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First of all... I was hosting a friend who was in Bahrain on a weeklong trip. This was her first visit to the island. Like any other tourist, she wanted to explore the place and asked me for a list of ‘what to see in Bahrain?’ It got me thinking – can one wrap up sightseeing in a week? And if one had no choice, what spots must one not miss visiting?

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Bahrain has fascinating history and culture, which we discovered, on our trip to the national museum. We were lucky to get the pop-up exhibition, Intersections, with new artifacts and exhibits, which will be there until the end of the year. Having made a good start, we headed to Bab-al-Bahrain where we toured the, thanks to Ramadan, beautifully lit souq dotted with traditional cafes, spice shops, and stores selling a range of souvenirs. The Muharraq souq, home to the over a century old Showaiter Halwa factory, is a must-visit too with its many traditional cafes, and spice and sweet shops.

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The new Bahrain is as appealing as the old. The Lagoon in Amwaj Islands, Dragon City in Diyar Al Muharraq, Bahrain Financial Harbour, and Bahrain International Circuit are few of the spots we visited. We also went to the Arad and Riffa forts, Bin Matar House in Muharraq and Al Arayedh House of Poetry in Gudaibiya – all ancient structures but refurbished. The A’ali pottery place has quite some culture going on too, besides being an ideal souvenir destination.

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No points for guessing we couldn’t see everything. But what we learned at the end of that week is: to discover the real Bahrain and how it has evolved in to the modern island that it is today, it’s important to visit places bustling with Bahrainis across generations; a few expats as well who have made this lovely island their home for years. People are truly the essence of any place!

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Contents JULY 2016 • ISSUE 163 Online edition at


Fashion 40 41 42

Neon Fever Bay Watch


Cars 66 68

Porsche Infiniti

Gastro & Nightlife 74 84


Nightlife is Back!

Essential Listings

100 Recommended

Restaurants, Nightspots, Essential Info, Beauty Spots and Spas, Sports and Fitness Clubs, and Other Associations.

The Holiday Edit 12 20 46

The Foodie Edit

Not to be Missed Best of Dubai Summer Grooming Kit

Features 24 28

Goddess of Small Things A Moment in Time

Eid Mubarak! 34 70 54

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For the Adventure Junkie Get a little outdoorsy with these adrenaline packed road trips! Destination 1 (highly recommended): Jabal Jais, the highest mountain of the UAE. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes from Dubai by car Attractions: • Amazing landscapes • Camping and hiking – there are many sites

• Perfect roads with facilities like toilets, parking, and food tracks, all the way to the top • Numerous amazing views Best Times: Early morning or before sunset, watch the sun go down! Destination 2: Hatta Dam Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours from Dubai by car

Attractions: • Border with Oman • Mountains with beautiful lake in between; • Great views • Historical museum and Heritage Village Hatta are close by • One hotel offering amazing lunch and drinks close by Best Times: Anytime!

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events Destination 3: Rub Al Khali Desert or Empty Quarter, the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, sprawls across 650,000sq kilometres and is part of the Arabian Desert. Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes from Dubai by car (approx. 380kms) or 2 hours 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi by car Attractions: • Includes parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Yemen • Stunning views every 100 metres! • Star Wars movie fans alert! One of the scenes in the new Star Wars 2015 was filmed here • Home to the highest wild sand dunes • Visit the car museum, right near the highway on the road from Dubai • Stay at Qasr al Sarab Resort, Anantara located right between dunes to stop by and refresh. Moreover, the luxury hotel offers free rides to the dunes, clicks photographs and has desert cars and bikes for professionals!

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Best Times: Early morning to spend whole day in the desert and for those who like it, overnight too. It’s a long drive but worth every bit!

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For the Music Enthusiast

Rashed Al Majed Live Where: Dubai World Trade Centre When: 9th July Rotana Live presents Rashed Al Majed live in concert. The popular Saudi Arabian singer, musician and record producer was born in Bahrain and has even performed a number of times on our little island. Now, he is set to serenade Dubai with his romantic, emotional tracks including his debut, ‘You pretty Bahraini girl’, we hope!

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Eid Special US Take Over Where: The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai When: 14th July The Heartless Crew Bushkin is no stranger to success and has doled out multiple chart hits with the group; the band has bagged nominations and awards, and has shared stage with many internationally acclaimed artists. Now focusing on his solo career and

receiving rave reviews thus far, Bushkin is set to charm Dubai this month. Thrilled for her debut performance in Dubai, Lady Marga is the first woman in the UK to win the MOBO Award in 2010. Well known in the UK’s hip-hop circuit, she is also a song writer and model.

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For the Fun Lover Fun Nation & Arab Comedy Festival Where: Abu Dhabi When: 14th July to 6th August Spruce up your summers with Fun Nation at the du Forum, the center of themed sports, cooking, fashion and gaming activities. Residents and visitors to the UAE can participate in master classes, workshops and interact with celebrities. MBC will provide nonstop entertainment with SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and Shaun the Sheep stage shows as well as fun interactive activities with your kids’ favourite characters and MBC3 presenters. The newly introduced Arab Comedy Festival is a two-day event with a new set of hosts and comedians performing on Friday, 9th September and Saturday, 10th September. Located in the heart of Yas Mall (Town Square), lovers of laughs will be entertained this Eid-Al-Adha in Abu Dhabi’s largest mall. The line up of comedians includes Bin Baz, the hilarious Saudi social media trio: Ibrahim Saleh, Fadi Al Shehri and Ibrahim Khairallah, the multi-talented Emirati Taim Al Falasi with Darine Al Bayed, and Rajae Qawas and Fahad Al Butairi.

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The Laughter Factory Where: Multiple locations in Dubai When: 13th to 22nd July Tickle your funny bone with ace stand up comedy artists OLA, Sean Collins, and Michael Fabri. Ola is just in his 20s but has already appeared on Comedy Central, London Live, and a few others in addition to performing across the UK. Sean Collins has over two decades of experience in stand up comedy, and has even been nominated for ‘Best Male Stand Up’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Michael Fabri is an English stand up artist who was a finalist on So You Think You’re Funny and even hosts a comedy series on BBC Radio 4.

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Spa will get a chance to spin a virtual wheel and instantly win one of hundreds of prizes. Get a chance to win one of ten tickets to London with Virgin Atlantic or escape the heat of Dubai and enjoy a memorable getaway at one of the luxurious Anantara resorts in Thailand, Qatar, Bali and Oman; brunches, theme nights, afternoon tea, spa treatments and many more prizes to experience too!

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SMALL THINGS An artist’s journey to self-discovery.


ina Okba is an Egyptian artist living in Bahrain. Well known in the island’s creative circles for her cold porcelain miniatures, she tells us she the first and only person in Bahrain and the Middle East to pursue this craft. Dina is also a qualified interior designer, and committed homemaker. She started teaching art after she moved to Bahrain in 2003 and currently conducts workshops for children at her studio in Janabiya. A confident and grounded woman, Dina has a vivacious personality with a dash of humour. But she confesses she wasn’t always like this and tells us how art helped her find herself. “I was born and raised in Algeria where I lived for 17 years,” she says. I moved to Egypt for high school after which I took up a college degree in fine arts. Dina comes from a family of exceptionally artistic people; her father is an architect, and her brothers, one an independent music composer in Italy and the other a tourism professional. During the same time, Dina got fascinated with south Asian culture, particularly Indian and Pakistani traditions. “My friends introduced me to my husband, a Pakistani, and after five years of courtship we got married.”

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different from that of Algeria and Egypt where I grew up. I was used to working before I got married but now spent most of my time at home. Eventually, I retreated into my shell; I stopped taking care of myself and gained a lot of weight. There were times when I’d cry for days wondering where my life was headed. I was depressed, and this was one of my lowest points.” It’s obvious that Dina didn’t give up. But what inspired her to turn a new leaf? “I am not one to surrender! One fine day, I thought to myself, I could either continue to wallow in self-pity or take life by the horns and ride it! Around the same my family – I had my daughter and son by this time – moved to Bahrain. I was determined to find a way to get my life back on track. I couldn’t continue my career in interior design because of the long hiatus. That’s when I figured out a new way to use my creativity.”

Dina transformed one of the rooms in their home into her studio where she organised art workshops for a few kids. “My studio is my haven,” she says. My husband calls it his worst enemy (chuckles)!” Gradually, people started noticing Dina’s work and even recommending her classes to their friends. “After a very long time I felt I was doing something worthwhile.”

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Dina was inspired by miniature craft from one of her childhood trips to Thailand. “After years of wanting to experiment with porcelain, I finally got down to doing it when we came to Bahrain. Every time I made something, my friends loved it, which spurred me on.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

art “I usually take over two days to finish a piece,” she says. “Assembling the miniature doesn’t take as long as working on the details does, like cooking and drying the clay. I want to make it look as life like as possible. Dina uses basic materials: homemade dough prepared from cornstarch, white glue, water and oil. She works with tools from her home or those found at the local craft shops. “I also use two other kinds of dough - salt ceramic and polymer clay - depending on what I’m making and the design.”

Dina the Explorer

Dina loves a new challenge. “I am not a Pakistani but I make delicious paranthas (read flat bread usually stuffed with vegetables, herbs or pulses). I didn’t want my husband to miss his childhood treats just because he married a foreigner!” Dina’s gastronomical delights have quite a fan following from family and friends to her husband’s colleagues. “I religiously pack them a few goodies every Thursday.” “My dinner parties are pretty popular too. Whenever I invite guests over, I make sure I take care of the minutest details like the crockery, décor, return gifts, and background music.” She goes on to tell us how she once drove her husband up the wall to get her a Chinese music CD.” I was hosting a Chinese themed dinner party,” she says playing an imaginary banhu (read traditional Chinese bowed string instrument) and mimicking it’s high-pitched, nasal sound.

Bright Future

Dina has inspired quite a few of her students including those averse to art, to pursue a career in it. So, who is Dina’s mentor? “My dad is the reason I took up fine arts in college. He bought me colours and art books, few of which I still have, instead of dolls as birthday presents. Dina also believes that her husband has supported her choices. “It took him a while to notice but once he did, he has only encouraged me.

We’re curious to know if Dina will ever get back to interior design. “Not formally, but I do work on friends’ homes every now and then, even my own home sometimes.” Right now Dina wants to focus on her miniatures. She runs porcelain workshops at her studio, makes personalised gift items for clients and even intends to open an online store someday. “I’m a piecean, a dreamer. Either I do it perfectly or not at all!”

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Art in the Gulf Our editorial columnist Aiste A Daubaras decided to assume a new alter ego, that of an art critic. She shares her experience of visiting German artist Eva Graf’s ‘enchanting forest’ at Al Hilal Gardens in Budaiya.

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Guests taking a tour of Eva's studio during the open house


always find it very enticing to receive an invitation to a private viewing held at the artist’s own home or studio, where his or her creations are displayed in their natural habitat, comfortably nestling in their own nooks and corners, away from a stressful exposure of impersonal blank spaces and harsh gallery lights; thus divulging their true essence along with artists’ creative scope at its best. And if the studio or house in question is a spacious, elegant villa in the luxury compound at Al Hilal Gardens in Budaiya, the evening in question immediately suffuses with a griping promise of an undiluted aesthetical pleasure. And indeed it did live up to our expectations to the full! Guided by the artist herself, our charismatic and talented hostess, Eva Graf, we were immediately immersed into a magical art lovers "Alice In Wonderland” experience, where tree barks or pinecones, dried flowers or feathers, sprayed in vibrant colours with a special fortifying spry, are transformed into montages, sculptures or

assemblages; thus reincarnating as original art pieces. The German born Eva Graf has travelled and lived in various continents, and in the process has acquired a vast collection of, otherwise easily overlooked, everyday objects and very simple beautiful pieces offered by nature; assembling them into the art of various forms, shapes and sizes. Eva's feminine, ingenious and easily comprehensible style can strike a cord with almost everyone. It is not difficult to envision her installations or sculptures fitting into, adorning and transforming any home or office space, no matter how large or small your premises may happen to be. But Eva Graf's multidimensional talent does not just end here... it overspills into an entirely different genre of acrylic paintings and pastel chalk drawings, executed with the same effortless ease, gentle fluidity and womanly passion. So it seems that there is a bit of everything for each and every taste. During our VIP guided tour we learned about all aspects of her creative process, which could even involve a very close collaboration with a potential client, choosing the theme, objects and form, and so creating a masterpiece together. We left the studio still basking in the warmth of the charming personality of the creator and the soft beauty of her art!

Enjoy ing the evening

Aiste is a Socialite, Writer, Jewellery Brand Ambassador and Advisor for International School of Etiquette (ISE), living in Bahrain. To share your feedback, email: *Please note that these are not the publisher’s opinions. Bahrain Confidential July 2016 27


Touring the Breitling Chronometrie.

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No one does trips like Breitling – they fly to you off to Switzerland on a plane and then throw you out of one, writes Nick Cooksey who was invited to visit the home of the brand in La Chaux-de-Fonds.


he weather was cloudy and rainy. We landed in Neuchâtel, where we were staying, only to board another plane. Breitling, the luxury Swiss watch company, famous for their chronographs and association with aviation, had organised an exhilarating sky diving experience for us. Surprisingly, it was sunny and pleasant during the duration of our sky diving when we jumped from 14,000 feet - scary but fun - after which it returned to being gloomy. But our trip was far from gloomy for more than one reason. First of all, Neuchâtel, which means ‘new castle’, was going to be our home for the next two days. It’s a lovely town with breathtaking architecture,

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and sits on a beautiful lake. Secondly, we were going to tour the development and production facility of the largest family owned Swiss watch company, belonging to the Schneider family since 1979. We had the honour to meet Mr JeanPaul Girardin, Vice President of Breitling, who along with Mr Aed Adwan, from Breitling Middle East, took us on a 3-hour tour of the Chronometrie. The factory is a beautiful building, cleverly designed to make future expansions, if any, easy. It is airy and spacious, and exceptionally clean, clinical almost; and is surrounded by woods, giving it a calming feel.

Though I have a great love of watches, I’ve never been particularly attracted to Breitling’s range of timepieces. I’ve always found them to be too big and busy. That said I have at least 20 friends who are fans of the brand, and they’re all men. Mr Girardin told me that the brand has its niche. “Our watches are traditionally technical and big,” he said, “and we want

A watchmaker at work in the Chronometrie

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All set to tour the Breitling Chronometrie

to remain true to our style. We have a few, if not many, women who own Breitlings because they love wearing men’s watches as a style statement.” I noticed Mr Girardin and Mr Adwan wearing the latest Breitling Exospace B55. It has a stylish design with bright coloured straps and is truly a new generation connected chronograph because it is mechanical but you can plug it to your smart phone. On asking Mr Girardin, which watch he usually wears on his wrist, he said it is the prototype of the model they are working on at that time. We went on to talk about the Swiss watch industry in general and Mr Girardin told me there is no other real international industry in the world like the luxury watch industry, and that it is clearly dominated by Switzerland. “A luxury watch almost by its nature has to be Swiss,” he said. But Breitling are not just resting on their laurels. “We are well aware times have changed, and are investing in the industry and producing the best watches we can.” Breitling were one of the first companies to make chronograph watches in 1915. The company define themselves by three key points – ‘product’, particularly chronographs and technology, ‘the company’, which is family owned, and ‘close links with aviation’. It’s interesting to note that their brand ambassador, John Travolta, is a keen pilot and has various planes too. David Beckham used to be the face of Breitling for Bentley but not anymore. We discussed the Navitimer 01, which Mr Girardin told me has been the most popular watch among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952. It is a technical

The skydiving adventure

Mr Jean-Paul Girardin with guests during the tour

watch and stands out with its original design: a steel case and black dial with a red seconds hands, silver chronograph counters and applied hour-markers or numerals. It is also available in a red gold version with other dial colors. Going on this trip gave me a great

appreciation of the company, its professionalism, and its passion to make great watches; and I returned home feeling a lot more warmth towards the brand.

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BAHRAIN SHINES AT THE LUXURY LIFESTYLE AWARDS 2016 The Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2016 Middle East & Africa hosted its gala ceremony at the Conrad Dubai and Bahrain Confidential was the official silver sponsor.

The Winners – From Bahrain BECKETT INTERIORS Having received the Golden Crown, Beckett Interiors now proudly stands as the best Luxury Interior Design Company in Bahrain. A leading Bahrain based interior design studio, it offers luxury design services ranging from commercial and residential interiors, bespoke furniture designed to client’s specifications in addition to being a representative in Bahrain for some of the world leading wallpapers, fabrics and paint manufacturers from the UK and the US. Mohamed Mahmood is the Managing Director and believes that ‘luxury is an experience and not just one product or service’. Quality, Service, Knowledge, Originality and Transparency are virtues he values, and considers as the five pillars of any luxury brand.

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African & You, South Africa

Dori Hitti, Lebanon

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SensAsia, the UAE AltaModa, Qatar

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Timeless Icon The Officine Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 The P a n e r a i Manufacture in Neuchâtel is enhancing the history of the Luminor Marina by presenting the new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic, fitted with the new P.9010 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days. The Luminor Marina was the first great success in the history of the Panerai brand. In the 1990s, after decades of creations produced for the Italian Navy, which were for many years covered by military secrecy, the Luminor with the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock was one of the models, which helped to make the Panerai brand known throughout the world, with its watches becoming icons of contemporary high quality sports watchmaking. The new Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic models differ in their dimensions, finish, materials and creative dial designs, but they share the functions and technical characteristics of the same movement, and all of them are developed from the Luminor 1950 case. This case is faithful to the historic design with the device protecting the winding crown made for the Italian Navy in the 1940s and 1950s, but it is now presented with subtly modified proportions: the dimensions of the new calibre have enabled the case to be much thinner and lighter than those of the models already in collection.

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Silver of the Moon

AIGNER transforms the tranquility of the moon into a timepiece – a celestial mother-of-pearl dial is cased within a chateau of radiance that courses gracefully into a silver plated bracelet. The brilliance of 280 diamonds and the intricate detailing makes it an admirable deed of the Atelier’s precision. Only a limited 149 pieces are available.

Enigma in Gold

Laced with a symphony of 280 diamonds, the AIGNER One Carat Arco is a sinful rendition of soulful Broadway where glamour and drama inch the design of this timepiece – available in a limited 149 pieces. A mother-of-pearl dial captures every ticking moment on this gorgeous statement of luxury.

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Tones of Luxury

An opera of silver and gold concludes in an extravagant climax of a stunning mother-of-pearl dial featuring Roman hands. The timepiece, limited edition with only 149 pieces, is the mellifluous music of 280 diamonds strung together by a two-tone bracelet.


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CROHN’S DISEASE On the Rise in Bahrain


he Bahrain Gastroenterology and Hepatology Center at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, under the leadership of Dr Najah Zayyani, conducted two major studies on Crohn’s disease and its prevalence amongst the Bahraini population. Data was collected from as far back as 1986 from a sample of over 500 Bahraini patients diagnosed and treated for Crohn’s disease. Researchers in both Bahrain and the United States analysed the information collected. The findings of these studies were presented at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in San Diego. DDW is an annual meeting held in the United States attended by medical professionals from around the globe. The first study, “Increasing incidence of Crohn’s disease in all age groups in the Kingdom of Bahrain,” is a retrospective investigation of 525 cases. It revealed that the incidence of this disease significantly increased from 1990 to 2015 following the global trend, reaching levels similar to those in the United States and Europe. “The results demonstrate 48 Bahrain Confidential July 2016

a rising incidence of Crohn’s disease in Bahrain among all ages with equally rapid increase in males and females as well as in children,” says Dr Najah Zayyani. The second study illustrated the clustering of the disease among certain Bahraini families, signifying a possibility of common source exposure in their environment. In addition, the large cluster of Crohn’s disease among family members, more so for 1st degree relatives, points to the role of genetics in this disease.

Dr Najah Zayyani at DDW in San Diego & Inset: The team with Dr Najah

to a possible link between Crohn’s disease and an exposure to a zoonotic infection responsible for a similar disease in cattle. Consequently, acquiring this infection may lead to the chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract manifesting as Crohn’s disease. The plan in the near future is to conduct a study treating Crohn’s disease patients with a novel combination of antibiotics to control this infection, hopefully offering a complete cure to this disease.

Visit It is vital to know what we are up against. As we learn more about this chronic disease we can improve diagnosis and treatment accordingly. “The recognition of an increasing problem of Crohn’s disease in Bahrain has important implications for its diagnosis and management, influencing the allocation of healthcare resources,” says Dr Najah Zayyani. Recently published research from the Bahrain Gastroenterology and Hepatology Center at Bahrain Specialist Hospital, points


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HOME SUITE HOME Bahrain Confidential enjoys an extended weekend at Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands


amada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands invited us to experience an overnight stay at their luxurious property. We checked in on a Saturday afternoon and after a quick registration thanks to the lovely guest attendant, we headed to our rooms. But first, we took a selfie for our Instagram accounts – Ramada Amwaj offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi too. Blending luxury and indulgence with practical, contemporary designs, Ramada Amwaj’s 162 spacious rooms and suites are well equipped with premium facilities.


Flavours of Morocco

Deluxe Room

beverages and toiletries made us feel at home. We even helped ourselves to a couple of crunchy and juicy apples on the dining table – the devil is in the details, they say!

We stayed in the Deluxe and Superior Rooms, which put us at ease from the moment we stepped in. Soothing colours for the drapes and sheets, a spacious bathroom with our very own Jacuzzi (grins!), wooden furnishings and all the essentials including a flat-screen television, 52 Bahrain Confidential July 2016

The daylights were still shining bright and so we decided to nip to Amwaj Lagoon for a shisha. Flavours of Morocco, Bahrain’s first fine-dining Moroccan restaurant, had not opened when we were staying, else we’d have definitely gone there (Editor’s Note: Now open). Ramada Amwaj is within walking distance of the Amwaj Marina and Amwaj Lagoon. It’s also just a few minutes’ drive from Bahrain International Airport, making it easily accessible to both, the leisure and business districts of Manama.

Board Room

The Night’s Still Bright

Dinner at Citrus was a lavish affair. We were given VIP treatment by the restaurant’s maître de and other staff. The all-day dining restaurant serves international cuisine. Our menu for the night included flavourful soups, and crunchy salads and starters that worked up quite an appetite for our main courses, which included steak, Indian curries and breads. We ended on a sweet note, an indulgent brownie with strawberries. Ramada Amwaj’s on-site dining list includes other great spots like the Lounge. It’s a relaxing place to unwind on the mezzanine floor offering light bites, tea and coffee brewed to your preference, and irresistible, tempting pastries. We’ve

hospitality already told you about Flavours of Morocco. It’s located on the rooftop so you can sit back and savour Arabian creations while taking in the stunning view of the Arabian Sea.

Leisure Lover

The property also offers guests a state-of-the art gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool and indoor Jacuzzi with sauna and steam rooms. Pamper yourself at Ramada Amwaj’s on-site spa, which has four treatment rooms offering a variety of Swedish, Ayurvedic and Thai treatments. The stylish ladies salon has a full range of beauty options to choose from including pedicures and keratin hair treatments to help you refresh and rejuvenate (yet to open).

Let’s get to business!

“Ramada Amwaj is within walking distance of the Amwaj Marina and Amwaj Lagoon.”

The hotel’s meeting and conference facilities can accommodate up to 200 guests. A team of dedicated associates is always on site offering proactive, personalised service to ensure your corporate or social event is a grand success.

into a sumptuous breakfast at Citrus. We even met the restaurant manager, a true gentleman who made sure the chef cooked our eggs just like we wanted them. The breakfast buffet was quite varied and we could choose from a variety of breads and cereals, cold cuts and cheeses, hash browns, pancakes, juices, tea and coffee, and more. All in all, a weekend well spent!

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Guests staying at Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands who are members of Wyndham Rewards, Ramada’s freeto-join guest loyalty programme, will be able to earn valuable points during their stay. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and more. For more info, visit

Week - END

After a good night’s sleep on our cosy beds, we woke up the next morning feeling truly relaxed, and ready to face another busy week. Before we checked out, we tucked

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Trendy designs and tips to give your home a festive makeover.

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• The first step is to collect all the clutter in the house. There are things hidden in a faraway corner of the house that can now be used for a different purpose. Rather than having a plastic soap dish in the kitchen, find a nice ceramic bowl that was not being used and turn it into a fun accessory for the kitchen sink.

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• You might have spare cloth material or probably a bed sheet that does not go with the shade of a room. Do a creative spin on them and turn them into single curtains. Floral print curtains or vibrant prints are good options for a study, workroom, or a bare kitchen window. The cloth can also be easily turned into a table cover with lace trimmings on the side that can be attached with a simple stitch pattern.

home • Redecorating upholstery is fun too. Turn old pillow covers into laundry bags or re-decorate old photo-frames in the house by painting them with a bright colour and turn a drab space into a corner with energetic vibes. • Old bottles can be turned into stunning lamp options, all one has to do is drill a tiny hole with a glass pin cutter and insert little fairy lights. Not only did you enjoy your drink, but now you would have a set of beautiful lamps for the table too. Glass bottles can easily be turned into hanging lamps as well, making them sophisticated lighting alternatives.

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• While creating a cozy corner or even while rearranging cushions and accessories in the living room, keep an odd grouping in mind. Even on ledges and mantles where you feel like re-arranging candle stands and vases, an odd number with variation in height and colour will make a lasting impression on guests who walk into the room. • Choose a wall in the house, preferably one that is more visible to people who walk in, and create a statement look for it. Either use mirrors or photo frames of varied sizes, you could arrange a console with a vase with fresh flower in it. The monotony of a passage breaks with such a decor that is not heavy on the pocket or tiring to set.

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Members of the Ministry of Health, Salmaniya Medical Complex and Think Pink Bahrain

Bahrain’s First Publicly Funded MRI

The Ministry of Health invited Bahrain Breast Cancer Society (Think Pink Bahrain) for a site visit at Salmanyia Medical Complex. This is the second stage of the BD499,900 donation, preparing for the installation of a 1.5 T digital MRI machine at the newly refurbished Nuclear Medicine Department. The official launch is expected to be held in September this year by which time the machine would be fully operational and the department complete with CT’s and other vital diagnostic equipment. Think Pink Bahrain remains an active catalyst for the community driving breast cancer awareness, education and research in Bahrain.

Zain’s New Advice Service

Zain Bahrain launched ‘From the Heart’, a first-of-its-kind therapeutic advice service through which customers receive exclusive texts, and audio and video clips from renowned Saudi psychiatrist Dr Tariq Al-Habeeb as part of their mobile packages. Dr Al-Habeeb’s advice covers a range of topics, including managing relationships with life partners, children and teenagers, sports,and self-development, among many others. To activate, SMS 77667 with the number of the desired channels, which are from (1) to (8), at the cost of 500 fils per week per channel. Subscribers will receive one to three daily messages from the channels they choose. Additional ‘From the Heart’ features include ‘Stories from My Clinic’, poetry and prayers, including some English-language content.

Cineco to Open New 12-Screen Complex

Ahmed Rashed and Vikas Attri sign the agreement

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Bahrain Cinema Company (Cineco) signed an agreement with Al Rashid Group (ARG) to open a new Cineplex in Oasis Mall Juffair. Ahmed Rashed, CEO of Cineco and Vikas Attri, COO of ARG, the proprietors of Oasis Mall, signed the agreement. The 3,000sqm cineplex will have 12 screens and feature a children’s cinema as well. State-of-the-art technology like a Dolby Atmos system and 4DX theatres promise to offer great movie experiences with hightech motion seats and special effects such as wind, fog, rain and scents in both 2D and 3D formats.

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S ciety Business

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Spitfire Exhibition Inauguration

As part of BHUK, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the close relations between Bahrain and the UK, the Spitfire exhibition, displaying aviation heritage shared by both countries, was inaugurated at Bahrain National Museum. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

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I AM Store Opening

I AM hosted the grand opening of its store at the Bahrain Mall in the presence of VIP guests, AZADEA Group’s management, and members of the media. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Promod Store Re-opening

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GAC Test Drive Festival

GAC Motors hosted its first test drive event at Bahrain International Circuit. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Latif Shoe 135th Anniversary Collection

Latif Shoe launched its 135th anniversary collection by Barker Shoes at its store in Moda Mall.

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‘Individual Objectives’ Workshop

Jean Nicolai, Founder & President of Steppingstone and Mike Orlov, Partner & media veteran conducted a business workshop, ‘Individual Objectives’, at the Domain Hotel & Spa. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

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Infiniti QX60 Launch

YK Almoayyed & Sons hosted the grand launch of the Infiniti QX60 at its showroom in Sitra in the presence of the management and members of the media.

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Launch of Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017

Al Haddad Motors, sole distributors of Mercedes-Benz in Bahrain, hosted the grand launch of the new MercedesBenz E-Class at the Mercedes showroom in Isa Town.

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car review


So you say that SUVs don’t handle? The Cayenne disproves this with excellent steering and precise handling. Despite its bulk, this SUV handles beautifully, writes Nick Cooksey.


o you say that SUVs don’t handle? The Cayenne disproves this with excellent steering and precise handling. Despite its bulk, this SUV handles beautifully and is not only more sporty than a Range Rover Sport but also many sports cars. The base Cayenne produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with a 3.6-liter V6; the Cayenne S gets 420 hp and 406 lbft of torque out of its V6. The Cayenne GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) has a 3.6-liter engine that’s tuned to

produce 440 hp and 442.5 lb-ft of torque, helped by twin turbochargers, and an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. The rear wheels are driven all the time, with power distributed to the front wheels as needed. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is standard, along with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The Cayenne was facelifted last year, with a Macan-style front end and various enhancements. As standard, the new Cayenne GTS has the turbo nose section with large air intakes and the

Sport Design package, including more contoured side sills and wheel arch extensions. The colour black provides some striking contrasts: all lettering is black, as are the 20-inch wheels in the RS Spyder design, the exhaust tailpipes, the bi-xenon headlights' inner apertures and the fittings of the darkened LED rear lights. There's a new feature on the front doors: striking GTS lettering! On the inside, you have an eight-way electrically adjustable GTS sports seats in leather upholstery, including GTS lettering on the headrests, are fitted as standard. The interior GTS package

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is optionally available in carmine red or rhodium silver as well with other elements in contrasting colour.

Spacious & stylish interior

After driving the luxury SUV for a few hours, it’s safe to say that though the Cayenne GTS 2016 is modestly powered, huge and quite raised, it is an absolute pleasure. Inside there are loads of buttons and switches, rather like being in a cockpit of a Boeing 747 it seems. The luxury SUV is priced at BD39,000.

Enough leg room

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The stylish, perfromance-driven SUV has a place with most families looking for a modern drive, writes Nick Cooksey.


he new Infiniti QX60 is a stylish, performance driven SUV, ideal for the needs of modern families. It is completely redesigned from the exterior and also features a host of new features and technologies for enhanced comfort, convenience and safety. This is a large vehicle, and its 265-hp V6 felt to me a little sluggish after having just driven a Porsche Cayenne GTS, but this is a family vehicle – a large family vehicle at that, and it is very comfortable as well as classy, and it’s anyway one



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of the fastest three-row SUVs on the market. Featuring new suspension components and settings for better comfort and agility, and a revised steering system, the new QX60 is an Intelligent AllWheel Drive, fitted with a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. Elegant and modern, the new QX60 features the brand’s signature design cues such as double-wave bonnet, and crescent-cut D-pillar. Additionally, you can see the redesigned front double-

arch grille flanked by standard-fit bi-xenon headlamps. There is greater use of LED lighting, including new LED Daytime Running Lights as well as front fog lamps, which feature LED lighting and chrome finishers. On the interior, the SUV offers its signature driver-oriented cockpit, highlighted by thin chrome accents as well as an upper instrument panel wrapped in soft-touch material with contrast stitching. Seating offers Flexible options seating. The second row slides backwards and forwards, allowing

car review passengers to comfortably get in and out, and the third row offers plenty enough headroom for 6-foot passengers. All the seatbacks recline. Throughout the interior there is a rich combination of leather, wood and metals, this is a classy interior in every respect. The new QX60 features world-class technology. In addition to the already existing industry first features like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention and Around View Monitor, this model has Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) with Pedestrian Detection, making it one of the safest 7-seat crossovers in its segment from a technology perspective.

The signature driver-oriented cockpit

Driving the car for a few hours had me convinced that the Infiniti QX60 2016 has a place with most families looking for a modern drive, making it a vehicle redefining versatility. Prices for the Infiniti QX60 2016 start from BD18,995.

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Festive Dining gastro

Celebrate Eid this month at Bahrain’s best hotels.

Eid at Al Maha Tent, Downtown Rotana

Downtown Rotana

Enjoy a lavish buffet with many surprises on each of the first 3 days of Eid at Al Maha Tent, noon to 4pm. Day 1 invites you to enjoy a Kids & Families Friendly Brunch with a raffle draw offering winners many lunch buffet coupons! Adults dine for BD14++. On Day 2, get festive with a special Eid Mubarak Brunch, raffle surprises and more. Adults dine for BD24++/20++. An Eid Super Saver Brunch on Day 3 offers everyone a lunch buffet coupon, and 30 percent discount on the next brunch until 31st August. Adults dine for BD29++/20++. Kids up to 12 years dine FREE on all days.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999

Elite Resort & Spa Elite Resort & Spa’s luxurious Al Noor tent invites you to celebrate Eid night and Arabian hospitality under one roof! Enjoy a lavish dinner while being entertained by a live Arabic music performance by

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Bahraini artist Abdulla Bahlool. BD30, 8pm onwards.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 3888 4415

served at a 50 percent discount for kids between 6 to 12 years while those below 6 years dine for FREE.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 1122

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel

Elite Grande Hotel

Relish a sumptuous brunch featuring multi-cuisine delights and live grills at Il Giardino and by the Oasis poolside, on all 3 days of Eid, for BD12++/17++/BD7++ for kids, noon to 4pm. There will be a buffet for the little ones too and kids' activities in addition to entertainment for all. Eid special BBQ nights with entertainment will also be hosted for the same prices, 7.30pm to 11pm.

Julio’s all-day dining invites you on the 2nd day of Eid, 12.30pm to 4pm, for a funfilled brunch with kids’ activities as well as exciting giveaways for BD10++/kids buffet priced at BD5++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 3388

Celebrate Eid at Citrus all-day dining and feast on some of the finest flavours featured in a delectable buffet spread. Priced at BD12++/half price for kids 6 to 11 years/below 5 years free, the lunch is available on all three days of Eid, 12.30pm to 4pm.

Crowne Plaza Bahrain This Eid, make your celebration special, and treat friends and family to a memorable lunch at Crowne Plaza. Priced at BD15.750 net (food only), the lunch is

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1756 588

Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0099

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Dig into delicious Bahraini food as well as Turkish and Indian specialties at the Four Seasons Ramadan tent, 12.30pm to 4pm with entertainment by a live music band, for BD28++/38++. A complimentary ‘Kids For All Seasons’ programme with educational activities, cinema and fun is lined up for all 3 days of Eid – this is complimentary for Eid brunch guests.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5500

Elite Crystal Hotel The Lotus welcomes you to a world of fine indoor and outdoor dining on the 2nd and 3rd days of Eid. Enjoy delicious food with family and loved ones for BD7.5++ (adults)/BD3.5++ (kids), 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 0360

Gulf Hotel Convention & Spa Exclusive set dinner menu on all 3 days at Zahle for BD26++ with live entertainment by Arabic singer Robensa and belly dancer Ranya. Lunch and dinner at Al Waha on the 1st day for BD19++, 2nd and 3rd day for BD31/23 net (brunch) and BD19++ (dinner). Cris and Toni Latin Duo will feature and kids can enjoy fun activities. Lunch buffet on the 2 days following Eid at Takht Jamsheed for BD18++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1771 3000

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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Celebrate Eid at Lemon Tree with a sumptuous buffet featuring Arabic dishes and international cuisine, and a live performance by Arabic singers and DJs. Pre sales tickets priced at BD10/on door BD15. Rasoi will also host its Eid celebration with a melodious Indian ghazal singer and 4-course set menu for BD10 net, 7pm onwards.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 1999

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Celebrate Eid with loved ones on the second day of Eid at the award-winning La Med. Indulge in a lavish buffet featuring Middle Eastern favourites and classic dishes from around the world, while being serenaded by the Duo, Onyx & Kim.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 6499

Sheraton Bahrain Festive buffet, 12.30pm to 4pm for lunch and 7.30pm to 11.30pm for dinner at Al Safir. Fun activities for children too! Lunch buffet BD19.5++/8.5++ for kids and dinner buffet BD14.9++. Healthy smoothies and vegetable chips with salsa served on all 3 days of Eid at the swimming pool.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 3533

Swiss Belhotel Savor the best of Arabic and international cuisine at Swiss-Café. The Eid family lunch buffet features all your favourites including

Ouzi, a grill station, range of mezzes and desserts! Priced at BD12 net/kids under 6 years eat FREE, 12.30pm to 3pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 6631 0041

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa On the 1st and 2nd day of Eid feast on Saraya’s exotic flavours with the live cooking stations. Enjoy live entertainment too! Lunch BD25 net, 12.30pm to 4pm/ dinner BD18 net, 7pm to 10.30pm. Pashawat invites you to indulge in Arabic delights while a belly dancer entertains you, dancing to oriental tunes. Dinner BD25++ (food only), 7pm to 2am. The 3rd day of Eid brings you a Friday special brunch at Saraya, Fiamma and Wok BD30/36 net, 12.30pm to 4pm; and dinner BD18 net, 7pm to 10.30pm. Pashawat will serve dinner at the Layali Al Zallaq tent BD25++ (food only), 7pm to 2am.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1763 6363

Al Areen Palace & Spa Eid Brunch with traditional live entertainment, kids fun and raffle at Al Areen Nadwah Tent for BD25/33 net, 12.30pm to 4pm. Kids up to 6 years dine free and 6 to 12 years get 50 percent discount.

For reservations, call +973 1784 5000


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Love seafood? Enjoy some Sushi ART @Wu Asian Restaurant & Lounge for BD21++ every Tuesday with an all you can eat sushi experience like no other. If you’re a meat lover, Flames raises the steaks for you with its Cut & Weight offer at Flames Steak & Seafood from Tuesday to Thursday. Choose your cut of prime Angus tenderloin at the table and guess the weight. If you are correct to within 5g either way, your steak is on the house! Extend your weekend fun with Rosso’s fine Italian brunch for BD24net, 12pm to 4pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0111

Enjoy Tarab Nights at Al Naseem poolside every Tuesday and Wednesday, 7pm onwards with an exciting BBQ station (only on Wednesday) and live Oud music. Those who love their Spanish flavours, Paelleras Nights at Al Naseem poolside will be hosted every Thursday, 7pm onwards for BD12.4++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 3888 4415

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel Dig into a lavish BBQ and buffet every Friday for BD12++ by the Oasis poolside.

Journey through Italy at Il Giardino every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for BD12++ for a 4-coruse dinner featuring authentic Italian dishes by Chef Massimo Lamberti from the lovely country side of Tuscany! If you’re a lover of fresh, flavoursome seafood, head to the Oasis poolside every Thursday for a seafood buffet and grill with entertainment by a live duo band for BD12++. Sports fanatics can follow the Euro Cup 2016 (until 10th July) with live matches screened by the Oasis poolside on a giant screen – this while you’re enjoying a fantastic family brunch with entertainment and kids club facilities, all for BD6++ instead of BD12++!

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Flavours of Morocco Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands invites you to relish the distinct yet delicate flavours of Moroccan cuisine at Flavours of Morocco. Bahrain's first fine dining Moroccan restaurant is located on the rooftop with stunning views of the Arabian sea. A team of professionally trained chefs will serve you stunning creations using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a quick lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm or a relaxed dinner from 7pm to midnight. Flavours of Morocco at Ramada Hotel & Suites

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Offering a wide selection of Arabic favourites, Bahrain Bay Kitchen’s Saturday Brunch is perfect for you and your family – BD18++, 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The CUT 3-course menu is priced at BD29++ and served at CUT By Wolfgang Puck steakhouse, Saturday to Tuesday, 7pm to 11pm and Wednesday to Friday, 7pm to 11.30pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5500

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Treat your taste buds with the ultimate sushi experience everyday at Ruka. Indulge in miso soup, salad and unlimited freshly made sushi rolls from a selected menu

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for just BD12 net, noon to 3pm. Craving Indian food? Rasoi, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa’s Indian restaurant will pack you a take away lunch daily, 12.30pm to 3pm including delicious biryani or flavoursome kathi rolls (read wraps) with drinks for just BD5!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 1999

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain The popular Thali Business Lunch will be served at Nirvana Sunday to Thursday, noon to 3pm. Dine like Maharaja (read king) for just BD9++. Usher in the spring at Primavera with a 3-course business lunch by two Michelin starred chef Oliver Glowig, Sunday to Thursday, noon to 3pm, for BD15++. Seafood fans head to La Med and dig into the ocean’s finest bounty

prepared in various styles from grilled and steamed to fried and poached on Wednesday and Thursday, 7pm to 11pm for BD24++

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 6499

Swiss Belhotel Visit Swiss Belhotel daily and enjoy their lunch buffet at Swiss-Café for BD7 net, 12.30pm to 3pm. An international dinner buffet will be served at Swiss-Café, 7pm to 11pm for BD8 net. Savour the best of Arabic food at Swiss-Café in a lavish Arabic dinner buffet including BBQ as well as vegetarian dishes for BD8 net, 7pm to 11pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 6631 0041

Let’s get to business!

Downtown Rotana, located in the heart of Manama invites you to its all-day dining restaurant Flavours On 2. Enjoy dining in a lively atmosphere with live cooking stations and an open-style kitchen. A perfect and easy to access destination during the busy week, Flavours On 2 serves a special business lunch for just BD10 net!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999

Crowne Plaza Don't miss the exciting new theme nights at La Mosaique restaurant. There's French night every Monday and Mexican Tuesday's every Tuesday priced at BD 14.551 every night. and our regular theme nights of a meaty Steak Night every Wednesday for BD 21.750 (food only) and a sumptuous seafood night every Thursday for BD 20.550 (food only). Taste "Flavours of India' on a plate every Friday at Spices for BD 10.285. Crowne Plaza's Friday brunch is back from the 8th July starting with our themed brunch - The Stars & Stripes brunch. Don't miss out on the very first brunch of the season. Head to the brunch after party at the patio, 4 pm onward.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 1122

Elite Grande Hotel Enjoy Hot Grills Night every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7pm onwards for BD12++, B&B with an amazing selection of fresh meat grilled to perfection every

Baguettes And More… Enjoy aromatic coffee and scrumptious grubs at this new restaurant at the end of American Alley!

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Tuesday and Wednesday, 8pm to 11pm for BD12.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1756 5888

Gulf Hotel Convention & Spa Enjoy Margarita Mexicana, an extravagant Mexican food and cultural festival. Spice up your evening and enjoy traditional Mexican delights and margaritas combined with excellent live entertainment by the Latin duo, soothing vocalist Toni, and Cris on Sax and guitar.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1771 3000

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1736 000

Enjoy Mövenpick’s legendary Thursday Night Out, an evening of unlimited exotic cocktails, and gourmet food! Relish succulent cuts of US beef served at Silk’s while being entertained by the resident DJ – all for BD32net. Seafood lovers can sample a wide range of fresh oceanic delicacies at Silk’s every Monday for BD29/24 net, 7pm to 1pm.

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For reservations, call Tel. +973 1746 0017

The K Hotel Be it a hearty breakfast, quick lunch or lavish dinner, Kolors at the K Hotel is a great option to dine at. The restaurant’s culinary team, led by F&B Director, Mathias Narr and Executive Sous Chef Nitai Chand will whip up delectable age-old flavours with contemporary influences for you to enjoy. Kolors provides a healthy and flavoursome business lunch, which makes

Opening early July ‘BAM’ which stands for ‘Baguettes and More’ is part of a brand new development of shops located in Juffair. Choose from freshly baked white or brown baguettes, delicious tortilla wraps, healthy salads and melt-in-your-mouth jacket potatoes! BAM baguettes come in three sizes: small, medium and mega; load it up with a choice of premium fillings all for the same price! BAM offers an extensive range of drinks too with high quality coffee and specialty teas, decadent frappes and healthy smoothies. Pop down for a bite and experience the fresh, flavoursome food of Baguettes And More!

for a memorable networking event, served from Sunday to Thursday, and priced at BD5.5 net per person inclusive of soft drinks. The team at the K Hotel promises to boost your afternoon with superb dishes and obliging service. Variety is truly the spice of life; and at Kolors we abide by this motto throughout the week. Enjoy a different “All-You-Can-Eat” theme night every day of the week from seafood and Italian fare to burgers and Middle Eastern delights. The restaurant’s popular brunch is hosted every Friday,12.30pm to 4pm, priced at BD16.5++ per person, or for an additional BD 6++ with selected beverages.

Dine around a water fountain, under palm trees in Saraya’s arabesque inspired courtyard as you’re serenaded by live musicians every Saturday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD18 net. Enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience at La Mer Seafood Market and sample the treasures of the wine cellar too every Saturday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm for BD18/26 net. Pashawat invites couples every Tuesday, 7pm to 1am to enjoy a set-menu dinner while being entertained by live musicians all for BD40 net for 4 persons. Every Thursday, dine at Wok Vietnamese restaurant and enjoy healthy, flavourful Vietnamese cuisine for BD18 net, 7pm to 10.30pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1763 6363

Roti Boti Al Areen Palace & Spa’s NEW Indian restaurant to open mid July. Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine with a wide range of regional delights served with a modern slant. The restaurant offers a contemporary dining atmosphere with a terraced garden setting, overlooking the main courtyard of the hotel. Opening Hours: Lunch: Noon to 3pm (Friday, Saturday, Tuesday) & Dinner: 7pm to 11pm. Closed on Monday.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1784 5000

the scrumptious rock shrimp tempura and the mouth-watering beef tenderloin with teriyaki sauce. Priced at BD14.5++, 7pm to 11.30pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 3555

Shrimp Tempura at Bushido’s Izakaya Sunday

Bushido Discover the taste of Bushido with Izakaya Sundays, exclusively hosted this July. Izakaya is an informal Japanese food gathering where dishes are served in small portions, similar to Spanish Tapas. Izakaya dining includes a wide variety of Bushido's signature dishes. Food is normally ordered slowly over several courses rather than all at once. Guests can re-order dishes as much as they like. Dishes on the menu include Bushido’s famous volcano roll,

Sheraton Bahrain The popular Chocoholic brunch returns on 15th July with live cooking stations, exotic seafood, cold cuts and yummy desserts featured every Friday, 1pm to 4pm along with live entertainment, and kids’ fun at Al Iwan. The brunch is priced at BD22/28 net and BD10 net for kids. Golestan Iranian restaurant will serve business lunch with freshly made Arabic bread and classic dishes for BD12 net, 12.30pm to 2.45pm. Burger lovers can dig into Sheraton's delicious foie grass burger in brioche with truffle mayonnaise served daily at An Nada Lounge, 1pm to 1am. And those with a sweet tooth, indulge in a doughnut frenzy with giant doughnuts dipped in a range of flavours at Espressamente illy Café.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 3533

Golestan restaurant at Sheraton Bahrain

What to try on the 4th of July? An Arabian spin on the American burger! Harvesters at Crowne Plaza Bahrain are proud to be re launching their popular camel burger. The hamburger most likely first appeared in the 19th or early 20th century and the American’s contend they were the first to combine two slices of bread and steak of ground beef into a hamburger sandwich and sell it. Though identified with the US today, this practical delicacy, is loved by foodies all over the world. The awesome chefs over at Harvesters invite you to try out their creation, a burger with an Arabian twist! The camel burger is served with a generous portion of fries and coleslaw. PLUS for every burger, you get a free tee shirt. Pop by for a bite anytime between 11am to 9pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 1122

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A list of hot deals at 5-stars in Bahrain. Beach day at ART Rotana

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Sunshine & Dine @ART Rotana Enjoy the best of both worlds with ART Rotana’s unbeatable beach day pass and dining offer. Purchase a beach day pass and receive a 20 percent discount on your dinner bill at any of the hotel’s fantastic international restaurants, available from Saturday until Thursday. Weekday Beach Pass - BD15 net per adult / BD10 net per child and Weekend Beach Pass - BD25 net per adult / BD10 net per child. Fridays are not included and offer is valid until 15th December.

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This offer is perfect for those who prefer to spa and relax first and replenish afterwards with a beautiful buffet lunch at La Med Restaurant, overlooking the views of the pool, gardens and the blue turquoise waters of the gulf. It includes a 60 mins full body massage and unlimited access to all spa facilities including the thalassotherapy pool, sauna, steam and ladies gym. This will be followed by a buffet lunch at La Med Restaurant (excluding beverages) available from 12pm to 3pm. The offer is valid for a minimum of 2 persons for BD60 and available from Saturday to Thursday starting 1st July onwards, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 6808

Newest Friday Brunch in Town @Downtown Rotana Tempt your senses with the newest Friday

Brunch buffet in town at Flavours on 2 for ONLY BD24/20 NET! This includes a selection of few of Downtown Rotana’s exotic drinks! You can also enjoy free pool access until 7 pm. Children will have a great time too with their very own modern supervised kids’ room filled with toys and games for all ages.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1311 9999

Stay Longer – 3rd Night FREE @Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Book two consecutive paid nights and enjoy a complimentary third night! Perfect for your family ‘stay’-cation or weekend couple's retreat, the package also includes a 10 percent off on food at the hotel’s restaurants (NA to brunch) and 10 percent off on exotic spa treatments. Conditions apply – for more info, visit

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5000

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Ahmed Al Rayash has been in the entertainment business for 7 years. Currently the CEO of Vibes, his event management company, he also works with other event organisers. Bahrain Confidential gets the low-down on the island’s party scene in time for you to resume your moonlit adventures.

How has Bahrain’s nightlife evolved over the past decade? It’s only gotten better. Quite a few event organisers and investors have entered the market. But there is scope for more.

Why haven’t we been able to reach our full potential? We need more companies to sponsor events. Most investors in Bahrain are restricted by cultural beliefs, forcing organisers to pay from their pockets. Secondly, venues including a few hotels don’t want to take risks considering the challenging market. Ministry approvals are another factor. Things move quite slowly here which cuts down on organisers’ promotion time. Lastly, more people need to support more events. Many a time

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great! For instance, Seal visited Bahrain and everyone loved him; I was there too! But there also is a market for interactive events like parties where food and drinks are served during the performance.

least one local DJ. In fact, one of my most successful events in Bahrain, Fire & Water Festival, which was organised at Amwaj Marina, was 100 percent Bahraini; right from the DJs to the staff, everyone was local. Around 1,800 people attended that event! I would recommend new comers to make themselves known to event organisers because most of them are happy to support them. It’s best to keep expectations low, at least initially, until your work has spoken for itself. There is no shame in starting small, no great DJ ever started with a large-scale event.

What would you tell local artists who believe opportunities to showcase their talent are few and far between? All my shows have at

What about local bands? I haven’t explored this lot but I know quite a few exceptionally talented bands in Bahrain. Many venues are happy to host their gigs; Polo Gastro Pub in Adliya is a classic example. Then there is Trib Fest

guests expect complimentary tickets! How will we organisers cover costs?

What are your views on events organised by the Ministry like concerts by popular Arabic and international artists? These are


Do organisers in Bahrain get too greedy too quickly? Unfortunately, yes. As an event organiser, I don’t go beyond BD15 per head. Few organisers go up to BD25, which is not reasonable! Additionally, food and drinks at the event are exorbitantly priced. Guests must never feel ripped off. I always say this: getting people to attend your event once is not as much of a challenge as is getting them to come back.

What do you focus on when you’re organising a show?

up listening to his music and to be invited from Bahrain to help in this event was amazing.

A motto you live by? Stay humble and never lose hope. Be innovative and try till you succeed.

For this month’s line-up of parties and nightlife, turn to our back pages.

Any events you’ve organised and are particularly proud of? Ibiza

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Sensation! I’ve been travelling to Ibiza for the past six years. It was a proud moment for me to get talent from there to perform in Bahrain, like never before; a crane carried 3 aerial dancers who entertained the crowd. Even Dubai, which is so popular for its events, tweeted that Bahrain was the first to put up an Ibiza event in such a unique way. I was also on the organising team of Iconic Events who put up the Tiesto show in Doha. We were sold out by 11pm and it was a huge success! It's close to my heart because I’ve grown

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The operation side or aftersales is as important as sales. Few things that I focus on are presentation, food and drinks’ prices, and customer service. Simple things make a big difference; for instance if you’re a five star hotel, you can’t serve

drinks in plastic cups! Another example of good service is allowing direct cash payments or using credit cards to bill guests for refreshments. Coupons work for beach parties but never for five star venues. I also recommend hotels hosting shows to keep service tax to a minimum. It is an investment because if guests don’t feel cheated, they will come back to your venue long after the event is over.

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which doing a great job showcasing local talent! Jam Nights in clubs also promote local bands as do a few event organisers. Again, it’s important to get noticed, no matter how small the platform. Look at all those talented musicians in European countries, performing on the streets and at the stations!


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Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain's NEW band set to entertain. Touring Singapore, China, Turkey, UAE and Bulgaria, Divine trio, Movenpick Hotel Bahrain's new band, is set to captivate and take you on an exhilarating journey brimming with entertainment. Don’t miss catching up with these young, (attractive, ahem!), and energetic musicians playing a wide range of different genres: from 70’s classic jazz songs and 80’s and 90’s disco hits to evergreen, pop, rock, Latin and current popular hits. Live at Flamingo Bar daily from 8.30pm onwards, except Saturdays.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1746 0017

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nightlife Elite Resort & Spa Enjoy the perfect ending to your weekend with Chillout Saturdays by the Al Naseem poolside for BD10++, 7pm onwards. Shift 7 Lounge hosts happy hours daily from 3pm to 7pm with a 20 percent off on food and drink.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 3888 4415

Elite Grande Hotel On the 1st day of Eid, enjoy a truly special night with live entertainment, signature drinks and delicious tapas at the exotic Zodiac Lounge, 8pm onwards, BD25++ for gents, BD12++ for ladies and BD32++ for couples.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1756 588

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Blue Moon Lounge will serve signature cocktails and bites on Tuesday and Wednesday for BD5, 6pm to 8pm. Relax and unwind while you gaze at the stunning view of Bahrain’s skyline from the 50th floor. Sit back and enjoy CUT Bar & Lounge's warm, masculine and intimate ambiance, a truly 1920s club atmosphere, with signature bites and drinks every Saturday and Sunday for BD3, 5pm to 7pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 5000

Gulf Hotel Convention & Spa

MOONLIT SHENANIGANS After a month of muchneeded detox, it’s time to party again!

Head to Gulf Hotel this Eid. Their band ‘On the Spot’ including vocalist Armi, and acoustic guitarists Ryan and Dennis, will perform on Eid, and every Thursday and Friday evenings during happy hours, 5pm to 7pm

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1771 3000

Crowne Plaza The Harvesters Pub & Terrace will feature “Band” who will perform nightly excluding Saturdays. It will showcase not only a top class band but also a 4-piece all female dance crew from diverse performing backgrounds to provide you the ultimate in entertainment. Entry is FREE, 11am to 2am.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 1122

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ART Rotana Amwaj Sample premium wine and cheeses from around the world at Cellar 59’s Wine & Cheese Night for BD15++ every Wednesday, 8pm to 11pm. Relax by the bar at Wu Restaurant & Lounge and enjoy happy hours with buy one get one free, Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 8pm. Shake off the office vibes with daily happy hours at Cellar 59, Saturday to Thursday, until 8pm where you can avail of a 50 percent off on selected drinks.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1600 0111

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

Cellar 59 at ART Rotana Amwaj Bushido lounge

Bushido Head to Bushido ‘Afterwork’ where you can relax with friends and buy one, get one free drink from a selection of cocktails and mocktails. The luxurious new lounge layout offers the perfect ambiance taking your nightlife experience to a whole new level.

Ibrida is back to entertain the 1st day of Eid! Save the date for the opening party welcoming a new commercial band – Lockdown International. Resident DJ Andy will also play every night except Sunday. Don’t miss Tuesday Open Mic at Ibrida, 9pm to 12am with a complimentary drink for every performance!

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1758 3555

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1711 1999

Sheraton Bahrain An Nada Lounge will host live music performances by their new Colombian band on weekdays, 9.50pm to 12.45am and weekends, 9.15pm to 1.45am – happy hours from 1pm to 8.30pm.

For reservations, call Tel. +973 1753 3533

The DJ Festival BNG is back with the biggest indoor rave in Bahrain. The DJ Festival will be hosted at Monte Rosa music hall in Adliya on Friday, 8th July. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are priced at BD10 (presale)/BD15 - gents, BD10 ladies (on door).

For bookings and more info, call Tel. +973 6633 1366/6630 2112

Disco Vibes Get ready to vibe at Disco Vibes which will be hosted at Upstairs Downstairs on 7th July. VIP Table bookings are available too. You really don’t want to miss this

night of fun with a special surprise show for the first time in the Middle East.

For bookings and more info, call/SMS Sally at Tel. +973 3639 6333

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LMFAO Debuts in Bahrain Klub 360 hosted Sky Blue where global music sensation, LMFAO, performed for the first time in Bahrain.

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Amouage High Tea

Amouage hosted a high tea event at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay with the brand’s creative director, Christopher Chong.

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Mono Lounge Live Screening

Mono Lounge screened the Championship League Finals for sports enthusiasts who enjoyed a delicious international buffet while enjoying the match. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

LCF Let the Runway Begin

Lights Camera Fashion (LCF) hosted celebrity guest Nader Tearab and organised a fashion show exhibiting the designs of fashion designer students in Bahrain. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on Bahrain Confidential July 2016 89

Internations Gathering Internations hosted their monthly gathering at Typhoon in Gulf Hotel Bahrain.

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Internations hosted yet another gathering at Cafe Amsterdam over in Adliya.

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Iftar & Ghabga Parties in Bahrain

Sheraton Bahrain Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Charity Iftar for Orphans with Tree of Life Society

The island’s best hotels and few other organisations hosted iftar and ghabga parties for guests and members of the media. Elite Resort & Spa and Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain hosted their parties earlier on - find them featured in our June edition. Parties hosted from 26th June onwards will be featured in our August edition. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

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Al A’ali Shopping Complex Gergaoun Press Conference for the launch of Bahraini film ‘Sewalef Tefash-Alhlamaya Island’, and Ghabga Qatar Airways Suhoor

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Iftar Meal hosted for BHUK 200 Committee, staff and their families

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Ramada Amwaj Blood Donation

Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Islands organised a blood donation drive in association with King Hamad University Hospital’s blood bank. For more pictures, visit our Gallery on

Elite Charity Iftar

The Elite Hospitality Group hosted over 50 members of the Good Word Society for an Iftar gathering at their Noor tent.

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BSPCA Charity Brunch

BSPCA hosted a charity brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.

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BBBF Social Golf Day

Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) organised a corporate social golf day at the Royal Golf Club Bahrain.

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Horoscopes Leo (23 July – 22 August) - You could be revisiting old

problems in your career or dealing with problems that others have created, but you also have the chance to breathe new life into projects you may have shelved. You will need to tone down your impatience with slower coworkers and stalled projects.

Virgo (23 August – 22 September) - You should guard against hasty or impatient actions this month. You could experience conflict between the demands of a partnership and the demands of career. Finding a balance between the two, instead of pushing or rebelling against either, is the challenge now.

Libra (23 September – 22 October) -

Professional and personal changes are very likely and circumstances this month tend to get the ball rolling in that direction. You are aligning yourself with new goals or recommitting to those already in place. You are easily engrossed learning special subjects and projects this month.


(23 October – 21 November) – This period brings great energy and many benefits to your social life. Wonderful opportunities can arise for new friendships and romantic adventures. Some of you may find romance through friends, groups and associates. Some might bring creative energy or skills to a group setting.

Sagittarius (22 November - 21

December) – You’re likely to be selfinvolved this month. If you are looking to reinvent yourself, this is the time to share yourself in an all-new way. Your personal impact is strong. You are likely to be in a frame of mind that involves review and caution.

Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) - You are

beginning a month that brings great benefits from helping others, volunteering and other forms of service. Spirituality is strong and your innate compassion is highlighted. A close relationship can begin, blossom, or demand attention. Resolutions are likely to be found for long-standing problems in relationships.


(19 February – 20 March) - You are beginning a period that brings financial gain and stronger opportunities to grow a deep relationship. Your sense of security or wealth can increase through a relationship with a partner. Sources of income might also come through counselling work or the handling of others’ finances and resources

Aries (21 March – 19 April) - You begin a fabulous

month that boosts your self-confidence and brings personal opportunities to advance into your life. It can be easier to find a close buddy. Events and realizations this month can get the ball rolling for important changes. Love relationships can reach new depths of understanding


(20 April – 20 May) - This month brings wonderful opportunities to boost your social life, explore your creativity and find new avenues for entertainment and self-expression. Even so, watch for a tendency to misplace your faith in someone this month. Be strict with yourself and others when it comes to your money.

Gemini (21 May – 20 June) - New interests,

projects and learning endeavors are featured in July and these may come about due to professional pressures or challenges. Career shifts can be sudden. You can be pulled in many different directions. Tame restlessness and tend to your responsibilities as best as you can.


(21 June – 22 July) - You have opportunities to increase your income through education, travel, or by expanding your reach in business during this period. This is a good time to work with financial institutions, go for a raise, or apply for a loan. You may need to curb an inclination to overspend, however. Bollywood and Hollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra celebrates her birthday this month! We absolutely love her in this gorgeous blue Atelier Versace dress at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) - This month boosts your natural magnetic appeal. You are in your element and others tend to be taking note. A sense of peace regarding work and health routines would be there. An opportunity to travel, further your education can arise in the last few days.

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- best on the island 5 STAR HOTELS Al Areen Palace & Spa Luxury private villas and seclusion far from Manama. Large, well equipped Spa. Close to F1 circuit, Tel: 1784 5000 ART Rotana Hotel & Resort Beach side property, Amwaj islands, Tel: 1600 0111 Crowne Plaza Large business and conference venues and an array of restaurants, Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1122 Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 1666, Downtown Rotana Manama, Tel: 1311 9999, The Domain Bahrain Hotel & Spa Diplomatic area, Tel: 1600 0000 Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay A soaring architectural statement on its own exclusive island. Manama, Tel: 1711 5000 Golden Tulip Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 5000, Gulf Hotel with major conference center and 9 first class restaurants, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000 InterContinental Regency Diplomatic area, Tel: 1722 7777

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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Close to major shopping centers. Seef, Tel: 1711 1999 The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Direct access to a private beach and lagoon, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000 Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Next to Bahrain World Trade Centre. Diplomatic area, Tel: 1753 3533 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Private beach. Located out of town, close to F1 circuit. Zallaq, Tel: 1763 6363 The Westin Bahrain City Centre Directly connected to the mall, Seef, Tel: 1717 1000

5 STAR APARTMENT HOTELS Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area Tel: 1616 1888, The Diplomat Residences Diplomatic Area, Tel: 17 531666, radissonblu. com/diplomathotel-bahrain Marriott Exec. Aprts. Juffair Tel: 1736 3999

PREMIUM 4 STAR HOTELS Al Safir Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999 Elite Crystal with the popular K360 nightclub downstairs. Juffair, Tel: 1722 4000 Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq, Tel: 1731 3333 K Hotel Juffair. Tel: 1736 0000

Mercure Grand Seef Tel: 1758 4400 Novotel Al Dana Resort Beachside property, Muharraq, Tel: 1729 8008 Premier Juffair, Tel: 17 81 1811 Palace Boutique Hotel Adliya, Tel: 1772 5000 Ramada Bahrain Adliya, Manama, Tel: 1774 2000 Ramada City Centre Manama Seef, Tel: 1710 4000

Awali Golf Club – 18 hole desert course. Tel: 17 756 770 HORSE RIDING - Dilmun Stables Tel: 17 693 766 Shakhoora Stables Tel: 17 591 103 ICE SKATING - Funland Tel: 17 292 313 JETSKIS - Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700 KARATE - Bahrain Karate Centre Tel: 38 449 994 KARTING - Tel: 13 101 310 KAYAKING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078

Ramee Rose Juffair. with popular Club XS attached, Tel: 1761 6167.

KITESURFING - Skate Shack Tel: 17 697 176

Swiss-Belhotel Seef, Bahrain Tel: 6631 0000

MOTORSPORT - Test your car + driving skills on an F1 circuit + 4x4 off-road instruction. Bahrain International Circuit. Tel: 17 450 000

4 STAR APARTMENT HOTELS Al Manzil Juffair, Tel: 1781 3366 Elite Group - a choice of properties in Bahrain for long term guests, Tel: 1722 4000

Sports - for those feeling energetic!

RUGBY - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809 RUNNING - Bahrain Road Runners Tel: 36 876 876 SAILING - Bahrain Sailing Club Tel: 17 836 078 Bahrain Yacht Club Tel: 17 700 677 SCUBA DIVING - Awali Divers at Dilmun Club Tel: 17 690 926 Coral Bay Tel: 17 312 700 Scubamaster Tel: 17 292 154

BOWLING - Bahrain Bowling Association Tel: 17 701 201

SQUASH - Dilmun Club Tel: 3725 5772

CRICKET - Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 727 727

TENNIS - Bahrain Tennis Club Tel: 17 729 5610 Dilmun Club Tel: 17 692 986 Country Club Tel: 17 593 593

FOOTBALL - For organized games, 5-a-side, and kids training contact Bahrain Rugby Club Tel: 17 695 809 Dilmun Club Tel: 36 342 862 GOLF - Royal Golf Club Tel: 17 750 777

TRIATHLON SWIM TRAINING Bahrain Rugby Club. Tel: 17 695 809 WATERSPORTS – Gypsea Watersports Tel: 7736 3677

listings Family Clubs - for networking, and fun.

Bahrain Irish Society – Lunch meetings and other  professional networking events Biz-Ladies – Lunch meetings and other networking events for professional women. Tel: 38 442 727

Bahrain Beachcombers – Friendly group that typically meets twice monthly to clean beaches. Check their Facebook page for details Bahrain Rugby Club - Family club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 695 809 British Club - Home away from home for the mostly British members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1772 8245 Country Club - Family  club with good sports  facilities. Tel: 17 593 593 Dilmun Club – Family  club with good sports facilities. Tel: 17 690 926

Indian Ladies Association – Tel: 17 531 468 Internations – International social club, regular evening get-togethers at different locations – Palm Association – Ladies group helping good causes. Tel: 39 967 896 Rotary Club – Tel: 17 740 146


Fine Dining

Think Pink – Fighting breast cancer. Tel: 39 076 717

No Alcohol

Indian Club Home away from home for Indian members. Good sports facilities. Tel: 1725 3157

Outdoor seating

Professional Clubs

Live music D - DINNER - average price in Bahrain Dinars L - LUNCH – average price in Bahrain Dinars

- for networking, and fun.

ASIAN CHINESE China Garden Enchanting décor and interesting dishes. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6423 D 25, L 12 American Chamber of Commerce – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 522 777 Australian Association – Social and professional networking events. Bahrain British Business Forum – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 813 488 Bahrain French Business Club – Monthly lunch meetings and other professional networking events. Tel: 17 748 999

David’s Stir Fry Crazy Welllit ambiance with authentic and flavourful dishes.Tel: 1754 0188 D 18 L 12 Hong Kong Usually busy. Um Al Hassan, Tel: 1772 8700 D 10, L 6 Rauchi at Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Asian fusion restaurant with live ktchen. Tel: 1761 6167 D 15, L 10 Soie Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533. D 24

Closed on Monday. Tel: 1784 5000

INDIAN Clay Oven Authentic cuisine, Adliya, Tel: 17 717 008 D 14, L 7 Copper Chimney Authentic cuisine, Um Al Hassan, Tel: 17 728 699 D 20, L 10 Lanterns Slightly kooky décor, excellent dishes. Several locations. Tel: 1724 6777. D 20, L 10 Nirvana High class intimate setting. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 580 000 D 60, L 21 Rasoi Fine dining Indian restaurant. Ramee Grand, Seef, Tel: 1711 1973 D 24, L 12 Rasoi by Vineet First fine-dining Indian restaurant in Bahrain operated by a Michelin starred chef. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 26, L 14 Roti Boti Al Areen Palace & Spa.

D 20, L 10 Spices Indian fine dining at the Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 1122. D 50, L 12.5

JAPANESE Akiko Eatery offering high standards in contemporary Japanese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7080. D 14, L 7 Imari Japanese Restaurant at Domain Hotel, Tel: 1600 0000 D 28, L 11 Kei Popular for its maki. Golden Tulip, Tel: 1753 5000 D 20, L 9 Maki Innovative takes on sushi and maki. Moda Mall, Tel: 1752 2733 D 45, L 15 Mirai Trendy lounge serving contemporary Japanese food, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3113 D 22, L 9

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listings CAFES with outdoor seating

Ruka Fusion Japanese dishes with panoramic views of Manama from the 24th floor. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1999

Puck 50th floor of Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5046 D 90, L 35

D 28, L 11 Sato Sushi and teppanyaki. Private rooms. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000


D 27, L 12


THAI Aroma Luxurious and modern Middle Eastern shisa café offering food. Popular with all nationalities. Seef Mall, Tel: 1758 2711

Royal Thai Emphasis on seafood. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000

Bay View Lounge Light international fare or afternoon tea plus outdoor terrace. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000

Thai Lounge Thai themed lounge bar. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 17 586 499

Café Lilou French themed café serving light meals. Adliya, Tel: 1774 1440

Thailand Traditional Thai food. Adliya, Tel: 1771 7040 D 15, L 7

Coffee World Specialty coffee house offering hot and iced coffees with sweet and savoury snacks. Reef Island. Tel: 1756 4750

WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge Offering a culinary experience from the Far East. ART Rotana Amwaj, Tel: 1600 0111

D 27, L 14

D 40, L 11

D 24 Coco’s Very popular, especially when the weather is good as it has a large enclosed garden. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6512 Cream & Fudge Premium ice creams, nuts, fruits, candies, fudge and more. Reef Island. Tel: 17564740 Crust Crema A true coffee experience. Saar Avenue, Tel: 1721 4155 Dome Café Part of the London chain of trendy yet cozy bistros. Juffair and Seef, Tel: 1781 0180 La Patisserie Flavoured teas, fresh savouries, and desserts. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167 Le Chocolat Famed for specialty dishes including their chocolates (of course)… and people rave about their burgers and pizzas. Seef, Tel: 1758 2259 Senses Lounge Freshly baked goodies, and a special selection of teas and coffees. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000 Veranda Interior garden themes and interesting knick knacks to buy. There are now 3 in the chain located in Adhari, Amwaj, and Adliya, Tel: 1771 5868

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ASIAN - VARIOUS Bambu Serves Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese cuisine. Adliya, Tel: 1726 2555 D 15, L 8 Bushido Enormous Samurai-themed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, Tel: 1758 3555 D 30, L 12 Keizo Al Areen: A contemporary & elegantly styled Asian restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese & Thai Cuisine. Closed on Sundays. Tel: 17845000 Ext. 250 D 30, L 12 Meisei Spread over 3 floors with a trendy rooftop bar. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and fusion. Adliya’s block 338, Tel: 1700 7770 D 28, L 11 Monsoon Fine East-Asian cuisines served in a beautiful pavilion Adliya, Tel: 1774 9222 D 29, L 12

Bennigan’s American themed diner with live music in the evenings. Al Safir Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1781 3750 D/L 9 Hard Rock Café Part of the international chain of themed restaurants. Live music. Exhibition Road, Tel: 17 291 569 D/L 16

the 1920s. Moda Mall, Tel: 1753 3666 D 28, L 11 Café Italia Stylish restaurant, modern Italian cuisine Adliya, Tel: 1774 4774 D 25, L 9 Cico’s In Bahrain for 35-years, traditional Italian meals Adliya, Tel: 1771 3710 D 22, L 10 Cucina Italiana Home-made pasta, and wood-fired pizza. Al Safir Hotel, Tel: 1700 1317 D 15, L 7 La Pergola Opulent Roman-style settings. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1774 6419 D 28, L 10

Johnny Rockets Themed burger bar. Al Ali Mall and Amwaj Lagoon, Tel: 17 566 565

Oliveto’s restuarant and lounge, beautiful outdoor seating around a pool. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6747

D/L 10

D 35, L 14

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen American restaurant with a lively karaoke night and separate bar that’s very popular with Americans, Juffair. Tel: 1772 5550 D/L 10 T.G.I.Friday American diner and steakhouse offering a family friendly experience. Bahrain City Centre, Juffair & others, Tel: 17 179 041 D/L 10

FRENCH Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540 D 25, L 12 La Fontaine A spectacular and romantic restaurant hidden away amongst small streets, Manama, Tel: 1723 0123

Masso Strong focus on quality organic ingredients. Palace Boutique Hotel, Tel: 1772 1061 D 29, L 12 Mondo Mediterranean favourites in cool surroundings. Diplomat Radisson Tel: 1753 1666 D 30, L 11 Pasquale “Trattoria” style Italian restaurant on waterfront terrace. Reef Island. Tel: 133 20617

Prego Family friendly. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 0777 D 25 Primavera Overlooking the hotel gardens and out to sea. Ritz Carlton. Tel: 1758 0000

D 38, L 20 Le Sauvage Masculine, leatherbound grilla room on the 36th floor with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 D 45, L 14 Le Domain [34] Chic restaurant with great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0222 D 40, L 13

Nu Asia Popular lunchtime venue. Al Ali Mall, Tel: 17 587 171 D/L 15


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Bice Modelled on a restaurant with a proud Italian heritage going back to

D 35, L 18 Rialto Authentic old country dishes served up by chef Mateo. Ramee Grand, Tel: 1711 1974 D 27 Roma Italian fare with live music every night. Um al Hassam, Tel: 1772 3818 D 20 Rosso – Bar, Enoteca, Restorante A rustic Italian restaurant serving a varied a la carte menu. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 16000111

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Vapiano Freshly made pasta and Italian pizzas and more. Tel: 1749 1391 D 18 L 16 Vento Open-air poolside Italian-style restaurant Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500 D 45

EUROPEAN - VARIOUS Brasa De Brazil Churrascaria Great options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Tel: 1758 2225 D 25 L 20



2:21 PM

Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000

Lemon Tree Exotic culinary selection, including Japanese, Arabic, Indian, and Mediterranean dishes. Ramee Grand, Tel: 17 111 999 D 35, L 9 Level 34 Masculine grill room on 34th floor. Great views. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 D 50, L 14 Me and You One of the few licensed restaurants in Amwaj lagoon, Live band every Friday. Tel: 1601 0160





Café Amsterdam and Vino Teca Barcelona 2 restaurants joined to one another and sharing a garden. Adliya, Tel: 32 000 177 D 35, L 12 La Med Popular for its buffet, Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6499 D 40, L 16 Neyran Mercure Grand’s signature outlet. Seef, Tel: 1758 4400 D25 Nicole’s at Block 338, Tel: 1728 0700 D 35, L 7 Saveur Westin’s Eat Well concept with ‘SuperFoods’. Westin, Tel: 1717 1000 D 20, L 15 Tapas Serves tapas and cocktails on the seafront. Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363 D 37 Txoko A Basque-inspired sky lounge serving tapas. The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000

D 35, L 9

Al Wasmeyyah Golden Tulip’s signature outlet. Tel:1753 5000 D 15, L 9 Bahrain Bay Kitchen Indooroutdoor restaurant, features an international buffet. Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5500 L 22 Fusions East meets west where chefs blend Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Great views of Juffair, Gulf



MUJU Outdoor seating area with a pleasant sea view. Dragon Resort, Tel: 1603 9800


D 30, L 18 Rimal Restaurant All-day dining with breakfast buffet and a la carte. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Tel: 17 845 000 Upstairs Downstairs Live music nightly, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 D 30 Zoë with rooftop and basement lounges. Adliya, Tel: 1771 6400. D 35

MEXICAN Casa Mexicana Adliya, Tel: 1771 5521

Friday Brunches Prices include unlimited food & beverages. All eateries offer discounts for kids. Timings typically 12 - 4pm.

D 25 Margarita Mexicana First finedining Mexican restaurant in Bahrain. Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000 D 32 Senor Pacos Popular lively Mexican themed restaurant. Adliya, Tel: 1772 5873



D 20

POLYNESIAN Kontiki Asian food in stylish surrounding. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel: 1753 1666

Trader Vic’s Sit outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful settings in Bahrain. Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6555 D 30

Crowne Plaza  Live cooking stations across three restaurants. Live band, henna, &  face painting. Lively crowd. BD35 net. Tel: 17 531 122 CUT Brunch at CUT By Wolfgang Puck from 12pm to 3pm, Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5044, BD 29++/39++/49++ Bahrain Bay Kitchen Four Seasons Friday Brunch, 12.30pm-3.30pm for BD26++. Tel: 1711 5000 Brazil AdliyaLive music, BD21. Tel: 17 826 686 Bushido Seef, DJ & kids’ entertainment, BD18.5++/24.5++. Tel: 17 583 555 Choices ART Rotana, Live music & kids’ entertainment, BD34. Tel: 16 000 111

Elite Resort & Spa Brunch by poolside BD12++/BD6++ kids under 11 years. Tel: 3627 5444 Flavours On 2 Downtown Rotana BD24, noon to 4pm. Free pool access until 7pm. Tel: 1311 9999 Golden Tulip Free transport for groups of 10+, Live music & kids’ entertainment. Lively crowd. BD25. Tel: 17 535 000 H2O Brunch Elite Grande Hotel, noon to 3.30pm BD12++. Tel: 17 565 888 Keizo Al Areen Palace & Spa Great food & drink, pool access and kids club facilities. BD19++/25++. Tel: 1784 5000 Klouds The K Hotel Live music. BD24. Tel: 17 360 000 La Med Ritz Carlton Hotel, Seef, Live music & kids play area. BD35/45 net. Tel: 17 586 499 Lanterns Indian Restaurant, Adliya, Access to garden. Live music inside, BD26. Tel: 17 250 999

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listings Legendz Intercontinental Regency, BD25. Tel: 17 227 777 Le Sauvage Domain Hotel, Adults only! BD32. Tel: 17 360 000 Lemon Tree Ramee Grand, Live music & kids’ corner, BD18.   Tel: 17 111 999 Masso Palace Hotel,  Nuevo cuisine options. BD30 Tel: 17 721 061 Moevenpick Live music & kids’ corner. Lively crowd, BD36 net. Tel: 17 460 000 Muju Dragon Hotel, Live jazz, sea views, adults only. Lively crowd. BD25. Tel: 16 039 800 Rauchi, Ramee Rose Hotel Asian fusion restaurant. Every Friday BD10/15. Tel: 17616167

Legendz at the InterContinental Regency, Tel: 17 227 777. Links overlooking the golf courses. Royal Golf Club, Tel: 1775 1262

The Meat Co. South African restaurant with roof bar. Adliya, Tel: 1774 2080

Plums Fine dining steakhouse. Ritz-Carlton, Tel: 1758 0000 D 72

Takht Jamsheed Iranian specialties Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3000.

LEBANESE Al Fayez Traditional Lebanese food with a cultural modernized twist. Reef Island. Tel: 1332 0612

Bey Route Lebanese restaurant and deli. Budaiya Tel: 1728 0111

Also see Le Sauvage (French)


Burger Lounge Gourmet  burgers, salads and side dishes in a  venue as trendy as any nightspot. Amwaj Lagoon. Tel: 7705 5772 El Gringo Mexican Al Hamala Tel: 17 00 14 60

La Mosaique International buffets and a la carte menus. Crowne Plaza, Tel: 1753 1122

T.G.I Friday’s Bahrain City Centre and Juffair Tel: 1717 9041

D 30, L 11

Rauchi Ramee Rose Hotel, Fresh seafood prepared to your own taste. Tel: 1761 6167

Al Abraaj Arabic and International cuisine at reasonable prices. Branches throughout Bahrain.

P.F. Chang’s Asian-themed diner located in Bahrain City Centre Tel: 1717 9757

Mawal Lebanese cuisine, set menu, live Lebanese and Iraqi singers and belly dancers. Golden Tulip, Tel: 17 535 000 ext. 8543 La Mer Select your meal from the display and watched it cooked before your eyes. Sofitel, Tel: 1763 6363

FAMILY Children friendly, soft drinks only!

Kenza Lebanese and Iranian fare. K Hotel, Tel: 17360 000

D 32, L 14

Sofitel Bahrain Live cooking stations from around the world and live entertainment. 12.30pm to 4pm. BD36/16 net. Tel: 1763 6363


Golestan Iranian fine dining at Sheraton Hotel, Tel: 1753 3533


Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Juffair, Live band. BD18. Tel: 17 725 550

Upstairs Downstairs Adliya, Live music/pianist. BD21. Tel: 17 713 093


Olivos Brasserie Casually elegant eatery. Diplomat Radisson, Tel: 17 531 666 D 35 Rayes Lebanese food with outdoor seating looking across a small marina. Fateh Corniche, Manama, Tel: 17 312 700

The Grub Shack American style Al Hamala Tel: 17 13 13 63 Nando’s Portugese/South African peri peri chicken. Juffair and Zayad town. Tel: 17825100 Also see: Butcher Shop & Grill (Steakhouses) Listed under Chili’s (American) Listed under Johnny Rockets (American) Listed under

D 15, L 5

Brazil Rodizio Grill & Lounge Brazilian-themed steakhouse offering the churrascaria dining style. Adliya, Tel: 1782 6686 D 20 Butcher Shop & Grill South African family chain. Non alcohol. City Centre, Tel: 17 172 323

Reef Fish Market Reef Island. Tel: 17564730

Shoo Fe Ma Fee Lebanese dining. Adliya, Tel: 17 311 280

Waves Crowne Plaza, Tel: 1753 1122

Zahle Lebanese cuisine, belly dancing. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6417

D 40, L 10 Also see Royal Thai (Thai)

MIDDLE EASTERN CUT by Wolfgang Puck Bahrain’s newest steakhouse located at the Four Seasons, Tel: 1711 5044 D 140 Flames Steak & Seafood Serving modern contemporary cuisine with rooftop dining. ART Rotana Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

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MIDDLE EASTERN - VARIOUS Bahart Dishes from across the Arab world, accompanied by sounds of live Oud player. Le Meridien, Tel: 1717 1111 D 25

BAHRAINI Saffron AlAreen Khaleeji cuisine. Al Areen Palace, Tel: 1784 5000

Villa Mamas Opposite Saar Cinema, Tel: 17 305 031


Reef Garden Dining with a modern Arabic twist as well as finger food, savory crepes and delicious traditional Saj. Reef Island. Tel. 17564730

Takasim Arabic specialty restaurant with live performances and gourmet cuisine. Tel: 1761 6167

Some of our favourite family places where you can enjoy a feast for less than BD5. MIDDLE EASTERN - Under BD5

Al Hantoor Grills One-of-a-kind Turkish restaurant, running for 18 years. The regular customers swear by their grills and shawarma,Tashan, Tel:1740 1084 Al Shoala Popular Turkish spot – among the locals and expats alike. Expect some delay with your order during peak times.

listings “Shawarma Alley” OK – this isn’t a single outlet, but a whole road of cafes and shawarma stands, the so called ‘Shawarma Alley’ is your go-to place not just for a simple snack, but also for some people watching. Typical price for a shawarma – 300 fils! Adliya, Osama bin Zaid Avenue.

Swagat A charming vegetarian small-hole-in-the-wall, offering all things South Indian. Manama Souq, Tel: 1722 5137 Govindas Authentic Hindu vegetarian cuisine. Mannai Mansions, Juffair (opposite Al Jazzera supermarket), Tel: 17 827 127 Vrindavan All-vegetarian outlet serving authentic South Indian thali. Manama, next to American Mission Hospital, Tel: 1723 4454, 1727 2320

Jidhafs, Jid Ali, and Muharraq, Tel: 1733 3676 (Muharraq branch)


Badawi Authentic Lebanese dining experience in Bahrain. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 7799

Grill Room Buffet A great variety of Chinese, Continental, and Pakistani dishes. Budaiya, Tel: 1769 6660

Bu Ali Traditional Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. Several branches throughout the island, Tel: 1724 2432

Paradise Café This veteran eatery has a loyal customer base. Famous for its chicken tikka and cream caramel. Manama, Government Avenue, Tel: 1753 5306

Iskenderun Grill Excellent  for tikka or lamb chops. Generous portions too! Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 3334 Lebanese Restaurant Aka ‘Shukri’, they serve mutton shawarma, hummus, Iranianstyle lamb chops, and traditional arayes. Gudaibiya, Tel: 1724 2333 Tehran Grills Iranian food, Sanabis, opposite Bahrain Mall, Tel: 1755 5989 Uruk Restaurant Famous for its grills and fresh bread. Hoora, Exhibition Road, Tel: 1729 1500 Alexandria Grills Tables set-up on the sidewalk! As you watch the buzzin’ streets, they’re grillin’ delicious meat & chicken tikka in front of you! Old Palace Rd. (across from Daiso).

INDIAN - Under BD5 Aryas Bhavan Vegetarian restaurant serves South Indian and Punjabi dishes, including  vegan options. Manama, Isa Al  Kabeer Avenue, Tel: 1726 3171 Barbecue Delights Pakistani, Afghani, and North Indian cuisine. Seef Mall, Tel: 1756 4282

Great Value

Salt’n Pepper Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern dishes as well as sandwiches, fast food, seafood, steaks, and vegetarian options. Sanad, Tel: 1762 3535 Yum Yum Tree Different cuisines cooked in separate kitchens all under the same roof. Great food, wide selection – Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Thai and more several branches throughout the country, Tel: 1753 7900


CUT Bar & Lounge Signature bites and drinks every Saturday and Sunday for BD3. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000

“American Alley” So called because it is close to the US Navy base and popular with Americans. This is not a restaurant but a long street full of family food outlets and restaurants - mostly international franchises. Juffair.

FAR EASTERN - Under BD5 Swan Lake Genuine Filipino dishes, with a pinch of Thai cuisine, always served fresh and in generous portions. Manama, next to Bab Al Bahrain, Tel: 1722 7761

Charcoal Grill Known forits tandoori chicken, this small family restaurant offers Indian, Chinese, and grills. Umm Al Hassam, Tel: 17729115

Baan Saeng Thai – authentic Thai cuisine, Adliya Tel: 1771 0467

Spice Nice Goan cuisine. Chinese dishes also available. Adliya, behind Gulf Hotel, Tel: 1771 3603

Fish House A must try for seafood lovers. Budaiya, opposite the International Hospital, Tel: 1759 4040


Club XS Non-stop music mixed by in-house DJ. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167

LIVELY AT WEEKENDS Bora Bora A Caribbean themed rooftop venue with a sunken bar and poolside lounge. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 1755 8200 Brazil This intimate club has a friendly vibe and hosts some of Bahrain’s niche music genres. Adliya, Tel: 3616 1650 Bushido Enormous Samuraithemed Japanese restaurant by day, and offshoot of Buddha Bar by night. Seef, near RitzCarlton. Tel: 1758 6555. High $$$ Camelot Friendly bar and restaurant located in a faux castle. Live singer. Adliya, Tel: 3997 7540

Davy Crockett’s restaurant and bar with live band. Very busy at weekends. Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tel: 3992 2583 Downtown Jam Night on Sundays where you receive a complimentary drink if you participate with the resident band. Central Business District InterContinental, Tel: 1722 7777 Elements Offers a poolside lounge in an open white room. Central Business District, InterContinental, Tel: 1722 7777 Fiddlers Green Irish themed pub. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area, Tel: 1753 4666 Harvesters Large pub with outside seating. Live band. Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, Tel. 1753 1122

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listings Ibrida The biggest club in Bahrain with resident band and other stage events. Seef, Ramee Grand Hotel, Tel: 1711 1999 JJs popular Irish bar and restaurant, host to Bahrain’s Karaoke Idol. Adliya, Tel: 3932 9083 Klub 360 Large club that hosts many international DJ nights. Juffair, Elite Crystal Hotel, Tel: 1736 0300 Muju Indoor and outdoor setting that overlooks the pool and the lagoon. Amwaj, Dragon Hotel, Tel: 1603 9800 Ora Restaurant, Hotel Diva Juffair, Tel: 3642 6462

COZY Burlington Club Cigar lounge in the style of an English gentlemen’s club. Ritz Carlton, Seef, Tel: 1758 0000 Cellar 59 A wine bar and cellar at the newly opened ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111 Flamingo Bar Classy cocktail and cigar lounge by the pool. Moevenpick Hotel, near Airport, Tel: 17460 000 Lagoon Has a central pool bar that you can swim up to. Zallaq, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Tel: 1763 6363

Pulse Lively Arabic nightclub, Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, Tel: 1782 7999

Level 34 Great views over Bahrain. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel:1600 0000

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen A popular American venue with a lively karaoke night. Juffair, Tel: 1772 5550

Mai-Tai Trader Vic’s little sister, the Polynesian theme remains, Seef, Ritz-Carlton. Tel: 1758 6555

Sherlock Holmes large English themed pub with live band. Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1771 3000

Shift 7 Formula 1 inspired  bar and lounge. Indoor and outdoor seating and excellent view of Bahrain. Muharraq, Elite Resort & Spa, Tel: 1731 3333

Sky Bar Rooftop experience. Closes when the summer gets too hot. Juffair, Hotel Diva, Tel: 3971 8101 Tapas Bar A vibrant blue interior reminiscent of the sea outside, offering cocktails, live music, DJ’s, and hosts a Friday brunch. Zallaq, Sofitel. Tel: 1763 6363 Takasim Arabic night club with live Performances and gourmet cuisine. Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Tel: 1761 6167

The K Lounge Art Deco feel, with contemporary art on display. Juffair, The K Hotel, Tel: 1736 0000 Typhoon Cocktail lounge with option to sit outside set next to the gardens of The Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Tel: 1774 6434

Ladies' Nights

Trader Vic’s Sociable atmosphere. Sit outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful settings in Bahrain. Ritz Carlton, Tel: 1758 6555. High $$$

Txoko A bar that’s almost the entire length of the club, and a raised VIP area. Diplomatic Area, The Domain, Tel: 1600 0000 Upstairs Downstairs Bahrain’s favourite jazz venue, renowned for its live music Dinner Shows. Adliya, Tel: 1771 3093 Wrangler A very wild Wild West Saloon, playing RnB. Juffair, Tel: 1729 0600

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Camelot, Adliya, Unlimited cocktails BD5 from 7pm, Wednesdays only. Live  music. Tel: 39 977 540 Cellar 59, ART Rotana, Thursday, Amwaj, 3 free drinks. 5pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 1600 0111 Club XS Ramee Rose Hotel, Juffair. Every night, Selected free drinks. Tel: 1761 6167 Club Buffalo EVERY NIGHT (except Thursdays). Various offers. Live band. Tel: 39 508 403 Wrangler, Juffair Grande Hotel, Sun, Tues, Fri. Free drinks 8pm-2am! DJ. Tel: 39 831 380 Davy Crocketts, Hotel Diva, Juffair, Tue & Wed. 5  free drinks 8pm-1am. Live music. Tel: 36 089 534 Downtown, Intercontinental Regency Hotel, Sat, Wed, Thurs. Various offers. Live band. Tel: 35 034 768 Dublin, Ramee Palace Hotel, Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri. Unlimitedfree drinks 9pm - 1am. Live band. Tel: 39 610 405 Finesse Klub K360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair, Sun & Wed. BD5 for unlimited drinks all night from 9pm – 2am! Live DJs. Tel: 36 025 360 Harvesters, Crowne Plaza, Mon & Fri. Different offers. Live band. Tel: 39 257 876 Ibrida Ramee Grand Hotel, Seef, Tuesday to Friday. Unlimited drinks 9pm -1am. Live music. Tel: 36 897 378

The Blue Hour Signature cocktails & bites at Blue Moon Lounge on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for BD5. Four Seasons, Tel: 17115000 The Warbler Sports bar with an international size pool table and darts section. Manama, Tel: 1729 0600

Bushido, Seef, Thursdays  only. Free drinks from 9pm till late. LIVE DJ. Tel: 17 583 555

Txoko, 36th floor, Domain  Hotel, EVERY NIGHT, except Fri. Unlimited selected drinks 4pm2am. Live DJ. Tel: 66 395 608 Upstairs Downstairs, Adliya, EVERY NIGHT, BD6 for six selected drinks. 7.30 pm - midnight. Live music. Tel: 36 869 843 Wahine Tuesday Trader Vic’s. Free drinks & bites. 6pm to 10pm. Tel: +973 1758 6555 Warblers, Ramee Baisan Hotel, Hoora, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues. 3 free drinks 9pm-1am. Live band. Tel: 38 381 631 WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge Sip on 3 elegant cocktails from 5pm every Wednesday. ART Rotana, Amwaj. Tel: 1600 0111

24-Hour Pharmacies

Jaffer Pharmacy Tel: 1729 1039 18, Tarfah bin Al Abid Avenue, Manama 319 Nasser Pharmacy Tel: 1774 0900 63-B, Qadisiya Avenue, Manama 332 Awal Pharmacy Tel: 1777 2023 30 Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Avenue, East Riffa 901 Muwasaa Pharmacy Tel: 1733 5666 Shaikh Mohd bin Salman Avenue, Road 205, Muharraq

Flight Info

JJs Irish Restaurant, Adliya, Sat, Sun, Tue, Wed. Unlimited drinks for BD4. Live DJ. Tel: 39 329 083 An Nada Lounge Sheraton. Every Monday, 8pm onwards with unlimited selected drinks. Tel: 1753 3533 Barrel Crystal Palace Hotel, Juffair, EVERY NIGHT - 3 free drinks 9pm1am. Live band. Tel: 66 901 323 Bambu, Adliya, Every Wednesday from 11am-3pm including house cocktails for BD10 (guys pay BD19.6). Tel: 17 262 555 Brazil, Adliya, Every Tuesday from 6pm-11pm including unlimited food & drinks for  BD12 (guys pay BD20). Live music on Wed. Tel: 17 826 686

Kabayanz, Ramee Rose Hotel Selected complimentary drinks. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tel: 3354 4276/6695 0526 Meisei Wed only. Free wine 7pm -11pm. Live music. Tel: 1700 7770 Sofitel Bahrain, Ladies enjoy a 50 percent discount at any restaurant/bar every Monday. Tel: 1763 6363 The Hub, Ramee Monroe Hotel, Wed only. Unlimited free  drinks 9pm-2am. Live music Tel: 39 175 424

Airport Flight Info Tel: 1733 9339 British Airways Tel: 1758 7777 Turkish Airlines Tel: 1731 2233 Air India Tel: 1729 6444 Cathay Pacific Tel: 1722 6226 Emirates Tel: 1758 8700 Etihad Tel: 16500444 Gulf Air Tel: 1733 5777 Jet Airways Tel: 1722 7114 KLM Tel: 1722 9747 Kuwait Airways Tel: 1722 3300 Lufthansa Tel: 1782 8762 Qatar Airways Tel: 1721 2202 Saudi Airlines Tel: 1721 1550



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