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Contents August 2012 • Issue 116
People 22 34
Tracy Gutierrez - Pushing Boundaries, Playing with Extremes David Hollywood - Poetry Page
82 Braving Dust Storms - Eng. Rehan Ahmed 128 ‘New’ Doesn’t Always Mean Change Moh’d Al Rasheed
Moving Forward as a Nation - John R Ridley
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Fashion and Shopping 54 57 58 60 68
Seriously Cool Menswear at New Look Adorable Children’s Wear at Monsoon Turn Heads With Juicy Couture Men and Women’s Fashion at Namshi Beauty Buzz
Beauty, Health & Well Being 70 74 80
Body Beautiful, Mind Peaceful - Spa Treatments Ask the Doctor with Dr Dean Cunha Gomes The Forgiveness of Flaws - Kelly Armatage
Juicy Pickings 4 10 18 84 114 126
Editor’s Letter Not to Be Missed! New in Town Society Looking for a Home! Bizarre News
110 Infiniti JX 111 Ramadan Offers from Nissan & Renault 112 Mercedes Benz SL
Staying In and Going Out 119 Savour the Sweet Side of Bahrain John R Ridley
120 Recommended Restaurants, Nightspots, Essential Info, Beauty Spots, Sports and Fitness, Clubs and Associations
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Hope you all are enjoying Ramadan, which turns our lovely island of Bahrain into a Kingdom of (even more) hospitality! To be honest, we are all really enjoying all the Iftars and Ghabgas here at Arabian Magazines - but at the expense of our waistlines! Get excited because this issue is all about winning! Go on a shopping spree at Bahrain City Centre by answering a couple of simple questions - BD375 worth of gift cards are up for grabs! Also, we feature the latest footwear collection from Puma, and our readers can win three pairs from the evoSPEED collection. Also, if you haven’t been shopping online yet, Namshi.com is a must visit. Read through to see what you can win from them! And, as is fitting for the holy month of Ramadan, we have featured a range of Arabian perfumes and fashion for you to browse through and shop at City Centre. Even if you don’t regularly wear Arabian style clothes and perfumes, they seriously are worth a try! While there are hardly any outdoor activities one can do now, we have featured some excellent spa and beauty treatments for you to relax and rejuvenate. Go ahead and pamper yourself! And while you’re at it - look through our handpicked selection of fashion and beauty products for men and women. And, just as we have come to expect, our regular columnists promise some great reading. Kelly Armatage talks about the importance of forgiveness. Rehan Ahmed takes us through preventive measures against dust storms. John Ridley’s columns are a must read, as he talks about everything from Ramadan, to Bahraini Halwa and the youth of Bahrain. And, David Hollywood, as always, comes through with some thoughtful poetry. We hope you enjoy reading this issue. Please let us know what you think by writing us a letter. Good luck for all the competitions! Have a great summer and a blessed Ramadan!
The Confidential Team Would you like to be a PUBLISHED photographer? If your photos of Bahrain and the region are good enough, they could be published in Gulf Insider/Areej/Bahrain Confidential magazines. Each month we publish the most impressive images we receive and give full credit to the photographer. Images must be at least 1mb and can be e-mailed to gulfinsider@ArabianMagazines.com with the subject ‘PHOTO’.
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I really enjoyed reading John Ridleyâ€™s feature on the dhow builders of Muharraq. It was a great read! Itâ€™s rare to find good reading material in magazines in Bahrain - and your magazine certainly came through. I hope he continues to write for you and Iâ€™m looking forward to the next issue now, much more than ever! Avid Reader Hope you enjoy reading this monthâ€™s article by John Ridley too!
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Ramadan is supposed to be all about celebration - of food! I know the religious aspect of it, but there is no way we could eat healthily during this
month. I laughed when I read your article on the 13 ways to keep yourself healthy during Ramadan ... who will do that in real? Not me - not anyone I know. Weâ€™ve been waiting for this month the whole year to binge on Iftars and Ghabgas!!! Kim Dear, oh dear! The way people react to sound advice these days...whatever happened to the times when people appreciated our concern and advice. How we miss the good old days ... PS: We have scheduled quite a few Ghabgas of our own! Shushhh ....
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Iâ€™m so, so jealous of your writer you interviewed the Los Vivancos brothers. I bet she got to meet all of them in person too! This is not fair. I went to see their performance and they looked so good on stage but I never had the guts to go backstage and actually talk to one of them! But, seriously, where are all the good looking men in Bahrain? Seeking Love We can feel your pain. Unfortunately, good looking men are rare in Bahrain - but we suggest when you do see one, go for it girl!
Victoriaâ€™s Secret Travel Options
Loved the page on luggage options from Victoriaâ€™s Secret! It was so full of options, and - itâ€™s good to see things in a magazine and know exactly what you want before you go there. I have been looking for just the right business card case for ages and found the perfect one in your suggestions. Thanks! Grateful Girl Glad you liked it. Our fashion pages are very carefully selected and laid out so you can always find what you are looking for!
Check out what’s happening in the celebrity world ...
Will Grovelling Help Kristen?
Bad Boy Brand
Russell Brand will be charged with a crime for throwing a paparazzi’s iPhone through a glass window in New Orleans back in March. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office has finally decided to go forward and prosecute the actor ... and will file one charge of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, Brand explains: “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.” If convicted, he faces six months in jail.
Pictures emerged of the Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, 22, in the arms of the married, 41-year-old Snow White And The Huntsman filmmaker Rupert Sanders - who has two young children with model wife Liberty Ross. Kristen who is in a relationship with Robert Pattinson has since said publically: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardised the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” Similarly, Rupert also stated: “I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I Kristen Stewart and have in this world. I love them with all Rupert Sanders my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.” Kristen’s infidelity allegations came just months after Robert gave an interview to Italian Vanity Fair magazine saying that he has ‘never understood’ people who cheat. part of his life, and it has a well equipped backyard with deep, shaded overhangs, an outdoor bar and a dark-bottom swimming pool surrounded by decking.
Celebrity Tweet Ricky Gervais “The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.” James Agate. Haha. So true.
Mary Tamm and Tom Baker
Dr Who Actress Dies
Mary Tamm, the Doctor Who actress, has died aged 62, following a long cancer battle. She played the Doctor’s companion Romana alongside Tom Baker, and died at her home in South London after losing her 18 month fight against the disease. Tributes were paid to the “truly beautiful” actress for her “sheer talent” and “zest for life.”
Wanna Be A Billionaire?
Bruno Mars did, and it seems he’s well on his way after splashing out USD3.3 million on a pad in Los Angeles. The neighbourhood in the trendy Laurel Canyon Area has in the past been home to Harry Houdini, Frank Zappa and even George Clooney. The 26 year old now has three bedrooms on 6,064 sq feet to call his own. The pad boasts eight marble columns in the entrance hall, custom-made 11-foot tall double front doors, hardwood floors and long walls of floor-toceiling retractable glass panels, allowing for spectacular views of the San Fernando Valle. As a young star, parties will be an important
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TJ Jackson is appointed as the temporary new guardian for Michael Jackson’s children in the absence of their family matriarch Katherine Jackson and in the midst of a feud over the pop superstar’s estate. Katherine has been temporarily suspended as the children’s guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn’t spoken with them in several days. It has further been stated that Prince, Paris and Blanket cannot be taken outside California without court approval. Katherine Jackson’s lawyer, Sandra Ribera, expressed concern that Katherine Jackson may have been held against her will. She said one of the singer’s children told her a conversation with the 82-year-old woman on Tuesday seemed to be monitored and influenced by others in the room.
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Amazing Eid Surprises at LPOD
In celebration of Eid Al Fitr, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun water park continues to bring more wonders, more surprises and one of a kind shows for all guests to enjoy. This Eid season brings two of the most exhilarating world class acts in entertainment - all free with the standard entrance tickets to LPOD!
19th August -1st Sept. Three Performances Daily The Wakeboard Show
Combining the artistic and dangerous skills of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques, this amazing show brought all the way from Budapest - Hungary, is a recognized international extreme sport. It will feature some of the world’s most professional wakeboard talents performing amazing stunts, displays and acrobatic moves. For more information visit www.Ipodwaterpark.com or Tel. +973 1784 5100.
21st July 8th August Ramadan Workshops For Kids At Albareh
Painting on Ceramics for 8 to 12 year old kids, from 28th July to 1st August, 10am to 1pm. Painting on Glass for 8 to 12 year old kids, from 4th to 8th August, 10am to 1pm. BD35 for each workshop or BD90 for the three workshops – not including the materials. For more information please contact artist Jehan Saleh at +973 3906 9016.
19th August -13th Sept. Three Shows Daily
Samson The Strongest Man
This extraordinary act from Bulgaria is a real wonder that encompasses disbelief and awe amongst the audiences. What has been seen by many on TV and Internet is now being brought to reality here in Bahrain as Lost Paradise of Dilmun water park invites guests to witness this world class talent. Amongst many other high level skills, one of his most difficult and incredible stunts is pulling a 1.2 tonne vehicle with his bare hands. In addition, a 2.5 tonne vehicle will pass over his body. For more information visit www.Ipodwaterpark.com or Tel. +973 1784 5100.
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Auspicious August At The Royal Golf Club
Don’t be bored this summer. At the ake sure m y e th , b lu C Royal Golf - with you have a great time options g in in d d n rting a many spo available for everyone.
Bachelor(ette) Golf Clinic & Social Evening – one hour group golf clinic followed by snacks and cold drinks in the exclusive Members’ Lounge. BD15 per person all inclusive. From 6pm. Open to all.
7th and 14th August
Greenkeeper’s Revenge – difficult pin positions set up by the greenkeeping team. Two tee start from 7.30am. Open to all.
Wee Monty Family Day – BD15 per adult, kids play free! Inclusive of green fee and hire clubs. Tee times from 10am to 2pm. Open to all.
Ecco Monday Stableford – 1pm shotgun start. Monday Madness Night Golf Series – BD20 for nine holes, 6.30pm shotgun start. Open to all.
The Majlis presents an unrivalled venue for special occasions with lavish menus starting from BD11 per person, especially for Iftar and Ghabga functions. For parties of 50 guests or more, there’s a choice of free vouchers for the Links Friday Carvery or a ten per cent discount off the total value of the event. In addition, the normal venue hire charge of BD600 for the Majlis has been waived completely for August. Tel. +973 1775 0777.
Summer Mates Rates Extended to Thursdays
Ramadan PowerPlay Night Golf Series – Nine holes on Wee Monty Course. Chance to win a Callaway golf bag every week! 7pm shotgun start, BD10 per person for non members. Open to all.
Eid Ecco Stableford – 12 noon shotgun start. Maximum of 80 players on a first come, first served basis. Open to all.
Iftar and Ghabga
Eid Carvery Feast Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with friends and loved ones with the Eid Carvery Feast, at Links Restaurant on the first official day of Eid. BD14 for members and BD16 for visitors. Kids under six eat for free, while the cost for children aged 6 to 12 years is BD8.5 inclusive of selected soft drinks. The Friday immediately after Eid will see the resumption of the weekly Friday Carvery Feast. Tel. +973 1775 1263.
The Royal Golf Club’s special four-ball summer green fee rate for 18 holes on the Montgomerie championship course has now been extended to include Thursday afternoons. Now you and three mates can choose to play on Saturday afternoons, any time Sunday to Wednesday or Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm for BD100 total, inclusive of green fees, golf carts and access to the driving range for a warm up before your round.
Full details and terms and conditions of the Royal Golf Club’s summer offers can be found on www.theroyalgolfclub.com
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Get Fit with a Friend This Summer! Create unrivalled memories by using the summer months to get in shape with a mate. With the Royal Country Club’s 2 for 1 summer offer you can buy a personal training session for one person and a friend can train with you for free! The cost of a one-hour personal training session is just BD 15 for club members and BD 20 for visitors. Take advantage of our superbly equipped air-conditioned ladies and gents gyms where your personal trainer will put you both through your SDFHVDQGDGYLVHRQDUHDVRI¿WQHVV\RXQHHGWRFRQFHQWUDWHRQ7KHQ UHOD[LQRXUVDXQDVRUVWHDPURRPVDQG¿QLVKXSZLWKDUHIUHVKLQJFRRO shower. Call +973 17 751264 today to book your Personal Training 2 for the price of 1 session. Offer is valid from 1st June to 31st August 2012 only.
The Royal Golf Club website is available to you 24/7 all year round. Keep up to date with everything going on at the Club, view our latest offers and news, reserve a table in any of our restaurants or book your next tee time. www.theroyalgolfclub.com
Matters at Sofitel
xperience the true spirit of Ramadan at Sofitel Bahrain in Layali Al Zallaq tent. Enjoy daily IFTAR and GHABGA buffets with food and beverage selections from across the region such as oriental salads, live cooking stations including Manakeesh, Shawarma, Arabic bread, foul and balila and falafel stations.
Arabic Music by Lebanese duo Majeed & Marwan will accompany games such as cards, dominoes, and chess. BD15++ for Iftar, inclusive of Ramadan juices. Enjoy the Ghabga for BD15++ on weekdays and BD17++ on weekends. An extensive range of Shisha flavors will be available for an extra BD5++. Special rates are available for corporate groups (minimum of 50 people).
Experience Eid Enjoy the Eid promotion at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, with a luxury room overlooking the sea with buffet breakfast, in-room Wi-Fi, Kids Club and Pool, La Plage Beach Club and Gym and access to Tennis and Squash courts.
Prices start from BD99 net, inclusive of buffet breakfast, service charges and taxes. To reach Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, please follow the directions for the Bahrain International Circuit. Tel. +973 1763 6363 or visit: www.sofitel.com
For reservations, Tel. +973 1763 6363.
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of Ramadan at Mövenpick
amadan is the time to rejoice, to purify one’s soul and to enjoy the delicacies at Iftar. Break your fast with family and friends and spend the evening in the newly designed Silk’s Tent at the Mövenpick Hotel - a fully air conditioned
360 degree pavilion. The IFTAR buffet encompasses traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, including dishes such as Harees, Quzi, Madhrooba, Thereed and Kunafa at BD12.5++ per person, inclusive of traditional Ramadan juices. From prayer time until 9pm every night. Experience a blend of tradition and unique Arabian GHABGA with the Mövenpick touch of excellence. Enjoy the live Oud player, unwind with a game of cards, board games, chess or domino’s and titillate your senses with a last nibble before fasting resumes. BD13.5++, from 9.30pm to 2am.
Splendid Festivities of Eid
Nothing could be more perfect than marking the end of Ramadan with a spread of wonderful lunch and dinner feasts in one of the fabulous venues at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Whether you prefer quiet relaxation or days and nights filled with exciting activities, you’ll find everything you need for an unforgettable Eid holiday. Settle into an elegant room and take pleasure in a lavish EID BUFFET at BD15++ per person. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch when you choose the exclusive package at BD79++ for a single room or BD104++ for a double.
For reservations, Tel. +973 1746 0000.
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New in Bahrain Intense Fitness at Exifit
Created for fitness and sports enthusiasts Exifit promises intense fitness routines. They use a program called ‘CrossFit’ that delivers fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. At Exifit, you will never do the same workout twice. The idea is to provide constantly varied functional movements at high intensity. The workouts are universally scalable, which makes it perfect for anyone who’s committed. Those trying Exifit for the time will be gauged by the team, to identify the level of scaling required for the program. The workouts are always timed, scored, and recorded for a motivational atmosphere where the members are competing against each other for the highest score or the fastest time. You also get the benefits of a personal trainer in a group setting. To try out a free session Tel. +973 3953 3130 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitrose to open in Al Hayat
Waitrose will open its first store in Manama in the soon to open mall, Al Hayat Shopping Centre, in Mahooz area. The shopping centre owned and managed by Etihad Al Khaleej Real Estate Company is expected to open imminently. In addition to the anchor stores, AlHayat shopping centre will be supported by a selection of premium retail outlets, services, a large food court and casual dining restaurants and cafés. It is anticipated that Al-Hayat shopping center would commence a second phase of construction which includes five screen cinemas in the near future.
Town Bahrain Confidential fill you in on the who, what, why, when and where in Bahrain!
New in Dubai Emirates To Fly To DC
Emirates Airline has announced it will launch flights to America’s capital city from September. The Dubai-based airline will start operations to Washington Dulles International Airport from 12th September. Emirates will operate a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft on its DC route. EK 231 will leave Dubai daily at 2.20am and arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 8.50am. EK 232 will depart Dulles at 10.55am arriving in Dubai at 8am the following day. For more information Tel. +973 1758 8700 or log on to www.emirates.com/bh
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Ananasa - An Online Wonder!
Ananasa.com is an online destination and marketplace to buy and sell handmade items, made in the Middle East - including arts, crafts, clothes, furniture and home accessories, fashion, bags and even jewellery. The idea is to give each designer/artist full control over their own virtual store, update products, pricing, stock levels and availability. The website aims to nurture the emerging talent in the region by offering them the chance to be entrepreneurs without geographical barriers. Ananasa is the brain child of a sister duo Rania and Zaina Kana’an who started in October 2011 as a way to encourage and revive handmade crafts. The online marketplace aims to revive craftsmanship, heritage and culture by bridging the gap between the designer, artist, and craft maker to the customers. Visit www.ananasa.com
Enjoy this Ramadan at our glass tent overlooking the lagoon. Delicious traditional Iftar buffet and refreshing juices at BD 12.500++ per person, from prayer time until 9.00pm every night. Small gathering with the family or business partners at our newly designed glass tent is the perfect place to enjoy Ghabqa buffet daily from 9.30pm onwards until 2.00am at BD 13.500++ per person. Enjoy a selection of flavoured shisha in a relaxing atmosphere with a game of cards, board games, chess and dominoâ€™s, or just watch the Ramadan soap operas. www.moevenpick-hotels.com
New in Bahrain Men Like Shoes More Than Women!
Namshi.com, online destination for footwear and fashion, has spotted some surprising trends emerging as shoppers in the GCC move online to find the clothes they want. Not the least of these is the fact that men buy more shoes than women! A blow for those who think coating anything in pink will make it more attractive to women is the fact that 20 per cent of women prefer blue, with black and red being the other top colours this season. At the same time, men have plumped for blue, white and grey. Namshi holds over 400 brands and stocks over ten thousand lines of shoes and apparel, offering free delivery and free returns across the GCC and Egypt. To view Namshi.com products and win a shopping voucher, please turn to page 60.
Animal Care Clinic in Hamala
The Animal Care Clinic provides complete veterinary care to your pets at very competitive prices. Their Services include comprehensive physical exams, vaccination and de-worming, geriatric health checkups, ultrasound, complete dental care, surgeries, a complete pharmacy and much more. They’re also on call for emergencies 24 hours a day. For appointments, Tel. +973 1761 2459, and for emergency calls, Tel. +973 3635 9358. Email: email@example.com or visit: www.animalcareclinicbh.com
Convenience with Style!
Ever been shopping and collected six bags on each arm and had to lug them around the mall? Ever done that with three kids latched on to you? You want to try on that great top, but you have to manage all those bags in the changing room. What a nightmare! Someone has finally thought of a solution. Mallberri trolleys at Bahrain City Centre will carry the load for you. They are light, easily manoeuvrable and very funky. Each trolley is lined with a recyclable plastic bag, so you can directly place your shopping into these liner bags. When you’re done, pull out the liner bag and pop it in your car. The Mallberri rental stand is located on the Ground Floor, Gate One (Debenhams Entrance) at Bahrain City Centre.
o t t n a W e W . . . t u o b A SHOUT Bahrain Menus - Making Life Easier
Are you one of those people too who keep losing menus of restaurants? And doesn’t it always happen when you have people over, and need to order large amounts of food? Yep, we know all about that too. Well, someone has finally come up with a great solution! ‘Bahrain Menus’ is an online portal where you can find menus of almost all (they update regularly) restaurants in Bahrain. The website has an extensive database and provides easy access to all the menus. The search function is user-friendly and rather helpful. On the search tab, you can choose by area, type of cuisine and delivery options. The only downside is the website doesn’t allow you to search by price. They also have reviews from people who have tried the various restaurants. Happy dining!
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Pushing Boundaries, Playing with Extremes Tracy Gutierrez
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‘Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera, Philippines’
Why ‘Crazy Tracy’? ‘Crazy Tracy’ is actually a nickname that’s been given to me by different people on different occasions for as long as I can remember. It seems I have this weird, wild and crazy character that people easily identify. It never went away. I have embraced this name as my own to celebrate my uniqueness and individuality. I have also taken it to my artistic profession. What inspired you to become a photographer and graphic designer? Since childhood, art has always been my passion. Whenever I saw a really cool image, I just stared at it for as long as I could - observing every colour and detail. Everyday experiences give me inspiration to express my thoughts, ideas and feelings in visual form.
‘World’s smallest primate, Tarsier hanging from a tree in Bohol, Philippines’
Her friends call her ‘Crazy Tracy’, and her work explains why. Pushing the limits of photographic art and playing with extremes in portraits and photo-shoots, Tracy Gutierrez is no ordinary photographer. Maliha Aqueel speaks to the artist about her art and the creative process.
“The first photos I took were in black and white film ... I still have those photos with me.”
Do you remember your first pictures - and what kind of photography is your favourite? I first learnt photography back when I was studying Visual Communication at university. The first photos I took were in black and white film. I also developed those myself in the photo lab and dark room. I still have those photos with me. I enjoy portraits and travel photography.
What have been some ‘crazy’ moments in your photography? Once, I trashed my bathroom - which took me some time to clean up - so I could get this filthy effect. I covered the entire wall and floor with foil and wrapped up my model in electric tape. I covered the floor with black garbage bags and poured water on it. I got myself a bit wet from that and as I was moving my lights, I got a ‘City of Heidelberg, Germany’ couple of electric shocks! I’ve torn up two gorgeous couture dresses. Good thing the designer didn’t mind! I’ve climbed over rocks, slipped and almost soaked my camera, just to get shots of a gorgeous seaside view. I don’t know
if I’ll ever be able to sell my camera if I want an upgrade. What type of graphic design work appeals to you? Web graphics, animation, 3D are all the rage in today’s technology. I however, find myself drawn to conceptualizing brand identity, print media and illustrations. What type of portraits do you like doing and, what’s the biggest challenge when doing portraits? I enjoy nude portraits the most. The human body is already art in itself. Each person’s body is so vastly different from another. Each figure and form reacts differently to light and shadow. The language of the body is very expressive and communicates strongly with the audience. The challenge is to try to get your models to relax and be comfortable in their own skin. I encourage them to just have fun with it and enjoy the moment. The biggest challenge I think in doing
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around with your imagination. This is where you get to experiment with the background, the lights, and take control of the setting. The editing process can take longer. When taking pictures of places, it’s the exact opposite for me. Each time of the day or night brings a different effect of light and colour. You also have to consider the weather. The sun won’t always be shining beautifully every time you head out. At this point, you have no control over it, so you just go with the flow. For this, I rarely spend time on editing, I just correct the exposure levels and colour balance. If the image is already excellent as it is, then it won’t need any editing at all. What do you consider your proudest moment as photographer - and, what humbles you most? I would say that my proudest moment as a photographer is every time I create a new work of art - seeing my own creation, knowing that I’ve put all my effort into it and how other people appreciate it. Every new artwork is a challenging creative process for me. What humbles me most is the fact I still have so much more to learn
portraits is capturing the soul of the person you are photographing. It’s kind of like creating a Mona Lisa. You look at her face and you can feel that she is speaking to you. Yet, not a single word is uttered. What do you feel is your greatest strength - and your biggest weakness as a photographer? I am actually a very nervous person. I am scared of failing and not getting the results I want. I think of it as my strength as well, since it builds my desire to push boundaries, to overcome this fear and realize my true talent. This encourages me
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to explore new grounds. But at the same time, this can also hold me back. What do you like photographing more - people or places? Can’t really say which I like more, both are so different. When taking pictures of people, there’s a lot of room for playing
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The True Spirit of Ramadan
John R Ridley
John R Ridley talks about the true meaning of the Holy month of Ramadan and its significance in a community like Bahrain, where people of many faiths come together.
he first sighting of crescent moon marked the beginning of the most important month of the Islamic year Ramadan. Over many years I have come to recognise that Ramadan is difficult; it is supposed to be, but as with any test, anticipation is always worse than reality. It is a demanding time, however, when it ends, there is a sense of loss. So much of modern life is driven by the desire to reach our targets that we forget life is a journey itself. Ramadan forces us to slow down and embrace each moment at a reduced pace, absorbing the finer details of life and the world around us. Throughout the month, observers generally take two meals, the first ‘Iftar’ when, just after sunset, the fast is broken, often with different families coming together and sharing. The second meal, ‘Suhoor’, is normally taken just before the fast resumes at dawn. Not everybody is expected to fast. Young children, seniors, pregnant women, diabetics and others with medical needs are discouraged. With Ramadan now coming in the hottest months of the year, religious bodies are likely to advise workers
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“During Ramadan, we are expected to stand back and re-evaluate our lives, to take control of our desires and instincts, and to conquer them.” that it is acceptable to break the fast if they needed to. When the fast ends it is celebrated for three days in a holiday called Eid-ul-Fitr. Gifts are exchanged, friends and family gather to pray and share meals. For many non-Muslims, Ramadan is a mystery and seems daunting, few can understand why anyone would choose to fast from sunrise to sunset for a whole month. During Ramadan, we are expected to stand back and re-evaluate our lives, to take control of our desires and instincts, and to conquer them. Muslims are expected to abstain from food, drink, and other pleasures from dawn to dusk, it becomes a time of worship and contemplation, prayer, spirituality, and charity, with less focus on the concerns of their everyday lives. Some use sleep to ‘escape’ the hardship of the fast.
By focusing on, and experiencing hunger and thirst, albeit, just for a few hours - we learn something of the daily hardships of the lives of the world’s poor, for whom it is a daily routine. Through re-examining how we lead our lives we can learn more about ourselves, and our relationships - with people, with our society and our environment. With a deeper insight and understanding we can leave our own mundane, often complex lives behind. Whilst Ramadan is an Islamic event, in a country such as Bahrain, renowned for religious freedom and its tolerance towards all members of the country’s multicultural society, it should be seen as a time of reflection for all, irrespective of religion. Non-Muslims could invite a Muslim family to share Iftar, they will be delighted to guide and help prepare the meal. Reaching out to a Muslim family during the holy month of Ramadan helps strengthen our multi faith community and allows us all to experience the true meaning of Ramadan John Ridley is a journalist who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than thirty years. Based in Bahrain, John can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘The Golden Hearth
Interview with Andrea Porcheddu, Artistic Consultant of the National Theatre.
“The National Theatre can’t be a ‘spaceship’ that comes from afar, with shows landing and leaving without contact with the country.”
Andrea Porcheddu, Artistic Consultant of the National Theatre
Expected to open in November, the National Theatre is promising to be an incredible addition to the cultural scene in Bahrain. The theatre is under the leadership of Andrea Porcheddu, who is a theatre critic and professor at IUAV Venice University. He has directed festivals in Italy and been a consultant to La Biennale in Venice as well as to other cultural institutes. Read on for Maliha Aqueel’s interview with Andrea. 32 | Bahrain Confidential | August 2012
How do you, on a personal level, feel about theatre and the performing arts? I think that theatre, and art in general, play a prominent role in society. Artists can reflect our world - explain who we are, what we’re living. A theatrical play can show us our own way of living, giving us the tools to change our lives. As Shakespeare said, theatre is a mirror to society. But following Bertolt Brecht, we can add: theatre can also change and better one’s society. Why did you choose this line of work and how did you end up here? I think it’s a great opportunity to see a theatre growing from its basement - something that happens once in one man’s life. This is something that excites me! I’ve always been interested in Arabic theatre and music, so when Shaikha Mai invited me to Bahrain I decided immediately to accept. Bahrain has a great tradition and cultural heritage that I want to study and discover. It is an amazing challenge, but it is also a great honour to be involved in realizing it.
Bahrain “The theatre will require a sizeable staff to keep it open and running so it represents a great opportunity for job creation.”
Is the theatre design flexible enough to accommodate different types of performances? The National Theatre of Bahrain features a versatile space ideal for opera, drama, and symphonic concerts as well as modern and classical dance. What kinds of performances are you expecting to have? From my point of view, the basic idea in managing and internationally promoting the National Theatre of Bahrain project is to connect the new theatre to international cultural institutions. This could create a cultural and artistic dialogue composed of mutual exchanges and meetings. We would like to bring different culture and art to Bahrain through theatre, dance, music and opera-but we would also like to
engage local artists and include them by giving them a platform to explore and display their talents, develop their skills and expand their education. The National Artist’s Renderings of the National Theatre Theatre can’t be a ‘spaceship’ that comes from afar, with shows landing and leaving without In terms of drama, Shakespeare, Moliere, contact with the country. We would like to Brecht, Pinter, or some contemporary open our doors to the best artists of this authors like Martin Crimp or Sarah Kane wonderful Kingdom. That’s why we’re already are favourites. I love the Italian Commedia interviewing authors, musicians, composers dell’Arte with its eternal and funny masks. and dancers who live in Bahrain. We would But the joy of this job is that every day you like our theatre to be open to the questions can discover new artists. that come from those artists living and working in Bahrain. What do you expect the response to such a big cultural project will be in Bahrain? When is the theatre expected to open? I feel that there’s a great interest, a great The opening evening will be on 12th curiosity about the National Theatre. I hope November 2012. We’re working on a very that our proposal will be well accepted by the Bahraini audience. A country’s National Theatre serves as a kind of calling card. It is a way of introducing itself in the cultural and social international life so we hope to recruit the best of the best and the door is open for all Bahrainis who are willing to deliver. The theatre will require a sizeable staff to keep it open and running so it represents a great opportunity for job creation.
diverse line-up that promises to deliver quality performances and cater to a variety of tastes. It’s all under wraps at the moment, but I can promise you that the opening night and indeed the entire programme will be particularly exciting and an outstanding first for Bahrain! Do you have any future performances planned for the theatre? Of course, we’re programming our theatrical season, starting from January through to the end of the year. For the upcoming theatrical season, we are considering hosting some of the most renowned operas such as Verdi’s and Wolfgang Mozart’s creations. Additionally we are looking at international performance concerts from Egypt, India and Bali. We’d like this theatre to be a crossroad of different cultures.
Any particular artists you would like to invite? It is important to stress that a great deal of attention will be given to Arab and Islamic culture. This said, there are many artists that we’d like to invite, for the first time, in the Gulf: the American director Bob Wilson, or the famous Berliner Ensemble from Germany, the French Bartabas with his spectacular Zingaro performance, or famous singers from India
Tell us about the National Theatre. The project is by As-Architecture Studio, Paris. It is directed by Mrs Roueida Ayache and Mr Rene-Henri Arnaud. What I can add is that the design is very well done and reminds me of an Arabic style golden cupola. The lagoon in front complements the structure very well and ties in the idea of the sea-which is an integral part of Bahrain’s self-identity. It reminds me of other theatres with a water feature, such as “La Fenice” in Venice. It will be the golden hearth of Manama. My hope is that these features encourage interaction and create a sense of community among people who share similar interests. I also hope that Bahrainis will come to view the National Theatre as an accessible venue to people from all walks of life. It should be an active and lively place of art, not only for the city, but for the Arabian Gulf region. Part of our goal is to be regarded as, and become, a creative point of reference. The auditorium is arranged on three levels and provides a total of 1,002 seats. The stalls and parterre level have a total of 544 seats; the first balcony has 247 seats, and the second balcony has 211 seats. There are nine removable seats in the stalls to accommodate wheelchair spaces (five, if both orchestra pits are being used). Nearby, a multi-purpose theatre provides 200 seats and serves as an ideal stage for contemporary drama, dance, cinema, lectures, workshops and a rehearsal space. Other amenities include a coffee shop, a majlis, and a beautiful art garden that can be used for open-air performances. I have to commend HE Shaikha Mai, the Minister of Culture, for her vision and extreme dedication to the development of this theatre. Her attention to detail is amazing as she’s been working tirelessly to perfect the building, services and the programme of events for local and regional audiences.
What kind of performances do you personally enjoy most and why? It is difficult to say. Puccini, Mozart and Verdi are fundamental composers for me.
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Bahrain: Minarets and Palm Trees
s the Holy month of Ramadan, David Hollywood takes us on a spiritual journey of the sights and sounds of this unique island. Minarets and palm trees, Possess my pictured gaze, Of heights within a vision, In heat and sun and haze. Exotic in appearance, And elegant they stand, In noble perseverance, Amongst the warming sand. As each reflects their setting, Elusively and tall, The harshness of the landscape, Increase their statures call. And as they summit skyward, In search of heavens hall, This Garden born of Eden, Holds zeniths that enthrall. David Hollywood
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â€œBahrain has thriving arts, sporting and cultural communities, many of these have embraced each other and are jointly trying to bridge the divide.â€?
Moving Forward As A Nation As Bahrain tries to reconcile following the troubles of 2011 and 2012, communities are being drawn back together through the efforts of the young people of the country, writes John R Ridley. John R Ridley
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or much of the world our story only began on the morning of the 14th February 2011. As with any other country there had been longstanding underlying social issues, but Bahrain was known as a tolerant and
peaceful society. Few had imagined waking on that February morning to find friends and family members on opposing sides of a political divide, fewer still could have envisaged the argument turning aggressive. Mohammad Al Daaysi, a 19 year old student, is well known as a blogger. We met in a cafe in Budayah. On the surrounding tables are men of all ages, meeting with friends and drinking coffee. He recalled the events proceeding 14th February. “In the months that followed there was trouble almost every night - I soon realised that it had to stop; Bahrainis had to accept each other and move forward together.” Mohammad formed an online community of young people from all sides of the divide. “We had disagreed on many issues but we agreed to meet and talk. The community grew to become a respected public forum, known as ‘The Bahrain Debate’, organised for the youth of Bahrain by young people.” Mohammad’s initiative resonated with youth across the country. “We encouraged young people to speak their minds and share their ideas in a constructive manner.” Young Bahrainis were trying to move forward from the troubles. The debate encouraged others to join together in cross community activities, often in culture, sport and the arts. Amongst others, the Bahrain Debate inspired 26 year old Wafa Alobaidat, who has been active in Bahrain’s sports and cultural activities for many years. Wafa is proud of her country and the humility for which Bahrainis are renowned - she is also pragmatic and knows that to reconcile, people have to adapt. “Bahrain is one of the kindest nations on earth and this will never change, the people are open-minded and humble; it is sad that Bahrain has had to suffer this turmoil, it did - we can’t cry about it and wish we could go back.” In the weeks that followed 14th February, people on all sides became polarised in how they saw the future of the country. Wafa explained that the divide affected every part of society. “Bahrain is a very tolerant society and always has been, there are many torn relationships between siblings and husbands and wives because of what happened, we need to reach out to people and communities to rebuild those relationships.” Wafa believes that Bahrainis increasingly see it as their responsibility to address the social divide. “We need reconciliation, but that will come if we focus on people, I don’t want to see two of my friends not talking to each other, I don’t want to lose another friend, and I don’t want children going to different schools just because they hold different opinions.” She is pragmatic and recognises the depth of the divide. “I may also be a part of
Wafa Alobaidat in a Ladies Football League
the problem, I have had been caught up in an emotional roller coaster and lost friends along the way, it may not be possible to rebuild all the personal relationships, but we must all try to reconnect with each other.” For most people in Bahrain, life continues as normal, the country is not a war zone, during the week people go to work or attend schools and universities. In the evenings and weekends families enjoy outdoor pursuits, cinemas and shopping malls. Bahrain has thriving arts, sporting and cultural communities, many of these have embraced each other and are jointly trying to bridge the divide. Wafa is part of a ladies football league. “This brings us together as does the Bahraini community of artists; we are finding areas where we can do what we love and give back for the benefit of all - we can focus on our passions and on each other and not on politics.” Wafa is not just involved in the ladies football league, but also in creating cultural centres within communities across Bahrain. Much of her spare time is dedicated to bringing Malja, her vision of a cultural centre
to fruition; as always her focus is upon young people. “Malja is a conceptual art hub created by the young for young people where artists and designers can gather to exhibit work, and also conduct workshops to support the creative community.” But her visions for Malja are much more than an art and cultural centre, it is a place of refuge, a place where people can meet in safety, free from destructive peer pressure, get to know each other and through new found friendships can work for peace. For Wafa, a space like Malja, which means refuge in Arabic, “will be a much needed step forward in the reconciliation process.” Bahrain is a tolerant peace loving society and has been for generations, having spoken with so many people, I am optimistic that the country will move forward together. It will take time, but Bahrain’s history of peace and tolerance will prevail John Ridley is a journalist who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than thirty years. Based in Bahrain, John can be contacted at email@example.com
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Tamkeen Promotes Success
Hassan Ali Ahmed of the Arabian East Training Centre
amkeen was established in August 2006 as part of Bahrain’s national reform initiatives and Bahrain Economic Vision 2030. It is tasked with supporting Bahrain’s private sector and positioning it as the key driver of economic development. Their primary objectives are: 1) Fostering the creation and development of enterprises, and 2) Providing support to enhance the productivity and growth of enterprises and individuals. Hassan Ali Ahmed provides an account of how Tamkeen have helped the growth of the Arabian East Training Centre of which he is Managing Director. “When we opened, we relied on a basic accounting system with limited access - only one person could access it at a time through one computer. As the institute grew, the need for developing a more cohesive, efficient and costeffective system that can minimize
“Prompted by this success, we are currently thinking about registering to benefit from two more Tamkeen programmes to assist and support us.” Hassan Ali Ahmed
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mistakes and cover all aspects of operation became paramount. As we searched for the right solution, we heard from our circle of acquaintances about Tamkeen and the list of programmes it provides to assist enterprises based in Bahrain. This proved to be a very sound decision for us. Improved operations and performance, such as rapid completion of progress reports, application procedures, and other administrative tasks, led to higher customer satisfaction. The system also allowed us to export the process to our website, enabling our corporate and individual clients to complete these tasks online and further reducing our operational costs. Prompted by this success, we are currently thinking about registering to benefit from two more Tamkeen programmes to assist and support us in our plans to further develop the institute. I personally encourage all business owners and individuals to develop their enterprises and lives by taking advantage of Tamkeen’s pioneering and innovative programmes which cannot found elsewhere.”
The Arabian East Training Centre is widely regarded as a high-class institute in the field of Health and Safety in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Since its establishment in 2000, the institute has received a number of accredited certifications from the UK and the USA.
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In the House of Amouage’s latest introspective creations for man and woman, ‘Interlude’ evokes an air of disorder while maintaining a sense of balance and tranquility through the inventive use of Frankincense and Myrrh. “I interpret what I see and feel into scents.”
n orchestrated blend of technical skill and creative integrity, the fragrances take one moment in time for self-reflection and personal discovery to compose internal harmony from external chaos. “I interpret what I see and feel into scents,” says Christopher Chong, Amouage Creative Director. “All the social and natural chaos and disorder surrounding us today can be translated to a much more intimate level. The interlude moment is a reflection of all the trials and tribulations one overcomes to attain personal satisfaction and achievement.” Interlude Woman is a floral chypre that reveals an interlude moment of unity and serenity. The sweetness of Bergamot and bitterness of Grapefruit in the top notes create turbulent tensions while Rose, Frankincense and Sandalwood in the intricate heart are masqueraded with an unconventional combination of Nut, Coffee, Kiwi, Honey and Agarwood. An opulent base of sumptuous Amber and Vanilla inject warmth to the fragrance’s contradicting accords. Harmony resonates in the heart of Interlude Man. Zesty Bergamot, Oregano and Pimento Berry Oil conjure perpetuating intervals of conflict which are countered by aromatic notes of Amber, Frankincense, Cistus and Myrrh. Eternal notes of leather, Agarwood smoke, Patchouli and Sandalwood in the base add lasting layers of depth and texture. Chong explains, “Amouage has established an enviable reputation for re-inventing accustomed scents. Frankincense and Myrrh traditionally smell spiritual and religious but in Interlude, they have been reconstructed to feel contemporary yet sophisticated.” Amouage’s signature glass crystal bottles are introduced in a rich and mesmerizing midnight blue hue with gold-plated detailing, accentuated with a sapphire blue Swarovski crystal. Vibrant colours enrich the packaging in an abstract and conceptual representation of orderly chaos
Interlude is available in 50ml and 100ml Eau de Parfum at the Amouage Shop in Bahrain City Centre and Al Hawaj. For more details, visit: www.amouage.com
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iTechbahrain.com’s Faisal Ebrahim gives us the lowdown on the latest tech news and gadgets to hit the market. Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft has unveiled the first computer it has ever made, a tablet called the Surface that comes with a keyboard and other features designed to stand out in a market dominated by Apple Inc. The Surface has a built-in kickstand and magnetic cover, which also acts as a touch keyboard. Microsoft didn’t say whether the device would connect to cellular data networks or would be Wi-Fi only. The Surface will “be priced like comparable tablets,” Windows Chief Steve Sinofsky said. Microsoft will sell the tablets itself at Microsoft’s handful of retail stores and through some online channels. Microsoft didn’t identify contractors who will manufacture the hardware, or provide much clarity on timing—except to say that the first Surface models will arrive when Windows 8 is generally available, which is expected to be in the second half of the year.
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Apple’s new operating system, iOS 6 will have over 200 updates and improvements. With iOS 6, Siri will be able to launch apps, Tweet, provide information on sports (scores, game summaries, player stats), integrate with Yelp and OpenTable (for restaurant reviews and reservations), integrate with Rotten Tomatoes (movie times and reviews), speak in a variety of languages, and have hands-free integration in car systems. Also, Facebook will be deeply integrated into the new iOS. Users, once logged into their Facebook account, will be granted instant access to Facebook in apps, web browser and Siri. Users will have the option of adding events and birthdays from Facebook to their calendar. As for the new phone app enhancements, there will be a function that reminds users to call or text back when they can’t take an incoming call. The ‘Do Not Disturb’ function is quite impressive, as the device can receive messages but won’t light up. The new maps will have turn-by-turn navigation, voiced over by Siri. iOS 6 will be made available to consumer devices later this year.
iPhone Panoramic Video Lens
The iPhone 360 Degree Panoramic Video Lens captures seamless panoramic video. Using the same technology that’s found in US Army surveillance cameras, the lens has a curved mirror that gathers light from all directions and reflects it back into the iPhone’s camera, enabling video recording in all directions simultaneously without requiring image stitching. A free app automatically calibrates the focus, adjusts the exposure, and allows you to pan and tilt the viewing perspective up to 360º on the horizontal plane and up to 80º on the vertical plane. The lens captures video at 30 frames per second and at 1920 x 456 resolution for iPhone 4S and 1280 x 304 for iPhone 4. The removable lens attaches to the included iPhone hard case that can be used as an everyday protective cover. Includes a microfiber pouch for the lens. Retails for USD79.95
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Your Go-To For Events! You know how you always hear of an event after it’s happened or see a billboard on the highway but can’t catch any of the details? That’s what always happened to Rana Rushdy and she decided to create a solution.
ana moved to Bahrain at the age of twelve and was later educated in New Zealand. With the help of a friend, Rana has created Bahrainivents.com, a website that provides up-to-date listings of all events in Bahrain. Rana chats with Bahrain Confidential, and explains more about ‘Bahrainivents’. How did you first think of the concept? My friend and I thought of a way to bring a dynamic listing of events that is accessible to anyone with an internet connection. From there, we started building the website and collecting information about events. What market gap did you see to make this website?
The biggest gap was lack of accurate online content for events taking place in Bahrain. There are some sites providing listings in English with monthly/quarterly updates, but none in Arabic. Another important factor is that local community events often don’t have an advertising budget. We wanted to give them access to a bigger audience by listing their events on our site as well. We list all events for free. With our blend of community and other events there is something for everyone. Can you describe the different sections on the website? Even though our website is all about events, we also like to provide information of what’s happening on
the island like sales, under the ‘Bargains’ tab. We also have an amazing fan base who love sharing their photos and videos from the events they attend. We call this ‘Share Your Experience’ and ask our readers to email us photos and videos, which we then upload on the relevant event pages. What are your future plans? We are constantly looking for ways to improve the website and provide our readers with the latest information. We take it one day at it time, and listen carefully to feedback and suggestions and try our best to implement what we can to make our site even more useful to readers Please visit www.Bahrainivents.com or if you want your event to be listed, please email: email@example.com
“We list all events for free. With our blend of community and other events, there is something for everyone.”
Rana with her one year old, Chadi
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he season’s latest beauty products from Giorgio Armani and Natura Bissé were showcased at the ‘Taste of Fashion’ hosted by Bahrain City Centre and the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. Women from the Oasis Gardens Compound at Al Khobar – KSA enjoyed hand crafted pastries, savouries, and refreshing beverages courtesy of T-Spoon. Four models selected from the crowd were chosen to experience the “Saks” makeover. They received top-to-toe enhancements in beauty and fashion from the world’s leading designers and finest brands in skincare and makeup.
Models after makeover: (l-r) Amanda Pryar, Kay Smith, Louise Dickens and Kerry Knight
“I’ve modelled before in Oman. Today’s ‘Taste of Fashion’ experience was nice because we (models) knew each other and we had the whole make-over done from hair to make up.” Louise Dickens
“This was my first experience in modelling. I totally loved the colour of make-up used on my eyes.” - Kerry Knight
Models before makeover: (l-r) Amanda Pryar, Kerry Knight, Kay Smith and Louise Dickens
“I come to Bahrain City Centre every month and love to walk around the mall. I was amazed at the cost of Saks Fifth Avenue clothes, they are not as expensive as I had thought.” - Kay Smith
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Let Bahrain Confidential take you into the blogosphere in Bahrain, that’s full of talented youth expressing themselves. Shub Bangera, who maintains the blog ‘Dimpled Fairy’, chats with Maliha Aqueel about her passions and her blog.
hub Bangera describes herself as a fashionista with a passion for beauty, fashion, health, food, travel and art. She currently works fulltime in Human Resource at an Oil & Gas company and blogs after work and on weekends.
How did you first think of starting an online blog? My best friend persuaded me to do it. I would always be the one my friends or family came rushing to when it came to matters of style and fashion for a party or event. I would choose their outfits with the exact accessories and even dress them up. I enjoyed every aspect of it. I have even designed special occasion outfits for close friends and family! Image makeovers are a special interest of mine, it excites me to give someone a whole new look. Can you describe the Social Media Awards and the recognition you recently received? Social Media Awards were one of a kind, being the only fashion blog nominated was quite an honour for someone as new as me on the blogging
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horizon. It’s only been four to five months since I have seriously started blogging. And being nominated third in the ‘Best Personal Social Blog’ category encouraged me to get better. I had the opportunity to meet some really interesting and talented people from different walks of life too. What kind of blogger would you describe yourself as? Completely me! Dimpled Fairy is all things Shub Bangera - colorful, classy, curvy and chic! I don’t follow norms, I just do what I believe. I believe women of all sizes can look beautiful if they know how to dress - the correct colour, fit and style can make anyone into a diva. But most importantly you should be comfortable with who you are, no one’s perfect! I embrace myself with my curves and dress for my body shape. You don’t have to be skinny to look good. What are your future plans for Dimpled Fairy? When I started out it was just an experiment but now it’s become a way of life and a passion. Everything I do, see or experience becomes a part of Dimpled Fairy. My readers encourage me to become better and to continue with what I do. So, for now, it’s a paramount passion in my life and I am taking it one step at a time
“I believe women of all sizes can look beautiful if they know how to dress - the correct colour, fit and style can make anyone into a diva.” Follow Shub on Twitter: @DimpledFairy or Facebook: www.facebook.com/DimpledFairyDiary or visit her blog ‘Dimpled Fairy’ at: www.shubbangera.com
Caftani haute couture is designed by Moroccan fashion designers, thus bringing to Bahrain exotic designs, originality and rich heritage.
Get the traditional Arabic look with shapely caftans, flowy abayas and handcrafted shailas. Bahrain City Centre is home to local and international Arabian Garment outlets - with some great collections in store for you to browse and shop from.
Traditional Arabian Fashions
Designed for practicality, Al Motahajiba marks the perfect combination of classic form and elegant function in a womanâ€™s everyday life at home or work.
Anmar Couture is a well known brand in the world of Arabian Womenâ€™s Fashion with presence in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Zumorrod designs with utmost passion and quality, and offers exquisite designs of Shailas and Abayas.
Al Safaa offers a wide range of traditional clothing for Arab women.
For more than 17 years, the Hanayen Group has enjoyed the trust of the people of Bahrain as well as across the world.
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Wool house has specialised in garments and tailoring designs for the last 50 years. Wool House
Al Zurki aspires to provide women with something as beautiful as their own selves with high quality scarves and shailas.
Fashion Abdul Samad Al Quraishi
Abdul Samad Al Quraishi is known as the house of Oud, amber and perfumes.
Enchanting Scents of Arabia
Ajmal stands strong as a regional corporate entity with a vast portfolio of over 200 of the finest and most captivating fragrances available in the region.
Romantic, enchanting and captivating scents await you at all the Arabian perfume stores in Bahrain City Centre. Step into these stores for a variety of traditional and modern Arabian perfumes.
Established over six decades ago, Asghar Ali Perfumes is a name synonymous with high quality perfumes and beauty products. Besides eastern fragrances, Asghar Ali has also diversified into western style perfumes to appeal to a wider variety of consumers.
Arabian Oud has over 25 years of expertise in producing authentic fragrances and is considered one of the largest perfume retailers in the world.
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BD150 Al Rasasi Perfumes
Rasasi Specialises in oriental and western perfumes with a strong distribution and retail presence across GCC.
Reehat Al Atoor have over two decades of experience in perfume-making and regularly introducing the flavours of natural aromatic essence in their perfumes.
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Junaid specialises in traditional natural oils and production of some of the finest perfumes, oils, incense, accessories and selections of Oud wood from different parts of Asia.
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Yas Perfumes, the royal name of perfumes, is an Emirati company that offers a huge selection of Arabic and French mixed perfumes.
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Inspired by the World’s Fastest Man
PUMA Introduces evoSPEED
or the first time in the brand’s history, evoSPEED features product offerings for all PUMA sport categories. Inspired by Usain Bolt - the World’s Fastest Man, the collection answers every athlete’s need for speed.
Designed under the criteria of ‘light, flex, and fit’, all evoSPEED footwear features lightweight materials, increased flexibility and an optimized fit that enables a greater freedom of movement without compromising support, to enhance speed.
The next generation in PUMA’s Speed silo, the evoSPEED 1 FG is one of the lightest boots in the market. The upper features a soft and ultrathin microfiber material whilst stability is provided by the internal EverFit cage. The external heel counter secures an excellent heel fit and the new PUMA evoAptoLast which provides an industry leading fit.
The evoSPEED Mid took its inspiration directly from the Formula 1 race track. The shoe features a full EVA comfort midsole, an internal EverFit cage for enhanced fit, and a heel wrap up for better grip. For extra durability, a rubber spray toecap has been added.
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The BOLT evoSPEED Runner is a light, breathable and flexible trainer built to enhance speed. Through evoFOAM, a lightweight midsole cushioning, this trainer offers a fast, responsive and smooth ride.
Email your answer to competition@ArabianMagazines.com and please include age, nationality, sex and favourite section in the magazine (for internal use only). Good Luck!
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Areej magazine is NOT just another foreign franchise magazine title. It is completely created and based in Bahrain. It is also Bahrain’s largest circulated Arabic lifestyle magazine, covering Bahrain lifestyle, luxury, fashion, society...and ‘what to do’.
Bahrain’s No.1 largest circulated Arabic women’s magazine
BD2 Reverse Print Diagonal Stripe T-shirt
BD8.5 Hooded Jacket
BD13 Graphic Sweat Shirt
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BD16.5 Black High Tops
BD5.5 Reversible Belt
Roll up Chinos
New Look is located at Bahrain City Centre.
BD16.5 Camel Shoes
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Feather Print Maxi
Blair Bow Back Shrug
Butterfly Lock Bag
BD69.25 Chants Charm Bag
Classic Chic at Monsoon Slinky Peacock Earrings
Peacock Feather Butterfly
This beautifully embellished dramatic maxi dress is ideal for a summer holiday or a garden party - has a concealed side zip, flattering blouson detail at waist, and is fully lined.
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Edge Painted Tote
Itâ€™s chic, itâ€™s classic and very wearable! This collection by Monsoon sticks with classic silhouettes, yet plays around with peacock accessories and colours - the perfect collection to enhance a boring wardrobe or fit in a couple of classic pieces.
Evelyn Tweed Handbag
Fashion BD4.5 Pearly Rose Necklace
Bridget Corsage Dress
Pretty, Cute & Charming Monsoon Children Itâ€™s all about lace, shimmer, organza and other cute things in the Monsoon Childrenâ€™s Collection! The charming glittery ballerinas, the irresistibly cute organza clips and other accessories make this perfect for the pretty little ladies.
BD2.95 2x Organza Flower Clip
BD15.75 All Over Glitter Rose
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Turn Heads With Juicy Couture
The Fall 2012 collection injects California cool with hints of punk influence. Peppered with menswear tailoring, and tongue-in-cheek nods to status and elements of 1970â€™s Sunset Strip. A little fur, a hint of rock and lot of attitude amount to seriously fun dressing.
Classic wardrobe pieces like herringbone blazers and drainpipe trousers in rich greens and berries get amped up with leather binding detail, while lace inlay sweaters and leopard print silk tops get new life with a shot of neon. Juicy Cuture is available at Al Aâ€™ali Mall and Bahrain City Centre.
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Look Gorgeous with Jane Norman
Float like a butterfly and look like a supermodel with the stunning butterfly print maxi dress or choose from any other long dresses with beautiful silhouettes. Go for the impeccably tailored blazer in this seasonâ€™s bright and beautiful tropical print. Or add a touch of sexy texture to this fabulous summer with the figurehugging wonders by Jane Norman!
Tropical Soft Blazer
Red Maxi Prom Dress
Butterfly Print Maxi Dress
Berry High Neck Beaded Maxi Dress
BD30 BD30 Lemon Maxi Prom Dress
Visit the Jane Norman store in Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1717 9594.
Turquoise Pleated Sweatheart Maxi Dress
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Namshi stocks the widest selection of the world’s best fashion for men and women. The site is available in English and Arabic, making shopping easy. (See page 20 for more details)
Shoes (Cecconello): CE992SH79LEE (SR410/ approximately BD41.22) Earrings (Liza Kim): LI058AC23RAI (SR70/ approximately BD7.04) Dress (Modström): MO498AT65LUC (SR350/ approximately BD35.19)
Jarred Lang-Paisley Shirt
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Frank Wright-Stain Casual Lace Ups
Polo Ralph Lauren Shoes
Jumpsuit (Modstrรถm): MO498AT59LUI (SR450/ approximately BD45.24) Shoes (Cecconello): CE992SH88LDV (SR185/ approximately BD18.60) Sunglasses (Quay): QU896AC81HEG (SR130/ approximately BD13.07) Watch (La Mer): LA762AC56YMH (SR600/ approximately BD60.32)
Calvin Klein-TED Laced Boat Shoes
Necklace (Vanessa Mooney): VA000AC03LOUOn (SR380/ approximately BD38.20)
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VOI Jeans-Purple Chinos
To The Black-Jimi Hendrix T-shirt
T-shirt (Gold Saturn): GO921AT10HSN (SR145/ approximately BD14.58) Shoes (Zoom): ZO733SH99XRK (SR160/ approximately BD16.08) Earrings (Mikey London): MI900AC72HMH (SR95/ approximately BD9.55) Watch (IO?ION!): IO764AC11YOA (SR200/ approximately BD20.11) Shorts (AGN): AG057AT78QYF (SR95/ approximately BD9.55)
See page 20 for more details on Namshi.
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Areej, established in 2004, is the luxury Arabic lifestyle magazine published from Bahrain by Arabian Magazines. It has a strong focus on fashion and luxury but also gives readers interesting and informative sections on art, society, shopping, home decor, and health. In November 2009, Areej circulation was substantially increased as it became the only magazine to be delivered to 3,000 Al Watan newspaper subscribers.
Makeover candidate, Najeia Albinali, talks to Bahrain Confidential about her experience.
Najeia Albinali before the makeover
“I just want to thank you all for this amazing offer and I have really enjoyed it very much! I hope I can win another makeover or similar competitions from Bahrain Confidential in the future. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would do so happily” - Najeia Albinali
Cosmetic Treatments with Dr Dean Cunha Gomes Najeia had crow’s feet around her eyes and sagging nasolabial folds (smile lines). Dr Dean injected fillers to correct the smile lines. He used Botox to reduce the wrinkles, lines on her forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. This was also done keeping in mind the natural contours and lines of the face - and Najeia can still ‘smile with her eyes’! For her body, Najeia received the Velasmooth treatment on her
upper thighs - to address the appearance of cellulite or the ‘orange-peel effect’. “The fillers from Dr Dean were my favourite part of the makeover, the effect was so natural. Even the Botox was great. No one could tell that I had received any treatments on my face. For the Velasmooth, I can say it was about 60 per cent effective in reducing cellulite,” said Najeia.
Call Dr Dean at the Royal Bahrain Hospital on Tel. +973 1724 6857 or 1724 6939.
Najeia, with Habiba of Lei Garden Skincare, taking a freshly juiced wheat grass shot
Najeia receives Botox treatment from Dr Dean
Facial Treatments at Lei Garden Skincare
To address the tired skin, eye bags, undereye circles, and open pores on Najeia’s skin, Habiba at Lei Garden Skincare recommended M.A.R.T.A facial treatments. With the M.A.R.T.A Anti-Ageing, and Face Lift Facial treatments, wrinkles were visibly outstretched, the colour of the skin is uniform and luminous, and Najeia’s face has a relaxed and rejuvenated look. “The experience at Lei Garden was exceptionally good. My skin is fresh and glowing! Not to mention how relaxed I felt after each session, and you can really see the difference in my skin,” said Najeia. For appointments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. +973 1729 0008, or book online at: www.leigardenskincare.com
Interested in having a Makeover ?
Tell us why you need one and what issues you want addressed. Email Competition@ArabianMagazines.com with the subject: ‘Makeover Competition’ with your full name and contact number and a picture of yourself.
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Beauty Life Coaching Session with Kelly Armatage
Najeia and Kelly just before the life coaching session
Kelly Armatage offers counselling, life coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Najeia sat with Kelly for a session.
“The session was very relieving for me. I am like an open book, and the session felt like I was talking to someone I could completely trust. It changed the way I feel about things, especially about my anger,” said Najeia about her experience. For enquiries, email: email@example.com or Tel. +973 3993 1399 or visit www.kellyarmatage.com
Personalised Styling at Saks Fifth Avenue Mylene suggested that Najeia experiment with more colour in her wardrobe. She also said that Najeia should not restrict herself
to a few kinds of material, but try clothing made from all kinds of material to suit her body type. For work, Mylene suggested classic colours that suit Najeia’s skin tone like beige, brown, black and grey. She also suggested that Najeia go for more classic looks at work, and choose less ‘busy’ patterns. “The styling at Saks Fifth Avenue was something very new to me. Previously, I have only looked at the clothes there but never tried them and now I think they have nice collections,” said Najeia. Call Saks Fifth Avenue at +973 1717 2000 or visit the store in Bahrain City Centre.
Makeup by Clarins Makeup artist, Hanan Khadraoui decided to go for a glamorous - but not overboard - look for Najeia. She applied foundation to match with Najeia’s complexion and focused on the eyes, as they are clearly the most attractive feature on her face. A hint of colour around the eyes
helped bring them out even more. “The makeup was good and the best part was that it suited my face,” said Najeia. Clarins makeup is available at Faces.
Najeia gets style advice from Mylene A Sagario
Najeia Albinali before the makeover, turn the page to see her after the makeover!
Makeup Artist, Hanan Khadraoui, with Najeia
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Top, BD401, pants, BD401 and clutch, BD502, Emilio Pucci. Shoes, BD188, Alexandre Birman.
Top, BD136, Day Birger El Mikkelsen. Pants, BD256, Armani Collezioni. Clutch, BD92, Lauren Merkin. Shoes, BD118, Castaner.
â€œI just want to thank you all for this amazing offer and I have really enjoyed it very much! I hope I can win another makeover or similar competitions from Bahrain Confidential in the future. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would do so happilyâ€? - Najeia Albinali 66 | Bahrain Confidential | August 2012
Top, BD201, Marni. Pants, BD169, Armani Collezioni. Shoes, BD212, Alexandre Birman. Clutch, BD713, Kara Ross.
Beauty Top, BD261, and cardigan, BD159, M. Missoni. Pants, BD135, Eskander. Clutch, BD634, Emilio Pucci. Shoes, BD202, Marni.
Dress, BD456, clutch, BD144, and shoes, BD100, Badgley Mischika.
Caftan, BD303, Badgley Mischika. Shoes, BD232, Stuart Weitzman. Bangle, BD96, Kenneth Jay Lane.
Jacket, BD289, Armani Collezioni. Clutch, BD65, Franchi Accessories. Shoes, BD108, Badgley Mischika.
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Beauty Scandalines Your Eyes!
Love a flirty flick? Wild for the winged-out look? The new Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner gives you a longlasting, flawless finish. The precision brush applicator draws on perfectly thin or thick lines so you can create any effect you desire. The rich colour formula features highly concentrated pure pigments for the most intense black shade – wear it with or without mascara.
BD3.5 Rimmel’s 60-Second Nail Polish
Better than ever before, the Xpress Flat Brush is super-wide and superflat, so it can cover each nail in just one stroke. Flawless, even, and gives great colour – and it only takes a second to apply.
BD40* ‘Lady Cool’ by Dueto
Dueto’s newest perfume for the urban woman opens with a fresh floral and sweet scent; then evolves into tenacious warm woody notes that are enriched with a musky scent.
BD7* Bourjois Effet 3D Max
Pomegranate is making its debut in a Bourjois lip gloss! A super fruit in a lip gloss with eighthour colour and shine. Why pomegranate? It’s fresh, delicious, and bursting with beneficial active ingredients.
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BD2.5* Sally Hansen’s Useful Beauty Tools
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to take looking your best into your own hands! With the launch of a revolutionary new line of tools, Sally Hansen reinvents at-home grooming. These innovative, high-performing tools are your key to a salon-quality manicure, pedicure and beauty makeover in the comfort of your home.
Unless otherwise stated, products are available at leading cosmetic outlets.
Check out the new Sephora Bath and Body Collection with revamped formulas. It’s sure to make every bath time more beautiful with sweet, floral or fruity scents. From creamy body wash to moisturizing body lotion, body scrubs and bubble bath, the new bath and body range is all about pampering the skin.
M.A.C Très Cheek
BD10 New Collection at Inglot
The body pigments in Inglot’s new collection are beautiful, very bright and sure to upgrade your look this summer. While the Sleeks Cream gives richly pigmented bold cream colour that promises vivid lips that stay hydrated.
Everyone loves when you blush. With the sextet of M•A•C blush powders, go hip in bright red-orange, or add a glorious touch of peach, pink or lavender – each shade staying as bright and un-beige on the skin as it is in the palette. The formula is seamlessly sheer and unabashedly buildable.
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Winners of Inglot Beauty Products Astrid Trichard (on behalf of winner Matt Broughton) won a makeover and BD25 worth of Inglot products. Congratulations Astrid!
Sabrina Anthony won a makeover and BD25 worth of Inglot products. Congratulations Sabrina!
Deena Al Khamis won a makeover and BD50 worth of Inglot products. Congratulations Deena!
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Météorites Perles by Guerlain
The Illuminating Powder - Pure Radiance is an alchemy of colours, a constellation of pearls tailored to each face’s skin tone to recreate customised radiance. In a few brushstrokes, the complexion is corrected and illuminated. The Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer is an ingenious primer composed of opalescent, corrective and perfecting pearls of light for a glowing complexion. Skin unevenness fades away and radiance is instantly revived. Matt and even, the complexion is naturally enhanced before make-up is even applied.
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Body Beautiful, Mind Peaceful Treatments of the Month
A Tranquil Experience Great New Treatments at Thalassa Sea & Spa at Sofitel Pressotherapy Massage Inflatable boots help drain the lymphatic system with light compression to the feet and legs. The Cool Tinning Gel from Marine Cosmetics cools and boosts the treatment, which removes toxins, refines the leg outline, and treats circulation problems. A 30-minute Pressotherapy massage is priced at BD20. Aqua Bike Aqua biking is the new trend in sports, gentle on your joints and perfect for fighting cellulite. Ideal for those who love water. A 30-minute Aqua Bike session is priced at BD15. 2-hour Spa Escape for Men: 30 minutes of Energetic Scrub, 60 minutes of Massage, Facial Care for 30 minutes. Priced at BD80. 3-hour Spa for Ladies: 60 minute Multi-jet Bath, 60 minutes of Oxygen Bubble and the Radiance Facial Care treatment for 60 minutes, priced at BD90. For reservations or more information, Tel. +973 1763 6391.
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Pure Spa at the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre introduces Middle Eastern Botanical Infusion Massage. Travel back in time to the gardens of Babylon with Pure spa’s newest massage, using Bahrain’s home grown ‘Green Bar’ spa products. The most luscious supernatural botanical oils are exclusively available at Pure Spa, promising tranquillity for your mind and body.
The spray tan for a full body is BD18. A Spray tan with exfoliation is BD20.
The Middle Eastern Botanical Infusion Massage will be on offer after Eid, and is BD30 for one hour and BD45 for 90 minutes.
For reservations and additional information, Tel. +973 1717 1122.
Tan the healthy way with St. Tropez A natural looking tan is closer than you’d think with St. Tropez. The number one selftanning product is at the forefront of sunless tanning technology and, while hard to locate in the Middle East, is readily available at Yara. St. Tropez will leave you three shades darker than your natural colour with lasting, natural looking results.
Yara Beauty Lounge is located on Amwaj Islands. For reservations and additional information Tel. +973 1601 0999 or email: yarabeautylounge.com (Ladies only)
Introducing a fabulous facial that delivers incredible results (see page 64 for review). They say machines are taking over the world and if they deliver the same results as M.A.R.T.A then bring them on. This machine delivers low level electric currents to fight sagging and puffiness by delivering a tiny charge that stimulates facial muscles. Face and neck muscles feel toned - the equivalent of having done bicep curls. The process is enormously relaxing and it does result in a youthful glow. It’s also supposed to increase elastin by 48 per cent and collagen by 14 per cent and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But better still as you are receiving the facial – you also receive a mini massage for the ultimate relaxation. Individual Treatments: BD40 – a package of five is BD150. For more information and reservations Tel. +973 1729 0008 or visit www.leigardenskincare.com
Advances Men’s Collection For A Perfect With The New Cade Shave:Three Steps, Shaving Gel Three Actions
Cade: A Traditional Art of Shaving Every day, the skin on a man’s face must not only cope with the harsh environmental elements, but also – and above all – irritation caused by shaving. The surface of the skin is weakened daily by an average 15 strokes of the razor blade, which damage the hydrolipidic film. There is nothing vain about a man applying products to protect, regenerate and soothe his skin. It is simply an essential step to maintaining a healthy complexion. Following in the purist age-old traditions of Provence, the L’OCCITANE Cade collection has been specifically designed to provide expert skincare dedicated to men’s skin. The result is a gentle shaving ritual that keeps men’s skin looking young and feeling great.
Shaving Oil 30ml
The shaving oil has a transparent texture that rinses off easily and is ideal for softening tough stubble before shaving. It is particularly useful for tracking dense growth areas and trimming goatee beards, sideburns and moustaches. Held in a small bottle, it is perfectly portable and makes the ideal travel companion for men.
Cade: A Secret Shared by the Shepherds of Provence … For generations, in the hills of Provence, a secret held by shepherds has been handed down from father to son. It tells of the extraordinary properties of Cade essential oil, also known as Wild Juniper, extracted from plants that grow wild across the Mediterranean scrubland. This oil has proven to be indispensable on long journeys to new pastures, thanks to its ability to effectively protect the face against the Mistral wind and the burning Provencal sun.
1. Prepare the Skin for Shaving (massage with oil)
Traditional Shaving Products with Organic Cade Essential Oils
*Effectiveness test on eleven men.
2. Shave Gently (control razor glide) NEW Shaving Gel 150ml
A gel that’s quick and easy to use, for men in a hurry who want perfect results. Transforms into a thick, silky foam to effectively tackle all types of beard. Dermatological tests showed a 62 per cent* reduction in skin irritation
Shaving Soap 100g
Enriched with Cade essential oil as well as Shea butter and macadamia nut oil, this soap transforms into a rich lather, ensuring a comfortable and smooth shave.
Shaving Cream 150ml
With its new, even smoother texture, this cream provides supreme comfort for the skin.
3. Soothe the Skin (apply skincare) After Shave Balm 3Oml and 75ml
A light and fluid texture with calming properties for fast-acting soothing care.
30ml - BD5.9 75ml - BD14.9 Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win, Win Bahrain Confidential has ten shaving sets worth BD35 to give away. Each set contains: Cade after shave balm 75ml, Cade shaving gel 150ml And Cade shaving oil 30ml.
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Available in Bahrain City Centre Tel. +973 1711 2713, Seef Mall Tel. +973 1758 1223.
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Do you need to make a change to your lifestyle, slow things down a bit and start looking after yourself? Look no further than the Health House, a sanctuary for the mind, body and soul.
aunched in 2000, the Health House is a Holistic healing center based in Hamad Town. The centre focuses on preventing illnesses and maintaining the health of individuals. Their concept is to concentrate on cleansing and strengthening the body through natural therapies, with the aim to stimulate a personâ€™s innate ability to heal themselves. The latest in the line of Health House services retails to a range of natural beauty and anti aging techniques. Some facial programs include Skin Master Facial, Anti-Ageing Lifting Facial, Hot Stone Facial, Intensive Eye firming and Microdermabrasion (Diamond Peel).
This is not only a relaxing treatment, it improves circulation and has many important health benefits. By helping the body remove excess lymph and inflammation, massage therapy can make blood flow better, reducing the pressure that irritates nerves. Through this technique at Health House, it will help customers become slimmer due to the amount of excess fat deposits being reduced in the body. This includes breaking lumps, bulges and cellulite in the body. The types of massage therapies available are Chi Holistic Healing, Chakras Hot Stone, Deep Tissue Healing Swedish Massage, Shiatsu Balancing Massage, Four Hand Massage, Medical Massage, Thai Massage, Oriental Foot Reflexology Massage and Slimming Massage.
This is an ancient cleansing method that involves filtering water into the depths of the large intestines, loosening the contents within and gently stimulating their release. The toxin level drops in the colon to allow further dilution and cleansing and helps other organs to operate more effectively. This was a favourite with the late Princess Diana.
Restore your hair strength and vitality with a vast choice of hair treatments to suit different hair and scalps. Good treatments penetrate the hair and rebuild its strength. Health House offers a range of services, including regular maintenance unlike conventional hair treatments and the products treat, nourish and revitalise hair with pure plants oils. Treatments can help with the following conditions; hair loss, hair eczema, dandruff, baldness, oily/ dry hair, split ends and sensitive scalp. At the boutique in the hall of Health House, customers can find a variety of natural base products to choose from.
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The centre offers over twenty facial programmes which include Skin Master Facial, Anti-Ageing Lifting Facial, Hot Stone Facial, Intensive Eye firming and Microdermabrasion (Diamond Peel). All the products used are natural and herbal and designed to energise and rejuvenate the skin and counter the effects of ageing or other conditions such as acne, pigmentation, fine lines, hydration, discoloration, poor circulation, eye bags, wrinkles, etc â€Ś
The Health House is for both men and women and is open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm Tel. +973 1741 0055 or 1769 3111 or email: email@example.com
Dr Dean Cunha-Gomes
Dr Dean answers your questions regarding many skin problems and possible solutions, including solutions for very oily skin and how to care for your skin post swimming. Read through for more …
Ask Dr Dean I have combination skin. How do I keep it non-oily in the summer, while also keeping the dry areas hydrated? Tired of looking shiny in pictures! The following helps to reduce oil - try cleansing with an astringent/toner, use an oil control cream, wash the face regularly. You could use oil free moisturizers, water based creams. To reduce oil production one needs to modify the diet a bit. A low glycemic index dairy free diet works well to reduce oil production. I have really dry skin and, sometimes, it peels off. How do I keep it adequately moisturized? Use any good quality moisturizer within two minutes of washing/showering. Moisturizers work only on damp skin. If this doesn’t help a Doctor may prescribe a medicated moisturizer.
redness and also what’s the best treatment? Ice application followed by a onetime use of an over the counter hydrocortisone cream will help. What could be the cause of sudden spots and blemishes appearing on the upper chest area? These could be a folliculitis, either caused by bacteria or fungi. A doctor would need to see
I can’t step out of the house without sweating through my clothes. Deodorants and anti-perspirants don’t work. What do I do? If its localised sweating like the underarms, injections of Botox work well to reduce sweating for prolonged periods of time. If its sweating from the whole body, there are certain prescription medications available. I’ve been getting skin-lightening facials. Is there a permanent way to lighten facial skin? What’s the process and are there any side effects? The only permanent way to lighten the facial skin is to get a disorder called Vitiligo. Any treatment attempted for the same may result in Vitiligo like spots/patches. There are various creams and procedures available to lighten skin without any side effects. Do consult your doctor for further details.
“There are theories of nail polish chemicals causing internal problems, however that hasn’t been validated. To be safe, use water based nail polishes only when required.”
I swim a few times a day to cool off. Does pool water affect the skin? If so, what is the best way to minimize the effects of chlorinated water? Frequent swimming may dry the skin. Shower after each swim and apply a generous amount of moisturizer when the skin is damp. Sunscreen use prior to swim would help to prevent a tan. My kids keep getting insect bites in the summer when they play outside. What’s good for immediate relief of itching and
them to differentiate between the two and prescribe the ideal medications. I’m used to getting spots on my cheeks, but I have recently noticed many spots between my brows. What could be the cause and treatment? Check if you have dandruff, that may induce these kinds of spots. If yes, then use a good anti dandruff shampoo, and apply a bit of the foam to this area between the brows. Keep for two minutes without washing off. If not better a doctor may need to prescribe medications.
I have heard there are some chemicals in nail polish that are really dangerous and penetrate into the skin over time. Could you explain if there is such a thing? There are theories of nail polish chemicals causing internal problems, however that hasn’t been validated. To be safe, use water based nail polishes only when required. Limit the use of UV nail lamps. Moisturise with a nail and cuticle cream frequently
If you have any skin or body concerns that you think Dr Gomes can help you with, please email your question to info@ArabianMagazines.com 74 | Bahrain Confidential | August 2012