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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ―- Gustave Flaubert

FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • JUNE 2018 VOLUME 11, ISSUE 10

DIRECTOR OMAR SHAHEEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREG HUGHES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHABANA ADAM (shabana@fact-magazine.com) ASSISTANT EDITOR

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t’s no secret at all that this is my favourite issue of the year. Just speak the word “travel” around me and I’ll happily sit with you for hours to talk about why taking off to see the world is high up on my list of priorities. And it seems that travel is also of huge importance to the people of the Gulf. Be it the local or expat community, the chances are that some of your best conversations in Bahrain have revolved around a mutual love of travelling. There’s just something beautifully liberating about being plucked out of your everyday comfort zone and landing in a completely foreign place to see how different cultures live. With undiscovered destinations now opening up for tourism, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best destinations that are seeing a travel revival and others that are newbies on the bucket list. Turn to p31 for #Hashtag# Travel Inspo and start your adventure today - be it solo, with family or a group of friends - there’s plenty of leisure, food, activities, beaches and more waiting! Of course, there’s just as much intrepid inspiration to awaken the travel bug as there is luxury vacays that blend the best of both worlds, seamlessly. If it’s this perfect balance of exploration and relaxation that you’re looking for, take note of our Eid Escapes (p44) where everything from island living to UNESCO sites and safari vibes can make for the perfect getaway during the Eid Al Fitr break. June is also the start of the most-anticipated sporting event of the year - the 2018 FIFA World Cup - and you can believe that Bahrain’s venues are going all out to make sure that you catch all the action live from Russia on the biggest screens, accompanied with the best food and beverages. Turn to World Cup Watch on p27 where we round up some of the social spots to get your footie fix. We’ve got your monthly dose of fashion, tech, dining and all the need-to-know events, openings and foodie deals for the next 30 days. Whilst planning my own summer abroad, I was constantly reminded that the freedom to hop on a plane and venture to somewhere new is a privilege that many people around the world still don’t have. So, let’s be cultural ambassadors and share travel stories as often as possible! As the meme says: catch flights, not feelings - and I’m all about that life. Happy wanderlusting!☺

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Al Areen Happenings AL AREEN PAL ACE & SPA WILL HOST A FABULOUS ARRAY OF EVENTS TO MARK BOTH EID AL FITR AND THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT…

Carnival Delights Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with a family-friendly Carnival Brunch where East literally meets West with Arabic and International cuisine being served in both Rimal and Saffron restaurants, and the walkway in-between. Live cooking stations serving sumptuous delights will deliver delicious treats sure to impress. The Carnival includes pool access with an International DJ and a live band. Entertainment for children includes Disney Characters, Face Painting and Spin & Win games. BD17++ per person with children under six-years-old dining for free. From12noon to 4pm. The Beautiful Game Book in for a wellness, spa or beauty session at Live Your Life with Al Areen’s World Cup Wellness packages. Show off your fancy footwork with a pedicure and score a win with a perfect facial or perhaps a Moroccan bath followed by a sports massage. Be sure to be match perfect with a shampoo, blow dry and either light or full make-up for a beautiful finish. Football Fitness Want to work out like Ronaldo and get as match fit as Messi then why not join the World Cup Training Sessions in the Fitness for Life studio. World Cup Fitness Training Sessions are 45 minutes and will put you through your paces like a professional footballer working out. Classes are BD5 for 45mins with mixed and ladies only sessions. 8

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Be a World Cup Hero! Want to watch the World Cup in style and score brownie points with your family? The Al Areen Palace & Spa World Cup Tent is the ultimate match for you. Watch all the games in comfort and style with football-inspired snacks and refreshments. Giant TVs with surround sound will ensure you soak up the atmosphere of every game. Whilst you’re spending 90 minutes cheering your heroes on to glory you can ensure you don’t get a red card by booking a sensational 90-minute spa treatment for your other half, with use of the stunning indoor and outdoor swimming pools and Garden Hammam. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.ALAREENPALACEANDSPA.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. CELEBRATIONS START JUNE 14.


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BAHRAIN’S NEWEST 5-STAR RESORT Pristine beaches and a full range of entertainment, retail and conference facilities on offer, this will be the first 5-star retreat in Southwest Bahrain… AL SAHEL RESORT HAS ANNOUNCED the development of a new five-star resort on the southwest coast of Bahrain. The resort is the first phase of the Al Sahel development, to be complete within two years. This unique destination boasts 1.25 km of pristine coastline and will be nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while being within easy reach of all of the Kingdom’s major tourism destinations and transport links. Furthermore, its out-of-city location makes it Bahrain’s first ‘retreat’ style venue. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chairman of Al Sahel Resorts, said: “The unique location, as well as high degree of privacy, enable us to serve regional audiences looking for exclusivity. Being the first of its kind in Bahrain, coupled with the high quality and variety of services and amenities on offer, it will allow us to capture the ‘longer-stay’ segment of visitors. “Tourism is one of the highest potential growth sectors for foreign investment, accounting for 10% of the total investment flows into the Kingdom last year,” he added. “In addition to Al Sahel, we are expecting 15 new four- and five-star hotels and resorts to open across Bahrain in the next two years, joining a wide range of existing luxury brands.” The five-star resort will offer an unrivalled level of seclusion and feature both room and villa-based accommodation, and a comprehensive range of entertainment and leisure components for the whole family including restaurants, water features and sports, cinema, teen smart room, kids club, meeting and conference services, sports and spa facilities. The wider destination will complement the resort and include leisure, retail 10

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and entertainment options to provide a complete offering away from the city centre. Jumeirah Group, the global hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, has already signed a hotel management agreement to operate a luxury Jumeirah hotel and spa within the first phase of the development. Bahrain’s tourism sector witnessed rapid growth in 2017, with the total number of tourists visiting the Kingdom increasing by 11.9%. The Kingdom is seeing further enhancement to its tourism infrastructure to support this growth, which is set to play a significant role in Bahrain’s economic diversification and contributing 6.3% to the GDP. The Al Sahel Resort will continue to add new facilities, helping to drive tourism to the southwest coastal region of the Kingdom. ✤

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SMALL SCREEN, BIG FILM ‘Lost’ by Hassan Abdulla Hasan Ali Ebrahim and ‘The Black Circle’ by Adullah Mohsen Abdullah – both from Bahrain are two of the three winners who took home the grand prize at the first ever Small Screen, Big Film festival after voting by the public and acclaimed jury members from across the globe. RUNNING ON THE BRITISH COUNCIL’S YouTube channel, film fans from across the globe were given the opportunity to watch 12 shortlisted films created by young people from the Gulf, and vote for their favourite. The three winning shorts were selected through a combination of audience voting and scores from the acclaimed jury. Rehana Mughal, Senior Programme Manager, Culture and Sport at British Council, said: “This is the inaugural edition of the festival, and so we are thrilled to have seen such a positive response from audiences around the globe, with more than 175,000 film views across the course of the festival. The strength of the entries we received was impressive, and I’d like to congratulate Hassan, Abdullah and Azza for their standout short films. “We also extend our thanks to partners Intofilm, the London Film School and our jury for their exceptional support throughout this project,” she added. “We look forward to watching them continue to pursue their filmmaking goals, and hope Small Screen, Big Film has given all those who submitted work an opportunity and confidence to take their skills forward.” A new platform for young and aspiring filmmakers in the Gulf, Small Screen, Big Film is one of several initiatives under the British Council’s Culture and Sports programme, a three-year initiative aimed at promoting active participation in culture and 12

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sports to encourage greater youth engagement, team work, volunteering, female participation and leadership, diversity and inclusion. Abdullah Mohsen Abdullah, winner of the 18-25 category, said: “It feels great to see your hard work appreciated! Shooting a movie through a phone was both difficult and fun at the same time. I usually use professional cameras and equipment but for this one, only used a smart phone and natural lighting which was a unique experience that I learned a lot from. This award is a huge achievement and a great boost for us to keep developing our skills and create more films, be it locally or internationally.” Hassan Abdulla Hasan Ali Ebrahim, winner of the under 18s category, said: “Regardless of the limitations of filming using a smartphone, it was a great experience and an exciting challenge to break the routine. The competition is unique, as it gives creative young people an opportunity to explore the world of filmmaking and to develop their talents in the field.” Year-round grab a smartphone and tell your story with the short film guide, produced in collaboration with IntoFilm. ✤

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CULTURAL CALENDAR All the best happenings organised and hosted by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities – mark these in your diary! WHAT: Mohammed Al Bakri's Concert – A Tribute to Abu Baker Salem WHEN: 2nd Day of Eid Al-Fitr, 8pm WHERE: Cultural Hall PRICE: Free admission In celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities presents a musical performance honoring the legacy of the late Abu Baker Salem presented by Bahraini singer Mohammed AlBakri in an exceptional evening. The performance will take place at the Cultural Hall on the second day of Eid AlFitr, and is part of the Authority’s Eid celebrations which coincide with the launch of the Bahrain Summer Festival. Free admission. WHAT: Arabic Music – The Present & The Past WHEN: 3rd Day of Eid Al-Fitr, 8pm WHERE: Cultural Hall PRICE: Free admission In celebration of Eid Al-Fitr, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities presents a concert including Bahraini and Arabic music from various time periods with Harmony (Ta’a AlShabab Festival), a group of young musicians with the voices of Bahraini singers Mohammed Assiri and Yousif Al-Jabri. The performance will take place at the Cultural Hall on the third day of Eid Al-Fitr, and is part of the Authority’s Eid celebrations which coincide with the launch of the Bahrain Summer Festival. Free admission. WHAT: Bahrain Summer Festival WHEN: June 18 to August 18, 5pm to 9pm WHERE: Arad Fort Held under the slogan “Muharraq Capital of Islamic Culture”, the 10th edition of the Bahrain Summer Festival is returning 14

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with a thrilling consecutive two-month program! The annual festival, which has become one of the most anticipated events throughout the region due to its reputation of exciting lineups of live shows and multi-cultural family-friendly entertainment, will be filled with various performances along with artistic activities and creative workshops. The festival, which will be located in Nakhool Tent at the historical Arad Fort, will offer a variety of children’s activities and workshops from June 18 to August 18. Nakhool and Nakhoola, the adventurous duo and faces of Nakhool Tent, will welcome all families and friends daily from 5pm to 9pm except Sundays. Along with the company of the beloved duo comes an exhilarating program for all ages and will be open to the public. WHAT: The Stamp Seal: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art WHEN: Ongoing - September 20, 8am to 8pm WHERE: Bahrain National Museum Hardly bigger than a few centimetres, seals were used on official documents, as tags attached to goods and on building gates to certify authenticity and ownership. In addition to their main administrative function, seals might have had some metaphysical connotations. With a shape and iconography unusual to the Near East, the Dilmun seals illustrate more than any other category of artefacts, the most original material representation of the Dilmun culture and its only surviving art. This display illustrates an exceptional selection of seals spanning the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE and examines the use, techniques, diversity and splendour of the Dilmun seals. ✤


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EID HAPPENINGS AT SOFITEL The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is a 5-star relaxation haven stretching on the beautiful sandy shores of Zallaq. Here we bring you all the best events and deals to check out at the property throughout June…

THE LUXURIOUS HOTEL IS home to the only Thalassa Sea therapy available in the Middle East with unique forms of treatments using natural ointments and seawater. The prestigious hotel boasts 28 suites, 21 prestige suites, six captivating rooftop opera suites and a magnificent royal suite. The majestic suite offers a combination of Bahraini traditional feel and high-class French elegance. Guests are given the opportunity to explore and appreciate this beautiful combination in every detail from the carefully detailed rooftop to the beautifully mesmerizing pieces of luxurious furniture. The hotel’s 6 iconic rooftop opera suits with private infinity pools will take you on a breath-taking journey to a new destination, from Turkey to India to Morocco, each suite offers you a gateway to explore a new and rich culture.

EID AL FITR One of the most special occasions in the Kingdom and in the hotel this month is the extravagant celebrations of Eid Al Fitr. The three days of Eid are marked as truly special days at Sofitel Bahrain, with a Grand Friday Eid Brunch taking place on June 15. This fabulous brunch offers you the opportunity to gather your loved ones and indulge in traditional Eid celebrations and enjoy a wide range of mouthwatering dishes served by the award-winning 5-star restaurants; Saraya, Rivaaj and Fiamma. 16

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Your brunch experience is fabulously completed as you enjoy live entertainment by the talented Cuban band, Timeless. Your little ones are also insured a great time as they indulge in a wide range of kid’s activities. The celebrations don’t end there, as the iconic Lebanese restaurant, Pashawat, will be hosting an unforgettable Eid dinner on the June 15, 16 and 17. Join the exciting celebrations and taste delicious authentic Lebanese dishes. Experience a night full of mesmerising live entertainment, courtesy of One Many Show, Robert together with Chantal, the melodious singer and of course, the very talented belly dancer, Aruba. The hotel also has a special treat for individuals who enjoy Arabic delicacies as Saraya will be hosting Anghaam Eid Brunch on June 16. Treat yourself to a special brunch experience that is crafted to take you on a journey full of flavors, as you taste delicious Arabic dishes and delectable desserts with outdoor hubbly bubbly. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon and complete your Arabic brunch experience on the tune of live musical entertainment. For reservations and for more details, please. ✤

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EID CELEBRATIONS All the best foodie deals for gatherings with your family and friends this Eid Al Fitr…

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Bahrain Bay Kitchen Brunch Depending on which day Eid Al Fitr falls, the delectable Friday Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen is an amazing option to celebrate this auspicious time. Sample an array of lavish culinary offerings including five unique food stations serving Arabic, Western, Indian, Japanese and Chinese delicacies. Relax and unwind with your loved ones as you enjoy their refreshing shisha flavours on the gorgeous restaurant terrace every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Brunch is available for BD25++ per person inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and BD35++ inclusive of alcoholic beverages.

Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information.

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Eid Brunch

An extravagant feast at Choices Restaurant and Terrace awaits! Indulge in the rich Arabic Ouzi, freshly smoked short ribs as well as various live cooking stations offering a number of your favourite items including fresh sushi and sashimi or decadent Moroccan delicacies. Indulge your sweet tooth with their luscious dessert area featuring various traditional as well as international delights. Your little ones are also taken care of with a special kid’s area offering a number of fun Eid activities. Brunch is served on the first, second and third day of Eid from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. BD20 per person with juice and soft drinks 18

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and BD34 per person with house beverages. 50% off for kids aged six to 12 and kids aged six and under dine for free.

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Eid Al Fitr Brunch

Make the most of the Ramadan festivities with a lavish Eid alfitr brunch at La Med! Treat yourself and your loved ones to a mouthwatering feast featuring a classic spread of brunch specialties from braised meats and seafood dishes to Arabic salads, gourmet desserts and so much more. Brunch is served on the second day of Eid for BD35 per person with special beverages and BD30 per person with soft drinks.

Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN Eid Dinner Buffet Your Eid just got a whole lot tastier with Selections Restaurant’s extensive Eid buffet! Take your pick from an amazing array of decadent delicacies including a variety of Arabic and International buffet dishes Head on over to Selections Restaurant on the second and third day of Eid and enjoy all this and lots more for BD14++ per person. Shisha will also be available outside during dinner time for BD6++. ✤

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RAMADAN BY THE SEA Escape to a Ramadan dreamland by the majestic Arabian Sea and savour traditional Arabic delicacies and international fare during Iftar & Ghabga at the 2018 awardwinning Layali Al Zallaq Ramadan Tent at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Iftar BD19.500++ per person Inclusive Of Ramadan Juices & Water From Sunset For 2 Hours (Approximately 8:30pm) Ghabga BD 19.500++ per person (food only) BD 22.5++ per person (Thu & Fri) Weekdays: 10:00pm – 01:30am Weekends: 10:00pm – 02:00am

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EID CELEBRATIONS All the best foodie deals for gatherings with your family and friends this Eid Al Fitr…

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Eid Lunch Gather your friends and family and celebrate this blessed time with the Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s scrumptious Eid Lunch! Available on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day of Eid, guests can enjoy a special festive Eid lunch at La Mosaique with the restaurant’s delicious specialty dishes. Eid lunch is served from 12.30pm to 4pm for BD15 per person and BD8 for kids aged 7 to 12.

Eid Buffet Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with your loved ones at Flavours on 2 and enjoy a vibrant spread of extravagant Oriental and International dishes. Take in the soothing live entertainment as you treat your taste buds with amazing dessert stations, juices as well as soft drinks on the second and third day of Eid. Enjoy all this and lots more at BD18 per person, 50% discount for kids below 12 and kids aged six and under dine for free. Book for four or above and get 20% discount!

Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information.

LE MERIDIEN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE Eid Brunch Make your Eid a whole lot sweeter with Baharat’s “The Sweetest Brunch”! Relax and unwind with your loved ones as you engage your senses in an eclectic mix of flavours, scents and sights. Indulge in a sensorial and savoury experience as you enjoy the live music by their vibrant duo, Deux Sons and treat your sweet tooth to a selection of over hundred luscious desserts. Brunch is served for BD26 per person including soft drinks and water or BD38 per person including selected free flow beverages. Book for over 10 people and receive a 20% discount!

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SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL Eid Buffet Make it an Eid to remember with a festive buffet at Al Safir Restaurant! Reconnect with friends and family as you savour a unique dining experience in a stunning ambience. There will be fun-filled activities for children including giveaways, games, candy floss and more at Al Iwan during lunch as well as Arabic entertainment during lunch and dinner for all three days of Eid. Lunch buffet is served from 12.30pm to 4pm at BD19.5++ per person and BD8.5++ for kids. Eid dinner buffet is served from 7.30pm to 11.30pm for BD14.9++ per person. ✤

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InďŹ nite Sushi Infinite Sushi is back every Tuesday after Ramadan at Teatro Downtown Restaurant. Enjoy authentic Japanese delicacies and tempt your senses with the Unlimited Sushi Night, Tuesdays from 6 pm until 10 pm. Enjoy a free flow of your favorite Sushi throughout the evening from just BD15++, or BD22++ including Unlimited Drinks! It’s all you can eat like never before. For reservations and more information, please call +973 1311 9999 or email teatro.downtown@rotana.com *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 10% government levy. fact magazine

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JUNE FESTIVITIES Our favourite happenings at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa for the month ahead…

EID AL FITR Zahle The Lebanese restaurant will launch its new exclusive entertainment programme on Eid. Accompanied by the very talented belly dancer Ms. Jamila with celebrated Arabic singers for daily live entertainment. An exclusive dinner set menu will be offered during this three-day celebration for BD 26++. Takht Jamsheed The talented all Iranian team will set the stage for a perfect Eid lunch buffet for three days, taking inspiration from Persia’s Royal Palace. Priced for BD19++. Al Waha Restaurant A special Eid buffet will be served for three days in Al Waha for both lunch and dinner with live entertainment by the new house band - QBA Inside. Served for BD20++. Rasoi By Vineet Celebrate Eid at Bahrain’s award-winning Indian restaurant with an exclusively-designed set menu by Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia, for BD 22++. Exclusive à la carte available with a minimum spend of BD15 per person on food.

the world cup in the all-new renovated venue which includes additional screens at every angle, and a non-smoking area. Sherlock Holmes still retains the honoured Old-English feel, with all-new modern entertainment features, from surround sound to state-of-the-art lighting complimented by an elegant stage. There’s no better place to get your 2018 Fifa World Cup fix! ✤

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Moscow maybe far away, but to witness the most anticipated football tournament in the world is made possible at Bahrain’s most popular pub; Sherlock Holmes. Watch all the thrills of 22

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BAHRAIN FRANCHISE AND DINE EXPO 2018 Often described as “Business in a Box”; Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo (BFDEX) will present its 2nd edition later this year. UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa; Governor of the Capital; BFDEX will take place from November 7 to 9 at the Bahrain Conference Centre, Crowne Plaza. The Franchise and Dine Expo allows visitors to dig deeper into the nuances of franchising through various in-depth education workshops while opening the gate to meet financial experts on how to best fund their franchise and how to budget for their future. It is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from top franchise concepts. Having Tamkeen as a strategic partner to support entrepreneurs in business expansion, the Franchise and Dine expo presents a unique market place for Bahrain’s growing franchise industry; small and medium entrepreneurs (SME). The whole purpose and objective of this event is to enable SMEs to explore various business prospects, and to gain knowledge and insights into the latest developments and opportunities in the franchise market, regionally and globally. There will be tie-ups of 25+ franchising associations and consultants worldwide to help with this. On the other hand, the Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo is a great opportunity to promote and market business brands and expand their franchise network within the Middle Easter countries. Bahrain Franchise and Dine Expo is the only event of its kind in Bahrain which can offer the participant’s company a business platform to showcase their product and services to prospects and business partners from the dining industry. All this is neatly packed into three days, highlighting the tastes, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of franchise opportunities worldwide. ✤ 24

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GO: BAHRAIN FRANCHISE AND DINE EXPO TAKES PLACE FROM NOVEMBER 7 TO 9 AT BAHRAIN CONFERENCE CENTRE, CROWNE PLAZA. VISIT WWW.FRANCHISEXPO-BAHRAIN. COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN

Enjoy the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a massive HD screen live at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay’s exclusive Football Tent! With 160 LCD screens and a football stadium ambiance, exclusive standing fan zone areas as well as exciting and interactive pregame activities, watching the World Cup has never been this fun. Relax in the grand style seating as well as lounge style seats with bean bags as you dig into a wide variety of food and beverage to suit every taste. Available from June 14 to 28 for BD12 minimum spend per person on beverages only and from June 30 to July 15 for BD18 minimum spend per person on beverages only. Join in the festivities one hour before the match begins and 4pm to 11pm on non-match days. Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information.

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN

Make your way to Harvesters at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain and watch FIFA World Cup live on large screens! Support your teams and celebrate the summer of football as you dig into the best pub food in town. Be a part of the epic celebrations every day from 11am to 1am. Entry is exclusively for guests above the age of 21 years. Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information. 28

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This summer, celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup with good friends, amazing food and a whole lot of fun! Make your way to Downtown at InterContinental Regency Bahrain and relish the delectable homemade Tex-Mex cuisine prepared by their talented chefs as you support your favourite teams. Or take the celebrations to Elements and savour an assortment of light bites and a selection of molecular mocktails as you watch the game unfold. Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.


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Watch 2018 FIFA World Cup live at Bizarre Lounge with an all day happy hour! Revel in the upbeat ambience as you dig into scrumptious light fare and beverages as well as classic cocktails with local twists as you root for your favourite team. That’s not all! You can also enjoy a pint at a discounted price all throughout the World Cup. Call 1717 1000 for reservations and more information.

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As the world prepares to cheer on their favourite team, take a seat at An Nada Lounge and enjoy the sporting festivities! Watch the game with a wide array of yummy light bites or go beyond and try their special World Cup Cocktails. Join in daily for BD3.5++ per person. Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA Head on over to Layali Al Zallaq Tent and watch the World Cup extravaganza on the largest screen in Bahrain! Join the FIFA World Cup fever at Tapas relocated and cheer on for your favourite team as they compete for international football glory. Enjoy all the action packed football matches right by the gorgeous sea as you gorge on mouthwatering dishes and refreshing beverages. Available from Eid until July 15. ✤ Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information. fact magazine

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SERBIA

Wanderlust factor: A rich history, buzzing nightlife and surprisingly good cuisine, the Balkan nation of Serbia is East meets West done just right! Home to an array of annual festivals, spectacular monasteries as well as abundant natural beauty and national parks, the country is cultural fusion at its best. Dance the night away on one of Belgrade’s party boats, revel in the stunning architecture of Vojvodina city or treat your taste buds to some of the most succulent meat in the region. Don’t miss: One of Serbia’s most exciting and well-known attractions, the EXIT Festival combines the best of Serbia in one big extravaganza. Enjoy concerts from dusk till dawn and dance to the tunes of some of the biggest music stars from across the globe!

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Wanderlust factor: An exotic blend of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect spot for a relaxing escape. Rising from the heartbreaking civil war of the 1990s, the country is now known for its unparalleled hospitality, stunning moutainscapes and numerous medieval castle ruins. The incredible blue rivers and dramatic rocky mountains make it one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. From the gorgeous scenery to the reincarnated historic centres of Sarajevo and Mostar - it’s impossible not to fall in love! Don’t miss: An important part of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s social life, Bosnian coffee is an absolute must-try! The fine coffee grounds are prepared with boiling water in a metal coffee pot called a dzezva. This is then stirred and finally served in a round cup known as a fildzan with sugar cubes to balance the bitterness. Heaven in a cup!

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secret! From the mythic beauty of the Bay of Kotor to over 295 kilometese of clear blue waters, the country’s natural and manmade wonders will have you in awe. Make a beeline for the café-lined squares and soak in the sunny afternoons or wander the streets and explore the arresting sights, including the remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Don’t miss: Sit back and relax with an invigorating glass of the traditional Rakija! Widely considered to be the national drink of Montenegro, this refreshing drink is one that will make an appearance wherever you go. Its instant bacteria and pain relieving properties are an added plus!


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Massage Therapy Go Beyond and experience our signature East & West Massage which combines western and eastern techniques. Blending Thai general stretching with the classic Swedish-influenced oil therapy, this massage works deeply relaxing yet energizing results. BHD 38.500 for 90 minutes Book in advance by calling +973 17533533 or email healthclub.sheratonbahrain@sheraton.com

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FINLAND

Wanderlust factor: Endless daylight, stunning lakes and inspiring design and architecture, Finland is where you’ll get to experience it all! Immersed in the tranquil and easygoing Finnish way of life, the country lets you unwind and explore as you dig into some deliciously creative cuisine. Experience sauna the Finnish way, indulge in some skiing or make the most of the sun that never sets. Divided into four main regions, Lapland, Lakeland, Helsinki and the Coast & Archipelago, the often overlooked Finland is as magical as it gets! Don’t miss: Feast your eyes on a marvellous natural phenomenon with the splendid Northern Lights! Visible roughly 200 nights a year, witnessing the Aurora Borealis is definitely a once-in-alifetime experience. You can choose from a number of new and unique accommodation options to admire the spectacular views over the Northern skies.

SWEDEN

Wanderlust factor: Brimming with stunning natural beauty, delectable cuisine, glorious architecture and warm hospitality, Sweden is a gift that keeps on giving! Offering a host of different

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experiences and adventures for visitors, the country’s amazing diversity and immense variety of flora and fauna make it every nature-lover’s paradise. Go and explore one of the 29 national parks, let your hair down at a crayfish party, enjoy reindeer sighting, go on a boat ride in a traditional Viking ship or visit the majestic Drottningholm castle! Don’t miss: The world’s very first Ice Hotel! Located in Jukkasjarvi, the hotel lets you stay in a room made up entirely of ice. Chill out in the below-freezing setting of their Icebar or cosy up in one of their warm rooms.

DJIBOUTI

Wanderlust factor: Giving a whole new meaning to good things come in small packages, the petite nation of Djibouti is home to everything that you could ever desire! From majestic canyons and extinct volcanoes to salt lakes and basaltic plateaus, the country’s varied landscape is every adventure traveller’s dream. Take a look at the fascinating lives of the nomadic tribes, participate in a good mix of land and water activities, party it up at the Safari Club in Kempinski Palace or explore some stunning buildings that reflect the country’s French architectural style. Don’t miss: Diving with sharks! This little piece of Africa also gives you the opportunity to swim with enormous whale sharks. These gentle omnivore fish are some of the biggest in the world and taking a dip in the sea with them entails a kind of wildness that cannot be experienced anywhere else.


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MACEDONIA

Wanderlust factor: Rich in history, beautiful landscape and some of the most welcoming people, Macedonia offers an abundance of opportunities to the discerning traveller. A stunning mix of old and new, the country is home to everything from the historic Stone Bridge to bustling modern shopping malls. Varying with the season, visitors can enjoy various activities including kayaking, skiing, scuba diving, caving as well as hiking at the summit of Mount Vodno. When you’re done exploring, make your way to the Archaeological Museum of Macedonia to witness the country’s history in all its glory! Don’t miss: The wine! Boasting some delectable and super affordable home-grown wine, the country’s winemaking history goes way back to Philip II. Make your way to Kavadarci, the wine capital and relax with a glass of vino at Macedonia’s biggest vineyard, Tikves Wines.

Don’t miss: Set in a former theatre, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is heaven on earth for all bookworms. Featuring red velvet curtains hanging over a stage as well as ornate stalls containing elaborately-lit shelves, you will never want to leave!

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Wanderlust factor: Beguiling wilderness, riding with gauchos and some really amazing coffee - that’s just some of the great things Argentina has to offer! The third most populous country in South America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina has everything you need for a first-time visit or even seasoned travellers to the Latin America region. From indulging in special Argentinean wine and shopping in Palermo Soho to participating in the Ushuaia Winter Sports as well festivals celebrating art, music and tango, the country has something for everyone so make sure you check what’s on the calendar during your trip.

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ERITREA

Wanderlust factor: One of the most undiscovered countries in Africa, the cultural melting pot of Eritrea is the perfect destination for travellers who are looking for something utterly different. Steeped in religion, the fascinating country’s untouched coastline and islands along with its vibrant history and archaeology are one of its major attractions. Featuring quintessentially Abyssinian landscapes, deserted beaches of the Red Sea as well as breathtaking scenery, the country will take you on a journey like no other! Don’t miss: Built in 1922 by the Italian colonial government, the gorgeous Cattedrale di Asmara definitely deserves a visit. Step inside the ornately decorated interiors as you revel in the complex Romanesque and gothic façade of the breathtaking architecture.


friendly Fridays Where the world comes to your seat Our construction-themed Friday Brunch, is not only unique and extended, but also offers excellent chef’s special delicacies, a lively atmosphere and delightful selection of drinks. What’s more, the live band and DJs will have the latest hits going on, along with loads of surprises! On Fridays From 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm At Al Murjan Ballroom For BHD 36.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Beverages 50% OFF for Children Between 6 to 12 Years FREE for Children Under 6 Years For reservations or more information, please call +973 17 4600 17 or e-mail hotel.bahrain.fb@movenpick.com

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SIBERIA

Wanderlust factor: From fine art museums and underground cafés to majestic glaciated mountains and freshwater lakes, Siberia has a lot in store for every traveller. Hop on the TransSiberian Railway, the longest in the world, and explore the region’s rich tradition and iconic landmarks. Make your way to Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, enjoy snowboarding at the Sheregesh Ski Resort in the Kemerovo Region or ride around the area on a bike and explore the attractive and picturesque wild destinations. There is never a bad time to visit Siberia! Don’t miss: Offering an impressively photogenic and phenomenal hiking experience, Stolby National Park in the city of Krasnoyarsk is natural beauty at its best. Featuring comfortable wooden paths, a tent area, fire places and guest houses - this is an adventure you’ll remember for a long time!

SOMALILAND

Wanderlust factor: If you’re looking for a totally unusual travel experience, Somaliland is the place to go! Home to a resilient local life, the legendary sense of hospitality of the Somali people as well as it’s off the beaten path charm - this destination is an absolute must-visit for intrepid travellers. Interact with the locals as you explore the fast-growing capital, admire some exceptional rock paintings, visit vibrant market towns, walk along the deserted beaches or just relax and unwind in the stunning backdrops! Don’t miss: Featuring hundreds of magnificent Neolithic rock art paintings in perfect condition, Las Geel is indisputably a sight to behold. Some of the paintings adorning the walls of the caves and shelters exceed one metre in length and are in an excellent state of preservation. 38

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Wanderlust factor: Be it a solo soul-searching trip or a fun family holiday, the huge island nation of Madagascar has got you covered! One of the most stunning places on earth, the vibrant African country is home to a unique and distinctive ecology. Over 15,000 plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else, a goregous landscape, an extremely diverse cultural scene, some fun and entertaining transport options and miles and miles of beautiful coastline - Madagascar has it all! Don’t miss: The world’s only pirate graveyard! Situated on the small island of Ile Saint-Marie, the graveyard is a thriving tourist destination. Covered by tall, swaying grass, the peaceful and still cemetery is a fascinating find that is definitely worth a visit.


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KYOTO

Wanderlust factor: Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital for over 1,000 years and home to the country’s many cultural traditions, and arts and crafts, has struck a chord with the hearts and minds of travellers everywhere – and rightly so. Riverside cherry trees, kimono-clad geishas, historical temples, centuries-old craftsmanship and traditional tea ceremonies – this is the heart and soul of Japan. Kyoto’s most alluring charm lies in the fact that it embraces both forwards and backwards with beauty and ease. Don’t miss: Possibly the most instagrammable place to travel, due to its vibrant natural splendour, visit Kyoto’s Arashiyama district where mountains across the Ōi River form a backdrop unlike any other. Arashiyama is also where you’ll find the picturesque winding bamboo forest.

IRELAND

Wanderlust factor: The scenery is enchanting, the culture is captivating, and the people will give you a welcome that will warm your heart. A rugged coastline shaped by time and pounding waves, the Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s epic 1,500mile coastal touring route. Wave-riding thrill-seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side-by-side. Savour Irish flavour with simple natural produce that include artisanal cheese, fresh seafood, and exceptional beef and lamb. The Irish food scene is currently exploding with innovative restaurant concepts led by boundary pushing chefs.

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Don’t miss: There is a good reason that Ireland is a star of the screen – from romantic castles to the mysterious beauty of the landscape, Ireland has a cinematic sense of style. Visit the stunning Atlantic island of Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, which featured as Luke Skywalker’s hide-out in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

SLOVENIA

Wanderlust factor: The capital city Ljubljana is a mix of some of our favourite European destinations like Prague and Berlin, but this hidden gem has so much to offer and, for the moment, without crowds. Serving up cultural, fashion, history, and foodie delights in vast quantities – easy enough for any seasoned traveller to enjoy as well as first-time city breakers. Make sure you stop by the Central Market and have a wander peeking at the fresh fruit, cured meat and flowers on display. Don’t miss: An hour north of the city will take you to the Julian Alps region where you can explore glacial lakes – like Bled and Bohinj – and scenery that is so stunning, you’ll just have to hashtag fairytale life it on instagram.


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Top Travel Trends As questions like where to go, who with, and when, fly fast and furious, Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the MENA region, has put together a list of major travel predictions to simplify and spur on your holiday planning process.

1. Responsible Tourism: Today’s travellers prefer travel and hospitality service providers who embed green or eco-friendly practices into their operations. Best ethical destinations include: Panama, Dominica, Tonga, Mongolia, and Uruguay. 2. Short Leisure Trips: Weekends are the perfect opportunity to take a three- to four-hour flight out to nearby destinations such as Goa, India or Tbilisi, Georgia. Globally, an estimated 60 percent of Wego users look for one-night or two-night stays. 3. Culinary Holidays: Increasing numbers of travellers are following their stomach, combining the attractions of a new destination with experiential and culinary delights. Whether your tastes run to trying out a Michelin-starred restaurant or a celebrity chef or singular dining experience or simply sampling ethnic food traditions or street food at its source, you’re in good company. According to the World Food Travel Association, 75 per cent of leisure travellers visit destinations because of local food-based activities. 4. Cold Locales: The thought of escaping to a cosy log-house or to watch the stunning Northern Lights in Iceland, Alaska or Antarctica continues to surge in popularity. This preference for freezing-cold locales is primarily because travellers are looking to dive into new, exotic cultures and adventures. 5. Luxury backpacking or ‘glamping’: For those who wish to go backpacking, but do not want to give up on the luxurious amenities of a five-star hotel – try ‘glamping’. It’s the most comfortable way to experience the adventures of an Indian desert or an African jungle.

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6. Solo Trips: Young travellers could pick a solo-trip to a peaceful Indonesian island or the culture-soaked streets of Cuba: to see the world on their own terms, or even find like-minded people. 7. Cultural Hunt: There is no better way to experience and understand new cultures than by visiting museums. Some of the recent big draws in the museum circuit have been: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Oman Opera House & Museum MACAN in Jakarta. 8. Bleisure: Mix work and play on every business trip as more city hotels offer full leisure facilities such as swimming pool and spa services. This works best for employees who travel for work on long weekends, and even take their families with them. 9. Off-the-beaten-track Destinations: Forget the traditional locations of Paris, Vienna, and New York; and say hello to lesserknown and exotic destinations. Think: bird watching in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, or camping out by the gorgeous lakes of Slovenia. ✤

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Maldivian Island Vibes Picture this. Speeding across lagoon waters to a welcoming party at the jetty of native bodu beru drummers. Throwing open the doors of your sprawling overwater hideout to a panorama of nothing but open ocean and infinite blue. Welcome to paradise, your private sanctuary on Nature’s Playground. Live on the edge this Eid at Niyama Private Islands Maldives while taking advantage of the special Eid offer. Book your stay on niyama.com and enjoy an incredible 40% off the room rate, enjoy a free half-board upgrade and 60-minute massages for two at Drift Spa. Created especially for Middle East-based families and jet setting couples, this promo starts at AED2,500++ per night – the Maldives has never been more affordable, all the reason you need to seize the day and indulge with wild abandon. Terms and conditions apply. Book your whirlwind escape now. WWW.NIYAMA.COM

Luxury Living Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventurous. Balloon tennis, pizza making lessons and pirate treasure hunts are all on the agenda for a fun packed family holiday. North Island’s generous all-inclusive offering allows you to completely give yourself over to the Island’s laidback spirit of barefoot luxury and do whatever you like whenever you like without having to worry about or plan a thing. 2018 rates for the Presidential Villas start at EUR6,127 per night and EUR9,644 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. Children under the age of 17 sharing the second bedroom are free of charge. For young adults aged 17-19 sharing the second bedroom, the rate is EUR672 per night. WWW.NORTH-ISLAND.COM 44

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Exotic Marrakech With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, a series of serene ponds as a centerpiece and only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has all the features to make your holiday great. This Eid, treat your family to a fun- filled break at the elegant, contemporary resort that has 54 luxurious villas and nine spacious suites, excellent dining and a world-class spa. With the ‘Experience Marrakech’ package, guests are invited to enjoy the best of the resort at great prices. Priced from EUR1,250 per night, the package includes: one complimentary night for every two or three consecutive paid nights, a dining or spa credit of EUR100 for one bedroom accommodations and EUR 200 for two bedrooms accommodations once per stay until 25 December 2018; full daily buffet breakfast, served in the restaurant; high speed internet access; round trip transfer from Marrakech Menara Airport; fast Track through the airport. Valid for a minimum of three nights’ stay, The Experience Marrakech package is valid for a minimum three nights stay. WWW.MANDARINORIENTAL.COM

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capital of the Kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site, described as the ‘Jewel in the Laos Crown’ thanks to its untouched, natural beauty. Most of the city can be explored on foot; the perfect way to take in the temples, monk monasteries and waterfalls. For millennial-minded travellers, the recently launched AVANI+ Luang Prabang offers everything – and more. Ideally located in central Luang Prabang, just a few steps from the Mekong River, Royal Palace, and the popular Night Market, AVANI+ Luang Prabang is set to become the hottest property in town. AVANI+ Luang Prabang raises the bar on the contemporary French neo-classical architecture that runs through the historical neighbourhood, with elegant, French colonialinspired interior design. The 53 guest rooms and suites enjoy an intimate, open-plan feel with French-styled louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony or terrace overlooking either the pool or a private courtyard. Offer: Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 20% savings along with complimentary daily breakfast. WWW.MINORHOTELS.COM fact magazine

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Wild, Wild, Wild Located in the heart of the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and on the naturally terraced southern slope of Nyamuma hills, Meliá Serengeti Lodge offers a blend of nature and luxury in this secluded destination. The location offers stunning sunset views over the mountains beyond with an abundant population of resident game as well as the annual migration right through the area. The exclusive lodge features a pool, fitness centre, and spa, as well as three uniquely luxurious categories of room. There are three restaurants: The Savannah All Day Dining and The Savannah Grill, which offer African, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine as well as the Boma restaurant, a fine dining experience showcasing the best of Tanzanian fare. The hotel’s two bars provide idyllic views across the African plains and stock local Tanzanian teas, wines and African spirits, providing the

Sunsets in Seminyak Located just 890km south of the equator, Bali’s tropical climate and moderate weather conditions make for a splendid getaway this Eid. With its world-class clubs and restaurants, and expansive villas, the recently relaunched Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa provides a welcome escape from the outside world. The resort hosts a range of facilities including villas, guestrooms and suites, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the Kahyangan Spa as well as an infinity pool sitting on the edge of the 46

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perfect setting to unwind after a day of adventure on safari. This Eid, Meliá Serengeti is offering attractive rates to tempt all travellers. For those who book the Eid special offer, guests will be offered a 20% discount in the spa and one romantic dinner in their fine dining restaurant, Boma. And here’s the best part, one child (under 12 years and sharing the room with their parents) is free of charge for every two adults! The offer is valid for bookings and stays until June 30. Alternatively, go for the All inclusive – Game Drive package: daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Savannah Restaurant, plus a selection of beverages in the bars and during the Game drive (which includes selected house wines, well spirits, local beers and soft drinks). Seronera airstrip transfer included and one-half day shared game drive daily. WWW.MELIA.COM

oceanfront. Rates for the Ocean Suite start from USD486 net per night, One Bedroom Garden Pool Villa from USD 36 net per night, and One Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa from USD771 net per night. ✤ WWW.THESEMINYAK.COM


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POSTCARD PERFECT WHITE SAND BEACHES, TURQUOISE WATERS AND LUSH GREENERY, YOU’LL FIND ALL THREE AT THE GORGEOUS NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS. LOCATED IN THE MALDIVES’ DHAALU ATOLL, A 45-MINUTE SCENIC SEAPLANE RIDE AWAY FROM MALE, THIS IS NATURE’S PLAYGROUND AND THE COMPLETE EPITOME OF PARADISE. fact magazine

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othing quite prepares you for your first time in the Maldives. No matter how many times we had Google searched Niyama Private Islands, coming faceto-face with the resort’s sandy shores hugged by clear blue waters was a sight that far exceeded all of our real life expectations. We’re greeted by Niyama staff at Male airport and taken for light refreshments at the property’s arrivals lounge. It’s packed with delicious snacks and drinks, a large, cosy seating area and showers for those who may have come off a long flight and need a relaxing rinse. The best bit? You look right onto the docking area for the seaplanes – and soon, we’re hopping onto one for our 45-minute journey to the picture-perfect Niyama Private Islands. For those who may have a fear of small planes, you can rest-assured that safety is paramount before departing and, surprisingly, the seaplane ride is one of the best naps we’ve ever had in the air! On arrival, staff wait with cool drinks and cold towels, and we’re assigned our very own Thakuru – a member of the Niyama team who acts as our very own personal guide for the trip. In fact, this is the Maldivian Butler Service that’s offered with every room at Niyama. Always on hand (just a phone call away), our Thakuru is Camille, a polite and friendly lady who makes everything from needing a buggy to booking a spa treatment and arranging our excursions an absolutely easy request. We’re impressed from start to finish!

BEACHFRONT LIVIN’ When it comes to accommodation, Niyama Private Islands is the embodiment of what you imagine the Maldives has to offer. From beach suites to ocean pavilions and the very exclusive over water seclusion of The Crescent (ideal for large groups and families – 14 adults and eight children to be precise), the resort ticks all the boxes of room type, making sure that guests have an abundance of choice. We check into the lavish Beach Studio with direct beach access and sunrise views (how Maldives does that sound?). There’s too much to take in, but we’re especially BLOWN AWAY by the open-air bathroom which takes up the space of an entire garden. The outdoor rain shower and huge bathtub are literally made for those instagrammable posts to garner all the FOMO and likes from your followers. Tropical plants line the walls of this heavenly space, easily transporting you to a faraway destination, where it feels like you have access to your very own waterfall. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. There’s a covered shower option too for any rainy days! Our next favourite area is on the private deck which leads right onto the beach. Sun loungers have got our names written all over them – we spend much time here relaxing and topping up the tan. Whilst a Dhoni-

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shaped swing is the most tranquil spot to curl up in, with a good book. Inside, it’s space galore! Aside from storage, you’ve got a massive king bed as well as a beautiful chaise longue to lounge on. However, the standouts of this room were in the little details. These included an array of high-tech toys and gourmet treats, creating an indoor playground that we reveled in to the max. We’re talking popcorn machine – YES – a full-sized fridge housing homemade ice cream – DOUBLE YES – and a fabulous selection of hot and cold beverages as well as snacks like our favourite, cassava chips – SO MUCH YES! It’s, hands down, the best mini bar of any hotel we’ve ever stayed in. To top this off, alongside your standard amenities like cosy slippers and bath robes, you’re given mosquito repellent, extra adapters, a night light and more to make sure that every single one of your needs is met during the stay. It’s this attention to detail and pleasant surprises that further elevated our stay at Niyama. SPA GOALS There are spas and then there’s Drift Spa, a labyrinth of tranquil walkways and greenery that winds all the way to the beach where six over water treatment rooms with lagoon views stand beautifully. There are two further treatment sanctuaries with private gardens, outdoor bath, rain shower and daybed as well as a relaxation area with lime tree garden, sauna, steam baths, plunge pools, Jacuzzis and Vitality juice bar. As far as world-class spas go, this place offers rituals from around the globe and bespoke therapies with products by Anne Semonin, Intraceuticals, Aromatherapy Associates and Margaret Dabbs. A Signature Niyama Massage is just what we need to take our holiday mood to all new levels of serene. A blissful coconut oil soothes our tired muscles, helping us fall into a deep slumber. Afterwards, we’re reenergised with hot ginger tea, completely refreshed and ready to do some more exploring! fact magazine

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DINING FOR DAYS Just because you’re in the Maldives, at a 5-star resort in one of the most secluded spots in the Indian Ocean, doesn’t mean that the gastronomy is slacking. It’s very much the opposite at Niyama, where the food game is, literally, STRONG. World cuisines are represented through the resort’s nine dining outlets, and as true food connoisseurs, we can testify to the amazing dishes being plated up at each venue. EDGE Honeymooners, families who want a treat and anyone with a taste for the finer things in life, Edge is going to be THE place for you (and your Snapchat!). Whisked five minutes away by speedboat and you’ll arrive at the exclusive overwater restaurant, Edge. Focusing on fresh local seafood, including only local Maldivian reef fish, prepare your palates for a culinary tour. Not only are dishes intricately presented, the combination of ingredients is sophisticated and high-quality fine dining at its best. During our visit, a set degustation menu reveals distinct tastes to choose from. The creamy Asparagus Soup and the top-notch Fresh Tortellini, Crusted Scallops are taste-bud-stealers at the table. We can’t get enough! TRIBAL Our absolute favourite food experience at Niyama had to be the venue that whipped up the most exotic flavours and unusual dishes. A menu of African, Central and South American cuisines amidst blazing fires is what you’ll find here. A genuine feeling of being in the Masai takes over when you enter the venue. Our waiter, Lucas, is an absolute joy. He explains the dishes that we enquire about and makes some good recommendations. Try more unusual concoctions like Warm Ostrich Bobotie with a heavenly nectar of peach chutney, sweet peri peri sauce, and tomatillo confit or the Ox Tongue Berbere; spicy tender ox tongue, berbere sauce, cucumber, anchovy relish, parsley, micro herbs, pickled onion. Our highlights were the Shrimp and Sweet Lobster Ceviche – super fresh, the Jerked Jumbo Prawns, with sugarcane, tortilla, pimento, habanero, lime, and hibiscus, and the Brahman Beef, which is braised beef cheek, sweet potatoes, heirloom carrots, and fermented dosa – deliciously tender. Venezuelan Moist Chocolate Cake with ginger, honey, caramelised banana, lemon, lime and alfajores sorbet, is the star of the desserts and a sweet ending to a memorable meal. NEST As far as dining experiences go, this place takes the prize for most beautiful and intriguing design. Climb up the stairs and into the tree house that is Nest, to navigate the jungle on a walkway of wooden paths amongst the treetops. Avant-garde presentations by Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian chefs will grace your table in what we truly believe is one of the most spectacular restaurants in the Maldives, or dare we say, the world. Our Asian feast began with gorgeous sushi and sashimi alongside Lobster Spring Roll and Chicken Flower Dumplings. The Som Tam Poo Nim - green papaya salad, carrot caviar, chilli, peanut, dried shrimp, and tamarind sauce is everything that we wanted it to be. Light, fresh and packed with all the goodness of carefully-selected ingredients. 56

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Massaman Nua is slow-cooked beef cheeks, potato, shallots, and roasted peanuts, in a mouthwatering curry. We haven’t tasted meat as tender as this in a long time – highly recommended. For a theatrical meal, the teppanyaki table is a must-visit spot at lunch time – watch the chef play with fire as your choice of meat, seafood and veggies are grilled to perfection. Whenever you visit Nest, make sure to order the roasted banana ice cream – we’ve never tasted anything like it. So yummy! EPICURE If you live for hotel breakfasts, you’d better believe that Niyama knows how to do a good, delectable spread. Flaky pastries, tantalising egg dishes, a cereal bar, fresh fruit counter, healthy juices and SO much more open the morning to a simply divine start. You can follow with fruit salads made to order from the familiar to the tropical, or an omelette embracing fine cheese and a chiffonade of garden-fresh herbs. The coffee is freshly brewed whilst the juices provide a muchneeded a.m. boost. The restaurant overlooks the hotel’s pool and powdery beach, right onto the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. From the extensive breakfast buffet to a la carte lunches and dinners, Epicure is infinity poolside indulgence at its best. SUBSIX A complete underwater playground, Subsix will take your breath away. Six metres below the water, you’ll witness everything from Parrotfish swim past shoals of Moorish Idols, Moray eels slide through the lagoon, Groupers make goliath appearances amidst the rainbow of butterflyfish and damselfish, while the resident Hawksbill turtle glides in for rare visit. Walk down a three-tier staircase to find a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’re in the ocean. Chandeliers hang to give the illusion of shining coral whilst mixologists concoct all kinds of liquid creations at the clam-inspired bar. Take a seat on the soft anemone chairs and tuck into a champagne breakfast, a subaquatic lunch, or a gourmet dinner followed by the popular glow party illuminating the night alongside the theatre of the reef. fact magazine

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND It’s clear why Niyama’s motto is: Welcome to Nature’s Playground. The resort is has a plethora of activities on both land and sea, and for all ages – enough to keep even the fussiest of travellers entertained. Here are just some of the best excursions and pastimes that we’d recommend: - SNORKELLING WITH TURTLES What lies beneath the surface? Go deeper into the mysteries and secrets with the Marine Biologist as your personal guide. Immerse yourself in the house reef and speedboat to spectacular sites. On our morning ride out to sea, our instructor and the boat’s captain go over safety procedures and reassure us that this is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Little did we know how true this was until hopping over the edge of the boat and starting our soothing snorkel session. We spot intricate bouquets of coral and groups of colourful fish as well as the stars of the underwater world here; the elegant Hawksbill turtle who glide effortlessly just beneath us. If you’ve got a waterproof camera, TAKE IT WITH YOU! - ADOPT A CORAL You would think that being in the Maldives means miles and miles of sea that’s home to the most striking coral – think again. Thanks to Niyama’s coral regeneration programme, life under the ocean is kept alive and well cared for – and you’re encouraged to be a part of it. Snorkel to the coral nursery and select your ‘baby’. Give your chosen little coral a name and help cultivate it. Together, you lend a hand in maintaining the rich but fragile ecosystem for which the Maldives is so famous. Receive a certificate and follow up images to watch your adoptee grow and thrive. It’s a forever souvenir! - SUNSET CRUISE Possibly one of the best excursions we embarked on at Niyama. Whether you go for a Dream Dhoni (an exotic curved sailing vessel) or a sophisticated yacht, get ready for an unforgettable evening. Bubbly and canapés accompany the trip alongside friendly and expert staff who will keep an eye out for the dolphins at sea. You’ll sail the blue waters and pass small deserted islands all while watching the dramatic sunset and how the Maldives does day to night – it’s a spectacular view that you’ll surely want to capture on camera. - WATER SPORTS Now, when we say that Niyama is a haven for on-water activities, we’re not exaggerating. You name it and they’ve got it! The resort’s FLOAT programme has an adrenaline-surged array of water sports: jet skiing, water skiing, mono-skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, catamarans, windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, fun tubes and so much more. Surfers can catch the most glorious waves whilst those who want to take things a little slow can hop in a glass kayak or get their adrenalin going with the 20km/ph underwater rocket. The choice is yours! ✤ 58

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BIG SCREEN Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Following the demise of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar off Central America’s pacific coast, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. In their quest to rescue the dinosaurs, they encounter terrifying new breeds while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet

DIRECTOR: J.A. Bayona CAST: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine

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Featuring gnashing teeth, sharp claws and nightmareinducing visuals, the most notorious theme park in movie history is back for yet another thrilling ride! A race against time and nature, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes the beloved franchise to an intense new level. Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back on the island to save the dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. As Claire teams up with Benjamin Lockwood to bring the creatures back to safety, they face off with scary new breeds of gigantic dinos while discovering a plot that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. An adrenalinefueled, action-packed extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end.

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Ocean’s 8 WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

An adrenalinefueled, actionpacked extravaganza, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a wild and entertaining rollercoaster ride that will have you hooked till the very end. – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

After spending over five years planning for the biggest heist of her life, Debbie Ocean knows exactly what it’s going to take to attempt an impossible robbery at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Together with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller, they recruit a crew of specialists to target a necklace worth more than $150 million.

DIRECTOR: Gary Ross CAST: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling - need we say more? Bidding adieu to George Clooney and Brad Pitt as well as the rest of the OG Ocean’s cast, the feisty and heist-y ladies of Ocean’s 8 are here to take over! After five long years of devising the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala, Debbie Ocean, along with Lou Miller, assemble a team of the best people in the field. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweller Amita, street con Constance, suburban mum Tammy, hacker Nine Ball and fashion designer Rose to rob a necklace worth more than $150 million. With a star-studded cast, a refreshing plot line and some killer acting, we definitely have a summer winner on our hands!

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ON THE RECORD

NON-FICTION

Look Alive Out There By Sloane Crosley

SYNTH-POP

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No Shame

No Shame

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Coming at us with a whole lot of energy and an unmatched intensity, Chvrches’ newest album is here to shake things up! In their third full-length effort, the Glasgow trio gets real about the world we live in and they have a lot to say. An album about growing up and coming to terms with the great as well as awful things in the world, Love Is Dead takes you on an unfiltered musical journey. Catchy pop and a typically powerful performance from primary vocalist Lauren Mayberry, Get Out sticks to what Chvrches know best. While the song fails to push any boundaries that the band hasn’t pushed before, it’s definitely one for the weekend party playlist. Featuring the most pop they’ve ever produced and a collabo with Grammy award-winning producer Greg Kurstin, the band is definitely treading uncharted territory. Commencing with an enigmatic intro, My Enemy makes perfect use of space and contrast, both vocally and instrumentally. The youthful and vibrant collaboration of Chvrches and Matt Berninger is bound to tickle every listener’s fancy. Taking risks and producing brand new sounds, the band has come a long way since their huge first studio album. This is a pleasant listen!

By Lily Allen

Featuring confessional pop on her own terms, Allen’s latest release is a far cry from her spiky first two albums. With contemporary, minimal dancepop that references Drake, Jamie xx and dancehall, she covers everything from the breakdown of her marriage, her depression as well as fears about her children. Offering a dark, real look at British party culture, Trigger Bang is a weird mix of nostalgia, liberation and exhaustion. Also featuring London rapper Giggs, the languid, worldweary pop song is going to give you all the feels! Away from her trademark wordplay, the album features a whole lot of introspective new lyrics and a refreshing new sound. Laying down her grievances in plain, heartfelt language, Higher sees Allen condemning a tainted relationship. Featuring stunning verses and heavenly vocals, the track is our new favourite heartbreak anthem! While fans had to be patient for her big comeback, Allen has definitely delivered with her fourth studio album.

Filled with a number of relatable but eccentric misadventures, Sloane Crosley’s brand-new collection of essays is exactly what you need to read after a long day at work. Featuring her trademark hilarity, wit and charm, Look Alive Out There talks about everything from scaling active volcanoes and befriending strangers to staring down the barrel of the fertility gun and playing herself on Gossip Girl.

FICTION

Ordinary People By Diana Evans Chronicling the lives of two couples who are slowly drifting apart, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of parenthood, grief, aging and the fragile structure of love. Michael and Melissa were once head over heels in love but two kids later things just don’t seem the same anymore. Damian and Stephanie share a perfect home but have never really seemed right for each other. A stimulating read!

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TOYOTA

LOOKS TO THE FUTURE THIS FOURTH GENERATION TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME IS A COMPLETE PACKAGE, ENSURING SAFETY, COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE.

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hat we love so much about our test driving here at Fact Magazine (besides from getting to go fast!), is that we get to experience such a diverse range of automobile offerings. It is interesting to see how all classes and calibres of vehicle are developing and what they have to show us inside, outside and on the tarmac. It is also always great to see the gains that are being made towards a more eco-friendly motorcar future. With all this in mind, the latest vehicle to be put through its paces was the 2018 Toyota Prius and we have to say, it gave us a few pleasant surprises. Upon first inspection, we were immediately surprised by the presence of this fourth generation Prius. The body is sculpted in a manner that effortlessly enhances the numerous aerodynamic features of the vehicle, including its active front grille shutter that closes at higher speeds. This allows for minimal drag and contributes to the car’s efficiency, making for a comfortable and quiet ride. Shapely LED headlights, taillights and running lights are sported around the vehicle, ensuring a well-lit journey after dark. Complete with aggressive yet flowing lines and an overall sleek appearance, this car looks like it has real purpose. Taking a look inside, the spacious cabin boasts a modern style and premium materials that have been used throughout. The front leather seats are both heated and comfortable, featuring deep bolsters, whilst the rear seats come complete with a 60/40 split folding system, which greatly increases the already roomy storage capacity of the boot. The leather-clad steering wheel is also heated and the shape feels just right in the hands. Dual 4.2” multi-information displays can be operated from the steering wheel and allow for easy access of information throughout the driving experience. Complete with air-conditioning enhanced with temperature control, power windows, three 12V DC power connections and many other great functions ensure this car’s convenience, allowing one to relax and focus on the roads. Voted the World Green Car at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota Prius comes equipped with an Eco drive monitor that helps to maximise fuel efficiency. It reaches an outstanding 26.1 km/litre which makes it superior to any other hybrid vehicle in its class. This car lets drivers travel more than 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of gas with a full battery charge. The Prius can also be operated for up to 40km in pure Electric Vehicle mode, which means, most of your daily running around can be accomplished without a single drop of petrol. On top of all this, it is extremely fun to drive! The swift and seamless acceleration and the smooth, quiet and powerful nature of the new Prius is surprising to anyone experiencing it for the first time. Toyota unveiled a new hybrid system design for the use of a dual motor-generator drive system, with this car. This system boosts acceleration

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for a more exhilarating driving experience, whilst the fourcylinder engine boasts an amazing thermal efficiency. This combined with responsive handling and smooth ride quality, place the Prius in a category of great drivability. The creators of this latest generation Prius have made sure to make safety a primary feature of the vehicle. It comes available with safety systems including lane departure alert with steering assist function, pre-collisions system with pedestrian detection function, forward collision warning, automatic emergency breaking, a backup camera, direct tire pressure monitoring and seven airbags, amongst other features. These safety aspects of the vehicle combined with its great looks, convenient and tasteful layout, eco-friendly nature as well as a super exciting driving experience, makes the Prius the complete package. This car tells of the future and the future looks promising. ✤


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THE SWIFT AND SEAMLESS ACCELERATION AND THE SMOOTH, QUIET AND POWERFUL NATURE OF THE NEW PRIUS IS SURPRISING TO ANYONE EXPERIENCING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.”

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VOLVO’S NEXT GENERATION INFOTAINMENT Volvo Cars has announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system. Volvo Cars’ partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the car, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems. Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied. This allows future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services. “Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of incar apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages even when the car is not connected to the internet. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times. Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes. The company also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services within the Volvo Car Group, using its growing force of software engineers. ✤

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AL HADDAD MOTORS’ EXCLUSIVE DEALS Enjoy peace of mind with Mercedes-Benz and Al Haddad Motors this Holy Month of Ramadan and get exclusive deals on all Mercedes-Benz models with tailor-made packages that cater to you and your family. With an all-inclusive driving package, get your dream car hassle free. Among the benefits included in the driving package this Ramadan is exclusive Ramadan pricing on all Mercedes-Benz models, along with insurance and registration. In addition to this, Al Haddad Motors is also offering up to three-year service packages designed to ease your mind that includes vehicle checks by highly qualified and professional technicians. These unbeatable Ramadan offers from Al Haddad Motors have already started. Don’t miss out on your chance to own your dream Mercedes-Benz with an all-inclusive driving package. ✤

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FIRST MOTORS’ RAMADAN CAMPAIGN In line with its customer-centric values, this Ramadan, First Motors offers its customers exciting packages on its unique range of Hyundai cars including the elegant Azera, the restyled Sonata and the sporty Elantra, as well as on its diverse array of SUVs, namely the dynamic Tucson, the impressive and elaborate Santa Fe and the drive-ergonomic Creta. Headlining the bountifully impressive features of the Campaign is the offering that provides customers with both assured gifts with the purchase of any of the vehicles included in the Campaign, as well as an automatic entry into a Raffle Draw that gives them the chance to win a brand new, comprehensively engineered to impress 2018 Hyundai Accent. In keeping with the giving nature of Ramadan, First Motors’ Campaign offers the Hyundai Azera with prices starting from BD151 per month, the Sonata from BD102 monthly and the Elantra from BD82 per month. As for its line-up of SUVs, customers can now

avail them as well at generously low rates of instalments per month with the Hyundai Santa Fe starting from BD134, the Tucson at BD93 and the Creta from BD81 per month. Mr Ahsan Chishty, General Manager of First Motors, said: “At First Motors, we take pride in the consistent conception of the most customer-oriented, economically feasible offers that make purchasing any of our desirable vehicles just that much more achievable for potential owners with an eye for refined taste, deserved comfort and significant performance.” ✤

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WIN BIG WITH ZAYANI MOTORS Zayani Motors, the exclusive distributor of Mitsubishi, Peugeot, and MG in Bahrain is welcoming the month of Ramadan this year with yet another great offer lined up for its customers. A valuable prize will be given away with each car purchase. The offer comes in line with Zayani Motors’ commitment to providing its customers with nothing short of the best services and offers in the region. The prizes within this irresistible offer include: 24K gold bar, travel tickets to destinations of choice, BD1000 cash, 1000 litre worth of free petrol, and much more. The offer includes the full range of Zayani Motors’ Mitsubishi, MG and Peugeot models, such as MG ZS starting from BD4,500 and Peugeot 5008 starting from BD8,999 as well as offers on a wide selection of used cars. Mr. Mohammed Zaki, General Manager of Zayani

Motors, said: “Firstly, we would like to wish all our loyal customers and the people of Bahrain as a whole Ramadan Kareem. As per our custom, we have prepared a spectacular offer this year, which includes a variety of special prizes not to be missed. “This month is a special time of year, so make it a rewarding Ramadan at Zayani Motors,” he concluded. This exclusive offer is valid till the end of Ramadan. ✤

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

Map My Fitness

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With summer well and truly here, get into the best shape of your life with Map My Fitness! Under Armour’s Map My Fitness logs more than 600 different fitness activities and syncs with more than 400 devices to give you a complete picture of your athletic performance. Users can search for nearby routes or share their favourite routes, while the app saves data on pace, distance and calories burned for GPS-based workouts. You can also join challenges and get your friends in on the fun!

Turn your smartphones and tablets into a savvy educational tool with BrainPOP! Boasting a number of animated videos aimed at K-12 students, the app makes learning a whole lot more fun. The animated movies engage via narrative, humour, and characters, encouraging kids to further explore the world around them. The app gives your kids the chance to explore hundreds of topics including Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Engineering, Health and more!

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ENHANCED REALITY The market for virtual reality devices is well and truly booming. FACT picks up the HTC Vive Pro to see what it brings to a burgeoning tech sector of innovative gadgetry…

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onverging technology with human imagination, Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly but surely becoming a part of our daily lives. Introducing us to a fantastical realm of science and nature, Virtual Reality can now be experienced in various forms, including video games, movies as well as virtual worlds. Jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon, HTC is introducing its most powerful VR system ever with HTC Vive Pro! Shifting virtual reality into high gear, the HTC Vive Pro system delivers the industry’s most immersive experience for room-scale VR. Built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users, the Vive Pro delivers the best display and audio for the ultimate virtual reality experience. Boasting dual-OLED displays, the VR system provides a crisp picture resolution that is a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. Apart from some stunning visuals, the Vive Pro also features integrated, highperformance headphones with built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities. Current Vive owners can upgrade their headset to Vive Pro for the best audio, display and comfort in the industry. Compatible with both Steam VR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, it lets existing Vive customers to upgrade their headset and continue to use current generation controllers and base

stations. These new and improved graphics and audio will allow users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience available in the market. In addition to some truly amazing audio-visual features, the Vive Pro has been rebuilt to maximize comfort for the most demanding VR users. The Vive Pro features a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses. HTC’s content platform Viveport also brings premium experiences in entertainment, education, arcade, arts and culture and enterprise to a global audience. A Viveport subscription allows customers to choose from over 400 pieces of content from a highly-curated offering. Giving consumers the opportunity to discover the best VR has to offer, the HTC Vive Pro is the technological blessing you need in your life! The Vive Pro’s new Head Mounted Display (HMD) will retail for AED3,299 and is available for purchase through its dedicated Middle East e-commerce store. ✤

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A SUMMER STORY THE SEASIDE, THE TREES, EARLY MORNING BY THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA – MANGO UNVEILS A FREE-SPIRITED AND REFRESHING HIGH SUMMER EDIT FOR MEN AND WOMEN. fact magazine

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HER Romantic and fluid pieces in neutral, earthy tones from the Spring Summer 2018 collection emerge with a warm attitude. A selection of garments in which romanticism takes centre stage; especially in shirts and dresses with diffused floral prints, ruffles and delicate chiffon fabrics. Discover ethnic prints and embroidery combined with dresses and crochet-knit tops, complete with statement accessories, including basket-style bags and costume jewellery featuring delicate shells. ✤

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HIM Highlights include outfits in lightweight materials such as linen and cotton. Subtle hues, blues and whites take centre stage and stripes become the focus of nautical inspiration - A classic and timeless style inspired by the holidays and film icons of the ‘60s. ✤

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WHAT DAD WANTS FATHERLY GIFTS

1. Tateossian Cufflinks BD 190, Tateossian Pen BD 132, Tateossian Carbon Cufflinks BD 92, Tateossian Carbon Pen BD 137 2. Tateossian Silver Watch BD 185, Tateossian Leather Watch BD 123 3. Balenciaga Wallet BD 133, Balenciaga Card Holder BD 97, Balenciaga Multiple Card Holder BD 109 4. Lanvin Sneakers BD 183 5. Givenchy Polo BD 177, Givenchy Stars Collar Polo BD 174, Givenchy Polo BD 177, Givenchy Badge Polo BD 174 6. Fendi Swim Shorts BD 131 7. Fendi Ties BD 52 8. Dior Atelier Shirt BD 263, Dior Hardior Stripes Shirt BD 250 9. Dior Reversible Belt BD 262, Dior Shoes BD 349

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BEAUTY CHECKLIST •

Beauty Box YOUR MONTHLY MUSTS FROM THE WORLD OF ALL THINGS SKINCARE, MAKEUP AND BEYOND…

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Skinade COLLAGEN DRINK With the hot summer months upon us, this is the skincare staple you need! Packed with natural protein and amino acids, the drink helps maintain your skin’s health and leaves it feeling refreshed. Having a bottle of Skinade daily after breaking your fast helps ensure your skin is properly hydrated throughout Ramadan. Beauty begins from within!

Scrub Love AVOCADO AND ALOE VERA (ACTIVATED CHARCOAL RANGE) Made with the best ingredients to hydrate, soften, moisturise, nourish and polish the skin, this scrub is the answer to all your skincare woes! Formulated with activated charcoal from coconut shell and Kaolin Clay, it mildly exfoliates and softens your skin while ridding it of impurities. Aloe Vera soothes and heals while Avocado oil nourishes and moisturises.

Nars HIGHLIGHTING POWDER

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Get glowing for the summer with NARS’ new illuminating Highlighting Powder! Featuring Seamless Glow Technology, the innovative formula combines micro-spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow. The silky, lightweight texture provides easy blending for buildable radiance. Available in six stunning shades!

Chanel LE LAIT DOUCEUR D’HUILE

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Take your skincare routine to a luxurious new level with CHANEL’s newest Cleansing Milk-to-Oil. The Le Lait Douceur D’Huile offers addictive sensoriality and perfect makeup removal without creating an oily film on the skin. The milky texture transforms into a silky oil for a delicious sensory experience. It leaves your skin feeling radiant and free from impurities!

Kiehl’s GINGER LEAF AND HIBISCUS FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK Get the prettiest skin ever with Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Overnight Mask! Formulated with Hibiscus, the indulgent velvety cream mask delivers smoother-looking skin as you sleep. With continued use, the hydrating formula with Ginger Leaf works to soften the look for fine lines for a younger-looking, instantly firmer complexion.

Guerlain PORE MINIMISER Say goodbye to pesky pores with Guerlain’s Pore Correcting Treatment! Enriched with a unique combination of clay, zinc and a plan extract, it targets all types of pores and unclogs them, allowing the skin to breathe. The wonder formula instantly tightens and visibly minimises pores with a long lasting effect while leaving skin feeling clean and fresh.

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Grooming Box GENTS, WE’VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON ALL THE PRODUCTS YOU NEED FOR A SIZZLING SUMMER…

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SOLID AND STRIPED SURF SPRAY

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Get the perfect beach hair just in time for summer! The salt-infused formula creates impeccable, matte volume, texture and fullness and hold to mimic tousled, just-offthe-beach waves. The new take on the classic surf spray delivers hair-nourishing ingredients while the coconut water shields hair from the sun’s harmful effects.

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Dr. Jackson’s 01 DAY CREAM

Kiehl’s

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Ditch your heavy colognes for a light, daytime scent. Inspired by a rejuvenating morning walk through Central Park, the fragrance’s refreshing citrusy burst revitalises with every wear. Featuring an intoxicating mix of green and woody notes, its deceptive lightness has the strength to uplift at any point in your day.

INVIGORATING BODY WASH

Your mornings just got a whole lot more refreshing with Baxter of California’s Invigorating Body Wash! Enriched with mild, plantderived surfactants, it cleanses and revitalises without stripping moisture while aloe vera soothes and cools the skin on contact. Vitamin E and jojoba oil hydrate and condition to leave skin feeling soft, clean and renewed.

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The lightweight, moisturising cream keeps face and body hydrated throughout the day while the SPF20 protects the skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Enriched with kigelia fruit extract, shea fruit butter as well as baobab seed oil, it calms and sooth problem skin while leaving it feeling clean and rejuvenated.

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AGE DEFENDER POWER SERUM

MEN’S PURIFYING FACE WASH

Turn back the clock with highly concentrated ingredients to target specific concerns, this powerful treatment provides a first line of defense against the effects of aging skin. Enriched with Cypress Extract, the ultralightweight formula easily absorbs and helps to visibly firm sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Get the best skin of your life! This energising, gently foaming men’s wash offers a deep cleanse that is ideal for all skin types. Enriched with an infusion of Fairtrade antioxidant-rich rooibos and organic calendula, it washes away everyday impurities while leaving your skin feeling incredibly clean and refreshed. Just what you need for summer!

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IFTAR GOES TO TURKEY! It’s one of the most loved restaurants in the country and there’s no surprise that Ramadan means a spread of beautiful food and drinks at Köşebaşı. FACT took a seat at the City Centre Bahrain venue for an iftar experience that easily transported us to the streets of Istanbul! fact magazine

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nyone who has been observing the Holy Month of Ramadan knows that when Iftar time arrives, all the cravings set in. Be it for hot oozing cheese samboosa, tender ouzi or melt-inthe-mouth kunafa, chances are that only good food will satisfy your appetite. There’s one such place that understands this simple need down to a tee. Of course, we’re talking about none other than Köşebaşı. A Turkish delight of its own, the restaurant is PACKED on the day that we decide to visit for Iftar. We’re talking every single table is taken up by families and friends, eagerly awaiting the Maghrib call to prayer. This must be a good sign, right? Correct! The tables are already adorned in dates and dried apricot as well as bottles of water – so you’ve got everything that you need to begin the soon-to-be culinary journey. We opt for the Iftar Set Menu for two and – to our pleasant surprise – the food just keeps on coming. Begin with your choice of soup which is either the soup of the day or the Ezo Gelin – traditional Turkish red lentil soup. We can literally feel the soup swim it’s way down our throats – it’s like a warm hug from the inside. Delish! The cold starters are next up and it’s a visual feast for the senses. Imagine: dolma (vine leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables), the Turkish take on baba ganoush (grilled eggplant mixed roasted red capsicum, Turkish spices and sautéed with garlic olive oil), and what was by far our favourite of them all – the Kisir which is made up of soaked bulgar wheat mixed with capsicum, parsley and green onion – served with a lush pomegranate sauce. The bread is fresh, hot and fluffy – and we scoop up the kisir many times in glee. Like a child obsessed with candy – this dish had the palates at the table doing cartwheels – SO GOOD! Hot starters are equally pleasing. The meat is every carnivore’s treat, served with a light yogurt and cucumber. Whilst the filo pastry stuffed with cheese and a number of Turkish spices is a texture trove with a crispy exterior and gooey centre – we loved it! With no exaggeration, the fattoush salad is one of the freshest we’ve had in a long time. Every ingredient is crisp and the fact that it’s tossed in lemon, olive oil and pomegranate dressing, gives a whole new meaning to salads being healthy but also VERY delicious. Your mains are an amalgamation of Köşebaşı bestsellers – there’s tender chicken cubes, special lamb kebap and marinated chicken slices. There’s also a dish of the day which can be anything from a succulent mixed grill to a hearty rice and meat dish. All we know is that this day the meat was tasty beyond words and we felt incredibly satisfied by the time dessert rolled around. Stealing the entire show is the two fabulous desserts: 90

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Muhallebi (traditional milk custard) and the beautifullysmooth rice pudding – for two people, the portions are just right and we’re caught licking our spoons after scraping the last remnants of what is undoubtedly yummy iftar experience. Soft drinks, Ramadan juices and Turkish tea is included – so your thirst is quenched just as nicely as your hunger is relieved. With only two weeks to go, Iftar at Köşebaşı is perfect for families who want to do something different out of the house, for friends who want a good ambience to catch up in, and for anyone who enjoys great service and loves GOOD FOOD. ✤

GO: IFTAR SET MENU IS BD11.9 PER PERSON INCLUDING FOOD AND DRINKS. SERVED AT KÖŞEBAŞI, CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN FROM SUNSET ONWARDS. CALL 1717 2322 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine

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Iftar is the breaking of fast in Ramadan when the family comes together and enjoys a delicious spread of food and drinks to mark a time of patience and gratitude. At the Ramada Manama City Centre, the Iftar offering draws on all the homely traditions as FACT finds out‌ fact magazine

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ftar at Ramada Manama City Centre is held at the beautiful Reem Al Bawadi restaurant. Walk into what could easily be a cosy living room in a welcoming Lebanese home and you’ll find a lovely spread of authentic Arabic-inspired food and international favourites waiting to be indulged. After all, this family-friendly Levantine restaurant is renowned for authentic Middle Eastern food, warm Arabic hospitality and its shisha experience. It’s a big venue with two main dining areas, separated by a wall and grand wooden doors – one side being non-smoking. There’s an expansive outdoor terrace too, which is a popular evening hotspot in the cooler months. What we noticed immediately about Reem Al Bawadi is that all the interiors reminded us of a previous trip to Beirut. The stained glass windows, the ceramic plates, the classic paintings, the pretty lanterns and the feature stone bricks are all components that you would find in every corner of Lebanon. The seating is comfy, with plenty of room on the tables for all the amount of food you wish to consume. At iftar, this is a bonus! A central buffet station is decorated in gorgeous Middle Eastern-patterned cloth and holds fresh salads and cold mezze on one end. Our culinary iftar journey starts with hummus, baba ghanoush, vine leaves, fattoush, a lush yogurt and cucumber mix and a side of leafy greens. Ingredients are fresh and filling, and we enjoy a healthy beginning to breaking our fast. From the hot mezze, we try samboosa and kibbeh, the first is stuffed with a veggie filling whilst the latter boasts a delish meaty centre. In fact, mezze is created to encourage sharing and conversation between diners – and, lo and behold, all that we savoured was definitely a talking point. Particular standouts included the super fresh watermelon and feta salad and the decadent chickpea salad, both of which were palate-pleasing appetisers after a long day of fasting. The buffet transcends into the mains with a huge variety of everything from mouthwatering beef lasagna, tender lamb ouzi, stuffed vegetables, mixed grill items including kebab and chicken as well as many more carnivorous concoctions. We especially enjoyed the chicken drumsticks, the chicken piccata and the grilled fish with garlic lemon sauce – there is something 94

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delicious to satisfy every taste bud. More importantly, an element that’s missing at a number of iftars in the country – this place has a live cooking station where pasta dishes are whipped up and made-to-order – a nice hot main that every diner can appreciate. If you’re there with a sweet tooth, you can rest assured that there are plenty of dessert options to fulfill the cravings. Think comfort food like hot Umm Ali and chocolate and red velvet cake, as well as Arabic favourites like basbousa and kunafa, and more worldly classics like crème caramel and chocolate chip cookies. There’s fresh fruit including various melon, orange, and more. With a nice cup of coffee or green tea, you can end your iftar meal on a memorable note. Though service lacked enthusiasm and could be more efficient, the food made up for it. We also loved seeing a number of families gathered at the table to break fast together – a lovely embodiment of what iftar should be, and exactly the homely vibe that Ramada City Centre Manama has to offer this Ramadan. ✤ GO: IFTAR IS SERVED FROM SUNSET TO 8PM. PRICED AT BD10.500. CALL 1710 4000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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No Fried Samosas!

Summer Holiday Ready!

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

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

Oh, the weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth as I say to my clients: “No fried samosas to break your fast”. Yes, Ramadan has been well under way, and the unhealthy eating begins. So once again I get from my clients, but Yvonne this, but Yvonne that; I just smile, and they know that no matter what they say I will not change my mind as there are plenty of healthy ways to break your fast and fried samosas isn’t one of them. The look of disappointment when I suggest dates with a big glass of water followed by fruit and Harira soup… Today I had a conversation with one of my clients who tried to persuade me that having a burger to break her fast wasn’t too bad, she could tell by the look on my face that this wasn’t going to fly with me. If you must have samosas, find a healthy version, which is not fried but cooked in the oven. If you must have a burger try a black bean burger – yummy and good for you. Unfortunately, a lot of people gain weight at this time of year as they over indulge on unhealthy foods and make really bad diet choices; don’t be one of them. Don’t forget to continue working out but remember this is not the time to try something new. Do enough to preserve your fitness level. You may find doing cardio feels hard so cut down and do more body weight and resistance training. A belated Ramadan Mubarak! ✤

I’ve heard it said that much of the delight we derive from taking a holiday actually happens before we’ve even set foot on a plane. Studies show that the act of simply planning our travels and imagining ourselves in our dream destination can bring us more pleasure than any other part of the trip. And when you’re as organisationally-OCD as both my hubby and I are, this pre-trip happiness can really reach new heights. With this in mind, our summer holiday this year is shaping up to be a corker. London’s calling, for a few days on either side, and it seems we’ve got a theme happening there. So far we’re booked into London’s oldest restaurant, Rules (circa 1798), as well as the first Indian restaurant in the U.K., Veeraswamy. From London we head to Catalonia, and up to the northern coastal town of Roses. Our apartment enjoys sweeping sea views from the terrace, and I can already hear the ice cubes clinking in my long cool sundowner as I take in the stunning scenery. Roses is followed by Girona. It’s a magical walled city with medieval architecture and teenytiny winding city streets, surrounded by some of the very finest restaurants. Barcelona is next, and we’re heading there armed with a VERY long list of eateries we simply must visit. I can almost hear my tummy rumbling already. Happy summer holidays! xx ✤

GO: Email ymcfitness@gmail.com or call 3935 9105 for more information.

GO: Keep up with Georgina at www.blondeinbahrain.com and on instagram @blondeinbahrain.

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Travel Wishlist 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!

Exotic foods, picturesque views, vibrant cultures and amazing hospitality- travelling is definitely one of the best gifts you can give yourself! While we all know travelling leads to a much happier and fulfilled you, we tend to forget how important this much-needed time off can be. If you’re one of those, this is definitely the best time to pack your bags and head to the airport! From discovering the diverse wildlife of Africa to admiring the majestic pyramids of Giza, there is a lot to be explored. While I have always considered travelling one of life’s biggest joys, I am extremely drawn to places that are still deeply rooted in traditions and customs in this rapidly changing world. The Arab world is the perfect example of modern meets traditional. The Middle East’s best kept secret, Jordan has fascinated travellers for centuries now. A land of ancient hospitality and stunning landscapes, the country is at the very top of my travel bucket list. Giving you a taste of the quintessential Middle East, the country’s unparalleled antiquities as well archaeological treasures are something you just have to experience for yourself. Everything from the breathtaking city of Petra to the cosmopolitan cafes of Amman, Jordon is the destination you never knew you needed to visit. I definitely know where I’m headed this summer! Here’s wishing everyone a lot of happy traveling! ✤

GO: Email aanchalduggal1@gmail.com for more information.

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ISLAND INSIDER

Anan Elkady Marketing & Communications Manager, InterContinental Regency

Tell us three key responsibilities of your role at the hotel… InterContinental Regency Bahrain is a landmark hotel with its great heritage and reputation in the city which gives me a huge responsibility to one - sustain the hotel’s luxury image, two - to spread the hotel’s name all over the Island and three - to keep running the market engagement with our happenings and events. What is your favourite cultural hotspot in Bahrain and why? Bab Al Bahrain, I consider it one of my favorite experiences, as it shows the local flavour of the island with its colourful ambience, and the cosy shops along with the aromas of the local Arabian spices that gives me the perfect-curated experience in Bahrain. Bab

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Al Bahrain is like the gate to a cultural time machine that takes you back to the old beautiful Bahrain from the black and white displayed frames on the walls to hanging shimmering chandeliers. Share with us the best and the most challenging aspects of the marketing world… The best aspects of the marketing world, is the creativity part in our day-to-day jobs, also thinking outside the box with bringing new ideas to our work place and meeting new people every day. On the other hand, marketing is a very progressive and evolving field which makes you face, everyday, new fast-changing technology or new media platforms, so it needs non-stop studying and reading to keep yourself updated on the state-of-art technology and marketing techniques - because every day there is something new.


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FACT Bahrain June 2018  

Taking your cultural curiosity and love of travel to all new heights! Check out our annual wanderlust issue with some great holiday hotspots...

FACT Bahrain June 2018  

Taking your cultural curiosity and love of travel to all new heights! Check out our annual wanderlust issue with some great holiday hotspots...

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