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What’s New at the Yateem Centre?

Mall Fashion

Winter Shopping Over the Moon – Interview with Businesswoman Marokh Akhtarzadeh

Store Directory

Contact Yateem Centre Management Office

(+973) 17215615

Cover Credits: On Her - Jumpsuit from Clouds Original; Shoes from Bedaya. On Him - T-shirt and Polo Shirt, Belt and Jeans from Jeans Apparel


HISTORY

Teeming with cultural, religious, and historic treasures, the labyrinth of marvels that can be found in Bab Al Bahrain makes for a truly unique adventure. Whether it’s for shopping or for just browsing the goods, this original – or thereabouts – gate into old Bahrain, which leads to a massive and impressive newly refurbished souq offers the inquisitive tourist an exciting glimpse into this tiny island kingdom.

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he Yateem Centre, was the first mall in Bahrain, and it celebrates its 30th birthday next year. Once inside, the Centre unfolds around you. Loosely cylindrical in shape, it is a cavern of marble and a palace of commerce. The shops are unique and offer a range of products that you’re unlikely to find in the larger malls. Gold and jewellery play an important part here, dazzling visitors with their intricate designs. In total there are more than a dozen jewel and watch outlets, dealing in a full range of classic and modern jewellery

pieces to bargain watches and costume jewellery. Bringing things right up-to-date, there are a number of electronics shops, selling both specialist and mainstream items; and a

round. Whilst resolutely not a souq it retains some of the best of their qualities. There is camaraderie between store keepers not often seen in malls. They all know each other and will watch “There is camaraderie between store out for each keepers not often seen in malls. They other’s stores when all know each other, will watch out essential for each other’s stores when essential errands errands must be run.” must be run. The store number of fashion stores that owners love to talk and will be deal in the latest fashions. quick to offer hot sweet tea The Yateem Centre and a stool for you to sit on. was Bahrain’s first fully air The Yateem Centre feels like conditioned retail space and how shopping ought to feel  was designed so that people could shop in comfort all year Yateem Centre 03


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What’s New at the Yateem Centre? OPPE

There’s always something new and exciting to check out at The Yateem Centre.

Penshoppe

PENSH

The Philippine fashion brand is proud to announce that they are now in the Kingdom! Penshoppe offers a variety of styles to choose from. It’s affordable, it’s chic and it’s oh so trendy!

Adidas

For fitness enthusiasts, get kitted out in the latest fashion. The Adidas store has just opened which means you can work out looking fashionable on all their latest collection.

PENSHO

PPE

Adidas PENSHOPPE

Free

Adidas

Free wi-fi!

All Yateem Centre shoppers get access to free wi-fi at the Food Court. Grab a cup of your favourite coffee, chill out after shopping, and surf the web for free!


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

COMPETITION

Spot the five (5) differences in the second picture. Send your answers before 31st December to yateem@batelco.com.bh with ‘Competition’ in the subject. Three (3) lucky winners will win BD25 Gift Vouchers. Congratulations to our last winners: Moh’d Zubair, Sarah Ali and ‘Mubeen the Great’ Yateem Centre 05


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ocated on the road leading into Manama Suoq, the Yateem Centre is one of those malls which you tend to forget. However, this hidden building holds a variety of different shops ranging from clothes to jewellery to electronics. As soon as you walk in you will be spoiled for choice with all the different shops full of beautiful materials, trendy clothes, exquisite handbags and shoes and much more. The centre caters to the needs of everyone providing clothes for every age and occasion. Make sure to take advantage of the amazing prices and stop by and shop till you drop without breaking the bank.

Polo shirt, t-shirt, belt and jeans:

Jeans Apparel

n o i h s a F Ballet outďŹ t from

Moon’s Topshop

Cap, shirt and shorts:

Jeans Apparel Sandals: AbdulGhaffar

Jumpsuit:

Clouds Original Shoes: Bedaya


Bags Accessories and much more

Jeans, Tops and Accessories from

Penshoppe

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Leather coat and shirt:

Smash

Winter Shopping the t u o k Chec ave h t s u m season’s pieces...!

Hat and top:

Clouds Original

Coat, scarf, shirt and jeans:

AbdulGhaffar Dress and coat:

Denim Chic

Be fashionable this winter but at a fraction of the price only at the Yateem Centre.


Women’s leather jackets:

Smash

All from

Olympia Sports

Sports leather jacket: Smash

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Over the Moon

She’s been in the business for over 30 years …. Businesswoman Marokh Akhtarzadeh shares how she started her enterprise.

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arokh Akhtarzadeh opened her very own shop in 1979 in Manama, after years of working in her father’s business. “This was when I told my dad I wanted my own business, because at the time I didn’t want to work for him anymore as the business was already established,” she says. She says a lot of what she’s learned in running a business is thanks to her father, Ghulam Akhtarzadeh, who opened

Marokh Akhtarzadeh

the very first supermarket and department store in Bahrain in 1966. This was where she made her beginnings in business when her father made her the

underwear, cosmetics and ladies garments. Marokh says she absolutely enjoyed her experience then, and this was what gave her the inspiration to

“People buy whatever they like, and our brands have its own base of loyal customers, most notably those from the KSA, Egypt and Iran,” she emphasises. head of the ladies’ department at the store. She was in charge of ordering everything from

open her very own shop. When Yateem Centre opened in 1980, she decided


to move her shop there importing and selling ladies’ undergarments, swimwear and cosmetics. “I am responsible for most of the business operations but my husband also helps me out,” she says. Moon’s Topshop also exclusively trades ballet costumes and supplies. To this day, it remains the sole dealer of high-quality ballet supplies in Bahrain. The supplies are imported from England and sold mostly on retail, with customers coming largely from Saudi Arabia. Marokh explains that the reason she started selling these items was when her daughters who were young then, took up ballet and she found it very difficult to find ballet costumes for them, so she decided to sell them herself. As for the cosmetic brands, they import the brand ‘Flormar’ from Turkey, one of their fastest moving products as well as ‘Karaja’ from Italy - and both are distributed on a wholesale basis in their 25 outlets all over the island, including their branches in the GCC, Egypt and Iran with stocks replenished every two months. Business has been good over the years Marokh says, but recalls that the biggest challenge the business has had was when the 2003 financial crisis hit, and she says things have remained quite challenging right up to

this year. So what makes their products different from big name cosmetic brands? “People buy whatever they like, and our brands have its own base of loyal customers, most notably those from the KSA, Egypt and Iran,” she emphasises. She also adds that their steady base of clients like buying their products because they are priced mid-range. “It’s not very expensive and teenagers and young women who are working like to buy makeup that they can afford,” explains Marokh. Future plans include launching more outlets and negotiations with some of the new shopping centres in Bahrain - to also open shops there. At the end of the day what motivates her to get up in the morning and attend to her business? “My grandchildren are my inspiration - they are ten, four and three years old. They bring happiness and fulfilment in my life.” So what’s her message for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to try their luck in starting a business? “Start small and everything will follow. Something small will eventually become big - so they should not hesitate,” she says simply • Moon’s Topshop is located at the ground floor, Yateem Centre, Manama.

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Store Directory Electronics

41 Zahrat Al Khaleej

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Centre Point

25

Diplomat Corner

6-8 Gajria Electronics

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Faqihi Bros.

32 Game Station

18 Jeans Apparel

14-15 Bedaya Boutique

11 Electronics Mania

Food

Women 27 Al Zarqaa Boutique

20-21 Littlewoods

20 Clouds

G33 Costa Coffee

40 Marquis Fashion

16 Denim Chic

G7 Jasmi’s

3-4 Planet Fashion

19 Jeans Apparel

F2-F3 Penny’s Restaurant

19 Smash

22 Moh’d Saleh for Zary

F1 Saffron Souk

Perfumes & Cosmetics

Gifts & Handicrafts

36 Abu Firas Antique 5

Kohinoor

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Kashmir Valley Household

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Al Yakaza Trading

11 Majestic Furniture

21 Candy Country

15 Nina Fashion 23 Nortel Fashion

24 Moon’s Top Shop

17 ODW Boutique

9-10 Reda

30 Paros Boutique

Shoes

26 Whisper

6-7 Seven Stars

Other 45 Al Hilal Bookshop

6-7 Shoe Shine

25 Amazona Bookshop

Sport

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Sun Island

1-3 ADIDAS Discount Store

35 Artbitz Gallery

(Coming Soon)

18 Lee Sports

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16 Mondial Sports

18 Awal Stores (Luggage)

14-16 Olympia Sports

30 Aziz Kazerooni (Luggage)

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Jewellery 5

Al Mahmood Pearls & Jewellery

12-13 Al Zain for Jewellery 14 Al Zain for Jewellery

Telephones & Accessories 11 Abeer Mobiles

37 Gems

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34 Gold Master Jewellery

37-38 Al Amwaj Travel

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18 Bahrain Air

Middle East Jewellery

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New Silver Jewellery Shop

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Ornamental Trading

44 Pop Corner

10 Gano Excel Gulf Centre 9

Air Arabia

Watches

34 Bahman Store Ltd 26 Immediate Printing

Travel

20 Classic Jewellery

Audit IT

Mona Stamps

12 Perfect Eye Optician 36 Pronto Toys 35 JM Boutique

33 TNP Natural Products

19 City Corner

24 Valentino Salon

21 Happy Times

22 Yateem Optician

42-43 Abdulghaffar

28 Majdi

32 Yateem Centre Management Office

12-13 Al Waseem

31 Rayan

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29 Watch Center

8-10 Ramez Jewellery Men

Cave Boutique


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First Floor

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