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Your Local Bahraini Guide!

HalaBahrain Magazine Magazine September 2009 - Vol 2 - Issue 3

The Legend of City Center We interview the smoothest carpark attendant ever!

Places to Go

Well Done Bahrain!

Things to Do Events Tradition

One step closer to the World Cup!

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Editorial

Eid Mubarak! Dear Readers, Well into Ramadan, and the shopping frenzy has started! Every day of the week seems to be busy as families go out to shop for Eid clothes, the coffee shops and tents get filled with people enjoying the last few days, and Juffair and Adliya get filled with cars cruising around with people having a good time! It’s been a good Ramadan (minus the heat and humidity), and it promises to be an exciting Eid, with a bunch of things going on! This month we’re one step closer to the World Cup after our game with Saudi (see inside), and we bring you one of the quickest growing celebrities around; Gulzar Ahmed, the City Center ‘Legend’. Doing his job while working in the hot sun, yet still smiling and waving to everyone gives us all a sense of joy, and something to think about before we complain next time about sitting at an office in our cozy air conditioned office. We’ve got a lot more; events around the Island, Gergaon, and a bunch of other stuff. Again, we would love to hear from you; send us your mail with thoughts about the magazine, and you could win a prize! Till next time,

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The Team Editor-in-Chief Ammar Al-Aradi Creative Director Fardan Raffi Public Relations Mazen Madhloom

Copyright Information © All Rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. Liability: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, the publishers cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information herein, or any consequence arising it. HalaBahrain is a fully registered online publication with the Bahrain Ministry of Information, under registration number EQHBH210 HalaBahrain is published monthly; to view the magazine, for a free subscription, or to download a copy, please visit www.halabahrain.com. For advertising and all enquiries, please contact admin@halabahrain.com

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Upcoming

News, Events & Happenings

It’s been a little quiet in terms of events this month, as is usual for Ramadan. Not much besides, tents and coffee shops, and lots of TV! There are the occasional Ghabgas going on at most hotel tents, so check those out, but for a special different one, be sure to pass by the BIBF Ghabga on the 14th. More than your average buffet and gathering, it’s going to have a full showcase of talent, including the Bad Dream Crew (breakdancers), The Mighty Jugglers, and much more! The AutoX is also going at the BIC, so for all you motorheads out there, give it a visit for some high adrenaline action. With Eid approaching, the number of events starts to increase! On the 22nd, we have the All in One Comedy show, screening DVD’s of exclusive clips from some of the major comedy events in Bahrain, as well as a number of live local acts. The Sufi Festival in La Fontaine brings back the world-famous Omar Sarmini group, and for those looking to win prizes, check out Alwatan Quiz in City Center. Rockers will get the chance to view the best of local bands in ReFlux, while those looking for softer arts can witness the return of Elham after their summer break, with live acoustic blues, photography, and artwork. Finally, for those who want to get away from it all with a good book, be sure to check out the Book Fair at the Exhibition Center starting on the 30th of the month.

11 September CRC Ramadan Autocross Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Time: 8:30pm - 12:00am Contact: +973-36969269 14 September BIBF Ghabga Location: Diplomat Radisson BLU Contact: +973-38883380 a.alzayani85@gmail.com 22 September All in One Comedy Show Location: Bahrain Exhibition Center Timing: 6:00pm-10:00pm Contact: +973 - 39777122 comedy@sjbahrain.com Alwatan Quiz Location: City Center Mall Contact: +973 - 39333438 aalhamed@alwatannews.net Sufi Festival Location: La Fontaine Contact: +973 - 17230123 24 September Reflux Festival Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Contact: +973-39626949 refluxfestival@gmail.com 29 September

Elham 19 Location: Bahrain Fort Museum 7:30pm-9:30pm Timing: Contact: elhambahrain@yahoo.com 30 September - 9 October Book Fair Location: Bahrain Exhibition Center Contact: +973 - 17558802

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Mail

HalaBahrain Mail Got something to say? Whatever it is, let us know, email us on: admin@halabahrain.com. Best letter of the month wins a brand new Apple iPod Nano! ———— FROM: Ram SUBJECT: Music Interviews Great magazine! Would be really cool if you could do Bahraini musicians reviews!

Haha, the food reviews stopped during Ramadan! No seriously we’ve got some pretty cool reviews lined up for the coming issues ;) Keep your eyes open!

It comes & goes depending on what’s going on! Check out this month’s coverage of the Bahrain-Saudi games :) ———— FROM: Hedley SUBJECT: New in Bahrain I’m new on the island, and came across the magazine; love it! A great insight into what’s going on around, we only recommend making it a little bit longer, because we can’t seem to get enough! Great work. Thanks! We’re actually close to expanding out staffing,

and you may soon see more pages in every issue! ———— FROM: Mr. & Mrs. James SUBJECT: Nepal Review Loved the Nepal review! Like you said, not a place you’d consider going to under regular circumstances, but it sounds great! Will really think about it for our next get away! Watch out for the monkeys! FROM: Hasan SUBJECT: The story of a Ninja A long time ago, I had an iPod. I loved my iPod, but one dark night, the leader of the Nee Hau Shi Japanese killer clan sent his Ninja guardians to my house, to

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take revenge on the shame caused to him by my father years ago after losing battle under his sword. The Ninjas snuck in under the darkness of the night, attempted to attack us, but I slid under the shadows and attempted to kill them using stealth techniques once passed on to me by my father. Sadly, the ruckus caused a bit of a mess, during which my iPod was broken. HalaBahrain, please help! I need a new iPod! Send quick. Thanks.

Letter of the Month

We did a few in the past, and more to come! For now, check out our sister website, www.BahrainTalent.com! ———— FROM: Jizzy SUBJECT: Where’s the food! We loved the food reviews! Where did they go!?!?!

———— FROM: 7amood SUBJECT: Sport Reviews What happened to your sport section?

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Events

Bahrain Got Talent!

Yes they do! It’s been another crazy UrFilez event at Seef Mall, with hidden talents from all over Bahrain coming out to show the island what they’ve got! There were drummers, singers, break dancers, guitarists, and much more.

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After a week of nationwide email and SMS voting, the winning award went to “The Mighty Juggler�! Catch the videos of all of the performances and keep an eye out on UrFilez for the next talent show and more! For more info check out www.UrFilez.com

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Events

Drifting and AutoCross at BIC

Ramadan nights are not just about food and TV! Those looking for gasoline related excitement were in for a treat, as drifting and autocross took place at the BIC! If you haven’t managed to pass by to get your share of burning rubber, not to worry, the events are on during selective nights till the end of Ramadan!

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Sports

Well Done Bahrain!

We’ll never make it to the World Cup! Or will we? After a very tough match on Bahraini soil, and a tie of 0-0 against Saudi, the Bahrain team played their away match in Riyadh to qualify for the World Cup in 2010. With a very heated first half, resulting in a tie of 1-1, both teams fought ahead to score the winning goal. Just a few minutes to the whistle, Saudi managed to score the winning goal, almost destroying Bahrain’s dream of going to South Africa. Our boys didn’t give up, however, and pushed on till the last second, scoring their qualifying goal just mere seconds before the referee

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blew the final whistle! The crowds went crazy, the commentator went nuts, and the crowds flooded out into the streets of Bahrain to show their joy and happiness, waving Bahraini flags out of their cars, honking their horns, blasting victory songs and dancing & prancing around! So could Bahrain really be headed for the World Cup? It’s a pretty big possibility! Our next game with New Zealand is on the 10th of October, so be ready to support the team! Go Bahrain! HalaBahrain Magazine | September 2009

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Tradition

Gergaoon

It’s our very own version of Trick or Treating! 15 nights into Ramadan, the children dress up in colorful traditional clothes, and go around from house to house in the neighborhood, singing the traditional Gergaoon songs, in return for sweets, nuts and all sorts of goodies. The houses gleam with decorations and lights, as the neighborhoods light up with the sounds of singing children. We’ve captured some of the Gergaoon moments from all around Bahrain (mainly from Muharraq & Manama). Enjoy!

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The Power of a Smile As a tribute to the month of Ramadan, where the traits of modesty, patience, and humbleness should naturally come about, we bring you a short interview with Gulzar Ahmed, who has come to be called “The Legend of City Center� almost overnight. Gulzar himself works at the far end of the City Center carpark, guiding drivers out of the lot; while this may not seem like the most fun or exciting job in the world, one thing stands out as you pass by him; his smile. No matter whether he performs his job late at night, or out in the hot sun during the day, Gulzar smiles to every passenger, waving a hello as they pass by. With the popularity of City Center over the past year, and with his prime location at the exit, many have come across him, and through this many have been enchanted by his smile, his friendly attitude, and his graciousness. This is why, shortly after a fan of Gulzar established a group for him on the popular social networking site, Facebook,

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Local

it became evident how many people were really fans of his smile. Within mere days, the members of this group had hit the thousands, and multiple other groups, photographs and videos were springing up all over the internet. The reason? A simple smile, a simple wave. Gulzar had managed to brighten up the days of many, who may have been brought down by the stresses of life, whatever they may be. We passed by Gulzar to find out a little more about him, and to try and figure out the secret behind his wonderful smile.

So, Gulzar, our very own Bahrain celebrity! Where are you originally from, and what were you doing before you came to Bahrain? I’m originally from Pakistan, where I recently retired as a Corporal in the Pakistan Army Military Police. I came to Bahrain last August to work with a firm that provides security services. Do you know that you’ve become quite a celebrity around Bahrain? I haven’t really noticed. I see many people smiling and waving, but that’s generally how everyone is around here, very friendly.

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So what’s the secret of your smile? Well, no matter what, everyone should do what they’re doing with a smile. I work here to support my family back in Pakistan (Gulzar has a wife and three children back home), and do my job with them in mind. No job is too small if it supports your lifestyle adequately. One should do everything with a smile, and look good while doing it!

And yes, Gulzar’s gliding movements as he guides the cars out of the mall have earned him the nickname ‘Mr Smooth’. Check out the YouTube video or the videos up on the Facebook group just incase you haven’t been fortunate enough to catch him in person. City Center GM, Derek Rossel mentioned that the management have already recognized his efforts, and awarded him a number of times for his strong work ethics. So there you have it; pure inspiration for all of us, and another reason to keep a smile on your face every day!

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Lost in the Middle East The new mixtape By DJ Outlaw Get it Now

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Upcoming

Fashionaires

Bahrain is moving up the social ladder and the birth of Fashionaires Middle East brings yet another international concept to the local market. The events created will be focused around fashion and luxury and will range from art-gallery events, nightlife parties, neverbefore-seen photoshoots, store launches, brand launches and much more. "Our philosophy is that we are not cutting edge, we cut the edge. That being said, we are happy to have Fashionaires Middle East launching in Bahrain in October. This is an exciting step for us and amazing things are going to be happening with Fashionaires in 2010. The team keeps on getting better and we love it," said the CEO of Fashionaires, London. Keep an eye for it over the coming few months!

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