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CULTURE 24. Summer Survival

Discover the top places to escape the summer heat over the next few months, as we round up the island’s best brunches, indoor pools and spas, and great places for family-friendly fun.

ART 36. Latifa Al Khayat We interview one of Bahrain’s young talents.

42. To Be Loved

Michael Buble is back with another banging album.

TECHNOLOGY 48. Apps Galore

Bringing you some of the best downloadable apps for your smartphone or tablet.

52. Audi RS4

Ali Driver takes the new Audi model for a spin.

Bahrain Summer Festival

FACT highlights the best of what’s on offer during this much-anticipated island festival.

18. Traditions Takeover

FASHION 58. Collection Topshop

20. Festival Fever

70. Fashion @ Home

Bahrain welcomes the Kingdom’s largest souq to date with a range of traditional shopping stalls.

We peek into Topshop’s high summer collection.

Mosaic artist Faiza Saeed talks to us about bringing colour into Bahrain’s homes.

We check out some of the biggest and quirkiest festivals from around the world.

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Eid Mubarak... how are you handling the heat? Shabana Adam Editor


ello lovely readers and welcome to the August issue of FACT. Is anyone else feeling the heat, or is it just me? As the newbie in the office I find myself constantly running to the air con - but I can never get it to the perfect condition! If I’m completely honest, I feel I’ve dealt with the scorching Bahrain heat pretty well, especially considering I moved here from the UK, where we hardly see a summer (until now of course!). As a result of the rising temperature, we thought it only right that FACT put together an ultimate summer survival guide, because, surely, I can’t be the only one who is looking for places to escape the heat, right? If you’re one of these people too then flick to p.23 for everything from the best brunches to realxing indoor pools and spas, as well as good familyfriendly fun around the island. We also have some great easy tips to keep cool, that all of you can implement in everyday life (like keeping topped up with high spf and carrying a sun hat!).

And what about those who are looking to escape the island? We’ve rounded up some of the best destinations for city-lovers, the culturally-curious and, of course, adventure-seekers - head to p.30 and find the perfect place for you! One of the exciting things I learned about this month is the Bahrain Summer Festival. As far as events go, this sounds like a lot of fun. We have the complete low-down, starting on p.10, on what to expect this year. Staying with the summer theme, there’s fantastic fashion for all you beach-goers and poolside people on p.57 onwards, as well as some great ideas for your Eid outfit.

News from the FACT Penthouse This month it’s no surprise that the FACT team has put on some pounds following visits to numerous Iftars and Ghabgas around the island. So now we’re all coming up with ways to shed the weight and get back in shape! We’ve also loved working until 3pm though most of us, being the dedicated staff we are, have stayed extra hours to bring you all a quality magazine that we’re proud of. As well as eating to our heart’s content, some of the FACT team have also come down with a bit of a cold - which probably has a lot to do with the heat outside and the air con inside - let’s wish them all get well soon... after all, we have work to do!

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If you really want to go all out, we’ve got just the place - Bahrain’s newest detox centre. We caught up with the founder of Pankooshis on p.86 to see exactly what guests can expect.

In the meantime, Eid Mubarak all... keep calm & stay cool!

We particulary enjoyed the Batelco Ghabga at the beautiful Sofitel hotel in the stunning Ramadan tent. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a little taster!

My favourite story this issue YOUNG TALENT Let’s get straight to the point - we met Latifa Al Khayat, an ubertalented young lady at the British School of Bahrain, back in June. At this point FACT was the first and 6


only magazine to discover her work. And what we love is how passionate Latifa is about her craft, proving she’s already on her way to being a great role model - read more on p.36.

Warm Wishes for a joyous and peaceful eid from optica








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Summer Festival The Ministry of Culture brings us Bahrain Summer Festival for the fifth time. Back with the biggest and best talent from around the world‌ FACT zooms in on some of the events and entertainment on offer!





k, so Ramadan is coming to an end but there’s no reason why the happy summer spirit can’t continue; back with a line-up that’s bigger and better than ever, Bahrain Summer Festival will kick off on August 18 for three weeks, bringing to the island amazing acts, wonderful workshops and eclectic events, for all to enjoy. The action-packed and family-friendly festival embodies the spirit of joy with the aim of entertaining and educating audiences, of all ages, on cultural diversity. And this fifth year running is no different; shows range from local, regional and international music performances, theatrical plays, art exhibitions, and much more. For us, the musical highlights include the latest Arab Idol star, Mohammed Assaf from Palestine, Lebanese living legend Magida El Roumi, and Iraqi maqaam specialist Fareeda Mohammed Ali - now that’s what we call a musical extravaganza! The festival, which is part of Manama: Capital of Arab Tourism 2013, will also host a number of exciting international acts such as a trio of Thai musicians called Reflection of Thais, the German group Sanostra with their adrenaline-filled FACE IT! show, and the remarkable Mystic India, a Bollywood dance troupe ready to light up the stage with colour and movement!

Minister of Culture, Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa says, “The festival will focus on bringing people and nations together to engage and interact as evidences by its multi-cultural line-up of shows and activities.” Anchoring the celebration, as always, will be Nakhool, the festival’s beloved mascot, who will be front and centre to occupy children at Nakhool City. Joined this year by the newest member of the Bahrain Summer Festival family, Nakhoola, the city will yet again be an active hub of fun and interactive activities which will take children and their parents on a thrilling journey of discovery. Special showcases from around the world, including Turkey, Russia, Germany, Australia, and India, as well as many Arab countries such as Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon, will dominate the artistic and creative workshops at Nakhool City. The Bahrain Summer Festival sounds like an absolutely great time to us; for families, young and old, locals and expats, there’s something here to keep everyone’s summer spirits on a high! GO: Located in the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center, Nakhool City will be open daily for the duration of Bahrain Summer Festival from August 18 to September 9.





Renowned Lebanese artist Magida El Roumi will perform her concert ‘A Message of Love & Peace’ on this special evening. Audiences will be treated to a selection of her most well-known work, spanning over four extraordinary decades! You don’t want to miss this one!

Scooby-Dooby-Doo where are you?! On stage for a family-friendly musical, that’s where! A worldclass cast and clever staging will bring heaps of spookiness to life – definitely one for kids!

August Magida El Roumi

VENUE: tbc TIME: 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 8 years


August Reflection of Thais

If you’re a classical music fan then this one is for you! Performed by three Thai artists, this fascinating multi-cultural music showcase brings the melody of Thailand to your ears – expect timeless classics like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera too! VENUE: Cultural Hall TIME: 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 8 Years

to 25 August Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

VENUE: BIECC TIME: 5pm & 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 2 years


August to 6 September Songs of Five Directions

Get ready to celebrate the best of the Kingdom with an amazing showcase of Bahrain’s Folk Music. Comprised of a series of open-air shows at some of the island’s most prominent historical and cultural sites, these events aim to bring traditional values to the forefront! VENUE: Various locations TIME: Every Thursday & Friday 8.30pm – 10pm





to 30 August Sanostra FACE IT!

Brace yourself for a breathtaking visual spectacle! All the way from Germany, this troupe features a bunch of uber-talented dancers and acrobats who will whisk the audience away to a futuristic world through their art – we can’t wait to see this! VENUE: BIECC TIME: 7pm MINIMUM AGE: 5 years



“We need to allay fears among pilgrims and tell them that Bahrain is free from the virus” Dr Al Baqqara reassuring citizens that there have been no cases of MERS-CoV in Bahrain and that if everybody follows hygiene measures, the infection can be contained.

September Mohammed Assaf FROM ARAB IDOL

Yes, you heard right, Mohammed Assaf is coming to Bahrain (cue screams and shouts!). Propelled to fame on Arab Idol this will be one of the major shows put on by the Palestinian singer – not to be missed! VENUE: tbc TIME: 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 6 years


to 06 September Barney Lets Go!

Another one for the kids, everyone’s fav dinosaur will take to the stage for a rollercoaster of a live performance. Joined by friends BJ, Riff and Baby Bop, this is guaranteed to be an imaginative and fun-filled show! VENUE: BIECC TIME: 10am & 6pm MINIMUM AGE: 2 years


September Legendary sInger FARIDA MOHAMMED ALI

If you’re talking about vocal range and incredible stage presence, Farida Mohammed Ali should spring to mind! She’s an acclaimed performer of the Iraqi maqaam and this performance will display some of her best known work! VENUE: tbc TIME: 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 8 years


to 09 September Mystic India The World Tour

Think explosion of colours and a vortex of movement – that is what the Mystic India crew has in store for you! A delightful fusion of east meets west, this is guaranteed to be a top-notch show that audiences won’t forget in a hurry! VENUE: BIECC TIME: 8pm MINIMUM AGE: 8 years




3 WATERMELON DAY How much do you love this fruit? It’s 90% water, so aptly named, and we know that watermelon juice is very popular on the island – well, this would be the perfect day to enjoy a glass of the cold concoction!


BOOK LOVERS DAY Crime, thriller, fantasy, or adventure, whatever the genre, kick-back and relax with a great book today! From shaded spots in the garden to being tucked up warm in bed, while the hours away lost in the pages of storytelling!


RADIO DAY We get our daily dose of music and news from our favourite radio stations – and where would we be without a good bit of banter from the hosts? So, crank up the volume on your car stereo and celebrate the world of radio today!


WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY Show appreciation for all the women who stood up to be heard back in 1920 - because of them, women have the equal right to vote and work in many countries. So, let men do the dishes and the women DIY and let’s start thinking about everyone as equals.






FACT Finds

Discover more of Bahrain with FACT FINDS every month we’ll bring you our favourite eatery, activity or interesting find from around the island.

We were super-delighted to discover this lovely Portuguese bakery in Amwaj on a sunny day off exploring the island. Tuga has been treating taste buds in Bahrain for three years now and we couldn’t wait to try the wonderful food on offer here. The owners, Isabel and Alberto, have been in Bahrain more than nine years, and decided to open Tuga - a nickname for the Portuguese - as a way of introducing delicious sweet and savoury treats, from their homeland, to the

people of Bahrain. And boy has it been a culinary success – hard to believe, as Isabel tells us the idea for Tuga wasn’t all that serious in the beginning. “We started the bakery as a joke between friends. Usually I make traditional Portuguese pastries like pasteis de nata at home - just for tea and coffee with my friends. Then four years ago we had this crazy idea – why not open a bakery and bring this pastry to Bahrain?” Isabel says. Well, the rest is history and we’re

Love It Future Rail Links




We were thrilled to hear that experts are looking over plans to build a railway parallel to King Fahad Causeway as part of a $10 billion GCC rail link plan which aims to connect Bahrain and Qatar as well. We love the idea of having another mode of transport on the island… and maybe we can push through to platform 9¾ for the Hogwarts Express!

really glad that Isabel and Alberto turned their crazy idea into a reality! Some of the food highlights for us include the doughnutlike bola de berlim, filled with thick creamy custard and the meringue-esque suspiro, both went down a treat with a good cuppa! With such a tasty menu it’s no wonder that Tuga is planning to expand in the near future, we’re optimistic that it can become the best venue in Bahrain for authentic Portuguese pastries and cakes, in no time at all!

Hate It Traffic and Chaos on Bahrain’s Roads

We won’t lie… weekends have become somewhat of a challenge in the Kingdom! Just getting from Seef Mall to City Centre Mall took us 20 minutes, and let’s not even talk about how long it took us to find a parking spot! It’s nice to have a bit of a break in Ramadan but get ready for the rush again, very soon!

Can’t Believe It Glee Star Dies

FACT was devastated to learn that 31-year-old Cory Monteith, who played lovable Finn Hudson in Glee, has passed away. We are gleeks to the core and know the show won’t be the same without him. Our sincere condolences to his loved ones and millions of fans around the world… R.I.P Cory.



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FACT rounds up the best of our social media news, from tweets to funny finds... this is dedicated to our followers, friends, instagrammers & fellow online geeks...




The amount of people who read our July issue online! #Factrecord #weloveourreaders #onlywayisup

Naseem @NaseemF It’s awesome when someone’s laugh is funnier than the joke. #repost

Ali Al Saeed @alialsaeed Dear mom, please stop baking all these amazingly, deliciously smelling cookies, biscuits and cakes. It’s torture!! #Ramadan

Reem @RShehabii First it was Harlem Shake and now Khaleeji Style? MBC, you need to stop. #embarrassing

Gulf Hotel Bahrain @TheGulfHotel @FACTBahrain thank you for accommodating us! Enjoyed the moment, great team!

Drewd @Droodkin More than 315,000 Saudis crossed into Bahrain over the weekend, the highest in the bridge’s history

UN Women Watch @UNWomenWatch “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution” - Malala Yousafzai #MalalaDay

Arie AmayaAkkermans @Dilmunite Highlights of @FACTBahrain July: 25 Years of Arab Creativity coming to #Bahrain & interview with @The_Relocators

Fahad @FahadAlAish Open a big cinema in Muharraq and Riffa. Leave the Seef and City Centre cinemas for the Saudis. Weekend solution. #Bahrain





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Eid Mubarak! Add a whole new flavour to your Eid celebrations with Family Brunch in Baharat. From 12:30 pm to 4 pm, on 2nd and 3rd day of Eid El Fitr. For more information, reservations or group bookings, please call 17 17 1144 or email us at |




Traditions Takeover As Bahrain’s Biggest Souq Opens

Bahrain Shopping Festival IS BACK WITH MORE DEALS Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Well, ahead of Eid, this is probably the most exciting place where you can find one! The Bahrain Shopping Festival, held at the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre, will have a huge range of reduced products, including jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, electronics and more. And the timing couldn’t be better as the shopping festival takes place on the last weekend before Eid-Al-Fitr, covering all your fashion, beauty, home décor and gadget needs, all under one roof. Having recognised the strong passion for perfumes prevalent in the region, Auto Collection are creating Perfume Arabia. Housed in a luxury pavilion, this specialised retail event is entirely dedicated to the lovers of perfumes, ouds, and bukhoors. Customers will be enveloped in the scent of woods, spices, and precious flowers while being allured by the exquisite concoctions of Bahrain’s perfume houses. Additionally, the 18


Perfume Arabia pavilion will host a large majlis with a wonderful Ghabga. Guests will be able to rest on oriental seating, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and indulge in delicacies from Bahrain’s renowned sweets shops. Live entertainment and a falconry display will further enhance the traditional feel of the event. To ensure every part of the family is entertained, the Bahrain Shopping Festival will also feature an elaborate kids’ area with various games and activities, including arts and crafts, bouncy castles, balloon shaping, face painting, and a soft play area. There is also a gaming area featuring comfortable seats along with the latest video games and ladies will be delighted with the henna painting and nail services on offer. We’ll be going along to see what’s in store, fingers crossed for a good deal!

GO: Bahrain Shopping festival takes place August 1 – 3. For further details call 3660 6330

An impressive 18,000 sqm souq has opened in the Hunniniyah Valley, featuring 80 indoor and outdoor stalls selling traditional clothing, perfumes, food and handicrafts. The Gulf Daily News reported that the market is expected to attract around 20,000 people a day! It will be under the supervision of renowned Bahraini actress Salwa Bakheet, known for her role as Um Helal. The souq excels the size of Isa Town Traditional Market which currently covers 12,000sqm. There will also be a children’s corner, an area for the elderly, collection boxes for local charities and a large tent where department store Ramez, will sell its items for half price, according to the GDN. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to win prizes and safety is paramount as firemen and paramedics will be on-site from the moment it opens! That’s great safe fun – enjoy people! GO: The souq will be open during weekends from 9.30pm until midnight.

Bahraini Students Win Big With Coca-Cola initiative

A team of 25 undergrads and postgrads from the Applied Science University in Bahrain have been awarded $10,000 by Coca-Cola Middle East after taking first place in the regional ‘Ripples of Happiness’ programme. The students produced a two-minute video as part of their submission, ‘Spotlight’, following an event at Bahrain City Centre where volunteers were blindfolded and asked to complete simple, everyday tasks. The project aim was to raise awareness of the difficulties facing blind people in Bahrain.




Festival Fever It’s that time of year again, when global cities come to life with unique festivals. From music in Japan to ¿OPLQ0RQWUHDO we discover some of the world’s best!

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Lights, camera, action! It’s all about the best in film and cinema at Canada’s oldest international film festival. Held annually in Quebec, The Montreal World Film Festival focuses on a range of films from all over the world, encouraging cultural diversity and understanding between nations through cinema. The aim behind the festival is to promote filmmakers, discover new talents, and to bring together cinema professionals from all over the globe. It’s a great place for celebrity-spotting too! GO: From August 22 – September 2. Visit for more information

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Taking place in two of Japan’s biggest metropolises Tokyo and Osaka, Summer Sonic is rapidly becoming Asia’s festival du jour. With a sick line-up of performers featuring favourites like Metallica, Linkin Park, Smaashing Pumpkins, and Stereophonics, the festival is the place for any hardcore rocker. Don’t forget to check out the Asian artists as well for a true taste of Japan’s finest. Go: From August 10-11. Visit for more information

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The oldest festival in Croatia, Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a melting pot for almost every art from theatre, ballet, classical music and opera to folklore, jazz and film. Celebrating its 64th year this summer, the event works as a platform for artists from all around the world who come to perform in remarkable squares, churches, palaces, gardens, terraces and streets of the Renaissance - Baroque city of Dubrovnik. Highlights include Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mozart’s CosÏ fan tutte, London Sinfonietta and so much more. GO: From July10 - August 25. Visit for more information 20 20



A cult favourite, Burning Man is the gathering place for eccentrics of all types. The festival, which takes place in a middle-of-nowhere spot in the Nevada desert, gathers over 50,000 people from all walks of life ready for the party of a lifetime. The week-long event, which acts as a playground for experimentation in everything from community, art, and radical self-expression, ends with the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, hence the origin of the name. Go: From August 26 – September 2. Visit for more information

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The largest event of its kind in Europe, Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 150 hot air balloons for a spectacular one of a kind show. People gather together at Ashton Court Estate at dawn to watch as hundreds of balloons of all shapes and sizes take off, and linger in the air until evening, when they illuminate the skies. The free event also includes all sorts of entertainment from fairground rides and delicious food stalls to music and lots of shopping, ensuring a fun packed few days. Go: From August 8-11. Visit for more information


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FACT brings you the ultimate guide to escaping the heat and staying cool FACT AUGUST



Beat the Heat: Your Indoor Guide to THE BEST BRUNCHES AROUND BAHRAIN Stuck on the island this summer? No sweat (no pun intended!) Avoid the rising temperature by hitting Bahrain’s best brunches and indoor events. Keep cool in the restaurants, have fun at the malls and splash away at the waterparks with FACT’s beat the heat guide! 1

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1 CrownE Plaza There are two fantastic brunches to be found here; the Bollywood Brunch and the ever-famous Absolutely Fabulous Brunch. Head to Spices Indian Restaurant, which serves a delicious spread of starters, main courses and desserts. There’s a chaat corner and live cooking stations with both veg and nonveg options on offer. We particulary love the typical Indian street food at this Friday brunch. There’s everything from mouth-watering pani puri, masala dosa, pav bhaji and bhel puri to name but a few of the tempting dishes! Absolutely Fabulous is another exciting ‘brunch hop,’ great for a long Friday treat. The fresh seafood and sushi counter and the Mongolian BBQ at La Mosaique are todie-for, as well as the carving stations at Harvesters, and the delectable selection of desserts at Cappuccino’s. There’s even an in-house band and kids’ corner to keep everyone entertained.

2 GuLf hotel Explore dishes from various cultures and cuisines every Friday at Al-Waha Restaurant. The colourful buffet encompasses an array of appetisers, main courses, and desserts. Ranging from Japanese sushi, to Lebanese mezzeh, to deliciously rich chocolate cake, and Um Ali, you’ll find what you love to eat and maybe something new to add to your favourites! There’s face painting and balloon twisting too - brill!

The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa One of Bahrain’s most lavish buffets that really goes all out to give you everything you expect, and more, from a Friday Brunch. Find live cooking stations serving up world cuisines, including Asian, French, Arabic and Italian food. We love the fact you can see out onto the stunning pool area while eating some excellent food - nothing tops great food and a good view!

Call 1753 1122

Call 1771 3000

Call 1763 6363




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4 Kempinski Grand & ixir hotel A firm favourite with families, Kempinski’s Friday Brunch is set up in its Arabic restaurant, Baharat. Here you can indulge in the continental gourmet buffet, with a special corner for Arabic specialities. Tasty treats include a sushi counter, a pasta station and a lavish spread of sweet and savoury desserts! We love that all the dishes are made using the finest and freshest ingredients, with many of the vegetables sourced locally from a farm in Karranah - the food is perfectly cooked too! Call 1717 1000

Bushido No Friday Brunch feels complete without an appetising display of sushi to sample and savour. The ultimate venue for a Japanese-style brunch, expect everything from tempura, teppanyaki and robata grill alongside a number of international dishes too, at Bushido. Not only will you be kicking back in the most authentic Japanesethemed venue on the island, you’ll also have a choice of tasty food and thirstquenching drinks. As a bonus, children under 6 dine for free!

6 Mövenpick This is one for picky eaters who don’t know exactly what they fancy tucking into! Be prepared for a food frenzy at the Mövenpick ’s Friday Brunch; there’s everything from sushi, steaks, salads and a succulent roast with all the trimmings! You’ll be spoilt for choice with the hotel’s many eateries including Silk’s, Flamingo Bar and Lounge and The Gallery to name but a few. Hiighlights for us include the charcoal-grilled meat dishes; the wok-fried seafood and the delicious traditional Italian breads, sweets and beverages - go and try for yourself!

7 Muju Known to many as the ‘Jazzy Friday Brunch’ - Muju offers not only good food, but also top entertainment in the form of live jazz music and visits from guest djs. This is another one with a fantastic view, with a prime position overlooking Amwaj lagoon, located in the Dragon Hotel. Expect gastronomic chic with a sophisticated menu and a relaxing ambience. This is a Friday Bruch that you’d want to go to with a hungry stomach - if you’re trekking it to Amwaj then why not eat and enjoy your surroundings for the whole day?

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POOLS & Spas The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel

For a day of luxury and relaxation head to The Ritz-Carlton where you can while away the hours at the magnificent indoor facilities, which include a swimming pool as well as a glorious hammam with plunge pools. There’s an award-winning ladies spa facility offering a variety of treatments and a state-of-theart thalasso pool. For when you’ve had enough pool action there’s a selection of five restaurants and bars to grab some delicious grub! GO: 1758 0000

Refresh and energise from head-to-toe in the Zen-style spa at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. The spa has Asian-inspired traditional alongside modern treatments and products for a wholly indulgent experience. Go and experience the aroma bath and Vichy shower or opt for a Thai massage and rejuvenating facial - if it’s a retreat from the outside heat that you’re looking for then this is the perfect place for it! GO: 1752 5237

Bahrain Wellness Resort A sophisticated spa, residential resort and rehabilitation centre – here it’s all about using natural techniques such as herbs, oils and acupuncture as well as the Indian technique of Ayurveda, and a number of Chinese and European methods for relaxing through therapeutic treatments. This is the place to go for a complete summer unwind! GO: 1779 5961 26


Al Safir Hotel & Tower There’s nothing but options at the Al Safir Hotel & Tower; the sports recreation centre spans two floors and offers an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and dry and wet sauna. The heated indoor pool is heavenly and the popular Ann Beauty Salon has a host of professional treatments available in a tranquil atmosphere – an allround pamper day we think! GO: 1782 7999

Pineapple Spa Packed full of invigorating treatments (we’re fans of the Moroccan bath) get ready for a complete revival at the Pineapple Spa in Adliya. From facials to hot stone massages and even an Indonesian-inspired Balinese massage, you’re guaranteed to find a treatment to suit your mood. Try a body wrap or choose to visit the excellent hair and nail salons. This one is strictly ladies so round up the girls and go for a spa day! GO: 1771 2000


Pure Spa, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel After a hard day’s shopping spree at Bahrain’s biggest mall, wind down at this luxury spa with its five-star services. There are designated male and female zones (perfect for couples to escape to!), offering holistic therapies and products created using herbs, flowers and aromatic oils. We love the use of natural ingredients and the contemporary signature treatments available – especially The Modern Bahraini Green Bar Experience, using natural botanical oils to relax your body right down! With so many great massages on offer, this is a place you’ll visit time and again throughout summer. GO: 1717 1122

From far left to right: Indoor pool at the Ritz-Carlton; Relaxation room at Pure Spa; Indoor pool at Al Safir; Sparadise at Elite; Spa at The Diplomat Radisson Blu

E-Spa, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Offering seawater-based treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage, and wellness, this is hands-down one of the best spas in town. E-Spa promotes muscle relaxation for the face and body, also with separate areas for men and women. We love the cellulite-busting treatments and the calming body wraps! If you’re still craving some outdoor action then head for a game of squash in an air-conditioned court. Pure pampering is what E-Spa is all about so dedicate a whole day here and you’ll feel amazingly recharged! GO: 1763 6363

Sparadise Absolute heaven indoors if you’re looking for an oriental hammam, fusing together a Moroccan and Turkish bath, with specially-qualified male and female Tellaks, the master and guard of the baths. Part of the Elite Hospitality group and found in the Elite properties including Elite Resort & Spa in Muharraq and Elite Residence in Seef, Sparadise offers delightful moisturising facials, massages, scrubs, rubs and treatments, and even UV-Free Sweetan tanning services. For the ultimate spa experience, Sparadise is one of the best on the island! GO: 1731 3131 FACT AUGUST



Family-Friendly Fun

Wahoo Waterpark Waterparks don’t get any more fun that this! Predominantly indoor, Wahoo is 15,000sqm of pure slide and splash excitement. A guaranteed waterfest with thrilling rides and attractions like the Master Blaster, Sidewinder, and Matt Racer, along with a Multi Level Rain Fortress, Wave Pool, Toddler Pool and Lazy River, there’s something for everyone here, regardless of age. That’s why we’ve chosen it as one of the best places in Bahrain to cool off this summer with the whole family!

Lost Paradise of Dilmun Ok, so we’re cheating a little with this one as it does involve being outside in the sun. HOWEVER, you’re likely to be splashing around in the water for most of your time there which will, no doubt, keep you cool! The absolute best place for a great family day out, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun even has wonderful cabanas that you can rent for a more enjoyable experience (aah, so there is an indoor element after all!). There are three tiers of air-conditioned cabanas; Royal, VIP and Beach. Depending on what you go for, you can benefit from a waiter service, a safety deposit box, water and juice, and access for the kids to the rodeo bull and bungee trampoline. We love the Water Temple and the Wave Pool. Don’t forget to check out the fantastic beach-like area too!

Bahrain City Centre The island’s biggest mall turns 5 in September and will be celebrating this milestone with the community, offering exciting family activities as well as prizes to give away. There will also be an interactive display at the mall’s Central Galleria for customers to enjoy. Aside from this monthlong celebration, grown-ups can join the 28


popular City Walkers programme, led by a certified instructor who can also give advice on taking fitness routines to the next level. So if you’re ready to get fit then show up at the Ground Floor Customer Service Desk on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9am for the hour-long fitness walk.

Seef Mall Summer activities don’t get better than this! Enjoy daily face painting, henna art, balloon twisting and clay art and craft at Seef Mall. Perfectly designed for the little ones, this is where youngsters can get creative as well as have tons of fun. Also, every weekend, Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, will be dropping by to spread some summer cheer. And a very special treat awaits families on Eid as

stilt walkers, a magician, a falcon display, and the famous gold human statue will bring colour, character and much posing to the mall! We can’t think of a better place to escape the summer heat!

Yateem Centre The last 10 days of Ramadan and Eid-Al-Fitr are always a great time to hang out with family and friends. The Yateem Centre has come up with something new this year with their mini-golf course. Forget international competitions and anything serious, this is just plain silly – and infuriatingly harder than it looks. This is likely to be an activity that carries on into the summer and, frankly, being big kids at the FACT office, we can’t wait to go along and try!


How to Survive: TOP tips to make it through the BAHRAIN heat emergency services

MUST KNOW In the event of a heat emergency call emergency services (999) and try to cool the victim until help arrives. TREATMENT Water, water and more water! Yes water just might save you from the above headaches; it’s that simple honestly. Also keep body temperature down by wearing loose clothes and sticking to the shade.

10AM-3PM WATCH OUT FOR... Temperatures reach their highest between the hours of 10am – 3pm


DRINK MORE H2O will be your saviour this month, we guarantee! Gulp down as much as you can of this life surviving liquid to compensate for all that yucky sweating throughout the day.

Be able to recognise the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and real heat emergencies.

INDOORS ANYONE? We know it’ll be difficult to stay inside most of the time but avoiding direct exposure to the sun is a must. Remember to pile on that sunblock and stick to shady areas! SMALLER IS BETTER Diet is key to keeping cool, so don’t go eating large protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body. LIGHT & AIRY The horrible heat and sticky humidity beg for loose fitting clothes and cotton based apparel. Stick with light colours as well to reflect the sun. FLIPTY FLOP Finally, a good excuse to wear those flipflops! Go ahead and dump those closed-off shoes and give your feet a much-needed breather. BEFRIEND THE AC Yes we know its weird but this month the temperature-cooling machine will become your best friend! Crank it up at home or head out to public buildings like malls, cinemas or the local library to cool off.

You Should Always be Carrying… Bottle of Water Keep with you at all times to sip throughout the day. Sunscreen with High SPF Apply a good amount before you walk out the door, but don’t forget to reapply a few hours later for extra protection. Sunglasses It’s good to shield your eyes from the powerful summer rays. Hat If you insist on braving the great, yet scorchingly hot, outdoors, make sure to cover your head! Panadol Keep on hand some painkillers in case you get any heat-related headaches.

Heat Edema Swelling in the legs and hands, which happens when you sit or stand for a long time in a hot environment. Heat Exhaustion A result of working or exercising in hot weather and not drinking enough liquids to replace those lost. Heat Rash Develops from excessive sweating thus leading to red pimples and blisters popping out on the skin. Heatstroke When the body fails to regulate its own temperature and reaches 40C and higher. Sunstroke is a medical emergency and you must seek immediate treatment! Heat Syncope Fainting due to overheating; it is considered another stage in the same process as heatstroke.



Last-minute eid escapes

break, we’ve got you , sea and sand, or a cultural city te escape Whether you’re looking for sun hottest destinations for a last-minu the to de gui ’s CT FA out eck Ch ! covered this Eid Who doesn’t love chilling out in the sun with a cold drink? Well, here’s where you’ll find spectacular coral islands with some of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches at your feet, literally! As far as the Indian Ocean goes, Seychelles is the ultimate Eid location, ready to give you the best in nature, wildlife and relaxation. Choose the large island of Mahé where you’ll find the popular white powder beach of Beau Vallon and the capital city Victoria. There are also a number of luxurious spas and hotels here! Opt for Praslin with its exciting history and the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, nicknamed ‘Garden of Eden,’ as well as Curieuse Island where you can get up close and personal with giant tortoises. And fear not, there’s nothing such as boredom here as many resorts offer a range of water sports and adventurous activities too - sounds like the perfect recipe for a real Eid escape! 30


How to get there: There are nine flights out of Bahrain to the Seychelles on Emirates, Air France, Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways. Where to stay: Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa on Mahé Island is the epitome of luxury with a magnificent location.



is most fascinating cities! Amman Hands down one of the world’s e that draws on both the old and le overflowing in history and heritag es and churches boasting incredib new; there are numerous mosqu mercial hub packed with hotels, architecture, an ultra-modern com tiques, as well as evidence of the restaurants, art galleries and bou l souks, Roman ruins and must-see city’s ancient roots with colourfu an monuments. n the desert and the fertile Jord It’s unique hilly position betwee for adventure-seekers. If you’re und valley makes Amman a playgro place to be, with trips into the desert, the is this , Eid ed -fill et to after a fun much more available. Don’t forg horse riding, dune bashing and ich dates back to AD 161-80, and visit the Temple of Hercules, wh n where you’ll find traditional shops spend a day in downtown Amma clothing and everyday household selling everything from jewellery,the most delicious food in the city! items, not to mention, some of hts are available with Gulf Air. How to get there: 1-2 daily fligtel Amman has stunning city views Where to stay: Millennium Ho and excellent amenities.

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO te Morocco’s ‘pink city’ is an absolu the paradise for shoppers, a treat for tural culturally curious and an architeciasts. haven for art and design enthus visit Marrakech is a magical place to perfect during Eid because it offers the xation blend of exotic, tradition and rela ere you (of course, all depending on wh time!). r you h wit do you at wh stay and is, at Highlights include wh l of the undoubtedly, the heart and sou place to the – are city – Jemaa el Fna Squ cheerful go for an authentic, cheap and with ked pac cultural experience. It’s cious food and drink stalls, serving deli as well es, juic h fres Moroccan dishes and ng udi incl ent inm erta ent of t as a hos belly snake charmers, storytellers and dancers. er Also, get ready to haggle like nev g the ryin Car ks. sou t ran vib the before in

aar, the spirit of a traditional Arabic bazcolour, of on losi exp an are e her ks sou laid-back smell, sounds and tastes. For a in the a din experience head to the Me ning old city where you’ll find the stun and s gate ul utif bea h wit ts, par ram along amazing architecture scattered to way t bes The l. wal the take in these marvellous surroundings is to circle on foot or on a rented bike. How to get there: All major regional airlines including Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates fly daily. Where to stay: Riad Al Badia has a great location and is suitable for couples and families.


With a flight time of just over an hour, this is where can be enjoyed a little closer to home! We don’t thinkEid celebrations you can’t find in Dubai (but don’t quote us on that there’s anything everything from the old, traditional and rustic to thejust yet!), there’s and urban! Aside from housing some of the world’s new, contemporary tallest skyscrapers, more than 70 shopping malls and countless entertainm ent and food places, there is actually more to this Emirate state. Check out Dubai’s Old World appeal down in the Basta kia Quarter with culturally significant sights and historic walking souks and the Creek. Visit the Dubai Fountains for areas close to the a real spectacle, have a photo with the Burj Al Arab as your backdrop the sprawling desert and experience the ‘Big Red’, a or venture into used for sand-boarding and four-wheeling – how’s large sand dune that for adventure? How to get there: Daily direct flights with Emirates. Where to stay: One&Only Royal Mirage captures a true Arabic ambience and also has a private beach. FACT AUGUST 31


TOP 3: Bahrain’s

Hottest eid deals

Sheraton The Sheraton has a host of dining offers, starting on the first day of EidAl-Fitr. In Al Safir Restaurant you’ll find a sumptuous lunch buffet with live entertainment and fun-filled activities for children. There will be games, henna designing, face painting and competitions to keep you entertained for hours on end. Lunch buffet is priced at BD18.5 + 15% service charge + 5% government levy. Children (between 4 and 12) buffet price is BD6 ++. Below 4 eat for free. If you’re looking for something tasty and fast then the Express Lunch at Golestan should be one to visit. This is where they serve traditional Persian dishes in an inviting atmosphere! The three-course set menu that includes mineral water and soft drinks is at a great price of just BD10 net per person – we say, go and take advantage! (Golestan is open for lunch and dinner everyday except Saturday). Eid is the perfect time to adjust and Go Healthy, especially if you’ve been stuffing yourself during Ramadan! The salad promotion offers delicious and creative Chinese-style salads like the Szechuan 32


Salad - rice noodles with broccoli, fresh boiled chicken and snow peas, as well as the Cantonese Salad – a combination of fresh tofu and asparagus mixed with roasted peanuts & garlic priced at an incredible BD3.2, and many more like the Guangdong and Mandarin Salads. Sounds too good to say no, we’re planning our visit already! Go: 17533533 Mövenpick Enjoy a truly special Eid-Al-Fitr occasion with a festive atmosphere that will keep the whole family entertained. The Mövenpick Hotel has a lavish Eid buffet and a choice of tempting offers, valid during the Eid-Al-Fitr holiday. The Eid package includes a stay in a luxurious room with breakfast for two adults and two children, priced at BD78++. Laze by the pool, soothe your tired muscles at the Spa, de-stress with a Swedish massage, work out at the gym and play a game of tennis to keep up your fitness – all of this is available at the Mövenpick. As well as recreational activities, there’s a fab gourmet experience waiting for you too! The Eid buffet

features a splendid spread of succulent international and local favourites, tantalising seafood platters, a myriad of crisp salads and exquisite desserts; priced at BD12.5++ per person. (All rates are subject to a 15% service charge and a 5% government levy). Go: 1746 0096 Crowne Plaza Make your Eid celebrations special with your family and treat them to a memorable Eid Lunch at La Mosaique restaurant. Enjoy the great festive atmosphere at the specially-designed Aladdin’s Kids Corner. Prices start from BD13++ only and kids aged from 6 to 12 years enjoy a 50% discount. Furthermore, the hotel is offering a special room package so you can celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr in style. Rates start from BD68 ++ inclusive of breakfast with international and Arabic cuisine including live cooking stations, as well as many themed nights like Tex Mex, Grill & Pasta, Surf & Turf, and Seafood among others. Sounds like a whirlwind and fun-filled Eid! Go: 1753 1122

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Stay in a deluxe room or a higher category and enjoy BD 20 net worth per room per day to be consumed in the hotel outlets or on selected services.* *F&B outlets, In-Room Dining, Mini-Bar, Spa & Laundry expenses to be redeemed upon check out.

For more information and reservation, kindly contact us on (+973) 17 17 10 00 or email us at FACT AUGUST





Keeping Bahrain’s eyes, ears and minds in shape


Young bahraini talent MEET LATIFA AL KHAYAT


THE FALL OF ARTHUR j.r.r tolkien

From the man who gave us The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, here’s a spin on the last days of England’s legendary hero, King Arthur. LISTEN




We love a bit of jazz and big band arrangements... and Michael Buble definitely delivers this, and more, with his latest album!

FACT talks to artist and interior designer Zeina El Alami about her inspiring work and future plans...





Young Talent

WITH Bahrain’s finest

When 16-year-old Latifa Al Khayat crossed our path, we jumped at The chance to meet this talented young lady. Shabana Adam WENT ALONG TO HER JUNE

EXHIBITION to chat about the local art scene, her inspiration, and future plans...

As a year 12 student at the British School of Bahrain, Latifa Al Khayat is a young Bahraini who is already paving her way into the world of art. In December last year, Latifa participated in the Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa Award, and won first place in the fine arts category for the 1417 age group. And hot off her victory, Latifa’s evocative final project was exhibited at her school for all to see. But what makes Latifa stand out from her peers? Maybe it’s her genuine passion for art; her need to be creative or, simply, that she leads quite an “artsy” lifestyle. “Art is like a way of doing something different; it’s like a 36


getaway. It just frees your mind and it takes you to a different world,” Latifa tells us. “For me, art is more like a lifestyle rather than something I just do. I take art with me wherever I go – it’s not just painting or sculpting, it’s everything, like the way I dress and the way I keep my room, it’s a huge part of my life.” And as far as creativity, technique and style go, Latifa knows exactly where her strengths are, something she was able to draw on for her end of year art project. She explains, “A lot of my work is abstract. I use a lot of texture and I use acrylic paint a lot.

“In school we’re taught to explore the use of different materials, so that we have an idea of what we can use to portray a certain effect. We start off by experimenting with these materials and then we refine our work by using specific ones.” Latifa is very sure of what type of art is her calling, and chooses her concepts carefully. This time her work explores the idea of ageing which she started discovering by looking at natural objects that represent time and maturing. “I started off by looking at flowers as they die and as they get dried up, and I looked at human hands.


Latifa found inspiration from observing her grandmother’s hands

“Then I looked at other artists’ work and the way they portray the topic of ageing – eventually I explored different ways of representing this.” And different it certainly is. Aside from drawings of her grandmother’s hands and other various subjects, one of Latifa’s more unique pieces involved her driving over big mirrors with her car! (Definitely a fun and imaginative way of producing art, don’t you think?). Her inspiration for this came from observing the work of renowned artist Jia Aili’s concept of isolation. Latifa explains, “The idea behind the broken mirrors is that you don’t see a complete image of yourself and you tend to go back and forth, looking at different angles and different sections of your face. “As you look at yourself through this you realise you’re eventually breaking apart, and you’re getting old. Also the idea of cracks representing wrinkles!” Latifa’s love of art began in her childhood as she recalls being an avid drawer and painter whilst growing up. Luckily, she was given a chance to nurture her passion through art classes and by taking art as an A-level at school.

“I think art should be encouraged more. There are so many talented people out there but they’re not being recognised”




Latifa believes that the art scene in Bahrain has so much more potential than the recognition it’s given. She tells us, “I think art should be encouraged more and there are so many talented people out there but they’re not being recognised. “They should be given more support and help so that they can pursue things to let their creativity out.” After visiting a number of exhibitions in the Kingdom another issue Latifa has noticed is the lack of art tailored for the younger generation, something she hopes will change in the future. “I think it [local art scene] will improve a lot because many people are putting themselves out there – especially with technology nowadays. Meeting with people and coming up with ideas – I think it will get much better!” Latifa says. Aside from art, Latifa’s interests include photography, maths and physics. She hopes to combine these passions into pursuing a career in architecture. “It’s a mix of art with engineering and I want to keep my creativity going with me!” It’s easy to recognise that Latifa is a young lady who is serious about her



passion. She even lives by the saying, “Everything has beauty in it, but not everyone sees it” – well, we definitely see the beauty in her work, and all we can say is, art connoisseurs watch out… you heard the name Latifa Al Khayat here first! GO: Email Latifa on

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Zeina EL Alami Lebanese artist and architect Zeina El Alami has been showcasing her portfolio in galleries around the island, and dabbling with interiors too. FACT caught up with Zeina to learn more about her work, her journey through art and what the future holds…


i Zeina! Tell us about your artistic and design background… I am an architect and got my Masters degree from The Lebanese University. I’ve always had a conflict between my love for math and science on one hand and art on the other. I found that architecture could join both disciplines! And I’ve recently practiced interior design to satisfy my passion for colours and shapes. Describe your journey of 25 years in the art world… Through my experience of teaching design, the course of History of Art and Interiors in particular, I went into a journey through the ages to better understand how art reflected the sociological, economic, political and industrial aspects of different societies. It is akin to writing history without using words. Art is a celebration of being human, appreciating music and colours. It’s an expression of inner self, an expression of the outer world, perspectives, reality, relationships, fantasy, ethereal beauty, alternate worlds, theory, philosophy, creation, frustration, understanding the perspectives of others, and a spiritual release.




Have you faced any obstacles while creating art and how did you overcome them? The only obstacle was the subject itself, when you have too many crowded ideas in your head and you need to make it simplified in one painting. What mediums do you use in your artwork? For paintings I use acrylic or water colours on canvas, sometimes pastel, but I might use other materials to give the effect I want. How long have you been in Bahrain and what appeals to you about this country? I have been in Bahrain for six years and what I love about it, is the democracy and the people who appreciate freedom, and the art of living. Is there a quotation, thought or idea that you live by? Don’t do things that you are not proud of. What has been the biggest inspiration for your art and interior work? My mom, Mona Masri Alami, has always been my biggest inspiration; she is a university professor and a well-known interior designer.

What does art mean to you? An altered state of mind where unconventional ideas are embraced; it’s an experience that is exciting to go through and finally be pleasantly surprised by the result. What’s coming up for you in the near future? There will be an exhibition in Maison

Jamsheer of paintings, photography and Arabic calligraphy on porcelain. Where do you see yourself in five years time? I can’t say that doing art exhibitions or design projects is my ultimate target. I can see myself being proud of my sons’ education, and handling charity projects with my Rotary Club of Salmaniya. FACT AUGUST




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He may be 37 but boy is he still SO dreamy!

4 Jazz

To be loved By Michael buble


WHAT’S IT LIKE DEEP down every one is a Buble fan... yes each and every one of you has, at some point, wiggled, slow danced or cried along to one of his songs. This is now the rather handsome star’s eighth studio album. Strong and mature and oozing with emotion, this is best listened to with all the doors shut and the volume on high... and here’s why... Big band arrangements are a favourite for the singer and the first track ‘You Make Me Feel So Young” sets a classic tone for the album. He may not have that same masculine oomph as Sinatra but his smooth bartone makes you tap your foot and

snap your fingers, all the way through. “It’s A Beautiful Day” is the lead single and one of the four tracks that are originals. Cheery modern pop stylings and production changes make this a catchy tune. (You would have probably heard it a thousand times already on the radio.) Classic such as “Who’s Lovin You”, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” and a duet with Reese Witherspon “Something Stupid” are sweet, successful sentiments. Buble will, without a shadow of a doubt, go down as one of the most successful male jazz singers of our generation. We are, simply, head over heels.







By hurts

By Lady Antebellum

By Little Mix

WHAT’S IT LIKE: THINGS looked promising back in 2010 when these two guys hit the scene. Ths second album occupies a somewhat murkier world than their debut. Operatic learnings have been abandoned for theatrical ornamentations and the anthemic track ‘Miracle’ is reminiscent of Depeche Mode and Coldplay. “Only You” takes you back to the older days where they temporarily stop running from sounding too 80s. “The Crow” is a standout ballad however but fans should prepare themselves for disappointment.

WHAT’S IT LIKE: HANDS down these guys are Nashville’s darlings, and their fourth album fulfills its title where each song is sun-kissed, expensively constructed and bound to bring in the monies. “Downtown” is already a number one country smash across the pond; “Goodbye Town”’s bassline pulls you in a direction both surprising and urgent, as does the chorus of the Grammy-winning hit “Need You Now”. Saying that, there are some vitalities missing such as personality, detail and need. But then, why bother when you’ve a sound this bright?

WHAT’S IT LIKE: SIXTEEN years ago the Spice Girls emerged and now here is, what seems to be, their replacement. Caring about the here and now, these four girls were put together on the X Factor and have caught the music world by storm with “Wings” as a starter. “Change Your Life” is less convincing while Missy Elliot helps welcome funk, soul and sass to “How Ya Doin?”. Although the girls are fresh, the rest of the album goes a bit OTT on drama with rather mundane constructions. Wait for the sale.




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the fall of arthur By j.r.r. tolkien

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: THIS is the world’s first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien which tells the amazing and extraordinary story of the final days of England’s legendary hero, King Arthur. This title recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against the rebels and foreign mercenaries. WHAT’S IT LIKE: Powerful, passionate and filled with perfect, vivid imagery, this book reveals Tolkien’s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Originally composed by Tolkien in the 1930s, this work was set aside for The Hobbit and lay untouched for 80 years! Now, thank goodness, it has been rescued and edited for publication by the author’s son Christopher.



this boy

film freak

By alan johnson

By christopher fowler

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: ALTHOUGH his childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, this story is essentially about two incredible women: his mother Lily (who battled poverty, domestic violence and loneliness) and his sister Linda (who had to assume huge responsibilty at a very young age). WHAT’S IT LIKE: Played out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing the story moves from post-war austerity through the race riots, Chelsea in the swinging sixties and eventually becoming a teen husband and father. This is one man’s story but it is also a story of England and West London slums. Written with a spirit of generous acceptance, of humour and openess.


the futre By al gore

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: THE former U.S vice President gives us an inconvenient truth for everything - a frank clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come. WHAT’S IT LIKE: Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. Al Gore brings us passion, intelligence and knowledge. An alarmingly and potentially accurate account and summary of how our lives may be lived in the nottoo-distant future.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: IT is the late 1970s and Christopher Fowler is a film freak, obsessively watching lousy films in rundown fleapit cinemas. Longing to put his dreams on the screen and become a famous scriptwriter, he heads for Wardour Street, the nation’s equivalent of Hollywood, with an armful of scripts. Arriving as the industry falls to its knees, he finds success against the odds. WHAT’S IT LIKE: Ghastly, hilarious and moving. Those are perhaps the best three words to summarise it. This story takes you on a journey through the back-end of the British film industry that turns into a search of friendship and happiness. This author made his name with his first memoir, Paperboy - his second is sure to confirm his place in life as a writer. [ ALSO READ ] OUR Tweeps had a few books to recommend this month: @Shabs_A - I’m reading the Game of Thrones books and let me say, they’re absolutely incredible! @S11UJ - Give the new Khaled Hosseini book a go - great read! FACT AUGUST




‘Hey man... nice tatts.. WAIT WHAT IS THAT?”

Elysium D: neill blomkamp C: matt damon, jodie foster, sharlto copley, william Fichtner

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Set in the year 2154, two classes of people exists: One being the very wealthy who live on a man-made space station, called Elysium, while the second, the rest of the population, resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could, hopefully, bring equality to the polarised worlds.

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING: From the man who brought you District 9, this blockbuster has had little hype pre-release - surprising when it contains some of Hollywood’s finest. The summer movie season means distributors are scrambling to attach trailers to their big fall releases... amid all that long-distance hype drops a new extended trailer for this film; a film that has now got our full and undivided attention... and that’s just after watching 197 seconds worth. The settings may look somewhat familiar to

those featured in the director’s previous release and the key plots may be rather heavy and revealing (among other things), but that’s not to say there are no plus points about this movie. Damon’s character, who is terminally-ill, cracks a few jokes amidst a serious sci-fi plot of robots, revenge and desperation. The studio wants you to know how big the scope of Blomkamp’s vision is and after watching this trailer, you will be left aching for the main attraction.


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[SYNOPSIS] The SMUrfs 2 follows another adventure installment from the little blue guys. The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs. Back again this time is Neil Patrick Harris but expect appearances from Hank Azaria (as the baddy), Katy Perry, Christina Ricci and Jayma Mays.

We’re the millers tells the story of a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of banned goods into the U.S from Mexico. Comical in places, you would hope to expect more from popular Jason Sudeikis... but then you hear his co-star is Jennifer Aniston and all hope is lost. It’s ok Emma Roberts is equally as irritating.

The butler D: lee daniels C: jon cusack, forest whitaker, lenny kravitz, Oprah winfrEy, Robin Williams, Minka Kelly

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: This film revolves around the true story of an African-American butler who served eight U.S Presidents at the White House. Based on the story, ‘A Butler Well Served’, follow the life of Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) who was the Presidential butler from 1952 to 1986. WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING: You know a film is worthy of a cinema trip when you get goosebumps watching the trailer. Well, even after watching it twice, they are still there. Many of us live through certain periods in history; this is the story of a man whose life revolves around the situations and historical movements of the United States. It is a film about honour, loyalty, family, trust and change. We will see you in front of the big screen the day this is released. WOW.

Kick-ass 2 D: jeff wadlow C: aaron taylor-johnson, jim carrey, chloe grace moretz, LYNDSY FONSECA

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: We say a very warm welcome hello to the costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass. This time he joins with a group of normal citizens who have all been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING: Not only is this the sequel to the biggest creator-owned comic of the decade, this is the follow up of one of the most comical, entertaining and watchable movies from the past ten years. Bold statement but SO true. With all the controversial scenes from the comic book, watch these guys in action save the world in their own weird yet unique and hilarious way. Bring it on! FACT AUGUST





Keeping THE PEOPLE OF Bahrain state-of-the-art


Ali Driver takes the new Audi for a spin...


JAWBONE UP It’s taken the world by storm with celebs and MPs sporting the band. We check out the Jawbone Up...


sony XPERIA Z ULTRA It’s slimmer than ever and still waterproof - could this be the most practical handset you can buy?


We’re sure that many of you have invested in new gadgets... so, FACT brings you the best apps on the market right now! FACT AUGUST



APPS GALORE... MyFitnessPal Do you like to watch what you eat? Well, we have just the app to help you do that! At the top of its game, MyFitnessPal let’s you monitor your health and fitness regime down to a ‘t’. It features two million food items (you heard, million!) and makes it easy for users to keep track of their diet, whether it’s low-carb, highprotein, vegetarian or another - the calorie-counter will fast become your best mealtime buddy! Available on: Free for iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry.

Endomondo Think health and fitness meets hi-tech – Endomondo is essentially a social app for fitness fans. The app’s GPS system tracks how far you walk, run, or bike during a physical workout. Users can then connect and share this info on sites like Facebook – great for friendly competition or a boost of encouragement from the digital world! Available on: Free for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows.

Foodspotting This app is about actual food dishes, not just restaurants! If you’re craving a really good steak, or you want to see what a restaurant near you serves, find it by ratings, pics and expert comments from friends and other foodspotters! Unlike review apps, here you post photos of the dishes you like rather than horrible ones. You can even bookmark dishes and see what your friends have liked – sounds like just the food radar we need! Available on: Free for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

Epicurious It is literally recipe galore on Epicurious! Search through more than 30,000 professionally-created recipes and try your hand at cooking some great dishes. You can even save your favourite recipes and create shopping lists – great for when you’ve invited people around for dinner and need food ideas! There’s also a step-by-step guide to help even novice cooks navigate more complicated recipes, with recipes split into categories like ‘weekend dinners’, ‘fast & fresh’, and ‘grilled mains’ among others – the one-stop cooking companion if you ask us! Available on: Free for iOS and Android.

Candy Crush Saga Hands down the biggest sugar rush for your smartphone or tablet – Candy Crush Saga is easy to play and even easier to get addicted to! Your task is simple; match three or more hunger-inducing candies to “crush” them and score points. The levels vary from foolishly easy to frustratingly hard and you start each with a predefined number of moves in which to score as many points as possible. As you move up the levels you unlock several powerups and the Facebook integration even allows for some healthy competition between friends, as it displays your high scores! Available on: Free for iOS and Android. 48


Despicable Me: Minion Rush Who doesn’t love Despicable Me? The movie tie-in game lets you play as one of the cute little minion characters, trying to become employee of the year by running as far as possible! Whilst wreaking havoc on your run, there’s opportunity to stack up on currency in the form of bananas and tokens, all the while jumping and sliding across the tracks. Your yellow buddy will be kept on their toes by dodging projectiles, accelerating down chutes and fighting off the enemy. Definitely the best adventure game to come out of an animated movie in a very long time! Available on: Free for iOS, Android and Windows


With the sales in full swing, we know that many of you have invested in new gadgets! To help you load your smartphones or tablets with the latest and greatest tech treats, FACT brings you our best apps on the market right now!

News360 With a clever and clean interface, News360 is one of our favourite news apps available right now! The app will feed you current news, pulled from a wide variety of sources and articles segregated by topic, including politics, science, technology, local news and more, helping you connect with what you like and even save articles for later reading. News360 learns your reading habits and returns the most relevant stories tailored to your interests. You can even share content easily onto social media sites - making it simple to let friends know about anything interesting you’ve just read! Available on: Free for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

Tipulator When it comes to tipping, how much is enough? Leave 10% in a New York restaurant and your waiter may call you cheap, do the same in Tokyo and your kindness will cause offence, and in China this generosity is highly frowned upon! Luckily, wherever in the world you go, Tipulator can help the mathematically challenged split bills and tips, all while gracefully sidestepping social embarrassment! Available on: Free for iOS.

Tripadvisor Are traveller recommendations important to you, or maybe you want to make the most of your time exploring a destination? Either way, Tripadvisor’s app focuses on real travel experiences and usergenerated advice, as well as unique lists, including maps and images of things to see and do anywhere in the world! There are also over two million photos for you to have a cheeky snoop around your chosen destination and hotel. This app successfully manages to pack what the TripAdvisor website offers in a practical and easy-to-use interface that resembles its online presence. Available on: Free for iOS, Android, Nokia, Windows, Palm.

Chic Feed Have you had enough of runway models and catwalk fashion? Then this is the app for you! Essentially overflowing with street-style pics, this app compiles in one place the most popular trends in street-style by collecting cool, quirky, fun and funky images off the internet from sites such as Lookbook, Face Hunter, The Satorialist and Altamira NYC – if being different, but still in the know about fashion is your thing then Chic Feed is perfect! Available on: Free for iOS and Android.

Pose Here’s one for people who love taking selfies! Pose is in simple terms the instagram of fashion - snap a picture of your entire outfit on a daily basis, tag the brands you’re wearing, and share the whole thing with a cute caption to accompany your photo. Best of all, this app is great for style inspiration! You can scroll and take a peek through other users’ pages to see their outfit of the day. As a bonus people can ‘like’ your outfit and comment on it too! Available on: Free for iOS and Android.





Sony Xperia Z Ultra Pleased:

Very Pleased:

“The device is huge but fits comfortably in your hand”

“This is the first phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip”


“It bridges the gap between phone and tablet rather marvelously”

The latest update from Sony in the world of smartphones really pushes the boundaries of what a ‘smartphone’ can really be. With a 6.44-inch screen, the device is huge but fits more comfortably in your hand than you might have previously expected. And for all those spec-fans out there, this is the first phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip: a quad-core processor clocked to 2.2GHz… no idea? Basically a huge leap forward in productivity, HD video and performance. The magnetic charging port on the side is an effective little addition, as is the return of the waterproof element – a series of little doors that seal in the ports… a factor intriguingly not used on the headphone jack however! A huge plus is the CPU speed. Snappy as anything we have played with before, you can flick between apps and browsing the Internet in no time at all – almost to the point that we can’t keep up! Oh, we aren’t complaining, especially as the screen 50


quality is a mark of improvement from its predecessor. As for the battery – the bane of every phone owner’s life (especially if you have the iPhone 5 or Samsung S4) – this 3000mAh power pack does not disappoint, especially when you consider the size of the phone. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is pretty much a phone that wants to be a tablet. While many of you (probably Blackberry owners) will look at the new device and recoil in horror at its larger dimensions, those of you looking for a larger screen will be jumping at the chance to buy this bad boy once it hits the shelves. Will it take over the smartphone market? Well it’s a definite possibility as the power and size combo is currently unique. The Japanese brand is obviously keen to show it is at the forefront of technology. It may not be a mainstream device but it bridges the gap between phone and tablet, both decent devices, rather marvelously.

Plus Price: BD120 Buy: All major electronic stores Battery: Up to 4 days Megapixel: 8MP Screen: 6.44-inch by 6.5mm Weight: 212 grams Platform: Android 4.2 PROS

Large screen & Powerful CPU


Super-huge dimensions & Uneven screen quality



JAWBONE UP Our every day activities have just got a little bit more interesting with the Jawbone Up band. With the promise to take a “holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle” to “keep you moving forward”, this nifty little gadget keeps track of your sleep and how much you move, while you input what you eat as well as your mood. Available in three sizes, the band fits around your wrist perfectly. In actual fact the best way to describe it is as a wrist-

wrapping computer… but be careful, as it’s not totally waterproof (just resistant up to one metre). But unlike other gadgets, this one has no visual interface – just one symbol which only lights up to tell you if it’s in ‘day’ or ‘sleep’ mode or if it’s charging. One of the band’s best features is its accuracy on tracking your snoozing patterns. When you are ready to nod off, press the little moon symbol and when you wake up, press the same button. You

can even set a smart alarm which gently vibrates you back into the world of the living. Uploading your data is simple, just plug it straight into your headphone jack on your phone (make sure you have downloaded the appropriate UP app) and watch the graphs appear in front of you. With a calorie counter and step tracker as bonus features, you really can’t go wrong with this tiny device. Nutritional tips and lifestyle advice pop up to tell you when you haven’t been working hard enough or perhaps when you have been sitting still for too long. There are even ‘high five’ messages if you have had a busy, active day. A complete library packed full of food makes it pretty simple to select your meals of the day – although this can be somewhat time-consuming. You can even bore all your mates on Facebook or Twitter about your progress (don’t be surprised if you suddenly lose some cyber-friends however). Saying that, this little piece of technology is the ideal starting point for those looking to lose weight or change their lifestyle.

Very Pleased

“You can even set a smart alarm to wake you up”

Plus Price: BD60 Buy: I MACHINEs Battery: Up to 10 days Sync type: Wired Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.1 inches Weight: 19 grams



Price: BD35,950

Transmission: 7-speed doubleclutch auto

Power: 450hp/430Nm torque

ENGINE SIZE: 4.2l V8 FSI Quattro

Ali driver says...

“The Audi RS4 is a road-scorching supercar thinly disguised as a humble family station wagon…”

Our Mystery Motoring Expert, Ali Driver, is over the moon to finally have a go in an RS4! In Europe, this so-called family car will not fool anybody. The RS4 has been around since 1999 - long enough for almost anyone to know exactly what it is. In fact, the RS4 Avant (Audi’s name for an estate model) was the very first incarnation of the RS4, coming before the sedan model. Audi’s tradition of making mental station wagons stretches way back to the turbocharged Audi 100 and 200 Avants of the 1980s, which proved extremely popular. However, it was Audi’s first ‘RS’ badged car, the RS2 Avant, which was created with assistance from Porsche and shared some parts with the Porsche 911, that really established Audi as a manufacturer of practical but high-performance family cars. 52


In Europe, these wagons are recognised as icons. However, in the Gulf, where estates are practically non-existent and notoriously unfashionable, many people will not see past the car’s misleading station wagon exterior. They’ll dismiss it as a boring family car that’s practical and spacious but anything other than fun. They’d be sorely mistaken! Upon closer inspection, the telltale signs on the RS4 are there. There are the flared wheel arches encompassing those big 19inch alloy wheels. There is the lowered suspension, the sports body kit and those massive twin exhausts, not to mention the RS4 spoiler jutting out from the top of the rear windscreen. Then there is that iconic RS badge on the front, sides and rear of the car. Anyone who knows anything about cars will

Who is Ali Driver?

1. He lives in Bahrain and says he grew up on the streets of Manama, but we think he’s actually from a rich family.

2. He says his car skills are selftaught, but we’re sure we’ve seen a certificate from the Bahrain International Circuit on his wall.

go all gooey inside whenever they see an RS badge on an Audi, and they’ll know that whatever the packaging, something glorious awaits you inside! In this case, what awaits you is a high-revving naturallyaspirated 4.2l V8, putting out 450hp and 430Nm of torque to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a seven-speed dualclutch automatic gearbox, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of just 4.7 seconds and a 250km/h-plus top speed. What awaits you, to put it quite simply, is probably the most mental experience you will ever have in a… (ahem)… “practical family station wagon!” I’ve been hankering for a go in an RS4 for years, literally! So, I was rather excited when the Audi Centre called me up and said they had one available for a road test.

3. He drives cars better than anyone we know (but don’t ever tell him).

4. He claims to be able to change a regular car tyre in under four minutes, but we’re sure that’s only when his wife helps him.

And unlike most who will see this car in Bahrain, I was not put off at all by the first impression of this nutty station wagon. The way the roofline tapers off towards the rear, and the sharply angled slope of the rear windscreen simply creates a sporty silhouette of a different kind, augmented by the RS4 roof spoiler. From the moment you start it and hear that delicious burble from the meaty V8, you know this is a car that means business. The one thing that excited me most about the RS4 was that instead of following the increasing industry trend towards turbocharged engines, which get more power out of a smaller motor for less fuel but lag in their delivery, they’ve stuck to the naturally-aspirated 4.2l V8, which promises a long, smooth and constant power delivery right through the range. FACT AUGUST


What this means is that, instead of a slight pause and a sudden explosion of power whenever you plant the accelerator, what you get instead is instantaneous throttle response, and a car that REALLY comes alive at 5000 revs, and you’ll have a whole lot of fun keeping it up there as well. The noise from the V8 is fantastic – a racy growl that you’ll never get tired of listening to. And the performance is absolutely phenomenal, even for an Audi. Due to some tweaks regarding materials used, more aluminium, and engine placement, there is now a more even weight distribution between front and rear, giving the RS4 superb balance. The absolute essence of this car’s appeal is thus: It’s a family station wagon that can fit five people and all their luggage in it, and a whole lot of cargo with the rear seats down as well, making it as practical as any CUV. However, when the wife and kids are at home, and all the shopping’s done, you can take the RS4 Avant for a drive, and you’ll completely forget that you’re in an estate – it really is that much fun to drive. The natural tendency in the Gulf is to gravitate towards a compact SUV if you want the space but aren’t bothered about going off road, but I’d take this car over a luxury sports crossover like an Infiniti FX37 S or a BMW X5 M any day!





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Chilling out by the beach or pool? We have summer-ready fashion to help you stand out in the crowd!


Get in the festive spirit this season with designs and prints to lift your summer wardrobe.



We bring you one of the best collections on the high street this summer season. FACT AUGUST



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Topshop’s high summer fashion line has clean-cut designs that embody everything we love about sporty-glam garms here’s more on one of our favourite highstreet brands... 58



with the modern style. All about touch, it mixes transparent sheers with rich black patent leather. Layering is key to the trend, the motto being: the more the better. Washed out whites reign supreme as base for colour, while hints of vivid orange and pink pop out for some statement-making wow factors. In the end it all revolves around geometric cuts and a soft aesthetic, perfect for those who love the versatility of sportswear and the classic-ness of modern everyday pieces.

Advocating no frills fashion, Topshop’s Modern Nights is a straightforward collection of contemporary pieces with a city slick vibe. So if you’re into pastels, sweet chiffons and over-the-top prints, please take the nearest exit. You see this season Topshop’s girl is cool and effortlessly styled. She brings together a hint of the future with a dash of sporty luxe, making simple dressing progressive yet uncomplicated. She has no time to deal with things like colours and paisley patterns; she’s fast and on the go, too cool for school. For summer, it’s all about smart dressing with an edgy vibe. Hence, the collection’s sporty luxe is born, a marriage of athletic with glam, getting rid of the hard edge that comes




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Add a tribal touch to your wardrobe this Eid with cool ethnic prints. Go full-on pattern crazy with a head-to-toe look if you’re daring!

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Fashion In the home



Fashion In the home

When it comes down to bringing something unique into your home, you want exclusivity, quality and a piece that will tell a story, in short, it would be the talking point at any dinner party. Shabana Adam chats to mosaic artist Faiza Saeed, who has a vision to bring colour and character into Bahrain’s homes.


e first introduced Faiza Saeed to our readers in early 2012, and back then, the Bahraini mosaic artist had just burst onto the mainstream art scene with the help of design agency Obai & Hill. Now, 18 months later, Faiza has taken her love and talent for mosaic to a whole new level, producing unique pieces that can spruce up any home, garden or office, with uplifting colour and character. From plant pots to wall art, mirrors, tables, serving trays and plates, Faiza’s exclusive pieces can be tailored and designed to your request. “If you like yellow we’ll make something using yellow materials, if you like flowers then we’ll design a floral piece. The choice is yours,” explains Faiza. So, what’s different about mosaic and why should people have it in their homes? Easy. For Faiza it’s all about quality and shelf-life. “Mosaic itself is a very strong material – the tables I make are solid, sturdy and strong, using cement tiles and flexible iron. “If you go to most of the gardens here you’ll see greenery but you won’t see furniture because people are afraid to leave their furniture outside – within one month the heat will destroy it! “But mosaic can survive – that’s why I’m looking forward to seeing it outdoors,” Faiza tells us. Though she has experimented with mosaic and produced pieces through

trial and error, Faiza has spent much of the past year and a half travelling the globe in the hopes of learning from some of the best in the mosaic world, and taking part in classes. Faiza says, “In any profession, an artist needs to have formal learning so I started to find, globally, who could help me to see mosaic from their perspective.” Her curious nature and willingness to learn led Faiza to meet renowned mosaic artist Emma Biggs, in London, as well as others in Italy and Egypt, where she completed certified courses and discovered how to take the concept of mosaic and convert it to real art. “There is a lot of debate as to whether mosaic is art or crafts, for me, it can be both. You can put it on a piece of furniture and call it a craft and still it can be a piece of art; something that you look to and get inspired,” Faiza says. To train a second-generation of mosaic artists is Faiza’s aim, and she continues to hold workshops for anyone and everyone who wants to know more about this technique. She explains, “Bahraini’s are part of a nation that loves to learn, but unless you introduce it to them they will not actively go and do it! Even if we can get ten people to continue it on, we can create a community, and they’ll understand the art and distribute it themselves.” Like the last time we spoke to her, Faiza still feels there is a lack of support for artists in Bahrain. FACT AUGUST


Faiza endeavours to bring colour and character into Bahrain’s surroundings

So, what is wrong on the island? “Unfortunately our society still doesn’t invest to create an art platform. We have talent but it’s very scattered, we have exhibitions but only now and then, we have support but it’s not consistent. Infrastructure is important for artists.” Faiza believes that parents should encourage their children to do art from a young age, and her advice for aspiring artists is simple, “Don’t let anybody stop you. If you feel you’re an artist and you love art – push it, learn it, read about it, explore it, and grow the artist within you!” For now, her plan is to use mosaic to brighten up Bahrain’s homes, the local people’s lifestyle and to get young people and communities involved. Faiza says, “I’m really looking forward to taking it to walls, to streets, to houses, to highways, and to villages. The message here is we can make our houses, our lives and our country so very colourful!” Well, we can’t argue with that! GO:

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Recreation is just as important in life as occupation! This is your guide to making the most of your precious spare time. There’s no need to waste it...

The Chef’s Table

with MOHAMMED ARIF We dine at the table of the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s renowned Spices Restaurant, to try the superb Indian cuisine prepared by Chef Mohammed Arif

PF Chang’s

The FACT team visits one of the world’s most popular Asian-themed bistros, which recently opened in Bahrain City Centre, to see what all the fuss is about!


There are plenty of exciting eating options this month for all you foodies... FACT AUGUST



VENUE REVIEW The world-famous restaurant truly lived up to our expectations

PF Chang’s Level 2, Bahrain City Centre, Seef. 1717 9757, PRICE: BD10-15 per person

This month’s venue review took place at a restaurant that really needs no introduction. It’s world-renowned for serving some of the most delicious Asian-themed food, and the FACT team couldn’t wait to go and check out Bahrain’s very own China Bistro of PF Chang’s - we definitely had high hopes! Though we visited during Ramadan – the place was full of happy diners, so we were glad to have made a reservation. Our friendly waiter soon informed us that this was actually “not too busy” and usually their would be a wait to get a table (if this is not busy we’d love to see just how packed it gets when it is busy!) This was a good sign… if the place is always full then the food must be spectacular, right? The waiter came over and mixed together some chilli paste, Chinese hot mustard and potsticker sauce, to create a tasty dip to accompany our food, and 76


it wasn’t long before we gave into our hungry eyes and rumbling tummies, ordering a mix of starters. We went for chicken dumplings, seared ahi tuna, wonton soup, and the GCCfamous dynamite shrimp. The first thing we noticed is that presentation of food was super-clean and attractive with yummy garnishing and sauces too. Though all starters were tasty, the absolute standout dish here was the incredible dynamite shrimp. The crispy batter infused with spices, wrapped [ THE BILL ] 1 Chicken Dumplings 2.950 1 Dynamite Shrimp 4.950 1 Wonton Soup 3.750 1 Seared Ahi Tuna 4.950 1 Mongolian Beef 6.950 1 Salt & Pepper Prawns 7.500 1 Banana Spring Rolls 2.950 Price excludes service charge and Government levy. TOTAL 34.000

around the juicy shrimp was, in simple words, like a small taste of heaven. We’d go as far as saying this could be the best starter we’ve ever tasted (to date!). For mains we had to try the Mongolian beef after hearing raving reviews about it, along with salt and pepper prawns. The thin slices of caramelised beef were truly divine; the sauce was a great balance of sweet and tangy, topped with fresh scallions. The prawns had a great spicy taste created using chilli peppers! We were almost full when it came to dessert but the banana spring rolls looked very inviting. Drizzled in delectable caramel sauce with a helping of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, the wonton wrapped bananas were simply delicious. It was like a sticky, crispy cinnamon explosion with a huge scoop of ice cream! There’s no denying that PF Chang’s lived up to it’s reputable status and by the time we finished, we had already planned our next visit… success!


Meat-Lover’s Heaven at the Sheraton

Think mouth-watering kebabs at really good prices and you have the kebab promotion in An Nada Bar – which starts from the first day of Eid-Al-Fitr and remains all throughout August. Some of the culinary delights include, Subz Ke Kebab with cabbage salad, a combination of mixed vegetable and spices coated with sesame seed, priced at just BD2.5; Mexican Chicken Kebab marinated with Mexican chilly, oregano and hung yoghurt, accompanied with corn and capsicum salad, priced at just BD3.9, as well as other treats like Shammi Kebab, Bahraini Lamb Tikka and Beef Shashlik – all carrying special prices! For meat-eaters this is one not to miss! GO: Available throughout August – 17533533.

Classic Carvery at Royal Golf Club

Every Friday after Ramadan the Links Restaurant will host a classic roast carvery buffet with all the trimmings plus live cooking stations! The Links Friday Carvery Feast is a great event for those wanting an alternative to brunch with a more wholesome menu serving a great selection of breads, meat and other tasty treats! It’s a good one for families too with a special buffet for children and a crèche available for little guests at only BD3 per child, per hour – that’s mum, dad and the kids sorted! GO: Midday to 4pm – BD18 net per person (members discount applies). Kids under 12 pay BD9.5 inclusive of selected soft drinks. 1775 1262.

Entertainment Excelled at Mezzanine Lounge Kempinski welcomes a unique female duo from Bulgaria, the Friends Band, to the sophisticated Mezzanine Lounge this August! Enjoy beautiful arrangements of popular songs from your favourite 50’s Rock-n-Roll anthems to present day hits performed by Yana and Hristina, who play a wide repertoire of genres, including jazz, evergreen, country, soul, reggae, Latin and pop. Using the latest looping

technology, this duo create drum-beats, base line, keyboard harmony and piano/ keyboard solos right in front of your eyes, as you tuck into delectable platters and international beverages. With the After Work Special, indulge yourself by sipping on a signature beverage while another is offered with compliments from the hotel – sounds like a winner to us! GO: Daily except Sunday - 1717 1441.




Chef Mohammed Arif Attention foodies! If Indian cuisine is your absolute favourite then get ready for a creative culinary experience as we may just have found THE place to go for great Indian food. Chef Mohammed Arif shows us why. 78



hen it comes to tasty Indian food in Bahrain, there’s only one place that comes to mind, Spices Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We went to meet the man behind the creative menu here, Chef Mohammed Arif, to see what makes his cooking stand out from the rest. As the person who helped to create a one-of-a-kind menu, Chef Arif has a lot to be proud of. He comes from a family of chefs and has a culinary career spanning 14 years. His professional experience includes working for worldclass restaurants and hotels in New Delhi, Mumbai, Egypt and Abu Dhabi, to name


but a few. So, it’s needless to say that we were expecting great things!. First up was a glimpse into the popular Fusion menu – blending the taste of India and the East with elements of the West. Chef Arif prepared Tandoori Salmon Tikka and his tip for this dish was simple; “it’s all about the marination.” We watched on as he added ginger garlic paste, turmeric, yellow chilli powder, fresh lemon juice and fresh dill to around 50g of Salmon (three appetising pieces). This was just the first marinade, usually kept aside for around 5 to 6 hours, so that all the juices and salts are absorbed and you’re left with lots of flavour.

The second marinade involves adding thick yogurt, salt, cumin, coriander powder, garam masala, carom seed, and a few other spices, along with French mustard, to the Salmon. After an hour’s standstill, the fish is skewered and cooked in the tandoor - a cylindrical clay oven – cooking that Chef Arif and his team have perfectly mastered. “This is what I’ve created myself. I really wanted something special for the Fusion menu and this is a twist on Indian cuisine,” says Chef Arif. Served with deliciously smooth mushy green peas, which complimented the Salmon beautifully, this Fusion starter was surprisingly refreshing. It had great colour and a nice mustard flavour which was a real treat for the taste buds! For mains we really got to witness Chef Arif ’s innovative techniques. He prepared a North Indian-inspired Sikandari Raan – a leg of lamb that is usually marinated and kept in the chiller overnight to absorb all the exotic spices! The dish has three stages of marinade; one includes rubbing in a concoction of ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri chilli powder (used in India to give colour to food, and easily found at Lulu’s!), coriander powder, cumin, garam masala, chopped onion and carrots, as well as whole spices like cinnamon, bay leaf, black and green cardamom, cloves and a dashing of balsamic vinegar and mustard oil. The meat is marinated for the second time using a variety of ingredients and cooked in the tandoor on skewers. It’s separated into pieces and cooked in the

oven with a stuffing of cheese, shallots, prunes, spring onion, mint, fine nuts, and thinly diced apple, all covered in a thin layer of naan dough. Chef Arif explains, “This is a real chef ’s speciality dish. It’s all a mix of my experience, things I’ve learned from my home, from other chefs and from observing the Bahraini community.” We could really sense the exclusivity of this dish. The meat was tender and the taste delightfully light, with the side of caramelised cabbage it’s hard not to say ‘mmmh’ with every bite. What’s great is that although lots of different spices are used in this dish, it has a great balance of texture, flavour and spice. For Chef Arif, customer satisfaction is everything, and it’s also the thing that keeps him motivated in the kitchen! “I like to hear guest preferences and that’s how I better my dishes and excel in cooking,” he says. Well, after seeing him in action and sampling some of the best dishes at Spices, we can whole-heartedly say that this is the place you’ll find Indian cuisine, like no other, in Bahrain. FACT AUGUST



Celebrating Family Spirit with the Sofitel’s Top Eid Offerings The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa will celebrate the spirit of Eid-Al-Fitr through a variety of lavish restaurant offerings. Featuring a superb selection of local, regional and international cuisine, visit Saraya on the first day of Eid where dishes will be served to suit the tastes of everyone. Guests can sample their favourite cuisine at the expansive buffet which will feature a range of traditional as well as contemporary Middle Eastern and International cuisine that will be prepared for the occasion by the hotel’s talented chefs. On the second day of Eid head for the famed ‘So Brunch’, the perfect place to indulge in the most unique culinary delights from around the world, spread over three restaurants, Saraya, Fiamma and Wok. Guests can choose mouth-watering dishes from the live cooking stations from various parts of Asia in addition to authentic Italian pizzas, pastas and antipasti, an amazing seafood collection and tempting Arabic and continental dishes, enhanced by the fine French touch. If you’re after a little more luxury, spend Eid at Pashawat Restaurant (open throughout Eid) which has a set menu offering irresistible Lebanese cuisine. Here, you can enjoy a large variety of the finest Mezzeh as well as succulent charcoal grilled specialties! GO: 1763 6363



Foodie fun with Vinology at The Meat Co



Address: Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Contact No: (+973) 1717 1000 Website: Email: Twitter: @KGIHBCC

Celebrate Eid with Family Brunch at Kempinski!

Meat-lovers and grape connoisseurs of Bahrain can feast and have fun at the new ‘Vinology’ evenings, being held on the last Wednesday of each month. Get ready to be educated and entertained while experiencing the taste of expertly selected vino from across the world, paired with delicious cuts of meats and cheese. The concept behind Vinology is that certain elements - such as texture and flavour in both food and vino react differently to each other - and finding the right combination makes the dining experience more enjoyable, creating the perfect complimentary mix. During the Vinology evenings, an expert from BMMI will host a specialist vino counter offering education sessions and tastings, highlighting different beverages selected for their varied flavours, enabling guests to understand better what they enjoy in a particular blend, year, geography or varietal. To harmonise each and every grape, The Meat Co team will be serving new and different cuts of meats and cheese, while guests are free to explore and taste at leisure, accompanied by the smooth lounge beats of the in-house DJ. ‘Vinology’ will take place on the 1st floor lounge at The Meat Co on the last Wednesday of every month after Ramadan, from 8-11pm. Expect to pay BD15 ++ or if you have a Meat Co loyalty card or if you’re a BMMI premium club member, the evening will set you back BD12 ++. GO: Call 1774 2080

Celebrate with your loved ones this Eid holiday at the luxurious Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre with Family Brunch in Baharat! On the second and third day of Eid, enjoy a delicious selection of Eid specialties, as well as popular dishes from our international Friday Family Brunch. Make it a whole family affair with a gourmet buffet of appetizers, sushi, pasta and of course, desserts, as well as a dedicated children’s buffet for the little ones. Your children will also enjoy a colourful play area with activities, a bouncy castle and friendly mascots to keep them entertained all afternoon. Celebrate the end of the Holy Month, and the start of a new beginning, with an extensive selection of dishes made from the finest, freshest ingredients, with locally-sourced vegetables in-line with Kempinski’s high standards for fine dining. Venue: Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre Date: 2nd & 3rd day of Eid Al Fitr Time: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm Price: BD 28++, inclusive of selected beverages; BD 19++ food only; children 6 to 12 years eat for half price, under 6 eat free. Baharat Open 6 Days a Week with á la Carte Menu! Due to popular demand, Kempinski’s exquisite Arabic restaurant, Baharat, is open six days a week for dinner starting from Eid! With a delicious selection of your favourite Arabic dishes on a special á la carte menu from Mondays to Thursdays, including Saturday, and a sprawling buffet true to Baharat’s style on Fridays, the only day excluded is Sunday! Enjoy classic Arabic dishes with a modern twist, specially prepared by talented Kempinski chefs. Keeping Kempinski’s “Think Global, Eat Local” philosophy in mind, all the dishes on the á la carte and buffet menu are made using the finest, freshest ingredients, with many of the vegetables sourced locally from our partner farm in Karranah, right in a green oasis just minutes away from Manama. Baharat will continue to offer its popular international Friday Family Brunch, complete with children’s entertainment, a live band, and complimentary pool access, every Friday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Venue: Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre Date: From Eid Al Fitr, open daily except Sundays Time: 7:30 pm till 11:00 pm Price: Price dependent on item in á la carte menu; Friday dinner buffet at BD 16++, exclusive of beverages. For additional information or reservations: (+973) 1717 1144. FACT AUGUST


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HEALTH & WELLBEING Your body is your temple, so worship it! Looking after your health doesn’t have to mean exercising and eating health food - a good pampering is just as important...

Your body is your temple, so worship it! Looking after your health doesn’t have to mean exercising and eating healthy food - a good pampering is just as important... FACT AUGUST



It’s only a matter of when not if! Bahrain National Life has created a new engaging and effective ad campaign. Its goal is to raise awareness of just how important it is for the people of Bahrain to look after their health and plan for the future. Here, we find out more on exactly why you should pay attention to this voice of concern...


ahrain National Life (bnl) has a new ad campaign that is more thought-provoking than ever before. As a continuation of what the brand stands for, which is specialising in Life & Medical insurance, bnl has created another meaningful set of ads that ensure the brand continues to pride itself on providing the best for its customer community. The new ad campaign is dedicated to addressing an important part of everyday life, that is, looking after people’s health and their wealth. General Managaer Robert Grey, says: “If you haven’t got good health then you can’t do much else. “As a start, you have to make sure you look after your health, and here, maybe the weather doesn’t always lend itself to looking after yourself, but still you can do a lot, and we try to encourage people to do that extra 84


bit and take care of their health. “We want to make people more aware of the need to look after your health, to look after your finances and be responsible.” The point behind this ad campaign is for bnl to reach the people of Bahrain and encourage awareness of the need for insurance through the use of real people, real lives and the slogan IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF WHEN NOT IF. Robert explains that the posters have been created for people to interpret in the way that they want. For example, you may look to the man on the poster (far-right on opposite page) and ask yourself ‘is he a business man?... is he a father?... what does he do?’ It’s only a matter of when – ‘when he retires, does he need to save money?... when his daughter goes to university, how will he pay for her education?’

All of these questions can arise from seeing the bnl ads, and they are all questions that every person can relate to. As Robert says, “Don’t sit around and wait for it to happen to you, it’s all about planning. If you don’t save money then you won’t have any money. And especially if you earn it, you might as well save it for when you’ll need it the most. “Just putting something aside and having a nest egg can help further down the line.” With a clear message of promoting good health, encouraging the need for insurance and highlighting what bnl can do for you, this ad campaign serves as a great platform for reaching the people of Bahrain, and urging them to stand up and take control of their future. GO: See more on what bnl can offer you, visit them online at





DETOX HEAVEN a Pankooshis has e er quiet location wh e you can be at onts with your though hy and focus on healt weight loss


When you think about losing weight or getting in shape, most people would go for a gym membership or popular diet regime, right? Not always it seems. Budoor Al Ansari went for detox through juice fasting, and her determination to find the perfect way to lose weight has certainly paid off. As a result, the mum-of-one has founded Pankooshis, a detox centre in Durrat Al Bahrain. So how did it all begin? “It all started when I 86


gained 35kgs during pregnancy,” Budoor says. “I used to be 63 to 65kg and I ended up to be 102kg. When I had my baby I tried to figure out how to lose all that weight and I struggled for four years.” Budoor tried everything from gyms, nutritionists, dieticians, and even considered signing up to a militarystyle boot camp. However, she found no success until discovering detox. “I stumbled across detoxing while I

was on Google. I thought ‘ok it makes sense; it just tells you how to get rid of what’s inside your body.’ “Because, for me, at the time, even eating 500 calories was a lot. I was already flooded from inside, so I needed to cleanse and get rid of what was inside,” Budoor explains. She went for it and prepared her own juices at home. After years of struggling, Budoor lost 5kg in a week. Detoxing was now a serious contender


as a method of losing weight, and within two months Budoor lost 15kg as a total (how amazing is that?). After her own personal success, she wanted to introduce detox to the people of Bahrain and the GCC, so came Pankooshis, a home-grown business carrying Budoor’s childhood nickname. Pankooshis is made up of three villas; one a treatment villa decked out with a gym and therapy rooms, and two that are used for accommodation. All include pools and generous-sized living areas too. The detox centre offers a range of different programmes. You’ll receive pre-juice fasting information to get your body ready for the detox a week beforehand; this is done to make sure you don’t shock your body all at once. And apart from providing your detox juices, which can include anything from water, fruit juices, vegetable broth, and herbal tea, there are early

what is detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. A detox programme can help the body’s natural cleaning process, mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin.

morning walks on the beach, light exercise, informative health talks, pool time and lots of opportunities to relax with a good book or DVD. Your weight will be checked on a daily basis and Budoor has found that guests lose on average 4-6kg a week. She recommends that first-timers spend at least 10-14 days at Pankooshis whilst those looking to cleanse should opt for 3-4 days stay. For Budoor the importance of detox and customer satisfaction is number one. She says, “Lots of people don’t know why they’re not losing weight or why they gained weight so fast when you know the reason then you know how to fix it. We give you the information as part of the package so when you leave you know what to do.” So why detox? Budoor explains that it’s all about shifting to a healthier lifestyle. “Detox is like showering your body from inside. So if I’ll be going to the gym yes I might be fit – but from

Who can detox?

Anyone looking to cleanse, clean or move towards a more naturally healthier lifestyle should consider detox. If you’re feeling sluggish or out of sync, have skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems, then a body detox may just be the answer to your problems. You can opt for slower processes like a lemon, water or juice detox or you can visit and stay at a detox centre and opt for a master cleanse which requires more time and committment.

inside I’m not healthy! Detox is like the beginning of a healthier lifestyle.” Pankooshis holds women and men only weeks, family weeks and couple’s week too. After Ramadan, a dedicated children’s boot camp will take place with the aim of introducing ‘healthy junk food’ to the youngsters and mentoring them to enter a new, and much healthy lifestyle. Compared to when Pankooshis was started back in 2011, more and more people in this region have become aware of what detox is. And what Budoor wants is to make Pankooshis a destination for detox in the GCC – for a fraction of the cost of going to Europe and beyond. Well, with the kind of results that she has achieved (Budoor lost 24kg in 2012 alone!) we’ll be knocking on the detox door, very soon!

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TIPS for detox

The best thing about detoxifying is that you are guaranteed to feel rejuvenated from the inside out. In order to not shock your body, try and eliminate things like dairy, heavy meats and sugary foods a week before you start your detox. Loose the booze, tobacco and caffeine, and instead add lots of fiber, water and juices to your diet. Starting a regime of light exercise and yoga would be beneficial too, alongside getting a good amount of relaxation and rest - that means at least eight hours of sleep every night. Meditating is also a plus!





Our Health Columnist is fitness guru Craig Heslop, Founder & Coach of Tribal Fitness, who believes that a more back-to-basics and natural approach to living is the key to a healthy lifestyle…

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How Efficiently do You Move? Moving efficiently requires us to utilise our energy most conservatively. Inefficient movement wastes energy and more importantly, it often leads to injury. Running is a classic example. Every day I see humans running with a slow cadence and poor posture.This looks painful and often ends up causing knee, hip or back pain. In Dr Kelly Starrett’s ‘Becoming a Supple Leopard’ he states that only 1% of injuries result from major trauma like sporting injuries. A further 1% of injuries are a result of defects from birth. Starrett’s experience and research have led him to discover that 98% of all his injuries are the result of poor movement. When poor movement is combined with time, it often equals pain and injury. Why do humans move poorly? I believe the answer lies in our modern lifestyle. Today, we spend so much time in a Craig Heslop, seated position: the car, Founder & Coach the office, the sofa and of Tribal Fitness dinner table. Spending all this time on our rump has resulted in poor posture and weakened musculature. A sedentary lifestyle has also led us to become de-sensitised to moving well. Medication and rehab can only work to help us in the short-run. To ensure that you move well, you must first practice being mindful about movement. How does your posture look right now? Sometimes you may even need a professional to help you. During our Tribal Foundation program, where new Members join, we screen movement efficiency. We cover running, lifting off the floor, squatting, pushing and pressing. These movements are done every day so it’s important to do them well. Secondly, it’s important to move frequently and avoid long periods of sitting. The benefits of a short walk every few hours are priceless. I hope you can combine frequent movement and mindful practice to move efficiently and avoid the major cause of injury. GO: For more information, or to get involved with Tribal Fitness, email, or call 3947 3710


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Christal Dennis is a Personal Performance Coach and Hypnotherapist with a Masters in Psychology, Leadership Development and Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people overcome life’s hurdles and tapping in to their deepest potential... Why is it important to have focus in your life? Having focus means the difference between success and failure, completing a project and leaving something incomplete while moving onto something new which may also not be completed. Lack of focus can lead to the creation of a pattern of directionlessness, similar to that of a rudderless ship. So you can see that having focus is a most desirable feature to have in your life. It can take you places. The first most important thing that will help give you direction is to know what you want. Not only know what you want but feel strongly about what it is you want. The more passionately you feel, the more likely it is that you will achieve it. People like Steve Jobs the creator of apple computers, the ipod, iphone and ipad, felt very strongly about the kind of product he wanted to provide. Did everyone share in his vision? Definitely not! What made the birth of all the exceptional products which changed the face of technology possible was his passion about what he wanted and his temerity in not allowing himself to be dissuaded from his vision. The next time you create a goal, know that the more passionately you feel about it, the more likely it is you will achieve it. Be single-minded about your goal. Two minds means that you have an inner dissuader (your own mind with a different idea) that’s most likely more dangerous than someone else trying to change your mind. If you don’t feel passionate about your goal, create a reason to feel passionate about it. The second most important way to create focus is to have a vision. See in your mind’s eye what it is you want. Create a big picture which will be a final outcome. Then zoom in on the details and create pictures for these details. When you are able to create clear big and small pictures, it’s more likely that you will gain inspiration on the how of achieving your goal. One of the aspects that made Steve Jobs successful was his ability to focus on the big picture as well as the details. To create maximum focus: know what you want and feel passionate about it. Be single minded about what you want. Once you have thought through your plan, don’t allow two mindedness or others to dissuade you. Have a vision for what you want to achieve. Have a picture in your mind of the big picture and the details. Ok now see it, feel it…. Go gettum tiger! n To find out more go to GO: For a personal consultation call 3669 6666

Tips For A Healthy Vacation The holidays are upon us and with it comes stress in

many forms. What to buy, who to visit, what not to eat, etc. Travelling is another biggie but this year, you can do it right. Check out some of these tips that you can use to ensure a Healthy Holiday. Travel vaccinations

Read the latest health advice for the country you’re travelling to. You may need vaccines or, if diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start protecting yourself well in advance. Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills. These will be useful wherever you’re going. Sun protection

Skin cancers are caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Protecting the skin from the sun can help prevent these cancers. You can protect yourself by doing the following:

- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

- Make sure you never burn by using 15+ sunscreen. - Aim to cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses. - Remember to take extra care with children. - Report unusual skin growths to your GP. DVT and jet lag

If you think you may be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek advice from your GP. On long-haul flights, get up from your seat to walk around and stretch your legs whenever you can. Drink regularly but avoid alcohol. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. To get over jet lag quickly, adjust to your destination as soon as possible. Set your watch to the time at your destination as soon as you board the plane and try to eat and sleep according to that time. Happy holidays everyone! FACT AUGUST


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Bahrain’s Albert Rop reached a new high by setting a new national record in the men’s 5,000 metres at the Herculis meeting in Monaco, earlier this month. It featured many world-class elite athletes but Rop managed to bring it home registering a time of 12 minutes 51.96 seconds, in runner-up position! His new Bahrain record is also the athlete’s personal best.

Normandy, France

Led by Royal Team captain Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Al Khalidiya Stables leader Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Royal Endurance Team took a double win of both international endurance races in Normandy, France. Riders Ghazi Al Dossary and Mohammed Khatri scored the double whopper win – congrats team!

Dubai, UAE

Congratulations to Bahraini comedian, Waddah Swar, who won the top spot in Nestlé Middle East’s first comedy talent hunt, ‘Kit Kat Comedy Break’. Held in Dubai, the local talent fought off over 100 entrants from 13 countries, and took home the winning cash prize of $15,000! 90


South Korea

Well done to Bahrain’s national taekwondo team who won two bronze medals on the first day of the Korea International Open Championship. Taking place in Chuncheon City, South Korea, the victorious were Hussain Al Haddad and Sayed Hassan Fadel, who competed in the youth category – good job boys!



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