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SPRING OF CULTURE

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08 20 29 FACT FINDS

SPRING OF CULTURE

EPICUREAN EXPEDITION

47 53 65 HOTEL HOTSPOT

ARTS EXCLUSIVE

CITY RIDES

77 89 93 FASHION FOCUS

CULINARY SPOTLIGHT

FOODIE CORNER

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A Food Chronicle: The Story of my Life...

First we eat, then we do everything else. - M.F.K. Fisher

FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • MARCH 2018 VOLUME 11, ISSUE 7

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

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f I was to ever write a book, you’d better believe that there would be an entire chapter dedicated to food. It’s the one common factor in the world that can bring people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds together - no matter the language barrier, the unfamiliar ingredients and the complete lack of being in your culinary comfort zone. This is what I love about a good plate of food - it’s a universal language and a great ice breaker. With that said, and as our team continues to eat their way through the island's diverse offerings, we thought it only fitting to take you on an Epicurean Expedition around the world. How? Turn to p29 and begin your voyage with our pick of some of the world’s best cuisines and dishes to have gone viral on the gastronomy scene and, more importantly, we tell you where to try out these fabulous items in Bahrain. For those of you planning a weekend escape this month, consider a few nights in Dubai. Why? The answer is in our Arts Exclusive on p53. If you’re really looking to impress a loved one or simply want to spend time watching something so awe-inspiring that it'll blow you away every second you're there, check out the one-of-a-kind aquatic theatre show La Perle by Dragone - I can’t think of a more thrilling spectacle than this to encounter this month. Staying on the delicious track to all things tasty, this month’s dining features are an absolute treat. Our Culinary Spotlight takes place at the drool-worthy, Bluefield Burger (p89), whilst the Foodie Corner takes a casual turn at Baharat's BBQ Night (p93), and there's plenty of palate-pleasing inspiration with this month's mouth-watering FACT Finds - the Baolicious Festival at Meisei (p8) and yummy Mother's Day picks (p14). There’s no excuse to be staying in every night! As usual, we bring you the best in hospitality, fashion, beauty, motoring, tech and interiors to name but a few of the fun pages you can find in our March issue. We’re happy to be rid of the short month - bring on the 31 days! Until the time of April Fools - enjoy the read!☺

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Baolicious Festival T HE HOT N E W F O O D T RE N D TO TA KE OVE R TH E REG IO N OVE R TH E L AST YE AR H AS TO B E T HE B AO. F LU F F Y P O CKE T S F U LL O F F O O DIE G O O DNE SS, TH E ASIAN F O O D S TA PL E IS NOW B E I N G CE LE B R AT E D AT A DE L ICIO US F E STIVAL IN ME IS E I BAH RAIN F O R A L I MITE D TIME O NLY!

ALSO KNOWN AS STEAMED buns or baozi, bao is a complete meal conveniently packed away in a white, warm, soft bun. We had our first bite of this smooth and soft shell packed with tender brisket, back in late 2016. Since then, the bao has become a cool, creative favourite at any dining table where good Chinese, Asian or contemporary food is served. Bahrain and the region has now put a spotlight onto this incredible Asian carb experience which is essentially a steamed bun filled with ingredients that vary from meat to vegetables (or both). At Meisei, you can enjoy a selection of naturally-coloured and uniquely-flavoured Bao buns for a limited time only. The Meisei Baolicious Festival features four new, mouth-watering 8

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flavours including: black/white sesame seed packed with Cantonese beef, cumin chicken anticuchos, carrot spicy seafood, and beetroot shrimp popcorn. It’s no wonder that bao rhymes with wow – once you’ve had a taste, there’s a good chance that a new love affair with food will begin. Let Meisei Bahrain’s Baolicious Festival be the matchmaker between you and bao this March! ✤

GO: CALL 1700 7770 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


Enjoy something new and indulge in bitesize flavours of Spain at Pinchos Night, every Wednesday. From 7pm onwards, savour unlimited Spanish pinchos, and enjoy a complimentary glass of Tinto de Verano, or our signature sangria. For BD10++ per person, this authentic Spanish experience offers a variety of pinchos.

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TOP OF THE MONTH With March in full swing, the 5-star Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is the ultimate resort for relaxation and food goals this month.

UNWIND IN LUXURY WITH the highly demanded Magnifique Half Board offer, back with a 24-hour checkout benefit, designed for you to extend your getaway in a solace oasis. Avail this wondrous offer and surround yourself with a breathtaking view of the sea while indulging on a complimentary breakfast and dinner in the ever-so-renowned Saraya restaurant for the price of BD99 net. The offer includes two children under the age of 12 and has been extended to March 31. To top off the month of March, Sofitel Bahrain welcomes you all to marvel in two special Grand Friday Brunches, one in which is inspired by the luck of the Irish during St. Patrick festivities on March 16, where you will be able to enjoy a culinary wonderland infused with gratifying dishes and entertainment that will imbue your Friday with all kinds of luck and good fortune. Guests can book the St. Paddy’s Brunch + room for only BD125 net. First 10 bookings will be automatically updated to Club Millesime. On March 30, Sofitel Bahrain welcomes you to jump into an eggs-iting Easter themed brunch that’ll have you participate in an eggs-hilarating scavenger hunt to crack some thrilling gifts and wonder all around the hotel. Both brunches consist of live cooking stations and live entertainment with special arrangements for the children to ensure that you and your family create Magnifique memories. Complete the whimsical month by springing into Magnifique Pique-Nique In the Park Escape with your family and loved ones for the price of BD10 each. Replenish in a selection of appetising sandwiches, homemade muffins, and home-baked pound cake while enjoying the outdoor greenery and refreshing beverages from a special a la Carte Menu. What makes March most valuable celebrating Mother’s Da;, Sofitel Bahrain is offering all mothers an exclusive 50% discount at all their award-winning restaurants. Special Mother’s Day 10

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room packages at very attractive rates are also being offered, be sure to check them out! A flaming new menu crafted by the skilled Italian Chef, Chef Marco, this March in Fiamma is the talk of the town and adds some fiery dishes with authentic traditional essence to its flavorsome Italian menu, designed to tantalise your taste buds with sensation. Tapas is also introducing an exciting addition to its burger promotion that can be enjoyed both at the comfort of your home or while facing the mesmerising Arabian Sea. Discover the juiciness of the Moroccan, the Portobello and the Deconstructive Burger put together to intensify your satisfaction in Tapas, now with double the size. Finally Pashawat wishes to welcome you to Burn and Earn on Mondays with its special draw at the end of your Lebanese dining experience. Place your bill in a bowl and get a chance to redeem the same exact amount spent on your bill with Pashawat, which you will be able to avail everyday other than Thursdays. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is also introducing an exciting journey of South Asian zest, specialising in the traditional royal Indian cuisine and spices with the new Indian restaurant, Rivaaj, this March. Explore a cultural experience of flavor and liberate your curiosity for a unique marriage of Indian ingredients and techniques with Arabian crafted essence in the new and shortly upcoming restaurant. Placed on the ground floor neighboring the ever so popular Saraya, the exciting Rivaaj caters to all who crave an authentic Indian culinary experience with a special twist of flavours. ✤

GO: CALL 1763 6363 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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RED CARPET FACIALS Are you seeking perfect skin like a glamorous Hollywood star this award’s season? Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is launching new, exclusive skin treatments – the Red Carpet Facials by IS Clinical. INNOVATIVE SKINCARE is a scientifically advanced luxury skin care brand that is excelling in combining science and beauty and achieving visible results. The company is dedicated to formulate highly effective skincare products that improve the appearance of skin. The Red Carpet Facials can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, promote healthier skin, refine pores and encourage the renewal of cells.

IS Clinical Fire and Ice Facial 60 MINUTES - BD65 / 90 MINUTES – BD85 This intensive clinical treatment is designed to resurface the skin rapidly and safely. Precise combinations of two professional treatment masks are complemented by serums and creams, with aromas of warm cinnamon spice and cool peppermint. This facial cannot be performed if you are currently using any type of retinols, Retin-A, Accutane or any form of glycolic acids.

IS Clinical Exfoliating Clear Skin Facial 60 MINUTES - BD65/ 90 MINUTES – BD85 An advanced skin application that gently exfoliates and provides soothing and healing effects. The IS Clinical Exfoliating Clear Skin Facial keeps your skin clean and beautiful by removing impurities from within, while maintaining that smoothness and glow. It promotes healthy, hydrated skin, minimises pores and leaves a soothing sensation. It’s easy to use and comes with warm steam to effectively open the skin pores. The facial is then used to extract and clear congestion and blockages in the skin. ✤

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For the rest of the month when you need pampering, try one of the below Spa Express Treats: EYE INDULGENCE – 25 MINUTES/ BD29 Focusing on the often ignored eye region, this gently yet powerful treatment uses marma point stimulation, specialized face massage techniques and hydrating eye mask to reduce dark circles and restore radiance and sparkle. FLAWLESS FEET – 30 MINUTES, BD30 A perfect treat for tired and sore legs, the combination of foot scrub, reflexology and foot massage bring relief and stimulate energy. SHIRODHARA – 30 MINUTES/ BD30 This Ayurvedic treatment promotes mental clarity and focus by combining a soothing scalp massage and pouring of warm oil on the third eye chakra to calm the mind and release tension. DE-STRESS BACK TREATMENT – 30 MINUTES/ BD35 Specifically tailored to ease back tension by combining Himalayan salt back scrub, aromatic compresses followed by a relaxing back massage that will leave your skin nourished and soothe upper body tension.


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MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS Just some lovely ways to treat the amazing mums out there! Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre At Baharat, enjoy a Mother’s Day themed BBQ night on March 21 from 7pm to 11pm. A stylish yet rustic BBQ experience on the terrace will showcase juicy BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak. Live music from the vibrant South African Duo, The Deux Song wil accompany. BBQ buffet is BD18 net including soft drinks and water, BD24 net including selected free flowing drinks. GO: CALL 1717 1441 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Your mum deserves to be a queen, so let Mövenpick give her the treatment she deserves on March 21. Spoil your mum with a special bubbly high tea and delicious pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Mother’s Day celebration starts at 3pm and runs to 6pm at the Gallery lobby, priced at BD60 net including a complimentary 30-minute massage voucher at the state-ofthe-art Rimal Spa and pool access for you and your mum. GO: CALL 1746 0000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Ritz Kids and Mum have a fun afternoon of together time as they bake and decorate a special Mother’s Day pastry with Executive Pastry Chef Jonathon Challenor. Ritz Kids can also savour their special #RCMemories with Mum with a framed photo and Mother’s Day card. Price includes baking supplies, aprons and pastry supplies. Taking place on March 17 from 2pm to 5pm at La Med. BD35 for one adult and one child. Additional kids pay BD12. GO: CALL 1758 6499 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, treat mum to the ultimate Mother's Day experience with a gift of pure relaxation. Mums enjoy a special chocolate or vanilla body scrub, followed by a calming Relaxation Massage. It's her wish list culminated into 90 minutes of pure bliss. BD75, available until March 31, daily from 9am to 9pm. GO: CALL 1758 6808 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. 14

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A WINNING STREAK FOR ELITE HOSPITALITY! Elite Hospitality Group, a luxury four-star hotels group in Bahrain, has recently won ten prestigious awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards which were presented in December 2017 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

THE ELITE HOSPITALITY GROUP has been honoured with the World Luxury Hotel Award through voting by guests and travellers from across the globe. The group won in three categories; Luxury Collection Group, Luxury Management Group award – Bahrain and Luxury Brand – Middle East. Further, Elite Resort and Spa - Muharraq, won the Luxury Spa Resort – Bahrain and Luxury Family Beach Resort – Middle East. The Luxury Design Hotel and Luxury Contemporary Hotel – Bahrain awards were won by Elite Crystal Hotel in Juffair. While Elite Grande Hotel in Seef District received excellence awards in three categories in Bahrain: Luxury Business Hotel, Luxury All Suite Hotel and Luxury City Hotel. The World Luxury Hotel Awards represent the pinnacle recognition in hospitality, since these are awarded to hotels and spas championing the best in their respective fields and excelling in the industry in their regions. Mr. Sarosh Aibara; Chief Operating Officer of Elite Hospitality Group, said: “We are indeed delighted to receive ten World Luxury Hotel Awards; it is a great recognition of our commitment to excellence, demonstrated by Elite Hospitality Group. Under the guidance of our MD Mr. Shabeer Dadabhai, 16

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our three winning hotels have succeeded in maintaining high standards of service and continuously offering guests from the entire world pleasant and exceptional experiences.” Elite Hospitality Group is famous for the comprehensive and personal service provided by its highly qualified staff across all its hotels and residences. Elite Hospitality Group welcomes both business and leisure guests to a customised experience. They offer a range of accommodation, from one to three bedroom fully-equipped suites in multiple locations to suit individuals. From the vibrant streets of Juffair and Muharraq to the prime shopping and business hub of Seef district, each of their unique locations is tailored to cater to their guests’ every need with an array of facilities such as specialty restaurants, nightclubs, executive lounges and bars, modern conference and banquet facilities, health clubs and wellness spas. ✤

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


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RACE THE STARS Get ready for another round of adrenaline-fuelled fun as the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is back and better than ever! BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT is all set to host another brilliant spectacle under the desert stars with the Formula 1 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix grabbing the global spotlight from April 6 to 8. “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” will be front and centre once again on the international stage as Formula 1’s favourite night race takes you on a thrilling ride like no other. The fun-packed event will mark the second of 21 rounds on the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, following the season-opening meeting in Australia. Motorsport’s elite will be lining up on the grid for another epic 57lap battle, including superstar talents such as Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and so many more! The ultimate celebration of food, music and speed, a number of international support series will also be taking to the tarmac. Guests can also look forward to a wide variety of off-track family entertainment that will keep you coming back for more throughout the three-day extravaganza. Get ready for an event of a lifetime and make your selection from one of the several F1 Experiences Ticket Packages. Take your pick from the Starter, Trophy, Hero, Premier, Paddock Club and Legend packages for the complete F1 experience. Let the show begin! ✤

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CARLOS SANTANA – MUSIC LEGEND MEETS F1 Transcending musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries, Carlos Santana has pioneered the fusion of rock and Latin American jazz like no other. Bringing his ever-evolving sound to our beloved sandbox, Santana will be performing at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 6th April! For the first time ever, the ten-time GRAMMY winner will be bringing his celebrated Divination Tour to Bahrain, where fans will be able to enjoy many of his global hits from his incredible career. Fans can look forward to soulful renditions of his collaborations with various artists including Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Cee Lo Green and Wyclef Jean as well as his most famous No. 1 hit single, “Smooth”. It doesn’t get any better than this!

GO: VISIT WWW.BAHRAINGP.COM FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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The 13th edition of the much-loved annual festival has announced a line-up that has every one of us buzzing! A variety of acts from all over the world alongside the best of the local cultural landscape will take to a range of stages and venues to share unbelievable performances. Here, we’ve picked our favourite events hosted during Spring of Culture to make a note of…

Life Journey An Exhibition By Fereshte Shishine DATE: CURRENT – MAY 8 TIME: TUESDAY – SUNDAY, 10AM – 6.30PM VENUE: LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART TYPE: EXHIBITION COUNTRY: SWITZERLAND An accomplished artist, Fereshte Shishine paintings are easily recognized by her deep appreciation for color composition, sharp focus on light, and most importantly, her unique attention to particular details. A common characteristic of nearly all her paintings is the accidental presence of draperies and delicately knitted fabrics somewhere on the canvas. She enjoys the very detailed work of, the poetry and intricacy of Persian miniatures.

Al-Fann Art From The Islamic Civilization From The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait DATE: CURRENT – JUNE 30 TIME: 8AM – 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM TYPE: EXHIBITION COUNTRY: KUWAIT Explore the great and multifaceted nature of Islamic culture through the spectacular al-Sabah collection of Islamic Art. Broadly divided into two parts, the display illustrates a chronological progression broken into four stages (from the very beginning of the Islamic period up to and including the three great empires of the sixteenth century) and tackles themes that run transversely through Islamic art; mainly, calligraphy, geometric decoration, vegetal, figurative art and jewellery.

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Weaves From Ashes DATE: MARCH 6 – 30 TIME: SATURDAY – THURSDAY: 10AM – 2PM & 4PM – 8PM VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY TYPE: EXHIBITION COUNTRY: BAHRAIN Faika Al Hasan’s new paintings remain thematically faithful, characteristic of her ongoing examination of the human condition. Drawing upon the nostalgia for the raw unbleached cotton used for the bedding of her childhood, she adopts fabric as a visual trope. In black and white, this exhibition is a meditation on the role that fabric plays in one’s life: as clothing offering modesty and protection, as a container holding one’s possessions as one flees hardship to make a new life elsewhere, where once unpacked, the fabrics come out to make a new home.

This Compass Will Always Point to Palestine DATE: MARCH 7 – 31 TIME: DAILY 8AM – 8PM VENUE: ART CENTRE TYPE: EXHIBITION COUNTRY: BAHRAIN AGE: 8 YEARS & ABOVE The exhibition sheds light on Jerusalem - the permanent Capital of Islamic Culture - and features works of iconic cartoonist Naji Al Ali. The works of the late Palestinian artist will be on display for the first time in Bahrain presenting topics of the occupation of Palestine and Jerusalem in a series of cartoons that Al Ali produced since his early career and until his assassination in 1987.


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Big Eats Small DATE /VENUE/TIME: MARCH 8 – NAKHEEL CENTRE – 4PM MARCH 9 – RIFFA PALMS – 4PM | SAAR MALL – 7PM MARCH 10 – QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM – 4.30PM AND 6.30PM. TYPE: STREET THEATRE COUNTRY: BAHRAIN What happens when you put a BIG hungry creature with a tiny vulnerable one? The laws of nature dictate that the fittest will survive. Watch two scientists come head to head as they try to answer this scientific dilemma. The site of their experiment? The ruthless concrete jungle, New York, and at the heart of their experiment is a BIG cat and a small bird who are different and brave enough to challenge the laws of nature! The result? A whole lot of adventure and learning!

DATE: MARCH 14 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: KOREA AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE In collaboration with the Korean Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra presents its wide-ranging repertoire of music played entirely on the gayageum, Korea’s iconic 12-stringed zither-like instrument, from traditional Korean music to hits by the Beatles, South American folk songs, and even a break-dance style rendition of Pachelbel’s ‘Canon’. Established in 1999, the orchestra has set a new benchmark in the local cultural scene and the brought the distinct sounds of Korean music to all corners of the globe.

Movie Night: Sitt Al-Bayt (Lady Of The House - 1949) DATE: MARCH 15 TIME: 7PM VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM TYPE: FILM COUNTRY: EGYPT AGE: 18 YEARS & ABOVE Directed by Abo El Seoud El-Ebiary, the film stars Faten Hamama (in the role of Elham) and Emad Hamdy (Nabil). After getting married, Elham moves in to live with Nabil at his mother’s house. Problems arise between Elham and her mother-in-law who believes Elham is an intruder to her personal life because she has become the new “lady of the house”.

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The Magic Drink

Korea Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra

The Magic Drink DATE/VENUE/TIME: MARCH 15 – ELMERCADO MALL – 5PM | ADLIYA 338 – 8PM MARCH 16 – THE AVENUES MALL – 4PM MARCH 17 – AMWAJ LAGOON – 4.30PM AND 6PM TYPE: STREET THEATRE COUNTRY: BAHRAIN ‘The Magic Drink’ is a play inspired by the Italian theatrical form of Commedia Dell’Arte. Watch the traditional characters of Commedia tell a fast paced story about a Doctor who invents a Magic Drink. Everyone wants this magic drink beginning a series of comic conflicts that are resolved with a twist! This cast of five use masks and the body to tell an interesting original story directed and created by Yuliya Stelmashonok.

George’s Marvellous Medicine DATE & TIME: MARCH 17 – 11.30AM & 5.30PM | MARCH 20 – 11.30AM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: THEATRE COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM AGE: 4 YEARS & ABOVE The most incredible things start to happen when a young boy named George invents a new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper! David Wood’s fabulous adaptation of one of Ronald Dahl’s best loved stories offers fizz-tickling fun and wizz-popping magic for the entire family.


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Thursday Indian Night Savour delectable curries and traditional Indian delicacies at our Indian Night every Thursday from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM. Popular dishes includes Tandoori chicken, Lamb biryani, Bengal fish, Palak paneer, Black dal makhani, Naan bread and many more. An Indian duo will entertain you with favorite Indian music while you savour Indian dishes. BHD 10.000++ per person Book online at www.sheratonbahrain.com or call +973 17533533 /sheratonbahrain

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DATE: MARCH 22 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: SONG COUNTRY: PALESTINE AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE The Jerusalem Arabic Music Ensemble presents a selection of patriotic and Arab songs, as well as sweet instrumentals that embody the beauty of Arab cultural heritage and allow the audience to take in its splendor. Consisting of teachers and students in the Oriental Music Department of the Institute, the ensemble was established by the National Institute of Music to mark the proclamation of Jerusalem as the 2009 Capital of Arab Culture.

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DATE: MARCH 17 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: SONG COUNTRY: BAHRAIN AGE: SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE After releasing their debut album in 2016, the unique Bahraini band, Likwid, have become well known for writing and performing songs from many different genres, including Classic Rock, Blues, Smooth Jazz, Reggae, Funk, and Latin. Likwid will feature other Bahraini artists who have made a name for themselves as their special guests, making “Likwid & Friends” a special evening not to be missed.

Parween Habib Jasmine Night DATE: MARCH 19 TIME: 8PM VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE AND RESEARCH TYPE: POETRY / SONG COUNTRY: BAHRAIN / SYRIA AGE: 16 YEARS & ABOVE Journalist and poet Parween Habib is joined by Syrian artist Ronahi Mamo in a special evening commemorating the late great Arab poet Nizar Qabbani Jasmine Night. An evening of song commemorating the birth anniversary of the late Arab poet Nizar Qabbani. Qabbani is widely considered one of the leading figures of Arab poetry in the 20th century, with an exceptional legacy spanning more than 50 years of output that continues to captivate audience to this day. The special evening will include a selection of his most memorable works recited by poet Parween Habib and sung by Syrian singer Rohani Mamo. fact magazine

DATE: MARCH 23 TIME: 8:30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: SONG COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM AGE: SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE After winning X Factor 2012, singer/songwriter James Arthur went on to score the biggest selling X Factor single of all time with the BRIT Award nominated ‘Impossible’. Back in full force, his album released last year ‘Back From The Edge’ gave him a second no.1 single with ‘Say You Won’t Go’, making James the first ever X Factor act to have two singles selling over a million copies each in his homeland.

Duo Etnopolis DATE: MARCH 25 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: ITALY AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE Duo Etnopolis features the internationally renowned Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla and extraordinary accordion player Antonino De Luca in which the duo presents some of Ciarla’s most popular tunes which draw on the familiar sounds of the Italian and Mediterranean folk traditions. One of the world’s preeminent violinists, Ciarla has performed in famous concert halls and international festivals in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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The 18Th Bahrain European International Book Fair DATE: MARCH 28 – APRIL 7 TIME: DAILY: 9AM – 1PM & 4PM – 9.30PM | FRIDAY: 4PM – 10PM VENUE: ARAD FORT TYPE: EXHIBITION G.O.H: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA The 18th Bahrain International Book Fair is a biennial event that showcases publishers and booksellers in all subject areas under one roof. The book fair has built a sound reputation and has fostered the participation of Arab and foreign publishing houses. The event aims to encourage readers at all levels, interest and ages to experience the joy of reading.

European Classical Music DATE: MARCH 28 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: ITALY AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE Classical Italian and European chamber music master- pieces performed by the dynamic young Italian artists and fellow graduates of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin, mezzosoprano Laura Capretti and piano virtuoso Francesco Maccarrone. whose combined supreme talents present an exceptional show that will delight all lovers of classical music.

Tickets for the events taking place at Bahrain Bay are available through www.springofculture.org, while tickets for events at Bahrain National Theatre are sold at Virgin Megastore or its online ticket portal. Tickets for the La Fontaine events are at the venue itself, and tickets for events at the ticketed events held at Cultural Hall may be purchased at Al Osra Supermarkets. Updates and latest news about the activities taking place are available on the festival’s official channel @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. The full festival programme details are available on www.springofculture. org and on Spring of Culture App.

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Ragheb Alama DATE: MARCH 30 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: SONG COUNTRY: LEBANON AGE: 8 YEARS & ABOVE Superstar singer and composer Ragheb Alama rocks Bahrain Bay, performing a mix of songs from new and old albums. Appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador in West Asia, the icon’s success comes from his tasteful music and his drive in raising awareness and aid on humanitarian matters in the world.

Mary Mcbride Band DATE: MARCH 31 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE Powerhouse singer Mary McBride and her band, including John Kengla on guitar, Jon Spurney on guitar and piano, Wijnand Jansveld on bass, and Mark Stepro on drums, take audiences on a roller coaster ride with their fiery blend of country, gospel, blues and old school rock ‘n roll. McBride has released multiple widely acclaimed albums. The Mary McBride Band has performed thousands of live shows in more than 30 countries.

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Galata Whirling Dervishes Mekder Sufi Ensemble DATE: APRIL 6 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC / DANCE COUNTRY: TURKEY AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE One of the most important elements of the rich Turkish culture, the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is an 800-year old tradition known for its whirling dances and dervishes, complex musical repertoire, and rhythmic chants that represent the mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. Established in 1999, The Whirling Dervishes Mekder Sufi Ensemble carries on this heritage that is among the most enduring and exquisite ceremonies of spirituality in the world. ✤

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EPICUREAN EXPEDITION In honour of all the fabulous world cuisines that you can find in Bahrain; we’re taking you on a culinary tour of the most famous food exports from different countries around the globe. Plate by plate, these are the delicious dishes that you just have to try and all the best places in the country to get your fix... fact magazine

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Italian – Pizza Margherita

Japanese – Sushi

The margherita is a humble combination of dough, tomato sauce and cheese, and if cooked with good, fresh ingredients, it can prove a highly satisfying meal. Though the pizza all over Italy would be more than palate-pleasing, it’s actually the birthplace of the margherita – Naples – where you’ll find the most appetising choices. It was in 1889 when chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi, created a pizza resembling the colours of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil), for Queen Margherita of Savoy. Since then, the modest pizza has grown into one of the most recognisable symbols of Italian food culture.

Sushi looks so simple and pretty, but it is in fact an intricate dish in terms of presentation and knowing which flavours work well together. One thing’s for sure though, sushi is causing a dramatic shift in dining habits the world-over. The nigiri and tuna rolls we eat today are a far cry from the pungent, riceless, barrel-fermented stuff that originated in the 3rd century B.C. Now we have pinwheel-shaped rainbow rolls and sushi masters trading their raw fish skills with culinary connoisseurs. Trying sushi in Japan is a must, but we have to say, this region does sushi and maki rolls, excellently.

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ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands Transform your Saturday afternoons with a perfect blend of the finest Italian classics including made-to-order pizzas from the oven to your table. Tuck into fresh cuts and special imported cheeses, live pasta stations, fresh salads and more delicious dishes for the whole family. Whether it’s the classic margherita or if you’re craving something with delicious veggie, meat or seafood toppings – nothing beats the mouthwatering pizza here. BD18 net with soft drinks and BD25 net with premium drinks. Served every Saturday from 12noon to 4pm. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

Teatro – Downtown Rotana Teatro Downtown knows how to turn Tuesday evenings into an infinite experience. Enjoy authentic Japanese delicacies and tempt your senses at the Infinite Sushi Night. Feast on all your family favourites such as Volcano Maki, Lobster Maki, Crispy California Maki, Rainbow Rolls, Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Nigiri and more throughout the evening for just BD15++ for sushi only or BD22++ including unlimited drinks! It’s all you can eat like never before. Every Tuesday from 6pm to10pm. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.

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British – Fish & Chips

Indian – Biryani

Definitely the most famous of all food in England. This great comfort food can be enjoyed as a greasy takeaway, traditionally wrapped in white paper, or in a more upscale environment at restaurants too. We recommend a trip up north to English counties like Lancashire or Yorkshire, where fish and chips is still the go-to dish and mostly enjoyed with a side of mushy peas, and this is also where you’ll find some of the best ‘chippies’ in the country to pick up your own bag of this hearty, hot dish.

By far India’s ultimate rice dish! Be it with chicken, lamb, prawns, or vegetables, this is a lavish dish that visitors to India absolutely need to try. It’s speculated that the Mughals introduced the modern biryani to India, which is made up of rice, a number of spices and condiments, and your chosen meat and/or vegetables. This is a rather sophisticated and skilled dish to prepare; you can make it pakki, meaning cooked, where the cooked meat and cooked rice are layered, or you can prepare biryani the kacchi way, where raw marinated meat is layered with raw rice before being cooked together. Our favourites include the mouthwatering Hyderabadi biryani and the super spicy Memoni biryani.

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BURN THE BILL IN LINKS Links - Royal Golf Club Dine in the Royal Golf Club’s award-winning Links restaurant on any Monday evening and you could end up enjoying a free meal! In the spirit of giving you only the best, the restaurant has become renowned for its Fish and Chips. Satisfyingly light and fluffy, the fish is wonderfully seasoned and packed with subtle flavour. The irresistible combination of succulent fish coated in delicious batter and served with crispy chips is just too good to pass up. On a Monday, the bills for any guests dining in between 6pm and 9pm will be entered into a draw and the lucky winner’s bill will be burnt! GO: Call 1775 1262 for reservations and more information.

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INDIAN NIGHTS Al Safir Restaurant – Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Savour delectable curries and traditional Indian delicacies at the yummy Indian Night every Thursday from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Popular dishes include tandoori chicken, lamb biryani, Bengal fish, palak paneer, black dal makhani, naan bread and many more delectable delights. An Indian duo will entertain you with the favourite sounds on the country whilst you savour the impeccable food. BD10++ per person. GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.


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Spanish – Paella

Tex-Mex – Fajita

Paella is by far Spain’s most famous food offering. The rice dish includes different combinations of vegetables and meats or seafood, and is normally seasoned with saffron, but also has other spices depending on the recipe and area in Spain it comes from. Paella was originally farmers’ and farm labourers’ food, cooked by the workers over a wood fire for lunchtime. It was made with rice, plus whatever was to hand around the countryside like simple veggies and, occasionally, rabbit or duck, and on special occasions, chicken. Now one of the most popular paella combos has to be the seafood variety! This is a colourful dish and the fun part is that you have to eat it straight out of the pan.

The fajita is no doubt the product of the ethnic melting pot that makes up the American table. Fajitas appear to have made the quantum leap from campfire and backyard grill to commercial sales in 1969, putting Tex-Mex cuisine (a blending of Texas cowboy and Mexican panchero foods) on the world map. Back in the day, it was skirt steak that was a prime ingredient for the delicious fajita but nowadays – anything goes. You can fill up a fajita with pulled beef, tasty chicken strips, black beans, grilled shrimps and so much more – the choice is yours and the combo is heavenly.

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DINNER AT LA VINOTECA BARCELONA La Vinoteca Barcelona - Adliya Uno, dos, tres! Take a seat and be transported back to the streets of Spain! Home to authentic Spanish cuisine at Block 338 in Adliya, the award-winning restaurant now boasts an entirely rejuvenated experience. This includes a reimagined venue and menus, solidifying its reputation as a little piece of ‘España’ in Manama. Showcasing specialties from the region as well as offering an assortment of the signature tapas, paella and delicious desserts, you won’t find Spanish cuisine better than here anywhere else on the island. GO: Call 1700 7808 for reservations and more information.

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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa Enjoy a lively slice of Mexico at Margarita Mexicana. Let the authentic picturesque setting and charm be an exciting backdrop for an evening full of rich flavours. Whether you opt for your favourite fajita or try something new off the menu, Margarita Mexicana uses only the finest ingredients directly from South America. What’s more, all dishes, including tortillas and guacamole, is freshly prepared at guests’ tables to guarantee that the fine dining experience is as authentic as possible. A la carte menu is served daily from 6pm to 12midnight. Closed on Saturday. GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.


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Chinese – Dim Sum

English – Afternoon Tea

Thank the Cantonese people for introducing the world to dim sum which has a rich history and tracks back to the days of ancient China when travellers along the Silk Road broke their journey by stopping at tea houses. It was discovered that drinking tea helps digestion, so small pieces of food were offered with the tea. And so, the tradition of dim sum or yam cha (drinking tea) began. Dim Sum refers to small bite-sized dishes which can be savoury or sweet and prepared steamed, baked or fried. Tastes, flavours and fillings are of a great variety – from Shrimp dumplings (siu mai) to bbq chicken buns (char siu bao) and even veggie gyoza – this has to be one of the best food exports to come out of China.

Ok, so it’s not a type of cuisine but it’s definitely one of the most popular food trends in Bahrain, and the world. Afternoon Tea dates back to 1840 England when Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. What we love about this tradition is the mix of sweet and savoury servings – from finger sandwiches packed with cream cheese and salmon, to delicious cakes and pastries, and, of course, mouth-watering scones adorned with clotted cream and jam. In this part of the world, Afternoon Tea comes in all forms – Arabian, Japanese and British too – so you’ve got plenty of choices.

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MODERN CANTONESE DIM SUM

AFTERNOON TEA EXPERIENCE

Meisei Bahrain, Adliya Elevate your dim sum experience at one of the chicest Asian dining destination in town. Amidst the cool modern interiors, you can choose from an array of traditional dim sum including the most incredible concoctions of Pan Seares Peking Foie Gras Dim Sum, Crispy Wagyu Mushroom Dim Sum, Steamed Tiger Prawn Shumai, Crispy Harumaki Alaskan, and the vegan Crispy Bamboo Vegetarian to name but a few of the indulgent options. Open for lunch from 12noon to 3pm and for dinner from 7pm to late. GO: Call 1700 7770 for reservations and more information.

Lobby Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Spend an elegant afternoon with friends and family for a revamped afternoon tea experience. Savour new items on the menu like Foie Gras Terrine, Organic Chicken with Espelette Chili, Pistachio and Spiced Pineapple Cake and Chocolate Mille Feuille. Also enjoy weekly piano entertainment as you sip on your choice of beverage. Fridays and Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm. BD21++ per set, served at both the Lobby Lounge and The Ritz Gourmet Lounge. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

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South East Asian

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Probably the most diverse of all cuisines – the term South East Asian is applied to everything from noodles to bento boxes, curries and stir-frys so if you find a place that does a good variety of South East Asian food – take a seat and tuck in. There are many staples of Asian cuisine – rice, noodles, spices, herbs, exotic vegetables and even meat. In Thailand, you’ll find lemongrass is a widely-used ingredient, whilst in Malaysia coconut rice is a popular serving and Indonesia is known for its Sambal Kecap (Chili and Soy Sauce). Flavour and palate-pleasing textures is what defines this varietyfilled cuisine – and it’s one that rarely disappoints.

This carnivorous feast needs no introduction especially as we’re currently enjoying the last of what’s left of the BBQ season. Though it’s not clear where the term BBQ, or barbeque/barbecue originated – according to Time magazine, the conventional wisdom is that the Spanish, upon landing in the Caribbean, used the word barbacoa to refer to the natives' method of slow-cooking meat over a wooden platform. Whether it’s over an outdoor pit, in the oven or sizzling on a grill, the popular method of slowly cooked meat is as patriotic as it gets when it comes to throwing a true summer party or garden soiree. And don’t forget to slather your choice of meat in sauce – and keep room for seconds!

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RE/IMAGINE YOUR SATURDAYS Re/Asian Cuisine – Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay invites you to discover the perfect Saturday Brunch at re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck. Soak in the immersive views from the 50th floor and feast on mouthwatering Asian selections, taking you on a culinary tour of the popular world cuisine with foods like Korean Fried Chicken Bao Buns, Wok Fried Shrimp Dumplings and Brisket Wontons, to name but a few of the taste bud-satisfying choices. BD19++ for food only and BD37++ including premium beverages. Every Saturday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. GO: Call 1711 5046 for reservations and more information.

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BAHARAT BBQ NIGHT Baharat – Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre A stylish yet rustic BBQ experience on the terrace of the beautiful Baharat restaurant showcases the most succulent BBQ ribs and and tender Wagyu prime rib steak alongside all your juicy favourites. Live music from the vibrant South African Duo, The Deux Song will accompany the dining experience. BBQ buffet is priced at BD18 net including soft drinks and water, BD24 net including selected free flowing drinks. Every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information.


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BIG SCREEN Red Sparrow

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After suffering an injury that threatens to end her promising career, Prima Ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future. With her career as she knew it on the rocks, she turns to a Russian secret intelligence service that teaches exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons.

DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

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Chronicling a tale of passion, sacrifice and power, Francis Lawrence’s newest offering is everything you could ever want from a psychological thriller. After garnering incessant comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow, Red Sparrow has finally proved to audiences why it deserves to hold its own. The plot revolves around notable Prima Ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) and her journey to the dark side. Determined to protect her mother at all costs, Dominika is forced to turn to the Sparrow School to help her mother receive a life saving treatment. As she pushes her body and mind to their limits, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the programme has ever produced. Offering a very unique and non-gadgety take on suspense thrillers, the film’s plot suggests a very different kind of spy film. Backed with Jennifer Lawrence’s killer acting and some super intense action sequences, the film will have you hooked till the very end.

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Offering a very unique and nongadgety take on suspense thrillers, the film’s plot suggests a very different kind of spy film.”

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Intent on solving the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Lara Croft makes a dangerous journey to his last known destination. Armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit, she must push herself beyond her limits to unravel the truth once and for all.

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DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug CAST: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

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A revamped rendition of the original Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug’s bow and arrow-wielding protagonist is well and truly the woman we know from the 2013 video game. Succeeding Angelina Jolie in bringing the video game character to life, Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of the same is every bit as promising and intriguing. Following her father’s disappearance when she was barely a teen, Lara Croft staunchly rejects the idea that he is truly gone. Now a young woman of 21, the fiercely independent and resolute Croft is intent on locating her eccentric adventurer dad and embarks on a journey into the unknown. Go and watch it for some eyegasm worthy visuals and gripping storyline!


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Reminding us of the dance-floor post-rock of their 2004 debut LP, Always Ascending retains their signature musical excellence while still sounding brand new. Their first album without guitarist Nick McCarthy marks the start of a whole new era for the band. With the addition of new member Julian Corrie, the Scottish indie rock band aim to inject a hint of electronics into the mix. A departure from their more guitardriven roots, the lead single is an ambitious and experimental turn for Franz. A sonic representation of the whole record, it is the bop you never knew you needed! Dubbing themselves as the “Futuristic naturalistic” genre, the band refuses to be put into a box. A synth and sax-heavy track, Feel The Love Go is as promising as their catchy lead single. Merging electronics with back-tobasics indie, the band is truly hitting some new territory with this punchy new record, sure to keep both devoted fans and critics very happy! 44

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By Snoop Dogg Spoiler alert: this record is going to make you FEEL your feelings! Taking his fans to church with his exquisite vocals and moving lyrics, Snoop’s new album seems to be taking him in a whole new direction. Turning to a more religious dimension, Bible of Love is a radical shift from his classic Snoop Dogg sound. Featuring collaborations from various Gospel artists including Tye Tribbet, the Clark Sisters, Faith Evans and Rance Allen, the album is all about putting love out into the world. Words Are Few featuring B Slade is an inspirational track with transparent lyrics. Blessing Me Again featuring Rance Allen is a beautiful amalgamation of heartwarming lyrics and mesmerising music - gospel rap at its finest! After seeing his fair share of reinvention, Snoop’s love-laden record is exactly what the world needs right now.

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ince its opening, Hotel de Russie has been Rome’s number one hotel for the who’s who including everyone from celebrities, politicians and those who want to rub shoulders with the aforementioned. The hotel is achingly chic and very private. Once you step off the Piazza del Popolo and tony Via del Babuino and into this gorgeous hotel, you’ll instantly understand why it has famous clientele. It’s a refuge from the hectic rush of Rome and is surrounded by stunning nature that you never thought possible for such an inner-city hotel. The landmarked 19th-century palazzo is discreetly tucked away in front of a secret garden that provides a lush, green oasis amid the city making it the perfect spot for an al fresco breakfast or an aperitivo. The hotel has everything you can think of including outstanding amenities that range from a wellness spa, to bespoke cultural itineraries, and even a children’s

programme. Suites are spacious, stylish and classic, with the best suites facing the inner garden. Known as one of the most luxurious spots in Rome is the hotel’s Stravinskij bar, where sommeliers and bartenders always please with the perfect drink or espresso and it’s no surprise that George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd have been seen here. Sophistication and style is what to expect in the rooms at Hotel de Russie and you’ll have every creature comfort available to you. For interior lovers, the décor in this hotel is absolutely beautiful with each room having its one colour scheme and own sense of style. Expect to see a palette of pastels, rich grays and dark woods along with pops of orange and quirky accessories and loads of cool coffee table books. Flower prints, plush furniture, bold colours, stripes, marble and mosaic tiles accent each of the de Russie’s 98 rooms and 24 suites. You can also book an interior room, which comes with a terrace overlooking the

luxury hotel’s garden. As if they almost knew what we were thinking, a signature drink arrived to our door at aperativo time each day. Such a nice touch. If you really want to go all out, guests can choose between two beautifully redesigned suites, both by Olga Polizzi, director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels - The Picasso Suite and The Popolo Suite. The Picasso Suite is dedicated to the artist, who stayed there for three months in 1917. It epitomises the hotel’s style with tasteful, modern furnishings and pops of colour. In the living room, prints and pillows featuring Picasso’s designs complement the beige sofa and armchairs. Guests can enjoy an intimate dinner in the dining room, which has a wet bar, an elegant marble table, and built-in shelves filled with books and decorative objects. The 860-square-foot suite has one bedroom, a bath decorated in Italian marble and mosaics, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 270-square-foot private terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden. The Popolo Suite so named because its terrace has excellent views of Piazza del Popolo is even larger thanks to a recent expansion. The 1,080-square-foot suite comprises a living room, a dining area, a master bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a marble-and-mosaic bath with a double shower and separate tub, a powder room for visitors, and a 480-square-foot private terrace. The design draws inspiration from Rome’s rich history and Mediterranean colour swatch, seamlessly blending antiques and modern furnishings done up in luxurious Italian velvets and fact magazine

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silks in greens and burnt amber. Reupholstered vintage chairs, a custom-made rug by Polizzi, contemporary photography of Roman monuments, and marble reliefs combine to form the suite’s inspired design. The Roman hotel’s tranquil spa has an amazing variety of treatments including massages, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair removal. The spa also features a well-equipped gym, marine hydro-pool, sauna, Turkish steam bath and Jacuzzi. They also use the Rocco Forte brand of products which are organic and soothing. The hotel is located in Rome’s very posh Tridente neighborhood and has everything you need right on your doorstep. The city’s shopping mecca featuring boutiques from haute cuisine favorites like Valentino, Hermès, Azzedine Alaïa, Céline, Gucci and Prada and it’s in perfect walking distance (about 10 minutes) to Rome’s main squares and monuments such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Campo de’ Fiori. There simply isn’t a better place to stay in the inner-city and it’s not hard to see why this iconic hotel is known for its impeccable style and great service. ✤

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LA PERLE BY DRAGONE There’s been a great buzz in the UAE since aqua theatre show La Perle by Dragone opened at Al Habtoor City late last year. The dawn of a new era of entertainment, the show is an incredible feat for performing arts in Dubai. After being transfixed throughout the 90-minute spectacle, FACT’s Shabana Adam caught up with La Perle by Dragone’s Resident Artistic Director, Tara Young, the lady responsible for the other-worldly charm of this astounding show… fact magazine

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new show produced and created by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural creative companies has been causing a stir in Dubai for a few months now. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle is the region’s first permanent show taking place in a tailormade, state-of-the-art aqua-theatre. Directed by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group, La Perle is a breathtaking fusion of artistic performance, creative imagery and ground-breaking technology, which takes inspiration from Dubai’s rich cultural past, vibrant present and aspirational future. Embodying the spirit of Arabia, La Perle features a cast of 65 premier artists performing gravity-defying aqua and aerial feats with the assistance of 70 specialised technicians in the innovative and intimate 1,300-seat theatre. The theatre itself features an ‘aqua-stage’ filled with 2.7 million litres of water, which has the ability to change from a dry platform to aquatic stage and vice versa. You’ll see daredevil performers dive into the waterfilled stage from a height of 25 metres and fly around the auditorium on highpowered winches at a speed of 15 kmp/h. Combining cutting-edge stagecraft and progressive technology, La Perle is a stunning spectacle in, on and above water. All is not as it appears though, as the stage transforms, thanks to a visual feast of high-tech, 3D projections, transporting the audience to awe-inspiring dimensions that belong only in a dream world. With an international cast of 65 skilled artists, each demonstrating their extraordinary set of superhuman aquatic and aerial stunts during a live 90-minute show, the theatre has been custombuilt to provide a truly immersive and visually captivating live entertainment experience. FACT meets one of the women responsible for putting this magnificent show together – Resident Artistic Director, Tara Young, who sheds some light on exactly what goes on behind the scenes and into the making of the mesmerising La Perle by Dragone…

Hi Tara! Let’s take it back to the beginning – how and when did you venture into the world of performing arts? I was born in Calgary, Canada and began dancing at the age of three – it was always my dream to be on the Broadway stage and when I was 19, I received my first big break dancing with Liza Minnelli in Radio City Music Hall – talk about dreams coming true! It something that I loved, but I and others around me, soon realized that my true passion lay backstage, in a more caring and managerial role. From that moment, I moved into the Creative Teams and transitioned into an Associate Director/Choreographer and I’ve been on this journey ever since.

La Perle is a show that has never been done before in the region, a true first of its kind – it’s so spectacular, it’s hard not to fall in love with it!

Why La Perle – what was it about this show that made you say YES and come to Dubai? I said “yes” to La Perle and Dubai for two reasons, the first one was that I knew I was creating something that could really make a difference to a region. Previous to Dubai, I was working in China and it was a similar situation, we were bringing a show, a concept, that had never been done before. The second reason was Franco Dragone. Franco asked me to be the Resident Artistic Director and I couldn’t say no, he’s a creative genius. La Perle has quickly become the talk of the town in Dubai – what do you believe it is about this show that appeals to UAE audiences ? La Perle is a show that has never been done before in the region, a true first of its kind – it’s so spectacular, it’s hard not to fall in

love with it! There are so many reasons why the show is so appealing to the UAE, I think the main reason is because the show immerses the audience, transporting them to the dream-like world that we have created. The show is a reflection of Dubai, just as the city is at a crossroads of tradition and heritage combined with technology and modernity, La Perle contains the same themes and both residents and visitors of Dubai are really embracing this. The show is packed with performing artists doing everything from motorcycle stunts to flying through the air at crazy speeds – it’s visually thrilling. Can you share with us some of the ways in which you have helped to enhance La Perle? My role of Resident Artistic Director is to maintain Franco Dragone’s creative integrity within the show. It’s like he has given birth and it’s now down to me to raise the child. Just like a child, the show is a constantly evolving process, new artists will bring new skills and life to the show and it’s my job to direct these changes to be just how Franco envisions them. To date, what has been the most difficult or challenging aspect of being the Resident Artistic Director for La Perle and how have you overcome these? This job can be challenging, which I adore. Yes, it can be difficult but I rarely choose to look at it this way. I have chosen this business and I know that there is always ups and downs in show business but overcoming this is the magical part of life. fact magazine

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I love to go above and beyond in my role because for me this is the most gratifying. We are doing entertainment to share emotions, excitement and most of all a one of a kind experience. As an Artistic Director I like to keep perspective and remember this daily. There is always a solution, the journey is in finding it. On the other hand, what has been the most enjoyable and rewarding element of working on La Perle? The most rewarding element is the opportunity to work with such talented, passionate and dedicated human beings everyday. From the 65 artists to the wonderful Artistic Team, seeing what we can achieve on a daily basis makes my job so enjoyable. I also love seeing the reaction of every audience member and hearing their comments as they exit the theatre – it makes the hard work and long hours worth it. You’ve worked on some the biggest and most notable Broadway Shows, Musicals, and National Tours in the world – do you still enjoy the grind and what keeps you fascinated with this industry? I love this industry, always have and I

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think I always will. To me, nothing beats the emotion and atmosphere that live entertainment provides. On Broadway or any of the incredible live entertainment roles I have had, I can use my talents and knowledge to help, give guidance and support the wider team. I love the feeling of family that you get with working in the entertainment industry and that no two days are the same, it is fascinating. Franco Dragone has completely changed and reinvented the genre of theatre and live entertainment – after such an illustrious career in this sector, what would you like to leave your mark on... a legacy to be remembered by? Well…. I would like it if I truly have a made a difference with the people I have worked with. Perhaps even helped them grow, change, and enhance what they came here to do. I look at life in such a way that if we are learning and growing we are LIVING. If we stay stagnant this is where it becomes

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tricky. So hopefully I can inspire on a daily basis. The future is unknown, but in my nature I want to care, nurture and guide the people I am in contact with. Helping young people grow in this business would be so incredible. Maybe a school where I could oversee as an Artistic Director would be amazing. Finally, tell us three personal or professional goals you would love to achieve in 2018… I have many goals both personal and professional. I don’t think I can put them into a list of three, but I will say… For today I am working on an overall goal to live every day with the word UNSHAKEABLE in my mind. I like to focus on a word that can empower me. What if every challenge or difficulty that comes my way in 2018 I can say that I know for sure I am unshakeable? I can handle anything that comes my way. I will practice doing this through being gracious, patient and of course joyful. This most certainly means to also be flexible in my thinking, and this one part of working as an expat you are challenged daily because we are out of our comfort zone. This is one of the greatest parts of working internationally, we are tested daily and for this is I am extremely grateful. ✤


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ZALLAQ SPRINGS

ANNOUNCES PRIME LEASING OPPORTUNITIES Zallaq Springs, a unique one-of-a-kind sanctuary in the Bahrain, located in the heart of Zallaq announces prime leasing opportunities to retailers and food and beverage tenants across the Kingdom, regionally and internationally.

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he stunning Zallaq Springs will feature shops, restaurants and a drive through café. Interested tenants have an exclusive opportunity to express their interest in being part of the Zallaq Springs family of retailers as it reaches its completion stage of development in April. Zallaq Springs conducted a survey to better understand the demographic population of Bahrain especially the residents of the neighbouring areas to the property; before proceeding with the development of the property. All key segments surveyed pointed out that healthy and nutritional all-day dining options with specific emphasis on breakfast and brunch options are missing with a request by athletes for walking and bike trails and students wanting to unwind at coffee shops in a relaxing environment in Zallaq. The strategic location of Zallaq Springs is across The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and adjacent to ‘The Gardens at Zallaq’ with its villas, townhouses and gated community structure that guarantees a market of existing residents and visitors. The property includes retail shop units and restaurant units. The property aims to promote a retail and leisure dining experience for families, students and the athletic community away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The quality of built of each leasing space is unparalleled offering the possibility of breathtaking indoor and outdoor dining experiences, lifestyle therapy, cultural events and exciting new attractions. Fahad A. Rafeea, Deputy CEO- Head of Leasing, Al Zallaq Real Estate Company, said: “Zallaq Springs would like to select distinct tenants that would make it a destination worth visiting with

friends, family and acquaintances while addressing the strategic needs of the community. “We are offering retailers an opportunity to increase their brand exposure through the uniqueness of this property’s features and being a part of a landmark project in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” he continued. “They may reach out to me directly to discuss any leasing requests or contact us via our social media platforms as we aim at being accessible and selecting the perfect tenant mix. We are further pleased to announce that we have already leased spaces to Shakespeare & Co., Coffee Republic, Be Rehab, N SPA and Pet Arabia with more exciting F&B concepts to be revealed soon.” The unique positioning of Zallaq Springs places it in the midst of a target market that has been awaiting a convenient location such as this property, with its lush green landscaping. It has been designed for visitors to unwind from their daily routines and immerse themselves in the beauty and serenity created by an enchanted retreat within Bahrain. Sh. Salman Khalid Al-Khalifa, COO, Al Zallaq Real Estate Company, said: “We aim to be a restorative environment where nature has an impact on people’s mental functions, social relationships and physical wellbeing. By being located in a sheltered area in the Southern governorate of the Kingdom. “Our goal is to provide a healthy, organic, peaceful and visually breath-taking retreat for people to unravel, relax and enjoy themselves without having to travel outside Bahrain and we look forward to welcoming tenants that share the same vision and ideals as we do,” he added. ✤ fact magazine

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ABOUT ZALLAQ SPRINGS Zallaq Springs is a project developed by Al Zallaq Real Estate Company, with an original concept located in the heart of Zallaq, within the Southern Governorate. It is the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain and it is believed that it will be a destination for Bahraini youth, athletic communities, and families. The project is spread across an area of 25,338 sqm, with a spacious car park. For further leasing or development enquiries, contact 17203056 email zallaqsprings@alzallaq.com or find more information at www.zallaqsprings.com or our instagram page @zallaqsprings

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Porsche have proven their class once again with the Panamera 4S, reaffirming the motoring giant’s iconic status.

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hen someone offers you the keys to a 2018 Porsche Panamera 4S, you simply say “Yes please!” keep quiet and hope they don’t change their mind. We at FACT had this exact experience when handed those very keys from Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers w.I.I. and were told we only had to return them the following day. Nice! At first glance it was clear the master designers at Porsche have created a stylistic link between the 4S and the iconic 911. This second generation Panamera boasts the typical Porsche flyline with pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks and a roofline that dips 20mm lower at the rear for perfect aerodynamics. The refined exterior of this four-door coupé includes a brand new front-end design complete with a crossbar in the radiator grille. This emphasises the vehicle’s width as well as the stylish, arrow-shaped bonnet. LED headlights finish off the front with a flourish, whilst at the back end, three dimensional LED rear lights that include integrated four-point brake lights, interconnected by a narrow LED strip, result in a unique night design. The inclusion of larger wheels gives this car an even more powerful 66

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presence, adding to its already sporty appearance. As we gently lowered ourselves into the front of the vehicle, taking time to savour the experience, it was instantly obvious that pride and money had gone into every little design detail. It came as no surprise that only the very finest of materials have been used throughout the interior. The seats were comfortable and firm at the same time, exactly what one would want for this experience and the newly designed steering wheel felt perfect in our hands. In addition, the 4S offers the best layout of any model in the Porsche luxury class, with a 40:20:40 split of the folding rear bench backrests. This plus the 495 – 1304 litre luggage capacity makes this vehicle very practical for everyday use, perfect for a family and luggage. Other great features include a panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester. The designers behind this beautiful machine have put a huge amount of thought into the functionality as well as the easy interaction of the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit. A completely new display and control concept greets the driver and passengers upon entry. The intuitive user interface combined with the 12.3 inch display touchscreen, takes the operation of the communication, convenience and assistance systems to a new level. All hard keys and conventional instruments throughout the vehicle have been reduced and replaced with touchsensitive panels and individually configurable displays. We found all these to be extremely helpful elements of an already occupant focussed vehicle.


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“WHAT PORSCHE HAVE MANAGED TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THEIR LATEST OFFERING IS AN EFFORTLESS MERGER BETWEEN A SPORTS CAR AND A LUXURY SALOON.”

Initial inspections completed, we steered her out onto the road with a huge amount of anticipation. As we eased down on the accelerator, the truth about this hugely improved Panamera came to life. Modifications to the engine, transmission, chassis and overall design concept, makes it a performance icon in the luxury class. The 4S boasts a 2.9 litre twin-turbo engine that produces 440 hp with a top speed of 289 km/h. It can shoot from 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds! Believe us when we say that it is hard to breathe whilst this kind of acceleration is taking place. The Mode Switch is an intuitively operated rotary ring on the steering wheel, which can be used to activate one of four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual). This ensures the perfect settings for various environment types. The Panamera 4S applies its power to the road via Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – a permanent, fully variable all-wheel drive system. Tuned to the specific driving situation, PTM sensors continually monitor wheel speeds providing perfect performance on dry roads as well as in wet conditions. What a great driving experience! Yet another fantastic feature of this mechanical beast is its considerably improved fuel economy and reduced fuel emissions. What Porsche have managed to accomplish with their latest offering is an effortless merger between a sports car and a luxury saloon. This boils down to an assurance of comfort, style and of course, power! Although it was tough to hand back the keys the following day, we were left with the memory of a near perfect ride. ✤

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EXCLUSIVE MERCEDES-BENZ DEALS Experience performance in its most astounding form with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 Coupé and Cabriolet. With its strikingly good looks and unbeatable performance the AMG C 43 is a force to be reckoned with. The AMG C 43 Coupé and Cabriolet come with the AMG body styling that includes the unique diamond radiator grille with chrome pins that nestles the Mercedes-Benz star, Sports Direct-Steer system and AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish. As for the interior, the AMG C 43 has a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with the flattened bottom section and heavily perforated grip areas as well as AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals. The AMG C 43 also comes with sporty seats that not only look sporty and stylish but they also offer optimum lateral support perfect for long rides and sharp turns. Al Haddad Motors is now offering an exclusive deal on the

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ALL-NEW DUCATI PANIGALE V4 Wheels of Arabia launched the all-new DUCATI Panigale V4, a product that has waited since its announcement in October. The Panigale V4, Ducati’s first mass-produced four-cylinder motorcycle, representing a radical departure from its tradition of producing 2-cylinder engines. The event was also preceded by the first DUCATI Regional Technical Training where over 25 technicians from Middle Eastern dealerships at the Ducati Experience Centre (BIC). Countries represented include UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey in addition to several other countries. This unique training session concluded with the unveiling of the most awaited Ducati Panigale V4. 70

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“A new era begins with the launch of the Ducati Panigale V4. This astounding bike makes power even more glorious. We are very pleased to make this available to motorcycle enthusiasts in Bahrain,” said Mr. Abdulrahman Almoayed, Director –Wheels Of Arabia. The Panigale V4 is the first Ducati motorcycle to have a four-cylinder engine, derived directly from the MotoGP Desmosedici. It's a concentrate of Ducati technology, style and performance. With a power/weight ratio of 1.1 hp/kg, this bike

sets a whole new standard in the supersport production bike segment. Developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, this road bike is the closest thing possible to its MotoGP counterpart. ✤

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AUDI MAKES HEARTS RACE ON THE TRACK! Audi Bahrain thrilled guests with a presentation of their highest performance Audi Sport models on the race track and surprised the audience with a preview of the all-new Audi A8, which is due to arrive in the market just before Ramadan this year. A packed day also gave guests the opportunity to drive the recently launched Q5 and SQ5 models on the road at the Audi Sport anniversary event. From February 15 to 17, Audi Centre Bahrain invited a privileged group of customers to be prepared for a thrill that promised to set their hearts racing at the Bahrain International Circuit. The excited group celebrated the first anniversary of the Audi Sport

introduction to Bahrain with a full day of driving on the celebrated Formula One race track. A packed day of activities gave them the opportunity to not only test the sporty spearhead of the Audi Sport range, the award winning Audi R8 V10, but also the most powerful TT of all time, the Audi TT RS. Its newly developed five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp – accompanied by an unmistakable sound. Geetan Jessen, Dealer Principal for Audi Centre Bahrain, said: “The participation from all of our guests was fantastic and they were thrilled from start to finish with the range of cars to experience and the activities designed to challenge their driving skills.” ✤

PORSCHE CENTRE BAHRAIN WELCOMES NEW CAYENNE MODELS The latest generation of Porsche’s successful SUV model line is now available in Bahrain. Arrival of the brand’s flagship SUV was celebrated at a special event held by Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehbani Brothers W.L.L at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, where the Cayenne and Cayenne S were showcased to attending guests. A completely new development brings the Cayenne closer to its racetrack roots and offers greater versatility and more performance than ever before. Powerful turbocharged engines, enhanced chassis systems, a range of off-road modes and a sharper design underpin the model’s credentials as a true sports car in its segment. Additional enhancements to the latest generation also include intelligent assistance systems and more connectivity features aimed at offering improved driver and passenger comfort. Colin Sattar, Brand Manager of Porsche Centre Bahrain, said: “Since its initial launch, the Cayenne has been one of the most popular models in Bahrain, and I have no doubt that the third

generation, which offers even more sports car performance and practicality, will continue this success story. For me, the new Cayenne’s versatility is truly unique,” he added. “It is at home on any road, but it is equally ready to explore new terrain. It enjoys a short sprint as much as a long road trip, and the commute to work as much as a lap on the track. It is capable of producing a superb drive experience virtually anywhere, and that is really what sets the Cayenne apart from any other SUV. We’re very excited to be welcoming it to Bahrain.”✤ fact magazine

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LAPTOP UNDERDOG With a market that’s ever expanding and improving, finding a laptop that’s best for you can truly be a task. So, if you’re someone who’s difficult to please but also simple in your asks, Dell’s XPS 13 may just be exactly what you’re looking for! FACT explores…

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hen it comes to technology, our trusty laptops are a universally coveted gadget. Be it binge-watching on Netflix or trying to make that looming deadline, these prized possessions surely seem to get the job done. Enter the Dell XPS 13. Light, powerful, aesthetically appealing and reasonably affordable, the XPS 13 is quite possibly the best laptop in the market right now. Refined further than ever before, the Dell XPS 13’s latest series of changes have made it a showstopper for the third year in a row. Boasting a design that feels premium yet not over the top, the laptop blends a metallic exterior with a carbon-fiber interior. Making it the ‘world’s smallest 13-inch laptop’, the next-generation InfinityEdge display is a total game changer. That being said, the stunning new 4k Ultra HD display and new colour option called Rose Gold on Alpine White have definitely impressed us the most. Featuring a 0.65% antireflective coating, the display aims to counteract the downfalls of all touchscreens and screen glare. While the carbon fiber and aluminum chassis ensures better endurability than most systems of its size. Apart from being a serious looker, the device is also equipped with one of the

best Windows touchpads. Impressive fluidity as well as smooth and accurate multi-touch gestures- it makes for a solid typing experience! As for processor performance, eclipsing most of its competitors featuring 7th-generation chips, the 8th-generation processor is a strong competitor and a worthy successor that truly makes its presence known. A major improvement to its predecessor, the XPS 13 9370’s Thunderbolt 3 ports support four-lane PCI connections so you can use the laptop with an eGPU for serious gaming. That said, despite being armed with gaming-ready integrated graphics, they aren’t nearly as good as others in the market. The newest XPS 13 model also marks the turning point on their webcam placement. The 720p webcam comes equipped with four microphones and produces visuals as sharp as the latest MacBook Pro, while the new IR lens work well for speedy logins using Windows Hello. If an efficient battery life is one of major requirements, look no further! Among the largest batteries in any 13-inch laptop, the XPS 13 claims an impressive 22hour run. Pleasant visuals, stunning design, solid battery and stronger heat dissipation, there’s plenty going on in Dell’s newest release. As for us, the XPS 13 remains one of the best laptops in the tech world. Let us know what you think! ✤ fact magazine

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THE STUDIO COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT EVOKING THE URBAN GRACE AND INTRINSIC MINIMALISM OF JAPAN, THE COLLECTION FOR BOTH WOMEN AND MEN FUSE CLEAN SILHOUETTES WITH A RELAXED VIBE, ADDING A TOUCH OF WORKWEAR ALONG THE WAY. IT’S BRAND-NEW BOHEMIAN, CRISP SIMPLICITY FUSED WITH LAIDBACK CHIC AND POISE. fact magazine

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HER The womenswear in particular focuses on head-to-toe print and bright colours in the form of flowing full-length dresses, easy tunics worn over trousers, utilitarian tailoring and statement knits. It’s a brand-new bohemian – crisp minimalism fused with laidback chic and poise. An authentic, creative soul luxuriating in cosmopolitan cities as well as lush surroundings. Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director, says: “This collection celebrates the vivacity of women. From the primary colours to the easy-going movement of the fabrics and silhouettes to the strong prints, there’s definitely an affinity for urban settings with a hint of glam. And yet, there’s also a longing for nature, an unpretentious way of life. We can have both, of course – that’s the beauty of modern life.” ✤

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HIM The menswear purposefully elevates classic pieces such as the tailored jacket, shirting, a waistcoat and the crewneck jumper by playing around with colour and luxe fabrications. New silhouettes are introduced through subtle asymmetric cuts, paper-bag waist trousers, patch pockets and structured, oversized shapes. The result is familiar yet a little unconventional. Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s Head of Design, Menswear, says: “The dualities in this collection are key to the modern man – traditional tailoring and classic workwear, city power dressing and calm casualwear, soft and technical fabrics, luxe and street. And it’s about making a quiet statement through strong and confident clothes.” ✤

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Make falsies a thing of the past with Sephora’s new amazingly Outrageous Mascara! Featuring a formula enriched with keratin and hyaluronic acid, the mascara offers outrageous volume, superb length and a breakthrough brush featuring iconic bristles that are bound to change your life. The thick, ultra black formula delivers pumped-up, glamorous lashes while providing complete hydration.

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Grooming Game YOUR MONTHLY FIX OF THE TOP GROOMING PRODUCTS FOR MEN…

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Bean Body MAN SCRUB

Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, the scrub not just works miracles on your complexion but is also oh so good for the environment. Packed with Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Caffeine, it helps stimulate blood flow and reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema and stretch marks as well as removing dead skin and acne.

Aesop DEODORANT ROLL-ON Feel fresh all day long! Enriched with high quality botanical ingredients and an invigorating aroma, it helps reduce and mask body odour while refreshing the body and senses. Made with a carefully considered blend of essential oils including Vetiver Root, Coriander Seed and Patchouli, the aluminum and alcohol-free alternative is ideal for sensitive skin.

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Zirh RESTORE UNDER EYE CREAM

Been burning the midnight oil lately? Zirh’s Restore Under Eye Cream has got you covered! Packed with Cucumber Fruit Extract and Caffeine, it helps work wonders to help strengthen the delicate skin around your eyes. Great for keeping the area moisturised and calm down puffiness, its antiinflammatory properties reduces redness as well dark circles and helps wake up dull and tired skin.

Paco Rabanne INVICTUS AQUA Inspired by the intoxicating freshness of aqua, dive into the abyss with an energetic combination of Grapefruit, Yuzu and Pink Pepper along with marine notes wrapped in the heart of herbal violet leaf accord. An iodised crashing wave and a surge of vibrant amber wood, the daring olfactory smash-up is definitely our new favourite!

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Baxter of California PASTE POMADE Get hold that lasts all day long! Delivering long-lasting hold that is easily reworked, the lightweight formula is infused with nourishing ingredients including Carnauba Wax, botanical humectants, Kaolin Clay and Beeswax. It nourishes hair while adding thickness, texture and definition with desired hold or finish. Hair feels good and looks even better!

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Triumph and Disaster GAMEFACE MOSITURISER A tool to protect your skin against the elements, Triumph and Disaster’s Gameface Moisturiser is the all-weather skincare you need. A unique formulation of Jojoba Extract, Horopito Oil, Ponga Fern and Vitamin E, it is specifically engineered to be light on the skin and easily absorbed. The nutrient rich formulation rejuvenates and protects while leaving skin feeling toned, supple and fresh.

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POTTERY Barn Spring 2018 Pottery Barn has unveiled its Spring 2018 collection which features an assortment of shiny metals, colourful prints and patterns for the season. The collection draws inspiration from the colours of spring as seen with the Victoria Botanical Pillows with fern and butterfly prints. The Mariella Duvet with its floral bedding is even more inviting, made from silkysoft Tencel, a breathable and sustainable natural fiber. Customers can redecorate their bedrooms with the new coastal style Sausalito Bed. The bed’s headboard is woven of rattan for an airy, open feel, and the Seadrift finish on the wood adds a sun-drenched look. Adding brightness to your home, the Pottery Barn spring collection includes Audrey Lamps, the hand carved Caleb Lantern and the spring collection brings back the Classic Rim Dinnerware, crafted of highquality porcelain in a bright white finish. Gatherings couldn’t get better with the Townsend Leather Collection of Sofas with plump cushions and cosy armrests. 86

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Things are getting green, fresh, bright and colourful for spring as interiors inspire a tropical touch for the home. Think leaf-adorned accessories, plants and even breezy, cactus-style mugs, vases and more. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a statement piece!

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An Epicurean DREAM

Serving up all American deliciousness with a Mediterranean flair, Bluefield Burger is fusion food done just right. A mouth-watering blend of seductive scents and exquisite flavours, the restaurant uses the finest ingredients and carefully crafted techniques to give you a one-ofa-kind culinary experience. FACT’s Aanchal Duggal went to explore… fact magazine

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s we walked into the turquoise-hued interiors of Bluefield Burger, in Al Raya Mall, Juffair, we were immediately greeted by a laid-back yet incredibly chic ambience. Featuring walls luxuriantly adorned with graffiti as well as quirky installations and decorative elements, it serves as the perfect place to relax with loved ones or colleagues as you indulge on amazing burgers or scrumptious cookies. From families enjoying a quiet brunch to people indulging in quick business lunches, the restaurant’s delightful mix of patrons is a true testament to its menu versatility. The answer to all your cravings, Bluefield Burger boasts an extensive choice of everything from breakfast favourites to a decadent selection of desserts. In their bid to ensure the excitement of our taste buds, the restaurant’s revamped new menu features an array of healthier options and it was nothing short of a happy surprise. We started off our culinary expedition with an American classic, Tater Tots with Tomato and Mozzarella. Gooey cheesy goodness on a bed of hearty tater tots, the potatoes were wonderfully seasoned and crispy, while the tomato added the perfect amount of zest to the mix. Comfort food for the win! An instant favourite for everyone on the table, our next dish of Crispy Cheese Rolls and Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce is the ultimate snack food. The cheese rolls are light and fluffy, while the sweet chilli sauce packs a ton of gorgeous flavour – it’s a match made in food heaven! Borne out of a love of all-natural and healthy Mediterranean cooking as well as the world-famous American kitchen, the Bluefield Burger lifestyle concept gives you the very best of both worlds. Freshly prepared using herbs and locally sourced vegetables, their vibrant selection of signature bowls are every healthy diner’s dream. Quinoa Falafel, Edamame, Dried Cranberries, Sweet Potato, Chopped Kale and Tomato, the Falafel Super Bowl not just tastes incredible but is also oh-so-good for you. A refreshing blend of textures 90

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and flavours, the salad is definitely our newest green obsession! While every item on the restaurant’s menu is equally drool-worthy, their incredibly flavourful and juicy burgers are what makes the Bluefield experience so unique and complete. The Californian, a delectable medley of Grilled Lemon Chicken, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Red Pepper, Rocket, Avocado and Roasted Pepper Aioli is a delightful blend of rich tastes and textures in every bite. Embellished with a collection of special sauces freshly prepared in their kitchen, the combination of the succulent chicken and the light-as-air homemade buns is

absolutely to die for. Apart from some totally binge-worthy savoury options, the restaurant also offers a sinful collection of handcrafted desserts. From their homemade melt-inyour-mouth cookies and Greek Donuts to the light and creamy Bubble Waffles and Gluten Free Pancakes, there’s something to satisfy every sweet tooth! Offering an unparalled combination of versatile ingredients, incredible hospitality and a whole lot of love, Bluefield Burger’s epic creations will leave your taste buds pining for more. As for us, we definitely know where we’re headed for our next burger fix! ✤


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GO: VISIT BLUEFIELD BURGER IN AL RAYA MALL, JUFFAIR. CALL 1721 4441 OR GO ONLINE AT WWW. BLUEFIELDME. COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Bounteous BBQ Indulge your love for exquisite grills, freshly prepared and served al fresco at Baharat inside Le MĂŠridien, Bahrain City Centre. FACT's Jayne Green takes a trip to carnivore land for the evening...

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his particular dining experience will leave you questioning what day of the week it is as Baharat elevates a Wednesday BBQ buffet to the standards of a Friday brunch, brimming with a choice of char-grilled delights, sides and delicate desserts. Baharat is aptly named as it is not only the generic word meaning ‘spice’ in Arabic but it is also a sumptuous blend of ingredients which adds depth, warmth and a unique peppery heat to a variety of cuisines from Egypt to Greece. This fusion of top class ingredients and flavours is exactly what Baharat represents and delivers with understated elegance amidst colourful glass lanterns and glistening fairy lights. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the restaurant supervisor John who then delivered us into the safe hands of Sous Chef Anish for an informative and mouth-watering tour of the stations both inside and out. The 94

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majority of the expertly crafted baked goods and desserts were housed inside the restaurant. A selection of simmering soups provided a fabulous amuse bouche. For those craving something lighter and crisper the salad bar was generous enough to be considered a meal in itself. Close by was a sumptuous dessert fountain with cascading waves of glossy chocolate accompanied by cold morsels, either healthy or naughty depending upon the preference of the diners. Delicious, delicately crafted pastries in every colour of the spectrum, ranging from perfectly

GO: CALL 1717 1441 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

geometric mousse topped tarts to glass-like glazed bombes and unctuous cheesecakes were presented alongside decadent fruit platters . As Chef Anish led us outside I was heartened to see that we would not necessarily be saving the best until last. The platters of side dishes were varied in order to provide the perfect accompaniment to the freshly prepared, grilled meats. Chefs prepare the delicately spiced and seasoned dishes in the open kitchen and sear everything to perfection on the open grills. The on site tandoor oven bakes up a storm, infusing it’s produce with a smoky authenticity which can not be replicated. Asking which of the BBQ staples stood out for us is a little like asking a parent to choose their favourite child. If pushed, then the juicy tenderloin steak and the BBQ ribs in a show stopping sauce were complimented by the sweet potato and marshmallow mash which is best described as a ‘guilty pleasure’ and are a must ! A particular highlight for my companion was situated on the terrace where a converted car had been employed as a grilling station! Truly delightful. The restaurant was named as Citi Fact ‘Best International Cuisine’ 2017 which should offer would be diners an insight into the standard of food on offer. The Deux Sons provide musical accompaniment to the BBQ buffet which is offered every Wednesday from 7pm onwards. ✤ fact magazine

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Getting Back On Track

Childhood Food Faves

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.

So, it’s only four months until summer and your new year’s resolutions have gone to pot and you’ve wasted money on a gym membership that you’ve only used twice. You see your friends getting ready for the Colour Me Run or one of the other events coming up and you wished you hadn’t stopped but you don’t know how to get back on track. Try and find something new. If you’ve always gone to the gym and gone straight to the cardio machines day in day out; sounds like you need a new challenge. There are plenty of new gyms out there with new activities that you might find much more interesting and a much more exciting way to get your cardio in like Muay Thai or Boxing and try and get one of your friends to come along with you if you’re feeling a bit shy. Make sure you get enough sleep; when you don’t get enough sleep it really makes it hard to work out the next day so make sure your get those seven to eight hours in. Plan what you’re going to have for breakfast and if you’re lost for new breakfast ideas try Pinterest and find healthy recipes. If you don’t like a group exercise environment find a Personal Trainer who likes to change things up and uses different equipment to keep things interesting. Try not to be too hard on yourself and get pampered from time to time. ✤

What foods remind you most of your childhood? Most of my mealtime memories are typically Australian, apart from the delicious lasagna (Italian) my mother made, or the Friday night fish ‘n’ chips (British) with steamed dim sum that my father used to fetch from the local chippie. And here are two more that I still can’t live without. Vegemite, naturally. Growing up in Australia means growing up on this addictive savory spread, made from yeast extract and packed full of B vitamins. Vegemite was developed almost 100 years ago in Melbourne (yay!), by a very clever man named Cyril Callister. And for those of you who have never tried it, or tried it but didn’t like it, here’s some advice. Spread it thinly and evenly on your well-buttered toast, not too much now. Add some cheese, avocado or even a fried egg, and you’ll be feeling like a happy little vegemite, bright as can be. BBQ Shapes. These cute hexagonal shaped crackers were also created in my home state of Victoria, all the way back in 1950. As a child, we only had one flavour option available – BBQ. But times have changed, even for this humble snack. The shapes now come in 16 different flavours, and over 53 millions boxes are sold annually. Yum. Wishing you a delicious day full of your favourite foods! 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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Bahrain’s Culinary Edge 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!

A melting point of diverse cultures and flavours from around the globe, Bahrain truly has a way of making everyone feel right at home! Be it the AH-MAZING food or the effortless blending of multi-cultural influences, once you call the island home, there’s certainly no turning back. Whether you’re a newbie or have been living here forever, there’s no denying Bahrain’s immense love of all things food. From digging into traditional grills to treating yourself to some really good Italian, when it comes to food, our beloved archipelago has us spoilt for choice. Bahrain’s ability to understand and respect other cultures while truly making them its own is what gives it its culinary edge. It is said that food is the best way to understand a culture; Bahrain’s dynamic and multi-dimensional food scene gives the perfect insight into its cultural diversity. A beautiful integration, dining in Bahrain is so much more than just eating. Home to some of the friendliest and most generous people on the planet, Bahrain takes hospitality very seriously. Whether you’re dining in a plush hotel or binging out at a local kiosk, you are bound to feel very, very welcome. Giving you some of the most mmmh-inducing food and amazing hospitality, dining in Bahrain is truly a journey for the senses. Don’t let the size of the island fool you, from atmospheric outdoor dining spaces to palatial fine-dining, there’s plenty of foodie fun to be had! ✤

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

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FACT Bahrain March 2018  

We're taking you on a culinary voyage of the world's best food exports and exactly where you can try these delicious dishes and cuisines in...

FACT Bahrain March 2018  

We're taking you on a culinary voyage of the world's best food exports and exactly where you can try these delicious dishes and cuisines in...

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