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106 Ramadan Kareem! The Holy Month of Ramadan is upon us once more; we showcase what will be available once the sun has set from
the Kingdom’s leading hotels and other venues.
Happenings: Bahrain This Month reviews events happening around town during the month of July 2012:
23 Summer Festival: It all about the sound of music 26 Bahrain Science Centre: Making education fun 28 Shop to Win: It’s all happening at Al A’ali Shopping Complex 34 A Pliable Artist: Creating art out of glass 36 Meaningful Change: Bahraini-French Club expands scope 38 Summer Camps: Where to keep the kids occupied! 40 A Decisive Aim: Bowling for charity 21-40 Calendar: Events during July
66 An Unyielding Passion
Karim Arafa explains what has driven him to view
maintaining a high level of fitness as more than just a politically correct lifestyle option.
69 Building a Business Tamkeen-sponsored conferences aims to assist those either thinking about setting up their business or seeking to expand
66 Bystander At BTM we celebrated national days with the Italians, Filipinos and Russians as well as taking in the third birthday party for Bushido. We also tried our hand at a biathlon, thought we’d get educated at an Allan Pease and try our luck at an air ticket from Oman Air. There were also car launches for BMW, Jaguar and Toyota and new gizmos from LG and Samsung.
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70 Calibrated Learning When the numbers don’t add up, perhaps it’s time to try something different — like heading to Kumon for extra assistance in making sense of the maths.
72 New Generation Hospitality Look around the hotel offerings in the Kingdom, and it’s not difficult to spot an obvious gap in the market; one that Holiday Inn Express aims to lead.
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Contents July 2012 France in Bahrain:
49 Diplomacy of Influence
French ambassador to the Kingdom, Christian Testot, reflects on events here in Bahrain and back at home, as France tackles the Eurozone crisis.
Downtime: 83 One Step Ahead, Two Steps Back: Just a fantasy? 84 Gadgets: Summer gizmos 86 Music: In search of life 88 Computer Games: Inverted thrones 89 Websites: Trusted designs 90 Apps: Brains over brawn 91 Movies: Snow White is wanted!
Motoring: 93 Prominent Statement: Hyundai i30 94 Wheels: Citröen DS3 95 Showcase: BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé
Dining: 101 Vapiano: Italian with a difference 102 Feature: Summer Coolers 104 Happenings: Ramadan 2012 121 Showcase: The Yellow Chilli 125 Restaurant Listing: Find your ideal venue
After Dark: 127 JJ’s Irish Restaurant: Unlucky 13? 128 Happenings: Where to be seen this month 129 Showcase: Club Buffalo @ Ramee California 131 Venue Listing: The ‘in’ places to be
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133 Supermarkets: The season of promotions 141 What’s New: Summer essentials 142 Marketplace: Latest products and services
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As we head into the second half of the year, July can best be described as a month of two halves. The first two to three weeks brings closure to the previous six months; the school year ends and the events calendar draws to a temporary close as we prepare for our summer vacations. There’s still plenty to do, though, as the summer festival concludes with a performance of one of best-known and loved shows of the last century [ITALS] The Sound of Music. Our shopping malls are also a hive of activity with special promotions and events, such as those at Al A’ali Shopping Complex, to keep us entertained and out of the heat. The last ten days of July sees the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It’s a time for reflection and spending time with our families and friends, and this year promises to be no different. I know of many people who are taking their holidays early so as to be able to spend Ramadan here in the Kingdom. Let’s hope this occasion affords an opportunity for us to put behind the issues of the past 18 months and to build a better future for ourselves. Our annual review of offerings from hotels and restaurants for breaking fast at Iftar and subsequent ghagba social gatherings indicates we have as much choice this year as in the past, despite the Holy Month falling right in the centre of summer. There’s also a round-up of Ramadan promotions available at local supermarkets. We celebrate with the French as they mark Bastille Day; the French ambassador to the Kingdom, Christian Testot is optimistic for Bahrain’s future, noting there are many positives that make our island an attractive place for business within the region. For those who’d like to use the summer to ‘trim-down’, Karim Arafah talks about what has motivated him to become a fitness fanatic. The number 13 might be unlucky for some, but that venerable institution, which we know simply as ‘JJ’s’, celebrates its 13th anniversary over the three days of July 11-13. So, whatever you do to combat the summer heat, here’s to continuing to enjoy the great way of life the Kingdom has to offer for all of its residents. Ramadan Kareem!
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Italian National Day Celebrations HE Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador & Milena Padula hosted a reception to celebrate Italian National Day. The event which was attended by HE Abdulla Abdullatif, Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, diplomats & VIP guests was held at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa last month
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Russian National Day Celebrations HE Victor Smirnov, Russian Ambassador & Vera Smirnova hosted a reception to celebrate Russian National Day. The event attended by HE Ghanim bin Fadhul Al-Buainain, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, members of the diplomatic corps & VIP guests was held at the Al Riffa Ballroom, InterContinental Regency Bahrain HE Ghanim bin Fadhul Al Buainain & HE Victor Smirnov with diplomats at the cake cutting
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Philippines Independence Day Celebrations HE Corazon Yap-Bahjin, Philippines Ambassador hosted a reception to celebrate the 114th Independence Day of the Philippines. The event attended by HE Ghanim bin Fadhul Al-Buainain, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, members of the diplomatic corps, government officials and dignitaries was held at the Gilgamesh Ballroom, Golden Tulip Hotel
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Bahrain Summer Festival 2012 Launched Under the patronage of HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Culture Minister, the fourth annual Bahrain Summer Festival was launched, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. HE Shaikha Mai also launched Nakhool City where visitors can enjoy an action packed programme of fun activities. The festivalâ€™s mascot Nakhool once again welcomed children and adults alike to participate in free cultural, educational and fun activities
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Amwaj Marina Summer Biathlon Around 350 people took to the waters at Amwaj Marina in the main event, which featured a 600m swim followed by a 5km run at the Amwaj Marina Summer Biathlon, which also raised money and awareness for intellectual disability and autism causes in Bahrain. The event was organised by Red House Marketing in coordination with the Interior and Works Ministries and Amwaj Marina
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Bushido 3rd Anniversary Celebrations To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, Bushido in the Seef district held an exclusive cocktail reception, followed by a party that featured in-house DJ Dara Singh, DJ Ravin of Buddha Bar, Paris and DJ Carlos Campos of Barrio Latino, Paris
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happeningsthismonth When? July 1-15 | Event? Bahrain Summer Festival | Venue? BIECC
The Sound of Music
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This year’s Bahrain Summer Festival still offers some exemplary musical performances, including one internationally-known musical loved by all. After a thriving first few weeks, the 2012 edition of the Bahrain Summer Festival continues this month with even more exciting events to enjoy. So if you missed out on some of the performances and activities that have already occurred, don’t despair as there is plenty of time for you to soak up some memorable performances. The children’s camps, workshops and programmes will continue every day of the month until July 15, with a diverse mix of free activities for youngsters to take part in. Puppetry, photography, LEGO, storytelling, dance and music camps are just some of the options available. Then there are the big numbers. The month kicks off with a hip hop evening from Qusai ‘Don Legend the Kamelion’ in collaboration with Bahraini talents Flipperachi, DJ Outlaw and Laiwa. This will be followed by renowned young Bahraini Hala Alturk showing off her phenomenal singing voice. Finally, this year’s line up is completed with the show we have all been waiting for — The Sound of Music. As the winner of the ‘Best Theatrical Production’ award in Dubai, it’s set to be a music event not to be missed. “The Sound of Music is all about family and music, which are two of the most important aspects of any society,” explains the director, John Payton. Also this month
“It is such a special piece of work with celebrated songs — it is no wonder that our audiences come in their thousands time and time again. We are delighted to tour the show for the Bahrain Summer Festival and we fully recognise the honour of the invite to perform for the people of the Kingdom.” The musical is an emotional tale, following the true story of the Von Trapp family fleeing occupied Austria to seek sanctuary in Switzerland. “It provides rich dramatic scope for me, as the director, and working with children is always rewarding. When I took the production on, I decided that it should be as much about the innocence and wonder of the children as it was about the political aspects,” John says. The large-scale show involves a cast of over 30, a full orchestra and a crew of more than 20. “As the production calls for grandeur, so do the numbers of artists to tell the story and bring the production to life,” he continues. In addition to the cast’s talent, expect to be wowed by the special effects and scenery. LED screens, moving scenery and advanced lighting techniques will be used; however the director is confident that the music itself leads the production. The Ministry of Culture now also has an iPhone and iPad app listing all of the Bahrain Summer Festival events. Simply search for ‘Bahrain Culture’ on the iTunes store. E Call 80 008-089, visit www.bahrainsummer.bh or follow the festival on twitter @BahrainSummer12.
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When? July 2 Event? International Day of Cooperatives Use this day to identify cooperative organisations and the work they do. When? July 4 Event? USA Independence Day Commemorate the American Declaration of Independence with family and friends. When? July 7 Event? International Chocolate Day Binge on one of the most delicious sweets in the world. When? July 11 Event? World Population Day As the world’s population increases, try to get to know more people by saying hello. When? July 18 Event? Nelson Mandela Day Show you recognise all of the good work achieved by this extraordinary man. When? July 28 Event? World Hepatitis Day This inflammation of the liver causes many deaths each year. When? July 30 Event? International Day of Friendship Consider all of the wonderful friends you have in your life.
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happeningsthismonth When? July 7, 8, 14,15 | Event? Perfume design | Venue? Bahrain National Museum
When? July 1-July 14 Event? Summer activities Venue? Al A’ali Shopping Complex Drive down to your favourite shopping complex for a funfilled summer. E Call 17 581-000 or visit www. alaalicomplex.com. When? July 1-30 Event? Photo Exhibition Venue? la fontaine centre of contemporary art Don’t miss the last month of Jamshid Bayrami’s Haj exhibition. E Call 17 230-123.
When? July 7, 8, 14, 15 Event? Perfume design Venue? Bahrain National Museum Use this month to learn a new artistic, and scented craft. E Call 17 001-908. When? July 13-23 Event? Filipino cultural festival Venue? Al Taj Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel Discover the culture of the Philippines through artworks, performances and activities. E Call 36 311-563, 39 543-239 When? July 27 Event? AlDana Expo 2012 Venue? Gulf Convention Centre, Gulf Hotel See Bahraini fashion at its best with designs exhibited by numerous designers. E Call 36 399-339 or 36 437-347. When? Until July 15 Event? Bahrain Summer Festival Venue? BIECC Fill your diary with a wide range of stimulating cultural events this month. E Call 80 008-089 or visit www. bahrainsummer.bh. When? July 1-18 Event? Summer festival Venue? Lost Paradise of Dilmun Cool down in the water whilst taking in LPOD’s many events this month. E Visit www.lpodwaterpark.com.
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The second AlDana Expo will highlight the work that female Bahraini entrepreneurs are doing, particularly within the field of fashion. Top Bahraini international designer Wafeeq Sulaibeekh, who has featured at fashion shows in Rome and Paris, will be ogranising a fashion show with ten designers’ collections. Browse and purchase both traditional and more Westernised designs whilst supporting the country’s budding businesswomen! E Call 36 399-339 or 36 437-347.
Sweet Scents A collection of workshops this month will give you the chance to learn a different sort of craft; namely, perfume design. Devised by Valerie Lovisa, a French perfumer and pharmacist currently working as a perfume designer at Designer Shaik, Perfume Design examines the scented heritage of Arabia and reflects on the scientific creation process as well as personal tastes and interests. The perfume design workshop will be split into a theoretical component and a practical component. The theoretical class will allow participants to have an understanding of the art of perfume design through interactive discussions and smelling sessions.
A Cultural Collection Over 100 Filipino artists are combining forces for a cultural extravaganza this month, inviting you to discover the culture and variety of the Philippines through artworks, performances and activities. “Sino si Juan?” (Who is Juan?) will feature over 400 artworks from established and aspiring artists. A musical comedy play will be staged on the opening day alongside a gala dinner and a variety of Filipino performance arts will be showcased. Workshops on photography, kids’ arts and crafts and martial arts are some additional activities. E Call 36 311-563, 39 543-239 or 36 102-969.
When? July 6, 7, 8, 9 | Event? Leadership conference | Venue? British School of Bahrain
When? July 7-12 Event? Scientific symposium Venue? TBC Youths from the GCC are invited to take part in this renewable energy-themed event. E Visit www.goys.gov.bh.
When? July 27 | Event? AlDana Expo 2012 | Venue? Gulf Hotel
When? July 5 Event? Leadership conference Venue? British School of Bahrain This student-aimed event will help youths develop skills and better themselves. E Call 17 358-819.
When? July 13-23 | Event? Festival | Venue? Al Taj Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel Bahrain
When? July 1-September 2012 Event? Print exhibition Venue? Albareh Art Gallery Catch an expo from a collection of contemporary Arab artists. E Call 17 713-535.
As it focuses on fragrance composition, this class provides an important introduction to the practical class (perfume formulation) which follows as participants will be able to define the scents which attract them. The second class in this custom-designed workshop will introduce each participant to 32 raw materials from which personalised and individual perfumes will be developed. By the end of the workshop, participants will have manufactured different perfume samples and will be able to take home a 30ml sample of their own perfume. The perfect way to bottle your perfect scent, just how you like it! E Call 17 001-908.
Developing Youths The Summer National Leadership Conference is a fourday event which will be held on July 6, 7, 8 and 9. It is a semi-annual reoccurrence, under The National Leadership Conference (NatCo) umbrella, for AIESEC delegates of Bahrain. The student association has created this symposium to help develop skills and competencies whilst tackling key issues, both within the participants’ personal and professional lives. More than 80 members will convene to set strategic plans, review initiatives, and better themselves. There will also be delegates and facilitators from different parts of the world since AIESEC is present in more than ten countries. E Call 17 358-819.
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happeningsthismonth When? Throughout July and August | Event? Various workshops | Venue? Bahrain Science Centre BAHRAIN SCIENCE CENTRE
Fun Learning Keep your child’s brain active by enrolling them in science workshops this summer; it will keep the little ones out of your hair, providing them with hours of interactive fun.
Summer camp organisers have started to confirm visits to explore the new state-of-the-art Bahrain Science Center (BSC). The centre, which falls under the Bahrain Ministry of Social Development, will run workshops over the summer school holiday period with a wide range of activities that are intertwined with scientific topics. “We are delighted with the response so far,” says Khalid Ishaq, assistant undersecretary of community development. “Our goal is to help students build solid foundations for future academic studies and we look forward to welcome these groups.”
Children will be spurred into motion with a series of fun-filled games and hands-on activities. From science shows, storytelling, craft to educational games, the centre has organised something for everyone through its interactive workshops. Attendees will enter a world of imagination, as BSC storytellers bring tales from around the world to life. The entertaining and exciting events are designed to develop essential life skills for young visitors. “Summer workshops not only supply strong support for the school curriculum but are a perfect summer activity, too. It will be a place of fun and provides a new destination for children to beat the summer heat,” Khalid continues. “BSC is not just about science; it is about fun, innovation, discoveries, invention, developing talents and life skills, and becoming a smart Bahraini citizen.” Currently operated and managed by MTE Studios, BSC is the first of its kind in the country and all the displays are designed to be educational. Schools in Bahrain started exploring the new centre by appointments prior to its official launch, with great success since it opened doors earlier this year. The centre is located in a colourful three-storey building along Riyadh Avenue in Isa Town, near the Manama/Salmabad intersection. Inside are six interactive exhibition galleries, an auditorium, four laboratories, a café and a shop. BSC aims to promote awareness of the importance of science and technology, complement the school curriculum, stimulate curiosity and innovation, and create a forum for public debate on science and technology issues. Additionally there are science shows, talks, debates, demonstrations, dissections and star gazing. In future, BSC will offer interschool competitions, excursions to places of scientific interest, camping trips and many other exciting activities. E Visit www.social.gov.bh.
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happeningsthismonth When? July 1-14 | Event? Summer activities | Venue? Al A’ali Shopping Complex AL A’ALI SHOPPING COMPLEX
Shop to Win There has never been a better time to shop ‘til you drop; this shopping complex is giving away prizes in addition to non-stop entertainment and creative workshops!
If you love to shop, then get to Al A’ali Shopping Complex this month for the chance to win that item you’ve been eyeing up for months. The mall is running a promotion that could get you the designer deals of your dreams. Simply spend BD50 and you can win a gift voucher that can be used at a number of the designer brand stores. Additionally, there will be plenty of activities and games for children to be engaged. Arts and crafts workshops will be one of the major activities lined up, so don’t let your little ones miss out on creating crafty pieces. The classes will be taught by professional artists who will share interesting tips and ideas to help kids create their own masterpieces. Topics include decorative arts and crafts, calligraphy, music, cultural arts, food decoration, ceramic painting and a lot more. To keep the creative juices flowing, Naqsh Gallery will be hosting a variety of activities for both kids and adults. During the sessions, not only will you learn from live demos but participants can also enjoy a range of musical performances. Furthermore, there will be special events over the weekends, including magic shows, puppet shows and games that feature The Smurfs, Angry Birds, Sponge Bob, Barney and so much more. All activities will run between 11am to 7pm from Saturday to Thursdays and from 3pm to 8pm on Fridays. Register your names for workshops at the mall as only limited seats are available. E Call 17 581-000 or visit www.alaalicomplex.com.
Zeina Testot Coffee Morning Zeina Testot, wife of HE Christian Testot, French Ambassador hosted a coffee morning for a number of VIP guests at the Ambassador's official residence last month Shaikha Hind, Shaikha Mariam, Maria, Salwa, Zeina, Mala, Claudine & Shuhara
Corinne & Salwa
Sandrine, Tania & Sylvie
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Mariotto, Ada, Vernoique & Denuit
Fatiha, Halima & Axelle
Elizabeth, Zeina Testot, Claudine, Marguerite & Naila
Mala, Huda & Zeina
Sandrine & Brigitte
Agnes & Fatima
Ludi & Sandrine
happeningsthismonth When? July 1-August 21 | Event? Ramadan celebrations | Venue? The Bahrain Mall THE BAHRAIN MALL
Retail Madness Your favourite family mall is at it again; bringing you the best in value shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Bahrain Mall is bringing you yet another Ramadan season packed with shopping excitement. With more outlets slated to participate in this year’s celebrations than ever before, there will surely be something that everyone likes. Shoppers can look forward to a unique ‘Spin the Wheel Celebration’ campaign where prizes can be won. By spending as little as BD10 at any store, you will be given a scratch card and stand a chance to ‘Spin the Wheel’ rewarding winners with hundreds of great prizes. iPads, mobiles, LCDs, DVD players, music systems, and kitchenware are just a sample in the lineup of gifts. What’s more, every scratch card comes with a sureshot discount at selected outlets in the mall. Reputed to be a special place for kids of all ages, The Bahrain Mall will also feature a host of artists as well as roaming characters and stilt walkers to captivate kids and grown-ups alike. As always, children will also enjoy free treats of balloons and candy. Ramadan shoppers will find a treasure trove of bargains awaiting them at the mall’s many retail outlets which offer a range of trendy items. And if all the shopping after a long day’s fast works up an appetite, visitors will also find a satisfying choice of multinational cuisines at the mall’s sprawling food court. With the best value-added shopping at over 125 stores as well as entertainment and special events, The Bahrain Mall is no doubt the place to see and be seen this summer. E Call 17 558-101.
Bangladesh Ambassador's Dinner Reception To congratulate HE Ghanim bin Fadhul Al-Buainain, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and to bid farewell to HE Dr Ali Mansour bin Safaa, Ambassador of Yemen and HE Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Amri, Ambassador of Oman, HE Mohammed Ali Akbar, Bangladesh Ambassador hosted a dinner for a number of VIP guests. The dinner was held at Bangladesh House in Saar last month
HE Ahmet Ulker, Turkish Ambassador & HE Abdulla Abdullatif, Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs
HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & Abdulla Juma
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Ibrahim, HE Ghanim bin Fadhul Al Buainain, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & Mehdi Hassan
HE Mohammed Ali Akbar & HE Sabine Taufmann, German Ambassador
Mehdi Hassan & Agus Salim
HE Corazon Yap-Bahjin, Philippines Ambassador
HE Victor Smirnov, Russian Ambassador, HE Taha Mohammed Abdul Qadir, Palestinian Ambassador & HE Mohammed Ashraf Haribi, Egyptian Ambassador
Tarek with Abdul Hussain Dawani
Faisal & Abu Chowdhury
happeningsthismonth When? July 1-18 | Event? Summer festival | Venue? Lost Paradise of Dilmun LOST PARADISE OF DILMUN
Summer Escapade The Kingdom’s largest water park just keeps getting better; this month the summer festival continues with competitions, new attractions, kids’ activities and much more.!
If the numerous rides, slides and activities aren’t reason enough to visit the Kingdom’s largest water park, then revel in the added temptation of this month’s summer festival. This year’s event will highlight not only the water park’s attractions but will also showcase the biggest and brightest talents in the Kingdom. Celebrations begin this month with the arrival of an original Dragon and Lion dance troupe from China. The group will perform three colourful shows per day from July 6-19. Next up is the ‘Campus Dance Showdown’ on July 7. The competition will see talents from students across the country showcase their different skills in dancing and movements. From jazz to hip-hop to ballroom, this dance competition is sure to make waves amongst the youth. The little ones will also be showing off their talent this summer as Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) brings ‘Kids got Talent Too’ on July 13. All children are welcome to take part and exciting prizes and gifts will be awarded to the contest’s winners. In addition to all of this, the park has recently welcomed new attractions such as the fish spa, kiddies’ karts, zip line and other activities. Plus the festival will host a children’s activity area with games, face painting, arts and crafts, mascots, magic shows and cartoon characters to keep the little ones busy. LPOD is now open from 10am-8pm except on Tuesdays and from 10am-5pm on Thursdays followed by ladies night 6pm-12am. E Visit www.lpodwaterpark.com.
Bahrain German Friendship Society Dinner The Bahrain German Friendship Society hosted a dinner reception for members and guests at the Capital Club, Bahrain Financial Harbour last month
Betsy & Mazin
Ali & Kai
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A Pliable Artist Creativity is in abundance here in Bahrain; but, often in just a few mediums. One artist paves the way for a less prolific style of art that grabbed our attention. If you look at the Middle East closely, you will see the inspiration that surrounds us. Rich colours, historic traditions, opulent fabrics and desert sands are in abundance, providing a natural canvas to be admired. As many Bahrain-based artists transfer these elements into their works, only one does so through the medium of glass. Italian Giuse Maggi is perhaps the country’s only established glass artist. The art form, as she passionately describes, depicts one’s personality inexplicably well; however the process of creation must be understood. “Following an educational background in geology, I understand and appreciate the scientific, chemical and physical aspects of creating works from glass,” she explains. However, the medium was not something that the artist originally thought would blossom into such a lifestyle. “I began experimenting many years ago in 1990 as a means to pass the time while I lived in Saudi Arabia. I was fascinated by the way that the glass interacted with light and so resolved to master the technique,” she recalls. It was here that she developed her iconic and award-winning piece; the Flying Carpet. This is just one clear example of the way in which Giuse is enthused by her Arabian surroundings; specifically the calm and somewhat subdued nature of the region. Most of her pieces reflect the colours, shapes and textures of the sea, sand and palm trees. Never looking back, she has since showcased her work in several exhibitions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Italy. Here in the Kingdom, the pieces have graced major art spaces
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Summer Reminiscence including Albareh Art Gallery, the Cultural Hall, the National Museum and the Bahrain Arts Society. Presently, the artist opens up her in-house studio every week to teach this art form. “The process of creating one simple piece is a difficult and requires the utmost precision; it is a difficult technique to master, but beautiful results will be achieved. You must get the glass extremely hot in order to change its shape,” she says. “I create my artworks from large sheets of glass which are then melted into moulds in three large kilns.” An additional small furnace is used to melt glass and produce thin rods that are used in some of her most popular pieces. “Many of my pieces are made from recycled glass; I especially like the green colour of Perrier water bottles,” she says. Her work is diverse and ranges from small vases, to jewellery and to more sculptural installation pieces. Most recently she has started working with fibreglass; using the method to create 3D canvases, which can be enhanced further with paint. Glass artistry maybe one of the more complex branches of art, but through her workshops and courses, Giuse hopes to advance it into one day becoming a staple on Bahrain’s cultural scene. “To be an artist, it is not what you do but what you think. You must consider everything and understand the symmetry of it,” she advises. E Visit www.maggiglass.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When? July 1–September 2012 Event? Print exhibition Venue? Albareh Art Gallery
As most of the Kingdom’s art centres close for the summer holidays, Albareh Art Gallery is taking the opportunity to display pieces from a large number of collections that have exhibited through the years. Among the works of contemporary artists to be displayed are Zuhair Al Saeed, Hussein Al Mohasen, Omar Al Rashid, Bassem Al Sharqi and Hassan Meer to name just a few. For the summer, the gallery doors open from 10am to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm. Head down if you are looking to spend your summer days learning and exploring the world of local and regional art. E Call 17 713-535.
Meaningful Change More than a decade after its launch, the Bahraini French Business Club is headed for a significant makeover that will redefine its role in business affairs.
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Founded as a business forum for Bahraini and French business professionals in 2001, the Bahraini French Business Club (CAFB) had only around 90 members when Abdulla Juma took over as president five years ago. Since then, monthly networking dinners and talks by specialist speakers have fuelled interest and taken membership to around 145. Abdulla’s third term as CAFB president will be the most eventful if plans on the drawing board can be implemented during the course of this year. Having participated in two Economic Development Board road-shows in Paris over the last two years, he realises the need for more sustained efforts in promoting Bahrain as a friendly business destination abroad. “The EDB’s efforts are commendable, but there’s a need to do more than the EDB is doing. We’re trying to take these efforts further by direct liaison with the business community. By the middle of next year, CAFB will have evolved into a business council in a broader role that will see us providing services to the investor community. This includes advising investors on Bahraini laws, providing them with registration information and helping them with the early due diligence,” he says. This will translate into a permanent office with full-time staff and a dynamic website to guide prospective investors based in France. Discussions are on with the French Embassy and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry to finalise the contours of the Bahrain-French Business Council. Abdulla is aware that more funds will have to be poured into the bigger establishment, for which he is mulling a number of
options including raising corporate membership fees, attracting more members and hosting more business meetings, conferences and fund-raising events. Meanwhile, he’s planning a business delegation from Bahrain to the western region of France later this year. “We’re in touch with the local chamber of commerce there and plan to work together in exploring opportunities in mass transport system, manufacturing and the energy sector during our visit,” he says. Bahrain’s energy sector is buzzing with the Al Dur power and water project, where French global energy player GDF Suez has participated. Abdulla would like to see greater involvement of local companies when international projects of such magnitude are implemented. “For the local economy to benefit more, there should be 30 to 40 per cent involvement of local companies. Furthermore, if major infrastructure projects such as these are listed on the Bahrain stock exchange, it would contribute to the growth of local financial markets,” he notes. Tourism is another area where French experts can work with Bahrain to develop concepts for the Kingdom, he believes. Besides promoting economic and commercial ties with France, CAFB has forged cultural links with high profile events such as the French Week which occupies the pride of place on its calendar. “Efforts are now on to turn this event into a biennial one, though on a smaller scale. Meanwhile, the French Week, as we know it now, will continue to be held once every four years,” he says.
happeningskidsteens include five days of fun-filled activities including a tour behind the screens at Cineco, baking lessons, cookie decoration at the Kempinski Hotel, and a bowling tournament. When? July 1-August 16 Venue? Indian Institute of Performing Arts The annual ‘Parampara’ summer camp is back! Courses like Hindustani classical singing, tabla, Bharatanatyam, painting, thematic presentation, acting skills and Carnatic music will be available. The camp will run five days a week and culminate in a performance on 17 August.
Summer Fun Keerthana Louis Sports camps, arts camps, language centres and so much more! With such a wide variety of summer camps and programs to choose from, there is something here to entice every child. Be sure to register your kids for an adventurous summer break.
When? June 17-July 19 Venue? Al Bander Hotel & Resort The Kool Kids Kamp is an invigorating experience for kids aged 5 to 13. Children will be introduced to tennis, swimming, dance, bowling, outdoor games, water sports and arts and crafts. Older children will also be able to enjoy scuba and snorkelling while the younger ones will be mesmerised during storytime. When? June 18- July 9 Venue? Tubli Club Tubli Club will be organising sports competitions, workshops and other games aimed at helping boys and girls make the most of their leisure time. Held in their recently-inaugurated gym in Tubli, these activities are bound to keep kids entertained. When? June 30-August Venue? Berlitz Your child will soon be multilingual thanks to Berlitz’s Summer Camp. Classes in Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic and English will be available in addition to cooking activities and arts and crafts. Available for kids aged 4 to 14. When? July-September Venue? Al Banna Taekwondo Center Led by black belt Ali Al Banna, this centre will build character, confidence, self control and respect in all participants through Taekwondo and mixed martial arts classes. There are two programs to choose from suitable for children aged 3 to 13+. When? July 1-12 Venue? Bahrain City Centre In partnership with Wahooo! Waterpark, the BCC will be hosting a summer camp for kids aged 7 to 12. Each week will
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When? July 1-August 16 Venue? Life Fit Get fit at Riffa Views International School with qualified trainers and coaches. Children will be encouraged to remain active this summer by engaging in swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, Taekwondo, drama, music and arts. This sports-geared summer camp welcomes kids aged 3 to 11+. When? July 1-August 16 Venue? RIA An inclusive educational centre, RIA’s Fun and Laughter Factory is open to all children from ages 2 to 11. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, sports, yoga, games, splash pool, cookery, and music and movement classes. Lots of fun, five days a week! When? July 1-19 Venue? Sylvan Learning A camp with an educational focus, Sylvan Learning provides reading, writing and math lessons in both English and Arabic. Summer fun in the form of sports, swimming and arts and crafts geared towards kids aged 5 to 11 is also available. Learn and play at the same time! When? July 8-19 Venue? British School of Bahrain Accommodating toddlers to pre-teens, the camp will be split into three different groups according to age. Students will be able to try out several new activities as well as some firm favourites. Field trips, swimming, dance, drama, music and DJ workshops, yoga and more will be available. When? July 8-26 Venue? JC’s Tennis Academy Is your child the next Nadal? Find out at this summer camp where kids will learn to serve, rally and score with a slow ball, all the while acquiring the coordination skills necessary for tennis. The camp will be held at The Riffa International School Indoor Tennis Center. When? July 8-Eid Venue? Studio Ceramics This successful summer camp will be running arts and crafts activities to create an exciting learning experience for children. Campers will interact with one another and participate in ceramic painting, play with clay, faux mosaics and even one hour of Mad Science!
happeningssportsrecreation When? 1st-20th day of Ramadan | Event? Charity bowling tournament | Venue? Funland Centre
2011 charity bowling tournament
A Decisive Aim Alison Coldridge The summer heat and Ramadan all rolled into one; not exactly the best time of the year to be outdoors; so head for this annual indoor bowling event to let off some steam. Bowling is probably not an activity that many would deem a sport as such; it is generally played by families and friends for enjoyment purposes. It takes, though, some considerable skill to transform this casual pastime into a highly competitive professional arena. Fortunately, all that is required for one charitable tournament this month is a try-hard attitude and a willingness to have lots of fun! Bowlers from across not only the Kingdom but also the GCC are reuniting on the lanes to take part in a charity Ramadan tournament. “This is Bahrain’s second-biggest tournament of its type and it is now in its 19th edition. This annual event is held in honour of the late Faisal Abdulhameed, a key player for Al Najma Club and the national bowling team in the late 80s and 90s,” says event organiser, Mohammed Fulad. “Previous years have seen around 70 or 80 bowlers participate, and this year should be no different,” he advises. “The competition is an individual event, rather than a team game; each bowler has a trial, which includes three games. Every day of the tournament approximately 50-60 trials will
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take place. We invite all players, regardless of their age or expertise, to take part as handicap points will be given to bowlers according to their skill level.” But there is hope for those who do not do well during their first trial; all participants can attempt their three games as many times as they wish, as only the best three trials will be considered. The top 24 bowlers will advance to the final round in the hope of being crowned this year’s champion. The players finishing with the highest aggregate score will receive cash prizes in recognition of their success. “The total prize money allocated for this tournament is US$11,000. The overall champion will receive US$3,000 and there will also be prizes for top 24 bowlers in addition to daily prizes for each day’s high scores,” explains Mohammed. Anyone can enter into the tournament at any point; simply register at the Funland reception. Aside from providing family fun during the holy month, the tournament will additionally serve as a fund-raiser. Donations are raised through both personal and company sponsorship; the charity the funds will be given to has not yet been determined. Each participant will pay BD5 plus an additional BD5 for each trial undertaken. Mohammed urges all to come along; “We recommend all members of the public to watch parts (or all!) of this family event. Since I have been managing this competition for the past 11 years, I have seen numerous families take part and support one another; it’s a great activity to celebrate Ramadan with,” he says. E Call 17 292-313.
A Ramadan Run When? During Ramadan Event? Seef Mall Ramadan Track Series Venue? Bahrain National Stadium
The Bahrain Road Runners never seem to stop; despite this month being the start of Ramadan and one of the hottest months of the year, the athletic group is getting together for the Seef Mall Ramadan Track Series. Held at the National Stadium, all are welcome to take part in any one of three separate races. One evening will hold a 400m race, another an 800m and finally the day will hold the ultimate test, the 1,500m. The dates are yet to be confirmed so keep checking the group’s website for confirmation. E Visit www. bahrainroadrunners.com.
Bihar Diwas 2012 Celebrations The Bahrain Chapter of the Bihar Foundation celebrated ‘Bihar Divas’, the biggest Bihari cultural evening to mark 100 years of Bihar’s statehood. The event was hosted at Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam and was inaugurated by Senior Indian Member of Parliament (MP) Rajiv Pratap Rudy and showcased indigenous ethnic Bihari culture and tradition in the form of music and dance. Prior to the event a lunch was held in honour of Rajiv Pratap Rudi at the Mirchi Restaurant, Ramee International Hotel, Juffair. The lunch was attended by HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, Indian embassy officials and members of the Bihar Foundation
Abhitab & Ashok Rai
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Satyendra & Yousif
HE Mohan Kumar
Juzer, Naeem & Abhitab
Raju & Thamodharan
Vineet Kumar Rajiv Pratap Rudy lights the traditional lamp to inaugurate the event
Ajay Kumar Brij Kishore, Anil Varma & Srinivas
Pankaj, Prisha, Sunita & Sakshi
Jinto, Sanjeed & Chithra
Masood & Roomi
Ujjawal, Umesh, Vivek, Utkarsh, Ayushi, Akshit, Sanya & Khushi
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Rajeev & Vipin
Shruti & Swarit
Ritika, Pragya, Ranju, Sandhya & Nidhi
Nanda & Mayukh
Allan Pease Seminar Allan Pease, the body language expert who has written seven number one bestselling books and has appeared on radio & television throughout the world, and the author of international bestselling book 'The Definitive Book Of Body language', held a seminar and spoke on "The Art of Communication & Body Language". The seminar organised by Bahrain Institute Of Hospitality and Retail, was held at the Crowne Plaza's Conference Centre
Saleem & Qutub
Hatim, Qutub & Bob
Dhafer & Amal
Ahmed, Duda, Shahid, Ben & Roxeanne
Krystel, Dr Sheryl & Maneka
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Leila & Kristina
Allan Pease & Nigel
Nabeel & Suzy
Madonna & Roxeanne
Baijesh, Shiju, Shameem, Subin & Vineeth
Allan, Hanan, Eman & Noor
Ebrahim Kooheji, Abdul Hamid Kooheji & Allan Pease
Seema & Usha
Ahmed & Pallavi
Abbas & Geg
Wahab & Uzair
Jad & Qassim
Hassan & Abbas
Allan & Anuradha
Majdi & Allan
Qays & Karina Zu'bi Dinner Party Qays Zu'bi, Honorary Consul of Canada and Karina Zu'bi hosted a farewell dinner party for HE Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador and Milena Padula. The party which was held at the Zubi residence in Saar was attended by a number of ambassadors and VIPâ€™s
Qays & Karina Zu'bi
Karina, Mala, HE Mohamed Siraj, Jordanian Ambassador, Milena, Bridget, Debbie, Bonnie
HE Enrico Padula, Italian Ambassador, HE Christian Testot, French Ambassador & HE Thomas Krajeski, US Ambassador
Qays and Karina Zu'bi, Milena Padula, Bridget and HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador
Zeina Testot, Mala Kumar and HE Sabine Taufmann, German Ambassador
Mustafa Kooheji, Jamal Fakhro & HE Khaled Maskati
Karina, Badour, Qays & Neza
Akram, Karina & Nawal
Suzan, Stephanie, Stelio & Cecile Scaros
Abla Majali & Hassana Zu'bi
Karina & Milena
Cherri Yateem & Fawzia Kooheji
Abdulrahman Juma & Hatim Zu'bi
A guest & Mohammed Al Asfoor
Debbie Al Asfoor & Bonnie Krajeski
Milena Padula & Bridget Lindsay
Anne Middleton Lunch Anne Middleton hosted a ladies luncheon to bid farewell to Milena Padula last month. The lunch was held at Block 338 in Adliya
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Nasreen, Wafaa, Anne, Bonnie & Milena
Shandra & Barbara
Balqees, Sharifa & Laila
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Launch Euro Motors, the exclusive dealer for BMW in Bahrain, launched the all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, the first four-door Coupe in the history of the brand. The launch was held at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa
The stunning BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
Zayed Al Zayani & Dawood Nassif
Erica & Paul Yates
HE Sabine Taufmann, German Ambassador & Paul
Shaikh Bader, Alaa & Shaikh Jaber
Rashid, Anood & Shahla Al Zayani
Majeed Al Zayani & Ahmed A. Sharif
Maya, Nada & Hala
David & David
Ali & Asmatian
Fatima & Shaikh Ebrahim
Natasha & Aby
Salah & Jalal
Ahmed & Randa
Princess & Ali
Sveta & Wissam
Robert & Raymond
Hassan & Nass
Mahdi & Anya
Nadeem & Monica
Rodolphe & Dr Philip
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France in A Special Supplement by Bahrain This Month
50 Diplomacy of Influence French ambassador to the Kingdom, Christian Testot, reflects on events here in the Bahrain and back at home, as France tackles the Eurozone crisis.
52 Aluminium Artistique Technal Middle East takes French ‘design’ into our buildings, with its enhanced offerings to improve the performance of our working spaces.
54 Timeless Artistry Think of top-of-the-market French luxury and the name Cartier will not be far from your lips; this famed jewellery has one design goal — perfection.
56 Long-Serving Success The name Alba is widely known not only in the Kingdom but throughout the world; a feat that will be built upon with the company’s growing international affiliations.
59 A French Education France maintains an excellent education system; a curriculum that is available here in Bahrain, as evidenced by Lycée Français.
Commercial Index Alba................................................................................ 56 Alliance Française...................................................... 58 Lycée Français de Bahrein........................................ 59 Technal Middle East................................................... 52 Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons (Renault)............................ 53 Yateem Airconditioning.............................................. 57 Zayani Motors (Peugeot)............................................. 48
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Diplomacy of Influence “Having lived in this region before, I feel Bahrain stands apart from other countries with its open, easy-going and hospitable people. Bahrainis are educated, well travelled and very knowledgeable about the world,” he notes. In 2011, bilateral trade between Bahrain and France accounted for nearly €350 million, of which French exports to the Kingdom comprised €250 million while Bahrain’s exports to France amounted to €100 million. “With its excellent infrastructure, trained workforce, business-friendly regulation and affordable cost of living, the Kingdom scores well as a regional centre for investment,” says the Ambassador. “Our companies are keenly following developments in Bahrain related to airport modernisation, the proposed Bahrain-Qatar causeway, mass transit system, aluminium downstream as well as renewable energy. We hope to attract more French companies to create jobs, utilise the capacities here to produce not only for Bahrain, but also export to the wider regional market.”
H.E. Christian Testot
A keen player in cultural diplomacy, France has had a head start in today’s ‘soft power’ battle between the nations.
To many French nationals, the Bastille Day evokes images of the impressive military parade on the Champs-Elysees on the morning of July 14; and also, the famous “bals populaires” organised the same evening everywhere in France, from the smallest villages to the big cities in various districts of Paris. “It’s the same celebration of the same event and of the same values (“liberté, égalité, fratenité”) in two different and complementary ways, official and convivial. We’ll try to have both dimensions in our local celebration at the French Residence,”says French Ambassador to Bahrain, Christian Testot. The French nation faces the challenge of developing and adapting both its economic and social policies to meet the demands of the Eurozone crisis. Walking the thin line between austerity and economic growth, the new government has identified five priority areas including competitiveness, energy transition, equality in various parts of the country, social justice as well as education and integration. Six months into his assignment in Bahrain, Ambassador Testot has already settled in.
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Culture is very central to the way the French embassy operates in Bahrain. Through the French culture department along with Alliance Francaise, France is very keen in participating in events organised by the ministry of culture, particularly the Spring of Culture and the Summer Festival. With its array of concerts, exhibitions and shopping opportunities showcasing different facets of French culture, the French Week 2011 was a major success. Ambassador Testot is encouraged to see Bahraini children enrolling at the French school, which, he believes, will improve their flair for the language at an early age. As part of Bahrain’s educational reform, French language will now be taught from lower grades in Bahrain’s schools. “Around 3000 children enrolled in French classes this year and we expect more in the future,” he says. French business expertise will make its way into Bahrain with the inception of the French Arabian Business School next year. The collaboration between ESSEC Business School of France and Arabian Gulf University will offer one of the best MBA programmes in the Gulf starting October 2013. Trained in classical Arabic, Ambassador Testot has focussed extensively on the Arab World since joining the Foreign Service. He remains confident that French economic relations with Bahrain have a bright future. “Along the last 30 years, we’ve built a relationship of mutual trust and respect. Bahrain is fully aware of the commitment of French companies to bring the best of their know-how to this country,” he believes.
TECHNAL MIDDLE EAST
Simultaneously enhance the aesthetics, thermal and acoustic performance of your building with a sleek appearance, courtesy of one of France’s leading architectural aluminium systems suppliers.
Bahrain-based Technal Middle East (TME) is part of the Francebased international architectural aluminium systems supplier, Technal. Included in the building products company’s extensive portfolio is Luméal, a series of sliders used to employ various applications. These include applications for two, three, four and six leaf window or patio doors. Launched on the international market during the past year, Luméal enhances the aesthetics of modern buildings with a minimalistic appearance while boosting the venue’s thermal and acoustic performance. The concealed opening slider has only 68 and 77 mm of visible aluminium frames, resulting in a higher glazed area and offering better views to the outside. In addition, the window is basically integrated behind the wall and the number of visible profiles has been reduced from four to two. During the winter, this product offers the benefit of a higher glazing surface with greater brightness. In the summer, solar protection is provided through the horizontal sun-breakers, which are created to reduce the solar summer contribution and energy savings. Technal’s system also ensures safety, to both you and your building. In terms of security, a locking mechanism is integrated in the fixed frame. “In a traditional slider, the lock is inside the sash and is visible; and is accessible from the outside. But in the Luméal minimal sash, the lock system is integrated in the fixed frame that cannot be accessed from the exterior. This limits the risk of
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break-ins,” says Hesham Kameshki, marketing and business development manager of TME. “Technal is the pioneer in developing concepts that offer elegance, performance and functionality,” he adds. “Luméal is a product with a unique new concept that aims to revolutionise the architectural aluminium segment. It offers a versatile solution that is cost effective and ensures higher performances.” All applications are offered with concealed drainage, which is unique. The sliding bay comes with multiple advantages, says Hesham. “It is slimmer, more efficient, and its patio-door threshold allows easier access to physically challenged people, while conforming to regulations and maintaining tight sealing.” E Call 17 225-777.
Timeless Artistry One of the worldâ€™s most famed jewellery brands puts its heart and soul into designing each new collection, with one final goal â€” perfection. The epitome of mastery, Cartier has manufactured iconic collections since its conception in 1847.
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Cartier’s dedication to design is no small feat, explains the MENA regional manager Louis Ferla; “Each piece differs, and requires a particular amount of time and care. Our latest novelty, the Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch, includes a total of 457 parts, each individually hand-finished,” he divulges. “Over 200 hours are required to perfect the piercing process, involving delicate, highly fragile parts.” The 2012 collections Today, Cartier’s portfolio boasts bridal ranges, leather goods, accessories and, naturally, jewellery. But at the heart of Cartier are the timepieces, with many new pieces added to the collection this year, including the Tank Anglaise line and a range of feminine creations. “Several creative and playful dials can be seen in this year’s feminine styles, noticeably in the Temps Moderne de Cartier watch and the Promenade d’une Panthére,” outlines Louis. Clearly a strong animalistic influence inspired the development of such pieces, a result of a long-established relationship with one particular feline creature. “The Promenande d’une Panthére is a magnificent customdesigned movement that highlights the iconic Cartier panther. This playful and powerful animal is the ‘muse of the maison’ and is often used to represent daring, powerful women that remain feminine and refined,” Louis states. Additionally, 2012 has also seen another launch; “Cartier made a powerful statement with the presentation of 11 new movements in its fine watchmaking collection,” says Louis. “Out first Minute Repeater collection bares witness to Cartier’s innovative spirit, unrivalled craftsmanship, excellence and artistic creativity,” he adds. New direction The brand endeavours to satisfy high demands with each new collection, by remaining true to the House of Cartier history but also by being daring. “Every year we bring in new techniques and materials in groundbreaking designs. Last year we used the enameling method in the Artistic Crafts, and this year we introduced the gemstone mosaic and straw marquetry,” Louis says. The Cartier 2012 collection will be available at the Cartier Boutique in Moda Mall throughout the year. E Call 17 534-444.
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Long-Serving Success As one of the top ten aluminum producers in the world, Alba is an industry giant. With a record of longstanding success and top quality products, the company is a major contributor to the Kingdom’s growth.
Aluminum Bahrain BSC (Alba) ranks as one of the largest and most modern smelters in the world. The successful company, recognised for its technological strength and innovative policies, last year celebrated 40 years in business. Alba’s portfolio is extensive, with a range of products that include extrusion billets, foundry alloy ingots (properzi and standard ingot form), rolling slabs, tee and standard ingots and liquid metal. The quality of the services provided, which includes technical support, have earned the trust and loyalty of customers globally. Last year, Alba opened new offices in Switzerland and Hong Kong as part of its aim to be closer to its global customers. Close relations with companies in France, in particular, have assisted in expanding a presence in both France and nearby European countries. Aside from its technical excellence and global prescence, Alba is known for being employee friendly. Recently, a large number of long-serving staff members have publicly been honoured for their dedication and steadfastness, qualities which Alba’s chief executive Laurent Schmitt considers to have made the company’s growth possible. “We recognise employees who have completed 10, 20 and 30 years in the company. They have seen the company grow from a regional player into a company that ranks amongst the top ten aluminum producers in the world,” Laurent states. E Visit www.albasmelter.com.
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A Successful Partnership One of the most prominent air-conditioning distributors in the Kingdom celebrates a long-standing relationship with the French this month.
This month, Yateem Airconditioning (YAC) is celebrating their long and successful track record with their French partners, Carrier. Yateem’s first ever order from the factory dates back to 1976 where Carrier supplied air-conditioning chillers to the Bahrain Law courts and a number of private projects in Riffa. Today, one of YAC’s most recent projects includes the replacement of all the chillers at the French Embassy here in Bahrain. The latest product imported from France, the Aqua Force Screw Chiller, has already been installed in a wide variety of buildings around the country and has become a favourite when it comes to hi-tech applications. The high efficiency condenser and radiator fins found on this new product use the same design as those found on F1 car radiators; a feature that greatly attracted Yateem. This unique technology proves again that Carrier is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Having acquired loyal customers through its 63 years of work, YAC also offers the latest in high efficiency machines, filtration and UV lamps to name but a few. With forward-thinking and the latest products on offer, Yateem Airconditioning continues to beat the expectations of their valued customers. “Our aim is always to provide the best possible service to our customers,” says general manager Joseph Moussa. The YAC team includes more than 350 employees — these specialists and qualified engineers have helped keep it as one of the most reliable air-conditioning distributors in the country. E Call 17 253-177.
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Alba Long Service Awards Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C (Alba) emphasized its long standing commitment towards its workforce with the awarding ceremony that was held to recognise its long service employees – who completed ten years of service at the Alba Club. The awards were presented to employees by the company’s Chief Executive, Laurent Schmitt
Abdul, Masood & Murthada
Abdulrahman, Yasser, Ali, Laurent & Basem
Ali bin Ali, Hassan & Laurent
Abdulla & Ali
Ali, Sayed & Laurent
Eline & Dr Elham
Avinash & Mohammed
Bahrain French Speaking Society Dinner The Bahrain French Speaking Society (Association Francophone de Bahreïn) held a dinner reception for members and guests at the Golden Tulip Hotel's ballroom last month. The evening featured a talent show by members followed by a seated dinner and a night of dancing
Fawaz, Lara, Claudine, Sabah & Alain
Marilyn & Fatiha
Daniele, Michel, Lani & Isabelle
Nadine & Tanja
Anne-Marie & Rebecca
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Eric & Astrid
Alex & Lydia
francesupplement LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE BAHREÏN
A French Education France maintains an excellent education system; a curriculum that is available here at Bahrain’s French school. Enroll your child in this school that will benefit them both educationally and personally.
First established over 35 years ago to cater to the French youths residing in Bahrain, Lycée Français today opens its doors to students of all nationalities and promises an enriching and well-established learning. “We are approved by the Ministry of Education in France and teach its official curriculum,” explains the school’s principal, Loic Chatton. “In fact, we are the only school in the Kingdom which offers the French curriculum.” The school stays true to its roots and naturally teaches French to advanced levels, but also maintains high standards of excellence in the two other languages taught; Arabic and English. Each course available is taught by a qualified teacher, either coming directly from France and approved by the French Ministry of Education, or recruited locally within the required qualifications. In both cases the teachers are accredited by the Bahrain Ministry of Education.” The students are also taught about their culture and encouraged to connect with their environment through school trips to museums, exhibitions, and places that the children can learn from. “Lycée Francais aims to improve students’ skills and facilitate their professional success in an international environment,” says Loic. “Therefore we offer extracurricular activities including ballet, football, theatre, sports league and cooking.” The school is located in Busaiteen, in Muharraq, close to the Institute of Technology. E Call 17 323-770.
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Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Samsung launched its latest mobile phone, the Galaxy S III, the third generation the Galaxy S smartphone in Bahrain. The launch ceremony at Sheraton Bahrain Hotel was attended by officials from the company and Samsung's Bahrain dealers Bin Hindi Informatics
Isa, Abdulla, Ahmed & Daij
Asim & Mohan
Santosh, Haseeb & Anzar
Abdul Aziz bin Hindi
Imitaz & Abishek
Bin Hindi & Samsung team members
Kicks Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Kicks in Hotel Diva Juffair, hosted a celebration to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Guests were encouraged to dress up in their Best of British costume to win a competition DJ Arran & Paul Fraser
Emma & Aimee
Tracey, Mahmood, Nicola & Lorraine
Nicola & Michelle
Claire & Rachel
Karla, Fred & Clare
Annabel & Hannah
Lucy & Emily
Fred, Mark, Alan & Mark
Nicola, Lauretta, Wallace & Paul
Stephen, Elly & Jonathan
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Mövenpick Hotel & Oman Air Reception A reception was held by Mövenpick Hotel & Oman Air as part of a joint promotional campaign. A number of guests attended the event which was held at the hotel’s new glass tent built for Ramadan. The event was inaugurated by hotel GM Heinz Kraehenbuehl and was attended by diplomats and dignitaries. A raffle draw was held where five airline tickets were given away along with vouchers
HE Vichai Varasirikul, Thai Ambassador, HE Shigeki Sumi, Japanese Ambassador, Heinz, HE Abdullah Al Amri, Omani Ambassador & HE Dr Ali Mansoor bin Safa’a, Yemeni Ambassador
Sumaya, Anna, Heinz Kraehenbuehl, Julia, Ahmed & Sabreen
Prakash, Aziz, Surabi & Suhab
HE Ahmed Shahizan, Malaysian Ambassador & Nor Hayati
Rafay, Candy, Maryam, Eric, Rayan, Charles & Saji
Sajim & Gopal
Geraldine & Grace
Rabab & Fatima
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LG 2012 Cinema Screen TV Launch LG Electronics (LG) and AJM Kooheji Group, the sole distributor of LG Electronics and Home Appliances in Bahrain, launched the LG 2012 Cinema Screen TVs in Bahrain, which feature the world's narrowest Bezel TV and the world's best Cinema 3D Smart TV technology. The launch held at the Crowne Plaza was attended by LG Electronics Gulf FZE President D Y Kim, AJM Kooheji senior management, members of the media and guests
Mahmood Kooheji, D.Y. Kim, Hameed Kooheji, James Park, Rohit Raina, James Kim & Sanjeev Awasthi
Mahmood Kooheji, Rohit Raina, D.Y. Kim, James Park, Hameed Kooheji, Mohammed Kooheji, Saleem Kooheji & Sanjeev Awasthi
Kaizad, Rohit, Mohammed, Pascal & Ahmed
Ebrahim & Mohammed
Ashok & Mandeep
Debjeet & Sajit
Desibel Presents DJ Lil'B Desibel hosted an event featuring DJ Lil'B, one of India's leading female DJ, giving party goers the ultimate Asian clubbing experience with her latest Bollywood remixes and house beats. The night was kick-started by Bahrain's DJ Ibbi. The event was held at the Grand Saffir Hotel in Juffair last month
Nitesh, Swati, Vishakha, Amrita, Madhu, Sapna, Nisha, Rishi & Sourabh
Clenieta, Melly, Stacie, Sunil & gang
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Vinny, Minal, Pearlyn, Gunjan & Sonia
Alistair, Naveen, Sandy, Sunny & DJ Lil'B
Mr & Mrs Jake with the Menon's
Surbi, Khusboo & Nidhi
Sourabh & Sapna
Mr & Mrs Gaurav Paul
Ajay Kumar Farewell Party Shantharam & Ashalatha Shetty and family hosted a party to bid farewell to Ajay Kumar, First Secretary & HoC, Indian Embassy. The event attended by HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, Mala Kumar and a number of invited guests was held at the Oasis Hall, Ramee International Hotel, Juffair last month
HE Mohan Kumar, Mala Kumar, Ashlatha & Shantharam Shetty
Mr & Mrs Ajay Kumar & family with HE Mohan & Mala Kumar, Ashalatha, Shantharam & guests
Ashalatha, Ameena, Abdul Samad & Shantharam
Dheeptha Shetty with Mr & Mrs Ajay Kumar
Dr Krishnan & Shantharam
Vijay, Venkat, Prakash & Vivek
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BPG Media Lunch BPG PR, part of the BPG Group held a media lunch at the La Med Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Hotel & Spa. The informal lunch was a chance for both BPG and media houses to exchange ideas on how best to promote BPG varied portfolio of clients to customers in Bahrain
Venkat, Idil, Rebecca & Ronald
Idil, Maliha, Mayukh & Arlene
Members of the media at the event
Roland, Claudia & Sari
Sree, Idil & Venkat
Idil, Kristy & Zara
Gopal & Hashim
Venkat & Ajit
Toyota 86 Launch Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus in the Kingdom of Bahrain, held a launch ceremony to mark the arrival of the all new Toyota 86 Sports Car. The Toyota 86 which pays homage to Toyotaâ€™s sports car icons, such as the Supra and 2000GT in terms of design, was launched at the Toyota Showroom in Sitra last month
Bashar, Suaid & Sayed
Agnelo, Yasser, Brett & John
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The incredible all-new Toyota 86
Ayman & Khalid
Noor & Marwa
Wasna & Waleed Kanoo
Samar & Hicham
Mohammed & Bader Kanoo
Lynne Alwazzan Diamond Jubilee Celebration Lynne Alwazzan held an AWA, Diamond Jubilee celebration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The celebration was held at the Alwazzan residence in Saar, with catering done by Ramada Hotel & Moya's Cookery Studio, decor by I.A.A., and hats provided by Rose
Mahin Alwazzan, Bridget Lindsay, Mala Kumar & Lynne Alwazzan
Joan, Ria, Tessie & Irene
Jo, Mahin & Gulnar
Bridget, Moya & Lynne
Lynne with her grandchildren Hassan, Hamani & Hamoudi, Mahin & friends with a MINI decked out for the occasion
Lynne & Jeanie pose with Her Majesty the Queen
Hassan, Mahin, Lara & Leah
Lamia, Jo & Shubha
American Women's Association (AWA) & Indian Ladies Association (ILA) members
Rula & Fay pose with Her Majesty the Queen
Shirley & Liliane
Fatima & Mala
Bridget, Bonnie Krajeski, Milena Padula & Mateen
Chef Roland Gossier
The Jubilee Cake
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An Unyielding Passion Our body is one of the only things entirely in our control. We determine how it looks both inside and out and so why wouldn’t we want it to look perfect?
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An awareness of overall health, including fitness and diet, seems to be slowly improving in the Kingdom. As gym facilities open up left, right and centre it is obvious that people are beginning to become dissatisfied with their somewhat lazy lifestyles and keen to get in shape. Karim Arafa is one resident who is pushing this fitness drive, in an effort to educate Bahrain in the importance of combining exercise with the correct diet for everyone’s body and metabolism. “Not much information is provided in the Middle East about health and there are many misconceptions out there; I hear them all the time. People think that doing cardio will make you instantly toned, or that a fad diet will make you slim,” Karim says, frustrated. “More than that, working out isn’t hellish; once you get into a routine you will find that exercise is highly enjoyable.” Like many people today, Karim was once overweight and unhappy. “At university I began what became my passion. I started out my ‘do over’ in the wrong way; I did purely cardio and dieted heavily, a mistake that many make. I was uneducated and my body suffered for it. Instead of gaining the leaner physique I desired I became thin and weak,” he recalls. Karim combated this by making the conscious decision to learn about the right way to exercise. His knowledge of the anatomy, metabolism and the body’s makeup in general is highly impressive, acquired through plenty of reading. “I learnt the healthy way to obtain the shape I wanted. I began looking into weightlifting and realised that through
different forms of working out I would achieve an overall sense of well-being,” he continues. Last year, Karim gained his personal trainer certificate from the American Council of Exercise. Since then he has worked effortlessly to help friends and family understand that correct exercise and diet is a lifestyle, not something you dip in and out of when the time’s right. He’s also furthered his ‘tutoring’ to others in another way. “With the amount of studying I had done, I wanted an outlet to help others, and I found one through my blog and Facebook group — which I constantly update,” says Karim. The blog, titled The Fitness Grail, comments on common myths, emerging trends, supplies scientific information and provides a hub for all those interested in fitness and health to acquire news and knowledge from. And Karim isn’t about to stop there. “I hope to begin creating events to get more people in the Kingdom active. My goal is to change the perception of fitness and to educate. I would also like to lecture and talk on the subject and offer question and answer sessions for those who are unsure and unlearned,” he says of his aims. “Ultimately, I would love to open my own gym. But this will take time as I would never build a half-hearted facility. It has to be based around an innovative training concept, one that is new to the Middle East and will change lives.” E Visit www.thefitnessgrail.wordpress.com.
Arabian Celts GAA Club Dinner The Arabian Celts GAA Club hosted its End of Season Dinner for members and guests at the Diplomat Radisoon Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa last month
Danelle & James
Sinead, Lorraine & Steve
Khamphong, Peter & Hillery
David, Steve & Danas
Arabian Celts Men
Sally, Shelly, Mark & Suky
Arron & Zara
Tina & Stew
Hillery & Ruth
Elite Resort & Spa Dinner The Elite Hospitality Group hosted a dinner reception as a token of the Group's appreciation to their valued patrons at Noor Village, Elite Resort & Spa last month
Nipun, Santhosh, Ninad Shah, Akil & Cynthia
Ninad, Rushali, Jameela, Anju & Vish
Grace, Clarisse & Kaye
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George, Rohit, Ryan, Mayukh, Bambi & Lini
Sarosh & Avinash
Donnie & Jhez
Malik, Ashika, Naeem & Jameela
Ali & Radhi
Tawab & Boban
businessthismonth When? July 14–16 | Event? Exhibition | Venue? Bahrain City Centre
Building a Business A unique competition has given ambitious youngsters the chance to get their business plans reviewed by professionals; the top candidates get to display their ideas this month. An exhibition held this month will display the business plans of budding young entrepreneurs who excelled in a first-of-its-kind competition. The Tamkeen-developed Mashroo3i Youth Business Awards initiative has been ongoing since February, giving students a chance to present their ideas. 200 students from schools around the country and aged between 15 and 23 entered the competition. The entrants’ plans were then shortlisted by mentors leaving only the 60 most promising ideas to be further developed into business plans through interactive phases. The 60 teams will be evaluated further by three professional judges to be narrowed down to the best 30 entrepreneurs with their prototypes to be exhibited for a test-run this month. Business plans will be displayed in booths scattered thoughout the mall for members of the public to view and discuss with the candidates, giving them an idea of what’s to come. Among the participating businesses are the Bahrain Design Studio, Kids Café, Tod’s and Tads and YAS Middle East. An award ceremony will take place on the last day of the exhibition, honouring the ten winning teams of the business Also this month
plan competition. First, second and third place winners will be awarded trophies while certificates will be handed out to the winning teams from each of the seven categories; best plan, model, marketing, sales and promotion and also best product. “Mashroo3i highlights the importance of entrepreneurship to the nation’s economy. We hope that the youth will take advantage of the opportunity to acquire practical wisdom through their interaction with masters in the field of business,” says a spokesperson from Tamkeen. The past few months have seen each competing team endure a series of learning processes to understand the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. The competition, which is planned to become an annual event, is a major learning opportunity with distinguished businessmen and professionals helping the participants through out the process. “We planned and designed Mashroo3i in a way that brings out the best in the Bahrain’s youth by surrounding them with a creative atmosphere. Also, the competition offered a unique platform to build relationships with key influencers and decision makers of society,” explains Tamkeen’s spokesperson. The experts involved in the project acted as advisors, guides and role models. Among the group of professionals are various mentors who played a key role in developing the youngsters.
Group Plus Deal The exclusive advertising concession of the Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) has recently been awarded to Group Plus Bahrain, a Plus Holding company. The agreement includes all of Bahrain TV and Radio stations in addition to the authority’s website. The signing reflects the IAA’s dedication to increase the authority’s financial revenue in line with the government’s media strategy. “This new concession reinforces our strong presence in Bahrain and is yet another milestone of our company’s expansion in the region,” says Plus Holding chairman Georges Chehwane.
E Visit www.mashroo3i.bh.
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Calibrated Learning Claire Gaffeny
Many a parent has struggled to develop good study habits for their children. The Kumon system of after-school learning instils discipline, the Japanese way.
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It was while she was hunting for a suitable learning programme for her niece that Claire Gaffeny sensed the opportunity. It was 1998 and the Kumon centre in London told her Bahrain was not on the Kumon worldwide map yet. Back in Bahrain a year later, Claire applied for a franchise of the Kumon after-school learning programmes. To keep her licence, she’d have to enrol at least 20 students. She got 15 children from her husband’s extended family and started out in her living room. Claire now runs the world’s second-biggest Kumon centre after Hong Kong, employing 53 staff in Bahrain. She also has the biggest correspondence branch, catering to students across ten countries as far as Sweden, Syria, Algeria and Lebanon. “Kumon is now the focal point of my life. After spending the day at the three centres, my evenings involve supervising my children through their Kumon worksheets at home,” she says. The Kumon method was developed in 1954 by Toru Kumon, a Japanese high-school math teacher to help his son, who was having trouble with his second grade math. A streamlined math and English programme involves completion of a set of worksheets within the scheduled time before a child can move on to a worksheet of a slightly higher level. The emphasis is on speed and accuracy, and with
repeated practice, children have shown improved concentration, mental stamina and a newfound confidence as they breeze through their worksheets. “A majority of children start below their school grade but are able to catch up in around eight months. Our intent is to have the child advance by one-and-half years so that they stay above school grade throughout the programme,” she says. To critics in the West who deride Kumon as the “drill and kill” method, Claire says it’s for a reason that certain techniques have withstood the test of time. “Repetition is only geared to give the child more practice. The secret to success is consistency; the more you practise, the more you excel.” The programme duration is flexible, depending on the child’s ability. “Worksheets are written to impart easy strategies to the child. There’s no teacher involved and the programme is entirely student-led, making the child independent,” she observes. However, parents cannot undermine their own role once they enrol the child. “A child working alone won’t succeed because motivation dips eventually. Since this is a home study programme, success depends on adult supervision,” Claire warns. Such is the word-of-mouth publicity that a quarter of her new enrolments comprise earlier dropouts who want to give Kumon another shot. Kumon Bahrain has recently introduced milestone targets for government school students who are enrolled in its English programme. “Most government school students enrolled in our programmes are the best in their class. For Bahrain to develop as an international hub, nationals need to be bilingual. We want them to be able to communicate fluently in English, to win scholarships and be successful in life.” More Kumon centres are in the pipeline, says Claire, with Muharraq being on her radar next. Ultimately, she aspires to have one Kumon centre in every residential neighbourhood in Bahrain.
xxxxx Kumon is now the focal point of my life. After spending the day at the three centres, my evenings involve supervising my children through their Kumon worksheets at home
Luca De Stefano
New Generation Hospitality Competition gets fierce in the budget hospitality segment as Bahrain’s first branded “no-frills” hotel opens its doors this summer.
The Holiday Inn Express is finally set to open during Ramadan. The 274-room property, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), will be the limited service brand’s debut in Bahrain. For general manager Luca De Stefano, the timing couldn’t be better. “As an ‘express’ hotel, our focus is on offering limited services at a reasonable price. Ever since the financial crisis erupted, companies have been looking to cut travel expenses and a no-frills corporate hotel makes more sense now than ever,” he says. With over 2,000 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn Express is the fastest growing brand in the IHG stable. Located off the bustling Exhibitions Avenue, a popular weekend leisure destination for GCC travellers, Luca does expect a fair spill-over of guests from other establishments nearby. However, it is the mid-level corporate executive towards whom the property is geared, with its ethos of good clean rooms, quality meals, fast check-in and standard amenities that are both convenient and practical. To cap it off, the hotel is launching with an aggressive corporate rate, with special discounts varying on the duration of stay. The campaign will offer rates that are 20 to 25 per cent lower than its daily rates. Start at the beginning At 34, Luca may well be the youngest general manager in the Bahrain hospitality space. The former resident manager at the Crowne Plaza, Milan, has worked his way up the ladder,
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starting off as a porter when he was 16. Having managed the front office for most part of his formative years, Luca believes it’s at the hotel reception that impressions are made and marred. “A good and speedy check-in signals a successful stay almost 90 per cent of the time. Any issues that arise later can be ironed out, provided the check-in has been smooth and satisfactory. First impressions really matter, especially for the frequent traveller,” he believes. At the Holiday Inn Express, travellers will get the best value for their money, he believes. With complimentary breakfast, free high-speed Internet connection, three meeting rooms, a gymnasium and free parking space, guests enjoy all the basic amenities that make a hotel stay comfortable without burning a hole in their wallets. He’s not worried about the prospect of a tariff war in the neighbourhood as hotels vie for footfalls. “In the leisure market, people decide on a destination and hotel based on the tariff offered. Corporate customers have different priorities. For them, the brand matters since it is a guarantee of service. Being a globally recognised brand, our standards are among the best,” he says. The hotel will soon have a substantial digital presence as the e-marketing promotions kick off on iPads, mobile phones as well as on social networking platforms. Luca believes that the Bahrain Grand Prix this year has been a good point of start, restoring the faith of international travellers to an extent.
British Club Fete The British Club held a special fete to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The fete was opened by HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador last month
HE Iain Lindsay cuts the ribbon to open the fete
Dearbhla, Jany & Sarah
Conor, Kieran & Seb
Jane, Tracy & Sarah
Peter & Michael
Malcolm & Olivia
Charlie, Yasmin & Annaliese
Seb, Louis & Tariq
Mona & Maha
Neil with Bridget Lindsay
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Kanoo Gardens Get Together Residents of Kanoo Gardens hosted a get together at the Marina Club coffee shop
Prasad, Carol, Irwin, Malini & Madukhar
Nirali, Sanaa & Neha
Manoj & Nilesh
Imad, Ammar & Sohail
Abdulaziz & Kamran
Waseem & Fauzia
Meena & Meena
Harish & Akbar
Muzna & Rahim
Fareeda, Saad & Rabia
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AMA International School Graduation Under the Patronage of HE Dr Majid Bin Ali Al Noaimi, Minister of Education, the AMA International School - Bahrain (AMAISB) held their 4th Graduation Ceremony at the Al Dana Ballroom, Gulf International Hotel Convention Centre. 111 graduates received their diplomas after successfully completing the required academic courses in the secondary level
Ali, Mohanned, Ali & Yousif
Mohammed & Jalal
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Sajitha, Samia, Debbie & MariĂŤtta S. Sicat
Lulwa & Laila
Khalid & Suhail
Khalid & Fatima
Sara & Ahmed
Nariman, Abrar & Mansoor
Eman & Mudara
Marwa & Fatima
Layla & Heidi
British Embassy Children's Tea Party HE Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador & Bridget Lindsay along with the British Embassy in Bahrain hosted a children’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Diamond Jubilee. More than 100 children, teachers and volunteers enjoyed a lively afternoon in the gardens of the Ambassador’s Residence
HE Iain & Bridget Lindsay
Avia & Isabella
Ashley & Claire
Malaika, Bonnie & Neha
Isabella & Annalise
Anne & Nicole
Jeff & June
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Hard Rock Cafe Trivia Night As part of the America Week celebrations which was held by the American Embassy last month, Hard Rock Cafe held a Trivia Night at the HRC outlet on Exhibition Road. The event featured various competitions and prizes, which were sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe
Verna, Isaac, Lorna & Saju
Nabeel, Dona, Hanar & Yagna
Aimee & Kat
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Margaret & Joyce
Andre & Leila
Ryan & John
John & Johnathan
Virginia & Patty
Carrie & Mike
David & Wayne
Jennifer & Cheryl
Shana & Carianne
British School Art Exhibition Twenty-seven British School of Bahrain students showcased their artwork in an exhibition at the school campus in Hamala. The exhibition was opened by HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs & Arts Society honorary president, in the presence of members of the school community, parents and local artists
HE Shaikh Rashid opens the exhibition
David, Sheila, Karen & Michael
Jumana & Noora
Juhi Kewalram & family
Ahmed, Raawiyah & Farah
Joshua, Jacques & Tom
Brett, Tristen, Snej, Chichi, Tyler & Nina
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VIVA Bahrain, the kingdom’s most innovative network provider, inaugurated its latest store at the Bahrain International Airport. Seen here are, Andrew Hanna, VIVA COO & Mohammed Khalil, BAC VP Commercial & Marketing
Having delighted the palates of the Filipino community for nearly a decade, Pinoy Turo Turo garden restaurant in Hoora has now reopened at its new and considerably larger premises in Hoora Media were invited to sample some of the new pan Asian dishes in the company of founder and owner Marjorie Bennett and invited guests. Seen here, Stuart & Marjorie Bennet cut the ribbon watched by guests
Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the sole distributor of Toyota and Lexus in Kingdom of Bahrain, launched the updated RX model range available with a choice of two powertrains - RX 350 and RX 450h. Seen here is Ismail Akbar with the new Lexus
Wahooo!, the Middle East’s first indoor and outdoor waterpark and popular leisure destination, recently hosted a blood donation drive with the support of the Ministry of Health. Seen here, a blood doner receives his complimentary Wahooo! waterpark access tickets, as a token of appreciation from the Waterpark
A select few of the Bahrain School students decided to do a little more than just have fun at Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark (LPOD). Physics students from Bahrain School took a trip to the water park looking forward to riding the rides and enjoying a day in the sun with a twist. These students were busy measuring distances, angles, times, velocities, accelerations and much more while sliding along on slides and gliding on the lazy river. All this effort was part of a project designed for the students to see physics at work in the real world
Nokia & Intercol held an exclusive press meet with senior Nokia officials and introduced new products for the Bahrain market. Tom Farrell, VP, Nokia Middle East presided and answered questions from the media. Seen here are Sally, Sundararaman K., Tom Farrell, Vithesh, Dunia, Ahsan, Hassan, Ahmed & Dinesh
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ILA Sneha Silver Jubilee Celebrations The Indian Ladies Association (ILA) held a reception to celebrate the silver jubilee of the ILA's Sneha Project was held at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain. Sneha, which was launched in 1987 to help children with special needs and their families. The event was attended by HE Sadiq Al Shehabi, Health Minister, HE Mohan Kumar, Indian Ambassador, Dr Mustafa Al Sayed, ILA members and guests
HE Sadiq Al Shehabi & Dr Mustafa Al Sayed
Mala Kumar, HE Sadiq Al Shehabi & HE Mohan Kumar
Nivedita, Shiney, Shantini & Florine
Mohammed, Wafiq & Meera
Florine, Ashalatha, Swasti & Sonantha
Bhavna & Lynda
Vicky & Anghali
Malathy & Shilpa
Ali Alwazzan & Dr Krishnan
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Shantharam Shetty's Birthday Party The management of the Ramee Group of Hotel's hosted a party to celebrate the birthday of Shantharam Shetty, group general manager last month. The party was held at Warbler's, Ramee Baisan Hotel on Exhibition Road
Ashalatha, Shantharam & Ayed
Shantharam & Ashalatha Shetty
Santosh with Shantharam & Ashalatha
Oswald & Wilfred
Ashok, Hemant, Suman, Vasanth & Harris with Shantharam & Ashalatha
Sujit, Thomas, Sandeep & Niranjan
Shantharam Shetty with staff
Bijan & family with Shantharam & Ashalatha
Sagarika, Asha, Uma & Claire
Shantharam & Ashalatha with Ramee California Hotel staff
Naresh, Preetam, Amarish & Deepak with Shantharam & Ashalatha
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Shantharam & Ashalatha with Prashant & Ramyashree
One Step Ahead, Two Steps Back Elma Bartholomew Why do I feel like the current film scenario is punishment for never completing my reading list as a child? I’m getting a taste of sweet revenge thanks to Hollywood’s lack of originality these days. At least, that’s what I’m choosing to draw from the flood of children’s books adaptations that have been taking over the big screen lately. I remember having to write essays at a younger age on how there just aren’t enough movies for kids to enjoy. Well, I guess those projects did actually get sent to production houses around the world, because that’s all there is to see now. Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy the boom of fantasy movies. All right, I’ll be honest. I love them; I’m addicted to them. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let us also admit that it’s being overdone. Truth is, it’s going to get a lot worse in the next couple of years. Either everyone in the film industry has taken to finding their inner child, recollecting childhood memories, or has simply run out of ideas. Nonetheless, it’s quite refreshing to find more people joining the costume party than Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. For instance, Angelina Jolie seems to be putting her Morticia Addams looks to good use as she transforms, with little effort, into one of Disney’s most iconic villains. The 37-year-old Oscar winner plays the role of the baddie Maleficent in a retelling of the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, with the hauntingly disturbing horns et al. What’s drawing me closer to the movie is that this is probably the only Also this month
time they show the story beyond the sleeping princess, giving the epic rogue a voice that isn’t all evil. Also, Elle Fanning stars opposite as Aurora. Enough said. Speaking of retelling, I will never forgive Julia Roberts for being a part of Mirror, Mirror. If breaking into a Bollywood sequence existed at the end of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I’m sure I’d have seen more of the book in my school days. After that one, it took a lot of convincing to watch a second adaptation of the fairytale, Snow White and the Huntsman. Yes, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron should be reasons enough. Then again, the rule is quite simple, if Kristen Stewart is in it, I’m not getting the tickets. Thankfully, that wasn’t half bad. The readers’ curse You’ve heard this a million times before; you’ve probably even said it yourself. The book is always better than the movie. It could be blockbusters like the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia or The Pirates of the Caribbean. It is a universal truth that as much as we want to visit the Hogwarts museum, love Liam Neeson’s voice and can’t think of Jack Sparrow as anyone but Depp, we all love the pages more than the shots. I personally wish I could sue the person who thought the movie The Three Musketeers should even be named that. On the other hand, there isn’t much to complain about Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Sure, I wasn’t exactly a child when I read that one but who is counting anyway? I’m still not going to dive into The Hunger Games. I don’t like it; sue me. Moving on, I’m happy that Hugo didn’t disappoint. As of now, I’m just hoping they don’t mess up The Call of the Wild.
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If you’re short of space and need a drink close at hand, DrinKlip is for you. It attaches itself to the edge of your desk; best part, it provides anti-spill protection.
Do the jiggy
Two students came up with the invention of a fun and colourful food-based musical instrument, the Noisy Jelly. The system enables the sensors to react and produce high- and lowpitched audio signals when touching the shapes.
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Summer Gizmos Finally, we have a reason to get out of the house and have some fun. Here’s a collection of gadgets that makes your outdoor adventures more memorable!
Under the sun
Remaining in the shade this summer, while enjoying your time outdoors, needn’t be a harrowing experience; at least, not when you have the Suntracking Shelter from Hammacher Schlemmer in your garden. A couple of canopy panels slide along the shelter’s frame, where they then lock into place in order to deliver shade regardless of where the sun is. The polyester panels offer superior protection from harmful UV rays.
Honda just came out with the Uni-Cub, an all-electric, self-balancing vehicle much like a small Segway, which utilises a saddle instead of standing. It cruises at about three miles an hour, for about three miles, and it can fold up for easy storage when not in use. That’s what we needed, of course. More reasons not to walk.
Dig into your pocket
Imagine you could carry everything that’s on your computer in your pocket. What if you could just plug in and access the contents of your entire hard drive? Then you should check out the iTwin, a double-sided thumb drive that splits apart in the middle.
On the run Play ball
Sphero is a new toy that meshes the personality and manoeuvrability of a remote-controlled car with the simple form factor of an ordinary ball. You control this colourful, robotic sphere using apps that run on your smartphone.
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TomTom and Nike have unveiled the Nike+ SportWatch which allows users to access Nike’s intelligent measure of athletic ability, NikeFuel. Useful to those adding running into their exercise regime, the new measurement brings added motivation, allowing people to share and compare their performance with friends in other sports.
Any Mass Effect 3 fan should be interested in the limited M-8 Avenger assault rifle 1:1 precision prop replica masterfully sculpted and painted by the artisans at TriForce. Intricately crafted and cast in polystone, it stands a massive 34-inches in length and weighs in at 20 pounds.
Can’t get the kids to step out? Get them the seven-in-one rechargeable solar transformers from OWI. It comes with simple and easy to assemble plastic parts; no screws or tools required. The kit comprises of seven different modules, including two power charging stations, and five different vehicles.
Too many of us have insect bite tales to share with the recent pool adventures we’ve enjoyed. The InaTrap from Acase is said to be an elegant solution to doing away with pesky mosquitoes and other bugs in an ecofriendly way without the use of harsh chemicals.
A new innovative device has started its journey on Kickstarter. The SnapFocus, created by Brandon David Cole, allows filmmakers to pull focus and steady the DSLR camera on the move, making it easier to achieve Hollywood-like productions on a small budget..
From a distance
If you’re hunting for a new remote control for the timer on your Canon DSLR camera, but don’t want to cough up the money for the official remote, check this out. Satechi has a new wireless timer remote control shutter called the WTR-A.
Nikon fanatics should be glad to know that it has unveiled its longest focal range lens. The new Nikkor 18-300mm VR zoom lens provides you with a massive 16.7x all-in-one super zoom DX-format lens. It is equipped with a dedicated zoom lock switch to secure the barrel during transportation.
All gadgets are available online.
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In Search of Life We’re choosing to ignore Justin Bieber’s new release in our reviews this month. We’ve found a better set for those with a true penchant for good music.
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WHAT’S THE STORY? Co-produced by Rick
Rubin and Mike Shinoda, the album is a blast of everything that has come to define this powerful band. Comprising of 12 tracks, Living Things kicks off with Lost in the Echo. This one doesn’t need a few listens to realise that the band is in its best form. No doubt, it will not just appeal to long-time fans, but generate lots of younger listener buzz as well. With not a minute wasted, the album is an assault of thick grooves and wiry guitars.
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Their release of Burn it Down sets the mood for the rest of the album which, let’s be honest, is probably their best so far. Clocking in at 37 minutes, it leaves you wanting more. That’s probably the only disappointing factor of their fifth studio release. If you think about it, everything is the same, from the ethereal soundscapes to the looping rhythms. Although most of the tracks are as relentless as predicted, the two ballads, Powerless and Until it Breaks, is a welcome pause. The hypnotic notes which sift through this record are here to last.
VERDICT: Linkin Park remains a band to be reckoned with. TOP TRACKS: Burn it Down and Until it Breaks.
Looking 4 Myself
If you think the title gives it away, you’re wrong. Usher hasn’t drifted, in the slightest bit, from the standard R&B which he is already popular for. Of course, this is going to go to the top of the charts and will continue to blare on every radio station available. That doesn’t mean the songs are all that great though. Be prepared to hear some of the worst lyrics you’ll hear this year. Join the club if you’re less than impressed by this one.
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A Million Lights If nothing else, Bieber has at least created an identity by his third solo album. Ms Pretty Face, however, is yet to find her niche. We aren’t saying she can’t sing; we’re just saying she doesn’t know what to do with it.
Overexposed According to frontman Adam Levine, this is supposed to be one of their “most diverse and poppiest albums” yet. After having a go at their fourth studio album, we wonder if they’ve overdone it a bit, much like the cover.
A World Above We’ve read the books; we’ve watched the show. Now, we’ve played the game. We find out if the pen really is mightier than the sword.
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A third-person shooter is just what it is. When you mess up something that could be a game with such prospective for gripping gameplay, it really isn’t worth the money or time spent on it. It’s decent if you aren’t expecting anything more than the usual.
Game of Thrones (Xbox 360, PS3) RATING:
WHAT IS IT?
The story of A Game of Thrones takes place during the first book of the saga, at the time when Jon Arryn, the hand of King Robert Baratheon, is found dead at King’s Landing. The game allows players to follow two epic quests — Mors’ and Alester’s. Their original story was canonised by George R R Martin himself and perfectly integrates the one which fans are so familiar with in the series. This is a totally innovative narrative style for an RPG.
The tale isn’t unheard of; it’s an interesting concept for a game, we admit. However, game developers need to realise there is a line between different markets that are better not crossed, particularly the one between mobile and console platforms. Ubisoft could make this amazing, but they didn’t.
The only difficulty you will face in this 30-hour mess is taking in the almost hideous animations. Even worse is the fact that every single action is on loop, including the music which simply cuts off at random points and repeats. Game of Thrones should be used in studios to prove that the laziness of developers does show in the end product. Faulty animation is all it takes to cripple the overall experience of playing what has the potential to be an amazing game.
You can’t be blamed for never completing this one. With the number of ‘loading’ screens we tackled, it is only understandable. It’s a shame that such a beautiful and loved story has been executed so dryly. Things pick up at such a late stage in the game that it isn’t worth those hours of boredom. Worst of all, you needn’t be an awesome gamer to complete Game of Thrones because you only need to master four simple attacks throughout the game. If only sword fights were that easy.
VERDICT: The wisest choice is to forget this ever existed.
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Dirt Showdown If you don’t like online transparency, run now. All this game wants is to be talked about and to be in your face, and it’ll keep asking you to do this for them. We see it as a good game that is ruined by pop-up goons.
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WHAT IS IT?
Founded in 2007 by Dmitry Utkin, Design You Trust is an hourly-updated collective design blog and community. This is where you go to be flooded with all kinds of new design trends, news and events. Here, you can find great design portfolios, young blood in the field, fascinating articles and mesmerising photographs. Whether it is fashion, creative advertisements, architectural inspiration or even video design that you’re looking for, they’ve got it all under this roof.
THE GOOD: Anyone working in a creative field of work should know
that the biggest limitation one can have is the lack of research. Although it is believed there is nothing new under the sun, there are always new ways to do the same thing. This website virtually handpicks unique stuff from anywhere around the globe opening your eyes to exciting styles, places and techniques.
For those without a niche, this can work both ways. You might be lucky enough to stumble upon something that you believe is your cup of tea. On the other hand, you might find them all so interesting that you’d like to try your hand at them all, leaving you swirling in a whirlpool of equally brilliant ideas. It isn’t too much of a negative, but it isn’t too helpful either.
VERDICT: We’re hooked and can never have enough of it.
Stereomood.com Not all of us know the name of the music genre we’re in the mood for. I, for one, always make names up. This free ‘emotional’ internet radio station is a blessing. It knows the kind of music I need when I’ve just woken up or when I’m feeling gangsta.
Shelterness.com Are you one of those people who are forever redecorating? Here’s a website that’ll help you stick to the habit without going broke. If you’re into DIY ideas, you’ll be impressed. They’ve got the simplest solutions to everyday housekeeping problems.
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Brain over Brawn With the temperature on the rise, people have got their running shoes off. Here are three ways to give your brain a workout.
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The Mind Game (iOS) Known as one of the most intense intelligence games for the iPhone, this game challenges you in unique, surprising ways with its riddles. Can you complete all the riddles of The Mind Game? Probably not. Will you have fun? You definitely will. Add a catchy tune, toss in your helper Alfred and the end result is awesome. You can be good with numbers, shapes, geography, intuition, and maybe even space-time manipulation; this app will still find a way to stump you. It’s all right if you just can’t solve it because it always has a tip to spare. This is only a matter of thinking out of the box.
Brain Tuner Lite (iOS, Android) RATING:
WHAT IS IT?
Get your brain in shape with Brain Tuner, a great math game for all ages. It takes less than a minute a day to tune your brain and this is a simple yet efficient way to give those neurons some exercise. This free app from Greengar has several versions making the rounds including the recently launched sequel which is just as entertaining as the first.
THE GOOD: Most of us tend to forget basic math. If we haven’t forgotten it, we’re just
a little slower than the kids. This game is a great way to keep on top of your numbers. Players have seen improvement in their speed of calculations after having a go at this game. You can either try to top your own high score or you could find out, once and for all, who amongst your friends is the smartest. The multiplayer feature is our favourite as compared to the other gaming options — timer, classic and infinite.
It is known to be quite addictive. Unless you’re working with numbers on a daily basis, there is every possibility that you aren’t smarter than a fifth grader. So even though some of the questions might seem a bit silly and unchallenging, be sure the tough ones are just around the corner. Besides, the test is against time as well.
VERDICT: Let us hope you still know your multiplication tables.
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Move the Box (iOS, Android) The title is quite self-explanatory. This game is purely based on logic. Your mission is to clear the dock by moving, swapping or dropping the boxes. If three or more boxes of the same kind are in the same line, they disappear. Pretty simple, huh? Not really. The catch is that you are allowed a fixed number of moves in each level. Get ready to set on a mission around the world with 144 exciting levels that take you to harbour cities everywhere. For those who just can’t crack the code, they provide a fair share of hints.
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Madagascar 3 (3D) RATING: DIRECTED BY: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon STARRING: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins are with them through the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover — a travelling circus, which they reinvent, Madagascar style.
WORTH WATCHING? With most good movies, viewers often
flinch at the thought of a sequel. When we found out a third instalment is on its way, it was natural to wonder why they had to test their luck. This is one way to take a tour across Europe. If you aren’t laughing, you’re at least smiling. Why shouldn’t you, especially when you’re bombarded with such a talented cast. It’s full of energy and it’s goofy. What’s not to like about that?
VERDICT: You know what they say. The third time’s a charm.
The Paperboy Why anyone in this movie chose to sign this particular contract baffles us. Although we have a tolerance for bad movies, it takes more than a lot of effort to go through one that is just wrong. Unfortunately this Nicole Kidman and John Cusack starrer happens to be of the latter kind. More than once, you end up thinking, “What?!”
Snow White and the Huntsman Reinventing a legendary story can be tricky as proven by the ill-fated Mirror, Mirror. Having gone for Charlize Theron more than Lady Poker Face, this one (shockingly) wasn’t so bad. The cinematography and costume design deserve much praise. Most found it a bit too long and, at times, too depressing.
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Jaguar XKRS Car Launch Mohammed Jalal & Sons, exclusive dealers for Jaguar automobiles in Bahrain held an exclusive luncheon to mark the launch of the Jaguar XKRS, the brands fastest production car ever, joining the 'World of Supercars'. The event was held at the Al Muharraq Ballroom, The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa last month
The super-fast & stunning Jaguar XKRS
Rashid, Ahmed Jalal, Jamal & Abdulrahman
Francesco & Michael
David Robertson & Chris Ward
George Williams & Charlie
Lin, Ahmed Jalal & Salam
Weena & Rashid
Jamal Al Sayed
Sixt Rent A Car Juffair Outlet Opening Sixt Rent A Car opened its newest outlet in Juffair last month to celebrate 100 years since its inception. The outlet was inaugurated by A.A Bin Hindi Group Vice President Nawaf Abdulla Bin Hindi and Aziz Abdulla Bin Hindi, Director of Sixt, Bahrain, in the presence of Lloyd Lourdes Mendes, Sixt Business Development Manager, members of the press and Bin Hindi management team
Momen, Santosh & Masum
Nawaf & Aziz bin Hindi open the new outlet
Ahmed, Menchie & Lorvin
Aziz & Nawaf bin Hindi with Bin Hindi managers & Sixt staff members
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Mohammed & Nawaf bin Hindi
John & Kurian
Santhosh & Unni
A Prominent Statement The latest expression of Hyundai’s design ethos — fluidic sculpture — can be clearly seen in the new generation of the i30 compact car. The New Generation i30 is available in the Kingdom, exemplifying Hyundai’s ‘Modern Premium’ philosophy. This i30 offers consumers a stylish and refined compact-size car with enhanced quality, performance and efficiency compared to the previous model. Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Germany, the New Generation i30 builds on the success of its predecessor, which was the first ‘i’ launched by the Korean car manufacturer, setting new standards of quality and driveability to the company’s product line-up. The new i30 comes in two models, the GL and GLS, and is set to appeal to young, progressive buyers who are after a car that not only performs well but also looks great. It also reflects Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ visual philosophy, with flowing lines to give a constantly impactful three-dimensional presence to Hyundai vehicles. On the road, the visual impact of the i30 is also raised by the LED daytime running lights which are standard on all models; it also bears Hyundai’s signature frontal feature — the hexagonal-shaped grille. “When designing New Generation i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car that looks athletic and exudes a sense of constant motion, even when stationary,” says Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre. “We gave the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty Also this month
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characteristics and dynamic proportions. The strength of Hyundai’s design DNA is easy for people to recognise.” There is a choice of two petrol engines — 1.6- and 1.8-litre — and the option of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with both units providing a refined driving experience and improved fuel efficiency. To boost refinement, lower engine revs at cruising speeds and reduce fuel consumption, high top gear ratios are fitted on all transmissions. Real-world fuel efficiency, together with a generous 53-litre fuel tank, means that i30 drivers could comfortably achieve a range of up to 1,400 km between fill-ups — that’s equivalent of driving from the north to the south of Bahrain, and back again, 14 times! “The i30 has proven extremely successful in Europe, and we believe that Middle East customers will be equally attracted by the New Generation’s stylish looks, refined performance and class-leading standards of quality and safety, all of which make it an ideal car for city driving,” adds CEO of Hyundai Middle East, Tom Lee. Safety is always a top priority for Hyundai and this i30 features the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants and other road users. In Bahrain it can be specified with electronic stability programme, vehicle stability management and anti-lock braking system. Dependent on model, the customer can also benefit from an electric parking brake and a raft of airbags, including side, curtain and knee airbags. Hyundai is distributed in the Kingdom by First Motors. E Call 17 750-750.
Assertive Design The XKR-S, now available in the Kingdom through Moh’d Jalal & Sons, is the fastest and most powerful production sports car Jaguar has ever built; it marks the pinnacle of Jaguar sports engineering, delivering awe-inspiring performance and exceptional dynamic handling with its driver-focused technologies and sporting design. The highly efficient 5-litre V8 supercharged engine has been extensively recalibrated for the new XKR-S, facilitating a top speed of 300 km/h and capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. This is achieved through a combination of a lightweight aluminium body and revised suspension settings.
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Voluptuous Emotions DAVID M. ROBERTSON The French have always been well-known for their styling and distinctive sense of fashion; in the motoring world that’s most evident in the Citroën brand.
Model Citroën DS3 hatchback Model year 2012 Engine type 1.6-litre, four-cylinder THP engine Displacement 1,598cc Horsepower 150 hp @ 6,000 rpm Torque 275 Nm @ 4,500 rpm Transmission Six-speed transmission Acceleration 0 to 60 mph: 7.3 seconds Top speed 133 mph
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Once in a while a company designs a product and is then confronted with what can be an insurmountable problem: what to do next? This is pretty much what happened when Citroën exposed the DS model to the world back in 1955. The work of an Italian designer and a French engineer, it was way ahead of its time, with its suggestive bodywork, hydraulically-charged suspension and new-age interior. It was so well received that the car manufacturer was inundated with 12,000 orders on the day of its release! Pronounce the letters ‘DS’ the way the French do — déesse — and it translates into the English word ‘goddess’; this was a car pumped with emotion. The latest version, the DS3, might borrow the basics from its cousin the Citroën C3 and, in the car we tested, an engine developed together with other manufacturers, but the quintessential Citroën styling is back! Drive around town, and you’re going to draw admiring looks. This car is a real beauty; the bijou finish, the sporty appearance and the unique floating roof are hallmarks of the brand — it’s unashamedly chic! But, then again, the designers worked with three key words when styling the exterior: surprise, appeal and vitality. The end product is expressive; it’s muscular yet sensual body is equally compact, dynamic and the chrome lining is the icing on the cake. But don’t be fooled simply by the looks. The 1.6-litre THP engine delivers plenty of torque, even at low revs, and the sixspeed transmission gearbox is slick and easy to manoeuvre.
Interior styling Step inside the interior and the DS3 is the consummate fashion statement. The seats you’d probably like to take home; simply gorgeous with their leather upholstery, they are more than comfortable. There’s ample space throughout the car, and more than enough in the boot to satisfy even the most compulsive shopper. If the aim of the design team was to form an emotional attachment to the DS3, then they have succeeded. The fabric and other materials used both look and feel good; if that is not sufficient, then there are 38 body and roof colour combinations from which you can choose to customise your car — viva la déesse! E Call 17 736-222 or visit the Motor City showroom in Sitra.
Aesthetic Dynamics BMW establishes a new market segment with the launch of its first-ever fourdoor coupé, which is now available in the Kingdom.
The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé is the third model in the BMW 6 Series line-up, and follows the successful debut of the next generation convertible and coupé models launched last year. This unique car with a distinctive character is, nevertheless, unmistakably a BMW. “The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé follows in the tyre tracks of the BMW 6 Series Coupé that we launched in Bahrain last year,” noted Zayed Al Zayani, managing director, Euro Motors, at the launch ceremony. “We expect that its distinctive character combined with dynamic driving, unmatched features and elegant style will see the coupé be a popular seller in Bahrain.” The exterior sets new standards in terms of aesthetic design for four-door vehicles as seen in its reduced height and the flat roofline that smoothly flows into the rear end; low and graceful lines are especially impressive when looking at the car’s side profile. In addition, the elongated side windows optimise the incidence of light to enhance the feeling of spaciousness in the interior, the frameless door windows are also a design element indicative of a sporty coupé. The interior has a driver orientation typical of the BMW brand, with a driver-focused cockpit and front passenger area bordered by elegantly sweeping surfaces; a harmonious connection between the front seats and the rear. Passengers sitting in the rear have a generous amount of space and a high level of comfort in a very stylish and luxurious surrounding. The driving experience control switch on the centre console
allows the driver to alter accelerator response characteristics, engine response, the power steering characteristics, the DSC settings, damper characteristics and the shift characteristics of the automatic transmission. Designed with state-of-the-art chassis technology, this coupé will delight drivers with its dynamic performance and outstanding refinement. Highlights that come as standard include electric power steering and dynamic damper control to help provide the perfect balance between dynamics and comfort. Power is managed by an eight-speed sports automatic transmission. With its extremely fast gear changes, the engine options are built for sporty driving, comfortable shifting and optimised efficiency. An unrivalled range of BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance technology features for enhanced comfort and safety such as park assistant, camera-based collision warning with a braking function that works in conjunction with active cruise control. The latest generation full colour BMW head-up display projects the symbols on the windscreen in 3D. As with all BMW models, the 6 Series Gran Coupé features an exclusive options list that includes comfort seats and sports seats, active seats, seat ventilation, exclusive Nappa leather, ceramic applications, heated rear seats and 4-zone automatic climate control. There is also a Bang & Olufsen high-end surround sound system that offers a brilliant sound experience from every seat. E Call 17 750-750.
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A Car for the Ages Ford Fiesta celebrates 35 years as one of the world’s leading choices in the small car segment
The very first Fiesta was produced in 1976 as Ford’s practical and economical response to a fuel crisis that had gripped the world. This immediately tapped into a small car demand in Europe and around the world. Thirty-five years, six generations and 15 million cars after its debut, the Fiesta continues to offer practicality, style and efficiency to car buyers of all ages. Assured quality The quality of the new model is showcased by its distinctive kinetic design cues, an interior quietness that rivals larger cars and engaging driving dynamics. Employing elongated dragon’s eye headlamps and muscular front fenders and hood, Fiesta is sporty yet accessible and inviting. Fiesta is the representation of Ford’s signature design language used across the global Ford portfolio of smaller vehicles. This new look reflects the motion and the experience of dynamic driving. The same theme continues in the interior design, with the instrument panel and centre stack combining to provide visual identity and distinction. Another added bonus is the interior quietness — which is taken to a new level for the small car segment. The inclusion of a specially laminated windshield, a class-exclusive, helps absorb and contain road and wind noise.
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But it doesn’t just end with good looks; the manufacturers have put great precision in quality and safety. Under the stylish exterior of the new Ford Fiesta is a robust body structure, crafted from the toughest of materials to protect occupants in the event of a collision. Fiesta uses an exceptionally high level of cold- and hotformed high-strength steels in its body structure for a car in this segment, yet, despite its advances in strength, the car’s body structure overall is lighter than before. Hi-tech crowd The new model delivers value, style and class-leading fuel economy without asking a driver to compromise on technologies that add connectivity and convenience. Functionality played a key factor in the design process as the controls and buttons strategically resemble the usage logic of a modern mobile phone. From the driver’s seat, the eye is drawn immediately drawn to a multi-function display screen. Bringing in a host of big car features to the small car segment, Fiesta also offers remote keyless entry, driver’s onetouch power window control, push-button start and steering wheel-mounted supplemental audio controls. E Call 17 737-373.
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Designed for Adventure The launch of the ‘86’ marks the return of Toyota as the leader in this segment of the sports car market, and adding greater versatility to the range of vehicles on offer.
Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus in the Kingdom, has announced the arrival of the all-new Toyota 86; the car that has the spirit of a racing car, with a pure dynamic drive that will stun all the speed enthusiasts. The Toyota 86 represents the new face of Toyota for the dynamic, fun to drive, driver-oriented models. “The all new Toyota 86 is first class racing car that will exceed all the expectations of racing and speed enthusiasts with its very dynamic, excitement and adventure-filled drive,” says Ayman Shehadeh, Toyota and Lexus brand manager at Ebrahim K. Kanoo. The new Toyota 86 shows the Japanese motor vehicle manufacturer going back to its roots of designing sport cars, by using a front engine rear-wheel drive layout equipped with a 2.0litre direct fuel injection horizontal boxer engine that generates 200 hp, and a new six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The low centre of gravity resulting from the horizontal engine gives the car its superior handling quality and vehicle stability, and the direct fuel injection system gives the vehicles its powerful head start, while the Torsen LSD provides a delightful driving sensation of controlling a sports car. The ‘86’ car also pays homage to Toyota’s sports car icons, such as the Supra and 2000GT in terms of design. With its long, low bonnet, high wings, rear-set cabin, sport alloy wheels, and maximum level of visuals, the 86 embodies an astonishing racing car. The interior is driver-oriented, which implies acknowledging all the of the driver’s needs and reflexes, stimulating a real sport car cockpit. The seats are designed to hold the driver firmly, and the console has cushions to protect the knees of the occupants.
The steering wheel is relatively smaller for better grip while meters, shift and parking brake levers, switches, navigation display screen, are designed to enhance the driving pleasure. Also, the rear-view mirror is frameless in a futuristic way that gives maximum visual exposure. Despite its striking sporty design, the Toyota 86 comes with the latest safety inventions. There is a lightweight tough body, which allows agility with safety. Safety features includes frontal, side, curtain and knee SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes system, electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability control (VSC), and brake assist. The Toyota 86 is available with several colours such as red, orange, blue, plus satin white and black. The interior comes with a smoking hot red and black racing theme. E Call 17 730-730 or visit www.thetoyota86.com.
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motoringshowcase AHMED ZAYANI & SONS
Tempting Offers There is no better time to acquire a new set of wheels than during Ramadan; find that vehicle you have wanted during this Holy Month.
Now is not the time to dither when thinking about purchasing that dream vehicle you have always wanted to be parked outside your home. As is custom, the Holy Month of Ramadan is always an excellent time to buy, given the special offers and promotions that abound at this time of the year. At Ahmed Zayani & Sons you will not be disappointed with either the range of vehicles on offer or the tempting offers that they have for you during Ramadan. “The reasons for our success are simple,” says Godwin D’Cruz, manager sales and marketing at Ahmed Zayani & Sons, one of two Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram distributors in the Kingdom of Bahrain. “At the onset of Ramadan, and in the spirit of giving, we at Ahmed Zayani have a lot to offer this July 2012. We have lined up a wide range of stylish, distinctive, dynamic and high quality models that combine total functionality with highly competitive whole-life ownership costs.” Whether you are looking for a comfortable family sedan, a muscle car or a 4x4 vehicle to get you off the road, the choice available at Ahmed Zayani is only limited by your imagination. The Chrysler 300 offers an excellent combination of luxury and performance that will have you purring around town. Alternatively, the SUVs from either Dodge or Jeep cater for any on- and off-road driving that you might have in mind; check out the Dodge Durango or the Jeep Grand Cherokee for the style that suits you. Then, there is the segment-leading Ram 1500 Laramie, which combines the functionality of both an SUV and a pick-up truck. For some raw power, though, search out the Dodge Charger; this is the epitome of the American muscle car. Visit the Ahmed Zayani & Sons showroom in Zinj, on Sh. Salman Highway. E Call 17 238-822.
The 5th LPOD Water Volleyball Tournament The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark (LPOD) held its 5th LPOD Water Volleyball Tournament last month
Princess, Akila, Hani, Delmo the mascot, Christine, Reem & Isa
Nabeel, Redha & Ahmed
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Tariq, Mahmood & Hamad
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The Gift of Giving Those on the hunt for a new car will definitely feel the Ramadan spirit this year; as well as promising great prices, one distributor is rewarding all customers with exclusive gifts.
Keeping the core message of Ramadan in mind, Kia Motors Bahrain will be spreading the spirit of charity this month. The car’s sole distributor in Bahrain, A. A. Bin Hindi, will be launching its biggest festive offer to date; so if you’ve been waiting for the right time to purchase a car, this is it! Customers who buy any new Kia vehicle this Ramadan will simultaneously be able to spruce up their home entertainment systems. Any car bought automatically gets you an amazing 43-inch Samsung TV and a Samsung home theatre set for free. Furthermore, the dealership will be offering free insurance, registration, rust-proofing and an incredible five-year unlimited mileage transferable warranty. “This year we at Kia have decided to reflect the season and the joy of giving; that’s why we are rewarding all of our customers without disappointing anyone. Not only the buyer of the vehicle but the whole family will get to enjoy the gifts with the purchase,” says John Joseph, Kia Motors brand manager. Financing deal The offer doesn’t stop there though; in partnership with the National Finance House (NFH), Kia is offering a finance package that aims to make your life easier. The offer hands customers raffle coupons for the chance to win a brand new Kia Picanto, in a draw to be held after Ramadan. To increase your chances, the package is designed so that for every BD1,000 financed one coupon is received. In addition, you can start to pay your car instalments to NFH after Ramadan and upto 60 days with free life insurance,
flexible repayments over up to seven years with attractive interest rates and simple documentation. “We have witnessed a great increase in value for money products and Kia is high in this category. Today you see many Kias on the road and Ramadan truly is a time when we are looking to spread the message of peace and the joy of giving,” explains Mohammed Bin Hindi, general manager of Kia Motors Bahrain. Ramadan hours During Ramadan, the showrooms will be open from 9am to 1pm and 8pm to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday and 8pm to 11pm on Fridays. E Call 17 408-800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr Ravi Zacharias Lecture Renowned speaker on peace and tolerance Dr Ravi Zacharias addressed an audience in Bahrain at the Mรถvenpick Hotel last month. A holder of four doctorates and a senior research fellow at Oxford University, Dr Ravi's lecture, called "Is Peace Possible? The Ways of God and The Ways of Man", was a rare chance for people in Bahrain to hear him speak, since he is fully booked for the next three years. The event was organised by the American Mission Hospital Dr Ravi Zacharias
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Nuku, Kristine & Jocy
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Abdulaziz & Dr Richardson
Sofie & Reinet
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This You Must Try! ELMA BARTHOLOMEW
Choosing what goes into your meal and how you like it cooked might not be a new experience for Bahrain’s diners. Adding the fun quotient to this is a new Italian venue. I doubt this Kingdom will see a day when its people say “enough” to the rise of any more Italian restaurants. With such innovative concepts as those spotted in the recently-launched Vapiano, they can’t be blamed. Situated on the first floor of Bahrain City Centre, this casual eatery easily stands out amidst a flood of restaurants owing to a brand new concept of the chip card, which makes dining here a truly unique experience. Your adventure begins when you are presented with a card which you can use at any of their cooking stations or at the bar where you can pick up a menu. The lack of waiters should reveal that Vapiano is all about self-service. Based on your choice, join any of the stations — antipasti and pizza, salads or pasta. Once it’s your turn to place your order, it’s all between you and your Vapianisti. Choose whatever goes into the mix, beginning with the freshest of ingredients from the 11 kinds of pasta to the sauce varieties, which are all continually made right there in their ‘pasta manifattura’. Ask them to throw in your favourite veggies, add the spices of your choice and finish it with a round of cheese. When all is done, the chef simply swipes your card over a special reader onto which he adds the cost of your food and drinks. Also this month
At this diner, it’s all about giving the customer the freedom to move around instead of the customary stiff dining experience. Grab a tray, glass and cutlery and head over to any of their dining areas to enjoy the dish prepared just the way you like it. Pizza lovers are given a buzzer to tell you when it is ready. This gives you a chance to relax while it is baked to perfection in their stone oven. Another interesting feature here is the provision of potted herbs like thyme and rosemary at each table for that final touch. Try not to miss out on their breads to wipe out that extra bit of sauce. If you aren’t in the mood for fizz, walk over to their bar (with your card) to pick up fruit juices or their signature coffees. While you’re there, you might as well get some authentic Italian dessert like the panna cotta served in a jar, or the crema di fragola, a personal favourite. Boasting a relaxed atmosphere, Mediterranean ease and southern joie de vivre, visiting this contemporary restaurant is like eating with good friends — no pressure, no dress code, no booking required. The long oak tables are inviting. In addition, the light-filled rooms, clear lines, chalk drawings and coloured highlights taking the form of red design elements contribute to a stylish and comfortable environment. You needn’t worry about someone hinting you to leave by passing you the receipt. At Vapiano, you decide when you leave. They simply redeem the card at the exit. E Call 17 491-391 or visit www.vapiano.com.
The Right Blend Delight in the fragrant aroma of the finest Indian spices and herbs at Al Waha Restaurant in the Gulf Hotel. This luxury five-star venue will be hosting a Tandoori Night every Sunday evening from 7pm to 10.30pm. For BD13++ per person you can relish in the exotic flavours of the Indian subcontinent. You won’t regret the medley of spices that will tantalise your taste buds. After experiencing the irresistible savoury meats fresh from the tandoor, stop by Royal Thai Restaurant for a peek at their new menu or enjoy a tropical cocktail at Margarita Mexicana.
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A Sip of Freshness ELMA BARTHOLOMEW All we can think of under the scorching sun this month are those tempting smoothies, colourful slushies and delectable fruit juices. Here’s a round-up of where you can go to find some amazing thirst quenchers.
In this weather, it’s hard to have anything that isn’t a cooler. Whether it is creamy or fruity, people now prefer it frozen. Making summer bearable is a bunch of venues across the island. From ice-creameries to cafés and juice parlours to frozen yoghurt stands, they’ve all got a special concoction this season to help you brave the sweltering heat. Suddenly, slurping doesn’t seem so wrong.
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Sweet scoops No one would judge you if you lived in TCBY until spring sets off (or after). Whether you’re in the mood for hand-scooped or soft serve, you’ll find yourself lost in a world of flavours in this froyo heaven located in Juffair. Invent your own smoothie or simply pick up the classic yoghurt and top it with all your favourite berries, sprinkle some chocolate chips or a drizzle of hot fudge to create an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Their daily themes are quite exciting. The irresistibly tangy, light and refreshing Pinkberry offers the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No matter how much you’ve already eaten, these little bowls of deliciousness leaves you wanting more. FreshBerry, on another hand, is working toward opening up its very own café along the restaurant strip in Juffair. Not too far from this venue is YogBerry which is popular for its all-natural low-fat yoghurt. It also has branches in Riffa and Hidd. Creamy indulgence If summer allows one thing, it’s ice-cream, by the bucket. ‘The snowman’ is the latest addition in the range of icy temptations at Baskin-Robbins. Build him by mixing up your favourite flavours, combining one value scoop and a kid’s scoop. Those with a sweet tooth keep coming back to Marble Slab Creamery, with their loyalty card, of course; get it stamped with every five purchases to get one absolutely free. If you’d like to see some skills behind the counter, watch out for the staff at Cold Stone Creamery as they fling your scoops in the air before it gets mashed up with your choice of toppings.
Break the ice Why shell out on a flight to Paris when you get the same magical ambience in Café Lilou. For your dose of cocoa, have a go at their chocolat adorable. Indulge in the heavenly blend of home-made chocolate ice-cream with slices of fresh banana, topped with fresh cream and lip-smacking chocolate syrup. This summer really will be one to remember, especially with what’s happening inside of Costa Coffee. Their new range of handcrafted iced coffees using their famous mocha Italia blend has been selling like hotcakes. In these drinks, they have captured all the flavour and aroma of the beans and trapped it in ice. Wait until you witness the sumptuous layers of luxury in all three flavours.
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After-food treats Although all of these are pretty alluring, we’re hooked on to the all new waffle cone at McDonald’s. Read on to find out more on these scrumptious desserts. There is hardly anyone who wouldn’t prefer to munch on an organic meal. Why not add the same of rule to beverages. Check out the organic flavours of iced teas, smoothies, granitas, milkshakes and frappés on offer at Esquires Coffee House in Budaiya. Also focusing on your health is World Beat Café with revitalising iced lattes that come in very unique flavours, all natural and nutritious without doubt. Dome Café and The Crepe Café may be more popular for their food; however, they are equipped with an impressive selection of cold beverages to help you beat the heat in these difficult summer months. Maya La Chocolaterie is known for its pristine frozen shakes. You will always find a reason to try every one of these luscious infusions. With a splendid view of the lagoon, The Tea Club is teeming with chai addicts. Find out what is so unique about this majestic café while you sip on their exquisite teas from around the world. Nothing says 'summer' like popsicles; visit Stick House at Seef Mall for some exciting flavours.
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Their fruit coolers are back and they’re better than ever. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more exciting, along comes their stunning range of real lemonades. Grab a straw; you’ll need one. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has an interesting array of drinks on offer. Try out their coffee ice blended range. Get the ultimate kick by adding chocolate-covered espresso beans. Kids needn’t miss out on the fun. They have the coffee-free range with the same flavours as well. Starbucks Coffee invites you to build your own drink of the season. We also see the comeback of the mocha coconut frappuccino, that is, coffee blended with mocha sauce, coconut syrup and whole milk, and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut flakes. It doesn’t need to be summer in Caribou Coffee for a patron to take a dive at their coolers which are also available in ‘lite’ versions for weight watchers. Just like its smoothies, the snowdrifts here are big hits among those with a sweet tooth.
Who doesn’t like a fresh, warm waffle? Combine that yummy flavour with your favourite sundaes and you’re in for a treat.
With the temperature on the rise, we would give anything to cool us down. When it’s a scrumptious delight, there is no need for a second thought. This summer, indulge in mouth-watering sundae treats with McDonald’s all new sweet, crisp and crunchy waffle cones. They come in three exciting flavours in any of their outlets across the Kingdom. The waffle cone sundaes give your taste buds a great tang with the full flavour of their signature vanilla ice-cream topped off with a choice of strawberry, chocolate or caramel. Giving you the best of the dessert world, they are made of the purest quality ingredients that are both healthy and delicious. “With the summer and school holidays having just started, McDonald’s has found a cool way for everyone to enjoy the season by introducing the waffle cone, at a reasonable price,” said Abdulla Adel Fakhro, director of Fakhro Restaurants, the licensee of McDonald’s Bahrain. “This is a way to show our commitment to continuously providing our valued customers with great taste, value for money and a better customer experience.” Spoilt for choice With three fantastic flavours, this lip-smacking snack is an alluring summer treat, a welcome addition to their wide range of desserts comprising the oreo and Kit Kat McFlurry; the hot fudge-, strawberry- and caramel-topped sundaes, the chocodip and the vanilla cone. This is no time to procrastinate as these scrummy waffle cones are on offer for a limited period only. E Call 17 221-722.
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A Taste of Ramadan Once again Iftar and Ghabga offerings are taking over the dining scene for the Holy Month of Ramadan. Join in and experience firsthand true Arabic hospitality.
Celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the Ramadan fast is observed each day from sunrise and is broken with an Iftar at sunset. Iftar is not only a religious affair but a time to gather with friends and family. Bahrain This Month has taken to the streets to round up a list of local venues
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â€” highlighting the food, timings, entertainment and anything else of importance for great Ramadan dining. Our varied selection includes hotels and restaurants that meet every budget and mood. Weâ€™ve done the legwork, so you can enjoy a stress-free dining experience.
diningramadan new venue will offer both Iftar and Ghabga. Traditional Ramadan drinks such as kamar adine will be served alongside other delicacies. It will also feature traditional entertainment in the evenings. E Call 17 171-000. For a modern take on Ramadan visit Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain’s specially designed glass tent. Iftar will be served there every day from prayer time until 10pm for BD12.5++. Non-smokers and smokers can take advantage of the large tent which is divided into two separate sections. E Call 17 460-000. Dusk beckons the start of a wonderful night at The Ritz-Carlton. A delightful Iftar buffet, followed by Ghabga is served in the elegant atmosphere of the Al Khayma tent. Dine on authentic Middle Eastern specialties while listening to an original performance of a Lebanese band accompanied by singer Najma Abdulla. Prices start at BD18 per person. Al Khayma also provides the privacy of secluded pergolas priced at BD250 each. E Call 17 580-000.
A Five-star Ramadan Bahrain’s assortment of five-star hotels always shine during Ramadan. Live cooking stations, festive décor and great food are what you can expect from any of these venues.
If you don’t fancy sitting outside then make your way to the Sheraton hotel where the Awali Ballroom has been completely transformed. The Iftar buffet will be served until 8pm daily and is priced at BD13.900++ for adults and BD7.500++ for kids ages 4 to 12. E Call 17 533-533.
Spread goodwill this Ramadan at the Crowne Plaza where BD0.500 from every diner will be donated to charity. Crowne Plaza’s Iftar buffet at La Mosaique restaurant is priced at BD11.950++. For a corporate event or private Iftar choose the Bahrain Conference Centre which will be transformed into a traditional village this summer or ring up the hotel’s catering service. E Call 17 531-122.
Celebrate with family and friends at an Iftar by the beach. Saraya restaurant at the Sofitel offers a host of Ramadan delicacies to break your fast. After Iftar, venture out to Saraya Terrace where you can indulge in Ghabga in an air-conditioned tent. The restaurant also offers plenty of choice for the three days of Eid, in collaboration with Fiamma Italian restaurant and Wok. E Call 17 636-363.
Feast on typical oriental food complemented by continental dishes, assorted juices and home-made desserts at the Golden Tulip. A decorated ballroom will serve Iftar for BD10.500 per person. If you’d rather sit outside then remember that the Ramadan tent can hold upwards of 100 people. Great music will play on the two large screen televisions in the tent and there are always fun games to engage in. E Call 17 535-000.
A Four-star Ramadan The four-star venues in Bahrain will also be doing their utmost to make your Ramadan experience a memorable occasion.
On the first day of Ramadan, the Gulf Hotel will unveil Khaimat Al Khaleej, a luxurious Ramadan tent that will serve a delicious buffet and provide an assortment of sheesha flavours. Iftar buffets will also be served at Al Waha and Takht Jamsheed restaurants throughout Ramadan. Special rates are available for corporate groups, Gulf Air, NSA and Prestige Club members. E Call 17 713-000. Experience an exclusive environment with stunning views over the Arabian Gulf at sunset. The InterContinental Regency offers the Al Thuraya Ramadan tent. With original Arabic live music and a lavish Iftar buffet for BD14+. A range of Ghabga à la carte and set menus are also available throughout the evening. E Call 17 227-777. If you crave something new this Ramadan then Baharat restaurant in the Kempinski Ixir Hotel is worth a visit. This
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Live performances from an oud player, keyboardist and singer will keep the entertainment flowing at Al Safir Hotel’s Ramadan tent this summer. The continental Iftar buffet will be served after Magreeb Prayer and will continue as an international dinner buffet until 11pm. Special rates for groups make it all the more enticing. E Call 17 827-999. For the fifth consecutive year, Elite Resort & Spa’s Al Noor tent will be open for Iftar, Ghabga and Suhoor during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Served until 8pm, the Iftar buffet will consist of Lebanese mezzas, international and traditional dishes with a grill and shawarma station. Fun for the whole family, the experience will include games and live Arabic entertainment. E Call 17 313-333. The Al Qahawah Coffee Shop at Gulf Gate Hotel offers a great deal for Iftar at a net price of BD4.500. Inclusive of specialties like hareesh and along with international and Middle Eastern dishes, this Iftar will also feature a large assortment of Ramadan drinks. Stop by before midnight to listen to an in-house oud player and partake in Ramadan games. E Call 17 210-210.
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If you are in the mood for a more intimate Ramadan tent experience, the Mercure Grand Hotel may be the place for you. The Al Bawadi Tent, which can fit 80 people, offers both Iftar and Ghabga meals. Iftar will be served until 8pm for BD10++ per person. Appreciate the live oud singer as you eat and after your meal play cards or dominoes with friends and family. Afterwards, indulge in a little shisha. E Call 17 584-400. Le Jardin restaurant at Ramada Bahrain will serve Iftar from sunset until 8pm every night. Le Rendezvous offers a more private dining experience while an in-house catering team is also available for guests who want to break their fasts at home. E Call 17 742-000. Legends Sports Lounge at Ramee California will be serving a set Ramadan menu this summer complete with starters, main course, desserts and an assortment of Ramadan drinks and fresh juices. Break your fast and play a game of pool or darts with friends. E Call 17 826-001. Other Venues Coral Bay’s tent fit for 300 individuals will offer seaside dining at its finest. Special Ramadan dishes will certainly be part of the large buffet. Iftar will also be served in the renowned Rayes restaurant. Enjoy your meal, served until 8pm daily while listening to a live oud player and sipping on Ramadan drinks like jalab, kamarudeen, tamer hindi and laban ayran. E Call 17 312-700. Ramee Café at the Windsor Tower Hotel will be serving traditional Arabic cuisine and beverages à la carte at a reasonable rate from 6pm to 3am every day. Kalpaka restaurant will also offer an à la carte menu this Ramadan. E Calll 17 297-000.
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Taking an innovative turn in terms of décor and cuisine is the famed Japanese restaurant, Bushido. The majestic venue transforms into a completely Arabesque setting — Bushra. Adding an Indian touch to your Iftar experience is The Yellow Chilli at Seef Mall. For those who can handle a little spice in their meal, this buffet will prove to be a treat. Celebrating Ramadan their own way for the second year in a row is Sumo Sushi & Bento in Juffair. Why not have a go at their new menu while you’re there?
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When is the last time you had a bite of your favourite sushi and felt a burst of flavours on your tongue? Visit Juffair for an excellent Japanese casual dining experience.
Celebrating over a decade of success, Sumo Sushi & Bento launched a new menu in all of its franchises including the one nestled in the restaurant avenue in Juffair. Unlike most venues, this wasn’t just a matter of adding and removing items from their existing range of dishes. The Japanese restaurant chain joined hands with Choose Wisely foundation, which works towards animal welfarefriendly food, and now, they are the first of its kind to do away with all red-listed seafood from their menus. The new and improved list of options includes the rock and roll shrimp and the miso fish bento. Don’t worry; signature dishes like the sushi sandwich and sashimi salad are right where they used to be. Find a seat Whether you choose to dine outdoors, upstairs or at the sushi bar, Sumo Sushi & Bento have just the thing for you this Ramadan. Enhance your Iftar dining experience with them for the second consecutive year as they cater especially to family gatherings. Celebrating the spirit of togetherness, they offer a wide variety of choices for you to share and enjoy with your near and dear. Japanese cuisine isn’t always the first choice for the season. However, this venue is known for not limiting itself to classic dishes. It’d be a shame to miss out on any of their teriyaki dishes as the sauce is made right there in the restaurant. If you’d rather indulge in their East meets West favourites at home, dial in for delivery. E Call 17 718-090 or visit www.sumosushi.net.
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diningramadan SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
A Ramadan to Remember
Escape to the beach during Ramadan and Eid and take advantage of the bevy of options available to you at this picturesque five-star hotel.
The white shores of Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa await you this Ramadan. Celebrate the Holy Month in comfort at the GCC’s first thalassotherapy spa, which harnesses the unique healing power of seawater to aid wellbeing. Guests will receive 20 per cent off spa treatments at the Thalassa Spa until August 15. Relax in the space and replenish the moisture in your skin without breaking tradition while children are entertained with a variety of activities offered by the Kids Club. Rooms during Ramadan start from BD65++ for single occupancy and BD75++ for double occupancy per room per night. Each of the 262 rooms and suites boast stylish interiors and cutting edge technology including Sofitel’s MyBed concept and pillow menu. All rooms have a private balcony with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, so you can watch the sunset from the comfort of your room before heading to the traditional Iftar buffet. Ramadan specialties For two hours after sunset, break your fast at Saraya with a buffet of Ramadan delicacies such as a selection of Oriental salads and live cooking stations including manakeesh, shawarma, Arabic bread, foul and balila and falafel stations. An impressive sweets station featuring the favourite um ali will also be available, all for BD15++ per person. Group booking rates of BD14++ per person are also available for a minimum of 20 people. After Iftar engage in the local custom of Ghagba, that will be celebrated in an air-conditioned tent on Saraya Terrace. Enjoy the illusion of having Ramadan under the stars to a gentle soundtrack of Arabic music by Lebanese duo Majeed and Marwan. There are also games such as cards, dominoes and darts and create wonderful memories with family and friends. Eid promotions This year why not make Eid even more special by celebrating it next to the sea. Room rates for Eid start from BD99++ on a bed and breakfast basis; several dining options are also available. Saraya ‘All-Day Dining’ Restaurant will offer an Eid buffet on the first day of Eid. Guests will be able to indulge in a variety of authentic Arabic dishes for BD22++ per person. An Eid brunch will take place on the second day of Eid from 12.30pm to 4pm combining the international cuisines of Saraya with Fiamma Italian restaurant and the Asian flavours of Wok. This start from BD24++ per person and is inclusive of soft drinks but for BD28++ you can enjoy selected house beverages as well. Eid festivities will culminate on the third day at Saraya where a special upgraded lunch buffet, inclusive of chilled juices and soft drinks for BD22++ per person, will be served. There are a number of choices here to suit any budget and every appetite. E Call 17 636-363.
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Bringing Food to You Itâ€™s no easy task cooking for a crowd. Catering seems more like a necessity than an option this month with families gathering almost on a daily basis.
Sometimes you need to let go of the desire to make sure everything you serve is made in your kitchen. With the tiresome weather conditions, preparing a feast for over 20 people might not be the best idea if you intend to play host for the rest of the night. When you have Kazbah Catering to prepare a full-fledged meal just like you would, there is no need for second thoughts. Having built a reputation for creative outdoor catering, the team here can handle anything from corporate events, like business lunches or dinners, to large or small private gatherings. Whether it is a formal or casual event, it is a guaranteed success. All you need to do is leave it up to them. Maintaining standards The menus here are completely flexible, suiting your needs. Kazbah Catering takes pride in using nothing but the freshest and finest ingredients for all their preparations. Mastering all kinds of cuisines, they always have just the thing you are looking for. While preserving high standards, they also keep in mind that each product and service offered is worth the money spent on it. Whatever the occasion, they prioritise excellent quality of food preparation, presentation and service. The strict code of professionalism extends beyond what you see, from handling and storage to health and safety guidelines. With everything you look for when you opt against cooking for a day, this is just the solution for your Iftar and Ghabga catering services this Ramadan. E Call 17 229-778 or email email@example.com.
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KEMPINSKI GRAND & IXIR HOTEL BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE
A Culinary Jewel Dining in Ramadan is more than just buffets and tents. It is a complete experience, one that a newly launched Arabic restaurant promises to offer.
Situated on the ground floor of Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre and featuring an eclectic array of Middle Eastern dishes and traditional entertainment, a very stylish restaurant opens its doors for Iftar and Ghabga this Ramadan. Baharat boasts light and dark imperator marble along with black, grey and pearl colours which dominate the spacious restaurant. Monolithic counter designs with live cooking stations, saj and tandoor ovens, private dining areas and a large terrace with a tent, to enjoy shisha under the moonlight, all create an enjoyable dining experience throughout the Holy Month. On the menu Begin with a wide selection of appetisers that include hot and cold mezze and soups such as Moroccan saffron seafood soup. You will also be glad to find a manakish station apart from a grill counter that serves freshly prepared shish taouk, lamb chops and dajaj mosahab. The main courses are equally tempting. They include fish tagines, kunafa pan-fried salmon and hamam manshi with frekk (stuffed pigeon). You could also opt for the beef kebbah arnabia, the spinach and feta cheese stuffed and crusted baby chicken, or the more traditional lamb ouzi. A delectable array of customary desserts such as loukamat, baklava, katayef assafer, mouhalabieh, and of course um ali has been arranged to delight the sweet tooth. Choose from a range of traditional Arabic beverages to accompany the dishes.
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In the kitchen Born in Morocco, Issam Seddoq, Baharat’s talented chef de cuisine, brings a wealth of culinary knowledge from his previous ventures in Marrakech, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. He has been involved in different hotel openings throughout his career which helped extend his spectrum and passion for food. Glancing into pots and pans full of fragrant aromas in his grandmother’s kitchen from a young age, a passion for Arabic and Lebanese cuisine was awakened within chef Issam. Years later, he started creating his own mix of spices to personalise and fine-tune his gastronomic creations. Growing up in Morocco, where only the most simple and fresh ingredients are used, dining is more of a social gathering of friends and family rather than a formal affair. Chef Issam’s personal goal is to share his love for cooking and express his emotion through his authentic dishes. The Kempinski Ixir Hotel invites you to take part in this experience at their Arabic restaurant, Baharat. E Call 17 171-000 or visit www.kempinski.com/Bahrain.
A Unique Experience INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY
Head to this five-star venue to make your Ramadan evening a memorable experience with its picturesque views, great food and modern setting.
Conveniently located in the heart of Manama, the InterContinental Regency is an ideal choice for Ramadan gatherings. This summer, the hotel invites you to experience the one- of-a-kind atmosphere at Al Thuraya tent during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Built to fit 400 people, this extravagant tent offers an exclusive environment designed to relax you. The refined arabesque style of décor juxtaposed with the modern setting will make your evening a night to remember. The location of the hotel also means that you will have stunning views of the Arabian Gulf during your meal, thereby completing your experience, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. When the sun sets every evening, a lavish iftar buffet will be served within the tent. Sparing no expense, the spread will showcase a large selection of Arabic delicacies from appetising starters to delectable desserts. Begin the evening on the right note with perennial favourites such as hommus, moutabel, tabbouleh and labneh with mint. Alternatively, feast upon okra belzeet, cheese sambousek, kebbeh and kofta bill tahina. The tip of the iceberg for any waistline will of course be the delicious desserts on offer including maamoul, baklawa, mouhalabia, jelabiya, katayef with cheese konafa and the much-loved Bahraini dessert, um ali. Iftar will be priced at BD14 per person plus service charge. After hours If you prefer to dine out after iftar, then do not hesitate to head over to Al Thuraya Tent, which you will find is very accommodating. After iftar has stopped being served, guests can still enjoy the lingering scent of a favourite flavoured shisha at their side.
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Those of you with a musical ear will delight in the original live Arabic entertainment that will be in fine form every night. As part of local custom and for clients who prefer a more customary dining experience, a range of authentic Ghabga à la carte and set menus are also available throughout the evening. During Ramadan, you may want to gather your family and friends at your own home for a delicious iftar meal. Save yourself the hassle of preparations by calling in the InterContinental Regency’s fantastic catering service. Available for private groups or larger parties, the catering service will ensure that, for a special price, you can enjoy the hotel’s great food as you rest within the comforts of your own home. All in all, this five-star hotel is dedicated to providing a unique Ramadan experience for everyone. E Call 17 208-308.
A Trendy Ramadan BUSHIDO
A tent and a buffet aren’t just what Ramadan is all about. It is a celebration of a lifestyle and a distinct culture. Here’s a venue that exhibits more than just great food.
Even long after the Holy Month comes to an end, there is going to be one name that sticks with you thereafter — Bushra. Revolutionising the Ramadan dining scenario is one of the most chic settings on the island. Why must you settle in the confines of a congested temporary set-up when you have a whole venue transforming itself to accommodate the spirit of the season? An original concept concocted by the renowned George V Eatertainment group of Buddha Bar fame, Bushra is a modern adaptation of the Arab-Ottoman idea which invades the walls of Bushido throughout the Holy Month. The title translates to ‘good news’ which it already is for the food-lovers of the Kingdom. “Bushra epitomises the Middle Eastern customs, as does the Buddha Bar to the Asian way of life and Bushido to the Japanese traditions,” says Nicolas Budzynski, Bushido general manager. “We aim at giving our guests something unique, something they may have never seen before in Bahrain,” he adds. Step into paradise The Holy Month spreads the ideal of togetherness, especially through the tradition of breaking the fast as a family. With white linen hanging all the way from the middle of the roof, you will find yourself sharing your iftar meal in a one-of-a-kind tent. What makes Bushra unique is that the arrangements do not end there. From the second you walk in, you are greeted with Arabic-inspired artwork from the corridor to every nook and corner within the tent. Taking you to a different era are the many lanterns placed around the venue, accentuated by the several artworks that exhibit the Orientalist movement of the Middle Ages. Beyond
A word with the chef By now, we should know that this chain of restaurants does not overlook a single factor in any of their projects, especially with respect to the food on offer. It is, therefore, no surprise that they have brought in one of the finest Arabic chefs, Anas Majid AlGhazawi to put together the special menu for the Holy Month. “The idea behind a good dining experience is to make sure the people are comfortable. They should be able to choose what they want to eat. It is also wise to have healthy options for the weight watchers. These are what I intend to bring in through my menu full of flavourful, fresh dishes. The trick is to keep it simple yet delicious,” says chef AlGhazawi. The Iftar buffet will be priced at BD12.500++ on weekdays and BD14.500++ on weekends; the ghabga buffet which will be served from 9pm until midnight, is priced at BD9.900++ and BD11.900++. As tempting as the extravagant buffets sound, you would still want to have a go at their fine-dining Arabic a la carte menu designed specifically for those staying in for the Ghabga. An added treat is that the Oda banquet room converts itself into a shisha lounge this Ramadan offering a range of flavours. Walk in on weekends to catch some fine work on the oud performed live.
Anas Majid AlGhazawi
the inspirations of the Ottoman Empire, you will also find Arabic calligraphy projected in a variety of hues, bringing in a contemporary flavour to the interiors. It is hard to believe that a Japanese restaurant once stood here. For that matter, Japanese food itself seems like a long lost memory as this venue hosts a completely Arabic menu all through Ramadan. E Call 17 583-555.
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GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN
Exquisite Ramadan Nights When you think of Ramadan in Bahrain, there are a few places that pop up in mind that have set the benchmark for other venues. Indulge in traditional fare this July and August.
This Ramadan the Gulf Hotel Bahrain will once again be featuring their ever-popular Ramadan tent, Khaimat Al Khaleej, which provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to experience traditional Ramadan nights in a stylishly unique setting. This year’s tent is set to be exceptionally elegant, featuring luxurious and contemporary décor, which is stylishly entwined with traditional Arabic elements. The tent is divided into two sections, a non-smoking section as well as a separate smoking section where guests can enjoy an extensive assortment of shisha flavours. Time to eat Guests may also indulge in our delicious buffet, which includes a wide variety of traditional Bahraini and other Arabic specialties. A great selection of hot and cold beverages is also available. All of this is featured against a background of traditional Arabic music, with a live oud and tabla player performing every night. Khaimat Al Khaleej opens at 9pm every night during the Holy Month of Ramadan and is open until 2am on weeknights and 3am on weekends. The prices vary from BD14++ on weekdays to BD16++ on Thursdays and Fridays.
Outside the tent Alternatively, two of the hotel’s popular restaurants will feature a delicious and enticing iftar buffet every evening of the Holy Month. The renowned international restaurant, Al Waha, will host an exciting buffet every evening at iftar time, including a wide selection of both Arabic and international dishes, apart from traditional Bahraini specialties. The popular Takht Jamsheed restaurant which, as the name suggests, takes its inspiration from the Persian royal palace also presents an exclusive iftar buffet. It highlights both traditional Arabic and Iranian cuisines all through Ramadan. At both venues, the buffets are priced at BD15++ per person. In all venues, including the extravagant tent, children below the age of five can dine for free. Younger guests between the age of six and 12 enjoy a 50 per cent discount. Special rates are available for corporate groups, Gulf Air staff, NSA authorities and members of the Prestige Club. E Call 17 713-000 or visit www.gulfhotelbahrain.com.
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ELITE RESORT & SPA
In the Lap of Luxury The Al Noor Tent is not a new name to residents of Bahrain. Find out how this hotel has upped the ante this year.
Last month saw the much-awaited launch of the grand Al Noor Tent. Having undergone a major renovation, it is now truly an extravagant affair. For those who broke their fast here last Ramadan and thought this is as good as it gets, the Elite Hospitality Group has once again proven that it always gets better. Located at The Elite Resort & Spa, this is a preferred spot for all kinds of guests from families to corporate groups; in part due to its proximity to the airport, the business hub and the commercial district of the island. We, at BTM, were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at their Ramadan offerings for the year. While the set-up is gorgeous, it is enhanced by the stunning backdrop of the Muharraq bay. Boasting a capacity of 700 people, the tent will host Iftar, Ghabga and Suhoor buffets. “During the Holy Month, Elite Hospitality Group invites you to experience our unique Ramadan delights. Our guests will not only experience authentic cuisines but also have a chance to understand the traditions of Bahrain,” said Sarosh Aibara, chief operating officer, who unveiled the renewed tent with Jamila Missilmani, director of sales.
What’s the deal? The Ramadan specials here include an Iftar buffet at BD7 followed by a lavish Ghabga until late at night. The ambience will be further accentuated with unique entertainment and art forms that bring out the true essence of Ramadan. Children needn’t feel out of place. They have organised a range of activities for the little ones. Ladies too will find an interesting set of games to be a part of. With daily surprises and attractive corporate packages, it is no surprise that this tent will be busy every evening until Eid. Who doesn’t like raffle draws? Thanks to their sponsors and partners, the hotel will hand out exciting prizes every day. Who knows? You might be the lucky one to win a gift from Bahrain Air, Al Hawaj, Zain, Al Ayam, Al Ahlia University, Mahamco, AJM Kooheji or Elite Hospitality Group. Clearly, you need to make a booking in advance before you visit. Dial in to find out more about any special deals that are on offer. Those staying in the resort can avail of exclusive room packages which entitles you to complimentary Iftar and Suhoor. You can check in online on their website. E Call 17 313-388 or visit www.elitegroup4u.com.
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PARS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Traditional Evenings Although popular for after dark events, a four-star hotel in Juffair takes on a more traditional swerve during Ramadan.
It is a known fact that Pars International Hotel has everything to make your stay in the Kingdom something to remember. Offering great service and quite a few dining options, the fourstar deluxe is an abode of comfort and modernity. Already a favourite among patrons of the venue, Mayan Lounge features a harmonious blend of conventional Arabian hospitality and a contemporary environment. The elegance of this venue is highlighted by a rather unique setting that stands by its name. Warm lighting reflects off rustic stones. In here, you almost feel like youâ€™re seated within a pyramid; guests are taken to a different era. Ramadan specials Pars International Hotel invites you to spend the Holy Month in this comfortable setting with your friends and family. With a seating capacity of up to 150 persons and situated on the first floor, this coffee shop will open its doors from Iftar to Suhoor. Relax in this laid back atmosphere with your favourite flavoured shisha by your side. For Ramadan, they have arranged a special menu that showcases an array of traditional Arabic dishes and beverages. Iftar will be served from sunset up to 10pm; suhoor will go on from 11pm-1am. Those who choose to dive into their extensive buffet spread can do so at BD4.900 which is inclusive of tea or coffee and special Ramadan juices. If youâ€™re a group of eight or more, you can avail a 20 per cent discount on your order. Private Iftar or Ghabga buffets can be arranged for a group of 20-150 in their banquet venues. As is the case everywhere else, it is advisable to reserve your seats well in advance to avoid disappointment. E Call 17 814-777 (ext 112).
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THE YELLOW CHILLI
Adding Zing! Spice it up this Holy Month surrounded by the aroma of the finest Indian cuisine. You’ll want to sink your teeth into a variety of dishes.
As Ramadan approaches and traditions of feasts begin, a new Indian restaurant in town offers an exciting twist. Situated on the first floor of Seef Mall, The Yellow Chilli celebrates its first Ramadan in the Kingdom of Bahrain by welcoming everyone on the island to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine. The brains behind this successful chain is renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor. This dining venue serves traditional dishes with his contemporary twist to the recipe. Here, you will find a blend of all things conventional and all things new. In this Holy Month, they showcase this fusion in their extended buffet. With over 13 sizzling hot preparations and around seven cold ones to choose from, every guest is guaranteed to be spoilt for choice. If you couldn’t make it here in time for Iftar, feel free to surf their extensive à la carte menu from which you can order from 8pm onwards. The shaam savera, which literally translates to ‘dusk and dawn’, is a signature dish of the popular chef. From curries to stir-fries and breads to rice dishes, this sanctuary of Indian fare excels in all. Diners are known to come back here on a regular basis for the real taste of India, in a family-friendly setting. For those who would like to add some punch to their meal, visit this modernistic restaurant; let it be the beginning of many feasts to remember. The mastermind The best-selling author of over 56 cookery books and the charismatic television host of the award-winning Khana Khazana, a cookery show; Sanjeev Kapoor does not find it too hard to share his passion for food. He even owns a popular brand of pickles, masalas and ready-to-eat mixes; a life-saver for those in the kitchen. Kapoor admits that the idea of this restaurant came to him from the streets of Meerut, where his grandparents used to live. “It was there that I chanced upon the ‘yellow chilli’. I was astonished to find a masala based dish on it being used in the preparation of savoury snacks. This special mix added that extra zing and resulted in a confluence of flavours, aromas and colours,” he says. E Call 17 580-480.
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diningramadan MÖVENPICK HOTEL
An Elegant Occasion
RAMADA HOTEL BAHRAIN
Something for Everyone Appropriate for every mood and budget, the perfect Ramadan evening is within reach so you can break your fast when and where you please.
Blending the old and the new is commonplace at this luxury Swiss hotel where Ramadan will be celebrated in style every night. Bridging the gap between modernity and tradition, Mövenpick Hotel has built a contemporary glass tent especially designed for the Holy Month of Ramadan. Able to accommodate up to 120 people and divided into a smoking and non-smoking section, this tent provides a timeless setting for guests to savour Iftar from prayer time until 10pm every night. The sumptuous and truly Arabic décor creates an enticing and relaxing atmosphere where you can listen to traditional live oud music while enjoying a game of cards, chess or dominoes. Guests seated in the smoking section will be able to choose their favourite shisha flavour throughout the evening while nonsmokers will be pleased by the adequate ventilation as they enjoy a great meal. Unwilling to compromise on the integrity of the dishes offered, the hotel’s Iftar buffet will encompass traditional Middle Eastern cuisine from the starters and drinks to the main course and desserts. Here you will find harees, quzi, madhrooba, thereed and kunafa all for BD 12.5++ per person. Priding itself in offering a plethora of choices, Mövenpick presents two separate options for Ghagba. Guests can dine on customary fish dishes as part of the à la carte menu or choose the Ghabqa buffet instead. For a little touch of glamour during Eid, head over to the reopening of Flamingo Bar and Silk’s restaurant, both of which will undergo refurbishment during Ramadan. E Call 17 460-000. Brighten up your Ramadan evenings with a visit to Ramada Hotel Bahrain where the various venues offer a number of options to choose from. For a quick pick-me-up, visit the Lobby Café and taste the delightful pastries and light snacks on offer after sunset throughout Ramadan. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy a peaceful vibe this season, then the award-winning Le Jardin restaurant may be the place for you. With a delectable array of dishes cooked to perfection, starting from sunset until 8pm daily, this venue offers a lavish buffet comprising a wide range of traditional Oriental hot and cold dishes. Classic salads, desserts and customary hot and cold refreshments will ensure that the hotel’s Iftar buffet is surely appeal to those seeking authentic fare.On the other hand, Le Rendezvous is the place to be for personalised service and a private atmosphere. It can also accommodate up to 30 of your closest friends and family with round table set-up for Iftar gatherings. To break your fast in the comfort of your own home but without the hassle of preparing, call on Ramada’s professional catering team to create an Arabian feast for you. Eid celebrations Your senses will be overwhelmed on the first day of Eid when The Exchange Restaurant & Pub reopens with a new live band and the Lobby Café starts serving its delicious selection of Eid cakes from 11 August onwards. E Call 17 742-000.
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themenights Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant A romantic night out? Your meal includes a bottle of wine. E Call 17 716-999.
Venue? La Cascada, Elite Crystal Hotel Add spice to your weekend with Texas BBQ and Latino flavours. E Call 17 531-122.
Venue? It’s Mirchi, Ramee International Try the Mirchi platter with the most succulent kababs. E Call 38 381-615.
Theme? Couples night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant Tucked within Budaiya, this venue is bound to impress. E Call 17 593-593.
Theme? Smokes and Grills Venue? La Brasserie Restaurant, Elite Resort and Spa Dining by the pool sounds good, doesn’t it? Load up on barbecues. E Call 17 313-326.
Theme? Lunch Buffet Venue? Fareast Seafood Market, Ramee International There isn’t better news for a true gourmand than a lobster promotion. E Call 36 359-548.
sunday Theme? Tandoori Night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel Let the exotic flavours take over. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Indian Night Venue? Skyw@lk Café, Marriott Apartments Spice up your taste buds with their mouth watering Indian buffet. E Call 17 363-999. Theme? BBQ Night Venue? Mövenpick Indulge in a wide selection of fine meats including the churrasco. E Call 17 460-000. Theme? Sizzling Sirloin Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant It’s time you found out why their steaks are so popular. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Italian Night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant It’s everyone’s favourite cuisine. It’ll soon be your favourite venue. E Call 17 593-593.
Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Sushi, prawns, lobster, oysters — seafood buffet at its best. E Call 17 460-000. Theme? Moules et frites Night Venue? Camelot You know their wines are great; now try their mussels and fries. E Call 17 717-745.
Theme? Sushi Night Venue? La Cascada, Elite Crystal Restaurant Pick up those chopsticks; dig into the chef's specials. E Call 17 360-360.
Theme? Family Day Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant Searching for a place to dine out with the kids? Look no further. E Call 17 716-999.
Theme? Italian Night Venue? Medzo, InterContinental Regency Delight your palate with their unlimited antipasti buffet. E Call 17 227-777.
Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Brenigan’s Restaurant It might be far from the city; but it’s well worth the visit. E Call 17 593-593.
Theme? Italian Night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Eat as much as you like of any kind of fresh pasta and pizza. E Call 17 460-000.
Theme? Sushi Night Venue? Cocoon Lounge Sample one of eight fresh, sumptuous platters of sushi. E Call 17 827-600.
Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Are you in love with seafood? So are they and they’ve got it all. E Call 17 535-000.
Theme? Sunday Roasts Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel Who knew they were open for lunch? We’re enthused! E Call 17 713-000.
Theme? Italian Night Venue? Skyw@lk Café, Marriott Executive Enjoy their “La Famosa Notte Italiana” with delicious food. E Call 17 363-999
Theme? Wine Fest Venue? Block 338 Pay BD9++ and get swigging from 7-11pm. E Call 17 710-338.
Theme? Suds USA Creole Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Check out how the Louisiana cuisine is a blend of influences. E Call 17 535-000.
monday Theme? Curry Club Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel Every week they cook up a curry from different parts of the world. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Seafood Night
Theme? Steak Night Venue? La Mosaique Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Choose any cut you like and have it cooked to perfection. E Call 17 531-122.
Theme? Legendary Degustation Venue? Legendz, InterContinental Regency Using the finest ingredients, they offer a lavish five-course menu. E Call 17 227-777. Theme? The Grape Escape Venue? Camelot Wine tasting has never been more entertaining than it is here. E Call 17 717-745. Theme? Jumbo Skewers Venue? Klouds, The K Hotel Get jumbo-sized skewers, a side dish and fresh salad at BD12++. E Call 17 360-000. Theme? Couples Night
Theme? Italian Night Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant A true foodie can’t have enough pasta; especially from here. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Barbeque Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand A live BBQ counter boasts meat and seafood done to perfection. E Call 17 584-400. Theme? Butcher's night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel If you just can't have enough meat, join them for dinner. E Call 17 713-000.
Theme? Seafood Night Venue? La Mosaique Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Eat the freshest catch cooked any way you like. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Klouds, The K Hotel Fill up on your favourites from the sea at BD12++. E Call 17 360-000. Theme? The Game Is On Venue? Legendz, InterContinental Regency Try out game dishes from around the world at BD28++. E Call 17 227-777. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Rimal, Al Areen Palace and Spa Experience a unique culinary excursion across the seven seas. E Call 17 845-000. Theme? Great American BBQ Venue? Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant, Golden Tulip Whether you like it medium or rare, it will be there! E Call 17 535-000. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant We love their grilled hammour. The mixed platter is a must-have. E Call 17 716-999. Theme? Seafood Night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel You can’t have enough fish in a day — nor crabs or clams. E Call 17 713-000.
friday Theme? Fish on a Friday Venue? Sherlock Holmes, Gulf Hotel They’re going back to the British tradition with interesting menus. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Dinner Buffet
Theme? Sizzling Night Venue? Al Waha, Gulf Hotel If it sizzles, it is definitely delicious. Eat till your belly bursts. E Call 17 713-000. Theme? Carvery Feast Venue? Links, Royal Golf Club Enjoy a classic roast carvery buffet with all the trimmings. E Call 17 750-777. Theme? All Day Breakfast Venue? Camelot Eggs made the way you love them; home-made waffles and more. E Call 17 717-745.
saturday Theme? Sushi Fest Venue? Mo Kan Restaurant, The K Hotel Pamper your palate and taste a great selection of sushi at half price. E Call 17 360-000 or 39 162-139. Theme? Fish Market Venue? La Mer, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq What's your catch of the day? Have it prepared your way. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? Special Breakfast Venue? Rayes, Coral Bay They offer a unique spread with sweets and oven-fresh specialties. E Call 39 777-701. Theme? Saturday Brunch Venue? Sizzler’s Restaurant Overslept on Friday? Worry not. Try the brunch here. E Call 17 716-999.
Theme? Flavours of the Orient Venue? MoKan, The K Hotel Get a cup of sake, miso soup and seafood tempura at BD16++. E Call 17 360-000.
thursday Theme? Steak Night Venue? Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Stick a fork in juicy Angus steaks and scrumptious salads. E Call 17 460-000. Theme? Tex-mex Night
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Laurice Birthday Party Laurice celebrated her birthday with a number of friends at her residence in Budaiya
Laurice & Giselle
Michaela, Gokci, Diana & Max
Karine, Nick, Lyn, Laurice, Arthur, Zeina & Nizar
Janet, Inaie, Jane & Shafeeka
Inaie & Ana
Anil & Priya
Jacquelyn, Peter & Nestle
Annelieke & Dhofar
Belmiro & Flavio
Greg & Laurice
SKAL Club Dinner The SKAL Club hosted a dinner reception at the Cucino Italina Restaurant, Al Safir Hotel, Juffair
Jano, Zaina, Fares & Abdulla
Gisele, Hameed Al Halwachi, Siham & Noor
Khamis, Mirza & Fuad Sadiq, Fuad, Samir, Safia & Jeannie
Mohammed Nass, R.K. Sharma & Anuradha
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Hameed & Tamer
David & Salah
Yousif, Hisham & Julie
Mr Maskati & Khalil
restaurantlisting American Bennigan’s Burger Lounge Burger Wisconsin Chili House Chili’s Franks a Lot Fuddruckers Hard Rock Café Johnny Rockets Ric’s Kountry Kitchen Ponderosa Steak Escape T.G.I.Friday’s Tony Luke’s Tony Roma's
17 813-750 77 055-772 17 594-458 17 580-045 17 581-221 17 811-970 17 742-266 17 291-569 17 566-565 17 725-550 17 580-552 17 178-464 17 179-041 17 494-940 17 870-070
Asian Chin Li Chop-Chop Tea House Curry Country Hot Wok House Boat Kontiki Memories Mo Kan Monsoon Nu Asia Panasia Papaya Peppers Rice Bowl
17 717-717 17 178-701 17 537-555 17 178-083 16 010-321 17 525-455 17 178-646 17 360-000 17 749-222 17 587-171 17 721-600 17 697-105 17 717-808 17 179-600
Skyw@lk Café World Beat Café
17 363-999 17 612-576
European Block 338 Camelot Coco’s Cyprus Taverna Déjà Vu L’Avenue Mezzaluna Paul Café Sizzlers Zytoun
17 710-338 17 717-745 17 716-512 17 716-316 13 657-770 17 567-222 17 742-999 17 172-321 17 716-999 17 298-471
Filipino Bahay Kubo Borakay Chuckay Fast Food Flamingo Kowloon Lutong Pinoy Quick Stomach Swan Lake Tops
17 231-996 17 514-400 17 532-250 17 231-106 17 224-357 17 295-540 17 232-382 17 291-655 17 237-768 17 277-665
Fusion Fusions L’Ile
17 746-427 17 845-000
Indian Aachi’s Chettinad Kitchen 17 233-110
Nando’s Rendezvous Salad Boutique The Crepe Café Upstairs Downstairs Zoe
17 825-339 17 178-712 36 664-427 17 820-722 17 713-093 17 176-400
International (5 Star Hotel) Al Safir Al Waha Al Wasmeyyah La Med La Mosaique Olivo’s Brasserie Rimal Saraya Saveur Selections Silk’s
17 524-538 17 746-425 17 535-000 17 580-000 17 531-122 17 525-214 17 845-000 17 636-410 17 171-000 17 227-777 17 460-055
International (4 Star Hotel) Café California Café Marisol Café Sayah Chaq’s Grill Fusion Café Grand Café Il Giardino Klouds La Brasserie La Café Le Cascada Le Jardin Neyran Palm Parsia Ramee Bistro Ramee Café Red Café Savoy Café Temptations (EGH) Temptations (ESH) Tiffany’s
Thai Chi Tian Wok Yum Chow!
17 179-747 17 717-080 17 636-415 17 744-900
Brazilian Brasa de Brasil Brazil Rodizio Grill
17 582-225 17 826-686
Chinese Beijing Chinese China Express China Garden Ching Foli Hong Kong Magic Wok Shanghai Hut Soie Spice Nice
17 717-969 17 717-439 17 746-423 17 564-424 17 722-199 17 728-700 17 506-070 17 292-988 17 533-533 17 713-603
Café Restaurants Café T Camille’s Sidewalk Café Delifrance Esquires Le Bateau Le Chocolat Lina’s Café Rosa Verge
17 750-777 17 339-508 17 696-031 77 177-660 17 369-165 17 582-259 17 532-538 13 667-777
Akbar Asha’s Clay Oven Copper Chimney Curry Tree Hyderabad House It’s Mirchi Lanterns Moti Mahal Mumbai Spices Nattinpuram Nirvana Papadom Spices The Yellow Chilli
17 296-660 17 179-751 17 717-008 17 728-699 16 030-662 17 720-031 17 727-230 17 590-591 17 825-333 17 382-255 17 290-600 17 589-318 17 564-434 17 531-122 17 580-480
Indian/Pakistani B-B-Q Delights Chutney’s
17 564-282 17 591-259
International East West Cuisine Flair Healthy Calorie Jim’s Restaurant La Fontaine Links Little Chef/Wholesale Mei n Yu Muju
17 210-012 17 212-900 17 369-399 17 710-654 17 230-123 17 751-262 17 595-950 16 010-160 16 039-800
Arirang Da Rae Jung
17 290-945 17 002-490
17 826-001 17 701-201 17 224-000 17 290-555 17 811-688 17 727-230 17 583-388 17 360-000 17 313-333 17 810-555 17 360-360 17 742-000 17 584-400 17 296-699 17 814-777 17 290-600 17 297-000 17 296-660 17 827-999 17 565-888 17 558-888 17 716-999
Abd El Wahab Al Areesha Al Arz Al Hamra Palace Beyroute Café Blanc Carla’s Lebanese Bistro Leila L’Sultan Mashawi Lebanese Grill Qasr Al Sultan Grill Rayés Saj Express Shoo Fee Ma Fee Yamin Jana Zahle Zayt Zaytoon
17 524-579 17 369-269 17 811-511 17 580-600 17 746-431 17 555-989
Al Abraaj Al-Bokhari Leewan Al Khor
17 178-090 17 311-186 16 010-666
Melh Alzad Taza
17 311-170 17 784-997
17 311-111 17 725-414 17 296-660 17 224-000 17 280-111 17 100-069 17 697-687 17 711-772 17 567-222 17 506-070 17 179-500 17 312-700 17 365-055 17 311-280 16 033-800 17 746-417 17 312-222
Mexican Casa Mexicana Margarita Mexicana Senor Paco’s
17 715-521 17 746-462 17 725-873
Iranian Golestan Isfahani Parsian Persian Garden Takht Jamsheed Tehran Grill
Totally Fish Waves
17 179-757 17 531-122
Shawarma Shawarma Express Zahlawiya
17 729-922 17 710-051
Steak Houses Klouds Le Relais De Venise Legendz Plums The Butcher Shop & Grill The Meat Co
17 360-000 17 567-222 17 227-777 17 580-000 17 172-323 17 742-080
Thai Baan Saeng Thai Banana Leaf Hash House Lanna Thai Muay Thai Orchid Thai Royal Thai Shada Thai Express Thailand Wang Thai
17 715-775 17 744-171 17 715-094 17 593-940 77 040-454 17 312-006 17 746-421 17 721-155 17 506-070 17 717-040 17 710-771
Turkish Anatolia Iskenderun Grill Kosebasi
17 690-601 17 292-950 17 172-322
Italian Bice Ristorante Café Italia Caffe Spasso Carino’s Italian Grill Castello Cico’s Ciro’s Pomodoro Cucina Italiana Fiamma Gusto Italiano Justapasta La Pergola La Taverna Medzo Mia Mia Mino’s Pizzeria Mondo Nino Oliveto Pastarito Ristoranti Prego Primavera Roma Romano’s Macaroni Grill Vapiano Veneto
17 533-666 17 744-774 17 822-274 17 587-878 17 697-552 17 713-710 17 534-567 17 001-317 17 636-363 17 695-556 17 581-919 17 506-070 17 746-419 17 229-979 17 227-777 17 564-414 17 744-777 17 525-484 17 566-555 17 716-747 17 179-300 17 751-263 17 580-000 17 725-885 17 723-818 17 491-391 17 680-967
Japanese Bushido Edo Frangipani Fuji Sushi Bar Hakisushi Kei Maki Mirai Sato Sugoi Sumo Sushi & Bento Sushi 101 Yo! Sushi
17 583-555 17 290-945 17 582-422 17 533-336 17 725-638 17 533-450 17 522-733 17 713-113 17 746-429 17 178-084 17 718-090 17 822-274 17 583-373
Moroccan Momo Le Marrakech
17 180-659 17 003-273
Pizza Domino's Little Caesars Margherita Pizza and Pasta Metro Pizza Papa John’s Pick a Pizza Pizza Express Pizza Hut Pizza Inn Pizzabella The Pizza Company
17 826-222 17 179-400 17 723-133 17 794-000 17 581-516 17 720-929 17 742-299 17 711-113 17 811-666 17 827-133 17 811-830 17 586-555
Seafood Afandi Far East Seafood Market Fish Market La Marine La Mer La Perle Seafood Market
17 506-070 17 713-778 17 257-778 17 506-070 17 587-828 17 241-111 17 131-414 17 178-084 17 243-115 17 727-887 17 711-111 17 717-542 17 178-436 17 221-722 17 161-716 17 714-972
Eating Out listings
Polynesian Trader Vic’s
Quick Service Restaurants Burger King Burgerland Chickey’s DQ Grill & Chill Elevation Burger EZ Take out Burger Fatburger Hardee’s Herfy Jasmi’s Kentucky Fried Chicken Kudu New York Fries McDonald’s Pollo Campero Tasty Bite
17 849-111 17 727-230 17 701-201 17 595-775 17 636-411 17 298-008 17 533-336
Note: Whilst every effort is made to cover all leading restaurant outlets in Bahrain, the details listed are based upon replies to our survey. BTM cannot accept any responsibility or liability for inaccurate information: we recommend you check with the restaurant to reconfirm their listing.
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Latin Quarter Nights The Latin Quarter at Par's International Hotel in Juffair was the place to be to enjoy an evening of some cool Latino music and dancing
Uday, right, with Latin Quarter staff members
Adel, Wilson & Andrez
Jeanet & Alejandra
Talatino & Ralvca
Ricardo & Sandra
Magnolia & Larry
Martha, Miguel, Gustavo, Ximena, Fernando, Magnolia, Larry, Rosanna, Nora, Sarbeth & Rey
Alejandra & Alex
Barbara & Walter
Fete De La Musique At Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa hosted a reception to celebrate the world wide festival the FĂŞte de la Musique, also known as World Music Day. A number of guests enjoyed live entertainment and dancing, while enjoying a wide range of culinary delights. The FĂŞte de la Musique was held at the hotel's Tapas Bar
Abdul Latif, Bert Plas & Fulya
Mirna, Jassim Al Zayani, Fulya, HE Vichai Varasirikul, Thai Ambassador, Khalid Al Zayani & Bert Plas
Silvia, Jessica, Julia & Christian
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Sousan, Randy & Rajaa
Elly, Helen, Debbie, Bert & Robert
Ahmed & Amani
Rob & Di
George & Maya
afterdarkthismonth When? July 11-13 | Event? 13th Anniversary | Venue? JJ’s Irish
Lucky Number 13! Elma Bartholomew Thirteen years since its opening and this Irish pub is yet to find competition of any kind. Be a part of the matchless entertainment and unlimited fun all weekend long. It’s their 13th birthday and JJ’s Irish Restaurant and Pub invite you to join them for a weekend-long extravaganza. That’s right, this is your chance to be amidst the best birthday bash in town; and you don’t even need to bring a present! Tag your friends and family along though and get ready to have the time of your lives. For all you know, under their roof, the luck of the Irish might come upon you on Friday the 13th. Pick up your JJ’s promotion cards to be stamped with every purchase for your chance to win a special prize. The agenda JJ’s Irish is popular for going all out when it comes to partying. It is, therefore, no surprise that they celebrate their anniversary over a span of three days starting from July 11. This is your night to be a rock star, just like everyone else. Join in-house DJ Mick and resident band The Noise as they summon up the world of classic rock. A night of rock and roll demands one thing — dress the part! Along comes the weekend and with it a spell of madness. On July 12, expect nothing but old school tunes. Think disco when Also this month
you open your wardrobe on this night. They have got two words for you — Likwd Reunion. With a special appearance from Mr K aside from other guest artists, the walls of this venue will be pounding with the best of house, disco and techno. Come Friday and they celebrate in style. We hope you know to dodge the paparazzi because July 13 marks JJ’s red carpet event. The music starts thumping a little early tonight as they play a twist on their after-brunch party. Gents, be armed in your suits and boots as the ladies are going to look ravishing tonight. Yes girls, this is the night to flaunt that fine dress and those pricey heels while you dance to the hit tracks from your favourite movies. As they celebrate being one of the best nights out for over a decade, they give you the gift of free entry on all three nights. The entertainment The Noise consists of a powerful quartet, namely Josephine on the vocals, James joining her with the guitar, Elliot on drums and Ben adding the bass. Their ever expanding and developing set keeps things fresh and up-to-date. Enjoyed by any age and audience, their enthusiasm is infectious and it is impossible to watch or listen to them without getting up and dancing, which is exactly what you go here for after all.
JJ’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
When? July 3 Event? Grand final Venue? Bedrock, Ramee California Find out who will be Miss Bedrock. E Call 39 516-882. When? July 5 Event? Theme Night Venue? Wrangler, Juffair Grand Hotel Step back in time for a night of retro classics. E Call 17 827-600. When? July 5 Event? Theme night Venue? Rocky’s Café, Ramee International James Bond Night will have you reaching for a martini. E Call 39 516-882. When? July 6 Event? Beach Party Venue? Amwaj Back and better than before. E Call 37 339-936.
E Call 39 329-083.
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afterdarkhappenings When? July 6 Event? Theme night Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Watch Cache Superstar and DJ Johnny Bailo play live. E Call 17 826-001. When? July 11-13 Event? Anniversary Venue? JJ’s Irish Join in the celebrations for this long weekend birthday extravaganza. E Call 17 717-370. When? July 12 Event? Costume Party Venue? Bedrock, Ramee California An Electro Funk Costume Party to remember. E Call 39 516-882. When? July 19 Event? Anniversary Venue? Cocoon Lounge, Juffair Grand Hotel Celebrate five years of great entertainment. E Call 17 827-600.
Be the Life of the Party As the temperature rises, so does our need to cool down with good food and a great party. Things might be winding down on the island but the hotspots are still burning up. Some things are simply too good to only do once. Candee Beach Bahrain returns to Amwaj Marina on July 6, from 3pm-10pm. The addition of an air-conditioned tent and tavern will let you escape the heat for some refreshment. Legendary international DJ Joshua Roberts will be headlining the event to get the crowd moving. If you want to celebrate the summer inside, then stop by Club Buffalo at Ramee California for the Kings of Neon Summer Glow Party on July 6. Dance to live band Cache Superstar and DJ Johnny Bailo as they play all night. Take advantage of unlimited regular spirits with mixers, bottled beer and draught beer for BD15 or enjoy a three-course dinner menu at BD8 with one free drink.
Theme nights Get back to the roots of hip-hop and R&B at Wranglers on July 5. They’ll be playing the retro classics that always get you out on the dance floor. If you prefer your martinis shaken and not stirred, then the James Bond Night at Rocky’s Café on July 5 is for you. Enjoy free entry for couples and ladies with unlimited selected drinks for BD20. For something a little bit different, try Bedrock on July 12 for an Electro Funk Costume Party. Dress up in your best party monster costume and you might even win a door prize. For BD15, you can enjoy unlimited regular spirits with mixers, bottled beer and draught beer.
Akon Tribute At Club Buffalo An Akon tribute show called the A'KONvict project was held at Club Buffalo at the Ramee California Hotel, Juffair
Vikan as Akon
Antony, Akon & Naveen
Nick, Elma, Antony & Vijith
Basim, Binoy & Rajeev
Henning, Bjorn, Romano, Julia, David & Riad
Akon & Sandeep
Jerry & Brandy
Nancy, Nicola & Miho
Mia, Elgie & Dee
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Norma, Lavinia & Andrew
Ramone, Remi & Ryan
Akon & Sanal
RAMEE CALIFORNIA HOTEL
Lights Out Don’t miss out on the last of the parties until Eid. Two venues are kicking it with back-to-back events. Winding up the after dark scene with a bang before Ramadan at their happening venue is Club Buffalo. Patrons of this nightclub know that it’s all about the pomp and show here. Kings of Neon are back in this party hub to show people a good time. Adding to the buzz is the fact that this is a glow party. Yes, it’s time to don those glowing bracelets, earrings and necklaces and wave those glow sticks in tune to the music. Head over to the counter to get your dose of glowing face paint, hair gel, eye glasses and more toys to make the most of this summer fiesta. The black lights remain on all night; so remember to wear your flashiest whites or anything fluorescent. Drink all you can at BD15. At BD10, you can eat until your belly bursts. Ladies, you’re in for a ride because they’ve got a special drinks package for you. Drink as much as you can from their range of selected beverages at BD3. E Call 33 731-000. Bedrock Slipping on your party wear is over-rated, especially when this pre-historic themed venue sees the return of the Electro-funk Costume Party on July 12. Unleash your inner monster. You are only limited by your imagination. If you’ve nailed the ‘party animal’ look, you will walk away with exciting prizes. Setting the dance floor on fire with a night of trance are resident DJs Jett Suarez and Nader PLboyAY. Guys better try to make it here before 11pm, or you’ll be charged an entry fee. Drink up at BD15. E Call 36 471-982.
Another year of remarkable parties is drawing to a close and an Irish hub of entertainment is going to make sure it ends on a high note.
Continuing the tradition, resident Canadian band, Hot Beats, will host the third edition of Dublin’s Got Talent on July 5. With contestants hand-picked from the regular Saturday Jam Nights, the competition will be fierce to see who can take current champion James’ title. The winner of last year’s Evolver edition of the talent hunt will be tough to beat, but there is plenty of new talent sensing a prospect of victory. Be sure to head over and see the latest generation of stars that Dublin has uncovered over the past five months. Birthday bonanza On July 12, it’s the annual big birthday bash, a celebration for all those who have a birthday during the month of Ramadan. With birthday cake and bubbly for all celebrants, it is guaranteed to be
an evening of unrivalled entertainment and first class fun. Hot Beats will provide live entertainment cranking out top notch tunes from current chart hits to past classics, with DJ Conny behind the decks spinning all the latest dance floor fillers. Add in the likelihood that this will be the final Thursday of the season and you have all the ingredients for a night to remember. Regular weekly promotions here include daily happy hours from 5-9pm, with a 20 per cent discount on all food and beverages. Order any prime steak from the menu, including the succulent fillet mignon or the tender 14 oz T-bone and get a free glass of house beverage. Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, it is ladies’ night. Get free, unlimited beverages from the Citrus Chic menu from 9pm. E Call 39 736-547 or visit www.Facebook.com/Dublin Club Bahrain.
RAMEE PALACE HOTEL
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afterdarkthemenights Theme? Bubblicious Venue? Klub 360, Elite Crystal Hotel Win complimentary champagne with every premium bottle. E Call 33 360-300.
Theme? Double-up Tuesdays Venue? JJ’s Irish Make your drink, spirit or mixer, a double for only BD1 extra. E Call 17 717-370.
Theme? Mussels and Fries Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq If you love seafood, you know you just can;t have enough mussels. E Call 17 636-363.
Theme? Cocktail Night Venue? C Club Sports Bar, Golden Tulip Fall in love with the innovative concoctions here. Buy one; get another free. E Call 17 535-000.
Theme? The K-Factor Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Join them for Karaoke night; ladies get free drinks. E Call 17 810-555.
sunday Theme? Spanish Tapas Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Drink up a Spanish beverage served with a selection of tapas. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? FBI Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza It’s half the price for all in the food and beverage industry. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? The Generation Game Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Spin the wheel; hear tracks from the decade it lands on. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Guitar Hero Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Your chance to be a rock star; get on stage, prove yourself E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Lucky Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Choose a colour; win free drinks all night. E Call 17 584-400. Theme? Beer Night Venue? Rocky's Café, Ramee International Hotel Get any draft of international beer at just BD2. E Call 39 413-677. Theme? Fizzy Sunday Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Get international beer for just BD2 from 9pm until midnight. E Call 17 826-001. Theme? Quiz Night Venue? JJ's Irish Win great prizes for each round. Are you smarter than a DJ? E Call 17 717-370.
monday Theme? Snapshot Night Venue? Dublin, Ramee Palace Get selected shots and shooters at half price all night. E Call 39 736-547.
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Theme? Mis-Sense Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva A twist to karaoke, jam live on stage with the band. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Shooters Night Venue? Rocky's Café, Ramee Int'l Hotel Keep the jagermeisters and sambucas coming at BD2. E Call 39 413-677. Theme? Microphone Madness Venue? JJ’s Irish Get in the spotlight and relish in your four minutes of fame. E Call 17 717-370. Theme? Shooters and Shots Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Down jagerbombs and Sambucas at BD2 all night long. E Call 17 826-001. Theme? Monday Martinis Venue? Shift 7, Elite Resort & Spa Load up on the martinis at just BD2 each. E Call 17 313-333.
tuesday Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza It’s all about music and cocktails; buy one, get one free. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? Tijuana Tuesday Venue? Dublin, Ramee Palace Get selected tequila at half the price all night long. E Call 39 736-547. Theme? Shooters Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Get free shots for every alcoholic beverage you buy. E Call 17 584-400. Theme? Couples’ Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International The lady is welcomed with a drink. Buy two, get one free. E Call 17 814-777.
Theme? Wine tasting Venue? Vintage Wine Bar, Gulf Hotel Introducing table-side wine tastings accompanied by canapés. E Call 17 746-461. Theme? Paella Party Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Take a trip to Spain with one bite of the authentic Valencian dish. E Call 17 636-363.
wednesday Theme? Oysters and Chablis Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Wash down all those exotic flavours with some dry white wine. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? Pitcher Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza At their price, there’s no stopping at one pitcher tonight. E Call 17 531-122. Theme? Quiz Night Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Ladies receive five Kicks pounds at the door to redeem five drinks. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Cocktail Night Venue? Zodiac Lounge, Elite Grand "Another round here" is all you can hear tonight. E Call 17 565-888. Theme? Dollar Giveaway Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Present five DC dollars to get five selected drinks from 8pm-1am. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? FBI Wednesday Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hit their Facebook page for details on this new theme night. E Call 17 826-001.
Theme? Mad Wall Street Night Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Unbelievable prices for drinks during the band’s intermissions. E Call 17 227-777.
thursday Theme? Latino Night Venue? Block 338 Latin Soul performs from 9pm2am with a touch of the Arabian. E Call 17 710-338. Theme? Latino Night Venue? Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq At BD15++, you'll find all things hispanic here from 7-11pm. E Call 17 636-363. Theme? Double Trouble Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva Enjoy doubles for the price of singles. E Call 17 810-555. Theme? Cocktail night Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Begin the weekend with freshly made cocktails from 5pm-10pm. E Call 17 810-555.
Theme? Mexican Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International Get tequilas and margaritas at low prices. You’ll be asking for more. E Call 17 814-777. Theme? Karaoke night Venue? Champs, Best Western Sure it’s a sports bars; but singing isn’t an evil. Or is it? E Call 17 827-600. Theme? Beer fest Venue? Karma lounge, Coral Bay Poolside parties don’t get better than with DJ Miled. E Call 39 777-701.
Theme? Hawaiian Night Venue? Boomers, Pars International Dance to the live performance by Simple Notes. E Call 17 814-777.
Theme? The Friday Affair Venue? Club Buffalo, Ramee California DJ Johnny and resident band Deluxe keep you dancing all night. E Call 17 826-001.
Theme? Cuban Night Venue? Latin Quarter, Pars International Ladies get unlimited mojitos on the house till midnight. E Call 17 814-777.
Theme? Crazy Crew Night Venue? Downtown, InterContinental Regency Flash your crew ID; get 50 per cent off your drinks from 9pm. E Call 17 227-777.
Theme? Art.Haus Venue? JJ’s Music Hall It's always been about music at this venue. Find out why. E Call 17 717-370. Theme? Temptations Night Venue? Déjà Vu Lounge Listen to the best of R&B and hip-hop tonight. E Call 13 657-770.
Theme? Rehab Venue? Bora Bora, Elite Crystal Hotel Step into a lush oasis for the most lavish pool party in town. E Call 36 147-779.
saturday Theme? Latin Night Venue? Muju, Dragon Hotel & Resort They combine a one-hour dance class with a spicy fiesta. E Call 16 031-111.
Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Kicks, Hotel Diva We hear they’re serving a brunch to die for. The singing begins at 5pm. E Call 17 810-555.
Theme? Karaoke Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza Buy one cocktail of your choice; get a second absolutely free. E Call 17 531-122.
Theme? Jammers Night Venue? Harvesters Pub, Crowne Plaza Guests get the chance to jam with the live band. E Call 17 531-122.
Theme? Drink All You Can Venue? Zodiac Lounge, Elite Grand It's unlimited selected beverages tonight at BD10. E Call 17 565-888.
Theme? Fabulous Fridays Venue? Davy Crockett’s, Hotel Diva Wait for the sound of the klaxon when prices dive to just BD1. E Call 17 810-555.
Theme? Salsa Night Venue? Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Put your dancing shoes on for their Latino dance classes. E Call 17 584-400.
venuelisting Bar Boomers Champs Diggers Enigma Fiddlers Green Maguire’s Moodz Club
17 814-777 17 827-600 17 224-000 17 297-000 17 525-263 17 716-999 17 849-111
Disco Bedrock Club Euphoria Tabasco Charlie’s Twister
17 826-001 17 727-230 17 224-242 17 296-660
Paul Yates & Stephen Harrison Joint Birthday Party Paul Yates & Stephen Harrison hosted a joint birthday party for a number of their friends by the Hala Garden/Lamees Compound poolside in Saar
Birthday boys, Paul & Stephen
Paul, Paul, Erica, Lee & Monya
Lounge Bar Amber Bar An Nada Barcode Boudoir Lounge Brazil Lounge Burlington Club Bushido Casa Bar Champions Lounge Cocoon Lounge Déjà Vu Downtown Flamingo Bar It’s Trendy L’Bar Latin Quarter Le Bellevue Muju Shift7 Tapas Bar The Boatyard Bar Trader Vic’s Typhoon Vintage Wine Bar Zodiac Lounge
17 636-419 17 533-533 17 229-179 17 171-222 36 161-650 17 580-000 17 583-555 17 584-400 17 360-000 17 827-600 13 657-770 17 227-777 17 460-056 17 727-230 17 567-222 17 814-777 17 298-008 16 039-800 17 313-333 17 636-363 17 701-201 17 586-555 17 746-395 17 746-461 17 565-888
Stephen & Lucy
Thomas, Chris & Jill
Dirk, Rachel, Shaunn & Martin
Rachel, Johnny & Buffy
John, Helen & Kat
Roger, Romj & Whistler
Steve & Austin
Kat, Sara & Louise
Night Club Glamour Lounge Klub 360 Tempo VIP Club Wrangler Z Club
17 827-999 33 360-300 17 296-699 17 365-999 17 827-600 17 814-777 Martin, Lee & Andy
Pub Restaurant Club Buffalo Club F1 Davy Crockett’s Dublin Harvesters Henry’s Café JJ’s Irish Kicks Rocky's Café Sherlock Holmes The Exchange The K Lounge The Warbler
17 826-001 17 296-464 17 810-555 17 811-688 17 531-122 17 716-999 17 742-323 17 810-555 17 727-230 17 712-450 17 742-000 17 360-000 17 290-600
Mike & Julia
Rhona & Greg
Lisa, Gayle, Jo & Lucy
Collin & Mark
Chris & Anthony
Cath, Godson, Ying & Anthony
Sports Bar Chillers C. Club Corners Cosmo Lounge Legends Olympic Sports Bar Polo Lounge Tracks Sports Bar
17 296-660 17 535-000 16 031-113 17 727-230 17 826-001 17 290-600 17 725-000 17 531-122
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Where everybody shops !!! Lulu Centre Tel : 17 250 334 ♦ Juffair : 17 826 884 ♦ Muharraq : 17 343 266 ♦ Hamad Town : 17 412 563 ♦ Salmaniya Tel : 17 252 624
Ramadan is right around the corner; it’s high time to stock up on all the daily essentials without busting your budget.
The Holy Month happily brings together friends and families to enjoy tantalising traditional dishes. The Kingdom’s many supermarkets also join in on the festivities offering various discounts, promotions and deals to help everyone purchase all the necessities without ove spending. Bahrain This Month has scoured the country to make sure you know where to shop. Alosra Supermarket Alosra prides itself on the highest quality ingredients in addition to many organic products; it’s gearing up for the festive spirit by baking thematic cakes, cookies and other delicious treats plus keep your eyes peeled for daily promotions and offers. E Call 16 033-773. Carrefour Since its opening in 2008, Carrefour has delivered time and again with its amazing summer promotions. For Ramadan, the store is going all out to ensure customers receive the best deals in town. Fresh veggies, meat, poultry and a host of Ramadan-themed baked goods will all be specially priced. E Call 17 172-222. Geant Hypermarket Essential cooking products and ingredients will be at amazingly low prices at Geant to encourage you to get cooking. Make sure you have everything you need well in advance to guarantee
delicious family dinners for breaking your fast. The hypermarket boasts all your essentials and then some with a great variety of fashion apparel and cosmetics for Eid. E Call 17 558-181. Jawad Supermarket (now Waitrose) In celebration of the Holy Month, Jawad — known for having exclusive high quality international products — will be running a host summer promotions. Choose from all of your favourite meats, fruits, cheese and baked goods at low prices to rustle up delicious Iftars every night. E Call 17 691-010 or 17 700-123. Lebanon Trade Centre First opened in 2002, the Lebanon Trade Centre is a source for fresh fruits and vegetables. Known for bringing in exotic produce, the supermarket will be having a host of unbeatable offers for the summer months. Start your grocery shopping and you could also get a chance to win a fantastic new sports car with the centre’s Ramadan raffle draw. E Call 17 683-000. Lulu Hypermarket Lulu Hypermarket has two special packages for Ramadan, the Charity Voucher and Hamper. The voucher will be available at BD5, BD10 and BD20 allowing customers to gift needy families, who can then use them to purchase Ramadan essentials at great prices. The hypermarket’s ready-to-go hampers offer shoppers a quick way to get all your cooking necessities. E Call 17 553-555.
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reportsupermarkets Megamart Megamart is not only running fantastic offers on food items but will have new arrivals of clothing and accessories for Eid celebrations. The supermarket is also running a special promotion package of all your essentials before the month of fasting begins so you can get a head start. E Call 17 250-334 (Manama) or 17 826-884 (Juffair). Midway Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Midway is going all out this Ramadan with four unique package offers. The four packages all include around eight to 10 Ramadan cooking essentials priced at BD7, 10, 15 and 20. Shoppers can also win vouchers for BD5, 10 and 20. If you are a beginner in the kitchen, don’t miss the variety of cookbooks that feature easy to make traditional Arabic dishes. E Call 17 732-220.
Organic Foods and Café Health fanatics need not fret as Organic Foods and Café have you covered for Ramadan. Opt for organic ingredients to make your traditional Bahraini dishes a little more forgiving on your waistline. Recipes for healthier alternatives will also be available along with ready made dishes to break your fast. E Call 13 333-285. Waitrose The UK-based supermarket which first opened last year has already made a name for itself for bringing in only the best quality food items. From fresh and frozen foods, groceries, delicatessen, cheese, fish, meat, patisserie and hot food counters, Waitrose offers unique ingredients to make your Ramadan meals all the more special. E Call 17 324-060.
Brian Kennedy Concert Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy will perform live at the Gulf Hotel last month. The concert was organised by the Bahrain Irish Society (BIS), and also featured a buffet dinner. Kennedy made his name as a backing singer for legendary artist and fellow countryman Van Morrison before gaining success as a solo artist in his own right
David, Josie, Lorraine, James & Danielle
Roger, Karen, Robyn, Judy, Heather & Greg
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Brian & the Bahrain Irish Society
Tracey, Tina & Robyn
Tony, Ashling, Siobhan & Simon
Birthday boy Efce & Maria
Sinead, Naomi & Majella
Owen & Aoife
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For more information or purchase of Ramadan Charity Basket and Gift Vouchers, please contact
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Reassured Quality Special offers and Ramadan discounts everyday on different products will allow you to save as you shop this summer!
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Summer promotions and sales are in abundance this year especially with Ramadan right around the corner. Lulu hypermarketâ€™s food and grocery section will be wellstocked with all of the essentials to make your long days of fasting more convenient. To keep your grocery shopping within the budget, Lulu will be having all kinds of products on promotion with special discounts everyday on different products. The busy family is highly considered this year, with on-thego freshly prepared Iftaar kits available at the Hot Foods section. Also, why not treat your kids to a cooling serve of jellies, trifles and dainty cupcakes from the bakery? Shoppers can even take their pick of the extensive ice-cream section and healthy dairy products. From fresh milk to Laban and Labneh as well as cheese and butter for those much-loved pasta and continental treats. Donâ€™t miss the conveniently located area where dates, juice and sweets will be served to customers who are in the store at sunset, to break their fast throughout the holy month. With a dedicated team of professionals responsible for maintaining the highest standards throughout the stores, Lulu Hypermarket boasts some of the best practices with regard to hygiene, food safety, waste disposal and quality control.
Unbeatable offers To assist in your Ramadan, the hypermarket has also designed a unique range of services, which celebrate the spirit of giving and the joy of the holy month. To support the spirit of charity and benevolence, Lulu has created a special charity voucher and hamper. The special shopping feature of the charity voucher will be available in denominations of BD5, BD10 and BD20. This allows customers to gift to needy families who can then cash it themselves at the hypermarket, tailoring their shopping to specific needs. The vouchers can also be used to purchase ready-to-go Ramadan hampers that contain the essential requirements for a nutritious Iftar meal. Available in denominations from BD5 to BD100, Lulu is offering a delivery service for the hampers at any location in the Kingdom as part of their customer service. If the need is for specific food items, shoppers can customise the hampers to suit their desire. Of course, the biggest attraction is still Lulu ongoing car promotion. By spending as little as BD5 you get a raffle that could win you one of eight Toyota Land Cruisers along with other valuable prizes. E Call 17 553-555.
An Affordable Holy Month
As Ramadan fast approaches, make sure you stock up for your daily Iftar feasts in plenty of time, to avoid braving the intense summer heat! Stocking up on daily Ramadan essentials can be a hassle, but Megamart offers you everything you need for a great homecooked meal. This retailer takes great pride in its range of fresh fruits, vegetables and oven-fresh bakery items. To things even easier, you won’t have to break the bank with the supermarket’s latest in summer and Ramadan promotions. “Megamart offers competitive prices. It is essential to us to bring only the best products of supreme value to our customers,” explains RV Waghnani, general manager of Megamart. The one-stop shop has a wide variety of fresh meats and poultry, offering only premium cuts of beef, lamb and turkey. Follow your savouries by satisfying your sweet tooth with traditional desserts. The bakery section includes moist plum cakes, chocolates, cookies and pastries, to name a few. Given that it will be a hot and humid Ramadan this year, it is important to keep hydrating your body after you break your fast. Megamart offers only the best brands in juice, water and energy drinks. If you are keen to watch your weight, why not whip up some fresh home-made juice with the assortment of exotic fruits on offer. The departmental store also has great offers on both fashion and cosmetics brands, so you will sure to look your best this festive season. E Call 17 341-070, 17 250-334 or 17 343-266.
Clare Mclnroy Birthday Party Clare Mclnroy celebrated her birthday with family & friends at Corners, Dragon Hotel & Resort, Amwaj Island
Birthday girl Clare
Hussain, Michaela, Clare & Simon
Amanda & Jojo
Annie & Kevan
Michaela, Hussain, Rob & Jane
Mike & Amy
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Simon, Phoebe, Clare & Trudy
Anna, Emma & Paula
Clodagh, Sierra, Trudy & Imogen
Celebrating Ramadan One of the biggest supermarkets in the country is committed to helping make your grocery shopping experience as convenient as possible.
Ramadan is all about giving; a task that Midway Supermarket is adhering to this Holy Month. Their stores across the Kingdom will offer shoppers the gift of a more affordable festive season in addition to many promotions and deals to ensure families can celebrate in style. You can’t cook a delicious Arabic meal without quality ingredients and the retailer makes no exceptions when it comes to the quality of their products. The freshest veggies and fruits to complement your savoury dishes along with premium cuts of meat, fish and poultry are all specially priced for Ramadan. The festive theme continues at the bakery section where local sweets and treats will be lining the shelves. To make your shopping trip convenient while you are fasting, the supermarket has designed four ‘Charity Baskets’ that contain the essentials of everyday cooking. These will be available at all the Midway outlets for only BD7, 10, 15 and 20, and include hefty amounts of rice, flour, cooking oil, pasta, milk and sugar. “We also want to encourage youngsters to master the art of cooking local dishes; several easy to use Bahraini and nonBahraini cookbooks are available,” says CEO Khalid Al-Amin. But
that’s not all; shoppers will also have the chance to win moneysaving shopping vouchers throughout the month. Celebrating success Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the retail division of Ali-Rashid Al-Amin Co has built a name for itself as an industry giant in the Kingdom. Midway Supermarket’s motto has always been to serve its customers by offering a wide range of items at competitive prices and best quality. “To our customers, Midway pledges value in terms of variety, quality and service. Our outlets are compact, and our service is friendly, reinforced by the loyalty of employees who have been with the company for years,” explains the general manager. With eight outlets spread over the Kingdom, the supermarket is looking to further expand in celebration of their anniversary with two new branches in Zallaq and A’ali. The re-branding process will be complemented with a change of interiors and a brand new campaign, to start after Ramadan, with food festivals to be held every month. E Call 17 732-220, 36 644-555, 36 551-666 or visit facebook.com/Midway.Supermarkets .
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Summer bling Regardless of whether you are spending this month holidaying, sunbathing or partaking in Ramadan celebrations you will need some dazzling accessories. A quick outfit fix, these beautiful drop earrings will instantly glamorise you, or are ideal as a festive gift. Available at Pure Gold Jewellers.
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Gift of time Treat yourself or a loved one to a brand new luxury watch this festive month. Take inspiration from leading fashion brand Nina Ricci’s collection; this model is classic, unfussy and most importantly, functional. Available at A La Mode.
Holiday essential This new Olympus model is incredibly tough and promises to survive whatever adventures you take it on. It’s waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof and even features a scratch resistant surface. So forget worrying and just get snappy happy! Available at Gajria Electronics
Crisp white Only in the summer does a white-as-white tote bag work. This style from Celine is fashion design and craftsmanship at its best; its textured effect and spacious interior makes it both functional and stylish, so get it whilst it’s hot! Available at Celine.
Eternally yours Men can douse themselves in Calvin Klein’s latest summer scent for a long-lasting fresh smell. Aiming to bottle the essence of tranquility and romance, the eau de toilette contains top notes of lush melon, a heart of violet leaf and a guaiac wood dry down. Available at leading outlets.
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Loans with Rewards If you are considering taking out a loan to fund that much-desired summer holiday, then now is the time to act as competitive rates and enticing wins are offered by one bank.
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This summer, BBK is offering all of its customers numerous loan incentives. The bank is holding a special five-month promotion titled ‘BBK Summer Loans Festival’, which runs from May 15 to September 15. During this period, customers will have plenty of time to take advantage of various offers and deals; ideal for anyone looking for a particular loan. There are reduced interest rates on all consumer, mortgage and car loans. Applying for any one of these is straightforward and each choice offers flexible repayment terms and highly competitive interest rates. Loan approval is also quick, so getting away for a fun summer vacation or buying the perfect home couldn’t be easier. Furthermore, BBK offers you the chance of winning prepaid cards; 50 new BBK loan customers stand to win BD500 in CrediMax prepaid cards, worth a total combined value of BD25,000. There will be two festival draws for the CrediMax prepaid
cards prizes. Firstly, customers who sign up for new loans between May 15 and July 14 will be eligible to enter the first draw in July 2012. Secondly, customers who take out consumer, mortgage and car loan between July 15 and September 15 will be eligible to enter the second draw, which will be held in September. Both prize draws will be conducted under the supervision of Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce. “At BBK we always strive to offer our customers the best products with a range of competitive features and benefits,” says A. Karim Bucheery, BBK’s chief executive. “We know that customers of loan products are looking for flexible repayment terms, competitive rates and fast approval, so our 2012 Summer Loans Festival offers all of these, plus the exciting chance for to win CrediMax prepaid cards. It’s the best time to apply for a BBK loan,” he says. E Call 17 207-777 or visit www.bbkonline.com.
BAHRAIN SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
Sound Advice An ear infection is one of the most common ailments an infant can contract; avoid the condition worsening by learning the signs and symptoms.
Dr Fadi Al Razaz
An astounding 75 per cent of children experience at least one episode of otitis media, commonly known as an ear infection, by their third birthday. As ordinary as it is, the dangers of this condition can be severe, leading to hearing loss in some cases. “Three tiny bones in the middle ear carry sound vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear. When fluid is present, the vibrations are not transmitted efficiently and sound energy is lost. The result may be mild or even moderate hearing loss,” states Dr Fadi Al Razaz, specialist ENT surgeon at Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH). Generally, this type of hearing loss is temporary, however when this condition occurs repeatedly, damage to the eardrum, the bones of the ear or even the hearing nerve can cause permanent hearing loss. “Another aspect to consider is that children learn speech and language from listening to other people talk. So the first few years of life are especially critical for this development. If hearing loss exists, a child does not get the full benefit of language learning experiences,” the doctor outlines. Detecting otitis without infection can be a problem given that the symptoms of pain and fever are usually not present. Weeks and even months can go by before parents suspect anything and, during this time, a child may miss out on speech and language development. However, Dr Fadi reassures patients
that picking up on the issue isn’t impossible. “Being attentive and alert is vital during a child’s first few years, even if there is no pain or fever, there are other signs parents can look for that may indicate chronic or recurring fluid in the ear,” he explains. “Inattentiveness, wanting the television louder than usual, misunderstanding directions, unexplained irritability and pulling or scratching at the ears can all be signs.” For treatment, BSH relies on a group of their specialists for optimal results. Ear infections require immediate attention, most likely from a pediatrician or otolaryngologist. If the child has frequently recurring infections or chronic fluid in the middle ear, two additional specialists are consulted, an audiologist and a speech-language pathologist. An audiologist’s evaluation will assess the severity of any hearing impairment, even in a very young or uncooperative child, and will indicate if a middle ear disorder is present. A speech-language pathologist measures your child’s specific speech and language skills and can recommend and provide remedial programs when they are needed. “Treatment initially stems from parents ability to detect an abnormality. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to let their instincts guide them in requesting further evaluation whenever they are concerned about their children’s development,” Dr Fadi notes. E Call 17 812-000.
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marketplace JUNAID FOR PERFUMES
This perfumery is bursting with enticing scents for the festive season, together with a new and top secret fragrance to be launched during Ramadan.
Bahrain City Centre
A Healthy Holy Month Let the experts help you control your diet during Ramadan this year; now you can enjoy all of the authentic and delicious fare without piling on the pounds.
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Junaid for Perfumes over the years has acquired a legacy that has redefined the sheer meaning of traditional scents. The brand appeals to all by offering both Western and Arabic scents, and mixes contemporary and traditional notes together for unique results. If you are looking to stand out in a crowd or in the market for a special gift, this is the place to go. In fact, the brand has become a consumer favourite not only in Bahrain but around the region. Founded in 1910, the dynamic and innovative perfumery is considered one of the most famous and elite pioneers of the industry in the Arab world. With a humble yet progressive start, the renowned brand has successfully consolidated its position in the perfumery field and has maintained customer loyalty with respect to its scope of business. Headquartered in the Kingdom, the company premises houses their head office, manufacturing facility and their retail and distribution department that is innovatively designed and equipped to produce Junaid’s distinguished and unique products. With a vigorous and diligent sales and marketing team, the company has succeeded in positioning and branding itself as a luxurious outlet. Today Junaid for Perfumes still continues the family traditions of excellence, which has grown considerably over the past century. Releasing new fragrances every season, keep your eyes open for the launch of the highly exclusive new perfume to be launched on the first day of Ramadan. E Call 17 179-191. One of the Kingdom’s most prolific diet centres is all set for Ramadan, ready to educate and advise customers on the right way to stay healthy throughout the holy month. “For Ramadan, our menus are full of varierty. From oriental to occidental meals with ofcourse a focus on Arabic dishes such as Thareed, Harees, Majboos, UmmAli and anything else you could think of,” explains Julie Abillamaa, the senior dietician at Heath Watchers. “The special Iftar menu also includes dates, soup, pastries, salads and a main dish followed by dessert in addition to a small dinner and a nutritious well balanced meal for Suhoor,” Summer holidays are another culprit of breaking our healthy habits, especially for kids. “When youngsters have more free time they overeat. So our strategy with children is to give them more frequent healthy snacks and meals that they like, but cooked with nutritious ingredients,” states Julie. The usual daily order at Health Watchers includes three main meals and two snacks in between, with great stress put on individuality; all packages are customised to the person’s taste, age, current weight, muscle mass and medical history. “A common mistake people make is being strict. People think that in a diet all they can eat is grilled chicken and boiled vegetables. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy, and if your diet feels like punishment then you are doing it wrong,” she explains. Book an appointment now to get a Ramadan diet plan that is right for you. E Call 17 811-449.
A New Therapy; A New You
Treat your facial skin to a new type of therapy; one wellness centre in the Kingdom introduces a brand new procedure that guarantees results. If you have grown tiresome of receiving the same facial treatments at the Kingdom’s spas and salons, then you will be pleased to learn of a new therapy, unique to the Kingdom. VLCC, a wellness, beauty, scientific slimming and preventive health care brand, has launched the gemstone facial. “We have developed the ‘VLCC Gemstone Therapy’ after several years of in-house research and development. In fact, in Asia, gemstones have been used for healing for thousands of years. The gemstone therapy has been designed to help men and women achieve flawless, younger and revitalised-looking skin. This will not only harmonise, vitalise, and balance you but will also help you feel better overall,” says Vandana Luthra, VLCC founder. “More importantly, the ingredients used in the gemstone therapy are 100 per cent natural. Gemstone facials can scientifically balance one’s energy level, which will significantly elevate one’s lifestyle and mood.” The advantages of this new facial are numerous. It will tone the skin, promote blood circulation, support the epidermal layer renewal process, exfoliates and cleanses the skin and provide the skin with a radiant glow. The gemstones are powdered and mixed with vitamin rich oils and aromatherapy essentials. You can choose from a number of different types, dependant on what ailments you personally have. The ‘Jiggly Amber Detoxifier’ relaxes and heals from within; the ‘Onyx In-depth Purifier’ gently exfoliates and protects skin; the ‘Ruby and Feroza Ever Youth Remedy’ is ideal for its anti-ageing qualities Meanwhile, the ‘Pink Tourmaline Calming Wrap’ sools and soothes for harmonization, and finally the ‘Emerald and Pukhraj Healing Cure’ prevents sunburn. “Our centres in Zinj and Isa Town now offer natural gemstone facials at very attractive rates. VLCC Gemstone Therapy can help people restore the ideal skin balance and keep the skin free from blemishes. These facials can work as an aid in cell renewal, and help retain the moisture in the skin,” explains Vandana. a Gemstones have been used for hormonal balances, and neurological disorders. Furthermore, evidence indicates that gemstones can work as a detoxification and exfoliating aid, and slow down the ageing process — so a procedure worth trying! E Call 17 684-880.
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marketplace CREATIVE CLOSETS
Innovative Storage Solutions One innovative design company ensures that every customer’s design needs are considered when creating the perfect, and personalised, storage solution.
With two branches in the Kingdom, the self-titled ‘space scientists’ at Creative Closets are proving their success both in Bahrain and throughout the Middle East. In business for 15 years, the company believes in fully coordinating with the customer’s closet needs, delivering innovative solutions for storage issues. The market leader has four factories and eight showrooms in Saudi Arabia; four showrooms and a factory in the United Arab Emirates, a showroom and a huge factory in India and a presence in Bahrain, so you won’t have to wait too long to receive your customised closet. Creative Closets works closely with the client and specialises in customisable closets, allowing you to design your dream home for your clothes. Unique design materials are used including sandblasted and decorated glass for a stylish appearance. Additionally, techniques are incorporated for your ease of use, such as a silent sliding door mechanism. Constantly working on pioneering ways to improve the existing services, the team also configures how to provide the best value for money, and for space, for their customers. To ensure they are on the path to designing exactly what the customer wants, they provide a detailed artist’s impression of what their closet will look like, entirely free of charge. The company aims to expand further in the coming years, with new showrooms in Egypt, Qatar and numerous countries in Europe. With an ethos to maximise space and minimise costs, it’s an ideal solution to get everything you need from a closet. E Call 17 466-539.
Mohammed Shahafeez Shaharis Dinner Party Mohammed Shahafeez Shaharis, Counsellor of the Malaysian Embassy hosted a dinner party for a number of guests. The dinner was held at the Counsellor's residence in Jasrah last month
Mohammed Shahafeez & Nadia
Mehdi, Agus, Ahmed & Sahid
Nadia & Sawsan
Aurangzeb, Witchu, Ibrahim & Khairul
Ayu, Anita & Nadia
Nadia, Shanjida, Sukma, Rosita & Farhat
Rosita, Nadia & Shanjida
Faidzul, Bob, Shahafeez & Zul
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Home-cooked Precision In a month that revolves around family feasts, a range of ovens act as a tool to make the perfect home-cooked meal.
If you are looking to make this Ramadan an unforgettable one, make sure you have an oven that will cook your Iftar meals to perfection. La Germaniaâ€™s kitchenware goes beyond the average hi-tech appliances of today and is a brand that has served meals to families for centuries. To cook any sort of dish, such as sauces, meats, fish, traditional pizza and risottos, generations of Italians have relied on La Germania by choosing it for their home. The brand manufactures products designed for people who demand the best in their appliances. Within the wide range of kitchen products, each piece is engineered with rugged and lasting construction exuding quality. Well engineered and designed to fulfill all the demands of the modern home, these are cookers to be trusted. The range is extensive and includes freestanding gas and electric cookers, built-in gas and electric hobs, and built-in ovens. Every La Germania appliance receives only the utmost attention to detail ensuring the highest level of performance and understated elegance. Perfected over generations The Bertazzoni family has been making high quality cookers for more than 100 years. The family descends from within the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, a great culinary centre that is
world famous for its delicious pastas, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. Here, people love to eat, dining is a festive event and conversation includes special menus and recipes passed down through the generations. Francesco Bertazzoni first saw wood-burning cooking stoves arrive on the railway from Austria in Guastalla, his hometown. Until then, he had been an engineer making precision weighing machines; instead he decided, with his son Antonio, to make stoves just for local use. The family built their first factory in 1909. After World War I they began making cooking stoves on a much larger scale and launched a new brand name, La Germania. The first gas hob unit appeared in 1953, and soon followed by the first gas stoves that were further perfected in 1958 with the addition of an oven. Exports started in 1959, and over the following decades sales boomed. Today, La Germania is known and appreciated in 60 countries and Bertazzoniâ€™s heirs, firmly at the head of the enterprise, have never forgotten their roots, remaining specialists in the very personal craft of cooking. In fact, each appliance is designed for people who care about cooking, combining performance and function with different styles for different tastes. E Call 17 408-150.
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listingsthismonth Social Clubs
Arts Culture Art Galleries Al Riwaq Art Gallery Albareh Art Gallery Arabesque Art Gallery Art Lounge Ella Art Gallery
17 717-441 17 717-707 17 722-916 17 580-522 17 292-815
Art Galleries & Framing
Bahrain Art Framing Centre 17 717165 Lamarkiz Framing & Gallery 17 596-284
Arts & Cultural Groups
Alliance Française 17 683-295 Bahrain Arts Society 17 590-562 Contemporary Art Society 3 9224-002 Historical & Archaeological Society 17 727-895 La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art 17 230-123
Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre Crafts Centre Gallery Celebrations L’Atelier Art Lounge Things-To-Do
17 611-900 17 254-688 17 595-791 17 599-030 17 590-409
Ballet Centre Ballare School Futureshape Studio Salsa Bahrain Sampaguita Club Victoria Dance Centre
17 693-232 17 300-021 17 590-088 3 9676-349 3 9106-589 3 987-6215
Drama, Film and Theatre
Bahrain Cinema Club 17 725-959 Dilmun Amateur Dramatics 17 690-926 Folk Poetry Society 17 761-000
Indian arts & culture
Institute for Performing Arts 17 231-717 Kalabhavan Bahrain Institute 17 717-271 Konkan Singers Club 17 243-511
Bapco Club Dilmun Club Filipino Club Marina Club Pakistan Club The British Club The Country Club The Indian Club The Sri Lanka Club The Young Goans Club
17 753-666 17 690-926 17 262-143 17 291-527 17 258-520 17 278-245 17 593-593 17 253-157 17 231-354 3 9455-207
Bhatia Mitra Mandal Kannada Sangha Karnataka Social Club Keraleeya Samajam Shree Nayrana Cultural Shri Gujarati Samaj Tamil Social Association
3 9601-789 17 271-257 17 254-257 17 251-878 17 255-517 3 9019-462 3 9603-564
Awali Caledonian Society Bahrain Irish Society Bahrain Welsh Society Royal Society of St. George
3 6366-458 3 9800-511 3 9467-310 3 9726-329
Other Indian clubs
Folk Poetry Society Pakistan Urdu Literary
17 761-000 17 776-629
Al Hayat Museum Al Oraifi Museum Currency Museum National Museum Oil Museum
17 290-101 17 535-112 17 547-700 17 298-777 17 753-475
Hash House Harriers Bahrain Road Runners
17 862-620 3 6992-288
Bahrain Music Institute Classic Institute of Music Manama Singers Sar Music Centre
17 721-999 17 728-791 17 642-119 17 794-898
British Club Netball Dilmun Netball Club Filipino Club Basketball Netball Club
3 8357-181 3 9911-848 17 262-143 3 9911-848
Awali Bowling Centre
Awali Cricket Club
Awali Riding Club Riding School Shakhoora Riding Centre The Country Club
17 756-525 17 690-448 17 591-103 17 593-593
Ez-Fit SportPlex Rugby Football
17 692-378 17 695-809
Awali Golf Club Royal Golf Club
17 756-770 17 750-777
Gulf Speed 1 Kart Zone Silver Go Kart
3 9444-885 17 450-000 17 780-011
Sailing Club Yacht Club
17 836-078 17 700-667
Awali Photo Society 17 764-468 Bahrain Photography Club 17 590-551
Bahrain Pottery Society Studio Ceramics
17 786-969 17 599-026
Manama Toastmasters Club 3 9451-182
Clubs Societies Ladies Clubs American Women’s Assoc. 17 685-882 Australasian Women (AWG) 3 8395-803 Awali Ladies Association 17 678-947 Business Women’s Society 17 721-188 Discover Islam Ladies 17 531-400 Hamad Town Women’s Association 17 422-005 Indian Ladies Association 17 531-468 International Ladies Group 17 729-128 Pakistani Women’s Assoc. 17 710-944 Young Ladies Society 17 262-237 Young Ladies Toastmasters 17 626-237 Women’s Society 17 826-777
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Bridge Club Bahrain Scrabble League
17 713-080 17 242-641
Dessange Health Club La Fontaine
17 713-999 17 230-123
Filipino Club Tennis Group Table Tennis Club Tennis Club The Country Club
3 9527-587 17 729-756 17 729-561 17 593-593
Jimmy’s Snooker/Billiards 17 71 6-147
Amateur Athletic Association 17 684-905 Badminton & Squash Fed. 17 292-662 Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Basketball Association 17 741-010 Bowling Association 17 822-077 Chess Federation 17 252-133 Cycling Association 17 650-079 Language Courses Disabled Sports Federation 17 789-191 Alliance Française 17 683-295 Endurance Federation 17 836-199 Berlitz 17 827-847 Football Association 17 729-563 The British Council 17 261-555 Handball Association 17 720-321 Other Associations Hockey Association 17 253-209 Baloch Club 17 292-231 Maritime Sports Association 17 836-078 Garden Club 17 727-625 Martial Arts Association 17 650-676 Pakistan Association 3 9415-200 Mind Sports Association 17 340-016 Skal International Bahrain 17 22-4050 Shooting & Fencing Assoc. 17 750-006 Snooker Association 17 825-301 Sports Recreation Swimming Association 17 680-867 Aerobics Table Tennis Association 17 729-393 Coral Beach Club 17 312-777 Volleyball Association 17 271-139 Curves Fitness Clinic for Women 17 691-496 Teens Kids Ez Fit SportPlex 17 692-378 Athletics World Beat Fitness Centre 17 612-576 Road Runners 3 6992-288
17 645-156 17 261-555 17 531-400
American Chamber Comm. 17 580-516 Australian Association 3 9206-432 Bar Society 17 725-665 Bankers’ Society of Bahrain 17 728-003 British Business Forum 3 9651-755 Businessmen’s Association 17 229-009 French Business Club 17 748-999
Al Bayan Society Beit Al Quran Discover Islam
Ghassan’s Style Kickboxing 3 9458-293 Karate Centre 3 9247-769 17 813-856 Taichi & Wushu Center Japan Karate Association 17 591-237 Marina Club 3 9690-008 Reza Martial Arts Centre 17 694-646 Shotokan Karate 3 9626-211 World Beat Fitness Center 17 612-576 Yong Quan Tha Chi 3 9667-624 Zen-Do Bahrain 17 611-909
Athletics/Running Ball Games
Football & Rugby Golf
Marine Sports Martial Arts
Aces Taekwondo Academy 3 9658-741 Al Ahli Karate School 3 9659-510 Bahrain Karate Center 17 612-576 Bin Jamal Taekwondo Center 3 6222-892 Delmon Taekwondo School 3 9689-659 Futureshape Studio 17 592-019
Ballet Centre 3 9676-349 Victoria Dance Centre 3 9876-215 World Beat Fitness Centre 17 612-576
Ez-Fit SportPlex SLC grounds, Riffa
17 692-378 17 276-134
Ez-Fit SportPlex Rugby Football The Country Club
17 692-378 17 695-809 17 593-593
Football & Rugby Horse Riding
Fitness Plus Physique Fitness Centre World Beat Fitness Centre 24-hour Fitness
17 593-593 17 694-646 17 612-576 17 716-999
Bodyline Spa Coral Beach Club La Fontaine Spa Massage Centre
17 793-932 17 312-777 17 230-123 17 264-064
Ann Beauty Center and Spa Bellacura Beauty Lounge Dessange Spa Futoon Beauty & Fitness Pineapple Spa Profile Fitness Centre Wellness Resort Zoya Beauty Centre
17 623-704 17 364-955 17 713-999 17 777-994 17 712-000 17 727-766 17 795-961 17 740-800
Art of Living Foundation
Health Spas (Women only)
Bahrain Wellness Centre Bayoga Centre Meditation Centre Physiotherapy Centre World Beat Fitness Centre
17 795-961 39 460-996 17 712-545 17 722-012 17 612-576
Health Clubs (Hotels)
Banyan Tree Resort & Spa 17 845-000 Crowne Plaza Health Club 17 531-122 17 535-000 Golden Tulip Health Club 17 713-000 Gulf Hotel Health Club Le Mirage, Diplomat Hotel 17 531-666 17 227-777 Regency Fitness Centre 36 270-302 RJ’s, Ramee Int'l Hotel 17 524-570 Sheraton Fitness Sporting Club, Ritz-Carlton 17 580-000 The Gym, Mövenpick Hotel 17 460-000
Kids Fitness Centres
Children’s Health Academy of Specialised Sports (CHAOSS) 17 592-096 17 566-566 My Gym Bahrain
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June 21 – July 20 Some of you might consider this card to warn of bad omens but, in reality, what it brings to your sign is opportunity and promise. Your current financial situation is not as you might want it but fortunately you can change matters now, thanks to the assistance of a friend or family member. What is required over everything else is a clear solution; f you need to seek out professional advice to get this then don’t be afraid to do so. The chance to move your life back on track is before you now so take it with enthusiasm and open the door to a raft of improvements in the time to come. Card of the Month — The Moon For a detailed, personalised Tarotscope reading, contact Raphael by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
leo July 23 — August 22 The sleepless nights worrying over money issues will thankfully be far behind you as you welcome in this month; if anything, you’ll be planning how best to take advantage of your more stable financial life in July. You are a sign that always works well when circumstances around you are tranquil and balanced. With this in mind it will be no surprise to discover that you feel much more invigorated and closer to your old self. This is just as well since you’ve got a lot of opportunities to exploit over the next few months, and you’ll need to be at your sharpest to really take advantage of them. Card of the Month —The Knight of Swords
Virgo August 21 – September 22 The funny thing with your sign that people tend to forget is that even though you are often seen as a meticulous (or fussy as some unfair critics might claim) and on occasions even a little uptight about things; it doesn’t mean that you don’t know how to let your hair down and relax from time to time. So this month you could really surprise a few people when you let yourself go and show another side to your personality that many of those around you will enjoy and like to see a lot more of. Naturally caution is your middle name but you might find that this could be the start of a mini rebellion within you over the coming weeks. Card of the Month —The Ace of Wands
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Libra September 21 – October 21 July is going to be all about career for you and those of you who have recently switched jobs are likely to find themselves revelling in the change. Suddenly, everything you could have wanted from a job will be set out before you and you’ll feel confident and optimistic about the future in ways you may not have felt for some time. On the family front, a relative will approach you for financial assistance and while you might question the reasons behind their request, don’t be too quick to dismiss their call for help if you can manage it. Card of the Month — The Ace of Swords
Scorpio October 22 – November 21 It would not be an unfair comment to make by suggesting that you can on occasions be quite a moody person. After all, you are a water sign and your behaviour is often influenced by your surroundings, which makes drawing this card in your reading for the month quite significant. Throughout July your feelings are going to be very erratic and it might be down to the fact that you need a break. Family disputes, a demanding job and the general rigors of everyday life have left your energy reserves a little depleted and to get yourself back to top form is going to require a little time away from all the general pressures around you. Card of the Month — The World
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21 There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have to assess what they have in a relationship and then — if necessary — be honest enough to decide that perhaps things aren’t quite what they once were. Many of you will be at this stage in a romance and it could be that you need to accept a situation and not tie yourself to it any longer. Perhaps the time has come to step back and put yourself first. If you feel like you’re not getting the attention you deserve then whatever the reasons are behind this, don’t try and force something that just isn’t there at the moment. Live your life and if things are meant to be then they will be. Card of the Month — Temperance
Capricorn December 22 — January 18 If you’re honest, things haven’t been right in a relationship just lately and the time may have arrived for some straight talking and positive action if you care about what you have and want to prevent a long-term partnership from descending into decline. The central issue seems to revolve around a living arrangement that just doesn’t meet your expectations any more and this is leading to a build-up of stresses and pressures that are forcing an overall deterioration of matters. It’s time for you to take control and make some firm decisions. Now I know this isn’t something your sign is always good at but the longer you leave things, the worse it will be. Card of the Month — The Three of Coins
aquarius January 20 – February 18 You’re likely to find yourselves in a bit of a quandary over an invitation to a party this month, simply because it’s going to clash with another arrangement your partner has already organised. Whoever you disappoint is not going to take it well and the best solution you might have to go with is to make everyone happy and attend both! On the work front you are feeling like a change; now is as good a time as any to start looking around for an alternative. One particular option in an area you may never have considered before will present itself to you on the 17th and you shouldn’t be quick to discount it simply because it means considering unfamiliar territory. Card of the Month — The Sun
advertisersindex pisces February 21 – March 20 You could be forgiven for thinking that the world has been against you over the last few weeks, such has been the number of awkward and potentially disruptive situations you’ve had to face lately. However, the good news is that most of those fiery issues are now behind you and you can look forward to a period of sustained normality. What you should consider is how much you might be to blame for what happened and then think about how you can ensure something similar doesn’t re-occur. On the surface you can sometimes be unapproachable and this side of your nature often makes people wanting to get close shy away without really being able to see the warm person underneath. Card of the Month — The Hermit
BBK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
France in Bahrain Alba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Alliance Française. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Lycée Français de Bahrein . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Technal Middle East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Yateem Airconditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Zayani Motors (Peugeot). . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
French Y. K. Almoayyed & Sons (Renault) . . . . . 53
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Aries March 21 – April 20 You’ve had some difficult financial hurdles to overcome of late but the good news is that things are starting to look up as your situation improves and you move towards a more settled and balanced way of life. Work opportunities have helped ease the burden to a degree and the chance to change your circumstances — which could involve a trip overseas — is going to see you busy formulating a decisive plan of action in the coming weeks. You will also have the chance to determine your own work schedule allowing a little more flexibility into your working day; all in all, it’s going to be a much better outlook than you might have considered some months ago. Card of the Month — The Seven of Coins
TAURUS April 21 – May 20 Before you stands two very defined but ultimately different paths and which one you take is really going to be down to the your own decision in the end. It has to be about what is best for you and since both will provide rewards in their own way, the most significant thing you have to decide is whether your thoughts are based more on the long-term or the here and now. This is a very creative time for your sign and if you get things right then you can look forward to rich rewards. Just make sure your head is in the right place before you make any definitive move one way or another. Card of the Month —The Chariot
Creative Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Hotels & Luxury Apartments Elite Grande Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Elite Seef Residence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Gulf Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Holiday Inn Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 InterContinental Regency Hotel . . . . . . . 29 Kempinski Grand & Ixir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Mövenpick Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Pars International Hotel . . . . . . . . . . .77,79 Ramada Hotel Bahrain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Ramee California Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Ramee Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Jewellery & Watches Asia Jewellers (Raymond Weil) . . . . . . . . 4 Sharif Group (Smalto) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Medical & Dental Services Bahrain Specialist Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Motoring Ahmed Zayani & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Gemin May 21 – June 20 There are those who might claim you have not been your usual, focused self and this could have something to do with the fact that your mind is elsewhere, caught up with concerns of a romantic nature. The potential breakdown of a current relationship is all you will be thinking about right now and while you do need to deal with the problem, this lack of direction is hurting your life in other ways. You should trust your feelings to a certain extent and act on your instincts; if something doesn’t feel right then instigate change. While you continue to exist in this state of limbo, you are going to find that progress of any kind will not be easy. Card of the Month —The Four of Cups
FAMOUS cancer THIS MONTH
Euro Motors (BMW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Kia Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11 Motor City (Volvo) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 National Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Others Al A’ali Shopping Complex . . . . . . . . . . . 74 AMA Basic School of Education. . . . . . . 76 Bahrain Science Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Gajria Electronics (JVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Health Watchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Junaid for Perfumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Kazbah Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Lost Paradise of Dilmun . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Lulu Hypermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Megamart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Midway Supermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 National Photo Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Picture Arabia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Punchline Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Seef Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Summer Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC The Bahrain Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 VLCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15,35 Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro (Frigidaire) . . . . . . 25 Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro (La Germania) . . . 43
Restaurants & Cafés Aroma Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Bushido . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 Casa Mexicana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 FreshBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 JJ’s Irish Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 McDonalds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Nuasia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Pizza Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Roma Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Sumo Sushi & Bento . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 The Yellow Chilli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
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● 24 Hours Market, all outlets ● Al Hilal Bookshops, all outlets ● Al Jazeera Supermarket, all outlets ● Alosra Supermarket, Saar ● Bab al Bahrain Souvenir Shop ● BooksPlus, all outlets ● Burhama Cold Store ● Classic Shop, Bab Al Bahrain ● Elite Supermarket, Hoora ● Supermarket, Awali ● Jawad Supermarket, all outlets ● Jim’s Restaurant ● Mega Mart, all outlets
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Irritated and Irradiated
JAMES CLAIRE After six months of wanderlust in the USA, I’ve now decided to travel without shoes, belts or a jacket; I’m starting to even find pants a burden!
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You see, I’m a bit sick of being frisked to see what’s under what I wear; so, in order to make security screeners in the United States (US) happy, I’m travelling naked from now on. But I’m guessing they will not be particularly happy with that either. The more I wear, I’m seen as suspicious; the less I wear, I am seen as a public menace. What exactly is the minimum or maximum one should wear when travelling? It’s not just our clothes that cause issues. Cameras and cell phones in separate bins, jacket, shoes, briefcase and contents of pockets; wallet, keys, belt, passport and watch placed in another. Laptops in separate bins (I carry two), the Sarbanes Oxley Act requires that all my corporate US-related business be conducted on a company-issued laptop; but Sarbanes and
Oxley need not know what other private matters busy my days, hence the second laptop. I almost deplete the screening area of X-ray bins with all my travelling junk. By the time everything goes through I’m scared to touch it for the amount of radiation I’m bound to carry onto the plane. I am, the ultimate Dirty Bomb! I think security screeners of America would be happy if we all just stopped travelling. Either that or they’d prefer we travelled naked or with loincloths. Would that make even one of them crack a smile on their agonised faces? I thought I’d buy flip-flops or sandals, although they still have to be removed for screening. Socks are even dangerous according to one screening buffoon in Florida. Little did he realise the smell of feet was more likely to kills us all before the shoes and socks did. Is enjoyable travel a thing of the past? Is happy travel a luxury for only the wealthy? Why is it that the wealthy, in their private jets, get to elude the screening, X-ray machines and frisking? In Hollywood movies it’s always the rouge billionaire trying to take over the world. The wealthy, after all, can afford to cause trouble. Most of us can’t afford to put petrol in the car, we sure can’t afford trouble! A private plane in private hands with private passengers is, one would imagine, more risk than a planeload of weary everyday workers. And who’s scrutinising the scrutinisers? I mean look at them. Wannabe cops, rent-a-cops, mall cops; they walk around with their GI Joe haircuts and their GI Jane attitudes with belts equipped with enough to arm a battalion and pepper spray thousands. Who watches them and makes them radiate their shoes, pants, belts and bad attitudes through the X-ray machine! Danger is presumed to be in the form of weapons, but entered now into the US psyche is something far more dangerous — the attitude of suspicion! Guilty until proven innocent now seems to be the modus operandi. The contempt and arrogance of those supposedly keeping us safe has to be seen to be believed. One overzealous security worker stopped me, not because the alarms went off, not because anything was wrong with my bins of junk which radiated, but because, to him, I just looked suspicious. He should have considered that I was 40 minutes late from a previous flight and had only 20 minutes until the gate closed before the next. But I was not allowed to talk to him! As Thumper’s mother told him in Bambi, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” America’s rent-a-cop security personnel, who in many cases are the first faces seen when entering the country, should remember that. Perhaps, these macho beings — it’s a stretch to call them human beings — should listen to the words of Billy Graham, “Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.” Alternatively, they could try taking to heart the words of Wayne Dyer, “Only the insecure (need to) strive for security.”
Published on Jul 2, 2012