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76 Promoting Green Construction - Eng. Rehan Ahmed 128 Summer Heat - Moh’d Al Rasheed
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Seriously Cool Summer at H&M Accessorise with Nine West Fun for Tiny Toes with Shoe Mart Travel in Style with Victoria’s Secret Beauty Buzz
Beauty, Health & Well Being 64 65 68 70
Ask the Doctor with Dr Dean Cunha Gomes Teeth Whitening with Dr Ali Juffairy 13 Ways to Fast the Healthy Way Removing Resentment - Kelly Armatage
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Los Vivancos - Interview
Editor’s Letter Not to Be Missed! New in Town Society Looking for a Home! Bizarre News
102 Porsche Boxster 105 Range Rover Sport
Staying In and Going Out 117 The Right Cut at Butcher’s Shop & Grill
120 Recommended Restaurants, Nightspots, Essential Info, Beauty Spots, Sports and Fitness, Clubs and Associations
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It might seem a little quiet on our lovely island during summer, but there’s loads going on. The Bahrain Summer Festival is drawing crowds, with special activities for the children. Flip through to see the schedule for July’s events - and a special interview with the sensational Flamenco dancers! This is also the time of year when everyone is thinking how to get their kids busy! We have you covered with an extensive list of summer camps and activities, including contact details. The Holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner, read through to find our picks of Ramadan specials - including the best places for lavish Iftars and Ghabgas. In addition to that, find our selection of Ramadan retreats and Eid escapes to beautiful, tranquil and calming places around the world for when you just need that little bit of pampering. And, much as we’ve come to expect, Dr Dean answers all your questions and shares some solid advice on skin problems. Our resident life coach, Kelly Armatage, guides readers on the importance of eradicating all kinds of resentment from life to find satisfaction and happiness. It’s a must read! We also have a special feature on the ship builders of Muharraq, where you’ll find fascinating details about the men who build Bahrain’s ‘Dhows’. And, of course, don’t forget to browse our Fashion section where you’ll find loads of summer options to fit your style, budget and wardrobe. For women, we have featured a selection of pale pastels and zesty colourful clothes. For men, it’s a mixture of just the right fits for summer - with some seriously cool accessories thrown in for the finishing touches. Have a great summer and a blessed Ramadan!
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When I get to the poetry section in Bahrain Confidential, Iâ€™m not expecting appetizing - or should I say, rather unappetizing thoughts about food. But this monthâ€™s poetry from David Hollywood was quite unusual. Usually evoking pleasant feelings about our surroundings, Davidâ€™s poetry actually did the opposite for me this month. Poetry Lover
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Rehan Ahmedâ€™s article made much of celebrating World Environment Day, but it came and went unnoticed in Bahrain! I have been in Bahrain for nearly five years now and every year, the same happens. I wish there were more opportunities to be a part of spreading awareness in the Kingdom! Environmentally Conscious Well, well now for someone who claims to be â€œEnvironmentally Consciousâ€? you can be pretty lazy huh? Five years and you havenâ€™t done a thing to protect the environment of our beautiful island? We suggest if you canâ€™t find a way to contribute, create one and let us know too!
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For heavensâ€™ sake can you please also pick out some fashion for those of us who donâ€™t make big bucks? I really loved your picks from Juicy Couture to wear around the pool for summer but they were a wee bit too heavy on my wallet. So unless you want me to empty out my wallet every month, please have some fashionable suggestions that are easier on the pocket!
Look close my dear, there were some pretty inexpensive choices in there too. Seems like you have a tendency to gravitate towards the more expensive choices (we know all about that!).
What a Shame!
I adopted a cat after seeing him up for adoption in Bahrain Confidential. Since then, I look at the pet section every month and itâ€™s very very sad to see that the same animals sometimes come up for adoption each month. Itâ€™s a shame that so many people would choose to dump their pet rather than spend the money and take them when they leave. A pet is for life not just the duration of their time spent in Bahrain. It must be very traumatic for the animal? Judgemental Joe It breaks our hearts to see all those animals waiting to be adopted each month. We agree that more people could choose to make them a more permanent part of their lives, but then again we canâ€™t really know what anyoneâ€™s situation is either.
Loved reading the interview with the Indian Ambassador Mohan Kumar and his wife Mala Kumar. Itâ€™s rare that we get to hear about their likes, dislikes and passions in life - especially, embarrassing moments! And the pictures just seemed very regal to me with Mala Kumarâ€™s traditional dress and jewellery. Interested Reader We are delighted that you liked it! After all, weâ€™re here for your reading pleasure.
Thank you Confidential for helping me pick out the perfect gift for my dad this fatherâ€™s day. Itâ€™s quite a pickle each year to find something he doesnâ€™t already have. I got him the USB and Cigar Holder from your picks this month and he just loved it! Seriously Grateful Glad to be of help sire!
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Check out what’s happening in the celebrity world ...
Cheryl Cole angered fans last month, when after her first ever solo tour in the UK she tried to charge £350 for a back stage meet and greet. The advertised Platinum package which includes a ticket to the show and a photo with and an autograph from the star backstage has now been removed from the internet. But the whole scenario has left the public wondering why she has such an inflated opinion of herself!
Sam Branson and Isabella AnstrutherGough-Calthorpe
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Just six months after giving away his daughter in a lavish ceremony on his private Caribbean island, Sir Richard Branson is preparing for another family wedding. His son Sam is to marry stunning actress Isabella AnstrutherGough-Calthorpe after the Virgin heir proposed to his on-off girlfriend of seven years. Sam, 26, popped the question to Isabella, 32, on a two-week trip to visit lemur colonies on the Berenty private reserve in Madagascar.
Cameron Diaz is the latest celebrity who wants to use her power for good. The 39-year-old actress is planning to write a book to help teenage girls realise the importance of proper nutrition. Cameron wants to pass on everything she’s learned about healthy eating and share with teenage girls, in the hopes that she’ll ease the pressure girls feel to be skinny. She wants to stop their fixation on being thin, and for teenage girls to understand that being healthy is more important. Cam knows she is a role model to girls and she really wants to use that position to do good. This book is not about weight, it’s about making the right choices.
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Everybody is a genius. But if u judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree – it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid – Einstein
Madonna launched her world tour in Tel Aviv and she looks great … for a woman only 10 years younger than the State of Israel.
Life has officially changed when 8am is sleeping in.
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David Arquette has filed for divorce from Courteney Cox citing irreconcilable differences last month. This was just days before their 13th wedding anniversary and almost two years after they separated. He has asked for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Coco, who has just turned eight. The former couple were interviewed together by radio DJ Howard Stern last year after their separation, and while David hinted he would like for them to get back together, Courtney was not so sure. However, she did say during the interview: “We are always going to be a family - whether we’re together or not.”
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Studio Ceramics Summer Camp
Summer Camp includes lots of art and crafts, fun with clay, faux mosaics and one hour of Mad Science! Starts Sunday 8th July, from 9am to 1pm. Early drop-off option available for busy moms! BD15 per day and BD60 per week. Tel. +973 1759 9026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bahrain Summer Festival
3rd July Qusai AKA Don Legend the
Kamelion Featuring DJ OUTLAW and Flipperachi The Hip Hop and R&B artists will rock your evening! Starts at 8.30pm in Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), Hall 1B. Minimum age for attendance is eight years.
“Sino si Juan?” (Who is Juan?): Re-discovering the Modern Filipino
Campus Dance Showdown
This spectacular competition at Lost Paradise of Dilmun will see tremendous talents from students across the country showcasing their different skills in dancing and movements. From jazz, hip-hop, ballroom or whatever genres, this dance competition is sure to make waves amongst the youth. For more informaton visit www.Ipodwaterpark.com or Tel. +973 1784 5100.
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Filipino Cultural Extravaganza
Over 100 Filipino artists unite to bring “Sino si Juan?” (Who is Juan?): Re-discovering the Modern Filipino. See works of Filipino artists in Bahrain, from painting and photography, to performances involving dance, theatre, music, martial arts and poetry. Workshops on photography, kids’ arts and crafts and Filipino Martial Arts are also part of the event. From 13th to 23rd July at Al Taj Ballroom, The Sheraton Bahrain Hotel. Tel. +973 3610 2960 or +973 3631 1563.
13th July Kid’s got Talent too!
The little ones can delight the crowd as Lost Paradise of Dilmun hosts “Kid’s got Talent too!” The inhouse talent event will provide a spotlight for all the kids in the water park. All you need is a talent – so get practicing. For more informaton visit www.Ipodwaterpark.com or Tel. +973 1784 5100.
Hala Alturk The Bahraini child star will be performing popular songs including “My Lovely Daughter” and “Sleep”. At 7pm in BIECC, Hall 1B. Minimum age for attendance is three years.
10th-15th July The Sound of Music
Considered by many to be the best-loved and most successful movie musical in history, The Sound of Music is coming to Bahrain this month. At 7pm in BIECC, Hall 1B. Minimum age for attendance is three years. For more information, visit www.bahrainsummer.bh, Twitter: @BahrainSummer12, Facebook.com/ BahrainSummer Tickets can be purchased at Virgin Megastore, Bahrain City Centre or at www.virginmegastore.me
Bahrain Summer Festival 2012 Ministry of Culture
Bahrain Summer Festival is an annual event organized by the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre. Starting last month it runs until the 15th of July and this year it falls in line with the diverse and innovative year-long programme of Manama, the Capital of Arab Culture 2012.
Programme of Events Qusai AKA Don Legend the
Kamelion Featuring DJ OUTLAW and Flipperachi
ahrain Summer Festival is lively, interactive and dedicated to the future of children, families and guests. The varied programme of events ensures that all tastes are catered for including musical events, cultural and educational events and activities from the region and beyond. In addition to the range of scheduled events, Nakhool, returns in full force in Nakhool City with a range of activities and workshops designed for children above the age of three from 2pm until 7pm every day of the festival. Nakhool City is growing little by little within the lively and joyous city of Manama and is located in BIECC, Hall 1A.
Time: 8.30pm Genre: Hip Hop/R&B Country: KSA/Bahrain Minimum Age: 6 years Venue: BIECC, Hall 1B Twitter: @qusaidonlegend
The Middle East Hip Hop Ambassador was one of the first Arabic Hip Hop Artists, and the first Saudi Arabian Rapper. He has established himself as an important part in the city’s musical culture. Under his
Eyesomnia label, Legend has been both prolific and successful, pioneering the perfect blend of Arabic music and Hip-Hop. Don Legend’s alias “Kamelion” accurately describes his ability to adapt to any situation in his path, and has demonstrated an unsurpassed passion and focus towards this amazing genre of music. The Ambassador features two young Bahraini talents, “DJ Outlaw” who started off his music career as an independent DJ with his own production studio at home (Outlaw Productions), and the rising young Bahraini star Hussam Aseem (aka “Flipp” or “Flipperachi”) who has gained quite a fan following and a reputation as an Arab rapper to watch for. A traditional Bahraini Laiwa band will join Qusai on stage as well to create an authentically diverse musical performance.
6th July Hala Alturk
Time: 7pm Genre: Song Country: Bahrain Minimum Age: 3 years Venue: BIECC, Hall 1B The child star will be performing popular favorites including “My Lovely Daughter” and “Sleep”.
10th to 15th July The Sound of Music
Directed by John Payton Music by Richard Rodgers Flipperachi
Time: 7pm Genre: Musical Theatre Country: United Kingdom Minimum Age: 3 Years Venue: BIECC, Hall 1B www.soundofmusicbahrain.com
Audiences will be entertained by the lavish West End musical, The Sound of Music. The perfect family entertainment, The Sound of Music can add to its long accolade its success in the UAE, breaking box office records last year and winning the Timeout Nightlife Award for the Best Theatrical Production. A wonderful show, this musical will bring the Bahrain Summer Festival to a memorable end for all participants.
For more information, visit www.bahrainsummer.bh, Twitter: @BahrainSummer12, Facebook.com/BahrainSummer Tickets can be purchased at Virgin Megastore, Bahrain City Centre or at www.virginmegastore.me
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At Links Lounge And Restaurant Every Monday
Order one main course and receive a second main course (of equal or lesser value) free. From 6pm to 8pm.
Order one main course per person and receive a 50 per cent discount off your beverage bill. From 6pm to 8pm.
Every Friday Enjoy the Carvery Feast! Classic roast carvery buffet with all the trimmings plus live cooking stations. Special buffet table for the kids. Crèche available for younger children at BD3 per child per hour. Midday to 4pm. Visitors BD16 and Club Members BD14. Kids under twelve, BD8.5 inclusive of selected soft drinks. Daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm. Enjoy discounts every day on selected beverages. Sunday to Thursday
Enjoy the 2-course Business Lunch and selected soft drink for BD8 per person. 11.30am to 3pm. All of the above dining offers are valid until the start of Ramadan only. Links will be open evenings only during Ramadan.
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July Sporting Events 17, 24 and 31 July
Ramadan PowerPlay Night Golf Series on the Wee Monty Course. 7pm shotgun start. Open to all.
Open Championship Event. Two tee start from 7.30am. Open to all.
Wee Monty Family Day at BD15 per adult, kids play free! Inclusive of green fee and hire clubs. Tee times from 10am to 2pm. Open to all.
Ecco Monday Stableford. 1pm shotgun start. Open to all. A&E Monday Madness Night Golf Series at BD20 for nine holes. 6.30pm shotgun start. Open to all.
Bachelor(ette) Golf Clinic & Social Evening at BD15 per person inclusive of group golf clinic and snacks and cold drink afterwards. From 6pm onwards. Open to all.
Ladies golf competition in different formats. 8am shotgun start. Open to all ladies! Golf Tuition
Summer Mates Rates
If you’re hanging around in Bahrain this summer, the Royal Golf Club has some fantastic offers for you and your mates to enjoy!
Golf With Friends: Save nearly 60 percent off the normal rack rates. If you and three friends book a tee time between 1pm and 4pm on a Saturday afternoon or any time from Sunday to Wednesday, you’ll pay just BD100 in total for 18 holes on the Montgomerie championship course, inclusive of golf carts and access to the driving range. Fit For Two! Purchase a single person’s personal training session with one of the Royal Country Club’s fitness trainers and a friend can accompany you for free. A one-hour personal training session costs BD15 for members and Riffa Views residents and BD20 for the general public. Invest in a package of five, ten or 25 sessions and get extra sessions for free.
Home Alone Summer Specials Home alone this summer? At the Royal Golf Club, meet new friends and keep entertained in your leisure time.
Golf: Take advantage of the cooler evening
temperatures in June, July and August by booking a nine hole round of Night Golf on the Montgomerie championship course and pay BD20 per person. Option to pair up with other golfers available. This offer is valid any day of the week after 7pm.
Golf Tuition: Join the Royal Golf Academy’s PGA Professionals for a special one-hour Golf Clinic every Tuesday evening in July and August starting at 6pm. The group coaching session will be rounded off with a cold drink and snacks in the Members’ Lounge and costs BD15 per person, a great way to improve your golf and meet new people.
Full details and terms and conditions of the Royal Golf Club’s summer offers can be found on www.theroyalgolfclub.com
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Ramadan at Bahrainâ€™s Most Unique Venue Create unrivalled memories with your family, friends and guests by booking a private Iftar or Ghabga function DWWKH5R\DO*ROI&OXEWKLV5DPDGDQ(QMR\VSHFWDFXODUQLJKWWLPHYLHZVDFURVVWKHĂ€RRGOLWJROIFRXUVHVWKHQ settle down in luxurious surroundings for your delicious meal. Our special Iftar and Ghabga buffet menus have been carefully created to provide traditional fresh snacks with which to break your fast followed by a mouth-watering selection of mezze, main courses and desserts to enjoy with your guests. All Royal Golf Club room hire charges are suspended throughout July and August and a number of venues are available for parties of varying sizes. Ramadan buffet menus start from as little as BD 11 net per person. Call +973 17 750777 today to reserve your preferred date and venue.
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. www.theroyalgolfclub.com
Lost Paradise of Dilmun
2 1 0 2 l a iv t s e F r e m Sum The heat is on! As LPOD’s Summer Festival continues until the 18th July 2012.
his year’s foremost attraction, LPOD proudly brings to Bahrain an all original Dragon and Lion dance troupe straight from China. Legend has it that the Dragon and Lion dance is the symbol of power, strength and good luck, driving away evil spirits and bringing fortune to the people. Guests are all invited to get the chance to witness this great spectacle of dance and colours for free with entrance tickets, as it will run four shows per day from 6th to 19th July. The summer fest will also emphasize not only the waterpark’s many attractions but will showcase an array of the brightest talents in the Kingdom. Celebration begins with the first LPOD Music Festival, Campus Dance Showdown and Kid’s Got Talent Too! - gathering different
artists showcasing music skills, dance prowess and entertaining acts. The three week festival will also host a dedicated kids’ activity area with lots of fun games, arts and crafts, mascots and magic shows that is sure to keep the little ones busy for summer. In addition, new extended hours can now be enjoyed from 10am to 8pm every day except on Tuesdays, when it’s closed. Thursdays are from 10am to 5pm to give way for ladies night from 6pm to 12am. LPOD brings more of great DJ music, Zumba sessions, fashion shows and special competitions with airline tickets to be given away. As the summer heat starts to sizzle, LPOD is sure to be this summer’s best destination for all ages to enjoy!
For latest news and updates, check them out on Facebook: Lost Paradise of Dilmun or on Twitter: @Lpodtweet
For more informaton visit www.Ipodwaterpark.com or Tel. +973 1784 5100.
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Kids’ Summer Specials
a n n a W t s u J s d i K ! n u F e Hav this summer If you’re not going away ! The kids are off ge pa ht rig e th to e m co - you’ve d a summer school now and if you haven’t organise ok through our activity for them, it’s not too late. Lo selection of summer activities for kids with details like dates, ages, activities and location - we’ve got it all sorted out for you!
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Kids’ Summer Specials Kool Kids Camp Al Bandar Hotel and Resort, Sitra Activities include tennis, basic swimming, dance and scuba diving for kids aged eight and above. Transportation available. Camp runs until 19th July, from 8.30am to 2pm. For non-members, BD195 for five weeks and BD140 for four weeks, while the fee is less for members. Tel. +973 1770 1702 (Ext 330). Alliance Française, Isa Town Offering weekly courses in July and August for a diversity of activities for children in French, including sports, crafts, theatre, songs and games. Tel. +973 1768 3295 or email: email@example.com or visit www.afbahrain.com Al Dana Nursery, Ghufool Classes in elocution, origami, painting, dance, games, academic coaching, collage work, drawing, singing, cookery, quizzes and educational coaching and trips. Priced at BD40 per month including materials and BD5 for registration. Runs from 2nd to 29th June, 8am to 12pm for four to eight year olds. Tel. +973 1725 3541 or +973 1724 1193. Bright Beginnings Day Care & Child Development Centre, Adliya Arts and crafts, pottery, painting, music and movement and many more activities. Runs from 1st July to 12th August, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Priced at BD60 per week, child care also available. Tel. +973 1771 0405.
Al Nejdawi Gymnasium & Tae Kwon Do Centre, Isa Town Competitions in artistic gymnastics, tae kwon do, football, swimming, drawing and memorization of The Holy Quran, plus field trips in Bahrain. From 20th June, for five to twelve year olds. Tel. +973 3946 5046, +973 3363 3713 or +973 3362 3890.
Bapco Club, Awali Bowling, swimming, tae kwon do, leadership skills (Toastmaster Youth Leadership Programme). Open for Bapco employees’ kids. Runs till 19th July, for six to 18 year olds. Tel. +973 1775 3666. Berlitz Language School, Budaiya/Adliya Signature language and communication soft skills courses for kids and teens. Tel. +973 1769 4233 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef Mix of fun, learning and adventure – football tournament, tennis, fishing, boat trips, camp fire, mathematics, science & cooking classes & camp sleepover will be offered. From 17th June, 10am to 4pm, for four to twelve year olds. BD119 for non-members per four-day course or BD30 per day. Tel. +973 1758 9380. British School of Bahrain, Hamala Indoor sports, trips, drama, music, arts and crafts, swimming, cooking, projects, and dance. For three age groups from two and a half to eleven years. 8th to 19th July at BD15 per day. BD70 for one week and BD130 for two weeks. Tel. +973 1761 0943, +973 1761 0973, +973 1761 0971.
Bahrain Science Centre, Isa Town From science shows, story-telling and crafts to educational games, there’s something for everyone at the interactive workshops. The centre is sure to get kids thinking with fun filled games and hands-on activities. 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm, from 1st to 20th July and from 10am to 2pm, and 8am to 11pm from 21st July to 21st August. Tel. +973 1368 4686. Bahrain Tennis Federation, Bahrain University Tennis Centre, Isa Town Summer tennis camp for children of all nationalities. Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm to 6.30pm, 20th June to 19th July. For six to twelve year olds. Tel. +973 3944 1992. Budaiya Pre-School, Janabiya Variety of creative, fun and challenging activities, plus supervised outings for older kids. From 8.15am to 12pm, until 26th July. For two to seven year olds. Supervised transport available from Saar and Budaiya. BD55 per week or BD45 for three days per week, BD40 for two days per week. Tel. +973 1779 1491.
Indian Club, Gudaibiya Activities include public speaking, youth leadership programme, arts and crafts, music, dances, sports, games, movie mornings, educational and sightseeing trips. 9am to 1pm, from 9th July to 15th August. For six to 16 year olds. Members BD50, others BD55. Transport available. Tel. +973 3986 1266 or +973 3940 1279.
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Kids’ Summer Specials Bahrain City Centre
Latin Dance Studio, Budaiya
Five-day camps including visit to Wahooo! Waterpark, Magic Planet and Cineco plus cookie decorating and baking classes. 1st to 12th July, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Registration forms are available from the customer service desk at ground floor. Tel. +973 1717 7777.
Latin dance, hip hop and break dance classes. Runs until 15th July, on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm at BD50 per month.
Delmon International Hotel, Manama Swimming classes as well as yoga, meditation, dance and music. On Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8th July, 5pm to 6.30pm and 6pm to 7pm. BD30 per month.
Tel. +973 3388 9821 or email: email@example.com
English language courses already underway – enquire for details of others starting soon. Runs until 30th July, for six to 16 year olds.
Play, Upper Level, New Extension, Seef Mall
Tel. +973 1759 0895.
Tel. +973 1722 4000. Early Learners Nursery, Saar Arts and crafts, cookery, sports, games and basic gymnastics, mini aerobics, plus computer skills. 9am to 12.30pm, 8th July to 21st August. For two to six year olds. BD55 per week or BD12 per day (including snacks & drinks).
Arts and crafts, cooking, papermache, ‘soft play’, swimming, indoor games with slides and climbers and a weekly fun splash day. 8am to 12pm, from 1st July to 16th August. BD50 per week and BD320 for seven weeks. Tel. +973 1769 4356.
Tel. +973 3972 3990 or +973 1361 3972.
Middle East Hotel, Manama
Indian School, Isa Town
Swimming and karate classes for children. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1st July.
Swimming, cricket, badminton, yoga, martial arts, leadership training, painting and public speaking classes. From 8am to 12pm, 8th July to 23rd August. Registration forms available at school. Tel. +973 3967 5947. Kalabhavan Music & Arts Centre, Adliya Keyboard, guitar, table, drums, violin, rhythm pad, carnatic and light music, bharatanatyam dance, drawing and painting, landscaping and portrait, yoga and karate. Saturday to Thursday, starting 1st July. From 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm. Tel. +973 1771 7271 or +973 1771 7017.
Tel. +973 3907 9142.
Active and imaginative play, arts and crafts, group activities and much more. 1st to 19th July, for three to ten year olds. BD15 daily, BD70 weekly. Tel. +973 1756 4900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ras Ruman Youth Centre Training in Arabic calligraphy, drawing and painting, handiwork, glass painting, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel. From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Sunday to Thursday for children of all age groups. BD5 per class. Tel. +973 3942 6989. RIA Centre, Villa 413, Road 2619, Adliya
My Gym Children’s Fitness Centre, Seef From 9am to 1pm, 8th July to 30th August for three to seven year olds. Enquire for more information on activities offered. BD10 for members and BD13 non-members. Tel. +973 1756 6566 or email: email@example.com
Many activities including horse-riding, music, computer games, tennis, swimming, table tennis, picnics, tae kwon do, talent shows, ballet plus trips twice a week. 1st to 26th July, 10.30am to 3.30om from Sunday to Thursday. For three to 16 year olds. Tel. +973 1603 3333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.sabis.net
Lingo Ease Language Centre, Al Nasir Garden, Budaiya Highway
Little Gems Pre-School, Barbar
International School of Choueifat, Amwaj Islands
‘Fun and Laughter Factory’ with music and movement, arts and crafts, splash pool, games, yoga and laughter classes, facepainting and sports. From 8am to 3pm, 1st July to 16th August. BD20 per week for 8am to 12pm or BD30 per week for 8am to 3pm and registration for BD5. Tel. +973 1771 6871 or email: email@example.com Studio Ceramics, Budaiya “Mad Science Camp” from 9am to 1pm from 8th July (early drop off option at 8am). For six years and above. Ceramic painting, playing with clay, cool crafts, crazy cooking, games, prizes and other Mad Science activities. BD15 per day or BD60 per week. Tel. +973 1759 9026 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sylvan Learning Centre, Sehla Indoor and outdoor activities to help improve reading, writing, maths, swimming, cookery, arts and crafts mixed in with fun games and projects. From 1st July to 19th July for four to eleven year olds. BD100 per week. Includes academic tests and report card. Tel. +973 1740 0227 or +973 3639 9888.
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New In Town
Velloci is a brand new shopping experience based right here in Bahrain. The store supplies an exclusive range of clothes, accessories and gifts for men and women including the world’s leading brands and designers and a new range of Arabic inspired apparel. Also available are a wide selection of gifts and customized articles to meet even the most individual of tastes. Taking fashion forward into the 21st century, the web-based shop gives you all the benefits of browsing from the comfort of your own home, via the brilliantly designed and easy to navigate website. Velloci has the added advantage of having an ‘in the flesh’ shop where you can try on, pick up, pay and browse - or goods can be delivered right to your doorstep the next day for the ultimate convenience. Velloci is constantly searching the globe for the best and most reasonably priced bargains from the fashion world for their customers. Customer service is at the very heart of their business philosophy - if there is something you would love to see or can’t
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Keep Your Children Safe
T&S Child Safety is the only provider of professional baby-proofing services to households and commercial businesses in Bahrain. Founded by Bahraini mother Mona Tadayyon, T&S Child Safety has expanded into an inspired and shared vision of providing families in Bahrain with baby-proofing and home safety services. It is dedicated to reducing the number of accidental injuries to children. It is also a member of the International Association for Child Safety. They offer baby-proofing assessments, childproofing products and professional childproofing installation to help caregivers create safer places for babies and toddlers to learn, grow, and explore. For more information, Tel. +973 3364 0040 or visit www.tschildsafety.com
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buy in Bahrain you can use the “on demand products” feature on the website - through which you can request products that you are looking for. Driven by demand, there are already ranges of unique and fun products, from customized stethoscopes to t-shirts, the potential is endless! For more information scan the QR code or visit www.velloci.com or check out Facebook at www.facebook.com/VELLOCI or Twitter: @VELLOCI
Find Out What’s On & When - ‘Bahrainivents’
If you are looking for something to do or somewhere to go and feel like there’s no quick source you can turn to for all events happening on the island - Bahrainivents.com is the answer! Initially it just contained the current month’s events, but now it has event listings for the entire year. On the site, you won’t just see the big events that are advertised anyway, but smaller events that go unnoticed. The site is also hoping to become a collection point for people’s comments and feedback as they attend those events. There’s also a special section for bargain seekers, where you can find discounts and special offers from around the Kingdom. Happy browsing! (Information available in English and Arabic.) Visit www.bahrainivents.com or if you would like your event to be listed, email: email@example.com
New In Town It’s All in 3D - Happy Viewing!
LG Electronics has launched its latest Cinema 3D Smart TV line-up in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The LG Cinema 3D Smart TV has set a new world record for the narrowest bezel 3D TV. It is equipped with the most advanced 3D technology, for a smoother and more immersive 3D viewing bringing a limitless world of entertainment at the tip of your TV remote. With their new line-up, LG have taken the 3D Smart userexperience to a much higher level. The main features of the LG Cinema 3D Smart TV includes Cinema Screen, 3D Depth Control, 3D Sound Zooming, Magic Remote, 3D World, Dual Play function, Wireless Display, Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) technology, 2D to 3D conversion engine, Smart TV eco-system and Smart Share Plus.
Summer Spills into Bahrain City Centre!
This summer, Bahrain City Centre is making a splash by offering visitors to the mall the chance to beat the heat. Up until 15th July, customers spending a total of BD25 will have a chance to win one of four Kids’ Seascooters, a GTR Seascooter, a Limited Edition version GTR Seascooter, or a 15ft Jet Boat – all worth a whopping BD27,000! All prizes will come equipped with life jackets. Wahooo! Waterpark will also spill out into the mall, with a photo booth. Every Sunday to Wednesday, the first 50 customers who have their photo taken will be given tickets to the waterpark.
Wahooo!’s playful mascot, Squirtle will also be making special appearances for additional photo opportunities. From 1st to 12th July, Bahrain City Centre is hosting a Summer Camp for kids. Activities will include a visit to Wahooo! Waterpark, cookie decorating and baking lessons, as well as a trip to the indoor entertainment venues including Magic Planet and Cineco! Each camp will run for five days from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Registration forms can be picked up from the Bahrain City Centre customer service desk, located on the ground floor. Tel. +973 1717 7777 or visit www.bahraincitycentre.com
Zain unveiled best Samsung Galaxy SIII deal
The Route to Beirut!
‘BeyRoute’ - the new Lebanese bistro in town has it all, from authentic Lebanese cuisine to organic deli products straight from Lebanon. Ever noticed how many restaurants pop up on the island, promising authentic Lebanese cuisine, and then eventually disappear because the quality of food goes down so fast? That’s not the case with BeyRoute who specialise in real Lebanese food, prepared by Lebanese chefs every time it comes to your table. They also have a deli that sells organic pickles, jams and much more - flown in from Lebanon. The soothing sounds from the fountain bubbling outside and the overall ambiance is very relaxing. The attention to detail is remarkable, and everything is imported from Lebanon - from the mosaic on the floors to the sink in the toilet! If you’ve been lucky enough to have visited Beirut, this place will give you flashbacks. The taste has not been ‘commercialised’ and the quality is definitely not compromised. Open from 10am to 11pm, this casual bistro has all you could ask for. Tel. +973 1728 0111.
Zain Bahrain, recently launched the new Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone, in both white and pebble-blue colors, through a partnership with Samsung. Customers can get the Galaxy SIII for only BD35 with 12 month commitment or free with 18 month commitment when subscribing to SMARTPlan2 with a monthly rental of only BD22 per month. The Galaxy SIII is available for Free on 12 month commitment on SMARTPlan3 with a monthly rental of only BD33 per month. Both SMARTPlan1 and SMARTPlan2 offer generous free local minutes, data, and SMS.
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‘Sabeecha - Arabian Beauty II’
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Meet Mohammad Al Shaikh, who is not your regular high school kid - but has the passions, dreams and aspirations of a budding artist - as Maliha Aqueel speaks to this young entrepreneur.
“When I meditate, I see a vision and the spirituality and energy I feel make it all come together in the painting.”
n an incredibly spiritual setting, with a fountain bubbling outside and surrounded by Feng Shui, inspired pieces, sits this 17-year-old who is both an artist and a sharp entrepreneur - as rare a combination as there ever was. In his A levels, he studies Art, Economics and Business - and those are his passions too. At 16, he already had an art gallery of his. Mohammad Al Shaikh is emerging onto Bahrain’s art scene, his works range from cultural and heritage focused, to religious and meditative. He has displayed his work at Al Ala Art Gallery, BSPCA, Bahrain Framing Centre and at his school, St Christopher’s. He started Al Shaikh galleries almost a year ago. It’s an online store, where customers can buy art from various solo artists. Mohammad describes it as a ‘Tesco for art’, with delivery is promised within 48 hours in Bahrain. “The galleries here don’t really do branded art and most solo artists are always bankrupt. So I saw a gap in the market, and started Al Shaikh gallery,” says Mohammad. “Al Shaikh Art Gallery is focused on artists who have solo careers”. Even though Mohammad is the sole owner of Al Shaikh Gallery, he works with a team and a host of local galleries collaborate with him - like Al Riwaq Art Space and AlBareh Art Gallery. Mohammad has some solid advice for other young entrepreneurs. “What makes you fail is the fear of taking a risk, but risks should only be taken after researching the market,” he says. He also advises youngsters who want to start their own businesses that success does not happen overnight. “Patience, determination and courage are the three foundations of my success as an entrepreneur,” explains Mohammad.
Mohammad Al Shaikh
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Art Space “Mohammad describes it as a ‘Tesco for art’, with delivery is promised within 48 hours in Bahrain.”
‘Sabeecha - Arabian Beauty I’
His inspirations are many - including Bahrain’s art, architecture and culture, which is what his first series of paintings focused on. “Bahrain’s culture is alive, even with all the advancements that we can see on the surface,” says Mohammad. He explains that the name Al Shaikh means “nobility and purity” and this is what he hopes to achieve in his paintings too. The architecture of old Arabia inspires him, including that of Qal’at al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort). Meditation also plays a major role in Mohammad’s art. In a series of paintings, he meditated holding different gems. With the canvas and paints placed before him and his eyes closed, Mohammad painted. What came out were works of art with stunning similarities in tone and colour to the gem he held, enclosed in the palm of his hand. Using Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Jade and Ametrine among many others, Mohammad explains the special healing powers contained within these gems. The Rose Quartz represents love and peace, while Jade is for wealth and protection. “When I meditate, I see a vision and the spirituality and energy I feel make it all come together in the painting,” he describes. His work, though youthful at times, speaks volumes. His series on human emotions is haunting and pulls you in - while his work on religions is deep and fervent. Mohammad is not 18 yet, but plans to open a physical art gallery as soon as he legally can. He is looking at Adliya as a possible place to open it, because “Adliya is one of the places in Bahrain with a lot of art attention.” This art gallery will also contain a studio, a place that Mohammad
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‘House of Honours’
describes as a sanctuary where artists can unleash their inner creativity and paint their hearts out. His future plans also include placing interactive boards with touch screens at major malls in Bahrain, so customers can browse and order art online. Presently, Al Shaikh Gallery is offering all artists free membership to display and sell their art online. Orders are delivered within 48 hours in Bahrain and the prices range from BD40 to BD150
Sign up to be a member at www.alshaikhgalleries.com and get a newsletter with updates on the art scene in Bahrain. To contact the artist, Tel. +973 3848 8466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indulge Into The Spectacular The Dragon Bracelet
Strength, personality and good luck describe this magnificent piece inspired by the Dragon, a symbol of strength and power, like the woman who wears this spectacular jewel. The matte-shine effect on gold can be fully appreciated with the perfectly sculpted scales along the length of the body of this mythological animal. The jewel is made entirely by hand by Carrera y Carreraâ€™s master jewellers, whose savoir-faire is reflected in the complex mounting of the piece. For more information, visit www.carreraycarrera.com
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B.zero1 by Bulgari
A symbol of the design and style of Bulgari jewellery, the B.zero1 ring affirms its amazing spirit with the launch of an original version in which the famous spiral is paired with a new, precious protagonist: marble. In a balancing act between its original elements, the new B.zero1 combines rose gold with three stunning varieties of marble: green bowenite, lapis blue, tobacco brown. Bulgari is available in Al Aâ€™ali Mall, Tel. +973 1758 2559.
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David Hollywood As summer creeps in and the green starts to fade into the dusty desert, David Hollywood captures the essence of change.
Weathers Past And measured glance towards the past, Denys our destines futures cast, As dry, and what shall come to pass, Reflects the doom thatâ€™s seen at last. A catastroph will become our shock, When slipping on a submerged rock, We see beneath, the sea has died, And all above the earth is dried, While washed with tempests nightmares moan, We drown in stagnant waves of foam, And seas discover, weâ€™re to blame, As storms freeze rain on arid plain, And empty will the visions see, A sphere with landscapes not to be.
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Photography by Patrick Ridley
Two magnificent ships, a Sambuk and a Jebut, stand on the waterfront of Muharraq; traditionally used for pearling, the ships have been built to commemorate the proud maritime history of The Kingdom of Bahrain.
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lose by, Mohammad and Rashid are restoring an old hulk to its former glory, another hundred years of sailing the Arabian Gulf lie ahead for this majestic Bahraini Banoosh - the most common of the Arabian dhows, used in fishing and coastal trading. Alongside, Ibrahim has just begun building another 20 metre Banoosh, teams of craftsmen are busy fashioning the keel; soon a new ship will emerge from the shores of Muharraq. Whilst the Gulf’s cities are among the most modern in the world, the wooden Arabian dhow, evoking images of pearl divers, fishermen and legendary Arab seafaring merchants, continues to play an important part in the economies of the region.
Old Hulk’ – An old Bahraini Banoosh under restoration
The Last Ship Builders Of Muharraq
“We can only build one boat of this size each year, as the wood is increasingly difficult to source.”
Bahrain The deck of the Sambuk under construction
“Evolution and heritage have always been complementary; we take as much pride in our progress as we do in our inheritance.”
Around the Gulf, on sheltered creeks or bays, a few craftsmen continue the art of dhow building; an art passed from generation to generation. In Bahrain only Ibrahim Amu Mohammad, Mohammad Ali Ismail (Ibrahim’s uncle) and Wahid Rashi Al Dosari continue this work. Mohammad, now an elderly gentleman, has been building dhows since the age of twelve. His experience, craftsmanship and remarkable eye for detail are apparent in the beautiful ships he has built. The three men do this work out of love of their country’s heritage; Mohammad and Wahid work full time on the ships, Ibrahim who normally works in a local hotel, dedicates his free time to his passion of boat building. The work, he tells me, “is hard, but it is enjoyable; every day is different and rewarding.” Mohammad is passionate that others should learn these traditional skills, “There were 15 people building each of the ships; our hope always is that other Bahrainis will come and join us, but sadly most are not interested in this kind of work; we have to train workers from India and Bangladesh.” The industry began to decline as fibre glass became the building material of choice and people entered the oil industry. Whilst Mohammad recognises the difficulties of recruiting Bahraini staff, he is not deterred, “The skills have all but died out in Bahrain, yet they could be transferable to other industries.” Whilst fibre glass dhows are still used commercially in Bahrain for fishing, Qatar is now driving a return to wood, using Bahraini built dhows; business though is hard as the wood becomes increasingly difficult to find. Searching the woodpiles in the boat yard, Ibrahim explained how the dhow builders of the Gulf are noted for their ability to work entirely without plans, judging everything by eye and experience. “We know the design we want to make, then we look for the piece of wood that will fit the need - each piece is chosen individually.” Whereas European tradition has been to make a framework and then add the hull planking, the Arab dhow builder starts with the stem and stern posts, followed by the
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Craftsmen Ibrahim and Mohammad
Below deck of the Sambuk under construction
rough unfinished hull planks - held in place by temporary supporting ribs or templates on the outside. As the hull nears completion the internal reinforcing framework is added. Below the water line a paste of boiling animal fat mixed with sand will stop the growth of barnacles. Mohammad’s work is restricted by the availability of suitable wood, “we can only build one boat of this size each year, as the wood is increasingly difficult to source.” His remaining teak woodpile, some of which has been in Bahrain for thirty years, is just enough to build a single ten to fifteen-metre boat. The teak trees are purchased ready-cut, held together by the last few inches of the trunk, each tree has the name of the person who prepared it carved into the wood.
‘Magnificent Ships - a Sambuk and a Jebut’ built to commemorate the proud maritime history of The Kingdom of Bahrain
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Demand for Indian teak, the wood of preference, is intense. The forests are preserved by the Indian Government and so supply is severely restricted. “We have to search for the wood, it may come from Africa or Malaysia, but is not as durable as the Indian and will not last as long; the wood is softer and the colour is different.” To demonstrate his point, Ibrahim polished small pieces of Indian and African teak with fish oil, the Indian wood is much darker and has a far more vibrant spectrum of colours showing through. Not only is the teak for the hull and decking in increasingly short supply, urban development has also made the locally sourced Bahraini wood, used for the ribs, difficult to find. First impressions of the new Sambuk are of the sheer size of the vessel; the deck area is some 200 square metres. Below deck, the ribs of the ship, nailed to the six-inch thick teak hull, are exposed and the remarkable construction becomes clear, as does the skill of the craftsmen who have brought this majestic ship to life. The new Sambuk and Jelbut, having two masts, follow traditional designs used for pearling. Unlike the pearling vessels of old,
Animal fat and sand paste
Teak trees with carved names
diesel engines have also been fitted. Ibrahim is proud of the nation’s pearling history, “Each ship, with a crew of 50 to 60 people would stay at sea for 40 days, searching the oyster beds which are 30 to 40 miles off shore.” There is no pearl diving in Bahrain now, the oil industry offered a less arduous life and a regular income. With his characteristic optimism, Ibrahim adds, “the oyster beds off the coast of Bahrain are healthy and there are plans to resurrect the pearl fishing business.” Mohammad is certain of a long term future of dhow building in Bahrain. “The demand for wooden dhows is very gradually returning as fishermen realise that glass fibre dhows are not as durable as the wooden ships.” He pauses, “Evolution and heritage have always been complementary; we take as much pride in our progress as we do in our inheritance.” John Ridley is a journalist who has lived in the Middle East for more than thirty years; he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Ridley is a young photographer, examples of his work can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattysquirrel
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Los Vivancos Brothers Burn The Floor! by Maliha Aqueel
The Los Vivancos burnt the floor at Bahrain’s Summer Festival with their extreme fusion of Flamenco dancing. Their energy on stage, and mastery of Flamenco fusion, thrilled the crowd.
riginally from Spain, the seven brothers have been dancing since childhood - and learnt to play musical instruments before they even learnt to write. Inspired by their father, who was mainly a Flamenco dancer, the brothers danced together as teenagers - performing across the world. After graduating from the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Barcelona, the Vivancos Brothers decided to each go their own way to get independent professional experience. Close to the end of 2004, the brothers reunited and formed the Flamenco dance company, ‘Los Vivancos’.
They mix together flamenco with classical dance, tap dance, break dance, and even acrobatics and martial arts - and, since they all play music as well - they often compose their shows’ music. ‘Aeternum’ - the show Los Vivancos presented in Bahrain - premiered in April this year in Spain. The music is composed by Los Vivancos and recorded with more than 100 musicians of Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Daniele Finzi Pasca, known for his work with ‘Cirque du Soleil’, is the artistic director, along with Julie Hamelin and the brothers themselves. The show had the audience on their feet, screaming and clapping for the brothers who even performed blindfolded, with impeccable footwork, using sticks and martial techniques - and delighted the audience with their upside-down Flamenco.
“For us, being able to perform on the world’s stages is a childhood dream come true.”
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Get to know ‘Los Vivancos’ as they talk about everything from their childhood dreams to how they would just love to teleport! Why Flamenco? Our father was a Flamenco dancer. He did other forms of dance as well, like classical. So, as kids we learnt to dance and were very well educated in the arts. During childhood, we all learnt many forms of music and dance like regional dances, flamenco and ballet too. Describe your style of performance - or Flamenco Fusion as you call it? Ours is an extreme Flamenco fusion. We have all lived and worked as artists in different countries of the world, so as a group we bring all of that experience together. Our experiences in different forms of dance are fused together in our performances.
What are you trying to convey to the audiences in your performance? We want to say that nothing is impossible and dreams can be achieved. We do a lot in our shows, in terms of our performance, we just give it all. For us, being able to perform on the world’s stages is a childhood dream come true. And since we are family, there is a lot of energy between us on stage. We even do things that are risky for us, like performing with blindfolds on. At our performances, we want the audience to forget the world, forget their worries and just lose themselves in the performance. After going separate ways for a while, what made you decide to come back together in 2004? Even as children, we were always together and had the dream to form a dance group when we all grow up and gain the experience. So, the idea was always there. How is being together as Los Vivancos different from when you were together as teenagers? When we learnt so much as individuals in our different experiences around the world, collectively, we all learnt a lot. We have a healthy competition now where we push each other to do better. But as a team, we have always been the same ... we used to dream to be here as teenagers. We were really ambitious. And now that we are here, we dream of being somewhere else as Los Vivancos. So in some ways it’s different, but in many ways it’s the same.
“We do wish we could just think about a location and get there ... like teleporting! In a few years maybe?” that everyone can understand, anywhere we have performed in the world. There is another side that the audience can’t always get like it is with films and music. But we do appeal to a very big audience. What do you think of the actual travel part, the time spent on planes and trains? Oh, it’s just really tiring ... the ten hour flights drain us out. We love going to different countries though, and we have enjoyed every single country! It’s great because we stay together as a family too. We do wish we could just think about a location and get there ... like teleporting! In a few years maybe?
Apart from the travel, how physically demanding is this profession? Our bodies are our instruments and we have to take good care of them. After this interview, we are off to the gym! We don’t smoke or drink at all, we exercise a lot and are into sports. You have to really love Flamenco to be able to do this. For our current show, ‘Aeternum’, we have trained for a whole year, twelve hours a day! You go to sleep with it, you wake up with it. The footwork in the show requires the muscles to be highly trained for such intense pressure. In the show, we have a metallic structure and hang upside down to perform Flamenco. We train like race horses!
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Technology Gigabyte X11 Lightest Ultrabook Ever
If the weight of a notebook is a concern, then Gigabyte has just the thing for you! The X11, Gigabyte’s new flagship ultrabook, is a slim beauty which gives it an appeal similar to the MacBook Air. The 11.6 inch ultrabook weighs just under one kilogram. The X11 uses the “6th Element“ or Carbon Fiber - a strong, but very light material. Gigabyte X11 sports a highly integrated motherboard, an Ivy Bridge processor, a Bluetooth connectivity of 4.0, two USB ports of 3.0, an SSD of 128GB, and a small 35Wh battery. A close look suggests that it has borrowed most of its design features from Apple. The notebook has dual aluminium alloy air vents and a black diamond wave pattern cover.
Samsung Music Hub
iTechbahrain.com’s Faisal Ebrahim gives us the lowdown on the latest tech news and gadgets to hit the market.
Launched along with the Samsung Galaxy SIII phone is the online music streaming service called Music Hub. It gives users the opportunity to pay to stream their choice of over 19 million songs as well as allowing them to scan and match their entire home musical library to the Music Hub catalogue. It offers an online music store, cloud storage, radio recommendations, and the ability to store music files on PC for offline listening.
Canon’s Latest Hits
Canon has launched the IXUS 500 HS and IXUS 125 HS in the Middle East. The two models combine advanced features with compact design. The IXUS 500 packs 12x optical zoom into a tiny, 19.2 mm body. It is available in red, blue, black and silver, while the IXUS 125 is offered in pink, red, silver, green and blue. Both models feature Canon’s HS System with the latest DIGIC 5 image processor, capturing detailed, flattering shots without needing to use the flash, even in low light. Both models feature a range of fun effects for the photos.
Dell XPS One 27
Starting price of BD530
It seems that Dell has taken up the challenge to compete with Apple in the all-in-one PC category. Matching the iMac for feature, style, and functionality, the Dell XPS One 27 has arrived to take a share of this market. The XPS 27 is one of the first Dell products to run on Ivy Bridge processors with a choice of either Core i5 or i7. Unlike other Dell all-in-one offers, the XPS 27 does not lack in the style department with its sleek metallic finish. It has a widescreen 27-inch full quad HD plus a wireless keyboard and mouse and a slot-loading disc drive. The XPS 27 is not touch-enabled, which is a bit of a downer considering that the upcoming Windows 8 system will come with touch features. The XPS One 27 is available in Asia for a starting price of USD1,399 (BD530). For more on latest technology updates, contact Faisal Ebrahim on email: email@example.com or visit: www.itechbahrain.com
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Unique & Chic
A new, exclusive
furniture and interiors boutique is set to open its doors . this month in the Seef area
“Every piece is designed to the requirements of the client.”
asa Lusso is a shop full of luscious, fashion-forward furniture. The exclusive boutique caters to exquisite tastes and designer items. All the furniture found in store is designed exclusively for Casa Lusso and cannot be found anywhere else in the market. Opening this month, the showroom features all types of furniture and accessories like chandeliers and lamps. The classic yet modern feel of the furniture is an instant attraction, while the custom designed accessories give your home decor that little extra edge. “The most unique aspect of Casa Lusso is that every piece is designed to the requirements of the client, which means that the pieces we produce or exhibit are not commercial, so clients get their own unique design,” says Fadi Eweida, Managing Director and Chief Interior Designer at Casa Lusso. What also makes this furniture store stand out is that their designs appeal to the tastes of both locals and expats living on the island. Design services are offered free of charge and Casa Lusso is targeting those who are looking to create a real home and not just furnish a house. The furniture at Casa Lusso is graceful, yet comfortable and functional - a rare combination indeed Tel. +973 3990 6959 or visit Casa Lusso at Showroom No. 668, Road 3615, Block 436, Seef Area.
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Areej magazine is NOT just another foreign franchise magazine title. It is 100% created and based in Bahrain. It is also Bahrainâ€™s largest circulated Arabic lifestyle magazine, covering Bahrain lifestyle, luxury, fashion, society...and â€˜what to doâ€™.
Hani Royal Hotel The lavish Hani Royal Hotel opened its doors this year, to welcome guests and diners into the opulent surroundings its name has come to represent.
ani Royal Hotel opened to the public in February this year, providing a unique and extravagant hotel, restaurant and spa experience. Located in the Al Seef district, a stone’s throw from Bahrain’s main shopping malls, souk and Central Business District, it is the perfect location for a stay in Bahrain, for families and corporate travellers alike. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, decorated in either Italian or Arabic style, to make guests feel truly comfortable in the surroundings that best meet their tastes and styles. The Italian style offers modern furnishings, based on a monochrome palate, for the stylish and discerning customer. Each room has individual and impressive touches that really give that wow factor, with modern feature bathrooms and the highest quality finish. Alternatively, the Arabic style, with its mixture of warm colours, ornate wood and colorful lanterns, provides a comfortable and homely atmosphere capturing the very essence of the Middle East.
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“Each room has individual and impressive touches that really give that wow factor.”
With customer satisfaction at the heart of their philosophy, Hani Royal Hotel have anticipated and met the needs of its varied clientele. In addition to complimentary airport transfer, all rooms include satellite television, direct dial phones and 24 hour room service. For convenience and corporate travel, rooms are complete with complimentary WiFi. Business travellers can avail of a dedicated home office area, ensuring that everything you need is there, in the comfort of your own room. Private conference facilities can also be made available upon request.
After a hard day, the spa area is a tranquil place to unwind, with beautifully tiled Jacuzzis, in addition to saunas, steam rooms and highly trained therapists to ease out the tensions of the day. For those who like to stay on top of their game, the spa and wellness floor also huses a large, fully equipped gym area - complete with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Arabian Gulf. For families, the rooftop pool area has a selection of pools for the kids, in addition to an outdoor Jacuzzi, lounge and barbeque area for evening entertainment. The international ‘H’ restaurant, located on the ground floor provides a wide menu of delectable food from 7am until midnight. Or, relax in the the lounge area where the chilled atmosphere is perfect for an evening sipping mocktails or enjoying a coffee and chat with friends
For more information visit www.haniroyalhotel.com, Tel. +973 1758 1100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality with a touch of luxury...
Amidst the Kingdom’s central business district, in the heart of Al Seef area, you will find our luxurious and stylish hotel and fully furnished suites. Hani Royal Hotel and Hani Suites & Spa offer world class five star quality with a unique style, and services for the weekend traveller or family alike. Every detail has been thought of to ensure a memorable stay with us and an extravagant atmosphere without comparison…. “Your Home Away From Home”
P.O. Box 20223 | Al Seef | Kingdom of Bahrain Tel. + 973 17 581100 | Fax + 973 17 111088 E-mail: email@example.com
Eye Care Matters Looking after your health and lifestyle should include looking after your eyes as well.
Optica store in Seef Mall
or all your eye care needs, Optica have you covered. Previously known as Bahrain Optician, Optica have been in business for 40 years. They go beyond just selling high quality eyewear and give great importance to eye health with a team of qualified Optometrists who hold licenses from the Ministry of Health. You’re in safe hands when you pick Optica for detailed eye examinations. Eye care specialists at Optica offer a list of simple steps to follow to keep you seeing your best: • Have your eyes tested regularly. • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Broccoli, spinach, sweet corn, oranges and
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Optica store in Bahrain City Centre
yellow peppers, kiwi and mangoes all contain substances that protect against certain eye conditions. • Shield your eyes from the sun with sunglasses or tinted lenses that carry the UV400 mark. Avoid using replica sunglasses; they do not provide 100 per cent UV protection. • Smokers are three times more likely to develop cataracts than non-smokers. Try bidding adieu to smoking! • If you use a computer, take short frequent breaks to prevent eye strain and tiredness or look up occasionally and focus on something in the distance. • If you get dust, sand or grit in your eye, do not rub it. Pull your upper eyelid over the bottom eyelid and blink frequently to encourage your tears to naturally wash your eyes. • Contact lens wearers must get their lenses and eyes checked more regularly than spectacle wearers and also keep a firm eye on their contact lens solution expiry date.
• Free Eye Test • 25 - 60% discount on selected Sunglasses brands including latest collections • 25% discount on complete pair (Frame + Prescription Lenses)
Optica store in Juffair
Get prescription glasses delivered free to your home with a purchase of BD100 or more. Try the new online eye-test booking system at www.optica.net or the online store finder to find an Optica store near you or Tel. +973 1700 0250.
Shopping News One Top, Many Looks
The ‘Feel’ top by Salsa can be adjusted and worn as a top, dress, t-shirt and even a skirt. Every look can be transformed and adapted to an endless variety of fits. It’s extra resistant, elastic and doesn’t wrinkle. Available in five colours. A must for your suitcase when travelling this summer! Salsa Jeans is located at Bahrain City Centre.
Fashion For A Good Cause!
‘Being Human’ is a charity initiative by famous Bollywood star, Salman Khan, to support education and healthcare for the underprivileged. The line-up offers 29 options in t-shirts for men. Semi-formal trousers, denims, shorts and shirts in various styles are also part of the collection. Splash has partnered with ‘Being Human’ and launched the collection in its stores across the Middle East. Available at all Splash stores in Bahrain.
It’s Over The Top At H&M!
a t t o G t s u You J Have It!
Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo has designed a special collection of accessories for H&M. Unabashedly glamorous, precious and playful, the range is an expression of Dello Russo’s taste for ornamentation. Available in Bahrain from 4th October, at the peak of the global fashion weeks tour. The collection features jewellery, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley.
PUMA - Sure To Make Heads Turn!
Designed by Reggae Royalty, Cedella Marley, the Jamaica Track & Field Olympic Wear collection incorporates high-tech fabrics and silhouettes. It takes inspiration from the vibrant colorus and patterns of Jamaica as well as the African influences that have come to characterise that country. PUMA’s Olympic wear is accompanied by a lifestyle collection of apparel, footwear and accessories, now available at PUMA retail stores in Bahrain.
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H&M Bright Hues, Beautiful Silhouettes
Work these bright colours into your wardrobe this summer for a quick upgrade from boring to bright and fashionable!
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BD19.9 BD22.9 BD19.9
Fashion Frenzy Get into style with our picks of these fashionable H&M pieces!
Zesty Citrus Brights BD22.9
Chic, chic, chic - the three words that describe these colourful creations from H&M.
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Fashion BD4.9 BD15.9
Perfect for those lazy summer afternoons and long brunches in the summer.
Pretty Florals BD19.9
We recommend adding some attractive and sweet florals to your wardrobe this summer.
H&M Summer Collection available at Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall. 50 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2012
Seriously Cool And Fresh The Summer 2012 collection by H&M is just what you need to upgrade your wardrobe for these days full of sun, fun, cheer and travel.
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Beachy, Boaty Youâ€™re sure to make heads turn this summer with cool beach wear and accessories.
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Summer Fresh Keep cool in beachy pales and almost-whites paired with the perfect accessories.
H&M Summer Collection available at Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall.
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Luxe Bohemian BD8.9 BD33.9
The Point-Toe Pump
Over the Rainbow
From colour blocking to sparkles, tes your Nine West comple 12 collection. 20 /S S r ei th ith w ok lo summer
Perfectly Preppy Blocks of Colour
All that Glitters BD43.9
Available in Bahrain City Centre - Tel. +973 1668 6207, Seef Mall - Tel. +973 1668 6220 and Bahrain Mall - Tel. +973 1668 6228. 54 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2012
Tommy Hilfiger has all your summer
clothing needs sorted with their S/S 2012 collection. From signature stripes to summer brights, preppy has never looked so good!
Polo Shirts BD54.9 BD64.9
BD64.9 BD64.9 Tommy Hilfiger is available in Bahrain City Centre - Tel. +973 1668 6208. July 2012 | Bahrain Confidential | 55
Fashion BD7.9 BD11.9
Fun For Tiny Toes BD6.9
Styles such as denim, punk rock, bright colour blocking and theatre styled ballerinas dominate the Shoe Mart Kidsâ€™ collection. Girls will be spoilt for choice with woven gladiators and pumps decorated with shiny bow brooches in neon pink, grass green, silver and navy blue. The boys can choose from ankle length sneaks to canvas shoes with bright artwork and overlay straps in multi colour, while a selection of comfortable sandals and airy flats is perfect for the outdoors.
Available at all Shoe Mart outlets in Bahrain.
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Fashion Signature Hanging Beauty Bag
Small - BD8.5
Nylon Cosmetic Cases
BD16.5 Large - BD15.5
Coin Purse with Key Chain Envelope Ipad Case Silver
Medium - BD11.5 Flat Wristlet
Signature Trio Set
Envelope Business Card Case
Travel in Style!
Leather Mini Continental Wallet
Leather - BD16.5
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Travelling this summer? Look no further than the sweet luggage options from Victoriaâ€™s Secret. Out this month, the collection is perfect for summer travel - with statement trolleys and weekenders to cute coin
purses and computer cases. Keep your passport safe by choosing one of the attractive passport covers. Travel with the giant, yet stylish and comfy, totes that will let you fit everything in.
Nylon - BD14
New collection available in Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall from 15th July.
Trolley Bag - BD71.5
Nylon East - West Tote
Nylon Wheeled Duffle
Nylon Computer Bag
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We fill you in on our makeover candidate, Najeia Albinali’s progress as Bahrain Confidential and our partners pamper her for a new look and a fresh take on life ...
Najeia during the makeover
Najeia’s Cosmetic Treatments with Dr Dean Cunha Gomes
Najeia had crow’s feet around her eyes and sagging nasolabial folds (smile lines). Dr Dean injected fillers to correct the smile lines, whilst maintaining an overall natural look when Najeia smiles. But, with fillers, the permanent deep depressions of her smile lines are gone. The fillers take immediate effect so Najeia looked visibly younger and
fresher just after the session.
Najeia receives Botox treatment from Dr Dean
He used Botox to reduce the wrinkles, lines on her forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. This was also done keeping in mind the natural contours and lines of the face - and Najeia can still ‘smile with her eyes’!
For her body, Najeia is getting the Velasmooth treatment on her upper thighs - to address the appearance of cellulite or the ‘orange-peel effect’. Call Dr Dean at the Royal Bahrain Hospital on Tel. +973 1724 6857 or 1724 6939.
Najeia’s Facial Treatments at Lei Garden Skincare
Najeia gets the M.A.R.T.A facial treatment
To address the tired skin, eye bags, under-eye circles, and open pores on Najeia’s skin, she is getting the M.A.R.T.A facial treatments done at Lei Garden Skincare. As she goes through the process, her skin looks younger and fresher. With the M.A.R.T.A Anti-Ageing, and Face Lift Facial treatments, wrinkles are visibly outstretched, the colour of the skin is uniform and luminous, and Najeia’s face has a relaxed and rejuvenated look. “My skin is much softer and I feel very relaxed after the facials. But the sessions are going on, so we still have to see the final results,” said Najeia. For appointments, Tel. +973 1729 0008, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.leigardenskincare.com
Najeia’s Life Coaching Session with Kelly Armatage
Kelly Armatage offers counselling, life coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Najeia sat with Kelly for a session. “The session was very relieving for me. I am like an open book, and the session felt like I was talking to someone I could completely trust. It changed the way I feel about things, especially about my anger,” said Najeia about her experience. For enquiries, email: email@example.com or Tel. +973 3993 1399 or visit www.kellyarmatage.com
Check this space in our next issue for a photo shoot of the new Najeia Albinali, after the makeover and shopping! 58 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2012
Najeia and Kelly just before the life coaching session
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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.
BD9* Estée Lauder Pure Colour Cyber Eyes
This new dynamic trend in colour makeup that boldly paints the eyes in graphic pigments is perfect for the summer. This powerfully modern collection features eye shadows in richly pigmented shades with a futuristic, hyper-metallic finish, eye pencils that dazzle and define eyes in strikingly chic hues and mascaras that create a lush display of vibrant colour.
Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait
This cream by Lancôme is touted as the ultimate elixir of regeneration. It harnesses the amazing regenerating potential of plant stem cells, capable of stimulating human dermal stem cells.
Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Nail Treatment Collection
BD10.1 BD8.1 Smart Makeup by Sephora
Summer is roaring into town in a frenzy of hightech glam. Lips wear a plumped-up pout or a just-bitten glow, the complexion is healthy and hydrated, and never-before-seen lush lashes have the power to bewitch. Sephora has us all kitted out for beauty this summer.
Treat your nails like a pro with Sally Hansen’s new nail treatments for a salon perfect manicure at home. From long hours at the office to a jam-packed social schedule, flawless nails are an everyday essential. The collection features cuticle balm, base coat and top coat.
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Beauty HydraQuench by Clarins
C o m p e t i t i o n
W i n n e r s
Congratulations!!! From the competition featured last month, Deena Al Khamis has won a make-over and BD50 worth of INGLOT products. Sabrina Anthony and Matt Broughton have each won a make-over and BD25 worth of INGLOT products.
Big Brows Are Back!
The new Bobbi Brown brow kits are perfect for the woman on the go, with everything you need to shape and intensify your brows. Offered in light and dark shades. The Natural Brow Shaper and Hair Touch-Up works to define and fill in the brows, and is available in five shades.
Clarins’ HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase and HydraQuench Cream Gel provide intense hydration for the skin. The serum is made for the most dehydrated skin - and yet, is light, with a non-oily finish. The cream gel is designed for normal and combination skin, and has a smooth, creamy texture with the cooling effect of a gel.
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free and Even Better Concealer
Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup is a lightweight liquid foundation that controls oil and shine, so makeup can look flawless and feel comfortable on the skin all day. The Even Better Concealer is designed to help camouflage dark spots and cover under eye circles. With these two, you’re good to go for the humid Bahraini summer!
Maya Diab’s Special Edition Aqua Trousse has her favourite six Aqua products by Makeup Forever. Includes Aqua Rouge, a waterproof lipstick, in a stylish clutch designed by the Diva herself - and all the other musthaves for your makeup needs!
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Pursuit of Youth “We lose vital fat on our face as we age.” Your nearest and dearest might know how many candles are on your birthday cake each year – but that doesn’t mean everyone should be able to guess! Ageing may be an (unfortunate) fact of life, but there are plenty of ways to stop that clock in its tracks. …
hat is beautiful? Or, should I say who is beautiful? One only has to look at the fresh faced images that adorn the fashion pages of magazines (like this one!) to realise it’s not about saggy features, deep lines and thin lips. Or look at the long line of Disney princesses, all epitomising beauty, think Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Pocahontas – very different faces, but what do they have in common that makes them so aesthetically pleasing? They are all young for a start. And there it is: Beauty is almost synonymous with youth. Youth brings with it full rose bud lips, plump cheeks and a sparkling complexion-and age, well it doesn’t. Unfortunately, as the years pass by, we lose collagen, the protein in our skin that The effect of aging
keeps it young, fresh and plump. As this process happens, skin starts to lose its tone and elasticity, accelerated by the effects of sun exposure, pollution and smoking. By the time you reach your forties, the collagen fibers start to decrease, stiffen and break apart, and the skin loses more elasticity and volume. By fifty, hormonal changes such as menopause cause further damage. To add further insult to injury, we also lose vital fat on our face as we age. First, it goes from round the eyes, then the upper cheeks, cheekbones, sides of the mouth, nose-to-mouth lines and, finally, the forehead and sides of the face. Losing this volume and fullness of a ‘pretty’ and ‘youthful’ face not only has an ageing effect (think juicy grape vs withered raisin), but it can also lead to reduced confidence and self esteem.
Drinking water and staying hydrated can go a long way to keeping everything more healthy – but it only goes so far! Enter the instant effect of cosmetic fillers ... Dermal fillers are placed under the skin to “plump” it up, helping to lessen the severity of deep lines and wrinkles, moreover, they actually help the skin improve its appearance on its own! And this doesn’t even count as surgery; it is an injectable treatment that can be done in your lunch hour. And not only for your skin. Lips are by far the most noticeable feature on your face, and they too are subject to the thinning effect of age, which can be countered immediately by the non-invasive injection of lip fillers. Bringing you right back to that fresh faced, full lipped youthful ideal! That just leaves the perfect hair, Prince Charming and happy-ever-after to work on …
For more information contact the Marafie Clinic: Tel. +973 1758 5373 or visit www.marafieclinic.com
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Dr Dean Cunha-Gomes
Dr Dean answers questions on skin disorders, treating sunburn at home and whether or not to get permanent makeup done.
Ask Dr Dean The inside corners of my eyelids occasionally become red and usually are very dry and flaky. I know it’s not normal, what should I do? This may be a sign of a disorder called Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. It happens when one has dandruff. Try using an antidandruff shampoo to shampoo your hair daily. When you have applied the shampoo on your scalp, apply a bit of the foam to this area and leave the shampoo/foam on for two minutes and rinse off (not inside the eye). If this doesn’t help then you may need to visit the doctor for prescription medicines. I have ingrown hair on my chin and they become very stubborn and nearly impossible to pull. Most develop a bump and redness when I try to tweeze them. What’s the solution? The hair are coarse enough to penetrate the skin and set up an inflammation which manifests as redness and the bump. If this persists it may leave scars and pigment changes. The solution is to permanently remove the hair with Laser. Amelioration of symptoms may be noted with as few as 1-2 sessions. And 6-8 sessions may be required at monthly intervals for good results. I have acne scars left from my early 20’s on the left cheek. And that patch is still particularly prone to acne. What can I do to treat both? Acne and acne scars need different kinds of therapy. It is best to have the acne under control first, as new eruptions give rise to more scars. Scars can be tackled with
“Sunburns can be treated with milk compresses. Soak a clean cloth in cold milk and keep it on the affected area.” procedures like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing and chemical peel resurfacing. I am considering getting permanent makeup done. Do you believe it is better for the skin over putting on makeup every day? What would you advise? Permanent make is being done by many people. However one has to be watchful as: a) You may develop allergic reactions to the colours used which may persist for as long as the colours are in your body. b) Trends change, and you may not like the present makeup a while later. c) Removal of this makeup may entail surgical procedures or using lasers. If the daily wear make-up suits your skin, it may be a better choice. I want to get rid of my facial hair but I have met people who had laser hair removal and the hair came back. What’s the best way to go about it? Successful laser hair removal depends on numerous factors. Best results are seen in individuals with thick black hair on light skin and no hormonal problems. The best way is to meet with a Laser hair reduction provider who can assess the suitability of Laser for your skin/hair. Some lasers are better than others for thin hair on fair skin.
What’s the best way to treat the emergence of spots on the face? The best way is to prevent spots from coming, by using daily preventive creams. Once they have erupted, there are some spot creams available which may help to settle this down quickly. It is obviously better to meet a doctor who can prescribe the right medications to you. I have noticed the appearance of groups of bumps on my upper arms and it’s increasing. It doesn’t itch and it’s not acne. What is it? It maybe a condition called Keratosis Pilaris. It is essential to meet a dermatologist to diagnose and treat it. I have very visible open pores on my nose and the area around it. What should I do? Pore size can be reduced by creams and laser procedures. Use of astringents and toners will also help. How can I treat sunburn at home? Sunburns can be treated with milk compresses. Soak a clean cloth in cold milk and keep it on the affected area. Hydrocortisone cream, available over the counter will also help
If you have any skin or body concerns that you think Dr Gomes can help you with, please email your question to info@ArabianMagazines.com 64 | Bahrain Confidential | July 2012
Teeth Whitening Dr Ali Hussain Al Juffairy, Dental and Oral Surgeon
All the Turkish coffee and Shisha during Ramadan can leave your teeth stained. But it can be fixed! Read on as Dr Ali Juffairy explains the process of teeth whitening and its benefits ...
after Teeth Whitening
Dr Ali Hussain Al Juffairy
What are the types of stains our teeth can get? There are two main types of teeth stains: extrinsic staining on the surface of the teeth, and intrinsic staining within the structure of the teeth. The latter cannot be fixed with teeth whitening. But, extrinsic stains can either be completely removed or made less visible through the process of whitening.
Before the whitening process, we isolate the teeth from the gums and the lips. Then we apply the whitening material and use a special device called ‘Zoom Bleaching Device’. It uses ultraviolet light to help the bleaching material penetrate into teeth surface. For difficult stains, we repeat the process and sometimes even give patients whitening kits they can continue to use at home.
What are the main causes of stained teeth? The main causes include, but are not limited to, excessive use of coffee, tea, or chewing ‘Paan’ and smoking. Any such habit will really harm your teeth by staining it.
What is most important to remember during teeth whitening?
Can you describe the process of teeth whitening? First of all, we check the patient to see if the stains are extrinsic of intrinsic. If the stains are extrinsic, we continue on to the scaling and polishing part. Then we photograph the patient’s teeth for a ‘before’ picture.
a) Whitening can be done only twice a year, and no more than that. b) Stay away from coffee, tea and smoking - especially during or just after the whitening process when teeth are more prone to staining. c) It is important to remember that the sensitivity you experience during teeth whitening is only temporary.
For more information Tel. +973 1727 3700 or visit the Al Juffairy Clinic Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm. Sixth Floor Flat 63, Mashtan Building 2415, Road 2381, Block 428, next to Almoayyed Tower.
Arabic to English Translation Service
Fast and inexpensive translation of all types of correspondence, certificates, technical and legal documents.
Accuracy guaranteed. For further information please call +973 3618 8100 July 2012 | Bahrain Confidential | 65
Health Deadly Venom Being Used as Medicine
Venom from the Death Stalker Scorpion and the Black Widow Spider are being used to create new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. A single sting from the tail of a Death Stalker Scorpion contains about half a teaspoon of venom. The active ingredient is Chlorotoxin, which stops the nervous system communicating properly and causes fever, extreme pain, convulsions, paralysis, coma and ultimately, death. However, scientists are working on cancer treatments using Chlorotoxin’s unusual properties, as it sticks to tumour cells and ignores nearby healthy cells. The scorpion’s venom has been used in traditional medicines as a pain killer for thousands of years. And, Black Widows have the most concentrated poison of any spider; a bite injects 1/25th of a teaspoon of poison into the victim. The venom contains Latrotoxin, a protein which attacks the nervous system and the hormones which regulate body functions. Scientists suggest a building block of proteins found in the venom may help treat Alzheimer’s.
An Itch During Pregnancy Could be Obstetric Cholestasis
OC is said to cause itching so severe that women scratch until they bleed or even have suicidal thoughts. It usually occurs around 28 weeks into pregnancy, although symptoms (which include pale stools, dark urine and, uncommonly, jaundice) can appear at any time. OC disappears about a week or so after giving birth. OC during pregnancy affects the liver’s ability to regulate bile acids (which aid digestion), causing a build up in the bloodstream. This increases the risk of foetal distress, premature birth and stillbirth. There is no effective way of treating OC, and women with the condition may be induced early to ensure the baby’s safety. The doctor’s advice for pregnant women, who have even the mildest itch, is to ask for a blood test.
Sleeping More than Nine Hours May Help Weight Loss
Being lazy can help weight loss! A study, involving 1,088 pairs of twins, has found that sleeping for less than seven hours a night was linked to higher bodyweights and a greater susceptibility to genetic factors that influence weight. However, the opposite was true in people who slept for nine hours or more. The genes affect how the body uses energy, how fat is stored, the feeling of being full after a meal and how quickly sugar is used up. Shorter sleep may provide a more permissible environment for the expression of obesity-related genes or extended sleep may help in suppressing the expression of obesity genes. The results showed weight loss measures are most effective when the genetic influences on obesity were mitigated through sleep extension.
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Health ‘Birth Defect Link’ to IVF Injections
Children conceived through IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) are likely to suffer birth defects, a study suggests. Research on more than 300,000 babies found those born following a fertility treatment used when men have low sperm counts, had a higher risk of abnormalities than those conceived naturally. Babies born as a result of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) — where a sperm is injected into the egg, were more likely to suffer abnormalities. Researchers are unable to determine if the technique itself increased the risks of abnormality or because men suffering from sperm damage were more likely to pass on anomalies. The research, led by the University of Adelaide, examined 309,000 births in South Australia, of which, 1,878 involved ICSI. The study found the risk of birth defects was 5.8 per cent following natural conception, compared with 7.2 per cent following conventional IVF, and 9.9 per cent after ICSI.
Jogging Adds Years to Life
Regular jogging increases life expectancy for men by six years and women by five years, cardiologists have found. The study, started in 1976, followed the cardiovascular health of around 20,000 people aged 20 to 93. The jogging sub-study looked at 1,116 male joggers and 762 female joggers and compared their life spans to nonjoggers. Joggers were asked to assess whether they ran at a slow, average, or fast pace. Men, who spent between 60 minutes to two hours a week at a “slow or average” pace, lived 6.2 years longer than non-exercisers, while female joggers derived 5.6 extra years. Gentle jogging appeared to be better in terms of adding years to one’s life, than cranking up the pace. The aim is to feel a little breathless, but not to run out of breath.
Eat Fish Twice a Week to Protect the Heart
People should eat two portions of fish a week to prevent heart disease, leading European experts have said. It is presumed that the heart health benefits of fish come from fish oils, Omega 3, but this hasn’t been proven. One of the two portions consumed a week should be oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardine or trout, as these contain the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. The recommendation for people who don’t like fish is that supplements should have 1g of Omega 3. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain or immune health. Eating fish is considered better than fish oil supplements as it contains nutrients such as Vitamin D, Selenium and Iodine, which help fight cardiovascular disease.
Exercise and Computer Games Reduce Memory Problems
Babies Born Late More Likely to have Behavioural Problems
Overdue babies are twice as likely to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a study has found. A study of 5,000 babies born between 2002 and 2006 found those who were born at 42 weeks gestation or more were at higher risk of significant behaviour problems and were twice as likely to have ADHD at age three. Women are advised to have labour induced at 42 weeks because it is known that the placenta begins to fail which increases the risk of stillbirth. However, researchers stated that behavioural problems may be caused due to other factors such as placental problems, mother’s health etc.
Using a computer and exercising regularly can reduce the risk of memory problems by up to 75 per cent, a study has found. Researchers found elderly people who took part in moderate exercise and used a computer were less likely to suffer memory problems. The study involved 926 people aged between 70 and 93 who completed questionnaires about their lifestyle over the previous year. Participants who did not exercise or use a computer were 20.1 per cent cognitively normal and 37.6 per cent showed signs of MCI (mild cognitive impairment). Participants who exercised and used a computer were 36 per cent cognitively normal and 18.3 per cent showed signs of MCI. Research suggests keeping our bodies and brains active in later life could have combined benefits in helping to stave off cognitive decline.
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To Fast The Healthy Way
While Ramadan is primarily a ve
ry spiritual occasion, many people tend to either see it as a great time to lose weight or go all out and indulge. And so it is ... within reason. This is a time you must be extra cautious and take care of yourself properly. Slow Down!
We know you’re hungry, but quickly scoffing down that food is going to put a lot of strain on your digestive tract. Take small bites and chew well as the longer we munch, the less work our digestive system has to do and the more nourishment we absorb. This all prevents indigestion, bloating and feeling downright stuffed. It is also a very good idea to wait at least an hour after your meal to indulge in sweet foods.
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Hydration is Imperative
Our bodies are mostly made of water and we need a whopping half our body weight each day just to maintain normal bodily function! So whatever you do, do not skimp on the H²O just because you’re fasting. Headaches, fatigue, confusion, dizziness and irritability are caused by dehydration so if you’re suffering from any of these symptoms make sure you drink water pronto.
Broaden your Palate
We all have our favourites but it’s never a good idea to stick to just a few foods. We all need a varied diet, particularly during the Holy Month. Our bodies actually need 40 different nutrients everyday to ensure we function properly, which of course are not available in just a few foods. Eat your grains, cereals and breads, meat, fish, dairy, good oils, nuts and seeds, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
4 Break Fast with Soup
Not only is it easy to make far in advance, but soup is also very nourishing and easily absorbed by our bodies. Let’s not forget it’s also a great way to make sure you up the water intake. Create plenty of nutrient-rich soups throughout the month; they’re the best way to break your fast.
Skimp on Sugar
As tempted as you may be after a full day of fasting to reach for the treats, remember sugar robs our bodies of vital minerals and vitamins which we surely want to hold onto at a time where intake is low anyway. This doesn’t just include sweets, cakes and chocolate but also white rice and white bread act the same way in our bodies as sugar. Turn to juicy fruits, whole wheat and brown options instead.
Health Work It!
Just because you’re eating less doesn’t give you an excuse to exercise less! It is important for circulation to maintain healthy activity levels. The best and least strenuous way to do this is by taking an evening walk after Iftar.
Don’t Forget to Zzzz
We all love to stay up late at ghabgas but it is important to get enough beauty sleep. You’ll know if you’ve been skimping on the sleep too much when you start feeling nervous, getting bad headaches and digestive problems. If you haven’t got enough hours at night then take a well deserved afternoon nap.
This is a good habit to get into anyway, but during Ramadan it is vital that you take supplements to make up for the vitamins and minerals your diet is going to be lacking. Pay particular attention to B-complex vitamins which are known to help our bodies deal with stress, and take zinc, selenium and vitamins E, A and C which are all known as anti-oxidants and allow our bodies to repair themselves, remove waste and keep us looking youthful. Natural sources of B vitamins are whole grains, while plenty of fruits and vegetables should keep the other vitamins in good stock.
Don’t Skip Suhoor
Speaking of sleep, don’t get too attached because breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip Suhoor! Breakfast keeps our hunger symptoms at bay throughout the day and also gets our metabolic rates kick started, so do not underestimate the significance of this meal. Make it light and slow digesting such as pitta bread, salad, cereal or wholegrain toast. Vitamin C helps us absorb nutrients, so make sure you have some fruit or juice too. If the thought of eating at this time is unthinkable to you then at least prepare a smoothie which you can quickly slurp down before getting some more shut-eye.
Cook It Right
Feast tables are usually laden with unhealthy, oily options (and we don’t mean the good oils). So make sure you prepare your food with love and care. Don’t fry, definitely don’t deep fry, keep oil portions down to a minimum and use good oils such as cold-pressed seed and olive oils. To cook, shallow fry or steam fry, grill, bake and roast instead. It’s just as tasty and a million times healthier!
Remember the Risks
While fasting certainly has its benefits, don’t forget the risks involved. Be careful and take heed of our advice. For instance, fasting reduces the amount of stomach acid you have, which is imperative to digest food and kill bacteria but thoughts and the smell of food can result in your stomach producing more acid which causes heartburn. Constipation can also prove to be an issue. You can combat this by staying active, including lots of fruit and veg, and increasing the fibre content of your diet. Don’t allow yourself to gain weight by eating too much either; don’t get us started on what obesity can do to your health.
Keep Your Cool
This huge change in routine and lack of food and water, particularly during Bahrain’s hot summer will cause a certain amount of stress. You must deal with any other potential sources of stress and do not strain yourself. For instance don’t play sports in the hot sun and master anger management.
You know it’s the best time to do it. While you’re still smoking there’s no way you’re going to stay healthy for long even if you take all of our advice so take the plunge and kick the habit now. You know you’re never going to regret it, but you will if you don’t.
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Kelly Armatage, our resident Counsellor, Life Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist talks about how to deal with negative emotions like resentment.
rritation, frustration, resentment and finally anger; the ascending scale of the emotions of hate. When situations/others do not go the way we want them to, it is easy for our emotions to descend into the negative. Yet, if we were to understand how catastrophic the effect of thinking and even worse, holding onto resentment is, we would ensure we made a greater effort to remove it completely. The universe is full of different people, who hold contrary beliefs, values and thinking patterns. No two people hold the same mind, no two people hold the same opinions, no two people hold the same thinking patterns. Every person is a product of their own upbringings, belief systems and thoughts acquired from their own journey and experiences of their past. When non-acceptance occurs towards another or an unwanted situation, resentment rears its ugly head. Resentment; the emotion whereby one feels injustice because of a real or imagined ‘wrong’. If one were to evaluate the feeling of resentment, it is a deep emotion that pervades the very core of our beings and has very debilitating results. When one feels resentment, there is no room for acceptance, no room for love, no room for peace. Our minds focus obsessively on the injustice that has ‘come about’. Holding onto resentment can cause blockages within the mind, body and soul. Stress can rise, illness can occur and one’s whole life experience becomes just painful. When resentment arises it is a defence mechanism and barrier towards the person/ situation who has ‘caused’ it. Yet erecting that barrier does nothing but deepen the negative that is occurring. The situation or person does not change, in fact emitting resentment outwards can just reinforce the situation or person’s actions. Keeping resentment actually blocks people/situations from altering and prevents any good from
coming into the person’s life. Resentment feelings are dangerous to the person’s psychological wellbeing and need to be released, if an improved emotional existence is to be attained. Ways to release resentment: Understand others. If we were to have been born with their brain molecules, lived their childhood, experienced their every waking hour, owned their thinking patterns,
susceptible to emotional pain than others. Learning to have a higher nurturing of positive versus negative emotions ensures one is more a victor than a victim. Journal how often resentment is occurring in our lives. If this is very regular, then therapy is recommended to release old wounds and hurts, thus ensuring a clean slate to move forward. Practicing exercises of forgiveness for perceived wrongdoings of the past via meditation, prayer, letter and journaling.
“Resentment is a deep emotion that pervades the very core of our beings and has very debilitating results.”
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felt their emotions and developed their values, then we too would be doing as they do. Understand that due to our own ‘negative’ belief systems and thinking patterns; we can create a negative outcome. We can set ourselves up for pain, whereby resentment naturally occurs. Yet who is the creator of such pain? It is worthwhile to question one’s own thinking patterns, values and beliefs next time, resentment is being felt and to whether these can be turned around into healthier, functional and more empowering views. Learn to work on our sensitivity thresholds and increasing the strength in them. Some people are ultra sensitive and are more
If there is one thing that should be taken from this article, it is this; resentment hurts the one who is resenting, no-one else! Resentment eats up your precious life through morbid, unforgiving and hateful thoughts. Resentment most definitely ensures negative outcomes occur continually, whilst that emotion exists. A person who resents does not have a happy life, does not experience the fulfilling emotion of true, unconditional love and does not have inner or outer respect.
Freeing up resentment ensures a heavy burden is lifted from your heart, mind and soul. Removing resentment erases the victim mentality from your existence and ensures you regain your power. To whom or what do you have the courage to remove your resentment towards today? Kelly Armatage Inc - Offering Counselling, Life Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sessions. For enquiries, Tel. +973 3993 1399 or visit www.kellyarmatage.com All feedback on Kelly Armatage Inc’s services and services is always greatly received. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.