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Contents April 2013 • Issue 124
Poem: David Hollywood: Visions Aspects
Opinion 20 74 76
John R Ridley: Letter From Bahrain Kelly Armatage: Serving Self Rehan Ahmed: Earth Day 2013
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
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
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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!
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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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Guide to Arabian life, luxury and fashion!
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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The Bobby Brown retouching powder is a miracle! You’ve rightly called it a gift to ‘womankind’. I can never get enough of make-up products and I found this one so interesting. Simply love Beauty Buzz, guys! Tara, Arad
Thanks, Tara! Now, girls just want to have fun, don’t we! Stay beautiful! April 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 9
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!?!”
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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 lture.org 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, www.springofculture.org 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 www.seef.net
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: email@example.com
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
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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 www.viva.com.bh
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 36069978 or Beverley West. Email: email@example.com 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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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
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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: www.springofculture.org or Tel. +973 3990 0630. 16 | Bahrain Confidential | April 2013
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Kids’ Specials olf Club G l a y o R e h T t A
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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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 email@example.com or visit his website, www.ghostwriting.me
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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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: www.albareh.com
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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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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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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!
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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
iTechbahrain.com’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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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.
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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.
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Black & White Essentials Collection Black and white is the newest trend on the street and itâ€™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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Punt Roma is available at Bahrain City Centre. Contact +973 1717 2307
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Origem Modern BD10.95
rigem womenâ€™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. Marni Bracelet BD225 2. Charles Philip Shanghai, ‘Yasmine’ , Shoe BD78 3. Alexander McQueen Cotton Piqué Blouse BD 382 4. Saint Laurent,‘Belle de Jour’ , Clutch BD347
4 1 1. Emilio Pucci Papillon Print Top BD170 2. Mawi Perspex Spike Clutch BD320 3. Balenciaga Printed T-shirt BD123 4. Balenciaga, ‘Gant’, Skinny Jean BD123
1. Balenciaga Top BD 435 2. Eddie Borgo, ‘Lotus’ , Ring BD 226 3. Eddie Borgo, ‘Lotus’, Bracelet BD328 4. Mulberry Shoulder Bag BD725
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1.The Row, ‘Lorianne’ , Top BD410 2. Stella McCartney, ‘Falabella’, Faux Python Tote BD432 3. Alexander McQueen Skull Ring BD165
1. Chloé Top BD438 2. Erickson Beamon, ‘Who Are You’ , Bracelet BD321 3. Emilio Pucci Shirt BD314 4. Stella McCartney, ‘Degradé’, Skinny Jean BD197
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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 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 facebook.com/OpticaME and nominate!
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Health John Ridley highlights the importance of choosing good and healthy food. John R Ridley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website, www.ghostwriting.me
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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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kellyarmatage.com Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/KellyArmatageInc
Earth Day 2013 The Face of
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: email@example.com
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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 www.bmibank.com.bh
Ayadi February monthly draw winners, Fatima Khalil Maki & Monhammed Ali Al Aswad with Eyad Sater, BMI Bank-GM Support Services
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For Reservation Call Tel. +973 1723 4444, Fax: +973 1724 3666 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.casablancahotelbah.com
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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 Bahrainâ€™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 Casablancaâ€™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
cable and satellite channels. Other facilities include a safety deposit box, air conditioning, seating area, fan, alarm clock, shower, bath, hairdryer, toilet, bathroom, telephone, video, satellite television, cable TV and minibar, wake up service and linen. This room is competitively priced at BD35. For reservation call on Tel. +973 1723 4444 Email: email@example.com or visit: www.casablancahotelbah.com
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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
Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm at Silkâ€˜s restaurant, expect the unexpected with a mouthwatering buffet. Disocver Asia buffet priced at BD 15.000++, or BD 19.000++ per person inclusive of unlimited selected wines and beers. Discover with us Asia, a trip around South-Asian cuisine not to be missed! To book in advance and ensure a reservation, please call +973 1746 00 00.
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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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Geraldine, Jessica and Jack
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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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Jason and Jennifer
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Consultations Lab tests Ultrasound Grooming Medical Boarding
Vaccines Hospitalization Surgery X-Rays
Office Phone: +973 1761 2459 After Hours: +973 3635 9358 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Open: 9am-6pm Saturday-Thursday By appointment only
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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.
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.
Derek, Tarek, Bryan, Calvin and Alex
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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Areej, established in 2004, is the luxury Arabic lifestyle magazine published from Bahrain by Arabian Magazines. It has a strong focus on fashion and luxury but also gives readers interesting and informative sections on art, society, shopping, home decor, and health. In November 2009, Areej circulation was substantially increased as it became the only magazine to be delivered to 3,000 Al Watan newspaper subscribers. April 2013 | Bahrain Confidential | 89
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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
Arshad and Yasmin
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Mohammed, Mrita, Mona, Helen, and Marissa
Kalsoom and Waheed
Marie and Regie
Mohammed and Jenipher