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Letter The temperature outside is reminding me of the song by Eddie Vedder. “There’s a big, a big hard sun; beating on the big people; in the big hard world.” We’ve done everything and more to make this month’s issue, the perfect summer guide. World Cup 2014 is what is BIG this month! We spoke to football enthusiasts and fans in the Kingdom about their love for the sport, their favourite teams and their expectations for the game this season! Find out what they have to say in our Readers’ Speak World Cup Special Feature (Pg 38). Our Beauty Buzz (Pg 56) features 3 amazing fragrances that you must invest in, this season. We also bring you a list of health apps that promise to ‘lift the weights’ off your training sessions by helping you keep a track of calories burned and more. Wave the wand over your wardrobe! Our Fashion pages (Pgs 46) feature floral, beachy prints and light colours, skirts and dresses, shorts and tees, and light fabrics that will help your skin breath and cool down in the heat. We love our bloggers just like you and make it a point to catch up with one, every

month. Last month, we spoke to Mara Mustafa, a lifestyle blogger who writes on topics related to health, modest fashion and beauty. Check out what her favourites are, especially her picks for the season (Pg 54). We also met up with the very talented, Shamekh Al-Bluwi. The fashion illustrator and visual artist gives us a peak into his mind and mind-blowing illustrations. You will love the tech news we bring you this month! Movie time just got less complicated. Find out what we’re talking about on Pg 79. Car News showcases luxurious rides this season. Take your pick and drive in style, we say! Everyone is prepping up for The Holy Month of Ramadan. Find out what the best dining spaces in the Kingdom have in store this month (Pg 114); kind of like a palate warmer before we dig into delicious Iftar spreads next month. Catch up on your nightlife (Pg 119) before we step into July! Until we meet again, stay beautiful!

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Contents JUNE 2014 s ISSUE 138 Online edition at

Fashion 44

What’s New at Saks?


MAX Summer 2014


Promod: Summer in the Sun


Women’Secret: Crushing on Lace


ECCO: Spring-Summer 2014


Vincci: Shoes & Bags

Beauty, Health & Well Being


107 KIA Cerato Koup 108 MINI Hatch 110 Porsche Boxster GTS

This Land Is Mine By David Hollywood

Essential Listings 123 Recommended Restaurants, Nightspots,

Katarzyna Richter on Promoting Diversity

Essential Info, Beauty Spots, Sports and Fitness,


Clubs and Associations.

112 Dilara Nagib: Why She Chose to be Vegetarian


113 John Ridley’s Ramadan Recipe

Regulars 8

Not to Be Missed: Save the Date!


Health Apps


Society: Say Cheese!

Feature 38

World Cup 2014 Special: Readers’ Speak

Juicy Pickings 14

New in Town


Art Space: Fashion Illustration & Visual Art


Blogger Bytes: Trendy Summer Colours


Tech: Watching Movies Just Got Simpler!

Health: Customise Your Diet

105 Car News

Opinion 70

Beauty Buzz: 3 Must-have Fragrances



Poem 36



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Editorial Variety

Dear Editor, this is with reference to one of your articles where a verse was quoted about ‘God’. I’m afraid you created your own verse that God Allah has nothing to do with. I have no idea where you got it from and published it to deceive your readers, insulting their intelligence.

Hello, my name is Nikita and I am a huge fan of Bahrain Confidential. I love your magazine as it offers really nice articles and not just advertisements and pictures. There is always something informative and entertaining to read in Bahrain Confidential. Keep up the good work!


Nikita Lulla, Reader

Dear Reader, we’re sorry you feel offended but fail to understand why. We are always very careful with what we publish and have no intention what so ever to offend any community in Bahrain. The verse you’re referring to is from a Bedouin Legend and we’ve credited it with the author’s name. We hope we’ve cleared your doubts.

Dear Nikita, thank you for that pat on the back. It’s very encouraging when our readers give us positive feedback. It helps us work harder! We’re always looking out for interesting stories, so if you have one do give us a shout. Reading is not very common, especially in this part of the world. Bahrain Confidential hopes to boost reading in the Kingdom. Wish us luck!


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Contributor Query Dear Editor, I was going through Bahrain Confidential’s May issue and came across a lot of new faces who’ve contributed articles. I remember reading SHOUT Confidential which used to get interviews from around the world. Could you please tell me how I can apply to be a contributor and the requirements? Basma, Gadget Maniac

Dear Basma, thank you for your interest in our titles. It’s always great when our readers want to team up with us. Please share your details, your areas of interest and a few samples of your work to and we’ll get back to you soon. It always helps if your articles have an area of specialisation.


Angelina Jolie Birthday: 4th June Birthplace: California Birth Sign: Gemini She has been named one of the ‘Most Beautiful People in the World’ a number of times. Has a tattoo of the Tennessee Williams quote, “ A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages”, on her left forearm. She collects knives and has an interest in mortuary science! Started modeling at the age of 14 and during her childhood, she dreamt of becoming a funeral director. Loves the TV series, ‘King Of The Hill’. She used to own several pet reptiles, including two snakes. She was one of the first actresses to win three consecutive Golden Globes in 3 different categories, ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series’, Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini Series’ and Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture. Has tattoos of the coordinates that represent the birth countries of each of her kids. Has been in a relationship with Brad Pitt since May 2005.

Celebrity Trivia Shia LaBeouf Birthday: 11th June Birthplace: California Birth Sign: Gemini He was named after his grandfather who is also a comedian. Plays the drums and enjoys making independent short films. Favourite music consists of System of a Down, 50 Cent, Eminem, D12, Led Zeppelin, Ben Folds, etc. When he was a kid, he and his parents would love dressing up like clowns and sell hot dogs in the park. Has appeared in atleast five movies that feature technology, like I,Robot, Transformers, Transformers-Revenge of The Fallen, Transformers- Dark of the Moon, and Eagle Eye. Was accepted at Yale University, but stalled because he got a part in Stephen Spielberg’s, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull”. He is one of the actors who gives movie studios the best return on their investment. Favourite movies are Dumb & Dumber, American Beauty and Saving Silverman.

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what’s on

Not To Be

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

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Manama Theatre Club proudly presents The Complete Works of Shakespeare presented by three crazy actors. Watch them perform all 37 plays in 90 minutes! When: 10th June- 7pm 11th June- 8pm 12th June- 8pm 13th June- 8pm Where: The British Club Price: BD5 for members BD 7 for non-members For more information, call +973 17728245

Summer at The Chuckle Club

Up for a night of gags and killer punch lines? Join The Chuckle Club for their last show before the summer, with three of the top British comedians, Nish Kumar, Liam Williams and Henry Paker. Don’t miss the fun. When: 4th June- Royal Golf Club 5th June- British Club 6th June- InterContinental Regency Bahrain Price: BD15 For more information, email. or call Tel. +973 36663509

Dine With Football Legends

Sports Speaker MENA presents an International World Cup Special with football legends Chris Waddle, Gary McAllister and Dietmar Hamann. This eventful evening consists of dinner, comedy, raffle draws and a memorabilia auction. Hurry, seats are limited! When: 5th June Where: Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Price: BD30 For more details, call +973 34516455 or email or

The Essence of Excellence- Part 1

A workshop by Melanie Sarginson on tips, tricks and processes to take your life a step higher. It’s one we wouldn’t miss! When: 7th June Where: Kelly Armatage Inc Time: 10am-1pm Price: BD35

Red Bull presents The Waj: Bahrain 2014 Kite Surfing Competition. Kite surfers from all across the MENA region will participate in the first ever Kite surf amateur competition. When: 6th June Where: Amwaj Islands Time: 11am

For more information call Tel. +973 39330911

For more information call Skate Shack Tel. +973 77197772

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Raining Cats and Dogs

The well awaited fashion show and fundraiser for BSPCA is about to happen. Save the date! When: 6th June Where: British Club Time: 7:30pm dinner. Show starts at 8:30pm Price: BD15 includes dinner and drinks Call +973 17728245 for more information. Tickets are available at the BSPCA thrift shop and the British Club.

book your seat in advance


Here’s how you can enjoy the ease of booking your ticket online at Step 1: Choose the cinema, the movie & the seat Step 2: Pay via credit card or debit card Step 3: Scan the eTicket bar code at the cinema entrance to enjoy the movie

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Not To Be

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The Domain Membership Starting 12th June, everyone has their favourite team to support and their favourite game to watch. It’s FIFA WORLD CUP 2014!

Designer Sale!

We think it’s awesome to shop for a good cause! A designer sale consisting of previously loved clothes; shoes, bric a brac, etc will be held in aid of Tony the Dogfather. When: 13th June Where: The British Club Time: 11am to 3pm Call Margie on +973 39676851 or Helen +973 39654627 if you have any clothes to donate.

The Domain Bahrain, defined by superb service has just launched The Domain Membership. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience something great. With the membership, you can now enjoy the luxuries and facilities of The Domain Bahrain at preferred rates. The general membership comes with two overnight stays in a Panorama or Lounge suite. It gets better! You will be included in a host of highly engaging events all through the year, which includes social functions, previews, network gatherings etc. That’s not all, members can opt to include access to VIE Lifestyle Lab’s exclusive gymnasiums on Level 11 (Ladies only) and Level 15. After a tough workout at the gym, you can also enjoy a spa of your choice, each designed to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate. For more information, email CONNECT@THEDOMAINHOTEL. COM or call +973 16000000

Splash at Wahooo!

Considering its summer, Wahooo! Comes prepared with an action packed water festival. Double the fun and excitement and stand the chance to win exciting prices. So, this is how it works. Every ticket you purchase from Wahooo! worth BD20, receives one raffle coupon, which will be drawn to win shopping sprees worth BD2000 in City Centre, in addition to a complimentary hotel stay, meal vouchers, and annual membership at Wahooo! and more. When: Until 13th July For more information, call Tel. +973 17173000

Lights, Camera Fashion

Fancy a fashion fair? Lights, Camera, Fashion invite all fashionistas for a fashion fair and a delicious gala dinner. Keep your schedule free and you know, dress to impress! When: 12th June Where: Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Time: Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm For details, call +973 37773986 or visit

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Fun at Wahooo!

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Not To Be

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Where We Will Be This Football Season

With many places showing the World Cup, it really is difficult to choose. Nevertheless, here are few of the must visit places this World Cup season.

Elements Pool & Lounge

The K Hotel


Champions Sports Lounge

Elements Pool & Lounge

A sporty non-smoking lounge, Champions is perfect for following the latest matches. All you have to do is relax on the sofas, with a refreshing beverage and you’re set.

The 20th FIFA World Cup matches will play live on large 90-inch screens at Elements Pool & Lounge. Enjoy the breezy evenings and relaxing ambience this football season. That’s not all! Watch the game and stand a chance to win gifts.

From 12th June until 26th June, Champions will be airing the Group Stage of The World Cup. Champions Sports Lounge

Kenza Restaurant

For more information, call +973 17227777

Providing the most authentic and finest Arabic dining experience, Kenza is adding some sportiness to this picture. This World Cup season, Kenza will be airing the second stage of the World Cup. Enjoy Round of 16 with the exhilarating experience that this restaurant and lounge offers. For more information, call Tel. +973 17360000

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Elements will air the World Cup from 12th June to 13th July.

Kenza Restaurant

new in town

Handmade With Love Visiting the newly opened Phase 2 of +973, made us realise that the Kingdom is bursting with talented entrepreneurs who are eager to enhance and inspire the local economy. Supported by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Tamkeen, +973 is an initiative that was started to create a multi brand concept artisanat to portray Bahraini made products by independent Bahraini entrepreneurs. Aimed to promote a creative culture and bridge the gap between international practices and local business opportunities, +973 is where dreams of budding talents come true. Every product is an original idea and are all handmade. What a fantastic way to advance and modernise arts and traditions, all made by the Kingdom’s pioneers. Some of the startup projects that are featured at the time of writing are: Art Painting, Print and Sculpture Furniture and Home Décor Clothing, Accessories and Jewellery That’s not all! +973 also has coffee shop,’Vines +973’, offering contemporary Mediterranean cuisine surrounded by lots of gorgeous Bahraini projects! For more information visit Or call +973 33222999

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new in town

Welcome to


The dinning area

The lobby

The terrace

Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Lounge is the first authentic Mediterranean restaurant set to open soon in Bahrain. You can enjoy Italian, French, Greek, Lebanese and Spanish cuisine, with an original twist by Cordon Blue Chef Valter Piergiovanni, under one roof. The Michelin quality dining experience combining a wonderful ambiance and impeccable service will instantly transport you to the warm sands of the Mediterranean. You can choose to dine on the Italian coast, the French Riviera, the Lebanese mountains or soak up the sun on our Santorini-style terrace. There will also be a lounge at the restaurant. Nicole’s was born out of the love and passion, of a Lebanese/American family, for quality Mediterranean cuisine and the fine dining experience. Upon meeting the Italian chef, an instant connection was formed. This allowed the family to forge ahead and bring the unique Mediterranean concept to life. The name Nicole is reminiscent of the romantic honeymoon where the newly married chef and his wife fell in love with the French bistro “Nicole’s”. In a remarkable sign of fate, the Lebanese/American family’s only daughter is named Nicole. Coincidentally, the name Nicole means “victorious people”. It is a sign of victory that the couple and their team were able to come together to share this unique experience with their guests, and they hope you feel the love and passion, combined with 30 years of culinary expertise. Visit Nicole’s (Opening soon!) at Block 338, Road 3845, Hamad residence 1579, Villa A, Al-Gudaibiya. For bookings call, Tel. +973 3514 0504 or email

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new in town The Island You Want To Run Away To

Have you ever dreamt of having the perfect weekend getaway? Hawar gives you every reason to. Having acquired the Hawar Resort Hotel, VKL Group is proud to give everyone the kind of getaway that you are guaranteed to remember and enjoy, especially for those who love to spend weekends with just the people you love. This resort is the perfect destination; far from all the city noise, smells and distractions. Decorated with modern interiors, accommodating staff and a wonderful island, The Hawar Resort is a haven of tranquility and is all set to welcome guests this summer. The rooms have an unobstructed view of the sea from the balcony. 20 kilometres southeast of mainland Bahrain, it is just a 45-minute boat ride from the Al Dur Jetty Marina. A fantastic getaway isn’t the only thing they offer. How does fun water sports like jet skis and paddleboats sound? We’d say pretty Awesome! Sit back and relax as you watch the sunset, rejuvenate your senses with the breath of fresh air. The resort blends the authentic charms of a natural getaway with the comfort and efficiency of an international hospitality brand. Better yet, VKL Group has plans to buy a seaplane to the island in addition to two new luxury boats. An exclusive jetty will be created at the marina near the reservation office. The entire package includes boat transfers and breakfast. The day trip package includes a welcome drink upon arrival to use of all the hotel facilities including a scrumptous buffet lunch. The reservation office is in the process of being set up near the marina from where you can choose the various package options. For more information, call: Marina Office Reservation: Tel. +973 17252000 Hawar Resort Hotel: Tel. +973 17849111 Or email:

New In


Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

The Gentle Foaming Hand Soap delivers a cloud of luxurious foam that transforms into a rich, creamy lather to gently wash away dirt and germs. Now enriched with nourishing Aloe and protective Vitamin E, this is the best foam that leaves hands feeling soft, smooth and lightly scented. The irresistible scent of luscious garden strawberries ripened on the vine.

Fill Your Shopping Bags With Your Favourites

Don’t you just love how every Bath & Body Works creation smells and feels so, so good on your skin, especially the Hand Soaps! One word- DIVINE! Some of our favourite hand soaps are:

Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

Like a 60-second manicure, the Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is specially formulated with skin-renewing microspheres to effectively cleanse and exfoliate. Now enriched with nourishing Aloe and protective Vitamin E, this rinse will leave hands feeling soft, smooth and lightly scented! The irresistible scent of luscious garden strawberries ripened on the vine.

What are you waiting for? Hurry to the BIG SALE at Bath & Body Works. Located at Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall

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new in town

The Best Times of Your Life

Marina Breeze 1& 2, Durrat Marina- Get your luxurious and modern apartments NOW and find solace by the sea!

Let The Taste and Adventure Begin

Enjoy it the ‘Phoenicia’ Way

The newly opened four-star hotel, Royal Phoenicia Hotel is set to define the standard of luxury and comfort. Located in Umm Al Hassam, the twin tower hotel offers 80 all suites and 40 deluxe rooms to enhance your stay in Bahrain. For reservations, call +973 17238844

Children are naturally inquisitive, and grown-ups are often surprised by the flavours they enjoy. Sometimes it takes a little encouragement, and a holiday with the family can be a great opportunity to explore new and exciting foods. InterContinental Regency Bahrain has created a menu filled with diverse flavours and tastes that children are guaranteed to love. The items on the menu have been taste-tested by a panel of young Planet Trekkers (InterContinental’s signature kids’ club). With no dish left untried, all received the seal of approval. From classics that are universally popular to more sophisticated combinations, the menu has a variety of options for young foodies and fussy eaters alike. For more information, call Tel. +973 17227777

New Services at the Middle East Medical Center

With the main objective of becoming the premier private provider of women’s health services in Bahrain, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Middle East Medical Group has started its services in the MEM Hidd Clinic. The department is set to provide a complete range of services that includes check-ups and treatment of gynecological disorders, family planning counselling, infertility management including AIH and IUI, ante-natal and post-natal care, pre-natal diagnosis by blood test and amniocentesis, obstetric ultrasound, vaginal ultrasound for gynecological disorders, ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration, and cervical procedures by colposcopy and cryotherapy. For appointment, call Tel. +973 17464848

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new in town

Prestige Gate Salon & Spa by ZEN

Manicure + Pedicure + FREE Foot Spa

Exciting summer promotions are lined up to pamper you this season, at Prestige Gate Salon & Spa by ZEN in Mahooz.

To book your treatments or for further inquiries call, Tel. +973 1758 1800.

Go Healthy

It’s always necessary to balance your work life with a healthy meal. This is why Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has designed an innovative range of healthy and delicious dishes that has the best of the regional seasonal ingredients. All ‘Go Healthy’ dishes will be available on all À La Carte menus as well as on breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. If that’s not enough, dishes can be customized according to each one’s taste. Who’s up for a healthy meal? For more information, call Tel. +973 17460000

Every Essence Has Its Virtue And Every Flower Has A Soul

The newly opened store in Bahrain, florame, is what every person has been waiting for! True to its name, florame makes the most of the virtues of organic essential oils to create products that can restore the natural harmony of both the body and mind. For more information, visit florame at Seef Mall.

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Skydiving coming soon to Bahrain!


new in town


Johnny Rockets, everyone’s most loved American fast food joint opened its newest restaurant in the perfect bustle of BahrainJuffair. This 25-year-old Johnny Rockets is all set to impress its customers with their new store, fresh look, more varieties of food and music. The all-American, Johnny Rockets, a part of Kharafi Global, Kuwait, gives you and your family the opportunity to experience the true 80’s themed American diner with tabletop jukeboxes, singing and dancing, and well obviously a very tempting food list that you just cannot resist. Johnny Rockets serves their signature favourites like the Burgers, Milkshakes, American Fries, and all this in the fun and busy

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environment like Juffair. Located at the start of the American Alley, it creates a very welcoming space for locals, visitors, and caters especially to the families. “Everyone needs a Johnny Rocket’s ketchup smiley face every once in a while.” “I love their burgers and Oh Gosh, their milkshakes are AMAZING!” People have already dined at the new location, and as far as we can tell, they sure love it! There is something for everyone, regardless of age. Johnny Rockets is available at Seef, Amwaj Lagoon and Juffair.


sheer luxury

Escada Asia Jewellers BD144

Escada Asia Jewellers

Escada Asia Jewellers BD185


Sheer Luxury For Her

AIGNER Asia Jewellers BD94

AIGNER Asia Jewellers BD106

For more information, call Tel. +973 17535344

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sheer luxury Jean Paul Gaultier time pieces are available at luxury stores across Bahrain


Sheer Luxury For Him





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art space

Contradictions, Layers and Textures proudly presents the talented and inspiring Fashion Illustrator and Visual Artist- Shamekh Al-Bluwi. His illustrations are

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art space

What is Shamekh Al-Bluwi all about? Well, I am a Saudi-Jordanian hybrid! I studied architecture but my passion was always fashion illustrations, and I dream of starting my own fashion brand. I find that people express themselves through their sense of style. As in fashion could serve as an ID – a visual ID if you will. People come with different kinds of style, describing who they are or who they aspire to be. And that inspires me. It makes me want to be part of their personal journey. Fashion is not only clothes and accessories. The right outfit could motivate a person. I am a social person, I view myself as a global citizen, and through fashion, I aspire to impact those around me and hopefully inspire globally in the future. A few years ago, I started getting commissions to draw fashion illustrations for friends and the response has been amazing! That inspired me to start my project of illustrating fashion through Instagram on a daily basis.

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art space

In addition to marketing myself through various social media platforms, I am collaborating with some of the biggest retailers and fashion houses around the world.

What is the best part about what you do? The creation process, the story behind the artwork. It’s full of contradictions, layers and textures and has a comic style and feel.

How did you know that this was your calling?

Art is something that captivates me, I’m a true believer that one should do what they love. My passion is my job, and that’s how my true calling was just destiny calling.

What inspires you? I am crazy about details; everything around me from music, places, fashion collections to conversations I have with my friends trigger me to start drawing. It’s funny; sometimes I leave mid-conversation to start an illustration. Ideas come and go. You need to grab the one you need!


You call yourself an architect, visual artist and a fashion illustrator. Have any of these ever overstepped the other? Not at all! They all match together perfectly. All three in essence are about aesthetics, proportions and design, and that’s the balance right there. To know more about Shamekh Al-Bluwi, follow him: Instagram: @shamekhbluwi Facebook: Twitter: @shamekhbluwi

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Comedians in the House

Every month, The Chuckle Club hosts 3 international comedians, in Bahrain. takes a peek at the artists this month. Henry Paker

Hilarious Henry

After a brief career in computer animation, Henry Paker decided to give comedy a go. He started out doing stand-up in rooms above pubs, then in rooms below pubs and then eventually in the pub itself. In 2008, he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and realised he might be onto something. Since then Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand up, actor and cartoonist. Henry took his first solo hour of stand-up at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2010 and followed it up with his acclaimed show Cabin Fever, in 2011. His narrative comedy show, The Golden Lizard won him and Mike Wozniak the Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, in 2011, and went on to sell out a run at London’s Soho Theatre. @henrypaker

Nish Kumar

Laugh with Liam

Stand-up artist, actor, writer and one-third of the sketch group Sheeps, Liam Williams is one of the most talked about young comedians in the circuit. He was a Best Newcomer nominee at the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, in 2013. Liam was also a finalist at the Amused Moose Laugh-Off and So You Think You’re Funny? competition, in 2010.

Kumar Cracks You Up

Liam Williams

Having mastered the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London alike with his critically acclaimed show, ‘Nish Kumar is a Comedian’, and the follow-up to his solo Fringe debut and sell-out show of 2012, ‘Who Is Nish Kumar?’, Nish Kumar is storming venues up and down the country. The artist has been performing stand-up solo since 2006 and has never looked back since! 2014 is already proving promising for Nish, with a BBC Radio 4 project in development, a regular writing spot on the recently re-released (and namesake) show ‘The Kumars’ (Sky One) and an imminent step over to the small screen on ‘The Alternative Comedy Experience’ (Comedy Central). @MrNishKumar

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MINE David Hollywood

Share your feedback with David via email: or call, Tel. +973 3920 7624

David Hollywood suggests we are all in it together.

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This land is mine, But I’m not born, To own it just for you. I must ensure, As you are here, That I shall pass it through, For you to have, Along with who? When reconciling birth, Tween separate lives on earth. And knowing that, We all were wrong, To think that he or she or me, Could own it all along, Because fore long, We’ll all be gone, And then what is it worth?

FIFA World Cup 2014

Reader’s Speak As the countdown begins for the World Cup, talks to football enthusiasts in the Kingdom.

Subin George Sajan What do you think of the World Cup?

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

For football lovers, the World Cup is the epitome of pure ecstasy. The sheer intensity that comes with it is absolutely second to none. And, this year it reaches a whole different level when the World Cup goes to the craziest footballing nation in the world – Brazil!

As much as I hate to admit it, Brazil could win it. They have the most balanced squad in the tournament and their fans will make it really intimidating for opposition teams playing against them.

Which team do you support?

Who do you think is the highest paid player?

I’ve always been a fan of Argentina for as long as I could remember. I’m hoping they get one better on their rivals (Brazil) by winning it on their own turf. With the likes of Messi, Aguero, Higuain & Di Maria leading their attack, I don’t see why not.

Who is your favourite player?

Without a shadow of doubt, Thierry Henry.

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That’s easy, the best player on the planet Lionel Messi.

Subin George Sajan

FIFA World Cup 2014

Arshiyan Bhure What do you think of the World Cup?

I’m super excited for the World Cup. To make things better, our office even got a 75inch smart TV. You know, enjoying it on the big screen. I’m definitely not missing any matches now! Candice Hall

Candice Hall What do you think of the World Cup?

Which team do you support?

I support Spain. Always have always will.

Mariam Alabbasi

Who is your favourite player?

What do you think of the World Cup?

I love the World Cup Soccer. It gets people excited over the same sport and it plays a good role in uniting people from all over the world. I saw this first hand as the previous World Cup was hosted in South Africa, my home country.

Favorite player is definitely Iniesta.

Which team do you support?

Apart from Spain I think Portugal has a chance of winning.

Germany, they so deserve it. They always make it to either the semis or finals each World Cup. I hope they take it this year!

Mariam Alabbasi

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup? Who do you think is the highest paid player? Gareth Bale is the highest paid player!!

Who is your favourite player?

Honestly, I think that it’s the best thing that ever happened to this world! People join each other to enjoy and share the great game plus the atmosphere is indescribable.

Which team do you support? Italy all the way!

Who is your favourite player? Daniele de Rossi.

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

I know he retired, but Maradona. Just because he’s Maradona!!

I have very high expectations for Brazil and Germany.

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

Who do you think is the highest paid player?

Apart from nothing... Germany!

That would be Cristiano Ronaldo.

Who do you think is the highest paid player?

Bale, he plays for Real Madrid. Well, that’s what I heard.

Arshiyan Bhure

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FIFA World Cup 2014

Mariam Zainal

Abish Paul Babu

Alllan Joe Desouza

Abish Paul Babu

Mariam Zainal

Allan Joe Desouza

What do you think of the World Cup?

What do you think of the World Cup?

What do you think of the World Cup?

Which team do you support?

Which team do you support?

Who is your favourite player?

Who is your favourite player?

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

World Cup is by far the biggest event that takes place every four years. It’s a thrilling experience to watch it live! I cannot wait for the kick off in Brazil. This is one global event that brings the whole world together; billions of people are excited to be a part of it.

Which team do you support?

Spain, they are the defending World and Euro Champions. But this World Cup is going to be a special one because at least 10 teams stand a good chance to win.

Who is your favourite player?

Santi Cazorla (Spain), a midfield maestro. He is by far one of the best players in the world.

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

Germany! The talent this team has got is quite unbelievable - a team full of champions.

I personally think the World Cup is a great way to bring people from around the world together to enjoy this amazing sport. I think this year’s World Cup is going to be very intense and entertaining.

Spain all the way!

Ooh! Sergio Ramos.

I think this year, the champions are going to be Brazil.

Who do you think is the highest paid player?

The highest paid player is Cristiano Ronaldo.

Every once in four years, people from around the world unite together. That’s how important the World Cup is. People from everywhere speak one language; the language of football.

Hands down, Italy.

That is definitely Lionel Messi.

Spain! Simply put, they are ‘The Team’ that consists of world-class footballers. What more do you need to win the trophy?!

Who do you think is the highest paid player? If I’m not mistaken, it’s Gareth Bale.

Who do you think is the highest paid player? Lionel Messi the world’s highest paid footballer.

Roshni Jacob What do you think of the World Cup?

Which team apart from your favourite, do you think will win the World Cup?

Which team do you support?

Who do you think is the highest paid player?

It’s a great sporting event, and it’s a fun way to kill the hot summer month!

Always Germany!

Who is your favourite player? Roshni Jacob

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None other than Thomas Muller! Have you seen the way he plays!

Brazil, they are playing on their home ground, so they have that advantage!

At a certain point it was David Beckham, but I think it’s Cristiano Ronaldo now.




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The Story of El Moulid This Ramadan

Describe your passion for InterContinental Regency in 3 words.

To describe my passion for InterContinental Regency, three words are definitely not enough. Let’s try four words instead: “We are always different!”

Highlights for Ramadan

This year is going to be the biggest of all. Our highlight for Ramadan 2014 will be, “El Moulid”. El Moulid has a very vibrant feel to it and is celebrated with unique rituals and characteristics all over Egypt throughout the year. One of the main attractions is the performers who constantly move between different cities. At InterContinental, we intend on selling the ‘experience’ rather than the idea of only Iftar and Ghabga, food and socialising. Everyone can go to a Ramadan tent during the holy month, but not too many will get to actually experience culture during their meals.

What strategy and key differences has been incorporated for InterContinental Regency to be unique in Bahrain?

I am proud that our hotel has well established the 3 P’s: People, Product and Place. The people training programmes at the hotel and the work environment, the quality of service we provide to our guests and only providing the best services to our employees are the core elements of our success. They are the elements that are required for the success of any organisation. We are also proud to say that we have achieved 22% of Bahrainisation . We have so many young Bahraini talents working with us. We strive to train and hire more young Bahraini talents through our IHG Academy.

How is Ramadan 2014 different from 2013?

First of all, half of Ramadan is overlapping with the World Cup activities and we are having activities for this FIFA for the residents of Bahrain. Second, we believe that Ramadan is like a story; just like all the fairytales and stories we remember. Ramadan is a story that is different every year and every year, we should have a new story to tell and show Bahrain. That is why, this year, InterContinental Regency Bahrain is telling you the story of El Moulid.

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Rafik Kamel

“If people can adopt behaviours of Ramadan and carry them into the daily life, we will be living in a better world. Ramadan is all about generosity. Today, we assume that Ramadan is all about fasting and celebrating Iftars and Ghabgas; however, we should not forget that it is a holy month that is all about giving.”


New at Saks Fifth Avenue Daniela Karnuts’ first real foray into design was driven entirely by circumstance when Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland, in April 2010. She found herself stranded in India for days and had a local tailor run up a few dresses to fill out her wardrobe until she could return home to London. Those few pieces turned out to be life-changers. Once home, many friends and acquaintances began asking about her dresses and she decided to try her hand at designing a capsule collection. Last month, Karnuts introduced her clothing label, Safiyaa to Bahrain’s fashion circuit with the pre and main Autumn-Winter 2014-15 collection.

Why did you choose the it describe your clothing line?

Safiyaa is my daughter’s name and means pure. My pieces are timeless; though they are relevant with the present times they are not fast fashion and will look great even five years from now. These dresses emphasise your silhouette and are streamlined in terms of design to accentuate the best parts and tuck in the others! I don’t want the dress to outshine the woman, but accentuate her.

You say that your style evolves but never changes. Give us an instance.

I started with very basic structured dresses, long and short in striking colours. I then integrated laces, metallic coated laces, luxurious evening laces and for the summer, matt laces inspired by Ottoman flooring tiles and window drawings. There is always an element that inspires the collection but I’m still creating wearable and elegant dresses.

Daniela Karnuts

and inserts; the next collection is all about inserts, beautiful couture inserts and stripy chiffon over elegant bodycon dresses; very glamorous! While these elements change, what’s consistent is colour. I always have two base fabrics, matt and shine, as people like different things. I always use 7 to 8 vibrant colours to add life. I play a lot with colours, textures and layering to keep it interesting.

What materials do you like Laces have been consistent in the last two collections though not in the first two. I’ve also started doing a lot of laser cutting

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It’s important for me to dress the strong, confident real life woman. I want to make her feel special, attractive and a little bit sensual but in a dignified way.

Why did you choose to come to Bahrain?

The Middle East as a whole is a good market and Bahrain was missing (smiles)!


I would like to start mono brand stores at some stage to grow out the couture angle that we have. We have a 500 sq m atelier with around 12 couture tailors and more coming in and out as we need. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bahrain City Centre


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REAL OR SYNTHETIC HAIR? Do you go down the path of non-surgical procedures to erase those pesky wrinkles? Or plump your face with a cream that promises to give the same effects? Do you go to the gym and sweat it out and watch the weight slowly drop off, or suffer by having to consume nasty looking ‘so-called food’ for three meals a day with the assurance of quick weight loss and improved health?

Giving up hair


hoices, choices and more choices that promise us pretty much eternal youth and we face the same problem when it comes to our hair. Everyone wants thick, glossy, healthy looking hair and most women would kill to be able to add length to it too. But again, what do we do? There’s every type of potion and procedure available at our fingers tips to make our wish come true but at a price. Some of these procedures require patience or can be painful, expensive and involve maintenance which most of us don’t have the time for. So turn to the next best thing-hair extensions. The right hair extensions can give volume and length, thus changing one’s entire appearance in an instant. But the big question is, ‘Do you go for real or synthetic hair?’ There are many ethical reasons these days why not to choose real hair and many added advantages to using synthetic hair.

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These days, there are so many options available to change and improve one’s looks. There’s really no excuse for feeling unhappy about our appearance anymore, providing we know what we’re doing!

Real or Synthetic Hair: Appearance

There used to be a time when real hair would ‘out-shine’ (pardon the pun) synthetic hair due to the poor quality. But those days are long gone due to the demand for synthetic hair in western countries. Synthetic Hair technology has advanced so much in recent years, that it’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between real and synthetic hair when it comes to the quality, colour and thickness. More importantly, synthetic hair doesn’t come with the ‘hot topic’ amongst many cultures of ‘who was wearing my hair before me?’ Do you really want to be wearing someone else’s hair who may not have willingly given it up? Or forced to have it cut to feed their families? I know I don’t. At least with synthetic hair you can confidently wear it knowing that it didn’t destroy someone’s life in the process of making it. Nor did it belong to anyone before you. Naomi Campbell bald from hair extensions


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Real or Synthetic: Longevity

The next thing you have to decide when buying your hair extensions – is value for money. Most real hair extensions can last for up to six months, depending upon how they are cared for. Synthetic hair can last much longer. Plus it doesn’t shed, tangle or frizz as easily as real hair.


Real or Synthetic: Care and Styling

Synthetic hair extensions can be styled in exactly the same manner as you would your own hair, with the same products and styling tools. They are also washed in the same manner as you would real hair extensions. But they have the added advantage. Synthetic hair dries quicker or does not fall out as much. Synthetic hair extensions can also be styled and curled like natural hair using heated curling irons, hot iron or a hair dryer. Plus due to ‘memory technology’, it can hold a curl longer. The Various Application Methods Hair extensions can be applied in myriad ways. Some methods can be done at home, while some methods require a professional to do it. • Glue Probably one of the most well-known of all the extensions, strands of real or synthetic hair is literally glued as close to the root of your own hair and can look excellent provided they’re looked after it correctly. But no matter how careful you are – glue extensions can seriously damage your own hair by making it thin or worse, fall out. Plus there’s quite a bit of maintenance involved. • Clip-On Hair Extensions These are temporary but do not have any of the disadvantages that other types of extensions may have. They can often require assistance to put in and depending on the thickness of your own hair the clips

may become visible. If worn too often the clips can end up pulling on your own hair, eventually causing damage to it. • Effortless Hair Extensions (New to the market) Effortless hair Extensions take seconds to put in without any assistance and requires no clips, glue, tape or glue. Available in 2 lengths 16’ and 24 inch, made from the most advanced synthetic hair technology – FEELsoREAL. Effortless Hair Extensions comes in 21 colours, 3 European styles and 5 Asian/ Afro styles and can be styled, washed, blow dried, curled and hot ironed and causes NO DAMAGE to your own hair! Majority of us women want beautiful, thick long hair in an instant but without the damage that most other hair extensions can cause, the ethical issues that come with real hair and the dependency of having to rely on someone else to put them in. Therefore, we highly recommend Effortless Hair Extensions. These extensions are so new to the market that they’re still not available in the UK. Yet, they’ve already won a host of beauty awards and are available in Bahrain and across the region. For more information log onto, email: or Tel: + 973 36188122 for a complimentary consultation (by appointment only).

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people We bring you the scoop on your favourite bloggers! This month we speak to Mara Mostafa

Favourite Gadget: My iphone

5 as I use it for everything; camera, notes, blogpost notes, browsing, social media, Google maps and more. My favorite beauty gadget is the Clarisonic Mia! It removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. I can’t go back to regular cleansing after it.

Summer Fashion Mantra: Try and stick to lighter fabrics like cotton and linen. If you wear a hijab or like to dress modestly look for outfits that require minimum layering. Pastels, nudes, tangerine/coral, Freesia yellow and monochrome are in this season.

Favourite Dressed Celeb at the Oscars this year: Camila Alves

in Gabriela Cadena because her dress proved that modesty can look amazing and Kate Hudson in atelier Versace as I love anything with a cape; even though it had a deep neckline it’s a great modest fashion inspirational piece.

You won a BD100 shopping voucher. You’d shop at… I’m a Zara-

holic! At Zara, I could get a lot of essential and trendy pieces for BD100.

Favourite Restaurant in Bahrain: Saffaron and

Favourite Shopping Destination: I shop

Cocos for breakfast; Lilous and Villa Mamas for lunch; and Mirai, Monsoon or Roma for dinner.

online at Malene Birger, ASOS, The Outnet, Netaporter and In Bahrain I usually pop into high street brands such as, Top Shop, Zara, Riva or Tory Burch and Marc by Marc Jacobs. In Dubai it’s Dubai Mall. I shop at designer brands mainly in the UK.

Summer Fragrance: Musk

oil, Tom Ford Oud Wood and I have also discovered L’occitane’s amazing scents!

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Favourite Beach Holiday Destination:

Favourite Quote:

Alicia, one of my readers came up with, “Amazing how people forget that fashion stands out more, the more a person is clothed.” I love that!

I am visiting Thailand soon and am sure the beaches there are amazing. There are private villas with private pools which allow me as a motahajiba to be able to sun bathe and use the pool in a private setting.

Mara Mostafa is a lifestyle blogger and writes on various topics like health, fashion and beauty. She focuses primarily on modest fashion. Visit for fashion tips and follow Mara @ maradxb on Instagram

Always In Your Bag: A bottle of

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The New Code To Your Identity Rasasi Perfumes has come out with the all-new Rumz Al Rasasi 9325- Pour Lui, a perfume that is guaranteed to secure your individuality. A fashionable, and urban scent, this perfume has been designed just for you. It brings together a mixture of freshness, soft floral touch and a sensual woody finish.

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Bringing Makeup To A New Level

Art Sticks, Yes Please!

Bobbi Brown introduces Art Sticks, the multi purpose product that combines the ease of a lipstick with the precision of a pencil. Now you can quickly and easily take your lip look from sheer to a natural rich matte.

MAKE UP FOR EVER has unveiled one their finest professional brush collection, in celebrations of the 30th year anniversary. This range includes 76 new premium brushes that offer women and makeup artists the tools to get he perfect results. The collections include 30 face brushes, 35 eye brushes, 3 lip brushes and 8 brushes designed for body paint and artistic makeup.

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Your Healthy Lifestyle Tired of selecting healthy meals? DIET MEALZ now takes the hassle out of deciding what to eat with their talented chefs preparing healthy meals, and a delivery service that makes sure you receive your food at your doorstep.

Want to stay healthy? DIET MEALZ is the answer to all your worries and health questions. Delivering healthy and nutritious meals every day, every meal plan is designed to maintain optimum energy levels and target the saturated fats as well as preservatives from your meals. It’s not just a diet plan; it’s an initiative that provides the much-needed motivation along with a daily supply of nourishing meals for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Each meal is customised and assessed by the Centre’s qualified professionals. The process takes into account a number of factors such as body water and muscle to fat ratios. Based on the result, a low fat, low sodium and low sugar diet is prepared. DIET MEALZ has professionally trained dieticians. Ms. Kimberly, who holds a degree in Nutrition and dietetics. She is a registered nutritionistdietician in the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Association of Nutritionist (PAN) and Nutritionist Dietician Association of the Philippines (NDAP) and Ms. Mariana is a seasoned dietician who regularly provides lessons regarding nutrition. Recently opened, DIET MEALZ boasts a rapidly expanding customer base. Their most popular diet programmes are mainly for weight management. Menus can be customised as per the preferences of clients’ i.e. vegetarian, lactose intolerance, plant based and gluten free diet. You can even specify which ingredients you would prefer not to be included in your meal plan. If that is not all, they are working on devising diets for pregnant, lactating mothers and recuperating patients. Very soon, DIET MEALZ will have their own line of detox juicers and juice cleansers! Steering clear of the ‘diet boot-camp’ approach, the centre allows customers to satisfy all their food cravings in a healthy way with a wide range of sweet and savory snacks, which are recommended and delivered controlled portions.

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Protect Your Strongest Asset

“Tooth enamel is the toughest part of your body, even stronger than bones. Despite that, a can of coke can wear down the most resilient building block”, says Dr.Shailesh Rojekar, Endodontist at Gulf Dental Speciality Hospital.


There are just so many bacteria that can infect the roots of your teeth. With an infected root, there are millions of potential culprits that can destroy your teeth. “What causes infection in your mouth may be completely harmless in an another person’s mouth”, Dr. Shailesh explains. To make matters worse, the environment within the tooth can cause bacteria to change behaviour so that they don’t do what you would expect them to do elsewhere in the body. There are other differentiators in play too like smoking, drinking, and diet which can all affect and cause the root to become infected. Treatments have come a long way in just a few years. “Root canals used to be synonymous with nightmare dentist

scenarios; they were a short hand for fear and pain.” Nowadays, things are better and once identified, 99% of teeth can be treated to end pain immediately and in majority of cases can also save the teeth. The easiest way to avoid all dental procedures – whether painful or not, is to look after your teeth from the moment you get them. For adults, everything starts with decay and the only way to prevent decay from spreading is to brush after every meal and floss regularly”. Dr. Shailesh insists that flossing is the only way to clean between the teeth. Brushing cannot reach there and mouthwashes are definitely not a substitute. He also asserts that you must brush after

eating or drinking anything. The easiest way to do this, he says, short of brushing your teeth 15 times a day is, “don’t snack or indulge in sweet, fizzy drinks”- he wasn’t joking about this! When asked what other foods should be avoided, “I would not want bread left on my teeth. There are natural sugars in everything and they can all harm the teeth”. A healthy lifestyle is really important in promoting good oral health. For more information on Gulf Dental Hospital and its doctors, call +963 17 741444 to book an appointment. Or visit,



Health Updates MyFitnessPal

If you want to maintain good health, then this should be your go-to app. MyFitnessPal helps you take charge of your daily health and provides the app users with a one-stopshop to get fit and live a healthier life. Users can track, earn, communicate and improve their health and wellbeing using this app. Price- Free Available on App Store and Google Play


If you want an app that gives you money when you make your fitness goals, then this is your best pick. Now calling themselves Pact, they now have two new diet oriented features. So, this is how it works. When you sign up for a pact, you select a certain amount that will be deducted from your Credit Card or PayPal account for each day you miss. If you hit your goal, then you get paid a reward in terms of money. This payout comes from the pool of money of people who didn’t make their pact. Staying fit and healthy gets more interesting with Pact. Price: Free Available on App Store and Google Play


Noom has the best way to attract people to a healthier lifestyle. This app monitors your progress and provides expert advice and analysis that will help you stay on the right track. Noom makes living a balanced healthy life a whole lot fun. Price: Free Available on App Store and Google Play

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If anyone told you that you needed a specific area to workout, Sworkit can prove you wrong. It is the app for working out anywhere and everywhere. All you have to do is choose which part of your body you would like to focus on. This app creates a custom circuittraining workout using nothing but your bodyweight. Pretty cool! Price: Free Available on App Store, Google Play and Amazon

Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute

Make every workout count. The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout has been designed to be effective and fun. With this app, you can now workout anywhere in confidence and only do what you think is beneficial to you. You can do one, two or three circuits. Watch the clock, train and listen to music when you workout. If you don’t know how it’s done, there are videos by Chris Jordan that will teach you how to do each move the right way. It doesn’t get better than this! Price: Free Available on App Store and Google Play

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The Best Of The Best In conversation with Dr. Mahmood Abbas, Ibn Al Nafees Hospital’s Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Urologist What is your specialty?

I am a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and a Pediatric Urologist at Ibn Al Nafees Hospital, dealing with children, adolescents and youth. The areas I specialise in are: • Circumcision • Inguinal hernia • Undescended testis • Gastrointestinal Disorders • Anal problems • Urinary disorders • Surgery of cysts, Abscess, Lipoma, ingrown toenail, tongue tie

Do you find communicating with pediatric patients, children to be specific, quite challenging? If so, why? I feel one of the challenges or issues rather of being a Pediatric Surgeon is communication. Communicating with children can be difficult. It is in fact one of the areas we need to be well trained in. It’s important to encourage kids to express their feelings, that many times are evident from their appearance, face, daily activities and functions of organs. Most of the information we receive is from the parents. However, a number of pediatric problems in children have clear signs and symptoms that specialists can identify. It all depends on the environment the child is in. If you put the child in a calm and relaxed environment, they are very co-operative and hence it becomes easy to communicate with them.

What, in your opinion are the important questions patients need to ask their Urologist before surgery?

It’s always important to gather the necessary information from the doctors or surgeons in order to make an informed decision. Some of the important questions one needs to ask are:

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Daniela Karnuts

• Find out if your doctor has enough experience regarding the concerned issue. • How long should your child fast before a surgery? • Gather information about the procedure, and complications that can occur. • Also gather information on the anesthesia used prior to surgery. • Post surgery information (recovery period, when can the child have his first meal after surgery, first bath, etc) • When can the child return to normal activities? • Care of the wound

How do you find a balance between lifestyle and your career choice in medicine?

Probably for many physicians, this might be a problem. Personally, I try to balance both my professional and personal life. I try my best to divide and allot different days for clinics and theatres. This gives me a chance to spend quality time with the family doing things the children love like cycling, swimming, picnics etc. For more information, call Ibn Al Nafees Hospital, Tel. +973 17828282


A CHAT WITH ABDULRAHMAN GHALI Anoeska Drent interviews one of Bahrain’s National Basketball team players.

Anoeska Drent

I’ve always found Ghali’s game wicked and so I wanted to know more about him. Meeting him for the first time made me feel really small; he is about 2.06 centimetres, while I am 1.50 centimetres. Known as Hamani by his friends, Ghali began very young, played in the neighbourhood and was trained by his father. Unfortunately he was not allowed to play for a club until he finished school in 2006. In his last year at school he played for Ali Club where he learned so much about the sport. Today, he enjoys playing with his team mates who he sees as his brothers; spending so much time together has helped them develop a lot of respect for each other.

How is playing for Muharraq Club different from what you did before this? At this stage, I am still the new guy so I am still adjusting and need to prove myself.

How do you stay in control during a match?

It’s all about control. Sometimes I need to ignore the referee because I can get really nervous and after 5 mistakes you need to leave the court (and I am famous for that!).

Which countries did you play against?

I played against China, Philippines, and more.

How was your experience playing against China? It was challenging to say the least! They have really young and tall players; their shortest player was taller than I, 2.1 centimetres.

How do you prepare for your game?

I train 3 times a week and sleep for at least 6 to 7 hours. I try not to think about what’s going to happen, too much but it doesn’t always work.

Abdulrahman Ghali in action

An incident related to the game you will always remember?

The one where Isa town beat Ali Club came as a surprise. Another surprise was winning the championships this year; 3 of our best players happened to get a foul out; everyone thought we were going to lose but we won!

How does your family feel about your basketball carrier?

My dad is really proud and my mum watches all my games on TV.

Have you ever trained anybody for basketball?

What is your view of a coach?

It’s a tough job where in you have to consider every player’s mood or problems they’re facing, if any. At the same time you need to make them play the best they possibly can.

Do you think young talent in Bahrain is supported?

Yes. Zain has a programme for talented young players.

What are your plans this summer? I hope to spend my days in a basketball camp where I can work on my game.

Yes, the girls team in college.

We would like to say a Huge Thank You and Goodluck to Anoeska and family who have left the island.

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A Leader in Hospitality

A prized moment for Fraser Suites at the 21st Annual World Travel Awards, Dubai

Planning for 6 more properties in the Middle East by 2015, Fraser Suites celebrates its prized moment at the 21st Annual World Travel Awards.


raser Suites Seef Bahrain has been honoured for the second consecutive year as Bahrain’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2014 at the 21st Annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Middle East gala ceremony, in Dubai. The award is a recognition of Fraser Suites Bahrain’s commitment to excellence, hard work and devotion to provide unique products and services. Frasers Hospitality brand maintained last year’s success by picking-up a quartet of awards - Middle East’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2014, Dubai’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2014 and Qatar’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2014. WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate

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excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Frasers’ intrinsic understanding of the importance of quality service and the unique needs of business executives facilitated another award for the Frasers Hospitality brand as The Best Serviced Apartment Company 2014, by Business Traveller Middle East. The awards ceremony was attended by more than 300 travel industry managers from the region. Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd’s portfolio currently stands at 92 properties, in 49 key gateway cities, and more than 15,500 apartments worldwide, including those in the pipeline. The Middle East will continue to be a key growth area for Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd (Frasers), which is on target to add six more properties by 2015, consolidating its presence as a leading provider of premium serviced residences in the region. Responding to the increasing demand for premium serviced residences by expatriates and business travellers, with arrivals expected to hit 149 million in the Middle East, by 2030, the new properties in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, will more than double Frasers’ portfolio in the Middle East, which currently includes Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain, Fraser Suites Dubai and Fraser Suites Doha. Travellers to the Middle East will be able to look forward to the opening of Fraser Suites

“Frasers is also actively exploring plans to further expand its presence in Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), which currently makes up 18 per cent of its global inventory to 21 per cent, by 2019.” DAR Tower in Bahrain and Fraser Suites Executive Tower Ai Riyadh in Saudi Arabia later this year. Frasers is also actively exploring plans to further expand its presence in Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), which currently makes up 18 per cent of its global inventory to 21 per cent, by 2019. This is in line with this global growth plan to double its inventory to 30,000 serviced apartment units over the next five years. To make bookings call, Tel. +973 1717 1626 or visit

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Bravo, Bennigans! Peter Lyons, General Manager of Bahrain Family Leisure Company tells us what makes Bennigans a favourite with foodies in the Kingdom. How has 2014 been for Bennigans?

It’s been great! We are in the process of opening a second outlet at Amwaj Marina. Our restaurant in Bahrain works in line with the brand’s ethos while keeping in mind the local market. The CEO of Bennigans visited us recently and was really impressed which is an accolade for us. Also, the Vice President of Bennigans was here and he loved how our service style has changed over the last one year.

What would you attribute this success to?

We focus particularly on service standards and style. Our staff always tries to make a personal connection with the guest. It’s taken a long time to bring about this change but I believe hospitality can be taught. Like one of my colleagues aptly put it, we are rebooting our service! Ask a guest about a restaurant they went to a month later and they may not remember the food as much as they do the experience. Another element is using fresh ingredients, the right produce and resources in our food. Our guests love our food and our service.

What new ideas and promotions are in store?

We are looking to tap into the Military market this year. For instance, sometimes we invite these guests for a drink, and it’s on us! We are nice like that (laughs). We are drawing a lot of attention with our steak challenge which is really popular with our American customer base. We are planning to change the menu as well which will be launched after Ramadan. We’re tweaking our cocktail menu too. Sometimes brands try to change too much and this affects their customer base. But we’re doing a number of small things and evolving slowly. For instance we celebrated St Patrick’s Day at Bennigans which was a hit. We tried something different with our Irish coffee shots on each table and guests loved it. Attention to detail is very important.

What’s one of the best things about Bennigans?

I really think we serve one of the best breakfasts. Our portions are huge!

You’ve been around for year? Have you enjoyed your experience so far?

Bahrain’s a really nice place and from a work point of view I love it. It’s much more logical and people are quite professional and friendly. Bennigans falls under Bahrain Family Leisure Company. To make your booking call, Tel. +973 1781 3750 Peter Lyons

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Promoting Diversity Wisely

Both nationals and expatriates need to understand the integration process clearly says Katarzyna Richter, Cross Cultural Psychologist.


acing people of different cultures is a common while living in Bahrain. Non-Bahrainis make up nearly 50 per cent of the population. Multiculturalism is a great concept, promoting diversity, openness, and learning. It helps us develop tolerance towards those from other parts of the world, enriching all our lives. But is it that simple? Over the years, multiculturalism has created problems like poverty, crime, burgeoning extremist groups, weakening social trust, and racism. This may have led to greater segregation in society as noted by several influential politicians, scholars and executives. According to a research published by the Journal of Sociology, multiculturalism has been declared a failure both in Europe and in the Anglophone West. Political leaders including Australia’s former Prime Minister, John Howard; former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy; and UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron have publicly declared that the attempt to create a multicultural society has failed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The socalled ‘multikulti’ concept where people live side-by-side happily - did not work.” These problems are mostly visible in countries which pursued an ethnic diverse migration policy, such as Canada and Australia. So, what went wrong? The lack of integration of different ethnic and cultural groups with existing laws and values is the problem. For immigrants, the integration path is clear: understanding local values and languages results in better jobs and business. Not knowing local laws may mean jail. This path is established and evolves fairly easily because countries can change immigration selection or improve

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“The recently organised event “Bahrain for All & All for Bahrain” is a very thoughtful initiative to bring diverse communities together, bridging the gap between expatriates and locals.” Share your feedback with Katarzyna Richter via email:

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regulation and law enforcement at will. But for nationals the path is less clear and thus more challenging. They must acquire the patience and tolerance for foreign cultures while new immigrants learn. Also, there inevitably will be individuals who behave badly in any culture. Filtering them out, as they disrupt society will demand an extraordinary open mind. We are fortunate that Bahrain a country led by enlightened leaders, committed to promoting the country as a diversity-friendly place, displaying warm Arabic hospitality towards people who decide to make Bahrain their home. The recently organised event “Bahrain for All & All for Bahrain” is a very thoughtful initiative to bring diverse communities together, bridging the gap between expatriates and locals. Experiencing different aspects of a range of cultures, such as music, dance and food is great. Such multi-cultural projects appeal as entertainment and are good for encouraging interest and curiosity. That said, in order to truly integrate with other cultures we also need to learn their values, and the best way to do that is to live within the said cultural values. That’s perhaps why some attention must be focused on creating exchange programs where participants actually live through all the aspects of everyday life of a certain culture. This does not necessarily mean the expense and commitment of sending people to live overseas; but rather includes easier ideas such as locally organised workshops that would involve people of various backgrounds to work together on a project, or swapping households for a few days. And always remember, developing cultural intelligence means stepping out of our comfort zone!

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WOMEN LEADER’S IN BAHRAIN Sana Nooruddin, a fashion design student in London cheers for some of the most talented and successful Bahraini women.

If we all thought and acted alike, we would be living in a vanilla world. How boring? Nothing would be unique. Originality is crucial to success which comes to those who maintain a positive state of mind. This month, I’d like to share a list of Bahraini women who have achieved success in their respective fields. Wafa Obaidat is an inspiring woman and owns her PR agency in Bahrain. Catering to a high profile list of clients, she is also the creator of a well-known online magazine which she created while she was obtaining her degree. It has gained her popularity internationally. Lulwa Al Amin adds another feather to Bahrain’s fashion scene. She launched the first collection of her fashion label in 2011 and recently displayed her latest collection at the first Dubai Vogue Fashion Week. Bahrain’s most sought after designer Reem Buquais-Rivera recently styled the display of the Hackett London showroom in Bahrain City Centre and is the winner of the Top Stylist contest. Amina Al Abbasi became the first Bahraini artist to display her work at Harrods, in London and recently inaugurated her own Amina Art Gallery in Riyadat Mall. Blending traditional Bahraini art with contemporary styles, she gets her work printed on iPhone cases, pillow covers, and hand bags which are her best sellers. Alia Al Moayed, a nutritionist, author, health writer and speaker is one of the main people advocating healthy lifestyle, in Bahrain. She has endorsed health foods for many

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“Originality is crucial to success…”

brands like a smoothie and “Alia Approved” burger and sushi. Farah bint Khalid Al Khalifa is the founder of a fashion and lifestyle concept store offering which displays unique and trendy pieces by upcoming designers and funky lifestyle items and home interior accessories. Alanood Al Khalifa has a salon and spa which offers a variety of luxury services with a talented team of well trained beauty staff, and stylists. The venture is gaining popularity quickly. Mai Al Moayyed of “The Makeup Manual” fame is another influential icon for women. Fashionistas swear by her make-up tutorials and workshops. A much sought after cosmetic guru, Mai quit her banking job to pursue her blogging venture. Layla Al Sharif is well known in Bahrain for unique cake designs. A certified Wilton Trainer, she spurred herself on with an intensive two month certified program in designing cakes from Canada. Hanan Khalaf owns an eco friendly fabric store in Riyadat Mall. Hand-woven and made from premium quality cotton and dyes, the Barefoot collection uses a unique blend of designs, colors and textures. Hanan aspires to expand her textiles business locally and internationally. Dunia Mudara, a Senior Marketing Executive by profession, youth icon and blogger. She has taught English and Bahraini culture to a group of 80+ university students on a teaching trip to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India for 6 weeks.


Letter From Bahrain

“…often we fear the judgement of others, are afraid of failure - or even scared of success.”


lthough we all have ideas to explore, a book to write, or a desire to paint, outside of a narrow circle of trusted people, many of us are uncomfortable expressing our true feelings; only a few have the confidence to pursue their dreams. As a journalist, many assume I’m extrovert, the reality is very different; after forty years the desire to write became stronger than the fear of realising my goal - writing for a living.

challenging, broadcasting for Deutsch Welle is far more relaxed. To share, stimulate dialogue, or create, we have to “go public” Darwin held back for 34 years, fearful of how others would judge his heretical theory. Anxiety is a small price to pay for the freedom to explore and say what you think - I’ve never regretted taking a leap of faith. Sharing of ideas and creativity are frequently confused, we must collaborate, discuss, and share; but creativity is often a lonely activity only social in that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.

So many fears, so many ideas to share; I was afraid of the judgement of others, of failure – and even success.

I write on my much-loved MacBook, on a table overlooking the sea; consuming copious cups of coffee to deliver me from self-doubt, and help make connections between the seemingly unrelated.

Fearful of a million disapproving listeners, my first live, prime-time, news broadcast for Radio New Zealand was “gut churning”; with a programme intended to be socially

In my earlier career as an engineer and mathematician, I was little more than a machine turning coffee into theorems, little has changed; first-thing in the morning, with

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a clear mind, I capture ideas on post-it notes and emails to myself. In the evenings and nights, inhibitions disappear, associations are clearer, and phrases easily come to mind - from the evening twilight, my best work emerges. As a member of the Bahrain Writers’ Circle, I know that each of us has an idea to explore and share; ask yourself where you stand on an issue - any topic that’s important to you - then regularly write or blog about it, soon you’ll become comfortable disclosing your feelings. You’ll still have doubts - is it good enough? Does it make sense? Will people agree? Don’t be afraid. John Ridley is a Bahrain based journalist, broadcaster and writer, he can be contacted at or

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Turkish Airlines introduced a flight to Oran in Algeria, the brand’s 248th destination in 106 countries. Titled “The Best Airline of Europe” at the 11th CAPA Awards, for the third consecutive year, Turkish Airline’s new flight to Oran is its 2nd destination in in Africa. Roundtrip flights between Istanbul and Oran will operate 4 times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For the first 6 months of operation to the new destinations, Miles & Smiles members can enjoy a special with a 25 per cent reduction in the miles needed to redeem either award tickets or upgrades.

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The collection is presented in packages arranged as Bohça–bundle, a hospitality indicator in the Turkish society for centuries. Bohça consists of a sleeping pad, quilt, sleeping pillow, waist pillow and slipper. The features of the set, produced by combining the Aloe Vera extracts are known for their relaxing effects and ergonomic benefits. The sheets available in the collection have been produced with holders in order not to slip from the leather seats, and the quilts have been designed in a manner to maintain body temperature.


In addition to increasing its market share to 12.8 per cent among European carriers, the passenger load factor saw an increase of 1.4 points, bringing it to an all-time high of 79 per cent. Expanding Customer Base

Turkish Airlines recorded a 25.8 per cent growth in passenger traffic from the Middle East, in 2013. Q1 2014 registered an increase in passenger figures from the Middle East at 19.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. Some 17 new destinations, including Abha, Saudi Arabia and Ahvaz, Iran in the Middle East are being planned in the coming months taking the total number of new destinations in 2014 to 20. Turkish Airlines offers more flights to the Middle East from Europe than any other airline, covering 14 countries and 34 destinations in the region. In addition to increasing its market share to 12.8 per cent among European carriers, the passenger load factor saw an increase of 1.4 points, bringing it to an all-time high of 79 per cent. Most recently, Turkish Airlines and Boeing celebrated the carrier’s 75th direct delivery of the Next-Generation 737, where the 737-800 marked its arrival at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, and the latest addition to the airline’s growing fleet of over 100 Boeing airplanes. The seating shown and service mentioned is offered only in flight A330 aircraft To book your flight visit

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The All-New Liquid E3

The features of the latest Liquid E3 combine business and pleasure. Moderately sized, with a curvy design, the smartphone offers a comfortable grip. The 4.7-inch high-definition screen, fitted with IPS technology produces clear and bright images which users can view at a wider angle. The 2MP front camera and 13MP rear camera with ultra-fast focus ensure high picture quality. The E3 runs on the Android 4.2.2 and is equipped with a Quad

Core 1.2 GHz processor, with 4GB internal user storage and 1GB memory. The Acer SnapNote with automatic angle correction makes capturing presentations, converting PDFs/PPTs and taking notes during a business meeting easier than ever. Users can work on several things together, thanks to the AcerFloat User Interface which keeps multiple app windows open at the same time. Acer smartphones also support AcerCloud which allows faster file sharing and media management.

Gadgets Galore iPad Air

Enjoy the benefits of a new and improved (compared to previous iPad models) processor and retina display. With the A7 chip, advanced wireless, and great apps for productivity and creativity the iPad Air is a treat for tech lovers.

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The Selfi App

Turkish Airlines’ created a new iPhone app, SelfShot; clicking selfies just got more interesting! Anyone using the iPhone 4 or versions of the smartphone above it can download the app free of charge from Apple’s Appstore. Turkish Airlines is running a contest for the most ‘liked’ and retweeted selfie. The winner will get one roundtrip ticket from Turkish Airlines. For more information visit:



VIVA Cinema

About Me Social Media Executive @ VIVA Bahrain Mohammed Zainal

No more queues! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about the VIVA Cinema Portal. By visiting, you can now skip long queues at the cinema and buy tickets online.

Here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps: 1. Choose the movie, the cinema and the seat 2. Pay via credit card or debit card 3. Scan your e-ticket at the cinema entrance

To pay for your ticket you can log in with your existing account or proceed as a guest without the hassle of registering. Payment can be done securely using any credit or debit card, and through any device you like. Shortly, you will receive your ticket by email, which can be scanned right from your mobile device at the cinema. The VIVA Cinema Portal has been carefully crafted to ensure a seamless user-experience across all smartphone and tablets with a special focus on mobile phones. You will find browsing movies just as easy as picking the right seat – anytime, anywhere. To register or book your movie visit

You can immediately select the latest or featured films on the homepage, or look at all the available films showing at CineCo multiplexes across the country by visiting the “Find Movies” section. The built-in IMDB movie rating, detailed movie descriptions and movie trailers help you make the choice. After you’ve picked the right movie, choose your preferred cinema and pick the show timing that suits you. And here’s the best part - you can pick any available seat you like! and book a maximum of five seats at a time.

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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


Launch Of The New Daewoo Star

The launch of the new Daewoo Star took place at Motorcity Commercial Showroom on 14th April.

Qays H Zubbi, Talal Mannae, GernotWaleed Tauffman and Karina Dr Bijan, Khalid Kanoo, Kanoo, Michael, Brett and Sreekumar

Khalid Kanoo, Isa Kanoo and Waleed Kanoo

Amyesh and Nasser

Rolls Royce Media Lunch

The Rolls Royce Media Lunch took place at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 19th March.

Media at the luncheon

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Waleed Kanoo, Khalid Kanoo and Isa Kanoo

society Latest society photos at The Sovereign Art Foundation IKNS School Prize 2014

The Sovereign Art Foundation IKNS School Prize 2014 was held at the Capital Club on 21st April. Maisae and Michael

Waseem and Zena

Alan, Amy and Thajba Khalifa

Fatima and Khalil

VIP guests, dignitaries and organisers at the event

Nabil, Yasmine, Dr Kamal and Kaeb

Aidita, Robin, Elton and Annalie

VIVA Press Conference

VIVA Press Conference took place at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 22nd April.

Ulaiyan Al Wetaed, SH Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Wael El Kabbani

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society Latest society photos at Fashion Show & Presentation of Haya Al Houti - 2014 Collection

The Fashion show and presentation of Haya Al Houti - 2014 Collection took place at InterContinental Regency Bahrain on 27th March.

Najah, Christa, Jared and Oana

Marwa, Rania and Marwa

Najiha and Raed

Zena and Dakota

Aline and Wafa

Fatima, Jannet, Maha, Sabah, Amal and Abdul Wahab Al Hawaj

Nilda, Laith and Jameela Angel and Hana

Gareth and friends

University College of Bahrain Annual Carnival

The Annual Carnival of University of Bahrain was held at their campus on 30th March.

UCB Students at the carnival

Let’s have some fun!

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Aala, Ghufran, Ali and Zaynab

Nour and Friend

society Latest society photos at EK Kanoo New Showroom Launch

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EK Kanoo launched their new showroom in Sitra on 27th April.

Hani, Ebrahim, Mohammed

Tariq, Rami, Hassan

Songkran Ceremony

The Songkran Ceremony was held at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa on 23rd April.

HE Vichai Varasirikul

HE Jap and HE Alberto Vicci

HE Sabine Tauffman and Abdulla Abdul LatifJawad Al Hawaj

HE Jong Ha Yu and wife with Jawad Al Hawaj

Ahmed, Prowravee and friend

Bonnie Krajeski and HE Thomas Krajeski

Diplomats at the ceremony

Aon, Ann, Cherry and Dennise

HE Hatun Demirer, Benadeta, Rebecca and Zena

Songkran, The Thai New Year

Songkran The Thai New Year by Sofitel, Thai Embassy and Oman Air was held at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa on 17th April.

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society Latest society photos at Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch

Bin Hindi Informatics launched the Samsung Galaxy S5 at their showroom on 13th April.

Samsung Galaxy S5 launched!

Jawad Al Hawaj and Mohammed Bin Hindi

Momen and Sha

Dawani Nabil Al Ajoor and Khalid Bin Hindi

Faisal Bin Hindi, Isa Bin Hindi, Abdulla, Khalifa and Fahad Bin Hindi

Sofyan Al Moayyed, Khalid Bin Hindi and Abdulla Bin Hindi

Ntalie and Victoria

Ali Al Asfoor, Kim, Ulaiyan Al Wetaid and SH Hind Al Khalifa

Soft Opening of Curve Jewellery

The soft opening of Curve Jewellery was held at Al A’ali Shopping Complex on 16th April.

Khulood, Yasmine, Vicky and Noha

Maureen and George

Abdul Hameed, Hassan and Khulood

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Samana, Feryal, Reem, Khulood, Sausan, Mariam and Fatima

Black and White Masquerade

The Black and White Masquerade was held at InterContinental Regency Bahrain on 29th April.

Berne, Clara and Michael

Bless, Hesham and Oana

Vivian and friend

Bless and Manilyn

Roma, Tess and Meanne

Polly, Manilyn and Sajida

Toots, Lheng, Sherry and Liza

society Latest society photos at Johnny Rockets New Shop Opening

Johnny Rockets opened their new branch in Juffair on 23rd April.

Arijit, Mohammed and Amit

Johny Rockets Staff and Management

Shiann, Amanda, Brandon and Cody

Samsung Printing Solutions

The launch of Samsung Printing Solutions took place at Crowne Plaza on 9th April.

Allen, Nelson, YS Kim, Fawas Al Mannae, Anwar, Fazal and Radhakrishnan

Ahlia University Charity Bazaar

The charity bazaar held by Ahlia University was held on 20th March.

Nour and Lubna Reem, Hawra and Eman Ghina, Nariman, Ahmed, Maram and Fayad

Opening Ceremony of the new KHCB Branch

The opening ceremony of the new Khaleeji Commercial Bank in Zinj was held on 23rd April. Opening by Dr Ahmed Al Muttawah

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Jihad, Fuad, Khaleel and Mazen

society Latest society photos at BFLC Annual General Meeting

BFLC held their Annual General Meeting at Gulf Hotel on 17th March.

Board of directors at the meeting

SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, HE Iain Lindsey and Khalid Zayani

BBBF Curry Night

BBBF Curry Night was held at the British Embassy on 30th March.

John, Maeve, Charmain, Bridgette and Michael

Guests enjoying curry night

Seregey, Debbie and Gary

Jason, Phil and Daved

Batelco’s 2nd Annual ‘Made in Bahrain’ Weekend

Batelco’s 2nd Annual Made in Bahrain Weekend was held at Al A’ali Mall on 24th April.


Ameera and Ruqaya

Team Make them Smile

Khulood Aliya and Marwa

Nada and Nagda


Fajer, Fatima and Maha

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society Latest society photos at Colors Of The Night Book Launch

Colors Of The Night book launch was held at 338 Garden Restaurant on 3rd May. Mary Faith and Renate Peter

Rose, Nazrawte, Lidya and Hannah

Bruzine and Mishka

Apparel Group Aeropostale- A Day Of Surprises

A Day of Surprises by Aeropostale was held Bahrain City Centre on 25th April. Radelle and Shery

Vennise and Kiwi

Hanna, Iya, Shy and Jennie

Lanilyn, Helbert, Christian, Mio and Lio

Emporio Armani at Pink Friday

Pink Friday with Emporio Armani was held at Bushido on 25th April.

Khalid, Walton, Mariam Fadi, Lesley, Retchel and Katz

Makram and Moutaz

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Hassan and Khalid

Fadi and Lesley

Mohammed and friend

Walton and Anna

society Latest society photos at General Manager Cocktail Party

The General Manager Cocktail Party was held at Mövenpick Hotel on 25th April.

Heinz and Daniel

Gary, Nicola and Tony

Mövenpick staff with management

Nezar and Nick

Daniel, Salman Mahmeed, Heinz and Mohameed Aqeel

Helder, Emily and Michael

Alshaya: Are You Mad About Bath & Body Works

Are You Mad About Bath & Body Works’ event by Alshaya took place at Bahrain City Centre on 22nd April. Tariq, Sharon and Usman

Asma, Sharon and Angelita

Ibn Al Nafees Staff Appreciation Day

Ibn Al Nafees Staff Appreciation day was held at Ibn Al Nafees Hospital on 29th April. Peter Westley and Cathy Yousif

Ahmad, Hussain and Mansour

Hussain, Jaffar, Mohsen, Mohammed, Mohammed and Khalil

Duaa, Zahara and Shima

Hassan and Mohsen

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society Latest society photos at Pingu’s English Bahrain

The opening of Pingu’s English was held at Seef Mall on 29th April.

Alex, Derek and Sahra

Isra, Seda and Redia Shaima and Sarah

Amy and Yna


Debbie and Yara

Raja, Debbie and Mohammed


K Hotel’s “Corporate Cocktail Party”

K Hotel’s “Corporate Cocktail Party” was held on 28th April.

Hussain, Mohammad and Bilal

Yam and Ruth

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Miguel and Tania

Bilal, Gareth and Zena

Abdul and Mike

Performing the night

society Latest society photos at VIVA Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) 2014

VIVA Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) 2014 took place at Bahrain Football Association from the 25th-26th April.

Two of the participating teams

Proud players

The power packed teams of VIVA MUSS 2014

Nissan GT Academy

The selections for Nissan GT Academy was held at Bahrain City Centre on 24th April.

Rohit, Marina and Olga

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society Latest society photos at The Launch of Tiffany & Co. at Moda Mall

Tiffany Founding Ceremony was held at MODA Mall on 4th May.

Laurent Cathala, Mohd Shirazi, Noushed A.Hameed, Abbas Shirazi, Iqbal Dhanse, Ahmed Shirazi

Lecture on Glocal Marketing

A lecture on Global Marketing by Dr. Andy J. Wood was held at Royal University for Women on 16th April. Dr. Andy J. Wood

Participants at the lecture

AJM Kooheji ‘Change to Bridgestone’

AJM Kooheji ‘Change to Bridgestone’ event was held on 4th May.

Dilip, Mahmood and Rohit

Staff at the event

Grand Finale of the Cricket Tournament

Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Inter-Hotel Charity Cricket Tournament grand finale was held on 27th April.

Greg with a friend

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Michael & Daniel and friend

Workshop on Awareness for Six Sigma

Al Safir Hotel & Tower management and team members attended a workshop on awareness on preparation for Six Sigma which was presented by JAFCON and is supported under the Tamkeen scheme.

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Dr. Khalid Jassim Bomtaia with the management and team

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society Latest society photos at Vans Skateboard and BMX Contest

Vand Skateboard and BMX contest took place at Bahrain City Centre on 25th April.

Skateboarders showing their style off!

Meet the new Mini. The New Original

‘Meet the new Mini. The New Original’ held by Euromotors took place at the Royal Golf Club on 5th May.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Majid Alzayani and Paulyates (fans on side)

Medical Treatment and Acupuncture Alaa Zayani, Hussain Mukdab and George Midleton

Hussain and Ali

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society Latest society photos at Student Council Award Ceremony by RCSI

RCSI held their Student Council Award Ceremony at Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 13th May. Omar

Prof. Joe, Sara, Wendy and Prof. Fennel

Fatima, May and Ismael

Safia, Harpeet and Aman

Tala Abu Hijleh and Stephen

Frank McCarthy, Anthony Habib and Tom Hanratty

Omar Yaghi and Maysa Almulla

The Student Council Award Ceremony


Internations was held at 338 Garden Restaurant on 13th May.

Jeny, Juliet and Galina Lavina, Isaac, Youliya, Ibrahim, Dmitry, Rami, Juliet and Natasha Julia and Anja

Spiro, Steven, Sharon, Ann and Hans

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society Latest society photos at Ritz Carlton White Party

The White Party was held at Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 8th May.


Mark, Deniz, Jameel and Basil

Michela and Tatiana

Jeff and Claudia

Lucy and Victoria

Hisham, Dalia and Dana

Kristina, Micha and Maher

Hilton, Hugh, Anna, Naomi and Francoise

Victoria Secret Press Event

Alshaya’s Victoria Secret Press Event was held at Bahrain City Centre on 7th May.

Eunice, Fatima, Marlene, Ahlam, Ivy and Farah Al-Qaderi

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Mourizio and Inolina

Loma and Petty

Marina Breeze Family Apartment Launch

The launch of Marina Breeze Family Apartments took place at InterContinental Regency Bahrain on 4th May.

Faisal Faqeeh

Mariam Al-Aradi and Margeret Kirilova

Fareed Bader and Antony John

Ahmed Rashid, H.E. Dr Mustafa Al-Sayed, Ali Al-Awadhi Weetas and Antony John

Rashid, Bahaa, Sheenu, Girish and Prakash

society Latest society photos at DJ Sarah Lawrence in Meisei

DJ Sarah Lawrence was at Meisei on 9th May.

Craig and Nicola

Inna, Suhaib and Anjenett

DJ Salime, DJ Crow and Dj Westside Rahmah

DJ Sarah Lawrance and Michael

Thanos, Naomi, Verity, Anna and Hush Rahmah

Official opening of Alosra, Juffair

The official opening of Alosra, Juffair was held on 8th May.

Abdul Rahman, Jaffar and A.Buhindi

Gordon Boyle, Amar Aqeel Al-Hassan and Hameed Rahmah

Showcase 101 New Collection Launch

A new art collection was launched at Showcase 101, in Riyadat Mall.

Rasha Khunji, Maryam Shariff, Hala Baqer, Nariman Shukrala and Ameera Abdul Rahman Almoosa

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society Latest society photos at Rialto Restaurant Lobster Fiesta

The Lobster Fiesta at Rialto Restaurant was held at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa on 8th May.

Debbie, Barry and Bradley

Alexanda Novik

Mariott Hotel Staff Party

Mariott Hotel Staff Party took place at Marina Club on 24th March.

Gloria Maury ARC Committee organisers

Apple eating game

Award winners

The All New Infiniti Q50

The all-new Infiniti Q50 was launched at Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa on 12th May.

Cameron Gowing, Fatma Zenagui and Fahad Sultan

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society Latest society photos at Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher

The Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher took place at Alumni Club on 2nd May.


Caroline, Valeen and Elsa

Ministry Of Culture Visible Differences Ministry Of Culture Visible Differences took place at Bahrain National Museum on 7th May.

Rashid Al-Khalifa and Dr Omar Almardi Darren and Anna Haskell-Thomas

Private Party

The housewarming of Hugh Haskell-Thomas and Susie Uba’s new Hamala home. Verity, Naomi and Anna

Dave and Carla

Nick, Josephine and George

Scott and Babette

Matthew, Ammar and Buzzy

Bjorn and Jeffrey

Fabiola, Indira and Ryan John Luke and Bjorn

Hugh, Christine and Susie Amy, Francoise, Susie, Kitty, Matt and Stephanie

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society Latest society photos at The Domain Membership Launch

The Domain, Bahrain invited VIP guests for the launch of ‘The Domain Membership’ on 14th May.

Tom, Rebecca and Patrick

Megan, Marian, Susie, Ingrid, Hugh, Julia, Steven (Hotel Designer). Rafa and Ameera Al Naham

BBK Service Award Ceremony

BBK Award ceremony took place on 28th April.

Service award participants

Ceremony guests

Ravi Shankar’s Visit

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visits Bahrain.

HRH Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a member of the Royal Family

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Greeting VIP guests



In Brief Batelco’s Directory 2014

Batelco is providing the Bahrain Telephone Directories for 2014 at five of their retail shops within the Kingdom. The directories, which are free of cost, can be collected at Batelco’s Shops in the GOSI Centre located on Exhibition Road, Batelco Commercial Centre in Manama, Isa Town, Hamad Town and Arad. Offer while stocks last. In addition to listing thousands of residential telephone numbers, the Directory also includes fax numbers and business’ and government offices’ information. Other useful information includes listings for emergency services, public services and the country codes all over the world. The Batelco Headquarters

A glimpse of the film

Karen Millen’s New Stores

Karen Millen has collaborated with Starworks to cast and create a film to celebrate the launch of their two global flagships on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and 5th Avenue, New York scheduled for Spring 2014. Directed by Mary Nighy, the film is about four young, female, emerging creatives from the US and the UK. Entitled ‘No More Tiaras’ the film is a fun, engaging and affectionate look at the brands evolution into the international accessible luxury fashion house it has become today. The Karen Millen collection has evolved over the past few years to offer a luxurious high-low mix of perfectly cut trend-led pieces and seasonal wardrobe staples including their iconic biker jacket. Every piece in the collection is designed, cut and finished in the brand’s design studio based in Shoreditch, London.

Win with Ahmed Zayani & Sons!

This Ramadan, Ahmed Zayani & Sons has an exciting offer that you don’t want to miss. Buy a Chrysler, JEEP, Dodge or RAM from Ahmed Zayani & Sons and stand a chance to win an SE 2014 charger. Customers who purchase any of these cars or SUVs will be entered in a raffle draw and the winner will receive the much popular charger as a prize. For a test drive or further information call, Tel. +973 1723 8822 or visit the showroom in Zinj

Daniel Kaan

New GM at Mövenpick

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain welcomed their new General Manager, Daniel Kaan. Originally from the Netherlands, Kaan spent the last four years at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam, initially as Director of Food and Beverage and as Hotel Manager since 2012. He has flourished as part of the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ Talent Development programme, an initiative to nurture and develop internal senior talent as general managers.

The 2014 Grand JEEP Cherokee

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business RCSI Bahrain’s New Investment

RCSI Bahrain has announced an approximately BD2,64,000 investment in its sports facilities which will include the construction of a FIFA approved all-weather soccer pitch. The investment will also be used to upgrade the existing sports building on the University campus which already houses a basketball court and gyms.

RCSI Bahrain’s Tom Hanratty (Student Services Manager), Omar Sumarrae (Student Council), Mahwesh Niaz (President, Student Council), Stephen Harrison Mirfield (Chief Operating Officer), Frank McCarthy (Head of Recreation and Services)

Megamart at Al Hayat

An agreement was signed between Etihad Al Khaleej Real Estate, owners and managers of Al Hayat Mall in Southern Manama (New Zinj), and Megamart to open a flagship of their highly successful supermarkets at the mall. Al Hayat opened its doors in 2013 to family-friendly brands such as Costa Coffee, Nasser Pharmacy, Max Fashion, and Pirate Land Children’s Amusement Park along with a large food court with staple brands such as Dairy Queen and Papa John Pizza on its roster.

Signing the deal for the new Megamart branch

Porsche Centre-BBK Partnership

Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers WLL and Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) announced a strategic partnership agreement, featuring competitive financing offers, exclusive after sales services and extended warranty packages. The long-term partnership will see further joint initiatives in coming years. There are special offers on selected Panamera models, including the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The limited offer on the Panamera, Panamera S and Panamera S E-Hybrid includes a special 1.49 percent interest rate, a one year warranty extension and a three year service package. Mohamed Malik, General Manager for Retail Banking at BBK and Morgan Sunderland, Brand Manager at Porsche Centre Bahrain

Zain Bahrain’s Accolade

Zain Bahrain won the ‘Best Application for Smart Devices Award’ at the seventh edition of the e-Government Excellence Award 2014 held at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel and Spa. An innovative application for smart phones and tablet users, the app aims to transform customer experience through self-service. Launched last year, it is a first-of-its-kind in the Kingdom and allows users to access account information, subscribe to new services and access a range of value-added and self-help services.

Mohammed Zainalabdeen, General Manager, Zain Bahrain receiving the award from Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

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CAR NEWS Nissan Altima

Bahrain’s most popular salon leads the segment by 33 per cent. Sales figures for the Nissan Altima continue to soar in Bahrain. Leaving the competition far behind, Nissan’s flagship salon now commands 33.3 per cent of the highly competitive automobile market in the Kingdom and the model is the top-seller in the mid-sized luxury salon segment. The Altima comes in three 2.5-litre engine equipped models -2.5S, 2.5SV and 2.5SL along with two 3.5-litre V6 models – 3.5SV and 3.5SL. A host of advanced features are available including the nextgeneration Xtronic CVT, Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Advanced DriveAssist Display and Paddle Shifters. The Remote Engine Start System lets you cool your Altima from up to 60 metres away. The salon’s multimedia package includes Bose Sound System with 9 speakers, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, ipod/USB connectivity and a Navigation System with 7-inch colour screen. A variety of standard safety features are also available including an advanced air-bag system, Vehicle Dynamic Control, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert. Prices start from BD 7,995. For more information call, Tel. +973 1773 2732 or visit the Nissan showroom in Sitra

The All-new Infiniti Q50 YK Almoayyed & Sons, the exclusive dealer of Infiniti launched the world’s first Infiniti Q50, in Bahrain. Priced at BD16,995, the Infiniti Q50 2014 is stylishly designed and has great features. Highlights: • Direct Adaptive Steering technology for enhanced steering feel and personalised selection of steering effort and gear ratio as well as Active Lane Control • 326 horsepower, 3.7-litre aluminium-alloy V6 engine • Infiniti InTouch with world’s first dual touch-screen displays (LCD/ VGA 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower colour displays) and smart phone connectivity • Predictive Forward Collision Warning system alerts the driver to risks that lie beyond their field of view For a test drive visit the Infiniti showroom in Sitra or call, Tel. +973 1773 2732

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The New Korando 2014 Offering a great urban driving experience, the Korando 2014 is designed for outdoor adventure. The new and stylish features like the projector headlamps and of course the overall exteriors make the SUV a trendsetter. The spacious interior offers maximum driving comfort in addition to being fitted with a natural and subtle, non-glossy wood grain which creates a classy atmosphere that is rarely found in other vehicles in its class. The powertrain has been optimised to improve efficiency. The new model is powered by a 2.0L, 149HP engine, and 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters which can tow loads of up to 2,000kg, the highest in its class. The SUV comes in two trim levels offering consumers a choice and is equipped with a 6-speaker audio system (MP3/CD players, Bluetooth, iPod/Iphone connector), steering wheel-mounted controls and a 1312L storage. The latest safety systems include, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Dual Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Anti-theft system. For your test drive call, +973 1762 1162 or visit the Motorcity SsangYong showroom in Sanad

The EK Kanoo team with the Avanza 2015

The All-new Toyota Avanza Following the success story of the Avanza in the world, as a practical 7-seat car that reaches new heights in terms of its elegant shape, quality, performance and excellent fuel economy, EK Kanoo is introducing the 2015 model in Bahrain, a comfortable, dynamic and efficient driving experience. The Avanza is equipped with a 1.5L VVT-i engine that offers 102HP, and a 4-speed automatic transmission that provides a very comfortable and smooth drive. Incorporating the V-shaped aerodynamic design, the IMV has a sturdy and stylish overall exterior design combined with a plush, spacious interior. The vehicle seating capacity makes room for up to seven passengers due to its wider cabin. Passengers can enjoy a world class 6-speaker audio system with, MP3, AUX and iPod connectivity. The interior design is fitted with many storage facilities for added convenience. This model is outfitted with many safety features including, air bags for the driver and passenger, an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA). For your test drive call, Tel. +973 1773 0730 or visit the showroom in Sitra 106 | Bahrain Confidential | June 2014


The KIA Cerato Koup

The All-new KIA Cerato Koup “The Koup 2014 has benefitted from an extensive programme of localised riding and handling to provide owners with the driving experience they need for GCC’s challenging road conditions.” AA Bin Hindi, KIA’s exclusive distributor in Bahrain, launched the KIA Cerato Koup. The third generation model of the Koup has a striking design and has won admirers across the globe! The Koup’s fully loaded version pumps 161 HP, is the most affordable sports car in the market today and is priced at BD 115 per month (Credit Terms apply). “Since the Koup’ s first generation launch the car has been praised as having the look of a genuine sports coupe,” said Mohammed bin Hindi, KIA Motor Sales GM, Bin Hindi Group. “It brings a new sense of excitement and freshness to a brand already known for its award-winning design, best-practice engineering and safety and leading-edge customer service and benefits.” An enhancement to the existing award winning designed Koup, the latest version has a distinctive exterior. It incorporates improved engineering first developed for the Cerato salon, with an all-new body shell structure, better quality, and upgraded equipment with a host of additional convenience and safety features. The interior is spacious and comfortable for both the driver and passengers. An upgraded powertrain line-up delivers outstanding performance and competitive fuel economy. As with the new Cerato salon and hatch, the new Koup boasts a full suite of safety features, both active and passive. Side airbags are standard as is Flex Steering. The zero to 100Kmph in 9.3 seconds is exhilarating! Features like driver seat ventilation (Hot/Cold), Steptronic Gear, Paddle Shifters, Cruise Control, leather seats with power adjust, Front & Rear Parking Assist with Camera, Touch Screen Audio and more are all part of the fantastic driving experience! The Koup 2014 has benefitted from an extensive programme of localised riding and handling to provide owners with the driving experience they need for GCC’s challenging road conditions. Koup buyers will also enjoy the customer ownership benefits of an unlimited kilometre 5-year warranty (unlike most other sports cars which offer lower warranty), and the clarity and convenience of a menu driven servicing programme. For your test drive or further enquiries call, Tel. +973 1740 8800 or email

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The interior

The Mini Hatch 2014

The All-new Mini Hatch “The Cooper is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, with outputs of 136hp. The Cooper S 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit outputs 192 hp reaching 0-100kms in 6.7 seconds.” The MINI Hatch 2014, is now available at EuroMotors and all set to continue the global success story of the first ever premium automobile in the small car segment. The hatch has a new design, new generation engines, improved driving comfort and a vast range of new quality materials and colours. On the inside, the new model offers many new changes including high-end materials offering a combination of leather finish or fabric & leather combined as an alternative to the standard fabric version. One of the most important new features is the instrument panel that has been completely redesigned, with the speedometer now positioned behind the steering wheel. Key insertion is no longer necessary in the cockpit of the new MINI.


Once the MINI Connected App is downloaded, other cool features become

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available including worldwide radio at the touch of a button and access to Facebook, Twitter and RSS news feeds whilst driving. All of which are displayed on an innovative MINI central display which measures 6.5” or an optional 8.8” with LED rings running around the edge offering a totally new way of engagement with the environment and the driver.

Powerful Ride

The MINI, for the first time comes in both three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines with six-speed automatic gearbox and MINI TwinPower Turbo technology in Cooper and Cooper S variants. The Cooper is powered by a 1.5-litre threecylinder engine, with outputs of 136hp. The Cooper S 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit outputs 192 hp reaching 0-100kms in 6.7 seconds. Three driving options, Sport, Mid and Green are available which allow owners to pick from sporty, comfort or economical

driving modes to maximize fuel efficiency and/or enhance MINI’s driving fun. The new Dynamic Damper Control (DDC) option actually lets the driver control the stiffness of the suspension for softer, more fuel-efficient rides or even more aggressive cornering. Cutting-edge active and passive safety measures ensure you can enjoy every corner without worrying about a thing. From super high-strength multiphase steel to intelligent warning and protection systems to increased luggage space – you and your passengers will sit comfortably and stay safe while you experience driving fun. For your test drive call, Tel. +973 1775 0750 or visit the showroom in Sitra




Boxster GTS Nick Cooksey tests the new GTS in Palma de Mallorca.


o here I am in Mallorca – my mission; to try out Porsche’s new Boxster GTS. Have I ever said before how much I love my job? What better way to test the top of the range version of one of the world’s most acclaimed sports convertibles than by driving it during early summer around the beautiful island of Mallorca? Porsche are launching their GTS versions of both the Boxster and Cayman which are essentially the same car; the Boxster being a convertible making the Cayman incrementally lighter so slightly more powerful. Of course there are other differences but they are relatively minor. The Boxster may be recognizable from earlier models, but this is now a completely different and far superior beast to what it once was. It’s incredibly well balanced, super responsive, comfortable, good looking, has near perfect steering, and can leave even a moderately competent driver feeling like a pro. Driving through surprisingly frequent tunnels on the testing route, the crackling note coming out of the black tailpipes was hands down fantastic. The 3.4-litre flat-six motor, designed with a free-flow exhaust, sounds exhilarating. I decided not to play the sound system (which I’m sure

is superb), so as to enjoy these adrenalinerushing sound effects, made even better thanks to Porsche’s Performance Exhaust System (standard with the GTS, an optional extra otherwise). The car can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in around 4.7seconds, and produces 330 bhp which meant that I was able to overtake slower moving traffic on busy winding roads with superb ease.

don’t come cheap - smoked headlamp lenses add nearly $1,000 to the price and seem to me both expensive and pointless. Well, GTS is a fully loaded Porsche and a bit more – it also has different bumpers, black 20” alloys (instead of 19”), an extra 15 horsepower which frankly is hardly noticeable, and of course a GTS badge which will mean more to some people than to others.

“The Boxster may be recognizable from earlier models, but this is now a completely different and far superior beast to what it once was.” So what exactly is a GTS? And what makes it different (and about $10,000 more expensive) than the standard S model? Well, Porsches like every other premium German car brand are sold as base models unlike, for example, Japanese cars which typically come fully loaded. So if you want Suspension Management (which you should – it lowers the car and improves handling), or you require smoked headlamp lenses, then you must buy them as optional extras, and as you probably already know, they

So is the GTS worth the extra money over the S? Personally, if I were considering buying for myself I would want probably two thirds of the extras and so would opt for the standard S model and save myself a bit of money. One last thing –Many people says that the Cayman/Boxster for sheer driving pleasure is currently the best value sports car on the market. I do not disagree!

For your own test drive in Bahrain contact Behbehani Brothers W.L.L on +973 17 45 99 11

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teen contributor

Earthlings:The Real Animals


onnected, unknowingly, to one another; linked as unique life forces that share the only universe we are ever to know, and ever to call home: earth. Yes, we are the earthlings. We are the holders of the footsteps that have treaded along the lands. Expanding, we have even made our mark on the moon. We have relished in the society of our creation and both ruined and renewed parts of our world. But saying, of course we are the only inhabitants on the planet, would be a lie. Animals, as we call them; souls that have been nurtured inside of creatures we do not understand. The way I see it, animals have just as much right to live freely as humans do. 50, 50 – that was the deal, right?

“...eating meat isn’t the issue; it’s how you take that creature’s life away that fills me with disgust.” A deal it might have been years, decades, even centuries ago; but not today. Today, we run chains that encourage the act of taking away one’s life. A mere animal, yes but still a life stolen; killed sometimes due to the brutal torture encountered and then packed away to be put into our foods. Slaughter houses mock the truth. Nobody really knows what happens behind the metal gates? My viewpoint is this: eating meat isn’t the issue; it’s how you take that creature’s life away that fills me with disgust. Not a simple slit in the throat. A full-length blade saw, axing a poor defenseless creature to eternal death. We all die eventually, but I for one would most certainly avoid being hacked away at, like some old piece of wood. And the worst part is that it’s global, not national; daily, not annual. Gas-chambers: a steel box in which both humans and animals have suffered in. Filled with gas, the air becomes thick and impossible to breathe in, and the living creature inside dies within twenty minutes; slowly and painfully. This is mostly used when getting rid of unwanted dogs and cats that “take up too much space”. Hack-saw: used to hack baby seals to death; hammering the helpless animal deep into the snow, burying it into an early icy grave. (Note: usually this is the method of killing, so the animal dies due to many cruel stabs all across its body before completely bleeding out.)

Dilara Nagib By Dilara Nagib

What can you do to help? Simple. • Don’t inflict heartless pain upon an innocent animal. It is not funny or amusing. It is just plain stupid. • Become members on online websites that are 100 per cent against animal cruelty. Join as many as you possibly can and help ensure protection for the next vulnerable victim. • Report cases of animal torture or cruelty. In most countries, it is against the law to purposely hurt an animal and so the people harming the animal will either be jailed for illegal crimes committed or will have to pay a fairly pricey fine.

Dilara Nagib is 13 years old and studies in Bahrain. Currently writing a fan/teen fiction called The Dark Angel, she aspires to be a professional columnist for a reputed magazine in California, someday.

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Taste Life! John Ridley shares a Ramadan recipe.


s the Holy month of Ramadan approaches, many will be planning celebrations and extended family gatherings to share in breaking the fast. In sharing good food and Arabian hospitality, it’s not uncommon, especially towards the end of the month, for hosts to take several days arranging and preparing meals. Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates, water, and yogurt - followed by a large communal meal after Maghreb prayers; but for those of us who need something slightly more substantial at sunset, Fatteh is perfect; made for sharing, it’s soft, nutritious, and easily digested. Fatteh is especially popular as a mid morning snack in the Lebanese Mediterranean city of Tripoli; market traders take turns to mind each other’s stalls whilst others retire to catch up on the news of the morning, drink coffee, and share a bowl of the freshly prepared dish with friends. Cafe owners throughout the old market compete to serve the steady stream of customers with their treasured, closely guarded recipe, handed down through the generations.

John R Ridley

The word “fatteh” means “to crumble” in Arabic; consisting of a base layer of small pieces of stale bread, toasted or fried until crisp, followed by a layer of the main ingredient, usually steamed chickpeas or minced lamb, then topped with yoghurt, hot clarified butter and pine nuts. The blend of textures is delightful, each bite, a combination of the crisp toasted bread, the soft main filling, the velvety yoghurt, and the smooth hot melted butter. It can be served as a breakfast, or as an accompaniment to a larger meal; whenever you serve it, be sure to make plenty, guests always ask for more.


Ingredients (Serves 4)

• Add the crushed garlic to the yogurt, mix well and pour over the chickpeas.

• 250 grams plain yogurt

• Soak chickpeas for 24 hours in cold water with a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice. • Drain, rinse in clean water, then gently simmer in fresh water until soft, then drain. • Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan, and set aside to cool. • Fry the bread in beef or lamb fat until crisp, drain, and sprinkle the bread and half the pine nuts over the bottom of a serving bowl. • Layer the chickpeas over the bread, and sprinkle with cumin and salt.

• 250 grams chickpeas

• Top with melted or caramelised butter and the remaining pine nuts.

• 2 crushed cloves garlic

• Garnish with a sprig of mint.

• 1 teaspoon cumin

• Serve immediately and enjoy.

• 2 large flat breads, torn into cubes. • 20 grams raw pine nuts • 20 grams butter • Beef or lamb fat, or sesame oil, for frying

John Ridley is a Bahrain based journalist, broadcaster, and writer, he is busy preparing his new web site, and can be contacted at

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GASTR Elite Resort & Spa Paelleras Night at Al Noor Tent from 730pm onwards at BD12 per person Thursday Night Grills at Waikiki from 730pm onwards at BD12 per person Friday Family Brunch at the Pool side, at noon for BD12 for adults/BD6 for kids under 11 years Chill Out Saturday at Waikiki from 730pm onwards at BD9 net per person nt

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338 Garden Restaurant

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1731 3333

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel

Open for the first time this Ramadan and different from the rest, 338 Garden Restaurant offers a unique Ghabga experiene, with an indoor garden feel.

Beverage Promotion: Buy 2, get 1 FREE on selected (not during events & functions) Happy Hours daily from 11am to 5pm (not during events & functions) FIFA World Cup LIVE at the poolside: Buy 2, get 1 FREE (on selected) and surprise gifts

Garden Escape 3-course lunch, Saturday to Thursday, 12 to 3pm for BD6++

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1758 3388

NEW! Evening BBQ every Saturday Mandaloun Nights The biggest Arabic themed party every last Wednesday of the month For bookings call, Tel. +973 1771 0338

Bushido Lunchtime daily at BD9.5++. Enjoy set menu. NEW DISHES include Pink Lady Rolls, Crispy Sea Bass with Ponzu-Yuzu Sauce and a Crème Brûlée Trio Friday Brunch every Friday from 12pm to 330pm with unlimited food and drink starting from BD18.5++ (BD24.5++ alcoholic package) Bento Box at lunchtime, daily for BD9 net BUSHRA Enjoy Chef Noor Murad’s delicious Iftar dishes. For the first time, Bushra will also open both Teppanyaki kitchens serving Japanese cuisine. Enjoy FIFA World Cup 2014 at the upstairs lounge. Iftar: until 8pm; BD15++ weekdays, BD17++ weekends (inclusive of all drinks)/ Ghabga: 9pm-1am; BD13++ weekdays, BD15++ weekends (inclusive of Arabic drinks)/ Shisha Loungeuntil 1am; BD7++ regular shisha, BD9++ fresh or special fresh shisha For bookings call, Tel. +973 1758 3555

Elite Grande Hotel Business Lunch – Lunch Buffet Middle Eastern & International specialties & live cooking station. Daily,12.30pm to 3.30pm, BD4.9 ++ inclusive of soft drinks. For bookings call, Tel. +973 1756 5888 The buffet set-up at Trader Vic’s

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Trader Vic’s Ramadan Promotions Details at the moment from Trader Vic’s are still hushhush for this upcoming Ramadan. Though judging by the current designs and whispers about the chef involved, it is likely to be very exciting! For bookings call, Tel +973 1758 6555

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

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InterContinental Regency Bahrain New Cocktail Concoctions! at Downtown every Wednesday from 9 to 12 pm, FREE for ladies New Firestarter Vodka! at Downtown daily Watch the FIFA World Cup LIVE at Elements Pool & Lounge from 12th June to 13th July, daily from 12pm onwards Ramadan Evenings daily at Al Thurraya; Iftar Buffet at BD 14++ and BD 16++ for Ghabqa; Shisha served during Ghabqa. Wine & Cheese Promo at Noor Lounge every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm. Live jazz performances. BD10/15/14 Graduation Cakes Promo at Noor Lounge from BD 80 net for a 5-kg cake Iced Coffee & Tea Promo at Noor Lounge from BD1.9++ Business Lunch at Medzo from Sunday to Thursday at BD7.5++ with a 2-course menu & 1 soft beverage. If your meal is not served in 20 minutes, it is on us! ‘Meat your match’ every Tuesday at Legendz SteakHouse with a 4-course steak dinner with wine pairing at BD 22++ 9-course Steak Brunch every Friday at Legendz SteakHouse from BD 21++ from 11.30am to 3.30pm For bookings call, Tel. +973 1722 7777

All You Can Eat Ribs Enjoy Executive Chef Bengt Carlson’s BBQ Beef Ribs with the signature Le Sauvage BBQ sauce at BD12 every Wednesday and Thursday. Enjoy all you can drink at an extra BD7.5 Dinner with Friends at Le Sauvage and Le Domain [34] on Sunday, Tuesday, Saturday. BD19.9++ per person A Very Grown-up Brunch every Friday on Level 34 from 12pm to 4pm. Prices start at BD 19++ Breakfast at Figs & Olives, daily at BD12++ per person from 6.30 am to 10.00am High Tea Daily on Level 16. BD 8.5++ Deluxe High Tea; BD 15++ from 3.00pm to 6.00pm Enjoy the best Japanese authentic maki rolls with stunning views at BD 14++ from 6pm to 9pm every Monday Ramadan Offers Classic Iftar buffet including selected beverages. Adults BHD 14++, Children (4-11 years) 50 per cent off/ Ghabga from 8pm to 2am; A La Carte Menu with Ramadan dishes/ Sahoor is served in room service

High Tea Promotion at EspressamenteIlly Café from 7am to 11pm at BD3.2++/3.8++ Business Lunch at Golestan daily except Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.45pm at BD12 net per person For bookings call, Tel. +973 1753 3533

nd Hotel & Spa

Ruka at Ramee Gra

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1600 0222

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

All You Can Eat Ribs at The Domain Bahrain

Sheraton Bahrain

Khaymat Al Seef, Ramadan Tent Iftar buffet from sunset until 9pm. Ghabga from 9pm until 2am; BD12 during week days and BD14++ for the weekend; half price for kids from 6 to 12 years and FREE for kids below 5 years; special price applies for groups exceeding 10 people. Buffet at Lemon Tree every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm. Adults BD12++; kids BD6++ Friday Brunch at Lemon Tree from 12.30pm to 4pm. Adults BD15++; kids BD7++ Business Lunch at Ruka BBQ Night at Rialto every Wednesday from 7pm to 11.30pm Lunch & Dinner at Rasoi from 12.00pm to 3.00pm & 6.30pm to 11pm For bookings, call Tel. +973 1711 1999

Steak Specialty Promotion at An Nada Lounge from 1pm to 1am at BD4.9++/9.9++/10.9++ Stir-fried Promotion at Soie Chinese Restaurant from Sunday to Friday, 7pm to 11.30pm at BD4.9++/5.5++ Daily Specialty Lunch at EspressamenteIlly Café from Sunday to Thursday, 7am to 11pm

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

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World Cup Fun and a Ramadan Feast At Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa.


xperience the emotions and action of a magnifique World Cup event in Brazil from the comfort of Sofitel Bahrain’s newly built tent. The hotel is preparing to begin construction for a third year of its outdoor seating area which at the moment is planned as the largest the hotel has prepared to date and one of the largest tents of any of Bahrain’s Luxury Hotels over the past 3 years. A great place to relax and the perfect venue to enjoy this year’s World Cup, the tent will feature many HD flatscreen televisions so that each guest has his dream view of the match right from his table or couch. As in true tradition, the tent will offer a magnifique feel of spending an Arabian Night under the stars with a beautifully decorated ceiling offering a wonderful expression of the night sky while the atmosphere of the tent remains cool, spacious and airy against the summer nights’ humidity. Sofitel Bahrain again excels in the runup to the 2014 World Cup with its unique concept of a tent under the Arabian night sky, decorated and furnished in a truly luxurious fashion with plush couches and eye catching décor and offering an exquisite experience of magnifique French L’Art de Vivre! The Ultimate Ramadan Experience Enjoy the joy and happiness of a magnifique Ramadan with your friends and family under the stars at Sofitel Bahrain’s Ramadan Tent. 116 | Bahrain Confidential | June 2014

Ghabga at Sofitel Bahrain

hospitality Ramadan under the stars at Sofitel Bahrain

“Get the possibility to enter the exclusive Jaguar Ramadan Raffle draw and give yourself a chance to win the exquisite and powerful 2014 JAGUAR XF Luxury.

The tent will be fully supported by Sofitel Bahrain’s team of expert Chefs, preparing a series of magnifique Iftar & Ghabga buffets throughout the month offering a selection of guest’s favourites from past to present along with a number of famous recipes re-created with a modern twist by our Arabic Chefs! In addition to experiencing the magical ambiance of Sofitel Bahrain’s Ramadan tent and traditional Ramadan flavours, guests can also stand a chance to win exciting, luxurious prizes. Get the possibility to enter the exclusive Jaguar Ramadan Raffle draw and give yourself a chance to win the exquisite

and powerful 2014 JAGUAR XF Luxury. Hotel guests and visitors will be granted giveaway prizes courtesy of Kooheji Jewllery including an exclusive diamond set and BD300 gift vouchers. Sofitel Bahrain invites guests from Bahrain and around the GCC to experience a magnifique Ramadan under the stars in Zallaq. Iftar and Ghabga prices are set at BD19++. Guests are advised make reservations in advance. For bookings call, Tel. +973 1763 6363

Iftar goodness at Sofitel Bahrain

Hotel guests and visitors will be granted giveaway prizes courtesy of Kooheji Jewllery including an exclusive diamond set and BD300 gift vouchers.”

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The Diplomat Radisson Blu

Brunch at Baharat Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hot


This Ramadan, enjoy traditional Arabic dishes by Chef Younis. The spread will include a selection of fresh dates, refreshing juices, hot and cold mezzeh, variety of hot dishes including traditional Arabic Ouzi, Thareed, Harees and a delectable array of over thirty Arabic sweets. Special Eid packages featuring a Salsa Night in store! For bookings call, Tel. +973 17399 45208

Cucina Italiana Lunch Deal Order 1 starter, main course & softdrink for BD6 net from Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm Buy 1 Pizza and get 1 Focaccia Pizza FREE! Sunday to Thursday. 12pm to 3pm Lunch Club Collect a stamp for every lunch purchased and receive your 6th lunch FREE! For bookings call, Tel. +973 1700 1317

Bennigan’s Breakfast from 6am to 11am daily Breakfast Club Collect a stamp for every breakfast purchased and receive your 6th breakfast FREE! Lunch Club Collect a stamp for every lunch purchased and receive your 6th lunch FREE! 1kg Steak Challenge Receive a 10 per cent discount voucher, Bennigan’s Steak Knife and T-shirt & get your name of the wall of fame! Daily at BD25 For bookings call, Tel. +973 1781 3750

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Cherry Delights Enjoy cherry creations and variety of teas daily from 9am to 11pm, weekdays and 9am to 12am weekends Trio of Burgers Enjoy variety of burgers at Mezzanine Louge daily from 11am to 1am for BD6.5net White Asparagus Enjoy tasty asparagus dishes at Saveur daily until 23rd June from 7pm to 10.30pm Earth Hour monthly dinner at Saveur Saturday 28th June from 7 to 10.30pm for BD16++ Friday Family Brunch at Baharat from 12.30 to 4pm. BD 19++ inclusive of water and selected soft drinks, BD 28++, inclusive of selected beverages; children 6 to 12 years half price, below 6 eat FREE! Middle Eastern Magic at Baharat daily except Sunday, buffet on Friday from 7pm to 11pm For bookings call, Tel. +973 1717 1155

The Meat Co Meat eater or not, The Meat Co has a menu that will keep you coming back for more. Feast on a variety of delicacies including succulent steaks, juicy burgers, crispy fish and chips, flavourful calamari, healthy tuna, desserts and more! The portions are huge too so make sure you work up that appetite. Delicious food combined with a beautiful ambiance and impeccable service, ensure you get your ultimate fine dining experience.

Mövenpick Enjoy the Ramadan feast at Silk’s restaurant priced at BD 12.5++ per person showcasing a wide selection of Middle Eastern fare and beverages. Flavoured shisha will be available at the poolside terrace. There are a series of surprises and prizes in store. The grand prize is a round trip ticket and 3-nights stay at Mövenpick Hotel Hajer Makka Tower and Madina for 2 lucky winners. Prices range from BD 10++ to 14++ at different venues in the hotel. Sea Food Night every Monday from 7pm onwards at Silk’s terrace for BD18.2++/22.3++ BBQ Table at the poolside terrace daily from 6pm onwards for BD9.9++ Friday Family Brunch at all outlets for BD24 from 12.30pm to 4pm. 50 per cent discount for kids from 6 to 12 years For bookings call, Tel. +973 1746 0000 or e-mail

The Royal Golf Club Gastro Club Member Gastro Club Members receive a range of dining vouchers for use in Links, Prego and Café T, generous dining discounts, Members only access during special times of year and many more benefits. Membership costs BD60 per year. Saturdays at Links For every adult main course ordered, a child aged 12 years and under may order a meal from the kid’s menu free. Noon to 3pm. Saturdays at Prego For every main course or pizza ordered, receive a 40 per cent discount off a second main course or pizza of equal or lesser value. After 6pm. Mondays at Links For every main course ordered, receive a second main course of equal or lesser value free. 6pm to 8pm. Tuesdays at Links Dine in on a main course and receive a 40 per cent discount off your beverage bill. 7pm to 10pm. Wednesdays at Links Dine in on the signature “Steak Stone” and receive a 40 per cent discount off your steak. 7pm to 10pm. For bookings call, Tel. +973 17 750777

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1774 2080

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

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gastro & nightlife

BBQ Nite at The K Hotel

Review by Melissa Nazareth

The K Hotel is always coming up with exciting promotions. Having dined at its restaurants many a time before, I was sure that their BBQ Theme Night was going to be a treat. Before I speak about the food I must mention that the ambiance at all of The K Hotel’s restaurants is great. The barbecue buffet is being served at Klouds Restaurant, a dim-lit, spacious fine dining space, perfect for the family or that special someone. Another thing that stands out here is the impeccable service. As soon I entered the restaurant, the staff welcomed me with a smile and offered me a seat. The aroma of freshly barbecued delights and the sizzle of the chunks of meat and fish at the live counter are persuasive to say the least; a sip or two of water and I was all set to dig in! I started off with the salad bar, a spread of crunchy veggies whipped up together in unique styles; there’s an interesting noodle salad, a potato salad and other meze

options that really work up your appetite. I recommend you tell the chef your barbecue preference in advance so you can jump into the next course without ado. There are a variety of options to choose from at the barbecue counter including fish, king fish and hammour; chicken, drumsticks and fillet; beef tenderloin and sausage; I tried them all. The main course also includes side dishes like roasted veggies, roasted potatoes, corn with peppers and pilaf rice. I was stuffed by the end of my meal, happy nonetheless. I didn’t regret anything I took on my plate and particularly loved the hammour; my host insisted I try it and believe me it’s a practical ten on ten! You can wash down this feast with a variety of wines and other beverages. Try this one, your perfect midweek treat; you’re sure to love it! Priced at BD5++ per head.

Up All Night BBQ Night at The K Hotel


Elite Grande Hotel

After Work Every day from 5 to 8pm. Buy 1, Get 1 Free for selected beverages

Happy Hour daily from 4pm to 8pm at 20 per cent discount on alcoholic beverages at Julio’s/ Room service/ H2O/ Zodiac Lounge

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1758 3555

Elite Resort and Spa Ladies Night daily except Thursday & Karaoke Night every Saturday at Shift 7 For bookings call, Tel. +973 1731 3333

Elite Crystal Hotel

Every Monday Bubbly Night for ladies night from 8pm until 2am, every Wednesday & Friday Karaokee Night from 8pm until 2am and every Saturday Retro Night from 8pm until 2am at Zodiac Lounge Catch of the Day every Saturday at BD10 net and Hot Grill Night Every Thursday at BD10 net, both inclusive of shisha & soft drinks at H2O For bookings call, Tel. +973 1756 5888

Pirates Of The Arabia with DJ NANO on Thursday 19th June at Klub 360. Treasure Hunt, winners to get prizes. Best Fancy Dress costume wins a prize and complimentary beverage!

InterContinental Regency Bahrain

Players Lounge at Klub 360 every Tuesday. R&B and Hip Hop mixed by resident DJ and DJ NANO

• Daily Happy Hour 30 per cent discount on food & beverage! Daily, 4pm-7pm at Downtown • Elements Happy Hour 2 cocktails & 1 snack at BD 10++ from 6pm to 9pm at Elements Pool & Lounge • New Resident DJ, DJ Rafa Ristallo from Italy performs daily 9pm onwards • Sunday Jam Night with the resident band; receive a complimentary drink. Winner receives a special prize! 9pm to 12am at Downtown

Finesse, Ladies night. Sunday & Wednesday.1 lucky prize winner! Membership Card for ladies: 20 per cent discount on bill at Klub 360, LC Lounge & Bora Bora lounge For bookings call, Tel. +973 1736 0360

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

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1736 0000

• Monday Wine Tasting Night at BD 10++ from 6pm to 12am at Elements Pool & Lounge • Tuesday Challenge the Bartender Try 5 different shots created by the bartenders at BD 10++ from 6pm to 12am at Elements Pool & Lounge • Wednesday Ladies Night Ladies receive unlimited selected beverages. 9pm to 12a at Downtown • Russian Night Enjoy the selection of vodka with 50 per cent off. 6pm to 12am at Elements Pool & Lounge, every Wednesday • Thursday “Buy 1 and get 1 free” for all drinks. 6pm to 9pm at Elements Pool & Lounge, • Vodka Night Ladies receive 3 complimentary vodka shots. 9pm-12am at Downtown, every Thursday • Saturday Cosmopolitan Night Ladies receive unlimited selected cosmopolitan cocktails. 9pm-12am at Downtown For bookings call, Tel. +973 1722 7777

Mai-Tai Lounge Wahine Beach Party, Saturday 14th June, 4pm-2am. Circus performers, sculptors & a secret live-DJ set to entertain. Price:BD10Mahiki welcome-drink, Lei & raffle-entry

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nightlife Nightlife at Bushido

The Domain Bahrain TXOKO • Cabin Crew Nights - Sunday & Friday. Present your Cabin Crew ID and receive 50 per cent discount on beverages. • Latin Monday. Enjoy 2 drinks for the price of 1 from 6pm until 8pm. • Domanista! Wednesday. Ladies Night. Receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly from 9pm until 11pm. The resident DJ will be spinning the latest hits all night long. • Saturday Happy Hours. 50 per cent off selected beverages from 6pm to 9pm. IMARI • Cabin Crew Nights - Wednesday & Thursday. Present your Cabin Crew ID and receive 50 per cent discount on beverages. • Saturday - Aphrodisian Saturdays. Free bubbly from 6pm to 11pm and Free flow of Kirin Draughts and red or white grapes including Chef Riichiro San’s favourite Izakaya style dishes at BD23++ or BD17++ including soft drinks. From 5pm to 9pm.

Sheraton Bahrain Social Hour at An Nada Lounge. Compare two 50 ml for BD2.5 net every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm Ladies Night at An Nada Lounge. Ladies can enjoy complimentary unlimited selected beverages every Monday and 3 free drinks every Thursday from 8.00 pm to 1.00 am For bookings call, Tel. +973 1753 3533

The Royal Golf Club

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel FIFA World Cup Cheer for your favourite teams at Bizarre Lounge from 12th to 30th June, 11am to 2am Ladies Night at Bizarre Lounge every Friday night from 9pm to 2am with resident DJ Mysterioo Arif

Happy Hour Receive fantastic discounts off a wide range of selected beverages daily from 5-7pm.

Unwind to the tunes of Bulgarian Ralitsa and Ukrainian Lena, our newest musical duo on piano and vocals, at Mezzanine Lounge and Boudoir daily except Monday’s until Ramadan

338 Garden Restaurant

From Bureau to Bar at Mezzanine and Bizarre Lounge Saturday to Thursday 6 to 8pm. Buy 1 get 1 free on selected beverages

Ladies Only on Tuesday and Wednesday enjoy unlimited selected beverages for BD5++ from 8pm to 12am

CIGAR LOUNGE: Save 20 per cent of your bill daily between 6pm to 9pm.

Happy Hour every day from 4-7pm

For bookings call, Tel. +973 16 000 222/333

Live Music from 8pm • Monday Brendan Lynch with international songs

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• Thursday Jazz music with the Jazz Trio. • Friday NEW BAND: African Tones. Reggae, Jazz and R&B • Saturday Live BBQ with live performance of Highway Haze

For bookings call, Tel. +973 1717 1155

Mövenpick Thursday Night Brunch for BD22++ at Silk’s and Gallery lobby For bookings call, Tel. +973 1746 0000


people Bahrain Confidential


Craig David

Nick Cooksey meets Craig David (13 UK Top 10 hits sold 14 million + albums) during his recent Bahrain visit. On what he wants to do in Bahrain (apart from his event)

I’m happy to be back in Bahrain, I was here in 2003. This time what I really want to do is attend the F1 Grand Prix. I was in KL in Malaysia but because of bad timing I missed the race. Anyway I was told it would be really humid while the Bahrain event is going to be a night race so will be cooler. I’m super excited as this will be my very first F1 Grand Prix.

On his pad in Miami:

It’s a penthouse. I grew up living in a council estate overlooking a car park so I really appreciate being able to live somewhere with an amazing view. I’ve seen some beautiful places around the world, and my home is one of the best.

On his Ferrari:

you don’t start to answer these questions you end up going round in circles.

On why his event is called TS5:

As a kid I always wanted to own a Ferrari – a red one, like I guess many kids do. When I moved to Miami I knew that this was the time to get it.

On being “spiritual”:

I believe in looking after myself so I eat healthy and I train hard. I feel like I’m very much on a spiritual journey. I keep asking what is the real purpose of life? What is it that makes you happy? What are you really doing some of the things you’re doing for and what are you hoping to achieve? For me, if

TS5 is the name of my home, my apartment number, in Miami. Most people don’t know that which is great as it adds a bit of mystery to it. It all started with my having weekly house parties which became really popular locally, then a UK radio station took up with it and it gained an international following with the result that I’ve been invited now to replicate my house parties all over the world. They are basically blending R and B with Hip Hop with me harmonizing over things. Doing private shows is fantastic, but TS5 has been like a diamond in the rough for me as it’s put me on current radio in the UK DJing and allowed me to take things at a different angle rather than just saying “so here’s my new single”

Nick and Craig

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21 March-19 April

You’ll be highly charged for the entire month. Pay attention to your body’s signals and don’t overtax it. The restlessness you are experiencing is hard to endure. Take your time, but don’t fight against changes.


20 April-20 May

The first half of June brings pleasant things and enjoyable moments; celebrate them with those close to your heart. Be flexible. Communication continues to be most important; clear your path of any misunderstandings.


21 May-21 June

During the first third of June it’s about surrender: surrender to life, to love, to everyday routine, to truth. In the second third of the month expect innumerable interesting possibilities and challenges. Yoga, mantra chanting and meditation support you. vera wang


22 June-22 July

Pluto and Uranus put your mind in turmoil but only want to liberate you from stifling shackles. Emotional entanglements that have kept you imprisoned long enough will be swept out of the way.


23 July-21 August

The first three weeks are all about love. For end of June prepare yourself for a formidable cyclone. Muster courage and go right into it. Communication is important; share your experiences with others.

23 October22 November

Now starts a challenging time; you will leave many of your ingrained behaviorial patterns behind. You will experience the reins are taken out of your hands. Uranus will liberate you from your need to control.

Sagittarius 23 November21 December

Jupiter moves into Gemini, and everything becomes easier; you are more open to all sorts of ideas, different views and new contacts. Although now your horizon can expand enormously, you may fall victim to your fantasies.


22August21 September

Your high ideals could make life difficult. Stop fighting with yourself, others and life. In the second half of June you begin to relax gradually with things as they are. Protect yourself and others.

Capricorn 22 December19 January

This month is the beginning of a process that will last for many years. Something within you or in your surroundings is rebelling against the status quo that you have settled with. Be open to change!


22September22 October

You don’t need to act yet, but speak out specifically and directly about what you are really occupied with. In the fourth week there’s a turning point; you will have time to clean up ambiguous conditions.

Ace American fashion designer, Vera Wang celebrates her birthday this month. She is well known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections.

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20 January18 February

The increased energy that has permeated your life since 2013 intensifies. You now get to places you have avoided until now. What helps you is mental flexibility and the willingness to see with the heart.


19 February20 March

Slow down your pace and turn increasingly within. Don’t rely on mutuality and friendly companionship. In the last week of June there is a danger of lethargy – now look for challenges and goals in order to put your insights to the test.



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Baan Saeng Thai Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/6pm to 12am

Blaze Burgers 1774 4773 Adliya, 11am to 12am Brasa de Brazil 1758 2225 Seef Mall, 12pm to 11pm Burger Lounge 3984 2840 Amwaj, 12pm to 12am Burger Wisconsin 1759 4458 Sa’ar, 11am to 12am Chickey’s 1774 4144 Zinj & 2 other locations, 10am to 1am Chilli’s 1758 1221 Seef Mall and many other locations Downtown Bar 1722 7777 InterContinental Regency Bahrain, 4pm to 2am. Elevation Burger 1758 7828 Seef Mall, 12pm to 11pm Fat Burger 1713 1414 Bahrain City Centre & 2 other locations 9am to 1am Franks a Lot 1781 1970 Juffair, 10am to 1am Fuddruckers 1774 2266 Adliya & 4 other locations, 8am to 12am Grub Shack 1713 1363 Al Hamala Hard Rock Café 1729 1569 Exhibition Road, 8am to 1am Jan Burger 1771 2505 Adliya & 5 other locations Johnny Rockets 1756 6565 Al A’ali Complex & 1 other location 8.30am to 1am Melt Restaurant 1749 9900 Shaikh Hamad Avenue, West Riffa & Juffair, a place to sit back and enjoy great burgers, freshly tossed salads, sumptuous sweets, and much more! 11am to 12am

Bali Orchid 1718 0424 Gudaibiya, 12pm to 12am Chin Li 1771 7717 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.30pm Curry Country 1753 7555 Juffair, 11am to 2am David’s Stir Fry 1754 0188 Adliya & 1 other location 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.30pm Honey’s 3923 8507 Souq, Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm/ Friday to Saturday 24 Hours Hot Wok 1717 8083 Bahrain City Centre, 10am to 12am Kontiki Restaurant 1753 1666 Diplomt Radisson Blu Mamy Soup 3919 5343 Exhibition Road, 11am to 11pm Monsoon 1774 9222 Adliya, Saturday to Thursday 12pm to 2.30pm/7pm to 11pm & Friday 7pm to 11pm Nu Asia 1758 7171 Seef, 12pm to 12am Pan Asia 1772 1600 Umm Al Hassam, 11am to 3.30pm/7pm to 11pm Peppers Fusion 1771 7808 Adliya, 11am to 3.30pm/6pm to 12am Pong’s 1753 0800 Exhibition Road Thai Chi 1717 9747 Bahrain City Centre, 12pm to 12am Thai Express 1769 3595 Jawad Dome, Budaiya, 10am to 11.30pm Thailand 1771 7040 Block 338, Adliya, 6.30pm to 11.30pm


Ric’s Kountry Kitchen 1772 5550 Juffair

Brazil 1782 6686 Adliya. Authentic Brazilian Rodizio. All you can eat + beverages BD16.2++, Friday Brunch BD21++

Tony Luke’s 1749 4940 Riffa, 11am to 12am


Tony Roma’s 1787 0070 Zayed Town, 12.30pm to 1am

Al Bindaira Café 1774 4066 Adliya, Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 12.30am and Friday 1pm to 1am Al Bareh Art Café 1771 3535 Adliya, 8.30am to 11pm

A Lounge 1771 0041 Adliya, 11am to 2am


Al Riwaq Café 1771 7441 Adliya, 10am to 9pm Aroma Restaurant & Café 1758 2711 Seef Mall, Open for lunch and dinner Café Ceramique Al A’ali Mall, 9am to 11pm Café Lilou 1771 4440 Adliya & 1 other location Saturday to Thursday 8am to 11pm/ Friday 10am to 11.30pm

The Way of the Warrior For reservations, call Tel. +973 17583555 or email:

Café T 1775 0777 The Royal Golf Club

Skyw@lk Café Marriott Executive Apartments, Juffair 6.30am to 11.30pm

Café Sayah 1722 4000 Delmon International Hotel, Open 24 Hours

Tea Club Amwaj Islands 12pm to 12am

Candles Coffee 1771 4844 Adliya, Sunday to Thursday 9am to 1am/ Friday & Saturday 5pm to 1am

Tea Garden 1711 1999 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, 7am to 11pm

Caramel 1770 7087 Cyprus Gardens, Budaiya, 8.30am to 12am Columbus Café 1717 2324 Bahrain City Centre, 8am to 12am Crepe Café 7711 5566 Budaiya & 1 other location Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 12am/ Thursday to Saturday 8am to 1am Deli France 1769 6031 Jawad Dome, Budaiya Sunday to Thursday 8am to 10pm/ Friday to Saturday 8am to 11pm Dome Café 1781 0180 Juffair, Open 24 Hours Friend’s Club 1771 3732 Adliya, Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 12am/ Thursday to Friday 10am to 1am La Maison du Café 1771 7524 Adliya, 8am to 2am Le Chocolat Seef District 7.30am to 12am Levante Café 1603 0393 Amwaj, 12pm to 1.30am Maya Chocolat Seef Mall, Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 11pm/ Friday to Saturday 10am to 12am Med Café 1771 3088 Adliya and other locations, 11am to 1am Organic Foods & Café 1333 3285 Seef Mall, 9am to 10pm

Veranda 1771 5868 Adliya and 2 other locations, 9am to 1am Waterlemon 1758 1785 Al A’ali Shopping Complex 10am to 11pm

Chinese Beijing Chinese 1771 7969 Block 338, Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/6pm to 12am China Express 1771 7439 Adliya,12.30pm to 1am China Garden 1774 6423 Gulf Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Ching 1756 4424 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am First Chinese 1771 3603 Adliya, 12pm to 3.30pm/6pm to 12am Foli 1772 2199 Um Al Hassam, 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.30pm Hong Kong 1772 8700 Adliya Kowloon 1772 5015 Umm Al Hassam,1am to 3.30pm/6.30pm to 12am Magic Wok 1769 4105 American Alley, Juffair, Open Daily 8am to 11pm PF Changs 1717 9757 Bahrain City Centre

Patisseri Valerie MODA Mall, 7.30am to 9pm

Shanghai Hut 1729 2988 Exhibition Avenue 11.30am to 2am

PAUL Bakery & Restaurant 1717 2321 Bahrain City Centre and 1 other location

Soie 1753 3533 Sheraton Hotel

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

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Fantasy Restaurant 1729 2382 Hoora, 11am to 12am Georgia Chinese 1781 3814 Juffair, 11am to 12am Grand Royal 1772 1787 Umm Al Hassam, 12.30pm to 3.30pm/6.30pm to 1130pm

A Culinary Haven! Located at the Bahrain World Trade Centre. For more information, call Tel. +973 1752 2733

Grill Room Buffet 1769 6660 Budaiya & 1 other location 12.30pm to 3.30pm/6.30pm to 11.30pm Havana 1731 1440 Hoora, 12pm to 1am

Chocolatiers Godiva 1758 0699 Seef Mall, 10am to 10pm Patchi 1725 0501 Manama and 1 other location, 9.30am to 9pm Rawasi Chocola & Flowers Mahooz, 9am to 1.30pm/4pm to 9pm

House Boat 1601 0321 Amwaj, 11am to 11.30pm JJ’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 1774 2323 Adliya, 12pm to 230am Marmaris 1755 3825 Al Daih, 11am to 12am


Paprikas 1729 7100 Hoora & 1 other location, 10am to 1am

Al Osra 1749 1492 East Riffa & 3 other locations, 11am to 12am

Paradise 1753 5306 Manama, 9am to 1am

Atayeb Restaurant 1759 0119 Budaiya, 12pm to 4pm/6pm to 11pm

Salt & Pepper 1762 3535 Sanad, 10am to 12am

Block 338 1771 0338 Adliya, 11am to 2am

Saraya 1763 6410 Sofitel Bahrain, 6.30am to 11pm

Bangkok International 1774 0666 Adliya & 1 other location, 10am to 1am

Silk Restaurant 1774 9750 Adliya, 11am to 12pm

Blue Moon 1729 7100 Hoora, 10am to 1am

Spice Nice 1771 3603 Adliya, 12pm to 3.30pm/6pm to 12am

Bu Ali 1724 2432 Zinj & 2 other locations, 10am to 12am

Sun & Sand 1731 1366 Exhibition Avenue, 11am to 2am

Camelot 1771 7745 Adliya, Block 338 12pm to 12am

Tandoor Hut 1771 3874 Adliya, 11am to 1130pm

Caesars 1771 6955 Adliya, 12.30pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.45pm Century International 1771 0100 Adliya & 1 other location 7am to 2am Charcoal Grill 1721 3410 Manama & 1 other location Clay Oven 1771 7008 Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/ 6.30pm to 11.30pm Citrus Restaurant & Café 1774 4950 Adliya, 12pm to 12am Deja Vu 1365 7770 Adliya, 4pm to 2am

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Asha’s 1717 9751 Bahrain City Centre Bright Candle 1722 9076 Manama, 11am to 3pm/6pm to 12am Charminar 1726 1896 Manama, 11am to 3pm/6pm to 12am Clay Oven 1771 7008 Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.30pm Copper Chimney 1772 8699 Um Al Hassam, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am Curry Tree 1603 0662 The Lagoon & 2 other locations, 12pm to 12am Hyderabad House 1772 0031 Umm Al Hassam, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am

Bahrain Confidential’s Favourite

Nirvana 1758 9318 Ritz Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa 12pm to 3.30pm/7pm to 11.30pm Papadom 1756 4434 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am Rajdhani 1771 5222 Gudaibiya, 7am to 2am Rasoi 1711 1999 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, 6.30pm to 2am Saffron Curry 1722 3014 Enma Mall, 12pm to 12am Sahar 1772 5117 Umm Al Hassam, 8am to 12am Sangeetha 1727 2768 Gudaibiya, 7.30am to 3pm/5.30pm to 11pm

It’s Mirchi 1772 7230 Ramee International Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/ 7pm to 12am

Shamiana 1717 8085 Bahrain City Centre, 10am to 12am

Kalpaka 1729 7000 Windsor Tower Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 2am

Spices 1753 1122 Crowne Plaza, Diplomatic Area, 12pm to 11pm

Khazana 1727 4767 Manama, 7am to 3.30pm/5pm to 12am

Taka Tak 1725 4848 Gudaibiya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Lanterns 1759 0591 Budaiya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am Now also open in Adliya

The Great Kebab Factory 1769 0629 Jawad Dome, Budaiya 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 12am

Mantra 1721 1133 Best Western Plus Olive Hotel, 12pm to 2am

The Yellow Chilli 1758 0480 Seef Mall, 12pm to 10.30pm

Moti Mahal 1782 5333 Juffair, 12pm to 12am

Vrindavan 1723 4454 Manama, 7am to 3.30pm/4.30pm to 11pm

Mumbai Spice Bahrain Mall, 10am to 10pm


Nattinpuram 1729 0600 Ramee Baisan Hotel, 12pm to 12 am

Al Waha Restaurant 1774 6425 Gulf Hotel, Adliya, Open 24 Hours

Dome Café

Tapas Bar 1763 6412 Sofitel Bahrain, 11.30am to 3.30pm/7pm to 12am The Food Station 1725 4007 Marina Mall & 2 other locations, 10am to 10pm Trader Vic’s 1758 6555 Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Spa 12pm to 3.30pm/7.30pm to 11.30am

Indian Aachi’s Chettinand Kitchen 1723 3110 Gudaibiya, 10.30am to 3.30pm/ 5.30pm to 1130pm Akbar 1729 6660 Ramada Palace Hotel 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12.30am

Choose from a range of mouthwatering soups, salads, sandwiches, main course and desserts. Dôme Juffair: +973 1781 0180 Dôme Seef: +973 1758 1824 Dôme Riffa: +973 1700 2221

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



Bahrain Confidential’s Favourite

Rimal 1784 5000 Al Areen Palace & Spa, 6.30am to 11pm

Italiano 1758 1919 Al A’ali Complex, 11.45am to 11pm

Salad Boutique 3666 4427 Adliya, 8am to 12am

La Pergola 1771 3000 Gulf Hotel

Café Marisol 1770 1201 Al Bander Hotel & Resort, 7am to 11.30pm

Selections 1722 7777 InterContinental Regency Hotel 6.30am to 11.30pm

Little Caesars 1717 9400 Bahrain City Centre & 4 other locations 11am to 12am

Cyprus Taverna 1771 6316 Adliya, 11am to 2pm/4pm to 2am

Silk’s 1746 0000 Mövenpick Hotel

DownTown Lounge 1720 8308 InterContinental Regency Hotel, 5pm to 2am

Tamarind 1784 5000 Al Areen Palace & Spa Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm/ 6pm to 11.30pm & Sunday to Tuesday 12pm to 3pm

Margherita Pizza & Pasta 1772 3133 Umm Al Hassam, 12.30pm to 3.30pm/ 5.30pm to 12.30am

Al Wasmeyah Restaurant 1753 5000 Golden Tulip Hotel, Diplomatic Area Open 24 Hours Bambino 1753 3336 Sheza Tower Hotel, 24 Hours

East West Cuisine 1721 0012 Bahrain Financial Harbour, 8am to 5pm Figs & Olives 1600 0000 The Domain Bahrain, 10am to 12am Fusions 1771 3000 Gulf Hotel Ginger Lounge 1737 0037 Majestic Arjaan by Rotana, 6.30am to 11.30pm Healthy Calorie 1736 9399 Juffair, 8am to 12pm Jim’s Restaurant 1771 0654 Adliya, 11am to 3pm/6pm to 12am La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Arts 1771 3000 Ras Ruman, 9am to 10.30pm La Med 1758 0000 The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Le Bistro 1722 7777 InterContinental Regency Hotel

MASSO 1772 1061 The Palace Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11.30pm

The Gallery 1746 0000 Mövenpick Hotel

Medzo 1722 7777 InterContinental Regency Hotel Open for lunch and dinner

Upstairs Downstairs 1771 3093 Adliya, 7am to 11am/12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am

Metro Pizza 1779 4000 Sa’ar, 12pm to 12am

Vins Bistro 1771 7101 Adliya, 10am to 2am

Mia Mia 1756 4414 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am

Yamin Jana Mediterranean Sea Front Lounge 1603 3800 Dragon Hotel & Resort, Amwaj Open 2pm onwards

Mino’s 1774 4777 Adliya, 11am to 12.30am

Zodiac Restaurant 1781 3366 Al Manzil Suites, Juffair, Open 24 hours All day dining offering a wide selection and panoramic views of Juffair from the 15th floor. Zoe 1771 6400 Adliya, Block 338, Saturday to Tuesday, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am & Wednesday to Friday 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 2am Zytoun 1729 8008 Novotel Al Dana Resort 6.30am to 12am

Mondo Restaurant 1753 1666 Diplomat Radisson Blu Ninos 1756 6555 Al A’ali Complex, Seef Pasta Art 1700 1750 Zamil Tower, 8am to 6pm Pastarito 1717 9300 Bahrain City Centre & Durrat Al- Bahrain 11am to 12am

Lemon Tree 1711 1999 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, 6.30am to 11.30am


Pick a Pizza 1772 0929 Umm Al Hassam & 1 other location 12pm to 1am

Links Restaurant 1775 0777 The Royal Golf Club

BICE 1755 3666 MODA Mall, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11.30pm

Pizza Express 1601 0524 The Lagoon Amwaj, 11am to 12am

Little Chef 1759 5950 Budiaya, 12pm to 12am

Café Spasso 1782 2274 New Zinj, Open 830am onwards

Pizza Hut 1771 1113 Manama & 10 other locations, 11am to 1am

Mei N Yu 1601 0160 The Lagoon, 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 12am

Café Italia 1774 4774 Adliya and 1 other location 12pm to 3.30pm/7pm to 11.30pm

Pizza Inn 1781 1666 Juffair & 1 other location, 10am to 12am

Muju Restaurant & Lounge 1603 9800 Open 24 Hours Nando’s 1782 5100 Juffair, 11am to 2am Prego 1775 1263 The Royal Golf Club, 11.30am to 12am Primavera 1758 0000 Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Rendezvous 1758 7708 Seef Mall, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Carino’s Italian Grill 1758 7878 Seef Tower, 11am to 12am Coco’s Café 1771 3710 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Cucina Italiana 1700 1317 Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, 6am to 2am Fiamma 1763 6363 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 12.30pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Gusto Pizzeria 1769 5556 Budaiya,12pm to 11pm

Pizza Bella 1782 7133 Juffair & 1 other location, 11.30am to 11.30pm Pizza Company 1781 1830 Juffair & 1 other location, Open 24 Hours Pomodorino 1700 0121 Adliya, 12pm to 1am Prego 1775 1263 The Royal Golf Club, 11.30am to 12am Primavera 1758 0000 Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

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


A Story of Honour, Elegance and Integrity For reservations, call Tel. +973 1700 7770

Rialto 1711 1999 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, 12pm to 11.30pm Rolandos 7732 2222 Juffair 12pm to 12am Roma 1772 5885 Um Al Hassam, 12pm to 2.30pm/7pm to 11.30pm Vapiano 1749 1391 Bahrain City Centre, 10am to 10pm

Japanese Bushido 1758 3555 Seef, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 2am EDO 1729 0945 Exhibition Avenue, 11,30am to 12am Fuji Sushi Bar 1753 3336 Sheza Tower Hotel,12.30pm to 12am Frangipani 1758 2422 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am Haji Sushi 1772 5638 American Alley, Juffair, 11am to 11pm Imari 1600 0000 The Domain Bahrain, 6pm to 12am Kei 1753 5000 Golden Tulip Hotel, 12.30pm to 3pm/ 7.30pm to 11pm Maki 1752 2733 MODA Mall, 12pm to 12am Meisei 1700 7770 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am Mirai 1771 3113 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Ruka 1711 1999 Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, 12.30pm to 2am Sato 1771 3000 Gulf Hotel Sumo Sushi & Bento 1771 8090 American Alley, Juffair, 12pm to 12am

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Aloha Life! Located at Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa For more information, call Tel. +973 1758 6555

Dalaona Restaurant 1733 0930 Muharraq, 9am to 12am

Takht-e Jamsheed 1774 6431 Gulf Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Fakhruddin 1769 5949 Sa’ar, 11am to 11pm

Wafi Gormet 1779 999 Bahrain City Centre, 9am to 12.30pm

Golestan 1753 3533 Sheraton Hotel Sunday to Friday 12.30pm to 2.30pm/7.30pm to 11.30pm

Yalla Yalla 1782 7999 Al Safir Hotel, 6.30pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Isfahani 1755 0567 Hoora and other locations, 12pm to 12am Kenza 1736 0000 The K Hotel, 7pm to 2am

Sushi 101 1782 2274 New Zinj Saturday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm/6pm onwards & Friday 1pm to 4pm/7pm onwards Yo Sushi 1758 3373 Al A’ali Complex, Seef Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 12am/ Thursday to Friday 12pm to 2am

Middle Eastern Al Abraaj 1759 5656 Budaiya and many other locations, 12pm to 12am Al Arisha 1772 5414 Um Al Hassam, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am Al-Bokhari 1731 1186 Hoora & 2 other locations, 12pm to 2am

Leewan Al Khor 1601 0666 Amwaj, 1pm to 11pm

Zayt Zaytoon 1731 2222 Manama & 2 other locations, 7am to 12am

Leila 1756 6556 Seef, 9am to 12am

Zeitouna 1736 5055 Juffair & 4 other locations, 8am to 12am

Marmaris 1755 5909 Sanabis, 11am to 12am


Mashawi Lebanese Grill 1733 9014 Muharraq, 12pm to 12am Melh Al Zad 1731 1170 Hoora, 12.30pm to 1am

Persian 1781 1511 Adliya, 12.30pm to 3.30pm/7.30pm to 12am

Al Shama 1729 7000 Windsor Tower Hotel, 9pm to 2am

Persian Room 1601 0166 Amwaj Islands Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 12am/ Thursday to Friday 12pm to 1am

Carla’s 1769 7687 Cyprus Gardens, Sehla, 12pm to 12am Chakmagia 1755 8500 Dana Mall, 10am to 10pm

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Legendz Steakhouse 1722 7777 InterContinental Regency Hotel Open for lunch and dinner

L’lle 1784 5000 Al Areen Palace & Spa, 6pm to 11pm

Al Mukhayam Ramada Palace Hotel 8pm to 1am

Café Blanc 1710 0069 Al A’ali Complex, 8am to 12am

Klouds 1736 0000 The K Hotel, 6.30am to 2am

Zahle 1774 6417 Gulf Hotel Monday to Tuesday 7pm to 1am/ Wednesday to Friday 7pm to 2am

Pashawat 1763 6413 Sofitel Bahrain, 7pm to 12am

Baharat 1717 1000 Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre Wednesday to Friday 8pm to 12am

Butcher’s Shop & Grill 1717 2323 Bahrain City Centre, 12pm to 11pm

Laialy Zaman 1729 3097 Fateh Corniche, 11am to 4am

Kosebasi 1717 2322 Bahrain City Centre

Al Hamra 1722 4000 Delmon International Hotel, Open 24 Hours

Badawi 1729 7799 Manama, 10am to 11pm

Brazil 1782 6686 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6pm to 11pm

Le Sauvage Meat + Fire 1600 0000 The Domain Bahrain 6.30am to 3pm/6pm to 12am

Momo 1718 0659 Adliya, 8am to 2am

Abd El Wahab 1713 1111 MODA Mall, 12pm to 12am

Yas-e Isfahani 1758 1151 Seef Mall, 10am to 10pm

Steak Houses

Zahlawiya 1771 0051 Adliya, 7am to 2pm/4pm to 4am

Al Fanar 1753 1666 Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Open Monday to Saturday 9.30pm to 2am

Al Yacout 1729 8008 Novotel Al Dana Resort, 8pm to 2am

Yamin Jana 1600 3380 The Dragon Hotel & Resort, 7am to 2am

Bahrain Confidential’s Favourite

Qasr Al Sultan Grill 1774 4144 Bahrain City Centre & 1 other location 11am to 12am Rayes 1731 2700 Fateh Corniche, 12pm to 1230am Shawarma Express 1772 9922 Juffair & 5 other locations, 7am to 3am Shoo Fee Ma Fee 1731 1280 Adliya, 10am to 12am Tarwe’a 1724 0046 Manama, Open 24 Hours Taza 1778 4997 Tubli, 12.30pm to 12.30am

Casa Mexicana 1771 5521 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6pm to 12am Margarita Mexicana 1774 6462 Gulf Hotel, Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Senor Paco’s 1772 5873 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 12am

Sea Food Asia Sea Food 1722 4466 Mashtan Hotel, 6am to 11pm Far East Sea Food Market 1772 7230 Ramez International Hotel, Juffair Daily, 12.30pm to 11.30pm Fish Market 1770 1201 Al Bander Hotel and Resort, 12.30pm to 11.30pm La Mer 1763 6411 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 7pm to 11pm La Perle 1729 8008 Novotel Al Dana Resort, 7pm to 12am Sea Chef 1729 2911 Hoora, 12pm to 1am

Mezzaluna 1774 2999 Adliya Sunday to Wednesday 7pm to 11pm/ Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 11.30pm Plums 1758 0000 Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa 7pm to 11.30pm Ponderosa Steakhouse 1758 0552 Seef, 11am to 1am Sizzlers Restaurant 1771 6999 Mansoori Mansions Hotel, Open 24 Hours The Meat Co 1774 2080 Block 338 Saturday to Wednesday 12.30pm to 3.30pm/ 7pm to 11.30pm and Thursday to Friday 12.30pm to 12am

Thai Banana Leaf 1774 4171 Adliya, 11am to 11pm Hash House 1771 5094 Adliya, 12pm to 4pm/6pm to 12am Muay Thai Quick Meal Restaurant 7704 0454 Juffair, 12pm to 12am Orchid Thai 1729 6660 Ramada Palace Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 1am Royal Thai Sea Food Restaurant 1771 3000 Gulf Hotel Shada 1772 1155 Zinj, 11.30am to 3.30pm/6.30pm to 12am

Sheza Seafood Market 1753 3336 Sheza Tower Hotel, Diplomatic Area 12.30pm to 12am Waves 1753 1122 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12pm to 4pm/7pm to 12am

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


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. Herbal Massage Center, Riffa 1749 1958 3977 6882 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

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

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

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

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


1775 6770 1775 0777

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

Bahrain Rugby Football Club


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


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


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

Where To Go

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

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

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. 1729 3109

Corniche next to Marina Club One hour marine mammal show.


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 Bahrain Music Institute Kindermusik Bahrain Room to Rock

1783 6116

Adhari Park

Dolphin Park

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

Al Areen Wildlife Park

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 USD1=BD0.377 - in other words a dinar is worth about USD2.65. 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.

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listings Schools American Curriculum

Clubs & Associations

Other Private Schools

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

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

British Curriculum

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

Nurseries and Creches

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

Special Needs

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

Things to know Taxis

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! 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 Avis Rent A Car

Tel. 1753 4100 Tel. 1723 1156 Tel. 1771 3181 Tel. 1756 9191

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

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Lebanon 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

1778 6994 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 British Airways 1758 7777 Turkish Airlines 1751 6100/1731 2233 Air India 1729 6444 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 Qatar Airways 1721 2202 Saudi Airlines 1721 1550

999 1725 3447 1779 0025 1781 2000 1782 8282 1728 8888 1774 1444

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

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

Bahrain Bridge Club Bahrain Bridge Committee

Darts Balouch Club Sri Lanka Club

151 181 191 100 140

Bahrain Chess Federation

1729 2231 1729 7878

1725 2133

Photography Awali Photo Society Bahrain Arts Society

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 3960 7219 3968 7190


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

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


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

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

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