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• THE EDITOR

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… ☺

Shabana Adam Editor-in-Chief shabana@fact-magazine.com Insta: @shabs_a 4

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

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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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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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