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Contents July 2013 • Issue 127

Poetry 24

Poem: David Hollywood: Until a Darkness

Opinion 56 58


John Ridley: Ramadan Special Rehan Ahmed: Minamata Convention on Mercury Kelly Armatage: The Core of Compassion

Regulars 8 12 16 30 70

Not to be Missed Summer Camps New in Town Technology Society: Out & About

Exclusive Interview 32

Turning Over a New Leaf

Fashion 36 40 46 48

Delfina Delettrez: Saks Fifth Avenue Annada Marchon Garazi Gardner: Pinks & Reds

Beauty, Health & Well Being 50 Beauty Buzz 54 Health Updates 128 Inspiration

Ramadan Special 38 62 112 113

Editor’s Scoop Making a Difference Ramadan Realisations Iftar

Juicy Pickings 26 20 66 109 120

Sheer Lux Art Space: Compelling Creations Travel: A Parisian Holiday Animals Are Beautiful People Musicology


103 Car News 107 Review: JEEP Grand Cherokee


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Essential Listings

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

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

Eng. Rehan Ahmed Faisal Ebrahim Kelly Armatage David Hollywood John Ridley Administration Nikesh Pola PR & Events Smily Andrews Photographer Shareef Panhatt Sales Account Manager Chelsea Copenhaver Zena Williams Business Development Sueallen Menezes Distribution Distribution Executive Mohammed Yousif Muhammed Shareef P Rafnaj Regional Sales-Point Distribution Bahrain: Al Hilal Corporation

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The Holy Month is the most majestic of all months and serves as a season of spiritual renewal and gratitude for the bounties bestowed upon all human beings; families bond more closely, communities strengthen and individuals reaffirm their spiritual roots; it’s a month of charity, good deeds, kindness and good will. Our current issue has all things beautiful, just like the month of Ramadan. Highlighting the spirit of generosity and kindness, are two of our fellow residents in Bahrain. They show us how we can make a difference in our own little way (Page 62) Nothing brings people together like good food and our Gastro section has all the hotspots to experience Arabic hospitality at its best. John Ridley’s article (Page 56) brings out region’s culture of the coming together as a big family and partaking in the festivity. Exchanging gifts is another beautiful tradition of this month. Our Editor’s Scoop offers you some really exciting gifting ideas. By the by, we are completely sold on the gorgeous Annada scarves, and won’t mind being gifted one of those! Some of you beautiful readers got back to us on our Facebook page with their

Ramadan message; we couldn’t include all of them but we tried to feature as many as we could (Page 112) What’s summer without ‘em Summer Camps! The island is brimming with activity this summer as it hosts a variety of summer camps for all ages! Let your kids master the arts, learn a new language, pick up life-skills or even develop a new hobby. J’adore Paris! That’s what you’ll be saying after you check out our travel feature, this month. So if you’re still wondering where you want to holiday then you know the perfect destination! Saving the best for the last, renowned music artist and DJ, Boy George speaks to us in an exclusive interview; music just got better! Signing off we’d say, stay happy, stay beautiful and we wish you a fruitful Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem!

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Fantastic issue for June, you guys! It’s always a pleasure to read the stories that you run. The travel feature on Papua, New Guinea was great; some really breathtaking shots of the place. Honestly my travel list would never have featured that country and I’m sure the other readers would agree too. Most travellers pick clichéd destinations but this one was out-of-the-box. I’d love to visit Papua some day. Noor, Mahooz

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Hello Team! Wish you a Happy Ramadan! This is my first letter to you so I hope you feature it. My friends and I love the fashion spreads that you run every month. Clothes, shoes, bags, perfumes, cosmetics … it’s our fashion guru. Keep up the good work!

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Hello, Chitra. Please send in your contributions to and our editorial team will consider. Keep writing, babe!

Kudos & Accolades! I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to you and your magazine for highlighting Athar, a Bahraini fashion brand so uniquely. I saw the interview coverage; it’s to the point, clear and outstanding in terms of content. I’m happy to see it published in your magazine. Thank you again and my best regards to you and your editorial team. By Athar Fashion

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

Paris Hilton to Marry Her Toy Boy Lover this Year

Hillary Clinton

Paris Hilton is said to be keen on taking her whirlwind romance with toyboy River Viiperi to the next level by getting married. The 32year-old socialite is currently in Cannes with Spanish model River – who recently called Paris his ‘future wife’ – but despite it being early days, she believes the 21-year-old is a keeper and is keen to shepherd him down the aisle as soon as possible.

Justin Bieber

Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter

Identifying herself as a “hair icon,” “glass ceiling cracker” and “pantsuit aficionado” (alongside the more formal “SecState” and “US Senator”), Hillary Clinton, joined Twitter! She may have been a little late on the action, but soon after her @HillaryClinton profile was unlocked and verified on the site she has built up a following in the tens of thousands.

Justin Bieber Books Ticket to Space with Virgin Galactic

As if he isn’t already a big star, now Justin Bieber wants to go to the stars! The 19-year-old crooner and his manager, Scooter Braun, 31, have signed up for an intergalactic adventure with Virgin Galactic, according to Virgin’s billionaire founder, Richard Branson.

Celebrity Tweets Rashida Jones

I really feel like my iPod shuffle understands me today.

Jane Lynch, Wife Lara Embry Decide to Divorce

It’s been almost three years since Gleestar Jane Lynch and psychologist Lara Embry got married. The two, who met at a fundraiser in 2009 in San Francisco, tied the knot on Memorial Day 2010 in Sunderland, Mass. But it’s over now. Lynch, 52, and Embry, 44, are splitting. “Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter,” Lynch said in a statement.

Jimmy Kimmel

My lips are so into Juicy Tubes right now.

Geri Halliwell

People chat in elevators and are over friendly. If u do that in UK - they think Ur weird.

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Lindsay Lohan

Paris Hilton and River Viiperi

Jane Lynch

Lindsay Lohan Has Had an “Epiphany” Claims Her Dad

Several court appearances, arrests and rehab stay down the line, Lindsay Lohan has finally realised that a drastic change in her lifestyle might be in order. Or at least according to her father that’s the case anyway. Michael Lohan has been talking to the press about his daughter, who’s currently in the Betty Ford clinic completing a 90 day “lockdown” stay in the rehabilitation facility as part of a plea deal. According to him, while under observation the troubled star has had somewhat of an “epiphany”. He said, “It’s just enough is enough and I think she realises it. In everyone’s life there comes an epiphany and I guess it’s come upon her in some way, shape or form. It’s time, and I think she knows that.”


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Ramadan Activities at Bahrain City Centre

Bahrain City Centre is committed to making a difference this Ramadan by embracing the charitable spirit and giving back to those less fortunate in the community. For the fourth consecutive year, Bahrain City Centre will host the ‘Make a Difference this Ramadan’ charity campaign. Throughout the Holy Month, shoppers are encouraged to donate gently used clothes, nonperishable foods, books, and eyeglasses at the customer Service desk. All donations will be given to Al Noor Charity Welfare to support various humanitarian causes in the local community. Last year, Bahrain City Centre collected more than 6,000 items for charity. Bahrain City Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development will also host: ‘Lewan Ramadan’. Lewan Ramadan is an activity station that will be set up in the Central Galleria – transforming the area into a heritage village where families can participate in a range of activities including henna painting and traditional games. Bahrain City Centre will also celebrate Gergaoun – a Bahraini custom typically celebrated at the mid-point of Ramadan where children dress up in traditional garments and visit relatives’ houses to collect gifts and treats. The children will go around the mall, accompanied by a traditional band and will hand out small gifts to families in the mall. The mall’s Central

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Galleria and two domes will be adorned with Ramadan decorations for customers to enjoy. For more information contact, Tel. +973 1717 7771. Log into: BahrainCityCentre Twitter: @BahrainCityCtr Instagram: BahrainCityCentre

Till 31st July

Volkswagen Launches Regional Competition to Support New Musical Talent

Volkswagen announces ‘grassroots’ music initiative specifically designed to support and find new musical talent in the Middle East. The regional competition - Your Music. Das Auto. - invites people to develop an original song around a specially commissioned beat. The beat, the Morse code signature for Volkswagen, is available to download from the Volkswagen Facebook page. The lucky winner will receive amazing prizes, including their song being recorded by Rotana, the Arab World’s largest entertainment company, with an accompanying video. Final date for entries is 31st July. For registration and details log onto: or call, Tel. +973 1745 9977.

24th-30th July


A Ramadan Retrospective presents a diverse group of artists from Middle East, Europe and the Subcontinent showcasing a number of unique works, with the accent on the beautiful art form of Calligraphy. The artworks in display include masterpieces by Ahmed Khan, Sadequain, Jamil Naqsh, RM Naeem, Suchi Chidambaram, Asad Faruki, Sunil Das, Samiah Faridi, Astrid De Menzes, Faiza Shaikh, Suhas Roy, Najat Makki, Hussain Fateel, Abdulilah Arab, Daria Blizhenskaya and Mazarine Memon among others famous and legendary artists. A percentage of the art sales will support institutions in need. Venue: HUE- Food Art Lounge, Riffa Palms. Time: Opening 7pm to 12am (open for public from 6pm to 2.30am) Contact: Cecibel G / Tarun, Tel. +973 3954 7154 or email:

1st July-20th Aug Summer Art Classes for Children and Adults by Madhvi Dhanak

Trained in Fine Arts from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Madhvi will conduct classes in mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, sketching etc for children and adults. Time: 4.30pm to 6pm. For more details contact: Madhvi Dhanak on Tel. +973 3958 4936.

18th August Bahrain Summer Festival 2013

The fifth edition of this month-long annual event kicks off on 18th August. One of the country’s most anticipated events, thanks to its spectacular lineup of live shows from renowned local, regional, and international artists and performers and a wide range of activities which focus on multi-cultural family-friendly entertainment. Organised by the Ministry of Culture, the festival aims to promote cultural understanding within Bahrain while at the same time encouraging local and regional tourism in the country and bolstering Bahrain’s proud status as a cultural center in the region The festival’s popular mascots “Nakhool” and “Nakhoola” will be present at “Nakhool City”, a futuristic themed city located at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The festival’s shows will be staged at both the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, and the Cultural Hall near Bahrain National Museum. For details call, Tel. +973 8000 8089.

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7th July till Mid September 25 Years of Arab Creativity Exhibition

Venue: Bahrain National Museum Contact: +973 1729 8777

25 Years of Arab Creativity Exhibition 1st-3rd August Bahrain Shopping Festival

The annual varied retail exhibition held on the last weekend before Eid is back! Visit the exhibition for a wide range of consumer goods at discounted prices, including electronics, home accessories, furniture, fashion and kids’ items. Indulge your senses at Perfume Arabia, an event within the Bahrain Shopping Festival, consisting of a luxury pavilion dedicated solely to perfumes, ouds, and bukhoors.In addition to the retail offers. There will be salon services for both men and women, a vast kids’ area with entertainment, and a food & beverage area for those who wish to rest or have a snack!

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7th June7th September Dubai Starts ThreeMonth “Summer is Dubai” Campaign

Dubai Tourism has unveiled a fun-filled calendar of events for the 16th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises, which runs from 7th June till 7th September. There are amazing events and activities to keep visitors to Dubai enthralled with fun, amusement and edutainment! This year the Dubai summer surprises include mega prizes amounting to DHS5 million in prizes! There will be signature events like Dubai Sports World where leading sports academies, clubs, sports professionals and enthusiasts will congregate and play a variety of games. Kids Fashion Week will have fashion events dedicated to children’s couture including pillow fights at the Dubai Ice Rink. Modhesh World, will include fun learning experiences such as Heritage and Culture World, Art and Crafts Zone and a Boot Camp Challenge, among others, to pure entertainment at the Mothers’ Zone,

Princess Spa, Snow Park, Graffiti Wall and Kids Adventure World. Children’s favourite cartoon characters will come alive at the musicals, like a Smurf show, and Strawberry Shortcake show! Concerts and theatrical shows include- Elvis Forever, Dubai Rock Fest 2013, standup comedy with Michael McIntyre. ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ is the perfect family treat and Whose Line Is It Anyway? Will keep the viewers engaged with on the spot scenes and songs. If in a mood for some Bollywood- get ready for Alka Yagnik and Sukhwinder Singh, two of India’s highly acclaimed singers who will sing some of their super-hit melodies. Another not to be missed event is the standup comedy show by the Hollywood comedians Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Head to the Madinat Theatre where The haunting melodies and pulsating rhythms of African music will help liven up Dubai during DSS 2013 with the famous production Under African Skies or just listen to Imagination Movers, a band that performs music for children, the band sings about healthy eating, good habits, and about conquering the fear of bedtime, the perfect show to take your kids to, as part of their summer treat!

THIS RAMADAN, WE ARE DIFFERENT. At Al Thurayya Tent, your Ramadan experience takes a whole new perspective. The Egyptian Folklore artists are back in Bahrain after their successful world tours. Live and feel the moments of Ramadan in the heart of Manama with daily folklore performances and our authentic local flavors. A special Ramadan deserves a special place. For reservations and more information, please call +973 17 208 308

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Summer Camps JC’s Tennis Academy – Mini Indoor Tennis Camp

Have fun this summer and learn from qualified coaches. Sessions tailored to individual abilities. Early explorers: three to five years. Price: BD30 per week. Mini Tennis: six to ten years. BD60 per week. (Sessions: Thrice a week for two weeks) Venue: Riffa Views International School Contact: Tel. +973 3997 9717

18th July to 22nd August Kids Summer Camp at the Dilmun Club with Kayla

at Magic Planet. A bowling tournament at the Magic Planet Bowling Centre and more! For ages seven to twelve

9th June to 8th July Kool Kids Kamp

Albander Hotel and Resort. Contact: Tel. +973 1770 1201 ext. 330

30th June to 1st August The Young Explorers Summer Camp

At the Budaiya Pre-School. Discover the land of dinosaurs, explore the oceans, investigate the other space … supervised transport for the Saar/Budaiya area. Contact: Tel. +973 1779 1491

Arts and Craft: colouring, painting, mask making, paper mache, clay modelling etc. Sports and Exercise: Dancing, sack races, ten pin bowling, motor skills. Entertainment: movie and children TV shows, singing, story time. Contact: Tel. +973 1769 0926

Starting 30th June Summer Camp at Studio Ceramics

10th July to 7th August Summer Camp for Special Needs Children

Play Bahrain

Cooking, fine motor skills, sensory learning, fun, sports, games, music and many more activities. Contact:

Summer School 2013

Study English at ELSC. The centre offers English courses for both children and adults. Enjoy modern instruction and have fun while learning. Contact: Tel. +973 1778 6449

Bahrain City Centre – Summer Sports Camp

Experience fun sports activities such as Splash Day at Wahooo! Water Park Bahrain. Playtime

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Fun and crazy arts and craft, ceramic painting, clay modeling. Includes 1 hour of Mad Science! Contact: Tel. +973 1759 9026 Summer Camp for ages three to twelve. Imaginative play, active play, art and crafts, group activities, fitness, culture, music and much more. Venue: Seef Mall - Upper level new extension. Log onto: Contact: Tel. +973 1756 4900

30th June to 29th August Kidz World Kindergarten

Storytelling, Monkeynastix, Water play, field trips, music and dance, arts and craft. Contact: Tel. +973 1771 5050

7th to 31st July Learn French this summer Venue: North Sehla Contact:

7th July to 1st August Superweeks Summer School at British School of Bahrain Exciting trips - Wahooo! Ten Pin Bowling, Magic Planet, Science Centre, Chakazoolu, Mad Science, Pay Bahrain and more. Join the fun! Contact: Tel. +973 1761 0826

17th August to 28th August Summer Camp for Gymnastics, Messy Paly, Snack Time, Fruit Fun, Movie Day, Theme Parties

Contact: Tel. +973 1603 0103

Nurture Your Future Fashion Designers at TOFO Design Campus Academics of Fashion, Sketching and Design, Styling, sewing, dress making, knitting, crochet and more. Contact: Tel. +973 1718 0343

30th June to 29th August My Gym

Enhance physical development and a sense of individual success through gymnastics, art, craft, storytime, music and more. Contact: Tel. +973 1756 6566

1st July to 1st September Riffa Play School Summer Camp

Craftwork, drawing, painting, Bollywood dancing, games, cooking, role play etc. BD70 per month. Contact: Tel. +973 3918 8884 Information courtesy: Mums In Bahrain Log on to: for more details.



At The Royal Golf Club

Ramadan PowerPlay Series Boggi Menswear is the official sponsor for the Ramadan PowerPlay Series this year. The unique PowerPlay format features two flags on every green with the white flag considered the easier option while the tougher black flag pin position offers players a chance to gain double stableford points for nett birdies or better. Each competitor must attempt at least three black flags during the 9 hole round. Open to all. When: Competitions will tee off at 7pm every Tuesday evening starting 9th July Where: The Club’s par 3 Wee Monty course

2 for 1 Green Fees This Summer!

Take advantage of the Royal Golf Club’s fantastic deal on green fees this summer - book an 18-hole tee time for two players and pay for just one! T&C apply. Book your 2 for 1 tee time by calling, Tel. +973 1775 0777. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook and find out about our last minute green fee deals every weekend – you can sometimes get an 18 hole round on a Friday or Saturday for as little as BD30! Find us on theroyalgolfclub

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July Dining Promotions

Summer Kids Camp

Summer Kids Camp Sign your kids up for a fabulous camp of golf, football, taekwondo, scavenger hunts, swimming and much more at the Royal Country Club this summer. Camps will be held on the weeks beginning 7th July, 21st July, 11th August and 25th August and are suitable for children aged five to twelve years. Activities will start at 8am and finish at 2pm from Sunday to Thursday and the cost is just BD100 per child per week inclusive of a packed lunch on each day.

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

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2 for 1 Green Fees This Summer!

Friday Carvery Feast at Links Lounge & Restaurant Classic roast carvery buffet with all the trimmings plus live cooking stations. Special buffet table for the kids. Crèche available for younger children at only BD3 per child per hour. BD18 net per person (Member’s discount applies). Kids under twelve BD9.5 inclusive of selected soft drinks. When: 5th July from midday to 4pm

July Golf Events

Membership Deal

Sign up for a corporate membership this summer and receive 15 months for the price of 12. Offer lasts for a limited time only. Members enjoy unlimited access to Bahrain’s only grass, championship standard golf courses, discounts in the shop, golf academy and award-winning restaurants, access to gym and country club facilities, preferential rates on meeting and conference facilities and many other exciting benefits, both locally and internationally at other Troon facilities.

British Open Event on 19th July. Aggregate medal format. Two tee start from 7.30am. Open to all. Wee Monty Family Day every Saturday at only BD.15 per adult. Kids play free! Inclusive of green fee and hire clubs. Tee times from 8am to 2pm. Open to all. Ecco Monday Stableford every Monday. 1pm shotgun. Open to all. Monday Madness Night Golf Series every Monday. Different format each week. 6.30pm shotgun. Open to all. Boggi Menswear Night Out. Wee Monty PowerPlay every Tuesday. 7pm shotgun. Open to all.

New In Town L’OCCITANE Launches Sublime Beauty Cream

Fakhro Restaurants Co WLL Director Abdulla Adel Fakhro with McDonald’s Bahrain officials

McDonald’s Launches Share Box

The new BB Cream by L’OCCITANE with extracts of organic iris and angelica, offers every woman the freedom to forget her make-up! This BB Cream does it all … it not only gives the skin a perfect, flawless finish; it also provides effective skincare benefits. The cream with a smooth, light and supple texture enhances the complexion, visibly reduces the appearance of blemishes and makes the skin look plumper. Use it with a few drops of Sublime Essence to create a flawless nude look! The BB Cream, priced at BD16.7, comes in a 40ml tube and also provides a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30. The BB cream will be available in Bahrain from 9th July. Head to the L’OCCITANE store in Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1711 2713.

McDonald’s Bahrain launches the Share Box. With three delicious Share Boxes to choose from, in Chicken, Beef or Bites, families and friends can now enjoy a selection of McDonald’s favourites, all in one box. Chicken lovers can enjoy the Chicken Share Box- two Chicken Big Macs, two Spicy McChickens, nine pieces of McNuggets, two Large Fries and four Regular drinks. Beef fans may opt for the Beef Share Box, which offers two Big Macs, two McRoyales, nine pieces of McNuggets, two Large Fries and four Regular drinks. Looking for a little variety?enjoy the Bites Share Box that packs a punch with eight pieces of McWings, eight pieces of Spicy Chicken Strips, nine pieces of McNuggets, two Large Fries and four Regular drinks!

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Greenisis Opens Third Greenistand

Greenisis, Bahrain’s Wireless Broadband provider opens its third retail outlet at Al Hayat Shopping Centre in Central, Zinj. ‘Greenistand’ is located on the ground floor, in front of the main entrance of the mall. Customers can now avail unlimited Broadband packages – with no download/upload threshold, Fair Usage Policy or throttling – starting from only BD10 per month. A range of devices providing 1Mbps and 2Mbps connections are available, which are the true speeds customers will enjoy 24/7. Log on to for more information.

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Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) waterpark is organising a summer festival themed ‘Waves of Happiness’, under the patronage of HRH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Royal Charity Organisation. LPOD is happy to bring the waves of happiness to the children of the Royal Charity Organisation from 19th June to 6th July. Week 1: Children’s festival including activities like kids’ talent show, drawing competitions, water safety training, kids’ fashion show, facepainting, magic shows, puppet shows, art & craft, kids’ games. Special appearance by LPOD’s very own mascots Delmo & Delma. Week 2: Youth Fest including activities and events like LPOD’s Got Talent, Comic con – anime festival, water volleyball, water basketball, and an art & music fest featuring local talent. Final Week: Family Festival including events like family treasure hunt, fashion show, rangoli festival, cooking competition and a special bazaar highlighting local products crafted in Bahrain. Watch out for LPOD’s popular Spectacular Splash raffle promo. Exciting prizes in store! Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park is in Al Areen, near Al Zallaq, Tel. +973 1784 5100. Visit:

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The Dolder Grand Woos GCC Travelers to the Live at Sunset Festival

For all those headed to the Sunset Music Festival in Zurich where the likes of Bryan Adams, Natalie Cole, Sting and Deep Purple, among others, will be performing nightly from the 10th to the 21st of July 2013. The Dolder Grand (which is situated right next to the music festival venue), is offering guests their signature “Live at Sunset package”. The package includes a 1-night stay, Garden breakfast, a three-course pre-concert dinner including a glass of champagne at the Garden Restaurant, 1 after-concert drink at The Bar and a category 1 concert ticket, as well as a late checkout until 4pm. Prices for the ‘Live at Sunset Package’ range from CHF780 (USD837) for a one-person in a Single Room Superior to CHF1,090 (USD1170) for two-persons in a Double Room Superior. Those wishing to stay longer can enjoy a complimentary fourth night with The Dolder Grand ‘4 for 3 Experience’ offering guests four nights for the cost of 3. The spectacular starting price is CHF2,100.00 (1 person in a Double Room Superior) equivalent to USD2,253.00. For details visit:


MAKE UP FOR EVER launches MY STUDIO, its first virtual reality makeup iPad Application, inviting you to enter the world of professional makeup and enjoy a complete journey within the brand’s colorful universe. Available in both English and Arabic, MY STUDIO is the ideal place to let your creative side run free as it offers you the possibility to play with the products and create numerous looks on a selection of models or yourself. This free application not only offers you the real shades to try out but also allows you to learn different makeup techniques. Step by step on how to download the Application: 1. Click on the App Store icon 2. Search for “MY STUDIO BY MAKE UP FOR EVER” on the search tab 3. Click on the “INSTALL” button 4. Wait for the App to download and then click on it to load

Zain Bahrain Launches SIGNATURE Service

The SIGNATURE service promises its customers excellent telecom bundled services as well as luxury lifestyle perks such as a concierge service, personal assistants and messengers, and complimentary airport VIP lounge access across the world. The SIGNATURE service is tailored to meet the sophisticated needs of VIPs, business owners, corporate executives, and anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. In addition to exclusive telecommunication benefits such as free international minutes, free roaming minutes and free devices, the SIGNATURE service offers a host of exclusive value-added luxury lifestyle services. The innovative Concierge and Messenger Services offer an unlimited range of options, from getting your car serviced to picking up a gift from the mall, that make life easier for busy VIPs and executives. For more details on the SIGNATURE service call, Tel. +973 6666 6107.

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New In Town Bin Hindi Informatics Inaugurates New Samsung Experience Shop at Gosi Complex

Bin Hindi Informatics WLL is the authorised distributor for Samsung Mobiles, laptops, printers, copiers and Enterprise Business Group Partner covering Audio, Video, Home Appliances Large Format Displays (LFD), Central AC, LED Lights, Access Control, CCTV and Digital Imaging systems in Bahrain. The new Samsung Experience shop will allow Bin Hindi to showcase the brand’s core values and allow the customers to experience the latest technologies. The BHI showroom was inaugurated by Samsung Gulf Electronics President YS Kim, AA Bin Hindi Vice Chairman & CEO Ahmed bin Hindi in the presence of Samsung Gulf Electronics officials, members of the press and Bin Hindi management team. Subramaniam, Momen, A Aziz, YS Kim, Ahmed and Santosh

For more details contact: Tel. +973 1729 1156 / +973 1736 5335.

Harley-Davidson Academy of Motorcycling

Has introduces a variety of training courses catered to people who have little or no experience on a bike to the most experienced of riders. Introduction to Harley Davidson: A 4 hour course for people who have never ridden a bike before. Gives you insights into motorcycling, safety requirements and basics. Also ride a Harley-Davison motorcycle in the car park at Bahrain International Circuit. Price: BD100 After test hazard awareness ride: A test for newer drivers. A 2 hour accompanied, basics on the road riding course emphasizing safe riding and handling techniques. Price: BD50 Development course: 4 hours course, 1 hour of theory on advanced riding technique plus 3 hours on the road. Introduction to advanced course requirements also helps identify improved safe riding and handling techniques. Price: BD100 Skill development courses: 4 hours. Designed for experienced riders. Learn -slow and fast maneuvering between cones, extreme leaning and cornering, Quick U-Turn, Perfect figure 8 practice and more! Price: BD100 Advanced courses: This consists of 3 stages, allowing riders to identify skill requirements, learning how to develop skills and starting to move through the advanced program. To book your training contact Imran Ali, Tel. +973 3998 2039.

Play2Learn at Bahrain Science Centre Explores the Educational Value of Toys and Games

Bahrain Science Centre, part of the Ministry of Social Development in Bahrain will host activities and events on the theme “Play2Learn “during the month of July 2013. Playing is the most important thing for children as it is the first part of life during which children learn to play by the rules and learn when it is appropriate to break the rules. Games teach children tactical thinking, mathematical skills, problem solving, social skills, imagining, creativity, how to work in a team, how to cope with winning and losing, and how to tutor others who are not as good as they are. An introductory display on the theme will be arranged. The Biodiversity Gallery will be converted into an ‘Educational Games Gala’ (EGG) with a variety of giant floor games and tabletop games available for visitors to play. Prof Mike Bruton will give an illustrated talk on the educational value of toys and games at the BSC in late July and again in late August. The centre will hold informal workshops with parents on the importance of playing with toys and games. Games, toys and workshops suitable for all these age groups will be available at the centre. For details, call: Tel. +973 1768 6466.

KBMC & RBH Affirm Superior Healthcare Standards with ACHSI Accreditation

RBH Vice Chairman Ali Hassan, KIMS Group Chairman Dr M I Sahadulla, RBH COO Dr Ravi Preet Singh, KBMC Chairman Ahmed Jawahery, ACHSI Executive Director Dr Desmond Yen, KBMC Chief Medical Officer Dr Ravi Srinivasan and KBMC Nursing Incharge Sr Haseena

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KIMS Bahrain Medical Centre (KBMC) and the Royal Bahrain Hospital (RBH), have raised the bar in terms of healthcare quality standards by meeting the requirements of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and securing the accreditation of the ACHSI (Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International). While KBMC has been re-accredited, thereby proving its continued commitment to maintaining very high standards of healthcare delivery, RBH has made its mark as the fastest accredited hospital after launch in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Art Space Clementine Perrins speaks to Bahrain Confidential’s Pooja Rajpal Kasala about her love for photography and creating beautiful images from ordinary objects.

Compelling Creations Tell us about yourself I grew up in the countryside about twenty miles from London. After school I lived in Florence for a year and then moved to London to study History of Art at UCL. When I graduated, I worked at Christies Auction House, Olympia Fine Art and Antiques, London Fashion Week, Sphinx Fine Art and then as the Events Director of the Louise Blouin Foundation before moving to Bahrain” where I live with my husband and my 17 month old son Albert. Did you go to school to study photography? No, I just read the manual for my camera and made a lot of mistakes along the way! How would you describe your style? My style is very simple, using natural light and composition. What are some major themes that you attempt to communicate through your artwork? To capture the beauty of ordinary objects, and transform them into compelling creations. What inspires your creativity? The love of finding new and interesting images to shoot. Do you have a theme in mind when you click the photos? I love the idea of the found object, or ephemeral art, those items that we don’t recognise as art but once taken from their natural surroundings are beautiful in their own right. Light through the arches of the cloisters in Muscat

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Art Space

In the Manama Central Market, the date seller takes shade from the sun

You have travelled extensively? If there was one place you could build you dream house/studio where would that be and why? I am really lucky that I get to travel as my husband is from Australia and I am from the UK, we have been to some great places. However, I would like to live in Italy, probably in the south near Amalfi so I can be near the sea and lemon groves. What aspect of the Middle East do you find the most fascinating, and that which gets reflected in your work time and again? For me the best part of living in the Middle East is being able to go into the Souq, either here in Bahrain, Qatar or Oman, they are such vibrant places and full of interesting objects and people. As a history student, which era has inspired you the most? There are a few art history eras that inspire me. The Renaissance and the use of chiaroscuro by artists like Giovani Baglioni, Seventeenth Century Dutch Genre Paintings and Vameer’s use of clarity in subject and finally Kandinsky’s Early Twentieth Century Russian Painting which adds colour and vibrancy to my work. According to you what makes a good photograph? What do you want the people to feel when looking at your photos? A good photograph is one where the subject arouses the curiosity of the viewer and has enough interest to keep revisiting the image time and again.

Sun setting over the farm in Crookwell, Australia

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Art Space

In the Souq in Doha, these small bird sanctuaries hang from the arcaded roof

Wheelbarrows at the Doha Souq

What type of camera do you shoot with? What editing tools do you use? I use an Olympus EPL-1 and I don’t use any editing software like Photoshop and I am not sure of I ever will. I like the rawness of images and that they are not always perfect. With my camera I like to use the viewing screen and compose my photographs, I also often switch to black and white so that I can see the image in black and white and keep it that way. Some tips for budding photographers? Well, keep taking lots of photos and read your camera manual Log on to to see more of her work. Barbar Mosque taken in the afternoon

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Hollywood a l i t n U Darkness ide, Until a darkness peers ins , A pierce won’t let it be Amongst its looks so hard to find, A glance may set it free,

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This month’s poem identifies that we are all capable of being good, but until we acknowledge it there may lie inside of us a conscience that is hidden and dark and aches, but which we do nothing to expose until we stop resisting the pain.

ere. But when we find out wh Achieve! Its gone before we see. What was so liked and next to me, Really! It wasn’t thought about. Against our other odds we stood, Instead of finding what we could. st, So let us all try hard as mu Because we can discern we should, Attempt what’s needed close to us, od. In order to retain what’s go David Hollywood

To contact the artist, Tel. +973 3920 7624 or email: or 24 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2013

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Technology Samsung’s 3D LED TV

You can enjoy a growing collection of premium apps with Samsung’s 60-inch LED TV. The TV is slim and not very heavy like some others, which helps to handle it with ease. Most owners of this one particularly compliment its picture quality.

Gadgets Galore Gone are the days of the idiot-box … this is the age of the Smart TV!

LG’s LA8600

LG’s 55-inch flagship Smart TV is beautifully designed and ecofriendly. The Magic remote is redesigned to fine-tune content and is so user-friendly. Just hold your smart device against the NFC sticker, on the screen and you can easily transfer or share content. There are so many exciting news apps to choose from, too. Movies got better with LG’s Cinema 3D Smart TVs; enjoy great 3D-viewing comfort.

Sony’s EX330

This 32-inch EX330 offers all-round entertainment and enjoyment. It features a powerful yet thin LED backlight and is hence energy efficient and promises crisp images. There are really good connectivity options too.

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Toshiba 1080P 3D Cloud LED TV

This TV is ultra-slim and offers great image quality and sound. Enjoy a range of cloud TV services; connect, browse and socialise! Streaming movies, television shows and music, connecting with people and managing photos is so easy.



Selling over 100 million singles and an excess of 50 million albums as a performer, songwriter, and a solo artist; maintaining his position as one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs, it does not end there! Boy George is also a columnist, author of two bestselling autobiographies, owner of the fashion label ‘B-Rude’; Gosh! The list just goes on!

Turning Over A New Leaf By Bahrain Confidential’s Jenny Thomas

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“Some people g r away from them ow further se they get older, w lves as h like me become ile others w are meant to be ho they . I feel very comfo Right now my skin. The m rtable in usi making is a refl c I’m e how I feel, whic ction of h positive and foc is super ussed.”

People there are still some fantastic records being made. Disclosure, Lana Del Ray, Rudimental, Florence and The Machine are examples of great music. In the case of dance music, there is a thriving underground scene and good music which will always out live the commercial, vacuum packed radio-friendly stuff. This was his take on how the music industry has evolved over the years and I couldn’t agree more! I asked him what he liked more: being a singer and songwriter or a DJ. He explained, “Performing live and DJ-ing are completely different. As a singer on stage with the band, there’s chemistry between you and the other musicians which feeds with the audience, whereas as a DJ you’re in tune with the dance floor and it’s about creating energy and building the atmosphere. Both give me


nterviewing the DJ in Boy George, I realised that the man who had lost his heart, soul and looks to drugs, got them back, lost them again and got them back again had a whole new happy and optimistic side to him that people are just beginning to notice. Holding on to the best advice he has received, “The greatest danger in life is to not take the adventure”, his name has been a prominent figure at many of the world’s leading festivals including Glastonbury, Homelands, Love Box, and V Festival. George has also hosted the 2010 DJ Mag Top100 Awards Ceremony at Ministry of Sound, performing alongside an amazing lineup that included Deadmau5, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, and former World #1 DJ Armin van Buuren. He has also appeared at the 2011 Brit Awards, Elle Style Awards and MTV Ibiza Party alongside Mark Ronson, whilst headlining the Official Formula 1 after parties in Singapore, Monaco, Dubai, Sao Paulo and New Delhi. I could keep talking about his achievements, but the list is endless! Being one of the most renowned artists of yesteryears and even today, he has carved a niche for himself in the hearts of millions. A large portion of today’s society is only focused on becoming famous. Certain values have been lost in modern society and now everyone growing up wants to be a reality TV star. That being said,

“As a singer on stage with the band there’s chemistry between you and the other musicians which feeds with the audience, whereas a DJ you’re in tune with the dance floor and it’s about creating energy and building the atmosphere.”

the opportunity to experience something different each night I perform/DJ.” Whether it’s touring Asia or South America, the charm of the country, the spirit and the energy of the crowds present is something to experience. Everyone needs to start somewhere. For Boy George, Strafe ‘Set It Off’ was an early record and one of the first rhythms that left a big impression on him. The rawness of its production stood to amaze him. It’s as if he knew my next question when he said, “I would love to do a mashup of the mid-80’s record ‘Hanging on a string’ from R&B group Loose Ends. I love the groove of this record!” That being said, his new release is on my ‘To listen and groove list’- Coming Home. Inspired from his writing sessions of his new album ‘This is What I Do’, this track is about Boy George returning to who he really is as a person. Feeling the spark of his creative energy, it’s amazing to see that under all that glitz, glamour and fame, Boy George is all about family, friends, fashion, music and love

DJ/Producer Marc Vedo and Boy George

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Bring Adam Home …

... an initiative to reunite a boy with his mother.

“Rebecca allegedly lost custody of her son, to Adam’s 80-year old paternal grandmother, even before she entered the court room.”


he story of Adam Jones is one of intense struggle but also one of great strength. It makes us ponder about so many things including the society that we live in, family ties and relationships, law and justice, what is right and what is necessary. Bahrain Confidential makes the journey with a mother who has faced many hardships to bring home what she loves the most; to bring Adam home. Adam Jones became a household name few years ago. For those of you who haven’t heard about him; well Adam is everybody’s baby! On 5th October 2009, he was allegedly kidnapped at the tender age of 10 by his uncle, Fahad Juma Abdullah Al-Mudhaki, a Qatari police officer.

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Adam was on a routine visit to Qatar, from Bahrain to see his sick paternal grandmother and during this time he was allegedly taken and hidden for eight weeks. Adam’s father, a Qatari and mother, Rebecca Jones, a British national divorced shortly after his birth. After this, the boy lived with his mother, sister and stepfather, in Bahrain. Adam lost his father in a bike accident, in 2005. Today, he lives in Qatar. Rebecca allegedly lost custody of her son, to Adam’s 80-year old paternal grandmother, even before she entered the court room. Since then, the mother-son duo has seen very tough times. Rebecca fought for visitation rights but is not allowed to take her son outside. She travels from Bahrain to Qatar twice a week to see her son; in case she misses two visits, her visitation is allegedly cancelled. Rebecca filed a petition to the Royal Family in Qatar, to review the court proceedings and reunite her with Adam. The Avaaz petition will be presented to HH Shaikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned of the State of Qatar, after it gets 10,000 signatures. HH Shaikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned is a pioneer for women’s and children’s rights. Adam is desperate to come home to his family and needs every single vote that he can get towards this petition. He is missed not only by his family but also his friends. Childhood is one of the best times of our

Rebecca and Adam Jones

lives and Adam has lost almost four years of his to a struggle that he doesn’t deserve. Show your support to Adam by signing the Avaaz petition and share it with your family, friends and acquaintances; we need to get the word around and we need to do it soon To sign the petition visit http://www. HOME/?tbkNJab. You can also show your support on Facebook – Bring Adam Home and visit “What lovely messages I have read below which is really very kind of you all. Knowing so many people care about Adam and feel what is happening to us is so wrong just makes me feel better. Just left my darling son, he has more exams tomorrow and I really can’t stand the fact that he has no support. I have shown him all your lovely messages of support and he was really happy. Thank you everyone.” – Rebecca Jones (speaking to the supporters of the Bring Adam Home petition, on Facebook)

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Delfina Delettrez (Rome, 1987) belongs to Fendi family’s fourth generation. From her great grandmother Adele, then directly through her grandmother Anna and her mother Silvia, Delfina inherits her passion for the detail. She decided to dedicate herself to the art of jewellery.

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All the collections were born out of her symbols; the alphabet of her generation and Delfina’s passions, dreams, cultural references, travels and experiences. The collection is available from Saks Fifth Avenue.

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We share with you our favourites for the month. From bags and pouches to crockery and Images ethnic coffee cups d’Orient ... we have it all!


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BD13.5 per gift box

Traditional Arabic coffee cups by Images d’Orient are available in sets of 4, in a tin gift box. You could even buy them loose on a per dozen basis. Visit the store at Seef Mall.


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Globe-Trotter travel luggage at Handcrafted in England, this special edition wheeled carryon case has an iconic design, and is trimmed with exquisite leather and lined in rich burgundy silk.

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Hermès Visionaire Limited Edition Hermès Travel Pouch with Postcards at Filled with 54 silver-edged postcards featuring imagery from the likes of Messrs Bruce Weber, Pedro Almodóvar, David LaChapelle and Raf Simons, this beautiful leather pouch is an ideal gift for a sophisticated globetrotter. This one’s limited edition!


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Bring your family to gather around throughout the Holy month of Ramadan and indulge yourselves at Al Fanar rooftop venue where our delicious traditional Iftar dishes will delight your senses at BD15 net per person.

Extend your night with the Diplomat Radisson Blu Ghabga, served at Kontiki restaurant and terrace overlooking the garden and pool, creating a wonderful Arabian atmosphere accompanied by Set menus, Shisha and dazzling Oud Music.


Add some colour to your Ramadan festivities with these luxurious silk scarves by designers Nada and Noor Alawi. Transforming art into fashion, these scarves carry prints of paintings by popular Middle Eastern artists. Each scarf has a story to tell … which one’s your story!

Annada Elegance is a Way of Life …

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“I dream of a house of peace in each country around the world.” – Abbas Al Mosawi (one of the artists) Annada’s fashion philosophy is about elegance, everyday! No matter what you’re wearing; whether you’re dressed up for the corporate world or a dinner date, scarves are the perfect accessory.

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How can tying a piece of cloth make you stand out in the crowd, you may ask? Annada scarves come packaged in beautiful square boxes where you can also find a guide sharing chic and unique styles of how to tie your scarf. Tie the knot the way you like it!

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“We want to spread the love of art through fashion. It’s wonderful how people fall in love with the stories that our scarves depict.” – Noor Alawi

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Annada scarves have graced the ramps of the Fashion Week in Rome.

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“We dream to walk into any city, in the world and see women wearing Annada scarves.” – Nada Alawi Photography: Ammar Hammad 360 photography Clothes: Saks Fifth Avenue Models: Zahra’a Al-Ansari and Ashwag Abdulla

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Staying with every fashion trend, L’Oreal Professionnel’s revolutionary INOA introduces the nature-perfected Spring/Summer ‘13 collection, INOA Mochas .8s. A new family of beautiful triple-reflect brown results, the novel .8s are three levels of rich, refined tints, namely 5.8 – 6.8 – 7.8.Odorless and Ammonia-free, the distinctive .8s contains INOA’s unique Oil Delivery system or ODS2 technology that provides your hair with optimum respect. Providing customised browns at each level and sophistication that is the characteristic of INOA, the collection provides a balance of reflects to neutralise warmth. The new INOA Mochas .8s shades ensure that you are as trendy as your favourite celebrity!

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A unique and elegant floral fragrance, Aqua Floreale by Valentino has the sparkling freshness of bergamot and is combined with more delicate, feminine notes of neroli, followed by a harmonious blend of mimosa, jasmine, orange blossom, and tuberose. Warm and sensuous accords of amber and patchouli complete the bouquet. The rosy hue of Acqua Floreale colours the curvy lines of the crystal bottle decorated with a delicate white flower embellished with leaves.

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Bareea- The Splendor of Pure Beauty

Bareea from Junaid for Perfumes is the perfect gift for the woman of today. A petal-shaped enclosure and treasured in a sheer white porcelain bottle with a decorative top of delicate flowers, the refreshing Bareea oil possesses a soul of pure innocence and youth for the season. You can feel the mild aura blooms in its top note of white flower followed by floral notes of violet and fragrant rose.

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“Give thanks to Natalia, the great sun priestess, the idol of the luminous and sparkling star, who – adorned in Terra Ora bronzing powder – shines and enchants those who gaze upon her, giving her female admirers the irresistible desire to resemble her” - Olivier Échaudemaison, Creative Director of Guerlain. The Terra Ora Collection is magnificent and elegant. The Terra Ora Bronzing Powder and the precious Météorites Perles primer dresses the skin in a warm, divine, tan tone, giving women the appearance of a modern vestal goddess. Dress the eyes up with Khôl Me Kajal and the lids with a golden copper or beautiful bronze glow. Lingerie de Peau BB protects, evens the skin texture and blurs imperfections. The Shine Automatique reveals the irresistibly light and glossy texture you dream for your lips.

Ck one summer – Limited Edition, captures the vivid rush of diving into the exotic world underneath the sea and exploring the unknown. The bright top notes of zesty citrus and splashing waterfall give an instant freshness. Watermelon and crushed leaves transition into the watery, green aromas of cucumber and water lily as the middle notes. As the scent dries down, caraway seeds add a hint of aromatic sensuality, while clean woody notes of musk and moss have a sexy, skin-like warmth.



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Gary Cooper, International Make-up Artist, Guerlain, shares with Bahrain Confidential a ‘must know’ when wearing makeup.

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Many women today wear a lot of makeup which takes away from their natural beauty. Wear just enough makeup and do not hesitate to flaunt your natural skin tone. Give the world the opportunity to compliment your naturally beautiful skin. Unless otherwise stated, products are available at leading cosmetic outlets.

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Health Do Not Skip Suhoor

Everyone loves to sleep! But it’s best not to get too attached to it because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This meal keeps the hunger pangs at bay throughout the whole day. So do not underestimate its importance. Breakfast helps you kick start your metabolism. Slow digesting food is always the best option, cereal, salad, wholegrain toast, pita bread, or oats. Make sure you have a good intake of fruits or fruit juices in the morning like avocados, grapefruits, bananas, oranges, cherries, etc. Stock up on the vitamins and minerals. If you are not up for eating so early in the morning, then grab all those healthy goodies and whip up a smoothie that you can quickly slurp down!

Health Updates Bahrain Confidential gives you 10 tips to help you fast the healthy way.

There’s No Excuse for Not Exercising

Fasting should not be a reason to skip exercising. Exercise is very important for circulation and also to maintain a healthy activity level. Less stressful exercises can be done. Yoga is a perfect choice. It is one of the best ways of re-establishing your natural balance. It does this by bringing your body, mind and spirit back into harmony.

Two Glasses of Water Right Before Bed

Drinking too little water can cause severe consequences. The best way to drink enough water is to drink throughout the day. It regulates the body’s temperature. A tall glass at the start of each day is a good way to begin. Drinking water at night will keep the skin hydrated and supple. It will help prevent kidney stones, keep a person regular, and keep joints and muscles well-lubricated. Not only that, it also reduces the risk of diseases and infections by flushing away toxins, reducing the risk of heart diseases. You will wake up well-rested and more energised when the body is hydrated at night. Water intake at bedtime can aid in weight loss, help build muscle, burn fat, and keep the body’s temperature in check.

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Catch Up on Sleep

Staying up late and chatting at ghabgas is something that everyone loves to do, but it is important to get enough beauty sleep. If you don’t get the required number of hours, it shows not only on your skin and eyes, but also your body starts acting up. You start feeling nervous, getting bad headaches, disorientation and digestive problems. If you cannot get the right amount of sleep throughout the night, try taking those well deserved power naps to compensate for the lost time at night.

Health Cook the Right Way

The tables are normally filled with delicious but unhealthy options of food. For a healthy life, make sure you prepare your food with love and car. Use the good oils like the cold pressed seed and olive oils. Don’t deep fry all your items, make sure you consume minimum oil. Turn to baking your food, or grilling, roasting them. It tastes just as good or even better and it definitely is a healthier version of cooking.

Colour Your Meals

Make sure your meals are filled the colour. These colourful vegetables and fruits are bursting with nutrients that the body requires. Even though we all would love to eat our favourite meal after fasting, try include a variety of vegetables in your diet to ensure a healthy you! Eat grains, cereals, breads, vegetables, meat, plenty and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Break Your Fast with a Nutritious Soup

Trick Your Stomach

When you don’t eat for the whole day, it is obvious that would gobble your food down as fast as you can. But scoffing down food at that speed causes a lot of stress to your digestive tract. Also, it is much better to eat slower to trick your stomach into thinking you’re eating more. Eating slowly with plenty of chewing helps prevent indigestion, bloating and feeling of stuffiness.

Soups are always filled with nutrients. It’s also real easy to make. They are nourishing for the body and can be easily absorbed. Also, this is a perfect method to make sure that you are taking in as much as water as you can. Make a nutrient rich soup for the whole month. Try a different soup every day for the month. It is the best way to break your fast.

Quit Smoking!

This will be the best time to make a decision that will definitely change your life for the better! Quit smoking. There is no point is following any sort of health regime if you are still killing your body by smoking. It is the perfect time and the best decision to make. We guarantee that you will not regret it!

Slow Down on Sugar

After a day of fasting, anyone would be tempted to grab the sweets that are laid out, or stuff your face with those big bars of chocolates. But, remember that sugar takes away the minerals and vitamins from the body that we hold onto when the intake of food is low. Turn to juicy and healthy fruits, brown bread options instead to help your body.

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Ramadan Kareem

The importance of eating together as a family.


ince the dawn of human history, we have been eating communally. Yet, bringing the generations together to share a home cooked meal and enjoy the company of each other, is increasingly difficult; there are too many distractions. But, we should persist in encouraging the whole family to eat at the dining-table each evening. The shared family meal aids digestion, breaks down barriers to communication, and helps to develop an interest in the food we eat. A quick non-scientific study, which breaks every rule of statistical sampling, suggests that eating alone is directly linked to obesity. People eating alone tend to eat larger quantities and buy more convenience, or shop prepared foods; in eating with others we learn moderation, etiquette, and many other important social expectations. Food sharing, so common in the Middle East, instills a respect for hierarchies of age and gender; although tradition and culture may influence the order in which one is served and the quantity one receives. Sharing was normal in the West too - when meals were presented in serving dishes at the table. Serving and eating at the dining table also influences the boundaries of the collective, or family, meal - who is welcome and who is

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John R Ridley

“During the Holy month of Ramadan, we have the chance to forget all consuming distractions, instead, spend more time with colleagues and loved ones, sharing the food with which we have been blessed.� not. In Middle Eastern culture, all are welcomed to share; in Oman and Yemen, where I lived and worked for several years, anyone walking by at meal times would be encouraged to partake and share. Such hospitality tends to make us, as westerners, uncomfortable; communal eating impinges upon our personal space, and we worry if there is enough food to share. As I grew up, the hardships of the second world war were still in the memory of many; at school, and at home, we were reminded that much of the world was starving; we should take only the food we need and eat everything on our plates. In times of plenty, our meals have become personal, and it’s easy to forget

that 30 percent of all the food we produce is discarded or spoiled. During the Holy month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to forget the all consuming distractions around us; spend more time with loved ones, and take the opportunity to break the fast with colleagues, sharing the food with which we have been blessed. Take a little less, and there will be plenty for everyone. John Ridley, a Bahrain based journalist, writer, and broadcaster, can be contacted at or visit his website,


Minamata Convention On


Rehan Ahmed highlights the ill effects of Mercury.


ommitted international efforts of over four years lead to a significant boost when governments of 147 countries adopted and agreed on 19th January, 2013 to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases from mercury, which is a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental impacts. The treaty was named after the Japanese seaside city of Minamata where serious health problems occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-1950s. The Convention will be open for signature at the Diplomatic Conference to be held in October 2013 in Japan. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty designed to prevent emissions and releases of mercury into the environment. It aims at controls and reductions in a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted and will also cater for safe waste mercury storage. These will range from medical equipment such as thermometers and energy-saving light bulbs to the mining, cement and coal-fired power sectors. The Convention will require governments to devise national plans to reduce the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations. This treaty will not bring immediate reductions of mercury emissions but will phase out mercury in many products. Governments have agreed on a range of mercury containing products whose production, export and import will be banned by 2020. These will include batteries, switches and relays, certain types of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent

lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps, soaps and cosmetics etc. Certain kinds of non-electronic medical devices such as thermometers and blood pressure devices are also included for phase-out by 2020. Governments approved exceptions for some large measuring devices where currently there are no mercury-free alternatives including vaccines where mercury is used as a preservative and dental fillings using mercury amalgam. Mercury is a highly toxic element that enters the environment through both natural and human-linked (anthropogenic) pathways. Natural sources of mercury include the oceans, land, biomass burning and volcanoes. Annual average anthropogenic mercury emissions to air are estimated to be approximately 3000 tons while annual average natural emissions to air are estimated to be around 5000 tons. Mercury and its various compounds have a range of serious health impacts including brain, kidney, digestive and neurological damage. Victims can also suffer memory loss and language impairment. Mercury in the air may settle into water bodies and affect water quality. This airborne mercury can fall to the ground in raindrops, in dust, or simply due to gravity as “air deposition”. After the mercury falls, it can end up in streams, lakes, or estuaries, where it can be transferred to methyl mercury through microbial activity. Methyl mercury accumulates in fish at levels that may harm the fish and the other animals that eat them. The toxicity of mercury is largely dependent on the chemical form and the path of exposure. The most toxic form for dietary intake is methyl mercury. Exposure to methyl mercury affects the immune system, alters genetic and enzyme systems and damages the nervous system.

Eng. Rehan Ahmed, Head of Waste Disposal Unit, Supreme Council for the Environment. Email:

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Eng. Rehan Ahmed

“Annual average anthropogenic mercury emissions to air are estimated to be approximately 3000 tons while annual average natural emissions to air are estimated to be around 5000 tons.” At sufficient levels, continued inhalation exposure to elemental mercury causes tremors, gingivitis, and excitability. Since elemental mercury is difficult to absorb in the digestive system, there is minimal affect from dietary intake. People look forward to swift ratification of the Minamata Convention so that it comes into force at the earliest, opening a new chapter towards a healthier and more sustainable future for all


The Core Of Compassion Kelly Armatage, our resident Healer, Coach, Speaker & Seminar Facilitator discusses how compassion is at the core of a potent and joyous life.

Kelly Armatage


e are all love, we come from love, our natural state is love, we feel at our most powerful when we are being loved and giving love. At the depth of love, is the emotion of compassion; the rawness of feeling empathy for another’s hardship. The profundity of feeling understanding and acceptance for another’s struggle along the path of their life. At the core of us (despite our negative thinking, thus negative emotion) we resonate with compassion. It is who we were as children, before the knocks of life catapulted us into victimhood, resentment and distrust. When we feel compassion for another, it feels almost painful, for in a sense it is, it is when our hearts open up to understand and ultimately connect to the pain of another. Hence why some people disallow themselves to feel empathy, they disconnect from it. For it touches on something within them that is painful, something that still hurts, something that has not yet been healed. If we were to have the courage though, to remove ourselves from the guard of not feeling compassion for others; it is of much benefit for us and the path we are travelling. Feeling compassion for all other beings on the planet, the animals, the people, the scenery, the environment, the universal oneness of everything is a beautifully, centering and powerful emotion. For it is the utter connection to the now. It is the utter connection to life as we know it. It is the utter acceptance for the beauty within others, the good within them, the strengths, the weaknesses, the pain, the suffering, the

“Yet the future can only be powerful and bright, if we are to vibrate compassion at our very core.” anger, the love, the angelic and the sadistic. When we are in a state of compassion for all that surrounds us, life becomes just one big flow down the river. No longer are we swimming upstream reacting to the harshness of reality, no longer are we a victim to that which is bad in our existence, no longer are we a negative, emotional puppet to the curveballs of life. Contrastingly, we are in amazing control, we are connected, we understand that others are coming from their own set of conscious conditioning, which at times is limited, and we love that about that person. As it just shows they are evolving, they are growing. No longer are we upset about how far we have come and how far we have to go, with regards to our material gains and goals to achieve. We have compassion again, for our mind and how it thinks and how we feel and how we behave. We get into a state of gratitude for all that we have and all that we will have in our future. Yet the future can only be powerful and bright, if we are to vibrate compassion at our very core. Not just once a week, but

every second of the day, for it is here that we are tapped into source energy, tapped into true love, tuned into unconditional love for all and everything, no matter how difficult ‘everything’ can be. This is wherein our true empowerment lies. At the core within us all, is our heart; the part of us that flips at the sign of our loved one, the part of us that is pulled when we see a young child in all their vulnerability and beauty. The part of us that yearns for the connection of love with others, the part of us that turns over when we really experience another’s pain. The part of us that appreciates the stunning landscape, wondrous wildlife and physical astrology of our universe. It is the part of us that is the core to our emotional reality. For a guarded heart of judgement hurts, it hurts us and it hurts those around us. An unguarded heart of compassion is at the core of a potent life. It is at the core of a beautiful existence, full of loving relationships and moving experiences. Are you able to reconnect to the compassion within your core and the core of everything around you? Kelly Armatage. Director of Kelly Armatage Inc. CR 78083. Counselling, Coaching, CBT, Corporate/ Personal Workshops, Meditation Tel. +973 1700 2320 Mob: +973 3993 1399 Email:

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Letter From Bahrain

The Life

Giving Water …

John R Ridley

John Ridley highlights the importance of conserving water.


ome 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered in water, 98 per cent of which forms the oceans and seas, a further 1.6 per cent is locked in the frozen ice caps and glaciers, leaving just 0.4 per cent of all water to sustain life on earth. Across the world, water consumption has risen to unsustainable levels; in Bahrain we use about 350 cubic metres of water per person per year, each person in the UAE and Saudi Arabia consumes 800, in the UK 200, Jordan 140, Palestine 100, Israel 500, and the US 1500. NASA’s GRACE satellites recently provided data on the rate of ground water depletion across the Middle East; between 2003 and 2009, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria

lost an amount equivalent to the volume of the Dead Sea. Up to 40 per cent was lost as a result of the drought beginning in 2007; the remainder, lost mainly through over extraction of ground water. In many locations, too much water was pumped, salinity rose beyond safe levels - forcing farmers from the land; this was the beginning of the uprisings we are now witnessing in Syria. Consumed at the current rate, fresh water is not an endlessly renewable resource; within two generations most of the world’s population could see the water on which they depend running out, or becoming so polluted that it can no longer support life. When used inequitably, water scarcity leads to conflict; the Jordan River suffers from over-extraction, severe pollution, and high salinity; only 5-10 per cent of the natural

“In Bahrain and the other Gulf States, we have become dependent upon desalination and drilling for underground water.”

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flow reaches the Dead Sea - with severe environmental and social consequences. Jordanian officials maintain that water “sharing agreements” with Israel, are unfair, and should be reviewed. Jordan faces a demand for water that vastly outstrips supply; a problem compounded by the influx of refugees – first from Palestine, then from the war in Iraq, and now from the Syrian civil war. Of the available fresh water flowing in the River, 60 per cent is taken by Israel; parts of Jordan receive running water just once a week and Palestinians face similar water shortages in the West Bank, whilst Israelis bathe in their swimming pools. In Bahrain and the other Gulf States, we have become dependent upon desalination and drilling for underground water. Desalination is the only viable solution to meet our ever rising demand, but it can have a devastating environmental impact. Once the drinking water has been extracted, a highly saline brine remains; mixed with sea water to reduce the salt concentration, it is pumped back out to sea. Whilst every effort is made to minimise the environmental effects, the discharge has a higher salt concentration than sea water, and has the potential to damage marine ecosystems. Desalination may be essential, but so too is water conservation; we can all make a difference, take shorter showers; repair leaking taps, reduce the use of hoses especially for washing cars and pavements. If enough water is conserved, it may be possible to build one less desalination plant. Do we have another option?

John Ridley is a Bahrain based journalist, broadcaster and writer, he can be contacted at or


Ramadan Special Feature

Making A Difference

Celebrating Ramadan’s spirit of charity and kindness ...

by Melissa Nazareth

Fathiya Albastaki


athiya Albastaki, founder of Bahrain Strays is dedicated to taking care of stray dogs in Bahrain. She is no less than a mother to over 30 strays across the kingdom. “I started few years ago but with just two or three dogs living very close to my house,” she says. “One night, while I was driving back home, from Jidhafs, I saw a pack of dogs crossing the road. It was difficult to ignore them especially one of them who was old, tired, and limping; my mission to feed strays began from that moment (January 2013).” Fathiya shares that there are very few Animal Welfare centres, in Bahrain. These are full for most of the time and so can’t accommodate too many strays which is why she

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makes an effort to take care of them and urges others to do the same. We discuss the abuse that dogs in Bahrain face. Some of the stories Fathiya narrates are baffling. “I once heard of how some young boys punctured a dog’s head with a rod, until they saw its brains spill out of its head,” says Fathiya. “Sometimes dogs are tied around the neck to bikes, bicycles or cars and dragged to death. Also, it’s a common practice in Hamad Town to train dogs to fight; mowing them down with vehicles and cutting off their tails is quite common too.” Fathiya highlights that her initiative encourages both not harming the animal and also taking care of them. “Most of us tend to ignore a wounded dog or one that’s hungry. Feeling sorry is but only the first step; we should try and help by feeding them. Dogs need lots of water especially during the summer. Another way to help is by taking wounded dogs to the vet; in case one’s religious beliefs don’t allow touching the animal, one can always ask for help.” She

mentions about a government clinic, in Janabiya which offers treatment free of cost or for very minuscule rates. Busting a few myths about our canine friends, Fathiya says that dogs don’t run behind vehicles to attack the driver but because they are afraid of the noise that the vehicle makes. She also adds that canines are not naturally disposed to aggressiveness but are trained by humans to fight as a form of ‘entertainment’; dogs develop a fighting instinct because of this and get wounded badly. So what does Fathiya do through her initiative, Bahrain Strays? “I help sick and wounded dogs by taking them to the vet, getting them vaccinated, shifting them to safer areas and feeding them. I also educate others; I’ve given my contact details to workers in a few areas just in case I’m busy and they call me if there are any emergencies. I feed a pack of dogs in Salmabad and they’ve been in this area for over eight years now. This makes

“Feeling sorry is but only the first step; we should try and help by feeding them.”

Ramadan Special Feature it all the more easy for me as there are certain fixed areas that I to go to in order to feed these animals.” We talk about religious inhibitions that people have against certain animals. She shares how a lot of people misunderstand Islam; Islam doesn’t advocate cruelty to animals; in fact it greatly rewards those who are kind to animals. Some countries choose to kill certain animals to keep their population within curbs. In Bahrain too, dogs are shot to death. “I don’t understand what their crime is! Once I found out six puppies were shot at Zinj. There are other ways to regulate the growing numbers like neutering the animal.” Fathiya expresses her appreciation to all those who have helped her through donations for food and medicine. She mentions how the manager of Al Areen Park once agreed to allow a litter of puppies to stay within the premises, just to avoid them being run over by vehicles. “I remember paying more than BD150 for two-week supplies of food,” she says, “but after we created a Facebook page, we’ve started receiving donations. That said, there are many dogs and so more resources are always welcome. Project 616 is another Bahrain based independent volunteering initiative, run by a group of friends and began in February, this year. It is a wonderful platform that offers you a chance to share your skills and knowledge with young, less privileged people. “We came up with the idea during Ramadan, last year,” says Kanwal Tareq Hameed, one of

A music lesson in progress by Project 616

the Project 616 founders. “We felt like there was a lot of goodwill around us, but also that the main outlet for this was donating money towards a cause or charity. We spoke about this with friends and came up with the idea that people could donate their time and skills towards teaching, coaching and sharing a skill or hobby with young people, who don’t necessarily have the means to access these activities themselves.” Kanwal shares that most volunteers at Project 616 are Bahraini or longtime resident/honorary Bahrainis. “Our activities

The Project 616 logo

“We felt like there was a lot of goodwill around us.” are conducted in Arabic though we welcome the inclusion of non-Arabic speakers for future activities.” Why the name project 616? “The name project 616 has a very Bahraini history; before Whatsapp and Facebook, a lot of people in our generation had ‘tag numbers’ which they’d use on bleeps, ICQ or in their email addresses. 616 was the tag number of a person who at a very young age had the qualities we see in our volunteers – a consciousness of community and a sense of concern for those younger than oneself. ‘616’, the person, died at a very young age and when the project was being dreamed up it seemed appropriate that his inspiration remained.” Project 616 offers a wide range of classes. Some of the activities that are currently being taught include English conversation classes, introductory level photography, academic writing, boys’ football, journalism, devised drama, caricature and cartoon drawing, recycleart, and a Springboard programme which focuses on CV writing, interview skills and career-guidance. Other classes that have been held in the past include mixed media arts, yoga, cooking, critical thinking for high

school students, go-karting, art and craft, and music. So what does one do to volunteer? “It’s easy,” says Kanwal, “you just need to be willing to commit yourself to create a structured programme with clear learning targets and run it for up to 6 weeks. You choose the activity you want to run, the timings, the number of participants and their age. Based on the participants’ response, we make the logistical arrangements. After that, all you need to do is show up and do your thing!” Project 616 also works with registered charities, welfare organisations and youth societies. Another way to support Project 616 is through donations.“People we know, their friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues have been supportive by pitching in to cover rents for venues that we rent, transport, food, equipment, materials and other costs of running the activities. The programme also benefited from the generosity of those at the facilities we used including Al Riwaq Art Space, St Christopher’s School, and Malaeb pitches.” Project 616 has really just begun but amid the hitches, almost-disasters, stress, and complications there have been quite a few heart-warming experiences. “Some of our volunteers enjoyed their sessions so much that they wanted to continue with them even after the six-week session,” says Kanwal. Perhaps that’s what selfless service does to us; it changes us, in such a way that we’re never ever the same again!

“Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them.” – Tiger Eyes (2012) Learn more about Bahrain Strays and Project 616 on Facebook and Instagram.

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EMPOWERING YOU Teamworking International* shares top tips for extraordinary performance with Bahrain Confidential.


a personal reflection of you or is it an opportunity to learn? How do you encourage experimentation at work? How are you pushing your boundaries?

e couldn’t agree more with Thomas Edison that ‘Genius is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration’; that said it’s important that you not only work hard but also work smart. These interesting tips will help you tap your potential and use it to achieve your personal goals, those of your team and also those of the organisation that you work for. Self-belief Is Key Self-belief is very important to achieve your potential. Like Henry Ford aptly put it, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” Your language creates your reality – ‘Chair’ is a physical object that you sit on, it’s real where as ‘Difficult’ only exists in language and is only as real as you make it! Encourage Feedback Feedback gives you information about current abilities, to learn and improve. Ask yourself, how are you going to give feedback

“Your language creates your reality – ‘Chair’ is a physical object that you sit on, it’s real where as ‘Difficult’ only exists in language and is only as real as you make it!”

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Resilience & Handling Setbacks The circumstance is not what counts; rather it is your attitude towards it. Remember, many circumstances are out of your control but your attitude isn’t! You’re Not Your Brain!

to others and how do you react to feedback from others? Intelligence & Ability Grow Intelligence and ability are not fixed traits; expertise takes 10,000 hours. No matter where you start, you can always change substantially. Ask yourself, how are you growing yourself and your staff? Use the right kind of praise; praise effort and not innate ability. Attitude to Failure A failure can make or break you and it’s up to you to allow it to empower you or embitter you. Ask yourself, is failure

Your brain only generates your thoughts and emotions. The brain’s job is survival, not happiness; that is your job! Ask yourself, how can you get your hands on the steering wheel? *Teamworking International offers management and leadership training and is a market leader in both UK and the Middle East. Having worked with the big boys including BBC, HSBC and Siemens, its emotionally intelligent learning approach offers clients a radical change when return on investment is absolutely crucial. For further information call on Tel. +44 (0) 1590 644 107 or visit:

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A Parisian Holiday Written by Anita Menon & Namit Bhatia


nnual vacation plan; check. Vacation destination; check. Flight booking; check. Hotel booking; check. Tourist attraction online booking (wherever possible); check. Well, the summer is here! The schools are closing down for the long holidays and people are jetting off to cooler climes, to beat the heat in Bahrain. Europe has always been a favorite among tourists during summers with its varied geography coupled with myriad cultures, cuisines and

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not to mention well connected towns and cities. Of all the European countries, France happens to be the most popular. To fulfill a long cherished dream, I took a 5-day trip to see Paris to find out why this city is the most visited one in the world. I had read about it, heard people talk about it and here I was with my baby, hubby and a friend (Namit) to explore and experience the magic of the city. Did I feel the magic? Well, at certain times yes, and many others, not-so-much. But Paris is Paris and it doesn’t really care who judges it. It is what it is – beautiful, glamorous, and not the people or the culture, but the city.

Surreal Sight-seeing My trip was an adventure from day one. Every city in this world has its own pace and with Paris, I discovered, it could be as fast-paced as you wanted it to be whilst also offering the luxury to stop and admire the blooming tulips and the ubiquitous Eiffel tower from anywhere in Paris. I spent a large part of my 5-day trip to Paris visiting popular tourist destinations such as the Louvre Museum/Musée du Louvre. At the very centre of Paris, this former medieval fortress which later became a palace of the Kings of France, now houses unique collections of antiquity, western and Islamic art. Among its most noteworthy exhibits is the enigmatic Mona Lisa. Right outside the museum is the spectacular Tuileries Garde – Jardin du Tuileries. To explore this garden which links the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, stand with your back to the Pyramide du Louvre. Before you, stretches a green maze dotted with statues by Aristide Maillol. A little further away is an oval lake, which is surrounded by children sailing their little boats, that are available on rent. On exiting Jardin du Tuileries from the Palace de la Concorde end (you can’t miss the Obélisque!), one steps on to the majestic Avenue des Champs Élysées. Flagship outlets of world renowned French and international high fashion, culinary and


“The sight of the Eiffel tower by night is a scene out of any romantic movie based in Paris.” to be in the presence of this magnificent engineering marvel. The sight of the Eiffel Tower by night is a scene out of any romantic movie based in Paris. For a breathtaking view of the city, one should definitely take a lift ride to the top of the tower overlooking the Trocadéro Gardens - Jardins du Trocadéro and the mighty La Seine River. While Paris in itself has plenty to offer for all kinds of tourists, there are several attractions on the outskirts of the metropolis. In Château de Versailles, from one apartment to the other and from the opera to the chapel we discovered architecture and interior decoration that exists only in a dream. The Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) is a wonder in itself; an immensely ornate room dressed with one thousand of the most magnificent mirrors and chandeliers of all time. To enjoy

the luxury of the outdoors, take a walk through the splendid gardens designed by Le Nôtre; fountains, trees, topiaries and sculptures adorn this immense promenade. A word of caution though; a waiting time of 60 to 90 minutes in the long queues of visitors to enter the Chateau can be quite exhausting and may ruin your experience by the time you get inside! At the other end of the city lies the magical Disneyland Paris. A must see if you are with kids or even without them. The story book world created by Walt Disney comes to life in this enchanted kingdom. Mickey and his gang make your visit a special one while the spills and thrills with the Pirates at Adventureland and the Cowboys in Frontierland add to Musée du Louvre the exhilarating fun! Bon Appétit! It would be unthinkable to visit Paris and not savour some of the culinary delights that this city has to offer. Walk a few meters away from the Musée du Louvre in the north-west direction towards Rue Montamarte and you will find the quaint by-lanes dotted with ‘Parisian’ cafes, bistros and brasseries, set against cobbled paths and neatly trimmed hedges, amongst classic French architecture. As a matter of fact, Rue Montamarte and its neighborhood boast of many popular outlets that offer the most exotic culinary ingredients along with the finest kitchen supplies and equipment. Latin Quarter remains one of the best kept secrets of Paris. This bustling district boasts of innumerable eateries with an array of cuisines. From Greek gyros and Turkish kebabs to Mexican Burritos and Indian curries, the place has it all. Once you are done savoring the delicacies, you can venture around the area and visit some of the famous landmarks like

Arc de Triomphe

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luxury brands welcome you on either end and it calls for immense will power to resist the urge of not stepping in to one of them. Not until you gaze upon the spectacular Arc de Triomphe peeking at you from the end of this historic avenue. An interesting fact about Paris is that there is another magnificent structure, Grande Arche de la Défense located in the La Défense business district a few kilometers away but is distinctly visible from the Arc de Triomphe with a clear line of sight. The Grande Arche is a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe, a monument to humanity and humanitarian ideals rather than military victories. The Eiffel Tower is something the whole world travels, to Paris, to see. Every few seconds, you would feel like pinching yourself because it feels surreal

Fontaine SaintMichel at Latin Quarter

the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Fontaine Saint-Michel to admire the French Gothic architecture as well as the gargoyles. The Shakespeare and Company bookstore, made famous in the recent Hollywood movie Julie and Julia is also located in the vicinity. While Paris entices you with all its offerings, it is better to pick and choose as a tourist. Though I went to Paris with the expectation of a relaxed holiday, I became greedy to lap up all the gorgeous sights and experiences. There is way too much to do in Paris and very little time. Correction; very little lifetime!

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News Bites Shop in Australia Charges Customers USD5 ‘Looking Fee’

Celiac Supplies in Brisbane introduced a fee – about GBP3.50 – to discourage people from comparing its prices to those online. The charge is discounted from any goods the would-be window shopper buys in the store. The specialist gluten and wheat free supplier’s owner told reporters that about 60 people a week ask her for advice and then go on to buy elsewhere. She said their behaviour annoyed her as she felt her expertise has value. Now those who drop in and claim they are ‘just looking’ forfeit the fee.

Sea Lion Found Relaxing in Luxury Californian Hotel

A sea lion pup decided life in the ocean wasn’t for her after pitching up inside a luxury Californian hotel. Guests at the Pantai Inn in La Jolla were surprised to find the finned mammal propped up on chair at the patio bar. Hotel employees said the female sea lion waddled its way across a street before deciding on relaxing in the comfort of the cushioned seat. The 27.5lbs creature is now ‘on the mend’ after experts from SeaWorld in San Diego came to her aid at the hotel. She will be monitored for the next six weeks and nursed back to health before being released back into the wild.


News Whether it’s hilarious or bizarre, unusual and strange,

Bahrain Confidential has the news for you! Try Out the ‘World’s Hottest Pizza’ – And if You Fail, You Get a Free Ice Cream

Those who think they are tough enough can order the food item from Paul’s Pizza, where it measures in at an eye watering 3.2 million on the Scoville scale. And if they’re not able to complete it, like 1,300 people that have tried before, they get a free ice cream. ‘I wanted to open a pizza place myself and being a lover of spicy food I thought I would include a challenge on the menu,’ said creator of the fiery lunch and restaurant Paul Brayshaw. The pizza consists of mozzarella, a herb sauce, a normal tomato base and of course, the flaming ghost pepper, which is one of the fieriest in the world.

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The Boss? He’s on His Way Down the Office Slide!

When the boss says things are on a downward spiral, it’s usually a sign to start looking for another job. But at one office his plans are bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. Dominic Monkhouse has decided there’s no standing on ceremony when clients and guests enter the building. Instead, you’re more likely to be greeted by a member of his staff sliding down towards you on a helter skelter … or hot footing it from the tree house in the indoor garden. Monkhouse, Managing Director of web host company, has installed unusual furniture to make the day go with a swing. The features are not simply aimed at injecting some fun into the workplace. Monkhouse hopes the innovations will bring a feel good factor to the Southampton-based business and act as an ice breaker for clients.



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Ministry of Culture’s Thailand Cultural Week

The Thailand Cultural Week was held at the Cultural Hall on 23rd May. Amin, Toffman, HE Vichai Varasirikul and Bennedita

Boruornvate and Peranoi

Witchu, Mubarak, HE Vichai Varasirikul and Kanyarat

O, Attsawin and Panee

Satheemon, Pichamon and Yomna

Rasool, Ebrahim and Fadhel

Mona and Pascal

Sarah, Abdulla, Sameer and Ahmed

Majid Al Futtaim Properties ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign The ‘Go Red for Women’ Campaign was held at Bahrain City Centre on 23rd May.

Micah, Fleur and Joseph

King Hamad Hospital team

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BBK Service Award Ceremony 2013

The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait’s (BBK) Service Award Ceremony was held at the Gulf Convention Centre on 30th April.

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) awardees

Abdul Karim Bucheery and Khalil Zainal Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) awardees

Launch of New Facial Treatment (Natura Bissé)

The Launch of New Facial Treatment (Natura Bissé) was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 21st May.

Claudia, Ricardo and Katy

Shani, Joi, Patsanee, Kaoru, Deborah and Rattana

Mark, Claudia, Hassan, Ara, Albert, Diana and Younis

Shahina, Joy, Hassan and Katy

Jehan and Claudia

Sarah, Jehan, Oana, Patricia and Ricardo

Tatyana and Sarah

Ned, Ricardo, Katy and Mark

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POSH Pool Party

The POSH Pool Party was held at Dragon Hotel, Amwaj on 24th May. Victoria and Cuort

DJ Damian, Mo and Anna

Hayo, Jelle, Twinkle and Julie

Dana and friend

Casey, Jackson, Dalia, Shals, Mohammed, Hamad and Hazzam Kenderick, Sally and Rick

Zena and Ahmed

Sidiq and Nabir

Jag and Danielle

Azadea Mid Year Appreciation Night Azadea Mid Year Appreciation Night was held at Leila Restaurant on 1st June.

Zain, Jaffer and Bahadeen

Brian and Sophie

Ashley, Ali and Samanta

Baha, Ramya and Eman Emily, Bahadeen, Jaffer, Geema, Eman, Ramya, Baha, Zain with colleagues

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Bahrain City Centre’s Shop & Win Grand Prize

Bahrain City Centre’s Shop & Win Grand Prize was held at the Central Galleria, Bahrain City Centre on 30th May.

Khalid, Sarah, Rawia, Maya, Sari Mabire, Duaij Khalifa Al Rumaihi, Dipti Bhatia and Ahmad Fakhro Khalid and Duaij Khalifa Al Rumaihi

Zena, Rawia and Meryem

Mostafa Mahfouz Press Conference

Mostafa Mahfouz

Mostafa Mahfouz Press Conference was held at Dana Mall on 29th May.

Mostafa Mahfouz and Noor

Nespresso Boutique Inauguration

Nespresso Boutique in partnership with Soj Bahrain WLL, inaugurated by Dr Hassan Abdulla Fakhro on 31st May at Bahrain City Centre. The ceremony was attended by Hussain Dewani, dignitaries, government officials and VIP’s.

Dr Hassan Abdulla Fakhro, Hussain Dewani with the VIPs at Nespresso Boutique ribbon cutting ceremony

Nilsson Fredrik, Pierre Debayle and Waseem Gharaibeh

Nespresso Boutique management

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Buster’s Grand Opening Party

Buster’s held their Grand Opening Party on 29th May at Juffair Grand Hotel. They featured Johnny Bailo (UK) and Dj Peekaboo Jojo. Nick and Zena

Jeromy, Diana, Justin, John, Sharifah and Zak

Sandeep, Sreekumar, Paul and Declan

Ranjith, Ray, Ved and Sunil

Randy, Emy and Andy

Sabs, Deepa and Tomacita

Katherine and friends

Ray, NIck and Leslie Garduque

Ivory and Korrina

Ministry of Culture’s Beach Fever Festival

The Beach Fever Festival was held at Kite Beach, Amwaj island on 17th May.

Gaylene, Jena, Grace and Terry

Charm and Antony

Declan, Martin Whitaker, Ryan, Rodney and John

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Ahmed and Amr

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AWA Mother’s Day Fashion Show

American Women’s Association (AWA) Mother’s Day Fashion Show was held at Diplomat Radisson Blu on 13th May.

Diana and Lieke

Irmgard, Nadine and Sol

Elisabeth and Lieke

Khatoon, Faikha and Nadia

Fareed, Deena, Jouri and Rayhana

Clair, Puja and Rebecca

Nita and Chani

Niamh, Gek and Clare Sheran and Ishira

Mona, Raad and Tasneem

Marlene and Vidhi


Bettina, Lena, Silvia, Aida, Lia, Leylan and Kaoru

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The Thai Lounge Opening Night at Ritz-Carlton

The new Thai Lounge held their opening night at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 1st June.

Mark Neukomm, Bridget and HE Iain Lindsay

Michael Koth, Dr Omar and Mark Neukomm

Joi, Nomer, Laor, Patsanee and Lamyai

Liam, Philippe and Rocio

Amy, Chef Guy Gateau and Claudia Hardt

Ian, Steve and Patric

Nick and Redia Castillo

Fiona and David

Paul, Erica and Nick

Nicki, David, Christpher and Angela

‘Tony the Dogfather’ Visits British School of Bahrain ‘Tony the Dogfather’ visited the British School of Bahrain on 30th May.

Tony ‘The Dogfather’ with the British School of Bahrain representative Tony with the British School of Bahrain faculty and pupils

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Crowne Plaza Fusion High Tea

Fusion High Tea was held at Cappuccino’s Café, Crowne Plaza on 29th May.

Sukma, Rosita and Ratnaa

Guests at the Crowne Plaza’s Fusion High Tea

Noor Hayati and Vera

Ratana and Nadia

Wendy and Viera

Meryem, Priya and Zena

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner at Crowne Plaza

Khalid Almoayed and Ebrahim Al Kooheji

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain on 16th June. Executive Chef Saravanah Gurusamy prepared a specialised seven course meal for members and guests.

Jameel, Lamees and Maria

Olivier, Jaap W Vaandrager and Maximiliane

Crowne Plaza’s Bollywood Brunch

The Bollywood Brunch was held at Crowne Plaza on 31st May. Sapna and Kanika

Gopika, Aisha, Meera and Mala

Viera and Anja

Ravi and Monica

HE Dr Mohan Kumar, Mala and Kunal Kapoor

Lewis and Pascal

Sandeep, Niharika, Devanand and Shalu

Mala and Devyani

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Launch of Cadillac XTS by National Motor Company

National Motor Company launched the Cadillac XTS at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 29th May.

National Motor Company management with HE Thomas Krajeski

Simon and Martino


Bader, Dr Adel and Abdul Rahman Fakhro

Nick, Fadel and Zena

Waleed Sharif Al Rayes and Abdulla Alwedaei

Stephenie, Narmine and Jasmeet

Ripin, Bareer and Salman

Bader and Nader

Ghassan and Martino

Chelsea and Abdulla Alwedaei

AMA International School Fifth Commencement Exercises AMA International School Bahrain under the patronage of Ambassador Amable R Aguiluz V held their Fifth Commencement Exercises on 8th June.

Ambassador Amable R Aguiluz V with one of the Graduates and faculty

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The graduates

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Lost Paradise’s Car and Motor Bike Show

The Car and Motor Bike Show was held at The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park Bahrain on 31st May.

Mohammed and friends Cristina and Najeeya Fulgencio

Adnan, Salman and Saad

Nader, Nader and Mohammed


Mohammed Nabil

Yahya and friends

Bin Hindi Informatics Brand New Showroom Inauguration

The Bin Hindi Informatics (BHI) Brand New showroom was inaugurated by YS Kim and Ahmed Bin Hindi on 9th June at the New Samsung Experience Shop at GOSI Complex.

Muneer and Saeed

Abdul Aziz bin Hindi, YS Kim and Ahmed bin Hindi during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Abdul Aziz bin Hindi, YS Kim and Ahmed bin Hindi

AA Bin Hindi management and staff

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McDonald’s Family Share Box Launch

The launch of McDonald’s Family Share Box was held at Najibi Centre on 1st June.

Dina, Wafa and Dania

Abdulla Fakhro with the McDonald’s team

Ahmed, Ahmed, Layla and Ameena Veronica

Hakan, Mohammed, Abdulla Fakhro and Rick

Al Rashid Group’s Fun City Opening

Al Rashid Group’s Fun City opening was held at Oasis Centre on 1st June.

Eva and Alaina Vikas and Silvio with Al Rashid Group (ARG) management

Silvio and Vikas

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Josseph and Nasser

Kunal and Karina

Sreedaran, Vinandi and Sanvi

Noor Mohammed and family

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RCSI Graduation Ceremony

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Graduation Ceremony was held at RCSI Bahrain on 10th June.

Sara and Fatima

Sarah and Mooza

Ibtihad and Mariam

Ali, Prof Naseem and Yusuf

Aliya and Aqeela

Shaikha and Fatima Ameena, Fatima and Soailah

Ali, Layla and Hanan Zainab, Thuraya and Huda

Paul, Angela and Kevin

Mahmood, Mohammed, Dana and Deyari

Mueen and Catherine

RCSI graduates

Thuraya, Eman, Amal and Reem

Khalifa and Michael

The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society’s World Environment Day 2013

The Bahrain-Japan Business and Friendship Society’s World Environment Day 2013 was held at Hawar International School on 5th June.

Sana Ahmed giving presentation on World Environment Day 2013

Nasser Al Arayedh, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Dr Dhafur Al Omran, Nabeel Al Ajoor and Anoop Kewalram

Nasser Al Arrayedh, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Sana Ahmed

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Bushido International CD Launch

Bushido’s International CD Launch took place at Bushido on 30th May.

Mina and Ane-Maria Nicolas Budzynski and Nick

Nick and Oana

Eric, Alexia, Sophie, Ned and Nick

Leon and Kiwi

Alexander and Olivier

Sayed and Joana

Bushido’s beautiful staff

Apple, Kat and Sari

George, Nick and Julia

Prany, Fatma and Mobeen

Punit, Ibrahim and Nicolas Budzynski

Beisan and Thomas

Zena and Ahmed

Bushido Official Launch of Bushra

The official launch of Bushra was held at Bushido on 13th June.

Chef Noor Murad

Nicolas Budzynski

Bushido’s official launch of Bushra with the press

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Kirin Beer Launch

Kirin Beer Launch took place at Meisei on 7th June.

Reem and Eyad

Hilmi, Emre, Zeynep, Ozge, Alex and friend

Maha and Dana

Alia, Maria and Maria

Navas, Maria and Diego

Jonathan, Eman, Christy and Ali

Marilyn, Josephine, Kirsty and Helen

Helen and Hasan

Bart, Deirdre, Caroline and Lyle

Red Bull Collective Art

The Red Bull Collective Art took place at The Lagoon, Amwaj Islands on 5th June.

Sarah, Fatima and Amina

Sara, Nawaf and Amina

Naji, Mo and Hameed

Ahmed and Arif

Ali and Sarah

Noor and Ali

Mona, Nada and Noora

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Quick Parts Centre Opening

The opening of the Quick Parts Centre was held on 16th June.

Vivek, Mario, Chris, Sreekumar and Sandeep

Chris Noel

Chris Noel during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Mona, Nada and Noora Sarah and Layla Hassan,

Zainab and Maram

Azadea Group Charity Event

The Azadea Group Charity was held on 10th June at Bahrain Red Crescent Society.

Pierre, Abdul Wahab Al Hawaj, Dr Fawzi Amin and Mubarak Al Hadi

Portuguese National Day Celebrations

The Portugese National Day was held at Prego, Riffa Golf Club on 10th June.

The cake cutting ceremony

Amin, Zeina, Benadeta and HE Christian Testot

Zaman, Jane and Noor Hayati

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Kevin and HE Dato Ahmed Shahizan Abdulsamad

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Punchline Media’s The Chuckle Club at InterContinental Regency

The Chuckle Club held their Comedy Night, hosted by Punchline Media on 5th June at InterContinental Regency Hotel. Tom and Rebecca

Danny, Samer, Hana, Hind and Chris

Ali, Fahad and Faisal

Elvis and Tinkelbel

The Chuckle Club

Mum and Priya

Geraldine and Peter

Paul and Ekaterina

Andrea, Cynthia and Liam

Lira and Paul

Bridgette and HE Iain Lindsey

Second Annual Colours of Life Poetry Festival

The Second Annual Colours was held beside the Bahrain Fort on 13th June. David Hollywood


Carole, Sama and Ghazala

Reem and Fatima

Grash and Liliam

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Michael Koth with InterContinental Regency management and staff

Service Week Hotelier Grand Opening at InterContinental Regency The Service Week was held on 10th June at InterContinental Regency Bahrain.

Jehan Mohamed and colleagues

Michael Koth and staff

SWH Grand Awards Night at InterContinental Regency Ali and Jehan Mohamed

Service Week Hotelier (SWH) Grand Awards Night was held at InterContinental Regency Bahrain on 16th June.

Michael, Luca, Pascal and team

Celebrating World Oceans Day Seminar on “Climate Change and Antartica is in Your Hand”

The Institution of Engineers PakistanBahrain Chapter (IEPBC) in association with Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE) and the US Embassy celebrated the World Oceans Day. The Chief Guest was Ebrahim Abdulla Talib, Deputy Chief Executive, Refining & Marketing, BAPCO.

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Amal Al Saffar, Eng. Rehan Ahmed, Reem Al Mealla, Diane del Rosario, Michele Kimpel Guzman, Eng. Qamar Ul Hasan and Eng. Asif

Faizan Ahmed, Yasmeen Rehan, Sana Ahmed, Noreen Naeem, Nawal Joz, Suzan Al Ajjawi, Khalid and Rehan Ahmed

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The LPOD Summer Festival 2013

The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark announced the return of “The LPOD Summer Festival 2013” from 19th June up to 6th July with the theme: “Waves of Happiness!” under the patronage of His Royal Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark management team with guests

The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark

LPOD Summer Festival ribbon cutting ceremony

Lunch with Philip Chiang, Founder of PF Chang’s

A lunch with the founder of PF Chang’s, Philip Chiang was held on 16th June at the restaurant.

Philip Chiang, Sohail and Genero Perez

Zena, Nick and Philip Chiang

Genero Perez and Branislava

BBK’s Al Hayrat Mid Year Handover Ceremony

The Handover Ceremony took place at The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) Headquarters on 10th June.

BBK management and guests

Shaikh Rashid Al Khalifa and Reyadh

Fatima and Manal

Chelsea, Renaldo, Nada, Abeer and Rafa

Manal and Alia

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Bahrain-Japan Photography Exposé at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel

Bahrain-Japan Photography Exposé was held on 16th June at Al Fanar venue at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa, under the patronage of HE Shaikh Hisham bin AbdulRahman Al Khalifa, Governor of The Capital Governorate.

Nasser Al Arayyed and HE Shaikh Hisham bin Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa Pauline and Stacey

Bahrain-Japan Photography Exposé ribbon cutting ceremony Deirdre, Murray, Carla and Bart

Laura and Ariadna

Monette and Charmaine

Opening Reception of “Arthur D’Souza” Art Exhibition

The opening reception of “Arthur D’Souza” art exhibition was held on 15th June at the Riffa Palms.

Andrew and Helena

Eleonora, Marco, Loredana and Enrica

Iricia, Sharon, John and Chris

Svetlana and Greg

Pierre, Carolina and Sophie

Cecile, Maya and Dana

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Arthur D’Souza

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Takaud Savings and Pensions Gala Reception

Takaud Savings and Pensions Gala Reception was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa on 11th June. Luiza and Vadia

Takaud officials and guests

Samer Khnnachet

Rupert and John

Reem and Huwaida

Mohammed and Winton

Samer, Enrico, Rushdi and Eric

Waleed and Omar

New Citroen Elysee 2014 Launch at Sofitel

The launch of the new Citroen Elysee was held at The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea And Spa on 15th June.

John, Agnes and Brett

Qadisa, Nelly and Ayah

Rakes and Ashu

Ibrahim Kanoo

Nawras, Pinto and Manaf

Isa Kanoo

Ahmed and Charbel

Ameer, Omar and Zaid

Mike and Ann

Ben and Laura

Dr Bijan

Aureliano, Mathew and Linda

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The K Hotel Asian Cuisine Cooking Class

The Asian cuisine cooking class was held at Kloud Restaurant on 17th June.

Indian Ladies Association with The K Hotel Executive Chef Sylvester Rozario and his team

Al Rashid Group’s Shoe Express Opening

The opening of the new branch of Shoe Express was held at Marina Mall on 20th June.

Jayram, John and Salam

HE Dr Mohan Kumar at the opening ceremony

Vikas, Mario and Kamalakshan

Hina and Nathasha

HE Dr Mohan Kumar with ARG management and staff

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The launch of L’OCCITANE’s new BB Cream was held at Ashraf BGDC on 17th June. Rebecca, Polly, Fareeba, Zena and Salsa


Portuguese National Day Dinner at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel The Portugese National Day Dinner was held at Kontiki, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel on 13th June.

Telma and Rubio

Paula, Jaime, Orlando, Kim, Elisa and Paula

Miguel, Yasmine, Miguel, Zematos and Jase

Francesco Agus, Lorvetta and Valentino Tony, Isabel, Carlos and Madalena

Joao and Malcom

Wahooo! Waterpark World’s Largest Swimming Lesson The world’s largest swimming lesson was held at Wahooo! Waterpark on 18th June. Kylle Andre

Yasmine Manal

Aya Mohammed and Michelle

Leen, Mie and Gicelle

Shan and Hassan

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Hilton Watson’s Birthday Party

Hilton Watson’s Birthday Party was held at Block 338 on 31st May.

Weena, Hilton, Nick and Sarah

Sarah, Thomas, Radwa and Emad

Moataz, Julia and Andrea

Mohammed and Mariana

Maoom and Anais

Sheila, Ashley, Emma, Alaa, Ding, Hilton and Katie

Abid, Tara and Hilton

Mark, Gerhard, Lea, Hans and Lucia

Salianna and Sean

Saketini in the City at Meisei

Maria, Vanessa, Fabiola and Keity

The Saketini party was held at Meisei on 21st June.

Ibrahim and Sara

Sophie and friends

Opening of Training Centre for MENA by Qlite

The opening of Training Centre for MENA by Qlite was held at Business Bay building on 6th June.

Craig Bligh, Anil Sharma, Divij Kotwal and Rajesh G

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Divij Kotwal, Anil Sharma and Craig Bligh

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La Fête de la Musique Organised by Sofitel

La Fête de la Musique organised by Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea And Spa was held on 21st June.

Debbie, Hakeema and Jassim

Fête de la Musique

Amilia, Chris, Paula and Nancy

Afaf, Deena, Scarlet and Raven Samy Boukhaled and HE Ahmed Rashid Khatabi

Angel, Maria and Salma

Silvia and Angelique

William, Arwina, Yannis and Ali

Covi, Griffith and Hassan

Doris and Panos Panagis

Fawzia, Zainab and Abir

Greenisis New 0utlet Opening

The opening of the new outlet of Greenisis was held at Al Hayat Shopping Centre on 23rd June.

Mahdi Abdul Redha, Mahmood, Ahmed and Moeen

Mahdi Abdul Redha and Moeen

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YK Almoayyed Ramadan Campaign Launch

The launch of YK Almoayyed’s Ramadan Campaign was held at the Nissan showroom on 26th June. Ali and Chelsea

Ian, Mohammed, Darmesh, Mario, Zainab and Sandeep

Paul and Ranjith Unnikrishnan, Boutet and Prabhudev

Shade a Worker

Shaikha Al Fadhel started a charity movement for worker in the island. The resources collected were given to the workers at Trass International Construction on 21st June.

Ashok and Shaikha Najla Al Khalifa

Hajer Al Amin, Maha Al Koheeji, Shaikha Al Fadel, Shaikha Najla Al Khalifa, Shaikha Jawaher Al Khalifa, Mariam and Shaikha Najla Al Khalifa with labourers

Zain Bahrain Press Conference

The Zain Press Conference was held at the Zain Tower on 17th June.

eGov’s United Nations Public Service Forum 2013 Press Conference

eGovernment’s United Nations Public Service Forum 2013 Press Conference was held at the Al Murjan Ballroom, Movenpick Hotel on 22nd June.

Hassan Al Sowaid, Hisham Abu Al Fateh and Mohammed Al Alawi

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Osama Al Khaja, Heyam Al Awadhi, Mohammed Al Qaed and Ahmed Naeemi

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Tiger Beer Launch Party

The launch of Tiger beer was held at Mezzaluna on 13th June.

Angel, Amena, Angie and Jessica

Megan, Alyssa and EB Roxanne, Jason, Natasha and Bianca Mo and Anna

Jennifer and Maine

Katie, Kayleigh and Renu

Mirinda, Jess, Shanner and Luoise

Elite Hospitality Group Ramadan Pre-Opening Party

Elite Hospitality Group held their Ramadan Pre-Opening party at the Al Noor tent, Elite Resort & Spa on 18th June.

Alex and Ella

Sarosh and Anshu

Heather, Paul, Namita and Anurag

Melissa and Mum

Ronald and Cynthia

Melissa and Ronald

Emad and Jameela

Hisham and Khalid

Reem and Mohammed

Faith, Shiba, Sarosh and Kate

Wahid and Lalima

Jawad Al Hawaj and Anurag

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BBBF SIG O & E Event

BBBF SIG O & E event was held at Crowne Plaza on 19th June. Gill and Lucy

Deena, Rebecca, Andrew, Pallikaropoulos and Zahra Tom

Dave and Trixie

Aisha and Cristina

Debbie nad Dixon

Ahmed and Casey

Arabbella’s Anniversary

Arabbella’s Anniversary was held at the Green Diamond boutique on 22nd June.

Dana, Sarah and Ali

Alanood and Zahra

Wafa and Mariam

Mara and Georgina

Tony the Dogfather’s Charity Boutique Sale Noora and Lucy

Second Chance Charity Sale in aid of Tony the Dogfather’s animal sanctuary was held at the Dilmun Club on 22nd June.

Thessa and Sharon

Lize and Megan

Jaleel, Vijay and Tyronne

Nicola and Lee

Teressa and Monica

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Lavita, Helen and Bishop

Paul and Viv

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Nltaqi lnartaqi Event

Nltaqi lnartaqi’s event was held at the Karbabad beach on 21st June. Sayed and Hassan

Noor and Mohammed

Zahra, Huda and Fatma

Municipal Council members with GCCC Officials

Mariam, Isra, Mariam and Zainab Ahmed and Casey

Amena, Hussain, Mohammed, Hassan and Mohammed

Sayed and Hussain

Sayed Jameel and Murthadha

Mohammed and Ebrahim


Ministry of Culture’s Speed Rock Climbing

Ministry of Culture’s Speed Rock Climbing was held at Al A’ali mall on 21st June.

Ema and Zahra

Nouf, Maysoon, Mohammed, Jaber, Malak and Al Jazy

Martin Whitaker, Edyta Ropek, Paulo and Orrin Coley

Orrin Coley

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“Aseel in Schools” by Tamkeen

“Aseel in Schools”, by Tamkeen was held at Seef Mall on 20th June. Lateefa, Fatima and Nouf

Mariam, Layla and Noor

Zainab, Zahra and Maha

Noor, Bushra and Yara

Eman and Afat

Taawoon Secondary School team

Mona and Noof


Photography Exhibition at Lulu Hypermarket, Ramli Mall A photography exhibition was held at Lulu Hypermarket, Ramli Mall on 20th June.

Stephanie Ravel and Reginn Palacio (Photo Competition winners) Opening ceremony by Prakash Devji

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Bushido - Caterer Middle East Awards 2013 From over 250 nominations, Bushido became the only restaurant in Bahrain (and the only restaurant outside the UAE!) to be shortlisted for Restaurant Team of the Year in the fifth annual Caterer Middle

East Awards 2013. The prestigious award, presented by ITP Publishing Group, recognises a variety of culinary professionals, outlets and companies across the entire Gulf region and Bushido represented Bahrain against the crèmede-la-crème of the entire Middle East.


In Brief

Over 500 Women Empowered to Take Charge of Heart Health Over 500 women took part in a complimentary heart health test at the Bahrain City Centre to fight the leading cause of death in the Kingdom. According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases accounted for 32 per cent of deaths in Bahrain. As part of ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign, female residents and visitors had their blood pressure, blood sugar, Body Mass Index (BMI) and cholesterol checked by medical professionals from King Hamad University Hospital, and they were given health advice to fight the number one killer of women today. Introduced by Bahrain City Centre to the Kingdom, ‘Go Red for Women’ is a global campaign founded by American Heart Association that aims to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, diagnosis, and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. The campaign rolls out across Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ malls in the region including Egypt, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Having earned the recognition of “Highly Commended” (First Runner-up) in the same award last year, and after winning the “Favourite Restaurant in Bahrain 2012” from a well known Bahrain publication, the pressure was higher than ever before. The competition was fierce, particularly considering the exponential growth of the food and beverage industry across the region (most notably in Dubai and Abu Dhabi); yet Bushido stood within the last five, battling the likes of Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi (a global brand originating from London) and last year’s winners Okku, Dubai. Bushido, the only restaurant of its kind and homegrown in Bahrain has demonstrated strength in how the restaurant has embraced challenges evolving customer service, coordination, teamwork and new marketing strategies. Bushido has introduced new processes and tools to improve guest satisfaction and demonstrated expertise in tackling large projects and events and hence has also held itself within the Top 5 restaurants of Bahrain on TripAdvisor, and earned an average 97 per cent guest satisfaction since the start of 2013.

New Director of Food & Beverage at The K Hotel The K Hotel announces the appointment of Sascha Benoit as the Director of Food and Beverage. Benoit will be responsible for guiding and executing the strategic vision of The K Hotel’s food and beverage programs, which consists of four dining concepts: Klouds Restaurant, The K Lounge, Champions Sports Lounge and Kenza Restaurant as well as leading the Banquet and Outdoor Catering team. Benoit joins The K Hotel Executive team from his recent tenure as Executive Assistant Manager of the Radisson Blu in Cologne, Germany. Prior to which he also served as the Assistant General Manager in the four-star Hotel Resort Aldiana in Cyprus. In his 17 years in the industry, he has held positions in hotels around the world including Hotel EdenSwitzerland, Hotel Europe-Ireland, Tylney Hall-England, Hotel CristalloAustria, as well as several properties in Germany including Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hotel Bayerischer Hof among others.

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Business New Appointments at Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Fun City Expands its Presence in the Kingdom of Bahrain Fun City, the region’s entertainment center committed to providing wholesome family fun opens its doors to even more children in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with its second opening in less than two months. The formal inauguration of the new center located in Oasis Centre, Al Muharraq was inaugurated by Vikas Attri, Territory Head - Bahrain and Silvio Liedtke, COO Fun City, in the presence of Al Rashid Group. The previously opened Centre in Oasis Centre, Riffa and this latest one provides wholesome fun to its little visitors .

Action Global Communications Wins Two EMEA SABRE Awards The Holmes Report honored Action Global Communications with two key awards at this year’s EMEA SABRE Awards ceremony that took place in Barcelona recently. Agency founder Tony Christodoulou received the SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, in The Action Global Communications contingent receiving the Mediterranean recognition of his lifetime of commitment to PR and Consultancy of the Year Award from Paul Holmes pioneering approach to the Public Relations business. During the EMEA SABRE Ceremony, Action was also named Mediterranean Consultancy of the Year and recognised for its strong local leadership and willingness to enter emerging markets.

Splash Announces the Winner of the BMW 520i Promotion in Bahrain In a run up to the 20 years celebrations, high-street fashion retailer Splash officially announced the winner, Jassim Sultan Alsendi (winning ticket number 08151), of their ‘BMW Promotion’. The ceremony was held at Centrepoint, Bahrain City Centre amidst much cheering from the large crowd that gathered. The winner was announced by Yasser Ali from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce along with the Splash officials. The winner is confirmed to be only eight months old and his parents spent BD50 at Splash Oasis Centre Muharraq.

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Weekly lucky shoppers also won a variety of prices. Isa Hasan Isa Ahmed Ali wins a 32” Led TV

Mona Ibrahim joins Crowne Plaza Bahrain as Director of Sales and Marketing Manager (DOSM) Mona has extensive experience in the Hospitality industry and was previously associated with the Crowne Plaza Resort Slalah, Oman as the Director of Sales. She has also worked in the same post at different properties including Corinthia Hotel and InterContinental Hotel in Doha, Qatar. She started as a Guest Relations Manager in 1997 at Le Royal Meridien Hotel Bahrain and worked her way up through her impeccable work ethic and determination.

Vivek Sharma joins Crowne Plaza Bahrain, as Human Resource Manager. Vivek has over 18 years of work experience in areas of Organisational effectiveness, Learning and Development, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Relationship Management, Sales, Talent resourcing, Business HR and front line Operations with multi-national organisations like American Express, Vertex, Global Vantegde, Bank of America and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Prior to joining Crowne Plaza Bahrain, he was responsible for Learning and Development for IHG’s properties in South West Asia and their Global Service Centre located in India. His goal is to work towards developing talent and aligning the organisation’s people strategy to the Bahrain government’s long term goals. He also aims to create an environment which will encourage talent to be attracted to the hospitality industry.


Participants in Workshop

Tamkeen Enhances HR Practices 37 Human Resource practitioners and business owners from Bahrain were provided an opportunity to further their insights into Bahrain Labour Law in the latest training session provided under Tamkeen’s HR and

Leadership Workshops, part of its efforts to enhance the human capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The intensive four-day workshop, which took place recently was the second in the series on the topic of Bahrain Labour Law and ninth workshop in the series overall.

The next round of workshops, which focus on Training and Development, are slated to commence in September. Interested professionals can contact TWI, Tel. +973 3648 8786 or email: for further information.

Fishy Goings On at the Royal Golf Club! The Royal Golf Club’s Course Maintenance Team has introduced 1000 Tilapia fish and 200 Snakehead fish into their numerous lakes as part of a three year plan to improve water quality and the eco system at the facility. The Club, under the management of Troon Golf, has signed a contract with Dubai-based Hillthom, a lake management company, to manage the quality of the lakes, preventing organic sedimentation by minimising the development of algae, and in doing so, leaving sufficient oxygen to support a diversified eco-system. Tilapia are a larvivorous fish which will help reduce the populations of midges and mosquitoes around the lakes. Tilapia reproduce extremely quickly so the predatory Snakeheads, which are native to Africa and Asia, have also been introduced simultaneously to keep the Tilapia population under control. “We are very excited about the introduction of these fish to our lakes,” commented Jordan Fairweather, the Club’s Golf Course Superintendent. “They will be instrumental in improving the water quality and eradicating nuisance insects.” support the needs of its communities. Alosra’s locations in Saar, Amwaj Islands, Durrat and Riffa, as well as a fifth outlet planned to open shortly in Juffair, ensure that customers from across the Kingdom can conveniently access their favourite products and experience the supermarket’s genuine focus on an enjoyable

shopping experience. The first Alosra opened in Manama, in the mid-1980s and is, today the only supermarket in Bahrain to hold an ISO 22000 certification, which ensures their implementation of international standards of food safety.

Alosra Supermarket: Bahrain’s ‘Fresh & Friendly’ Retailer Alosra, which is part of the BMMI group, boasts an extensive range of premium quality products sourced locally and from across the globe. The store makes a conscious effort to give back to the community by supporting local farmers under its ‘Think Local’ programme, as well as supporting many initiatives and causes in Bahrain. This year during Ramadan, they are not only offering festive discounts, but are hoping to partner with local charities to

The staff at Alosra

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Business Kansai Paint Conducts a Workshop in Bahrain

KPME trainer’s training at KPC Bahrain

Kansai Paints Middle East, one of the worlds’ leading paint and coatings manufacturer with established markets in Automotive, Marine and Construction segments in collaboration with their partners in Bahrain, Kanoo Paint Centre (KPC), a total solution provider for all Automotive Paint requirements, had recently organised training for technical staff from KSA, UAE and Bahrain. The training took place at KPC’s specialised, fully equipped training centre, which is run by highly qualified and certified instructors, to facilitate the market needs, enhance and upgrade the skill level of automotive paint technicians in Bahrain, and help further advance level of quality work done by the clients.

Bahrain Motorcycle Club Visit’s Bridgestone Service Centre Ma’ameer Bridgestone Service Centre launched their latest service of Bike tire repair and fitting in Ma’ameer. On this occasion, the Bahrain Motorcycle Club riders were invited to the new bike service facility at the Bridgestone Service Centre. The facility has a special bay with advanced technologies for bike service and tyre fitting. Shambil Basit-Head of Retail, Tires and Allied Business Division, AJM Kooheji Group BSC (C) took the BMC riders through a walkthrough of the facility and showed the riders the various services the Bridgestone Service Centre had to offer. Bridgestone Service Centre is located in Ma’ameer and caters to all major car and bike services. To know more or to fix an appointment contact, Tel. +973 1712 1212 / +973 3840 6807.

The Bahrain Motorcycle Club Members at The Bridgestone Service Centre, Ma’ameer

Alba Woman’s Training

Alba Seminar Applauds Women Employees’ Role in Company’s Success Story Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba)’s reputation as a company that champions equal opportunities at the work place was emphasised during a seminar on ‘Integrating Women’s Needs in Development’ that was held as part of Alba’s Women Empowerment Education Series for 2013, at the Alba Club recently. Organised by Alba’s Training & Recruitment Department in conjunction with the Supreme Council for Women, the seminar was conducted by Dr Donya Ahmed, Acting Director General of Polices and Development and Director National Strategy of the Advancement of Bahraini Women at the Supreme Council for Women. The seminar outlined the value of women’s contribution to the work environment, and their role as an equal partner in boosting the company’s growth and development. More than 100 women employees attended the seminar and were also joined by members of the Executive Management Team as well as managers from different departments.

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S W E CAR N Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ was signed as the Car of Choice for VIPs and members of the Executive Office at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport. Jaguar has seen strong sales in Saudi Arabia registering a YOY growth of 35 per cent, for 2012-13. The MENA region is the fifth largest region, globally to witness high sales for Jaguar.

From the latest to the greatest, find out all about what’s new in the automotive industry right here on this page.

For a test drive visit Mohammed Jalal & Sons showroom in Sitra.

VIP Car of Choice for Jeddah International Airport

The All-New Cadillac 2013 XTS

Cadillac’s most technologically-advanced vehicle to date, now in the Middle East. Cadillac unveiled its latest luxury sedan in Bahrain, at the Ritz-Carlton. The XTS is the most spacious Cadillac sedan. It offers more interior space than midsize luxury cars and is comparable to full-size sedans, particularly in the rear seat area. In the Middle East, the XTS comes with a standard direct-injected 3.6 liter V-6 engine and is the only luxury sedan with Magnetic Ride Control – the world’s fastest-reacting suspension. It is also equipped with a number of advanced and exclusive safety features. It will be the industry’s first car with the Safety Alert Seat that uses directional tactile sensation in the driver’s seat to warn drivers of crash threats while driving and parking. The XTS also marks the debut of CUE, Cadillac’s infotainment system. Information, communication and entertainment options are available through a user-friendly interface that features the latest smartphone and tablet touch-screen technology. Features at a Glance: Direct-injected 3.6L V-6 engine with lightweight features, including integrated cylinder heads/exhaust manifolds Advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronically controlled limited-slip differential Magnetic Ride Control, rear air suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo brakes – all standard Standard 20-inch wheels Capless fuel tank filler for easier, cleaner refueling Folding rear-seat head restraints that enhance rear visibility Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to alert the driver Intervening braking system that lessens or avoids potential collisions Short- and long-range radar systems that support adaptive cruise control, front/rear automatic brakes and Rear Cross Traffic Alert 509 liters trunk space; that’s sufficient for five suitcases!

For a test drive visit National Motor Company Showroom in Sitra.

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4th from Left: Riyadh Ahmed Al Zayani, Partner, Ahmed Zayani & Sons and 2nd from Right: Godwin D’Cruz, Manager - Sales & Marketing, 3rd from Right: Luay Abu-Kaff, Regional Manager - Parts & After Sales Marketing, Chrysler Group

Ahmed Zayani & Sons

Braced up for Ramadan!

Ahmed Zayani & Sons launched the all-new JEEP Grand Cherokee, at their showroom in Zinj. The launch was organised to coincide with the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan.There have been four generations of Grand Cherokee over the years and each one has improved on the last. For this

2014 model, Chrysler Group LLC has taken the industry’s most highly acclaimed SUV and stepped it up to an even higher level. “Styled for, and targeted at customers in the important mid-size SUV segment, the latest JEEP Grand Cherokee is sure to offer drivers across the Middle East a fantastic experience

on and off road,” said Godwin D’Cruz, Sales & Marketing Manager. “The Grand Cherokee has done very well sales-wise, for JEEP last year, in the Middle East and we look forward to more great things from this latest model.” He further added “At the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan and in the spirit of giving we at Ahmed Zayani have a lot to offer to all our customers. We have lined up a wide range of stylish, distinctive, dynamic and high-quality models that combine total functionality with highly competitive wholelife ownership costs. These strengths have clearly been recognised by car buyers, with increasing numbers adding our brands to their vehicle shopping list. Our latest model range caters to a wide spectrum of customers who are looking for worldclass technology, design, spacious and comfortable interiors, great driving dynamics and much more - all at compelling value-formoney price points.” To test drive visit the Ahmed Zayani & Sons showroom, in Zinj or call on Tel. +973 1723 8822 2014 JEEP Grand Cherokee Features Equipped with the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine delivering up to 290hp Also, has the 5.7-litre HEMI V8 model achieving up to 360hp and the SRT model pumping up to 470hp Fuel-efficient Best-In-Class towing capacity Over 60 safety features Trail-rated; great performance both on and off road Stylish design with high intensity head lamps outlined with signature LED running lamps Spacious and comfortable interior with premium fittings

Toyota Camry SE Special Promotion

Now and for a limited period, the sporty model of the Toyota Camry, the popular car in Bahrain that is acclaimed for its superb quality, durability and reliability, is available at an exceptional discounted price of BD9,500. The Toyota Camry SE’s excellent aerodynamic features, sporty progressive exterior styling along with the latest technologies contribute to its dynamic and exciting ride. For more information on the Camry SE new promotion, visit the Toyota showroom in Sitra, or call, Tel. +973 1773 0730 or visit:

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Cars The New Peugeot 301

The new Peugeot 301 is a stylish car and incorporates the very latest design codes of the luxury automobile brand. A 3-compartment saloon car with a modern appearance, the Peugeot 301 looks sturdy and is developed to adapt to all conditions, even countries with extreme temperatures like Bahrain. At 4.44m long it has a spacious interior and offers record occupant space in the rear seats, legroom of 121mm. It also has a record boot volume of 640 litres. Fitted with the latest generation of petrol engines, it is powered by a 1.6 I VTi with an automatic gearbox which pumps 115bhp and produces a torque of 150Nm. This modern engine complies with the Euro 5 standards. Offering great performance and high levels of comfort, the 301guarantees a pleasurable driving experience and is a good vehicle for families packed with all the safety features and entertainment systems. For a test drive visit the Zayani Motors showroom in Sitra.

The 2014 Citroën C-Elysée

The all-new Citroën C-Elysée is a beautifully designed saloon car perfect for the family. It’s robust body and powerful engine offer durability and good performance, in all driving conditions. Available in seven colours, the C-Elysée is fitted with a 1.6 Litre VTi DOHC engine, delivering 115bhp of power, and is combined with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Its safety systems, in place and comfortable interior make driving the car a pleasurable experience. The interior is fitted with good quality fittings which are easy to maintain. Speaking of the latest Citroën, Dr Bijan Majidi, General Manager of Motorcity Holdings BSC says, “The C-Elysée demonstrates Citroën’s expertise in technology and design by developing a modern and affordable European engineered and manufactured vehicle.” Motorcity, the sole distributor of Citroën in the Kingdom of Bahrain, launched the car, at a grand ceremony at the Sofitel, Bahrain. The Citroen C-Elysée offers comfortable leg room for passengers sitting behind and also 506litre boot space, one of the biggest in its class. There are a wide range of entertainment systems built into the saloon. The air conditioner features a ‘Max’ function for fast cooling, ideal for the harsh summers in Bahrain. To test drive the new 2014 Citroën C-Elysée visit the Motorcity showroom in Sanad/call on Tel. +973 1762 1162 or visit:

BMW’s Consumer Awarness Campaign

BMW Group Middle East is warning consumers of the dangers of using counterfeit automotive spare parts in the UAE and other Middle East markets. Allegedly, 30 percent of the automotive parts industry in the GCC is counterfeit. Fake spare parts are not only dangerous to the health and safety of the driver and passengers but they also affect the vehicle’s original condition, decrease its value and in some cases, increase the car’s fuel consumption. Most original parts come with a two-year BMW warranty and so consumers must ensure that they are getting the real deal. BMW Group Middle East is tackling the issue in the region head on via a public awareness campaign to highlight the differences between fake and genuine spare parts. The campaign will focus on three areas: safety, value retention and sustainability, and will include a print campaign, online communication and displays in importer showrooms to showcase examples of original and fake spare parts for consumers to see the differences firsthand. To test drive your favourite BMW visit the Euro Motors showroom in Sitra.

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Cars Volkswagen Applauds Sales Personnel

The finals of this year’s Volkswagen Retail Qualification World Championship (RQWC) took place in Germany. Bassam Salameh of Kettaneh, the official Volkswagen partner in Lebanon, was named the best Volkswagen salesman across the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS countries. Around 300 participants from 80 countries took part in the championship final. RQWC was introduced to reward Volkswagen sales and service experts as part of the brand’s on-going commitment to service excellence. This is fifth year of the competition and the award categories included Best Salesperson, Best Service Advisor, Best Master Technician, Best Parts Advisor and Best Country Team. Another important aspect of the RQWC is to determine the current state of knowledge in Volkswagen dealerships and service organisations in the participating countries. With the aid of this information, country-specific training programmes are devised and implemented more efficiently.

Bassam Salameh’s winning moment

Harley Davidson’s Monthly Meeting

Harley-Davidson owners group (HOG), conducted its monthly meeting at Capital Club, Bahrain Financial Harbour. The meeting was attended by over 50 local HOG members as well as members from Saudi Arabia and Geneva’s HOG Chapter. These meetings allow like minded individuals who share a passion in owning their Harley’s to come together and deliberate over all matters of the brand and the bikes. At present, there are in excess of 1,400 HOG chapters all over the world, with each individual chapter sponsored by a Harley-Davidson dealership. Events that take place are often local and are open to all HOG members. The events include dinner rides, observation runs, holiday and charity events or anything else an individual chapter may think up to take to the open road.

Bin Hindi’s Ramadan Offers

AA Bin Hindi, sole distributors of Kia Motors highlight Ramadan’s spirit of sharing and caring with their exciting Ramadan offer. Customers who buy a new car in the Kia range, during the Holy Month will get a Samsung Galaxy S4 absolutely free! Moreover all Kia cars come with insurance, and registration and approval, free of charge. You can also enjoy their window tinting service and an incredible 5-year transferable unlimited mileage warranty. It does not end there! Customers can now enjoy a service package on all the high-end models, which is an add-on to the already competitive after-sales services. Car prices are stable, reflecting 2012 prices. Kia Motors is well known for its innovative German design and has registered outstanding sales figures both globally and in the Kingdom. To test drive, visit the Kia showroom in Manama or call on Tel. +973 1740 8800 or email: Kia showroom timings during Ramadan: 9am to 1pm and 8pm to 11pm (Saturday to Thursday), and 8pm to 11pm on Fridays.

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The 2014 Grand JEEP Cherokee


Review by Nick Cooksey.

t used to be every five years before JEEP brought out a major model change but now it seems to be every three years, and the latest Grand Cherokee has received the most number of awards in the SUV segment. This latest model has a brand new engine and new eightspeed automatic transmission. In fact there are three engines. The model that I drove was the 3.6 litre 290hp engine which I would describe as having “sufficient” power, but for those who wish for more, whether to be pulling their boat or for just faster acceleration, there’s a 5.7-litre 360hp V8, and for those that want absolute power, and are prepared to pay for, there’s a monstrous 470hp SRT model which is something else!!! All current models have greater tugging ability than previous models and they are also slightly more economical for their engine size. There’s a Hill Descent Control Option which enables you to climb or descend

“The model that I drove was the 3.6 litre 290hp engine which I would describe as having “sufficient” power ...” hills in increments of 1 or 2 mph - not that this is really a problem in Bahrain. There is an Electronic Stability Control which offers improved safety. This helps in the overall handling and performance of the car. This Jeep is fitted with more than 60 advanced safety and security features and the new ones include Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and Selec-Speed Control, which includes both Hill-ascent Control and Hill-descent Control.

I noticed JEEP 2014 has an accurate steering and it cornered well at relatively high speed. As regards its appearance, its profile is quite similar to last year’s model. The main difference is in the front which has a lower and more grounded look. The car has a beautiful interior – premium leather fittings and wood trimmings; you can choose from a range of new colours for the interior. Over all the JEEP is and has always been very good value for money and can be enjoyed on the road as well as off 2012 brought record sales for the Jeep brand worldwide, with Grand Cherokee contributing approximately 220,000 units globally, with 52,000 units from international markets. JEEP Grand Cherokee has also registered impressive sales figures in the Middle East. To test drive call on Tel. +973 1753 1502 / +973 1753 1550 or visit:

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

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


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

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Ugly Mama

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Do you have animal concerns? Need a vet? Call Animal Care Clinic in Hamala, Tel. +973 1761 2459 or Nourie Coutts, Tel. +973 1724 5515.

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Ramadan Kareem Ramadan Tent

Ramadan is the Holy Month in the Islamic Calendar. It is a month solely dedicated to God. The days and nights are filled with prayers and family gatherings, and when the sun goes down, the feasting begins. Following a day of fasting, there is no greater way to reward yourself than to gather around the Iftar table with family and friends. Here’s our guide to some of the best places in the Kingdom for Arabic hospitality. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Perched on the pristine beaches of Zallaq overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is the ideal destination for Ramadan festivity! For two hours after sunset, break your fast at Saraya Restaurant with an Iftar buffet of Arabic food and Ramadan delicacies from across the region such as Tabouleh, Hammour Machbous, Chicken Molokhia, Lamb Tangine, Koftabil la ban and Lamb Ouzi during weekends. An impressive sweet station featuring mainly oriental delicacies which include the favourite Um-Ali, assorted baklawa, kunafa and koulaj Ramadan. Price: BD17++ during weekdays and BD19++ during weekends per person inclusive of Ramadan juices and coffee. After Iftar, enjoy Ramadan under the stars by engaging in Ghabga which further reinforces the meaning of friendship and kinship! Head to the uniquely decorated and air conditioned “Layali Al Zallaq” tent on the terrace of Saraya Restaurant. Re-live a

1001 nights and a taste of the finest Arabic cuisine in a truly remarkable setting. Guests can enjoy an extensive range of Shisha flavours, live entertainment of Arabic music by Lebanese trio, Tarrabish as well as games such as cards, dominos and darts. A perfect evening with family and friends, for a truly memorable and elegant night. Time: Starts at 10pm. Price: BD17++ during weekdays and BD19++ during weekends per person. Why not make the most of your summer? Treat yourself to an unforgettable getaway and unwind on the beautiful beaches of the hotel! Luxuriate in one of the Hotel’s elegant rooms featuring a private balcony and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf along with complimentary breakfast or suhoor and internet access throughout your stay. Rooms during Ramadan start from BD65++ for single occupancy and BD75++ for double occupancy including breakfast or Suhour. Reservation: Tel. +973 1763 6363 or email:

Gastro Mercure Grand Hotel Seef Celebrate the spirit of Ramadan at the “Al Bawadi Tent”, situated on the rooftop overlooking the Arabian sea and the Manama skyline. Break your fast with an elaborate Iftar, Ghabga and Suhoor buffet comprising of Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine, priced at BD12++. Enjoy your evening with live performances of soothing songs of present day and yesteryears along with plenty of indoor activities. There will also be a weekly raffle draw which includes free stay, use of restaurants and recreation centres in the hotel. Reservations: Tel. +973 1758 4406 / +973 1758 4400. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef

The K Hotel

The K Hotel Celebrate the spirit of togetherness at The K Hotel. Join for Iftar at the Klouds restaurant and Ghabga at the Kenza restaurant; where over a 100 dishes will be prepared specially for the Holy month. The traditional Arabic buffet at Kloud will feature live cooking stations which will offer the freshest food catering to every culinary taste and preference. Enjoy a wide spread of dried fruits and nuts, a range of Ramadan starters and main course including Bahraini Ouzi as well as array of international dishes and desserts. Price: BD8 per person including Ramadan beverages. Time: From sunset to 8.30pm. The Ghabga offers a traditional menu and Lebanese cuisine from sundown until the early hours of the morning with live entertainment. The hotel, offers a special corporate rate as well as outdoor catering services for both Ghabga and Iftar. The K Hotel also provides decorating services for special events and gathering, completely customised to suit individual needs thus helping you create a truly memorable experience. Reservations: Tel. +973 1736 0000.

Passion Restaurant

Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

Ramadan Open Buffet at BD5.9, throughout the week. For reservations call on Tel. +973 1363 2103. Passion_Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Kempinski

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa Celebrate the Holy Month at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, set amid tranquil gardens and sandy beaches, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy with friends and family, the live cooking stations where you can savour freshly baked Arabic breads, delicious mixed grills, roasted whole lamb, and sumptuous buffets with sweets and Arabic desserts. A four piece band with Arabic singer will provide live Ghabga entertainment daily. Private pergolas are also available throughout Ramadan, with silver service of selected hot buffet items and three complementary Shisha. Price: Iftar: weekends (Thursday to Saturday) BD21 and weekdays (Sunday to Wednesday) BD19. Ghabga to weekends (Thursday to Saturday) BD24 and weekdays (Sunday to Wednesday) BD22. All prices are subject to 15 per cent service charge and 5 per cent government levy. Reservations: Tel. +973 1758 6499.

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Enjoy an elaborate menu in Baharat, featuring an eclectic array of Arabic dishes, traditional juices, shisha plus entertainment in the form of a traditional Yemeni Oud player performing in the Ramadan tent. Begin with a wide selection of appetisers that include hot and cold Mezzah, soups such as Moroccan saffron seafood soup, a Manakish station, grills, lamb chops and Dajaj Mosahab. Main courses include fish tagines, kunafa, Hamam Mahchi with frekk (stuffed pigeon), lamb Ouzi and a lot more. Enjoy a delectable array of desserts such as Loukamat, Baklava, Katayef Assafer and Um Ali. A ‘Spice Art Exhibition’ will also run throughout the Holy Month, with pieces submitted from local artists to capture the ‘Art of Giving’. All pieces will be on sale, with the proceeds going to a local charity and the participating artists. Time: From 6pm to 2am. Price: BD17++, inclusive of Ramadan juices and soft drinks. Stop by T-Spoon for a bite of your favourite Arabic treats or for a slice of delicious cake or European pastry. T-Spoon will continue offering its usual menu. Time: 6pm to 2am. Reservations: Tel. +973 1717 1144.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa

Sheraton Bahrain Hotel A lavish Iftar buffet which includes traditional and international dishes as well as live cooking stations will be available at the Awali Ballroom from 5pm to 8.30pm. Price: BD14.9++ for adults during weekdays. BD15.9++ for adults during weekends. BD8.5++ for kids from four to twelve years. Kids below four years eat for free. Reservations: Tel. +973 1753 3533.

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Realisations Written by Mishal Fakhro

What our readers have to say:


he Holy Month of Ramadan is soon to be upon us, with many people eagerly anticipating the opportunity to visit the best Ghabgas and enjoy all the delicious food, but some of our readers also intend on experiencing Ramadan in a different manner. This issue, we will be taking a look at what our readers have planned during Ramadan and how the Holy Month impacts them.

“The beauty of Ramadan is that it allows a person to step away from what we consider the ‘everyday life’. Fasting is a constant reminder; one can completely submerge themselves in the remembrance, or ‘thikr’, of the Almighty. I think that alone is special. Performing the Taraweeh Prayers that are unique to ramadhan brings calmness to the soul regardless of the troubles you may be facing in your everyday life. Allah (SWT) has guided us so much that believers will find it difficult to diverge from religion during this month.” - Anonymous

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“Ramadan is essentially a time for our family to recoup. The ‘Suhoor’,’ Iftar’, Holy Quran recitations and the congregational prayers hold immense spiritual and emotional significance to us. Through this bonding, I intend to strive and purge any ill feelings towards people and situations, with that being the foremost reason for hindering constructive outlook in life. I hope to revive myself as a better person, and learn to take the actions of ill-mannered hypocrites and mood drainers in my stride.” - Lemiya Razak

Ramadan is about learning the strength of our relationship with Allah, especially while fasting.It is a month where one can shed his sins and ask for forgiveness. My favourite dish for Iftar is the mixed fruit chaat, containing different fruits and black pepper. This kind of dish helps to replace vitamins and minerals lost from fasting. Ramadan is special for me because I spend memorable moments with family and learn to cook new things! Be it a religious or cultural holiday; festivities should be enjoyed together at home! - Sana Ahmed

“I would like to make this Ramadan special by following the true spirit of fasting. I would like to try to fast on all days of Ramadan, pray five times a day, take care of elders, children and especially of poor and less privileged people in my area community. I hope to not throw any food away unnecessarily as Ramadan is known for this. I also hope to provide food and drinks to those who cannot afford them. My favorite Iftar dishes are ‘pakora’ and samosa.” - Rehan Ahmed



… Connecting People!


othing connects people like sharing good food. Iftar, the meal eaten to break the day-long fast, during Ramadan is a good example of this. An Iftar meal, is elaborate and rich; juicy grills, refreshing crunchy salads, savoury Arabic pastries, melt-inyour-mouth desserts and more! Now that’s tempting alright; but devouring all of that after your stomach has been empty for the whole day may not be the best thing to do. During a fast, the body undergoes several biological changes. Enzymes normally produced by the digestive system have ceased to be produced or

Exotic Shisha Flavours Sweet Coconut Masala Paan Skittles Bubble Gum/Candy Zaghloul Sweet Melon Guava Chocolate/Mint Chocolate Bounty (Coconut, Vanilla & Cola) Pomegranate & Blueberry Cappuccino Orange Cream

Top-10 Hookah Spots Amar Times Café, Adliya Don Vito Café, Adliya Maggies Café, Adliya Al Bindaira Café, Multiple Branches Café 222, The Walk, Riffa SkyBar, Hotel Diva, Juffair Sofitel, Zallaq Veranda, Multiple Branches Yamin Jana, Amwaj Aroma Café, Seef Mall have been diminished greatly. Also, the protective mucus lining of the stomach may be temporarily diminished, making the stomach walls more vulnerable to irritation. Starting with simple and easiest-to-digest foods supports digestion and assimilation. Warm water is gentle on the digestive track and also helps easy movement of the food pipe preparing your stomach for the heavier foods. Drinking fruit or vegetable juices is a good option too. Vegetable and bone broths are great as well, so get them shorbas coming! Try and eat naturally cultured and fermented foods as well, like yoghurt. Laban is a popular drink in this part of the world and cooling too. Yoghurt also makes for a great marinade for grills, a common cooking method used in Arabic gastronomy; now who doesn’t like grilled

meat, fish, vegetables, corn, cottage cheese … yummy! If you’ve ever been invited to a Ghabga you’d know the drill. Literally translating to ‘a meal at late night’, Ghabgas actually go on until the wee hours of the morning. After feasting on a sumptuous meal, you’d find people getting hooked onto their Hubbly-

Top-10 Grill Joints Abul Tikka Shop, Gudaibiya Al Sho’ala, Muharraq The Grub Shack, Budaiya Isfahani, Multiple Branches Copper Chimney, Um Al Hassam Al Abraj, Multiple Branches Dalona, Muharraq Charcoal grill, Multiple Branches Iraqi Kebab, Um Al Hassam Apple Restaurant, Salmaniya

bubbly (commonly known as Hookah or Shisha, here). There’s nothing like smoking an exotic flavour of shisha after a heavy meal; but since it is tobacco at the end of the day, try keeping it to not more than twice or thrice a week. Also try having shorter smoking sessions, use disposable mouthpieces and don’t share them. So, ladies and gentlemen, let the Iftar begin!

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Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa The rooftop venue on the island, Al Fanar, allows you to indulge in the freshest local ingredients accompanied by the beautiful skyline views. Try the delicious Arabian Iftar dishes, fresh dates, and refreshing juices as well as hot and cold mezzeh available at BD15 net per person. Children under six dine for free. Private Iftar for corporates, are also available for a minimum of 50 pax and up to 700 pax. For group bookings based on a minimum of 50 pax, 1 Iftar dinner will be complimentary for every 10 pax confirmed. Extend your night with Ghabga, accompanied with shisha, henna for ladies, raffles and live Oud music.The a la carte Ghabga menu will be served at The Kontiki restaurant & Poolside terrace where shisha will also be available. Private Ghabga for aminimum of 50 pax and up to 700 pax will be hosted in the Grand Ambassador Ballroom or in the Al Fanar Hall. For group bookings based on a minimum of 50 pax, 1 Ghabga dinner will be complimentary for every 10 pax confirmed. Reservations: Tel. +973 1763 1291. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

Al Safir Hotel & Tower, Juffair The Ramadan celebrations at Al Safir Hotel & Tower will feature Middle Eastern traditional Arabic dishes with a touch of International fare at the Arabic restaurant – YallaYalla. The Iftar buffet opens from Maghreb Prayer and continues up till 11pm. Live cooking stations, specialised coffee creations, soft beverages and Ramadan games will add to the charm. A large spread of traditional, local dishes supplemented with Asian dishes will also be part of the Iftar buffet. Price: Iftar buffet BD7.5 net per person. A promotional voucher booklet comprising of ten vouchers with special discount rates is also available. Groups of ten pax and above can avail a special discounted rate. Al Safir, undertakes corporate Iftar and Ghabga events too. Specially tailored Iftar and Ghabga menus to suit individual preferences are available for outdoor catering. Reservations: Tel. +973 1782 7999.

Paul Bakery & Restaurant

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Experience timeless hospitality and rich traditions at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain this Ramadan. Be the winner of a three night’s holy trip to Mövenpick Hajer Makka and two nights at Mövenpick Anwar Al Madina for every time you join the Iftar buffet. You will be entitled to enter the raffle draw on the last night of Ramadan. Break your fast and indulge with your family and friends in a wide selection of flavoured Middle Eastern dishes, featuring hot and cold starters, quzi, madhrouba, thereed and harees as well as refreshing juices and kamaradin. Iftar timing: from prayer till 9.30pm every night and priced at BD12.5++ per person. Enjoy the sweet flavours of your favourite shisha in the fully-air conditioned Flamingo terrace, overlooking the sprawling lagoon. Ghabqa is served for a group of 100 persons and more at BD8++ per person. Reservations: Tel. +973 1746 0000. 114 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2013

Get ready for a deliciously inventive Paul Bakery & Restaurant Iftar menu bursting with traditional flavours and a decidedly French touch! Break your fast with dates and jellab or a fizzy apple drink. The menu includes Tomato and Cumin soup or Lentil Soup, to a selection of summer salads. Main course- try a plump poached salmon served with puy lentils, roasted pumpkin, confit tomatoes and balsamic reduction or Tarragon and Lemon Stuffed Chicken with trimmings of parsnip mash, potatoes with truffle sauce, jumbo mushrooms and confit tomatoes is another option while the Grilled Beef Fillet, served with accompaniments is a great choice for those looking for hearty comfort food. Paul’s desserts include Date Eclairs, Cheesecake with jellab syrup, and Hallawa ice cream topped with jellab syrup. The Special Iftar Menu will be available for BD9.9. Paul, will be open for take away from 9am during the entire season of Ramadan with restaurant dine-in sections opening at Iftar time every evening. Reservations: Bahrain City Centre, Tel. +973 1717 2321 and Seef Mall, Tel. +973 1758 0073.


Elite Hospitality Group Elite Group Hotels are spread across the Kingdom making it easy for the guests to experience world class hospitality across all their properties.

Elite Resort & Spa

Elite Grande Hotel

Al Noor Tent at Elite Resort & Spa is all geared up to provide a truly magnificent experience this Ramadan. Set against the stunning backdrop of the sun setting over the Muharraq bay with Oud music adding to the mood, Al Noor tent’s luxuriant interiors and comfortable seating are reminiscent of an Arabian Nights fairy tale! This luxurious setting may we add, is the perfect gift for your mother and wife, who definitely deserve a break from preparing those special Ramadan dishes! Al Noor Tent, is must visit for you with your friends and family to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan! Al Noor tent at Elite Resort & Spa is the largest of its kind in Bahrain providing comfortable seating for up to 600 people. Oud music will set the mood, and large screen TVs all around will make sure you don’t miss your favourite shows. This is indeed a perfect place for delightful treats with all the comforts of your home! The Iftar buffet from sunset until 8pm is priced at BD6.9++ for adults and BD2.9++ for children. With a multi-cuisine selection of salads, large spread of Lebanese mezzes, and a host of authentic Bahraini dishes, the buffet is sure to satisfy. There is also a live grill and shawarma station, and a delectable selection of desserts.The Ghabga will start at 8.30pm until 12.30am, priced at BD12.9++. There is a smoking and a non-smoking section for the convenience of the guests. The smoking section will feature live entertainment and games as well as shisha. Diners also stand a chance to win exciting prizes in a raffle conducted every day. Suhoor starts at 1am until morning prayer. It’s BD3.9++ for adults. Al Noor tent is also the ideal place for your corporate events. Reservations: Tel. +973 1731 3333.

Have delicious food at the Iftar buffet or choose the set menu for BD6++. Enjoy the H2O pool side for the Suhoor buffet with an Arabic seating area outside with small tents which are equipped with coolers and Shisha. (Available for BD6++) The place is ideal for an elegant and relaxed Suhoor. Reservations: Tel. +973 1756 5888.

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel Enjoy the Iftar buffet at Il Giardino Restaurant. The Arabic food, special drinks and oriental sweets are sure to delight your palette. Priced at BD8.5 net for adults and BD4 net for children below twelve years, the buffet is available from 5.30pm till 8.30pm. With live entertainment, Shisha and Arabic music the place is perfect for Ramadan celebrations. A special sweet buffet will be served from 10pm till 1am for BD4 net per adult and BD2 for children below twelve years. The venue is also suitable for Ghabga and private parties. Reservations: Tel. +973 1758 3388.

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El-Tanoura Dance

InterContinental Regency Bahrain An Authentic Traditional Ramadan Experience!

Make this Ramadan truly special by celebrating it with your nearest and dearest at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain. The hotel offers a truly exquisite experience throughout the Holy Month. This year the Al Thurayya Ramadan Tent has been specially designed to exceed everyone’s expectations with a fresh new concept and a refurbished new look. The ambience, elegant and classy, comprises of a traditional majlis section and low-seating areas coupled with traditional Egyptian folklore dances and entertainment which includes the colourful El-Tanoura Dance!

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InterContinental Regency assures a delightful Iftar experience with calm Arabic music, sumptuous buffets and Ramadan juices. While your Iftar experience is calm, Al Thurayya offers a whole new experience for Ghabga. During Ghabga, the Egyptian entertainers will please your senses with the wonderful and colourful El-Tanoura Dance. The troupe consists of eight artistsfour singers and four performers who will delight you and ensure a memorable evening! Apart from that, there would be games, caroms and cards which will add to the charm of the evening. A full and scrumptious Arabic buffet including all the Ramadan favourites will be available for Iftar and Ghabga. The ouzi stations

and live saj bread stations will provide the freshest fare to the guests. Al Thurayya will be open daily for Iftar and Ghabga, from Maghreb to 8.30pm for Iftar and from 9pm to 2am for Ghabga. Iftar buffets are BD14 net per person for both weekdays and weekends while Ghabga buffets are BD14 net per person on weekdays (Sunday to Wednesday) and BD15 net per person on weekends (Thursday to Saturday). Head to InterContinental Regency Bahrain for an enticing and relaxing atmosphere and a culinary experience which will be long cherished! For more details, contact: Tel. +973 1720 8308.

Maki’s Oliver’s Table Now in Bahrain!


n 2002 a visionary by the name of Mohamad (Oliver) Zeitoun ventured into introducing indigenous ingredients, like homegrown olive oil to traditional Japanese cuisine. Since then there has been no looking back! Maki today serves a range of sushi including Amer Maki, Oze Akami Maki, and Tara II Maki, all of which use olive oil as one of the ingredients. Zeitoun later went on to introduce other ingredients such as balsamic vinegar, wild thyme, and black truffles to maki roll dishes thus redefining Asian cusine. Maki’s new olive oil brand, Oliver’s Table won a gold medal in Japan and was appreciated as a healthy ingredient

that can be blended with Japanese and Asian seafood favorites. 290 other top olive oil brands also participated. The restaurant has been presented with many other awards – Best Japanese Restaurant, Best Sushi Presentation and the more recent ones at Horeca 2013. In addition to Bahrain, Maki operates in Lebanon and Kuwait. Interesting extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) facts: Pressed cold (no heat) when olives are still green produces the best tasting EVOO Extra virgin translates to a free oleic acid content of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams and a peroxide value of less than 15 milliequivalent O2 EVOO is essentially used in many cuisines around the world, and has recently acquired the attention of Japanese gourmands Well-known for its health benefits, EVOO is known to contain substances that promote lower LDL (heart healthy), decrease inflammation, and fight serious illnesses such as cancer The best tasting EVOO usually has hints of fruitiness, spiciness, with a bit of bitterness at the back of the throat, which dissipates almost immediately In 2010, over three million tons of olive oil were produced

Visit Maki Bahrain at Bahrain World Trade Centre Open Daily: 12pm until 11.30pm & until 12 mid night on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays. Lounge open until 2am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, and until 1am on other days. For reservations call, Tel. +973 1752 2733 or +973 3699 9102 or email:


The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Celebrate Ramadan in its true spirit! Head to the elegant and ever popular Ramadan tent, Khaimat Al Khaleej at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain to experience exquisite Arabian hospitality or visit Al Waha Restaurant and Takht Jamsheed for lavish Iftar buffets. Al Waha Restaurant will serve a delightful Iftar buffet made up of the freshest local ingredients and Arabic specialties while the Gulf Hotel’s popular Iranian restaurant Takht Jamsheed will serve a delicious Iftar buffet featuring both Arabic and Persian delicacies. The Iftar buffet will be available daily and is priced at BD15++ per person in both restaurants. Offerings include a selection of exquisite dates, refreshing juices, as well as hot and cold mezzeh with an enticing selection of salads, home-baked breads, shawarma and falafel. Add to this a wide variety of traditional Arabic dishes

including Arabic Quzi, Thireed, Harees and a delectable array of Arabic desserts such as Um, Ali, Kunafa and Mahalabiya. For

those who wish to enjoy a late evening gettogether with friends and family, the Khaimat Al AKhaleej tent will be open every night during Ramadan from 9pm to 2am Saturday through Wednesday, and from 9pm to 3am on Thursdays and Fridays. Prices are BD14++ on weekdays and BD16++ on weekends, and guests may indulge in a delicious buffet, including a wide variety of traditional Bahraini and Arabic specialties, against a background of traditional Arabic music, with a live Oud and Tabla player

Khaimat Al AKhaleej Tent

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performing every night. Several options are also available for both Ghabga and Iftar packages with special rates for Corporate Groups, Gulf Air, NSA and Prestige Club members. For those who prefer something a little bit unconventional during Ramadan, La Pergola Restaurant will be featuring an a la carte menu with delicious Italian specialties, while Sato will also be serving an a la carte menu with Japanese delicacies such as sushi, maki and teppanyaki. Reservations: Tel. +973 1771 3000.


Bushra 2012

Bushra The trendiest destination during Ramadan, Bushido once again transforms into Bushra this Holy Month. Following last year’s success which saw the launch of Bushra, meaning “good news” in Arabic, this year’s Ramadan will once again transform Bushido’s opulent Japanese-pagoda into a modern Arabic experience! In true Bushido style, there will be a few innovative surprises to behold. Amongst the surprises, Bushra will deliver a visual spectacle, utilising the latest technology of 3D video mapping.

3D mapping is a magical technology using projections to create dynamic interactive displays which bring surfaces to life thus creating brilliant visuals. Furthermore for Bushra, a special guest Arabic chef consultant has been appointed. Noor Murad, a contemporary Bahraini chef, graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York and has since founded the cooking school and restaurantconsultancy “Chop That” in Bahrain. Her culinary expertise will surely deliver an unforgettable experience this Ramadan. Head to Bushido which will be converted into a modern Arabic tent! Traditional music will mix with modern beats and oriental paintings will grace the walls. A mix of traditional Arabic and International food including live cooking stations and a la carte option will be on offer. Delicious food such as Threed, Hareesa, Qatayef, Saj, Shawarma, hot

by Chef Noor Murad

and cold mezzes along with traditional tea, Arabic coffee, dates, labans, milkshakes, infusions and Shisha will be served. Iftar: 6pm to 8pm; BD13.5++ weekdays, BD15.5 weekends. Ghabga: 9pm to 1am; BD10.9++ weekdays, BD12.9++ weekends. Shisha Lounge: 6pm to 1am; BD6++ regular shisha, BD8++ fresh or special fresh shisha. Reservations: Tel. +973 1758 3555.

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Wiz Khalifa

ith the recent release of Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories, and the reemergence of Justin Timberlake, the music scene is a busy place at this time. The latest hits from Sony are evidence of this. Daft Punk’s collaboration with Pharell Williams on the syntho-pop hit “Get Lucky” has proven to be a huge success. It had the biggest streaming day for a single track in the history of Spotify in the US and UK. Justin Timberlake’s new single “Mirrors” has also been very well received, perhaps benefitting the hype of his potential comeback into the music scene. While “Suit & Tie” was the first track Timberlake released upon his second coming, “Mirrors” proved to be the real shiner. Often overlooked nowadays, the world of Rap music is still thriving and producing great tracks, and “Power Trip” by J. Cole and the man currently infamous for his WWE-esque leg drop upon an unsuspecting fan, Miguel, will remind you of that. Here, Cole dives deep to allow us insight into his come up, fame, love life and the one constant in it. His lyrical potential seems endless and, coupled with Miguel’s swooning hook; you’ll soon be experiencing a power trip like no other. Kings of Leon have recently announced that their new album, Mechanical Bull, is due for a 24th September release. The band are fresh off three acclaimed headlining performances where fans who missed out on a concert due to tropical storm Andrea in New York were treated to a live performance of Mechanical Bull’s first single, Supersoaker

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Top 10 On The Charts

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Featuring T.I and Pharell Get lucky - Daft Punk Featuring Pharell Williams Radioactive - Imagine Dragons Can’t hold us - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton We Own It - 2Chainz and Wiz Khalifa Come and get it – Selena Gomez Power Trip - J. Cole Featuring Miguel Just Give Me a Reason - Pink Featuring Nate Reuss Cruise - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nellie Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

Ben Walsh

Daft Punk

whole new level! He is the kind of percussionist who can make any surface or object sing. In a typical Ben Walsh concert you will spot him playing drums, guitar, and string instruments designed and built by him, body slapping, and even scratching. Walsh started drumming at the age of two and is a part of as many as five musical projects in Australia. “I started banging on pots and pans,” he says. An exciting aspect to his shows is his creations, instruments that he fashions out of garbage, like the Wheel of Drum, which is made from barrels found at a junkyard. Walsh develops these hybrid instruments in conjunction with his friend Kim O’Sullivan aka Machina.

Dharma Protocol Featuring Boy George - Coming Home

Killer Drummer!

Ben Walsh, popular Australian percussionist performed in India – Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad – last month. “Indians are such skilled drummers!” he exclaims.“Every time I visit India, I feel like a gunslinger walking into a bar. A seven-year-old does things that I’m scared I can’t.” Now now … don’t let his humility fool you; this killer drummer can take percussion instruments to a

A cool, chunky house tune crafted by Dharma Protocol, ‘Coming Home’ is about returning to who you really are as a person. “Some people grow further away from themselves as they get older, while others like me becoming who they are meant to be,” said Boy George. “Right now I feel very comfortable in my skin. The music I’m making is a reflection of how I feel, which is super positive and focused.” ‘Coming Home’ comes with mixes fromJuan Kidd, hyped as a summer smash by Prok & Fitch, and further mixes from Psychemagik, Kinky Roland, Marc Vedo and Maze & Masters. It features one of Boy George’s strongest and most soulful vocals.



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BICE 1755 3666 MODA Mall, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11.30pm Carino’s Italian Grill 1758 7878 Seef Tower, 11am to 12am Coco’s Café 1771 3710 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Pizza Company 1781 1830 Juffair & 1 other location, Open 24 Hours

Fiamma 1763 6363 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 12.30pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Cucina Italiana 1700 1317 Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, 6am to 2am

Italiano 1758 1919 Al A’ali Complex, 11.45am to 11pm MASSO 1772 1061 The Palace Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11.30pm Mia Mia 1756 4414 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am Pasta Art 1700 1750 Zamil Tower, 8am to 6pm Pastarito 1717 9300 Bahrain City Centre & Durrat Al- Bahrain 11am to 12am 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 Vapiano 1749 1391 Bahrain City Centre, 10am to 10pm Dominos Pizza 1782 6222 Juffair & 4 other locations 10.30am to 12.15am Gusto Pizzeria 1769 5556 Budaiya,12pm to 11pm Little Caesars 1717 9400 Bahrain City Centre & 4 other locations 11am to 12am Margherita Pizza & Pasta 1772 3133 Umm Al Hassam, 12.30pm to 3.30pm/ 5.30pm to 12.30am Metro Pizza 1779 4000 Sa’ar, 12pm to 12am Papa John’s 1772 5453 Juffair & 18 other locations, 10am to 3am

Haji Sushi 1772 5638 American Alley, Juffair, 11am to 11pm

Qasr Al Sultan Grill 1774 4144 Bahrain City Centre & 1 other location 11am to 12am Shoo Fee Ma Fee 1731 1280 Adliya, 10am to 12am Tarwe’a 1724 0046 Manama, Open 24 Hours Yamin Jana 1600 3380 The Dragon Hotel & Resort, 7am to 2am Zayt Zaytoon 1731 2222 Manama & 2 other locations, 7am to 12am Zeitouna 1736 5055 Juffair & 4 other locations, 8am to 12am

Mondo Restaurant 1753 1666 Diplomat Radisson Blu

Kei 1753 5000 Golden Tulip Hotel, 12.30pm to 3pm/ 7.30pm to 11pm

La Pergola 1771 3000 Gulf Hotel

Maki 1752 2733 MODA Mall, 12pm to 12am

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

Café Spasso 1782 2274 New Zinj, Open 830am onwards

Mirai 1771 3113 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Melh Al Zad 1731 1170 Hoora, 12.30pm to 1am

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

Sumo Sushi & Bento 1771 8090 American Alley, Juffair, 12pm to 12am

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

Sushi 101 1782 2274 New Zinj Saturday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm/6pm onwards & Friday 1pm to 4pm/7pm onwards

Taza 1778 4997 Tubli, 12.30pm to 12.30am

La Taverna 1722 9979 City Centre Hotel, Gold City 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am Medzo 1720 8308 InterContinental Regency Hotel Open for lunch and dinner

Yo Sushi 1758 3373 Al A’ali Complex, Seef Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 12am/ Thursday to Friday 12pm to 2am

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

Middle Eastern

Ninos 1756 6555 Al A’ali Complex, Seef

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

Oliveto 1771 6747 Block 338, Adliya 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 12am

Badawi 1729 7799 Manama, 10am to 11pm

Pizzeria Café Italia 1758 2823 Seef Mall, 11am to 11pm Roma 1772 5885 Um Al Hassam, 12pm to 2.30pm/7pm to 11.30pm Romano Macaroni Grill 1772 3818 Juffair Pomodorino 1700 0121 Adliya, 12pm to 1am


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

EDO 1729 0945 Exhibition Avenue, 11,30am to 12am

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

Frangipani 1758 2422 Seef Mall, 10am to 12am

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Fuji Sushi Bar 1753 3336 Sheza Tower Hotel,12.30pm to 12am

Bahrain Confidential’s Favourite

Café Blanc 1710 0069 Al A’ali Complex, 8am to 12am Chakmagia 1755 8500 Dana Mall, 10am to 10pm Dalaona Restaurant 1733 0930 Muharraq, 9am to 12am Fakhruddin 1769 5949 Sa’ar, 11am to 11pm Kenza 1736 0000 The K Hotel, 7pm to 2am Leila 1756 6556 Seef, 9am to 12am Mashawi Lebanese Grill 1733 9014 Muharraq, 12pm to 12am

Al-Bokhari 1731 1186 Hoora & 2 other locations, 12pm to 2am

Momo 1718 0659 Adliya, 8am to 2am Shawarma Express 1772 9922 Juffair & 5 other locations, 7am to 3am Zahlawiya 1771 0051 Adliya, 7am to 2pm/4pm to 4am Kosebasi 1717 2322 Bahrain City Centre 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 Fanar 1753 1666 Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Open Monday to Saturday 9.30pm to 2am Al Hamra 1722 4000 Delmon International Hotel, Open 24 Hours Al Mukhayam Ramada Palace Hotel 8pm to 1am Al Shama 1729 7000 Windsor Tower Hotel, 9pm to 2am Al Yacout 1729 8008 Novotel Al Dana Resort, 8pm to 2am

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



Bahrain Confidential’s Favourite

Carla’s 1769 7687 Cyprus Gardens, Sehla, 12pm to 12am

Blue Moon 1729 7100 Hoora, 10am to 1am

Dar Al Tajine 1731 1167 Phoenicia Tower Hotel

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

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

Caesars 1771 6955 Adliya, 12.30pm to 3pm/6.30pm to 11.45pm

Isfahani 1755 0567 Hoora and other locations, 12pm to 12am Laialy Zaman 1729 3097 Fateh Corniche, 11am to 4am Marmaris 1755 5909 Sanabis, 11am to 12am Maseelee 1721 0647 Gulf Pearl Hotel, 5am to 9.30pm Persian 1781 1511 Adliya, 12.30pm to 3.30pm/7.30pm to 12am Persian Room 1601 0166 Amwaj Islands Saturday to Wednesday 12pm to 12am/ Thursday to Friday 12pm to 1am Rayes 1731 2700 Fateh Corniche, 12pm to 1230am Takht-e Jamsheed 1774 6431 Gulf Hotel, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm

Century International 1771 0100 Adliya & 1 other location 7am to 2am Charcoal Grill 1721 3410 Manama & 1 other location Citrus Restaurant & Café 1774 4950 Adliya, 12pm to 12am 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 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

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

Marmaris 1755 3825 Al Daih, 11am to 12am

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

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

Pashawat 1763 6413 Sofitel Bahrain, 7pm to 12am

Paradise 1753 5306 Manama, 9am to 1am

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

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

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

Fusion Block 338 1771 0338 Adliya, 11am to 2am Deja Vu 1365 7770 Adliya, 4pm to 2am Al Osra 1749 1492 East Riffa & 3 other locations, 11am to 12am Atayeb Restaurant 1759 0119 Budaiya, 12pm to 4pm/6pm to 11pm Bangkok International 1774 0666 Adliya & 1 other location, 10am to 1am

Silk Restaurant 1774 9750 Adliya, 11am to 12pm Spice Nice 1771 3603 Adliya, 12pm to 3.30pm/6pm to 12am Sun & Sand 1731 1366 Exhibition Avenue, 11am to 2am Tandoor Hut 1771 3874 Adliya, 11am to 1130pm The Food Station 1725 4007 Marina Mall & 2 other locations, 10am to 10pm Camelot 1771 7745 Adliya, Block 338 12pm to 12am Trader Vic’s 1758 6555 Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Spa 12pm to 3.30pm/7.30pm to 11.30am

“I’m not a vegetarian! I’m a dessertarian!” - Bill Watterson

Saraya 1763 6410 Sofitel Bahrain, 6.30am to 11pm

Fish Market 1770 1201 Al Bander Hotel and Resort, 12.30pm to 11.30pm

Tapas Bar 1763 6412 Sofitel Bahrain, 11.30am to 3.30pm/7pm to 12am

Sheza Seafood Market 1753 3336 Sheza Tower Hotel, Diplomatic Area 12.30pm to 12am

JJ’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 1774 2323 Adliya, 12pm to 230am

Steak Houses

Clay Oven 1771 7008 Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/ 6.30pm to 11.30pm

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

House Boat 1601 0321 Amwaj, 11am to 11.30pm

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

Mexican Margarita Mexicana 1774 6462 Gulf Hotel, Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/7pm to 11pm Casa Mexicana 1771 5521 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6pm to 12am 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 La Mer 1763 6411 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 7pm to 11pm

Plums 1758 0000 Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa 7pm to 11.30pm Butcher’s Shop & Grill 1717 2323 Bahrain City Centre, 12pm to 11pm Brazil 1782 6686 Adliya, 12pm to 3pm/6pm to 11pm L’lle 1784 5000 Al Areen Palace & Spa, 6pm to 11pm Legendz Steakhouse 1720 8308 InterContinental Regency Hotel Open for lunch and dinner Ponderosa Steakhouse 1758 0552 Seef, 11am to 1am

La Perle 1729 8008 Novotel Al Dana Resort, 7pm to 12am

Sizzlers Restaurant 1771 6999 Mansoori Mansions Hotel, Open 24 Hours

Sea Chef 1729 2911 Hoora, 12pm to 1am

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

Waves 1753 1122 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12pm to 4pm/7pm to 12am Far East Sea Food Market 1772 7230 Ramez International Hotel, Juffair Daily, 12.30pm to 11.30pm

Mezzaluna 1774 2999 Adliya Sunday to Wednesday 7pm to 11pm/ Thursday to Saturday 7pm to 11.30pm

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

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CONFIDENTIAL CUISINES Peppers Fusion 1771 7808 Adliya, 11am to 3.30pm/6pm to 12am

Caramel 1770 7087 Cyprus Gardens, Budaiya, 8.30am to 12am

Kontiki Restaurant 1753 1666 Diplomt Radisson Blu

Café Ceramique Al A’ali Mall, 9am to 11pm

Baan Saeng Thai Adliya, 11.30am to 3pm/6pm to 12am Bali Orchid 1718 0424 Gudaibiya, 12pm to 12am Honey’s 3923 8507 Souq, Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm/ Friday to Saturday 24 Hours

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” - J.R.R. Tolkien Thai

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

Banana Leaf 1774 4171 Adliya, 11am to 11pm

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

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

American Blaze Burgers 1774 4773 Adliya, 11am to 12am Burger Wisconsin 1759 4458 Sa’ar, 11am to 12am Chickey’s 1774 4144 Zinj & 2 other locations, 10am to 1am 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 Johnny Rockets 1756 6565 Al A’ali Complex & 1 other location 8.30am to 1am

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Ric’s Kountry Kitchen 1772 5550 Juffair Bennigan’s 1781 3750 Al Safir Hotel, Juffair Brasa de Brazil 1758 2225 Seef Mall, 12pm to 11pm Chilli’s 1758 1221 Seef Mall and many other locations

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 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


Hard Rock Café 1729 1569 Exhibition Road, 8am to 1am

Café T 1775 0777 The Royal Golf Club

Jan Burger 1771 2505 Adliya & 5 other locations

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

Burger Lounge 3984 2840 Amwaj, 12pm to 12am

A Lounge 1771 0041 Adliya, 11am to 2am

Grub Shack 1713 1363 Al Hamala

Al Bindaira Café 1774 4066 Adliya, Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 12.30am and Friday 1pm to 1am

Asian 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 Hot Wok 1717 8083 Bahrain City Centre, 10am to 12am Pan Asia 1772 1600 Umm Al Hassam, 11am to 3.30pm/7pm to 11pm

Al Bareh Art Café 1771 3535 Adliya, 8.30am to 11pm Al Riwaq Café 1771 7441 Adliya, 10am to 9pm Aroma Restaurant & Café 1758 2711 Seef Mall, Open for lunch and dinner Café Lilou 1771 4440 Adliya & 1 other location Saturday to Thursday 8am to 11pm/ Friday 10am to 11.30pm Candles Coffee 1771 4844 Adliya, Sunday to Thursday 9am to 1am/ Friday & Saturday 5pm to 1am

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 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 Patisseri Valerie MODA Mall, 7.30am to 9pm Sky Walk Café Mariott Executive Apartments, Juffair 6.30am to 11.30pm Tea Club Amwaj Islands 12pm to 12am Veranda 1771 5868 Adliya and 2 other locations, 9am to 1am Waterlemon 1758 1785 Al A’ali Shopping Complex 10am to 11pm Organic Foods & Café 1333 3285 Seef Mall, 9am to 10pm Levante Café 1603 0393 Amwaj, 12pm to 130am Café Sayah 1722 4000 Delmon International Hotel, Open 24 Hours

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

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. World Beat Fitness Centre 1761 2576 The Diplomat Radisson Blu 1753 1666 Reiki Master And Teacher Melanie 3933 0911 offers Reiki sessions and courses or Anubhaa Sharma

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

Badminton Bapco Club Telgu Kala Samithi The Indian Club

1775 3666 1727 6300 1725 3157

Basketball EZ Fit Sports Complex Bahrain Basketball Association

1769 2378 1774 1010

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

1769 2378 1769 5809 1727 6134

1765 0079

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

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

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

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

Golf Awali Club Royal Golf Club

Snooker Bahrain Snooker Association Jimmy’s Snooker and Billiards Club

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

1782 5301 1771 6147

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

1753 1165 1745 0000 1778 0011 3944 4137

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

1759 3593 1770 1201 1753 0764 1753 1666

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

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

1729 2313

1729 2662

Horse Riding


Ice Skating Funland Centre

1769 5809

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

Drama Film-making workshops

3600 1777

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

1756 6566 1769 2378 1761 2576 1759 2096

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

1775 3666 1772 8245 1732 0955

1772 8245 1769 2986 1758 0001 1753 1666

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

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

Bahrain Music Institute Kindermusik Bahrain Room to Rock

Al Areen Wildlife Park

1783 6116

Adhari Park

1740 7300

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


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

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

1729 3109

Funland Corniche next to Marina Club Bowling and Ice Skating everyday.

1729 2313

Hawar Island

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

Kid’s Kingdom

Music Lessons

1775 6770 1775 0777

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



Cycling Bahrain Cycling Association

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

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

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


Where To Go

1772 1999 1761 3144/3925 6904 1761 1785

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

Magic Island Seef Mall

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

1755 8500 1759 2096 1729 2313

1759 1136 1758 2898 1756 6566 1769 0926 1784 5100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Special Needs

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

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

Art Societies

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

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

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

Avoiding Offence

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

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

Courier & Express Delivery

Tel. 1733 0434


Tel. 1736 4100


Tel. 1734 9199

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

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

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

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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

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

999 1725 3447 1779 0025 1781 2000 1782 8282 1728 8888

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

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

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

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

3987 3357 1753 0020 1753 3558

151 181 191 100 140

Bahrain Bridge Club Bahrain Bridge Committee

3960 7219 3968 7190

Darts Balouch Club Sri Lanka Club

1729 2231 1729 7878

Chess Bahrain Chess Federation

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



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

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

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


Nurseries and Creches

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

1776 4468 3966 7751

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Horoscopes “There is an unseen sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes. When the sound box is filled, no music can come forth. When the brain and the belly burn from fasting, every moment a new song rises out of the fire. The mists clear, and a new vitality makes you spring up the steps before you . . .” – Rumi

Leo 23 July-21 August

Colleagues or loved ones will take your cooperative attitude and generosity toward a joint project. Don’t be afraid to set them straight. This month, you’ll be overprotective of those you care about; let them make their own mistakes.

Virgo 22August-

21 September A new venture may seem overwhelming, but you’ll soon realise that you can handle the challenges. Be ready to stand back and allow others to experience change without having you by their side.

Libra 22September-

22 October You don’t have to try so hard to impress influential people. Just be yourself, and you’ll win them over easily. You will discover how to get what you want, personally or professionally.

Scorpio 23 October-

22 November Be sure to get travel plans or important meetings up and running. Information that you need to share with others has to be handled with care. Otherwise, they may end up feeling excluded.

Sagittarius 23 November-

21 December Pool your resources with those of someone you trust, but don’t feel obligated to contribute more than your fair share. You’ll confide in one or two people about a business or a financial matter. Keep them informed, as their support will prove invaluable.

Capricorn 22 December-

19 January If you’ve neglected someone special, don’t overcompensate with extravagances; offer an apology or an honest explanation instead. Friends may want to rush headlong into their latest scheme. Be mindful of the risks, and suggest an alternate plan.

Aquarius 20 January-

18 February Tackling uninspiring tasks early on will allow you to enjoy yourself more, later in the month. You’ll have earnings on your mind. Don’t let the fear of upsetting those who haven’t worked as hard as you keep you from forging ahead.

Gemini 21 May-21 June

Others may look to you for inspiring ideas and while you’ll come up with something original, proceed with caution. Anyone trying to push you past your comfort zone must be told you won’t go there. Seize any opportunity to be noticed by VIPs or to earn extra money.

Cancer 22 June-22 July

Don’t be put off by negative remarks, especially from someone who would love to be in your shoes. You’ll want to treat others to a taste of the good life, but remember that they must be allowed to go at their own pace.

Pisces 19 February-

20 March You’ll expect people to be enthusiastic about your ideas but you’ll get a lukewarm response. Don’t take it personally. You’ll be unnerved by the ambitious plans of others that are lacking practicality. Show them a more realistic way to go.

Aries 21 March-19 April

A coworker or family member may rely on you for emotional support. Rather than getting irritated, try to be understanding. Friends and loved ones would like you to be more adventurous; after the 20th, you’ll be open to their suggestions.

Taurus 20 April-20 May

It’s worth reviewing your finances to see if you can get a better return on your money. Someone will offer to help provide clarity; accept it. Huge gains can be made by combining resources on a project you’d prefer to do single-handedly.

Ruby, the birthstone for those born in July is said to strengthen both the physical and emotional heart. It brings love, confidence, loyalty, and courage. July 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 127


Carrot, Egg, Coffee A daughter complained to her father about life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of struggling. It seemed that as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter sucked her teeth and waited impatiently, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her he asked. “What do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.  He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they

through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. “Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” 

were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She said, “What’s the point?” He explained that each of the items had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong and hard. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting

Handling Criticism

Rather than trying to avoid criticism, expert performers welcome it. They seek out coaches and advisers who can give them constructive, sometimes even painful feedback. They then use this feedback as a guide for steady improvement. Here are some steps you can take to handle criticism effectively: Acknowledge Your Error Acknowledging a mistake is not the same as acknowledging that you are an inferior

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person/a failure. If you believe the criticism is accurate, take full responsibility. Don’t blame something or someone else and don’t make excuses. If appropriate, offer a diplomatic apology: “I’m sorry that my actions led to that result. It certainly was not my intention.” Again, if appropriate, ask for suggestions on how you can improve your performance the next time.   Take Corrective Action - After you’ve heard the other person completely, and listened to any suggestions for improvement, state/ communicate your eagerness to improve in the future. If appropriate, describe any actions you will take at his time to counter balance your previous error.

Acknowledge the other person’s motive - Thank the other person for the feedback and make sure to state how valuable you consider it. This demonstrates your ability to use criticism as a way to improve – an essential quality of a leader. In addition, let the other person know that you are open to receiving his or her feedback in the future. Even when you don’t care for the style in which criticism is presented, be thankful that the other person is willing to give you feedback, and along with it, an opportunity to improve.

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