THE TEAM Publisher and Chairman George F. Middleton
Bahrain This Month February 2020
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Welcome to the February issue which is so full of content we could hardly fit it all in. You’ll have seen on the cover that we have a bona fide super star heading to the island this month, in the shape of Ms Lauryn Hill. She’s here as part of Spring of Culture (SoC) and we couldn’t be more excited. As we went to press, the full SoC lineup was still to be announced, but you’ll see from our extensive Happenings section that we’ve managed to get a sneak peek at the calendar which, of course, we’re sharing with you. And, as more info becomes available, we’ll be uploading it straight away at www.bahrainthismonth.com so keep an eye on our events pages for all the latest updates. And it’s not just Spring of Culture, there are loads of other great events coming to the island during February too. From the annual Bob Marley birthday tribute at Coral Bay to the Spartan Race and Sofitel Bahrain’s much-anticipated Beach Festival, you’ll find something for every taste and budget in our Happenings pages. February is also, of course, the month when thoughts turn to love with Valentine’s Day in our sights on the 14th. If you’re planning a night out with your loved one, you’ll find five pages of Valentine’s dining options to help you pick the spot. We’ve also lined up some great gift ideas; pressies anyone would be happy to receive. Interviews this month include Essa Alhayee, front man of The Legendz, who will be headlining the aforementioned Bob Marley tribute. We also caught up with Shoaib Malique, the self-made fragrance tycoon; Ved Parkash, the man at the head of the island’s newest hotel; and Nick Wilkinson who talked all things cruising. As always, we have roundups of the latest news from the worlds of business and motoring and our regular lifestyle pages where you’ll find the latest music, film and TV picks as well as tech recommendations. In the Woman This Month section, the Valentine’s theme continues with date-night looks and food for lovers as well as tips for a healthy heart. The fashion and beauty pages include trends for the new season and there’s news from around the industry. Whatever you’re doing in February, make sure to keep your copy handy as your guide to a great way of life.
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Ms Lauryn Hill - Spring of Culture George F. Middleton Publisher and Chairman
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