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nother year, another December – who’s ready for some downtime this festive season? It’s been a whirlwind few months in the media world (and the world in general) with events galore, festivals, food shows, theatre and more, so we’re looking forward to slowing down a little in the lead up to the most celebrated month of the year. Bahrain certainly has a lot to offer over the next 31 days and we’re bringing you all the need-to-know happenings and info to pack up your social calendar, fast! With 2017 being such a monumental year for Bahrain – we’re talking new restaurants, some of the world’s top brands cementing themselves in the country, and the biggest of them all – The Avenues Bahrain – I can’t help but think that 2018 has its work cut out to beat the past 12 months... but, this is the country of ambition, after all! If you aren’t going for an Xmas brunch, an afternoon tea, a gala dinner or a full-on party this month, are you even doing life right? There’s no need to worry about making plans, because our BIG festive and NYE guide is here to take that stress away. Make yourself a cuppa, get comfy and starting from p23, have a read of all the great activities and happenings in Bahrain. Pick one, send out the whatsapp group message, gather the names and BOOK your favourite today! For those of you who have been following us on social media and online – you’ll have seen that late November brought with it our annual CITI FACT Dining Awards Bahrain – the 8th edition, held at the stunning Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Check out all the winners alongside pictures from the night starting p52 – a huge congrats again to all the nominees and winners – you ALL make this island a culinary dream! As always, food, fashion, tech, motoring and lots of Xmas inspo is waiting to be discovered - just make sure that you get plenty of time in for a festive film binge-watch and eat lots of yummy gingerbread at every opportunity – I know I will #noregrets. Happy New Year in advance… see you on the flip side! ☺

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Glamour at Gatsby EVERY GIRL NEEDS SOME ME-TIME AND PAMPERING NOW AND AGAIN, RIGHT? THERE’S A NEW PL ACE IN TOWN THAT’S READY TO TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR BEAUT Y SERVICES. ENTER GATSBY BEAUT Y LOUNGE AT THE WALK, RIFFA…

UNLIKE MANY OTHER FRANCHISED NAMES, Gatsby Beauty Lounge is the love affair of one Bahrain-based mama who has a passion for providing ladies with the best in beauty care. From hair to nails, face and body treatments, Gatsby has it all and you’ll need a whole afternoon to really experience its offerings – festive treat anyone? We went along for a haircut, mani-pedi, massage and threading – all professional services made to help you wind down and relax. Gatsby Beauty Lounge is the first Med Beauty Spa in the Kingdom of Bahrain and it provides all aesthetic enhancement including Body Contouring and Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Removal and Hair and Beauty services. There’s a whole side dedicated to being a luxury nail salon with all certified staff. On our visit, it’s the friendliness of the staff and the efficiency of the services that really stand out. One chat with the hairdresser and she gets to work; what is really awesome is that unlike many other places we’ve visited, this lady actually LISTENS to what you want and does just that. And we all know how hard it is to find a good hairdresser – Gatsby has just introduced us to ours! Moving onto the massage, the room is beautiful and the therapist really knows her stuff. The pressure is just right and the knots in the back (a result of everyday stress) were worked out with deep strokes for total relaxation. One small downfall is that you still get a tiny bit of noise from the other side of the door – but is it enough to stop you from enjoying the massage? Definitely not! 8

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Next up were the nails. In particular, it’s the pedicure that has us in total bliss. The therapist rids our soles of dead skin, followed by a mini scrub and lotion, all whilst cleaning, shaping and polishing the nails to leave you with envious tootsies. For the manicure, we chose a neutral shade which was applied meticulously once the nails had been groomed – our hands felt fresher and lighter than when we’d walked in. To finish off, the face threading – a service that can in some instances be very painful if done without the right skill and expertise. However, at Gatsby, threading was fast and precise with the aid of rose water to cool the skin afterwards. You’ll be offered a plate of yummy biscuits and a choice of hot or cold beverage during your time there – a gesture that really made us feel at home! And when you’re not eyes closed and cosy, you can admire the beautiful 1920’s inspired décor with glitzy chandeliers, funky mirrors, black and white tiling and a party-esque interior that will make you feel enveloped in pure luxury from start to finish. Ladies, it’s time to book your next day of indulgence and Gatsby Beauty Lounge is ready to welcome you! ✤

GO: VISIT GATSBY BEAUTY LOUNGE AT THE WALK, RIFFA. CALL 3430 2020 OR VISIT WWW.GATSBYBH.COM FOR BOOKINGS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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SHAKE SHACK STRIKES AGAIN Straight from NYC to Bahrain’s newest shopping destination! Take a peek into the world of burgers at the new Shake Shack store at The Avenues - Bahrain, the brand’s second outlet in the country. Inspired by Shake Shack’s desire to incorporate the essence of the local community and culture into the store, the new venue depicts an artistically playful take on the location, heritage, sights and sounds of Bahrain. The newly opened Shack highlights the first collaboration of its kind in the Middle East, featuring creations from regionallybased artists from The Art Painting Lab - Melvin San Miguel, Sam Saliba and Max Laurence. Adding a new dimension to the look and feel of the Shack, these artworks portray Bahrain’s modern day society alongside surreal images of food, brought to life in vivid and abstract colours. The new location also features touches of rustic wood in the architecture to tie in with the traditional side of Bahrain. Inspired by the clean lines of modern Manama and The Avenues – Bahrain, the new restaurant has string lighting across high ceilings, as well as local Arabic lamps for a traditional touch. ✤

TOP 2: NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay At Bahrain Bay Kitchen, enjoy a traditional themed buffet packed with authentic Bahraini food items and local music entertainment. Even the staff will be dressed in customary Bahraini clothingserving guests who will tuck into signature dishes like Bahraini ghouzi, prawn mmawwash, Bahraini date cheesecake and more delicious delicacies. Served on December 16 for BD16++, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information.

Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre The Sweetest Brunch is transformed into a pre-National Day Brunch serving up international and authentic dishes to indulge every palate. Taking place on December 16 from 12.30pm to 4pm, the great news is that CPR holders get 50% discount. BD22++ including soft beverages and BD32++ for selected free flow beverages. Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information. ✤ 10

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Celebrating “Manama Capital of Arab Women” 2017 DATE: 6 DECEMBER - 28 DECEMBER TIME: (OPENING AT 6PM) DAILY 8AM - 8PM VENUE: ART CENTRE GENRE: EXHIBITION Celebrating “Manama Capital of Arab Women” and marking the occasion of Bahraini Women Day, this exhibition brings together a number of Bahraini women artists who have succeeded in representing the Kingdom regionally and internationally by gaining highest recognitions and winning awards on the scale of the Arab world. Being a pioneering country in the field of visual arts, Bahraini women were no strangers to this field, marking successes locally, regionally and internationally. In this exhibition, the works show the diversity of styles and concepts and also shows the evolvement of the artists’ works.

TOP 3: CULTURAL HAPPENINGS Check out our pick of the best events and activities organised and hosted by the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities. The Stamp Seal: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art DATE: ONGOING - 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 TIME: 8AM - 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM GENRE: EXHIBITION Seals were a main administrative tool used to regulate trade and organise society. Hardly bigger than few centimetres, they were used on official documents, tags attached to goods and on buildings gates to certify authenticity and ownership. In addition to their main administrative function, the seals might have had some metaphysical connotations. With a shape and iconography unusual to the Near East, the Dilmun seals illustrate more than any other category of artefacts, the most original material representation of the Dilmun culture and its only surviving art. 'The Stamp Seals: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art’ draws on the permanent collection of the Bahrain National Museum and some highlights from the National Museum of Kuwait. The display illustrates an exceptional selection of seals spanning the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE and examines the use, techniques, diversity and splendour of the Dilmun seals. 12

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An Ode to Life an exhibition by THE BOX, a creative collective DATE: 14 DECEMBER - 31 JANUARY TIME: (OPENING AT 4PM) DAILY 8AM - 8 PM VENUE: BAHRAIN FORT SITE MUSEUM GENRE: EXHIBITION THE BOX is an independent collective of creatives based in Bahrain. The name highlights a box’s multiple dimensions, representing the myriad of concepts, talent and ideas, the collective will introduce to a global audience. For THE BOX’s first exhibition, the collective made up of: Faisal Samra, Jaffar Al Oraibi, Zuhair Al Saeed and Latifa Al Khalifa, will present “An Ode to Life”, a group of public sculptures at The Qalaat AlBahrain site. The concept of the exhibition is to create awareness of environmental issues and also acts as a commentary on how we litter and pollute our ecosystem. The artwork to be presented are: “The Headstones” by Faisal Samra, a sculpture project made up of collected plastic and debris; “On Consumption” by Jaffar Al Oraibi; and “recycling…reforming” by Zuhair Al Saeed. ✤

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WORLD’S LARGEST WYNDHAM GARDEN OPENS IN BAHRAIN With a total of 441 rooms, this is the largest Wyndham Garden Hotel in the world that focuses on making travel easy and delivering a stress-free experience. GUESTS OF WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA will find peace of mind whether they are travelling for business or leisure. All of the rooms and suites at Wyndham Garden Manama are thoughtfully designed and equipped with deluxe amenities for ultimate comfort and convenience. In addition to elegant deluxe king and twin rooms, and suites ranging from one to three bedrooms, the hotel features high quality leisure facilities including a spa, a beauty centre and salon, a fitness centre with Jacuzzi, and separate steam rooms for gents and ladies. Conveniently located in Juffair and just a 10-minute drive from Bahrain International Airport, the new hotel also offers easy access to the upcoming Oasis Mall in Juffair, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, and many leisure activities the Kingdom has to offer. Wyndham Garden Manama also showcases an outstanding food and beverage offering, with seven specialty restaurants that bring a wide choice of fine-dining experiences to the very heart of Manama. Jashan delights guests with authentic and varied recipes of the traditional Indian cuisine. The allday dining outlet Café Mosaic offers a wide selection of international dishes prepared at live cooking stations, and is the perfect choice for a business lunch or a casual dinner with friends and family. For a unique Italian experience, Trattoria takes guests through an authentic culinary trip to 14

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Italy. Via Brasil is a Brazilian style all-you-can-eat barbeque restaurant, where guests can taste unlimited meat cuts prepared in a traditional ‘Churrasco’ style and served by the restaurant’s ‘Passadores’ (meat waiters). Other outlets include the Players Lounge, a causal gastropub with large screen to catch sporting events from around the world, as well as Terrasse@28, a rooftop bar serving Belgian and German delicacies in a friendly environment, and the Deli Shop, the ideal place to grab a quick drink or meal on the go. Ignace Bauwens, Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa for Wyndham Hotel Group, said: “Wyndham Garden is a brand designed to help guests travel at ease. We are delighted to introduce this exciting brand to Bahrain - the largest Wyndham Garden hotel in the world – by growing our established and important partnership with Mannai Properties. “The hotel delivers significant value for guests without compromising on any lifestyle amenity they need for a hasslefree and relaxing stay and is a great addition to our offering in the market,” he added. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.WYNDHAMGARDENMANAMA.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


Set the festive magic in motion and experience a remarkable holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Make this magical time of year even more special at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain where unforgettable memories are created through incredible stay packages and extraordinary culinary offerings perfect for the whole family. WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY VILLAGE

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION: STUDIO 54

December 15-16 and 22-23, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Al Khayma Tent

December 31, 8:00 pm-2:00 am Al Noor Ballroom

Price* Members and Hotel Guests Adults BHD 18++ | Children BHD 10++ (ages 4-12) Non-members Adults BHD 20++ | Children BHD 12++ (ages 4-12)

Price* Adults Early Bird BHD 60++ (Until December 10) Adults BHD 80++ (Includes gala buffet dinner, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a glass of bubbly before midnight; after 11:30 pm a cash bar applies.)

RITZ GOURMET TAKEAWAYS December 1-31 The Ritz Gourmet Lounge Turkey to-go Meals Pricing BHD 99++

GRAND CHRISTMAS BRUNCH December 25, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm Grand Foyer Price* Adults BHD 45++ (including selected alcoholic beverages) Children BHD 25++ (ages 4-12)

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH January 1, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm La Med Price* Adults BHD 30 net (buffet and soft beverages) Adults BHD 35 net (buffet and selected alcoholic beverages) Children BHD 18 net (ages 4-12)

FESTIVE ROOM PACKAGES Christmas package starts from BHD 175++ per night; December 24-25 New Year’s Eve package starts from BHD 220++ per night; December 31

For advanced reservations and more information, please call 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com or visit ritzcarlton.com/bahrain

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• LISTEN UP in Paris and Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Club. Scarlett’s DJ music style is heavily influenced by all things disco, combining 90s/80s remixes, RnB, old time classic soul and funk right through to Chicago House. With original mixes and vocals on request, she curates every set and sound to bring an event to life.

Christmas Dinner – December 25 Make it a Meisei Christmas with all your favourite fusion delights including crispy aromatic duck, mouthwatering starters and delectable desserts.

New Year's Eve Glitter Ball – December 31 Celebrate New Year's Eve in style at Bahrain's most elegant party venue. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner followed by an exclusive rooftop party with live entertainment from UK trio; Chez Taylor on sax, Sam Lubin on percussion and DJ Velocity leading from the decks with the latest dance tunes.

Weekly events – throughout December TUESDAY NIGHT Calling all the ladies! Swing by Meisei on Tuesday evening throughout October for some smooth RnB beats with Bahraini Hip-Hop hero, DJ Detour! Ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks including; selected red or white vino and frozen margaritas from 8.30pm to 12am. WEDNESDAY NIGHT Love to salsa? Meisei Restaurant in Adliya hosts the most elegant ladies salsa night in #Bahrain, with cool latin vibes and free dance lessons from Salsabor Bahrain. Three free glasses of sparkling for ladies from 8pm to 12am. BD7 entry fee for gentlemen not dining which includes 2 complimentary selected beverages.

THE HEARTBEAT OF BAHRAIN Meisei has become the go-to food and party spot in the holiday season – with all these cool offerings, it’s no surprise why! Hed Kandi - December 7 Hed Kandi is back for another unforgettable night of beautiful music, fusion food and outstanding drinks with Skyy on Thursday 7th December at Meisei. Featuring talented DJ, music curator & singer Miss Scarlett Lapidus. Scarlett has been a permanent fixture in the London and European party scene and is currently a resident DJ at exclusive hangouts The Chiltern Firehouse, Park Chinois and The Arts Club on Dover Street. She's also the on-stage DJ for pop-star Charli XCX and has played at world-famous venues including The Grande Palais 16

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGHT Celebrate the weekend in style at Meisei with award winning food and world class entertainment. Resident DJ Salime takes charge of the decks every Thursday and Friday playing the very best international dance music to keep you partying until the early hours. SATURDAY NIGHT There's a brand new Latin night in town and it's hosted at the most exclusive venue on the island! Join Salsation by Salsabor at Meisei every Saturday from 8pm for a showcase of South American-inspired dance moves. Enjoy funky fusion beats from resident DJ Salime and watch while our dancing partners Salsabor Bahrain light up the dance floor. Ladies can cool off with three complimentary glasses of sparkling vino from 8.30pm to 12am. ✤

GO: CALL (02) 333 3828 OR VISIT WWW.NATIONTOWERS.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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Al Layali Brunch Carvey, curry, chocolates and everything in between are on offer at Al Layali every Friday, this December. An 80’s flashback theme is what awaits you in this truly beautiful setting with highly attentive staff waiting on your every need. With scrumptious dishes and a lively atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to find a better brunch option. BD28 net, inclusive of soft drinks and BD34 net, inclusive of selected beverages. GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.

Junior Bakers Offering a divine mix of Polynesian traditions and international cuisine, Trader Vic’s is certainly everybody’s favourite tropical escape! Adorned with traditional island-style décor, Trader Vic’s presents to us an incredibly relaxed and colourful ambience, right in the heart of the island. Take your pick from a variety of culinary styles and unique distinctive flavours as you sip on their to-die-for innovative cocktails. Take in the enchanting view of the warm waters of the Gulf surrounded by palm trees as you bite into pure Polynesian bliss! GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.

Southern Smoked BBQ Night The Flames Restaurant team in ART Rotana have gone out of their way to make this night happen. An entire evening dedicated to smoking every kinds of meat you can think of, including lamb, beef and pork as well as corn fed chicken and fish. Carved straight from the smoker and served to your plate while you enjoy all you can eat from the smoked items, country style sides and lip-smacking dessert. Every Wednesday from 7:00pm until 11:30pm. BD20++ per person. GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information. 18

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Mark your dates for the coming festive season at ART Rotana, where we have pulled out all the stops to bring you a full month of joy and cheer. With the best in traditional festivities and choice menus full of familiar festive flavours, you can rest assured of a fabulous Christmas and New Year Celebration like no other. please contact us via email at fb.art@rotana.com or call 16000111.

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AWARD-WINNING HOSPITALITY The luxury four-star Elite Hospitality Group is celebrating a pioneering win of nine international prestigious awards in 2017. ELITE HOSPITALITY GROUP HAS BEEN honoured with international recognition from the World Luxury Hotel Awards as voted for by guests and travellers from across the globe. Elite Resort and Spa - Muharraq, Elite Crystal Hotel - Juffair and Elite Grande Hotel - Seef, all individually won the international awards which will be presented on December 2 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. At the Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards 2017, Elite Crystal Hotel won in two categories - Best Lifestyle Hotel – Bahrain, and Prime Location Hotel – Bahrain. Also, Elite Seef Residence & Hotel walked away as winners in two categories - Best Hotel Residences – Middle East and Best all Suite Hotel – Bahrain. The Haute Grandeur Hotel Awards is a prestigious globally trusted awards initiative, building its reputation as the world’s leading awards programme by recognising outstanding hotel experiences. Elite Resort and Spa won the Best Resort & Spa in Bahrain category for 2017 awarded by ‘Luxury Travel Guide’, a UKbased brand. The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the finest of hospitality achievements, awarded to hotels and spas championing the best in their respective fields and excelling in the industry. These recognitions are based on rigorous 20

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assessment criteria, carried out by Luxury travel guide inhouse professionals. Two hotels of Elite Hospitality Group were recognized as two of the top 12 hotels in Bahrain by Agoda, and awarded with “Customer Review Certificates” for 2017 by the travel portal Agoda.com. This recognition is based on guest reviews posted online and is given only to hotels that have consistently scored above 80 per cent. Mr. Sarosh Aibara, Chief Operating Officer of Elite Hospitality Group, said: “We are indeed delighted to receive nine outstanding awards; it is a great recognition of the commitment to excellence demonstrated by all four hotels of Elite Hospitality Group. “All our hotels have succeeded in maintaining high standards of service and continuously offering guests from the entire world pleasant and exceptional experiences,” he added. Elite Hospitality Group is famous for the comprehensive service provided by its highly qualified staff across all its hotels and residences which welcome both business and leisure guests to a customised experience. They offer a range of accommodation, from two to three bedroom, fully-equipped suites in a wide choice of locations to suit individual tastes. From the vibrant streets of Juffair and cultural heart of Muharraq to the prime shopping and business hub of Seef, each of their unique locations is tailored to cater to their guests’ every need with an array of facilities such as speciality restaurants, nightclubs, executive lounges and bars, modern conference and banquet facilities, health clubs and wellness spas. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.ELITEGROUPHOTELS.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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DECEMBER MEANS ONLY ONE THING: FOOD, FUN AND LOTS OF PRESENTS! FACT ROUNDS UP ALL THE BEST HAPPENINGS AT SOME OF BAHRAIN’S TOP HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON… fact magazine

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER BY THE SEA A sumptuous five-course meal awaits all those venturing to La Mer Restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain this Christmas Eve. Indulge in not only a wonderland of exquisite cuisine designed to spike your Christmas spirits and dive you into wonderful flavours and unforgettable, heart-warming memories, but also in the picturesque seaside views on offer. All members of the family are most welcome from 7pm to 11pm. The price is BD45 net per person and is inclusive of the all-important bubblies. MAGNIFIQUE CHRISTMAS BRUNCH A scrumptious international style feast is available at Saraya on Christmas Day. Complete with live entertainment courtesy of the in-house Cuban band, the atmosphere is sure to be a joyful one. There is a dedicated kid’s corner, filled with fun activities to keep the little ones occupied. Keep an eye out for Santa Clause who will be arriving to distribute gifts to all of the children. Visit Saraya on December 25 from 12.30pm until 4pm to join in. BD46 net per person, inclusive of selected beverages. FESTIVE SEASON SPECIALS Get down to Macaron this festive season to take part in their spirit of giving. Bring the kids and visit the gingerbread house for a delicious variety of Christmas cookies, cakes and sweets. Wanting to stay in this Christmas without the hassle of cooking? Why not order an exquisite turkey complete with a variety of sides, all prepared by the venue’s quality chefs. For large orders, three days advance booking is required. Offers available until December 31. Call the number below for price and times. GO: Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FOUR-COURSE CHRISTMAS DINNER Head on down to CUT at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay to be a part of a special culinary experience this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The renowned American-Austrian Chef, Wolfgang Puck, has been tasked with delivering a scrumptious holiday themed, four-course dinner, for this festive occasion. Treat yourselves on day from 7pm to 11pm. Priced at BD45++ per person. TIME TO TALK TAKEAWAY TURKEY Everyone loves Christmas time, but perhaps the celebrations more than the preparations. Instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen this year, why not let The Four Seasons Hotel take care of your festive needs. With a selection of roast turkey (BD80++), honey baked spiral ham (BD45++) and roast beef dishes (BD20++), complete with delicious sides, preparing for the big celebrations couldn’t be any easier this year. Dishes serve 5 to 10 people, depending on the order. Currently available until December 31, with an option for delivery. Prior booking required. 24

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CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH AT BAHRAIN BAY KITCHEN Get ready to say (and eat) all of these delicious dishes on the most festive day of the year! Special festive dishes include marinated salmon, roast turkey with trimmings, brussels sprouts, chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, seafood bar on ice with freshly chuckled rock oyster from UK, Omani lobster, marinated calamari, mussels from New Zealand, Yule log, Christmas pudding, panettone, Stollen, and mince pie. There’s live band entertainment and special festive décor! BD 35++ with soft beverages and BD45++ with full beverage package; from 1pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.


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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa CHRISTMAS EVE FESTIVE FEAST This Christmas Eve promises to be a memorable one at Al Waha. A lavish buffet awaits all those in attendance, comprising of a wide variety of scrumptious dishes including hamachi sashimi, zucchini carpaccio and the well-loved stuffed turkey roulade. The feast does not end there with a delectable dessert spread of mince pies, panettone, stollen, Dundee cake and traditional Christmas cookies on offer. Contact the hotel for prices and times. EXOTIC CHRISTMAS BRUNCH The Gulf Convention Centre will be the location to visit this Christmas Day, with a lavish Christmas brunch on offer for all ages. Available at 10 of their award winning outlets, you are sure not to miss out. Featuring exotic festive dishes including rock lobster, red snapper, Moroccan style hammour fish, an assorted Iranian mixed grill, balsamic braised lamb shank with shallots amongst many others, your family will be spoilt for choice. Only BD32 net per person. GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

Art Rotana Amwaj Islands SANTA & SANTARINA CHRISTMAS Whether you were naughty or nice this year, join everyone at Cellar 59 to welcome Santa and celebrate the occasion with festive vibes and delightful drinks. DJ Amm & Katrin will be performing their top tunes to spice up the night. Get ready at midnight for the exciting raffle draw and a sizzling dance from Santa and his lady helpers. All ladies can enjoy a complimentary Christmas beverage or a glass of bubbly before midnight. On December 22 from 9.30pm to 2am. Free entry for all guests. CHRISTMAS DAY GARDEN BRUNCH The Christmas Day Brunch at Choices Terrace will have an extraordinary setup in their indoor garden. They are offering all the bells and whistles of a traditional festive feast along with many enticing live cooking stations. The in-house band and choir will perform popular songs and carols of the festive season while the kids enjoy their time in the children’s games area. December 25 from 12.30pm to 5pm. BD27++ per person, including soft drinks and BD35++ per person including unlimited beverages. BD16 net per child aged between 6 and 12, whilst children under 6 dine for free. CHRISTMAS DAY ITALIAN BRUNCH Celebrate a jolly Christmas Day Brunch with a modern Italian twist. Bring your family and friends to enjoy all your favorite Christmas items along with some exceptional Italian dishes, live cooking stations and entertainment suited for an Italian festivity. The kids will have the time of their lives with the activities set up especially for them. Served at Rosso from 12noon to 4.30pm for BD19++ with soft drinks and BD29++ with unlimited premium drinks. Kids below 6 years old dine for free and those aged between 6 and 12 dine for BD12 net. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS The Sheraton always deliver on special occasions and this Christmas Eve will be no different. If delightful cuisine, friendly service and an inviting atmosphere sounds like your kind of environment, bring your family and friends to Al Safir Restaurant this Christmas Eve. This lovely meal runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm for BD13.9++ per person or BD21.9++ per person, inclusive of selected drinks. 50% discount for kids aged from 4 to 11 and free for kids 3 and under. CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER If you prefer to stay in on Christmas Eve and to venture out on Christmas Day, Al Safir Restaurant also offers the option of a Christmas Day Feast at their inviting venue. Soak up the festive atmosphere whilst indulging in the array of culinary treats available to all lucky patrons. Available on t December 25, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, at the low price of only BD12.9 per person. You simply cannot afford to miss out on this one! GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.

Crowne Plaza Bahrain A UNIQUE CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER A festive seafood feast is what awaits all those lucky enough to be spending Christmas Eve at Waves Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza this year. Select from a wide variety of your favourite marine dishes from the speciality seafood market whilst enjoying the joyful atmosphere. BD38 per adult and BD33 for children between 5 and 10-years-old. Book before December 7 and receive a generous discount. Open from 7pm until midnight on December 24.

Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre PRE-CHRISTMAS BRUNCH If like most people you can’t wait for Christmas Day to arrive, why not start the celebrations a little earlier this year and avoid the rush. Baharat Restaurant at Le Meridien Hotel promises a delicious feast for all those in attendance. Family members of all ages are most welcome. Enjoy this festive occasion for the low price of BD22++ per person, inclusive of water and soft beverages, or for BD32++ per person, inclusive of a beverage package. On December 22 from 12.30pm to 4pm.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Christmas day is a day to be celebrated with friends and family. Bring everyone down to The Harvesters Pub to ensure a celebratory experience in comfortable surroundings. Relax and enjoy the well-loved menu whilst soaking up the Christmas cheer. Entry is only BD35 per adult and BD14 for children aged between 5 to 10-years-old. Book before December 7 to take advantage of the early bird discount offer. From 12.30pm until 4pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH For those of you planning a big Christmas Day filled with food and fun, Baharat Restaurant should definitely be on your festive radar. Always a favourite location for special occasions, Baharat promises a brunch to remember with their enchanting menu and welcoming atmosphere. Join them on December 25 from 12.30pm to 4pm. BD22++ per person, inclusive of water and soft drinks or BD32++ per person, inclusive of a beverage package.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY One of the many beautiful traditions included in Christmas celebrations is the lighting of the Christmas tree. Join other families in the Lobby of the Crowne Plaza for this wonderful spectacle. Sing along with the choir as they deliver beautiful renditions of classic Christmas carols and watch your children’s faces light up as they receive gifts from Santa’s elves. The evening begins at 7.30pm on December 5. GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

HAPPY HOUR SPARKLING SPECIALS Bizarre Lounge at Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre is offering a happy hour with a touch of class at their pristine venue. This is a perfect location to relax and unwind after a long day at the office. Take advantage of their half price offers on selected ‘sparkling specials’ featuring twists on their classic creations and enjoy a lively and social atmosphere complete with friendly service. Available every day from 6pm until 8pm. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

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InterContinental Regency CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL MENU Join the festivities at the Legendz Steakhouse in The Intercontinental Regency Hotel to celebrate an unforgettable family Christmas Eve. Treat yourself to a specially curated festival set menu consisting of four courses, including a welcome drink of your choice. BD32++ with special beverage pairing or BD27++ including standard beverages. The warm and friendly atmosphere is thrown in for free. From 6pm onwards.

The Westin Bahrain City Centre GINGERBREAD HOUSE Furn Bakery is helping parents to make the holiday season a special one for all of their children this year. Help your little ones express their creativity by building their very own gingerbread houses, whilst enjoying both family time and a chance to interact with other kids. Purchase the build your own gingerbread house kit for only BD12++ per child for a takeaway kit or BD14++ per child for both the kit and class. Classes take place every Saturday from 5pm to 7pm. LIVE MUSIC As the holiday season approaches, people are finding themselves with a little more time on their hands for pleasure seeking. Live music, tasty beverages and scrumptious bites are a combination not to be passed up. Make your way to Mezzanine Lounge at the Westin to enjoy the vibrant South African Duo “The Duex Song” delivering a retro styled performance. Every Thursday from 8pm onwards. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

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A JOLLY CHRISTMAS LUNCH Experience the magic of Christmas Day at the stylish Medzo Italian Restaurant. A mouth-watering three-course set menu awaits all patrons, including a drink of your choice from the non-alcoholic beverages, fresh juices, coffee or tea, along with delicious Christmas mignardises. Enjoy this Italian flavoured celebration on December 25 from 12pm to 3pm for only BD25++ per person. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain TURKEY BRUNCH An extravagant brunch with all the trimmings is on offer at The Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, including juicy turkey, roasted vegetables and gravy. Roasted baby pig with apricot and apple stuffing is another option. Mince pies, plum puddings with brandy butter and yummy Christmas Stollen will provide a sweet ending to your feast. Santa will be making an appearance to give away gifts to all children present and a soulful choir will sing carols to keep you in the festive spirit. Only on December 25 from 12.30pm to 4pm. BD43 net per person. GO: Call 174 600 17 for reservations and more information.


Celebrate New Year's Eve in style at Meisei, Bahrain's most elegant party venue. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner followed by an exclusive rooftop party with live entertainment from UK trio; Chez Taylor on sax, Sam Lubin on percussion and DJ Velocity leading from the decks with the latest dance tunes.

To make a reservation or for more information please call: 17007770 Bldg 951, Rd 3830, Blk 338, Adliya, Bahrain www.meiseirestaurants.com

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Downtown Rotana

WINTER WONDERLAND Enjoy a variety of festive offerings at the Al Khayma Tent this holiday season including a sweet and savoury Christmas buffet, holiday movie classics, Ritz-Kids activities and much more. Santa Claus will be there to provide a warm and jolly welcome. On December 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 3pm to 6pm. Members and guests will pay BD18++ per adult and BD8++ per child aged 4 to 12. For non-members it will cost BD20++ per adult and BD10++ per child aged 4 to 12.

CHRISTMAS DINNER AND BRUNCH Spoil yourself with a lavish buffet at Flavours on 2 and enjoy the live entertainment as well as the many awaiting surprises. The festive feast for Christmas Eve Dinner is BD16++ per person, including soft drinks and juices or BD24++ per person, including selected beverages. Celebrate Christmas Day Brunch for BD24++ per person, including soft drinks and juices or BD29++ per person, including selected beverages. Christmas brunch from 12pm to 4pm and Christmas Dinner from 6.30pm to 11pm.

GRAND CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH Indulge in festive culinary delights highlighted by the RitzCarlton chefs’ splendid creations at the Grand Ballroom. Live cooking and carving stations, a large seafood and prime rib corner and delectable desserts are amongst the delicious treats on offer. Includes live music entertainment and a special visit from Santa Claus. From 12.30am until 4.30pm. BD45++ per adult, including selected beverages and BD25++ per child aged 4 to 12. GO: Call 1758 6612 for reservations and more information. 32

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING This is the season to be jolly and to enjoy the tastiest treats, yummiest snacks, traditional favourites and a wide assortment of Christmas goodies your kids will love. Come join in with decorating your own gingerbread houses at City Lobby Lounge. All this for only BD10++ per child from December 3 to 31. Free Valet parking available. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.


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Festive Season at Downtown Rotana The season is here and we want to celebrate with you. Join us for an amazing festive lineup at Downtown Rotana.

Christmas Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones! Enjoy your time with live entertainment and many other surprises starting from only BD 24*. New Year’s Eve dinner at Teatro Welcome the new year in style with a 5 cuisine gala dinner set menu at Teatro Downtown starting from BD 26* while enjoying the tunes of our saxophonist and guest DJ. New Year’s Day Brunch at Flavours on 2 Celebrate the start of 2018 with your family and friends at Flavours on 2. Tempt your senses with a colourful and flavourful brunch starting from only BD 18*. For reservations, please call +973 1311 9999 or email fb.downtown@rotana.com. *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 10% government levy.

PO Box 18345, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, T:+973 1311 9999, downtown.hotel@rotana.com.

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Elite Seef Residence & Hotel FESTIVE CHRISTMAS EVE Get on down to Il Giardino at the Elite Seef Residence & Hotel this Christmas Eve to enjoy a fun-filled occasion with the whole family. Take advantage of the succulent offerings from the grill and wide variety of refreshing beverages. Live performances will ensure you are thoroughly entertained throughout. 8pm to 12am on December 24. BD12++ per person. GO: Call 1758 3388 for reservations and more information.

Elite Resort & Spa CHRISTMAS PARTY TIME Put on your Christmas party hats and head for Shift 7 at Elite Resort & Spa. An evening of music, fun and laughter awaits all those who join in the festivities. A great way to celebrate Christmas with old friends and to meet new ones, Shift 7 always promises a magical evening to remember. The party starts at 7pm on December 25. Entrance fee is only BD5 per person. GO: Call 1731 3333 for more information.

Elite Crystal Hotel CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET Eating in abundance is synonymous with Christmas day. If you, like many others, wish to make life easy on yourself, take a turn past Elite Crystal Hotel on December 25 to partake in a lavish multi-cuisine buffet with unlimited house beverages. In this scenario, the dirty dishes are taken care of. A wonderful day awaits complimented by live music and friendly service. Starting at 12.30pm, the packages include BD10++ for food with soft beverages and BD15++ for food and unlimited house beverages. GO: Call 3336 0300 for reservations and more information. 34

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Elite Grand Hotel SANTAS’S SOUND BEAT The holiday season is all about celebration and what better way to celebrate than by dancing your way into Christmas Day with all of your friends? Head for H2O at the Elite Grand Hotel on December 24 and enjoy live DJ performances, a delicious set menu and an abundance of soft beverages. The party starts at 8pm and goes on until midnight. Entry is BD10++ per person. GO: Call 1756 5888 for reservations and more information.

The Domain Hotel & Spa A CHRISTMAS CONCERT Start your Christmas celebrations in style this year at Le Sauvage on December 7. Come and sing along with celebrated musicians Michelle Miles and Erika Nottingham Rawles in the beautiful setting of Domain Prive, as they delight you and your family with Christmas carols, songs and melodic music. This classical concert is paired with a set three course dinner. BD30++ per person, including welcoming drink and BD15++ per child aged 6 to 12. Children under 6 enter for free. CHRISTMAS THEMED BRUNCH Celebrate the magic of the festive season at Le Sauvage’s Christmas themed Friday brunch on December 22. Their award winning culinary team has once again created a splendid festive feast with a selection of treats, including a chocolate yule log, turkey carving at your table and so much more. Enjoy all of this whilst taking in the panoramic views of the city of Manama. From 12noon to 4pm, entry is BD19++ excluding beverages, BD27++ including beverages and BD 36++ including premium beverages and pairings. CHRISTMAS EVE SUSHI SPECIAL For an alternative to the typical Christmas meal, visit Imari at the Domain Hotel and Spa on December 24. Their Master Chef Riichiro is preparing an amazing option to ring in Christmas day, with a unique buffer experience complete with sushi stations, seafood market, homemade tempuras and other international favourites. From 6.30pm until 10.30pm, entry is BD20++ per person, including selected beverages and BD10++ per child for ages 5 to 12-years-old. ✤ GO: Call 1600 0000 for reservations and more information. 36

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around the world This New Year’s Eve, travel the world without leaving your seat. Prepare for a countdown in style, with a journey across the world for your ears, eyes and taste buds, all at MÜvenpick Bahrain. Experience the exciting rhythms, combined with beautiful costumes, as we plunge into the world of music and dance from around the world undertaking a magnificent journey to Brazil, Spain, France, Greece, Russia and other countries. DJ John will be spinning popular party tracks to welcome the New Year and gets you singing and dancing the night away. Our exquisite buffet hosts live stations with delicious cuisine from across the globe, a diverse assortment of treats and bubbly on arrival from 8:00 pm onwards at our three impressive venues. Gallery Lounge hosts DJ John and three exciting live musical acts from the Around The World Show, BHD 80 net per person inclusive of premium beverages Silks Restaurant hosts our popular Eclectic Groove Latin band and a live musical act from the Around The World show, BHD 75 net per person inclusive of premium beverages Flamingo Bar hosts our favorite DJ Michael, and three performances from our popular Eclectic Groove Latin band, BHD 70 net per person inclusive of premium beverages

Room Packages: Superior Double Room, including breakfast and dining for 2 at The Gallery for BHD 199, or at Silks or Flamingo for BHD 189

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NYE Celebrations D I N E I N TO T H E N E W Y E A R O R PA R T Y H A R D AT T H E A R R I VA L O F 2 0 1 8 W I T H O U R TO P P I C K S O F N Y E H A P P E N I N G S IN BAHRAIN.

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Movenpick Hotel Bahrain AROUND THE WORLD NYE GALA DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 8PM TO 3AM | ACROSS THREE VENUES Prepare for a countdown in style, with a journey across the world for your ears, eyes and taste buds, all at Mövenpick Bahrain. Experience exciting rhythms, combined with beautiful costumes, as we plunge into the world of music and dance from around the world, on a magnificent journey to Brazil, Spain, France, Greece, Russia and other countries. The exquisite buffet will host live stations with delicious cuisine from across the globe, a diverse assortment of treats and bubbly on arrival. Gallery Lounge hosts DJ John and three exciting live musical acts from the Around The World Show at BD80 net per person including premium beverages; Silks Restaurant hosts our popular Eclectic Groove Latin band and a live musical act from the Around The World show at BD75 net per person including premium beverages; Flamingo Lounge hosts DJ Michael, and three performances from the popular Eclectic Groove Latin band at BD70 net per person including premium beverages. GO: CALL 1746 0017 FOR MORE INFO.

The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 8PM TO 2AM | AL NOOR BALLROOM Countdown to 2018 whilst celebrating with a throwback to the 1970’s era of glamour, fashion and indulgence. Join the party as they transform their 9,000 square-foot Al Noor Ballroom into the famous Studio 54, complete with disco lights, party favours and an indulgent buffet as well as live entertainment and performances. Dress is black tie or festive party dress.. BD80++ per adult including gala dinner and selected beverages until 11.30pm. BD25++ per adult for cash bar. GO: CALL 1758 6612 FOR MORE INFO.

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Intercontinental Regency Bahrain

NEW YEAR’S DINNER & DANCE DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 6PM TO 1AM | TEATRO DOWNTOWN Welcome the New Year in style at Teatro Downtown. Indulge your senses whilst celebrating New Year’s Eve with a five cuisine, gala dinner set menu. Enjoy the live entertainment comprising of a talented Saxophonist and the guest DJ, for a night to remember. Many more surprises await all those in attendance. BD26++ per person, including soft drinks and juices and BD36++ per person, including selected beverages. GO: CALL 1311 9999 FOR MORE INFO.

NYE DISCO & MASQUERADE HOUSE PARTY DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 8PM TO 2AM | DOWNTOWN BAR Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to new heights this year with the option of not one, but two different parties at the Intercontinental Regency Hotel. The Downtown Masquerades Ball Party with live house music and an International DJ promises to deliver a memorable occasion to say the least. On December 31 from 8pm to 2am. Gents will pay BD10 whilst the ladies get in for free. GO: CALL 1722 7777 FOR MORE INFO.

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Crowne Plaza Bahrain

HOLLYWOOD GLITZ AND GLAMOUR DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 9.30PM TO 4AM | CELLAR 59 Welcome 2018 with full on Hollywood Glitz and Glamour. Ring in the New Year at Cellar 59 with Fashion TV and the best DJs in B-Town. A special performance by the dancers and singers will take place on the catwalk while the highly specialised paparazzi team will take photos of guests during the night. BD20 net for ladies and gents with one complimentary drink.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL DECEMBER 31, 2017 | CALL FOR TIMINGS Start the New Year with a big bang and say hello to another one of Crowne Plaza’s spectacular themed New Year’s Eve Ball. This year’s enthralling theme is a “glow in the dark” evening. A memorable evening with great excitement is in store for the guests starting the evening off with an exquisite gala dinner with free flowing beverages. Spectacular entertainment includes a live band, Frankie and friends alongside an international dance show to shake up the dance floor, which will be followed by a DJ who will without doubt take the night to extreme heights. All of this for just BD70 net per person. GO: CALL 1753 1122 FOR MORE INFO.

NIGHT OF STARS AT WU! DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM TO 1AM | WU RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Celebrate the evening in extravagant Asian flair where guests will enjoy a culinary journey through Asian cuisine with a distinctive set menu. A memorable performance will take place by a professional violinist along with the incredible singer Yeminlyn while DJ Katrin spins the latest hits to welcome everybody to 2018 with sparkling vino. Food service until 11.30pm. BD29++ for a set menu with a welcome drink and midnight toss. NEW YORK NIGHT AT FLAMES DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM TO 12AM | FLAMES STEAK & SEAFOOD Say hi to 2018 with a sophisticated New York touch. Enjoy a customised four-course set menu with a lavish take on New York specials with a distinctive performance by the band. Just before midnight, all guests are able to join the special countdown at the musical fountain for a toast. Afterwards, Flame’s guests are able to enjoy a complimentary entrance at Cellar 59’s NYE party. BD35++ for the four-course set menu. GO: CALL 1600 0111 FOR MORE INFO.

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The Domain Hotel And Spa NYE GALA PRE-SET DINNER AT LE SAUVAGE DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM ONWARDS | LEVEL 34, LE SAUVAGE Enjoy a lavish New Year’s Eve three-course pre-set dinner and festive charm. The live music leads the start of your farewell to 2017. A bubbly reception followed by a glamorous evening with dinner and entertainment. As the bells chime, usher in the New Year with more bubbly and dance the night away at the biggest three-floor NYE mega party extravaganza. BD30++ per person including selected non-alcoholic beverages for threecourse pre- set menu. BD40++ per person including selected non-alcoholic beverages for 5-course pre- set menu. Add BD19++ per guest for beverage pairing. GO: CALL 1600 0000 FOR MORE INFO.


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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Gallery 21, Adliya

NYE 20’S JAZZ BALL DECEMBER 31, 2017 | CALL FOR TIMINGS Add some glitz and glam to the last hours of 2017 and step into the world of the 20’s Jazz Ball with a shimmering oneof-a-kind New Year’s Eve gala dinner. Sofitel Bahrain is channeling the 20’s era and inviting you to dazzle in your pearls and suit up for a retro look in their Art Deco inspired ball. Twist and strut to the groovy jazz tunes of the worldwide sensation, Electric Swing Circus and ready your appetite for a sumptuous dinner experience. Sparkle by being the first 30 to book a Luxury Room with sea view for BD199net inclusive of a breakfast buffet and New Year’s Eve 20’s Jazz Ball tickets for two. After the first 30 early party-goers, the rooms’ package will be BD229 net per room.

NYE EXTRAVAGANZA DINNER & PARTY DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM ONWARDS This New Year's Eve, Gallery 21 is turned into a special gallery of music from different times and genres to get everyone in the right mood to welcome 2018 in fun and style. At Asia De Cuba, the headliner is DJ Manuel Baccano, supported by DJ Costa – both of whom will be cranking up the tunes to make your NYE an unforgettable one. Dinner and entertainment by the Dos Mares Band will also be on the cards! At the Rooftop Bar, DJ Mine & DJ Ramy will be playing house music; at Genwa you’ll find DJ Detour spinning Arabic tunes; and Andy Collins will be supplying 70’s to 90’s hits in Gallery Café. Please call for prices. GO: CALL 1771 1600 FOR MORE INFO.

SALSA AT TAPAS DECEMBER 31, 2017 | CALL FOR TIMINGS | TAPAS For a more settle way to indulge in the New Year spirit, Tapas welcomes you to enjoy the special arrangement they have prepared to add excitement and entertainment to the start of 2018. Salsa your way with memorising Latin tunes in Tapas and make sure to bring along your tapping shoes and sway the night as you voyage to a world full of live entertainment, refreshing drinks and some tasteful tapas. GO: CALL 1763 6363 FOR MORE INFO. 46

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Bushido 1001 NIGHTS WITH FASHION TV – NYE PARTY DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 9PM ONWARDS Bushido once again teams up with Fashion TV to create an extraordinary line up of entertainment as you party your way to 2018 with a theme as old and magnificent as any ancient tale 1001 Nights. Please call for prices. GO: CALL 1758 3555 FOR MORE INFO.


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Home for the Holidays There’s no place like home for holidays, and we at the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel wrapped up festive treats to make you feel like home in Bahrain. Throughout December we are offering great tasting seasonal dishes especially prepared for Christmas celebration. Christmas Eve Dinner at Al Safir Restaurant | 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM BHD 13.900++ or BHD 21.900++ inclusive of selected beverages Christmas Eve Dinner at Soie Chinese Restaurant | 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM BHD 14.900++ or BHD 19.900++ inclusive of selected beverages Christmas Day Lunch with children’s party | 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM BHD 17.900++ or BHD 25.900++ inclusive of selected beverages Christmas Day Dinner | 7:30 PM- 11:30 PM | BHD 12.900++ Christmas Day Dinner at Soie Chinese Restaurant | 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM BHD 14.900++ or BHD 19.900++ inclusive of selected beverages Book online at www.sheratonbahrain.com or call +973 17533533 /sheratonbahrain

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay NEW YEAR’S EVE AT CUT DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM TO 1AM | CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK Celebrate like a Hollywood celebrityat CUTthis NewYear’s Evewith an optional four-course menu while enjoying striking panorama views of the city skyline. Four-course set menu priced at BD45++; terrace tables minimum spend BD60; window tables minimum spend BD50; all other tables minimum spend BD40.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT RE/ASIAN DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM TO 1AM | RE/ASIAN CUISINE Savor Asian-inspired specialities and end the year on a high note with the exquisite New Year’s Eve menu that is sure to blow you away. Four-course set menu priced at BD45++; terrace tables minimum spend BD60; window tables minimum spend BD50; all other tables minimum spend BD40. GO: CALL 1711 5000 FOR MORE INFO.

Trader Vic’s NYE IN TIKI PARADISE DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 7PM ONWARDS Welcome 2018 in this favourite Tiki Paradise while you enjoy the special NYE dinner set menu, welcome drink, unlimited Mai Tai, a glass of bubbly at midnight and huge live entertainment. Please call for prices. GO: CALL 1758 6555 FOR MORE INFO.

Jj’s Irish Restaurant JJ’S NYE 2018: IRISH STYLE DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 6PM ONWARDS Celebrate the Irish way! Come and welcome 2018 as you witness the amazing live performances by the one and only Paddyman together with the lovely Nerea to be supported by Toxic and DJ Aaron Wolf. Who is paddyman? He is a full time entertainer (from Ireland) based in Dubai. Paddyman performs a mix of high energy music (vocals, guitar and harmonica) and comedy (jokes, stories and funny songs). He shared the same bill as other notable Irish acts such as The Saw Doctors, Sharon Corr and Sharron Shannon. He performs weekly at the largest bar in the Middle East (Barasti), the #1 Real Irish Bar (Fibber Magees) and #1 Irish Bar in Abu Dhabi (PJ O'Reilly's). Besides this he regularly performs for weddings, corporate events, parties, festivals & in Irish bars all over the world, from Hong Kong & Bahrain to Ireland & Canada. You and your friends can sing along, dance and party to the wild mix of songs - with an Irish twist! Tickets in advance or at the door from 6pm: Ladies BD8, Gents BD10. Door policy applies. GO: CALL 3384 3005 FOR MORE INFO. 48

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Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa BEAUTY AND THE BEATS DECEMBER 31, 2017 | 8PM TO 2AM The end of the year is upon us. Why not bring in the New Year in style at the beautiful Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention Centre. An all-female, internationally renowned group will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning with hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s as well as house, deep house and pop music. The evening includes a lavish buffet spread of heavenly desserts to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth. Try delectable dessert with apple and cranberry lattice tart, chocolate hazelnut, cream cheese puffs, ricotta tart with chocolate and kumquats and almond macaroon galette for the finishing. Featuring jazz saxophone player Miss S, to the throbbing beats of Percussionist Ms. Dee and the soulful voice of Ms. Lady S! This in addition to the vibrant and gorgeous DJ (DJANE – NC), who will be spinning her groove mix-compilations till the wee hours of the party! BD55 per person. ✤ GO: CALL 1771 3000 FOR MORE INFO.


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International

BEST: BAHARAT, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre FAVOURITE: TRADER VIC’S, Seef

Fine-Dining Italian

BEST: PRIMAVERA, The RitzCarlton, Bahrain FAVOURITE: FIAMMA, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Casual Italian

BEST: ROSSO, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands FAVOURITE: CUCINA ITALIANA, Juffair

Mediterranean

BEST: LA VINOTECA BARCELONA, Adliya FAVOURITE: PREGO, Royal Golf Club

Middle Eastern

BEST: FURN BISTRO & BAKERY, The Westin Bahrain City Centre FAVOURITE: SAFFRON, Al Areen Palace & Spa

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Seafood

WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FAVOURITE: WU ASIAN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands

Iranian

BEST: RASOI BY VINEET, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa FAVOURITE: LANTERNS, Various Locations

BEST: LA MER, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa FAVOURITE: WAVES, Crowne Plaza Bahrain

BEST: GOLESTAN, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel FAVOURITE: TAKHT JAMSHEED, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa

Japanese

BEST: MEISEI, Adliya FAVOURITE: MIRAI, Adliya

Turkish

BEST: KOSEBASI, City Centre Bahrain FAVOURITE: NAMLI, Seef

Chinese

BEST: CHINA GARDEN, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa FAVOURITE: SOIE, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

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North American

BEST: BENNIGAN’S, Al Safir Hotel FAVOURITE: RIC’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN, Juffair

Latin American

BEST: ASIA DE CUBA, Adliya FAVOURITE: BIG TEXAS BBQ AND WAFFLE HOUSE, Juffair

Mexican

BEST: CANTINA KAHLO, The RitzCarlton Bahrain FAVOURITE: CASA MEXICANA, Adliya

Steakhouse

BEST: FLAMES STEAK & SEAFOOD, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands FAVOURITE: LEGENDZ STEAKHOUSE, InterContinental Regency Bahrain


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BEST: FUSIONS, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa FAVOURITE: TEATRO, Downtown Rotana

Burger Joint

BEST: BLUEFIELD BURGER, Juffair FAVOURITE: SLIDER STATION, Adliya

Al Fresco Dining

BEST: TAPAS, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa FAVOURITE: LANTERNS, Adliya

Shisha Lounge

BEST: BUSHIDO LOUNGE, Seef FAVOURITE: AL BINDAIRA CAFÉ, Seef

Café

BEST: CAFÉ LILOU, Various Locations FAVOURITE: GALLERY CAFÉ, Adliya

Tea Room

BEST: BAY VIEW LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FAVOURITE: THE LOBBY LOUNGE, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Patisserie

Casual Dining

BEST: FURN BAKERY, The Westin Bahrain City Centre -Best FAVOURITE: HAUTE CUPCAKES, Seef

All-Day Dining

BEST: COSTA COFFEE, Various Locations FAVOURITE: STARBUCKS, Various Locations

BEST: NOMAD URBAN EATERY, Seef FAVOURITE: BAKER & SPICE, Al Aali Shopping Complex

BEST: SILK’S, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain FAVOURITE: FLAVOURS ON 2, Downtown Rotana

In-Mall

BEST: PAUL RESTAURANT & BAKERY, Seef Mall FAVOURITE: BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL, City Centre Bahrain

Family-Friendly

BEST: LUMEE, Various Locations FAVOURITE: AL ABRAAJ, Various Locations

Value-For-Money

BEST: FOOD AT HOME, Budaiya FAVOURITE: HASH HOUSE, Adliya

Bar

BEST: CELLAR 59 BAR, Lounge, Tapas, ART Rotana Amwaj Island FAVOURITE: DOWNTOWN, InterContinental Regency Bahrain

Pub

BEST: JJ’S IRISH RESTAURANT, Adliya FAVOURITE: HARVESTERS PUB & TERRACE, Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Lounge

BEST: BLUE MOON LOUNGE, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FAVOURITE: CODA LOUNGE, Juffair

Coffeehouse

Business Lunch

BEST: NIRVANA, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain FAVOURITE: BUSHIDO RESTAURANT, Seef

Themed Night

BEST: Infinite Sushi, Teatro Downtown Rotana FAVOURITE: Layali Al Bazerkan, Elite Seef Residence

Ladies Night

BEST: CHICA BONITA, Asia De Cuba, Adliya FAVOURITE: TXOKO LOUNGE, The Domain Hotel & Spa

Friday Brunch

BEST: THE GRAND FRIDAY BRUNCH, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa FAVOURITE: ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS BRUNCH, Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Family-Friendly Brunch

BEST: GULF GRAND BRUNCH, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa FAVOURITE: CHOICES, ART Rotana Amwaj Island

Independent Weekend Brunch

BEST: CHINO LATINO BRUNCH – ASIA DE CUBA Best FAVOURITE: A LA CARTE BRUNCH, Royal Golf Club

Newcomer

BEST: ASIA DE CUBA, Adliya Best FAVOURITE: OTTO, Hamala Hills

Overall BEST RESTAURANT IN BAHRAIN 2017 CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN BAHRAIN 2017 CALEXICO, Adliya

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HER LATEST EXHIBITION AT THE ART CENTRE IN BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM WAS AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR, WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ORIGINAL, ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS ON CANVAS, TAKING CENTRE STAGE FOR ART LOVERS TO ADMIRE. FACT'S SHABANA ADAM CHATS WITH BAHRAINI ARTIST AREEJ RAJAB TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER CREATIVE STYLE AND WHAT MAKES HER PAINT BRUSH TICK…

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My work comes from emotion. I use colour as my primary means of expressing that. To me each colour has a unique character and I feel as if emotion flows through me as I apply these colours to my canvas.

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or those of you who had the pleasure of visiting Areej Rajab;s latest art exhibition: Limitless, there’s no doubt that you’ll have left feeling a little lighter and brighter. Stating her one core artistic inspiration as, simply, “colour”, Areej’s latest body of work is a testament to her unobtrusive approach with a candid look at how the subtleties of her surroundings inspire her. Unlike many of her peers, Areej stands out in the world of art for her unapologetic boldness; she is unusually and quite utterly, unbound by the forces of genre and style. And, to put it quite simply and quite uncompromisingly, it is emotion that drives her hand. “My work comes from emotion,” Areej tells us. “I use colour as my primary means of expressing that. To me each colour has a unique character and I feel as if emotion flows through me as I apply these colours to my canvas,” she adds. For Areej, the job of art is to inspire, not to imply. Her audience is her meaning maker and her work is characterised by 60

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dynamic brush strokes, shifting planes of colour and pulsating forms. This is also the reason why her pieces remain untitled – because every person has the will and freedom to form their own significance from each of her paintings. Being a mixed media artist, Areej enjoys using all sorts of mediums and material like oils, inks, acrylics, and pastels to master the balance of movement, space and colour. Her paintings are a window into the mind of an artist who has sought order in a chaotic world, she somehow manages to find pattern in the abstract works she creates. “I create my own unique textures which contain an almost three dimensionality,” Areej explains. “These textures create visual patterns through conveyed shadows and depth which invites viewers to explore each piece much more closely.” It’s no surprises that Areej has a deep connection with art, and especially with painting. She was exposed to this medium at a very young age and recalls watching with wonder as her aunt, the traditional Islamic water-colourist Sameeha Rajab, worked away at the canvas.


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At three-years-old, with her aunt as both inspiration and tutor, Areej began to learn about colour, materials, techniques and application. Whilst growing up, her obsession with colour and painting grew stronger. “I realised that I wanted to take it a step further so I started spending long hours studying, practicing and reading about different art aspects,” she says. “At first I was self taught, but then I pursued this passion by taking up two degrees from London Art College. One in painting and the other one in Art History.” Through her latest collection “Limitless” – Areej tried to convey that obejects are not solids, and that they don’t end where we think they do. “I also explore the subtle character of colour as well as the fleeting nature of light,” she shares. “Ultimately, the work should challenge our preconceptions of colour itself and Limitless offers both an advancement and refinement of my work to date.” With a mix of pieces – some paintings that are intoxicatingly stained and layered, reworked over and over several visits to the same canvas – and others that see Areej return to a more suggestive style with paintings that bring about a feeling of surveying something, through a particularly hazy, soft-focus lens. Bahrain born-and-raised, Areej is proud of her home country’s dedication to art. “Bahrain is unquestionably one of the most promising, passionate cultural hubs of the Middle East,” she says. “Its 62

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flourishing art scene has affored the island an enviable reputation as one of the region's most prolific creative voices and we have a community of artists that are at the forefront of this development.” Areej’s advise for young budding artists is to spend continuous hours in their studios as it’s the only way to develop a focused line of work, and to be original and creative! Stand before this artist’s work and everything you think you need to know about an artwork will melt away. All of a sudden your drive to imply structure and genre will seem like an unnecessary distraction from the sight of these pure, beautiful works. It’s unequivocally right to say that Areej Rajab is an artist who began a love affair with colour in childhood and, as an adult, this passion shows no signs of waning. ✤

GO: LIMITLESS BY AREEJ RAJAB IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT WWW.AREEJ-RAJAB.COM. ALL ARTWORK © AREEJ RAJAB 2017 COURTESY OF MESTARIA.

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BIG SCREEN The Disaster Artist WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Aspiring filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and best friend Greg Sestero try their hand at Hollywood stardom with the critically maligned film, The Room. As the movie attains its surprising cult status, it becomes very clear that there is more than one way to make it big in Hollywood. What follows is an unwavering will to succeed.

DIRECTOR: James Franco CAST: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie

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Dubbed “The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies”, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room was quick to achieve cult status as one of the best worst movies ever made. Offering an insightful behind the scenes look at the troubled making of the film, James Franco presents Wiseau’s story with a touch of reverence and respect. Franco’s retelling of this unsuspecting cult classic is the comedic bromance biopic we never knew we needed! When best friends Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) decide to break into the movie scene with The Room back in 2003, they had no idea about the disaster-piece they were about to unleash. Increasingly fascinating viewers by being oh so bad, The Room’s surprising success effectively changed the best friends’ lives as they knew it. With James Franco’s killer acting chops as the centerpiece, the film depicts the saga of the bizarre pair of misfits, beautifully, in a heartwarming, fascinatingly hilarious underdog story.

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With James Franco’s killer acting chops as the centerpiece, the film depicts the saga of the bizarre pair of misfits, beautifully...”

Pitch Perfect 3 WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

The Barden Bellas are back for a third round of acappella battles. As the girls get busy with their own lives and jobs, a former member hatches a plan to reunite the group for one last chance to perform on tour in Europe.

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DIRECTOR: Trish Sie CAST: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow

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After the mega box office success of Pitch Perfect and its sequel, the next chapter in the beloved series is finally here! Featuring another round of harmonising and unbreakable sisterhood bonds, the film is everything and more that you would expect from the Pitch Perfect series. While you can never go wrong with a heartfelt comedy about an all-female group of cappella singers, the musical threequel truly brings to the fore what makes the series a blockbuster hit. After reveling in the highs of winning the world championships, the girls have graduated and are struggling to make a living out of their cappella talents. But when they get a chance to perform for an overseas USO tour, they waste no time in reuniting for some more music and memories, one last time.


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We Need to Talk By Celeste Headlee

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Everyday Is Christmas

The Architect

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Your Christmas playlist just got a whole lot more festive; thanks to Sia’s first-ever holiday album! The follow-up to her 2016 album This Is Acting and her first album for Atlantic Records, Everyday Is Christmas features original holiday-themed songs composed with help from Greg Kurstin. Adding to this year’s crop of festive soundtracks, Sia aims to stand out with quirky and fun originals including Ho Ho Ho and Puppies Are Forever. Singing about the joys of Christmastime, Santa’s Coming for Us is the only Christmas jingle we need this season. Featuring sleigh bells and a jazzy guitar riff, Sia’s vocals truly shine through and lack a tinge of the usual darkness witnessed in her previous songs. Sia’s updated spin on old school songs comes as a breath of fresh air for a traditional genre like Christmas ballads. In stark contrast to the songstress’ anthemic pop hits, the new soundtrack is much more upbeat and playful and we are totally on board!

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The process of having a productive conversation has certainly taken a backseat. We Need to Talk is all about bringing back to life the lost art of conversation. Headlee shares why it’s important to have effective and respectful conversations and also to listen for better relationships and growth opportunities. Lots to learn here!

By Paloma Faith Since making her mainstream debut with her theatrical image and retrosoul sound, Paloma Faith has been a permanent fixture on our playlists as well as our hearts. Steering away from the tried and tested course of love, Paloma’s fourth studio album is all about the socio-political world of our times. Showcasing a melodious marriage of the old with the new, The Architect is a social observation record from the perspective of the common people. Sticking close to the sound we’re used to, Crybaby is a super catchy and upbeat track, with more subdued and breezy vocals and vulnerable lyrics featuring a funky rhythm with a touch of disco. A dramatic and vivacious track showcasing Paloma’s deep and soulful vocals, Guilty exhibits a faultless chorus with a political edge. Delivering a mix of larger than life heartfelt ballads, The Architect has all the makings of a masterpiece.

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The Child Finder By Rene Denfeld As Madison Culver disappears while Christmas tree picking with her family, the parents turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and the missing. On the relentless search to find Madison, she slowly uncovers a loss she feels but cannot remember. A truly captivating read!


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acting Operations Manager within a year. I came in to Middles East as Director of Operations and moved as a Resident Manager to Intercontinental Doha before moving to Bahrain as the General Manager. The experience gained over the years in handling different operational aspects has helped me look at challenges and day to day operations with a different eye. In a hotel of this calibre where standards have to be high, how do you keep yourself challenged and continuously ahead in the hospitality game? Well, being in the industry for so many years it is automatically ingrained in our system to be the best in everything you do. It also helps in being part of a global chain that sets its standards very high which keeps you on top of your game. Especially in the hospitality industry, you have no choice but to be always about 10 steps ahead of your guests. I set my standards high but realistic. I know and understand the strengths and inspirations of my team well and set my targets accordingly.

NEW BEGINNINGS FACT caught up with Gilles Nicolas, General Manager at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain, to talk new hotel plans, the Crowne Plaza brand and just what it takes to be a successful GM…

Hi Nicolas! Being the General Manager of a 5-star hotel is a huge role. Tell us more about your experience over the years that have helped you prepare for this job? I have 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having worked across six different countries in three continents with a degree in hotel management from a Hospitality School in Paris and a MBA from the University of Liverpool. I started my career with IHG at the Holiday Inn London Regent’s Park in England as Food and Beverage Manager and moved to 68

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Who would you say is the clientele of the Crowne Plaza Bahrain – describe the person who walks in through the hotel doors… That’s an easy one, we predominantly cater to corporate clients. Globally we are positioned to cater to the modern business traveller. Hence, the Crowne Plaza brand has its unique hallmarks like sleep advantage and Crowne Meetings manager. Our brand hallmarks differentiate us from the competition and ensure a consistent guest experience from property to property. The Crowne Plaza brand focuses on the needs of people who are on their way up and see business travel as an essential part of advancing their careers. The Crowne Plaza brand is the only choice that helps guests be successful by Empowering Business Productivity. For our guests, travel is not the goal, success is the goal—and their success is our success. Through our research, they’ve told us to: “Provide me with an environment where I am able to work productively, get things done, perform at my best and achieve my goals.” The responsibilities of General Manager could get overwhelming at times. How do you manage your time, expectations and the need for attention to detail? Actually it more so on maintaining relationships than running the hotel itself. It is ensuring that you maintain a good balance between managing the owners, the corporate office and the hotel team. But I am lucky to have a great team that helps run the hotel very efficiently so that I can focus on managing relationships that have impact on our business. Tell us some of your goals with the hotel – things you want to make a mark with over the next year… My dream is for Crowne Plaza Bahrain to become the best and busiest conference center in the island and achieve our “Magic number” target. We are ideally placed to facilitate MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and have a 1,200 square meter ballroom which, subject to the clients’ needs, can be divided into smaller units.


Are you the type of GM who does things from his office, or is your working style more interactive where you walk around the hotel often? Oh I love walking around, can’t you tell from looking at me?? Jokes apart I enjoy walking around as it gives me the opportunity to interact with both guests and my team. It also gives them an opportunity to address challenges on the spot and be able to resolve them immediately. But I must be honest and admit that certain days I do spend too much time in the office. Can you tell us more about any changes and new innovations that are coming up at Crowne Plaza Bahrain? One of the key highlights of this year is that we are on a full renovation in some of our rooms in the hotel. The hotel’s goal is to excel at exceeding our guests’ expectations and deliver a truly differentiated brand experience. The renovation project started in June 2017 and is progressing quite well and will include a refreshed new look for 138 number of

rooms with “new modern” design style. I am, in particular, quite excited about the Club lounge in the lobby as it is a brand new addition to the hotel and it will definitely bring a sense of personality, quality and energy to the space with its modern lines and state-of the art amenities. It will also give our club members their special benefits that they truly deserve. Tell us three goals you want to fulfil both professionally and personally in 2018… • Achieve the “Magic Number” • Successful opening of the new rooms and club lounge • Keep increasing our market share •Maintain best possible work life balance ✤

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MARKETING MAESTRO It’s no secret that every brand’s strengths lie in its people – and a little bit of good promotion, of course! The same goes for the 5-star beauty that is the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, where Eslam Fouad brings knowledge, expertise and passion to an important role for this hospitality giant. With the best team, the right tools and all the support available to grow the business, this newly-appointed Director of Marketing has over a decade of experience under his belt. FACT sat down with the man of the moment to discuss hotel potential, his love for Bahrain and what makes the Four Seasons a company that really cares for its people…

Hi Eslam! Congratulations on your new role as Director of Marketing at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Let’s get straight to it – how many more responsibilities are you going to have now? Definitely much more! I joined the hotel as part of the preopening team in May 2014 as the Director of Sales, so I’ve been taking care of one department. Now, I have to take care of four departments. It’s a different scope of work – before I was taking care of the sales and going out to sell the rooms, and now the main focus will be about marketing and the positioning of the hotel – taking the hotel to the next level. The guys have been doing a great job and I was a part of it, 70

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so I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved in the hotel. But, we definitely need to keep improving and moving forwards – there is always an area to improve and that’s what I’m looking forward to at the moment. You’re quoted as saying “It’s not about sealing the deal, it’s about crafting the experience” – this is quite a refreshing attitude to the sales and marketing world in hospitality. Can you tell us more about your approach to this role in a luxury 5-star hotel? Staying in a hotel is not only about checking in, coming to your room and then leaving. It’s all about experience and the memories you will go away with. Our job is to make sure that the guest has the best experience ever. When you ask about luxury, for many people it’s about the fancy product, the fancy room, the fancy glass and bathroom amenities – but, for us, luxury is all about personalised experience. So, how the guest will interact with the employees and what are their first impressions? Maybe their journey starts at check in, and sometimes it might start at the sales department – so how is the sales team’s response, how is their efficiency and are they accommodating and understanding of the guests’ needs to provide the experience that each guest is expecting? Every person coming to stay has a different purpose; whether it’s business, leisure, celebrating an anniversary or coming to have an important meeting – each experience should be tailored to fit individual requirements. That, for me, is the right approach from sales to marketing in our luxury hotel. Tell us three qualities that are needed for your new role? Vision: you have to have vision for the hotel, and where you want it to go – where you want it to be positioned. Leadership: I’m blessed to work with such a great team, and making sure that this team is happy and performing at their best and getting the support they need, is another quality you need to fulfill. Passion: the passion of the product, the people and of the country, it’s another amazing quality that really helps in this role.


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How do you plan to grow and sustain the success of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay? This property for me has a special place in my heart. I feel like I belong to it and it belongs to me. I’m so proud of the product and for 2018 we’ve got some exciting constructions in the pipeline which will add a new dimension to our guests’ stay at the hotel – all will be revealed soon! We’ve also got the shopping mall, The Avenues, just across the hotel which adds an amazing experience for our guests. We are working now on the water taxi so our guests don’t have to drive around to the mall but instead can float on over there from our jetty and return by boat when they’re done shopping and enjoying themselves. The leisure business from Europe and from Russia is another area that we’d like to tap into. The government is putting a lot of effort into that and we as a hotel, along with others, are doing our best in promoting Bahrain. So, 2018 will have a great focus on increasing the leisure business in light of what Bahrain has to offer. In an industry that remains ever-so unpredictable, how do you prepare and deal with unexpected challenges? We had a discussion earlier this year about the challenges that come around – whether it’s financial or anything else. The best answer is – there are things in your control and things out of your control. So, what you must focus on when facing every challenge is the things that are in your control, doing what you can do, and doing it to the best of your ability. Making sure that you deliver the service and experience that every and each individual is looking for, is the best thing to focus on. We’ve seen countries that have suffered a lot but managed to pick up and come back. The reason for this is the people who love that country, who’ve visited before – they will keep coming back again for the experiences. We have to keep doing our best in delivering the things that we promise.

Making sure that you deliver the service and experience that every and each individual is looking for, is the best thing to focus on. You’ve been doing the grind for over a decade now, what keeps you excited and motivated about working in hospitality? Coming from a sales background, definitely it’s the achievement and the sense of accomplishment that is the biggest motivation. Again, it’s not always about achieving numbers, but achieving the satisfaction that guests who come to the Four Seasons are looking for. When the guest leaves with a smile and happiness from having a memorable stay – this is a

great achievement for us. So it’s a balance of making sure that the guest is given the best experience and at the same time making sure that the hotel is performing well, financially, as is desired. So, achievement is definitely the main drive. Personally, what is it about the Four Seasons brand that has kept you around and loyal to it for so long? The day when you step into this company, you learn the golden rule “treat others how you wish to be treated” – how I’ve been treated as an employee over the last 11 years, how I’ve been taken care of by the management and my colleagues, and the amount of respect that you see around, along with the transparency that you see in the company, it’s really unique. I’ve worked in other industries, other hotel companies, and I assure you that the difference is there. It’s a company that really believes in its people and their development and growth. Plus, there is a genuine satisfaction when you work for a brand like the Four Seasons, which is recognised worldwide. Not only for me, but even for my family; my wife is so proud that I work for the Four Seasons. It’s a great company to be a part of and the empowerment you get is also a very positive aspect. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career? I’ve learned so many lessons but the biggest has to be the commitment. Whether you commit to quality, or consistency, to the brand, and to its success, once you’ve committed to deliver to the guest and meet their expectations, then it’s likely that they will leave satisfied and happy. So, commitment for me is the biggest lesson learned. What are some of your predictions for the hospitality industry in Bahrain, for 2018… On the country level – there’s a lot of potential. When you get to Bahrain, you feel such positive energy. The location is amazing and the weather is great – the people of Bahrain are the country’s best asset. Our goal is to introduce Bahrain to the rest of the world. Bahrain has been very successful on regional tourism – we have a lot of visitors from the GCC. However, Bahrain has a lot of potential for going beyond that and targeting other markets. For example, this year we had our first destination wedding on a large scale – it was a beautiful experience for everyone and a good start to tapping into this side of business. We also had FAM Trips from Germany, UK, China, India and many other places. These people came to see the country and left with great experiences and stories – they are the representatives for Bahrain now. I’m sure that 2018 will see harvest on all those efforts and should be a positive year for the country. ✤

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Kia Motors demand attention with their latest offering, solidifying themselves as contenders in the premium sedan segment.

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this new brand of automobile had to offer. Upon our initial outer body inspection, it was immediately obvious this car’s design is performance orientated and out right stylish. From front on, the corporate Kia tiger nose grille demands attention as its broad shoulders hint at the power hidden underneath its shapely hood. The design and positioning of the attractive LED headlights add to its authoritative appearance, whilst functional front vents not only contribute towards its sporty presence, but add value through the cooling of the breaks, forming an air curtain. Shifting our attention to the sides, the existence of further functional air vents confirmed the intentions of the designers to ensure this car is equipped for maximum performance. The sweeping lines of the body flow effortlessly from front to back highlighting the length of the vehicle. It is noticeably longer than its closest competitors such as the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5. The Stinger comes with 18” wheels complete with Brembo dual calliper disc brakes, providing both safety and control. The rear boasts an integrated spoiler, adding to the sportiness of the car and we were most impressed by the design of the quad outlet exhaust system. Slipping inside the cabin revealed to us just how low the Stinger sits. It was immediately obvious the cabin is both driver focussed and stylish. The materials used all appeared to be high quality and expensive. GT badges embroidered in the headrests add a touch of class and it was obvious the imminent drive was to be a comfortable one. The layout is one of functionality and convenience, with everything seeming to sit exactly where it is most accessible. There is enough storage space to satisfy everyday requirements and cup holders are present for your convenience. The infotainment system is not overly complicated and we had no problem navigating through its features which include a simple backup camera and parking assist. Due to the extra length of the vehicle, there is ample leg room in the back for three adults to sit comfortably. The boot offers 23 cubic feet of space, expanding to 40 cubic feet when the back seats are laid down. fact magazine

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But how does she drive? As we pulled out of the parking area onto the tarmac, it was immediately obvious we were in for a treat. The meaty sounding 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine was begging to be set free, promising a ride of wonders if we would only press down on the accelerator. The steering wheel felt perfect as we began to unleash the Stinger‘s 356 horsepower on the tarmac. Our bodies were pinned to the seats which seemed to hug us in a comforting embrace as we tested the ability of the car to go from 0 -100 kph in just 4.9 seconds. It was not a flase boast as we quickly found ourselves tapping at the breaks to reduce our speed. The autonomous breaking system proved very responsive and gave us the assurance of complete control over the experience. The 8-speed Steptronic Gearbox performed its duties perfectly, seemlessly flowing through the gears. The handling felt precise and the grip on offer was ample to ensure a smooth and exciting drive. By the time we arrived back at Bin Hindi Motors, we had no doubt Kia are now solid competitors in the premium sedan market and are set to surprise many avid car enthusiast looking for a novel driving experience. ✤

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ALL-NEW FLAGSHIP LEXUS LS Under the patronage of H.E. Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate, Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the sole distributor of Lexus vehicles in the Kingdom of Bahrain launched the all new Lexus LS model at an exclusive event at the Gulf Convention Centre at Gulf Hotel. Equipped with several world-firsts and Lexus’ first performance, design, and safety features, the new premium passenger car is set to win the hearts of the Bahrain’s luxury enthusiasts, and redefine luxury driving in a more stylish manner. Combining precise craftsmanship with Lexus’ expertise and attention to detail, the flagship sedan embodies Lexus’ evolution as a luxury lifestyle brand committed to

surprising and delighting its customers. Inside and out, the new LS reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury, and offers innovative technology with a human touch. The allnew LS was designed to be the brand’s latest global icon, available in over 90 countries. Executive General Manager of Sales at Ebrahim K. Kanoo; Ismail Akbar said: “The Lexus LS is the sedan that started a brand. It is a manifestation of how Lexus is reimagining the luxury sedan market; fusing the flagship’s emotional personality with performance that delivers the pinnacle of elegance, comfort, advanced production technologies and environmental friendliness,” he continued.

“We are thrilled to be introducing this all new model to Bahrain and are confident it will enjoy the same enthusiastic response that the LS has always enjoyed here.” ✤

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THE NEW ARTEON AT VOLKSWAGEN Volkswagen Centre Bahrain announced the arrival of the notably dynamic fastback model; the Volkswagen Arteon, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The new Arteon combines sporty charisma, great flexibility and excellent spaciousness in an emotional fastback design. The Arteon scores with attributes such as its excellent rear legroom and luggage compartment volume of 563 to 1,557 litres - perfect for drivers who want space. The new Volkswagen also offers available front and allwheel drive as well as digitalized instruments and controls. Further features include an Active Info Display (fully digital and programmable instruments), a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control. In addition, new state-of-the-art driver assistance systems make their debut on the Arteon: these include the nextgeneration dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control anticipate when a bend is approaching and illuminate it before the driver actively turns into the bend. 80

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The Arteon will be available with two levels of engine power output; 2.0 TSI engine (190 HP), and 2.0 TSI engine with 4Motion (280 HP). ✤

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SHOWROOM EXCELLENCE Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism – Euro Motors, the official importer of Ferrari and Maserati luxury sport automobiles in Bahrain, opened the largest exotic cars showroom in the Kingdom at a glamourous VIP event.

The spacious showroom accommodates six Ferrari vehicles on display, and six Maserati vehicles, showcasing the widest range of both brands. Seamlessly aligned with the global standards of both brands, the showroom has a total built-in area of 5,000m2 and welcomes visitors with an impressive interior, giving off a true sense of the brands persona and unique craftsmanship capabilities through its exceptional décor. The latest showroom is also designed to further fit three preapproved vehicles for each brand and a dedicated room for car delivery to better serve the clientele in Bahrain. Adding to the overall experience for visitors, the new facility also includes two lounges; one at the showroom, and the other at the service area. Guests can also enjoy the dedicated configuration rooms for each brand, providing clients with an opportunity to tailor their preferred vehicle in a comfortable atmosphere.

Reiterating the company’s pledge to international quality standards and benchmark criteria in the automotive service industry, the new facility is staffed with a highly skilled team, twelve working bays and one hybrid safe bay – all dedicated to provide supreme service quality to clients. Launched during the revel of the new showroom, the 812 Superfast welcomes a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-frontengined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm and completing the spring from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Also adding to the prestigious event, was Maserati’s latest addition to its model range, the Maserati Ghibli – a four-door sports

executive sedan and first E-segment model by the Italian luxury brand. By combining breath-taking design with exceptional handling qualities and outstanding performance, the Ghibli appeals to the heart, the head and the soul making the dream of owning a Maserati within reach. Majid Al Zayani, Managing Director of Euro Motors, commented: “We are proud to announce the opening of the Kingdom’s largest exotic cars showroom in Bahrain. We are honoured to mark the occasion by unveiling the 812 Superfast, Ferrari’s most powerful and fastest car till date and the Maserati Ghibli, demonstrating a perfect blend of sportiness and elegance. As with our latest showroom, our expansion plans continue to grow in line with the local demand for both Italian brands.”✤

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APP-LICIOUS LET’S SEE WHAT’S ON THE SMARTPHONE AGENDA FOR DECEMBER…

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MixxList

Heads Up

Since music is the cure to literally everything and anything, we’re always looking for new and better ways to make the most of it. Revolutionising the way music lovers listen to their favourite songs, MixxList makes discovering new music and compiling playlists easier than ever! MixxList offers its users the convenience of combining different music and playlists from the leading music streaming services- all in one place. The first ever of its kind to provide complete playlist functionality, MixxList is the only music app you’ll ever need!

Take your game night from blah to truly unforgettable with Heads Up! A charadesstyle party game, Heads Up challenges players to guess as many words as possible from a themed deck of charades cards based on their friends’ clues. The guessing player holds their mobile phone up to their forehead as the screen displays the word to be guessed. With themes ranging from celebrities and movies to animals and so much more, Heads Up is a great way to have fun with your loved ones at your next get-together!

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BEOPLAY E8 TAKEOVER With old school headphones b ecoming a thing of the past, we are slowly but sure ly ushering in the era of the wi re less earphones. With forwardthinking technology in mind, FAC T reviews the new E8 earphones from Be oplay…

Love them or hate them, wireless headphones are here to stay! Adding to the already bustling ear bud market, B&O PLAY has launched the brand’s first truly wireless earphones - Beoplay E8. Drawing on more than 90 years of expertise and design, B&O PLAY has expanded its earphone portfolio and hopped on the wireless headphone bandwagon. Exuding simplicity and style, Beoplay E8 delivers industry-leading sound, a seamless listening experience on the move and a design that reflects the Bang & Olufsen heritage. Whether you’re sweating it out at the gym or just running about town, the splash and dust resistant E8 will be your trusty companion. Ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to trade sound and design for true wireless freedom, the earphones sit beautifully in your ear as a discreet and stylish technology statement while delivering amazing sound. The earphones’ state-of-theart technology allows you to access your smartphone without even taking it out of your pocket. With everything controlled by the intuitive touch interface, listening on the move has never been this efficient! While the E8’s four-hour battery life pales in comparison to others on the market, its full-bodied and precise soundstage definitely makes up for it. Each earpiece has a 5.7mm dynamic speaker, small electromagnetic transducer, NFMI technology and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing that allows for dynamic sound without interruption. Focusing primarily on sound and design, the E8 also comes with a Transparency Mode that lets you decide just how much real-world sound you want to hear. The innovative audio-transparency feature allows you to be aware of your surroundings as much or as little you want while still listening to your favourite tunes. You can even fine tune and enhance your listening experience by using the BeoPlay app for Android, iPhone as well as Apple Watch. Users can enjoy the playful and intuitive ToneTouch feature, monitor battery status, and receive software updates and so much more. The BeoPlay E8 comes complete with premium leather charging case, five ear tips and a charging cable. Combining incredible sound quality with a fashion-forward approach, these pint-sized earphones are definitely a viable option if you’re looking to go down the wireless route. With ease of use and quality sound up for grabs, these earphones are surely worth the investment! ✤

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DENIM THAT MOVES YOU AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS (AEO) DEBUTS ITS NEW INSPIRING CAST AND INNOVATIVE DENIM; THE NEW AMERICAN JEAN, A COLLECTION OF DENIM INCLUDING NEW FITS, WASHES AND FABRICS, IS MADE TO MOVE WITHOUT COMPROMISING DESIGN. LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK… fact magazine

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andpicked for their ability to break stereotypes and credibility in their multihyphenated careers, the new season of AEO features a new cast from varied industries and backgrounds, including the hijab wearing model, Halima Aden, professional basketball playerartist, Brandon Ingram, model-actress-vlogger, Amanda Steele, champion bull rider-model, Bonner Bolton, model-body positive activist, Iskra Lawrence and rapper-actor, Joey Bada$$. Shown in unretouched, motivational imagery and video, the campaign captures the cast alongside a backdrop representing their particular style, passion and personality, showing how they kick it in The New American Jean. Each cast member adds their own personal style to the collection and the brand’s advanced denim -The New American Jean. The updated jean range, which sets new standards in style, fit, comfort and wash, is made for this generation and how they move and create. New fits and styles for the season include the best-selling jegging, new embroidered and tasseled finishes as well as the brand’s interpretation of the Tom Girl for women. For men, the brand debuts extended black denim, slimmer fits and an expanded assortment of its popular flex denim.

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SHOP THE BRAND HERE’S OUR WISHLIST FROM AEO’S AW17 COLLECTION FOR HER

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Holiday 2017 Gift Guide

For THE TRENDSETTER

For THE BALLERINA

For THE VENETIAN GODDESS

For THE GLAMOROUS HEROINE

For THE MINI FASHIONISTA

For THE IT LIST SHOPPER

For THE CLASSIC DREAMER

For THE DANCING DIVA

For THE SHOE ADDICT

For THE BOLD ROCKER For THE PARTYGOER

For THE SUN SEEKER

For THE STYLISH JET SETTER

For THE SPARKLE LOVER

For THE TIMELESS DRESSER

For THE MATCHING MOMMY

1- RENE CAOVILLA Sandals BD 470. 2- CHLOÉ Ballerinas BD 90. 3- SAINT LAURENT Earrings BD 358, Necklace BD 1,076. 4- GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Glitter boots BD 360. 5- MONNALISA Hat BD 34, Bag BD 59. 6- SAINT LAURENT Bag BD 788. 7- CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Red BD 254, Pink BD 233. 8- KENNETH JAY LANE BD 39. 9- SUPER BY RETROSUPERFUTURE BD 102. 10- JIMMY CHOO Scarf BD 102. 11- GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Hi-Top BD 492. 12- GEDEBE Bags BD 295. 13- ALEXANDER McQUEEN Gold Accessory BD 147. 14- BALENCIAGA Backpack BD 361. 15- CHIARA FERRAGNI Mom Boots BD 115, Kids Boots BD 103. 6- BALENCIAGA Wallets BD 112. 17- MADISO Chokers BD 181.

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Time to Shine As 2017 comes to an end, it only means one thing – party season! This month, go for sparkle with sequins and metallic to make you standout from the crowd in any room. Think satin dresses, embroidered blazers and on-trend footwear. Here are just some of our fave wardrobe picks...

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Keep it Classy Gents, there’s no better way to celebrate the festive season and your next NYE party dressed in sleek attire. Whether it’s a cheeky slogan-jumper or a fitted blazer, keep your style on point with the most unique and attention-grabbing pieces for your look…

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BEAUTY CHECKLIST •

BeautyEssentials WINTER IS HERE! CHECKOUT OUR PICK OF THE NEWEST MUST-HAVE SKINCARE AND MAKE UP TO FRESHEN UP YOUR EVERY DAY LOOK.

Chanel NO 5 FRAGMENTS D’OR

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If Chanel No 5 has been your go to fragrance since FOREVERthis one’s for you! If you fancy an irresistible mix of scent and shine, Chanel’s new limited edition No 5 FRAGMENTS D’OR gel should be right up your alley. The FRAGMENTS D’OR gel helps illuminate skin with a beautiful golden shimmer while subtly perfuming it with the iconic fragrance of the House.

Clarins DOUBLE SERUM

Upgrade your skincare routine with the new 8th generation addition of Clarins’ Double Serum! Combining the best water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients, the innovative serum targets signs of aging and helps stimulate the skin’s 5 vital functions. Decoding the language of youthful skin, it combines the richness of oil with an ultra-comfortable gel for extraordinary skin.

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Rasasi SEEN Immerse yourself in the intoxicating new fragrance of Rasasi’s new Sotoor range! Inspired by Arabic script and simplicity, the exciting new fragrance is reminiscent of the vivid and beautiful aspects of nature. With fruity top notes of pear and guava along with floral orange flower and rose middle notes, the day-to-night fragrance elicits a sense of brightness. Definitely our new favourite!

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L’Oreal PURE-CLAY MASK DETOX & BRIGHTEN MASK Give yourself a sensorial skincare experience with L’Oreal new Detox & Brighten Mask! Enhanced with black charcoal, the mask works like a magnet to draw out dirt and impurities. The creamy texture of this deep cleansing mask detoxifies the skin’s surface and works deep into the pores, leaving skin looking clarified and beautified. Use it alone or multi-mask for added benefits!

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Revolutionising the way you line your lips, Sephora’s new twist up Rouge Gel Lip Liner is about to become a constant in your makeup kit! Softer and smoother than a traditional liner, it is formulated with a gel-cream finish for an enhanced look without dullness. The unique texture of the non-drying formula glides over every curve to give you the pout of your dreams.

Get the lashes you always wanted with NARS’ buildable, all-inone Audacious Mascara!

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Grooming Essentials WINTER IS HERE! CHECKOUT OUR PICK OF THE NEWEST MUST-HAVE SKINCARE, GRROMING TOOLS AND FRAGRANCES TO FRESHEN UP YOUR EVERY DAY REGIME.

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Kiehl’s FACIAL FUEL

Give tired skin that extra boost in the morning with Kiehl’s refreshing Facial Fuel treatment! Specially formulated to give morning skin a helping hand, it revives and protects while improving skins appearance and texture. Vitamin E moisturises and provides antioxidant protection, Vitamin C fights environmental aggressors, while chestnut extract and soy re-energise and revitalise. Pick-me-up in a tube!

Origins SUPER SPOT REMOVER Put your best face forward with Origins’ Super Spot Remover acne treatment gel! Enriched with blemishbusting Salicylic Acid and anti-spot technology, it instantly helps speed up healing and visibly correcting lingering discolouration. While skincalming Red Algae helps visibly relieve redness while keeping skin spotless and oil free. Battle breakouts fast!

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Proraso SHAVING SOAP IN A TUBE As we bid adieu to No Shave November, it’s time to get your mugs ready for the festive season! Proraso’s incredibly rich and creamy Shaving Soap In A Tube is every man’s best friend. Made with a “hot soap process”, it is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and produces a close shave while leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Malin+Goetz DETOX FACE MASK One of the best beauty hangovers cures in the beauty world, Malin+Goetz’s Detox Face Mask is the answer to all your skincare woes! Packed with innovative oxygenating ingredients, it helps to deeply clean your pores without causing any irritation or dryness. The gentle and effective formula draws out dirt and impurities while creating a physical barrier over the face to seal in moisture.

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Elemis ACHING MUSCLE SUPER SOAK With the cold winter months upon us, it’s time to indulge in a hot relaxing bath and soak your stress away! Elemis’ Aching Muscle Super Soak is a powerful synergy for overworked, tired and aching muscles. Formulated with essential oils, it helps clear blocked noses and rattly winter chests while warming the muscles and recharging the body.

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Business Lunch BRILLIANCE Combining aesthetic brilliance with unrivalled tastes, Bushido’s charm has always been a FACT favourite. Etched deep in the exemplary Samurai code of conduct, Bushido’s enchanting interiors and honest-to-goodness traditional Japanese cuisine never fails to wow us. This time, it was the turn of the Business Lunch to impress, as Aanchal Duggal find out… fact magazine

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verything from the dimlylit entranceway to the oversized chandeliers and traditional fixtures come together to transport you to a whole new world of mysticism at Bushido Restaurant & Lounge. Located in the heart of Seef, the restaurant’s rich colours and inspired architecture immerse you in authentic Japanese traditions and excite you for what’s to come. While Bushido’s decadent fare has always been the talk of town, their innovative Business Lunch is unlike anything we have ever tasted in Bahrain, hence its recent win as Favourite Business Lunch in Bahrain at the 2017 Citi FACT Dining Awards. In the spirit of doing things differently, Bushido’s elaborate Bento Boxes aim to inject Japan’s traditional culinary styles into Bahrain’s bustling food scene. Owing to its visually stunning arrangement and mouthwatering tastes - all down to the skill of Chef Goh - this lunch is also cost effective and extremely popular amongst patrons - we can definitely see why! Served along with Miso Soup, your choice of dessert as well as green tea, these convenient delicacies are named after the seven official virtues of Bushido. From the gorgeously colourful presentation to its fresh and refined flavours, these boxes give you everything that you could ever want from a business lunch and then some. RECTITUDE- The Teppan Land Bento Box featuring chicken, sliced beef and vegetables, steamed rice and mixed vegetables is resoundingly delicious. The chicken and beef are cooked to perfection and brimming with flavour, the vegetables add a welcome burst of crunch and freshness to the mix, while the humble-looking bowl of rice truly brings the meal together. This mouthwatering blend of tastes is enough to make anyone’s workdays a whole lot better! Bringing the taste of Japan to the Middle 104 fact magazine

East like never before, Bushido unravels a side of Japanese cuisine that is often left unseen. Our next Bento Box truly reflects the immense variety and sophisticated flavours that Bushido promises. Tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi, prawn tempura, grilled chicken, steamed rice and teppanyaki mixed vegetables – this is COURAGE – the Samurai Bento Box. It delighted our eyes and taste buds in equal measure. The incredibly fresh and flavourful tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi is SO GOOD, while the decadently succulent and juicy prawn has all the makings of a classic tempura. That being said, the grilled chicken’s heavenly sweet and savoury flavour and unmistakable tenderness definitely made it a winner for everyone at the table. If vegetarian fare is what tickles your fancy, the veggie-focused Bento Box has got you covered. Offering a hearty


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GO: BUSHIDO’S BUSINESS LUNCH BENTO BOXES START AT BD7.9 NET WITH A MISO SOUP, DESSERT AND GREEN TEA. BUSINESS LUNCH SET MENU ALSO AVAILABLE. CALL 1758 3555 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

mix of grilled vegetables, avocado salad, vegetable tempura and Vietnam vegetable roll, the Vegetable Bento Box is a definite crowd-pleaser. The refreshing Vietnam vegetable roll is an explosion light flavours, and the beautifully simple avocado salad is supremely satisfying. Providing the perfect end to a glorious meal, it was time to tuck into their divine selection of desserts and excited is an understatement! With the option of everything from the luscious Frozen Star Anis Parfait to the delicate Chocolate Meringue Cake, and the healthier Fresh Fruit, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. While all the desserts were equally swoon-worthy, the rich and creamy Oreo Cheesecake will be starring in our dessert dreams for days to come! The best thing about Bushido’s Business Lunch is that you can host a meeting at one of their large tables to catch up with clients and colleagues or you can order your choice of Bento Box or Set Menu straight to your office through Talabat. Fusing exotic delicacies with high-end cuisine, Bushido’s exemplary dining experience demands to be remembered. Who doesn’t want a yummy treat for lunch? I know we ALWAYS do! One thing’s for sure, lunch will NEVER be boring again. ✤

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Italian Indulgence Hot off its win as Favourite Fine-Dining Italian Restaurant at the 2017 Citi FACT Dining Awards, Fiamma at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is further upping its culinary game with a brand new Executive Sous Chef taking the reigns. FACT’s Aanchal Duggal sat with Marco Terranova to find out what his plans are to take the restaurant to the next level and to try out some of his very own homely Italian cooking… fact magazine

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Ingredients are the powerhouse of each and every dish,” says Chef Marco Terranova. “The quality of products used is the most important part of the cooking process.” Hailing from the alluring Mediterranean island of Sicily, Chef Marco incorporates his homeland’s vibrant culture and history into his effortless cooking. Immersed with culinary influences from all over the globe, he uses his Southern Italian roots to create his carefully curated foodie masterpieces. With over 16 years of extensive culinary experience under his belt, Chef Marco’s appointment as the new Executive Sous Chef at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa’s beautiful Italian restaurant, Fiamma, was nothing short of a happy surprise. Overlooking the mesemerising Arabian Gulf, Fiamma has always been a go-to when in search of bona fide Italian cuisine in Bahrain. As soon as we stepped inside the trendy venue, we were immediately greeted by their super friendly staff and some really gorgeous views. Decked up in soothing tones of turquoise, beige and neutral shades, the restaurant offers a grand yet intimate ambience to dine and socialise. Offering guests an array of classic Italian delicacies including homemade pasta, cheesy pizzas freshly baked in a wood-fire oven as well as a selection of luscious desserts, Fiamma caters to your every whim and fancy. Delivering the freshest ingredients in an opulent environment, the restaurant is all about giving its diners the authentic Italian experience. We couldn’t wait to dig in! Our Italian culinary expedition began with a classic: Focaccia with Bresaola and Parmesan. The fluffy Focaccia bread was incredibly delicate yet crispy with hints of olive oil seeping through, while the beautifully burgundy Bresaola was bursting with

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flavour. Super light and fulfilling, we definitely couldn’t stop at just one piece! Inspired by Pellegrino Artusi’s culinary wisdom, Chef Marco believes in using only the finest and most authentic ingredients for his creations. Our next dish of Sicilian Stuffed Pizza with Feta Cheese, Pesto and Fresh Tomato truly reinforced that belief. Giving the good old traditional pizza a run for its money, this Sicilian speciality had us smitten from the very first bite. A medley of melt-in-yourmouth feta cheese, zesty pesto and juicy tomatoes enveloped in rustic artisan bread – it’s a fuss-free concoction that every carb-lover will devour, fast. A self-confessed lover of all things seafood, Chef Marco’s final dish of White Cod Fish with Beets and Potato Puree is the ultimate indulgence. Incredibly fresh and flavoursome, the straight from the sea Cod Fish is exceptionally tender and cooked to perfection, while the hearty assortment of vegetables truly make the dish a winning formula for the palate and the eye. An unparalleled combination of versatile ingredients, an arsenal of exquisite regional dishes as well as a whole lot of love is what makes the Italian food at Fiamma so AH-MAZING! The restaurant brings to the forefront everything that Italian cuisine has to offer and leaves your taste buds wanting for more. With Chef Marco’s aim of enhancing and expanding Fiamma’s culinary offerings in the near future, we can certainly expect some great new dishes coming our way. Drooling yet? We don’t blame you! ✤

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Happy Holidays

Festive Fun

Yvonne Cole is a Personal Trainer and believes that when you eat clean, train hard and trust the process, your consistency and patience pays off.

Georgina Jennsen is the lady behind the popular lifestyle blog, blonde in bahrain. a social media influencer who loves all things luxurious.

For a lot of people this has been a year full of stress and surprises and most people can’t wait to see the back of it; so a little more alcohol and one or two extra mince pies will be a welcome break. Now saying that, it doesn’t mean you should go mad and throw away all the hard work you’ve put in throughout the year. Stop shouting “SCROOGE” as you can still have fun over the Christmas season without completely over indulging. Put a little more thought into what you’re going to eat. Nowadays you can find healthy versions of your favourite foods and if you’re eating out many more restaurants are offering vegan and vegetarian options. When you’re watching those Christmas movies, try healthy snacks like nuts, white corn chips with hummus or guacamole dips, date power balls, carrot and cucumber sticks; and don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Try and get as much exercise in as you possibly can before the Christmas period, the more intense the better. Now that the weather is much better get off the treadmill and go outside and walk or run. Join a class that does HITT training or one of the many boot camps that are now doing there sessions outside. After Christmas dinner go for a nice long walk with the family. Get your party clothes on and welcome the 2018 in style! Happy New Year Everyone. ✤

Christmas really is the most magical time. Last year I was lucky enough to spend it in a teeny-tiny town (population 160) in rural Germany, and experience a wonderfully traditional Christmas. And this year I’m super excited to be heading to the hustle and bustle of London. One of the things I’m really looking forward to is seeing the Christmas lights around the city. I hear that the ones on Regent Street are the most beautiful (stay tuned to my Insta Stories to catch them), but I’m also keen to see the sparklers on Oxford Street. This year they’re inspired by falling snowflakes, and feature 750,000 led light bulbs, so even if we don't have a white Christmas I’m sure these will be almost as pretty. I’m also pretty tickled about tucking into a big fat juicy turkey, with all the trimmings and boatloads of gravy and cranberry sauce. But before lunch, we’ll be breaking open the Christmas crackers, because in case you hadn’t noticed, turkey tastes even better when you’ve got a silly paper hat perched on top of your head. And of course, Christmas is special because of the company you keep, so I can’t wait to spend the day with my loved ones, including family and friends. Fingers and toes crossed that everyone behaves! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. xx ✤

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Winter Wonderland Aanchal Duggal is an avid bibliophile and fashion enthusiast trying to make a living out of doing what she loves. Aanchal is new to Bahrain & exploring!

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” – Henry David Thoreau. There’s something truly magical about this time of the year. The majestic Christmas tree displays, decadent lattes to get you in the holiday spirit as well as the unbeatable sweater weather! With the season of warm sunshine and leather jackets well and truly upon us, it’s time to make the most of it before the “New Year New Me” grind comes back in full swing. A time of rest, peace, comfort eating and reflection, the colder weather also marks the opportunity to start from scratch all over again. Winters in our beloved archipelago may be relatively subtle and pleasant; the moderate dip in temperatures is still a good enough reason to rejoice. While snowmen and skiing may not be a part of the island’s winter package, there’s still a ton of winter fun to be had! When you’re done indulging in a lot of unapologetic binge eating and self-imposed hibernation, fill your days and evenings with a number of epic events, fine dining as well as some magnificent Christmas and New Year bashes. So, if the winter blues come knocking at your door, Bahrain’s vibrant culture and diverse food scene definitely have you sorted. Here’s hoping winter 2K17 is full of love, food and a whole lotta memories. See you next year! ✤

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ISLAND INSIDER

Zee Bassila

Complex Director of Sales, Le Meridien and The Westin Bahrain City Centre

What are some of your favourite cultural hotspots in Bahrain... Arad fort, Bahrain fort and Sheikh Isa Palace and Museum. Each place is a description on how beautiful Bahrain is. It is never through the modem buildings but more about the people.

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What are some of your professional goals for 2018? To keep the complex as a destination of choice through the digital space, impeccable service culture, and consistency. To attract new markets to Bahrain by working closely with the Tourism Board and promoting Bahrain through attractive packages with our partners. To celebrate our success with our ladies and gentlemen that strive to make our guests happy.

- Tell us two things that you love about the festive season in Bahrain... The home food preparations and the family reunion are two key elements that make things special.


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FACT Bahrain December 2017  

Festive treats, NYE fun and all the holiday season spirit you need is packed into FACT Bahrain's December issue. Food, fashion, beauty, home...

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