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Wow, is it really February already? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating New Year’s Eve! This month we are featuring a cultural extravaganza on all things Italian, with carnivals and Venetian balls. The Italian Ambassador’s wife Milena Padula also gives us an insight into the preparations for the Venetian Ball this month, which will be based on the real one in Italy featuring incredible costumes and masks. If you are still struggling to get into shape after relaxing a little bit too much over the festive period, check out our Health House feature to really pamper yourself and discover many therapies you have probably never heard of ... a diamond peel anyone?! And as we are all ‘Bahrain Islanders’, we’ve put together a feature on Amwaj Islands with a focus on their stunning property developments as well as the The Lagoon - from Citibank through to mouthwatering food and beverage outlets that cater to everyone’s tastes. We also have an interview with Weam Zabar from holistic healing centre, Namaste. She explains all of the treatments available and how to choose the best one to find your inner peace. Our exclusive chat with art connoisseur, Kanika Subberwal, founder of Art Select spices up our Culture Section; in addition to some stunning photography courtesy of Andrew Weaver who’s featured in our Art Space this month. February is also jam-packed with DJs visiting the Island so make sure to check out our Not To Be Missed section which has its very own page dedicated to all of the parties. Be sure to see all of the latest outfits the celebs have been wearing at the hottest red-carpet events, stars who are a step ahead in the fashion stakes. ‘Hearts’ Day’ is just right around the corner and if you are still trying to find that perfect gift for a loved one on Valentine’s, make sure to visit our Beauty and Sheer Luxury pages, full of beautiful jewellery and romantic fragrances. Also check out our special Bahrain City Centre feature about new shops in this bustling mall. You might even get lucky and win some prizes. Plan your dinner and leaf through our Gastro section and be sure to check out new Italian restaurant, Cucina Italiana or the newly renovated Ric’s Kountry Kitchen. We also feature an interview with seven young fashion graduates who give us an insight into what modelling is really like and how it has helped them in their personal lives. Our very own Juni Capulong continues with his column ‘A Matter of Taste’ about finding the perfect outfit to suit any budget - sharing his secrets about the best tailors and embroiderers on the Island. Dr Pierre Clero and Dr Dean Gomes discuss the recent breast implant scandal and life coach Kelly Armatage explains that sometimes, you need to put yourself first in her ‘Self-Sacrifice’ column.

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Oooh how jealous am I of singer Margaret Bell in last month’s edition. Being a professional singer and hobnobbing with the rich and famous really doesn’t sound bad to me, especially performing with Michael Jackson I mean, who can say they have sung with such a legend? Not many I bet. I imagine I could sit with her for hours and talk about music and all of the fantastic people she has met. If only my life was so glamorous … Aspiring Singer Ah well you know us, we aren’t going to feature any old Joe Bloggs and believe us, our lives seemed pretty dull in comparison to this diva too! After checking out her website and MySpace page, we can also confirm that she does have an incredible, powerful voice. Jealous? Us? Never … The London article was great and being born and raised there, I know exactly what Rebecca meant about the shopping! As a fellow ‘shopaholic’ myself, trying to pry myself away from Harrods is extremely difficult as I have zero willpower! The sales really have been immense and it’s probably the only time of year where I really go all out. Do you believe me?! I have never stayed in the Savoy however, definitely a must-do before the year is out. Obsessed Shopper (only during sales)

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Hmmm, no we definitely don’t believe that if you are a self-confessed shopaholic that you ‘go all out’ only once a year. Lies! About the hotel, we recommend you visit pronto because after all, if it is good enough for the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel, it’s good enough for us!

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Yet again Bahrain Confidential, you continue to impress me with your stunning makeovers! The teeth whitening was fab and really made a difference in the close-up shots. I enjoyed the final photo shoot as she didn’t seem to take herself too seriously which made it look better and more relaxed. Katie’s make-up was also flawless and I was left in awe! A great start to the New Year! Sima

The photo shoot definitely reflected Katie’s fun personality; it’s not bad to be pampered for a few weeks is it! Ooh what lovely, shiny motors you featured last month, I liked how some appealed to women too and they weren’t all flashy boys’ toys. My husband couldn’t get enough either. I tried to hint that the beautiful Aston Martin would look great parked in our driveway but he just laughed and told me to settle for the Mini, it was worth a try I guess! Car Enthusiast There are some great new motors coming your way this year and beyond including a concept car that will be worth around USD3 million. Now THAT will take some convincing … Your Bizarre News section really does leave me in hysterics every time, where else would you able to read about a dog accidentally shooting its owner in the buttocks?! Just brilliant, a great and uplifting page at the end of the magazine. Joan, Saar You know us Joan, we do our best to find the most weird and wonderful stories out there. Trust us, there are even more bizarre ones than that! It was interesting to see the range of programmes available at the Royal Golf Club for children and teens. I have already enrolled my kids (whether they liked it or not) as I thought the whole idea of the ‘Keep Fit’ exercises were so unusual. I don’t think they will talk to me after the ‘boot camp’ section but it will be worth it in the end!! Firm But Kind Hahaha oh lucky them! I’m sure when they are older they will look back and realise you had their best interests at heart, or maybe force you to go to an adult boot camp to get their own back!



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Hollywood Golden Couple Heidi Klum and Seal Set To Divorce

It is being reported that German-born supermodel Heidi Klum, 38 and British singer Seal, 48 have decided to end their seven-year marriage. The pair married at Seal’s beachfront home in Mexico in 2005. A spokesman for Seal did not return calls but a cryptic message posted on the singer’s Twitter page last month read: “The End.” They have three children together as well as daughter Leni from Heidi’s previous relationship with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

French actress Vanessa Paradis and Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s 14-year relationship is said to be on the brink of collapse. Miss Paradis hinted at the strains on her in real life in interviews to promote her latest film where she plays a single mother. The actress claimed she didn’t believe in marriage or soulmates. She said “If you lose your soulmate everything is done for. The film speaks of love, its joys, its pains and its dramas - to love and to lose. This story upset me, I was upsidedown, in the depths of myself.” 39-yearold Paradis is staying with her family in Paris while Depp, 48, is believed to have moved into a 29-room castle in Hollywood. Claims that the pair’s relationship is on the rocks have been circulating for months. The couple have two children together, Lily Rose, twelve and Jack, nine.

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Model Kate Moss is preparing to move into her new home in North London this month with husband Jamie Hince - and starting a family is top of the agenda. A friend has said, “Kate is full of excitement about her new life and she’s finally come round to wanting to grant Jamie his biggest wish, which is to become a dad.” Kate 38, already has a nine-year-old daughter Lila Grace and is so keen to be a mum that she’s put her party-loving lifestyle on hold. The supermodel has been busy renovating her seven-bedroom home in Highgate that she bought for £7.25 million last year.

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Jennifer Aniston is cutting back on her work schedule amid rumours that the Friends star is pregnant. The actress is dating 40-year-old Justin Theroux and has decided not to take on any more movies for the foreseeable future. A source has said she should be doing promotional work for Wanderlust, the movie on which she and Justin met, but 42-year-old

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‘Til 2nd The Annual Autumn Fair

International shopping bazaar featuring popular fashion to children’s toys, electronics, textiles, food stalls and more at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. Fee is .700 fils and children under five enter free. Tel. +973 1755 0033 or visit www.theautumnfair.com

2nd - 4th Annie Production

The Annie show will take place at the British Club and the performers are school children from different schools in Bahrain who are members of MASK (Music and Stage for Kids). Previous shows by MASK include Oliver, Wizard of Oz and Bugsy Malone. Tickets:BD7, BD5 for club members cost and available at Alosra supermarket in Saar, British School and the British Club. Tel. +973 3904 7734.

4th Amwaj Marina Market

It is the month of Valentine’s Day and for those of you looking to buy something special, head down to the Amwaj Marina Market. The market features a variety of goods and the outdoor markets are scheduled to be held throughout the cooler months on the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting. The next markets are on 3rd March and 7th April. Stalls are rented out for a competitive price and can be shared. Tel. +973 1603 0605 for more information.

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5th Bahrain Writers Club

Bahrain Writers Club will hold their monthly meeting at Al Riwaq Art Space, a networking event where people get to meet with and chat to other writers. There will also be an update of BWC news and the book, ‘My Beautiful Bahrain’. There will be an introduction of new monthly writing projects for new or budding writers, updates from the creative writing and poetry workshops and the introduction of a BWC writing competition. Tel. +973 3835 7801 or visit www.BahrainWritersCircle.com

6th - 7th Empower Thyself Workshop

Kate Bartram will conduct the ‘Empower Thyself’ Workshop in Adliya from 10am to 6pm. Fee: BD220 - early bird; BD240 regular (BD100 deposit required). Email: katebartram@googlemail.com

11th - 13th Romeo & Juliet

Featuring ‘Romeo & Juliet, The Musical’ performed by S4K at the Cultural Hall, next to Bahrain Museum. Show timings are: 11th - 5.30pm; 12th - 8.45 and 11am; 13th - 10am. Tickets are BD16 - adults; BD13 Children with discount for groups and available from Havajava, Manazel, Alosra, Razmatazz Saar. Tel. +973 1756 6509.

11th February and 3rd March Mini Me Yoga Coffee Morning, Introductory Workshop

‘Yoga for Kids’, a one-day workshop for parents and teachers will be held on 3rd March at World Beat Fitness Centre and registration opens from 11th February. Mini Me yoga will be conducting the workshop and answer questions on how yoga can make a difference in children’s lives. Tel. +973 1761 2576 or visit www.worldbeatfitness.com

16th Coffee Morning and Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy

World Beat Fitness Centre will hold a Coffee Morning with guest speakers Seema Al Shirawi, RCST and Samantha De Zoysa, RCST on the theme of Biodynamic Cranialsacral Therapy - ‘Breath of Life’. Ms Shirawi and Ms De Zoysa are recent BCST graduates of the Karuna Institute in the UK and have had over ten years of experience with bodywork in modalities such as Reiki and Remedial Massage. The event will be from 9.45am to 11.30am. Members - BD2, non-members - BD3. For reservations, Tel. +973 1761 2576 or visit www.worldbeatfitness.com

17th - 21st Renowned Reiki Guru Frank Arjava Petter

The world leader and Vice Representative of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Japan will be holding a five-day teaching course at different levels including Shoden (Level 1) and Okuden (Level 2) at the Bahrain Wellness Centre, Janabiya. Course costs BD435; to confirm booking a non refundable deposit of BD100 is required. An open evening about Reiki is also available on 15th February from 6.30pm to 9pm. For reservations, email Julie Lomas:info@conscious-connections.com or Janet Chua:eightmansions@batelco.com.bh. Visit www.reikidharma.com or Tel. +973 1759 4575.


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18th February -‘Sun30th March Splashes’ Solo Art Exhibition

Artist Irina Averinos will open her first solo art exhibition ‘Sun Splashes’ at the World Beat Café. Irina’s artwork has a full spectrum of colour and the beauty of nature is reflected in her work. Guests can meet the artist at her opening from 4 to 5pm. Event is free and all are welcome. Tel. +973 1761 2576 or visit www.worldbeatfitness.com

24th Batizado and Change of Ropes - Capoeira

A free event will be held at the World Beat Fitness Centre at 10am for people to learn about the Brazilian martial art, Capoeira for children. Tel. +973 1761 2576 or visit www.worldbeatfitness.com

26th Robin Sharma,

‘Lead Without A Title’ Seminar

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Globally celebrated author, and founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc. organisations will present ‘Lead Without a Title’ at the Gulf Convention Centre,

Gulf Hotel and will teach participants breakthrough strategies that performers in the world’s best companies use to win in these times of deep disruption and change. Cost: BD250. Tel. +973 3604 8699 or visit www. bihr.com.bh

Yoga Workshop

1st - 3rd March Yoga Workshop

A Yoga Workshop weekend will take place at Namaste Holistic Healing Centre, Budaiya, with Australian Yoga expert Lucy Roberts. Contact Namaste on +973 1759 1565 or visit www.namastebh.com

8th - 9th March Amwaj Charity Event

Blossom Events is introducing its first fusion of an Art and Charity based event known as “The Art of Giving” to be held in the Lagoon, Amwaj Islands. Participants will be from a wide range of categories including painters, graphic designers, photographers, architects, and anything artistically related/inspired. The event will unite artists from different backgrounds within Bahrain in one event honoring artists for a charitable cause. Tel. +973 3993 4446 for more information.

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Gallery 1, Bahrain National Museum An Architecture Exhibition, ‘Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture’ will be exhibited by the Japan Foundation in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Bahrain.


Suq Al Qayssariya, Muharraq-Opening of newly renovated Suq Al Qaysarriya and talk by Dr Alaa’ Al Habashi, conservation architect of the project.


7pm, Bab Al Bahrain Square Pavilion Opening of exhibition for BAB Open Ideas Competition and announcement of competition winner. Exhibition open daily from 10am to 10pm from 17th February to 1st March.


6pm to 9.30pm, Bab Al Bahrain Square Pavilion Open Air cinema projection of the film ‘Hamad and the Pirates’ (Walt Disney Production (1971). Filmed in Bahrain.

24th - 25th

Bab Al Bahrain Square Pavilion Workshop on ‘public space participation’ by invited architects and urban planners. Open to all.


6pm to 7.30pm, Bab Al Bahrain Square Pavilion Open Air cinema projection of 2009 film documentary, ‘Home’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

For a complete list of events and information, Tel. +973 1729 8750.

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Capital Club Valentine Party

Muzzaik, DJ Odette and DJ Outlaw will be performing live at the Capital Club, Bahrain Financial Harbour in front of an expected crowd of 350 people. The exclusive event organised by Punchline Media, is restricted to members of the Capital Club and select invites only. The special Valentine’s party is at one of Bahrain’s most exclusive locations, situated on the 52nd floor with sweeping 360-view of the city and will be transformed into a seductive, intimate venue, welcoming the special guests. Hungary’s Number One House DJs Muzzaik who are headlining the event, make their first visit to the Middle East having just opened for David Guetta on his Eastern European tour. Signed to Stealth Records, the label owned by legendary New York DJ Roger Sanchez, Muzzaik have become a regular name on dance floors around the world. Special guest DJ Outlaw DJ Odette has performed in many events such as the ‘Promote Peace Through Hip Hop’ Concert and the ‘Tupac Still Breathing Tour’, as well as numerous shows in the Middle East, his most recent being the Redbull air race show in Abu Dhabi with over 20,000 attendees. Outlaw has also opened for the Urfilez VIP launch event featuring artists such as James Ingram and Jennifer Hudson. Syrian-born Odette Hayas has established her name as the region’s leading female DJs. Odette brings several styles to the table, ranging from electro house, house, progressive trance, melodic trance, commercial and hip-hop. Tel. +973 3965 8080 or visit www.punchlineme.com

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9th and 10th


Paul Oakenfold presents ‘The Four Seasons’ tour and album concept at Trilogy, Dubai, UAE). The three-time Grammy nominated electronic music pioneer, DJ and composer continues his exciting evolution with a cutting edge tour that will span the whole of 2012. For details, email: johnaskew@perfectorecords.com


Cocoon Lounge presents Ladies Night with Pete Doyle. Pete launched his career as one of the first resident DJs at the world renowned

Café Mambo and his unique ability to fuse genres to diverse and untamed crowds in and around Ibiza’s most reputable spots, propelled Pete to the worldwide stage.


Cocoon Lounge presents Ladies Night with SmokinGroove. SmokinGroove have been pioneers of the UK House scene for nearly 15 years. Now residing in Dubai, SmokinGroove’s Marko is the resident DJ at Nasimi Beach Resort, Atlantis Palm, Jumeirah.


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Conan Liquid is one half of the successful DJ and production team ‘Liquid People’ but has now become a solo producer and DJ in his own right. Catch him at the Karma Lounge for one night only; doors open at 9pm. Tel. +973 3964 9590.

Top comedians, Terry Alderton and Noel Brodie performs at Kicks, Hotel Diva on the 9th; BD5 for entrance. On the 10th, catch them at Corners, The Dragon Hotel, Amwaj and Champs Bar. BD10 for entrance to Corners including three complimentary beverages and BD5 for Champs.


Cocoon Lounge presents Ladies Night with DJ Huss and Gazi. The DJs have travelled the globe following and experiencing the best house music so this is sure to be a memorable night.


Coral Bay presents Housexy, featuring DJ Shane Kehoe. Since 2005, Ministry of Sound’s most glamorous and funky brand has been leading the way in the world of house music with over five years experience bringing clubbers what they want.


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Elite Group’s Valentine’s Events If you’ve run out of ideas on where to go and what to this Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of events to choose from this month with Elite Group’s numerous outlets … Shift 7

This Valentine’s Day express your feelings to your loved ones and friends as Shift 7 is turned to red to celebrate. The event will feature a live DJ performance playing sensual R’nB, Lounge, Arabic, Latin and Funky House. A welcome rose with a glass of sparkling for all ladies and complimentary chocolates and strawberries for couples and groups of friends are also available. Tel. +973 3388 9821.

La Brasserie

Enjoy a lavish buffet or ã la carte menu at this 24-hour coffee shop which boasts a warm and friendly ambiance and great service. La Brasserie also offers an excellent selection of beverages. Located at the poolside and overlooking the Bahrain Bay, the serene view of the sea is breathtaking and an ideal place to unwind and relax while enjoying international cuisine. Tel. +973 3619 3444.

La Cascada

Come and enjoy La Cascada for BD25 net per couple with a lavish buffet and complimentary Valentine Cocktail/Mocktail. It is red themed with a candle lit dinner, chocolates and flowers. Tel. +973 3602 0630.

BD100 all inclusive including a couple’s ticket for Valentine dinner package. 3) Triple bedroom BD115 all inclusive including a couple’s ticket for Valentine dinner package. For bookings, Tel. +973 3602 0733. On 16th February there will also be an event at Al Noor tent for Valentine’s Day with an Arabic buffet spread with live entertainment.

For enquiries, Tel. +973 1755 8200 or visit www.elitegroup4u.com

Il Giardino

Enjoy live entertainment at Il Giardino for BD25 per couple with a bottle of Rosé. Group bookings are accepted with at least five couples for a 25 per cent discount. The main Valentine’s theme will be red and white and old love songs from the 50’s and 60’s will be playing. Tel. +973 3602 0733.

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Romantic Valentines Bora Bora

Enjoy a romantic candle lit date at Bora Bora pool side lounge for BD25 per couple. The event will include an exciting raffle draw for the chance to win many prizes. Tel. +973 3336 0300.

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Golf enthusiasts and even newbies have a lot to get excited about this February as new offers are rolled out, and there’s something for children too ... Sporting Events at the Royal Golf Club Saturdays: Wee Monty Family Day - BD15 per adult and kids play free! Fee inclusive of green fee and hire clubs; Open to all and tee times from 10am to 2pm. Junior Saturday Series Medal - 3pm shotgun start and open to all junior golfers. Sundays: Ladies’ TaylorMade Stableford - 8.30am shotgun start; open to all. Mondays: Ecco Monday Stableford - 1pm shotgun start; A&E Monday Madness Night Golf Series 6.30pm shotgun start - both at BD20 for nine holes. Wednesdays Ladies golf competition in different formats - starts 8.30am; open to all ladies. Thursdays Midweek Stableford - tee times until 2pm; open to all.

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experienced golfer wishing to improve specific aspects of the game.

V1 Tuition Package

- One of the world’s most advanced golf analysis software programmes and can even be utilised by golfers living outside the country. - In-depth assessment of a golfer’s swing through a variety of analytical tools - for international clients this can be achieved simply by recording their swing using either their smart phone, camera or video recorder and sending it to the Royal Golf Academy’s PGA Professionals. Once assessed, the professionals will respond with lessons or online consultations on how to make improvements to the client’s swing and ultimately, their golf scores.

V1 Bahrain Resident Package

Cost: Members - BD100; Non Members - BD110 - Four one-hour lessons utilising the V1 software plus a 30-minute short game video lesson.

V1 Overseas Package

Cost: Members - BD85; Non Members - BD99 - Two one-hour V1 lessons at the Royal Golf Club and four online consultations.

Fit for Golf Programme

Cost: Members - BD185; Visitors - BD220 - One initial assessment video analysis, TPI screen and fitness programme design, five personal training sessions with a fitness professional, three lessons with a PGA professional learning drills and functional techniques and a final follow-up gym training session with the PGA professional and fitness professional.

Teen-Fit at the Royal Country Club Cost: BD3 per class for members and Riffa Views residents and BD4 per class for non members

Activities include (Designed for children aged ten to 16 years): Teen-Fit Spinning: High energy workouts

on stationary bikes that enhance cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.

Teen-Fit Boot Camp: A challenging class aimed at improving fitness, toning the muscles and controlling body fat. The class runs through a range of exercises in a circuit. Teen-Fit Swimming - to resume soon as the weather warms up sufficiently. Enroll your children in the ‘Teen-Fit Programme’ at the Royal Country and see the difference in their confidence and motivation and teach them the skills to maintain a healthy body for life!

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Providing Years of Cosmetic Excellence All Over the World After 30 years of experience as a cosmetic surgeon I have a huge amount of confidence in my clinics, my profession and staff. It is rewarding to have this level of confidence to pass onto my clients and to give them what they want, even exceeding their expectations.

Dr Pierre





Located at Ibn Rushd Clinic, Zinj For consultations, Tel. +973 3619 7919.


New in

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

Flo Motion Wear

This is a new concept in sports clothing and the brand is functional, smart and trendy all at the same time. Flo Motion sources leisure wear from around the world and offers a range of essential accessories ranging from sports bags and exercise mats to head and foot-wear. Tel. +973 1759 0490 or email: mail@flomotionwear.com

Sofitel’s New Spa Treatments

Check out the spa treatments at the new spa at Sofitel, which has 14 treatment rooms with a separate ladies and gentlemen’s steam rooms and saunas. The spa includes a hydrotherapy sea water pool, infinity pool, yoga studio and certified dietician and Thalassa therapists. It is the first and only Thalassa sea and spa in the GCC. Tel. +973 1763 6391.

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Artist Workshops

Artist Faiza Saeed’s creative zeal has astonished Bahrain’s art society and in no time she has emerged as a creative giant. Faiza has been the pioneer in mosaic work and was inspired by legendary British mosaic artist Emma Biggs who trained Faiza in the early days of creative work in the UK. Faiza Saeed holds regular workshops in Bahrain. Tel. +973 3932 9675. The Lounge located on the Mezzanine floor of Al Safir Hotel is introducing live entertainment in the form of a female vocalist. The music style is Bossa (jazz) and is ideal for guests who like Lounge music. Happy hour from 12noon-9pm and ladies night from 9pm-2am are also on daily. Al Safir Hotel is located in Juffair. Tel. +973 1782 7999 or visit www.alsafirhotel.com


Kempinski PURE Spa

Rejuvenate and pamper your senses at the new PURE Spa at Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. The spa features eleven elegantly stylish treatment rooms and signature therapies created with natural products with European herbs and Arabic oils. Focusing on mental, spiritual and physical harmony, the spa also features a private couples’ suite offering escapism. Tel +973-1717 1122 or email: spa.bahrain@kempinski.com

Kempinski PURE Spa

Hamra Alam

After graduating from England where she was born and raised, Hamra Alam became a fashion designer, creating clothes for today’s self-assured fashion forward woman. After arriving in Dubai in 2003, Hamra set up her label ‘Hamra Alam’, and has established her base there, successfully launching her collections across Dubai’s major malls. Her designs feature one-of-a-kind cuts and rare styles and Hamra has impressed the fashion industry with a distinctive line that can be passed on from generation to generation. Her timeless collections include, capes, kaftans, cocktail dresses and sophisticated clothing for men and fairytale dresses for girls. Watch this space as Hamra plans to expand beyond Dubai. Tel. +973 3615 9841 or visit www.hamraalam.com

Hamra Alam

Fitness First Launches 20th Club in GCC

Fitness First, announced the opening of their 20th regional club at the Oasis Centre in East Riffa last month. The new Fitness First ladies only club offers many amenities including 1,500 sq metres of floor area, state-of-the-art exercise machines by Techno Gym, as well as audio and visual entertainment throughout the club. Free weights, a group exercise studio with daily exercise classes, personal training and members’ lounge with complimentary drinks and free wireless internet access are just some of the other offerings that define the new club. The branch will also feature a new ‘freestyle area’, which is the latest innovation in training. Additionally this club will have an exclusive members only lounge with free internet access and a DVD library, as well as a complimentary drinks service. The luxurious sauna, steam and relaxation areas which have come to be known as a standard for Fitness First will also be present. For more information visit www.fitnessfirst.com

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Shout About

We Want to

SHOUTAbout Harley-Davidson Introduces Motor Bike Academy

Harley-Davidson Bahrain launched the Middle East’s first ‘Academy for Motorcycling’ at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir last year. It has teamed up with BIC to offer a number of courses facilitated by trained professionals from Harley-Davidson schools worldwide. The classes are open to all, giving anyone a chance to experience the thrill of not just learning to ride a motorcycle but also the unique experience of riding a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle in a safe and controlled environment at BIC. The academy at BIC offers three different training courses - The Harley-Davidson Experience which is a four-hour course to allow non-riders the experience of how to handle and ride a motorcycle safely; Development Courses which are one-day development programmes split into two to three-hour sessions involving both off road and on road skills development; and Advanced Courses which will be offered as the skill levels of riders develop following their training on the variety of Development Courses. For More information contact Harley-Davidson Bahrain on Tel. +973 1759 4391, 1759 9006 or visit www.harley-davidson-bahrain.com

The Alia Centre

Studio RCT

Kate Middelton may have married her prince charming last year but it was her sister Pippa’s derriere which made the headlines and continues to do so. It has been claimed that her perfect butt was down to Pilates alone. But we know there’s a lot more involved than a bit of Pilates and good genes. She may be blessed but so can you as we have everything here in Bahrain to give you the dream body and better it’s all under one roof. Studio RCT offers a host of different activities to get you super fit. Including mat and reformer Pilates, Bosu which will help you to rev up your metabolism so it is ideal if you are trying to shed a few pounds. And H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) which is meant for those individuals who seriously want to shock their system with a higher level of training. Roberta Claudia Trzebinski, the founder of Studio RCT (Rehabilitation, Contrology, Therapies), has been studying, practicing and teaching pilates for the past 9 years and is a certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer. Roberta is extremely dedicated to her work and is militant about exercising correctly – something which is not common in Bahrain. Roberta offers mixed classes, ladies only and one on one. To contact Studio RCT Tel. +973 3944 5816.

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Alia is a centre set up in November 2004 by the Bahrain Society for Children with Behaviour and Communication Disorders. An American education consultant group, Applied Behaviour Consultants (ABC), was employed to help set up the school and train the staff, in line with an approach called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The consultants revisit Alia every four months to assess the progress that they are making and to deliver more advanced training. In November 2005, Alia was awarded ABC accreditation in ABA approaches and is now certified to train parents, teachers and other professionals in educating children with behavior and communication difficulties. In June 2008, five members of staff were qualified to be Miller Method Certified Specialists. How is Alia funded? Alia is run as a charity. There are school fees but these are kept to the absolute minimum, thereby making the centre available to all. Who financially supports the school? They have nine members of staff whose salaries are paid for either by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Social development. The Minister for Health, the Minister for Social Affairs and the Minister for Education have all visited the school and pledged their support. Local businesses, BMMI, Alba, GPIC, Batelco have donated resources as well as money and all continue to be very keen supporters of Alia.

Shout About The Football Academy (TFA) is relatively new on the Bahrain sports scene, but is quickly making its mark with children and parents alike.

Having opened in September last year, the Academy have set their sights much higher than just teaching children how to pass a ball for a few hours each week. Director and Coach, Adil Glia explained that their ethos at TFA is to teach football skills at the same time as teaching social responsibility to the children. TFA don’t just promote good behaviour on the pitch, they also encourage and support the children’s academic achievements at school. He also explained that the Academy want to show students that their studies are just as important as their sports interests because as many retired sports player will explain, having an education to fall back on after your sporting days are over is absolutely essential. The Football Academy is based in Saar and offers daily coaching for children from 4 -15 years as well as football themed events, camps and birthday parties. The pitch is also available to rent.

TFA Reward Educational and Sporting Achievements

Tel. +973 7730 0000 or visit www.tfabahrain.com for more information.

Declutter Diva Bizladies Bahrain

Bizladies is a network and business platform for female business managers, owners and entrepreneurs. This can include anyone who is involved in holistic therapies, teaching, through to the corporate world. Everyone is welcome. The Bizladies organise nine events per year and it’s a great opportunity to develop your knowledge about doing business in Bahrain, discuss issues as well as networking to meet likeminded women. The events are fun, interesting and always held at great venues. All nationalities are welcome. You don’t have to be a member to come along to any of the events but there is a small fee charged. Or alternatively if you were to join there is a one-off annual fee which entitles to you lots of perks and discounts including 50 per cent discount on Capital Club membership, discounted tickets with certain airlines plus much more. For more information log onto www.bizladies.org

Are you sick of coming back to a messy and cluttered home? Did you know in Feng Shui, clutter is low, stagnant, and confusing energy that drains you? And depending on where your clutter is located, it can also negatively influence, or even completely block, the flow of events in many areas of your life. Now whether you believe in Feng Shui or not it’s difficult to argue that clutter in one’s home can be extremely stressful. So stress no more as the Declutter Divas are here to help. They will come to your home and work on anything from your kitchen, a bulging wardrobe through to your whole house. But don’t stress as you won’t come back to an empty home. Nothing will be removed without your permission and if it can be recycled it will be sent to charity to help somebody else. For more information contact Jane on Tel. +973 3939 8435 or email: info@declutterdiva.biz

Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park

Are you tired of looking at four walls? Do you keeping moaning that there is nowhere to walk in Bahrain? Well complain no more and check out Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park beside the Mina Salman/Hidd bridge, you can access it coming from the Hidd side. It has recently opened so it’s not yet fully completed but don’t let that put you off because it’s already very popular! It’s a great place for families, couples and friends or just for a stroll on your own. The facilities include boating, fishing, biking, a skate-boarding area as well as playgrounds for younger and older kids, as well as an area to play ball, etc. There is plenty of space for everyone. So while the weather remains this fabulous, grab a picnic and go and enjoy the cool air.

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Art Space

Between Two Seas Between Two Seas is a spectacular new photographic book about Bahrain due to be released this month. The book was conceived by well-known professional photographer Andrew Weaver, and contains over 250 amazing images about modern Bahrain.

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Art Space

“The most stunning photographic book about Bahrain ever to be published.”

What inspired you to create ‘Between Two Seas’? Having lived in Bahrain for over twelve years and working as a professional photographer I have had the opportunity to get to know the Kingdom well, including lesser known yet very interesting places. It struck me that though the country is small geographically, there are many hidden places that are very worth visiting but which need a bit more effort to find. This includes alleyways of the souk, wild oryx on the Hawar Islands, forts and historical sites, and idyllic tidal islands, amongst many others. It also occurred to me that many citizens and expat residents don’t realise fully what is on their doorstep and I wanted to show this in a way that hasn’t been achieved in other books about the Kingdom to date. I was also keen to show people who have never visited Bahrain and who might have preconceived ideas about

the country, really what an amazing, unique, and friendly place it is. Sometimes it is also time to give something back to a country that has sustained me commercially for a many years and by creating Between Two Seas I hope I have achieved this. What is the general concept for the book? Between Two Seas is a reference to Bahrain meaning ‘two seas’. The latter relates to the unique natural phenomenon whereby fresh water underground springs once converged with the salty seawater, creating a perfect submarine environment ideal for the growth and cultivation of pearls. This in turn gave rise to Bahrain’s early prosperity and ultimately to the modern Bahrain we know today. The book is divided in 5 chapters: Earth, Sun, Air, and Water, showing how the natural elements have

influenced the country’s development and how they continue to influence daily life. It also shows how the fifth element of ‘Man’ has harnessed the natural resources in the development of a thriving modern economy. How long did the project take and what were the most memorable moments? The majority of the photography was completed within the past two years. The aim was to show modern Bahrain so all images needed to be recent. I think the most memorable moment was hanging out of a helicopter on a beautiful clear day taking images of Jarada, a tidal island off the east coast of Bahrain. Boat enthusiasts will know Jarada well, but others may not and I have never seen it photographed from the air, this was a truly magical experience more becoming of the Maldives.

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Art Space

Is the book being sponsored, how did you fund the project? I was initially looking for a sponsor but due to financial constraints on many companies along with more pressing political issues, I felt that it was an inappropriate time to approach companies. But at the same time I also felt it was great timing to produce such a book, so I funded and produced the book myself. However, I am very grateful to organisations such as the Ministry of Culture, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Arcapita, IISS, and others for showing their support for the project by purchasing significant quantities of the book. Why are you publishing the book in three sizes? I think a coffee table book is lovely thing, well suited to a corporate office or elegant

lounge area, but at the same time its large and heavy. I think a tourist passing through duty free would prefer something more manageable. Similarly, I think a young child would be more attracted to a small book without any text. And people’s budgets are all different, so by having three books that vary in price from approximately BD5-BD25 this caters to everyone. I’ve never seen anyone do this before so it’s something new worth trying. Where will you be selling the books? The book will be sold in various bookstores including Jashanmal and Virgin Megastores. It will also be sold via Amazon, as an online book, in duty free and other bookstores overseas. I am also offering the book to leading companies and government organisations, they can buy it in larger quantities, have it customized with their logo and text about their organisation on the inside cover. This can then be used as a corporate gift or the like. It is part of my aim to sell 100,000

Andrew Weaver

copies of the book as part of a campaign to promote Bahrain and to spread the word internationally about the real Kingdom. In this respect I also hope to distribute the book to all Bahrain embassy’s around the world.

“The aim is to sell over 100,000 copies of the book in order to promote Bahrain overseas.”

Do you have plans for anymore books? Yes, I am already working on a second book in the series, ‘Above Two Seas’. This will be an equally dramatic account of Bahrain but seen entirely from the air, mainly helicopters. I am very much looking forward to this project and watching it develop

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David Hollywood Yet again, the poet charms us with his cache of beautiful prose. Each line from his work is as beguiling as it is inspiring ...

David Hollywood

Lament For Hymn’s We Cease, To Die Part 1

Between a teardrop and the heart, We sense our feelings weakened, mourn, For sadness, as the tones impart, A sound perceived, and now forlorn!

Image courtesy of www.englishliterature86.blogfa.com

Waiting Spaces

As you fly away the hours, The miles, just time their day, Absorbing all my patience powers, I dream and wait away, Between the spans of now and then, Since ages, where you’ve gone, Forbearance be, until you’re here, Stay all delays of when, Those places late, despair to care, Prolonged durations, Oh! Succumb, The distance lingers, overcome,

Opposing songs composed to ache, Before their scripted, voices break, Imagined dreams, enthralled to wake, The havens, of the thoughts we make. And moods and nerves elate in joy, At hearing cherished tunes on high, Amongst emotions yearned to lift, The echo’s of laments adrift.

Part 2

And choirs excite with voices gift, The words aroused, recited, wished, Harmonic chants caressed and kiss, Our serenaded dreams of bliss. In music’s flow, ascents are given, Mortal word’s transcent to heaven. Melodies enchant to draft, Inflections of a dulcet craft. Compassion soar’s, exalted high, As resonance inspires a sigh, Contrite, unveiled, we learn to die, As passions glimpse our soul’s goodbye. David Hollywood

My waiting spaces, minutes thrill, The clock has ticked you back. Until! David Hollywood

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To contact the artist, Tel. +973 3920 7624 or email: thewineappreciationsociety@gmail.com or davidhollywood23@hotmail.com


Art With A Heart Bahrain Confidential sits down with Kanika Subberwal, founder of Art Select as she talks about art, taking risks and living a dream.

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Dubai-based initiative, Art Select was launched by Kanika Subberwal based on her deep passion for the arts which today is a strong and successful international business platform. Based on the strength of their expertise, they build investment in the region with established and recognised individuals and groups, sharing values and jointly showcasing contemporary art and the culture it represents in its best form.

Art Select has hosted high quality exhibitions as well as provided a platform for emerging artists - making art more accessible, thereby strengthening their association with clients from various cities including Dubai, Muscat, Doha and London. The art exhibited range are from emerging talents as well as serious investments and masterpieces from India, Pakistan, Europe and the Middle East. Beginning its enterprise in Dubai due to their family base a decade ago, Art Select has now gone global and enjoyed tangible success in London, Dubai, Bahrain (where they launched the brand five years ago) and Muscat. Kanika says they are proud that the

“For us, the job of taking care of the buyer begins after the sale.�

Culture “The good thing about being close to the truth is you don’t have to remember what you said.” company is now synonymous with quality, trust and dependability. Art Select’s aim to create a surge for Asian art is what sets them apart from their contemporaries and as Kanika emphatically notes, “there is no compromise in ensuring the buyer’s feeling of satisfaction when making a purchase.” Their upcoming event, ‘The Signature Collection - A Confluence of Masters’ is happening at the end of March and will closely coincide with Art Select’s fifth year in the business this month. The exhibition will showcase the works of five renowned artists Ugo Nespolo, Sacha Jafri, M F Hussain, Jamil Naqsh and Abdul Qader Al Raes - all of whom have already achieved a certain level of acclaim and are globally recognised for their exceptional talent and expertise.

2007. I admit I made a few mistakes along the way and it wasn’t an easy route from establishing Art Select to where we are now as an entity. But I learned a lot. Art is a high-end commodity so I learned to ask questions like, ‘Why does this particular art sell?’, ‘Who certifies what?’, etc. You learn what not to do. There are times when you find yourself in a situation where you’ve tried absolutely everything, yet nothing works. I have a dream - and faith is the only thing I know. The good thing about being close to the

Bahrain Confidential

sat down with Kanika to find out more ... What does Art Select specialise in? Our unique platform brings the buyer and the artist closer together. Whether a buyer pays BD300 or BD30,000, they have the same privileges in that they deserve to know the future of their purchase - ‘Was it a good investment?’ ‘What happens to its value years down the line?’ These questions and more are some of the things we take care of. For us, the job of taking care of the buyer begins after the sale. Building relationships is important for me. For most people, it’s easy to make a quick sale. Our aim however is different - it’s to make sure we see that person every year, if not more often. Art Select’s intent has always been to make an alliance with the buyers and the artists. How did you start with this venture and how was it like in the beginning? I’m not a critic, I didn’t study art in depth. I just have a passion and sensibility for art. With an early interest in fabrics and making my own creations, it was kind of a natural progression for me to have an appreciation for art. I began buying art from various artists between 2005 to

value of that work of art is worth at least the amount paid? Usually yes, due to the technology and the quality of service provided internationally. Global auction houses such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams for instance all have a core team that analyses market prices; and I know they are very fair in their valuation. Bahrain now plays host to the Arab Capital of Culture 2012. Tell us about your thoughts on the Bahraini Art Scene. Bahrain is a very culturally aware market and is very sophisticated. The quality of the art here is very good and interest from buyers is very strong. I congratulate the Bahrain government for getting such honour. This place has so much potential and I know the art scene has a very good future. I’m based in Dubai but I call Bahrain my home. This place has an appeal I can’t even fully describe - maybe it’s because of the warmth of the people here. Tell us about your future plans … Together with our marketing partner - Idea Spice, we will soon be launching ‘Art Spice’ - Art Select’s newest brand which will be showcasing specialised art events. It will serve as the diversified arm for the company and it’s the realisation of a dream that I’ve had for a very long time. A permanent set-up for Art Spice will be somewhere where we can finally create an art lover’s haven

truth is you don’t have to remember what you said and you can sleep well at night knowing you haven’t pushed out anyone in order to advance yourself then things will be alright eventually. If I truly believe in something I just put my heart into it. Some things you desire might not happen today, but it can happen tomorrow - and for me this simple belief really works. If a client or collector paid USD20,000 for a work of art, does that mean the

Watch this space as we hear from the remarkable Kanika soon!

For more information about Art Select and the exhibit, ‘The Signature Collection - A Confluence of Masters’, email: artselect@eim.ae or contact Kanika: kanikasubberwal@gmail.com or Ambika Vohra, Director, Art Select, Tel. +971 50 645 3014.

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Sheer Luxury


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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, one might be absolutely dumbfounded about gift ideas. And by that we don’t mean the usual cutesy cards, overpriced chocolate and dozens of red roses. eSKay Jewellery has some elegant and classic jewellery, perfect for celebrating that

bond with your special someone for many Valentine celebrations to come! Surprise your beloved with a timeless piece of jewellery. Visit eSKay Jewellery at Shop 208, Gate 5, Seef Mall. Tel. +973 1758 2272. Email: info@eskayjewellery.com or visit www.eskayjewellery.com

We Love Winners!!!!

Congratulations to the winners of last month’s Damas diamond watch competition: Arjun Regmi Kevin Hughes Andrew Petty

Time to Unwind

Competition Winners!

Here are the lucky competition winners who won VIP tickets to see Akcent live at Bushido last month.

Waleed receiving his tickets from Nicolas Budzynski, Bushido General Manager on behalf of winner Haifa

Nicolas hands tickets to winner Robert Reeder Zaid Hamed receives tickets from Nicolas on behalf of winner Najwa

After a busy day, it’s time to unwind. Indulge yourself by sipping one of our signature beverages and enjoy another with compliments from Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre. Come and experience the finest hospitality from Sunday to Thursday between 5pm and 9pm.

www.kempinski.com/bahrain Arabian Magazines’ Basel Qabouq hands prize to Alia Atiyani

Basel with winner Haseeb Naseer Khan

Sheza Khalid receives prize from Basel

Amwaj Feature Al Marsa Floating City

Designed by world-renowned French designer and architect Bernard Spoerry and developed by Bahrain-based Al Saraya Properties, this is known as the ‘Venice of Bahrain’, with its imaginative design that enables each of the 320 residences to have both canal and road frontages.

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Amwaj Islands is the perfect haven for those who wish to shy away from big-city excitement and yet desire to have the convenient modernities of life within easy access.

Amwaj Feature Amwaj Islands is Bahrain’s idyllic waterside development first conceived in 2001 and nearing completion. Amwaj Islands combines residential, commercial and retail space in a 30 million square foot community situated off the coast of Bahrain near Muharraq and an easy 20 minutes from the capital, Manama.

Bahrain Confidential previews some of the most stunning projects in the tranquil Islands: Alia Mansions

Meena 7

Meena 7

Comprising seven elegant condominiums with a total of 226 apartments, Meena 7 towers redefine luxury and are an astounding epitome of elegance in the world of architecture.

Zawia Towers

Zawia Towers

Zawia Towers overlooks The Lagoon, offers you the chance to create your home in the centre of the wonderful Amwaj Islands development.

Alia Mansions

Conveniently located at the entrance to Amwaj Islands, Alia Mansions is the perfect example of luxury and elegant living. The project offers one to three-bedroom apartments, with state-of-the-art modern facilities and provides easy access to the island’s recreational amenities.

Amwaj Homes

Tala Island

Right in the heart of Amwaj Islands is Tala Island, built in a Spanish Mediterranean style with a landscaped pool, beach areas and boardwalk, health club, tennis court, squash court, communal beach and visitor’s amenities. With 591 apartments and 85 villas, Tala Island currently has its last few apartments available for sale or rent.

Tala Island

Raniya Row

Amwaj Homes

Comprised of 250 villas and apartments split into three residential complexes offer residents an exceptional, tranquil lifestyle experience. Residents can choose from three to five-bedroom villas and one to four-bedroom apartments.

Raniya Row

Raniya Row, a development by Yara Investments, is a block of ten identical buildings in a row. Raniya Row is comprised of 257 fully furnished studio apartments which are offered solely on rental basis at attractive rates suiting everyone’s needs.

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Amwaj Feature Amwaj Waves

Amwaj Waves

Amwaj Waves is the essence of modern urban living with stunning contemporary architecture and a wide range of recreational facilities. The development will have a total of 1,250 apartments in the four Phases and 308 apartments in Phase 1. The same phase will also have 23 commercial units that will be a combination of upmarket shopping, business centers, recreation areas, cafés and restaurants among other services.

Education The International School of Choueifat

The school is a member of the SABIS School Network which offers a K-12 education to students in 15 countries spread over four continents. The state of the art facilities include a performance hall and extensive sport facilities including a semi Olympic pool, an indoor and outdoor soccer field and an athletic track.


The International School of Choueifat

The Renaissance Bahrain Amwaj Islands Hotel

The Renaissance boasts over 300 guestrooms, including 25 suites and a luxurious presidential suite and a 250m long beach. The hotel will also contain eight restaurants and lounges, a banqueting hall for 1,500 people, a health club and an outdoor pool.

Business The Renaissance Bahrain Amwaj Islands Hotel

The Sea Loft

The Sea Loft

The Sea Loft consists of 17 superior fully-furnished, three storey loft style residences. These unique and exclusive villas offer all the convenience of a luxury hotel while providing residents with all the comforts of their own home.

The Lagoon

The Lagoon Bahrain is located at the heart of Amwaj Islands. The waterfront development is at the center of the community and was designed by world-class architects Davenport Campbell of Australia. The Lagoon’s name is self-explanatory, where a turquoise lagoon centers all the outlets giving way to shopping by the sea and providing visitors with a 1 kilometer long promenade and breathtaking views.

The Dragon Hotel & Resort

The Dragon Hotel & Resort

Amwaj Business Park

Amwaj Business Park is one of Amwaj’s key projects and the first sea-front office block developed on the Island. The Business Park is developed in two phases linked with a bridge. Phase one comprises 40 units over five floors, while Phase two units are distributed over two floors. The project contains over 250 car parks which will provide hassle-free parking for tenants and visitors.

The Dragon Beach Hotel & Resort is a secluded getaway set along the waterfront of Amwaj Islands, providing views of the majestic sea. Offering twenty luxury beach front villas, each with their own swimming pool and garden, and thirty luxury beach front flats, the hotel offers short and long-term stay option to its visitors.

Amwaj Service Station

Residents and visitors will be able to do their daily household shopping from Alosra Supermarket, as well as have access to Nasser Pharmacy, Franky Joes, BNI, Pet Arabia and Black & White laundry.

The Lagoon

Nuetel Telecommunications

Nuetel is the first and the only provider of this technology in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is a national triple play telecommunications operator with regional infrastructure and alliances. They are also the first telecommunications company to have built the country’s first ‘Intelligent City’ at Amwaj Islands, where they have delivered voice, video and data services through an optical fiber network. Amwaj features continues on the next page ...

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Location: Lagoon, Amwaj Island, Tel: (+973) 16 01 2808, Fax: (+973) 16 01 2809 Email Address: info@kare-bahrain.com Website: http://www.kare-bahrain.com

Amwaj Feature

More Outlets At Amwaj!

Take a stroll around Amwaj it is an enjoyable and invigorating experience. Whilst you’re there, take a pick at the scrumptious offerings from the numerous outlets that line this gorgeous location.

JOZ Salon & Spa

With the advent of modern technology and a wide-array of beauty products and services, JOZ Group has distinguished itself to become a fashion haven, a one-stop shop for all beauty, salon and spa needs. Located at the Dragon Hotel. For appointments, Tel. +973 1603 1120.

Leewan Al Khor

The restaurant offers authentic home-made Khaleeji (Gulf) cuisine to residents and visitors of Amwaj Islands. The two-storey restaurant has a capacity for more than 70 people and offers a variety of Gulf foods, in addition to seafood, grills and desserts. Tel. +973 1601 0666.

‘5’ Salon

For the ultimate in beauty experience, ‘5’ has been created to fulfill every demand. Every preparation has been made in the conception and development of the ‘5’ spa and brand to be the ultimate destination for hands, feet and body in Bahrain and beyond. For appointments, Tel. +973 1601 0555.

Pet Arabia

Pet Arabia’s second store next to Alosra Supermarket in Amwaj Islands specialises in pets’ (particularly dogs and cats) products and grooming services. They also have a small animals section. Tel. +973 1601 0501 or visit www.petarabia.com

Aminals Gym

Children will have a lot of fun at this gym that offers Children Gymnastics (kids aged three and five years old) and Baby Gym (for babies between twelve and 36 months). Tel. +973 1603 0103.

Persian Room

Savour Persian delights at the Persian Room - think kebabs that melt in your mouth and a wholesome healthy array of dishes that awaken your taste buds. Come in for an extraordinary dining experience or phone in your order on Tel. +973 1601 0166. Take car park 3 or 4 and use second door to get there.

Mei N Yu

A casual yet smart restaurant serving international cuisine. Order their salads, sandwiches and burgers, mouth watering steaks and much more. Enjoy a meal in style indoors or al fresco, both with a stunning view of the Lagoon. Take car park 3 or 4 and use second door to get there. Tel. +973 1601 0160 or 3636 6500.

Asian menu. The restaurant is ideal for spending a relaxing afternoon lunch or a romantic dinner. They also provide indoor and outdoor catering services for all types of occasions. For reservations or deliveries, Tel. +973 1601 0321 or 3881 8864.

Kut & Dry Gent’s Salon

Managed by a hair stylist with more than twenty years of international hairdressing experience, this is the place to come for all your hairdressing needs. Located at the Lagoon 1st Floor (Car Park 7 and 8). For appointments, Tel. +973 3697 7718.


Enjoy Houseboat’s distinctive and authentic

In the mood for a Hot Dog, a Spud, or a Sub? Well, wait no more, Franky Joe’s is now open in Alosra Building, Shop 3, Amwaj Islands. For deliveries, Tel. +973 1601 1601.

Dragon Hotel Corners

Corners is the first pub to open in the beautiful Amwaj Island, a place to socialise and unwind whilst enjoying the latest in live sports and live entertainment including resident DJ Stevie George. Tel. +973 1603 1113 for more details.


Muju’s contemporary style and timeless sophistication blends with a warm and inviting ambience that combine to make the ideal venue for lunch, dinner or cocktails. Tel. +973 1603 9800 for more information.

Curry Tree

This first class restaurant serves Indian cuisine with a bonus - a spectacular view of the Lagoon! Experience their warm hospitality and indulge yourself with their mouthwatering meals and hot and cold beverages. Located at Shop No. 140, First Floor - Section 6. For deliveries, Tel. +973 1603 0660 or 16030661.

Franky Joe’s

Yamin Jana Pet Arabia

Savour Arabic inspired dishes at this Mediterranean-style seafront lounge that seats 140 guests. Tel. +973 1603 3800. Located at Zawia 1 Building next to Lagoon, Road 5717. Tel. +973 1603 0103 or email: coleen@aminalsbh.com Amwaj features continues on the next page ...

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Can you smell the fresh bread? Our bread is baked throughout the day so the residents of Bahrain always get the freshest offer. At Waitrose, we combine the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop. But more importantly, we take pride in the freshness and quality of our products. Visit Waitrose at the Lagoons to experience freshness at its best.

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Amwaj Marina


ahrain’s newest Marina is more than just a safe haven for your vessel, it boasts a fully equipped, modern marina experience, while catering to all of your sailing needs. Amwaj Marina offers the highest marina standards in the region, guaranteeing that customers are provided with efficient, quality services to get your boat up and running, while offering state-of-the-art security for any vessel. Amwaj Marina aims to provide advanced security and services to ensure peace of mind and smooth sailing. The Marina is your waterway to Amwaj Islands and with its quality craftsmanship and detail, including state of the art German berthing pontoons, Amwaj Marina offers the highest international berthing standards and is the only marina in Bahrain capable of accommodating super yachts up to 140 meters long. Due to its six meter deepwater super yacht docks, it can easily house up to four super yachts or large boats at a time.

Sail off into the sunset

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Additional information about Amwaj Marina: Annual Administration Fee: BD150 Annual Berthing Wet Mooring: BD60 - per metre per year up to 10 metres (minimum of 8 metres) BD90 - per metre per year (for more than 10 metres) Dry Mooring: Jet Ski Fees: Dry Parking - BD225 per year Trailer Fees: Boat Trailer - BD300 per year Daily Parking: Wet Parking - BD4 (per metre per day) Dry Parking - BD1 (per metre per day) Super Yachts - BD4 (per metre per day) Documents required for Amwaj Marina Membership: • Personal Sailing Permit • Boat Registration • Boat Insurance • CPR *Amwaj Marina reserves the right to change the above without prior notice.

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Sail Away With Me ...

Amwaj Marina General Manager Ali Al Fardan has been in the Maritime Industry for three years and talks to Bahrain Confidential about what the Marina has to offer. Tell us about your every day responsibilities ... My job consists of overseeing the day-today operations and maintenance of the marina harbour and facilities. I also supervise and manage all of the marina employees, ensuring that safe work condition procedures are being undertaken. What rewards and challenges do you find in the job? The work entailed in managing the Marina is totally different from any other department or company as it’s based on heavy client relationship management, and substantial marine knowledge. My rewards are that I have more than 200 members as

Amwaj Marina General Manager Ali Al Fardan

friends and a good relationship with many Amwaj residents. It has been an interesting and challenging experience working with the maritime industry as it was a big career shift for me. Do you own a boat yourself? If so, what model is it? Where do you normally take it? Yes, I have Scarab32 model 2006 and I normally take it around Amwaj Islands and Jarada.

Sailing Arabia The Tour (SATT) sets off in Bahrain early next month ... tell us a little bit about this .... Last year, Oman Sail established a regional alternative, Sailing Arabia – The Tour, which is the first international sailing regatta that joined together the nations of the Gulf to race competitively around the region. Oman Sail has already started its preparations in order to organise the second edition of the tour which will kick off from Amwaj Marina Bahrain this month.

Type of boat: FARR 30 The following participating teams are respectively named: Muscat 2012 (Oman), BAE system (Oman), Renaissance (Oman), Al Thuraya Bank Muscat (Oman), Team RAK (Ras Al Khaima), Team Bahrain (Kingdom of Bahrain), Team KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Commercial Bank Group (Qatar) and Courrier Dunkerque (France). What plans have you got lined up for Amwaj Marina in the future? The main priority now is to finalise the new club house and marina office designs. Building will hopefully commence next year for many more facilities including swimming pools, a private beach, cafes, a sport corner, a marine shop and an outdoor party space. Very soon, we will establish the Amwaj Marina Diving club to provide more services such as diving courses, diving trip, under water cleaning, etc. What sets Amwaj Marina apart from its counterparts in the GCC region? First, the location of the marina as it is specifically in the north of Bahrain and we are close to Khalifa Port which is where all of the vessels arrive in Bahrain from around the GCC. It is also a great location because of the crystal clear waters all around Amwaj islands and is a safe channel. We also have easy access to open sea and are in easy reach of many of the Kingdom’s popular sailing and fishing spots. The Amwaj Marina can also accommodate yachts up to 140 metres long, six meters deep and our pontoons are of the highest standards

For information on Amwaj Marina Tel. +973 1603 4492 or visit www.amwajmarina.bh

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Citibank Inaugurates Amwaj Islands Branch The bank that has been investing in Bahrain for over 40 years has opened a new branch at The Lagoon, making it the first bank at Amwaj.


itibank remains committed to Bahrain and investing in the Kingdom after the bank opened its new branch at the Lagoon, Amwaj Islands. The bank has been investing in Bahrain since 1969. Located in the first floor of the Lagoon of the modern Amwaj Islands suburb, Amwaj Islands Branch is the area’s first full-fledged branch providing customers with a comprehensive suite of banking services close to their homes and in proximity to their workplaces. The Amwaj Islands Branch displays the latest smart banking technology, and offers a wide range of personalised financial planning solutions to help customers achieve their financial goals in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The branch also caters to the banking needs of small and mid-market enterprises through a host of business and financial solutions. “We want to serve clients at Amwaj Islands by offering Citi’s comprehensive banking platform through the most convenient location in the Lagoon,” said

Navneet Kampani. “This modern branch will offer customers and corporate clients the convenience of performing full-fledged banking transactions at their location of choice.”

Navneet Kampani

The new branch opening follows a series of product launches in Bahrain in the past few months, including: • An International Personal Banking (IPB) platform, a solid offering of International Wealth Management services targeting sophisticated investors who wish

to tap into international investment opportunities, available through the bank’s offices in London and Jersey, as part of a balanced portfolio. • Launch of Direct Custody and Clearing (DCC) services to clients investing in Bahrain through the Bahrain Bourse. Services include account management, settlement of securities activity, handling post-trade issues, the collection and payment of dividends and interest, and the processing of corporate action activities in the market. Citi has been in the Middle East for nearly 50 years and currently offers consumer-banking services in the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, Citibank, the consumer banking arm of Citi, has had a presence for the past 21 years and is expanding its operations within the country. The bank is currently a major player in Bahrain’s credit card market and one of the leading providers of Wealth Management and Consumer Credit services Citibank is located on the first floor, The Lagoon (Car Park 3 & 4), Amwaj Islands. Tel. +973 1601 0203. Amwaj features continues on the next page ...

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For more information Tel. +973 1603 4492 or E-mail: info@amwajmarina.com

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Marina Market Season 2

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It is the month of Valentine’s Day and for those of you looking to buy something special, head down to the Amwaj Marina Market on 4th February. The market features a variety of goods ranging from paintings and frames by Sheema to National Photo Services. Organic fruits, healthy smoothies and vegetables from Al Ghalia Farms, along with tropical fresh fruits and baked goods are also on offer along with a wide variety of clothing, jewellery and accessories

and shoes. Children’s books, seasonal decorations, souvenirs and furniture can be found at the market with traditional arts and crafts and even a corner for henna and face painting. The market at the Amwaj Marina is a great place to bring a family as there is something for everyone. Enjoy the great weather and stunning views of the Marina as well as performances by ACES Taekwondo School and complementary boat rides courtesy of Yamal Boats throughout the day. The little ones can also enjoy the bouncy castle, balloon twister and children’s rides as well as art and craft stations by Studio Ceramics. Don’t forget to bring pets along too, they’ll get the royal treatment with a treat courtesy of Tails and a photo session from Pet Arabia. The outdoor markets are scheduled to be held throughout the cooler months on the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting. The next markets are on 3rd March and 7th April. Stalls are rented out for a competitive price and can be shared. Tel. +973 1603 0605 or +973 1603 0607 for more information.

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Enjoy a Relaxing Atmosphere A new coffee shop, Levante Café has opened in Amwaj … Levante Café can be found in Amwaj Lagoon and is just a short distance from the main Amwaj streets. Guests can come and relax for just a coffee, or it is also a great place for dining with friends or a loved one. The café is a vast area which is arranged in a certain order, allowing the free movement of those coming for dining so as not to feel crowded. Separate areas for smoking and non smoking are also provided. There is also a terrace section which provides great views over the Lagoon and continental, Lebanese and Italian dishes to satisfy guests’ taste buds, can all be found on the menu. Tel. +973 1603 0393 for more information.

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Waitrose: High Quality Shopping Experience Fine Fare Food Market Marketing Manager Colette Shannon talks about bringing Waitrose to Amwaj Islands and their plans for expansion this year. When Waitrose opened last year, sales were supposedly exceeding expectations, despite the economic climate. Is this still the case? Sales have been negatively affected after the unrest. It is recovering but still below initial levels however we are committed to Bahrain and plan to open our second store located in Saar, in q1 this year. The Bahraini customer has taken very well to our offer and in the last year we have built a strong customer base, not only including the residents of Amwaj but customers from the city centre and neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

famous in the Kingdom. Customers have also told us how much they enjoy our deli items including olives, stuffed peppers, cold meats and speciality cheeses from around the world. We source from local and international suppliers with three things in mind - taste, quality and safety.

foods, made with organic, natural ingredients including Ella’s Kitchen, a small UK company started by the need of a dad to provide his daughter with fresh food every day. We carry products to suit each stage, from powdered formula and smoothies to dinner solutions. Many Waitrose products are expensive but high quality, is this the brand image that you are aiming for? Is there a range available for lower-income families? We know that our customers appreciate good quality, regardless of income levels. We have stringent internal quality standards and we will not sell ‘cheap’ products that do not conform to our minimum standards. We have quality ingredients to suit all budgets, including our essential Waitrose lines. If you are planning a mid-week budget meal that is quick and easy to cook - you can simply pick up a few items and this won’t cost you much to serve a family. Who is the company behind Waitrose and do they plan to open another store in Bahrain? The company behind Waitrose in Bahrain is Fine Fare Food Market, a UAE-based company, who have the license to own and manage Waitrose stores in the MENA region. We work very closely with Waitrose in the UK in particular when it comes to range, service and store experience.

“We source from local and international suppliers with three things in mind taste, quality and safety.”

What particular Waitrose products does the brand pride itself on in Bahrain and how do you make sure you meet the needs of the local Bahraini customers as well as expats? We are very much known for freshness, quality and range. We bake our bread throughout the day, have a wide range of fresh meats and our produce section is

Tell us about the demand for organic products in Bahrain? We carry a range of organic foods including Fair Trade coffee and preserves. The demand is not as high in this region, as is also the case in the UK where sales of organic foods have declined in the past two years, however we continue to look at opportunities and listen to our customers’ needs and requests. We have heard mothers in Amwaj ‘raving’ over your baby foods. What makes them so special? There is a wide range of prepared baby

What made you decide to bring Waitrose to Bahrain, and in Amwaj in particular? We felt the time was right to introduce a premium food retail brand to Bahrain. Many of our target customers were already familiar with the Waitrose brand. Our range, guarantee of quality and exceptional customer service make us different from other leading supermarkets and Amwaj Islands was attracting many of our potential customers so it made sense to open our first store there Tel. +973 1603 0638.

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Johnny Rockets ... Where The Good Times Roll Just when you thought this is another burger chain in Bahrain, think again. Johnny Rockets is more than just a hamburger joint ...


oodies in Bahrain not only get to enjoy juicy hamburgers and classic sandwiches, but this American franchise also offers wholesome breakfasts, refreshing salads, malts and handdipped shakes (yes, that means they use real ice cream) at their Al A’ali Mall in Seef District and at their newest location - at the Lagoon at Amwaj Islands. If you’re a huge burger fan, you might be pleased to know that quality isn’t sacrificed at Johnny Rockets as the meat used is only pure Angus beef and no less. This quirky diner

incorporates that all-American look and feel complete with authentic decor, tabletop jukeboxes and even the staff burst out into song, dancing to the tunes of ‘Staying Alive,’ ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ We recommend you try out the ‘Sliders’ which offers a mini hotdog, chilli dog and mini rocket all in one. If you’re in a big group, it’s a lot of fun to share the Half Rings and Half Fries (onions rings and fries) or the Rocket Wings - which are mild spicy chicken wings traditionally prepared with your choice of Hot Rocket Fuel or BBQ sauce. For mains, a must-try is the Philly Cheese Steak - with thinly sliced sirloin steak, grilled to perfection and topped with grilled onions and your choice of cheese. Another all-time favourite is the Grilled

Turkey and Cheese which you can order with your choice of bread. Finally, top it all off with their refreshing beverages and ever indulgent desserts such as the Super Sundae or the Apple Pie which are baked fresh daily. If you want to be on the healthier side of things, you won’t go wrong with their array of salads too. Try the Chicken Club Salad made of grilled chicken breast or lightly breaded chicken tenders served on crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce and other garnishes. If you simply can’t get enough, you can even order their sumptuous offerings straight to your own home as their home delivery service launched as well Experience Johnny Rockets at the Lagoon, Amwaj Islands or Al A’ali Mall in Seef today. For deliveries and information, Tel. +973 1756 6565.

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vouchers to three lucky couples worth BD10 each. The love birds get to dine for free on Valentines Day and will have their pictures taken in this fun, unique diner. The ladies will also get a complimentary rose.

All they need to do is answer the following question:

Where in Amwaj Islands is the newest branch of Johnny Rockets located? *The voucher will be valid from 14th to 18th February. Send your answers to


and be sure to give us your name, mobile number, your favourite section of the magazine and your profession (for internal purposes only).

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Think fresh, buy local

Sadeq Abdulla Local Farmer

Our “Think Local” programme aims to showcase the best of Bahrain and our region to bring you the freshest fruits, vegetables and local products every day. Buying local is better for everyone – it creates and supports sustainable communities, tastes fresher, provides better value for money and helps the environment. So think local and buy local, with Alosra supermarkets – fresh and friendly every day! Visit an Alosra store near you at Saar, Durrat Al Bahrain and Amwaj.

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Burger Haven

Burger Lounge delivers!

Call today: +973 77 055 772 or 3915 8592.

Burgers are not usually considered gourmet, but all that has changed with the arrival of Burger Lounge at The Lagoon at Amwaj Islands.


lounge? For a burger? Yes, you read that right. Specialising in serving hamburgers, fries and shakes, Burger Lounge takes these meals, which are normally considered unhealthy or just considered ‘plain’ at best, and makes them, well to be honest, interesting. Why so, you ask? We talked to Ghazi Matrook, Burger Lounge Operations Manager, who shared some facets about the business. To begin with, Ghazi who has more than eleven years experience in the food and beverage industry, says that all their burgers are prepared with fresh meat. What does this mean? Their meat can only be stored for three days - but once it’s been minced and mixed with ingredients, all their prepared portions can only be stored for two days. The process then continues where, if you order, the meat is taken out and freshly prepared - it may take longer to wait but you can be assured it’s freshly done. “This way, all the protein of the meat, all its flavours and juices are retained,” Ghazi explains. Burger Lounge grew out of the idea that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilise healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. So good news to all those who are conscious

of what they consume on a regular basis - Burger Lounge provides a simple premium quality menu that appeals to health conscious diners, vegetarians, salad lovers and diners who simply want a great hamburger.

Ghazi however points out that their offerings also include steaks as all the meat they use (even for the burgers) are certified Angus meat. You can stretch it and even order their Royal Lounge Burgers which are no less than the much coveted Wagyu beef served on their 24k gold plate and cutlery! The Bahrain Confidential team went down to tuck into some of their savoir faire.

We arrived with a huge appetite so you can imagine it was quite a feast. We started with the intriguing ‘Avochicado Salad’ made of fresh Romanian lettuce mixed with sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, radish slices and topped with BBQ marinated grilled chicken and a special dressing. To say it was the perfect start to our lunch was an understatement, the avocados were heavenly as were the juicy and tender grilled chicken. The starters were even made better with their signature ‘Lounge Mozzarella Sticks’ which are specially coated and mixed with chilli flakes and secret ingredients that it’s almost passable for a main meal all on its own! Next came the ‘Lava Burger’ (which we had in the mini version). These little darlings are made of beef patty topped on a bed of shredded iceberg lettuce with spicy jack cheese and battered fried onion rings, jalapeños and guacamole sauce. Our biggest treat was the ‘Upset Burger’ which are beef patty decked with Swiss cheese, crispy bacon, onion ring, fried egg and lettuce with mayo, honey and mustard. From the name alone, you can surmise that it has got people talking and not in the least upset but in fact pleased with this unique and scrumptious burger! Burger Lounge is located at The Lagoon, Amwaj Islands and open daily from 11am to 12mn - and will be serving breakfast very soon! Amwaj features continues on the next page ...

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Burger Lounge Tel: 77055772 Fax: 77055773 Home Delivery: 39158592 Lagoon, Amwaj Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain

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Make A Difference,

‘Think Local’

Alosra Supermarket has launched a Think Local initiative, aiming to support Bahrain’s local producers by partnering with them and selling their products at Alosra.


y undertaking this initiative, Alosra will help promote local produce and reduce imports, thus reducing environmental impacts and educating customers that the produce is healthy and contributes to Bahrain’s economy. Alosra remind stakeholders that they take their role as a responsible corporate citizen very seriously and ‘Think Local’ is an example of its involvement in the community. To kick off the campaign, Alosra has partnered with local Bahraini farmer Sadeq Abdulla, who runs a farm on Budaiya Highway, a stone’s throw away from the supermarket outlet in Saar and is planning to support others around the country. “For a long time now a great emphasis has been placed on imported goods such as fruits and vegetables. Customers possibly believe that imported produce must be of better quality,” explains Jaffar Al Asfoor, General Manager at Alosra. “With ‘Think Local’ we

intend to prove that this is not the case by handpicking the best produce from local family farms and helping customers discover the abundance of fresh quality food in our own backyard.” Not only has Alosra committed to source more fresh produce locally, but the supermarket operation has compiled a number of wholesome recipes, all of which

produce that is flown in from overseas is often several days old and loses freshness along the way as it is chilled, transported and stored before being put on display. • Local food is said to be far more nutritious than its foreign counterpart. Did you know that produce quickly loses nutrients as soon as it is harvested? Since fresh local produce is sold right after it is picked, it retains more of its healthy nutrients. • Local produce is also easier on the wallet as it offers better value for money. It is priced much cheaper in comparison to imported produce - without expensive transport and storage costs. • Speaking of transport, buying local produce is also far more environmentally friendly. Flying in fruit and veg from great distances requires significant energy resources and creates tonnes of pollution. By eating locally grown produce you help to preserve the environment and reduce our global carbon footprint. • Most importantly, by buying local you are investing in your community and helping to create jobs. The farms we will be sourcing our products from are owned by locals who are investing in the country’s future

“Local food is said to be far more nutritious than its foreign counterpart.” can be made using fresh local ingredients. Local produce will also be easy to find in-store with an easily recognisable ‘Think Local’ label which will indicate that an item has been sourced from farms in Bahrain or from within the region.

Why Think Local?

• Local food usually tastes better because it is fresher. With local fruit and veg, you can be sure that the furthest distance it has travelled is a few kilometres at most, as soon as it is picked. On the contrary,

Alosra Supermarkets is located at Amwaj Islands and Saar. Amwaj features continues on the next page ...

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ID Design gives a whole new meaning to the word luxury. Its designs are bold, inspirational, unique and very trendy. Bring the romantic vibe into your home this month with many unusual red, crimsons and pink designs to choose from.

Torso Dining Chair in blue or purple fabric

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ID Design is at Sitra Mall, Budaiya Highway and Lagoon, Amwaj Islands; Tel. +973 1773 2919; +973 1759 2400 or +973 1601 2808. Visit www.iddesign-bahrain.com.

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t might not be that easy to admit you’re an online gamer, but if you’re reading this and you are one - you know how it is when you’re trying to get connected with other online gamers and then you get the sudden …. drop, in upload speed. Batelco knows exactly how frustrating this is, hence, the good news - the recent Broadband upgrade is available for new as well as existing residential customers. Batelco, the preferred entertainment and gaming ISP in Bahrain with their Broadband service is chosen by most customers, especially gamers and heavy users who seek the most reliable services, with high download and upload speeds. So what does this mean exactly? Batelco customers get to enjoy an unsurpassed Broadband experience with the best online gaming, online video chatting with their families and friends

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Any avid online gamer will be delighted with Batelco’s Broadband internet services - now four times faster with upload speeds of up to 2 Mbps!

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using Skype, MSN Messenger, Google+ hangouts, etc, faster upload of files including videos, music and pictures to their social network accounts including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and file sharing, in addition to many other applications with no extra charges. This initiative is part of Batelco’s continuous efforts to maximise your internet experience by offering different Broadband packages which suit all customers’ needs, from low to heavy

users, with high threshold and FREE unlimited usage after threshold, at speeds of up to 2MB. What’s more, if you wish to enjoy full Broadband speed during the weekend, you can subscribe to their Unlimited Weekends offer to benefit from fast connections during the weekend to enjoy online gaming, streaming videos and downloading movies without any restrictions, where the usage every Friday and Saturday will not be deducted from their regular monthly threshold limit and their speed will be reset to the maximum download speed as part of the Unlimited Weekends deal

For more information about Batelco’s Broadband packages visit www.batelco.com or call 196.


Here we highlight some personal comments from online gamers and their experience with Batelco.

Jay Andrews:

“I used to (try) and play games online on my PS3 on one of Batelco’s competitor’s packages and to say the connection was bad would be an understatement. Any modern warfare fans out there will know what I mean when I say trying to play with one red bar is almost impossible and you get nailed all the time due to lag and, to be fair, I felt lucky to get just one red bar as most of the time it just did not have sufficient bandwidth to work at all. Recently (four months ago) I switched to Batelco’s 6MB line and the difference is night and day. I now play Modern Warfare 3 with the maximum amount of green bars and I even have the bandwidth to join games with my mates in the UK which was impossible prior to switching to Batelco. This is an awesome opportunity to catch up with my friends so I am basically getting international calls included with my broadband package at no extra charge all via the PS3. I got another unexpected cheeky bonus from Batelco very recently as I was informed

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Jay Andrews

via text message that they have increased the upload speed from 512kbps to 2MB which was a very nice surprise and a huge bonus for online gamers. Overall the experience with Batelco has been nothing short of excellent and if I was forced to say one negative it would be that the download thresholds are a little tight (I have 15GB with my package). Having said that I am not a heavy downloader so it does not really affect me at all. I would not hesitate to recommend this service to anyone looking for a new provider as I honestly don’t think that the wireless options have anywhere near the consistency of a fixed line connection. The wireless option all seems a bit hit and miss with good and bad reviews depending on what area you live in.”

“I have been playing online for several years now, I never considered changing my connection and thought it was OK by Bahrain standards, when you’re playing PES 2012 and you are in the middle of scoring an amazing goal and suddenly the connection loses the line, you lose interest in the whole game. After spending a day at the Batelco shop experiencing their speed, it has been explained to me that it’s all about the upload speed, and from what I’ve seen whatever the trick is, that connection was what I was looking for, I spent a whole day with uninterrupted online gaming and it was a pleasure, thank you Batelco!”

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Michael Whyte

Michael Whyte

“Playing online is actually an amazing breakthrough in technology, being an expat it’s also a great way to stay connected with my friends back home. One thing we online gamers don’t like is losing, and when you lose due to your internet connection that is even worst. I’ve tried several connections until a friend of mine recommended Batelco. It was hard for me to believe there would be much difference as I was assuming that we have the same connection speed and nothing would be different, until I actually played with this connection and the difference was obvious, no more losses! I know what internet I’m signing up for when my current contract expires.”

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‘A Matter Of Taste’

Do you want your dream dress but are unsure how to get in touch with the experts? Juni Capulong gives his advice on where to go to find the best possible fashion supplies on the Island.


tyling women and creating precise cuts to enhance the feminine body is not easy but possible. Using innovative fabrics and modern embellishments available on the island, and having connections with a bespoke tailor makes it an enjoyable experience. If you don’t know any craftsmen or have had a bad experience with some tailors, let the expert advise you! For 25 years I have worked with Bahrain’s local artisans - from tailors, embroiderers, and beadwork experts to wedding couturiers and fabric suppliers. With all of this experience, I am happy to finally share my secrets. If you are looking for a simple everyday dress or an outfit required for the office, there are thousands of clothing stores that provide international fashion at very affordable prices. However, for special occasions one aspires for something special, a unique dress or outfit specially created for your character, your build and

Juni Capulong

even your budget! For bridal gowns the top ateliers are the following: Style - ‘House of Haute Couture’ in Zinj, ‘Silky Tips’ in Um Al Hassam, ‘June’s Atelier’ in Riffa, ‘First Tailoring’ in Muharraq and ‘Tara Tailoring’ in Adliya. These couture shops have

existed in Bahrain for decades and your investment will be worth it with their fantastic craftsmanship. For fabric suppliers, try: Mohammed Jamal with branches in Manama souk, Al A’ali complex and Geant, ‘Al Siddiq Textiles’ in Gudaibiya and ‘Instyle Fashion’, ‘Dunia Al Anaqa’ and ‘Kewalram and Sons’ all in the souk. These shops will provide you with beautiful assortment of fabrics in silk, cotton, chiffon, taffeta, bridal and lace. For embellishments such as beads, embroidery threads and buttons, try the following; ‘Hassan Ali Makki’ in Manama souk, ‘Tarradah’ in Manama, Muharraq, Riffa and Isa town, ‘Hakimmuddin’ in Manama and the ‘Family Store’ in Manama and Muharraq For enquiries on special tailoring and design requirements, don’t hesitate to email me at junicaps@gmail.com so I can attend to your questions and help you with your fashion, wardrobe and tailoring predicaments.

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Where did you last go on holiday and what is your dream destination?

What was your latest purchase?

My last holiday was to Bali but my dream destination would be Hong Kong.

A red and black dress from Karen Millen.

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Ashley wears dress from H&M, Jimmy Choo bag and shoes and belt from Zara.

Bahrain Confidential manages to track down the elite of Bahrain to find out just what they are up to.

Ashley Gorrie

- Office Manager for Electronics Manufacturer, OMICRON

What have you been gossiping about?

Celebrity weddings as I am going to be maid of honour at a best friend’s wedding.

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What car do you drive?

I drive a Mini Cooper convertible and I would really love an Aston Martin DB9, maybe one day!

Where is your favourite business destination? Definitely New York! It is an incredible place.

What is your favourite clothing brand? It would have to be either Karen Millen or Chanel.

What is your current favourite restaurant? At the moment it would have to be CafĂŠ Italia.

People aduates Seven beautiful young gr showed off their modelling skills with such poise and grace during their graduation fashion show last month.



For The

Hayley Kay Huckvale

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Tara McCarthy

he seven graduates went through an Intensive four-week Modelling and Grooming course, where they learnt many aspects of a young girl’s self-image and confidence in Catwalk and Photographic modelling. Conducted by Stephen Grant from Visual Image and Victoria Shaban from Victoria School of Dance, the course topics covered were: Hair Care Maintenance and Hair Styling; Make-up Brands and Application; Posture, Deportment and Personal Development; Personal Hygiene; Wardrobe and Dress Sense and most importantly Confidence Building. Bahrain Confidential was one of the

Daleen Al Haiki

Yomna Zeyada

Hannah Bricklebank

Maya Shaban

main sponsors of the event, and one of the highlights of the show was when graduate Hayley Kay Huckvale was chosen as winner of a fashion pictorial to appear in our magazine very soon, so watch this space! We managed to grab the girls’ attention to have a quick chat about how they all found the experience, all of whom want to pursue professional modelling in the future:

Yomna Zeyada: “We learned how to be more confident; and learning how to walk in heels was hard at first but we were all able to do it in the end.”

Could you please tell us what you enjoyed most during the course? Maya Shaban: “I liked the way Stephen showed us how to take care of our hair and how to do different styles.”

Do you feel that the course has given you more confidence? Daleen Al Haiki: “Yes. I was taught to be proud of who I am and hold my head high.”

What was your favourite part of the course?

How did the training influence you as an individual? Hayley Kay Huckvale: “It was knowing that other people can do it gave me confidence that I am capable of doing it too.”

What is the most important thing that you learned on the course? Nadine Al Hawaj: “Respecting others but most importantly to respect myself.”

What was your favourite topic of the course and why? Tara McCarthy: “When we were taught how to walk properly in heels. Watching everyone else try do it for the first time as well was so much fun and we all learnt how to carry on and do it eventually.” What was the main lesson that you learned during the course? Hannah Bricklebank: “Having self-confidence helps you in future challenges in life.”

The graduates pose with other participants during the fashion show

For enquiries on Visual Image, contact Stephen Grant on Tel. +973 3921 8575 or for information on Victoria Dance Tel. +973 3940 2357.

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Shopping Agatha

‘Who could make a choice in a treasure trove’? Since 1974, AGATHA paris, has been the pioneer of unique jewellery that dresses your skin. In a brilliant palette of colours and materials, they offer rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and wristwatches which are very trendy but to suit all budgets. The quality and range is excellent so if you’re looking to please somebody or to put a smile on your own face – this store is a must visit.

If you think that you’re all shopped out then think again! In recent months the Bahrain City Centre has been busy giving you plenty of reasons on why you should be visiting the mall more often.

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Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works

Another favourite with the ladies is Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. The store specialises in fragrant flavourful indulgences, including shower gels, lotions, candles and accessories. Producing spa products that are easily used at home with the incorporation of simple rituals into daily life.

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If you about style, you probably own (or want to own) a few luxury watches: an everyday watch, a weekend watch, plus maybe the way-over-the-top sparkly watch and even a luxury watch that’s bespoke unto itself. If that’s the case then this is the place to go. They offer something for everyone so if you’re looking to treat somebody or just yourself pop in and walk out with a bit of wrist candy.

The boutique offers every gal what she needs, wants and desire all at affordable prices. This includes fabulous accessories to perfect any look with shoes, party and casual dresses and bags. So with spring just around the corner – it’s worth just popping in to update your look before everyone else does.

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Quiz is a dynamic fashion store from the UK that focuses on delivering catwalk style looks and all the latest trends at value for money prices. Their target audience is the fashion conscious 15 to 35-year-old woman. Their range includes footwear and accessories.

Zohoor Alreef brings you the very best toiletries, perfumes and cosmetics direct from France to your front door. Their signature collection Le Verger Shop is a top to toe collection of shower and body care products made exclusively for Zohoor Alreef in France. The collection is available in ten long lasting fruity and floral fragrances all made from natural ingredients. All their products make great gifts. So if you’re stuck for a Valentines present – you know where to go now.

Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is THE destination for chic women’s clothing, sultry swimwear, must-have shoes and accessories and beauty products.


Anotah is a store that is passionate about design and fashion, bringing the very latest trends to you. However they are more than just another fashion retailer. Anotah is establishing a reputation as a designer label and lifestyle brand. With design inspiration from around the world, they work to produce collections that are bold and exciting.

Stores opening soon Pottery Barn Kids - Home furnishing for babies and kids Charanga - Children’s Fashion Arabian Oud - Arabian Garments and Arabic fragrances i machine - Apple Electronic products and accessories Hair Spa - Women’s’ hair salon Amouage - Perfumes and cosmetics N. Spa - Nails beauty salon Raneem - Beauty salon Durrance - Perfumes and cosmetics Vapiano - Italian restaurant Morellis Café - Specializes in Italian gelato Auntie Anne’s - Specializes in American pretzels Cinnabon - World famous cinnamon rolls and specialty beverages Charley’s Grilled Subs - Subs sandwiches, healthy subs options

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Fashion Aidan Mattox

Inspired by the sophistication and elegance of Hollywood, Aidan Mattox creates luxurious dresses for social occasion, redcarpet, celebrity events and prom. The Aidan Mattox Collection was launched in 2004 to rave reviews. The Collection is sexy, modern, and glamorous and has been embraced by celebrities such as Hayden Panettierre, Kiera Knightley, Leighton Meester, Paulina Porizhova, and Portia DeRossi. The S/S 2012 collection includes extremely chic cocktail dresses as well as dramatic floor-length gowns, with alluring high fashion details in opulent jewel tones and stunning neutrals.

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ALICE by Temperley

In 2009, after 9 successful years of Temperley London, Central St. Martin’s graduate Alice Temperley launched her delightfully flirtatious diffusion line, ALICE By Temperley. An ode to the unique stylings of Britain and the modern day English rose, the collection is a wonderful hybrid of luxury fabrics, vibrant prints and timeless styles that aren’t concerned with trends so much as style. In her own words, “ALICE by Temperley embodies British spirit and the dynamic rock-and-roll atmosphere that is London.” The S/S collection is an elegant, silky nod to the ‘70s, with slinky camisole-like gowns, high-waist tap pants, and head scarves. Key Piece: a long floral silk gown; the beaded ivory spaghetti strap gown.

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Denim and Supply by RL

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren brings a rugged wearability to the latest denim line from the Ralph Lauren family. Navajo and nautical influences add an authentic sensibility and lived-in feel to distressed jeans, faded t-shirts and deconstructed outerwear. For S/S 12 is a more laid back collection, capturing the spirit of individuality inspired by the artistic communities in Brooklyn and environs, while maintaining a rugged outdoors aesthetic which channels the lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest. The men’s collection is an urban meets wilderness with an outdoorsy colour scheme. The details such as rip and repaired jeans, and pieces like fleece pullovers, slouchy and knit cardigans, distressed denim jackets give the collection an effortlessly worn in aesthetic. Key pieces include distressed jeans, faded t-shirts, denim and Navajo print jackets.

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen

Danish brand DAY Birger et Mikkelsen was founded in 1997 by Keld Mikkelsen who, inspired by his world travels, beautifully blends a uniquely Scandinavian, functional aesthetic with vintage-inspired glamour and playful innovation. Designed with sculptural silhouettes and masculine detailing in mind, his collections are a luxe mix of beautiful basics and intricately embellished eveningwear.

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Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture is a contemporary and casual clothing line. Known for making the track suit an icon of casual luxury, today Juicy Couture spans fashion apparel, handbags, shoes, intimates, swimwear, fragrance, accessories, sunglasses, yoga and baby clothes/ accessories. For their SS 2012 collection the brand teamed up with designer Stefan Beckman and created sophisticated silk leggings beg for sharp jackets, cropped shrunken hoodie sweaters, flirty dresses or striped trousers with woven leather stacked heels and matched with the iconic Juicy tops and bottoms.

See by Chloe

See by Chloe’s spring collection offers many separates with a navy and orange palette. The collection also has some fun with mixing prints, and incorporates denim in a few innovative designs. We’re loving the the plaid and white lace minis.

Other brands available at Saks 5th Avenue include: M.Missoni, Milly, Milly Cabana, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Red Valentino, Robin’s Jeans, Sonia By Sonia Rykiel, Splendid, Sue Wong, Tadashi, Theia, Tibi, Velvet Saks 5th Avenue is located in the City Centre.

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Polka Dot Cat Holiday Collections


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Introducing the Dubai based Polka Dot Cat Fashion label.


olka Dot Cat Fashion Label is the result of the creative aspirations of designer Rana Jamshed. Her couture creations have brought a mix of fashion and femininity to women all over the world from the centre in Middle East, Dubai. Rana Jamshed has acquired quite a reputation as one of the most talented emerging designers. She dressed top interior designer Jules for the high profile premier of “Sex and the City� in London and was awarded the Designer of the Year in 2010 by her bloggers and followers. This season she has launched her sixth collection The Holiday Collection launched in Moscow surrounded by the beauty and elegance of history and architecture n The Polka Dot Cat Collection can be viewed online at www.polkadotcat.com.




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Holiday Collections


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Herein lies a masculine virtue and a sensual warmth. The vibrant red basil and absinthe top-note thrillingly grounded by the genuine class of wormwood; an amatory heart-note of burning pimento; an ultramasculine dry-down of benzoin siam. Hot Water is fresh, spicy and jubilant.

The Lacoste Pink woman exudes an aura of feel good, youthful optimism, and Lacoste Joy of Pink is the ideal fragrance to awaken the happiness and confidence she feels in social situations with her closest companions. 90ml - BD31.1; 50ml - BD24

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Nina L’Elixir evokes the rare and luxurious essence of a love potion, concentrated in an Eau de Parfum: an intense reinterpretation of Nina Eau de Toilette. 80ml - BD34.7; 50ml - BD26.4

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Fresh, floral, gustative. This is how Carolina likes to define her creation! 100ml - BD40.1; 50ml - BD30.3 Faces is located at Seef Mall, Country Mall and Riffa Mall.

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Health/Wellbeing company never used any PIP implants because since 2000 we knew there were some concerns about the quality.

The reputable doctor and cosmetic surgeon Dr Pierre Clero discusses the ongoing breast implant scandal and suggests new cutting-edge technology for patients to consider.

Have you noticed any decline in the number of customers at your clinics around the world for breast surgery in particular? The only decline now is because we offer an alternative to silicone breast implants and we are at the forefront of the cutting edge technology of autologous stem cell enhanced breast augmentation. I coined the term ‘BioCosmetic Surgery’ showing the capability of our body to repair itself, making our cosmetic surgery much safer with very natural results.

A New Paradigm in Cosmetic Surgery What do you think of the Europe scandal regarding French company Poly Implant Protheses (PIP) using breast implants found to contain industrial-grade silicon instead of medical grade fillers? I see it as a global problem of human activity. There will always be greedy, dishonest people ready to do anything in order to make more money. My

Now the scandal has surfaced, do you think more people will become aware of breast enhancement using stem cells as another option? Yes of course. It is always a matter of education. Education of the plastic surgeons themselves who should learn the technique and education of the patients that should be informed of the different options to make a wise choice. Tell us about the benefits of autologous stem cell breast augmentation. Liposuction and breast enlargement both happen in one sitting and there is minimal scarring. Silicone implants usually last for 15 to 20 years but we are confident this new method lasts forever. The downsides are only time and money. For the surgeon, autologous fat transplantation with stem cell technique takes around three to four hours compared to one hour for a skilled surgeon to insert a silicone implant. In our US clinics we charge around USD12,000 for a silicone breast implant and up to USD25,000 for the new treatment. It is thought 40,000 women received the faulty implants, who do you think should foot the USD150 million bill for these implants to be removed and replaced? In my opinion the government of the different countries should shoulder the expenses as it is their responsibility. The PIP implants were approved for human use by the different governmental agencies, so there was no reason for cosmetic surgery clinics to question the quality of the implants. How can you convince the public that silicone breast implants are still a safe option for breast enlargement at your clinics; are you more likely to recommend the stem cell treatment now? We are now prone to recommending the autologous option. This kind of technique is the future of cosmetic surgery, not only for breast implants but also to replace fillers and to rejuvenate the skin. The future is bright for autologous and I believe the ‘Bio-cosmetic Surgery’ concept will be the new paradigm in cosmetic surgery

Bestseller ‘Stop the clock with Clero Clinic Plan’ is available to buy at Ibn Rushd Clinic. Dr Pierre Clero’s clinic is located at Ibn Rushd Clinic. For consultations, Tel. +973 3619 7919. Email: cleroclinic@gmail.com

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The number one nappy rash cream in the Middle East, Sudocrem, continues to firmly establish itself as the preferred and trusted treatment for nappy rash.


hrough the findings of a recent European study conducted over a fourmonth period with over 140 babies and toddlers, Sudocrem placed itself ahead of four wellknown nappy rash products. Not only did Sudocrem show higher-absorption and quicker-improvement after just two days of application on babies and toddlers with varying levels of nappy rash, Sudocrem was also visually well-tolerated by babies and toddlers with sensitive and delicate skin. Parents and guardians also confirmed the superior cosmetic properties of Sudocrem, where 71 per cent rated Sudocrem as very good and 20 per cent ticked good; this was the best recorded result of the four products trialed. So it’s no surprise that there are four good reasons to choose Sudocrem to help soothe, heal and protect your baby’s skin and prevent irritating nappy rash: • Sudocrem has a water-repellent base which

Sudocrem Clinically Proven Number One forms a protective barrier, helping to stop irritants coming into contact with the skin • Its emollient effect helps to soothe inflamed skin whilst leaving it feeling soft and supple • Helps to ease the pain and irritation of nappy rash, and includes ingredients to help heal the skin • A little Sudocrem goes a long way, so only a thin layer needs to be applied at every nappy change, especially at bedtime.

• Leave your baby’s bottom exposed to air whenever possible. • Changing the nappy as soon as it is wet or soiled. • Before putting your baby down to sleep always change his/her nappy.

Sudocrem provides you with three simple tips, that can be adapted into your daily nappy-change routine, to help prevent nappy rash;

Sudocrem is available at leading pharmacies.


Dr Dean Cunha Gomes of the Royal Bahrain Hospital provides skincare tips and talks about the ups and downs of surgery, stretch marks and the importance of moisturising.

Dr Dean Cunha Gomes

Ask Dr Dean We hear a lot in the news regarding breast implants. Are they dangerous? Breast implants used for breast augmentation are for general improvement in aesthetics or to reconstruct a breast after cancer removal. The breast implant is perhaps one of the most extensively studied subjects and it has been shown not to cause cancer, collagen diseases or nerve problems. The French company Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP) used inferior, industrial grade silicone that have a higher rupture rate than other available implants. Rupture can cause inflammation from silicone leaking out into surrounding tissue. Implants of other companies do not fall in this category and are safe for breast augmentation.

Unfortunately the answer is yes. If you already have stretch marks, or you have a family disposition to getting them, it is likely you would develop more if the skin stretches beyond what it normally can. Is it really bad to leave make-up on overnight? Yes it is, make-up can clog pores and may

the same. Your doctor and nutritionist would be your best guide. How does stress affect the skin and body? Stress definitely triggers or aggravates skin conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters. The skin may appear sallow, and one may develop wrinkles, lines on the forehead, etc. There are a host of medical problems linked to stress. The physician may guide you more on this.

“There is scientific evidence linking diet and spots. Consumption of dairy products, high calorie food and excessive consumption of deep fried food can lead to spots or acne.”

Is it true that drinking a lot of water is good for your skin, how so? Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Moisture levels of the skin depend on external factors such as cold or hot air, dry heat and by the number of oil-producing glands you have. A balanced diet and lots of sunscreen are the best proven things to keep your skin looking good.

I have stretch marks from gaining and losing weight. Does this mean when I become pregnant I will get them again if I seem prone to them?

lead to an increase in acne. It best to remove make-up before one sleeps and use a good moisturiser or night cream. Is it true that eating unhealthily gives you spots? There is scientific evidence linking diet and spots. Consumption of dairy products, high calorie food, aerated drinks and excessive consumption of nuts, deep fried food and changes in hormones in the body lead to spots/acne. This doesn’t happen to everybody, but only to those predisposed to

Should I use the same moisturiser all over my face or use special eye serums or creams too? The skin around the eyes is much thinner, which makes it more sensitive to products that maybe well tolerated on the rest of the face. Eye creams and serums are specially formulated for that particular location and would work better than a general moisturiser

For further information or consultations, contact Dr Dean Cunha Gomes, MS, MCh, MRCS [Glasg], DHSA [Can]; Consultant Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon at the Royal Aesthetic Centre, Royal Bahrain Hospital. Tel. +973 1724 6857 or +973 1724 6939.

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Cellulite is unsightly and most women’s worst nightmare. What makes it even worse unlike weight gain – is that up until now there has been very little one could do to get rid of it. But now there is!


he VelaSmooth Pro is the first Class II medical device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of cellulite and the only non-surgical device for effective Body Reshaping. VelaSmooth features the revolutionary elōs technology combination of Bi-Polar radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result leads to Circumferential Reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area. The treatments are safe, effective, and virtually painless and there is no downtime. The patient can have the treatment during their lunch break and then return straight back to work afterwards without anyone noticing that they’ve even had anything done. VelaSmooth clients consistently report improved skin texture, skin tightening, reduction of thighs or waist and significant body contouring. For optimal results, most clients receive two treatments per week that last about forty five to sixty minutes each. The most commonly treated areas are the stomach, abdomen, love handles, upper arms, hips, thighs and buttocks. Results can usually be seen after the fourth session

For further information or consultations, contact Dr Dean Cunha Gomes, MS, MCh, MRCS [Glasg], DHSA [Can]; Consultant Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon at the Royal Aesthetic Centre, Royal Bahrain Hospital. Tel. +973 1724 6857 or +973 1724 6939.

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Scientists Find Fat is Sixth Human Taste

For generations, scientists thought the human tongue could detect only four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter. Then a fifth was discovered, ‘umami’ or savoury. Now, researchers have identified a previously-unrecognised “sixth taste” - fat. A team in the United States has located a chemical receptor in the taste buds on the tongue that recognises fat molecules, and found that its sensitivity varies between individuals. The finding may help to explain why some people consume more fatty foods, as they are less aware of the taste as they eat. The researchers hope their discovery can be exploited to combat obesity by increasing people’s sensitivity to fat in their food. Apart from the basic tastes, other aspects of food flavour actually come from the smell and are detected in the nose. The research team, from the school of medicine at Washington University, St Louis, showed that people with more of a receptor called CD36 were better at detecting the presence of fat in food. They found that variations in a gene that produces CD36 makes people more or less sensitive to the presence of fat. “The ultimate goal is to understand how our perception of fat in food might influence what foods we eat and the qualities of fat that we consume,” said Professor Nada Abumrad, who led the research.

HealthUpdates High heels could be to blame for flat feet

High heels could be responsible for flat feet, researchers believe, but sufferers have been offered hope of new drugs to treat the condition. Flat feet, which are most common in women over 40, occur when the tibialis posterior tendon close to the ankle bone stretches out over a period of time. This then causes the foot’s natural arch to ‘fall,’ causing sufferers severe discomfort mobility issues. Experts now believe high heels, obesity and diabetes are responsible for the condition. However, research led by the University of East Anglia, UK has found that the stretching of tendons coincided with increased activity in special proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes can break down certain parts of the tibialis posterior tendon and weaken it, causing the arch to fall. Study author Dr Graham Riley says the discovery could pave the way for drugs targeting this enzyme that could help treat flat feet. Dr Riley, whose findings were published in journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, said: “Our study may have important therapeutic implications since the altered enzyme activity could be a target for new drug therapies in the future.

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Health ‘Healthy’ Smoothies Not so Innocent for Teeth

Parents are unwittingly causing their children’s teeth to rot by regularly feeding them ‘healthy’ fruit juices and smoothies, a leading dentist has warned. High-street practitioners regularly see children with teeth worn away to little more than stumps due to the youngsters’ mouths being bathed in the acidic drinks day-in, day-out, said Kathryn Harley, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, UK. National surveys in Britain show half of five-year-olds exhibit signs of ‘tooth wear’, caused by acidic drinks dissolving and softening enamel. Teeth edges first start to fret, then chip. They gradually get worn back until, in some cases, all that remain are hideous stumps. Harley said a generation of children was growing up refusing to drink water because they had been fed fruit juice since they were babies. “The problem is that we have got a generation who won’t drink water. They want it flavoured all the time,” she said. “We see lots of parents who say, ‘My children won’t drink water’. But if a child has been introduced as an infant to juice, parents are going to really struggle to get him to drink water when he is a bit older.” Harley, explained that fruit juice and smoothies were extremely acidic, typically with pH values of two to three. Any time the mouth had a pH lower than 5.5, teeth were vulnerable from acid attack. She went on: “I think people understand the message that sweets cause decay - even if they choose to ignore it. But they don’t seem to have the same sense of awareness that acid drinks cause tooth wear, which can be catastrophic.”

A Sausage a Day Increases Risk of Deadly Pancreatic Cancer

Internet Addiction Affects the Brain ‘Like a Drink or Drug Problem’

Internet users who become dependent on being online have showed signs of changes in the brain similar to alcoholics and cocaine addicts. Researchers compared brain scans of young people with ‘internet addiction disorder’ with their peers and found damage to the white matter fibres connecting emotional processing, attention and decision making parts. Similar impairments have been found in research into other addictions including alcohol and cocaine. It comes after researchers at the University of Worcester found smartphones are so addictive many users now hear ‘phantom vibrations’ because they are desperate to receive new messages. The scientists in China said the study could help develop a treatment, although they admitted they do not know whether the changes to the brain are the cause or consequence of internet addiction. “The findings suggest that white matter integrity may serve as a potential new treatment target in internet addiction disorder,” the team said in the Public Library of Science One journal. Henrietta Bowden Jones, consultant psychiatrist at Imperial College, London, who runs Britain’s only NHS clinic for internet addicts, said: “The majority of people we see with serious internet addiction are gamers – people who spend long hours in roles in various games that cause them to disregard their obligations. “I have seen people who stopped attending university lectures, failed their degrees or their marriages broke down because they were unable to emotionally connect with anything outside the game.”

Eating a sausage a day can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 per cent and the risk goes up if a person eats more, experts have said. Eating 50g of processed meat every day - the equivalent to one sausage or two rashers of bacon - increases the risk by 19 per cent compared to people who do not eat processed meat at all. For people consuming double this amount of processed meat (100g), the increased risk jumps to 38 per cent, and is 57 per cent for those eating 150g a day. But experts cautioned that the overall risk of pancreatic cancer was relatively low - in the UK, the lifetime risk of developing the disease is one in 77 for men and one in 79 for women. Nevertheless, the disease is deadly - it is frequently diagnosed at an advanced stage and kills 80 per cent of people in under a year. Only 5 per cent of patients are still alive five years after diagnosis. The latest study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is from researchers at the respected Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. They examined data from eleven studies, including 6,643 cases of pancreatic cancer. They found inconclusive evidence on the risks of eating red meat overall compared to eating no red meat. They found a 29 per cent increase in pancreatic cancer risk for men eating 120g per day of red meat but no increased risk among women. This may be because men in the study tended to eat more red meat than women. They concluded: ‘’Findings from this meta-analysis indicate that processed meat consumption is positively associated with pancreatic cancer risk. ‘Red meat consumption was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. ‘‘Further prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings. The study adds to understanding about the risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer.

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Namaste: On A Journey Of Self Discovery

After having studied computing at university in Wales and embarking upon a career in IT, Weam Zabar did a 360-degree turn, realising that such a life was not for her. I worked very hard and travelled a lot so I often found myself stressed out,” Weam told Bahrain Confidential. That’s when she opened Namaste in April 2011, a holistic healing centre located in Budaiya which also includes a small retail shop. “We have a Life Coach who comes in twice a week so customers have a good choice of treatments available to try,” she explains. “In the end, people normally choose one or two tools to help them on their path towards inner peace.” Weam says she “wanted to give everyone the chance to find a tool for growth. It is more spiritual and about self

development. It’s all about how you find your own inner peace.” Not that she is recommending everyone to give up their corporate jobs though, “If people enjoy their jobs that’s great. This is just a way to help people manage the stresses of daily life.”

improve muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina. More properties include reducing stress and tension, boosting self esteem and improving concentration. Art and Art Therapy The already popular certified Bahraini Art Therapist Dalal Al Sindi is introducing even more sessions to the curriculum. The art therapy studio is a space for individuals willing to unleash their imagination and be encouraged to discuss what their creativity says about them and the workshops available for groups or individuals are aimed to give the individual self-awareness through different visual expressive tasks. Fine Art drawing Classes for Still Life, portrait and oil painting are also available.

“This is all about how you find your own inner peace. If people enjoy their jobs that’s great, this is just a way to help people manage the stresses of daily life.” Reiki One of the greatest Reiki healing health benefits is stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities and improves and maintains health. Reiki healing is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and brings health and well being to the recipient. Meditation It is thought that if meditation is practiced regularly, people will become less tense, healthy and more relaxed at all times and in particular situations. Meditation classes focus on Pranayama, a type of yogic breathing and mindfulness meditation as well as other known yogic meditations. Yoga Yoga helps people to manage or control many things including anxiety, back pain, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, headaches, sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. What’s more, yoga can also

Spiritual Shop The Namaste spiritual shop offers everything needed for spiritual growth and holistic wellbeing. Some products include non-toxic smokeless 100 per cent pure beeswax candles, exclusive Pranamat acupressure mats, meditation cushions, healing crystals and yoga mats. “I would recommend that people try as much as possible to get a feel of things. My advice would be not to waste your time doing something you’re not enjoying. Follow your heart and do whatever feels best,” she concludes. A Yoga Workshop weekend will take place between 1st to 3rd March with Australian Yoga expert Lucy Roberts

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Kelly Armatage

This is defined as the surrender of one’s own desires, needs and interests for the sake of ‘duty’ or for another’s well-being. Kelly Armatage our resident Counsellor, Life Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist writes how self care is essential to a contented life.


eople all over neglect themselves, due to some earlier message in their past that created the self belief ‘it is necessary to put others first’. But is this message true? Is it a healthy, functional but most importantly, happy way to live? Let’s analyse the lives of those, who put their spouses/ partners, children and family first. They would have inner beliefs of ‘I’m not important, my needs are not important’, and would live a life full of self-sacrifice and martyrdom. A perfect way to feel constantly frustrated, angry and lacking in inner contentment and self-confidence. Does your schedule consist of long working hours, endless school runs, continuous errands and only social activities that please your spouse/friends? Is there any scheduled time just for yourself? So many people are fighting their needs from within (surface needs vs driving needs). A surface need is something such as, ‘I need to be the perfect wife/mother because society says so’. Yet that could easily conflict with a driving need of, ‘I long to be a scuba diving instructor’. So many people are acting on their surface needs (what they feel they ought to do) and not their driving needs (what they deep down yearn for.) Another reason why people put others first, is due to a fear on some level. For example, ‘I need to put their needs first, so they like/love/ approve of/never leave me’. Deep fears of not feeling good enough and

of being abandoned at some point, hence going into the dysfunctional behaviour of people-pleasing. For those that suffer with deep-rooted fears of being flawed/not good enough/abandoned in some way, it is necessary to face those fears and analyse them within the mind. This can be worked through with a good Therapist, or if that is not desirable; visualising the fear manifesting and then visualising the scenario after that, i.e., what would you do if you

treatment, meditation or some other form of self-care will change your life and self esteem dramatically. By being full of these new and positive emotions ensures you naturally emit this to others around you (in a healthy, flowing and high energy way). So it’s a win/win situation; you are happy and fulfilled and when you need to serve others/ carry out your tasks, you do it from a more functional place that feels right, rather than from a depleted and drained place that feels bad. Nobody needs to be a martyr, nobody needs to put others first all the time. Yes, serve others, be a great parent, help out at a local charity; these are all amazing, compassionate and wonderful things to do. Yet if they are done to an extreme, it will always result in others taking you for granted, expecting the same treatment continuously and definitely losing respect for you. Those that are self-sacrificing lack inner dignity, inner love and inner respect. By having a stable life, with your time separated into differing areas; work, socialising, self-care, parenting, hobbies, etc. ensures you are high in contentment, you have internal and external respect and your equilibrium is never compromised

“Just scheduling one hour per day for a hobby, pampering treatment, meditation or some other form of self-care will change your life and self esteem dramatically.” were abandoned? Would life really be as lonely as you foresee? Would the loss of the person who left/cheated/ hurt you really be so painful? Were they worth dedicating your life to, if that is their personality? Being comfortable with/facing the fear ensures the insecure behaviour and paralysing feelings dissolve. By nurturing and putting your self first (and this is not a selfish or egotistical way to live - it is healthy!), ensures you are filled with positive emotions of contentment, peace, joy and happiness. Just scheduling one hour per day for a hobby, pampering

Kelly Armatage Inc - Offering Counselling, Life Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For enquiries, Tel. +973 3993 1399 or visit www.kellyarmatage.com

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The famous Italian Carnival is a huge festival celebrated every year and Venice is usually the biggest and most elaborate one throughout the country, no wonder thousands of visitors flock here every year to witness this incredible spectacle.

La Dolce Vita T he ‘Carnevale’ as it is known is celebrated all over Italy and although the carnival is only on one date, in Venice and a few other places in Italy, celebrations and parties may begin a couple of weeks before. The Venice Carnival began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the

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beginning of the 14th century. This huge winter festival, also known as ‘mardi gras’ is celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music and many parties. Children throw confetti at each other and pranks are also common, hence the saying, ‘A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale’ anything goes at a carnival. Italy has many carnival celebrations, but Venice, Viareggio and Cento hold the biggest and most elaborate festivals.

Events and entertainment are held nightly throughout Venice. People in costumes wander around the city and the celebration also features gondola and boat parades along the Grand Canal, mask parades in St Mark’s Square and a grand fireworks show to end the carnival celebration. Masks, ‘maschere’, are an important part of the festival and Venice is considered the best city for traditional carnival masks. These masks are sold all year round and can


The Second Grand Ball will take place on 3rd February at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa and the theme will be based around the traditional annual Venetian Carnival. “We are expecting around 400 guests to attend the event, all wearing traditional Venetian masks. We have six artists coming from Italy including a tenor, soprano, a pianist and some dancers to entertain the public performing opera songs and traditional music.” Also included are traditional games, dances and the illusions of a magician with a mysterious spirit, helping to take the guests back in time to the beautiful 18th century Venice. “Guests will attend the event in traditional antique gowns and masks as we are trying to recreate the same atmosphere every February in Venice, through our very own Venetian Ball. Lucia and Luca Moretti from the event company Ludica Antiqua will also be coming from Italy. The Grand Italian Ball should definitely not be missed and it will be an event where guests are not only mere spectators but active protagonists.” A ‘Venetian Landlord’ will guide everyone through a rich program, that will consist of dances, games at tables between courses and many other surprises. Special prizes will be offered by some of the sponsors of the night and will be won through the ongoing games throughout the occasion. In the days before the event, guests have the opportunity to learn some choreography and will be ‘dancing protagonists’ for the evening as they will open the dances, together with the masters of the ceremony. The sumptuous costumes and original paper maché masks at this incredible occasion allow guests to step back in time and feel like a Venetian noble man or woman. Sponsors of the event are Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa, Saipem, Gulf Air, Gulf Brands, Al Hawaj and Maserati. Tickets are all inclusive and cost BD25. Part of the money raised will go to charity For more information email: italianball.bh@gmail.com

be found in many shops, ranging from cheap ones to elaborate and expensive creations. When walking through the streets of Venice, it is a common sight to view the variety of masks on display in shop windows. People also wear elaborate costumes for the festival and there are plenty of costume and masquerade balls, both private and public. During the carnival period, Venice offers numerous possibilities for spending money and attracts many tourists every year who can witness a range of unusual sights including booths with exotic animals, ropewalkers and jugglers. It is thought that over 20,000 visitors flock here annually to experience the important and historic event.

At this time of year the streets are bustling with people in masks, and the occasion is a joint expression throughout the classes, as wearing masks hides any form of identity between social classes. Generally, the costumes worn are cloaks along with long-nosed, colourful masks. In the squares, street-artists and singers entertain carnival guests with plenty of songs and music from their instruments.

Venetian Grand Ball Wife of Italian Ambassador Milena Padula, updates us on the upcoming Grand Ball taking place this month.

Milena Padula

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Chemicals And The Environment

Eng. Rehan Ahmed

Our resident environmentalist Rehan Ahmed warns us of the dangers that chemicals pose to our bodies and the environment.


hemicals are part of our daily life and a vital element of human development. They provide our society with a wide range of benefits, particularly increased agricultural and industrial productivity and help in the control of diseases. With the industrial revolution and increase in number of convenience products for mankind, our society’s reliance on chemicals is greatly increasing with each passing day. There’s been a phenomenal growth in the number of chemical compounds with time. As of last year, about 60 million chemical compounds have been identified and around 1,000 new compounds are formed each year. There are currently about 100,000 registered chemicals. Chemicals have the potential to cause considerable health and environmental problems throughout their life cycle, from production through transportation-storage-use to its disposal. The main concerns about chemicals in the environment are ‘their persistence and their possible toxicity’. The potential effects from exposures to chemicals include cancer; high blood pressure; asthma; deficits in attention, memory, learning, and IQ; Parkinson’s-like diseases; infertility; shortened lactation; endometriosis; genital malformation; peripheral nerve damage; and dysfunctional immune systems. Toxic chemicals can cause health problems like damage to the lungs, liver, kidney, bones, blood, brain, nerves and the reproductive systems. Scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within her or his body at least 700 contaminants. Wherever we live, we all live in a chemically contaminated neighborhood. ‘Fragrance’ is considered a trade secret. So, manufacturers can use a wide variety of chemicals to make up their

signature scent, but they don’t have to list them in the ingredients. Given this fact, the total number of chemicals one is wearing may be much larger than what we think it is. More than 80,000 chemicals are in commerce, while only a small percentage of them have ever been screened for even one potential health effect, such as cancer, reproductive or developmental toxicity, or impacts on the immune system. Among the approximately 15,000 tested, few have been studied enough to correctly estimate potential risks from exposure.

in photo development, rat poison, rug cleaners, nail polish, insect sprays and wet cell batteries. Such household chemicals may pose serious health risks if not handled, stored, and disposed of properly. The term ‘body burden’ refers to the total amount of these chemicals that are present in the human body at a given point in time. Sometimes it is also useful to consider the body burden of a specific, single chemical, like, for example, lead, mercury, or dioxin. Some chemicals or their breakdown products (metabolites) lodge in our bodies for only a short while before being excreted, but continuous exposure to such chemicals can create a ‘persistent’ body burden. Arsenic, for example, is mostly excreted within 72 hours of exposure. Other chemicals, however, are not readily excreted and can remain for years in our blood, fat tissues, semen, muscle, bone, brain tissue or other organs. Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) is required and needs to be promoted. The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM has as its overall objective the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that, by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimise significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment n

“Toxic chemicals can cause health problems like damage to the lungs, liver, kidney, bones, blood, brain, nerves and the reproductive systems.”

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In rural areas, where three-quarters of the world’s poor live, most chemical exposure is linked to pollution brought by waterways as well as the use of pesticides in agriculture. In urban settings, low-income or minority populations typically reside in neighborhoods considered undesirable, such as areas adjacent to industrial zones. Many household products like detergents, furniture polish, disinfectants, deodorisers, paints, stain removers, and even cosmetics release chemicals that may be harmful to human health as well as cause environmental concerns. Insecticides, pesticides, weed killers, and fertilisers that are used for maintaining one’s lawn and garden are other source of household pollution. Other household products that contain harmful chemicals are antifreeze, car cleaners and waxes, chemicals used

Rehan Ahmed is Head of Waste Disposal Unit, Directorate of Environmental Control, Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife, Bahrain. Email: rehan900@gmail.com


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New Year Party at Rebecca Cooksey’s Residence.

A fun New Year Party was held at Rebecca Cooksey’s residence at the Yateem Gardens last 31st December 2011.

Richard, Angela and Patsy

Emma and Mari

Kay and Tony

Jo, Ray Scott, Louri and Jim

Elif (right) with friends

Jackson and Kay

Katherine, Penny, Chris and Daisy

Kay, Jehan, Rebecca and Felda

Jim, Hussain, Aishia, Tom Lockhart and Rebecca

Yasser, Jehan and Hassan

Jehan and Shamilia

Richard, Mark and Evie



Dessa Lidman and Rebecca Cooksey

Welcoming 2012


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New Year Party at Mövenpick

A fabulous New Year Party was held at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain on 31st December 2011 where guests had a fabulous time ringing in 2012.

Mövenpick Hotel General Manager Heinz Krähenbühl with staff

Graham and Sue

Trevos and Moureen

Margrette, Dayra and Coen

Kait Gale and Sue

Cindy and Dean


Shamim, Shinaj, Reyad, Sambath and Mohammed

Scott and Irish

Rose and Angelo

Shane and Mariya

Brandon and Emily

John and Louise

Daniela, Paula and Isabel

Mövenpick Swiss Fondues Evening Reception

A special ‘Swiss’ evening was held at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain bringing Swiss Fondues to the Island on 11th January.

Ivan, Yana, Heinz, Cristina and Sumaya

Randy and Rajaa

Susan and Joan

Basel, Godwin and Rakesh

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Francesco, Hussain, Heinz, Alfred, Sumaya and Holger Lang

Armi and Heinz

Heinz, Sumaya and Nick

Russell and Love

Ameera, Basel and Sumaya

Ahmed, Heinz, Mataz and Eyad

Anil, Sanjeev and Ajay

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K Hotel Media Lunch

In appreciation of the support by the media and their role in making 2011 a successful year, The K Hotel Bahrain management arranged a media lunch on 11th January at Mo Kan Asian Fusion Restaurant attended by over 28 media representatives.

K Hotel Marketing Communications Manager Cristalyn Pastrana (centre, standing in black dress) with members of the media

Nazar Yahya First Solo Art Exhibition at Albareh Art Gallery

Albareh Art Gallery presented a solo exhibition by prominent contemporary Iraqi artist, Nazar Yahya. The exhibition was held from 10th January to 2nd February.

Nada and Vaughan

Roberta and Faasroor

Rahim Sherif with the Managing Director and Principal Curator of Albareh Art Gallery Hayfa Al Jishi and Hazem

Jehan and Lobna

Khalil and Adel

Tamkeen’s Second Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum

The Tamkeen Second Young Entrepreneurs Forum: ‘Start Your Venture’ was held at Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 15th December under the patronage of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organisation HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Sana Alasfoor and Fatima Zaman

Aisha Albalushi, Ahmed Juma Salem, Mohammed Bucheery, Shaima Nader and Zoya Marhoon

Salwa Albugaishi

Khalifa Mohammed and Salah Khalifa

Deena Al-Ansari, Hasan Haider and Amin Al-Arrayed

Ali Alfelaij

Mohammad Kamal

Fatima, Mariam, Hawra, Amina, Bashayer and Rasha

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Bizladies’ First Event for 2012

Bizladies hosted their first event for the New Year at Fusion Restaurant, Gulf Hotel on 15th January.

Susan, Iro, Rebecca, Wafaa and Hala

Nabeela, Zahra and Hala

Clare and Rachel

Shauna and Annelise

Debbie and Geraldine

Nancy and Sharon

Anne and Emma

Japanese Embassy Event

To enhance mutual relations between Bahrain and Japan, the Japanese Embassy held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador HE Shigeki Sumi about the 24th Ship for World Youth Program on 16th January.

Participants with Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain HE Shigeki Sumi

Sculpture Symposium

The 5th Bahrain International Sculptural Symposium was an open workshop held on 5th January and was an attraction for spectators and connoisseurs at the premises near Bahrain National Museum.

The 5th Bahrain International Sculptural Symposium artists and guests, Ali Al-Mahmeed of Bahrain Arts Society pose with Minister of Culture HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa

Student Field Trip to Nissan

As part of Edmaj, the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, YK Almoayyed & Sons recently received students from the Sitra Girls High School to make them understand the business processes in our Automotive Nissan Division in Sitra. The students were given a tour of Sales, Service and Spare Parts departments, and were explained about the functions of each department. Sitra Girls High School students with Nissan staff at the Nissan premises

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Klub 360째 Opening at Elite Crystal Hotel

Elite Hospitality Group celebrated the opening of Klub 3600 at Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair on 12th January with VIP guests and members of the media. Nazli and Yasmin

Group Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan Advincula with Nick and friends

Laura, Sofia and Julia

Jamila and Maya

Natalia and Laura

Fadl, Edwin and Sarosh

Mary and Sara

Shani and Laura

Cucina Italiana Restaurant Grand Opening

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of new Italian restaurant, Cucina Italiana, was held on 15th January in Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, with VIP guests and the presence of Italian Ambassador to Bahrain HE Enrico Padula.

Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) General Manager Paul Sarlas, Amini, Gareth and Ghina

Bashar Al Hassan and Aqeel Raees

Abdulla Juma, Jalil Ansari and Khalid Kanoo Italian Ambassador to Bahrain HE Enrico Padula and wife Milena Padula

Marcus Bernhardt, Farouk Yousuf Almoayyed and Aqeel Raees

Garfield Jones and Marcus Bernhardt


Joey, Fahmi and Abdul Mohsin

Julius, Cynthia, Anette and Omran

Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) General Manager Paul Sarlas

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David Bullock Talks To Zain Staff

Zain Bahrain held a talk at its Seef headquarters by internationally acclaimed Digital Strategy Expert David Bullock on 11th January. Zain staff were given first-hand knowledge about the potential of social networking tools and their active role in the integrated marketing communications mix.

Al Ahli Fans Set To Cash In With Loyalty Card

The eagerly awaited Al Ahli FC Loyalty Card was released on 14th January, coinciding with the opening of the all-new Al Ahli Fan Store. The Loyalty Card will see supporters of the Club receive a host of benefits both inside and outside the stadium and entitles fans to entry into all Al Ahli’s home games in the first class section.

David Bullock (centre) during his book presention to Zain officials

Luis Jimenez

YK Almoayyed & Sons’ Staff Awarded with Diligent Employee Certificate

A ‘Diligent Employee’ award ceremony organised by the Ministry of Labour was held at the Gulf Hotel on 28th December 2011. YKA expressed their gratitude towards Bahraini employees for their continuous efforts for the company. The winning YKA employees were Faisal Hussain Isa and Mohammed Moh’d Abdulla.

Mohammed Abdulla, Ashrafs Executive Director Amal Almoayyed, Peter Gonsales (on behalf of Faisal Hussain Isa) and Sonu Duggal

YKA Director Mohammed Almoayyed congratulates Faisal Hussain Isa, one of the recipients of the Diligent Employee award from YKA

The Institution of Engineers

The Institution of Engineers Pakistan-Bahrain Chapter (IEP-BC) organised the technical seminar on ‘Promoting Green Construction in Bahrain’ on 27th December 2011 at BSE Auditorium, Juffair.

Khulood Akbari, Paula Boast, Eng. Rehan Ahmed, Falah Al Kubaisi and Eng. Abdul Majeed Al Gassab

Faizan Ahmed, Paula Boast, Yasmeen Rehan and Sana Ahmed

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Sana Ahmed, Eng. Rehan Ahmed and Paula Boast

Hind Al Bucheeri, Paula Boast, Eng. Rehan Ahmed and Eng. Masroor Anwar

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Tamkeen Steps Up Women Empowerment

Tamkeen rolled out its women economic empowerment programmes on 15th January. The plans include tailored training programmes to promote entrepreneurship amongst women, as well as furthering the empowerment of working female employees and job seekers.

Tamer Hosny at Sofitel Bahrain Hotel

Tamer Hosny (Popular Egyptian singer, actor, composer, director, producer and songwriter) stayed at the Moroccan suite in Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa during his ‘Bahrain Nights’ New Year’s Eve performance at Bahrain International Circuit.

Tamkeen officials during the launch of the Women Empowerment Programme

Tamer Hosny

Viva Bollywood Competition

VIVA Bahrain, in partnership with Asian entertainment content Hungama, gave prizes to ten lucky winners as it concluded the two draws of the Bollywood ringback tone competition for the months of November and December 2011. The VIVA Bollywood Competition winners receive their prizes.

Swiss Fondue Private Dinner at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

A special Swiss Fondue private dinner was held for select VIP guests on 24th January by Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain at Silk’s restaurant.

Heinz, Francesco (standing) Martin and Karim Makhlouf

Rossana, Theresa and Lena

Ahmed and Hussain


Marcus and Marco

George, Meher and Sumaya

William and Robert Dr Ashraf

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Chaîne Des Rôtisseur

Chaine Des Rotisseur’s first event for the year took place on 19th January at the Golden Tulip Hotel.

Ching and Hilde

Niall and Geraldine

Fabrice, Isabelle, Michell, Lani and Olivier Abeer, Khalid Al Moayyed and David

Aymen Al Moayyed, Maria Al Moayyed and Qais Zubbi

Bruce, Erica and Larry

Remy Any David , Betsy, Khalid Al Moayyed, Mrs Salahudeen and Mohammed Salahudeen



Italian Embassy 10th Anniversary

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary, the Italian Embassy hosted a cocktail party on 21st January at the Italian Ambassador’s residence. Nicola, Poula, Nicola and Philipo

Nick, HE Enrico Padula, Milena Padula, Arch. Afredo Cammara, Egidio Pedrini and Rebecca

Tareq Al Wafa, Farreb and Ahmed Jawahery

Salvatore, Maya and Nicolas


Cristina Jessica

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Bahrain Airshow

The Kingdom hosted the second Bahrain International Air Show 2012 from 19th to 21st January at Sakhir Air Base. No less than Bahrain’s royal family gracing the event.

HE Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

HE The King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

UAE King HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Amanda Stainer, Capt Abdulrahman, Brgd Mohammed Mosalam and Khalil Rayes

HE Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

GAA CEO Tim Shattok, Capt Mike Edgeworth and Amal Kooheji

The Diplomats and VIP Guests

GAA CEO Tim Shattock, Tamkeen Head of Humen Capital Development Amal Al Kooheji and Capt Mike Edgeworth

UAE King HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HE The King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Al Kindi Hospital Press Conference

Al Kindi Hospital conducted a press conference on 22nd January at the Gulf Hotel’s Awal Hall.

Top Al Kindi Hospital management officials

Shaikh Khalid Al Khalifa and Sherif Zeen

Mona, Enas and Radhiya

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Ferrari Track Day

The Bahrain International special motor sports event was held on 13th to 14th January where Ferrari owners from Bahrain and Kuwait participated in Emozioni in Pista, an annual track event involving a series of activities.

The Ferrari Team drivers

A Ferrari Team member interacts with event participants

A group shot of the participants during the event

Bahrain Drag Racing Championship

Bahrain International Circuit staged an eventful fourth round of the 2011/2012 Bahrain Drag Racing Championship on 22nd January during which Gary White and Adel Hassan Mohammed set new World records in their respective competition categories.

Osian’s Bday at BIC

A special birthday celebration was held for Osian and friends for a fun day at the BIC. The birthday guests pose before they have some fun at the BIC

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The birthday guests in their special suits for their fun day at the BIC

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A. A. Bin Hindi Contract Signing with Muharraq Club

A contract signing ceremony by A. A. Bin Hindi to sponsor Muharraq’s basketball and volleyball teams on 5th January. The event coincided with the opening of the new KIA showroom and Enaya service station established in Arad.

A. A. Bin Hindi President & CEO Ahmed bin Hindi, Said Kamal, A. A. Bin Hindi PR & Media Manager Mo’men Shawqi and Nawaf bin Hindi

Member Board and General Manager of A. A. Bin Hindi A. Aziz bin Hindi, Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa, Abdulla Ahmed bin Hindi and and Muharraq’s Club official

A. A. Bin Hindi Group Chairman Abdulla Ahmed bin Hindi and Muharraq Club Chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa

Muharraq Club and A. A. Bin Hindi Officials during the ceremony

DHL National Day Celebration

DHL held a National Day celebration at the Gulf Hotel’s Al Dana Ballroom on 22nd December 2011.

DHL MENA CEO Nour Suliman, Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bahrain Shaikh Azzam bin Mubarak Al Sabah and Mr Zayani

Faisal, Hesham, Souha and Tareq Wafa

Mohammed, Abeer and Faiza

Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa and DHL MENA CEO Nour Suliman with the diplomats

Rodolphe Melki, Carla Melki, Yemeni Ambassador to Bahrain HE Dr Ali Mansoor bin Sfaía and Najib Friji

Nermineel Fery, Dr Hatim, Taher and Maiis Kassab

Dr Momen, Nabil Hamer and Hamed Al Zayani

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Fitness First

The opening of the Fitness First club for ladies was held on 23rd January at the Oasis Centre in the presence of Shaikha Hind Al Khalifa, Fitness First and Al Rashid Group management as well as members of the media.

Inji, Rosey, Reem and Claudia

Raghavendra, Byron, Jacques and Yusuf

Al Rashid Group staff and Managment Team

Costa Flat White Launch

Costa Coffee launched their new beverage, ‘Flat White’ on 19th January at their branch in Bahrain City Centre.

Murooj and Ali Al Mansoor

Sherif and Redia

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Tny, Jayaram, Mario, Zafar and Deepak

Garith, Latheef, Deepak, Rajeev and Santhosh

Archana and Jehan

Azadea’s Red Crescent Charity Event

Azadea Group held a charity event at the Bahrain Red Crescent Society on 22nd January.

Suresh and Hassan Jawad

Junaid, Sabir and Venketesh

Azadea GM Pierre Fourie, Mr Abdull Wahab Al Hawaj, Sadeq Shehabi, Amal and Mubarak Al Hadi

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The Yellow Chilli Restaurant Grand Opening

Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched his famed The Yellow Chilli restaurant at Seef Mall on 9th January.

Adel Fakhro and Mona Almoayyed, Sanjeev Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to Bahrain HE Mohan Kumar, Mala, HE Dr Hassan Fakhro, Jassim Al Zayani and restaurant managers.

Minister of Industry and Commerce HE Dr Hassan bin Abdulla Fakhro during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Lulwa Fakhro and Ghada Al Gosaibi

Lubna, Khalil, Maes, Amal Almoayyed, Abdulla Adel Fakhro, Jasmeet, Mazzen and Salwa Almoayyed

Abdulla Adel Fakhro, Abdul Rahman Fakhro, Shaikh Abdulla Al Khalifa and Faisal Kanoo

Meera, Mona Yousif Almoayyed, Afnan Rashid Al Zayani, Salwa and Amal Almoayyed

Volkswagen Road Show

Behbehani Brothers launched the Volkswagen Road Show on 14th January. Model Martha with the new Volkswagen road show car

Marcus Butros, Middle East Sales Director; Volkswagen Bahrain General Manager Peter Green and Brand Manager Felix Miranda

The Behbehani Team

John’s Surprise Birthday Party at Candles Restaurant, Dilmun Club

Roz Kennedy held a surprise bash for her partner John who was celebrating his 50th birthday at Candles restaurant in the Dilmun Club. The theme for the night was ‘Hollywood Glamour’. George and Lynn


John Donald, Susan, John, Nicky and Dave Bailey

Steve and Graham Frish and Madden

Julie, Roz and Barney

Alex and Kirsty

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Pan Asia New Year Party

Pan Asia Restaurant hosted a New Year party for their guests on 31st December 2011

Pramila, Bobby, Nisha and Nubile

La, Ac and Nc

Naqas, Reem and Amber

Jac, Jd, Des and Ja

Monica and Zahi

Rose, Lhen, Cristine and Pewa

Golden Tulip’s Management Dinner

A Management Dinner was conducted by Golden Tulip on 27th December 2011 at the hotel’s Pomodoro Restaurant.

Lani and Michel Mandrea

George and wife

Essay and Daniel

Monica and Zahi

‘Red Ball’ New Year’s Eve Party at Golden Tulip Hotel

The ‘Red Ball’ New Year’s Eve party was held at Gilgamesh Hall on 31st December 2011.

Kath, Nicole and Laura

Jen and Ryan

Emily, Gertende and Hermione

Zaliqa and Noor

Tareq and Basher

Louisa and Gabi

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Ellie and Steph

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Boast and Ware Win GBI Express Monday Madness

Express Monday Madness Night Golf Series took place at the Royal Golf Club between 19 teams on 10th January.

Backhouse Cruises to Ecco Victory

Royal Golf Club PGA Teaching Professional Tim Backhouse cruised comfortably to his second Ecco Monday Stableford Order of Merit title of 2011 on 26th December 2011. Tim (right) receives his Ecco shoes from John Wilson, the Club’s Golf Operations & Events Manager

Matt Boast, Royal Golf Club’s Golf Operations and Events Supervisor Cormac Flannery and Chris Ware

Majidi and Jeakings Win GBI Express Monday Madness

The husband and wife team of Bijan Majidi and Pauline Jeakings clinched top place in the third week of the six-week GBI Express Monday Madness Night Golf Series at the Royal Golf Club last month.

Eros Group receives Award from Dubai Municipality

Eros Group received an award from Dubai Municipality, recognising the organisation for its commitment to health and safety in services for 2010 and 2011.

Steve Blight with winners Pauline Jeakings and Bijan Majidi

Steve Blight with winners Pauline Jeakings and Bijan Majidi

Desi Dhamaka New Year’s Eve Party

Ardent fans of Bollywood dance music were transported to a posh nosh New Year’s eve party Desi Dhamaka-Season 3 at the classy Diva Hotel in Juffair on 16th January.

Avinash and Manasi

Neeti and Rajan

Balraj and Dr Syed

Mahesh and Poonam

Zain’s e-Waste Recycling Campaign Winners Receive Rewards Zain announced four lucky winners of the e-Waste Recycling Campaign last month. The green initiative was launched in March 2011 and over 1,000 unusable mobile handsets were collected for recycling.

Winner Zainab Sayed Jassim (left)

Sayed Ahmed Mohsin

Mohammed Radhi

Khamis Saleh

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Business In Brief

Batelco officials and Lazim Communications management pose during the shop opening.

Batelco Announces Opening of Second Franchised Outlet Batelco announced the opening of its second franchised outlet in collaboration with Lazim Communications. Batelco entered into the partnership agreement with Lazim Communications in 2011 when both companies jointly opened the first franchised outlet which is located in Juffair. The new Lazim Communications Batelco Shop which offers all of Batelco’s products and services is conveniently located in Muharraq Suoq. The location was selected due to its proximity to many residences, businesses, educational establishments and retail outlets.

Tamkeen Increases Support to Bahrain’s Agricultural Enterprises at Bahrain International Garden Show 2012 Tamkeen contributed BD26,627 through its ‘Tarweej’ Scheme to enable 14 Bahraini enterprises to showcase their products and services at the Bahrain International Garden Show 2012, held last month under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. The much anticipated event was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain.

Hassan Al Majed, DG with Dr Cynthia and other MEF Committee members during the meeting

General Organisation of Sea Ports Programme for Young Bahrainis The General Organisation of Sea Ports Maritime Education Fund (MEF) Advisory Committee has commenced seeking means of cooperation in order to start its outreach to young Bahrainis interested in maritime scholarships. At its third meeting, the MEF Advisory Committee met with Dr Cynthia Gessling, USA Higher Education Advisor at the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) to learn from her experiences and to identify possible areas of mutual cooperation in order to enhance student outreach. MEF will provide scholarships to Bahraini students interested in pursuing maritime careers. An awareness programme will be launched in order to educate students about the opportunities and benefits of working in the field.

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HRH Princess Sabeeka visits the Tamkeen booth at the Bahrain Garden Show 2012

Business The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel and Spa Honoured by Capital Governorate The prize was handed over by HE Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate, to Mark Neukomm, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa was awarded by the Capital Governorate with the first prize in the category, ’private buildings’ for the best decorated building in Manama on the occasion of the National Day celebrations 2011. The competition for the best decorated buildings in Manama was a first of its kind which was launched end of last year by the Capital Governorate to encourage homeowners and companies to decorate the outside of their properties.

Pictured are The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain management and officials of the Capital Governorate. Middle left (with the award) and right: Mark Neukomm, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa HE Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, The Governor of the Capital Governorate

Tamkeen To Launch BD4 Million Pilot Training Programme in Partnership with GAA The Gulf Aviation Academy in association with Tamkeen, announced last month that it was awarded the European and USA based Pilot Training College, one of the world’s largest pilot training colleges, a major contract which will conduct a pilot training course for Bahrainis. The contract will see PTC train up to 120 new commercial pilots for GAA, who signed an agreement with Tamkeen earlier in October 2011 to train 120 Bahrainis to obtain their Ab Initio Pilot Programme, with the first twelve ab-initio cadets set to receive their training this month. The signing ceremony, held during a press conference at the Bahrain International Airshow in Sakhir Airbase, was attended by Mrs Amal Al Kooheji, Head of Human Capital Development, Tamkeen, Mr Tim Shattock, Chief Executive Officer, GAA and Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Chairman and CEO of Pilot Training College.

Gulf Air Finalist in FlightStats On-Time Performance Service Awards

Chef Alfred Zuberbühler

New Executive Chef at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Alfred Zuberbühler has been appointed Executive Chef at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain last month. Chef Alfred has more than twenty five years of work experience in the hospitality industry in Switzerland and around the world. Chef Alfred Zuberbühler well known for his creativity brings a wealth of culinary experience with him. He previously joined the Mövenpick hotels and resorts for six years and worked at the Mövenpick Ulysse Palace & Thalasso in Tunisia, Mövenpick Hotel Doha in Qatar and Mövenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna in Egypt for two years before joining Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain.

Gulf Air Airbus A320

Gulf Air was selected as finalist in the third annual FlightStats On-time Performance Service Awards. Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Samer Majali said making it into the top five in this award is a true achievement and a testament to the sustained efforts of the entire Gulf Air team both in the air and on the ground to ensuring the best possible flight experience and operations excellence for our passengers. FlightStats, the industry leader in flight information services, holds the OPS Awards in recognition of airlines that deliver the highest percentage of flights to their arrival gates within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.

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The New

Nick Cooksey goes to Abu Dhabi to drive the new Porsche 911 on both road and racetrack.

Porsche 911 Carrera


orsche have been making one of the world’s most iconic supercars, the 911, for fifty years now – half a century of constant evolution! Each new generation is the best 911 ever, and the newly released incarnation (named by Porsche as the 991) keeps this tradition going. On first look it’s a little different to the eye than the previous model though in fact it’s effectively a completely new car. It’s slightly lower, an inch longer, and says ‘PORSCHE’ on the back rather than just having the model name as previous models had.

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But after fifty years of continuous production, what exactly is a 911? What defines it from other Porsche? Well in my opinion, and I’m a previous owner of two 911s so I know a little of what I’m talking about, here’s

original model 2. The engine is in the rear 3. It’s ignition is to the left of the steering wheel (this is for historic racing ‘pedigree’ reasons) 4. Round headlights 5. Offers all round super car performance ... and yet can be used as an everyday car as it is as comfortable to be driven in slow traffic as it is exhilarating to be raced at high speed. 6. Superbly engineered and so reliable and relatively practical to own (If you feel I missed anything please email

“It will hit 100kph in under four seconds and has a top speed exceeding 300kph.” the essential six basic elements that I consider a Porsche must have to be called a 911 (in no particular order): 1. A distinctive curved roofline shape that maintains a similar appearance to the

Cars me nick@ArabianMagazines.com and tell me.) I spent two days driving this fantastic car. One day on the roads of the UAE where the car proved it’s comfort and practicality at normal driving speeds, and the second day on a racetrack taking hard corners at high speeds. This was where the car really came into its own. The 911 was always a perfectly engineered car with accepted quirks, and every generation of the 911 becomes more rounded with less flaws than the previous generation. Each new model becomes noticeably more refined that its predecessor and the new 911 is fantastically refined and comfortable – almost like a luxury limo but with a highly satisfyingly rigid feel to it. It maintains, and I love the sound of, the pulsating beating of the 911’s engine, and now there’s an optional button that does something that can make it sound even more ‘bad-assed’. Press the Super Sport button and the engine becomes super sharp and high revving to give you total control. This was the button I had pressed on the race circuit so as to push the car to its max (or rather MY max). It is not a button you will likely use for normal driving but essential for anyone in ... uhm ... well, a Hollywoodstyle car chase perhaps. It will hit 100kph in under four seconds and has a top speed exceeding 300kph. It outperforms the current Turbo and lapped the Nuerburgring Nordschleife circuit in seven minutes, forty seconds which is a full fourteen seconds faster than the previous model and on a par with the amazing GT3 – which makes this model ‘amazing on steroids’! Why anyone would choose to buy the current Turbo model when this car is so good I have no idea (unless they just want it for the Turbo

“The 911 was always a perfectly engineered car with accepted quirks, and every generation of the 911 becomes more rounded with less flaws than the previous generation.” badge of course). The new 911 also uses 16 per cent less fuel than previously which makes it even more ‘amazing’. I particularly noticed how much more refined the steering is on this latest model. Not only is it perfectly accurate but the steering wheel doesn’t fight you as if it’s trying to break free of your grip at high speed like it always did before. This is a definite improvement, although the old way could be a lot of fun and was considered by many drivers to be part of the 911’s appeal. Porsche proudly claim that the latest generation is all new, yet looking at it, most people will have difficulty telling the difference between this and the last model. However you want to drive it, this is an easy super car to own and enjoy – it’s just so practical

Call Behbehani Brothers on +973 1745 9911 and ask for a test drive.

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Bring The Fun Back Into Driving


uilt on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand and delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest. A full line of vehicles is offered that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence. Ahmed Zayani is offering great deals on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Compass, making true Jeep 4x4 capability and adventure more affordable than ever.

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The Grand Cherokee is available with two 4x4 systems, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II plus the choice of a 290 horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar engine or the legendary 360-horsepower 5.7-litre HEMI V8 with Fuel Saver Technology which allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. It also features an array of infotainment technologies for driver safety and passenger enjoyment. The features enable drivers to safely communicate, navigate and select entertainment options using advance voice recognition controls. Passengers can also stay entertained with a multitude of features, including Uconnect. The Compass has a sleek interior and is a refined ride that excels in all conditions, plus standard features including air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power/heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, 17inch aluminium wheels, fog lamps and cruise control. Coupled with a host of interior refinements, and improved ride and handling characteristics in all conditions,

Jeep and Ahmed Zayani start this year with even more capability, adventure and reasons to buy … courtesy of upgraded steering and suspension systems, it offers a unique blend of premium styling, capability, efficiency and value that is unmatched in the compact SUV segment, delivering the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car. The latest Jeep Compass also boasts more than 30 safety and security features, including standard side-curtain air bags for all rows and available front-seat-mounted side air bags. The Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at BD13,200, delivers acclaimed refinement and features that drivers will appreciate both on the road and off and has more than 30 global accolades from an array of opinion-leading organisations, including the ‘Mid-Size SUV’ award in the 2011 Middle East Motor Awards. The Jeep Compass starts at BD8,500 and offers a unique blend of premium styling, capability, efficiency and value that is unmatched in the compact-SUV segment Tel. +973 1723 8822 / 3684 8944 or visit the Ahmed Zayani and Sons showroom located in Zinj.


Technologically Outstanding

The Dodge Challenger returns this year with a modern guise ...


he Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 becomes even more high-tech this year. The 470 horsepower machine promises a balanced performance approach with outstanding acceleration, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement. The Challenger accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in the four-second range, giving the new model a massive power and performance boost. Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four cylinder mode) in automatic transmission equipped models allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. The standard SRT performance brake

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package produces stopping power of 97 to 0 kph in just 36 metres and the Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal. This may initiate an emergency brake stop, after which the electronic stability control pump engages to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application. The exterior styling of the Challenger remains unmistakably Dodge, with a large front splitter and body colour rear decklid spoiler, this provides stable high-speed aerodynamics and overall balance. The raceinspired interior features a leather wrapped and heated steering wheel and an Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) with performance pages providing the driver with trip information,

multimedia information from the Media Centre radio and instant feedback. To keep passengers connected, a wide array of connectivity, infotainment and mobile multimedia options are also available. The innovative Uconnect Media Centre(UMC) has a hard drive where more than 150 hours of music and photos can be stored. UMC radios also offer two navigation options, Garmin Navigation guidance and mapping. New for this year, the Challenger SRT8 features an available six-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system. The system offers premier innovation, delivering outstanding acoustics and multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants. The 2012 Dodge Challenger also features more than 35 advanced safety and security features, including front-row reactive head restraints, standard fulllength side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags

“The Challenger features more than 35 advanced safety and security features, including front-row reactive head restraints and full-length side-curtain air bags.�

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Revving Up The new Dodge Charger is America’s first eight-speed Automatic Sport Sedan. The all-new Dodge Dart has been voted the ‘Most Significant Vehicle’ at the North American International Auto Show.


he new 2013 Dodge Dart was first revealed at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and has already won the Auto week Editors’ Choice Award as the ‘Most Significant Vehicle’ of the show.


he Dodge Charger’s new eight-speed transmission puts it in a league of its own, with the ultimate combination of 292 horsepower and V6 fuel efficiency. This year’s Dodge Charger line-up has been simplified to include SE, SXT and R/T models, available in the Middle East. These models

The Dodge Dart was also named the ‘Coolest Car’ at NAIAS by Discovery Channel’s Velocity blog, and the vehicle is very modern, well designed and crafted, agile and fun-to-drive. Loaded with useful, easy-to-use technology and safety features including ten air bags, it offers plenty of room and style at the same time. The new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based on a Fiat architecture, adapted from the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Giulietta is renowned for

offer technology, performance and feature packages to help customers equip their Dodge Charger to their exact vehicle needs. For an even more engaging driving experience, the 2012 Dodge Charger now introduces new paddle shifters with ‘Sport’ shift mode. This results in quicker gear changes and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For more control, the driver can also use the allnew die-cast steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and view gear selection through a full-colour EVIC in the centre of the Dodge Charger’s instrument cluster. Designed for enthusiasts who crave performance, the new ‘Road and Track’ package now adds even more cockpit convenience features, including heated and ventilated performance seats with larger side bolsters to give even more confidence during aggressive handling manoeuvres. The addition of driver’s seat memory, poweradjustable pedals and steering column with memory combine to provide the driver with additional convenience. The Dodge Charger’s Uconnect Touch system has been upgraded this year, adding hands-free texting, voice commands for Garmin navigation and full iPod control. The Charger features the segment’s largest touchscreen display at 8.4 inches

good road holding, agility and safety, with exceptional driving dynamics. The Dart leverages all of these attributes within a lengthened and widened platform delivering more interior roominess. The front view is instantly recognisable with its tailored split-crosshair grille, projector headlamps and fog lamps. Signature Dodge full-width LED ‘racetrack’ tail lamps and dual exhaust can also be found in the design. It will be powered by a new fuel-efficient Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-litre engine that delivers 160hp, paired with a six speed automatic transmission. Managing Director of Chrysler Group Middle East Jack Rodencal said, “When it arrives in the Middle East, hopefully by the end of this year, it will give us a highly competitive presence in the small sedan segment where we haven’t been a player since the middle of the last decade - we’re confident that Middle East drivers looking for a fuel-efficient, powerful, fun-to-drive car loaded with all the latest technology and safety features will find the Dart irresistible.” Call Behbehani Brothers on +973 1745 9955 and ask for a test drive.

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At Bahrain Confidential we try our best to reunite lost animals with their families or find new homes for abandoned pets.

Home! Looking For A


Mischief Missy




Gem Tex Silver Jewel

BSPCA Animals



Interested in adopting?

Visit the BSPCA in Saar, near St Christopher’s School or see www.bspca.org for directions. Open for adoption viewing Mondays to Thursdays, 9am to 5pm and Fridays to Saturdays, 9am to 1pm. Tel. +973 1759 1231.

Velcro Krispy

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Tony the Dogfather

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Do you have animal concerns? Need a vet? Call Dr Nonie Coutts Tel. +973 1724 5515.

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Appeal Pet


Can You Help? Tony ‘The Dogfather’s’ Rescue Centre

Adorable Twix, a two-year-old Jack Russell desperately needs a good home for life. He’s currently being looked after by the staff at Nonie Coutts veterinary surgery where he has been receiving and responded very well to treatment for a metal doors, wood, cement, sand, ony Waters aka ‘Tony the bladder condition. On learning about his illness – his previous The mainDogfather’ role at the has centre, located inroofing, Saar, is tiles, the rescue owners wanted to have him put down. The staff at Nonie porta-cabins. runnow a rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected Coutts refused and have taken responsibility of him since and Labour:animals masons, carpenters, and rehabilitation centre and abandoned in Bahrain. There are currently 140 cats, one covered the cost of his treatment. He will be ready to go to labourers, electricians, plumbers. in Bahrain for thejust lastover ten 100 dogs, donkey, one years. goat, 20 budgies and parakeets and one ferret all a good home around mid-October. He is extremely friendly, Transport: toinmove existing Now with over 200 need of loving care and the number of animals keep increasing. reusable materials andgets newon very well with cats, dogs, children etc. Anyone who rescued animals it was time The centre’s operations include animal rescue, animal rehabilitation, has ever had a Jack Russell will tell you they are a brilliant building materials. to education, relocate asre-homing, his currentfund location has raising and animal grooming. The Centre and incredibly intelligent little dog with huge personalities and Temporary storage space: for been sold which obviously put him in a recently re-homed in the local community 30 dogs and 40 cats this little chap is no different. If you can help please call the There’s a difficult point all our lives whenuntil we their couldrehabilitation do with athe break and get from shop. very and distressing situation. with the in remainder staying isfurniture complete andthe furniture Nonie Coutts Veterinary Clinic on Tel. +973 1724 5515 a secondThankfully chance, unfortunately some people do not even believe an Tony has found a are newready to be of aout family. They and you’ll find a best friend. animal is entitled to a first chance.they Thankfully there are part people have two charity shops Second When asked how he felt, Tony himself the animals in team Saar,at the BSPCA who therehome such for as Tony theand Dogfather and the Chance, onsaid, Budaiya “I doHighway re-home to the right families hopefully begin building work thinkand differently andwill have dedicated their lives to helping animals who donations of animals have been haveon been dumped, neglected or justItwhich neverreceives even a after familythe buthad only the cruelly AC kennels from the 1st May. to love them or a that regular if you lovefurniture, animals clothes, –rehabilitated. you can helpThe books, toys, long term residents, now means hismeal. needsSohave changed to give them a better life. Please think twice household before you items, throw out etc.your which old, damaged or special needs slightly.and Obviously the goods. food and moneythey are in old clothes household Providing good condition are sold to help pay for rent, animals stay for the rest of their lives are stillno very important to him and donations work – what may longer hold value to youmedical could be another food, expenses, salaries person’s treasure. Therereceived are two fundraising outlets toall support Tony in centre air-conditioned kennels.” and very gratefully butfor now Tony staff at the rescue etc. the Dogfather’s animal rescue centre. The Second Chance Shop needs a different kind of help as well: sells used clothes, books and small household items/bric a brac. Anyone information howMondays, to who makecan help should contact The Second Chance shop (upstairs, For inside Tibra’s) ison open Tony ontoTel. +973 3962 9889 Sponsors rebuild the kennels: Wednesdays andto Fridays from 10am to 12noon.Tibra’s is located on a donation or directions the Budaiya the blockwho of shops after theCentre petrolor station, between Rescue or Second email at Chance Any Highway building incompany gives help Skate Nonie Couttsname Vet clinic, beforeTel. The Bookcase. shops, +973 3962 9889 tony.dogfather@gmail.com or willShack haveand their company advertised or 3994 4290.visit www.dogfatherbahrain.com on the newly built kennel block and in NB: Volunteer needed to work Wednesday mornings.


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Donations always needed for breeze both theblocks, above and the Thank household you in anticipation. Building materials: furniture sale shop - collection can be arranged, if necessary; contact Linda on Tel. +973 3971 4080.

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Gastro Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

Mondays - Seafood Night - 7pm to 11pm


Silk’s Restaurant - BD16.9++ sushi, prawns, lobster, oysters - seafood buffet; BD22++ including selected beverages. Wednesdays - A Taste of Italy Night - 7pm to 11pm, Silk’s Restaurant - BD12.5++ fresh pasta and aromatic pizza baked in the oven; BD18.2++ including selected beverages. Thursdays - Steak Night - 7pm to 11pm Silk’s Restaurant - BD18.2++ prime US Angus steaks, salads including selected beverages Friday Brunch - 12.30nn to 4pm All of the hotel outlets - BD23.2++ Sundays - 7pm to 11pm BBQ Grill at the pool - Pool side terrace BD16.6++ per plate BBQ grill, Angus beef and different meat cuts, a variety of seafood, fine meats in a Brazilian Churrasco way, including unlimited Caipirinha. Flavoured shisha served. Swiss Fondues - 7pm onwards - Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday At Silks Restaurant, sample the varied delights of classic Swiss Cheese Fondue, Gruyere and Vacherin cheese melted in white wine. Tel. +973 1746 0000.

Mercure Grand Hotel Seef

Gastro Calendar The latest and tastiest places to go!

The Bahrain Confidential gastro guide reveals the best places to eat every month.

The InterContinental Regency Bahrain Medzo Italian Restaurant

- Sundays to Fridays Business Italian Style - light, healthy and tasty, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, BD8++.

Selections Restaurant

International cuisine daily from 6.30am to 11.30pm, BD6 for soup, salads, appetisers and desserts; BD11 for full lunch buffet, international.

Legendz Steakhouse

Impressive array of premium cuts, grills and

signature dishes. Also enjoy Legendary degustation a five course menu together with a specially chosen wine that accompanies each course every Tuesday evening; BD21++ Tel. +973 1722 7777.

Wednesdays - BBQ Night, BD5 per person Thursdays - BBQ Night, BD5 per person


So Brunch at Saraya, Wok and Fiamma 12.30nn to 4pm; Fridays International Buffet Selection and Live stations BD26 net inclusive of softdrinks, chilled juices, free flow of sparkling wine, red & white wine, beers and a cocktail of the day; kids below 1m height are free of charge; starting from BD11

Saraya - All Day Dining; All Week

Breakfast buffet, International buffet for lunch and dinner; a la darte throughout the day Breakfast Buffet - BD 11++, Lunch Buffet BD12.5++ (BD15 net), Dinner Buffet: BD12.5++ (BD15 net)

Fiamma - Italian Restaurant - Lunch and Dinner

Monday to Saturday; Closed on Sunday Regional Italian Cuisines with a wide selection of Wines

Pashawat - Arabic Restaurant - Dinner Wednesday to Friday - 7pm to 1am Authentic Arabic Cuisine, a la carte; live entertainment: Moroccan Duo and Belly Dancer

WOK - Asian Restaurant - Lunch and Dinner

Wednesday - Monday (Closed on Tuesday) Authentic Southeast Asian Cuisine; a la Carte

La Mer - Seafood Restaurant - Dinner Daily - a la carte; large international wine selection

Tapas Bar - Lunch and Dinner Tapas and cocktails; a la carte - 11.30nn-1am

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

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Dining Out

Down Home American Food and Flare


f you are looking for a home style American meal in the heart of Bahrain, look no further than Ric’s Kountry Kitchen, located in Juffair. Established as the best American food in the Middle East since 1997 its perfect for those who are not afraid to eat a big meal - think mouthwatering breakfasts, burgers, ribs, steaks and sandwiches. Downstairs, the décor is ‘Down Home Country American Style’ with a relaxed atmosphere and checkered tablecloths and murals of The Wild West that surround guests. Ric’s Kountry Kitchen opens at 5.30am for breakfast, serves lunch and dinner and is open until the early hours. The lounge plays a variety of songs including country

western and the brick oven pizza is the best in town with free delivery. Upstairs is created for customers with a more sophisticated style who enjoy fine dining with wines from all over the world to

The newly renovated Ric’s Kountry Kitchen is a ‘Home away from Home’… Heads of State, to the Sultan of Brunei. The Chef creates magic with his live cooking for Italian and Mexican Buffets. Wednesday Nights bring on a succulent display of certified Black Angus USDA Prime Rib and Friday Brunch is everything from Breakfast and Sushi to Prime Rib and includes unlimited selected alcoholic beverages. Rick Abernathy is the only American restaurant owner and operator in Bahrain. As an American Marine, he is a true patriot and hospitality is felt at Ric’s Kountry Kitchen, making it feel like ‘A Home Away From Home.’

It’s perfect for those who are not afraid to eat a big meal - think mouthwatering breakfasts, burgers, ribs, steaks and sandwiches. compliment their meal. Décor is open and comfortable with live soft music playing in the background. The lounge upstairs was recently renovated, providing an open panoramic view of the surroundings. Their menu is a design of both international and classic American cuisine. Executive Chef Roland Sollberger from Switzerland has cooked all over the world from the White House and for

Military with ID (required) is only BD14 for Friday Brunch. For enquiries and reservations, Tel. +973 1772 5550.

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1st - 29th Waves Seafood Restaurant - Savour the tempting pepper Crab-Singaporean style and the tasty crab in lemon and garlic sauce - BD4.950.

February Offers at Sofitel

14th Fiamma Restaurant - Romantic dinner - fourcourse Italian Set Menu with live music.

La Mer Restaurant - Romantic dinner - fourcourse French Set Menu and live music.

Mei N Yu Restaurant

Mezzanine Lounge, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre

Lagoon - Pool Bar - Lunch and Dinner Daily - light snacks; a la carte

Lobby Lounge and MACARON Pastry Shop

Valentine’s Day Menu at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa

Lobby Lounge: 8am to 12midnight; MACARON: 8am to 8pm French pastries, baked Viennoiseries and macarons Tel. +973 1763 6363.

person, Primavera menu for BD33 per person and Nirvana menu for BD22.

February Offers at Kempinski

Valentine’s at the Royal Golf Club

dinner Reserved exclusively for couples; five-course dinner served with a bottle of champagne, BD120 per couple including supper, champagne and entertainment. (Availability limited to 20 couples.)

Enjoy a sumptuous Valentine’s Day four-course dinner at Links restaurant. Club Members - BD30; Non-Members - BD34 inclusive of service charge and sparkling welcome drink, live classical music and a rose for the ladies. Guests also have the chance to win two return flights to Paris.

14th Boudoir Lounge - Romantic Valentine’s

14th Mezzanine Lounge - Enjoy romantic moments with your loved one in your own ‘pod’ at Mezzanine Lounge - three-course menu complimented with a glass of sparkling wine, BD35 per person.

1st February - 31st March

‘Be Our Guest’ Package - Two-night minimum stay in Deluxe Guest Room - breakfast included and 50% discount on a second connected room, BD100 shopping voucher to spend in Bahrain City Centre. Ten per cent off PURE Spa treatments, 2 people pay BD270 and a family of 4 pay BD405.

28th Taste of fashion at T-spoon - Enjoy a fashion coffee morning in style by leading luxury retail outlets at Bahrain City Centre kicking off with Michael Kors on 28th February.

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14th The Plums Valentine’s Menu costs BD32 per


February Offers at the Crowne Plaza

14th Spices Indian Restaurant –Special fourcourse set dinner - BD14.95 inclusive of a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a DJ. Waves Seafood Restaurant - Exquisite fourcourse set menu of the freshest and finest seafood - BD19.950, inclusive of a glass of sparkling wine.

Harvesters Pub - Red Hot Party- live performances from in-house band and DJ plus fabulous games, prizes and surprises; BD85.

Offering international food at Amwaj Lagoons, Mei n Yu’s unique a la carte menu has influences from Asia, Europe and America, and is set in an exotic ambience. Savour their famous seafood taglietelle or the crayfish thermidore, their delectable selection of grills as well as juicy homemade burgers and the very popular Thai fish cakes.

Bushido’s Promotion Lunches

Light Bento Box, Sashimi, miso soup, steamed vegetable, vegetable salad, grilled chicken or fish, fresh cut fruits and green tea, BD9 (net price - all inclusive). Rolls and Sushi - Rolls with sushi or sashimi, miso soup, steamed rice, salad and fresh cut fruits, BD8 (net price - all inclusive). Teppanyaki - Poultry, beef or seafood set, with fried rice, miso soup, salad and fresh cut fruits, BD10 (net price - all inclusive). All packages with iced green tea! Tel. +973 1758 3555.

The Palace Hotel Bahrain The Polo Lounge, Gastro - Cocktail of the day for just BD2++ (all day long) Gastro Brunch - Saturdays 10am to 4pm BD9++ inclusive of selected beverages.

Theme Nights Mondays - 10pm to 2am, enjoy your choice of burger with a complimentary beverage Tuesdays - ‘Sushi and Sake’ day from 7pm to 2am. Sushi platter with a glass of sake - BD7.5 net Thursday - Steak Nights - 5pm to 10pm - Polo Lounge Gastro Café. Choose your favourite steak with complimentary beverages. Friday Nights - Indian cuisine - Polo Lounge Gastro Café - BD4.2++; free flow of soft drinks and water.

The Gallery Lounge International Breakfast buffet - daily - 6p to 11am, BD4.5++ Healthy sandwiches, sushi , smoothies and soups - BD5 net served; 11am to 2pm Tel. +973 1772 5000.

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Dining Out

No Place



Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, one of Dôme Restaurant’s directors chats exclusively with Bahrain Confidential about his personal and company core values, maintaining high quality standards and future plans.

Just recently, Dôme have launched a new menu, a final product Shaikh Hamad says, borne out of two years of hard work. His favourites from the new edition are the Chicken Piccata, Angus Cheeserburger and Crispy Chicken Sandwich.


o great feat has ever been achieved without hard work, determination and the passion in seeing your goals through. This is exactly what the people behind Dôme restaurant in

Bahrain have done. “Our first two years in the industry were very challenging. We found it very difficult to compete in the food and beverage market in Bahrain,” Shaikh Hamad recalls Dôme’s early days. The restaurant which opened in Juffair in 2007, has its roots a further two years back in 2005, when a group of young entrepreneurs in Bahrain, forayed into the food and beverage industry to bring the Dôme franchise into the country. “It was something completely unrelated to the businesses we run,” he says. “Going into the food business wasn’t easy. Customers in Bahrain are very well educated and very demanding. They will always compare you with other F and B outlets. You have to have high quality and consistency and offer something exceptional otherwise it won’t work.” Dôme, a franchise from Perth, Australia, is a cosy bistro - perfect for grabbing a quick snack or takeaway coffee. It is unique in that it caters for all meal and beverage needs - at all times of the day. Another unique feature in Dôme’s operations is the very hands-on approach that they employ. “I am very much involved in all the aspects of the business,” he quips. Not surprising then that Shaikh Hamad personally checks the feedback forms from guests. “We have continually listened to our customers,” he emphasises, “and based on this, we

make improvements in order to guarantee our customers’ satisfaction.” “You have to be directly involved to really understand the business. You can’t just say ‘I’ll take this business then presume it will be a success.’ One has to be able to adapt and be on top of things and be involved constantly otherwise it will fail,” he adds.

They ensure that guests leave knowing they get high-quality food and beverages at great value. But again, it’s probably not a good idea to leave when it’s easier to stay and just lounge for the rest of the day and enjoy their all-day dining selections. Open 24 hours, they offer two separate menus, Dome being both a café and a full-day dining bistro. So on one hand Dome is a specialised coffee house where you’ve got your choice of special hot and cold beverages; and on the other, it offers exceptional breakfast and a diverse food menu ‘til the close of business late at night making the Dôme experience simply like no other. Dôme is currently planning expansion into new locations, with their most recent one soon to be opened in Riffa. “We aim to expand our operations in the next five years not only within Bahrain but in the region because we feel we are now at a place where we can confidently forge on. What drives me personally is the challenge of creating an exceptional product or service and that’s exactly what we have created here at Dôme,” Shaikh Hamad happily notes Dome is located in Juffair. For information, Tel. +973 1781 0180.

Not to forget the health-conscious foodies out there. They never sacrifice on quality. Dôme give customers only the best as they use only the freshest ingredients. February 2012 | Bahrain Confidential | 113

Dining Out

Viva! Cucina Italiana! Executive Chef Fortunato Gerardo

The Italians no doubt have a love affair with food. If you’re looking for genuine Italian culinary experience, Cucina Italiana has made sure the fare is as authentic as can be.


he recently opened restaurant brings the term ‘genuine’ to the fore of Italian cuisine. And no, this doesn’t mean just bringing traditional Italian food to their menu – although of course, this is their aim – but it doesn’t end there. The real meat as they say, is in the detail. “We have brought in Italian chefs. We’ve done this to make sure we stay as true as possible to serving Italian recipes that have been carefully guarded and passed down from generations,” explains Paul Sarlas, General Manager of Bahrain Family Leisure Company (BFLC) – the holding company for the restaurant. “At Cucina Italiana, it’s like a house when you walk in. Just as cooking is central to any Italian home - we wanted to bring this part of Italy to Bahrain with this concept,” Paul adds. “People here are very well-educated and well-travelled, so they get to see lots of things, so we know that this is something that people want to see in Bahrain.” Eraldo Colozzo, BFLC’s Head Chef says that they never compromise on quality. “Once we cut corners, we are done for. The

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details make the difference – you have to have the right people, the best ingredients and most of all, you have to know your local market,” he says. It’s a delicate balancing act too because at the same time, “we also try to adapt our menu to suit local taste preferences but we do it very carefully so as not to lose our identity,” Eraldo adds.

serving Italian dishes. “Once a customer came in requesting for a pasta dish which he normally orders at other Italian restaurants. I politely explained that we didn’t have that dish on our menu but convinced him to try our authentic version. The customer agreed and left a happy customer.” Another case in point: their freshly made thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-fire oven are unlike any other – tasting one feels as if you’ve been transported to Italy itself. Unlike most restaurants that use standard flour which usually contains 70 per cent sugar, Cucina Italiana uses special flour with significantly less sugar content and is from a superior quality. This means you eat healthier pizza, and the flour doesn’t expand as much to make you feel bloated. So what’s the secret to keep customers coming back? Paul says that it’s pretty simple: “good food, good service at the right price.”

“Just as cooking is central to any Italian home - we wanted to bring this part of Italy to Bahrain with this concept.” The culinary team is composed of experts brought in especially for their masterful skills. Chef Eraldo has more than 30 years of experience working alongside the world’s renowned top chefs. Executive Chef Fortunato Gerardo’s wealth of experience has brought him all over Europe and the Middle East. One thing that sets Cucina Italiana apart and perhaps their signature is in how they do things. Executive Chef Fortunato gives an example of their unique stamp in

Cucina Italiana is located in Al Safir Hotel, Juffair, next to Bennigan’s. For enquiries and reservations, Tel. +973 1700 1317.


Recipes by Hala Obaid

Hala Obaid

Mediterranean Salad Mediterranean Salad Ingredients 1 chicken breast 1 cucumber chopped into cubes 3 tbsp parsley 5 black olives, sliced into halves 5 green olives, sliced into halves 3 leaf lettuce, chopped into cubes Dressing Ingredients: 1 tsp dry herbs 2 tbsp mayonnaise 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt ½ tsp white pepper powder

Embellishments: Lebanese bread cubes (roasted)

Method: 1. Grill chicken breast on a grill of coals and chop into length wise slices. 2. Mix the cucumber with tomatoes, parsley, black and green olives, lettuce and the grilled chicken chops and pour the salad dressing in a serving dish. 3. Mix the dressing ingredients and sprinkle on the salad in the serving dish. Embellish with cubes of Lebanese bread in the middle of the salad.

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Nightlife Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain All Week

Happy Hour - Flamingo Bar - live band, 2pm to 9pm, 20% off. Lagoon Pool Bar - Buy 4 bottles of Corona and get 1 free; Fruit Drinks: young coconut BD3, half pineapple BD2.5 and slice of watermelon BD2. Flavoured iced tea - BD2; buy 2 bottles of Singha, get 1 free.

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Downtown Lounge - Happy Hours - 5pm to 9pm; get 30% off your bill.


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Happy Hour - Champions Sports Lounge - 5pm to 7pm, enjoy 30% off on house spirits, house wine by glass, all kinds of beer, soft drinks and juices while playing darts and billiards with friends for free. Happy Hour - The K Lounge - 6pm to 8pm, 30% off on house spirits, house wine by glass, all kinds of beer, soft drinks and juices.

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Lounge After Work (Bushido Lounge) - buy 1, get 1 free, 4pm to 7pm. Terrace now open.

Gulf Hotel All Week

Typhoon - 50% off on all cocktails from 5pm to 7pm.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Vintage Wine Bar - Exclusive concept of tableside wine tastings accompanied by canapés and private explanations of our world class sommelier.

Sofitel All Week

Amber Cocktail Bar - 6pm to 2am - large selection of spirits and cocktails. Buy 1 shot at a regular price and get 1 shot free.

Al Safir All Week

The Lounge - Happy hour from 12noon to 9pm, with a new female vocalist starting at 8.30pm until 12.30am, music is of the Bossa (jazz) style.


Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Live Arab and international music, 9pm to 2am. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Pick your lucky colour and win free drinks, 8pm to 2am. Harvester’s Pub Crowne Plaza - Happy hour,

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5pm to 8pm. Cocoon Lounge - Chillax during happy hour, delicious sushi, international food menu, 5pm to 9pm, BD1.5 drinks, 20% off on food. Coral Bay - Oud player and singer Murad Zahra provides evening entertainment. Daily at the Karma Lounge and Pool Bar, Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm.


Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Happy hour buy 1, get 1 free, 2pm to 7pm. JJ’s Irish Restaurant - Karaoke night, free shot of tequila for everybody that sings and Corona beer special - 5 bottles for BD9.5. Happy Hour Harvester’s Pub - (Crowne Plaza), 5pm to 8pm. Cocoon Lounge Sushi Night - Enjoy the new Sushi menu and sample one of eight fresh platters of sushi plus unlimited selected beverages. BD12,

7pm to 11pm. Wrangler - Mid-week madness, buy 1 get 1 free from 7pm to 12pm Coral Bay - Oud player and singer Murad Zahra provides evening entertainment. Daily at the Karma Lounge and Pool Bar, Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm. Camelot - Unlimited moules et frites (mussles and fries) for BD14 per person inclusive of selected beverages (beer or wine) BD22 per person. Kicks, Hotel Diva - Karaoke Night. Free shot with every song you sing, plus ladies drink free house spirits all night long. Davy Crocketts - Jam Live on stage with the Seven Senses alter ego Mis-Sense! A brand new twist to karaoke.


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Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Live Arab and international music, 9pm to 2am. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Pick your colour and win free drinks, 8pm to 2am. Chillax at the Cocoon Lounge - Happy hours, delicious sushi, international food menu, 5pm to 9pm, BD1.5 drinks, 20% off on food. Lipstick Lounge at Cocoon - Best international and local DJs, glamorous Ladies’ Night, complimentary cocktails, free entrance for ladies. Coral Bay - One-man show Alfonse from 9pm onwards (Rayes) Coral Bay - Oud player and singer Murad Zahra provides evening entertainment. Daily at the Karma Lounge and Pool Bar, Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm.


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breakfast with sweets fresh from the oven, with cold and hot beverages. Coral Bay - Sol Promotion 20%, just on Sol beer plus live BBQ lunch for BD5 with DJ Sami and DJ Miled. Coral Bay - Oud player and singer Murad Zahra provides evening entertainment. Daily at the Karma Lounge and Pool Bar, Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm. Brazil Lounge - Ladies night with DJ Thomas. Free selected drinks for ladies from 9pm to 2am.


Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Live Arab and international music, 9pm to 2am. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Pick your colour and win free drinks, 8pm to 2am. Harvester’s Pub Crowne Plaza Happy hour from 5pm to 8pm. JJ’s Irish Restaurant - Enjoy all the big games on 4 big screens, ladies night BD4 for unlimited house beverages, DJ Dwayne Anthony will be playing from 9pm. Chillax at the Cocoon Lounge - Happy hours, delicious sushi, international food menu, 5pm to 9pm, BD1.5 drinks, 20%off on food. Coral Bay - One man show Alfonse from 9pm onwards (Rayes) Coral Bay - 8am to 11am - Rayes offers a unique breakfast with sweets fresh from the oven, with cold and hot beverages. Coral Bay - Mingle DJ booth from 2pm onwards with DJ Miled and live BBQ lunch for BD5. Coral Bay - Oud player and singer Mr Murad Zahra provides evening entertainment. Daily at the Karma Lounge and Pool Bar, Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm.

to 1.30am and buy 1 get 1 free on bullfrogs. Club F1, Metropolitan Hotel - 2 free drinks 9pm to 12pm Davy Crocketts (DCs), Hotel Diva, Juffair Complimentary house spirits and wines from 8pm to 2am Enigma, Windsor Tower Hotel - Unlimited free drinks for ladies. JJ’s Irish Restaurant - Unlimited cocktails for BD4 and DJ Dwayne. Rocky’s Café Ramee Intl Hotel - Unlimited free drinks from 9pm to 1.30am. Max Tempo band returns this month. Shift 7, 14th Floor, Elite Resort and Spa - Unlimited cocktails & house wine from 8pm to 12pm

Downtown Bar, InterContinental Regency

Ladies’ Nights

Saturday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Bedrock, Ramee Hotel California, Juffair Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am. Club Buffalo, Ramee Hotel California, Juffair. 3 free drinks for ladies from 9pm to 1.30am with new band Deluxe. Club Euphoria, Ramee Intl Hotel - Free drinks 9pm

Warblers, Ramee Baisan Hotel - Angels’ Nite, unlimited drinks - 9pm to 1.30am with new band Crazy Nuts. Sunday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2 am. Bedrock - Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am Club Euphoria - Free drinks for ladies 9pm to 1.30am

Nightlife Club F1 - 2 free drinks 9pm to 12pm Club Mynt (formerly Z Club) - selected beverages for ladies all night from 9pm. Dublin Bar at Ramee Palace Hotel, JuffairCitrus Chic Ladies Nights - unlimited cocktails 9pm to 1.30am and new band Evolver Enigma, Windsor Tower Hotel - Unlimited free drinks for ladies JJ’s Irish Restaurant, Adliya - Unlimited Cocktails for BD4 and JJ’s house resident DJ Dwayne Rocky’s Café - Unlimited free drinks from 9pm to 1.30am! Max Tempo return. Shift 7, 14th Floor - Unlimited cocktails and house wine from 8pm to12am Warblers - Angels Night - Unlimited drinks 9pm to

1.30am with ‘Crazy Nuts’ band Wranglers - Free drinks all night Monday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Bedrock - Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am Club F1, Metropolitan Hotel - 2 free drinks 9pm to 12pm Club Mynt - Selected beverages for ladies all night

from 9pm Dublin Bar - 50% off all shooters and cocktails all night for everyone Enigma - Unlimited free drinks for ladies Harvesters - Unlimited free drinks all night, band Section One starts 9pm. Rocky’s Café - Unlimited free drinks from 9pm to 1.30am. Shift 7 - Unlimited cocktails & house wine from 8pm to 12am. Tabu, 1st floor at Panorama Hotel - Free cocktails, wine and sparkling all night long with DJ Salime Warblers - Angels Night - Unlimited drinks 9pm to 1.30am Zodiac Lounge, Elite Grande Señorita Night Complimentary drinks all night. Tuesday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Bedrock - Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am. Club Buffalo - 3 free drinks for ladies from 9pm to 1.30am with new band Deluxe. Club F1, Metropolitan Hotel - 2 free drinks 9pm to 12pm Club Mynt - House wines & spirits for ladies from 8pm to 2am Kandy Club - Smooth RnB and current chart toppers Davy Crocketts Complimentary house spirits and wines from 8pm to 2am with Seven Senses band. Déjà Vu Restaurant Free selected cocktails, house spirits and sparkling wine 7pm to 2am with DJ Freeze Citrus Chic Ladies Nights - Unlimited cocktails 9pm to 1.30am. Enigma - Unlimited free drinks for ladies Fiddlers Green - Ladies night: 8pm to 12am unlimited house wine, vodka, tequila and Corona beer Harvesters - Cocktails buy 1, get 1 free JJ’s Irish Restaurant Unlimited House Drinks BD4 with DJ Dwayne Kicks Pub - All house spirits and wines free for ladies Lounge 338 - Pay BD5 and enjoy unlimited pouring spirits, red/white wine, shots & cocktails 7pm to 2am Rocky’s Café - Unlimited free drinks from 9pm to 1.30am! Shift 7- Unlimited cocktails & house wine from 8pm to 12am. Warblers - Unlimited drinks 9pm to 1.30am Wrangler - Unlimited free drinks

Wednesday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Barcode - 2 drinks 9pm to 2am Bedrock - Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am Camelot - Ladies can enjoy a martini or champagne cocktail and the next one is free, 6pm to 12am Club Buffalo - Pay BD3 for unlimited cocktails, Bullfrog, Long Island, Beer, Sparkling and house wine Club Mynt - Beverages for ladies all night from 9pm. Cocoon Lounge - Lipstick Lounge from 5pm to 2am, unlimited drinks from Lipstick menu DCs (Davy Crocketts) - receive vouchers for 5 free drinks Enigma - Unlimited free drinks for ladies JJ’s Irish Restaurant - Unlimited house drinks BD4 Kicks Quiz Night - Ladies receive vouchers for 5 free drinks Lounge 338 - Pay BD5 and enjoy unlimited pouring spirits, red/white wine, shots and cocktails 7pm to 2am Shift 7 - Unlimited cocktails & house wine from 8pm to 12am. Tabu - Free cocktails, wine and sparkling wine all night. Warblers - Angels Nite - Unlimited drinks 9pm to 1.30am Wranglers - Unlimited free drinks Zodiac Lounge - Free drinks all night Thursday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Cocoon Lounge - Fabulous, exclusive RnB and free bubbly all night with DJ Neil Torious. Déjà Vu - Free welcome drink for ladies with DJ Freeze Downtown, InterContinental Regency Hotel - From 9pm unlimited selected beverages with band U-TURN Shift 7 - Unlimited cocktails and house wine from 8pm to 12am. Friday Al Safir Hotel - A wide range of free house beverages to choose from, 9pm to 2am. Bedrock - Unlimited free drinks for ladies, 9pm to 1am Brazil Lounge - Free wine and spirits from 7pm to 2am Club Buffalo - Pay BD3 for unlimited cocktails, sparkling and house wine Cocoon Lounge - Lipstick Lounge from 5pm to 2am, unlimited drinks from Lipstick drinks menu Déjà Vu - Unplugged free wine all night Enigma - Unlimited free drinks for ladies Harvesters - 2 free drinks for ladies Shift 7 - Unlimited cocktails & house wine from 8pm to 12am Warblers - Unlimited drinks 9pm to 1.30am Wranglers - Unlimited free drinks Gulf Hotel Vintage Wine Bar - 50% off on wine purchases for ladies and a chance to receive exclusive prizes

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

Copper Chimney Al Hambra Hotel (1772 8699) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average DB10 Lanterns Budaiya Highway (1759 0591) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD15 Moti Mahal Juffair (1782 5333)

Waves Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tel. 1753 1122 A popular lunchtime retreat, picking your fish and eating it is the order of the day, and the catch is as varied as it is complete. And the nutty, honeycombed chocolate fudge delight will finish you off nicely.

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

Le Jardin Ramada Bahrain, Tel. 1774 2000 Fully renovated with a new look - ‘Bigger, Better, Brighter’.

Selections InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm Teatro Dana Mall (1755 8555) Sat-Wed 1pm-4.30pm, 6.30pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 1pm-11.30pm Average BD19

The Gallery Mövenpick Hotel, Tel. 1746 0000 Picturesque pool and lagoon views. La Méditerranée The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tel. 1758 0000 Asian, French, Mediterranean and International cuisine. Le Bistro InterContinental Regency, Tel. 1722 7777 Main restaurant situated above the lobby with International buffet lunch daily. Olivos Brasserie The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1752 2124 This Mediterranean brasserie offers superb food in a relaxed atmosphere. In buffet style you can enjoy a super breakfast, sumptuous lunch and delicious dinner.

Hong Kong Restaurant

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

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

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Open daily noon-midnight Average BD15 Mumbai Spice Bahrain Mall, Sanabis Open daily 10am-10pm Sangeetha Opp Inidian Club, Gudaibiya (1727 2768) Open daily 7.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm Spices Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122) Open daily noon-11pm Average BD25 Takatak Nr Awal Cinema, Gudaibiya (1725 4848) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm The Great Kebab Factory Jawad Dome, Budaiya (1769 0629) Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight

International Fusions Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 The food and wine list will keep you coming back to Fusions. Try the beautifully tender grilled sirloin with boldly flavoured ginger mash and a selection of roasted vegetables.

Al Waha Restaurant Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1774 6425) Open 24 hours Al Wasmeyah Restaurant Golden Tulip Hotel, Diplomatic Area (1753 5000) Open 24 hours Block 338 Adliya (1771 0338) Open every evening from noon-2am Café Sayah Delmon International Hotel (1722 4000) Open 24 hours

Rimal Al Areen Palace and Spa (1784 5000) Open daily 6.30am-11pm Average BD40

Upstairs Downstairs Adliya (1771 3093) Open daily 7am-11am, noon-3am, 7pm-midnight Average BD20 Yamin Jana Mediterranean Seafront Lounge Dragon Hotel and Resort, Amwaj (1603 3800) Open daily from 2pm onwards Zoe Block 338, Adliya (1771 6400) Open Sat-Tue noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight; Wed-Fri noon-3pm, 7pm-2am. Average BD18/25 Zytoun Novotel Al Dana Resort (1729 8008) Open daily 6.30am-midnight. Average BD16

American Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Juffair, Tel. 1772 5550 Specialising in good ol’ fashioned home-cooked American chow, Ric’s does a mean burger, excellent chilli and a mouth watering Jambalaya. Its American breakfasts are legendary. Applebee’s Bahrain Mall, Sanabis (1755 5834) Open Sun-Thu, 11am-mid-night, Fri-Sat, 11am-1am. Average BD10

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

Bennigan’s Al Safir Hotel, Juffair (1781 3750) Open Sun-Wed, 11am-1.30am; Thu and Sat, 9am-1.30am; Fri, 11am-2am. Average BD18

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

Brasa de Brazil Seef Mall, Seef District (1758 2225) Open daily, noon-11pm. Average BD10

Muju Restaurant and Lounge Dragon Hotel and Resort, Amwaj (1603 9800) Open daily, 24 hours Nando’s Juffair (1782 5100) Open 11am-2am

Chilli’s Seef Mall/Bahrain City Centre, Seef District (1758 1221/1717 9794) Open daily, noon-midnight. N.B.: BCC opening times apply. Average BD20

Links Restaurant The Royal Golf Club, Tel. 1775 0777 Links, located on the mezzanine floor of the Club House, is a large, brasserie-style restaurant/lounge open to all visitors to the Royal Golf Club. Features include a cocktail bar, an outdoor terrace and floor to ceiling picture windows offering patrons spectacular views across the golf courses. Silk’s Mövenpick Hotel, Tel. 1746 0000 With cuisine inspired by the four continents of the Silk Route, the food on offer here is eclectic and varied all cooked in front of you in open kitchens around the restaurant.

The Ric’s Kountry Kitchen, Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain

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

Italian Mondo Restaurant The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1753 1666 The goat’s cheese and rocket pizza is probably the best in Bahrain. A funky, friendly Italian place, just like momma used to make it. La Pergola Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 Traditional and contemporary Italian specialities with Italian music. Caffe Spasso New Zinj (1782 2274) Open daily 8.30am till late Café Italia Adliya (1774 4774) Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD35 La Taverna City Centre Hotel, Gold City (1722 9979) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD18 Medzo InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily for lunch and dinner Mino’s Adliya (1774 4777) Open daily 11am-12.30am. Average BD15 Nino’s Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef (1756 6555) Open daily 11am-11.30pm. Average BD7 Oliveto Block 338, Adliya (1771 6747) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Average BD30 Pizzeria Café Italia Seef Mall (1758 2823) Open daily 11am-11pm. Average BD12 Roma Um Al Hassam (1772 5885) Open daily noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD30 Romano Macaroni Grill Juffair (1772 3818)

Japanese Sato Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 The food here is good. Order well and you will be rewarded with your favourite dishes done very well indeed. Bushido Seef (1758 3555) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-2am. Average BD35 Fuji Sushi Bar Sheza Tower Hotel (1753 3336) Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Average BD25 Hajisushi American Ally, Juffair (1772 5638) Open daily 11am-11pm. Kei Golden Tulip Hotel (1753 5000) Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Average BD12-30

Maki MODA Mall (1752 2733) Open daily noon-midnight Average BD40 Mirai Adliya (1771 3113) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Average BD40. Sumo Sushi and Bento American Alley, Juffair (1771 8090) Open daily noon-midnight. Sushi 101 New Zinj (1782 2274) Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm till late; Fri 1pm-4pm, 7pm till late. Sushi Ko Adliya (1771 6619) Open Sat-Wed 6.30pm-11pm; Thu 6.30pm-midnight. Average BD11 Yo Sushi Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef (1758 3373) Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-2am Average BD20

Middle Eastern Kosebası Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2322 www.kosebasi.com Kosebası (pronounced koshe-bashi) serves traditional Turkish mezes and main dishes true to original Southern Anatolian recipes. The centerpieces of the restaurant are a lovely ornated oven and an open charcoal grill.

7.30pm-11.30pm. Average BD12 Isfahani Hoora (1755 0567) Open daily noon-midnight Average BD20

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

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

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

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

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

Marmaris Avenue 28, Sanabis (1755 5909) Open daily 11am-midnight Maseelee Gulf Pearl Hotel, Souq (1721 0647) Open daily 5am-9.30pm Mono Lebanese Budaiya Highway (1755 5262) Open daily noon-midnight Parsian Adliya (1781 1511) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm-midnight. Average BD14 Persian Garden Seef (1758 600) Open noon-11pm

Al Abraaj Budaiya (1759 5656) Open daily noon-midnight Al Arisha Um Al Hassan (1772 5414) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight

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

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

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

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

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

Al Mukhayam Ramada Palace Hotel Open daily 8pm-1am Al Shama Windsor Tower Hotel (1729 7000) Open daily 9pm-2am

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

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

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

Fish Market Al Bander Hotel and Resort (1770 1201) Open daily 12.30pm-11.30pm Average BD25

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

La Marine Bugerland Building, Budaiya (1759 5777) Open daily 1pm-midnight

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant Cyprus Garden, Budaiya (1769 0601) Open daily noon-11pm

Sheza Seafood Market Sheza Tower Hotel, Diplomatic Area (1753 3336) Open daily 12.30pm-midnight

Carla’s Cyprus Garden, Sehla (1769 7687) Open daily noon-midnight

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

Dar Al Tajine Phoenicia Tower Hotel, Hoora (1731 1167) Open daily 6pm-6pm


Golestan Sheraton Bahrain Hotel (1753 3533) Open Sun-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm,

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

Khan Al Marjan Al Safir Hotel Hotel (1782 7999) Open daily 9.30pm-2am

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

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

Enjoy authentic dishes from Asia and the South Pacific for lunch and dinner. Or head over to the Kontiki Pool bar from 10am to 11pm.

Kontiki Restaurant The Diplomat Radisson Blu, Tel. 1753 1666

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

Steakhouses The Butcher Shop & Grill Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2323 Serves a wide variety of steaks as well as salads, burgers and seafood dishes. Integrated into the restaurant is also a fully functioning retail butchery, which enables customers to choose a specific cut and size or buy meats for their home requirements. Brazil Adliya (1782 6686) Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm. L’lle Al Areen Palace and Spa (1784 5000) Open every evening, 6pm-11pm Legendz Steakhouse InterContinental Hotel (1720 8308) Open daily for lunch and dinner Le Relais de Venise Son Entrecote L’Hotel, Seef (1756 7222) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Average BD40 Ponderose Steakhouse Manama and Seef (1756 7222) Open 11am-11pm.

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Restaurant Listings Sizzlers Restaurant Mansouri Mansions Hotel (1771 6999) 24 hours. Average 10

A Lounge Adliya, Behind Monsoon (1771 0041) Open daily, 11am-2am. Average BD15

The Meat Co Block 338 (1774 2080) Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Thu-Fri 12.30pm-midnight Average BD50

Al Bindaira Adliya (1774 4066) Open Mon-Thu, 10.30am-12.30am, Fri, 1pm-1am. Average BD12

French Camelot Block 338, Adliya (1771 7745) Open daily noon-midnight Average BD30 L’Avenue Seef District (1756 7212) Open daily 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm Mezzaluna Adliya (1774 2999) Open daily Sun-Wed 7pm-11pm; Thu-Sat 7pm-11.30pm Average BD46

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

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

Thai Royal Thai Seafood Restaurant Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 Colonial stateliness and Asian adornment is the order of the day with high ceilings, great white pillars and multiple levels to accommodate private alcoves; it’s a grand and gracious setting. Choose ostrich, just because you can. Muay Thai Quick Meal Restaurant Juffair Next to The Pizza Company Thai Food, Tel. 7704 0454 Sat-Wed 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am, Thu-Fri 11am-3pm; 6pm-1.30am.

Café Café T The Royal Golf Club, Tel. 1775 0777 Café T serves a selection of burgers, salads, fresh and ready-made sandwiches, fruit juices, milkshakes and frozen drinks. With an outdoor terrace seating up to 30 people and relaxing background music, Café T is the perfect place to meet up for a chat with friends. PAUL Bakery & Restaurant Bahrain City Centre, Tel. 1717 2321 Seef Mall, Tel. 1758 0073 www.paul.fr Since the founding of the first small PAUL bakery in Lille back in 1889, the passion for authentic bread making has been passed on through generations. - and relax in PAUL’s unique ‘rustic-chic’ ambience.

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Maya Chocolat Seef Mall, Seef District Open Sun-Wed, 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-midnight. Average BD15

Chocolatiers Godiva Seef Mall, Seef District (1758 0699) Open 10am-10pm

Med Café Adliya, near Carlton Hotel (1771 3088) Open daily 11am-1am. Average BD10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veranda Adliya, Nr HSBC bank and Adhari (1771 5868) Open daily 9.am-1am. Average BD8

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

Waterlemon Al A’ali Shopping Complex, Seef District (1758 1785) Open daily, 10am-11pm. Average BD6

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

Saraya International Daily Buffet and A La Carte Service So Brunch every Friday 12.30pm - 4pm buffet also extended in 2 restaurants ‘Fiamma and Wok’. This is the longest Friday Brunch buffet in Bahrain Breakfast: 6.30am - 10.30 am (up to 11am on weekends) Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.30pm Dinner: 7pm - 10.30pm Tel. 1763 6410

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Amber Cocktail Bar Opens Daily, Opening hours 6pm - 2am Tel. 1763 6419 Lagoon Pool Bar Opens Daily, Beverage and Snacks Opening hours: 8am - 8pm Tel. 1763 6416 Lobby Lounge Opens Daily, Opening Hours: 8pm - Midnight Tel. 1763 6363

Tapas Restaurant & Bar Opens Daily, A La Carte Service Lunch: 11.30am - 3.30pm Dinner: 5pm - 1am Tel. 1763 6412

Macaron Pastry Shop Open Daily Authentic French Pastries Opening hours: 8am - 8pm Tel. 1763 6418

Fiamma Italian restaurant Closed on Sunday A La Carte Service Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.30pm (Thu, Fri, Sat) Dinner: 7pm - 11.30pm Tel. 1763 6414

Wok Asian Restaurant (opening soon) Closed On Tuesday A La Carte Service Lunch: 12.30pm - 3.30pm (Thu, Fri, Sat) Dinner: 7pm - 11.30pm Tel. 1763 6415

La Mer Seafood restaurant Opens daily for dinner only A La Carte Service or from the catch of the day display Theme night: Cheese night every Sunday 7 - 9pm Dinner: 7pm - 11.30pm Tel. 1763 6411

Pashawat Regional Speciality Restaurant (opening soon) Closed on Monday, A La Carte Service Dinner: 7pm - 1am Tel. 1763 6413

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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 Anubhaa Sharma anurays@yahoo.co.in

Art Classes


Kids Gyms/Gymnastics

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

Rugby 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

Cycling Bahrain Cycling Association

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

1775 6770 1775 0777

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

1753 1165 1745 0000 1778 0011 3944 4137

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

1729 2662 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

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

1772 8245 1769 2986 1758 0001 1753 1666

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

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


Ice Skating Funland Centre

1782 5301 1771 6147


Golf Awali Club Royal Golf Club

Bahrain Snooker Association Jimmy’s Snooker and Billiards Club

1729 2313

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

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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

My Gym, www.my-gym.com EZ Fit World Beat Fitness Centre Chaoss

1756 6566 1769 2378 1761 2576 1759 2096

Libraries 1769 5809

Horse Riding 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

Bahrain Rugby Football Club

Snooker 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

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

Where To Go

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

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

1775 3666 1772 8245 1732 0955

1783 6116

Adhari Park

1740 7300

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


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

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

1729 3109


1729 2313

Corniche next to Marina Club Bowling and Ice Skating everyday.

Hawar Island

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

Kid’s Kingdom

Music Lessons Bahrain Music Institute Kindermusik Bahrain Room to Rock

Al Areen Wildlife Park

1772 1999 1761 3144/3925 6904 1761 1785

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

Magic Island Seef Mall

Play Centres Chakazoolu Indoor Theme Park www.danamall.net Chaoss Funland Centre (bowling, ice skating, pool) www.funlandcentre.com Mad Science Magic Island, www.seefmall.net My Gym, Softplay at Dilmun Club Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark www.lpodwaterpark.com

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) www.mumsinbahrain.net

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. www.softplaybahrain.com Studio Ceramics

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listings Schools American Curriculum

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

Charitable Organisations


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 (Check the Gulf Daily News for other chemists.)

Courier & Express Delivery Most international express parcel and courier companies have offices in Manama, and include:

Tel. 1734 9199 Tel. 1772 3636

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:

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

1778 6994 1756 4551 1774 0566 1759 1568 1729 3663 1724 4113 1727 6099 1725 0990 1753 6709 1772 2922 1772 5222 1753 7722 1753 1166 1772 2484 1729 2578 1727 4142 1771 4149 1753 3448 1771 0333 1757 4100 1731 1676 1724 2700

Flight Information Airline offices are normally open from 8am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to around 5pm, Saturday till Wednesday. Flight Info 1733 9339 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

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

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

3960 7219 3968 7190

Darts Balouch Club Sri Lanka Club

1729 2231 1729 7878

1724 2641 1727 1157

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

1772 5959 1769 0926 1776 1000 1777 6489 3965 5676

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

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

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

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

Chess Bahrain Chess Federation

151 181 191 100 140

3987 3357 1753 0020 1753 3558

Bridge Bahrain Bridge Club Bahrain Bridge Committee

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

Things to know

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

1725 2133

Photography Awali Photo Society Bahrain Arts Society

1776 4468 3966 7751

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News Bites

99-Year-Old Man Divorces Wife After Discovering Affair 60 Years Ago

A furious 99-year old man felt ‘betrayed and unable to carry on with marriage’ after discovering his wife Rosa had an affair more than 60 years ago. The man, who has been identified only as Antonio, is divorcing his wife of 77 years and the hearing is due to take place in March. The jealous husband discovered dust-covered romantic letters from his wife to her secret lover during a clear out of their apartment in Rome and she had kept the secret to herself until now. The couple have five children and numerous grandchildren and great children.

Woman Finds Long-Lost Wedding Ring On Growing Carrot

If you’ve lost some precious jewellery, you should definitely search between the sofa cushions, behind your dresser, and in any vegetables growing in your back yard. Lena Paahlsson from Sweden lost her wedding ring sixteen years ago when she took it off in the kitchen, and got the surprise of a lifetime when she was reunited with it after harvesting some carrots in her garden. The ring was set with seven small diamonds and went missing in her kitchen in 1995. After years of searching which included pulling up floor tiles, Lena admitted she had given up hope. After randomly finding it in a vegetable patch with a carrot growing through it, she let out a scream that startled her daughter. The couple believe the ring fell into the sink and wound up in some vegetable peelings that were either composted or fed to their sheep, ending up in the manure that was then spread over the vegetable patch.” The ring no longer fits Paahlsson, but she is planning to have it resized.


News Some weird and interesting news bites from around the world.

‘Body’ Washed Up Ashore Turns Out To Be ET Replica

A coastguard found a life-size replica of the famous extra terrestrial when he was following up on a report that a human body had been washed up. The replica belonged to 76-year-old pensioner Margaret Wells, who was delighted to have been reunited with her beloved ET, handcrafted by her daughter nine years ago as part of a make-up course. It had been stolen from her UK home in September last year and was soon returned after it was spotted floating in the sea, leaving the pair no longer alienated. “I always knew ET would come home.” Margaret explained. “He has lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up, but he has a smile on his face.”

Giant Tuna Sold For Record USD728,000

A Japanese restaurateur has paid a record breaking USD728,000 (56.49 million Yen) for a 593 lbs Blue Fin tuna at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The tuna was caught off northeast Japan’s Aomori Prefecture and beat last year’s record when 32.5 million Yen was paid for a larger fish, which weighed in at 754 lbs. The winning bid at the auction was by Kiyoshi Kimura, who operates the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain and he was determined to outbid foreign buyers who had beaten him in recent years. He said the fish would be a gift to the Japanese people for all the hardships they had endured last year including the 11th March earthquake and tsunami disaster, as well as the economic situation affecting the country.

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Horoscopes “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” - Anais Nin Aquarius 20 January - 18 February

Some of you have been considering moving to a new home or buying property. This is a good month for you to get started on your search for a new abode. You will easily acquire a bank loan or mortgage or anything you need to make this happen quickly. You will be feeling quite happy with developments at work but what is happening at home might be a bit confusing. Neptune, the planet of emotions, is in your sign. This affects your personal relationships. You may have a tendency to make too big of an issue of matters that are actually meaningless.

Pisces 19 February - 20 March

This is not the month to spend too much money. Taking care of your paperwork may reveal some hidden problems that need taking care of. You will be in a better position to spend money when spring comes. This does not mean that you have a bleak financial forecast. You simply need to spend a little more effort keeping things in order.

Aries 21 March - 19 April

February could be quite stressful when it comes to your personal relationships. The planets may bring out the worst in a close business or romantic partner but rest assured that this phase is temporary. People in your sphere may be cranky because of overwork and take it out on you. Grin and bear it and practice your famous diplomatic skills to keep the peace.

Taurus 20 April - 20 May

In February, you may be asked to demonstrate your talent and ingenuity on the job. You may be asked to educate or train new people. Do not give away all of your secrets as a new co-worker or partner might be competitive enough to aim to takeover your position. Tell those who want your advicesome of what you know but not all of what you know to protect your own career interests.

Gemini 21 May - 21 June

This month you will be working behind-the-scenes or on your own to secretly cultivate a talent that you have. You are not quite ready to unveil this masterpiece but it is crucial that you work out some creative fury on the canvas or on paper. Do not try to unveil anything artistic you are doing before it is ready. Others are too willing to steal your ideas. Try to be patient and let events unfold in your favour.

Cancer 22 June - 22 July

Your creativity is at its peak this month. You are extra inventive and should channel some of this energy into a hobby that could possibly be a side-line that makes you money. There are some important social connections in your sphere that can help you make a living doing what you love. However the problem is that you may not be feeling that social.

Leo 23 July - 21 August

The focus this month is going to be on work. You will have more paperwork piled up on your desk than you can ever remember. You will simply have no choice but to take a deep breath, dive in and get it all done. Your co-workers and boss will also make it clear to you that they are depending on you to save the day somehow. Work hard and be diligent and you could find yourself in position of more responsibility (and more pay) before the end of the year.

Virgo 22 August -

21 September

This month you do the best if you stop feeling sorry for yourself or dwelling on the past. It is best for you to get out there and work for the community. One of the most healing things your sign can do is stop focusing inwards and start helping your friends who may be just as badly off or worse off than you. Chances are that your problems are mostly emotional as Virgos almost always have their money issues under control, but you might have to tighten your belt a bit this month to make things meet.

Libra 22 September - 22 October

This month your main focus will be on catching up with things that have been lagging for some time. This could be unfinished projects, back taxes or just simply taking care of health matters you have meant to for a while but never got around to doing. This is a good month to go to the dentist or join a fitness club as well. If you aim to lose weight or gain muscle this is a good month to do it.

Scorpio 23 October

- 22 November

This month, your focus will be on how you communicate with others. A particular area of interest will be about how effective you are when it comes to getting your ideas across to romantic partners and bosses. You realise that part of getting ahead in life is using your wit, charisma and intelligence to get others to see your way. You are a very intelligent sign with a lot of values, ideals and beliefs to share with others.

Sagittarius 23 November 21 December

Your true focus this month will be to make as much money as possible while luck is smiling on you. You will feel like you can do no wrong. Many Archers will hear news about promotions, thriving investments and lucky breaks in general. You are so lucky with money this month that you could win the lottery or receive a surprise check out of the blue. Needless to say this is a wonderful time for you to start your own business or buy property.

Capricorn 22 December - 19 January

In February your main focus is going to be on your health. Your body may be sending you messages that it needs a break thanks to all of the emotional work stress you have been under for the past few years. But Pluto is a planet that signifies transformation on a deep personal level. This is your chance to shed your former skin and realise your potential as a person as well as become physically and emotionally healthy.

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Personal Views from KSA

by Mohammad T. Al Rasheed deusvolt@hotmail.com


et us quote Freud even though it is not fashionable to do so these days. He says, and I paraphrase here, that man uses his unconscious aspect of the mind (quite a powerful tool according to him) to repress whatever he does not like. Meaning, we unconsciously suppress our undesirable desires, truths we don’t like, facts we disagree with, and even people we like to hate but dare not. Good intentions, to Freud, meant nothing in the scheme of things. I agree with this since the road to hell is paved with nothing more than just that: good intentions. What humans feel and experience matters, whether acted upon or not, since it invariably affects their psychological and mental health. Basically, if we take Freud seriously, he is saying that if we do not find someone to repress us, we do it to ourselves. Herein lies the rub as far as I am concerned. With the Arab Spring completing its first year (while events have not slacked nor come to full fruition), and other nations taking up the cue and demonstrating against whatever they do not like (Occupy Wall Street and other movements), might one ask the question: ‘Is humanity finally sick of repression, be it psychological or political?’ Freud would answer ‘no’ to that

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question, simply because he believes the mechanism is in our genes and cannot be altered. We suppress our emotions, work on suppressing others and subjugating them to our own power, and keep the pressure up internally and externally to achieve nothing more than the satisfaction of a gene found in us by a quirk of nature. This is a dangerous conclusion since it leads to personal and public tyranny. We know a lot about tyranny in this part of the world. We almost breathe it daily. We take it to heights never reached by human endeavour. While a politician

the way Michael Jackson did with the help of dangerous medication? Well, if that is the case, the unfortunate entertainer (through his earned money which equals some of theirs) did not manage it right. He should have taken advice from our people around here especially when he had spent some time in this area running away from one thing or another. Freud might give some solace to academically inclined minds with his analysis, but the facts we deal with here far outreach his genius. When human dignity is trampled, justice is corrupt and no longer a refuge, economic parity is a slogan never put to practice, and finally our unquenchable intention of harming others with or without reason, the outcome of our lot is pretty much determined. From day to day we live on verbal sedatives that come in the guise of promises of ‘reform,’ ‘Inshalla,’ ‘give me another chance and I’ll make it right,’ ‘one needs more than thirty years to implement change,’ and so on. You wake up the next day, next week, next year, next decade, and you find that you are still where you are, if not a bit regressed in progress. Finally, you are left with the earnest hope that while sauntering blithely the face of this earth, the earth has not changed texture when you go ‘sleep with your fathers.’

“What humans feel and experience matters, whether acted upon or not, since it invariably affects their psychological and mental health.”

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in the West would impeach another for adultery while he is doing exactly the same thing at the same time, we have people here hoarding billions (more than the budgets of certain small countries) when they are well over eighty and still ask for more of the people. The first is reprehensible on every count, the latter is mind-boggling. How on earth are you going to spend this money and when? What is worse, you see them publically praying and supplicating themselves to the Almighty without a hint of guilt or even irony. When I see such things I simply wonder how they manage to sleep at night? Do they go

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