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October 2019 ~ Vol. 23 ~ Issue 10 YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE




Tribfest International Music Festival Jazz Fest


Fresh Russian Flavours


New British Ambassador HE Roderick Drummond Singing star Banah Sarah Clarke introduces The Big Draw









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Our annual Pink Island Party is back! Dance the night away and make your footprints count as we groove for charity, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. The most awaited party of the season will feature the latest tracks by our guest DJ and a sumptuous open buffet and beverage bar from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Thursday, October 17; 8 pm - 1 am Private Island BHD 25, Members and Hotel Guests BHD 35, Non-Members 5% of the total sales from all Pink Month activities will go to Think Pink Bahrain Call +973 1758 6499 or email

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Bahrain This Month October 2019

Editorial Director Liz O’Reilly Contributors Behnaz Sanjana, Zilia Monteiro, Dick Potter, Sarah Clarke Print Production Manager Sabu Sebastian Layout and Graphics Romeo San Miguel, Hatem Monem 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 MEGHAN GAIKWAD ANURADHA MANHAS

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Since 1997

George F. Middleton Publisher and Chairman

October 2019 ~ Vol. 23 ~ Issue 10 YOUR GUIDE TO A GREAT WAY OF LIFE




Tribfest International Music Festival Jazz Fest

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Fresh Russian Flavours


New British Ambassador HE Roderick Drummond Singing star Banah Sarah Clarke introduces The Big Draw


It’s easy telling summer is well on the way out with a packed October on the horizon. Bahrain International Music Festival is back with lots of worldwide and local acts to see. Details were just being released as we went to press but you can find all the info on our website at October sees the return of TribFest which brings a host of tribute acts to play an all-day event at Bahrain Rugby Club and we’re looking forward to Bahrain Jazz Festival and the island debut of Wizkid, who is rumoured to have been nominated for a Grammy Award by Beyoncé no less! You’ll find details of these and lots of other upcoming events in our Happenings pages with regular updates online throughout the month. Our big October feature is Germany in Bahrain, to tie in with Germany Unity Day. HE Kai Boeckmann brings us up to date on what has been going on throughout the year and the feature also includes news from the Kingdom’s German community as well as travel and a look at the German fashion designers to watch at the upcoming Berlin Fashion Week. Further interviews this month are the new British Ambassador, HE Roderick Drummond, who says his challenge is to find additional areas for cooperation. Singer Banah Anabtawi talks about her new single. And Dr Sarah Clarke writes for us about The Big Draw festival, which comes to Bahrain for the first time this month. In the dining section, Liz gives her verdict on one of Adliya’s newest offerings, Equal Romanov – hint, she was impressed. And Behnaz heads to a Bahrain institution that’s just celebrated its 43rd year of operation, Upstairs Downstairs. We’ve also got five packed Table Hopping pages of foodie offers and dates for your diary. In motoring, Dick asks the question: “To hire or not to hire?” Judging by his recent experience, I’d say the answer has to be “no”, but you can judge for yourself. And, of course, we also have the regular round-ups of news from the worlds of motoring and business. In the Lifestyle pages, you’ll spot a new entry – What’s New becomes What’s Green as we showcase products to help you do your bit for the planet. And, as always there’s travel, technology and entertainment galore. All in all, your guide to a great way of life.







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The Reef Clubhouse and Lagoon Beach offers an exclusive retreat on the purpose-built Reef Island. The clubhouse aims to be a vibrant hub of luxury lifestyle amenities including facilities for dining, well-being, leisure, socialising and relaxation as well as a playroom with great kids‘ facilities.



To share the fun with us, please call: +973 77 900 700 or +973 33 587 310 Reef Clubhouse Bahrain









This month we helped celebrate the national days of Malaysia, China and Nepal. There were also big Thai expo events and plenty of parties to attend. Our photographers were out and about across the island, did they catch you in their lenses?



Cover Story


Live Rhythms

Grammy-tipped singer Wizkid makes his Bahrain debut at Coral Bay.



Laugh Out Loud

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Live Concert

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Party On The Island

Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Club featuring Ahmed Ahmed, Jason Collings and Reem Edan. Afro Bros, Giordano Ashruf and Rashid Badloe head to The One.

Festive Tradition

Oktoberfest returns to The Diplomat with Bavarian and Munchner Gaudibloon.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s private island hosts a party for Think Pink.

Celebrating Music

Bahrain International Music Festival is back.

Party Ibiza Style

The White Isle comes to ART Rotana with a Bora Bora club party.

Ghoulish Gala

Sofitel hosts its Annual Halloween Beach Party.

Visit for a comprehensive list of events.



Germany in Bahrain

A special supplement celebrating bilateral relations between Germany and Bahrain

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New Brit in Bahrain

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Drawing For Life

Incoming British Ambassador, HE Roderick Drummond. Dr Sarah Clarke introduces The Big Draw to Bahrain.

A Singer With Substance Rising star Banah Anabtawi talks about her musical journey.




Business Bites Opinion: Pria Masson Tanwar


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My Life in Cars

Dick Potter motoring passions.

Motoring Bites

BTM brings you the latest news.


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Authentic Russian Flavours Equal Romanov review.

The Good Ol’ Gourmet Upstairs Downstairs review.

Table Hopping

Dining news and offers.


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The newest gizmos in town

Computer Games

The hottest games of the month.


The coolest sites on the web


Essential apps to try.


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Latest big-screen releases.


Top new tunes.

New on TV:

Shows to download.


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Film Faves:

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Travel: Santorini What’s Green:

Eco-friendly products.

Discover Bahrain: Focus on Budaiya.

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62nd National Day

On the occasion of the 62nd National Day of Malaysia and the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations, Malaysian Ambassador, HE Agus Salim bin Yusof, and his wife Wani, held a reception at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

10 October 2019

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Chinese National Day

On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Ambassador, HE Anwaer, and his wife Mahpurat, held a reception at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

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National Day of Nepal

On the occasion of the National Day of Nepal, Nepali Ambassador, HE Padam Sundas, and his wife Amrita, held a reception at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

14 October 2019

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Middle Autumn Festival

The Chinese Embassy hosted a reception at Crowne Plaza Bahrain to celebrate the traditional Chinese Middle Autumn Festival

Ma Art’e

An all-Filipino visual art exhibit by the Philippines Embassy was held at Oasis Mall, Juffair

16 October 2019



Zenphonics performed for the first time at the British Club

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Bahraini artworks and pioneers will be highlighted at the Art Collection, which marks the engagement of the Bahrain National Museum with the local visual art community. The collections display five decades of Bahraini artistic impressions through acquisitions made by the Bahrain National Museum since it’s opening in 1988. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm. Visit




Learn to create products and services that customers love at this workshop with guest speaker Khalif Laaksonen. The Lab presents ’Start Right: How to get early traction with customers and learn from it.’ Khalifa will cover the basics of lean startup methodology, a scientific way of approaching startup problems, with a focus on how to identify target markets, gain early adopters and continuously learn from their feedback in order to create winning products. The workshop is free and runs from 5pm to 8pm. Call 39 923-370.


Get your fix of the finest tunes and dance vibes at Calexico’s latest party. Shiny disco balls and an array of props, the evening is bedecked with magic! Start your night off with DJ 2d followed by Enshanti at 9.30pm. Hustle performs at 11pm. Entrance is free. Call 17 666-644.



Between Cities and Shores is an exhibition by Lamees Alhassar, who aims to spread her message of positive change, optimism and inner peace through her art. As a believer that each and every individual is capable of making a difference, she uses her art to serve her society through charitable art exhibitions. The show will be opened at 7pm at Studio 244, located by Arad Bay Protected Area and Park. It is in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Environment and is open to visitors daily between 4pm and 8pm. Visit culture.







The Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Club is coming to Bahrain for one night only. Enjoy a nightlife experience comparable to the world famous comedy clubs in LA or NYC without having to get on a plane. This two-hour show will be one to remember, featuring the comedians Ahmed Ahmed (founder of the Axis of Evil comedy tour), Jason Collings (who opened for Russell Peters around the world and in Bahrain) and Reem Edan (based in LA but grew up in Bahrain). Local star Yousif Tala will host this night of endless laughter. Reserve your seats today! Bring your friends, family or make it a date night. Visit @hollywoodpopupcomedyclub October 2019 19






‘Portraits Inside Out’ is a photography When? October 4 Event? Annual Awareness Ride workshop by the hosted by Harley Davidson passionate Venue? Harley Dealership Egyptian snapper Budaiya Highway Karim Soliman. Open to all motorbikes and leaving and returning to the dealership, this Karim will teach you the finer event sees riders from across the island and Saudi coming together, technical aspects and the post-production process of decked out in pink and taking to retouching tips and tricks. Sessions run over various the roads around the island to raise timings on each day and the workshop is open to a awareness of the disease. maximum of 12 participants. Call 17 599-006. Visit

When? October 8 Event? Harbour Gate Bake Sale Venue? Harbour Gate, Bahrain Financial Harbour

Cakes, cakes and more cakes and an excuse to indulge while raising cash for a great cause. Dig deep and tuck in.







Giordano Ashruf & Rashid Badloe, better known as the Afro Bros, a DJ-duo based in Arnhem, Netherlands will be performing in Bahrain. They are signed to Spinnin’ Records and playing both Tomorrowland weekends and all major clubs around the world. Don’t miss out on partying with them from 8pm to 2am. Call 33 366-659.




Call 17 102-600.

When? October 11 Event? Rock Me Pink Concert Venue? Sherlock Holmes

Running from midday to 7pm there’ll be a variety of local acts to enjoy and entry proceeds go to the charity. Entry BD2 per person.

Call 17 713-000.

When? October 17 Event? Pink Beach Party Venue? The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Call 17 580-000. When? October 25 Event? Pink Pony Day Venue? MHR (Muharraq Riding School)

Running from 4pm-7pm, kids can join in an afternoon of grooming, riding and games at just 1BD per person.

Call 39 858-770 or 33 090-088.

When? October 26 Venue? Ambassadors’ 4th Annual Horse Parade Venue? TBC

Horse and pony owners get together for an awareness raising ride with everyone kitted out in pink shirts and even the equines joining in. Registration is BD7 (with conditions) and there are limited spaces available so make sure to sign-up early.

Call 39 858-770 or 33 090-088. 20 October 2019

Bring on the good times with a hearty cheer as you celebrate the German festival at Coral Bay. Join in for unlimited drinks, great food and amazing music by Bahrain’s own international and local DJs - Epic, Jaddy, Shortman, Essie, VJMP3, Whisky and Slyde. Doors open at 1pm. Tickets are BD5 for ladies and BD10 for gents. VIP cabanas are available too. Call 17312700 / 36 950-077.



The vibrant culture and exquisite cuisine of Spain come to the heart of Bahrain this month! Featuring celebrity chef, Jordi Gimeno from Barcelona, as well as live performances by the accomplished Spanish dance group, Sarsare Flamenco, this will be a Spanish experience you do not want to miss! Early bird offer is 20 per cent off when you book your table in advance. The event is from 7 pm to 11 pm. Call 17 227-777.


Self-proclaimed as Bahrain’s most dangerous and exciting band, Rule 11, are performing a live show at Polo. Anything can happen: guitar smashes, crowd surfing, mosh pits, general chaos and good times. Head down for a fantastic evening of rock with free entry. As part of the island’s growing organic rock scene, Rule 11 will be playing originals such as Secret, Boss of Me and, new song, Human. The band features: Rob Jungle on vocals, Karl and Mo Angelus on guitars, Kooheji on bass and Omar on drums. Call 17 725-000.




Coda’s mid-week promotion is back every Monday. Indulge in a two-course dinner from a menu complemented with unlimited beverages whilst enjoying authentic live jazz and soul from Tarsha Thomas & The JazzKatz, all for just BD15 per person! The promotion runs every Monday from 6pm till 1am with some cool urban beats played by DJ Danzel J. till 2am! Call 34 342-828.


Thai Expo 2019 A grand exhibition extravaganza was held for the Thai Expo SME One Fest in Bahrain 2019 with a variety

of Thai products and services provided by OSMEP (Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion) and a cluster of entrepreneurs

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When? Ongoing Event? Art Centre Book Corner Venue? Art Centre

Visit the Art Centre book corner with over 350 books along with a comfortable seating area and wireless Internet. Open daily from 8am to 8pm.


When? Until October 31 Event? Art Collection Venue? Bahrain National Museum Visit When? Until October 3 Event? Career Empowerment Week Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Call 32 181-128.

Due to popular demand, La Plage Beach festival proudly returns for yet another fun-packed getaway. Enjoy 35 per cent off for couples and families on La Plage memberships, free pool and beach access, complimentary beach massages for all, live cooking stations, close-up and stage magic shows, top notch live entertainment along with a host of various fun-filled activities for everyone! Special arrangements and animations for children will be in place to ensure all round fun.




When? October 1-15 Event? Between Cities & Shores Exhibition Venue? Studio 244 Visit When? October 2 Event? Start Right with Khalifa Laaksonen Venue? Space340 Call 39 923-370. When? October 3-4 Event? Osang Live in Bahrain Venue? Swiss International Palace Hotel

Filipino kabayan entertainment at Twister Lounge. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are BD5.

Call 39 933-784 / 39 416-603 / 37 278-132. When? October 3 Event? Hollywood PopUp Comedy Club Venue? Cultural Hall Visit @ hollywoodpopupcomedyclub When? October 3-6 Event? Portrait Photography Workshop Venue? Hippie Eye Visit When? October 4 Event? Phototrek Bahrain Venue? Manama

A two-day photography event in participation with the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.

Feeling fit and in the mood to put all those workouts to good use? Sign up to the 5th annual family biathlon and support the Bahrain Cancer Society by joining other contenders for the event. Test your physical limits or even just be a spectator and cheer on the brave swimmers and runners. Although the event starts at 4pm, the activities for various categories are scheduled to start at different times of the day. Costs are priced per category and include a certificate, medal, refreshments, timings and T-shirt. Visit


The festival runs from 1pm until 7pm and is exclusively open to couples and families. Check price. Call 17 636-363.



OCTOBER OKTOBERFEST RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE 11 Oktoberfest is one of the many well-known events, which has circulated the globe originating from Munich, Germany! Filled with live music, costumes and lots of drinks, this event has been a tradition for over 200 years that you do not want to miss! The Bavarian band, Munchner Gaudibloon, will add the perfect live music to your night. Indulge in Bavarian foods and traditional drinks! Party from 7pm till midnight. Call 17 525-212.





Think you can paint? Here’s an opportunity to show off your skills to professional painters! The contest is for new or experienced miniature painters who want to show off their skills and have a chance to win some awesome prizes! Complete your miniature in four hours and have it evaluated and scored by judges from Wargaming Bahrain. Paints and brushes are provided, however participants are welcome to bring their own. Entrance fee is BD4 and the event starts at 3pm. Call 17 670-863.

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Friday Brunch JJ’s Irish Restaurant held the soft opening of its Friday Fun Brunch

JJ’s 20th Anniversary The Paddyman performed at JJ’s Irish Restaurant

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JJ’s Irish Pub Karaoke Night JJ’s Irish Pub presented its microphone madness karaoke event at its Adliya premises

Bon Jovi Tribute

JJ’s Irish Restaurant presented an international solo tribute to Bon Jovi

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happenings When? October 4 Event? Afro Bros Live Venue? The One Call 33 366-659. When? October 4 Event? Beach Fest Venue? Coral Bay Call 17312700 / 36 950-077. When? October 5 Event? Making faces Venue? Wild About Art Co.

Learn the secrets of drawing and painting portraits.

Call 33 365-906.

When? October 6 Event? Oktober Fest Venue? Wyndham Garden

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Players Lounge with a curated Bavarian inspired menu and a great selection of beverages, music and cheer from noon-2am.

Call 66 316-666.

When? October 6-12 Event? Fiesta Espanola Venue? Intercontinental Regency Bahrain Call 17 227-777. When? October 7 Event? Vine, Dine & Jazz Mondays! Venue? CODA Jazz Lounge Call 34 342-828. When? October 10 Event? Master Long Mejia Live in Bahrain Venue? A-Venue Lounge Call 37 773-810. When? October 10-12 Event? La Plage Beach Festival Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa Call 17 636-363. When? October 11 Event? Family Biathlon Venue? Amwaj Islands Visit When? October 11 Event? Oktoberfest Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Call 17 525-212. When? October 12 Event? Miniature Painting Contest Venue? Howayte Hobby Store Call 17 670-863. When? October 13-November 13 Event? The Dolls of Japan Venue? Bahrain National Museum Visit 24 October 2019




Famously known as the Kingdom of Dolls, Japan’s timehonoured cultural craft comes to Bahrain in an exhibition of the finest dolls of traditional performing arts as well as regional and creative pieces. Japan enjoys a rich culture of dolls and each figurine has its own distinct meaning and purpose, which is deeply connected to daily life. This traditional appreciation for dolls has resulted in the belief that they are not only children’s toys but also works of art to be displayed and admired which has led to the creation of unlimited styles. The exhibition is open throughout the week from 10am to 6pm but remains closed on Tuesdays. Visit




The Ritz-Carlton’s Pink Island Party is back! Dance the night away and make your footprints count as you groove for charity, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The evening features a guest DJ and a sumptuous open buffet and beverage bar from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are BD25 for members and hotel guests, and BD35 for non-members, inclusive of an open buffet. Check-in to the Royal Beach Club for wristbands and shuttle transportation. The event takes place at the hotel’s private island from 8pm till 2am. A percentage of the sales will support Think Pink Bahrain. Call 17 580-000.




Supergroup Hail! will be performing for the first time ever in the GCC featuring Chris Adler (Ex- LoG/ Megadeth) on drums, James Lomenzo (Ex Megadeth / White Lion / Ozzy / Slash’s Snakepit) on bass, Phil Demmel (Ex Machine Head) on guitar and Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza (Exodus) on vocals. Doors open at 8pm and the event is open to ages 21+ years. Tickets cost BD7.500 and are available at Room 2 Rock in Saar or Adliya. Call 17 611-785 / 17 745-203 / 33 535-366




Bahrain’s best open-air family-friendly music festival returns for its autumn edition with tribute acts galore! Get ready to be blown away by musical talents from the UK and Europe from the confirmed line-up of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Maroon 5, U2, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Kasabian, The Artic Monkeys, Queen and Freddie Mercury, Eric Clapton to name a few! The day-long event is from 10am to 10pm and will also feature entertainment for kids with a bouncy castle and Disney characters. Live food, beverage stalls and plenty of attractions make this a fun day out for the whole family. Visit


Ladies’ Night

Coda Jazz Lounge held its weekly Ladies’ Night Event

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The BBBF Poppy Ball in conjunction with the bba








Join us with VIP Guests of Honour ‘The Chelsea Pensioners’ In support of The Chelsea Pensioners Appeal Mother and Child Welfare Society – Bahrain

For more details or to reserve a table contact the BBBF Office Email bbbfevents@ or telephone 1781-3488




FRIDAY 15th of November from 7pm GULF hotel BAHRAIN AL DANA BALLROOM Tickets: BD35 members and non-members DRESS code: formal Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets by cash or cheque, payable to Bahrain British Business Forum: British Club Reception – 1772-8245 Bahrain Rugby Football Club Reception – 1769-5809 Dilmun Club – 1769-0926



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happenings When? October 17 Event? Hail! Live in Bahrain Venue? Republiq Lounge bh Call 17 611-785 / 17 745-203 / 33 535-366 When? October 18 Event? Trib Fest Venue? Bahrain Rugby Club Bahrain’s best open air family Visit When? October 19-26 Event? Bahrain International Music Festival Venue? TBA Visit When? October 23-24 Event? Business Development Forum & Expo Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Visit When? October 24 Event? Momentum Tour 2019: Manama Venue? Manama Call When? October 24-26 Event? The Big Draw Festival Venue? The Avenues-Bahrain Visit or call 17 716-871. When? October 25-26 Event? Newborn Photography Workshop Venue? Hippie Eye Visit When? October 27 Event? Modelling School Bahrain, Confidence Class and fashion show course Venue? Manama

Apply for this fashion show training / posing class and modelling workshop and learn everything you need to know about the industry.


When? October 28 Event? Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference Venue? Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre Visit When? October 29 Event? 8th Annual HRM Summit 2019 Venue? The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa Visit

26 October 2019




The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the 28th annual Bahrain International Music Festival, under the slogan ‘Our Year of Celebrations.’ The Kingdom has become a focal point of social and cultural movement, where the diverse programmes and multi-cultural events continue to gain both regional and worldwide acknowledgment. The acclaimed festival brings together talented musicians and performers from around the globe, showcasing different styles and genres, including orchestra, rock, pop, traditional and more. Keep an eye on our events pages at for more details as they’re released. Visit




If you are looking to create your own corporate network, the Business Development Forum and Expo is the perfect opportunity to do so. The forum aims to attract international and regional corporations, SMEs, investors and entrepreneurs to explore new business opportunities. The objectives are for participants to find new business partners, investors, technology providers, new suppliers, new market access, etc. At the same time, they will be able to create a network that will help them build their own business in the future and share their best practices and success in business. Visit




The GAN Momentum Tour is a five-stop global tour that will focus on creating opportunities for startups to succeed and gain traction, wherever they are. Accelerators, corporate partners, investors and startups will all be in the room to talk about ways to achieve a vision: that startups will have all the human and financial capital they need to create powerful businesses and make a meaningful impact, wherever they call home. The event is hosted by GAN Accelerators, Flat6Labs Bahrain, Seed Fuel-Rowad, and Nest Bahrain. It kicks-off with a networking session from 6pm to 8pm at Oliveto on Wednesday evening. Call




Attention! Calling all aspiring artists, disastrous drawers, doodling dreamers and everyone else! Be a part of the world’s biggest drawing festival - The 2019 Big Draw Festival, held here in Bahrain for the first time by Baloo’s Buddies and the RIA Centre. Explore your creative side at pathways to wellbeing through the art of labyrinths. Get hands-on with art activities for all ages and abilities. This free event is designed to highlight the link between creativity and wellbeing. The event takes place at Gate 3 – The Bay Gate at The Avenues from 10am to 8pm. Space is limited and school groups must be booked in advance by October 14. Visit or call 17 716-871.


Unique Arabia 2019

Unique Arabia Middle East Fashion Show 2019 was held at White Bahrain, 10 fashion designers showed their latest fashion designs exclusively

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happenings When? November 1 Event? Sofitel’s Annual Halloween Beach Party Venue? Sofitel Bahrain Call 38 885-789.


When? November 1 Event? Bahrain Jazz Fest Venue? Royal Golf Club Visit When? November 8-9 Event? Bahrain Pop Up Market Venue? The Courtyard, Seef Call 37 119-590. When? November 8 Event? Wizkid Live Venue? Coral Bay Call 36 950-077 or 17 312-700, 37 354-912. When? November 8/9 Event? Bahrain Pop Up Market Venue? The Courtyard, Seef Call 37 119-590.


Ready to explore the art of photographing mothers and babies? Join Lama Kabbani for a comprehensive two-day class on everything you need to know about newborn portraiture. Posing newborns is a delicate art. Capturing those stunning images that will live on in a family’s photo album forever is a stressful job. But those who can safely create a comfortable, professional experience are well rewarded. During live photo shoots, Lama will show you how to work with mums, babies, toddlers and new families. You’ll learn how to wrap babies and how to work with a variety of props — from buckets to fabrics. Lama will also cover essential techniques for safely posing and photographing babies and toddlers. The skills you learn in this course will give you the confidence and skills you need to start exploring this wonderful business. Instructor Lama Kabbani from Lebanon is based in Dubai. The cost is BD100 for the workshop and BD5 to attend just the talk. Visit





Join local favourite DJ Mysterioo Arif in welcoming a host of mixers fresh from the White Isle. Bringing Ibiza’s Bora Bora club to the Kingdom are Rafa Ariza, Miss Martha, Luis Garcia and Felix Da Funk for what promises to be an afternoon and evening of blistering sets and much dancing on the property’s white-sand beach. Pack your best bathers and head down from 2pm onwards into the week hours. Entry is BD20 and includes two drinks. Call 16 000-111.




Have you dreamed of walking the ramp but didn’t know how to start? This 32-hour international runway training will teach you all you need to know and more! Learn to develop a comprehensive industry-style portfolio with make-up looks, shoot sets and pictures. Visit




Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Clarion Events presents the second edition of the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference. BIDEC is fully supported by the Bahrain Defence Force, and presents a unique opportunity for exhibitors to showcase the latest technology, equipment and hardware across land, sea and air. The event starts at 9am. Visit

28 October 2019


Matt Reed

The Bahrain Comedy Club hosted comedian Matt Reed as part of the Dilmun Club’s comedy nights

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If you’re working in the HR sector and would like to gain an overview of the most demanding HR development and management issues facing organisations in the region, then this is the workshop for you! The 8th Annual HRM Summit 2019 is a two-day event including a conference followed by three parallel workshops. The workshops cover a number of critical topics such as HR strategy, rewards management, talent management, skills development, employee engagement and various other global best practices. Each workshop will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of leading international experts in their respective fields and will enable delegates to join in and participate in the panel. Visit




Does the thought of walking through a haunted beachside cemetery give you the spine chill you are looking for this Halloween? Make your way down to Bahrain’s largest and most thrilling annual Halloween beach party at the Sofitel Bahrain. There will be nonstop entertainment featuring a full-fledged special tribute to the late King of Pop’s biggest hit Thriller and the return of the talented top 100 World DJ, Djoly accompanied by hypnotising zombie fire spitting and fire dancing shows! Dress to impress and stand a chance to win a prize on the night! Feast on a variety of delicious dishes and beverages until the midnight hour, followed by a bewitching after party at Tapas, to keep the spooky vibes rolling by the moonlit sea. Kids Club will feature its very own spooktacular fun-filled programme for all the little ghouls and includes free access for all Halloween beach party guests’ kids. Tickets are BD39 per person inclusive of buffet and unlimited selected beverages from 6pm to 9pm and BD39 per person inclusive of unlimited buffet and five select beverage vouchers from 9pm onwards. Call 38 885-789.




There’s a stellar line-up in store at this year’s big all-day event, headlined by US greats Spyro Gyra. They’re joined by the likes of the Lone Star Blues, from the US, Nubiyan Twist and Flash Mob Jazz, from the UK, and Jaye & Foe, from Dubai. There’s also a whole host of local favourites such as The Relocators, Jack Rabbit Slims and This Might be Jazz. There will be two stages with Room2Rock hosting players such as the St Christopher’s School Big Band and Ravens, so there’s plenty to see. And with stalls and kids’ entertainment, there’s something to keep the whole family happy. Tickets, available at, are BD21 for adults and BD10.5 for youngsters aged seven to 14. Kids of six and under go free. Visit 30 October 2019


Graduation Ceremony Pakistan Urdu School held a Graduation Ceremony for its Class of 2019

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A graduation ceremony was held at Pakistan Urdu School, Bahrain on September 21, 2019. It was attended by Mr. Jaffar Ali Al Shaikh Assistant Under Secretary, Private Education Ministry of Education Bahrain. Mr. Afzaal Mehmood, Ambassador of Pakistan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Saleem Asghar Ali, Members of Board of Trustees and staff, parents and class of 2019 graduates.

Pakistan Urdu School P.O. Box: 32647 Isa Town Kingdom of Bahrain Tel: 17687480 (Primary Section) Tel: 17687 922 (Middle & Senior Section) Fax: 17685524

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Kickstart your week with a musical evening with UK jazz and soul singer/songwriter Deborah Jones who takes to the stage at Attic every Sunday alongside talented Bahraini instrumentalist Adel Fairooz. Expect a chilled performance to help douse those back-to-work blues. 38 177-177



Get ready to welcome the one and only Wizkid live in Bahrain at Coral Bay. Miami Events Bahrain joins hands with Elevate Entertainment SPC to bring you the party of the year for 2019 as Nigerian singer/songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (aka Wizkid) puts on his unforgettable show on the big stage. Wizkid began his musical career at just 11 years old. His first record, Lil Prinz, was recorded in 2001 in collaboration with Glorious Five, a group consisting of Balogun and his friends from church. In 2006, he started pursuing music full-time, at first collaborating with various Nigerian pop acts including OJB Jezreel, Naeto C and Banky W. And, by 2011, he was ready to record his debut studio album as a solo artist. Superstar was released via Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) to great critical and public acclaim across Africa, propelling him to stardom in his home country. After multiple delays and label disagreements, Balogun released his sophomore album, Ayo, in 2014. His second studio album featured a multitude of guest appearances, including a spot from Femi Kuti. It also featured Balogun’s


global breakthrough track Ojuelegba. Not only did the single cement his status as one of Nigeria’s biggest pop acts, it was also picked up and remixed by Drake and Skepta, thrusting Wizkid into the international spotlight. In return, Wizkid appeared on Drake’s 2016 smash single One Dance. In March 2017, it was announced that Wizkid had signed a major deal with RCA and Sony International, which would release his third LP, Sounds From the Other Side, later that year. A handful of singles appeared in advance of the album, including Sweet Love and the Drake-assisted Come Closer. Wizkid’s contribution to the music industry has earned him numerous accolades including three Billboard Music Awards, two iHeart Radio Awards, two BET Awards, two MOBO Awards, an MTV EMA and three MTV African Music Awards, so you’re guaranteed of a good time. Pre-sale tickets are BD20 and the door price is BD25. VIP tables start at BD250 and doors open at 3pm. Call 36 950-077 or 17 312-700, 37 354-912.




It’s here! The much-anticipated Bahrain Pop Up Market is back and this season starts with The Courtyard in the Seef area. The market is open from 5pm to 11pm and welcomes a host of local artisan producers in the areas of fashion, jewellery, decor and food. A percentage of sales will be going towards Bahrain Stray Cats, a voluntary organisation which helps look after the Kingdom’s many stree cats. Call 37 119-590.

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Fun-tastic BoulBoul Brunch

A Fun-tastic BoulBoul Summer Friday Brunch was held at Saraya Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

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Boost Bahrain

Boost Bahrain announced the launch of the new Boost Race Season in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and Obai and Hill

Reception A reception was held in honour of public and

private high-school students who received a scholarship to go to a French Language Summer School in France

Kitten Adoption

A kitten adoption and fostering event was held at Catopia Cat Cafe 34 October 2019


Germany in

October 2019

A Special Supplement by Bahrain This Month

36-37 HE Kai Boeckmann The German Ambassador speaks trade, security and Bahrain’s ever-smiling faces.

38 Fashion – The Ones to Watch Young German designers who are setting the runways on fire.

40 Speak the Lingo The language course programme from the German Embassy.

42 & 44 Automotive Icons The German cars that rule the roads.

46 German Bites German news from around the Kingdom.

47 Off The Beaten Path A look at some of the lesser-known regions of Bavaria.

Commercial Index Al Haddad Motors: Mercedes................................... 45 Behbehani Brothers Co. (Porsche).......................... 43 German Language Course.......................................... 41

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COURTING GERMAN INVESTMENT German Ambassador, HE Kai Boeckmann, speaks to Liz O’Reilly about trade, security and Bahrain’s ever smiling faces.

HE Kai Boeckmann

COMMERCE What businesses are members of the German community predominantly engaged in in Bahrain? The German business community in Bahrain consists of well-established companies leading in the fields of logistics, manufacturing, services and consultancy. Many of them have been here for a long time. Are there any notable new entrants to the market? Earlier this year, Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, launched a new manufacturing facility in the Bahrain International Investment Park. Also, DFS Aviation Services has set up a subsidiary in Bahrain. Earlier this year you said Bahrain was potentially overlooked by German businesses as an investment proposition and outlined plans to visit German chambers of commerce on your next home visit to promote the island – how did this go? The Chambers of Commerce in Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Frankfurt, three major centres of commerce and industry, organised meetings for 36 October 2019

me with the local business community. In all three places, I found a lot of interest to learn more about Bahrain. In Düsseldorf, some in the audience remembered a similar visit by one of my esteemed predecessors, Ambassador HE Dr Hubert Lang, some years ago. The presence of some company representatives with practical experience and of Gulf Air and the Economic Development Board (EDB) in one of the meetings, was also very helpful. It has previously been reported that Germany has offered to help Bahrain in its push towards solar power, are there any developments to report in this area? Thanks to the profound shift in Germany from conventional energy to renewables, there is a lot of expertise being developed. The storage of intermittent renewable power is a challenge German companies are taking up very actively. A lively storage industry is eager to offer its expertise to other countries. Are there any significant German-Bahraini business developments that you can share? I think thanks to the openness of the EDB, we have succeeded in intensifying the dialogue between the German business community and EDB as representative of Team Bahrain. This is

good because both sides can profit from this exchange. The long-standing experience of some of the German companies is the best argument to convince others to engage here. Have there been any significant trade visits over the past year? We have had a fair share of business delegations in the past year, for example there was a group of entrepreneurs in the area of leather, textiles and shoes and another of German food producers. Also, Dr Peter Ramsauer, the former German Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, led a delegation of entrepreneurs in various fields, particularly transport, health and infrastructure. I am confident we will have more trade delegations in the near future.

SECURITY How is the island’s German community reacting to the increased tensions in the region, is the Embassy experiencing any fearful reactions? And could this be having an effect on willingness to invest in the island? The German community is very well connected. Many members of the German community have been living here for a long time. I think this contributes to people being generally very

germanyinbahrain calm. Needless to say, for investors, stability is a very important factor when choosing their destination. Do you know how many Germans are living in Bahrain but travelling across to Saudi for work? Has there been any updated security advice for them in light of the recent attacks on the Saudi oil facilities? We know that a substantial number of Germans are living in Bahrain and travelling to Saudi Arabia for work. We advise all German citizens to download the app “Sicher Reisen” which provides information whenever the security advice changes. The UK has called on France and Germany to help patrol Gulf waters, a role which both countries have previously declined. Do you think the current escalation in tensions, particularly in light of tanker seizures, will change this and are negotiations underway? The situation is evolving and will evolve further until this interview is printed. Germany is supporting efforts to de-escalate the situation because no one stands to gain from a conflict. As we speak, Germany has just strongly condemned the attack of September 14 on two oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq. There is no justification for such an attack which heightens tensions and is the very opposite of the de-escalation which we so urgently need in the region. Are there any high-level government visits

(either way) coming up in the next few months? The upcoming Manama Dialogue 2019 will, of course, be attended by German Government representatives – our Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was here last year and met with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince. And HE the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Fawzia Zainal, has been invited by the President of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, to visit Germany.

CULTURE You’ve previously spoken of music as a language that transcends borders – are there any cultural exchanges or events coming up in the near future? Please save the date of October 23 when the Berlin rock pop band Treptow will participate in the Bahrain International Music Festival organised by BACA and perform in the Cultural Hall. And for November we are planning an event to introduce the Beethoven year 2020, marking the 250th birthday of the great German composer.

I like to walk and meet people – especially outdoors. Places like Bahrain Fort, Dohat Al Arad, Muharraq, Manama Souq, the Famers’ Market in winter, Zallaq beach or restaurants and shops on Budaya Highway are wonderful to explore. Bahrain is a very safe place where I always meet smiling faces. What aspects of Bahrain would you particularly recommend to German visitors? An absolute highlight are the 15 houses of Shaikh Ebrahim Centre. The magic atmosphere in these places filled with art and conserving the memory of the people who lived and worked in them – be it as intellectuals or craftswomen – is something I have not encountered anywhere else.

His Excellency with Dr Peter Ramsauer and His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Oil Minister, during a visit by GHORFA - Arab - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

PERSONAL How are you and your wife enjoying your time here? Time passes so fast! We enormously enjoy the friendliness and openness of the Bahraini people who have made us feel at home so quickly. What do you like to do in your spare time (if you have any)?

His Excellency promotes commercial integration through the Bahraini-German Business Network

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Berlin Fashion Week is less than three months away, coming up from January 13-17 next year. We take a look at three of the young German designers who are setting the runways on fire.


is the French designer who founded Berlin-based label Lou De Bètoly just two years ago and this year the brand debuted at the city’s autumn,winter Fashion Week. Having been taught to crochet by her mother at the age of five, it’s no surprise that Teboul’s designs draw heavily on needle art with crochet and needlepoint featuring on everything from jeans and mini skirts to boots and bags. After and interesting two years spent working with Jean Paul Gaultier, her pieces have a definite couture edge with fantastical combinations of coloured yarns, beads, crystals and figures. She sources her materials at an eclectic mix of venues from antique lace found in a Parisian flea market to tassels from Rajasthan and, far from fast-fashion, her creations are handcrafted and always different.

WILLIAM FAN is certainly a name to be reckoned with. Much excitement was generated by his autumn/ winter 2019 show which saw models stepping out in a karaoke bar! A child of both German and Chinese cultures, the designer created his first wardrobe pieces as a teenager and, after studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, went to work with the late Alexander (Lee) McQueen of whom he has said: “I learned to be a perfectionist and to tell stories with my collections.” He launched his own line at Berlin Fashion Week in 2015 and his pieces are designed to be unisex and characterised by a fusion of European and Asian influences. He travels regularly to Hong Kong and China to source a huge range of materials from the traditional markets and says he is proud to play on his Chinese roots.


Nigerian talent who founded her eponymous signature label in 2015. Drawing on her African heritage, the brand uses a range of traditional crafting techniques to produce a range of contemporary high-end women’s clothing stamped with hints of androgyny and precise tailoring. Fusing West African techniques with European craftsmanship, the materials used include certified cotton, organic hemp silk and individual African wax prints. Quilting is also a strong theme with pieces added to many of her sharp shirt designs and, adding to the authenticity of her pieces, the quilting is does freehand!

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Anne Semonin Launch

The launch of seven luxury skincare treatments from the house of Anne Semonin was held at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Fundraiser BSPCA held another fun-filled quiz at LNT GastroPub, Adliya with Quiz Master, Ollie Martin

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SPEAK THE LINGO The Language Course Programme of the German Embassy in Bahrain offers the chance to learn business and conversational German across all levels.


he courses, which have been operating for 10 years, are run as a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of the embassy and maximum class size is just 12 participants, allowing for a personal experience.

participants permitting, we try to offer courses in all levels, for children and adults. We guarantee to provide, in a row, the courses which make up level A1 (A1.1, A1.2, A1.3). Later on, for the higher levels, one term waiting time may occur.”

COURSES Seven teachers, who are well-qualified and mostly mother-tongue German speakers, conduct a series of 14 courses. These follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and run from level A1 to C1. Each level is completed by doing three courses of three months each organised in terms, starting September, January, and April. A spokesman says: “The number of

CERTIFICATES At the end of each course, successful participants receive certificates. For those who have completed a full level, there is also the opportunity to sit the exam for the Goethe Certificate. This is an internationally recognised language certificate, issued by the Goethe Institute, the official institute for language learning and cultural exchange of the Federal Republic of Germany.

WHY LEARN GERMAN? Many participants are school students who aim to study at a German University. And there are very good reasons for studying in Germany. It is a safe country with good living conditions, universities are high quality and they charge no or minimal fees. However, most of them teach in German only, and it is quite a long journey to study the language up to university level. The spokesman continues: “That’s why we recommend school students to start with us at an early age. For under 15s, we have a special discount, and this year we started a new programme of children’s courses from the age of nine. “Other reasons to study the language with us are for training (doctors want to do their specialisation there), or to find work there, or to be able to better communicate with German business partners or customers. “Many of our students, however, just come to our courses because it is an enjoyable experience, which opens access to a fascinating culture and, last but not least, makes travelling there even more fun.” STUDENTS Courses run with from five to 12 students and there are 110 students registered this term. Since its inception the programme has attracted more than 2,000 participants, some of whom sign up repeatedly for continuing studies. The vast majority of students are Bahraini but you can expect a colourful mixture of backgrounds and cultures in the classes. The current term started on September 15 and the next will commence on January 12 but registration is open at any time. Prices, exclusive of books, are BD200 (adults), BD170 (students) and BD150 (under 15s). A siblings’ discount is available. For registration and full information, contact 39 365-312, or and follow on Instagram @ germanlanguagebahrain.

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DAWN OF A NEW ERA A characteristic design and fully electric drive makes the new Taycan series from Porsche a coveted possession.


Porsche presents its first fully-electric sports car, the Taycan, that links the brand’s heritage of more than 70 years to the future. The four-door sports saloon sets new standards in sustainability and digitalisation with its highly advanced production methods and features. The first models in the new series, the all-wheel drive Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo, are at the cutting edge of Porsche E-Performance and are among the manufacturer’s most powerful models thus far. Efficient Performance The flagship Turbo S version of the Taycan can generate up to 761hp (560kW) overboost power, and accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds. The Taycan Turbo goes up to 680hp (500kW) and takes 3.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The top speed of both these models is 260km/h. The battery can be quickly recharged using direct current (DC) from a high-power charging network for a range of up to 412 kilometres for the Taycan Turbo S, and 450 kilometres for the Taycan Turbo. The charging time for five to 80-per-cent SoC (state of charge) is 22.5 minutes under ideal conditions, and the maximum charging power (peak) is 270kW. The 42 October 2019

overall capacity of the Performance Battery Plus is 93.4kWh. Taycan drivers can comfortably charge their cars with up to 11kW of alternating current (AC) at home. A True Porsche Exterior The Taycan retains the unmistakable Porsche design DNA, with characteristic highly sculpted side sections. From the front it looks particularly wide and flat with highly contoured wings. The silhouette is shaped by the sporty roofline sloping downward to the rear. Innovative elements, such as the glasseffect Porsche logo, have been integrated into the models. Unique Interior Design The cockpit bears a clear structure and new architecture. The free-standing, curved instrument cluster forms the highest point on the dashboard. This places a clear focus on the driver axis. A central, 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional passenger display are combined to form an integrated glass band in a black-panel look. The user interfaces have been newly designed for the Taycan. All control is intelligent and intuitive – using touch operation or the voice control function, which

responds to the command “Hey Porsche”. Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior made from innovative recycled materials for the first time to underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car. Innovation At Its Best The Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo have two exceptionally efficient electric machines, one on the front axle and one on the rear, thus making the cars all-wheel drive. Both the range and the continuous power of the drive benefit from the high efficiency of the permanently excited synchronous machines. A special feature of the electric motors is the ‘hairpin’ winding of the stator coils. This technology makes it possible to incorporate more copper in the stator, increasing power output and torque while maintaining the same component volume. The Porsche Taycan has been unveiled simultaneously in North America, China and Europe, in locations symbolising sustainable energy management forms. The two available models can now be pre-ordered at the Porsche Centre Bahrain. Call 17 459-911.




and ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY Warren Hudson, General Manager of Al Haddad Motors tells us about iconic German brand Mercedes-Benz’s Bahrain presence.

How long has Al Haddad represented Mercedes-Benz in Bahrain? Al Haddad Motors (AHM) has been the sole Authorised Group Distributor for the Mercedes Benz business since 1958, so it has been more than 60 years now. What made the company go with this particular brand? Members of the Al Haddad family were educated and trained in Germany in the 1950s. Mercedes-Benz was the dominating automotive brand back then, as it is still to this day; pioneering many automotive advances. It was the only decision the company could make, to choose the most desired brand in the world. What do you feel is in the DNA of German brands that makes them stand out from others? Technology, sportiness, long history of automotive engineering whilst striving to achieve new automotive advancements are the main factors, they are what makes the Mercedes Brand stand out from others. The wide range of options and various classes have just added to that strong DNA. The technology has been so progressive, indeed Mercedes-Benz has already developed technology we will all experience in future years, such as both electric and autonomous vehicles. Significant developments have also 44 October 2019

been made in the safety of both driver and passengers, especially when we consider the different driving and passenger placements in vehicles of the future! How many facilities does Al Haddad have across the Kingdom? Al Haddad Motors has two facilities in Bahrain. One is in Tubli where the New and Certified Pre-Owned vehicle showrooms operate. On the other side of town is our Customer Service Workshop and Commercial Vehicle sales department based in Salmabad. Both of the Al Haddad Motors facilities are undergoing major refurbishments currently, designed to greatly enhance our valued customers’ experience. Hence AHM being one of the first MercedesBenz dealers in the region to adopt the All New Mercedes-Benz brand standards for 2020. Apart from the iconic family and sporting vehicles, what else can customers find from Mercedes-Benz at Al Haddad? Al Haddad Motors is the sole distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Bahrain offering both passenger and commercial vehicles, that includes vans, trucks and buses and course many other Lifestyle products. Which are your most popular vehicles in the Bahrain market?

The Most popular vehicles are the C-Class, E-Class and the S-Class; they cater to various target audiences and, apart from the most popular models, we also have niche vehicles such as SLC, SL, the cabs and the cabriolets. What is the main attraction? Our latest addition is the all new A-Class Sedan. It has just been added to the A-Class family, which previously consisted of the hatch back. Soon to arrive is the new CLA which also adds to the NGCC Family (Next Generation Compact Cars). The A-Class Sedan was the most recent launch, in august, and we will be previewing the CLA at the German Unity Day Event – which will be its regional debut! Do you have any particular offers or promotions in the coming months? The C-Class Family starting from BD21,995; A-Class starting from BD12,995. You can find out more and interact with Al Haddad Motors at Instagram: AlHaddadMotors and Youtube: Mercedes-Benz Bahrain.

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SOUNDS OF BERLIN In their very first concert outside of Europe, German rock band Treptow are set to present their energetic songs in their native language and bring the sound of Berlin to the Kingdom in collaboration with the German Embassy. The band was founded in 2015 and specialises in pop, rock and alternative/independent music. They released their self-produced debut album in mid-September 2017, which landed directly into the iTunes charts. Their three single releases earned them remarkable success with radio stations such as RadioEINS, RBB Fritz, RBB radioBERLIN, NDR 2, 91.7 XFM, MDR Jump, SR 3, HR 3 and more. They have played over 150 concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and have accompanied artists such as Nena, Silly, Jesper Munk, Haudegen and many more. The band specialise in electric guitars, drums and German vocals in addition to incorporating dance into their performances, so, their October 23 performance at the Cultural Hall promises to be a night to remember and it’s free. 46 October 2019

Bahrain-based Investcorp has grown its European real estate assets to more than USD500 million with the purchase of the Airport Centre, a multi-let office and light industrial property found close to the international airport in Hamburg. A leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, this is Investcorp’s fourth real estate investment in Germany in the last 12 months. The property currently houses 32 tenants across a diverse set of sectors and has demonstrated a strong occupational history since construction. The purchase of Airport Centre

closely follows the acquisitions of office buildings located in Stuttgart, Eschborn and Niederrad, bringing Investcorp’s total AUM in Germany to approximately USD355 million. Neil Hasson, Managing Director Head of Investcorp European Real Estate, said: “We are delighted to announce the purchase of Airport Centre in Hamburg. This acquisition is an important milestone as we continue to execute our strategic vision to expand our presence in Europe and grow our AUM. We believe that the German office market has good fundamentals and we expect that our portfolios will exhibit a good return profile for our investors.”

FLYING THE FLAG German logistics giant DHL has renewed its commitment to the Kingdom with the extension of its lease at Bahrain International Airport, which is its regional hub. Earlier this year the company also welcomed the first of 14 new Boeing 777 freighters which made its first commercial flight – from its home base at Cincinnati to Bahrain. At the time, John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, told “This efficient, long-range and high-capacity freighter will enable us to serve even more markets with non-stop flights and significantly contributes to greater sustainability in line with our ‘zero emission by 2050’ sustainability strategy.” With a payload capability of 112 tons and a range of 9,200km, the B777F has the largest capacity and range of all twin-engine freight aeroplanes. It is also more fuel efficient and reliable than older models, reducing CO2 emissions by 18 per cent compared with the aircraft being replaced.



BEATEN PATH Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt – you may have been there, done that. Behnaz Sanjana curates some lesserknown regions of Bavaria that offer captivating charm and riveting stories that will stay in your memory long after you’ve left.



Literally translating to ‘red fortress above the river Tauber’, this is Germany’s fairytale town that’s every Instagrammer’s dream. Note that there are other nondescript Rothenburgs in the country, but the one on the Tauber is where you will find mediaeval charm that seems otherworldly – brightly painted structures with flowering balconies grace every street. Walk the whole length of its fortified 12th-century town wall (with 42 towers and numerous gates) that ran around the periphery for protection. The town hall with its historical underground vaults complete with military equipment and 12 dungeons, the Medieval Crime Museum, the Castle Gardens, the year-round Christmas Museum and St Jacob’s Church all make a trip to this part of Germany worthwhile. Don’t miss out the Nightwatchman’s Tour, as he takes you around after sundown, showing you places of interest and explaining their significance in Rothenburg’s history.

The second-largest city in Germany has a great mix of tales from various periods of the past – perfect for the history buff. Whether you stay in Nuremberg for a day, or more, you’ll be immersed in stories of its various inhabitants – a bustling mediaeval centre, a star in the renaissance, and haunted by the grip of Nazi atrocities. When touring the city, one can’t miss the Kaiserburg, or the Nuremberg Castle. It was restored following heavy damage in World War II, and offers themed tours for adults and children. The outstanding St Lorenz church, with its notable paintings and sculptures, the Germanic National Museum, Nuremberg Toy Museum and the unique Hangman’s Bridge are the main attractions. Nuremberg was the centre for Germany’s first railway, so do also check out the German National Railways Museum. A still-standing wonder from the 14th century is the Schöner Brunnen, a wonderous 19-metre Gothic fountain in the main market square. Its four levels show 40 figurines depicting the Holy Roman Empire, Moses and the seven prophets sitting on the highest tier.

BAMBERG This UNESCO World Heritage Site rolls over seven hills along the banks of the River Regnitiz. Beautiful architecture, rich culture and scenic spots characterise this quaint little town. Take your time marvelling at the pretty frescoes on the outside of the Altes Rathaus, the town hall, which sits on its own river island. The skyline is punctuated with the unmissable green towers of Bamberg Cathedral, boasting Gothic and Roamnesque architecture. Take in the gorgeous lush green valleys from atop the highest hill, where the centuries-old Altenburg Castle is perched, and see the octagonal towers of Schloss Seehof, the 17th-century palace located just outside Bamberg city. Schlenkerla is the most famous brewery here, a must-visit for its cosy ambience and delicious Bavarian cuisine as much as its original ale.

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MuseNight The MuseNight Concert Series

returned featuring Zujaj, Statues of Sinking Men and Offtrack at Player’s Lounge, Wyndham Garden Manama

Oasis Tribute Brunch

Alex Larke returned to the Dilmun Club this month with a tribute to Oasis, after performing a sensational homage to the Rolling Stones a couple of years ago.

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Amazing Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand in collaboration with Doctor A to Z held an exclusive business dinner for the Amazing Thailand Health & Wellness Road Show

DJ Night Club 360 held a DJ Night

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Onam Festival An Onam festival celebration was held by Raaj Group Property Management

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NEW BRIT IN BAHRAIN Is this your first ambassadorial posting? I was previously High Commissioner covering Fiji and five other countries and was also Head of Mission for Doha in 2007/8. I’m very excited and delighted at this posting. I know Bahrain and had worked in the region for 16 years, I was previously in Riyadh and visited Bahrain four or five times and have also served in Damascus, Syria, and Amman, Jordan. I’ve been told many positive things about the Kingdom.

this one because of all the possibilities ahead over the next four years.

You Tweeted that you plan to: “Build on the many initiatives underway in a spirit of genuine partnership with our Bahraini friends and partners. And forge new connections between the two Kingdoms and support UK business and our community.” Are there any specific areas of cooperation you are keen to build on? There is a relationship that Please tell us a bit about I have had a full gives us a foundation to your background? grounding on the kind build on because we I speak Arabic, studied it with the Foreign Office in of issues I am likely to already collaborate in so many different fields. The Jordan in one of my find here.” challenge is to find areas in previous posts where I some of those fields that worked on the full range of we can take further. For example, energy – Middle East trade and investment plus military and security issues. I have had a full grounding where we have done good work in helping with the Bapco refinery expansion. There’s on the kind of issues I am likely to find here. still some work to be done; this field is constantly changing. Your bio shows that you are well acquainted Britain is on a path towards lower with the region, have you always been carbon. Bahrain is on that journey interested in the Arab world? If yes, what too and there are things being inspired that interest? developed in the UK that When I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth could help with that to Office (FCO), I found I had a talent for learning help Bahrain prosper for languages and thought that learning Arabic many decades. takes you to places that are hugely diverse; The same is true in from North Africa to Yemen etc. That’s how it’s education. It’s proved for me, serving in locations from Syria fantastic to have the to Bahrain – none are the same. There’s also a links with the huge diversity within the societies, for example educational Saudi Arabia has huge differences from one region to another. I’m sure that will be the same institutions such as the British in Bahrain. University of Why the Foreign Office? Well, I studied Bahrain. I would modern history, international relations and foreign policy. I came out of university and was like to see more similar interested in international politics and modern collaborations. I history. I wanted to travel and explore the would also like to world; in those days there was a relatively see more small number of careers that took you international. I was lucky enough to find myself, investment and research, three months later, in the Foreign Office. particularly in areas I enjoyed it and I still do. If you ask me my such as transport and favourite posting, I always say “the next one” smart cities. and, having just arrived, right now that means

Liz O’Reilly sat down with incoming British Ambassador, His Excellency Roderick Drummond, to learn about the new man at the helm. What is the current state of trade between the two countries? To the end of March, it was almost BD470 million in goods and services – 75-per-cent goods and 25-per-cent services. That’s growth of about nine per cent over the same period last year. There has been steady growth over the last five years. The single biggest thing was Bahraini exports to the UK in things like chemical products etc. The challenge that I have is to do better. I have to find new areas to explore!

HE Roderick Drummond

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DRAWING FOR LIFE Organiser, Dr Sarah Clarke, on introducing a new festival making its debut in Bahrain in collaboration with the RIA Centre.


hether you’re an aspiring artist or just curious about drawing, Bahrain’s first Big Draw Festival Event, taking place from October 24-26 promises an exciting three-day happening, where all abilities can explore their creative side. Established in 2000 in the UK, The Big Draw ( expects to attract over 500,000 participants worldwide in more than 25 countries at no fewer than 1,000 events this year. HELP FOR HEALTH “It’s a celebration of all forms of drawing to encourage people to grab a pencil, crayon, charcoal, chalk – anything really – and just draw! This year’s Festival theme is “Drawn to Life” and links creativity with wellbeing, a goal being to show how drawing and creativity can help our mental health; something which, in this increasingly fast-moving, technologically driven world, can easily get overlooked as we try to juggle more and more things” says Sarah, Founder of Baloo’s Buddies. “This October marks RIA’s 20th year,” says RIA Co-Founder Christine Gordon MBE. “And we’re delighted to be staging the first ever Big Draw event in Bahrain. To ensure that everyone can take part, we won’t just be drawing with pencils and paper in the conventional sense, we’ll be sticking, colouring, painting, sewing and more so that everyone can participate to the best of their abilities. And, we’ll be using up-cycled, recycled and repurposed things to minimise our impact on the environment.” MAKE A CONNECTION “For The Big Draw Bahrain – 2019,” says Sarah, “we’ve chosen the art of the labyrinth as our 52 October 2019

connection between drawing and mental wellbeing. Labyrinths have been widely used by many cultures to support mental health, promote inner peace and improve general wellbeing. Unlike mazes, a labyrinth is not a puzzle to be solved, it’s a spiral course with a single, winding, unobstructed path from the outside to the centre. Labyrinths come in all shapes and sizes, they can be permanent structures or lines made in the sand or ones you can trace with your finger, eyes or pencil. They can be made from all sorts of materials sand, pottery, wood, fabric, bottle tops.... just about anything really. “We’ll be making a giant, wheelchair accessible, walkway out of more than 1,000 pieces of broken pottery, as well as teaching participants how to draw a labyrinth on paper and creating tactile finger labyrinths so that visually impaired people can also experience the art of labyrinths. We hope to relocate the finished pathway to a garden so that Bahrain has a permanent space where people can relax and simply breathe. We’re delighted that The Avenues has given us the opportunity to use its space for our event.” GET INVOLVED Volunteer Amanda Clerkin adds: “As you can imagine, there’s a lot of prep work before an event of this nature. So, we would be delighted to hear from anyone who has a few hours to

spare, as well as school and community groups who want to take part. One of the best things about this kind of hands-on events is that we engage with people from all walks of life. For some, simply making a connection with people in a fun and relaxed atmosphere gives them a mental boost and may help to reduce loneliness for those living a long way from home.”

Baloo checking out some of the 1000 pieces of pottery


If you would like to join The Big Draw Bahrain – 2019 either as a participant or volunteer, please contact Sarah Clarke 38 338-064 or RIA 17 716-871. Updates about The Big Draw Bahrain – 2019 can be found at Draw_Bahrain_Pathways_to _Wellbeing/8955


A SINGER WITH SUBSTANCE Behnaz Sanjana found herself fangirling over Banah Anabtawi while chatting to the rising star about her musical journey, being signed by Universal Music MENA and the launch of her new single.


n her latest offering, Shou Bina, Banah’s rich, soulful voice croons about long-term love that lasts to the very end, despite passion being lost somewhere along the way. The song was produced by Universal Music, making Banah the first Bahraini and the first female singer in the GCC to be approached by the label. “I collaborated with my favourite poet and musicians of a high calibre on this project, for which I feel so fortunate,” says the down-toearth singer. “The topic of the song is handled in a witty, refined way. The influence of Western music I’ve had has been showcased in this Arabic piece. It’s a funky Oriental tune with instruments like the saxophone merged in to the master.” Shou Bina, her fourth single, has received rave reviews and is popular on radio stations across the region. It reminds audiences of ‘90s music – authentic, without the feel of being digitally produced. Evolving as a Singer Growing up, Banah would find herself lost in the voices of Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Abdel Wahab and the likes. “Of the newer sounds, I like Adele, Amy Winehouse, Carole Samaha and I’m into rock, jazz and blues,” she says.

The influence of diverse music genres makes up her original style. Her initial English cover versions, into some of which she creatively incorporated Arabic lyrics, were extremely well received. She says: “As a bilingual singer, it was initially hard defining myself as an artist. In my early days in music, doing cover songs with local musicians, merging English and Arabic lyrics and styles helped me set my path. But my focus is on being an original artist now.” Finding Her Calling She adds: “Coming from an Arab background, becoming a singer was frowned upon. I was once a banker, then a marketing professional. I even had my own successful advertising agency. But I felt incomplete, and bored.” When she finally gave in to her inner voice, she was already a mother of two girls. “I had just given birth to my younger daughter, but when the universe gives you signs, you take your chances!” The First Public Performance In 2017, Banah opened for the Tom Jones concert that was part of the Spring of Culture festival. “I love performing to an audience. My first performance ever was Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones,” she remembers.

I’m going on a media tour which will be followed by some concerts around the region.” Family Support She says: “My husband’s support is everything, and I am blessed for it. Today my family understands why I do what I do. Maintaining the balance between work and home is difficult; it’s a work in progress. I want my daughters to know that there is no limit in dreaming to make things happen. Music builds character and teaches you a lot. I do hope they are musically inclined!” Lessons Learnt “Consistency and a great team are important to get ahead. Also, remember your purpose to get through the tough times, and stay true to yourself.” Future Plans “I’m going on a media tour which will be followed by some concerts around the region. I’m working on my next song which will release by the end of the year.” October 2019 53

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AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) has granted its first scholarships to two outstanding students. Atharie Al Salem and Sara Khaled were offered a 50-per-cent scholarship to pursue their higher education studies. Both candidates underwent a rigorous evaluation led by a panel comprising AUBH’s Provost and the Director of Student Affairs. They were selected based on their exemplary academic performance, personal

achievements, and motivation to succeed in an American-style environment. They were also seen as great ambassadors of the AUBH mission and vision. Sara will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Atharie a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design. AUBH offers scholarships or financial aid to students to facilitate their studies. For more information please email admission@aubh. or call 33 663-343.


FIRST HEALTH CONFERENCE The National Health Regulatory Authority, which provides healthcare in the Kingdom, is holding the First Bahrain Health Regulatory Conference 2019, over three days from November 28-30. It will be supported by various government health entities, the private sector and other professional, industry-related societies and will feature an exhibition showcasing stakeholders as well as keynote speakers, lecture presentations, panel discussions, networking and workshops on health regulation schemes in addition to providing business opportunities for investors in the healthcare industry. The Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health, HE Lt Gen Dr Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa says: “There have been a lot of transformations in health regulations introducing various systems such as in insurance, technology and others. Health regulations are a hot topic which all stakeholders have to look at, interact and do their best to comply with. The conference will provide a place and platform for the stakeholders to learn the best applications, opportunities, issues and what the role of everybody is in providing a solution.” NHRA’s first conference aims to discuss and explore the regional and global health regulation schemes, bringing together healthcare providers, the pharmaceutical industries, healthcare organisations, patient safety, medical educators and accreditation standard experts from the region and the globe to share insights on implementing and managing health regulations. 54 October 2019

Bahrain Fintech Bay has entered into a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley to establish a GCCwide training and certification programme in the use of artificial intelligence and robotics in finance. The initiative is intended to promote innovation, build greater workforce capacity and support the adoption of advanced machine learning technology within financial organisations and the economies of Bahrain and the GCC region. Commenting on the partnership, Maissan Almaskati, Chairman of Fintech Consortium Middle East and Board Director of Bahrain Fintech Bay said: “Berkeley is a distinguished academic institution at the cutting edge of the latest in technological innovation. We are excited about this partnership to specifically develop a training and certification programme for the GCC financial industry that applies Berkeley’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and look forward to announcing its details soon” Berkeley is recognised as a global leader in research around artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data, particularly in areas related to finance, financial analytics and fintech.

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A major event taking place on November 25, the Human Capital Forum – Harnessing the Power of Mentorship, will showcase the important role of mentorship in accelerating workforce development. It will also highlight the place of mentoring in realising the development goals of GCC economies and companies across all sectors. Featuring leading regional and international speakers and experts on mentorship, themes and topics are soon to be announced but are aimed at building awareness of mentorship, how to harness its power and what effective best practices look

like in terms of the mentoring of both entrepreneurs and corporate professionals. The event is organised by FinMark Communications with National Bank of Bahrain as the lead partner. Zahraa Taher, of FinMark says: “With NBB already playing an active and important role in supporting the training and development of local talent development, we’re delighted to have them on board as partner for this unique Forum. Mentoring can play a critical role in the process of accelerating professional and leadership development and we look forward to NBB’s participation alongside other leading companies from across the region to highlight its benefits and to discuss how they themselves can invest in and develop effective mentorship programmes.”


Swiss bank, Julius Baer, has appointed Jonathan (Jonty) Crosse as Chairman of the Board of Julius Baer (Bahrain) BSC. Jonty has been an integral part of the business for 32 years and announced his retirement at the end of August 2019. He will now operate as an external member of the Board of Directors of Julius Baer (Bahrain) BSC as chairman. He says: “I have amazing memories of my time in the financial wealth management industry and was especially proud of the transition [of business from Merrill Lynch] over to Julius Baer in 2013. The bank has a reputable global franchise with robust operations in the GCC. With our Next Generation investment philosophy and the innovations coming our clients’ way, combined with our sponsorship of Formula E, I am delighted that as Chairman of the Board of Julius Baer (Bahrain) BSC, not only can I assist in the continued dynamic growth of our operations in Bahrain, but also maintain a strong connection with the Kingdom.”


The 18th Arab Businessmen and Investors Conference (ABIC) is heading to the Kingdom in November alongside the third edition of the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2019 (WEIF 2019). Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the events are organised by Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Union of Arab Chambers, Arab League, The Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO ITPO Bahrain), with the slogan: “4th Industrial Revolution: Shaping the future - Digital disruptions for a better tomorrow”. The main objectives will be to drive investment in entrepreneurship and innovation that will support the digital revolution in the Arab world. The conference and forum will also highlight the opportunities and challenges to key stakeholders from the private and public sectors.

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IT’S GOOD TO TALK Financial expert Pria Masson Tanwar says: “B2B is the core of an economy and must be strong.”


he bedrock of economic activity comprises the varied business models that drive development. This could be in the form of a farmer supplying produce to the consumer (business to consumer or B2C); or the farmer selling to a company that processes the produce (business to business or B2B). All other formats are usually varied modifications of these basic models, such as re-labelling or reassigning roles. Anyone who is providing the services is a business and anyone purchasing the service is a consumer. With time and globalisation, the world appears to have shrunk. Products are easily imported or traded and, since the various aspects that drive these core products (software, nuts and bolts, services solutions, financing systems and structures), are hidden from our vision, we presume that they take care of themselves. To compound the concern, there is a certain ease associated with B2C products that make them easier to provide. They are more relatable, tangible, trendy and newsworthy. In the context of our economy today, B2B activity is vital for economic stability. The many aspects of a business, such as the provision of equipment for offices, workplace solutions or even aggregative technology that meets the needs of a business; it all needs attention. What makes something a B2B product is not just who consumes and who provides, it’s also the ‘stickiness’ of that product and the longevity of use. B2B products have a higher probability of creating stability on account of some key variables. Greater Stickiness Companies are usually far more focused because when you are selling to a company, it has its policies, procedures and goals already laid out. You need to understand the same and make specific adjustments to your product to fit into their (the purchaser’s) 56 October 2019

requirements. Once that’s done, for a firm to change policies and procedures is far more difficult than for an individual to say: “I don’t like that anymore”. Predictable Cash Flows Payments for B2B products are usually more predictable and companies are more accountable for the same as compared to individuals. If, as a company, I purchase printer products from a given provider, I’m likely to make a certain purchase every quarter. If I purchase a piece of software, I am likely to keep using that software and renewing the same because familiarity for a group is not an easy habit to break. A company has more predictable habits and patterns – and does not change them easily. Survival and Longevity Contracts survive individuals. You sign with a company, not with a person. So, managers can come and go, but your contract with the

company, the stickiness they have to the same and interaction with the company may be independent of organisational changes. This works for both the supplying and consuming business. When economies try to move directly to targeting consumers as the primary focus, the core work can suffer. On the other hand, when businesses work to strengthen each other, it’s like working on the core of your body. Once that is strong, a lot of things become easier. In a business context, this means that the end consumers of whatever product is being provided to the final consumer (you and I) is stronger, which sets off its own chain of stability. It’s a spiral of strength that begins with a conversation between two businesses. This communication is essential to the learning curve of progress. You can follow Pria on Instagram at money_ cues or visit to know more about her professional experience.


Outreach Event The British Embassy held its first outreach event at the British Club, giving a presentation about Bahrain and what the team at the embassy can do for British nationals in the Kingdom

43rd Anniversary

Upstairs Downstairs restaurant celebrated its 43rd anniversary with live bands, bubbly and a night of surprises

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InterNations Event

Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort welcomed the InterNations August Event at Cview by Le Bellevue Lounge

in the language of love and peace, a musical performance was held at the Cultural Hall, to mark the Peace One Day Concert United International Day of Peace, organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities

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Dick Potter asks: “To hire or not to hire, that is the question?”


nybody who can drive has almost certainly used one. Having used and returned it, at most, as we scurry away, we hope it’s not going to collapse into bits from our, ahem, use of it. I am, of course, talking about car hire and hire companies. Arrrrgh… I hear you shriek as you possibly recall various tales of woe from using them. A proliferation of car hire companies exists nowadays. Walking (I don’t drive everywhere I’ll have you know!) in Adliya recently, I counted no less than eight car hire offices. I’d never heard of half of them! Car hire companies make up an extremely competitive market. Barraging you with low rates, they further hope to capitalise by getting you to take insurance from them or some other such add on. Google “car hire fraud” and you can see how some, and I stress some, unscrupulous companies try to extract cash from the naive punter. Consider the additional stress of hiring a car on an expansive road trip and the trepidation of being expected to return the vehicle in the same condition as when you started out? Two weeks ago, in a Johannesburg rental company, after a long tiring flight, I received the ubiquitous rental agreement to sign. Cue: “Initial here, here and here, sign here.” The writing on the agreement was such that I would have required much time – with a magnifying glass – to peruse it fully. Instead, akin to 99 per cent of car renters, I signed – possibly agreeing to exchange my soul for the vehicle! Thankfully, that rental experience ended without mishap. This one didn’t. I rented a lovely Jaguar XJS for two weeks in the UK, (from a major car hire company, can’t mention name here, but you can ask me). I duly drove

it – it is a lovely car – returned it for inspection and sign-off and I skipped away, (not literally of course, at my age that would be unseemly). FOUR months later, an SMS on my phone informed me around BD1,000 had been appropriated by the said Jag rental company. Upon discharge from the cardiac arrest unit, I unearthed the reason for this audacious transaction. On its return from my hire, the Jag had gone in for a service. The resulting incredulous list of works needed and their associated costs had been invoiced to me. Considerable (terse) written exchanges ensued. They insisted I had signed an agreement to return the car in the same condition as I got it. Indeed. Within certain parameters, I believed. In conclusion, the rental company finally agreed to remove some of the charges. I had to resort to having my credit card company refuse and refund. You all know you can do this within 30 days of the contested debit right? That was six months ago and, thankfully, all remains quiet on the Jag front. Car hire may become a necessary part of our increasingly nomadic lifestyles, so, how to prevent your experience becoming a horror story? As rental companies proliferate, we get rate competition. Don’t just go for the cheapest option, if you rent cars regularly; get a completely independent insurance policy, for example, Questor. Read company previews; before driving away, take a video and/or photos of all sides of the car including the tyres. Oh, and if you have a spare two hours, and aren’t too tired after your flight, read the small print!



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NFINITI is seeking the region’s brightest engineering talent for the 2019 edition of the INFINITI Engineering Academy. The closing date of applications is October 25. The programme, the only one of its kind in the world, aims to enhance the skills of youngsters looking to go into automotive and motorsport engineering. It provides a unique opportunity for students to gain experience in both the premium automotive and Formula 1 industries, with a six-month placement at the INFINITI Technical Centre Europe and a further six months at Renault F1 Team. Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East, says: “Students will be chosen from a set of tasks that will assess their current knowledge of the technicalities of the automotive sector, as well as their soft skills.” The academy will select one engineering student from the Middle East currently studying in a local or regional university to join the programme alongside six winners from other regions. After a series of tests throughout the application process, 10 finalists will be shortlisted to participate in


the final assessment event, which will take place in Abu Dhabi at Al Masaood Automobiles and at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27 and 28, ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019. Students can submit their applications by visiting


fter a construction period of less than 48 months, Porsche has opened the new production facility for its first all-electric sports car at its Zuffenhausen site. “The zero-emissions Taycan is a new Porsche icon,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “We have a level of responsibility for the environment and society. Production of the Taycan is carbon-neutral. Heritage meets the future at our parent plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, which is the heart of the brand.” The facility sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Assembly takes place in a “factory of the future” – flexible, networked and using 4.0 production technology. It is a further step towards the “Zero Impact Factory” with no negative environmental impact. Production of the Porsche Taycan with zeroemission powertrain at the Zuffenhausen site will be carbon-neutral. In addition to using electricity from renewable sources and biogas to generate heat, the new production buildings are designed to be extremely energy-efficient. Further examples are the electrically powered logistics vehicles, the use of waste heat in the paint shop, the greening of roof areas and a continuous and holistic approach to other potential resource savings. The company has invested more than BD290 million in the new production facilities alone. 60 October 2019



he Ram 1500 Crew Cab full-size pickup has been named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019, the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating applies to 2020 Ram 1500 pickups and 2019 trucks produced after May of this year, when equipped with adaptive LED projector headlamps that have high-beam assist and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) technology, Forward Collision Mitigation. “This recognition validates our unrelenting efforts to deliver more value for our customers,” says Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The new Ram 1500 has earned many accolades for its capability and design. It is immensely satisfying to have the IIHS recognise our truck for its compelling safety story.”

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l Haddad Motors is inviting customers and MercedesBenz fans to subscribe to its channel on YouTube to access a variety of content that ranges from exciting product videos and safety videos as well as videos from high-profile events. The YouTube channel, Mercedes-Benz Bahrain, aims to entertain and educate viewers about all things Mercedes. It also aims to keep viewers posted with the latest news and offerings from Al Haddad Motors.


ercedes-AMG is introducing a comprehensive range of measures in a fundamental update of its successful GLC 43 4MATIC SUV and Coupé models. The AMG-specific radiator grille, the new-design lights, the expressive front apron and the broad emphasis of the rear end with its round twin tailpipe finishers bring these entry-level models into the world of Mercedes-AMG SUVs visibly more appealing. The 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine now develops 287kW (390hp), in other words 17kW (23hp) more than before. In conjunction with the responsive AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, the rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and the AMG DYNAMICS agility control system, it has been possible to enhance the driving experience, as well as the car’s agility, still further. The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific functions and displays, introduces an innovative control concept that adds to the vehicle’s feasibility for everyday use. This is further enhanced by the exceptional amount of space provided for passengers and luggage, as well as by a comprehensive range of safety features.



eep has introduced its new S-Limited range to the region, on the Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models. The new Compass S-Limited joins the line-up of the world’s best-selling Jeep model following its European debut in Geneva earlier this year. Designed to enhance its sporty and metropolitan look, the new model offers sophisticated styling with comprehensive equipment created for customers who want to stand out. In addition to state-of-theart off-road technology, it offers excellent on-road driving dynamics and is packed with 70-plus passive and active safety systems. The new Cherokee S-Limited special edition model boasts a sporty appeal conveyed by distinctive styling cues which are combined with specific internal content inspired by comfort and luxury. Striking the right balance of tradition, advanced technology, craftsmanship and design, the exterior style of the new special edition was inspired by the more upscale and premium nature of the Jeep family. The Jeep Grand Cherokee created the premium SUV category 26 years ago. Based on the Limited trim level, the new S-Limited stands out for its unique, bold and sporty style. It is fitted with a 3.6-litre PENTASTAR V6 engine that delivers 285hp at 6,400rpm and is paired with an eightspeed automatic transmission and shift paddles on the steering wheel.



G Motor’s brand-new mid-size SUV, the MG RX8, is now officially on sale in the Middle East. Extremely well-equipped and offering huge amounts of space, MG’s first ever seven-seater has a bold yet simple design that makes it stand out from the crowd. At the front, the dual-slot bonnet, the silver lower lip, the chrome grille and the matrix-style LED foglamps are sure to impress. These are set off neatly by features such as the twin chrome exhaust, LED tail lights, LED Headlamps, LED DRL and 20” alloys, depending on trim. There is a choice of six different exterior colours. A truly capable 4x4, the RX8 offers a real-time 4x4 Torque on Demand (TOD) System, which changes the torque in 0.1 sec. This advanced 4WD system has six different driving modes: Auto for smart selection; 4L for ‘go-anywhere’ low speed, high torque; Off-road for a pure off-roading experience; Snow for lowadhesion, wet surfaces; Sport for a faster throttle response and more aggressive shifting logic; and 2H for fuel efficient high speed cruising in 2WD mode. The entry level (STD) trim comes with a 4x2 rear wheel drive transmission system. The RX8 is powered by an efficient 220hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that features Net Blue Technology and develops maximum torque of 360Nm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shift gear change. October 2019 61


H20 Party

Harvesters Pub and Terrace launched its H20 After Brunch Party To view more images, scan the QR code

Induction Day Under the patronage of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, an induction day was held for Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School

Hana Joz’s Graduation Ceremoney Hana Joz with family and friends at Hana’s graduation ceremony from Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance To view more images, scan the QR code

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AUTHENTIC RUSSIAN FLAVOURS Liz O’Reilly headed to Equal Romanov in Adliya for an eastern feast.

Some time ago, I set out to compile a round-the-globe list of dining options in Bahrain. Admittedly there were quite a few missing but one really notable omission was Russian cuisine. When I heard this gap had now been filled, I was eager to check out what’s on offer. Firstly, let me start with the venue. Everything from the chairs, some of which bear portraits of the former Russian royal family, to the plush wallpaper and prints of Tzar Nicholas Romanov and his clan, has been chosen by restaurant manager Yuliya. She’s Russian by the way, as are the chefs. The atmosphere is high-end yet at the same time relaxing, which just helped the excellent culinary offerings render me close to a food coma! CELEBRATION SALAD Yuliya had suggested a selection of dishes which she assured me were classically Russian fare and I was keen to dig into the starter of Salad Olive’ye with shrimp. A special occasion dish, usually prepared for high days and holidays, such as New Year, I could easily see why – it’s rich, very rich! A selection of chopped veggies and pickles brought together with homemade mayonnaise and a dash of mustard, it’s a treat for the taste buds and the firm but tender juicy shrimps were the perfect accompaniment. PERSONAL FAVOURITE Next up was Draniki S Mochankoi. Here, I must confess that my Irish heritage makes me a sucker for potatoes in their many and varied forms but potato pancakes are an absolute favourite. This dish sees them light, fluffy and deliciously crispy accompanying bite-sized chunks of tender meat (I had beef and bacon but there are other options) served in a rich, creamy white sauce flavoured with onions, mushrooms and spices. Don’t be concerned though, it’s not spicy, just full of authentically warming flavours. I had been limiting my portions in anticipation of trying four separate dishes but I must admit Draniki S Mochankoi challenged me to put my knife and fork down without polishing off the lot.

SOMETHING SWEET When I arrived, Yuliya was breakfasting on a delicious looking plate of pancakes, or blini, and, noting my covetous expression, she added these to my tasting menu, much to my delight. Now, if you’re American, these are not what you think of as pancakes. They’re much more European; a lighter, thinner batter made without soda. To my mind, they’re actually much better than the thicker American version, but that’s a matter of personal preference. However, add a generous serving of berries and sour cream and I would challenge anyone not to be impressed – even just the look of the plate is inviting, never mind the fabulous texture and mix of flavours. And to make them even better, they’re also available with savoury accompaniments such as salmon and red caviar or ham and cheese. Last but not least came Sirniki – curds with fruit and clotted cream. I’ve never had curd before, it’s made through a process of curdling milk, which, I have to say, sounds a bit off-putting. But I was pleasantly surprised. There’s a smooth but almost crumbly texture and the taste is akin to a sweet cheese. I’d definitely recommend you try it as it’s hard to describe and it’s also homemade as it’s not easy to import from Russia without compromising the freshness. All in all, Equal Romanov gets a definite thumbs up. I will be back.




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Who doesn’t know Upstairs Downstairs? Behnaz Sanjana pops into one of the island’s favourite haunts for a pleasant weekday dinner.


he fact that Wednesday is ‘open mic night’ at Upstairs Downstairs added the fun factor to my night out with the significant other. It had been a while since we’d caught up, beyond the regular ‘how was your day’ conversation. And what better place than the tried and tested venue that, for over four decades, has been part of Bahrain’s dining scene? The restaurant may have recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary, but it has certainly retained its continental charm – cobblestoned flooring, white French windows downstairs and foliage amorously cascading from the wrought iron balustrades upstairs. The soft lighting adds to the cosy atmosphere. When I turned my attention to the food, I recalled that the Hamour Pâté had been particularly outstanding on a previous visit. I felt a wee bit dejected not finding it on the menu, until the manager explained that it is still available, it’s just not on the menu, to give this signature preparation an element of exclusivity. Faith in the evening restored, I went on to also order the Butternut Pumpkin and Ginger Soup, while my partner chose the Prawn and Avocado Salad to kick-off our meal. Living up to my memory, the smoky-herby flavour was evident in each bite of the pâté triangles strewn with pomegranate. The fish is smoked for 24 hours in the traditional way 64 October 2019

using only all-natural ingredients, in line with the restaurant’s stringent policy of serving patrons ‘real food’ – fresh, natural and wholesome. With its accompanying toast, I could have made this appetiser my entire meal, and I don’t even like fish that much! The soup had a mild after-kick of ginger to the sweetness of its pumpkin, along with a fitting crunch from the croutons floating atop. The salad was appealing at the very first glance with its unique presentation. A bright green avocado cake was crowned with coralhued prawns. The succulent crustaceans went well with the buttery texture of the vegetable, and their combined flavour was heightened by balsamic vinaigrette, chilli oil and a lemon segment on the side. We were quite full with the starters, so we waited a while and enjoyed the amateur singers showing off their notable talents onstage. When

it came to mains, the Grilled Salmon was a healthy choice with steamed veggies, parsley potatoes and a tangy dill and lemon butter sauce on the side. The Lamb Cutlets made me salivate just looking at them. The meat had a perfectly chargrilled exterior, crisscross grill marks and all. The inside was well done, as we’d requested, but still blush pink in colour and yielding in texture. The restaurant specifically uses New Zealand lamb for its pronounced flavour and tender grain. Garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a verdant mint sauce were appropriate sides to all that protein. The desserts page of the menu has options that I would have most happily tucked into, had it not been for a very full belly. But we left the restaurant with impetus to return in the near future, and with that, we called it a date night.


When? October 2-30 Event? Flavours of Shanghai Venue? China Garden, Gulf Hotel Master Chef Chao Ding presents a tantalising variety of traditional Chinese flavours. E Call 17 713-000. When? October 11 Event? La Famille Grand Friday Brunch Venue? Saraya, Fiamma and Rivaaj restaurants at Sofitel Bahrain Gather together for an impressive family brunch affair for BD36, inclusive of selected beverages, or BD50, including beach access. E Call 38 885-789. When? October 18-26 Event? Autumn Seasonalitea Venue? Bay View Lounge, Four Seasons Indulge in a spectacular array of delicious, comforting teas for BD26.500 for two guests, or BD35, including a glass of sparkling juice. E Call 17 115-500.


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GET THE CAPE OUT Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa will host the Superhero Grand Friday Brunch on October 25 from 12.30pm-4pm. Don your favourite superhero costume and dress to impress for this epic brunch affair that costs BD36, inclusive of selected beverages. Delight your palate with a gourmet selection of dishes, and enjoy spellbinding live Cuban entertainment. Little superheroes can save the world with plenty of games and engaging activities during the special brunch. Call 38 885-789.

When? October 24-27 Event? Diwali Festival Venue? Rivaaj Restaurant Dine like royalty over Diwali for BD20, inclusive of soft beverages, or BD25, inclusive of selected beverages. E Call 38 885-789. When? October 26 Event? Family Beach Festival Venue? WU Asian Restaurant, ART Rotana Enjoy a full day on the beach with amazing recreational facilities, entertainment, delicious food and drinks for BD10 per adult, BD5 for kids aged six-15. E Call 16 000-111 When? October 27 Event? Diwali Festival Venue? Nirvana, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Feast like a maharajah and celebrate the festival of lights with authentic recipes from the à la carte menu. E Call 17 586-499.


GO GERMAN Experience a traditional Bavarian-themed festival at the Oktoberfest Friday Brunch with an extravagant celebration at La Med at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain on October 4, from 12.30pm-3.30pm. The brunch will feature German food favourites, speciality beverages, gingerbread hearts and traditional music, all for BD30, including soft beverages, or BD38, including selected beverages. Prost! Call 17 586-499.



Equal Romanov, the new Russian eatery in Adliya’s Block 338, has some unique events lined up this month. Partake in the Kalinka-Malinka Russian event every Thursday up to October 26, where you can feast on Russian delicacies and enjoy dancers in traditional costumes. A trio of Russian singers will also perform and the night will end with Bahrain’s famous DJ Cossta. Call 17 692-166.

Fiesta Espanola at InterContinental Regency Bahrain will celebrate the vibrant culture and exquisite cuisine of Spain in Bahrain. Guests can relish delicacies prepared under the guidance of celebrity chef, Jordi Gimeno from Barcelona, and be enthralled with live performances by the Spanish dance group, Sarsare Flamenco from October 6-12, between 7pm-11pm. Call 17 227-777.

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tablehopping When? Every Thursday Event? Natak Experience Venue? Teatro Downtown, Downtown Rotana Enjoy a theatrical culinary journey through the tastes and textures of India for BD16. E Call 13 119-999. When? Every Thursday Event? Seafood Buffet Night Venue? Neyran Restaurant, Mercure Grand Hotel Seef Enjoy the Buy 2 + 1 Free offer as you savour coastal splendours for BD12, including soft beverages. E Call 17 584-400. When? Every Friday Event? Friday Brunchism Venue? InterContinental Regency Bahrain Spread across three venues, the lavish brunch costs BD22, with soft beverages, or BD32 with selected beverages. E Call 17 227-777. When? Every Friday Event? Friday Brunch Venue? Silk’s Restaurant and Gallery Lobby, Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Relish an extensive range of plated specialties cooked to perfection for BD38, inclusive of unlimited premium beverages. E Call 17 460-017.


FRIDAY MARKET FUN Browse through the mindfully crafted, flavour-centric dishes on display at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s Friday Market Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. The event presents a beautiful open-air environment dappled in sunshine. Share this culinary experience and stroll through the market at the many pop-up stores representing local artists, designers and craftsmen. The afternoon is priced at BD30, inclusive of soft beverages, or BD43, inclusive of selected beverages. Call 17 115-500.

When? Every Saturday Event? Kids Baking Classes Venue? Furn Bakery, The Westin City Centre Bahrain Kids from three to 12 years old can learn the basics of baking for BD5. E Call 17 171-441. When? Every day Event? Magical Milkshakes Venue? Furn Bakery, The Westin City Centre Bahrain Indulge in a selection of signature milkshakes while you enjoy a unique ambience. E Call 17 171-441. When? Every day Event? Folia-Plant Based Menu Venue? Bay View Lounge, Four Seasons Bahrain Bay Enjoy truly ethical, wholesome and plant-based dining that is also delicious. E Call 17 115-500. When? Thursdays and Fridays Event? Asian BBQ at Venue? Thai, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain A sumptuous selection of fresh meat skewers grilled to perfection to be chosen from the à la carte menu. E Call 17 586-499. 66 October 2019

Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, in a traditional way on October 27 with Diwali Dhamaka at Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s Spices restaurant. For BD12, enjoy a sumptuous buffet filled with a variety of classical Indian dishes that will aim to do justice to one of the most important cultural festivals in India, from 7pm-11pm. Call 38 987-167.



Take a gastronomic voyage to Brazil to experience the new, South American-inspired menu at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa’s Copacabana Festival. It is spearheaded by new Brazilian executive sous chef, Eduardo Bronte, at Tapas from October 10-18. The dinner, from 7pm-midnight, is priced at BD20, inclusive of soft beverages, or BD25, inclusive of selected beverages. The evening will be complemented with fabulous shows featuring Copacabana dancers and live Latin entertainment. Call 38 885-789.

Cantina Kahlo at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday, October 19, from noon to 4pm with an elaborate Mexican Fiesta featuring different action stations along the terrace serving popular street foods from Mexico, traditional piñata and a scavenger hunt with exciting prizes. This gastronomic party is priced at BD23, including soft beverages, or BD36.500, including selected beverages. Call 17 586-499.


A STEAL OF A BRUNCH Indulge in the Al-Sofra Friday Brunch buffet from 12.30pm-4pm at Mercure Grand Hotel Seef’s Neyran Restaurant, and enjoy the Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer throughout October for an exceptional culinary experience. Savour an assortment of Mediterranean dishes, along with locally inspired favourites, to satisfy all those cravings. Go brunching from only BD12++, including soft beverages. Call 17 584-400.

THE MASTERCHEF RETURNS Chef Vineet Bhatia will be at his restaurant, Rasoi by Vineet, at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain, up to October 4. The venue will host an exclusive grape dinner on October 3, for BD35+++, with a reception at 7.30pm with pass-around cocktails, followed by dinner at 8pm. On October 4, a masterclass will be held at the restaurant at 10.30am, priced at BD39, including lunch and refreshments. Call 17 713-000.

MIDDLE EASTERN MAGIC The latest offering from Crowne Plaza Bahrain is Pearl of Arabia at La Mosaique Restaurant every Friday from 7pm-11pm, where patrons can revel in the tastes of the numerous regions across the Middle East. The spread will have dedicated regional food sections, live grills and shawarma stations, as well as an unrivalled Middle Eastern dessert station, all for BD15, inclusive of water and soft beverages. Call 17 713-000.

ORIENTAL MARVELS Spice up your Saturday with wasabi and live jazz as the fun-loving chefs at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay’s re/Asian Cuisine will be turning their hands to sushi, rolls and all things Japanese. Enjoy the Japanese-themed brunch on Saturday, October 12 from 12.30pm-3.30pm, for BD32, including soft beverages, or BD44, including premium beverages. Call 17 115-046.

A RELAXING AFTERNOON The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa lays out a lavish Friday Brunch which features a sumptuous buffet, live cooking stations and entertainment, for BD32 per person, inclusive of selected drinks. Children under six years dine for free, while those between six to 12 years receive a 50-per-cent discount. The brunch is held at the five-star hotel’s pool area from 12:30pm-4pm. Call 39 945-208.

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HAUTE CUISINE HAPPENINGS Mahonia, Bahrain’s first fine dining degustation restaurant, announces a revised concept that offers guests everchanging menus. This novel concept, focusing on a sevencourse tasting menu, and à la carte and Gastronomic Lounge bites menu, ensures that discerning gastronomes can visit time and time again and still be surprised. This October, Mahonia also introduces its latest seasonal menu, inspired by the Kingdom. Guests will experience an intimate culinary discovery that draws from the island’s rich heritage, culture, local produce and ingredients. Call 17 000-071.

BASK IN THE SUN Make the most of warmer days at the stunning Reef Resort. Take advantage of Reef Clubhouse’s special offer of free access to the Lagoon Beach while enjoying delicious culinary treats at the savoury area for only BD10. Kids under the age of five dine for free. This special offer is on till the end of October. Call 77 900-700.

GRILLED GOODIES Baharat Restaurant at Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain hosts the popular Barbecue Night on Wednesdays. This stylish, yet rustic, experience features barbecue ribs and Wagyu prime rib steak. The buffet costs BD19, including soft drinks and water, or BD26, including selected free-flow beverages, from 7pm-11pm. Call 17 171-144.

CHURRIFIC NEWS The shake masters at Black Tap, located at Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain, have introduced a brand-new creation, the Churro Choco Taco Shake. This new ‘CrazyShake’ is a first-time-flavour to Black Tap’s world-famous shake menu and features a vanilla frosting and cinnamon toast crunch rim, topped with two churros, a Choco Taco ice cream, whipped cream and a dulce de leche drizzle. Priced at BD6.900, Black Tap’s new creation combines childhood favourites with the brand’s over-the-top style. Call 17 100-363.

SIZZLING SUNDAYS Its Sunday Ribeye Night at Legendz, the award-winning steakhouse at InterContinental Regency Bahrain. Indulge in an impressive array of premium cuts, grills and signature dishes cooked to perfection. Don’t miss out on the famous American ribeye steak weighing 300 grams, cooked to your liking for only BD7.900, between 7pm-11pm. Call 17 227-777.

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JAZZ BY THE SEA On October 25, enjoy a Jazz performance during the marvellous Jazz Friday Brunch at ART Rotana’s indoor venue, Choices Terrace, where you can survey an amazing view of the marina. The brunch features a remarkable selection of dishes from all around the world, an array of live cooking stations, a one-of-akind grape section and even a kids’ area. The meal costs BD25, including soft drinks, or BD36, including a house beverage. Call 16 000-111.

TEXAN FLAVOURS The Taste of Texas is the perfect setting for the American Festival at the new Silk’s Restaurant at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain. Guests will be treated to the great taste of The Lone Star State with TexMex and classic Texas-inspired dishes, while they are entertained with Latin rhythms from the DJ and live performances. Dinner on October 24 (Flaming Thursdays), is from 7pm onwards, priced at BD34. Brunch on October 25 is from 12.30pm-5pm, priced at BD38. Prices for both meals include unlimited beverages. Call 17 460-017.

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NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED CARNIVORE FRIDAYS Downtown Rotana will stage the Butcher’s Board Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 from noon to 4pm, featuring succulent cuts of beef, lamb and chicken; all cut and cooked to your preference. Guests can also enjoy a spread of Sushi, salads, Asian, Arabic and European dishes for only BD22, including unlimited juices and soft drinks, or BD33, including unlimited selected beverages. Call 13 119-999.

On October 31, three outlets at MĂśvenpick Hotel Bahrain will come together to present one of the most lavish, lively and treat-filled Halloween experiences. Guests can expect blood-curdling cocktails, fearsome food, Latin grooves by the resident band, and an after-party with spooktacular beats by DJ John. There will be prizes for the best costumes and a complimentary make-up bar to give you the Halloween look at the venue. The fun runs from 7pm onwards and is priced at BD34, including unlimited drinks. Call 17 460-017.

Bahrain Boxing Federation Bahrain Boxing Federation held a conference at Champions Sports Bar in The K Hotel

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bystander OTHER EVENTS

A press conference was held for the announcement of Bahrain International Jazz Festival 2019

Kerala Catholic Association celebrated its golden jubilee this year and as part of its Onam festivities, Onam Maha Sadya was served to around 2000 people Ebrahim K Kanoo hosted two Bahrain Polytechnic marketing students at its corporate office, in line with the company’s mission of investing in the education and enhancement of Bahrainis

American University of Bahrain and Mumtalakat hosted special guests on a weekend campus tour

On the occasion of birth anniversary celebrations of Lord Shri Krishna, a follow-up event of “Breaking the earthen pot” was organised by The Thattai (Bhatia) Hindu Community at Shri Krishna Hindu Temple

BAS honoured 176 long-term employees

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BTM brings you the latest gadgets to push your technological buttons.



This speaker is perfect for playing your music whilst out and about. It needs no wires, no Bluetooth and no Wi-Fi: the speaker connects just by placing your phone on top by using cutting edge near-field technology and amplifying any sound that passes through it. With a five-watt high response speaker, you get your music playing crystal clear. This gadget only works with devices with an external speaker, but if your device doesn’t have one, an AUX cable is included. Available from

This portable phone charger has two USB ports, so you can charge two devices at one time. Perfect for outdoor activities, it is built with aluminium and surrounded by a professionallydeveloped rubber layer which is sturdy and resistant to an impact force of 1.2m. It’s also water and dust resistant. The high-capacity battery means you get four full charges for an iPhone. With LED charging indicators you can keep a check on just how much power you have left in your charger wherever you are. Available from


These are wireless smart scales. They won’t just tell you your weight, they’ll track weight changes and monitor your BMI and body fat percentage for up to seven people. The data is uploaded via your Wi-Fi network and is available online or in a free iPhone app. Available from


Similar to mechs featured in movies and computer games, this work of art, complete with dual machine gun arms, stands menacingly on your desk whether at home or in the office. The phone holder has a padded seat for your device to sit in, protecting it whilst in place. Each phone stand is slightly different as they are all crafted by hand. Using junkyard bits and bobs; nuts, bolts, chains and everything in-between are soldered together to create a secure place for you to keep your much-loved device. Available from

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The Nike Fuelband is a wristband that contains motion sensors to track your movement through the day, translating your activity into ‘Nike Fuel’ points that aim to let you compare yourself to others, regardless of the sports you’re doing. It also counts the steps you take – 10,000 per day is seen as a good indicator of a healthy lifestyle – and tells the time. It comes in three colours. Available from



This useful gadget contains a micro USB and an eight-pin charging adaptor all concealed within a black metallic pen. When extended, the Connector Pen will provide just over 21cm of cable allowing you to charge your smartphone from any standard USB port. When not in use, it is all neatly stored away inside the body of the pen and can even be used as a stylus when the pen nib is retracted. Available from

It’s an LED light that looks just like a candle. Download the free app from your app store and you can choose the colour of your candle. Blues, greens, pinks and neutrals; every colour under the rainbow is available at your fingertips. If you can’t decide on what colour you fancy then simply give your phone a shake and it will randomly select a colour for you. It can also be a candle holder by flipping it upside down and there’s a perfect spot for you to place a tea light. Available from



Using the iKettle’s built in Wi-Fi, you can start boiling your water from anywhere in the house. With the iKettle app, you will save up to two days a year pre-boiling your kettle! Not only can it boil the water for you, but it will also notify you when it’s ready to pour, needs refilling and when it’s empty. A selection of different temperatures allows you to make your hot drink the way it should be, as not all beverages need piping hot water. Available from

With a simple click of your fingers or a gentle tap on the top, the time magically appears on the wooden block. The time will only appear for a few seconds, making these ideal for bedrooms and people that don’t want bright lights while they try to get to sleep. The clock will automatically dim the brightness by twothirds between 9pm-7am. It also includes date, temperature and three alarm settings with snooze. Available from



So, you’ve snapped up the latest offering from Huawei, the P30 PRO, which comes with many features to write home about, including, possibly the best-ever phone camera. Now it’s time to give your new love a little protection in the form of a Swarovski encrusted case. Protective and eye-catching at the same time, the cases come in the sparkling white of Vogue Astral Glamorous and the delicately tinted Vogue Pearl Pink Glamorous. They’re note available yet in Bahrain but we’ve got one of each to give away, so, keep an eye on our social media pages for a chance to get your hands on one for free. October 2019 73




A nice spruce up of a classic.


Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is a refreshed version of one of the greatest RPGs ever. An epic story based on the theme of love, set in a massive new world, Final Fantasy VIII features nearly an hour of cinemas seamlessly integrated into gameplay. A member of an elite military team, Squall, is forced into a conflict beyond imagination. To survive, he must contend with a desperate rival, a powerful sorceress and his own mysterious dreams.



Final Fantasy VIII consists of three main modes of play: the world map, the field map and the battle screen. The world map is a 3D display in which the player may navigate freely across a small-scale rendering of the game world. Characters travel across it in a variety of ways, including by foot, car, Chocobo, train and airship. The field map consists of controllable 3D characters overlaid on one or more 2D prerendered backgrounds, which represent environmental locations such as towns or forests. The battle screen is a 3D model of a location such as a street or room, where turn-based fights between playable characters and CPU-controlled enemies take place. There is also the usual suite of minigames and optional extras.


The remaster features high-definition graphics and improved character models, produced in collaboration with Dotemu and Access Games. This iteration is based on the Windows version utilising the original 240 pre-rendered backgrounds of the PS1 option, upscaling to modern resolutions at the cost of image fidelity. In the process of adding new models, several changes have been made with different hairstyles on some characters and slight alterations to summons.


The world is crumbling. Humanity’s reliance on technology has become its downfall and enemies are uniting to wipe out all survivors. As Kait, you must journey across the biggest, most beautiful Gears world to uncover the origins of the Locust, and, with your squad, fight to protect what’s left. Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created. Play solo or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, or online (cross-play) co-op. 74 October 2019


Set in a unique and everchanging world that juxtaposes our familiar reality with the strange and unexplainable, Control is a third-person actionadventure game combining supernatural abilities, sharp gunplay and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world. After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control.


The new game features a name change with the addition of ‘eFootball’ within the title, symbolising a push in the online gaming space with a focus on PESLeague and eFootball Pro tournaments. Included for the first time in the PES series, there is a new game option called Matchday Mode. Players around the world will help their team to glory one match at a time as Konami will choose an important match or derby game each week, whereby players will then be able to decide which team they want to represent on Matchday.



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of Space.


100,000 Stars provides a stunning look at the stars that are relatively close to Earth. Using your mouse or trackpad, you can zoom in and out to explore The Milky Way and surrounding galaxies.


This will kill hours of your time and make you realise just how tiny a speck our planet is in the cosmos. The website is brilliantly detailed; zooming in reveals the names of the most prominent stars close to our sun – click each name to learn more about it and see a digital rendition.


It sounds daft, but it isn’t detailed enough! After using the site for a while, you want to keep scrolling further and further out, but the scope is limited far too soon. Hopefully in the next few years, the next 100,000 stars further out will be posted on the map.

Just as the title says, this website is a hilarious collection of hundreds of brands and their slogans re-imagined. While brands make their own efforts of marketing with slogans, this is a playful take on them that will have you in stitches on your lunch break.

Treat this website as your virtual dietician. Enter your dietary plans to get recommendations from this website along with a grocery list that you would need to follow the diet for the entire week.

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APP: PICSART RATING: VERDICT: Probably the best image editing app on the market.


An image-editing and photo-social-networking app that includes AI-enhanced art filters. These can transform mobile photos, giving them the appearance of professional artworks.


PicsArt offers just about every image enhancement tool in the book, along with a photo-sharing network used by 80 million people. The app has a wealth of photo editing, enhancing and drawing tools, including highly adjustable filters and magic effects, plus the option to share instantly.


Having so many options not only can cause confusion and overwhelm amateur users, but it comes with a risk of over-modified, unnatural photos. Apps like Instagram do a good job of preventing this by limiting the options and the extent to which options can affect images, but here there’re layers upon layers of depth that can distort photos beyond recognition.

APP: SIGNAL Signal lets you easily make free, fully encrypted VoIP calls on your iPhone. The app is simple to set up and calling is done with a single tap. Calls are low latency and compatible with the companion app on Android. Unfortunately, some design and usability issues keep it from truly shining, such as connectivity issues and a refusal to accept insecure calls. 76 October 2019

APP: NET NANNY Do you know what your children are up to online? With this parental control app, you can make sure the answer to that question isn’t something bad. This app keeps the Web nice and clean for your kids, even on their mobile phones and tablets. Net Nanny has particularly powerful web filtering, and has a cool scheduling feature that creates time slots and limits for Internet use.


film releases

Genre: Action, Thriller Release Date: October 2 This big-budget Bollywood blockbuster is a Hindilanguage action thriller film directed by Siddharth Anand, starring Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor. The film follows an Indian soldier, Khalid, who’s assigned to eliminate his former mentor, Kabir, who has gone rogue. Expect plenty of spectacularly choreographed fight scenes and, of course, the obligatory big dance number – a beach party played out to the theme song, Ghungroo.

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Release Date: October 4 Much awaited and garnering Oscar buzz even before its release, Joker delves into the origin of the infamous Batman villain. Joaquin Phoenix takes on the title role made famous by the late Heath Ledger. The film made a splash by winning the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Oh, and it’s Joaquin Phoenix under the make-up.

Birds of Prey


Genre: Adventure Release Date: October 4 The full title of this movie is Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has finally split with Joker and leads an all-female team of super heroes: Rosie Perez as The Question, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress who unite to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Zombieland: Double Tap

Gemini Man

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Genre: Comedy, Horror Release Date: October 11 A film that languished in the developmental doldrums for several years comes after the events of the original and sees the return of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as zombie hunters. The disparate group move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies and fellow survivors.

Genre: Sci-fi, Action Release Date: October 11 Henry Brogan is an aging but elite, government-employed assassin who becomes the target of a mysterious operative who can seemingly predict his every move. He quickly learns that his would-be nemesis is a younger, faster, cloned version of himself, who has been sent to kill off Brogan and take his place in a bizarre twist on retirement!

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure Release Date: October 18 Angelina Jolie is back, as a malevolent queen tries to divide humans and fairies. Maleficent’s peaceful life is disturbed when Prince Phillip and Aurora decide to wed. Unbeknownst to all, Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith of Ulstead, plans to use the wedding to drive a rift between humans and fairies and Maleficent and Aurora are on opposite sides.

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THE HIGHWOMEN – THE HIGHWOMEN This debut from solo stars turned supergroup Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires is such a highconcept record that the actual songs don’t quite live up to it. The craftsmanship is obvious and they nail that laid-back old time country vibe, while the production is pleasant enough. But these artists have all released quite a few solo records that hit much harder than any of this. It’s OK, it’s perfectly adequate, but it’s never astounding and nowhere near the emotional gut punches they’ve been known to dish out in the past. IGGY POP – FREE

We Are Not Your Kind is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Slipknot and was recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California with co-producer Greg Fidelman. The title is taken from a lyric in the song All Out Life, which was released as a standalone single in 2018. We Are Not Your Kind is the first Slipknot album not to feature percussionist Chris Fehn, who was dismissed in March 2019 after suing the group for alleged unpaid royalties.

A half-century on from the first Stooges album, Iggy Pop has made it clear he’s not as in love with rock ‘n’ roll as he once was. Albums such as 2009’s Preliminaires and 2012’s Après have found him exploring less aggressive and more thoughtful material, and Iggy continues this trend with 2019’s Free. While there are electric guitars on most of these numbers, there’s little in the way of fuzz or bark, and a ghostly trumpet and waves of atmospheric keyboards play a much bigger role in the arrangements. For the most part, Free finds Iggy contemplating a culture caught in a tailspin and his deep, craggy voice and tone of weary rage fit the verses like a glove.




A heavy, intense release from the nine-piece.


Slipknot’s latest is an astonishing record: a roaring, horrifying delve into the guts of the band’s revulsion, a primal scream of endlessly inventive extreme metal and searing misanthropy. In particular, Unsainted is one of the greatest things Slipknot have ever done, with its school nativity choir sawn in half when Taylor roars: “I’m finally holding on to letting go”, before he insists: “I’m just weathering a rough patch”. Like the band’s 2004 masterwork Duality, the track combines a gothic-pop chorus with a kick-drum verse that sounds like a series of sharp implements bouncing from a stab-proof vest. It’s Slipknot at their artiest, an implicit riposte to detractors who would write them off as eternally adolescent shock-rockers that bang bins and shout at lot (although, thankfully, there’s also a massive amount of that on the album).

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With almost 13 years and four months between releases, enigmatic alt-metal band Tool finally return their long-awaited fifth album, Fear Inoculum. Clocking in at 80 minutes with just seven official tracks, this is less a straightforward rock record and more a mind-bending journey, borrowing a classical approach that trades traditional constructs heard on early radio staples for something akin to movements within a symphony. Not surprisingly, after over a decade, the foursome have matured, presenting an older, wiser perspective born of a well-adjusted shift into the hard-won comforts of adulthood.

tv releases

FANCY SOME CHILL-TIME AT HOME? Check out the latest TV series to hit your screens.

The Spy

The Spy is an espionage thriller television miniseries written and directed by Israeli director Gideon Raff and Max Perry, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret-agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

The eighth season of producer Ryan Murphy’s macabre masterwork follows a complex plot involving nuclear war and the Antichrist. Each year, AHS tells a different story, but Apocalypse weaves in events from the Murder House and Coven plots. The seven previous seasons are also available on Prime Video.


A cat-and-mouse drama, starring David Tennant, which focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects. Comprising 12 stories set in four different countries, each takes place within the confines of a police interview suite.


In this imaginative new adult animated series, a young woman awakens after a car crash to find that, for her, time no longer follows a straight line. Can she harness this quirk to find out the truth about her father’s death and possibly save him? Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk star.


Greg Mottola’s 2007 seminal comedy comes to a streaming service for the first time. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Superbad stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, two teenagers about to graduate high school. Before graduating, the boys want to party and become adults, but their plan proves harder than expected.

The Transparent Musicale Finale

The award-winning Prime Original series Transparent comes to an end in raucous fashion with a two-hour musical episode. After the death of Maura, the Pfeffermans must deal with their grief — and the horror of learning that Shelly (Judith Light) plans to stage a musical play based on the family.

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Make sure to take in a movie at the open-air cinema at Kamari, found at the entrance to the town on the road to Fira. As well as artsy offerings, there are plenty of up-to-date films (in October you can even catch the new Mama Mia) and the cinema is also a venue for live concerts and theatre performances.

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Follow the path of the ancients to Akritiri. The Bronze Age settlement was one of the most important Minoan ports and centres in the Aegean Sea when it was covered by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC. This made its preservation exceptional and it is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Today it is covered by a bioclimatic roof and walkways are suspended above the remains.


This Greek island is the ideal spot for an autumnal break.

The southernmost of the Cyclades has been attracting visitors for years. Formerly a favourite among the travelling hippy crowd, these days it is a popular family destination with plenty of upmarket options to keep the cosmopolitan voyager happy.

Though there’s never a bad time, October is said to be the best time to visit the Greek island of Santorini. The summer hoards have gone but the weather remains pleasant – a break from our still blistering temperatures, without going all-out winter cold. The island’s blue-domed, whitewashed buildings are as famous as they are picturesque, but there’s much more to this Aegean paradise.

Santorini has a wealth of fabulous beaches where you can chill out and laze the day away. But, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, head to Monolithos Beach and try your hand at kitesurfing. Be warned, the winds can be strong, so you might want to start working those pecs, abs and biceps if you decide to give this a go.

The restaurants and food stalls of Amoudi Bay are famous for their fresh seafood – eaten with a fantastic seaside view. Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna (pictured) comes highly recommended, as does Fanari, particularly for the sunset views. Look out for the super-fresh squid hanging outside.

Aside from the usual tourist souvenirs, Santorini is blessed with lots of one-ofa-kind galleries and unique shops selling locally made arts, crafts, designer pieces and traditional pottery. There are upwards of 40 jewellery stores in the main street of Fira – but, beware, handcrafted does not always mean hand-made! There are also plenty of places selling food and grape made in Santorini, which make ideal gifts. Or, for something a bit different, visit the Tomato Museum and head home with some seeds. October 2019 81

what's green



BTM takes a look at the latest easy-touse, planet-friendly products.

CUP OF JOE Swap your regular disposable coffee cup for a reusable one and do the environment the huge favour of dumping all that polystyrene waste (not literally, of course). Lots of coffee shops sell their own, and some of the big hotels are getting in on the act too. We like this one from Aussie brand Onya, because the whole brand is about sustainability. They’re great looking, cool to the touch and made from 100-per-cent food-safe silicone. They also come in five different colours. Available at

PLAY TIME Green Toys has a great range of fun and ecofriendly things to get kids engaged with the environment at an early age. The brand makes beach toys from plastic that would have ended up in the ocean, collected from coastlines and waterways. It also makes a wide-range of other playthings from 100-per-cent recycled plastic – mainly milk containers. Available at


TRENDY KIDS Stella McCartney has a long history of eco-activism and her latest range, created for kids, shows that youngsters can look cool while their parents take a stand on global warming. The collection is made with organically grown cotton, recycled wool and polyester as well as sustainably sourced viscose and other planet-friendly products. Available at

Bamboo toothbrushes are quickly becoming a staple in many households, not only because they're naturally antimicrobial, but also because of their eco-friendliness and biodegradability. These ones from Wowe also come in a charcoal-infused version which is even better for your teeth and gums. Available at

STEP TO Single-use plastic water bottles have become an environmental plague. Shoe company Rothy's transforms them into stylish, and environmentally-friendly, flats, loafers and sneakers, with styles geared for women and kids. What’s not to like? Available at 82 October 2019

out & about


Bahrain houses a variety of private clubs for residents to socialise and pursue their active interests. BTM rounds up the most prominent of them.


THE BRITISH CLUB – BAHRAIN This club, that is thought to have been started in 1935, apparently used to be known as The Gymkhana Club. Located in Adliya, it is one of the oldest and most popular expat clubs in Bahrain. Since its early years, it has built on its strengths, boasting over 2,000 members. The club’s coffee shop and lounge Outside Inn is open daily, while those who prefer to eat outdoors at the poolside have a selection of items including salads, sandwiches, light bites and daily specials to choose from. The Ruby Murray serves Indian delicacies and has live music for members and their guests to enjoy. Call 17 728-245.

This spot offers patrons varied forms of sailing and water sports in a fun, friendly atmosphere on its sandy shores. It has a full marina facility for the secure safe mooring for boat owner members and access to a range of services from fuel to slip way facilities for vessels. Perfect for families and friends, the club’s natural private beach is fitted with sun loungers and umbrellas, for a relaxed fun day by the sea. There is also a swimming pool and three dining outlets: Anchorage Lounge, Pavilion Sports Bar and Third Reef Restaurant. Non-members can take a day-pass to the beach for a small fee. Call 17 700-677.

CAPITAL CLUB THE DILMUN CLUB Founded in 1974 in Saar, families come together to socialise and pursue their sporting interests here. Besides two tennis and squash courts, two riding paddocks and the Astroturf football pitch, the club is known for its range of outlets, six in all, offering food and beverage that caters to all tastes. The Bulls Head Bar is a typical British pub-style bar, the fine-dining restaurant, Bistro, and The Inn At The Deep End are bustling eateries. Candles Restaurant can hold private functions for up to 150 people. And Kids’ HQ has fun activities all week long, Call 17 690-926.

This is Bahrain’s premier business club perched high in the posh Bahrain Financial Harbour complex. Its purpose is to meet the demands of top profile businesspeople, executives and government officials. Membership is by invitation only and comprises a who’s who of the island and the region. The venue offers meeting facilities, complemented by stunning views. Members enjoy various added benefits such as discounts on airlines, hotels and luxury goods, as well as access to 270 reciprocal clubs around the world. Dining facilities include The Lounge, Signature Grill, Skyline Lounge, Member’s Bar and The Library. Call 17 100-100.

BAHRAIN RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB This club was an offshoot of the British Club, and later became its own entity in 1974. With more than 3,000 members, it is deemed to be the best venue for anyone interested in pursuing sports at a recreational or competitive level. It offers members rugby / football pitches, which also host Gaelic footie, netball courts, cricket pitches, a swimming pool and a sports hall. Members can also use the meeting rooms, clubhouse, fitness club and children’s play area. Mano’s restaurant offers international cuisine, while The Blindside Barbecue is all about takeaway food, sandwiches and burgers. Call 17 695-809.

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BUDAIYA Barbar Temple

Bahrain residents tend to be split into tribes – either you live Manama side taking in Busaiteen, Juffair, Amwaj etc, or you live Budaiya side, taking in Saar, Janabiya, Barbar and points west. We all know about the souqs of Manama and Muharraq, the Pearling Trail and Amwaj Islands in the east. But, if you live in town, you might just be missing out on some of the great stuff on offer out west.


he area around Budaiya and Saar has much to recommend it. Saar is home to some of the island’s famous burial mounds, hundreds of earth bumps that dominate the landscape. Originating in the era of the Dilmun civilisation right up to Tylos, some have been extensively excavated revealing a great deal about the ancient life of our island. One tomb is on show in the National Museum, but it’s also fascinating to see these areas in situ with fields of mounds stretching away into the distance. Further reminders of this bygone era can be found in the Saar and Barbar temple and settlement sites, evidence of long-ago civilisations and early religions. Head out to Janabiya Highway and you will find the Royal Camel Farm, somewhere every resident should visit at least once. Though not officially advertised, it’s open to the public daily and offers the chance to get up close and personal with the ships of the desert. Say hello to camel mums and their uber-cute babies and, though the ladies can be a little protective of

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their young, they’ll welcome a tasty treat, such as a carrot. If you don’t fancy coughing up cash for a hotel beach pass, head to the coast end of the Budaiya Highway to the public Budaiya Beach Park. It benefits from regular clean-ups and is a long stretch of sand, perfect for games or just strolling on a warm evening. You could even make like a local; take a picnic and enjoy some outdoor family time as the weather cools. Also, to be found on the Budaiya Highway (or rather just off it) is the Farmers’ Market. Bahraini agricultural families set up their stalls here on weekends throughout the winter months offering delicious farm-fresh produce from tomatoes to pumpkins and some real surprises such as Romanescu cauliflowers which, with their distinctive nutty taste, can be very expensive in regular stores. The 2019 opening dates haven’t been announced yet but it’s usually around late November or early December and the outdoor market runs each week until around May. Head further along the Budaiya Highway, towards Burgerland Roundabout, and, hidden in one of the small squares along from Al Jazira Supermarket, you will come across The Raven’s Nest Board Game Café. The décor is Ravens nest described as like

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Dilmun burial mounds

something out of a Harry Potter movie and it’s the gathering place for board gaming geeks to enjoy good coffee and hot sandwiches, while challenging each other without a games console in sight. And last but not least, no round-up of the delights of this area would be complete without a mention of Emmawash – the original Bahraini breakfast joint with its graffiti-covered walls, where you eat seated on cushions on the floor. From its original spot, it’s moved a little further along the highway and is now in a somewhat posher building but the quality of the food and the sense of fun remain. So, with all that in store, why not head to Budaiya? You might just like it.

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Bahrain This Month - October 2019  

Vol.23 - Issue 10 - Your guide to a great way of life

Bahrain This Month - October 2019  

Vol.23 - Issue 10 - Your guide to a great way of life