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First batch of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive ‘early 2021’

US, Bahrain delegations fly to Israel in first direct flight between Manama and Tel Aviv

Supreme Council of Health Head LieutenantGeneral Doctor Muhammad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa confirmed that the first batches of the coronavirus vaccine are expected to arrive in Bahrain early next year. This was based on a memorandum sent to the House of Representatives, a copy of which was obtained by AlAyam Arabic newspaper. The memo states: “With reference to your speech dated October 26, 2020 regarding the mechanism for holding Parliament sessions in light of the coronavirus pandemic, we suggest to your Excellency to continue holding House of Representatives sessions remotely until the beginning of the year 2021, as the first batches of the vaccine are expected to arrive early in the year.”

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, lead a US delegation to Bahrain and Israel to discuss expanded economic cooperation between the two countries, a senior White House official said on Monday. Berkowitz joined Bahraini officials on the first-ever direct flight from Bahrain to Israel. Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani travelled to formalise diplomatic ties with Israel. It was the first-ever official visit by a high-level Bahrain delegation to Israel. Dr Al Zayani held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Bahrain and Israel agreed to establish formal ties after the US brokered a deal on September 15. UAE and Sudan have also formalised diplomatic relations with Israel.

Proposal to prioritise Bahrainis for jobs in private schools Bahraini candidates are to become the first choice for jobs in private schools in Bahrain. A proposal giving citizens preference in such jobs received the nod of the Parliament. The proposal is now with the government to prepare a draft law, the News of Bahrain report said quoting Al Watan. The Secretary-General of the Higher Education Council Abdulghani Al Sheweikh reportedly backed the proposal. Al Sheweikh, however, said, the Education Ministry has little control on employment in private schools and that its role is limited to oversight. The proposal, according to MP Isa Al Dasuri, lands more jobs for Bahraini graduates and will be instrumental in boosting Bahrainisation. Gulf Insider October - November 2020




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HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa A Tribute to One of the World’s Longest Serving Prime Ministers.


he Kingdom of Bahrain is mourning the passing of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who was one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world. We are honouring his memory, legacy and significant developmental achievements to the island. In the late 1950’s and the outset of the sixties, late HRH the Prime Minister took up many key posts like presidency of the Education Council, chairmanship of the Monetary Council and the Administrative Council and

Prince Khalifa has served as the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 1970, taking office over a year before Bahrain’s independence on August 15, 1971.

more. His assumption of a wide range of responsibilities played an essential role in establishing the nucleus of the state’s government body, launching the development march and laying a solid foundation for Bahrain’s economic growth. Prince Khalifa has served as the Prime Minister of Bahrain since 1970, taking office over a year before Bahrain’s independence on August 15, 1971. During the early years of his service as a prime minister, Bahrain saw a rapid development especially when the Kingdom sought to move beyond Gulf Insider October - November 2020




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He was also interested in ancient artifacts such as weapons and cars. However, the hobby that Prince Khalifa loved was drawing and photography.

its dependence on oil. He worked on improving the living conditions of citizens and developing various economic sectors. He was one of the leading figures in making Bahrain a financial, service and tourism hub. Prince Khalifa was not only a good politician but also a charismatic person. According to our sources, he enjoyed going on walks regularly as it gave him the opportunity to meditate and ponder on the issues that concern him. He had an affinity for agriculture, horticulture and was interested in birds and wildlife. He was also interested in ancient artifacts such as weapons and cars. However, the hobby that Prince Khalifa loved was drawing and photography. Over the years, HRH has received

many accolades and awards. In 2009, he was given the Visionary Award 2009 of the Union of Arab Banks. The next year he received the Millennium Development Goals Award from the United Nations. In 2016, he became the first Arab Prime Minister to be honored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for being among the leaders who strongly supported the use of ICT in achieving sustainable development goals. Moreover, Prince Khalifa was the first Arab Prime Minister to receive the following awards: The Flame of Peace Award from the Association for the Furtherance of Peace, Austria as well as The Arab League Shield for Leadership in Arab Development. Gulf Insider October - November 2020




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HRH Prince Khalifa was the first Arab Prime Minister to receive the following awards: The Flame of Peace Award from the Association for the Furtherance of Peace, Austria as well as The Arab League Shield for Leadership in Arab Development.

In 2017, a new city in Bahrain was named after the Prime Minister. “Khalifa Town” was named after him in recognition of his landmark achievements and valuable contributions to the nation. The “Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Award for Sustainable Development” was also launched to honor his success in improving the path for development in Bahrain. Prince Khalifa’s contributions to the Kingdom will always be remembered and he will remain an inspiration for all the years to come.

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Lawful Termination in Bahrain

Almoayed Chambers touches upon the basic components of a lawful employment termination in Bahrain.


defined labour law framework plays a crucial role in creating a balanced and sustainable workplace environment for the employer and the employees. In Bahrain, the Legislative Decree no. 36 of 2012 promulgating Bahrain’s Labour Law is the governing law for employment matters, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development is the concerned ministry for overlooking the implementation of the Law. Furthermore, the arrangement between the employer and the employees is also governed by the virtue of the specific employment contract.

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Definitive contracts are those in which the duration of the Contract is described either in terms of time period or in terms of completion of a specific assignment/ project.

in writing and should be in Arabic; however, in case the contract is in any other language, it should be accompanied with an Arabic version thereof.

Nature of a Contract The nature of the Contract can be classified into two categories i.e. a definitive contract and an indefinitive contract. Definitive contracts are those in which the duration of the Contract is described either in terms of time period or in terms of completion of a specific assignment/project. A Contract qualifies as an indefinitive contract, if the duration of the Contract is not prescribed in any way, neither in terms of timeline nor in terms of completion of a specific assignment/project.

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Termination of employment Quite a few situations can lead to either party desiring to terminate the arrangement of employment, such as inefficiency of the employee, indiscipline at the workplace, willingness of the employee to discontinue or breach of the Contract by the other party. In case the employer intends to terminate the Contract due to the poor efficiency of an employee, the employer shall be obliged

Disciplinary actions leading to termination An employer is obliged to investigate the matter before inflicting the penalty on the employee, further the penalty cannot be inflicted without providing a written notice, hearing, investigation in defense and recording of the investigation statements. Pursuant to which, the employee is provided with a written notice of the inflicted penalty and shall have the right to appeal against such notice within 7 working days. Also, an employer has the right to suspend the employee from work for a period of not more than 60 days, in case it is in the interest of the work or the investigation, with payment of wages to the employee.

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In Bahrain, the Legislative Decree no. 36 of 2012 promulgating Bahrain’s Labour Law is the governing law for employment matters.

to provide a notice of the aspects of inefficiency or lack of such efficiency and provide a reasonable opportunity and a time period of at least 60 days to achieve the required level. Additionally, in certain situations, the employer may choose to terminate some of the employees due to reorganization, down scaling, replacement of the production system or partial closure, in which case the employer shall be required to provide a notice to the Ministry at least 30 days prior to the termination letter to the employee/s. If approved by the Ministry, the employees’ entitlements for termination are reduced to half of the ordinary entitlements.

On termination, an employee is eligible for compensation in lieu of annual leave, leaving indemnity (expatriates) and overtime work hours. The employee must be compensated for remaining annual leaves; an employee must be entitled to at least 30 days of leave and on termination he/she must be compensated for the accrued leaves. Further, the expatriate employees who are not entitled to benefit under the social Insurance Law are entitled to the leaving indemnity in accordance with the Law. In case either party is not satisfied with the termination process, it may be challenged before the competent authorities based on the dispute resolution mechanism of the Contract and the Labour Law. Disclaimer: This publication is issued in the public interest and does not constitute legal opinion. Any reader may contact Almoayed Chambers for legal consultation.

Contributors: Jaideep Kharub, Consulting Partner, Almoayed Chambers Palak Srivastava, Associate, Almoayed Chambers

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Late Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa laid to rest Late Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was laid to rest this morning. HM King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa today performed the funeral prayer at the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Mosque in Riffa. HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, attended the funeral at the Al-Haniniya cemetery, in Riffa. A number of senior members of the Royal Family and senior officers from the Bahrain Defence Force, the Ministry of Interior and the National Guard were also in attendance.

Expat cyclist dies in hit-and-run; police nab culprit A 49-year-old British expat died this morning after he was hit by a vehicle on Wali Al Ahad road near Jasrah towards Hamala. He was cycling with a group of friends when a vehicle hit his cycle, causing his death. The 39-year-old motorist and his vehicle were taken into custody shortly afterwards.

No self-isolation for British expats travelling from Bahrain to UK British expats in the country can now plan their trips home without undergoing self-isolation, thanks to the new air corridor deal between the Bahrain and UK. “Bahrain, Chile, Iceland, Cambodia, Laos, UAE, Qatar and Turks and Caicos Islands have been added to the Travel Corridor list. If you arrive from these countries after 4am on Saturday, you will not need to self-isolate,� tweeted UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps.


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BIC to allocate grandstand seats for frontliner’s families during F1 Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has announced that this year’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix will take place predominantly without spectators. There will, however, be a limited number of grandstand seats allocated for the races for families of frontline health workers and first responders in Bahrain, to recognize their incredible contribution and commitment in responding to the pandemic in the Kingdom.

HM King appoints HRH Prince Salman as Prime Minister HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued Royal Order 44 / 2020 appointing HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, as Prime Minister.

Royal Bahrain Peak -Mountain in Nepal named after HM King and HH Shaikh Nasser

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests now available in pharmacies

In celebration of the Bahrain Everest Team’s visit to Nepal and the summit of Mt Manaslu, authorities in Samagaon have named a mountain in honour of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and HM King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs, HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The “Royal Bahrain Peak” is more than 5,000 metres above sea level.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the availability of the coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid antigen test in pharmacies across Bahrain, with a ceiling price of BHD 4. The COVID-19 rapid antigen test provides fast and effective point of care testing, with results being obtained in just 15 minutes.

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Fuel leak into Umm Al Hassam sewage lines ‘under control’ The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ahmed Al Khayyat revealed that immediate actions have been taken to avoid any explosion, after the fuel leakage at the Juffair filling station in Umm Al Hassam. The Undersecretary confirmed that fuel had leaked out to sewage drains and reached Umm Al Hassam on Kuwait avenue from the underground tanks. Experts continue to assess damage to the environment. Al-Khayyat emphasized that in cooperation and coordination with the Civil Defense of the Ministry of Interior, the situation was brought under control as soon as possible, after coordination with the National Disaster Committee headed by the Head of Public Security.

Bahrain mulls death penalty for bringing in nuclear waste The Bahraini parliament is debating a draft bill that proposes the death penalty for bringing nuclear waste into the country. The parliamentary Public Utilities and Environment has approved the draft that also incorporates fines of up to BD1 million against anyone found guilty of importing, burying, storing or disposing of nuclear waste in any way in the Bahraini territory. According to the same draft, bringing radioactive waste into Bahrain with the purpose of temporary or permanent disposal or importing other lethal substances for storing or disposal in the country is punishable by jailing and a minimum fine of BD15,000, Al Watan newspaper reported. The same penalties will apply to those allowing sea, air and land means of transport, carrying nuclear or lethal waste across the Bahraini territory, according to the report. The draft, moreover, bans individuals and enterprises pursuing environment-polluting activities or causing damage to natural resources or wildlife in the kingdom.


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Bahrain authorises emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine Bahrain has authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine. It will be made available to frontline workers starting today, who may take the vaccine on a voluntary basis. This is expected to protect frontliners from any dangers they may be exposed to due to the nature of their work. The emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine comes as a continuation of coordination with UAE, represented by the G42 company. Last September, the UAE announced the emergency use of the same vaccine for workers in the first line of defense.

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Inquiry launched into tragic death of expat sanitation workers An inquiry has been launched to investigate the death of three expat workers who were poisoned yesterday while carrying out routine maintenance work in a sewage tunnel. A fourth worker who was rescued is admitted at Salmaniya Medical Complex. HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has instructed the Interior Minister HE General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa to investigate the incident and determine compliance with safety standards, with an early report to be submitted directly to the Cabinet. The three men died reportedly from being suffocated in a sewage chamber in Bani Jamrah on Budaiya highway. They have been identified as Indians Rakesh Kumar, Debasis Sahoo and Mohammed Tausif Khan and their occupations are Worker, Fitter and Site Inspector respectively.

More than 35,000 Indian expats leave Bahrain via Vande Bharat flights The Embassy of India in Bahrain revealed that more than 35,000 Indian expats have travelled from Bahrain to India through various flights under Vande Bharat Misssion and over 10,000 Indian expats have returnedd from India to Bahrain. Passengers can now directly book tickets through airlines websites or through travel agents.

Bahrain opens food trucks area near the Bahrain International Stadium Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani opened a new Food Trucks area, which is located in the vicinity of Bahrain International Stadium. The national project allocated an area near the stadium for 50 food trucks.

Bahraini Farmers Market to start in December The 9th edition of the Bahrain Farmers Market will start in December, said the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning. Required documents have to be forwarded to +973 39099469 on Whatsapp due to the precautionary measures and directives set by the National Taskforce for Combatting COVID-19. Participants can also submit their documents at the headquarters of the Agriculture and Marine Resources Agency, building 10, in Budaiya, during official working hours. Gulf Insider October - November 2020


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Bahrain celebrated 100 years of its banking sector Bahrain celebrated the centennial of the first bank in the country on October 27th. The banking sector has great importance in the kingdom for in addition to its historical depth which goes back as early as before the 1920’s of last century, the sector represents one of the pillars of Bahrain’s strategy to diversify sources of revenues and broaden the scope of economic activities.

Saudi-Bahrain Q3 non-oil trade increases by 43% Non-oil trade between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain increased 43 percent to $688.4 million during the third quarter of 2020 compared to $481 million during Q3 of 2019. The surge in trade between both countries comes following the ease of restrictions on cargo transit over the King Fahd Causeway back in August. Bilateral commerce between the two nations surged 12 percent past the $2 billion mark during the first three quarters of 2020 to record a substantial year-on-year increase from the 2019 figure of $1.93 billion.

NHRA launches investigation on death of babies Chief Executive of NHRA Dr. Meriam Adhbi Al Jalahma has stated that the authority launched a thorough and extensive investigation into the death of two female babies, suspected to be caused by medical errors at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC). The authority started by collecting information related to the babies’ mother, the date of her admission to hospital, her medical history and requested SMC to provide it with her medical file. NHRA will carry out a thorough and extensive investigation to comprise all medical professionals who dealt with the case.

PCR test not required for children under 6 years Bahrain International Airport announced that children below 6 years of age are no longer required to undergo a PCR test when arriving at Bahrain International Airport. Earlier, on July 21st, the Ministry of Health announced that all travellers arriving into Bahrain International Airport will be required to shoulder the cost of mandatory COVID-19 testing, to the cost of BHD 30. 24

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Bahrain extends all types of visit visas until 21 January 2021

Bahrain, Israel officially established diplomatic ties Bahrain and Israel signed a historic Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic, Peaceful and Friendly Relations, marking the new and promising era in their relationship. Memorandums of Understanding regarding economic and trade relations, telecommunications, commerce, air services, movement of people, banking and financial services, and cooperation between Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as well as other areas of mutual benefit were signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel. This historic diplomatic breakthrough has been facilitated by the Abraham Accords initiative of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America. It follows the 11 September 2020 agreement between the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel, to open an era of cooperation between the two nations. This diplomatic step was followed by the signing of the Peace Declaration between both countries in Washington on 15 September 2020, to endorse the principles of the Abraham Accords and to open a new chapter of peace.

The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced on Saturday the re-extension of all types of visit visas until 21 January 2021 with fee exception to all visitors. The NPRA will automatically carry the extension process without the need to apply for the renewal through the e-visa website. The service allows visitors to correct their residency situation in the country or facilitate their departure in case of the availability of flights to their countries within the extraordinary global situation because of the coronavirus. It is part of a host of procedures taken previously to support citizens and residents in these extraordinary situations.

LMRA to deport and ban flexi-visa violators Hana Al Saffar, Director of Communications at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), highlighted that those found in violation of the Flexi Work Permit policy guidelines during inspections will not be permitted to regularise their situation through a flexi work permit, leaving them with no option but to be deported to their home country and be banned from re-entering the Kingdom in the future. Al Saffar stressed the confirmation by the Cabinet on banning runaway workers from regularising their situation in normal conditions, whether through obtaining a flexi work permit or the transfer to a new employer.

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Signing up for healthcare We take you through the process of getting verified a healthcare professional in Bahrain.


nternational healthcare professionals with the dream of gaining overseas work experience should turn their gaze to Bahrain. More than 50% of the population in Bahrain consists of non-nationals who enjoy the country as an attractive place to live, work and build their careers. With many perks and benefits, Bahrain has long been an employment hotspot for international healthcare workers. Once a healthcare professional has been successfully offered a job in Bahrain, applicants need to get their educational, employment, and licenserelated documents verified before receiving their Bahraini professional license - an essential in order to practice medicine in the Kingdom. In 2017, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) teamed up with the DataFlow Group to screen applicants’ documents through Primary Source Verification (PSV).


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With many perks and benefits, Bahrain has long been an employment hotspot for international healthcare workers. How to apply for a healthcare license in Bahrain 1. Before you apply through the NHRA online system, you need to apply to Dataflow to initiate the process of document verification. Once you

receive a positive report you can start your application with NHRA. 2. To submit your application online, sign up to the National Health Regulatory Authority’s website and then log in. 3. Certain professionals are required to clear the Bahrain License Exam (BLE) prior to being licensed. You will be sent a single-use code to register for the BLE. The code may be used once only and may be re-activated by NHRA only if you fail your exam attempt. A total of six exam attempts are permitted per candidate. Nurses need 50% or above to pass the exam, and all Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists and Optometrists need 60% or more to pass the exam. 4. Upload a copy of your BLE results along with your online application. Subject to the success of your entire application, whether you passed the

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BLE, or were exempt from it, you will be issued a letter addressed to the Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA). Once you enter Bahrain for the first time, the LMRA will issue your work permit. Then you will need to upload your Health Fitness certificate issued by a licensed facility in Bahrain, a copy of the National

In 2017, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) teamed up with the DataFlow Group to screen applicants’ documents through Primary Source Verification (PSV).

Photocopy of valid Passport page

Copy of your Resumé/C.V.

Work experience certificate(s)

Attested College/University Diploma

will also need to include a copy of this license)

ID card and a Ministry of Education Equalization certificate if requested. 5. After submitting all the documents, a notice to pay will be created and sent to you. Your last step is to pay online, collect your license and begin your career in Bahrain!

Which documents do you need? As part of your application, you must submit a complete list of the following documents for Primary Source Verification (PSV) by The DataFlow Group, along with a fee of 20 Bahraini Dinar (US$53). 

Your job offer or an offer letter from a prospective employer

Your Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license (if you are licensed in any other countries, you

Good Standing Certificate issued by the licensing authority of the country where you last practised your profession (should not be older than 6 months) Dataflow positive report

Once licenced, your career as a healthcare worker can begin. All positively verified applicants may sign up to TrueProfile.io - a platform powered by the DataFlow Group - in order to securely store their verifications. If you’re ready to join Bahrain’s workforce of verified, professional healthcare staff, start by verifying your documents with TrueProfile.io

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5 secrets

for doing less and getting more done


t’s the problem we all face: how to manage your time. You’re so overwhelmed that you always wonder if you’re really getting anything done. And often, you’re not. But one expert has an answer. MIT professor Cal Newport prioritizes what he calls “deep work.” And in his new book, “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World,” he explains why this is key and how you can incorporate it into your own life. This book deserves praise: It’s important. Really, there are two kinds of work:  “Deep work” is using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.


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 “Shallow work” is all the little administrative and logistical stuff: email, meetings, calls, expense reports, etc.

When you’re doing deep work, your attention is really focused very concretely on something that’s very satisfying. We know it’s satisfying to enter a state where you’re giving full, rapt attention to something that you’re good at. Shallow work, on the other hand, fragments your attention. Someone who’s based mainly in shallow work, neurologically speaking, is going to eventually construct an understanding of their world that is stressful and fractured. Daniel Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,”

explained in the Harvard Gazette: “People spend 46.9% of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy”. But will the world will burn down if you don’t check email every 30 seconds? No, it won’t. And your work won’t suffer. And your business won’t lose clients. Harvard Business School’s Leslie Perlow got a team at BCG (a leading consulting firm) to spend one workday a week with no access to email. They all thought the world would burn down. What happened? It increased the quality of their work and the satisfaction of their customers went

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up after they started spending more time disconnected. So how do we fit it into our insane schedules?

1. Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work We use our calendars all wrong. Start time blocking. Get in the habit of

it, it’s so easy to go through a week and just say, “Well, I was busy.” Once you start keeping score, you look at it and say, “I did one hour out of a 40-hour week? I’m embarrassed.” A compelling scoreboard drives you to action.

3. The most dangerous word when it comes to productivity And that word is, “Yes.” The people who tend to do things that have an impact say “no” to a lot because what they’re really interested in is, “I want to do the deep things, the things that require my skills and create new value, and I can’t do that if I’m constantly going to meetings and checking email.”

4. Have a “Deep Work Ritual” One way to more consistently achieve a state of real concentration is to have routines and rituals built around deep work. It can be as simple as clearing your desk, or shutting your door. That ritual tells your brain, “I’m now entering deep work mode.” You might have a set routine like getting your coffee and doing a ten-minute walk to clear your head. These type of things can actually help your mind much more easily shift into the right state. Research shows rituals like these help you be better at your work and even help you overcome procrastination.

“Deep work” is using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.

actually making a plan for your day and a plan for your weeks to be able to proactively put aside time for deep work. Don’t schedule distractions and hope to fit in work where you can. Invert your schedule. Block out a few hours for real, deep work. Cluster your email and other administrative shallow work into “batches.”

2. Scoreboards aren’t just for athletes As Peter Drucker once said, “What gets measured gets managed.” Keep a running tally of hours of deep work. It seems like a simple thing, but without

5. The question you need to ask your boss Work with your boss to cut out the “shallow work.” Get an idea of how much time they really do want you spending on meetings and email and how much “deep work” they’d really like you to be doing. Get your boss to actually try to commit to a vision like, “About 50% of your time should be unbroken and 50% should be doing these shallow tasks.” When they’re actually confronted with how much time you’re spending trying to produce real results with your skills, they have to start thinking, “Okay, we need to change some things.”

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5 Trends Retailers Should Know for the Post COVID-19 GCC Market


he coronavirus outbreak has created a crisis for retailers globally, with non-essential stores in most countries shut down anywhere between two weeks to two months. The crisis poses specific challenges to the six GCC states, which were relying on economic boosts in 2020 after witnessing a sharp decline in the region’s economic expansion last year. Stringent measures have been adopted by all GCC states. UAE is undertaking mass testing and has completed one million tests. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE announced they would penalise those who spread fake news related to coronavirus, while Kuwait has ordered the deportation of


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expats who violated the 12-hour curfew imposed in the city. The list also includes national sterilisation drives, strict social distancing rules, precautionary quarantine, and even movement permits aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus. The clear message to stay at home unless absolutely necessary has spurred large numbers toward society toward digital, contactless shopping experiences. And in the digital space, it is the more local and more responsive retailers who win.

1. Consumers will go cashless COVID-19 may provide just the

necessary push toward a cashless society and further digital connectivity. While digital payments have been growing with the advent of Benefit Pay in Bahrain, Mada in Saudi Arabia and Beam and Google Pay in UAE, the demand for contactless mobile payments is expected to further grow and consumers are more likely to choose retailers that provide such options.

2. Import dependency will encourage a shift to local production Coronavirus has increased the demand for non-perishables, as people opt for foods with longer shelf lives, such as rice and noodles, fearing that

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global manufacturing will slow down. For fresh produce, the GCC relies heavily on imports, and in the first few weeks after the outbreak prices were shooting up for basic produce such as tomatoes and onions. This in turn, resulted in calls for price regulation and increased import, however, the need to look inwards for agricultural cultivation also came into focus. Saudi Arabia has even launched an “Agricultural Guide” App to support local production and farmers by providing instant agricultural

4. Brand message and communication Even before the COVID-19 crisis, millennial consumers, who are the key consumer group in the GCC, wanted to know what their brands stood for, and this is true now more than ever. Empathetic and locally inclined brand communication, with the goal of being consistent about measures being taken during the crisis is of utmost importance as this cultivated brand image will help once the crisis is over. Talabat is one such brand that has risen to the occasion –they currently provide contactless delivery wherein the delivery executive will leave the food package at a designated area outside the house and leave, while the payment is done online. This ensures zero contact with external elements while also seamlessly getting the food to customers.

5. Single-brand, luxury brands at most risk

COVID-19 may provide just the necessary push toward a cashless society and further digital connectivity.

consultation services via the app. A focus on self-sufficiency and preference for local produce is expected.

3. Demand for pharmaceuticals that can be stored for long periods COVID-19 has led to a spike in demand for paracetamol, zinc supplements and various vitamin tablets such as Vitamin C, as consumers look to boost their immune systems. To hold on to such first-time consumers, vitamins and dietary supplements manufacturers should promote the long-term benefits of taking them to safeguard against illness in the future.

Across the GCC, just as is the case globally, luxury brands will suffer, as such consumers tend to like, see and review before making sizeable investments and are hence less likely to buy online. On the other hand, bricks-andclicks stores like Sephora, which have invested heavily in their online presence, will benefit from the reduced footfall in shopping malls. Other brands that have a strong e-commerce presence can also make up sales online. For bricks-and-mortar establishments it may take a lot more time to bounce back. However, once the risk subsides, customers can be drawn in through a major sale, like the Great Singapore Sale which was used to entice huge spending sprees after the SARS virus left Singapore’s retail sector in tatters. Retailers need to be agile, aware and responsive, in order to survive the crisis. Any hope of recuperating in the future will is futile unless the current focus is on providing agile, localized responses to consumer needs, whether it be by increasing supplies or relying more on e-commerce.

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People & Culture

An Elite

Autumn Escape This autumn, Elite’s special offers are valid till 31st December 2020.


he Elite Hospitality Group has created the Elite Salamatik program which is implemented at all their hotels in Bahrain. Elite Salamatik ensures that every guest will have a safe stay with their family and friends, in face of the ongoing pandemic. Elite offers various options to enjoy an autumn escape with family, such


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as Elite Seef Residence Hotel’s one and two bed room family suites are elegantly furnished in modern leather interiors, with a fully equipped modular kitchen, lavish bathrooms, home theatre system with in-house TV channels, Digital Satellite television system and 24 hour personalized room service with special menus offering lavish choices with great value. The one bedroom suite starts at Bahrain Dinars 33 net per night,

inclusive of WiFi and breakfast for two with hot beverages and selected fresh juices. Elite Resort & SPA Hotel overlooking the sea welcomes guests with a life experience, promising the most exciting and relaxing atmosphere. Their spacious one bedroom suite offers great value for money with BD 39 Net per night, Wifi, and packed breakfast for two in the suite.

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Elite is now also delivering to your doorstep. Specializing in institutional catering in offices and factories.

The elegant two bedroom suite with a special rate of BD 60 net makes a perfect choice for a family of four people to unwind with a personalized packed breakfast service at the suite. Elite Grande Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Seef, will help you find the time for a real treat. The two bedroom family suite is a perfect place to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere with our personalized service by a dedicated team. Each spacious suite is lavishly furnished with grand bathrooms, complete home theatre systems in each bedroom with DVD, and HDTV Satellite channels, hi-speed internet, direct dialing facility with voice mail and digital safe-deposit lockers. The two bedroom suite starts

at Bahrain Dinars 60 net per night, including Wifi and breakfast for four with hot beverages and selected fresh juices. Elite is now also delivering to your doorstep. Specializing in institutional catering in offices and factories, they cater for all events such as receptions, cocktail parties, BBQ’s, birthdays, anniversaries and graduation celebrations.

For bookings and more details please call: +973 17 558 200 or visit www.elitegrouphotels.com

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6 Great Places to Live in Seef Looking to move? We list out six amazing places to live in Bahrain’s business district. There are many great places to live in Bahrain. Here are six great serviced apartments in Seef you can take a look at, if you’re planning to upgrade your accommodation anytime soon.


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1. Catamaran

2. Elite Seef Residence and Hotel

Catamaran Towers is located in the heart of Seef District, across City Centre Mall. Their apartments are home-designed for those who seek pristine-quality. The property has studio, one, two and threebedroom units that can cater to families of different sizes.

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel an ideal home-away-from-home option for those in the Kingdom of Bahrain on extended business or leisure. The property has a choice of over 180 fully self-contained, luxuriously furnished apartments ranging from compact studios to spacious, three-bedroom apartments. Located in the Seef district of Manama, the financial center is easily reached, as is the international airport and the many tourist attractions of Bahrain. Facilities and amenities easily match those of an exclusive hotel with a modern fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and fine business facilities for those wishing to host meetings or corporate functions.

For more information: +973 7777 7795


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3. Era Tower Era Tower provides luxurious and furnished apartments with great views of the bustling Seef district. It’s conveniently located near numerous malls like Bahrain City Centre, Seef Mall and Bahrain Mall. This 50-storey tower offers you plenty of services such as outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, separate gyms for men and ladies. Moreover, it has 24/7 security system and car parking.

For more information: +973 6500 0000 Era Tower

4. Fraser Suites Fraser Suites offer 90 fully furnished luxury serviced apartments in Bahrain ranging from studios to penthouses, designed for guests who desire greater space and sophistication when in town. With an abundance of in-house amenities, you can have your very own hint of luxury in these chic and modern apartments. The property is directly connected to the Seef Mall, where there are numerous leisure and dining options available for guests on their door-step.

For more information: +973 1756 9333

5. Houran

Fraser Suites


Houran Towers Residences offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. It is home to 64 bedrooms which are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including fitness center, sauna, and steam room.

For more information: +973 1738 3555

6. Seef Avenue Seef Avenue has been designed to provide a life of luxury in the heart of Bahrain’s business district. The property has luxurious interiors, spacious studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as social spaces and facilities. It also has a fully equipped fitness facility, luxury pool and sauna, children’s soft play area, corporate hub and a multi-purpose hall.

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Experts Reveal Life Secrets

1. Unite people around a cause -

Part 18

How to Win in Business and Life Every month Gulf Insider publish 2 pages that reveal brilliant secrets for winning in business and life. The techniques are provided by top international experts and we will often summarize an entire book into a single page so you can learn the essence of their wisdom in minutes instead of hours. Take the time to learn what we reveal each month and you will be rewarded a thousand times over!

Give your team something to fight for. “The cause can be anything you wish, but you should represent it as progressive: It fits the times, it is on the side of the future, so it is destined to succeed,” Greene writes. Remind your employees that they are part of a company competing with others in a marketplace, and inspire them to beat their competitors.

2. Keep them busy - When soldiers are on the defensive, waiting to react to the next strike, their spirits are lower and they become complacent or anxious. A similar thing happens to a company that is not moving an initiative forward. 3. Keep them satisfied - You do not need to spoil your workers, but you need to meet their basic needs. Otherwise, says Greene, they’ll react to feeling exploited by behaving selfishly and drifting away. You may lose your best employees to the competition if you focus solely on your company’s goals and not on their happiness. 4. Lead from the front - The

enthusiasm of even the most motivated workers will wane, and so you need to let them know that you’re right there beside them.

6 Management Strategies

6.  Balance punishment and reward

From History’s Greatest Generals


apoleon Bonaparte was a brilliant general who understood the dynamics of leading a large group to victory. “The moral is to the physical as three is to one,” Napoleon once said. “He meant that his troops’ fighting spirit was crucial in the outcome of the battle. With motivated soldiers he could beat an army three times the size of his own,” 36

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5. Appeal to their emotions - The best generals have a sense of drama, Greene says. Lower your employees’ defenses with a story or a joke, and then approach them more directly with their task.

writes Robert Greene in his book “The 33 Strategies of War.” Greene highlights specific ways some of the world’s greatest generals, from Napoleon to Alexander the Great, managed their troops. You can use these same tactics to boost the morale of your employees and maximize their productivity:

- “Make your soldiers compete to please you. Make them struggle to see less harshness and more kindness,” Greene writes. This doesn’t mean that in the workplace you need to reprimand employees who don’t meet your expectations, but excessive kindness regardless of performance will make your team take you for granted.

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3. You don’t network - There’s a company golf day this Friday but you’d prefer to head out for a brunch with some friends instead. Does this sound like you? In all likelihood you won’t miss a huge amount by not going to this event, but the fact is you need to get your face known and hanging out with the bosses is a great way to do that. 4. You’re not ruthless enough -

Being honest and trustworthy is essential, but if you’re too nice then, sadly, you’ll be overlooked when it comes to promotion.

5. You’re not dressing the part How are you ever going to become a CEO when you don’t dress like one? If you show up to work looking like the intern then the likelihood is that you’ll be treated like one. 6. You lack imagination - A CEO is actively thinking of ideas to improve the company in all areas, and if you want to become one, you should be too; going the extra mile gets you noticed. 7. You’re not flexible - To become a

CEO it’s probable your working routine will be disrupted and you’ll have to move outside your comfort zone. That could mean leaving the job you’ve become very comfortable in to see your career advance.

8. You’re not persistent enough

10 reasons you’re not a CEO What’s stopping you from becoming a CEO? Probably most of these.


ost of us think we have the skills, desire and commitment to become a CEO, so why hasn’t it happened yet? Well the truth is, in all likelihood if your career hasn’t progressed as fast as you’d hoped, then some or all of the following 10 things are to blame.

1. You’re not qualified enough

-You can be the most talented, driven, inspirational person in the company,

but if the other guy has got a PhD in business management and you haven’t, it’s going to work against you.

2. You lack confidence - You believe you’ve got what it takes? Then challenge yourself. Be the first to take up extra projects if you think they’d benefit the company, but don’t be bullied into doing things you don’t believe are worthwhile; if you have an opinion then share it.

- The majority of successful businessmen have had their fair share of rejections, but the reason why they’re now the boss is that they kept going.

9. You don’t pay attention to the details – Being sloppy in the way you

work is a characteristic that a CEO cannot afford to have.

10. You’re not looking at the bigger picture - Although looking at the

details is important, it’s also vital to think of the company as a whole. If you can add something tangible to the business then you become much more valuable.

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People & Culture

Jan (left) and Peg (right) Podlich at Paghman Gardens, which was destroyed during the years of war

One of Dr Podlich’s daughters, Jan, smiles during a trip to Istalif, a village 18 miles northwest of Kabul

Life before the



hese photographs were taken within Afghanistan in the 1960s and are a far cry from the war-torn images in the news today. University professor Dr Bill Podlich swapped his life in America to travel to Kabul with his wife, Margaret, and two teenage daughters, Jan and Peg. His photos show a peaceful Afghanistan making strides towards a more liberal lifestyle.

The images were captured in 1967, when the teacher teemed up with Unesco to work in the Higher Teachers College of Kabul. While he was teaching, Podlich’s daughters attended classes at the American International School of Kabul, which had a number of American and foreign students with parents who lived and worked in the country. Images: Dr Bill Podlich

Peg Podlich pictured in Kabul, shortly after arriving, as locals walk past 38

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Pictured is an Afghan teacher. The Higher Teachers’ College was a twoyear institution for training college-level teachers

A Buddha statue in Bamiyan Valley- a Unesco World Heritage Site. The two largest statues (not pictured here) were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001

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Picnic In Afghanistan shows a group of young Afghans sharing tea and music in their free-time

Hoards of happy citizens gather on large trucks, which served as portable grandstands

Afghan girls coming home from school. The girls, as well as boys, were educated up to the high-school level, and although both sexes wore uniforms, the girls were not allowed to wear a chadri on their way to secondary school. Able young women attended college, as did the men

A class at the American International School of Kabul where Peg and Jan attended. After class the girls were supervised by Indian ladies wearing saris, and were driven with about 20 students back through Kabul

A car park of the American International School of Kabul. The school no longer exists. Gulf Insider October - November 2020



Learning and teaching in the post COVID-19 era A look into the not too distant future.


n December 2019 two global pandemics emerged. The first one is of course the COVID-19 outbreak. The second epidemic is no less serious. It has significantly disrupted the lives of over 2 billion students around the world. Namely, the epidemic of internet-based online distant learning instead of the traditional teaching in closed classrooms. Both these epidemics have changed lives all around the world forever and we are unlikely to ever go back to the way we used to live, work, think, communicate and study before the COVID-19 era. In my opinion, the online teaching epidemic will continue to rise and rise and may never decline again, as educational institutions have discovered that in comparison to classroom, face to face lectures, teaching via internet is in many circumstances more effective. It increases the retention of information and is perceived to be more fun by students, resulting in long lasting educational changes that are here to stay, not only during the COVID-19 era but even beyond.


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In comparison to classroom, face to face lectures, teaching via internet is in many circumstances more effective. So where do we see the current use of technology taking us in the post COVID-19 era? The prediction is that lectures will be converted from face to face to online delivery techniques. Webinars will be used to deliver interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. Similarly, assessment and evaluation tasks for the students will be transformed into suitable online formats. The irony is that the survival of

educational institutions in the aftermath of the COVID-19 era will largely depend on their ability to cope with the technological challenges needed for this online learning era. In Bahrain, just like the rest of the world, universities which can keep pace with these changes will survive, while those who cannot will remain in the past and will never be part of the educational future.

Dr. Khaldoon Al-Roomi, Ex-Director of Arab Open University

News Roundup

Saudi Arabia plans to abolish sponsorship system for expats

NPRA announces 10year multi-entry visa for US nationals

Saudi Arabia plans to scrap the sponsorship (kafala) system for foreign workers, the Maal newspaper has reported, citing unidentified sources. The paper added that the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development is expected this week to announce an initiative aimed at improving the contractual link between migrant workers and employers. The reported move will take effect in the first half of next year, benefiting millions of migrant workers in the kingdom, it added.

The Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced on Saturday the introduction of a ten-year multi-entry visa for US nationals, of a 90-day stay in each visit. Americans can apply through the website www.e-visa.gov.bh for BD60 fee.

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2021 Audi RS7 Sportback A real sports car

‌ that just happens to also be a spacious and practical four-door hatchback. Review By Nick Cooksey


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591 bhp, 590 lb-ft torque, 0-100kph in 3.6 seconds.


aving this beautiful car to drive around Bahrain for a couple of days was a lot of fun. It manages to be super-fast, sexy, and practical all at the same time – inside and out. Huge oval shaped exhausts proudly indicate that this is a real sports car, and the sloping roofline adds to its aggressive exterior, but (thanks to this being a long car) without compromising the headroom of those seated in the rear allowing three adults to sit in the back with ease. It comes with all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, adjustable air suspension system, and a top-class

infotainment system. Safety features include 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, that’s paired with a 48-volt hybrid system, provides 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque enabling zero to 100kph in just 3.6 seconds. The sheer power of this car is simply awesome, though thanks to those brilliant Audi engineers everything works smoothly and is easily controlled by the driver. A rear spoiler remains hidden beneath the tailgate until the car hits 120 kph. Of course, I didn’t see this in action as this is the very zenith of Bahrain’s speed limits… obviously! Gulf Insider October - November 2020


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2021 Audi RS7 Starting price: BD 57,990

Includes 5 years’ service package, manufacturer’s warranty, and roadside assistance.

3 adults can sit in the back with ease.

The beautiful leather interior offers just about every comfort you could possibly require. Despite its sporting prowess I found this car to be as easy to drive as a standard Audi and in normal traffic it felt no different than being in a high-end luxury car… until you want to drive it like a Supercar!

NB. If you want to go crazy you can opt for the Black Optics package which has dark exterior trim and giant 22-inch wheels. To arrange your own test drive call Audi Bahrain on +973 1745 9933 44

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