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FASHION. ART. CULTURE. TECHNOLOGY MAY 2012

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We review the stunning desert palace resort Anatara in Abu Dhabi

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FACT’s Telecoms Report We bring you the latest news and developments from the Bahrain telecoms industry, from new players to new technology!

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Summer Travel Feature

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FACT’s hot picks for amazing summer holiday destinations!

Coming this month...

Bahrain’s Top Model Grand Finale! Exclusive event at Muju PLUS an interview with the world’s No.1 Female DJ, Claudia Cazacu!

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Experience extreme thrill at the new VIVA Karting Track. The perfect motorsports entertainment venue for all. VIVA customers get an exclusive 15% discount on a session. To receive your free discount voucher, send “kart” to 98883. For more information call 13101310 or visit vivakartingtrack.com.bh

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THE SMART MONTHLY GUIDE TO LIFE IN BAHRAIN

FACT M.E. - BAHRAIN EDITION

INSIDE THIS MONTH

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

FASHION. ART. CULTURE. TECHNOLOGY MAY 2012

VOL 5, ISSUE 9

BD1

We review the stunning desert palace resort in Abu Dhabi by Anatara!

SR10

FACT’s Telecoms Report

8 Top Model Grand Finale! Another successful Top Model campaign culminates in a glamorous final event!

We bring you the latest news and developments from the Bahrain telecoms industry, from new players to new technology!

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MAY 2012

A conference by the Royal University for Women promoting green practices... The

Summer Travel Feature ISSUE 57

FACT’s hot picks for amazing summer holiday destinations!

Coming this month...

Bahrain’s Top Model Grand Finale! With the world’s No. 1 Female DJ, Claudia Cazacu!

FACT Magazine M.E. Bahrain Edition May 2012 Volume 5 Issue 9

FACT M.E. Bahrain Publishing W.L.L. Office 53, Building 872, Road 3618, Block 436, Seef. Ministry of Information Subject Registration Number: CFB779 Director Omar Shaheen Publishing Director Edward Smith Editor-in-Chief Tony Sidgwick (editor@factlive.com) Deputy Editor Zara de Haldevang Regional Head of Sales Laura Alvarez Sales & Marketing Manager Sari Mabire Senior Sales Leslie Garduque Designer Rashed Bindaina Fashion Consultant Laura Bale Photography Contributors George Matthews Angelica Holter Rashed Bindaina PRINTED BY Union Press ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Tel: +973 1721 6099 E-mail: laura@factlive.com All Rights Reserved. Opinion expressed within does not necessarily represent the opinion of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy of the information within this publication. However, FACT M.E. Bahrain cannot accept legal responsibility for any erroneous content or omissions.

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As the summer months approach, we bring you a round-up of our favourite holiday destinations for 2012, as well as a report on a stunning resort located deep in the Emirati desert!

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FACT catches up with students from NYIT putting the final touches on their movie, made entirely in Bahrain...

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We preview the eagerly anticipated new superhero movie...

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In honour of our travel issue, we bring you essential holiday gadgets!

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Ali Driver reviews Mitsubishi’s flagship SUV...

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May I Have a Word? MAY is the most important month of the year for one simple reason: This month it’s MY BIRTHDAY (cue fanfare and cheers)! However, before you all run out and start buying me extravagantly expensive gifts and clubbing together to throw a spectacular surprise party with performances by guest celebrities, etc., let me first say that I will actually be travelling away from the Gulf, to Thailand, to visit relatives for my birthday, so I won’t be around. Sorry to disappoint you all. Maybe next year… This does, on the other hand bring me conveniently to my next subject – travel. I am, in fact, probably making a mistake by taking my well-deserved leave so early, and not in the months of July or August when the sensible people leave, thus skipping as much of the countrysized furnace Bahrain becomes during those months as possible. However, most of you will be starting to think about your summer holidays right about now, so this month we’ve

dedicated the magazine to travels far and wide, to give you some inspiration in making the right choice for your holiday. At the end of the day, we all want different things from a break – some want peace, some want parties, and some just want to see new things. One of the fantastic benefits of living in the Gulf is that we are literally in the ‘Middle’ East, and many great destinations, from Europe to the Far East, are only a few hours away by plane, so make the most of it! As for me – having taken my holiday early I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will be spending most of the summer trying to get into the car without burning myself on some surface or other, and dashing from car to building as fast as possible so that I’m not drenched in sweat when I arrive everywhere. And failing.

Tony Sidgwick Editor-in-Chief tony@factlive.com

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Sleep Party all Day and Party all Night

Top Model Grand Finale p.8-9 I’m REALLY looking forward to the Bahrain’s Top Model Grand Finale at the Dragon Hotel this month, beacuse it represents the result of months of hard work and drama, in the shape of an awesome party!

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With the upcoming Bahrain Top Model May 25, you are all probably wonderingset to take place on who will be in the BIG line-up. Well here you are, a full update of what and who to expect…

You have all heard of Amwaj, known as the ‘green-zone’ of Bahrain as well as being the location of floating city, white beaches and above all, Muju, a party place which hosted a tonne of pretty epic parties.has Dragon Hotel has seen the Prestige The during the Formula One weekend, Party as well as Ibiza parties-a-plenty. Well this month is set to be even hotter (literally and physically) than ever. time to pick your best outfit and This is the party with the ‘best of the best’.

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pening DJ of the finale will be Mr. Doris. During the summer months, this helps to represent the new wave man of musical expansion in Ibiza with residencies at globally recognised clubs such as Space and Pacha. While during the winter period, he holds down a coveted residency for London based Soundcrash (alongside DJ Vadim & Mr Thing). All this international touring schedule between a massive that has seen him smash parties on every continent. In the studio Mr Doris is as flexible as he is behind the turntables [DASH] past production has taken in genres ranging from downtempo beats & hip hop to house & drum & bass with the likes of MTV & Red Bull tracks being used by promotions. Originally signed for their respective to Bang! Records, Mr Doris has now moved to the Love... Records and last year saw newly fledged We release of newly recorded materialthe anticipated and freshly squeezed mix compilations for the likes of Defected & El Chiringuito. Receiving praise from a diverse range of musical maestros such as Carl Cox, Mayer Dimitri From Paris, Carl Craig, Hawthorne, Guru, Gilles Peterson, Jurassic5, Roni Size & DJ Kentaro few. Get ready to expect sounds to name just a without borders, innovative & eclectic yet completely dance floor friendly...

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esident of Bora Bora, Ibiza, DJ is probably the most under-ratedGordon Edge DJ/Producer of the last 15 years. An exceptional talent, combining the totally unique DJ deck mixing while adding his ownexperience of 3 by playing Live Trumpet. Gordon personal “edge” style and sound that is as equally offers a versatile played at the biggest clubs in the at home when the most intimate private parties. world, as it is at Whether it’s a dark dingy underground club in deepest darkest Siberia, or dancing on the tables in the sunshine at Bora Bora, Ibiza, if you’re lucky enough to catch Gordon in action, it will be always be an experience that you will make unforgettable a mark in your clubbing memories. Gordon’s unique notoriety has high demand. As a DJ he has kept him in continual every country throughout the appeared in practically rocked the crowds in Lithuania,world. He has Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Austria, Switzerland plus grand tours of Russia, India and South America, including appearances at Pacha, Sirena & El Divino in Brazil. After the success of his India honoured to be asked to returntour, Gordon was to India for the Launch of GQ Magazine in Mumbai amongst a whole host of ‘A list’ celebrities Bollywood. Ibiza, is Gordon’s from the world of second and spiritual home, after arriving on the island week holiday turned into a whole in 1998, a two in love with the island so much summer, and he fell there! He quickly became widelyhe bought a home known as the DJ with the trumpet, and tagged alias. He went on to become athe “Trumpet Man” the major venues on the island,regular feature at all Space, Amnesia, Privilege & El including Pacha, Divino and was soon snapped up for a coveted residency for the infamous Bora Bora, where in season you playing his marathon 5-8 hour can catch him sets at the worlds most renowned beach venue. With such international demand Gordon ever gets time to come it’s a wonder that forgetting his roots, back on UKhome, but not terra firma he is a regular feature for Gallery at Ministry a trumpet player he not only played of Sound. As world tour but also for Madonna for Sade on her hosted in Miami & New York. at private parties she Gordon has released over 170 12” records under such Trumpetman, Edge Test, Trumpetnames as DJ Edge, Thing, Digital Domain, Gordon Matthewman & Gordon Edge.

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orn and bred in North Carolina, Peyton is the son of a travelling Christopher who from early on encouraged evangelist, him to develop his vocal talents within the local By the time he was old enough Pentecostal church. to go to college Peyton was already working closely with his father as his ‘Minister Of Music’. This the choir, perform as a soloistrequired him to direct in church every Sunday. After and lead the worship went on to Lee College, a smallhigh school Peyton in the mountains of Tennessee Christian academy allowed to wear shorts, dancing where girls weren’t was forbidden and ‘everybody shared the same insular mentality’. Unimpressed by this small mindedness, he emerged with a ‘deeply suspicious view but at the same time a healthy of organized religion’ respect for the church’s power to nurture talent. So even uncommon to find me singing now, he says ‘it’s not and hymns that gave my voice the old time spirituals its starting place, and consequently its strength’. After college he embarked on a journey of selfdiscovery that took him to Atlanta, California, Columbia, Washington DC, Manhattan and, finally, to London, where he’s been based The singer continued to write for the last five years. his own gospel tinged club tracks which eventually came to the attention of Hed Kandi’s Mark Doyle. GO: For tickets to the Grand

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This month sees the Grand Finale of the Bahrain’s Top Model competition, with the male and female winners crowned at the event at the Dragon Hotel - it’s going to be great! As you’ll see in the travel feature, Editor Tony Sidgwick got to stay in the luxury desert resort Anantara Qasr Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi, and it completely blew his mind! We had a great time attending the Bahrain F1 GP last month, spotting all the drivers and celebrities in the Paddock! We’re thankful it all went off without a hitch...

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o now we come to the final chapter - the moment all the models have been waiting for… the crowning of the Bahrain’s Top Model 2012! The Grand Finale will take place on Friday, May 25. For the first time in the history of the competition, this year male models as well as female models have taken part in the competition, doubling the size of the campaign, and as a result, the appeal to you, the voting public! We know this because this year, by the third round, we had already received more votes than we did in the whole of last year’s competition. With thousands of votes already counted, we are expecting at least a thousand more in this final month. And, as you have to come to expect by now, we are ending the season with style - with a glamorous fashion show featuring Top Models past and present, the crowning of Bahrain’s Top Female AND Male model, the King and Queen of Bahrain’s fashion scene, and to round it all off, a spectacular VIP after-party to show our appreciation to you, the public, who have supported and voted all these months making the competition the success that it is.

Crowning The King And Queen Of Bahrain’s Top Model 2012...

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QUOTE OF

THE MONTH “I am sure that all that has been reported does not correspond to the reality of what is happening in this country.”

FIA President Jean Todt,

apologising to Bahrain about false coverage by the international media of the situation in Bahrain.

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A little bit more about the models…. Many of you may have seen by now the models’ campaigns all over Facebook and Twitter. In an attempt to try and boost their personal portfolios across the island, we take our hat off to the model’s who have been taking a lot of time spreading their names amongst their friends, family and the general public. So far, the girls’ outfits will be provided by SAB Couture - so make sure you keep a close eye on them (not that the guys will need any encouragement!) to check out the latest trends from this brand. The Venue This time, we have partnered up with one of the most successful and well-established party venues on the island, the Dragon Hotel, a haven for clubbers and partygoers all year round. Sitting as it does overlooking the tranquil Amwaj waters with idyllic sea views, there couldn’t be a better venue for such a prestigious event! GO: See pages xxxx for the lineup and an exclusive interview.

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LOVE IT ! F1 a Success!

SO OBVIOUS!

Gulf Air Gets Family Friendly Award

We were pleased to hear about Gulf Air getting a prestigious Family Friendly Airline Award from an online Facebook poll by the US-based Kids First Fund. Now, we know Gulf Air has its problems, but we also happen to know a few of the hard-working cabin crew who double as Sky Nannies on the airline, and the sterling work they do helping families with children have a more enjoyable flight, and it’s great to hear their work being recognised!

Armed Robberies? In Bahrain?

We’re alarmed to hear about the recent spate of armed robberies that have taken place in our relatively crime-free country – we thought crime like this was the stuff of more populated places elsewhere in the world! It’d be sad to see bullet-proof glass going up in shops and cold stores across Bahrain as we see in Europe and the US. This is the price of development, we suppose…

CAN’T BELIEVE IT

So despite a few isolated pockets of trouble, the Bahrain F1 GP went off without a hitch, and we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief… and raise two fingers at the foreign media that made Bahrain out to be a warzone, and who now look like a bunch of incompetent idiots! As one level-headed F1 Blogger wrote during the F1 weekend, “It is eye-opening what is being reported, because it bears no resemblance to what we are seeing.”

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veryone knows what a WAG is. I used to watch Footballer’s Wives and laugh when the WAGs all looked like they had been dipped into fake tan by their peroxide-bleached hair. The strange thing, though, is that I should technically be classified as one myself. Until mid last year, I found myself in a series of dramatically wrong relationships, in all of which the other halves had been rugby players. I don’t think it was until recently when I began to question my current status. Despite the fact my “friend” plays for the Bahrain team, the

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term WAG never crossed my mind. Perhaps if I turned up to the games wearing sky high heels, short dresses and so much make up on I can’t see (that and bug-sized sunglasses), I may deserve that title. What really makes me different (without wanting to sound like I am bigging myself up massively) is that I genuinely enjoy the game – the speed, the skill, the crowd… and despite the fact I am banned from shouting “Come on Number 10!” due to embarrassment, it still doesn’t stop me from showing my appreciation for the game in front of me. Saying this though, I for one am

glad that the season is over. My bank balance is breathing a sigh of relief that it won’t be taking a weekly hit from the BRFC as is my poor liver which has been put through a series of terrible hangovers since the start of 2012. Don’t get me wrong, I will be sure to make an appearance at the End Of Season Rugby Dinner on May 17, because let’s face it, someone’s got to help the man up when he is dribbling in a corner at the end of the night. I may now be a WAG, at least I can be a caring one… as long as he doesn’t ruin the dress.

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With the upcoming Bahrain Top Model finale set to take place on May 25, you are all probably wondering who will be in the BIG line-up. Well here you are, a full update of what and who to expect…

You have all heard of Amwaj, known as the ‘green-zone’ of Bahrain as well as being the location of floating city, white beaches and above all, Muju - a party place which has hosted a tonne of pretty epic parties. The Dragon Hotel has seen the Prestige Party during the Formula One weekend, as well as Ibiza parties-a-plenty. Well this month is set to be even hotter (literally and physically) than ever. This is the time to pick your best outfit and party with the ‘best of the best’.

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he official DJ Magazine’s No.1 Female for 2011/2012, we managed to get hold of her for an exclusive interview - turn over to find out more about this female DJ, sure to get people on the dance floor until the early hours. Check out the exclusive interview on pg. 15!

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pening DJ of the finale will be Mr. Doris. During the summer months, this man helps to represent the new wave of musical expansion in Ibiza with residencies at globally recognised clubs such as Space and Pacha. While during the winter period, he holds down a coveted residency for London based Soundcrash (alongside DJ Vadim & Mr Thing). All this between a massive international touring schedule that has seen him smash parties on every continent. In the studio Mr Doris is as flexible as he is behind the turntables [DASH] past production has taken in genres ranging from downtempo beats & hip hop to house & drum & bass with tracks being used by the likes of MTV & Red Bull for their respective promotions. Originally signed to Bang! Records, Mr Doris has now moved to the newly fledged We Love... Records and last year saw the anticipated release of newly recorded material and freshly squeezed mix compilations for the likes of Defected & El Chiringuito.

 Receiving praise from a diverse range of musical maestros such as Carl Cox, Mayer Hawthorne, Dimitri From Paris, Carl Craig, Guru, Gilles Peterson, Jurassic5, Roni Size & DJ Kentaro to name just a few. Get ready to expect sounds without borders, innovative & eclectic yet completely dance floor friendly...

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DJ Gordon Edge

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esident of Bora Bora, Ibiza, DJ Gordon Edge is probably the most under-rated DJ/Producer of the last 15 years. An exceptional talent, combining the totally unique DJ experience of 3 deck mixing while adding his own personal “edge” by playing Live Trumpet. Gordon offers a versatile style and sound that is as equally at home when played at the biggest clubs in the world, as it is at the most intimate private parties. Whether it’s a dark dingy underground club in deepest darkest Siberia, or dancing on the tables in the sunshine at Bora Bora, Ibiza, if you’re lucky enough to catch Gordon in action, it will be always be an unforgettable experience that you will make a mark in your clubbing memories. Gordon’s unique notoriety has kept him in continual high demand. As a DJ he has appeared in practically every country throughout the world. He has rocked the crowds in Lithuania, Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Austria, Switzerland plus grand tours of Russia, India and South America, including appearances at Pacha, Sirena & El Divino in Brazil. After the success of his India tour, Gordon was honoured to be asked to return to India for the Launch of GQ Magazine in Mumbai amongst a whole host of ‘A list’ celebrities from the world of Bollywood. Ibiza, is Gordon’s second and spiritual home, after arriving on the island in 1998, a two week holiday turned into a whole summer, and he fell in love with the island so much he bought a home there! He quickly became widely known as the DJ with the trumpet, and tagged the “Trumpet Man” alias. He went on to become a regular feature at all the major venues on the island, including Pacha, Space, Amnesia, Privilege & El Divino and was soon snapped up for a coveted residency for the infamous Bora Bora, where in season you can catch him playing his marathon 5-8 hour sets at the worlds most renowned beach venue. With such international demand it’s a wonder that Gordon ever gets time to come home, but not forgetting his roots, back on UK terra firma he is a regular feature for Gallery at Ministry of Sound. As a trumpet player he not only played for Sade on her world tour but also for Madonna at private parties she hosted in Miami & New York. Gordon has released over 170 12” records under such names as DJ Edge, Trumpetman, Edge Test, Trumpet Thing, Digital Domain, Gordon Matthewman & Gordon Edge.

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orn and bred in North Carolina, Christopher Peyton is the son of a travelling evangelist, who from early on encouraged him to develop his vocal talents within the local Pentecostal church. By the time he was old enough to go to college Peyton was already working closely with his father as his ‘Minister Of Music’. This required him to direct the choir, perform as a soloist and lead the worship in church every Sunday. After high school Peyton went on to Lee College, a small Christian academy in the mountains of Tennessee where girls weren’t allowed to wear shorts, dancing was forbidden and ‘everybody shared the same insular mentality’. Unimpressed by this small mindedness, he emerged with a ‘deeply suspicious view of organized religion’ but at the same time a healthy respect for the church’s power to nurture talent. So even now, he says ‘it’s not uncommon to find me singing the old time spirituals and hymns that gave my voice its starting place, and consequently its strength’. After college he embarked on a journey of selfdiscovery that took him to Atlanta, California, Columbia, Washington DC, Manhattan and, finally, to London, where he’s been based for the last five years. The singer continued to write his own gospel tinged club tracks which eventually came to the attention of Hed Kandi’s Mark Doyle. GO: For tickets to the Grand Finale, call 3696 9168.

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Model Music Named as the world’s top female DJ, the gorgeous Claudia Cazacu boasts an impressive discography. Kirsty Edwards-Harris chats with her before she gets the FACT Top Model Party started at the Dragon Hotel in Amwaj Islands on May 25.

You have been dubbed as the world’s number one female DJ, what do you think of that? I thank everyone who supported me and continues to appreciate what I do. I am so blessed to do what I love and am thankful for everything that comes my way. To reach this position is an amazing achievement and it proves that dreams really do come true. Has music always been a passion of yours? I studied music from a young age, finishing school for music back in Romania where I practiced violin and piano. My musical taste has evolved throughout the years; music is what makes my life colourful and helps me get through the good and bad times. What influence does your Romanian background have on your music today? I do try to incorporate my Romanian traditional influences into my productions when possible. I never forget where I came from and it’s nice to add a bit of your roots into your work. Who is your favourite artist you have collaborated with? I’ve enjoyed working with Sied van Riel on our collaboration, Contrasts, the Dutch have a unique sound but also loved working with my good friend Vicky Devine on Glamour, and who knows who I might work with in the future. What kind of music do you play and why? I like to play a bit of everything. My sets vary from house to tech and trance. It all depends on my mood, the crowd, the club, but I enjoy finding

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records that I think work for the dance floor. From where do you draw your inspiration? I get inspired from the world around me, certain events that happen in my life, things or people that leave an imprint on me. What do you want the audience to get out of your performance? My performance represents my story that I am communicating to the crowd. My feelings, my mood are all put into my music, into my presence on that stage, and in return I get my energy and adrenaline from the crowd, so it’s a give and take situation. They complete each other. If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would that be? I would love to perform at the Pyramids in Cairo. I am fascinated with Egypt and everything related and I have this amazing set up in my mind. Basically bringing the old Egypt back to life though modern music. What does it take to make it big in this industry? I think hard work and dedication are the keys to success. But at the same time, having a good management team behind you is as important these days. Everything they take care of, from press photos, music releases to the way you as an artist are presented to the world contributes to your success. Having a good team is as important as your work in the studio or your gigs around the world. All these assets create the perfect package to make it to the top. Asides from being a DJ, what other talents do you have? I have a very, very good eye to spot mistakes in movies… I should have been a movie critic ☺ oh… and I can spend money as if it’s going out of fashion! Who is your role model and why? My dad… he has always been a fighter and never gave up, no matter what. What are you listening to at the moment? Nothing at the moment. Spending ten hours in the studio ends up being painful for your ears, so I try to give them a break every time I get the chance. What do you do for R&R? I put my pajamas on, I order my Chinese and I lay on my sofa with my cute puppy Maya watching Friends. For me, this is the perfect picture of relaxation. What do you value most in life? Honesty and real friends who are there when you need them… Oh and people who respect your sleep and do not slam doors! Tell us a secret… I always travel with my pillow - all around the world - including on planes, otherwise I can’t sleep. Why do people have to be surprised when they see me like this? I simply love my comfort and my sleep.

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From the man that brought you Between Two Seas, a stunning photographic chronicle of Bahrain, comes another chance to see some good photos of the country…

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ndrew Weaver is set to stage an exclusive exhibition under the patronage of the Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Set to take place in the Bahrain Arts Centre, located next to the National Museum, residents of Bahrain can view the photographs first-hand from May 12-17. The book, which is available in three sizes, is the first of its kind to be published about modern Bahrain. The exhibition will feature over 100 original photographs taken from the publication, and there will also be the chance for you to buy limited edition framed photographs – a perfect addition to one of your walls! This exhibition will undoubtedly not be Andrew’s last. With his recent book becoming a hot talking point amongst locals and even in embassies around the region, the only way is up for this photographer. Andrew is also set to make a sequel, Above Two Seas, where he will spend his time taking aerial shots of Bahrain. He is also working on a title based on the history of Muharraq, so watch this space for any updates. With so much hype about this incredible book, it would be a shame to miss out on catching a glance at some of the finest photography seen in Bahrain. GO: Everyone is welcome to head down. If you want more information, you can email the photographer himself on mail@andrewweaver.com or give him a call on 3944 5102.

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Happy 40th to the BRFC

A much-loved local and social hub for many of Bahrain’s residents, the Rugby Club is set to celebrate 40 years in the country. Here’s what they have planned…

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t is always a good sign when a club of such popularity is constantly on the go, especially when it comes to celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Bahrain Rugby and Football Club in Saar is home and a definite local to a huge amount of families and couples living in the Kingdom. To kick off the week there is a welcome reception and curry supper. Manu will be sure to churn out some hearty fare while a special honours board will be unveiled featuring 120 international players who have visited the club. May 16 is a Golden Oldies fixture, followed by a BMMI Schutzenfest and live music from Dubai-based Declan O’Sullivan, aka the Paddyman (many of you might have seen him at the Irish Festival). Thursday, May 17 is the Endof-Season Dinner where, just like the Irish Ball, women will be dressing up to the nines in their best dresses having spent hours at the salons and in front of the mirrors (Perhaps you should re-read Zara’s column about her thoughts for this one). Tickets are BD35 for members and BD40 for guests, and the ball will be held at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Last year was a pretty big deal, and this year is sure to be no different.

The day after the ball, blurryeyed and with slightly tender heads, is the annual DHL Memorial Match between the Bahrain RFC and DHL Barbarians, followed by a barbeque supper and live entertainment. May 19 will mark the end of the week’s festivities with a farewell pool party. Come armed with your Hawaiian shorts and grab some Caribbean cocktails as well as food stations to eat till you’re fit to burst. The aim of the week is to bring former and current members as well as guests of the Bahrain RFC together to celebrate the club’s successes, achievements and overall contribution to the development of the game and local community through the years. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the events throughout the week, as well as a number of ex-international players planning to travel back and lace up their boots for the DHL game. In better news, there is also now a bus service available to take you home once you have had that one too many! It’s cheap as well, so now you have no excuses! GO: For more information call 1769 5809 or check out www.bahrainrfc.com

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Going Green With ICT

Teaming up with the Royal University for Women, this month FACT is proud to be the exclusive media partner for the ‘Greener and Smarter ICT’ campaign. Set to be one of the most innovative and educational weekends of the year, Zara de Haldevang tells you more.

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ahrain seems to be learning pretty quickly. You may all remember our ‘Green’ Issue back in February, where we interviewed a large number of environmentalists and learnt a great deal about current and future campaigns taking place on the island. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that FACT is involved in such an important event that will hopefully encourage the younger generation to open their eyes to the importance of ‘going green’. Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, the Royal University for Women is hosting a two-day conference on May 16 and 17, jampacked with seminars and talks, all designed to shed some light on a topic so few seem to be acquainted with. ICT plays an integral role in changing the quality of our lives, yet there is more to be done to avoid its negative effects and generate more value. Two of the key concerns for many organisations, governments, international institutions and individuals are ICT and the environment. Both topics heavily involve financial exposure and as well as finding solutions to minimise costs, increase returns and change the quality and sustainability of our lives. The conference is designed to provide attendees with the required knowledge and awareness about methods, techniques and practises that apply to ICT Leaders in building their Green ICT Strategy and managing their operational activities. As well as providing great exposure and exploring international and

national ideas, this is the perfect chance for attendees to explore practical cases that are not just limited to infrastructure lifecycle. Let’s just take a second to process all this. In simple terms, this conference is taking place to teach us, or perhaps update those of you who are already familiar with this area, about the importance of the relationship between ICT and our environment. So who is going to be there? This will undoubtedly be attended by CEOs from major companies, not just in Bahrain, but from the Gulf as well. The conference is relevant to everyone whose job revolves around using a computer, especially IT Managers, Security Managers, Auditors, Environment Leaders and IT Specialists. What’s the line-up? Each day has its own theme, starting with Day One – Green IT Drivers, on Wednesday, 16 May. After registration, attendants are invited to listen to the welcome talk by the Governor of the Southern Governorate, His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, followed by a speech from the President of the University, Professor Mazin Jumah. The day will continue with separate seminars, such as “Towards National Green ICT Strategy”, “Institutional, National to International Greenology”, “Green ICT Motivation Beyond the Trends” and “Green Computing Roadmap”. There will be a lot of information being processed through the event, and therefore each day ends at 1.30pm and the attendees will get the chance

to enjoy a bite to eat and even enjoy a spot of networking. Day Two is the day of ‘Green ICT Leader Toolkits’. Set to be a busier morning than the first, the first seminar will start at 9am with “Green ICT lifecycle from cradle to Green grave”, followed by “Towards a sustainable ICT Sector”, “The Path to Green Wireless”, “IT Asset Green Disposition and Data Security” and finally “Facing ICT Green Operational Challenges”. There will also be some big names involved during the two days. Those to look out for will be Fareed Busherhri from UNEP/ROWA, Ahmed Buhazza, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Recycle IT, Dr Claire Cosgrove, a Faculty Member at AMA International University, and Dr Mazen Ali, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems from UOB. The slogan for this event is “Sustaining Our Tree of Life”, and with the line-up as mentioned, it would seem that such an accomplishment is possible. What is very clear is that the auditorium at the Royal University for Women will be teeming with people eager to learn and get involved in a campaign that will shape their futures as well as for generations yet to come. GO: If you are a delegate, your fee is BD200. If you are a student, it’s BD100. The price includes conference attendance, refreshments and lunch for both days. Please contact Khursheed Asif on 1776 4449 or 3834 9968 for more information. Or, drop him an email on green@ruw.ed.bh and check out the website on www.ruw.edu.bh.

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The Next Best Duo…

Bahrain is riddled with hidden talent – you just have to know where to look for it! Zara de Haldevang catches up with James and Jo, the talented new duo to take to the Camelot stage. Z: What inspired you to get into music? James: For me it definitely started with my parents, both played instruments. Then obviously I got inspired by watching great acts like Elbow and Radiohead. I have constantly been taken to live concerts and that’s what really got me into it, that feeling you get from listening to live music. Jo: I listen to what my mum and older brother, who’s nine years older, used to listen to. I started playing drums, then I started singing because I realised the microphone is a lot easier to carry

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around than a drum kit. Z: Did you get professional training? Jo: No I didn’t, I did music A Level, and I was in the church choir, but that was it while I was growing up. The vicar was amazing and that stayed with me. The rest was self-taught. James: I went to ATM in Guildford and did contemporary music there, so we learned stagecraft and how to be the best we can be. Z: Are the people who inspired you when you were younger the same people now or have your tastes changed?

Loving it Here at Camelot, just to kick back and enjoy ourselves

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Do you try to copy their styles? James: My favourite bands when I was younger are obviously still at the top but you see people in a different light once you understand how people are doing it. For example, you look at Adele and think I might not have liked that when I was younger but I can appreciate how technically amazing she is and her stagecraft and performance. The same with Bryan Adams, I didn’t really like him and thought him quite cheesy but from a performance perspective, you start to engage with him. So I guess, as you get to know more about the industry, and as you grow in playing, your taste does change and definitely matures. Jo: I think you always have a nostalgia though, and revert back as soon as a certain song comes on. That’s what I love about music; the emotions that it invokes. It’s difficult to listen to new music with what we do, as we are doing a lot of covers and learning stuff all the time, so you have to make the effort to listen to more music and the new tracks coming out. Z: Do you put your own twist on tracks and performances? James: Yes, but its more like we make the song work for us. So for example, if there’s a big instrumental part in the middle, say in ‘Alright Now’ there is a 20 min bass solo, we cut that out and put a trading solo in the middle instead. That keeps the energy there and people listening. A while ago we did a cover of Sting’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ but we made it really dark with a different twist on it. Jo: You’ve got to recognise it, and it’s got to be the right pitch, but then you have to try make it your own. Our tagline is “the UK’s most original covers band”. Z: Why Bahrain? And how long are you here for? Jo: We are here until mid-July. I have come out here a few times with other bands for two nights at a time, always at JJ’s. And this is the 5th time that

I’ve come here. I love it but I’ve never been out here long enough to appreciate anything about it. James: We are usually really busy in the UK and we have just done a tour with our original band, but it just came at the right time and Bahrain sounded good. Jo: Here there is a sense of positivity where people encourage you to do well as opposed to begrudging you for trying. James: There is a big sense of community here, and not everyone’s got a chip on their shoulder. Z: How did you two meet? Jo: James came to play drums in my old band and we threw him in right at the deep end with just two or three days to learn a set. We just got on from there. James: I saw Jo and thought, “Yes, you’re really good,” and asked her if she wanted to start a new band, so I basically stole her, which went down really well! The good thing about our band is that because it is dual fronted, we can do the male and female solos and harmonies together, which is really important. Z: If you had to choose a favourite song to play – originals AND covers? James: ‘Mirrors’ by our originals band Us Wolves, you can get that on iTunes. And cover, which obviously changes but right now, ‘Teen Spirit’. Jo: I can’t choose between ‘Cochise’ or ‘Desperado’ acoustic by the Eagles. Z: What can people expect from you during your time here? James: We never play the same set twice. With Camelot, we try to play more laid back-style songs. It’s basically all different styles of music, different genres and artists, but all acoustically. Jo: It’s like Live Lounge style in the UK. I’m loving it here at Camelot, just to kick back and enjoy ourselves. It creates a really nice atmosphere with live music in the background.

GO: Head down to Camelot every Monday to catch these two from 9.15pm and JJs, Wednesday and Thursday from 10pm and Friday from 6pm.

Making some serious Noise

With JJ’s still standing as one of the best hot spots in town, the new band is sure to keep the punters happy.

For those of you who have just read about ‘James and Jo’, you will be pleased to know that ‘The Noise’, the best new thing to have hit the JJ’s stage, also contains this splendid duo. This band is no stranger to performing. They have played at JJ’s 10th Birthday Celebration, on P&O cruise liners and in Bahrain itself. The band has also been selected to perform at many exclusive private events in hotels, villas, clubs as well as doing their part for the troops abroad. So who are these guys? Well you have Josephine as a lead vocalist, alongside James on the guitar, Elliot known as the ‘drum thwacker’ and Ben as the ‘boom bassist’. This band have an originals band called ‘Us Wolves’, a group who have exploded on to the UK’s music scene and have just finished a twomonth tour of England. The Noise are known for their infectious enthusiasm that spreads through the crowd during their performance. Talented and brought together through their joint determination to work and improve their talents, this band can be enjoyed by any age (obviously not under 18 in JJ’s). When you watch this band on stage, you can’t help but get up and dance. With a wealth of experience, serious attitude and obvious ability, these guys are first class and worth a watch. Head down to JJ’s, grab a few drinks, and watch this four-piece cover band. See you there! FACT BAHRAIN MAY

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GETTING UNDER BAHRAIN’S SKIN THIS MONTH

FACT’s Big Summer Travel Feature It’s a big wide world out there, and there’s no way you’ll get to see it ALL before you die (although many of us would like to try…), so when you only get one big trip away each year, choosing the right holiday is important. Read on for FACT’s favourite summer travel destinations this year to help get you started…

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Around the World in 80 Days Pages Welcome readers, to FACT’s virtual trip around the world, from the West coast of the United States to the very corner of the world, New Zealand, and all our favourite destinations in between.

The City of Angels

We start our journey on the West Coast of the United States, in one of the world’s most famous and exciting cities, Los Angeles, California. There is so much to see and do in this iconic town that it’s advisable to plan your trip well to make sure you get the best out of your holiday. L.A. has been the birthplace of so many cultural movements and fashions that it’s hard to know where to begin. To start with, it is home to the greatest part of America’s film and music industry, and is a world leader in terms of television and stage production, video games and recorded music. The only movie industry bigger than Hollywood was actually named after it – Bollywood, in India. Everywhere you go has some cultural significance, and new movements and trends are created on an almost daily basis, so that there is constant cultural revolution and evolution meaning that there is ALWAYS something new to see and do. Aside from being America’s second most populous city after New York, Los Angeles has also been ranked as the world’s third richest city and the fifth most powerful and influential city, and it is the third largest economic centre in the world, after Tokyo and New York. To summarise, we think it’s fair to say that L.A. ranks very highly on the list of Places-To-See-Before-You-Die!

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Hollywood – No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without visiting the beating heart of America’s film industry. Practically anywhere you look is an iconic image, and it’s perfectly normal to see world-famous Hollywood stars sitting in a sidewalk café drinking coffee and reading a paper. It is also the birthplace of Glam Metal, a genre which spawned bands such as Motley Crue and Guns N Roses, and many of the infamous venues where they built their fanbase still survive today. Venice Boardwalk – For a slice of pure, undistilled Californian wackiness, a visit to Venice Boardwalk (officially called Ocean Front Walk) is an absolute must. Everything that is weird and wonderful in Los Angeles is condensed along this stretch of

Venice Beach, from speedo-clad body builders to new-age hippies, punks, street performers and more. It is a human freak show of epic proportions, and there simply isn’t a better place for people watching in the world! Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip – If you have the time, then it’s well worth taking a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway up to San Francisco. This iconic piece of road meanders along some of America’s most beautiful coastline, and takes in Malibu, Santa Barbara and Pismo beach before joining up with Route 101 and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. The trip could be considered a holiday in itself, and many people travel to America just to make this drive.

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Orlando

Moving over to the East Coast of America, Orlando is a city in the state of Florida that is home to a number of world-famous theme parks. These parks form the backbone of its tourism industry, which attracts a staggering 51 million visitors a year! The most famous of these is the Walt Disney World Resort, aka Disney World, which alone comprises four theme parks, two water parks, 23 hotels and five golf courses! Outside of Disney World, there are several more world-famous theme parks, including Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Wet ‘n Wild Water Park. Orlando is also host to America’s second-biggest movie industry after Hollywood, thanks to several studios being located there, and is considered the base of America’s indie movie scene. Movies made in Orlando include The Blair Witch Project and Monster, starring Charlize Theron. This is in addition to the plethora of theatres staging live productions throughout the year, and an international theatre festival which takes place annually. Do you need any more convincing? If you have any doubts, just look at the numbers: 51 million people can’t be wrong!

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Disney World – This might be stating the obvious, but Disney World is actually the city’s biggest attraction, and most of the many millions of visitors to Orlando go there just for this reason. And you’d be mistaken in thinking that it’s just for kids – there’s a huge amount to see and do in this massive resort, for both adults and kids, and you can’t quite describe the magic of Disney World until you’ve seen if for yourself. Movie Magic – If you’re at all interested in movies, then visiting the two studios in Orlando, the Disney Hollywood Studios and the Universal Studios will provide an absolutely unforgettable experience. These two centres of cinematic entertainment

boast sets where actual movies are made, live stunt shows, real props from famous movies (such as one of the Walkers from Star Wars at Disney Hollywood Studios) and fantastic movie-based rides that recreate some of that movie magic! Go To The Theatre – Orlando plays host to a disproportionately large number of theatres, with many shows from Broadway and beyond being staged in the city’s many playhouses. The city also hosts the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, which brings touring theatre companies from around the world together, and features plays by both new and well-known writers and companies.

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Tuscany

For culture, beauty and artistry, there are few places in the world that will overwhelm your senses like Tuscany. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions on Earth, Tuscany’s scenery and innate natural beauty have inspired some of the world’s most famous artists. Infamous historical figures such as Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and many more have made their home in Tuscany. The region has no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many of these are simply the historical centres of various towns in the region, being themselves stunning examples of historic architecture and art. And we haven’t even started with the food! With a rich agricultural industry, the finest and freshest ingredients are inherent in the local cuisine, with breads, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and meats all grown and produced locally. The region is also famous for its wines, and many vineyards dot the countryside, each with their own unique and individual flavours. And then there is fashion. One of Tuscany’s main cities, Florence, is widely held to be the birthplace of the modern fashion industry in Italy. Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci are just three examples of designers who have their headquarters in Florence. Art, culture, history, scenery, food, wine and fashion. Is there anything we’ve missed…

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The Culture Trail – You can’t go to Tuscany and not take in all the historical sites dotted around the region. While this might take a fair bit of driving, it’ll be worth the effort. Be sure to visit the aforementioned UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely the historical centres of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pienze, as well as the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, and the Val d’Orcia. Museums and galleries galore as well as an abundance of cafés and restaurants can be found around each of these sites. Thermal Baths – The town of Saturnia in Maremma is famous for its thermal baths. Warm, sulphurous waters spring naturally out of the mountainside, giving rise to many luxurious wellness and spa centres that capitalise on the therapeutic properties

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of the water. Even if you don’t want to pay for expensive treatments in the spas (even though they’re worth it, in our humble opinion), you absolutely MUST visit the outdoor waterfall Cascate del Mulino, which is made up of natural pools of the warm thermal water, and is free to the public. The Wind Grotto – A beautiful system of caves and grottoes located in the Park of the Apuan Alps, the Grotta del Vento is a stunning natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed by anyone visiting Tuscany. To get there, one must first reach the village of Fornovalasco, which is a scenic trip in itself through the Tuscan hills and mountains. The cave network is so large that there are several different tours to choose from, but any one of them will take your breath away.

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Croatia

Croatia has had a bad rap ever since the devastating war the Baltic region experienced in the nineties, with some people having a misguided preconception of a grim and poor little former Yugoslav state, but this could not be further from the truth. The reality is a happy and prosperous and scenic country with hundreds of miles of breathtakingly beautiful coastline stretching along the Adriatic Sea. During the summer months, a moderate, warm and balmy climate makes it a favourite holiday destination for tourists from both Western and Eastern Europe. Tourism therefore plays a major part in Croatia’s economy, and at one point it was ranked as the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. In 2005 Lonely Planet named it as their Top Pick destination, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine named it as Destination of the Year in 2006. In 2008, it attracted 11.26 million tourists. With beautiful scenery, medieval castles and Renaissance architecture, historical sites including Roman ruins and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fantastic food and wine, and some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in Europe, Croatia is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. So, get in there before it becomes too crowded and overpriced!

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Walk the Walls – One of the most famous spots in Croatia is the old fortified town of Dubrovnik. A Renaissance citadel featuring 16th Century architecture, the old town is completely pedestrianised, and is widely held to be one of the most romantic places in Europe. You can take a stroll all along the 14th Century ramparts that surround the town, taking in the tranquil scenes of the historic town on one side, and the beautiful Adriatic Coast on the other. Capture Croatian Culture – The city of Zagreb is considered to be one of Croatia’s centres of culture, and boasts many museums, theatres and galleries in addition to its wealth of historic architecture with churches, palaces and government buildings. There are many festivals of theatre, culture and music that take place throughout the summer months, so there is always something going on in this buzzing town.

Let’s Split! – Another town located on the shores of the Adriatic, Split’s main attraction is one of the most impressive historical sites you will ever visit in your life – the vast 4th Century palace complex of the Roman emperor Diocletian, within which the current city is built. You can stay in a quaint boutique hotel within the 1700 year-old walls of the palace itself – a truly novel experience! Go Sailing AND Partying! – With its stunning coastline, Croatia, most notably the Kornati National Park in the Dalmatia region, has hundreds of uninhabited islands and some of the most beautiful and unspoilt marine wildlife in the world. Finish the trip on the island of Pag, which is Croatia’s answer to Ibiza, though no way near as commercialised. The party town of Novalja attracts thousands of revellers in the summer, who are drawn by the island’s beautiful beaches and dusk-tilldawn nightlife.

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St. Petersburg

Widely held to be the most beautiful city in Russia, the country’s former capital and second-largest city attracts millions of tourist each year, both from within the country and from Europe and the rest of the world. From a buzzing nightlife to unique museums and fantastical palaces and churches, St. Petersburg is one of the most unique and enticing cities in Europe. Everywhere you look boasts the grandeur and splendour of the former Russian nobility, but with a modern and stylish vibe encroaching in the form of the city’s many bars and restaurants keeping the town buzzing late into the night. Situated as it is on the Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg has long been an important trading gateway, and the wealth and prosperity this has brought is evident throughout the city. It boasts strong industrial and manufacturing sectors in a wide range of areas. However, as recently as the nineties the city was suffering serious economic hardship, and it’s only in the past decade that its fortunes have turned around. It’s now once again enjoying a prosperity and vibrancy that is set to continue for many years as Russia increasingly embraces capitalist economic practices.

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The Underground – Whilst in St. Petersburg, it’s strongly advised to take a journey on the city’s underground railway system, even if you’re rich enough to travel everywhere by limousine! This is partly because the sheer depth of these railways, some of the deepest in the world, will take your breath away. But it’s also thanks to the incredible art and sculptures that grace many of the stations thanks to Stalinist development policies. However, it’s also strongly advised not to be on these railways too late at night… Go To Church – If you only visit two Churches in St. Petersburg, make them the spectacularly

colourful Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, with a grim name that belies its beautiful design, and the massive St. Isaac’s Cathedral, in which you can climb up to the colonnade to enjoy fantastic views of the city. St. Isaac’s is also near Nevsky Prospekt, a wealthy street lined with beautiful stately palaces. A Nightime Boat Trip – A midnight boat trip along the canals of Nevsky Prospekt through the heart of the city is a great way to see St. Petersburg when it’s all lit up at night, and if you time it just right, you’ll be able to catch the opening of the huge bridges which allow tall cargo ships to pass into the ports.

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Nepal

For a more rustic travel experience, Nepal is a country that is poor in economic terms, but staggeringly rich in natural beauty and splendour. Situated in the Himalayas, at no point throughout your time in the country will you be in a place where a stunning vista can’t be seen. Even in the heart of Kathmandu you’re surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains. And supporting the old adage that money can’t buy you happiness, despite being poor the Nepalese people are some of the friendliest, happiest and most hospitable people you’ll meet anywhere in the world – expect to be invited into homes for a chai at regular intervals during your trip! Word of advice – if you’re a little out of shape, it might be worth getting some exercise in before travelling to Kathmandu, as the city sits at 1,400 metres above sea level, and the altitude will take your breath away, literally! Nepal’s mountainous north has no less than EIGHT of the world’s ten tallest mountains, which gives you some indication of how dramatic the terrain of the country is. This is not a trip for those seeking a luxurious holiday, but if you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find it in abundance in this unique and exotic country!

Things to do

Parahawking – Off all the activities we’ve covered in this feature, this one, we feel, is by FAR the most incredible! Not only can you can experience the unbelievable thrill of paragliding, soaring a thousand feet above the Himalayas in absolute silence, but you can experience it with some of the most beautiful and majestic birds of prey to be found anywhere in the world. The birds are trained to help the paraglider to find thermals, which are rising pockets of air used to climb to higher altitudes. Once summoned, the birds return to perch on your arm, before being sent off again when

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given the command! Just amazing, and probably worth a trip to Nepal alone. Watch the Sunrise – Ok, so you’ve seen plenty of sunrises, but not from Nagarkot, you haven’t! Watch the sun break the horizon at 2200m above sea level, and watch the sunlight spill across the spectacular Himalayan mountain ranges and mist-filled valleys. You don’t have to climb Everest to feel like you’re on top of the world! Live in a Monastery – For a very unique experience, there are several monasteries in Nepal that allow you to stay within their walls for a very small fee, and this is a great option for people who are looking for a bit of peace and quiet, not to mention a cheap option for accommodation if you’re travelling on a budget. Expect very sparse furnishings and plain food, but also expect a little bit of spiritual insight!

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka isn’t the most obvious choice of holiday destinations in the subcontinent, with many choosing instead the many tourist destinations in India and the popular resort state of Goa. However, a visit to Sri Lanka will rarely disappoint – its rich history and vibrant culture combined with stunning beaches and tropical scenery in a country largely unspoilt by large-scale tourism all makes for an idyllic getaway. Whereas in Goa hotels rarely meet expectations in terms of value for money, with resorts often overstated and underpriced, in Sri Lanka you’ll often find it’s the other way round, with the levels of luxury and service provided for the price surpassing what you might expect. Add to this the friendliness of the people and the exotic smells and tastes of the country, and you have a winning formula for an unforgettable trip. There is a vast abundance of things to do, from natural wonders like caves and nature reserves to clean and unspoilt beaches and colourful churches and temples. There is a little something for everyone in Sri Lanka!

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Adam’s Peak – For those among you who are a little fitter than most, then a climb to Adam’s Peak is worth the many, many steps to get there. A holy place that many locals make a pilgrimage to, it’s advisable to leave in the middle of the night so that you arrive before sunset. This is because, as the sun rises, the shape of the mountain casts a highly unusual cone-shaped shadow on the ground below the mountain. Lion Rock – the Citadel of Sigiriya, located on a mountain called Lion Rock, is a 5th Century fortress built by Kashyapa I. Aside from the impressive fortifications,

there are frescoes painted on the mountain itself, and an intricate system of waterways connecting the various gardens located around it. Declared the 8th Wonder of the World by UNSECO, it is well worth a visit! Golden Cave Temple – This amazing temple complex is not just an attraction due to the natural wonders of the cave itself, but also due to the many carved Buddhas and other religious artefacts found inside. Skip the newer temple in favour of the ancient one found further in if time is pressing.

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New Zealand

If you’re escaping Bahrain for the summer to beat the heat, why not go to the other extreme, and go for a skiing holiday? Due to it’s position in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand’s winter is our summer, so travelling there for a summer break means that it’ll be snow season down there! It’s one hell of a long trip, though, so a one-week holiday there isn’t worth it. It’s advisable to take a full two-week trip if you’re going all that way, and consider breaking the journey up with a night in Singapore or some other stop on the way, just to break up the arduous flight. However, once you get there, you’ll be treated to a dramatic landscape of extremes, from beautiful balmy beaches and coastlines that quickly rise up into towering snow-capped mountains in many parts of the country. This highly varied geography means a wide abundance of activities and adventure tourism, from watersports and mountaineering in the warmer months to snow-based activities in the winter, which we’re going to focus on here. The ski season in New Zealand runs from June through to late October, and there are many ski zones on both the North and South Islands, from well-tended and popular resorts to smaller areas maintained by enthusiasts featuring only the basics like ski lifts or tow ropes. Do your research to find out which one suits your requirements.

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Whale watching – Whilst in New Zealand, it’s worth taking some time out of your trip to go and see some whales. The waters around the country’s islands are a popular habitat for the majestic Giant Sperm whale – the largest toothed predator in the world – and many companies arrange whale watching tours on which you’re given a

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guarantee whereby most of the cost of the trip is refunded in the unlikely event that no whales are spotted. The Nevis Bungy Jump – If you have the time, why not throw yourself off of a 134m high bridge with nothing but a rubber band attached to your legs? Widely regarded as one of the most breathtaking bungy jumps in the world, you jump from a bridge spanning the Nevis River, and fall for around 8 seconds before being twanged back up into the air again. Fun, eh? Milford Sound – A breathtaking road trip along State Highway 94 on South Island will bring you down into the deep and narrow fjord of Milford Sound. From there, you take a boat journey 10 miles through it to open sea, during which you’ll spot seals, penguins and dolphins playing in and around the water.

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The Breathtaking

Beauty of the Desert Rising up out of the Emirati desert like some kind of mystical Arabian palace, the Anatara Qasr Al Sarab resort manages the difficult task of capturing the very essence and beauty of the desert, but without any of the hardship…

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he drive out to the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab resort is a journey in itself. A two-hour car ride takes you deep into the Emirati desert, and the rolling sand dunes in various hues of red, orange and grey increase in size until they tower over the narrow stretch of tarmac running through them, which is constantly under threat of being buried by them. Suddenly, a sign appears, and the car makes a turning on to another road that snakes its way up and over the colossal dunes, taking you even further into the unspoilt desert. Then, a gateway appears on a ridge, and as you drive through it the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab resort appears before you like something out of a Hollywood movie boasting Arabian princes and warring tribes. You may feel that we are exaggerating the effect this journey and the sudden arrival has on you, but we do not overstate – you can almost hear

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the ambient Arabic music that would play as such a movie scene unfolded. Built in the Liwa Desert, which is the ancestral land of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, the Al Nahyan dynasty, the hotel was built and is owned by the TDIC, which is the ruling family’s tourism investment company. Because of where it’s built, the hotel has special significance for Abu Dhabi’s rulers, and as a result, every effort has been made to make this an unforgettable experience for visitors to the Emirate. And it shows. The whole resort is designed and built to represent the very best of Arabian culture – from the architecture and décor right down to the authentic and original antique artefacts that adorn every shelf, corner and tabletop. International artists were commissioned to create the thousands of Arabian-themed artworks that hang on every wall. As you enter, you’re greeted by the extremely hospitable staff, who offer you a refreshing beverage upon arrival in traditional Middle Eastern style. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the hotel’s falcons in the lobby, which is happy to be perched on your arm for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. Just don’t be alarmed when he gives you a gentle peck as you stroke his feathers! In front of the hotel, massive rolling sand dunes stretch off in to the distance alongside either side of a sprawling valley, which happens to be a source of water for local wildlife and

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therefore attracts desert gazelle, foxes and the like. This breathtaking vista is visible from almost every point in the hotel, as every single room and space, from the guest suites right down to the meeting rooms and even the spa treatment rooms are built with windows facing the view. And what a view! It is constantly changing as the sun moves across the sky, with the colours of the sand dunes and the shadows they cast changing along with it. Witness the dunes change from a pale orange-pink in the early morning to vivid orange and yellow in the bright midday light to deep orange and grey as the sun sets behind them. You’ll find yourself gazing out at them constantly as you wander around the hotel. The effect of the whole resort is mesmerising. There is an overwhelming sense of relaxation and retreat – you feel cut off from the rest of the world, and ensconced in a world of Middle Eastern luxury.

Desert Adventures

It would be a shame to stay in the middle of the desert and not head out into the wilderness for some fun! The hotel offers a range of activities designed to give you an enjoyable experience of the Liwa Desert, ranging from adventure activities like dune bashing, camel trekking, mountain biking and archery to more relaxing activities like the desert walk, the falcon show and desert yoga. Our first activity was the dune bashing, an extremely popular tourist activity in the UAE, and an absolute must for anyone who hasn’t done it before.

You would not believe what these impressive vehicles are capable of in the skilled hands of the drivers, as they steer them up impossibly steep sand dunes and then, to your horror, drive them over even steeper drops on the other side. It’s a white knuckle ride, and not for the faint-hearted! More sedate is the camel trek – the most exciting part is trying to stay on them when they move from sitting to standing! They then take you for a leisurely stroll to a desert rest stop, where you’ll be treated to a stunning sunset and refreshments before heading back. This trip makes for fantastic photos, and you won’t get a truer taste of a bygone era in the Arabian desert. For the fitter readers among you, if you don’t mind an early start, then the desert walk is a unique experience – 5.30am sees you following a guide on foot off over the sand dunes into the middle of nowhere. Make sure you bring decent boots for this, unless you like your shoes filled with sand! It’s also no walk in the park – trekking on sand requires a lot more effort, as your feet sink in as you walk. However, if you do decide to do

The effect of the whole resort is mesmerising. There is an overwhelming sense of relaxation and retreat – you feel cut off from the rest of the world.

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it, you’ll be treated to a stunning sunrise in the vast, silent emptiness of the desert – a humbling experience you won’t forget in a hurry!

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Even if you decide not to do any activities for a day or two, and simply relax around the hotel, then you couldn’t find a nicer place to do so! The pool is a treat for both kids and adults, and in deference to the simmering desert heat, the staff regularly bring round complimentary water to keep you refreshed throughout the day. The hotel’s various restaurants and bars round off the experience nicely. Whether it’s an idyllic breakfast on the outdoor terrace of the Al Waha restaurant gazing out at the sand dunes as the sun rises, or enjoying the cool desert breeze at night on the rooftop terrace of the Suhail Bar and Grill, where you can also enjoy cocktail sundowners in the late afternoon, or a delicious Mediterranean dinner in the Ghadeer poolside restaurant, you won’t be disappointed anywhere you decide to visit. However, when having breakfast on the Al Waha terrace, watch out for the cheeky little birds hopping about nearby. Surprisingly fearless, you’ll find your breakfast has gone missing if you turn your head for more than a few seconds! Following dinner, a romantic walk around the resort by starlight is a perfect way to round off an enchanting day, and any walk should take in the falaj path, meandering right down to the edge of the sands, where you can stand on the viewing platform and gaze up at the stars, and reflect on the beauty of the Liwa Desert. In the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab resort, the Abu Dhabi government have sought to create the perfect example of Arabian romanticism – a flawless experience of the mystical desert. And in this aim, they have absolutely succeeded. No visitor to this resort will leave disappointed.

Hint: Transfer to the Hotel Due to its remote desert location, it is a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi airport to the hotel. The hotel will offer you its own limousine service, and while it is nice being greeted by a driver in arrivals with your name on a plaque and driven to the hotel in a Lexus ES350 or Lincoln Navigator, it does come at a hefty price. If you want to save yourself many hundreds of Dirhams, a local taxi will do the job just as well, if not in quite as much style. However, you will need to print out a map for them to follow (available on the hotel’s website), as most don’t know where it is! Watch out for the taxi stewards, who will offer you a “fixed price” taxi which is also much more expensive than the standard cab.

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While You’re Going That Way…

On the way to the Qasr Al Sarab resort, about an hour into the journey a surprising sight will greet you – a giant 1970’s Range Rover on stilts towering over the road! This signals the entrance to the Emirates National Auto Museum, located in a giant silver pyramid behind aforementioned giant Range Rover. This museum is actually the private car collection of the ‘Rainbow Sheikh’, Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nayhan, and one of the largest collections in the world at over 200 cars. It is also one of the most unusual – inside you will see a giant mobile home in the shape of Earth, a massive replica of a vintage Dodge Power Wagon as featured on an episode of Top Gear from the 1990s, and various cars of all shapes, sizes and colours, hence his nickname the Rainbow Sheikh. As you’ll never have reason to be out in this patch of desert again, you really should seize the opportunity to view this truly unique collection of automotive eccentricity.

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Asfaar Takes the Stress

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Out of Travel!

What do you do if you’re injured whilst on holiday, or your luggage goes missing, or your money get’s stolen? Well, if you’re insured, you make a phone call, and everything gets taken care of…

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olidays are all about relieving stress and enjoying yourself – a way of unwinding after a hard year at work. However, the unfortunate truth is that while you want your holiday to be as carefree as possible, you are more likely to get injured when you’re on holiday than you are at home. On holiday, you drive on unfamiliar roads, perhaps on a rented scooter that you’re not used to riding. If you’re travelling to an exotic destination, there’s always a good chance that the roads aren’t the safest in the world, either. Whilst on holiday, you also often take part in adventure sports like rock-climbing, skiing, jet-skiing, wake-boarding, and so on, all of which carry a risk of injury. In addition, tourists are often targets for petty theft and crime, and this sort of thing is a lot more common in well-known tourist destinations than it is in Bahrain! Insurance is probably the most important thing you can take with you when you go on holiday. You’ll hopefully never need it, but if you suddenly find yourself in a difficult situation abroad, insurance can mean the difference between nuisance and tragedy. Even a simple sudden injury like a broken bone can cost hundreds of dinars to treat whilst abroad, especially in countries where foreigners pay very high medical fees in order to subsidise the local healthcare. All of these costs and headaches are taken care of with an Asfaar policy from bni. For prices of BD11 upwards, you can be

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covered for up to US$1 million for a whole range of medical emergencies. This includes unexpected emergencies that prevent you from leaving on your holiday, paying out refunds for the costs of the holiday. In addition, bni have teamed up with One Assist to provide worldwide emergency medical assistance. This service is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides advice and assistance when making arrangements for hospital admission, repatriation and authorization of medical expenses. One Assist has the medical expertise, contacts and facilities to help should an insured person fall ill or be injured in an accident and require in-patient medical care. One Assist will organize repatriation where this is considered medically necessary. One Assist can arrange for medical expenses insured under the policy to be paid directly to the hospital or clinic. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst!

GO: For information on bni’s Asfaar Travel Policy, log on to www.bnidirect.com, where you can purchase the policy online, or visit one of their branches, which can be found in Sanad, Seef, Muharraq, Budaiya, Manama, University of Bahrain, Hamad Town, Sitra or Isa Town. Should you need to contact bni, you can reach them on 1758 7444, 1758 7437 or 1758 7438.

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Sudden illness whilst out swimming – Covered! Cracked tooth on rib bone – Covered! Luggage got lost by airline – Covered! About to get injured water skiing – Covered! Call our emergency assist and you’ll be immediately served!

What’s covered by the Asfaar Travel Policy from bni:

Cancellation charges due to illness or injury, compulsory quarantine, jury service, redundancy, damage to your home or burglary of your home, Emergency medical treatment, Emergency dental treatment, Cost of medical repatriation of an insured person, Cutting short of the holiday due to injury or illness, Loss of passport, Loss of baggage, Delayed baggage, Loss of money, Personal liability, Missed departure.

Optional Extensions:

Winter sports extension, covering piste closures, and loss of equipment. Sports and hazardous activities, advised if you are planning on partaking in any adventure sports.

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Claudia Cazacu { DJ Mag No 1 Female DJ }

Grand Finale

Mr. Doris Gordon Edge { Pacha/Space/KM5 - Ibiza } { Bora Bora - Ibiza }

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KEEPING BAHRAIN’S EYES, EARS AND MINDS IN SHAPE

THIS MONTH YOU MUST...

p40: Making Movies p42: Bahrain Beats p44: On Screen

Making Movies

A new movie has been filmed and produced in Bahrain by students of NYIT! (see p40)

READ

All The Madmen by Clinton Heylin

A unique new insight into British rock n’ roll. (see p44)

HEAR

Nothing But the Beat by David Guetta

The new album from French uber-DJ... (see p42)

WATCH

The Avengers The full collection of Marvel Comics superheroes in one film! (see p44)

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Making Movies… The art of making movies is one that requires skill, determination and, above all, patience. Zara de Haldevang talks to Zeeshan Shah, the Fine Arts and Computer Graphics Program Coo rdinator at the NYIT, to find out more about their latest film and the talen ted movie-makers behind it.

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ith more movies than ever being showcased all over the world, it is no surprise that the younger generation aspires to follow in the footsteps of great names such as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Having taught at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) since late 2006, Zeeshan initially joined as an Instructor for the School of Fine Arts and the Computer Graphics Department. Now the head of the department, Zeeshan has been part of a moviemaking streak at the Institute. The first film was called Paranorma back in 2010, and last year’s production was named Gilgamesh Pearl, and was a mini milestone for the students of NYIT. “We wanted to do a film based on the history connected to Bahrain, while at the same time attract an audience of all ages, so we came up with a story of Gilgamesh Pearl” says Zeeshan. The story revolves around three friends who are wrongly accused of the murder of Bahrain’s most

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famous rapper, Hussam Fliperachi. After discovering a book with the names of several murder victims, the trio uncover the mystery and find out the legend of the Gilgamesh and his mythical pearl behind it all. After the success of the first release, Zeeshan and the students were bitten by the movie-making bug. “I always want my students to do something challenging and different, something different to other universities in Bahrain, so I came up with a concept to do a film production where students will be working on a practical project and learn how real films productions are done,” explains Zeeshan. So how do they get involved? “All the students take courses in their final year and implement everything they have learned in their previous courses. The course is open to non-Computer Graphic students as well. The project goes on like a real film project, where they do pre- and post-production as well as holding a premiere of their final movie.“ This year’s big hit is called

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Silveraven, and showcases the work of five students. Every aspect of the film making was covered by the students themselves, including directing, script writing, visual effects, 3D modelling/animation and the media artwork. Around 15 actors were hired from different universities, schools and colleges, but the majority of the actors were NYIT students, who all volunteered to act. The feature film is directed by Basma Al Mudaifa and Samar Karkar. However, both students were involved in the other forms of pre and post-production. Silveraven’s main character, Sky (played by Hala al Alaiwat) used to live on a planet called Ravena, parallel to planet Earth yet hidden under an invisible energy field. After a series of tragic events, Sky is evacuated by her best friend Michael to live a human life on planet earth. Maverick, an evil super villain determined to take over the ruling of the Ravena districts, eventually breaks the barriers around the planet and reaches Earth with the intention of destroying it. It is up to Sky and her friends to save the Universe and overcome the obstacles in their path. And what are the hopes of the film? “As the project is a non-profit one, we are not expecting any kind of financial outcome, but the aim is that the students will get a great practical experience and some exposure out of it. It will also be a great benchmark for their CVs and future job prospects,” finished Zeeshan.

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Catch the film at the Seef Mall Cineplex on May 12, 13 and 14. All proceeds will go towards local charities that will be decided by the NYIT and Bahrain Cineco.

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NEW ALBUMS, ARTISTS, AND AUDIOPHONICS

CHOICE TUNES The camera managed to catch the EXACT moment that Guetta actually fell in love with himself...

In Association with Virgin Megastore, Bahrain City Center

Pop/Dance

Nothing But The Beat

By David Guetta WHAT’S IT LIKE:

In what is Guetta’s most ambitious project to date, Nothing But The Beat boasts a frankly staggering line-up of collaborative artists that reads like a “who’s who” of current #1 hitmakers from the world of pop and urban music. Just to make the point, we’re going to list some: Akon, Nikki Minaj, Taio Cruz, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Usher, (*takes a breath) Will.i.am, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, and so on, and so forth... In terms of mashing genres together, nobody does it better than Guetta (now THAT’s a tagline if ever we heard one!). Is it pop, is it dance, is it urban? NO, it’s David Guetta, and he’s riding the wave of superstardom like a world-class name-dropper. In some places, the collaborations work well, for example with the Australian singer Sia, one of the lesser known names on the tracklist, on the rousing anthem ‘Titanium’. However, on others, it merely sounds like a DJ’s attempts to remix existing pop/hip-hop offerings, layering radio-friendly urban vocals over uplifting dance backing tracks, to mediocre effect. While it’ll undoubtedly be a smash hit, with the tracks being overplayed on dance floors around the world, it is ultimately a bit hit and miss.

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Rap

Pop

Pop

The R.E.D. Album

Fastlife

By Game

By Joe Jonas

Young, Foolish, Happy

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WHAT’S IT LIKE:

After a three-year hiatus, brought on largely by difficulties that arose from conflicts between his two record labels, Geffen and Aftermath, former G-Unit member and West Coast rapper returns with this, his fifth studio album, and a sizeable 21 track-strong odyssey of tough, no-holds-barred, gritty rap music. The conflicts which dragged production of this LP out for three years are evident in the lyrics of Game’s tracks, and the frustration and emotion add a tangible element to the rapper’s music. What’s refreshing in these days where urban music is becoming increasingly mainstream is an artist who keeps it real - Game pulls no punches on The R.E.D. Album, and the lyrics are certainly NOT for kids (although thousands will undoubtedly buy the album). Game is in his element when he’s being the exact opposite of ‘radio-friendly’.

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By Pixie Lott

This is the first solo effort by Joe Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, and as you would expect from a highly marketable pop star with a considerable amount of music industry weight behind him, Fastlife is a very polished affair, with the finest production talent that money can buy. It is therefore a given that the album will boast songs that are chart-friendly, catchy and up-beat, and Fastlife certainly delivers in this regard. Opening track ‘All This Time’ oozes that feelgood factor, and ‘Fastlife’ brings the RnB touch. Dance music electro: Check. Timberlake-esque RnB flava: Check. Love-torn balladry: Check. The album literally ticks all the boxes as you name them - a perfect marketing ploy. However, what sets apart a pop album in these highly competitive days is originality, which unfortunately this album somewhat predictably lacks.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE:

Doe-eyed pop songstress Pixie Lott rose to fame with her #1 debut single, ‘Mama Do’, and maintained it with an equally successful follow-up single ‘Boys & Girls’, from her debut album Turn It Up. Both singles boasted catchy and relatively fresh sounds delivered in Lott’s super-smiley style that proved a potent recipe. However, the buzz and magic that infused Lott’s first album sadly seems to be missing from the second, though it’s hard to pinpoint why. There is still a line-up of relatively fresh tracks that don’t recycle the usual cliches, but for some reason all of them fail to grab the attention the way her first two singles did. ‘All About Tonight’ does get close, with a dance-floor friendly backing melody and feelgood lyrics, and her bawdy rasp works well on ‘What Do You Take Me For’, with the obligatory rapper cameo in the shape of Pusha T, but all in all, not as good as the first.

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TOP FILMS SHOWING THIS MONTH IN BAHRAIN

ON SCREEN “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SUPERMAN!” “It can’t be, this is a Marvel Comics movie!”

The Avengers D: Joss Whedon C: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

S.H.I.E.L.D., a government agency concerned with global security, puts together a team of super-human heroes, led by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), tasked with protecting the Earth from Thor’s brother, Loki, an evil god hell-bent on the subjugation of mankind. All sorts of hammer throwing, car hurling and building smashing ensues.

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING:

The most eagerly-awaited superhero movie of recent times brings together the whole collection of successfully-revived Marvel comic book characters - The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor - as an epic team of superheroes who, if they “can’t save the world, can at least avenge it.” (see where the theme is going here?) If another dose of the hilarious dry wit and sarcastic quips of Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark, played brilliantly by Robert Downey Jr., aren’t enough to draw you alone, then

the combined heroics of the rest of the ensemble should add enough icing to the cake to make this movie an irresistible draw. However, the cherry on top comes in the form of Samuel L Jackson, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D boss Nick Fury, the character responsible for bringing the crew together, and Scarlett Johansson, who wears a lot of tight outfits, and we can’t really remember what she actually does in the movie...

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Battleship D: Peter Berg C: Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna

Rihanna... army uniform... giant machine gun... Well, WE’re sold!

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

A group of US Navy warships are doing a routine naval exercise, when they come across an unknown object in the water. When they move in to investigate, the colossal object violently springs to life, and the Naval group suddenly find themselves isolated and locked into combat with a completely unknown force. Plus, Rihanna fires a big machine gun....

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING:

While the whole aliensinvading-earth-and-attemptingto-eradicate-mankind thing has kind of been done before, to put it mildly, if it’s done well it can still be a whole lot of fun. And this is one movie that looks like it has been done well. In some parts, the animations of the giant alien ships can look distinctly Transformer-esque, but the concept still manages to be different enough to carry the movie on its own. Look out for epic disaster scenes in which whole cities are reduced to rubble - that’s always a hoot, regardless of precedent! Johnny Depp: Gives the whole ‘loser’ sign thing a new level of creepy!

God Bless America

is a dark comedy in which a terminally-ill man decides that he’s had enough of what America has become, and decides to go on a murderous rampage to annihilate all the most annoying segments of society, including spoiled teen brats, ‘Idol’ contestants, and so on. He’s joined on his rampage by a teenage social outcast who shares his sentiments. Bring it on... The office father-daughter day took an ugly turn when the boss laughed at little Janie’s dad’s sweater...

Dark Shadows

D: Tim Burton C: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter

Men in Black III sees Agent J (Will Smith) travel back in time to the MiB agency in the 60’s to save his future partner Agent K’s (Tommy Lee Jones) younger self (Josh Brolin) from being assassinated by an alien from the future and changing history, thus altering the future... Got all that? Good. “With this Magnun .357, I thee wed...”

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: In a movie based on the much-loved 60’s Gothic soap opera, Barnabas Collins was a nobleman turned into a vampire and imprisoned by a witch whose love he spurned. Many years later, he’s set free, and returns to his ancestral home to find the dysfunctional family that are his descendants, who need his protection as much as he needs theirs. WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING:

So many, many reasons, but the main ones are Tim Burton, his wife Helena Bonham Carter, who makes dark and creepy delicious, the reforming of the triumvarate of horror with the addition of Johnny Depp for the first time since Sweeney Todd, the added zest of Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green, and lashings of dark comedy, and you have what looks to be the perfect recipe for one of the movies of the year! FACT BAHRAIN MAY

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BAHRAIN’S BEST READS THIS MONTH BY GENRE

CHOICE WORDS

In Association with Virgin Megastore, Bahrain City Center

Biographical

All The Madmen By Clinton Heylin

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

In All The Madmen, author Heylin sets out to find a common thread between the creative genuis of British rock n’ roll’s greatest minds, and the underlying mental problems many of them suffered from. From schizophrenia to paranioa to depression and drug addiction, Heylin attempts to establish a link between the troubled mind of the rock star and some of the most iconic music ever made. He does this using extensive knowledge of the subjects he writes about, and many interesting anecdotes about the bizarre behaviour of the stars involved. It is also backed up by commentary from the people who were there and saw it firsthand, in all its colourful, gritty and insane glory.

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This book looks like it could be one of the most exciting chronicles of British rock n’ roll in the swingin’ sixties yet released. However, it’s a very ambitious project to try to find a common thread running through the various psyches of Britain’s more eccentric, drug-addled and troubled rock stars that led to such great music being created, and it’s a project that Heylin ultimately fails at. It is, therefore, something of an anti-climax, which is a shame. There are some great anecdotes and insights into these artistic B minds, but there is also a gaping hole where a great underlying truth promises to be.

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Comedy

The Chemistry of Tears

The Arab Spring

Various Pets Alive & Dead

By Peter Carey

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

by Toby Manhire

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

A horologist (clock expert) working in the Swindon museum, Catherine Gehrig, is devastated by the loss of her lover. In sympathy, the curator of the musuem tries to distract her from her grief by moving her to a new department in the museum and tasking her with reconstructing a mysterious 19th Century mechanical device. At first, she is irritated by the task, but as the job develops, it begins to consume her...

The Arab Spring is a collection of some of the most well-known and powerful articles from printed media covering the events of the Arab Spring as they unfolded. It also includes a selection edited by Manhire of UK newspaper the Guardian’s live blog that gave regular in-depth coverage and opinion on the events as they happened. The articles come from journalists, bloggers and even citizens who lived through the Spring.

This multi-layered story is so packed with underlying messages and allegory that sometimes you feel like you’re reading two books at the same time - and in essence, you are. As Catherine’s story is told, it runs parallel to the story of the 19th Century aristocrat who built the strange mechanical creature that Catherine is reconstructing. As the stories unfold, the connections between the two become more and more apparent, until Catherine begins to learn hidden truths about her own life that she never suspected. While this sounds like a complicated feat of writing to pull off, Carey’s literary skills B+ are such that he pulls it off well, making for a great novel.

This is perhaps the most comprehensive chronicle of the amazing events that unfolded last year and changed the face of Middle Eastern politics forever. Because of the varied sources of material that makes up the book, you get a much broader perspective of what happened throughout the revolution than you would if you just looked at information coming from one source. Told with the drama of an unfolding story, together with the analysis, argument, insight and eloquence of the Guardian’s best writers and contributors, Arab Spring will provide invaluable insight into the B biggest political upheaval in recent history.

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By Marina Lewycka

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

Retired teachers Marcus and Doro are ex-hippies who still hold on to their ideals of free love and communal sharing, whilst firmly rejecting the ideas of capitalism and material wealth. However, their son Serge, who they think is studying a Phd, is actually an investment banker earning a fortune, a fact which he is constantly trying to hide from them. Their other daughter Clara is a primary school teacher, who is caught in the middle of meeting her parents’ expectations and taking part in her brother’s charade. And finally, there is the adopted daughter, Oolie, who has Down’s Syndrome, and wants to move into her own place.

WHAT’S IT LIKE:

A thoroughly enjoyable book from beginning to end, Lewycka deftly matches the conflicting ideals of the various characters in the book with humour and sympathy, never judging any of them, but gently ribbing all of them. The characters are rich and detailed, and you will warm to each of them instantly, and the story is both heartwarming and entertaining, with B+ Lewycka’s attention to detail firmly drawing you in.

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TECHNOLOGY KEEPING THE PEOPLE OF BAHRAIN STATE-OF-THE-ART

Travel

p50: Travel Gadgets p58: The Lab p60: The 2012 Pajero

Gadgets Enhance your holidays this summer with some awesome travel gadgetry aimed at making your trip more enjoyable‌

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Travel

Gadgets

Enhance your holidays this summer with some awesome travel gadgetry aimed at making your trip more enjoyable…

Victorinox Slim Duo USB

This excellent little device features twin 64GB flash drives equalling a total of 128GB storage, all in something the size of a key ring. This can come in extremely handy if you’re a snap-happy traveller who can fill up a camera’s memory card in one day of sightseeing. Failing that, store all your music on it so that you have instant tunes wherever you go!

Garmin Nuvi 3450

If you’re going to be doing a lot of driving and exploring, then the Garmin Nuvi 3450 could be an essential marital aid. We say this because, with the Nuvi, you can avoid conversations like, “Just read the map, woman!” “You should’ve stopped and asked directions, idiot!” “We don’t need to, we’ve got a map!” “Well, the map’s crap, we’re lost, and now we’re late for the show!” Arrive on time, in a good mood, and not ready for divorce, with this tidy device largely resembling a touchscreen smartphone, with 3D traffic, advanced mapping and lane guidance, and traffic notifications. And the best bit? Yoda’s voice to guide you, download you can.

Bose Soundlink Wireless Speaker 50

This fantastic device, which we featured in our last issue, should always find a place in the suitcase of any traveller who enjoys their music. Roughly the size of a paperback novel, this highly compact speaker wirelessly docks with any Bluetooth-enabled device to provide audio of an astoundingly good quality for its size. We wouldn’t leave home without it!

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Samsonite Cosmolite

What’s a piece of luggage doing in the technology section, you may ask? Well, it’s the technology that has gone into these incredible suitcases that makes them so good. Constructed of an amazingly tough material also used in bullet-proof vests, these super-light suitcases are capable of withstanding a car impact, and even being driven over by a truck! Don’t believe us? Have a look on YouTube, it’s all there to see. What better way of keeping all your other travel gadgets featured here safe?

Amazon Kindle

Ok, these e-book readers are nothing new, but they do get better with each and every year. This latest incarnation is the fourth generation, with 2GB flash memory, and you wouldn’t believe the quality and resolution that the 6-inch E-ink LCD screen provides. Capable of storing hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers, you needn’t carry bulky novels any more. And the most impressive thing is the battery life – with a claimed one-month life on a single charge, you don’t need to worry about it dying halfway through your holiday.

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FACT’s Big Telecoms Review 2012 Welcome to one of FACT’s regular telecoms industry updates, where we bring you all the latest developments in the world of communication in Bahrain!

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What’s Going on in the World of Telecoms? Roaming Far and Wide

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n honour of our travel issue this month, we speak to Muna Al Hashemi, the GM of Batelco’s Consumer Division, about mobile roaming packages, and how you, as a consumer, can get the best value for money in terms of service… F. What are your standard roaming charges for different regions? M. They vary from country to country, but I would like to draw our customers’ attention to our website, www.batelco.com, under Mobile services/roaming, which includes comprehensive details for roaming rates per operator, per destination. Also, Batelco communicates the rates for all services (Voice, SMS and Data) per operator through SMS once the customer lands in their destination. F. Are there any regions that are cheaper than others, due to special deals with local operators? M. Currently, Batelco has over 470 international partners with 1,056 roaming services worldwide. However, overall the rates in GCC

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are the cheapest among the rest of the world. F. Do you have any special packages which offer discounted rates on roaming charges for business travellers? M. All of Batelco’s Postpaid mobile customers, whether travelling for business or leisure, can benefit greatly from Batelco’s Unified Data Roaming Rates while roaming in a number of regional countries. Customers pay only the low local rate for Bahrain of 600 fils per Mb for data access, when they are roaming in Saudi Arabia (Mobily – STC); UAE (Du); Oman (Oman Mobile – Nawras); Kuwait (Wataniya – VIVA); Qatar (Qtel); Jordan (Umniah); Yemen (Sabafon); Egypt (Mobinil); United Kingdom (O2); Spain (Telefonica Moviles Espana); Czech Republic (O2); Ireland (O2); and Australia (Telstra). As mobile data access while roaming can cost between BD5 to BD7 per megabyte (depending on the rates set by the visited destination/operator), Batelco’s Unified Data Roaming Rates delivers a huge saving for our customers. F. Do you have any partnerships with operators in other countries which allow cheaper roaming? M. Batelco always signs with the largest operators in each country to ensure better service and coverage for our outbound customers. Batelco also launches roaming deals with more than one operator to ensure coverag e over the whole country, especially for the top visited destinations. Overall customers can save on their usage while roaming if they receive calls rather than initiating a call.

Quite a lot, as it happens! The competition only ever heats up in the fast-moving communications industry in Bahrain, as rival service providers race to offer the best packages and the latest technology to win customers over from their competitors...

F. Is there any advice youcan give our reader to help reduce their roaming costs? M. Customers can check our website for the best rates available in the region they are travelling to, as well as roaming tips and suggestions or call our 24/7 helpdesk on 196. We would also like to remind our customers when they roam abroad to switch off any data applications they don’t need on their mobiles (especially those who carry smart phones) and turn on the applications only when needed. This is to avoid high data roaming rates which may be charged by foreign roaming operators. GO: For more info go to www.batelco.com or call 196

Roaming with Zain

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he second of the three telecoms in Bahrain to provide mobile roaming services in Bahrain, Zain allows you to use practically all your mobile services whilst abroad, including: making and receiving calls and SMS messages; sending pictures and video by SMS; access internet with data roaming; and access voicemail and customer care. Zain also offers cheap roaming rates to selected partners through its One Network benefits, where you can make calls at local rates, and receive calls for free. This is available in Jordan, Iraq, Sudan Burkia Faso, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. GO: For more info log on to www.zain.bh.

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VIVA Roaming Far and Wide

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ith a recent second birthday under their belt, VIVA has proven that there was space for a third telecommunications company in the market, and offers many innovative ideas to compete with the other giants! With a varied array of services, constant promotions and network expansions VIVA has made Bahrain’s telecoms scene a much more vibrant, competitive and active market that we, the clients, get to enjoy. VIVA offers roaming services in up to 186 countries with more than 418 operators worldwide. With VIVA roamingv you can make and receive voice calls - local and international - send and receive SMS messages, check e-mails, read news, browse content, send and receive MMS and more, using data roaming, divert calls to any other number, and use VIVA Missed Call Notification Plus service.

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The availability of the services and number of countries depend on the subscription type, as they are constantly expanding their roaming coverage. One service that is quite exclusive is their roaming in KSA, which we are sure has made them win over many friends in Bahrain that commute daily to the Kingdom next door for business. With Roaming in KSA you never run out of credit, if you are on a prepaid plan, as you can get credit any time with STC Sawa recharge cards, and pay only 100 fils a minute calling Bahrain or within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the incoming calls are free! Please contact VIVA customer service center now at 124 for the latest update on the list of VIVA international roaming partners and availability of services. GO: For more information, log on to www.viva. com.bh.

There’s a New Player In Town

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he most recent entrant onto the telecoms market in Bahrain is Greenisis, a new Wireless Broadband provider who claims to offer Bahrain’s first truly unlimited Broadband packages. They opened their first retail outlet last month Bahrain Car Park Building in Central Manama on the ground floor, near Hardees. A second Greenishop is set to open in Bahrain City Centre next month. While other internet providers in Bahrain claim to offer unlimited packages, the reality is that, under their Fair Usage Terms, after a certain download/upload threshold, the connection is ‘throttled’, meaning that the speed of the connection is limited until a new month begins. With Greenisis, a range of devices providing 1Mbps and 2Mbps connections are available, which are the true speeds customers will enjoy 24/7. Initially only contract packages were offered, but by the time you read this Prepaid options should be ready to be announced by the company. At the moment, they offer a 1Mbps dongle, a 1Mbps desktop wireless router, and a 2Mbps ‘Turbo’ wireless router, all of which will work anywhere in Bahrain. Packages start from BD15 per month. Additional products and services, including voice and never-beforeseen business applications, will be rolled out in the coming months. Greenisis is the only operator in the region to boast a

cutting-edge Green Mobile Broadband Wireless Access (MBWA) platform. “We truly believe our platform represents the future of telecommunications, as it solves the major problems of spectral scarcity and saturated capacity, whilst at the same time delivering reliable, secure, eco-friendly services.” Says CEO and Co-creator George El Aily. GO: More info on Greenisis and its offerings can be found by visiting the Greenishop, calling 81234, or at www.greenisis.com.

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Kalaam Flexible Adds the Solutions with BFH to Their Lightspeed Network

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alaam Telecom Bahrain, the first alternative telecom services operator, recently installed a backbone link connecting Bahrain Financial Harbour to Kalaam’s fully redundant network operating from Almoayyed Tower. Veer Passi, Chief Executive Officer of Kalaam Telecom speaking at the announcement, said: “The installation at Bahrain Financial Harbour further entrenches Kalaam’s commitment to providing alternative telecom solutions to businesses that are not only innovative but also resilient and cost-effective. The connectivity to BFH allows businesses in BFH to avail of high capacity bandwidth options of up to STM4 (600mbs) and innovative service options like bandwidth-on-demand and ‘burstable’ bandwidth, which allows companies the flexibility to scale up and down their requirement as and when needed. With a 24-hour, 365 days a year network operations centre and customer care centre, both manned by a team of highly-qualified staff, we afford our customers the highest levels of service and quality.” The network link to BFH is designed to provide high capacity data and voice solutions, to corporate offices located in East and West Towers and the Harbour mall. The link enables seamless Internet connectivity with enhanced dedicated data speeds and provides redundancy and load balancing options with a pre-existing link. The link also enables customers to host in-house mission critical applications with complete peace of mind by continuous 99.99% uptime guaranteed by Kalaam Telecom. In addition, the link also reduces performance issues that may be experienced with International and Local IPs. Extensive data delivery testing was conducted by Kalaam’s Network Assurance team on all the floors of BFH to ensure the last mile connectivity is up to the standard.

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ightspeed Communcations now allow you to customize your voice and Internet packages with flexible solutions depending upon your needs. Everyone wants value and flexibility when looking into Internet and telephone packages. You want it custom designed for you and your needs, but not blowing up your expenses at the same time. Whether you’re looking for options for your home, small business or a large company, Lightspeed have many packages to suit exactly what you need. First of all, their packages are very versatile; you can go for the basic option if you are a light user, up to their unlimited packages, which are truly unlimited so you can browse to your heart’s content. You’ll enjoy incredibly fast Internet connections at affordable prices! Opt for Internet and voice together, and save even more. Whether you’re downloading movies, listening to music, streaming the latest football match, or talking on the phone all day, they have exactly what you need. If you are a total chatterbox, they have the perfect plan for you, where you can opt for voice add-

ons, which means for a fixed small price you can call 3, 6 or 10 hours to either your landline or mobile per month, offering you more choice for less cost. Additionally, for all their packages Lightspeed to Lightspeed calls on landlines are free. If you are a company requiring corporate voice services, Lightspeed’s Business VoIP packages are ideal for you. Their Business VoIP is catered to suit all your needs and can be customized depending on your company’s size and business requirements. Choose to have standalone voice, voice with data or voice with Internet, with different minutes packages, competitive prices and guaranteed quality of service. Along with the voice service you can benefit from fax, voice to email, fax to email and point of sales services over the channels provided with Business VoIP offer. They can additionally offer a PBX at your premises with their virtual PBX solution provided from Lightspeed at a low cost. You can now have a professional solution for switching needs with different levels and flexible customization over both standard and advance voice features.

GO: Call 80001111 or visit www.lightspeed.com.bh for more information.

GO: For more information, log on to www.kalaamtelecom.com, or call 8001 8001.

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Talk for longer with the new voice add-ons from Lightspeed Communications. Whether you ‘re calling a landline or mobile, you can now get a 3, 6 or 10 hours package with your Internet. Package

Landline fee

Mobile fee

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BD 2

6 hours

BD 2

BD 4

10 hours

BD 3

BD 6

If you are a company requiring business voice services, we can customize your package depending on your size and requirements. Choose to have standalone voice, voice with data or voice with Internet, with different minutes packages, competitive prices and guaranteed quality of service (QoS). Along with the voice service you can benefit from fax, voice to email, fax to email and point of sales services over the channels provided with Business VoIP offer.

for more information call us on 80066008 email us on sales@lightspeed.com.bh or visit www.lightspeed.com.bh

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LAB TEST

SAMSUNG GALAXY BEAM Available : Batelco (Coming Soon)

ONCE again, a technological development in the mobile phone industry has amazed us, as Samsung bring the fight to Apple with this latest incarnation of their impressive Galaxy phones – the Samsung Galaxy Beam. So called because the phone can literally ‘beam’ a video onto a nearby wall, the Galaxy Beam incorporates the latest in compact projector technology to feature it’s very own video projector, built right into the slim design of the Galaxy! While the concept itself sounds amazing, the important question is: does the reality live up to the dream? I.e. Can a projector so compact that it fits into a mobile project a picture of any kind of decent quality? Well, for one thing, the lights need to be off. Unlike powerful portable projectors that can project a viewable picture in a brightly lit room, the Beam doesn’t work at all in bright spaces, chiefly because in order to do that it would need a bulb so powerful it would melt the phone! So, don’t have any illusions about carrying it into a meeting and conducting presentations on it. However, if you’re with friends at home and would like to watch a movie, you can conceivably plonk it on the coffee table, turn out the lights, and watch away. It’ll throw a commendable 50-inch picture on a wall from two metres away, and

you can’t really argue with that on a phone that’s as slim and compact as most smartphones out there, and more so than some! The phone itself is decent in its own right; it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which, while highly usable, is a little dated now with recent releases bringing more features. It does boast a 4-inch WVGA display, which is still bigger than an iPhone 4S but not as big as the Galaxy Nexus, and a 1GHz dual-core processor, which again is very decent, but not the best out there. There’s also a rear-facing 5MP Camera with flash, as well as a front camera for video calls. One thing we will mention is the battery – while the 2,000mAh lithium is no slouch on its own, the projector will drain it completely after a mere three hours of use. Granted, few movies are longer than two hours, but expect to have to charge the Beam every time you watch a movie. This constant discharging and recharging will mean a very short lifespan for the battery in the long run if you use the projector a lot – which is kind of why you’d buy the phone in the first place, isn’t it?

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GALAXY BEAM EXPERIENCE-METER Happiest human ever

Very impressed

Pleased

Indifferent

The wow-factor of this phone is great, it’s really one to impress friends with!”

“Compared to Samsung’s recent releases, the Beam’s specs aren’t the most impressive.”

“The projector is fantastic for a smartphone! A 50inch picture from 2m is really impressive.”

“Well, considering it’s got a projector in it, it’s surprisingly compact!”

Ouch!

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-It’s got a projector – Duh! -Display still bigger than an iPhone’s

CONS

-Don’t expect the battery to last more than a couple of years

B+

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LAB TEST

SONY PERSONAL 3D VIEWER SONY recently unveiled their personal 3D viewer which comes on the wave of recent 3D releases in the world of home entertainment, and claims to offer an enhanced 3D viewing experience that sets it above those offered by 3D TVs. But is this really the case? The whole ‘headset’ concept is nothing new – the past is littered with the corpses of similar failed products dating all the way back to the Virtual Reality phase back in the late nineties, which ultimately failed. The problem back then is that the headsets were cumbersome, and while the technology was a gimmick, the crappy quality of the experience wore thin very fast, and once the initial awe wore off, nobody really cared enough to make it commercially viable. So now Sony resurrect the concept in an age where both compact and 3D technologies are at a stage where consistent use is viable, so does this new headset make it so? Certainly, the device is a lot more comfortable than the old devices were – after some adjustment, you can have it fitting snugly and comfortably to your head, and it’s light enough that your neck won’t get sore after five minutes of viewing. The 3D experience is also enhanced, thanks to the fact that rather than having to focus both eyes on the same screen using glasses, each eye has it’s own dedicated high-quality

OLED screen. Therefore the unpleasant effects of stereoscopic video, like blurring, ghosting and eye strain, are greatly reduced. Sony has also optimized the integrated lenses to give a much wider viewing angle, up to 45 degrees, which serves to almost completely eliminate borders surrounding the images, and creating a more involving experience. However, there are drawbacks. First, they aren’t wireless, which means that you have to sit close to the DVD player or PlayStation to use them. Secondly, when playing on the PS3, you have to fumble around looking for things because you can’t see past your headset. Third, the 3D sound experience isn’t so pronounced on the headsets earphones as it would be with a full-on surround sound setup. Fourth, the almost sensory-deprivation-like experience of having the headset on can be a little overwhelming. Fifth, it’s a purely solitary experience – you can’t share your gaming experience with friends. Five major drawbacks on a device which costs this much (around $800 priced online) is really four too many. The device has HUGE potential, but we’ll wait to see how the kinks iron out in coming models.

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SONY PERSONAL 3D VIEWER EXPERIENCE-METER Happiest human ever

Very impressed

“The 3D effect is definitely better than you get from a TV.” “The headset is still bulky enough that you’re always conscious of it.”

Pleased

Indifferent

“Not too bulky, but VERY expensive.” Ouch!

“It’s got potential, but we’ll wait and see on this one…”

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PROS

-Enhanced 3D experience -Fits the head well.

CONS

-Not wireless -Can’t share with friends

C+

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ALI DRIVER SAYS THAT

The 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero continues a long heritage of off-road competence. Our Mystery Motoring Expert, Ali Driver, couldn’t resist getting the Pajero a bit dirty last month…

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itsubishi’s not having a you see today, most notably in the great time of things at the traction control and suspension moment. A strong Japanese systems. Yen and the obvious economic This is the fourth generation of turmoil inflicted by the tsunami the Pajero, which has been around have resulted in price fluctuations, since 2006, but for this year has had with the Pajero being a little highly some minor tweaks to the styling, priced at the moment. including bigger wheels. The biggest However, does that mean that one upgrade has been to the chassis, of Mitsubishi’s strongest models with an improved monocoque body is down and out? I really don’t and suspension improving rigidity think so. This is a car with a long and comfort. history of off-road capability and We drove the top-spec 3.8l reliability. It’s a car with an excellent V6, with a 5-speed automatic reputation. transmission, which puts out And, it’s a car around 247hp and with an outstanding This is a car 329Nm of torque, motorsports history. with a long making the Pajero no Way back in 1983, slouch. On the road, it history of offthe Pajero took part well, but doesn’t road capability pulls in the infamous provide any surprises. Paris Dakar Rally for and reliability. Ride comfort is good, the first time. Only but it does feel every It’s a car with two years later, on bit the large SUV it is an excellent its third attempt it in terms of handling. took first place in its reputation. And, Off the road is category. It went on it’s a car with where the Pajero really to win its class no though. With an outstanding shines, less than 15 times Mitsubishi’s Supermotorsports over the next three Select 4WD II system, decades, making it as well as an improved history. the most successful Active Stability and vehicle ever to take part in the Traction Control (ASTC) system, Dakar Rally. the Pajero makes light work of all Much of the research and but the most rugged terrain. development that went into the However, even ON the most racing technology in the Dakar rugged terrain, the Pajero can Rally, developed in partnership tackle most obstacles with a skilled with Mitsubishi’s motorsports arm, hand (such as that of Ali Driver, of Ralliart, made its way into the car course!). The car will scramble and

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TECHNOLOGY crawl up rocky and steep surfaces without too much trouble, as you can see from the images. Testament to Mitsubishi’s aims with this vehicle are the skid plates underneath, protecting the SUV’s underside during arduous off-roading, as well as a commendable ground clearance of almost nine inches. Whilst comfortable, the interior of the Pajero has a distinctly utilitarian feel to it, despite the leather seats and Rockford sound system (which is very good, by the way, and does include the usual MP3 connectivity). It does also provide extremely good all-round visibility, with high windows and a very high driving position, giving you a commanding view of your surroundings – you almost feel like you’re sitting in an atrium! There are also three rows of seating which can easily accommodate seven adults. To summarize, the Mitsubishi Pajero feels like the kind of car that scientists drive up mountains to study rock formations, or oil rig engineers drive out into the desert to remote wells. Safe, affordable to run, dependable and capable, it seems like a sensible choice for corporations to transport valued staff in. However, you’ll definitely never see one in a rap video! This is because despite its capability, functionality and motorsports pedigree, the Mitsubishi Pajero unfortunately lacks any glamour or desirability, and I think this is a crying shame. What I’d dearly like to see is for the brand to cash in on its respected history and come out swinging with a seriously sexy concept that would revitalise the model and inject some excitement.

Who is Ali Driver?

“The Pajero’s off-road capabilities set it apart in a crowded segment...”

1. He lives in Bahrain and says he grew up on the streets of Muharraq, but we think he’s actually from a rich family in Saar, and won’t admit it. 2. He says his car skills are all self-taught, but we’re sure we’ve seen a course certificate from the BIC on his wall. 3. He drives cars better than anyone we know (but don’t ever tell him). 4. He claims to be able to change a regular car tyre in under 4 minutes, but we’re sure that’s only when his wife helps him. FACT BAHRAIN MAY

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FIGHTING THE BATTLE AGAINST BAD TASTE IN BAHRAIN

p64: Bahrain’s Top Model - The Final Round! p86: Summer Looks

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2012 Welcome...

to the fourth season of Bahrain’s reality magazine modelling series, where you (that’s you readers!) get to choose who will be Bahrain’s Top model 2012! And, for the first time this year, we are accepting female AND male models widening the scope of modelling talent that will be highlighted by the competition...

How this works: 1.

Each month for four months, the contenders are given a fashion shoot challenge, and we print each contender’s best images (as chosen by them!)

2. You vote on which contender you think models best, each month. The two male and female models with the lowest points from the popular and judges votes is eliminated from the competition. 3. We all have a rollercoaster four months of modeling madness as the nine contenders vie to become Bahrain’s fourth Top Model!

The Top Model team... Laura,

This round sponsored by

Fashion Stylist

Laura is the one running around leading our models into battle, choosing outfits and styles, and generally cracking the whip on the shoot sets.

George,

Fashion Photographer George is a very experienced fashion photographer, whose expertise helps us find great locations and visions for our photoshoots.

Emile Mouawad

MESK Holdings Operations Manager A man of many skills, Emile has now discovered his eye for fashion

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Thanks to

MESK Holdings for providing us two locations for this month’s photo shoot, Aroma Cafe and Block 338 - thanks for a great day in the sun! Thanks to New Look for providing the clothes for all the models. And for hair and make up, no-one does hair and make-up like Jean! Not only did Elie & Jean style the hair and do the make-up for the models in this round (and every round), they are also claiming responsibility for the models hair for the entire duration of the competition!

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Voted out this month...

Noor

Arsalan

Behind the scenes...

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Pauline

Pauline describes her look as simple and classy, and this is reflected in her favourite brands: Massimo Dutti, Zara and H&M. Interesting facts about Pauline: she’d live on Cheese Doritos if she could, she eats anything with ketchup, and has occasional random bursts of energy when she just dances around. Could be something to do with the Doritos…

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Emile Mouawad Says: “Pauline seems very confident and comfortable posing - I can see model material in her eyes!”

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Nermin

Student number four in the competition, Nermin’s idol is Heidi Klum, which is fitting! This is because Klum “has the ability to balance between her modelling career and her family.” Interestingly, the person she’d like to meet most, though, is French first lady Carla Bruni, because “she’s a talented princess that sings, acts and models as well!”

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Emani Emani is also a student, and touchingly enough, her idol is her own mother, because “she is the strongest, most spontaneous woman I know.” She defines her look as versatile, because she likes to try out new looks! She’s also sporty, who bowls for the National Ladies team, so there’s a competitive streak in her too!

Emile Mouawad Says: Says...

“Nermin looks a very versatile model and strong woman and it shows on her poses, she should explore more face changes though”

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Emile Mouawad Says:

“She has great legs and is very beautiful but she should be more confident on her smile, braces are cool!”

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Imtiaz

Imtiaz is a finance professional, and the only Top Model who ISN’T a full-time student (although he does study on the side). His idol is Johnny Depp, because “he knows how to handle his fame.” Imtiaz mainly shops at Zara, with the occasional treats from Gucci and LV when he can afford it. An intellectual type, his interests are history and politics!

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An arty type, Sam is a student in Graphic Design, who is interested in designing fashion wear using technology. So, he can design his own clothes, and model them too! A man with sophisticated tastes, Sam’s favourite fashion labels are Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. He describes his look as “A bit funky, but modern.”

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Emile Mouawad Says: “Imtiaz is the kind of model that when you see in an ad you feel related to and trust, his face seems very honest and kind in all the shots”

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Emile Mouawad Says:

“Sam is very good posing, like a CK model and is very photogenic; I’d bet he can make it in the modeling scene overseas”

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Junaid

An open-minded person, Junaid has no specific idols, but instead believes that we are all humans who are equally capable of great things, and “what one person can do, someone else could do better if they tried.” In addition, he has no specific musical tastes, but instead likes anything, “as long as it has a good beat and fits my mood.”

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Emile Mouawad Says: “Junaid shows he is quite passionate about modeling and poses really well, it would have been nice to see more than the “bad-boy” face that he makes in all the shots”

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Summer Looks for Him & Her

FASHION

With summer just around the corner, it is time to pack away those baggy jumpers and dark colours and embrace the new season of sunny weather with some of the hottest clothing around. Here is our pick of the best.

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Summer Hair for the Chicks

First impressions really DO count. Zara de Haldevang chats to John Luke, from Elie and Jean, to find out what to expect this summer in the ever-changing world of hair. So tell me, what is ‘the’ look for this summer? The thing about fashion and hair these days is there is no one look that’s ‘in’ anymore. It does come along every year and a half or so when a celebrity like Victoria Beckham cuts her hair off then everyone wants to do it. And, to be honest, most women look towards the stars for fashion more than the runway, as to a degree it seems more real. They have a slightly more personal relationship with the celebrities through digital media whereas the models on the catwalk are little known these days apart from a few. Is this the season for the up or down look? Really all lengths and textures are normally ‘in’ and it has to do with suitability to the individual’s hair and lifestyle. Also, unlike in the second half of the twentieth century, where each decade had a few signature looks based on urban subcultures, these days people could be sporting a different look from day to day depending on their wardrobe. Saying all this, generally its a feeling and texture that’s in across all the lengths, like this year, hair has been slicked off the face in a wet look or the hair is been made quite glossy. This goes whether it is a down style or up style, lots of ponytail variations are in, plus glossy finger waves.

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And how about shades? Hair colour depends of course on your natural skin tones, so again suitability is key, but generally women tend to go lighter in the spring and darker in autumn. This year bright hues of colour are in and of course the Ombre technique is still very prominent. What are your top tips to keep your hair healthy this summer? Leave In Conditioner is key for all hair types. It’s just making sure you have the right one for your hair. We’d suggest TIGI, which offers a wide variety. GO: To get your ‘in’ look from Elie & Jean, log on to www.ejhair.com to find out more.

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Summer Chic for the Chicks With summer just around the corner, it is time to pack away those baggy jumpers and dark colours and embrace the new season of sunny weather with some of the hottest clothing around. Here is our pick of the best.

Playsuits are hotter than ever this summertime. Lipsy have this cute one in right now. Playsuit by Lipsy Team it with a pair of high heels to show off those sun-kissed legs of yours.

Every girl should own wedges. Add some height to your maxi dress or team them up with a cute skirt or pair or shorts.

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This outfit is ideal for throwing on for a walk around town. Once the tanning hours are over, look chic with a burst of coral (and heels of course) and hunt down your nearest bar for a cocktail. ango s by M Earring

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These little sparklers would be perfect with a LBD. Hair up and a simple outfit – definitely worth a trip in your handbag (don’t want to risk lost luggage now do we?!)

This should be THE dress for your trip. Perfect with a tan and some beach hair, the red is the perfect shade to suit pretty much anyone and everyone. Dress by Paul Sm ith

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Summer Cool for the Guys It’s not just the girls who get to make an impression – guys, it is time to up your game and get noticed! Find your best new wardrobe additions right here…

Much more for a picnic in the park, or heading to the beach. Summer casual at its best!

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VENUE REVIEW

FUSIONS RESTAURANT Gulf Hotel, Adliya (Tel: 1771 3000) BD25-35 per person

WITH a new menu and a new chef, Fusions restaurant in the Gulf Hotel is renewing their assault on the Kingdom’s dining scene. Already well-known for its unique cuisine which has traditionally blended Western and Far Eastern cooking styles, the restaurant is now blending Western, Far Eastern AND Middle Eastern flavours in a menu that truly one of a kind! If you haven’t yet visited Bahrain’s most well known Fusion restaurant, then the venue alone is worth a look. Located on the 6th floor of the hotel in a wing that juts out from the main building, the restaurant boasts lovely views of Juffair, the Grand Mosque and Al Fateh Corniche. Inside, a cosy, comfortable and inviting atmosphere makes it the ideal place for an intimate dinner with loved ones. The new menu is packed full of delights, but we started with the Beef Tataki and the Open Lobster Ravioli. The Tataki is harissa-marinated seared beef tenderloin, truffled yakumi, and micro cress salad, in a sumac dressing. It’s a delicious and delicate dish for meat lovers, but only order it if you don’t mind your meat VERY rare! Open Lobster Ravioli is an unusual

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dish featuring poached lobster, mussels and salmon ravioli in a crustacean bisque, layered with thin sheets of pasta. A must for seafood lovers! As was the main course we ordered, the Sweet Butter Poached Lobster, with garlic-roasted tiger prawns in a creamy lobster broth, accompanied by a spinach and herb risotto. This is a delicious dish reminiscent of a lobster bisque, with very generous portions of prawns and big chunks of lobster – a lavish offering! In addition to this, we also tried the Pan Roasted Venison Loin, with parsnip purée, confit banana shallot, and tapenade sautéed kailan, all in a cherry and Sarawak “poivrade” sauce. The venison is gamey and full-flavoured meat that die-hard carnivores such as ourselves will love, especially when eaten with the parsnip purée. You might wonder what the banana is doing in there, but don’t worry – it just gives a subtle flavour that complements the dish nicely, especially when combined with the sweetness of the cherry sauce. Delicious! To finish, we sampled the Matcha Crème Brulee, which is a Green Tea crème brulee served with grapefruit

sorbet, if only because it sounded unusual. Despite this, it was very nice, with the tanginess of the sorbet balancing the creaminess of the brulee nicely. What Fusions offers is a culinary adventure, where you’ll get to try combinations of styles and flavours that you’ll never have experienced before, and for anyone who considers themselves a food enthusiast, this is a good thing. Not everything might be to your tastes, but you’ll discover new things that most definitely are! THE BILL Beef tataki Open lobster ravioli

BD 6.000 BD 7.500

Poached lobster

Loin of venison

Crème Brulee

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15 % service charge

5 % govt levy TOTAL

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Corkers from the K Hotel

Closer to town is this hotel in Seef with enough food to feed an army!

Summertime at the Sofitel

With the summer creeping in at our doorsteps, now is the time to get out there and delight in some seriously great offers. WHEN you think of the seaside, there are two things that spring to mind – seafood and scrumptious drinks. Well at the Sofitel you can have it all! La Mer, one of the best seafood restaurants on the island, is the perfect spot for the weekend this month. Every Saturday you can sit overlooking the glittering sea and indulge in some fresh fish, carefully prepared and presented by the head chef. Open from 12.304pm, this spot has private parking and access as well as a huge international wine selection. When the stress of the week is over and you can finally treat yourselves, La Mer should be your ideal destination. You can even head down to the Lagoon pool bar and enjoy some light refreshments, cheeky or soft, and some fresh fruit as well. Poolside there are underwater stools and plenty of loungers for you to top up that fading tan! If you can’t afford to jet off this May, the Sofitel is your next best option. The bar is open from 9am so get in early to secure your spot in the sunshine. GO: Call La Mer on 1763 6412 and the Lagoon bar on 1763 6416.

Eat a lot at Camelot

Live music and great food – need we say more?

TUCKED away in the Block 338 district is this little individual joint, designed with a fresh, chateaux-style interior, comfortable lounge and world-class menu. The choice of food is inspired by the flavours of the French and Spanish, with carefully selected labels of delicious bottles of international wines. Now Camelot isn’t just for popping in for a quick coffee or drink; this restaurant is an ideal place to find that little extra magic. Every Monday you can enjoy unlimited food and drinks at the ‘Moules et Frites’ Night for just BD22 per head. From 9pm onwards, you can also catch the Acoustic Duo of James and Jo, whose interview is featured earlier on in this issue (see page 14). Sometimes nothing is better than a spot of music from some great entertainers with a yummy meal in front of you. GO: Book your table on 1771 7745 or email info@camelotrestaurant.net.

HOME to two well-known restaurants in the Kingdom, Mo Kan and Klouds, the K Hotel already has a pretty decent reputation for food. Even when taking a look at the offers this May, your mouths will be left watering at the very thought. First up we have Sushi lunch and dinner on a Saturday where you can get a whopping 50% off ALL sushi items. So, you can go and eat a week’s worth and only pay half the price. If you are more of a meat fan, then Mo Kan is hosting a Dim Sum evening from Sunday to Wednesday, where two people can tuck into a platter of 20 pieces for just BD9.8 per dish. If weekdays are too busy for you then the Brunch on Fridays at Klouds is your best bet. For BD19.5 per person, enjoy a delish buffet and unlimited drinks - yes unlimited we say! GO: To find out more, call 1736 0000.

Meat Feast

If you dream of a juicy steak, let the Meat Company be your first choice! SET in the heart of Adliyah is this gem – the Meat Company. Being one of the priciest restaurants in town, it’s probably not a good spot if you’re looking for a cheap bite to eat, but this one is definitely worth a visit if you are looking to treat that special someone or celebrate a special occasion. This month however, the Meat Co has a special Meaty Feast lunch menu. For just BD11.5 each, you can have a two-course meal. Starters include the choice between soup of the day, bruschetta, Caesar salad or a rocket and apple walnut salad. Main course is a selection from Flame Grilled South African fillet, ribs and rump, a mushroom and Swiss cheese burger or prime cuts from a butcher’s skewer. Every meal is accompanied by a soft drink and a tea or coffee and the offer is valid from 12.30 - 5pm, Sunday to Wednesdays. GO: Reserve a place on 1717 1000 or email restaurants.bahrain@kempinski.com

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Chef Stefano Tansini

Last month we dined at the table of Chef Stefano, from Italian restaurant Fiamma at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, who treated us to some fantastic traditional Italian dishes ‘with a twist’.

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hef Stefano lives and breathes Italian food. This is even to the extent that he doesn’t really have much time for other cuisines. It’s what he loves, and what he is passionate about, and this shows in the food he prepares. Some might say that a chef should be open to all cuisines and culinary styles, but in this case we say, “Stay true to your own convictions”… or maybe it’s “Practice what you preach”… or perhaps “Live by the sword”… Whatever we mean, Chef Stefano embodies that principle. His dishes are simple, and yet there is a focus on individual flavours and visual aesthetics. He doesn’t like to mess around with the classic tenets of Italian cooking too much, but he does like to take the concepts to a higher level in his flavours and presentation. “In Italian cooking it’s important to keep the rustic taste. It’s tradition,” says Stefano. “It’s also important to be able to taste all the different flavours in the cooking – that’s what Italian food is all about.” As with other chefs we’ve dined with, Stefano seems to have that essential trait that all great chefs must have to be successful: an overriding passion for the ingredients they’re using and the food they’re cooking. He agrees unequivocally. “Passion is the main ingredient to be successful as a chef. If you don’t have the passion, you might as well go and do a different job!” Stefano was born and raised in Northern Italy, and began his training in the culinary arts in Domodossola, in the region of Piedmont in the foothills of the Italian Alps, near the Swiss border. “There the cheeses are very good, and the bread is very good. You work with cep mushrooms a lot,

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when it’s in season, berries, nettles, we make a nettle gnocchi, and a ravioli filled with nettles, ricotta, chestnuts, all things from the ground, local ingredients,” recalls Stefano. He kicks off the culinary experience with a very simple, and very Italian entrée – Scachatta. This is thin bread much like a pizza base, sprinkled with olive oil, salt, fresh thyme, oregano and put in the oven. We had it both on its own and with a Bruschetta topping of garlic, basil, tomato and olive oil. In true traditional Italian style, it is

very simple and rustic, but also very aromatic and tasty. It’s an excellent entrée – not too heavy, but just enough to whet the appetite. As he cooks, and we eat, Stefano tells us about Fiamma restaurant. “I am very happy with what we’ve done with this place. When we came it was completely new, and we didn’t have any regular clientele, so we had to start from the very beginning. Now we have regulars, sometimes the same table coming in two or three times a week, which is very nice to see.”

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He also has big plans for the open kitchen within the restaurant itself, which is currently only used during the hotel’s Friday brunch. “It’s great having this kitchen outside, I like it! I’d like to organise some cooking lessons here, because you have a nice cooking area with the stools on the other side, where people can watch and take notes. It’s interesting for people who are interested in food, because they are curious, and want to see what is going on behind the scenes, and learn some things.” Next comes a deliciously rich and creamy risotto with scampi and lemon zest, served in an edible baked Parmesan tray. “My chef taught me that everything you put on your plate should be edible, all the decorations, everything. Some cuisines put flowers, or tinfoil, but I don’t believe in this,” says Stefano. The risotto isn’t served al dente, but all’onda, which is how it is traditionally served in Italy. All’onda means “like a wave”, because when you tilt the plate, the risotto moves

in waves. After this came a very unusual dish that Stefano learned during the very early stages of his career, in Northern Italy, which features tagliatelle pasta cooked risotto-style! “This recipe I learned from the chef there, and it sticks in my mind, because normally you boil pasta, but with this one you cook the tagliatelle like you cook risotto, slowly cooked in the sauce of the dish. And you use dried pasta, gradually adding stock and the pasta retains all the different flavours,” explains Stefano. “This dish has stayed in my mind for all these years, because it’s so unusual to see pasta cooked in this way, and it’s one of the first things I learned.” Following this came beef fillet tenderloin prepared in a traditional Italian way, sliced with rocket salad with balsamic and Parmesan shavings. “Slicing the beef tenderises it, because it breaks all the fibres, and I think it’s one of the best Italian meat dishes you can get,” explains Stefano. And finally, sea bass with mashed potato, king crab and red pepper sauce. With a contented sigh we sat back to relax and let the extremely enjoyable meal settle. This was some of the best Italian food that any of us had ever had, and proves the theory that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! “Italian cuisine is based on simplicity, but using the best ingredients cooked well to make the good flavours,” finished Stefano. FACT BAHRAIN MAY

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VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Cocoon Lounge Address: Website: Opening hours: Contact No:

Best Western Hotel, Juffair www.cocoonlounge.net 17:00-02:00 Every day +973 3650 0114

DONT MISS...

Musical Acts at Mezzaluna Set to showcase two international acts from the UK and Amsterdam, music lovers should check out Mezzaluna this month…

THIS MONTH Friday, 4 May

Elements of House with Damian D’Costa As the Casa D’Costa label grows, it ventures to explore different areas of music, production and concepts - the Elements of House. A night of pure Tech House, Damian is renowned for bringing the biggest tracks and remixes of the moment to the decks!

Weds, 9 May

Ladies Night with Chris B (Percussion, UK) Chris has toured to all four corners of the globe providing beats for a string of superstar DJs including Roger Sanchez, Basement Jaxx, Mauro Picotto, and many more. This alongside touring with HedKandi as well as dates for Gatecrasher, Fierce Angel and Pukka Up.

Friday, 11 May

Ladies Night Presents iLL Communications Bahrain OHM Records was established in 2002 with a vision to bring cutting edge electronic music to Dubai and they re-launched the famous Trilogy nightclub with their brand iLL Communications. Ohm are now spreading innovative electronic music around the Middle East! Step forward iLL Communications, Bahrain!

Friday, 18 May

Ladies Night Presents Salvacion Ibiza Republik A monthly event from the Balearic party haven, Salvacion Ibiza Republik showcases the worlds best DJs who play for the white isles superclubs, PACHA, Space, & Amnesia!

Weds, 23 May

Ladies Night Presents Greg Stainer (Zinc, Dubai) Greg Stainer seems to have the knack of neatly straddling the commercial/cool divide, with his brand of house being accessible enough for wide appeal, yet credible enough to appeal also to the cognoscenti.

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Sushi Mondays with Live Jazz

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Only the very best old-skool hip-hop and RnB played weekly every Sunday all night. Enjoy a platter of Sushi with unlimited selected beverages for just BD12 per head from 7pm-12am, whilst Lelane and Jameelo perform live Jazz, followed by Late Night Ladies Lounge until 2am.

Lipstick Lounge

Complimentary cocktails for the ladies from their indulgent Lipstick Lounge menu, from 5pm-2am.

Fabulous!

Get Fabulous as Cocoon Lounge heats up for a luxurious night of deep and delicious RnB spun by exclusive guest DJ Neil T! Ladies enjoy free sparkling wine all night long!

Late Night Ladies Lounge

Complimentary spirits and wines (no cocktails) for the ladies from 11pm to 2am.

THERE are two people to look out for this May, and you will find them at Mezzaluna. The first is Hinda Hicks, a Tunisian-born singer, who now has four albums under her belt! Starting off in a band called ‘Fabulous Dug’ at the age of 15, she moved on to performing at functions across London and then landed herself a record deal with Island Records. Having had a fair few setbacks throughout her career, in spite of her talent she has failed to break through to mainstream success, largely due to her underground jazzy sound. Hinda started off her album library with Hinda, a Jazz Funk/Soul collection of songs. After its release, she went on to record Everything To Me, and Still Doing My Thing, the first touching base with both Blues and Hip Hop, and the latter leaning more towards the Hip Hop vibe. Her latest album is “Journeys”, an electric tale of her experiences in life as well as a showcase of her debut as a producer as well as a songwriter. Despite the allure of mainstream success and fame, Hicks has never given in to industry pressure and gone ‘pop’, and for that she deserves credit. She stays true to her musical ideals, and for that passion alone, she is worth the watch! DJ Richard Parker

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VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Dragon Hotel & Resort Address: Contact No: Website:

Awmaj Islands +973 1603 9800 www.dragonresorthotel.com www.mujuamwaj.com

Playing five nights a week in Muju...

Lelane and Jamelo!

Hailing all the way from South Africa, this highly accomplished pair will be taking over the reins from the Margaret Bell Jazz Duo, and though they have big shoes to fill, they’re more than up to the task!

LELANE

DON’T MISS OUT...

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Muju Jazz Brunch

Hosted at Muju every Friday, what is already becoming one of the favourite brunches on the island, featuring international cuisine and excellent sushi. The price is BD25 nett, inclusive of all beverages, and takes place from 12pm to 5pm. Otherwise known as Richard van Overbeek (brilliant name!), Richard Parker is flying in from Amsterdam especially to perform at this event. With more than 20 years of musical experience streaming through his blood, this DJ started off as a promoter before realising his serious love for DJing. Primarily he was involved in organising underground Hip Hop and Hip House events in the Netherlands, but he realised his perfect career when discovering the sounds of acid-house in 1992. Two years later, Richard moved to Amsterdam to pursue his new dream job. So where can you catch Richard now? Well since his arrival in the ‘Dam, this DJ’s life has been transformed somewhat considerably. Now with a secured residency in the country’s top club, ‘Club 11’, this guy is known for his energetic spinning of deep house, tech house and funky-techno. He is now one of the biggest names in the Dutch electronic music scene and has played all over the world: Mexico, Thailand, the US and now Bahrain. Lucky us! GO: Catch these two acts on May 3 at Mezzaluna. For information, call 1774 2999.

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TaBu

Address: Opening hours: Contact No: BB Pin: Dress code: Email:

1st floor, Panorama Hotel, Juffair 20:00 – 02:00 - Seven days a week +973 3999 4199 23B781C1 Smart Casual (no t-shirts, no caps, no sports wear, no exceptions!) tabu.juffair@hotmail.com

One of Bahrain’s most popular nightspots, TaBu is now well established as one of the most happening clubs in Juffair. Bringing you the most cuttingedge beats courtesy of their talented in-house DJ Salime and regular guest DJs from around the world, TaBu maintains its rightful place as one of the hottest nightlife venues in the Kingdom. Check out their special events and promotions below, and make sure you’re in the know...

DON’T MISS OUT... Starting Thursday’s

Indulge

With Duet Rich Girls Vs Dj Salime Feat. Dj Cossta

Friday, 4th & 18th May

Poetry Over Music “Spoken Words” Nights of luscious lyricism, with guest DJ Cossta and Salime, featuring skills on the microphone from 7 to 11pm..

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‘R&B Friday’ with DJ Cossta

All the smoothest R&B sounds and urban beats, courtesy of guest DJ Cossta and resident DJ Salime...

REGULAR NIGHTS... Mondays and Wednesdays.

Ladies Night

Complimentary cocktails, wine and sparkling all night long!

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“ABSOLUT DESIRABLE”

TaBu’s resident...

DJ Salime

Salime has been entertaining TaBu’s crowds for over three years now, spinning up a heady combination of classics, crowdpleasers and the latest dancefloor hits to keep things pumping all night long!

Show me the… Muniklip Looking to see some underrated talent - then look no further.

MAY 3 is also a busy night for the Wrangler bar as well! Starting from 9pm, you can catch DJ Muniklip ‘MCing’ for the night. This Arkansas based MC “creates an adrenaline rush one single after another!” And how exactly? Well, this DJ lyrically laces beats with unique metaphors and his love for the good life. By throwing in pop, hip-hop and R&B, Muniklip is known for bringing genius creativity and flow to any track. Otherwise known as ‘The Lyrical Don Juan of the South”, Muniklip is an independent recording artist and CEO of Single R Records. Since hitting the scene, Muniklip has developed a swagger of his own by becoming his own audio engineer, beat producer, video editor, photo retouch specialist and website designer (so pretty talented then?!). On every show, this guy tries to push his creative flare to the brink. Although he has been expanding his horizons across the Midwest, it is his live shows and radio interviews that generate the most enthusiastic reviews. His talent is very much underrated, so it’s about time that we got to see him live! What have others said? Well according to the grapevine, this guy is “Armed with powerful vocals, chest pounding instrumentals, a killer smile, athletic frame, and great looks,” when armed with a microphone. “Muniklip takes you on a fantastic ride, revs your engine, and peels out, leaving heat all the way!” GO: Tickets are BD5 for guys and BD3 for Ladies (who also get free drinks). Call 3983 1380 or check our www.wranglerbar.com.

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VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Upstairs Downstairs Address: Website: Opening hours: Contact No:

Building 754, Rd 3825, Block 338, Adliya www.upstairsdownstairs.me 11:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 00.00 - Sun-Weds 09:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 00.00 - Thurs-Sat +973 1771 3093

Located in the heart of Bahrain, a terrific buzz hits you as you enter Upstairs Downstairs and make your way through the bar to the utterly charming twofloor restaurant. Decorated in a traditional English Country House style, it’s like being at a private dinner party hosted by a friend, with an ambience further heightened by local jazz musicians performing on stage. International guest stars regularly take the stage too. The menu is eye-catching, with a varied selection of cuisines from around the world, from fajitas to fish cakes, unique salads and more, with vegetarians well catered for. So drop in to Upstairs Downstairs and experience something truly unique in Bahrain today...

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY!

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Jojo

P.O.S.H. is Back!

Get ready for yet another instalment of the hugely successful P.O.S.H. pool parties at the Dragon Hotel, Amwaj…

ALREADY well established as one of the regular highlights of the party scene in Bahrain, P.O.S.H., which stands for Poolside Outdoor Soulful House, returns for another great event on May 11. Playing at this event is a fantastic line-up of local DJ talent, which comprises Damian D’Costa, DJ Huss, DJ Gazi, and DJ Liam. Each of them is well known and highly respected in Bahrain’s club scene, with a combined experience of many years giving Bahrain’s partygoers the full benefit of their turntable skills. Taking place around the Dragon Hotel’s pool terrace overlooking the calm Amwaj waters, you won’t find a more idyllic setting for an outdoor pool party! Bringing the same al fresco waterfront atmosphere as the Dragon’s infamous Ibiza parties, but on a more laid-back scale, the P.O.S.H. parties recreate a little bit of that Balearic vibe on a regular basis on Amwaj Islands. And as a special treat for this event, FACT Magazine will be there promoting the Bahrain’s Top Model Grand Finale, along with some of the models themselves! Tickets to the event will be available for purchase at the pool party! You can either buy a standard ticket, or reserve one of the cosy and comfortable poolside cabanas, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon out dancing to the DJ’s beats and enjoying the great outdoors. This’ll be a great warm up for the Top Model Grand Finale which takes place a week later in the same venue.

Saturday & Wednesday

Saturo

Thursday & Friday

Frankie’s Friends

GO: The P.O.S.H. pool party takes place on the 11th May. Entrance is BD10. For more information, call 1603 1111.

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DONT MISS...

Building 754, Rd 3825, Block 338, Adliya www.upstairsdownstairs.me 11:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 00.00 - Sun-Weds 09:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 00.00 - Thurs-Sat +973 1771 3093

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Located in the heart of Bahrain, a terrific buzz hits you as you enter Upstairs Downstairs and make your way through the bar to the utterly charming twofloor restaurant. Decorated in a traditional English Country House style, it’s like being at a private dinner party hosted by a friend, with an ambience further heightened by local jazz musicians performing on stage. International guest stars regularly take the stage too. The menu is eye-catching, with a varied selection of cuisines from around the world, from fajitas to fish cakes, unique salads and more, with vegetarians well catered for. So drop in to Upstairs Downstairs and experience something truly unique in Bahrain today...

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY!

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Jojo

WTF – Round Two Looking for a night of great atmosphere, music and vibe? Then this is it!

Saturday & Wednesday

Saturo

Thursday & Friday

Frankie’s Friends

SINCE this place opened, especially after all the controversy with the noise levels and people (mainly the fun-police) complaining about the supposed “lack of sleep” (despite the FACT that no residences are nearby), this has to be one of the best places to go for a decent night out on the island. And a tip for all the guys out there: You can get free entrance if you grab a girl and go as a couple! So what is in store this month? Well, May 25 sees the return of WTF II (we hope you don’t need help interpreting that). Switch on your party mode and feel the musical vibe with the sounds of DJ Sandy Rivera. Over the past few years, Sandy has managed to maintain a pretty intimidating, yet simultaneously impressive, production catalogue, many of which have found their home on Defected Records. Ones worthy of a mention are ‘Freak’, ‘Hide U’ and ‘Can’t Stop’ all under the name of Sandy Rivera. Whereas others like ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘I Need You To Love Me’ are examples of this DJ reverting back to his Kings of Tomorrow moniker [DASH] both tracks were hailed as a return to the heyday of vocal house music. Now remember, 360-ers have to be dressed the part to be allowed entrance. So ladies, something glamorous, and guys, no t-shirts, you need a collar, and no trainers as they will turn you away point blank. Get your dancing shoes on and make sure you have plenty of drinking practice beforehand, unless you want to spend half your income on a night out. Some would argue that it’s worth it though… GO: For more info call Luciana on 3360 0300 or email 360@klub360.com

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Stockists of: Great value Birthday, Anniversary and other Greetings cards from BD1 Gift wrapping service available Yankee Candle scented products Willow Tree figurines Baby gifts/baby baskets Photo frames/albums Wedding gifts/accessories Birthday gifts Household ornaments & gifts

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A holiday in Thailand! You could enjoy the breathtaking views and ultra-luxurious surroundings of Samui Sunset Pavilions in Koh Samui, Thailand. www.samuisunsetpavilions.com

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Health & Wellbeing Your body is your temple, so worship it! Looking after your health doesn’t have to mean exercising and eating health food - a good pampering is just as important...

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Pure Bliss, Pure Pleasure, Pure Spa A haven of tranquillity in the heart of the bustling Seef district, the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel’s Pure Spa offers a welcome retreat from the stresses and strains of a busy lifestyle…

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tepping into the lobby of the Pure Spa is an instantly relaxing experience. Designed in soothing and gentle earth tones and neutral colours, the surroundings are designed to begin the relaxation process before you even begin your treatment. The hotel’s spa boasts no less than 11 elegantly stylish treatment rooms in which their signature therapies are applied using “exclusive supernatural products with European herbs and Arabic oils.” The spa aims to provide a comprehensive rejuvenation experience, focusing on mental, spiritual and physic harmony. Before beginning your session, you’ll be asked to fill out some forms designed to help you get the best out of your therapy session. The forms ask you if there are any particular ailments that you’re looking to have treated, such as stress, tension headaches, fatigue, muscle soreness and so on. They’re very detailed, and take a little while to fill out, so it’s worthwhile turning up fifteen minutes before your treatment starts to ensure you get the full time allotted. Once formalities are taken care of, you’ll be guided to the treatment

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room, again decked out in tranquil colours and soothing lighting, with ambient music providing a backing track to the whole experience. We chose the couples’ Bio Harmonising Aroma Massage treatment in the couples’ spa suite, which boasts two massage beds side by side so that you can enjoy a relaxing time with your partner. The massage begins with a cursory rub down with scented oils, whilst below your face an aromatherapy steamer is placed to help clear the airways, and your mind! Then, before the massage begins in earnest, your muscles are rubbed down with warm stones to infuse a deep warmth into the muscles and loosen them up. If you have very sensitive skin, let the therapist know so that they can allow the stones to cool a bit more before they apply them. After this, you can relax and enjoy the rest of the massage, which works all the core muscle groups to leave you feeling absolutely relaxed and rejuvenated. Following the massage, you’re given time to recover your senses (especially if you’ve fallen asleep, which is a strong possibility!) and shower off the oil if you wish. As you leave the spa, you’ll be

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Our Health Columnist is fitness guru Craig Heslop, Founder & Coach of Tribal Fitness, who believes that a more back-tobasics and natural approach to living is the key to a healthy lifestyle…

tempted to have a look around to see what the rest of the facility holds. A look through one doorway will reveal the authentic Turkish hammam, which looks fantastic, but isn’t actually operational as of yet. It will, however, be up and running in the near future, and when it is, we fully intend to return and try it out! Aside from this massage, a full range of treatments from facials to scrubs, wraps and their signature treatments are available, all ranging from 30 minutes to 120 minutes. Interesting options that stand out are the Gentleman’s Rescue facial treatment, the Muscle Melt, and the Modern Bahraini Green Bar Experience. Contact the spa’s experts and describe what you’d like to get out of your treatment, and they will be happy to advise you on which treatment would best suit your requirements. Conveniently situated as it is in the Seef Area, it’s the perfect place to stop and unwind after a tough week at work, so treat yourself on the way home on a Thursday evening! GO: To find out more or book a treatment, call 1717 1122, or email spa.bahrain@kempinski.com.

SALAM Tribe! Travelling business people can find it particularly difficult to stay healthy whilst on overseas business trips. The unnatural experience of jetting around the globe messes up our natural circadian rhythm. You can dress a successful businessman up in a suit but like every animal on this planet, they need to be close to nature to stay healthy. A tiger is a magnificent animal but place them in a zoo and they soon become sick and depressed. Humans are no different. On business trips we can be exposed to late night meetings, planes full of garbage food and poor air quality and, worst of all, we are away from our family. All these components can have a negative effect on our health. These components can be minimized by prioritizing one’s health and planning ahead. Follow these three simple steps below to ensure you travel well on your business trips overseas: 1. Get at least one hour of sun exposure every day. This will ensure you get some muchneeded Vitamin D and reduce the feeling of “cabin fever”. Vitamin D is very important to maintain high immunity and prevent us from getting sick. 2. Pack your own food for the plane. The garbage that they provide on planes today is nothing short of disgraceful. That highly processed cheese roll is not fit for your body, nor is the chocolate bar or even the fake “juice” drink. Plan ahead with a light snack of light natural foods. An example could include an apple, a few macadamia nuts and some biltong (jerky). 3. Stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Air conditioning, intense heat and the recycled plane air can leave us dry and sick. Avoid excessive caffeine consumption too as diuretics also lead to further water loss. I hope you find this useful on your next business trip! GO: For more information, or to get involved with Tribal Fitness, email craig@tribalfitness.com, or call 3947 3710

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Address: Seef Mall, New Extension, 2nd Floor Contact No: 1700 1700 Website: www.toniandguybahrain.com

TONI&GUY brings Balmain to Bahrain! With Balmainia everywhere in the world, celebrities like Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and many more are all regularly being snapped wearing the latest Balmain designs. Next to the haute couture house, Balmain also enjoys worldwide recognition with their haute coiffure collection - Balmain Hair - which carries a complete Hair+ line. This hair brand is just as famously in demand as her fashion sister. Stars like Paula Abdul, Christina Aguilera, Chantelle Houghton, Kirsty Duffy and Laura Jansen are huge fans. Balmain Hair is the world licensee and manufacturer of Balmain Hair fashion and is related to – and inspired by - the French fashion house Balmain Paris. This famous fashion house was founded in 1945 by the renowned couturier Pierre Balmain, known for his elegant and super feminine Madame Jolie-style. In 2005 the fashion brand took a twist when Christophe Decarnin came on board as a head designer. With his outstanding, edgy, glamorous and sexy looks, he brought rock & roll to the catwalk, making Balmain into the most wanted fashion brand amongst trendsetting party girls and celebrities all over the world. This year Balmain Paris welcomes it’s new head designer: Olivier Rousteing. After spending five years at Roberto Cavalli and working for Balmain’s women’s wear studio since 2009, Olivier is ready to show the world his talent as the new head designer in the upcoming shows. Following the latest fashion trends, Balmain Hair and the international fashion world are closely connected. Balmain Hair is a beloved brand that many famous hairstylists work with and can therefore often be seen on the catwalk at various famous fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York. Be inspired! Are you ready to let Balmain rock your world? Visit Toni&Guy at Seef Mall or call 1700-1700. www.toniandguybahrain.com

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The Power of

Meditation Christal Dennis is a Personal Performance Coach and Hypnotherapist with a Masters in Psychology Leadership Development and Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people overcome life’s hurdles and tapping in to their deepest potential...

THE “Awakening Your Inner Power and Potential” conference was held between the 18th and the 21st of April this year. It was such a pleasure to attend this conference, because not only did I meet many wonderful people whilst immersing myself in the wonderful atmosphere of friendship that abounded, but I was also reminded of the power of meditation and being a master of your mind. Many may ask what could be so wonderful about sitting quietly? A few years ago I certainly asked this question and the prospect of meditation sounded rather boring to me. But once I decided to practice meditation, the potential of my own happiness and enjoyment of life unfolded before my eyes. In the silence we are able to release all the unnecessary thoughts that tend to take up residence in our minds. These unnecessary thoughts, many of which are the same, day in and day out, cause stress and take up so much of the energy we could use instead for the enjoyment of life. One benefit you may experience after starting meditation is that you feel rejuvenated for a long while after each session, and you will most likely find that fatigue becomes less of an issue. Since diseases like high blood pressure and many other diseases are related to stress, one could possibly expect to see one’s health taking a turn for the better. Several scientists now recognize the value of meditation for these benefits alone. Meditation also has spiritual benefits, because in the silence we are more available to connecting with our souls. This is the powerful part because then we can start to discover that all those things we are looking for on the outside are right there inside us. This is when you can come into the true power of who you really are. The Bahrain Meditation Centre for Self-Development offers free courses to anyone who is interested. Take it from me – it certainly is worth it. To rediscovering you inner power! GO: For a personal consultation call 3669 6666

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Seeing is Believing…

We all seem to underestimate the importance of the senses we were born with. FACT catches up with Senoj Kuriakose, an Optometrist and the Branch Manager from Optica, to find out more about our eyes and how we can protect them.

ON a day-to-day basis, we are so caught up in life’s ‘ups-and-downs’ that we take for granted the things that matter the most – one of these being the ability to see. According to Senoj, “Eyesight is a very precious gift, and thus taking care of our eyes is very vital. Try closing your eyelids for a few minutes and you’ll realize the importance of your eyes. Surveys prove that hundreds of people are losing their sight everyday due to eye diseases, systemic diseases (e.g. diabetes), ocular injuries, harmful radiation from the sun and the lack of proper eye examinations.” When asked why people tend to forget about this area of our health, Senoj replied, “Some of us don’t want to find any problems. As long as nothing is disturbing our daily routines, we are simply scared of discovering a problem and having to face it.” Optica isn’t just about selling high quality eyewear. One of their prime

aims is to promote the importance of eye care and eye health. The company proudly boasts a team of qualified Optometrists, all of whom are license holders from the Ministry of Health, and their clinics perform detailed examinations. It isn’t just about a quick test and buying glasses; this company actually cares about your eyes. “Being the region’s leading eye care provider, we work on spreading awareness about the importance of eye care. We provide tips and advice for maintaining healthy eyes and perfect vision personalized to specific needs of each individual customer.” The great thing for Optica is that glasses seem to have lost their ‘uncool’ status. Senoj goes on to say that, “In our experience the perception of glasses being ‘uncool’ is slowly vanishing. Because of the availability of stylish, trendy and fashionable eyeglasses from various brands in the market, glasses are considered more of an accessory

than a burden. At present people are becoming more fashion conscious and very eager to wear the latest trends even though there is no need for a prescription. Also, teenagers who used to be embarrassed to wear glasses are now seeking for ‘geek-chic’ or other trendy styles to impress their peers.” So what’s next for this company? “At Optica we are continuously studying the needs of our customers and prospects and come up with innovative services and solutions,” explains Senoj. “We have recently introduced a new website, where our customers can find extremely valuable information, an online eye-test booking system, and we are rolling out free home delivery of prescription frames and sunglasses for our most valued customers.” GO: For quality, fantastic customer service and results, Optica is your best bet. Find out more at www.optica.net.

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What’s your

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S.A.T’s? M.B.A’s? Pah! In Bahrain, only one test score really matters: your Bahrain IQ!

This month sees the Grand Finale of Bahrain’s Top Model, the most glamorous competition in

Bahrain. Do you:

a frantically call all your mates telling them to text in and vote for your friend who’s taking part

in the competition? start a smear campaign against all your competitors in the competition to improve your chances of winning? buy a ticket to the event, because a fashion show’s always interesting, and judging by years past, the after party will be a blast?

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This month is our Big Summer Travel Issue. Do you:

a peruse the fantastic and exotic destinations around the world covered in the Travel Feature,

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before booking your flight to the Costa Brava to spend two weeks sitting in the Red Lion Pub watching Premiership Football? peruse the fantastic and exotic destinations covered in the feature, before choosing one and booking your next adventure? peruse the fantastic and exotic destinations, and shed a quiet tear, because you blew your next three month’s salary on a new wardrobe for the F1 Weekend, and are now resigned to spending the summer in the sweltering Bahraini heat?

b c

May also brings you FACT’s Telecoms Feature, with all the latest news and developments in the communications industry. To you this means:

a some welcome information on which provider you should change to, because your current one has ripped you off for the last time?

b confirmation that the service you are getting with your mobile provider is the best you’ll find

on the island? four pages of gobbledegook!?

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