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MARCH 2023 Bahrain This Month

Welcome to another exciting edition of Bahrain This Month. March is set to be a very exciting month in the Kingdom with plenty happening across the island. In true Bahrain This Month style, we’re here to tell you how to make the most of it.

Shifting things up a gear this month is the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – a highlyanticipated event on Bahrain’s social calendar. Things won’t die down following the race though, with the Spring of Culture, stand-up comedy acts and more taking place throughout the month. You’ll find plenty to do in our Happenings pages and on

In our interview section this month, we speak to the First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council, HE Jamal Mohamed Abdulrahman Fakhroo, who explains the significance of the 146th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly which will be hosted by the Parliament of Bahrain this month. We also speak to the Japanese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, HE Masayuki Miyamoto, who is determined to further promote even closer relations between the two countries.

We also talk to Shaikha Maram Al Khalifa about the return of the Bahrain International Garden Show after an absence of three years; bigger, brighter and better than ever before. You cannot fail to be inspired by the talented Bahraini Chef Tala who was named ‘MENA’s Best Female Chef 2022’ and recently received a trio of awards for her restaurant, Fusions By Tala. You can also read about Cabale Exquise, a truly unique bespoke event agency which shall soon be offering its services on the island.

Going hand-in-hand with the exciting events taking place, are some of the finest dining options courtesy of the Kingdom’s hospitality venues. I must mention that a venue you absolutely cannot miss out on visiting throughout the month is the opulent Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort and Spa. Our team has collated some of the very best dining options which includes some of the very best iftars and ghabgas for the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. You’ll also find our reviews of the vibrant brunch at The K Hotel, and our thoughts on the recently opened restaurant, Kula, which serves delectable African cuisine – a first for the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is known for having a multinational population, but not everyone knows Arabic! Hamzah Ramadan shares his thoughts on why expats should learn the language. Be sure to flip through our pages and catch up with the latest in motoring and business news too.

On March 8, the world will mark International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women all across the world. In our Woman This Month segment, we introduce you to motivational women you absolutely must know. We also reflect on the goals of this year’s campaign theme #EmbraceEquity and reflect on women’s role in Bahrain.

In our fashion pages, we explore the luxurious Emirati fashion brand, Azzalia, while in our beauty section we share some essentials you must have this spring.

Remember to visit to explore ‘Your Guide to a Great Way’ of Life any time of day, and to follow our official social media platforms for daily happenings and more about this beautiful island we call home!

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Spring of Culture, nightlife and other events

The Return of BIGS

National Initiative for Agricultural Development Secretary General, Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, tells us about the 2023 edition of Bahrain International Garden Show.

A Seasoned Diplomat

Japanese Ambassador, HE Masayuki Miyamoto, talks about the friendly ties between Japan and Bahrain.

Fostering International Discussions

First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council, HE Jamal Mohamed Abdulrahman Fakhroo, discusses the 146th Inter Parliamentary Union which will be held in Bahrain.

Creating Extraordinary Experiences

We speak to the visionary entrepreneur, Adélaïde De Vos, the creative force behind the bespoke event agency, Cabale Exquise

Culinary Greatness

Award-winning Chef Tala Bashimi speaks about raising Bahrain to world class levels of cooking.

A Taste of Africa in Bahrain

Farrah Saville reviews Kula, a new restaurant in Riffa offering authentic African cuisine.

A Friday Fiesta

Farah Baig checks out the offerings at The K Hotel’s much loved brunch.


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Much to the thrill of motorsport enthusiasts, the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2023, will soon be taking place at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, in Sakhir.

The F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2023 is set to open this year’s FIA F1 World Championship. Three days of top-class motorsport will be complemented by plenty of entertaining attractions that include roaming acts, stage shows, carnival rides, kids’ activities, and a pair of concerts featuring A-list artists DJ Snake and Craig David.

Tickets to the region’s biggest weekend continue to sell fast and only a limited number remain available. BIC is therefore urging fans to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Trib Fest is back for its spring installment of music family fun! The 12-hour festival which will take place from 10am to 10pm is made up of different tribute acts brought in for your entertainment from the UK and Europe. It’s sure to be a fun day out with family and friends.

This year’s lineup includes confirmed tribute acts for Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Pink, Bob Marley, Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran, Queen & Freddie Mercury, Oasis, Stereophonics, Annie Lennox, Abba, Dua Lipa and more! There’ll be plenty of kids’ entertainment with a bouncy castle park, Disney Characters, Barbie and more. You can also enjoy some refreshments at the food and beverage stalls, and explore other attractions. Don’t miss this celebration of music! Tickets are available at Bahrain Rugby Football Club.


Ever since turning his back on an MBA to take up comedy as a New Year’s resolution, Mumbai-born Tamilian, Rahul has won the favour of critics and audiences alike. The stand-up comedian is goofy, yet understated, with clever writing underpinning his silly takes on everyday observations.

Rahul is one half of the award-winning online sketch duo Random Chikibum. After winning the first ever Youtube Comedy Hunt in the year 2015, there was no looking back for Rahul as he has performed all around the world.

And now, for the first time, Rahul will be performing his brand new stand-up special WHO ARE YOU? In Bahrain.

Tickets are available on Platinum List and are priced at BD 25 for VIP seats, BD 20 for Platinum, BD 15 for Gold and BD 10 for Silver. Rahul Subramanian’s stand-up special is hosted by Hustle Entertainment and The Silver Kick Company. Kunal Kamra, Kenny Sebastian, Biswa Kalyan Rath and more.


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Ready for a night of laughs? Al Dana Amphitheatre is set to host the second comedy act of the season with internationally-renowned comedians, Mo Amer and Maz Jobrani, taking the stage for a highly anticipated live performance.

Mohammed ‘Mo’ Amer is a Palestinian-American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer from Houston, Texas. He can currently be seen on the award-winning comedy Mo streaming on Netflix. The show won a 2023 Gotham Award for ‘Breakthrough Series’ and was named one of AFI ‘s (American Film Institute) top 10 shows of the year. Mo was also nominated for ‘Best Actor’ at the Independent Spirit and can also be seen opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in DC’s Black Adam and in the Golden Globe winning show Ramy. In 2022 he was named GQ ‘Man of the Year’ in the UAE. His two stand -up specials Mo Amer: The Vagabond and Mo Amer; Mohmand in Texas can also be seen on Netflix. Mo has performed in over 27 countries across 5 continents.

Maz Jobrani is a celebrated Iranian American comedian, actor, author, and podcast host, who began his career as a founding member of the Axis of Evil comedy tour. Maz is undoubtedly one of the most famous comedy geniuses in the world having even performed at the White House.

Tickets to the comedy show start from BD15 and are available on Al Dana Amphitheatre’s website. Visit









As part of the on-going Spring of Culture 2023 events, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) in collaboration with Common Ground International is hosting world classical ballet shows performed by the world-renowned troupe - the Imperial Russian Ballet (IRB), led by its co-founder, Gediminas Taranda.

The world classical orchestral masterpiece and an immortal creation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, will be conducted by acclaimed Maestro Pavel klinichev of the Bolshoi Theatre. This event is suitable for those 5 years and older. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Visit

Here is yet another world-class ballet performance that Bahrain’s residents and visitors can enjoy this month! The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) in collaboration with Common Ground International will be hosting the world classical ballet show performed by the world-renowned troupe - the Imperial Russian Ballet (IRB), led by co-founder Gediminas Taranda. The timeless favourite ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will take audiences into the enchanting world of ballet. The show will be conducted by the acclaimed St. Petersburg Maryinsky Theater Maestro, Nikolay Khondzinsky. Two shows will be held on the day: at 2pm (doors open at 12.30pm) and at 8pm (doors open at 6.30pm). This event is suitable for those 5 years and older. Visit

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Classical music lovers will rejoice at this truly enchanting musical evening by the Bahrain Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by none other than Maestro Mubarak Najem. The audience will be taken on a nostalgic journey with a set of classical pieces, along with Bahraini and Khaleeji tunes. The Bahrain Philharmonic Orchestra was established in March 2022, by Bahraini Maestro Dr. Mubarak Najem, General Director of the Bahrain Police Band and founder of the Bahrain Music Institute. The orchestra currently includes more than 100 musicians and choir members.

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, led by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, have supported this project which shapes cultural identity, while ensuring His Royal Highness’ interest in presenting the Kingdom as a prominent destination that attracts all forms of cultural creativity.

This event is suitable for those 8 years and older. The show starts at 8pm.




In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this performance pays homage to the great Italian musical tradition with a succession of iconic music pieces, opera arias and duets. Listeners can expect a memorable journey through classic Italian opera with composers such as W.A. Mozart, Tosti, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini, Mascagni and Respighi. This event is suitable for those 8 years and older. The show starts at 8pm.




In collaboration with the Embassy of India in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this energetic musical performance of Islamic Sufi poetry aims to inspire a state of religious ecstasy among its audience of listeners.

This event is suitable for those 8 years and older. The show starts at 8pm. Visit 12 March 2023



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The sensational pianist and composer, Diego Valdivia, will take listeners on a musical journey this Spring of Culture. Diego Valdivia and his group is the most selected company since 2020 in the Red de Teatros Públicos Andaluces, and for the sixth consecutive year in the PLANEAMOS circuit of the Diputación de Cádiz, in addition to having performed for many big corporate events and organiSations such El Corte Inglés, Liga de Fútbol, and more. In 2021, Valdivia was awarded the Novia del Sol Award for culture in Algeciras, and in 2022 he has been named the Ambassador of the Campo de Gibraltar Region. This event is suitable for those 8 years and older. The show starts at 8pm.





There’s no better way to understand a country than to experience its folklore. Founded in the 1970’s by Mohammed Oraik, the band performs ancient folkloric voice arts significant to Bahrain’s cultural heritage while executing the nuances that exist across the nation. They play an important role in preserving Bahrain’s intangible cultural heritage, ensuring its exposure to younger generations. This event is suitable for those 6 years and older. The show starts at 8pm. Visit



In collaboration with the United States Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this fantastic festival will feature the Brass-A-Holics, who have been touring worldwide since 2010. The live show takes New Orleans brass band culture and infuses it with the electricity of Washington D.C.’s go-go, resulting in a captivating and unique sound. To add to the excitement, Bahraini musician, Esraa Janahi, will perform alongside the Brass-A-Holics.

This event is suitable for those 8 years and older. The show starts at 8pm. Visit



Poetry lovers will enjoy excerpts that speak of life, visions and human consciousness by some of the most prominent and expressive poets during this festive evening.

The event is being held on the occasion of World Poetry Day, celebrated by UNESCO since 1999, and in commemoration of Arab Poetry Day adopted by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) since 2015, which falls on March 21 annually.

This event is suitable for those 16 years and older. The show starts at 7pm. Visit 14 March 2023







The Qalali Folk Band boasts a rich history stretching back more than 100 years as they preserve and promote the traditional seafaring musical traditions of Bahrain, most notably the Al-Fjiri genre of the Qalali village in Muharraq. Their tireless participation at local and international events roots firmly in the belief that art is a universal language, as well as showcasing the ancient history of civilizations inhabiting this part of the world. This event is suitable for those 6 years and older. The show starts at 8pm. Visit

The Little Archaeologist programme introduces children and young adults to the archaeological pieces and heritage sites of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Children will work under the supervision of specialists to find the artifacts with tools similar to those used in real restoration operations, along with a simplified explanation about the discovered artifacts. This programme is suitable for children from six to 12 years of age, and will take place from 9am to 11am. Prior registration is required. Visit




Treinta Caras de la Luna, for Egyptian artist Salah El-Meligy, is a journey to the moon and its phases. The moon has been a source of inspiration for many myths in different cultures that remained in the popular conscience. His artworks are meticulously drawn in ink on Canson paper in circles with a diameter of 37:60 cm. The exhibition will be open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm and from 3pm to 6pm. In addition, the exhibition will be open on Saturday from 3pm to 7pm. This exhibition is suitable for those 16 years and older. Visit 16 March 2023
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The 2023 edition of Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) - the leading gardening and agricultural show in the Arabian Gulf - held under the patronage of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and supported by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and the President of the Advisory Council of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) will be inaugurated on March 9.

NIAD Secretary General, Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, speaks to George Middleton about the exhibition which she believes contributes to creating important opportunities for participating institutions to develop their business and expand the scope of their activities locally, regionally and internationally.

What can we expect from this year’s Bahrain International Garden Show?

Attendees can expect a lot from this year’s garden show including a wide variety of beautiful goods and services. There will also be a lot of information and valuable knowledge about environmental, agricultural, and waterrelated topics. Each stand is directed towards awareness; Alba (Aluminium Bahrain) showcases their environmental effort, NOGA will showcase what they do to protect water and what they’ve

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done with water management. There is a nexus between energy, water, and food. Hence, every organisation in the awareness zone, whether one of the major companies behind an educational institution or an NGO, will showcase beneficial information - a learning opportunity for visitors.

Aside from the workshops, on the commercial side there will be new products and services including a lot of plants and greenery. So, we can say that we provide the platform, and our participants make the show look good, and are the ones that make a difference every year with what they showcase.

What sort of contribution does the Garden Show make towards tourism?

From what we can gather from responses we’re getting on our social media channels, people know it, people are waiting for it, and people want to come and visit it. It is a highly anticipated show that will attract people. So yes, it contributes to tourism because it’s one of the social calendar’s highlights regarding exhibitions.

Why is the garden show essential for the agricultural and horticultural sectors?

For us, it’s an opportunity to showcase results and announce plans; that’s how I see it. It also supports businesses in the industry itself. So on the business side, some people have started with us and announced their presence or launched their company through the Garden Show because they know the exposure they will get on the platform is unique and robust. This has happened with businesses with farmers. The Hoora and Aali Farmers’ Markets came to be due to the farmers’ participation in the Garden Show and their requests for marketing channels and support. They received

it, thankfully, and now they’re thriving, and people know them and flock to them.

On the educational side, I asked the Electricity and Water Authority, which participates every year, why it is essential for them to be a part of the show so I may explain how important it is. They said that it is the best opportunity for them to interact with the public because it’s well-attended and attracts the right kind of people to whom they would like to send their message regarding water conservation and electricity conservation. They’ve been with us ever since the garden shows’ inception and consider it an important opportunity and what they said applies to everybody else.

The Bahrain International Garden Show is a very good opportunity. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn, and so people plan for it. They put out their best, what they want to say and the strong message they want to see at the venue.

What stands out at this year’s show, and what are you most looking forward to?

I look forward to having it again after so long. For me, the Garden Show is an extended family that comes together once a year. We miss that. It needs to happen and continue because it has a lot of immeasurable effects afterwards. The fact is that it brings everybody together for three days through that platform and provides the opportunity for exchange, partnership, learning and commerce. I’m looking forward to having it and look forward to what people display because I know they out do themselves every time and I’m very

appreciative of their contributions.

Could you tell us about the Bahrain Garden Club Competition?

The Chelsea Flower Show and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have an annual competition for hobbyists. For years now the garden club has followed suit of the RHS and its Chief who said that he was a keen gardener himself. So when the English community in Bahrain approached him in the 60s to establish a similar organisation in Bahrain, the Bahrain Garden Club was established.

A year after 1967, the first competition that targeted hobbyists was held, and it’s been happening ever since except for in the year he passed away. They have been very diligent in hosting this competition and it is something that children look forward to because they want to win. It has a positive effect and instills a love for gardening.

So, this comes as a result of what happened in 2003 when HRH Princess Sabeeka went to inaugurate the display of the annual competition; she said this piece of history needs to continue, but it needs to be strengthened. Let’s create a new periodic event that will take it higher and become a platform for commerce, awareness and education.

The Bahrain International Garden Show will take place at Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB) in Sakhir, and will be open to the public on March 9 from 1pm until 9 pm and on March 10 to 12 from 10am to 9pm. 19 March 2023


In the year 2022, Japan and the Kingdom of Bahrain marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This month, we spoke to the Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Bahrain, HE Masayuki Miyamoto, who joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1981. Given his outstanding political career rooted in the region, HE is determined to further promote friendly relations between Japan and Bahrain.

Having opted for Arabic as his specialty when joining the Japanese Foreign Ministry, HE Miyamoto was sent to Syria where he studied the language for three years as a diplomatic trainee.

“Following that, I served in several Arab countries, from Iraq eastward to Mauritania westward,” he explains. “I visited Bahrain for the first time in 1994, as a member of the delegation of HM the Emperor and Empress during their visit. I’m very happy to now be Ambassador to this beautiful Kingdom and I am determined to promote friendly relations between Bahrain and Japan.”

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Japan and Bahrain have enjoyed stable economic and trade relations for decades. The trade exchange volume has increased steadily over the years reaching JPY235 billion (USD1.8 billion) in 2022 - the highest level in their bilateral history. The value of Bahrain’s exports to Japan has reached around USD1.3 billion, which is the highest record as well.

“As for the nature of Bahrain’s exported products, it is worth mentioning that, compared with the figure from 2018 for example, the percentage of non-oil products has increased from four percent to 19 percent, reflecting the rapid development of the non-oil sector in Bahrain. In particular, aluminum has emerged as one of the top products imported from Bahrain, with 56,000 tonnes in volume and USD170 million in value,” he states.

“As for direct investment to Bahrain, Japan is the second biggest Asian investor following India, where the cumulative amount exceeded USD800 million as of the third quarter of 2022. The Japanese private sector has invested in several major projects, including two power plants that cover around 70 percent of the total demand of electricity and water in Bahrain,” he adds.

Around 160 Japanese citizens currently live in Bahrain. “They work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, engineering, finance, commerce and others,” he says.

Last year Japan and Bahrain signed an investment agreement which aims at protecting the investments of both countries for the future. This agreement is now in the process of ratification in both countries.


On September 28, 2022 the Japan and Bahrain Summit Meeting took place. HE Miyamota states that His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, had the first telephone conversation with HE Kishida Fumio, Japanese Prime Minister last February. This was in addition to a face-toface meeting in Tokyo last September, on the occasion of HRH the Crown Prince’s visit to Japan to attend the national funeral of the late Prime Minister, HE Abe Shinzo.

“To summarise the two meetings, the two leaders agreed to further enhance the bilateral relationship in various fields on

both governmental and private levels. Among the concrete measures to promote economic and business relations was the ‘Agreement on Investment’, which was signed last June,” he states.

In addition, the two leaders confirmed an early introduction of visa exemption for Bahraini officials. “HRH the Crown Prince expressed his hope to strengthen bilateral cooperation in science and technology, highlighting the success of launching ‘Light1’ - Bahrain’s first artificial satellite in cooperation with the Japanese Space Agency,” he states.

Further, the two leaders exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, agreed on the importance of international cooperation, and confirmed continuous close coordination between the two countries.


When asked which areas of business and diplomatic relations can be improved between Bahrain and Japan, he states that the two governments have been holding ‘Policy Consultations’ and ‘Security Dialogues’ on the undersecretary level for a decade with the latest ‘Policy Consultation’ being held in Tokyo last September.

“Through these consultations and dialogues, the two sides have discussed several bilateral and global issues across various areas: diplomatic, trade and investment, environment, science and technology, culture and others. The two countries expect to further strengthen their coordination to tackle global issues as well as expand the fields of bilateral cooperation,” he explains.

In March, a Japanese Parliamentarian delegation is expected to visit Bahrain to participate in the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union, which will be hosted by the Kingdom. “The delegation will consist of four members of the House of Representatives and two members of the House of Councilors,” he states.


The role of cultural exchange is significant when creating an understanding of countries’ cultures and beliefs. During the Spring of Culture 2023, organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the Japanese embassy hosted the Japanese Film Festival.

“We have hosted the Japanese Film Festival over several years in Bahrain, the last of which was held in February 2022, in

cooperation with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations between our two countries,” he says.

As part of this year’s festival, the embassy screened two movies: the fantasy drama ‘Destiny – the tale of Kamakura’ and the animated musical comedy film ‘On-gaku –Our sound’.


HE Miyamoto believes that one of the biggest similarities between the two countries is the character of its people. “They respect seniors and their experience, attach high importance to courtesy and manners, and keep time and promise. These features are essential to earn reliability and trustworthiness among individuals and lay the foundation for advanced civil society,” he says.

Meanwhile, he believes one of the biggest differences between the two countries might be their climate. “Japan enjoys four seasons, which are characterised by spring of cherry-blossoms, autumn of coloured leaves, rainy summer and snowy winter. While Bahrain basically has two seasons; an extremely hot summer and a moderate summer,” he says.

“However, it seems that the climate of both countries has changed over the past decade or two, probably due to the global climate change, where the summer in Japan has become unbearably hot, and the moderate summer in Bahrain has become very cold. I guess this has reduced the difference between the two countries in this regard!” he adds.

For those wishing to visit Japan from Bahrain, HE advises visitors to obtain a valid visa and vaccination certificate or a PCR negative certificate within 72 hours of departure.


To conclude, HE Miyamoto concludes:

“The Bahraini Royal Family and the Japanese Imperial Family enjoy a traditionally close relationship, where HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited Japan in 2012 and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister visited Japan three times; in 2013, 2019 and 2022, while HM Emperor Naruhito and the Empress visited Bahrain 1994 when they were Crown Prince and Princess. I pray for the prosperity of both royal families and everlasting diplomatic relations.”

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Members of Parliament from around the world will convene in Bahrain for the 146th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly from March 11 to March 15. Bahrain This Month speaks to Bahraini legislator and the First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council, HE Jamal Mohamed Abdulrahman Fakhroo, who explains the significance of the IPU that is to be hosted by Bahrain.

Hundreds of parliamentarians from all over the world are expected to attend the deliberations on the overall theme of ‘Promoting peaceful coexistence and inclusive societies: Fighting intolerance’. According to the 2022 Global Peace Index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank, the world has reached its lowest point of peacefulness in the last 15 years.

The Inter Parliamentary Union was established in 1889 with the purpose of bringing parliaments together to discuss international matters. “Through these meetings, parliamentarians are able to discuss matters related to peace, society, freedom and so other subjects that are related to the betterment of people’s lives, bringing freedom and peace to people, societies and the world,” states HE Jamal Mohamed Abdulrahman Fakhroo.

During the Assembly, the IPU will offer opportunities for exchanges on good practices to promote inclusion and support peaceful coexistence as a prerequisite of resilient, cohesive and democratic societies. An estimated 110 parliaments, including delegations from countries in conflict situations, will attend the IPU which will be held at Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB). The IPU currently consists of 179 Member Parliaments following the readmission of Liberia. “We expect between 700 and 800 parliamentarians to attend the IPU assembly in addition to their supporting staff. Hence, we are expecting an attendance of over 1500 people,” he says.

“The outcome we are discussing is with regards to international agendas. We don’t discuss Bahrain or local agenda. So, the outcome of the assembly will be represented through the statement that will be issued at the end of the conference covering the main subject,” he explains.

This statement will include a summary of the speeches delivered by speakers and representatives, covering the theme of the conference. “We have a speaker from King Hamad Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and the Supreme Council of Women. The main speech of our delegation will be delivered by Chairman of the Shura Council, HE Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh,” he states.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has a history of religious coexistence in the region. This is evident through the presence of a synagogue, churches, the 200-year-old Manama temple and mosques. “When you host a conference in your country, the idea is to showcase your country to these delegations while building a political relationship with other parliamentarians. We want to showcase our country, our peaceful coexistence and inclusive society,” he says.

Regarding gender equality and the representation of women, HE believes that a 50 percent representation of women in parliament is necessary. “I believe that we should not have a set figure, but rather keep it open and push the society to elect the number of women they want to elect. It would be great if we can have a 50-50 representation in our parliament,” he says.

“We do not know the exact number of women parliamentarians attending the assembly. Usually, approximately 30 percent of attendees are women. Today, globally, the percentage of women in parliament is approximately 25 percent. Hence, Bahrain is at the global percentage with eight women in the house of representatives and nine women in the Shura Council,” he says.

The Assembly will also see the launch of a new IPU campaign, Parliaments for the Planet, designed to mobilise parliaments and parliamentarians to act on the climate emergency.

Visit for more information on the 146th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly.

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TheKingdom of Bahrain, also known as the ‘land of two seas’, has been renowned for its natural water sources for centuries. In the past, the local population collected water from numerous springs scattered across the island. Today, Ahmed Mansoor Al-A’ali Co. (AMA Group) is bringing back this ancient tradition by making fresh, natural water accessible to everyone in the Kingdom through their brand, myna. The name ‘myna’ is derived from Arabic, translating to ‘our water’, emphasising the company’s commitment to providing a product that is true to the island’s culture and heritage.

myna, a low sodium bottled water, is the natural choice for health-conscious consumers. Derived from a natural water source deep beneath the island, myna is bottled in a state-of-the-art facility with a low sodium mineral balance that is ideal for Bahrain’s environment. The result is a refreshing and healthy premium brand of mineral water that truly is ‘the natural choice of Bahrain’.

AMA Group understand that when it comes to water, it’s not just about purity. That’s why they have taken it a step further by ensuring their laboratories are equipped with advanced equipment and personnel trained to ensure their water meets the highest WHO and GSO standards.

myna is proudly the official water partner for Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, Bahrain Road Runners, Bahrain Triathlon Association, and various other local communities as part of a joint commitment to a healthy lifestyle for the residents of Bahrain.

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Imagine being immersed in a truly memorable experience that is tailormade just for you. Paid actors, props, and bizarre, yet happy coincidences, coming together to give you the surprise of a lifetime. That’s exactly what the bespoke event agency, Cabale Exquise, offers. We speak to the visionary entrepreneur behind the concept, Adélaïde De Vos.

“Cabale Exquise is not an ordinary event agency; our events are meant to be unfathomable. As far as we know, the concept does not exist anywhere else,” says Adélaïde De Vos, a 33-year-old Belgian woman.

Adélaïde is a qualified business engineer who graduated from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in 2014. After working in the private sector for five years, she quit her job to explore the world for six months before wanting to start her own business. “For months, I did a deep introspection that led to ‘the light-bulb moment’. I was convinced I had found the project of my lifeCabale Exquise,” she reminisces.

The cabale planned by the agency is intended to inspire emotions of the highest intensity, and can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. “Our clients are people who want to do an extraordinary thing for their loved ones as opposed to mundane things seen a thousand times. They want to create a lasting impression for a special occasion or convey a message, and may not have the time or creativity to put a huge experience together. That’s where we come in,” she explains.

The unsuspecting recipient of the cabale will experience small, weird incidents followed by scenarios that are increasingly inconceivablemuch like in a movie. “This all culminates with the final act during which the ultimate message such as ‘Happy birthday’, ‘I love you’ or ‘Will you marry me?’ will be revealed. Each experience is unique and 100 percent bespoke,” she explains.

These immersions are inspired by the life, passions, childhood and dreams of the

person receiving the cabale – for which the execution requires months of preparation. “Our screenwriters are inspired by the information passed on by our accomplice. The creation then involves many people including screenwriters, a casting director, graphic and costume designers, set designers, a tracking team, a logistics team and videographers!”

The service has been sought-after by doting husbands and wives, children expressing their love for their parents, companies bidding adieu to retiring employees, and those wishing to propose. “The occasion is yours, and as long as there is a message to convey, we can create an extraordinary experience,” she says.

The concept was officially launched in Brussels, Belgium in 2022. “My plan is to now expand outside Europe. I have family in Bahrain and am sure the concept will be very exciting there. We can offer the service now, but people must remember that creating the cabale requires a minimum of three months,” she says.

“I love seeing women raise their voices through entrepreneurship. I strongly believe in the ability of women to do extraordinary things. For me, the best reward through Cabale Exquise has been seeing people crying with joy. It’s such a tsunami of kindness, love and positive emotions that, every time, I feel so grateful to be able to bring that into peoples’ lives and live these emotions myself,” she concludes.

For more information, visit www.cabaleexquise. com and enter the code EMOTIONS. Alternatively, you can follow @cabaleexquise on Instagram or email
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She speaks to Farah Baig about cooking in an effort to raise Bahrain and the region’s cuisine to world-class levels, while imparting some sound advice for young women on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The finest of ingredients, meticulous plating and a focus on creating a truly distinct dining experience has earned Fusions By Tala a trio of accolades at the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. At the helm of the award-winning restaurant is none other than the Bahraini Chef, Tala Bashmi - a true master of her craft.

The restaurant received the ‘Best Restaurant in Bahrain’, ‘No. 3 Best Restaurant in MENA’ and the ‘Highest Climber’ award. “Hard work, grit, sheer determination, and sticking to what we believe in has been our recipe for success. It is a lot easier to give people food that they are familiar with, food that they ‘want’ - but to create food, or a way of eating that they may not have experienced before is much more rewarding,” says Chef Tala.

Chef Tala, now world-renowned, was recently part of the jury for SP Young Chef Academy for Middle East, Africa and South Asia alongside Chef Siba Mtongana and Chef Selassie Atadika. However, she had previously dedicated her life to being a professional soccer player – a passion for which she went to the US for college. Following an injury, she moved to London where she studied fine arts and illustration before moving home.

“But even back when I was 17 and graduating high school, I remember thinking, ‘Would it be so crazy if I wanted to go to culinary school?’. I had the realisation that you can turn a person’s day around with a good meal,” adds the Swiss-trained chef.

Fusions By Tala is among the first restaurants in the region to raise local and regional flavours to world-class levels – a move that makes them truly special. Black lime, safi, mehyawa and cardamom are just some of the quintessential local flavours that can be enjoyed as part of the restaurant’s culinary artistry. “We focus on using regional and seasonal ingredients when they are available and that is an important part of my cooking philosophy,” she states. “Local products are key to telling the story and allowing my guests to try things they may have never experienced before.”

According to Chef Tala, the key factors that make a good dish are flavour first and foremost, followed by identity. “I find it important to be able to see the chef’s identity shine through their dishes because that is our unique footprint in the culinary world,” she says.

Being a successful woman in the world of gastronomy, Chef Tala concludes with some advice for young women wishing to enter the culinary field: “Work hard, don’t take shortcuts, work without ego, and utilise all of your time wisely. Teach yourself even if others won’t teach you, and be hungry to learn new things every day.”

To keep up with Chef Tala, follow @tala.bashmi and @fusionsbytala on Instagram.

The award-winning Chef Tala Bashmi was the first recipient of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ ‘MENA’s Best Female Chef’ award in 2022. She further advanced in the culinary world recently when she was awarded three more titles for her restaurant, Fusions By Tala at The Gulf Hotel.

interview 25 March 2023


After nearly 15 years of existence, the Skull collection has become one of the emblematic signatures of Bell & Ross. Within the Cyber Skull family with avant-garde design, the first ceramic Cyber Skull represented the watch of “bikers” or “pirates”. With its evolving alloy and avant-garde design, the new Cyber Skull Bronze is the perfect combination of watchmaking, design and technology. It features intricate work on the case as well as on the movement. Bewitching and fascinating, avant-garde and disruptive, it will seduce enthusiasts of timepieces with character. Available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, it will particularly appeal to collectors of Haute Horlogerie timepieces.



Bell & Ross often finds itself at the cuttingedge of innovative watch design, with its impressive range of aviation and aeronautically-inspired timepieces. In Bell & Ross’ latest timepiece, the French/Swiss brand pairs exceptional design with manufacture movement, unveiling the new BR-X5. Throughout the design a sense of sportiness and practical reliability carry through, these

sentiments provided by both its steel construction, as well as its integrated design between the case and matching steel bracelet or open worked rubber strap. Like the case housing it, the dial of the BR-X5 is the product of smart design work, with its style marking a highly refined expression of the original urban instrument shape. Available in two colorways— black and ice blue— each

option represents two sides of the brand’s appeal. In the suave black, classic and timeless noir are channeled with bright, sharp accents of red highlighting the look. While in the ice blue, the tasteful spirit of sport and play which has defined the urban BR 05 is on full view.
Founded in 1992, Bell and Ross have been leaders in crafting Swiss-made watches for professional users such as divers and pilots. We explore the French watch brand’s latest collection which we believe is the perfect luxury accessory during the F1 Grand Prix taking place in Bahrain.
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BR‑X5. CARBON ORANGE (high‑tech version)

With its avant-garde and daring design, and attractive functionality, the BR-X5 symbolises the developments made by the brand to attract connoisseurs and lovers of fine watchmaking. Faithful to its aeronautical heritage, the watch features the household ‘round within the square’ design, which allowed the French-born brand to be easily recognisable since the beginning. Like the earlier models in steel, the latest BR-X5. Carbon Orange brings together two functions that are particularly useful in everyday life: an oversized vertical date and the power reserve indicator. This double display, which is as legible as it is distinctive, gives the BR 05 family a unique look while making it instantly recognisable when on the wrist. At the heart of the case lies one of the major assets of this unique collection - BR-CAL .323. The automatic mechanism belongs to the world of manufacturer movements. The BR-CAL.323 calibre designed by Kenissi, a Swiss specialist movementmaker focused on exclusivity, raises the BR-X5 to the heights of precision.


Watchmaker Bell & Ross has become the specialist in aeronauticalinspired watches. However, some of its timepieces take off to other exciting worlds. In 2019, the brand launched the BR 05, a new contemporary family that is evolving while maintaining the House’s DNA. This watch is for urban adventurers.

The Skeleton collection, part of this family, has been a huge success since its introduction. With the open dial revealing its fascinating watch mechanism and details. 2019 marked the launch of the first all-steel Skeleton, which was followed by different variations: the Skeleton Blue in 2020, the NightLum in 2021 and the Skeleton Green in 2022.

The Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton once again updates its look with the golden hue of the dial. This new Golden version is both urban and chic. The 40 mm diameter steel case features the iconic ‘round within the square’ design. The flat sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment is held by the satin-brushed steel bezel, which is fixed by four polished steel slotted screws. This ensures water resistance up to 100 metres. The caseback is fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal allowing the rear of the movement to be seen, with a particular emphasis on the 360° oscillating weight. This is a fine example of craftsmanship and design, since the whole timepiece does not exceed 5.45 mm in thickness.

The BR 05 Skeleton Golden can be presented either with a steel bracelet fitted with a folding clasp, or with a rubber strap. This new timepiece is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces.
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Grand Opening of Kula

KULA (meaning ‘eat’ in Swahili) is a new celebration of cuisine, located at RUW Corner in Riffa, close to the popular Oak Restaurant. It has been beautifully designed, with a stunning, hand-crafted interior and has officially opened. From South African “vetkoek” and mince to Nigeria’s famous Jollof to Mozambique’s famous peri-peri Chicken enjoy an array of Africa’s finest favourites. A grand opening was held bringing guests the delectable flavours of African cuisine.

Since joining the publication, I have waxed lyrical to colleagues and clients about South African cuisine and Africa as a continent. You can imagine my excitement and delight at the chance to review Kula!

With beating drums and welcoming staff, Kula showcases African tradition in going the extra mile. The elegantly decorated interior features rich furnishings, beautiful drapery and chic, vibrant decorations, sourced from Ghana and other parts of the continent. Totally Instagram-worthy!

The staff were warm, friendly and welcoming, taking extra care to carefully explain the drinks and food menu to my colleague Shilu who had never tried African food before. Not only was Kula’s reputation on the line, but so was mine. As she was appropriately named, Patience explained to Shilu about Kula’s African Volcando: Sprite with elderflower and rose with a surprising twist of popping candy - an absolute delight. I opted for the Rock shandy with a perfect balance of citrus.

The chefs take pride in using only the freshest ingredients to prepare all their signature dishes with delicious herbs and spices. The menu boasts an array of traditional and contemporary specialities, showcasing some of the continent’s favourite dishes. These included South African Pap (a maize dish) & Biltong Bites, Kenyan Kuku Paka - a dish eaten on festive occasions, and Nigerian Jollof - a rice dish flavoured with tomatoes and peppers.

We were treated to an assortment of dishes to tickle our tastebuds. We were treated to an Ethiopian Azifa Lentil Salad- a tangy salad of mixed lentils, cucumber and tomato with sweet peppers and baby spinach leaves, served with a citrus and herb dressing. The salad was creamy and crunchy, offering an array of textures and subtle spices.

Moroccan Dip Platter followed this- a traditional trio of dips including Zaalouk grilled eggplant and spiced tomato dip, creamy labneh topped


As Bahrain This Month’s resident South African, Farrah Saville snapped up the opportunity to review Kula, a new restaurant in Riffa offering authentic African cuisine.

that offered cumin, coriander, fennel, and garlic flavours to create a spicy take on spaghetti pasta, served with a squeeze of tangy lemon.

As dessert was presented just as we thought we couldn’t indulge anymore. The Ghanaian Forbidden Cocoa- a rich, dark mousse created with decadent with a crispy homemade malted chocolate tuile, dusted with icing sugar and cracked open at your table. This sharing dish took me back to childhood and reminded me of licking the chocolate cake batter off the spoon while my mother was baking. So nostalgic!

Aside from a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic cuisine and ambience, the restaurant gives back to the continent through its Muranga drink. All profits of every drink sold will be donated to Africa’s most biodiverse protected area - Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more details, follow @kula_bh on Instagram.

with fresh pomegranate jewels and homemade dukkah, and Merguez farm-raised lamb spread, served with grilled bread. Combining all three dips was incredibly satisfying as the flavours complimented each other so well.

The Cape Mussels served up next were truly spectacular! The coastal seafood classic simmered in a rich cream garlic sauce and presented with a light, crusty herb baguette. The Cape Mussels lingered on our table for as we scooped up spoonfuls of the sauce with the baguette, “mmmm-ing” at every morsel.

Then came the South African Beef Curry delicious fusion of beef mince, carrots and onions, presented on a bed of rice accompanied by banana with chilli flakes and the famous fruity, piquant chutney. The mince was savoury, while the chutney was sweet and tangy.

Tunisian Harissa Spaghetti was the main finale
dining 29 March 2023


The Friday Family Brunch Fiesta at The K Hotel is back much to the delight of brunch-goers in the Kingdom. Farah Baig checks it out and tells us why it’s a brunch you absolutely cannot miss in Juffair.

Fridays are all about unwinding, and brunching with good company in tow is the right way to spend it! The atmosphere at Kolors sure felt like a fiesta as soon as I walked through the lobby of The K Hotel with the band’s upbeat Latin music keeping guests on their feet. Executive Chef Abdelkader Hamadi, who has 28 years of culinary experience, and his culinary team had an exciting brunch in store for diners with plenty of live cooking stations, countless starters, delightful desserts and more. There is a true kaleidoscope of delicious appetisers to choose from including canapes, healthy salads, hot and cold mezzas, terrines, and a colourful selection of sushi. This was in addition to a cheese station and selection of soups too. With a love for Japanese cuisine, I just could not resist myself and plated up a selection of sushi. This was truly the best start to my experience as every roll was made with

the freshest of ingredients. A generous serving of greens and mezzas satisfied our healthy cravings too.

On scouring the lavish buffet, it was clear what my next choice would be – the Beef Wellington. I was very kindly helped to carve a slice which was topped with a delicious sauce made in-house. It was perfectly cooked with the beef still quite succulent. Few things are as comforting as a warm bowl of pasta. At the live station, you can choose from a wide variety of pasta. I opted for some delicious ravioli in a tomato base with plenty of fresh vegetables; it had a great balance of flavours.

Keen on giving diners the very best brunch experience, The K Hotel offers a wide range of fresh seafood and marinated meats which are cooked to order. I opted for a delicious serving of mussels, prawns, lamb chops and shish tawook. After being grilled my plate was

brought straight to my table where I could savour them. The lamb chops were succulent and flavourful while the seafood was cooked just right – moist but not rubbery. I appreciated the fact that all their seafood is exceptionally fresh, and so you do not get that distinct fishy smell when plating up your choices.

The hot food counter, too, boasts a wide range of breakfast and lunch favourites – baked beans, sausages, biriyani, noodles, sesame potatoes and more. Their biriyani was a clear standout with the right balance of spices, and thankfully wasn’t too heavy following the extensive feast. As is customary with every great meal, we relished some of their fantastic desserts. The dessert counter is truly enticing with a large chocolate fountain taking centre stage. The assortment of desserts means that there is something for everyone with warm umm ali, fresh fruits, delicious mini tarts, slices of cake, delicate cups of mousse and even full sized cakes - absolute paradise.

We were quite impressed by the choices laid out for diners and loved the vibrant atmosphere which makes it ideal for a fun Friday out with friends or family. We’re sure to be back!

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Hotel Staff Party K Hotel held a staff party for the year 2023.

Flag Hoisting

On the occasion of the 74th Republic Day of India, Indian Ambassador, HE Piyush Srivastava unfurled the National Flag in the Embassy complex and read excerpts from the address by Hon’ble President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu.

Jumeirah Friday Brunch

Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort and Spa held a delectable Friday brunch.


The luxury beachfront resort, Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa, is set to elevate the food and entertainment scene in Bahrain with signature dining experiences.

Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa, the Kingdom’s newest luxury resort resting majestically on the unexplored, pristine beaches of the West Coast, is set to elevate the dining and entertainment scene with the launch of two exciting new dining experiences.

The luxury resort is introducing an incredible Friday brunch to reinvigorate the Kingdom’s brunch scene. This is aside from the opening of the resort’s signature bar, 25|50, which is bound to be one Bahrain’s prime dining and entertainment destinations.


Also opened this month is the resort’s signature bar, 25|50. Inspired by the sleek design of Bahraini boats, 25|50 serves delicious tapas and expert mixology, framed with incredible views across the shimmering Gulf. Choose from an impressive selection of beverages as well as a unique selection of Asian-inspired small dishes.

25|50 is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 5pm to 1am and on Thursday and Friday from 3pm until 2am.


Taking place every Friday, guests and Bahrain’s residents can enjoy an exquisite brunch at Obab Al Bahar, the resort’s signature all-day dining restaurant.

Set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring panoramic sea views from its expansive terrace, the Obab Al Bahar brunch features interactive live cooking stations showcasing delectable favourites from all over the world. This includes an exquisite seafood selection, mouth-watering meats and delicious sweet treats. Live music, henna art and face painting provide the perfect ambiance, while access to the kid’s club ensures that your little ones are kept entertained at this must-visit, family-friendly Friday brunch. This delectable brunch takes place every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. It is priced at BD30 per person with soft drinks or BD39 per person with house beverages. The brunch is priced at BD15 for children aged from six to 12 years old, exclusive of taxes. Children below six years dine for free.

For more information and reservations, kindly email or call 33 663-464. Remember to stay connected with this exceptional resort through their official social media channels, including @jumeirahgulfofbahrain on Instagram. 33 March 2023


International Women’s Day is being marked all across the world this month and Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain is celebrating the occasion with a fantastic brunch!

Get your favourite women together and head to the picturesque resort for their phenomenal International Women’s Day Friday Brunch on March 10 from 1pm to 4pm. Dig into a scrumptious array of international dishes, enjoy chilled sips and dance along to the live entertainment for a memorable affair with your besties. Once you’re done, you can head over to the beach after brunch for breezy strolls along the shores of Marassi Al Bahrain.

The brunch is priced at BD28 net inclusive of soft beverages and BD35 net inclusive of selected beverages. Children between six and 12 years old dine for BD14 net. Ladies enjoy an exclusive 25 percent off on the brunch experience. Call 77 488-100.



Coming from the beautiful country of Tunisia, Executive Chef Abdelkader Hamadi has always been driven by passion for cooking and his food speaks for itself.

He joins The K Hotel, located in Juffair, with 28 years of culinary experience. He has a wealth of experience working at different prestigious five-star hotels in the GCC and around the world. With 15 years of experience in his role, he started his career with Accor Group in 1996 and has extensive work experience with international hotel chains such as Accor and IHG.

Diners across the Kingdom are sure to be in for a treat when they dine at The K Hotel’s venues, with Chef Abdelkader at the helm. Call 17 360-000.


How often do you celebrate your mother? If you’re looking for something special to do this Mother’s Day, the picturesque Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain has a very special Mother’s Day Dinner at The Bistro by Origins.

Treat your mother to a special evening of affection and admiration with a delightful Vida’s Mother’s Day Dinner, where the venue is offering complimentary dinner for all the fabulous moms! Indulge in the carefully curated menu to satiate your palate in the most elegant environs for a memorable day with the special lady.

Dinner will take place from 7pm to 10.30pm. Prior booking is advised.

Call 77 488-100.


There are few flavours that are as distinct as that of duck. China Garden at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain has something very special in store for diners with their Duck and Grape night – a must try!

Chef Chao Ding invites you to indulge in this unique and special dining experience, by trying the most authentic, flavourful and best peking duck in town, carved by your table, along with a glass of grape on the side. It’s sure to be a wonderful experience in good company.

The experience is priced at BD 19 for half a duck with a glass of grape, or BD 29 with a full duck and bottle of grape.

Call 17 713-000.

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The atmosphere is buzzing all across the island this month, and the hotels across the island have rolled up their sleeves to bring you sensational dining experiences. This is of course in addition to special offerings for the Holy Month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin later this month. Bahrain This Month is here to bring you the very best of dining, whether you’re celebrating one of the month’s festivities, or enjoying an iftar or ghabga.


Indian food is definitely a crowd pleaser, so there’s no better way to close a business deal than over a delicious meal. Enjoy the Thali Business Lunch at Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s Spices Restaurant.

Savour their authentic Indian lunch platter which features a variety of delicious dishes which are served on a copper bowl. Lunch is priced at BD7 net. The Thali Business Lunch is available from Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 3pm. Call 17 531-122.


Seafood lovers, rejoice! If you’re in the mood for all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, you’re in the right place! The culinary maestros at Hilton Bahrain sure know how to create a feast. The Seafood Night at Origin Kitchen & Culture is the perfect venue for you to enjoy the very best of seafood cooked in a variety of styles. Tuck into the very best of local and regional fish and shellfish at the live cooking stations, plate up some divine sushi, or enjoy a hot curry. Their variety of delicious desserts are sure to keep you satiated.

Live entertainment and a designated kids club is available on the night. The experience is priced at BD32 inclusive of three selected house-pour beverages or BD25 inclusive of soft beverages. The What’s The Catch Seafood Night is on every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. Call 77 010-100.


Have you ever had an authentic Churrascaria dining experience? At Wyndham Garden you can enjoy their Churrascaria Nights at Via Brasil.

The experience includes all-you-can-eat meat selections including Picanha, Fraldinha, and Tenderloin with Parmesan crust, Rib-eye, striploin, garlic chicken wings, lamb chops, and more - each grilled to perfection. These are complemented with fresh choices from their salad bar along with lip-smacking grilled pineapple.

Dine and enjoy the best city skyline views from their roof-top restaurant. The unlimited Churrascaria with soft beverages is priced at BD25 net per person and takes place daily (except Monday) from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Call 66 390-928.


Where does one travel to for a steak and lobster dinner?

Legendz Steakhouse at InterContinental Bahrain. The steakhouse has introduced the ultimate dining experience with their new Steak and Lobster three-course meal.

Enjoy a delicious starter selection, followed by a 300g lobster tail and 200g grilled tenderloin, and a dessert selection of your choice.

The dinner is available every day from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is priced at BD28.

Call 17 227-777.


If you’re in the mood to enjoy some delicious Spanish food in a lively atmosphere, check out Vermut a Tu Salud at Salero located at The Westin City Centre Bahrain. Feast on a selection of cold and hot tapas and paella of the day cooked a la minute. You can also repeat any items on the menu and delve into their dessert buffet.

The experience will take place every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. The brunch is priced at BD29.5 net including selected beverages and BD22 net including soft beverages. Call 17 171-300. 35 March 2023


Here’s a special promotion for mum’s living in Amwaj! Plan a day out with your favourite mums and pay for three people only when you dine in groups of four at Citrus Restaurant located at Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands by Wyndham. Enjoy a delicious range of breakfast favourites for just BD5 net per person and start the day right. The promotion is available from Sunday to Wednesday from 7am to 11am. Call 66 390-498.


Italian food has been a crowd favourite across the world for the longest time and it’s not without reason. Few things are as satisfying as warm bowls of pasta, freshly-made pizza, melting cheese, flavourful truffles and a creamy tiramisu.

You can enjoy all this and more at Mondo Taste of Italy, located at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Manama. The culinary team creates some of the most delectable Italian cuisine in all of Bahrain. Be sure to visit them on Monday for Steak Night or Thursday for Pasta Night when you can order two pastas and get a complimentary appetizer of the day.

Mondo Taste of Italy is open from Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 11pm and on Friday, Saturday and public holidays from 12pm to 11pm. Call 17 531-666.


Enjoy your favourite roast during the newest theme nights at Baharat! The restaurant, located on the ground floor of Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, will have a Wednesday Roast Buffet which features delectable dishes including a special roast carving section with beef wellington, dill-crusted roast salmon, roasted chicken served with condiments, and sauces including mushroom sauce, Beurre blanc and more.

The roast dinner is priced at BD17 net per person with soft beverages and BD27 net per person with selected beverages. Call 17 171-441. tablehopping 36 March 2023

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month and in partnership with the Art in Embassies Program, US Ambassador, HE Steven C Bondy and Ms Meghan Bondy hosted a reception at the Ambassador’s Residence in Saar. A presentation by Regina Bain, Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum was held at the reception.

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at Adliya, Amwaj, Budaiya & Riffa
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Experience the joy of Ramadan at the luxurious Saharat Tent at the newly opened Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa. Indulge in a scrumptious iftar and ghabga, at the beach-side resort, featuring an array of traditional and contemporary dishes prepared by their expert chefs.

The elegant and serene atmosphere of the Saharat Tent provides the perfect setting to break your fast with family and friends. Book your table now and make this Ramadan a memorable one.

Iftar is priced at BD25 per person while the resort’s ghabga is priced at BD20 net. And early bird discount applies until February 28 with the iftar priced at BD20 net per person and the ghabga priced at BD15 per person.

Call 77 771-000.


Experience the magic of Ramadan at Crowne Plaza Bahrain. You will have a truly enchanting iftar or ghabga feast at their beautiful tent, surrounded by lush gardens.

Indulge in a lavish buffet spread featuring a variety of dishes, accompanied by fresh delicacies prepared at live cooking stations. With indoor and outdoor seating, this elegant tent offers a magical setting for a memorable experience with your loved ones. Enjoy the festivities with a live tannoura show, accompanied by the soulful tunes of an oud player.

Book your iftar or ghabga experience to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The iftar and ghabga are priced at BD18 (subject to applicable taxes).

Call 17 531-122.


Taking in the spirit of Ramadan in the heart of Manama is truly a unique experience. Downtown Rotana offers just that with a beautiful experience planned for their diners this Ramadan.

Enjoy a scrumptious spread featuring traditional and contemporary favourites at the Al Maha tent for iftar. For an outdoor experience, taking in the Manama city skyline, you can opt for their ghabga which will take place at their Sundeck Pool Café.

The iftar experience is priced at BD20 with groups of 25 and above paying BD 15. The ghabga is priced at BD15 per head with groups of 50 and above paying BD13. An early bird discount applies for bookings made before March 10 with diners receiving a 25 percent discount.

Call 13 119-999.


Majestic Arjaan, located in Busaiteen, will offer a unique iftar buffet this Ramadan at Ginger Restaurant. The buffet is priced at just BD9 per head and will take place on Thursday and Friday.

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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain has long been known for its fantastic Ramadan tent. This year, light up your Ramadan at their Khaimat Al Khaleej tent. Gather with family and friends and take in the beautiful surroundings, live stations, incredible cuisine, entertainment and much more.

You can enjoy exquisite Ramadan favourites including ghoozi, fantastic grills, delectable desserts and more. Iftar is priced at BD22 per person, while the ghabga is priced at BD20 per person on weekdays and BD22 on weekends.

Prior booking for groups is advised.

Call 17 713-000.


During the first week of Ramadan, Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain has a special surprise for guests for their iftar and ghabga. Indulge in Origins’ iftar or ghabga at flat 50 percent off throughout the first week of the holy month! Take in the sweeping views of the beach during twilight hours at iftar or join them for a heartwarming ghabga with an assortment of scrumptious dishes featuring live entertainment, for a memorable Ramadan experience.

Following the discount, the iftar buffet is priced at BD12 net while the ghabga buffet is priced at BD12 net. Iftar will take place from sunset to 8.30pm while the ghabga will take place from 9.30pm to 2am.

Call 77 488-100 or email


This Ramadan season, Wyndham Garden Hotel Bahrain invites you and your loved ones to break your fast at the Mosaic restaurant and experience the finest Arabian hospitality with a delicious buffet of classical Arabian and Oriental dishes. Offerings range from a selection of fresh dates, salads and refreshing juices to a wide variety of exquisite Arabic delicacies and mouth-watering desserts, with The Mosaic stunning décor and peaceful ambience creating the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a fulfilling evening meal throughout the holy month.

The iftar buffet is priced at BD12 net and starts at sunset through to 8.30pm. Group booking for 30 people or more are available for BD10 net per person. Call 66 390-928.


Ladies, plan a night out with your favourite women this Ramadan. Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain is offering a discount of 50 percent on their ghabga for all ladies every Monday.

Spin off your evening with live oriental music, as you catch up over appetising traditional and international cuisines all night long on the beautiful shores of Marassi Al Bahrain.

Call 77 488-100 or email


This year make the Holy month of Ramadan special at Wyndham Garden Bahrain and head for an unforgettable experience at Layali Ramadan. Take in the magnificent views of Manama from the rooftop Terrace@28.

The new Ramadan destination in Juffair welcomes guests and visitors to enjoy a memorable evening in the company of friends and family with a comfort and generosity synonymous with Arabian hospitality. Indulge in Arabic and traditional Ramadan delicacies with a specially designed ghabga set menu – priced from just BD7 net. The ghabga will take place from 8.30pm to 2am. Group bookings are available. Call 66 390-928. tablehopping 40 March 2023

Signing Ceremony

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and Vatel Bahrain signed an agreement that further strengthened their partnership in developing future leaders in luxury hospitality. The agreement was signed by the hotel’s General Manager, Bernard de Villele, Director of Human Resources, Rasha Ghoul, Vatel Bahrain’s General Director, Shaikh Khaled bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, and Practical Application and Internship Manager, Layal El Mahmoud.

Art Exhibition

Art Concept launched the solo exhibition “Beyond Languages II” by Egyptian Artist Fadwa Ramadan at Art Concept in Al-Andalus Garden. The exhibition features Fadwa’s fascination with the intriguing Amazigh Language.

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Night Brunch Mövenpick Bahrain held a Night Brunch at Silk’s Restautant.

Habibi, Learn Arabic!

Learning a new language can seem like a daunting task, but it has several benefits for those that put in the effort. Hamzah Ramadan, an Arabic teacher for second-language learners, shares his views on the importance of learning Arabic.

Moving to a new country is an exciting life experience, and while most people focus on learning about its history and culture, they neglect one of the most essential ways of connecting with their new home: learning its language.

Most people complain about having to learn a new language claiming that its grammar, vocabulary, and other aspects related to its mechanisms and

structure are difficult to grasp. In addition, they argue that learning a new language to the point of well-rounded comprehension requires a lot of time. While it presents its fair share of challenges, the benefits are endless too. So, it is essential that expats remember these, especially if they are learning the language in a country where it is used extensively. There is no doubt that learning Arabic is of significant importance to expats in Bahrain.

Here are some of the key benefits associated with having a grasp of Arabic in the Middle East:

Understanding the Culture

It is a well-known fact that learning Arabic can help expats learn about various aspects of the Bahraini community such as their values, beliefs, habits and religion. Once they have learned Arabic that is used in Bahrain, expats can understand the Bahraini society on a deeper level and connect with the way people think. In addition, they can understand the history of Bahrain in particular and the Arab world in general as they can enrich their knowledge by revising books written in Arabic which elaborate on significant historical events. Shedding light on Arab culture and being knowledgeable of their history will develop their thinking and help them in building a rapport with the majority of people they deal with daily. Should an expat be required to visit an Arab country, speaking the language will help break down barriers of communication, especially in the case of those related to customs and culture. 42 March 2023

Establishing a Business

For expats hoping to establish their own business in Bahrain, knowing the language has its perks! Having a healthy grasp of the language enables them to understand government rules and regulations in order to finish the necessary paperwork and start their business. They need to visit different ministries and deal with employees who primarily speak Arabic. These employees will have to explain the various requirements which have to be fulfilled in order to complete the required official documents.

Fostering Work Opportunities

In addition, when it comes to employment, priority is always given to those who can speak Arabic. Hence, mastering the language and making a mention of it in your application will give you an edge over other applicants and enable you to make higher returns. Being able to communicate with Arab employees in their native language will foster an even better working relationship in the office, and reflect positively on the expat employee who will be appreciated for promoting a healthy work environment.

A Better Social Life

Social connections are vital when settling in a new country. By knowing the language, expats will be able to interact with locals and be more constructive in expressing their opinion to them. They will be able to sense how the persons feel and respond to them accordingly since they share their language. It is also more than likely that the local community will feel even more comfortable with sharing their thoughts with an individual who has made the effort to learn the language. When expats know the language of the people they are listening to, they will be able to engage in the conversation and make more friends in the long run. In addition, when they listen to others, this will help them to master the target language and become more fluent.

Increased Intelligence

Studies have shown that learning a new language is conducive to increased intelligence. Aside from scientific reasons, it helps in efficiency when running a business in the region. Several expats in the region own businesses and by knowing the language can easily adapt to challenges where language and cultural understanding are concerned.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that expats will benefit tremendously from learning Arabic. Being able to communicate with the local communities in Arab countries will further enrich their experience living as expats and is sure to make it more memorable. You’re sure to feel motivated if you choose to learn a new language; just take a leap of faith!

If you would like to learn Arabic, kindly contact Hamzah Ramadan on 39 623-787 or

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Launch of the BMW S1000RR

Launch of the all-new BMW

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Euro Motors held the official launch of the BMW S1000RR – the first unveiling of the superbike of superlatives – geared towards pure performance, at Euro Motors – Motorrad Showroom. X1
Euro Motors held an exclusive launch of the all-new BMW X1 –delivering performance you can feel. The first unveiling of the versatile BMW X1 - a combination of driving pleasure, advanced digitalisation, comfort and luxury was held at Euro Motors – BMW Showroom.


With practically every global manufacturer having already released or actively developing at least one electric vehicle (EV) in their portfolios, the batterypowered beasts are challenging the internal combustion engine for the future of our roads.

Kristian Harrison looks back at the history of EVs.

Strike up a conversation about the current motoring industry and it’s inevitable that all roads will lead to… well, not Rome, but the relentless juggernaut that is electric vehicles. Whilst they are the bane of the staunchest petrolheads, there’s no denying their importance in the modern landscape and the simple fact that as a collective civilisation we have to be more climate-aware. The Kingdom is no exception, with EVs proliferating local dealership forecourts and initiatives to boost infrastructure with more charging ports well under way.

EVs would appear to be a relatively new phenomenon, but did you know that they were the most popular form of automobile in the early days? Scotland’s Robert Anderson was the earliest pioneer of electric vehicles, building a motorised carriage sometime between 1832 and 1839. It was a crude invention; as batteries were not yet rechargeable, it was more of a show-off trick than a transportation device.

viable. By 1890, a Scotland-born chemist living in Des Moines, Iowa, William Morrison, applied for a patent on the electric carriage he’d built. With front-wheel drive, four horsepower, room for 12 people and a reported top speed of 32kmph, it had 24 battery cells that needed recharging every 50 miles.

Interest was piqued. By the turn of the 20th century, many people began swapping in their horses and carts for motorised vehicles. As a result, the automobile rapidly grew in popularity and the battle for the future of mobility commenced. The options? Steam, petrol or electric. Electric cars won; they did not emit any unpleasant pollutants, require changing gears or have long start-up times. This meant that they were easier to drive and they were much quieter too.

However, this momentum would all come to a slow end post-WW1, with the creation of Henry Ford’s cost-efficient assembly line and the wider availability of petrol. EVs were dead and would remain so until the 1970s, when oil prices shot up and gasoline shortages meant that car companies started exploring the possibilities of resurrecting them.

For instance, General Motors developed a prototype for an urban EV and even NASA helped raise the profile when their electric Lunar rover became the first manned vehicle on the moon. However, EVs still suffered from several drawbacks compared to petrolpowered cars including limited range and slow top speeds. Consumers simply weren’t interested.

Batteries that could be recharged came along in 1859, making the electric-car idea more

Not that this deterred scientists from trying over the next 20 years, until the big breakthrough arrived: the Toyota Prius.

Released in Japan in 1997, the Prius became the world’s first mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle. When it was released worldwide in 2000, it became an instant success.

The snowball had started rolling. Tesla Motors was formed in 2003 and three years later started producing a luxury electric sports car that could go more than 320km on a single charge. Nissan raised the competition with its launch of the Nissan LEAF in 2010.

The snowball is now an avalanche. New battery technologies have helped to improve range and cut EV battery costs by 97 percent since 1991, making them more affordable for consumers. Analysts conservatively predict that by 2030, EVs will reach 20 percent of sales worldwide with more than 200m on the roads, but the real figure could be much higher.

All aboard the bandwagon!

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Aston Martin to Launch Next-Gen Supercars

Ultra-luxury manufacturer, Aston Martin, is increasing employment at its Gaydon headquarters with the creation of more than 100 jobs in its manufacturing facility as it prepares to unleash its next generation of sportscars.

In 2023, Aston Martin will commence the launch of the highly anticipated future models, which will further enhance its focus on ultra-luxury, high-performance and driving intensity. More than 100 new automotive technicians are now to be recruited to support production at the British manufacturer’s world-class centre for sports car design and engineering. The recruitment drive will include an offer of full-time permanent employment to agency colleagues currently working at Aston Martin sites on a temporary basis, including those who have supported the ramp-up of DBX707 production in St Athan, following the successful launch of the model in 2022.

Chief People Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, Simon Smith, said: “As Aston Martin prepares to ramp-up production and launch the first of our next generation of sports cars, we are delighted to offer high-quality permanent employment opportunities for our valued agency colleagues. Nobody builds an Aston Martin on their own and this is a fantastic opportunity for experienced automotive technicians to join our world-class team and play their part in this exciting next chapter in Aston Martin’s rich history.”


Kia UK has won two awards at the 2023 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, including a major category win for the Kia Sportage.

The Kia Sportage was named ‘Family SUV of the Year’ ahead of others in the most popular and hotly contested vehicle segment in the UK. The latest Kia Sportage was introduced at the start of 2022. It was the UK’s sixth best-selling

new car last year, with 29,655 units of the SUV being purchased by UK buyers through 2022. This version is the first in five generations of Sportage to offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.

Meanwhile, the Kia EV9 was voted winner of the ‘Reader Award’. This trophy is voted for by What Car? readers, who named the upcoming

EV9 as their most highly anticipated new car of 2023.

The Kia EV9 is due to be revealed later in 2023, with UK deliveries set to commence towards the end of the year. The large electric SUV is the next EV due to be launched under the brand’s ‘Plan S’ long-term strategy for electrification leadership.

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The All-New BMW M3 CS.

BMW M GmbH will maintain its focus on adding highly appealing specialedition models to its product range in 2023. The all-new BMW M3 CS brings even greater intensity to the racing allure that marks out the company’s successful high-performance models for the premium midsize segment. The powertrain concept for the new BMW M3 CS teams a 550 hp six- cylinder in-line engine with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. This setup produces a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.4 seconds. The BMW M3 CS comes with the M Driver’s Package as standard and has an electronically limited top speed of 302 km/h. The new BMW M3 CS will be built in a limited run at BMW Group Plant Munich from March 2023, with its phased launch getting underway the same month.

Presenting the Lamborghini Invencible and Autentica

Unrivalled Opulence: The 2023 INFINITI QX80

With its impressive capabilities and luxurious interiors, the INFINITI QX80 is guaranteed to make a bold statement. The 2023 INFINITI QX80 is available in three grade levels: Sensory, ProActive and Black Edition, each of which comes with standard INFINITI All-Mode® Four-Wheel Drive.

The QX80 seamlessly blends aesthetics and functionality. Drawing on INFINITI’s Japanese heritage, the QX80’s signature double arch grille is inspired by the intricate folds of traditional origami.

At the heart of the INFINITI QX80 is a standard direct-injection 5.6-liter V8 engine, rated for 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic

transmission that delivers a more engaging driving experience, thanks to Downshift Rev Matching.

Every QX80 features a suite of active safety technology, including Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Driverassistance technology includes Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection for confidence in low-speed manoeuvring, Intelligent Cruise Control to ease highway driving and a Smart Rear-view Mirror that helps provide a less obstructed view behind the vehicle.

The 2023 INFINITI QX80 is now available across the Middle East.

With the debut of Lamborghini’s first hybrid super sports car fast approaching, the Italian company is celebrating its iconic naturally-aspirated V12 with the Invencible coupe and Auténtica roadster: two unique cars that showcase the brand’s DNA and epitomise Lamborghini’s exclusive focus on personalisation. Customers were involved from the beginning in creating these truly bespoke models.

The Invencible and Auténtica are the last cars to be produced by Lamborghini with a 12-cylinder 6.5 l engine and mark the transition to a hybrid era. They deliver 780 CV and 720 Nm of torque, paired with a 7-speed ISR transmission, and can reach a top speed of over 350 km/h.

Invencible and Auténtica pay homage to Lamborghini design masterpieces such as the Sesto Elemento, the Reventón, and the Veneno. Both cars feature a carbon fiber monocoque from the Aventador, produced in Sant’Agata Bolognese, along with full carbon bodywork and design and technologies tested in motorsport. The Invencible coupe features a dominant shade of red with carbon-look elements and red “flakes,” complemented by Rosso Mars brake callipers and hexagonal tricolors as a tribute to the Italian flag. The Auténtica roadster features bodywork in Grigio Titans with Matt Black details and a Giallo Auge livery, with contrasting interior embroidery and upholstery in Giallo Taurus, Nero Ade leather, and two-tone Nero Cosmus and Grigio Octans Alcantara.
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Beyon Money Village

Bahrain International Circuit in collaboration with Beyon Money, part of the Beyon Group, together with support partner The Oil and Gas Holding Company B.S.C. (closed) (nogaholding), opened the Beyon Money F1 Village at Block 338 in Adliya. Present at the opening were Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive at BIC; Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Beyon; Mikkel Vinter, CEO of Beyon; Roberto Mancone, CEO of Beyon Money; and Mark Thomas, Group CEO of nogaholding.

Drag Racing Awards Night

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, crowned the champions of the 2022/2023 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship. BIC COO Fayez Ramzy Fayez was on hand to honour the titlists, as were officials from BIC’s drag racing team, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Bahrain Drag Racing Commission and the Bahrain Motorcycle Commission.



Italmost feels like machines and technology are “taking over” – but not everywhere. There is a whole hidden side of an economy that few people actually consider business – the creative economy. I recently read about this concept and it was a refreshing change of perspective.

What is the creative industry?

The creative economy includes all those jobs where the core offering or core work is linked to arts, music, creative design, etc. This includes film and TV, publishing, museums, music and the performing arts, computer programming, crafts, and architecture and interior design. It also includes creative occupations which are not part of creative businesses, such as design, advertising etc.

Let’s look at the numbers – you may be surprised. It is a very large economy in terms of employment and value with cultural and creative industries providing 6.2 percent of all employment – that’s a whopping 50 million jobs worldwide. The global exports of creative goods increased from USD 419 million in 2010 to USD 524 million in 2020, while world exports of creative services increased from USD 487 billion to almost USD1.1 trillion


For the past few months, Pria Masson has been delving into technology driven changes. Whether it’s AI, ChatGPT or bitcoins and crypto, it feels like the jobs we know, are changing in ways that are almost incomprehensible. Here are her thoughts on AI and an industry she believes it may not take over.

during the same period. If you find movies and gaming interesting, here are some even more fun facts: Avatar: The Way of Water grossed over a whopping USD 2.1 billion; The Harry Potter franchise is estimated to be worth almost USD 25 billion and the global gaming market is estimated to be worth around USD 200 billion. Art too is thriving. As per Statista, the global art market was valued at USD 65.1 billion in 2021, recovering from the sharp fall due to the pandemic.

It’s a valuable industry – in intangible ways too. The economic linkages of creative industries, are evident. For instance, if an economy develops its digital, music or even fashion and design skills, this can potentially make it more attractive as a destination for investments in video content. This could lead to growth in the associated sectors such as music, merchandising, advertising, etc. Today, creative outputs have multiple spaces and economic avenues. Books, get made into movies or series – sometimes both. Movies are no longer dependent on traditional cinema and OTT platforms provide a platform for more creative spaces at smaller budgets. Creative industries are also significant users of technology services. Music, videos and content creation is

an obvious one. Then there is VFX technology, collaborative software for recording, or NFT’s in the art space. AI is being used increasingly across creative work as well especially within the customer interactive spaces. Room for more – lots of it.

The linkages that this creative industry provides are psychological, social and economic. Creative work brings out human emotions. It appeals to an intangible, unpredictable part of our lives. The unpredictability, is the other side of flexibility, so it’s always changing and the linkages are changing with it. Employment, flexibility and emotional connect – tangible, measurable, yet esoteric. It’s a potent industry with so many business opportunities between the spaces. Are you going to find a gap to fill?

Pria is the Founder of GMI Advisory WLL– a Management Consultancy that helps companies with their strategy, business plans, presentations and preparing for investors. You can visit her company website to connect with her. You can follow Pria at her Instagram handle @guide_my_idea 49 March 2023

Bahraini Tech Companies Participate in LEAP 2023

Over 20 Bahraini ICT companies participated in the world’s largest technology conference, LEAP 2023, which was recently held in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. The global tech event was held under the theme ‘Into New Worlds’ and was organised by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones. “Bahraini tech companies have reported a successful participation at the LEAP conference this year. These companies demonstrated their innovations at the biggest tech expo in the world and held fruitful discussions with their customers and partners to explore significant opportunities, challenges, and demands to create cutting-


The fourth edition of the Annual Islamic Finance Innovation Day (IFID), founded and organised by FinMark Communications, will take place on May 30 at the Gulf Hotel. The forum will focus on ‘Embedding ESG into Islamic Finance – Opportunities for Innovation and Growth’ and is being held with the support of the event’s lead partner, Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB).

The event will see senior regional and international experts in Islamic banking, finance and insurance, sustainability and ESG and technology engage in high-level discussions. These discussions will examine how institutions and businesses in the industry can leverage the principles of ESG and the power of financial technology to accelerate further industry advancement, drive innovation and achieve long-term sustainable growth.

The 2023 Advisory Committee consists of industry experts who are guiding the development of this year’s programme. Its members are BisB CEO, Yaser Alsharifi, Central Bank of Bahrain FinTech & Innovation Unit Director, Yasmeen Al-Sharaf, RFI Foundation CEO, Blake Goud, Aion Digital Founder and Group CEO, Ashar Nazim, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance Islamic Finance Centre Head, Mujtaba Khalid, and Al Baraka Group Chief Digital Officer, Dr. Wajeeha Hussain Awadh.

edge solutions to suit their requirements,” said BTECH Chairman, Tareq Fakhroo. The conference provided Bahraini ICT professionals an opportunity to network with leading technology innovators and organisations from around the world. “Through this participation, we hope to promote digital entrepreneurship and innovation among Bahraini ICT companies,” he said. Companies that participated at the Bahrain Business Hub at LEAP include Etisalcom, Al Amthal for Consultancy and Software Co., Almoayyed Computers, VirtuThinko, Bin Hindi Informatics, Silah Gulf, Spire Technologies, Via Cloud, SMS Country, CoinMena, Syskode and Ordable.

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CrediMax and the BENEFIT Company recently signed an MoU to explore innovative business models for financing consumer products integrated into the customer shopping journey with a focus on elevating the customer’s financial digital experience.

Through the collaboration, CrediMax will leverage its existing assets and its ecosystem of technical and financial partnerships, while BENEFIT will provide access to their APIs which will facilitate digital onboarding, credit assessment for instant credit offering, authentication and repayment. Furthermore, through their team of professionals, both parties will jointly endeavor to explore ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ financing best practice solutions with the

Al Salam Bank Wins ‘Best Retail Bank in Bahrain’

Al Salam Bank recently received an award for ‘Best Retail Bank in Bahrain’ at the MEA Finance Awards - 2022. The Bank was recognised amongst the region’s leading financing institutions for its digital transformation achievements, particularly within its ‘Retail Banking’ division.

The MEA Awards, honours banking and financial institutions who are at the forefront of digital transformation and have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments. The Bank has been dedicated to assisting clients in achieving their financial goals by

aim of coming up with a recommended framework that will serve the BNPL ecosystem in Bahrain.

BENEFIT Company Chief Executive, Abdulwahed AlJanahi, said: “Enabling BNPL operation in the country is one of our strategic objectives and we look forward with this partnership for a successful implementation with CrediMax,and other market players and credit providers, to enhance the customer shopping experience.”

CrediMax Chief Executive, Ahmed A. Seyadi said: “We are proud to continue to do what we know and do best - provide excellent customer service and bring the most innovative and easy to use products and services to the financing ecosystem.”

providing personalisation, convenience, and efficiency across all its touch points.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Banking at Al Salam Bank, Anwar Murad, said: “We have consistently focused our investments on elevating the client journey through curated financial solutions and personalised digital banking experiences. I would like to dedicate this award to my team for all their efforts and perseverance in


The Kingdom of Bahrain has officially been appointed to the Presidency of the Digital Cooperation Organisation (DCO) - a global, multilateral organisation dedicated to accelerating the inclusive growth of the digital economy. The Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, His Excellency Mohamed bin Thamer Al Kaabi, will become the new Chairman of the Council of the DCO. As represented by HE the Minister, Bahrain will oversee the strategic direction of the DCO for the coming year and support the ongoing execution of DCO’s key initiatives and programmes. The Kingdom of Bahrain has strong ambitions to be a regional leader in the digital economy and has implemented a number of projects and initiatives to create the foundation for digital

growth. The government of Bahrain has developed a robust regulatory environment, including personal data protection, data jurisdiction, intellectual property and eTransaction laws to support the Kingdom’s digital economy. The country ranked in the Very High scoring category of the 2022 United Nation’s E-Government Development Index (EGDI) 2022.

Bahrain has also developed advanced FinTech policies, and its FinTech Bay is one of the leading centres for innovation in financial technology for MENA region. Amazon Web Services also chose Bahrain as the home of their new hyperscale Cloud Region, their first in

pushing the Bank to new heights.”

Through the use of data-backed insights and cutting-edge technology, the Bank has been able to deliver a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, and tailored solutions, which are easily accessible through a variety of digital platforms including Al Salam Bank’s mobile application, Virtual Branch, WhatsApp, and the Bank’s online chatbot hosted on the website.

the Middle East and North Africa.

The ascension of Bahrain to the Presidency of the DCO was ratified during the second DCO General Assembly which took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 5. 51 March 2023

Grand Opening of Azul Beach Bahrain

A Grand Opening evening was held for Azul Beach Bahrain.

Dinner at Brazil

Ramadan Kareem

Celebrate the auspicious Holy Month with family, friends, and loved ones in our "Khayma Al Seef"

Culinary experience with several live stations

Kids area

Live entertainment (During Ghabga)

Exquisite ambiance


– Arabian Taxi.

People in Bahrain have trusted Arabian Taxi for their public transportation needs for several years. Now, you can book your cab with ease using their application –‘A Taxi Customer’. After registering you can easily schedule a taxi to pick you up and drop you to your destination with just a few quick taps using the ‘Call A Taxi’ button. Users are presented with the option of to ‘Book Now’ and be picked up in a short period of time by one of the many taxis in the vicinity, or ‘Book Later’ to schedule a pick up for a later date. In addition, you can book a taxi, 7-seater or airport shuttle. The application will require access to your location in order for your designated driver to locate you.

Scan the codes below to download.

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A dinner was held at Brazil Rodizio Grill and Lounge with HE the Indian Ambassador as chief guest.
Here’s an application that can make your experience getting around the island much better
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CRISIS CORE Final Fantasy VII Reunion


Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is an HD remaster of the original PlayStation Portable game from 2007. The game delves deep into what happened leading up to the events of Final Fantasy 7, as well as how hero and protagonist Zack Fair is an incredibly important part of Cloud, Aerith, Tifa and Sephiroth’s history.


VERDICT: A brilliant modern update RATING:

Crisis Core is an action role-playing game in which the player moves Zack through and between open areas, allowing him to talk with non-player characters, interact with the environment, and engage monsters in battle. Crisis Core uses a real-time combat system in which the player can move Zack around, initiate attacks, special abilities and spells, use items, and block or dodge attacks. The game also uses a slot machine-like mechanic to affect the combat system, providing the players with buffs and powerful attacks.


The graphical overhaul is outstanding. Character models look great, environments are highly detailed, and even the game’s menus and UI feature a clean look that blends form and function so nicely. Reunion could easily be mistaken for a brand-new game in most regards, though there are some remnants of the original holding it back from looking as good as it possibly can. For example, animations are greatly improved from the original, but can sometimes feel stiff, particularly when it comes to the way certain in-game scenes are staged.


Directed by Glen Schofield, who had previously co-created the Dead Space series, The Callisto Protocol follows Jacob Lee (Josh Duhamel) who is sent to the Black Iron Prison facility on the Jovian moon, Callisto, in 2320. There, he must escape by fighting against infected prisoners with an unknown disease while uncovering dark secrets of the facility.


A dark menace consumes the American frontier. As one of the last agents in a topsecret vampire-hunting institute, you are Jesse Rentier, the final line between humanity and a deep-rooted terror that now emerges from the shadows. Rise up to become a Wild West superhero, eradicate the vampire threat and save the United States!


The latest entries in the hugely popular monster-catching and battling series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet take place in an open world, the Paldea region based off of the Iberian Peninsula. There are three separate stories the player can play through, plus 103 new Pokémon, four new regional forms and the Terastal phenomenon, which allows a Pokémon to transform into its exclusive Tera Type. 54 March 2023



Pets are definitely a part of the family and when it comes to people’s dogs, taking care of them becomes an important part of the owner’s day-to-day. Invoxia has come up with the first biometric health collar for dogs, where you can literally track your dog’s health through an app on your phone. This innovative gadget comes with features such as heart rate monitoring, a realtime GPS tracker and even activity and sleep monitoring.


Innovation knows no limits and the skincare boom is no exception. Therabody’s latest gadget is a facial device integrated with LED lights that helps to relieve tension from the face, jaw and neck and also helps to reduce wrinkles and improve muscle tone.


This gadget is used for people who have trouble sleeping. Dodow was created and inspired by a relaxation method called Sophrology. It works by guiding users through a breathing method synchronising their breathing with a soft and blue light signal – causing a hypnotic effect and thereby calming one’s mind.


The Moleskine Notebooks were inspired by the notebooks carried by prominent artists such as Van Gogh but presented for the modern day with a tech twist. These notebooks are integrated with a system that allows you to take notes with a smart pen and later transcribe them on your laptop or smartphone. Users just need to download the Moleskine app, connect it with the pen and then start writing.


Logitech has launched a gadget for video streamers worldwide. The Litra Glow is a LED light device specifically designed to add a cinematic glow that will improve your appearance on camera and help you look more professional. It comes with a diffusion design to deliver full-spectrum LED light and can last up to 12 hours.


If your passions lie in being out and about a body of water, this product is perfect for you. The Komodo cover is a proprietary boat cover with a waterproof tarp, integrated with a high-strength TPU bladder in combination with a nylon PVC-coated sleeve to make it resistant to temperature change. It also comes with an app where you can monitor cockpit humidity, temperature, battery voltage and airframe pressure from anywhere.

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BTM looks at some of the most innovative gadgets to watch out for this year!

The Wiki Game is a fun little game that requires all that Wikipedia practice you have from your college days. You’re given a Wikipedia article as a starting point, and you have to navigate to an entirely unrelated Wikipedia article. The challenge is to do it within a given time frame using the lowest possible number of clicks while also perhaps learning something along the way.

Miniclip is a site packed with games from genres including action, sports, rhythm and puzzles that come in bite-sized chunks that you can pick up and play. So if you’re stuck on an essay or find yourself needing a short break from work, take 10 minutes out of your day and see what there is to play.

Online shopping is always a joy, especially when you run into things that make no sense as purchases. Weird or Confusing has a giant list of such products, serving you randomised links of beautifully weird products from across the Internet. The selection of items will make you question a lot of things, including whether you should get one of the items.

The Zooniverse transports you to an online vortex of research where you can participate in a variety of projects in the fields of history, biology, the arts and medicine. Since its launch by the Citizen Science Alliance, Zooniverse has produced a large number of published research papers and several open-source sets of analysed data.

Kuaizi Opening

The Malaysian Embassy inaugurated the official opening of the Taste of Malaysia: Opening of Kuaizi Restaurant, the one and only authentic Malaysian cuisine in Bahrain. The event started off with welcoming remarks by the owner of the Restaurant, Fatima Mohamed Shahid Shaikh, followed by a word from HE Shazryll bin Zahiran, Malaysian Ambassador.
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Local and regional brands have been intricately weaving their presence into the international fashion scene. Their creativity, powerful statement pieces and designs have proven to be quite unique to say the least.

Azzalia, the premier Emirati luxury fashion brand known for its timeless and sophisticated designs, is welcoming the year with glitz and glamour as it proudly announces the release of its much-awaited collection, The Wedding Edition. This capsule collection showcases an exquisite range of pieces for modish women to wear dauntlessly on nuptials, galas, and special occasions. It is absolutely spectacular and we loved admiring every detail.

Luxury meets modern, The Wedding Edition is inspired by the rich, historical culture of Byzantium which is evident in the collection's intricate patterns and designs. The byzantine gold touch is reflected in luxurious metal embroidery that comes in a deep classic style blended with coveted silhouettes and colours.

Created with the contemporary woman in mind, with a focus on quality and craftsmanship, each statement piece is made from the finest fabrics, with elaborate embellishments and details that add a touch of elegance and savoir-faire to the overall aesthetic. Featuring lavish layers and

enchanting embroideries, the collection is designed to produce a truly unforgettable look. Azzalia is renowned for its commitment to ageless ultra-chic designs, and The Wedding Edition is no exception. From classic tulle skirts and silk blazers to more cosmopolitan designs, such as couture abayas and fully embellished bustiers, this collection ensures that there is something for everyone. And with their focus on quality and being fashionforward, these ensembles are sure to satisfy the discerning palate of the fashion-conscious. The brand was founded by Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum, the Creative Director. The name is derived from a combination of the names of her two daughters: Azza and Alia. Additionally, the combination of the names forms a homonym for the ‘Azalea’ flower. Flowers provide a great deal of inspiration, not just in the name of the brand, but also in the approach to design, using natural materials and couture sewing techniques. With years of passion and experience behind Azzalia, the Founder has created a brand that encapsulates the spirit of luxury, opulence, and grandeur.

The Wedding Edition is now available for purchase at select partners (Galeries Lafayette, Ounass, Tryano, MIRA Y MANO, Thouqi, Boksha, and Wolf & Badger) and online at the brand's website.

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Celebrating Women

On March 8 every year, the world celebrates women and their achievements as they mark International Women’s Day. Through our International Women’s Day feature, the Woman This Month team would like to highlight exceptional women in Bahrain’s society that you should know.

“Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.”

In 1954, these words were famously spoken by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies. There are several quotes that speak of the sheer strength, determination and capabilities of women in our lives and rightfully so. As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day, we would like to highlight this year’s campaign: #EmbraceEquity. The goal, as always, for each and every one of us, is to not just view the occasion as a single day to celebrate, but rather a catalyst to drive positive change. The belief behind this year’s campaign is that gender equity must be an essential part of society creating an inclusive world for the social, economic, cultural and political advancement of women.

While the words equity and equality are often used interchangeably, there is in fact a difference. Equality means each individual

or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities while equity recognises that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. Simply put: it is providing each individual with the resources they need to be successful.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has made great strides in ensuring that women are represented across various field, and continues to make progress. Local and expatriate women alike are provided with excellent opportunities to progress in their respective fields. Meanwhile Bahraini women are key players in the Kingdom’s development and play a role in politics, social development, business and more.

The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) which was established on August 22, 2001 has been a champion for women in Bahrain’s society. The council, which is chaired by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and Supreme Council for Women (SCW) President, is committed to addressing women’s needs to enable them to reach their full potential. It comprises at least 16 members at any given time who are female public figures and leaders in women's affairs and related activities, and actively aims to

highlight Bahraini women as role models in the region.

Bahraini women and their achievements are celebrated every year on December 1 through a host of activities across the island. The first Bahraini Women’s Day was launched in 2008 by HRH Princess Sabeeka. In order to celebrate the crucial role that Bahraini women play in society, SCW inaugurated a national monument named ‘Athar’ on Bahraini Women’s Day in 2022. The spectacular monument is the outcome of an architectural youth competition named ‘Fakhr’ (Pride), which was organised by SCW in cooperation with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities in 2017 to mark the Bahraini Women’s Day. The geometric monument focuses on four essential aspects: the sea given its close affinity to Bahrain’s society, women ‘as human’ representing their various roles, women ‘as a worthy partner’ enriching society and ‘engineering’ depicting precision, balance and perfection.

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Health is one of the key factors that determines the quality of life one is living. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we speak to the Obstetrics and Gynecology Consultant at Middle East Hospital, Dr. Sahar Zaki Al Marsoomi. She tells us about the essential practices for women to maintain their health and answers questions related to Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, feminine health misconceptions and more.

Dr. Sahar Zaki Al Masoomi has over 20 years of experience in the field of women’s healthcare. The doctor is specialised in providing care for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy through to their delivery.

with C-sections, dealing with gynecological

She states that the patient’s age and health are two of the biggest determining factors when deciding how often you must visit your gynecologist for a check-up. “Seeing a gynecologist frequently ensures that health problems are detected, diagnosed, and treated early. According to medical experts you should have a pelvic exam and well women checkup once every one to two years. These check-ups should be more frequent if you have any health

Women have long been known to care for all those around them, but it is imperative that they too make their health a top priority as having good health is, naturally, vital. “There are a few things that women can keep in mind.

First and foremost, they must eat and sleep well. They must also hydrate their body, exercise regularly, reduce stress, quit smoking, and keep their hands, body, clothes, bedding, food and other belongings clean to prevent diseases,” she advises.

There are several misconceptions when it comes to women’s health and hygiene. These include

the misconception that you require special products to clean your privates, that vaginal discharge means you have a yeast infection, that you must get a pap smear every year or that if you have the HPV virus you have cervical cancer. “In addition, it is a misconception that you must avoid exercising while having your period, or that pain during your period is normal and that you must get used to it,” she says.

The number of patients with Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS) has been growing across the world. Dr. Sahar states that one of the best practices that patients can follow is to reduce stress levels by engaging in activities that keep them happy, being with people they love and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

“A PCO journey may be long and tedious, but it is important for you to stay strong and never give up. You can do it! Be sure to make changes in your lifestyle such as having a healthy and balanced diet, increase water intake and exercise. In addition, be sure to monitor your blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol levels as they may require certain medications,” she explains.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr. Sahar urges women to make their health a priority. “Every year on March 8, we mark International Women’s Day to celebrate and commemorate women’s achievements,” she says. “Women around the world manage responsibilities at work and home. In an effort to achieve work-life balance many women neglect the one thing they shouldn’t - their health.”

“On this occasion, I would like to remind you to love yourself, understand your worth and value, teach people how to treat and respect you, and last but most importantly, get regular check-ups. Be sure to have your pap smear and mammogram in addition to checking your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, teeth and eyes. Put your health first,” she concludes.

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There are several essential values that embody a true leader; among these clear communication, and the ability to influence and inspire, be authentic and adapt are vital. This month, Farah Baig, speaks to a truly inspirational woman who not only possesses these qualities, but perfects them –Eman Deabil. The proud Bahraini, who was born, raised and educated in the Kingdom, is currently leading the Transformation Management Office (TMO) at one of the biggest banks in Bahrain.

Forover 15 years, Eman Deabil’s life has been in two parallels: one focused on learning and the other on building a career. The goal-oriented Bahraini hence has several qualifications and prestigious career highlights to her name. Ms. Deabil is a Chartered Manager by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a doctorate candidate researching the impact of ESG Adoption and a published author with three published collaborative books and one still in the making.

She has also spoken at local and international forums, been an awards winner in project management and a judge at PMO awards global competitions. “On the career front, I’ve changed my job six times, worked with more than 15 bosses, met hundreds of people at all levels, and had the opportunity to experience different professions,” says Ms. Deabil.

On the learning front, she currently holds three Masters Degrees and over ten professional certifications in different fields. “I’m proud to be the first Bahraini lady who obtained the Portfolio Management Professional (PMI-PfMP) – the most prestigious certificate in project management. This is in addition to being the first Bahraini to obtain the Strategy Implementation Professional (SIP) from the Strategy Implementation Institute,” she says.

Given that Eman changed jobs many times, one of the most significant changes she had to deal with was related to the personalities of people. “Every boss has a different leadership style, every team has different characteristics, every member of the team requires a different way of management,” she says. “Accommodating all these types of personalities was one of the challenges that I overcome by building my emotional and political intelligence over the years.”

“Being a female leading a team of males or even females was another challenge; unlike my male colleagues, I had to prove that I deserve this position all the time by excelling in what I do, and demonstrating the value I add,” she adds.

Through her contributions, recently published in Woman This Month, Ms. Deabil has reflected on women’s representation in the boardroom.

“Although the percentage of women representation in Bahrain listed companies is 5.9 percent (2022), I think our kingdom has come a long way in empowering and enabling women at different fronts,” she says.

“Today, what we’re looking at is not quantity (represented by higher percentages) but rather, quality. To have a real impact, we need strong, active, knowledgeable and experienced women at board level to drive change and contribute positively and effectively to decision making,” she adds.

As for young women pursuing leadership roles, Eman encourages them to work on several factors including building a strong value system, developing a personal brand and expanding their network. “You must also learn as you go as learnability is a great characteristic of future leaders. In addition, you should build your experience; work in something you like and excel in it. It’s never too late to find your passion,” she says.

As for balancing personal and professional responsibilities, Eman says: “I think it all starts by defining your goals in life, and setting the right priorities to them, assessing those goals as you go in life, and keep practicing this prioritisation exercise. Many women have already proven that they are able to juggle many balls at the same time, switch hats and practice multiple roles.” March 2023 63
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The high-quality lifestyle baby brand Milk It Baby was founded in Hong Kong in 2020, by Bahrain-based fashion and lifestyle influencer Roshini Daswani, in partnership with her husband, brother and sisterin-law. What was the belief behind Milk It Baby? That playtime should be adventurous and educational, without compromising on parents’ personal style, luxury, environmental-consciousness and aesthetics.

Inspired by cultures from around the world, Milk It Baby’s travel- and culture-based designs are perfect to invoke a love of colour, art and adventure - benefitting children’s early-stage development.

The brand stands out among other babycentric brands as its products are truly unique designed specifically for new millennial mamas allowing them to experience motherhood in line with its brand phrase 'playtime just got trendy'.

All Milk It Baby’s products have grown popular as they are extremely versatile, useful and serve a functional necessity for babies and infants - from beautiful print illustrations on reversible play mats for safe play and early learning development, aestheticallypleasing teethers for soothing relief, aesthetic silicone bib, spill-proof suction bowl, bamboo tableware for eco-friendly and sustainable cutlery that nurture strong values early. With incredibly aesthetic designs, Milk It Baby products make for great photo opportunities, encouraging all parents to enjoy and capture precious memories.

Milk It Baby believes the world through the eyes of an infant is a fantasy waiting to be explored and as a result its products emphasise real life and everyday visuals to promote strong recollection when they are out and about. In fact, when one of Milk

It Baby’s founders delivered her first born during the pandemic and was unable to find educational and aesthetic baby products, the idea of a beautiful city tour play mat which would allow her child to go on an adventure from the comforts of her home was born. The play mats allow children to learn about landmarks, food and culture from cities like Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and more. A different and exciting design is currently in the works – it is something fans and customers have been eager to see for quite some time.

Milk It Baby prioritises safety first making it a prime choice for the well-being of parents. It prides itself in being exceptional in both design, function and 100 percent baby-safe. Constantly re-inventing products through fun and innovative ways ensures its products are not just beautiful but also low maintenance and stress-free. All its products are vigorously tested and are CE and EN71 compliant to meet local and international safety standards. Furthermore, Milk It Baby products are made from the highest quality, eco-friendly and sustainable materials.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Roshini Daswani shares her advice for first-time mothers: “Be kind to yourself! Motherhood can be overwhelming with a never ending list of things your baby needs.

Remember the only thing your baby really needs is YOU. When you are happy, your baby feeds off of that energy. Your experience of motherhood stems from that emotional connection with your baby. Everything else will fall into place and you will find the routine and balance that works best for your child and you.”

With new products in development expanding on its existing categories and a couple of exciting new launches that will be very relevant and useful for new parents, make sure to keep a close watch on @milkitbabyofficial on Instagram and

Milk It Baby products are available to shop online with international shipping at www. as well as in Bahrain at Baby Essentials in Seef Mall and online at (Instagram:

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St Christopher's School Bahrain has been recognised as one of the world's best private schools by Spear's School Index and Carfax Education for two consecutive years. In addition to the highly prestigious accolades, the school is recognised for its multinational student body and eight-member Leadership Team of which four are highly-qualified women.

St Christopher’s School has long been known to be a reflection of the Kingdom's diverse and culturallyrich population, boasting a multinational student body from 70 different nations. Further, the school’s alumni have gone on to have tremendous success in their tertiary education, careers and lives.

As the only school in Bahrain to be present on the list in 2021 and 2022, St Christopher’s School is immensely proud to have included the Kingdom of Bahrain in this prestigious list of the world's best schools. "The Spear’s index is the only researchbased worldwide index of the very finest private schools, and is a valuable resource for our audience when making some of their most important decisions: where to educate their children. Inclusion depends on the very highest standards in the classroom and world-class facilities for the pupils," said Ian Douglas, Head of Research and Insight at Spear's.

The school has also achieved the coveted ‘Gold Standard’ - the highest possible ratings in all their school inspections. With a commitment to the positive mental health and wellbeing of the school community, St Christopher’s was delighted to have recently been awarded the highest entry award in the School Mental Health Awards from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health. Furthermore, St Christopher’s School is recognised as being one of the top international schools in the region.

In addition, the school has developed a bespoke curriculum, the Future Ready Curriculum (FRC) - a one-of-a-kind holistic framework that prepares and equips students with contemporary skills, knowledge, and understanding to ensure success in further education and future careers.

The guidance of the school’s Leadership Team has been essential in receiving these honours and developing the school’s approach. Of the eight members, four are women (pictured from left to right): Head of Senior School, Yasmine Dannawy, Director of Marketing,

The men and women who make up the staff community at St Christopher’s School Bahrain all have one common goal - a worldclass education for their students. “Our ethos of educating our students though nurturing and empowering them is embodied by our leadership team and is embedded in every decision that is made at St Chris. While the appointment of these roles was not an intentional decision based on gender, rather on matching the most qualified individuals to each role, having a well-balanced leadership ensures that decisions and outcomes are also wellbalanced and inclusive,” says Ms. Thadani.

The 2023 theme for International Women's Day is Embrace Equity which Ms. Thadani believes is fundamental to growth and progress in any society. “Breaking gender barriers ensures that all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, or socio-economic background are offered equal opportunities and this benefits not only the individual but also the family and the economy on the whole,” she says.

“We are extremely proud to be role models to our female students. We want to let all our students know that there is absolutely no limit to achieving your ambitions, whatever they may be. Work tirelessly to achieve your goals and nothing can stop you,” she concludes.

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Sonali Thadani, Director of Operations, Leaana Baker and Head of Infant School, Nat Dickinson.

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Geet and Khushi’s Wedding

Skal Dinner

Dr Dhaffer Alumran held a dinner at Gulf Hotel Bahrain with some friends. Geet and Khushi, of the Asarpota family, held their marriage ceremony culminating in a lavish dinner at the Grand Ambassador Ballroom at The Diplomat Radisson Blu last month. 66 March 2023 bystander
SKAL International Bahrain held its January dinner at Waves Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Bahrain.

Dutch Reception

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HE Laurens Westhoff, Netherlands Ambassador, hosted a Dutch Network Reception at The Westin City Centre Bahrain.


Introducing a show-stopping addition to its cult favourite Shaghaf collection, Swiss Arabian unveils the Shaghaf Oud Azraq - an enchanting, woody and unisex scent that lasts all day long. This opulent scent is oud at its most refined; rich and complex with plenty of depth.

Anchored around precious notes of oud, honey, amber and vanilla, this luxurious and long-lasting scent from Swiss Arabian is elegant, plush and woody, all at once.

Shaghaf Oud Azraq is a golden amber oud fragrance that adds the warmth of luxury and good taste to a cold day. Followed by a silken indulgence of Madagascar vanilla that rises to meet the layers of oud finished with the opulence of the finest leather and a hint of patchouli.

Shaghaf Oud Azraq is the fourth scent from the best-selling Shaghaf collection by Swiss Arabian, with the other fragrances that




Adopting an effective, safe, and natural beauty routine is a no-brainer for those who want to take care of themselves, and easier with the right brand in hand. With DE MOI®, this could be one easy change to bring about with your beauty routine as every product from its range is all-natural.

The line of products is made from plantderived ingredients, with all products using natural ingredients combined with modern

Swiss-formulated Alpha-arbutin. We love DE MOI’s all-natural Skin Perfect Beauty Bar. Eco-friendly, sustainable, and 100% vegan, this beauty bar will enhance your glow, fade dark spots and even your skin tone with the time-tested Philippine botanicals and skin-nourishing oils, while protecting your skin against signs of aging with Alpha Arbutin and niacinamide. Breathe in the calming floral scents and feel the difference when you add this to your skin routine. Available on

The Italian luxury brand Roberto Cavalli has expanded their Gold Collection with an entirely new segment – Les Iris. The two Eaux de Parfum, BloodIris and WoodIris, explore new olfactive territory through sophisticated, extremely floral fragrances based around the orris flower – a symbol of the city of Florence and one of the most valuable ingredients in fine perfumery.

BloodIris opens with top notes of blood orange introducing a rich and vibrant aromatic heart of turmeric root and extremely rare, high-quality orris mingled with notes of cashmeran and musks.

WoodIris balances majestic citrus top notes with a rich, floral heart. Zesty and wild mandora coeur, a citrus fruit found on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, is joined by exclusive juicy mandora and bitter orange at the top of the fragrance, contrasting with Blue Orris notes at the heart. Velvety musky notes, sandalwood and patchouli conclude the scent. Men and women are sure to ignite their inner spark with the fragrances that stay true to the bold opulence of Roberto Cavalli which is celebrated for its iconic animal prints. Available at leading beauty outlets.

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The weather is slowly, but surely, warming up again. If you’re looking for the perfect pick-me-up following this cold and windy winter, we’ve got just the thing for you.
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Add some tint to your cheeks to get that cute blush look. WHAT A TINT! lip & cheek tint by Essence not only gives you a rosy glow, but also leaves your lips with a softly tinted shimmer.

The product is vegan and cruelty-free. In addition, it’s free from other nasties including oil, alcohol, parabens, fragrance, and microplastic particles, keeping your skin health in check. The water-like texture doesn't feel sticky and is pleasantly light on the skin. Thanks to the integrated flock applicator, it is also super easy to apply. With its long-lasting, kiss-proof formula, the natural look lasts for hours and ensures a fresh-looking complexion. It’s the perfect, budget beauty product for everyday use. Available at leading beauty stockists.


The Thinning Hair Authority™, BosleyMD, gets down to the follicle to offer solutions which guarantee thicker, fuller-looking hair and a healthier scalp in just 30-days.

The foundation of healthy hair is a healthy scalp, and BosleyMD’s Scalp Care & Hair Growth range, consisting of serums and scrubs, revitalises and nourishes the scalp to promote healthy growth.

The American brand addresses issues such as thinning, breakage, and hair loss, which may be caused by factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, and poor nutrition. A diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can lead to hair loss. This is particularly true for deficiencies in iron, vitamin D, and biotin. As a solution, BosleyMD’s products immediately access the follicles and contain natural oils and botanicals, such as Pumpkin seed extract, Apple Stem Cell Extract and Saw palmetto, which can nourish and strengthen the follicles directly. In addition, biotin in BosleyMd’s conditioners help strengthen the existing hair follicle and reduce shedding while the treatment rejuvenates the scalp and creates instant volume at the root.


A skincare routine is essential for one and all, especially after an erratic winter! The award-winning skincare brand, Mavala Swiss Skin Solution, presents its daytime and night-time skincare lines that are more of a ritual experience. Born from a controlled fusion between Swiss nature and the science behind cosmetology, the 100 percent Swiss skincare products are carefully infused with Alpine botanic treasures and advanced active ingredients to target both: demanding and delicate skin care needs.

We love the brand’s AQUA PLUS range - an ideal solution for skin lacking moisture. The range effectively rehydrates the skin with hyaluronic acids at three molecular weights while replenishing your skin with Alpine moisture. This four-product range includes an Intensive Serum, Featherlight Cream, Snow Mask and Sleeping Mask. Fabulous additions to a night-time skincare routine, the highly concentrated Mallow flower and Hyaluronic Acids, deeply penetrate the epidermis, helping to restore its water preserves and reinforcing

BosleyMD’s Follicle Energiser, an intensive, advanced leave-in treatment serum assists in increasing cellular energy and microcirculation in the scalp. To absorb excess oil and debris, the Rejuvenating Scalp Scrub helps absorb excess oil while detoxifying, rejuvenating and invigorating the scalp in just two weeks.

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the protecting cutaneous barrier. Expect fully replenished, rehydrated and supple skin after waking up.

Mavala’s solution-focused formulas are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. Available on

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To help children learn the value of honesty and integrity, aside from modeling these very values in daily interactions, it is also helpful to understand the different types of lies. Ouiam El Hassani explains why children lie and what reactions can be helpful or hurtful.


Children will lie, tell fibs, stretch a tale and tattle-tale—it’s actually a sign of intelligence. Nevertheless, lying is sometimes inappropriate and as parents it can be difficult to deal with lies.

Lies can come in many shapes and forms—fantasy, wishful thinking, a way to deal with hurt feelings, or the hopes of avoiding consequences and

Children lie as a means of exploring fantasy and their imagination

“I just saw a hippopotamus cross the street and put on a purple hat.” or “There is a space alien living inside my closet and who likes to eat pizza.” These lies are fantasies, stories or imaginative play at its very best! These are commonly told by preschoolers and are an exploration of reality and fantasy.

What to do: These lies can be left alone or simply used to fuel an imaginative conversation.

What to avoid: Try not to tell your child they are being ridiculous or silly as it can crush their creativity and these fibs are actually very healthy expressions of play.

punishment. What they all have in common is the fact that lies are words strung together to create a reality in your child’s mind and world.

Children are not always lying to be deceitful, dishonest or bad. Recognising the type of lie can be a really powerful tool to best deal with the situation at hand.

Children tell lies as expressions of wishful thinking

“At my friend’s house, their mom said I can have 10 pieces of candy and don’t need to brush my teeth.” Such lies are reflections of what a child is wishing for.

What to do: Acknowledge the ideas behind the lies while also offering alternatives that are empathetic and reflect your values.

For instance, you can trying saying, “Oh 10 pieces of candy would be delicious and tooth brushing can take a while. It’s just not healthy for you, I care about you and your teeth. How about two pieces of candy and we can sing a song while brushing?” It’s perfectly okay to stick to your values and set a limit. What is important is to recognise your child’s wishes and communicate that so he knows you are listening.

What to avoid: Try not to lecture or tell your child their wishes are unimportant.

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Lying to avoid punishment and/or consequences

Often children will lie to get their way, to make sure the outcome is in their favour or most commonly to avoid being punished.

What to do: If you know that your child is lying and they have acted in a way that has broken, destroyed or otherwise harmed something or someone it can be really beneficial to just listen at first.

Ask sincerely: “What can you tell me about this?” to start a dialogue. If you have encouraged your child to tell the truth in the past it is likely that they will once again cooperate with you.

If you have used punishment in the past, it’s never too late to look at positive alternatives. Go ahead and explain to your child that you value and welcome honesty.

Then follow-through with your words (otherwise it would be modeling how to lie) and find an appropriate solution with your child. How can you help your child repair the situation? How can you encourage your child to make amends for telling a lie and to whoever may have been hurt by the lie?

What to avoid: Calling your child a liar or demanding the truth and immediately punishing is likely to teach your child to be sneakier the next time around. It creates a negative cycle of communication to avoid punishment. There is a more positive and helpful way to help your child learn to tell the truth.

Bollywood Music and Dinner

Bahrain India Society held a Live Bollywood Music and Dinner Night at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa.
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Trust your child’s ability to learn the value of honesty, problem solving and to do better next time.


In the latest edition of ‘The Things We Don't Say’, Farrah Saville looks at the women she draws inspiration from as a mother this International Women's Day.

OnMarch 8, women worldwide will observe International Women's Day. I say observe because often, it feels like there isn't a lot to celebrate. We look at some of the atrocities against women worldwide, and it feels like what are we celebrating? When I look at my daughter, I ask myself “What world am I raising this young lady in?”

There are so many things that women need to consider- safety, how they dress, managing it all by balancing a career and family, growing their careers versus giving up their careers, getting married as the biological clock ticks away - the list is endless.

The negativities can be endless, but this month, I choose to celebrate raising a girl and International Woman's Day because, from my personal experiences as a woman, I have found that being a woman is AWESOME and should indeed be celebrated.

Here's my list of ten women I am inspired by to help me navigate being a mom, and help my daughter to see reason in a world that can sometimes be difficult.

1. Oprah Winfrey - Undeniably one of the most inspiring success stories in the world. Her work to build an empire and empower women inspires anyone looking to build a life they love. She has inspired me in many ways. My favourite Oprah quote is, "Be thankful for what you have; you'll have more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough."

2. Greta Thunberg - Through her activism and the #FridaysForFuture movement, Greta has inspired a new generation to take a stand against the global climate crisis.

3. Beyoncé - A talented musician, performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Beyoncé has been using her voice and artistry to stand up for gender and racial justice.

4. Malala Yousafzai - At the young age of 17, Malala was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. For my daughter, I can only hope to raise her with the same value for education.

5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - AOC, as she is widely known, has a vital energy. She is so brave despite being so young and has qualities I would love my daughter to have.

6. Amal Alamuddin - One of the world's

most high-profile and celebrated attorneys, Amal Alamuddin has become an international symbol of empowerment and resilience.

7. My mother - She has broken the mould and a few rules to raise her children to be independent and kind.

8. Fatima Meer - Fatima Meer has made tremendous strides in advancing South African race relations. Meer's ability to understand intersectionality before it even became a term inspires me to teach my daughter to look beyond her struggles myopically.

9. Serena Williams – The world-renowned professional tennis player has set an example for many generations, inspiring young women to find the strength and ambition to accomplish their dreams. I hope Williams' strength inspires my daughter.

10. Melanie Perkins – This CEO is the woman behind the design website Canva; she founded the company on her own with zero Silicon Valley connections and is currently worth USD 3.6 billion.

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Where are you from and what's the thing you love most about your hometown?

I am from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The thing I love most about Kyiv is its beautiful nature which I have never come across anywhere else in the world. We have colourful parks, monasteries, churches, and beautiful architecture which I miss so much. Then there are special Ukrainian dishes that I miss… especially those cooked by my mum.

What was the name of your first pet? What made it unique?

I’ve only had one pet in my life - a cat named Masha with very unique markings in black, brown, grey and white. My family adopted her when I was just a child, and she was quite little too; so we grew up together and she was with us for almost 17 years. She was completely different and had a crazy personality.

What's the best advice you can give our readers?

Something I know for sure is that nothing is impossible in this life. So, I would say dream big and fill your life with beautiful moments.

What is an achievement you are most proud of?

I spent 10 years in hospitality and progressed without any help, so I would say it is where I am now in my career. I also have a master’s degree in International Economics and Business Development and will soon be finishing my MBA too.

Do you have any hidden talents?


Of course! I actually finished music school in Kyiv and play a Ukrainian instrument called bayan - a type of accordion but with a different set up of buttons. So, I performed in parts of the region - it was quite an interesting time of my life.

Name three things you cannot live without.

Coffee, music and travelling

With a highly social nature and openminded approach, hospitality is an apt industry for Iryna Okopova - Associate Director of Marketing at Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort and Spa. Since starting her hospitality career in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2012, Iryna has worked in the UAE and Maldives before moving to Bahrain for her current role. Let’s take a walk in her shoes!

What is your favourite movie and why?

I love catastrophes, thrillers and detective stories. I would have to say that my favourite movie is The Mummy which follows the adventurer Rick O’ Connell (Brendan Frasier). I was quite interested in Egypt and its history so The Mummy trilogy is a favourite.

International Women's Day is around the corner. What are qualities that you admire in women?

The first would have to be emotional strength as I believe women are emotionally mature and balanced. Then I would have to say the ability to multi-task. Women can manage their work, kids, relationship, home and more in just 24 hours. March 2023 73
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