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The winds have taken a pleasant turn and Bahrain is set to welcome the festive season. In fact, your favourite hotels have already begun their annual tree lightings with carol singing, mulled wine, ginger bread, Santa and more (check out the detailed calendar in this edition)!

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The Kingdom will also celebrate its 46th National Day this month and there’s load’s to enjoy during the upcoming holidays including National Day brunches, festive dinners and NYE parties (see our back pages). Bahrain has come a long way thanks to the lovely people who call it home. In this edition, we feature some exceptional Bahrain-based talent and also bring you the scoop on local entertainment.

Photographer Shareef Panhatt Admin & Finance Nikesh Pola Distribution Mohammed Yousif Mohammed Shareef P Rafnaj KP

This issue also packs winter wedding trends right from fashion to honeymoon destinations. Don’t miss our competition pages! And until we meet again next year, enjoy and stay safe!

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Contents DECEMBER 2016 • ISSUE 168 Online edition at

Festive Fun 70 79 86 87

Brunches & Dinners NYE – Bring in 2017 Festive Cupboard – Secret sauce to spice up Christmas Winter Desserts

Essential Listings

100 Recommended


Restaurants, Nightspots, Essential Info, Beauty Spots and Spas, Sports and Fitness Clubs, and Other Associations.

Juicy Pickings 12 20 47 82

Not to be Missed In Pictures: Photography in Bahrain WIN! WIN! WIN! Exciting Offers – Dining, Spas & More

Winter Weddings 34 42 44

Bridal Gown trends What Men Want? Beauty & Accessories




31 Days of beauty offers


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House of Noir London


his December, Fuel Events in association with House of Noir, one of London’s most exclusive invitation-only theatrical event concepts, will bring Noir Privé, the most sensual masquerade ball of our age, to Bahrain and the GCC for the first time. Britt Sanja Jusic, Founder & CEO of House of Noir, will fly down spectacular, top London performers and one of London’s most internationally recognised female DJs for this event. The DJ will play her unique blend of deep bass house sounds. House of Noir launched in London, in 2012, and within a short span of time had a massive fan following. In fact quite a few event organisers even ‘copied the ideas’. “What set us apart from most others at the time is that we offered unique, immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experiences complete with visuals, sounds, scents, sensual fire acts and more,” says Britt. “Guests were not mere spectators but enjoyed interacting with the performers.” That is something Britt

hrain Launch What: Noir Privé Ba Adliya Where: Café Italia, ber When: 8th Decem

A still from one of the luxurious, spectacular acts by House of Noir, in London 12 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

has maintained in all her shows to this day. For instance, one of the, usually 7 to 10, dancers may present a personalised card or rose to a guest. She may even lead a guest from his or her seat to the dance floor. “Our performers don’t limit themselves to the stage but gracefully glide among the guests to get them involved.”

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Soon after tasting success in London, House of Noir launched Noir Privé, an international concept, in quite a few places including Zurich and Dubrovnik. Noir Privé even caters to clients looking to host exclusive private and corporate events. House of Noir’s exclusive soirees witness around 200 to 300 guests, all VVIPs. It’s also worth mentioning that the performances are carefully created, pre written and well rehearsed, highlighting the brand’s commitment to quality.

with new ideas is what she most loves about her job. “I hate sorting the data base though,“ she adds. The creative entrepreneur admits to have learned a lot about the business along the way. For instance she used to be afraid of accepting big investments. “Handling investors’ money is a responsibility, which brought with it a certain pressure to ensure a successful event,” she says. Today, Britt is confident than ever before and leads a carefully recruited, highly skilled team few of which will accompany her during her visit to Bahrain for the much-awaited launch – stay tuned!

An artist at heart, Britt thoroughly enjoys what she does and tells us that coming up

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events SWEET JILLY DESIGNS This festive season, buy an Eastern inspired tunic for a good cause! Jill Boggiss, who lives on the Island, is a lover of all things fashion. She fell in love with the vibrant textiles from the many stores in Bahrain, and creative tailoring found here, when she came to the Kingdom 9 years ago. Jill then decided to fashion stylish clothes for ladies who want something special, not run of the ‘mall’, but can’t wade through the fabric stores themselves, and who want a piece that wont cost the earth. She got together with a few tailors and recently even organised a charity pop up, ‘Kaftans for a Cause’, the proceeds of which were used toward Bahrain’s popular ‘Biryani Party’. In the future, Jill hopes to combine her love for fashion with her other two passions – photography and travel – and focus her collections around the places she visits. “I also love to use pre-loved pieces of fabric,” she says. “People have donated scarves for up cycling and I’ve been given pieces of embroidery cut from pieces of Indian clothing no longer worn. I love the idea of something so loved it’s impossible to throw it away. These elements will be part of the next collection, so, if you have any you don’t want and are happy to raise some funds to keep the party going, let me know!”

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Missed For more events, brunches & parties, turn to pages 100 & 106

Sweet Jilly Designs

BAHRAIN’S VAN GOGH TRIBUTE Starry Night My City is an initiative bringing 78 artists across the world together in an attempt to pay a humble tribute to master painter, Vincent van Gogh. 20 artists, living in the Kingdom, contributed of which 3 created a van Gogh version of iconic spots in Bahrain. Blessi George, who conceived the idea, painted the Manama skyline, Bernice Coelho painted the Tree of Life and Annin Jacob painted the Riffa Clock Tower. The Bahrain based artists hope to organise an exhibition in the near future, displaying their works.

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Clean Up Bahrain is a new social initiative by Ahmed Khan, a Pakistani living in Bahrain. The 17-year old has a detailed 5-year plan for his non-governmental, not-for-profit initiative, which hopes to transform Bahrain’s environment through recycling, reducing pollution, erecting lawns and educating the masses. Ahmed implores individuals, business organisations and the government to support this endeavor. (Editor’s Note: Ministry approvals for Clean Up Bahrain’s NGO status were in progress when the magazine went to press)

Missed For more events, brunches & parties, turn to pages 100 & 106

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GREEN AWARENESS DAY As part of its Wyndham Green programme, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands will host a Green Awareness Day on Friday, 2nd December, 9am till 4pm at the hotel lobby. All are welcome for a day of fun filled family friendly activities: a quiz booth and nature movie, a nature material booth, a garbage handicrafts booth, and a garbage handicrafts competition. Submit your handicrafts, made from recycled materials, to Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands until 2nd December, 9am to 2pm, and stand the chance to win a prize plus a 50 percent off on Friday Brunch at Citrus-All Day Dining.

ARTEASTIQ BY JAWAD GROUP Jawad Group brings a new art-jamming concept to Bahrain. Arteastiq, at Jawad Dome in Sa’ar, invites you to unleash the creativity within. The chic art studio can accommodate up to 46 guests and is open to all ages. We are told that the idea is based on a Singaporean practice, which engages 16 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

Getting artsy at Arteastiq

Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands management with the housekeeping associates & Inset: A fruit basket crafted using cardboard from toilet paper rolls, by the Housekeeping Team, in an inter departmental handicrafts recycling competition organised by the hotel.

co-workers in artistic activities to increase interaction and bonding. The same could even apply to friends and couples. Arteastiq Social Painting Studio Bahrain is a great venue for corporate team-building events, children’s parties and ladies’ nights. A 3-hour session including art supplies (canvas too) plus one beverage is priced at BD13.5 and for every extra hour you pay BD1.5.


Frances Stafford, who lived in Bahrain for six years but now shuttles between Berlin and Bahrain, launched her new fashion label, Black Anaar, on the island. The symbol of Black Anaar’s eponym, created in Bahrain, comes from the myth surrounding the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and the subsequent first dressing of Adam and Eve. The name was fostered by the contemporary myth that Sumerians described Bahrain (ancient Dilmun) as the Garden of Paradise. The ‘Anaar’ - meaning pomegranate in Farsi, Urdu, Hindi and other ancient languages, was later changed to an ‘Apple’ for Western indoctrination. Originating in the region between the Himalayas and Egypt, the pomegranate tree has been cultivated since ancient times in the Arabian Peninsula. The pomegranate shared symbolic commonalities between nations and religions through its connection to the divine, femininity, and cycles. The reference to Black alludes to mystery, the alternative and the subversive. It is this reference to sharing and appropriation between cultures, traditions, global patterns and modes of expression that is explored in the label.


events What: Artie’s Festival (Music Concert) When: 9th December, 7pm onwards Where: Bahrain National Theatre Tickets: Virgin Megastore

Not To Be

Missed For more events, brunches & parties, turn to pages 100 & 106

What: Choco & Coffee Expo When: 8th to 10th December Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre Tel: +973 1755 8800

What: ‘Brushless’ Art Exhibition When: 5th to 26th December Where: Mashq Art Space Tel: +973 1700 4522

What: ‘Little Island Big Fort’ Book Launch When: 3rd December, 4pm Where: Bahrain National Museum Info: What: Little Island Market When: 2-3 Dec, 9-10 Dec, 16-17 Dec, 23-24 Dec and 30-31 Dec Where: Al Marassi Email:

What: Fort Camp (Kids’ & Adults’ Workshops including Bahraini Perfumes Workshop) When: 8th & 9th December, 4pm to 9pm Where: Bahrain National Museum Info: What: ‘Memories’ Art Exhibition When: 4th to 11th December Where: La Fontaine Courtyard Gallery Email:

Popular Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the Middle East, Brave Combat Federation, returns! After a successful first event, the second will feature talented fighters from across the world including those from Bahrain, Brazil, Philippines, India, Russia, and the USA.

What: City Centre Bahrain’s Winter Tales When: 9th December to 10th January Following the success of ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Cinderella’, City Centre Bahrain will host its third seasonal Winter Tale campaign ‘Alice in Wonderland’, promising a totally immersive and interactive experience for all ages.

One of the artworks of Maya Jashanmal Lalvani, which will be on display at La Fontaine

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What: Brave 2 “Dynasty” When: December 2, 2016 Where: Khalifa Sports City Tickets: Virgin Megastore/all SADAD kiosks in Bahrain Info:


Bahrain’s Best

Photoshoot Locations Some of the island’s top photographers share their favourites.


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The former HSBC bank headquarters tucked away in Manama souq. This rustic door engraved with trading seals reminiscent of the Dilmun era offers a historical backdrop which beautifully contrasts the modern take on fashion.

Meet the face behind Bahrain Confidential’s stunning front covers! Yulia is a media sales manager during the day but spends most of her days off shooting (with her camera of course!). The social butterfly loves Bab Al Bahrain and Manama souq for their exotic, hidden locations and authenticity. She also loves photographing outside Bahrain National Theatre because of the natural lighting, contemporary set up, and amazing views beside turquoise waters. “One thing I find inspiring about Bahrain is the many different people living here, their personalities and styles,” she says, adding that Bahrain’s diversity and openness to creative expression makes it a fine destination for photographers to explore.

@yulia_trubni_photostream @yuliatrubnikovaphotography

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Outside Bahrain National Theatre. Just look at the stunning pattern formed by natural light falling on the exquisite architecture of the theatre's roof!


George enjoys snapping away at Al Areen Wild Life Centre especially the bird park in the middle of the centre.

George, after having worked for 10 years with top names in Middle East’s publication industry, decided to start his own photography business. Carrying a diverse, creative portfolio including artistic images and advertising to portraiture and fashion photography, he specialises in editorial and food photography. “My all time favourite location for shoots is La Fontaine,” he says, adding that the 150 years old restored Bahraini traditional house has the ability to turn into a magical world for any photographer with its perfect lighting, rustic walls and arty décor. George also enjoys snapping away at Al Areen Wild Life Centre especially the bird park in the middle of the centre. Culture, the Pearling Trail in Muharraq and A'ali Pottery are a few local elements that inspire the work of this shutterbug who believes friendly and honest Bahrainis make this small island a great destination.

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Al Jazayer beach is a great locale for a photoshoot. What better sums up the essence of an island than azure waters and sandy beaches.

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A beautiful shot of Muharraq capturing traditional Bahrain with its fishing boats set against modern Bahrain with its skyline. Inset: Nothing screams Bahrain louder than locals at a traditional cafe (Muharraq)

A passionate documentary and travel photographer, Rasha loves capturing culture, architecture and traditional ways of living. “Moving objects and vibrant colours are what keep my photos alive,” says the avid traveller, who was born and raised in Muharraq. It’s no wonder that Muharraq is her favourite place to photograph, as she believes it has the essence of old Bahrain and brings back fond childhood memories. Rasha also produces multimedia stories, merging still photography with ambient sound and musical tracks. A successful finance professional, Rasha admits that every day is a battle between her left and right brain. In addition to participating in exhibitions and conducting workshops in Bahrain, Rasha has a few international accolades under her belt including being one of the eight Arab photographers to compete in the National Geographic Abu Dhabi reality TV show in 2014.

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een m r Ai e m Sum ahrain B Summer photographed this lovely couple in their private garden. Inset: Family time at the Bahrain fort!

Mark picked up a camera for the first time purely by chance and the rest, as they say, is history. A lover of all things creative, the photographer and filmmaker got his first big break when he participated in VIVA Bahrain’s National Film Festival and won! His passion for the lens spurred him on to enroll in a local filmmaking competition that saw original submissions by the cream of Bahrain’s talented lot. The short film by Mark and his team was shortlisted and aired at Dana Cinemas. More recently, Mark was selected among other top photographers, to exhibit at Malja’s first photography open call. “The space beside the financial harbor is my favourite,” says Mark, adding that he shot two of his award winning photos there. Mark believes Bahrain is always changing and never fails to offer something new. The self-described street photographer loves to explore the by lanes in Manama souq thanks to the rich culture one can find there. “People are very friendly in Bahrain,” he says, “and when I ask them permission for my street portraits, they oblige with a smile”


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A pre wedding shoot at Arad fort is a great idea! The traditional installations like this boat and the Bahraini architecture offer a culturally rich set-up. Inset: Bahrain-based DJ Mysterioo Arif poses against the colourful graffitti on the walls beside the National Theatre

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Summer is a well known photographer in Bahrain and recently added yet another star to her creative portfolio by curating Bahrain’s popular artistic space, Malja’s, first exclusive photography exhibition. Specialising in newborn and child photography, she loves working in her studio that is built for this genre. But when she is not working in her studio, Summer loves working at the Bahrain fort. “I love its gorgeous architecture and historical elements,” she says, adding that there is a lot of natural light to work with. Summer also enjoys photographing families, outdoors – parks and gardens – as this gives children the freedom to run and play. Bahrain’s cosmopolitan nature inspires her work and the island’s geographical diversity – historic sites and dessert to beaches and greenery – is why she believes Bahrain is paradise for photographers.

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Jody excels in low light and silhouette situations. These stunning pictures at the Bahrain fort and beach side by the fort are two examples.

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A tribute by Mobeena Inam, poet and writer living in Bahrain.

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Juffair, Jasra or Aa’li, Captivating in their charm Children walking arm-in-arm, Smells of Khubuz in the streets Shwarmas made of sizzling meats, Baklava and Halva galore Oh, give me just a little more! Manama Souq to Moda Mall Gergaon to New Year’s Ball, Historic houses, burial mounds A wealth of knowledge to be found Four Seasons to Sofitel Every standard of hotel Coffee at Lilou’s, dinner at the Ritz Casual chic, glam & glitz! Modern towers scraping skies Muddy villages nearby,

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Be it sandy, be it hot Be it crowded, or not, Gosh, the traffic makes it hectic Yet the scene is so eclectic, Cars roaring madly past Drivers leaving me aghast, Overtakers everywhere Zooming past without a care Of others’ lives or their own Road courtesy rarely shown, Yet these streets I’ve grown to know Daily going to and fro, Muharraq: Arad, Busaiteen Manama’s alleys to be seen, Sanad, Saar or Seef Adliya, Riffa or Reef, Budaiya, Zinj or Galali

Having a strong background in commercial, industrial, portrait and event photography, Jody, a freelance cameraman, excels in low light and silhouette situations. Qal’at Al Bahrain and Manama souq are his favourite locations. “Something I particularly enjoy photographing is Bahrain's hidden talents,” he says. “It’s the diversity of Bahrain, both geographical and ethnic that shaped who I am and the way I shoot.” Jody believes Bahrain has a number of locations interesting for photography depending, of course, on what one’s interests are. “Manama is great for street photography, the streets through the souk offer a great place to capture the hustle and bustle of everyday life; Muharraq for example, is perfect for architectural photography, there are plenty of old buildings there; sunsets in Bahrain are particularly inspiring, ideally shot in the desert, during the cloudy, winter months.”

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Some of the iconic pieces that were exhibited.

Team Buccellati

AIGNER: The limited edition One Carat diamond timepiece took the center stage of the Aigner exhibits; available in 149 pieces each, AIGNER One Carat collection reinforces the timelessness of love and exudes radiance beyond compare ESCADA: The Escada collection expresses beauty and elegance in splendor; Lady Amber is one of the many striking timepieces from the collection. CERRUTI 1881: The new collection from Cerruti 1881 includes timepieces with gold-plated, stainless steel and rose gold plated bracelets that climax in stately fashionable dials.

Aigner, Escada & Cerruti are available at Asia Jewellers outlets across Bahrain

CHOPARD Though the Swiss brand is associated slightly more with its jewellery than watches, it’s worth mentioning that Louis-Ulysse Chopard started as a watchmaker. Blending contemporary elegance with the grandeur of the Roman Empire is Chopard’s luxurious Imperiale collection. Purple, the ultimate imperial colour makes its grand entry on the new Imperiale watch model as well as on the jewellery in this range. The new Happy Dreams collection with its interwoven circles and its round, full curves introduces a new play on light. Inspired by clouds, the dreamy and romantic jewellery has one or three mobile diamonds dancing around a first central circle surrounded by two or three intertwining circles.

Chopard is available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre and across Chopard boutiques on the island

The Arabian Magazines & Gulf Insider Media team with a Buccellati representative. Top: Stunning designs from Buccellati which are available at Asia Jewellers

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A sparkling festive season at Downtown Rotana! Christmas Tree Lighting - Thursday 8th December at 5.30 pm Join us and start the Festive season with our Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and Santa.

Gingerbread House Decorations at City Lobby Lounge - 8th - 31st December Kids can enjoy the tastiest snacks while decorating Gingerbread Houses for BD 10* Christmas Eve Dinner at Flavours on 2 starting from BD 24* Christmas Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 starting from BD 25* New Year’s Eve Dinner at Teatro Downtown starting from BD 35* New Year’s Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 starting from BD 18* For reservations and more information, please contact us on +973 3360 50 70 or visit *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 10% government levy.

PO Box 18345, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, T:+973 1311 9999,

sheer luxury OFFICINE PANERAI: Panerai exhibited their latest iconic creations reflecting the subtle Italian luxury identity of the brand. Among the collection on display, was a very special wristwatch, The Luminor 1950 Equation of Time 8 Days GMT. It is a classic complication of Haute Horlogerie, which harks back to the ancient link between time measurement and astronomy. Equipped by the new P.2002/E movement, it has a hand-wound calibre with a power reserve of eight days, developed and produced entirely in Panerai’s Manufacture in Neuchâtel.

Available at Asia Jewellers outlets across Bahrain

Models during the fashion show and at the various kiosks

The Arabian Magazines & Gulf Insider Media team with a Panerai representative

VACHERON Vacheron Constantin is pursuing its dialogue with collectors and passionate devotees of Haute Horlogerie by enriching its Métiers d’Art collection with homage to the Middle East cultural heritage. Showcasing a handcrafted falcon, a proud symbol of the region, this limited edition pays tribute to the glorious heritage of the Gulf area while celebrating its bright future and will be

solely available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques in the GCC. Bearing the Hallmark of Geneva, this innovative creation, realised in ten models only, combines the technical excellence of Caliber 2460 G4 with the beauty of artistic crafts.

Available at Bahrain Jewellery Centre

Team Panerai with Asia Jewellers Bahrain marketing team (duo at the extreme left)

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'Time' to pose! Models wearing luxurious watches at the exhibition.

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Indira Chhetri, a Nepalese living in Bahrain, participated in Bahrain Confidential’s Beautiful Women of Bahrain 2. The lively and confident retail rep stood out, among 10 lovely participants, as the winner of A Day to Remember with us. Here’s what happened! Indira won with 9,957 reactions, comments, and shares from friends and fans. A few Nepalese publications even got talking about her and Beautiful Women of Bahrain 2! Looking at her pictures, we figured Indira loves the camera as much as it loves her, and what better way to spend an evening than a session of posing and pouting along side top brands in Bahrain! Our team of photographers and fun people drove up to the posh Porsche showroom over in Sitra for a fun photoshoot with Indira. After a quick session of hair and make up we got started! It was a cakewalk because Indira is a natural at modeling. We even posted a behind the scenes video on our Facebook page and it got almost a 1,000 views in less than a week!

Clothes & Accessories by Splash

Shoes: Model's own

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special feature Porsche 911 Carrera 2017

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OUR PARTNERS: Porsche Porsche has a range of hot wheels to choose from this festive season. Their brand new 911 Carrera & Macan 2017 models, which were used in this photoshoot, are now available at their Sitra showroom.

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Jacket: BD18.5 Top: BD7 Trouser: BD7

“I had fun! Your team was amazing.” – Indira Chhetri

The model's clothes and accessories were sponsored by Splash. For the latest winter wear and festive collections, visit Splash stores across Bahrain. Indira gets her hair and make-up done with Felda

Felda Cut & Style Felda del Prado of Felda Cut & Style is one of Bahrain’s most respected hair stylists and make up artists. Having over 2 decades of experience in the industry, she can transform faces like few others. Want to gift yourself a makeover this festive season? Whether its hair cut and colour or dolling up your face, Felda is your lady. She will even pop by your home if you’re too bored to step out!

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FASHION Confidential

New in the Shops this Month

Yes to the Dress! Gorgeous bridal trends this wedding season.


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Lazaro SS’17

The Lazaro bridal gown collection is a creation of opulence with romanticism, and celebrates the strength and sensuality of brides in love. Luxurious encrusted beading, luscious shades of pastel color and fly by the night filmy fabrics, Lazaro brings a flirtatious femininity to his work. His spirited creations of exquisite fine laces, shimmering jeweled cut stones, and a lavish mix of striking bridal silhouettes are truly beguiling. Lazaro captures modern romance with a whimsical fantasy driven collection that celebrates couture wedding dress fashion.

Available at any Esposa branch

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FASHION Confidential

Zuhair Murad SS’17

Retailed exclusively at any Esposa branch, Zuhair Murad’s collection is made up of dreamy gowns to make every bride feel like a princess. The designer gives his creations an oriental touch by highlighting embroidered patterns, translucent textile and empire waist gowns. The range features something for every bride right from the spacious ball gowns designed for the more traditional bride, to the energetic frivolous gowns, for more sensual woman.

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Oscar de la Renta

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What the neck! Stylish, trending necklines to choose from.

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Rami Al Ali

Rami Al Ali design house presents a dreamy collection this season, glancing through years of sartorial transformation on the aisle. Running the gamut of classical, streamlined silhouettes and ultra-romantic full skirts, the dresses are carefully constructed employing new techniques and redefining traditional aesthetics. Multi-layers of tulle and organza confer opulence and drama, while intricate beading and embroidery sculpt the female figure, for a modern touch. While crystals, lace, embroidery, and appliqued florals maintain the feminine code of the house, extending an exquisite display of elegance and finesse, the colour palette of off-white, beige and champagne, delivers a contemporary message overall.

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All is Veil The veil completes your bridal look be it lace, net, or either with applique work designs.

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Oscar de la Renta FW’16

Carolina Herrera SS’17

The Carolina Herrera SS’17 collection is characterised by a sophisticated, fashion-forward touch. Distinguished by the floral signature, most of Herrera’s bridal gowns are meticulously worked with beautiful flower motif appliqués and reembroidered lace layered over nude tulle. Even if used so many times, it’s amazing how this particular touch of floral highlights the effortless elegance and femininity that the designer tries to focus on. Combining exquisite fabrics with unique details and an unrivalled craftsmanship, Carolina’s spring collection explores romance like never before.

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Marchesa SS’17

The Marchesa SS’17 collection is fully engaged with delicate bloom gently draped around the dresses. Starting their maneuver from lightweight tones and style, the designers manage, nonetheless, to come up with a delicate fullness dominating the gowns. With detachable skirts and peplums, Marchesa is definitely following the latest bridal trends. However, the line remains blessed with a unique style. Its inventiveness is all about 3D floral and was highly garnished by pastel color material such as rose tulle, ivory and silver threadwork or even silverthreaded lace.

Peter Copping infuse his gorgeous bridal collection with a ready-towear influence, reinterpreting styles from his spring 2016 runway with a bridal twist — and a particular focus on separates. Delicate embroidery — such as pearls, pale pink floral appliqués, sequins and bugle beads stitched together to create flower shapes — cover sheer bateau necklines and voluminous ballskirts, creating a soft, ethereal and distinctly feminine mood. A couple of sheer lace tops, done in short-sleeve and halter versions with ribbon ties, could be styled over column gowns or worn on their own with Copping’s frothy tulle skirts, one of them covered in hand-cut rosettes.

All brands on this page are available at Esposa in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon and Sao Paulo. Bahrain Confidential December 2016 37

fashion Alexander McQueen @Saks Fifth Avenue BD185

Bridal Accessories Pedro Garcia @Saks Fifth Avenue

Kurt Geiger BD56.35

Kurt Geiger BD76.87

Kurt Geiger BD92.27

Stradivarius BD22.9



Tootsie Taming

Marc Jacobs

Walk down the aisle in these gorgeous sparklies! Heels look elegant, yes, if you want to stick to the norm, that is. But we’re feeling a little adventurous thanks to the sexy runaway-bride sneakers by Saks– be brave!




Trinkets & Tiaras

You’re a princess and must look like one. Accessorise wisely depending on the gown you’re wearing. If you have a high lacy neck, we recommend avoiding chains and necklaces; just earrings will work. But hey, you’re the boss! Want to go all out? Think stones, pearl drop or even rose gold to add the feminine touch!


Beauty Buzz

Kenneth Jay Lane @Saks Fifth Avenue BD119

You want to leave a fragrant trail wherever you go on your big day. Picking the right shower gel and perfume is key. Let your hands and nails look the part, moisturised and happy, with this amazing cream by Clarins. In other news, Bourjois’ range of reds and plums has got us down on one knee.

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Tiny Om is sold mainly at Words Bookstore Cafe, Budaiya, and a few collections at Al Zain Jewellery. Shop online at

Tiny Om

Tiny Om BD255

The Holiday Gift Guide

1. BADGLEY MISCHKA Kiara Pump. BD 112. 2. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Barbie leopard kids flats. BD 130. 3. GUCCI GUILTY Pour Homme. BD 41. 4. CHANEL Sublimage La crème. BD 166, L’extrait 255.800, Le teint BD 86. 5. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Barbie Pomeline heels. BD 425. 6. VALENTINO MEN’S Elastic band sneaker. BD 261. 7. TOM FORD Oud Wood Eau de Parfum BD 241.500. 8. BALENCIAGA MEN’S Square wallet grid. BD 85. 9. DAVID CHARLES Sparkle clutch. BD 58. 10. VIKTOR & ROLF Bonbon Eau de Parfum. BD 78. 11. SAINT LAURENT Small love heart crossbody bag. BD 308. 12. CZ KENNETH JAY LANE multi-coloured stone necklace BD 255 & bracelet BD 204. 13. CHLOÉ Eau de Parfum. BD 54. 14. TATEOSSIAN Cufflinks. BD 92. 15. SOPHIA WEBSTER Raye bow-embellished platform. BD 263.

Saks Fifth Avenue, +973 17172000, City Centre Bahrain


SPLASH ‘INTO THE WILD’ Winter’16 Collection


Global Traveler – The 70’s vibe is strong with long lines in rich spice tones like burgundy, burnt orange and teal. Be a glamorous nomad in pieces that highlight folklore and hand crafted prints in suede and patchwork fabrics. Mix & Mix – Print on print in sporty elements is the new rage and this trend is not for the weak hearted. Think bright hues, mix and matched bold prints with embellished and very luxe details. Bombers jackets and pinafore are the key pieces in the line. Studio 54 – The name says it all! Glam 40 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

Raza Beig, CEO Splash and ICONIC and Nisha Jagtiani Director, Landmark Group at the recent Dubai fashion show finale

and fabulous dresses in sequins and shimmer will take you on a trip down memory lane. Reminiscent of this roaring era and the disco age, metallic and shiny fabrics will rule the collection. All Black Collection – The grunge inspired collection has an array of fabrics to experiment with. You will find leather, satin, silk georgette and spandex in key pieces like jackets, skirts, dresses and shirts.


Anti-fashion + Future Utility – As the name suggests, this trend leans towards Normcore, clean lines and tone on tone looks for a more functional and practical approach to fashion. Oversized silhouettes, drop shoulder pieces are key in earthy

tones like sand, black and olive. Tough 90’s – This trend is DIY at its best. Flaunt your personal style and create pieces that are essentially you! Busted knee denims, DIY tracker jackets and tartan shirts are your staples, which can be highlighted with grunge elements. Studio 54 – This range is for the very dapper man who can carry of plush fabrics with élan. Clean and sophisticated, the range is all about the glamour from the era and not exactly OTT. Outerwear is print heavy and luxe fabrics in key pieces like polos and blazers.

Available at Splash stores across Bahrain and online at


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Sacoor Brothers’ FW16/17 collection features a variety of designs to match your sense of style. There are plains, plain structures, herringbones, bird eye patterns, checks and pinstripes, always in sober tonalities in keeping with the ambiance and elegance of your wedding.

Pal Zileri FW16

Pal Zileri’s FW16 collection features re invented house classics with a hint of glamour, seamlessly mismatching lean tailoring, highend sportswear, sartorial details and bonded leather pieces to contemporary effect. 42 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

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Intimissimi’s Winter 2016 collection is sensual and comfortable. Pronounced elegance is revealed in black & white combos, accentuated with contrasting powdery shades of grey, beige and almond. Blue and neutral tones lend a touch of glamour to irresistible, gallant lingerie.

Intimissimi BD26.58



Versace FW16


Versace Menswear, this season, features ideal formal wear perfect for a wedding event. Sleek tailoring and space-age metallic trenches worn over white rollnecks – suited for winter weddings – and Prince of Wales suits embellished with eyelets and grommets are available. Watch out for accessories with the iconic Versace astrological and Medusa designs.

Mocha Salt BD29

Holiday Style

Mocha Salt BD66

Mocha Salt’s SS17 collection will launch in the Middle East with its ‘Supernormal’ range of tailored swim shorts and premium quality menswear basics.



Mocha Salt BD66

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beauty DOUBLE TROUBLE Great mascara is a beauty staple and completes your look like no other. Let this Extreme Volume and Curl Mascara do the trick. BD9.4

LIPSTUCK This deep maroon shade of Extreme Wear Lip Lacquer is the matte to die for. If you’re going for a subtler look, try the nude! BD8.2 each

LIQUID GEMS A salute to the highlighting trend! Try this face illuminator in gold mirage and shine like star! BD6.8

MASTER BROW Take a ‘brow’ and celebrate with this lovely Tinted Brow Definer!



The new Tales of Green Collection from Wow by Wojooh is a beauty must-have.

MOSAIC MADNESS This gorgeous eye shadow mix has 6 essential shades all living in one dreamy palette. BD16

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Masquerade Party 2017

Embark with us this New Year’s Eve 2017 at Lanterns Lounge & Restaurant on December 31st Full Feast International Buffet with live cooking Station Pasta / Grill / Stir Fry and endless curry cravings. Mascaraed Kit and a glass of sparkling wine 2 Live DJ’s of mash up International Hits (Dining Room and Outdoor Courtyard) Only @ BD 25/person

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SEASON’S FRAGRANCES DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE PARIS Uniting the art and fragrance worlds, and crafted in the purest fine perfumery tradition, the unique and exclusive collection of Dalí Haute Parfumerie fragrances was destined to exist. It is inspired by the jewellery creations of Salvador Dalí, which perfectly represent the genius of this extraordinary artist.

THE DALI FABULOUS COLLECTION Parfums Salvador Dali combines four of the most celebrated fragrance bottles – Dali Le Parfum, Dalissime, Eau de Rubylips (for women) and Salvador (for men) – in an exquisite, rare and precious collection ’The Dali Fabulous Collection’. ‘Dali le Parfum’ was the first artist’s fragrance, created in 1983 by Salvador Dali.

Both newly launched collections are available at Al Hawaj

BAHRAIN WEDDINGS Interesting FACTS How to wish the bride & groom: Alf Mabrook OR Menna Almaal Wa Mennch Aleyal What to gift: Gold and Oud are usually gifted. In the past, people even gifted date palm trees! Few do even today. What to wear: Bahraini ladies traditionally wear the

Thawb Annashil and gents the Althawb, Algotra and Albisht. If you don’t have one, evening gowns and formal suits for gents also work. Where to sit: Typically, ladies and gents sit separately; ladies in the Alfarsha and gents in the Almajlis. Traditional Practices: When the bride walks in, ladies usually

ululate. It is believed this wards off evil. When the groom visits the Alfarsha, accompanied by his bride, to greet lady guests, the ladies usually wear their hijab. Other traditions include throwing sweets, coins and mashmoom (plant with medicinal and other good properties, native to Bahrain) on the groom and bride. Traditional wedding music is also played and songs are sung. Henna Party: A henna party, only for women, is hosted when women spend the night singing and dancing. In the olden days, the groom used to apply henna too, but today most grooms don’t. Typical perfumes used: Oud is primarily used and includes oud oil and oud bukhoor. Typical sweets served: Bahraini halwa, zalabia, khanfaroosh, nuts will always be served at every Bahraini wedding.

You can visit the Bahrain National Museum to further discover the beautiful traditions surrounding Bahraini weddings.

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MY WEDDING PARTY My Wedding Party is the Northern Gulf’s largest bridal festival and will feature everything from wedding planners, venues, honeymoon packages, florists and entertainers to bridal fashion, jewellery, hairstylists and make-up. Fashion shows, workshops and competitions are also lined up. When: 15th to 18th March 2017 Where: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre


Tell us your favourite honeymoon destination. Send your answers with your full name and contact number to Last date for entries is 20th December 2016

BATH & BODY WORKS Win 3 hampers worth BD150+ ! Bath & Body Works’ latest range of holiday fragrances and beauty products boast fan favourites like Vanilla Bean Noel, Winter Candy Apple, Twisted Peppermint and the NEW Jingle All the Way. Leave a love trail, this season!

For more info, call +973 1755 8800

TKD LINGERIE wants to spoil you with its stylish, sensual collections, available in sizes 2846 D-K cup. We’re loving this bridal basque from the Serenity range. Win a BD50 voucher + complimentary fitting at their store on the 1st floor in Al A’ali Mall, Seef.

WOMEN’SECRET Win a BD50 voucher from Women’secret! The gorgeous, lacy designs from their latest collection vow to give your bridal look a touch of style and sensuality. In addition to lingerie, you can choose from a range of other accessories too. All products are available at Women’secret in City Centre Bahrain.

JOELLE PARIS introduces its So Cool range in time for the festive season. Win 3 So Cool hampers worth up to BD100! Pamper your skin with the natural facial cleanser, soothing make-up remover and aromatic face and body mist. All Joelle Paris products are now available globally on

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STARRY GULF Sometimes, it pays to be tiny, says Aiste A Daubaras.


hen I heard through the grapevine that Bolshoi Ballet would be touring Bahrain, I could scarcely believe my ears. That would be the equivalent of Madonna coming to perform in our tiny island, as indeed, Bolshoi is the Madonna, or should I say, “Prima-donna”, of the ballet world. However, after last seeing them perform in London, I was not that hugely impressed, and kept dampening everyone’s enthusiasm with my skeptical 'We shall see"... Also inevitably, one could not help but wonder how and what this most famous troupe would present us with, seeing that we do not have an orchestra pit, nor a resident orchestra, and it was quite unlikely to assume, that they would drag any stage decorations for two performances only. I needn’t have worried. The performance, which was righteously called 'Stars of Bolshoi Theatre', did not need either the orchestra or any cumbersome stage settings, as it had the most important ingredient - the truly exceptional and excellent dancers in vast abundance. How did they manage to lure such a starry cast to our tiny island, I do not know. One can only speculate, that the dancing wanders were enticed by a promise of an abundant sunshine (as it had been snowing for nearly a month in Moscow). But never mind the expected resident dancers, to everyone’s surprise and delight, as a guest star, along came the

famous, or rather infamous, Ivan Vasiliev (following his loud exit from Bolshoi, now a treasure of American Ballet Theatre); prancing onto the stage with a mighty force at the end of the first part (as a very convincing Acteon, opposite a lovely Diana in the extract from “ La Esmeralda’), and even before descending from his first leap, immediately winning the hearts of all the ladies in the audience with his charming smile. I, personally, spent an entire performance with my jaw gaping open in a very unladylike manner. But what a delightful spectacle, with an elegant backdrop befitting each number cleverly achieved by lighting, and comprising of such crown jewels, as poetical balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, feisty pas de deux from “Le Corsaire”, the head spinning duet form “The Flames of Paris”, a gripping variation of “Don Quixote” and a dramatic final dance of “The Dying Swan”, just to mention a few. And somewhere in the midst of this breathtaking performance, I realised, that the reason why I was left with a rather lukewarm impression after having seen an entire production of ‘The Flames of Paris” in London, was the fact that there were simply too many distractions... the somewhat out-of-line backup dancers, the stage set, the props, the story line... Here

we had the very essence, the concentrated extract of the best of the best... presented to us by the best. Et voilà! Never in my life had I a privilege to witness such a pure, undiluted perfection. So you see, the moral of my story is, that sometimes it pays off to be tiny and obscure, and not having an orchestra pit.... just as long as you can offer some sunshine and warm hospitality...And I can only hope, that we shall keep turning on our modest charms as often as possible in the future.

Aiste is a Socialite, Writer, Jewellery Brand Ambassador and Advisor for International School of Etiquette, living in Bahrain. To share your feedback, email:

The views expressed in this article are author’s own and not the publisher’s 50 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

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car review

AN EXCITING NEW JAG The Jaguar F-PACE S was built to be a performance car. Bahrain Confidential took it out for a test drive and it did not disappoint.


leek and sexy like Jaguar makes them, the F-PACE S also has a strong chassis built into a powerful, supercharged V-6 engine. What is special about this Jaguar is it’s a crossover, which means that it has the power of a sports car and the practicality and efficiency of an SUV. Since this is Jaguar’s first crossover release, it was also highly anticipated. The Glacial White F-PACE S looks very modern, with an all-white exterior and 20-inch Goodyear Fitted tires. The inside looks and feels classy. You get luxe leather seats and a roomy interior plus generous trunk space (a full 34 cubic feet of cargo space). There’s also a panoramic sunroof and ample headroom in this Jag. The

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car review

Practical and powerful, this car would be perfect for people who need to transport two or more adults every day, but its crossover versatility can also make it workable for a variety of different situations. With its good looks, roomy interior, and dynamic driving character, the F-PACE S is a car that was worth the Jaguar crossover wait. What makes it more compelling is its competitive price.

To book your test drive, call Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover at +973 1746 0460.

Starting Price: BD22,995

What is special about this Jaguar is it’s a crossover, which means that it has the power of a sports car and the practicality and efficiency of an SUV.

Price Comparison BMW X3 starts from BD21,500

driver’s seat feels like a cockpit with its relatively high seating position, raised beltline, and long hood. The touchscreen infotainment system with driver assistance technology is easy to use and intuitive. It was fun driving this car. Jaguar put a lot of aluminum in the F-PACE S, which gives it its agility. The steering was sharp, and shifting was smooth even along curvy

roads. The body chassis and all-wheel drive system make for one powerful drive. I was driving on Sports mode most of the time, putting a heavy foot on the pedal. The satisfying thrum of the engines kept me revved all throughout. More than just aesthetics and flash, the F-PACE S is also a strong car able to tow 5,290 pounds. It can even venture off road.

Porsche Macan starts from BD19,200 Audi SQ5 starts from BD26,000

The author of this article, Nick Cooksey, in addition to being publisher of Arabian Magazines and Gulf Insider Media, is a jury panel member of the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY).

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S ciety Business

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Mercedes Benz GLC Coupe Launch

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe was launched by Al Haddad Motors at The RitzCarlton, Bahrain.

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Al Hawaj M. Micallef Launch

Al Hawaj celebrated 20 years of partnership with M. Micallef and launched the brand’s latest fragrance at Jewellery Arabia 2016.

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Karl Lagerfeld Store Opening

Karl Lagerfeld store hosted its grand opening at City Centre Bahrain in the presence of guests and media members.

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Tailleur Premium Paris Launch

Tailleur Premium Paris officially launched in the Middle East and hosted it’s first bespoke event in Bahrain at Fraser Suites.

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Launch of Breitling New Collection

Guests were invited to the grand launch of Breitling’s latest collection at their boutique in Moda Mall followed by lunch at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

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Tamkeen Mashroo3i Launch Tamkeen announced the launch of the fourth edition of Mashroo3i, a youth business award, aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in Bahrain.

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Beat Diabetes 2016 Walkathon

Al Rashid Group hosted a press conference to announce its annual Beat Diabetes Walkathon. Over 5,000 Bahraini residents participated in the walkathon. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Audi Track Day

Audi hosted its Track Day at Bahrain International Circuit. Guests enjoyed a test drive in the new Audi R8 V10. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Mövenpick American Fest Launch

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain hosted the grand launch of its third American Festival, starting with the first weekend – Jazz weekend.

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Jawad Group Italian Week

Jawad Group launched its Italian week at Jawad Supermarket in Jawad Dome, in the presence of Italian Ambassador H.E. Domenico Bellato, top management and guests. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

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AZADEA Appreciation Night

AZADEA Group hosted an appreciation night for its employees from back office and shops.

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GCC Food Photography Awards 2016

The 2nd edition of the awards was a success and Anita Das was crowned grand winner. Famous chefs Kunal Kapur and Yann Bernad Lejard were chief guests. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Ramada Amwaj 1st Bicycle Initiative

As part of its Wyndham Green programme, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands hosted its first bicycle Initiative. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

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Hawaj Bentley Infinite Rush Launch

Al Hawaj, in partnership with Bentley Fragrances and Sprecher Berrier Group of Companies, launched the Bentley Infinite Rush White Edition for men.

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Al Hawaj Salvador Dali Launch

Al Hawaj launched the iconic Dali Fabulous collection at its headquarters. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Bushido Master Class

Bushido invited Buddha Bar Japanese Executive Chef Shigeki IIMURA to host a Nikkei cuisine master class for media members.

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Whether it’s soaring through the pristine Swiss Alps in a gondola or enjoying a romantic dinner viewing the breathtaking Dhofar mountains, these fabulous destinations offer it all - new resorts and other updates. OMAN

True that Oman is a regional destination but the place is plush with breathtaking nature right from mountains to lagoons and beaches. Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara opened its doors in the Sultanate of Oman bringing the luxury hospitality brand Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas to the stunning coastal location of Salalah in the southern province of Dhofar on the Arabian Sea. Situated between a long, scenic beach and a freshwater lagoon, bordering the historic Al Baleed UNESCO archaeological site, the resort introduces a new level of luxury.



Turkish Airlines has just added popular tourist favourite, Seychelles, to its global route map with the airline’s inaugural flight landing at Mahé International Airport and opening up a world of 114 countries to passengers travelling from the Land of perpetual summer. Flying directly from Mahé International Airport, the brand new service will connect passengers departing from Seychelles to 88 worldwide destinations including Paris, Dubai, Frankfurt, London, Milano, Bombay, Abu Dhabi, Vienna, Munich, Zurich, Rome, Moscow, Dusseldorf, Colombo and Hong Kong.

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The exclusive Swiss resort of St. Moritz invites you to enjoy a romantic get-away in the Swiss Alps at the five-star Giardino Mountain resort, reopening for the winter season on December 9, 2016, when the lifts and gondolas have reopened to soar to the snow-covered pistes at Corviglia and Corvatsch. This mountainchic hotel is replete with winter

activities, and historically rich as the birthplace of winter tourism.



Newly launched AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa is one of Thailand’s popular beach resort destinations. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, on Pattaya Beach, the 298-room resort offers great sea views and a relaxed vibe. Previously operating as Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, over five million dollars have been invested in refurbishing the resort. A new café, the Pantry, has also been introduced in case you want to grab a bite or stock up your mini bar.



Count down to New Year on the breathtaking shores of Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli, and start 2017 in the Maldives. December is one of the busiest holiday seasons for the two luxury properties in the Maldives, Constance Halaveli has been named the best Luxury Watervilla Resort in the Maldives, and Constance Moofushi named best Luxury Green Hotel in the world at The World Luxury Hotel Award in Doha, Qatar. Pamper yourself with U Spa by Constance, a bespoke ‘U’ experience.


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y r t s i g e R g n i d d e W your r o f d e e n ou y g n i h t y r e Ev new home.

FESTIVE DÉCOR It’s the season to celebrate and what better to start off with than decorating your new home for Christmas roasts and intimate dinner parties with family and friends. These chic pieces vow to add much needed sparkle and colour to your space, in seconds.

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CREATIVE KITCHENS If you’re a newly wed, you definitely want to impress the lady with breakfast in bed. Or may be, both of you want to cook a nice meal for your first festive brunch. Either way, you’re going to spend more time in the kitchen and that calls for a lively space laced with smart gadgets to unleash your culinary prowess.

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SHINE BRIGHT Lighting is a great way to set the stage, be it your rooms or your patio. Chic chandeliers are great ambient lighting tools providing overall illumination. Stylish lamps by the bedside or even floor lamps serve as task lighting tools and help you perform daily chores with ease. Take things a notch higher with accent lights like classic picture lights to showoff that original painting you bought, textured walls or other architectural features.

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Festive Listings All Christmas brunches will be on 25th December unless otherwise specified. Christmas eve refers to 24th December, New Year’s Eve refers to 31st December and New Year’s refers to 1st January unless otherwise specified.


Christmas Tree Lightings • Gulf Hotel Bahrain 1st December • ART Rotana 3rd December • Elite Resort & Spa 3rd December • The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain 3rd December • Elite Crystal 7th December • Crowne Plaza Bahrain 8th December & Caroling (19th22nd Dec) • Downtown Rotana 8th December • Elite Seef Residence & Hotel 8th December • Elite Grande 9th December • Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 13th December Gingerbread House Making • Downtown Rotana (including tea party for kids) 8th to 31st December at City Lobby Lounge (BD10++) • Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain 10th December (priced at BD10) • The Westin Bahrain City Center 1st to 24th December every Saturday (BD10/14++) • The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain 10th and 17th December (BD22++) Jawad Christmas market and tree lighting at Jawad Dome 2nd December

Furn Bistro at The Westin Bahrain City Centre

THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE What: Christmas Afternoon Tea Where: Furn Bakery Price: BD20++ for 2 guests

What: NYE Afternoon Tea Where: Furn Rotunda Price: BD15++ per head (eat all you want) What: New Year’s Breakfast Where: Furn Bistro Price: BD11++ What: Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet Where: Baharat Price: BD16++ / BD26++ & 50% Kids' Discount 6-12yrs What: Colombian Fiesta (NYE) Where: Boudoir Price: A la Carte menu

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Celebrate Christmas with a lavish buffet at Flavours on 2 alongside live entertainment and raffle draw prizes. Christmas Eve Dinner for BD24/29++ and Christmas Day Brunch for BD25/29++. Enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner at Teatro Downtown for BD35++/45++ and brunch at Flavours On 2 for BD18++/22++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999


Enjoy a pre-Christmas Brunch buffet on 23rd December, for BD23 net, featuring the 70 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

traditional turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas sweets, cookies and more! Spanish Duo “Argel and Arturo”, K Hotel’s resident band, will keep you entertained while the kids get their gifts from Santa! Couples can enjoy a romantic Christmas Eve dinner buffet at Kolors for BD14.5 net per person (BD 6++ for ‘selected beverages’). Bring in 2017 with the K Hotel's fabulous New Year’s Eve event at the K Lounge for BD10 net per person including welcome drink and NYE toast - it's priced at BD20++ if you choose to dig into the dinner buffet; also enjoy live

What: Christmas Brunch When: 23rd December Where: Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Price: BD36 net What: Sinatra NYE Party When: 31st December Price: BD80 (The Gallery)/BD75 (Silks)/BD70 (Flamingo) – net prices

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1746 0017

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN What: Christmas Brunch Where: Gulf Convention Center Price: BD28/21++

GET STRONG IN BAHRAIN Learn the most effective strength training techniques from Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist Janet Georges, Sportswoman of the year on 4 occasions and awarded Female Lifter of the Year by the Seychelles Weightlifting Committee on 13 occasions! Over 2 days (total 10 hours) you will learn to safely reach your maximum strength potential under Janet’s expert personal guidance. Whether you are man or woman, 16 or 60, regardless if your goal is to be a competitive strength athlete or simply develop strength for a healthy life, this could be the most productive weekend of your life. PLACE: Fit and Well Gym in Juffair PRICE: Only BD 70 for 2 days (total 10 hours) of expert training TIMES: Choose 7am – 12.00 or 2pm –7pm sessions DATES: Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December Friday 23nd and Saturday 24th December For details phone +973 36 36 36 37

gastro What: Christmas Dinner Where: Al Waha Price: BD16++ What: NYE Party Where: Sherlock Holmes Bar Tickets: BD5 net

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What: NYE Party Where: Typhoon Tickets: BD5 net What: New Year’s Brunch Where: Lobby Price: BD33 net

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entertainment by “Argel and Arturo” and as the night progresses, the DJ takes over. New Year Day Lunch for BD12 net at Kolors restaurant with a new, ‘enticing’ cuisine.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0000


Enjoy Christmas brunch at Al Naseem poolside, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD20++ with live entertainment, give-aways, Santa’s special appearance and kids’ activities. New Year’s eve parties will be hosted at Shift 7, 7pm onwards for entry BD20++, and Noor Tent, 9pm onwards for BD35++ (couple)/ BD20++ with live performances.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 3888 4415


Enjoy Christmas Brunch at the Lotus, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD12++, and NYE parties at Waikiki Kitchen, 7pm onwards for BD22++ with a live DJ, drinks and finger bites, and at the Lotus, 9pm onwards for

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BD35++/20++ with an international buffet and more! NYE parties at Klub 360, 9pm onwards for BD25 (gents)/ BD15 (ladies) and at Awtar, 9pm onwards for BD75++ inclusive of set menu and live Arabic entertainment.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0360


Enjoy a lavish Christmas brunch buffet, 12.30pm onwards, for BD12++/person, BD6++/child. Christmas eve gala dinner at Oasis for BD20++/person including soft and other drinks/BD14++/Person BD 6++/child including only soft drinks. Mardi Gras NYE bash and gala dinner at Oasis, 9pm onwards, for BD48++ (couple)/BD30++ including live grills, lucky draw and more!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 3388

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What: Buddha Bar 20th Anniversary When: 31st December, 8.30pm onwards Where: Bushido restaurant & lounge Tickets: BD10 for ladies/BD15 (advance) & BD25 (at the door) for men What: Festive Brunch When: 23rd December, noon to 3.30pm Where: Bushido restaurant & lounge What: New Year’s Izakaya Sunday When: 7pm to 11.30pm Where: Bushido restaurant & lounge

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Al Bahrain Ballroom: Christmas Day brunch with a lavish spread including roast turkey with trimmings, rock oysters from the UK, Yule logs and more for BD32++/42++. Bahrain Bay Kitchen: Christmas Eve dinner and NYE dinner served for BD32++/42++, and New Year’s brunch for BD27++/37++. CUT by Wolfgang Puck: 4-course Christmas dinner served on 24th and 25th December for BD40++, Christmas brunch for BD29++, NYE 5-course dinner for 110++ with half off pricing BD25 to Azure Party – 2 drinks included, and New Year’s brunch for BD29++. Join CUT for New Year’s Eve Dinner and enjoy 20 percent off of your New Year’s Day Brunch at CUT. Re/ Asian Cuisine: Christmas eve brunch, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD19++; NYE brunch, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD19++; NYE 7-course dinner with Russian beluga caviar, roasted French duck breast, live DJ and more, 7pm to 10.30pm for BD110++/140++ with half off pricing BD25 to Azure Party – 2 drinks included.

Vento: Christmas Eve set menu dinner featuring signature potato taleggio tortelli with black truffle, Panettone and more, 7pm to 11pm for BD36++; equally sumptuous NYE set menu dinner for BD45++. Bay View Lounge: relax over a festive afternoon tea right up to 1st January, 3pm to 6pm for BD15++. Azure Pool & Lounge: NYE party with BD50 entry (guests)/BD25 (outlet & hotel guests). BD400 per table of 6 /BD700 per private cabana – both including a bottle of premium drink.


What: New Year’s Eve in Paradise When: 31st December, 7pm onwards Where: Trader Vic’s

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This festive season, take a break from the kitchen! Order a Turkey-to-go (approximately 5kgs) complete with all the accompaniments including stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, gravy and pumpkin cake for just BD39.500 net; free delivery within Amwaj, and The lovely open-air rooftop at Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands

SHERATON BAHRAIN What: Christmas Day Lunch Where: Al Safir Price: BD19.9++

What: Christmas Day Dinner Where: Al Safir Price: BD12.9++ What: New Year’s Lunch Where: Al Safir Price: BD13.9++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 3533

SWISS-BELHOTEL What: Christmas Lunch Where: Swiss-Café Price: BD16/25 net

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Lavish! Opulent! Exuberant! On the biggest night of the year, at Bahrain's most sophisticated venue, Meisei's Great Gatsby soirée is the extravaganza nobody wants to miss. With illusionist-saxophone duo 'Trix and Sax' joining the Cuban Sun Duo, frolicking flappers, dapper gents and the sumptuous full à La carte menu available, this new year's eve, Meisei is redefining decadence.

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Christmas Eve at La Mer

What: Christmas Dinner Where: Swiss-Café Price: BD12/20 net What: NYE (Grand Countdown) Where: Swiss-Café Price: BD16/25 net What: New Year’s Lunch Where: Swiss-Café Price: BD16/25 net

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to other places for BD8. An after office Christmas parties will be hosted on the lovely rooftop until 31st December priced at BD12.5 net. Banquet options are also available for BD13 net including a sumptuous buffet – 10 guests can enjoy and pay for only 9 guests; on Sunday, the same is priced at BD11.5 net including a lucky draw!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0099


Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner at Saraya with traditional Christmas turkey and all things festive, priced at BD22 net. La Mer will host Christmas Eve dinner as well, 7pm to 11pm, for BD34 net. Christmas Brunch will happen at Saraya, Wok, and Fiamma for BD42 net, 12.30pm to 4pm. Kids can enjoy with many fun activities and the resident Cuban band will serenade guests as they enjoy with friends and family. NYE dinner will be hosted at Pashawat, 8pm to 2am, with belly dancing performances, a resident Arabic singer and 76 Bahrain Confidential December 2016

a range of Lebanese delicacies. For a energetic NYE, head to Tapas Bar – eat, drink and dance while the resident DJ spins the latest tunes, and settle into the sea side ambiance – priced at BD30 net inclusive of a set menu dinner and 2 selected drinks. New Year’s day lunch will be hosted at Saraya, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, for BD24/28 net.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1763 6363


Enjoy Christmas Brunch with friends and family at Choices (BD25/35++) and Rosso (BD15/20++). Both brunches will feature live music and games for kids including Santa’s visit. Cellar 59 will host NYE in New York with great music by DJ Boudi. Tickets are priced at BD10 for ladies and BD20 for men but you enter free if you dine at any of the hotel’s restaurants after 7pm on the same day.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0111


What: Christmas Dinner When: 19th to 25th December, 7pm to 10pm Where: Le Sauvage Level 34 Price: BD19++ What: Christmas Kaiseki Style Where: Level 35, Imari Restaurant Price: BD25++ What: Ring in the New Year Where: Level 35, Imari Restaurant Price: BD17/20++

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The UK’s no. 1 club will entertain Bahrain on 1st December exclusively at Meisei’s rooftop. ‘London’s Hottest DJ’ Martin2Smoove (Rihanna), part of Ministry of Sound World Tour, is set to get the house grooving. Meisei will host Night of the Dragon on 15th December in celebration of the winter solstice, an auspicious Chinese festival. Bask in the glow of Chinese lanterns and get ready to be entranced by Dragon Dancers. Meisei's Cuban duo and DJ Salime will also entertain (9pm onwards) while you dine, 7pm onwards. Trix & Sax, a sophisticated entertainment duo

which brings together international Saxophonist Sarah Chandler (founder of the famous London Saxation girls) and one of the UK’s finest Sleight of Hand Magicians, Ashley Turner will feature at Meisei’s NYE party.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1700 7770


Enjoy Christmas dinner at Zodiac, 7pm onwards for BD15++, and at H2O, 7pm onwards for BD15++ with an open grills' buffet and Christmas turkey. Christmas brunch at Julio’s will feature an international buffet, Santa’s appearance, give-aways and kids' activities for BD15++. NYE party at Zodiac, 8pm onwards is priced at BD35++ inclusive of finger food spreads and live performances, and at H2O, 8pm onwards for BD35++ with DJ, open grills' buffet and more!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1756 5888

LE MERIDIEN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE At Baharat: What: Christmas Brunch Price: BD36 net What: A Night at the Oscars (NYE) Price: 35/50++ What: NYE Where: Bizarre Lounge Price: BD15/40++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1717 1441


Trix & Sax will perform at Meisei

Martin2Smoove will perform at Meisei

Enjoy a 5-course Christmas Eve dinner, 6pm to 11pm, at Legendz Steakhouse, with grape pairing and Christmas mignardise for BD32++. Christmas lunch will be hosted at Legendz Steakhouse, noon to 3pm, for BD26++. NYE dinner is a set menu priced at BD29/39/52++, 6pm to 11pm, hosted at Legendz Steakhouse. Christmas Day Lunch is a buffet priced at BD14++ at Selections. Enjoy NYE party at Downtown for an entrance of BD10 net with a welcome drink, 8pm to 2am. Elements Pool & Lounge is also hosting a NYE party with unlimited drinks and entertainment by a guest DJ for BD27++. If you fancy the outdoors, head to the Elements poolside and enjoy brunch on New Year’s day with a brunch buffet priced at BD27/18++.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1722 7777 Elements Pool & Lounge at InterContinental Regency Bahrain


What: Grand Christmas Day Brunch Where: Grand Foyer Price: BD41++ What: NYE Party Where: Al Noor Ballroom Price: BD99++ What: New Year’s Brunch Where: La Med Price: BD45/35++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 0000

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Roaring 20s Ball

New Year’s Eve 2016 at Crowne Plaza Bahrain

It is often said that the way you spend your New Year’s Eve is an indication of how you will spend the next year. So, in order to ensure that 2017 will be memorable and fun, ring in the New Year with Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s Roaring 20s Ball, a night of vintage glamour. There will be an exquisite gala dinner with free flowing selected beverages, spectacular entertainment including jazz band, ‘Frankie's friends with Christine Gordon’, international dance shows and a live DJ at Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s main ball room. Dress code is chic and couture ballroom. Guests will also enjoy complimentary party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight and more. Early Bird tickets are priced at BD63 if you book before 10th December and General Admission tickets at BD70. To top it off, Crowne Plaza Bahrain has a specially tailored room package including 2 tickets to the event, breakfast for 2 and double accommodation for just BD190 net.

For info & reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 1122

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Festive brunches, NYE dinners & more. Enjoy Christmas brunch at La Mosaique, Harvesters Pub, Cappuccino Café, and the Patio, 12.30pm onwards, priced at BD35 net. Christmas eve dinner at Waves Seafood Restaurant is priced at BD38 net, 7pm onwards. For New Year’s Eve, dine at La Mosaique for BD30 net, 7pm onwards and stay back for the party; dine this NYE at Spices for BD30, 7pm onwards in a special Yaadon Ki Baarat retro theme party - dress as a gangster or a silent screen star, or just come as you are and enjoy an exquisite dinner with selected complimentary drinks and great music, live, by the DJ. Special prizes including a branded watch and silver diamond necklace by 'Lifestyle Fine Jewelry' are in store for the best dressed couple; dine at Waves Seafood restaurant for BD38, 7pm onwards.

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Bahrain in the Spotlight

Popular Bahraini musician, Ala Ghawas, and well-known Bahraini band, Likwid, collaborated, and represented the Kingdom at the Cairo Jazz Fest 2016. HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE AT THE CAIRO JAZZ FEST? Ala & Likwid: It was definitely a great feeling not just to participate, but to also open the three-day festival. It was also an honor to be the first group of musicians from Bahrain and from all GCC countries to ever perform at the festival, which has been running for eight years now. It was a great experience as a whole since we got to perform for a large crowd at the festival, and then later in a much smaller and cozier atmosphere at the Cairo Jazz Club. Both were certainly nights to remember.

HOW HAS BAHRAIN INFLUENCED YOUR LOVE FOR MUSIC? Ala & Likwid: We grew up in multicultural Bahrain in the eighties and nineties, there were a lot of local

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musical acts then that were influenced by western music, like The Brothers, Osiris, Mirza Al Shareef, Ajras and many others. But we would all agree that The Brothers, especially, had the biggest influence on us individually and made us interested in rock, folk, jazz and pop music from Europe and the US at a relatively young age.

ANY CHALLENGES YOU'VE OVERCOME AND WANT TO SHARE WITH ASPIRANT MUSICIANS ON THE ISLAND? Ala & Likwid: Even with social media nowadays, getting recognition and exposure is quite tough. Still we were able to convince the festival organizers in Egypt by letting them hear our collection of original songs between both Ala Ghawas and Likwid, and by them viewing the videos of us performing

these songs live for the feature film "Ala Ghawas & Likwid: Live From Allston". So the point is, all musicians have to work hard and truly invest in themselves and their own original music, and good things will come in good time.

ANY SURPRISES FOR 2017? Ala: I'm currently very busy recording my 5th studio album. It's called "Tryst" and it's due for a release next summer. The album will be supported by a tour in the Middle East and the UK. Likwid: Since, some of our upcoming songs are already recorded and almost done; we will definitely release our second EP or most probably our first LP during 2017, which might feature collaborations with popular musicians and singers from Bahrain. We are also currently relocating Likwid Studios to a bigger location and we're very excited about that.


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What: Caribbean to Manama Experience the thrill of the Caribbean at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa. Food and culture including colorful dance performances by an enchanting and glamourous Afro-Cuban dance group who will light the flares in a night to remember and a sumptuous dinner experience. Priced at BD75net, inclusive of a set menu dinner with selected beverages. What: Stay Packages Drink, Eat, Party & Sleep! The early bird’s special room package of BD199net for two people includes a one night stay in a luxury sea view room, tickets for the New Year’s Eve Caribbean Dance Show and breakfast for two on New Year’s Day. What: Magnifique Weddings Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa is offering customised silver, gold and platinum packages for couples planning to say ‘I do’ this festive season. Enjoy a grand winter

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wedding at the luxurious banquet halls or even the beach side if you will.

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What: Spa Packages & Ladies Fitness Revitalise your senses at Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club with these new spa treatments: Ginger & Honey Festive Massage BD30++ for 60 mins/BD40++ for 80 mins. Festive packages include any 3 services for BD55++ (105 mins)/4 services for BD60++ (120 mins). Ladies can enjoy a 50% discount on BD399++ for an annual membership or free additional 6 months if they pay the full amount. Book before 31st December. What: Stay Packages Enjoy the brunch package where you book a one night stay with late check out until 6pm including Christmas Day Brunch/New Year’s Day Brunch for BD69/74++ – single & BD89/99++ – double; dinner package includes the same offer but with Christmas/ New Year’s dinners priced at BD79/89++ – single & BD109/129++ – double.

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offers discount on BD22/36 net on 16th December, 7pm to 11pm at Furn Bistro. What: Furn Bistro Express Lunch Khaleeji cuisine with a Western twist served as a quick 30-minute lunch for BD 7.5/9.5++, Saturday to Thursday, noon to 4pm. What: Furn bakery Afternoon Tea Enjoy from two menus of sumptuous afternoon and high tea in the elegant rotunda, 2pm to 6pm, daily, priced at BD 20++ for 2.

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY What: National Day Brunch & Spa Enjoy a traditional Bahraini themed brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen on 16th December, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, for BD27++ (Don’t miss the Bahraini date cheesecake!) while you kids enjoy a range of fun activities at the Alhosh kids for all seasons club. On the same day, book any from a selected range of rejuvenating treatments at Four Seasons' luxurious spa and enjoy 20 percent savings! A special spa amenity gift will also be presented to guests. What: Festive Shop Pick traditional festive items for your store cupboard, including homemade chocolate truffles, cookies, mince pies and more at the Lobby from 5th December to 3rd January, 11am to 9pm. What: Saturday Brunch & Others Enjoy Arabic favourites at Bahrain Bay Kitchen, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD18++. CUT by Wolfgang Puck serves a 3-course menu for BD29++ daily except Thursdays and Sundays. CUT on the hour business lunch is served daily except Sundays, noon to 3pm, for BD19++. re/Imagine Your Saturdays at re/ Asian Cuisine for BD19++. Afternoon tea at Bay View Lounge is from 3pm to 6pm for BD15++.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5500

ART ROTANA What: Desi Dish Night & Others Discover the diversity of local Indian food every Monday at Choices, 7pm to 10.30pm, for BD15.25 net. Fisherman’s Voyage invites seafood lovers to sample the freshest flavours of the sea every Thursday at Choices terrace, 7pm to

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10.30pm, for BD25/16++. Cellar 59 will host its Wine & Cheese Night every Wednesday, 8pm to 11pm, for BD15++

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LE MERIDIEN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE What: National Day Brunch CPR holders enjoy a special 50 percent discount on BD22/36 net on 16th December, 12:30pm to 4pm.

What: Furn bakery Truly Strudelicious Evening Taste authentic artisan strudels, bread, and signature mezza accompanied by unlimited grape, on Thursday, 6pm to 8pm, for BD15++ per head What: Furn bakery Junior Bakers Get your kids to enjoy a complimentary hands-on baking session every Saturday, 9am to 10am as well as kids breakfast for BD2++

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What: Sweet Indulgences Take your pick from a range of Christmas baked goodies at Furn Bakery, 1st to 26th December.


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Wedding set-up at Elite Resort & Spa

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN The Ultimate Friday Roast has been re launched at Elements Pool & Lounge and will be hosted every Friday, noon to 4pm for BD25++. Head to Noor Lounge, Elements Pool & Lounge or Downtown, daily, and order a cocktail/mocktail from the Worldly Classics menu to get a complimentary canapé. Tex

Mex Night will be hosted every Tuesday at Downtown with live performances by a lovely band. If you’re a meat lover, enjoy Meat Your Match at Legendz Steakhouse, every Tuesday, 6pm to 11pm, for BD25++. Australian Night will be hosted every Saturday at Legendz Steakhouse for BD12++.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1722 7777

MEISEI Tuesday just got a whole lot tastier with Meisei’s Robata nights for two! Sample traditional Japanese grill method of live cooking at the restaurant’s state-of-theart Robata counter, with delights like

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Beef, Spiced Tofu, Spicy Peking Duck and Shrimp Hammour Yakitori grilled skewers; plus Haloumi, Shishito Peppers and Spicy Peanut Chicken Wings. Wash this feast down with two selected glasses of house grape or beer per person for just BD30! Plus enjoy live entertainment by the new Cuban duo; Ana and Evelin.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1700 7770

ELITE RESORT & SPA What: Wedding Offers Tie the knot and have your luxurious winter wedding using any of Elite Resort & Spa’s wide selection of exclusive banquet packages including services by a professional banqueting team.

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TABASCO ORIGINAL RED SAUCE Great With: It’s a classic ingredient in steak tartar and the iconic Bloody Mary. More recently it has received attention as a delicious addition to eggs, pasta sauces and pizza. TABASCO GREEN SAUCE Great With: It tastes good with anything from seafood to vegetables, dressings and fruit. A few dashes gives new zip to margaritas and piña coladas. TABASCO CHIPOTLE SAUCE Great With: It’s a natural fit for BBQ sauces and marinades, not to mention chili and soups. Adding a grilled flavour to the dish, it complements steak and meat dishes well. TABASCO HABANERO SAUCE Great With: It adds an adventurous zip to marinades and BBQ sauces, and brings out some big flavours in salsas and stews. TABASCO GARLIC SAUCE Great With: Whether it’s pizza and pasta or a dash on wings and in dips, this one appeals to those who like bold flavours with just a little heat.

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• 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger • 2 tablespoons sesame oil • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon TABASCO brand Original Red Sauce • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 (3 ½-pound) chicken, cut up

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Winter Desserts Le Chocolat’s pastry chef, Ziad Durzi, a Jordanian living in Bahrain, unveils his range of artistic cakes.

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inter calling! That’s the first thing on our minds when we see these 'sweet' works of art. The man behind the creations, Chef Ziad, has been fashioning cakes and pastries at Bahrain’s most popular French gourmet patisserie, Le Chocolat, for almost a decade. Though being a pastry chef involves long hours, standing, and the challenging task of consistently whipping up new ideas, Chef Ziad is passionate about baking. He looks to beautiful Bahrain for

inspiration. “Bahrain is quiet and peaceful, and I feel at home here,” he says, adding that he has been living on the island for the past 13 years. He goes on to tell us about one of his desserts, Rahash, which uses the Bahraini halwa. Loosely described, it is a ‘Halwa Crème Brûlée, unique to Le Chocolat’. Chef Ziad trained in Switzerland and France earlier this year. “It’s important to stay updated,” he says. “I am always looking up the latest baking and pastry making trends to be up to speed.” Chef Ziad believes that pastry

making, like fashion, has seasonal trends. For instance, he mentions that currently Nutella is quite the rage. That said, at Le Chocolat trends are followed keeping in mind local tastes and preferences. For instance, dark chocolate and Nutella are a hit with Bahrain. When Chef Ziad isn’t baking, he spends time with his family. “My wife is from Kenya,” he says. “I love the nature and safari experience there, and hope to make Kenya my next work destination.” Chef Ziad also walks every day to stay fit. Well, fitness must be a priority especially when one is surrounded by such amazing desserts all the time!

Visit Le Chocolat in Seef, Sa’ar Mall, Riffa, Enma Mall and Diplomatic area. For more info, visit www.lechocolatbh. com or call Tel. +973 1711 1144 or email @lecocolat_bh @thepastrychefziad

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to major shopping centers. Seef, Tel: 1711 1999

Palace Boutique Hotel Adliya, Tel: 1772 5000


The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Direct access to a private beach and lagoon, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000

Ramada Bahrain Adliya, Manama, Tel: 1774 2000

- best on the island

Al Areen Palace & Spa Luxury private villas and seclusion far from Manama. Large, well equipped Spa. Close to F1 circuit, Tel: 1784 5000 ART Rotana Hotel & Resort Beach side property, Amwaj islands, Tel: 1600 0111 Crowne Plaza Large business and conference venues and an array of restaurants, Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1122 Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1666, Downtown Rotana Manama, Tel: 1311 9999, The Domain Bahrain Hotel & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1600 0000 Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay A soaring architectural statement on its own exclusive island. Manama, Tel: 1711 5000 Golden Tulip Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 5000, Gulf Hotel with major conference center and 9 first class restaurants, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000 InterContinental Regency Diplomatic area, Tel: 1722 7777 Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre Directly connected to City Centre Mall, Seef, Tel: 1717 1111 Mövenpick Next to the airport, Tel: 1746 0000 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Close

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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Next to Bahrain World Trade Centre. Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 3533 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Private beach. Located out of town, close to F1 circuit. Zallaq, Tel: 1763 6363 The Westin Bahrain City Centre Directly connected to the mall, Seef, Tel: 1717 1000

5 STAR APARTMENT HOTELS Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area Tel: 1616 1888, The Diplomat Residences Diplomatic Area, Tel: 17 531666, radissonblu. com/diplomathotel-bahrain Marriott Exec. Aprts. Juffair Tel: 1736 3999

Ramada City Centre Manama Seef, Tel: 1710 4000 Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island - Relaxed holiday vibe, breathtaking views. Tel. 16000999 Ramee Rose Juffair. with popular Club XS attached, Tel: 1761 6167. Swiss-Belhotel Seef, Bahrain Tel: 6631 0000 S Hotel Bahrain - Smart, corporate hotel with great leisure and dining. Tel. 17380380


Elite Crystal with the popular K360 nightclub downstairs. Juffair, Tel: 1722 4000 Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq, Tel: 1731 3333 K Hotel Juffair. Tel: 1736 0000

ICE SKATING - Funland Tel: 17 292 313 JETSKIS - Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700 KARATE - Bahrain Karate Centre Tel: 38 449 994 KARTING - Tel: 13 101 310 KAYAKING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078 KITESURFING - Skate Shack Tel: 17 697 176 MOTORSPORT - Test your car + driving skills on an F1 circuit + 4x4 off-road instruction. Bahrain International Circuit. Tel: 17 450 000 RUGBY - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809

Elite Group - a choice of properties in Bahrain for long term guests, Tel: 1722 4000

RUNNING - Bahrain Road Runners Tel: 36 876 876

Sports - for those feeling energetic!

SAILING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078 Bahrain Yacht Club Tel: 17 700 677 SCUBA DIVING - Awali Divers at Dilmun Club Tel: 17 690 926 Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700 Scubamaster Tel: 17 292 154

BOWLING - Bahrain Bowling Association Tel: 17 701 201

SQUASH - Dilmun Club Tel: 3725 5772

CRICKET - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 727 727

TENNIS - Bahrain Tennis Club Tel: 17 729 5610 Dilmun Club Tel: 17 692 986 Country Club Tel: 17 593 593

Novotel Al Dana Resort Beachside property, Muharraq, Tel: 1729 8008

FOOTBALL - For organized games, 5-a-side, and kids training contact Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809 Dilmun Club Tel: 36 342 862

Premier Juffair, Tel: 17 81 1811

GOLF - Royal Golf Club Tel: 17 750 777

Mercure Grand Seef Tel: 1758 4400

HORSE RIDING - Dilmun Stables Tel: 17 693 766 Shakhoora Stables Tel: 17 591 103

Al Manzil Juffair, Tel: 1781 3366

PREMIUM 4 STAR HOTELS Al Safir Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999

Awali Golf Club – 18 hole desert course. Tel: 17 756 770

TRIATHLON SWIM TRAINING Bahrain Rugby Club. Tel: 17 695 809 WATERSPORTS – Gypsea Watersports Tel: 7736 3677

listings Family Clubs - for networking, and fun.

Bahrain Irish Society – Lunch meetings and other  professional networking events Biz-Ladies – Lunch meetings and other networking events for professional women. Tel: 38 442 727

Bahrain Beachcombers – Friendly group that typically meets twice monthly to clean beaches. Check their Facebook page for details Bahrain Rugby Club - Family club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 695 809 British Club - Home away from home for the mostly British members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1772 8245 Country Club - Family  club with good sports  facilities. Tel: 17 593 593 Dilmun Club – Family  club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 690 926

Indian Ladies Association – Tel: 17 531 468 Internations – International social club, regular evening get-togethers at different locations – Palm Association – Ladies group helping good causes. Tel: 39 967 896 Rotary Club – Tel: 17 740 146


Fine Dining

Think Pink – Fighting breast cancer. Tel: 39 076 717

No Alcohol

Indian Club Home away from home for Indian members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1725 3157

Outdoor seating

Professional Clubs

Live music D - DINNER - average price in Bahrain Dinars L - LUNCH – average price in Bahrain Dinars

- for networking, and fun.

ASIAN CHINESE China Garden Enchanting décor and interesting dishes. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6423 D 25, L 12 American Chamber of Commerce – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 522 777 Australian Association – Social and professional networking events. Bahrain British Business Forum – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 813 488 Bahrain French Business Club – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 748 999

David’s Stir Fry Crazy Welllit ambiance with authentic and flavourful dishes.Tel: 1754 0188 D 18 L 12 Hong Kong Usually busy. Um Al Hassan, Tel: 1772 8700 D 10, L 6 Rauchi at Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Asian fusion restaurant with live ktchen. Tel: 1761 6167 D 15, L 10 Soie Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533. D 24

INDIAN Clay Oven Authentic cuisine, Adliya, Tel: 17 717 008 D 14, L 7 Copper Chimney Authentic cuisine, Um Al Hassan, Tel: 17 728 699 D 20, L 10 Lanterns Slightly kooky décor, excellent dishes. Several locations. Tel: 1724 6777. D 20, L 10 Nirvana High class intimate setting. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 580 000 D 60, L 21 Rasoi Fine dining Indian restaurant. Ramee Grand, Seef, Tel: 1711 1973 D 24, L 12 Rasoi by Vineet First fine-dining Indian restaurant in Bahrain operated by a Michelin starred chef. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 26, L 14 Roti Boti Al Areen Palace & Spa. Closed on Monday. Tel: 1784 5000 D 20, L 10

Spices Indian fine dining at the Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 1122. D 50, L 12.5

JAPANESE Akiko Contemporary Japanese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7080. D 14, L 7 Imari Japanese Restaurant at Domain Hotel, Tel: 1600 0000 D 28, L 11 Kei Popular for its maki. Golden Tulip, Tel: 1753 5000 D 20, L 9 Maki Innovative takes on sushi and maki. Moda Mall, Tel: 1752 2733 D 45, L 15 Mirai Trendy lounge serving contemporary Japanese food, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3113 D 22, L 9 Ruka Fusion Japanese dishes with panoramic views of Manama from the 24th floor. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1999 D 28, L 11

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listings CAFES with outdoor seating

Sato Sushi and teppanyaki. Private rooms. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 27, L 12



Royal Thai Emphasis on seafood. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 27, L 14 Aroma Luxurious and modern Middle Eastern shisa café offering food. Popular with all nationalities. Seef Mall, Tel: 1758 2711 Bay View Lounge Light international fare or afternoon tea plus outdoor terrace. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000 Café Lilou French themed café serving light meals. Adliya, Tel: 1774 1440 Coffee World Specialty coffee house offering hot and iced coffees with sweet and savoury snacks. Reef Island. Tel: 1756 4750 Coco’s Very popular, especially when the weather is good as it has a large enclosed garden. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6512 Columbus Café Offers hot drinks, snacks and desserts at City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 17172324 Cream & Fudge Premium ice creams, nuts, fruits, candies, fudge and more. Reef Island. Tel: 17564740 Crust Crema A true coffee experience. Saar Avenue, Tel: 1721 4155 Dome Café Part of the London chain of trendy yet cozy bistros. Juffair and Seef, Tel: 1781 0180 La Patisserie Flavoured teas, fresh savouries, and desserts. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167 Le Chocolat Specialty dishes including chocolates and burgers and pizzas. Seef, Tel: 1758 2259 Senses Lounge Freshly baked goodies, and a special selection of teas and coffees. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000 Veranda Interior garden theme. There are now 3 in the chain located in Adhari, Amwaj, and Adliya, Tel: 1771 5868

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Thai Lounge Thai themed lounge bar. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 586 499 D 40, L 11 Thailand Traditional Thai food. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7040 D 15, L 7 WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge Offering a culinary experience from the Far East. ART Rotana Amwaj, Tel: 1600 0111 D 24

ASIAN - VARIOUS Bambu Serves Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1726 2555 D 15, L 8 Bushido Enormous Samurai-themed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, Tel: 1758 3555 D 30, L 12 Keizo Al Areen: A contemporary & elegantly styled Asian restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese & Thai Cuisine. Closed on Sundays. Tel: 17845000 Ext. 250 D 30, L 12 Meisei Spread over 3 floors with a trendy rooftop bar. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and fusion. Adliya’s block 338, Tel: 1700 7770 D 28, L 11 Monsoon Fine East-Asian cuisines served in a beautiful pavilion Adliya, Tel: 1774 9222 D 29, L 12 Nu Asia Popular lunchtime venue. Al Ali Mall, Tel: 17 587 171 D/L 15 re Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck 50th floor of Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5046 D 90, L 35

ITALIAN Bice Modelled on a restaurant with a proud Italian heritage going back to the 1920s. Moda Mall, Tel: 1753 3666 D 28, L 11

Bennigan’s American themed diner with live music in the evenings. Al Safir Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1781 3750 D/L 9 Hard Rock Café Part of the international chain of themed restaurants. Live music. Exhibition Road, Tel: 17 291 569 D/L 16

Café Italia Stylish restaurant, modern Italian cuisine Adliya, Tel: 1774 4774 D 25, L 9 Cico’s In Bahrain for 35-years, traditional Italian meals Adliya, Tel: 1771 3710 D 22, L 10

Johnny Rockets Themed burger bar. Al Ali Mall and Amwaj Lagoon, Tel: 17 566 565 D/L 10

Cucina Italiana Home-made pasta, and wood-fired pizza. Al Safir Hotel, Tel: 1700 1317 D 15, L 7

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen American restaurant with a lively karaoke night and separate bar that’s very popular with Americans, Juffair. Tel: 1772 5550 D/L 10 T.G.I.Friday American diner and steakhouse offering a family friendly experience. Bahrain City Centre, Juffair & others, Tel: 17 179 041 D/L 10

FRENCH Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540 D 25, L 12 La Fontaine A spectacular and romantic restaurant hidden away amongst small streets, Manama, Tel: 1723 0123 D 38, L 20 Le Sauvage Masculine, leatherbound grilla room on the 36th floor with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 D 45, L 14 Le Domain [34] Chic restaurant with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0222

Fiamma Restaurant Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 28, L 15 La Pergola Opulent Roman-style settings. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6419 D 28, L 10 Oliveto’s restuarant and lounge, beautiful outdoor seating around a pool. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6747 D 35, L 14 Masso Strong focus on quality organic ingredients. Palace Boutique Hotel, Tel: 1772 1061 D 29, L 12 Mondo Mediterranean favourites in cool surroundings. Diplomat Radisson Tel: 1753 1666 D 30, L 11 Pasquale “Trattoria” style Italian restaurant on waterfront terrace. Reef Island. Tel: 133 20617

Prego Family friendly. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 0777 D 25 Primavera Overlooking the hotel gardens and out to sea. Ritz Carlton. Tel: 1758 0000

D 40, L 13 Le Jardin, Ramada Hotel Bahrain

Gudaibiya, Tel: 1774 2000 D 25, L 12 PAUL French cuisine. At City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 1717232 D 15, L 10

D 35, L 18 Rialto Authentic old country dishes served up by chef Mateo. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1974 D 27 Roma Italian fare with live music every night. Um al Hassam, Tel: 1772 3818 D 20

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Rosso – Bar, Enoteca, Restorante A rustic Italian restaurant serving a varied a la carte menu. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 16000111

Vapiano Freshly made pasta and Italian pizzas and more. Tel: 1749 1391 D 18 L 16 Vento Open-air poolside Italian-style restaurant Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500 D 45

EUROPEAN - VARIOUS Brasa De Brazil Churrascaria Great options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Tel: 1758 2225



2:21 PM

chefs blend Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Great views of Juffair, Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000

Lemon Tree Exotic culinary selection, including Japanese, Arabic, Indian, and Mediterranean dishes. Ramee Grand, Tel: 17 111 999 D 35, L 9 Level 34 Masculine grill room on 34th floor. Great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 D 50, L 14




Me and You One of the few licensed restaurants in Amwaj lagoon, Live band every Friday. Tel: 1601 0160





D 35, L 9


D 25 L 20 Café Amsterdam and Vino Teca Barcelona 2 restaurants joined to one another and sharing a garden. Adliya, Tel: 32 000 177 D 35, L 12 La Med Popular for its buffet, Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6499 D 40, L 16 Florence La Maison Mediterraneenne Adliya Tel: 17 336 373 L 18 D 20 Nicole’s at Block 338, Tel: 1728 0700 D 35, L 7 Saveur Westin’s Eat Well concept with ‘SuperFoods’. Westin, Tel: 1717 1000 D 20, L 15 Tapas Serves tapas and cocktails on the seafront. Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363 D 37

MUJU Outdoor seating area with a pleasant sea view. Dragon Resort, Tel: 1603 9800 D 30, L 18 Rimal Restaurant All-day dining with breakfast buffet and a la carte. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000 Saraya Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 25, L 15 Upstairs Downstairs Live music nightly, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 D 30 Zoë with rooftop and basement lounges. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6400. D 35

MEXICAN Casa Mexicana Adliya, Tel: 1771 5521 D 25

Txoko A Basque-inspired sky lounge serving tapas. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000

Margarita Mexicana First finedining Mexican restaurant in Bahrain. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 32

INTERNATIONAL - VARIOUS Al Wasmeyyah Golden Tulip’s signature outlet. Tel:1753 5000 D 15, L 9 Bahrain Bay Kitchen Indooroutdoor restaurant, features an international buffet. Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500 L 22 Fusions East meets west where

Senor Pacos Popular lively Mexican themed restaurant. Adliya, Tel: 1772 5873 D 20

POLYNESIAN Kontiki Asian food in stylish surrounding. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel: 1753 1666

Friday Brunches

music & kids’ entertainment, BD34. Tel: 16 000 111

Prices include unlimited food & beverages. All eateries offer discounts for kids. Timings typically 12 - 4pm.

Elite Resort & Spa Brunch by poolside BD12++/BD6++ kids under 11 years. Tel: 3627 5444

Bahrain Bay Kitchen Four Seasons Friday Brunch, 12.30pm-3.30pm for BD26++. Tel: 1711 5000 Brazil AdliyaLive music, BD21. Tel: 17 826 686 Bushido Seef, DJ & kids’ entertainment, BD18.5++/24.5++. Tel: 17 583 555 Citrus All Day Dining, Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands, noon to 4pm. BD12++ Tel: 1600 0099 Crowne Plaza  Live cooking stations across three restaurants. Live band, henna, &  face painting. Lively crowd. BD35 net. Tel: 17 531 122 CUT Brunch at CUT By Wolfgang Puck from 12pm to 3pm, Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5044, BD 29++/39++/49++ Choices ART Rotana, Live

Flavours On 2 Downtown Rotana BD24, noon to 4pm. Free pool access until 7pm. Tel: 1311 9999 Golden Tulip Free transport for groups of 10+, Live music & kids’ entertainment. Lively crowd. BD25. Tel: 17 535 000 H2O Brunch Elite Grande Hotel, noon to 3.30pm BD12++. Tel: 17 565 888 Keizo Al Areen Palace & Spa Great food & drink, pool access and kids club facilities. BD19++/25++. Tel: 1784 5000 Kolors The K Hotel Live music. BD16.5++. Tel: 17 360 000 La Med Ritz Carlton Hotel, Seef, Live music & kids play area. BD35/45 net. Tel: 17 586 499 Lanterns Indian Restaurant, Adliya, Access to garden BD26. Tel: 17 250 999

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listings Legendz Intercontinental Regency, BD25. Tel: 17 227 777

courses. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 1262

Le Sauvage Domain Hotel, Adults only! BD32. Tel: 17 360 000 Lemon Tree Ramee Grand, Live music & kids’ corner, BD15/20++.   Tel: 17 111 999 Masso Palace Hotel,  Nuevo cuisine options. BD30 Tel: 17 721 061 Moevenpick Live music & kids’ corner. Lively crowd, BD36 net. Tel: 17 460 000 Muju Dragon Hotel, Live jazz, sea views, adults only. Lively crowd. BD25. Tel: 16 039 800 Rauchi, Ramee Rose Hotel Asian fusion restaurant. Every Friday BD10/15. Tel: 17616167

L8 The Meat Co. South African restaurant with roof bar. Adliya, Tel: 1774 2080

Plums Fine dining steakhouse. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 1758 0000 D 72 Also see Le Sauvage (French)

Upstairs Downstairs Adliya, Live music/pianist. BD21. Tel: 17 713 093


Al Fayez Traditional Lebanese food with a cultural modernized twist. Reef Island. Tel: 1332 0612


Rauchi Ramee Rose Hotel, Fresh seafood prepared to your own taste. Tel: 1761 6167

Kenza Lebanese and Iranian fare. K Hotel, Tel: 17360 000 La Mosaique International buffets and a la carte menus. Crowne Plaza, Tel: 1753 1122

Mawal Lebanese cuisine, set menu, live Lebanese and Iraqi singers and belly dancers. Golden Tulip, Tel: 17 535 000 ext. 8543

Olivos Brasserie Casually elegant eatery. Diplomat Radisson, Tel: 17 531 666 D 35 Pashawat Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain Tel. 1763 6363 D 25, L 15 Rayes Lebanese food with outdoor seating looking across a small marina. Fateh Corniche, Manama, Tel: 17 312 700 D 15, L 5

Reef Fish Market Reef Island. Tel: 17564730

Brazil Rodizio Grill & Lounge Brazilian-themed steakhouse offering the churrascaria dining style. Adliya, Tel: 1782 6686 D 20 Butcher Shop & Grill South African family chain. Non alcohol. City Centre, Tel: 17 172 323

CUT by Wolfgang Puck Bahrain’s newest steakhouse located at the Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5044

Waves Crowne Plaza, Tel: 1753 1122

MIDDLE EASTERN BAHRAINI Saffron AlAreen Khaleeji cuisine. Al Areen Palace, Tel: 1784 5000

MIDDLE EASTERN - VARIOUS Baharat Dishes from across the Arab world, accompanied by sounds of live Oud player. Le Meridien, Tel: 1717 1111

Lumee Middle Eastern street food in a café/deli setting. A’ali and Saar Mall. Tel. 17434300 / 17694848


Reef Garden Dining with a modern Arabic twist, Reef Island. Tel. 17564730

Golestan Iranian fine dining at Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533

Links overlooking the golf

Takht Jamsheed Iranian specialties Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000.

FAMILY Children friendly, soft drinks only! Al Abraaj Arabic and International cuisine at reasonable prices. Branches throughout Bahrain. Burger Lounge Gourmet  burgers, salads and side dishes in a  venue as trendy as any nightspot. Amwaj Lagoon. Tel: 7705 5772 El Gringo Mexican Al Hamala Tel: 17 00 14 60 P.F. Chang’s Asian-themed diner located in Bahrain City Centre Tel: 1717 9757 T.G.I Friday’s Bahrain City Centre and Juffair Tel: 1717 9041 The Grub Shack American style Al Hamala Tel: 17 13 13 63 Nando’s Portugese/South African peri peri chicken. Juffair and Zayad town. Tel: 17825100 Also see: Butcher Shop & Grill (Steakhouses) Listed under Chili’s (American) Listed under Johnny Rockets (American) Listed under

Zahle Lebanese cuisine, belly dancing. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6417

Villa Mamas Opposite Saar Cinema, Tel: 17 305 031

Legendz at the InterContinental Regency, Tel: 17 227 777.

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Shoo Fe Ma Fee Lebanese dining. Adliya, Tel: 17 311 280

D 25

D 140 Flames Steak & Seafood Serving modern contemporary cuisine with rooftop dining. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

Reem Al Bawadi Family-themed Lebanese café’ and shisha. Ramada Manama City Centre. Tel. 17104026

D 40, L 10 Also see Royal Thai (Thai)

Kosebasi Turkish steakhouse. At City Centre Bahrain & Seef Mall. Tel. 17172322

Bey Route Lebanese restaurant and deli. Budaiya Tel: 1728 0111

D 30, L 11

La Mer Select your meal from the display and watched it cooked before your eyes. Sofitel, Tel: 1763 6363

gourmet cuisine. Tel: 1761 6167

D 20, L 15

D 32, L 14

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Juffair, Live band. BD18. Tel: 17 725 550 Sofitel Bahrain Live cooking stations from around the world and live entertainment. 12.30pm to 4pm. BD36/16 net. Tel: 1763 6363


Takasim Arabic specialty restaurant with live performances and

HIDDEN GEMS Some of our favourite family places where you can enjoy a feast for less than BD5. MIDDLE EASTERN - Under BD5

Al Hantoor Grills One-of-a-kind Turkish restaurant, running for 18 years. The regular customers swear by their grills and shawarma,Tashan, Tel:1740 1084 Al Shoala Popular Turkish spot – among the locals and expats alike. Expect some delay with your order during peak times.

listings “Shawarma Alley” OK – this isn’t a single outlet, but a whole road of cafes and shawarma stands, the so called ‘Shawarma Alley’ is your go-to place not just for a simple snack, but also for some people watching. Typical price for a shawarma – 300 fils! Adliya, Osama bin Zaid Avenue.

Swagat A charming vegetarian small-hole-in-the-wall, offering all things South Indian. Manama Souq, Tel: 1722 5137 Govindas Authentic Hindu vegetarian cuisine. Mannai Mansions, Juffair (opposite Al Jazzera supermarket), Tel: 17 827 127 Vrindavan All-vegetarian outlet serving authentic South Indian thali. Manama, next to American Mission Hospital, Tel: 1723 4454, 1727 2320

Jidhafs, Jid Ali, and Muharraq, Tel: 1733 3676 (Muharraq branch)


Badawi Authentic Lebanese dining experience in Bahrain. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 7799

Grill Room Buffet A great variety of Chinese, Continental, and Pakistani dishes. Budaiya, Tel: 1769 6660

Bu Ali Traditional Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. Several branches throughout the island, Tel: 1724 2432

Paradise Café This veteran eatery has a loyal customer base. Famous for its chicken tikka and cream caramel. Manama, Government Avenue, Tel: 1753 5306

Iskenderun Grill Excellent  for tikka or lamb chops. Generous portions too! Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 3334 Lebanese Restaurant Aka ‘Shukri’, they serve mutton shawarma, hummus, Iranianstyle lamb chops, and traditional arayes. Gudaibiya, Tel: 1724 2333 Tehran Grills Iranian food, Sanabis, opposite Bahrain Mall, Tel: 1755 5989 Uruk Restaurant Famous for its grills and fresh bread. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 1500 Alexandria Grills Tables set-up on the sidewalk! As you watch the buzzin’ streets, they’re grillin’ delicious meat & chicken tikka in front of you! Old Palace Rd. (across from Daiso).

INDIAN - Under BD5 Aryas Bhavan Vegetarian restaurant serves South Indian and Punjabi dishes, including  vegan options. Manama, Isa Al  Kabeer Avenue, Tel: 1726 3171 Barbecue Delights Pakistani, Afghani, and North Indian cuisine. Seef Mall, Tel: 1756 4282

Salt’n Pepper Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern dishes as well as sandwiches, fast food, seafood, steaks, and vegetarian options. Sanad, Tel: 1762 3535 Yum Yum Tree Different cuisines cooked in separate kitchens all under the same roof. Great food, wide selection – Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Thai and more several branches throughout the country, Tel: 1753 7900

The City’s First Fine Dining Moroccan Restaurant Now at Amwaj Located at the rooftop. Influenced by Andalusian Spain, Arabia and France, Moroccan cuisine is a delicate blend of oriental aromatic flavours that makes it a unique experience. From professionally-trained chefs using only fresh ingredients, we provide the ideal dining experience that will enchant your palate and elevate your senses.

Open from Monday till Saturday Lunch 12:30pm - 3:00pm Dinner 7:00pm - Midnight RAMADA HOTEL AND SUITES AMWAJ ISLANDS P.O. Box 13220, Building 1741, Road 5715, Block Amwaj 257 Amwaj Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain Phone: +973 1600 0099 | Fax: +973 1600 0098 |

Club XS Non-stop music mixed by in-house DJ. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167


CUT Bar & Lounge Signature bites and drinks every Saturday and Sunday for BD3. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000

“American Alley” So called because it is close to the US Navy base and popular with Americans. This is not a restaurant but a long street full of family food outlets and restaurants - mostly international franchises. Juffair.

FAR EASTERN - Under BD5 Swan Lake Genuine Filipino dishes, with a pinch of Thai cuisine, always served fresh and in generous portions. Manama, next to Bab Al Bahrain, Tel: 1722 7761

Charcoal Grill Known forits tandoori chicken, this small family restaurant offers Indian, Chinese, and grills. Umm Al Hassam, Tel: 17729115

Baan Saeng Thai – authentic Thai cuisine, Adliya Tel: 1771 0467

Spice Nice Goan cuisine. Chinese dishes also available. Adliya, behind Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3603

Fish House A must try for seafood lovers. Budaiya, opposite the International Hospital, Tel: 1759 4040


Davy Crockett’s restaurant and bar with live band. Very busy at weekends. Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tel: 3992 2583


Downtown Jam Night on Sundays where you receive a complimentary drink if you participate with the resident band. Central Business District InterContinental, Tel: 1722 7777

Bora Bora A Caribbean themed rooftop venue with a sunken bar and poolside lounge. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 1755 8200 Brazil This intimate club has a friendly vibe and hosts some of Bahrain’s niche music genres. Adliya, Tel: 3616 1650

Elements Offers a poolside lounge in an open white room. Central Business District, InterContinental, Tel: 1722 7777

Bushido Enormous Samuraithemed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, near RitzCarlton. Tel: 1758 6555. High $$$

Fiddlers Green Irish themed pub. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 4666

Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540

Harvesters Large pub with outside seating. Live band. Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel. 1753 1122

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listings Ibrida The biggest club in Bahrain with resident band and other stage events. Seef, Ramee Grand Hotel, Tel: 1711 1999 JJs popular Irish bar and restaurant, host to Bahrain’s Karaoke Idol. Adliya, Tel: 3932 9083 Klub 360 Large club that hosts many international DJ nights. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 1736 0300 Muju Indoor and outdoor setting that overlooks the pool and the lagoon. Amwaj, Dragon Hotel, Tel: 1603 9800 Ora Restaurant, Hotel Diva Juffair, Tel: 3642 6462

COZY Burlington Club Cigar lounge in the style of an English gentlemen’s club. Ritz Carlton, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000 Cellar 59 A wine bar and cellar at the newly opened ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111 Flamingo Bar Classy cocktail and cigar lounge by the pool. Moevenpick Hotel, near Airport, Tel: 17460 000 Lagoon Has a central pool bar that you can swim up to. Zallaq, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Tel: 1763 6363

Pulse Lively Arabic nightclub, Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999

Level 34 Great views over Bahrain. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel:1600 0000

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen A popular American venue with a lively karaoke night. Juffair, Tel: 1772 5550

Mai-Tai Trader Vic’s little sister, the Polynesian theme remains, Seef, Ritz-Carlton. Tel: 1758 6555

Sherlock Holmes large English themed pub with live band. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000

Shift 7 Formula 1 inspired  bar and lounge. Indoor and outdoor seating and excellent view of Bahrain. Muharraq, Elite Resort & Spa, Tel: 1731 3333

Sky Bar Rooftop experience. Closes when the summer gets too hot. Juffair, Hotel Diva, Tel: 3971 8101 Tapas Bar A vibrant blue interior reminiscent of the sea outside, offering cocktails, live music, DJ’s, and hosts a Friday brunch. Zallaq, Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363 Takasim Arabic night club with live Performances and gourmet cuisine. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167

The K Lounge Art Deco feel, with contemporary art on display. Juffair, The K Hotel, Tel: 1736 0000 Typhoon Cocktail lounge with option to sit outside set next to the gardens of The Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6434

Ladies' Nights

Trader Vic’s Sociable atmosphere. Sit outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful settings in Bahrain. Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6555. High $$$

Txoko A bar that’s almost the entire length of the club, and a raised VIP area. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 Upstairs Downstairs Bahrain’s favourite jazz venue, renowned for its live music Dinner Shows. Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 Wrangler A very wild Wild West Saloon, playing RnB. Juffair, Tel: 1729 0600

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Camelot, Adliya, Unlimited cocktails BD5 from 7pm, Wednesdays only. Live  music. Tel: 39 977 540 Cellar 59, ART Rotana, Thursday, Amwaj, 3 free drinks. 5pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 1600 0111 Club XS Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Every night, Selected free drinks. Tel: 1761 6167 Club Buffalo EVERY NIGHT (except Thursdays). Various offers. Live band. Tel: 39 508 403 Wrangler, Juffair Grande Hotel, Sun, Tues, Fri. Free drinks 8pm-2am! DJ. Tel: 39 831 380 Davy Crocketts, Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tue & Wed. 5  free drinks 8pm-1am. Live music. Tel: 36 089 534 Downtown, Intercontinental Regency Hotel, Sat, Wed, Thurs. Various offers. Live band. Tel: 35 034 768 Dublin, Ramee Palace Hotel, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri. Unlimitedfree drinks 9pm - 1am. Live band. Tel: 39 610 405 Finesse Klub K360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair, Sun & Wed. BD5 for unlimited drinks all night from 9pm – 2am! Live DJs. Tel: 36 025 360 Harvesters, Crowne Plaza, Mon & Fri. Different offers. Live band. Tel: 39 257 876 Ibrida Ramee Grand Hotel, Seef, Tuesday to Friday. Unlimited drinks 9pm -1am. Live music. Tel: 36 897 378

The Blue Hour Signature cocktails & bites at Blue Moon Lounge on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for BD5. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000 The Warbler Sports bar with an international size pool table and darts section. Manama, Tel: 1729 0600

Bushido, Seef, Thursdays  only. Free drinks from 9pm till late. LIVE DJ. Tel: 17 583 555

Txoko, 36th floor, Domain  Hotel, EVERY NIGHT, except Fri. Unlimited selected drinks 4pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 66 395 608 Upstairs Downstairs, Adliya, EVERY NIGHT, BD6 for six selected drinks. 7.30 pm - midnight. Live music. Tel: 36 869 843 Wahine Tuesday Trader Vic’s. Free drinks & bites. 6pm to 10pm. Tel: +973 1758 6555 Warblers, Ramee Baisan Hotel, Hoora, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues. 3 free drinks 9pm-1am. Live band. Tel: 38 381 631 WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge Sip on 3 elegant cocktails from 5pm every Wednesday. ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

24-Hour Pharmacies

Jaffer Pharmacy Tel: 1729 1039 18, Tarfah bin Al Abid Avenue, Manama 319 Nasser Pharmacy Tel: 1774 0900 63-B, Qadisiya Avenue, Manama 332 Awal Pharmacy Tel: 1777 2023 30 Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Avenue, East Riffa 901 Muwasaa Pharmacy Tel: 1733 5666 Shaikh Mohd bin Salman Avenue, Road 205, Muharraq

Flight Info

JJs Irish Restaurant, Adliya, Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed. Unlimited drinks for BD4. Live DJ. Tel: 39 329 083 An Nada Lounge Sheraton. Every Monday, 8pm onwards with unlimited selected drinks. Tel: 1753 3533 Barrel Crystal Palace Hotel, Juffair, EVERY NIGHT - 3 free drinks 9pm1am. Live band. Tel: 66 901 323 Bambu, Adliya, Every Wednesday from 11am-3pm including house cocktails for BD10 (guys pay BD19.6). Tel: 17 262 555 Brazil, Adliya, Every Tuesday from 6pm-11pm including unlimited food & drinks for  BD12 (guys pay BD20). Live music on Wed. Tel: 17 826 686

Kabayanz, Ramee Rose Hotel Selected complimentary drinks. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tel: 3354 4276/6695 0526 Meisei Wed only. Free wine 7pm -11pm. Live music. Tel: 1700 7770 Sofitel Bahrain, Ladies enjoy a 50 percent discount at any restaurant/bar every Monday. Tel: 1763 6363 The Hub, Ramee Monroe Hotel, Wed only. Unlimited free  drinks 9pm-2am. Live music Tel: 39 175 424

Airport Flight Info Tel: 1733 9339 British Airways Tel: 1758 7777 Turkish Airlines Tel: 1731 2233 Air India Tel: 1729 6444 Cathay Pacific Tel: 1722 6226 Emirates Tel: 1758 8700 Etihad Tel: 16500444 Gulf Air Tel: 1733 5777 Jet Airways Tel: 1722 7114 KLM Tel: 1722 9747 Kuwait Airways Tel: 1722 3300 Lufthansa Tel: 1782 8762 Qatar Airways Tel: 1721 2202 Saudi Airlines Tel: 1721 1550



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