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LUXUMPTUOUS / lux-ump-shu-us / noun

The luxurious setting and scrumptious variety of cuisine available at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Some things are better understood once experienced. A truly unique indulgence every Friday at Bahrain Bay Kitchen where the aroma of flavour rich dishes blend perfectly with the melodical sounds of live entertainment at our themed brunches. Add complementary access to Kids For All Seasons and you’ll need a whole new word to describe your weekend. Experience it yourself Reservations: (973) 1711 5500 fourseasons.com/bahrain

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44 STAYCATION SPOTLIGHT

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61 ISLAND RIDES

81 LUXURY EATS

93 FOODIE CORNER

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Summertime Fine

Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." - Van Morrison

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t’s my sixth summer here in the Gulf and, let me get straight to the facts: it doesn’t get easier to handle the heat. There’s nothing like the scorchin’ sun and dry heat of a Bahrain summer, where the a/c is your best friend and you could easily consume a year’s worth of your favourite Baskin Robbins flavoured ice cream in just a few weeks (side confession: I’ve never been to Baskin Robbins so it’s probably a Pinkberry summer for me!). Regardless, if you’re not travelling during the summer months, the Gulf can become an unpleasant place to be. That is, of course, until we tell you why summer in Bahrain could actually be a blessing in disguise. Aside from the fact that school’s out and traffic is (hopefully) more manageable, there are so many amazing deals to take advantage of courtesy of the local hospitality scene. Turn to p17 and get ready to be wowed by the best in the game as they bring you pocket-friendly rates and offers with all the extra-added benefits. From staycations to foodie fixes and wellness promos, you can make July less about boredom and more about getting that insta-worthy shot to showcase our beautiful island and all-important "do not disturb" moments! To top that off, the annual Bahrain Summer Festival is really going all out with workshops, classes and fun events to engage all parts of the community. There is tons going on to keep the little ones occupied whilst adults also have cool opportunities to learn or hone new skills. Turn to p32 and fill up your diary asap! And if you REALLY do want to get away but not too far from home, we’ve got just the place for you. Starting p46, read all about what makes Khareef season a special time to visit Oman’s Southern Dhofar region. A miracle of nature, just over an hour’s flight away, you’ll find lush greenery and cooler climes with waterfalls and fresh air to marvel. Stay at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara and really up your holiday with luxury surroundings and facilities. Best of all? Gulf Air is operating direct flights to and from Salalah until mid-September. Amazing! As always, food is our main bae this month and Bahrain’s culinary scene forever impresses us. We’ve got new menus galore from some of our favourite spots in town: Italian eatery Fiamma at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (p81); Furn Bistro & Bakery at The Westin Bahrain City Centre (p85); the stunning Indigo at The Merchant House (p89); and a visit to a classic, Spices at The Crowne Plaza Bahrain (p93). Staying summertime fine on your own terms is the best way to make it through the Gulf summer. Mine will be filled with family, friends, sun, sand, and sea… what are your plans going to be? Until August, live your best life, friends… ☺

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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • JULY 2019 VOLUME 12, ISSUE 11

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Unlock a world of summer adventure and embrace the best our luxury beachfront resort has to offer. Enjoy up to 25% savings on luxurious accommodations, and complimentary breakfast. For reservations, call (+973) 1758 0000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/bahrain.

Valid until September 30, 2019 and is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer including FHR, Centurion, Residence Owners and Club Members and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advance reservations are required and must be booked one day in advance; rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, per night and exclusive of taxes, gratuities and other charges unless otherwise noted. Void where prohibited. Š 2019 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

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Have a Luxury Summer BRINGING CLASSY DEALS TO KEEP YOUR SUMMER EXCITING, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY HAS SOME FABULOUS OFFERS TO FILL UP YOUR MONTH…

BRUNCH @ BRASSERIE ROYALE Every Friday, it’s daycation time at Jumeirah Royal Saray! Treat your family and friends to a delicious brunch at Brasserie Royale before stepping into the refreshing water of the pool until sunset. The brunch offers an array of delectable options from seafood and sushi to carving stations and delicious pastries, The DJ will keep the beat flowing all afternoon while guests make their way through the many cuisine options. The little guests will love their dedicated buffet providing a child-friendly selection and the special activities organised by the Bulbul Kids Club team exclusively for them! Every Friday, 1pm to 5pm. BD27 net per person with soft drinks and complimentary pool and beach access; BD35 net per person with selected beverages and complimentary pool and beach access; add unlimited selected drinks by the pool for BD20 net per person.

spend a luxurious and comfortable day by the pool. Offering air conditioning, comfortable sofas and loungers, a TV and a bathroom, it provides guests with their own private sanctuary a step away from the azure water of the Arabian Sea and the pristine pool. With Al Hadiqa Pool and Beach nearby, serving thirst quenchers, refreshing cocktails, and a variety of other exclusive bites, treats and meals from sunrise to sunset, guests will be able to spend the full day in a veritable garden of paradise to relax and re-energise. From Sunday to Wednesday, BD200 net minimum spend on food and beverage based on four people sharing. Additional person will be charged BD50 net. From Thursday to Saturday, BD300 net minimum spend on food and beverage based on four people sharing. Additional person will be charged BD75 net. ✤

AL HADIQA POOL CABANAS Booking one of the private cabanas is the perfect option to

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MUDDLE CLASS TOUR One of the UK’s biggest comedy superstars, Jason Manford, is returning to the Gulf with his hilarious stand up show Muddle Class. THE TOUR, WHICH HAS BROUGHT laughter to audiences at over 200 shows in the United Kingdom, will visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain later this month. Jason said: “I always love playing the Laughter Factory, it’s a cracking comedy club and full of proper comedy fans. I know it’s going to be a good crowd. “I’m coming in July because in 50 degree heat, we all need a good laugh,” he added. The Gulf will see Jason head back on the road for his Muddle Class tour, which explores Jason’s life growing up ‘working class’, then finding that as he’s got older, part of him has become ‘middle class’, causing much confusion. His likeable charm and teasing, intelligent wit has won him an army of fans since he shot to stardom on TV as team Captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2007. Jason is thriving off the relentless schedule and the gifted star took to the stage in February 2016 to star as Caractacus Potts in the UK critically acclaimed tour of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ for a 12-month run. Jason hosts a live three hour show on Absolute Radio each Sunday morning with celebrity guests and his own comedic take on the topics of the week. His show receives huge ratings 10

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and is very popular with audiences across the UK. In what spare time he has, Jason runs Manford’s Comedy Club with his brother Colin. Since the launch over two years ago, Manford’s Comedy Club has gone from strength to strength and have booked over 260 comedians to entertain more than 40,000 people in 57 different locations across the country. From Holiday Parks to Art Centres and from bustling City Centre Nightclubs to quiet out of town theatres, Manford’s Comedy Club has delivered a lot of laughs to a lot of people. Jason supports Manchester City FC and has a season ticket with his dad and three brothers. He cites Billy Connolly as the first comedian he saw when he was nine years old, and as the first inspiration for him to become a comedian. He has a love for family friendly entertainers including Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson. ✤

GO: JASON MANFORD WILL TAKE TO THE STAGE AT THE BRITISH CLUB, BAHRAIN ON JULY 27, SHOW STARTS 8PM. TICKETS ARE PRICED AT BD23. VISIT WWW. THELAUGHTERFACTORY.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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SUMMER AT SOFITEL Known for its special lineup of events through the year, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa promises to offer its guests many more Magnifique experiences this summer. THE 5-STAR RESORT WILL kick off July with a homage to the land of the free with a star-spangled Summer Independence Day Brunch at its iconic 5-star restaurants. This grand affair will feature gourmet international cuisines with a hint of local flavours and the tastiest desserts. This special afternoon will also feature electrifying live performances by the hotel’s brand-new Cuban band. Children can also indulge in many fun activities at the dedicated kids’ corner throughout the celebrations. The lineup of brunches does not end there as we will host a spectacular Summer Bastille Day Brunch on July 14 in honor of “la Fête nationale”. Delight your palate with a wide range of French culinary delights while our live entertainment acts will keep you and your family amused throughout this fabulous event. The next brunch stop takes us to Belgium as we celebrate all things Belgians with a special Summer Belgian Day Brunch that will feature an array of delicious international dishes and top of the line live entertainment act, courtesy of the new Cuban band. Your little ones can also enjoy many fun outdoor activities and games at the special kids’ corner. End the brunch journey with a lavish Peruvian festival brunch. Enjoy an appetising selection of international cuisines that are infused with a South American twist and freshly cooked delights from the live cooking stations. Your afternoon is complemented further with live music. There’s also an 12

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exciting dedicated kids’ corner. The Peruvian celebrations continue at the iconic 5-star bar and restaurant by the sea, Tapas, with the festive Peru Fiestas Patrias (Peruvian Festival) from July 18 to 26, paying homage to the Peruvian culture, music and food with week-long traditional Andean celebrations that will leave you and your loved ones mesmerised. Guests who are craving some Italian flavours are in for a treat, as Fiamma will be hosting a lavish Buon Giorno Italia brunch from Monday to Thursday throughout the month. Savor a delicious range of authentic Italian delights that are cooked especially for you by the Italian chef, Marco Terranova and his wonderful team. You can also avail the special combo promotion that includes beach access and will provide you with the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the sea after or before your Italian retreat. July also marks Bastille Day and Sofitel Bahrain will be celebrating it lavishly this year with a gorgeous seafront view at La Mer restaurant. Enjoy a unique French experience with gastronomic French flavours mixed with a touch of Arabic flair, from July 10 to 14. ✤

GO: CALL 1763 6363 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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CAREEM CAPTAINAHS On the historic day that women begin driving in Saudi Arabia, Careem revealed their new fleet of female drivers. The drivers - referred to as Captainahs – began working with Careem as part of the company’s ongoing mission to simplify and improve lives in the region. This service started in the three major cities (Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam) in the first phase to be expanded to include all cities within a short period. Careem recognises that up until now, the industry has largely ignored women and the potential they might have to earn an income through our platform. It’s been a wake-up call and we are now investing our time and focus into deep diving into this issue. Careem has been organising a Women’s Captain Committee to tackle their issues and better understand what barriers might exist for a woman wanting to come and drive for us, and to understand what it takes for us to provide a conducive environment for them to flourish. Currently around 70% of Careem’s passengers across the region are females, and Careem has been particularly beneficial for females who did not have safe and reliable transport before the introduction of the service in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and many more. Females in our region have referred to there being a time before, and a time after Careem, so great has the impact been in enabling women to 14

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SWEET SUMMER With more people deciding to take a break closer to home, Bahrain’s best hotels have stepped up with some amazing deals to take advantage of this month. From room rates to dining pleasures and spa treats, take a look right here‌

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THE MERCHANT HOUSE Visitors can also unwind in the hotel’s inviting PureGray Spa which takes a holistic approach to wellness. Consisting of two treatment rooms for facial and body treatments, it only uses natural oils and organic products from sustainable sources, including homegrown Bahraini brand, Green Bar. OFFER: Introducing a summer promotion with 25% off on Best Available Rate and Spa treatments.

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he award-winning boutique hotel is inviting guests to discover its unique charms and take advantage of its very special summer offer. A real gem, the likes of which the city has not yet seen, The Merchant House, Bahrain, part of Campbell Gray Hotels, is located in Manama’s old town, and is home to just 46 exclusive suites. The hotel made its debut earlier this year and is already setting the standards for hospitality in the region. The perfect getaway for GCC guests, The Merchant House is ideal for both luxurious long weekends as well as relaxing breaks with family and friends. Its central location alongside the Bab Al Bahrain souk makes it the perfect base from which to explore the sights of Bahrain, while guests can take comfort in the fact that they have an idyllic suite to come back to after a day of sightseeing. The level of space, comfort and convenience at The Merchant House ensures an exclusive experience for each and every one of its guests, with each stylish suite featuring an open-plan seating, kitchen and dining area, as well as a sizeable bedroom. The hotel’s glistening rooftop pool is set to be one of the city’s most coveted spots this summer. Guests can cool off with refreshing dips in between breakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks or light bites at popular rooftop restaurant, Indigo. Helmed by Executive Chef Robert Shipman, the eclectic menu has been inspired by the chef’s travels across the globe and diners can look forward to being both surprised and delighted.

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


LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef District, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain T +973 1717 1000 lemeridienbahraincitycentre.com

BBQ NIGHT Every Wednesday at 7:00pm to 11:00pm a stylish yet rustic BBQ experience on the terrace of Baharat Restaurant, showcasing BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak with live entertainment. BHD 19 net including soft drinks & water BHD 26 net including selected free flow beverages Kids aged 6 – 12 dine at half price For more information or to make a reservation, please call +973 1717 1144 or WhatsApp +973 3350 2121

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THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA This summer, excited offers include three fantastic family and leisure staycation packages. Book directly with the hotel to receive these great offers!

BAHRAIN RESIDENTS don’t need to travel far to experience international delights this summer! For a fantastic nightly rate of BD45+++, go and stay at The Gulf Hotel and indulge in its legendary hospitality. Every evening offers new culinary experiences at any of the 16 award-winning gourmet destinations. They offer something for every guest, whether you want to soak in the sunshine under the waterfall at the lagoon-style pool or cool off indoors in the health club’s aromatherapy showers, they have you covered. This will be a memorable stay for the whole family. Be sure to take advantage of the child friendly check in service and receive a special gift for your little ones. Not Valid for Eid Al Adha Days.

SUMMER DINING: Until August 31, The Gulf Hotel is offering special incentives for diners to come and enjoy their favourite restaurants. The Summer Cash Back Programme will entitle all patrons to earn 20% of their Subtotal bill and receive a cash back voucher that can be redeemed on their next visit at any of the 16 award-winning gourmet destinations. To participate, guests will be given a card sized voucher booklet that can easily be tucked into their purse or wallet upon settling the total bill in the restaurant. The 20% value amount will be logged in the voucher book and the guest can redeem this amount on their next visit.

CREATE SUMMER MEMORIES until September 15 as guests will have access to one of Bahrain’s most luxurious beaches starting from BD52+++.Treat your family to the ultimate summer vacation! Stay at The Gulf Hotel this summer and enjoy the beautiful resort-style pool as well as access to Marassi Beach. After the kids enjoy the beach, parents can unwind at the spa or enjoy a romantic dinner at any of the 16 award-winning gourmet destinations. THE DELUXE SUMMER PACKAGE includes a two-night stay for only BD199net for a family of four, inclusive of breakfast and a chartered boat trip. For one unbeatable rate, guests can enjoy two amazing experiences. Onboard a chartered boat you can admire the crystal clear waters that surround Bahrain and go snorkelling, island hopping or just unwind on a sunset cruise. At the five-star property, you can master the art of relaxation while you lounge by the waterfall at the lagoon-style pool or spend the day at the health club in the revitalising sauna, aromatherapy showers and hydrotherapy pools. Every evening promises a new culinary indulgence at any of the 16 award-winning gourmet destinations. Not Valid for Eid Al Adha Days. Applicable for stays until August 31. 20

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THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN As the temperature rises, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain invites travelling families and couples alike to cool off, indulge in the best of summer dining and enjoy a variety of unique resort experiences all season long. Lounge and Ritz Gourmet Lounge offer you à la carte options, while Burlington Club and Bar de La Plage entertain a more sophisticated ambiance perfect for modern beverage menus and light bites. Savour and be awarded by collecting all six stickers and receive BD20 off your 6th dining experience. Terms and conditions apply. Pick up your Savour Passport card at any of the 12 dining outlets or restaurant reservation’s desk.

SUMMER RETREAT: Valid through to September 30, 2019, unlock a world of adventure this summer. Bonvoy reward members can avail up to 25% savings on overnight stays and experience destination excitements like world-renowned shopping, adventures at sea on the Pearl 1, award-winning fine dining and more. Starting at BD90. Terms apply. “LAND TO SEA” FAMILY ADVENTURE: Valid through December 31, families will arrive at the 20-acre beachfront resort for a fun-on-the-sea family adventure with dolphinwatching excursions, paddle boarding and kayaking activities, sandcastle building, crab hunting and more. And by Captain’s order, our little shipmates will also enjoy their very own sailor’s hat, binoculars set, bath time “sea rubber toys,” treasure hunt map, and even their own Ritz Kids “look out” chair on the resort’s private island. Starting at BD362. Terms apply.

RITZ KIDS SUMMER CAMP: Ritz Kids, aged four to 12, can join in a fun-filled adventure with a variety of exciting activities such as water sports, swimming, culinary classes, arts and crafts, adventure games, talent shows and more. Summer camps run Saturday to Wednesday from 9am to 6pm, and Thursday and Friday from 9am to 8pm. Pricing varies for Royal Beach Club members and non-members; complimentary for hotel guests.

SUMMER DAY WEEKDAY PASS: Create #RCMemories while sipping on your favourite Thai mocktail and soaking up the sun on the one mile of white, sandy beach. Prices start at BD 29 for adults and BD14 for Ritz Kids during the weekdays and include the lunch buffet at La Med. Weekends start at BD50 and BD25 for adults and Ritz kids, respectively. SAVOUR DINING PASSPORT: Your passport to summer dining excellence has officially arrived. This season gather with friends and family for a culinary journey through 12 award-winning restaurants where delicacies abound and tastes of the world excite. With each bite, discover bountiful flavors from the Mediterranean, Italy, Mexico, India, France, Thailand, and more, including our newest restaurant La Table Krug by Y. For leisurely dining or afternoon tea, our Lobby 22

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY This is the 5-star experience that every staycation should aim for! With the special Bahrain Getaway 20% Off Package, guests can discover all the pleasures of a beach resort holiday on this one-ofa-kind island in the city. Relax in the expansive spa, or splash out with five swimming experiences, including a white-sand beach – perfect for wading, building sandcastles or lounging in the sun. GO: Visit www.fourseasons.com/bahrain for reservations and more information.

ELITE HOSPITALITY GROUP ELITE RESORT & SPA: Located in Muharraq with spectacular views overlooking the Arabian sea, it offers deluxe modern suites with the latest amenities that provides the best stay for families wishing to book one bedroom accommodation, only at BD36++ per night which includes breakfast buffet for two people, complimentary Wi-Fi connection throughout the stay, complimentary use of swimming pool and gym with free kids activities and games.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Combing Bahraini hospitality with French Art de Vivre, one of the country’s top resorts is offering a Magnifique Half Board offer which makes its triumphant return this summer. This is the perfect choice for those looking for a bona fide seaside retreat away from the city bustle. Starting from BD99 net, book a Luxury Room with impressive sea views, sumptuous breakfast buffet and 5-star dinner for two. Two children up to the age of 12 may join on a complimentary basis. GO: Visit www.sofitel.com/6722 for reservations and more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN Aptly dubbed the Saudi Summer Holiday package, this offer starts at BD50++ (single/double) and includes: buffet breakfast, 50% discount on additional connecting room, and kids under the age of 12 will enjoy complimentary meals in the hotel’s restaurants. Valid for GCC/Saudi residents only, until August 31. With a lovely pool, quality dining, and an iconic location close to the souq and The Avenues Bahrain, you can’t go wrong! GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information. 24

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ELITE GRANDE HOTEL: Situated in the heart of Seef area across from Bahrain City Centre, it has a unique location which complements all families seeking shopping and kids programmes. Guests can explore the elegant two-bedroom suites which offer a real treat of complimentary amenities along with a wide range of extras like a lavish breakfast buffet, all for only BD60++ per night. The pool side Lounge offers a themed shisha night every Wednesday. Order grills and get one shisha free only at BD12 net per person. ELITE SEEF RESIDENCE & HOTEL: Offers a fabulous getaway on all spacious suites with a wide range of family attractions that suit every guest. Elite Seef Residence offers special rate for all room types and stands out with its very own ‘Kids Club’ offering great facilities with games and entertainment to keep children happy. The Hotel offers “Tarab Nights”, as also Arabic grills and Buffet with live music over weekends, at BD10 net per person. GO: Visit www.elitegrouphotels.com for reservations and more information.


BOOK A LUXURY ROOM WITH SEA VIEW INCLUSIVE OF LAVISH BUFFET BREAKFAST & DINNER FOR TWO Complimentary breakfast and dinner for children below 12 years old, up to 2 per room. For reservations, please call us at +973 17 63 63 63 Terms & conditions apply.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA 105 ZALLAQ HIGHWAY, BUILDING 2015, BLOCK 1055, ZALLAQ AREA, P.O. BOX 5554 MANAMA, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN TEL. +973 17 63 63 63 - FAX. +973 17 63 63 64 fact magazine 25 EMAIL: H6722@SOFITEL.COM - WEBSITE: WWW.SOFITEL.COM/6722


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SUMMER DINING It’s hot outside and we’re bringing you the best ways to fill up your bellies and stay cool this month… Family friendly and professional service complements the stylish, contemporary setting. Indulge in an impressive array of premium cuts, grills and signature dishes cooked to perfection! All you need to do is show up and they will take care of the rest. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon lunch with your family with an unlimited a la carte menu at your table for BD19. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.

REEF RESORT & SPA Burger Mania @ Pool Delight Every Wednesdays Taste the carefully built selection of burgers with the fine cuts of meat complemented by a drink that quenches your thirst while chilling out around the pool! Buy one burger from the specially prepared menu, served with loaded fries and unlimited service of Beer Sangria or Soft Drinks. BD8+++ per person. Signature High Tea @ Chocolaterie Saturday to Wednesday, 4pm to 7pm Try out our uniquely offbeat treats at Chocolaterie and experience luxurious evenings at Reef Resort! With an afternoon of relaxation and pampering, you can find the most stunning views of the sea and city that makes Chocolaterie a perfect place for your Signature High Tea. BD6+++. GO: Call 1311 0110 for reservations and more information.

DOWNTOWN ROTANA Natak Experience @ Teatro Downtown Every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm The new Natak experience, a theatrical culinary journey through the tastes and textures of India, is a multi-course menu which will immerse you in exciting Indian flavours from all over the region presented in a unique and different way. Every dish from the six-course Natak menu will tell you a story about the culinary features of India. Spoil yourself with an exciting Natak experience and tempt your senses while chilling with live entertainment and the mesmerising tunes of our lovely Saxophonist for only BD16 net. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.

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INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN Lazy Legendary Lunch @ Legendz Steakhouse Every Saturday, 11.30am to 4pm At Legendz, an award-winning steakhouse, they share your passion for prime meat cuts, fine vino and the art of cooking. 26

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Ladies Breakfast Offer @ Choices Restaurant Weekdays in July, 6.30am to 10.30am Ladies, take some time for yourself in the morning and indulge in an amazing breakfast at Choices Restaurant during weekdays with a phenomenal 50% discount offered for the buffet. We guarantee you that you will love their Live Juice Bar where you can customise your own juice with fresh fruits and vegetables, the different live stations for pancakes, waffles and omelettes are simply amazing, their extended bakery section is basically carb heaven, all of that and much more. BD6.6 for all Ladies. Kids aged below six dine for free. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Vietnamese Feast Brunch @ re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck Saturday 13 July, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Vietnam is renowned for its street food and our chefs at Wolfgang Puck are creating a street vibe and all the delicious snacks and dishes that come with it. Naturally beef pho will be central to the menu, there will be rice noodles, and the Vietnamese summer roll will get an indulgent makeover being filled with black tiger prawns. BD32 net including soft drinks and BD44 net including premium beverages. GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information.

THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN Chef’s Table Experience at Primavera Daily, 12pm to 3pm; 7pm to 11pm Enjoy a sumptuous five-course Chef’s Table menu especially prepared by our dedicated chef. The indulgent set menu includes fried eggplant with cherry tomato and smoked ricotta cheese, homemade Bolognese tortellini, hammour with Sicilian eggplant caponata, lamb fillet with herb crust, green peas, sautéed mushrooms and fondant potato and fruit and vegetable minestrone with yogurt sorbet. BD29 per person. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

such as grouper and red snapper. The talented team of chefs will prepare your favourite catch, just the way you like it. BD24 net per person including soft drinks and water, and BD29 net per person, including unlimited selected vino, ales and soft drinks. GO: Call 1746 0000 for reservations and more information.

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MERCURE GRAND HOTEL SEEF, BAHRAIN Turkish Business Lunch Sunday to Wednesday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Take a break from all the work stress and enjoy one of the best business lunches with a comforting ambience. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef hosts a grand Turkish Business Lunch Buffet, featuring traditional Turkish delicacies ranging from Turkish grills to everyone’s favourites, Baklava and Kanafeh to name a few. Join in daily for only BD5.5net. Surprise your business partners or colleagues and book a table today. GO: Call 3200 0621 for reservations and more information.

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Seafood Night @ Al Murjan Ballroom Every Monday, 7pm to 11pm Experience a unique medley of extremely succulent seafood delicacies and taste the freshest catch during this legendary Seafood Night! Indulge in the best selection of popular and traditional seafood dishes. On the buffet table is a vast range of aquatic delicacies, from sushi, sashimi, seafood dim sum, tempura, oysters, slipper lobster and tiger prawns to popular fish 28

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Fun Family Brunch @ La Mosaique and Harvesters July 5, 12, 19, and 26 – 12.30pm to 4pm Join in at this fun and fabulous weekend brunch and enjoy access to the temperature-controlled pool area. It’s going to be a family affair and the little ones have so much to look forward to at the kid’s corner where the young guests are kept occupied with fun activities like pool slide, kid’s menu, and special amenities. There are also special cocktails, mocktails and fun activities for adults by the pool side. BD31 net inclusive of alcoholic beverages. GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.


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Live entertainment by “Five Motion” Band Weekdays Weekends

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An Nada Lounge is open from 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM on weekdays and from 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM on weekends. sheratonbahrainhotel

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PAMPER PERFECTION Just some of our favourite spa deals to treat yourself in July… the unique Harley Street microdermabrasion mask with crushed diamonds and pearls to remove dead cells, followed by a combination of massage and serums, resulting in a brightened, rejuvenated smooth complexion. To enhance the experience a hand and arm treatment is included. BD35 for 90 minutes.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY The Spa SP’AFTERNOON TEA What could possibly be better than spa treatments, pool and beach time? Adding in some indulgent cuisine of course. The Sp’Afternoon Tea curates a delectable menu of relaxing massages followed by a skin rejuvenating express facial, with the Four Seasons Afternoon Tea experience as dessert. Think layers of delicious snacks from freshly made finger sandwiches to sweet delicacies washed down with soothing teas. And, of course, there’s pool and beach time whenever you want them. Choice of any relaxing 60-minute Massage Treatment, 30-minute Express Facial, Day use of spa facilities, pool and beach, Afternoon Tea Experience at Bay View Lounge. Special summer price: BD95 (actual value BD155). GO: Call 1746 0051 for reservations and more information.

LAVENDER INFUSED PEPPERMINT BODY SCRUB This gorgeous pampering treatment is a refreshing body scrub, using natural lavender and peppermint particles – removing dead skin and leaving you with a radiant glow. To relax further, take advantage of the complimentary 30 minutes massage. BD30. THREE MONTHS TENNIS COURT MEMBERSHIP Enjoy daily access of your favourite sport at our Floodlit tennis court for three months this summer for a very special price. Whether you are a beginner or highly skilled tennis player, a game on our court will leave revived and refreshed. BD90. GO: Call 1746 0051 for reservations and more information.

SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL Sheraton Fitness

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN Rimal Spa SIGNATURE PRINCESS FACIAL The Princess facial is a deluxe anti-ageing treatment, using 30

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Sheraton Fitness offers an exclusive membership that allows you to keep fit by providing you with strength and cardio equipment along with extensive recreational facilities. State of the art cardio machines; Fully equipped gym; Treatment rooms; Sauna and steam facility separate for men and women; Temperature controlled Jacuzzi; Swimming pool with three lap lane floaters (25 meters x 10 meters); Roof top tennis court; Aerobic studio; Personal trainer at additional charge; Massage treatments are available at additional charges. GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.


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THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE Heavenly Spa A beautiful sun-kissed summer offer. Until August 31, opt for the Sun Kissed Bliss Package for BD70 net, including three treatments: Vitamin C facial, Mandarin infused aspire massage and Heavenly Mango Wrap. Usually the three would cost BD105! Grab this relaxation bargain today. GO: Call 1717 1122 for reservations and more information.

Senses Candle Massage by Bruno Vassari Spa InterContinental bridges the gap between expert skincare and total wellness for body and mind with treatments from award-winning luxury European brand Bruno Vassari and natural products such as fruits, seeds, chocolate and yoghurt. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN Regency Health Club Stay fit at InterContinental Regency Health Club and enjoy a selection of fitness packages for men and women. Offering a wide range of fitness classes, swimming lessons and personal training whether you have a moment, an hour, or a day to dedicate, there’s everything from short sessions to longer exercises. With dedicated attendants who can tailor your experience to suit your needs; the Health Club is the perfect place to unwind. All packages based on yearly membership. Option A: BD300 plus three months free and one 50-minute massage; Option B: BD250 plus one month free; for couples – Option A: BD450 plus three months free and a 50-minute couples massage; Option B: BD400 plus one month free.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN The Spa Lift & Firm Detox Body Treatment Get glowing all summer long with our unique 60-minute lift and firm detox treatment. Start your session with a full body brush to remove dead skin cells, followed by a detoxifying salt and seaweed scrub. The soothing session then ends with a therapeutic body massage for a complete state of relaxation and elevation of the mind, body and soul. BD80. As a bonus, purchase any three Lift & Firm treatments and receive one with our compliments. Summer Inhibit Facial by Nature Bisse Minimise wrinkles without using micro-injections with this lifting and expression line correcting treatment. Thanks to its powerful revitalising action and effective filling effect, this professional lifting not only diminishes expression lines and corrects the signs of aging but also achieves extraordinarily firm and hydrated skin. BD90 for 75 minutes. ✤ GO: Call 1758 6808 for reservations and more information.

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BAHRAIN SUMMER FESTIVAL 2019 Don’t let the heat spoil your social calendar. Here’s what this year’s summer festivities have to offer in Bahrain…

NAKHOOL TENT Nakhool Tent is back with transformed characters and a fresh appearance in a new location to offer even more of the same unique experiences to those looking for an exciting programme to be part of during the summer months! The variety of diverse activities and programmes will allow the different audiences to enjoy and help unleash their budding creative talents. This year, Nakhool Tent features an extensive month-long programme of activities across several categories, each of which includes a series of educational, awareness and artistic workshops. In addition, the festival includes shows organised in cooperation with a number of embassies. So, are you ready for yet another memorable season this year? Come join in to see what surprises Nakhool has in store for you…

Genre: Education Country: Bahrain Children will be taken on an exciting journey into different worlds and diverse personalities through storytelling, in addition to a number of enjoyable activities. TRADITIONAL FOLK BANDS Every Friday Time: 8pm Age: 2 Years & above Genre: Song Country: Bahrain 05 JULY Dar Shabab Al Hidd 12 JULY Al Dar Al Sagheera 19 JULY Al Dar Al Odah 26 JULY Dar Qalali

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Puppet theatre specialist Ramadan Yousif presents a series of educational and entertaining puppet shows inspired by the local heritage, animal stories, great adventures, folk tales and traditional games. BAHRAIN POLICE BAND July 6, 13, 20, 27 Every Saturday Time: 5.55pm Age: 2 Years & above Genre: Music Country: Bahrain The Bahrain Police Music Band presents a variety of musical shows that blend between military music and authentic traditional Bahraini music. VENUE Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort (Riffa) MOHAMMED BIN FARIS BAND July 6, 13, 20, 27 Every Saturday Time: 8pm Age: 2 Years & above Genre: Song Country: Bahrain The Mohammed bin Faris Band consists of elite artists and musicians, as well as distinguished members of folk music groups in the kingdom. The band performs various types of traditional local musical genres and songs, among the most important of which is Fan Al-Sout, a distinctly Bahraini genre that recalls the island’s glorious fishing and pearling past. KIDS MARKET Time: 5pm to 9pm Age: 7 - 15 Years By creating a live market experience for children, they get the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of buying, selling and marketing their own handicrafts as well as a variety of other items.

FUN GAMES Time: 5pm to 9pm Age: 5 - 15 Years Fun, interactive, and educational activities to develop the participant’s confidence and engage them into enhancing knowledge character and creativity. WEEKEND FUN & EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS Portrait Sketch (cartoonist) Every Thursday in July Time: 5pm to 9pm Age: All ages Artist: Jassim Al Magabi Sit for a quick and comically fun portrait of your family to take home, sketched by an artist. Arabic Calligraphy Every Friday in July Time: 5pm to 9pm Age: All ages Calligrapher: Injood Naji Learn the different Arabic fonts and get your name written in Arabic calligraphy. Face Painting Every Saturday in July Time: 5pm to 9pm Age: 3 - 15 Years Artist: Hedieh Abdulla Children will get a colorful Nakhool character face painting or their favourite cartoon character. fact magazine

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Robot Engineering July 4, 5, 6 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 6 - 15 Years In collaboration with: Abu Taleb for training center Programming, robotics and engineering using Lego to make moving and speaking robots.

Gergoor Making July 11, 12, 13 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 12 - 15 Years Instructor: Ali Al Mutawaa Using simple wire materials to make mini traditional fish traps that have been used as part of our ancestral heritage by fishermen.

Green Environment July 8, 9, 10 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 6 - 15 Years In collaboration with: Supreme Council For Environment Identify agriculture and its importance in preserving the environment.

Picasso Faces July 15, 16, 17 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 9 - 15 Years Instructor: Shaima Murad A fun way to experiment with colours, shapes and patterns to create Picasso faces inspired by the very famous artworks of Pablo Picasso. Tower of Pasta July 18, 19, 20 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 6 - 15 Years In collaboration with: Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs Have you ever wondered how Skyscrapers are built to stay up and stand resiliently against wind and other environmental factors? Engineers work with architects and scientists to understand what makes materials break, and then use what they learn to design strong structures. Get the opportunity to figure out how to make a strong structure, too.

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Grace McGeoch and Mr. Adam Ferguson from MCT will select a cast of 50 to 60 local children to act in an original musical adaptation of the timeless tale Rapunzel. Auditions will take place on July 7, followed by high-energy rehearsals and fun workshops. All that hard work will culminate with a charming musical, so come on and enjoy the show! ✤

Launching Your Catapult July 22, 23, 24 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 6 - 11 Years In collaboration with: Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs Learn the technique of catapults, including the science and math concepts behind them, as they prepare for the associated activity in which they design, build and test their own catapults as well as learning about force, accuracy, precision and angles. Egg Drop Challenge July 25, 26, 27 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. , 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Age: 6 - 11 Years In collaboration with: Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs The egg drop challenge is a fun and exciting way to get participants involved in engineering design. Participants will experiment with designing packaging for an egg to survive a drop from a considerable height without cracking. Sa Al Fateh Fort (Riffa)

CULTURAL HALL EVENT: RAPUNZEL DATE: JULY 11 WHERE: CULTURAL HALL AGE: 2+ GENRE: THEATRE COUNTRY: USA For the 3rd year, the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) is coming to Manama, as part of the 2019 Bahrain Summer Festival. Ms.

CULTURAL HALL WORKSHOPS JULY 8 ACTING 5pm Age 8 - 12 The toolbox of a skilled actor - observation, memorization, concentration, and imagination - is explored through a variety of fun exercises that teach students how to apply these tools in both performance arts and their everyday lives. JULY 9 MIME 5pm Age 8 - 12 People communicate with each other in many ways, much of that communication is done without ever needing to speak. See how isolations, illusions, key gestures, and body language are key to perfecting this performance art. JULY 10 DRAMA QUEST 5pm Age 8 - 12 A grand adventure through a jungle awaits! Using active and energetic role-playing in a dynamic group setting, students develop problem-solving skills by engaging their communication and imagination skills. VISIT WWW.BAHRAINSUMMER.BH FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES AT WWW.CULTURE.GOV.BH.

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BIG SCREEN The Lion King

Highlights

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Simba, a lion who is the son of Mufasa and crown prince of the Pride Lands, idolises his father and hopes to follow in his footsteps. But not everyone is on his side, Mufasa’s brother, Scar, plots to betray Mufasa and take over the Pride Lands, forcing Simba into exile, where he meets Timon and Pumbaa.

DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau CAST: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

A brand new rendition of a timely story, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King will give you nostalgia galore. A visual effects game changer and one of Disney’s most beloved offerings, the new Lion King is here to make your summer so much better. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, Beyonce as Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, the film is a beautiful cinematic masterpiece that demands to be seen and felt. Simba, the son of Mufasa and the Prince of the Pride Lands, hopes to write his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival as Scar, Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne has plans of his own. What follows is a battle for Pride Rock that is marred with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Extraordinary effects, flawless CGI and a star-studded cast, it’s The Lion King – need we say any more?

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Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

Extraordinary effects, flawless CGI and a starstudded cast, it’s The Lion King – need we say any more?

Following the events of The Fate of the Furious, DSS federal agent Luke Hobbs and former SAS operative turned mercenary Deckard Shaw, are forced to team up to stop a new threat emerging from Brixton Lore and save the world from a deadly virus that could threaten the human race.

– The Lion King

DIRECTOR: Chris Morgan CAST: Idris Elba, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

BreaIf you thought you had seen the last of the Fast and Furious franchise, think again! One of the biggest releases of the year, David Leitch’s latest offering presents Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham vs. Idris Elba in all its glory. Growing beyond its chase roots, the newest installment adds a sci-fi twist and Idris Elba plays a genetically injured supervillian. Ever since the events of The Fate of the Furious, hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But as cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) threatens to gain control of humanity, the two sworn enemies will have to join forces to save earth. Totally worth a trip to the cinema!


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FULLY BOOKED

ON THE RECORD

FICTION

We Must Be Brave By Frances Liardet

AFRO-JAZZ INDIE/ALT-POP

Doom Days

Africa Speaks By Santana

By Bastille

An album entrenched in the concept of urban nihilism; Bastille’s newest offering is worlds apart from their previous fulllengths. Displaying an array of characters and recurrent themes, the album offers a breathtaking mixture of emotion and energy. An opening scene-setter, Quarter Past Midnight is all about escapism and carries a very distinct sound. A further step away from their debut album, the track offers a more electronic vibe, while heavy use of guitar gives the single a rock feel. While the band is aiming to achieve a complete 180 on their politically aware predecessor, reality does seem to make its existence known every now and then. Joy featuring great vocals and an awesome production, talks about the little things that bring us joy when no one is looking. Far more uplifting and hopeful than most of their work, the British alt band has a winner on their hands. A vivid illustration of humanity, adventure and imagination, Bastille’s Doom Days has turned out to be a treat that was definitely more than worth the wait. The band is truly leveling up! 40

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Half a century after everyone’s favourite Mexican American rockers mesmerised us with their interpretation of a song by a Nigerian percussionist, the band’s latest album is their very own love letter to Africa. Infused with African rhythms and a unique freedom that in inherent in all Santana songs, Africa Speaks manages to stay close to their roots while still venturing into uncharted territory. Featuring fiery guitar work by Carlos Santana, Breaking Down the Doors has an upbeat sound that distracts from its dark lyrics. Interspersed with Carlos playing guitar and Buika singing, it makes for a danceable tune. Unfolding more Jazz tunes and finding their way as they go, Yo Me Lo Merezco conjures up early band sounds and melodies. A tribute to Carlos’ overriding humility, the track features electric guitar chords that melt in and out. A unique infusion of rock, Latin and Jazz, it’s the raw inspiration that makes Africa Speaks compelling. Salute to good music!

In the cold winter of December 1940, among the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. With little Pamela’s identity unknown, Ellen decided to take care of her like her own. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day when Pamela is taken away screaming, Ellen’s entire perception of love, loss and war changes. Soul stirring and fiercely raw, the beautiful novel is a gem for fans of historical fiction.

NON-FICTION

The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know about Work, Family and the Path to Building a Life By Hana Schank, Elizabeth Wallace In the cold winter of December 1940, among the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. With little Pamela’s identity unknown, Ellen decided to take care of her like her own. Three golden years pass as the Second World War rages on. Then one day when Pamela is taken away screaming, Ellen’s entire perception of love, loss and war changes. Soul stirring and fiercely raw, the beautiful novel is a gem for fans of historical fiction.


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JAZZ IT UP

BAHRAIN JAZZ FEST IS THE COUNTRY’S FINEST AND MOST ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, WITH SOULFUL MUSIC FEATURING ICONIC PERFORMANCES BY AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL ARTISTS. NOW, WITH THE PLANNING OF THE 2019 EDITION WELL UNDER WAY WE CANNOT HELP BUT SUMMON OUR INNER LIZA MINNELLI.

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here’s nothing quite like the build-up of a festival to bring a community together. Bahrain Jazz Fest will be held on the November 1 at the Royal Golf Club and will offer an experience unlike any other in Bahrain, featuring a brand new artist line-up, unique all-day markets, food trucks, craft markets and exciting family-friendly attractions! Bahrain Jazz Fest, Bahrain's biggest national music festival and the region’s most authentic jazz festival has garnered some bragging rights for bringing together the finest jazz musicians from around the world and Bahrain. The event is the perfect opportunity to experience world-class artists performing modern jazz music while also showcasing Bahraini jazz artists to the world. The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger and singer Ana Popovic headlined the 2018 stage which further accelerated the prestige of this event once more amongst other artists. 42

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Since its inception in 2017, the island’s exciting touristic festival has attracted more than 8000 international and regional visitors and has hosted over 30 international and local artists. A complete family-friendly event, the open-air festival will feature two stages, interactive kids’ zones, Bahrain’s best food trucks, craft markets and more! Over the years, the festival has actively promoted up-andcoming local talent through several initiatives such as band hunts, workshops, performances etc. and continues to open up opportunities for the local music community. Last year also saw the integration of a digital guide to immerse visitors to the festival which included artist profiles alongside event schedules and other important info. In particular we loved the interactive camera frames that could be accessed through the complimentary downloadable app, which further amplified that sense of morale across social media. Not to forget that The Bahrain Jazz Fest is a nationwide initiative which aims to bring partners, sponsors, volunteers, musicians and communities together through the spirit of jazz music. Ticket details and more information will be released nearer the time, but, you know us, we’re all about the hype. On that note...It’s time to jazz it up again, Bahrain!

THE JOURNEY SO FAR 25+ Partners 31+ Artists 8500+ Attendees 10 Million Reach on Social Media

GO: VISIT WWW.BAHRAINJAZZFEST.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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RESORT

LIVING ESCAPE TO A LUXURIOUS ISLAND PARADISE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY AND DISCOVER THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AT REEF RESORT & SPA.

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class shopping malls, world heritage sites, museums and dining and entertainment districts. It is also just a short drive to the ‘home of motorsports in the Middle East’, the Bahrain International Circuit. Manama city is a bustling metropolis and a renowned cultural hub, which was named the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012, Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013, and the Capital of Asian Tourism in 2014. Reef Resort is part of the Reef Island development, a purpose-built island conceived to be Bahrain's benchmark for the ultimate in luxury, waterfront living, welcoming residents and guests to the tranquility of an Island getaway in the heart of the harbour city.

FACILITIES FOR EVERYONE

Spa Slip into a sanctuary of pure serenity at the Reef Aqua Spa where the expert therapists will transport you on a blissful healing journey that will rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. The decadent spa offers total privacy with separate areas for both men and women to enjoy total relaxation while they experience spa journey that is designed to ensure our guests complete wellbeing. Let the experienced therapists release any stress and tension with customised face and body treatments that will leave you looking your best and feeling refreshed and revitalised. Discover Reef Aqua Spa; where an oasis of serenity awaits from 9am to 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends.

SERENE AND STYLISH

Nestled on Manama’s northern shore, Reef Resort is a peaceful harbour haven offering lush, landscaped tropical gardens, luxuriously appointed villas, and world-class wellness, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities - all against a stunning sea and city scape. Located on the purpose-built Reef Island, Resort provides its discerning guests complete serenity coupled with the convenience of the cosmopolitan city of Manama with the Bahrain Financial Harbor, traditional souqs and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destinations at their doorstep. The Resort’s younger guests will be entertained at one of our two Kids Clubs while you slip into a sanctuary of pure indulgence at the Reef Aqua Spa, or enjoy a dip in one of our two infinity-edge sand pools. Our team of global chefs will take you on a culinary journey to one of our six restaurants, cafes or lounges, as you revel in Manama’s breathtaking harbor and glittering skyline. Experience Bahrain in complete luxury at Reef Resort, a Serene Island Haven in the Heart of Manama City.

PERFECT LOCATION

Nestling Manama’s Northern Harbour in the heart of the city’s business and shopping district, Reef Resort is perfectly located for business or leisure travel. The Resort offers complete serenity just minutes away from Manama’s beating heart, including easy access to the Bahrain Financial Harbour, traditional souqs, world

Hair & Beauty Salon The Reef Ladies Hair & Beauty Salon offers the latest hair and beauty treatments and services to ensure you look and feel your very best. Located in the Reef Aqua Spa, the Salon’s team of expert stylists and beauty therapists will cater to all of your hair and grooming needs. Services include hair cutting, colouring, treatments and styling, massages and more. Open 9am to 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends. Health Club The Resort’s fully equipped, modern Health Club is located in the Resort’s Spa, offering separate fitness facilities for men and women. The Club is furnished with state of the art cardiovascular and resistance machines, and a well-stocked free weights area. Designed for all fitness levels, the Club’s experienced and supportive personal trainers and instructors are on hand to offer gym lessons or one-onone personal training to support you in achieving your health and fitness goals. 6am to 9pm. Swimming Pools Discover the perfect destination to soak up the Resort’s Island vibes at one of our harbor side infinity swimming pools. The Resort’s stunning adults –only, 5000 square meter pool, is the perfect place to relax and cool off with panoramic views of the lagoon and Manama’s glittering skyline. Grab a deck chair or hire your own private gazebo for a blissfully relaxing day by the sea. Younger guests will have fun splashing in the Resort’s Kid’s Pool which also brings the best of the beach with white sand and cool, shallower waters. The Resort’s Kid’s Club is located next to the pool and ready to entertain when your little one has had enough fun in the sun. 7am to sunset. fact magazine

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Kids Club The Reef Resort Kids Club welcomes our younger guests to a world of entertainment and educational fun in a safe and engaging environment. Open from 9am to 6pm daily, the Club’s experienced caregivers deliver a schedule of age appropriate activities for children in an exclusive kid friendly play zone, offering adults well deserved time to relax and unwind. Rest assured that your child will have fun and make new friends and memories at the Reef Resort Kids Club. 9am to 6pm.

DINING REFINED

Pool Delight Indulge in fresh, Mediterranean cuisine by the sea at Pool Delight. This poolside restaurant serves lavish daily breakfast and lunch buffets against a stunning backdrop of the city’s sparkling azure harbour waters. The creative and flavourful Lebanese inspired menu and impressive waterfront location makes Pool Delight the perfect venue to gather friends and family for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Pool Delight is the ideal venue for stylish corporate and private events. 6.30am to 11pm during weekdays and midnight on weekends. Chocolatier Located in the lobby, Chocolatier serves an array of signature teas and coffees, baked pastries, and delectable hand-made chocolates. The stylish white and chocolate interior and panoramic harbor views make Chocolatier the perfect place for your morning coffee or a sophisticated high tea. 8am to 12midnight. Tokyo Reef Experience contemporary Japanese cuisine in a stylish and vibrant ambience. Enjoy freshly prepared sushi and sashimi at the sushi bar complemented by the signature kakigori cocktails as you revel in the beauty of the ornate traditional Japanese fish pond. 5pm to midnight. Shisha Lounge Cruisy beats, an exotic shisha menu, and tempting Lebanese grills and Arabian desserts make the Shisha Lounge the perfect destination to wind down and relax after a long day. The indoor lounge offers cozy privacy for guests, while a relaxed outdoor terrace brings sparkling pool and sea views. 5pm to midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends.

Sunset Saloon The intimate, warm and welcoming Sunset Saloon offers an extensive selection of wines, cocktails, martinis and top shelf cigars to cater to the most demanding of connoisseurs. A tapas-inspired menu perfectly complements the uncompromising quality of the cigar and wine menu as you take in the glorious sun setting over the sea. 5pm to midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends. Closed on Sundays.

ROOM GOALS

Experience the ultimate in luxury living on your Reef Resort getaway. The Resort offers an array of 102 lavishly decorated living spaces, including villas, suites and deluxe rooms designed to exude warmth and luxury. Much more than a five-star hotel, Reef Resort invites you to experience elevated waterfront living with attention to detail that makes you feel the room was designed just for you. Superior Room The 47-square meter luxurious Superior Room offers a Kingsized bed, chaise lounge and coffee table, in addition to a spacious vanity and work area. The marbled bathroom features an indulgent Jacuzzi and walk in shower. The well-appointed room comfortably accommodates up to two adults and one child. Deluxe Garden Room The 47-square meter Deluxe Garden Room offers spectacular views of the Resort’s serene landscaped gardens or the sparkling waters of the sea side Infinity pools from its private terrace. The room features a King-sized bed, arm chair, vanity, coffee table and work area, whilst the marble master bathroom offers a Jacuzzi and walk-in shower. The room can accommodate up to two adults and one child comfortably. Deluxe Room Located on the 1st floor and offering views of gardens or the pool from a private balcony, the 47-square meter Deluxe Room offers additional luxurious touches such as custom-loomed carpets and beautifully patterned designer fabrics. The lavishly decorated space emanates serenity with a King- sized bed, day bed, armchair, vanity and ample work area with executive desk, whilst the marble master bathroom offers a Jacuzzi and walk-in shower.

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and coffee table, day bed and executive work space. The suite has a spacious, opulent marble bathroom with well-appointed vanity area, features a Jacuzzi bathtub and a walk-in shower. The Executive Suite is the perfect space to take care of business or to rest after a long day of meetings. Diamond Suite The 78-square meter Diamond Suite offers uncompromising style and sophistication. The well-appointed suite features a terrace, separate living room with lounge and coffee table, elegant dining area for six, day bed, vanity area, work space, separate guest bathroom and outdoor seating space. The grand bedroom houses a King-sized bed designed for two adults and a child, and the Master bathroom features an indulgent Jacuzzi and walk in shower. Premier Suite The 78-square meter Premier Suite offers uncompromising style and sophistication. Located on either the Ground or 1st Floor, the wellappointed suite features a terrace or balcony, separate living room, with dining area for four, and ample work space. The grand bedroom houses a King-sized bed, designed for two adults and a child while the stunning marble master bathroom features an indulgent Jacuzzi bath tub and walk in shower. Some suites in this category are available with a day bed, arm chair, a vanity area and outdoor seating. Luxury Suite The 78-square meter Luxury Suite welcomes guests into a lavish living space that features a terrace, and entertaining and relaxation areas. The suite has a King-sized bed, separate living room, a day bed and chaise lounge, executive work space, master bathroom with walk in shower and a Jacuzzi bath tub as well as an additional guest bathroom. Deluxe Garden Spacious, bright and thoughtfully decorated, this room overlooks the Green Gardens and offers a King Size bed that can accommodate ¬¬two adults and child. This Room has conveniences like working desk and both a Jacuzzi bath tub and a walk in Shower in the bathroom.

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Junior Suite The lavish 107-square meter Junior Suite offers guests a serene, water front living experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a light and airy ambience to the luxurious suite which features a king-sized bed, additional day bed, dining area for four, comfortable sofa with coffee table, vanity area and executive writing desk. The master marble bathroom has Jacuzzi and walk-in shower, whilst the suite has an additional bathroom for guests. Executive Suite The ideal base for your next business trip, the 74-square meter Executive Suite is artfully designed with elegant decor and select art pieces. Located on the Ground or 2nd floor with a terrace or balcony, the suite features a king-sized bed, separate living room with couch

Imperial Suite The 110-square meter Imperial Suite, located on the ground or first floor, is exquisitely designed to impress the most discerning traveler, offering a terrace or balcony and luxuriously appointed spaces that are perfect for relaxing and entertaining. The suite features a kingsize bed, designed to comfortably accommodate two adults and a child, a separate living room, a dining area for 4, and a seating area with couch and arm chair. The decadent marble bathroom features a Jacuzzi and a walk-in shower. Royal Suite Experience the ultimate in luxuriously serene seaside living in Reef Resort’s Royal Suite. This exquisite, 150 square meters, 2-bedroom suite features a private balcony that offers stunning views of the Resort’s lush tropical gardens, and an interior that provides unmatched elegance and quality with opulent fabrics and select art pieces that together create a welcoming sanctuary. ✤

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SALALAH OMAN’S SOUTHERN DHOFAR REGION IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUMMER, AS KHAREEF SEASON BLOOMS THROUGH UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER WITH THE MOST BREATHTAKING SCENES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. FACT CAUGHT UP WITH VICTORIA BENZ, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, AT AL BALEED RESORT SALALAH BY ANANTARA, AN AWARD-WINNING 5-STAR LUXURY RESORT WITH EVERY INDULGENCE YOU COULD ASK FOR.

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hat makes Khareef in Salalah a special time of year to visit, in your opinion? It’s the unexpectedness of such a unique weather phenomenon and how it’s famous throughout the Middle East. I’m always amazed at how the landscape changes with the rain. You can look out over a cliff and see blankets of clouds and mist hovering over the crashing waves of the sea below. There’s lush green foliage and rolling emerald mountains as far as the eye can see. You feel like you’re in the Scottish Highlands – until you see a group of desert camels stroll by. It’s quite surreal. Also, the spirit of the locals and visitors changes. The weather brings an energy. People are out in nature hiking, picnicking or just driving through the mountains for those perfect photo ops. The city is bustling with people visiting the street-side stalls selling fresh fruit and refreshing coconut drinks. Tell us three activities or excursions provided by Anantara that guests should book to experience during Khareef season in Salalah? When coming for Khareef, you’ll want to get out and see the sights. Guests can book tours through the hotel or enlist our Salalah Guru, who’s lived here his whole life, to provide a tailored excursion. From hiking to a scenic cliffside or discovering a secret swimming hole to taking an adventure 4x4 ride and snapping photos of a spectacular waterfall, the Salalah Guru can take guests to the best, most undercover, Khareef spots. Since the temperature is nice and refreshing and the scenery so stunning, our gourmet Khareef picnics are very popular. We can provide the entire set-up from a large selection of food and drinks stored in hot or cool boxes to dishware and cutlery. Carpets, chairs and shades are also available to comfortably dine in your favourite spectacular setting. fact magazine

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For a family of four, what would be the most luxurious and comfortable accommodation to book at the resort and why? Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is the only luxury resort in the region with private pool villas which are by far our most popular accommodation for families. We have 88 spacious private pool villas in one- and two-bedroom layouts. GCC families especially love staying in these villas for the privacy and the exclusiveness of having a dedicated Villa Host. For an even more luxurious experience, we have one three-bedroom Royal Beach Pool Villa. It’s huge with plenty of both indoor and outdoor space along with a large private pool. It overlooks the beach and the lagoon. Aside from enjoying all that Khareef has to offer, what other facilities does the resort boast that would cater to GCC travellers’ needs? In addition to the private pool villas, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has fantastic dining options. We offer lavish buffets in all-day dining restaurant Sakalan as well as Southeastern Asian food in the award-winning Mekong. During Khareef our outdoor beachside restaurant, Al Mina, serves a special Arabic-packed menu. It’s a great place to sit outside for a coffee and shisha overlooking the mesmerising Khareef-size waves. Of course, in-room dining is also popular and we have an extensive menu of Arabic and international favourites. Families love to dine on their spacious villa terrace around their private pool. We offer a do-it-yourself style In-Villa BBQ where we provide delicious food and all of the equipment to grill in the privacy of your villa. We can even prepare the BBQ for guests with a private chef and/or waiter. Many of our guests fall in love with our food, so we offer Spice Spoons cooking classes in which the guests work with one of our chefs to make various dishes of their choosing and then enjoy their creations for lunch. Asian or Arabic options are available along with a trip to the market with the chef to find the freshest ingredients. We also have a world-renowned Anantara Spa with the region’s only luxury hammam. With the weather as it is, the spa is quite popular during Khareef with a full range of treatments, many using indigenous like coconut, pomegranate and frankincense. ✤

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LET IT RAIN Khareef Special Escape the summer heat for a luxurious Khareef at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara with 25% savings on private pool villas and spa treatments. Dine on lavish buffet breakfasts and daily buffet or a la carte dinner at one of the restaurants of your choice during your stay. Lounge in your spacious private pool villa. Experience pure relaxation in our Anantara Spa complete with luxury hammam. Marvel at the magnificent scenery of lush, green mountains and cascading waterfalls in Salalah – the ultimate summer destination. Package includes: 25% savings on villa accommodation Daily buffet breakfast for two persons Daily buffet or à la carte for dinner for two persons at the restaurant of your choice 25% savings on spa treatments.

GO: GULF AIR IS OPERATING DAILY DIRECT FLIGHTS TO SALALAH FROM BAHRAIN THROUGHOUT KHAREEF SEASON. VISIT WWW.GULFAIR.COM TO BOOK YOUR GETAWAY TODAY. CALL +968 2322 8222 OR VISIT WWW.ANANTARA.COM/EN/ALBALEED-SALALAH/ FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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HOSPITALITY SPOTLIGHT AS ONE OF THE MOST REPUTED ORGANISATIONS IN THE COUNTRY, BUKHOWA GROUP IS A REAL GAME CHANGER. FACT CAUGHT UP WITH MOUEEN ASKER, OWNER REPRESENTATIVE OF RAMADA BY WYNDHAM MANAMA CITY CENTRE AND BOKHOWA GROUP ITSELF, TO TALK CHALLENGES, GOALS AND MORE… fact magazine

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Please tell us a little more about your career so far within Bahrain's hospitality industry... I started my career in hospitality in 1999 as a chef in Phoenicia Hotel back in Beruit, for two years from 1999 to 2001. Later I moved to Dubai with Grand Hyatt Hotel and in 2004 I did a career change to management in media from 2004 to 2018. In 2019 I have rejoined the hotel sector as owner representative for Ramada by Wyndham Manama City Centre. What is it about the commercial side of a business that draws your attention? I love this job with Bokhowa Group, as they are into so many different sectors of work, like hospitality, health, restaurants, real estate, etc. They have all categories of business but the best part for me is the hospitality sector which is Ramada by Wyndham City Centre, as I started my career with it. 54

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Do you have a work ethos or philosophy that you like to live by? A good team working ethos equates to a positive characteristic attitude, mission and vision towards what constitutes moral working practice. Achieving equality at work will involve all people associated with any organisation.

Share with us some of your career skills that have helped you to reach a managerial role... I have been working in Bahrain for a long time now, and with my working experience I have gained a lot of confidence. I am a team player with good communication skills, and I have a huge Public Relations background and I am a hard worker. What are some of the challenges you face in your daily role and how do you overcome these? The biggest challenge is time management, as I am the owner’s representative for the Bokhowa Group, so for me to handle all departments with going on projects and giving them time individually is a bit challenging. But this is exciting as I enjoy tackling hurdles in a way which I love to solve and overcome, and give the best results.

Tell us three important elements of success in the workplace, in your opinion... I would say: time management, teamwork and communication skills. What are some of your professional goals for the rest of 2019? To keep managing Bokhowa Group and make it reach new heights by: Increase the value of the company; Increase professional knowledge and training; Increase earnings; Improve lowfunctioning work processes; Having new experiences; and to reach out to all and help all. ✤

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LOUD AND CLEAR Elevate your music experience to a whole new level with Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay H9, FACT puts them to the test…

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nhancing sound quality and efficiency, the new flagship wireless active noise cancelling headphones bring better battery life and voice assistant control to the Beoplay H9. Crafted in luxurious and lightweight materials, the newest release comes with an overear style. Giving you the very best out of your headphones, the headband is built up around a solid and lightweight aluminum frame covered with stitched cowhide leather, and underneath the soft lambskin coated ear cushion is adaptive memory foam that forms to the shape and curve of the ear for supreme comfort and breathability. Equipped with Bang & Olufsen’s strong heritage of sound engineering dating back to 1925, the Beoplay 9 delivers an authentic and finely tuned acoustic performance as well as features advanced Active Noise Cancellation technology so you can immerse yourself in your music or enjoy the silence. Apart from the unparalleled sound engineering, the new Beoplay 9 also introduces The Google Assistant that lets you quickly enjoy entertainment, stay connected, get information and manage your day – all without glancing at your phone. The dedicated voice assistant button also lets you activate the default voice assistant on your phone. Thanks to the new bigger built-in battery, you get to enjoy increased playtime as you get up to 25 hours of playtime with Bluetooth and ANC turned on - 7 hours extra playtime from the previous model! That’s not all; the new Beoplay 9 has also 58

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been updated with improved ear cushions and increased padding on the headband for better comfort. Offering you everything that you can ever ask for from a good pair of headphones, the Beoplay H9 also lets you personalise your listening experience by using the Bang & Olfusen App for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch. You can adjust the tonality and sound staging with the intuitive ToneTouch feature, choose between a variety of sound profiles specifically for Beoplay H9 to match different types of activities such as working out, commuting or listening to podcasts. Pushing the boundaries of audio technology and innovation, the new Beoplay H9 makes listening to music a truly multisensory experience. If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that get the job done and give you the biggest bang for your buck- the Beoplay H9 is the way to go! ✤

GO: BEOPLAY H9 COMES IN THE COLOURS MATTE BLACK AND ARGILLA BRIGHT AND IS AVAILABLE FOR A RETAIL PRICE STARTING AT BD210. BEOPLAY H9 IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, IN BANG & OLUFSEN STORES AND SELECTED RETAILERS. VISIT WWW.BANGOLUFSEN.COM/HEADPHONES/ BEOPLAY-H9 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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THE ALL-NEW VOLKSWAGEN

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THE TERAMONT MANAGES TO IMPRESS IN ALL AREAS OF DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE.

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aving produced automobiles since 1937, Volkswagen is a car manufacturer with a great deal of experience as well as a history of producing a variety of popular automobiles. The massive success of their vehicles led to Volkswagen being named amongst the top 25 largest companies in the world by 2011. This is not surprising when considering the popularity of VW models such at the VW Beetle, VW Golf, VW Passat VW Polo VW Touareg and more recently the VW Tiguan. Thanks to the team at Volkswagen Bahrain, we were provided with an opportunity to test-drive the all-new Teramont 3.6 SEL SUV. Upon our initial exterior inspection, the Teramont proudly revealed its modern and muscular design complete with classic proportions and clean lines. This new look is bold without being overly aggressive and is accentuated by the vehicle’s external features including the stylish grille as well as the chrome and black matte finishes. The Teramont R-Line pays tribute to the signature style of Volkswagen and gives the car an unmistakable presence on the road. The sporty bumper and uniquely styled LED headlights draw the eyes to the front of the SUV, whilst the glossy black air inlets add panache to both ends. The 20-inch Mejorada alloy wheels are yet another head turning feature and only increase one’s desire to get this attractive model on the road. The interior of the Teramont proved to be as impressive as the exterior, with the driver’s 10-way power seat providing an extremely comfortable welcome. Made out of Vienna leather, the front seats also come complete with active seat ventilation, perfect for those hot Summer days. The panoramic sunroof extends over almost three rows of seating and ensures ample natural light for all occupants. Perhaps the greatest feature of the Teramont is its fantastic interior design that allows for seven people to sit comfortably. This family-friendly SUV has been designed to ensure it can cater to your needs, with adjustable and collapsible seating throughout. The already generous boot space can be increased dramatically when one folds down either or both the second and third rows of seating. This design also allows for passengers to adjust their backrests, armrests and legroom to ensure maximum comfort. The presence of no less than 17 cup holders is yet another novel and convenient feature of this SUV. The technology in this vehicle proved to have an advanced touch with the updated media navigation system boasting a large and sleek 8-inch HD touchscreen display. This system is easy to operate with its voice control and proximity sensors. Much to our satisfaction, the Teramont’s multiple compatible phone pairing capabilities (Volkswagen App-Connect) allowed us to access music, mapping and various other apps on the dash, from our smartphones. Once out on the road, we were again pleasantly surprised by what this SUV had to offer. The SEL model houses a 3.6L FSI V6 engine with a power output of 280 PS and 360 Nm of torque. The strength of this well-constructed engine, along with the 4Motion® AllWheel Drive system, allows the driver to handle any conditions that may arise, whilst ensuring optimum driving comfort and handling. The 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® allows for maximum performance and efficiency, providing the

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convenience of an automatic with the hands-on sportiness of a manual transmission. All this translates to a beautiful car with ample power that is easy to control and a whole lot of fun to drive. Safety has been another major consideration of the Teramont’s designers with a multitude of safety features having been incorporated. These features include the safety cage design of the chassis, Park Distance Control & Park Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Traffic Alert, an automatic post-collision braking system as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. But wait, there’s more. Three-point safety belts have been included for all seats, whilst side-curtain head-protection airbags that cover all three rows are also present. Additionally, the space for three child seats in the second row is one of the most unique and intresting features of this vehicle. There is little doubt that Volkswagen have taken the safety of your family very seriously indeed. By the time we found ourselves back at Volkswagen Bahrain, we had to agree that it was difficult to fault any aspect of the Teramont. In fact, we felt that the designers of this respectable SUV had managed to impress in all areas of design, comfort, safety and performance. ✤


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PORSCHE BAHRAIN WELCOMES THE NEW 911 FASTER, MORE POWERFUL AND, MORE EFFICIENT THAN EVER BEFORE, THE EIGHTH GENERATION OF THE PORSCHE 911 HAS ARRIVED IN BAHRAIN.

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evealed at a special event held by Porsche Centre Bahrain, at The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views, the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S, highlighted the design and performance evolution of the brand’s most iconic sports car. The rear-engine model range has been redesigned and now showcases a more muscular look that pays tribute to its past, while also embracing the future with technology woven into its DNA. Colin Sattar, General Manager of Porsche Centre Bahrain, said: “Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional, and more efficient than its predecessors. “It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and this eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver's car that also offers everyday usability and unique design,” he added. “As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera 4S are now available here in Bahrain.” The turbocharged flat-six engine of both models now produces 450 hp. This corresponds to an increase of 30 hp compared with the previous generation. The two 911 variants beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S, with all-wheel drive, just 3.6 seconds. This makes both models 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors. The optional Sport Chrono Package reduces the sprint by a further 0.2 seconds. Power in the new models is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dualclutch transmission. Top speeds are now measured at 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the all-wheel drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km. The new 911’s silhouette remains iconic with an exterior design that draws on its earlier generations, making it familiar and yet undoubtedly new. This eighth incarnation is more assertive, with significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Electrical popout handles in the doors emphasise the tapered and smooth side contour, while a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the first 911 generations. At the rear, all models feature a rear significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light strip. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer shell is now made from aluminium. The new 911 advances driving dynamics with the new mixed size tyre configuration, with 20-inch wheels on the front axle and 21-inch wheels on the rear axle. At the same time, the tyres on the rear drive-axle are significantly wider than on the front wheels. The combination results in increased stability, traction and balance while reduced understeer and oversteer improve safety. The refined chassis design is completed by the next generation of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which has been extensively developed for the new 911.

The Carrera Cabriolet S and 4S use innovative technology to achieve a previously unattainable coupé-like roof curvature of the closed fabric panel bow roof, something that also offers aerodynamic benefits. A new and lighter hydraulic roof drive allows the convertible top to be opened and closed in around 12 seconds in each case – like on the previous model, this is possible at speeds up to 50 km/h. The integrated, electrically operated wind deflector ensures increased comfort in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet at higher speeds. In a world first, Porsche has developed the Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for enhanced safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The new optional LED matrix headlights with PDLS Plus are an eye-catching development. The energy centre of the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System matrix headlights is made up of 84 individual LEDs. The new Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are now available at Porsche Centre Bahrain. ✤

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CHERY BAHRAIN WINS DEVELOPMENT AWARDS MOTORCITY, THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR OF CHERY VEHICLES IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN, ATTENDED THE CHERY 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF GLOBAL DEALERS IN NINGBO, CHINA, WHERE IT WAS AWARDED THE ‘OUTSTANDING MARKET DEVELOPMENT AWARD’ FOR 2018. The conference comprised several activities including a visit to Auto Shanghai 2019, the Ningbo Zhoushan Port, test drives of new Chery vehicles, theme meetings, product & digital marketing seminars, an EXEED dealer-attracting roadshow and a tour of the city of Ningbo. Motorcity Chairman, Mr. Waleed Kanoo lauded the award stating; “Motorcity and Chery have cooperated for 14 years since the Chery brand was established in 2005, growing from strength to strength together and gaining the trust of

the Bahrain market. Motorcity was created to serve the needs of the local market with our strategically chosen brands and award winning aftersales service. This award once again solidifies that passion to serve the market and build trust with our global brands.” In 2018, sales volumes for Chery cars in Bahrain increased over 200% compared to 2017.✤ VISIT MOTORCITY.COM.BH/PASSENGER-CARS/CHERY, OR VISIT THE MOTORCITY SHOWROOM IN SANAD. CALL 1762 1162 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

EBRAHIM K. KANOO LAUNCHES ALL-NEW 2020 TOYOTA COROLLA

UNDERLINING ITS COMMITMENT TO BUILDING ON THE LEGACY OF ITS INNOVATIVE VEHICLES THROUGH CONTINUAL REFINEMENTS, TO MEET AND EXCEED THE EXPECTATIONS OF ITS CUSTOMERS, THE ALL-NEW TOYOTA COROLLA WAS LAUNCHED BY EBRAHIM K. KANOO; THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR OF TOYOTA IN BAHRAIN. The Corolla is Toyota's all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, the Corolla has evolved; new advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all while inheriting the original model’s core DNA-reliability and usability-from the very first generation. Exemplifying Toyota’s continuous commitment to providing environmentally friendly vehicles is the addition of a hybrid electric model, which combines two power sources consisting of a petrol engine and two electric motors. The class-leading model offers the lowest fuel consumption value in its category at 27.6km/L, enabling customers to contribute to a greener future while enjoying the increased driving satisfaction provided by its advanced technologies. The new model offers exceptional cabin quietness and smooth acceleration, especially when accelerating from a stand-still. Chief Engineer for the Toyota Corolla; Yasushi Ueda, said: “At Toyota, we strive to design new models that are eye-catching and fun to drive. The Corolla carries a heritage of more than 50 years and has always remained true to its original concept; a passenger car 68

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that offers strong levels of quality, durability, and reliability, together with a smooth driving experience. “This foundation was our starting point. We wanted to make a new model that both builds on this legacy and enriches mobility for our customers. The biggest reward we can get is seeing how people enjoy our car and that they are proud to own a new Corolla,” he added. ✤ GO: VISIT WWW.TOYOTA.COM.BH OR GO TO THE TOYOTA SHOWROOM IN SITRA. CALL 1773 0730 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE For Summer, it’s all about mixing up your personal style and taking a step out of your comfort zone for a seasonal refresh.

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LADIES Across the River Island womenswear edit, this season sees the introduction of subtle rainbow colours, print clashes and daring silhouettes that range from 80’s, over-sized to classic boyfriend. Red, white and blue form the foundation of NEW LEAGUE. This collection refreshes and reinvents print in a smarter way, achieved through a combination of over-sized chains and geo prints. For 80s DRESS TIME smart meets casual in the ultimate desk to dancefloor fashion. A staple black and white colour palette with flashes of neon green and print and colour blocking are combined with a nod to the 80s. Suit up with MODERN HERITAGE from full length trousers to short and chic, this trend offers a variation amongst print. CALI DREAMER offers utility denim in washed-out pastel pinks, neon orange and staple light blue for those classic dreamers. Added detailing helps give this trend the ultimate edge.

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GENTS For the River Island man, the Spring/Summer 2019 collection showcases the brands’ ability to effortlessly translate the season’s key trends into a refined range for the styleconscious gent. REGAL & REGATTA infuses sports luxe with sharp, sophisticated separates. Stonewash denim, inspired by the 90s, is elevated with fine regal illustrations, whilst lightweight knits are layered effortlessly for clean, sartorial styling. DARK TROPICS reinvents tailoring in daring pink, complemented with chic shirting in opulent, silky fabrics. Outerwear in varied textures teamed with classic western and bleached wash denim allows for a contemporary, versatile approach to smartcasual dressing. LA BREA introduces photographic Miami prints to summer essentials; slogan tees and satin shirts. MORROCAN fuses a plethora of tribal, paisley and geometric prints with neutral ecru and beige tones for a modern and masculine palette. ✤ GO: SHOP RIVER ISLAND’S SS’19 COLLECTION AT YOUR NEAREST STORE. fact magazine

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DISCRETION MODEST FASHION BRAND “LEEM” TAKES OVER THE GULF

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layful street style, avant-garde experimentation, and high-end luxe with a vengeance — these creations from Leem open a door on modest sensibilities that are as up-to-the-minute as mainstream fashion. Just not as hourglass. Or as bare. Now THIS is what we’ve been waiting for. After all, ‘Modesty is the highest elegance’. The brand, which specialises in fashion-forward modest wear, has taken over the Gulf region over the past year, opening stores in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai and Bahrain. Leem is all about celebrating ‘The Modern Middle Eastern Woman’ and the ‘Essence of Style’ and since Leem’s high-end yet moderately-priced collections target the region’s fashion conscious women - that seek conservative or modest wear with global appeal - it’s now become a firm favourite in our fashion archives. When you step in-store to witness Leem firsthand you cannot help but drink in and unearth the wide selection of fashionable, modern and affordable clothing; one that is unparalleled in its design ethos and concept. The rotation of the collection’s adhere to Middle Eastern tradition as Leem’s Ramadan collection featured a colourful assortment of beautifully designed outfits inspired by traditional women wear, such as the Jalabiya, but with a modern twist that left the garments in a striking plethora of style. In addition to that, the collection also features a Mommy & Me line, allowing mothers and daughters to dress up in matching dresses for the most celebrated occasions. Move over Kim and North Kardashian. Now, taking into account the particular season we are in, Leem’s

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Eid collection pays as much attention to this factor as to the design itself. The brand has truly thought of all eventualities. It has considered that the outfits featured in this collection would be worn in the summer, and would therefore have to be light and airy. The Eid capsule also features practical and casual pieces for everyday wear that are perfect for travel, in addition to exquisite accessories and scarfs. Talk about luxury on the go! These particular times of year are abundant with family gatherings and societal integration and can prove a struggle to find the perfect ensemble. It is the ideal occasion for every woman to look her best in modern outfits that adhere to customs and traditions which Leem caters to in bountiful amounts. Now, we cannot talk about Leem and not talk about THAT recently launched flagship capsule Spring/Summer 2019 collection… showcasing Leem at its best, offering both bold and striking colours as well as calm and neutral ones, allowing for seamless and stylish integration of the hijab as a fashion statement as part of the overall look. The collection also features more creative outfits, integrating African print inspiration as well as colour contrast pieces which are showcased across the fashion scene. As a brand, they are not only switched-on with their execution of design but they exude a savvy prowess. Leem is without-a-doubt modest fashion redefined. With continuous contemporary collections releasing every few months, made up of a wide selection of outfits and accessories, including turbans and earrings, Leem is the long-awaited answer to the modern, conservative woman’s wishes. Louder for the women in the back! ✤ fact magazine

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TASTING ITALY Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta and antipasto keeps us foodies coming back for more at the eponymous Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa. FACT’s Jayne Green delves into the culinary delights of trendy Italian restaurant Fiamma where the new menu is a voyage of flavours, and honestly, carbs have never tasted so good.

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s I entered Fiamma Italian within the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa it was both everything I hoped it would be and would expect from an Italian Trattoria. The décor was reminiscent of an Italian Farmhouse with wrought iron chandeliers hanging from exposed beams and wooden flooring giving a homely, comforting feeling. Combine this with plush, upholstered chairs and marble topped tables, terracotta, azure blue and a complement of other earthy tones and you have the perfect setting. The terrace garden also provides the option of sunny lunches or evenings enjoying the cuisine and a cooling breeze. Chef Marco Terranova is a native of Sicily meaning that pure traditional, Italian food has formed the foundation of his innovative style. The countries in which he has lived and worked have all left an imprint and influenced his repertoire. Each and every experience and challenge has developed his range as a Chef. Diners are given an insight into his philosophy and the importance for the team at Fiamma to source the finest authentic products and ingredients. This may mean having to import Olive Oil from Liguria or Sicily or tomatoes kissed by the bright Mediterranean sunshine. It’s probably advisable that I warn you that as you read on you are likely to become very hungry and develop a craving for Italian food. The details of each dish are enough to make you salivate imminently, The Cannelloni with Black Olive, Ricotta and Buffalo Mozzarella was a very fitting place to start. The flavours were laden with Italian tradition yet the presentation was inspired. The cannelloni forming a cylinder, perfectly housing the rich creamy filling and a swipe of the most glossy black olive puree alongside looked both voguish and delicious. This was followed by the Baby Hammour Tartar served with a jug of Green tea and miso emulsion encouraging diners to take an interactive approach and pour the emulsion themselves. Again presentation was sharp and precise although the flavours were rustic Italian. This was carried throughout each course. The fish course, Sea Bass with parsley crumb, charcoaled artichoke and potato écrasé; 'smashed' rather than 'mashed' potatoes – was vibrant and fresh . Droplets of parsley infused cream added another element to presentation and taste. In order to elevate the levels of decadence the Beef Fillet comes complete with a slice of the most perfectly seared foie gras and a single potato tower. The baby asparagus added colour and crunch to the dish. One was full after such a gastronomic affair, but for those of you with a sweet tooth you can

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expect their dessert selection to be indulgent and brimming with flavours which typify Italian cuisine. The Layers of Chocolate and Hazelnut crème in the Diplomatio Nocciola e Cioccolato are told to be both intense and moreish. Gelato is an iconic Italian creation and their homemade Pistachio Gelato with Almond Caramel Tuille is renowned for being unrivalled! Visiting Fiamma will be a treat for your senses. The aroma of woodsmoke from the pizza oven, the Mediterranean tones and hues and the intense Italian flavours alongside their striking presentation will transport you, for a few hours at least, to the hills of Tuscany or the wave lapped beaches of Sicily. This is undoubtedly the place to explore authentic Italian recipes which are treated respectfully by Chef Terranova whilst also infusing modern and global elements. ✤

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KHALEEJI ROOTS Deeply rooted in the region’s culture, Khaleeji cuisine is comfort food at its finest. Combining simple ingredients with unparalleled taste, the fare of the Gulf always has our taste buds doing a happy dance. Home to some of the best hummus imaginable and the most decadent oven baked strudels, Furn Bistro and Bakery at The Westin City Centre Bahrain is one of FACT’s favourites, as Aanchal Duggal confirms… fact magazine

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resenting timeless classics in a way never introduced before, Furn Bistro and Bakery offers a unique dining experience celebrating the heart and soul of pure Khaleeji cuisine. Combining both local and Western influences, the restaurant stays true to authentic ingredients while still being super innovative in their approach. Never one to miss an opportunity to dine at this amazing venue, we decided to go and indulge in their new menu. After being ushered in and welcomed by their super friendly staff, we were introduced to our first dish of the day, Beetroot Salad. Packed with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, the refreshing medley of beetroot, feta cheese, arugula, tomato, orange dressing and almond is a pleasing mix of complementing textures and tastes. The feta cheese is light, while the orange dressing offers the perfect amount of zing. It tastes so good; you’ll forget it’s healthy! A true Middle Eastern favourite, our next dish of Baked Eggs felt like a warm hug on the inside. Baked eggs in Oriental tomato sauce and served with Arabic bread, the comforting taste and unique flavours are the best companions on a day when you’re trying to beat the heat. The tomato sauce is fragrant and tangy, while the eggs are done just right and taste oh-so-good! Embracing the true essence of Khaleeji cuisine, Furn marries traditional recipes with modern influences to offer its diners truly distinctive culinary masterpieces. Our next dish of Wagyu Pockets is a genuine representation of what Furn is all about. Three mini kofta with akawi cheese, harissa and onion relish in a sumac bun is heaven in every bite. The meat is super flavourful and tender, while the smooth akawi cheese enhances the taste with just the slightest bit of saltiness. We can’t recommend it enough! As we were busy diving deep into a food coma, our next dish of Gulf King Prawns was brought out. Prawns with braised fennel, orange, pommery mustard and citrus rice is a treat for all seafood lovers. Brimming with natural flavour, the prawns are done just right and seasoned beautifully, as the citrus rice truly brings the dish together. If you’re someone who loves a good indulgence, their Grilled Lamb Rack should be right up your foodie alley. Grilled Lamb Rack with potato fondue, Mediterranean vegetable and pepper coulis, the balancing flavours feel like a party in our mouths. The uber succulent lamb is all you need to feel like everything is right in the world. Showcasing Furn’s mesmerising display of the true art of the oven, their Traditional Chicken Tajine has to be one of our favourite dishes of the day. Chicken stew with saffron and dry fruits served with white rice, the dish is an absolute treat to our senses. A delightful blend of sweet and savoury, it is pure bliss in every bite! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, our desserts for the day had us drooling from the get-go with our forks and cameras at the ready. Oozing with cheese, nuts and sugar syrup, their Kunafa has to be one of the best things we have had in a while. The creamy cheese and perfectly done pastry are happiness on a plate. If ice cream is your thing, their Arabic ice cream selection will have you craving for more. Take your pick from Saffron, Rose, Date or Walnut - so smooth and luscious, they’ll be starring in your dessert dreams for days to come! 86

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Apart from some seriously mouthwatering delicacies, the restaurant also serves an amazing selection of refreshing beverages. We highly recommend their Watermelon Lemonade and Blueberry Mojito! For the more calorie-conscious, their Chef has curated an array of delicious dishes with your well being in mind, giving you the freedom to choose when it comes to portion size, nutritional value and quality of ingredients. From its delicately flavoured specialities and fresh oven-baked goods to its splendid ambience - Furn Bistro and Bakery is the place to be if you’re in the mood for some excellent Khaleeji cuisine! ✤

GO: CALL 1717 1441 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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INNOVATIVE FLAVOURS Indigo at The Merchant House succeeds in pleasing its guests with a menu that celebrates international cuisine made special by its modern Asian twist. FACT’s Layal El Mahmoud explores the cuisine to learn more…

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e step off the lift and into Indigo to be pleasantly surprised. Not because we saw something extremely extraordinary, but for the sight was really beautiful and unexpected. Indigo at Manama's newly-opened boutique hotel The Merchant House, embraces a fresh summery set up that is utterly inviting. An abundance of greenery that marries well with the solid wood tables in light muted tones, and comfortable furniture adorned in flowery prints of white, green, and pink, all recalls a nostalgic scene at a quaint country home or a cosy dining room in any elegant grandmother’s house. It has a very charming Mediterranean town vibe. A cosy space that fits about a dozen tables with the ceiling decorated in wood meets brass chandeliers, alongside a glass wall with a wide door that opens up to a welcoming homely terrace; something that looks straight out of a Country Living magazine editorial with a very warm and inviting atmosphere. Oh, we cannot wait for the weather to be right again. A waiter with a warm smile greets us and helps us to a table of our liking, and we notice a simply designed bar to the right of the main entrance, with a few high chairs dressed in attractive rose leather and an energetic barman ready to amaze you with the intriguing sounds of cocktail shakers. Soon after, Executive Chef Robert Shipman comes out of the kitchen for a quick hello and we cannot be more excited listening to him passionately explain the additional love that has been poured into the restaurant's food menu. "Revamped, Revised, Revisited... our menu has just got injected with a spot of love" he said. Not to keep us waiting for too long, Chef Robert heads back to the kitchen leaving us with a growing appetite. We busy ourselves with a glass of water and a chat about the beauty of the hotel with its original paintings and artistic touches, but mostly, the amazing mezzanine floor dedicated to those who appreciate a good book. And here comes plate number one: Goat Cheese Salad, lovely and nutty with a touch of sweet from drops of marinated figs. We specifically liked the way the goat cheese was presented warm on crispy bread boats. Next comes a Sea Bass Sashimi Platter served ceviche style – it’s the ideal antidote to hot summer days with its tangy and fresh taste-bud pleasing flavours. Then we’re wowed by the Beef Rib Samjang; delicious rib cubes nestled in Belgian endive lettuce served with pipirrana salad and sweet chili sauce, it’s a volcano of well-balanced tastes and we just can’t get enough. At this point, we seek our waiter's help in search of a cooling drink. After some knowledgeable advice, we decided to go with his recommendation and ordered two of Indigo Bar's signature mocktails. Super refreshing! We’re then faced with two plates of sushi; Salmon and Avocado and Crab and Mango, straight-forward fresh

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and recognisable flavours grace our palate and the chopstick pro inside us comes out to play. Following this, a plate of Seared Scallops sat in front of us – too beautiful to be eaten. Golden scallops scattered amongst colourful baby carrots and creamy dashes of sunchoke puree with a hot and citrusy punch from the amazing yuzu kosho salsa. A lovely and light Asian touch that we wholly approve of. Finally, a plate of pure greatness for all red meat lovers: Lamb Shank slowly cooked for 18 long hours, served gorgeously tender and falling off the bone. It stands firmly on an extraordinary bed of polenta and rosemary balsamic sauce. It is as perfect as the beauty of a grand finale; the final hurdle that is nothing but real pleasure. We were SO impressed. Full and satisfied, we couldn’t, however, leave without a sweet ending! The amazing chef decided that we must try his special Yuzu Cheesecake – and special it is indeed! The bitterness of the yuzu cuts through the richness of the white chocolate all in a texture match made in heaven. Just the right dose of sweetness from a walnut crumble instead of the crust. The fruiti di bosco is equally light and berry delicious to perfectly conclude a delightful meal. All we can say is that a revisit to Indigo will definitely remain on the cards, every single time we’re hungry and craving quality ingredients and lush flavours. We suggest you take note and do the same! ✤

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

Offering the ultimate multisensory experience, Indian cuisine is the gift that keeps on giving. One place we love to get our fix is at Spices Restaurant in The Crowne Plaza, Bahrain. FACT’s Aanchal Duggal dives in…

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ith dishes that are packed with rich flavour and a plethora of variations to choose from, it’s no wonder why Indian food is one of our all-time favourite cuisines. To satisfy our craving for some muchneeded curry, we decided to head over to Spices Restaurant. Needless to say, we gorged on so much more than just curry! One for our go-to for innovative and contemporary Indian cuisine, Spices Restaurant leaves us feeling happy and satiated each and every time. Introducing a modern, fine dining approach to traditional cuisine, the restaurant offers unparalleled taste and service in a super chic setting. Beginning our culinary expedition with an Indian classic, our Amuse Bouche for the day had us extremely excited. Pani Puri, a round hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of tamarind chutney, mint chutney and potato, the dish was an explosion of aromas that took us back to the streets of Mumbai. Adding to the commendable legacy of the restaurant, Chef Pramod Bijalwan aims to infuse the true and authentic flavours of India right into the heart of Bahrain. Breathing new life into timeless classics, Chef Pramod aims to bring Indian food to the island like never before. A delectable representation of his culinary prowess, our next dish of Kalgi Kebab is love at first bite. Chicken leg boneless marinated with curd, lemongrass and a mix of Chef’s special Indian spices, the dish had us oohing and aahing from the get-go. Staying true to its royal namesake, the chicken is super tender and cooked just right, with the special spices and lemongrass enhancing its flavour perfectly. We don’t mind coming back JUST for this! Offering tastes from all over India, Spices Restaurant introduces the region’s complex yet delicious tastes in all its glory. Bringing to the fore the rich heritage of India’s culinary history, our next dish of Gosht Nihari could not have been any tastier. Slow cooked lamb shank served with Taftan bread flavoured with saffron, the dish is comfort food at its finest. The lamb shank is juicy, fall off the bone soft, while the saffron flavoured bread is super light and tastes luxurious - a match made in foodie heaven! An excellent option for all the healthy food enthusiasts and vegans out there, our next dish of Shindi Kadi and Rajasthani Gatta should be right up your alley. Made with gram flour and tamarind, the dish delivers a unique mix of flavours and textures. Extremely light on your palate yet brimming with delightful textures, the dish gives you the very best of both worlds. Embracing innovation yet staying true to authentic recipes, the restaurant’s ability to marry the old with

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the new is what makes it stand out from the rest. Giving us the true Spices experience, the Dum Murgh Biryani has got to be one of the most fantastic biryanis imaginable. A mouthwatering savoury rice dish loaded with spices, marinated chicken, caramelised onion and flavourful saffron rice, it had us drooling from start to finish. The caramelised onion was a lovely touch. Bringing our meal to a sweet conclusion, the final dish and dessert for the day is true indulgence on a plate. Grated coconut dumpling served with rice pudding, the exquisite combination of Coconut Ladoo and Mawa Kheer is unlike anything we have ever had before. The dish is sweet without being too overwhelming, with the fresh and appetising flavour of the Coconut Ladoo complimenting the creaminess of the Mawa Kheer effortlessly. Presenting the tastes of India on a stunning platter, Spices Restaurant understands that dining is so much more than just eating. Focusing on the dining experience as a whole, the restaurant goes above and beyond to give you the very best in hospitality, ambience and taste. With the addition of the talented Chef Pramod Bijalwan, diners can definitely look forward to some memorable and creative dishes when eating at Spices. ✤

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PEP TALK •

The Myth of Spot Reduction

Summertime Fine, Your Way!

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.

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

I recently measured the body fat percentage of a client. The percentage of fat on the back of his arm (triceps) had gone up, so he then went to the gym and used every machine that’s meant to target the triceps. He came back and asked me to take the measurement again. I smiled and once again pointed out that fat loss doesn’t work this way. The human body does what it wants and loses fat from wherever it wants so if you’re 20kg to 30kg overweight doing 1000 abs crunches isn’t going to give you a six pack in six weeks, neither will doing every tricep exercise you can think of for a week to give you fabulous looking arms. To lose fat anywhere on your body you need to be in a calorie deficit, and this is done by weight training, cardiovascular work and good nutrition. This will decrease the fat stores throughout your whole body which includes your problem areas. So, the truth is 1000 ab exercises will not get you that flat stomach, 100 squats will not lose fat from your legs and 50 tricep exercises will not get rid of the bingo wings, it’s a combination of everything. Unfortunately, the order of which fat is burnt is down to genetics which is impossible to change so where you gain it first will be the place you lose it last. So, don’t focus on spot reduction and do as I said above, focus on the whole body. ✤

Bring out that sunblock and put your favourite sunnies on-Summertime is here! While the warmer weather is all about vacationing in exotic destinations, sunbathing and scrumptious barbeques, it also brings with it the need to look summertime fine. With cute travel instas and envyinducing bikini snaps doing the rounds on all your social media platforms, the need to look your very best is at an all time high. Since the pressure to achieve everything on your bucket list and making it the best summer ever can be overwhelming, it is important to take a step back and truly enjoy the sunshine-filled season. This summer, make it all about creating lasting memories and spending time with loved ones than capturing the most FOMO worthy Instagram shot. Do that one summer activity that reminds you of your childhood, finally read that book you have been putting off for a while now, call up a long-lost friend and meet them up for coffee, explore the Farmers’ Markets in your area or simply relax and unwind at home as you whip up a new recipe. Tackling an objective personal to you and taking pleasure in simple joys of summer are so much important than ensuring your summer is goals personified. With the sun out and the weather breezier than ever, go easy on yourself and take it one day at a time. Don’t forget to keep hydrated and wear that new swimsuit with confidence! ✤

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

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ISLAND INSIDER

Liezl Meier

Director of Sales and Marketing, InterContinental Regency Bahrain

What are the three most challenging and enjoyable aspects of working in hospitality? There is a Playbook, but the actual game is never the same! Because we operate in an industry dependent on human beings, many rules and guidelines apply, but no day is ever the same The job is never done: strategy, market conditions, trends and our stakeholder behaviour is constantly evolving. Once one segment is conquered, the next will be different. Once we have our guests safely and happily settled in their beds, the next day will dawn and our job will start all over again. The Stories! Nothing is more enjoyable than a group of hoteliers reminiscing about our industry. We can literally write a book on what we have seen and heard in hotels. ;-) 98

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Tell us your favourite hotspots in Bahrain for culture and dining, and why these places are special… Qalát al-Bahrain – this fort was the first cultural landmark I shared with my family as a newcomer to the island. It was a gripping experience standing on such history, yet overlooking the modern architecture of the city of Bahrain Block 338 Adliya - Bahrain's bustling dining district. It holds the promise of a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with delightful little spots waiting to be discovered. Manama Souk - I love taking a stroll at night through the vibrant merchant streets of Manama, indulging in the traditional aromas of Bahrain stemming from perfumes, spices, bukhoor and culinary delights.

Share with us some of your professional goals for the rest of 2019... My first goal for 2019, was to assemble a strong, driven and passionate Commercial Team, which was achieved with pride We continue building on the InterContinental Regency Bahrain’s longstanding reputation as one of Bahrain’s prime accommodation options. It’s here where travellers feel at home and warmly nestled in our professional and reliable service. You have witnessed creative campaigns such as #FindLuigi, The Fisherman & Butcher, the launch of DD and the Groove, etc. Now keep an eye out for more exciting projects, which will re-establish our hotel and it’s variety of restaurants and bars, as sought-after hotspots on the island.


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FACT Bahrain July 2019  

Do not disturb is the motto for this month! We're taking respite from the heat with the best staycation, dining and wellness deals on the is...

FACT Bahrain July 2019  

Do not disturb is the motto for this month! We're taking respite from the heat with the best staycation, dining and wellness deals on the is...

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