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September 2021 | Vol. 25

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YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE

HEALTHCARE SPECIAL

MOTORING Dick Potter tells us which car is the most stolen

DINING

Where to Eat this September

WTM

Bahraini swimmer, Noor Taha, on her ambitions as a young athlete

Bo.Sabi – the latest edition to Bahrain’s dining scene

Head Turning Fashion Beauty Essentials

PEOPLE

The evolution of live Dr. P.V. Cheriyan on entertainment with Bahrain’s healthcare and Elissa Murtaza COVID-19 response.

Bahraini marine photographer, Hani Bader, on life in the deep end www.bahrainthismonth.com

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Culture

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Sports

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Dining

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CONTENTS

THE BEST OF HEALTH

We delved into some of Bahrain’s most trusted healthcare practices, including hospitals, physiotherapy centers, a women’s health clinic and a dental clinic in the hopes that our readers will always be in the best of health.

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INTERVIEWS

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Life in the Deep End

In conversation with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s most renowned underwater photographer, Hani Bader.

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Making Events Happen

Here’s how Elissa Murtaza revolutionised the entertainment industry in Bahrain and the region.

A Spotlight on Healthcare

Chief Resident of SMC Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. P.V, Cheriyan talks about the Kingdom of Bahrain’s healthcare system, COVID19 and more.

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DINING

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A Far East Asian Feast at Bo.Sabi

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The best of dining options this September.

Here’s why we think Bo.Sabi’s food and vibe are sure to make it a favourite on Bahrain’s dining scene.

MOTORING

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Grand Theft Auto

Dick Potter tells us what the most stolen car is.

Motoring Bites

COMMERCE

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Business Bites The Power of the Sun – A look at Solar Energy

Pria Masson Tanwar talks about Solar Energy and the world of possibilities for its implementation in the region.

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FASHION

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BEAUTY

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Our highly-recommended beauty essentials to have you looking your best all through September.

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We bring you the top picks from the newest products in the world of skincare.

LIFESTYLE

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We bring you our favourite FW 21 looks that are sure to make a statement.

These make-ahead breakfast ideas could save you time and a whole lot of hassle.

PEOPLE

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We speak to the young Bahraini swimmer, Noor Taha, who represented the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

We take a peek into Juncal Andres’ world.

OPINION

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Educator, Julia Knight, explores how schools can prevent anxiety in students upon their return to school.

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Ouiam El Hassani tells us the 7 steps to forming great sleeping habits in kids.

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Indian Embassy Flag Hoisting Ceremony

The Indian Embassy of Bahrain celebrated the 75th Independence Day of India with a flag hoisting ceremony at the embassy premises in Seef district on August 15. The event was attended by invited guests and members of the local media.

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THE TEAM Publisher and Chairman George F. Middleton

Bahrain This Month September 2021

Editor Farah Baig Contributors Kristian Harrison, Dick Potter, Pria Masson Tanwar, Ouiam Charkani El Hassani Editorial Consultant Ahdeya Ahmed Print Production Manager Sabu Sebastian Art Director Hatem Monem Webmaster Nishad Eapen CRM & Database Coordinator Muna Yousef Staff Photographer Subeesh Kumar N S Administration and Finance Samson Vaz, Marlyn Ragasa Distribution Team CM Abdul Rahman, Gopal Arul Kumar Distributor Al Hilal Group (Hilal Direct Services)

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t was 8th September, 1997 (24 years exactly to the month!) that a brand-new publication on the streets of Bahrain together with that day’s edition of the Gulf Daily News. That first edition of Bahrain This Month magazine, which had three page sixty-threes, at least two page thirteeens and an unwarranted and unnecessary duplication of half a form, was the beginning of our journey in producing what was the first ever monthly English language magazine in Bahrain. Our first ever cover boasted an image of ‘Boyzone in Bahrain’ provided by none other than one of our lead interviews this month, the incredibly successful Anglo-Bahraini woman entrepreneur, Eliza Murtaza, the founder of Mirage promotions, who made that image available to us. Through the eyes of her daughter, we take a look into her life and how she changed the face of the live entertainment industry in Bahrain as well as the entire region. Our digital edition also takes a look at ‘Healthcare’ in Bahrain exploring some of the Kingdom’s finest health and fitness establishments. We interview the Chief Resident of SMC Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Cheriyan P.V – a stalwart leader within Bahrain’s healthcare sector who talks about the latest developments in the healthcare system, Bahrain’s internationally-recognised efforts to combat COVID-19, his illustrious career and more. For our main feature, we delve into the specialties of trusted hospitals, medical clinics and a select group of physical wellness practitioners. Our team put together an exciting list of some of the best offerings at hotels and restaurants and also reviewed the Bo.Sabi – one of the latest additions to Bahrain’s dining scene serving the best of Far East Asian cuisine. In the motoring section, Dick Potter’s talks about stolen cars and the current ROI for the ‘Most Favourite Car in the World’. Meanwhile, Pria Masson Tanwar talks about solar energy and the possibility of implementing it in the region. Last, but not least, we spoke to the award-winning Bahraini marine photographer, Hani Bader, who gives us an in depth (pun intended!) look into the marine environment and the colourful species that lie beneath. Woman This Month in its usual fashion brings you the best of fashion, beauty essentials, dazzling accessories, recipes and more!

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On the fashion front, we explore the FW21 collections of high-end and RTW designers to bring you some of the most head-turning looks. We also collated a list of six beauty essentials and some exceptional skincare that will have you looking your best throughout September. Remember to stay safe, enjoy the freedom that the new Green Level allows us (responsibly) and, as always, remember that Bahrain This Month will always be ‘Your Guide to a Great Way of Life’.

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LIFE IN THE DEEP END

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hese are the words of the award-winning Bahraini marine photographer, Hani Bader – the man behind several captivating photographs that mesmerise the masses near and far. While few have the sheer grit and determination to venture into the very depths of the ocean, even fewer have the ability to capture what lies beneath. “It’s a family thing. All members of my family are passionate about the sea and most of them, just like me, work in the same field; it’s more of a joint life and work thing,” he says. “So, it’s been in our blood since childhood, as my home town is an island and we used to go on many sea trips and swim at all times,” he adds. Since having his first experience with diving well over 20 years ago, Hani didn’t just develop an interest in marine photography… he perfected it. “I started diving back in 1997 but ventured on my journey into the world of underwater photography back in 2003 and it 8 September 2021

The biggest challenge is that you are dealing with nature, and nature dictates what you get and when can you get it

has been my passion and addiction ever since,” he says. Hani’s first camera was a “point and shoot” camera - a gift from his father and the reason he pursued photography. “From there I used my first DSLR camera as well as the underwater housing in 2010 when I actually started to put my knowledge into practice,” he explains, adding that his daily routine includes browsing the internet for new tips, techniques, information, tools and market updates. “I try my best to stay up-to-date with all that is related to underwater photography. I also try my best to go diving at least once a week and travel at least twice a year for dives,” he says. Hani has steadily developed his marine photography skills and has since been involved in several research projects regarding the marine environment and marine life. “My subjects include everything - from moving creatures to lifeless wrecks, but what I consider to be one of my most interesting and memorable photographs is the scene of the

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Bahrain This Month’s Farah Baig talks to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s most renowned underwater photographer, Hani Bader.

jellyfish with the Socotra cormorant taken in Bahrain,” he says of the award-winning photograph depicting the beautiful bird right in the middle of a smack of jellyfish. “Capturing that scene back in May of 2014 as they gathered in large numbers has to be one of the most memorable experiences I have had on a dive. I was stunned by the scene and thrilled to have succeeded in capturing it,” he continues. Hani has received numerous local and international awards and accolades and notably placed first in the Our World Underwater Competition (2014), University of Miami Underwater Photo Contest (2015), Batelco photography contest - BahrainEye3 (2015). He also placed second at the Underwater Photographer of the Year, London (2015), and received a gold medal at the Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum Photography Awards (2016). Most recently, Hani was the winner of the 2019 OIE Photo competition and Bapco World Environment Day Competition (2021). www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Hani’s photography and documentation has been instrumental in monitoring the status of the marine environment in the Kingdom. “I have participated in a number of researches in collaboration with international and local crews regarding the marine life. Major research was conducted on sharks and dugongs in the region and another research project was conducted about the artificial reefs,” he states. “Also, whatever we notice during our regular dive trips including rare incidents, violations, or concerns are documented and reported to the authorities. This in turn is shared with the public through social media in order to raise public awareness with regards to preserving and protecting these national resources,” he explains. The public’s role in maintaining the cleanliness of the shore and sea is essential when it comes to preserving the marine environment. “We often rescue creatures that are trapped in trash. Another thing the public needs to do is watch what they catch as some creatures are rare and need to be protected. Fishing shouldn’t be a fun activity done at the expense of a protected creature,” he says, adding that if followed diligently, these steps are sure to improve the condition of the environment on a great scale.

beauty of your lenses,” he says. With regards to challenges faced when out and about on dives, Hani believes it all depends on nature. “To explain further, the weather would dictate if you can dive or not, the water visibility would affect the quality of the photos and you might miss out on many great scenes due to that. Finally, and most importantly, your subject matters - the sea creatures. It all depends on whether or not they allow you to take the shot in the first place as some are shy and others are so fast to catch on camera, not to mention the risk when dealing with some,” he explains. “Underwater photography is more of a surprise journey. You don’t lead, you are just a witness of what nature is allowing you to reveal. You might get an award-winning shoot or simply go back empty-handed,” he concludes. To check out more of Hani Bader’s incredible photography, follow him using the handle @ hanibader on Instagram.

“The marine life is an asset which should be protected and nurtured better for the future generations to enjoy it,” says Hani. Youth that intend to pursue marine photography are encouraged to give it a try. “It is an amazing world, so if you have a passion for it, dive in without hesitation and share with the world the

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MAKING EVENTS HAPPEN

The founder of Mirage Promotions, Elissa Murtaza, is credited with having revolutionised the entertainment industry in Bahrain and the region. Here’s a look into her rise to success as written by Nadia Murtaza-Malt.

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here are several things you think when looking into Elissa Murtaza’s piercing blue eyes. Some people might see traces of an exciting, unusual and almost unimaginable life, but for me, I see the woman I know best - my mother. Mirage Promotions and Live Nation are the names of businesses that people have heard in passing over the last 30 years. For Elissa Murtaza, these words are her legacy. Elissa started her career in live entertainment in a marketing position at a Radio Station in Liverpool, which was home to The Beatles, when she found herself leaving a prestigious Art College in order to pursue her career. A young Elissa crossed paths with the likes of a very early U2 whilst working in Radio, and you could say, her fate in the music industry was set to sky rocket in the same way U2’s was destined to. On a hope and whim Elissa took a plunge moving to an island in the Middle East that, at the time, was unknown and exotic – Bahrain, leaving behind the established hustle and bustle of a music-centric Liverpool in 1980. Still new to the industry, Elissa started what was the beginning of an evolutionary story to Live Entertainment the day she met a London-based talent booker who took her under his wing. She found herself booking everything from comedians to Motown artists, introducing a whole new world of nightlife sub-culture to the island. A few years on, Elissa was making her mark on an untouched gap in the market, primarily in nightclubs which would evolve into something of a much grander scale. “I noticed that the market was eager to experience bigger bands and better

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production, that would mean taking the emphasis away from small venues who had budgetary limitations and were risk adverse. So, I had to educate myself ground up on how to become a commercial concert promoter,” says Elissa. “I realised I had to make a profit as well as produce an amazing concert,” she adds. That was when she established her own concert promoting and booking company - Mirage Promotions, in 1994 – with the ultimate aim of revolutionising commercial live entertainment in Bahrain and the region. The beginnings of Mirage Promotions were incomparable to its ultimate destiny. “After gradually undertaking smaller live concerts, we produced Status Quo at the Holiday Inn before finally opening up the country to a steady stream of teen idols starting with Boyzone,” she said, reflecting on the company’s beginnings. “That was to be the start of a whirlwind of sold-out nights with

the stars of that time.” As many could testify, the excitement on the island was euphoric, as fans of all ages eagerly awaited the next announcement of who Mirage Promotions would present next; and Elissa always rose to the occasion. In many ways, it changed Bahrain forever. Once Elissa had a firm grasp of introducing live ticketed events to an otherwise untouched industry in the region, she set her sights on growing her humble brand and expanding to Dubai. “After a surge of investment and fast growth in Dubai, I noticed an opportunity and became the first concert promoter with two fully staffed offices, opening Mirage Promotions Dubai in 1997. This ultimately sent our potential up several gears and because of this profile we were able to undertake bigger events, in larger venues which in turn attracted A-list artists,” she explains.

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interview Regardless of effectively and unintentionally monopolising both: Bahrain and Dubai, Elissa understood the complexities involved on the business side of what appeared to most as an intensely glamourous career. “Mirage was built on a solid foundation of relationships and corporate partners, without that a significant number of big names would not have played in the region. From the late 1990’s onwards we attracted the sort of artists who would generally have skipped the region had it not been for corporate support - Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Enrique, to name a few,” she says, modestly crediting sponsorship strategy and partnerships for her long-term success. As their reputation of reliability, longevity and professionalism grew, Mirage promotions caught the attention of corporations and governmental entities seeking high calibre entertainment for their different programs. “It wasn’t long before we found ourselves undertaking talent booking on behalf of airlines to fulfill VIP gala events to promote global destinations- booking major performers everywhere from Venice to Houston, to Washington DC and everywhere in between,” she says. With the growth of corporate relationships near and far, the natural progression of geographical scale began. “It was exciting to break new markets, by the mid 2000’s we were the indisputable leading talent booking and concert promotions agency in the region, we were in demand in Egypt, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey and Africa. During this prolific period, we were responsible for the touring of Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Phil Collins, Santana and leading classical artists such as Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo,” she reminisces.

solidified its place in the international live music industry. “Our major turning point was when the US entertainment giant Live Nation, which is based in Los Angeles, approached us to buy a stake in Mirage. Over the years we had become their preferred partner in the region and as they expanded their operation across the globe, Mirage was to become their flagship operation in the region,” she says of a moment that changed everything.

In 2007 Elissa agreed to sell 65 percent to Live Nation and remained as Managing Director and Partner within the newly branded company, Live Nation Middle East, with its office in Dubai. “It was in essence basically a change of name because the business was already very established and far ahead of any competitors. The partnership was cementing what already was a long and successful collaboration. Mirage had come a long way from a small office in Bahrain,” she says.

One of Elissa’s biggest personal successes was in 2005. “I was very privileged to be selected by Mathew Knowles to exclusively represent his daughter and superstar, Beyonce, as her booking agent for the Middle East, Africa and Greece. This appointment led to a number of fantastic Beyonce concerts in the territories I was responsible for. During a four-year period, this led Beyoncé to perform in Ethiopia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria, Greece and at a significant number of private engagements across the region,” she says. Mirage was also hired by This Day publications in Lagos, Nigeria to book talent for a groundbreaking annual festival there. “During those years we were responsible for booking and festival management, bringing Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dog, Mary J Blige and 50 Cent, to name a few,” she says. After several years of unconditional hard work and momentous obstacles that were overcome – Mirage came to a fork in the road that www.bahrainthismonth.com

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interview The complexity of that achievement was to further ensure that the Gulf would always feature in the global touring plans of major artists such as Madonna, Coldplay and ironically in a full circle - U2. That fork in the road led to a seemingly never-ending list of the world’s biggest names, best known talents and undeniable superstars, but true to form, Elissa reminded us of her original business strategy, sponsorship and partnership. “Becoming Live Nation Middle East opened new doors in commercial, corporate and government sectors. We forged a long and successful partnership with Flash Entertainment in Abu Dhabi, assisting them to book talent for their calendar of events including Guns n Roses, Christina Aguilera, The Killers, Eric Clapton and the talent for the Yas Island Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix,” she says   Elissa’s work from Mirage Promotions to Live Nation has been recognised with awards over the years including ‘Best Concert in the UAE’ for several years. “We never forgot our roots and continued to promote under our own banner as Live Nation Middle East,” she adds. Elissa has since retired from her role at Live Nation. After a lifetime of having the best teacher, I walked in my mother’s footsteps and launched my own concert booking company - a notable success in the region until I relocated to Australia. My mum, despite her fiercely driven strategic business mind has taught me to always strive to achieve the seemingly impossible; which in essence, is exactly what she did, whether she believes it or not. A strong, indisputable woman who

thrived in a region and industry where she would have been expected to flounder. For those of us who were lucky enough to witness the Mirage Promotions era of Bahrain as kids, teenagers and young adults, we can testify that it changed the pop-culture of the country forever, creating a new culture, for a new generation; epitomising a moment in time that can never be replicated. More than anything, my mum started her career in Bahrain. From Bahrain she flourished into regional dominance. There were many that told her she couldn’t do it, or stood in her way, but she walked her own path. She still walks to the beat of her own drum, and here are her words for you, in her trademark business model. “The advice I would give to anyone thinking of entering this industry as a commercial concert promoter is teach yourself every aspect of what it is to be a promoter including venue management, production installation, advertising, sponsorship and marketing. If you don’t have all the skills, you don’t hold the power. Delegating is great but only after you know the task yourself,” “Never lose sight of the profit and loss and remind yourself that selecting talent is based on market preferences and not your personal taste. Most of all give the fans a fantastic event but don’t lose sight of the fact that you are in it to make money too. I am incredibly impressed and excited to see what the future of live music in Bahrain holds. From the woman who knows her best, “Take the risk.”

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Nick’s Birthday Party Friends and family got together to celebrate Nick’s 29th birthday.

Mimi’s Birthday

Muna Yousef celebrated her birthday in the presence of close friends and family at Brazil Rodizio Grill and Lounge, Adliya.

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A SPOTLIGHT ON HEALTHCARE Farah Baig speaks to the Chief Resident of SMC Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. P.V. Cheriyan about the Kingdom of Bahrain’s healthcare system, COVID-19 and more.

With decades of experience practicing medicine in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Chief Resident of the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) Accident and Emergency Department, and Governing Council Member of Bahrain Medical Society, Dr. P.V. Cheriyan is no stranger to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s healthcare sector. He sheds some light on the latest developments in Bahrain’s healthcare, the Kingdom’s noteworthy response to COVID-19 and awareness campaigns.

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You have had a long and illustrious career in healthcare in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Can you tell our readers about your start in the medical field in Bahrain? Having started working at the Accident & Emergency Department from 16th October 1979, I have completed my career of nearly 42 years in the medical field in Bahrain. Other than treating patients, I was also administrative resident – in charge of duty list, salary, overtime and other benefits of over 50 doctors in the department from 1987 till 2012, and was also responsible for GOSI – General Organisation of Social Insurance – for workers due to occupational injuries. Aside from this, I was also medical co-ordinator of all national and international events at Bahrain – including F1 and all events at Bahrain International Circuit from 2004 till 2019, football matches, GCC meetings, visits of dignitaries etc. I was also, notably, a member of the Medical Team of Late Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, from 2012 to 2020.

As a doctor who has practiced medicine in the Kingdom of Bahrain for several years, what are your thoughts on the strides that the Kingdom has made in healthcare? Bahrain has made tremendous progress in the healthcare sector for the last few years. Here we have a strong network of primary, secondary and tertiary care system – over 30 primary health centers, government and private hospitals providing world class healthcare to the residents. I have witnessed the tremendous improvements in infrastructure, manpower, facilities, latest modern equipment etc. You are an active member of the Cancer Care group. Could you highlight the group’s activities, collaborations and community outreach programme? The Cancer Care Group, affiliated with Bahrain Cancer Society, has been actively involved in various activities to support the needy section of the society – not only taking care of Cancer victims, but also for various lifestyle diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke, Obesity, and also Psychological and Psychiatric illnesses. We work closely with various Ministries including Health, Labour and Social Development, Education, Interior etc.

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interview There are several activities that the group carries out. For instance, we conduct awareness lectures at schools, universities, clubs and associations, businesses and more to prevent the spread of diseases. We also conduct regular medical checkups and screening programs in addition to seminars, conferences and lectures. We promote medical tourism to various destinations where needy patients can get affordable healthcare, and conduct hospital visits on a weekly basis and offer support to them. We have been actively participating in the heat illness prevention drive for workers under the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in collaboration with various embassies, Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF) -for workers and employers of various labour camps – providing them with a medical checkup, health talks and presenting them with gifts too for several years. How has the healthcare system of Bahrain adapted to combat obesity-related illnesses? Obesity and other life style diseases are rising drastically. Periodic screening and checking procedures, counseling on proper diet and need for exercise, avoiding high calorie and fast foods have been stressed by healthcare practitioners. We also have a lot of healthcare facilities in the Kingdom to take care of patients – we have excellent government hospitals like Salmaniya Medical Complex, King Hamad University Hospital, BDF Hospital, an excellent cardiac care center at Awali and many private medical centers and hospitals. What are your thoughts on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19? The Kingdom of Bahrain stands in the forefront to combat COVID–19; through the guidance of The National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus under the able leadership of HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain did a wonderful job even without implementing and imposing unnecessary restrictions among its citizens such as curfews or lockdowns. Many centers were swiftly established to do nasal swabbing for diagnostic purposes. In addition, various vaccines were available from numerous countries and were given to both: nationals and expatriates free of charge. Many health care facilities including field ICUs with equipment like ventilators were established. Countless benevolent actions have been taken by the wise leadership such as waiving of municipality and electricity charges, payment www.bahrainthismonth.com

of salaries in private sector etc. What were some of the precautions taken at the Accident and Emergency Department during the outbreak? To start, specific areas were designed for the isolation of COVID-19 patients. Three floors out of six at SMC were earmarked to treat COVID cases. All staff were also provided with adequate masks, PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and necessary medications. After a long hiatus, schools are reopening and accepting students on campus in Bahrain. As a medical practitioner, what are your thoughts on this? It is the need of the hour to open schools so that children will start to learn in a social atmosphere, mingle and interact with their peers and teachers, get involved in curricular and co-curricular activities, sports and social activities too. As we are taking adequate COVID-19 protocols and preventative measures, we do not have to be unnecessarily anxious and worried.

various emergency specialties abroad; a lot of doctors have successfully completed the fouryear post graduate Arab Board Residency Programme. The number of beds has been increased too. Several new changes can be anticipated in the near future – autonomous functioning of Salmaniya Medical Complex, introduction of health insurance to all and more. The Kingdom’s healthcare system now functions under a three-tier system – Supreme Council for Health, Ministry of Health and National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA),

Do you have any thoughts on the success of the vaccination campaign in Bahrain? Bahrain is one of the countries which started the vaccination campaign well in advance – after the initial three phases of vaccination testing. We started the vaccination campaign, initially administering them to high-risk patients with comorbidities and later to adults of all age groups. Now they have started vaccinations to pregnant ladies, lactating mothers and children. A large portion of the population has been vaccinated. The Embassy of India also took the initiative to vaccinate those without proper documents who were unable to register. We are proud that Bahrain has vaccinated a majority of its population, created a herd immunity and has almost contained the virus. COVID-19 is said to have lingering health implications in individuals who have recovered from the virus. What would be your advice to those who have recovered? Post Covid Syndrome or the “Long Covid” after recovery from COVID-19 can bring about a lot of complications – both physical and psychological. The heart, brain, lungs, kidney and all vital organs may be involved. It can bring in fatigue, depression, and can even lead to morbidity and mortality. What are some of the main changes or developments that have taken place at the Accident and Emergency Department over the last 5 years? At present we have a lot of doctors trained in September 2021 15


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THE BEST OF HEALTH We explore some of Bahrain’s leading health and wellness establishments.

We’ve heard it a million times – Health is Wealth. While some of us might tire of hearing the same idiom repeatedly, the fact remains that it rings true in every way and form as there is no substitute for good health. We delved into some of Bahrain’s most trusted healthcare practices, including hospitals, physiotherapy centers, a women’s health clinic and a dental clinic in the hopes that our readers will always be in the best of health.

ROYAL BAHRAIN HOSPITAL Leading private sector hospital, Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH) in Salmaniya, is a modern healthcare facility known for its high quality standards, enhanced care, and expert team of multi-disciplinary medical professionals. RBH is a 70-bed facility providing outpatient, inpatient and emergency services and is equipped with state-of-the-art operating rooms, maternity facilities, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology including MRI, Mammogram, CT-Scan, X-ray and Ultrasounds.

RBH Medical Center (RBHMC) in The Park in Janabiyah. RBHMC provides services of its doctors from RBH ensuring continuity of care.

Physiotherapy, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Family Medicine, Endocrinology and many more.

Prominent specialties at RBH include General Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Urology, Dermatology & Cosmetology, Cardiology, Dentistry,

For more information or to book an appointment, call 17 246-800 or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com.

RBH has earned an exemplary reputation for its quality care and service and continues to develop its services in line with the emerging health protocols. RBH has recently refurbished its in-patient rooms with a clear focus on enhancing the patient experience quotient. In an effort to bring its services closer to the people of Bahrain, RBH has recently launched

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Healthcare feature Established in the year 2008, Al Kindi Hospital is one of the leading private hospitals in New Zinj area with clients across the GCC.

AL KINDI HOSPITAL

Al Kindi Hospital has 22 specialties under one roof with a group of renowned consultants and specialists working as a team. The hospital is proud to be accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA). The hospital is fully equipped to deliver excellent medical, surgical and extensive in-patient and out-patient high standard services in a warm and friendly environment. In addition, the hospital’s 24-hour clinic includes triage and observation beds and is ready to handle day-to-day emergency services. Furthermore, their advanced Laboratory and Radiology departments provide excellent medical services round the clock. The Endoscopy department provides surgical and non-surgical solutions in a safe and highly advance equipped environment. The in-patient department offers a selection of luxury and standard rooms with high quality nursing services including labour and maternity suites. For more information or to book an appointment, call 17 240-444 (Zinj), 17488-000 (Sanad) or visit www. alkindihospital.com.

PEARL PHYSIOTHERAPY CENTER Officially launched in November 2018, Pearl Physiotherapy Center is a dedicated musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain management clinic. The Center is equipped with the most advanced technology in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. Following a different approach to physiotherapy treatment, the clinic takes into consideration the patient’s thoughts, feelings, memories, expectations, beliefs, experience and finally, the biology. The team then creates a custom treatment plan that is patient-centred. The sole and primary focus of the clinic is to tackle symptoms and conditions associated in any way to muscle, nerve, joint and bone in any unique combination. “We provide relief to a comprehensive spectrum of acute and chronic conditions based on the most recent research www.bahrainthismonth.com

and evidence-base methodologies ranging from manual therapy, electro-therapy, softtissue and advanced manipulation techniques for a wide range of conditions,” explains Director and Specialised Physiotherapist, Pearl Wasif Sulaiman. The centre offers a variety of rehabilitation services including musculoskeletal, paediatric, cardiopulmonary and vestibular rehabilitation. Due to the centres remarkable growth since its establishment, Pearl Physiotherapy Center will be transitioning to an even bigger center to accommodate their growing patient base while adding new services. For updates on the opening of the new centre, visit www.pearl-physio.com, follow @ pearlphysiobh on Instagram or WhatsApp 33 305-020.

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unique facility in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Wonder Fitness is the first and only fitness centre which is specialised for individuals with autism. The centre offers a safe space for individuals with autism to have their needs and abilities developed and built on by specialists. The centre offers individualised sessions and recently introduced partner sessions - pairing two members of the center together seeing as it has been a great success. “We are a team of four passionate coaches and an amazing therapist who love to exercise, remain active and have a love for those wonders of the world – individuals with autism,” says Founder and Head Coach at Wonder Fitness Center, Sana Ghawas. The centre is located in close proximity to Atrium Mall, Janabiya. “We are a small fitness studio and focus on functional training. So, we don’t use machines. We focus on coordination, mobility and strength training using free and different kinds of weights along with resistance training,” she explains.

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Young athletes training at Wonder Fitness Center are found to benefit physically by getting stronger and learning new skills. Communication skills and reaction have also shown improvement with the young athletes.

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DR. ALI MATTAR DENTAL CENTER One of the first modern dental centres in Bahrain, Dr. Ali Mattar Dental Center WLL is a well-known name and has a track record of providing patients with excellent dental care. Founded in 1986, this private practice offers a comprehensive range of restorative, cosmetic and paediatric dental services. A graduate from the Royal College of Surgeons of England with his BDS-DDPH-MSc Degree, and a postgraduate from the Eastman Dental Institute in the UK, Dr. Mattar has worked diligently to grow his practice into a state-of-the-art facility that offers comprehensive, individualised care for dramatically improving the oral health and appearance of patients’ teeth and gums. Since its inception, more than 20,000 patients have come to Dr. Ali Mattar Dental Center for excellent proficiency, superior service and professional care.

two consecutive terms. An associate member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he also stays active within the dental community as a member of several professional organisations and study clubs, consistently developing his skills and knowledge through continuing education, dental conferences and seminars. For more information, kindly call 17 714-877.

Dr. Mattar and his expert team of consultants have transformed smiles using the most innovative techniques and technology. The centre offers Comprehensive, Preventive, Restorative, Cosmetic (including porcelain veneers) and Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Mattar and his associate dentists, who are experts in their respective dental specialities, are available to provide the best dental treatments in accordance with the highest international standards. He is one of the founding members of the Bahrain Dental Society and has served as its president for

DR. MURAT WOMEN’S CLINIC As a German / Bahrain Board-Certified Consultant for obstetrics/gynaecology and gynaecologic oncology, breast cancer, advanced minimal invasive gynaecology and robotic surgeries, Dr. Murat Koc is a leading authority in women’s reproductive ailments focusing on minimal invasion for maximum success. He is highly specialised and experienced in gynaecological laparoscopic and breast cancer diagnostics and treatments, including advanced cases, using an approach that incorporates the latest and most innovative medical advances available. Having performed a notable number of surgical and non-surgical procedures, he is one of the first choices for female patients not only in Bahrain, but in the region. His pioneering practice has led to the sophistication of women’s healthcare in Bahrain, most notably with the establishment of a first-of-its-kind, internationally accredited ‘Center of Excellence in Minimal Invasive Gynecology’ alongside his private 20 September 2021

practice, Dr Murat Women’s Clinic. Dr. Murat ‘s clinic provides all kinds of diagnostic, surgical or conservative treatment options for a variety of health issues that affect women – fibroids, ovarian tumours and cysts, prolapse and female incontinence, treatment and early detection of precancerous conditions of the female genital tract, and breast and other gynaecological cancers. Besides carrying out successful laparoscopic procedures, Dr Murat offers Integrative Oncology, which is the use of complementary, or integrative therapies along with conventional medicine to fight cancer. These therapies work together with standard treatment methods (surgery, chemotherapy or radiation) to treat the patient’s body, mind, and spirit. Integrative therapies an help with the goals of treatment, alleviate side effects, relieve distress, and may help with treatment results and adherence. For more information, call 17 230-238 or follow @drmuratwomensclinic on Instagram. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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A Far East Asian Feast at Bo.Sabi Here’s why Farah Baig thinks Bo.Sabi’s food and vibe are sure to make it a favourite on Bahrain’s dining scene.

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ord on the street was that The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa had a fresh new Asian cuisine concept restaurant. We’d heard that its ambience was as vibrant and tantalising as its menu so we chose to check it out. Bo.Sabi. The name itself was enough to grab our attention, and as we walked through the restaurant doors, we soon realised that it had the atmosphere to match. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has laid-back, contemporary vibe which is perfect for a night out with friends. With its high-ceiling, choice of indoor or outdoor seating, windows overlooking the garden and pool, and vibrant music, Bo.Sabi is sure to be a favourite on Bahrain’s social scene. After being seated at a large table, we were soon served our starters – Tuna Salad, Crab Meat Salad and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Bo.Sabi created a wonderful first impression with its Crab Meat Salad which is made from freshly flaked crab as opposed to surimi – seafood connoisseurs are sure to appreciate this detail. The crab salad is served with a fresh dressing and perfectly balanced with creamy avocado. The Tuna Salad is an excellent choice for those who appreciate the flavour of fresh tuna as it’s seared and has a firm texture. We enjoyed the light flavours of the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and chili which perfectly complemented the fish. After washing down our starters with one of Bo.Sabi’s funky mocktails – Ginger Fizz, we moved on to colourful platters of nigiri, sashimi and maki. The platters make for an excellent choice when you’d like to sit back, enjoy some banter and savour quintessential Japanese food. While www.bahrainthismonth.com

we enjoyed each and every element of the platters, what stood out to us the most was the Shrimp nigiri which is topped with raspberry, which adds an interesting tang, and a little dollop of caviar. Next up was the Lamb Chop Teppanyaki which is served with vegetable fried rice, Asian herbs and black pepper sauce. It was beautifully cooked and had a (quite literal) sweet touch with its caramelised potato chips. One of our favourite vegetarian mains was the Tofu Manchurian which offered a perfect punch of familiar Asian flavours to reinvigorate our palette. The tofu was soft and silky and generously coated in a thick gravy, spring onions, garlic, bell peppers and more. This was followed by a light Seafood Red Curry which was ladled with fresh mussels, clams and shrimp. It was light and went perfectly with the steamed jasmine rice. To top off our savoury dishes, we enjoyed the Pad Thai and seared Salmon. For dessert, we enjoyed the Thai Mango Sticky Rice which is a classic at any restaurant serving Far East Asian cuisine. The Vatiatalipan was extremely inviting; the dish of pudding was topped with crunchy caramelised cashew nuts and served with a side of fresh tropical fruit – we relished it to the very last bite. To end our experience, we tucked into the variety of mochi icecream which were flavoured and coated in a variety of ingredients like black sesame, coconut and matcha. Dining at Bo.Sabi in good company easily evokes images of being in a tropical paradise. After our experience, we’re convinced that Bo.Sabi is one of Bahrain’s most exciting new dining venues! September 2021 23


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FANTASTIC FEASTS

As the island begins to revive under eased Covid-19 restrictions, hotel and food establishments have pulled out all the stops to offer guests much-missed dining experiences in safe and hygienic environments. Here’s a round-up of some of the most luxurious gastronomic deals for you to savour.

INDIA ON A PLATE The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain presents Nirvana Express by Chef Mahipal Singh – a culinary journey around the North, South, West and East of India at Nirvana restaurant. Let Chef Mahipal present a four-course tasting menu inspired by the gastronomic wonders of the country’s prominent cities for your taste buds to take a quick journey around the Indian subcontinent, available on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; from noon – 3pm and again from 7pm - 11:30 pm. The meal is priced at BD20 per person. Call 17 586-499

FABULOUS FRIDAYS CUT By Wolfgang Puck, well-known for its sleek, modern ambience and exceptional culinary offerings welcomes guests for a relaxed brunch every Friday. Enjoy this delicious dining experience with exquisite dishes prepared by Executive Chef Brian Becher and his team, refreshing beverages and the best tunes on the terrace or indoors at this acclaimed restaurant. The gastronomic afternoon begins from noon - 3.30pm, priced at BD34, or BD48, inclusive of beverages. Call 17 115-055.

HOLA, LOVELY LADIES One of Bahrain’s newer dining venues, Salero Bahrain, at The Westin City Centre Bahrain, is a place to dine on Spanish favourites like paella and tapas within chic interiors. Wednesdays are special at this dining spot, with Lola’s Night especially for the lovely ladies on the island. Ladies will be able to take a complimentary Sangria-making class and will be treated to a free glass of Sangria. What’s more is that there will be a 50 per cent discount on handcrafted cocktails. The exciting evening begins at 7pm, up to 11pm. Prior reservations are required. Call 17 171-300 or visit www.salerobahrain.com

BUZZING WITH CULINARY DELIGHTS The Westin City Centre Bahrain’s stylish Furn Bistro is open for breakfast daily from 6.30am - 11am and extended until 11.30am during the weekend. Start your day right with this hearty repast, priced at BD7.500 per person. Coffee lovers can begin the morning with a satisfying cup of coffee paired with their choice of Viennoiserie (baked goods) available at Furn Bakery and Rotunda for only BD2.200, from 8am – 11.30am. Guests can make the most of the venue’s Café Gourmand offer, with a selection from sliced cakes and coffee, available from 12.30pm – 3.30pm, for BD3.500. Call 17 171-000. 24 September 2021

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PAN ASIAN PERFECTION Bo.Sabi, the restaurant and lounge at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa has been turning heads not only for its avantgarde décor, but also its varied Asian culinary offerings. The menu offers mixed Asian cuisine, with a smattering of Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai dishes. The vibe is refreshingly modern, with funky pop art detailing. The terrace venue hosts a happening Ladies Night from 7pm – midnight every Thursday, where ladies can help themselves to three complimentary selected beverages while they enjoy tunes from the DJ’s console. Fridays are all about Funky Sunsets from 4pm – 9pm, sure to put you in the Friday mood with upbeat entertainment from the DJ and delectable dishes from the à la carte menu. Call 17 531-666.

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BARBEQUE AT YOUR TABLE As the weather begins to let up by sunset, why not enjoy a barbecue by the poolside on Palms Terrace at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain? Take in the refreshing outdoors, enjoy flavoursome sheesha and satiate your taste buds and appetite with your favourite bites while watching live football matches on the large screen. Have your meats grilled the way you like them, served at your table, every day between 6pm – 11pm. The selection includes fine Frankfurt sausages, Shish Tawouk, beef tenderloin and lamb chops, priced at BD12 per person. Call 17 460-017. www.bahrainthismonth.com

There’s nothing more comforting than a Friday Roast in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, and La Mosaique Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain is the perfect setting for this enticing idea. Every Friday, from 1pm – 5pm, the venue serves a three-course Friday Roast comprising starters, a three-meat roasting board with all the traditional trimmings, and dessert. Meat roasts include beef, lamb and chicken, inclusive of three glasses of grape, or three fresh juice mocktails. This sumptuous meal costs BD15 per person. Call 17 531-122 / 39 242-391

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ORIENTAL FLAVOURS Handcrafted to perfection by Chef Den Paensurin, feast on a delectable platter of Nigiri, Crispy Hammour, Vegetable Uramaki and California Rolls served with Edamame at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s Oishi Sushi at Thai Lounge. The meal is priced at BD15 per person, available every Wednesday, from 6pm – 10pm. Call 17 586-499.

DINE IN STYLE MARINE MARVELS Head down to Fraser Suites located in Diplomatic Area to inject some mid-week excitement with Seafood Wednesday at da rosa. Indulge in the deliciousness of gems from the sea cooked to perfection every Wednesday, from X – X. The meal includes a mezze starter, main course and dessert, priced at BD18 for two guests. Call 16 161-840 / WhatsApp 33 621-016

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Dining at Bay View at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the definitive experience, full of tradition, innovation, and a delicious celebration of the flavours of the season. Artful interiors set the stage for elegant meetings and gatherings overlooking the stunning Manama skyline and Bahrain Bay. An à la carte menu featuring international dishes and an extensive offering of handcrafted mocktails are served throughout the day and evening. Pop in to this upmarket venue for a la carte breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea to savour a sublime culinary experience between 7am to midnight daily. Call 17 115-500.

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UNDERWATER WONDERS Rediscover the exceptional flavours of the treasures of the ocean with Seafood Night every Monday, between 7pm – 11pm, at Silk’s restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Get a taste of a wide variety of aquatic delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum dumplings and tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns. The seafood feast is priced at BHD25, inclusive of unlimited soft drinks and water, or BD30, inclusive of unlimited selected grape, ale and soft drinks. Call 17 460-017.

RIBS AND WINGS It’s time to get saucy with the Ribs and Wings promotion at The Harvesters Pub & Terrace, Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Revel in a mountain of St Louis spare ribs, beef ribs and jumbo chicken wings served with your selection of hearty side dishes every Tuesday evening, from 6pm all the way to midnight. This dining promotion is priced at BD18 per person. Call 17 531-122 / 39 920-163

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Royal Thai Embassy A get-together dinner was hosted by the Royal Thai Embassy at Elite Resort & Spa. The event was attended by invited guests and members of the local press.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO

Ever wondered which cars are the most stolen? Or perhaps the ROI for the previously stolen ‘Most Favourite Car in the World’? Dick Potter finds out. I start this month’s article with a note of gratitude - and sincerely hope that I am not tempting fate with it! We’ve been very lucky not to have been the victim of auto theft - see mention about not tempting fate. We have had a vehicle broken into a few times, another story for another day - but, car theft, fortunately not. My ancient motorbike was once stolen from outside our house in Adliya but thankfully turned up unscathed at the Isa Town Traffic Directorate compound a few months later; that was traumatic enough for me. So, for the owner of a stolen automobile, traumatic would be a slight understatement, I should imagine. I write of car theft this month as an article I read recently concerned a James Bond Aston

Martin DB5 that went “missing” and has apparently been “found”. The Aston was stolen 25 years ago from a private plane hangar in Boca Raton Florida. This, or one of them that was used in the movie Goldfinger and Thunderball was equipped with ejector seats, tyre shredders, machine guns and other such essential gadgetry. More importantly, it began the relationship between Aston and 007 which still endures today. The insurance company’s pay-out after this theft in the late ‘90s was rumoured to be in the region of USD4 million that’ll most likely be those ejector seats, they don’t come cheap. Interestingly, well, what’s not interesting about a Bond Aston, this car took less than 13 minutes of screen presence for the 1964 Aston

to gain the title of ‘The Most Favourite Car in the World’. The “missing” Aston is reported to have been spotted in the Middle East; actually, the rumour is that it’s currently in a private car collection somewhere in the GCC - that narrows it down somewhat, doesn’t it?! On the off chance that you do happen to know anyone with a private car collection, it might be worth your while to have a nose around in their garage/s, given that the reward for the car is $100,000 as per ‘The most famous car in the world’ podcast. Currently, the car is thought to be valued at USD30 million, that would have been rather a nice little ROI for Mr. Pugliese, the chap who bought it for USD400,000 in 1986.

As a matter of interest and for research purposes for this article, I googled the car model which is most commonly stolen. I was surprised by the response. It’s a Honda Civic apparently, followed by a Honda Accord and in third place, a Ford pick-up. Being a very thorough researcher, I delved deeper and bring to you the most common car colour of a stolen vehicle, it just so happens to be silver. Of course, should you next see one of the aforementioned three vehicles on the road, in the aforementioned colour, I don’t suggest you assume it to be a stolen vehicle. On the other hand, if you see someone whizzing about in an Aston Martin DB5 with a machine gun poking out of the headlights, you might just bag yourself the reward money! Safe motoring all - and if you’re the owner of a Silver Honda Civic, lock it up securely! dickpotter@redhousemarketing.com www.bahrainthismonth.com

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MAINTAINING A STRONG MOMENTUM

Ferrari has announced its consolidated preliminary results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2021. Shipments totalled 2,685 units in the second quarter of 2021, up 1,296 units or 93.3% versus the prior year quarter, which was heavily impacted by the disruptions of the COVID19 pandemic, including production and delivery suspension during the initial part. Sales of eight-cylinder models (V8) were up 111.2%- and 12-cylinder models (V12) were up 37.6%. The deliveries of the quarter were driven by the F8 family and the 812 GTS together with the SF90 Stradale and the Ferrari Roma, which reached global distribution. The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 continued to be delivered in line with planning. The first deliveries of the new Ferrari Portofino M commenced in the quarter. All geographic regions positively contributed in the quarter. EMEA was up 89.4%, Americas increased 70.3%, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan posted a strong 564.0% performance, boosted by the arrival of new models and accentuated by an easy comparison versus prior year(5) , and Rest of APAC(4) surged by 92.4%.

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NEW RIDE IN TOWN Automotive distributor in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Motorcity, has welcomed Jetour - a new game changing brand to its growing portfolio of global automotive vehicles. Jetour is part of a globalised automobile group based in China with over 20 years of experience in automotive engineering. Jetour Bahrain will initially be launched with three new models: the X70, the X70S and the flagship X90 at the Motorcity Showroom in Sitra. The latest range was created with a young audience in mind, who appreciate premium quality, significant technological features and overall affordability. The Jetour 70 range (X70 & X70S) has a timeless design and multi-functional features. It consists of a six-speed DCT automatic gearbox that intelligently switches gears. The multigear technology matches the engine speed, and a smooth shift that provides stable driving control. Jetour made their mark in the business in terms of evolving the technological aspect of their vehicles and dedicating itself to capitalising on these advanced technological options and maintaining affordability of its products.

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Customers in Bahrain can now browse the latest Mercedes-Benz models, purchase new vehicles, book essential service appointments and more from the comfort of their own home using the newly launched e-Commerce website by Al Haddad Motors. The innovative digital platform offers new and returning customers a seamless and fully intuitive online experience with instant access to the full range of Mercedes-Benz range and departments. The newly launched platform is part of the Mercedes-Benz Best Customer Experience 4.0 goals, which aims to secure 25 per cent of global sales through online platforms by 2025. “The introduction of this platform aims to streamline the whole purchasing process making it more convenient for customers. It has several features that include making purchases or reservations, making enquiries, and booking test drives. Customers can also receive detailed information about both the certified pre-owned and new car stocks,” says General Manager of Al Haddad Motors, Warren Hudson. Through the e-Commerce website, full connectivity with Al Haddad Motors is achieved by allowing users to browse the full inventory of vehicle stock and reserve models out of operating hours while also shopping for the wide range of add-ons and accessory packages available. The online store function allows clients access to up-to-date car searches and model selections, to review promotional offers and submit vehicle orders as well as the option to pay reservation fees and other associated billing requirements. You can now visit the Mercedes-Benz Bahrain e-Commerce website on www.shop.mercedes-benz-mena.com/bahrain/en/. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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A CHANCE TO OWN THE ULTIMATE LUXURY Bentley is offering customers a final opportunity to purchase a piece of automotive history - the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner for which production was ceased last year. Five examples of this rare, modern coachbuilt car, which was specifically designed for customers seeking the finest in luxury limousine transportation, have recently become available for purchase. Designed and built entirely by hand in 2015, these cars were shipped to their destination in the United Arab Emirates – but never used nor registered. The Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner was designed around the need for four passenger seats and includes two rear-facing seats, allowing passengers to talk face-to-face. This is in addition to a range of additional luxuries and comforts which allow passengers to work or relax on the move. The bespoke vehicle also features a custom heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system was designed and built by Bentley Mulliner, specifically for the Mulsanne Grand Limousine. With almost 500 years of craftsmanship experience and heritage, Bentley Mulliner has three distinct portfolios: Coachbuilt, Classic and Collections.

FASTER, FEISTIER, AND MORE FUN THAN EVER BEFORE Euro Motors (EM), the official importer of BMW Group vehicles in Bahrain, has announced the arrival of the new MINI three-door and five-door Hatch: faster, feistier, and more fun than ever before. With individual style and character, a hallmark of the MINI brand, the new MINI Hatch offers more variety, alongside an enhanced level of customisation underlined by the John Cooper Works model variant. A new exterior design language now puts the unmistakable appearance of the MINI in a decidedly purist light. Above all, the enhanced aesthetics ensure that the central design features of the MINI are now even more apparent and modern. In the interior, the www.bahrainthismonth.com

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN THE REGION Nissan Middle East has strengthened its model lineup with a suite of safety and connectivity features. Enhancing its offering of driver assistance and convenience features, Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) delivers on its promise of safer and more connected travel. Combining the three pillars of Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration, ongoing innovations in NIM play a vital role in aiding the brand to achieve its goal of virtually zero fatalities involving Nissan vehicles across the globe. The ultimate expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and autonomous driving is evident in the new Nissan Ariya, which will make its Middle East debut at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The newest addition to the NIM suite – the ProPILOT was premiered in the region on the 2021 Nissan Altima. Combining Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control extensively redesigned cockpit underlines the premium system with Steering Assist character of the MINI Hatch. Attractive additions to the technologies, ProPILOT makes range of standard and optional equipment, there are driving easy and stress-free by new exterior paint finishes, light-alloy wheels, interior automatically increasing or and seating surfaces available. Innovative technology in decreasing the vehicle’s speed to the areas of chassis, driver assistance systems, maintain a set distance from the operation and connectivity round off the latest update car ahead. Coupled with Lane for the British brand’s newest models. Intervention – a feature that utilises a forward-facing camera to The redesigned interior of the MINI Hatch is keep the vehicle in the center of sophisticated, modern, and of particularly high quality. the lane, and a stop-and-hold Brimming with an urban edge and more valuable function, the ProPILOT is every standard features, the MINI Hatch facelift marks the driver’s ideal companion. next stage of the MINI evolution. September 2021 31


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FRAUD PREVENTION AWARENESS AT THE FOREFRONT The Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB) announced its collaboration with NGN International, a full-fledged systems integrator and IT consultant, to promote the awareness of electronic fraud operations among institutions and individuals in Bahrain. The two parties will cooperate to implement several workshops within the activities of the NGN Majlis, and #Be_Careful campaign launched and implemented by the Bahrain Association of Banks. These workshops address several topics including SMS as a means of authenticating online accounts, email security, protecting company data, and cybersecurity. The collaboration will include conducting opinion surveys to monitor the awareness of bank customers’ regarding their electronic security, and the opinion of financial and banking leaders on the significance of the efforts to boost awareness of electronic fraud in Bahrain.

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BAHRAIN’S FINANCIAL WEALTH GROWS

Chairman of the Bahrain Society of the Private Training Institutes (BSPTI), Nawaf Mohammed Al Jishi, believes that Bahraini training institutes are a key partner in implementing the national plan for the labour market for the years 2021 through to 2023.

Bahrain’s financial wealth grew by a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2015 to reach a high of USD 69 billion in 2020 – 75 percent of which is investable wealth – as Bahrain’s market showed resilience in the face of the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

“Training institutes play a great role in achieving the goals of this plan in reviewing and evaluating Bahrainisation rates in all private-sector establishments and updating them according to the variables and indicators of the labour market to boost the preference for hiring Bahrainis without affecting the workflow of the establishments,” said Mr. Al Jishi. The Bahrain Society of the Private Training Institutes, which is the only official umbrella for training institutes in Bahrain, has expressed its openness to further discussions with the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to activate the role of training institutes as a cornerstone of the national plan in order to empower job seekers.

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The report, titled ‘Global Wealth 2021: When Clients Take the Lead’, reveals that despite the pandemic’s enduring financial impact, global prosperity and wealth grew significantly throughout the crisis and are likely to continue to expand significantly over the next five years, in line with the emerging economic recovery. “Bahrain’s wealth has remained resilient despite the turbulent climate following the COVID-19 outbreak. This viewpoint is substantiated through the data, which illustrates growth over the past five years, with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 supporting global economic activity. As a result, growth in wealth has been recorded, positioning Bahrain to make progress through 2025 and beyond,” said Managing Director and Partner at BCG, Mustafa Bosca. Bahrain, which represented 3% of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) financial wealth in 2020, is expected to witness strong growth of 3.6 percent CAGR to reach USD 82 billion by 2025, a USD13 billion increase from 2020. Meanwhile, the region’s financial wealth is forecast to reach USD 2.7 trillion in 2025 from USD 2.2 trillion in 2020. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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A RISE IN PROFITS GFH Financial Group B.S.C has announced its financial results for the first six months of the year ended 30 June 2021. The Group reported net profit attributable to shareholders of USD20.92 million for the second quarter of the year up 109.8 percent when compared with USD 9.97 million for the second quarter of 2020. The increase reflects strong performance across business lines despite the ongoing impact worldwide of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earnings per share for second quarter was US cents 0.68 compared to US cents 0.30 for the comparative quarter of 2020. Total income for the second quarter of 2021 was USD 90.62 million compared to USD 77.07 million for the second quarter of 2020, a rise of 17.6

percent. Consolidated net profit for the second quarter was USD 24.81 million compared with USD 13.60 million in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 82.3 percent. Major contributions for the second quarter of 2021 included income generated from the Group’s investment banking and placement activities, its financing portfolio and treasury income as well as higher contributions from its increased stake, acquired during the quarter, in Khaleeji Commercial Bank, the Group’s commercial banking subsidiary. Total expenses for the second quarter were USD 65.82 million compared to USD 63.46 million in the comparative period of 2020, an increase of 3.7 percent.

IMPRESSIVE NATIONAL TRADING FIGURES The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) issued its foreign trade report of July 2021, encompassing data on the balance of trade, imports, exports (national origin), and re-exports.

accounted for 75 percent of the total value, with the remaining countries accounting for 25 percent.

The value of imports increased by 10 percent, reaching BD418 million during July 2021 compared to BD378 million for the same month of the previous year. The top ten countries accounted for 71 percent of the value of imports, with the remaining countries accounting for 29 percent.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked first among countries receiving Bahraini exports of national origin, importing BD75 million from Bahrain. United States of America was second with BD54 million and Egypt third with BD29 million.

According to the report, Brazil ranked first when it came to imports to Bahrain, with a total of BD59 million, China was second with BD50 million, and the United Arab Emirates was third with BD31 million. Non-agglomerated iron ores and concentrates emerged as the top product imported by Bahrain with a total value of BD67 million, while aluminum oxide was second with BD26 million, and four-wheel drive cars third with BD17 million. The value of exports of national origin increased by 62 percent to BD327 million during July 2021, compared to BD202 million for the same month of the previous year. The top ten countries in terms of the value of exports of national origin purchased from Bahrain www.bahrainthismonth.com

Unwrought aluminum alloyed emerged as the top products exported during July 2021 with BD97 million, agglomerated iron ores and concentrates was second with a value of BD67 million and third Semifinished iron and steel with BD18 million. The trade balance, difference between exports and imports, the value of the deficit of the trade balance reached BD31 million during July of 2021 versus BD135 million for the same month of the previous year with a decrease of 77%. September 2021 33


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THE POWER OF THE SUN A LOOK AT SOLAR ENERGY

Pria Masson Tanwar talks about Solar Energy and the world of possibilities for its implementation in the region.

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he recent United Nations report on climate change has added to the already building momentum on the urgent need to be environmentally mindful. Clearly the idea that we all need to be environmentally conscious is very far from new. However, it often seems like everything has an environmental impact and it can be a little overwhelming to think of where to begin. In analysing climate change and implications, I had a similar issue – the issues are way too many. So this month, I decided to focus on one that I feel has the maximum potential in the GCC region i.e. renewable energy or more specifically solar energy. By definition renewable energy is any energy that is indefinitely available with limited risks of running out. This usually

encompasses energy in naturally occurring elements and therefore refers to energy generated using wind, biomass, water and the sun. As per the Department of Energy (USA)1, the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth›s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world›s energy consumption for a full year. Geographically, solar energy is the easiest step for the GCC region. This is evident with the significant strides that have been made recently. Dubai is expected to see the completion of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park worth USD 4.3 billion. Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) is slated to construct the Al Dhafra Solar 1 www.energy.gov/eere/solar/how-doessolar-work www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project which, once operational, will generate enough electricity for 16,000 homes in the UAE through its four million solar panels. The question which then comes to mind is what is Photovoltaic and how is solar energy actually used. Photovoltaic (PV) is one of two primary methods to harness solar energy. Solar panels are made up of numerous PV cells which absorb natural solar energy and store it and transmit it as programmed. For larger energy needs, Concentrated Solar Power Systems (CPS) that use mirrors to concentrate natural solar energy are used to transmit energy to driver turbines or engines that create electricity. Even though it’s an obvious choice, solar energy utilisation is a complex and expensive system and that too in a cost competitive environment. The soft cost of generating solar energy can be quite high. In a mature market like the United States, hardware comprises only about 34 percent of the costs while the soft costs can account for up to 66 percent of the total costs2. These soft costs comprise labour, clearances, supply chain costs, sales and marketing and other overheads. Once the 2 www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-soft-costs-basics

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electricity is generated, it is then sold to power grids based on long term agreements known as power purchase agreements. Once a deal is signed, its locked in for around 25 years. Bahrain has also been taking a number of steps towards increasing solar energy usage. Solar One is the country’s first solar panel manufacturing facility that has a capacity of 60,000 panels per year. For generation, private solar generation plants are gaining popularity for specific projects. Recently, the Formula 1 track of Bahrain has tendered a 3MW PV solar project for which five firms have submitted bids. Bahrain Mall is slated to have a 6MW power plant to be designed and maintained by Dubai-based Yellow Door Energy and has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 6,300 tonnes annually3. Solar energy is a small drop in the ocean of things we can do to save our planet – but for the drive to come from industry, there needs to be incentive. Survival incentive or economic incentive. Its appears like firms and individuals are learning to evaluate the intangible and tangible costs alike. It’s a step in a direction we inevitably all have to take. 3 https://www.power-technology.com/comment/solarplant-bahrain-mall/

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tv releases

Staying in?

Check out Kristian Harrison’s highly recommended list of movies to keep yourself entertained.

The Mad Women’s Ball

The Mad Women’s Ball follows Eugénie, a young woman living during the close of the 19th century, who discovers that she has the special power to hear the dead. After her family discovers her secret, she is taken to a neurology clinic in Paris without any way of escaping her fate. Eugénie’s destiny will soon become entwined with that of Geneviève, a nurse, and their encounter will change both their futures.

Cinderella

From Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect), Cinderella (2021) is a modern musical with a bold take on the story you grew up with. Ambitious heroine (Camilla Cabello) has big dreams and with the help of her Fab G, she perseveres to make them come true. Cinderella has an all-star cast including Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, James Corden, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter and Pierce Brosnan.

Clique

Created by Jess Brittain, this drama series follows Georgia and Holly, two childhood best friends who are drawn apart at university in Edinburgh when Georgia gets accepted into an elite academic circle, leaving Holly out in the cold. When Georgia starts behaving erratically, Holly becomes worried and decides to infiltrate and investigate her friend’s new clique, uncovering a world of sordid secrets in the process. 36 September 2021

Worth Afterlife of the Party

A social butterfly (Victoria Justice) experiences the biggest party foul of all… dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones, and most importantly, prove that she’s worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, Worth is one of the many titles coming out of the Obamas’ production company for Netflix. Starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan, the movie will tell the story of Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer who fought for the victims of the event and oversaw the compensation fund. www.bahrainthismonth.com


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Dug Days Pixar Animation Studios’ Dug Days is a series of shorts that follows the humorous misadventures of Dug, the lovable dog from Disney and Pixar’s Up. Each short features everyday events that occur in Dug’s backyard, all through the exciting (and slightly distorted) eyes of our favourite talking dog. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bob Peterson.

Marvel’s What If…? “What If…?” flips the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles.

Star Wars Visions Star Wars: Visions will be a series of animated short films celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators. The anthology collection brings together some fantastic visions from several of the leading Japanese anime studios, offering a fresh and diverse cultural perspective to Star Wars.

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VERDICT:

A decent sports game which settles for par.

RATING:

WHAT IS IT?

Mario Golf: Super Rush is a golf video game developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sixth instalment in the Mario Golf series following Mario Golf: World Tour in 2014 and is part of the larger Mario franchise. The game features various characters from the Mario franchise competing in golf, with regular competition and other modes.

GAMEPLAY

The fundamental gameplay is comparable to previous entries in the Mario Golf series. Through traditional golf rules, the player’s primary objective is to get the ball into each hole with the fewest possible number of strokes, using the various golf clubs available to them. Multiple tools are available to players for strategic benefit, such as the ‘Shot Gauge’ showing the direction and the curve of the ball against slopes and the scan feature, which allows the player to better assess the elevation of terrain. The game offers both conventional button controls for taking shots and motion controls to simulate hitting the ball with a swing.

GRAPHICS

There are six courses in total, which isn’t a huge amount (especially when compared to World Tour, which had 10) but at least they offer variety. The super sandy Balmy Dunes will test your approach play, while Wildweather Woods has (you guessed it) wild weather to contend with. They’re each visually appealing in their own ways, and while Super Rush doesn’t look like a top-tier Nintendo game graphically, it bursts with colour – especially when playing in handheld mode.

CURVED SPACE

Curved Space is an intense arcade-style twin-stick shooter that takes the classic formula and plunges it into the weirdest reaches of space. Battle cosmic space-invading spiders across curved landscapes where bullets hug the terrain while the horizon drops sharply out of sight.

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SCARLET NEXUS

Scarlet Nexus is set in both the near future and an alternate reality where humanity has developed technology and formed a society based on the substances found in human brains. These substances also grant humans extrasensory superpowers. The Other Suppression Force (OSF) recruits members with supernatural abilities, including your character, to protect humanity from the Others, mindless mutants which descend from the Extinction Belt.

MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: WINGS OF RUIN

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin offers both RPG and Monster Hunter fans a unique new experience with a rich storyline featuring charming characters, challenging quests and friendly encounters with familiar monsters from the Monster Hunter series. Assuming the role of a young Monster Rider who can use a Kinship Stone to form strong bonds with monsters, players can gain experience and improve their skills to form deeper connections with these wonderful creatures. When ready, players can embark on memorable adventures filled with dramatic events and heart-warming friendships as the epic tale unfolds. www.bahrainthismonth.com


bystander

Indonesian Independence Day Ceremony An official ceremony

was held at the Indonesian Embassy to mark the country’s 76th Independence Day. The event was attended by invited guests.

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APPS REVIEW HERE ARE SOME APPS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE A WHOLE LOT EASIER!

Evernote Evernote is an app focused on note-taking, with multiple digital ‘notebooks’ helping you keep your thoughts tidy. It features simple to-do lists, a powerful search tool so you can easily find specific notes and the ability to sync between devices. It also lets you share your notes and collaborate on projects with others, easily track expenses and attach files, all through an attractive, clutter-free interface.

Strava

Pocket

Strava is a seriously compelling tool for runners and cyclists, letting you create, find and follow routes and track your speed, distance, pace and elevation. For those who are competitive runners or cyclists, whether on a more serious level or with friends, the app provides leaderboards, personal records and comparisons to friends and other app users.

Duet Display Duet Display uses the Apple iPad or iPhone you›re already carrying as an additional screen for your laptop on the road. Deskdwellers know the joys of using dual displays, especially while monitoring social media feeds, stock tickers, or any sort of status indicators. This iPad app works well in a pinch, or even full time if your laptop is beefy enough.

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Life is busy and there›s not always time to read that article you spotted on your way to work this morning. Pocket solves that by allowing you to easily save web pages and even videos for later, storing them all in one place. It›s much more than just a bookmarking system though, as it also makes them available offline, so you can catch up with things any time you don’t have an internet connection. You can even synchronise your saved articles across every device you›ve installed Pocket on, allowing you to pick up where you left off and continue reading.

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music

Jennifer Hudson

Respect Jennifer Hudson auditioned for American Idol in 2004 with “Share Your Love with Me,” sung with clear reverence for the version cut by Aretha Franklin. Only three years later, she was summoned by the Queen of Soul, who greeted her with “You’re gonna win an Oscar for playing me, right?” On this motion picture soundtrack, lesser singers would likely attempt imitation and undoubtedly fall short. Hudson is among the few who could pull it off. The powerhouse seems to glean her own past as much as that of her subject, and though she nails some of the queen’s mannerisms and inflections – especially when the material calls for elation and assertion – her voice remains singular.

Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson

The Killers Pressure Machine Verdict:

A heartfelt and poignant statement

What’s the story? Less than a year after the release of their critically acclaimed sixth album, Imploding the Mirage, the Killers return with the melancholic Pressure Machine. The album originated during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic when The Killers recognised that the planned Imploding the Mirage world tour would have to be postponed. The Killers embraced the idea of a concept record based on Brandon Flower’s childhood. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. described the choice by saying: “But the sky was falling and we were hit with this emotion – especially Brandon. We wanted to do something following that feeling. I remember him saying, ‘Follow me down this road’. We put those songs to the side and embarked on something new and fresh. That’s what became ‘Pressure Machine’.”

Refuge Longtime friends and collaborators Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson had long discussed their shared love of this particular sect of ambient music, and toyed with the idea of making an album. When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March of 2020, Banhart and Georgeson used their time in quarantine to finally realise this dream, collaborating remotely on the sounds that became Refuge. The 12 pieces that make up the album are almost entirely instrumental, and for the most part follow the design of the ‘80s new age material that inspired the project. Refuge sounds composed, thoughtful, and intimate, with reflections on pain, grief, acceptance and relief.

Lucinda Chua

Antidotes Like many performers who seem to arrive out of nowhere fully-formed, Lucinda Chua’s artistry took a while to come to fruition. Chua was a well-regarded collaborator and prior to that, Chua was one half of the underappreciated experimental chamber pop duo Felix, whose albums hinted at the gift for expressing hard-to-pin-down moods she demonstrates so brilliantly on Antidotes. Though Chua was in no rush to start her solo career, it was worth waiting for her – Antidotes is a striking reintroduction to a musician who has been on the margins for far too long.

Worth a listen? The album is a stark rumination on small-town life set to the most pensive, yet touching soundscapes in their catalogue to date. This is not a typical Killers album: stripped of their typical Vegas bombast, rousing anthems, and glittering showmanship, the set reveals the dark side of the Sam’s Town trailer park, a place of depression, fundamentalism, desperation and violence. This matured focus on concept and mood saves the album from becoming an odd misstep, serving instead as a dignified artistic exercise that rewards the band’s bravery by becoming the most heartfelt and poignant statement of their careers. www.bahrainthismonth.com

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GADGETS

BTM brings you the latest gadgets to push your technological buttons.

NEATO BOTVAC D7 ROBOT VACUUM

Building on its predecessors’ reputation for painstaking thoroughness, the D7 is less plasticky, better for pet hair, and has a luscious app that allows you to control it remotely, chart its progress and keep its venturesome spirit in check with no-go areas. Available at www.thinkgeek.com

LOGITECH MX VERTICAL ADVANCED ERGONOMIC MOUSE

The natural handshake position of MX Vertical is designed to reduce wrist pressure and forearm strain associated with repetitive stress injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The unique 57° vertical angle has been optimised for an ergonomic posture without compromising a pixel of performance.

PET GROOMING GLOVE

If you own a pet, this glove will spare you a lot of cleaning. It’s very comfortable to use, and all you have to do is pet your furry friend like you’re stroking them. It’s guaranteed to be more relaxing than combing. It works on any kind of animal and it’s very easy to clean. Available at www.amazon.com

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AUKEY CHARGING STAND

This slick pedestal, from charging giant Aukey, is both: more attractive and more practical than the flat wireless chargers that have preceded it. With three internal coils and adjustable feet, it makes the idea of wireless charging seem less gimmicky and more genuinely convenient. Available at www.menkind.co.uk 42 September 2021

LUMOS BIKE HELMET

Forty-eight LEDs adorn this ventilated bike helmet: white at the front, red at the back, and amber indicators to left and right, controlled by a remote on your handlebar. Not only can you signal your intentions to drivers, the helmet can also detect when you’re braking, and its lights react accordingly. Available at www.menkind.co.uk www.bahrainthismonth.com


Bahrain Edition

BEAUTY | FASHION | HOME | WELLBEING | LOCAL ISSUES

September 2021 | Issue 221

PEOPLE Bahraini swimmer, Noor Taha, tells us about her journey to the Olympics We take a peek into Juncal Andres’ life

BEAUTY Our favourite fall cosmetics and perfumes Skincare you’re sure to love

OPINION Julia Knight highlights the importance of school breaks Ouiam tells us how to reset our kids’ sleep cycle

FASHION LIFESTYLE Fun breakfast recipes for the kids

Turn heads with these unique looks

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To incorporate that creative edge into evening looks, we draw inspiration from Giorgio Armani with their colourful pant suits and celestial colour palettes.

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Diesel’s FW21 collection consists of looks that form a clear balance between comfort and creativity. Their oversized denim bottoms, which sit comfortably on the hips, and green P-Calton Teddy pants that are cinched at the waist form the perfect foundation for an edgy look.

EDITOR’S PICK! One of the most effortless, yet effective ways, to add an unmatched edge to your outfit is with an eclectic pair of shades. We set our eyes on a fresh Bahraini brand, Your Lunette – the brainchild of Nada Nabeel Al Majed. The concept sunglass Bahraini brand offers daily fashionable statement eyewear that translates a little something about your inner character. Their eye candy is daring, fierce, trendy, colourful, and affordable.

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FASHION

For a progressive style, we draw inspiration from the flowy, patterned shirt and pant from Dutch retail clothing brand Scotch and Soda.

Givenchy’s look consisting of a statement their tailored cape jacket is paired in spectacular fashion with head-turning spiked jewellery and a pop of brick red lipstick – a look that shall remain etched in our minds.

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Tory Burch

Versace

TODS

FASHION

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Tods, Tory Burch and Versace each delivered a FW collection that is chic and ideal for a strong woman that is out and about.

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PEOPLE | interview

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Farah Baig speaks to the young Bahraini swimmer, Noor Taha, who represented the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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PEOPLE | interview

At first glance, Noor Yousif Taha might seem like your typical teenager. However, at just 15-years-old, this young woman has gone above and beyond having represented the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After years of diligent training, the Bahraini swimmer put on a stellar performance at the Olympics - breaking her personal record in the 50-metre freestyle by finishing in 28:87 seconds to take the fifth place in her heat. Her best time prior to the Olympics was 29:42 seconds. Noor’s performance at the Olympics was exemplary but few know the story behind the young athlete’s debut into the world of swimming. “I got into the competitive scene of swimming when I was seven years old, but I first tried my hand at it when I was just four. When I first joined, my intention was simply to learn how to swim, but soon after I decided I want this hobby to be a part of my life doing something I very much enjoy and representing my country in the process,” says Noor. Following her performance at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Noor was invited by The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) to participate at the Olympic games for which she was supported by the Bahrain Swimming Association. “Training sessions were put on hold multiple times due to COVID-19 which definitely had a negative impact at the time, but thankfully we were able to get back on track and begin training,” she says. Prior to the Olympics, the young athlete went through three training sessions spread throughout the day. “I had my swimming training in the morning and at night, and a dry land training session in the afternoon. Captain Alex, Captain Dhaen and Captain Martin were pushing me to be the best version of myself and I can’t thank them enough for www.womanthismonth.com

that,” she says. “The training was rough and tiring, but I had a goal in mind, and I knew it’s not meant to be a walk in the park. So, I had to push through it all with complete focus and finesse,” adds Noor. Speaking of the experience representing the Kingdom at what is considered to be the most prestigious sporting event worldwide, Noor expresses her immense happiness and pride. “Seeing that all my hard work was paying off, I felt an excitement I can’t describe when I found out that I was representing my beloved country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” she says.

The next major events for which Noor is training are the Arab Championship Short Course and the World Championship Short Course which will both take place in Abu Dhabi. “My family, friends, coaches and the entire organisation played a huge role in supporting me to get to where I am today. They have been my biggest supporters throughout my journey as an athlete,” she says. “The next step, of course, is training for the Paris 2024 Olympics,” she concludes tenaciously.

“Five years ago, I would have never seen myself participating in the Olympics, but today, I believe with enough hard work and dedication I can achieve much more. It was also a very insightful journey, I got to see other Olympians’ techniques and how they trained,” she adds. As a young, accomplished athlete in Bahrain, Noor intends to further pursue a career in sporting and swimming. “Anything is possible when you want it bad enough. I wish to be a successful athlete with record-breaking results - not an easy task in anyway, but I know for a fact that with enough blood, sweat and tears I will one day achieve my ultimate goal,” she says with unwavering determination. She strongly urges young women, much like herself, to pursue a career in sports should they wish to. “Find your passion and dedicate all your energy and power into understanding and perfecting it. There will be those who doubt you, and people that will laugh at all your ambitions; shut the door on those people and use everything they say to push you forward,” she says. September 2021

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BEAUTY | news

Pretty Pigmented Lippie from Siella Beauty! Siella Beauty, a hot new beauty brand, has released a collection of 18 highly pigmented liquid matte lipsticks including shades of nude, pink, peach and red. The lipsticks are formulated to last up to 12 hours, maintaining lip hydration, and are water and transfer-proof. Each lipstick is named after women who are friends, family and supporters of the brand that have been part of the founder’s journey. The brand’s first ever lipstick, which has grown to be its best seller, is Nina - named after the founder’s mother. All products are available at www.siellabeauty.com.

Our highly-recommended beauty essentials to have you looking your best all through September. We are tip-toeing our way closer to fall, but the need for beauty essentials remains nonetheless. Here are some of our favourite cosmetics and fragrances this month to keep you looking and feeling fresh!

A WAVE OF SCENTS WITH CARTIER Cartier has created a fresh collection of three perfumes that pay homage to nature and its rivers. Insouciance, Allégresse and Luxuriance: three rivers, three intense emotions that immerse you in nature, celebrating life. The fresh fragrances come in three refillable bottles, with a lighter and pastellised glass, keeping the environment and sustainability in mind. The exquisite fragrances are dotted with the olfactory notes of flowers like irises and violets, aside from natural elements such as oak, rosemary and wild herbs. Each fragrance is available in a 100 ml spray bottle. Visit www.cartier.com to find your nearest supplier.

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THE ESSENCE OF BEAUTY A healthy glow is essential just about any time of the year. Essence has grown to be a staunch favourite when it comes to easy-on-the-pocket cosmetic products on the market. We love the 2in1 duo bronzer with cocoa butter which creates a softly tanned complexion, mattifies the face, and sets luminous accents. The bronzer, with a pleasant cocoa fragrance, contains 99% natural ingredients! Check out this product and more at www.essencemakeup.com. www.womanthismonth.com


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CHARLOTTE TILBURY’S MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK

A Naturally Beautiful Pout The easy-to-apply, full-pigment formula from Anastasia Beverly Hills delivers an ultra-matte finish that seamlessly glides on the lips. The precise heart-shaped bullet provides excellent control for defining the lip line and effortlessly creating a long-lasting application. Available on www.namshi.com.

Charlotte's dialed-up iconic nude-pink Pillow Talk shade adds warmth and deeper, sweeter rose tones, for every skin tone from fair to medium to deep. What makes it magic? This universally loved moisturising matte formula smooths and shapes the lips, formulated for every woman at every age and any skin tone. Enriched with antioxidant Lipstick Tree and Orchid extracts to soften and condition, plus 3D glowing pigments create the illusion lit-from- within lips that appear wider and fuller. Triglycerides mixed with a perfect blend of oils and waxes glides long-lasting colour onto the lips. Available on www.namshi.com.

Blend and Protect with Flormar International drugstore beauty brand, Flormar, is your solution to looking your best on a hot day. The Flormar AntiBlemish BB Cream gives you the best of both worlds by preventing the formation of acne whilst also giving your skin that flawless smooth finish without the heavy feel of a foundation. It has moisturising, oil-balancing effects and SPF 15 that protects the skin from harmful UV rays, and is available in six different colour options to suit your skin tone. Flormar products are available at all Flormar Stores across the region and online on www.glambeaute.com and www.instashop.com. www.womanthismonth.com

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Education

A COVID-19 RETURN TO SCHOOL Educator, Julia Knight, explores how schools can prevent anxiety in students upon their return to school. As we edge closer to the end of the pandemic, many of us hope that things have changed for the better. For many the pandemic has encouraged us all to revaluate what is important. This has certainly been the case in education. Schools were very quick to adapt to legislation and mandates from the authorities about social distancing but are we ready for the consequences? Socially distancing and school closures have increased anxiety and mental health concerns in young people; so, what can schools do to mitigate these side effects of the pandemic? The answer is quite simple. Improve their break times. One aspect of education that has been vastly overlooked in recent times is the school day and the way in which it is

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organised. Now I’m not talking about flexi hours for students or realising the dreams of teens and having a 10 am start time, but increasing opportunities for play and socialising. Since the mid-90s, schools across the world have reduced their break times to accommodate more learning; to provide more time in a classroom, but should parents be concerned? On average the reduction has seen primary school children lose 45 minutes of playtime whilst secondary school children have lost 65 minutes per week. This research conducted by University College London Institute of Education looked at the impact on children’s wellbeing and found that the benefits of play or break time can be overwhelmingly positive.

As many teachers and parents know, there are aspects of life that cannot be taught in a classroom- social skills such as friendship and conflict management; leadership and team building skills through activities organised and led by students themselves. Then there is, of course, the physical exercise gains that are enormously beneficial to children - its impact isn’t just on physical health but mental health too. In a study by Princeton University which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that more exercise increased calmness and reduced anxiety. This is good news for learners - if anxiety is reduced, learning is likely to be more effective having a school-wide benefit and impact.

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Education

Schools should provide outdoor and indoor spaces for children’s recreation that are sizeable and suitable. The spaces should provide opportunities for exercise such as a grassy area for ball games, climbing frames and other outdoor equipment to challenge children’s natural curiosity as well as spaces for quiet reflection.

Schools who value wellbeing also value and understand the impact and importance of recreation time too. Break times should provide opportunities for children to collect and eat their food, to chat with friends and to decompress from the previous session of learning. By increasing breaktimes, schools are providing longer periods of exercise and time away from studying so that children can enjoy school. If parents think back to their school days, what do they remember? I am sure it wasn’t extra maths P2 Tuesdays but playing with their friends.

Independent schools in the UK have on average around 20% of the school day given to break times compared to 16% in the state sector. This is significant because international schools often model themselves on independent schools and parents expect similar outcomes academically. Parents can ask questions such as how long is break? Where do the children eat? How much time do they have for playtime? What activities are in place for them to do? Schools which have longer breaktimes are actually improving the wellbeing of the children in their care balancing social and emotional well-being with the academics. Julia Knight has been teaching for 18 years in London, Bangkok and, is now a principal in Bahrain. She writes for many education magazines worldwide and offers teacher training and consultancy. You can follow her on Twitter @KnightWilliams.

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l o o h c S o t BackB reakfasts

LIFESTYLE | food

The big news of kids physically going back to school may have thrown mammas into a tizzy over what to serve them in the mornings, especially if you prefer to give your youngsters a hot breakfast over cereal most days of the week. Let the struggle to scramble out of the door in time not give you the jitters (you may feel a bit out of touch with the once-familiar school run) with these make-ahead breakfast ideas that could save you time and a whole lot of hassle.

FREEZER FREINDLY BREAKFAST Not only are these healthy, easy to make and to eat in the mornings, but also make a QUESADILLAS fun cracker of a lunch when you’re short on time. Ingredients: (for 1 quesadilla, serves 2) · 2 tortillas or large whole-wheat Flat bread · 1 tablespoon butter/cooking spray · 2 eggs · 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese · 2 tablespoons chopped turkey bacon, diced (or more, for a meatier quesadilla)

· 2 tablespoons canned sweet corn · 1 tablespoon each of onion, mushroom, green and red bell pepper, chopped

· salt to taste

Method 1. In a bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients, except butter.

2. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of melted butter. (It will help to have a pan with a base the exact size of the tortilla).

3. Put one tortilla in the pan and let it sizzle slighty in the butter on medium heat.

4. Spoon the egg mixture onto the tortilla and let it set halfway through.

5. Top with the other tortilla, allowing it to stick to the egg mixture.

6. Cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until the mixture is cooked through to your liking.

Cut into quarters. Place cool quesadilla portions into freezer bags and freeze till you need them. When ready to use, heat them in an oven or in the microwave (about 45 second – 60 second per serving).

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LIFESTYLE | food

BANANA BERRY MUFFINS These are ready in a jiffy when you have some time to spare, like over the weekend, and just the knowledge of having them in the freezer for breakfast on any weekday will give you a sense of calm and control. Plus, you get bonus points for serving a healthy morning meal to the kids. Ingredients: (makes 12) · 3 ripe bananas (on the softer side) · A handful of blueberries or rasberries · 12 walnut halves · -1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or half-and-half with whole-wheat flour)

· 1 cup soft brown sugar · 1 teaspoon baking soda · 1/2 teaspoon salt · 1 large egg at room temperature · 1/3 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute half the quantity with unsweetened applesauce)

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method 1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. 2. Mash the bananas. Squeeze the berries lightly

with a fork, just till they are bruised and slightly opened up. Add to the mashed bananas.

3. Add egg, oil and vanilla; mix well. 4. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full.

5. Top each muffin cup with a walnut. 6. Bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes or until a

toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins sit for about 10 minutes outside the oven and then transfer them to a wire rack to bring to room temperature.

7. To freeze, pop into the freezer until solid (around 30 minutes) and then wrap each muffin with foil, place in an airtight freezer-safe container and stow away for up to 2 months.

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LIFESTYLE | opinion

GET ENOUGH SLEEP!

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Ouiam El Hassani tells us the 7 steps to forming great sleeping habits in kids.

or many families, summer is a season when rules relax, and bedtimes get pushed back a little later than usual. However, with school restarting shortly, weekday mornings are about to start a lot earlier for many kids, and parents might be wondering how to reset the clock on bedtimes. The worst thing you can do is leave it to the last minute and hope your child will have a great first day at school… chances are this will not work! Having enough sleep is essential for anyone to function well during the day; however, many kids don't know enough about sleep and might even perceive it as a great big timeout where they're missing out on things. Hence the importance of having conversations about sleep with your kids to get them up to speed. Before you start the conversation, make sure it is during a time when they are attentive and open to conversation, not tired or cranky. You also need to consider the following points:

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1- Be Positive About Sleep

Make sure that younger children, especially, understand that sleep is a positive thing, and don't use the threat of bedtime as a punishment. Talk to your kids about how a lack of sleep can impact one's mood, health, and academic ability. Just as we teach our kids about the importance of eating healthy, we should teach them about the importance of sleeping healthy from an early age.

2- Empower Your Children with Choices

It's important to empower children with choices around bedtime because the one thing they can't have a choice in is the fact that they do need to go to sleep. They will be more accountable, more responsible, and hopefully, develop good sleep habits early in life if we empower them through simple choices. So maybe you can ask them which pajamas they would like to wear, what book they would like to read before bed etc. www.womanthismonth.com


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3- Let Them Do Their Own Bedtime Math

Instead of just telling kids when they need to go to bed, involve them in figuring out an appropriate bedtime. Before you raise your eyebrow, let me explain further… Have your children check online for how much sleep they need depending on their age, and figure out together when the child can go to bed and when they can wake up. Use those math skills.

4- Add One Sleep Item to the Back-to-School Shopping List

Add one sleep-related item to the back-to-school shopping list; it can really help children understand the importance of sleep as they head back into the classroom. A conversation about how getting a good night's sleep is vital for school success, combined with a shopping trip for a new pillowcase or comforter, can really help children see sleep as a priority and give them something to look forward to using at bedtime.

6- Enact A Media Curfew

At least an hour before bedtime, screen time should come to an end, and other, more relaxing, activities can begin.

7- Remember: It's Never Too Late for Good Sleep Habits

Specialists see the age of three as the ideal time to start reinforcing the importance of sleep for a child's health, but older kids and even mom and dad can reverse bad bedtime habits if the whole family buys in. Parents will have to actively participate in making bedtime fun, enjoyable, and tears free.

5- Provide An Environment Conducive to Sleep

When our kids are infants, we're really good at setting up rooms that can help them sleep. But as our children age out of cribs and start to accumulate many possessions and playthings, their rooms can become a less ideal sleeping environment. Sleep specialists recommend removing stimulating toys from the child's room, or storing them in another area of the house, and never putting televisions, tablets or smartphones in a child's room.

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This may be the season to tweak your own sleep habits too, mama. Here's to a wellrested September. September 2021

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BEAUTY | skincare

JUST MASK IT

Complement your beauty regimen with Himalaya’s exotic range of sheet masks for salon-like pampering at home. Made of ultra-soft, biodegradable cotton and infused with herbal actives, the four new variants offer completely natural solutions to restore skin health from within. Whether it’s the Youthful Radiance (edelweiss and pomegranate) that aids visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, Purifying Neem (neem and tea tree) to clarify and keep the skin pure, Detoxifying (charcoal and green tea) that aids deep cleansing by removing excess oil and dirt from pores, or Natural Glow (saffron & Vitamin C) for bright and enhanced skin complexion; you will find only naturally infused solutions for desirable facial skincare routine.,

Available at leading supermarkets.

SKINCARE TO THE RESCUE

Cleansing, toning and moisturising; we know the basic drill to keep our skin looking its very best. But which products to choose from the array available online and in the markets? We bring you the top picks from the newest products in the world of skincare.

NOURISH AND MOISTURISE

Here comes a product that works for all kinds of skin. The HELLO GOOD STUFF! range includes the Tinted Beauty Cream that claims to skillfully highlight the individual beauty of every skin type. The softly tinted, nourishing day cream with natural cactus blossom extract, hyaluronic acid and glycerin provides moisture for 24 hours, makes slight skin irregularities disappear and is easy to blend. With an ultra-soft and light texture, 90 per cent of the product’s ingredients are natural.

SPRITZ ON SOME ROSE

Milani Cosmetics Rosewater Hydrating Mist is an all-natural face mist toner with rosewater, aloe vera and elderflower that instantly revitalises, softens, and hydrates skin, creating a smooth and lightweight veil on the face. This multitasking product can be used as a makeup priming spray or as a skin refresher throughout the day to hydrate your skin, keeping it looking fresh and dewy.

Available at Centrepoint stores.

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GENTLE CLEANSING

SOOTHINGLY RESTORATIVE

www.nealsyardremedies.com

www.thesecretskin.com

Neal’s Yard Remedies is known to create award-winning natural and organic health and beauty products. As the UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, its mission is to provide the most natural, certified organic products, improving quality of life through shared expertise for proven beauty results and a more natural, holistic way of living. Neal’s Yard Remedies Soothing Cleansing Milk is expertly formulated with powerful natural botanicals to comfort and soothe reactive skin. It contains organic borage oil which calms and hydrates, while organic aloe vera cools and moisturises. Sensitive skin is left cleansed, calmed and cooled.

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This intensely targets wrinkles, dehydration and loss of skin elasticity for firmer, more youthful looking skin. With organic Evening Primrose Oil that works to improve skin elasticity, hydration, firmness and the ability to fight fatigue, this overnight cream gives you all the beauty sleep that you need. All Rhug Wild Beauty products are 100 per cent vegan, halal-certified, cruelty free, gluten-free, sulfate-free, and without genetically modified ingredients, artificial fragrances or colours, parabens and harsh chemicals. The products contain chosen ingredients with essential vitamins and minerals, 100% natural fragrances and essential oils.

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last word

In Her Shoes

What is the biggest life lesson that your job has taught you?

Definitely being resilient. Working with Hilton for six years has created the leader in me. Each day is an opportunity to learn something new. Being put through different situations every time, I learn, evolve, get stronger and my goal gets clearer. It may sound exhausting but it's actually quite fun. I love the challenge and I am so amazed at how women are slowly but steadily rising to leadership.

This month we ask some fun questions to Juncal Andres, Front Office Manager at Hilton Bahrain. Juncal is quite the woman of the world, with a fun side to her go-getter personality. Her personal and professional experiences have made her the person that she is today, and she continues evolving into her best version every day.

Bags or shoes?

Definitely bags, they are my guilty pleasure and occupy most of my wardrobe!

Which is your favourite statement piece of clothing?

I love jackets, they can spice up any outfit.

Which place comes to mind when you hear the word travel?

Texas! I experienced different cultures, cuisines and I loved it during my stay there!

What is the best thing about being a woman?

I just love how women are strong and soft at the same time, how we are nurturing and yet firm leaders. On a lighter note, fashion and cosmetics are definitely some of the perks.

Juncal Andres Which famous personality would you have over for dinner, and why?

Rihanna. She's an amazing artist and an even better entrepreneur!

Are you a home-body or an out-and-about girl?

What's the unusual thing in your bag?

I always need to bring a small notebook with me wherever I go to take notes in case an idea hit me. It is my piece of personal treasure.

Which is your favourite spot in Bahrain?

Busaiteen Corniche for the sunset www.womanthismonth.com

I'm a home-body. Good food, my couch and Netflix is the perfect chill-time formula for me. Otherwise, I like spending time with friends in a lounge.

What creeps you out?

Insects, even the smallest fly!

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