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

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SPRING OF CULTURE

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FOODIE CORNER

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT

MOTHER'S DAY

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• THE EDITOR

Culture Vulture

Differences simply act as a yarn of curiosity unraveling until we get to the other side.” - Ciore Taylor

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aving lived out most of my 20s in Bahrain, one of the most rewardng things about my time in this warm and welcoming country has been to witness its evolving and growing cultural events and exchange with other nations all over the world. What many might see as a very normal aspect of life in Bahrain, that is, being open to people, entertainment, food and ideas that represent far-reaching corners of the globe, to others this is what makes Bahrain the very special place it is today. Our little island nation that has become home to many, certainly doesn't do things by half when celebrating cultural differences. And that's why Bahrain continues to be a pioneer in the Gulf, especially when it comes to showcasing worldly talents alongside its own heritage. With that said, the fabulous lineup for the annual Spring of Culture festival is looking mighty strong for 2019. FACT takes a closer look at all the cool events on offer; from film and music to exhibitions, lectures, street theatre and so much more, all covering countries including Azerbaijan, Japan, Korea and others, you can mark something new in your calendar for each day. Turn to p23 and take it away... Taking a turn towards a more delicious path to all things tasty, this month’s dining features are an absolute treat. Our Culinary Spotlight takes place at the everpleasing Downtown Rotana where a seafood focus on Lobster & Crabs makes for a yummy Friday feast (p83); whereas things move into a cooler, casual realm with the newest NYC joint in town, Black Tap at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain (p87); and our Foodie Corner leaves so much to envy with an exclusive, private setting at CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay (p91). Find everything from food to fashion, tech, beauty, travel, motoring and wellness throughout the issue. Choose from our favourite picks of Mother's Day treats and gifts, or start planning your F1 weekend with the bffs - we've got it all! I can hardly believe it's March already but that only means one month closer to the return of GoT and planning binge-watch snacks - the anticipation is REAL. Who's with me? ☺

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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • MARCH 2019 VOLUME 12, ISSUE 07

DIRECTOR OMAR SHAHEEN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREG HUGHES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHABANA ADAM (shabana@fact-magazine.com) ASSISTANT EDITOR AANCHAL DUGGAL SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS SYED MUHAMMED RAIHAN JYOTI RAWAT PHOTOGRAPHY SHOBIN JOSEPH CONTRIBUTORS JAYNE GREEN LAYAL AL MAHMOUD YVONNE COLE REGIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR RAMI KHALIL PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION AJIT KUMAR NEIL MAHMOOD ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Tel: +973 3632 0131 E-mail: rami@nansgroup.com PRINTED BY DAR AKHBAR AL KHALEEJ

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On The Big Screen CINÉPOLIS, THE WORLD’S FOURTH LARGEST CINEMA EXHIBITOR, HAS OPENED ITS FIRST LOCATION IN BAHRAIN AS THE BRAND ANNOUNCES ITS OFFICIAL ENTRY INTO THE GCC’S MOVIE THEATRE SECTOR.

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he biggest cinema chain in Latin America, Cinépolis, which also operates theatres in the US, Spain and across India, has opened a new location at the Atrium Mall, Saar. Founded in Mexico in 1971, Cinépolis is a cinematic powerhouse that boasts more than 338 million guests and 5,707 screens worldwide. Bahrain expands the company footprint to 16 countries. The Gulf’s first Cinépolis, in Bahrain, features 13 screens, including Bahrain’s first-ever Junior theatre and 4D E-motion viewing experience, as well as two large format screens, MacroXE with Dolby Atmos, object-based sound, and a range of seating options, all of which include rocking leather chairs and fully reclining leather seats, along with gourmet food and drink options. A unique cinema offering, Cinépolis Junior allows families to enjoy a movie within a space that caters specifically to their needs. The only children-focused cinema screen in Bahrain, Cinépolis Junior is equipped with a Jungle Gym, bean bag seating and provides a 15-minute intermission to allow youngsters to take a break. Only films rated G or PG will be shown in this theatre. Another cinematic experience that Cinépolis will offer the community is its state-of-the-art 4D E-motion experience. This immersive theatre format allows cinema-goers to “live” the movie, including motion seats and special effects such as wind, water, motion, smell and air shots, all perfectly synchronised with the action on the screen. This is a treat experience for film lovers. His Excellency Sheikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa,

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the Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, said: “With the new and unique experience delivered to the nationals, expats and the visitors of the Kingdom, this opening adds a valuable element to the tourism and trading attractions in the Kingdom of Bahrain.” As well as serving traditional cinema snacks such as popcorn and nachos, the in-house ‘Coffee Tree’ venue offers gourmet items and concessions including paninis, crêpes and high-quality specialty coffee drinks. In keeping with the move towards web-based bookings, downloadable apps (search for Cinépolis Bahrain in Appstore and Playstore) and new technologies designed to prioritise ease of use for customers, Cinépolis Atrium in Saar, Bahrain, provides an online booking system and an abundance of e-kiosks on site. ✤

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MARCH MAYHEM AT SOFITEL Stretching majestically on the pristine shores of Zallaq, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa offers its guest a Magnifique experience that blends French luxury with traditional Bahraini hospitality. SOFITEL BAHRAIN IS KNOWN FOR its extragavant events that are hosted throughout the year, and the month of March is no exception, as the hotel will offer guests and visitors a special lineup of unique brunches and events to ensure an unforgettable experience. Sofitel Bahrain kicks off the festivities in March by bringing home the world-famous Rio Carnival to the shores of Zallaq at Tapas with a spectacle of colours and costumes, set to the entrancing sounds of samba music. Savour a wide range of flavour packed dishes from around the world with live cooking stations that are complemented with captivating sets of live entertainment by our Cuban band, Latin Soul, along with hypnotic tunes by DJ, Dr. Sal, guaranteed to fuel the festivities all night long. March 8 also marks the start of the magical Rio Carnival Friday Brunch that will celebrate the world’s biggest carnival with a savoury mix of authentic international delights and mesmerising live Cuban melodies. Guests can also wear their favourite carnival themed costume to avail an exclusive 20% off on their brunch package. The month of March marks another grand occasion at Sofitel Bahrain with the arrival of Saint Patrick's Day. The 5-star hotel will celebrate this occasion extravagantly this year with a lavish Irish themed Grand Friday Brunch full of mouth-watering culinary delights and top of the line live entertainment to guarantee a day filled with good fortune 10

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and festive vibes. Dressing in your favourite Shamrock green colour attire will also give you an exclusive 20% off the special brunch package. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a delightful outdoor Garden Brunch affair on March 22, as you enjoy a day full of scrumptious international dishes under the beautiful blue skies of Zallaq. Your fabulous brunch outing will be extra special with top-notch live entertainment by our talented Cuban Band, Latin Soul. Children also enjoy a variety of funfilled activities on this special weekend getaway. All mothers will receive a loving 25% off. The end of March will be marked with another extraordinary brunch, as the hotel celebrates the spirit of the Grand Prix with a grand Formula 1 Grand Friday Brunch, full of delectable international gastronomic treats geared to satisfy all your cravings, while the Cuban band mesmerises you with a Magnifique set of live performances. Dressing up in your favourite F1 team gear will ensure you a whopping 20% off on your F1 brunch package. Children also join in the celebrations with their special kids’ corner, keeping them engaged in various fun activities. ✤

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CAREEM REWARDS Careem has launched one of the biggest rewards programmes in the region with over 33 million users. THE REWARDS PROGRAMME IS ALREADY active on all 33 million Careem users’ apps and gives points on all rides paid by cash, card, or invoice - in any country in which they are riding with Careem. Mudassir Sheikha, Careem’s co-founder and CEO, said: “We are so thankful to our customers that we wanted to recognise their loyalty with something in return - Careem is the first company in our industry to launch something like this in the region, and it’s a unique programme that rethinks how loyalty schemes work and focuses on simplicity of use and value.” He added: “Someone who uses Careem daily to commute will, as a result of Careem Rewards, get at least two free rides per month.We are also delighted to be able to offer our users the chance to make a positive change in the region by using their points earned on Careem rides to make a genuine difference in the lives of those most in need.”

CAREEM GOLD If Careem customers take 15 rides a month they will additionally achieve Careem Gold status and enjoy benefits including 50 percent more points awarded on all rides, priority support across channels, and special offers exclusive to Gold customers, no matter which country they were in while using Careem. Once unlocked, Careem Gold status is active for the month in 12

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which it was achieved, as well as the following two months. To maintain the Gold status, users have to unlock it again before it expires. The launch of Careem Rewards is part of Careem’s ongoing platform strategy as Careem continues to build the leading tech-enabled platform in the region.

CHARITABLE DONATIONS Points can be converted into credit appearing in the app wallet to spend on Careem rides or used to fund a range of charity donations. Local charities will appear depending on the user’s location. Just 2,500 points will feed a child for a day or help a refugee obtain cooking gas. For 6,000 points, users can fund a child’s education for a day, while 15,000 points will feed a child for an entire week. Careem already has other existing partnerships in place, including schemes with Shukran and Air Miles. Careem Rewards will be adding more top-tier partners and well-known brands in the coming months. ✤

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IT’S LIKE CANDY… Premium British candy makers, Spun Candy, open in The Avenues Bahrain. SPUN CANDY, THE UK’S PREMIUM candy makers, opened its first shop in Bahrain this week. Local franchisee, Kingdom Gourmet, welcomed Spun Candy as a great addition to Bahrain’s food scene, recognizing the demands for traditional candy makers in the Kingdom. Spun Candy first opened its doors in London in 2013 and has since developed hundreds of designs and flavours of confectionery for its customers. The brand has evolved, pushed boundaries and grown due to customer demands and global trends. Spun Candy now has outlets in the UAE, USA and Egypt. Speaking at the opening of Spun Candy, the founder James Ellender said: “We are delighted to see Spun Candy open in Bahrain and to collaborate with Kingdom Gourmet. The demand for high quality candy is global and cross-generational, with customers wanting natural flavours, GM free products and vegetarian candies.” Spun Candy offers bespoke and personalised candies, ideal for parties, weddings and corporate gifts. Masterclasses are soon to be launched at the shop, where both children and adults can learn the art of traditional candy making themselves. ✤

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RACE WEEKEND: LIMITLESS The Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 is bringing all the hype back to motorsports this month. THE EYES OF THE WORLD will turn to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir for the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019, later this month. The Formula 1 spectacle, this year themed “Limitless”, takes place over four action-packed days from March 28 to 31 at The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East - otherwise known as BIC. Formula 1’s drivers and teams have geared up for their 2019 challengers and are ready to bring their A-game. The 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship gets underway in Australia on March 17, paving the way for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will be the second of 21 rounds in the new season. The 57lap sprint in the heart of the desert will mark the 999th World Championship race in the history of the top flight. It is being held as part of the landmark 15th season of BIC and it will also be the sixth time it is taking place under BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights as a night race. Tickets are selling out fast, so fans are being urged to pick theirs up at the earliest to not miss out on the hottest event in the region. Tickets for all four days, for seating along the Main Grandstand are BD150 apiece. A Batelco Grandstand ticket for all four days costs BD120, but there are also two other options for Batelco Grandstand seats. 16

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For a ticket to Saturday and Sunday only, the cost is BD100, while for Friday only it is BD60. A four-day ticket to the Turn One Grandstand is BD100; whereas University and Victory Grandstand tickets are BD60 apiece. It is worth noting that BIC has covered the Value Added Tax (VAT) on all Bahrain Grand Prix ticket prices, saving fans from any additional expense to attend the biggest sporting and social event of the year. The prices are also amongst the most competitive for any event on the Formula 1 calendar. Tickets can be purchased at the BIC stand at Bahrain City Centre, online at www.bahraingp.com or by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17-450000. Aside from Formula 1, the weekend’s programme will also include racing from the FIA Formula 2 Championship and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, as well as loads of family entertainment and live performances from A-list artists including Martin Garrix on the Friday of the event and Kygo on the Saturday. We’ll see you there! ✤

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F1 HAPPENINGS Another year, another race – it’s time to get let your inner driver out with the best F1 events in town… FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY FORMULA 1 FERRARI BEACH PARTY Feel the need, the need for speed! Get into the mood for the excitement and speed ahead of the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix with our race-themed beachside party. BD12 net for ladies and BD18 net for gents. March 28 from 8pm to 2am. GO: Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information. UBER LUXE F1 PRE-RACE PARTY BY CHEF WOLFGANG PUCK Take the party al fresco with live cooking on the Lawn, South American themed array of dishes and ingredients, and a dynamic music performance. BD69 net per person, March 29 from 8pm to 2am. GO: Call 1711 5044 for reservations and more information. LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN FORMULA 1 THEMED BRUNCH Formula 1 Themed Brunch: Indulge yourself at one of the most popular brunches in town with a special “Formula 1 Theme” set up on March 29. Delicious sweet and savoury treats make up the beautiful buffet spread, priced at BD28 net including soft drinks and water, or BD40 net including selected free flow beverages. Live music from the Twin Band. Book for 10+ people and receive 20% discount. Every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information. 18

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CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN FORMULA 1 HOPS FESTIVAL WEEK From March 20 to 31, enjoy a week of hops specials with your favourite ales at special prices. Only at Harvesters Pub & Terrace. GO: Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information. SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA FORMULA 1 GRAND FRIDAY BRUNCH Celebrate the spirit of the Grand Prix with an extraordinary Formula 1 Grand Friday Brunch at Sofitel Bahrain! Dash your way through delectable offerings of international gastronomic treats geared to satisfy all your cravings, while our Cuban band enthrals you with a Magnifique set of live performances. Show support to your team by dressing up in your favourite F1 team gear and get a whopping 20% OFF on your F1 brunch package. Children can also join the celebrations with their special kids’ corner, keeping them engaged in various fun activities. March 29 from 12.30pm to 4pm, BD32net incl. soft drinks; BD36net with selected drinks and kids aged six to 12 receive a 50% discount. ✤

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• MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Just a few pieces to show mum how special she really is!

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For the 14th consecutive year, the Spring of Culture Festival returns with a new season full of activities, catering to various tastes, interests and age groups; highlighting the Kingdom of Bahrain’s position as a top regional and global cultural hub. We’re just as excited for the two-month long festival, and to help you decide which events to not miss out on, FACT has rounded up all the best happenings for your calendar…

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THE SPRING OF CULTURE FESTIVAL IS CHOCK-FULL WITH SONG, MUSIC, FILM, AND THEATRE PERFORMANCES AS WELL AS GREAT ART EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS AND LITERARY EVENTS. WE’VE NARROWED IT DOWN TO SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES.

EVENT: JAPANESE TRADITIONAL DRUM PERFORMANCE BY THE TAIKO ENSEMBLE “MIYABI” DATE: MARCH 3 AND 4 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: JAPAN SUITABLE AGE: 8+ The Taiko ensemble, “MIYABI” is a Japanese music group, where the powerful sound of the Taiko is combined with other Japanese instruments such as Shinobue (Japanese flute). The group covers not only traditional Japanese tracks, but also extends their repertoire on modern, recent Pop music. They perform in several countries in Europe and Africa, where they present a bit of the Japanese culture. EVENT: MUSICAL EVENING: GOCHAG ASKAROV DATE: MARCH 4 TIME: 8PM VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: AZERBAIJAN SUITABLE AGE: 16+ The Azerbaijani mugham music genre is featured with young Azerbaijani artist Ghochag Aslarov, along with three other musicians. They present a concert showcasing this traditional Sufi music which Askarov has toured since 2009 24

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ever since winning the Traditional Music Festival in Samarkand, in the largest festival of spiritual and traditional music in the world. EVENT: JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL DATE: MARCH 6, 13, 20 AND 27 TIME: 7PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM TYPE: FILM COUNTRY: JAPAN SUITABLE AGE: 8+ The Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, will hold the Japan Film Festival 2019, supported by the Japan Foundation. March 6: Sing My Life; March 13: The Vancouver Asahi; March 20: A Living Promise; March 27: A Sparkle of Life.

EVENT: HAÏDOUTI ORKESTAR DATE: MARCH 7 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: FRANCE/TURKEY SUITABLE AGE: 8+ The magic of Haïdouti Orkestar will take you on a Gypsy tour from Serbia to Turkey, and even further towards the East, into the repertoires of Azeri, Kurdish, Syrian and Armenian music. On stage, the Haïdouti cultivates the art of the meeting of cultures and sounds: discover the cross-energies of these French, Balkan and Oriental artists, full of talent, who promise joy, dream and thrills!

EVENT: SULKY M1 DATE, VENUE & TIME: MARCH 7 @ NAKHEEL CENTRE, 4PM TO 7PM; MARCH 8 AT THE AVENUES, 6PM TO 8PM; MARCH 9 @ AMWAJ LAGOON, 5PM TO 7PM. TYPE: STREET THEATRE COUNTRY: NETHERLANDS The Sulky M1 has a hilariously clumsy driver. While attempting to impress the love of his life, suddenly, his little car fills with smoke. He performs all sorts of crazy acts, in an attempt to make a good impression, but all his attempts go drastically awry to the amusement of the audience.


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• SPRING OF CULTURE EVENT: DAR AL MUHARRAQ DATE: MARCH 9 AND 23, APRIL 6 AND 20 TIME: 8PM VENUE: BUILDING 1068, ROAD 1617, BLOCK 216 TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUITABLE AGE: 6+ Live performances highlighting the various styles of the uniquely Bahraini Fjiri tradition, a mystical genre that traces its roots back to the island’s glorious legacy of its world-famous pearling heritage. EVENT: I BANGED THE DRUMS TO SING AND WAR BROKE OUT ABDULRAHIM AL-KHASSAR DATE: MARCH 11 TIME: 8PM VENUE: HOUSE OF POETRY - EBRAHIM AL ARRAYED TYPE: POETRY COUNTRY: MOROCCO SUITABLE AGE: 16+ A Moroccan poet and writer, Al-Khassar was selected in 2010 by the Hay Festival and Beirut39 as one the foremost Arab writers under the age of 40. AlKhassar regularly participates in Arab and international literary gatherings, and his works have been translated into several languages. He earned numerous accolades over his literary career, including the Buland Al-Haidari Prize at the International Asilah Forum in 2011, as well as three grants for writing residencies in the US.

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and authentic stage presence that sets audiences aflame with their sparkthrowing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music. EVENT: THE GREAT WOLYNSKI DATE, VENUE & TIME: MARCH 14 @ RIFFA PALMS, 4PM; MARCH 15 @ NAKHEEL CENTRE, 5PM; MARCH 15 @ EL MERCADO MALL, 8PM; MARCH 16 @ AMWAJ LAGOON, 4PM; MARCH 16 @ SAAR MALL, 7PM. TYPE: STREET THEATRE COUNTRY: ARGENTINA The one and only ‘Great Wolynski’ combines circus, theater and music. Join this free family show and be part of this improvised comedy.

EVENT: MAJID AL MUHANDIS & SHERINE ABDEL-WAHAB DATE: MARCH 14 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: MOROCCO SUITABLE AGE: 8+ The famed composer Majid Al Muhandis joins forces with renowned artist Sherine Abdel-Wahab igniting Bahrain Bay with a repertoire from their past and latest albums. EVENT: ARCIS SAXOPHON QUARTET DATE: MARCH 14 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: GERMANY SUITABLE AGE: 8+ Comprised of four young musicians from Munich - Claus Hierluksch (soprano saxophone), Ricarda Fuss (alto saxophone), Edoardo Zotti (tenor saxophone) and Jure Knez (baritone saxophone), the Arcis Saxophon possesses a charismatic

EVENT: TANGO LIVE DATE: MARCH 15 TIME: 7PM VENUE: LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART TYPE: DANCE COUNTRY: INTERNATIONAL Tango pioneers Maestra Gladys Fernández and Luis Signoretti have worked together over the years in developing tango in Italy and the Middle East. They have also conducted together master classes to high level tango dancers in Brussels, Belgium. Both students of the “Milongas” the great Tango master of Buenos Aires, they unite to showcase the beauty of Tango live celebrating the launch of the exhibition Sparks.


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Celebrate Nowruz Golestan Iranian restaurant invites you to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year with a special set menu available on March 20 and 21, 2019. Book a table in advance by calling +973 17533533 Visit www.golestanbahrain.com to find out more. /sheratonbahrain

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• SPRING OF CULTURE EVENT: PEARLING PATH DATE: MARCH 16 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: MUHARRAQ - MEETING POINT: AL HALA CLUB PARKING TYPE: EDUCATIONAL TOUR COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUITABLE AGE: 16+ The Pearling Path Walkathon will gather participants from different age groups who will start the walk from Al-Ghous house in the south of the island of Muharraq, to the Seyadi Majlis in the north, with a total distance of 3.5 km. Along the walk, information on the Pearling Path as Bahrain’s second UNESCO World Heritage site will be available highlighting the history and story of each historical house and its relation to the Pearling narrative. EVENT: PLAYING FOR CHANGE DATE: MARCH 16 TIME: 7PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: THEATRE COUNTRY: INTERNATIONAL SUITABLE AGE: 8+ A unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since 2008, the Playing For Change Band features musicians from more than seven countries united on one stage and is a tangible representation of Playing For Change’s mission to connect the world through music. Playing to soldout performances globally, this is the moment when melody transcends the darkness and shows us the light. Be there to enjoy this magical performance! EVENT: AHMED EFAT A TRIBUTE TO ABDEL HALIM HAFEZ ACCOMPANIED BY THE ARAB MUSIC ENSEMBLE DATE: MARCH 21 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: EGYPT SUITABLE AGE: 8+ In commemoration of the passing of Abdel Halim Hafez in March, singer Ahmed Effat presents musical performance where he will perform the late singer’s classic masterpieces. Accompanied by the Arabic Music Ensemble, the event is organized 28

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in cooperation with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Kingdom of Bahrain. EVENT: STEVEN LIN: ROMANTIC REVOLUTIONARIES DATE: MARCH 22 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: USA SUITABLE AGE: 8+ A concert by award-winning Taiwanese American pianist Steven Lin presenting the classic works of some of the all-time masters who changed the trajectory of music forever: Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann, where Lin deftly performs thanks to his innate abilities and broad musical interests, which allow him to move with ease between concertos, recitals and chamber music, and more.

EVENT: MR. ADAM ALMATY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DATE: MARCH 22 AND 23 TIME: 7PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: THEATRE COUNTRY: KAZAKHSTAN SUITABLE AGE: 8+ Mr. Adam invites you on an exciting musical journey through his life. By a whirlwind of events on stage performed by 17 young ambitious musicians and actors, you will find yourself plunging into an evening of magic combing modern technology, high art classical music with storytelling and spectacular visual content. A new reality is created in front of your eyes; The world of Mr. Adam. The world that anyone can relate to, the world where everyone is welcome.


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• SPRING OF CULTURE EVENT: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE STATE OF MEDIA IN THE ARAB WORLD, GISELLE KHOURY DATE: MARCH 25 TIME: 8PM VENUE: ABDULLAH AL-ZAYED FOR BAHRAINI PRESS HERITAGE TYPE: POETRY COUNTRY: LEBANON SUITABLE AGE: 16+ Lebanese journalist Giselle Khoury has been the host of the talk show Al Mashhad on BBC Arabic since 2013. She became a familiar name in the Arab media scene thanks to the numerous talk shows which she prepared and presented, including Hiwar Al-Umr on LBC, Bil Arabi and Studio Beirut on Al Arabiya, and serves as president of the Samir Kassir Foundation.

EVENT: ALONGSIDE YOU IN HONOR OF KHALID AL SHAIKH ACCOMPANIED BY BAHRAIN MUSIC BAND DATE: MARCH 28 TIME: 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUITABLE AGE: 8+ In the minds of the Arab world and specifically in the Gulf region, the phrase “Alongside me – or – by my side” is associated with the emergence of the artist Khalid Al Shaikh in the music industry through his breakthrough song. This special performance, which is named after this song, “Alongside You”, celebrates his journey throughout the music industry. Bahraini icon Khalid Al 30

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EVENT: STEVE WINWOOD DATE: MARCH 28 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: UK SUITABLE AGE: 8+ Grammy award-winning rock icon Steve Winwood performs with his soulful voice treating fans to favourites from his time with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith before going on to perform 80’s solo hits. He is a primary innovator of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who has helped create some of its most celebrated achievements.

Shaikh is considered as one of the most distinguished Arab artists to have shaped the identity of modern Arabic song. EVENT: A NIGHT OF ARABIC CLASSIC FILMS: SAFAR BERLIK (1967) DATE: MARCH 28 TIME: 7PM VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM TYPE: FILM SUITABLE AGE: 18+ The story of the film focuses on the situation in Lebanon when it was under Ottoman control. Adla (played by Fairouz) was living with her grandmother in the village of Mashta Aldeeb and about to get engaged to her beloved Abdo. While on his way to buy the engagement ring, Abdo was taken by the Ottoman forces as a slave laborer, prompting Adla to go and look for him.

EVENT: SCOTT BOOTH DATE: MARCH 29 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: SCOTLAND SUITABLE AGE: 8+ Scott Booth has created a unique concoction of six-string finger-picking, a complex rhythmic guitar percussion laid over pulsating and distorted yet silky crescendos, which is cannily akin to electronic trance and Balearic Ibiza house, defying the typical expectations of what an acoustic singer/songwriter can do, and leaving the audience in awe of the complexity of it all.


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• SPRING OF CULTURE EVENT: MUSICAL EVENING: MACADI NAHHAS DATE: APRIL 1 TIME: 8PM VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: JORDAN SUITABLE AGE: 16+ Jordanian artist Makadi Nahhas performs Arab and Oriental song and music heritage with a contemporary style. Her classical and traditional works have enabled her over her storied career to secure an inimitable place in the music scene, showcasing her original style in several plays, festivals and events inside and outside Jordan.

EVENT: SOUND OF KOREA DATE: APRIL 2 TIME: 8PM VENUE: CULTURAL HALL TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF KOREA SUITABLE AGE: 8+ “Sound of Korea” is a musical concert by all-female fusion Korean classical music group QUEEN. The group paints a splendid audio-visual feast with its blend of the traditional and contemporary, using Korean traditional instruments such as the gayageum, daegeum, and janggu along with the electronic violin to perform classical folk Korean pieces and modern pop covers accompanied by traditional costumes and choreography. 32

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EVENT: DON GIOVANNI: FREIBURG BAROQUE ORCHESTRA DATE: APRIL 4 TIME: 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE TYPE: ORCHESTRA COUNTRY: GERMANY SUITABLE AGE: 10+ Don Giovanni is regarded as “the opera to beat all operas”. The Mozart masterpiece is simultaneously full of farce and innuendo and seriousness and drama underscored by music that couldn’t be more thrilling. The opera is led by renowned Belgian conductor René Jacobs, with baritones Johannes Weisser and Robert Gleadow’s commanding stage presence alongside the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra exhibiting its full potential. The opera is also accompanied by Camerata Vocale Freiburg Choir.

EVENT: JASON DERULO DATE: APRIL 5 TIME: 8.30PM VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY TYPE: MUSIC COUNTRY: USA SUITABLE AGE: 8+ He’s adding one more stamp to his passport as Jason Derulo rocks Bahrain Bay with heart-thumping music including his chart-topping hits ‘Ridin’ Solo’, ‘Whatcha Say’ and Trumpets’ to name but a few. Easily one of the biggest artists in the world right now, with a barrage of dancers, tight routines and an unimaginable amount of contemporary pop hits, Derulo is sure to make this a memorable night. EVENT: MOVIE NIGHT: FINDING VIVIAN MAIER DATE: APRIL 6 TIME: 6PM VENUE: MEMORY OF THE PLACE: BIN MATAR HOUSE TYPE: FILM SUITABLE AGE: 18+ Join in for a screening of the 2013 documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier.” The critically acclaimed documentary tells the story of a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.


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ART EXHIBITIONS EVENT: NOSTALGIA DATE: UNTIL MARCH 9 TIME: 10AM TO 2PM; 4PM TO 8PM VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN It is the bitter-sweetness of nostalgia that drives Jamal AlYousif’s work. In seeking to forge an intimate, personal connection with his audience, AlYousif opts for the unlikely medium of glass. Brittle and fragile, it nonetheless reflects AlYousif’s attempt at preserving the ‘unconscious warmth one gets from nostalgia.’ In giving form to that nostalgic feeling, AlYousif hopes to preserve his memories and the feelings that they evoke in him, something that he feels becomes more elusive with time. EVENT: HANBOK KOREAN TRADITIONAL COSTUME, IN TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE PERFORMANCES DATE: MARCH 9 TO MAY 5 TIME: 8AM TO 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF KOREA Korean traditional performances reflect highly important colour traditions to Korean traditional dresses, called the hanbok, whose elegant lines and flexibility are highlighted through Korean traditional performances, as well as the significant influence of Confucianism such as hiding women’s skin and delicate motions. This exhibition is an opportunity to understand the variety and beauty of the hanbok.

EVENT: NOOR - MARWA RASHID AL KHALIFA DATE: MARCH 3 TO 30 TIME: 8AM TO 8PM VENUE: ART CENTRE COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Noor: A journey that takes you within to reflect on the light that embodies our vessels through the works of Bahraini artist Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa, the 2nd place winner at the 44th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. A contemporary artist who uses different techniques to create unique artworks, she is recognised for her paintings, drawings, and most recently, her photography and light installations. EVENT: PATHWAYS DATE: MARCH 12 TO 30

TIME: 10AM TO 2PM; 4PM TO 8PM VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Resmi Al Kafaji describes Pathways as a word and an artistic concept. He explains that one often embarks on a journey not knowing where the final destination might be, much like how he begins his painting. The monochromatic watercolour and mixed media paintings that make up Pathways reveal Al Kafaji’s gentle curiosity. In his artist statement, he describes how he often has no preconceived idea of how a completed artwork will look like when he begins to paint. In an act of trusting surrender, he allows his brush to become ‘...a walking stick that leads him to where he was meant to arrive. EVENT: 45TH BAHRAIN ANNUAL FINE ARTS EXHIBITION DATE: UNTIL MARCH 30 TIME: 10AM TO 9PM VENUE: THE ARENA, THE RITZCARLTON, BAHRAIN COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN In its 45th edition, the exhibition celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of artists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every year, the art community gathers to present their finest work, uninhibited by a subject or theme. The result is a colourful display of styles and techniques, through different mediums of expression.

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• SPRING OF CULTURE EVENT: DESIGN CROSSROADS THE JEWELLERY OF SAUDI ARABIA DATE: UNTIL APRIL 3 TIME: 8AM TO 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA The colours, patterns and forms that are recognised today as Saudi design, own their patrimony to a confluence of cultures. Over time, these designs were assimilated by local cultures, creating a new local design repertoire. The exhibition draws on the Art of Heritage collection in Riyadh, and showcases an exquisite selection of jewellery that highlights the myriad influences that animate design repertoires across Saudi Arabia.

EVENT: CELEBRATING THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF BAHRAINI DIPLOMACY DATE: UNTIL APRIL 13 TIME: 8AM TO 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Bahrain’s long-standing history of foreign relations and diplomacy conveys a unique approach towards nation building, which in many ways echoes the spirit of the country itself. Cultural tolerance, an accommodating nature and worldly awareness has long been part of Bahrain’s disposition and was key to facilitating international alliances, strengthening regional bonds and fostering the rich cultural framework that is still prevalent today. 36

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EVENT: CERN IN BAHRAIN DATE: UNTIL MAY 8 TIME: 9AM TO 1PM; 4PM TO 7PM VENUE: MEMORY OF THE PLACE: BIN MATAR HOUSE COUNTRY: SWITZERLAND The exhibition introduces audiences to the wonderful world of elementary particle physics, fundamental forces and the mysteries of the universe. Using cutting-edge displays and interactive technologies, the exhibition is the product of a collaboration with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). It presents the launch event for a series of scientific activities on fundamental physics in Bahrain and the GCC. EVENT: SPARK! DATE: MARCH 16 TO APRIL 15 TIME: 10AM TO 6.30PM VENUE: LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART COUNTRY: TURKEY Using unorthodox materials manipulated into objects of art, the multi-media exhibition by Ali Abayoglu will show how everyday materials can take on a new life and spark the imagination. Ali’s fascination with everyday objects goes back to his childhood when his father used to tell him the stories of where, by whom, and how glass was first made. Those stories sparked within him an interest in seeing the beauty of glass, metal, and other everyday objects, influencing his trajectory as a multi-media sculptor. Where others see waste, Ali sees the potential for beauty. His sculptures represent the rebirth of what we take for granted and discard.

EVENT: THE BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE DATE: UNTIL MAY 15 TIME: 8AM TO 8PM VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Marking the 30th anniversary of the National Museum, the exhibition traces the trajectory of the Bahrain National Museum and highlights major milestones. Over the course of its eventful history, the museum has continuously redefined itself to meet its mission and to remain relevant to its audiences. In the last three decades, the National Museum has been a vibrant centre for the preservation and promotion of Bahrain’s heritage, art and culture. ✤


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BIG SCREEN Captain Marvel WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air force fighter pilot turns into one of the Galaxy’s mightiest heroes and joins Starforce, an elite Kree military team, before returning home with questions about her past and identity when Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.

DIRECTOR: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck CAST: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

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Set to be the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is shaping up to be yet another cinematic success. The film sees Academy award-winner Brie Larson star not only in the lead role, but also as the cosmic hero’s alter ego, Carol Danvers. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel explores the powerful hero’s adventures in the time before Iron Man and The Avengers. After giving us a hint of Carol Danvers’ existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel explores more of the ultra powerful superhero. Giving a glimpse into a previously unseen period in the history of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story follows Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war. There’s amazing action sequences with a hint of comedy. Sidestepping from the traditional origin story concept, this all-new energetic adventure definitely gets a yes from us.

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Hotel Mumbai WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

There’s amazing action sequences with a hint of comedy. Sidestepping from the traditional origin story concept, this allnew energetic adventure definitely gets a yes from us. – Captain Marvel

After a series of terrifying terror attacks take place all over the city of Mumbai, things will never be the same for the people of India. The film follows the heartbreaking story about the victims and survivors of the 2008 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

DIRECTOR: Anthony Maras CAST: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Anupam Kher

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A chilling look inside the true events of 26/11, Hotel Mumbai is an unlikely crowd pleaser. An event that changed India’s approach towards terrorism forever, Anthony Maras does a great job of depicting the events sensitively while also keeping it very raw. Hotel Mumbai aims to present a reliable narrative of what happened during the three-day ordeal. Based on interviews of survivors and witnesses, the film introduces the viewers to the overwhelming terror and tension that everyone involved experienced. Showing the impact of the attacks on locals and visitors in equal measure, Maras gives much of the narrative space to the four gunmen. Straying away from the traditional notions of heroism, Hotel Mumbai puts no one in the heroic spotlight. Stunningly framed and photographed, the film is the perfect tribute to everyone affected by the terrible tragedy.


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FULLY BOOKED

ON THE RECORD

FICTION

99 Percent Mine By Sally Thorne

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Still on My Mind By Dido

Dido is back with her fifth studio album and we’re ready for the vocal feast that’s about to hit us. Penned in England with her brother Rollo, the album comes from a very special place and is another testament to her unparalleled musical genius. Her first studio album since 2013’s Girl Who Got Away, the album aims to display the singer’s love of hiphop alongside her folk roots. Featuring a barely-there guitar riff and the faintest of beats in the background, Hurricanes announces Dido’s return to the musical scene in all its glory. Unexpectedly bursting into a sea of electronica, the song is super soothing and is a breath of fresh air in a time of streaming-friendly beats. On the other hand, Give You Up is the breakup song you need in your life. Incredibly empowering and moving, the exquisite piano ballad will acknowledge your hurt while also making you feel strong. With the help of her signature sound and evocative lyrics, Dido has yet again created some otherworldly beautiful music. We’re here for it!

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Head Above Water By Avril Lavigne

Taking the breakup album route with Head Above Water, everybody’s favourite pop punk princess is finally back on the scene. Making a comeback after her illness, divorce as well as some questionable song choices, the singer’s new album gives her a chance to prove her mettle and shine bright like the rock star she is. Sounding both wrecked and rejuvenated, Lavigne’s new album takes her listeners on an emotional journey. Opening with a series of instruments, Tell Me It’s Over gives us very old school and vintage vibes. Offering a very soul type feel, we see Avril taking a refreshingly different direction with her music for the very first time. Chronicling the singer’s battle with Lyme disease, Head Above Water is a powerful, spiritual epiphany that takes a highly personal note. The emotionally charged ballad features dramatic Christian rock vibes and is an open letter to her fans. Emerging from a physically and emotionally debilitating time, Head Above Water introduces us to a whole new side of Avril – one that we love to see in her music.

Darcy has had a massive crush on Tom Valeska since she was eight years old, and she’s established that no one measures up to the object of her affection. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom is off limits as he is Darcy’s twin brother’s best friend. But when her brother hires Tom to flip their grandmother’s cottage, Darcy and Tom suddenly get too close for comfort and sparks begin to fly. Sally Thorne’s unapologetic and delightful voice is what makes this book an absolute page-turner!

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Act Natural: A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting By Jennifer Traig Incredibly funny, the book offers an entertaining insight into the strange and often contradictory history of Western parenting. From ancient Rome to Puritan New England to the Dr. Spock craze of mid-century America to the mommy bloggers of today, Traig explores the cultural history of Western parenting. Through her wickedly clever and amusing narrative, Traig aims to find out if parenting techniques have evolved over time or if we’re still guessing who knows best.


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ARTBAB 2019 The 4th edition of the Middle East’s youngest and most promising art fair will take place from March 6 to 10 at the Bahrain Exhibitions & Convention Centre.

IN 2019, THE THEME OF the exhibition will be ‘Legacies’ which will explore the nearly 50 year-old Bahraini contemporary art scene and its foundation in the Kingdom’s rich art heritage. Kaneka Subberwal, Fairs and Programme Director of ArtBAB 2019, said: “The art fair’s 2019 edition would be an exciting amalgam of Bahraini art and cutting-edge trends discussed during the conference. This year, in a first for the region, ArtBAB will take visitors beyond the canvases of the gifted artists of Bahrain and the gallerists who bring some of the famous contemporary artworks to showcase at the fair and take them not just across borders but across time-frames too.” At the same time, the exhibition is pushing boundaries and will offer visitors a truly multi-layered and multi-dimensional experience through exposure to a Virtual Reality Corner that allows exploration of some of the world’s leading private museums and a diverse Speaker’s Programme that will bring together art foundations, cultural districts and museums with fintech, blockchain, AI and VR specialists. “We are proud of the unique conversations that we have started about Bahraini art around the world – in 2018 alone, our supporting project Artists Across Borders has taken 25 Bahraini artists to Paris, Moscow, Singapore and the U.K.,” said Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, Director of the Office of Her Royal Highness Wife of the King of Bahrain. 42

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“In the 2019 edition of the Fair, we shall explore not just the heritage and legacies that inspire Bahraini contemporary art but also the new directions of art on the global stage. We shall also have a beautifully curated Artisanal Room featuring special installations and large masterpieces rooted in the traditional skills of Bahraini crafts heritage.” In its effort to decode the intersection between art, culture and technology, ArtBAB 2019 will host an impressive array of speakers through a series of panel discussions, debates and interviews. Kaneka added: “Our Virtual Corner at ArtBAB 2019 truly takes the art experience beyond borders – the public will be able to have three different VR experiences using Vive Pro Headsets and literally ‘touch’ celebrated contemporary Chinese art collections, 17th century Dutch and Flemish masterpieces as well as millennial VR artwork.” Another major impactful move from ArtBAB 2019 will be the redefining of Bahrain’s rich crafts heritage through a contemporary design input. Visitors can view large modern installations of Bahraini crafts seen from a fresh perspective and explore chic, contemporary modernized Bahraini crafts that will take to the world a new portrait of Bahrain as a country which is open to contemporary thought and where the timeless old traditions adapt to new thought without losing their essence.


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“We have taken the talent and the historical memory of craftsmanship that sustains Bahrain’s crafts, passed it through the prism of contemporary sensibility and created a chic, artbased version of Bahraini craft pieces that will have global appeal,” Kaneka explained. “We have applied the same skills and rules but to create very different things. We believe that our ‘Artisans Across Borders’ initiative will open new creative channels and is an important step in nurturing a sustainable economy for the creative energy of the Kingdom, making the arts and crafts relevant in the new millennium.” ✤

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ver brunch at Flair No.5, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC’s foliage-filled rooftop restaurant, our dining companion tells us that she has a high-rolling friend who practically lives at the hotel. She’s tried countless competitors in the area but comes back every time because of the unbeatable service. American tycoon and founder of J.C Penney, James Cash Penney, famously said: “Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.” It is evident, during our two-night stint at the five-star hotel located in Dubai’s Financial District that this ethos beats at the heart of every member of The RitzCarlton DIFC team. But first impressions first, which begin as our taxi swings into the hotel’s impressive black marble entrance courtyard – to the right a cluster of alfresco tables are filled with the buzz of locals and visitors enjoying coffee and freshly-baked treats at casual ground floor café Cake. In the gleaming lobby, a small gaggle of guests are lining up to

check in but, to our surprise (its 2pm on a Friday – AKA peak tourist time), we’re waiting barely ten seconds before we’re ushered to the front and embark on the first of many delightful encounters with the efficient and friendly staff. Our 7th floor Premier Room is probably the only part of The RitzCarlton DIFC experience that doesn’t feel entirely polished. Its size (huge bed decked with that five-star linen that never feels the same at home, imposing dark-wood desk, silk-lined window-seat flanking one wall) is more than generous, and the cleverly designed bathroom gleams with the luxury of stainless steel and marble, but the décor feels a bit… tired. Like everything in Dubai, it’s hardly old (the hotel is currently celebrating its 8th anniversary) and although it's a beautiful space, there is certainly room for décor revamps. That being said, we sleep like a baby on a mattress fit for a princess and love the bathrobe so much we mourn having to get out of it and down to breakfast on both mornings. fact magazine

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Which brings us nicely to the cuisine, an area where The Ritz-Carlton DIFC team earns every corner of those five stars. Our two-day hotel restaurant safari begins with The Secret Garden Brunch at Flair No.5 (helpfully named for those, like us, who never listen when they tell you which floor a restaurant is on). Taking place every Friday from 12pm to 5pm, this is very much a party brunch, which becomes clear the moment you step into the urban garden and hear it before you see it. The visuals might be delayed by the insistent beat of the Resident DJ, but they are worth the wait – the al fresco bar-cumrestaurant is teaming with photo-ops, from suspended floral garlands to oversized pots filled with wide-leafed plants creating an evergreen backdrop - stunning. Brunch at Flair No.5 is a high-octane few hours, a steady parade of sharing dishes served straight to the low-tables of raised lounge seating. It’s a format of which we

approve wholeheartedly, meaning we can perch happily watching expert-waiters whip up impressively named cocktails at the bar and sharply dressed regulars abandoning the eating part to dance and mingle in the melee. Highlights from the menu include crisp balls of arancini rich with mushroom and oozing with sharp Taleggio, firm lamb koftas kicked into gear by a sauce singing with cumin and mint, a selection of brightly-flavoured salads – one with burrata that is impossible to leave alone – and some seriously spicy and deliciously sticky chicken skewers. To finish, try to stop talking long enough to sample the fun ice pops (we didn’t and ended up with brain freezes from trying to save passion fruit stains on our skirts). A different experience but equally compelling, was Saturday Brunch at Le Cirque. Billed as a New York-based modish eatery and sister restaurant to its same-named Big Apple counterpart, it’s a classy affair and one that does bring to mind previous visits to NYC’s Upper East Side. Like any fine-dining restaurant worth its stark white table cloths, the service is immaculate – the black waistcoated waiters clearly trained to be charming, swift and completely unobtrusive. Wondering past a decidedly more refined clientele than the day before (no pumping music here, the Resident DJ is replaced with a resident clown as part of Le Cirque’s circus themed brunch) we spot wealthy doyens of Dubai and elegant families chattering cheerfully. Everything we sample from a set menu of eggs, main dishes, pastas and decadent desserts is top notch – a basket bulging with still-warm croissants, fluffy muffins and pastries oozing with fruit being an excellent start. Still full from the previous day, we kept it light with a sunshine yellow asparagus frittata and crunchy tuna fact magazine

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nicoise but would recommend settling in for a few hours to tuck into the Whole Roasted Striploin with Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Meringue Pie. Our final Ritz-Carlton DIFC excursion comes in the form of a 60-minute massage at the spa. As to be expected by now, the wellness team is thorough and thoughtful – checking genuinely that any preferences are noted. The treatment itself is faultless, our small but powerful therapist determinedly kneading away any stress-induced knots with expert hands. Floating out in a cloud of lavender, we make the most of the steam room and serene relaxation area to maximise on detoxing time. The next morning, after another deep slumber, a farewell breakfast and an internal struggle not to steal that bathrobe, we find ourselves being speedily checked out by the same smiling team member we encountered 48 hours earlier. She’s not only as efficient as we remember, but genuinely concerned that our stay has been everything we wanted it to be. Leaving the lobby for the reality of our own apartment, we feel a tinge of envy for that lucky lady that lives there and can’t help but agree with JC Penny: if courteous treatment is the answer to good PR, then we should all be talking about the excellent team and service at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC. ✤

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THE ALL-NEW 2019 1500 LIMITED RAM PROVE THEY ARE SEGMENT LEADERS WITH THEIR LATEST PICKUP DESIGN

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• ISLAND RIDES At Fact Magazine we have test driven a vast array of vehicles produced under a variety of brands. This month however, we got to test drive our very first RAM Pickup Truck and as we had hoped, it was a memorable experience to say the least. There is nothing bashful about the RAM 1500 Limited and it delivers a huge statement from the moment eyes are laid upon it. Despite this model being 102kgs lighter than its predecessor, it is also longer and wider, ensuring its hugely domineering presence exudes both power and prestige. The “in-your-face” design of this vehicle is headed by the chiselled Ram’s head logo and the R-A-M grilles. No one will ever mistake the brand of vehicle you have chosen to drive. It also boasts a new LED Adapted Front-lighting System (AFS), including twin bifunctional projector headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps. 20inch aluminium wheels and power running boards give the Ram even more attitude, whilst the storage capacity of 151-litres is almost 100 percent greater than its closest rivals, placing it in a league of its own when it comes to transporting goods. This model is the strongest Ram 1500 ever produced with the most advanced frame in the segment that features an exclusive front splayed rail design. Despite the rugged good looks of this impressive machine, it is however the interior that reveals its luxurious nature. This all-new top of the range 2019 Ram 1500 features a lavish interior that has been crafted for ultimate comfort and convenience. The premium leather, ventilated bucket seats are 8-way power adjustable with memory for both the driver and passenger. We loved the commanding view of the road we held from this seated position and found them to be very comfortable. Leather and real wood trimmings are found throughout the cabin, including the stylish wood and leather wrapped steering wheel. The Ram Limited houses the award-winning fourth-generation Uconnect® and class-exclusive, 12-inch (305mm) reconfigurable touchscreen display with navigation and split-screen capability for dual-application operation. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ are fitted as standard, as is the wireless charging pad. The designers of this vehicle have ensured an interactive, userfriendly setup with the reimagined centre console allowing for a whopping 12 different storage configurations. Slipping into the second row, we were greeted by slide reclining seats, a true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins complete with tie-down rings and expandable seat storage. Every aspect of this vehicle seems to have been designed with functionality and practicality in mind. The extra length of this model translates to a truly spacious interior meaning more leg room for all occupants. This 2019 model is powered by the legendary 5.7 litre HEMI® V8 with variable valve timing (VVT) that provides greater efficiency and performance. This engine delivers 359hp at 5600 rpm, 410 lb-ft of torque in a smooth, broad power band that avoids the hesitation and peakiness of turbocharged engines and is linked to a smooth 8-speed transmission. So, although the power of this vehicle is hugely apparent, it is delivered in such a way that it is not overbearing or unnecessarily noisy. In fact, this engine does not sound or feel like a V8 until you want it to. With the windows up on the highway, it runs crossover 52

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quiet, thanks in part to expanded active noise cancellation and cylinder deactivation. All of this power on offer is kept in check by the largest brake rotors in the segment at 14.9-inches (378mm). This definitely helps to provide a feeling of complete control when on the roads. A unique link-coil rear suspension system adds to the smooth ride and also allows the driver, via a separate button on the key fob, to lower the truck, allowing for easier passenger entry. The Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks also helps to deliver a fantastic combination of ride and handling. Fuel saver technology has also been utilised to ensure this vehicle is lighter on the pocket. Important safety features of the RAM include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-spot monitoring, Forward Collision WarningPlus, Ready Alert Breaking, LanseSense Lane Departure Warning as well as ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Par and Hill-start Assist. All-in-all, our first RAM Truck experience was a novel one and we were most impressed by the performance, comfort and luxurious feel of this well-constructed Pickup. ✤


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KANOO MOTORS HOSTS MCLAREN TRACK EVENT Kanoo Motors, a leading high-end automotive retailer and the official distributor of McLaren in the Kingdom of Bahrain, hosted “A Private Evening with McLaren”; an exclusive track event for McLaren owners and guests at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Building on the success of the most recent track event late 2018, McLaren owners were once again treated to an engaging drive experience on the distinguished international track, this time, a wet circuit. Select interested McLaren brand enthusiasts and guests were also invited and had the chance to test the full capabilities of the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series. At the exclusive event, Trevor Fletcher, Head of McLaren Bahrain, said: “Once again we have hosted another successful track event for our dedicated customers and those who are interested to join the McLaren family.” H.E. Mr. Simon Martin, British Ambassador to Bahrain was present at the event and was treated to a thrilling driving experience on track with one of McLaren’s certified instructors. He expressed his pleasure for being at the event, stating “To be driving a McLaren at the BIC is a privilege, the outcome of this British Bahraini collaboration is outstanding the power

and performance of the vehicles on the track is second to nothing I have ever experienced.” The McLaren Sports Series as well as Super Series models were also on display. Owners showcased their personal Ultimate Series collections at the event. ✤ WWW.EKKANOO.COM

CHERY ARRIZO 6 AWARDED FOR TRANSMISSION Chery vehicles, exclusively distributed by Motorcity in the Kingdom of Bahrain, marked a major milestone by winning the ‘Global Top 10 Best Transmission Cars’ for the Arrizo 6, which will be available in Bahrain soon. The second Global Top 10 Best Transmissions Awarding Ceremony & the Second International Seminar on Transmission Technology Innovation was held in Beijing, where rigorous tests and examinations by the Expert Evaluation Panel awarded the Chery ARRIZO 6 which utilises a CVT25 type transmission was unanimously praised, winning the prestigious Asian award. Commenting on the occasion, Motorcity Chairman Mr. Waleed E Kanoo, said: “Motorcity is proud to be the local partner of Chery in Bahrain and this award is a win for us as well. Chery cars have gained much popularity in Bahrain as more people are realising the true potential of Chinese products and their high quality, coupled with Motorcity’s world-class service facility in Ma’ameer. We look forward to receiving an all new 56

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line up of Chery models for 2019 which includes this award winning ARRIZO 6.” The CVT25 used in the ARRIZO 6 is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed through benchmarking international advanced CVTs, and has many advantages such as high efficiency, low Fuel consumption and lower noise levels giving better cabin comfort. CVT25 is available on all saloon, MPV and SUV passenger vehicles. ✤ WWW.MOTORCITY.COM.BH/PASSENGER-CARS/CHERY


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2019 MITSUBISHI ATTRAGE The 2019 Mitsubishi Attrage is your perfect choice for modern economic cars this year, owing to its fuel efficiency, attractive design and easy maneuverability; making it the undisputed compact sedan in the market. The Attrage is available only at Zayani Motors, the exclusive dealer of Mitsubishi in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with a special offer of a ten-year or one million kilometre warranty to ensure the best value for your purchase. With a fuel consumption rate of 22 km/litre, the Mitsubishi Attrage allows you to travel more for less spending on fuel; enabling you to drive for 770 kilometres before you refill the tank. The 1.2-litre, 12-valve and three-cylinder engine of the Attrage produces maximum output of 57kw/6000rpm and maximum torque of 100nm/4000rpm, adequately giving you the desired acceleration while remarkably maintaining fuel economy. One of the many features that placed the Attrage above all in its class is the generous space of the cabin and trunk, reiterating on the intelligence of the design that prioritises the comfort of drivers and passengers. The simple yet stylish interior surrounds you and your passengers with quality materials, smooth flowing lines and a seamless fit and finish that conveys quality craftsmanship. ✤ WWW.ZMOTORS.COM

AL HADDAD MOTORS’ LOYALTY PROGRAMME Al Haddad Motors brings Mercedes-Benz owners in the Kingdom of Bahrain the chance to join the exclusive Al Haddad Motors Loyalty Programme for Mercedes-Benz. Members now have the opportunity to get additional rewards and benefits with the Al Haddad Motors Loyalty Programme. For every service carried out on your Mercedes-Benz by Al Haddad Motors you are entitled to exclusive and valuable rewards that include major discounts on labour, Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts, collection items, free safety checks, free car polishing and more. The offers and rewards of the Al Haddad Motors Loyalty Programme are individualised and customised based primarily on which segment each vehicle belongs to. Every vehicle is segmented based on the vehicles’ model year in order to differentiate their requirements. The Al Haddad Motors Loyalty Programme is valid on all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including older vehicles as well as vehicles that are not covered under warranty. In order to join the Al Haddad Motors Loyalty Programme all you have to do is simply visit either one of the Al Haddad Motors facilities, the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Tubli or the Mercedes-Benz service centre in Salmabad, and fill in the Loyalty Programme application forms that are available at the reception area. ✤ WWW.MERCEDESBENZME.COM/BAHRAIN/EN/ fact magazine

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Get more work done and stay at the top of your to-do list with the Any.do app! The app helps keep your schedule on track with to-do lists, reminders, notes and the ability to share lists with and assign tasks to others. The app lets you sync between phone, desktop, web and tablet to keep your lists up to date. Its unique voice entry feature lets you add items to your lists just by speaking. Choose either a free or premium version with advanced features.

Get the most out of your favourite podcasts with the Overcast app. Marco Ament’s Overcast offers an efficient combination of clean design, powerful audio and podcast management features. The app handles episode playbacks and downloads, sends notifications of new episodes, and can play offline or through streaming if you need to save space. It offers amazing audio features and the new action tray makes it easier to manage episodes of your preferred podcasts.

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FASHION MEETS TECH: HONOR VIEW 20 The perfect union of style and cutting-edge technology, the HONOR View 20 is the newest smartphone to make its way into the gadget realm and FACT managed to get a sneak peek…

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ONOR, the smartphone e-brand, has teamed up with Italian fashion label Moschino for its latest flagship-HONOR View 20. A joint effort with the playful Italian fashion house, the flashy collaboration is a dream come true for technology and fashion enthusiasts alike. Apart from a number of technical improvements over the View10, the new HONOR View 20’s unique aesthetic makes it stand out from all the other smartphones in the market. Boasting a notchless front display, the quirky collaboration is available in two striking colourways - “Phantom Red” and “Phantom Blue,” as part of the special edition released alongside the two regular colourways, “Midnight Black” and “Sapphire Blue.” The HONOR View 20 Moschino edition smartphones have the uber appeal of 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, as well as a range of wallpapers featuring the much loved and recognized signature Moschino symbols, which are popular amongst the brand’s fashion-forward clientele. The exclusive range also packs in one-of-a-kind accessories including an embossed case with ‘Gennaro’, the signature Moschino Teddy Bear emblem, which enjoys a global fan base of trendy consumers. Capturing the essence of the Moschino brand and its approach to fashion and life, the smartphone speaks to the enormous

potential for successful collaborations when high-end fashion and innovative technology are brought together. Bringing together the best of fashion, luxury and technology, the smartphone uses hardware that is nothing short of premium while staying on track with the latest design trends. Apart from a gorgeous design, the new top-of-the-line flagship smartphone by HONOR is a strong device heavy on specifications, boasting an impressive battery capacity and an attractive punch-hole display allowing more screen real estate and bezel-less display. The HONOR View 20 Moschino edition with its chic and stylish range of supporting accessories is all set to push the boundaries through the beauty of its contemporary and unique design and finish, making for a perfect statement for the ultimate smartphone fashionistas. Designed for today’s fashionable and tech-savvy consumers, the HONOR View 20 Moschino Edition is perfect if you’re looking for something that excels in both technology and design. If design isn’t one of your concerns, the non-Moschino HONOR View 20 should be right up your alley. ✤

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UNDER THE SPELL: TED BAKER SS’19 This season Ted has stitched a touch of mystic charm through his collection, blending inspiration from the enchanting blooms and entrancing shapes that have bewitched him, with a little of his signature magic. fact magazine

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Ted’s florals are inspired by handpicked flowers with a dark side. Vibrant hues of red, orange and turquoise are clashed on his bold Fantasia print, while light meets dark on his Oracle print. He’s also woven geometric prints throughout the season, with bright greens and flashes of fuchsia creating ‘70s inspired patterns, romanticised with Ted’s signature individuality. Ted’s a charmer, and his unparalleled eye for detail continues to create pieces that captivate, from individually placed embroideries to pops of bright red trim. Modern hemlines feature throughout the collection, from structured jumpsuits to trans-seasonal outerwear. Ted has fallen in love with glamorous georgette, adding his modern take to drop-waist dresses, shirts and skirts with delicate gathered, frilled and pleated details. Ted’s also added his magic touch to laid-back luxe pieces; denim is introduced on jumpsuits, logo tees take centre stage, and wide-leg trousers feature sporty side stripes. Ted has also revitalised his tailoring, with striped suiting in shorts and trouser options standing ready to take you from day to night effortlessly. ✤

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At Your Service Hands up if you love to get your military style on when the trend hits the style circuit? The utilitarian theme marched through the SS19 runway collections to a resounding approval from fashion’s who’s who. Think functional patch-pocket trousers and sharply tailored separates with belts, army-green twill and dresses with drawstring halter necks; as well as utility shirts, combat pants and all the attire that’s getting you ready to sign up!

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The Sports Appeal Introducing a more active feel to the upcoming season, it’s time for the gents to step up their retro sports game. Darker shades and muted tones offer a sporty injection to the palette, complimenting heated neutrals and casual streetwear. Chunky sneakers, trek gear, joggers, cool made-for-the-gym hoodies and even outdoor adventure clothing – can all pass to complete this look.

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Beauty Checklist UP YOUR ROUTINE WITH OUR MARCH PICKS…

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Welcome the warmer months with Moschino’s iconic Teddy Bear fragrance! With sparkling top notes of mandarin orange and Granny Smith apple, the intoxicating fragrance offers delicate floral notes enhanced by amber wood, while sandalwood adds radiance and softness. The floral woody musk fragrance smells exquisite and keeps you fresh all day along!

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Get the prettiest skin ever with La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion! Curated with raw, precious ingredients, it uses La Prairie’s high art to reignite a rejuvenated complexion. The unique formulation redefines rejuvenation and offers an unparalleled new beginning for your skin.

Payot ABSOLUTE PURE WHITE MOUSSE CLARTE

Take your skincare regime up a notch with Payot’s ‘Absolute Pure White’ Mousse Clarte. The fresh, light texture becomes an airy- light foam on contact with water; this subtly scented gel then helps restore a clear, even and transparent complexion. An essential step for deep cleansing the skin and removing all traces of makeup!

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Infused with charcoal, antibacterial volcanic ash and antioxidant-rich bamboo extract, the specially formulated blackhead-clearing strip gently and effectively draws out congestions as well as reduces the look of pores around the nose. Nourishing ingredients include aloe and sacred lotus flower to soothe redness.

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DAMASCAN ROSE FACIAL TREATMENT Pamper your skin back to perfection. Formulated with ten precious plant extracts, the nourishing treatment is a go-to product for skin emergencies. The concentrated oil provides intense hydration, rebalancing between overly dry and oily patches as well as relief from itchy and dry skin. The carefully created blend relieves, protects and replenishes parched skin.

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Grooming Checklist REVAMP YOUR REGIME WITH OUR MARCH PICKS…

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Keep your beard looking perfect all day long! The perfect moisture balance for your face and beard, the special blend of natural oils helps condition and add shine to your beard, while soothing and calming your skin beneath it. The brand’s unique blend of oils will leave you feeling invigorated and looking great.

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Get intense hydration without feeling greasy. Enriched with Chamomile Bud, Sandalwood and Rosemary Leaf, the complex, richly nourishing blend of nut and plant extracts delivers anti-oxidant fortification and amazing hydration without a weighty after-feel. Definitely our current favourite moisturiser!

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ANTHONY GLYCOLIC FACIAL CLEANSER Pamper your skin back to nourishment. Your one-stop solution to all skin problems, this non-foaming cleanser has just enough Glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin, clogged pores, dullness and breakouts. It gently exfoliates, removes dirt and oil as well as lifts stubble to help you get the closest shave possible.

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Formulated with Coconut and Almond oil and packed with Vitamins A and E, the cream provides a silky surface for a close and smooth shave. With notes of Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Lavender and Cedar Wood, it combats UV damage, reduces acne flare-ups, while leaves your skin feeling and looking amazing.

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What have been your first impressions of Bahrain and its hospitality market? I have found Bahrain to be very family oriented and very easy to adapt to. As per the survey done by HSBC, Bahrain is among the top 10 places where one can settle in quite fast. And I am a standing example of that. With its simplicity, I believe it is one of the best countries to live in. Bahrain has a vision of bringing in more international events and conferences which in turn increases the demand for rooms. The InterContinental Regency Bahrain has set a benchmark for quality accommodation in Manama. What’s your vision for the hotel during your management? Our vision and dream is to bring back the glorious Regency days. Modernise & enhance the Regency image without forgetting legacy. We have guests who have been visiting the hotel for more than 30 years. They’ve met here, married here and even their children are now getting married here. There’s a lot of history in this property and I would like to incorporate its rich heritage, tradition and luxury in all our future plans. Share with us your past experience that has geared you up for this role. What has kept you so loyal and dedicated to the hospitality industry? I grew up in a hotelier family and from a young age, I already knew that I wanted to work in the hotel industry. Simply because I love the interaction I get from people; it is something I always look forward to. When you receive fact magazine

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• HOSPITALITY Q&A a good review from a guest about their stay and experience, the feeling is indescribable. Being the General Manager of a hotel that is an institution in Bahrain can mean a lot of pressure. Tell us more about your expertise and lessons learned over the years that have helped you prepare for this job? Over the years I have learned that our people and guests are what keeps us going. Our staff is the lifeblood of our hotel. Leading a high-performing team is therefore less about driving performance and more about inspiring & creating an environment where team members feel valued, energised and supported; and therefore able and motivated to perform to their full potential and delight our guests and over-deliver on results. You’ll need to proactively stay on top of anything that could potentially affect your hiring and development processes and be sure to make whatever changes are necessary to optimise your staff accordingly. In properties of this high calibre where not much really needs changing, how do you keep yourself challenged and continuously ahead in the hospitality game? We live in a fast-moving world; the greatest challenge is to keep up with new trends and to adapt to them. Our business is constantly evolving, for example, everything has gone digital including the way guests are booking. Guests have many choices nowadays; we have to keep up with the changes and understand what is important to today’s generation. Who would you say is the 2019 clientele of the InterContinental Regency Bahrain– describe the person who walks in through the hotel doors… Affluent, experienced traveller who is passionate about authentic experiences.

=The responsibilities of General Manager could get overwhelming at times. How do you manage your time, expectations and the need for attention to detail? Having a goal without a plan is just a wish … so planning is extremely important for the success in our business. Empowerment is another key word for me ...part of the culture at the InterContinental Regency is to create a “psychologically safe environment” which allows colleagues for moderate risk-taking, speaking their mind, creativity and taking decision without fear… Planning and Empowerment equals... more time for all of us to focus on the attention to details which will differentiate us from the competition. What’s your approach to everyday motivation for your staff – how do you make sure that everyone is on the same page, everyday? I generally start my day with a walk through of the property, touching base with the various departments and just making sure there aren’t any big fires that need to be put out first thing. Being visible to the staff and guests in this way shows you are both interested and approachable. Plus we have a morning briefing with the department heads to make sure I’m up to speed on how things are going in their department and what needs they have. Can you tell us a little bit about any upcoming promotions or strategies you will utilise for appeal to both business and leisure travellers? We are looking forward to the launch of some of our newly renovated rooms with their modern technology and luxurious settings that will cater to both our corporate and leisure travellers. The other highlight for this year is the new visual identity for InterContinental hotels which reflects the affluent and indulgent lifestyles that our guests live. ✤

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MARKETING MOGUL FACT CAUGHT UP WITH MARYAM JAHRAMI, MARKETING MANAGER AT GBL GROUP TO TALK SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES, BRAND IDENTIT Y AND WHAT MAKES BOTH FLORENCE L A MAISON MÉDITERRANÉENNE AND HAZEL ROOFTOP LOUNGE A HUGE SUCCESS ON BAHRAIN’S FASTGROWING FOOD AND BEVERAGE SCENE…

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• HOSPITALITY Q&A Hi Maryam! Tell us more about your day to day role at GBL Group and the tasks involved with running a busy marketing department at Hazel, Florence and Dar Zowayed? The food and beverage industry rely heavily on the image created by the marketing of said brand. As a restaurant, your reputation is critical to your success. Word of mouth trumps any kind of strategic marketing. That’s why it is all about creating a memorably outstanding experience for the customers. My role is to manage and deliver marketing tactics for the brands to help establish GBL’s mark in the hospitality sector, by creating unique and locally founded brands that will challenge Bahrain’s expectations when it comes to dining and nightlife. What are some of the strategies and marketing tools that you implement in everyday material to promote the two venues to their full potential? Food and beverage marketing is a gold-mine opportunity for creative marketing professionals. For one, food and beverage represents consumables: these are not luxury items that marketers must convince consumers they need to have. Instead, they are essentials, and the role of marketing professionals is to convince consumers that they need one item over another. So, food and beverage marketing revolves around a number of elements that draw customers to a product. The key is to build strong brand recognition through establishing a brand presence in and outside the restaurant venue. From print marketing such as packaging to creating a digital presence through mobile marketing with the usage of social media, viral marketing and search engine optimisation. As a Marketing Manager, what are the most challenging factors you face and how do you overcome these? In this industry, it’s safe to say that you are constantly working when consumers are relaxing. Creating memorable customer experiences is a combination of great service and entertainment, which means a lot of work during holidays and being very involved and hands-on with all your brands. Another challenge I enjoy is working with diverse brands and tailoring each brand identity to target the correct audience and create a demand for your product to encourage brand awareness and build a longstanding reputation of culinary excellence. Both Florence, Hazel and Dar Zowayed have a strong social media presence - tell us some of the ways in which you have been able to achieve this? The marketing professionals in our team work hard to create fresh and exciting social content that is engaging and promotional at the same time. We develop a social feed that is exciting and visually pleasing to our target audience. Through utilising research and development, our team keep up with the latest market trends and opportunities. Describe your working style - do you like to stay more on top of the latest trends or do you prefer to think out of the box and be extra creative? Trends are always a great way to capture your desired target 76

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audience. The focus is to create a conversation among an influential group and use that group to spread the word. This can be through buzz marketing and trends. However, I find that thinking out of the box is better at helping create a distinctly special brand and offer each guest a bespoke and unforgettable experience. What are some of the things that you love about working in marketing for some of Bahrain's most successful F&B concepts? Networking has always been one of my strongest attributes, I am a people’s person and I enjoy being involved in growing brands that challenge our country’s expectations when it comes to dining and entertainment. You meet a lot of dynamic and established like-minded individuals with great business ethics and goals. The relationships formed in this industry are competitive yet fun, which keeps me passionate while my work drive is rising. Share with the readers what makes both GBL Group’s outlets unique in comparison to their competitors... Hazel is unlike any other lounge in Bahrain. We aim to promote the local live music scene, by inviting talented artists to our stage several times a week from guitar jams with our resident DJ Eric to a full six-piece band. Also known for our signature cocktails and our conversant mixologists, that have the whole block buzzin’. Every day at Hazel is meant to be a different experience and a fusion of great things including cocktails, food, music, service and an unforgettable friendly crowd. Florence exceptionally merges the taste of the Middle East and the best of the Mediterranean. Florence’s garden was quick to become Adliya’s favourite gathering place. Suitable for families, friends and loved ones wishing to share a great dining experience in our beautifully decorated Mediterranean eatery. Live music is also an essential part of each customer’s experience with our exceptional line-up of live jazz and classic music throughout each week. Dar Zowayed is a traditionally Bahraini eatery with a modern twist, and, is the first of its kind in Adliya. With an oldschool, cosy and familiar atmosphere. What are some of your professional goals for the rest of 2019 with GBL Group? My goal for the rest of the year is highly focused on research and development. That is quintessential to developing new and unique restaurant and nightlife brands that are guaranteed to shake up Bahrain’s entertainment scene. Viola, a Caribbean oasis in the heart of Adliya, is the next exclusive brand to open from GBL Group. Expect some cool new outlets opening (very, very, very) soon near you! ✤

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MARCH DINING PICKS Our favourite foodie happenings to mark in your calendar this month…

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN BBQ Night at Bar de La Plage Grill and chill with an exclusive BBQ dining experience. Enjoy an assortment of tender meats, sauces,side dishes and desserts on the beautiful beachfront restaurant, while savoring the cool weather and listening to live entertainment. Available daily, however, indulge yourself on a Thursday to enjoy their promotional package between 7pm to 11pm. BD20 per person including soft beverages and BHD 30 per person including select beverages. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information. ELITE RESORT & SPA Al Naseem & La Brasserie Enjoy ladies night with a special section for ladies. Enjoy some fruity flavour hubble-bubble, soft beverages and also assorted mezze platter for BD7 net inclusive. The evening is heightened by their atmospheric backdrop alongside their Arabic DJ performance. GO: Call 1731 3333 for reservations and more information. LE MÉRIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN St. Patrick’s Day Themed Brunch Deck yourself out in green and celebrate Ireland with an amazing Saint Patrick’s Day Themed Brunch on March 15 78

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at BD28 net including soft drinks and water, or BD40 net including selected free flow beverages. Live music from their Twin Band. Book for 10+ people and receive 20% discount. Brunch at Baharat is every Friday from 12.30pm until 4pm. GO: Call 1717 1144 for reservations and more information. HAZEL ROOFTOP LOUNGE A Little Bit of Everything A selection of gourmet sharing plates, mouth watering finger foods and perfectly cooked main dishes. Their atmosphere is casual yet sophisticated, easy going yet cool. Their international tapas selection delights the palate, elegantly matching our signature cocktails made by our in house mixologists. GO: Call 1723 1231 for reservations and more information. INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY High Tea in Style Served on an elegant three-tiered silver stand, the traditional high tea features a mouth-watering selection of dainty finger sandwiches, scrumptious sweet and savoury treats. Not to forget their freshly baked scones accompanied by a selection of superb leaf teas. Served daily between 2pm and 5pm in Noor Lounge. Women can enjoy 50% off on a Wednesday too! GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.


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healthy dishes, and post-brunch on March 1st, you’ve got free access to their Brazilian Beach Party. Served every Friday on March 1, 8, 22 and 29 between 1pm and 4pm at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. Priced at BD30.3 net inclusive of soft drinks and BD42.4 net inclusive of premium beverages. Children aged below five eat for free and kids aged between six and 12 will receive a 50% discount. GO: Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information. THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Japanese Emperor’s Birthday Celebrate the Japanese Emperor’s birthday with Chef Kudo’s Emperor platter. Sato patrons can choose between the ‘Imperial Deluxe platter’ or the ‘Grand Teppanyaki platter’ between March 5 to 30. GO: Call 1711 5500 for reservations and more information. ART ROTANA AMWAJ ISLANDS St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Celebrate Saint Patrick Day in style at ART Rotana’s famous Friday Brunch on the 15th March at Choices Restaurant & Terrace, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Discover the lavish spread of excellent dishes, brilliant live cooking stations and unlimited drinks. Enjoy the feast in honour of St. Patrick to commemorate his arrival to Ireland. BD25 net with soft drinks and juices and BD36 net with house beverages. Kids aged between six and 12 pay BD12.5 net and kids below six-yearsold dine for free. ✤ GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN St. Patrick’s Day Taste delicious international dishes, including Irish specialties, such as Irish Breakfast, Irish Stew, Guinness Pie, Salmon Fish Cakes, Colcannon Potatoes (champ), Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks, Potato Soup, Green Macaroons with Vanilla Ice Cream, Irish Baileys Sauce and Spiced Apple Cake! Get entertained all the way with the live DJ and a European Band performing popular Irish tunes for you to groove on! BD36 net including unlimited premium beverages on March 15, from 12.30pm to 5.30pm in Al Murjan Ballroom. GO: Call 1746 0017 for reservations and more information. REEF RESORT Tabehodai Endless Sushi Watch as your chef prepares your Sushi and Sashimi right in front of your eyes every weekday, apart from a Monday. Visit Tokyo Reef for a great dining experience and receive 50% off. GO: Call 1311 0110 for reservations and more information. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Friday Spring Fair Brunch Spring in Bahrain is one of the most delightful times of the year. Take advantage of the perfect temperatures and fresh air while tucking into a delightful brunch menu of deliciously fact magazine

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MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS Just a few of our favourite happenings to treat all the special ladies in our lives… FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea You don’t just receive flowers at this special afternoon tea, although they are always wonderful, you get to learn the art of flower bouquet arranging before settling down to a well-deserved feast. March 21 to 23, 12noon to 9pm, priced at BD48 net for two guests. GO: Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information. THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN Mother’s Day at Gourmet Lounge Make every mama feel special with incredible treats especially created for the most important woman in our lives. Celebrate motherhood and maternal bonds with a selection of delectable offers, sweet surprises and unexpected presents that is perfect for showing gratitude and appreciation. Personalised cakes available March 18 to 22 for BD23 per cake. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information.

ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS Mother’s Day Brunch Treat your mama to a lavish Friday brunch at Choices Terrace! Enjoy the extraordinary spread of popular dishes and wide range of live cooking stations perfectly designed for the occasion. Revel in the stunning setup as you enjoy live music by their fabulous in house band Soneando. Flowers will be gifted to all mothers dining in! Brunch will be served on March 22 from 12.30pm to 4pm. Priced at BD12.5 net with soft drinks and juices or BD36 net with house beverages. BD12.5 net for kids aged six to 12 and children aged six and under dine for free. GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information. 80

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CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN Arabic Mother’s Day Pamper your mama with some well-deserved TLC at La Mosaique Restaurant. Spend a special evening with mum and get 20% off on your total bill. Dig into some decadent cuisine as you enjoy the elegant ambiance and celebrate Arabic Mother’s Day in style! Dinner will be served from March 19 to 21, 4pm to 11 pm. Mother’s Day Dinner at Waves This Mother’s Day, enjoy some of the freshest and finest seafood on the island! Make your way to Waves Seafood Restaurant for an evening of love and celebration as well as 20% discount on dinner (maximum of four family members). Dinner is served on March 21, from 4pm to 11pm. GO: Call 17531 122 for reservations and more information. ELITE GRANDE HOTEL Celebrate Mother’s Day Spread love with a whole lot of good food and drinks as well as a splendid atmosphere at H20! Enjoy a magnificent view of the Seef District as you treat yourself to refreshing musical entertainment by DJ Montana, a live cooking buffet and a mouth-watering selection of bites. Available for BD14 net inclusive of shisha and soft beverages. GO: Call 1756 5888 for reservations and more information.

SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL Mother’s Day Gather your friends and family and celebrate Mother’s Day with authentic Iranian delicacies. On this special occasion, Golestan is inviting all mothers to dine for free and enjoy a 50% discount on any massage treatment at Sheraton Fitness! GO: Call 1753 3533 for reservations and more information.


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THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE Mother’s Day at Furn Bistro and Bakery This Mother’s Day, treat your mama to indulgent Khaleeji cuisine with a western twist. Come over with mum and she will be entitled to a 50% discount on March 21. This offer is valid for a minimum of three people and the 50% discount will be applied to mothers only. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA AND SPA Mother’s Day Garden Brunch Experience a delightful outdoor brunch affair, full of savoury dishes for everyone to enjoy as well as top-notch live entertainment by their talented Cuban band- Latin Soul. Children can enjoy a number of outdoor activities, while all mothers receive a loving 25% off! Brunch will be served on March 22 from 12.30pm to 4pm. BD32 net inclusive of soft beverages, and BD36 net inclusive of selected beverages. 50% discount for kids aged six to 12. GO: Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.

THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Mother’s Day Your Mother’s Day just got a whole lot tastier! Make your way to Zahle Lebanese Restaurant and treat your mama to a free dinner when dining with three others. Excite your senses to exceptional gastronomy including an extensive selection of hot and cold mezze, grilled meat and beautifully presented shish kebab as you enjoy live entertainment by Tony Kiwan and Margo. ✤ GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

LE MERIDIEN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE Mother’s Day at Baharat Celebrate Mother’s Day with delicious seafood at Baharat! Treat your mother to a decadent Seafood Night where she gets 50% discount on this special day. Valid for a minimum of three people and the 50% discount will be applied to mothers only. Dinner will be served on March 21, from 7pm to 11pm, priced at BD25 net including soft drinks and BD31 net including selected free flow beverages. GO: Call 1717 1000 for reservations and more information. fact magazine

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THE ULTIMATE CLAWS

Downtown Rotana brings the Canadian seafood experience to crustacean lovers with a Friday Brunch designed to please all palates. FACT’s Layal Al Mahmoud dines the afternoon away at leisure… fact magazine

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s the elevator door opens on the second floor to Flavours on 2, you are welcomed by the sweet buffet; beautifully structured desserts in every colour and shape. And what’s more tempting than a milk chocolate fountain surrounded with freshly cut cubes of fruit and marshmallow for a never-ending sweetness. I spot the lady entertainer and she is wearing the cutest dress covered with musical notes; what a perfect match! As hungry as I am, I land my bag on the chair and immediately started cruising the buffet attempting to discover what it has to offer. The theme is Lobster & Crabs but the usual corners are still available to satisfy all tastes: two choices of soup, salads of which so many incorporated seafood, lamb roast, sushi, bread and cheese, and the famous Indian corner. And here is the sight I was excited to see; baskets flooding with fresh fish and seafood on both sides of a huge glass tank displaying the biggest, freshest lobster I have ever seen on the island! I decided to skip the soup as I felt a crave for freshness, so, I went picking and choosing from the wide selection of creative salads such as the mango and lobster, compressed watermelon and feta cheese, rocket with pomegranate seeds, and many more. I am back at my table after a few minutes and a welcome drink awaits; I am already appreciating the service! My companion almost started writing poetry on how good the lobster soup was as I enjoyed my big and colourful salad platter. Next, a few pieces of sushi to get us started. Focusing on the highlight of this brunch “the great Canadian lobster”, we made our orders and amused ourselves while waiting with samples of the hot dishes on offer. Too many great choices but mostly with seafood; if I was not so eager to indulge in the huge, juicy, lobster, believe me I would have been easily satisfied by the fantastic vegetable noodles and spicy fish stir fry. Shortly after, seafood goodness started arriving at our table. The first platter was all shrimps: deep fried and grilled with a couple of different sauces to alternate in between and my friend found pleasure in the corn on the cob! Plate number two was grilled Omani lobster topped with melted cheese. Nicely cooked and an apt choice for people who love cheese over everything. Then comes the star of the show: a fill lobster per plate cut in half and grilled to perfection served with lemon and butter sauce – stunning. I would have ordered another one for sure if I was not 84

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so full. I could not even try the last platter on the chef’s menu for us: the grilled crab meat with cheese served in the crab’s shell – though my companion said it was something truly special. It’s safe to say that this one is really for all the seafood lovers in town – it’s high quality food and a fantastic ambience. For your next brunch escapade, think Downtown Rotana and the beautiful Bab Al Bahrain location – you won’t regret it. ✤

GO: EVERY FRIDAY FROM 12PM UNTIL 4PM, THROUGHOUT MARCH. BD22 NET INCLUDING UNLIMITED JUICES AND SOFT DRINKS OR BD32 NET INCLUDING UNLIMITED HOUSE BEVERAGES. CALL 1311 9999 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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BLACK TAP: THE FOOD TURN UP

From humble beginnings in Downtown New York City, Black Tap has spread its wings across the globe. After taking in parts of Europe and Asia, as well as a hugely successful joint in Dubai, the venture has finally reached our shores. FACT explores its award-winning Craft Burgers and truly unique CrazyShakeTM. fact magazine

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ocated at the Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain on the Seef coastline, Black Tap is situated elegantly at the rear of the hotel, overlooking the majestic pool area and the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf. Stepping foot into the restaurant takes you back to the early 90s. The black and white chequered floor and the graffiti clad walls have the semblance of an old school hip hop music video. The décor pays homage to the great American luncheonette experience, a theme that runs through every Black Tap throughout the world. The menu is double sided to make selections that little bit easier; we all know there is nothing worse than cycling through the equivalent of a novel to make our culinary choices. We decided to grab a couple of items off the snacks menu to set our taste buds tingling. We opted for the Teriyaki Broccoli and the Atomic Shrimp. Let me first say that my partner is not the biggest fan of his greens, but he absolutely wolfed down the broccoli, so much so that I was in slight disbelief at what I had just witnessed. I used this as an excuse to devour the shrimp. I think it is safe to say that we were delighted with our starters. We then moved onto the world famous craft burgers. After perusing the menu, we were at such a quandary as to what to order that we had to use the expertise of the waiting staff to assist us in our decision. We were gently nudged towards the award-winning Greg Norman and the aptly titled Mexico City. Possibly Australia’s greatest ever golfer, Greg Norman has since became a hugely successful businessman, with one of his flagship enterprises being his own brand of prime wagyu beef. Black Tap utilises this 350-day grain-fed wagyu to make a truly magnificent burger. A real hole in one! The Mexico City has the kind of spicy kick you would expect but it is the construction of the burger, which is spectacular. Sitting on top of a prime US beef patty is jack cheese which is in turn topped by a huge onion ring, a ring filled with jalapenos and chipotle mayo. If you’re a fan of a spicy burger then this is the one for you. All burgers come with a side of either French fries, sweet potato fries or if you are trying to be good, a house salad. It’s not just burgers that tickle the taste buds; there are other menu options available as well. The Black Tap wings are magnificent. Smothered in spicy Korean BBQ sauce, these wings are melt-in-themouth good. Another choice, a Keto option, would be the tacos which are available in a lettuce wrap to reduce the carb intake. Coming in beef, chorizo or fish, these flavoursome tacos are perfect if you

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are sharing with a friend. The crowning glory, the piece de resistance, are easily the shakes. CrazyShakeTM as they have been dubbed and trademarked, are a cool, fun, imaginative way to celebrate any occasion. Whether you are feeling like a unicorn and fancy the Cotton Candy or it’s your birthday and you opt for The Cake Shake, there is a shake to fit every single mood. Having a slice of cake on top of a milkshake is a pretty cool concept. A concept which sums Black Tap up perfectly, willing to push boundaries to make lasting memories. Black Tap does great deals through the week, with happy hour on craft hops running from 5pm to 8pm on Sundays to Wednesday. They also have a large screen which is perfect for Premier League, La Liga and Champions League football as well as all other major sporting events. So get yourself down to Black Tap and get ready to indulge yourself, you will not be disappointed. ✤

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STEP INTO THE KITCHEN

As a diner, you hardly ever get to come face to face with what’s going on behind the scenes. We all know that the kitchen is a chef’s sanctuary, where they experiment and plate up some of their best work. Now, imagine you could take a loved one and dine right inside the kitchen of CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay? That, our foodie friends, is exactly what FACT’s Layal Al Mahmoud went to experience… fact magazine

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want to shout it from the rooftops, stop strangers at the mall, and brag about it to every single friend – that’s the kind of dinner experience I’m about to report on. It really is extraordinary news for all the gentlemen, especially, who are searching high and low for an out-of-the-box gift or date night for their one and only love; Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has come up with the perfect dining-out concept that every partner will admire. The hotel has opened up its professional kitchen at the one and only CUT by Wolfgang Puck for only two to four guests per night. That’s right, your very own one-on-one dinner in an unprecedented, warm and inviting ambience. If there’s one thing I’ve ever been confident about, it’s this: you’ll be served up the most luxurious, celeb-worthy food whilst getting comfortable and catching up with your other half or plus one. But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll spend most of the evening admiring the skills and expertise of the amazing chefs and conversing with them about the dishes – something that they are more than happy to oblige. Choose between a seven-course and five-course menu of great food paired with the most exquisite matching sommelier collection, or if you prefer, work your personalised touch with the executive chef’s magic on a tailored menu to make sure all the dishes are served to your liking. Every menu is designed for each special guest. It is the culinary team’s pleasure to create dishes totally off the restaurant’s menu to match your distinct taste. Even the flower arrangement and drinks can be customised only for your dining experience. You’ll certainly be the topic of conversation for guests dining out in the restaurant, especially as the CUT team treats you like 92

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you’re at a reunion with old friends. I step into the restaurant’s reception and the hostess calls me by name asking how I am. She escorts us in the elevator and bids us good evening. After a warm welcome from the restaurant’s manager, we took a seat at the waiting corner where we can have our first drink. Soon, the bar man came with his magical carriage and concocted something special that he has never done before, and he even asked us to give it a name… I'm in awe! We sip our perfect drink with a small amuse bouche and then we move to the kitchen. It is pretty much an open space of constant action. A wide high counter in an L shape surrounds the main space and right there, two high bar chairs are set for us. They’re super comfy and I can’t stop smiling! Bright white tablecloth, a small flower arrangement at the centre in my favourite shades of yellow and orange, and a big welcome from the friendliest staff ever – first impressions are mega.


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Executive Chef, Brian Becher, walk us through the whole experience, explaining what lies ahead. Seven courses including two desserts; any of which can be changed if not liked and it is up to us to stop at any point. Yay to casual control! And the journey started with an appetiser that perfectly balanced salty verses sweet: Burrata Cheese with roasted figs and duck pastrami – what a combination – it’ll be a real OMG moment with the first bite you take. One after the other, the dishes kept coming, and boy we could eat this meal for an entire month, every single day. Lobster Pasta, Steak, Grilled Fish on Cauliflower Mash, Roasted Bone Marrow with Pulled Beef… every dish has more depth, flavour and gives more satisfaction than its predecessor. I mean, how anyone can say no to a beautiful, delicious meal prepared with the utmost care and served especially for you with love!? I would say yes every time. I can’t even begin describing the well-structured heavenly desserts; thank you Executive Chef Pierre Chambon! It goes without saying that this evening, dining in the CUT kitchen, very easily makes it into the top five meals of my entire life. Perfect and memorable in every way – I couldn’t fault anything. Whether it is or isn’t a special occasion, this is one hidden gem that you need to book right away. ✤

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SPA SENSATION As far as results go, you’re going to get immediate ones at the beautiful Rimal Spa in the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Their philosophy, ambience, service and treatments are one of a kind. FACT explores…

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imal Spa is a European style wellness retreat with an Arabic influence, offering a fusion of modern result driven treatments, holistic therapies and a traditional Turkish Hammam experience. The spa revolves around luxury, personalised and professional service, creating a memorable, rejuvenating wellness journey. To bring a unique experience to Rimal Spa, the professionals have designed result-driven signature treatments using London’s leading Harley Street Skin Care products and CACI Non Surgical face and body lift machine, offering spa guests well documented proven results. Quality Voya marine products and signature treatments using sea shells are used to enhance the spa experience. To create an Arab influence, the spa has two Turkish Hammam suites, offering a wonderful array of Hammam treatments using Charme d’ Orient products, for spa guests to relax and detoxify. Rimal Spa is the perfect place to experience exquisite aromas, peaceful music and excellent customer service, in luxurious therapy suites, with your partner, friends or in tranquil solitude.

TOP 8: SPA TREATMENTS TO TRY Voya Ocean Essence Body Wrap (Slimming) BD45 for 75 mins Hydrating and detoxifying slimming wrap that stimulates the blood and lymph flow, combating cellulite and muscle fatigue. The two powerful seaweeds are an excellent skin rejuvenator to smooth and improve skin tone. This includes a body exfoliation, using ground walnut shells and a relaxing scalp massage. Deluxe Oxygenating Facial (Anti-Pollution) BD50 for 75 mins | BD55 for 90 mins (with add-on eye treatment) A revolutionary deluxe oxygenating seaweed facial, that revives and softens dehydrated skin alleviating fine lines and wrinkles. It begins with a back exfoliation and massage. The organic facial uses a gentle bamboo exfoliation followed by a Voya signature facial massage and then freshly harvested organic seaweed leaves are placed over a warm gel mask, packed with procollagen extracts, complemented with a head massage. 94

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Signature Jewels of the Sea Massage BD50 for 60 mins | BD55 for 90 mins Our Signature Lava Shell massage is deeply comforting and relaxing, using naturally smooth polished shells of the South Pacific. The heat from the shells gently eases away muscle tension, improving circulation and a sense of balance to the entire body and mind. Hot Stone Massage BD45 for 60 mins | BD50 for 90 mins A deep massage treatment that uses hot stones, which are applied to specific points on the body to relax and eliminate toxins; during this sensorial experience unique massage techniques using the hot stones, relieving tension, giving way to deep relaxation. Hydrating CACI BD25 for 60 mins For intensive hydration and skin firming, the HydraTone facial combines a special electrically conductive hylauronic gel mask with active microcurrent rollers, so that the face is bathed with rejuvenating energy. Working in synergy with Harley Street Skin Care products. Mother To Be Massage BD35 for 60 mins A nurturing massage using Swedish and therapeutic techniques, to ensure you enjoy a blissful massage in a comfortable seated and side position. Warm oil is gentle massaged in to your tired aching body, helping you to relax and relieve tension. This treatment is recommended after the first trimester of pregnancy. Royal Hammam Ritual BD45 for 75 mins Let your self drift away whilst receiving a royal treatment! Allow us to deep cleanse your skin, following on with a balancing and detoxifying mask finishing with our exclusive 100% natural white honey mask to nourish, brighten and hydrate your skin. The option to add on a mini facial is a must! Voya Organic Foot Ritual BD25 for 45 mins A stimulating foot treatment that includes a foot exfoliation, relaxing massage of the lower legs, a double action seaweed foot mask, to reduce swelling and soften tired feet followed by a scalp massage. ✤

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Why Are You Working Out? 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.

Have you ever really sat down and thought about why you’re really working out? Whenever I meet a new client, I always ask at the consultation stage why are they doing this and what do they want to get out of their change of life journey; and believe it or not, a lot of people don’t have an answer. Some do it because their friend was doing it, or their husband or wife thought it might be a good idea. This is why so many people fail in their health and fitness pursuits and just give up because they aren’t doing it for themselves. Recently a client just stopped in the middle of the session, looked at me and said: “I have to do this Yvonne, I have a child now; I need the energy to be able to run and play with my son, I can’t carry on like this.” I could see this statement really came from the heart as the realisation at that moment hit her that actions have consequences. She realised that all her illnesses were coming from her bad lifestyle choices and if she wanted to see her son grow up and get married, things would have to change. She knows that, ultimately, she must work out for herself but the consequences of that will be a ripple effect, which will spread and affect others around her in a positive way as everything in life is interconnected. ✤

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Karine Espenjian

Business Development Manager, Sevens Holding

Hi Karine! Tell us some aspects of your day-to-day role and routine... I love to start my day with going for a quick workout before coming into work. Performing at a high standard to achieve my daily goals at work, which is made easier with a beautiful sea view and the beach, this scenery puts me in a good mood. On top of that, I like listening to good music – it keeps me going. And, of course, finding solutions for issues at work always keeps things challenging.

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What are some of your favourite dining venues in Bahrain and why... I have to say that Play Restaurant is still a huge favourite of mine. The food is just impeccable and you’re guaranteed a great dining experience every time. Then there’s Black Tap, which is the perfect place to hang out with friends, you can never go wrong with burgers and hops, accompanied by the stunning sea views. All my favourite things in one place! You have to visit The Terrace for a night out, the music is really good.

Share with us your professional goals for the rest of 2019... I would like to gain new experiences and expand my knowledge professionally as a member of the Sevens Holding team. As a vital part of the company, I would like to add value and growth within my field and work towards successful relationships and campaigns for our brands.


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Mother’s Day Special Take time for yourself and unwind. Stay with us this Mother’s Day from BHD 75++ including breakfast for two. A special spa package is also available at the Heavenly Spa for only BHD 39 net. Call 17171000 to book this offer or email reservations.bahrain@marriott.com fact magazine

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FACT Bahrain March 2019  

Bringing you the only calendar events you need for the month of March with Bahrain's annual festival - Spring of Culture! From music to danc...

FACT Bahrain March 2019  

Bringing you the only calendar events you need for the month of March with Bahrain's annual festival - Spring of Culture! From music to danc...

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