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Contents April 2013 • Issue 124

People 26

Poem: David Hollywood: Visions Aspects

Opinion 20 74 76

John R Ridley: Letter From Bahrain Kelly Armatage: Serving Self Rehan Ahmed: Earth Day 2013

Regulars 80

Society: Out & About

Fashion and Shopping 44 50 52 54 56 58 60

@Home H&M Koton Tod’s Punt Roma Origem Saks Fifth Avenue

Kids Fashion 64

Gap Kids

Beauty, Health & Well Being 68 70

Beauty Buzz Health

Juicy Pickings 34 12 28 22

F1 Special Not to Be Missed! Sheer Lux- Gilan Art Space: Once Upon A Canvas


38 Mr DJ Flanders, General Manager, Royal Golf Club 48 Mr Raza Beig, CEO, Splash 119 4 The Music, South African Band, Downtown Bar Restaurant


108 Chrysler 300 110 Cadillac ATS 111 Bentley’s Flying Spur

Gastro 120 114 114 115 116

Shift 7 Maki The Meat Co - Review Mercure Grand Hotel Seef - Turkish Festival Johnny Rockets

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


Publishers: Nicholas & Rebecca Cooksey Editor in Chief: Rebecca Cooksey Editorial: Pooja Rajpal Kasala Melissa Nazareth Jenny Ann Thomas

Administration Nikesh Pola PR & Events Smily Andrews Photographer Shareef Panhatt Sales Account Manager Chelsea Copenhaver Saniya Umraz Meryem Oumlala Zena Williams Business Development Sueallen Menezes Distribution Distribution Executive Mohammed Yousif Muhammed Shareef P Regional Sales-Point Distribution Bahrain: Al Hilal Corporation

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

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Letter Dear Readers,

Passionate about Formula 1? Love living life in the fast lane? Then our April ’13 issue is just the one for you! April 19.20.21 – will see F1 enthusiasts from all over the world come together, at Bahrain International Circuit, for the one of the region’s most awaited events. We are just counting days till we get behind the stands and root for our favorite team at the adrenaline pumping, action packed and scintillating race! Check out our F1 special (Page 36) which gives you a low down on all that’s happening during the race weekend! We also bring you a special scoop on the only team, from Bahrain at this year’s 12 hour Endurance Championship in Dubai! We bring you the best in fashion this season to rev-up your wardrobe! (Pages 46-66)!

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Look up our Gastro section for great places to dine. Don’t forget to head to Bahrain’s favourite sports bar (Page 112)! If in the mood for a fiesta then enjoy the Turkish festival (Page 117). Beat the summer heat with refreshing milkshakes from Johnny Rockets. We also recommend dining at The Meat Co- a must-visit for all meat lovers (Page 116)! Nights are buzzing in Bahrain; the party of the season is back with DJ maDJam playing at Coral Bay. Get serenaded by Downtown Bar Restaurant’s all-new band (Page 121). There is never a dull moment in the kingdom and how we love that! So here’s to parties, celebrations and a brand new season of F1!

The Bahrain Confidential Team

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Save the Dates! Bahrain Beats

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Power-rides this Season

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Guide to Arabian life, luxury and fashion!

I was happy to read the Nissan Sentra review in your magazine. I contacted the Nissan showroom in Sitra for a test drive. It looks really great – very stylish and is a great ride for everyday use. I’m planning to book one this month. Your Car News section is fantastic. Keep up the good work! Anonymous


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Thanks so much! We’re glad you like our Car News section – one of our magazine’s most popular section. We always try and cover the best and the latest in the automobile industry. Congratulations for your new car!

Fun Corner Fan

I’m not really a horoscopes person and so I generally skip that page in your magazine. That said I loved the fun corner you included in your last issue. I suppose it was there for the previous issue as well. Very interesting! I particularly love the ‘Word of the Month’. It’s a great way to boost vocab. Good going! Soma, Adliya

Thanks a lot, Soma! We were really looking for ways to refresh the horoscope page and we loved the fun corner idea. Glad you enjoyed it!

Dining at Dome

I read your feature on Dome Café. My husband and I have recently shifted to Bahrain. Dome was one of the first cafes that we tried out and I must say that I agree with the views of diners that have been featured in the article. The menu is so varied and the food is great. Also the ambience is good to just sit down and relax at any time of the day. My favourite there is the Mini Burger platter! Polly, Juffair

My favourite is the Gold Rush, Polly! Hope you’re settling down well on this beautiful island!

More Stories, please!

Hello, I’m a regular reader of Bahrain Confidential. I loved the story you did on women achievers. I request you to do more stories and interviews as they are really interesting to read. All the best! Reader

We’ ll surely keep that in mind! If you have any interesting stories then do share them with us.

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

Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne puts his £875,000 luxury home up for sale

Duncan Bannatyne has put his luxury home up for sale following his divorce from his second wife. The gym entrepreneur wants to start a ‘new chapter’ in his life and his five-bedroom home on the exclusive Wynard development in County Durham has been put on the market for £875,000. The Californian-style property, with white exterior, boasts views over a golf course and has a large open kitchen and a game room.

Hilaria Baldwin keeps her blossoming baby bump well hidden under a loose cardigan

Katie Price dresses up as a pink panto horse!

She is dressed up as a drag queen, a desperate housewife and Mrs Claus for some of her past photocalls, so you would think Katie Price might have started to run out of ideas for her events. But just when you thought it couldn’t get any weird, the mother-of-three pulled out all the stops for what is undoubtedly the most bizarre photocall yet. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of her KP Equestrian range, Katie sported a pink panto horse ensemble as she posed for photographers. The 34-year-old star was seen wearing a T-shirt from her range, with a pink tutu and furry front legs with white heels, with the ‘behind’ of the horse attached to her waist. To add to the overall effect of her look, the back end of the horse also sported the same gem-encrusted white peep toe shoes as Katie.

Celebrity Tweets Olivia Wilde I can’t tell if my dog is old or just humiliated by me.

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She is due to give birth this summer, and Hilaria Baldwin’s baby bump is simply blossoming. But the wife of 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin kept her burgeoning belly well under wraps. The 28-year-old sported a loose fitting grey cardigan over black cropped workout pants and black heels for a spot of shopping at maternity store A Pea in the Pod. Oversized sunglasses and a black bowling style bag completed the look.

Duncan Bannatyne’s luxury home

Billy Joel’s luxury New York penthouse with views of Central Park sells for $11.4m... making him a $10m profit

A luxurious penthouse apartment formerly owned by New York State Of Mind singer, Billy Joel, has sold for a whopping $11.4million. The pad overlooking New York’s famous Central Park was purchased by a European financier, who snapped it up for almost $10 million more than its $1.675million purchase price in 1998. The place which Billy, now 63, lived in with his Uptown Girl music video star and then-wife Christie Brinkley throughout the 80s and 90s, has three fireplaces, nearly 3,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking Central Park, and a private elevator which services the lobby and the foyer. Billy Joel’s luxury New York penthouse

Flexible in her 50s! Marcia Cross celebrates her birthday by cartwheeling on the sand with twin daughters Eden and Savannah

Last year she announced that she was putting her acting career on hold to concentrate on her family. And it looks like Marcia Cross is really getting into her role as a full-time mum as she hit the beach with twin daughters Eden and Savannah. Showing off her boundless energy, the former Desperate Housewives star cart wheeled across the beach with her six-year-old as she celebrated her 51st birthday.

Christina Applegate For the last few months I have been a stay at home mom. It is the most gratifying job I have ever had.

Kim Kardashian “Am I the only one who thinks Amanda Bynes new make over is amazing!?!”

What’s On

Missed Not To Be

Till May 25th

The Return of Seef Mall’s ever popular ‘Shop & Win’ promotion with prizes totaling BD 20,000

For more events, gastro, parties & nightlife turn to pages 113 - 120

2nd April Yanni Concert

8pm, Spring of Culture Event: Yanni, Greek pianist, composer & music producer blends jazz, classical, soft rock & world music at Bahrain National Theatre. For tickets visit, www.springofcu or call the hotline on 39900630

6th April Fundraising Event for Tony the Dogfather – Catwalk Show

At Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Contact: Tony. Phone. +973 3962 9889

12th April Spring of Culture event: Jordanian musician Farah Siraj

At, 8pm, Cultural Hall Visit, or call the hotline on 39900630

18th April 3rd April

Jack Canfield- The Success Principles

Jack Canfield, best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul, the #1 best-selling book series, which currently has nearly 300 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages across the world, conducts the seminar-‘ The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be’ At 8:00 am at the Gulf Convention centre. For more details, contact. +973 3604 8699 / 3998 6580

5 & 6th April

Amwaj Lagoon Monthly Shopping Fair 3pm-10pm Amwaj Lagoon Monthly Shopping Fair – fun for all the family - shopping, raffle, exciting games & rides, henna, cycling & more! Call:Lovely 36451527 or Email:

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To mark the launch of Spring, Seef Mall has launched it’s very popular ‘Shop & Win’ promotion with fantastic Gift Card prizes. Customers who spend BD 20 in participating stores in the Mall are entitled to enter a prize draw. Every fortnight there will be prizes ranging from BD 100 to BD 900 and all participants will be entered into the Mega Prize draw which has three bumper prizes of BD 1000, BD 2000, and BD 5000! Customers can double their chances in entering the draws by purchasing Seef Mall Gift Cards, and spending them in the participating outlets, or staying at Fraser Suites luxury serviced apartments. The promotion will be running for two months, starting March 14th until May 25th 2013, with draws taking place every two weeks. Often copied but never bettered, Seef Mall’s Shop & Win is not to be missed! For more information, or to get a list of the participating stores, call customer services on +973 17581111 or visit the website

American Women’s Association hosts Henna Party at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

A ladies only event. Dress code- Jalabiya. Tickets price- BD20 for members and BD25 for non members. For more details contact, +973 36800 545 or email:

26th April Candee Beach 2013 opening party presents DJ Judge Jules by Warren Stalls in collaboration with Modern Age Bahrain. Venue -Amwaj Marina Timing: from 12 noon 12 midnight Contact: +973 37779936 or 36006635 for more details

What’s On

Missed Not To Be

For more events, gastro, parties & nightlife turn to pages 113 - 120

From Mid April

VIVA brings back Season 3 of the successful MUSS program to scout for Bahrain’s top footballers

VIVA, the official partner of Manchester United brings back its successful Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) programme , to scout for talented young players across the island, offering them a chance to be coached by world-class, UEFA certified coaches through a variety of skill development workshops. This year, VIVA is on the hunt for talented young boys and girls within the age group of 13-15 years to train at one of the world’s best training camps in Manchester, UK. VIVA is calling all schools in Bahrain to be ready to come forward and register their team from mid-April onwards to secure a spot in the football try-outs. For more information, visit the website

Opening hours for Bahrain’s best secondhand shops Visit the Second Chance shop for bargains in furniture, clothes, books, DVDs, bric a brac, etc Date and Time: Saturdays, 9am-12 noon Fridays, 9am-12 noon Venue: 1st Villa on the left in the compound behind KFC Budaiya Contact : Margie 39676851. Donations and voluntary help of any kind are always needed/ welcome

Also, visit the other branch: Date and Time: Mondays, 10am-12 noon Wednesdays, 10am-12 noon Venue: Above Tibra’s, close to The Bookcase, Budaiya Highway Contact: Volunteers & donations are always welcome. Call Helen on 3965 4627 or Tony on 3962 9889

BSPCA Thrift Shop – open 5 days a week

Last years, VIVA footballers in Manchester for football training experience

From 23rd April 17th April onwards 2013 –29th April 2013

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VISIONS 2013- AWA Art Exhibition

The American Women’s Association (AWA) announces its fifth annual art exhibition at the Arts Centre. Viewing Time23th April 2013 7pm – 9 pm opening night 24th –29th April 2013 9am–1pm and 4pm– 8pm Ladies morning 24th April 2013 9am–1pm For more details, contact: Irina Averinos. Email: or 36069978 or Beverley West. Email: or 3908 5916

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From: 4-5.30pm • May 22, 2013 • June 19, 2013 • July 3, 2013 Wednesday (before Ramadan) • August 21, 2013 • September 18, 2013 • October 23, 2013 • November 20, 2013 • December 18, 2013 Venue: Cucina Italiana Restaurant, Al Safir Hotel, close to Bennigan’s, Juffair Price: BD 10 net includes 2 dishes + Complimentary Drink For registration and inquiry, call Cucina Italiana at +973 1700 1317 Mobile: +973- 388 115 89 or email-

Date and Time: Saturdays, 9am-12 noon Sundays, 3-5pm Tuesdays, 9am-12 noon Thursdays, 9am-12 noon Fridays, 9am-12 noon Venue: 6 Busheiri Gardens – off Budaiya Highway Contact: Tel: 1759 3479/3924 9685 - Donations are always welcome/Volunteers needed!

Al Nadha Charity Boutique – Superior quality/designer clothing, shoes, etc. for men, women & children

Date and Time: Saturdays,10am-1pm, Sundays, 10am-1pm and 4-7pm Mondays, 10am-1pm Tuesdays, 10am-1pm Wednesdays, 10am-1pm Thursdays, 10am-1pm Fridays,4-7pm Venue: Bahrain Young Ladies Association Building (1st floor), next to Yateem A/C – opposite Concorde Hotel, Gudaibiya Contact: Jerrilynn on 1726 2237 or 3684 9276


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What’s On

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For more events, gastro, parties & nightlife turn to pages 113 - 120

25th April

Najib Khaddari • Date: 08th April • Time: 8pm • Venue: House of Poetry • Type: Poetry Fatima El Hajj-Solo Exhibition Date: 9th April-30th April • Time: 7pm (Opening) • Venue: Albareh Art Gallery • Type: Exhibition Farah Siraj • Date: 12th April • Time: 8pm • Venue: Cultural Hall • Type: Song The Clashes of Ignorance in the Meditteranean, the Price to Pay and Lessons for Tomorrow André Azoulay • Date: 15th April • Time: 8pm • Venue: Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research • Type: Lecture in English The Extraordinary Ordinary Date: 20th April-20th May • Time: 8pm (Opening) • Venue: La Fontaine Centre • Type: Exhibition Ghassan Hajjar Date: 22nd April • Time: 8pm • Venue: Al Zayed House • Type: Lecture in Arabic Mohammed Bin Faris Music Hall • Date: April • Time: 7pm • Venue: Near Mohammed Bin Faris House • Type: Opening Ghada Khunji-Camera Obscura Workshop • Date: 13th April • Time: 3-4.30pm • Venue: Bahrain Fort Museum • Type: Workshop

Event Supporter Shaikha Huda Al

Khalifa and Mala Kumar launch the

logo of the event.

Irresistible India to mark Bollywood’s 100th birthday in Bahrain

The glamour, the style and the magnificent narrative of 100 years of Bollywood will come alive in Bahrain as the theme of the third Irresistible India event on April 25. Stylishly put together by Mala Kumar, the wife of the Ambassador of India, Dr. Mohan Kumar, the evening will pay loving tribute to the most prolific film industry in the world with a mix of classy culture, fabulous song-and-dance and celebrity presence. The gala night is titled “Celebrating a Century Of Bollywood” and will be held under the patronage of the Embassy of India at the Gulf Convention Centre’s Al Dana Ballroom in the Gulf Hotel. Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be a dance show by the famous Shiamak Davar group. An exhibition of rare movie posters by Abu of PosterStuff, a Mumbai collector’s den which has been listed in Lonely Planet. A short documentary will highlight the best moments of the 100-years of cinematic journey. Guests have the chance to meet a celebrity guest from Bollywood who will join the Bahrain celebration! The proceeds from the show will go to local charity and this time the cause is support for children with special needs at different centres in Bahrain. Tickets priced at BD 30/- each will go on sale shortly. To book your tickets or a table of 10, call 3913 4101 or 3668 4011.

Spring of Culture

Kadim Al Sahir

Kadim Al Sahir • Date: 6th April • Time: 8.30pm • Venue: Arad Fort • Type: Song Imagine Fictional Architecture and the Liberation of Ideas • Date: 7th-27th April • Time: 7pm (Opening) • Venue: Bin Matar House, Muharraq • Type: Exhibition

Visit: or Tel. +973 3990 0630. 16 | Bahrain Confidential | April 2013

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he Royal Golf Club is delighted to announce the launch of a number of new activities for kids including a new playgroup, an exciting new fitness/lifestyle programme and superb new birthday party packages. The Royal Rascals playgroup meets every Sunday morning at 10 am in the Royal Country Club’s Junior Club. The playgroup is free of charge and open to mums and children upto 3 years. Monkeynastix is an exciting programme created for kids aged 1 to 8 years to foster a culture of healthy living. It teaches all the necessary basic movement skills and aims to develop every child’s self confidence. Age specific sessions are held at the Royal Country Club on Sundays and Tuesdays and all are welcome. Other classes include ballet, mixed martial arts, Kangoo Jump and swimming. Open to all. The Royal Golf Club provides a unique venue for children’s parties and the Events Team has launched a number of new packages starting at just BD 12 per child. For younger children, choose an indoor party with entertainment such as bouncy castles, face painting and more. Older children might like to choose a sports party such as golf, swimming, Taekwondo or modern dance or a movie night party out in the country club gardens.

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April Golfing Events rain nament in honour of the Gulf Air Bah • Enjoy F1 Scramble, a themed golf tourtwo-tee start. Open to all. am

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The Waters Of Bahrain

John R Ridley

Once upon a time, Bahrain was called, ‘ the paradise of Dilmun’ a place for perfect happiness. John Ridley takes us back to those times…


ive thousand years ago, the Sumerians called the legendary lush lands, with their sweet-water springs and extensive palm groves, “the paradise of Dilmun”. Arab merchants described it as “a place of perfect happiness, where the inhabitants were eternally young and suffered no illnesses, where the raven did not croak and wolves and lions did not devour their prey.” Today, the lands are known as Bahrain - the two seas. The Arabian Gulf is the first, and the second, the abundant natural fresh water - on the land and off the shores of the islands. The sweet water springs on the sea bed allowed pearl diving ships to replenish their supply of fresh water during the long diving season - without the need to come ashore. Mixing of the freshwater, and the warm shallow waters off the Bahraini coast, give the pearls, regarded as the best in the world, their unmatched lustre.

“The springs rising from aquifers deep underground, and under the sea, were described in the ancient Sumerian legend of Enki and Ninhursag.” “... the waters rose up from it into her great basins. Her cities drank water aplenty from them...and her fields produced grain.” The ancient inhabitants of Bahrain nurtured and cared for the environment, worshipping water as a sign of their devotion to Enki, the God of Freshwater. Then, there were more than two hundred freshwater springs across Bahrain, they carried the gift of long life and healing; their names live on in legend, song, and folklore. The water from the springs irrigated the land, bringing drinking water, agriculture, food security, and life to Bahrain - known as the “land of a million palms”. With so many in just 750 square kilometers, the highly revered trees were always in sight.

“Today, the kingdom has little arable land, and like other countries in the region, suffers from a shortage of water.”

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Today, the kingdom has little arable land, and like other countries in the region, suffers from a shortage of water. Yet, despite low, and declining rainfall, and no natural renewable sources of water; Bahrain remains relatively green - partly resulting from the efforts of the many people working to protect the countryside and much of the nation’s heritage John Ridley, a Bahrain based journalist, writer and broadcaster, can be contacted at or visit his website,

Art Space

Once Upon

A Canvas

Lebanese artist Fatima El Hajj’s imagination knows no bounds; her paintings reflect her passion for nature and its myriad moods. Bahrain Confidential’s Pooja Rajpal Kasala chats with Fatima about her journey as an artist.

Tell us about yourself? I was born in Wardanieh, Lebanon. Since my early days, I was fascinated by nature and the change of seasons which reflected beautifully in my family’s land, where they grew all types of vegetables and roses just in front of our house. I enjoyed helping my family in the field for regular housekeeping, which had a big impact on my art later on. My passion for colours came from my daily observation of roses blooming and the continuous change of seasons. So when I sat in my garden to draw, I learnt to include all shades of greens, red, and yellows.

Fatima El Haj j

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Art Space

What inspires your creativity? Whatever my eyes see is a provocative project that moves the static subconscious. Travelling inspires me, whether it’s spiritual, through reading and meditation, or physical, through my several trips to Paris- where I’m always exposed to its new and old aspects. Inspired by Le Penseur of Rodin, I came by “The Thinker” trilogy; you will see that in my exhibition. And what also got my attention was the focus on civilizations like the Middle East, Japan, and China. What kind of colors, elements do you work with? Human is the key element of my current works; especially, while reading. With paintings of all colors, I wanted to change the notion emphasized by even the United Nations, that people have stopped reading or don’t read. I love colours, I can’t live or express without them!

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Art Space “I wanted the exhibition to be a salute to the book and to reading.”

Tell us about the exhibition taking place in Bahrain. I have been thinking about it since years now. Reading opens the vessels of the soul; taking us to a world of serenity, where we purify ourselves from hate and the body gets rid of its toxins. From that, I wanted the exhibition to be a salute to the book and to reading; and reading not the abridged kind that we get from the internet or through summaries. Touching a book leaves you in a state of intimacy that you don’t find anywhere else.

Fatima El Hajj’s solo exhibition takes place from April 9th till April 30, 2013. Time:10am to 7p.m For more details, contact: Albareh Art Gallery. Tel. +973 1771 7707 Website:

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Which aspects of the Middle East culture do we see in your paintings? Light is the main aspect of my paintings. We can’t take any credit for it as our land is the land of light and I pray that it stays as bright and enlightened as ever


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David Hollywood

A reflection and celebration by David Hollywood on the advent of spring and the birth of nature’s ambition.

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F1 Special


Team Racing Falcons


Ready. Get Set. Go!

The countdown has begun for F1! Bahrain Confidential’s racing-special feature brings you what’s on and what’s not for the much awaited weekend. Also, an EXCLUSIVE about the only team from Bahrain to participate in this year’s 12-Hour Endurance Championship, at Dubai.


ubai Kartdrome held its annual 12-Hour Endurance Championship 2013, last month. Teams of three to ten racers each were tested for the maximum number of laps completed between 2 pm on 15th March 2013 and 2 am on 16th March 2013. The Racing Falcons (RF) was the only team from the kingdom that participated in the Championship. This was their first race at Dubai. In addition to bagging the

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F1 Special

25th position out of 30 teams they also bagged the ‘Newbie Trophy’ – a title given to the team that is participating for the first time at the race, with the best finish. “The race is not just a test against time but also strategy,” says Anup Surendran, Founder of RF and a car-enthusiast, (Standing, extreme right) “the racers’ physical and mental strength is assessed.” RF was created on 15th July 2011 with a vision to make a mark on the national and international racing canvas. The 8-member team has been racing, professionally for two years now and unofficially before that. Some of the tracks they’ve covered are Adhari Circuit, Gulf Speed One Circuit and Viva Karting Track in Bahrain and recently The Dubai Kartdrome in Dubai. We ask them if there is a different feel when racing on different tracks. “The major difference is the scale of the racing event,” says Anup, “For instance, Dubai Autodrome attracts a larger number of spectators and racers from all over the world when compared to Viva Karting Track (VKT). Of course this is because VKT is a newer track. Though, my team and I prefer the facilities and track-quality in Bahrain we

believe that kart-conditions are better at Dubai Kartdrome; also there is more consistency in quality across karts. RF was formed by a group of friends who share their love for cars and races and they believe this is what makes them unique. “Most teams are put together by selecting fast and experienced racers,” says Anup, “we’re more like a family than a team. In fact some of our members never experienced racing before they joined the team. RF has a host of Endurance and Sprint racing events lined up for 2013. “It’s an action-packed year for us,” says Anup, “and we’re not complaining! We’ve just finished the 24-Hour Endurance Championship in Bahrain and the 12-Hour Endurance Championship in Dubai, back-to-back. Currently we’re preparing for a 600-lap race, a 700-km race and the 24-Hours Endurance Races in Dubai.” With so much on their plate, all we can say is ‘Go’ Racing Falcon!

the Formula 1 This year marks the ninth edition of also the fourth is It (F1) Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. ld Championship Wor 1 ula Form FIA 2013 round of the and China. ysia following stops at Australia, Mala Your Moment’! gine ‘Ima is year this for BIC slogan memories best your Don’t forget to recall some of you come re befo rain Bah in Prix ds from past Gran end! down to the track this month of 22 of the The mega event will witness a grid n by drive cars race world’s fastest single-seater e it battl will They rs. race ted talen t the world’s mos d uere cheq the h whic out over 57 laps at the end of be will er winn new d bran the the flag will fall and world champion announced. Red Bull Racing’s triple er, in Bahrain. He winn ’s year last was l Sebastian Vette mates Kimi team s Lotu was joined on the podium by . jean Gros ain Rom Raikkonen and races Apart from the main race, support s is serie GP2 The d. nise orga been have also d idere cons is race This . on once again this year sport’s the of y man with F1, to er feed f the chie s, including biggest stars being GP2 graduate as well as ilton Ham n mpio Cha ld Wor former enberg and Hulk Nico , Rosberg, Perez, Grosjean o. onad Pastor Mald live shows – Off of the race track, there will be ival rides, carn s, show e stag ces, rman perfo musical held at ns bitio exhi le orab parlour games and mem from ers rtain ente ed sign has BIC e. the F1 Villag ding inclu Prix d Gran the all over the world to be at Portugal, ico, Mex ya, Ken ce, Fran as such countries . Calpulli Mexican Switzerland, Japan, China and India enko Taiko Mug ite, Emp ngra Bha p, Dance Grou Lion Dance, and ese Chin Drummers, Mariachi Jalisco, s this year. rmer perfo the of e som are Bagpipe Roy at the F1 Tent le Jung There will also be a Kid’s mba Mari els, Ang k Blac the re featu Village. It will A series of s. orer expl el cam Band, a theatre show and arranged, been also have t Sho Sling like exciting rides ! rush e for those seeking an adrenalin R&B artist Renowned Grammy Award winner, d. This is the crow the nade Ne-Yo will be there to sere no extra are e Ther . dom king the to visit singer’s first ers hold et -tick race all charges for the concert – d. may atten 0000 or visit To book tickets call on Tel. +973 1745

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Bagpipe Roy

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The Royal Golf Club, Mr DJ Flanders, the new General Manager speaks to Bahrain Confidential about his aspirations for the club.



J Flanders believes that The Royal Golf Club (RGC) is already the best in the kingdom. What he wants to achieve as the club’s new GM is making it top-of-the class in the Middle East. Surely this isn’t an easy task given that there are so many good golfing clubs in the region. Isn’t international tourism a challenge? “Well it is,” he admits, “but now that we are under the Troon Golf umbrella it’s much easier. We don’t have to invest our resources to promote ourselves as they market us and this gives us great international exposure. They send information onto cruise ships. In Abu Dhabi professionals have visited as well. Efforts are also being made to arrange golfing lessons on board, with dissolvable balls perhaps. It was tougher before Troon as marketing expenses were higher which meant lower returns.” DJ tells us how he spent his first five months negotiating a few contracts and eliminating those that didn’t make sense. The over

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“...running a golf course is not rocket science; all it takes is treating people with respect, being a good communicator and paying attention to detail.”

People “RGC is looking at rolling out an interclub competition with some of the Troon properties within the region.” heads were high but he felt weren’t enhancing the members’ experience at the club. “We decided to spend money in areas where our members would see it,” says DJ. He goes on to cite an instance about a supplier that they had a contract with. The club was paying twice as much for the same level of service but after negotiations they now pay the market rates that they should be paying. “It freed up a lot of cash and gave us the liquidity we needed to put back into our operations,” he says. DJ believes that the trick lies in working smarter than harder!

In addition to resource reallocation, he shares that he had to address member grievances as well. “We managed to reach out to them,” he says. DJ used increased communication and transparency to address shortfalls. For instance RGC enhanced their website; earlier the club got in touch with members primarily through emails. More over their webpage didn’t make members feel any different from non member guests. Now there is a back door on the website where the club talks only to members. “I have a weekly communication tool that I’m sending out to our members about all the happenings at the club,” he adds, “we’re also hosting monthly socials gatherings which have been received well. There are competitions and events too, exclusively for members.” RGC is looking at rolling out an interclub competition with some of the Troon properties within the region. Members now have access to all 210

golf courses worldwide under Troon, primarily at preferential rates and the club is ensuring that members make the most of these programmes. RGC lost out on the Volvo tournament and DJ says that there has been some negative feed back in the past about the golf course. Nevertheless he thinks that the course is unique and what he likes most about it is that it challenges the player off the tee. He says, “It makes you play a good second shot and then you have to have a very good short game. There is no way to have weaknesses in your game here with out being exposed.” DJ believes that the greens have a great design for a tour event as they are challenging. That said there is scope for improvement. For instance there are operational challenges because of how the course is set up. “There are not many pin placements and so traffic builds up in the same areas, which creates compaction and affects grass quality.” DJ believes there is a lot of work ahead for him and his team. That said he knows that they can turn around the game for RGC in approximately two years with the kind of talent they possess. “Personality is something that can never be taught,” he says. He adds that this is something that his team already has – they always have a smile on their face or are mindful of using the guests’ names when they know them. His achievement in Abu Dhabi (the Troon golf course where he worked and that has been awarded as the best in the Middle East) will provide him with a road map for his work here at RGC. “We’re trying to further hone our employees’ skills. One of the initiatives is teaching them golf so that they know what they’re doing or could even strike an intelligent conversation with our guests.” He adds that running a golf course is not rocket science; all it takes is treating people with respect, being a good communicator and paying attention to detail. DJ comes from a golfing family and had aspirations to be a golfer himself. He has played junior golf against the legendary Tiger Woods! “I’m a hard worker in business,” he says, “though I wish I had worked harder to pursue golfing.” Apart from Abu Dhabi, DJ has handled golf courses in the States and Japan

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Technology Playstation 4 Overview

The introduction of PlayStation 4 officially into the market was announced by Sony, along with few games that are to be released for the next-generation console. It is more of the same, but better looking and a lot more powerful than the previous generations. Features: • Supercharged PC Architecture • X86 CPU • Enhanced PC GPU • 8GB Unified Memory • Local Storage HDD • Gaikai Game Streaming Technology • Playstation Cloud Service (allows players to buy games online and start playing them immediately while it is being downloaded).

Panasonic 20 inch Windows 8 Tablet

The Windows 8-based device is less than half-aninch thick, with a 20-inch screen with 4K resolution for ultra-crisp images. It has great viewing angles; it sports a touch screen display, and stylus. The tablet runs an Intel Core i5 processor and can support up to 16 GB of RAM along with an NVIDIA GeForce processor to power the 4 times regular 1080p resolution. The tablet supports a digitizer as well, which is ideal for CAD drawers, architects, graphics designers, etc


Rule!’s Faisal Ebrahim gives us the lowdown on the latest tech news and gadgets to hit the market.

Numark Orbit wireless Dj Controller

One look at it and you would think that the Numark Orbit is a new gaming console. But it is not. It is dubbed as the first ever wireless handheld DJ controller. Its design is well planned as it intends to provide quick and easy button access to DJs and MIDI-based performers. The soft touch finish enables users to have a grip on it. It comes equipped with a two-axis accelerometer and four selectable effects, spread across in its eight backlit pads. The pads are smooth and are responsive when touched. It has a hoop that is likely to match a lanyard-style strap. On the center, one would see its large central jogwheel (multi-purpose knob) that is switchable between four functions.

Acer Liquid C1 Phone

The Acer Liquid C1 is a smart phone based on Intel’s Lexington platform. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s powered by a hyper-threaded 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 CPU, has a 4.3-inch IPS LCD with qHD resolution, and 4GB of internal storage. The smart phone has a 4.3 inches display screen and it also supports a multi touch feature. The phone has an 8 megapixel camera boasting an improved burst mode. It also has a 0.3 megapixel front camera.

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Swimming Lessons at a Superb Venue! Create unrivalled memories by signing your children up for twice weekly swimming lessons at the fabulous Royal Country Club this April. Give them the opportunity to learn or improve their swimming in spectacular surroundings - an outdoor, temperature-controlled pool surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Lessons begin on Monday 1st April and will run throughout the summer months. Lessons are suitable for children aged 3 years and upwards and are split according to age and ability. Cost: Members BD 32 / Riffa Views Residents BD 40 / Non Members BD 48 for 8 x 30-minute sessions per month

The Royal Golf Club website is available to you 24/7 all year round. Keep up to date with everything going on at the Club, view our latest offers and news, reserve a table in any of our restaurants or book your next tee time.

Call +973 17 750777 today to reserve a space for your child.


Free To Move

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The new style audio, both entertaining and energizing is an enchanting companion. Check out the stylish and wireless- Yamaha ISX-B820. Enjoy a Musical Interior

With a sleek stand and minimal proportions, Restio looks like a work of art. It was created by completely re-imagining the concept of a music source as part of the interior. The independent body style makes music an interior design element, and because the sides are slanted, it appears to be a thin panel. The front grille uses expanded metal, providing an attractive texture. The striped pattern printed underneath the grille conveys a feeling of depth, giving the impression that the music is coming from within the entire front surface. Merging beautifully into the living space, this is an entirely new audio form that you can match to your lifestyle.


Minimal Design Allows Flexible Placement

With a 9cm body and a half-moon shaped stand, you can position Restio right up against a wall. What’s more, the standalone style doesn’t require a shelf, so there are no restrictions on where you can put it. You can even remove the stand and hang it on a wall (requires an optional bracket AT-800). It’s the perfect way to match your music source to any room’s decor.

Freedom of Movement and Use

Built-in Bluetooth® means that you can enjoy all the music stored on your iPhone, Android and other smartphones wirelessly. Put your Restio wherever you want it, and use your smartphone as you usually do to operate the playback functions.

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With Yamaha’s DTA Controller app, you can set the alarm time differently for each day of the week, as well as make detailed IntelliAlarm settings and transmit them wirelessly. The app is compatible with iOS devices (iPod, iPhone) and will be periodically updated for additional functionality.

Sound That Lets You Appreciate Music

Using a two-way, four-speaker system finely tuned to HiFi audio standards, Restio is designed for premium quality sound. Delivering powerful, expansive bass and crisp, precisely contoured treble, it ensures complete enjoyment of everything from the fast kick of a bass drum to gentle sounds and vocals that seem to be right in front of you. It also includes a three-band equaliser, so you can adjust the sound to match the type of music and your own preferences.

Time — Artistically Displayed

The stylish digital clock gives you a choice of two patterns: the usual number display and a unique display that combines numbers and an indicator. An auto dimmer function adjusts the brightness of the display to match the brightness of the room. It also features Yamaha’s IntelliAlarm, which first gently plays the music of your choice and then beeps to ensure that you are fully awake

For more details contact: Ambassador Stores, Manama, Tel: + 973 1722 5513

Home Decor

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nspired by Eastern influence, this vibrant new collection uses geometrics and floral prints, a bright colour palette and burnished metals like silver, gold, rattans, coloured glass and stoneware promising to give your sanctum sanctorum a more natural and outdoorsy touch. Crockery, dĂŠcor items, candles, hanging lanterns, perforated pendants, mini scattered tea lights and more!


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ream Home Furniture (DHF), a division of Dream Group W.L.L, provides the best of choices relating to your furniture, wall covering and flooring needs. Dream Home Furniture services both residential and commercial clientele. Being experts in all flooring needs, the highly experienced consultants will be at your side to support you in choosing from the wide range of materials, colours and designs that are available, to perfectly complement your interior design. Dream Home Furniture (DHF) also installs new floors. The wide choice of quality with regard to floor products is assured and the furniture is internationally renowned. Dream Home Furniture is the provider in the Kingdom of top quality brands such as “Dogtas” - Home Furniture made in Turkey and “Egger” - Laminated Floorings made in Germany. The experienced creative team of designers and tradesmen can assist you in the selection, construction and installation of the perfect furniture, flooring and wall coverings for your home or office

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Beat The Heat At LPOD e Bahrain’s largest water them


park beckons!

The space has 12 opular with locals and private cabanas that can tourists alike, Lost be rented. Other amenities Paradise of Dilmun has like lockers and towels opened it’s doors once are available at ‘The Souq’ again for another high – LPOD’s fully equipped energy season. You can retail and souvenir shop that enjoy the largest wave promises to make your visit pool plus 18 of the fastest comfortable. slides, water sprays, spa Three international pools, family raft rides and interactive entertainment shows are lined children’s wet play area, all in a desert up for this season; so don’t oasis setting with beautiful historical miss it! ‘Family Saturday’ is architecture. back – an exclusive ‘family There are new action packed and couples only’ day where adventures – non water based games parents and couples can including an exciting bungee trampoline experience the water park while ride, rodeo bull challenge and a fun & kids stick to the water play areas. competitive football interactive game. Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park is in Al LPOD is a proud member of The Feast on a variety of delicious food options Areen, near Al Zallaq World Water Park Association (WWPA) & including local grills, burgers, salads and Tel. +9731784 51000 International Association of Amusement more! There are a number of mini-snack Visit: Parks & Attractions (IAAPA). stations and Chinese fast food to choose from. Saturday is family day ONLY. LPOD is open on all week long (except Tuesdays) from 10am until 5pm.

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Turns 20!

fashion brand te ri u o v fa s t’ s a E Middle celebrated its anniversary last month. Melissa Nazareth speaks to sh about la p S O E C , ig e B Mr Raza the journey so far.

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third edition in December last year. We’re also very active on social media platforms and this keeps our customers in sync with the brand. How has Splash evolved over the years? We started in 1993 with a single store in Sharjah, UAE. Since then we have grown steadily and now operate with over 200 stores across 12 countries. We add almost 10 stores annually, to our portfolio. Each season we work on our product line-up to ensure that we offer the best in fashion for great value. Our team of in-house designers and buyers spend long hours researching and identifying the latest trends to make shopping at Splash a pleasurable experience for our customers. We invest a substantial portion of our resources on branding. We have many events including Splash bi-annual fashion shows and our popular limited edition calendar (both in Dubai); we hosted our

Tell us about your anniversaryspecial promotions? Splash has partnered with BMW for GCC, Jordan & Egypt-wide promotions. Our customers have a chance to win the

fashion-needs. Our designs and style reflect global trends! Tell us more about your Spring Summer ’13 collection? This spring, the ladies can choose from tribal, reptile and kaleidoscope prints. Easy fabrics like georgettes, chiffons and soft knits in colours like fuchsia and citrus are prominent. For the men, the look is sportier with hooded coats in parachute silks or jersey, varsity jackets, slim blazers, parkas, shorts and pants. Colours range from deep tangerine, lemon yellow, Caribbean blue and neon to pastels. Our recently held Splash Fashion League showcased 45 models sporting themes like the 60s, Gatsby, Warrior, New Mod, Preppy and Dapper School-boy.

“Our customers have a chance to win the all-new BMW 520i model on a minimum spend of just BD15!”

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all-new BMW 520i model on a minimum spend of just BD15 (Amount specific to Bahrain)! Other exciting gifts like the Apple laptop, 32-inch LED, iPad, iPhone 5 and Samsung Note II are also up for grabs, every week from from 7th April to 25th May, 2013. The BMW grand draw will be on 30th May, 2013. How would you describe Splash’s style statement to our readers? We are a fashion store for everyday

Does Splash have any expansion plans in the near future? We’re all set to expand globally – India, Pakistan, and Africa. We just signed-up Sri Lanka and are in talks with many other international partners as well


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A glamorous partywear collection for both men and women made from sustainable materials. Party harder this season!


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- Icons Of Luxury Join The Upper Echelon Of Luxury Eyewear With Maybach There are things which will always fascinate us- because they are rare, because they are beautiful or because they are things which give us more than we demand of them, individuality for example, or perfection, or simply the awareness of owning something unique.

are intricately worked along with exquisite materials and outstanding design. The name and the standards of the exclusive Maybach brand are today carried by premium eyewear and accessories. An exclusiveness appreciated by a genuine connoisseur.

The name of Maybach has stood for exceptional luxury for more than eighty years. And it stands for the very few things which are permitted to carry the Maybach name. Maybach Eyewear from IVKO GmbH is one of them.

Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl Maybach laid the cornerstone for a brand which has today grown into a legend. The most precise handcrafting and love of detail distinguish the characteristic style, appealing to all the senses. The models of the eyeglass collection from Maybach Eyewear unite traditional and modern aspects and have a firm place in the luxury eyewear sector.

As a high-end automobile brand, for decades Maybach has symbolized the most exacting demands on quality and luxury. Characteristics

These sought-after frames are created using only the most select materials, such as combinations of fine woods, leather, titanium and 18 karat solid white, yellow and rose gold, and, if desired, diamonds. These materials are painstakingly worked, step by step, using the best of German handcrafting techniques. The elegant designs pay homage to the individuality of the wearer. For more information, Tel. +973 1725 3397.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture offers relief from chronic pain

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

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Black & White Essentials Collection Black and white is the newest trend on the street and it’s the biggest must-have since pencil skirts! To cater to your needs, Punt Roma has introduced its Black & White Essentials collection. A variety of pants, skirts, shirts and blouses are available in only the finest of fabrics.


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rigem women’s wear blends contemporary style and exquisite fabrics giving the modern sophisticated woman an attractive option. The brand from Portugal offers a range of stylish formals and trendy casuals, laying emphasis on style and design. Origem also offers accessories like bags and shoes that complement the range. The designs represent a subtle fusion of simplicity and elegance.

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BD15.5 Origem is available at Bahrain City Centre and Ramli Mall.

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1. Emilio Pucci Shoulder Bag BD649 2. Chloé Top BD346 3. Erickson Beamon, ‘Who Are You’ , Ring BD 209 4. Chloé Wedge Sandals BD335 5. Alexander McQueen Capri’s BD225


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1.The Row, ‘Lorianne’ , Top BD410 2. Stella McCartney, ‘Falabella’, Faux Python Tote BD432 3. Alexander McQueen Skull Ring BD165


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hildren just want to have fun! Now your child can do so, in style. This season, it is all about coloured denims, polos, cargo shorts, and T-shirts, for the BOYS. The GIRLS can set the trend with printed denim bottoms, skinny denims, dresses, skirts and of course accessories. The range offers items in a fresh colour palette of pink, oranges, greens and soft teal




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Turning Back The Clock

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kin is the largest organ of the human body; perhaps even the most abused. Prolonged exposure to harsh sun light, air conditioned offices, cosmetics, insufficient rest, poor diet and lifestyle are some of the things that result in wrinkles, dark circles, ageing spots, pimples and other skin problems. Wonderlift is one of the most successful skin products that After offers a temporary fix for the face and instantly removes wrinkles and lines. It works in 60 seconds, so you can see immediate results that last upto 12 hours. The best alternative to Botox, Wonderlift is the best selling serum of its kind and has over 2.5 million satisfied users across the world! Now available in Bahrain from Elie & Jean outlets and major hair salons. For more details call Tel. 1729 2211

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used? How often can Wonderlift be We suggest Wonderlift can be used every day! piring or if reapplying more often if you are pers one bottle of you have oily skin. With daily use, Wonderlift will last 4-6 weeks. How do I use Wonderlift? shake the Wonderlift is a topical lotion. Just very small a dab ly simp then bottle well and fine lines amount where you want the wrinkles, to see dry it let and r ppea disa and sagging to results. e of Can Wonderlift be used in cas ? sensitive skin and is Wonderlift is 100% hypoallergenic t sensitive mos the even with designed to work a white skin. Women with dry skin may see lar lotion or residue; just dab the area with regu moisturiser. makeup? Can Wonderlift be used with under work to gned desi is ft Yes! Wonderli can only use makeup or by itself. Although you oil-based. mineral or water-based makeup, not

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Skin illumination like never before Powerful brightening and firming agents lie at the heart of White Caviar Illuminating Système. The future will be even brighter, as La Prairie expands their collection to include three new complementary items – White Caviar Spot Treatment, White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15 and White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream – which solves very specific discoloration in problem areas by brightening the skin before, during and after pigmentation problems arise.

Impossible for any young lady to resist, Prose, a new launch by Ajmal perfumes, is infused with three delicious scent combinations designed to tantalize the senses. The perfect balance between fresh, younger notes, and a more mature, and earthly aroma; it combines hints of bright and fresh citrus fruits such as orange, melon, and apple, with a fruity mixture of strawberry, coconut, and sugar – all a prelude to an invigorating base composed of a rich laden amber, vanilla, and musk.


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Health Orange Equals Healthy

Orange coloured foods, such as carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, pumpkins have plenty of health benefits. This does not include cheese puffs! Foods rich in carotenoids have been proven to decrease the risk of various cancers, including lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast and skin. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many more. They even possess anti aging and anti oxidant activity. So, fill your diet with apricots, carrots, butternut squash, mangoes, papayas, all the orange you can find and reap the benefits.

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Health Updates Do your Body Good

A Tablespoon of Olive Oil a Day

A tablespoon of olive oil daily for staying healthy could not get any simpler. It helps slow down cancer because it is high in antioxidants. Drinking olive oil or applying it is said to help make hair look shiny and prevents split ends. It also boosts the metabolism and increases energy. With a regular intake of olive oil, you can goodbye to anti-inflammatory diseases, wrinkles and diabetes.

Benefits of Lemon Water

Drinking lemon water once a day is good, but twice a day is even better. Lemon water accelerates body detoxification. It is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissues and cartilage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. If that is not enough, it also, helps weight loss, aids digestion, helps boost the immune system and relieves all respiratory problems.

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Lavender Love

Lavender is known to help ease stress, soothe nerves and ease troubles muscles. It is also used for various respiratory problems. Aromatherapy with lavender is famous for improving sleep quality and relaxation. It helps in improving blood circulation in the body.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been given the status of a virtual medicine chest. • It improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. • It cures cramps, stomach sickness and nauseousness. • Brings relief to help aching muscles and joints. • Helps get rid of throat and nose congestion. • Slows the growth of cancer cells in the body • Helps strengthen immunity.

“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” – Robert A. Heinlein


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Necessity of Breakfast Amidst the crazy lifestyle of waking up, rushing to get ready and running out the door to start the day, we all tend to forget the most important meal of the day – Breakfast. There are plenty of breakfast ideas that you can whip up and serve yourself. Too sugary and too carbfilled, too fatty are not the right options for breakfast. Protein filled, whole grain carbs, low fat, fiber and nutrients are some of the breakfast necessities to begin with.

Optica launches month long “glasses makeover”


If you are in too much of a hurry, grab fruits of your choice, some greens, yoghurt (if needed) ice and blend them together. High in nutrients and vitamins, a metabolism booster, smoothies are a good option for jump starting your day.

Nominate your friend or family who you think needs a change/makeover! Optica judges will select a ‘weekly winner’ for the makeover! i.e a total of 5 nominees this month! The makeover will include an eye test, advice on latest trends, frames that suit the face and style! And a free, super stylish pair of glasses. The friend that nominated will also receive a reward- a BD50 Optica gift voucher. So what are you waiting for! Log onto and nominate!

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Health John Ridley highlights the importance of choosing good and healthy food. John R Ridley

For Your



he latest European wide food scandal has again highlighted concerns about the safety and quality of our food. Two generations ago, most of our food was produced and sold locally by independent butchers, bakers, and green grocers; under the pressure of our modern lifestyles, we have chosen convenience and speed of preparation in preference to cooking with fresh produce. We have opted for ready prepared meals, pre-packed portions of meat, and ready washed and peeled bags of standard size vegetables, often shipped across the world; buying and cooking

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rise of supermarkets was driven by the consumer demand for ever-greater convenience and lower costs. They responded to our demands by driving down the prices they pay producers; is it not inevitable that different pressures and forces came into play? Playing off suppliers, one against the other, does not improve quality or lower prices. It is the responsibility of producers, retailers, and consumers to understand the complete chain, from farm, through to the meals we prepare for our families - only with this understanding, can we consider quality or the cost. We all have a choice in what we eat, it may not be possible to talk with the producers of all our food, but, where possible, buy from shops that know the source of their products; make a point of talking to the shop staff. The staff of smaller shops, like Organic Foods in Seef Mall, are knowledgeable, and are happy to make time to discuss their produce. Many reject organic produce on financial grounds, but eating a 100%

“From the animals we rear, to the crooked, muddy vegetables grown in farmer’s fields, we have broken our relationship with the food that sustains us.”

locally grown produce has all but stopped. From the animals we rear, to the crooked, muddy vegetables grown in farmer’s fields, we have broken our relationship with the food that sustains us. We blame the current and earlier scandals upon agricultural production methods, the way we feed our animals, the supermarkets, and the complex web of the supply chains. Yet, as consumers, we have chosen to isolate ourselves from the production of the food we eat. The

organic diet does not have to increase your grocery bill; by cooking from basic ingredients, instead of buying more expensive processed foods, you can adjust your spending and be confident of the quality of what you are eating John Ridley, a Bahrain based journalist, writer, and broadcaster, can be contacted at or visit his website,

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Serving Self Kelly Armatage, our resident Counsellor, Life Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist highlights the importance of serving oneself for a healthy and happy existence.


t is amazing how many clients I see that own the following cognitive distortion (negative thought pattern); “If I am good and serve others selflessly, I will receive love”. Thus creating codependent actions and behaviours, that impact all intimate relationships that they are involved in. When we look for love via acting in certain ways and expecting others to act in certain ways; we NEVER experience what true love is. As this method is trying to gain love and security outside of ourselves. Someone that has the cognitive distortion of “If I give more, I will get the validation I crave” will be exhibiting the following behaviours:

 Extreme reactions to other people’s so called ‘rejections’  Desperate need to get attention/ approval and love from others  Over-giving to others, in order to feel secure and needed  Extreme focus on the flaws of others  A lack of focus on the strengths and good points of others  A lack of self-focus on their own lives  A need to fix, repair and solve other people’s imperfections  A lack of self-appreciation, self-value and self-love This way of behaving is extremely negative, delusional and causes a lot of

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painful emotions for the person exhibiting the initial thought patterns. Generally, giving off the vibe of “I need you to love me”, will attract the very people that are emotionally unavailable or untrustworthy to be in a relationship with. This type of thinking ensures dependency on a partner for security and pleasure and 9 times out of 10 will provide nothing but insecurity and pain. What will happen is an over serving to others, a sacrifice of inner needs and an obsessive focus on the relationship. In order to counteract these thinking patterns, healing is required of the negative thoughts and creation and maintenance of new, more empowering thought models such as the following:

Kelly Armatage

The ways we can serve ourselves could be as follows:  Meditation and prayer to improve positive thought patterns  Lots of self pampering activities  Eating nutritionally and regular exercise  Removing any negative habits, that only serve self-punishment  Focus on career, health, social activities, hobbies in a balanced way  Regular workshops and selfdevelopment/therapy  Achieving of dream goals with flow, faith and confidence Serving self is not a selfish way to be, it is the only way that is imperative to a healthy and happy existence. Serving ourselves ensures our relationships are loving, balanced and harmonious.

“Focus on career, health, social activities, hobbies in a balanced way”  I am responsible for feeling secure, happy and content  I can only fix my life, never another’s problems  Over-giving just ensures I will be taken for granted  Love comes from inside, as opposed to outside  I am open to being treated with respect, care and support  I know I am lovable, despite other people’s behaviour By the creation of these new thought patterns; the relevant feelings and actions will follow that support the fresh perceptions. What then occurs is a healthier self esteem,a better life and an improved relationship experience for the previously codependent individual. The key is in serving self first (to feel secure) and serving others if we wish (because we want to unconditionally give).

Serving ourselves ensures we break out of painful past patterns and move forward into powerful and positive patterns for a promising, loving future. Maybe you will ponder this; just what within you is in need of your serving today? Kelly Armatage. Director of Kelly Armatage Inc. CR 78083. Counselling, Coaching, CBT, Corporate/ Personal Workshops, Meditation Tel. +973 1700 2320 Mob: +973 3993 1399 Email: Website: Like us on facebook:


Earth Day 2013 The Face of

Climate Change

Eng. Rehan Ahmed

Rehan Ahmed talks about how climate change is impacting our lives. that has occurred since the 1970s has caused over 140,000 excess deaths annually since 2004. As per WHO, the direct damage cost to health is around USD 2-4 billion/year by 2030. Many of the major killers such as diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, malaria and dengue are highly climate-sensitive and are expected to worsen as the climate gets impacted further. Over the last 50 years, human activities particularly the burning of fossil fuels have released sufficient quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to trap additional heat in the lower atmosphere and affect the global climate. The CO2 levels have increased 38%, methane levels 148%, nitrous oxide is up 15%. In the last century, the world has warmed by approximately 0.75oC. Over the last 25 years, the rate of global warming has accelerated at over 0.18oC per decade. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting and precipitation patterns are changing. Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent. As per WHO, globally the number

of reported weather-related natural disasters has more than tripled since the 1960s. Every year, these disasters result in over 60,000 deaths, mainly in developing countries. Rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather events will destroy our lands and other essential services. All populations will be affected by climate change, but some are more vulnerable than others. People living in small islands like Bahrain and other coastal regions, megacities and mountainous and polar regions are particularly vulnerable. Earth Day is a day for action; a chance to show how important the environment is to us. Earth Day is about uniting voices around the globe in support of a healthy planet. The earth is what we all have in common. Let us be a part of this green revolution and participate in Earth Day activities moving from single-day actions, such as park cleanups and tree-planting parties, to long-term actions and commitments. The message of the Earth Day is to “Actively participate and adopt environmental friendly habits”

“Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting and precipitation patterns are changing”

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

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Photo Credit: Dan Crosbie


arth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 marking the anniversary of what many consider, the birth of modern environmental movement. The Earth Day was first organized in 1970 to promote respect for life on the planet and to encourage awareness on air, water and soil pollution. Earth Day has now grown into a global tradition making it the largest civic observance in the world, with more than a billion people expected to take part this year in approximately 192 countries. The global theme for Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change”. It highlights the mounting impact of climate change on individuals around the world. Earlier people thought that climate change was a remote problem, but now it’s already impacting us and our finite resources. Climate change is affecting the social and environmental determinants of health, clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Global warming


BMI Bank’s Ayadi Gets Bigger With ‘life-changing’ Rewards

Ayadi February monthly draw student winners, Hanan Zaid & Shaima Meer with Eyad Sater, BMI Bank-GM Support Services


ave you ever dreamt of owning a luxurious Diyar Homes villa, or taking your family on a much-awaited holiday, or sending your children overseas for higher education, or even getting yourself a swanky new car? Your dream might come true. All you have to do is invest in BMI Bank’s Ayadi Savings Scheme and you could soon be fulfilling your dreams by winning one of the monthly or quarterly draw prizes. Following the unparalleled success of Ayadi Savings Scheme in 2012, BMI Bank now offers an increased prize pool of US$ 1.8 million, offering its customers a greater chance of winning more unique and exciting prizes. Four grand prizes, in addition to 416 winners, will be rewarded every month. Moreover, 30 daily Ramadan prizes and 24 special cash prizes have been introduced to benefit the students; will be given out throughout the year. Reiterating its commitment of offering value-added and ‘life-changing prizes’ for its customers, Ayadi Savings Scheme will award 4 Diyar Homes Villas in one of the largest upcoming residential communities, as grand prizes. With two monthly draws of 2013 already concluded with top 2 prize winners winning a cash

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reward of US$ 10,000 each every month, Ayadi customers still have a chance to benefit from the monthly draws in addition to being one of the 50 winners every month who could win US$ 1,000 each. Ayadi Savings Scheme has also introduced special prizes for students, which not only rewards them for their savings with the bank, but also encourages them to save for a solid financial future. Four students amongst monthly draws concluded in February 2013 and March 2013 have already benefited by winning US$ 5,000 each. To be eligible for the prize draw, customers can open an Ayadi Savings Account at any BMI Branch in Bahrain with a minimum

deposit of BD 50. The Ayadi Savings scheme draws are officiated by representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) along with the internal and external auditors and in accordance with Bahrain Banking and Chamber of Commerce laws. Get ready to dream big and win big with Ayadi’s ‘life-changing’ rewards Call 17226641 or visit

Ayadi February monthly draw winners, Fatima Khalil Maki & Monhammed Ali Al Aswad with Eyad Sater, BMI Bank-GM Support Services

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Casablanca Hotel, located just opposite Dasman Centre, in Gudaibiya is popular with a substantial set of customers in the kingdom. The hotel provides airport shuttles to the Bahrain International Airport which is a 10-minute drive away. Gudaibiya is one of Bahrain’s central commercial and business areas. Casablanca hotel includes a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, and spa and wellness centre. It offers large rooms and suites. A TV with satellite and cable channels are standard in each accommodation at the hotel. Air conditioning, a minibar and a modern bathroom are also available. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception to cater to all your needs. Breakfast is served each morning in Casablanca’s breakfast room. A number of shops and restaurants are also located in the vicinity. Standard Single Room This large room is decorated in bright colours and has soft carpets, a work desk and a television screen with satellite and cable channels. Other facilities include a safety deposit box, air conditioning, fan, alarm clock, shower, bath, toilet, bathroom, telephone, satellite television, Cable TV and minibar. This room is competitively priced at BD18.

Standard Double Room This large room is decorated in bright colours and has soft carpets, a work desk and a television screen with satellite and cable channels. Other facilities include a safety deposit box, air conditioning, fan, alarm clock, shower, bath, toilet, bathroom, telephone, satellite television, Cable TV and minibar. This room is competitively priced at BD25 Exclusive Suit This spacious suite comes with a separate living room and two television screens offering

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Media Launch of the new Audi Q5

The media launch of the new Audi Q5 was held at the Bahrain City Centre on 28th February.


Nora, Ali Zaid, Geetan Jessen and Peter

Jay and Petra

Chelsea and Getan


Media event to introduce the new PR Manager of K Hotel

A media cocktail to introduce the new PR Manager of K Hotel, Mr. Bilal Ahmed was held at Kenza Restaurant on 27th February.

Rebecca and Ayla


Michael and Barry Bilala and Chelsea

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John and John

Dilraz and Melissa

Craig, Marty and William

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Tony The Dogfather

The opening of the new animal sanctuary in Saar was held on 23rd March.


Hana, Rosemary and Kayla

Brian, Maria, Alinta, Jo and Marc

Tom, Rebecca and Tony

Theunis and Rob

Nina and carmen

Tom Gros, Peter Sellers and Tony

Chris and Helen

James, Rob, Rupert, Tony, Theunis, Peter and Tom

Al and Liz

Tony, Chris and Audrey

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Second Community Event for Kids Read 2012-2013

The 2nd community event got Kids Read, organized by the British Council took place at The Lagoon Park, Amwaj on 23 February.



Rama and Maher

Yara and Sara

Malak and Haneen




Mariam and Fatima

Valentine’s Party at Bennigan’s

Bennigan’s celebrated their Valentine’s Day, 14th February, in style.

Alona and Friends

Bel, Gani, Rico, Melody, Maj and Kevin Vinod, Mariel and Anselm

Joker and Chery

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Dinner for Bahrain Business Women’s Society

A Dinner for the Bahrain Business Women’s Society was held on 25th February at the Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel.

BBWS Members

Yasmine, Doris and Ahlam

Lulwa, Deema and Naeema

Khulood and Eman

Khalid, Ghazi, Samya, Amal, Salen and Ahmed

Cluttons- Tree planting at St. Christophers

Cluttons in Bahrain, as part of its 35th anniversary, donated a palm tree to St. Christopher’s School on 9th March. The Manama office embarked on a series of green initiatives to give back to the Bahraini community.

Culinary Arts at Capital Club

Capital Club, Bahrain held an exclusive cooking and baking class for 15 orphaned children from the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO).

Planting the palm tree The children with Executive Pastry Chef Jai Allanson

(L-R) Wendy Bataineh, Francine Williamson, Harry Good-son Wickes (Head of country for Cluttons in Bahrain), Rob Stephenson, Kristian Syson, Violetta Bacation Abboud, Zahra Nasser. Children (L-R) Justin Oversier, Hamad Al Khalifa, Crea Butlin, Jamie Oversier

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Orphaned children from the RCO surround Executive Pastry Chef Jai Allanson as he demonstrates the art of baking during an exclusive cooking session at Capital Club, Bahrain

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Inauguration of the “UNIDO Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment”

The official inauguration of the “UNIDO Arab International Centre for Entrepreneurship & Investment” was held at the Ritz Carlton on 26th February. Juliet, Tomoko Sumi, HE Shigeki Sumi, Doris and Khalid

Deema, Hadeen, Noha and Hala

Dr Farzana and Mayzoon


Ebtisam and Nahla Nasser Dr Adel Zayani and Abdul Rahim Fakhbro

Launch of the new Kavalani facilities

The launch of the new Kavalani facilities took place under the patronage Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Hidd Industrial Area on 19th March.

Kamal, Jaydeep, Prashanth, Deepti, Komal, Dev, Mukesh and Kanchan

Komal Ghandi and Sitabai Ghandi

Dev Ghandi, Mukesh Ghandi, Prashanth Ghandi and Kamal Ghandi

Bahrain Baseball All- Star Games

The Bahrain Baseball All-Star Games was held at ALBA Club on 16th March.

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Buchanan and Brian

Abner and Marylyn

Josh and Robin

Rachel and Mathew Steven

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Launch of the New Citroen DS5

The Launch of the New Citroen DS5 was held at the Galleria of Bahrain City Center on 21st February.

Bashar, HE Christian Testot,Pino and Fawaz Kanoo

Zaid and Sunil

Manaf, Nawras and Vivek

Bashar, HE Christian Testot, Waleed,Frederic and Pino

Mohammed and Bashar

Fawaz Kanoo and HE Christian Testot

Launch of a new educational NGO in Bahrain

The Launch of a new educational NGO in Bahrain was held at the Riffa Golf Club on 17th February.

SH Dana Ali Al Khalifa,SH Rawya Abdulrahman Al Khalifa,SH Lulwa AbdulAziz Al Khalifa,HH SH Zain Khaled AlKhalifa,SH Noora Hamad AlKhalifa and SH Lulwa Ali

Brian Shaws Birthday Brian Shaw celebrated his birthday at Golden Tulip on 22nd February.

Liz and Brian

Jd , Brian and Sue

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Sonia, Wendy, Brian and Robin

Peter, Brian, Carrie, Liz, Karla and Dave

Alan, Beverly, Liz, Wendy and Brian


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First FAM Trip

Bahrain Science Centre’s First FAM Trip for the year was held on 27th February, 2013.

Prof. MIke Bruton with the members of the media

Prof. MIke Bruton

Launch of the new Pulse Store

The new Pulse store was launched at Bahrain City Centre on 28th February.

Pulse Store Staff and Management in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Nithasha and Meraz Patricia, James, Chelsea and Emma

James and Emma

Rock around the clock

Intercontinental Regency, Bahrain held their Annual Staff Party “Rock around the Clock” at Al Thurayya on 16th March.

Aqeel and Kumar

Regency Team

Arshad and Yasmin

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Mohammed, Mrita, Mona, Helen, and Marissa

Kalsoom and Waheed

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Bahrain Wheelathon 2013

Bahrain International Circuit opened its doors to host the Bahrain Wheelathon 2013 on 15th March. This event was held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman at the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation. The event raised an amount of BD 5000.

Ahmed, Munther, Abdulla, Mohammed and Abdulla

Dhari, Adel, Ahmed, Sumaya and Noora

Emily Lizzie and Michelle

Joanne, Joseph, Simon, Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah and Scott

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The 9th Bahrain International Garden Show

The 9th Bahrain International Garden Show was held at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 28th February.

Janet, Stephanie, Jessica, Annika and Francis

Fatima and friends

Irina, Nada, Faika and Amira

Fafer, Hassan,Khalaf, Mishal and Fawaz


Pepsi “Bolly Dance for now”

Pepsi’s “Bolly Dance for now” Live Show was held at Ramli Mall on 28th February.

Sutan, Sufiyan, Abdulla and Ahmad

Saju, Sabu and Jiji

Dance performance

Lost Paradise Opening Day for 2013

Lost Paradise had a media fun day out to mark the opening of Lost Paradise for 2013 on 9th March.

Adam, Hassan, Eric, Asif, Soghra, Cristina and Hani

Hani, Luke and Rana

Cristina, Issa and Tanya

Megha Sameera and Rana

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Production of Bahrain based film- Dead Sands

Ahmed Zayani & Sons in cooperation with NYIT, held a press conference for the production of a Bahrain-based film: Dead Sands at the NYIT Campus on 7th March.

Dead Sands Team with Ahmed Zayani and NYIT Officials


Bu Idrees and Ahmed Zayani



Dr Dina and Dr Suzanna

Dr Dina and Dr Suzanna

Godwin and Omar

Award Dinner for IADC Annual Golf Tournament

The award dinner for IADC Annual Golf Tournament was held at Diplomat Radisson Blu on 7th March. Thompson, Amby and Bell

Traci, Big Whitey and Amanda

Erin and Vicky

Caroline, Edie and Claire

Caroline and Andres

Melanie and Darren

Kat and Nilantha

Julie and Abel

Opening of the Bride Shop

The opening of the new Store “The Bride Shop�, Seef Mall was held on 9th March.

Khairiya, Meryem, Saniya and Nada

Ali, Nicola, Ribal and Bassam

Hadeel, Sarah and Fatima

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Lagoon Spring Shopping Festival

The Lagoon Spring Shopping Festival took place at The Lagoon, Amwaj Islands on 7th March.

Salman, Harbi, Isham, Jassim, Mohammed and Khalid

Al Wahmy, Abdulla, Khalid and Nayel


Hussain, Issa and Mariam

Myrin Khalid And Mayada

Noor, Mohammed, Sara and Layla


Suha, Maysa, Fajer and Ali

Fashion for Breakfast

Bahrain City Centre, in partnership with the Kempsinki Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre hosted their next ‘Taste of Fashion’Fashion for Breakfast which featured Saks Fifth Avenue. The event was, held at the T-Spoon Cafe on 12th March.

Fatima and Dhabiya

Faika, Latifa and Aysha

Sari, Maya and Yasmine

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Amal and Dr Heba

Mashael and Sarah

Khalid, Aysha and Ahmed

Sarah and Sari

Reem and Dr Heba

Meryem and Chelsea


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The Beautiful Mind Charity Organisation Concert

The Beautiful Mind Charity Organisation Concert hosted by the Korean Embassy took place on 17th March.

HE Jong Ha Yu and Wife

Norihiro and Tomoko Sumi

Emy and Ohem

Takashi and Mizue

Momen and Fatima

Jong Ha Yu and Sh Hisham Bin Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa

Witchu, HE Vichai Varasirikul and Kanyarat

Lim and Yela

Kwak, Mariam and Kung

HE , Christian Testot, Zeina Testot,Meeji, Jenny, Jawad Al Hawaj and HE Jong Ha Yu

Garden Party 2013

The Japanese Embassy hosted the Garden Party 2013 at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence on 13th March.

Miyakawa, Nabil Ajoor, HE Shigeki Sumi, Tomoko, Bob and Kishor

Noriko and Toshimi

Isami and Rieke

Mayami, Yukiyo and Mayami

Noriko and Ikoko

Kishor, Ahmed Jawahiri, Fareed and Ahmed


Eng Rehan Ahmed and Wife

Mark and Nobuko

Ahmed Bin Hindi and Bob

Vena and Anoop Kewalram

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GCC Women Leading Change Forum 2013

Under the patronage of The Supreme Council for Women, over two hundred delegates from Bahrain and the GCC gathered on March 6, to participate in the GCC Women Leading Change Forum which was held at Diplomat Radisson Blu. This forum was organized by Golden Trust Business Consultancy and Keynotes Consultants in strategic partnership with The Council of Arab Business Women and Tamkeen. It also hosted highly recognised guest speakers such as Her Highness Shaikha Hessa Saad AlAbdullah AlSabah, Her Excellency Sameera Ibrahim Bin Rajab, Minister of State for Information, Her Excellency, Dr. Sharifa Bint Khalfan Bin Nasser Al Yahyai, the former Minister of Social Development, Sultanate of Oman and Professor Najat Bint Mohammed Saeed AlSayegh, Educational Management, University of King AbdulAziz, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

HH Sheikha Hessa Bint Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah

HE Sameera Rajab

Al Rumaisa, Zainab, Hind and Alaa Khairia

Afnan Zayani

Fadheela and Zahra

Muneera and Dana

Dr Ahmed, Eman and Lulwa

Lulwa Al Mutlaq

HE Dr Sharifa Bint Khalfan

Eman Bu Rashid

Bennigan’s St. Patrick’s Day

Bennigan’s celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style on 17th March. Elizabeth and Ikeya

Nancy and Sean

Taylor, Luke, Ben, Johns and Mathew

Dr Ross and Friends Maryann, Cynthia, Nelson and Sandeep

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Technology Week

The Technology Week – Technology Exhibition was held at the University of Bahrain campus from 17th to 21st March.

Anila, Sh Saeeda Al Khalifa, Sh Abdulla Al Khalifa, Blessy, Biju and Varkey

Ameena, Hayat and Ameera

KPMG celebrated International Women’s Day at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel KPMG celebrated International Women’s Day at Intercontinental Regency Hotel’s newly launched Poolside Terrace on 8th March.

Guests at the event

Hassan and Bushra

Anila, SH Saeeda Al Khalifa, Esmat and Blessy


BBBF Golf Social Event

BBBF held its 2nd Golf Social at the Royal Golf Club on 28th February. The British Ambassador HE Iain Lindsay got his first hole in one on the 6th green of the Wee Monty Par 3 course at the Royal Golf Club”.

1st place - HE Iain Lindsay, Bridget Lindsay, David Wales, Dena Wales with Royal Golf Club events manager, John Wilson

Harley Davidson Bahrain celebrates Mother’s Day

Harley Davidson Bahrain staff celebrated Mother’s Day on 21st March by honouring two female employees working with the company.

HE Iain Lindsay being presented with his hole in one certificate at the Royal Golf Club by General Manager DJ Flanders and Paul Crowe Directory of Golf and BBBF Executive Manager, Dena Wales

BBBF Nearest the pin Brian Davies

Paula, Bridget, Chris, Ben and Nicola

Harley Davidson Bahrain staff

BBBF prize giving Acadamy putting comp Alison Norbury

BBBF raffle draw Steve Jenkins

Michael, Deepak, Bill and Nicky

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McDonald’s Free Egg Muffins

McDonald’s Bahrain was amongst the five thousand McDonald’s restaurants in Asia, Middle East and Africa that offered up to one thousand free Egg McMuffins to their customers during breakfast hours on March 18th, calling this National Breakfast Day.

McDonalds Staff

Darrell, Jerlie, Cristina, Leo, Jervie and Neil


Rem, Bangs Cedie Ashley and Patricia

Jay and Sony

Children’s visit to the Toyota Plaza

To teach children about safety procedures and technologies inside Toyota cars, Ebrahim K.Kanoo the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus in the Kingdom of Bahrain, organized an event for children on 16th March, at Toyota Plaza in Tubli.

Ngo Family Dominate March DHL Order of Merit

Youngster Derrek Ngo captured first place in the gents’ nett category in the 17th March competition of the DHL Order of Merit Series at the Royal Golf Club.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Royal Golf Club Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated in style at the Royal Golf Club on 16th March.

Staff giving safety procedure demonstrations

Entertained and Informed; children at the event

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Derrek Ngo in action

Best Dressed Kevin Ross

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Mother’s Day at Malabar Gold & Diamonds

The Indian Ladies Association (ILA), Bahrain celebrated Mother’s Day at Malabar Gold & Diamonds in Lulu, Riffa on 18th March.

Mala Kumar in Cake Cutting Ceremoney

Chithra, Kamlesh, Sandya, Suvasini, Shreevidya, Alka and Ranjana

Mala Kumar


Sundaram, Isak, Rafeeq and Nikhil

Hema, Sunanda, Swasthi, Maya, Vani, Parul, Anita and Shamina

Pre- Launch Celebration of Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI) 2013

The Pre- Launch Celebration of the Bahrain Boat Show International (BBSI) 2013 was held at Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel on 18th March.

Burak, Ghassan and Punit

Suha, HE Sameera Rajab and Wael Juju

Amal, Punit, Alina and Denisa

Jenny, Melissa, Dilraz and Pooja

Marie and Natalie

Maria and Julia Oday and Pauline Ibrahim, Abdul Hatim and Abdulrahman Juma

Sari and Majed Zayani

Season of Colours

MODA Mall unveiled their latest inspiring Spring Summer Collection 2013 under the theme “Season of Colours” at the MODA Mall Fashion Court, in association with James Harris Atelier on 18th March.

Rebecca, xxxxxx and Laura

Celin and Kevin

James Harris and Laura

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Curry Night

Curry Night was held at the British Embassy on 19th March.

Jill, Garfield, Ron, Julia, Elgan and Vonnie

Hardemaln, Tony, Louise, Andy, Dani and Patric

Ron, Austin, Patric, SH Salman Bin Isa Al Kahlifa, HE Iain Lindsay and Anthony Rymonds

David, Maureen, Angela and Grant

Hardemaln, Anthony and Tess

HE Iain Lindsay, SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa and Bridget

Natalie Susi

Batelco introduces 4G LTE

Batelco became the first telecommunication company to introduce 4G LTE. This was held at the Bahrain International Circuit on 25th March. BIC became the first International Racing Circuit in the Middle East to offer permanent 4G LTE technology.

SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa With Batelco Officials

Sherif, SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Rashid Abdulla and Muna Al Hashimi

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Rashid Abdulla and SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa

Rashid Abdulla and SH Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa Watching The Demo

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Launch of Nissan Sentra 2013

The launch of the Nissan Sentra 2013 was held at the Nissan Showroom on 26th February.

Nissan and YK Almoayyed Management

Sales Team

Paritosh, Rj Sam, Rohit and Hussain

Ian Butlin

Chelsea , Rohit and Nick

Sam Cabani and Paul Baker

Krishna, Saji, Sanil, Prabhu, Hussain and Jebin

“Bursa Days in Bahrain”

A press conference for the “Bursa Days in Bahrain” was held at the Bahrain City Centre on 25th February.

Lale and Reyyan Orkun, Meltem and Ilkay

Cem, Ieman, Abdulla and Neslihan

Bulent and Huseyin

HE Ahmet Ulker, HE Sahabetttin Harbutt and Recep Altepe

Meltem and Asli

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Mrs. Alya Khunji, Mr. Raj Damani, Mr. Robert Timmers, Mr. Hassaan Burshaid, Dr. Bijan Majidi, Mrs. Rafa Kaddoura

BBK shows support towards diabetic children by participating in the 6 –ASide football tournament In line with its strategic initiative for a brighter community, BBK handed over a cheque of BD 2,500 as a gesture of its support towards the Rotary Club of Manama as an initiative to create awareness on diabetes. This took place at the Bahrain Rugby and Football Club in Saar, with the aim of raising funds to support children who are diagnosed with diabetes. BBK also participated and co-sponsored the 6 -A - Side football tournament. As one of the major financial institutions in Bahrain, providing regular contributions to various humanitarian causes and societies throughout the years, BBK has supported entities including major clubs, charity funds and social initiatives.


In Brief

Mr. Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat, Managing Director and CEO of Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain

KFH-Bahrain Supports the First International Diabetes Symposium Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain announced its gold sponsorship of the First International Diabetes Symposium which is organized by the University Medical Center in the King Abdullah Medical City of the Arabian Gulf University. The Symposium was, held under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Health Mr. SadiqSadiq Bin Abdulkareem Al Shehabi . Elite experts and consultants who are specialized in diabetes participated from USA, UK and GCC to discuss the latest developments about diabetes and its recent medical treatments.

VIVA celebrates three successful years of making moments in Bahrain VIVA celebrated three years of innovation, growth and success in Bahrain. Throughout the weekend, customers visited VIVA’s retail outlets in Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall to enjoy an array of entertainment and to win exciting gifts and prizes by simply ‘tweeting for a gift’ at VIVA’s specially-designed gifts’ machine. Families with their kids flocked to Amwaj Islands to enjoy an all-day VIVA Kids Festival, which had a variety of entertainment and fun activities. The ‘VIVA Thank You VAN’ was embraced by people in the diverse locations it visited in Bahrain, giving gifts to the community and making special moments.

Ebrahim K. Kanoo sponsors the American Mission Hospital’s 16th annual Island Classic charity golf tournament Ebrahim K. Kanoo, officially presented a cheque for BD 5,000 to AMH for sponsorship of the 16th annual Island Classic charity golf tournament Gala Dinner. Vice President Fuad Ebrahim Kanoo presented the cheque to AMH Chief Medical Officer/CEO Dr. George Cheriyan along with other officials from E. K. Kanoo and AMH. The AMH Island Classic is the main fundraising event for the hospital and sponsorship from many local companies goes towards purchasing much needed medical equipment for the hospital, and towards the costs of running the tournament and the activities associated with it. The Gala ball is the culminating event of the 3 day golf tournament and is traditionally held to honor the sponsors of the event.

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Ayman Shehadeh (Brand Manager Toyota and Lexus at Ebrahim K. Kanoo), Khaled Kanoo (Manager at Ebrahim K. Kanoo), Mr. Fuad Kanoo (Vice President Ebrahim K. Kanoo), Dr. George Cheriyan (AMH Chief Medical Officer/CEO), Julia Tovey (AMH Chief Operating Officer), Bahnaz Abbas (Senior Manager Fundraising, Community and Marketing AMH)

Business Fly To The Final Wembley 2013 With Ford

Navneet Kampani and Sonik Kapur with team

Citibank Bahrain launches biggest ever Cash Back Campaign Close on the heels of the launch of the ‘Deals on Meals’ dining privileges, Citibank Bahrain announced the launch of “Biggest Ever Cash Back” campaign for their credit card members. This is a unique and innovative balance transfer promotion, which assists customers to pay off their other card balances and book them with a Citibank Credit Card at a much lower interest rate. This first of its kind offer will allow customers to not only realise savings with low interest rate, but incrementally enjoy cash back of up to 20% over installments of up to 36 months. As part of the campaign, customers would be rewarded with up to 20% cash back on transferring their other credit card balances to a Citibank Credit Card. Customers can apply by sending SMS ‘BTF’ to 39179401, or calling 1758 2484 (CITI) or visiting

Almoayyed Motors, the authorized Ford and Lincoln dealer in Bahrain, has launched its most exciting campaign yet. With every purchase of a new Ford vehicle, including the Explorer, Edge, Expedition and Taurus, between March 2nd and April 20th 2013, each customer automatically enters a draw to win an all inclusive package to UEFA Champions League Final Wembley 2013. The Ford Explorer has been reinvented with an all-new dynamic platform, a fuel economy benefit, a 4WD capability engineered for off-roading, and a braking system optimised by each wheel. With a standard engine of 3.5 liters, a V6 engine and 290 HP, the Explorer is the ultimate smooth ride. Being a Ford pioneer in innovative technology, the Edge was the first to launch the SYNC system, which provides the driver with technology at their finger tips –Bluetooth enabled phone, hands free music via USB, and software updates. The Ford Expedition represents the do it all, full size, tough and functional SUV. With a standard 5.4 liter V8 engine, 310 NET HR and 8 seats, this vehicle is complemented by clever control technologies, including the SYNC system, and a flex fuel capability. It also features an independent multilink rear suspension system, allowing each rear wheel to react independently to road impacts. The Taurus, Ford’s fierce sedan, gives a strong impression with its newly accentuated hood design and projector beam halogen headlamps. It features technological advancements with a 3.5 liter V6 engine, including the SYNC system, Blind Spot Information System and an active parking assist. Its specifications represent pure innovation and power. For more information visit Almoayyed Motors in Sitra or call on Tel. +973 1773 7373.

Ferrari’s Accolade Ms Meher Parakh, Marketing Manager Ferrari, has won the prestigious Marketing Manager of the Year award for the Middle East, Africa and India Region (MEA), for achievement of key marketing objectives, compliance and personal dedication to the brand. The award was presented to her at the Annual Ferrari MEA Importer’s Meeting held in Dubai, recently.

Sofitel Bahrain welcomes newly appointed General Manager

Ms Meher Parekh with Mr Marco Sambaldi, Regional Marketing Manger Ferrari, MEA

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Sofitel Bahrain ZallaqThalassa Sea & Spa announced the appointment of Samy Boukhaled as Area General Manager for Sofitel Bahrain ZallaqThalassa Sea& Spa. Samy will primarily be responsible for Sofitel Bahrain as General Manager as well as to supervise the operations of Sofitel Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. He will also be in charge of the regional development of the brand in view of the upcoming openings in Saudi Arabia.


Home! Looking For A

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

Roo Precious Snowflake

Texas Meatloaf Jasper Adonis

BSPCA Animals







Interested in Adopting?

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

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nski Hotel at the Kempi OW SH K AL TW CA a later date DOGFATHERS All details at on 6th April.

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

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Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

16-18 April 2013

Beverages and Soft Drinks

Health and Organic Foods

Food and Beverage Technology

Food Processing Technology

Ready to Eat Products Frozen Foods

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

Fine Dining Hotels and Restaurants

Supported by

Sponsored by

Media Partners

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


S W E N CAR The New 2013

Chrysler 300


he 300C embodies Chrysler’s vision of what a large Executive sedan should be,” said Godwin D’Cruz, Sales & Marketing Manager at M/s. Ahmed Zayani & Sons WLL. “The 300 series sedans with rear wheel drive appeal to a wide audience base, thanks to their awesome blend of luxury and performance.” “The 2013-300 embodies the very best of Chrysler’s inherent qualities of style and executive comfort coupled to rearwheel drive performance. The 300C and 300S takes these virtues to an even higher level to provide discerning customers in the Middle East with more luxury, performance and style,” he added. The latest Chrysler 300 has three more gear ratios in the proven ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which help to reduce the gaps normally associated

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with upshifting and downshifting. Its powerful 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine pumps 292 horsepower offering quicker acceleration and smoother shifts. Quicker shifts are possible as a result of a Sport shift mode – gear changes are quicker and revolutions are held higher for even more performanceoriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use a pair of die-cast steering-wheel mounted paddle controls and view gear selection through an all-new full-colour EVIC centred in the Chrysler 300S’s instrument cluster. The saloon features 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel, two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors, two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers providing bass, two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a centre-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area providing full-range audio. There is the Uconnect Touch system that has been upgraded for 2013, adding voice commands for

Garmin navigation and more iPod control features to expand on the system’s world-class infotainment, connectivity and convenience technologies. The new Chrysler 300 has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), achieving their highest rating. IIHS recognises vehicles with outstanding crashworthiness in front, side, rollover and rear crashes. It has standard Electronic Stability Control systems that help reduce crashes. Other standard safety features include, full-length side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, driver’s knee bag, front-row reactive head restraints, Hill-start Assist, Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking Visit Ahmed Zayani & Sons, Zinj showroom or call on Tel. +973 1723 8822

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Bringing you the latest models of cars to travel through the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain. And not surprisingly, great deals to grab followed by 24/7 customer support.

Our Services  Daily/weekly/monthly rentals  Long term leasing  Limousine Service (Bahrain/Saudi Arabia)  Bus Service with 15/30/62 Seaters

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The All-new

Cadillac ATS


M recently introduced the Cadillac ATS as their answer to an entry level luxury model in the compact sport sedan segment. To say that the introductory model ATS is a strong first effort would be a gross understatement. While not perfect, the ATS manages to score quite a few points on all fronts and certainly brings something new and exciting to the segment. I recently had the opportunity to try out the ATS on Bahrain’s roads. Being a long time Cadillac aficionado, I was pretty excited for the chance to spend a day behind the wheel of the ATS and I am happy to say that I was definitely not disappointed! At first glance, the ATS looks like a smaller, slightly sportier version of the CTS. As with it’s older siblings, the ATS exudes the class and sophistication symbolic of Cadillac, yet this time with a sporty edge. Despite the smaller wheelbase, the ATS does not come across as a compact sedan whatsoever. The ATS didn’t go overboard on the flash, keeping chrome trim subtle, and the illuminated door handle inserts and vertical headlights that sweep up the hood line are lovely touches. This is evident, however, in the interior

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Review by Chelsea Copenhaver of the vehicle. The rear legroom and trunk space are on the smaller side for the segment, but still offer plenty of space and comfort. The interior is undeniably opulent and is outfitted with luxury materials such as carbon fiber, wood, aluminum and leather. The display is glossy, crisp, and lavish, completed by the 8 inch touch screen featuring the Cadillac CUE infotainment system adds to the sleek design. Navigating the CUE system really takes some getting used to, but once I pulled over and spent some time figuring it out, it was actually quite well thought out and functional. Where the ATS really shines, however, is with the uncompromised driving experience. The ATS is seated on the new Alpha platform and engineers worked hard to keep the weight under 3500 pounds even in the models with larger engines. This, combined with nearly perfect 50-50 front rear weight distribution, and a finely tuned MRC suspension that adjusts to match road conditions, gives you a car that is exceptionally agile and incredibly fun to drive. Shift the ATS into sport mode, and the feedback you get from

the car makes it feel truly alive even when moseying though Manama traffic, which is really saying something! The reflexes and precise handling are impressive, but somehow don’t make the ATS lose any of its excitement. The base model ATS comes equipped on the modest side with a 2.5 litre ecotec 4 cylinder engine with 200 horsepower, 191 pounds feet of torque and an acceleration from 0-60 of 7.5 seconds. The next step up with the ATS is a 2.0L with 272 hp and 260 pounds – feet of torque and hits 60mph in 5.7 seconds. The top of the line ATS comes fully equipped with a 3.6L engine which generates 321 hp and 275 pounds – feet of torque, speeding to 60mph at 5.4 seconds. All in all, the Cadillac ATS was a fun drive with a sophisticated look, and beyond impressive for a first effort. The car is confident and commanding, and certainly on par with it’s competitors For more information, National Motor Company, call +973 1745 7100



New Flying Spur n benchmark.

ry seda Establishing a new luxu


ith the blend of effortless driveability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-theart technology, the new Flying Spur has taken the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor further with its global debut in Geneva.

rear haunches, while LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterise the front and rear profiles. The interior is luxurious, has a spacious cabin that has advanced acoustic and electronic technologies with hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers. It includes 600 new parts, with only the sun visors, grab handles, armrests and some of the front console and controls carried over from the previous generation. The new seats use a softer yet more durable hide unique to Bentley and are available in twelve different colours. To complete the luxurious and opulent nature of the cabin, the roof lining and pillars are also trimmed in natural leather. Bentley’s development and use of lightweight acoustic under floor panels to minimise road noise continues, with aerodynamically optimised insulating sections applied to almost the entire under floor of the car. Side glazing and both front and rear screens are made in acoustic glass, featuring a specially developed interlayer that reduces noise transmission. The power steering system provides a comfort-orientated balance whilst maintaining optimum steering feel and

-“The Flying Spur has timeless design inside and out, elegant lines, ultimate material quality, attention to detail, class leading refinement and effortless performance.” “The Flying Spur meets the desires of the customers perfectly and is a car only Bentley could make – timeless design inside and out, elegant lines, ultimate material quality, attention to detail, class leading refinement and, of course, effortless performance.” The athletic design of the new Flying Spur combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and detail. The sharp feature lines complement muscular

precision throughout the speed range. A new specification of steering gear, together with a new calibration of the speedsensitive system that regulates hydraulic fluid flow, provides variable assistance depending on vehicle speed. With outstanding ride comfort of vital importance, the independent computercontrolled air suspension of the new Flying Spur is redesigned to maximise impact absorption and isolation. Also, driver and passengers can interface with the outside world through touch-screen infotainment, mobile connectivity (Wi- fi), a Rear Seat Entertainment suite and a new hand-held Touch Screen Remote which allows rearcabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat. An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system with Balanced Mode Radiators provide high quality sound clarity. Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s 6.0-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission. Developing 616 bhp and 800 Nm of torque, the new Flying Spur features more power than any Bentley four-door in history For information, contact Ahmed Zayani & Sons WLL Tel: +973 1723 8190, 1723 8822

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Gastro Meat Co

Gastro Calendar The Bahrain Confidential gastro guide reveals the best places to eat.

Sofitel Bahrain Elite Resort and Zallaq Thalassa Spa Sea & Spa

Friday Brunch: BD 10 Adults and BD5 for kids

Saturday Seafood Market Buffet at F1 weekend at Shift7 Tapas Restaurant Option 01 Every Saturday Watch the Featuring a seafood buffet, including a wide Grand Prix selection of breads, cheeses, salads and Races live at Best American Restaurant desserts, amidst a relaxing atmosphere, the dressed-foroverlooking Arabian Gulf. speed sports in thetheMiddle East Since 1997. Price: BD 22net per person inclusive of bar. Now BD ser ving assortment of is free. soft drinks. 28net per an person inclusive Entrance of soft drinksContinental and selected alcoholic For more cuisine. beverages details, contact: Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm +973 36020710

The Diplomat Radisson Blu The Diplomat Blu Brunch on Fridays 12 noon till 3.30pm The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa has launched the Friday Pool Party Brunch with a massive selection of international buffet dishes and cuisines spread across live cooking stations served in mixed with at home style BBQ. The brunch takes place every Friday at the Kontiki poolside area of the hotel, overlooking the soothing view of the lagoon pools, making you wish everyday was a Friday! Live music performed by the Alf Hookers band and DJ Ram, creates an exceptional entertaining atmosphere! All for BD24 net per person and BD20 net for military inclusive of food and beverages. Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as the access to the pool is free of charge. For more information & reservations call +973 39945208,

Option 02

Best American Restaurant in the Middle East Since 1997

Flavours of Arabia Every Saturday (6,13,20,27 April) An authentic Arabic buffet in Saraya Restaurant. Price: BD 18 net per person inclusive of water, soft drinks and juices. Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm Italian Cooking Class with Chef Stefano Every 1st Saturday of the month Price: BD 18net per person inclusive of lunch, soft drinks, tea & Coffee. Time on 10.00am “Transport available request, –please call to book in advance.” 12.00noon Classes are for 6-10 people. We are located in Juffair...Come see us! Reserve in advance

“Transport available on request, please call to book in advance.” We are located in Juffair...Come see us!

Grand Mosque

For details call. +973 - 1763 Gulf Hotel 6363 or email H6722@

Grand Mosque Gulf Hotel

Al Jazira Supermarket

Al Jazira Supermarket





Tel: 17 725550 email:

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Tel: 17725550 email:

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


Maki’s Hatrick Bahrain’s favourite Japanese restaurant turns three!


aki will celebrate its third anniversary in Bahrain from May 3rd to 10th. A range of special birthday cakes will be added to the restaurant’s menu. Guests are invited to make birthday reservations. Parties hosting above six guests will enjoy one of Maki’s delicious complimentary cakes! Save the Date! Enjoy Maki’s signature 15 Magical Moments of Fusion Cuisine on 15th April, 2013! Visit Maki Bahrain at Bahrain World Trade Centre. Open Daily: 12:00 pm until 11:30 pm & until 12 mid night on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays. Lounge open until 2:00 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, and until 1:00 am on other days

For reservations call, +973 1752 2733 or +973 3699 9102 or email:

The Meat Co Review by Rebecca Cooksey


f you’re looking for a great night out with buzzing atmosphere then book a table at The Meat Co. Established in 2000, The Meat Co was the vision of two of South Africa’s most successful restaurateurs, Bradley Michael and Costa Tomazos, who in their own words wanted to – “Provide a unique and exceptionally enjoyable steakhouse dining experience that catered to meat lovers in a sophisticated yet relaxed environment.” And that’s exactly what they have achieved. As I’m already a fan of The Meat Co it didn’t take much persuading when I was asked to do a review. I tend to eat there at lunch time so I was pleasantly surprised to see just how busy it was in the evening! The restaurant itself is very spacious and sprawls across three floors, including the roof top which is really enjoyable in this pleasant weather. Beautifully decorated and not at all pretentious- a lot due to the friendly staff who are very welcoming and

chatty, making you feel instantly relaxed. The soft lighting and brown paneling on the walls also helps you completely unwind and get into the mood of enjoying fine wines and fabulous food. Prime cuts of superior quality beef, perfectly aged and then grilled to perfection, are what the Meat Co is known for and this is why there is more emphasis on red meat on the menu hence the name. This venue takes their meat seriously, not in the tiresome way, but in the way of a kitchen that understands that there are things which must be done properly. The selection is varied and the beef burgers in my opinion are the best on the island. If you’re not a red meat eater do not worry as there are plenty of other things on the menu for you to enjoy, such as seafood and chicken. The fish and chips are battered to perfection and just what you’d expect in the UK. Delicious! There is a great selection of wines and the staff is only too willing to recommend a good bottle to accompany your meal. If

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you’re still capable of moving once you’ve finished your meal! Take advantage of this good weather while we have it by visiting the roof top. It’s a great atmosphere; lounge music quietly pumps out in the back ground as guest lean across their tables talking to each other. It’s definitely a perfect setting for people to eat, watch or admire Bahrain’s skyline


Turkish Night Festival at


Mercure Grand Hotel SEEF

great destination for leisure, relaxation and entertainment in Bahrain, Mercure Grand Hotel opens its doors to host the Turkish Food and Dance Festival in association with the Calkivik promotions and the Organization Union from Istanbul.

Creations of Turkish cuisine by Chef Rıza Gulen from Istanbul

When one talks about the Turkish cuisine, one talks about the totality of foods and beverages which provide nutrition, the way of preparing and preserving them, the techniques, eating manners and the practices and beliefs which are developed around this cuisine. Turkish cuisine can be simply categorised into grain-based, grilled meat; vegetables that are largely used in the cuisine and majority of the dishes are made in olive oil. That is what makes Turkish food very healthy. The menu will comprise of Turkey’s

popular dishes like sheesh kebab, Doner kebab, Dolma, roast chicken, lamb tandir, eggplant musakka, Pilaf and desserts like halwa, sutlac and revani. The customers will get a chance to enjoy a different menu on the buffet each day. It is like how William Cowper said “Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour.”

The Story of the Nation

Turkish folk music and dance usually deals with things of daily life, be it a work song, a story telling ballad, a love song, or a dance song. It can sometimes be a love story or the expression of emotions, used to convey the powerful feelings of the regional people with traditions stretching back for centuries. They owe their rich variety of moves to people who happily improvise while performing in order to show off their skills. In this way, dances are successfully passed on to who may or may not be capable of dancing themselves, especially the young ones. The festival not only offers gourmets a chance to enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine,

but also provides glimpses of special performance by Turkish Dance troupe OYA BALLET GROUP, performing the traditional Turkish folk dance. Flown in from Turkey exclusively for the festival, the troupe comprises of five folk dancers and a solo dance show. The group has previously performed in different countries around the world including Egypt, Jordan, Johannesburg, Japan, Pakistan, India, Qatar, Dubai and Zambia. At the Mercure, the group will be presenting three compositions, each having taken inspiration from folk dances specific to three districts in TurkeyIstanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

Step into Mercure Grand Hotel for an ultimate Turkish experience!

“Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour” Venue: Neyran Restaurant, the signature outlet of the Mercure Grand Hotel Groups booking available with special discount for above 10 people Time: 8pm to 12 Midnight Date: 23rd April to 2nd May 2013. (10days) Reservation: 17584400-17584415 Mobile: 34521945 Email:

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the New Spring into Season with Johnny Rockets

e c n e i r e p x E r e g r u b m a H e t a m i t l U The


ot confined to any decade, Johnny Rockets combines the best elements from a century of American dining history to create an experience and menu that is relevant today and will be, for decades to come. The list of goodness keeps getting enticing one after the other. Juicy hamburgers, the special Wagyu burgers, hand- dipped shakes, malts, freshly baked apple pies, delicious breakfast omelettes, pancakes, sweet potato fries; it only gets better. Drop some change into the tabletop jukebox, sing and dance along with the staff to the tunes of Staying Alive, Last Dance, Saturday Night Fever and lots more tunes. “Johnny Rockets has introduced the Wagyu Rocket Single, Wagyu Houston and Smoke House Wagyu. The three of them come on a special Brioche bun with premium quality meat that just melts in your mouth. We have also introduced the all new sweet potato fries; a little bit of sweetness and crispness to the fries and it’s a perfect side order to a juicy hamburger,” said Dominic Gomes, Multi Unit Manager at Johnny Rocket’s- Global Food Concepts. If you want to stick to the regulars; as a starter, the Sliders is a must try. It offers a mini hotdog, chili dog. And a mini rocket all in one. For mains, all the spicy food lovers must have the Houston – a hamburger topped with jalapenos and pepper jack cheese. Top it all off with the brand new ‘Deluxe Shakes Menu’. All shakes are made with Johnny Rockets own hand- dipped premium vanilla icecream and real powdered malt. That is not it! You can also choose from a selection of flavours including chocolate, banana, strawberry or Oreo cookies.

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“There is something for everyone.” Johnny Rockets serves a range of breakfast items in the morning for all those who love an American breakfast. There are omelets and pancakes, French toast and your cup of tea or coffee and juices to go with it. How can you say no to all this goodness?! Enjoy the all-American look and feel, servers who know the secret behind getting ketchup out of the bottle, the

smiley ketchup faces that always leave a nice lasting impression at every table. The foodies of Bahrain can experience all this at Seef Al-Aali Mall, Lagoon Amwaj Island, and the Juffair branch that is opening soon For more enquiry and home delivery, call- Johnny Rockets Seef- 17566565 & Johnny Rockets Lagoon - 16011199


Mövenpick Hotel The Bareke Trio Colombian Band The Latin Colombian Barek Trio are in town. Enjoy the new resident band, playing the best Latin and billboard hits. Swing with their melodies and sweet voices every night at Flamingo Bar from Sunday to Friday from 8.00pm onwards. Flamingo Bar and Lounge opens every day from 12:00pm to 2:00am on Thursday and Friday and from 2:00pm to 2:00am from Saturday to Wednesday. Daily happy hours: 2:00pm to 9:00pm, offers 20% discount on selected beverages.

Discover Asia at Silk’s restaurant April 9th onwards, every Tuesday, 7p.m Asian food experience at Silk's restaurant. A buffet featuring a sizzling selection of exotic salads, sushi and sashimi, tasty Vietnamese Spring Rolls, crispy Peking Duck, Pho station, and much more. Priced at BD15.000++ per person, or BD19.000++ per person inclusive of unlimited selected wines and beers. Wednesday night Latin fever. Every Wednesday night, starting April 13th at pool side terrace. Enjoy Salsa and Merengue and live Colombian band. Enjoy refreshing Mojito or Caphirina and Nachos with dipping sauces and choose one of the main course such as chicken enchilada, chili con carne or banana leaf grill fish. Price: BD6.900++ per person.

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Pashawat Under The Stars Every Thursday at 8.00pm – mid night An Arabic Buffet under the stars on the Sofi Island with live entertainment and belly dancing. Price: Buffet BD 25net inclusive of soft beverages. Romantic Dinner on the beach Book a private tent on the beach and enjoy dinner under the stars. Price- BD 205net for a set menu for two inclusive of a bottle of champagne. For reservations contact +973 - 1763 6363 or email

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Mai-Tai Lounge Every Tuesday Vahines (ladies) receive 3 drinks coupons as part of the Ladies Night promotion, whilst enjoying a selection of food. Contact: +973 17586555

Bushido After-Race Celebrations with a surprise Guest DJ 21st April. From 9pm  Entrance: 10BD advance, 15BD on the day  VIP Access: 30BD advance, 45BD on the day  Table reservations: Available from 250BD  VIP table reservations: Available from 500BD For details, contact: + 973 17583555

Call +973 17460000 or e-mail hotel.

no one Dance as though

Elite Resort and Spa

TNG: Thursday Night Grills BD 12 per person  Chill out Saturday at the poolside Shift 7  Ladies Night every day except Thursday  Karaoke night every Saturdays For more details, contact: +973 36020710

Elite Crystal Hotel Awtar  Gnawa nights every Saturday at Awtar : Live Moroccan entertainment Klub 360  Finesse Nights every Sunday and Wednesday  Bublicious night every Monday  Party without a Wallet (KLUB 360 VIP membership programme) – Cost : BD 360. The membership card comes credited with BD 250 to use within the club and it’s

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

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rechargeable. Maybe even win a luxury car while you're at it. Bora Bora  Friday Pool Party  Wednesday Sombrero night – Delicious Mexican buffet only for BD 9.9 per person.

F1 weekend

April 19th WTF VIII Defected in the House ft. Junior Jack and Kid Crème and Andy Daniel. World-renowned house music brand Defected In The House is back at KLUB 360! DJ's Junior Jack and Kid Crème along with DJ Andy Daniel will open the 2013 F1 party season. April 21st WTF IX 2013 F1 Season Closing party DJ Stephanie Loayza and Ester Anaya(Violinist) KLUB 360 turns up the heat for Formula One. It’s WTF Night IX, featuring DJ Stephanie Loayza, accompanied by violinist Esther Anaya. For more information, contact: + 973 33360300

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Elite Grande Hotel Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel  Bahrain City  Centre

Zodiac Lounge Sunday: KARAOKE NIGHT. Karaoke nights are a good excuse to get together with your friends for fun evening. Monday: LADIES NIGHT. All Ladies, select two of your favorite regular cocktails and enjoy! For posting on the face book wall.  Tuesday: RETRO NIGHT. Go back to Disco with a 1970s & 1980s Disco party. Tie-dye paper goods, psychedelic fedora hats. Wednesday: LATINO NIGHT. Salsa or Flamenco dancer? Even Rumba dancers can join. Enjoy a punch of Sangria only for BD 5.  Daily: HAPPY HOUR. Join everyday at 4 o'clock at both ZODIAC Lounge and H2O for a 3 full happy hours.  Thursday: HOT GRILL NIGHT. From 7 PM to 11 PM, enjoy a huge selection of international grilled delicacies, salad bar and dessert. Accompanied by a Sheesha of your choice only for BD 10.

F1 Weekend

April 18th H20 Pool bar – THE ROOFTOP CHILLOUT Enjoy the scenic view of the Seef area with fresh BBQ, Beverages and chill to the tunes of "Fusion box" band. Contact. +973 36020750

Elite Seef Residence & Hotel Oasis  Enjoy Karaoke at Il Giardino with a minimum booking of 10 people with unlimited drinks, BD 20 nett – Any day.  LIVE Entertainment at the Oasis -Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Oasis Membership – An Oasis of relaxation and indulgence through the luxurious privilege program. Membership includes: A booklet of vouchers redeemable at any F&B outlet and hotel facility, and three free gym passes. You also enjoy a 15% discount on room rates, gym membership, spa treatments and any F&B bills – in addition to special discounted rates on weekly themed events, and more. Price: Couples – BD 180, Single – BD 120

F1 weekend

18th April Oasis A fusion of feel-good music with hip-hop's - return to the old school during the late '90s. For more details contact: +973 3602 0733

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Mövenpick Hotel

Internations Goes Hot in the City For F1 in Bizarre Lounge 18th April Embrace the F1 fever full-throttle with a Grand Prix-inspired Hot in the City fashion party. Resident DJ will be spinning the decks and setting the mood. Time: 9:00 pm till late Price: BD 5 entrance, inclusive of 1 drink; special ladies promotion. For more details contact +973 1717 1000

Be there!

DJ MaDJam Opening Party 'Shifting Gears' at Coral Bay Kicking off the Formula one weekend with the Opening Party at Coral Bay is DJ MaDJam, who is returning for another fantastic event. MaDJams sound is best described as electro, techno and just about everything in between. He has played warm-up and follow-up sets with some of the biggest DJs & dance music artists including Sasha, John Digweed, The Prodigy, David Guetta, and Bob Sinclair to name a few. Those that have attended his events in the past know how talented this DJ is and for those who haven’t this is an event not to be missed! Starting from 9pm at Coral Bay. See you on Thursday 18th April!! For details, contact: +973 36223380 / 39557687

The Ritz Carlton Chateau Palmer Wine Dinner at Primavera April 16th Join for an extraordinary gourmet experience and taste world class Bordeaux wines presented by Bernard De Laage from the winery Chateau Palmer. Followed by a six-course dinner Reception 7 p.m and Dinner 7.30 p.m.Price: BD 300 per person / net For more information, please contact +973 1758 6499. Dinner for Two at La Med Every night, except Thursdays Price for two: BD 29, subject to 15% service charge and 5% government levy . Join for “Dinner for Two” Special and pamper yourself with a delicious 4-course menu.

Seafood Market Every Thursday from 7 - 11 p.m. Your favorite catch of the day is prepared in a variety of ways - grilled, steamed, fried or poached - from the buffet spread and live cooking stations. Cost/person: BD 16 ++ including one glass of house beverage; *Price is subject to 15% service charge and 5% government levy Surf & Turf- La Med Terrace Every Wednesday night Enjoy Canadian Lobster and Prime Rib Carving, served with your choices of dips and sauces. Price/person: BD 22, subject to 15% service charge and 5% government levy For more information, contact +973 1758 6499.


Ricardo Dean Petlo, Bassist Thandi Jabulie Magagula, Lead Singer

Dane Francis, Guitarist


Elton Shane Frans, Drummer & Vocalist

Peter-John Frans, Key board & Vocalist

The Music…

new band …Downtown’s allsa Nazareth. get’s candid with Melis


eekends just got better at Downtown, the Bar Restaurant at Intercontinental Regency in Manama! Why, you ask. The hotel flew-in their brand new South African band, from Dubai a month back and they’re a hit with guests already. 4 The Music is a five-member band and has been entertaining crowds for six years now.

“Jabu (Thandi Jabulie Magagula) and I started off in 2007,” says PJ (Peter-John Frans), “we did duo-gigs for a year after which my brother, Elton (Elton Shane Frans) joined us. We worked together for four years after that; during that time members came and left until two months back when Dane (Dane Francis) came onboard. Ricardo (Ricardo Dean Petlo) joined us just three weeks back.” 4 The Music performs covers – existing songs. Though they don’t change the original track much, they try to blend their own flavour into every performance. After every gig, the band collects song

requests from guests, so they know what to focus on the next time. “We’re a peoples’ band!” exclaims Dane. They unanimously add that guests in Bahrain are Reggaeton and Latin music fans and that they also love African songs as it’s different for them. How does 4 The Music strike a balance between music as a passion and a profession? “We approach it as our work,” says PJ. Dane believes that it’s a give and take; “We give our guests what they want but we also educate them with one off songs from our list by adding our own touch to it.” Each of them agrees that working as a group has helped them grow as individual musicians. “The past few weeks have been challenging,” says Ricardo, “but it’s the best part as I’m growing as a musician and years down the line this experience will have added substance to my musical career.” Dane claims to have learned a lot too.”I’m fine tuning my skills, modifying my background vocals; basically I’m on a journey to discover myself,” he says. Though in the past PJ officially rapped for the band, Dane is the newly discovered

“After every gig, the band collects song requests from guests so they know what to focus on the next time. “ rapper! “We asked him to do a piece and he was really good!” exclaims Jabu. They credit his ability to imitate people easily. Like any other band, these musicians have their set of differences too, but believe in addressing issues right away and not leaving matters unresolved. “We use a good method called communication,” says Dane. Talking about future plans, the band shares their dream to make their own music around two years from now. “Our music would definitely have a South African influence because that’s what we do best!” says Jabu 4 The Music plays at Downtown, InterContinental Regency daily from 9pm / except Mondays. Visit their Facebook page: pages/4TheMusic/186739754767652 For reservations call on Tel. +973 1722 7777 or visit InterConBahrain

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“The Best Kept Secret’’

The ‘elite pitshop’

For car racing fans


Anurag Bajaj , General Man ag

Grab your favourite drink!


lite Resort & Spa really knows how to treat in style! Bahrain Confidential’s Pooja Rajpal Kasala was invited by General Manager, Anurag Bajaj and the marketing team for an evening of fun, chit chat and scrumptious food. Here’s a firsthand account. Car lover’s joint? A lounge with an enviable view? Chill out space! What is Shift7? It’s all that and more; it’s the first lounge bar in Bahrain and truly a car lover’s joint! You come here, relax, get pampered, enjoy the vibe, watch F1 on HD and go back feeling wow! Is Shift7 a tribute to Formula 1? It’s not a tribute but it’s definitely a not-to-be-missed place when all you want to do is sit back in plush surroundings, be served, chat with your friends, have a good time and enjoy the F1. Lovely place! Tell us about the

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décor and theme? We have created an ambience which is contemporary yet luxurious. The elements of ease and relaxation are enhanced by the magnificent bay windows which provide a spectacular view of the sea and cityscape! Now, club this with the largest single collection of F1 memorabilia and genuine scaled down models of cars like the Ferrari, Bugatti and many more! Original miniatures, each one with a serial number and moving parts! Top it with flawless and friendly service and that’s Shift7 for you!

Watch all F1 races live!

What do you have in store for this year’s F1? We already have F1 fans ranging from the age group of 22 to 62 plus years taking a break from work at 9a.m just for the pure joy of seeing the flag off in style! This is a rendezvous point for chilling out over weekends. We have an interesting calendar of F1 specific entertainment. We will be introducing quick business lunches and sun downers, karaoke nights and a Handle with care! lot of Formula 1 centric fun! Shift 7 is really our ‘Best Kept secret!’ . Head to the Elite ‘pitshop’ for the F1 buzz 3333 Contact +973 1731


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open daily noon-midnight Average BD15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Restaurant Listings Maki

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

Japanese Sato Gulf Hotel, Tel. 1771 3000 The food here is good. Order well and you will be rewarded with your favourite dishes done very well indeed. Bushido Seef (1758 3555) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-2am. Average BD35 Fuji Sushi Bar Sheza Tower Hotel (1753 3336) Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Average BD25 Hajisushi American Ally, Juffair (1772 5638) Open daily 11am-11pm. Kei Golden Tulip Hotel (1753 5000) Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Average BD12-30 Maki MODA Mall (1752 2733) Open daily noon-midnight, Average BD30 Enjoy fine, contemporary, fusion Japanese Cuisine at Maki. Taste the spicy, the tangy, the extravagant, and the exotic all in one bite! Unparalleled culinary adventure, unmatched by another, only at Maki. Mirai Adliya (1771 3113) Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Average BD40. Sumo Sushi and Bento American Alley, Juffair (1771 8090) Open daily noon-midnight. Sushi 101 New Zinj (1782 2274) Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm till late; Fri 1pm-4pm, 7pm till late. Sushi Ko Adliya (1771 6619) Open Sat-Wed 6.30pm-11pm; Thu 6.30pm-midnight. Average BD11 Yo Sushi Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef (1758 3373) Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-2am Average BD20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

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

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

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

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Sports, Fitness and Kids Creative Kids



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

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

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

Badminton Bapco Club Telgu Kala Samithi The Indian Club

1775 3666 1727 6300 1725 3157

Basketball EZ Fit Sports Complex Bahrain Basketball Association

1769 2378 1774 1010

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

1769 2378 1769 5809 1727 6134

1765 0079

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

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

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

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

Golf Awali Club Royal Golf Club

Snooker Bahrain Snooker Association Jimmy’s Snooker and Billiards Club

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

1782 5301 1771 6147

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

1753 1165 1745 0000 1778 0011 3944 4137

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

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1759 3593 1770 1201 1753 0764 1753 1666

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

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

1729 2313

1729 2662

Horse Riding


Ice Skating Funland Centre

1769 5809

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

Drama Film-making workshops

3600 1777

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

1756 6566 1769 2378 1761 2576 1759 2096

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

1775 3666 1772 8245 1732 0955

1772 8245 1769 2986 1758 0001 1753 1666

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

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

Bahrain Music Institute Kindermusik Bahrain Room to Rock

Al Areen Wildlife Park

1783 6116

Adhari Park

1740 7300

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


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

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

1729 3109


1729 2313

Corniche next to Marina Club Bowling and Ice Skating everyday.

Hawar Island

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

Kid’s Kingdom

Music Lessons

1775 6770 1775 0777

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



Cycling Bahrain Cycling Association

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

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

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


Where To Go

1772 1999 1761 3144/3925 6904 1761 1785

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

Magic Island Seef Mall

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

1755 8500 1759 2096 1729 2313

1759 1136 1758 2898 1756 6566 1769 0926 1784 5100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Bites The Harlem Shake


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

Bahrain Confidential has the news for you! Strange Looking Buildings

Enjoy the odd, weird, and incredible looking architecture.

The Harlem Shake is the latest dance craze to go viral. Just when you thought you had seen it all with Gangnam Style, Baauer’s Harlem Shake achieved 103 million views in less than a month. By the second week of February 2013, more than 4000 “Harlem Shake” videos were uploaded on YouTube each day. Apparently there are rules too!  The original dancer must wear a mask of some sort.  Nobody can be laughing or smiling when only one person is dancing.  When everyone starts dancing, there must be someone who shakes resembling a convulsion or a seizure.  Go crazy  Do not make ridiculous transitions that do not match the music.  Be at least unique. What are you waiting for! Do the Harlem Shake.

Batman hands over wanted man to police – then disappears

The citizens of Bradford, New Yorkshire would be able to sleep at night, safe in the knowledge that Batman would be roaming the mean streets of the West Yorkshire city and handing out justice. Or at least someone who is dressed like Batman. A man who has been court charged with handling stolen goods was handed over to the police by an unknown vigilante wearing the traditional superhero mask, body armour and cape. The identity of this superhero still remains unknown.

The Crooked HouseSopot, Poland Basket BuildingOhio, USA

Piano Shaped BuildingHuainan, China

The Mushroom House aka Tree House- Cincinnati, USA

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Horoscopes The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”- Leo Tolstoy Capricorn 22 December19 January

A close friend will be the bright spot in your life this month. You will be happier than you have been in a long time and everything will seem to go right. It will even make work easier. You won’t get frustrated by workplace politics and the month will fly by.

Aquarius 20 January18 February

You will have your freedom at work this month. Your superiors will give you free reign over an important project and it’s your time to shine. Take every opportunity! Your analytical mind will help you make the best decisions. Pisces is involved.

Pisces 19 February20 March

Your compassion will be called on by loved ones this month. Help them calm down and try to boost their spirits. They have always been there for you. A close friend will bring you good news at the end of the month. It will give you an optimistic outlook on life.

Aries 21 March-19 April

Your ability to get straight to the point will serve you well at work this month. Your supervisors want to solve a problem, not beat around the bush. You will be in control when it comes to romance. Express your true feelings for a close friend and he or she will reciprocate. Leo is involved.

Gemini 21 May- 21 June

Friends will look to you to lead the way this month. They will ask you to plan an outing for the whole group. While you are not used to the role of leader, take this opportunity to break the monotony. Work will seem boring early in the month. Enjoy it while it lasts. It will be crazy by the month’s end.

Cancer 22 June- 22 July

You certainly will earn the title of “The Crab” this month. Everything will seem to get on your nerves. Try to remain calm and don’t take out your frustrations on co-workers. Go out to lunch, instead of eating in the office. Meeting some friends after work will help ease your tension.

Leo 23 July- 21 August

Get to the heart of family matters this month. Talk to loved ones and find out what is wrong. Don’t let your pride get in the way of getting to the bottom of things. However, you shouldn’t let family affairs affect you at work. Superiors will be considering you for a promotion.

Virgo 22August-

21 September

Be cautious when a co-worker asks to borrow money from you, because you will need to make a large purchase before the end of the month. Is he or she reliable? A close friend will be there for you. Don’t be afraid to confide in him or her. He or she has your best interest at heart.

Scorpio 23 October22 November

Love plays an important role in your life this month. You meet someone whom you cannot get off of your mind. Instead of daydreaming about him or her, make a move. Ask him or her out and you will find that you won’t be disappointed. Aquarius and Capricorn are involved.

Sagittarius 23 November21 December

Be brave at work in the middle of the month. You will think that there is a conspiracy against you, because everything will go wrong. Don’t get discouraged. You are just going through a bad time. Your family life will make up for it. You will have a great time with loved ones this month.

Did you


The Walking Dead has a 2.8 million dollar budget…. per episode! Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning than caffeine. There is actually a flower that smells like chocolate - Cosmos atrosanguineus. There is a pink lake in Senegal (Lac Rose). You cannot hum while holding your nose closed. “Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia” is the fear of long words.

Taurus 20 April-20 May

Your stubborn nature will work to your advantage at work in the middle of the month. While others look for a quick fix, you will hold out until a long-term solution is found, getting you recognized by the higher-ups. A close friend will need your help this month. Be supportive and help out.

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Libra 22September22 October

Work will go by quickly this month, because you will be busy working on a new and interesting project. Enjoy it, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Let your enthusiasm for your job flow over into your personal life. Share your excitement with friends and loved ones.

There is a rain room in London that makes rain fall everywhere in the room, except the spot you are standing. The only food that does not rot is honey. Ants can survive falling from a skyscraper. A new born kangaroo is small enough to fit in a teaspoon. The only animal with four knees is the elephant.

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