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Single? Taken? Always Hungry.

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. - Pearl Bailey

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ey friends – those closest to me will tell you that those two words are my most expressive. If that’s how I greet you, I might as well be saying “I love you” – indirectly, but with a lot more enthusiasm. It turns out that, after an entire month of typing the word Valentine’s hundreds of times, I’m still no closer to figuring out how I really feel about this annual and very corporate celebration of love. On one hand, February 14 in all its candy, card and flowers glory is a commercially-driven day, and on the other it’s when love-budding wild hearts, both young and old, get to do something special for one another. Who wants to get bitter about that? Not me. For all the right reasons, Valentine’s Day in Bahrain can be your most memorable yet – and you know that this island doesn’t do things unless it’s all the way up to 100. Turn to p25 and check out Show Me Love where we bring you everything from dinner dates, sweet afternoon treats, spa indulgence, romantic revelry, and beautiful gifts to inspire your plans! If you’re really looking to impress, head straight to p54 and check out this month’s Staycation Spotlight at the instagram-worthy Westin City Centre Bahrain. A few days here and you’ll be in the good books for a very long time! My very own love affair, with the one thing that never lets me down in Bahrain (or life) continues this month. You’ve guessed it: F.O.O.D. For all the palate-pleasing pleasures in the country, we’ve tasted some of the most amazing cuisines and dishes in town this month. Our Brunch Focus takes us to the Khaleeji delicacies of Furn Bistro, an iconic dining destination that stays true to its roots with a spread worthy of royalty (p87). In Foodie Corner, casual dining is elevated to show that it’s a serious contender in the food game at the hidden gem that is Phoenix Restaurant (p91), and in the Culinary Spotlight, we stop by an old favourite that still remains relevant today - the timeless, romantic and the perfect spot for a guaranteed delicious date night – Sato (p83). We have some fabulous news this month as the FACT Bahrain team expands and we welcome onboard our new Local Editor, Elanur Sengel. Ready to eat her way though the island’s dynamic dining scene and get up close with Bahrain’s creative community, we’re excited to have Elanur join us going forwards and you’ll be seeing more of her lovely words in the magazine starting this month. That’s what I call love; your favourite Netflix series on the TV and a table full of takeout to share with all your “hey friends” people. Plus, the only thing better than a Christmas playlist is a cheesy Valentine’s playlist – nothing better than a little Luther Vandross to annoy – I mean, motivate, the whole office, right? Of course, a shiny diamond or a plane ticket to Paris wouldn’t hurt too... a girl can only dream. ☺

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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • FEBRUARY 2020 VOLUME 13, ISSUE 06

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Let’s Meet at The Crossroads CROSSROADS CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT WILL OPEN ITS DOORS AT MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS, BAHRAIN, NEXT MONTH – AND WE’VE GOT THE EXCLUSIVE LOWDOWN ON WHAT DINERS CAN EXPECT FROM THIS CREATIVE DINING CONCEPT.

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rossroads literally means an intersection of two or more roads. Crossroads café and restaurant is a rendezvous for friends, family and coworkers to meet and enjoy delicious hearty meals in a bright, cosy and modern ambience. Crossroads is not just a point of meeting but also a meeting of different flavours and cuisines of different origin, embodied in an inspiring menu. It’s a unique take on a symphonic combination of influences from around the world, on that will be known by its own diverse identity. As an idiomatic expression, “crossroads” also means “at a point when a choice must be made; at a point of change”. Crossroads is a point where guests, with their choice of meal, experience a wonderful uplifting change in their day; a more refreshing start after breakfast, a more motivated work ethic after a welldeserved lunch break, or a relaxing and indulging dinner after a tough day in the office. It is easy, delicious, casual and urban. Crossroads’ simplistic approach will offer a feeling of at-ease that will make 10

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guests come for the “comfort food” and stay for the unique contemporary twists. The objective is to make guests, especially the local community, feel that the restaurant is like their second kitchen. Using a warm and familiar approach to make them feel completely chilled out. The venue will have added quirks, wit and fun – the staff will take their product seriously, but themselves… not so much! Serving up everything from vibrant breakfast concoctions to fresh hearty lunches, and satisfying dinners, Crossroads’ food will tell stories that are relatable and reminiscent. Instaworthy packaging and presentation, teamed with an on-trend and sustainable approach to cutlery, tableware and more will further please conscious diners. We can’t wait to take a seat at the Crossroads’ where creativity and lifestyle meets good food!✤

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FABULOUS FEBRUARY AT SOFITEL BAHRAIN Drift away to an oasis in the Arabian Desert and sink into a fairytale-worthy Valentine’s Day experience at Sofitel Bahrain’s serene haven, away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, followed by the much-anticipated return of the third La Plage Beach Festival! CELEBRATE THE MONTH OF love, bid adieu to city life and venture on an amorous journey, designed for indulgence with your special someone. To start off the festival of love, Italian eatery Fiamma, and the award-winning French seafood restaurant, La Mer, have both prepared special candle-lit surprises accompanied with an appetising set menu at BD60 net per couple inclusive of a bottle of bubbly. Enjoy your evening with classical live entertainment, satisfying dishes and a unique, romantic ambience. You may also opt for an ultimate romantic getaway and book a sea view Luxury Room package for only BD129 net, inclusive of buffet breakfast and dinner for two in either Fiamma or La Mer. If you’re looking for a more intimate affair, then treat your soulmate to a breath taking-outdoor, candle-lit dinner in a private Cabana by the mesmerising Arabian Sea. Your evening is further made special with a gourmet Valentine’s Day cake to provide you with the perfect ending to your dreamy rendezvous. Advanced reservations for the romantic dinner in Cabana is required and it is available for BD199 per couple, inclusive of a bottle of grape and cake. Alternatively, you could opt for the Valentine’s exclusive Warm Couples Candle Massage for BD100 at the Middle East’s only Thalassa Sea & Spa. Saraya, on the other hand, is dedicating February 14 to all the soulmates and lovebirds with a special Valentine’s themed Grand Friday Brunch. Bring your significant other and step into a culinary world of complete satisfaction, with live cooking stations and entertainment. Brunch is BD35 inclusive of soft beverages. Couples wearing matching outfits enjoy a loving package of BD70 for two, inclusive of selected beverages! For those who are taking a pause from love and waiting for Cupid to work his magic, don’t fear, for Tapas is here. The perfect antiValentine's Day antidote awaits all the single ladies and gents at 12

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the stylish bar and restaurant, Tapas. Forget the St. Valentine’s hype and lose yourself to the rhythm of the greatest hits, played by the mystery guest DJ. Let the drinks flow throughout the night by exploring a special set of Valentine’s cocktails that will cure your heartache and keep the good times rolling until midnight. Apart from the exciting St. Valentine’s celebrations, something fun for the whole family is planned at the hotel from February 20 to 22. La Plage Beach Festival proudly returns for the third time offering FREE access for ALL families to enjoy a fun-packed getaway weekend. Avail flat 30% off Couples & Families La Plage Memberships, FREE pool and beach access, complimentary beach massages, live cooking stations, close-up and stage magic and top-notch live entertainment. Special arrangements and animations for children in place. The festival runs from 1pm to 7pm exclusively open for couples and families. ✤

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WELLNESS 360 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain embarked on a new adventure of wellness and tranquillity as it revealed the final stages of the Royal Beach Club renovations this season. OFFICIALLY REOPENED IN EARLY January, guests can fully immerse themselves in a total ‘Wellness 360’ experience with the completion of the new indoor heated pool and locker facilities, along with a new, modern juice bar, aptly named “La Vie.” The final phase comes after the 2019 enhancements of the Mixed Gym and Fitness Studio, which offer the latest in gym equipment by Life Fitness as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with endless views of the Arabian Gulf. “Each year, more than 1.4 billion people travel internationally. Within this figure, wellness tourism alone has seen a 57% increase since 2015. Travelers are spending their newfound wealth on wellness travel and seeking out un-charted destinations to have this experience,” said Bernard de Villèle, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. “And thanks to the long-standing support of our ownership, International Hotels Establishment, we are fortunate to offer the best state-of-the-art wellness experience for members and traveling guests into the Kingdom of Bahrain, all coupled with award-winning dining and spa experiences that are truly first class. Nowhere else can you find this in the region and we are proud of this achievement to mark our 25th anniversary year.” Featuring a modern design and sleek wooden interiors, the newly enhanced indoor heated pool offers a year-round aquatic experience with daily classes for both children and adults. The 14

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Club’s changing rooms, as well, will see a 360 makeover with keypad locker facilities, shower areas, private changing rooms, towelservice and Asprey bath products. Guests and Members will also leave happy and quenched at the resort’s new juice bar, La Vie. The new “on-the-go” healthy dining concept reveals a modern menu of detox and energy smoothies, juices, coconut water, Nai teas, and more. For travelling guests into the Kingdom, a new ‘Wellness 360’ package avails an island retreat for the mind, body and soul. Retreat packages start at BD180++ per night with a minimum two night stay, and offer luxury airport transportation, Club Room or Villa accommodations, a personalised fitness and training itinerary, nutrition consultation, two “La Vie” juice bar vouchers daily, 120-minute Body Wrap and Stress Relief Massage and hydrotherapy marina bath experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Spa, “Dream Well” amenity kit with personalised eye mask and calmingpillow spray mist in lavender scent as well as $100 dining credit. ✤

GO: THE ROYAL BEACH CLUB IS OPEN DAILY FROM 5.30AM TO 10.30PM. CALL 1758 6612 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOLLOW @RITZCARLTONBAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR ALL THE LATEST UPDATE.


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WINTER WONDER AT THE MERCHANT HOUSE Bahrain’s first five-star luxury boutique hotel is just the perfect place to hold up in a comfy room and enjoy the winter season. Luckily, The Merchant House, Bahrain has a great offer for you to avail… A WINTER GETAWAY PACKAGE has been created for travellers wishing to experience the Kingdom’s art, culture, landscapes and adventures while enjoying the agreeable, seasonal temperatures. The Merchant House, Bahrain is host to a unique art collection featuring both International and established Bahraini artists as well as a beautifully Oxford designed library filled with over 1000 titles for guests to enjoy. The Merchant House is a part of Campbell Gray Hotels’ line-up of luxury properties. This award-winning boutique hotel features 46 suites, each with an open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as lounge, desk and en-suite bathroom. Continuing the residential feel the comfortable lobby lounge and café overlook the popular Governors Avenue. The Library, with its carefully curated book collection, overlooks the lobby from the mezzanine. The roof top is home to Indigo, a beautiful restaurant and bar with terrace. PUREGRAY, the hotel’s spa, features an outdoor pool, gym and treatments rooms. perfect for both business or leisure. Located in a culturally vibrant location next to Bab al Bahrain souk, this new development in the heart of Manama comes at an exciting time as the surrounding area is currently part of a regeneration project to re-establish the prominence of the old souk and original heart of Manama. ✤ 16

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Winter Getaway Package | BD140+++ for two and BD90+++ for one Guests can enjoy the comfortable, modern comfort, and first -class service in one of the hotel’s luxurious 46 suites. Begin the day with a delicious breakfast with a variety of options. A sumptuous three course dinner will be offered at the fine dining restaurant Indigo, with a mix of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Relax and unwind from day to day life and enjoy the packages one-hour treatment in the PureGray Spa and Gym. GO: VISIT WWW.CAMPBELLGRAYHOTELS. COM/MERCHANT-HOUSE-BAHRAIN/ FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. FOLLOW @THEMERCHANTHOUSEBAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.


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CAREEM X UNHCR AIDS THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES In showcasing the impact of its partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) that was established in 2017, Careem has announced the total number of refugees supported in the MENA region through donations - collected via its rewards programme – to be 12,395. Refugees were supported with cash assistance for rent, utilities, heating, and health care costs. The funds, which were donated by Careem customers through the Careem REWARDS programme and UNHCR car type, have an important impact on the everyday lives of refugees. The donations will provide support to vulnerable refugee families in the region, with cash assistance, helping them cover their most basic necessities, such as food, healthcare services, heating and housing. “Due to the prolonged nature of the crises in the region, refugees are more vulnerable to debt, with many living in extreme poverty, and relying on UNHCR’s cash assistance programme in order to make ends meet,” said Houssam Chahine, UNHCR’s Chief of Private Sector Partnerships, in MENA. “With limited resources, and widening funding gaps, UNHCR looks at the wider community, including the private sector for support. Partnerships such as the one with Careem and the generous donations of its customers, are a vital lifeline to many refugees, and a great example of using corporate platforms for driving social impact,” he added. Director of Careem’s loyalty programme, Nizar Chehade, said: “We are extremely thankful for having the ability to improve people’s lives through Careem offerings. Knowing that we helped support 18

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over 12,000 refugees through customer donations is humbling, and will hopefully set an example for companies and entrepreneurs in the region. Careem’s mission is to simplify and improve the lives of people, and build an awesome organization that inspires: those were guiding principles when we designed the program. I am hopeful that such initiatives will inspire others in the region to start something and make a positive impact.” Points generated through Careem Rewards can be converted into credit appearing in the app wallet to spend on Careem rides, or used to fund UNHCR’s cash assistance programme to help and empower refugee communities. Careem Rewards is active on all 33 million Careem users’ apps giving points on all rides paid by cash, card, or invoice and in any country in which they are riding with Careem. ✤

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CULTURAL HAPPENINGS: FEBRUARY

There are so many cool and interesting events, exhibitions and activities to enjoy this month. We’ve got the rundown from the Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities…

Title: Sound & Light Show Date: Every Tuesday – Thursday – Friday Time: 6pm English version – 7pm Arabic version Venue: Bahrain Fort (Qal’at Al Bahrain) Tickets are sold at Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum An interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back. Title: Five P.M. at Bab Date: Every Thursday Time: 5pm Venue: Bab Al Bahrain – Front Outdoor Space (Market Area) Genre: Music / Workshop / Tour The weekly activity “Five P.M. at Bab” returns once again for the third year in the heart of Bab Al-Bahrain, offering visitors in the area diverse cultural activities that represent the dynamics of the venue and its historical value, while targeting different age groups through the designated space, which is dedicated to practice creativity in its various forms. 20

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Title: The 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition Date: Current – February 15 Time: Daily 8am - 8pm (closed on Tuesdays) Venue: Bahrain National Theatre & Bahrain National Museum Genre: Exhibition The 46th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, the first, biggest and longest-running platform for Bahraini artists to showcase and exhibit the outcome of their creative minds. Since its inception in 1972, the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts


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Exhibition has now evolved into an important yearly gathering of artists, all eager to display their talents and works. Every year, the fine arts exhibition acts as an innovative forum for debate in which the different artistic monologues have an exclusive opportunity to communicate, converse and compete. From abstract to surrealism, from modernist representations to more traditional cultural expressions, this exhibition represents an opportunity to highlight different schools of thought, artists’ perceptions and ideological backgrounds. Held annually under the patronage of HRH the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition has hosted more than 2,600 artists over the years, showing more than 5,500 works of art. Those who were once young and enthusiastic art students hoping to take part in the exhibition are now the pioneers of the Bahraini Art Movement. This exhibition now stands witness of the evolution of the Bahraini Art Scene throughout the years and a reference documenting Art in Bahrain’s history. Title: Milton Lipp – Early years of BAPCO Date: Current –February 29 Time: Daily 8 am - 8pm (closed on Tuesdays) Venue: Bahrain National Museum Genre: Exhibition The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) since its inception in 1929 has been at the cornerstone of the shaping the economy and society of Bahrain. The contribution of BAPCO exceeds that of the oil industry, and it has enabled the country to capitalize on its fossil fuels wealth, and placed Bahrain strategically on the global energy market. Behind this company were men and women who have dedicated their experience and commitment in progressing the credibility and development of BAPCO. Milton H. Lipp (1895 – 1970) was one of many men that has had an impact on BAPCO during its early years. Serving as the General Manager of BAPCO from 1939 – 1942, then in 1957 – 1960 as Resident Vice President, the company has accomplished a number of milestones that shaped the history of oil in Bahrain. This exhibition is dedicated to the life and achievements of Milton Lipp during his time in Bahrain. His years spent in BAPCO were instrumental in developing the company’s

profile, and the relationships he established with the rulers and people of Bahrain are a testament to the strong relations between Americans and the Bahrainis. Title: Dive into the Jurassic Date: Current – March 16 Time: Daily 8am - 8pm (closed on Tuesdays) Venue: Bahrain National Museum Genre: Exhibition Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with original fossils and replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land. This exhibition has been generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf Culture and Sport programme to support and encourage new partnerships and collaborative projects between institutions in the United Kingdom and the Gulf. Title: Ta’a Al Shabab 11 Date: February 14 – 29 Venue: Various Locations Genre: Festival Ta’a Al Shabab is an annual cultural festival (first held in 2009) that organizies a wide range of activities, encouraging the youth of Bahrain interested in culture to participate, as well as enriching the Bahraini cultural scene as a whole, under the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ scope of work. Full festival line-up on www.ta2alshabab.bh Title: What Night Does Date: February 16 – 28 Time: Daily 8am - 8pm Venue: Art Centre Genre: Exhibition Abdulrahim Sharif presents his latest artworks in a solo exhibition, reexamining the relationship between subject and painting, focusing on the synchronization between the text, or title, and images. Abdulrahim Sharif, whose artistic talents fact magazine

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blossomed at an early age, studied Fine Arts at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and Parsons School of Art and Design. As one of the pioneering professional Bahraini artists, Abdulrahim Sharif is considered an art giant, his work attracting a large following and demand from private collectors and owners across the Middle East. Abdulrahim Sharif is one of the founders of the Bahrain Arts Society, is a lecturer of Fine Arts at the University of Bahrain and plays a pivotal role in the Bahraini art scene. Title: The Annual Celebration of the Opening of the Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Date: February 18 Time: 7pm Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Genre: Music The Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum (Bahrain Fort Site Museum) celebrates the 12th anniversary of the opening with musical artist Faisal Al Kooheji. Event: Hazawi Telling Date: February 22 Time: 10.30am Venue: Dar Al Muharraq Type: Storytelling Age: 6 - 12 Children will have the opportunity to learn of the events and tales that took place in the neighborhoods of Muharraq through this storytelling event. Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh. Title: Spring of Culture Festival Date: February 25 – March 27 Venue: Various Locations Genre: Festival For the 15th consecutive year, the Spring of Culture Festival returns in a new cultural season full of activities that cater to various tastes, interests and age groups and underscore the Kingdom of Bahrain’s position as a leading regional and global cultural hub. This latest season of the festival comes as part of BACA’s year-long celebrations under the slogan “Dilmun, Land of Density”. As is the case every year, the festival is set to kick off on February 25 in conjunction with Arab Tourism Day, an occasion which was adopted when Manama was the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013 to mark the 22

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birthday of the great Arab traveler Ibn Battuta. Full festival line-up on www.springofculture.org. Title: Film Screening: The Time That Remains (2009) Date: February 27 Time: 7pm Venue: Pearling Path Visitors Centre Type: Film The Time That Remains is a 2009 Palestinian film directed by Elia Suleiman. The film is an intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as minorities in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day. Title: Archaeology Walkathon Date: February 29 Time: 8am Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Type: Walkathon Age: 18 years & above (parental guidance for participants below 18 years) An 8km walkathon through various archaeological sites north of Bahrain, starting from Qal’at Al Bahrain Site, the trail will pass through surrounding farms, Hilla Islamic Site, Al Hajar Burial Mounds, Al Shakhoura Burial Mounds, finally ending at Barbar Temples Site. This event is held with the support of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC). Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.CULTURE.GOV.BH FOR MORE INFORMATION.


culinary festival Where the world comesto your seat Don’t missour award-winning culinary and theme brunch throughout the weekand let our chefsoffer you specialdelicaciesin a lively atmospherewith delightful selectionof drinks. Monday’s SeafoodNight: Offering the best selection of the freshest catch on Monday night from 7:00 pm on wards priced at BHD25.00including soft drinks and water or BHD30.00 including unlimited selectedwine and beer. Flaming Thursdayis a great placeto meet with friends! Joinour newly innovated theme night everyThursdaysnight to enjoy a great range of grills, flame-grilled meats and sizzling skillets all in one place. Pricesat BHD34.00 net, inclusive of unlimited premium beverages. FridayBrunch:Enjoyunlimited buffet, live cookingstation with cocktail and drinks, priced at BHD38.00 per personincluding unlimited premium beverages. Forreservations or more information, pleasecall +97317 4600 17 or e-mail hotel.bahrain.fb@movenpick.com

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ART ROTANA AMWAJ ISLANDS Cherry Blossom Valentine @ WU Celebrate the true meaning of love with a sensational Valentine's this year at WU. Hang your romantic wishes under our cherry blossom tree of romance, enjoy a wondrous Valentine's four-course set menu specially designed for the occasion along with a festive Sushi ART Setup while DJ Elena and Violinist Yeminlyn take your night into another level with their amazing collaboration. February 14, from 7pm to 12am. BD45 net per couple inclusive of soft drinks and BD50 net per couple inclusive of selected alcoholic beverages.

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Valentine’s at Flames Flames has prepared an outstanding Valentine’s celebration that will surely ignite your love sparkle. Enjoy an exquisite fourcourse set menu that is served to impress, paired down with your choice of red or white wine bottle, while our saxophonist performs valentine’s specials to get you in the Valentine's mood. February 14, from 7pm to 11.30pm. BD50 net per couple inclusive of soft drinks and BD60 net per couple with a bottle of grape. Italian Valentine’s at Rosso Whether celebrating with family or a special someone, indulge in the warm and friendly atmosphere of Rosso this

Valentine's with a "sharing" set-menu consisting of three courses including welcome drinks of sparkling rose and a romantic performance by our talented violinist. February 14, from 7pm to 11pm. BD44 net per couple inclusive of soft drinks and BD50 net per couple with selected alcoholic beverages. BD11 net for children aged six to 12. Romantic Spa Offer Gift your Valentine a romantic and relaxing experience by booking them a special massage treatment in ART Rotana’s Spa for one hour and they will take care of providing a beautiful and romantic flower bouquet to them, for only BD35 Net. This offer is available from 10am to 10pm, until February 14. Prior reservation is required. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.


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CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL BAHRAIN The Valentine’s Traffic Light Brunch Enjoy the Stop Light themed Brunch at La Mosaique and Harvesters, invite your friends, partners and colleagues to a daylong celebration of love and life with great food and ample free flow beverages whilst the in-house band entertain you with new and old school classics. Wear a colour that best suits your status. Red if you are taken (stop), yellow if you are not sure (caution), and green if you are single (go). The Harvesters Terrace’s Traffic Light After Party starts at 4pm where you can indulge yourself in the famous cocktail promotions while dancing to the DJ’s Deep House sounds. BD33 net with selected beverages; BD31 net with selected beverages (nonsmoking area). Pamper. Indulge. Cherish Have you thought about surprising your loved one this Valentine’s Day and treating them to a night away, with a romantic meal on the cards? Crowne Plaza Hotel Bahrain has beautifully decorated rooms available for the night of February 14 with dinner for

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two at Waves. A four-course dinner and grape pairing, room stay with a bubbly breakfast for two served in your room at your convenience.BD120 per couple. Say it with Dinner Join in for an evening of love and celebration for a romantic candle-lit dinner, rose for the lady, hot chocolate lava cakes to share and a finger bowl with rose petals – an experience not to be missed at Spices. BD24 per couple, from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

DOWNTOWN ROTANA Valentine’s Day at Teatro Downtown On Valentine’s Day, celebrate love with your special someone and make it the ultimate experience. Teatro Downtown will set the mood with a candle lit romantic Valentine’s Dinner that is thoughtfully planned to bring out the romance for this special occasion. Enjoy a four-course set menu for only BD22 net per person including soft drinks or BD33 net per person including selected beverages. The

Saxophonist will mesmerise you with her live performance too. Served February 14 from 6pm to 10pm. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY St. Valentine’s Afternoon Tea Romance at Bay View Lounge, sign us up! Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day, to a Rosé Sparkling Juice Afternoon Tea in the exquisite Bay View Lounge. Choose from a variety of 18 loose-leaf teas and indulge in a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries. You will also receive a beautiful box of homemade chocolates to take home with you. Available February 13, 14 and 15 from 2pm to 9pm. BD17 net per person, and BD31.5 net per couple. Romantic Beach Dinner With the azure water of the Arabian Gulf ahead and soft white sand underfoot, private beachside dining offers a truly special experience this Valentine’s Day. A romantic four-course dinner for two curated by the expert chefs await whilst the resident band serenades you into the night. Take away fresh roses and a complimentary box of house-made chocolates. Couples may also take

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advantage of a complimentary day pass to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s private beach and spa facilities on the same day and a 20% discount voucher to enjoy any spa treatment of choice. BD194 net per couple inclusive of sparkling grape welcome drink and one bottle of handpicked grape by the sommelier. BD145 net inclusive of welcome mocktail drink and sparkling juice. February 14 from 7pm onwards. GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.

MERCURE GRAND HOTEl SEEF Valentine’s Al-Sofra Friday Brunch Re-spark your romance and celebrate your love with a special Valentine’s themed Al-Sofra Friday Brunch at Neyran Restaurant. Sink your hearts in deliciously prepared dishes with live cooking stations and satiate your appetite with a selection of international fare imbued with local flavours. Serenade and rejoice your love with fabulous live entertainment in a romantic ambience, designed to reignite your love in the most enchanting of ways.

February 14, 12.30pm to 4pm. BD12++ with soft drinks and BD14++ with selected drinks. Anti-Valentine’s Celebrations! Single and ready to mingle? Casa Lounge has the perfect solution; party like there’s no tomorrow and go loco with our AntiValentine’s Celebrations on February 14, where all single guests get two complimentary selected beverages! Get turnt up for a very different kind of St. Valentine’s revelry, embrace and rejoice the amazing singlehood lifestyle from 7pm to 11pm.


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• VALENTINE’S Romantic Candle-lit Dinner Celebrate Valentine’s in warm, traditional, rustic environs at Neyran Restaurant with a romantic candle-lit affair and a special set menu for two. Ignite the flames of your love and immerse yourself in a night-infused with delectable gastronomy and local flavours as well as plenty of surprises to ease off the mood and add a romantic zest to your Valentine’s date night. February 14, 7pm to 11pm. BD25 net set menu per couple with selected drinks. GO: Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information.

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Be in Love This Valentine’s Head to Silk’s restaurant to enjoy an irresistible four-course set menu paired with specially-chosen grape. Seasonal ingredients come together in an exquisite presentation of delicious dishes from land and sea, rounded off with a stunning chocolate-inspired dessert menu. The already intimate atmosphere, with comfortable, cosy surroundings and views will be enhanced with tunes from a live

violinist and each of the ladies will receive a red rose, the eternal symbol of love. Silk’s is all about fine food, great atmosphere and service to provide an exclusive dining experience – what could be more perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner? A gift maybe? We’ve got you covered! Valentine’s dinner priced at BD65 net per couple, including unlimited paired vino.

Relax in the Name of Love at Rimal Spa A therapeutic full body massage to energise or relax, meant to improve circulation, soothing the body – all in minimum time. Get treated to a gentle skin polish to reveal naturally radiant complexion and to complete the evening, complimentary sparkling grape will be served. BD100 net per couple. GO: Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB Valentine’s Day Bring your significant other to the Royal Golf Club this Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a fourcourse dinner for two in Links restaurant on February 14 from 7pm onwards and receive a gift for the gents and ladies, a rose and a bottle of red or white grape. Accompanied with live entertainment from Esraa J. All for only BD55 net per couple. GO: Call 1775 1262 for reservations and more information.

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• VALENTINE’S Valentine’s Day Set Menu Enjoy a quiet dinner at the rooftop restaurant Indigo, with a set menu that includes a special preparation with steak, salmon and seabass with Creamy oyster and saffron cappuccino. For desserts, the chef will be preparing Mini Flower Blossom Domes. BD69 net for two. GO: Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information.

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SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Candle-lit Romantic Dinner at The Beach Fall in love with your Valentine's Day sweetheart all over again by embarking on a beautiful romantic getaway by the mesmerising Arabian Gulf with scintillating moonlight. Lose yourself in the moment with a live musical celebration of your love, while you enjoy the exquisite culinary delights complementing the dreamy setup, elevating your night further. February 14, 7pm to 11pm. BD199 per couple inclusive of one bottle of grape and 250grams cake. Be My Valentine Concert Rejoice in the season of love with yet another spectacular live oriental concert at the opulent Al Nakheel Ballroom! Headlined by the phenomenal Lebanese singer-superstar, Jad Nakhle with Zeina featuring belly-dancing extraordinaire, Elissar, and Pashawat entertainers, enjoy a grand oriental St. Valentine’s live concert; Be My Valentine! Wine and dine on a sumptuous spread of gastronomic dishes and cocktails, while you party and enjoy a glamorous show that will leave you and your beloved spellbound on February 14. Tickets start from BD80 net, inclusive of a grand gala dinner and selected beverages. Extend your memorable Valentine’s escape and book a Luxury 34

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Room overlooking the Arabian Sea with buffet breakfast and gala dinner for two at the concert. For BD149 net. GO: Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information.

THE MERCHANT HOUSE Valentine’s Escape Package Enjoy a night in one of the hotel’s 46 suites, dine at the rooftop restaurant Indigo, featuring a relaxed outdoor terrace and garden and relax with a holistic spa treatment at the PureGray Spa. Adding a luxurious touch to the escape, the hotel also offers a complimentary twoway transportation in a Maserati from the guest’s desired location within Bahrain. BD169 net for two.

Breathtaking Views Experience the breathtaking panoramic views from Alto’s rooftop this Valentine’s Day while listening to the music of international DJ Ersan Erguner and live electric violin show by the talented Maria K! Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival and specials on selected beverages all night. GO: Call 1721 0550 for reservations and more information


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THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN Valentine’s Day Friday Brunch Indulge in a sumptuous Valentine’sthemed buffet of international specialities, along with live cooking stations and a delectable dessert buffet. BD30 per person with soft beverages and BD38 per person with selected beverages. February 14 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Romantic Escape Romance beckons at the luxury 5-star RitzCarlton, Bahrain resort. Experience a luxury escape filled with meaningful memories from moments of bliss and relaxation at the award-winning spa, room decoration with floral bouquet and celebratory cake to exceptional dining. You’re invited to create yours. Starting at BD290++ per night. Romantic Diamond Rose Extreme Gift Box A Valentine’s Day exclusive offer. Whether you’re treating yourself or giving the gift of love this season, here’s the romantic touch to make it all worth it. With every purchase, receive a complimentary Diamond Rose treatment package worth BD90 that includes rose petal bath, diamond rose scrub, diamond rose oil massage and diamond rose touch finish. Made even more attractive with a 30% savings for lunch or dinner at selected outlets. BD250 | The Ritz-Carlton Spa.

Romantic Dining Experiences Share the love of the season and enjoy indulgent dining experiences with your loved ones at one of the award-winning restaurants. Cantina Kahlo, four-course set menu | BD28 per couple; Primavera, five-course set menu | BD36 per couple; Nirvana, four-course set menu | BD25 per person; Plums, four-course set menu | BD36 per person. February 14, starting from 7pm onwards. GO: Call 1758 0000 for reservations and more information.

THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Valentine’s Day Offer Various dinner deals to celebrate your love. Take a seat at Furn Bistro and enjoy a delicious meal for BD50 net per couple. Dinner in a private pod at Mezzanine Lounge is priced at BD60 net per couple. Dinner at the poolside cabana for BD60 net per couple. All dinners include a fourcourse set menu and premium beverages. Soft drinks are also available. Heavenly Spa Couple’s Package Option one: A 120-minute couples’ treatment which includes 30 minutes Rose Body Polish Scrub followed by a 60-minute couples Aspire Massage and a 30-minute bath in the private Jacuzzi. BD120. Option two: Includes all of the above plus a haircut and shave for the man and a manicure and blow dry for the lady. BD155. GO: Call 1717 1000 for reservations and more information.

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JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY BAHRAIN Romantic Candle Light Dinner at Brasserie Royale This Valentine’s Day, spoil your loved one to a six-course dining experience at Brasserie Royale where delicious fooda and picturesque views under the glistening chandeliers will leave you more than satisfied. February 14, 7pm to 11pm. BD70 net per couple incl. of soft beverages, BD80 net per couple incl. of a glass of bubbly each and selected beverages. Romantic Dinner at Al Hadiqa Pool Cabanas This Valentine’s Day, treat your other half to an exclusive six-course dining experience in at the luxurious Al Hadiqa private Pool Cabanas with your own personal butler service. February 14, 7pm to 11pm. BD200 net per couple incl. of selected beverages. Romantic Retreat Room Offer Available throughout February, this is the perfect deal for those who fancy a romantic escapade. Join in at Jumeirah Royal Saray this Valentine’s Day and celebrate the season of love with your better half in a luxurious room. Incl. of breakfast for two, dinner set menu for two, 15% off spa treatments, romantic set up with rose petals on arrival, and complimentary late check-out at 4pm. Starting from BD250 net. GO: Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

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THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA 10 Ways to Savour Your Love The 10 specialty restaurants at the 5-star hotel will offer Special Valentine’s Day Set Menus. Pre-booking is required for all restaurants. Rasoi by Vineet will have a live saxophone player; La Pergola by Perbellini will have romantic music lirica; Typhoon will have a Valentine’s After Party where ladies enjoy free drinks; and Sherlock Holmes will host a Singles Night: Meet & Mingle on February 13 and 14. Want a special way to surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? For only BD90++, enjoy dinner at any of the restaurants plus an overnight stay. T&C’s apply. GO: Visit www.pay.gulfhotelbahrain. com/events for reservations and more information.

Florence & Dar Zowayed Looking for an unforgettable Valentine's? Enjoy a date night at Florence & Dar Zowayed restaurant that offers a romantic space, complemented by live Saxophone music to carry you on a romantic journey while enjoying a meal from the Valentine’s special menu. GO: Call 1733 6373 for reservations and more information. Hazel Rooftop Lounge (Absolut Match Party) Single on Valentine's day? Looking for a new match? Mourning a bad break up? Join in at Hazel and find your Absolut Match this Valentine's day. With a live DJ, fun icebreakers, a fully-stocked bar, and fun prizes, the party will be the hottest event this Valentine's Day! Love will be in the air and drinks will be flowin'. Complimentary bottle of Rose for groups of ladies! ✤ GO: Call 1723 1231 for reservations and more information.


LOVE IS IN THE AIR February 14 Featuring: Maria K (violinist) DJ Ersan Erguner Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival & specials on selected beverages all night.

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G I FT G UI DE: H ER VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR HER

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• ANTI-VALENTINE’S

WHEN A GROUP OF GIRLS GET TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT IN, IT’S ALL ABOUT GOOD-OLD FASHIONED FUN AND LOADS OF LAUGHS. CONVERSATION GAME STRONG, COMFY PJS ON TO SLAY AND THE BEST TIME WITH ALL THEIR FAVOURITE HUMANS!

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Home Spa Day There is no better way to have a relaxed evening than to gather your girlfriends and indulge in some much-needed pampering whilst watching a chick flick on the telly. Stock up on face masks, eye masks, foot scrubs and any beauty hack that is fun and easy to make use of at home. Slip into your pjs and robes and get ready for some quality rejuvenation. Mani-pedi kits are also a big hit at pamper slumber parties and, much to our delight, there are plenty of salons in the city that provide home calls. So, if you want pure indulgence, book a few therapists to visit your home and carry out the treatments of your choice. Light those candles, press play on your favourite playlist and put your feet up... it’s chillax time!

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Karaoke Night After a couple of glasses of bubblies, everything sounds better, even the sound of your own voice. Nothing beats an impromptu night of karaoke to get you into the singsong mood. Maybe even do it in teams of two for a friendly battle of the tunes and have the winners crowned the nightingales. Plenty of hotspots in town offer up private rooms or even open crowd karaoke where any anti-valentine’s song will surely hgo down a treat. Belt them out, ladies... sing (and dance) like no one’s watching!

Batch maker, batch maker, make me a batch... of course, we’re talking about baking anti-v-day biscuits and cupcakes. The smell of freshly baked goodies is enough to make everyone dizzy with decadence - the diet is definitely going out of the window. Make it a fun evening by getting customised aprons for all your girlfriends. You can even swap your favourite cookie recipes and get creative with icing and fondant. It’s time to put on the chef ’s hats and get baking, accompanied with a cup of hot chocolate. Time to eat ALL the feelings!


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BOISTEROUS FUN, PLENTY OF BANTER, GOOD FOOD AND A FREE FLOW OF TIPPLE... THAT’S YOUR BOYS’ NIGHT IN SORTED. FUSS FREE AND SIMPLE - THE LADS REALLY ARE QUITE EASY TO PLEASE!

Games Night Every boy is a geek to an extent any time a game night is on the cards. A bit of competitiveness is not just healthy, but also gives you an adrenalin rush. Whether it’s FIFA, Call of Duty or something a little more specific like The Legend of Zelda, a games night is all the lads need for a good time. Make it more interesting and go head to head with other gamers online. If all else fails, take it back to basics with a dose of monopoly or charades. So, get the boys to come around, plug in your games, pop the bottles, order the pizza and ready, set, go... may the best team win!

Series Marathon Sports Evening Whether you’re a football fan, a basketball supporter or a cricket follower – when it comes to sports, boys are down for a comfy sit down on the couch and glued to the screen. Check out the food delivery apps on match days as many have offers from restaurants with special deals to accompany your game time. Order in, keep the ice box handy, recline that lazy chair and let the perfect testosteroneinfused evening begin. Why not exchange your team shirts just for fun (or is that actually sacrilegious?). The only activity this evening will be couch potato calisthenics!

Feel like a gangster for a night, with a marathon of the best mafia series, be it The Sopranos or The Godfather trilogy – you can’t go wrong. Enact the bad boy side of you with your very own gang of friends. Turn it into a theme night by asking your mates to dress up like their favourite mafia lord for added effect. Make sure you mean serious business... this will separate the men from the boys!

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• ENTERTAINMENT

BIG SCREEN

Highlights

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Following the events of Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn splits with the Joker and joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya. When a narcissistic crime lord known as Black Mask places a target on a young girl named Cassandra Cain, Harley and the superheroes protect the girl and defeat Sionis.

DIRECTOR: Cathy Yan CAST: Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Giving the amazing Harley Quinn the spotlight she deserves, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn offers a quirky twist to the conventional superhero storyline. The eighth film in the DC Extended Universe and a follow-up spin-off to 2016’s Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey features Harley Quinn and her own team of female superheroes. Bringing Harley’s spunky energy front and centre, the world of Birds of Prey is very different to its predecessors in terms of the aesthetic and tone - but just as fascinating. Set after the events of Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn has split from the Joker and Batman has disappeared, leaving Gotham City vulnerable. As Cassandra Cain, a young girl, comes across a diamond belonging to crime lord Black Mask, Harley teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to help save her from the evil crime lord. What follows is Harley’s journey to start a whole new life as she overcomes her breakup with the Joker and leads an all-girl gang to take on a dangerous mob boss. Sounds like a whole lot of bad-a$$ fun!

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Ordinary Love

After being blissfully married for many years, Joan and Tom’s loving sanctuary is rattled by Joan’s unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. What follows are a number of challenges and the prospect of a future without Joan if something were to happen to her.

Bringing Harley’s spunky energy front and centre, the world of Birds of Prey is very different to its predecessors in terms of the aesthetic and tone - but just as fascinating. – Birds of Prey

DIRECTOR: Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn

CAST: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Depicting a love and an effortless ease that only comes with spending a lifetime together, Ordinary Love follows a couple’s remarkable love as they survive a year of adversity. A moving and insightful drama by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, the film packs a ton of emotional honesty and presents a story that strikes a personal chord with many. After the death of their daughter, Joan and Tom have slowly come to terms with the deep sadness in their hearts. Testing their already fragile relationship further, Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer. As they fight this grim battle with conviction and force, they realise that despite everything, nothing has really changed. Blending the boundaries between the mundane and the monumental, Ordinary Love makes for a breathtaking and compelling saga.


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FULLY BOOKED

ON THE RECORD

FICTION

The Authenticity Project By Clare Pooley

ALT/INDIE

Manic

By Halsey

With the release of her highly anticipated third album, Manic, Halsey is gearing up for a whole new era of music. Blessing us with the unexpected, the singer’s latest offering has us jumping in our seats with excitement. Moving away from the dystopian fantasy world genre, the album is more about Halsey’s current worldview. Sampling a mix of everything from hiphop and rock to country, the record gives her a chance to express herself like never before. A gorgeous pop and electropop composition, “Graveyard” is all about loving someone who is in a bad place and unknowingly following them into this bad place. A relatable and pleasing track, it has all the makings of a quintessential Halsey song. On the other hand, “Without Me”, a mid-tempo pop and R&B track interpolates Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”. Bringing the singer’s raw and honest side to the fore, her raspy vocals and unfiltered lyrics embolden the track and hold nothing back. Making us fall in love with her all over again, Halsey offers a soundtrack in which no song is similar to the other. Displaying a sense of duality, vulnerable lyrics and intoxicating vocals, Manic is all set to become another notch on Halsey’s musical belt.

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POP/DANCE

Rare

By Selena Gomez

Making a comeback into the limelight with her newly enlightened self, Rare sees Selena Gomez returning to the musical scene at her assertive best. One of the best pop albums in recent times, Rare is a compilation of everything that the singer has overcome and experienced in her time away from the spotlight. A celestial ballad chronicling her journey to wellness and the drama surrounding her life, “Lose You to Love Me” is hands down one of the best songs on the album. The stripped back emotional track sees the singer laying her heart bare, surrounded with somber yet enthralling piano chords. Celebrating her newfound peace and clarity, the album sees Selena taking chances and getting out of her comfort zone. A fresh and upbeat danceable track, “Look at Her Now” is all about bouncing back from heartbreak. The empowering techno vibes are all we need to start this New Year off right! Offering a consistently unified sound across the tracks, Rare suggests tanatlising new directions for the singer.

When Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist leaves a green journal about his life in a local café, it brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love. The novel’s quirky set of characters including a fabulous mommy Instagrammer and a charming addict make for a heartbreakingly sad and painfully true narrative. A story about being brave and putting your most authentic self forward is an uplifting novel.

NON-FICTION

You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters By Kate Murphy Changing the way you converse and put your point across forever, this book delves deeper into our need to understand and be understood. Expounding upon the potential of listening to change our relationships, Kate Murphy draws on countless conversations she has had with everyone from priests to CIA interrogators, focus group moderators to bartenders, her great-great aunt and her friend’s toddler. Presenting listening as more of a state of mind, the enlightening read will introduce you to a whole new mindset.


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• ARTS Q&A

BEAUTY IN DIVERSITY

Dubai-based Kristel Bechara is an award-winning contemporary artist from Lebanon, whose artwork illustrates the revolutionary creation of photographic imagery with oil, acrylic and giclée printmaking mediums to depict emotion. Having showcased her work in galleries worldwide; from Tokyo to Milan, Brussels and France, it was here at World Art Dubai 2018 that the mother-of-two received the UAE Resident Artist Award for her Beauty in Diversity collection. FACT caught up with the lady herself to learn more about her creative techniques and life for an artist in the UAE…

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Hi Kristel! Tell us more about your journey into art - how did you get started and what inspires your work? I am influenced by my late father, who was a surrealist artist and sculptor. I must have gotten his gift and I have been encouraged to express myself and create art ever since I was a child. My transition from art hobbyist into a professional artist started about 12 years ago when I moved to Dubai and started experimenting with a new style that combines my fondness of artistic styles into one medium; combining my love of fabrics, graphic patterns and painting into a single dynamic and colourful artwork that expresses beauty in diversity of various topics. Your work is stunning. There is a sense of spirited freedom and vibrant use of colours. What is it about creating this unique form of art that grips you? Thank you! I generally select topics that move me and have an impact on my emotions during a period of time but generally both extremes of the happiness and sadness spectrum have the most lasting impact on me and on my art.

Describe your artistic style for someone who is viewing your work for the first time… I always wanted to have a signature style through which I could express myself. So, the whole idea was to have silhouettes in blacks, whites and greys with colour thrown in. It’s just my perspective on things. Is there a message that you’re trying to convey through your art? “Beauty in Diversity” is the statement that defines my art. Our world is beautiful because it is diverse and full of contrast. I try my hardest to highlight this aspect through my artwork and show that our differences are what makes us unique and divine; we should embrace theses diversities and develop and open our minds to tolerance and inclusion. What do you think about the art scene in the UAE - are there any challenges faced by contemporary artists and is there room for improvement? The art scene and art events in the UAE have been achieving fact magazine

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• ARTS Q&A significant growth year on year. People in Dubai specifically are culturally diverse and they love art. Because of the incredible economic opportunity that the city presents to majority of its residents, a lot of them can afford to collect art. Dubai represents an opportunity for uprising artists to interact with collectors and potentially serve as a launching pad into a successful career. The most challenging part is not UAE specific but rather a universal profession issue – developing your own style that is instantly attributed to the artist takes a lot of time and requires significant sacrifices without guaranteed successful outcome – artists need to transition from an amateur artist to a full-time professional artist by leaving behind an careers and taking a gamble that their art is going to be popular and commercially viable. Your artwork can be deemed revolutionary for its methods. Tell us about some of the materials, tools and techniques that you use and why these in particular…. I endeavor to make my art evoke a sense of joy and intense emotions. My methods involve characteristic stencil-like drawings and sketching combined with modern mixed media lines to form multi layered paintings. My art style is best identified by its dynamic patterns and expressive colours using oil, acrylic and giclée printmaking mediums to depict emotion. When you are working on a piece, how do you know when to stop and when it is finished? I always carry with me a small sketch book – I write down and sketch my thoughts and ideas that jump at me from my everyday life and specially ones

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• ARTS Q&A that evoke some feelings and emotions. Every painting starts with an idea /statement / object that becomes at that moment in time important for me to express in an artwork. I then endlessly sketch and doodle until my emotions and thoughts about that particular topic crystallise in my mind and I finally figure out the best way to represent / express it on canvas. The final and longest step in the process is the selection and application of the color palette. Often, I work on more than one artwork at a time, each will be at a different stage of the process. How has social media affected you as an artist - has the impact been positive or otherwise? I first published my work through social media and received an order within the hour. Social media presence is assuring that there is greater attention to the work. I think it’s important in terms of reaching out to other artists and collectors. I, for one, have not done any advertising for my works but just put up images with hashtags and that has attracted a lot of followers, collectors and gallerists. Who are some of your biggest artistic influences and why? My absolute influence is Henri Matisse - the greatest color maestro to have ever lived - he is such an inspiration across culture that I sometimes feel he is not given enough credit. His color palettes are the baseline of what we now consider as beauty norms across many industries (from fashion to architecture). Some of my favourite artists are Andy Warhol, Miriam Shapiro and Frida Kahlo. What is your advice for young budding artists? Believe in yourself, try to develop your own style that you are passionate about and always create to satisfy yourself first. Then work really hard and be relentless - hard work always pays. What’s coming up for you in 2020? I am working on a solo exhibition in Dubai at DIFC with a major gallery that already represented me during Dubai Art Week for my original acrylic on canvas paintings – I am very excited about this event and will post details soon on my social media channels. I have also booked my space at World Art Dubai 2020 where I will showcase a new series that I am currently working on for my Beauty in Diversity collection. Last year was a very positive and busy year for me. I participated in several exhibition events and projects and no doubt I will be taking part in many more in 2020. ✤

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BAHRAIN’S BEST

CITY CENTREPIECE NEIGHBOURING THE FASHIONABLE SHOPPING DESTINATION LIES THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN, SHOWCASING ITSELF AS THE CITY’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS, WITH AN ARRAY OF OPULENT TREATS AROUND EVERY CORNER ALLOWING FOR A MESMERISING STAYCATION. FACT SPENDS A RELAXING COUPLE OF NIGHTS AT THIS 5-STAR DESTINATION…

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he interior of The Westin City Centre Bahrain is sumptuous and modern with lavish crushed velvet fabrics adorning cushions and an array of carefully crafted furniture. Throughout the hotel different levels and styles of illumination create an air of extravagance in the entertaining spaces and tranquillity and intimacy in the lounge areas. The décor is a clever blend of polished woods, tiles, panelling and ornate chandeliers. The cutting-edge contemporary design is executed perfectly to create a sense of luxuriant escapism. This sense of splendour struck us immediately as our car was whisked away by valet. We entered and were offered a refreshingly fruity trio of welcome drinks which resembled a heavenly elixir to kick start our staycation experience. The hotel takes a holistic, bespoke approach towards guests’ wellbeing which was evident as we checked in smoothly and sashayed to our Executive Room. The platter of treats presented to us reflected the attention to detail and personal knowledge of every guest. Chocolates of all kinds satisfy our sweet tooth! The in-room amenities ensure that no two stays are alike but are customised to indulge the cravings, style and eccentricities of guests from arrival to departure. Generously designed, the room features modern furnishings, rich textures and subtle hues and is available with twin or king size beds. Promising a high degree of subtle sophistication, the rooms here are a perfect retreat for the business or leisure traveller. Warm colour schemes and understated decorative accents help soothe mind, body and soul. The highlight of any visit to The Westin is the Heavenly Bed which has a reputation that truly proceeds it. Aside from this, the ambient lighting, crisp tiled edges in the heavenly bathroom and thoughtfully selected accessories from the signature White Tea range are designed to create a sense of mindfulness and bodhi whilst ensuring that all necessary links with the outside world are at hand should you require them. The team at The Westin make a conscious effort to create a home away from home. Our reluctance to leave such a haven drew us to ordering room service for dinner – and what a meal it was. The Beef Bresaola was thin juicy slices of meat, topped with fresh salad faves like tomato, lettuce and arugula. Delicious! The Tom Yum soup was one of the best we’ve tasted in a long time, with no skimping on the prawns. Whilst the seafood mixed grill was a smoky, tender affair that we couldn’t get enough of. All of the menus at The Westin are filled with superfoods which creates vitality and wellbeing through their philosophy of food synergy – pairing certain foods to increase their health-giving benefits. The hotel services and ethos also extend to business clientele through the state-of-the-art meeting and function rooms. Whether it be a board

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meeting or large catered event the team are able to offer the same bespoke service as they would in any other area of the hotel and can guarantee ‘clutter free’ meetings with stateof-the-art audio-visual support.Following a meander by the outdoor pool, taking in the sun deck, comfy sofas and pristine white towels on offer to all guests, we eagerly made our way to the popular Heavenly Spa for a facial and Heavenly Spa Signature Massage. Once inside the soothing aromas and soft lighting immediately had a calming effect as we changed into warm fluffy robes and arranged ourselves on loungers in the relaxation zone. The treatment began with a cleansing detox water. The facial involved cleansing and exfoliating treatments preceding the signature massage. The masseuse expertly sought out every knotted fibre and stress point with no direction from us. Her techniques had the effect of a car journey on a small baby, lulling us into a meditative sleep. The overall two-hour experience passed by too quickly! As we emerged from the dosing state, the excitement continued at the prospect of dining in the renowned Furn Bistro that evening. It is refreshing to have a flagship restaurant within such an auspicious venue serving high end Khaleeji cuisine as opposed to favouring the flavours of other nations. The bakery churns out expertly crafted Sambusak and Manakish whilst also paying homage to pastry staples such as croissants and strudel. Wishing to stretch our culinary boundaries, we decided to try the salmon recommended by my knowledgeable and welcoming 56

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host. The platter was returned to kitchen almost as clean as it had been before service – not a single morsel left. We have since struggled to think of a fish dish which has impressed us as much throughout our various dining experiences. Praise indeed. I am sure there is no need to comment upon how well we slept however to coin a phrase, it was ‘Heavenly’! As technology speeds up the pace of life and each of us has unique stresses and strains dictated by individual circumstances, we all search for a means of escaping and space to ‘re-boot’. The ‘heavenly’ sanctuary created within The Westin City Centre Bahrain alleviates any negativity and elevates every mood. Whether you are seeking a business hub, a sumptuous family lodging or a luxurious space in which to mix and mingle with friends The Westin City Centre Bahrain will cater to your every need and you will leave walking a little taller, smiling a little wider, skin glowing a little brighter and ready to take on the Bahrain bustle once again. ✤

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A refreshing alternative to the usual meditation apps, Tap In takes a much more relaxed approach that lets you participate in guided live meditation sessions. Offering a daily, ten-minute meditation appropriate for everyone whether new or experienced, the live sessions allow you to sit with a community while teachers speak to current shared experiences. The perfect blend of science-backed tools and ancient traditions will help you ‘check-in’ with yourself as you effectively manage and work through the stresses of everyday life.

Bringing the simplicity of the Post-it Note to your smartphone, the app lets your organise and take notes for collaboration or for personal use. Simply capture analog notes from a photo, or create new notes right on your device for those important reminders. Arrange, refine and organize notes and ideas on your board anyway you see fit. The app also lets you share your organised board with friends and coworkers, or export to your favorite applications and cloud services.

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DARE TO LEAP In a time where the mobile phone market has become saturated with the latest tech and features, Realme is bringing more innovation and stylish design to the Middle East market. Created to deliver outstanding performance in a sleek package, Realme is stepping up its game with its latest offering – the 5 Pro – and FACT took a closer look.

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aking a giant gadget leap in performance, Realme’s penchant for quality on a budget has made the 5 Pro the default choice in the value segment for smartphones. It’s easy to see that Realme is perfectly targeted towards the trendsetters of now – young people with an interest in breaking boundaries and those who want to enjoy the happy life brought by the beauty of technology – at an affordable price. Insisting in the philosophy of real design, Realme doesn’t compromise on aesthetic taste. With a motto of “Dare To Leap” – the Realme 5 Pro boasts a whole lot of firsts for the brand, the Full Speed Flagship phone comes equipped with a big 6.3-inch LCD screen on the front, claiming a 90.6 screen-to-body ratio. The pre-applied screen guard is also great for protection. Though the phone appears glossy – it is not slippery. We have a good grip on the phone and scrolling is as faster and smoother than ever, letting us enjoy a higher refresh rate. Even the 8.9mm thickness doesn’t pose any issues. One of the phone’s biggest unique selling points is its four rear cameras. When using the phone outdoors and at night, you’ll see that the screen can get quite bright. Photos are sharp and vibrant – especially as you get separate controls for HDR, Filters, and Chroma Boost, whilst video content is also decent and “social media worthy”. The Realme 5 Pro’s support of Widevine L1 DRM for high-res video streaming is another bonus for those who spend a lot of time watching content on their phone. The 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor has an f/1.79 aperture and

supports PDAF, which is usually found in more expensive phones. This is next to an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.25 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and f/2 aperture. It might take a few attempts to master the perfect selfie but once you’ve got the hang of it – prepare for Insta-ready pics, every single day. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the rear, rather than embedded into the screen like other smartphones. Fingerprints and face recognition can be used to unlock not only the phone but also individual apps and a Private Safe which lets you store documents and photos away from prying eyes. For a phone in this price range, that’s a pretty nifty feature that we appreciate. Battery life is more than good for a phone in this segment. You’ll likely get a full day on single charge whilst using it for daily tasks like whatsapp messages, insta stories, internet browsing, and video streaming. Charging time is also reasonable, with the phone managing to reach up to 80 per cent in just over half an hour. For general day-to-day usage and multitasking between apps, the Realme 5 Pro is a true ally for users. For a low-cost device it looks and feels incredibly premium. The geometric pattern and metallic sheen achieve a lovely smooth finish. Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue add a distinct jewel-toned appearance that wouldn’t look out of place in any millennial’s hand. ✤ GO: VISIT WWW.REALME.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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A LUXURY DRIVE: NEW PORSCHE CAYENNE COUPÉ WHEN SEARCHING FOR THE ULTIMATE IN SUV EXTRAVAGANCE – WHERE PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN ARE THE PERFECT MATCH – LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE NEW PORSCHE CAYENNE COUPÉ. FACT TAKES THE MIGHTY VEHICLE OUT FOR A SPIN…

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ver the years, Porsche have managed to set themselves apart from most other car manufacturers. They have done this through their unwavering dedication to style, luxury, class and above all through superior technology and performance. This iconic brand has gained an ever increasing international following and respect since its founding in 1931 as they constantly produce offerings that are not only functionally superior to other car manufacturers, but are also beautiful to look at from every angle. With ever more impressive models being produced, Porsche have firmly established themselves in the very upper echelons of the luxury SUV segment. At FACT, we’re all about getting behind the wheel and putting the car through its paces. Recently, we had the privilege of experiencing this heritage automobile excellence first-hand, when we were invited by the team at Porsche Centre Bahrain to test drive the new Porsche Cayenne Coupé. You may think that the Cayenne Range has only a certain amount of room for improvement after which only the bells and whistles can be upgraded. This is not the truth as was proven to us by this new model SUV. We immediately noticed the dynamic fresh design of this third-generation model, complete with its sharper lines and unique rear section. The elegant roofline of this athletic looking vehicle has a sharper slope to it that falls away to the rear making it the sportiest-looking model in the segment. The roof spoiler accentuates this effect and is combined with a new adaptive rear spoiler that form part of the label’s new Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA). This spoiler extends by 135 mm from speeds of 90 km/h upwards, increasing the contact pressure of the rear axle, whilst the PAA simultaneously improves efficiency. The A-pillar and front windscreen are now flatter than previous Cayenne models, with the roof edge having been lowered by around twenty millimetres. The rear doors and fenders have also been redesigned, adding to this SUV’s powerful and sophisticated presence. An impressive 2.16 m2 fixed glass roof is fitted as standard, although a contoured carbon roof is also available upon request. Once inside the luxurious cabin area, we instantly noticed the abundance of space on offer. This freedom of movement combined with the new eight-way sports seats complete with integrated headrests, ensure unparalleled levels of comfort, support and functionality. All of the materials, trimmings, fabrics and finishes found inside are of premium quality and the overall design is simply exceptional. This new Coupé features a rear bench that has the characteristics of two individual seats that are fitted as standard, although the familiar comfort rear seats can be fitted as an alternative at no extra cost. The spaciousness of the cabin is echoed in the rear with ample leg, shoulder and head room providing an exceptionally comfortable space for passengers. The 625-litre boot capacity ensures this car is capable of transporting a generous amount of luggage, giving it an element of practicality. This can be increased to 1,540 litres when the back seats are folded flat. More than impressed with both the interior and exterior of the vehicle, it was time to experience it’s on road capabilities. As soon as foot was applied to pedal, we could not help but smile at you another as we felt our bodies being pressed back into our

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seats. The Cayenne’s turbocharged V6 engine roared smoothly as we effortlessly surged forward along the tarmac. With a threelitre displacement delivering 340 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, this sporty SUV has more power on offer than should ever be required. With the Sport Chrono Package fitted in series production vehicles, this mid-sized luxury SUV races from 0 – 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and boasts a top speed of 243 km/h. With the PAA assuring we stayed glued to the ground as we powered around corners and sped along the straights, we found the handling of the vehicle to be superb and always felt in complete control of the experience. This feeling of security was hugely enhanced by an extremely efficient braking system as well as the presence of a multitude of standard safety features. The term “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly applied here and all too soon we found this lavish experience nearing an end as we made our way back to Porsche Centre Bahrain. Our conclusion: If you are looking for an SUV that delivers in all areas of functionality, performance, design and class, the exuberant new Porsche Cayenne Coupé is the answer to all your motoring woes. ✤


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A THRILLING FIRST:

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or the first time in more than a century, thedistinctive features of the genuine “Alfa spirit� have now come together in a sport utility vehicle. Its name is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and it aims to rewrite the rules in the medium-sized premium SUV segment.

Exciting handling The name itself tells us that this model will provide a thrilling driving experience and still excel in the comfort and versatility

typical of its category. The Stelvio is Italy's highest mountain pass and Highway 38, which crosses it, over 20 kilometres in length and with more than 75 hairpin bends, has iconic status. To enjoy it as it is meant to be enjoyed, alone or in the company of friends and family, there is now a SUV capable of offering an unrivalled combination of driving pleasure, Italian styling and versatility: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. In true Alfa Romeo tradition, the new SUV delivers impeccable handling, worthy of a real sports car, proven by balanced weight distribution, the most direct steering ratio in the segment and state-of-the-art suspension with the exclusive AlfalinkTM technology. Not to mention the lavish use of ultra-lightweight, hi-tech materials including carbon fibre for the drive shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension systems, hood, wings, doors and the tailgate. What's more, for the ultimate in road-holding, the Stelvio SUV offers the Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive system, and can be equipped with mechanical self-locking rear differential on request. More than just performance and handling, the car has plenty of room available for passengers to enjoy and share the pleasure of travelling regardless of the destination. 100% Alfa Romeo sporty design The Stelvio's proportions, with a length of 468 cm, height of 167 cm and width of 216 cm, express strength, dynamism and compactness. Externally, its attractive line is the perfect blend of tradition, design and performance, an integral part of the brand's history, dating back over a century. Achieving this mix, now as in the past, involves combining the three ingredients of Alfa Romeo design: proportion, simplicity and top-quality surfacing. These same ingredients gave us the Giulia - the new Alfa Romeo benchmark and precursor of the brand's future - and have been comprehensively reworked to adapt them to the altogether

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• MOTORING SPOTLIGHT with carbon fibre drive shaft. Innovative and reliable, the Stelvio engines are the peak of the Group's technology and are built in Italy at the Termoli (petrol) plants, in areas assigned only to Alfa Romeo engines, with state-of-the-art processes and methods that put them at the top of their class in terms of performance and fuel economy. One fact will speak for all: the Stelvio 2.0 280 HP turbocharged Petrol engine is best in class in terms of acceleration, powering from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds.

different volume of a Sports Utility Vehicle The same elegantly sporty imprint is found in the interior, which is simple, stylish and tailored like a bespoke suit, with painstaking craftsmanship and premium materials: the leather, including full grain, real woods and fabrics have all been chosen for their visual and tactile appeal and assembled to give a palpable sense of human artistry. The driver is central, a concept underlined by the diagonal tunnel, the slightly undulating dashboard and the small, directratio, leather-wrapped steering wheel that adapts effectively to all driving styles. Also provided is a clear TFT colour information display cluster with a 7� display which supplies all essential information, while the driver/car interface consists of two rotary controls for easy, immediate use of the Alfa DNA selector and Alfa Connect system.

On-board comfort and wellbeing for driver and passengers Alfa Romeo Stelvio brings the secrets of Italian hospitality into the world of the medium-sized premium SUV: its interior is exclusive, tasteful and elegant. The interior also has plenty of room available for passengers to enjoy and share the pleasure of travelling. The model ensures a high level of on-board comfort with the dual zone climate control system, the sophisticated Alfa Connect infotainment system and a fine audio system, with 8, 10 or 14 speakers (in this case by Harman Kardon) depending on version. Last but not least, the 525-litre boot is in line with the best competitors and has a convenient electric tailgate that can be set with eight different opening levels, directly from the Alfa Rotary selector. The Stelvio SUV is tailored in all respects to embody Italian good companionship, comfort and taste. ✤

Innovative engineering for unbeatable safety Alfa Romeo Stelvio features a large number of sophisticated safety systems, available as standard or optionals depending on the version. Key amongst them is the Integrated Brake System (IBS), the innovative electromechanical system that combines stability control with a traditional servo brake to deliver instantaneous brake response and hence recordbreaking stopping distances. Not to mention Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian detection, which give the driver an audible alert of a potential front collision and then activates the braking system, and Lane Departure Warning, which warns the driver if he strays across the boundaries of his lane. Also included is Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross-Path Detection, for continual monitoring of rear blind spots on both sides of the vehicle, alerting the driver in the event of potential hazards. Last but not least, Active Cruise Control automatically adjusts the speed to traffic conditions. Outstanding performance Apart from its distinctive style and excellent handling, Alfa Romeo Stelvio reveals all its character with the 280 HP 2.0 Turbocharged petrol-fuel which expresses all the SUV's sporty personality, guaranteed to give even the most skilled driver unique thrills, especially on mixed terrains. Combined with the automatic 8-speed transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive, these engines belong to a new-generation of all-aluminium four-cylinder units 70

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BEHBEHANI BROTHERS’ NEW FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM Behbehani Brothers, the dealership for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram (CJDR) vehicles in the Kingdom of Bahrain, have launched their new flagship showroom in Sitra. The fully CI compliant showroom is designed to increase the reach and visibility of the CJDR brands and improve customer experience. With an expansive floorspace of 1,750sqm, the state-of-the-art Sitra showroom enjoys a prime location in a highly prominent area adjacent to Sitra petrol station, and will showcase the entire range of high-quality passenger cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram brands. Sam Yacoub, General Manager of CJDR brands for Behbehani Brothers, said: “The opening of our new showrooms represents the next major phase of the expansion and growth plans of Behbehani Brothers, and demonstrates our commitment to Fiat Chrysler Automotive Middle East in improving accessibility to

CDJR products for our customers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.” Models on display in the viewing galleries of each showroom will include the legendary “go anywhere, do anything” Jeep line-up, including the latest generation of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the distinctive and contemporary Jeep Compass and Jeep Cherokee and last, but not least, the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV of all time. ✤ WWW.BEHBEHANI.COM.BH

NEW 2020 JEEP RENEGADE

When introduced in 2015, the Jeep Renegade expanded the global Jeep line-up marking the debut of the American brand in the B-SUV segment. Renegade was also the first Jeep SUV to be built in Italy, at the Melfi SATA Plant. From the beginning, Jeep Renegade gained a footing in this crowded market segment, becoming a favourite of customers seeking an SUV capable of blending the unmatched off-road capabilities of the Jeep brand with dimensions and styling that are perfect for enjoying the city lifestyle. Jeep Renegade embodies all these features and expresses 72

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them in its unmistakable Jeep design, its iconic sevenslot grille and a look designed to suggest strength and solidity. With the Renegade, the Jeep brand product offering extends to all market segments allowing everyone to find the SUV they are looking for, with no need to compromise. The Renegade now features an even more distinctive styling – updated in the front and sporting unmistakable features unique to the Jeep brand design and technical heritage. Characteristic and iconic design cues on the new Jeep Renegade include round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches. There is a clear connection between the design of the 2020 Renegade and the new Wrangler, while showcasing the blend of styling for both city streets and off-road trails of Renegade. Its off-road capabilities are bestin-class and remain the benchmark of the segment. The new Renegade is available in two configurations – front-wheel and four-wheel drive – and features two four-wheel-drive systems, rear axle disconnect, Selec-Terrain traction control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Its 4x4 capability finds its best expression in the Trailhawk trim created for off-road driving and packed with specific, stylistic and technical features. ✤ WWW.JEEP-BAHRAIN.COM


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ALL-NEW KIA SELTOS SUV Bin Hindi Motors, the sole distributor of KIA Motors in Bahrain has today unveiled of all-new 2021 Seltos SUV in Bahrain, at a gala event held at KIA showroom, Al-Eker. The All-new Seltos SUV was unveiled by H.E. Ambassador of Korea, Mr. Hyunmo KOO, Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Bin Hindi, A. A. Bin Hindi Group Chairman, Mr. Khalid Abdulla Bin Hindi & Mr. A. Aziz Bin Hindi, A. A. Bin Hindi Group Directors & Deputy CEO, in the presence of VIPs, dignitaries, fleet & corporate customers media personnel and A. A. Bin Hindi top management. The new Kia Seltos brings sophistication, assertiveness and cutting-edge technology and safety features to the global compact SUV segment. The Seltos is characterised by distinctive design details, lending the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. It combines forward-looking technical features, class-leading space and a suite of world-class safety features, and is powered by a choice of highly-efficient Smartstream petrol engine.

Mr. Han-Woo Park, President and CEO, Kia Motors Corporation, said: “The Seltos is an important car for Kia as it will play a central role in the expansion of our global footprint, and especially in priority markets. We’ve adapted our strengths in design, quality and technology to fulfil the needs of customers in the global markets.” The Seltos stands apart from its rivals with thanks to its sophisticated, sporty design and the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV – all in a compact package.✤ WWW.KIA.BINHINDI.COM

ASTON MARTIN RETURNS TO BAHRAIN

Aston Martin has made its much-anticipated return to Bahrain with new partner Adamas Bahrain Motors. The partnership will see the unveiling of an impressive new showroom in MODA Mall later in the year, showcasing the marque’s full range of awardwinning Second Century models for the first time – led of course by their highly anticipated new SUV, Aston Martin DBX. To commemorate the new partnership and celebrate the launch of one of the company’s most important launches ever, Adamas Bahrain Motors showcased the all-new DBX at MODA Mall in the Kingdom in January. Dan Balmer, President, Aston Martin Lagonda Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, said: “2020 is set to be a very exciting year for Aston Martin, and we are delighted to start with the

announcement of the partnership with Adamas Bahrain Motors. “The team has built a strong reputation for customer loyalty in some of the most competitive markets in the world, and coupled with their significant investment in a stunning new showroom, gives us confidence that Bahrain will become one of our statement locations globally,” he added. The new showroom centrally located in luxury retail destination MODA Mall, will feature the very latest Aston Martin global look and feel when it opens in Q2 2020 and will be supported by a state-of-the-art service facility complete with high-end customer hosting capabilities which will open in Q1.✤ WWW.ASTONMARTIN.COM fact magazine

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REAL TALK: LES BENJAMINS SS20 Taking inspiration from feminine sophistication and urban staples, Les Benjamins is unveiling a new collection for the Spring/Summer 2020 season, one that is thoroughly rooted in the brand’s commitment to design real garments made for real people.

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This season, Les Benjamins explore new interpretations of ease and luxury through a cycling-wear influenced ready-to-wear collection. Inspired by The 4 Rivers Path, Korea’s most popular cross country bicycle trail from Seoul to Busan, the new collection offers a curated selection of easy-to- wear silhouettes complemented with timeless evening-wear pieces. In this context, the freedom of movement, and the abolishment of any physical restraints are primordial. The Spring/Summer 2020 collection, therefore, introduces dynamic styles that are emphasized by color-blocking styles and graphic mixed media prints. Silhouettes emphasise the theme and balance the contemporary spirit of Les Benjamins – one of arts, craftsmanship, and street-culture – rendering it as relevant as ever. The distinctive outfits incorporate casual and engineered looks directly drawn from cycling-wear. Each piece is thereby cut in a range of premium and hi-tech fabrics and enriched with a multitude of cycling details such as utilitarian pockets and protective coatings. Minimalist, active tailoring blends cycling elements into the brand’s archetypal urban styles. Fits suggest ease, first and foremost: cropped cycling tops and jackets, as well as form-fitting cycling shorts and high-waisted flared track-pants ensure absolute comfort and style. This season’s leading print, the Carpet Design jacquard, for its part, embellishes the surface of a variety of key pieces, such as maxi dresses, cropped jackets and asymmetric skirts. In addition, sequined racing tops and asymmetric styles add a sophisticated edge to the collection. The palette, for its part, is both tropical and urban: colorways of sundowner pink, sky blue, and fresh mint are celebrating the feeling of summer and put in stark contrast to urban shades, such as light grey, off-white and black. 76

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Consistently evolving around the notions of cultural heritage and urban contemporaneity, the collection retains LES BENJAMIN’s signature style in clothing and mixes it with activewear to create something new and unexpected for women that will only settle for the best style and quality. ✤

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Beauty Checklist HEAD INTO THE MONTH OF LOVE WITH OUR PICK OF THE BEST PRODUCTS TO KEEP YOUR SKINCARE AND MAKEUP GAME ON LOCK.

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L’Occitane LIMITED-EDITION SHEA CLASSIC ULTRA RICH BODY CREAM Give your skin some extra TLC this winter. Made with an exceptional concentration of Shea butter that is ideal for dry to very dry skin, this complete body cream provides long-lasting hydration and works to intensely nourish the skin, protecting against dryness and strengthening the hydrolipidic barrier.

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DAMASCAN ROSE FACIAL TREATMENT

With Valentine’s Day approaching, prep your skin to look ultra smooth and replenished. A concentrated blend of precious plant extracts, it delivers your skin with potent doses of vitamins and fatty acids. Immerse yourself in immense hydration as it leaves your skin feeling supple and nourished with a sustained finish.

Barkha Beauty MATTE LIPSTICK

The New year is the perfect time to switch up your regular lipstick shade and opt for a more subtle everyday nude or a daring cherry red. Whether you’re looking for a bold lip to kick start the new year or a soft nude to take you through from Winter to Spring, Barkha Beauty has got you covered with luxurious texture and endless hydration.

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Missha MISSHA’S TIME REVOLUTION - THE FIRST TREATMENT ESSENCE INTENSIVE MOIST Pamper your skin back to perfection. Enriched with fermented yeast extract of Himalayan purple barley and Vitamin B, Missha helps ensure your skin’s hydration by restoring and rejuvenating your complexion. Nourishing and leaving skin with a healthy glow.

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PRISME BLUSH LIMITED EDITION Add a pop of colour to your makeup. The Le Prisme Blush No. 3 Spice is reinvented with a bucolicthemed case. Featuring four prisms and two colours, the blush includes an orangey shade, a pure, matte and ultra-pigmented colour, paired with an iridescent pink highlighter. These two shades can be blended together or applied next to each other for a flawless glow.

Fenty Beauty FULL FRONTAL VOLUME, LIFT AND CURL MASCARA Get the lashes of your dreams. A do-it-all mascara, it is designed to expose every lash; featuring an exclusive flat-to-fat brush that instantly volumises, lifts, lengthens, and curls. The fat side loads and lifts lashes, while the flat side defines and curls. The long wear formula keeps lashes looking amazing all day long!

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Grooming Checklist KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR REGIME WITH OUR PICK OF THE TOP PRODUCTS FOR MEN TO STOCK IN YOUR GROOMING CUPBOARD THIS MONTH!

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CAMELLIA NUT FACIAL HYDRATING CREAM

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One of our absolute favourites this season, this cream helps keep dryness at bay, leaving skin feeling soft and replenished. Formulated with chamomile bud and sandalwood, the complex, richly nourishing blend of nut and plant extracts delivers antioxidant fortification and richly nourishing hydration without a weighty after-feel.

L’OREAL PURE-CLAY MASK Detox and nourish your skin after the busy holiday season. Formulated to provide a luxurious skincare experience, the potent pure clays, red algae, and volcanic rock help exfoliate dead skin on the face and smooth surface imperfections. Skin is left feeling healthier and smoother, while pores are visibly minimised and dead cells, dirt and oil are removed.

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AVENE ANTIROUGEURS CLEAN REFRESHING CLEANSING LOTION

Rooted in dermatology and hydrotherapy, this is the holy grail when it comes to caring for sensitive skin. This gentle, calming and soothing cleansing lotion is formulated with carefully selected ingredients to gently reduce heat, tightness and irritation while cleansing even the most rednessprone skin.

DICKINSON’S DICKINSON’S ORIGINAL WITCH HAZEL PORE PERFECTING TONER

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Getting clear skin has never been easier! Made from 100% natural, distilled witch hazel for an exclusive, plant-to-bottle formula, this toner purifies skin in one, multi-benefit step. Ideal for sensitive skin, the gentle formula Removes and balances oil while gently soothing and refreshing, all without over drying.

SIMPLE REPLENISHING RICH FACIAL MOISTURISER

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Perfect for all the skincare minimalists out there! This is all you need for a healthy complexion. Made with skin loving ingredients and triple purified water, this face lotion provides instant hydration to the skin and locks moisture in for 24 hours. While Glycerin, Allantoin, and Bisabolol help hydrate, calm, and nourish your skin.

DOVE MEN SPORTCARE BODY WASH ACTIVE+FRESH

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End your workouts with a burst of invigorating freshness. Developed specifically for men’s skin for after sports skincare, it effectively cleans sweat and dirt from active skin for a fresh, clean feeling. Formulated with Eucalyptus + Cedarwood scent and Cooling Menthol, the Micromoisture activates on skin and helps fight the drying out of skin after showering.

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JOYOUS JAPANESE DINING If you’re a Japanese food buff in Bahrain, then you probably already know about the awardwinning Sato at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa. Sato is clearly the restaurant of choice for times when you need to seriously impress. The foodie institution has a reputation to behold and FACT’s Elanur Sengel takes a seat to savour wholesome Japanese cuisine at its finest… fact magazine

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s we walked into Sato, a kimonoclad waitress welcomed us with a nice bang on the giant gong at the entrance, a sound that signified what was about to come. And what was about to come was nothing less than the magic of *drumrolls* Chef Kevin de Guzman — the man responsible for the onslaught of wow-moments we were about to pursue. Seated and all excited, we felt the japanese vibes so much! (Is there a seatbelt somewhere?!) Soft classical music filled the room, which is designed to depict a Japanese home, with sunken tables and traditional tatami flooring. This peaceful zen-like surrounding is not just a restaurant, but an experience. Something that follows through to the excellent menu. We started with the Uzusukuri — thinly sliced seasonal white fish sashimi served with ponzu sauce. Super fresh, perfectly cut pieces - that I notso discreetly hoarded – but quickly forgave myself for they were just THAT good. I was still busy with devouring the delicious Uzusukuri, when suddenly, just like that, it was coming to our table, with only one mission: to blow us away. And it did. The most colourful sashimi bowl we have ever seen — Sato’s Sashimi Funamori. The bowl was full of various pieces of delicious seafood. Judging by how the fish was carefully chopped, I realised the cooks devoted all their passion and skills into creating this awesome dish. This sashimi was undoubtedly a masterpiece, but it was actually the Otoro and Churoto Sushi that suggested just how serious Sato really is about authentic Japanese food. As the most desirable part of the inside of the tuna’s belly, Otoro is such a limited – and most expensive – part of the fish. And guess what? Sato is the only Japanese restaurant on the island that serves it. We could immediately taste why this dish was so prestigious. With its sweet taste, it literally melts in our mouths and we finish it up with gusto. So much taste, so many emotions, but the party had to go on. The Mahotsukai Maki was our next dish. It was rich, creamy and absolutely perfect. Easily some of the best maki we’ve tasted in Bahrain. After also enjoying the must-order dish of sea bass with truffle egg, we reached a point where eating more started to become a challenge. But we couldn’t leave without trying the Chef’s divine Beef Taremoto. The meat was truly tender, the taste was just pristine, and we were undoubtedly exceeding our limits. But, this culinary journey wasn’t over just yet. Chef Kevin was preparing something unique for our dessert course – surely a concoction that would send us deep into a food coma – but we were all 84

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in! The dessert was, again, an experience. What we were pleased with was the Japanese water cake, also called the raindrop cake. A cake purely made of water, topped with dark sugar syrup and roasted soy bean flour. Not too sweet, rather light and refreshing, it was completely unique and surprising. The perfect end to a great meal! What strikes us immediately about Sato is their strong service game. The staff is very attentive and friendly yet they give you plenty of space to enjoy your time there with no intrusion. All in all, the diverse à la carte menu, the sushi bar, the bentos, and the teppanyaki rooms, where live cooking and entertainment is provided by the talented chefs – these are all individual ingredients to the big recipe that is Sato. It’s no wonder that the restaurant has been around for so long, helping new diners create memories and reminding loyal patrons of why they should keep coming back for more. An absolute must visit, Sato is a place you’ll fall in love with from the moment you enter until the moment you leave.✤

GO: CALL 1774 6429 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFRMATION. fact magazine

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A KHALEEJI FEAST

FACT arrived at The Westin City Centre Bahrain with a ravenous appetite and left with a full heart and stomach after devouring everything in sight at Furn Bistro & Bakery’s Saturday Brunch.

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urn Bistro & Bakery is the flagship restaurant within the sumptuous and stylish The Westin City Centre Bahrain. Chef Raafat Nemeh has devised a menu which showcases high end Khaleeji cuisine. Dishes such as Saloona and Ghoozi are served with a cutting-edge slant. The bakery churns our expertly crafted Sambusek and Manakish in abundance, whilst also paying homage to pastry staples such as croissants and strudel. Naturally we were eagerly anticipating what delights the Saturday Brunch would have in store for us. The décor perfectly suits the ethos and vision at Furn which is modern, understated sophistication but with a classic undertone. The simple hues of cream and blue upholstery blended with light wooden finishes reflect the tones of the scenery around the hotel, just as the menu reflects the cultural heritage of the region both past and present. As we began to explore the variety of stations the thing which immediately struck us was the staggering value that this brunch offers, especially at the astounding rate of BD 8 net per person for the variety of dishes offered. Perhaps one of the most unique things about brunch is that it is so easy to eat healthily without trying to. The salad station was vibrant and inviting. A rainbow of enticing options including beetroot, crisp fresh leaves in an array of colours, pulses and beans enhancing the most simply dressed traditional Arabic, Mediterranean and Asian salads. They are an excellent accompaniment to the hot and cold starters and main courses. The presentation is thoughtful and adds an additional element to the experience. As we were reaching to reveal each dish it was with a sense of anticipation of the feast for all the senses that each one offered. Beautiful biryanis which were bejewelled with vibrant spices, nuts and pomegranate pearls, tantalising tagines with liberal helpings of plump fruit and luxuriant sauces and the piece de resistance, the shawarma station with its tower of tender, delicately spiced and seared meat. The fact that complex Indian curries and Arabic staples become somewhat of an afterthought tells you just how high the quality and quantity is. Furn doesn’t neglect those with more traditional tastes or those wanting to explore European and Asian cuisine. Samosas, pillowy, herb covered focaccia and pizzas offered an equally tasty alternative to the traditional dishes. As Furn is also a renowned bakery you may wish to pay a visit simply for the selection of breads, bakes and pastries. Every manner of boule, bun, roll, flatbread and pita awaits you, still warm as they are fresh from the oven. The flaky croissant and pastry selection are a reminder that the chefs here are real craftsmen.

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Dessert here at Furn is the most fantastic finale to this exploration of taste and flavour. We stood looking in awe at the cheese cabinet which would not be out of place in one of the chic delicatessens on the Champs Elysee. This could very easily have provided a meal in its own right and expanded our knowledge of the plethora of fromage to formaggio. Sweet toothed diners are not neglected either. Velvety chocolate tartes, delicate madeleines and glazed tortes will ensure you over indulge before departing. An array of delicious morsels skewered and waiting to be submerged in the chocolate fondue were a real highlight of the experience but in reality, this was one of very many!

Furn Saturday Brunch is served from 12.30pm to 4pm and it is not just the great value that will have us coming back for more, but also the phenomenal quality and the superb level of service. The experience was not that of a typical lunch but more a superb restaurant showcasing its stand out dishes and homages to classic favourites. ✤

GO: CALL 1717 1000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. FOLLOW @FURNBAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR ALL THE LATEST UPDATES. fact magazine

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THE PHOENIX RISES FACT’s Elanur Sengel visits the Phoenix Eatery & Shisha Lounge for a taste of the perfect chill ambiance with delicious food and good quality shisha, available in a myriad of flavours. fact magazine

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ocated on the beautiful shores of the Investment Gateway Island in Hidd, Phoenix invites you to a truly unique venue, as the restaurant serves you all the things you love in one place; splendid views of the sea — a sight that comes with scrumptious food, excellent puffs of hookah, amazing cocktails, and an atmosphere made for enjoyment. Walking into Phoenix, you will immediately catch lovely arabesque feels in a beautiful contemporary setting punctuated with traditional elements. An environment that invites you for complete relaxation, whether after a long day of work or for a cosy weekend hangout. Taking a seat and relishing the marriage of really good shisha with the mesmerising sea view is definitely the right thing to do at Phoenix. But it would be wrong to not try the food at this place as well. For Phoenix’s excellent service continues into the delicious food. Our first dish of Punjabi Kibbeh is a vibrant fusion of the Middle East and North India with the perfect blend of tandoori chicken, spices and bulgur. The slightly sweeter combination of nuts and spices for this hybrid is super out of the ordinary – in a very good way. The Kibbeh Fromage follows suit, which comes as a cheesy version. Our next dish of Quinoa Salad is a treat for all salad lovers. A heavenly mix of fresh and creamy avocado, pink grapefruit, juicy prawns, cherry tomato mesclun greens, and perfectly cooked quinoa mingled with a pomegranate dressing — have you ever had such a fusion of flavours? We think not. And because a key maxim for the cuisine is always: “you eat with your eyes”, Phoenix serves this refreshing mix of salad just as pretty as it tastes. Our following dish is the pan-fried Salmon Fillet and the salmon is done just right, with a delicious caperberry sauce, fresh dill, creamy yet fluffy mashed potatoes (it’s like a true art form) and grilled courgetti and aubergine. We love this masterpiece more and more with every bite – and you will too. We also highly recommend the baked Lamb Loin, truly a divine combination of lamb and vegetable elements. It must be the rich lamb, softened over the heat, that makes it taste SO incredible. Whether you’re a lamb lover, not so keen or somewhere in between, it’s worth trying this dish (we promise). If you still have room for dessert, then don’t miss out on Phoenix’s Kunafa with ice cream. The traditional treat comes with filo that is not chewy but absolutely light and crispy, the cheese is literally melt-in-yourmouth soft. Offering guests a truly multi-sensorial experience, we are genuinely impressed by Phoenix — from the mesmerising sea views to the superb service, and not to forget the numerous big outdoor screens, that ensure a fun evening for sports lovers. The restaurant

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offers a delicious variety of breakfasts including the Manama Breakfast, the Beirut Breakfast and the Phoenix Royal Breakfast, with tasty options to start your day right. This place really does have it all. Cheers to a food institution in the making! ✤

GO: OPEN WEEKDAYS 11AM TO 2AM. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 8AM TO 2AM. CALL 3361 1172 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFRMATION. fact magazine

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What is Dry Needling?

Being a Good Client

Pearl Wasif is an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner. She aims to provide evidence-based management to relieve pain and restore function and movement.

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.

Dry needling is a unique procedure intended to specifically target and restore muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. In addition, it eases the trigger points and helps improve flexibility and increase range of motion. Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture, while there are similarities, the two pain relief techniques are very different. Acupuncture is designed to relieve pain, discomfort, or issues by opening up a person’s energy flow or chi. Dry needling is designed to stimulate trigger points, or muscles that are irritable. What type of pain does dry needling treat? Dry needling can treat trigger points that lead to these issues: Lower back pain, Sciatica, Headaches and migraines, Strains in your groin, hamstring or muscles, Pain in your shoulders, neck, knees and hips, Carpal tunnel, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow and other overuse injuries. What should you expect after dry needling therapy? Soreness is common after a dry needling session. It’s similar to how you feel sore after strength training. Most often, the soreness resolves within 24 hours. You can help reduce it with ice, heat and gentle stretching. Dry needling treatments may be used as a stand-alone therapy or in addition to a variety of other treatments to relieve your pain and improve your function. ✤

GO: For more information on prescribing a patient centred exercise programme, please visit Pearl Physiotherapy Center. Call 17230238/35527344 or email: pearl.wasif@gmail.com for more information.

Most Personal Trainers will have horror stories when it comes to clients; I too over the years have had my fair share of nightmare clients. If you want to get the results you desire from your sessions with a Personal Trainer, then you need to be a good client. Most Personal Trainers have studied and have qualifications and they continue to educate themselves. There is a reason why I said “most” as you also have what I call “YouTube trainers” who get their education from watching videos and they have no idea whether the information in these videos is correct or not. So, I will be talking about the former - educated trainers. These PTs have taken time to put together training programmes for their clients and actually care if their clients achieve the result’s they want but it also matters that the client plays a part in their own success. As a client, it is your responsibility to follow the meal plan your trainer has spent time putting together for you; to do the workouts your trainer has put together for you on the days you don’t see them; to show up for your sessions as continuously cancelling sessions will have a big impact on your results, consistency is key. It is also your responsibility to show up on time for your session as repeated tardiness is disrespectful and a sign you don’t value your time or your trainer’s time. On that note, let’s get out there and smash those 2020 goals.✤

GO: Email ymcfitness@gmail.com or call 3466 0453 for more information. fact magazine

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Pamela Panduric PR & Marketing Manager, Al Areen Palace & Spa Tell us more about your day-to-day role and what keeps it challenging and exciting... Imagine if a resort like ours is your office? Every morning when we wake up – we think of our work and place that surrounds us. Al Areen Palace and Spa is truly a slice of heaven - we are surrounded by a green and beautiful property, which always inspires myself and the team. For a position like mine – creativity and being organised are of high importance. Working as a PR & Marketing Manager in a 5* hotel has many advantages, and taking care of many departments feels like you work for many companies. Spa has its own world, rooms and villas, restaurants and cuisines, chefs, the property itself. The exciting part is how dynamic and everchanging the hospitality industry is, no day is the same. Our focus is to ensure 98

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that the guest is always happy when they choose to stay with us. What are some of your favourite cultural hotspots in Bahrain and why? Bahrain National Theatre and National Museum – combination of modern art and tradition in the centre of Corniche. It’s amazing how you can have breakfast in the Museum, Riffa Fort and Bahrain Fort, house of former ruler Isa Ibn Ali Al Khalifa, Old Muharraq Souq, Bab Al Bahrain and World Trade Centre. As a student of history, I truly believe Bahrain is unique, bridging the gap by remaining connected to their past, but keeping up with modern times. Technology has taken over every segment of life and Bahrain seems to be a perfect blend of history with a touch of modernity.

Share with us some of your professional goals for 2020... With every new beginning we are more motivated to reach higher ground. Everyone has a lot of expectations of 2020. For myself, being part of a unique property such as Al Areen Palace and Spa – I must confess I already feel on top of the hotelier scale. Moving forward our strategy is to achieve bigger and better, focus on high performance without losing sight of our guest-centric approach. I believe we’ll have to keep developing the way we think, adapt to new requirements and listen to our market. Our only goal is to continue enhancing our guest experience, through small personalised experiences, using technology to our benefit and always remain on the top of every person’s mind.


Celebratewith Us Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Westin City Centre Bahrain– the perfect spot for romantic gathering. You can chose from Romantic dinner at Furn Bistro for BHD50 net per couple, Romantic dinner at MezzanineLounge private pod for BHD 60 net per couple or Romantic dinner at the poolside cabana for BHD60 net per couple. Book in advance by calling +973 17171441 fact magazine

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FACT BAHRAIN FEBRUARY 2020  

It's the month of love and FACT has an issue filled with all the best romantic spots in town; think date nights, special treats and lush gif...

FACT BAHRAIN FEBRUARY 2020  

It's the month of love and FACT has an issue filled with all the best romantic spots in town; think date nights, special treats and lush gif...

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