Page 1

Online edition at

Guide to Arabian life, luxury and fashion!



Repair and Rejuvenate Yourself

121 Issue



Bargains Galore

Super Lux Cars This Season

Fabulous Winter Getaways

Al Aali Shopping Complex Bahrain +973 1700 3149



January 2013 • Issue 121

People 20 52

Poet: David Hollywood: What Lies! ... in Truth? Dr Pierre Clero: Wonder Foods for Younger Looking Skin

Opinion 26

John R Ridley: Letter from Bahrain: Them and Us 60 Kelly Armatage: The Jail of Judgement 72 Rehan Ahmed: Combating Climate Change 128 Mohammad T Al Rasheed: A Future of Life, Not Death

Regulars 16 73

New In Town Society: Out & About

Fashion 36 38 39 40 42 44 46

Spring Dune Accessories Steve Madden Versace Coach Mamas & Papas Ecco

Beauty 48

Beauty Buzz

Juicy Pickings 3 4 6 8 53 66 126 127

Ambassadors’ Goodwill Message Readers’ Letters Star News Not to be missed Success with Health Travel: Top 13 Destinations for 2013 Bizarre News Horoscopes

Cars 106 108 109 112

Kia Sorento 2013 Mercedes GL – Class 2013 Car News BMW 730Li

Gastro 114 115 114 117 118 119

Gastro Calendar Maki: 15 Magical Moments of Fusion Cuisine Cucina Italiana: Buon Anniversario! Recipes Leila Restaurant: Lebanese Delights Night Life Calendar

Essential Listings 24

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

New Year, New You!


Top 13 Destination for 2013


Doctor by Day, Musician by Night

Bahrain City Centre +973 1717 8031

Publishers: Nicholas & Rebecca Cooksey Editor in Chief: Rebecca Cooksey Editorial: Pooja Rajpal Kasala Melissa Nazareth Art Design: Noel De Juan Dhanraj S. Contributors

Dr Mohd. Al Rasheed Eng. Rehan Ahmed Dr Pierre R Clero Faisal Ebrahim Kelly Armatage David Hollywood John Ridley Roberta Trzebinski Amy Warman

Ambassadors’ Goodwill Message Bahrain and Britain have been close friends for a very long time. It takes leadership to build and maintain such a good relationship and His Majesty the King plays the central role in that. For the UK, our nationals are always given the warmest of welcomes here. Many are settled and regard Bahrain as their home. Similarly, many Bahrainis have strong connections with the UK, either through study, business, regular visits or having family and homes there. Our two countries, our royal families and our people have a remarkable affinity. We are good friends and allies. Bahrain faces challenges, but we encourage everyone to seize the opportunity to move ahead in a positive way, building trust and confidence, encouraging dialogue, promoting reform and healing divisions. The UK stands ready to support Bahrain in achieving these goals.

Administration Nikesh Pola

PR & Events Mahalina Penaflor Photographer Shareef Panhatt Sales Account Manager Jehan Mohamed Namitha B Sueallen Menezes

Distribution Distribution Executive Mohammed Yousif Muhammed Shareef P Sunaid Kunimmal Regional Sales-Point Distribution Bahrain: Al Hilal Corporation

Tel. +973 1748 0800 UAE: Jashanmals Tel. +971 4341 9757 Online edition at

For Advertising Opportunities: Tel. +973 1782 2368 Email: Published by:

A Division of C.G. Arabia W.L.L. P.O. Box 26810, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. Tel. +973 1782 2388, Fax. +973 1772 1722 Email: Website: Ministry of Information approval no. ISDN 99901-01-17-5 © Copyright 2008, C.G. Arabia W.L.L. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. All Rights Reserved. Views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Printed at Dar Akhbar Al Khaleej, Bahrain.

HMA Iain Lindsay OBE, UK Ambassador to Bahrain For decades our two countries have worked together to promote our shared values and to defend regional security. The bond between us is much broader than simply a “strategic relationship,” it is a true friendship rooted in people-to-people exchanges that have contributed in deep and meaningful ways to both of our societies. I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to support and assist Bahrain in facing its challenges in any way we can, as well as our commitment to further strengthening the bonds of our friendship with Bahrain in the decades ahead. And on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and government of Bahrain for having celebrated the Kingdom’s 41st National Day! His Excellency Thomas C Krajeski US Ambassador to Bahrain

Japan and Bahrain celebrated the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2012. The highlight is of course the visit of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to Japan last April, during which the Emperor of Japan and the King of Bahrain had a very cordial meeting followed by the luncheon hosted by HM the Emperor of Japan. I had the honour to attend that luncheon and witnessed two heads of the states enjoyed lunch as members of one family. The visit of HM the King to Japan was really historical and opened up new horizons between the two countries. Today two countries relations are not only in the traditional area of business but in the area of defense, education and police. Japan highly commends HM King Hamad for his initiative to continue the political reform based upon transparency and a will of the people. Japan will always stand by the Kingdom of Bahrain. As Ambassador of Japan, I will spare no effort to bring about yet closer relations between the two countries. His Excellency Shigeki Sumi Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain

Online edition

at www.FashionArab

and fashion! n life, luxury Guide to Arabia

121 Issue



Repair and Yourself Rejuvenate


Cover Credits: ‘ecco’

Bargains Galore

Super Lux Cars This Season

Fabulous s Winter Getaway

We wish our Readers a very happy, prosperous and joyous New Year! May the year be filled with fun, parties, good health, peace and merriment. Team - Bahrain Confidential

C ’est

Readers’ Letters

Dear Editor ... Many thanks to all of you who wrote in last month and apologies if your letter isn’t printed but we get so many. Keep us informed and keep us in check by sending comments to

Online edition at


Guide to Arabian life, luxury and fashion!




Yummy Recipes!

Bargains Galore

Repair and Rejuvenate Yourself



Super Lux Cars This Season

Fabulous Winter Getaways

Online edition at


Party Bonanza


Live the Island Dream Amwaj Revisited Tips to Achieve Super Health

All the Best Gigs in Town



Yum! All those healthy recipes featured last month were such a delight. I wish the magazine would share more of these diet-friendly dishes such as John Ridley’s Persian Fesenjan as well as Dr Pierre’s Chicken with Leek and Shiitakes. Even though I’m not much of a great cook, it still feels great to be cooking something healthy and eating it if the taste turns out great. Sara, Manama


Hey Sara, I’m not much of a cook either but it’s good to have healthy recipes on hand just in case. Glad you liked the recipes featured last month. Lucky for you we have focused our current issue on health and diet. So enjoy the array of options available to you this month!

Dates Online edition at

Guide to Arabian life, luxury and fashion!

Romantic Duo

A Colourful Life

119 Issue

Style Drive in




Out & About


Guide to Going Out




for Looking


4 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

As a person who doesn’t know much about dates, it was interesting to read about the significance of a fruit so widely available yet unknown for its various types and stages. What’s more amazing is the nutritional value dates hold. It’s beautiful to see such a small fruit coming from a source which is used for other purposes apart from eating, the palm tree. The “tree of life” as it’s called held such great importance for Arab culture, used as a resource for huts, brooms, baskets and mats. Rasha


Lovely isn’t it? I love how dates can be added to desserts, substituting the use of sugar. At least this way I’m consuming a healthier

version of sucrose. Just keep an eye out for packaged dates that have added sugar to give off a glossy look. It defeats the idea of eating healthy dates.

Healthy Japanese Food

When I think Japanese food the first picture that pops in my head is yummy sizzling Teriyaki. Well of course, then there’s sushi. What didn’t come to mind is the amount of healthy ingredients packed in Japanese cuisine. I can’t wait to try out the new Maki restaurant! Well I’m gonna need some help deciphering those Japanese food names, but I’m sure someone there will help me pick something I’d like. Mike Mike, I really hope you’ve tried Maki by the time you’re reading this. It’s worth a visit! ... Actually many. I enjoy sushi, so knowing more about the healthy food I’m eating adds to that experience of enjoyment.

Organic Cosmetics

Thank you for sharing the importance of natural perfumes and cosmetic products by Durance. I like my natural look and hardly apply makeup, but when I do I take extra care and still end up with zits sometimes. So I’m really hoping Durance works for me! There’s just something more magical and unique about using natural remedies or products. You feel closer to Mother Nature, Mother Earth. Adriana True. For example, sometimes I use Dead Sea products, such as mud mask, bath salts etc. I just naturally feel cleaner and refreshed. Maybe it’s mental thing and maybe it’s not. Surely the idea of using a natural, chemical free product is more calming for users, especially those with sensitive skins!



Check out what’s happening in the celebrity world ...

Jessica Simpson Pregnant

Tom Cruise

Jessica Simpson announced she was pregnant with her second child via a tweet on Christmas Day 2012, but the big announcement has long been in the works. The singer actually broke the news that she was pregnant in a commercial she shot back in November 2012. Her latest ad for Weight Watchers sees Simpson boasting that she dropped 50 pounds through the weight loss program, before announcing she’s pregnant again.” Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby!” Simpson says in the video before introducing Weight Watchers’ new 360 program.

Jessica Simpson

Kate Winslet Marries Ned Rocknroll!

Academy Award winner Kate Winslet has wed Ned Rocknroll in a secret ceremony, Winset’s UK rep Sara Keene says “I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rock’n Roll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family. The couple had been engaged since the summer.” The two were first linked in the fall of 2011, though neither has mentioned an engagement.

Celebrity Tweets Bonnie Bernstein Surviving the row machine at the gym is exponentially more challenging when next to someone yet to discover deodorant.

Lady Gaga

Monster Q&A: Why do I always look completely different? I think it’s because I’ve never seen myself in the mirror. Not sure what I look like.

Rihanna Donates USD1.75 Million In Memory of Grandmother

It’s going to be a healthier new year for a select group of Barbadians thanks to Rihanna. The pop mega-star has decided to celebrate the holidays by donating USD1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. The donation was made in loving memory of her late grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, who passed away in June. This comes just weeks after Rihanna threw a listening party to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The sizable donation will be allocated entirely to the radiotherapy department, which will now be called the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. Braithwaite died of cancer.

Justin Bieber

and i met what i said at the end. finally answered about the grammys. I got you guys. that is all i need. Im all good.

6 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Tom Cruise fell under the spell of a 26-yearold brunnette called Cynthia Jorge from New York City. The actor, 50, who split from his wife Katie Holmes six months ago, met the girl at Le Baron along with some friends. According to a witness Cruise was “mesmerized by Cynthia” who “had her hair in a bun, wore tight black pants and looked gorgeous.” Jorge is the manager at Beauty & Essex in New York City. She reportedly met Cruis at the restaurant where she works. Jorge reportedly handed the actor her card. Sources say Jorge always wanted to be famous. In an interview at Benjamin’s Steakhouse where she used to work, Cynthia said her favorite part of the job was “meeting new people, from CEOs to celebrities to just really interesting people in the industry.” However, a friend of the actor hinted that Cruise may not be happy about all the press attention.

Ryan Press and Brandy

Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll

Tom Cruise Falls for NYC Restaurant Manager, Cynthia Jorge

Brandy ‘Gets Engaged’ to Music Mogul Ryan Press


Brandy’s boyfriend Ryan Press has reportedly put a ring on it and asked the R&B princess to marry him. The 33-year-old former Moesha star had previously spoken about her wish to tie the knot with the music executive.

Al Aali Shopping Complex Bahrain

Tel. +973 1758 3140

What’s On

Missed Not To Be

For more events, gastro, parties & nightlife turn to pages 114 - 120

Third Annual Muscat Fashion Week

16th-17th Jan The Chuckle Club

Start 2013 with a smile with legends of standup comedy live at Bahrain’s InterContinental Regency Hotel. Mitch Benn - star of BBC Radio 4 Comedy “The Now Show”. With Channel 4’s Mark Dolan and Michael Fabbri. Tickets for BD15 - available online now with a 33 per cent discount until 2013! Call, Tel. +973 3666 3509.

23rd-31st Jan The Autumn Fair 2013

11th Jan New Year, New Goals - “New You” Workshop

Do you have unfinished goals – weight wise, career wise, happiness wise, financially, relationship wise? Do you tend to procrastinate often? Do you find your motivation levels are not as high as they should be? Do you start out the New Year with the best of intentions, then come March; all those good intentions have disappeared? Do you feel guilty and overwhelmed, because in certain areas you have tried and tried and tried, but still do not get the results you deep down yearn for? If yes! Then attend the New Year, New Goals - New You workshop! For more details contact, Tel. +973 3993 1399 or Email: Time: 10am - 1pm

8 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

15th-17th Jan Third Annual Muscat Fashion Week

Dedicated to showcasing the best Omani and regional design talent, Muscat Fashion Week will play host to a medley of established names and newly discovered faces of the future. Guests can expect to experience a true Arabian fashion extravaganza, but with an international twist. The three-day event, will see twelve designers present their latest collections to a select audience, consisting of royalty, local, regional and international media, prominent fashion buyers and VIP guests. Visit, for more information.

The Autumn Fair, Bahrain’s largest and most popular annual consumer products exhibition returns to Bahrain at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Packed with over 700 exhibitors from 20 countries, this 13,300 square metre shopping extravaganza showcases thousands of products from across the globe. A huge variety of goods will go on sale during this nine day period, ranging from specialty food, fashion and furniture; to technology, toys, textiles and much more. The exhibition will open daily to the public from 12pm - 10pm on 23rd January, 10am - 2pm and 4pm, 10pm on 24th January, 12pm - 10pm on 25th January, 10am - 2pm and 4pm - 10pm on 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th January, and from 10am to 10pm on 30th and 31st January. Special ladies only mornings will take place on 27th and 28th January. Entry is 700 fils and children under five years old will be admitted free of charge. For further information visit or call, Tel. +973 1755 0033.

What’s On

Missed Not To Be

For more events, gastro, parties & nightlife turn to pages 114 - 120

5th, 17th and 21st Jan New and fun classes at World Beat Fitness Centre and Café

World Beat Fitness Centre rings in the new year with a great variety of classes. Bollywood Fitness: an expressive form of movement based around the popular Indian film genre. Fusing classical Indian steps with folk, Latin and hip-hop styles, it offers a fastmoving and vivacious dancing workout . Fluid Balance: a combo of pilates, core balance, core strength and stretch. Ashtanga Yoga and Power Yoga.

Also @ World Beat

Art Gallery Exhibition, 5th January Finnish artist and photographer, Aila Asu’s, solo exhibition, “The First Snow”. This show is all about the seasons, that magical moment when the vivid colors of Autumn suddenly transform to the clear, crisp white of winter. Tea & Coffee Talk, 17th January “Breast Cancer: Early Detection and Cure,” with guest speaker Salwa Fhadel Education coordinator at American Mission Hospital. Breastfeeding Coffee Morning, 21st January Vicky Honar, an IBLCE Certified Lactation Consultant talks about her practice and answer questions about breastfeeding. If Walls Could Talk

‘til 21st Mar DELUXE Band Returns

9th December 2012 to 21st March 2013 Venue: Buffalo Club DELUXE is back in Bahrain on popular demand. They shocked party-animals in China, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Canada & US. Now they are coming back again to Club Buffalo the only club recognised on the whole Island for bring the best band & DJ’s. For Queries & Info: Tel. +973 3373 1000/+973 3613 1020.

16th-18th Jan

Bahrain International Exhibition for Cosmetics and Beauty Products “Beauty Care”

‘til 10th Jan If Walls Could Talk

Date: 6th December 2012 to 10th January 2013 Contact Number: +973 1710 2600 Venue: BFH Fine Art Gallery Sun-Thurs: 10-7pm/ Fri-Sat: 3-7pm Website: http://ifwallscouldtalkexhibition.

10 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre brings together the latest in the beauty and health world from around the globe. The exhibition will attract more than 2,000 attendees, providing the best opportunity to attract new prospects, introduce new products and services, and give services, products demonstrations to buyers in field of beauty. The exhibition has various sections such as Beauty Care and Makeup, Personal Care and Hygiene, Perfumery and Oils, Fitness and Wellbeing, Fashion, Health and Therapy, Hair and Beauty Salons products and Equipments. For more details contact, Tel. +973 3669 1969.

‘til 6th April Amwaj Shopping Festival 2013

5th Jan, 2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April Shopping, raffle draws, exciting games & rides, face painting, henna designing, cycling and more! Email:

‘til 28th Jun Karaoke Kings

Date: 9th November 2012 to 28th June 2013 Organiser: Corners Venue: Corners @ Dragon Hotel & Resort - Amwaj Every Friday, 8pm onwards Website:

Events Earth Platinum - World’s Largest Atlas

“The exhibition will take place within the pristine interiors of the Burj Al Arab.”

BD57,000 BD37,000


The Luxurious Vividus Bed by Hastens


15th to 17th January, 2013

World Luxury Group expo set to enchant the GCC.


n expo, featuring some of the world’s leading luxury brands will be held at Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Top-brands across categories including fine art, high-end jewellery and fashion, hand-crafted time pieces, designer furniture and exquisite table settings, automobiles, fine dining, and private aviation and luxury travel will participate. The exhibition will take place within the pristine interiors of the Burj Al Arab.

The London Robe Company

Mercedes Benz SLS

‘CrystalRocked’ 16 scale model Grand Piano by Steinway & Sons


12 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

include the Steinway crystalised 1/6 scale model grand piano whose full scale version is valued at around BD1,300,000 and Earth Platinum, the worlds largest atlas measuring 6x9 ft. wide is another unique collectors piece that will be featured at the expo. It is made up of images that are stitched together with as many as 1,000 individual photos; the largest has 12,000 photos joined together. Only 31 copies of the atlas will ever be published. Globally recognised as being the ultimate producer of the world’s greatest handmade and bespoke beds using only the finest all-natural materials, the Swedish Hästens is another brand on the luxury list. The Vividus by Hästens which is valued at over BD37,000 and takes 160 hours to handcraft will be on display. This piece has been tailor-made for many global icons and celebrities. The legendary Harvey Nichols is on the cards too. The Dubai edition of the expo will continue to the palatial Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh and then to Doha and Abu Dhabi, creating an annual signature series of events in all four cities

Private viewings would be held at the iconic hotel’s finest suites. The main exhibitions will be conducted at a state-of-the-art double-volume pavilion, architecturally designed specifically for the Burj Al Arab Marina Garden area and will be known as The Grand Pavilion during World Luxury Expo. Networking receptions and banquets are also lined up for guests at the Al Falak Ballroom, a palatial, two-tiered, circular ballroom in the style of an 18th century Viennese Opera House. The items which will be on display will

Save the date! 15th to 17th January, 2013 at Dubai 10th to 12th February, 2013 at Riyadh For more information contact, Tel. +393 3 5802 3985 or email:


This Month At The

Royal Golf Club Store for Exciting Events in

the New Year.

January Dining Events Friday Carvery Feast

Every Friday at Links Lounge & Restaurant. Classic roast carvery buffet, live cooking stations and special buffet table for the kids. Additional outdoor barbecue station every week throughout the winter months. Midday to 4pm. Visitors: BD16 net, club members: BD14 net and kids under twelve: BD8.5 inclusive of selected soft drinks.

Kids Eat Free

Every Saturday at Links & Prego restaurants. For every adult main course ordered, a child under the age of twelve years can order a dish from the kids’ menu absolutely free. 11am to 3pm.

Poretti Promotion

Sunday to Thursday at Prego Restaurant. Order a main course or pizza and receive a Poretti beverage free! 6pm to 8pm

Links Happy Hour

Daily at Links Lounge & Restaurant. Enjoy fantastic discounts everyday on selected beverages. 5pm to 7pm.

Links Business Lunch


Sporting Events Wee Monty Family Day

Sunday to Thursday at Links Lounge & Restaurant. 2-course lunch and selected soft drink for only BD8 per person. 11.30am to 3pm workshop for parents and sample lesson for kids on Friday 11th January. Only BD82 per child for the six week programme inclusive of all equipment. Fridays: 18th January through to 22nd February 2013 Saturdays: 19th January through to 23rd February 2013 Tuesdays: 22nd January through to 26th February 2013

Every Saturday. Only BD15 per adult, kids play free! Inclusive of green fee and hire clubs. Tee times from 10am to 2pm. Open to all.

Family Movie Night Magic Every Friday evening from 6pm onwards.

Ecco Monday Stableford Every Monday. Monday Madness Night Golf Series with a different format each week. 1pm shotgun 6.30pm shotgun. Open to all.

Enjoy the latest family movies in beautiful flood-lit gardens. Non Members: BD5 Members: Complimentary. No advance booking required.

Midweek Stableford

Every Thursday. Tee times until 2pm. Open to all.

Grass Roots Golf for Kids The New Year Junior Programme offers an

innovative approach to engaging youngsters in challenging but rewarding physical and mental activities. Children will be placed into either the FUNdamental cyclone or SMASH Zone categories depending on their age and their results from physical competency games and golf/athletic ability. It’s an 80 minute class with a 60 minute introductory

Bargains Galore in the Monty’s Sale Enjoy super discounts on golf hardware and

winter clothing at the Monty’s New Year Sale at the Royal Golf Club. Choose from the Callaway Razr Fit, Callaway Razr X or TaylorMade R11 and RocketBallz ranges – and stock up on cosy winter wear from the Cutter & Buck, Chervo, Oscar Jacobsen and Adidas Fall 2012 collections. 15th January to 31st January.

Kangoo Fitness Mixed Class: Fridays

at 5pm. Ladies ONLY class: Fridays at 6pm. Kangoo is an intense cardiovascular workout that combines dance moves, running and jumping while wearing unusual ‘sprung’ footwear providing ‘rebound exercise’. BD7.5 per person per class (inclusive of Kangoo boot hire). Open to all.

For further information on all above events and offers call +973 1775 0777 or visit

14 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Find us on

Bahrain’s Most Unique Venue Create unrivalled memories for yourself and your guests by booking your next special occasion at the spectacular Royal Golf Club - Bahrain’s most unique venue for wedding receptions, engagement parties, corporate events, board meetings, product launches and birthday parties. Make the most of superb views, award-winning dining and superb customer service. )DFLOLWLHVLQFOXGHWKH0DMOLVDFLUFXODUIXQFWLRQURRPZLWKÀRRUWRFHLOLQJ windows and its own private lawn, the Marquee for larger parties and Repartee, a private dining room with its own terrace overlooking the golf course. The Royal Golf Club’s dedicated events team is standing by to create your bespoke event, leaving you free to enjoy the occasion.

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.

Visit our website or call +973 17 750777 today to for further information.

New In Town

New In

Town Bahrain Confidential fill you in on the who, what, why, when and where in Bahrain!

Cultural Diversity and Tolerance

In an initiative to promote cultural diversity and tolerance in the community, a group of Bahraini people attended the National Evangelical Church on Christmas Eve 2012 in Manama, Bahrain. It was a surprise visit by them to the church and they asked the father Mr Hani Aziz if they address the Christian community in a fully-packed hall. The church agreed and Yousif Al Zeera, on behalf of the group, presented a short speech about the importance of having diversity in the community and that celebrating Christmas is a celebration to the humanity. Afterwards, he presented a shirt with the line “Jesus, voice of forgiveness”, designed by the designer Jaafar Hamza as a gesture to the Christian community.

Ban Ki-moon Welcomes UN Resolution to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes five resolutions on the advancement of women passed unanimously by the General Assembly, including a historic resolution calling on countries to eliminate female genital mutilation. These resolutions represent important steps towards a world free from violence for all. Harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation, constitute a serious threat to the health of millions of women and girls worldwide and violate their fundamental rights. The resolutions approved urge countries to condemn all harmful practices that affect women and girls, in particular female genital mutilation, and to take all necessary measures, including enforcing legislation, awareness-raising and allocating sufficient resources to protect women and girls from this form of violence. The Secretary-General reiterates that ending violence against women remains a priority for the United Nations. His campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women works in collaboration with governments and civil society to advance legislation, national action plans, social mobilization and data collection. In this context, the Secretary-General welcomes the COMMIT initiative, launched by UN Women on 25th November 2012, to highlight concrete new steps by governments to end violence against women. The Secretary-General commends the twelve member states that have announced new commitments in this regard and urges others to do the same. For details, log into

Season of Goodwill and Giving! Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel tells Bahrain Confidential how we can give back to society.

An initiative started by Ms Martina Strauss, PA to Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel’s General Manager, is today a set practice on the hotel premises! Leftover food from the hotel’s kitchens is given to the Charity of Tony, Bahrain’s own “Dogfather’’, on a daily basis. Tony rescues abandoned, stray, abused and injured animals. He then evaluates, rehabilitates and re-homes them. If the animals are old, handicapped or have special needs, they can stay with him for the rest of their lives in air conditioned

16 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

kennels. Through the ‘Cats Society of Bahrain and Pet Animals’ Tony financially sustains his charity by offering pet grooming services to the general public and by donations from very kind animal lovers. “We wanted to do something useful for society,” says Ms Strauss. “Tony is a great man and he does a lot for these animals and we are just doing our bit to help out. We hope that this initiative will not stay unique to Kempinski; in fact we would love to see every hotel do this. It doesn’t cost us anything extra and we actually reduce waste, which in turn benefits

these animals.” This drive was initiated in May 2012 and has been a success every day. Tony sends a driver to pick up the food and it doesn’t give Kempinski any additional costs. So whether you are a restaurant, a hotel or a supermarket, instead of throwing away the leftover food, please donate it to those who need it. The act of giving should be done daily and consistently. We applaud Kempinski for being a part of this noble cause!

• IGI Certified VVS-EF Quality Diamonds • Buyback Guarantee • Free Lifetime Maintenance • Best Prices, Guaranteed

Every piece of Mine jewellery is the result of inspiration matched with outstanding craftsmanship. Each ornament, with its perfectly cut, certified diamonds and intricate detailing, is a stunning tribute to the power of the imagination. GOLD CITY, MANAMA, BAHRAIN. TEL: +973 17208810,



Masters In


ing Seiko, tak p forward a le g n lo a and set to fly.


Sportura Women Chronograph

Defining elegance, Sportura Women Chronograph is designed to flaunt the refined look. The four new chronographs for women premiered at Baselworld, the top World Watch and Jewellery show. Brilliant performance coupled with feminine elements make it a wardrobe essential. The time-piece has ceramic bezels and each is presented in a unique combination; two have combination bracelets of steel and ceramic and two have high-grade leather straps. The dial on the signature piece combines mother of pearl with eight diamonds.

“The four new chronographs for women premiered at Baselworld, the top World Watch and Jewellery show.”

18 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Sportura Aviation Chronograph

One of the leading makers of aviation time pieces since 1970, Seiko now offers its brand new Sportura Aviation Chronograph. The time-piece combines a fullfunction, rotary slide rule with excellent legibility and Seiko’s world renowned durability. There are four references, each with different colour highlights, but all with the same quality of design and manufacture that only long experience makes possible. The rotary slide rule allows calculation of distance, fuel consumption, climb rate and airspeed.

For more information contact +973 1722 5513 or email:

w y l l o H d i v a D d o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w H d olly i v a D d o o w y l l o w y H l l o d i v H a d i D v a D d wood o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l l d i v Ho a D d o o w y l l o w H y l d l i o v a H D d i d v o a D wo d o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l l d o i v a D d o o w y l l o w y H l l o d i v H a d i D v a What Lies! … in Truth? D d wood o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l d i v Hol a D d o o w y l l o w H y l d l i o v a H D d i d v a D woo d o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l l d o i v a D d o o w y l l o w y H l l o d i v H a d i D v a d o D d wo o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l d i v Hol a D d o o w y l l o w H y l d l i o v a H D d i d v a D woo d o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l d ol i v a D d o o w y l l o w y H l l o d i v H a d i D v a d D d woo o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H d i v Holl a D d o o w y l l o H d i w v y l a l o D H d o d i o v w a D d o o w y l l o H d i v d a o D o w d y o l o l o w y H l d i v Hol a D d o o w y l l o H d i w v y a l l o D d H o d o i v w a D d o o w y l l o H d i v a D d Hollywoo

David Hollywood


20 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

What lies!, in truth, When morals aren’t sincere? Are principles just thoughts in words, If ‘nothing ……. s’ sensed? As clear! Does candour look for scruples, In the shadows of a sleuth? Or search around for honour, In the shades of words uncouth?

What’s the true

essence of relationships if our spoken

truth is made of lies?

Does falseness greet pretension, Applauding its deceit? And treachorise our ethics, With favours, like conceit.

Reclining then between what’s true, And feelings of distrust, Betrays the disbelief we muse, Duplicit in its thrust.

David Hollywood

Disloyal spoken images, Adorn our sense of phrase, To degradate the worship of, Untruths which sooth to praise.

Integrity won’t represent, What honesty denies, In tricks that turn to twirl and twist. Humility’s reply’s what’s missed !

And mocking at what’s lost to jeers, Ensure’s what’s not sincere, As fabricated life pretends, Immodesty’s our friend. Intuitive resolve predicts, Which tributes shall conflict, While vanity is indiscreet, And arrogance a cheat?

When friendship is deceptions claim, Fidelity, becomes our shame.

To contact the artist, Tel. +973 3920 7624 or email: or

KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN MANAMA - 1725 3397 | MODA MALL - 1753 4998 | SEEF MALL - 1758 0565 CITY CENTER - 1717 9012, 1717 9317 | BUKAWARA - 1777 4061 | AL AALI - 1758 1085

Art Space

‘If Walls Could Talk ...’

and Creativity Budding Artists Express Innovation on Bahrain’s Art Canvas.

Bahrain Financial Harbour under the patronage of Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, organised an art exhibition. Creative and innovative displays by young and budding artists in the kingdom adorned the 275 sq meter art space. The exhibition was titled ‘If Walls Could Talk’ and explored the defining characteristics of walls as physical structures or theoretical barriers, resulting in an introspective examination of social and cultural issues.

Category: Mixed Media on Canvas, 120 cm x 120 cm (2012) Creation: Homework Artist: Mercedes Gonzalez de Garay

22 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Art Space Category: Photography (2012) Creation: ‘Hole in the Wall’ Kayakoy, Turkey Artist: Khalil Rasool Category: Mixed Media on Card, 113 cm x 81 cm (2012) Creation: Untitled Artist: Dalia El Mardi

Category: Mixed Media on Canvas (2012) Creation: Untitled Artist: Hanin El Mardi

Category: Graphite and Pencil on Card, 113 cm x 81 cm (2012) Creation: Echo, Artist: Yasmin Sharabi

Category: Graphite and Pencil on Card, 113 cm x 81 cm (2012) Creation: Echo, Artist: Yasmin Sharabi

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 23

Art Space

Category: Acrylic on Canvas, 40 cm x 100 cm (2012) Creation: In Search of the Simorgh Artist: Karima Sharabi

Category: Photographic Print on Paper (2009), Creation: 2pac: Keep Ya Head Up. Fes, Morocco, Artist: Rana Jarbou

Category: Digital Print Wallpaper, 367 cm x 120 cm (2008) Creation: Domestic Disturbance Artist: Jenine Sharabi Category: Mixed Media on Canvas (2012), Creation: The Old Grain Shed Artist: Frances Stafford

Art Exhibition Details Timings: 8th December 2012 to 10th January 2013 Sunday to Thursday, 10am-7pm and Friday and Saturday, 12pm-6pm Venue: Bahrain Financial Harbour Fine Art Gallery For more information contact +973 1710 2600 or visit Category: Mixed Media on Canvas (2012), Creation: Untitled, Artist: Leon D.

24 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


Letter From

Bahrain Them and Us

What am I doing here … I wish none of this had happened …” In the opening sequence of a film, made by Scottish school children, a young teenage boy reflects upon events leading to his imprisonment. As the story develops, an incident leads to pressure to respond with tragic consequences. The teenager had, throughout his life, been pressured by his father and wider social group to hate “them”; it’s a story that can be repeated across the world time and time again.

We have all been there, seen it and felt it, the intense pressure to act in certain ways, to change our attitudes and values and to adopt a different set of standards. With a fear of rejection, the individual rarely considers what lies behind the pressure to conform, succumbing, often against their better judgement. The film showed how hatred of “them” had been implanted into the minds of the younger population for generations - fathers influencing their sons, who in turn influenced their sons. More than an extreme emotional reaction, hatred is used to manipulate entire communities through, fear and ignorance. With Gaza so recently in the news, we have witnessed the consequences of hatred yet again. Imagine a young Israeli girl leading a comfortable life - she is unlikely to have ever met a Palestinian. Yet she may speak of Palestinians and Arabs with hatred - demonstrating the effectiveness and the

26 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

power of peer pressure in creating an ideology of hatred, used to influence a population. The pointlessness of hatred only becomes apparent to the teenage boy’s father as he reads of the tragic events in the newspaper. The teenager is confused, raised to hate “them” he cannot understand his father’s shock and anger. “Why” he asked “was Dad so upset

John R Ridley

Singapore has long had a different approach to litter; using high fines, but these penalties have proved to be increasingly ineffective. Community based educators are now successfully using peer pressure to promote cleanliness and a clean

environment. The International Red Crescent societies use peer education to encourage behavioural change. It works in the same way as peer pressure - educators who identify with, and share the same background as their peers, communicate more easily with “marginalised or vulnerable” groups. If the recipients of the message can relate to the messenger, they are more likely to adopt a change in their attitudes and behaviours. As the film draws to a close, the teenager reflects upon the tragic events. “If I have kids, they won’t make the same mistakes I did” he tells us. Peer education can be used constructively by governments and other organisations to change people’s behaviour. No matter who we are, or our position within society, we all have a part to play in ending conflict and sectarianism for the benefit of the of whole society. I would appreciate your comments and feedback on this subject, comments can be left at themandus where you can read the full article, the page includes a link to the original film

“Peer pressure does not need to be destructive; it is increasingly used to change attitudes and behaviour for the better ... guiding others back from antisocial or damaging behaviour.” and angry after what he had always said?” Only in prison does he come to understand that “they” are no different from “us”. Peer pressure does not need to be destructive, it is increasingly used to change attitudes and behaviour for the better, be it peers encouraging academic or sporting success, or in guiding others back from antisocial or damaging behaviour. Across the UK during the 60s and 70s there was a campaign to solve the problem of litter in local areas and communities Keep Britain Tidy. It was a huge success, today most of the population considers littering to be socially unacceptable. But, it is essential to maintain the pressure, or we may slip back into our old ways.

John Ridley, a Bahrain based writer, broadcaster and journalist, can be contacted

Your dental health is important. Dr Ali Hussain Al Juffairy Dental Services provides top-notch quality services from the most basic to the most complicated dental procedures you require.

implants orthodontics fillings extractions root canals bleaching etc.


Al Juffairy Clinic es! Now moved to new premis Al Juffairy Clinic 6th Floor, Mashtan Building next to Almoayyed Tower

Book an appointment today.

Call +973 1727 3700 EMAIL:

OPEN Sunday thru Thursday from 9am up till 6pm


“BBK prioritises customerrelationship and follows a detailed approach when it comes to customer satisfaction.” Majlis Al Wajaha at BBK’s main branch

Al Wajaha, Redefining Personalised Service

Luxury connoisseurs can now enjoy BBK’s exclusive account privileges.


ahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, BBK launched the Al Wajaha account – a unique banking service which guarantees account holders unparalleled financial, travel and lifestyle privileges. As an Al Wajaha account holder the possibilities are infinite; from chartering a yacht, to ensuring a special event runs like clockwork, to revamping a wardrobe with the latest fashions, to finding front row seats for the hottest shows on Broadway, this service is a complete package for the luxury-lifestyle conscious customer. BBK prioritises customer-relationship and follows a detailed approach when it comes to customer satisfaction. The new Al Wajaha banking service has been designed to accommodate this priority thus

28 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

offering customers a one of a kind banking experience. Al Wajaha customers are entitled to the Al Wajaha Visa Infinite Debit Card offering travel benefits, full-family multi-trip insurance, access to concierge services, emergency medical services and an ultimate shopping experience. Accepted all over the world, cardholders enjoy out-of-hours store access, extended warranties and purchase protection for total convenience and security. In addition, Visa can facilitate any emergency urgent payments required by communicating directly with the retailer, service provider or hotel. A priority pass card gives them access to over 600 airport lounges in over 300 cities worldwide. Account holders also enjoy an array of financial benefits which include special interest rates on loans, preferential rates on fixed deposits, an overdraft facility, higher point of sale spending limit and higher

ATM withdrawal limits, concessions on safe deposit lockers, and reduced fees on a number of bank services. Expert financial advice and access to a dedicated relationship manager is ensured. 24-hour assistance from BBK as well as Visa Global Emergency Services Hotline ensures that customers can enjoy travel arrangements, complimentary medical assistance, legal advice and professional childcare referrals. An emergency cash delivery service is also available directly to their destination-hotel. An exclusive section at the elegantly designed Majlis Al Wajaha at BBK’s main branch is reserved for Al Wajaha customer banking services and operations. Not to forget a dedicated parking area at all BBK branches and financial malls For more information call +973 1720 7770 or visit

Technology Maingear Nomad 15


The amazing device has a 15.5-inces screen with 1,920 X 1,080 resolution. Mind you, the screen is also anti-glare for those gamers who prefer one. It runs on a Windows 7 operating system. Potential buyers can choose if they want NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 670M, 675MX, etc. If you want the top-of the-line, you can get the 32GB RAM partnered with the Intel i7-3840QM quad-core chip which is clocked at 3.8GHz. When it comes to storage, you can choose between a dual 750GB HDDs and a dual 256GB SSDs. You can get the basic model at a whopping BD590.

Nokia Asha 205 & 206 Phones


Nokia is outing its latest Asha handset that features preloaded social networking apps such as Twitter and Facebook. Asha 205 is part of the Asha series launched by Nokia last year and the 2G handset comes in two variants, single or dual-SIM, and both having the Series 40 OS and QWERTY keypad. Known specs include an Express cloud-compression browser, a circular D-pad and a 2.4-inch landscape screen with an average colour reproduction. Another handset is Asha 206 which has the same features of 205 except for the numpad input. Both handsets will be hitting the stores for price of BD25.


Rule!’s Faisal

Ebrahim gives us the lowdown on the latest tech news arket. to hit the m ts e g d a g d n a BD165

Lenovo Idea phone P770

The new Android phone by Lenovo, IdeaPhone P770, boasts an outstanding battery life up to 29 hours of talk time, if in a stand-by mode, its battery life will last up to 644 hours. Other features of Lenovo’s flagship include a 4.5 inch IPS display with 960 x 540p, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, 5mp rear camera and a VGA front camera, 8GB microSD card and 3G, WiFi, and GPS capabilities. Lenovo’s latest Android phone is now up for grabs at the price of BD105.


Archos FamilyPad

Family owners can use this gizmo to do fun stuff such as playing digital board games. They can also play movies, share pictures or log in to social media sites. The FamilyPad has a big 13.3inch display and boasts a 34cm HD screen with a 1080p resolution. This device can act as a family organizer and be displayed in the kitchen, common room or in the living room. The device includes 8GB storage which can be expanded to 32GB with a micro SDHC, it runs with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GB Ram and ARM cortex A8 CPU. External features include back and front camera at 2MP each, a Micro USB host 2.0, Micro SD slot and HDMI output. The new Archos FamilyPad costs BD167.

30 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

The VMultra by Velocity Micro

Wires, USB ports,card readers, audio jack points, external hard drives … and more wires. Yes you get the picture; a typical computer setup that is a jumble of all those put together. The VMultra is the solution combining a USB hub, an SD card slot, a DVD±RW drive and 500GB of storage that connects to your PC or laptop via USB 3.0. Features include a DVD R/RW Optical Drive, 500GB, 2.5” SATA Hard Drive, Integrated SD Card Reader and 3 USB 2.0 Ports and Full Plug and Play Support. The VMultra will retail for around BD75.



Al Safir Hotel, Set To Welcome Guests After Major Renovation


Mr A Hameed Al-Halwachi

Bahrain Confidential interviews Mr A Hameed Al-Halwachi, Managing Director at Al Safir about the hotel’s renovation.

32 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

he ISO certified Al Safir Hotel, in Juffair is opening its doors once again after a major revamp. The luxury four-star hotel has been renovated from scratch and the end result is remarkable! An impressive building and pristine interiors greet us – floral arrangements, one of the hotel-staff playing peppy notes on the trumpet, to mark the festive season, luxurious upholstery, divine photography depicting Bahraini culture, adorning the walls, proactive staff, the works! We ask Mr Al-Halwachi why the management chose to renovate what was already a beautiful hotel! “It’s been twelve long years since we’ve been in the market,” he shares, “it was about time we re-did our hotel, primarily because a substantial chunk of our business comes from accommodation. We’ve had good business over the last decade and renovation would help us provide our guests with better facilities. Mr Al-Halwachi has seen Al Safir grow over the years. He tells us about his role in the renovation project, “When I began at Al Safir, I promised my superior that I’d stay with the hotel for the next 20 years and in these two decades build five hotels. I’m pleased to put on record that, with the help of my dedicated team I’ve managed to keep my word. We have today the Al Safir Hotel, the tower and Grand Safir. God willing, we will come up with our fourth, Safir City which is a five-star, by 2015. We started off in December 1999 with the bare minimum. It’s been challenging to put hotel policies together, recruit the best talent in the industry, set operations in our kitchens and handle the other aspects of the hotel.” Mr Al-Halwachi says, with a smile, that even for the renovation project he has gotten himself involved with almost every detail, even aspects like the colours of


“God willing, we will come up with our fourth, Safir City which is a five-star, by 2015.”

the carpets and the design of the door-knobs! “Al Safir has always had a policy of ‘clean business’,” says Mr Al-Halwachi. “We’re not a night-club.” Al Safir brands itself as a ‘family hotel’ and targets the family business segment – corporate, military, airlines and the like. Talking of promotions to achieve this branding goal, Mr Al-Halwachi cites the example of the record-setting largest date cake by Al Safir in 2004; an initiative which was a big hit with families. We ask if the hotel has any other promotions as part of its renovation project? “Not yet,” says Mr Al-Halwachi, “we want to go slow on this one. We want to further improve our service packages before we indulge in any kind of marketing. That said, we have customers pouring in already.” Al Safir encourages customer feedback as a way of service improvement. Every check-out is accompanied with assigned staff asking guests about their stay at the hotel. In addition to this verbal feedback guests are also asked to fill-up a form. “We’re lucky to have always received honest feedback which has helped us improve over the years,” says Mr Al-Halwachi. He immediately gives an example of how once a customer had passed on negative feedback about the hotel’s food. “I told our chef that our guests are not our ‘enemies’; they are our well-wishers and so we need to take their feedback with a positive spirit,” he shares.

“Like every person, I too love my country,” shares Mr Al-Halwachi. “Bahrain is a beautiful country and extremely safe for visitors.” Al Safir is now turning primarily to GCC countries for business. Mr Al-Halwachi believes that the island is an affordable holiday destination for this set of customers owing to its proximity to other GCC countries and offers the best in tourism. The hotel is planning a road show in February 2013 and there would be 50 percent discount programmes for families in the coming months. With premises done to the T and so many exciting programmes and offers in the pipeline Al Safir is all geared up to welcome its guests. “Hospitality is our heritage,” exclaims Mr Al-Halwachi; we couldn’t agree more! For bookings call, Tel. +973 1782 7999 or visit:

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 33


“My inspiration for the music and lyrics comes from major events in my life, sometimes the themes revolve around hope, love, deception and betrayal.� Hani Malik

Doctor By Day, Musician By Night

Photo by Chris Barnett

34 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

People Meet Hani Malik, a young Bahraini doctor with a parallel passion for music.

“I’m not into it for the fame or money … I’m a doctor, music is not a source of income for me, it’s a strong passion.”


ani Malik is a 27-year old Bahraini who began playing music on the average Casio piano for kids. After years of self-practice and no professional training, Hani mastered music on his own. Recorded in his apartment in Ireland while working and training as a doctor. “Dr” Malik provides the vocals, guitars, bass, and drums for this alternative-rock project. He’s returned to Bahrain and continues his family medicine training here and looks forward to becoming a successful doctor as well. Hani has tried his hand at high school and college bands; he occasionally performs at local venues in the kingdom as well. His genre is alternative rock and postgrunge. “My inspiration for the music and lyrics comes from major events in my life, sometimes the themes revolve around hope, love, deception and betrayal,” Hani said, “Major events help you reflect and make it easier to write material about it.” However, one quality that is evident even in Hani’s sad and angry songs is the mention of hope and overcoming adversity. All ten songs on “No Remorse” are inspired by events and experiences in Hani’s life and that of his loved ones. He mentions that from every word in the lyrics of a song, to every guitar riff or solo, each part of a song evokes an emotion and sometimes a memory too - whether pleasurable or not. “After all,” he says, “our experiences and reactions to them are what define our lives and our actions in shaping the future, right?” Hani describes his music as “PostGrunge meets Alternative Rock with a Progressive Metal influence with an Acousticguitar backbone.”

Photo by Chris Barnett

So how does a doctor separate the two different worlds of music and medicine? “At work I’m serious and completely focused. Once I leave work, I leave everything there and move to my musical passion,” Hani shares. “I don’t regard music as a career; medicine and music are parallel ambitions, one’s a career while the other’s a passion and I wouldn’t stop either.” Hani likes to refer to himself as doctor by profession and musician by passion. “I’m not into it for the fame or money … I’m a doctor, music is not a source of income for me, it’s a strong passion.” Discussing the realm of music created locally, Hani pointed out that there is a abundant Bahraini talent. Unfortunately the youth doesn’t have much support to pursue the field. Hani’s parents have always been a great support for him. However he discusses that there are other parents who “just support” and “not encourage” kids to pursue music. “They passively sit back; it

Photo by Chris Barnett

would be nice if parents start to encourage and advance the talent you know … maybe attend a few performances!” Hani says. Hani compiled “No Remorse” over a span of two years and looks forward to releasing a second album in three years time, depends on the success of his first album and other life projects. Speaking of those, where does Dr Hani Malik see himself in a few years? “Well, hopefully I’ll be married by then,” he says laughingly, “apart from that, I hope to finish training, and become a full-time practicing family physician at my own clinic. And if the opportunity comes, I’d love to perform outside Bahrain as well.” In an advice to youth with musical aspirations, Hani says that one should keep persevering and look to improve on skills no matter how advanced you might think you are, because there’s always room for improvement. “Stay grounded and don’t let your ego get the better of you,” Hani warns, “Don’t give up and remember that song writing gets better as you mature.” For more information find Hani Malik on Facebook: or Email: Twitter: @HaniMalikFM Listen to “No Remorse’ at and purchase your CD at Room 2 Rock, Hamala and Euphoria, Seef Mall or online

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 35

S ! E L ! SA




S ! E L ! SA




BD44 BD50.9 BD43 BD47.9

BD35 BD40.9




n o s t n u o c s i Fabulous d ! d n a r b e t i r u o v a f r u o y BD25 BD28.9

36 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

BD34 BD39.9


BD18 BD20.9

BD24 BD28.9

BD16 BD18.9


BD16 BD28.9





BD20 BD23.9


BD14 BD23.9


Located at the Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1668 6203 and Bahrain Mall, Tel. +973 1668 6219.





S ! E L ! SA

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 37

S ! E L ! SA




S ! E L ! SA




BD59 BD79

BD33 BD44 each

BD36 BD51

be o t t o N ! d e s s i M

DUNE Accessories

BD54 BD72 each

BD49 BD65

BD73 BD97

BD33 BD44

BD36 BD48

S ! E L ! SA


Available in Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1668 6215 and Seef Mall, Tel. +973 1668 6225.

38 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

! E L A !S


Fashion BD35


BD27 BD25.50




Steve Madden BD46


Step into style this season with the Steve Madden’s latest collection. This dynamic footwear brand will transform any woman’s style with sexy stacked heels and fabulous flats. The use of embellishments, aggressive platforms, bright prints and treated leathers make each pair of Steve Madden shoes its own fashion icon this season. Steve Madden is located at Ground Level, Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1717 9380 and Level 1, Oasis Centre, Tel. +973 1748 4177.

BD32 BD27


BD28.50 BD27


*Items may be on sale in most stores. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 39


Strike A Pose!

Versace Fall/Winter 2012-13 Collection

40 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Fashion BD350* BD1,700*


Tough Glamour! BD1,000*

The Versace man is an icon of masculinity. Tapping into diverse masculine cultures – military, biker, tribal leaders and more conventional authority figures – the collection presents a series of faux uniforms in bold colours and prints, incorporating rhinestone bombers, pea coats with fluro-fur collars, ‘flora-flage’ printed denim, and trompe l’oeil pajamas. The effect is one of rugged luxury and tough glamour!






Glamorously Feminine!



A sexy rock vibe sets the mood this season against a backdrop of dark seduction. Leather, velvet and rich satin are bound together with silver chains and metal mesh, giving a new metallic sheen to coats and dresses. A smooth round shoulder shapes jackets, while soft alpaca and astrakhan are mixed with a new take on chainmail. Flashes of silver reflect from curve enhancing bustiers on short dresses in bright orange and yellow. A strong femininity with a parallel glamour defines this season, utterly seductive and persuasive in its tone.



*Items may be on sale in most stores.



*Approximate prices

Versace is located at MODA Mall, Bahrain World Trade Centre. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 41

Fashion BD260

BD105 Mena Suvari





Coach! Coach - Legacy Collection is a modern collection inspired by timeless styles in the Coach archives. Some silhouettes are updates of their most popular designs, while others are inspired by classics and finished with Coach details. Legacy includes special reissues of Bonnie Cashin designs and fabrics including the iconic 1968 Bucket Bag and kisslock, as well as the Legacy American Icons Collection—true American “working bags” like the Large Tote, inspired by editors’ bags; the Saddle Bag, an updated version of the original 1973 saddle bag, and the Duffle, a reinterpretation of the iconic Duffle Sac. Bold colours such as bright yellows, greens, fuchsia, reds and purples create a beautiful canvas of colours!

BD115 BD130 BD280

*Items may be on sale in most stores.


Michelle Monaghan

Coach is located at Al A’ali Shopping Complex. 42 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


BD23.25 Layered Woven Dress

Mamas & Papas Dress your tiny tots this season in gorgeous outfits and cosy casuals and make them look more adorable. A lot is on offer to choose from this season with Mamas and Papas fantastic boys and girls fashion collection or from the limited edition ranges for the budding little fashionistas.


Knitted Dress

44 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


BD28.25 BD35.5 Pinny Set

BD30.5 Tank Set


Drape Blue Dress


The chic Autumn Maternity Wear collection is packed full of stylish pieces that can be mixed and matched with ease. From a trusty 24/7 dress that can be worn from day to night, to a staple white shirt, Mamas and Papas has designed key pieces that are easy, versatile, and essential for every mum-to-be. All styles are specifically designed and fitted to deliver comfort and style throughout your pregnancy.

Cardigan Shirt

Hem Multi Dress

Mamas & Papas is available in Seef Mall.

*Items may be on sale in most stores. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 45


ecco Autumn/Winter




Available at Bahrain City Centre.

46 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

See In Style Luxurious Eyewear From Maybach

Join the upper echelon of luxury eyewear with Maybach. There are things which will always fascinate us- because they are rare, because they are beautiful or because they are things which give us more than we demand of them, individuality for example, or perfection, or simply the awareness of owning something unique. The name of Maybach has stood for exceptional luxury for more than 80 years. And it stands for the very few things which are permitted to carry the Maybach name. Maybach Eyewear from IVKO GmbH is one of them. As a high-end automobile brand, for decades Maybach has symbolized the most exacting demands on quality and luxury. Characteristics are intricately worked along with exquisite materials and outstanding design. The name and the standards of the exclusive Maybach brand are today carried by premium eyewear and accessories. An exclusiveness appreciated by a genuine connoisseur.

Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl Maybach laid the cornerstone for a brand which has today grown into a legend. The most precise handcrafting and love of detail distinguish the characteristic style, appealing to all the senses. The models of the eyeglass collection from Maybach Eyewear unite traditional and modern aspects and have a firm place in the luxury eyewear sector. These sought-after frames are created using only the most select materials, such as combinations of fine woods, leather, titanium and 18 karat solid white, yellow and rose gold,

and, if desired, diamonds. These materials are painstakingly worked, step by step, using the best of German handcrafting techniques. The elegant designs pay homage to the individuality of the wearer. For more information, Tel. +973 1725 3397.

Beauty BD31

Age-lift for your Eyes Estee Lauder’s new Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme and Eye Balm will reduce multiple key signs of aging, make eyes look firmer, brighter, more beautiful. Revitalise, nourish and rejeuvenate; after all, every woman can be beautiful!

BD22.5 (50ml) BD34 (100ml)

Gaga’s Debute Fragrance Plays the Dark Notes

BD30 (30ml) BD50 (50ml)

BD90 (50ml)

Lady Gaga Fame by Haus Laboratories is the first ever black Eau de Parfum that sprays clear and becomes invisible once airborne. A fusion of dripping honey, saffron and apricot nectar with a rich floral layer of crushed Tiger Orchid and Jasmine Sambac, this one’s a unique piece.

Luxury Extravaganza

Narcissus Tones or Rosy Indulgence? Tom Ford’s quadrafragrance creation: Jardin Noir, Jonquille de Nuit’s intense and Cafe Rose are a must have this winter season. Create the aura around you and suit your sense with with Jonquille’s intense narcissus tones and Café Rose’s deep rose essences.

BD230 (250ml)



BD230 (250ml)

BD90 (50ml)

BD13.3 Lash-lift by Rimmel

Rimmel ‘s new ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara lifts your lashes giving them oodles of volume and length. Its special ball brush, lash inflating and defining bristles, flat brush and fibre formula keep lashes flawlessly separated whilst making them appear dense.

48 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

‘Pore’fect for your Pores

Benefit’s POREfessional promises to minimise the appearance of pores and give your skin a porceline touch. This oil-free formula helps makeup stay put and gives your face a translucent coverage in addition to much needed doses of Vitamin E.

Beauty Get Stylish with Sepohra

Sephora’s 36-shade range of eyesshadows will put you in the limelight this season. Complete the look with Big Fatty Mascara Urban Decay, Miss Deep Purple Eyeliner Patch and Outrageous Volume mascara. Matifying Pressed Powder and Soothing Primer Base Lissant promise porcelain skin with a long-lasting matte finish. Create a nail revolution with six hot nail-polish hues and New French Manicure Art Nail Patches, and pep-up the pout with Sepohra Rouge lipsticks.

BD9.9 BD6.9




BD4 BD10.6



Price upon request

Porcelain Finish for Good-looking Skin

Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions products are a fuss-free formula to skin that looks nourished and happy. Correcting Serum to tighten the pores, Instant Hydrator to control sebum production, Matte Hydrator to provide oil-free moisurisation and Instant Perfecting Makeup to give the smooth finish.


Colours of the Night Sky to Steal the Show


BD20 BD20



Unless otherwise stated, products are available at leading cosmetic outlets.

The new Paris Blue Moonlight collection is definitely a must have this season. The intense colours - enchanting blue and a dash of silver - blend excellently with the winter mood and volumising mascara and ebony kohl enhance the smoky eye look to set you apart from the crowd. Transparent gloss for the lucious-lips factor, night-coloured nails and a dust of shimmer for the finishing touches and you’r set to sizzle.

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 49


Nourishing Facials And Haircare

Get some TLC for your skin and hair at BellaCura. Winters get our skin dry and flaky and facials are extremely beneficial not only to improve the look of the skin but it’s a treatment if followed regularly will help the skin retain its glow as years pass by. A good and professional facial fixes problems like dry, oily, sensitive or even combination skins. Regardless of weather or month, deep cleansing facials help improve and restore circulation in facial skin cells. This rush of blood to the skin gives a healthy glow and plumps skin cells with vital nutrients and water. Though there is no way to stop the aging process, a variety of facial treatments does slow down the aging. Facials not only improve your skin but also enhance your mood, put you in a state of relaxation, aromatherapy uplifts your spirit and one feels totally pampered! BellaCura also addresses the needs of the super busy woman with their Xpress Facial - a 20 minute facial massage for just BD2! An instant face lift for the women on the go! BellaCura has a variety of facials including- fruit, deep cleaning and aromatherapy. Hair loss, brittle, fizzy or dry hair is another issue which a majority of people suffer from in the Gulf. Apart from the weather, other reasons for weak hair are poor diet, lack of sleep, stress and lack of proper hair care which should include treatments that nourish the hair.

50 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

BellaCura has hair specialists which guide you on a variety of hair conditions. Their extensive range of hair treatments include - Aloe Vera, Hot Oil, Aminexil for resolving hair fall, deep root conditioning, absolute repair, treatments for unruly and frizzy hair. BellaCura also uses the L’Oreal range of products for all types of hair concerns. To sum up their philosophy, the effervescent and friendly Fatima Dhorada, Managing Director, BellaCura says, “Most importantly, for getting amazing results, be happy and keep smiling!’’ The readers of Bahrain Confidential can now enjoy a ten per cent off on facials and hair treatments in January 2013! So here’s to a month of joyous pampering in the new year! BellaCura is open seven days a week. For booking an appointment, contact: Flat 31, Bldg 292, Road 22, Alfateh 324 Juffair. Tel. +973 1736 4955, +973 3661 4814. Email: Find us on twitter: @bellacurasalon Find us on Facebook: Bellacura beauty lounge & salon

C056 half_bah_confidential.pdf



3:07 PM

Health & Beauty

Wonder Foods For Younger Looking Skin


Dr Pierre R Clero shares easy food-tips to cut the years gone by.


013 is here. The festivities are over and it is time for resolutions; time for a new ‘you’ for this year and for a lifetime! Our skin is the biggest organ of our body and it reflects our health and happiness. A beautiful radiant skin tells us how healthy you are and how young you look. Try these fresh foods for supple youthful skin! Strawberries: Eating more vitamin-C rich foods such as strawberries may help to ward off wrinkles and age related dryness. Vitamin-C‘s skin-smoothing effect is due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultra-violet rays and junk food and also its role in collagen synthesis. Besides strawberries, other delicious foods rich in Vitamin-C are red bell peppers, papaya, broccoli and oranges.

Tofu: Tofu and other soy foods, such as edamame and soymilk preserve skin firming collagen because they are rich in isoflavones. Studies show that isoflavones prevent collagen breakdown.


Tuna: Tuna and other Omega3 rich fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring, and trout keep your skin looking youthful thanks to the Omega-3 fat Dr Pierre R Clero is also the President of the International Board of Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Cosmetic Surgery. Author of the best seller “Stop the Clock, A Winning Strategy to a Longer Life and Healthier Body.” For more information and appointments, call Patient Coordinator Faith at Tel. +973 3619 7919.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that smoothens skin. Studies show that people with higher skin concentration of lycopene have smoother skin. Even watermelons and carrots help boost lycopene levels.

“Tuna and other Omega3 rich fish, such as salmon, sardines, herring, and trout keep your skin looking youthful thanks to the Omega-3 fat.” 52 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad 500gms beans, rinsed (chickpeas, black-eyed peas or kidney beans) 200gms water-packed chunk light tuna, drained and flaked* 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced ½ cup finely chopped red onion ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided 4 tsp capers, rinsed 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped ½ cup lemon juice, divided 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided Freshly ground pepper, to taste ¼ tsp salt 8 cups mixed salad greens


1. Combine beans, tuna, bell pepper, onion, parsley, capers, rosemary, 1/4 cup lemon juice and two tablespoons oil in a medium bowl. Season with pepper. 2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, two tablespoons oil and salt in a large bowl. Add salad greens; toss to coat. 3. Divide the greens among four plates. Top each with the tuna salad.

*Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. Women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children should consume no more than 200gms of albacore a week; up to 300gms of canned light tuna is considered safe.


Per serving: 290 calories; 16 g fat (2 g saturated, 11 g mono); 12 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 9 g fiber; 505 mg sodium; 638 mg potassium.

Dr Pierre R Clero

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (160 per cent daily value), Vitamin A (100 per cent daily value)


Success With Health Surviving on heavy duty medicines for 30 years! Kingsley Dodwell gets fitter and healthier the natural way!


his is the story of Kingsley Dodwell in Bahrain, who, with some mindful changes in his lifestyle and diet, overcame multiple health concerns. This is an inspiring and real life story for all of us who are committed to improving our health and feeling fitter and stronger in the new year. Pooja Rajpal Kasala from Bahrain Confidential chats with Kingsley and gets a firsthand account of his journey from illness to supreme health. Kingsley, an independent health researcher (among other things), struggled with health his entire life. Concerns of severe asthma, allergies, acne, scoliosis, heart palpitations and night terrors plagued him since the time he was born. He met doctors from around the world - New Zealand, Singapore, US, Germany, UK, Lebanon, Bahrain and some others but no one that could help him with his condition except put him on heavy medication including prescription drugs and antibiotics which further deteriorated his health. Kingsley lived on asthma inhalers, pain killers, antiinflammatory, anti allergy and medicines as harmful as Isotretinoin for 30 years of his life. Eventually, his body started to give up and he became severely ill. At this stage he realised that the doctors and the drugs, weren’t helping and he would have to stop antibiotics and other medication immediately. After stopping the medications, things got even worse for a while, before eventually taking an upswing! And today as we see him and interview him, he’s absolutely fit, medication free and full of energy! Not to miss his strong physique, rippling muscles, chiselled face and a joie de vivre has had quite a few of our colleagues drooling! How did he do this! Well, it took him hundreds of hours of research, tons of books and many years of experimentation to get to where he is today. According to Kingsley, ‘Humans have lost track of how ancient man used to live. Similar to animals in the wild, ancient man simply couldn’t eat three or more meals a day, there just wasn’t time or enough food available! The day was for working, hunting, gathering and simply staying alive. At night people

would light a fire, cook their food, eat and relax. This cycle of under eating in the day and overeating at night would ensure that their bodies, throughout the day, would burn fat (the primary fuel of the body) for energy, elevate GH (Growth Hormone) and stabilise

Kingsley Dodwell after

insulin’. ‘In today’s world, people eat too regularly. This is due to the overabundance of cafés and restaurants, but also because mainstream diet plans typically promote eating six to eight meals a day. When people change their lifestyle and start eating instinctively, the benefits are amasing. Tiredness after lunch becomes a thing of the past, the mind becomes clear and the excess fat just disappears! ‘As with anything in nature, there should always be a balance. Cycles of under eating and overeating are a natural and healthful way of life’. He further added. Kingsley’s argument seems valid, humans are very good at complicating things! Even with our intelligence and technology, we still can’t understand how our bodies work. You just have to look at animals in the wild to see how uncomplicated their lives are,

and how healthy they are as a result! Gorillas for example, in captivity (zoo) develop pretty much all the diseases humans do, including diabetes and cardiovascular diseases etc. yet Gorillas in the wild have almost no health problems at all! We asked Kingsley what other things people are doing wrong. ‘Apart from lifestyle issues, humans are suffering from a lack of vitamins, minerals and sunlight. Think about it, we are always fully clothed and either in the car, in the office or in the house! On top of this, we are all lead to believe that the sun is extremely dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs! As an example of the side effects, high cholesterol and blood pressure issues are directly related to a deficiency of cholesterol sulfate (and vitamin D3 sulfate), and can be corrected by safe sun exposure’. ‘People believe that diet soft drinks and sugar free chewing gum is okay to consume, when in actual fact the artificial sweeteners used to make these products are not only damaging the body, but are also the fastest way to get fat!’ ‘How many people in the world use white table salt? Most people do. Is this healthy? No, of course not! Table salt is stripped of all its minerals and causes mayhem within the body. Himalayan rock salt is the original salt of the planet and contains all 84 minerals essential for life. These are just a few examples of what humans are doing wrong, but the list goes on and on.’ Says Kingsley. His final statement summed it all up. ‘Our bodies have evolved over millions of years to complete perfection. It is our modern lifestyle that has made us weaker and fatter’. Kudos to Kingsley, he may not be a doctor or a nutritionist but he’s got the results bang on! Whether you’re looking for weight loss, muscle mass, or need to fix an annoying health issue, Kingsley is more than happy to help. He can be reached on

“Apart from lifestyle issues, humans are suffering from a lack of vitamins, minerals and sunlight.”

Kingsley Dodwell before

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 53


Coming Back To Who You Are 16th - 26th March 2013 Ayurvedic Pancha Karma detoxification and weight-loss retreat.


ust as we are now making New Year resolutions about changing something in ourselves or our lives, how about a transformation that instead focuses on the beauty and perfection that you already are and helps you bring it up to the surface?

The above question is the wisdom of the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda, which laid down the definition of health and wellbeing over 5000 years ago, and developed a method (Ayurveda literally means science of life) that helps one make their way back to their original birth constitution and feel completely at home in their skin. Remember those feelings from childhood when you were full of energy? Well according to Ayurveda – we can regain that energy that we once had as a child. A simple way to define Ayurveda is to think of it as a holistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and people with health challenges can improve their health. There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique: Its recommendations will often be different for each person regarding which foods and which lifestyle they should follow in order to be completely healthy. This is due to its use of a constitutional model. Everything in Ayurveda is validated by

54 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

observation, inquiry, direct examination and knowledge derived from the ancient texts. It understands that there are energetic forces that influence nature and human beings. These forces are called the Tridoshas. Because Ayurveda sees a strong connection between the mind and the body, a huge amount of information is available regarding this relationship. Therefore Ayurveda is more than just an oil massage as many believe. In March there is going to be an Ayurvedic Pancha Karma detoxification and weight-loss retreat in the beautiful and ancient Kerala - the birthplace of Ayurveda. The intention behind this retreat is for individuals to lose weight, look younger, feel calm, focused, and happy. This detoxification is accomplished through 5 actions with application of special medicated oils that penetrate deep into the body’s tissues, uprooting and dissolving long-stored toxins. As a result, they promise that your skin will look years younger, your organs and body systems will improve their functioning, the mind will quiet down and your body will affectively rejuvenate. The daily program includes: Ten or 14 Ayurvedic Pancha Karma Treatments with Dr P Shambhu Daily morning yoga classes and afternoon meditations led by Liza Borodkin Strictly controlled Ayurvedic diet to support detoxification and weight-loss Visit to temple Arts performances Interactive conference on Ayurvedic medicine by Dr Sambhu Workshop on the Foundations of WellBeing with Dr Khairallah Workshop on cooking immune-supporting foods by Liza Borodkin

Who is Dr Sambhu? Dr P Shambhu is a 3rd generation Ayurvedic physician with over 22 years of service, who spends six months of every year in his native Kerala, and the other six months in the US and Europe - in each locale he performs the ayurvedic detoxification protocol Pancha Karma (5 actions). Dr Shambhu successfully addresses anything from weight-loss to chronic pain to deeply-seeded emotional issues. He makes his own oils from herbs grown in his native Kerala and prepared according to the ancient Ayurvedic tradition in his own production facility near his clinic. His unique expertise is knowing how to apply Ayurvedic principles to modern day’s pathologies - be it reducing stress for the busy Chicago financial traders, helping women with fertility issues, resolving allergies, cleansing the body from the pollution of heavy metals and excess hormones, or shedding unwanted kilo’s. About Taj Vivanta Taj Vivanta is a beautiful five-star resort that provides the perfect blend of modern luxury while honoring the lush natural landscape that surrounds it and celebrates the heritage of South India. About the retreat location Kovalam (near Trivandrum) is located on the shore of the Arabian sea, with lush coconut groves and overwhelming greenery stretching for miles along and off the beach. The full 10-day retreat cost is: 16th – 26th March USD3,500 single occupancy USD2,600 per person, double occupancy The full 14-day retreat cost is: 16th – 30th March USD4,500 single occupancy USD3,200 per person, double occupancy Registration The deadline for registration is 21st January, 2013 via email to Liza Borodkin at Full payment is due at the registration. Please allow adequate time (minimum ten days) for processing a visa to India.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture offers relief from chronic pain

Dr. Lucy Liu

Qualified practitioner in traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Also now available chiropractic and medical massage

ore ircut

Dr. Liu and her team offer specialist treatment for conditions such as: • Diabetes. Weight Loss. Migraine. Insomnia. • Strokes & Paralysis. Infertility. Impotence. Prostatis. • Stress/Nervous System problems. • Poor circulation. Rheumatism. Arthritis. Varicose Veins. Gout. • Joints, Neck, Shoulder & Lower Back problems • General pain relief. For appointments & consultations please contact:

1766 4088 or 3964 1997

Direct line: 3777 8922 Under the medical supervision of Bahrain Medical Group


ore m s i g n i Groom ut c r i a h a than just

"3 #H





89 The



ore m s i g n i Groom ut c r i a h &ORAPPOINTMENTSCALL a Tony than just$R,ANA0ETERSON4EL 

+973 39 629 889


ore m s i g n i Groom cut r i a h a t s





Tony +973 39 629 889 The Fashion BSPCA DR. LANA PETERS Show ACADEMY



Add Colour And Nutrition To Your Food John Ridley advises eating fresh fruits and veggies and talks of the best markets in Bahrain.


ruit and vegetable markets are truly exciting places, the hustle and bustle, the vibrant colours; the smells. Stalls are decorated with tomatoes, carrots, cabbages, onions and aubergines, and overflow with pomegranates, plantain, oranges, mangos and berries. Every nationality can be found buying or selling fruit and vegetables, imported from across the world for sale to Bahrain’s cosmopolitan residents, at the Central Market in Manama. Among the stalls lining the aisles there is always something to catch my attention, a new variety of fruit, fresh Indian zanjabil (root ginger), or competing aromas of nanaah (mint) and cardamon. Across the Middle East, in competition with the large traders, communities are establishing farmer’s markets, selling produce from local

growers. Errin, a manager at Organic Food and Café in Seef Mall showed me Bahrain’s farmers market - it’s a hidden gem in Budaiya. Errin is known across the Kingdom for innovative cuisine, so with a little persuasion and lift back to Manama, he agreed to let me use one of his recipes in this month’s column. From their stalls, Bahraini farmers sell seasonal produce; tomatoes, aubergines, wild rocket, peppers, fresh herbs, peas, cabbages and broccoli; availability changes day by day. With true Arabian hospitality, the traders make time to talk and let the inquisitive sample their produce, or even share a recipe - little tastes better than freshly picked fruit and vegetables transported just a few miles. Making our way from stall to stall, sampling the fruits, vegetables and dairy produce, Errin told me that many seem surprised by the agriculture in Bahrain. “People just don’t think of working farms in, or on the edge of the desert.” Fruit and vegetables are a colourful, tasty and nutritious addition to any meal. They provide

56 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

John R Ridley

it turns out. In your cooking, experiment with the increasingly available traditional grains and seeds, and you will discover a world of tastes and textures that were common in our diet until just one or two generations ago. Ingredients 50 g diced carrot 50 g diced celery 50 g roasted pumpkin seed 50 g dry cranberries Half shredded red apple 125 g quinoa 500 ml chicken or vegetable stock

iron and calcium, vitamin C and vitamins A and K1. But the body can only absorb the nutrients in vegetables if animal fat or olive oil is included within a meal. Fat, we are told, is bad for us, but this is a gross simplification, although processed fats such as those found in many cooking oils, biscuits and cakes should be avoided. Natural fats, found in eggs, meat, fish and cold pressed oils are essential for our wellbeing and aid nutrition. We have lived on animal fats for thousands of years, so go ahead, add a scoop of organic butter to your vegetables, not only is it essential for absorption of nutrients, they will taste even better. One of the most enjoyable ways to eat fruit and vegetables is in a salad, a wonderful fusion of colours, textures and tastes. Errin’s recipe is a quinoa and cranberry salad. Dressed with virgin olive oil, the body will absorb the vitamins in the fresh ingredients. Quinoa (for those of us “in the know” is pronounced “keen-wah”), it’s a seed, high in protein, iron and fibre with a slightly nutty taste and grainy texture. Practice the pronunciation and experiment with it in your cooking, you will soon come to love Quinoa.

Dressing Juice from half of one lemon 40 ml Sesame oil (or to taste) 300 ml Honey 25 ml olive oil ¼ tsp garlic salt

Method for Quinoa and Cranberry Salad 1. Roast the quinoa in a frying pan over a low heat until the seeds begin to turn brown. 2. Bring the stock to the boil in a large pan and add the roast quinoa, simmer until the seeds begin to separate and thicken. 3. Drain and spread the quinoa on a baking sheet leave until completely dry. 4. In a bowl, gently fluff the quinoa with a fork, and then thoroughly mix with the vegetables and dry ingredients. 5. Slowly add the dressing, carefully mixing continuously to prevent the honey settling. 6. Serve on a bed of mixed green leaves and garnish with cherry tomatoes and pomegranate seeds. If you try the salad, feel free to invite me to sample it, I can be at your dining table in less that thirty minutes!

Making a salad is rather like writing a good magazine article, use imagination, experiment, be creative, try fresh ingredients and see how

John Ridley is a Bahrain based writer, broadcaster and journalist who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than thirty years. He can be contacted at Visit

Health look for the New

Change your s quotient! year. Up your fitnes Enhance your looks! Detox! Transform your personality. Be a

New Year. New You.

brand new YOU in 2013.

From your hair to your skin to your smile, we’ve got ideas to help you look good and feel great in the New Year.

Add a Green Juice to Your Day

Green juices are an amazing way to add life giving and detoxifying plant chlorophyll to your bloodstream. Try our favourite combo with - celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley and apple juice.

Feel great the natural way! Detox with Water

Partying, drinking and eating all taking their toll on skin? Flush it out with gallons of water!

Go Fishing

Fishing is very relaxing for the mind! We in Bahrain are lucky to be surrounded by sea, so go and make the most of it!

Get Moving

Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day will help you get rid of those excess Christmas pounds! Exercise is good for your heart, lungs, muscles and bones, as well as for improving your mood and giving you a sense of well-being. So climb stairs! Or run a marathon!

Breathe Deep into Your Abdomen

Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of the lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system! Contact Mariya Rupawala Juzer of Art of Living, Tel. +973 3667 9510.

Be Kind to Your Body

Avoid red meats, dairy products and processed foods and opt for lots of fruit and vegetables and wholegrain foods instead.

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 57


Tired of the same ol’ workout? These expertapproved fitness trends are sure to shake up your New Year!

Sticking Pins for Better Health with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries, based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around the body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something

blocks or unbalances your chi and Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance. Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Acupunture heals a variety of conditions from headaches, low back pains, tennis elbows to asthma and osteo arthritis. For more details, contact. Dr. Lucy Liu, Tel. +973 1766 4088, +973 3964 1997, +973 3777 8922.

Get-Set-Zoom with Aerobics!

Aerobics combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness)

Dance Workouts

With blasting music, high-energy routines, and non-stop movement, these classes are more than fun. They’re also a great cardiovascular workout. An average Zumba “fitness party” burns more than 300 calories. Plus, by engaging your entire body, dance workouts ranging from ballet to Bollywood can hit muscles traditional workouts miss.

Bike your Butt Off with Spinning

Spinning, or studio cycling, is an excellent workout to strengthen your heart and tone your legs!

Ultimate Workout @Extreme Fitness

Exfit - The system developed in USA focuses on core strength and conditioning, is a hit throughout the world. The program incorporates cardio, stamina, flexibility, power, speed and coordination. Not one session is ever repeated therefore you are never bored! Think boot camp at its meanest delivering the best results! To try out a free session. Tel. +973 3953 3130. Or email:


Created by the US Navy Seals, this format involves Suspension Training which enables a fast and effective body work out! Contact, Life-Fit: +973 17692424, Kinetix: +973 1758 3388.

Cleaning Inside Out! Colon Cleaning

Extreme Fitness

58 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

The practice of natural colon cleansing dates back to ancient Greece. The process is intended to remove feces and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract. Colon cleansing may take the form of colon hydrotherapy or oral cleansing regimens, such as dietary supplements. Benefits range from weight loss to increase in abdominal muscle tone, it reduces inflammation and relieves gynecological disorders such as cystitis. For more details contact, Tel. +973 1741 0055.

Dream Body

Promises results in just 23 minutes per workout! This exercise uses hydraulic machines offering double action. Push with

Health one set of muscles and get the machine in its original position using another set of muscles! Double workout with slimming and toning in the least amount of time! Dream Body Centre, Bahrain Mall, +973 1761 3352.

Warm Waters in Winter!

Swim at the indoor, temperature controlled pool at Al Safir Hotel in Juffair! Soak in the warm waters and beat the chill out! Contact the Health Club, Tel. +973 1781 3815.

Fitness in the Lap of Luxury

Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, dieticians and tailor made fitness programmes at Sofitel Bahrain. How much more luxurious can it get! For reservations or enquiries call, Tel. +973 1763 6363 or Email:

Feel great, look great! Wellness Coaching

Fitness is more than just exercise or nutrition, it’s a lifestyle. That’s why wellness coaches are getting to be more and more important, offering guidance on long-term changes people can make to get fit for good. They offer a one-on-one approach similar to that of personal trainers, but look holistically at a person’s lifestyle to determine which healthy behaviour modifications and strategies to put into place. Contact Kelly Armatage, Tel. +973 3993 1399.

Get the Weight Off Your Mind! With Gastric Mind Band

The Gastric Mind Band (GMB) Therapy was created at the Elite Clinic in Spain by Martin and Marion Shirran and involves being hypnotised into thinking that you’ve had gastric band surgery! The Gastric Mind Band (GMB) is Surgery Free. The sessions are designed to produce a certain result to take the person on a journey of discovery that will culminate in them achieving their Desired Weight Loss and, more importantly, being able to maintain it for the rest of their life! The treatment is now available in Bahrain at A Better Life with Eman Nooruddin, Tel. +973 1721 1311.

Food! Food! Food! Fresh Start

From one to three months the programme incorporates consultation, sessions with dieticians, lab tests to diagnose the concern, gym, physiotherapy, cosmetology and a lot more! So for a complete overhaul head to Royal Bahrain Hospital, Tel. +973 1724 6832.

Watch Food for Weight!

Fix your hair! Crowning Glory

Answer your hair problems and get a stunning new makeover with hair transplant! Contact. Dr Pierre R Clero, Tel. +973 3619 7919.

Rapunzel Envy!

Get gorgeous tresses in a jiffy! No pins, glue, clips or weave! Wear your new hair as simply as you would don a hair band. Get thicker, longer and healthier hair in minutes. For more information, Email:

Get customised and balanced meals at your doorstep! And mind you they are tasty! Call, Carlton Nutrition Centre: +973 1725 5044, Diet Delights: +973 1753 4499, Health Watchers: +973 1781 1449, Vida: +973 1753 4999.



Pearly white Smile Worthy Teeth!

Get the sparkle back in your teeth! Head to Dr Ali Juffairy, +973 1727 3700.

It’s time to step out of our comfort zone and get cracking on shaking up our look. Try these easy tips, and you’ll feel like a whole new you in no time. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 59


The Jail Of Judgement Kelly Armatage

Kelly Armatage, our resident Counsellor, Life Coach and CBT Therapist outlines how judgement and criticism of others is a reflection of our own low self esteem.


udgement, criticism, gossip, assumptions and condemning others are the behaviours of a low self-esteemed person, with imprisoned thinking. Judging makes us believe we are safe and comfortable because we’ve ‘defined’ a person and due to having that ‘definition’, we think we know how to act from that point on. It can be traced back to primitive days when we needed to make a quick evaluation of someone, to see if they posed as a threat. What is a judgement or a criticism? Well it is the negative thought or perception of another. It is the story we tell ourselves in our mind, based on a current or past ‘behaviour’ of another. Yet is that negative thought or perception the whole story? One view, one assumption, one action or even a few interactions are not the foundation that means our judgements are proof, evidence and 100 per cent correct. There is always something else, there is always another way to view the situation and there is always much more information (outside of the negative opinion) than meets the eye. Secondly, our values and belief systems are not another’s values and beliefs and if that person does not co-operate with what we believe is ‘right’, you may feel inclined to judge. However, have you ever noticed how you feel after a marathon gossip session? If you were to do a check of your feelings at this specific time, you will notice the depressed

“Judging ourselves or others is a debilitating way to think and act.” emotions from within your heart. Our hearts are naturally compassionate organs and after a judgement or criticism of others, we feel low, weighted down and sad. Judging ourselves or others is a debilitating way to think and act. There is always a better, kinder and certainly more truthful way. A way of thinking that

60 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

resides in acceptance, compassion and understanding of your own strengths and other people’s strengths. One good way to measure your self esteem (how much you like, value and appreciate yourself) is to look at how often you form ‘opinions’ of others. If you are forming negative stories of others within your mind, then be sure Judgement or criticism is the negative thought or perception of another

there is a lack of acceptance of yourself, therefore your own self esteem is low. When someone has a high self esteem, they are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and accept them (with no negative judgement). Someone with a high self esteem is also aware of other people’s strengths and weaknesses and accept them too (with no negative judgement). It is through the acceptance of ourselves and others that we release all negative internal and external interactions. By focusing on the good within ourselves and the good within others ensures gossip and judging is kept to a minimum and that a healthy, happy and peaceful life is gained. Tips to understand and overcome judging (and being judged): • Know that if you gossip about others, this reflects your lack of happiness within yourself.

• See the other side of the story – there is always another thought, idea, perception, belief that can be created that has a higher truth. • Those that judge often feel envy towards another’s success; if this is you, evaluate where you might hold a negative thought towards your own past achievements and future goals. • Know that if others are gossiping about you; this reflects their inner unhappiness, lack of acceptance and nurturing of negative emotions such as resentment, anger and envy. • Look for ways to encourage, support and praise yourself and ways to encourage, support and praise others. As you wish success and happiness outwards, a boomerang of goodwill is returned. In summary, judging others or yourself is a confined way to think and live. Judging others or yourself serves nobody; it nurtures low self esteem, disconnected relationships and teaches your children to ‘model’ the same behaviour. The opposite technique of thinking kind thoughts, saying kind words and the acceptance of people’s differences feels joyful and creates much contentment. The ‘jail of judgement’ does not have to be a prison in which your mind is held captive via opinionated thoughts. There is a freedom from this caged way of thinking via acceptance, but you are the judge that sets the bail Kelly Armatage Inc - Offering Counselling, Life Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sessions. For enquiries, Tel. +973 3993 1399 or visit All feedback on Kelly Armatage Inc’s services and services is always greatly received. Please email:


An array of skiing destinations both near and far from Bahrain. Morocco

Skiing Winter

Destinations Spain

Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe (the first one is Switzerland), offers superb skiing conditions regardless of its comparatively southern location. There are plenty of Spanish ski resorts not only in the Pyrenees in the north, but also as south as the Sierra Nevada in the south of Spain. Resorts are nested in the proximity to the major cities, like Madrid and Barcelona. Major Spanish ski resorts cater to snowboarders as well. The most privileged skiing in Spain is considered to be in the Pyrenees. Ski resorts in Spain provide a full range of services and high-quality ski conditions. Marvellous mountain views and abundant non-ski options are among the main attractions of the Spanish ski resorts.


Finns extended their love onto Alpine skiing, though the country’s landscape doesn’t allow it to compete with major European Alpine skiing countries. The highest mountain of Finland is Halti (1365 m). However, even low hills here have lifts and prepared slopes for snowboarding and freestyling. Ski resorts in Finland offer a full range of services, facilities and options. Nobody will get bored here as Finland has lots to boast besides skiing conditions. Going to Lapland one shall know the terms of polar night. Northern lights most often appear between September to October and February to March.

62 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Want to ski in Africa during January and February? Then Morocco is the option. There are two ski resorts in Morocco where snow is expected to fall and guests can rent ski equipment. Both of these ski resorts would not cost you more than USD25 for the day. Cross country skiing is available throughout the Atlas Mountains but you should think over bringing your own equipment and camping supplies as the shelters are particularly fundamental. Moroccan ski resorts amaze the guests with the sceneries surrounding the ski areas, as one slides the slopes in the desert. Long for adventure and get away from routine? Head for Moroccan ski resorts that cater to vacation with a flavour of Africa’s charm!


Lebanon has six ski resorts and a season that usually lasts from December to March. The biggest resorts - FarayaMzaar above Beirut and The Cedars to the north - lure an increasing number of foreigners, mainly from the nearest countries. Ski resorts in Lebanon are usually compared to those in Europe catering top snow conditions and unbelievable slope skiing. Experience sliding down the hills in one of the most ancient and intriguing areas in the Middle East!


Skiing and Alpine skiing are not popular among Turks. But they are very attentive to the whims of their foreign guests: they build new hotels, lay downhill trails, launch lifts, and organise entertainment programs. Every good hotel has a night club for adults and mini-club for children. Fitness centres always have swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, gyms and massage. Snow on the tops of Turkish mountains lasts 170 days per year on average. Developed ski zones of this country are the spurs of Uludag Mountain (near Bursa city), Palandoken massif (Erzurum), Saklikent (Antalya), and Sarykamysh (Kars). Visitors can ski groomed trails and chaste slopes in the mysterious atmosphere of the ancient country.

Travel Italy

Italian Alps stretching along French, Swiss, Austrian, and Slovenian border is real paradise for those who go in for winter sports. And though the Apennines, Abruccia and Kalabria regions also have alpine skiing centres the majority of skiers choose winter Alps. But “winter” is not the right word. High Italian glaciers are open for skiing all year round. Ski-pass in Italia enables to move free between various centres and over various slopes within the entire region. In addition to multiple sport opportunities it is convenient for those who do not want to live in the most expensive hotels.


New Zealand

The ski resorts here are as diverse as the climate and landscape of the country. You may consider numerous options catered as the infrastructure here is world-class, the standards of skiing conditions were actually founded here. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Appalachian Mountains in New Hampshire, Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and Nevada and breathtaking Alaskan Mountains are among the best skiable areas in the world. The ski resorts here cater the utmost service, in addition to varied and numerous non-ski activities as well as vigorous apres-ski life.

Superb New Zealand holidays can be relished all over the Southern Alps which form the range of the South Island. At the foot of the Alps one can visit the resort town of Queenstown enclosed by four of the prime New Zealand ski resorts and limitless heli-ski options. Queenstown is a New Zealand ski holiday paradise with plentiful ski package choices. New Zealand ski areas are ideal for your ski holiday. They cater terrain for all levels of skiing ability with abundant possibilities for ski adventures and an ideal New Zealand ski holiday. Each area has a special novice area where you can safely train the skills to defy the slopes above.


Switzerland is Europe’s pristine country of lakes and mountains. If you want to try skiing in Europe or if it is usual vacation for you, Switzerland is one of the best destinations here. World class ski resorts are Swiss main attraction. Well-developed ski lift network and mountain transportation will take you into the marvelous ski dream country, and some of the best European lodgings and dining facilities cater the comfort to you in Switzerland. You may also set off for a wining and dining tour here. Top Swiss skiing destinations are: Arosa, Crans-Montana, Davos, Films, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Les Diablerets, Saas-Fee, St Moritz, Verbier, Villars and Zermatt.


French ski resorts are famed as elite and prestigious ones. The developed infrastructure of the tourism here caters to first class services and different kinds of accommodation. Its 80 centres can host about one million visitors. The high-tech lifts and well-groomed trails provide joy to the resorts’ guests, as the lift network here is the most developed in the world and it services a large ski area. Numerous apres-ski options are provided at French ski resorts: lots of restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, shopping facilities and many more. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 63



Raises The Steaks


s one of the world’s greatest food producing nations Australia deserves and enjoys a reputation for excellence so it comes as no surprise that Australia produces some of the world’s greatest meat, says celebrity chef Tarek Ibrahim. With Australia Day on 26th January, Bahrain Confidential set out to find out more and ended up going back for seconds and thirds!

Meating Out the Truth

Australia may be famous for many things; its movie stars like Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and pop icon Kylie Minogue but its greatest kept secret is a culinary one - the quality of its delicious halal meat. Chef Tarek explains: “When talking about meat, for me it has to be Australian. For the last seven

years I’ve only been buying Australian meat,” he says with a big smile on his face. But his happy demeanor turns serious briefly, as he says: “It’s the only country in the world where I truly trust the halal and food safety systems.” But immediately the sunny, happy face we are used to seeing on our TV screens returns: “Of course, it’s also almost as important that it’s utterly delicious and a dream to cook with for anyone from a top executive chef to the home cook.”

A Cut Above

When asked to explain, the star of Fatafeat TV, goes on to give us more gastronomic secrets behind how to make the most of this fantastic product from down under: “Whether grilling, stewing, roasting or barbecue there’s a different cut for each and it’s important before you start cooking to think about what sort of occasion you’re planning.

In the Know

Knowledge really is power when it comes to your food. Something chef Tarek is passionate about. “Knowing where your food comes from is essential and ensures you’ll have a safe and deliciously satisfying eating experience every time.”


It’s interesting to note that Australian cattle and lamb graze in nutrient rich pasture, in an ideal climate. Be it beef or lamb, Australian meat offers a wide range of cuts, in both grass and grain fed varieties. According to chef Tarek; “What’s truly amasing is that you can genuinely surf between flavours and textures; for example, if you like steak that has a light and gentle flavour choose grain-fed beef and for a deeper flavour go for the grass-fed selection – and this is only just breaking the surface!” So, visit for top tips and recipes and throw another steak on the barbie!


Always know where your meat comes from Buy Australian and stick to the brand you like Be adventurous! Try different cuts, cooking techniques Don’t be afraid! Ask your butcher or waiter for a recommendation Ask your butcher to cut your steaks no less than 25mm

ial s of five essent the best source of e on is t ea m Red rtant utton) is an impo nutrients al, lamb and m ve f, B ee 3, (b at eg ea m Red n, zinc, om ality nutrients (iro source of top qu otein) lians, vitamins and pr by most Austra e times a week diet – it n lia ra st Au e Consumed thre th portant role in im d zinc an s an ay n pl iro t le red mea readily availab of or ut rib r fish nt te af co omega-3, is the largest st contributor of ge es it lar ak m nd co ek se we e and th ree-four times a th t ea m d re Consuming needs ur iron and zinc ed red easy to meet yo rated fat, trimm tu sa 4 per cent oval pr Ap of W ith less than ck Ti art Foundation’s meat has the He

Chef Tarek

64 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s Budget Airline Mihin Lanka is the budget airline of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and commenced operations in 2007. Traveling with Mihin Lanka is an experience of itself as cordial and well trained staff is committed to ensuring you have a pleasant flight and are at all times comfortable. It is the only budget airline that serves complimentary refreshments to passengers. Mihin Lanka operates its international flights from Bandaranaike International Airport and the airport is equipped with up-to-date aircraft landing systems. It also boasts modern facilities and terminals where passengers are offered

a wide range of services. Mihin Lanka to connect you to Madurai, Delhi and much more! Mihin Lanka has been adding new destinations as they successfully grow as a well-reputed budget airline. The new flight schedule will take off on 7th December. Madurai: One of India’s most famous temple cities, Madurai is located in the banks of river Vaigai and has a rich cultural heritage going back to over 2,500 years. One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai has been an important commercial and cultural centre since as early as 3rd century BC. Having served as the capital city of the Pandyan dynasty – referred to by Marco Polo as ‘the richest empire in existence’ – Madurai is recorded as one of

Let Mihin Lanka Connect You to the World. the longest serving continuously inhabited cities in the world. Delhi: One of the most ancient cities in the world that has now evolved into a busy metropolis. At the crossroads of culture and innovation, Delhi will offer you unforgettable memories that are not found elsewhere. Mihin Lanka will be flying to Delhi soon. Dubai, Sharjah, Tiruchirapully, Varanasi, Jakarta, Gaya, Dubai, Dhaka and Bahrain are other stations covered by Mihin Lanka Airlines. Detailed flight information, promotions and prices can be found online at or email: Tel. +973 1722 4819.

CASABLANCA HOTEL Boutique Hotel now renovated and opened under new management with a touch of warmth and service of international standards, exclusive of its kind in Bahrain.

Our Exclusive Outlets o o o o o o

Planet Arabic Restaurant with Live Music C.D Indian Restaurant with Live Music Amazon Coffee Shop - 24 hours Prince Restaurant Pearl Sports Bar Zu Zu Lounge & Disco

Special Corporate Room Rate Weekday


Single Room



Double Room



Executive Room



For Reservation Call Tel. +973 1723 4444, Fax: +973 1724 3666 E-mail:




Vietnam has become one of the most talked about destinations in recent years. Its capital Hanoi is rapidly attracting a crowd of adventurous travellers, looking to soak up the local culture of which there’s plenty. Not mainstream enough to be a tourist trap, many compare it to Thailand twenty years ago – making now the perfect time to visit.

Hot To Globe Trot, For 2013 Are you the kind of person that loves to travel on holidays? Well you are not alone! We love it too! If you too have been bitten by the travel bug then this is a must do list for all you avid travellers! Check out the 13 Top Destinations for 2013.


rom the far-flung to the unsung, British Airways has compiled its top 13 destinations to visit in 2013. If 2012 was about East London, then 2013 is about the Far East - as holidaymakers seek the natural unspoilt beauty, charm and good-value that Asia has to offer. According to travel experts at British Airways, consumers will continue

66 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

to be driven by value-formoney next year, with routes such as Dubai, Cape Town and Bangkok already proving popular. In a recent poll on the airline’s Facebook page, over 2,660 users nominated the overseas destinations they most want to visit next year. New York topped the list (22 per cent), followed by Australia (eight per cent), Hong Kong (seven per cent), Rio de Janeiro (five per cent) and Dubai (three per cent). Compiled by a panel of experts the top 13 for 2013 features new destinations and popular favourites like-


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If the afterglow of the London 2012 Games has left you longing for more, then its next host Rio is the place to visit, as it gears up to 2016 Games, the 2014 Brazil World Cup, and FIFA Confederations Cup next year. With its famous sun-kissed beaches to enjoy by day and fun parties at night, there’s a lot to love about one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas, USA

The classics never go out of fashion, and with more services to Sin City than ever before, tourists hoping to party like Prince Harry need look no further! Topend hotels, theatrical shows, exquisite restaurants and allnight entertainment continue to draw the crowds.


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has seen a recent boost to tourism, becoming the must-visit destination for intrepid travellers. There’s a real buzz about Sri Lanka right now. For a small island it offers a lot, from endless beaches, to elephant treks and several Unesco world heritage sites to visit - it’s hard to think what Sri Lanka doesn’t offer.

Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

Gangnam style may have awakened our senses to Korea, but there’s a lot more to Seoul than ‘K-pop music! Mike Rock, the airlines commercial manager Seoul, said: “There’s a lot happening in Korea right now, business is thriving and it’s a tourist destination on the up. The mega metropolis is home to some 10 million people, and is attracting a fresh new audience.”

Tbilisi, Georgia

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town offers everything you could want from a holiday. Good food, great wine, day trips, stunning views, vineyards, beaches, sunsets and much more! Once you visit Cape Town, you’ll want to come again and again. One day you could be watching the Springboks, the next visiting vineyards. Its attractions pack a cultural punch, and its always great value for money, making it one of our most popular destinations.


Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia’s capital has enjoyed a makeover, with a number of new restaurants and hotels opening. With its scenic walks, charming town, vineyards and local wine and cognac to enjoy, Tbilisi is perfect for a cultural weekend away and is already attracting couples and grown up stag nights!


The jewel of the Adriatic ocean, Dubrovnik continues to appeal to holidaymakers from far and wide, including many high profile celebrities. 2013 will be a big year for Croatia, as the country joins the EU in July.


January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 67

Travel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Nestled in the Spanish Caribbean Punta Cana is earning itself a reputation as a great value destination for family holidays. People are really waking up to Punta Cana. There’s a real buzz from holidaymakers creating word of mouth on its affordability, fabulous hotels and beaches that dip into the Caribbean Sea.

San Diego, USA

San Diego, USA


The Spanish do fiesta like no one else, and Alicante is a great city for those who prefer to fiesta than siesta! The Old Town offers dozens of bars and restaurants for after dark, and is also host to a growing number of festivals. During the day the local markets are buzzing, and sandy beaches welcoming.


In the year that San Diego’s Ron Burgundy returns to the big screen with Anchorman 2, the city reminds us why it’s still classy. Great for golf, excellent for eating, brilliant for bar hopping, California’s best kept secret is a great place to visit any time of year.


Ever-popular Dubai continues to attract travellers with its Middle Eastern charm. It recently launched a ‘Hello Kitty’ spa, and boasts its own indoor ski slope. Dubai has become more affordable over the past few years, yet still offers super high-end hotels and unrivalled luxury.

Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland

Voted as the City of Culture for 2013, there’s never been a better time to visit Derry. Just over an hour from Belfast, it’s a great destination for a city break, especially to enjoy the many celebrations and cultural events taking place there next year.


68 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

For more details visit

ore ircut

Option 01

Option 02

Incredible Deals Best American Restaurant We knowDiscounts itsChance! taking a long Second And At time in the Middle East Since 1997 4HEWAITINGISOVERAND&ELDAS Everyone deserves a Best American Restaurant #UT3TYLE3TUDIOISNOWOPEN in the Middle East Since 1997. Now ser ving,OCATEDATTHE$ELMON(OTEL -ANAMA an assortment of THESALONHASUNDERGONEASTUNNING cuisine. Tony theContinental dog father and his team have dedicated



their time to rescue and help home unwanted, GLOBALLYRENOWNED6IDAL3ASSOON4RAINING abused & stray animals in Bahrain. You can do your !CADEMYANDTHE3HISEIDO3CHOOLOFMAKE UPOFFERSTHELATESTHAIRMAKE UPSERVICES bit too. Purchase a Second Chance calendar The for email advertisement then goes out The newest, most fun to hundreds of customers who are reached ASWELLASMANICURES PEDICURESANDNAIL BD5 and all proceeds go directly to supporting throughthe both the Big Deal website and their way to shop comes to EXTENSIONSATVERYCOMPETITIVEPRICES animals and the rescue centre. email addresses - if they’ve registered with Big

SIT TIGHT Bahrain with Big Deal.


Deal- as well as on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the customers are motivated to are on offer! That’s because all users have to promote the deal to their friends. So there’s a do is check out the Big Deal website every day Big Deal is a group buying website that posts huge knock-on effect and the customer has a to see the latest Big Deals or subscribe to a the best discounted deals on Bahrain’s favourite hand in being part of the activation of the deal, Bargain Alert and they get the deals emailed to outlets ranging from products, services, health to make sure the deal reaches its minimum them every morning. What’s more payment is and lifestyle to travel and events. call Linda on 3980 or Users tell their friends using number2200 of people. For businesses in the Please Kingdom, it offers &ORMOREDETAILS &ORMOREDETAILS made through the safe, secure, highly encrypted Facebook, Twitter, email or phone. Until Big Deal Credimax payment gateway. an exciting new way to market their if products you’re interested reaches the target the merchant sets, 4EL the deal When a Big Deal goes live, in other words, and get4EL free online advertising and for in adopting a cat (ornot both) for life go live. consumers it puts the power of numbers in or dogwill   when enough people have joined to activate the Ifadvance.â€? the target that the merchant has set is available “Transport availableonce on request, please call to book in “Transport on request, in advance.â€? deal, Big Dealplease sends call themtoabook coupon that they your hands. Because a desired product please call 3336 3352. achieved - the deal will go live! That means that can print and use like cash. is offered with a “big dealâ€? all you have to -OB -OB consumers that have signed on for the deal will On the one hand it guarantees the best offer do as an interested consumer is get your We are located in Juffair...Come We are located in Juffair...Come see us!  getsee theus! coupon automatically sent to their inbox  for the people of Bahrain to enjoy and on the friends, family and everyone you possibly can, which they can print and use like cash. other it guarantees footfall and revenue for interested in the Big Deal it’s yours! Not Grandand Mosque Grand hand Mosque If the stipulated minimum isn’t reached the member establishment. only do you get a product, service, trip or EMAIL EMAIL then the deal doesn’t go live. The only down What Big Deal offers is a bridge between event - you get it at the price you want! FELDA MAILCOM FELDA toMAILCOM Gulf Hotel Gulf side to that is that there’s no change theHotel the retailer and potential customers. merchant’s status. The up side is that even if It’s truly aAlwin-win How Big Deal works for businesses? Al Jazira Jazira case. The merchant now the deal doesn’t go through the merchant will has anotherSupermarket very lively channel of highly focused, What Big Deal needs is for the merchant to Supermarket not be charged. targeted advertising – for which he pays nothing set the minimum target that he would need to unless it results in sales. Which other medium generate from the deal. Then Big Deal, posts Using Big Deal is secure and offers him this? That’s why it’s called a Big Deal. the offer on their website for free. The company easy for customers too! NSA NSA has a database of active consumers, and if the Tel: details, +973 1752 2733 or +973 3699 9102 Shopaholics can rejoice! Right on their For more log into merchant has an existing database, Big Deal computers, they know where the best17725550 deals can tap into725550 that too. Tel: 17 email: Tel: email:

GulfInsider website ?


will be coming live on 1st February 2012







Areej, established in 2004, is the luxury Arabic lifestyle magazine published from Bahrain by Arabian

&ORAPPOINTMENTSCALL Magazines. It has a strong focus on fashion and luxury but also gives readers interesting and $R,ANA0ETERSON4EL  informative sections on art, society, shopping, home decor, and health. In November 2009, Areej %MAILLANADAWNPETERS GMAILCOM circulation was substantially increased as it became the only magazine to be delivered to 3,000 Al Watan newspaper subscribers. ,OCATION&ORT'ARDENS +ARRANAH CLOSETO*AWAD0ETROL3TATION

ore m s i g n i Groom rcut



‘Behind Every Great Man There Is A Greater Woman’

by Sally From Saar

Sally tells us how Bahrain and the role of women in the kingdom has changed over the years.


have lived in Bahrain for more than two decades – half my life. Having spent such an important part of my life here, I call Bahrain home. When I first arrived in the country, the airport was the size of a luxurious mansion with the same door used for arrivals and departures. There was only one bridge connecting Manama to Muharraq and one highway that ran all the way from Manama to Isa Town and Hamad Town. We didn’t have mobile phones or the Internet and relied on landlines and letters to communicate with our friends and families across the globe. The Sitra Bridge was considered a nightmare even back then and the only shopping mall was Yateem Centre. So, what has changed? Bahrain has come a long way. There are now more people, more cars, roads, areas, bridges, cities, communities and the inevitable more international businesses and competition that have fuelled growth further. The number of residents and expats has increased; some live and work in Bahrain, while others commute to Saudi. To my surprise, there was a large multi-

70 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

cultural community that had lived here for generations. Christmas, Diwali and Eid saw people traipsing all across town, greeting each other and sharing meals. I first experienced the Ramadan canon in Bahrain and Gargaon festivities when children would come hammering on my door, asking for sweets and snacks, a bit like Halloween. I was in awe of how people happily and openly celebrated everything together with their friends and neighbours. Ultimately, Bahrain is an Islamic country, peoples’ lives are entwined with religion and culture – a culture so strong that community elders still meet in majlises or local coffee shops on a regular basis where family, community and business issues are resolved amicably as possible. The societal norm – as in all Eastern communities – is for women to be married with a family by the age of 30 years. Women are encouraged to complete their higher education but don’t leave home until they are married and men generally bring their new brides into the family homes. Parental blessings for the bride and groom are obtained before a marriage is agreed upon. A marriage here is between two families, not just two individuals. In Bahrain, women work side-by-side men in all sectors, at all levels. They are treated with respect and men in general are very courteous and polite to female colleagues and friends. We women use this politeness to jump queues all the time and ask supermarket staff to help us take the shopping out to the car. As much as we love our independence – we appreciate the pampering a lot more. Let’s be honest. It’s not really a man’s world – as the saying goes – behind every great man there is a greater woman. We can’t underestimate what women have achieved. Western expats and the foreign media are often under the misconception that Muslim women have no rights if they wear a hijab – so far from the truth and not in Bahrain. We’re lucky enough to live in a tolerant society that has women representatives in parliament, the Shura Council, banking and the corporate world, leading major private businesses. Many wear the hijab and many don’t, it is a personal decision; a freedom of choice.

For many years, one bone of contention had been a unified family law or Personal Status Law, which had seen much criticism for a lack of consistency in their judgements. Based on women’s demands, the Supreme Council for Women, headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad, spearheaded a campaign that put pressure on the government, resulting in the passing of the Family Law in 2009. With it, matters of divorce, marriage and child custody were recognised and not left to the discretion of a judge. The law was created to protect women – a great achievement and a visionary message to the world. Bahrain had the first woman in the Cabinet in 2004 and a second in 2005. Sabah Khalil Almoayyed was chairwoman of Bahrain Bankers’ Society and until February, 2004 acting chief executive of Ahli United Bank. She was the first woman in the Gulf to hold such a senior banking position. In June, 2006, Bahrain was elected to head the UN General Assembly. It used the honour to appoint Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa as the Assembly’s president, making her the first woman in the Middle East and third in history to take over the post. Shaikha Haya is a leading lawyer and a women’s rights advocate who has also served as ambassador to France. We have a Christian Ambassador Alice Thomas Samaan in the UK and a Jewish Ambassador Huda Nonoo in the US. As recently as February, 2012, two remarkable ladies launched their designer label Noon by Noor – owned by Shaikha Noor bint Rashid Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya bint Mohammed Al Khalifa – in New York, the first GCC fashion label to walk on the runway of the New York Fashion Week. Noon by Noor designs are being worn by the biggest names in Hollywood – an admirable feat. Women here have been instrumental in propelling the female workforce to a new level. Their accomplishments are commendable and have set a precedent and benchmark for the young female workforce which is Bahrain’s future. Sally from Saar is a British expat – who has lived in Bahrain for over 20 years and now calls it home


Combating Climate Change Eng. Rehan Ahmed

Rehan Ahmed talks about Doha Conference 2012 and how we can help.


t the recently held Doha Conference, 200 nations agreed to extend pollution limits under the Kyoto Protocol to 2020. The two-week conference witnessed financial pledges to support developing nations and agreements to new carbon-cut targets. Rising industrialisation, growing population and change in land-use and human-settlement patterns have led to an increased concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG). World CO² emissions are set to rise by 2.6 percent this year, a 50 percent hike over 1990 figures. This can be attributed mainly to emerging nations, led by China and India. The average temperature has risen by 1.4°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5°F over the next hundred years. The 20th century has been the warmest in the last 600 years. Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the earth, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to warm up. This phenomenon is called ‘greenhouse effect’ and negatively impacts our ecosystem. Climate change is a major concern for Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and

72 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Least Developed Countries (LDC) including Bahrain. Relatively scarce resources make adapting to climate change challenging. The Middle East region, for instance, faces water-scarcity. Climate models have predicted hotter and drier climates in the area and having demand outstrip supply in such a case would be a problem. Moreover climate change would further reduce the water resources which would lead to food insecurity

"World CO² emissions are set to rise by 2.6 percent this year, a 50 percent hike over 1990 figures." thus creating social instability and hindering economic growth. This may lead to large scale emigration as well. International meetings such as the Doha Conference sustain efforts towards environmental preservation and create global awareness about the importance of such

issues, among lay people. Some of the initiatives that we can take are: Using less paper and stationery Using items with minimum packaging Minimising water use Segregating, reusing and recycling waste Limiting use of plastic bags Switching off appliances like lights, AC, fan, heater and iron-box after use Not using electrical appliances like washingmachine, vacuum cleaner and dishwasher during peak hours. Switching to energy efficient household technology such as low flow showerhead, LED and fluorescent lights Planting trees Composting organic waste at home and using it as fertiliser for your garden Using environmental-friendly cleaning agents and insecticides Promoting local food and consumer items Eating less meat Using energy efficient vehicles

Rehan Ahmed is Head of Waste Disposal Unit, Directorate of Environmental Control, Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife, Bahrain. Email:


Society If you don’t spot a picture of yourself or your friends on our Society Pages, you can always check our online newsletter which is updated regularly. Visit

Maki’s 15 Magical Moments of Fusion Cuisine

The 15 Magical Moments of Fusion Cuisine was held at the Maki Restaurant, Moda Mall on 11th December 2012. Hakeem, Jassim Abdulrahman Al Zayani and Maki Managing Partner Amer Zeitoun

Rathesh, Marike and Mailyn

Lahis and Loredana

Claudia de Naim, Daniela Viguie and Maria de Madrid

Tamim, Shub and Melissa

Marion and Luiza

Steve Fernandes and DJ Cossta

Juan Carlos Madrid and Pedro Naim

Luis and Maria Bousquet

Bahrain City Centre Winter Wonderland

Central Galleria at Bahrain City Centre was transformed into a magical winter village. Visitors – families and children enjoyed an authentic winter experience complete with a life-sized igloo, giant gingerbread house and a host of fuzzy winter characters from 21st November to 31st December.

Lori, Deepti, Ahmed, Duaij Al Noaimi, Wafa with staff and guests

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 73

Society Latest society photos at

Career Expo 2012 Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of Career Expo 2012 was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre on 6th November.

Career Expo 2012 ribbon cutting ceremony

Fatima, Faarni, Michael, Alya, Zahra, Sameera and Rabab

HI ART Official Opening

The official opening of HI ART was held at Ramli Mall on 8th November.

Leema and Ayah


Fatima and Zahra



Hawra and Eman




Eman and Nasreen


Zahra and Sara

KCS Consulting Services Press Conference

The press conference event for the announcement and launch of the new division of the EK Kanoo Group of Companies: KCS Consulting Services was held at the Crowne Plaza on 12th November.

Dr Bijan Majidi, Waleed Kanoo and Jawed Akhtar

“Shine on Diwali by Damas” - Ten Tola Gold Bar Raffle Draw

The “Shine on Diwali by Damas” - Ten Tola Gold Bar Raffle Draw was held at the Damas, Joofrie Street branch, Manama on 20th November.

Sudeer, Praween, Sayeed, Gafoor Mohammed, Yasser Bu Allae, Salam S Mohammed Rajesh and Babu

74 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

The winner with Damas Jewellery management and staff

ore ircut





g g

ny 89



Using Big Deal is secure and offers him this? That’s why it’s called a Big Deal. the offer on their website for free. The company easy for customers too! NSA NSA has a database of active consumers, and if the Shopaholics can rejoice! Right on their For more details, log into merchant has an existing database, Big Deal computers, they know where the best deals can tap into725550 that too. Tel: 17 email: Tel: 17725550 email:

will be coming live on 1st February 2012

Option 01



Option 02

Best American Restaurant in the Middle East Since 1997



“Transport available on request, please call to book in advance.�


“Transport available on request, please call to book in advance.�

We are located in Juffair...Come see us!

We are located in Juffair...Come see us!

Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque Gulf Hotel

Al Jazira Supermarket

Al Jazira

Supermarket Areej, established in 2004, is the luxury Arabic lifestyle magazine published from Bahrain by Arabian &ORAPPOINTMENTSCALL Magazines. It has a strong focus on fashion and luxury but also gives readers interesting and ? sections on art, society, shopping, home decor, and health. In November?2009, Areej $R,ANA0ETERSON4EL  informative NSA NSA %MAILLANADAWNPETERS GMAILCOM circulation was substantially increased as it became the only magazine to be delivered to 3,000 Al Watan newspaper subscribers.Tel: 17725550 email: ,OCATION&ORT'ARDENS +ARRANAH CLOSETO*AWAD0ETROL3TATION Tel: 17 725550 email:

ore m s i g n i Groom rcut i a h a t s than ju




ProfessIonal UNIFORMS


BD 7.500


HOUSE OF UNIFORMS Tony +973 39 629 889

Consultations Lab tests Ultrasound Grooming Medical Boarding

Vaccines Hospitalization Surgery X-Rays

OfďŹ ce Phone: +973 1761 2459 After Hours: +973 3635 9358 Email:


Society Latest society photos at

Mercure Grand Seef’s Le Mini Chef

Mercure Grand Seef hosted a cooking competition for children on 24th November. Participants were in the age group of 7 to 9 years and 9 to 14 years. 33 teams participated in all.

Salma and Taya

Ada, Yana and Christian

Aglaya and Salma

Rania, Carolina, Yasser, Pierre, Emma and Dylan

Irina and Elise

Yasser and French School Bahrain principal

Karelle and Ingrid

Axel and Ali

Ines and Shannon

World Beat Fitness Centre & Café’s “A Slice of Life” Art Exhibition Tonya Vollertsen

Artist Tonya Vollertsen held a “A Slice of Life” art exhibition from 10th November to 15th December at World Beat Fitness Centre & Café in Janabiya. A “slice of (her) life” was depicted in her new collection.

Bruce, Keith, Iman, Frances, Tonya Vollertsen, Irina, Jacqueline and Rahana

Bahrain Businesswomen Society Dinner

Irina, Tonya Vollertsen and Jacqueline

The Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society hosted a dinner at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. Many VIP guests graced the event.

Bahrain Businesswomen Society members with BDB management

76 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Society Latest society photos at

Russian New Year Celebration

Russian New Year celebration was held at the InterContinental Regency Hotel on 20th December.

Dhaffer Al Omran and Russian Ambassador, HE Victor Smirnov

Natalie, Samer, Maher and Dina

Alise, Haitham, Yuriy, Nadia and Talia

Olga, Tania, Alina and Oxana

Roza, Natalia and Tania

Vera and Asya

Julia, Ashraf and Viola

Anna and Kate

Gyan, Leva and Galeena

Ayna and Yalia

Kate and Valentino

Lina, Irina and Dr Salaman

Tania and Vera

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) Winners Named in First Weekly Raffle Draw

The winners were named in Bahrain International Circuit’s first weekly raffle draw which was held at Bahrain City Centre on 23rd December.



January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 77

Society Latest society photos at

Bizladies Networking Event

The Bizladies Networking event was held at the Bizarre Lounge, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel on 27th November.

Annie, Kate and Bizladies Bahrain President Dr Clare BeckettMcInroy

Louis and Ros


Christina, Claudia Hard and Lepa

Tarryn and Debbie


Pakistani Women’s Association’s Educational Scholarship Fund (ESF) Event An educational scholarship fund event was held at the Miami Park Club on 1st December.

Organising committee


Samira, Nighat, Subha, Nadia, Bushra and Shehzadi

Bushra, Paresh, Azra and Joe

Reading Rocks

The K Hotel Pool Party

The K Pool Party was held at The K Hotel on 30th November.

Wael Puneet Dj Jaison, Chico, Jannet and Mac

78 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Sunny, Jannet, Ailyn and Pancha

Society Latest society photos at

The Meat Co Bahrain Re-Opening Event

The Meat Co Bahrain re-opening event was held at the The Meat Company, Manama on 28th November.

Anca Ahmed

Christophe Marziale and Karin

Julia, Nick, Jeremy and Sumaya

Irina and Alexander Sohaila Noor

Mary and John

Riina and Giacomo

Mike, Amy, Mar and Mike

Lina and Basem

Osama and Nasreen

Ron and Julia

Launch - Mimosa Arabia

The launch of Mimosa Arabia was held at the Golden Tulip Bahrain on 1st December.

Noora and Reem

Rim and Esay

Fouzia and Majida

Hanan and Badria


Sunita Lousia, Mariam, Seham, Wafa, Aysha and Wafiqa

Dana and Khawla

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 79

Society Latest society photos at

Athar’s “White & Light” First Values Show

Athar’s “White & Light” is the first unique and singular fashion show in Bahrain representing value in innovative and creative Bahraini design, where messages and concepts feautured in fashion, held at Naqsh Gallery, Al A’ali Shopping Complex on 9th November.

“White & Light” model participants with Athar organisers

Oman Air and Hotel Diva Dinner

Oman Air and Hotel Diva jointly hosted a dinner for administrative staff across Bahrain’s Commercial establishments who are frequent users of the airline’s and hotel’s services. Air tickets were gifted as raffle prizes for the guests.

Oman Air, Diva Hotel management and staff

The Institution of Engineers Pakistan-Bahrain Chapter Seminar

“The Challenge of Municipal Waste Management in Bahrain” seminar was organised by The Institution of Engineers Pakistan-Bahrain on 14th November at Hisham Al Shihabi Auditorium, Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE) in Manama, Bahrain

Prabhjeet, Tareq, J Adrian, Rehan and Qamar

80 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Ahmed, J Adrian, Rehan, Qamar, Tariq and Osama

Sajid, Saeed, Tareq and Guzaid

Society Latest society photos at

Kempinski’s Christmas Turkey Cooking Classes

Christmas turkey cooking classes exclusively for mums in Bahrain was held at the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre on 11th December 2012.

Kempinski chefs with Christmas turkey cooking classes participants

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) High End Product Launch

The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) high end product launch press conference was held at the BBK Headquarters, 11th floor, Government Avenue in Manama on 2nd December.

Abdul Karim Bucheery

Al Wajaha Head, Ghazi Ahmed, Business Group General Manager, Shaikh Rashed Al Khalifa, BBK Chief Executive, A Karim Bucheery and Retail Banking Assistant General Manager, Axel Hofmann

Maram, Meena, Axel Hofmann, Ali, Mohammed and Monya

Alia, Abeer and Rafa

Mahmood, Renaldo and Reyadh

Mohammed, Khalid and Reyadh

Sara, Fatima, Mai, Maram and Munya

Stella McCartney At Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted the exclusive preview of Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection on 20th November.

Kuofang Yang, Mylene and Dana

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 81

Society Latest society photos at

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel Christmas Tree Light Up

A Christmas tree light up event was held at the Sheraton Hotel on 12th December.

Francile and Lilie

Nardine, Heidi, Salma and Christine

Prince, Jhejhe, Aj, Sam and Miguel


Sulaiman, Mira and Ahmad

Carlos and Lilie

Izabella and Michelle

Mary, Claire and Flower

Christmas carol singing

Yandra and Miah

VIVA Media Challenge

The VIVA media karting challenge was held at the world-class VIVA Karting Track, Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir on 11th December.

Media karting challenge participants

Training workshop

82 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Team Arabian Magazines

Winning team

On the track

Society Latest society photos at

Fitness First Celebrate 1st Anniversary

Al Rashid Group’s Fitness First celebrated its first anniversary at the Oasis Centre in East Riffa on 12th December.

Shaikha Hind Bint Salman Al Khalifa in cake cutting ceremony

Christina, Rebecca, Liezul, Rosalina, Mary Jane and Julia

Sehan, Jinan, Bon, Khalid, Aiza and Claire

Shaikha Hind Bint Salman Al Khalifa with Fitness First team

Official Opening of the New Sehla Service Centre

The official opening of the new Sehla Service Centre was held at the Sehla Service Centre on 12th December.

Khalid Mattar, Dr Adel, HE Hassan Fakhro, Abdulrahman Fakhro and A Karim Bucheeri

John, Mike, Peter and Rajaduray

Khalid Mattar and HE Hassan Fakhro

Suresh, Mohandas, Brian, Sanjeev and Jibu

Haris and Chris

Amina, Rana and Miral

Ahmed, Ujjwal, Jamal, Jibu and Taha

Mattar and Ali Maki

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 83

Society Latest society photos at

Sofitel Bahrain Christmas Tree Lighting

The Christmas tree lighting invitation was held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa Hotel on 5th December.

Wei, Stephen Harris and Sihan

Sofitel Bahrain General Manager Bert Plas, Foulia and Galina

Carol, Monica, Christy and Mirne

Amina Windy

Julia, Ocea and Ilaria

Rana, Karl and Georgette

IIS Yves, Miquel, Sencha, Eliana and Chloe



Hazel and Luisa

Nasreen, Layla, Antony, Jo and Janine

Basel Qabouq and Sofitel Bahrain General Manager Bert

Kempinski’s Festive Season Kicks Off

The Festive Season successfully kicked off at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre during the weekend of 30th November, with many holiday-specific activities geared towards children and families.

Santa’s Culinary Wonderland 1

Santa’s Culinary Wonderland 2

Kempinski Christmas tree lighting ceremony

84 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Santa’s Culinary Wonderland 3

Winter Wonderland Chalet for Charity

Kempinski staff choir

Society Latest society photos at

National Day Celebrations for Kempinski Staff

The National Day celebrations for Kempinski staff was held at the staff cafeteria of the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre on 18th December 2012.

Kempinski staff

Kempinski staff

The Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Public Relations Manager, Sari Mabire with staff

Cucina Italiana Christmas Tree Lighting

The Cucina Italiana Christmas tree lighting was held at the Cucina Italiana on 5th December.

Cynthia Narvaez and Nelson

Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) Board Director and Acting General Manager, Christophe Marziale with Cucina Italiana management and staff


Bernadith and Cynthia

Cucina Italiana Chef Fortunato Giordano and staff

Launch of Mindshare CSR program

Mindshare launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in collaboration of the Royal Charity Organisation at the Bahrain International Circuit on 17th December.

The launch of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 85

Society Latest society photos at

British Ambassador HMA Iain Lindsay Hails Bilateral Relations

HMA Iain Lindsay British Ambassador to Bahrain, hailed bilateral relations between the two nations at the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) Christmas lunch meeting held at the InterContinental Regency Hotel on 14th December.

Tory Burch Press Day Bahrain City Centre

The Tory Burch press day was held at the Tory Burch Store, Bahrain City Centre on 3rd December.

Melanie Dalia, Ali and Nada

86 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Othman, Mohammed and Khalid


Society Latest society photos at

Alshaya Trading’s Maison Martin Margiela Exclusive Launch

Swedish retailer H&M teamed up with French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela to launch the joint collection at Bahrain City Centre. Haifa and Romila

Romila, Jojo, Faisal and Yasser

Ahmed, Bekran, Sajal and Charan

Anne Jade and Zee

Alina, Yasser and Claudia

Bahraini-French Business Club (CAFB) General Assembly Meeting

The general assembly meeting of the Bahraini-French Business Club (CAFB), was held at the Golden Tulip Bahrain on 19th November.

Rodolphe, Waleed Kanoo, Jano, Ashraf and Mohammed

Jawad Al Hawaj and Hisham Baradi

Khalid and Nawaf Zayani

The K Hotel’s American Thanksgiving

The K Hotel hosted an all American Thanksgiving at Klouds Restaurant. An elaborate feast complete with a dinner buffet was organised for guests.

Danos, Mohammed, Ailyn, Ghizlan and Ahmed

Scott, Michael and Djamal

Bjarne and Prakash

Michael, Ken and Evavold

Damon, Maria and Kenneth

Surbita and Armi

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 87

Society Latest society photos at

Nokia Lumia Retailers’ Launch

The Nokia Lumia Retailers’ launch was held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa on 5th December.

Samy, Hasan, Ahmed, Hussain, Dinesh, Tareq and Irfan Ali

Sundareshan, Hussain, Irfan, Ahmad, Lijo and Sameer

Samah, Madjid and Amen

Nokia Bahrain team

Kangoo Club Bahrain - Charity Event

The Kangoo Club Bahrain charity event was held at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain on 8th December.

Iman, Reem, Suha, Alina, Lauren, Samer and Lubna

DSF Dinner

The DSF dinner was held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa Hotel on 6th December.

Abdulla bin Sooydan

Ibrahim Saleh

Reem Mazrooq

The K Hotel Wellness Clinic

The K Hotel wellness clinic was held at the health club, multi-purpose room of The K Hotel on 8th December 2012.

Raed Jassim Ahli

Areej Editor, Huda Al Mahdi and other media attendees

88 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

The Kangoo Club Bahrain participants

The K Hotel staff with Al Hilal Hospital officials

Society Latest society photos at

Elite Grande Christmas Party

A Christmas party was held at the Elite Grande, Juffair on 10th December.

Nick Cooksey and Sulthanm

Elite Grande carol singing

Ana and Amna Jude, Soray, Aiz and Noreen

Cyril and Diana

Elite Hospitality Group Marketing and Communications Manager, Ryan Advincula Sharon, Sonee and Franzy

Santa and kids

Zain Huawei Mediapad Launch

The Zain Huawei Mediapad launch ceremony was held at the Zain Flagship Store, Seef Mall on 10th December. Zhaodi Xiang, Lily and Das Jaen

Fly Liu, Muneed Shahid, Enterprise & Broadband Products and Services Manager Mohamed Al Alawi and Ghazi Faisal Radhi

Samantha, Rong Zheng and Mao Jing

Jana and Lily

Julie, Maoon and Tausif

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 89

Society Latest society photos at

Mövenpick Hotel Christmas Light-Up

A Christmas light-up was held at the Gallery of the Mövenpick Hotel on 6th December.

Chef Alfredo, Sumaya, Salman Al Mahmeed and Julia

Heinz and Lina

Siba, Lukas, Isabella and Riccardo

Sharon and Patricia

Kirie, Tina, Reni and Danny

Ibtisam, Rawoul and Emlie

Afaf, Yara, Monia and Ahmed

Mo’men Shawqi Ahmed and family Caroline, Tom and Charlette

Lukman, Sobin, Shinaj, Zattar, Bashar and Goutham

Nanny and Sean

Christmas choir group

Zakaria and Noor


90 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


Society Latest society photos at

Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) Christmas Eve Party

A Christmas Eve Party was held at Bennigan’s Restaurant and Cucina Italiana, Juffair on 24th December.

Kate, Daisy, Lj, Vinod, Mae and Jp

Cynthia, Iberna, Melody, Jeni, Mara and Nelson

Lulwa and Dave Stephen Harris and Wei

Keven, Shana and Justin

Lj, Vinod, Cynthia and Nelson Ahmed and Jessica

Sean and Nancy

Dominic and Ashley

Mike, Pam, Nancy and Jesse

Iro Smith’s Birthday Celebration

The Iro Smith’s Birthday celebration was held at the Capital Club in East Tower, Bahrain Financial Harbour on 24th December.


Suzy and Farah


Anny and Danae

Iro and Mala Kumar

Dana and Iro

Ohoma, Yana, Iro, Badria and Christine

Gulnar Farah

Fay and Lynn

Nadia, Yasmine and Fouzia

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 91

Society Latest society photos at

Royal Golf Club Annual Members’ Gala Dinner

An annual members gala dinner was held at The Royal Golf Club’s Majlis on 6th December.

Phil, Rebecca, Julie and Rob

Deena, Danni and Joy

Okatyun, Meeji, Youngog, South Korean Republicís Ambassador to Bahrain, HE Jong Ha Yu, Ki Ityoung and Justin

Jane and Christina

Eul Mo Koo, David, Dina and Kil

Jason, Sarah and Barry

Christina, Maya, Bijan Sasha and Pauline

Michael, Charlotte, Hanwe and Claus

Motorcity Launch of the New Citroën C4 Aircross

The launch of the new Citroën C4 Aircross was held at the Bahrain City Centre Gate 02 (in front of Starbucks) on 6th December.

Waleed Kanoo with Motorcity management

Montanzer, Karnam and Agnala

Vivek, Sunil, Sathish, John and Agnala

92 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Citroën C4 Aircross

Waleed Kanoo and HE Hassan Fakhro

Waleed Kanoo and Abdulla Hatim

Motorcity management

Society Latest society photos at

Crowne Plaza Hotel Bahrain Christmas Brunch

A Christmas Brunch was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 25th December. Lisa and Rob

Crowne Plaza General Manager Pascal Eggerstedt and family

Mohammed, Ebrahim Koheeji and Ashraf Jackie and Mary

Fanny, Helen and Elly Dominic and Chris

Lynne and Andy

Andrew and Sally

Goose and Maverick

Andrea and Schulz

Elly, Mark and Dee

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa’s Christmas Lunch

The longest brunch in the island was hosted at Saraya, Wok and Fiamma Restaurant on 25th December. Live entertainment and a visit by Santa Claus were the highlights. Sanne, Sue and Michelle

Kristy and Jamie

Russell, Poppy and Jake

Luna, Karina and Stella

Cardine and Andrew Luna, Lillia and Zeid

Orlando, Elisa and Kim

Hawwah, Pippa, Samad and Sanah

Alex and Sarah Tamara, Rakia, Jassim Zayani, Mirna and Maha

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 93

Society Latest society photos at

Motorcity Launch of the New Isuzu D-Max 2013

The launch of the new Isuzu D-Max 2013 was held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) on 13th December.

Mathew, Zaid, Fawaz Kanoo, Bashar and Sathish

Akira and Kambara


Akira Odagaki

Bashar, Zaid and Bisan

Fawaz Kanoo and Bashar Nass

Akira Odagaki and Fawaz Kanoo

Fawaz Kanoo and Bashar Nass

EK Kanoo and Isuzu Officials

National Motor Company (NMC) New Cadillac ATS Launch

The launch of the new Cadillac ATS was held at the Royal Gulf Club, Riffa Views on 13th December.

Dr Ahmed and Samon

Khalid and Emad

Tim and David

Adel and Reem


Ghassan, Ghassan, Abdulla, Martino and Samon

94 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


Society Latest society photos at

Sheraton Hotel Christmas Day Lunch

A Christmas day lunch was held at the Al Safir Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel on 25th December.

Glenn, Lee, Jaqueline and Graig

Labh, Jerald, Rowena, Bachir and Michael

Fatima and Larry

Fowzy and Kathy

Susan, Lydia, Tary, Waleed, Iman, Jame and Isobel

Igor, Chris, Gerald, Ruwena, Michael and Geralyn

Andrew, Avril and Geoff

The K Hotel Christmas Eve Dinner

A Christmas eve dinner was held at the Klouds Restaurant, The K Hotel on 24th December. Dr Wisam Younis and Family

Jannet, Mohammed and Angel

George and Alexandra

Ignetuis and Becki Sharon and Larry

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 95

Society Latest society photos at

JAC Motors Launch

The JAC Motors launch was held at the Al Muharraq Ballroom, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa on 10th December.

Jac Motors staff

Noor and Sujoy

Faisal Jawad, HE Hassan Fakhro and Chinese Ambassador to Bahrain, HE Li Chen

Sreedhart, Mahesh and Lawrence

Victoria Natalia, Natasha, Talia and Kamila

Goutham and Ram

Natasha Majed and Kareem Faisal Jawad

Philippe, Veerapandian, Jawad and Venkteshan

Wahooo! Waterpark Celebrates Bahrain National Day

The Wahooo! Waterpark hosted a two-day open day for guests to celebrate Bahrain’s National Day at the Bahrain City Centre from 11th to 12th December.

Wahooo! Waterpark management and guests

96 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Wahooo! Waterpark management and guests

Society Latest society photos at

Mรถvenpick Hotel Christmas Lunch

A Christmas lunch was held at Mรถvenpick Hotel on 25th December.

Heinz, Sumaya and Salman Al Mahmeed

Kendra, Zara, Natasha and Jezreel

Carly and Zara

Beth and Grace

Steve, Tina, Luck and Jack

Jonathan, Fiona and Francis

John and Kevin Wendy, Yasmen, Kaven and Cameron

David and Dominique

Heba and Sophia

Heinz, Nikita and Lina

Sara, Alicia, Bryan, Vanessa, Sam and Dave

Mona, Talal and Jon

Meline Rebecca January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 97

Society Latest society photos at

Hilton Watson’s Masked Ball

The Hilton Watson’s masked ball was held at the Muju, Dragon Hotel, Amwaj Islands on 7th December.

Lida, Hilton and Jana

Dino and Kate

Jamie, Mo, Gab and Layla


Mo and Anna

Ariadna and Rogier

Nick Cooksey and friends


Pearl and Tania

Deena, Dino and Laura

98 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Alaa and Eman

Myrna and Sohail

Ahmed, Hilton and Anais

Society Latest society photos at

Mercure Grand Hotel Seef Christmas Tree Lighting

A Christmas tree lighting was held at the Mercure Grand Hotel Seef on 18th December.

Tamer Shaji and Santa

Michael and Ekaferina



Ahmed Hishma and Santa

Eric, Kaelan and Tamara

Arun, Ahmed Hishma, Santa and Mercure Grand Hotel Seef’s General Manager Yasser Bahaa

DHL National Day Celebration

DHL National Day celebration was held at the Gulf Hotel on 20th December.

Khalid, Noor Sulaiman, Ibrahim, Rashaa and Hanan

Ali Tabet and Holger Tillmann

Najwa and Yalie

Sharmoubi, Bassam, Sharif, Seif and Osama

Nawar and Marda

Nasar, Laila, Nora and Suhail

Khalid, Joudy and Hanan

Sameh, Turgay and Rafat

Rafat, Amina and Emad

Gamal and Dalia

Maher, Kal and Wael

Jazzim Zayani and Noor Sulaiman

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 99

Society Latest society photos at

BMI Bank Inaugurates Bigger Branch

The BMI Bank Branch opening was held at Khidamat Street in Tubli on 19th December.

Jamal Ali Al-Hazeem during ribbon cutting ceremony

Jamal Ali Al-Hazeem during the cake cutting ceremony

Ali Noor, Abbas and Mahmood

Mohammed, Majeed and Majeed Hoori

Majeed and Fakhi Ibrahim

Manama Singers Christmas Carols

The Christmas carols by Manama Singers organised by Capital Club Media was held at the Sky Lounge, Bahrain Financial Harbour on 18th December.

Jack, Luke, Raef and Harry

Christmas carol singing

Santa and Mohammed

Mohammed and Santa

Seren and Carson

Emmanuelle, Clemmie, Sophia, Bushell, Kara and Danny


Al Rashid Group Blood Donation Campaign

The blood donation campaign hosted by Al Raship Group was held at Oasis Centre in Muharraq on 12th December.

Blood donation campaign

100 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Blood donation campaign

Society Latest society photos at

Little Picasso Painting Event

The Little Picasso painting event was held at the Seef Mall on 7th December.

Elleyah, Roza and Muhana









Abdul Hafed and Aws




Raniya, Noor and Bilal

Diya and Damel

Meet ICT Bahrain

The Meet ICT Bahrain was held at the Palm Hall of the Bahrain International & Convention Centre on 10th December.

Mohammed Al Qaed and HE Ahmed Kamal

VIP guests

Afnana Zayani, Abdulla Rashid and Mohammed Bubshait

VIP guests

HE Ahmed Kamal

VIP guests

VIP guests

Think Pink Cheque Presentation

The Think Pink cheque presentation was held at the World Beat Fitness Centre and CafĂŠ on 15th December. Iamn Fuad, Jane, Faye, Shaikha Marwa Al Khalifa and Jo

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 101


Diyar Homes IF&B CPI award

BBK winners with the BBK management

Al Hayrat Announces the 15 Winners of the November Monthly Draw as Excitement Rises about Upcoming Al Hayrat Draw for USD500,000 in Jan! Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, has recently announced the names of the November monthly prize winners of USD75,000. The November Al Hayrat winners of USD5,000 each are: Aqeel Ali Hasan Alowad, Wedad Jasim Mohamed Al Haji, Naji Yusuf Al Kawari, Walaa Abdulaziz Aljawder, Maryam A Aziz Naser, Adel Haider Rahimi, Iftikhar Ahmed Sardar, Stepjen John Tolle and Fatemeh Mahnaz, Mustafa S Mohameed Alalawi, Rawan A Ameer Jasim, Esam Saeed Hassan Ali, Badriya Ali Hajih Mohammed, Nasreldeen Hamda Khairalla, Shatha Abdulshaheed Salman and Aysha Yaqoob Albanki. The cheques were handed over to the winners by Reinaldo Moarry, Head of Retail Marketing. The handover ceremony was attended by Nada Bubshait, Marketing Communications Manager. The winners expressed their thanks to BBK for providing them with excellent and highly beneficial products and services, namely, Al Hayrat, which allows them to continue saving while getting the chance to win wonderful prizes at the same time.


Diyar Homes Receives “The Best Real Estate Investment 2012” Award from CPI Financial Diyar Homes, a real estate development subsidiary of KFH-Bahrain, was honoured with “The Best Real Estate Investment 2012” award at the CPI Financial Islamic Business and Finance Awards Gala Dinner Ceremony held in Dubai. On receiving this accolade, Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, the Managing Director and CEO at KFH-Bahrain and Chairman of Diyar Homes commented, “Winning this prestigious award demonstrates that Diyar Homes was able to prove that there is a real demand in the Bahraini real estate market for local housing needs. It confirms the success of the Bahraini real estate workforce, whether it be engineers, architects or contractors.”

In Brief

Director of Marketing & Sales, Hamad Fuad

Junaid for Perfumes’ Remarkable Presence at Kuwait Autumn Perfumes Exhibition

Bahrain City Centre fire drill

Bahrain City Centre Puts Safety First Bahrain City Centre simulated a real-time fire drill and evacuation to ensure mall management, retailers, contractors and shoppers are prepared in the event of a real health and safety emergency. The simulation started in the morning, and the mall safely evacuated more than 4,000 people in just nine minutes. The fire drill and evacuation is part of Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ Health and Safety Policy, and Bahrain City Centre hosts emergency simulations throughout the year as part of its commitment to safety.

102 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Junaid for Perfumes received an overwhelming response at their recent participation at the Autumn Perfume Exhibition that was held in Kuwait. Conducted for over 20 years at the Kuwait International Fair Grounds, this year’s event witnessed a remarkable turnout of over 100,000 visitors. At this year’s event, Junaid for Perfumes presented a collection of their latest products and accessories. Founded in 1910, this Bahrain-based perfumery operates with more than 120 outlets worldwide.

Business BMI Bank Inaugurates Bigger Branch to Better Serve Tubli’s Growing Community

Saar Central Advocates Reef Protection in Bahrain

Bahraini retail and commercial banking institution, BMI Bank launched a new, bigger full-service branch in the growing commercial and residential area of Tubli to cater to the area through its enhanced banking solutions. An official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new branch was presided over by Yousif Hassan Yousif, Director – Banking Supervision Directorate, Central Bank of Bahrain along with the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jamal Al-Hazeem who inaugurated the Tubli branch in the presence of officials from the Bank, guests and members of the media.

GM Support Services BMI Bank, Eyad Sater, CEO BMI Bank, Jamal Al Hazeem and Director Banking Supervision, Yousif Hassan Yousif

Saar Central, an 82 villa luxury residential development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in line with their ethos to support environmental causes around the island, has pledged its support for Reef Arabia. Reef Arabia, the first authorised supplier of artificial reef units in the GCC, comprises local and internationally based marine biologists who provide real solutions in mitigating marine environmental impacts. Saar Central’s donation will go towards the construction and deployment of artificial reef Saar Central Reef Arabia balls. At a special event organised by Entrepreneurs’ Organisation’s Bahrain chapter, Saar Central and select guests were alerted about the impending dangers to marine life in Bahrain and how Reef Arabia is helping alleviate some of the damage. Nader AlQassab, Managing Director of Saar Central said, “Bahrain’s marine ecosystem is a national treasure. By helping support the formation of artificial reefs around the island, Saar Central is not only protecting the Kingdom’s biodiversity but also the lifestyle of the numerous fishermen who subsist on the marine life.” Reef Arabia is the only company in the Gulf that operates a fulltime, fully equipped manufacturing facility supplying a diverse range of quality concrete artificial reef units to the GCC. Appointed to construct and deploy 2,620 units as part of the Bahrain Artificial Reef Project, Reef Arabia is an integral part of the national marine rehabilitation programme.

Tamkeen Named “Best Initiative Supporting SMEs in Arab Countries Tamkeen was named “Best Initiative Supporting SMEs in Arab Countries” for the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders. The award ceremony was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre under the patronage of HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. HE Shaikh Mohammad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Tamkeen, received the award from HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on behalf of Tamkeen. This year’s award saw strong competition from organisations and companies from across the Arab World. The evaluation and selection process was carried out by a panel of renowned experts and professionals from different sectors.

Tamkeen during the awarding ceremony

KFH-Bahrain Staff Visit Turkey The Social Committee at Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain (KFHB) organised a trip to Turkey for 40 employees at the bank. They visited a number of destinations and tourist attractions around the capital Istanbul, and were also proud to celebrate the National Day of the Kingdom of Bahrain during their trip to Turkey. Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, Managing Director & CEO, commented “I would like to thank the Social Committee for their efforts to ensure the success of this trip. The Social Committee is very active in strengthening relationships between employees, with the aim to give the KFHB employees a strong sense of belonging to the Bank”. The Social Committee at KFHB organises various activities and programmes for its employees throughout the year.

KFH Bahrain staff in Turkey

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 103

Business Q Home Décor Celebrates Anniversary Q Home Décor celebrated its third year anniversary of operations in the Kingdom. Santosh Pai – COO Al Rashid Group and the group’s senior management were present to mark the occasion. Q Home Décor is a luxury furnishings store located at Bahrain City Centre. Al Rashid Group COO, Santosh Pai with Q Home Décor senior management and staff

President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Awarded Jean Gabriel Pérès, the President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, has been chosen as ‘Travel Personality of the Year 2012’ in the influential TTG Asia Travel Awards, recognised as one of the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry in Asia. Pérès was selected for his outstanding achievement in transforming Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts into an inspiring success story.

World Trade Centre National Day celebration

Bahrain World Trade Centre and MODA Mall Join National Day Anniversary Celebrations

President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Jean Gabriel Pérès

The Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) and MODA Mall, joined the nation to mark the Kingdom’s 41st National Day anniversary. The year’s celebrations kicked off with an exclusive Bahrain World Trade Centre ‘Tenants’ Appreciation’ reception which was held in the main lobby. BWTC tenants and visitors came together to commemorate and celebrate the country’s rich history, culture, and achievements. During the reception event, tenants and visitors received giveaways decorated with the colours of the Bahraini flag. In line with the National Day theme, the interior and exterior of the iconic towers were lit up with a spectacular red and white lighting which illuminated Manama’s skyline in the colours of the Bahrain National Flag. Shoppers, visitors and tenants were served traditional Bahrain sweets and Arabic coffee.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class dominates Middle East Motor A-wards 2012 Dubai, UAE - Mercedes-Benz Middle East and Levant took home two awards at the third successful edition of the Middle East Motor Awards 2012 (MEMA), held at Expo Centre Sharjah. Nominated for a total six awards, Mercedes-Benz dominated the premium SUV category, receiving MEMAs for Best Premium Large SUV for the ML 350 and Best Performance SUV for the ML 63 AMG, whilst the dynamic GLK reached the top three for Best Premium Mid-size SUV. In addition to the MEMA 2012 titles, the M-Class claimed the AUTO BILD Design Awards 2012 title of the most attractive vehicle in the SUV/Vans/All-wheel drive category, in a poll by leading German car magazine, AUTO BILD.

104 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Mercedes Benz M-class


Home! Looking For A

If only animals could talk, you’d be hearing their sad, pitiful stories. But since they can’t, we are giving these adorable creatures a voice. One way or another, they have been hurt and abused in ways you would not imagine a human doing to another creature, and yet the fact remains that these animals end up abandoned and left for dead all over the Kingdom. If you’re thinking of buying a pet, please don’t - instead, adopt one today.


Cookie Fido


Primrose Dusty



BSPCA Animals



Coco Pringles

Interested in Adopting?

Visit the BSPCA in Animal Welfare Centre in Askar, see for directions. Open for adoption viewing Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday and Saturday, 9am to 1pm. Tel. +973 1759 1231.

Tony The Dogfather

Sploge Roxy Bolux


Tag Barny Rubble



Rag Boblail


Interested in Adopting?

Call Tony ‘The Dogfather’ Waters on Tel. +973 3962 9889 or visit

Do you have animal concerns? Need a vet? Call Dr Nonie Coutts Tel. +973 1724 5515. January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 105


The All-New Kia Sorento 2013


he latest model of Kia’s widely successful Sorento is set to charm customers with its fresh looks and improvements. The SUV features new headlamps with LED positioning lights, a new tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new front and rear bumpers with vertical-axis fog lights and a larger area of body-color surface, and an expanded choice of wheels to include larger diameter alloys. It is fitted with the standard Kia 3.5-liter V6 engine which has 277 HP.

The upgraded Sorento’s stiffer body-shell structure and new vibration-damping subframe mountings are an excellent foundation for minimising noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The engine lined withall-new, three-layer, noise-lowering materials and a new sound insulator fitted to the transmission tunnel further minimises NVH. The upgraded Sorento comes with dual front airbags which are standard for all models and front side airbags and side curtain airbags, offering head protection to front and second row occupants. Sorento EX buyers can specify front and rear parking sensors; a Kia Reversing Safety Camera mounted on the tailgate with a 130 degree wide-angle lens and high intensity discharge Xenon headlamps. Sorento comes with a realistic five years unlimited mileage warranty with a low running cost to compliment the drive

“The upgraded Sorento’s stiffer body-shell structure and new vibration-damping subframe mountings are an excellent foundation for minimising noise, vibration and harshness.” Inside the seven-seater cabin, there are more softtouch surfaces plus a new LCD instrument cluster, new centre stack with 8-inch display screen, and a new console featuring a straightgate selector with a leatherbooted lever on automatic transmission models – reinforcing the vehicle’s more luxurious premium character. Offered in black or beige cloth or leather, the interior can be bathed in natural light through a larger optional panoramic sunroof.

106 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

AA Bin Hindi announces the arrival of Kia’s upgraded SUV in Bahrain.

To book a test drive call, Tel. +973 1740 8800 or visit the showroom in Khamis. For more information visit


The All-New 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL

First Class in All Conditions, the New GL Spells Innovation and Style.


ercedes-Benz recently launched its brand new GL SUV. Demonstrating leadership qualities across sports-car disciplines, the newbie occupies top postion among luxury SUVs. A spacious interiors enhances comfort and the AMG Exterior Package promises to lend your ride a sporty touch! The head and tail lamps feature LED technology and the GL 500 4MATIC Blue Efficieny with a charged, direct-injecting Blue Direct petrol engine offers impressive performance coupled with high efficiency. On average the new model range undercuts the preceding model series by 19 percent when it comes to consumption figures. Available as standard from 2013, the 360° camera equipment feature comprises four cameras in the front and rear area as well as in the exterior mirror housings providing a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and of the area surrounding it from the image information, and shows other views in the generously sized Comand display. Tightly put together, the Assistance Systems and the On & Off Road package featuring multiple driving programmes ensure safety for both the driver and other passengers. The vehicle also has a Passive safety system – two-stage adaptive airbags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag for the driver, sidebags for the driver and front passenger (combined thorax/pelvis bags) and windowbags

108 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

above all three seat rows. Other standard elements include pyrotechnic inertia-reel tensioning and constant belt force limiters plus electrically reversible inertia-reel belt tensioners at the front, inertia-reel tensioners at the outer seats and single-stage belt force limiters at the outer seats on the centre bench seat as well as at the rear single seats. In addition to this there are 3-point seat belts on board for all seven seats. On request, safety can be optimised by systems such as the Distronic Plus proximity control, the brake assist system Bas Plus and the Pre-Safe. The optionally available Active Curve System roll stabilisation works at the front and rear axle with active torsion-bar stabilisers and compensates for the roll angle

Top Mercedes Bahrain-officials at the launch

during cornering which significantly increases agility and driving pleasure. The Active Parking Assist with an automatic function for entering and exiting parking spaces — the bi xenon headlamps with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) featuring the new off-road light, the Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the Night View Assist Plus – ensure that the motorist has a sufficient view of the road. At par with the S-class and having NVH characteristics (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), this creation is a guranteed smooth-ride all the way! For more information contact +973 17 17785454 Visit:


S W E N CAR From the latest to the greatest, find out all about what’s new in the automotive is page. industry right here on th

HR Policy Committee Head, A Aziz Bin Hindi (6th from left) presents the new HR Policy to AA Bin Hindi Group President & CEO, Ahmed bin Hindi (5th from left) with other committee-members

Enhanced HR Policy for Bin Hindi

A professional committee of HR, legal, quality control and finance experts put together an improved HR policy for automobile dealer AA Bin Hindi. The new policy highlights the brand’s efforts towards implementing quality management practices. Employees will now enjoy transparency and easy access to work and policy related information ensuring smooth flow of communication across channels and departments. In a market where businesses play talent-magnet through tactics like internal poaching, employee retention becomes a daunting task. In such a situation comprehensive and employee friendly HR policies become indispensable to reduce complexity and operational issues. With many more staffwelfare programs in the pipeline, Bin Hindi Group intends to align employee and company goals to suit the present volatile market.

Hyundai Genesis’s New Model in the Middle East

Drive the latest Genesis with newly added features.

The new model offers customers higher levels of performance and sportiness while retaining the same levels of luxury for which the Genesis is renowned.

Hyundai’s award-winning luxury sedan, the Genesis is now available in the Middle East with a new, top-of-the-range 3.8-liter engine as well as a state-of-the-art navigation system. The new model offers customers higher levels of performance and sportiness while retaining the same levels of luxury for which the Genesis is renowned. The new 3.8liter unit features direct injection (GDI) technology and produces 338hp and maximum torque of 40.3kg.m at 5,100rpm. With a maximum speed of 240kph, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 6.2 seconds. The 3.8GDI Lambda engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers SHIFTRONIC manual shift capability. This Hyundaideveloped transmission adds two additional ratios enhancing acceleration, shifting smoothness and transmission efficiency. The car also features DRIVER INFORMATION SYSTEM which includes navigation information and enhanced multi-media options. The new display provides a more intuitive user interface, with an integrated joystick-type function. It will also come with a rear view camera, which projects images on the 8 inch screen, giving the driver optimal assistance when reversing into any parking space. The Genesis has enjoyed many international accolades since 2009

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 109


We Love Winner!

Congratulations! Khulood Alsadah, MINI competition winner, in celebration of MINI’s 53rd Birthday. The prizes include a really cool branded duffle bag, a cooler and a fabulous MINI beach towel.

Khulood Alsadah

Bahrain Toyota Material Handling Division Achieves Global Recognition Toyota Material Handling Division at Ebrahim K Kanoo received the Sales & Customer Support Excellent Performance 2011 Award, during the annual Toyota Material Handling International Distributor Conference which was held in Yokohama, Japan. Hisham G Andraos, President of Toyota Material Handling Tech & Sales Manager at International (TMHI), Mr Onishi and Toyota Material Handling Ebrahim K Kanoo, Tech & Sales Manager at Toyota Material Handling Division, Hisham G Division at Ebrahim K Andraos Kanoo received the award from Mr Onishi, President of Toyota Material Handling International (TMHI). Toyota Material Handling Division provides industrial and commercial companies with high quality equipment such as forklifts and lifting trucks, also the Ground Support Equipment for Airports, supported by a wide network around the Kingdom offering professional after sales services.

Toyota 86 ‌ Thrill Drive Redefined Ebrahim K Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota & Lexus in Bahrain, has launched the Toyota 86, a rear wheel drive vehicle powered with a 2.0 Lt. Boxer engine with Direct Fuel Injection D-4S technology that generates 200 HP, and a new 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. Despite its striking sporty design, the Toyota 86 comes with the latest safety inventions.

Motorcity Sponsored Volvo Team at Golf Tournament

Toyota 86

The Volvo team, which consists of three amateur players as well as the pro Golfer Hamed Mubarak, participated at the prestigious Royal Golf Club Pro-AM tournament 2012.

Toyota Vice Chairman Visits Ebrahim K Kanoo Ebrahim K Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota & Lexus in the Kingdom of Bahrain, was visited by the Vice Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation Takeshi Uchiyamada. He came to Bahrain to attend the Six Hour of Bahrain and support the Toyota Racing Team.

Ebrahim K Kanoo (six from the left) with Toyota Motor Corporation Vice Chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada (fifth from the left) with Toyota management and guests

110 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


Kudos To Harley-Davidson Academy Of Motorcycling Riders who trained at the academy share their testimonials with Bahrain Confidential. Professionals from Harley-Davidson Academy trained me to ride a heavy motorbike so well that by the end of it I knew I was ready to get my own machine. Today I own my own Harley and proudly ride it! Ines Hoffmeister, 46 years, Germany

Harley-Davidson Academy trainers are extremely friendly and professional. They maintain high standards of training which is expected given the brands repute. I would recommend this academy to anyone wanting to learn a bike. Rodney Davies, 51 years, Britain

Harley-Davidson Academy gives a lot of importance to safety while riding and the instructors are very patient especially with beginners such as me. I would recommend training at the academy first even if you want to sign up for any other formal lessons later. I took up advanced classes to further my knowledge on different aspects of riding. The academy is sheer value for money and as an added bonus you get to try you hands at a number of Harley bikes. Amaan Ali

The Harley-Davidson Academy organised a private course for me and my friends. We all had a fantastic time and would be keen on signing up for the advanced course too. We were trained by professional instructors and enjoyed excellent facilities at the academy. We also learned different riding techniques which improved our practical riding skills. Saleh Hijazi

It has been a great experience indeed learning to be able to ride a Harley! Their theory lessons are very informative and practical. We were also had a practice session which was monitored by professionals for safety. Training with HarleyDavidson Academy is a real confidence booster. The instructors at the academy are so passionate about their work and there is an air of excitement in the training-area which doesn’t let you give up. Neesha Malik

My experience at HarleyDavidson Academy of Motorcycling was amazing. I learned the basics about motorcycles and safety. The instructors were very patient and made the learning process simple and fun. Thanks to them I am a confident rider today. Laila, Bahrain

*Prices available upon request.

To book your training please email: January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 111


Nick Cooksey and the latest model of BMW 7 series

The BMW 730Li Nick Cooksey tests one of the latest models in the BMW 7 series.


he BMW 730Li is a luxury car with great power. Although I drove it on regular roads in Bahrain, I’m genuinely impressed by how the smallest engine in the range which has 258bhp propels the car. If this relatively smaller engine in the series is good it is a wonder as to why one would need the same model with an engine any larger! Customised to suit the Middle East, the car’s iDrive system has a languageoption interface and navigation so the driver can select English or Arabic. The car has a spacious interior and sound proof compartment. Though I was driving on a road with noisy construction work I couldn’t hear

112 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

a thing inside the car with the windows rolled up and enjoyed beautiful classic music as

“I’m genuinely impressed by how the smallest engine in the range which has 258bhp propels the car.” I drove. The 730Li has the Bang & Olufsen surround sound system which is excellent. The rear-seats have their own

entertainment package. There are two separate 9.2” TV monitors and digital headphone connections offering great sound (yes, I tested it!). There’s also a separate iDrive controller so passengers at the back can flip through their favourite entertainment programmes while on the go. The 730Li features a Night Vision and Dynamic Light Spot – standard to the 7 series. This is very helpful while driving at night in case there is a pedestrian in the car’s path then infrared sensors detect this and direct light spots on them which helps prevent accidents. My verdict on the new 730Li, it is an elegant car with remarkable power! For a test drive call, Tel. +973 1775 0750 or visit:

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

16-18 April 2013

Beverages and Soft Drinks

Health and Organic Foods

Food and Beverage Technology

Food Processing Technology

Ready to Eat Products Frozen Foods

Showcasing Bahrain’s Food and Hospitality sectors and hosting exhibitors from all over the GCC. Organised by

Fine Dining Hotels and Restaurants

Supported by

Sponsored by

Media Partners

For further details please contact Amal Abdulla, Senior Sales Officer on Tel: +973 1755 8898. Mobile: +973 3387 9969, or email: Anas A. AlAmer, Senior Sales Officer, Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA), Email:, Direct line: +973 1755 8854. Direct Fax: +973 1755 5513.

o r t s GCaalendar Gastro

Elite Resort and Spa TNG: Thursday Night Grills BD12 per person Friday Brunch: BD10 Adults and BD5 for kids Chill Out Saturday: BBQ at the poolside at BD10

Elite Crystal Hotel

d The latest an to go! s e c a l p t s e i t s ta

Mövenpick Hotel Kitchen Party! For all special events like birthday parties or even surprising your boss, Visit Mövenpick where eating is an unforgettable experience involving a certain ritual and everyone has to get involved. Life’s all about decisions? There’s a place for theatre at the Flamingo Bar table, for instead of watching the Chef do his usual cooking, a group of eight to twelve guests will be provided with hats and aprons and will be juggling with their Italian or Arabic menus, while enjoying cooking their Penne Al Dente or their mixed grills to perfection. It’s spontaneous; it’s fun. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a private party or a birthday celebration. Priced BD19++ without drinks, or BD22++ inclusive of welcoming and soft drinks.

Bora Bora: Friday Pool Party

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel

Get Belgian mussels plus Leon des Bruxelles at Mövenpick An authentic dining experience awaits at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain from 22nd of February till 1st of March 2013. Sole Meunière, mussels with curry or with Tartar sauce, French fries and turkey steak dished out with a casual style and grace. Everything about these dishes is absolutely perfect. If you’ve never had one of these authentic Belgian delicacies, then you’re in for a treat!

onfidential C in a r h a B The the best ls a e v e r e id gastro gu Bahrain. in t a e o t places



Launch of Baharat on 9th January, 2013 Baharat will feature an eclectic array of Middle Eastern and Oriental dishes, including mouthwatering selections of appetisers, grills serving Shish Taouk, lamb chops and Dajaj Mosahab, and a delectable array of desserts such as Loukamat, Baklava, Katayef Assafer, and Um Ali. Live cooking stations, saj and tandoor ovens, and private dining areas, complete with live entertainment including a belly dancer and a large terrace to enjoy a wide selection of shisha flavors. For additional information or bookings: Tel. +973 1717 1000. Saveur - Friday Family Brunch Every Friday Time: 12.30pm to 4pm Price: BD19++, inclusive of soft beverages; children zero to six years eat free, seven to twelve years dine at half price

Enjoy a range of new flavours apart from your favourites. Delicious Japanese cuisine! BD16 and BD19 respectively. Bento box. This trendy lunch offers a nice selection of Japanese food, including miso soup, salads and tea. Everything is set up in an individual box, in an attractive way. From BD9++

114 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

T-Spoon - Traditional Afternoon Tea A wide selection of European sandwiches, pates, scones and sweet treats created in house together with a drink of your choice from specialties include lemon tartlets, Raspberry mille feuille a la minute, Bakewell tart, Chocolate eclaires, plus stylish and decadent Macaroons. Price: BD13.5++ per person

Please be aware that timings and offers are likely to change. It is advised to call up in advance.



Magical Moments

Of Fusion Cuisine

er Maki pampers the fusion-food lov vours. with its innovative and tantalising fla Bader Maki

Fusion Shot


lways trying to invent new flavours, award winning Maki restaurant launched its exotic new dinner - 15 Magical Moments - which features fifteen divine staple favourites from the menu with wine pairings. Those with a penchant for fusion-food will agree that this creation is one of a kind. Every bite is a complete and satisfying gastronomical escapade and the highest quality wines served at Maki complement the food leaving the diner wanting more. Maki’s reputation for creating unique flavours holds true for each dish that is served. Experienced chefs have conjured

“One of the items has been named after a reputed local television presenter thus highlighting the restaurants policy to encourage creativity in cooking!”

a highly refined culinary extravaganza using the freshest ingredients which leaves a wonderful after-taste making it all the more pleasurable. Fresh fish like salmon, tuna and a variety of white fish are complimented by seaweed, horse radish, avocado, caviar and creamy sauces ensuring every morsel is flavour-packed. Crab sticks, crab meat and shrimp also feature in the dishes. Singlegrape white wine and red wine further pamper the taste-buds. Through this creation, Maki endeavours to allow its diners the pleasure of variety. Each of the fifteen items has a different story to tell. One of the items has been named after a reputed local television presenter thus highlighting the restaurants policy to encourage creativity in cooking! The dim-lit ambiance coupled with

Signature Maki Assortmen

tasteful music and comfortable seating only add to the ‘magical’ dining experience. The restaurant also exhibits highest-quality service standards. If you are a thorough gourmand, you simply don’t want to miss this one! Dinner is priced at BD15 per person. For enquiries and reservation call +973 1752 2733 or +973 36999102 or email: Visit

Marike, Steve, Mailyn and Maki Managing Partner Amer Zeitoun

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 115


Buon Anniversario! Festive promotions and gourmet cookery classes; celebrate the Italian way with Cucina Italiana.

Anniversary Feast

Cucina Italiana is serving the finest Italian delicacies as part of its first anniversary menu*. The three-course feast includes Insalata de Polpo or Stracciatella (soup), Linguine con Polllo e Pomodoro or Cernia Alla Pazza (maincourse) and the legendary Italian dessert, Tiramisu! A suprise complimentary dessert will also be served. These delicious dishes can be washed down with a well-concocted welcome drink or Cucina Italiana’s signature cocktail which will be served at no extra charge. In addtion to exciting giveaways, guests can participate in an anniversary special lucky draw. The winner bags a complimentary lunch or dinner with a bottle of wine for two. Cooking just got better..the restaurant is organising special cookery classes with ace Chef Fortunato. Aspirant chefs will learn how to cook interesting Italian appetizers and maincourses. Participation certificates and a best-selling cook-book will be given to each participant.

What: Comforting and lingering on the pallete, a carefully selected menu of cheeses, hams and other Italian breakfast items; great way to start your day! When: Throughout the week, 6am onwards


116 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Friday Nite Buffet

What: Gourmet dishes including cold cuts, cheeses, maincourse and desserts at BD10 per person

Look out for Cucina Italiana’s soon to come Wine Dinner and enjoy a relaxing

Cookery Class Details: Where: Cucina Italiana Fee: BD10 per month. Register for the entire year at BD100 ONLY! When: Once a month at 4pm

Bon Appetite! Dine at Cucina Italiana Sumptuous Breakfast

ahrain’s one-stop destination for an authentic Italian culinary extravaganza - Cucina Italiana - is set to mark its first anniversary in the Kingdom. Cherished by gourmands across nationalities, in Bahrain this restaurant attracts thousands of diners throughout the week and especially over weekends. Ask Mr Christophe Marziale, Board Director and Acting General Manager, Bahrain Family Leisure Company as to how the past year in the kingdom has been and he replies with an ecstatic ‘wonderful’. Seems there is no dearth of food-lovers in Bahrain who appreciate good flavour! The defining factor in Cucina Italiana’s success has to be its recipes and cooking methods which are followed to the T so as to offer diners the perfect Italian gastronomical adventure.

What: Cucina special selection of Italian delicacies When: Friday, 10:30 am to 3 pm BD16 per person with a welcome drink and best selection of juices & soft drinks. BD25 per person with a welcome drink, house beverages & a bottle of Italian wine for two.

wine tasting evening with one of the best wine masters flown straight from Italy!

Anyone Can Cook! Chef Fortunato Giordano

Italian Brunch

For reservations call +973 1700 1317 or book online at Enjoy free home delivery anywhere; just dial +973 1700 1317. Dine at Cucina Italiana and become a Loyalty Card holder - enjoy a 10 per cent discount on all your meals. Card valid for three months.

“There is no dearth of foodlovers in Bahrain who appreciate good flavour!” Marlon Brando in ‘The Godfather’ Artist: Kinan Douba

Bahrain Family Leisure Company Board Director and Acting General Manager, Christophe Marziale


Indulge In Lebanese Culinary Delights Try out these mouth-watering recipes from Leila Restaurant!

Leila Halawet El Jeben

atmosphere for guests to dine. The elements used in the restaurant’s interior – sober The famous sweet cheese dough, with colours, traditional Ashta* (Lebanese cream) garnished with décor and wellpistachios. spaced furniture complement the Ingredients: variety of Lebanese 400gms Halawet Eljeben Dough* delicacies that 500 gram Ekawi Cheese* the restaurant 30 ml Sugar Syrup Leila Restaurant’s impressive interiors serves. An ideal ½ tsp Mistika Powder* dining destination 30 gram Semolina for families, the Ashta for stuffing eila Restaurant, part of restaurant has been doing good business Global Food Concepts since it has come to the kingdom. Method: WLL, Bahrain which is a 1. In hot pan cook the cheese until it melts subsidiary of Al Kharafi Leila Restaurant offers traditional and water evaporates. Global in Kuwait is Lebanese cuisine though catered to suit their 2. Add sugar syrup and Mistika while located at Al A’ali Mall diners’ taste. They share one of their most stirring. in Seef District. They popular recipes with Bahrain Confidential. 3. Add the semolina slowly until the mixture have been successfully combines and smoothens. serving food-lovers in Bahrain for over a year now and Leila Halawet El Jeben also have a relatively new branch opened at Mirdif, UAE in addition to their outlet in Lebanon. The restaurant has plush interiors and offers a warm and comfortable


For bookings or home delivery call, Tel. +973 1756 6556 or visit: 118 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013


The Night Never Looked So Bright Dance as though . no one is looking ..

Bizarre Lounge

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bizarre Lounge - Hot in the City theme nights every Thursday Featuring luxury, fashion and beauty brands, spirited cocktails and a chance to win fabulous prizes each week, with a grand prize on 31st January for the most fashionable woman of the month. For Ladies every Thursday: Buy one beverage, get one free (from special menu) Time: 9pm till 2am. For additional information or bookings: Tel. +973 1717 1000.

Elite Resort and Spa Shift 7: Ladies night every Friday to Wednesday and Karaoke night every Saturday Waikiki: Every night at Sea side bar and sheesha.

Elite Crystal Hotel

Klub 360 • Finesse Nights every Sunday and Wednesday • Bublicious night every Monday • Party without a Wallet (KLUB 360 VIP membership programme) - Cost: BD360. The membership card comes credited with BD250 to use within the club and its rechargeable. Bora Bora • Wednesday Sombrero night - The delicious Mexican buffet is guaranteed to delight with the freshest possibe ingredients and at only BD9.9 per person.

Gnawa nights every Saturday at Awtar: Live Moroccan entertainment

Please be aware that timings and offers are likely to change. It is advised to call up in advance.

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 119


Elite Grande Hotel

Zodiac Monday: Ladies Night All Ladies, select two of your favorite regular cocktails and enjoy it at Zodiac Lounge for a posting over their facebook wall. Tuesday: Retro Night Go back to Disco with a 1970s & 1980s Disco party. Tie-dye paper goods, psychedelic fedora hats, disco ball earrings! Disco Music will set the mood. Make sure to wear your favorite Retro Disco outfits. Also enjoy a ten per cent discount over classical cocktails: Manhattan, Blue Lagoon, Margarita, Tom Collins and Mojito. Wednesday: Latino Night Latin music nights and enjoy a punch of Sangria only for BD5. H20 Thursday: Hot Grill Night Enjoy a huge selection of international grilled delicacies, a rich salad bar and mouth watering desserts. Accompanied by a Sheesha of your choice only for BD10. Friday: Seafood Night Every Friday night at H2O to get a wild rang of fresh seafood cooked your way with an international salad corner and dessert. Accompanied by a Sheesha of your choice only for BD10. Daily: Happy Hour Visit between 4pm to 8pm - both Zodiac Lounge and H2O. For a three full happy hour to enjoy and relax with a wild variety of cocktails. 14th February 2013 Valentine: Lady in Red Zodiac Lounge presents all Ladies in red and get a red rose for an unforgettable night where cupid lovewill certify your love on that day while listening to the love beats with the best Valentine Songs and enjoying a Raspberry Champagne, Heart of Tomato, Prawns Lover, Passion Fruit Granitee, Valentine Salmon and Engagement Chocolate Mousse. All this for BD30 per couple.

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel

Everyday - Happy hours from 11am till 5pm and beer promotion from 11am till 2am Any Day - Enjoy Karoake at the Il Giardino with a minimum booking of ten people with unlimited drinks, BD20 net. Bossa Nova Acoustic - Every Wed, Thursday and Friday.

120 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Casablanca Hotel Ladies Night & Jackpot at Casablanca Hotel Every Wednesday Venue: Club Zuzu Time: 9pm to 2am Ladies in high heels can enjoy 2 free drinks. A raffle draw is also held and winners get a pitcher of Bull Frog and a one night stay at the hotel. Every Friday Venue: Club Zuzu Time: 9pm to 2am Buy a ticket for BD1 and stand a chance to win a jackpot of USD1,000. Ticket valid for one month. For reservation, Tel. +973 1723 4444.

Bushido Pink Fridays Dedicated to women, the last Friday of each month remains fun, glamour and “pink”. Ladies get free entrance and two complimentary drinks, promotions on a selection of bites including a chance to win Emporio Armani high-end fashion accessories. Afterwork Buy one, get one free. Wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, beers. Every weekdays - From 5pm to 8pm Weekends@Bushido Before midnight, get special promotions on a selection of Vodka and Whiskey bottles. Bottle from BD45++ to BD85++ Geisha fever. Free drinks for ladies through a selection of wine, cocktails, mocktails. Five per cent will be applied on a selection of bites also.Free table booking before 6pm on the day.


Enjoy new packages with friends which includes one to two bottles, mixers, canapés and fresh fruits and a the table booking. For a special occasion, the Birthday package will include a cake and Champagne.

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Silk’s Restaurant - Fondues Swiss bliss. Prepare for a Swiss gourmet feast from 6th January till 21st February on Tuesday, Friday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for a night of splendour and Fondue. Sample the classic Swiss Cheese Fondue. Fondue “Bourguignonne,” the tenderest of tender beef filet cubes plunged into hot oil and served with French fries and a range of tasty sauces. Don’t miss the Fondue “Chinoise,” beef, veal, chicken and fish, simmering in a broth-filled hot pot. Call the Fondue line, Tel. +973 1746 0000. Price is at BD12.5++ per person. If you want to see your event listed send your material by the 15th of every month by email:


Restaurant Listings Chinese Hong Kong Adliya, Tel. 1772 8700 The myriad dishes are served in abundance and are all delicately and lovingly flavoured. The soft steamed dumplings are magnificent, the sizzling seafood is cooked to perfection, and the beef with black mushrooms and bamboo shoots deserves plaudits beyond Bahrain.

Copper Chimney Al Hambra Hotel (1772 8699) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD10 Lanterns Budaiya Highway (1759 0591) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD15 Moti Mahal Juffair (1782 5333)

Waves Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel. 1753 1122 A popular lunchtime retreat, picking your fish and eating it is the order of the day, and the catch is as varied as it is complete. And the nutty, honeycombed chocolate fudge delight will finish you off nicely. Le Jardin Ramada Bahrain, Tel. 1774 2000 Fully renovated with a new look - ‘Bigger, Better, Brighter’.

Soie Sheraton, Tel. 1753 3533 Chinese and Asian specialities in sophisticated and elegant Oriental surroundings. Beijing Chinese Adliya, Block 338 (1771 7969) Open daily, 11.30-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Average BD15 First Chinese Adliya (1771 3603) Open noon-3.30pm, 6pm-midnight. Foli Um Al Hassam (1772 2199) Open noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Asian Cuisine Adliya (1771 7080) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD50 Magic Wok American Alley, Juffair (1769 4105) Open daily 8am-11pm Memories Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1717 8646) Open Sat-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. Average BD12

Indian Aachi’s Chettinand Kitchen Near the Indian Club, Gudaibiya (1723 3110) Open daily 10.30am-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm. Akbar Ramada Palace Hotel (1729 6660) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-12.30am. Average BD16 Asha’s Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 7008) Open daily 11am-noon Clay Oven Adliya (1771 7008) Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm Average BD14

Zoe Block 338, Adliya (1771 6400) Open Sat-Tue noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight; Wed-Fri noon-3pm, 7pm-2am. Average BD18/25 Zytoun Novotel Al Dana Resort (1729 8008) Open daily 6.30am-midnight. Average BD16

The Gallery Mövenpick Hotel, Tel. 1746 0000 Picturesque pool and lagoon views.


La Med The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Tel. 1758 0000 Mediterranean and international cuisine.

Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Juffair, Tel. 1772 5550 Specialising in good ol’ fashioned home-cooked American chow, Ric’s does a mean burger, excellent chilli and a mouth watering Jambalaya. Its American breakfasts are legendary.

Le Bistro InterContinental Regency, Tel. 1722 7777 Main restaurant situated above the lobby with International buffet lunch daily.

Applebee’s Bahrain Mall, Sanabis (1755 5834) Open Sun-Thu, 11am-mid-night, Fri-Sat, 11am-1am. Average BD10

Olivos Brasserie The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1752 2124 This Mediterranean brasserie offers superb food in a relaxed atmosphere. In buffet style you can enjoy a super breakfast, sumptuous lunch and delicious dinner. Copper Chimney

Yamin Jana Mediterranean Seafront Lounge Dragon Hotel and Resort, Amwaj (1603 3800) Open daily from 2pm onwards

Al Waha Restaurant Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1774 6425) Open 24 hours

Bennigan’s Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, Tel. 1781 3750 (Open 6am - 2am, all week; Also serves breakfast.) Brasa de Brazil Seef Mall, Seef District (1758 2225) Open daily, noon-11pm. Average BD10 Chilli’s Seef Mall/Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1758 1221/1717 9794) Open daily, noon-midnight. N.B.: BCC opening times apply. Average BD20

Open daily noon-midnight Average BD15

Al Wasmeyah Restaurant Golden Tulip Hotel, Diplomatic Area (1753 5000) Open 24 hours

Mumbai Spice Bahrain Mall, Sanabis Open daily 10am-10pm

Block 338 Adliya (1771 0338) Open every evening from noon-2am

Sangeetha Opp Inidian Club, Gudaibiya (1727 2768) Open daily 7.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm

Café Sayah Delmon International Hotel (1722 4000) Open 24 hours

Spices Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122) Open daily noon-11pm Average BD25

Downtown Lounge InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily from 5pm to 2am

Takatak Nr Awal Cinema, Gudaibiya (1725 4848) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm

La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Arts Ras Ruman (1771 3000) Open daily 9am-10.30pm. Closed Monday. Average BD20

The Great Kebab Factory Jawad Dome, Budaiya (1769 0629) Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight

Muju Restaurant and Lounge Dragon Hotel and Resort, Amwaj (1603 9800) Open daily, 24 hours

La Pergola Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 Traditional and contemporary Italian specialities with Italian music.

Nando’s Juffair (1782 5100) Open 11am-2am

Caffe Spasso New Zinj (1782 2274) Open daily 8.30am till late

Rendezvous Seef Mall, Seef (1758 7708) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm

Café Italia Adliya (1774 4774) Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD35

International Fusions Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 The food and wine list will keep you coming back to Fusions. Try the beautifully tender grilled sirloin with boldly flavoured ginger mash and a selection of roasted vegetables. Links Restaurant The Royal Golf Club, Tel. 1775 0777 Links, located on the mezzanine floor of the Club House, is a large, brasserie-style restaurant/lounge open to all visitors to the Royal Golf Club. Features include a cocktail bar, an outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling picture windows offering patrons spectacular views across the golf courses. Silk’s Mövenpick Hotel, Tel. 1746 0000 With cuisine inspired by the four continents of the Silk Route, the food on offer here is eclectic and varied all cooked in front of you in open kitchens around the restaurant.

Rimal Al Areen Palace and Spa (1784 5000) Open daily 6.30am-11pm Average BD40 Selections InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm Teatro Dana Mall (1755 8555) Sat-Wed 1pm-4.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 1pm-11.30pm Average BD19 Upstairs Downstairs Adliya (1771 3093) Open daily 7am-11am, noon-3am, 7pm-midnight Average BD20

To be included, email: or call +973 1782 2368.

Hard Rock Café Exhibition Road, Hoora (1729 1569) Open daily, 8am-1am. Average BD10

Italian Cucina Italiana Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, Tel. 1700 1317 (Open 6am-2am, all week; Also serves breakfast.) Mondo Restaurant The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1753 1666 The goat’s cheese and rocket pizza is probably the best in Bahrain. A funky, friendly Italian place, just like momma used to make it.

La Taverna City Centre Hotel, Gold City (1722 9979) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD18 Medzo InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily for lunch and dinner Mino’s Adliya (1774 4777) Open daily 11am-12.30am. Average BD15 Nino’s Restaurant Al A’ali Complex, Seef Tel. 1756 6555

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 121


Restaurant Listings Maki

Oliveto Block 338, Adliya (1771 6747) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD30 Pizzeria Café Italia Seef Mall (1758 2823) Open daily 11am-11pm. Average BD12 Roma Um Al Hassam (1772 5885) Open daily noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD30 Romano Macaroni Grill Juffair (1772 3818)

Japanese Sato Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 The food here is good. Order well and you will be rewarded with your favourite dishes done very well indeed. Bushido Seef (1758 3555) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-2am. Average BD35 Fuji Sushi Bar Sheza Tower Hotel (1753 3336) Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Average BD25 Hajisushi American Ally, Juffair (1772 5638) Open daily 11am-11pm. Kei Golden Tulip Hotel (1753 5000) Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Average BD12-30 Maki MODA Mall (1752 2733) Open daily noon-midnight, Average BD40 Enjoy fine, contemporary, fusion Japanese Cuisine at Maki. Taste the spicy, the tangy, the extravagant, and the exotic all in one bite! Unparalleled culinary adventure, unmatched by another, only at Maki. Mirai Adliya (1771 3113) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Average BD40. Sumo Sushi and Bento American Alley, Juffair (1771 8090) Open daily noon-midnight. Sushi 101 New Zinj (1782 2274) Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm till late; Fri 1pm-4pm, 7pm till late. Sushi Ko Adliya (1771 6619) Open Sat-Wed 6.30pm-11pm; Thu 6.30pm-midnight. Average BD11 Yo Sushi Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef (1758 3373) Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-2am Average BD20

122 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Middle Eastern Kosebası Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2322 Kosebası (pronounced koshe-bashi) serves traditional Turkish mezes and main dishes true to original Southern Anatolian recipes. The centerpieces of the restaurant are a lovely ornated oven and an open charcoal grill. Al Abraaj Budaiya (1759 5656) Open daily noon-midnight Al Arisha Um Al Hassan (1772 5414) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight

L’Sultan L’Hotel, Seef (1756 7222) Open daily noon-midnight

Baan Saeng Thai Sh Isa Avenue, Adliya Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-midnight.

Laialy Zaman Nr Funland, Fateh Corniche (1729 3097) Open daily 11am-4am

Bali Orchid Nr Omar Khayyam Hotel, Gudaibiya (1718 0424) Open daily noon-midnight. Average BD7

Marmaris Avenue 28, Sanabis (1755 5909) Open daily 11am-midnight

BamBu Adliya (1771 4424) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Average BD28

Maseelee Gulf Pearl Hotel, Souq (1721 0647) Open daily 5am-9.30pm

Captain Cove’s Behind Mass Computer, Gudaibiya (3975 8989) Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Average BD5

Mono Lebanese Budaiya Highway (1755 5262) Open daily noon-midnight Parsian Adliya (1781 1511) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm-midnight. Average BD14 Persian Garden Seef (1758 600) Open noon-11pm Persian Room Amwaj island-the lagoon Tel. 1601 0166, Mob: 3927 6249 Opening Sat-Wed noon-midnight Thu-Fri noon-1am Average BD9

Al Arz Ramada Palace Hotel (1729 6660) Open 7pm-midnight

Rayes Fateh Corniche (1731 2700) Open daily noon-12.30am Average BD12

Al Fanar Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa (1753 1666) Open Mon-Sat 9.30pm-2am

Takht-e Jamsheed Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1774 6431) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm

Al Hamra Delmon International Hotel (1722 4000) Open 24 hours

Tarbouche City Centre Hotel, Gold City (1722 9979) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight

Al Mukhayam Ramada Palace Hotel Open daily 8pm-1am

Wafi Gourmet Bahrain City Centre (1779 999) Open daily 9am-12.30am

Al Shama Windsor Tower Hotel (1729 7000) Open daily 9pm-2am

Yas-e Isfahani Seef Mall (1758 1151) Open daily 10am-10pm. Average BD16

Al Yacout Novotel Al Dana Resort, Muharraq (1729 8008) Open daily 8pm-2am


Amwaj Dajla Iraqi Mirador Hotel, Manama (1729 8008) Open daily 8pm-2am

Fareast Seafood Market Ramee International Hotel, Juffair (1772 7230) Open daily 12.30pm-11.30pm. Average BD16

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant Cyprus Garden, Budaiya (1769 0601) Open daily noon-11pm Carla’s Cyprus Garden, Sehla (1769 7687) Open daily noon-midnight Dar Al Tajine Phoenicia Tower Hotel, Hoora (1731 1167) Open daily 6pm-6pm Golestan Sheraton Bahrain Hotel (1753 3533) Open Sun-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Average BD12 Isfahani Hoora (1755 0567) Open daily noon-midnight Average BD20 Khan Al Marjan Al Safir Hotel Hotel (1782 7999) Open daily 9.30pm-2am

Fish Market Al Bander Hotel and Resort (1770 1201) Open daily 12.30pm-11.30pm Average BD25 La Marine Bugerland Building, Budaiya (1759 5777) Open daily 1pm-midnight Sheza Seafood Market Sheza Tower Hotel, Diplomatic Area (1753 3336) Open daily 12.30pm-midnight

Hash House Adliya, Block 338 (1771 5094) Open daily 11am-midnight. Average BD15 Honey’s Souq (1774 9222) Open Sun-Wed 10am-5.30am, Fri-Sat, 24hrs. Mamy Soup Exhibition Road, behind the CPR building (3919 5343) Open daily 11am-11pm. Monsoon Adliya, near Ferrari Centre (1774 9222) Open Sat-Thu noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri 7pm-11pm. Average BD15 Nu Asia Seef, near Al A’ali Shopping Complex (1758 7171) Open daily noon-midnight. Average BD15. Pong’s Off Exhibition Road, Behind CPR Office (1753 0800) Open daily 11am-4am. Thai Chi Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 9747) Open daily noon-midnight. Thai Express Jawad Dome, Budaiya (1769 3595) Open daily 10am-11.30pm Thailand Block 338, Adliya (1771 7040) Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm, Average BD15

Steakhouses The Butcher Shop & Grill Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2323 Serves a wide variety of steaks as well as salads, burgers and seafood dishes. Integrated into the restaurant is also a fully functioning retail butchery, which enables customers to choose a specific cut and size or buy meats for their home requirements. Brazil Adliya (1782 6686) Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. L’lle Al Areen Palace and Spa (1784 5000) Open every evening, 6pm-11pm Legendz Steakhouse InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily for lunch and dinner

Totally Fish Bahrain City Centre, Seef (1717 9757) Open daily noon-midnight

Le Relais de Venise Son Entrecote L’Hotel, Seef (1756 7222) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD40


Ponderosa Steakhouse Seef - Tel. 1758 0552 Open all week from 11am - 1am

Kontiki Restaurant The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1753 1666 Enjoy authentic dishes from Asia and the South Pacific for lunch and dinner. Or head over to the Kontiki Pool bar from 10am to 11pm.

Sizzlers Restaurant Mansouri Mansions Hotel (1771 6999) 24 hours. Average BD10


Restaurant Listings The Meat Co Block 338 (1774 2080) Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-midnight Average BD50 Mezzaluna Adliya (1774 2999) Open daily Sun-Wed 7pm-11pm; Thu-Sat 7pm-11.30pm Average BD46

French Camelot Block 338, Adliya (1771 7745) Open daily noon-midnight Average BD30 L’Avenue Seef District (1756 7212) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm

Mexican Casa Mexicana Adliya (1771 5521) Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Average BD18 Margarita Mexicana Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1774 6462) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm Senior Paco’s Adliya (1774 6462) Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Average BD18

Polynesian Trader Vic’s Ritz Carlton Hotel and Spa, Seef (1758 6555) Open daily 7pm-midnight Average BD20

Thai Royal Thai Seafood Restaurant Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 Colonial stateliness and Asian adornment is the order of the day with high ceilings, great white pillars and multiple levels to accommodate private alcoves; it’s a grand and gracious setting. Choose ostrich, just because you can. Muay Thai Quick Meal Restaurant Juffair Next to The Pizza Company Thai Food, Tel. 7704 0454 Daily Open: 12pm-12am

Cafés Café T The Royal Golf Club, Tel. 1775 0777 Café T serves a selection of burgers, salads, fresh and ready-made sandwiches, fruit juices, milkshakes and frozen drinks. With an outdoor terrace seating up to 30 people and relaxing background music, Café T is the perfect place to meet up for a chat with friends.

PAUL Bakery & Restaurant Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2321 Seef Mall, Tel. 1758 0073 Since the founding of the first small PAUL bakery in Lille back in 1889, the passion for authentic bread making has been passed on through generations. - and relax in PAUL’s unique ‘rustic-chic’ ambience.

A Lounge Adliya, Behind Monsoon (1771 0041) Open daily, 11am-2am. Average BD15 Al Bindaira Adliya (1774 4066) Open Mon-Thu, 10.30am-12.30am, Fri, 1pm-1am. Average BD12

Maya Chocolat Seef Mall, Seef District Open Sun-Wed, 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-midnight. Average BD15 Med Café Adliya, near Carlton Hotel (1771 3088) Open daily 11am-1am. Average BD10

Chocolatiers Godiva Seef Mall, Seef District (1758 0699) Open 10am-10pm Hotel Chocolat Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1717 9779) Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight

Albareh Art Café Adliya, Behind the Carlton Hotel (1771 3535) Open daily, 8.30am-11pm. Average BD5

Motorox Café Budaiya Highway (1759 2583) Open daily from noon-midnight. Average BD12

Al Riwaq Café Adliya, Block 338 (1771 7441) Open daily 10am-9pm. Average BD5

Palm Café Qal’at Al Bahrain Museum (1732 2549) Open daily 9.30am-7.30pm. Average BD6

Aroma Restaurant & Cafe Ground Floor, Seef Mall, Seef District Open for lunch and dinner (1758 2711)

Patisserie Valerie MODA Mall, Diplomatic Area Open daily 7.30am-9pm

Café Lilou Adliya, Block 338 (1771 4440) Open Sat-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri 10am-11.30pm. Average BD10

Skyw@alk Café Marriott Executive Apartments, Juffair Open daily 6.30am-11.30pm. Average BD12

Maya La Chocolaterie Seef Mall (1758 3368) Open daily, Sun-Thursday 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-12am

Tea Club The Lagoon, Amwaj Islands Open daily 12pm-midnight. Average BD8

Patchi Manama, near Dairy Queen (1725 0501) Open daily 9.30am-9pm

Tilly’s Jawad Dome, Budaiya Open daily 8.30am-9.30pm

RAWASI Chocola Mahooz, near Qatar Embassy Open daily 9am-1.30pm; 4pm-9pm. Fri open from 4pm-9pm

Candles Coffee Adliya, Behind Fudruckers (1771 4844) Open Sun-Thu 9am-1am; Fri 5pm-1am, Average BD12 Caramel Cyprus Gardens, Budaiya (1779 7087) Open daily, 8.30am-midnight. Average BD5. Café Ceramique Al A’ali Mall, Seef District Open daily, 9am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Average BD8 Coco’s Adliya, Block 338 (1771 6512) Open daily 10am-midnight. Average BD10

Veranda Adliya, Nr HSBC bank and Adhari (1771 5868) Open daily Average BD8 Waterlemon Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef District (1758 1785) Open daily, 10am-11pm. Average BD6

La Papillon Manama, near Dairy Queen (1725 5542) Open daily 9.30am-9pm Lovely Memories Mahooz (1772 2533) Open daily 10am-10pm

Salvia Budaiya, Budaiya Highway Open daily 9am-1.30pm; 4pm-9pm. Fri open from 4pm-9pm

Columbus Café Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1717 2324) Open daily, 8am-midnight. Average BD7 Crepe Café Palm Square, Budaiya Highway (7711 5566) Open Sun-Wed, 8am-midnight. Thu-Sat 8am-1pm. Average BD6 Deli France Jawad Dome, Budaiya (1769 6031) Open Sun-Thu, 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-11pm. Average BD9 Dome Café Juffair, near American Base (1781 0180) Open 24 hours. Average BD15 Friend’s Club Adliya, 54 Bani Otbah Avenue (1771 3732) Open Sat-Wed, 10am-midnight; Thu-Fri, 10am-1am. Average BD8 Gloria Jean’s Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1717 9262) Open Sat-Wed, 9am-10.30pm; Thu-Fri, 9am-midnight. Average BD8 House of Coffee Muharraq, Sheikh Ebrahim Centre (3662 9968) Open daily 9am-9pm, Average BD6 La Maison du Café Adliya (1771 7524) Open daily 8am-2am. Average BD12 La Ventana At the moment La Ventana is currently undergoing renovation – check this space over the coming months to find out where the new café is located and our opinion! Le Chocolat Seef, Seef District Open daily 7.30am-midnight. Average BD10 Macaron Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa (17636418) Open daily from 8am-8pm

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

So Brunch - Saraya, Wok and Fiamma International Buffet Selection and Live stations. BD 26/net per person inclusive of soft drinks, chilled juices, free flow of sparkling wine, red and white wine, beers and a cocktail of the day. Kids below 6 are free of charge and between 6-12 years old get 50% off. Every Friday from 12.30-4pm Tel. +973 1763 6410 Saraya - International All Day Dining International Buffet for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and A la carte throughout the day. A la carte throughout the day, all week. Open daily from 6.30am-11pm Breakfast Buffet: BD11++ Lunch Buffet: BD12.5++ (BD15 net) Dinner Buffet: BD12.5++ (BD15 net) Tel. +973 1763 6410 Fiamma - Italian Restaurant Regional Italian cuisines with a wide selection of wines for Lunch and Dinner. Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sunday) 12:30pm-3pm (Thurs, Fri, Sat) 7-11pm Tel. +973 1763 6414 Pashawat - Arabic Restaurant (Opening Soon) Open Tuesday - Sunday (Closed on Monday) 7pm-12midnight Tel. +973 1763 6413

To be included, email: or call +973 1782 2368.

Wok - Asian Restaurant Authentic Southeast Asian Cuisine. A la Carte Dinner - 7-11pm. Wednesday - Monday (Closed on Tuesday) Tel. +973 1763 6415 La Mer - Seafood Restaurant Open Daily for A la carte Dinner - 7-11pm. Large international wine selection. Tel. +973 1763 6411 Tapas Bar Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner Open from 11.30am - 12midnight Food Available between 11.30am - 3.30pm and 7pm - 12midnight Tel. +973 1763 6412 Lagoon - Pool Bar Lunch and Dinner Open Daily - light snacks; A la carte from 9am until sunset Tel. +973 1763 6416 Lobby Lounge and Macaron Pastry Shop Lobby Lounge: 8am-12midnight Macaron: 8am-8pm. French pastries, Baked Viennoiseries and Macarons. Tel. +973 1763 6418 Amber - Cocktail Bar Open Daily from 6pm-2am Tel. +973 1763 6419

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 123


Sports, Fitness and Kids Creative Kids



Al Safir Fitness First The Regency The Diplomat Radisson Blu Curves (Budaiya) Ez Fit Sports Complex Image Spa & Leisure (Sheraton Hotel) The Health Club (Gulf Hotel) Nautilus (Crown Plaza) Sports Club & Spa, Ritz-Carlton Al Gosaibi Gym Ghassan’s Gym (mat and private classes available) La Fontaine Centre World Beat Fitness Centre

Art of Living 3988 8760 Dessange 1771 3999 (Yoga classes offered several times a week) Bahrain Meditation Centre Bahrain 1779 5961 (Wellness Resort) Saturdays and Wednesdays. 7pm to 8.30pm, Mixed yoga classes. Sundays and Tuesdays (Ladies Only), 10am to12pm Bayoga Centre 1772 5027 Daily yoga classes, relaxing yoga and meditation for beginners and advanced students. World Beat Fitness Centre 1761 2576 The Diplomat Radisson Blu 1753 1666 Reiki Master And Teacher Melanie 3933 0911 offers Reiki sessions and courses or Anubhaa Sharma

1781 3815 1332 2200 1722 7777 1753 1666 1769 1496 1769 2378 1752 4570 1771 3000 1753 0764 1758 9380 1729 3221 1769 5911 1723 0123 1761 2576

Badminton Bapco Club Telgu Kala Samithi The Indian Club

1775 3666 1727 6300 1725 3157

Basketball EZ Fit Sports Complex Bahrain Basketball Association

1769 2378 1774 1010

Bowling Al Bander Hotel & Resort Awali Bowling Centre Bahrain Bowling Association Bapco Club Funland Centre

1769 2378 1769 5809 1727 6134

1765 0079

Dance Bahrain Ballet Centre Indian Institute for Performing Arts Latin Dance Bahrain Sampaguita Club Sayaw Unlimited Dance Club Victoria Dance Centre World Beat Fitness Centre Profiles Fitness Centre Pineapple

1769 3232 1723 1717 3967 6349 3910 6589 3982 7096 3987 6215 1761 2576 1772 7766 1771 2000

Football Al Ahli Sports Club Al Hala Sports Club Bahrain Rugby Football Club British Club Dilmun Club EZ Fit Sports Complex Arsenal Soccer School

1727 7712 1734 2182 1769 5809 1772 8245 1769 2986 1769 2378 1756 1615

Golf Awali Club Royal Golf Club

Snooker Bahrain Snooker Association Jimmy’s Snooker and Billiards Club

Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation The Country Club Al Bander Resort Nautilus (Crowne Plaza) The Diplomat Radisson Blu

1782 5301 1771 6147

Swimming Lessons British Club Dilmun Club Ritz Carlton Sports Club The Diplomat Radisson Blu

1753 1165 1745 0000 1778 0011 3944 4137

Martial Arts Japan Karate Association 3944 9628/3667 2204 Profiles Fitness Centre (Boxing for ladies) 1772 7766 Zen-Do 1761 1909 Bahrain Karate Centre 3947 7709 Goju Karate Club 3965 9510 World Beat Fitness Centre 1761 2576 Bahrain Karate-do Academy 3665 7059

124 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

1759 3593 1770 1201 1753 0764 1753 1666

Awali Riding Club 1775 6525 Saturdays to Thursdays, 7am to 7pm. Fridays 7am to 6pm. Desert rides. Qualified instructors Bahrain Riding School 1769 0448 Daily rides 4pm to 6pm Dilmun Club 1769 2986 Sundays to Thursdays. 8am to 11am and 3pm to 7.30pm Shakhoora Riding School 1759 1103 Sundays to Thursdays, 8am to 12noon, 3.30pm to 7pm The Country Club 1759 3593 Fridays Horse riding in paddock, 1pm to 4pm Twin Palms Riding Centre 1759 1668

Bahrain Sailing School Coral Beach Club The Marina Club The Sailing Club The Yacht Club Aquatique - Organised pearl diving Al Bander Resort Bahrain Swimming Association Dilmun Club

1729 2313

1729 2662

Horse Riding


Ice Skating Funland Centre

1769 5809

Art Classes Paint In Space 1762 6232 Chaoss 1759 2096 Dar Albareh 1771 3535/3906 9016 Celebrations 1759 5791 Bahrain Art Society 1759 0551 Indian Institute for Performing Arts 1723 1717 The Studio 3975 4863 Studio Ceramics 1759 9026 Things to Do 1759 0409

Drama Film-making workshops

3600 1777

Kids Gyms/Gymnastics My Gym, EZ Fit World Beat Fitness Centre Chaoss

1756 6566 1769 2378 1761 2576 1759 2096

Libraries Awali Library (BAPCO, Awali) British Club (Times vary) Iqra’s Children’s Library Muharraq)

1775 3666 1772 8245 1732 0955

1772 8245 1769 2986 1758 0001 1753 1666

1731 0252 1721 2700 1729 1527 1783 6078 1770 0677 1727 1780 1770 1201 1768 0867 1769 0926

Tennis Bahrain Tennis Club 1772 9561 The British Club 1722 8245 The Country Club 1759 3593 Dilmun Club 1769 2986 Gulf Hotel 1771 3000 Marina Club 1729 1527 The Diplomat Radisson Blu 1753 1666 Bahrain Tennis Club 1772 9561/1772 9756 Filipino Club Tennis Group 3952 7587

Bahrain Music Institute Kindermusik Bahrain Room to Rock

Al Areen Wildlife Park

1783 6116

Adhari Park

1740 7300

North of the Shaikh Isa Bin Sulman Highway Fun for all ages, includes a sports camp, groovy town, discovery village and indoor entertainment Children’s Health Academy of Specialised Sports


1759 2096 Swimming, gymnastics, dance and Taekwon-Do for children and teenagers.

Dolphin Park Corniche next to Marina Club One hour marine mammal show.

1729 3109


1729 2313

Corniche next to Marina Club Bowling and Ice Skating everyday.

Hawar Island

1731 1770 Day trips to Hawar Island, boats depart from Ad Dur Jetty at 10am daily

Kid’s Kingdom

Music Lessons

1775 6770 1775 0777

Go Karting/Racing Rally Town BIC Silver go-Karts (Tubli) Gulf Speed One (Seef)



Cycling Bahrain Cycling Association

Bahrain Rugby Football Club 1769 5809 (Thurs) 4.45pm for girls; (Sun) 7.30pm for women Riffa Views Netball League 3630 6946

Bahrain Rugby Football Club 1770 1201 1775 3666 1782 2077 1775 3666 1729 2313

Cricket EZ Fit Sports Complex Bahrain Rugby Football Club SLC Grounds, Riffa Thursdays, Training 3pm to 5pm


Where To Go

1772 1999 1761 3144/3925 6904 1761 1785

Corniche, next to the Hawar reservation office A small outdoor playground. Good fun for young children. Open until late.

Magic Island Seef Mall

Play Centres Chakazoolu Indoor Theme Park Chaoss Funland Centre (bowling, ice skating, pool) Mad Science Magic Island, My Gym, Softplay at Dilmun Club Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark

1755 8500 1759 2096 1729 2313

1759 1136 1758 2898 1756 6566 1769 0926 1784 5100

Play Groups Chaoss, Off Budaiya Highway 1759 2096 Kindermusik 3925 6904/1761 3144 Ajyaal Montessori Pre-School Mini Storytellers, British School 3912 9585 (4 to 7 year olds) Musical Babies, Nadeen School 1772 8886 My Gym, Seef District 1756 6566 Rhymes & Chimes, Dilmun Club 3929 6848 Soft Play, Off Budaiya Highway 3965 3678 Sticky Fingers 3961 8340 Storytellers, British School 3912 9585 (7 to 11 year olds) Tots & Toddlers Group, 1772 8245 The British Club Wriggly Readers, British School 3912 9585 (for pre-schoolers)

Over 120 different games and attractions and Bahrain’s only indoor Roller Blade Arena.

Playland 1774 2266/1762 0999 Above Fuddruckers in Adliya An indoor centre full of games. Each ride costs 100 fils. Tokens available. Soft Play 3965 3678 Future Shape Dance Studio, Garden City Every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am Children under the age of six months attend for free. Studio Ceramics

1759 9026 Budaiya Highway Pottery painting and more. Open 9.30am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday, or by appointment. Birthday parties and private group bookings possible.

Water Garden Salmaniya 1726 2034 Near Dairy Queen roundabout A semi-filled lake with paddleboats and birds. School & Nurseries Wahooo! Waterpark Bahrain 1717 3000 Bahrain City Centre Opening Hours: Saturday to Tuesday: 11am to 8pm Wednesday: 11am to 10pm (Ladies Night 5pm to 10pm) Thursday and Friday: 11am to 9 PM

Things to know The Tourist Department (Tel. 1721 1717) is located in the gate to Manama’s souq, Bab al-Bahrain, on the ground floor next to the tourist shop, Times: 8am to 12 and 4.30pm to 6pm, closed on Friday.

Currency The Bahrain Dinar (BD) is pegged to the US dollar at the rate of US$1=BD0.377 - in other words a dinar is worth about $2.65. It is a convertible currency with no restrictions on its import or export. Tip: the Saudi Riyal (SR) is also accepted

in shops for purchases at an exchange rate of BD1=SR10 (less in hotels) and you may be given Saudi money as change.

Business Hours Friday is the Islamic equivalent of the Christian Sunday. The weekend falls on a Friday and a Saturday. Most shopping malls and commercial centres are generally open seven days a week.

Listings Schools American Curriculum

Al Hekma International Tel. 1762 0820/1762 3999 Modern Knowledge Schools Tel. 1772 7712 Riffa Views International School Tel. 1656 5000 The Bahrain School Tel. 1762 0820

British Curriculum

Clubs & Associations

Other Private Schools Al Noor International School Tel. 1773 6773 Ecole Francaise de Bahrain Tel. 1732 3770 Ibn Khuldoon National School Tel. 1778 0661 Shaikha Hessa Girls’ School Tel. 1775 6111

Special Needs

Al Mahd Day Boarding Tel. 1779 2422 British School Tel. 1761 0920 Budaiya Preschool Tel. 1779 1491 Dilmun School (elementary) Tel. 1771 3483 KG Kids Tel. 1766 3556 St Christopher’s School Tel. 1778 8108 Sacred Heart School Tel. 1768 4367 Talent International and The Infant School Tel. 1725 2346/1777 0078

Disabled Sports Federation Tel. 1778 9191 Hope Institute Tel. 1768 0815/1768 0500 R.I.A. Institute Tel. 1771 6871 The Children’s Academy Tel. 1761 3234 UCO Parents Care Centre Tel. 1767 7717

Art Societies

Things to know Taxis are easily available in the capital, Manama, and have meters but be sure to make the driver use the meter. 99% of drivers won’t switch on the meter and will try to charge you double the legal fare. Beware!

Al Dana Nursery Tel. 1725 3541 Dana Pre-school, Riffa Tel. 1777 0180 Lilliput, Budaiya Tel. 1769 4947

Confidential Tip: BD1 per five minutes in the cab is the most you should pay for an un-metered journey. If traveling from the airport or busy taxi rank, add BD2/after midnight add BD1 to the total e.g. a 10 minute drive from the airport after midnight should cost you no more than BD5 (BD2 + BD2 + BD1= BD5). Taxis do use meters and companies may use similar rates.

Avoiding Offence

Generally speaking, very short skirts and tight midriff tops are frowned upon in public, although acceptable by hotel pools, in private clubs and on the beach. If visiting a mosque, cover the body well (women should ensure that arms and legs and hair are fully covered). Shoes should always be left outside the entrance.

Essential Info 24-Hour Pharmacies Jaffer Pharmacy Tel. 1729 1039 18, Tarfah bin Al Abid Avenue, Manama 319 Nasser Pharmacy Tel. 1774 0900 63-B, Qadisiya Avenue, Manama 332 Awal Pharmacy Tel. 1777 2023 30 Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Avenue, East Riffa 901 Muwasaa Pharmacy Tel. 1733 5666 Shaikh Mohd bin Salman Avenue, Road 205, Muharraq.

Courier & Express Delivery

Tel. 1733 0434

Tel. 1736 4100

Tel. 1734 9199

Car Hire An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required to drive in Bahrain except for visitors from Gulf Cooperation Council states, U.S.A., Canada, countries in the European Union, Australia and New Zealand. The offices of car-hire companies are easily encountered at the airport. Recommended principal rental firms include: Budget Rent A Car National Car Rental Avenue Car Rental and Leasing

Tel. 1753 4100 Tel. 1723 1156 Tel. 1771 3181

Embassies & Consulates Embassies generally open from 8am to 1pm from Saturday to Wednesday and some Arab embassies also open on Thursday. Many embassies have a number of staff on call outside these hours for emergencies. Algeria 1771 3669 Bangladesh 1771 4717 China 1772 3800 Denmark 1772 5119 Egypt 1772 0005 France 1729 8660 Germany 1753 0210 India 1771 2785 Iran 1772 2400 Iraq 1774 1472 Italy 1725 2424 Japan 1771 6565 Jordan 1729 1109 Kuwait 1753 4040 Lebanon 1778 6994

Malaysia Morocco Netherlands Oman Pakistan Palestine Philippines Portugal Qatar Russia Saudi Arabia Switzerland Syria Trade Mission of Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Turkey UAE UK UN Info Centre USA

1756 4551 1774 0566 1759 1568 1729 3663 1724 4113 1727 6099 1725 0990 1753 6709 1772 2922 1772 5222 1753 7722 1753 1166 1772 2484 1729 2578 1727 4142 1771 4149 1753 3448 1771 0333 1757 4100 1731 1676 1724 2700

Flight Information Airline offices are normally open from 8am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to around 5pm, Saturday till Wednesday. Flight Info 1733 9339 Air India 1729 6444 British Airways 1758 7777 Cathay Pacific 1722 6226 Emirates 1758 8700 Gulf Air 1733 5777 Jet Airways 1722 7114 KLM 1722 9747 Kuwait Airways 1722 3300 Lufthansa 1782 8762 PIA 1722 3808 Qatar Airways 1721 2202 Saudi Airlines 1721 1550

999 1725 3447 1779 0025 1781 2000 1782 8282 1728 8888

Telephone Helpline Intl. calls via operator Directory enquiries Directory enquiries - Intl. Other phone enquiries Speaking clock

Charitable Organisations Alia for Early Intervention 1773 0960 Bahrain Cancer Society 3960 3489/1723 3080 Bahrain Charity Society 1729 3363 Bahrain Disabled Sports Committee 1778 9191 Bahrain Human Rights Society 1753 1822 Bahrain Red Crescent Society 1729 3171 Friendship Society for the Blind 1762 4496 Hope Institute for the Handicapped 1768 0815 Islamic Enlightenment Society 1772 0053 Lions Club of Bahrain 3908 0097 Manama Rotary Club 3939 4522 Migrant Workers Protection Society 3946 5378 Overseas Workers Welfare Admin. 1721 3825 Palm Association 1779 0826/3964 3211 Riffa Cultural and Charity Society 1777 5444 Think Pink 3907 6717 BSPCA 1759 1231/1759 3479

Gallery/Crafts Al Riwaq Art Space 1771 7441 Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre 1761 1900 Art Lounge 1758 0522 Traditional crafts including palm weaving, pottery and woodwork. Bahrain Arts Society 1759 0551 Thursdays drawing and painting for Children, 18 hours @ BD25, 10am to 12pm Saturdays and Mondays drawing and Painting for adults, 18 hours @ BD30, 3pm to 7pm. Bahrain Pottery Society 1778 6898 Clay pottery, ceramic and painting lessons - Saturdays and Mondays, 5pm. Crafts Centre Gallery and Workshop 1756 8032 Arabic calligraphy Caravan Galleries 3996 5853 Kerala Arts and Cultural Association 3963 9319 The Studio 3975 4863 Pottery painting and more for adults and children, open 9.30am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday or by appointment. Birthday parties and private group bookings possible. Shaikh Ibrahim Cultural 3940 2302/1732 2549 and Research Centre Studio Ceramics 1759 9026

“Help” 24-Hour Helpline for Distressed Alcoholics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous

3987 3357 1753 0020 1753 3558


Hospitals & Clinics Emergency American Mission Hospital (AMH) Saar Medical & Dental Clinic (AMH) Bahrain Specialist Hospital Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital Salmaniya Hospital

Scrabble Bahrain Scrabble League Bahrain Kannada Sangha Saturdays. 6.30pm.

Elham 1771 7441 La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art 1723 0123 The Bahrain Contemporary Art Society 1772 8046


Nurseries and Creches

Animal Welfare Al Ahli Animal Centre 1762 2102/3965 4343 BSPCA 1759 1231 Delmon Kennels & Training 3971 7609 Jassim Veterinary Centre (Sugaya) 1723 1242 Modern Animal Health Centre (Budaiya) 1759 0908 Nonie Coutts Surgery, (Manama and Saar) 1724 5515 Pet Arabia 1759 2288 Saar Kennels 1779 2064

Bahrain Bridge Club Bahrain Bridge Committee

3960 7219 3968 7190

Darts Balouch Club Sri Lanka Club

1729 2231 1729 7878

1724 2641 1727 1157

Speech & Drama Bahrain Cinema Club Dilmun Amateur Dramatics Society Folk Poetry Society Manama Theatre Club Manama Toastmasters Club

1772 5959 1769 0926 1776 1000 1777 6489 3965 5676

Ladies Clubs American Association of Bahrain 1756 4170 American Women’s Association 1775 6075 Australian Association of Bahrain 3910 1348 Awali Ladies Association 1767 8947 Bahrain Business Women’s Society 1772 1188 Bahrain Garden Club 1772 7625 Bahrain Women Society 1782 6777 Bahrain Young Ladies Society 1727 3508 BYLS-Toastmasters Club 1762 6237 Get together for Ladies 3917 4247/3902 7892 Indian Ladies Association 3980 5372 International Ladies Group 1772 9128 Madinat Hamad Women Society 3964 3396 Contact person Amal 3987 8758 Pakistani Women’s Association 1771 0944 Second Sunday Newcomers 3927 0413/3641 1368

Language Schools Al Quran Translation 1764 5156 Bait Al Taleem 1764 3199 Berlitz 1782 7847 British Council 1726 1555 Carousel 3967 3635 Lingua English Saturdays. Mondays and Wednesdays. English Language Classes, 4.30pm to 6pm, 4pm to 5.30pm. English Language Centre 1770 0040 Lingo - Ease Language Centre Budaiya Highway 1759 0895

Social Clubs Alliance Française 1768 3295 Assamese Community 3909 1959 Awali Caledonian Society 3636 6458 Bahrain Caledonian Society 3944 0658 Bahrain Hash House Harriers 1786 2620 Bahrain Irish Society Bahrain Kannada Sangha 1727 1257 Bahrain Round Table 3960 8568 Bahrain Rugby Football Club 1769 5809 Bahrain Welsh Society 1772 7127 Balouch Club 1729 2231 British Club 1772 8245 ext. 32 Bhatia Mitra Mandal 3960 1789 Country Club 1759 3593 Dilmun Club 1769 0926 Filipino Club 1726 2143 Indian Club 1725 3157 Karnataka Social Club 1725 4257 Pakistan Club 1725 8520 Pakistan Association 3941 5200 Royal Society of St. George 3972 6329 Saar Cultural & Sports Club 1779 0335 Shree Nayrana Cultural Society 1725 5517 Shri Gujarati Samaj 3962 4285 Sri Lanka Club 1727 6134 Wisdom Home Society 1772 7575

Wellbeing Kelly Armatage Inc. Offering counselling, life coaching and cognitive behavioural therapy sessions Mob: 3993 1399 Email:

Chess 151 181 191 100 140

Bahrain Chess Federation

1725 2133

Photography Awali Photo Society Bahrain Arts Society

1776 4468 3966 7751

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 125

News Bites Rare James Bond Manuscript with Ian Fleming Notes to Fetch GBP80,000

A rare manuscript of a James Bond novel featuring Ian Fleming’s handwritten corrections could fetch as much as GBP80,000 at auction. The Diamonds Are Forever script features Fleming’s alterations on almost every page and was prepared by his secretary Ulrica Knowles, a real-life Miss Moneypenny. A first edition of Fleming’s completed novel, with a note from the author to Knowles, is also going under the hammer alongside the manuscript. The original text includes name changes for some of the key characters in the plot, which tells the story of a diamond smuggling scheme involving American gangsters.” There is a huge amount of interest in Ian Fleming and James Bond at present,” said Dr Gabriel Heaton, a literature specialist at Sotheby’s, who is conducting the auction.” There are relatively few manuscripts and typescripts of the James Bond novels which come to the market.” It is a very unusual thing to have and would make a magnificent addition to a collection, whether it be an institution or a private James Bond collection.”


News Out-of-the-ordinary news bits gathered by our Bahrain Confidential Team from around the world. Gorilla Statue Vanishes from Orlando Hotel

A gorilla statue valued at USD5,000 was stolen from a poolside tiki bar in Florida, police said. The 3-foot-tall metal statue disappeared from the Orlando Metropolitan Express. Police told the Orlando Sentinel the gate to the pool area is left unlocked for the guests’ convenience and there are no security cameras that would have caught the gorilla-napping.

Fake Plane Crash Fools TV Station

A Chicago TV station spent about 15 minutes reporting on a plane crash that turned out to be simulated for the TV series “Chicago Fire.” WGN-TV reported on the crash, which was a simulated scene for NBC series “Chicago Fire,” complete with a small plane with its left wing splintered off, police cars and ambulance and extras acting as spectators. Police said they did not receive any calls about the fake plane crash, but the Chicago Fire Department sent out an alert asking residents to disregard the scene.

126 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

Man Cheats Death After Speeding Train Hits His Head

Stephen Wright had been standing on the edge of the railway platform feeling nauseous and did not spot the train speeding towards him. As he leant over, he felt a bang on his head from the packed commuter train, which was not scheduled to stop at the station. Although in deep shock and bleeding from the mouth, he managed to stagger across the platform with his sons and board a waiting train to Stratford afterwards. Baffled police searched the tracks all night in vain for his body after the alarm was raised, and the line was closed for two hours. He went to King George Hospital in Goodmayes the day after his ordeal, suffering swelling to his head and neck as well as whiplash. But after undergoing two brain scans he was given the all-clear.

Men Who Get on Well with Mothers-in-Law Less Likely to Divorce

Husbands who enjoy a good relationship with their in-laws have a 20 per cent higher chance of avoiding divorce, an American study has found. However, the opposite is true for women. Wives who get on well with their in-laws are 20 per cent more likely to split up. According to the sresearch, women who enjoy the company of their in-laws may become too involved with their husband’s family, to the point where wives believe their in-laws are meddling. Men do not share the same worries, which could explain the discrepancy between husbands and wives. It’s a positive aspect of a relationship if men get on well with their in-laws because “these ties connect the husband to the wife”. However, women do not view relationships with in-laws in the same way. Because relationships are so important to women, their identity as a wife and mother is central to their being. They interpret what their in-laws say and do as interference into their identity as a spouse and parent.

University Receives Apology Toilet Paper

A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University sent the school a package of toilet paper with a card explaining it was to make up for a college prank. The school said the student sent the package of toilet paper to ENMU’s purchasing department with a Christmas card bearing a handwritten message. The anonymous graduate said the 80 rolls of toilet paper are meant to make up for a prank from years ago.” Years ago when I was a young immature college student I took toilet paper from your dormitory as a prank,” the card reads. “I apologise for that and offer this case. Jesus Christ has made such a difference in my life and has prompted me to repay for any sins I’ve done even from so long ago. God Bless and Merry Christmas.”


Horoscopes “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” - Aristotle Capricorn 22 December

- 19 January A great time for financial discussions. Love life will be positive. Have some exotic romantic opportunities. You will really have your hands full throughout this month.

Aquarius 20 January

- 18 February A very good period for love and finance. There will be a rise in income. Have some excellent financial growth opportunities. Brings lots of love in your personal life.

Pisces 19 February

- 20 March Balancing tradition and convention with innovation and inventiveness is in the spotlight. You are like a butterfly ready to emerge yet are still in the cocoon phase. Even so, your wings are growing. It is important that you be your best friend now, more than usual. Vote for yourself and make others aware of who you are and what gifts you wish to share with a wider audience.

Taurus 20 April - 20 May

Saturn at opposition in Scorpio during January 2013 is ideally placed to improve your work and career chances. You will find gaining new skills comes very easy to Taurus. Make the most of this opportunity to self develop and make some major networking connections to improve your chances of promotion too.

Gemini 21 May - 21 June

For Gemini, January 2013 is a time to take full charge of your own destiny and not rely on anyone else to provide for your needs. Since the ingress of Jupiter many months ago you have allowed too many chances to pass you by. With a relatively quiet time for Gemini this month, you can easily make this work to your advantage.

Cancer 22 June - 22 July

Some people do not know when to keep their own mouth shut. Some people find it much easier to accuse others of ineptitude rather than look at their own failings. Add to this the negative alignments at opposition with Cancer in January 2013 and there is every possibility of you being on the receiving end. Stay cool and trust to karma. Swings and roundabouts also have a way of working their magic.

Leo 23 July - 21 August

Aries 21 March - 19 April

January 2013 is an ideal time for Aries to get away from it all and visit somewhere warm and sunny. It is more important for you as an Aries to take time away from it all rather than worry about who you should take with you. This is me time. Have the confidence to plan a trip alone.

January 2013 you may find yourself with more than one run in with the authority figures in your life. With Mars in Aquarius at opposition with Leo all month, you will find various people looking down on you with a less than favorable demeanor. Leo will just have to withstand the pressure and remember The Sun is your planet, and if you try your best to resist you will make those uncaring individuals realise Leo cannot be pushed around.

Virgo 22 August -

21 September A new year and a renewed enthusiasm for Virgo in January 2013. With little of negative focus primed for Virgo there is opportunity in many aspects of your life to make progress. This is especially true in the work place as your career options are at maximum during the next month or so. Make the most of things but keep your feet on the ground. Don’t allow your powers of persuasion to push other people out of joint.

Libra 22 September

- 22 October This year 2013 shall see many of your long term plans and ideas taking wings. Your conscience and values might be put to test as the year progresses. There would be a period which would be devoid of any sort of inspirations as well. Much of your personal and financial needs shall materialize now. Do get in touch with those around you, the near and dear ones. Communication shall come in much handy in times of need.

Scorpio 23 October

- 22 November January 2013 would bring happiness. Progress will rise due to your hard work. This is not a favourable time for taking risks. During this month, you will be full of enthusiasm. Overall this period will be very pleasant.

Sagittarius 23 November -

21 December This is a favourable time for love and romance. Your efforts will instil a sense of love and self belief in you.

January 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 127


Personal Views from KSA

by Mohammad T. Al Rasheed

A Future Of Life, Not Death

Mohammad Rasheed clarifies why our maddening fascination and outright obsession with a certain kind of future is a matter that defies explanation.


appy New Year! If you are reading this and nursing a headache, then the Mayan calendar is just as silly and obtuse as was Nostradamus. We were told that on 12th December, 2012 we all will perish and the world will come to an end --according to the venerable Mayans. Some said it will be 21st December and not 12th switching the digits does not really make that much of a difference. In any case, predictions are for the gullible and the rabble. Some mad people posted online that the only place that would survive is a little village in France. French police and government officials were, at the time of writing, taking all precautions in expectation of a flood of humanity to disturb that picturesque little village. How much more proof do you need to believe in human folly and madness? We all will die --in good time I suppose, which means to each his own hour. As for the ‘world’, rest assured that time will take care of that according to the laws of physics governing the universe. Why rush it? Indeed, why anticipate it? Think positive: if we all die, you won’t have to worry about paying the bills you piled up during the ‘festive’ season. Who would wish for more relief than that? Granted you will not have the pleasure of seeing your father in law’s face when he finds out that you bought him the same tie as last Christmas’ (you know, the one with hippos wearing pink swimsuits) and he’ll have to go and return it again. And when asked about it by your spouse, you smugly say that you did not see him wearing it all of the past year

128 | Bahrain Confidential | January 2013

and you had thought he had lost it. Smugness vs. debt relief, life (and in this case death) is a trade off. Take your pick. Seriously though, our maddening fascination and outright obsession with a certain kind of future is a matter that defies explanation. Sure enough, I understand that it stems from our fears and hopes, but since it cannot be altered, why predict it? When it actually happens, we shall know. President François Mitterrand, who was a thinker and

“Think positive: if we all die, you won’t have to worry about paying the bills you piled up during the ‘festive’ season. Who would wish for more relief than that?” a writer and was known for his skeptical views about any kind of deity, was asked on television the night he was to relinquish the presidency of France, what he would expect to hear when he dies and meets God after all. He simply said, “God will simply tell me, now you know.” Now there’s a man comfortable in his theological and futuristic shoes. And he needed not exchange those shoes for any fisherman’s. There are matters that force us to look into the future to be able to act today. We, for example, have to plan ahead in our financial ventures, personal and national.

What we do today in such matters, will rebound on us or our children in the future. But that has nothing to do with doom and gloom. It is called sound economics. Tea leaves will not help a nation trek the long and hard way from economic slumps and the woes of unemployment. Of course, you wouldn’t know it these days if you watch political figures struggling with their ignorance. But that’s looking into the past and not the future since in most cases you voted them there in the first place. Thank God we don’t suffer this misfortune here and have the pleasure of protesting innocence since we have no boxes to tick. Philosophers protest that true liberty is simply the liberation from the fear of death. They are right of course. And that is why you don’t find a philosopher worth a pinch of his salt who would worry about the ‘future’ or try to find predictions. And, at the end of the game, this is the hub of our madness: fear of death. Like a criminal revisiting the site of his crime, we keep coming back to this neighborhood by predicting our collective demise. What an exercise in futility. If we must worry about the future, it is our next harvest that we should worry about in view of global warming. We should rethink our fuel consumption habits for the next half century. We should stop killing whales simply to satisfy an appetite. We should consider fresh water sources in a world that is increasingly dry. Now that’s a future worth looking into. Why? Because it is a future of life and not death. And if all goes wrong and we all die in a single blow of some sort, we can at least die smugly smiling knowing we did our best



17 20 7770

Bahrain Confidential January 2013  
Bahrain Confidential January 2013  

Bahrain confidential January 2013 issue