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Wedding Bliss

World Domination

Your complete A to Z guide for that special day

International Women’s Day

Fashion Frenzy

Hot trends for the new season

F1 Rocks Bahrain


Stansfield MusicAL LIMELIGHT 1


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Editor’s Letter

Here comes the Sun…

As the weather heats up on the island, so does the fashion scene, with the new season’s collections hitting the boutiques, it’s time to spring clean your wardrobe and revamp your fashion style. From signature shoots and catwalk trends to style pages and a closet detox, we offer plenty of inspiration for you to make the most of the Spring-Summer fashion collections. It’s time to hit the boutiques and shop ‘til you drop! As we’re also entering the wedding season, we feature a comprehensive A to Z Wedding Guide to assist you in making your special day a memorable one. Make your dreams come true and your vision of a fairytale wedding become a reality, with expert advice from the people in the know. Our editor-at-large catches up with BRIT Award winner, Lisa Stansfield, in Celebrity Scoop this month. After a period away from the musical limelight, the multi-million selling artist is back, with a new album just released and a European tour to follow. As International Women’s Day takes place on March 8, we showcase a variety of inspirational local women, and icons past and present, as well as uplifting films, music and books to unleash the soulful woman inside of you. Feel like a party? There’s plenty to keep you entertained on our sunny, desert island. We bring you the lowdown on the places to see and be seen, from chic eats, and event hotspots, as well as exclusive F1 and Spring of Culture highlights. Don’t forget to turn to our back pages to find out what insights our resident columnist Sophie has to offer about the illusion of perception, and our astrologer, Giovanni’s predictions for the month ahead. Kirsty Edwards-Harris Editor-in-Chief

hot picks

Roberto Cavalli



Tory Burch

Michael Michael Kors




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STYLE The hot list Spirited attitude Fashion of the stars Captivating immortality Little black book

ART & CULTURE 40 Canvas of Dreams: Rula Khuory INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 42 A celebration of Incredible Women CELEBRITY SCOOP 48 Lisa Stansfield BEAUTY 72 Beauty Buzz 74 Celebs’ Secrets 76 Get The Look MOTORING 84 Diva Drives Audi A3 Sedan OHLALA! BOUTIQUES 86 Mothers’ Day Shopping Guide DINING 90 Chic Eats



SOCIETY 100 Bahrain Hotspots 104 Shot-On-Site 111 Obusiness OHLALA! STARS 113 Happy Birthday Ms Pisces THE COLUMN 114 World Domination

Take on a fresh, spring vibe to your wardrobe by embracing the new season’s fashion offerings.






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The Hot List

Newsflash: The new Spring-Summer 2014 Collections are now available in the boutiques ~ shop ‘til you drop!


Hippie Chic

Delicate and sophisticated, this CH Carolina Herrera bracelet is a unique piece to add to your wardrobe for the new season.


Golden Girl

These gutsy city sandals by Michael Michael Kors, with the iconic MK emblem in a beautiful golden sheen, are ideal footwear for the warmer desert months.


Bold & Beautiful Are you a confident woman who wants to stand out from the crowd? Then shop this gorgeous look from the Celine Summer 2014 collection – Ohlala!




Stylish Versatility

Victoria Beckham’ s new Quincy bag is a mini, boxy, structured shopper that comes in a rich, grainy buffalo leather or luxurious alligator, which can take you through from day to night.




Spirited Attitude A must-buy for spring, the Clare bag by Chloé is a chic statement-making piece.

Introducing the Clare bag by Chloé, a tailored and modern bag with attitude for the Spring 2014 season. “The Clare is a bag that best captures all of the new signatures of what I believe Chloé is now” says Clare Waight Keller, creative director of Chloé.

“Soft to the touch and slung over the shoulder, the Clare embodies a spirit that I simply love.” ~ Clare Waight Keller

Clare by Chloe is available in different colour combinations, sizes and fabric, such as leather and python. Available At saks fifth avenue

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Fashion of the Stars

There was plenty of style inspiration from the stars during the recent awards season. See what these celebs wore on the red carpet…

Musician Rita Ora, shows off her lovely pins in this absinthe-green, woven metallic cocktail dress with lavender undertones by Lanvin, pairing it with silver metal effect sandals with crystal detail from Lanvin’s Eté 2014 Runway Collection; at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 in Los Angeles. Rita adds the final touches with sultry smokey-eye makeup, accessorising with Lorraine Schwartz gold and diamond rings as well as a Cartier piece, a gift from her mother.

Amy Adams

Cate Blanchett

Wearing an Armani Privé black lace and tulle gown, actress Cate Blanchett looks elegant at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. With statement red lips and her hair in a faux bob to show off her fabulous 18-carat Chopard diamond earrings from the Green Carpet Collection, Cate was a big winner, bagging the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for ‘Blue Jasmine’. 24


Looking stunning in a cobalt Antonio Berardi dress with cutouts and a retro hairstyle, the ‘American Hustle’ star Amy Adams stole the show with her old Hollywood glamour look; taking home the award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 in Los Angeles. Amy completed her look with Cartier jewels, a Salvatore Ferragamo pewter karung clutch with silver rhinestone closure and Jimmy Choo shoes.




Captivating Immortality Marchesa Luisa Casati, the Italian aristocrat and one of the most legendary and artistically represented women in history, inspires the new CH Carolina Herrera handbag Collection.

The genuine Denver leather exterior characterised by its soft texture and flawless appearance is contrasted by the structured, linen-lined interior, which contributes to the modern, clean aesthetic of the Casati collection. The bags are marked by the names Marchesa, Luisa and Stampa hidden on the backside of each style making them each unique in design.

An icon and constant source of inspiration during the first few decades of the twentieth century, Casati’s extravagant lifestyle, bold fashion statements, and eccentric personality captivated some of the most influential artists and designers of the era including Léon Beask, Paul Poiret, Erté and Giovanni Boldini. Considered to be the world’s first female dandy among the European high society, Luisa Casati was the muse for both renowned portraits and innovative collections, satisfying her desire for immortalisation. In the same vein, Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from Marchesa with the new accessory collection. The colour tones inspired by the modernist movement are masterfully combined in this collection which, like this particular character, is destined to be an inimitable, one-of-a-kind legend.

Each feature a golden rectangular closure providing a common visual thread for the three different sizes, and gives a nod to Marchesa and her love for extravagant, suggestive jewellery.

“I want to be a living work of art.” ~ Marchesa Luisa Casati






CLOSET DETOX Spring clean that wardrobe of yours by adding clever new pieces and keeping old favourites that are still on head with this season’s new trends.



Patch Work Jeans Revamp last season’s pair by getting crafty at home. Don’t forget to pick some old favourites to don on your new jeans!


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Nothing screams cool than a girl who knows how to rock a skater pair! We’re coveting those we saw on the SS13 runway at Louis Vuitton.

MUST-HAVE 3.1 P hilli

Skater Jeans



Acid-Wash Jeans

Yes these workmen uniform have made their way back into our closets. Spend a little and buy a pair that will last forever.


Mary Katrantzou


Silk Slips


Innocent and oh so sweet, these floral numbers will have you oozing with femininity. Guaranteed a bounce in your step when you put on one!

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Ditch Floral Head Pieces






DREAM Head to toe Florals If you’re bold enough, this is not for the faint hearted, deck yourself from head to toe in big whimsical floral prints; it’s tres chic next season!

Printed Bags

This retro bag brings together two major trends: graphics and prints, for the ultimate in retro flora and fauna.

Geometric Prints MUST-HAVE


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Geometric Scarves

Yes, the scarf is back bigger and better than before. Just make sure to pick something with a striking graphic print to be on-trend.


DREAM Printed Skirts


Tip: seek out the art-house take on skirts with splashy and wish washy pieces for that muchcoveted painterly splash effect.

Graphic Jewellery Modernist clean pieces are what it’s all about. Think bold, striking and minimal when you stock up on these must-haves.


Bulky Wedges

Salvatore Ferragamo


Ditch M’O Vintage



Vintage T-Shirts Band groupies rejoice, the rock t-shirt is back! Put one on and add a swipe of red lipstick to complete that tough-girl look.


Chain Accessories

Tartan Trousers Channel a bit of Courtney Love with the anti-establishment print and go crazy for tartan this season.

Add edge with chain links that give that goodgirl-gone-bad feel; it’s time to be rebellious! Missguided




Luxe Backpack

Tred the urban jungle, that is Doha, in style with a sleek backpack.



Wedge Trainers

DREAM Adidas by Stella McCartney @THEOUTNET.COM



The ultimate sporty accent, hoodies are making a comeback with bright prints making it the casual must-have.

Alexander Wang

Sporty Trousers

Whether in silk or waterproof material, slouchy sporty pants are next season’s game-changers.




Feathery Details

Proenza Schouler


Feather Skirt

Match A Feathered Skirt With A Slouchy Sweater For Daytime Cool Or Bring Soft Glamour With A Sequined Top By Night.


Wispy Heels

Feathery Headpieces

Peacock Dress

Romantic, Decadent And Dreamy, We Love Giles Take On Feathers For Ss14.

Manolo Blahnik



Feathers Offer A Feminine, Flighty Approach To Embellishment And Accessories Are The Best Way To Flaunt Them.

Coats Must-Have

Belted & Cinched

Nipped-waist coats and belts cinched at the middle create an hourglass line that is smart and super-feminine.

House of Fraiser

Bottega Veneta


Pink Coats


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Last season’s pink coat is sticking around for spring, making it the perfect transitional piece.

Burberry Prorsum


Camel Coat

Don’t hold back and invest now, this is a timeless piece that you’re guaranteed to wear forever.

Saint Laurent

Masculine MUST-HAVE

Sharp Blazer

Sharpen your silhouette with some structured tailoring for the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.


Le Smoking




An ode to the gents and their masculine silhouettes the smoking tux is our favourite his piece.



Bowler’s Hat

These classics are easy on the feet as they are stylish. Get them out of your closet and wear now!





Sequined Glory

Whether you sparkle with sequins or seduce with beads, it’s totally acceptable to embellish the story this season.

MUST-HAVE Ornate Trims



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Go for crystal clusters and costume gems for some seriously embellished attire.

Studded Sparklers


Head to toe looks

What better way to add a bit of sparkle to your closet than with a pair of killer heels .

Stripes & Prints

MUST-HAVE Bold Prints

Rupert Sanderson

Remember here the louder the print the more fashion forward so get ready to make a statement!


Different Patterns

Matchy Matchy



Team last season’s stripes with the season before’s graphic print – this is fashion mash up at its best.


Graphic Stripes

The bigger the lines the better and we’re coveting the ones in Rouland Mouret’s SS14 collection. OHLALA!



Scouting new talent The Middle East is looking for the next big thing in fashion here in the Arab world.



A fantastic opportunity has opened its HOW TO doors here in the Middle East thanks to a APPLY Young designers, with collaboration between The Dubai Mall, the brands that have world’s largest shopping haven, and Vogue been established Italia, one of the world’s most influential for at least a year, should provide a fashion magazines. The duo has joined short biography, a hands launching a new talent scouting written description competition set to find and nurture the next of the collection’s inspiration, hi-res generation of fashion designers. Following in photographs or the footsteps of last year’s inaugural Vogue videos of already produced collections, Fashion Dubai Experience, which saw The and information Dubai Mall collaborate with Mrs. Franca about the brand’s Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia distribution channels and email their and Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of application before Emaar Properties, to bring fashion shows, April 2014 to exhibitions and interactive events involving tdmtalentscouting@ For established and emerging designers to the more details visit Middle East, the scouting competition will www.bysymphony. serve as the run-up to the second edition com/scouting2014 of the fashion extravaganza “Dubai today is the must-be with winners to place for the global fashion be mentored by industry, and The Dubai fashion experts Mall, a definitive fashion and their works showcased at the destination.” high-fashion event. Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia




World Beat

Tory Burch

Exotic spice markets and faraway lands give an exotic edge to bold colour clashing and striking statement jewellery.

Isabel Marant




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Marc Jacobs

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Michael Michael Kors

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Tory Burch

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Fashionista Lowdown Name Nada Tawfeeqi Profession Retail Fashion Marketing Executive at Chalhoub Group – Ashraf BGDC Claim to fame Blogger of

Spring Trends

Designers are now venturing far and wide into graphical inspirations, with patterns and different abstract designs using bold urban colours. Designers like Celine, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs are going all out, with powerful colours and accessories. For this look, I have chosen the patterned dress and jacket from Michael Michael Kors Spring collection, and paired it with bold blue heels and the white Selma bag from MMK. The plain bag and shoes allow the dress to be centre of attention, whilst the colours compliment the outfit. To complete the look, accessorise with a bold red iphone cover by Tory Burch and green mirror sunglasses by Michael Kors.

Michael Kors

Our local fashion expert this month, Nada Tawfeeqi, offers you style tips on how to work some of her favourite trends for the new season. Mother earth





CH Carolina Herrera

Floral, natural fabrics, khaki colours, animal prints and skins are on-trend this season. Brands such as CH Carolina Herrera use floral and earthy colours, whilst in keeping with the signature brand identity of elegance and femininity. Celine Spring 2014 has some subtle and neutral unique pieces that can complete any outfit. With this look, the plain neutral skirt gives the outfit balance being the “in-between” garment, which separates the wild and exotic leather, and the floral print. The Celine bag uplifts the outfit with its pop of colour.


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This month’s business-savvy lady, Marie Boss, reveals her elegant fashion style

Roberto Cavalli

What do you wear to feel confident? Skinny jeans, white silk blouse and a casual jacket with a pair of ballerinas, accessorised with my chunky gold bracelet.

Who is your style icon?

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, of course!


Profession: Marketing Manager for Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre My style is Comfortable and Classy go-to labels I like to mix designer labels with more affordable high-street brands.

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fail-safe pieces Prada bag, black Louboutin Pigalle shoes & a statement necklace.

Whose closet do you covet?


Name Marie Boss

Olivia Palermo, I love her unconventional style combined with European classics.

Favourite shopping spot in Bahrain?

Bahrain City Centre, it has everything from luxury labels to real bargains.

Signature scent?

J’adore by Christian Dior.

Top three beauty essentials?

Garnier BB cream, Guerlain Bronzer and Dior Mascara.

Tory Burch





Canvas of Dreams

Each of her works are episodic – a transcription, if you will, of a day in the life of the inspirational artist, Rula Khoury. WORDS BY Karina Lazarraga, IMAGES BY George Mathew



ordan native Rula Khoury’s brilliant figurative compositions of colour are spontaneous and structured, moody and bright all at the same time. Her figurative works are powerfully constructed pictures, great in their clarity. But, her strong point as an artist also lies in the elegance of her abstractions. Rula has a gift for creating compositions around beautiful, sensually drawn lines – skilfully delineating shapes on the canvas, while creating a substantial character within the entire work. What seems to naturally evolve out of her abstract swirls result in representational images that sometimes meld into her figurative technique. “I never plan my work,” shares Rula. “I let my emotions and my mood guide me. Like anything in life, I take decisions and never look back. If challenges come my way, it’s how I deal with them that makes me a much stronger and wiser person.” With her art, Rula has the same discipline and principle; following the same rule when deciding whether her work is complete or not: “When I feel good about my painting and like what I see in front of me, that’s when I decide that it’s done. “When I start painting I think about the energy that gets reflected in my work. I believe in energy and that good artwork reflects positive vibes that embrace optimism. This gives me a sense of motivation – it lifts my spirit and leads me to magical places of art fantasy,” she adds. During the artist’s teenage years, she worked mostly with watercolours, oil and charcoal; but then less than eight years ago, she began using acrylic: “When the brush strikes the canvas, my thoughts materialise into actions and this requires moments of peace and tranquility. Unfortunately, when you’re a mother, these moments are limited. With two active children, I don’t have time for details. I loosened up by leaving details on the side and loved that the paint had a life of its own! Every stroke is flawless and bold,” expresses Rula.



For details, contact Rula Khoury at devine_77_4@ or follow her on Instagram: artmania77

have previously covered, the real strength of Rula’s body of work are the myriad shifts and nuances that transform her creations from piece to piece. Whether they are charcoal drawings, sculptures made of clay or acrylic and oil paintings infused with collaged bits of paper or in some cases, copper; Rula is committed to refined balance and precise execution to produce works that one can truly delight in.

“The real strength of Rula’s body of work are the myriad shifts and nuances that transform her creations from piece to piece.”


Growing up in an ‘art-friendly home’, Rula’s parents brought her to museums and cultural shows, exposing her to classical music from a very young age. She does her best to do the same now for her two children – at times bringing out her canvas and encouraging them to draw or paint alongside her. Rula’s palette noticeably changes as she is moved by her experiences, current events and surroundings: blue tones and black are replaced by yellows and bright hues, but undoubtedly at work in each painting is a complex and sophisticated perception of colour and its quality. Beautiful examples are the paintings, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Fearless’ – the latter, a poignant account of one’s journey from being in the dark and moving towards delicately shifting space and light. While some may argue that this is nothing more than a repetitive theme that other artists



A Celebration Of incredible women

Ohlala! puts the spotlight on inspirational women who live, love and work in their own distinct ways. Their achievements are a result of their determination to continuously make a worthwhile contribution to society.

HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Wife of HM the King & President of the Supreme Council for Women 




n 2002, Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the China Women’s College, in appreciation of her active role in promoting women’s rights and welfare. She was also awarded the Ahmed Al Fateh medal by HM the King in appreciation of her efforts towards the development and progress of Bahraini women in various fields. The Arab Towns Organisation later awarded her in 2009 for her work towards empowering Bahraini women, and her efforts in protecting the

environment and spreading greenery. As honorary president of several charitable societies, such as the UCO Parents Care Centre and the Bahrain Cancer Society, she also presides over the Supreme Council for Women, which is primarily concerned with formulating the national strategy and general policies related to enhancing the role of women in several areas. Under her direction, the Council launched the first women’s political empowerment program of its kind in the Arab region in 2006, which sought to motivate people in the kingdom, supporting women through a series of workshops, training programmes and consultations to support their participation in public matters.

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Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa Minister of Information and Culture


heikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa was appointed as the first Minister of Information and Culture in a GCC country in 2008. As a woman, the unprecedented honour made her an historic icon and role model in the region. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named her as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in the Arab World.’ Prior to her role as the Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikha Mai founded the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research in 2002, and also acted as the Assistant Undersecretary for Culture and National Heritage in the kingdom’s Ministry of Information from 2002 to 2008. As Minister of Culture, Sheikha Mai has significantly contributed to the development and preservation of Bahrain’s culture. Apart from her work in the region’s cultural sector, Sheikha Mai has played an important role for Arab women, emphasising the importance

of education and women’s ability to play a significant role in society by pursuing their interests and developing professional skills in the industries of their choice. In recognition of her leadership in society and in female empowerment, Sheikha Mai has received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Arab Woman Prize in the field of Administrative Leadership awarded by the Centre of Woman Studies in Paris.



Sheikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa President, Bahrain Chapter of the Business and Professional Women Club




ndefatigable and dynamic, Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa is an entrepreneur, visionary and inspirational leader. Holding various business roles as well as lead positions in several charitable societies, Sheikha Hind also heads the Bahrain Chapter of the Business and Professional Women Club which recently marked its first anniversary. The newly-formed Club, which is a branch of the International Club present in more than 95 countries, is comprised of twelve women entrepreneurs and professionals; and aims to provide support to Bahraini women in the fields of training, skills-building as well as help in creating arts and handicrafts, as one of their tools to provide economic support. Her Excellency Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Culture, who has patronised the project since its inception, has dedicated a training centre at Al-Jasra as headquarters for the Club’s activities – where they develop activities and events to serve several

segments including job seekers, the jobless, local talent and creative people with limited income. The Club, which is also supported by Bahrain Development Bank, also serves as an ‘incubation centre’ for skills development in Arabic calligraphy, photography, video shooting, farm planning, sewing and cloth tailoring. They also hold workshops on ceramics, pottery and waste recycling. There is also a central kitchen, which serves as culinary training centre. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Sheikha Hind praises the work that women around the world champion in their daily lives. She credits her mother, Sheikha Lulwa Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa (who herself gave tremendously in support of various charities in the kingdom), for being the woman that she is today. “She was a great example of an empowered woman and she inspired everyone around her. From her, I learned that to feel empowered, you have to have perseverance, dedication and belief in what you do, and to never give up.”

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Rekha Mehr Entrepreneur


ekha is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the British Government, having started her own business as well as working for big brands like Waitrose and Amazon. This inspirational lady advises government officials and ministers about what it’s like to start a business in the UK and helps to shape small business policy. As a former  Commercial Buying Manager and startup business owner, she now specialises in helping businesses start up, plan for growth and successfully pitch to customers. She is planning to return to Bahrain in the coming months to work with local entrepreneurs and students on making their business a success. We ask Rekha to give us her description of an empowered woman: “It is someone who isn’t afraid to speak up and wants to make a difference without stepping on people along the way.”

Who do you consider your female icons? RM. For me it’s about strong females who are confident in their own ability to succeed. They seize opportunity with their can-do attitude and never tread on anyone else’s toes. They would include people like Dale Murray, Yasmina Siadatan, Emma Jones in the UK. I also really love to meet Joanna Shields, who is leading Tech City in UK. Any helpful tips when starting a business? RM. Find a mentor, especially if you’re a start up. It’s so important to have some structure and guidance around you in the early days to ensure you stay on the right path - I truly believe it’s one of the most under-utilised support tools.

“I believe that you do make your own luck, but you can only really capitalise on it if you’re prepared. ‘Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.’”

Dr. Clare Beckett-McInroy Certified Organisational and Executive Coach (PCC) and Trainer


lare has worked in a variety of positions including University Dean, Managing Director, Senior Teacher, Trainer, Consultant and Occupational Psychometrist in public and private education, hospitality, medical, banking and business sectors often coaching CEOs. Bizladies is a networking group for senior business ladies, entrepreneurs and business owners who share knowledge and experience. BIZNET is a mixed gender networking platform for senior professionals and business owners. Beckett Mcinroy Consultancy is an education and business consultancy whose strategic areas include Executive and Organisational Coaching, Training, Psychometric Profiling, Consulting and Research.

Your definition of a ‘woman in power’? Someone who takes control of their own life and is happy with who they are and how they act. Your list of inspirational women? Not an icon but she makes me laugh, Victoria Wood, Pragna Patel for supporting Black and Asian women, JK Rowling for her writing that encouraged children to read, Jane Goodall for her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees and Indra Nooyi as she is keen to help other women. OHLALA!


Iconic Women of All Time

Coco Chanel

Quite a trendsetter during her time and one of the most innovative fashion designers in history, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the twentieth century. Her ideas were revolutionary; often taking traditionally male clothes and redesigned them for the benefit of women.

Usually reserved for their male contemporaries, these women (just a few of the many) – great leaders, warriors, visionaries and humanitarians – have managed to reach their rarefied place in history to shape the world as we know it today.

Joan of Arc An unlikely heroine at the age of just

seventeen, she led an army, saved a people, died stoically and was sainted rightfully. Joan of Arc inspired a revolt against English occupation, successfully leading the French to victory at Orleans. Her subsequent trial and martyrdom only heightened her mystique.

Katharine Hepburn

With sixty-two years of the most intelligent acting ever to grace the big screen, Katharine was an iconic figure of twentieth Century film; winning four Oscars and over 12 Oscar nominations.

Queen Noor

Florence Nightingale She restructured nursing

Jordan’s Queen Noor has used her talents to positively impact the world throughout the course of her life. An international humanitarian activist, she is an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Her work includes conflict recovery and peacebuilding focusing on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

and helped turn it into a respected profession. One of her most remarkable efforts was to overhaul the British military health care system. Nightingale used statistical analyses to identify unnecessary deaths due to contaminants during the Crimean War.

Marie Curie

Mother Teresa Margaret Perhaps the most famous woman of the twentieth century right up to her death in 1997, is this small, frail-looking nun, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia; Devoting her life to the service of the poor and dispossessed Mother Teresa became a global icon for selfless service to others. Through her Missionary of Charities organisation she personally cared for thousands of sick and dying people in Calcutta.




The tireless anthropologist believed a major purpose of her work was to share information about different cultures. Perhaps no other scientist has been as effective a communicator as she was, delving into numerous complicated, controversial issues facing the world: bioterrorism, genetically modified foods, infectious diseases, renewable energy, climate change and sustainability.

Testing the old adage that a woman’s place was in the home, Marie was a penniless student so she worked as a governess and tutor while pursuing her dream of becoming a physicist (unheard for a woman in the nineteenth century). She eventually became one of the first women to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it for two separate categories.

Aung San Suu Kyi

During the unrest in Burma in 1988, the military violently suppressing dissent, Aung San travelled extensively throughout the country, speaking and demonstrating for democracy. Sentenced to house arrest in 1989 without a trial, she received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991 whilst being incarcerated. When freed in November 2010, she had been imprisoned for 15 of the previous 21 years.

Amelia Earhart

Achieving a number of firsts as a female aviator, Amelia is an icon to women around the world. At 40, she had become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, the first woman to fly nonstop across the US and the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross award.

international Women’s day

Films Celebrating Femininity


Breakfast at Tiffany’s ‘Be Brave’ – Sara Bareilles

‘Roar’ – Katy Perry

‘Stronger’ – Kelly Clarkson

‘I am Light’ – India Arie

The Devil Wears Prada ERIN BROCKOVICH


We can do it! FRIDA

Whether you’re feeling blue or like you’re on top of the world, here are our choices of motivational and uplifting books, films and songs to help make you feel stronger, energised and ready for anything that life may throw your way!

Great Reads

Author Chin-Ning Chu asks you to forget everything you think you know about strength, strategy and success. This brilliant adaptation of the ancient masterpiece, ‘The Art of War’, shows women how to use Sun Tzu’s philosophy to win in every aspect of life.

Here’s a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself.

Gretchen Rubin dedicated a year to her happiness project, test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

‘beautiful’ – Christina Aguilera

Brené Brown, a leading expert on “shame, authenticity and belonging”, shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes explores the feminine psyche through stories of ‘wild women’ – the mythological archetype of the strong, primitive woman. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, one can retrieve, examine, love and understand the ‘Wild Woman’.



Celebrity Scoop

Lisa Stansfield After a period away from the musical limelight, multi-million selling artist Lisa Stansfield is back with a new album just released and a European tour to follow. Ohlala!’s Ben Whittaker caught up with the Brit Award winner from Lancashire, England, to discover what has motivated her return.

ing one of the biggest hits of the decade with All Around The World and the album it came from (Affection) going on to sell over five million copies worldwide. The 90s were equally successful for the young artist from England, although unlike many of her contemporaries, her output was not that prolific and whilst the critics continued to praise her work, chart success proved more elusive. By the turn of the millennium with six albums under her belt, Lisa Stansfield took a break from music to focus on the other love of her life, acting. But as 2014 gets underway, the singer-songwriter returns with a new album, Seven, and a European tour that is set to bring her back into the limelight.


nyone who can remember the eighties will no doubt be nostalgic for a time that saw TV dominated by the likes of Hill Street Blues and Minder and musicians such as Michael Jackson, The Human League, The Police and Wham! All sharing space at the top of the music charts. And for those purists who bemoan the demise of music today one should not forget that this decade also threw up “classics” from Tight Fit, Joe Dolce, Jive Bunny and Renee and Renato! Still, one artist who certainly made her mark in that era and also for the next two decades to come was Lisa Stansfield, enjoy48


Seven is out now and the first single “Can’t Dance” is available now on iTunes.



Celebrity Scoop

“I have never been a prolific writer – seven albums in 20 odd years is probably testament to that,” Lisa Stansfield declares as we begin our interview. “But the thing with me is that I won’t do anything I don’t want to and it has to be right to really grab my interest. “Seven has been a long time in the making. It’s been a work in progress and part of the reason for the delay was that I didn’t feel that there was a niche my style could fit into for a while. That has all changed and I sense the moment is right, now.” Whatever the reason, the recent resurgence of 80s artists making comebacks certainly had something to do with it and the sound of that decade is certainly in vogue again. “Technically I’m more a girl of the 90s, I actually released Affection at the tail end of 1989 but I was certainly a product of the 80s.” Stansfield was always interested in music and her career began in 1980 when as a 14 year old she won the singing competition, ‘Search for a Star’. Citing the likes of Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson as some of her biggest influences growing up, it wasn’t until her association with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris as the band Blue Zone in 1984 that things began to take off in a serious fashion. “I featured on a song called People Hold On and after this the three of us decided to focus on my solo career.” When Affection and subsequent single All Around The World came out in 1989 it provided her with global recognition and was the launch pad for huge musical success. “It was an amazing time for me but it didn’t come without a lot of hard work. That’s what a lot of people seem to forget when they go into this industry. It is above all else a business. Of course you go into because you are creative, you enjoy it and you have something to say, but at some 50


“You have to learn to be selective. If you say yes too many times to too many things people will stop asking.” point – whoever you are – the bottom line is going to come into play. That’s part of the trick of keeping yourself grounded.” So what were the themes behind her new album Seven? “Some of the themes will be familiar to a lot of people but this album reflects a very personal part of my life because it is about someone who falls in love, loses that love and then finds it again. It centres a lot on the general turmoils of a relationship from a woman’s perspective.” And as a woman, has she found the industry a tough environment to work in? “As I said, music is a business and gender doesn’t really come into it – at least it never really has for me. My experiences have always

been quite positive and I think that if anything, there are more women in positions of power in music now than at any stage before. “The ‘fan facing’ space is populated by some great female artists and behind the scenes that is just as evident. Of course image and appearance – with the rise of the Internet and YouTube – is more important than ever and I don’t think we should shy away from taking advantage of whatever we have to achieve recognition. As long as what you are doing isn’t hurting anyone I can’t see the problem. With music occupying such a big space in her life, what prompted Lisa to take a break from her career and turn to acting? “I’ve always loved to act and as a performer on stage you are always acting in some form. From around 2005 until last year I made several movies and did some TV and really enjoyed the experience. It is something I would like to do more of but only if the right part comes along. “I do get sent a lot of material but I’m only going to say yes to something that really grabs me. I have a motto and that is you always need to be prepared to say no. In fact if I could give anyone a single piece of advice to anyone looking to make it in this business it would be always say no before you say yes. Seven is out now and the first single “Can’t Dance” is available now on iTunes.

Twelve Weeks To Looking Like The Perfect Bride Lose Up To 15 Kg Guaranteed*, Or Your Money Back. You’ve been dreaming about this day since you were a little girl. You want everything to be perfect. And of course, you want to look perfect too. But between work, studies and all of your other responsibilities over the years, you might have gained a few kilos. And now there is all the added stress of preparing for that special day. Well, we’re here to help. Introducing Suhail’s Extreme Weight Loss Programme

Now your dream of looking perfect for your wedding can come true. For the first time ever, Suhail Algosaibi, Founder of the DreamBody Centre (DBC), Bahrain’s first and only 23-minute weight loss and body transformation centre, is offering a 12-week intensive weight loss and toning programme, which offers guaranteed results, or your money back. That’s right, Suhail will take all the risk*, if you don’t get the results promised at the start of the 12-week

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programme, then you get all your money back. (This is not a joke). Suhail’s 12-week Extreme Weight Loss Programme includes the following: • An exercise programme that is easy to follow and consists of various 23-minute exercise routines. • A weight loss book entitled the DreamBody Eating Plan, written exclusively for the DBC by Alia Almoayed. • A healthy, easy to follow and implement meal plan with recipes. We’ll tell you exactly what to eat, when to eat and how to make it. • Weekly weight loss coaching sessions run by Suhail. • On-going support and motivation. The exclusive 12-week programme will start on the 6th of April. A maximum of 20 people will be accepted. To register call 17 582 982 now and ask for Saba. We’re here to help make your dream of looking like the perfect bride a reality. Call us today and register for this life changing course. Call 17582 982 ask for Saba

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Saks in the Souq Take on a fresh, spring vibe to your wardrobe by embracing the new season’s fashion offerings

Photographer George Mathew | | Tel.: +973 3320 8003 Hair stylist Wael el Hajj, Heads up Salon | Makeup Artist Ben, Heads up Salon | Model Biljana Veljkovic Stylist Melek Yildirimtekin | Fashion Saks Fifth Avenue | Location La Maison Jamsheer, Muharraq 52


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Emilio Pucci

Dries Van Noten


Alexander McQueen


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Roberto Cavalli





It’s all about ethno-flair with the reworking of the haute-hippy look with scarf tops, sarongs and bold prints all paired with simple raffia accessories.

Bottega Veneta

Diane von Furstenberg

Emilio Pucci





Dolce & Gabbana

Emilio Pucci

Marc by Marc Jacobs

With shades reminiscent of the setting sun, designers served up a bevy of blood orange numbers making the scorching hue this season’s hottest colour.


The metallic trend is going strong with shimmering fabrics adding a dangerous glamour to a palette of poisonous pinks, chrome blues and molten gold. From lame skirts to body-skimming looks, this is pure fashion alchemy!



Isabel Marant

Giambattista Valli


Alexander McQueen

Elie Saab


Roberto Cavalli

Oscar de la Renta

Innocent and oh-soromantic this sheer favourite is coming clean with nothing but white dainty numbers here to seduce.

Nina Ricci

Lace up Dsquared 60


Victoria Beckham

Ports 1961

Mary Katrantzou

Giambattista Valli

Bottega Veneta


Tory Burch

Dolce & Gabban

Giambattista Valli

Mary Katrantzou

Stella McCartney

Burberry Prorsum

It’s time to dress your waist with spring’s biggest silhouette – the peplum! Whether it’s layered lace or pretty frills, this is feminine tailoring at its best. Designers, from New York to Paris, played with graphical volume and asymmetry paying homage to the classic art of Japanese origami in pretty minis and structured separates.


With pretty florals, it was fauna and flora all over the international catwalks this season. From soft pretty hues to techno sport, appliqués to motifs – there’s more than one way to work blossoms this spring.




Burberry Prorsum





The classic men’s white shirt has been transformed into the perfect oversized dress for her, with sharp tailoring and boxy cuts.This is now a timeless staple and a modern day wardrobe must-have. 62



Viktor & Rolf

Nina Ricci



Emilio Pucci


Dolce & Gabbana

Taking on an edgy versus elegant stance leather has been reinvented with a piece or head-to-toe look to suit all tastes and attitudes.


Cut stripes into fine lines and add a splash of spots here and there for the coolest take on graphic mashups; it’s not that hard to connect the dots now is it this season?

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Absolute Sophistication

Elie Saab’s new, deliciously addictive, soft, almondy floral fragrance is the olfactory continuation of the designer’s Ready-to-Wear 2014 Spring-Summer collection, in which ethereal fabrics as light as petals chisel a magical fusion between woman and nature.

Nature’s Blessing

Shiseido reveals the mystery of their most luxurious skincare range to date. Combining natural ingredients with revolutionary science, the Future Solution LX skincare collection represents the height of Shiseido’s cutting-edge technology, giving skin the power to reveal age-defying radiance.

Beauty Buzz Here’s a fabulous array of new products to indulge in…

Let there be Light! Delicate and bursting with freshness,

Clarins’ Opalescence Collection is all about a luminous complexion with light pastel and plum colours on the eyes, topped off with juicy, glossy lips in pinks and corals and a flush of glowing youthful colour on the cheeks.

an arty twist

MAKE UP FOR EVER play up romanticism and femininity with its newly released limited edition ARTY BLOSSOM, the must-have eye-shadow palette, which blends fresh colours close to those found in nature, to offer women that luminous and contemporary look of the season.

Radiance in a Bottle Guerlain’s new Dark Spot Corrector Pore

Minimiser is based on a blend of glabridin, Ouessant honey, clover honey, thyme honey and Sologne royal jelly; specifically blended in the Whitening Royal Concentrate for powerful action on dark spot correction, combined with a refining action that helps to tighten pores. 72





Celebs› Beauty Secrets These global celebrities sure look great, but they do have a few beauty secrets up their sleeves…

Nicole Kidman Penelope Cruz

“It’s an old favourite. As well as a rehydrating moisturiser for the face, try on the lips, cheeks or cuticles to really moisturise.”

“I won›t go anywhere without my Jurlique and this is one of my favourites,” It’s perfect for when the skin needs an instant glow.

Chrissy Teigen

“I’m stuck on SK-II Essence. I just love them. I wash my face with their cream wash. And after taking off their face mask, I wipe it on my entire body because the serum is so great.”

Jessica Alba

Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Essence Masks “I use them when I’m flying. I look like a serial killer for sure, but they›re so good.





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Get the Look

The phenomenal country crooner, Taylor Swift, looks amazing at this year’s 56th Grammy Music Awards wearing a form-fitting, short-sleeved, gold lamé gown by Gucci Première, topping it off with sexy-sweet, smokey eye makeup. Rock her look with this beauty guide…


1. For the base, evenly apply liquid foundation all over your face and neck. 2. Copy Taylor’s smouldering eyes by using a grey matte eye-shadow over your lids, making sure to clean any shadow that falls below the eyes. 3. For a sassy smokey look, apply a darker, charcoal grey shadow towards the outer creases of the eyes. Make your eyes pop by applying a bold hit of silver shadow on the inner corners. 4. For that added glitzy look, apply an extra thick black eyeliner on your upper lashline. 5. Finish the look by swiping a few coats of mascara on the upper and lower lashes. 76


Moda Mall, East Tower, Bahrain World Trade Center, Tel: (+973) 1720 0070 Fax: (+973) 1720 0080 Sofitel Luxury Hotel, ladies salon: (+973) 1361 1188, Gents Salon: (+973) 1361 1199, Hamala: (+973) 1761 1188OHLALA!



weddings Make your fairytale wedding dreams become a reality with our complete A to Z Wedding Guide.


Asia Jewellers

Asia Jewellers has an excellent long-standing reputation stretching over 45 years of offering their clients with high end jewellery and luxury watches, combined with prompt and efficient service. They offer an extensive range of jewellery including stunning bridal collections from all over the world; ranging from Europe, Asia and the Americas and produced in a myriad of different precious stones and gems, interlaced with diamonds that cover a wide spectrum of different cuts, clarities, colours and carats. They also represent some of the most prestigious and world-renowned watch brands ranging from the sporty and fashionable to the elegant and decadent. Call 1758 7888 or visit


Bahrain Jewellery Centre

The BJC philosophy revolves entirely on providing their clients with the highest quality bespoke service. Their jewellery collections highlight the designs of H. Stern, Ambrosi SRL, Maria Gaspari. Staurino Fratelli, RCM SRL, Di Go SRL, Schreiner, Tiffany & Co, Bvlgari, The Ivanka Trump etc. They have also sourced the top creative talents of the Italian jewellery industry to fashion custom-made jewellery for the exclusive tastes of their customers. BJC also has an affinity for utterly luxurious and uniquely designed gift items. Call 17520 0052 or visit


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Carolina Herrera

A whimsical play on lace, exploring its romance and lightness, with effortless elegance and sophistication. Each wedding dress is unique, evocative of the bride’s personal style and embodying the spirit of the wedding day. As the ultimate expression of a bride’s personality, the Carolina Herrera wedding gown is a reflection of her most beautiful self.

Dessange Paris brings to Bahrain the very latest services and products of hair styling, beauty, exercise, nutrition and spa rituals. From the moment you step inside Dessange in the heart of Adliya, you will begin to relax, unwind and leave your troubles behind. It’s a place where women can be made beautiful from the tips of their toes to the ends of their hair in a single place. They offer exclusive wedding packages to make you look perfect for your special day. Call 1771 0271, email info@, visit www.

E Exotic honeymoons

Head to an exotic destination to celebrate your new union with your loved one. Choose from handpicked hotels and resorts by experts ready to help you make your honeymoon as romantic and as memorable as possible.


Fancy footwear

An amazing online designer wedding shoe outlet, your one-stop shop for stunning shoes for your special day, from bridal shoes, platforms and delicate designs to sandals and flip-flops.

Guest attire For elegant and stylish wedding guest attire, the new designer boutique, Ballerina Couture in Riyadat Mall, A’ali, is the perfect destination. Fashion designer, Sara Al Bin Mohamed, with the concept of having every lady embrace her inner ballerina, has created a beautiful range of stunning looks from chic ensembles to unique jewellery, which are sure to have you standing out from the crowd and looking the perfect part for every special occasion. Call 3613 36661, email www.

Heads Up Salon For a beautiful bridal look, visit Heads Up Salon & Spa. Their bridal services include formal makeovers, styling and complete spa packages for the bride-to-be and her entourage.

Call Moda Mall 1720 0070, Sofitel 1361 1188, email info@, visit www. OHLALA!




Joz Salon

InterContinental Regency Bahrain

At InterContinental Regency Bahrain, they know that when you’re planning your wedding you want to talk to someone who’s excited about it as you are. To ensure your perfect day runs smoothly they provide unparalleled facilities and the highest level of personal service. Weddings represent new beginnings, so for any bridal couple, this is probably the most important day of their lives. At InterContinental, they recognise the significance of this wedding day. The hotel can provide them with a unique guest experience – one that is so exceptional, they will remember and talk about it for the rest of their lives and return to InterContinental Hotels & Resorts across the globe. The professional events team is the first point of contact with the couple and they provide a high level of service. By listening to their customers, they show that they understand that each customer requires their own unique wedding. The role of the events manager cannot be underestimated, for it is through their ability to listen, understand and care, that they want their customers to feel that the InterContinental is the only place where they can find the most perfect expression of themselves on their wedding day. Their positioning is: “InterContinental can help me express my needs by creating a simple, yet grand wedding, which is an expression of who I am.” The wedding package starts from BD 9.5++ per person and includes discounts on full bridal package from Elie & Jean Salon and for decorations from Wedding & Events Co. CAll 1720 8312 /13; visit

For looking your best on your wedding day, Joz Salon is here to help. They advise you to list down all the assets you want to flaunt, and make the most of with your bridal makeover. Start with your hair, the condition and length. This assessment will give you the time to select your goals for the big day and work towards them. Start treating your hair now. Want to try short fringe but dread that they will turn out bad? Take this time to experiment and improvise. For your face, it’s good to take a break and pamper yourself. If you want to go for something major like microdermabrasion do it now, as you can have post-peeling and redness. Look at your skin condition on other parts of your body and start treating them now to ensure they will look picture perfect later on. Don’t forget to remove that unwanted hair. And most importantly, to help your hubby-to-be look his best for your wedding, advise him to get a trial shave at the salon ahead of the big day. Men are advised to keep their hairstyle classic. This means no spikes or gel overload. The Pregrooming Package at the Gentleman’s Lounge in the Lagoon is the perfect gift to show him that you care. Joz Salon makes your special day more special with their pre-bridal and groom packages.They promise to make you look the most beautiful, fantabulous and stunning bride and groom ever. Call Juffair 1736 9133, Amwaj 1603 1120 and Awali 1775 6449, The Gentleman’s Lounge by topcut at the Lagoon 1603 1126.

Kissable lips

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L Lanvin

LANVIN Blanche 2014 is designed for everyone who loves fairytales and girly stories, with fifteen Couture dresses to wear for the best day of your life… Straight out of a princess dream, from graceful gowns and ballerina dresses to the athletic loving and the bride who dares to divert from traditional couture codes.


Planning to wed anytime soon, or too stressed to organise a successful wedding? All you have to do is to leave it to the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. A dedicated meeting and events team are always available to guide you through the arrangements for your special day from start to finish. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is offering unbeatable wedding packages this year. The friendly team has each gained a wealth of experience at numerous weddings at the elegant Al Murjan ballroom, from planning and running of the perfect wedding to making your dream become a reality. Al Murjan ballroom can accommodate up to 300 guests and a large shaded car parks for up to 170 cars. Choose one of the tempting wedding summer packages and enjoy their complimentary amenities and facilities during your magical night. With an emphasis on quality of service, the team at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain will handle everything with an experienced, friendly and professional approach, so you can enjoy your own preparations and your wedding day to the full. The wedding package: complimentary one night stay for the couple in a suite, room service dinner and breakfast, dinner meal voucher for two persons, fresh floral arrangements and printed menus, a dance floor, a dedicated hostess, assorted chilled juices served upon guest’s arrival, three layered fondant icing wedding cake with flavours, unlimited soft drinks and water, use of the gym and infinity pool. Call 1746 0000 or e-mail hotel.bahrain.





Queen for the day

Select from a beautiful range of tiaras for that royal wedding vibe.

Au Nom De La Rose

A unique, award-winning “atelier” flower boutique in the Seef Mall, entrance 6, Au Nom De La Rose (In the name of the rose) was born out of Nada Yateem’s love of gardening and passion for roses. With Parisian spirit, quality and freshness, the boutique can translate your wedding flower vision into beautiful floral arrangements, bouquets and centre-pieces. Call 1756 1616, visit www. index_uk.php



Splash your cash, max out your credit cards, and take out that loan, to have the most luxurious wedding that money can buy.

3D Photography


3D Photography offer a range of service for all events and occasions including special wedding photography. Select from indoor and outdoor photography, commercial photography, infants photography, video capturing and editing, photo framing, photo printing of all sizes, digital album design and printing, invitation cards printing, and much, much more. Call 39235953, Instagram: 3d-photography 82


Royal Golf Club The Royal Golf Club is one of Bahrain’s most unique venues for smaller, more intimate weddings. With unparalleled views across rolling grasslands and sparkling blue lakes, there really isn’t a view like it anywhere else in Bahrain. The Club boasts a number of venue options including the spectacular Majlis, a spacious, all glass circular building with the ideal ambience for romantic wedding receptions and engagement parties. Alternative venue options include Repartee, a chic private dining room on the mezzanine floor of the main clubhouse, and the 300-square-metre Marquee, which is ideal for larger parties. The Royal Golf Club’s award-winning food and beverage team is able to provide a superb array of delicious buffet menus for weddings and engagements as well as a wide selection of live cooking stations if required. The Club’s dedicated events team is on hand to work with the bride and groom to create a bespoke wedding that is sure to create unrivalled memories for the happy couple and all those celebrating their happy day. Seating capacities: the Majlis welcomes up to 120 guests, Repartee up to 50 guests and the Marquee up to 160 guests. Visit or call 1775 0777.

Sheraton Bahrain

The Sheraton believe that big moments are better when shared. Book your dream wedding for an event that you will cherish for the rest of your life. They understand that this important day is not only about fancy trimmings and nice food, but also, the timeless memories you share with your loved ones and the assuring sense of belonging. Personalise your wedding menu by selecting mouth-watering dishes from the Cuisine Menu created by their talented chefs. From intimate cocktail receptions to extravagant dinner receptions, your wedding coordinators will insure that every last detail is as perfect as can be. The trained associates will put your wedding in the spotlight, assisting with whatever appointments you require from the menu, flowers, lighting and entertainment. With impeccable service and elegant ambience, the Sheraton Bahrain extends a warm and inviting welcome to create memories that last a lifetime. The hotel features ballrooms that can comfortably fit all of your family and friends who are celebrating your big day with you. They offer a variety of layouts to accommodate a number of set-up needs. Al Taj Ballroom is the ideal wedding venue in Bahrain that boasts of a spacious pre-function area, which can accommodate up to 400 persons. Awali Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 persons and provides the perfect option for a traditional Bahraini wedding due to its rich beautiful interiors, Italian terracotta tiled floor and traditional Arabic décor. Call 1753 3533


Wedding Jewellery

Upstairs Downstairs


Trousseau is an ancient concept from around the world (a dowry which is the things a woman would bring to her marriage). The boutique is a great place to find unique gifts, or for anyone including a new bride to furnish her house with everything from Bed Linens, Table linens, table wear, gifts, home accessories and more to make the home a place of beauty and comfort.

Call 1722 8168 Al A’ali Mall, or 1722 9168 Seef Mall, email

Extra love

From all your family and friends - whether it’s an intimate soiree or an all-out opulent feast – make sure to get your invite list just right.

Call 1754 1041, email info@, visit www.

La Vie en Rose

A leading Canadian specialty lingerie retailer catering to women aged 2545 – it’s all about natural beauty, confident sophistication and sensual passion. Available at Bahrain City Centre

Maya jewellery is one of the latest jewellery boutiques on the island – your one-stop shop for all your jewellery needs based on their diverse collection of pieces. Every piece in the store is designed with a theme in mind to bring into the market a selection that’s unique. With such a wide variety the only problem is deciding which to select. Maya Jewellery prides itself on their great range of styles at amazingly affordable prices. If you’re looking to pick up a gift for a special someone, simply indulging yourself, or buying an exclusive piece for your wedding day, you’re sure to find it at Maya. With the most expensive rocks –‘diamonds’, which also happen to be “a girl’s best friend”, they also have beautifully designed pieces in semiprecious stones – a variety to suit every taste, every budget and every occasion… you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. When they say “too good to be true”, they’re most definitely talking about Maya. They invite you to step into the boutique to browse their collections… They pride themselves in spoiling you…

Located in the heart of Bahrain, Upstairs Downstairs is known for it’s buzzy ambience, elegance and style. The utterly charming two-floor restaurant and bar is a stunning venue in which to hold your special day. Offering three party zones, Upstairs Downstairs can cater to a wide variety of tastes, and styles of weddings. Perhaps hold your cocktail reception in the Zebra bar, then your private wedding dinner in the upper dining section, followed by the after-party in the lower dining section and bar, complete with dance floor. Upstairs Downstairs can make your wedding dreams come true by catering to all your needs. From fine cuisine and decorations, to live entertainment and DJs, the restaurant promises to make your big day a memorable one. So, if you’re looking for a trendy and elegant wedding venue then Upstairs Downstairs is your answer. Call 1771 3093, or visit



Opt for a lavish yacht as an alternative wedding venue and enjoy the fresh sea air.

Al Zain

The Al Zain family have been handcrafting jewellery in their workshops based in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1930. The love and care they put into designing and meticulously crafting each piece embraces their philosophy of giving... from the hearts of their family to the hearts of those who receive and wear their jewellery. The Bridal collections are inspired by romance and elegance. Unique and timeless pieces designed to accompany you on your special day. Call Seef 1788 2232, BCC 1717 8234, Yateem 1722 9191, or visit OHLALA!


Diva Drives

Audi A3 Sedan Compact luxury with knock out looks to boot

words by Josephine Marshall, Images by George Mathew


his month I had the pleasure of getting to road test Audi’s new A3 Sedan. The premium German brand has been producing its popular sporty A3 range since 1996. In fact I was a proud owner of one of the early models of the A3 hatchback, so I was very curious to see what the luxury brand’s first foray into producing a sedan in the A3 line would look like. The



answer is simply sensational. With smart styling, a seriously classy interior and excellent driving dynamics Audi has produced a compact sedan that still retains the sporty edge we have come to expect from the A3. The vehicle sits low to the ground, with the striking lines of the car accentuating a sense of width and strength to the exterior body. The roof is curved and there is a very sexy integrated boot lid spoiler, which accompanied by the two-piece taillights further highlights

the low, wide, sporty appearance. All of this is enhanced by the hallmark Audi front grille proudly displaying those four interlocking rings we have come to associate with luxurious and stylish automobiles. Sharp and stylish, the interiors ooze quality at every turn. From the gorgeous soft leather seats to an automatic sun roof, big easy to read dials and the dual zone auto climate control with rear-seat vents, this is a beautifully ergonomic and comfortable ride for both driver and passengers alike. One of my favourite features is the centre dashboard, which is telescopic and folds seamlessly into the wrap-around dash, hidden away when not in use. The 5.8 inch colour screen is generous in size and is very intuitive to use, enabling you to easily control all your navigational and audio functions. Talking about the audio capabilities, you will have no trouble cranking up your favourite tunes with the eight-speaker MMI audio system, SDHC card reader and USB input at your disposal. Wonderfully spacious, you can easily accommode up to five passengers within the Audi. Of course the main point of difference with this newest release A3 is the inclusion of the boot, which is very generous and practical in size, with a roomy 425-litres of boot space. If you are having a “With smart styling, a particularly heavy seriously classy interior and shopping session, the excellent driving dynamics back seats can fold Audi has produced a compact away increasing the storage space to a sedan that still retains the very handy 880-litres, sporty edge we have come to proving the boot is not expect from the A3.� just for show but has

been designed with practicality in mind. So we have sporty looks, one very classily appointed interior, and practicality, the next big question is how does it drive? The answer is extremely well. The car has been engineered using very light materials for the body and underpinnings and the 1.8-litre engine, which starts at the push of a single button, is extremely responsive providing a very zippy ride. Audi have your safety concerns covered too with this car. The A3 comes with rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control, seven airbags, electronic differential lock, anti-slip regulation, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and electronic stability control. Overall, I found my time with the new Audi A3 Sedan to be super fun! The car is full of lots of little luxurious touches, making you feel like you are driving something really special. It successfully manages to merge practicality and fashion. With its knock out good looks, compact body, power on the road and competitive price, it is an excellent entry level vehicle into the luxury car market and is sure to appeal to the smart, classy lady who is looking for both looks and performance.



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Mothers’ Day Gift Guide Mummy, mama, mom, mum… Get something special for the woman to whom you owe your very existence!

Forever … Starts at Midnight

Introducing Bath & Body Works’ most luxurious scent yet, Forever Midnight elevates everyday fragrance to the extraordinary. Notes of plum nectar mingled with exotic, velvety florals create allure. Sophisticated jasmine joins vanilla orchid for the perfect layer of femininity. Then a final touch of rich, warm caramel liqueur transports you to that magical Midnight moment where anything is possible. The range includes an eau de parfum, body lotion, shower gel, fine fragrance mist and triple moisture body cream.



Golden Treatment Maha D’Line Aroma & Beauty Centre exclusively offers the Yellow Rose Golden Line Face Treatment – a luxurious beauty line that has gold, silk proteins, marine collagen (wrinkle – fillers) and oligopeptides. Ideal for women over the age of 40, this anti-ageing face treatment firms and improves skin elasticity and rejuvenates the skin leaving it silky smooth and radiant. Visit Maha D’Line Aroma & Beauty Centre. For appointments and consultation, call 17587001 or 3328 3339.

Can you handle ‘HIIT’? Start the month right with Dessange’s new and innovative fitness class where you burn more calories, kick your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive and burn more fat and calories in 24 hours with the ‘HIIT’ workout. HIIT has four core advantages: It is more effective and efficient than other endurance and cardiovascular classes; it helps you keep the weight off; lets you achieve toned muscles, a lean body and optimum fitness (HIIT helps to supercharge your metabolism) and lastly, you exercise the mind and the body, as HIIT helps to boost brain oxygenation, enhancing your powers of focus and concentration. Head to Dessange today and take your fitness to the next level. Call Dessange at 1771 3999.



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More Than Spatulas!

Thïnk Kitchen provides a unique shopping experience in a world-class environment with outstanding personal service that combines quality, design and value. The brand has everything you need for kitchenware and homeware, and you’ll find all from table top, to serve and store, to barware, cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen tools and more.

Celebrating Unforgettable Moments Pandora pays tribute to the special moments that have shaped women into what they are today. The brand offers beautiful gift sets that let you tell Mum or that special woman in your life, just how much she means to you. Each creation can be customised so she can choose something that fits her personal style.



Vivid Silhouettes

Prints and colours mark Celine’s collection for Spring-Summer and brings an array of refined pieces. Giant strokes and squiggles dominate tailored T-shirt shapes over striped sunray pleats; whilst beautifully done accessories come to life with bold hues and chic detailing.

White Inspiration

CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt Collection reflects the timeless and effortless elegance known to the brand. Designs include a sleeveless v-neck with an asymmetrical flounce, an off-the-shoulder style with a pleated peplum and men’s collar as well as a shortsleeved square-cut shirt with pockets and a men’s collar all made in crisp white cotton.

Armed with Style

Tory Burch serves every chic lady’s fashion fantasies. With Spring-Summer, a mix of textures appear (woven, quilted, pleated) in the tapestry brocades and florals. The accessories evoke the collection’s theme with strong silhouettes with bold embellishments.



Dining Hotspots Our very own desert island is awash with numerous fancy eateries and dining hotspots, the only problem is deciding which one to choose!

Dine & Win! Turkish Festival and other exclusive specials… Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s Turkish Culinary and Cultural Festival is on from March 29 to April 5, 7pm onwards at Silk’s outdoor terrace. Enjoy a delicious Turkish buffet for BD16++ and dine to the rhythms of live shows and traditional Turkish dancers. Discover Turkish specialties, such as countless mezzeh and fresh salads, oven fresh Lahmacun, Pide’s and Turkish pizza, calamari, Istanbul Kofta and a meatball station, Bulgur pilaf, Mantı Ravioli, lamb Saslik, Doner Kebabs, and many more dishes to sample.



Each diner can enter the raffle draw to win a free stay at Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul for three nights including the airline ticket, sponsored by Turkish Airlines. The hotel is also bringing back their Mussels Promotion. It’s on every third Sunday of the month from 7pm onwards and you can enjoy the freshest Imperial mussels flown from Holland at the poolside terrace. Cost is BD15++ or with a bottle of bubbly at BD21++. The popular Friday Family Brunch starts from 12.30pm to 4pm for BD24++ per person, with free unlimited selected beverages. Halfprice for children aged six to 12 years and less than six years eat for free. RESERVATIONS: 1746 0000 or email: hotel.bahrain.

Chic Eats

An Elegant Destination Chic and innovative eats… The Domain Bahrain The Domain combines a chic and dynamic atmosphere with excellent food and a laid-back vibe. All throughout the month there’s always something to look forward to. Try out their daily Early Bird Dinner at Le Domain [34] and Le Sauvage from 6pm to 8pm and you get a bottle of grape on the house. Have ‘A Very Grown-Up Brunch’ every Friday from 12pm to 4pm and enjoy great conversations, explore your inner foodie and music. Prices start at BD19++. Figs & Olives Breakfast Buffet have got some seriously scrumptious delicacies all for BD9++. Change gear and have High Tea on Level 16. Savour some homemade scones with raspberry jam, and clotted cream with a fine selection of Jing Teas and Nespresso Coffee from 3pm to 6pm. Every Sunday, Txoko provides the perfect escape with house music and breathtaking views. Get there from 6pm to 8pm to get half price on selected beverages. On Mondays, Latin Lovers can groove to Salsa, Merengue, and Reggaeton all night long. From 6pm to 8pm, enjoy two drinks for the price of one. On Wednesdays’ Ladies’ Night, come along with four of your girlfriends and get a free bottle of bubbly from 9pm until 11pm. RESERVATIONS: Call 1600 0000 or visit www.



Chic Eats

‘You are the Queen’ A special treat for incredible women… InterContinental Regency Bahrain In celebration of International Women’s Day, Elements Pool & Lounge at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain invites all ladies to the ‘You are the Queen’ party on March 7. All ladies receive selected free beverages from 9pm to 12 midnight, whilst everyone coming to the party will get complimentary pool access. This will be the first official party of Elements’ new resident DJ Rafa Ristallo who will be coming straight from Italy. DJ Rafa has previously performed at the Ministry of Sound in London as well as the Nonhosonno Discoteque in Salerno, Italy to name a few. The best part – there’s no entrance fee, so get everyone to come along! For an added treat for the ladies, Downtown Bar also has Ladies Nights every Wednesdays from 9pm to 12 midnight, where all ladies receive selected complimentary beverages. For more of the InterContinental Regency Bahrain’s regular culinary specials and promotions, be sure to call in and book in advance. Call Cosimo Lardo, Manager of Elements Pool & Lounge: 3660 2981, or 1722 7777.





Chic Eats

Going Green & Chill-out Fun St Patrick’s Day & U2/Bono Tribute Upstairs Downstairs



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As St Patrick’s Day rolls around, Upstairs Downstairs Restaurant is giving cause for everyone to celebrate with a special show on March 14, featuring U2 and a Bono tribute show from 9pm for BD14. The Innis Ealga dancers will also be performing Irish dances to celebrate the day. For a well-deserved chill out session after a hard day’s work, you can relax and unwind to the fun and cosy ambiance of Up & Down. Soothe your soul to an evening of contemporary or popular hits by the resident pianist Jojo, Sundays to Tuesdays from 8.30pm. Every Wednesdays, Ver sets the mood with his guitar, keyboards and vocals; whilst every Thursday, it’s Special Live Music Night with Frankie & Friends Band featuring Christine Gordon from 8.30pm. Come for Friday Brunch and enjoy a four-course set menu with unlimited select drinks from 12noon to 3 pm BD15++ with entertainment from La Cubana. RESERVATIONS: 1771 3093

Delightful culinary offers Unique promotions… Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Sheraton Bahrain Hotel is cooking up a special Satay Promotion at An Nada Lounge open daily from 1pm to 1am. The menu includes Chicken saté with stir-fried noodles for BD3.9++; Lamb saté with Nasi Goreng for BD4.9++; Chicken, Beef & Lamb Saté with rice noodles for BD4.9++; Beef Saté with Mi Goreng for BD5.5++; Prawn Sate with vegetable noodles for BD5.9++ and Hammour sate with coconut rice cake. Try the Crepe Promotion at Espressamente Illy Cafe from 7pm to 11pm daily and delight in Savoury crepes (BD2.9++), Chicken Julienne (BD3.5++) and Smoked Veal Crepes (BD3.9++). Meanwhile, at Soie Chinese Restaurant, the Dimsum Promotion is offered from Sunday to Friday, 7pm to 11.30pm (closed on Saturdays). The menu includes Vegetable dim sum (BD3.5++), Steamed chicken dim sum (BD3.9++); Steamed duck dim sum BD4.5++; Seafood dim sum (BD4.9++) and Prawn dim sum (BD4.9++). During the week, you can go for Business Lunch at Golestan and for just BD12 net you get a variety of starters, your favourite grills from the business lunch menu, selected desserts and beverages. RESERVATIONS: 1753 3533 or visit www.sheraton. com/bahrain





Chic eats

Royally divine Dine amidst the greens... Royal Golf Club Prego lets you experience the very best of Italian cuisine at the Royal Golf Club’s fantastic new All Your Can Eat Italian Buffet every Saturday lunch time! Tuck in on freshly prepared salads, pastas, pizzas and risottos, as well as tempting authentic Italian desserts, all for just BD12 net for adults and BD5 net for children under the age of 12, inclusive of unlimited selected soft drinks. Children under the age of five years can eat for free. Bring your friends or business colleagues to Prego for a great tasting business lunch with an authentic Italian flavour. Order any pasta, risotto or 9-inch pizza with a soft drink and tea or coffee for just BD5 net per person. Try the tasty seafood risotto with salmon, hammour, prawns, calamari and mussels. Or check out the home made ravioli or fettuccini, with your choice of sauce or one of the fantastic range of pizzas, which include seafood, Hawaiian, tandoori chicken and lots more! The Prego business lunch is available from Sunday to Thursday each week from 11.30am to 3pm (except on public holidays). Bring the family down to the award-winning Links restaurant any Saturday at lunch time and take advantage of the fantastic “Kids Eat Free” promotion. For every adult main course ordered between midday and 3pm, an accompanying child under the age of 12 years may order a dish from the kids’ menu absolutely free! RESERVATIONS: 1775 1263



Chic Eats

Enticing offers Mother’s Day treats and more… Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is offering two cooking classes where you can cook alongside the hotel’s five-star chefs at Saveur. If you love Italian food book a class on March 10 to learn all about pasta. On March 19 you’ll learn all about patisserie and have the chance to learn how to make an impeccable chocolate cake for Mother’s Day. Each cooking class is limited to ten participants and prior booking is required. Make the most of the lovely spring evenings with a sizzling poolside barbecue dinner at Nasmat. Unwind with your friends and family and feast to your heart’s desire on sizzling fresh meat cuts and fish, grilled and cooked to order. It’s offered on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. RESERVATIONS: 1717 1441 or restaurants.

Grab a bite An enjoyable dining experience… Butcher’s Shop & Grill The Butcher Shop & Grill – loved by many for their juicy steaks and grills, are taking their offering up a notch with some fabulous new additions to their already great menu. Try some mussels – steamed to order –­ in a light sauce of garlic, butter and a dash of cream; or tuck into roast duck, lamb shank and veal tenderloin, generously portioned and the meat is cooked perfectly. Venture into some Espetada – a combination of marinated beef cubes served on a hanging skewer and served with garlic butter and potatoes. RESERVATIONS: 1717 2323 City Centre 98


A Glitzy Affair Dining pleasures to delight in… The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa presents Tini Tuesdays at Thai every Tuesday evening, where ladies are invited for complimentary martinis all night long, with a live DJ and cool vibes in a unique sea-side setting. Enjoy special offers on sushi platters for parties of four or more, with an enticing array of sake and cocktails. Meanwhile you can catch the latest grooves from DJ Sami and dance the night away from 7pm to 1am. You can also try out the signature Italian restaurant Primavera where they have a threecourse business set lunch from Sunday to Thursday, 12noon to 3pm. Price is BD10++ RESERVATIONS: 1758 6499.

Celebrate Mothers’ Day Enchanting venues for all… Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Sofitel lets you have ‘A taste of France’ in the unique Season of Spring at Saraya restaurant, with a unique and flavourful buffet complete with French cuisine and delicacies themed to this glorious season! On every Thursday from 7pm to 10.30pm for BD18 net inclusive of soft beverages and BD22 net per person inclusive of selected house beverages. Celebrate Mothers day at Saraya Restaurant with an excellent buffet of international cuisine featuring favourites from around the world and a selection of unique beverages on March 21. You can also experience Serata Italiana (Italian Night) every Monday, as Saraya and Fiamma join forces to bring you the ultimate in Italian cuisine from 7pm to 10.30pm for BD18 net inclusive of two selected house beverages. RESERVATIONS: 1763 6363 or email




Inter-Gulf Netball Championships March 7 to 8 Bahrain Rugby Club

Alwan 338 March 3 to April 19 Al Riwaq Art Space

Al Riwaq Art Space is presenting its annual public arts festival, ‘Alwan338’. With the theme ‘Foundations’ and a focus on the neighbourhood of Adliya, Alwan338 will offer a packed schedule of exhibitions, workshops, screenings, talks, food, music and more! You also get to interact with exciting new art works exhibited all over Adliya made by local, regional and international artists.

Bahrain’s top netballers will go through an intensive training programme in preparation for the Twentieth Inter-Gulf Netball Championships to be held at the Bahrain Rugby Club. The championship is the only international platform for netball in the Middle East and attracts over 250 of the best players from around the Gulf for two days of highly competitive play. Twenty-eight teams from Dubai, Al Ain, Saudi-Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Fujairah will attend this year’s event along with six teams representing Bahrain. More than 150 matches will be played over the two-day event in the competitive and social pools. To prepare for the tournament, Bahrain’s netballers have invited Gilly Salter, Sue Wainwright and Katie Noonan from Hucclecote Netball Club in Gloucestershire, England to undertake five intensive coaching sessions for a Boot Camp. Funds raised will go towards the Carly Taylor Fund. Contact Helen Edwards: 3606 1009

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Mara’ee Bahrain Animal Production March 19 to 22

Bahrain International Endurance Village

1001 Nights Souq March 7 to May 31 Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain

Following well established formats which make the most successful outdoor markets in the World, 1001 Nights Suoq combines the Oriental pleasures and sensations of the souqs of Istanbul, Cairo and Marrakesh at Al Areen Palace & Spa. The market is themed, featuring authentic designs, and vendors will be dressed in period costume. 100 OHLALA!

The third Bahrain Animal Production Show 2014 Mara’ee is taking place at the Bahrain International Endurance Village. Several activities are lined up including a Trade and Animal Exhibition, Bird Show, Horse Show, Animal Show, live performances, educational zone for kids, entertainment, competitions and more. The Show highlights the latest developments in agriculture such as animal production, poultry, fish farming, veterinary and food industries, exchange experiences; as well as encourage investment and business deals. Email: bh;

A Passion for Art: Spring of Culture 2014 The Ministry of Culture and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) have lined up a number of cultural and artistic activities and events for the Ninth Spring of Culture festival. The festival will last until April and will showcase many of Bahrain’s historic and cultural sites, which will come alive with several local, regional and international performances.

China National Acrobatic Troupe

Ramsey Lewis & Philip Bailey

March 20 to 22 Arad Fort

March 5 Arad Fort

Highlights include

Gibran – The Play March 26 & 28 Cultural Hall

Five Hundred Years of Islamic Calligraphy

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and other Eric Carle Favourites

On until April 13 Bahrain National Museum

March 27 to 30 Alumni Club

BAB Market

March 1, 27 to 29 Bab Al Bahrain and Manama Suoq

Vienna Boys’ Choir March 12 Cultural Hall

Art Market

March 13 to 15 Bab Al Bahrain

Mohammed Abdo Concert March 14 Arad Fort

Troy – Fire of Anatolia Dance Troupe

World of Opera

March 15 La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art For details, visit or call 3990 0630.

Eric Clapton Concert

March 8 Arad Fort

March 28 to 29 Arad Fort

Gloria Gaynor Concert April 4 Arad Fort OHLALA! 101

Attent10n Everyone!

One of the most long-awaited events of the year – the tenth Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – returns to our shores on April 4, 5 & 6, to see some of the world’s greatest drivers compete. Here’s your chance to see the adrenaline-fuelled races, spectacular shows and exciting activities.

MAIN STAGE PERFOMANCES • Boadicea Dance Company • Gil And Tony, Mc & Dj • ThePete Box • Peridot ROAMING ACTS • Spark! Led Drummers • Cornalusa • Sideshow Stevie • The Dapper Chaps OTHER PERFOMANCES

Art Prometheus, Walkabout Clowns (The Joker Entertainment), Bright Stilt Walkers (The Joker Entertainment), Circus Clowns (The Joker Entertainment)

The Scorpions One of the greatest rock bands of all-time, The Scorpions, will be performing for the first time ever in Bahrain, during the Grand Prix weekend, April 5. The popular German band, who have sold millions of records worldwide throughout their nearly 50-year history in the music industry, will be rocking the crowds with their massive hits such as Some of their greatest hits include ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’, ‘Wind of Change’, ‘Still Loving You’, ‘Send Me An Angel’ and ‘No One Like You’. The Scorpions, currently made up of Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, James Kottak and Pawel Maciwoda, first formed in 1965, and have since sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

UNDER THE SEA (ISLAND FANTASEA KIDS’ TENT) A variety show carries on with the under-water theme in the kid’s tent. With singing and dancing and lots of audience participation, there will be something for everyone. • Full Frame Green Screen Experience Company • Lobster Stilt Walkers (The Joker Entertainment) • Nu Sxool MORE ENTERTAINMENT

Hey… Avicii!

Rabeh Saqer

Another main act – popular Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer will be performing live on April 4, 8pm. He will be the first of three major concerts that will highlight the off-track entertainment at the upcoming Formula One spectacle. One of the biggest names in the Arabic music industry, Rabeh has a massive fan base across the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia and has been a major player in the music industry for over 30 years. 102 OHLALA!

The big performances begin with two-time Grammy-nominated Swedish DJ Avicii who will be performing live on April 5. One of the hottest names in music today, and renowned for his spectacular live shows, Avicii is sure to drive audiences crazy as he performs his biggest hits such as, “Wake Me Up”, “Le7els”, “Silhouettes,” and “Hey Brother”, Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, rocketed to the number three position on DJ Mag’s yearly poll of the Top 100 DJs and has appeared on Forbes’ Most Powerful Artists Under 30 in 2013 and 2014. The 24-year-old is leading the next generation of electronic music producers to explode, propelling him into the ranks of superstar DJs who are able to perform to massive crowds. Three-day ticket holders to the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend will be able to attend Avicii’s concert.


Coral Reef Stilt Walker, Rita Cherry and POP The Balloon Man EXTREME • High Rope Course    F1 GAME ZONE

Tickets are available at the BIC stand at Bahrain City Centre, Seef Mall and online at www. or on the circuit’s official Facebook page. For details call 1745 0000.


FTV Black Tie Night with DJ Judge Jules April 4, 9pm to 2am Coral Bay Gear up for the biggest party for the year with the return of FTV to Coral Bay, for the Formula One Grand Prix’s tenth anniversary. Coral Bay have pulled out all the stops to make for a spectacular event. Headlining the night is the legendary superstar DJ, Judge Jules. Also in the line-up are the talented dancers from ‘Rumours Entertainment’, and a host of other surprises. The party starts from 9pm with a black-tie theme. Tickets are available from JJs, Camelot, Coral Bay, Virgin Megastores & BMMI shops for BD15 (advanced); BD20 at the door and BD50 for VIP.

To book a table, call 3374 5547.

Hed Kandi Glamour & Glitz April 6, 9pm to 2am coral bay Things will get even better at Coral Bay during the Grand Prix with the return of the glamorous clubbing brand, Hed Kandi. This year’s event features Hed Kandi resident DJ Sam Cannon from the UK and the Kandi dancers, where they’re set to give an amazing closing night for the Grand Prix tenth anniversary. Get your tickets early from JJs, Camelot, Coral Bay, Virgin Megastores and BMMI shops for BD10 (advanced); BD15 at the door and BD50 for VIP.



Khaleda Rajab Exclusive Party

Fashion designer, Khaleda Rajab, hosted the exclusive ‘All White Everything’ party at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art. The A-list event with Ohlala! as the official media partner, brought together some of the biggest businesses in the region and was coordinated by event planner, Naylah Alzayani, Ameera Al Kooheji, creative director and Fatima Alireza, La Fontaine’s managing director.


Mövenpick Turns Ten

The five-star Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain celebrated ten years of success in the kingdom with a glittering ceremony featuring London-based artists who performed hits from Broadway musicals. The special occasion was attended by more than 250 guests, suppliers, media, government officials and other VIPs.

Ballerina Couture opens

Ballerina Couture held a unique opening event at Riyadat Mall in A’Ali to coincide with the launch of their new collection of luxurious women’s wear designed by Bahraini designer and fashion enthusiast, Sara Al Bin Mohammed.



Domain & High Tea

The Domain Bahrain hosted a high tea event at Domain Privé, Level 36, in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain, which staged a presentation to showcase the latest trends available at their outlet.

Centre of Photographic Arts Opens

HE Christian Testot, French Ambassador to Bahrain inaugurated the Centre of Photographic Arts (CPA) established in the Jamsheer House in Muharraq. The opening showcased a first exhibition of the work of the Centre’s board members. The project is supported by the French Embassy, the Alliance française and the Shaikh Ibrahim Centre. 106 OHLALA!


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Chaîne dinner

The InterContinental Regency Bahrain Hotel hosted the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs dinner at the hotel’s Ambassador Room. In attendance was the hotel’s general manager, Michael Koth, who is a member of the international association, along with VIPs, committee members and senior management officials.

Rekha Mehr at Bizladies

Rekha Mehr was the speaker for Bizladies’ first event for 2014 at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. Rekha, Entrepreneur in Residence for BIS in the UK, talked about how to ‘Stand Out from the Crowd’, and what it’s like to start a business in the UK.





All the latest industry news from the luxury sector in the Middle East

Patek Philippe Launches Arabic Website


Top Hotels’ Bellboy Race for Charity

First launched in 1997, the official Patek Philippe website has allowed over the years a growing number of watch enthusiasts to enter the world of Patek Philippe in just a few clicks. From the complete watch collection to maintenance advice or the Patek Philippe Museum, everything anyone wishes to know is illustrated, explained and easily accessed on this platform. The latest version to be added is Arabic, a launch that closely follows the very successful “Watch Art Grand Exhibition” which took place in Dubai in January 2012. in Arabic is a step forward to reach out and further improve communication with the entire Arab-speaking world. Patek Philippe will also launch a Japanese version soon within the year, to be followed by a Russian version in 2015.

Author and Healer Julie Lomas enabled Bizladies members and guests to ‘Channel Energy for Professional Purposes’. Over 40 Bizladies attended the breakfast networking meeting held at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa’s Tea Garden, where Julie Lomas educated the group of senior business ladies, business owners and entrepreneurs on how to ‘Channel Energy for Professional Purposes’. The group were introduced to new members and encouraged to practice authentic, reciprocal networking. According to Dr Clare Beckett-McInroy, Bizladies President for the GCC, “Julie Lomas, originally working in a corporate background, was a great choice of speaker as she shared her experiences whilst encouraging the ladies to experiment with ways to block negative energy during their work interactions with clients and colleagues.”

The kingdom’s top hotels organised the first ever bellboy race to raise funds for The Palm Association. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain invited hotels to compete in a friendly race for charity. The event, which raised BD4,400, was held at the Mövenpick’s parking arena, with bellboys representing their respective hotels. The participants were The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa, Mövenpick Hotel, Sheraton Hotel Bahrain, Gulf Hotel, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Crowne Plaza Bahrain, InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Majestic Arjaan by Rotana and Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. The event was attended by more than 600 people mainly families and friends of participants, who enjoyed the live food stations and entertainment for the kids.




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You are an independent personality – often best suited to working on your own and at your own speed (which is usually fast) – but with this trait also comes a great degree of responsibility. This month you might find the need to actually admit you require the help of others when it comes to an issue at work, much to the surprise of those close to you. You have found yourself under a great deal of stress recently and the truth is that certain pressures you felt you could deal with are proving too difficult to shoulder alone. To succeed you are going to have to change your methods.

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Giovanni reveals your destiny … Scorpio


You will find yourself in a celebratory mood this month and there are many things you have to be happy about – especially where a work project is concerned. It seems that the success you have been aiming for has been a long time coming but finally, it turns up just when you need it most. From hereon out, things are unlikely to ever be the same again. On the relationship front, there could be a healing process for you and a partner to work through and this may see the pair of you taking some time away to unfamiliar surroundings in an effort to resolve matters.


You have been suffering through a period of stress in your life just recently that has stemmed from issues at work but has since impacted on your personal situation as well. This month you need to learn how to be selfish because for too long you have put the needs of others above your own. If your job has become too much to handle then consider a change of career because if you’re honest with yourself you need something to put that spark back into your world and it makes sense to start at the root cause.


It’s fair to say that when it comes to confrontations many Cancerians are not good at asserting their opinions on others. This month you may upset a few people with your failure to make a stand in a fairly awkward family situation and it might be that you will come to regret this later on. Your reticence to speak your mind might have something to do with not wanting to rock the boat but it looks as if the time has finally come for you to review matters because taking a ‘back seat’ all the time is starting to wear a little thin.


It’s hard to resist the temptations put before you this month and whilst you know you are getting in over your head, it doesn’t seem to be enough to dissuade you. However, in the quieter moments you should consider

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Life often has an uncanny and independent way of unfolding, no matter how hard you might try to impose your own will upon it. Many of you may experience this first-hand in March when a recent business meeting that was planned with one agenda in mind actually unfolds into something completely different. You will feel as though you have discovered a new sense of energy and purpose and this will prove to be the catalyst for some very successful developments that take you down unexpected paths. Believe in yourself because you will need to be confident if you are to truly succeed. Don’t allow any elements of doubt to creep into your plans.

PISCES At A Glance

Those born under the sign of Pisces are often seen to be imaginative and sensitive, with a compassionate and kind outlook on life. Their positive outlook on life and all around good nature makes them selfless individuals – intuitive and sympathetic to those around them. They make excellent friends and are always willing to lend a hand and they also make intense and loyal partners. On the career front, Pisceans make excellent writers and their communication skills allow them to work well in social environments.

just who might be hurt by your actions – especially if your behaviour were to become public knowledge. On the work front, a job offer in another department could prove the lift you need to take you out of an otherwise stale environment but just make sure the terms and conditions are suited to your longterm requirements.


Some time ago you were approached by an admirer with the invitation to go out on a date but at the time you decided against the idea. Since then, much has changed in both your life and the life of the other person concerned and a forthcoming encounter will see you reconsidering your earlier decision. Whether something is going to develop remains to be seen but there is definitely a sense of renewed romance in the air. On the health front, a previous back problem could resurface and you should make an effort to get proper treatment this time around.


You have been feeling a little under the weather and drained of your energy and it seems that whilst you might not be prepared to admit it, you’re not quite yourself from a health perspective and you need to visit the doctor to sort this issue out. You shouldn’t see this as anything serious but it is a problem which needs to be addressed and you might be surprised to discover that what ails you is connected to something from your past. On the money front, you will need to reassess your spending plans for the next few months to come.

You may be in for a bit of surprise this month where a work colleague is concerned and if you’re not careful, the fallout could leave you with a significant amount of egg on your face and suffering a drop in respect from those you have to spend time with on a daily basis. It’s no secret that Scorpios often have a high opinion of themselves but in this particular instance your ‘self admiration’ could come back to damage your credibility – especially if you abuse your position. Play fair or you will have little room for complaint when the tables are turned.


These are difficult times for your sign and you may have been forced to shed many tears over family concerns in recent weeks. Unfortunately, matters are not set to come to a head until the start of April and although you might feel you are prepared for what could lie ahead, it’s going to prove a difficult path to travel. On a more optimistic note, the opportunity to rekindle a past love will present itself to you and whilst you may not be in a position to recreate what once was, a brief visit to a time in your youth could help boost your confidence for the future.


The next few weeks are set to be very troubling for you when it comes to relationships and there is every likelihood you may be considering a trial separation because things between you and a partner have become strained. It could be circumstances; it could be other factors that you haven’t even addressed but whatever the reason you need to clear your head and set yourself back on course otherwise you may find yourself drifting aimlessly. You need direction and perhaps some time in your own space is the only way you’re going to find it.


You will be feeling that you have not had everything your own way of late and this month might reinforce that as you find yourself fighting a losing battle for change in the work place. Your sign is a very giving one and not often prone to stubbornness but if you do feel strongly about your position then don’t back down too quickly. It might mean you have to fight your corner a little harder than you would have liked but if you can achieve what you want because of it, then it will prove beneficial in the long run. OHLALA! 113

The column

World domination “What would the world look like if the roles were switched around, women at the top, all key positions in the world held and governed by women, what would the world look like, how would we be different?”


s women, can we compare ourselves to a man? The televised media, books, magazines social norms etc. portray a woman in a certain way, and there are countless books on comparisons between a man and a woman, but can we really be compared? Can we compare two totally different phenomenon with each other? Why the need for that comparison? Should we accept that comparison? I understand that we are raised into a paradigm either male or female and with it come certain behaviours but are those really our behaviours, or are they part of the created reality of what a woman is supposed to be. What is it to be a woman? Of course we can have children and are then a mother and we are caring, sensitive and nurturing and we can multitask, taking care of the kids, the man, remind him of his commitments, make house and basically be there all the time. We are the wife, the mother the daughter and the sex symbol. But is that a woman? That is a definition of a man. A car seemingly looks good if there is a beautiful woman in skimpy clothes parading around it. Perfume, makeup, etc sells better if there is a woman attached to it, or the symbol of femininity. But is that a woman? What made me think was, we have International Women’s Day. One day to think about our struggle for equality, inspiring change, and 114 OHLALA!

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most importantly equality but are we not doing that every day in a man’s world, should we not be aware all year round; to strive to be free and express ourselves as we would like to. Proud and whole, a woman, a life giver, to explore, to be entrepreneurial without a man’s comments of the illusions of superiority. What would the world look like if the roles were switched around, women at the top, all key positions in the world held and governed by women, what would the world look like, how would we be different?


Illusions of Perception

Sophie is a psychologist, a philosopher at heart, and a businesswoman who has travelled the globe, living most of her life in the Gulf region.

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Ohlala! Bahrain March 2014  

women's lifestyle & fashion magazine, beauty, arts, culture, dining, events

Ohlala! Bahrain March 2014  

women's lifestyle & fashion magazine, beauty, arts, culture, dining, events