and ordered a feast from the fast food joints there. When we finished, I collected my trash and neatly placed it on my tray; my friend got up and threw

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My other friend disagreed, using language and calling us names that I cannot directly quote here; he argued that it’s about manners and cleanliness. The drive home was interesting as the debate continued; all the points were valid and I didn’t believe any of us was in the wrong here, but I definitely did not expect the day to end with a debate on malls’ food court ethics and manners. n By Bahrain Food Reviews BFR is a food blogger and meme connoisseur /bahrainfoodreviews /Bahrain.food.reviews


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Turning Over a New Leaf 52-year old Bahraini homemaker, Balqees Abdulla recounts how going vegan saved her life.

“I

had read that eliminating dairy from one’s diet helps,” says Balqees who decided to embrace veganism owing to chronic health issues. She had suffered from uterus related complications for 10 long years, leading to anemia. But only four months after she switched to a plant-based diet, her results came back normal. It’s been almost four years since she turned over a new leaf (pun intended) and Balqees is loving her new life.

Balqees realized that a vegan diet not only kept her illness away and test results in check but also made her feel better.

Lifestyle changes can be challenging and Balqees admits that she did face some discouragement especially at family gatherings when she would be forced to try out non-vegetarian dishes. “I used to oblige and take small bites only to feel guilty and sluggish the next day.” Balqees realized that a vegan diet not only kept her illness away and test results in check but also made her feel better; she was far more

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active, slept better and got rid of hair fall problems. These reasons motivated her to continue on the green path. Balqees recalls that she didn’t face any difficulties in terms of resources. “Vegan ingredients are easily available at reasonable prices in supermarkets in Bahrain,” she says, adding that the island is also home to many vegan restaurants including Plant Café in Hamala, Anais Café in Bu Ghazal and Eighty Thirty in Al Aali Mall. There are brands such as @chocoolatemaker on Instagram that deliver homecooked vegan meals including desserts and offer weekly and monthly packages too. The internet is a treasure-trove of recipes and Balqees started following Instagram accounts including @vegan. onlynajla, @vegan_nutrition_ and @loly_vegan where she got useful tips, which helped her create her own dishes. “There are a lot of alternatives,” she says, “from meatless burgers, nuggets and hotdogs to non-dairy cheese and milk (soya, almond and oats).” Balqees’ family is a huge fan of her vegan cakes, ice creams and chocolates but Balqees on the other hand prefers to stick to her salads and vegetables. She also recommends using less oil, and eliminating refined sugar and white flour from one’s diet. n The article is based on an interview by Melissa Nazareth


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La Merienda This ‘Ube Queso Pandesal’ is taking over Bahrain’s foodie Instagram!

homemade ube (purple yam) filling. The yam requires time and patience to get the right consistency. It takes me around 40 to 60 minutes to cook the ube itself. Even my bread dough took me 20 tries to perfect!

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andesal is the quintessential bread roll of the Philippines; it is soft and fluffy and covered with breadcrumbs. La Merienda’s version of the classic bread has an irresistible flavor profile and an IG-worthy presentation. Just recently, we had the chance to talk to Maria Veronilla, La Merienda’s owner to know more. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What inspired you to create "La Merienda"? My name is Maria. I am 25-years-old and I'm the owner of La Merienda. ‘La Merienda’ started from my love for cooking and baking. The ube queso pandesal along with the other pastries I bake, used to be my meriendas (snacks). What is so special about your "Ube Queso Pandesal"? The whole thing is special since everything was made from scratch. However, what stands out most is my

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There are a lot of home bakers in Bahrain offering their products at the moment, what makes you stand out from the rest? Creativity and passion. I try to revive and recreate old recipes and give them a twist as much as possible. The goodies that I come up with in La Merienda are actually inspired by either what I have enjoyed eating in the past or something that is underrated in the market. I'm looking at what everyone else is doing and I do the complete opposite. I do my best to be different, daring and inspirational. Do you have any tips for aspiring bakers? No one is born to be a great baker, one learns by doing. Experiment on old recipes and try to recreate them with your personal stamp. You'll never get bored when you try something new since limitations only exist if you let them. Where can our readers purchase your products? My products are currently available at Foodlab in Riffa and Indulge in Arad, Muharraq. On a different note, where is your favorite place in Bahrain and why? Zallaq. I grew up here and I love how tranquil the place is. It's like the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, plus, I love the beach! n


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Name:

Amal Darwish

Profession:

Marketing and Community Affairs Manager at the American School of Bahrain (Founding Member)

A short talk with interesting people living in Bahrain!

Nationality: Bahraini

Personality Profile What made you want to pursue a career in marketing? I always had a passion for arts and creativity, but I also had a huge interest in analysis and processing Information. Hence, marketing was the perfect career for me because it satisfies my cravings for creativity and simultaneously allows me to analyze, plan and action. How is marketing in the education sector different? What makes it special? Working in the educational sector in itself is satisfying. Watching children learn happily and grow every day is very exciting. I find that to be especially true in the American School of Bahrain where students are provided with a very positive environment to learn and improve. Hence, I feel like I am working to “promote” a bigger cause; supporting education and helping parents find the suitable school for their children. In addition, I often find that children have a lot to teach us as adults. We all need, from time to time, to visit our inner child and keep it alive! How do you find balance between your professional and personal life? I love what I do and it makes it possible for me to multitask and enjoy the two worlds! Besides that, I make sure that I dedicate enough time for my friends and family and of course I try to treat myself

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with a good “me time!”. This is when I practice my hobbies and feed my different interests. Having some balance helps you function better at work and at your everyday life. Can you recommend a must-try experience when visiting Bahrain? If you are new to Bahrain (or even if you are not!), try driving or walking through the old Bahraini villages. Speak to the traditional Bahraini people and experience the simple and less-sophisticated side of the modern lifestyle in this country. This will give you a relaxing state of mind and will help you discover the true essence of Bahrain. What’s one thing you can never live without? Faith would be the one thing I could never let go. With faith, everything else falls where it should be. Favorite book: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. This book is for Brene Brown who I admire. A saying/motto that you live by: “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” Chuck Palahniuk. n


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