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THE TEAM Publisher and Chairman George F. Middleton

Bahrain This Month JANUARY 2020

Editorial Director Liz O’Reilly Contributors Behnaz Sanjana, Dick Potter, Pria Masson Tanwar, Ouiam Charkani El Hassani, Kristian Harrison, Razan Al Arabi, Abhinav Malhotra, Banin Shahine Print Production Manager Sabu Sebastian Layout and Graphics Hatem Monem, Kailas Wadka Photography Editor Muna Yousef Staff Photographers Subeesh Kumar N S, Ranjith Mohan Administration and Finance Samson Vaz, Marlyn Ragasa Corporate Affairs Director Bassem A. Al Khabbaz Distribution Team CM Abdul Rahman, Gopal Arul Kumar Distributor Al Hilal Group (Hilal Direct Services) Media Sales ANURADHA MANHAS SARAH AMIN

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Welcome to the first edition of 2020. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year. As always, January is a little quiet as we all wind down from the holiday season. But you’ll see in our Happenings pages that there is still plenty to do, if you know where to look. From tribute acts at both ends of the month, a half marathon and a gala night to much-anticipated annual events such as the Fine Arts Exhibition, a kids’ dance show and the Autumn Fair, there really is no excuse for sitting indoors – unless of course you want to, in which case check out our movie, TV and music pages. One event I’m particularly looking forward to this month is the visit of South African rapper Jack Parow, who is bringing his unique style of Afrikaans rap to the rugby club. You’ll find an exclusive chat with him in our interview pages and he sounds like a real fun guy. Our other interviewees this month are also people who stand out in their own fields - Dipshikha Baruah, who teaches on the island and has become the first Indian expat in the Kingdom to become an international Taekwondo referee, and renowned artist Victor Ekpuk, creator of the latest Diplomatic Area landmark. This month’s main feature addresses the old issue that many of us face as the New Year dawns; trying to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle. We’ve looked at some of the fitness trends coming our way in 2020 and, I must say, I like the sound of EMS – less time in the gym with the same results, where do I sign up? I’m also rather partial to a bit of meditation (though my wife might call it snoozing), so I shall happily take the opportunity to exercise my Zen! Another resolution might be to join in with the Veganuary trend; we have thoughts on why ditching the meat is good for you and options on where you can find great vegan food – you never know, you might decide to carry it on throughout the year. As you know, Woman This Month has now joined forces with BTM and our female-friendly pages include our regular selections of fashion, beauty, well-being and more to help keep you on trend in 2020. Finally, make sure you check out our Commerce pages to find out about all the new services we’re now offering.

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