Bahrain This Month - November 2022

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YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE

November 2022 | Vol. 26

| Issue 11 | BD2 / SR20

BLOCK 338 SPECIAL

Discover Our Favourite Venues in the District

CELEBRATING THE ANTICIPATED OPENING OF THIS BEACHFRONT OASIS

WTM Living in a Barbie World with Tamar Leek

PEOPLE

Eman Deabil on Personal Branding

German Ambassador HE Clemens Hach

In Her Shoes Supriya Reginald

Bahraini Actor Qahtan Al Qahtani The RAF’s Red Arrows

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National Day of the Republic of Korea Reception

A reception for the National Foundation Day of the Republic of Korea was hosted by Korean Ambassador, HE Haekwan Chung, and his wife, Young Suk Lim, at the Diplomat Radisson Blu.

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Bahrain This Month November 2022

elcome to another very exciting edition of Bahrain This Month. Believe it or not, I’m actually writing this down under from the beautiful city of Perth, Western Australia, as I take my first vacation in nearly four years. Even then, I can assure you all that my heart is still very much in Bahrain! As the weather gets increasingly pleasant there are even more events to look forward to. Being your reliable guide to entertainment, and all things Bahrain, you’ll find information on some of the best upcoming events including star-studded concerts, electronic music events and the unique show Faulty Towers too! Considering the fact that Bahrain is easily turning into a hub for gastronomy and entertainment in the region, we took a look at one of the most happening districts in Bahrain – Adliya. Check out our definitive guide to some of the people’s favourite venues in and around the busy Block 338 area including The Foundry, Howdy, Lanterns and more. Anyone typing “Block 338” into their browser from this month onwards, will land on our comprehensive guide saving them time and bother in their leisure, dining and entertainment selection. In keeping with our mission of being connected to every community in Bahrain, we were delighted to meet with the new German ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, HE Clemens Hach. He talks about his extensive diplomatic career, including his time as head of the Stabilisation Divison at the German Federal Foreign Office, and his priorities during his posting in Bahrain. We also had an insightful chat with a hugely influential figure in the Kingdom and the Gulf’s film and television scene, Qahtan Al Qahtani. Excitement is in the air (quite literally!) with the return of the Bahrain International Air Show, and one of the most anticipated acts is the phenomenal Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows. We sat down for a chat with Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw, also known as Red 3. In our dining section, you’ll find plenty of fantastic listings from some of the very best restaurants. We also had the pleasure of experiencing Hilton Bahrain’s delectable seafood night, and the unique Peruvian pop-up restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Since road safety continues to be one of the hottest topics in the motoring industry today, Kristian Harrison examines the latest safety technology and speculates how much further it might go in the coming years. Woman This Month continues to be the ultimate source of fashion, beauty and parenting in the region. Fashion in the region was at an all-time high with the fantastic Arab Fashion Week as over 30 established and upcoming designers put on runway shows. We share our favourite highlights from the event. In keeping with our focus on Block 338, this month we interviewed the wildly talented Tamar Leek. She tells us about her music, performances and how she came to be known as ‘Bahrain Barbie’. The prolific Eman Deabil shared her advice for young professionals trying to make it in the corporate world, while The Foundry’s Supriya Reginald tells us what makes her tick when we take a walk in her shoes. Needless to say, Bahrain This Month continues to be Your Guide to a Great Way of Life!

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ON THE COVER - LIFESTYLE

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The Iconic Address Beach Resort Bahrain

On the beautiful shores of Marassi Al Bahrain, the stunning Address Beach Resort Bahrain, has opened to the public and celebrates its grand opening. Here’s what you need to know about this stunning beachfront retreat.

HAPPENINGS

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The best of events and entertainment this month!

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Faulty Towers: An Experience not to be Missed!

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Have a Ball with BBBF

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The entertaining show ‘Faulty Towers- The Dining Experience’ comes to Bahrain this November as part of the launch of ALIST MEDIA.

The Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) WILL hold their annual charitable Poppy Ball on November 10.

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A World of its Own

Restaurants, cafés, lounges… there’s always something new and exciting to be discovered in Adliya’s Block 338. We share some of the most loved venues in and around the area.

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INTERVIEW

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Welcoming the New Ambassador

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The Leading Act

We speak to the newly appointed German Ambassador to Bahrain, HE Clemens Hach, who brings a wealth of worldly experience with him.

We speak to one of the most influential figures in Bahrain’s film and television scene, Qahtan Al Qahtani.

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Take to the Skies

The Red Arrows is one of the most iconic symbols of the UK’s Royal Air Force. We chat with Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw, also known as Red 3, about their upcoming visit to Bahrain.

DINING

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Purely Peruvian

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Seafood Lovers, Rejoice!

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This month we discovered the true pride Peruvians take in their cuisine at the Kingdom’s most exciting pop-up restaurant, Inti at Four Seasons, located at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

Being an island nation, it’s no surprise that a majority of Bahrain’s residents have an undying love for seafood. We check out the ‘What’s the Catch: Seafood Night’ at Origin Kitchen and Culture at Hilton Bahrain

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Time Out to Dine Out!

As the festive season begins, the island’s outlets will be buzzing with food and beverage offers galore. Here’s a round-up of Bahrain’s five-star dining for the month of November.

MOTORING

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Safe and Sound

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Motoring News

Road safety continues to be one of the hottest topics in the motoring industry today.Kristian Harrison examines the latest safety technology and speculates how much further it might go in the coming years.

COMMERCE

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Magic Money

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Business Bites

Pria Masson talks about the lifeblood of the economy and any organisation – money.

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o celebrate the 32nd anniversary of German Unity, the Ambassador-Designate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Clemens German Reception THach and Mrs Valérie Hachrequest hosted a Cocktail Reception at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel.

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PERUVIAN NIGHTS A T T H E P E A R L of B A H R A I N Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay introduces the new Peruvian pop-up, an elevated al fresco dining experience among the lush gardens. Inti at Four Seasons invites you to a new immersive culinary journey among the swaying palm trees at Azure Pool, with exquisite à la carte and degustation menus by the hotel’s Peruvian Chef Yovani Guevara. From Wednesday to Saturday, 7 pm to midnight, with modern lounge music. Reservations: +973 17115500, diningreservations.bahrain@fourseasons.com


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Living in a Barbie World

We speak to one of the Kingdom’s most popular performers, Tamar Leek, better known as ‘Bahrain Barbie’. She talks about her musical influences, experience recording an album and love for Bahrain.

FASHION

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All Glitz and Glamour

Several established and upcoming designers took part in the 21st Edition of Arab Fashion Week. We share our favourite looks which stood out for their attention to detail, impeccable design and overall vision.

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Young Professionals – Build Your Personal Brand Now!

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Kids & Chores!

Eman Deabil shares her insights on the importance of building a personal brand for young professionals, and her three essential steps for getting started. Ouiam El Hassani talks about the importance of chores and how your little ones will benefit from them in the long run.

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Exploring Brazil!

Whether travelling solo or with friends, here are five must-visit destinations in the oh-sopicturesque Brazil!

BEAUTY

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Glow with these Beauty Essentials

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Revitalising Skincare

Our top beauty products this month includes a fabulous haircare range, great fragrances and versatile cosmetics that will have you looking your best. These fantastic products will nourish your skin and breathe new life into it.

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Outdoor Allure

Whether you have a cosy balcony, mediumsized patio or a large lawn, enjoy the start of sweater weather with our preferred home furnishing and accessories.

In Her Shoes

Supriya Reginald, a true people person, is aptly the HR Manager at The Foundry. Let’s take a walk in her shoes. www.womanthismonth.com


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Kewalram Diwali Mr and Mrs Baboo Kewalram hosted a Diwali get together in Baqer Garden.

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NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS FANTASTIC FLYING FUN

NOVEMBER 9 TO 11

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW

Bahrain International Air Show is back! This year, the show will be held from November 9 to 11 at the Sakhir Airbase, from 10AM - 6PM each day. The air show is one of the biggest in the region and this year marks the sixth edition of this event. The event brings together aviation professionals from across the world to witness the latest innovations in aircraft technology and services.

SCENT-SATIONAL! NOVEMBER 22 TO 26

SCENT ARABIA

EXHIBITION WORLD BAHRAIN

SAKHIR AIRBASE

The best part? it isn’t just for industry insiders – it’s open to everyone! There will also be a number of display teams that will be performing aerobatic manoeuvres. Visit www.bahraininternationalairshow.com.

SPARKLING SHOW NOVEMBER 22 TO 26

JEWELLERY ARABIA 2022

EXHIBITION WORLD BAHRAIN

If you’re a jewellery enthusiast, Jewellery Arabia 2022 is the place to be! It is one the most renowned jewellery and watch exhibitions for the Middle East region that provides a platform for jewellery designers, creators and owners from all over the world to showcase their exclusive collections For the first time ever, Scent Arabia will be taking place in Bahrain. Let your nose take you on a journey through the world of perfume from 10AM – 6PM each day. Your olfactory sense is one of the things that makes you human, and it deserves to be treated like royalty. At Scent Arabia, they’ll have a wide selection of luxury fragrances and perfumes from world-class brands – so whether you’re looking for something new or if you want to go back to your roots with something familiar, they’ve got what you need! Visit www.scent-arabia.com/en/exhibit.html. 14 November 2022

This year marks its 30th anniversary and it shall be held at Sakhir’s newlybuilt Exhibition World Bahrain from 10am – 6pm every day. The brand-new, cutting-edge venue, which covers a total area of 54,000 square metres, will give visitors access to a wider selection of renowned exhibitors from highly sought-after regional and international brands, as well as new brands participating for the first time ever. The much-awaited exhibit will feature an authentic Bahraini ‘Gold Souq,’ as well as areas specifically designated for watches, pearls, emerging designers, and pre-loved items. Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com/en/home.html. www.bahrainthismonth.com/events


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A MUSICAL MARVEL! NOVEMBER 28

BRUNO MARS

AL DANA AMPHITHEATRE Don’t miss out on your chance to see one of the biggest global superstars in the world, Bruno Mars! The Grammy winner is slated to perform on the 28th of November at the Al Dana Amphitheatre. With over 200 million single sales worldwide, he is one of the most successful artists of all time. He is still among the select few musicians who have written and produced each of their No. 1 songs. With ‘That’s What I Like’ and ‘Uptown Funk,’ which spent 24 or more weeks in the Hot 100, Mars became the first male to have at least three top 5 Hot 100 hits from each of his first three albums. Fans can expect to hear some of his biggest hits, including ‘Uptown Funk’, ‘Treasure’, and ‘When I Was Your Man’. Visit www.aldana.com.bh

FESTIVAL FIESTA NOVEMBER 4

PLAYLIST PICNIC

ROYAL GOLF CLUB

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LEWIS CAPALDI

AL DANA AMPHITHEATRE

As part of his highly-anticipated world tour, Scottish singer-songwriter and two-time Brit Award winner Lewis Capaldi will travel to Bahrain. Capaldi, who is most known for the Grammy-nominated song ‘Someone You Loved,’ which holds the record for the longest run in the UK Top 10 Singles Chart, is also the first artist to ever have their first two singles concurrently peak at number one on the USA Airplay Chart. In just ten weeks, his debut album, ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,’ received platinum certification. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch him perform live! Visit www.aldana.com.bh www.bahrainthismonth.com/events

There is nothing quite like the thrill of a live music festival. With a broad lineup of performers and bands, Playlist Picnic, an outdoor festival being held at the Royal Golf Club from 10am – 10pm, is the place to go for topnotch entertainment and tons of family-friendly fun. Enjoy the music of Hot Box Groove, Twisted Lemon, Native Tourists, Oud Kamja, PostHypnotik and more as they play the best in alternative, reggae, fusion funk, electronic, rock n’ roll and more. Call 37 777-845 November 2022 15



BEACHFRONT OASIS NOW OPEN Discover a new wave of luxury and hospitality along the shores of Marassi Al Bahrain. The iconic luxury brand is now welcoming guests.

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RACING REVS UP NOVEMBER 11 AND 12

BAPCO 8 HOURS OF BAHRAIN

SINGING SENSATION RETURNS BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

NOVEMBER 4

MOHAMMED ABDU

AL DANA AMPHITHEATRE

A packed 37-car grid, four race categories, and some of the biggest automotive manufacturers will compete in the BAPCO 8 Hours of Bahrain. The 5.412km Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) track will host the best endurance racing teams and drivers from across the globe from morning to evening, making for an incredible spectacle. For the race weekend, BIC has also put up a fantastic lineup of off-track entertainment. Fans can expect extraordinary stunt performances and fantastic family activities. Tickets for the two-day weekend programme are priced at BD5 for adults and BD2.5 for children. Visit www.bahraingp.com or call 17 450-000.

Iconic superstar Mohammed Abdu is returning to Bahrain to perform at Al Dana Amphitheatre, the country’s top live entertainment venue with worldclass acoustics. The skilled singer, who is well-known for his Khaleeji music songs, will present a live show on November 4 that will astound spectators with his extraordinary talent. Abdu is praised for the storytelling element of his songs, bringing emotion and agony from his personal life to them. Visit www.aldana.com.bh

ONE FOR THE ART LOVERS NOVEMBER 2 TO 8

NOVEMBER NUMERIQUE

MALL OF DILMUNIA

This one’s for you if you enjoy digital art! November Numerique, a festival honouring all types of digital art, will be organised by the French embassy in Bahrain and the Alliance Francaise Bahrain. You can expect to find stunning and picturesque displays of digital art at Mall of Dilmunia. Visit @af.bahrain on Instagram. 18 November 2022

AMAZING ART CELEBRATION NOVEMBER 18

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ISLAMIC ART

BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities is organising a celebration of the International Day of Islamic Art at Bahrain National Museum on November 18. UNESCO created the day in appreciation of the function and contribution of Islamic art in the preservation and diffusion of human civilisation and culture. Visit www.culture.gov.bh. www.bahrainthismonth.com/events


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A TERRIFIC TRIBUTE

TIME TO PARTY NOVEMBER 18

FIREFLY

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NOVEMBER 24 AND 25

TRIBUTE BAND - THE BEATLES

SHERLOCK HOLMES, GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN

Are you ready to rock out this November to The Beatles Tribute Band performing live on Sherlock Holmes’ stage? If you’re a fan of The Beatles, you can’t miss out on this! The band has performed over 500 concerts in 18 nations throughout Europe and now they will be at Sherlock Holmes in Bahrain. Tickets to the concert on November 24 are priced at BD10. On November 25, you can enjoy the concert along with lunch for BD30. Call 17 713-000

Bahrain-born The Social Animal is set to host its inaugural event in its ‘Firefly’ micro-fest series, which will celebrate our innate drive to create and connect. The purpose of Firefly is to encourage us to express our artistic magic and take some time to savour our surroundings. It is a small gathering with live music, performances, interactive activities, food, beverages, and most importantly, the chance to mingle with other social creatures. The event will transition from a laid-back sundowner to a vibrant audio kaleidoscope with some of the Kingdom’s most intriguing electronic music bands. Expect a laid-back atmosphere at Firefly where you can unwind and just be, enjoy great music, immerse yourself in art, or nerd out over your favourite topic. Email info@thesocialanimal.co or call 33 337-985..

PICNIC IN THE PARK NOVEMBER 18

WANDERLUST PICNIC

COOL CRAFTING WAGALAG

Cool weather and picnics – name a better combination. The Bahrain Underground Music Movement in conjunction with Wagalag presents the ultimate picnic experience combining music, the outdoors, food and good vibes all around with the Wanderlust picnic, happening from sunrise until sunset. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages! BUMM has been bringing music enthusiasts some of the finest tunes in eclectic settings, so make sure you’re not missing out on this one. Early bird tickets are available from BD5 onwards. Call 37 777-845. 20 November 2022

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THE SNOWFLAKE CRAFT FAIR

DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL

The American Women’s Association Bahrain is hosting the Snowflake Craft Fair at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel’s Grand Ambassadors Ballroom this month! Under the patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Thajba bint Salman Al Khalifa, the event will see designers, crafters and artists showcase their handcrafted products. The entry fee is BD1 and free for children under five. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Email amanda.alsalaiti@gmail.com or call 38 388-162. www.bahrainthismonth.com/events



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VMB Diwali

22 November 2022

Mr and Mrs Sushil Mulijimal hosted a gathering to celebrated the festival of lights, Diwali, at their residence.

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The Foundry

BLOCK 338’S BRILLIANT BRASSERIE Nestled in the heart of Adliya’s Block 338 dining quarter is The Foundry, a threefloored dining venue offering an exceptional experience whether it’s your first visit or your latest of many. A cool brasserie, bar and rooftop combination sets this spot apart from its neighbours in the bustling district. The dining area specialises in modern brasserie cuisine, working hand-in-hand with its sister butchery, Sage & Sirloin, to provide exceptional cuts of meat, sourced from premium suppliers around the world. At the first-floor bar, visitors can enjoy a range of bar bites including the popular Jalapeño

Poppers or Tuna Tacos washed down with a selected beverage or two. Chef-Restaurateur, Mureed Nusseir, brings with him a wealth of experience and skill, which shines through in all aspects of The Foundry. He has an incredible eye for detail and with his extensive culinary training ensures that diners consistently enjoy great food, drinks and an ambience to match. At the second floor restaurant, a discreet European charm welcomes diners who enjoy their steaks and grape. The Foundry’s favourites include Escargot (snails) in a garlicky butter sauce, Steak Frites and a Sticky

Toffee Pudding for dessert. With a rotating schedule of DJs and live entertainment, plus a daily happy hour, The Foundry has cemented itself as one of the kingdom’s most vibrant, sophisticated and welcoming locations. Look out for the Rooftop Brunch starting in November, the Raclette Launch in December and a whole host of other awesome dining experiences. The Foundry is open from Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am. For more information, Call 17 223-223.

BRASSERIE ROOFTOP & BAR +973 1722 3223 @thefoundrybh

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Señor Paco’s Mexican Restaurant

FIESTA FUN AND FRIVOLITY Not far from block 338, you’ll find Señor Paco’s Mexican Restaurant which has been the epicentre of Bahrain’s fiesta atmosphere for the past 26 years. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the Kingdom who hasn’t experienced a night out there and enjoyed high quality authentic Mexican food, raucous dancing to live classics and maybe one or two fruit-flavoured beverages. It truly has a fun atmosphere! The outlet’s authentic taste of traditionally Mexican food includes the tacos, nachos, burritos, and more that you know and love. The team is happy to consistently refresh your servings of chips and salsa too! The food is delicious and there are also elements of ‘new

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west cuisine’ which is an innovative fusion of traditional recipes with exceptional ingredients and new culinary techniques. You’ll also find plenty of options for vegetarians to choose from! Using only the freshest local produce and coupled with its welcoming and inviting service, it all adds to the restaurant’s lively and friendly nature ensuring a great night out. It’s hard to argue that Paco’s has a cosy ambiance. Its colourful decoration, with nods to all of the cultural Mexican traditions do make you feel like you’re in the heartland of Central America. If you’re up to party, make sure to book in the band section, or opt for the other

side of the restaurant if you’re keen on a family friendly evening. There’s always a sombrero within reach too, just ask the staff. The stained-glass interiors add a homely look to the contemporary restaurant, which has comfortable seating for more than 100 guests. In addition, the ‘sombrero’ dining hall seats about 50 guests and is ideal for a small party or mid-size events. Whether you’re celebrating a party, your graduation or a milestone achievement, we’re positive that a visit to Señor Pacos will make it even more special. For more information, call 17 725-873.

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El Chapo

IT’S A WHOLE VIBE! Despite being a fairly new establishment in the vibrant block 338, having opened its doors in October 2021, El Chapo is now one of the most highly recommended venues in the area. The Mexican restaurant and lounge has created a truly special experience for party-goers in the Kingdom which is spread across three floors. While most venues have a fairly unassuming approach, the first floor of El Chapo sets the tone for the experience to come; a massive ball pit, decorated booths to capture the most Instagram-worthy moments and even an arcade style game to capture prizes are sure to get you, your family and friends in the best mood! On the second floor you’ll discover their incredibly eclectic décor - walls adorned with painted skulls, cool neon lighting, Mexican themed paintings and industrial style furniture and accessories that make El Chapo particularly memorable. Their stunning rooftop lounge allows you to enjoy unique views of the city and soak up the good weather on cooler days. The team does nothing by half measures, so you’re sure to enjoy the amazing entertainment they have in store for you which includes acrobatic performers, dancers, a resident DJ and even saxophonists and bongo players on occasion. You can also enjoy amazing brunches, theme nights and more. They know how to party!

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While it’s all fun and games at El Chapo, there is one thing they take very very seriously: their food. While you can enjoy several Mexican favourites like nachos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas, you can also sink your teeth into delicious steaks, desserts and other favourites. We admittedly love their massive Mexican Lollipops, shrimp ceviche and incredibly tender beef short ribs – just phenomenal. There are several reasons why El Chapo has enjoyed phenomenal success, but if we had to boil it down to one, it would be that its vibe. So put on your finest clothes, put on your dancing shoes and bring your best dance moves for a time you won’t forget! With good food, a great venue and awesome company, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time at El Chapo! Be sure to follow @elchapo.bh on Instagram for updates. Call 37 738-838 for more information.

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HOWDY

WHERE THE SUN DON’T SET Giddy up, cowboy! HOWDY is packed with distractions and you certainly can’t miss this rollickin’ fun establishment as you head to the Kingdom’s most well-known dining area, Block 338 in Adliya. Stroll past its stunning giant mural of a cowgirl on a rearing horse painting and be instantly transported all the way back to the Wild Wild West. When you walk in there’s an even more impressive sight where the imposing figure of Clint Eastwood with his fistful of dollars glaring down from the wall, completing his look with his iconic poncho and nonplussed expression set against a desert backdrop that is somehow unmistakably Texas. Howdy starts with its first floor atmosphere which brings you the feeling of home. Here, you can grab a chilled drink of your choice and platter full of its well-known assorted chicken wings marinated with brown sugar, homemade spices and aged fortified beverage, smoked in apple wood and finished on the charcoal grill while you enjoy live entertainment. Jam and dance along while they play a mix of old school country and new age Western

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favourites all night long. If this doesn’t grab your attention then you can always try the rooftop, featuring some of the coolest vibes in town. Indulge in a variety of signature mixed beverages, plus your usual selected ones accompanied by finger-licking appetisers. Entertainment is the name of the game as top resident DJs spin mixes to suit your current vibe and the beats mean you can’t help but step into the dance floor all night long. When it comes to food, one of Howdy’s mostliked specialities is the lamb chops with grilled eggplant which has a mix of garlic, onion, paprika and Asian spice. The lamb is soft, tender and pink while the eggplant mix complements the taste of the meat and is also served alongside a generous side of homemade mashed potatoes.

delicious baby back ribs that are smoked in apple wood and served with ale bread, roasted baby potatoes and honey mustard slaw – you can almost hear the crackling of the camp fire at the sight of them. Howdy hosts numerous special events and is well-known both: for its midweek specials and its Friday brunches, so get yourself down to Block 338 in Adliya to check out the latest dishes and inventions made just for your palate. For updates, follow @howdy_bh or call 66 311-282 or 39 245-028.

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David’s Stir Fry Crazy

A MUCH-LOVED RESTAURANT If you’re in the mood for authentic Far East Asian and South East Asian cuisine, David’s Stir Fry Crazy is the place to be! A natural favourite for most, David’s has earned a stellar reputation for being a vibrant family run restaurant. While the Adliya branch has grown tremendously in popularity, the husband-andwife duo introduced themselves to the Kingdom’s culinary scene in 2009 when they opened their first branch in Riffa. Their goal was to serve home-inspired comfort food, using the freshest of ingredients and produce sourced globally. Their fine attention to impeccable service, and the team’s warm

hospitality with David himself stopping by for a chat at times makes every experience memorable. Just last year, the couple further reinvented their offerings in the Kingdom with the menu at their Adliya restaurant being expanded with 45 new tantalising dishes including 17 starters, 18 main courses and a range of new beverages and desserts for diners to enjoy. Be sure to enjoy the Tempura Kale Salad with Shitake mushrooms, raisins and almonds, and the Guacamole Wontons which is gluten-free too. Non-vegetarians will love the Yaki Gyoza, Crazy’s Beef Tenderloin, Prawns and Fresh Pineapple on Skewers with Dual Glaze – a

fresh and flavourful take on surf and turf. A succulent East-West Cranberry Duck makes its way onto our ‘Must Try Mains at DSFC’, which we must add needs to be pre-ordered. The Korean Grilled Marinated Short Ribs, Honey Walnut Shrimps and Pineapple Fried Rice are sure to be a mouth-watering addition to your dining experience too. Whatever you choose, we’re positive you’ll have an incredible dining experience at David’s Advance table booking is recommended. Call 17 540-188.

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Maddy’s Irish Restaurant and Garden

BAHRAIN’S ICONIC CASUAL DINING One of Adliya’s most famous locations, Maddy’s Irish Restaurant (previously known as Jim’s) a popular outlet for both locals and expats alike which made its presence known in the area long before Block 338 was a twinkle in the eye. Its laid-back, relaxed ambience always ensures a fun night for all, and the garden-esque locale makes for a homely setting. What makes Maddy’s so very special is the fact that the team builds a close rapport with guests. It’s only at Maddy’s that you’ll have a beverage named after you, or your names put down on a table for all to see. For some really unique, interactive entertainment and since Maddy is quite into fitness, you’ll get to show off your skills in one of their challenges. Fancy competing in a push up challenge, or showing the world you can manage a pretty decent plank? You can do that

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here and win some fun prizes too! At Maddy’s, you’re always guaranteed an incredibly warm welcome and terrific service from the friendly, knowledgeable staff, and most of all, great food. From the staple dishes you know and love to some unique takes on old classics, the portions sizes are ample and full to the brim with taste. There are tender steaks, creamy pastas, traditional pub food like fish and chips, plus a wide variety of selected beverages to accompany them. Want a full Irish breakfast? You’ll love the platter at Maddy’s! Be sure to visit with your family and friends for good times and a whole lot of memories. Call 39 543-416.

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Brazil Rodizio

A TASTE OF SOUTH AMERICA Brazil Rodizio Restaurant and Lounge is a perfect dining place for friends and family to meet any time of the week. The trusted venue has been a favourite among diners and partygoers for several years. It not only offers an authentic taste of Brazilian cuisine, but it is a great venue for special gatherings and occasions. The cosy restaurant, located in the heart of Adliya, is famous for its mouth-watering Churrascaria cuisine served Rodizio style! For

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those unaware, this involves waiters bringing large skewers of prime meat, chicken and shrimp to your table and slicing fresh cuts until you physically can’t eat any more! New additions for the season on this menu are specially marinated Australian Lamb Chops cooked to perfection by the team, served with a choice of potato wedges or house salad. A wide range of salads and appetizers are available at all times to satisfy your every craving. Don’t worry for those of you who don’t

eat meat – there are vegetarian options available on a comprehensive a la carte menu. The restaurant can be booked out for private functions which allows for an intimate experience with your loved ones, and there is also a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. This includes three and a half hours of unlimited Rodizio grills and selected beverages plus a wide selection of salads and starters. For reservations, call 17 826-686 or 34 076-832.

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Lanterns and LNT Gastropub

GOOD TIMES START HERE! Residents of Bahrain know that Lanterns is one of the most recognised and trusted restaurants in the Kingdom. Delectable cuisine and attentive service has made the establishment a prime choice for special occasion and casual meals out alike. The sprawling Adliya branch of Lanterns is known for its fantastic vibe and diverse offerings in terms of seating, entertainment and cuisine too. A visit to the Adliya favourite any day of the week is the best way to truly soak in the atmosphere. Lanterns, which is the area downstairs, offers indoor and outdoor seating, live music and a plethora of delectable food. While the restaurant’s claim to fame is Indian cuisine, did you know that they offer a range of other mouth-watering dishes from around the world too? Only at Lanterns can you tuck into a delicious Spring Asian Salad, Lamb Shank Biriyani, an assortment of dumplings and juicy Angus Beef Bites too. For truly memorable Indian cuisine, you just can’t go wrong with Lanterns. Take a trip through India will their mouthwatering curries, succulent tandoori grills, freshly made naans and rotis, Goan

mussels and more. On another note, upstairs at LNT Gastropub, you can enjoy a fantastic night of dancing on the weekend with their in-house DJ, or live music during the week. Perfectly crafted beverages and gastropub style food can be enjoyed too. It’s no wonder that it’s turned into a favourite for Block 338 regulars. The venue offers free parking for guests - a welcome convenience! Be sure to follow @lanternsbahrain on Instagram for regular updates.

let the games begin Get free nibbles during the match at LNT. Predict the winner for a chance to win a prize.

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Here are some more restaurants,

lounges and cafés for your next visit to Adliya: Bambu India Gate Restaurant

Cuisine: Asian, Indian Timings: Noon to midnight Call 17 262-555.

Banana Leaf

Cuisine: Thai Timings: Noon to 11.30pm Call 17 744-171.

Camelot

Cuisine: International Timings: 5pm to 2am on weekdays, noon to 2am on Thursday and Friday. Call 17 717-745.

Coco′s

Cuisine: European, Fusion Timings: 10 am to midnight Call 17 716-512.

Florence - La Maison

Cuisine: Mediterranean, European Timings: 9am to 11.30pm on weekdays, 9 am to 12.30 am on weekends Call 17 336-373.

Fusions by Tala

Halo Restaurant & Lounge

Mumbai Spices

Primarily nightlife. Call 32 326-900.

Cuisine: Indian Timings: 11am to midnight Call 17 211-400.

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Thailand Restaurant

Cuisine: Chinese Timings: Noon to 3pm, 6pm to midnight Call 17 728-700

Cuisine: Thai Timings: Noon to midnight Call 17 717-040.

Icon Bahrain

Cuisine: French and Mediterranean Call 17 369-696.

Primarily nightlife. Call 38 225-500.

The Orangery

Cuisine: Fusion Arabic Timings: 5pm to 11pm (Monday JJ′s Irish Restaurant to Friday), noon to 5pm Nightlife and dining (Saturday) Cuisine: Irish, Pubfare Call 17 713-000. Timings : Noon to 2am, 9am to 2am (Saturday) Call 33 843-005.

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Bahrain Comic Con

Bahrain Comic Con 2022, organised by DALLAH in partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) was hosted on October 28 and 29 at the Bahrain International Circuit. Thousands of people flocked to the BIC for the family-friendly weekend event full of activities, e-gaming, celebrity panels and more! Celebrities at this year’s event included the world-famous Paul Anderson who is known for playing Arthur Shelby on Peaky Blinders, Aimee Garcia of Lucifer fame, Mason Dye of Stranger Things, Clive Standen of Vikings, Leilani Shiu who’s known for playing Teeka the Jawa in Star Wars, and David D’Angelo of Rick and Morty.

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WELCOMING THE NEW AMBASSADOR Earlier this year, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. We speak to the newly appointed German Ambassador to Bahrain, HE Clemens Hach, who brings a wealth of worldly experience with him.

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is Excellency Clemens Hach, who recently presented his credentials to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has an extensive diplomatic career spanning over 20 years. The Kingdom of Bahrain is his sixth posting in a foreign country following his service in Latin America, the United States, East Africa and at the headquarters of the German Federal Foreign Office as the Head of the Stabilisation Divison. “This is my first post in the Middle East which to me is somewhat like coming home since I am, by education, a Middle Eastern guy. I studied Middle Eastern history and politics so it feels a lot like coming to a region that I have always been interested in after 20 years working in others,” says HE Hach. “After working in several countries, you learn to understand their specificities and approach it with great openness. I hope that this experience will help me learn about Bahrain, understand what our common priorities are and therefore form the priorities for my work.” WORKING FOR PEACE At the Stabilisation Division, HE had significant achievements when working on the Middle East (mainly Iraq), Afghanistan and numerous countries in West Africa. “The Stabilisation Division is something unique that the German Federal Foreign Office has that very few other countries have. The 38 November 2022

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interview Division works on crisis context with a political goal through peacemaking for which we had a very good tool set at our disposal,” HE states. “The main priority was working on the civilian complement to security-led counterterrorism operations. We had two main tools to help with our goals: peace building tools such as mediation, working on social cohesion, and what we call stabilisation. To explain stabilisation, once a place was freed from terrorist rule we would help the state come back as soon as possible with public services, electricity, water, education, civilian security and justice,” HE explains. Through this approach, in the framework of the Counter-Daesh Coalition, and being led by the Iraqi government with support from the United Nations, the international community was quite successful in their fight against Daesh in Iraq. In 2015, stabilisation work was able to help bring back internally displaced people within months of liberation. This included millions of people in cities like Ramadi or Mosul. “The work was short term in the sense that you have to be very quick and work hand-inhand with the security forces to make sure that there is no vacuum between the security intervention and the civilian intervention, but long term in its effect because the idea was to create a foundation for development and restoration of the social tissue in those areas,” HE states. ON BAHRAIN HE believes that the Kingdom of Bahrain is a model for the region. “First of all, I would like to express how impressed I was by His Majesty and the guidance he is giving to Bahrain not least on religious freedom and tolerance,” HE says, adding that he believes the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis is testament to this. “The reform process that Bahrain has undergone over the past years and the elections this year is something that we also highly appreciate in Germany,” HE says. Regarding priorities, the most important thing for HE the Ambassador in addition to the good bilateral relations is working together on international issues. “Bahrain has taken a very firm stance regarding the respect of international law and sovereignty where Ukraine is concerned. This is something we very much value. It is imperative that all parties around the world comply with the international laws that rule the way countries should behave in the international context,” HE says. “Germany and Bahrain are very like-minded when it comes to the respect of international law and territorial integrity. This is a field where we can further strengthen our cooperation, between Germany and Bahrain, the EU and GCC, and www.bahrainthismonth.com

at the international level with the UN which is definitely one of my priorities,” HE adds. DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS Between 500 and 600 Germans, including several doctors and university teachers, are believed to be residing in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Some of these individuals residing in Bahrain work in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Bahrain and Germany have long-standing relations with 50 years of diplomatic and trade relations. Leading German companies which have invested in Bahrain include DHL with their Menahub, BASF, SMS, RMA and others who are producing in Bahrain for the GCC and international markets. This is in addition to large and smaller German companies which provide their services. “Germany has always been among the top EU trading partners of Bahrain, and the figures have been increasing over the years. We’re now at over EUR620 million in trade between Bahrain and Germany. I think this is a very good picture but we are sure that we can do more. We are obviously looking at the development plans of Bahrain in the tourism, financial and clean energy sectors, and trying to tap into the potential of German technology,” HE states. “As the Euro is currently very low, German products are cheaper than they have been in a long time, so we hope that this too will strengthen relations.” Germany is known worldwide for its highquality motoring brands which have become the most popular product imports. “I’m very glad to see that Bahrain is no exception to this trend and we continue to see very nice German cars on the streets here,” HE says. “While this is one of our main products, there are a wealth of other products that are less known especially in the industrial sector, chemical industry, steel industry, and in logistics. In terms of services, for instance, the company SAP lends their services here through a software which you may find at any bank or public administration office,” HE adds.

HIGHER EDUCATION Germany is known worldwide for its higher education programmes, which have the added benefit of free tuition for international students too. The German education system is largely based on public education with several public schools and universities across the country. “This is a specificity of the German education system that we cherish very much because it is also a contribution to social cohesion in our country,” HE says. “We also have private university but the standard of education is not lower at the public universities and hence many people opt for them.” Around 50 to 60 Bahrainis visit Germany to study every year with medicine and engineering degrees being a prime choice. In terms of international students, learning German is encouraged as most people speak the language and a majority of the university courses are in German although international curricula are also offered. “Those wishing to pursue an education in Germany are welcome to look into the German learning programme that the embassy organises. Students should also keep in mind that they need to graduate with a high school diploma which qualifies them for studying in Germany, and then apply for a visa in a timely manner, preferably months prior to when they intend to go to university,” advises HE. “Life in Germany is also comparatively inexpensive with low university fees which often includes public transportation, so we are positive that they will have a great experience,” HE adds. To conclude His Excellency expressed his gratitude towards Bahrain and its people for the warm welcome that he and his family have received. “This is something that I understand Bahrain is rightfully famous for - being a welcoming country. We’ve been here for not even two months but we already feel at home and it feels great to be here.” For updates from the German embassy, follow @germanyinbahrain on Instagram or call 17 745-277. November 2022 39


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THE LEADING ACT

As one of Bahrain’s most talented actors and creative directors, Qahtan Al Qahtani is a hugely influential figure in the Kingdom’s film and television scene. Bahrain This Month sat down with him to discuss his earliest silver screen inspirations, his subsequent career and what advice he’d give to the next generation of budding movie stars.

“Back in the early Sixties, we were among the lucky families in Bahrain to have a television set in our old house in Manama,” he reminisces. “That was my first introduction to that magic box where I actually got hooked to see whatever was on, from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to the Western movies. These were broadcast on the only channel at the time, which was Aramco from Saudi Arabia. “One of my most vivid memories was seeing John Wayne walk into a saloon and order a drink. Obviously, this being on a Saudi channel and dubbed in Arabic, he asked for an ‘orange juice’. Can you imagine? “I asked my mother where I could get a frothy orange juice just like John Wayne’s, and she very diplomatically answered that it was only available in the West and not in Bahrain! “Ever since then, I wanted to be one of those 40 November 2022

cool people on the screen. Even at school we had a radio and I couldn’t wait for those times I could be sat in front of a microphone.” Mr. Al Qahtani’s performing career began with his graduation from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kuwait in 1978, along with five other Bahrainis who were lucky enough to be studying in the same field. A stint as a school teacher teaching photography then followed, before moving to the Ministry of Education to run educational programmes and quiz shows on both, radio and television. His major breakthrough came in 1984 as he was assigned as Head of Production at Bahrain TV, a position he held until 2000 when he was made an Advisor for Theatrical Affairs at the Ministry of Information Affairs. After six years there, he resigned to become a freelance actor and producer for television,

movies and other projects. He is currently about to join the cast of a new drama series in Abu Dhabi amongst some of the most respected acting talent in the region, with filming set to take place soon. It is the latest in a long line of acting credits that he reflects proudly on. “As head of production at Bahrain TV, I was in charge of almost everything except the news,” he recalls. “This included big events such as GCC summits, GCC conference football games and basically anything major that was shown live. Not only that, but I pushed to show current affairs and drama programmes because I really felt variety was needed. It was work for 16 hours a day but so worth it. “The other thing that I really was so proud of was training people at that time. People of all backgrounds were working at Bahrain TV but www.bahrainthismonth.com


interview nobody was qualified as television personnel. I visited so many training institutes around Europe and in the Arab world and sent people to learn more. It’s amazing to see the people I invested in now working as directors, lighting, acting and almost every other facet of production you can think of.”

your viewers and audience. Even the talent will find other places to go and you have to stay at the top of your game yourself because everyone is replaceable in this industry.”

the freedom to experience and express your talent. Don›t stop where you are. Don›t make excuses. Don›t let anything get in the way of you doing what you want to do.

Something else Mr. Al Qahtani is immensely proud of is his children. His daughter, Zayn, is a renowned artist in the Kingdom and he reflects proudly on her carving her own path in a creative field.

Ultimately, though, he believes that the future of Bahrain’s production industry is very bright, with plenty of potential. “I am fully confident that Bahrain can be a hub in the Gulf as a production country,” he says.

“The other thing I will say is that if you become a well-known or even quite famous actor… be humble. Don’t ever think you’ve simply ‘made it’. Be nice with people and act like you would around your close friends and family. Acting is not just in front of the camera, but behind it too; you have to use the right language with people. You have to build up a character so people will pay you respect and they will admire you as a director and as a performer.”

“I always gave my children the choice to choose whatever they wanted to do without any hesitation,” he explains. “When Zayn was in kindergarten, she came out with a drawing of her hand on a piece of paper, and she had coloured in all of the fingers. I looked at it, told her it was lovely and then took it to be framed and hung it on the wall. Every morning she would see it and that’s how the love of art started with her. “She graduated as a fashion designer from the Royal University for Women and along the way she had done innumerable paintings and drawings of dresses. It was clear that the influence of fine arts was stronger than fashion itself and soon she started putting her drawings online and customers flocked to buy her paintings both from Bahrain and abroad.

“We have all the facilities that producers look for. We have the sea, we have palm trees everywhere. We have the desert. We have the wonderful mix of modern and traditional life. We have everything! Let’s make use of it.” As the elder statesmen of the industry in Bahrain, he has a tremendous amount of knowledge to impart on the stars of tomorrow. Motivation and drive, above all, are the most important qualities in his opinion. “I would firstly say: go and explore the world,” he says. “Go and do everything where you find

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“She has exhibited in the UK, Saudi Arabia and was the curator of an online exhibition in Bahrain. She is now doing a Master’s degree from the Royal School of Art in the UK, which is amazing. “As I mentioned, I left her free to do whatever she liked, but the only influence I had on her career was to put one drawing on the wall,” he says graciously. Mr. Al Qahtani also owes a great deal to two other women in his life: his mother Moza and his aunt SakIna. He recalls: “They both brought me up together after my father died when I was very young. They dedicated their lives to educating me, sending me to university and they were always so proud of me. Both of these incredible women were actually pioneers in education in Bahrain, being headmistresses for schools since the 1940s. “I am so thankful for those two ladies; they inspired and motivated me throughout my life. Everything I learned was from them and I still learn to this day as I inherited their books and I am still reading through them and appreciating their words!” Both women have now sadly passed away. However, Mr. Al Qahtani has continued to use their inspiration and dedication to overcome obstacles in his professional life. However, no actor’s career has ever lacked challenges, and he has faced a fair few. “Television never stops,” he says. “Continuation is very important. You build up the infrastructure but you have to continue every day with the same effort or you will lose www.bahrainthismonth.com

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TAKE TO THE SKIES

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, colloquially known as the Red Arrows, is one of the most iconic symbols of the UK’s RAF. The display squad, which has wowed millions of fans across the world with its manoeuvres, rolls and incredible synchronisation, comprises nine BAE Hawk planes and their pilots. The team is set to perform three awe-inspiring displays at the Bahrain International Airshow from November 9 to November 11, so Kristian Harrison sat down for a chat with Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw, also known as Red 3, about the historic occasion and what it takes to become one of the ‘Reds’. Please could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background, and how you came to join the RAF? My introduction to flying planes came during my time obtaining my Business Administration degree at Leicester De Montfort University. I joined the East Midlands University Air Squadron whilst there and they sponsored me for my final year. I was then selected to join the RAF and do my flying training as part of the fast jets category. I passed my training then did four years flying the Tornado GR4, including operations in the MENA region, before becoming a qualified instructor on the Hawk T1. I was selected to join the Reds in 2021 as Red 3 and this is my 42 November 2022

first display season. I’ve been in the RAF for 16 years now and I feel immensely privileged that I’ll spend three of those flying with the Red Arrows before returning to other operational duties! What does it take to join the Red Arrows? Firstly, you need a great amount of flying experience and to rack up 1,500 hours in a fast jet. There are more than 30 applicants every year for very limited spots, and then these are cut further to around 10. There are then intense assessments, not just of your flying capabilities but also how well you work in a team, before final selection.

Have you been to Bahrain before and are you excited about visiting? I actually visited Bahrain very briefly in 2012 while I was taking a jet out to the Middle East as part of an operation, but that was just a brief stop at the Shaikh Isa Air Base. This time, we’re displaying over three days so I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the people that live on the island and getting out and seeing some of the sights and experiencing the country properly. Can you tell us about the logistics behind getting the Red Arrows to Bahrain? Despite some rumours to the contrary, we don’t ‘ship’ the Hawks abroad or even store them on www.bahrainthismonth.com


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a larger cargo plane which travels to our destination; we do fly the actual jets themselves by ‘hopping’ from country to country to refuel. There will be six members of the crew flying in formation this time; throughout the UK summer air show season we had seven of the nine regularly flying, but unfortunately one has suffered an injury. He’ll still be coming out here but supporting from a logistics point of view. Regardless, we’ll have a fun, exciting show with lots of red, white and blue to put out over Bahrain with a series of thrilling moves and aerobatics. As always, we will do a practice display beforehand and complete a full reconnaissance of the area and plan it beforehand so we aren’t on the back foot trying to work it out while we’re there. Following on from this, how important are the wider Red Arrows crew, particularly the ‘Blues’ who are your engineers? It’s hugely important to recognise all of the support staff that help the Red Arrows fly. On the surface you just see the pilots and the planes, but there’s 120 people involved; we are officially called the RAF Aerobatic Team, but realistically the team is a squadron as big as some of the front line squadrons we have. It would be impossible to do as many shows as we do without the support. They truly are the unsung heroes. For example, the engineers will fill the planes with dye and service the jets while we’re being briefed. If we had to do it ourselves we’d have to cut our number of shows. When I take the red suit off, I’m just a www.bahrainthismonth.com

person in the background, it’s the suit itself (and the plane of course) which represents the Red Arrows so we’re all just part of one big unit. There’s also the people planning the tour and dealing with all the logistics back in the UK, which really highlights how much goes into these events and how the RAF can organise something across the world. Let’s also not forget the people who help on the civilian side; the contacts at the embassy helping us sort the tour, the staff who process our jets on our stop-offs, the organisers of the air show and even the hotel staff who make our stay so comfortable. The Red Arrows are an iconic symbol of the RAF. How important do you feel you are as an ambassadorial force to represent the UK both at home and abroad? Hugely important! We showcase the RAF and its professionalism and expertise which is what the military do. After all, our motto is Éclat, a French word meaning ‘Excellence’. The ambassadorial role is huge as we represent the UK wherever we go and it’s a privilege to wear these suits for three years to promote the country, drive trade or to inspire anyone who has an interest in military and teamwork. The Red Arrows strive for excellence with trust and teamwork, and I believe these qualities can inspire people across the world. We do many talks in schools and on the ground at displays and it’s an honour to hopefully inspire children on behalf of the RAF. What’s your favourite manoeuvre and how do you say in such close synchronisation in the air?

To be honest, I really like the arrival because it’s the first time you appear at the site, coming from behind the crowd. You’re constantly looking at the leader Red 1 but you can also out of the corner of your eye see the crowd and their amazement as the heads turn. I like the barrel rolls and formations - every show is so much fun. We all take our reference from Red 1 no matter where we are in the formation, and everything is incredibly timed on voice commands so we turn at exactly the same time. If we reacted to him moving instead then our brains would have to process the reaction time and it could be dangerous. Finally, what does a Red Arrows pilot do during his downtime, both on and off tour? We all have good camaraderie among the team, so on tours we go out for dinner together or go to the gym. In fact, four of us came through the ranks together so we’re a tight knit team and have a lot of trust in each other. As for off tour, I don’t have a private flying licence but I still love planes, I can’t stay away! If I’m with my wife and we go somewhere with a plane museum, I always drag her there. My favourite story is that not long after I joined the RAF, we went to a museum and there was an exhibition featuring a flying simulator game which asked: ‘Can you be an RAF pilot?’ and she said I should try it as obviously I should do really well. Unfortunately a little kid next to me beat me and I was too embarrassed to tell him what my job was!

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The Award Ceremony and Reception for the RAK Architecture Prize

The award ceremony and reception for the RAK Architecture Prize was held at the RAK Art Foundation in Riffa. Fatima Nickahdar was awarded the first prize of the RAK Architecture Prize for her design proposal of the RAK Centre for Performing Arts. Launched in February 2022 and open to Bahraini Nationals 35 years old and under, the RAK Architecture prize invited aspiring architects to submit a schematic design for a Centre for Performing Arts, to be located in Adhari, Kingdom of Bahrain. Candidates were expected to take into consideration the history of Adhari and the surrounding environment. Applications were judged on innovation, sustainability, environmental responsibility, functional design and communality.

otary Club of Salmaniya held a Green House Planting Project at Rotary Club of Salmaniya Green House Project ROthman Janahi’s Farm in Al Jasra.

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An Entertainment Experience Not To Be Missed! A truly unique dining and entertainment experience awaits residents of Bahrain with ‘Faulty Towers- The Dining Experience’ this November. The spectacular event marks the launch of ALIST MEDIA which aims to diversify and push the bar of entertainment in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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f you are looking for a truly special entertainment experience that you will remember for years to come, you’re in for a treat! The popular British comedy classic tribute ‘Faulty Towers- The Dining Experience’ will be held exclusively at the prestigious five-star Golden Tulip Hotel Bahrain’s Gilgamesh Ballroom on November 10 and November 11. The event will mark the official launch of ALIST MEDIA founded by Bahrain’s very own media personality, Ahmed Alsayed. “It’s such an honour to launch our new venture with such a quality act! This is the start of plenty of unique entertainment that we aim to introduce to the Kingdom of Bahrain,” says Ahmed. “I watched ‘Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience’ during my trip to London this year, and I’ve never laughed so hard in my life!” The interactive audience-participation comedy show takes place over the course of two hours and provides guests with unique entertainment during a gala dinner. “I knew this would be the perfect way to launch ALIST MEDIA and I can’t wait to share this experience in Bahrain,” he says. “Its very humbling to receive such support and recognition at such an early stage of our company’s inception, with great sponsors and partners onboard such as: Bin Hindi Group, Gulf Air, Red House Marketing, Interactive Theatre International, and Golden Tulip Hotel Bahrain. We would like to sincerely thank them for their support and trust, and look forward to a successful www.bahrainthismonth.com

packed launch in November,” says Mr. Alsayed graciously. CEO and Vice Chairman of Bin Hindi Group, Ahmed Bin Hindi says: "We all love Faulty Towers. How could we not be a part of this exceptional experience? Bin Hindi Group is proud to be the main sponsor of the event, and as a company that supports Bahraini businesses and promotes local talent, we decided to participate in the launch of ALIST MEDIA and give the company our full support.” Tickets for the ‘Faulty Towers- The Dining Experience’ event are available at www.bahrainthismonth.com/events and www.alistmedia.bh. The dress code for the event is evening wear or smart casual. Gentlemen are requested not to wear shorts or sandals. Tickets are priced at BD25 per head inclusive of a three-course dinner with soft beverages and the show. Only 100 tickets are available for each show, so those interested are encouraged to purchase their tickets as they are selling out fast! For more information, kindly contact ALIST MEDIA on +973 37 007-990 or email info@alistmedia.bh.

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he Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) is delighted to announce that its annual charitable Poppy Ball is back after a three-year hiatus. One of the most popular events on Bahrain’s yearly social calendar, this year’s Poppy Ball will be held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel’s Grand Ambassador Ballroom. As customary, one of the main attractions at the Poppy Ball is the attendance of the Chelsea Pensioners as VIP Guests of Honour. In addition, the UK’s Red Arrows will also be attending the ball. This year, the BBBF will host two Chelsea Pensioners: James David Lycett (WO2), 77 years; and William Kenneth Knowles (WO2), 68 years. During their stay, the pensioners will attend many functions, including school visits, British Embassy functions and visits to local places of interest. The highlights of their visit will be laying a wreath at the Memorial Service to mark Remembrance Day and attending the Poppy Ball. The Poppy Ball is organised in support of the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal and the Mother and Child Welfare Society Bahrain. The society has been a leader in voluntary work in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1953; and it has played a central role in the empowerment and uplifting of women and children in the kingdom.

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Guests at an earlier Poppy Ball The Poppy Ball will begin at 7pm with a welcome reception and a buffet dinner, followed by music from 9pm onwards with DJ Daniel, and a live performance by the band The Pastmasters to dance the night away. The dress code for the memorable event is evening or cocktail dresses for ladies and dinner suits with black ties or national dress for gents. A raffle will be organised during the ball with many exciting prizes up for grabs, including two British Airways World Traveller Plus return tickets to London. The Chelsea Pensioners’ visits to Bahrain have become a yearly custom. Khalid Al Zayani OBE,

BBBF Chairman, said that this is made possible with the generosity of local companies. “The Pensioners immensely enjoy their visits to Bahrain and always comment on the kindhearted and generous welcome they receive. I would like to thank our main sponsors Cebarco, Gulf Brands International, British Airways, Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, and The Diplomat Radisson Blue Hotel, and for their generosity.” Tickets are available online at https://www. bahrainthismonth.com/events or at the main receptions of the British Club, Bahrain Rugby Football Club and the Dilmun Club. For more details, or to book a table, please contact the BBBF office on bbbfevents@batelco.com.bh.

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10th Anniversary of Ritz Gourmet Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain held a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of Ritz Gourmet Lounge – a venue known for its quaint French interior design and delectable treats. www.bahrainthismonth.com/gallery

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THE ICONIC ADDRESS BEACH RESORT BAHRAIN

On the beautiful shores of Marassi Al Bahrain, the stunning Address Beach Resort Bahrain, has opened to the public and celebrates its grand opening. To unwind, rejuvenate, and enjoy oneself, nothing beats this stunning beachfront retreat with its picture-perfect setting.

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he 154-room luxury apartment complex and the 117-room hotel are a picture of royal splendour. Its sleek exterior is matched by equally stylish interior design and furnishings. Guests are immediately put at ease by the soothing tones and clean lines of the space, which exudes a refreshing calm with a vivacious twist. The extensive collection of services is par for the course at Address hotels. Whether it’s dinner

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with the one you love, a business breakfast, or a quick bite to eat, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a meal of world-class quality. While the restaurant’s menu is inspired by cuisines around the world and features organic ingredients, the Lounge provides a more casual setting ideal for snacking on healthy fare. Alternatively, they can go to The Garden, where they can eat and drink while taking in the picturesque waterfront scenery.

In this setting, you can relax and pamper yourself to your heart’s content. The six cutting-edge treatment rooms at the Spa by Address Beach Resort Bahrain are designed to revitalise body, mind, and spirit. Those with a more energetic disposition can take advantage of the gym’s cutting-edge training equipment. The splash pool and Qix Kids Club will keep the little ones occupied. The hotel is also an excellent choice for www.bahrainthismonth.com


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business and social gatherings, as it provides the ideal setting for memorable conferences, weddings, and other special occasions. Modern meeting rooms with cutting-edge AV equipment and seating for up to 160 guests. A private beach with glistening waters in the background is also available for wedding ceremonies. Mark Kirby, Head of Hospitality at Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “The Address Beach

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Resort Bahrain is a phenomenal establishment, and we can’t wait to finally unveil it to the people of Bahrain and their guests. Guests of Address properties can rest assured that they will receive the same high quality service they have come to expect from the brand.”

magnificent rooms, dining at our awardwinning restaurant, or holding a fully equipped business meeting in the quite beautiful location of Marassi Al Bahrain, everything about their experience will exceed their expectations.”

“From the décor, fittings, and ambiance, through to the gastronomic offerings and amenities, our guests will be amazed by their stays with us,» the hotel’s website reads. "Whether they are staying in one of our

The spectacular Address Beach Resort Bahrain is now open. For more information, visit addresshotels.com or call +973 77 998-888.

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Beginnings of Modern Healthcare in Bahrain, 1892 - 1942

When a young American, Samuel Zwemer, stepped onto the shores of Bahrain on December 7, 1892, he knew he wanted to serve the needy and to preach the gospel. However, he did not realise that the hospital he founded, and helped build, would continue to care for the community for nearly 120 years. In the first 40 years, he inspired many doctors including Dr. Sharon J Thoms, Dr. Stanley Mylrea, Dr. Paul W Harrison, Dr. Louis P Dame and Dr. Harold Storm to leave the comforts of

The American Mission Hospital (AMH) is known for being a stalwart in the healthcare sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In this picture series, we explore the initial 40 years of the hospital’s illustrious 120-year history.

the USA to come and set up hospitals in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Muscat. Mr. Zwemer, along with James Cantine, the co-founder of the Arabian Mission, inspired many nurses, teachers and paramedics also to join them. Long medical trips were made by mission workers to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the coasts of the trucial states - which later became the UAE - in their mission to bring healthcare to all. Government health centres and hospitals opened in the region. But, until the oil boom in

the Arabian Gulf region, which arrived in the late 30s and early 40s, the local governments had largely depended on the mission hospitals for healthcare, for their people. The American Mission Hospital in Bahrain, with major changes in strategic management and with cutting edge medical technology, continues to care for the community. The ethos that the pioneers had, of course, remains unchanged.

Dr. Samuel Zwemer, the founder of the hospital, with his wife Nurse Amy Wilkes, and daughter Katherina, who was born in 1897 as seen in their first family portrait. Sadly, Katherina died when was barely seven years old, during a Cholera epidemic in Bahrain in 1904. She now lies buried in the Christian cemetery on Zubara Avenue, in Gudaibiya-Hoora region, with her younger sister Ruth, who had also succumbed to the same disease. Their deaths were just a week apart.

Opened in the year 1903, Mason Memorial Hospital was built under the leadership of Bahrain’s first modern physician-couple, Dr. Sharon J Thoms and Dr. Marion Wells Thoms, medical graduates of the Michigan State University, who arrived in Bahrain in 1900. Here is a picture of the hospital and the church is from the 1920s. Mason Memorial Hospital later became known as the American Mission Hospital, and the Church of Christ as the National Evangelical Church. The open space in front of the long wall is now the Muslim Cemetery.

Dr. Sharon J Thoms, the first CMO, with staff in the Operating Room of the then newly-opened Mason Memorial Hospital (1904).

Dr. Marion Wells Thoms, wife of Dr. Sharon J Thoms, died of typhoid in 1905. She was buried at the Christian Cemetery on Zubara Avenue, in Gudaibiya

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When a new hospital for women and children was opened in 1927, it was named after the first modern female physician of Bahrain, Dr. Marion Wells Thoms.

Dr. Stanley G. Mylrea, the second CMO of the hospital, in a ward of the Mason Memorial Hospital in 1907.

From Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Dr. Louis P Dame, the fourth CMO of the hospital, with his medical staff, made several medical tours to Saudi Arabia on the ruler’s invitation. In 1930s and 1940s, he toured and treated people in places including Riyadh, Buraydah, Unnayza, Taif and Jeddah.

King Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the first king of Saudi Arabia (right) and Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the then ruler of Bahrain with Dr. Louis P Dame. The Mason Memorial and the Marion Wells Thoms Memorial hospitals became known to the locals as the American Mission Hospital. Here is the staff of both hospitals, in 1935, with Dr. Dame. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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There are few factors that come into play when searching for a great getaway – good food, great company and a fantastic location. Situated in the serene and picturesque district of Sakhir, Al Areen Palace and Spa by Accor has earned a reputation for being a safe haven away from the busy city. Bill Grieve recently stayed at the stunning property for a weekend getaway and describes his staycation experience at what is easily one of Bahrain’s leading resorts.

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l Areen Palace and Spa by Accor is situated outside of the hustle and bustle of any of the built-up areas in Bahrain, with 78 luxury villas positioned on over 131,000 square meters of pristine grounds. What makes the property even more special is the fact that it has a unique rain forest area and an ice igloo system apart from an expansive spa area that spans over 10,000 sqm. Driving the roughly 30 km from Manama to the resort is on double highway almost all the way, convenient and picturesque to say the least with the final approach being a wonderful winding, wide and open road that brings you right to the reception of the Al Areen Palace and Spa. Conveniently situated at the entrance, their covered parking ensures that cars are kept cool and shaded while security ensures the safety of all guests and vehicles at the property. From

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the time of arrival until the time of departure, the courteous and highly professional team sees to guests’ every need. Considering how expansive the property is, we were delighted to learn that an efficient shuttle service using golf caddies is at visitors and guest’s beck and call. These caddies transported us as and when needed – a turnkey service, door-to-door and on call as required. The majestic villas are offered in several categories, all having total seclusion by virtue of high walls and positioning along with incredible heated swimming pools and bedroom door front interlinking Jacuzzis. Visitors can opt for a One-Bedroom Desert Villa, Family Desert Villa, Two-Bedroom Royal Villa and Three-Bedroom Premium Villa. All the villas are self-contained with plush interiors, high quality furniture, crisp fresh

linen, and bedding, room-by-room Bose sound systems, flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, and a fridge. The bathrooms are incredible and spacious, and all villas offer a wonderful warm water outdoor shower to wash off under after enjoying a swim in the pool or relaxing lounge in the jacuzzi. The property’s attention to detail makes each villa truly luxurious! Inside the complex and surrounded by the high walls of the villas, secluded from everything except the sounds of birds it feels somewhat reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles in France, colloquially known as the ‘Château of Versailles’. Located out in the country, this was where Marie Antoinette gave her finest demonstration of Noblesse Oblige by splurging out in an almost untold fashion and creating a place of opulence and luxury for her and the French aristocracy who she surrounded herself with. www.bahrainthismonth.com


lifestyle Inside the villa walls the feeling of seclusion is total and wonderful. It is so great, in fact, that it makes you feel totally isolated so you may relax in total privacy and they deliver food too… excellent!

The Al Areen Palace ‘Live Your Life SPA’ The luxury and pampering offered at the Al Areen SPA is mind blowing. It is as advertised “a sanctuary for complete relaxation and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul”, and is aligned with a luxury state of the art gym too. The SPA offers Remedy and Massage Therapy, Body Massages, Facial Treatments, Aromatherapy Baths including milk, rose and milky chocolate baths as well as a range of SPA treatments including a luxury Moroccan Bath. The gym is well equipped with top of the range equipment and facilities, and offers a variety of classes including spinning, yoga, Zumba, circuit training, cardio mix, abs and aga dancing too. The Momento Restaurant – A Diner’s Delight Situated right in the heart of the villa complex on a scenic lake front, Momento Restaurant is exquisitely beautiful at night. It offers outstanding dining both indoors and outside and delivers to the villas as well. The culinary concept is inspired by the very best of Mediterranean cuisine and culture with the food philosophy is based on Sol, Tierra and Fuego which is an inspiration from the three elements (Sea, Land and Fire). The restaurant blends traditional and modern cooking techniques utilising fresh costal and local ingredients. The creamy Risotto al Funghi is to die for. We also tucked into the Naomi Lamb which is succulent and a culinary festival to the taste buds, as is every dish on the menu. Each item is usually presented with a selection of fine fresh warm breads that are an absolute treat.

Don’t forget to take a big cooler box or two full of your favourite beverages with you!

Needless to say, we had a fantastic time at this spectacular property. If you’d like to plan your getaway, be sure to visit www.alareenpalace.com. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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The Big Night Out at the British Club The

British Club held a Big Night Out with Britain’s Got Talent’s 2022 runner up, James and Chuck – a ventriloquist act, as well as musicians Zac Black and Bruno.

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PURELY PERUVIAN

Peruvians are extremely passionate about their food and culture. This month, Farah Baig discovered the true pride that they take in their cuisine at the Kingdom’s most exciting pop-up restaurant, Inti at Four Seasons, located at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

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ith a multicultural flavour profile and numerous indigenous products, Peruvian cuisine is quite special. So just the thought of experiencing Bahrain’s first authentic Peruvian dining experience was truly exhilarating. Located in the dazzling firelit surroundings of the Hotel’s Azure pool, Inti at Four Seasons is a new nightly pop-up led by Peruvian Chef Yovani Guevara. As part of our experience, we were to dine on the degustation menu and a selection of vegetarian menu items on request. True Nikkei cuisine in the form of a colourful selection of ceviche was the opening act for the evening. The unique platter featured the freshest of seabass, one served traditionally cold in a leche de tigre marinade of lime and quintessentially Peruvian aji peppers and the other grilled, aside from a mushroom ceviche. Slices of torched sweet potato and the pungent flavour of red onion further elevated the ceviche. Next, we savoured the Salmon Tiradito – a kaleidoscope of colours, textures and flavours. The thinly sliced salmon, heat of the Aji peppers, fresh diced carrots and delicate crunch of grains offered surprising layers of flavour with spicy, sweet and tangy notes teasing our tastebuds in waves. Unlike ceviche, tiradito is sauced immediately before service, as opposed to marinated. A colourful bowl of Salmon followed beautifully combining fresh salmon roe, salmon tartar, smooth mashed potato and avocado. The smoothness of every ingredient presented full bodied flavours which worked well with the crisp seabass skin. It was at this point in our experience that we were able to truly appreciate the attention to detail and finesse of their plating as every dish was a work of art. Moving to the mains, the Anticucho Carne featured delicious skewers of tangy beef tenderloin served with a side of Peru’s choclo, large kernels of corn which were ever so slightly spicy – the perfect accompaniment for a protein like beef. These were embellished with more of the delectable Aji sauce. Interestingly enough, Peru is known internationally for being the world’s largest producer of the nutritious grain quinoa. Through Chef Yovani’s innovation, this ingredient was innovatively incorporated in the menu. As part of our mains, we enjoyed a sumptuous bowl of quinoa with decadent cheese, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. This was followed by a wholesome rice dish laden with calamari, scallops, prawns and an assortment of fresh vegetables. Ending our meal in a universal fashion, we tucked into the tres leche. Most people are quite familiar with this dessert but what made Inti’s approach to it so unique was the surprising element of crisp quinoa and tangy mango sorbet – just delightful. Melt-in-your-mouth luquma with dulce de leche, a dollop of ice cream and fresh fruit was a sensational finish to the evening’s dining adventure. Needless to say, Four Seasons’ impeccable service and Chef Yovani’s visionary approach to using Peruvian ingredients made this degustation experience one to remember. Inti at Four Seasons is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to midnight. For more information, call 17 115-500.

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Seafood Lovers, Rejoice! by Farah Baig

Being an island nation, it’s no surprise that a majority of Bahrain’s residents have an undying love for seafood. So, naturally, the Bahrain This Month team was overjoyed on hearing that Origin Kitchen and Culture, located on the sixth floor of Hilton Bahrain, was launching its weekly ‘What’s the Catch: Seafood Night’. Hilton Bahrain, located in the thriving district of Juffair, has quickly grown to be a favourite among residents and visitors alike. The hotel's attention to detail, warm hospitality and diverse gastronomical offerings are clear indicators of why the property has garnered a fan following. It comes as no surprise then that Hilton’s seafood night is curated to be a truly special experience. You realise you’re in for a treat as soon as you walk into Origin Kitchen and Culture, given the venue’s beautiful ambience with its ‘starlit’

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ceiling and rich aromas wafting from the kitchen. A chat with Executive Chef Ravneet Manchanda reveals that the culinary team aims to serve up the best of local catch to diners with nearly all the seafood being caught as early as 4am every Thursday. A vast majority of the seafood is local with the exception of a selection, such as lobster and salmon, which are not native to the Kingdom. Origin's live stations ensure that the selection of seafood is perfectly cooked according to guests’ preferences.

To whet our appetite, we tucked into a delicious bowl of Lobster Bisque followed by a selection of salads including a fresh mussel salad. The cured salmon, which was made in-house, was also quite delicious! Next, we headed straight to the sushi counter which had a fantastic selection of nigiri, maki and more. We found the crispy crab rolls, prawn tempura, spicy salmon roll and California maki to be particularly enticing. The freshness of the ingredients was evident and we appreciated the perfect balance of flavours.

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dining review With a choice of safi, sheri, mackerel, seabream, prawns and more we were truly spoiled for choice at the live cooking stations. Thankfully, the staff are quite friendly, attentive and knowledgeable and were able to make wellinformed recommendations so we didn’t have to struggle. We put together a plate of seabream, prawns, calamari, salmon and Omani lobster. While all the seafood was beautifully prepared, we had a special appreciation for the fried seabream which was impeccable: light, crisp and flavourful. One of the most interesting live stations at the Hilton’s seafood night has to be what we would describe as a ‘seafood carvery’. Two majestically large seabasses were roasted and served with a selection of 15 diverse relishes and sauces! These were carved for guests on demand.

were enticed by the sheer variety of hot and cold desserts. Keeping in mind that the seafood dinner is quite indulgent, the pastry team crafted desserts that are light without compromising on innovative flavours. So, you can safely go to town with the myriad options of seafood free from the fear that you’ll run out of space for dessert! Vanilla Crème Brulee, five flavours of ice cream, cheesecakes and other treats make the dessert section a true delight for anyone with a sweet tooth. Yet of all the delightful desserts spread before us, the chocolate mousse was truly the highlight of the evening. It has all the makings of a decadent dessert; with layers of rich chocolate and smooth mousse which packed a surprising crunch and full-bodied flavour. A close second was the pillowy-soft fruit cake which was frosted with indulgent cream.

A delightful almond mocktail, one of many incredible beverages, proved to be the perfect end to our experience. Live entertainment by renowned Bahraini singer May Alqasim on the night we visited, and the atmosphere of Origin Kitchen and Culture, further elevated the experience. Whether you›re celebrating an almost-weekend meal with loved ones or simply looking for a way to bring your family to the table at the same time, Hilton Bahrain’s Seafood Night will redefine your dining experience with the freshest local catch! Hilton’s Seafood Night takes place from 7pm to 10pm, and is priced at BD32 net inclusive of three selected house pour drinks, or BD25 inclusive of soft beverages. For more information, call 77 010-100.

Aside from the bountiful catch, the culinary team went above and beyond to create much-loved dishes from a diverse range of cuisines. We appreciated the Spanish, Thai, Indian, Arabic and European style cuisines among others. There were some fan favourites that truly tantalised our tastebuds including the Thai Red Curry, Paella, Amritsari Fried Fish, Fish with Tartar Sauce and Sauteed Prawns with Mediterranean Vegetables. Roasted vegetables aside from pickles and other preserves were the perfect accompaniment for the delectable seafood. After what was quite positively a feast, we

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Time Out to Dine Out!

As the festive season begins, the island’s outlets will be buzzing with food and beverage offers galore. Here’s a round-up of Bahrain’s five-star dining for the month of November.

A SPECTACULAR NIGHT OUT Gulf Hotel Bahrain is back with its famous Gulf Night Out, the most awaited pool side event. There’s exciting live entertainment, music by talented performers, a spectacular selection of food from a variety of live stations, and a chance to win prizes! The event will be staged on November 1, 15 and 22, priced at BD19 per person, BD17 for Prestige Club members, or BD15 for ladies. Prices are subject to applicable taxes. Call 17 713-000.

FOOTBALL FEVER Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain kicks off Vida Football Friday Brunches. Lively atmosphere, amazing food with exciting energy and live beats awaits you at Origins Restaurant on Friday, November 25, December 2, and December 9, from 1pm – 4pm. Experience unique exotic

flavours priced at BD28, inclusive of soft beverages, or BD34, inclusive of selected beverages. Kids between six to 12 years dine at BD14. Guests can also knock back some cocktails from a special selection of Vida’s premium beverages menu Call 77 488-100.

A THANKSGIVING FEAST InterContinental Regency Bahrain has come up with an irresistible offer where you can leave the cooking to the chefs this Thanksgiving. Enjoy all your holiday favourites including stuffed turkey, green beans with almonds, pumpkin pies, carved roast beef and ham, salads, side dishes, desserts and more, at the Regency Tent, on Thursday, November 24, from 6pm – 10.30pm. The feast is priced at BD22, with soft drinks, BD28, with grape and beverages, or BD31 with spirits. Reservations required. Call 17 227-777.

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MEATY DELIGHT Downtown Rotana presents Butchers Board Friday Brunch from 12.30pm – 4pm every Friday at its stylish outlet, Flavours on 2. The delectable menu is priced at BD24, or BD35, including selected beverages. Call 13 119-999.

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PERUVIAN POP-UP Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay introduces the new Peruvian pop-up, Inti – an elevated al fresco dining experience among lush gardens. Inti invites you to a new immersive culinary journey among the swaying palm trees at Azure Pool, with exquisite à la carte and degustation menus by the hotel’s Peruvian Chef Yovani Guevara, starting November 9 onwards, from Wednesday to Saturday, from 7pm – midnight. Chef Yovani’s pop-up dishes narrate not only the flavours but the tales of one of the world’s most storied cuisines. Her fresh, delicate ceviche vies with its unmarinated Japanese-Peruvian alternative, tiradito, and then there are succulent anticucho, Incan empire meat skewers ending with the sweet final chapter of clásico, a dreamy, colourful cream and purple dessert of mazamorra and rice pudding. Call 17 115-500.

TANTALISING TURKISH FLAVOURS It’s a celebration of Turkish cuisine at Baharat Restaurant every Friday, from 7pm - 11pm at Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain. Enjoy authentic Turkish delicacies for BD19 per person with soft beverages, or BD29 per person with selected beverages. Advance table reservations are required. Call 17 171-441 or WhatsApp 38 885-841

AN ITALIAN AFFAIR La Mosaique Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain presents L’Italia A Tavola, an experience of true Italian flavours every Tuesday, from 7pm – 11pm. Guests can enjoy the live cooking of pasta in different flavours alongside with tasty dishes for BD18, inclusive of soft drinks. Call 17 531-122 or 39 920-163

SMOOTH AS SHERRY Salero Bahrain, the best spot to enjoy Spanish dishes like paellas and tapas, at The Westin City Centre Bahrain will be the outlet for Sherry Week, from November 7 – 12. International Sherry Week is an annual festival that brings together the vibrant worldwide community of Sherry-lovers. Join in for a three-course sherry experience for BD15 per person. (Closed Sundays) Reservation required. Call 17 171-300. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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SUSHI SPLENDOUR It’s Infinite Sushi Night every Wednesday from 5pm till late at Teatro, Downtown Rotana’s chic outlet. Guests can enjoy a range of sushi for BD19, or BD29, inclusive of selected beverages. Call 13 119-999.

A SWIRLING GOOD TIME Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain sets the stage for Cheese & Grape Night every Saturday, from 7pm – 11pm at The Bistro by Origins. Pair your choice of bubbly with your premium favorite cheeses along with live music for maximum indulgence, priced at BD19 onwards. Call 77 488-100. 60 November 2022

THANKSGIVING TIME Celebrate Thanksgiving with a sumptuous brunch at Harvesters and La Mosaique in a beautiful set up, located at Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Enjoy a delicious selection of festive dishes such as roast turkey with cranberry sauce, beef stew, mac and cheese, pumpkin tart and more, priced at BD34, on Friday, November 25, from noon – midnight. Call 17 531-122 or 39 920-163

ENDLESS SHRIMPS InterContinental Regency Bahrain has a special treat for shrimp lovers. Guests are invited to roll up their sleeves and indulge in a delicious variety of shrimps. Eat all you can from the crave-worthy shrimp offerings exclusively at Elements at the hotel, from 6.30pm – 10pm, priced at BD18. Call 17 227-777. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Bahrain India Society Business Networking Luncheon Bahrain India

Society held a business networking luncheon at Gulf Hotel Bahrain featuring guest speaker ALBA CEO, Ali Al Baqali.

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MAMBO ITALIANO Furn Bistro presents Ciao Belli Aperitivo for lovers of Italian food. Every Tuesday, from 6pm - 9pm, savour an Italian fourcourse set menu paired with grape and cocktails, priced at BD25 per person, inclusive of a selected beverage, or BD17 inclusive of soft beverage and mocktails. Call 17 171-000.

PRIVATE DINING PRIVILEGE Da Rosa, at Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area Bahrain, offers you a private buffetstyle service in a venue of your choice at the hotel. Guests can choose the buffet setting in the restaurant, starting from BD8 per person, in a private venue for BD10 per person, or in a penthouse for BD18 per person. There will be a choice of five cuisines to choose from: Asian, Arabic, International, Indian and Italian. A minimum of 15 guests are required for the reservations, which are subject to availability. Terms and Conditions applicable. Call 33 621-016 or 16 161-840

FOR THE LOVE OF LEBANESE Zahle at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain will be gearing up for a Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival from November 16 – 26. Get ready for some eventful evenings at the venue, with renowned Lebanese singer Assi Bitar and the Dabke Band straight from Lebanon, including folkloric music and dancers. Indulge in the special set menu put together by the talented team, consisting of all authentic Lebanese cuisine. Call 17 713-000. 62 November 2022

TREASURES OF THE SEA From September 28 onwards, Golden Tulip is the place to head to for Seafood Night every Wednesday, from 7pm – 10.30pm. Along with the best catch from the oceans, guests can enjoy live entertainment, all for BD18, with soft beverages, or, BD25, with selected beverages. Call 17 535-000 or 39 995-182/42 www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Tea with the Principal Canadian School Bahrain invited guests to

enjoy tea with the Principal at its campus in Diyar Al Muharraq. During the event, guests were given a tour of the school campus and briefed on the school’s unique BC Curriculum.

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First Arab International Cybersecurity Summit

A press meet was held at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay to announce the first Arab International Cybersecurity Summit which will be held under the patronage of the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa from December 6 to December 8. The event is expected to attract thousands of visitors and exhibitors from around the world. Faalyat’s collaboration with The Arab International Cybersecurity Summit reinforces the importance of keeping Bahrain safe and secure from the growing threat of cybercrime.

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MAGIC MONEY

Pria Masson talks about the lifeblood of the economy and any organisation – money.

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his weekend, I participated in Confluence – an exhibition where art and words combine. It’s not a connection easily made. In the exhibition there was one painting of a dolphin made with an array of dots which when seen from a distance it almost seemed printed. Yet, each individual dot, in the right place, is what made the picture of the dolphin so beautiful. It got me thinking about how we have become so accustomed to looking at everything from afar, that the dots and systems that make sure things look the way they do – are forgotten. So, this month’s article is all about connecting those very dots. And what is the connector? Money. Money is the lifeblood of any organisation. You need money to flow to be able to sustain your business. When there is a shortfall, you need to be able to request outside sources for an additional amount. Every business transaction , is related to money and involves the movement of money. Fintech and blockchain are entirely new systems in the way people interact with money. Entrepreneurs are finding ways to make and recover payments as smooth www.bahrainthismonth.com

and convenient as possible – with the main aim of minimising the risk elements between the process of delivery of goods and services and receipt of payments of the same. One would think then, that the more money there is in the system, the better it will be. Sort of like the Keynesian theory of “dig trenches and fill them up” as a solution for unemployment. Only, now it would be “print money and solve problems”. However, why don’t governments do that? Because money, is a commodity. Not just that, it is a common commodity used to determine the relative value of every other product and service. If, there is too much of money, the paper value of everything goes up to an extreme point where money is left as “paper value”. That, in very simple terms – is inflation. A healthy body needs a balance, as does a healthy economic system. You need money or liquidity, that is enough to keep things moving. If it falls short, systems stop working. If it’s too high, systems stop to have meaning. Scarcity, at some end, is a requirement. Similarly, for businesses, problems are a requirement and

they create a balance and a goal. If there are no problems to solve, why do businesses even exist? So, the next time that you feel economic problems can be solved by printing money, or that your business would be so peaceful if no problems existed, stop and think. Money seems like it can make everything easier – and it can. But, money by itself, has no meaning. Its meaning is derived from a system. And you, as well as your business, are a part of that larger system. To access that system, you need to match the criteria laid out to create scarcity. Without scarcity, we would not need money to equalise value. Money can be magical. You just have to know, and recall, how its magic really works. 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.gmiadvisory. com/ to connect with her. You can follow Pria at her Instagram handle @guide­_my_idea. November 2022 65


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CAMPAIGN TO BOOST DIGITAL FRAUD AWARENESS IN BAHRAIN The Corporate Communication and Marketing Committee under the umbrella of the Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB) held a meeting at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) headquarters to discuss the executive plan of a national campaign to raise awareness of the various digital fraud targeting customers of financial and banking institutions. The campaign will be launched in partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain, Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Anti-Corruption Economic and Electronic Security, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and members of the association in the financial sector. CEO of BAB, Dr. Waheed Al Qassim, says: “The national campaign plays an important

role in keeping the Kingdom of Bahrain among the developed nations in the field of cybersecurity as a crucial pillar for progress in the development of digital banking services.” Corporate Communications and Marketing Committee Deputy Head, Nadera Abuali said: “Fraudsters are constantly developing their techniques which requires us to step up efforts to raise awareness of these techniques. Our aim is to educate customers on the importance of maintaining their data security and what action to take should they be subjected to a fraud attempt.” Further details on the national campaign will be shared in due course.

BIC ICT AND DIGITISATION SENIOR MANAGER RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NOMINATION Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) ICT and Digitisation Senior Manager, Khalifa Al Ansari, has been honoured with a prestigious nomination at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation. The event was organised by the International Group for Artificial Intelligence and UAE company Global Enterprise Channel (GEC) and held as part of The World CIO 200 Summit, Bahrain Edition, at The ART Hotel and Resort. The event was held under the patronage of the First Deputy President of the

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the General Sports Authority and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Through the conference, Mr. Al Ansari was honoured in the category of distinguished IT managers who led different digital transformation projects. The nomination was based on an evaluation of different projects and achievements during his career which have contributed to digital transformation.

FINANCIAL CYBERTHREATS TARGETING BAHRAIN BUSINESSES DROP BY 52 PERCENT Kaspersky’s recent Financial Cyberthreats report has stated that attacks are becoming increasingly corporate rather than consumer focused. According to Kaspersky Security Network, financial threat detections targeting businesses were growing in the Middle East in Q2 2022. Financial phishing aimed at organisations also stay high. Business-related financial threat detections increased nearly fourfold in the Middle East in Q2 – by 286 percent compared to the previous quarter. These detections are specific to Banking Trojans, which is a malware commonly used to steal data stored or processed through online banking systems, e-payment systems and plastic card systems. 66 November 2022

As for Bahrain, it saw a decrease by 52 percent in Q2 of 2022 compared the Q1 of the same year. Financial threats targeting businesses in Saudi Arabia and Qatar also witnessed a decrease in the same type of threats. According to the Kaspersky telemetry, in the first half of 2022, a total of 99,155 financial phishing attacks aimed at organisations were detected and blocked by Kaspersky solutions in Bahrain. Majority of them (82 percent) were targeting banks, while 10 percent were for online shopping outlets, and 8 percent were against payment systems such as PayPal, ApplePay and others in the country. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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KFH SHARES COMMENCE TRADING ON BAHRAIN BOURSE Bahrain Bourse has announced the crosslisting and commencement of trading of Kuwait-based Kuwait Finance House K.S.C.P., under the trading symbol ‘KFH’ in the regular market. KFH Shares will be traded in USD on Bahrain Bourse in accordance with market procedures, and will be classified under the Non-Bahraini Companies Sector. Following this announcement, the total number of listed companies at Bahrain Bourse now stands at 43. Kuwait Finance House is licensed by the Central Bank of Kuwait as a locally incorporated bank operating as an Islamic bank and provides a wide range of banking Shari’a compliant products and services. KFH was established in 1977, and was listed on Boursa Kuwait in 1984. The authorised share capital of KFH is KWD

1.35 billion divided amongst 13,309,448,363 shares with a nominal par value of KWD 0.100 per share. To commemorate the commencement of trading of KFH shares, a ringing bell ceremony was held in the presence of Minister of Industry and Commerce & Minister in Charge of Bahrain Bourse, HE Zayed R. Alzayani, and Chairman of Kuwait Finance House (KFH), Hamad Abdulmohsen Al Marzouq and executive management of KFH along with CEOs of listed companies, representatives from the CBB, Board Members, and executive management of Bahrain Bourse.

PAVILION RENEWABLES SIGNS MOU WITH OAK Pavilion Renewables, part of the Pavilion Group, a global provider of Renewable Energy Solutions, Water Treatment and Decarbonisation, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Agreement) with OAK Energy & Infrastructure Solutions (OAK), a multinational technologist headquartered in Bahrain. OAK delivers step-change Oil & Gas Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Technologies and services to both the Public and Private sectors. The agreement brings together Pavilion Renewables, which operates under the umbrella of Pavilion Group and OAK Energy & Infrastructure Solutions, a member of OAK Group Holdings, to jointly work to enhance the delivery capabilities for Waste-to-Energy Solutions. The agreement falls within a wider framework of both parties’ commitment in support of the objectives of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 with both local and www.bahrainthismonth.com

BATELCO’S SUBSIDIARY SURE TO ACQUIRE AIRTEL-VODAFONE Batelco (Ticker: BATELCO), announced that its subsidiary Sure has agreed to buy Airtel-Vodafone - a mobile network provider located in Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The merger will trigger significant investment in the Islands’ digital infrastructure including the introduction of the latest 5G technology to the islands.

international projects, which aims to offer meaningful and profitable diversification options in support of National Policy Plans and programmes in this region for the transition from oil-based economies to economic and social development strategies in compliance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, in alignment with Global Nett Zero Carbon Emissions strategies.

Sure is investing in building high-quality mobile networks which will improve coverage and complements Sure’s fiber networks. The merger supports Sure’s strategy to grow in scale and scope, in line with Batelco’s international investments aspirations. Batelco CEO, Mikkel Vinter, says: “As part of our International Investments strategy, we continuously seek out opportunities for the growth and development of our overseas businesses. Sure has continued to deliver strong performance, and the merger with Airtel-Vodafone supports the ambition to grow its mobile networks and deliver new and enhanced digital services for its customers.” The proposed merger is subject to regulatory approval in both: Guernsey and Jersey. November 2022 67



SAFE AND SOUND

motoring

Road safety continues to be one of the hottest topics in the motoring industry today, with numerous marques committing to goals including zero fatalities in their cars by the end of the decade. Kristian Harrison examines the latest safety technology and speculates how much further it might go in the coming years.

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t seems incredible to believe that it was only 39 years ago when seatbelts were made compulsory for drivers and front-seat passengers by UK lawmakers, and just 31 years for rear passengers.

facilitation’, a mouthful in more ways than one as it requires the driver to blow into an in-car breathalyser before starting the car. If the driver’s alcohol level is too high, the car simply won’t start.

Now it doesn’t even register when we climb into our cars; grabbing the belt and shoving it into the buckle is as passive and secondnature as breathing. Ultimately though, they are the bare minimum when it comes to safety.

Initially, this will only be required for drivers who already have a pre-existing drink driving conviction, but it’s hard to believe it won’t become a blanket requirement in the not-toodistant future.

Fast-forward to 2022, and reading the press material or reviews of any new vehicle will result in you being hit with a barrage of sensors, buttons, features and devices all aimed at reassuring motorists and their passengers that they will be as safe as physically possible.

The second feature is the more kindly named ‘intelligent speed assistance’. This uses GPS as well as a built-in sign recognition system to detect if the car is going over the speed limit. If it is, the system will warn the driver and automatically slow down the car. However, the driver will be able to override this by pushing on the accelerator pedal.

Two innovations, ratified by the European Council and now mandatory for all new cars sold in the EU as of this year, are targeting the heart of the two greatest killers on the roads: drink driving and speeding. The first is the ‘alcohol interlock installation

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Whether these new technologies work as intended (you could always ask someone else to breathe into the device for you, for example) remains to be seen, but the EC wants to cut

the number of deaths on EU roads by half (down to 10,500) by 2030. While current safety features are refined constantly, it’s a case of diminishing returns over the years as eventually they become so perfected and accurate that there is only the most minor room for error and attention shifts to new tools. Indeed, it is fun to speculate what might become standard over the next decade or so and, like with seatbelts, we might look back and wonder in amazement: “Why weren’t they around much earlier?” Take airbags for example. They’re fitted in every car now, but what about external airbags? Manufacturers are now looking at ways to use the same idea to help protect pedestrians and animals who may collide with vehicles by fitting airbags externally. Whatever technologies come to fruition in the future, let’s hope that we continue to drive the numbers of fatalities and casualties on our roads down.

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 Powertrain Receives Accolade The powertrain on Hyundai’s all-electric IONIQ 5 was named one of the ‘2022 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems’. The annual awards recognise compelling powertrain advancements that are all-new, or significantly improved. The IONIQ 5 was selected for its performance, charging capability, range and price. Hyundai has earned fifteen ‘Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems’ recognitions since the awards’ annual inception in 1995. “With the introduction of our new E-GMP platform, the IONIQ 5 created new advancements in the automotive powertrain world with ultra-fast charging and Vehicle to Load two-way on-board charging,” said Director of

Electrified Propulsion Development at Hyundai America Technical Center Inc., Byungho Lee. According to WardsAuto Judge Drew Winter: “The IONIQ 5 redefines the modern vehicle, not only from the propulsion standpoint. The car creates a new, roomy interior space by taking advantage of all the things an EV platform doesn’t have.” The competition recognises outstanding powertrain achievement and powertrain teams for their ability to dial up more power, more torque and better efficiency. This year, 29 entries were competing for the prestigious recognition.

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ROLLS-ROYCE’S FULLY-ELECTRIC SPECTRE UNVEILED In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. In September 2021, Rolls-Royce confirmed that it had commenced testing of Spectre, the first Rolls-Royce to be conceived and engineered as an electric car. The transformative motor car will go through an exhaustive testing programme - a journey of more than 2.5 million kilometres, simulating more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce. In unveiling Spectre, Rolls-Royce sets a new precedent in the creation of an entirely original class of motor car; the Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé. On its completion in 2023, Spectre will represent a prophecy fulfilled. For the first time on a series production Rolls-Royce, Spectre is available with Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’ and a nameplate surrounded by a cluster of over 5,500 stars. Spectre is also equipped with SPIRIT which will manage the motor car’s functions, while being integrated into the marque’s Whispers application, allowing clients to interact with their car remotely. Spectre is available for commission immediately, with first client deliveries commencing in Q4 2023. Rolls-Royce has also confirmed that by the end of 2030 its entire product portfolio will be fully electric. 70 November 2022

One of the world’s leading automakers, Stellantis, has appointed a new Group Managing Director for the Middle East. Frano Šušnjara will lead the company’s continued growth in the region, and support its aims to become the industry leader in climate change. The new appointment comes just weeks after Stellantis unveiled its Dare Forward 2030 strategy for Middle East and Africa (MEA) which includes leading the energy transition in the region with 100 percent of Stellantis product portfolio electrified by 2025; moving from 25 percent to over 70 percent regional production autonomy; and a total regional industrial capacity of one million vehicles per year by 2030. With almost two decades of experience in the automotive industry gained across major international markets, Šušnjara was previously Managing Director responsible for overseas territories for Stellantis. His industry experience - which includes roles in Europe, Asia and South America - spans sales, marketing, fleet, importing and network management. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA EXPANDS MIDDLE EAST PRESENCE Luxury Italian carmaker, Automobili Pininfarina, has appointed Nine Motors as its official retail partner in Saudi Arabia, further expanding its presence in the GCC. A subsidiary of The Leading Holding Co. (TLHC), Nine Motors will be responsible for the sales and service of Automobili Pininfarina’s award-winning Battista. The pure-electric hyper GT is making its first visit to the region in November for clients to experience first-hand. Automobili Pininfarina now has two retail partners

across the GCC, as it builds upon a highly successful previous year for the brand. In summer 2021, the ultra-exclusive Battista Anniversario made its physical world premiere during the famous Monterey Car Week. Following this year’s event, the first cars crafted for clients in North America were delivered to their new owners, marking another significant milestone. Each pure-electric Battista hyper GT – the most

powerful Italian car ever made – is crafted over more than 1,250 hours per piece in Cambiano, northern Italy. Producing 1,900 PS and 2,340 Nm of torque, no more than 150 examples of the Battista will be commissioned and handcrafted for customers worldwide. With a total of 128 million interior combinations alone, the new hyper GT promises new levels of bespoke tailoring, and Nine Motors will assist clients as they personalise the Battista to suit their individual taste.

THE NEW BMW M2 The debut of the new BMW M2 marks another highlight event in the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of BMW M GmbH. The Middle East and worldwide launch of the new BMW M2 will get underway in April 2023. The BMW M2 will be built alongside the new BMW 2 Series Coupé at the BMW Group’s San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico. With its 338 kW/460 hp six-cylinder in-line engine, the second generation of the compact high-performance sports car promises unmatched driving pleasure. The engine’s power is relayed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic as standard. The new BMW M2 completes the sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 4.1 seconds with the eightspeed M Steptronic transmission and in 4.3 seconds when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox. It is capable of powering from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 13.5 seconds. Compact dimensions together with powertrain and chassis technology adapted from the BMW M3/BMW M4 are at the heart of a vehicle concept that endows the new edition of the two-door model with beguiling agility and handling that remain easily controllable even as the driver explores the car’s limits. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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Streaming Television/Films Luckiest Girl Alive

Mila Kunis leads the cast for this new Netflix thriller. Compared to and akin to ‘Gone Girl’, it tells the tale of a writer’s perfectly crafted New York City life which starts to unravel when a true-crime documentary forces her to confront her harrowing high school history.

Kristian Harrison takes us through some of the latest movies and series on the most popular streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.

Enola Holmes 2

Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill are back. Now a detective-for-hire like her infamous brother, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends – and Sherlock himself – to unravel.

The Crown (Season 5)

Featuring the third and final cast change, this season will bring the maturing Queen’s reign through the 1990s and will cover the tenures of prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair. Events anticipated include the dissolution of Charles and Diana’s marriage and Diana’s death.

Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes

The Evan Peters limited series ‘Dahmer’ has already broken records for Netflix in its first two weeks. Suppose you want to delve further into the depths. In that case, check out this companion documentary from Joe Berlinger which features new exclusive interviews never heard before including Dahmer confessing to his gruesome crimes and offering further insight into his tortured mind. 72 November 2022

Blockbuster

This is a series about the retail store Blockbuster, which ironically was arguably put out of business by Netflix. This new comedy series is set in the last remaining Blockbuster store doing everything to keep its lights on.

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Run Sweetheart Run

In this spine-tingling thriller, hard-working single mother Cherie (Ella Balinska) is reluctant to get back into the dating scene, but finally agrees to do so after her co-workers spur her on, leading her boss to set her up with charismatic businessman Ethan (Pilou Asbæk). Though initially nervous, Cherie is swept off her feet by his charm and magnetism, that is, until he shows his true evil and violent nature.

Women in Taipei

I-Shan, a girl from Tainan, longs to go to Taipei. With a stroke of luck, she manages to find room to stay at her aunt’s apartment in Taipei, and begins to work hard. Frustrations arise as she finds no luck with her interviews and is then framed by her colleague. When a quarrel forces her out of her aunt’s apartment, I-Shan realises that she is still an outsider in Taipei.

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The Peripheral

Based on William Gibson’s 2014 mystery-thriller novel of the same name, The Peripheral is a sci-fi series starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Flynne Fisher, a woman who is doing her best to hold her broken family together whilst living in a forgotten corner of an alternate version of United States of America set slightly in the future. The Peripheral is a gripping, mind-bending, and surreal look at the potential future of humanity and the possibilities of what darkness might lie ahead.

Save Our Squad with David Beckham

This is a heart-warming series that sees David Beckham return to his East London roots to mentor Westward Boys, a young, grassroots team who are at the bottom of their league, facing relegation. However, this isn’t just any league… this is the same league that David played in as a young boy. Working with the head coaches, he’ll try to turn the team’s fortunes around.

Werewolf by Night

On a dark and sombre night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic – a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

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Road to Awareness Charity Event LesMills The Ritz-Carlton,Bahrain and Al Haddad Group,

along with the Royal Beach Club, held a Road to Awareness Charity Event LesMills to support the UNICEF Road to Awareness Campaign which helps provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for children and families across Africa and the Middle East.

Bahrain Film Festival Under the patronage of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and

Antiquities, the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Bahrain Film Festival was held at Seef Mall.

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Tanatan Diwali Tanatan Bahrain held a Grand Diwali Celebration with live chaat and Jalebi counters aside from exciting live entertainment, henna and more to delight guests.

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Premier, Boulevard and Park Regis Lotus Hotel Party

A staff party was held by members of the hotels’ teams to celebrate their achievements and spread goodwill.

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websites With so many websites to choose from, how do you figure out which one is worth your time? Kristian Harrison shares his top picks. skribbl.io

Skribbl is a free multiplayer drawing and guessing game which you can play with your friends, family or with people across the globe. Even if you are not a Pictionary enthusiast, this game will still make you roll on the floor laughing.

stars.chromeexperiments.com

100,000 Stars provides a stunning look at the stars that are relatively close to Earth. Using your mouse or trackpad, you can zoom in and out to explore The Milky Way and surrounding galaxies.

honestslogans.com

Just as the title says, this website is a hilarious collection of hundreds of brands and their slogans re-imagined. While brands make their own efforts of marketing with slogans, this is a playful take on them that will have you in stitches on your lunch break.

typingclub.com

If you ever get tired of your two-finger keyboard pecking someday and may have some extra time on your plate, then do give touch typing a try. Not only will you learn the professional way of typing by building your muscle memory, but you will also discover how addictive touch typing is.

Cocoluna Ladies Night Launch

Cocoluna, at the Hilton Bahrain located in Juffair, held the ‘Girl of Now Ladies Night Launch’ in collaboration with Elie Saab. During the event, Guests enjoyed a night of fantastic entertainment which included a live DJ and surprises from Elie Saab.

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GAMES

VERDICT:

A frenetic multiplayer mash-up

RATING:

WHAT IS IT?

Overwatch 2 is a first-person shooter by Blizzard Entertainment. As a sequel to 2016’s Overwatch, the game intends a shared environment for player-versus-player (PvP) modes while introducing persistent cooperative modes. A major change in PvP modes was to reduce team sizes from six to five, which required several characters to be reworked.

GAMEPLAY

The game is a hero shooter, where players are split into two teams and select a ‘hero’ from a roster of 35 characters. Characters are organised into a ‘damage’ class, responsible for offensive efforts; a ‘support’ class, responsible for healing and buffing; and a ‘tank’ class, responsible for the team’s protection. Damage heroes now have an increased movement speed and Support heroes slowly regenerate, while Tank characters are more offensive.

GRAPHICS

The new maps are all well put together, with the traditional mix of winding streets and tight choke points that Blizzard has always implemented effectively into its arenas. They are all lovingly crafted, with art and sound working in harmony to create little details that build into charm-filled wholes.

VALKYRIE ELYSIUM

Long ago, Ragnarok – the End Times – loomed upon the realms. The All-Father, with the last of his strength, created an emissary of redemption; her sole task the salvation of a doomed world. And thence began the tale of a new Valkyrie. This action-RPG combines an evocative world inspired by Norse mythology, thrillingly fast-paced combat and stunning audio-visual presentation.

NO MORE HEROES III

No More Heroes III follows the otaku assassin Travis Touchdown as he takes up his trusty beam katana once more and slashes his way through ten of the deadliest fighters in the galaxy. Rack up combos and dispose of your foes in style in this hack-and-slash thriller.

NHL 23

NHL 23 is an ice hockey game and the 32nd to be released in the series. The game features women in its Ultimate Team mode for the first time while the main additions to gameplay are ‘desperation shots’ that can be pulled off as players stumble to the ice, as well as enhanced goalie AI and updated power play strategies. The presentation has also been upgraded with an improved arena atmosphere, including a brand-new hattrick animation.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava Born out of jam sessions where the band went into the studio with no preconceived notions other than preselected tunings and rhythms, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard prove yet again that they haven’t run out of ideas even after releasing more records per year than most bands do in a lifetime. It’s definitely not as directed as some of their concept albums; the main point seems to be getting loose and loud while delving into the vagaries of nature and their standby concern: global catastrophe.

Bush

Björk Fossora Verdict:

Another certified success from the icon.

What’s the story? Fossora was partially inspired by the 2018 death of Björk’s mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir; the songs ‘Sorrowful Soil’ and ‘Ancestress’ are about her, as well as how Björk dealt with her grief. The album was conceptualised during the COVID-19 lockdowns after Björk travelled to Iceland to record. Keeping with the album’s themes, its title is the ungrammatical feminine version of the Latin word for ‘digger’. The album features contributions from American singer Serpentwithfeet, Björk’s two children Sindri and Ísadóra, Indonesian dance duo Gabber Modus Operandi and bass clarinet sextet Murmuri.

Worth a listen? Björk’s tenth album is one of her best blends of the conceptual and the personal. Björk weaves these huge emotional milestones together into earthy, organic illustrations of the many kinds of love and how they’re expressed. On Fossora, love isn’t always soft: the album opener ‘Atopos’ shows Björk lamenting over jabbing beats, prodding clarinets and an army of backing vocals before concluding. On this soul-nourishing tour de force, her one-of-akind mix of innovation and emotion is as inspiring as it’s ever been over her decades-long career.

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The Art of Survival Launching a late-era surprise attack with the towering The Art of Survival, Bush haven’t sounded so vital and hungry since their 1990s heyday. Their best posthiatus offering to date, the aggressive set finds frontman Gavin Rossdale and bandmates Chris Traynor, Corey Britz, and Nik Hughes firing on full throttle with what might end up being Bush’s heaviest album ever. That passion stems from the all-too-real inspiration behind much of the lyrical content. Staring down climate disaster, the corrosion of women’s rights, widespread intolerance, and impending societal collapse, Rossdale channels his frustration and anxiety with the state of the planet with a heavy dose of anger.

Death Cab for Cutie

Asphalt Meadows For a group so deep into their careers, this album sounds surprisingly urgent and revitalised, like a band reborn against the tumultuous backdrop of the early 2020s. The standout title track pushes the urgency even further, riding a Radioheadesque undercurrent. Energetic highlights abound; this is classic Death Cab, balancing yearning and uncertainty with Gibbard’s typically evocative lyrics. With this album, the band is somehow managing to surprise fans with fresh directions and sounds yet unheard from this ever-reliable crew. November 2022 79


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Georgian Food Festival The Gulf Hotel Bahrain held a Georgian Food Festival at Al Waha Restaurant, showcasing traditional Georgian culinary delights, from Khinkali to Khachapuri and many more Georgian favourites. The festival was the first of its kind in Bahrain.

breakfast was held at Mleeta Restaurant at the Farmers Market in Hoorat Aali Rotary Breakfast Awithsocial rotarians, friends and family enjoying a delectable Bahraini breakfast.

Reopening of La Table Krug at The Ritz The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain General Manager, Bernard de Villele, invited members of the press to celebrate Food and Art with the grand reopening of La Table Krug by Y, the region’s first and only Krug Ambassade, headed by culinary innovator, Yann Bernard Lejard. The evening was held in collaboration with Bentley Bahrain and local fashion brand, Annada.

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November 2022 | Issue 235

Fashion The Best of Arab Fashion Week

LIFESTYLE An Outdoor Furnishing Wishlist

INTERVIEW Tamar Leek on Being Bahrain Barbie

BEAUTY Skincare and Beauty Essentials

In Her Shoes Supriya Reginald

OPINION Ouiam on Giving Kids Chores Eman Deabil on Personal Branding

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PEOPLE | interview

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Adliya’s busy Block 338 is known for its fantastic live entertainment scene. Tamar Leek, better known as Bahrain Barbie, has built a formidable fan base across the Kingdom and is one of the most popular performers in the area. She chats with Farrah Saville about her musical influences, experience recording an album and her love of Bahrain.

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PEOPLE | interview Where did your passion for music start? I've always loved music and performance. However, in the beginning, I didn't think I could sing and was always too shy. I remember being in assembly in school and watching a few of my male classmates perform some rock songs by No Doubt on stage. They asked me before their performance if I would sing with them, but I was too scared to; I was bullied, and didn't want the bullies to pick on me further. After I left education, I entered ‘BBC1 Dance X’ - a nationwide TV talent show in the UK. I had to sing and dance as part of my audition, so I just had to pluck up the courage and go for it. As it turns out, I could sing and ended up in the top 16 out of 20,000 people that entered nationwide! So, the first time I sang in front of anyone was on national TV… that was certainly one way to get over my fear! Then, last year, I got asked to perform at a popular tribute festival in Bahrain - 'Tribfest’. They wanted me to perform as Gwen Stefani with a No Doubt tribute band. It was the most amazing show and the best feeling being able to perform the same song I was too scared to perform in school in front of hundreds of people. I thought: "If only those bullies could see me now!” Which artist are you inspired by most? Strong females inspire me with their talent, creative ambition, and great sense of style. My three favourite female icons are Gwen Stefani, Grimes and Nadia Lee Cohen. Musically, I am inspired by the band Deftones; and if I could steal anyone's voice, it would be Lacy Sturm from Flyleaf or Christina Aguilera. Your band, Reveries, recently launched your album ‘Change in the Retrograde’ in Bahrain; how was it received, and how was the support from the local community? It was a beautiful, fantastic recording brought to life by 4th Street Recording! I went completely over the top and extra on the launch party, in my usual style. This album is very dear to me and so I wanted to give it the love and attention it deserved. I had giant banners, red carpet, coloured lighting displays, cupcakes, a videographer and photographer to capture every moment. I hired a fantastic live band of session musicians to play the record out, replacing my original Reveries band members for the evening, who all live in Los Angeles. Outside was a giant life-sized Barbie box that attendees could get inside and have photos in with paparazzi lights flashing. I wore a red H of H custom-made latex-boned Dita Von Teese gown, which she wore on the red carpet. It was five inches too small for me, so I had to have two strong helpers get me into it, and I had to be driven horizontally www.womanthismonth.com

to the gig! The night was packed with all my friends, fans and supporting musicians. I was inundated with love and it was the best night of my life. I felt very proud of what I had accomplished with Reveries, but mostly I was in awe of the huge response from Bahrain’s community. What is the process like to record an album? When I was recording in Los Angeles, my band-mates and I spent many long days writing. We would try to find a rhyming word for what feels like an eternity, find the right synth sound or instrument to record with, or repeat vocals over and over to get the perfect 'take' of a chorus line. Mixing the record has a fine art too. Usually, I start with a melody in my head or a few words that I want the song direction to go in, and then I start building the sounds around that. If it's a happy song, it can be from a place of euphoric nostalgia or a dream-like fantasy. If it's a sad or heartfelt song, it usually comes from a more personal and vulnerable place, like you are reading a page out of a poetic diary. One of the ways in which your performances stand out is through your costumes. Can you tell us a bit about that process? My fashion and style choices are often based around extravagance and avant-garde aesthetics. I love structure and colour, and I like to create monochromatic looks that resemble a doll in a box with synchronised fashion and accessories. I wear human hair wigs because I frequently want to change my hair colour to match my look, like a chameleon. I work with tailors to design my stage looks from scratch. The whole 'Bahrain Barbie' nickname came from people commenting on my aesthetic. I would go past people in the streets of Bahrain and they would yell at me "Barbie!', or ask to take a photo with me. I decided to capitalise on that interest I was getting, and brand myself online as 'Bahrain Barbie' following which my social media following grew rapidly along with my content.

Can you tell us a little more about your performance troupe Dollhouse and your shows? Dollhouse includes myself and my two fabulous friends from 'Jeff Fit' - Malwina Zawislak from Poland and Isis Conde from Mexico. Both Isis and Malwina are incredibly talented dancers and choreographers with a strong business sense and imagination. Isis has specialist skills in belly-dance and costume creation, and Malwina in hip-hop and acting. They are the backbone that creates the dynamic production trio with me. We design everything from the costumes to the props, to the choreography in meticulous detail. Our latest project is an Arabic Infusion show for a new nightclub in Adliya. It's a blend of Arabic and Western music, with elements of Middle Eastern-inspired costumes and props. It will be my first time singing in Arabic, so wish me luck! What are your thoughts on the live music scene in Bahrain? I love the community here. They are like family to me. There's less of that 'dog-eat dog' attitude you get when living in a bigger country or city. We are always trying to help each other, supporting artists and bands where we can. However, I do think that since COVID, there has been a decline in valuing artists in Bahrain. Musicians are often underpaid, under-resourced, and undersupported. In addition, they often work with bad sound systems, a lack of sound engineer support and poor equipment installed in the venues. If you’d like to keep up with Tamar, make sure to follow @BahrainBarbie, @DollhouseBahrain and @tamarmusicofficial.

How did you end up living in Bahrain and how long have you lived here for? I flew to Bahrain in January of 2018 on a singing contract for 'Hear and Now Entertainment’ as the band manager and lead singer in a five-piece British rock band. When my contract finished, I flew off to New Jersey to work on my EP, but ended up flying straight back to Bahrain as there is a beautiful community of musicians here that are very supportive. The island has magnetism! November 2022

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By Farah Baig The 21st Edition of Arab Fashion Week took place this October and featured the spectacular designs of 35 established and upcoming fashion designers. We share our favourite looks from the innovative event which stood out for their attention to detail, impeccable design and overall vision. Multi-national partners, designers and an array of international media and leaders flocked to Dubai, UAE for the Fall Winter 22/23 Haute Couture and Spring Summer 2023 Ready-to-Wear season of shows which took place at the 21st Edition of the Arab Fashion Week. The spectacular six-day event was held in strategic partnership between the Arab Fashion Council and Dubai Design District (d3) from October 10 to October 15. The Women’s Arab Fashion Week was divided into three calendars: Fall Winter 22/23 Haute Couture, Spring Summer 2023 Ready-toWear, as well as a series of curated events, staged in the city’s art and fashion pulse of

d3. The fashion shows featured 35 different designers, representing 22 countries. The new and emerging artists from the UAE, the region and further afield took to the runway showcasing phenomenal designs, fortifying Dubai’s presence as a global fashion hub and international reference for the entire industry. The week was headlined by the one-of-akind collaboration between the world’s most diverse doll, Barbie, and the Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji – the first Arab designer to work with the global icon. The Couture designers who showcased their

collections were Dorota Goldpoint (Poland); Stada Boutique (Romania); Rian Fernandez (Philippines); Maison Mada’en (UK-Jordan); Ilse Jara (Paraguay); Euphoria (UAE); All’s (Belarus); Ivan Young (Malaysia); Humariff (UAE; Maliche (UAE); Kel by Elena Kondratova (Ukraine); Pipatchara (Thailand); Mena Talal (Iraq); Lisa Ju (Indonesia); Erick Bendana (Nicaragua); and Ihab Jiryis (Palestine). The Ready-to-Wear designers included Lili Blanc (UAE); Poca & Poca (Poland); Yassmin Saleh (Lebanon); Vidhi Wadhwani (India); BHYPE (UAE); Emergency Room (Lebanon); Zardouz (Iran); Born in Exile (Libya); Louzan (UAE); and Slimi Studio (UAE).

Rian Fernandez

In a celebratory explosion of colour, embellishments and innovative techniques, Filipino designer Rian Fernandez ignites a new golden age. Known for his couture looks driven by a love for traditional Filipino artisanal craft, he once again constructs a wardrobe for a modern icon. Elaborate bodices, intricate weaving and sultry tassels embraced the female figure, cocooning the fall winter 2023 woman with the sort of unique flair Rian Fernandez is known for.

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Dorota Goldpoint

Polish designer Dorota Goldpoint took the audience at d3 on a journey through Poland's meadows and orchards via a calming palette. Soft, yet bold, she illustrated the feminine spirit of self-aware and ambitious women, channeling femaleicons of yesteryear such as Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, and Audrey Hepburn – all of whom achieved success in a male dominated world. www.womanthismonth.com


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Michael Cinco

Rising like the mythical phoenix in the desert, Dubai-based couturier Michael Cinco unleashed a fall winter 2023 couture collection like no other. The Filipino designer who makes red-carpet dreams come true with every artisanal stitch and swathe of satin, once again proved that Dubai is a couture epicenter. Inspired by the ancient history and culture of Egypt, Cinco built looks that were deeply-rooted in the civilisation’s architecture, aesthetic detail and ancient scriptures. Couture looks were envisaged as architectural masterpieces, lavish in elements from the past. The show dropped the mic with a modern Cleopatra and Mark Antony in full Egyptian regalia made by artisan hands.

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Erick Bendaña

One of Latin America’s most prominent designers, Erick Bendaña brought the majesty of the Nicaraguan rainforests to the Arabian shores. In a couture collection marked by meticulously placed flora and feather applique, as well as upbeat red carpet looks emblazoned with indigenous spirited motifs and his ‘Arte Pop’ prints, his ‘Celestial’ collection infused the catwalk with a sense of escapism.

Nihan Peker

Showing in Dubai marks a new chapter for Turkish label Nihan Peker to captivate the couture-loving market here. At Arab Fashion Week, her ‘Golden Age’ collection shined a spotlight on the sort of high-end craftsmanship made possible by Turkish artisans and the Eurasian country’s rich heritage.

Kel by Elena Kondratova

The Ukrainian brand that prides itself on having revolutionized wedding and evening fashion, comes to Arab Fashion Week in search of new retail markets due to the ongoing war. But the ongoing turmoil at home didn’t stop its designer Elena Kondratova from injecting d3 with a potent dose of side slits, plunging necklines and modern goth bride details. Made by Ukrainian seamstresses and tailors, the Kel made a splash at Arab Fashion Week with its intricate accessories – warrior princess face masks fashioned with chains, sequined crowns and veils that conjured the mystery of a bygone era and history’s fabled female icons.

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Zardouz

Iranian designer Mohammad Amin Pour Eskandarian’s everyday couture boutique in downtown Tehran visually conveys the everyday impact the Middle East’s crisis has on everyday life. At Arab Fashion Week, velvety, floor sweeping dresses fashioned with hoods and fanciful layers were crafted to facilitate a wide range of movement and activities. On an emotional note, the brand said that its embroidered sewing technique infuses each item with a tree-trunk feel, inspiring viewers here to contemplate the world, beyond the fashion industry.

Louzan

Silk abaya-inspired ensembles awash in a palette of Arabian sunset- to-sunrise colors, sashayed down the runway to the tune of heritage soundtrack. The simplicity of the abaya came to the fore, consciously enhanced with sartorial elements like trench collars, fringe details and innovative textiles and prints like polka dot and architectural tile motifs.

POCA & POCA

Frills, fringe, and feathers were the playful elements that made POCA & POCA’s spring summer “Joy” collection captivating in both spirit and design. Created by Karolina Gniewek-Lewicka and co-founder Wiktor Gniewek, the Polish-made brand infused the day-five roster with a palpable dose of levity with every ruffle. Largely inspired by 50s and 60s fashion, voluminous dresses, blouses with open backs, jumpsuits, and trousers reflected a contemporary, yet timeless new look for a girl who knows how to have fun. www.womanthismonth.com

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Yassmin Saleh

One would have to look closely to spot the tattooed motifs embedded within the Yassmin Saleh collection. A form of wearable art, the hand-designed artwork reflecting key issues of our time, has become the hallmark of the sister-duo behind the label. At Arab Fashion Week, eco-conscious goddess looks like flowing bohemian dresses and floorsweeping gowns adorned with organic prints conjured a sense of otherworldliness.

Death by Dolls

London-born, LA-educated Sara Al-Saud’s Death by Dolls runway injected the last day of shows with a Hollywood club vibe. The brand that has dressed megastars like Britney Spears and Beyonce returned to Arab Fashion Week with rule-breaking designs like barely-there bandeau tops and lingerie-inspired ensembles. A child of the punk 80s, Al-Saud continues to stand by her vibrant, bright colours, anything shiny and sparkly, intense textures, even among her more modest looks involving denim jackets and her hijabs.

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Stada Boutique

The Romanian designer behind Stada Boutique, who has also made a splash at New York and London fashion weeks, ushered in a new season of escapism and hope, with red carpet looks featuring a language of crystals, delicate embroidery, 40s era necklines and romantic capes – all of which are fit for a modern icon.

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Ilse Jara

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Designer Furne One brought his own light to the runway of d3 through an innovative couture display of darkness. His fall winter 22/23 couture runway show featured an all-black cast of looks characterised by other-worldly-handmade embellishments, -- calling to mind the romanticism of vintage Indian costumery. Turbans, capes, feathered shoulders, and molded armor served as the hallmarks of this collection that pushed conventional barriers.

Paraguay-born designer Ilse Jara’s showcased her sustainable ethos and upscale looks that explored the possibility of merging technological innovations with natural materials and traditional techniques. developing her own DNA through textures. Intrepid in jungle paradise shades of red and green, fan detailing and long swathes of silk plisse’, Ilse Jara had the last work on the runway of d3.

FIFTYMADE©

With an underground vibe and under the strobing lights of a dark parking lot, the sustainable athleisure wear brand The Giving Movement unfurled its FIFTYMADE© line. The lineup flowed into the night with an urban club vibe, culminating in sporty accessories including boxy totes, shiny hijabs for women and a sneak preview of the brand’s first-ever footwear collection -the Middle East’s first slides with bio-based sugarcane.

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FASHION Malichè Humariff

With its fall winter 2022/23 couture collection, Tamam Humariff drove its connection between the cultures of the Middle East and Russia even further in what came to the limelight as a regal wedding party. Fit for a modern sheikha or princess, the brand’s flair for embellishment catered to her every whim through a renaissance-display of crystals, whimsical hand embroidery and metallicized leaves.

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Known for its bridal couture, Filipino designer Michel Bernardo showed the UAE crowd what her brand Malichè is capable of beyond the altar. An all-black and white lineup dubbed ‘Tomorrow is Unlimited’ her latest creations came to the fore in an emotional display, borrowing from the glam heydays of the 60s and 70s. The exaggerated rose served as the hallmark of the collection -- pinned cleverly to the neck and sewn onto sleek black gloves. Space-age hoods, scuba-tight fitted dresses and cutout bodices spoke to the glamour of a modern era.

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FASHION Vidhi Wadhwani

Like a small Holi Festival of color, Vidhi Wadhwani’s summer 2023 resort collection was an homage to the brand’s artisans. In hyper shades of intense grass green, fuchsia and canary yellow, this latest collection featured mesmerisingly intricate, almost folkloric embroidery techniques that can only be made with patient hands.

BHYPE

In an outdoor football field, BHYPE’s soccer-inspired lineup emblazoned with the FIFA flags of the world, ushered in the upcoming World Cup Qatar festivities. It’s really no wonder, as the celebrity concept brand, which specializes in vintagestreet fashion is coveted by mega players like Neymar, Marcelo Vieira and Daniel Alves.

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BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND NOW!

Eman Deabil Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) and Accredited Chartered Manager (CMI) is a regular contributor to Woman This Month and has written invaluable articles including ‘Women’s Path to The Boardroom’. This month, Eman shares her insights on the importance of building a personal brand for young professionals, and shares her three essential steps for getting started.

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ne of the key messages I’m keen on conveying to my mentees of young professionals is to start building their personal brand early on.

According to Personalbrand.com, “Personal branding is the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence public perception of an individual by positioning them as an authority in their industry, elevating their credibility, and differentiating themselves from the competition, to ultimately advance their career, widen their circle of influence, and have a larger impact.” In simpler words, your personal brand is the way you define yourself to the public. It’s how you express what you stand for, it’s the approach you’re adopting to influence people and make your voice heard. Needless to say that the exponential explosion of Social Media (SM) contributed in one way or another in strengthening and accelerating the process of building personal brands – be it positive or negative. However, just to clarify, building your personal brand is not equivalent to being famous on SM – though it’s powerful, it’s just a tool/mean. In fact, it’s quite easy to become famous on SM in absolutely no time; the simplest way is to be awkward and provocative, doing awkward deeds and saying awkward words!

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Here are three essential steps to building your personal brand: Laying the Foundation

To build your personal brand, you need to start by asking yourself some fundamental questions: Who am I? How can I define myself? How can I differentiate myself and stand out in the crowd? If there is one thing that I would like to be known for, what would it be? Who’s my audience? To which circles I belong? Coming up with answers to these questions will help you draw your roadmap and put milestones to eventually reach your desired destination. When you’re clear about where you stand and where you want to be, you know exactly what needs to be done to be there; it’s a transformational journey that requires SMART action plan to accomplish it. The plan could consist of three main elements: Knowledge, Experience, and Network. Under each element you can define a number of objectives and KPIs to monitor your performance.

Placing the Bricks

To start the building process, it’s essential to acquire the required knowledge, develop and improve the needed skills, bridge the gaps in experience, and grow the network. This can be achieved by leveraging different means: studying, reading, attending events/conferences, participating in voluntary activities, attending professional gatherings, posting, blogging, and seizing every single opportunity to boost your self-confidence – that also includes “dressing to impress”. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

• The more knowledge you accumulate, the more

confident you will be to voice your opinions and share your thoughts. This in turn will help you gain more trust from your audience.

• Acquiring knowledge has become easy with the

plethora of learning platforms and sources. What’s not easy is accumulating knowledge and building experience, for which you need to roll-up your sleeves and get your hands dirty by not only acquiring knowledge but applying it, maintaining/upgrading it along the way and defending it if required.

• To grow your network, you need to be present at first

– be it physically or digitally. Hijack the circles that are fit for your purpose, assess the value you’re adding and the value you’re gaining from these circles regularly.

As time passes, you’ll be able to observe how your horizon has widened, your network expanded and your views crystalised, and you’ll smoothly switch hats and look at things from different perspectives. You’ll be called by a friend of a friend of another friend to give advice and resolve matters where no alternatives are available! That’s how strong your brand can be.

Short Story At one of the recent events I attended, one of the attendees introduced me as “one with many professional qualifications”, the hidden message here reflecting how keen and passionate I am to learn new things! Is it something that I wanted myself to be known for? Absolutely. I’ve done the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment a few years earlier and “Learner” was my first strength. Was it easy to collect professional qualifications? Not easy nor quick; it took me 15 years of continuous learning, studying books, clearing exams, obtaining qualifications and applying/maintaining/upgrading the knowledge!

Maintain and Upgrade

Your roadmap, milestones and destination are not necessarily static, being dynamic and adapting to changes along the way is a vital part of the game. Sometimes you need to alter the roadmap, introduce and/or remove milestones. In fact, in some cases, you need to change the destination itself! Regular and ad-hoc assessments to your knowledge, experience, and network are essential to keep the ball rolling. You may seek a professional advice or engage a coach or mentor. www.womanthismonth.com

What’s more, one of the young university students approached me once to conduct an interview and she said: “I was searching on Google for project managers in Bahrain and your name came up. It was the first in the list”. This wouldn’t be possible 10 years earlier, it took me time to build that reputation and be the first! Building a personal brand is essential these days, and very much possible. Be sure to be consistent and leverage all your resources and you are sure to succeed in all that you do. November 2022

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THE KIND COLLECTIVE’S MIRACLE PRODUCTS When it comes to maintaining a skincare or make-up routine, it’s best to invest in high-quality double-duty beauty products that serve more than one purpose. These products are cost effective and let us do more with less. The Australian beauty brand The KIND Collective has created the Hybrid Heroes range which simplifies the everyday make-up routine. This range is made in Australia with 100 percent vegan ingredients consisting of 13 gamechanging products including highperforming bases, nourishing lipsticks, and

lash and brow perfectors. The range is also complemented by bamboo brushes with exceptionally soft vegan bristles. Our favourite product from the range is the Miracle Glo Skin Serum. This multipurpose serum creates the smooth base of a primer, and the glow of a highlighter, all while nourishing skin with the serum base of Hyaluronic Acid and natural plant botanicals. This fantastic product nourishes your skin with the benefits of Kakadu Plum, Kangaroo Paw, and Vitamin E. Available at www.faces.com.

Glow with these

These fantastic beauty products will have you looking your best this Autumn. We’re loving the fact that the weather is finally cooling down. If you’re changing up your wardrobe to suit this Autumn weather, chances are you might be in search of great cosmetics and sef-care products too. Farah Baig shares her top beauty essentials this month including a fabulous haircare range, great fragrances and versatile cosmetics.

ENHANCE YOUR EYES WITH CHANEL With Chanel’s SUBLIMAGE, the eyes regain their full expressive power. Both protected and revitalised with the serum, L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE YEUX, they are now also illuminated thanks to the concealer, SUBLIMAGE LE CORRECTEUR YEUX. An exceptional new complexion product, whose unique formula combines the power of SUBLIMAGE skincare with the transformative effects of makeup. SUBLIMAGE LE CORRECTEUR YEUX combines all the complexion expertise of CHANEL with innovative eye care, for a radiant makeup result and a perfect affinity with the skin. A powerful radiance enhancer, it fades dark circles and softens wrinkles and fine lines, while protecting the sensitive eye area.

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Its exceptional hydrating formula, both light and creamy, melts into the skin to brighten the eyes, instantly and throughout the day. With fine light-reflecting powders and blurring agents derived from cellulose powder, SUBLIMAGE LE CORRECTEUR YEUX instantly reveals radiant eyes. LE CORRECTEUR YEUX also helps to preserve skin quality by protecting the fragile eye area from external aggressors. Its complex of hygroscopic agents, capable of retaining water in the surface layers of the skin, provides an immediate feeling of hydration that lasts up to 12 hours. Available at all leading beauty stockists. www.womanthismonth.com


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REPAIR DAMAGED HAIR WITH KEMON’S ACTYVA LINE

If you’ve been struggling with damaged hair, we’ve got just the thing for you! Since 1959, the Italian brand Kemon’s has been at the forefront of innovation, providing care and treatment for a multitude of hair problems. Kemon’s Actyva range is designed for the different specific needs of the hair with solutions for problems such as hair loss, thin hair, sensitive scalp, dandruff, oily scalp, coloured hair. You can stay frizz free and tame curls and baby hairs with Actyva Disciplina, enriched with almond and peach oil available in shampoo, mask and as a cream. For a solution to damaged hair that restores the destroyed disulfide bonds, rebuilding new ones and strengthening the hair structure choose Actyva Nuova Fibra’s shampoo, mask and cream are designed innovatively to restore the strength of hair. The new standard of beauty is a fine line between science and nature, enhancing the beauty of hair and preserving their harmony with daily beauty and wellness rituals. Kemon’s approach to hair care is as natural, raw, and organic as its ingredients to create a feeling of beauty and well-being. Available on www.cozmada.com.

THE IRRESISTIBLE WORLD OF SHAMA PERFUMES Shama Perfumes, a pioneering perfumery hailing from Mumbai, brings Dubai an array of aromatic products stemming from the age-old traditions of oudh and Indian heritage. Driven by providing customers with a oneof-its-kind sensory experience through their fragrances and outstanding customer service, Shama is a family business that creates high-quality perfumes at an attainable luxury price. Home to the finest perfumes, fragrance oils, and oudh, Shama’s Mumbai showroom welcomed Arab tourists and traders who visited the region since 1977. Throughout the 70s, Shama introduced their oudh and oil business to the world, and now with a presence in the GCC, they have expanded their clientele to all of the Middle East.

FLAWLESS MAKEUP IS EASY WITH BEAUTIFECT! Global beauty brand Beautifect is on a mission to improve and ease women’s beauty routines with their innovative, time-saving and perfecting tools. Their long-awaited Beauifect Brush Collection will be your secret to a flawless look! The Beautifect Brush Collection consists of eight pro-level luxury makeup brushes made from super soft, densely packed, premium quality bristles.

Devoted to offering only the highest quality fragrances from around the world, Shama sells an array of products using the finest raw materials from countries including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Turkey. The perfumery’s collection boasts of aromas in the form of Kashab Al Oudh, Dehnal Oudh, Attar, Mukhallats, Oudh Ma’attar, and perfume sprays. Available on www.shama-perfumes.com.

The Beautifect brushes come in three sets: Face Set, Eye Set and Complete Set. The Beautifect Face Set includes a powder brush, blush brush, contour brush and concealer brush. You’ll find that the Beautifect Eye Set includes an eyeshadow lid brush, eyeshadow crease brush and dual end brush. Finally, the Complete Set includes all eight brushes in the conveniently sized Beautifect pouch and is perfectly compact for on the go touch ups. The collection’s unique shortened handles make storage easier, while being simple to use. The Beautifect Brushes stand out with their signature weighted ends which aids application by balancing the weight for correct pressure giving professional results. Available on www.beautifect.com. www.womanthismonth.com

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Revitalising Skincare

If you’ve been dealing with busy days and losing out on some much needed sleep, chances are your skin is feeling (and showing) it too! These fantastic products will nourish your skin and breathe new life into it. Ready? Set. Glow!

WISHFUL’S NEW PILLOWGASM CHERRY GLOW SLEEP MASK

Calling all glow-getters! Make sure you get your hands on the Pillowgasm Cherry Glow Sleep Mask created by none other than the beauty mogul, Huda Kattan! It’s a nourishing and repairing sleep mask that boosts skin radiance, reduces signs of fatigue AND locks in moisture for a glowy, brighter, and plumper complexion by morning! Pillowgasm is packed with satisfying ingredients that deliver results instantly AND over time! Antioxidant-rich cherry extract helps tired-looking skin appear brighter and glowy, carrot extract works overnight to revitalise the skin while hemp seed oil and adenosine help repair the skin’s barrier and reduce signs of fatigue. Super humectant glycerin creates a barrier to trap moisture in the skin!

SKEYNDOR’S MATTIFYING FOAM-IN-GEL

Known for its “Scientific Skincare”, Skeyndor is the most renowned Spanishowned professional cosmetics company. Their scientific beauty line includes a wide range of paraben-free products for all skin types and concerns such as cleansers and toners, eye contour creams, creams for all skin types, exfoliants, serums, deep hydration, sleeping oils, anti-gravity lifting, face and neck, and wrinkle corrective treatments. We love their Mattifying Foam-in-Gel which is an essential deep cleansing product of the EXPERT CLEANSE PRO double cleansing method. It deeply cleanses impurities from the skin without drying it out or damaging it; perfect for combination and oily skin. Available at www.cozmada.com.

The fragrance-free formula has a unique, 3-phase gel-cream-balm texture that’s deliciously rich without feeling greasy or heavy. Available at Sephora.

ELIZABETH ARDEN'S YOUTH RESTORING CAPSULES

With over 100 years of creating innovative skincare, Elizabeth Arden is known for its high-quality innovative products that benefit the skin like the youth-restoring Ceramide capsules. These unique capsules are targeted skin solutions, encapsulated for freshness and formulated for potency. With a collection of four serum variants, there is a powerhouse ceramide capsule for every skin concern. This includes the Nourishing Advanced Ceramides, Plumping Hyaluronic Acid, Brightening Vitamin C, and Line-Erasing Retinol. Each potent, single-dose serum is easy to apply and designed to make skincare effortless – simply target, twist and treat. Available in-store at Debenhams and at www.ounass.com and www.namshi.com

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FILORGA’S MESO MASK

The renowned French skincare brand FILORGA has a range of anti-aging skincare formulations which have been developed by aesthetic medicine doctors to tackle everything from skin imperfections to wrinkles. These solutions are a result of solid scientific research, innovative active ingredients, and unique technologies. FILORGA’s Meso Mask is a smoothing radiance cream mask which illuminates the complexion, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and lessens the signs of fatigue on the skin. This mask can be used on the entire face, eye contour, neck and décolleté. Available at www.basharacare.com and Ounass. www.womanthismonth.com


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Rotaract Planting Day at RUW

Moving towards having a greener planet, the community driven organization Rotaract Bahrain held a Planting Day at the Royal University for Women.

Fashion Week Paris to Manama

The French Embassy held the opening ceremony of “Fashion Week Paris to Manama” at the French Residence in Hoora under the patronage of the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, HE Aymen Almoayyed and in cooperation with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities.

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Shouting Pink Breast Cancer Awareness The Shouting Pink breast cancer awareness event was held at Vida’s Coast Hall and beach.

Vida Friday Pink Brunch In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Vida Beach Resort Marassi Al Bahrain held the fabulous Vida Friday Pink Brunch at Origins Restaurant. A significant portion of proceeds raised through the brunch were donated to Think Pink: Bahrain Breast Cancer Society.

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LIFESTYLE | opinion

KIDS & CHORES!

As parents, we tend to look at enrolling our children into every activity possible in the interest of improving their skills. However, sometimes, instilling a sense of responsibility through chores makes all the difference. Ouiam El Hassani elaborates on the chores you can assign your little ones and how they can benefit when looking at the big picture. Sometimes parents wonder if they should really give their kids chores. After all, isn't it the parents' responsibility to manage the household? And don't kids need an opportunity to “just be kids” for now because they have the rest of their lives to worry about chores? Doing chores helps children learn about what they need to do to care for themselves, a home and a family. They learn skills they can use in their adult lives like preparing meals, cleaning, and organising. Parents could definitely use some help when it comes to the piles and piles of laundry and dishes that accumulate and, luckily, kids who do chores are more successful as adults. It stands to reason that kids who grow up doing chores learn responsibility and develop a work ethic early on in life. They figure out how to get tasks done and realise that messes don't clean themselves, literally and figuratively. However, simple as it may seem, we may be so consumed with the other pressures of parenting that we underestimate the importance of asking kids to help out at home. It is our tendency as modern day parents to over-protect and over-direct kids, which impedes self-efficacy. Parents should re-think

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and expand their definitions of success; it's not just about getting into a specific college, earning certain test scores, or assuming a certain career path. Parents can raise successful kids without resorting to over-parenting, and the earlier you start it the better. If kids aren't doing the dishes, it means someone else is doing that for them so they're absolved of the work and lose out on learning that each one of us must contribute for the betterment of the whole. Why is sweeping the floor and clearing the table so important to kids' well-being in life? Well, simply put - helping out around the house helps kids feel capable. Doing chores also helps kids feel like they're part of the team. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them and encourages them to be good citizens.

their shoes and backpacks away when they get home from school. Gradually add new chores to your child's chore list. As chores become more complex, teach them in a step-by-step manner how to do each task. For instance, if a child is expected to put his own clothes away, teach him where to put the clothes and discuss your expectations. Praise their effort and encourage them to keep practicing. Don’t expect perfection. Of course, there is a balance to be found; we want to teach kids responsibility while still allowing them to be kids. And, to be perfectly frank, sometimes asking kids to help around the house can make getting through your to-do list that much more difficult. Either way, this advice is definitely worth considering!

Preschool children can be given simple chores that involve cleaning up after themselves like picking up their toys each day. They can also start to learn how to clean up their room and put their dishes away after a meal. Once children begin attending school, their responsibility with chores should increase as well. For example, school-age children can put

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LIFESTYLE | home

r o o d Out e r u All Home Box

The winds of seasonal change have gently started blowing across the island, signalling the time to shift the party outdoors. It doesn’t matter if you have a cosy balcony, medium-sized patio or a large lawn, the beginning of sweater weather must be enjoyed out in the open. Setting up a table for two or a casual shindig for a bunch of your favourite people is all the more charming in the breezy outdoors. Here’s an idea of the essentials that you need to make your open-air spaces irresistibly inviting. WARMTH FOR

THE WINTER

PATIO HEATER

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TO PLOP DOWN ON

OUTDOOR POUFS

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GARDEN GATHERING

OUTDOOR DINING SET

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A SPLASH OF COLOUR

METAL DRAGONFLY ACCENTS

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FOR THE SNACKABLES PICNIC BASKET

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FAIRY LIGHTS

LED LANTERNS

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EASY TO USE

LAID BACK

OUTDOOR BLANKET

MELAMINE BOWL

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INVITING WINGED WONDERS BIRD FEEDER

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BEE COOL

BEE STRING LIGHTS

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LIGHT IT UP

METAL SOLAR LAMP

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COSY COCOON

EGG CHAIR

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VERTICALLY VERDANT

PLANT GROWER POCKETS

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travel

Exploring BRAZIL! E

xploring a new beautiful location on your own is quite the experience! Solo woman travel is a growing trend in the travel industry. Besides exploring the world on their own, for most of these women it is also about creating awareness for eco-tourism and conservation efforts around the world.

Travelling solo has become a lot more popular after the pandemic. Data from Booking.com* shows that only 14 percent of travellers were going solo pre-pandemic, but by mid-2021 that number had risen to 23 percent, while Google trend data showed that solo travel had risen by a massive 761.15 percent. Brazil is an amazing country to discover. It is internationally recognised for being a good

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Looking for a new travel destination?

Whether travelling solo or with friends, here are five must-visit destinations in the oh-so-picturesque Brazil!

host for those looking to have great experiences travelling alone. With police departments specialised in serving tourists in cities including Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Florianópolis and Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil offers solo travellers a fantastic sense of security. Although Brazil is a great destination to visit year around, some of the biggest carnival celebrations in the world happen in Brazil from December to March. Select airlines in the Middle East offer direct flights to Rio de Janeiro too. Here are five must-visit destinations in Brazil for solo woman travellers looking to connect with nature or groups of friends looking for adventure:

1- For the culture enthusiast - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in South America and is known for its beautiful beaches, carnival, its samba culture, soaring mountains and landmarks. It is home to some of the friendliest people and is a multicultural society with numerous iconic structures. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the Sugarloaf Mountain, a popular landmark that attracts over one million visitors each year. Copacabana Beach is another tourist favourite as you get to enjoy sunbathing and water sports during the day and enjoy the buzzing nightlife in the beachfront bars.

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2- For the adventure seeker

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Manaus

For the brave-hearted, Manaus is the gateway to the glorious Amazon Rainforest. Explore the vast ecosystem by staying at the luxurious Amazon Lodges. Tailor-made packages and excursions designed by travel experts are available to explore the wilderness safely, making it the ideal vacation spot for a solo traveller or a group of women seeking adventure and excitement.

3- For the outdoor lover Florianópolis

Florianopolis is one of the safest cities in South America. This tranquil island fulfills all the requirements for an unforgettable girl’s getaway, from breath-taking coastlines and natural beauty to lounges and sporting events. At night, Florianópolis evolves into a location to relax and interact with other free-spirited people. During the day, it is fantastic for being outdoors with hiking trails, surfing, and other daring activities. The destination is perfect for a girl’s getaway.

4- For the nature devotee Foz do Iguaçu

The Iguacu Falls, the most picturesque waterfall in the world, is in Foz do Iguaçu, one of Brazil’s enchanting places. One of the most favoured tourist destinations is the Iguaçu National Park, which is undoubtedly a once-ina-lifetime experience. The perfect destination for women to shop, explore, and eat their hearts out, Foz do Iguaçu offers endless experiences.

5- For the explorer at heart Fernando de Noronha

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. It is an idealistic escape to detox, reconnect and is considered Brazil’s most paradisiacal island. It features pearly white serene beaches, turquoise oceans, and spectacular granite backdrops perfect for nature lovers looking for hiking trails, boat trips, snorkelling, surfing, and other outdoor adventures. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Sancho Bay has crystal-clear emeraldgreen waters, and visibility is perfect to watch marine life.

This information is courtesy of the Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur). If you would like to visit Brazil and are in need of additional information, visit www. visitbrasil.com.br or follow @visitbrasil on Instagram. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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ahrain Indonesia Business and Friendship Society held a Fashion Show and Bazaar at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Fashion Show and Bazaar BHotel, Residence & Spa. The event was attended by members of the media, invited guests and fashion aficionados.

ancer Care Group in collaboration with Bahrain Cancer Society held a Walkathon at Water Garden City Cancer Care Group Walkathon CSeef where participants walked a distance of four km with the goal of raising awareness of Breast Cancer.

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In Her Shoes

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The Kingdom of Bahrain has no shortage of phenomenal women. This month, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting Supriya Reginald, a true people person who is aptly the HR Manager at The Foundry. She describes herself as a “combination of every Disney characters’ quirky traits”, and given her bubbly personality, we can see why! Let’s take a walk in her shoes. What are you most grateful for today?

Name three things you can’t live without?

I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished.

My mum’s blessings My sister’s support My fiancé's love

Name a song that always gets you dancing.

Gene Kelly’s ‘Singing In The Rain.’

What’s your favourite movie?

City Lights! One of Chaplin’s greatest masterpieces.

If you had to eat the same three-course meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it consist of?

Supriya Reginald

Oh the horror! Quite the predicament to be indefinitely limited to a three-course meal. Alright, Mom’s Mutton Biryani, Beetroot Salad and Rasmalai.

What’s your dream holiday destination?

Any tropical island! Being stranded on one might actually be a dream come true.

What’s your life motto?

“No stones are thrown at a fruitless tree.” It means that if you face hardship, it’s because you’re doing something worthwhile. www.womanthismonth.com

Name a skill you’d like to learn. Being able to walk without tripping on thin air. #PracticingSince1991

Since you grew up here, what’s the thing you love most about Bahrain?

It never ceases to give me a homely sensation. This dot on the map is home… it always will be.

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