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Artistic Endeavours

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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emember, remember the 5th of November… how many of you celebrate the infamous “Bonfire Night” or “Guy Fawkes Night” as tradition from the place you call home? Though it’s not a big part of the culture here, November brings with it more creativity that the Bahrain community thrives on. At FACT, we're all about supporting local talent and this month I got to catch up with Sara Rajab. If you picked up this issue of FACT for the very nostaligia-inspired retro cover, it’s the Arts Spotlight on p40 that you need to read. Just one more talented young lady harnessing her love of digital art through vibrant portraits that channel the pop art movement to its core. You can even contact Sara on Instagram – the main platform used for sharing her artwork – and request a drawing in a style that suits your character, for as little as BD5 – a side hustle that truly pays off for the artist and the audience. We can't go into November without our annual round up of our favourite al fresco hotspots in town. And nobody is happier about the cool down than me. Sitting outside for a leisurely lunch or lazy dinner is one of the most beautiful things to take advantage of in the Bahrain winter. We've got outdoor casual dining, ladies night spots, poolside eats and more to get you excited about another great season (p27). This month, we're all about spotlighting the best in Bahrain. There are not one, not two, but five fabulous food features to whet your appetite. Head for an elegant afternoon tea at The Merchant House (p78), an inspiring colourful lunch at Florence & Dar Zowayed (p81), evening chills at Via Brasil (p85), a magical experience at Lagoon Floating Restaurant (p89), and last but by no means least a seafood feast at Waves (p93). Plus, the best foodie deals for November are hand-picked for your dining pleasure. Fashion, tech, travel, motoring and the most prominent society news is all jam-packed into an issue that is bursting with creative pride. As we head into the festive season and I press play on Jingle Bell Rock, it’s hard to believe that 2020 is just around the corner. In true Bahrain spirit, let’s make the most of the month ahead and keep living our best lives. See you in 30.☺

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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition • NOVEMBER 2019 VOLUME 13, ISSUE 03

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

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Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself. - Roy Lichtenstein

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LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef District, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain T +973 1717 1000 lemeridiencitycentrebahrain.com

BAHRAIN’S SWEETEST BRUNCH Every Fridays from 12:30PM to 4:00PM BHD 28 net inclusive of soft beverages BHD 36 net inclusive of selected beverages For more information or to make a reservation, please call +973 1717 1441

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Got Chills: Cryo Bahrain THE FIRST OF ITS KIND CRYO THERAPY FACILITY IS SET TO OPEN ITS DOORS IN BAHRAIN…

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ryotherapy is the science of exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures in order to stimulate multiple physical and mental health benefits. It speeds up muscle recovery and relieves pain from any part of the body. Cryotherapy also helps with weight loss and enhances general health and wellness, often used to treat aging and various skin symptoms. During this innovative therapy, the body is exposed to very cold temperatures up to -140 degrees in order to stimulate seven key benefits; athletic, beauty, sleep, weight-loss, recovery, mood and prevention. Born from nature and redefines through technology, Cryo Bahrain will offer a range of great treatments. CRYO BODY | 3 MINUTES A scientifically proven, innovative and quick full-body treatment which exposes the body to extreme temperatures, up to -140 degrees in order to promote overall health, fitness, weight-loss, recovery and beauty benefits. CRYO FACIALS | 10 MINUTES Enjoy ten minutes of cryogenically cooled air as it activates the collagen production in the deeper levels of your skin, increasing its capacity to rejuvenate itself, regain elasticity, appear smoother and bring forth a youthful glow. LOCALISED CRYO | 10 MINUTES Localised cryo is the application of cryogenically cooled air to specific parts of the body. It can be used to alleviate pain, inflammation and speed up recovery from injuries. CRYO SLIM | 60-75 MINUTES A non-invasive procedure that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin, providing instant results. Choose one/two target areas to focus on” love handles, belly, legs and arms. 8

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CRYO SLIM FACIAL | 45 MINUTES A revolutionary facial treatment that improves your skin whilst boosting collagen and improving blood flow to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Notice visible results instantly, see a change in your skin after the first session. ELEMIS BIOTEC FACIALS | 60 MINUTES Revolutionary, non-invasive, anti-aging facial treatment using the latest innovation of the BIOTEC machine which works to switch the skin’s natural cellular energy. Choose from seven personalised facials to suit your needs. ENERGISING LIGHT THERAPY | 15 MINUTES A non-invasive infrared light that activates the natural production of collagen and hyaluronic. Gently absorbed by the facial skin to reduce fine lines to active healthy skin. ✤

GO: CRYO BAHRAIN WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE RITZCARLTON SPA, THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN. FOLLOW @CRYO_BAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM OR CALL 6600 7777 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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EDENESQUE GETAWAY: THALASSA SEA & SPA Discover the paradise of Thalassa and indulge in the health benefits of sea water at the serene and idyllic surroundings of Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Allow your body and mind to connect in perfect harmony at Sofitel Bahrain’s rejuvenating spa, which covers 2,000sq/m of the resort. It is the first and only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the entire Middle East to offer ‘Thalassotherapy’, a treatment that uses salt water to relax and detoxify your body, with healthy benefits. Designed to ensure privacy and tranquility, the complex is separated into 14 different rooms – six are for dry treatments such as massages, while the other eight are for the Thalassotherapy and other water- dependent treatments. Each room is infused with a soothing aroma and also boasts a cutting-edge seawater hydrotherapy pool, a freshwater pool, saunas, steam rooms, hairdresser for men, beauty salon for women; collectively known as Le Salon, as well as a recreation and yoga studio. With a permanent focus on purity, the sea water used in the Thalassa Sea & Spa is sourced from the deep waters of the open 10

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sea, filtered, and then heated to 33°C. This promotes the relaxation of muscles, stimulates the blood-flow, and helps the absorption of active ingredients. This method of deriving seawater to create an idyllic feeling has made Thalassa Sea & Spa the forerunner of Thalassotherapy in France, and now in the Middle East at Sofitel Bahrain. Pamper yourself this November with the exclusive Autumn Relaxing Escape, a beautifying 115-minute treatment for only BD70, which includes: Hydrobath | 30 min, Hot Stone Massage | 60 min, and Miracle Eyes Treatment by Anne Semonin | 25 min. ✤

GO: CALL 1763 6391 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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CULTURAL HAPPENINGS November is packed with fabulous events hosted by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities… EVENT: Sound & Light Show DATE: November 1 onwards (Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) TIME: 6pm in English; 7pm in Arabic. VENUE: Bahrain Fort (Qal’at Al Bahrain) An interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back. Tickets are sold at Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum. EVENT: Beyond Silence By Rashid Diab – A Retrospective DATE: November 3 to February 15 TIME: 10am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays) VENUE Bahrain National Museum Sudanese artist, Dr. Rashid Diab, carries the obsession of an artist and the questions of a curious mind, both of which are only satisfied by colour, form and shadow. In this retrospective, we discover his artistic identity, which has been founded on the principle of converting and transforming one of the cultural or social elements into a subject matter, and then turn this subject into a vision through imagination and beauty. EVENT: Swan Lake Gala DATE: November 12 TIME: 8pm VENUE: Bahrain National Theatre AGE: 8 years and above In celebration of the Bahrain National Theatre’s opening anniversary, prominent dancers from the world-known Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre will be performing the revolutionary ballet piece Swan Lake in a frontline gala. The original Swan Lake ballet was written in 1876 and soon became one of the most famous ballets of the world and the real gem of the Russian ballet school. The version of Swan Lake by the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre retains all of the key features of the classical, academic choreography created by M. Petipa and L. Ivanov. Tickets sold at Virgin Megastore - City Centre Bahrain. 12

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EVENT: Abdullah Yousif – A Retrospective DATE: November 13 to January 1 TIME: Daily from 8am to 8pm VENUE: The Art Centre An exhibition to celebrate Bahraini artist Abdullah Yousif, by highlighting major milestones in his career starting with visual arts and how it led to the world of theatre, how the life on stage took him to television and how radio came to complete the circle. EVENT: Woodcut Printing Workshop DATE: November 17 to 19 TIME: 4pm to 7pm VENUE: Art Centre In collaboration with Jehan Saleh Printmaking Studio, the Art Centre is hosting a Woodcut Printing Workshop. Throughout this workshop, participants will learn about the skills of wood engraving, printmaking, and inking techniques. All materials and refreshments will be included over the three days where participants will be able to create their own artwork. Registration fees will apply. ✤

GO: Visit www.moc.gov.bh for more information.


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25th November - 2nd December All prices mentiones are inclusive of 5% V.A.T

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HOSPITALITY EXCELLENCE The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for their brilliant services. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Cristalyn Pastrana, Cluster Director of Marketing, The Westin & Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, said: “We are thrilled to have these accolades from our customers through TripAdvisor. As a hospitality partner our aim is to continuously provide our guests with a fantastic experience during their stay in Bahrain at both of our hotels, The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain,” she adds. “TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 Certificate of Excellence, which for nearly a decade has celebrated businesses that have consistently received positive 14

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ratings from travellers and diners on the world’s largest travel platform,” said Neela Pal, Vice President of Brand, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly recognize businesses that are actively taking into account customer feedback to help travelers confidently experience the most highly reviewed places to eat, stay, and explore.” The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. ✤

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START SOMETHING WITH CAREEM Careem has launched a global campaign that communicates its new positioning and reinforces its brand purpose, with an empowering message: “Start Something”. START SOMETHING is an invitation for everyone, with no exception, to move forward, to take that very first step and to believe, because nothing ever happens by standing still… The integrated campaign kicks-off with an emotional film that showcases people from different parts of our region, starting something to make a difference. A young girl following her true passion, a Jordanian family taking a step to create an inclusive community, an athlete dedicated to making his country proud, a Palestinian man believing in the impossible, a refugee with ambitions to never give up, a little boy nurturing his imagination, two young men believing in restoring the heritage of an old home, and an entrepreneur choosing to return home to Iraq and start something. Each daily life scenario portrays the brand’s purpose, encouraging each and every one to Start Something: start a conversation, start a journey, start a change. Because ‘You don’t have to be someone to start, you just have to start to be someone.’ “We’re really excited at the global launch of ‘Start Something’ for Careem which has been developed in close partnership with TBWA\RAAD. This campaign was twelve months in the making 16

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and brings to life our brand purpose and mission in a beautiful and emotional way. It tells a regional story of ‘Start Something’, encouraging each and every one of us to take a step in shaping the future of our region,” said Ian Pate, VP Global Brand Marketing at Careem. The emotional and inspirational campaign seeks to encourage people across the region to start, from small to big, no matter where they are or where they come from. It is an invitation to take the first step and to help move our region forward. Created by Careem’s agency of record, TBWA\RAAD, the campaign will run in 12 markets across the Middle East and North Africa. “More than ever before, the world needs a positive rallying cry that empowers people to take action, to ‘Start Something’, to help change the world for the better. We are extremely proud of this campaign and of our collaboration with Careem”, said Ghassan Kassabji, Chief Development Officer at TBWA\RAAD. ✤

GO: VISIT WWW.CAREEM.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AT THE RITZ A jewel in the crown of the Kingdom, the luxury 5-star Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain invites travellers and guests for a month-long celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary, until November 30. From 25 per cent savings on room packages, bespoke dining options to spa treatments, a Royal Beach Club “25 Feel Alive” fitness challenge, and even a time-capsule ceremony, there’s plenty happening for all to enjoy. The Silver Jubilee celebrations mark an exciting moment in the resort’s history and its contribution to hospitality excellence as well as the over two million memorable moments made over the last 25 years. The journey of the 7-story flagship resort began on November 26, 1994 when it opened its doors as one of the first luxury beach resorts in the Kingdom. At that time, the resort was made up of 267 rooms and suites, and several restaurants. In 2003, the resort was then re-flagged under legendary luxury hotel brand, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., becoming the 50th RitzCarlton in the world and the fourth to open in the Middle East. Immediately elevating its offerings to become a notable choice for important regional and international conferences as well as being the hotel of choice for the region’s most elite clientele. The following year the resort added 23 luxurious three-bedroom, seaside Villas, each with their own private infinity pool, beach and 24-hour butler service. Fast forward sixteen years to 2019, the 20-acre resort has now grown to include: The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf; 12 award-winning restaurants with La Table Krug by Y being its latest edition to the portfolio of dining; a world-class Ritz-Carlton Spa; a state-of-the-art Royal Beach Club; private 16-slip marina; Ritz-Kids club; and over 90,000 square feet of meetings and conference space including the recent additions of the Masaya and Arena pavilions’. 18

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TOP 3 OFFERS: Reconnect 25 Package Valid till November 31 Starting at 114 per night, guests will enjoy luxury accommodations in either a Deluxe or Club Room, BD25 daily resort credit, daily breakfast at the award-winning La Med or Club Lounge, and access to the Royal Beach Club facilities. Elevate your stay with a special BD20 spa voucher with compliments. 25th Anniversary Spa Treatment The Ritz-Carlton Spa | Valid till November 31 Priced at BD25, enjoy your choice of a 30-minute Head and Shoulder Massage or Express Manicure and 15-minute Marina Seawater Hydro Bath, along with complimentary access to the outdoor pool and BD10 spa voucher for your next visit. “25 Feel Alive” Fitness Challenge Royal Beach Club | Valid till November 31 Members and guests can compete for a chance to be win prizes with a special wellness challenge throughout the month featuring a series of seven different exercises times 25 reps to get fit this season - from pushups to jumping jacks, burpees, and more. Tag your challenge with #FeelAlive @ritzcarltonbahrain. ✤

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RIDE FOR A CAUSE October saw Bahrain uniting across the Kingdom to support a multitude of fundraisers for Think Pink, and Ride Nation are quite literally stepping up their game this November. WHAT IS RIDE NATION? Ride Nation is Bahrain’s first multi-sensory cycling and fitness experience that will redefine your body from the inside out. They are one community united to inspire, sweat, encourage, and connect. INDOOR CYCLING They’ve redefined the 45-minute workout. High-energy, sweatdrenched euphoria in a landscape of sensory illumination and projection.Ride to the beat of the music guided by their passionate, internationally trained instructors. Our nation is stronger when we ride together, and their customised Stages SC3 indoor bikes are loaded with features to maximise your results. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS Spice up your sweat routine with boundary-pushing strength and flexibility classes in Studio B. Featuring killer playlists and audacious lighting, you can reshape with Functional Fitness and TRX classes to compliment your indoor cycling experience. THE MAIN EVENT An outdoor activation in Bahrain Bay will be held on the where Ride Nation will host an outdoor class for 40 customers who have signed up for the pink packages. These bikes will be connected to lights that activate when the cranks are rotated. The lights will form a moving image of a cyclist creating a pink ribbon. These lights will be projected onto a wall creating a massive visual impact for the riders but also the audience viewing the activation. FUNDRAISING Ride Nation don’t do anything in halves unless it’s for charity! 50% of their sales of their Think Pink Packages saw a whopping BD1530 fundraised for Think Pink! ✤ 20

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BURNING QUESTIONS WHAT MAKES RIDE NATION DIFFERENT FROM OTHER GYMS? The Ride Nation studio is designed with thoughtful features to enhance every aspect of your fitness experience. Mesmerising illumination and pulsing sound are integrated into each class, aimed to bring out YOUR inner awesome.

WHO WILL BE TEACHING MY CLASS? Classes are led by their highly qualified and internationally acclaimed master instructors. Each instructor brings a unique personality and style to their class.

WHAT TYPES OF CLASSES DO THEY OFFER? They offer indoor cycling and strength classes that are safe, fun and based on exercise science.

IS THERE A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS? Yes! Sign up for their 10 Minute Basic Introduction class, which are available 20 minutes before the start of their regular sessions. These drop-in sessions will take you through the basic set-up, safety, positions, and terminology that will be used in every Ride Nation class. When the lights go down and the music goes up, you’ll have the freedom to ride at your own pace and control your own resistance. GO: CALL 1748 4828 AND FOLLOW @RIDENATION. ME / @THINKPINKBAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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FOODIE FIX Some of the delicious dining deals to check out around Bahrain in November… FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY THANKSGIVING DINNER BY WOLFGANG PUCK A delicious way to give thanks – indulge in all your favourite Thanksgiving goodies served up with a fine dining twist, Wolfgang Puck style at the magnificent Azure Pool. Enjoy the atmosphere of celebration and expect a meal that is mouth-watering from beginning to end. BD48 net with unlimited food and beverages. Served on November 28 from 6pm to midnight. GO: Call 1711 5044 for reservations and more information.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN SEAFOOD NIGHT AT SILK’S RESTAURANT Dive into a selection of delicious cuisine at Silk’s Restaurant this November. The buffet tables will be bulging with an extensive range of aquatic delicacies to satisfy all seafood cravings. BD25 net includes soft drinks and water. BD30 net includes unlimited selected hops and grapes. Mondays, 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1746 0000 for reservations and more information.

GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA GULF NIGHT OUT SEASON TWO For an amazing outdoor food festival experience, make sure you are poolside at the prestigious Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa this month. Indulge in culinary delights, enjoy games and prizes and get ready to dance the night away to live entertainment. BD19+++ per person. Every Tuesday throughout November. GO: Call 1771 3000 for reservations and more information.

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN FRIDAY BRUNCHISM AT ELEMENTS POOL & LOUNGE, DOWNTOWN BAR An unlimited buffet, spread across three venues, awaits you and your loved ones this November. Seafood, meat grills, tantalising desserts and soothing live music are on offer to all in attendance. BD22 net includes non-alcoholic beverages. BD32 net includes alcoholic beverages. Offer available every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm. GO: Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.

THE ROYAL GOLF CLUB, BAHRAIN EAST MEETS WEST AT LINKS RESTAURANT Take advantage of the live Carvery & Sushi evening every Friday at the award-winning Links Restaurant. Enjoy unlimited Carvery & Sushi along with live entertainment from 12pm to 4pm, for only BD14 net per person. A three-hour unlimited beverage package is available for an additional BD15 net per person. GO: Call 1775 1262 for reservations and more information.

ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS VINO & CHEESE NIGHT AT FLAMES RESTAURANT Experience a night of fine dining with Alliance Française Bahrain this month. Savour the experience of French grapes and fabulous cheeses complimented by a live saxophone and signing performance. BD12 net for cheese and soft drinks. BD20 net for cheese and unlimited grape. November 15 from 7pm to 10pm. ✤ GO: Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information.

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THE MERCHANT HOUSE ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA IN THE MERCHANT HOUSE STYLE

Inspired by the silk route story of Bahrain as a trading hub in the Gulf region connecting East to West. The Merchant House has created a menu with a balance of flavours from the far east, middle east and Europe. Friday to Sunday 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm BHD 10.5 for 1 | BHD 19.5 for 2 Reserve an Art Tour with your Afternoon T @TheMerchantHouseBahrain +973 1667 1000 www.TheMerchantHouse.com 150 Government Avenue, Manama - Kingdom of Bahrain

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JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY NEW MENU AT BRASSERIE ROYALE If you love good food – this one’s for you. Tuck into a Mediterranean food adventure with Chef Claudio Dieli with new menu items including delicious Tuna Tartare, Seared Langoustine, Squid Ink Lobster, Breaded Lamb Chop, Sicilian Canoli and Vanilla Panna Cotta to name but a few of the indulgent offerings. BD25 net inclusive of soft beverages and BD27 net inclusive of selected beverages. GO: Call 6672 0026 for reservations and more information. LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN WEDNESDAY BBQ NIGHT Made for all the carnivores, enjoy a stylish yet rustic BBQ experience at Baharat Restaurant, showcasing BBQ ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak. BBQ buffet is priced at BD22 net including soft drinks and water, and BD28 net including selected free flow beverages. Every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information. THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN MAGICAL MILKSHAKES If you love a good shake, look no further than Furn Bakery. Indulge in the selection of signature milkshakes all day and every day whilst basking in the unique ambience of the Rotunda and savouring specials from the Furn Bakery display. GO: Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information. SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA PERUVIAN PUNO FRIDAY BRUNCH Revel in a Peruvian culinary journey this month at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Featuring delicious, sizzling dishes, top24

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notch live entertainment and many more surprises. BD36 net per person includes selected beverages. November 22 from 12pm to 4pm. There is a 50 per cent discount for children aged six to 12. GO: Call 3888 5789 for reservations and more information. THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN THANKSGIVING DINNER AT PLUMS Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends without the need to make hectic dinner plans as The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain invites you to a sumptuous feast. Enjoy a lavish meal including traditional turkey, pumpkin soup and irresistible dessert and make this occasion another reason to be grateful for. Served on November 28 and 29 from 7pm to 11.30pm, priced at BD34 per person. GO: Call 1758 6499 for reservations and more information. DOWNTOWN ROTANA NATAK EXPERIENCE AT TEATRO DOWNTOWN Visit Teatro Downtown every Tuesday for the very finest of Indian cuisine. Relax to live music as the delicious six course Natak menu takes you on a culinary adventure through the tastes and textures of India. This spicy offer is available from 6pm to 10pm for only BD16 net. GO: Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information. MECURE GRAND HOTEL, SEEF TURKISH BUSINESS LUNCH BUFFET AT NEVRAN RESTAURANT Whether you are wanting to relax with colleagues or to close a deal, the Turkish Lunch Buffet at Nevran Restaurant is the answer this November. Featuring authentic and scrumptious cuisine, this ‘Buy Two Get One Free’ offer for only BD6 net per person is unbeatable. Weekdays, 12.30pm to 4pm. ✤ GO: Call 1758 4400 for reservations and more information.


American Festival Halloween – 31st October and 1st November Halloween themed weekend, of blood-curdling cocktails, fearsome food, Latin grooves and an after-party with spooktacular beats! Prizes will be awarded for best Halloween costume – so, don’t hold back! Also, complimentary make up bar for Halloween looks. At Newly transformed Silk’s Restaurant, Gallery Lobby lounge and after party at Xenia bar and lounge every Friday. • Halloween Themed Flaming Thursdays: 31st October, 2019 from 7:00 pm Onwards. For BHD 34.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Drinks • Friday Brunch: 1st November, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For BHD 38.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Beverages

Las Vegas Baby – 7th and 8th November • Best of Sin City with Vegas themed weekend – score great eats, lots of fun, great parties, sing and dance to favorite hits through a dynamic tribute to Elvis Presley. ‘What Happens in Mövenpick, Stays in Mövenpick’. At Silk’s Restaurant , The Gallery and after party at Xenia bar and lounge every Friday. • Vegas Promotion: Thursday, 7th November, 2019, from 7:00 pm Onwards. For BHD 34.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Drinks • Friday Brunch: 8th November, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For BHD 38.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Beverages

Taste Of Texas – 14th and 15th November • Perfect setting due to vastly varied cultures of Texas – savour exceptional service, great atmosphere and enjoy new grill features! Get treated to great tastes with classic Texas-inspired Tex-Mex dishes, of distinctly regional cuisines. Latin rhythms, live performances and DJs will keep you on your feet throughout. At Silk’s Restaurant, Garden, The New Gallery and after party at Xenia bar and lounge every Friday. • Taste of the Lone State, Flaming Thursdays: 14th November, 2019. from 7:00 pm Onwards. For BHD 34.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Drinks • Friday Brunch: 15th November, 2019, From 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For BHD 38.00 Net Per Person, Includes Unlimited Beverages For bookings, please call +973 174 600 17 or e-mail hotel.bahrain.fb@movenpick.com fact magazine 25 movenpick.com/bahrain


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UNDERWATER FUN Dive Bahrain, the world's largest underwater theme park spanning an area of 100,000m2, complete with a sunken Boeing 747, is now open to diving enthusiasts. The site, in close proximity to Bahrain International Airport, has a 70m-long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be intentionally submerged. The worldclass project was developed in close cooperation between the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE). Dive Bahrain aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a unique diving experience within a large area. In addition to the Boeing 747, the newly opened underwater theme park will feature a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, which is being overseen by Diyar Al Muharraq, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures that will be fabricated and submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and to ensure a sustainable habitat for marine life. The eco-friendly park will also provide researchers a rich source of information on marine ecologies, and will enhance environmental awareness on the importance of preserving marine life. The theme park forms part of the BTEA’s strategy of boosting 26

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tourism and further promoting this vital sector by making greater use of the Kingdom’s natural assets. The park is expected to attract global recognition and become an international tourist attraction, given its size and location as well as the unique experience it will offer to both tourists and diving enthusiasts. Since its successful submersion, professional divers from registered dive centres have conducted intermittent inspections of the aircraft to ensure the park’s safety to both professional and leisure divers. The eco-friendly project will see Bahrain emerge as a key player in the field of eco-tourism and marine wildlife preservation by incorporating international environmental standards.✤

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OUTDOOR DINING IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN YOU GATHER OUTSIDE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT YOUR FAVOURITE AL FRESCO SPOTS. HERE, WE’VE PICKED SOME OF OUR BEST OUTDOOR SPACES TO GRAB A BITE AND DRINKS WITH YOUR LOVED ONES…

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• AL FRESCO EATS TAPAS, SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA AND SPA Beautifully displaying the colours of the sea, Tapas Restaurant at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa brings the sea inside with its brilliant shades of blue. Unwind on their terrace overlooking the sea as you enjoy scrumptious tapas and refreshing cocktails. Or gather your friends and spruce up your weekend as you get a taste of the vibrant Bahraini nightlife with live music, DJs and shisha! Call 1763 6363 for reservations and more information.

BAY VIEW LOUNGE, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY Offering sweeping views of the Bahrain Bay, Bay-View Lounge at the Four Seasons Bahrain is the perfect amalgamation of delectable cuisine and a stunning ambience. Tuck into mouthwatering international fare, afternoon tea or chic mocktails crafted by Chef Hyung Gyu Kim as you enjoy the bay view and live piano music. Enhance your dining experience with views of the gorgeous Manama skyline, or sit back and relax as you sip freshly brewed coffee under ancient olive trees or on the terrace. Call 1711 5000 for reservations and more information. THAI OVERLOOK, THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN Satiate your Thai cravings as you make the most of the cooler weather with Thai at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. Fusing elements of a restaurant experience with a loungelike setting, it offers a cosy outdoor setting and invites you to indulge in traditional Thai food, including curries and satay, along with Japanese sushi and tempura. Dance to the tunes of the live DJ as “liquid chefs” craft beverages with lychee, Thai basil, mangosteen and other refreshing ingredients. Call 1758 0000 for reservations and more information. 30

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BRASSERIE ROYALE, JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY Take your dining experience to a whole another level with Brasserie Royale at the Jumeirah Royal Saray. Designed to elevate your senses, the restaurant’s simple elegance is a holistic culinary journey. Inspired by Mediterranean tastes with a French influence, the restaurant invites you to revel in their striking outdoor dining as you embark on an incredible gastronomic journey. While you’re there, be sure to check out their beautifully crafted French desserts and pastries! Call 7770 7070 for reservations and more information.

ELEMENTS POOL AND LOUNGE, INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN A serene escape right in the heart of Manama, Elements Pool and Lounge at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain is bound to be your favourite dining spot this season. Enjoy a unique moment in this green oasis as you delight in an assortment of light bites and a selection of molecular cocktails. De-stress and relax while you lounge by the pool and the smooth music beats enliven your senses. Call 1722 7777 for reservations and more information.


Paradise found in the heart of Manama

The Reef Clubhouse and Lagoon Beach offers an exclusive retreat on the purpose-built Reef Island. The clubhouse aims to be a vibrant hub of luxury lifestyle amenities including facilities for dining, well-being, leisure, socialising and relaxation as well as a playroom with great kids‘ facilities.

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WU LOUNGE AND BAR, ART ROTANA AMWAJ ISLANDS Presenting unbeatable beach side views and delectable food, WU Lounge and Bar at the ART Rotana Amwaj Islands is the place to be if you’re looking for an incredible outdoor dining experience. Embark on a culinary journey through the Far East and feast your senses on a vibrant blend of cultures. Revel in the uplifting beats and pleasing vista while you take your pick from the carefully selected dishes and make your way through the exciting and evolving culinary expedition. Call 1600 0111 for reservations and more information. SIP & DIP, ELITE SEEF RESIDENCE Be it a quick bite to eat or a relaxing evening with friends, Sip & Dip at the Elite Seef Residence has got you covered! An African themed poolside bar, it offers an extensive choice of refreshing beverages, along with a wide selection of light snacks, juicy burgers and sandwiches. Relax and take in the gorgeous view of the pool as you treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering array of light bites and heavenly drinks. Call 1758 3388 for reservations and more information. HARVESTERS PUB & TERRACE, CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN Good food and breathtaking views? Yes, please! Start your weekend off right with a relaxing evening at Harvesters Pub & 32

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Terrace, Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Gorge on the best pub food in town as you lounge on the terrace overlooking the pool and garden area. You can also indulge in their mouthwatering offerings while you catch the latest international sporting events on one of their many screens! Call 1753 1122 for reservations and more information. LANTERNS, ADLIYA Bringing the authentic taste of India right to the heart of Bahrain, Lanterns, Adliya’s unbeatable flavours and inviting atmosphere is all you need to enjoy this beautiful weather. The first restaurant in Bahrain to introduce outdoor chilled water air conditioning system, Lanterns goes above and beyond to ensure you make the most out of your dining experience.

Revel in the stunning outdoor ambience as you choose from an array of Indian and fusion delicacies as well as carefully concocted refreshing beverages. Call 1724 6777 for reservations and more information. NOMAD URBAN EATERY, SEEF Boasting a gorgeous whimsical garden terrace, Nomad Urban Eatery in Seef offers one of the most picturesque outdoor dining areas on the island. From their light and tasty baos and delicious pizzas to their luscious cheesecakes and decadent coffees, the restaurant has something to tantalise everyone’s palate. We highly recommend their hearty breakfast bowls and wide selection of vegan delicacies! Call 1700 0330 for reservations and more information.


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• AL FRESCO EATS LINKS, ROYAL GOLF CLUB Whether you’re into golfing or not, we can all agree that Royal Golf Club has some of the most amazing food on the island. Located on the mezzanine floor of the club house, Links is the perfect combination of mouthwatering cuisine and soothing views. Take your pick from their wide selection of delicious offerings as you sit back and de-stress on their outdoor terrace and take in the spectacular views across the golf course. Don’t forget to try their delicious and healthy power bowls! Call 1775 1266 for reservations and more information. CAFÉ ITALIA, ADLIYA Celebrating and sharing their love for food in all its glory, Café Italia in Adliya serves the very best of Italian cuisine in a natural outdoor surrounding. Enclosed within natural wooden fence and plenty of green, their Royal plate terrace will take your breath away with the sunset view of the Palma Bay. Visit their terrace bar for the best vines and cocktails or sit back and indulge in Italian flavours with authentic Italian ingredients. Call 1774 4774 for reservations and more information. INDIGO, MERCHANT HOUSE BAHRAIN Treat your senses to an exceptional blend of flavours with Indigo at the Merchant House Bahrain. Fusing Mediterranean and Asian authentic delicacies, the restaurant offers the finest dining experience with an emphasis on sharing. Revel in their

colourful floral British-garden inspired concept and its outdoor-planted terrace as you tuck into a glorious menu designed by Executive Chef Robert Shipman that draws from his experience throughout southern Europe and time working with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Call 1667 1000 for reservations and more information. FISHBONE BY SUSI MASSETI, NOVOTEL AL DANA Borne out of a desire to showcase the very best of the ingredients and flavours that the region has to offer, Fishbone by Susi Masseti is culinary excellence at its finest. Overlooking the stunning beach and ocean, the restaurant’s warm inviting

ambience will make you feel right at home. Head over to the modern European tratorria and spruce up your weekends with their incredible brunch options or satiate your sweet tooth with their decadent selection of luscious desserts. Call 1330 0077 for reservations and more information. NASMAT POOL LOUNGE, THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE The ideal spot to relax and unwind, Nasmat Pool Lounge at The Westin Bahrain City Centre offers a distinctive ambience of al fresco dining. Escape the bustle of Manama as you tuck into delicious Mediterranean delicacies against the backdrop of a stimulating poolside setting. Head over to the idyllic venue and choose from their refreshing beverages and an array of light snacks. If barbeque is more your thing, be sure to check out their mouthwatering poolside barbeques. Call 1717 1441 for reservations and more information.

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Mediterranean Food Fest @ La Braserrie & Al Naseem for Lunch & Dinner

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• AL FRESCO EATS TYPHOON BAR, THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA Indulge in your favourite cocktails surrounded by a refreshing tropical setting at the Typhoon Bar, The Gulf Hotel. Nestled amongst the cool waterfalls in the lush tropical greenery of the hotel’s spectacular Tropical gardens, it is the perfect spot to unwind and rejuvenate after a long week at work. Enjoy cocktails or shisha with your friends as you dig into a menu of delicious Thai finger food. Call 1774 6395 for reservations and more information.

MONSOON, ADLIYA A tribute to the palaces of Bali and Temples of the Orient, Monsoon, Adliya’s unique décor and succulent cuisine will transport you to the beaches of Asia. Soak in the serene and calm outdoor Oriental veranda as you dig into authentic cuisine from the Far East, including Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese in a traditional Asian setting. Enjoy the true essence of Far East dining as you immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience. Call 1774 9222 for reservations and more information. THE ORANGERY, PALACE BOUTIQUE HOTEL A place of absolute bliss, The Orangery at Palace Boutique Hotel is the dining destination of your dreams if you’re looking for a truly soulful and uplifting experience. As you step into the elegant tea room and pattiserie, you’ll be instantly reminded of an English garden on a summer’s day. Unwind in their beautifully landscaped gardens and luxurious terraced dining area, or gorge on their delightful European and Middle Eastern flavours in their breathtaking courtyard with water features. Call 1736 9696 for reservations and more information.

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FLORENCE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, ADLIYA Gorge on some authentic Mediterranean cuisine surrounded by a charming and unique natural garden at Florence Mediterranean Restaurant and Lounge, Adliya. Delivering an unparalleled feel-athome dining experience, the restaurant invites its customers to tantalise their taste buds with an impressive variety of French, Italian, Lebanese, Greek and Moroccan cuisines. Enjoy the vibrant views of the main street of Adliya from their terrace, or soothe your senses with their handmade natural stone fountain area. Call 1733 6373 for reservations and more information.

REEF FISHMARKET, REEF ISLAND Tantalise your taste buds with a fusion menu of the freshest in local and imported seafood with Reef Fishmarket at Reef Island. Relax on their spacious waterfront terrace and enjoy the cool breeze, as you tuck into their delish Middle Eastern flavours with a twist. Their specialty chefs can help personalise your dish and advise you on selecting a sauce and cooking style to enhance your fresh catch. Call 1332 0612 for reservations and more information.


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BIG SCREEN The Irishman

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A mob hitman and World War II veteran, Frank Sheeran trains and develops his skills during the course of his service in Italy. Now an old man, he looks back at his past and reflects on the important events in his life as a hitman, including his role in the disappearance of his long-time friend Jimmy Hoffa and connections with the Bufalino crime family.

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese CAST: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

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A thrilling mob epic featuring an excellent plotline, Martin Scorsese’s latest offering puts him right back in the cinematic game. An enthralling and dark humoured biography of World War II combat veteran Frank Sheeran, The Irishman takes us behind the scenes into the life of a hitman. An unparalleled illustration of Scorsese’s legendary and distinctive filmmaking, the breathtaking recollection of the Philadelphia hitman’s glory days will reel you in as you embark on a journey back in time. Based on the 2004 memoir ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’ by Charles Brandt, the film follows Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, as he looks back at his violent past and reflects on his crime-ridden ways. Reflecting on his various alleged jobs as a hitman, the role he played in the disappearance of labour leader Jimmy Hoffa, as well as his involvement with the Bufalino crime family, Sheeran’s contemplation will have you feeling all the emotions. From humanising the hitman to narrating an engrossing story of crime and political history, The Irishman will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Harriet

Following her escape from slavery in 1849, heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman helps free hundreds of slaves from the South. What follows is a gruelling escape from slavery through dangerous missions to liberate slaves through the Underground Railroad.

From humanising the hitman to narrating an engrossing story of crime and political history, The Irishman will have you on the edge of your seat. – The Irishman

DIRECTOR: Kasi Lemmons CAST: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.

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An inspiring narrative about slavery, liberation and heroism, Harriet tells the extraordinary story of Harriet Tubman’s escape to freedom. Unlike other historical epics, what makes the film stand out is its spirituality and imagination. Beautifully capturing the tensions between blacks who were born free and those who were born in chains, the film unearths the tragic issue like never before. Haunted by the memory of watching her sisters taken away and sold, Harriet is unable to enjoy her freedom alone and decides to go back South and free her family. Becoming a hero to hundreds of other slaves, Harriet leads the way to freedom as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. Offering a gorgeous aesthetic, heartwarming speeches and an unassailable hero, Harriet is definitely one to watch out for.


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The Topeka School By Ben Lerner

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Love and Compromise By Mahalia

Coming at us with a gorgeous blend of intoxicating vocals and relatable lyrics, Mahalia’s latest offering is enough to cement her position as more than an upand-coming star in the mainstream music world. Technically her second album, Love and Compromise is being pushed as her debut record – and we are here for it. Having created her own unique brand of soulful R&B, the singer has been slaying us with her mermerising sound and she’s just getting started. Bringing her signature R&B sound to the fore, Square 1 humorously talks about going back into a relationship that didn’t work out the first time. Beautifully fusing gospel-backing vocals with neo-soul piano riffs, the addictive tune is enough to drive your heartbreak away. Driven by heartbreak, the British songstress’ inspiring soundtrack is the gift we never knew we needed. What You Did featuring Ella Mai brings the two artists together to create an excellent masterpiece. A remarkable demonstration of their impressive voices, the singers tackle a cheating ex over ‘90’s instrumentals without overpowering each other. With incredibly honest lyrics and dazzling yet casual vibes shining through, Love and Compromise is an absolute winner. The breezy R&B and soulinfused album is officially our fall soundtrack! 40

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Magdalene

By FKA Twigs

Blessing us with another hit soundtrack, FKA Twigs’ Magdalene reintroduces the singer into the musical realm like never before. Making her comeback after a four-year hiatus, the album is borne out of a time of solitude in the singer’s life. A song about going back home, Home With You is a track straight from the singer’s heart. The third single from her latest album, the alternating beat-heavy track features breathtaking piano balladry as she breaks free and embraces change. A melodious catalogue of all the lovers the singer has ever had, and all the lovers she’ll ever have, the album is delicate while also being beautifully defiant and strong. Cellophane a raw and vulnerable declaration of her deepest emotions is unlike anything we have ever heard from the artist. Toning down on her usual twitchy technical production to reveal her hyponotising voice, the song is brimming with complicated feelings and true emotions. Needless to say, FKA Twigs’ dramatic comeback has been a total triumph.

A senior at Topeka High School, Adam Gordon is a renowned debater and orator, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college, all while trying to pass off as a “real man” and the cool kid at school. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author, and his father, Jonathan, is a renowned expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. As Jane and Jonathan struggle with the challenge of raising a good son surrounded by a culture of toxic masculinity, the story beautifully shifts perspective and time periods to produce a truly enthralling narrative.

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Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language By Gretchen McCulloch Talking about the evolution of language and diving deep into the world of the internet, this book will change the way you look at the World Wide Web. The book tries to understand how the Internet is making our language change rapidly and in more interesting ways than ever before. From apps and platforms to comments and replies, new slang and unfiltered words are spreading at a dizzying speed. McCulloch explores the forces that shape our language and influence the way we communicate with each other.


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POP OF COLOUR The digital art movement has seen quite the evolution in the past decade and with the rise of social media, more talented individuals have a platform to share their work with the world. Bahrain-based Sara Rajab, who goes by the handle @popcorn.nose.art on Instagram, is one such artist utilising modern-day technology to hone and share her skills. Here, she talks to FACT’s Shabana Adam about her artistic style and growing a grassroots following…

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the reproduction of everyday objects, such as Campbell Soup cans, comic strips and advertisements. The movement eliminated distinctions between "good" and "bad" taste and between fine art and commercial art techniques. Sara takes requests from friends and followers as well as drawing some of her favourite celebrity icons such as Frank Ocean, Donald Glover, Jaden Smith and, more recent drawings depicting the late Hollywood actor Luke Perry as well as her take on the blockbuster hit, Joker. Sara is gripped by the artistic process. She loves to learn new techniques and change up her style when the drawing permits. “I make different art for everyone,” she explains. “Some people request cartoony, and some want super-hero style, it depends on each individual.” For the moment, Sara’s tools are simple; she uses her iPhone 7 and various apps including Stylus and, more recently, Procreate Pocket to create digital art. She hopes to upgrade this to an iPad and iPen soon. Unlike a traditional canvas and watercolour paintings, digital pieces carry their own flair and finesse. However, the practice of producing the art remains the same. For Sara, pondering on a finished artwork is part of her routine. “I know I’m almost done with my piece when I add the small details that make my art come to life, like dots or stars, or freckles” she tells us. “Sometimes, after I finish a piece, I leave it to sit for an hour or more, just to look back at it and make sure it is exactly how I want it to be.” There is no rush when it comes to digital art. Much like its conventional counterparts, Sara’s work is, simply, an outcome of modern-day creativity and passion. “The vision of the final piece keeps me consistent till the end,” Sara says. “What inspires my work is the people I share my art with. They give me really good feedback and it makes me want to do more.” Helping to dispel the idea that digital art is something of a casual pastime, and not to be taken seriously, Sara’s work is the perfect example of moving with the times.


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• ARTS SPOTLIGHT “I have studied a little bit about what each colour can make you feel,” Sara shares. “So, I like to post art with these specific colors to grab people’s attention. Other times, I just pick a colour according to how I feel or what I think will look better with the main art piece.” Sara is forever grateful to the online world and the wider community in Bahrain for the love and support she has received so far – a testament to the country and its people for their encouragement and acceptance of all creative practices. “Most artists that I know in Bahrain are really supportive with my art and I can ask them anything in terms of getting advice,” she smiles. “The only challenge really is me challenging myself to improve.” With almost 4k followers on Instagram, Sara’s talent is proof that artistic boundaries are nonexistent in today’s social media landscape. Being able to share her art with such a wide audience online has been a blessing in disguise for Sara. “Social media has really helped me grow as an artist,” she says. “All the comments have been positive and I also get random messages from people telling me they like my work. Also, a lot of people share my art on their stories which has really helped me to grow my followers and also helped me to make some money from my skills,” she adds.

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Two of the artists that Sara looks to for inspiration can be found on Instagram: @Bluesssatan and @By_nick – both with different styles. In fact, Sara’s advice for standing out in a market that is so saturated with talent is to find your own style. “Keep practicing and think about what your art would be according to your personality or if it was the other way around would you consider buying art from yourself,” Sara advices. “Also, don’t be afraid to try new things. Your art doesn’t have to look like other people’s art, draw what you want, and that’s what will make you a unique artist.” Sara’s artworks are also very family friendly, so people of all ages can visit her account on Instagram and request what they would like. Her future plans include designing stickers and t-shirts with her artwork, showing a penchant for entrepreneurial chase with what could well and truly be a fully-fledged merch line. And that is something we can definitely get behind! ✤ 46

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GO: Follow Sara on Instagram: @popcorn.nose.art for all the latest information. Her artwork starts from BD5 and purchases can be made via DM.


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EXCELLENCE IN EVENTS FACT caught up with Sherif Omar and Hamada Fathi, leaders of Anorris Event Management to learn more about their services and accomplishments…. Tell us a little bit more about the company and some of the services it provides... Anorris is an Event Management Company based in Bahrain. We started out as a company in 2014, founded and driven by a team of seasoned professionals with highly experienced backgrounds that range from hospitality, production, entertainment, branding and marketing with over 16 years of extraordinary experience of delivering a full spectrum of tailored events in the Middle East. Anorris Event Management specialises in creating truly exceptional events that are customised to reflect the client’s brand personality. We cater to all kinds of events from 20 attendees up to service for 2000 people and more. We proudly deliver our services with great attention to details full focus, and commitment to see each event through, from start to finish. Nevertheless, keeping the goals, vision and budget of each client is one of the many strengths that differentiates Anorris in the region. Our services include: Event Planning, Hosting & Management | Multimedia Designing Concept to Details | Private Parties, Gala Dinner, Corporate Events, Exhibitions | Production Crew, Technical Support and Set Up | Branding | Entertainment. In such a challenging market, what keeps you excited and motivated to work in the events sector? Our vision is to become a recognised leader in the event management industry by growing consistently and incorporating our values of integrity, transparency, passion, determination, and excellence in every aspect of the job we perform. Having that vision keeps the excitement and the motivation. We are always thankful for the inspiration that comes from Allah and our family. We are all in this business to be successful and that success is something that we can give to ourselves, to our family and to everyone who always believe in us. What are some of the most challenging aspects of running an events company? The most challenging? Well when you run an events management company, you need to consider a lot of things. Working on a concept, designing, implementing, budgeting, staff and time management and not to mention the sleepless nights and restless off, and on top of it all is of course the Client Satisfaction. We have a tag line of “Delivering more than your expectations”, and I think that phrase itself is already a challenge for all of us. I mean, it’s never easy to impress a client but we see to it that at the end of every event we didn’t only meet their expectations but we somehow exceeded it in a way they are not only happy but they have less stress with all the preparations. So, meeting the client’s satisfaction is one of the most challenging part in running an events company. What are the most rewarding aspects of your job? Well, my job or our job is not only our job but it’s our passion. And when you have a passion that’s merely everything, that itself is already rewarding because you are happy with what you’re doing. But the most rewarding... well I have to say seeing not only our Client but also our audience in awe with the show. That I believe is 48

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the most rewarding aspect not only for me but for the entire team. Share with us some of the most memorable events you've worked on and the feedback received from them... Five years in the market have been filled with good memories. I can say that since we have started, we managed to make every event worth remembering not only for us but for our clients as well. If I have to mention some in those years, they would be: BIC VIP Tower where we are the first one to have done the lighting of that Tower; Ta’a Al Shabab by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, working with them as a supplier with the AV; Celebrating with Porsche as they are considered as one of the best Car Launch every time in the Middle East. And the most recent launch that we did for the Cayenne Coupe where we had received high regards not only from the client but also from our audience; and Managing the Conferences of Euromoney from the first GCC Financial Forum last 2016 till present, the International Association of Fire Chiefs in The International Fire Operation Conference, the Learning Event of National Geographic which will be done in Saudi this year. Our team works hand in hand as one family and that makes everything easy to work with, that makes the memories when you have people who works with you as a family. What is coming up for the company in the near future - any future projects and goals you would like to achieve? We all want to be known as number 1, well that’s one of every person and company’s goal. And the same thing for us. To be one of the known events management company not only in Bahrain but in the Middle East or who knows maybe even traveling the world someday. And with that, sticking to our company’s mission. “Our mission is making every event created by us truly unique by incorporating our client’s distinctive vision and portraying a masterful balance of creativity and innovation with flawless precision and style.” Future projects that we are looking into would be more on innovations, more lights and lasers shows, more 3D mapping. We would like to keep Bahrain in the map as one of the many who does amazing and breath-taking Light shows. ✤

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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE LEGEND OF ALFA ROMEO THE ALFA ROMEO MUSEUM OFFERS YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO E XPERIENCE THE HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS ICONIC BRAND IN A UNIQUE AND EXCITING MANNER. fact magazine

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We at Fact Magazine are privileged to experience the very best of automobile excellence for a living. Month after month we test drive an array of outstanding vehicles and deliver our verdict to you for your reading pleasure. Every once and a while however, we get to experience something a little different. This month we were invited by Alpha Romeo Middle East to join them at “La Macchina del tempo – Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.” For those of you who don’t speak Italian, this translates to “The Time Machine – Alpha Romeo Historical Museum.” We of course accepted the generous offer and could not board the plane to Italy fast enough. Situated in Arese, just a few kilometres from the bustling Milan metropolitan area, this beautifully designed museum houses the most significant pieces in Alfa Romeo’s historic collection and can be described as the heart of a genuine brand centre. Boasting event venues, a Documentation Centre, a café, a bookshop, a showroom and a test drive track, we found the layout to be most impressive as it offers a flawless fusion of Alfa Romeo’s past, present and future. The building itself is covered by a red cantilever roofing that covers the entire extension of the facility, whilst inside the museum, all of the lights, words, signs and style present in the building’s layout accentuate the identifying features that belong to the Alfa Romeo DNA. The museum’s vehicle display exhibits no less than 69 different models, showcasing the history and 52

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development of this iconic brand. These models include the very first A.L.F.A car, the 24 HP, the legendary Mile Miglia winners such as the 6C 1750 Gran Sport, the Gran Premio 159 “Alfetta 159” Formula 1 winner, the Giuliette iconic 1950s car and the Championship 33 TT 12. To be honest, we could hardly take it all in as we scuttled from one marvellous machine to the next. The essence of the brand has been condensed into three principles. Each of these principles have a floor of the museum dedicated to them. On the first floor, Timeline. This principle represents industrial continuity. Nineteen cars best representing the development of the brand can be found here, each accompanied by a multimedia information panel. Interactive systems allow for visitors to access more details about the history of each model revealing how the Alfa Romeo brand has been developed over the last 100 plus years. The second part of the exhibit, located on the ground floor is devoted to the principle Bellezza (beauty) that blends style with design. Featuring several themed areas, this floor focuses on the style of the major Italian coachbuilders. The third principle, Velocita (speed) focusses on technology and light weight. Located on the sub-ground floor, this is certainly the most exciting area of the exhibition. Here, Alfa Romero enthusiasts are introduced to the stars of Alfa Romeo’s major victories, including those from the epic competitions between the two world wars through to the début in F1 racing. Pictures, sounds and film footage exhibit the ten biggest triumphs in Alfa Romeo history. Although the official exhibition ends with a sensational fact magazine

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Make science fun and easy to learn! Google’s Science Journal app turns your smartphone into a portable research device by taking advantage of your phone’s sensors to record and monitor things like motion, sound levels and light levels. The app offers a number of activities and experiments designed by the Exploratorium that are specially curated to show kids the basics of the scientific method and teach them the basic principles of physics.

Indulge in recipes designed for your individual needs! The app takes into account your dietary restrictions and personal tastes to help you discover recipes that are right up your alley. The app shows you a selection of recipes to “Yumm” (“like”). Once you’ve chosen five (and entered any dietary restrictions), Yummly uses this data to constantly refine a list of recipes to feature every time you open the app. Save your favourite recipes, create instant shopping lists and even get items delivered through Instacart.

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CAN YOU HEAR US? Ushering in a whole new era of sound technology, Sony’s new WF-1000XM3 earphones are here to elevate your listening experience.

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rmed with the same incredible noise-reduction technology as its predecessors, the earphones are smaller, more efficient and offer the most amazing sound quality. Clad in a sleek and convenient design, the earphones come with an array of features and controls that will give you the most out of your music. For starters, the WF-1000XM3 promise continuous, uninterrupted use thanks to its outstanding 8-hour battery life. If you’re in a time crunch, its quick charge feature gives you 90 minutes of playback in just 10 minutes. The glossy touchpad on the exterior of each bud allows you to play and pause music, use voice assistant, as well as change songs. Equipped with a QN1e noise-canceling chip and two microphones on each earbud to help block out noise from the outside world, it easily drowns out keyboard clicks, public transit noise, and loud conversations. Offering excellent noise cancelling for call clarity, the earbuds can be used separately for calls and music. Apart from just aiding pairing, the Sony Connect App offers a number of great features, including the flexibility to adjust equalisation, regulate your desired level 58

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of noise-cancelling and accessing the button for Google Assistant. But what truly makes the WF-1000XM3 stand out is its remarkable sound quality. The earbuds come with a DSEE HX engine that is designed to upscale lo-fidelity sound for better sound quality along with the noise cancelling. The combination makes for a superior quality sound performance that is similar to larger over-ear headphones. Apart from the amazing sound quality, the earbuds also offer the option to customise the sound to suit your liking. Adjust it through the EQ settings in the app so you can alter the sound according to the genre you’re listening to. Offering a premium look and feel along with exceptional noise-cancelling technology, the only downside to these amazing earphones is that they are not water resistance, hence making them not suitable for working out. If you’re willing to look past that, the WF-1000XM3 is a definite bang for your buck! ✤

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he Volvo brand has developed a global reputation for being one of the safest and most comfortable automobile brands on the planet. This is due to their unwavering dedication to constantly improving aspects of their vehicles with each and every new offering. Producing cars since 1927, this Swedish born manufacturer has won more awards for safety and performance than most others could dream of. In fact, the Volvo XC90 is the most awarded luxury SUV of the century. When the terrific team at Motorcity invited us to test drive the 2019, new and improved Volvo XC90 T6, we jumped at the opportunity, knowing we were in for a treat. Our first impression of the XC90 was that it’s easy to see why it’s the company’s top-of-the-line, flagship motor vehicle. This refreshed model offers subtle upgrades to the original exterior design. Its shapely body comprises of clean lines that flow from one end of the vehicle to the other. The bold and aggressive shape of the frontend is led by the redesigned grille and Volvo Iron Mark, along with the iconic “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlight design. The rear exhibits an integrated spoiler, signature taillights and chrome surround exhaust tips, whilst new wheels add to the vehicle’s solid looking stance. Upon commencing our interior inspection, the ample space on offer was the first feature to capture our attention. This threerow, seven-seater SUV is Volvo’s largest and there is plenty of head, hip, leg and head room for all occupants, in each row. The boot offers a sizeable area for transporting goods that is increased substantially when the back row of seats is laid flat. The layout upfront provides a calm and balanced environment as would be expected of Scandinavian design. A harmonious blend of topquality materials including wood, crystal and metal give the cabin area a feel of sophisticated modern luxury. The XC90 houses the Volvo connectivity and infotainment system called Sensus that delivers an intuitive, 9-inch, highly responsive touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment applications including Spotify and Pandora. This user-friendly system, with its portrait-orientated touch screen, allows for fast and easy access to a host of functions and features. Smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also available. All-in-all we found every aspect of the interior to be well designed, functional and attractive to the eye. Out on the roads, this revamped model continued to impress. The 2019 XC90 is powered by a 2.0 litre, 16-valve, supercharged and turbocharged, in-line, four-cylinder T6 AWD engine, complete with an integrated (SFI) ignition control system. This setup produces 310 horsepower at 5,700 rpm whilst developing 295-pound feet of torque from 2,200 to 4,500 rpm. This engine is partnered with an eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that provides motive energy to all four wheels. This all translates to a high-performance motor vehicle with a decent turn of speed. With a great braking system, decent suspension and plenty of grip on the corners, the kilometres rolled quietly by as we lapped up the experience of this quiet, and comfortable cocoon. Volvo still lead the field as far as safety features are concerned and have the vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a 62

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new Volvo Car by 2020. This is a bold goal indeed, however the safety package found in the XC90 makes this car one of the safest ever constructed. All of the brand’s models house Volvo’s City Safety technology that combines automatic braking functionality and collision avoidance systems to cover a range of potential accident scenarios. City Safety is the only system on the market that detects pedestrians, cyclists as well as large animals. Worldfirst safety technologies belonging to Volvo include a run-off road protection package and an auto brake at intersection capability. Further safety properties include the Second-Generation Pilot Assist, Queue Assist, as well as an array of Park Assist features. Anyone entering one of these vehicles can do so confident in the fact that they are travelling in one of the most carefully designed motor vehicles in the world. We highly recommend this luxury SUV to any and all looking for a functional, comfortable and above all safe new vehicle. ✤


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YOUR FIRST CLASS IS ON US! Come to Bahrain's first premium indoor cycling studio and enjoy a multisensory experience with music, lights and dynamic instructors from all around the world!

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CONQUERING EVERY TERRAIN: NEW NISSAN PATROL Nissan Bahrain unveiled the new 2020 Nissan Patrol at the Bahrain Financial Harbour after an exclusive product presentation event at Capital Club, with enhancements that offer customers even higher levels of sophistication, comfort, safety and connectivity. This premier launch was attended by the YK Directors Mr Mohammed Almoayyed, Aysha Almoayyed, Jawaher Almoayyed. Other dignitaries who attended the unveiling were the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Hideki Ito, YK Management CEO Mr. Alok Gupta and the General Manager of Nissan Bahrain, Mr. Anas Abdulla Mohamed Yahya. The new Patrol features striking new design, enhanced luxury features and the latest advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. At the same time, the new Nissan Patrol retains its exceptional on-and off-road “Go Anywhere” capabilities and class-leading power. The Nissan Patrol is the icon of Nissan’s SUV heritage, loved by generations of loyal customers who have purchased about 1.9 million* since it debuted in 1951. Known for its durability, reliability, premium design, safety, comfort features

and unmatched all-terrain performance, the Patrol remains the flagship of Nissan’s extensive 4x4 lineup. The car holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Middle Eastern customers who value performance even in the toughest of conditions, a key attribute of the Patrol. “Patrol is one of our longest-standing and most cherished models with a long and proud heritage,” said Mr. Anas Abdulla Mohamed Yahya, General Manager, Nissan Bahrain. “The new Nissan Patrol represents the peak of luxury and ultimate capability and will continue to provide authentic experiences to its loyal customers in Bahrain and around the world,” he added. ✤ @NISSANINBAHRAIN

2020 GR SUPRA IS ROAD READY Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the exclusive distributor of Toyota vehicles in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has delighted sports car enthusiasts with the launch of the fifth-generation Toyota GR Supra at its showroom in Sitra. The eagerly-awaited return of the iconic vehicle is set to delight Supra fans and inspire a new generation with its stunning design, high-octane performance, and exciting driving experience. The Supra name evokes the power, performance, and handling that defined a succession of world-class cars for a quarter of a century, which built a reputation both as formidable performers on the road and all-conquering machines on the racetrack. The all-new GR Supra is the first Toyota global model developed entirely by GAZOO Racing (GR). The team has been developing its cars and people through its participation in motorsports with the goal of making ‘ever-better’ cars ever since first competing in Germany's 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in 2007. GR’s years of knowledge and expertise have been channeled into bringing the Supra back to life in the form of the all-new Toyota GR Supra, an all-new expression of pure sports car performance that people the world over will find fun to drive. Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, who headed the vehicle’s development, said: “The all-new GR Supra really reacts the way you want and feels good to drive. I can definitely say that the 66

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acceleration delivered by the GR Supra's straight-six turbocharged engine feels truly exhilarating,” he continues. “The solid torque it provides continuously elevates the acceleration feel to a sublime level. Once people have experienced that feeling, even those who don't know or who have forgotten about the fun of driving a car will think, ‘That feels amazing!’” ✤ @EBRAHIM.KKANOO


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THE 2020 NEW DEFENDER With the New Land Rover Defender’s official launch scheduled for spring 2020, Euro Motors proudly announces that the iconic SUV is now available for pre-booking in Bahrain. The Defender is available in three distinct body designs - 90, 110 and 130. The Defender 90 offers seating for up to six passengers, while the 110 offers the option of five, six or 5+2 seating. Offering the same capabilities and performance as its peers, the Defender 130 provides a seven-passenger seating option. The model range of the New Defender comprises of: Defender, Defender S, Defender SE, Defender HSE, Defender X, Defender First Edition – The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first year of production. With the New Defender, customers will be able to personalise their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover with four accessory packs – the Explorer, the Adventure, the Country and the Urban packs. The New Land Rover Defender is clever, capable and in a category of its own. A distinctive silhouette makes it instantly recognisable, with minimal front and rear overhangs providing excellent approach and departure angles. Land Rover’s designers re-envisioned familiar Defender trademarks for the 21st century, giving the new 4x4 a purposeful upright stance and Alpine light windows in the roof, while retaining the side-hinged rear tailgate and externally-mounted spare wheel that make the original so identifiable.

General Manager of Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, Mr. Stephen Lay, said: “The Defender is a true icon and we are extremely excited to welcome it to our showroom very soon. The release of the SUV is highly anticipated by the automobile industry as a whole, and is being greatly looked forward to by car enthusiasts and ardent Land Rover fans as well, around the world.” ✤ @EMLANDROVERBAHRAIN

NEW SKODA SHOWROOM Behbehani Brothers inaugurated the brand-new ŠKODA showroom. Located in Sitra, and conforming to the latest corporate identity requirements of ŠKODA principals, the showroom offers new and existing customers the opportunity to experience the brand first-hand. Officially inaugurated under the patronage of H.E. Kai Boeckmann, the German Ambassador to Bahrain along with Directors Mr. Abdul Majeed Shirazi, Mr. Abdul Ghani Behbehani and the Group General Manager Mr. Steven Hill, the ceremony included esteemed guests, past and future valuable customers, key media and the Behbehani Brothers senior management. ŠKODA, the Czech Republic Automobile Manufacturer, has appointed Behbehani Brothers as its official dealer in Bahrain to provide sales and after-sales services in the Kingdom this year. The appointment represents another milestone in the growth of Behbehani Brothers, and marks a new era for ŠKODA in Bahrain. As one of the market leaders of the automotive trade with 11 famous brands under its flagship, Behbehani Brothers holds the knowledge and expertise, and is better equipped to take the ŠKODA to new levels in the market, supported by the launch of

the new ŠKODA showroom facility. The new ŠKODA showroom can showcase up to 10 cars and will present the range of ŠKODA vehicles carefully optioned to suit the desires of customers in the kingdom. During the launch ceremony, four ŠKODA models were unveiled; Fabia, Octavia, Superb and the top of the line 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq. ✤ @BEHBEHANI_BROTHERS_WLL fact magazine

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• FASHION FOCUS London on a whim, spontaneous, urban. Endlessly layered or worn over bare skin, the pieces let you express and shine your personality. The American Vintage AW’19 collection is clothing, capable of crossing eras and travelling through time while looking fresh as ever. Season after season, American Vintage continues to be the brand that holds authentic simplicity and timeless silhouettes as a requirement. Combining high quality materials with an urban lifestyle to create timeless basics the brand is internationally recognised for. A collection created perfectly for layering that fits all environments and personalities; from day to night styling; from hot weather to slight temperature drops. A versatility of a timeless white T-shirt styled with trendy boyfriend jeans and layered with a colourful cardigan, to night look pairings with a silky sheer skirt thrown with some mohair white knits. Whether you are styling a dinner outfit or hanging at home with friends, no matter the occasion or mood,

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AW’19 collection is designed to complement your personal style. A connection to the urban city through fabrics and colours plays an important role and is central to the AW’19 collection. The pieces are made from the softest and most comfortable natural fabrics of cotton, cashmere, silk, mohair and Italian woolen threads, all which are ideal for all seasons and luxurious on the skin. Exclusive vibrant colours of peach, hyacinth, bush green, stormy grey, clementine or the blue of raw denim, as well as subtle prints – allow expression of individuality. Urban, natural, unisex and always timeless - these are the basics you’ll be sure want to live in. For truly personal clothing to keep forever, see what you can create with the AW’19 collection, available in-stores and online now. ✤

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THE ULTIMATE RESCUE When you have to look and feel your best with a beauty overhaul, it really is a no brainer. FACT’s Jayne Green welcomes you to Gloss Salon & Spa…

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alking into Gloss Salon is like finding your own little secret – it’s hidden enough to be enjoyed with a feeling of exclusivity, yet it’s such a great find that you want to boast about everything it offers in the hope of gaining some real bragging rights amongst your nearest and dearest girlfriends. The whole vibe of the hair and beauty salon-cum-spa is a very welcoming one. Varied tones and textures are used to make the venue homely and inviting. From the tables to the shelves, comfy cushioned couches and even the cabinets, all are hand-chosen by the owner, adding a very contemporary drift between the different rooms. First and foremost, the staff at Gloss are really of a special class. They’re friendly and very accommodating – offering up warm smiles, hellos and numerous hot and cold drinks’ choices throughout our afternoon spent there, not to forget that they exclusively stock NOMAD Urban Eatery’s coffee blend. Now, Gloss Salon & Spa would be best described as a one-stop shop for ALL your beauty and relaxation needs. We’re not exaggerating; this place has the most gorgeous nail therapies, innovative hair treatments, and all the expected spa wonders that you would easily pay through the roof for, at a 5-star hotel. If there’s one thing that Gloss has really nailed, it’s the concept of bringing women together for a purely blissful time where grooming is at the forefront. Imagine our excitement when we’re told to get comfy for a fresh manicure. Our nail technician is a warm soul. We get a professional yet attentive attitude from her. Her technique was nothing short of magic and she was very thorough which is something we find difficult to find in a manicure nowadays. Natural, clean and neat nails… finally! Next up, we were treated to one of the most down-right brilliant hair experiences. My stylist for the afternoon was May. Warm, charismatic and with enough cheeky banter to keep me from falling into a relaxation-induced slumber, she set about transforming my frazzled barnet into creamy glossy locks with an attentiveness unmatched by any other salon we’ve been to. My hair had previously been dip-dyed and was looking tired to say the least. After careful questioning about hair rituals, likes, and dislikes we settled on a root ‘touch-up’ where lashings of grey strands had started to form. May is undoubtedly a magician as she started to employ a series of techniques to allow for optimum coverage. Once washed off, and a beautiful blow dry later, my tresses are the most luscious they have been in a very long time. The kind of hair you’d give an arm for – proof that the team at Gloss knows exactly how to execute their services well and deliver the desired results. Perfection. What we loved most about all the treatments and interaction with the staff was that there were no moments of pressure – you felt like you were part of their family. What makes Gloss Salon & Spa stand out? It’s the fact that there’s no gimmicks. What you see is what you get: a place to go for your nails, hair, body treatments, a catch-up with your girlies and, most importantly, impeccable service. It’s not a 5-star hotel – but it isn’t trying to be. It has a unique and believable charm with a genuine sense of luxury, where therapists and staff are evidently hired based on their skills and manners – something that many big wellness venues should take note of. After all, there’s nothing better than finding your very own neighbourhood beauty spot that REALLY does it all, and does it so, so well. ✤

GO: GLOSS SALON & SPA IS LOCATED AT MARRIOTT EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS. CALL 1782 6030, VISIT WWW.GLOSSBAHRAIN.COM AND FOLLOW @GLOSSBAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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NOMINEES REVEALED! VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL FACT DINING AWARDS BAHRAIN 2019. HAS YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT BEEN NOMINATED?

HOW IT WORKS: l 47 categories with over 200 nominees. l There are two winners in each category – a BEST and FAVOURITE. l BEST is decided by an anonymous panel of judges made up of industry experts, reputed bloggers and the editorial team. l FAVOURITE is decided through online public voting which is

open for two months. l A gala award ceremony will take place on November 25, in Bahrain. We'll be revealing the venue soon, so stay tuned. l 96 awards will be given out on the night, covering hundreds of venues. l Around 400 guests will be invited to a complimentary, sociable evening of five-star food and drinks. l FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai too.

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TEA FOR TWO THE MERCHANT HOUSE T LURED US BACK TO INDULGE IN THEIR UNIQUE OFFERING OF AFTERNOON T INSPIRED BY THE SILK ROUTE STORY OF BAHRAIN. FACT’S JAYNE GREEN TAKES A SEAT…

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he Merchant House may seem understated as you approach it, but this is part of the charm and excitement surrounding this unique residence. I hesitate to use the term hotel or lodging as it is so much more than this. There is nothing uniform, or regular, sterile or consistent about it apart from the unwavering service and attention-to-detail and quality. It doesn’t wear the hallmarks of a brand in the way that so many hotels do. It is its own entity. As the name suggests it appears to all intents and purposes to be the lavish home of a Merchant or Trader harking back to the Manama of many years ago when it was a trading hub, bustling with goods, merchants and traders and a melting pot of global cultures. The lobby lounge and Café Gray appear to be a series of drawing rooms and libraries with armchairs upholstered with a variety of textures and colours. Every single piece is a statement. Be it the geometric tiled tables or the vivid floral print arm chairs. The décor is the perfect symmetry of contemporary and classic. Both gentlemen in their morning suits and voguish hipsters would feel at home here. The frescos, vast canvasses and graffiti art are beguiling. The spaces are flooded with light and are the perfect gallery` in which visitors can muse over each individual piece. Café Gray is amidst this and is just a few steps from the bustle of Bab al Bahrain and serves an extensive snack menu, however, The Library from Friday to Sunday boasts one of the most enticing Afternoon Teas in the whole of the Island. The practice of taking tea in the afternoon in the Middle East came about as a result of the trade routes which converged here and those from the west utilising products, such as tea, from the east. The Afternoon T menu is a balance of dishes and flavours from Europe, the Far East and Middle East. The presentation is traditional with a series of tiers each displaying savoury and sweet morsels which are delicate enough not to require cutlery. The Earl of Sandwich takes credit for the ‘eureka!’ moment where he suggested that two slices of bread could house a variety of fillings. In 1840 Anna, The Duchess of Bedford, began a trend which bridged the gap between lunch and late dinners. The Earl’s creation became the staple of the Afternoon Tea. At the Merchant House tradition is enrobed in modernity. Cucumber sandwiches are awakened with lashings of cream cheese with mint and Roast Chicken is given a Mediterranean hug in the form of basil infused mayonnaise. Delicately smoked Salmon is twinned with Asparagus and dill to give a Northern European twist.

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Delve a little deeper and you will discover hidden depths to the array of sweet treats. Rahash sits richly alongside indulgent chocolate truffles and moist banana bread. Halva, bananas and chocolate illustrating the plethora of exotic ingredients which would have passed through Bahrain. This theme extends to the Mini Yuzu, cheesecake and indulgently buttery and nutty pastries. The iconic Afternoon Tea trilogy of freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream from Devonshire are not forgotten and represent the origins of the custom. Henry James famously quoted, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” We agree with this statement wholeheartedly however, we suggest you allow yourselves a little more than an hour to fully appreciate the ambience and offerings at The Library, The Merchant House. ✤

GO: AFTERNOON T FOR TWO IS PRICED AT BD19.5 NET AND SCONES AND TEA IS PRICED AT BD4 NET. CALL 1667 1000 OR VISIT WWW.THEMERCHANTHOUSE.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.


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THE ULTIMATE DUO FACT’s Jayne Houghton visited Florence & Dar Zowayed as they embark on their latest culinary adventure hosted under one roof in the heart of Block 338...

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without highlighting the Crispy Prawns and Calamari that is presented encased with finger licking cassava crumbs that will certainly have you ‘uhm-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’. An Italian staple such as pizza comes in its purest form but can also be loaded with Arabian lashings, including machboos rice. I was happy to see my Bahraini Tikka Salad adorning the menu with its mouthwatering black lemon marinated beef that dances with the fresh ingredients of the salad leaves. Now, there ain’t no party until cheese is involved and as far as I’m concerned, the Cheesy Florence Tower is a melting pot of… well, cheese but the kind that will have you lusting over it for weeks. Many of the stand out Florence main courses such as Filet Mignon with white bean ragout and peppercorn sauce or Seafood Rigatoni rub shoulders with the likes of their Machboos served with the option of Hammour or Prawns. Dar Zowayed’s Lamb Ghouzi is a beautifully aromatic parcel that you’ll be thankful for when it’s delivered on your table. Dishes are presented on an array of textured platters, woven, wooden and ceramic. Flourishes of colour and swipes of delicious purees further enhance the ambrosial quality of every dish. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I can’t leave without ordering dessert and the Nutella Bombs and Fried Cheesecake did not disappoint. These dishes in particular had us grabbing for our phones to take a boomerang as we injected the cornflake crumbed cheesecake with a couple of flavoured sauces. Leo Tolstoy once said that ‘The only Happy Marriages I know are arranged ones”. This could not be truer for the union between Florence and Dar Zowayed. Both bring so much which is different but equally delectable to the table creating a dining experience which is truly global and unparalleled. You now finally have the option to enjoy breakfast in The Meditteranean whilst also making it home in time for Khaleeji cuisine dinner - an ultimate sunrise to sunset culinary experience. ✤

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BRAZILIAN FLAMES Via Brasil takes you to the vibrant land of football and salsa from their amazing 28th floor skyline setting. FACT’s Layal Al Mahmoud tells the story of this delicious adventure to a tropical paradise…

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white cloud of sweet dreams, the perfect ending to such a diverse meaty dinner expedition. But do not be discouraged, the grilled pineapples sprinkled in cinnamon sugar will give you the satisfaction of a Michelin Star dessert. After 8pm and all the way to midnight, Latino music played by the "First Class" Cuban band creates a celebratory atmosphere that will unleash your appetite even further. I cannot wait for the weather to cool down to go back to this venue at sunset, request a table on the terrace and the view is so great you won’t want to leave! With the amazing team at Via Brasil, you can now taste the best of the fantastic South American jewel; unlimited meat, salads, and skewered grilled pineapples, and do not forget to flip that wooden piece back to its red side when you’re feeling full and satisfied. What a fabulous experience! ✤


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FLOATING ELEGANCE From the heart of its man-made lagoon, Reef Island proves once more to be the leader of refined taste and real-estate sophistication in town. Their new floating restaurant follows suit, offering the highest level of food quality and service at the brand-new Reef Clubhouse as FACT’s Layal Al Mahmoud finds out… fact magazine

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he scenery changes dramatically once you cross the beautifully designed bridge leading to a well secured gate. Appealing residences linked by charming streets cultivated amid the lush green. Finally, we are at the doors of Reef Clubhouse: a world of exceptional leisure in Bahrain. A charming lounge space with distinguished interior design. The welcoming front office staff checked us in with a simple registration and the manager shows up seconds later escorting us to the cosy marina dock. And there it was, Lagoon Moon Floating Restaurant, a swimmers-friendly beauty offering the ever-popular Lebanese cuisine with a twist. After a warm welcome by the restaurant manager, we settled indoors but the outdoor set-up is equally inviting now that the weather is finally right. Floor-toceiling glass walls please the eye with a panoramic view looking out at the mesmerising turquoise water and elegant beach. And you cannot ignore the three other structures floating around the restaurant; three innovative rentable lounges perfect for a day out with friends or family. A quick look over the offered set menu was enough to makes us feel hungrier than we already were, and it wasn’t long before we were gazing at a masterpiece plate of quinoa salad; a refreshing blend of black quinoa and pomegranate seeds on a bed of creamy avocado topped with nuts and diced fruits along some green leaves garnished with a flower of sweet mango. Simply refreshing! Next came a modern plate of cold shrimp and beetroot shavings laid on a slice of citrusy orange and fresh baby spinach leaves, a plate I would not normally order but was well enjoyed to the last bite. Lagoon Moon Fatteh is a modern presentation of the Lebanese traditional dish. Crunchy pita bread and fried eggplant cubes topped with garlic yogurt made fancy with pan fried shrimps. Now, this is my kind of dish. Packed with all the palate-pleasing flavours, I would definitely order this again. The main course had to be a plate of mix grill twinned with the most delicious green pesto hummous ever. Alongside this, the pistachio kofta is to die for - I will come back just for this! The drinks menu is humble but satisfying, the house made ice tea is great, and who doesn’t like fresh juices? Coffee and tea are also available. A sweet-ending is everybody's favourite conclusion to a great culinary experience, and in Lagoon Moon an ending will never be sweeter than with the amazing Usmalliyeh; two layers of crispy vermicelli-hugging cream cheese filling sprinkled with pistachio drizzled with silky syrup. What a treat?! With a happy belly and a lot of satisfaction, we found ourselves reaching the end of one of the best dining 90

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experiences we have had for a while, but we couldn't leave without personally congratulating the talented Chef Gilbert on the yummy food and ambience that he and his team have created here. Call Reef Clubhouse now and be the first to live the Lagoon Moon experience; it will be the best surprise you can offer your loved one - it surely was a wonderful surprise to me. ✤

Chef Gilbert

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CATCH OF THE DAY FACT’s Jayne Green discovers Waves Seafood Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Bahrain – a venue that poses the freshest seafood and has undoubtedly caught us in its culinary claws.

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ocated in the Diplomatic Area, Waves showcases itself as a convenient option for hotel guests and visitors alike. A granite bar and glass display among other Mediterranean-inspired details give off an air of class. Interior chairs upholstered in ocean-themed fabric and shell-shaped lighting fixtures make the décor seem all the more interesting. The most prominent pieces of décor would have to be the fish tanks, which are integrated in the columns and gives the kids something fun to look at. Patrons can have their desired seafood adventure and they have everything from shellfish to lobsters. Different species of fish are available and I highly recommend that you take your time to marvel at the vast array of delicacies. After selecting our seafood from the iced display, we were asked as to how we would like to cook the seafood. There are 10 styles to choose from including Harrah Beiruty, Balinese Curry to Bahraini Spices to name a few and the items were priced according to their weight which is a great addition to this fine dining restaurant. We ordered a couple of mocktails, my usual lemon and mint option alongside a fabulous strawberry concoction that the husband finished with impressive timing. Drinks aside, we started our culinary adventure with Avocado and Prawn Salad which was arguably the tastiest and freshest salad that I’ve had the pleasure to experience in Bahrain. Next up, we decided to indulge and ordered their Fisherman’s Soup which was full of freshly caught sea bounty and the epitome of hearty food. The tale of its origins come from age-old traditions when this meal was employed as a means to no waste from spoils of the day. For our salmon, we went for butter fried and the taste was like that of paradise. Each morsel proved really juicy and the texture was heavenly allowing us to indulge in its wonderful melt-in-your-mouth offerings. This fish in particular was very tender and the tantalising aroma from all the condiments used just made us keep coming back for more, in a rather primal state I may add. This is international cuisine at its very best with a strong focus on Mediterranean dining for an exciting twist on healthy delights, although we couldn’t help but order dessert, because, well, my sweet tooth made me do it. That, and the fact that Waves have a promotional offer that allows you to enjoy a starter and dessert complimentary when purchased with a main course was an added bonus for sure. Alas, we were not disappointed as a bubbling concoction of chocolate delight spotlighted itself as a masterpiece before me. Hot chocolate sauce was poured over vanilla ice-cream as it bathed itself over the home cooked brownie. The spectacle was not only pleasing to the eye but also a delight to our taste buds; an absolute must for chocoholics! As we waved goodbye to Waves it was a bittersweet moment that has provided us with the perfect excuse to visit again shortly. Amazing fresh produce, attentive staff and the feast of the senses all amplify this culinary adventure to its deserving heights. ✤ 94

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THE ULTIMATE SALMON SELECTION @ WAVES SEAFOOD RESTAURANT During November, the chefs will celebrate the versatility of Salmon. Experience this wonderful fish through a selection of cooking methods and sauces, each aimed at emphasising its unique flavour profile. Price is a la carte. 12noon to 11.30pm. MAKE YOUR MAIN COURSE COUNT @ WAVES SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Order a main course from the new Waves a-la-carte menu and they will throw in a complimentary starter and dessert from the Chef’s new selection. Price is a la carte. Daily, 12noon to 11.30pm. GO: CALL 1753 1122 / 3841 1272 FOR RESERVATIONS AND FOLLOW @WAVESRESTAURANTBAHRAIN / @ CROWNEPLAZABAHRAIN ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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New Mums, Listen Up! Pearl Wasif is an Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner. She aims to provide evidencebased management to relieve pain and restore function and movement.

During pregnancy, our body gradually changes due to the increase in hormones. Therefore, keeping strong, flexible and maintaining an overall fitness is very important for your body. It can be difficult to squeeze in an exercise routine when you have your hands full with your baby. But what you need to remember is it took you 9 months to stretch into your pregnancy shape, you will need AT LEAST 9 months to feel things are going back in the right direction. So, here are a few tips on how to manage your time and slide in a few exercises whenever you can: Exercise when your baby is awake. When your baby is asleep that is the prime time for getting your head down yourself. Once they are fed and happy, get some music on and start your exercise routine. Eat plenty of fiber-rich food, go for walks, and use gentle stool softeners to avoid constipation. Avoid sit ups which tend to push everything ‘south’, and they won’t encourage your abdominals to pull back together again either. Get started with postpartum Kegel exercises as soon as you are able to. Raise your feet up while feeding. It’s a great tip for easing upper back pain. A final tip, think of pelvic floor muscle exercises as an investment for life. The sooner you start them the more benefit you will get in the long term. ✤

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GO: For more information on prescribing a patient centred exercise programme, please visit Pearl Physiotherapy Center. Call 17230238/35527344 or email: pearl.wasif@gmail.com for more information.


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

As a Personal Trainer, my role is to help my clients to achieve the goals they have set for themselves and teach them proper technique on how to execute exercises and give them advice on good nutrition. But, as any Personal Trainer knows, our role is much more than that. The psychological part of helping your client reach their goals is just as important as the physical one. The relationship between a trainer and their client is such an important one as when the client feels comfortable with you, they will open up to you about things they would never tell their family such as eating disorders like Bulimia or Body Dysmorphia or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Body Dysmorphia or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. People of any age can have BDD, but it's most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women. People who have bulimia go through periods where they eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binge eating) and then make themselves sick, use laxatives or do excessive exercise, or a combination of these, to try to stop themselves gaining weight. Personal Training is about supporting your client through their fitness journey and this includes their mental health and making them feel comfortable enough to ask for help. ✤

GO: Email ymcfitness@gmail.com or call 3466 0453 for more information.

The Silver Lining Aanchal Duggal is an avid bibliophile and fashion enthusiast trying to make a living out of doing what she loves. Aanchal is new to Bahrain & exploring!

After a fun night out in town, it was almost a ritual between me and my friends to indulge in some greasy, but oh-sodelicious Chicken McNuggets before we decided to call it night. After my first real night out in Florida, I decided to do the same in order to seek some comfort in familiarity and to finally try out McDonald’s in its birthplace. While they looked much different than the nuggets I was used to from the get-go, I still decided to give them a try. Instead of the little pieces of heaven my taste buds were accustomed to, I was exposed to nuggets that were extremely salty and dry. Disappointed and still pretty hungry, I decided to save the night with a milkshake and make my way back home. Needless to say, I’ll be sticking to Chipotle! From little things like pumping your own gas and not being able to find actual hummus anywhere to literally doing everything on your own while going through MAJOR culture shock, change has been much harder than I thought it would be. While it hasn’t be all smooth sailing, going to Disney and amusing myself with all the Halloween happenings has definitely been my saving grace. The holiday decorations and festivities are on a whole another level in this part of the world, and it is unlike anything I have ever seen before. With my favourite time of the year fast approaching, I am brimming with excitement for a whole lotta Christmas and NYE-themed fun. Despite the hardships and lot of getting used to, I can finally say that this place is starting to feel like home. Slowly but surely it is getting better and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! ✤

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Nidhi Iyer Marketing Team Lead at Careem Bahrain

Tell us more about your day-to-day role and what keeps it challenging and exciting… I run the marketing for Careem in Bahrain and take care of everything from user acquisition and engagement, social media, content production and so on. It’s fairly challenging considering that Bahrain is a market that is more prone to car ownership but that’s what makes my job all the more exciting. I am extremely competitive and love winning, just ask my friends! So, working to make sure Careem is the leading ride hailing service in Bahrain is definitely one of the most exciting challenges of my career. I also have an amazing and supportive team who give me the ownership to think of creative or out of the box solutions 98

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and experiment with work which is always a great push. Share with us some of your favourite cultural and dining hotspots in Bahrain and why these places are special to you… My go to spots here would be Block 338 in Adliya, my indoor cycling studio or the beach. I absolutely love food and am already dreaming of what to eat of dinner while I’m getting lunch so block 338 is perfect considering the number of cuisines that I get to experience in one spot. My indoor cycling studio, Ride Nation would be my second pick as it is one of the most positive spaces I know in Bahrain where everyone is accepted and welcomed in. The instructors, classes and people I’ve met there have

had a great impact in my life so I do enjoy spending a lot of time there. Finally, I am a proper water baby so beach please! :) Whar are some of your professional goals for the rest of the year? Careem’s most recent brand identity launch which is ‘Start Something’ is a message of inspiration, positivity and dreaming bigger and my efforts over the next few months will be to bring the new brand identity to life in Bahrain. I’m absolutely honoured to be working with Careem during this time as we finally have a brand from the Middle East that’s focused on telling a story and not to give too much away but we’re going to be telling a lot more stories in the foreseeable future.


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FACT Bahrain November 2019  

It's all about arts and culture in Bahraini this month. Plus, all the best outdoor dining hotspots, fashion, society and lifestyle news. Get...

FACT Bahrain November 2019  

It's all about arts and culture in Bahraini this month. Plus, all the best outdoor dining hotspots, fashion, society and lifestyle news. Get...