Bahrain This Month - May 2022

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Since 1997

May 2022 | Vol. 26

| Issue 5 | BD2 / SR20




We discover some hidden gems at Lanterns!



This best of entertainment and dining options this holiday

Indian Legal Consultant, V K Thomas, on campaigning for change

WTM In conversation with Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor GM, Marie-Berengere Chapoton


In Her Shoes – Najia Zainal Accessorising your outfit

Kristian Harrison drives the Ferrari Portofino M

Beauty Essentials Parenting









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Al Areen Pre-Ramadan Event

Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor hosted a magical Ramadan Preview for invited guests at the Ramadan Tent. The event featured live cooking stations and live music.

KIMSHEALTH Press Tour KIMSHEALTH Bahrain hosted members ofBahrain’s Press for an exclusive tour of KIMSHEALTH Hospital and Conference Centre and gave a detailed orientation of the facilities. KIMSHEALTH also launched the Seha Card for Senior Citizens offering a range of benefits for Bahraini pensioners above 60 years and others over 70 years. A Privilege Card programme was also launched for journalists providing them with multiple benefits.

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THE TEAM Publisher and Chairman George F. Middleton

Bahrain This Month May 2022

Editor Farah Baig Contributors Kristian Harrison, Pria Masson Tanwar, Ouiam Charkani El Hassani, Simran Tiwari Editorial Consultant Ahdeya Ahmed


Print Production Manager Sabu Sebastian

elcome to another exciting edition of Bahrain This Month. May is starting off in spectacular fashion with a long weekend to celebrate Labour Day and Eid Al Fitr, so as your guide to entertainment on the island, we’ve got a lot in store for you.

Art Director Hatem Monem Webmaster Nishad Eapen

Flip through our pages to the Happenings section to find a wide range of nightlife and family-friendly events that you can attend this Eid. With events back in full swing, organisers are pulling out all the big stops to make their events exceptional. Be sure to experience Ibiza in Bahrain at Cocoon which will be held at the stunning new Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain. Kube Bahrain, which will be held at La Fontaine, promises to be an exciting event too!

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In our dining section, we review some of the hidden gems at one of Bahrain’s most popular restaurants in the heart of Adliya, Lanterns. You’ll also find a range of delightful dining options for Eid and throughout May in our dining section.

Distribution Team CM Abdul Rahman, Gopal Arul Kumar

In our interview section this month, we spoke to Indian Legal Consultant V K Thomas, who tirelessly campaigns for a change in law to make the inheritance process easier for expatriates. On May 17th this year, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Federal Republic of Germany will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. In our special supplement, we speak to the countries’ respective ambassadors, explore a timeline of the relations, and get to know key individuals who have been instrumental in strengthening these ties.

Distributor Al Hilal Group (Hilal Direct Services) Media Sales Director Anuradha Manhas DIGITAL & CONTENT MARKETING TEAM Digital Strategy Director Lini Reghunath Digital Marketing & Social Media Director Farah Baig Social Media Managers Simran Tiwari, Rohit Reghunath

Our motoring aficionado, Kristian Harrison, tells us about his experience driving the Ferrari Portofino M this month. In our commerce section, you’ll find invaluable advice on how to get your business investor-ready, and why digital transformation is more important now than ever before. In Woman This Month, our in-house fashionistas explored the world of accessories that we’re told can absolutely add a wow factor to your outfit. We also had the pleasure of speaking to the General Manager of Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor, Marie-Berengere Chapoton, who brought us up to speed on all the exciting developments at the luxurious property. In our In Her Shoes section, we take a peek into the life of Marketing Manager and fitness enthusiast, Najia Zainal.

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Aside from these inspiring women, our team brings you the best of beauty products, skincare essentials, home decor and parenting advice too!

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Since 1997

May 2022 | Vol. 26

George F. Middleton Publisher and Chairman

| Issue 5 | BD2 / SR20




We discover some hidden gems at Lanterns!



This best of entertainment and dining options this holiday

Indian Legal Consultant, V K Thomas, on campaigning for change

WTM In conversation with Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor GM, Marie-Berengere Chapoton


In Her Shoes – Najia Zainal Accessorising your outfit

Kristian Harrison drives the Ferrari Portofino M

Beauty Essentials

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Digital Edition


May 2022







The best of events and entertainment this Eid!



Campaigning for Change

Bahrain’s expatriate population has long faced an issue of accessing funds following the death of their loved ones in the Kingdom. We spoke to Indian Legal Consultant V K Thomas, who is campaigning for a change in laws to make this process easier for expats.









The Golden Jubilee of bilateral relations between Germany and Bahrain.



Hidden Gems at Lanterns!


Glorious Feasts

Lanterns is ever-so-popular for their curries and other Indian cuisine, but we give some of their unique menu items a try. Revel in the festivities of Eid at with some of the finest gastronomic offerings that Bahrain’s luxury hotels has in store during the holidays and over the month of May.


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Magnifico Portofino!

Kristian Harrison lets his hair down in a stunning convertible – the Ferrari Portofino M.

Motoring News



A Bit About Valuations


The True Leader of Digital Transformation


Business expert, Pria Masson Tanwar, gives us a cheat sheet on how to get investor-ready.

Digital Marketing Expert, Sravan Kumar V, tells us why a Digital Transformation is more important today than ever before.

Business Bites

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Irish community in Bahrain, and guests, enjoyed a night of entertainment and fine St Patrick’s Day Ball The dining as St Patrick’s Day was marked with a glamourous Ball at Gulf Hotel Bahrain.






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The Accessory Edit! We explore the best of jewellery, handbags, shoes and more to give your outfits that wow factor.



Leading the Way We speak to the woman at the helm of the spectacular Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor – General Manager, Marie-Berengere Chapoton.




Top to Bottom Beauty Essentials!


Nourishing Skincare Cleanse, nourish and balance your skin with our top skincare picks this month.


Truly essentials – these products will take care of every aspect of your beauty needs.



Why You Should Cover Your Child in Dirt this Summer! Ouiam El Hassani tells us the importance of microbes and how to find the right balance for your child.

In Her Shoes

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Najia Zainal With a knack for drumming up an interest in picturesque hospitality venues, Najia Zainal has grown to be a renowned Marketing Manager in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Let’s take a walk in her shoes.



Youth Leadership Programme Finale The Rotary Club of Salmaniya and the Manama Toastmasters Club jointly organised the Youth Leadership Programme Debate Finale at the American University Bahrain in Riffa. 25 students from six high schools participated in the debate programme.

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When a night is in need of a dose of powerful rhythms and a deep, intense atmosphere, Marco Bailey is the name that needs to be summoned. Techno Bahrain presents an international techno icon and living legend from Belgium, Marco Bailey, to perform this Eid holiday, for the first time in Bahrain. During his career, he has released well-received singles, EPs and albums through highly-acclaimed labels such as Bonzai Records, Primate, Prime’vill, Intec, ARTS, Kombination Research and many more. There will be a spectacular local lineup performing alongside Marco Bailey. Don’t miss out on this unique techno experience. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are priced at BD15 and are available at Call 39 150-505 or visit @technobahrainofficial on Instagram.





The Bahrain Underground Music Movement (BUMM) is back in the heart of Adliya this Eid and will have a special surprise guest. Get ready for a spectacular experience and live entertainment featuring top-notch DJ’s, live performances, fire shows and more! This event is free of charge for couples and mixed groups. The event features DJ Mysterioo Arif, DJ Katrin Love, Re:Strict, Mesut Kutbay, Gokhan and Ranjit. Doors open at 8pm. You don’t want to miss this!. Call 38 995-200.





Electronic dance music lovers rejoice! For the first time ever, KUBE, an electronic music label founded by MESH, will harmoniously combine music and culture to bring you an unforgettable evening of mesmerising tunes set against a historical wonder in Bahrain. The 12-hour event will take place at the picturesque La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Arts in Manama, featuring two international performers from Afterlife and a roster of brilliant artists from across the MENA region. The homegrown Bahraini label aims to meld the new with the old and tour through the rest of the Middle East with handpicked, culturally significant venues for an incomparable experience. Doors open at 3pm. Email or call 35 000-362. 10 May 2022


Gear up for an epic pool party experience this Eid and soak in good vibes, catchy beats, live entertainment and poolside action. The Nasmat Pool Bar is the perfect spot for a pool day featuring an amazing lineup, fire shows and more! Pre-sale tickets are available from BD 10 onwards and will be priced at BD 20 at the door. Call 37 777-845.


Ramee Grand Ghabga In the spirit of Ramadan, Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef, hosted a ghabga with entertainment and a lavish spread.

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Euphoria just got even more euphoric. Taking place this Eid Al Fitr weekend, Euphoria is taking this up a notch as they’ve organised an even more energising experience than usual in store with echoing groovy melodic house & tech tunes. A highly decorated DJ Line-up is up for the task. If you’d like a unique vibe this Eid, euphoria is the event to be at. Doors open at 8 pm. Call 32 226-113 or 17 666-644.





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Make this Eid one to remember with Ahlam Al Shamsi, an Emirati superstar in the Arab music industry. She will perform live at the Al Dana Amphitheatre with a special performance including fan favourites. Ahlam has played to sold-out crowds all over the world, garnering millions of admirers in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Ahlam, who is known for her remarkable melodic vocals, has recorded 13 albums and countless singles, all of which have gained recognition. Visit


Bahrain’s premier live entertainment destination with exceptional acoustics, Al Dana Amphitheatre, is bringing back an iconic superstar to Bahrain. Their amazing season of show-stopping entertainment has gotten even better with the announcement of Mohammed Abdu as their next headline performer. The seasoned vocalist, who is known for his Khaleeji music hits, will dazzle audiences with his remarkable talent. Abdu is acclaimed for his songs’ storytelling aspect, infusing them with emotion and anguish from his own upbringing. Don’t miss out on this experience as we are sure it will be a memorable one. Visit




Are you ready to experience Ibiza in Bahrain? This Eid, the world’s leading party brand and record label is coming to Bahrain! Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with exceptional music, breathtaking views and more. The line-up for this event is spectacular as Cocoon is the gem of Ibiza and known for the best of electronic music. The event organised by Mindset Media will be hosted at Vida Beach Resort Bahrain where visitors can avail of several room packages. This event will be from noon to 2am. Visit


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Live on stage from the UK

At the Cultural Hall June 4th, 2022 at 5:00 pm June 5th & 7th, 2022 at 12:00 noon Ticket price inclusive of VAT:

BD16.5 Or 4 tickets for BD57

Tickets available at: Alosra Supermarkets in Bahrain & Alkhobar (KSA)


For enquiries: Call: +973 39616858 email: @entertainmentplusgulf





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For all dance lovers out there, this one’s for you! Put your dancing shoes on and join WU Restaurant & Lounge for a Latin-themed night with Los Soneros band, DJ Mardi & DJ Ellena. 8pm onwards. If you’re looking for fantastic entertainment, amazing facilities and fun for the Call 16 000-111 or entire family, this is the place to be. The Art Hotel & Resort is the perfect destination to let your little ones’ adventure with karting, bubbles and more! They can splash away at the waterpark, pool and beach. There will be live entertainment and special family activities throughout the day, making it PUSH PLAY an experience. From 10am to 7pm. Call 16 000-111 or PLAYLIST POOL ROYAL GOLF

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Indulge in the ultimate day of sun, sea and sand at the Playlist Pool and Beach Party happening this May. Head to the stunning Art Hotel & Resort for an unforgettable experience featuring incredible DJs, a saxophonist and percussionist, dance and fire shows, games, a virtual reality corner and more! Pre-sale tickets are available from BD 10 onwards and will be priced at BD 25 at the door. Call 37 777-845. 14 May 2022

Looking for a pool party to soak up some sun, enjoy some great music, and dance the day away? The Playlist Pool Party is the perfect one! Experience an elite open-air vibe with spectacular entertainment, a variety of food and beverage options and more at the Royal Golf Club Bahrain. 3pm onwards. Visit @playlistentertainmentbahrain on Instagram or call 37 777-845.


Lanterns Re-opening

Lanterns Restaurant & Lounge, located in Adliya, held a re-opening night welcoming guests to relish the taste of the cuisine on the house.

ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTS Get Ready To Experience The Spectacular Vibe With Resident Artists

Nadine & Andre Rooftop of Lanterns Lounge & Restaurant Adliya




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Located in the heart of Adliya, Mi Casa restaurant is hosting yet another spectacular event starring the Duet Band by Angel. If you enjoy live entertainment, delectable food, and beverages, this is the place for you! Call 38 188-876.



KLUB 360

Do you fancy a party on a private island? The first ever UNAM Festival PreParty is happening in Bahrain this Eid! Prepare yourself for an exciting 12-hour experience at Art Hotel & Resort’s private island which will be filled with good vibes and great music. Dance the night away to the best of international and local DJs. Doors open at 2pm. Call 39 498-043.




Get ready to techno! Nightscape is back and the artistic creativity levels are off the charts. Get your dose of exceptional techno beats at Social Monkey which Calling out all party-goers! Klub 360 is the clubbing destination to be at this is as distinct as its moniker. Experience the best of Bahrain’s local talent go Eid. You’re sure to enjoy a fantastic night with the dynamic lighting and stellar above and beyond. 8pm onwards. performances by incredible DJs. That’s not all, there will be live performances The line-up includes Ahmed Zainal, INFRARED, Julian Mesa, Fecasso, Saif & and fire shows as well! It’ll definitely be a night to remember and one you Sound and Rashed Al Dhaen. shouldn’t miss out on. Call 38 111-360. Call 33 737-417 or 35 148-806. 16 May 2022


CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE Bahrain’s large expatriate population has long faced an issue with inheritance, in particular accessing funds after the death of their loved ones in the Kingdom. We spoke to Indian Legal Consultant V K Thomas, who has long fought for a change in laws to make this process easier for expats.

V K Thomas has been in Bahrain for 45 years, after initially qualifying and being licensed in India as an Advocate. He now works as a legal consultant specialising in corporate matters, and also coordinates with his Partner Adv. Wafa Al Ansari, a Bahraini Advocate of the Court of Cassation on cases concerning personal affairs namely marriage, divorce, inheritance and more. He has long since campaigned for Bahrain’s expatriate population, 52.6 per cent of 1.5 million, to access the inheritance funds of their loved ones, should they unfortunately pass away. Most of the laws that govern the personal matters of non-Muslim expatriates, including this matter, are the same since 1971 when the expatriate proportion was a mere 17.5 per cent. There is an obvious discord between the two, and with the advent of the pandemic, this has been exacerbated. As per the current systems, in the event of the death of an expatriate, all bank accounts, including any joint accounts, are immediately frozen until such time that a court order is issued by the court in Bahrain. A certificate to confirm the ‘legal heirs’ or a court order issued by the passport-issuing country of the

deceased then needs to be produced, which can take between three-to-six months. In addition, four-to-six more are usually lost in waiting for the Bahrain court order to release these funds, on top of other hurdles. “From a humane perspective, for several expatriates this can mean no access to any funds, sometimes even for funeral proceedings or repatriation of the body,” says Mr Thomas. “To make this worse, there are oftentimes children involved and living expenses of families or even tickets home that cannot be paid for due to a complete lockdown of all family funds.” Along with his partner Adv. Wafa Al Ansari, who deals with litigation, Mr Thomas has detailed simple steps which could make the process far simpler. He explains: “Simple steps that could be taken could include: (i) allowing operation of bank accounts with ‘either or survivor’ or ‘nominations’; or (ii) exempt salary or joint accounts from needing a court order; or (iii) limiting the amount of money that can be withdrawn per month until the court order or (iv) allowing wills to be notarised here and allow operation of bank accounts by the executor based on the will without any further

process or court order. “With globalisation and banking systems so well connected, perhaps the time is right now to ease the very painful process of gathering up one’s life after losing an earning member. A change in the law and rules that govern the settlements of estates of non-Muslims in Bahrain is an urgent need of the hour.” Mr Thomas has highlighted the matter to various authorities and in various seminars and workshops and he even writes a weekly column in a local Indian language newspaper. Until such time as the law is possibly changed, Mr Thomas advises families to have separate bank accounts as opposed to joint accounts. This is the only option available at the moment to have access to cash. “Whether expatriates or citizens, the money earned in Bahrain is the result of hard work and families depend on it,” he says. “For a country as benevolent and welcoming of expatriates as Bahrain, it seems surprising that residents who spend their lives earning for and adding to the Bahrain ecosystem, should be denied a basic comfort that their loved ones will be given what is rightly theirs on time – without a legal battle.” May 2022 17



KIMSHEALTH Bahrain hosted its Ramadan Ghabga for corporates at the Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel Bahrain. The Ghabga was attended by who’s who of Bahrain including ambassadors, government officials, top executives and colleagues. Renowned Bahraini musicians, Majaz, entertained the audience and a raffle draw was also held.

Midway Ramadan Festival

Midway Supermarkets held a night of Ramadan Festivities at Diyar Al Muharraq with all sorts of entertainment for visitors and families including face painting, henna, carnival games and traditional Msaher performances aside from stalls offering a variety of foods to tickle the taste buds.

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Germany in Bahrain


Golden Jubilee of Bilateral Relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Federal Republic of Germany. 17th May 1972 – 17th May 2022

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Germany in Bahrain


Bahrain and Germany are celebrating the 50th anniversary of its long-standing diplomatic partnership, with bilateral relations beginning on May 17, 1972. As part of our special supplement, we spoke to the German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, HE Kai Boeckmann, about his diplomatic career and his plans to bolster ties between the two nations. 20 May 2022


hank you for speaking to us Your Excellency. Could you give our readers a brief summary of your experience and background prior to coming to Bahrain? I came to Bahrain after serving with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 24 years. This is a typical career path in the ministry, where you gain experience in several postings. In my case, it was foreign postings in Jericho, Buenos Aires, Rome and Cairo. Of course, I had several stints in the ministry in Germany and gained experience in consular and press work, while also serving as deputy chief of mission. While I was in headquarters, I was repeatedly involved in reform projects, which may sound technical, but were a good preparation for the administrative tasks needed to lead a mission.

How do you compare life in Bahrain to your previous postings? I was very curious to come to the Gulf after having served in other Arabic posts in Jericho and Cairo. I must say that I find life in Bahrain very, very special. The first thing that strikes you is that I don›t commute for hours like in mega cities, but I can reach all interlocutors, friends and partners mostly within minutes! This is something which characterises the life in Bahrain. Our contacts with the Bahraini government are very close and direct, as they are with parliament and the business community. Furthermore, the German community is very tightly knit and very supportive as we see when there are charity events. I had the privilege to host almost the entire German community and their families during

Germany in Bahrain occasions like the St Nicholas celebrations before Christmas in this residence garden, which would certainly not have been possible in other postings with a larger population. On May 17, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Germany will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. What are your own thoughts about this momentous occasion? My thoughts go back to the late Amir, HRH Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and Federal President, Gustav Heinemann, who established the beginning of our diplomatic relationship. These were different times then, where Germany was divided in the aftermath of World War 2, and both Germany and Bahrain became members of the United Nations and helped shape the international community. My thoughts also go to all those Bahraini and German citizens who helped to shape and bring into life our relationship in so many ways. I am grateful to all the ambassadors who preceded me and whose work I can now build upon in my daily work. Finally, I am grateful to pioneers like Bahraini businessmen who discovered the potential of German products and the visionaries who established the DHL regional hub back in 1976. What plans does the embassy have to celebrate this auspicious occasion in May? We hope to be able to profit from the remarkable success of Bahrain in combatting COVID-19, and to celebrate with a series of events together with our colleagues from the embassies both: here and in Berlin.

Instagram account and we are very happy that we can interact directly with our followers and receive their feedback. It is also a matter of transparency; we want to show our daily work and not be an embassy which hides behind high walls.

the Kingdom have four wheels! I see the potential in the future for further trade in this regard because German car manufacturers have great solutions for e-mobility and Bahrain with its small size represents the ideal place to realise the vision of carbon-free traffic.

Once the celebrations are over, what do you consider to be your primary focus to further bolster relations between the two countries? I think that we can work together in the fields of climate action and energy transition. Together, we have the capacity to reduce gas emissions. Germany needs to replace fossil fuels with alternative energies, especially hydrogen, and Bahrain as a classical producer of fossil fuels has the potential also to diversify and to make use of resources like solar energy and wind energy which are available in this region.

How many German citizens are currently residents in Bahrain? How has the number grown since the establishment of diplomatic relations? We have around 500 German citizens currently living in Bahrain, and the number has been quite stable over the past years. It’s not a huge number, but it’s a very tight-knit and vibrant community and we feel that our German citizens here are the best ambassadors of Germany to Bahrain because they represent the variety and diversity of German society including university professors, doctors, engineers and technicians.

What is the current status of trade between Bahrain and Germany from volumes and projections? Can you identify specific areas of trade and collaboration that would increase in the near future? We are very happy that despite the pandemic, trade between Germany and Bahrain is actually on the rise. Europe is Bahrain›s most important trading partner after Saudi Arabia and Germany represents a large part of the trade exchange between Europe and Bahrain. Speaking about the numbers in 2020, Bahraini exports to Germany amounted to BHD50m, about a third more than in 2019. German imports to Bahrain amounted to BHD203m which is again an increase of around 30 percent. Of course, the most welcome German goods in

Is there anything else you would like to add? I would like to thank on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations both His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the people of Bahrain for all the support they have given over the past 50 years to our diplomatic relationship and to the relations between the Bahraini people and the German people in general.

What do you consider to be the most relevant and significant achievements of the embassy in Bahrain and German citizens over the past 50 years, and how has that contributed to the growth of bilateral relations between the two countries? No doubt the high level visits of His Majesty King Hamad to Germany in 2008 and the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Bahrain in 2010. We have had a number of successes and momentous events over the years, such as the embassy offering language courses to enable Bahrainis to learn German for study and work purposes and offering business round table networking. Since your own arrival in Bahrain, what do you consider the most significant achievement so far? One interesting step which we have done is to open up more to the general public, through our activity on social media. In 2018, we started a ‘Germany in Bahrain’

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Germany in Bahrain



Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Federal Republic of Germany, HE Abdulla Abdullatif Al Shaikh Abdulla, highlights the diplomatic relations between the two countries in this conversation with George Middleton.

our excellency. You’ve had a distinguished career since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981. Can you give us a brief summary about your diplomatic postings and missions so far? In 1981, I was the Director of Finance and Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A few years later, I went to Glasgow to continue my education and receive my master’s degree. Four years later, I had my first diplomatic post as the Deputy Head of Mission in London – a post which I held for almost five and a half years. I was then appointed as a permanent representative to Geneva dealing with the multilateral issues and, of course, a nonresidential ambassador and permanent representative to Vienna as well. It was then that I’d spent five and a half years in London

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and almost four years in Geneva. This was followed by appointment as the Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from August, 2009 to almost October, 2017. Finally, in February 2018, I went to Berlin as the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ambassador to Germany, where I have been since. How do you find living in Germany and what would be your key observations about it? To be honest, and to keep a long story short, starting with Berlin as a German city; I believe if you do not like Berlin, something is wrong with you, not the city and so you have to adjust yourself. It’s a beautiful city with a very rich heritage. I can say it’s ‘a kitchen of the world’ in the sense that you can find a lot of think tanks. As a diplomat, it’s a very important post with a lot to cover. It’s one of the biggest economies

in Europe, and it has a lot of areas where we can have a good cooperation. In terms of diplomatic works, it’s not all concentrated in Berlin, you are dealing with 16 regional states which is very challenging. What do you consider to be your most significant achievement so far in your posting in Germany? Oh, there are plenty of achievements! Of these, the one that I would consider the most important is our success in increasing our trade between Bahrain and Germany. As I’d mentioned, Germany is one of the biggest European economies and so, we found a lot of areas for cooperation and have been very successful since I was there. In fact, despite the pandemic, we’ve always had an increase in our trade and exchange investment between Bahrain and Germany.

Germany in Bahrain For instance, last year we recorded an increase of six percent in our trade with Germany, which is very important as it is an achievement considering the pandemic. Prior to that, we would record even higher percentages, over 20 percent even. Would you say that trade is your most important concern? It’s not our most important concern. It is such a wonderful country and we enjoy a very friendly relationship. Politically, we have a very good understanding that we have been working together for, which has resulted in us celebrating 50 years of our diplomatic relation. We never had challenges which were difficult to be solve in political and multilateral fields. I believe that there are areas in the economical field that we can improve. So, while trade is one of the most important things, that doesn’t mean that we don’t concentrate on other areas which we believe have better opportunities. We can work together and increase the exchange of trade and have more investment from Germany towards Bahrain and open new areas of cooperation between our countries. How many Bahraini expatriates live in Germany? Usually, Bahrainis don’t go for economic reasons to live to Europe, but they go for other purposes like better education and aspects of the services sectors. So, the number is really very limited. I think we have around a hundred, the majority of them being students in different fields, but mainly in the medical field. We also have some of our doctors who are practicing their experience in Germany. These doctors have also really contributed at certain German hospitals during COVID. They’ve really been recognised as people who contributed in the fight against COVID. We also have a small number of people who lived there due to some business, mainly in real estate. What activities does the embassy of Bahrain in Germany undertake to promote corporation and unity between the two countries?

We have a great political understanding with Germany, and found that visits between the two countries with high-level dignitaries to be successful as we found has new areas of cooperation. Recently, our Minister of Foreign Affairs was in Berlin to attend the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. Here, we found areas of cooperation which we have been working very hard for, especially moving towards the target of net zero carbon emissions for which the Kingdom of Bahrain has plans, with His Majesty King Hamad and the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa projecting the year 2060 to be our target for zero emissions. We hope to reduce these emissions by 35 percent by the year 2030 and are hence looking into alternative energy options. Germany has a lot of areas of potential cooperation where this is concerned such green energy, hydrogen, water waste management, and renewable energy. These are very new areas for cooperation and we’ve had two workshops, in this regard, with stakeholders from Bahrain and Germany. What image of Bahrain do you like to project through the embassy in Germany?

headquarters in Bahrain - something that everybody’s very proud of. We are also extremely proud to support His Majesty’s King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence, whose objective is to promote peaceful ideals worldwide, especially at times like these. Our project reflects the reality of life in Bahrain which is the perfect example of how people can live together despite any differences in race, religion or nationality. What plans does the Bahrain embassy in Germany have to celebrate the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations? I’d like to first say that just as we have with our leadership, His Majesty King Hamad, and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the leadership of the president of Germany, FrankWalter Steinmeier, the new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and Angela Merkel before him has given us the boost of working together and having a better cooperation. We have already begun our celebrations which we shall continue until the end of the year. We are planning a kind of concert, a gathering with businessmen in Germany and articles to highlight these historic relations in the press. We will also be producing memorabilia for the occasion. I am positive that the relations between Germany and Bahrain will continue for many years to come and look forward to our two countries. celebration of a Diamond Jubilee in the future.

Bahrain has always been known for its friendly business environment which we try to promote. For the last three or four years, the Kingdom has been ranked as one of the top five countries, which has been able to attract direct investment globally which is an important point to highlight. People, not only in Germany, but Commenting on the diplomatic relations between the whole of Europe should know about this and why Bahrain is the two countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief attractive to businesses. Bahrain of European Affairs, Ahmed Ebrahim Al Qarainees, has an advantage of skilled said: “These 50 years mark a very strong, lasting workers, advanced regulations, a and varied relationship with Germany. The great social life, environment and Kingdom of Bahrain has worked very closely with roads, and freedom of faith, which our friends in Germany and our ambassador who is why a lot of companies is leading the efforts with the guidance of His consider having their

Majesty King Hamad and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister in a complete strategy which includes working with our friends to develop an understanding of global coexistence as well as peace and prosperity across the world. Based on those ideas, they trickle down to particular policies and initiatives inside of Bahrain. We can work together with our German friends for education and of course the new global challenge of the environment. So, we look forward to continuing to achieve new milestones with our German friends.”

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Exploring the historic diplomatic ties between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Federal Republic of Germany.


Establishment of diplomatic relations between GERMANY and BAHRAIN 1977:

German foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher visits Bahrain .................................................................................


Minister of State at Foreign Office Jürgen Möllemann visits Bahrain .................................................................................


First flight by Germany›s flag carrier and the country›s largest airline, Lufthansa, to Bahrain .................................................................................


First flight by Bahrain’s flag carrier and airline, Gulf Air flight, from Bahrain to Frankfurt 24 May 2022


German Defence Minister, Gerhard Stoltenberg, visits the German demining association in Bahrain ................................................................................. 22.03.1995: Germany’s Foreign Minister, Klaus Kinkel, visits the capital of Bahrain, Manama. .................................................................................


Bahrain opens its embassy in Bonn, Germany. .................................................................................


Germany opens its first Embassy in Manama.

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The German-Bahraini Friendship Society was founded in Manama. .................................................................................


Germany is a permanent guest and attendee at the Manama Dialogue. .................................................................................


German Interior Minister, Otto Schily, visits Bahrain. .................................................................................


German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, visits Bahrain ..................................................................................


German Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier, visits Bahrain. .................................................................................


German President, Horst Koehler, receives the King of Bahrain, HRH King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. .................................................................................



German-Bahraini round table takes place every year. .................................................................................


German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, visits Bahrain. .................................................................................


Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, meets with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin. .................................................................................


Members of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Shura Council visit the Federal Republic of Germany. .................................................................................


German parliamentary delegation led by Bundestag VicePresident, Claudia Roth. .................................................................................

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business delegation for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen organises German Breakfast and Catalog Show in Bahrain.

HRH King Hamad meets with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.


German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier greets Bahrain‘s Foreign Minister, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa in Berlin.

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa received at the Gudaibiya Palace, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, on the occasion of her participation in the IISS Manama Dialogue 2015. The German Defence Minister and her accompanying delegation were also received by her Bahraini counterpart, Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Lieutenant General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma.


German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, and her accompanying delegation revisit the Kingdom of Bahrain to participate in the 12th edition of Manama Dialogue.

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German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, meets the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Berlin where they held a joint press conference following formal discussions, in the presence of delegations from the two countries.

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German Foreign Minister, Annalena Bearbock, meets the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Berlin on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Conference.

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Trade between Bahrain and Germany, and specific areas of trade: Germany is Bahrain’s third most important business partner in the European Union. Germany’s positive image in the country is largely founded on its highly competitive industrial and technology sectors. On the German side, small and mediumsized companies in particular are taking advantage of the good investment climate in Bahrain. At present, around 30 German companies have offices in Bahrain or are engaged in projects in the country.

EUR 97.1 million Euro (2019) German import goods by SITC (percentage of total imports) 2020 Non-ferrous metals 84.7; other vehicles 4.7; raw materials (without fuel) 3.4; textiles/ clothing 1.5; Chem. ore 1.4; metal goods 0.7; Building materials/ glass/ceramics 0.7; measurement/ control tech. 0.4; petrochemicals 0.3; Shoes 0.3; Other 1.9

German Export to Bahrain: EUR506. 2 million (2020) EUR379.2 million (2019)

Agreements with Germany • Investment Protection Agreement since May 27, 2010 • Agreement on Air Transport since June 18, 1991 • Agreement on October 2, 2000 amending and supplementing the Agreement of June 18, 1991 on air transport

German Import from Bahrain 2020: EUR124.9 million (2020)

Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community

& GCC countries in 1988. German residents in Bahrain According to the foreign office, there are 500 Germans in Bahrain. Most popular courses among Bahrainis in Germany Medical and technical subjects Germany is Bahrain’s most important partner in the European Union. 10, 000 German tourists visited Bahrain in 2018. In 2018, the German Embassy issued more than 6000 tourist visas and more than 2000 business visas for Bahrain. At present, around 30 German companies have offices in Bahrain or are engaged in projects in the country. There are approximately 500 German nationals living in Bahrain. May 2022 27

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On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of diplomatic relations between Germany and Bahrain, we speak to German and Bahraini citizens who have helped bolster these ties.

Abduljalil Al Ansari – Founder of the Bahraini-German Friendship Society and the first Bahraini to receive the German Medal of Merit – First Class. “My relationship with Germany began with my first trip to Cologne in 1965, where I attended an international exhibition where my personal and business relationships started. I think it’s very important for people to understand culture, from any visitors from Bahrain to Germany or vice-versa, whether it’s music, people, sights or more. As for commercial interest, I believe that German business relationships are important to us because not only are their goods and services reliable, but they are of exceptional quality. I am very proud to see the relationship which I believe I started in the 1960s when there were no diplomatic relations or embassies. It was up to me, my friends and colleagues to inform people about Germany, and I asked Bahrain and Saudi Arabian authorities to import products from there.”

Ali Khonji – A member of one of the oldest merchant business families in Bahrain, which started in 1898. “Our company was honoured to build the new German Embassy chancellery building which was handed over in 2011 and inaugurated by then-Ambassador, His Excellency Hubert Lang. We are extremely proud to have offered our services to the German government and we hope to continue this for years to come. I love to spend time in the south of Germany in the Black Forest area, since one of my favourite hobbies is walking. It’s one of my favourite holiday destinations. I believe there needs to be an International German School in Bahrain, which will boost the economic, cultural and educational relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Germany in future.”

Birgit Hobaugh and Mohamed Alsharqi – Bahraini German International Services Birgit: “I came here more than 20 years ago, when it was a totally different world than it is today! I was made extremely welcome since my first day and it has felt like home. I still tell everybody who will listen how lovely a place it is. Mohammed and I opened up a company offering many services, in areas including travel and medical, between Bahrain and Germany. We have a lot of tourists coming to Bahrain, and I have found that as an official tour guide, Germans love Bahrain as I do! It’s great to show them all the important sites and history that we have, it’s real and traditional, which I don’t think is found as much in other Arab countries.” Mohamed: “When I invited Birgit to Bahrain for the first time, I was delighted that she loved the country and decided to stay. She has really adapted to the culture and gone deep into the Bahraini life, even though she couldn’t speak the language at first. I’m particularly interested in motorsports so I am proud to be the first Bahraini to start an official travel agency for motorsports between the two countries, offering up to seven tours a year for motorcyclists from Bahrain and the GCC. 28 May 2022

Germany in Bahrain Uwe Torsten - RCSI Bahrain Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology “Prior to moving to Bahrain, I’d worked in Berlin for 24 years. The first time I visited was in 2019 when I worked as a part time consultant at The King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH). However, being an academic, I applied to RCSI. I believe Germany has a great reputation in Arab countries, and so I could proceed from where I left off in Berlin. There are a lot of healthcare manufacturers in Germany, especially in the south of the country. When in the operating theatre in Bahrain, I realised that we have a lot of German equipment from brands such as Siemens and Ecolab which are of a very high-standard and appreciated here in Bahrain. I’m interested in archaeology and geological issues so when I arrived here, I immediately looked into the 5000-year-old history of Bahrain and the Dilmun culture and was very interested when I made a comparision to what was in Europe, Egypt and elsewhere. It’s astonishing.”

Nabeel Ajoor – Bahraini businessman and Member of Bahrain-German Business Society “We have a family business which deals in textiles, furniture and property. We have a very old connection with Germany, starting with my father who had gone to Frankfurt following the war to get his eyes operated on. Since then, we would visit Germany often, which I have driven around extensively exploring Hannover, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Germany has always been associated with quality in Bahrain, with my mother trusting their products too. We had imported very special curtains for the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital from Hamburg, aside from technical products and fabric for our furnishings business. I have released two books, including one which highlights the heritage of Bahrain and inspires nostalgia. German people have always been friendly so I often host members of the German community at my house so they may experience the Bahraini culture.”

Professor Dr. Bernd Hoefer - Chairman & CEO of A9C Capital WLL “I’m a German businessman who has been based in Bahrain for over 15 years. For the first two years I worked for a very senior member of the Royal family following which I set up my company. In 2020, I co-founded a technology spin-off of the German Aerospace Centre in Germany. I am also the Chairman of the German Business Roundtable Bahrain. I have a scientific background, but am an economist having worked all my career at the interface between economy and technology. I’ve worked closely together with literally each and every space agency including NASA, JAXA, ISRO, ROSCOMOS and the European Space Agency. I believe that Bahrain and Germany have the potential to collaborate in the formation of technology-led industry in the Kingdom. I also don’t see any reason why Bahrain shouldn’t strive to become an automative manufacturing country, notably for electric cars. Bahrain has aluminium, top-notch logistics facilities, connectivity to the entire world, FTAs in place and other ingredients for great success.”

Ingo Giesel - Director of Operations, Shelf Drilling (Global SantaFe Services - LLC) “I work in KSA for a drilling contractor company that supplies drilling rigs for major oil companies. My wife and I have lived in seven different countries – Indonesia, Vietnam, Norway, The Netherlands, Scotland, the UAE and Egypt. After living in Egypt for three years, we moved to Bahrain where we have now lived for the last 11 years. Bahrain also has an advantage of having a great variety of restaurants which my wife and I dine at to enjoy some good food. Considering that we’ve lived in so many other countries, we really enjoy living in Bahrain as it is safe and there’s plenty to enjoy. I also enjoy working in a cultural environment, as presented by the region, and I believe everyone should have this experience. When thinking of German brands, one of the most important one that’s comes to my mind is DHL since it is a major logistics provider and logistics in the current market is a problem because of ongoing issues. The other one would be Lufthansa which is the official carrier and keeps a connection between the people in Bahrain and Germany. Others that come to mind are Porsche, Mercedes and BMW.”

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STANDING THE TEST OF TIME Established in 1976, the Bahrain-based company Universal Electro-Engineering (UNEECO) has long had a strong relationship with German products and services to meet the diverse and changing needs of the region’s electrical and electronics engineering sectors. We spoke to UNEECO COO, Jayashankar Viswanathan, to find out more.


NEECO’s story is certainly an inspiring one. The company established its first assembly plant in Salmabad, later moved to Mina Salman Industrial Area where it operated for nearly 15 years, before finally settling in its state-of-the-art facility in BIIP at Bahrain’s Al Hidd Industrial Area. It positions itself as a leading manufacturer of low-voltage switchgear products in the Kingdom. The company markets various high-voltage equipment such as vacuum switchgear, ring main units and transformers which are manufactured by well-known companies globally. Of these worldwide entities which supply its products, it has a particular affinity for those made in Germany. Mr. Viswanathan explains: “Germany is one of the finest engineering countries in the world historically, so we know we will always get quality from there. “Robust, strong and reliable are key elements which come to mind when thinking about their products, with shelf lives often surpassing any other, and their services are very good.” Originally from India, Mr. Viswanathan has a storied career in the engineering industry. His journey with UNEECO began as a manager in 2005 and since then, he has progressed to becoming a board member and director alongside his operational duties. His ongoing relationship with German brands has been one of the highlights of his tenure. Notably, UNEECO was heavily involved in the construction of the Kraft Foods plant in the Kingdom and used entirely German products in the manufacture, knowing that they would stand the test of time. “German brands account for 10 percent of our entire business revenue, some USD4 million” he explains. “It started in 1979 with Raychem, now part of TE Connectivity, and now includes Exide industrial batteries and Stulz energy-efficient temperature and humidity management technology. “We love working with our German partners because we learn so much from them. There really is a noticeable quality with their products that you just don’t get from other places.” 30 May 2022


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Since starting out in 1998 with only BMW under its umbrella, Euro Motors has set out to position itself as the leader in the automotive industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain and has since come a long way with premium brands such as Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and Maserati. David McGoldrick, General Manager of Euro Motors tells us why the dealership still has a special relationship with the German marque which started it all.


hen asked to name the principal goal of Euro Motors, David McGoldrick responds: “To be recognised as the most professional automotive retailer in the Kingdom of Bahrain by our customers, employees, shareholders and business partners and to be the customer›s first choice when buying any premium European brands in line with the company mission ‘Best Vehicles … Best Dealerships’. “Euro Motors does not compromise on presentation, quality, technical service and customer care. We are fully committed to the principle of offering the utmost to our customers, the drive to improve profitability is always conditioned to match promise with performance because every Euro Motors customer is valued.” Despite the plethora of premium brands under its wing, Euro Motors has always treasured its relationship with BMW as the inaugural

European brand when the dealership first launched. In the previous five years, Euro Motors has invested significantly in its infrastructure and training of staff to ensure the BMW Group brands are represented in line with the International Importer Standards. Mr McGoldrick explains: “I first became involved with the brand in 1985, and it has been a passion of mine ever since. The brand has it all: Heritage, Design, Technology Performance and Consistency. A BMW is a car for everyone, and I think these are key elements which define a German brand and its DNA. “Since the inception of Euro Motors, we have been implementing various initiatives in keeping with the strategy’s four pillars: Growth, Shaping the Future, Profitability and Access to Technologies and Customers. Our activities will remain firmly focused on the premium segments of the international automobile

markets. Our mission statement is clearly defined: the BMW Group is the world’s leading provider of premium products and premium services for individual mobility, both with cars and motorbikes.” As the automotive industry shifts towards a greener future, Euro Motors and BMW are collaborating to ensure they are ready for the change and to make information and options easily accessible to potential customers in the Kingdom. “We are working together to bring the BMW range of electric vehicles to the Kingdom. This requires investment in infrastructure and collaborations with the government as part of a sustainable motoring strategy, and we believe we have just the right tools to make this process as smooth and simple as possible,” he said. May 2022 31

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The Khalaifat Company was established in 1968, making a name for itself selling global kitchen and home brands that are rooted in adding value to homes, hotels, restaurants and other interiors in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Of course, a plethora of German makes are part of their catalogue, so we spoke to Managing Director, Qussay Khalaifat, about their relationship.



ver the last 54 years and counting, Khalaifat has offered a wide range of products created by German manufacturers, starting with Bosch in 1975 and continuing to present day with Nolte, Gaggenau, Poggenpohl, Hama and more. Mr. Khalaifat says: “The German brands have maintained their quality and reliability throughout the years. It has never dipped, and in fact always strives to improve, which is hugely important to both us and our customers. Our German suppliers have provided us with the best services and support to align with the quality of the products expected by the Bahraini market. Amongst its outlets, Khalaifat has an exclusive showroom in Tubli and a Bosch flagship store in Enma Mall, Riffa. Furthermore, its product ranges are available in major retailers such as Sharaf DG, Carrefour and Extra. He continues: “Our aim is to continue our strong relationship with these brands and add more partners in the coming future.

We are glad to be linked with such reliable quality in terms of product and support. German brands have made our reputation high along these years. “They offer technological innovations which really bring the future to the present. Check out Bosch’s Home Connect for example. Designed for the modern household, you can use your smart devices to control, monitor and maintain your appliances remotely. “As life gets busier, we rely on our household appliances to operate more efficiently and in complete harmony. Busy schedule? Start your washing from the office and come home with laundry ready to dry. Early start? Wake up your coffee machine from your bedroom as the warm aroma of freshly brewed coffee lures you out of bed. “Home Connect turns everyday routines and household chores into a seamless experience, and this is just one of a multitude of ways that German technology and products is improving our lives.”

Celebrating Shared Success

Almoayyed Computers Middle East (ACME), together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the global edge-to-cloud company, hosted their first customer event recently in Bahrain. Held under the patronage of Information & eGoverment Authority Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali AlQaed, the event witnessed participation from leading industry experts and businesses in Bahrain and senior managemen tteams from ACME and HPE.

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Proudly ‘Made in Germany’, MOSER is part of a legacy of excellence, through every innovation, across every decade of consistent growth, MOSER has stayed true to its commitment to precision. Every product comes with the assurance of efficiency, sharpness, quality and performance – values that have always put Germany in the global spotlight. As a market leader in the grooming industry, MOSER manufactures some of the most widely used clippers and trimmers globally. These include the famous MOSER 1400 clipper, which has sold over 50 million times since its debut in 1962.

The MOSER 1400 The MOSER 1400 continues as the undefeated tool of choice among customers. Its growth can be credited to an unrelenting focus on delivering impeccable quality. MOSER’s ambition has fueled its growth across over 165 countries and made it an integral part of Wahl Clipper Corporation’s ambitious international growth plan. There is no clipper like the MOSER 1400. It is nothing short of a legend, a cult favourite among professionals. Its iconic silhouette has garnered such unwavering loyalty among customers that home users buy it and take it along to their barbers – they genuinely believe only a MOSER 1400 can do the job for them! Made in Germany, the MOSER 1400 features a solid, precision-ground, high-grade steel blade set. Its silent functioning hides the

powerful working of an oscillating armature motor that has been enhanced over the years to improve its performance by 50 percent as compared to the initial version. Only a stellar product like the 1400 is consistently in demand over decades, with over 50 million units sold globally as of 2021. Professionals covet the striking design, extraordinary performance and inimitable precision of the 1400. Outside, though it has remained nearly unchanged for almost 50 years now, the technology powering each version is more powerful than the last. Every product is manufactured with rigorous quality and performance checks – anyone who owns a MOSER can be assured that they own a high-performing, robust clipper that will last for years together.

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n a world of globalisation, digitisation, fierce competition, and most recently, a pandemic of epic disruption, customer-centricity has taken prime spot on business agendas. Just about all companies have come to realise how critical it is to shift to a more customer-centric approach as a means of differentiation and to build competitive advantage. Today, with a plethora of knowledge available at the touch of a button, and endless options at one’s fingertips, customercentricity dictates brand loyalty and profit margins. But how do you go about creating a truly customer-centric business? You need to start with the customer first. The driving force is to make it your mission to help your customers reach their business goals. This means thinking less about how much you are selling and more on how a product or service helps customers thrive in their businesses. You focus on what your customers want to achieve and you evolve your organisation around their needs, becoming an integral, and indispensable ally to their growth journey. It requires a complete change in mind-

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By DHL Express MENA set away from operational to placing the customer at the heart of the process and developing outwards from there. The most important component of this equation is to align and motivate all teams to have the customer’s success as their highest priority. Every single person working in a customer-centric organisation should be made to feel that they have an important role to play in this process. This comes down to culture and training; both of which are equally important to cultivate a customer-first mindset and inspire people to take on the responsibility of exceeding customer expectations. Commitment from the top is also important and goes beyond simply discussing customer matters in the boardroom. Senior management have to be just as involved in driving customer success as any frontline employee. They are responsible for building that culture and driving that momentum internally, while setting an example for all teams to follow. Today, customers demand tailored solutions and constant innovation. This is not an easy

task and requires continuous client discussions, agility, flexibility and monitoring of trends. It also requires organisations to allow their customers to be part of the innovation journey. Lastly, capturing customer feedback and converting this into tangible improvements is paramount. Customer surveys are very common across businesses. But while they are valuable tools, they also represent a very impersonal way of capturing feedback via a static questionnaire. Customer-centric companies go one step further: they engage in frequent direct dialogue, facilitating the exchange of ideas and views because they know that sharing insights and knowledge leads to natural improvements. Customer centricity requires a fundamental shift in the way a company thinks and operates; but it needs to be approached as an ever-evolving journey and not an end destination, and companies need to be vested in taking this route which is no longer an option but has become a necessity for business survival.

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50th Anniversary Party A party was held to celebrate Adnan and Faye Sharabi’s 50th Anniversary and the year 2022 at their home in Barbar. Downtown Rotana Iftar Members of the press enjoyed a media iftar at Downtown Rotana, Manama, which was held to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan.

InterContinental Pre-Ramadan Function InterContinental Regency Bahrain invited guests to a pre-Ramadan Iftar to experience the delights it has to offer in the spirit of Ramadan.

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When you think of a relaxing ambience and tasty Indian food, Lanterns Restaurant immediately comes to mind. However, unbeknownst to many, the outlet features a number of hidden gems from around the world on its menu which are just as delicious. Bahrain This Month was invited to sample some of them and soak in the atmosphere of the popular Adliya spot.


ou are undoubtedly in for a treat when you stroll into the familiar surroundings of Lanterns. When asked to do a review, I jumped at the chance to reacquaint myself with their cuisine, not realising that I would be in for a surprise as I would be pushed out of my comfort zone to try some of the outlet’s lesserknown but equally-fantastic offerings. Did you know, for example, that Lanterns has a plethora of Thai options? Me neither! Opting for the element of surprise as the welcoming, friendly staff brought out delicacies from their conveyor belt of mystery, it was exciting to see what would be coming first. Alas, I started off light with the colourful Spring Asian Salad. What made this so special was the inclusion of Edamame, one of my favourite snacks in the world, which complemented the green leaves, bean sprouts, red lettuce and cherry tomatoes. The main courses, which were soon served at my table, were a very welcome sight as I was feeling particularly ravenous. I’m not usually a big seafood lover, but I was swayed by the fresh Goan Mussels with its creamy gravy with its coconut and garlic base. There is little satisfaction in life like dipping a piping hot bread into a sauce, and the flavours really complemented each other. Next up was something much more down my alley – Lamb Shank Biryani! The meat was tender and succulent, and coupled with the rice it was really aromatic. This was an impressive fusion between Indian and Arabic food. It wouldn’t be Lanterns without a curry of some sort, and the Tarri Wali Chicken Curry with Pilao Rice delivered with aplomb. The gravy was rich

with flavour and the spices really tasted authentic, indicative of the team’s dedication to not cut corners and source the finest ingredients. The chicken couldn’t have been cooked better either, just the right level of tenderness. After the curry, I was yearning for something more solid and the Angus Beef Bites delivered. As far as finger foods go, you can’t go wrong with seasoned cubes of steak! Finally, the Assorted Dumplings were served in a very cute wooden basket and were packed with such a plethora of fillings and flavours that I’d cover the word count listing them all. To my surprise, the prawn offering stood out to me as a particular highlight, and considering so many outlets get dumplings very wrong, it was a relief that Lanterns knew just how soft and moist they needed to be. Overall, considering Lanterns is one of my favourite restaurants, this excursion really highlighted how linear my vision usually is when it comes to the menu! It taught me a lesson that I really need to branch out more and explore the hidden delights offered by a creative culinary team, because the selection was truly fantastic. May 2022 37


Glorious Feasts

After a month of reflection and fasting, it’s time to kick back your heels and revel in the festivities of Eid at the numerous gastronomic offerings that Bahrain has in store over the holidays and spilling over the month of May.

EPIC WEEKEND TREAT From May 6 onwards, Origins Restaurant at Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain, will host a Friday Brunch from 1pm – 4pm. Swing by to get your beachside brunch fix full of an amazing culinary spread, unlimited sips by the beach, live groovy beats, and fab kids’ activities every Friday. This foodie experience is priced at BD28, inclusive of soft beverages, or BD34, inclusive of selected beverages. Kids aged 6 - 12 years old dine at BD14. Call 77 488-100.

INDIAN INDULGENCE From kebabs and chaats to biryani and naans, Rasoi by Vineet has got something special for your entire family, with a delectable set menu during Eid. The acclaimed five-star restaurant at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain offers this delicious Indian fine dining menu at BD22 per person, or BD20 for Prestige Club members. Prices are subject to applicable taxes. Call 17 713-000.

A FESTIVE EID MEAL EID DELIGHTS Head to the stylish Baharat Restaurant, at Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, for a celebratory brunch to mark the occasion of Eid on Tuesday, May 3, from 12.30pm – 4pm. There will be a lavish spread to suit all taste buds, priced at BD28, including soft beverages, or BD38, including selected drinks. Call 17 171-000 or WhatsApp 33 204-175

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Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor will be the stage for a sumptuous Eid Brunch buffet featuring an extensive menu full of seafood, live grill stations and authentic Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. This eat-till-you-drop affair is priced at BD25, inclusive of soft drinks, and will be on from May 2 – 3, from noon – 4pm at the hotel’s Nadwah Hall. Call or WhatsApp 66 611-168.


ALL TOGETHER FOR EID AL FITR Gather with family and friends to mark the spirit of Eid over a sumptuous buffet at Silk’s Restaurant at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Spend some quality time with your loved ones over a top-quality brunch that will leave your taste buds asking for more. The delicious feast will be laid out on May 6, between 12.30pm - 4pm, priced at BD33+++ per person, including unlimited selected beverages. Call 17 460-017 or WhatsApp 33 640-032

LUNCH AND THE BEACH Saturdays call for ‘Grub n’ Beach @Vida’, where guests can grab lunch from Origins Restaurant and enjoy free beach access at Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain for the whole family, from 1pm – 4pm every Saturday throughout May. Tuck into freshly-sourced ingredients and healthy beverages for an amazing end to the weekend along with your favourite people. Call 77 488-100.

MEATY FRIDAYS Don’t miss out on the Butcher’s Board Friday Brunch at the Downtown Rotana’s Flavours on 2 from 12.30pm – 4pm. The meal features succulent cuts of beef, lamb and chicken, all cut and cooked to your preference. Enjoy this special in addition to the venue’s regular Friday spread of Sushi, salads, Asian, Arabic and European dishes for only BD24, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or BD35, including unlimited selected beverages. The meal costs BD11 for kids between six - 12 years, while kids below six dine for free. Call 13 119-999.

FROM THE LAND AND SEA Baharat Restaurant, at Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, hosts Thursday Surf & Turf Night, where guests get to select their choice of prime beef cuts and fresh seafood flame-grilled to order. This grill experience is garnished with fresh salads, starters, and locally-grown grilled vegetables. End your dinner with one of the largest awarded selections of desserts. This gastronomic event is on every Thursday night, from 7pm to 11pm, for BD24, including soft beverages, or BD34, including selected beverages. The entertainer app is accepted. Call 17 171-000 or WhatsApp 33 204-175

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AN UNMISSABLE LUNCH OFFER Teatro Downtown, at the downtown Rotana, introduces a lunch like no other. Come down with your family, friends and colleagues from Monday to Thursday, from noon – 3.30 pm, and relish in an exquisite set menu for just BD9. The menu includes a starter and a main course, and gives guests the option of choosing from various cuisines. Call 13 119-999.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Dive in and taste the freshest catch of the day at Seafood Night hosted at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s Silk’s Restaurant. The gems from the sea will be yours to savour on Monday, May 2, from 7pm 11pm, priced at BD22+++ per person, including unlimited soft drinks and water, or BD26+++ per person, including unlimited selected grape and soft drinks. Call 17 460-017 or WhatsApp 33 640-032

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A HAPPENING VENUE Bo.Sabi:, at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa hosts a happening scene every Wednesday with Ladies Night featuring entertainment from the DJ (8pm onwards) and three free specials, between 7pm – 1am. The venue hosts “Bo.Sabi Live” every Thursday, with live entertainment from 8pm – 11pm, and Fridays are buzzing with the “Bo.Sabi Brunch”, priced at BD32, with live entertainment from noon - 4pm, including unlimited selected beverages. Call 17 531-666.

BURGER AND CHILL It’s raining burgers from May 10 - 28 at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain’s Sherlock Holmes. To mark International Burger Day on May 28, the much-loved dining spot at the hotel will offer three burger varieties to choose from along with two selected beverages, for BD12. Call 17 713-000.


AUBH International Day

Under the Patronage of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of HM the King for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, AUBH held its first International Day at the American University of Bahrain’s campus in Riffa. The event attracted 2000 visitors and was attended by senior officials in the Kingdom, ambassadors, high school and university students, the AUBH community, and visitors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Computers Middle East hosted a Ghabga at Almoayyed Ghabga Almoayyed Gulf Hotel, Bahrain, to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan.

AWA Beach Cleanup The American Women’s Association held its first ever beach cleanup at Nurana Beach in Budaiya.

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Kristian Harrison lets his hair down in a stunning convertible – the Ferrari Portofino M.


ometimes, it’s easy to take this job for granted. Taking new cars out for a spin on the roads becomes commonplace, and it’s easy to forget how lucky I am sometimes. Then a car like the Ferrari Portofino M comes along to remind you why I love it; it’s a real dream come true. This cool convertible just oozes luxury, style and power. I knew it was going to be a good day when I arrived at the Euro Motors Ferrari showroom in Sitra and saw the vibrant beauty parked outside. As much as I enjoyed taking the Roma out last month; I couldn’t help but think: Is it really a Ferrari if it isn’t bright red? Luckily, there were no such issues here. There she was, as red as roses. Slipping into the leather seats and firing up the engine with the button on the steering wheel, my first port of call was to find the button which controls the roof. In less than 15 seconds, the entirely automatic process was complete and I was basking in the glorious sun with the wind blowing through my hair. The roof would not come back up until I parked up again many hours later! On the design front, this latest stroke of genius from the Prancing Horse features a redesigned powertrain, a new eight-speed gearbox and the five-position Manettino dial that includes modes such as Wet, Comfort, Sport and Race so you can quickly adjust the car to your preferred

driving conditions. The Maranello masterpiece was simply a dream to drive. The steering, thankfully, was heavier than you’d expect from a car which is otherwise very compact and nimble. A beast like this should have some weight to it, and it makes driving in and out of traffic much more satisfying coupled with the roar from the 3,855cc engine. Speaking of which, the heart of the car belongs to the V8 turbo family voted International Engine of the Year on four consecutive occasions (2016-2019). The power unit can punch out 620cv at 7,500rpm, and the throttle response is instantaneous. The Portofino M’s harmonious styling exudes luxury from both the interior and exterior. The bodywork features a front, flanks and tail that are part of a single seamlessly sculptural design, while the cabin’s volumes and lines are stylistically consistent. All infotainment features are controlled via the touchscreen at the centre of the dash within easy reach of both driver and passenger. It includes a full HD multi-touch capacitive screen and is compatible with both: Apple Car Play and Android Auto. I was particularly impressed by the crystal-

clear sound system built into the car. Even with the roof down, a strong headwind and going at speeds close to (but not surpassing of course!) the kingdom’s speed limits, I could hear every guitar note and cymbal crash from my songs of choice. As for driver feedback, Ferrari’s HMI (HumanMachine Interface) centres on a digital cluster with dual TFT displays arranged around the analogue rev counter in a circular, anti-glare binnacle for optimal viewing without having to significantly alter your gaze. Ultimately, my experience was nothing but sublime. There’s no greater feeling in the world than taking a (red!) convertible sports car out on the open road with a powerful engine bellowing in your ears. The only downside is that it had to end and I had to face the sinking feeling of driving my comparatively terrible motor back home! For more information, visit the Euro Motors Ferrari showroom in Sitra or call 17734734. May 2022 43

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A MIDDLE EAST DEBUT FOR AUDI SKYSPHERE Audi has previewed the first member of a new family of concept vehicles in Dubai at a private media event. The Audi Skysphere concept is the name of the electric-powered, two-door convertible based on the Audi design of tomorrow. The concept car was the surprise showing during the event which also marked the regional previews of the new Audi A8 and S8 models and was displayed at the ‘Tomorrow

Today’ exhibition at the Museum of the Future during the Holy Month of Ramadan. With it, the brand is illustrating its vision for the progressive luxury segment of the future, with features that include autonomous driving, a revolutionary interior and a seamless digital ecosystem. With the touch of button, drivers of the Skysphere can either pilot their 4.94-metrelong e-roadster themselves in ‘Sports’ mode

with a reduced wheelbase, while the rear-wheel steering ensures that the vehicle remains extremely agile despite its dimensions. They can also choose to be chauffeured around in a 5.19-metre GT in the autonomous ‘Grand Touring’ driving mode while enjoying the sky and the scenery, maximum legroom, and the services offered by a seamlessly integrated digital ecosystem.

BIC COO APPOINTED RACE DIRECTOR! Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) Chief Operating Officer Fayez Ramzy Fayez was appointed to the role of Race Director for the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) 2022 season. Fayez was in France for the ELMS pre-season testing at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the French commune of Le Castellet, which hosted the first of six meetings scheduled until October across Europe, with other rounds set to take place in Italy, Spain, Belgium and Portugal. The ELMS is a European endurance racing championship organised by Le Mans Endurance Management, which is also the organiser of the World Endurance Championship. There were forty-two cars 44 May 2022

competing in the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, supported by additional races including the Michelin Le Mans Cup and The Ligier European Series. Fayez’s role of Race Director for ELMS is the latest of many top-tier assignments throughout his career in all categories of international motorsport. Aside from his role as BIC COO, he is also the Clerk of the Course for the annual F1 Bahrain Grand Prix and has also been the Deputy Race Director for the World Endurance Championship. In addition, he is a member of the FIA Circuit Commission and is also an FIA Track Inspector.

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THE ULTIMATE LEGACY CAR The late Virgil Abloh’s cooperation with Mercedes–Maybach culminates in the launch of a limited-edition bespoke S-Class and capsule collection, inspired by Project MAYBACH. On April 5, 2022, Mercedes–Maybach unveiled the final chapter of Project MAYBACH its cooperation with trusted partner, the late polymath artist, architect, creative director, fashion designer and philanthropist, Virgil Abloh. Designed in 2021 in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Group AG Chief Design Officer, Gorden Wagener, the vehicle was finalised before Abloh’s untimely passing in November and is available in a strictly limited run of 150 units. The launch coincides with the release of a capsule collection designed by Virgil Abloh and in collaboration with Off-White™. It has been developed in connection to the Project MAYBACH electric showcar. For over a century, Mercedes–Maybach has defined the boundaries of luxury experiences, and the limited-edition Maybach by Virgil Abloh, a fully equipped Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S680 (WLTP combined fuel consumption: 14.3-13.4 l/100 km | combined CO2 emissions: 326-304 g/km) continues this tradition. Created by Mercedes-Benz’ most specialised customisation and craftmanship team in the manufaktur in Sindelfingen – the vehicle exterior features the unique twotone colour combination created for Project MAYBACH. While the upper part of the vehicle is lacquered in a glossy obsidian black, the lower part, side flanks and special forged rims are painted in a sand hue.

NISSAN ACCELERATING R&D Nissan has unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028. This prototype facility, within the Nissan Research Center in Kanagawa Prefecture, is aimed at further promoting the development of allsolid-state-batteries. Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, Nissan aims to launch an EV with all-solid-state batteries developed in-house by fiscal 2028. It plans to establish a pilot production line at its Yokohama Plant in fiscal 2024, with materials, design and manufacturing processes for prototype production on the line to be studied at the prototype production facility. Nissan believes all-solidstate batteries can be reduced to USD75 per kWh in fiscal 2028 and to USD65 per kWh thereafter, placing EVs at the same cost level as gasoline-powered vehicles. All-solid-state batteries are expected to be a gamechanging technology for accelerating the popularity of electric vehicles. They have an energy density approximately twice that of conventional lithium-ion batteries, significantly shorter charging time due to superior charge/discharge performance, and lower cost thanks to the opportunity of using less expensive materials.

DUBAI POLICE FLEET EXPANDS WITH LAMBORGHINI URUS In celebration of the UAE’s 50th year anniversary, the Lamborghini Urus has officially joined the internationally acclaimed Dubai Police fleet. Dressed in full livery complete with police lights, the world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle will be used to patrol Dubai’s roads with the safety and security of the city’s residents in mind. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with a maximum power output of 650 hp, the Urus offers the best power-to-weight ratio in the SUV segment and provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The Urus is believed to stand apart in its segment and is well equipped to meet the requirements of the Dubai Police in its patrol of the city’s key attractions. With the addition of the Lamborghini Urus, Dubai Police has now added another of the world’s rarest and most luxurious cars to its fleet.

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A BIT ABOUT VALUATIONS Business expert, Pria Masson Tanwar, gives us a cheat sheet on how to get investor-ready.


nicorns (companies with valuations over 1 billion) and well-funded companies have been all over the news recently. The question then is: how does a company achieve this sort of value? Understanding the fundamentals of what will really impact your business value goes a long way. It helps to make sound strategic decisions prior to approaching investors. This month, I provide you with a cheat-sheet on how to start getting investor-ready. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When dwelling on a small issue, ask this: is this going to materially impact the value of the company? This is especially true for newer set ups where all the smaller elements are not necessarily tied up – and waiting just adds to frustration and inertia. For valuation, the multiplier effects of the smaller things are usually minimal. Have a clear answer to “Why do you do what you do?” Understand the fundamentals of what really will impact your business value. This helps you to make sound strategic decisions prior to approaching investors. Unlocking intrinsic business value is a necessary step for investment. 46 May 2022

Real estate decisions are more complex than they appear. Most people wonder if the land on which their business is run should be owned by the entrepreneur, the business or a third party. The first question to ask is: Is the land going to be used as collateral to raise funds? If yes, then the land has to necessarily be on the books of the business. If not, then the land can be leased by the business from the owner of the land (even if it is the same as the promoter of the business). Use the ‘Others’ or ‘General’ categories prudently. ‘Others’ can be a very useful head for new setups where small details can be clubbed for a quick valuation assessment of undecided items. They are essential to the business no doubt and need to be sorted out before you start. However, this can be done while valuation negotiations are underway. Cash is King – always. The alluring net profit line and margins which drives a lot of entrepreneurs really means very little if the cash in the business (sitting on the balance sheet) is at an unhealthy level. The two go hand in hand but the cash figure is what you really need to look out for – because

that will give you your reserves to weather any storms. A valuation assessment is just a starting point. Finally, keep in mind that the on-paper valuation and the value you will agree to rarely coincide in any way. These valuation exercises are a starting point for discussions and the actual value most new businesses have is more intangible in nature. A Discounted Cash Flow Method (DCF) does take into account a lot of things but it is a very optimistic view on the business. On the other hand an asset valuation will lead to an as-is, value-free assessment. Investors into new businesses usually invest in the entrepreneur more than in the business. The reality is that a solid product backed by management confidence, trust, honesty and past record for performance in other businesses is what actually clinches most deals – not the excel sheet numbers. Pria is the Founder and Managing Director of GMI Advisory WLL– a Management Consultancy specialising in emerging businesses. You can visit her company website http://www.guidemyidea. com to connect with her. Use the handle @ guide­_my_idea to follow Pria on Instagram.



Digital Marketing Expert, Sravan Kumar V, tells us why a Digital Transformation is more important today than ever before.


ver the past two years, we all might have come across this meme at least once. It summed up the digital transformation that occurred across all industries and sectors alike pretty well. A report by Siemens on the state of digitalisation in GCC business states that while business leaders are excited by digital transformation, they lag behind when it comes to implementation. With things slowly going back to normal, let’s look at the reasons why a digital transformation is more important now than ever before to stay competitive. Defining Digital Transformation Before the pre-pandemic era, experts from the technology industry observed that many companies lack an accurate understanding of digital. However, the past two years have changed many notions in harnessing digitalisation, but still, many companies believe that the transformation is limited to the implementation of technology and improving the quality of customer service. Though the ‘harnessing the power of technology’ part is true, digitalisation is not limited to solving problems and providing a quality customer experience, rather it is a process of integrating digital technology into different areas of a business which fundamentally changes how a business operates and delivers value to customers and employees alike.

WHY YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Change in Consumer Behaviour The pandemic and the lockdown had a profound impact on how people lived, particularly impacting consumer buying behaviour with many switching to online purchases. Research by Go Group Digital analysed that around 24 percent of consumers will increase their long-term use of Digital channels. Meanwhile, a report by Mckinsey states “the new consumer behaviours span all areas of life, from how we work to how we shop to how we entertain ourselves.” These behavioural changes will reshape consumer decision journeys and companies will need to adapt fast to stay competitive. Enhanced Customer Experience As per the ‘Winners and losers in the digital economy’ Havard Business Review survey, 40 percent of respondents said that customer experience is the top priority for digital transformation. With customers gaining control over the way companies deliver experiences and since every customer experience impacts the overall perception of a brand, digital transformation that focuses on customer relationships and experiences is the key to a successful organisation. Data-Driven Insights

become the basis of all future service offerings and business models. Digital transformation will enable the use of both structured and unstructured data to generate highly personalised and relevant insights. Most companies have experienced the advantages of data-driven decision-making already when it comes to marketing. The realworld data generated by digital ad campaigns enabled companies to optimise campaigns and achieve the set objectives and results. Improve Employee Experience In today’s world, an employee experience is as important as customer experience and the digital transformation can be spearheaded by an employee-first approach. According to research from MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research, it has found that a good employee experience can achieve twice the customer satisfaction and innovation and generate 25 percent higher profits. Overall, it’s time for companies to articulate a corporate strategy for the digital age - evaluate its positive affects and on how they want to implement and closely integrate digital ambitions with their overall business goals. -------------------------------------------------------Sravan Kumar.V is a Digital Marketing expert and a passionate marketer. Find Sravan.V on LinkedIn

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Upskilling Cybersecurity Professionals The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), an institution for training and development in the region, has announced the launch of training programmes for ISACA certifications in the field of technology and information security, in partnership with the Bahrain Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The ISACA Certification Training Programme, which will be launched in May, aims to provide IT and Security Professionals with the necessary skills related to IT governance, risk management and cybersecurity. The programme includes Cybersecurity Nexus Foundation and Practitioner Certification, COBIT Certification for Enterprise Governance of Information & Technology, and other programmes such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and the Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT). ISACA is an independent, non-profit association that engages in the development, adoption and use of world-leading knowledge and practices in the information systems industry; with a focus on audit, control, security and IT management skills.

RECEIVING GLOBAL RECOGNITION Gulf International Bank (GIB) has been named the winner of three key honours by the Global Banking and Finance Review for excellence demonstrated over the past year. GIB was recognised for being the first Bahrain-headquartered bank and the first majority Saudi-owned bank to close a sustainability-linked syndicated loan and awarded the ESG Deal of the Year Bahrain 2022 and Best Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL) GCC 2022. The Bank was also named as the Best Project Finance and Structured Finance Bank KSA 2022. GIB’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Abdulaziz Al Helaissi, says: “We’re very proud of this recognition by Global Banking & Finance Review. We are committed to serving our corporate customers and pioneering new solutions that will enable the Bank and our customers to finance their activities and invest in a more sustainable way.” CEO of GIB B.S.C Jamal Al Kishi, adds: “GIB will continue to deliver valueaccretive solutions to our clients in the region and pursue ways in which it can support the development of the regional economies and markets.”

RISING THROUGH THE RANKS GFH Financial Group B.S.C has announced that Ghazi Al Hajeri has been appointed as Chairman of the Group. Mr. Al Hajeri has served on the Board of GFH since 2017 and as Vice Chairman since July 2021 and succeeds Jassim Al-Seddiqi. Assuming the position of Vice Chairman is Edris Al Rafi. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Al Hajeri says: “I feel very privileged to take on this role as GFH continues to successfully execute its strategy, diversify its business lines and expand its international presence and portfolio of investments. The Group has effectively navigated challenging global 48 May 2022

market conditions and strengthened the foundations upon which it will continue to deliver value for shareholders and investors.” Mr. Al Hajeri has more than 21 years of experience in the investment industry and is the CEO of Wafra International Investment Company, a Kuwait-based asset management company with USD7 billion in AUM. Prior to that, he was Deputy CEO at Touristic Enterprises Co., an entity owned by the Kuwait Investment Authority and the oldest and largest provider of recreation and entertainment in the State of Kuwait.

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A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT HE Shaikh Salman bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, President of the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SRLB), and Chairman of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Batelco Chairman attended a signing ceremony between SLRB and RERA with Beyon Connect, a Batelco subsidiary. The agreements were signed by RERA CEO and General Director of Land Registration at SLRB Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and Beyon Connect CEO Christian Rasmussen. On this occasion, H.E. Shaikh Salman bin Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa said that SLRB and RERA are keen to achieve the Kingdom’s digital vision for 2030, so are working to adopt advanced solutions to provide more services and easy transactions that depend on modern technology. The agreement between the entities will see Beyon Connect delivering its digital postbox solution, OneBox, to enable secure

communication of official documentation and messaging between RERA and SLRB with the public sector, private businesses and residents of Bahrain. Beyon Connect will also deliver its latest new product, OneID, which brings a new platform to register a unique digital identity, to interact securely with public and private sector digital services across Bahrain.


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Chairman of the Bahrain Association of Banks, Adnan Yousif, emphasised the association’s desire to expand cooperation with financial institutions and investment companies in the Republic of Turkey in various fields of banking, finance, and investment as part of the association’s efforts to promote the financial and banking sector in Bahrain, attract more investment, and support the national economy. A Turkish delegation had visited the Kingdom to attend the seventh meeting of the Joint Economic Committee between the two countries during which Mr. Yousif met with the delegation. “Bahrain provides an attractive investment environment, advanced Islamic banking and has the availability of expert and trained local professionals that form over 90 percent of the financial and banking institutions workforce,” says Mr. Yousif. “The banking sector of both Bahrain and Turkey is similar in many aspects, including the freedom to do business, company ownership, and movement of funds to and from the state, in addition to not charging fees on capital flows for local or international investors,” explains Mr. Yousif. The meeting comes in line with the efforts of the Bahrain Association of Banks and the Banks Association of Turkey to implement the memorandum of understanding signed between them in 2017, and its provisions.

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) and the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) renewed service delivery of identity cards to citizens and residents processed after conducting the service through the National portal The three-year agreement, aims to improve government ID card services customer experience by simplifying and speeding up procedures. The renewal of the agreement with Bahrain Post is in line with the iGA’s efforts to enhance cooperation and partnerships with both the public and private sectors, to improve the quality of government services offered to citizens and residents and raise customer satisfaction. The iGA has been focused on automating most of its operations and services, and providing them electronically, with customers now able to conduct ID card transactions online through the National Portal and have them delivered to their homes, eliminating the need for service center visits. Through their electronic processing and automated service via the National Portal,, citizens and residents are expected to save considerable time, effort and money. The system is able to process multiple requests simultaneously, and shall notify citizens to contact the post office should they be unable to receive their ID card. May 2022 49

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Looking for something to watch on the telly?

Check out Kristian Harrison’s top recommendations this month.


Star Trek: Picard (Season 2)

Star Trek: Picard features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and follows the character into the next chapter of his life.

This documentary gives viewers unprecedented access to one of football’s greatest strikers, as Wayne Rooney recounts stories from some of the most important moments of his life, with testimonies from the people closest to him, including family, friends and his wife, Coleen.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers The Quest


Chip and Dale are living amongst cartoons and humans in modern-day Los Angeles, but their lives are quite different now. It has been decades since their successful television series was cancelled, and Chip has succumbed to a life of suburban domesticity as an insurance salesman. Dale, meanwhile, has had CGI surgery and works the nostalgia convention circuit, desperate to relive his glory days.

El (Chosen Jacobs), an aspiring sneaker designer from Queens, works as a stock boy in a shoe store and hides his artistic talent. Sparks fly after a chance encounter with Kira King, the daughter of sneaker royalty and a Manhattan Princess Charming of sorts. With a nudge from his best friend and a touch of magic, El finds the courage to lace up and dream big.

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The Quest is a ground-breaking, immersive, hybrid competition series that drops eight real-life teenagers (Paladins) into the fantastic, fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a Kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Throughout the eightepisode series, these heroes are immersed in a fantasy world come to life complete with a castle, royals, ethereal Fates, all forms of mystical creatures and a Sorceress intent on destruction and power.

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Along for the Ride

Produced by Screen Arcade, this new romance teen movie stars Emma Pasarow, Andie MacDowell, Dermot Mulroney and Kate Bosworth. It’s based on the book by Sarah Dessen and is about two teens enjoying what summer they have left together before they head out to college.

Stranger Things (Season 4 – Volume 1)

After nearly three years of waiting, we’re finally heading back to Hawkins (among other destinations) for a supersized fourth season of Stranger Things. The first batch of episodes will arrive on May 27th with the remaining episodes then coming on July 1st.

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer is a series following a lawyer who operates his thriving law practice solely out of his iconic Lincoln Town Car. It stars Neve Campbell, Christopher Gorham and Jazz Raycole.

The Pentaverate

Mike Myers is returning to his character roots with this brandnew series that sees him playing multiple characters. Since the Black Plague in 1347, five men have been working to influence world events for the greater good. One unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself in the middle of a mission to expose the truth and, in the process, save the world. May 2022 51

websites Tired of browsing the same ol’ websites? Check out Kristian Harrison’s recommendations for some “mindless fun!”

Have you ever seen something on the internet that’s just plain horrifying? Or a particularly rough news story that you really wish you didn’t have to read? You probably need some eye bleach – something to cleanse your mind. Head over to, which randomly displays wholesome photos of cute animals and positivity.

Sometimes you need to take a break from the world with a little reality TV. But the drama of Jersey Shore and Keeping Up with the Kardashians can be exhausting, even if you’re just watching it to zone out. Need something that’ll fill your heart with absolute joy? Check out Explore’s kitten live stream, which always features a family of young cats cuddling, playing and being all-around adorable.

Want some mindless fun? Check out Staggering Beauty, a website for making a little black worm rave and dance. When you move your mouse, the worm will follow. If you move quickly enough, it’ll burst into an electric rainbow rave. Warning: This page does include flashing images, so be careful!

Sometimes you look at something and think: “Why would someone create this?” That’s probably how you’ll feel about Pointer Pointer. Just move your pointer, and the site will find a photo of someone pointing at your pointer. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s a lot of fun.

of the press were treated to a lavish iftar featuring live cooking stations Iftar at Crowne Plaza Members and live entertainment at La Mosaique Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Bahrain.

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Ritz Iftar

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain hosted a Media Iftar at Masaya Pavilion to celebrate the holy month and long-standing partnerships at Al Maha Ballroom. The truly unique Ramadan experience featured a lavish spread which included Ramadan staples, as well as a range of live cooking stations showcasing the delectable offerings from each of the hotel’s restaurants.

Diplomat Iftar The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Manama held a Media Iftar at Al Fanar Roof top. The iftar featured live cooking stations and a delectable spread prepared by the hotel’s culinary team.

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Immutable It’s typical for Sweden’s Meshuggah to take several years between album releases. That said, Immutable has been an unusually long time coming; six years, in fact. The COVID-19 pandemic started just before they began work on it, adding years to the process. Though their trademark sound remains instantly identifiable, Meshuggah creates deliberate tension between that trademark sound and an insatiable need to evolve musically. That intent is pervasive on Immutable. It marks the contrast in production, composition, and guitar tones over a whopping 67 minutes, making it their longest, but also most interesting, album to date.

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPER Unlimited Love Verdict:

The Chilis return with their finest effort in years.

What’s the story? Unlimited Love is the 12th studio album by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album reunites the band with iconic guitarist John Frusciante, who left in 2009 and rejoined in 2019, replacing Josh Klinghoffer. Frusciante said: “Flea had put the idea of rejoining in my head and I was sitting there with the guitar thinking that I hadn’t written any rock music in so long. Could I still do that?”

Worth a listen? On this album, it feels like the Chilis just received a big injection of creativity. It’s like a fresh start, but the band is so tight that it seems like John Frusciante never left. They were certainly not afraid to experiment and explore many different flavours and moods, sometimes on the same song. At the same time, they also deliver many songs that feels like classic Chili Peppers with new clothes. Despite the differences in style and mood, one song leads to the next coherently. Anthony Kiedis is sounding somewhat his best on this record and is bringing a lot to the table with many memorable hooks, melodies and even some experimentation. All in all, Unlimited Love sits comfortably next to the band’s most legendary albums, which is quite the accomplishment after almost 40 years on the road.

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Mainstream Sellout Machine Gun Kelly’s transition from rapper with pop sensibilities to pop-punk revivalist continues enthusiastically with sixth album Mainstream Sellout. Made once again with blink-182’s Travis Barker acting as producer and drummer, Mainstream Sellout goes even further than the last album in reshaping Kelly’s sound as a 2020s approximation of the kind of melodic but anguished punk Barker and his peers were making in the start of the Naughties. This is most apparent in songs made up of big, distorted guitars, simplistic but catchy hooks, and Barker’s tight, snappy drumming. Mainstream Sellout feels mostly like a middling attempt to further cross over into poppunk, this time lighter on ideas and cohesion.


SZNZ: Spring Concept albums are not a foreign concept to Weezer – the band released two of them in 2021, but their SZNZ project of 2022 is certainly ambitious. Over the course of the year, they plan to release a new EP at the dawn of each season, with each record intending to convey the spirit of the season. SZNZ: Spring is indeed a cheerful, optimistic listen, filled with sunny melodies and bright, hopeful imagery, some plucked straight from Shakespeare. Weezer layer SZNZ: Spring with instruments that also suggest a flowering rebirth: plenty of acoustic guitars, a stray recorder and mandolin, lots of cheerful vocal harmonies.



Acture Acture is a digital wellbeing app for reducing screen time. You simply turn on the app when you want to focus on things other than your phone. Every time you pick up your phone during that period, the phone asks you why you want to use it and you have to tell it. Later, you can review your responses to see why you keep using the device. It’s a bit of a self-accountability method as you can criticise your decisions later on.

Wavelet Wavelet is an equaliser app unlike any other. It does a lot of the basic stuff and includes various presets, a nine band equaliser, a bass booster, a reverb preset and even a virtualiser. The app’s claim to fame is its 2,400 precalculated presets on a headphone-by-headphone basis. You can tell the app to adjust the sound based on a specific model of headphones and it tries to get everything on target as much as possible.

Adobe Photoshop Camera Adobe Photoshop Camera is Adobe’s newest app, made to be used in conjunction with Instagram. It’s a camera app with a bunch of filters like most camera apps these days. Photoshop Camera does let you see real-time effects before you shoot the picture and it can do some extra stuff like auto-tone, a bokeh-style portrait mode, and more.

Lockscreen Widgets Lockscreen Widgets brings back an old feature. It’s a lock screen replacement app that lets you put widgets on your lock screen, with one widget per page. You can then re-order pages as you see fit and tap the widget with three fingers to hide it. It’s a nostalgic throwback in an age where many skip the lock screen with biometrics.

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Whether you’re looking for a new gadget that’s fun, functional or a bit of both, you’re sure to love Kristian Harrison’s finds.


This toy launcher is built to pick the balls up without using your hands, and it is designed to shoot a tennis ball over 200 ft. Therefore, you won’t have to grimace as your dog deposits the ball at your feet covered in slime, and it’ll give your pet a real run-around. Available from



This device illuminates when connected to your laptop so you can work diligently in the middle of the night while not disturbing the rest of the house and wasting electricity. The light bulb also glows in the dark when not powered. Available from

You’ll never cut wonky again with these scissors. Featuring a laser beam that guides your hand, they’re perfect for craft projects, gift wrapping, sewing and scrap-booking. Batteries are included. Available from



Made from aluminium alloy for firmness and a stylish look, the laptop stand is perfect for browsing the internet or watching your favourite movies in total comfort. Available from 56 May 2022

Vivo has introduced its latest V device, the V23 series, which includes an array of new features to stand out in the smartphone market. The V23 series is equipped with a dual front camera lens that allows more than two people to be in a picture, with an 8MP 105° Super Wide-Angle camera, plus an anti-shake and vibration rear camera to aid vlogging. The back panel is colour changing to allow to colours for one device, while the screen features a crisp 4K resolution Available from


BIS AGM and Iftar Bahrain India Society held its Annual General Meeting followed by an iftar at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain.

Wyndham Garden Iftar

Wyndham Garden Manama held an Iftar at Cafe Mosaic allowing guests to experience the essence of Ramadan. The rooftop experience allowed guests to experience the property’s sensational panoramic views of Bahrain.

Masterclass on Economic Disintegration The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, held AJK Unity Inauguration AJK Unity was recently

a Masterclass on Economic Disintegration with lessons from the UK’s experience of Brexit by Ian Wooton, Vice Dean (international) and Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde.

inaugurated by HE Zayed Al Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a LEGO-themed actionadventure game developed by Traveller’s Tales. The game adapts all nine episodes in the Skywalker Saga series of films, and features 380 additional characters based on other Star Wars films and shows set in the wider universe.


Players (either solo or in co-op) can choose to start the game from any of the three Skywalker Saga trilogies and complete them in any order they wish. Each episode has five story missions, making a total of 45 levels. Combat has been revamped from previous titles, such as lightsaber wielders now using a variety of combos with light attacks, heavy attacks and Force moves, while blaster characters fight with an over-the-shoulder camera. Special bricks found around the Galaxy also allow you to upgrade your various characters in a number of interesting ways and you can fight battles in space with your favourite ships.


For a world constructed entirely out of LEGO bricks, there’s a staggering amount of variety. You will swoop into the trenches of the Death Star in an X-wing, take part in the Boonta Eve Classic, battle Darth Vader, Maul and Sideous, blast baddies above the Sarlacc Pit, destroy AT-AT walkers during the Battle of Hoth, escape Jakku in the Millennium Falcon, blaze through the forests of Endor on a speeder bike and so much more in pristine definition.

CHRONO CROSS: The Radical Dreamers Edition

Chrono Cross is an RPG that transcends time and space, unfolding across two interlinked parallel worlds. With over 40 party members to meet, people and dimensions will intertwine in this epic drama about the planet itself. Utilising an innovative turn-based style battle system, the game is a unique adventure that follows the protagonist Serge as he crosses time on his quest to save himself dying in a parallel universe. 58 May 2022


A brilliant way to experience the legendary movies.



Embark on an epic adventure full of whimsy, wonder, and high-powered weaponry! Bullets, magic, and broadswords collide across this chaotic fantasy world brought to life by the unpredictable Tiny Tina. Based on table-top gaming, roll your own multiclass hero and loot, shoot, slash and cast your way through outlandish monsters and loot-filled dungeons on a quest to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord.


Explore a unique vision of Tokyo twisted by a supernatural presence. From its ultra-modern cityscape to its traditional temples and narrow alleyways, discover a hauntingly beautiful city teeming with Yokai – vengeful spirits that prowl the streets. Discover iconic landmarks like Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower, frozen in time when the city’s population disappeared and travel to the surreal underworld on your quest to save your family.

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LIFESTYLE Decorating Your Dinner Table

FASHION The Best of Accessories

OPINION Ouiam on the Importance of Microbes

INTERVIEW Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor GM, MarieBerengere Chapoton, on the luxury property


In Her Shoes Najia Zainal

Head to Toe Beauty Essentials! Skincare You’ll Love

FASHION | get the look


We explore the best of jewellery, handbags, shoes and more to give your outfits that wow factor.

There’s no denying that great accessories can elevate your fit to the next level. As Eid is a time for celebration, we explored some of the most opulent of shoe and handbag designs aside from a kaleidoscope of accessories from some of the most renowned brands.


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FASHION | get the look

Celebrate with ALDO ALDO launched a fantastic campaign this Ramadan featuring Saudi Arabia's first female model and social media star, Model Roz. The collection amplified the rich colours and adornments of the holy month, with soft pastels, iridescent violets, and gold hues which all help to capture the essence of luxury and joy that surround the celebration. Designed with comfort features such as ALDO’s Pillow Walk and Flex technologies, the collection offers a variety of silhouettes from more casual wedge styles, to jewel-encrusted dress styles that feature architectural heels.

Maria Tash Dazzles Diamonds are simply some of the most exquisite gems. The New York-based fine jewellery and luxury piercing brand, Maria Tash, has spent years perfecting cuts and minimal settings to deliver statement making yet simplistic pieces. Whether it’s Maria Tash’s iconic triple spike or eternity rings, stack them up and put your best ear forward with the timeless gem. While the gems are available in a range of stunning settings, what stood out to us this season are the Pear Diamonds and Marquise Diamonds. The marquise cut is known for its extended length and shallow depth which allows for pieces to sit flush against the skin. Pear diamonds, on the other hand, resemble teardrops, converging at a point to create an elegant shape with high light return.

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FASHION | get the look

A First for Kurt Geiger Jump on the stacking trend with these vibrant pieces from Kurt Geiger’s first ever jewellery line! The lively 74-piece collection includes earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings in joyful designs and are ideal for combining and stacking. The eclectic mix of colours and shapes is perfect for combining and stacking to make a statement and express your own individuality. The Kurt Geiger London Enamel Eagle Bangle comes in four different colours (Teal, Fuchsia, Dark Blue, or Orange) and are the ideal accessory to brighten and elevate any outfit this summer. The selection of rings from the Kurt Geiger jewellery collection is bright and bold with a wide range of beautiful and bold styles with multiple clear gemstones.


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FASHION | get the look

Exude Feminine Glamour with Steve Madden Steve Madden, the US retailer for fashionable footwear and accessories, has unveiled an elegant Ramadan/Eid Capsule Collection, that combines high quality craftmanship with chic, contemporary design for a collection that has been undeniably inspired by this season’s runway. Bidding farewell to last year’s trends of subtilty and plain nude hues, this year’s Ramadan and Eid Collection encapsulates the glitz and glamour of family feasting, bold styles and embellishments. Inspired by the catwalks, this showstopping collection features on-trend, clear vinyl with glittering rhinestones, luxurious satin with delicate pearls and gold mirror foil with dramatic embellishments. Some key pieces from the collection include vinyl heels adorned with elegant, pearl embellishments, sophisticated diamante covered, platform heels, shimmering, silver diamante slip-on heeled sandals and jewelencrusted Perspex wedge heels, bringing the concept of a celebration straight to life.

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PEOPLE | interview

LEADING THE WAY Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor has given residents and visitors to the Kingdom a truly luxurious setting to celebrate their special moments. This month, we speak to the woman at the helm of the spectacular property – General Manager of Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor, Marie-Berengere Chapoton. Being one of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s most unique properties, Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor offers discerning guests of all nationalities a secluded safe-haven to relax. Leading the property’s dedicated team is Ms. Chapoton, who is no stranger to the hospitality industry and comes with a wealth knowledge and invaluable international experience. What is the brand essence of your hotel? Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor’s brand essence prioritises an exclusive luxury hospitality experience, where tradition is paired with modernity to provide guests a memorable stay in a unique setting. Guests are guaranteed a beautiful escape from busy urban life where they can enjoy privacy and serenity.

Who is your target audience?

Our target audience are individuals of all nationalities who appreciate high standards in personalised luxury hospitality and are seeking a secluded stay in an opulent Arabian setting, to celebrate and create moments they can cherish for a lifetime.

Share with us some property statistics and the amenities that will be available to in-house and other guests.

Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor features 78 luxuriously appointed villas, 40 of which are currently under renovation and are awaiting a transformation to an enhanced standard of luxury hospitality when we re-open our doors as Raffles Al Areen Palace. Every villa is appointed with a personal butler, private swimming pool and Jacuzzi. This makes us a truly unique and distinctive property, as the hospitality services we provide are personally tailored. In regard to dining, Al Areen Palace and Spa offers fine dining concepts created by a collection


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of international five-star chefs to tantalise your tastebuds, where our guests can either enjoy in the exquisitely designed venue of our restaurant or in the comfort of their own villas. With the re-opening of Raffles Al Areen Palace, we are also expected to release six entirely new restaurants with a creative flair of international flavours. Our property’s Spa spans across 10,000 square meters, providing guests with an extensive array of wellness services. How does Al Areen stand out from the other hotel establishments in Bahrain? Al Areen Palace and Spa lies within a distinct area and is a key property that boasts solely private villas. The historic area of Al Areen in the Kingdom of Bahrain is the key to providing a true feeling of Arabian hospitality in a desert oasis. The journey to our facility, whilst being close enough to main highways and access points also offers a transition into a peaceful and serene environment away from the city.

You joined the property around the time COVID-19 made its presence felt. How has the hotel evolved over the time you have taken over its reins, and how has the relationship between you and your team grown during this period? The hotel has made long strides towards our goal of re-opening our doors as Raffles Al Areen Palace, during this period we have grown closer together as a tight knit team to deliver seamless service to all our customers even during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic. I strongly believe that it is the hard times which bring the best out of people. I am happy to say we have passed the most difficult tests without sacrificing any quality in our service delivery.

How has your multi-national experience benefited your work at Al Areen?

PEOPLE | interview

Working internationally always adds value to one’s work life, by nature you always take the best practices from around the world and apply them to where you currently are. In terms of our workforce, we are a multinational team and are constantly striving to attract the best Bahraini professionals to our workforce and to the service industry as a whole. Our journey towards becoming a Raffles hotel has helped.

What is your vision, as the General Manager, for the hotel?

My vision is for this hotel to become the crown jewel of the Bahrain hospitality scene, and to give visitors to Bahrain another reason to visit this lovely island for a unique experience at what will be the Raffles Al Areen Palace.

Any new plans in the pipeline for the property?

In addition to becoming a Raffles hotel, we will be unveiling several unique and exquisite dining options for people which will create a new dimension of culinary flavours and experience for the Bahrain food connoisseurs.

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BEAUTY | news

Truly essentials – these products will take care of every aspect of your beauty needs. Some might say that beauty is purely about aesthetics, but we’ve always thought of it as more than that. It’s about the way you look, the fragrance you wear, how you feel and how you carry yourself too. We’ve curated a selection of luscious essentials which will have you feeling great from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes.

Longer, More Luscious Lashes The NEW False Lash Effect XXL Mascara is inspired by salon lash extensions, and mastered by Max Factor. The longwear mascara is one of the international celebrity, Priyanka Chopra’s favourite beauty products. The NEW XXL Mascara along with the other Max Factor eye products will be your best allies to achieve the best eye looks this summer. Developed with patented technology, its high-performing full-stretch formula visibly lengthens lashes by up to 70 percent, stretching beyond the tips of lashes. The unique formula is also free from fragrance, mineral oil and talc. The mascara, which is buildable, also gives Xtra Volume and Xtra Fullness whilst being smudge proof and clump free. In addition, its hourglass brush and petal shaped bristles allow for a smooth application and coats even the smallest of lashes.

Soft, Supple and Hydrated

Give your body the optimal amount of hydration after a long day with the Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Cream that locks in maximum moisture. Pomegranate and Cupuaçu Butter, rich in polyphenol antioxidants, nourish, soften and hydrate the skin while Rosa Damascena and Açaí Berry, abundant in essential fatty acids, firm and soothe. It leaves your body revitalised and beautifully soft. Available on www.

Available at all leading stockists.


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BEAUTY | news

Call it Magic!

This Eid, essence has specially produced the Magical Eyes Gift Set with four bestselling products which have been chosen to create truly magical eye looks. The DAILY DOSE OF LOVE EYESHADOW PALETTE contains nine shades of rosy toned and highly pigmented shadows. The shades also range from matte to metallic allowing you to create seamless looks for any occasion! With the 2 IN 1 EYELINER PEN, you can draw the graphic liner or cat wing of your dreams. This eyeliner can help you achieve the eyeliner look you desire. One side of the pen has a fine tip while the other side has a broad slanted tip. The eyeliner also boasts an irresistible velvet finish.

LASH PRINCESS SCULPTED VOLUME MASCARA will give your lashes the royal treatment! The tapered brush sculpts every individual lash to give them dramatic volume. You can add as many coats as you like until you’ve achieved your desired length and volume! Say goodbye to unruly eyebrows and set your brows in place with the LASH & BROW GEL MASCARA. This product not only cares for eyebrows but for eyelashes too and gives both the perfect finish and shape. Beauty will truly be in the eyes of the beholder this Eid! Available at leading pharmacies and on

Luscious Locks for the Summer!

Sometimes, staying on top of your beauty routine can be as simple as washing your hair with a great shampoo. Renowned haircare brand, Vatika, has launched an oil shampoo range that saves you the trouble of having to oil your hair before showering. This range of products is made with oils of unique and exotic ingredients like Hibiscus, Shea butter, and Avocado, which have always been our favorites for hair concerns, this all-new range is the perfect go-to this season. These ingredients help detox, strengthen and hydrate your hair respectively. Their new range doesn’t break the bank despite containing the benefits of oil nourishment in a shampoo for the first time in the region! Available at all leading supermarkets.

Ajmal’s Regal Perfumery Collection 'Amir Two’ the second fragrance from Ajmal's signature 'Amir' collection, is an ode to Ajmal's seven decades of heritage and craftsmanship in the art of oriental perfumery. Amir fragrances, the sublime new collection of Oriental fragrances, is carefully crafted by the CEO of Ajmal Perfumes Mohd. Amiruddin Ajmal. The sublime essence uses premium ingredients, making it a work of art in the world of Oriental perfumery with a touch of Ajmal Oudh.

The fragrance's top notes begin with opulent Floral and Spicy hues of Rose, Geranium, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Pepper. Ambery, woody tones of Amber, Cypriol, Patchouli, and Cashmere Wood resonate at the perfume's heart. And its base is classic Ajmal Perfumes Oriental, with Balsamic, Musky, and Oudhy nuances of Gurjun Balsam, Incense, Musk, and Oudh. Available at all Ajmal Showrooms and on

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LIFESTYLE | opinion




Ouiam El Hassani tells us the importance of microbes and how to find the right balance for your child.

id you know that the human body has approximately the same number of bacterial cells as human cells? This is always a nice reminder when your child's behaviour makes you question if an alien has invaded their body. These nonhuman organisms living in, and on you, are microbes—38,000,000,000,000 of them are bacteria. What they do, how they got there, why we need them and how we can help them thrive is changing how we think and even how we parent. While a small number of microbes can be pathogenic and harmful, the majority of microbes, especially bacteria, are actually beneficial and critical to our health. The question now is: How do we nurture these ‘good invisible friends’ in your child’s body so they can fight the nasty ones?

of carbohydrates (like broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans and sweet potatoes) · A high intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fat (like salmon, sardines, avocados and olive oil) · Food that is low in sugar and preservative agents, that isn’t processed or loaded with additives · Food that is low in saturated fat An overload of sugar and processed food can hurt the balance of the gut microbiome, which makes it hard to digest food and for a child’s immune system to function. Minimising processed foods and offering your child a diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables can support a healthy and diverse microbiome. · Beyond diet, everything from stress levels, to exercise and sleep can impact the health of your kid’s microbiome.

One of the most impactful ways you can nurture the trillions of microbes that work hard to keep your child healthy is through nutrition. It is recommended to have: · A high intake of plant fibres through vegetables, walnuts, pomegranates and berries and other high-fibre food. · A high intake of fibre and specific kinds

How to help your child’s microbiome thrive? · Go outside and play: When your child is outside, they are exposed to many different microbes. A handful of dirt can contain billions of microbes—so encourage your kids to get a little dirty! · Brush their teeth: The mouth is the second

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most diverse part of the body (after the gut), with bacteria living in different areas, like the tongue, cheek, throat and even saliva. These bacteria work to prevent smelly breath, cavities and to make sure nothing harmful finds a place to live. Regular brushing helps keep the mouth microbiome in balance—and a healthy mouth microbiome can even protect other parts of the body like the heart and lungs! · Get quality sleep: Your microbes are happiest when you have a regular sleep schedule. · Enjoy time with pets (if they’re not allergic!): Pets have their own unique microbes, just like us! Pets carry lots of microbes that are different from ours and can help teach your child’s body what’s OK and what might make them sick. · Incorporate a probiotic: While fermented foods and beverages are great additions to diet for other reasons, most do not qualify as a probiotic. Probiotics are beneficial microbes that have been shown to provide specific health benefits. Hopefully we can now approach the invisible world of microbes with an appreciation and understanding of how they can support and sustain our health. Be safe and enjoy the dirt!


Holi in Hamala

Rajeeb and Jayati held a truly colourful party to celebrate Holi with their family and friends at HS pools in Hamala.

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AN INVITING TABLESCAPE At a time when the mood is festive and homes are busy hosting near and dear ones, it’s worth turning your attention to a beautifully laid-out dining table. There is pride and pleasure in charming your guests with a tastefully decorated dinner table, which is as simple as adorning it with statement tableware that reflects your home’s signature style.

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Celtic Charm Aglow

Casserole with candle stand Home Box

Tealight Votive

Serve in Style Serving bowls


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Coasting Along Coasters

Easy Peasy

Pre-folded napkins

Drink Up Tumbler set THE One

Floral Burst Table runner

Two-tiered Cake stand

Pretty in Paisley Dining set Home Centre

Put a Ring on It Napkin ring THE One

Porcelain Prints Dessert plates

A traditional Pour Coffee essentials Lifestyle

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NOURISHING SKINCARE Cleanse, nourish and balance your skin with our top skincare picks this month.

Taking some time out to care for your skin can make a world of difference to your appearance. This collection of organic and natural skincare will keep your skin effortlessly hydrated and glowing.

Pamper yourself with FOREO Soak up the benefits of FOREO’s UFO Mask Farm-to-Face collection, the perfect partner to your refreshing home spa experience. These masks contain some of the highest quality ingredients from around the world, including Acai Berry, Manuka Honey or Bulgarian Rose. Enhance your skincare routine with masks created to nourish, rejuvenate and hydrate your complexion. Available at Sephora,,, and

Cleanse with Carbon Theory

Banish breakouts with the Carbon Theory Facial Cleansing Wash! With a blend of organic tea tree oil, activated charcoal, and shea butter, it is dermatologically proven to prevent breakouts and keep sensitive skin clean, healthy, and hydrated. Available at


Cleansing your skin before bed increases your blood flow which amplifies the absorption of any products you apply to your face after cleansing. Say goodbye to dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. You’ll be amazed by what the Juana Skin Deep Cleansing Emulsion, packed with CBD, will do for your skin. Treat yourself to unclogged and fresh complexion without stripping the skin of precious natural oils. Start and end every day with a bright, fresh, thoroughly cleansed complexion. Available at

Restore and Regenerate with Amly

Exclusive to Secret Skin and straight from the farms in Sussex, Amly’s Facial Essence restores and regenerates skin repair and longevity. It is a lightweight liquid that preps the skin to imbibe moisturisers and oils better. This concentrated formula helps dissolve dead skin cells, delay the appearance of wrinkles and stimulate circulation. Honey, Snow Algae, sleep-improving Valerian and free-radical-fighting Green Tea make their mark in this mighty mix. Available at


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In Her Shoes

With a knack for drumming up an interest in picturesque hospitality venues, Najia Zainal has grown to be a renowned Marketing Manager in the Kingdom of Bahrain. That being said, there’s even more to the driven woman; she loves living a fit and exciting lifestyle. Let’s take a walk in her shoes.

last word

Something about you that most people don’t know is…

Let’s just keep it that way. ;)

How would you describe yourself? I’m like a Bungee Jump; dangerous yet full of excitement and adventure.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Your preferred holiday destination?

Anywhere in Italy

Najia Zainal

Power up; go to the gym.

Name three things you never leave the house without: My iPhone, lip balm and glasses

Which musicians would we find on your workout playlist? G-Easy, Bbno$, Jack Harlow and some good old rock music.

Your top three healthy foods:

Green apples, watermelon and all seafood

What’s your favourite workout? Legs and back

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